Observer news

MISSING IMAGE

Material Information

Title:
Observer news
Physical Description:
Unknown
Publisher:
M&M Printing Co., Inc ( Ruskin, FL )
Publication Date:

Record Information

Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
System ID:
UF00102144:00204


This item is only available as the following downloads:


Full Text

PAGE 1

JANUARY 23, 2014 37 www.ObserverNews.netJanuary 23, 2014 Volume 58 Number 1THE OBSERVER NEWS LOOK INSIDE FOR: Classified Ads PAGES 28-30PRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8 Jose Gaspar Page 35 Page 20 Observer Page 33 1629 Sun City Center Plaza(near SCC Post Ofce)813-633-7116Golf cart accessible Family Owned & Operatedwww.JohnMooreFloorCovering.comSCCs oldest and most trusted ooring dealer MEMBER WEST FLORIDA Come and see our newLAMINATE GALLERYMany styles and colors to enhance your decor JSA Medical, Observer News publications partner for major food drive %  KEVIN BRADY A community-wide food drive benefiting several major food banks throughout South County is slated to begin Feb. 1. Have A Heart Caring Castle, the brainchild of Roseanne Korfant of Sun City Centers JSA Medical Group, aims to not only feed South Countys burgeoning number of hungry families but raise awareness of an issue all too often forgotten after the holiday season. People donate food and remember the needs of the hungry at Christmastime but when Christmas is over you still have the same hungry people yet we dont have as many focused food drives. So I thought this would be a good way not only to include the food pantries but to include Have a Heart, the American Heart Associations theme for February, Korfant said. However, the month-long food drive is about more than just collecting food. Organizers hope the event builds awareness and relationships that benefit food banks and hungry families year-round. We are going to do this in February, but who is going to do it in June and July? I would really hope this helps the pantries initiate and maintain new relationships because thats the only way we are going to survive, said Korfant, JSA Medicals activities coordinator. The SCC Observer, The Observer News, and The Riverview Current, which are backing the effort with design, print and editorial support, will provide weekly updates on the amount of food collected and feature stories on the food banks benefiting from the effort. We are looking to give back to the community and replenish the food banks in the area especially Where to donate (behind Burger King on SR 674) X X HCC presents:How Indian tribes were forced to change their culturePENNY FLETCHER PHOTOAnnawon Weeden, Native American educator, tells the story of many tribes both before and after the Europeans came to what is now the United States. He shows many things the tribes used and how they were saddened to have been forced to change their culture. %  PENNYENNY FLEETCHERER Annawon Weeden spends his life telling the story of the many American Indian tribes that inhabited the land that later became known as the United States of America. His cousin Kristine Thomas, PhD, who teaches biology and physiology at the South County campus of Hillsborough Community College, was approached by the campus president Allen Witt and asked if she could book him to give presentations there. Jan. 14, he did. First, Weeden performed in classrooms in front of students, teachers and faculty. Then that evening, there was a public presentation made at HCC for anyone in the community who wished to attend. He started the presentation in the traditional dress of his tribes and gradually removed items explaining the symbolism of what each one meant. The braid, he said, unbraiding his long black hair, is the symbol of the three parts of us. The body, the mind and the spirit. With the elimination of each piece of jewelry, fur or ceremonial dress, he told its story, and also of how the tribes were captured and sent away. Many were moved to parts of the country where they couldnt survive, he said. And while they were bringing in African slaves, they were sending Indians to the islands. Some of the places they went were Bermuda, Jamaica and other neighboring islands in that region. Weeden is descended from a mixture of tribes. His mother was from the Wampanoag, whose home was Mashpee, Mass., while his father was Narragansett and Pequot from Rhode Island. When not traveling, telling the FDOT says county, developers responsible for next step in roadway improvements %  PENNYENNY FLEETCHERER As development continues along the Big Bend corridor, traffic gets worse. During morning and evening rush hours, sitting through three or four changes of green arrow lights to enter the northbound ramp of I-75 is not unusual. Worse yet, backups on the Interstate at the southbound exit ramp often extend well beyond the deceleration lane, pushing exiting cars into a stopping position in a line in a moving lane. In an October 2013 interview about improvements in this area, Michael Williams, county engineer, explained that the plans for alleviating this by widening the exit ramps were anchored by an agreement made between the county and area developers. Although this still has not changed, now new shortand longterm plans to build two new ramps (and later a cloverleaf) are also in the works. The problem is that none of these plans are funded, although both county and state planners have it on their future maps, one of which is included with this story. The next moves are up to the developers of the new mall, which will be called Southbend and lies directly to the south and southeast of the Waterset community on the south side of Big Bend Road. Waddah Farah, FDOTs project development and technical analysis administrator, explained that when the Florida Department of Transportation did the Master Plan for the transportation system that runs through all of Hillsborough County, it broke down needs into short-term goals, dated for 2015, and long-term goals, dated 2030. During the Master Plan phase of development planning, County Commissioners voted that private developers would pay for some of the improvements as they developed land in the area, in cooperation with the countys public works personnel. At that time, the economy was booming and a mall the name of which was not known until now was expected to break ground within months. But mall developers have not yet found enough anchor stores to begin, and so the site work has not been done. Meanwhile, some other improvements are slated to be done although timing depends upon funding, Farah said. First will be lengthening of the southbound deceleration lane [for the Apollo Beach exit of I-75 at Big Bend Road] by 1,200 feet, and Big Bend will be widened from four lanes to six between Covington Gardens to the off-bound ramp. Then, in the future, the Waterset community has agreed to pay for the construction of another offbound ramp that will greatly alleviate any traffic exiting the Interstate to go to their development, or to the other things that will be built in the area in the future, he added. So the way it now stands, FDOT is waiting for the county and developers to fulfill their part of the plan, while it makes plans for State construction as traffic in the area continues to build. Much rests on the development of the mall, which is planned to be larger than Westfield in Brandon. When last interviewed in the fall, developers stated they were waiting for anchor stores to sign on before beginning site clearing and utility work. But two additional Interstate ramps are eventually planned for Big Bend Road as well as the widening of existing ramps because of the heavy development eventually coming in.

PAGE 2

2 JANUARY 23, 2014 THE ONLY MAJOR HEARING AID MANUFACTURER IN THE COUNTRY THATS AUDIBEL AMERICAN OWNED. AMERICAN OPERATED. AUDIBEL IS ON A MISSION TO RECONNECT SENIORS WITH THE PEOPLE THEY LOVE, THE QUALITY OF LIFE THEY EARNED AND THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE. In less than 1-hour You Can Find Out How Much Of Your Hearing Is Lost And What You Can Do To Get It Back! Why Do People Delay Addressing Hearing Loss? Audibel Does Not Charge for Service and NEVER WILL FREE Ofce Visits FREE Service FREE Reprogramming SATISFACTION GUARANTEED 100% Financing with available no interestSatisfaction Guaranteed with Audibel Hearing Centers years of customer service & hearing health guaranteed program.SAV E TODAYFor the First Time Ever The Most Advanced Hearing Aid EverIs Smaller Than Ever.PLATINUMThe Best Of The Best Completely In CanalAvailable in every style A 2 A 2 In America, the average person with hearing loss delays dealing with it for 5 to 7 years. The big question is, Why do people wait so long before confronting the obvious problems that come with an inability to hear clearly? Accepting & Correcting Your Hearing Loss Researchers estimate that over 30 million people in the United States suffer from hearing loss, but almost 75% avoid scheduling a hearing test to determine the cause and how to remedy this condition. As the baby boomer generation ages, more people are going to experience hearing loss. Many people with hearing loss do not take the steps needed to cor rect the problem. The rst step starts with getting a hearing exam when you rst notice you are experiencing symptoms. A hearing test can determine the cause of your hearing loss, and which state-of-the-art hearing devices can improve your quality of life. There is often a period of denial or hesitation that must be overcome before the appointment for the hearing test is made. At rst it may seem like you only have very mild hearing loss, if any, because you can hear someone talking to you, or you can hear the TV, radio, or a movie, you just cant catch every word. Or you may have trouble following conversations, but you always come up with a reason why its too noisy, people are speaking too fast, or there are too many people talking at once. The truth is that when you have early, mild hearing loss, you will start to have trouble hearing certain higher frequency sounds. Consonant sounds are in the higher range and are the rst to go. While you may hear voices, you may nd yourself mistaking similar-sounding words, like rent and sent or time and lime. If you believe you have mild hearing loss, begin by getting a hearing exam. You can use the results of the hearing test to rule out or x any correctable conditions, and then you can assess if any of the new and advanced hearing technologies can help you hear more clearly. After your hearing test you will be able to make a more educated To Schedule Your FREE HEARING TEST CALL ANY OF THE LOCATIONS LISTED BELOW TODAY! *No Cost *No Obligation *No Pressure 30% 50% OFF MSRP Audibel SCA Features Digital Sound Processing Usually Found Only In Hearing Aids Costing Thousands More! So small the only thing people will NOTICE IS BETTER HEARING decision about what your options are to prevent further hearing loss and hear more clearly immediately, improving your overall quality of life. Purchasing a hearing aid is not a decision made lightly. Its important that the person you are working with listens to you and works together with you to address your specic hearing needs. You need to be able to trust their guidance in choosing a solution to match your lifestyle. Advances In Hearing Care! A hearing specialist with Audibel Hearing Centers will be available to answer all your questions and discuss the latest advances in hearing care. Even with the new technology, your brain still needs time to readjust to hearing sounds it may not have been hearing for years. You will be amazed at your own ability to reconnect with your life with the help of this advanced technology. In addition, technology is constantly changing. A hearing test can now determine if you have even very mild hearing loss, and the new genera tion of digital hearing aids has nearly eliminated the problems of feedback, and extraneous noise that was bothersome with earlier models. Most hearing losses dont require expensive hearing aids to help you with sounds you were missing, including those lost consonants, without introducing additional, distracting noises. Personalized programming adjustments ensure your hearing aid is set to your specic loss and unique needs. No One Will Know It is true that hearing aids of past years did have a stigma attached to them. They were large and bulky, and usually they were visible to anyone who walked by. But just as the internal technology has changed, so have the external characteristics of digital hearing aids. New models are virtually invisible when worn making your Audibel hearing aid far less noticeable than your hearing loss. With advanced digital technology and miniaturiza tion, nobody else has to know that youre wearing a hearing device. In addition, hearing aids technology has an exciting future. Even now you can have your hearing aid connected to different external devices, such as an MP3 player, a cell phone, radio, or your TV. As microchips continue to get smaller, the amount of data processing power continues to increase at astronomical rates, allowing for hearing aids to be made smaller while continuing to improve sound quality. If you checked out hearing aids ve years ago, you should take a look at the new models you might be surprised at how far things have come and how easily hearing loss may be corrected. Hearing loss can affect people of all ages. If you were in the military, law enforcement, or simply exposed to the loud noises of machinery in a factory, you could have developed hearing loss at an early age. Dont be embarrassed by your inability to hear clearly take action now and get a hearing test to nd out what you can do to enhance your ability to hear clearly and prevent continued deterioration. Start by having a hearing test and then take steps to decide if you feel comfortable with the new technologies. Think about it how much time and energy are you spending apologizing because you misheard something, or asking someone to speak louder or to repeat themselves? Having a hearing test and wearing a hearing device can alleviate many problems caused by hearing loss and that is priceless! When sound waves reach the ear, they are gathered by the funnel-shaped outer ear and channeled into the middle ear. Sometimes hearing loss can be easily and quickly corrected by clearing blockage that can occur from wax build up. Years of using q-tips to clean your ears can embed layers of wax so tightly that it affects your ability to hear clearly. Thats why the rst part of your ear exam will be with an otoscope to determine if there is any blockage that can open up your ear canal and allow you to enjoy the beauty of unmuted sound again. At the entrance to the middle ear, sound waves hit the eardrum. A damaged eardrum can not only be painful, but it can mufe natural sounds and make it extremely difcult to hear clearly. If youre experiencing hearing loss, its important to nd out if it is a correctable condition involving the middle ear. Sound vibrations travel through the middle ear and into the uid lled inner ear where they are converted into signals that are sent to your brain. Damage to the inner ear can lead to deafness, so its vital to make sure your inner ear is functioning properly. Problems with the inner ear often require surgery or medication. If the damage is irreparable, youll want to ask about the new cochlea implants that can help restore your ability to hear again. There is also new scientic and medical research with stem cell transplants that can regrow damaged inner ear hair follicles (known as cilia) that send electronic signals to your brain allowing you to translate sounds into language. Researchers at Stanford University say that they are 5-10 years away from a breakthrough that could possibly correct human deafness. To evaluate your hearing a specialist will perform a series of hearing tests. These tests are often performed by using a combination of electronic equipment and headphones. Hearing tests can determine whether a hearing impairment exists and what the cause may be. Your hearing examination will also let you know the degree of hearing loss you are experiencing, from mild to profound, and what technologies are available to help correct your hearing loss. The results of your hearing exam will provide you with the road map to what you should do next to regain and restore your ability to hear clearly again. Thomas Edison Suffered From Hearing Loss! One of the most famous people with hearing loss in history is the inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931), who is credited with inventing the phonograph, light bulb, and movie camera. What many people are not aware of is that Edison became technically deaf in his early teens. It could have been from a childhood illness or the result of a boxingof his ears by a train conductor. Sun City Center4850 Sun City Center Blvd. 813-634-845120 Locations in the Tampa/St. Pete Area, one just minutes from you www.oridahearing.com E LLENTON B RADENTON (941) 722-7200 (941) 747-6966 B RANDON T AMPA (813) 681-4046 (813) 831-9442This advertisement funded by the MANUFACTURER, Minneapolis, MN Arnold Palmer HEARING AID BATTERIES FREE HEARING AID REPAIRS ALL MAKES ALL MODELSBring in your damaged hearing aid. If we can x it in our lab, we will, at no charge Limit 2 Packs Per Household. Must Have Coupon. exp. 1/31/14TWO PACKS 99 in noisy environments. music and TV whistling and buzzing customized for your ears

PAGE 3

JANUARY 23, 2014 3 FREE Low-E AND Glass Up gra de on Simonton Wi ndows foryour House or Patio FREE A rgon FREE Wi ndow Cl eaning 649-1599 www.BRATESALUMINUM.com Gas Up gradeCall For A FREE Estimate....FREE Window Upgrades!mention this AD at time of estimate TECO Rebates! 1701 Rickenbacker Drive Suite 102 Sun City Center, FL 33573(813) 634-8877www.brandoneye.com Sun City Center Cataract & Eye Clinic Add Healthy Vision to your New Year Resolution List JANUARY IS N ATIONAL GLAUCOMA A WARNESS M ONTH HAVE FUN AND LEARN TO PLAY BETTER BRIDGE Bridge Teachers Association of Sun City Center Bridge Lessons for Players on All LevelsEASYBRIDGE! 2: FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SOME KNOWLEDGE OF BRIDGE 10 weeks starting Friday, February 21st, 8:30 AM, Horizon Room, cost $2 Instructor: Kathy Smith, 480-3368, kathjosmith@gmail.com WINNING WITH GOOD DEFENSIVE PLAY 8 weeks includes basic bidding and Play of the Hand review Starts Tuesday, February 4, 9:00 a.m., Horizon Room Cost is $50 which includes book Instructor: Leslie Cox, 634-4296, lesliecox3@yahoo.com SPECIAL MINI-LECTURES TO IMPROVE YOUR BRIDGE Sign-up in the Horizon Room or contact the instructorTHE FOLLOWING TOPICS START MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD9 AM, Horizon Room, $5 per session Feb 3 Bidding Messages Feb 10 Developing Tricks Feb 17 Hold-up Play Feb 24 Strong Opening Bids & Responses Mar 3 Slam Bidding Mar 10 Pre-emptive BidsInstructor: Pat Rippel 642-9216, patrippel@hotmail.comTHE FOLLOWING TOPICS START WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH9 AM, Caper Room, $5 per session Feb 26 Signals Mar 5 Forcing and Non Forcing Bids Mar 12 Transfers Mar 19 Takeout Doubles & Negative DoublesMar 26 Cuebids Apr 2 OvercallsInstructor: Ronda OFarrell 634-7393, rondastart@aol.com No Charge 9 Tax PreparationCall Today For Your Appointment and Receive Your FREE Tax Organizer 1653 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL 33573 813-633-7333 Fax 813-633-6420Located in the Payant Financial Plaza FREE FREE Castor backing measure to delay flood insurance rate hikesBy %  KEVIN BRADY kevin@observernews.netCongress is moving to give at least some relief to homeowners facing massive rate hikes in their federal flood insurance rates. Language to delay some of the increases triggered by changes to the flood insurance program is part of a $1.1 trillion 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act passed Jan. 14. With Democrats and Republicans agreeing to the appropriations act, supporters hope a majority of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle will support the measure. The Act would stop enforcement until October of higher premiums on homeowners who would see them under new flood maps. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is overseeing the implementation of the higher rates, would also have 60 days to provide Congress with a report on ways to keep rates more affordable, according to the Act. During the delay, FEMA and Congress need to go back to the drawing board for a permanent fix to ensure that our neighbors and small business owners do not suffer unconscionable increases, said Congresswoman Kathy Castor Jan. 14. The Democrats waterfront district includes Riverview, Apollo Beach and Ruskin as well as Tampa and the southern tip of St. Petersburg. The Act would immediately halt increases for existing homeowners and help approximately 2 million Florida families through fiscal year 2014, said Castor, who has been pushing Congress to address the issue since last November and co-sponsored a bipartisan bill to address skyrocketing rate hikes last year. I urge my colleagues in Congress to support the legislation and provide a lifeline to millions of our neighbors right away. Thousands of Hillsborough County homeowners and businesses currently pay subsidized flood insurance rates through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Flood insurance rate hikes, and uncertainty over whether Congress will act to delay or repeal them, has cast a pall over the market for homes in flood-prone areas, said Amy Soto, a Riverview Realtor who has been buying and selling homes in South County for 13 years. Soto said homeowners and Realtors would welcome any action to decrease the amount of the rate hikes but it would still leave the uncertainty over substantial rate hikes in the future. As a buyer, if I knew there was a temporary delay in rate increases, I dont know that I would still buy that home because I dont know whats coming in the future. It may make the home affordable right this second but it doesnt make it affordable for the long term. With the NFIP $24 billion in the red after losses from Hurricane Katrina and other devastating floods, Congress passed the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 in an attempt to restore solvency to the program with insurance rates more reflective of the risk of living on the water. As a result of the 2012 law, rates jumped dramatically for some homeowners last October. Businesses and vacation homes in areas prone to flooding would all see their subsidized insurance rates PHOTO COURTESY OF REP. KATHY CASTORRep. Kathy Castorphased out over time under the law. Single-family homeowners keep their federally subsidized rates under the 2012 law; however, that subsidy does not apply to anyone who wants to buy their home. Of the NFIPs 5.6 million policy holders, 1.1 million are subsidized, according to FEMA. Florida is the programs largest customer with 2 million policies. Of those, 270,000 are subsidized by the federal government. Around five percent of subsidized property holders those covering non-primary residences, businesses, and severe repetitive loss properties saw immediate increases in their premiums under the 2012 law. The flood insurance rate hikes 600 percent for one Apollo Beach home was not atypical under the new rate scheme were repeated across the country in waterfront communities from Louisiana to Florida and created a massive outcry from homeowners. Local Realtors also criticized the rate hikes, saying it would hurt Floridas real estate market, which was starting to show signs of recovery after years of falling prices and foreclosure rates among the highest in the nation. The real estate market needs to see the issue resolved, Soto said. Everyone that I have been dealing with is staying away from homes that would require flood insurance. For more information on changes to NFIP flood insurance rates, see FEMAs web page on the subject: www.fema.gov/flood-insurancereform-act-2012.

PAGE 4

4 JANUARY 23, 2014 Hunter Douglas brand products are designed and custom-assembled in the United States to ensure that consumers have the superb quality, outstanding service and enduring style they expect and deserve for their homes.* Underscoring the excellence of American design and craftsmanship and exclusive Hunter Douglas Lifetime Guarantee instills confidence and trust that all the companys products are of the highest quality and workmanship. Plus, Hunter Douglas leads the industry with unique, award-winning designs and stylish energyefficient products. Why settle for anything less than Hunter Douglas? To learn more, call or stop by today. Your Flooring & Window Treatment Experts....22 Years Strong! THE 2011 & 2012 DOVE INTERIORS CARPET ONE SUPPORTS MADE IN AMERICA! DOVE INTERIORS FLOORING & WINDOW TREATMENTS *Some Hunter Douglas Contract products are assembled outside the United States. 2011 Hunter Douglas. Registered trademark of Hunter Douglas 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:Chere Simmons. ......Editor/Creative Direc.chere@observernews.net Carol MacAlister. ...........Associate Editor carol@observernews.netMitch Traphagen. ...................Online Editormitch@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:Wes Mullins. .............................Publisher wmullins@mmprintinc.com Vilma Stillwell. ...Display Advertising Rep. vilma@observernews.net Nan Kirk. ...........Display Advertising Rep. nan@observernews.netFor current rates and circulation information visit our website at www.ObserverNews.netPRODUCTION:Jason Martin. .........Graphic Arts / Layout jason@observernews.netCLASSIFIED / CIRCULATION:Beverly Kay.........Classied / Circulation beverly@observernews.netThe views expressed by our writers are not necessarily shared by The Observer News, SCC Observer, The Riverview Current or M&M Printing Co., Inc. Award-Winning Newspapers In last weeks column I offered some ideas on how to defeat depression, but space did not allow me to expand on the subject. I believe in self help, so Im offering more suggestions of things you can do to head off, reduce or eliminate depression. Do all within your power to chase away the gloom from your life or that of someone you love. But always keep in mind that for serious clinical depression, trained professional medical help may be indicated. from your surroundings. As one example, many offices and homes have negative sayings or pictures (in the form of humor) posted where they can be seen on a constant basis. In one store, I saw a large picture of a group of scraggly looking people dressed poorly, and under the picture was the caption: Our staff is just waiting to help you. I know the owner thinks the picture is cute, but every time I think about his store, I picture the staff as he has them portrayed on the wall. I find that depressing, and I can imagine that the people on the staff are not real happy with the depiction of them. Take a critical look around you for things that might be causing you depression or adding to your sense of uneasiness. possible to your life. Humor is the great healer. My late friend Dr. Norman Cousins swore that humor brought him back from the edge of death twice. He was told that he had a very small chance of survival in two separate instances and both times he relied on humor to build the endorphins in his system, which facilitated his healing. Humor may not be able to cure every human ailment, but it can go a long way toward making illness bearable. Take every opportunity to laugh, be a little silly, and look for the good in everything that happens as serious as cancer can be the subject of humor and it can help the patient. Another friend, Christine Clifford Beckwith, inspired by her experience with breast cancer, wrote Not Now... Im Having a No Hair Day. It is one of the first books of its kind to offer hope to cancer victims, their families and friends through the healing power of humor. on our moods. Be sure it is the right music to pick you up, not put you down. I remember a few years ago at a Defense Supply Agency base in Columbus, Ohio, the commander ordered the playing of march music at the end of the working day. Many thought it a hokey thing to do; but as a visitor to the installation, I noticed a real difference. At quitting time, the employees at that facility walked briskly to their cars with heads held high. Comparing that to the shambling movements I see of employees at other companies and government installations, I believe that the music made the difference. Much of country music is depressing if you listen to the words. People tell me all the time, I dont listen to the words I just like the beat. Well, be aware that your mind is recording the words and they are impacting you. The good news, I am told, is that if you play country music backwards, you get your job back, your truck back and your girl back. Choose your music carefully it will set the tone for your feelings. Depression is contagious; you can catch it and you can give it to others. Try hard not to be a carrier and even harder not to allow your atmosphere to be a fertile place for it to grow.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: Bouncing back (Part 2)Free tax prep at Hillsborough County Extension Office sion Office is offering free tax preparation assistance for individuals and families with incomes of $58,000 or less in 2013. Tax filers will be able to access a self-guided tax preparation program and receive assistance, as needed, from an IRS-trained and certified volunteer. This free service is offered as part of the United Way Suncoast Prosperity Campaign. For a list of other free tax prep sites visit www.myfreetaxes.com/tampa. Appointments are required and will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 2 to 7 p.m. starting Feb. 4 through April 8. For more information or for individuals requiring special accommodations, contact Lisa Leslie at 813-744-5519 or lesliel@hillsboroughcounty.org.Chili Cook-Off & Car Show comes to E.G. Simmons ParkOn Saturday, Feb. 15 the 20th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Car Show Prizes will be awarded for the best chili as well as the best decorated booth. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and there will be live entertainment. The car show starts at 10 a.m., and chili will begin to be served at noon. The entire event will conclude at 2 p.m. Admission is the standard $2 park entry Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW in Ruskin. The Chili Cook-Off & Car Show is sponsored by the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation & Conservation Department. Organizers are seeking more chili cookers. For information, call 813-671-7655.

PAGE 5

JANUARY 23, 2014 5 Seminar Tuesday, Feb. 11th @ 11:00 am FREE FOOD Join us for exclusive specials and your chance to win prizes at our upcoming seminar! www.ImageLift.comRich Castellano, M.D., Founder, Medical Director Randall Weyrich, M.D.Call 855.968.8411 to reserve your seat TODAY!All events are 100% complimentaryRefresh. Renew. Reveal... The New You.Facial Rejuvenation. Rich Castellano, M.D. Randall Weyrich, M.D., Purse Repairs & Alterations such as handle shortening and replacements(across from Bank of America) Kathleens CleanHouse and Condo Cleaning Move-ins and Move-outs Spring Cleaning$5.00 off rst cleaningLet us make your life easierCall for a FREE Quote813-260-3375 Apollo Beach Elementary students in music teacher Jim Miras class were given a rare treat last Friday. The fifth graders were the audience to 15-year-old Gareth Laffely, an award-winning Native American flute player/singer/songwriter and producer from an area near Nashville, Tenn. Gareth is the youngest member of the Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences. While visiting the area, he entertained the students with his unique style of playing his many flutes, while giving an informative program on the history of the instrument Apollo Beach Elementary Principal Barbara Mercer poses with Native American flute player Gareth Laffely and music teacher Jim Mira, after Gareths performance for Miras 5th grade music class Jan. 17.Apollo Beach students learn about Native American music, history and the Native American culture. Gareth performs across the U.S. and Canada. He has recently released his newest CD, The Journey, which he recorded with two-time Grammy Awardnominated hit songwriter and Dove Award-winning producer Robert White Johnson (Celine Dion, Larnelle Harris, the Beach Boys, Edyta, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, .38 Special). Gareth also volunteers with hospice, using his music to soothe terminal patients. He also performs programs for school systems focusing on anti-bullying awareness with a song he wrote about bullying called This Time. Gareths music video, Move On (recorded and released when he was 13 years old), gained him national recognition. He wrote the song about a friend who had been misdiagnosed and passed away from cancer. The song has been used to raise awareness for cancer and Gareth donates all proceeds from the song to help find a cure. Gareth enjoyed answering the students questions about music and the Native American culture while he visited Apollo Beach Elementary. For more information about Gareth visit www.GarethMusic.com.

PAGE 6

6 JANUARY 23, 2014

PAGE 7

JANUARY 23, 2014 7 7 things you must know before putting your home up for saleHillsborough County A new report has just been released which reveals 7 costly mistakes that most homeowners make when selling their home, and a 9 Step System that can help you sell your home fast and for the most amount of money. This industry report shows clearly how the traditional ways of selling homes have become increasingly less and less effective in todays market. The fact of the matter is that fully three quarters of homesellers dont get what they want for their homes and become disillusioned and worse nancially disadvantaged when they put their homes on the market. As this report uncovers, most homesellers make 7 deadly mistakes that cost them literally thousands of dollars. The good news is that each and every one of these mistakes is entirely preventable. In answer to this issue, industry insiders have prepared a free special report entitled The 9 Step System to Get Your Home Sold Fast and For Top Dollar. To hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report call toll-free 1-800665-3797 and enter 1000. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW to nd out how you can get the most money for your home.This report is courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Kathy Farrell. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract. Copyright 2014 PAID ADVERTISEMENT PAID ADVERTISEMENT South Hillsborough Elks Lodge #2672 Upcoming Activities Every Monday Karaoke for Elks and guests, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 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 from 5 to 7 p.m. 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. $8. Music by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 Blue Plate Special for all Elks and their guests, 5 p.m., $8 per person. Menu: Baked Chicken with all the trimmings, including dessert. Only 50 tickets available. The South Hillsborough Elks Lodge is a clean, smoke-free environment that accepts all major credit and debit cards and is located at 1630 US Hwy 41 S. in Ruskin. Telephone 813-645-2089. RUSKIN BrR ANCH LIbr BR Ar R Y Adult Computer Classes for the Technologically ChallengedFree Open Source Software Programs & O/S Thursday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m.For adults. An introduction to free open source software alternatives to commonly used programs. Discover free alternatives to Microsoft Office products, Photoshop, even a completely free alternative to Windows O/S uBuntu.Windows 8: Introduction Friday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. For adults. Learn the layout, switching from tiles to desktop, and how to get the Start button back. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended. For adults. Bring your Kindle and operation questions with you. Will demonstrate how to register the device, open an Amazon account, and get an eBook on the device. Computer Tutor Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. Tutoring in Microsoft software, email, and the Internet. Seating limit: 18. Registration in person required no earlier than one hour prior to the program start. Standing, from left are: Sharon Vasquez, President, Jeanne Burkeson, Robin Kreimeier, Sara ONeal, Ginny Burrow, Lois Kelley Beverly Fletchall and Judy Peck, VP Membership. Seated are Janet Pizzichetti, Sonja Davidson and Genevieve Waite. Carol Newcomb is missing from the photo.Apollo Beach Womans Club honors long-time membersAt the January meeting of the Apollo Beach Womans Club 11 members were honored for their longevity in the club. Judy Peck, 2nd VP, introduced the honorees and gave a brief history of their participation in ABWC. Sharon Vasquez, President, presented each with red and yellow roses, signifying friendship and love. Sonja Davidson (35 years) is the cornerstone on whom the foundation of the ABWC depends. Sonja has been on the board from 2002 to the present and for nine years she was the annual bake sale chairperson. This year the bake sale netted over $1900 for the Scholarship Fund. Janet Pizzichette joined ABWC in 1984 and has been a supporter for 30 Years. Beverly Fletchall (20 years) joined ABWC in 1994 and remembers when 18 ladies attended the meetings; today they have 150 members. Beverly held many board positions, including President, and at present is Co-chair of Community Service with Marcia Ward. Carol Newcomb (20 years) continues to enjoy the Culture Club trips and attending events. For 15 years Ginny Burrow, Lois Kelley and Genevieve Waite have shared their enthusiasm and support in the many activities at ABWC. Jeanne Burkeson, Robin Kreimeier and Sara ONeal have given 10 years of wisdom and service to ABWC.Local author honored in national book awards programRuskin novelist Robert Jay has been named among the winners and finalists in this years New England Book Festival Book Awards Program. An annual national book awards program, the New England Book Festival celebrates the best books of the holiday season. This years awards program recognized local author Robert Jay, who was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Young Adult category for his latest novel, Montooth 3: Red Cross of Gold. Published by Cloverleaf Corporation, Publishing Division, Montooth 3: Red Cross of Gold is the newest release in the multiple award-winning Montooth quintet. Montooth 3: Red Cross of Gold was released after the premiere of the Montooth and the Canfield Witch film book trailer (produced by HuB Studios) which can be viewed by visiting: www.montoothbooks.com. When Montooth 3: Red Cross of Gold opens, its the mid-1950s smack dab in the middle of the rock n roll era. Television shows are replacing radio programs, and refrigeration retires horse-drawn home milk delivery and kitchen canning. Change may be afoot, but one thing is constant: heroine Carty and her band of brothers are about to find themselves in the middle of a big adventure. Suspense, adventure, intrigue, and mystery intersect in this charming new Montooth tale. Author Robert Jay has been honored by the Florida Writers Association, receiving its prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award for historical fiction. He has also been recognized by the Young Voices Foundation for his devotion to inspiring and educating his audience, receiving literary awards for both adult and young adult fiction. Jay holds an economics degree from Kent State University and an MBA from the University of Indianapolis. A 24-year international banker, he presided over the 135-branch U.S. Military Banking system in West Germany, Holland, and Greece during the tumultuous years surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall. Since 1992, Jay has served as the president of a national highway safety company headquartered in Florida. He holds several patents for safety devices used on roads. Cloverleaf Corporation, Publishing Division is an independent press headquartered in Ruskin, Florida. Montooth 3: Red Cross of Gold is available for purchase at www.montoothbooks.com, by calling 888-388-1882, and where books are sold.

PAGE 8

8 JANUARY 23, 2014 AAA Travel Agency has created a tour, and Azamara Club Cruises a cruise to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Join us as we visit many of the epic sites related to the American experience in World War II. Memories of WW II From Normandy to Berlin Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day June 23 & 30, July 15, 2014From $4,399 per personMemories of WWII Cruise Azamara Journey sails from Lisbon to Hamburg. Includes 2-night pre-stay in Lisbon Only available through AAA Travel Agency! From $4,692 per person CONTA CT YOUR AAA TRAVEL CONSULTA NT FOR DETAILS! 717 Cortaro Drive in Sun City CenterTravel Agency Tour fares are per person, double occupancy, land only including taxes and are in U.S. Dollars. Cruise fares are per person, double occupancy, cruise only and include nondiscountable amounts and are in U.S. Dollars. Government taxes and fees are additional. Airfare, air taxes & air fees are additional. Other restrictions and conditions apply. Contact your AAA Travel Consultant for complete details and information on these exclusive AAA departures. The Auto Club Group is not responsible for errors or omissions in the printing of this ad. BR34-0002 Ruskin VFW Post #6287, 5120 U.S. 41 N. has listed the following weekly activities. Meetings are: VFW and LAVFW on the 2nd Wednesday each month; and MAVFW on the 3rd Thursday each month. Chapel duty at the VA Hospital every Sunday all month, 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 Bar Bingo 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24Fish Fry 4:30 p.m. Music by Full Circle 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25Crew Games. Music by You 2 Kan till ??? Sunday, Jan. 26 Lounge Games 2 p.m. Music by Bert & Sassy 6:30 p.m. Queen of Hearts Drawing 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 Crew Games 6 p.m. Steak dinner 4:30 p.m. Music by You 2 Kan 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 Lounge Games 1-4 p.m. Bingo: doors open 3 p.m., Bingo 6 p.m. Kitchen opens 4:30 p.m. ECG Wellcare holds ribbon cutting ceremonyOn Jan. 14, Dr. Alicia Thomas of ECG Wellcare invited the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event was held to celebrate the expansion of their neurofeedback and biofeedback therapy services to children with ADD/ADHD, reading difficulties, speech problems and sport concussions. ECG staff offers a welcoming, family-centered patient care environment, committed to providing expert, compassionate care to each pediatric patient, as well as responding to the concerns and needs of parents and family members. Gve them a call at 813-3730016 to get more information or to schedule a visit. ECG Wellcare is located at 10008 Park Place Ave. in Riverview. You can also visit their website at www.ecgcares.com.HUTH & BOOTH PHOTORiverview author explores Golden Rule and bullying in new bookIn her new childrens book, Scary Bully, author Cathy Finch White explores the concept of the Golden Rule to raise awareness on bullying. The story introduces readers to Antwon, the meanest kid in his class. He takes childrens lunches, pushes them around and breaks their things. But there is one girl Antwon just cant seem to push around. When Nikia discovers a secret about Antwon, she decides to try to beat Antwon at his own game. Readers will follow along as Antwon and Nikia find out the importance of treating others the way they would like to be treated in Scary Bully. Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com. White began the journey of writing for children shortly after the birth of her grandson. Her goal is to educate children by showing them the impor tance of reading. Spoto High School JNROTC instructor speaks at MOWW luncheonFRANK KEPLEY PHOTOSteve Nesthus, left, and Charles Conover, Lt. Col. USA (Ret.), MOWW CommanderAt their Jan. 16 meeting/luncheon at the Sun City Center Freedom Plaza Club, the Military Oder of the World Wars (MOWW) heard retired Navy Lt. Commander Steve Nesthus give a presentation on the JNROTC (Junior Naval ROTC) program at Spoto High School in Riverview. After Steves commissioning, he was stationed at the Office of Naval Intelligence in Suitland, MD. During that tour NSA (National Security Agency) and the CIA requested that the Navy detail him for six months to those organizations to assist them by heading an effort to conduct information gathering in the Persian Gulf after the USS Stark was attacked. Steve spent several years working for the NSA experiencing huge successes for satellite support to military operations (worldwide). Upon retiring in June 2001, he opened the Flanagan JNROTC Unit in Pembroke Pines. He spent six years there and his JNROTC students went to three state championships and four national championships, and were crowned the National Champions the fourth year. After a stint at Gulf High School in New Port Richey, Steve moved to Spoto High School. Steve presented the group with information relative to the training of the JNROTC student, i.e., the techniques, type of training and ultimate goals of the program, emphasizing academics, military skills, discipline and respect of country.Public meeting to focus on Bloomingdale area transportation improvementsThe Hillsborough County Public Works Department has scheduled a public meeting for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 to discuss transportation improvements and receive community input for the Bloomingdale area. County staff will be at the meeting to answer questions. The location is the Bloomingdale High School Auditorium, 1700 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. All meeting facilities are accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additional necessary accommodations will be provided with a 48-hour notice. For more information, call Steve Valdez, Citizen Services Manager, 813-272-5275. TTY: 301-7173.

PAGE 9

JANUARY 23, 2014 9 ENJOY A COMPLIMENTARY DENTAL IMPLANT and PERIODONTAL EXAM Web: www.bradentonperio.com | Email: trubino@bradentonperio.com BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HomeServices Florida RealtyFormerly PRUDENTIAL FLORIDA REALTY Dolores Bitner 813-642-1156 Bob Kenny 813-642-1184 Chris SpoonerRENTAL AGENT813-642-1152 Walt Towner 813-642-1176 Katie Bush 813-642-1166 Shelley Copeland 813-642-1163 Karen Lifshin 813-642-1181 Cindy Arnold 813-642-1165 Helen Baron 813-642-1187 Mary King 813-642-1185 Lois Singer 813-642-1175 Bill Horobec 813-642-1159 Charlie Cooper 813-642-1172 Hugh Allen 813-642-1153 Pat Wyss 813-642-1164 Tom Devine 813-642-1173 Trudy Province 813-642-1174 Donna Stoner 813-642-1157 Rachel Colvin 813-642-1167813-642-15001525 Rickenbacker Dr., Suite #101 (SunTrust Building) Sun City Center, FL 33573www.bhhsoridarealty.comFax: 813-633-4815International Internet Exposure Real Estate Specialists From Tampa to Sarasota Since 1977Call Today For Your FREE MARKET ANALYSISLicensed Real Estate Broker: Richard Cohen14 An independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Afliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc. Equal Housing Opportunity. EQUAL HOUSING O PPORTUNITY REALTOR.comREALTORS 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 JazzyJazzy is a dilute calico who is one of the shelters senior cats. She has a white front and is a very pretty girl. She was a C.A.R.E. cat many years ago and has had a home since then; however, she recently lost her home due to owner illness. She is very friendly and loves the attention of the volunteers. Her problem is that she is not used to all the other cats so she chooses to stay in the cages in the adult room. Go visit with this senior girl; she would love to go to a forever home with you. As part of her adoption Jazzy has been brought up to date on her shots, and will be micro chipped. She has also been spayed. Approx. DOB: January 2, 2001. Holly Holly is a cheerful, joyful poodle mix. She is slightly shy at the beginning of introductions because shes still trying to figure out why shes at the shelter. Holly was surrendered to C.A.R.E. because her caregiver found it was too much to handle two young dogs. Holly is a dainty, elegant beauty who would love to be part of your life. As you talk to Holly she sits and tilts her head and listens intently as if she understands what you are saying. Holly would be a great addition for anyone single, couple or family. As part of Hollys adoption she has been made current on routine shots, and will be spayed, and micro chipped. DOB: May 2, 2013.Emergency help in paying electric bills availableHillsborough County has funds immediately available to assist lowincome residents with payments of delinquent electric bills through its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Qualifications Low-income households may qualify if they meet the following criteria: come below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines tice energy bill Additional requirements may be necessary for eligibility determination. Applicants will be informed of these requirements at the time of application. How to Apply Local applicants will need to bring the following information with them to the Ruskin (SouthShore) Community Resource Center, 201 14th Ave. SE in Ruskin; 813-671-7647: members for the last 90 days. This proof can be a pay check stub, employer letter, public assistance check, Supplementary Security Income check, unemployment check or a pension check stub. or electric bill idency, such as: valid drivers license with current address, a letter from your landlord or mortgage company, voters registration card, etc. hold members Hillsborough Countys Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program offered by the Department of Family and Aging Services. For more information, contact the neighborhood service center or 813-2726770.Chuck Cobb appears Jan. 31 at Manatee RV ParkSinger/Guitarist/Entertainer/Musician Chuck Cobb will appear in a free concert at Manatee RV Park on Friday, Jan. 31 from 7 to 11 p.m. Chuck Cobb has been entertaining people of all ages for the last 40 years. His blending of vocals and humor with an uncanny musical sense has made him a local celebrity along the beaches of West-Central Florida. He is a one-man band with a set list that covers solid gold oldies, folk, rock n roll, rhythm n blues, Caribbean soul and beach boogie. 41, seven miles south of Ruskin and four miles north of I-275.

PAGE 10

10 JANUARY 23, 2014 Cypress Creek Golf Club 1011 Cypress Village Blvd., RuskinPlease call for reservation 813-440-4576 Ext. 2Saturday isSteak Nightat Cypress Creek 6oz Filet of Beef Tenderloin w/ Barnaise Sauce .................................. $19.95 10oz Prime Rib of Beef w/ Horseradish Sauce & Savory Aujus ............ $15.95 From our Jim Beam Grill Each steak grilled to your desired tempature then brushed with our signature Jim Beam Honey glaze. 14oz T-Bone Steak .................................................................................. $18.95 12oz New York Strip ............................................................................... $16.95 10oz Delmonico ...................................................................................... $17.95 8oz Ribeye ............................................................................................... $16.95 Grilled Shrimp Kabob brushed with our own Mango Jim Beam Honey glaze served over rice pilaf .............................................................................. $15.95 6oz Filet of Beef Tenderloin w/ Barnaise Sauce ..................................$19.95 10oz Prime Rib of Beef w/ Horseradish Sauce & Savory Aujus ............$15.95 From our Jim Beam Grill Each steak grilled to your desired temperature then brushed with our signature Jim Beam Honey glaze. 14oz T-Bone Steak ..................................................................................$18.95 12oz New York Strip ...............................................................................$16.95 10oz Delmonico ......................................................................................$17.95 8oz Ribeye ...............................................................................................$16.95 Grilled Shrimp Kabob brushed with our own Mango Jim Beam Honey glaze served over rice pilaf ..............................................................................$15.95LUNCH: Tues. Sat. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. DINNER: Wed. Sat. 4 to 8 p.m. BRUNCH: Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.All entrees served with vegetables Du Jour and your choice of side All items come with House Salad or Cup of Soup Choose from:1/4 Lb. Cheeseburger with French Fries or 1. Sweet Potato Fries Hot Dog Basket with Fries and Slaw 2. Fried Fish Sandwich with Fries and Slaw 3. Honey BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Fries or 4. Sweet Potato Fries Open Face Roast Beef Sandwich with 5. Mashed Potatoes and Brown Gravy Teriyaki Chicken Wrap with French Fries or 6. Sweet Potato Fries Grilled Ham and Cheese with 7. CUP OF SOUP BOWL 8. of Soup and Garden Salad 8 lunch items for$8 each(plus tax)Includes Coffee or Tea(Soda is regular menu price) 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 Riverview chamber committee hears advantages of hiring military spousesPENNY FLETCHER PHOTOThe Veterans Affairs Committee of the Riverview Chamber of Commerce meets with Amanda Patterson Crowe, executive director of a program that helps employ spouses of military personnel in hopes of informing local businesses about the advantages of hiring them. Meeting Jan. 17 are (from right, starting at the head of the table) Richard Rohde, Eros Dahl, Tanya Doran, Joe Eletto, Frank Strom, Amanda Patterson Crowe, and Tina Provo. By %  PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.netWhile its a general belief that businesses hiring spouses and other dependents of military personnel means they are likely to lose them quickly, a program called InGear Career shows why thats not true. The third Friday of each month the Veterans Affairs Committee of the Riverview Chamber of Commerce meets at the Bridges Retirement Community on Bloomingdale Avenue (across from the Barn Theatre) to discuss how local businesses can help veterans. While discounts are popular, according to Eros Dahl, who is in charge of talking with business about discounts, the team said they knew more could be done and has been investigating ways to go about it. One of the biggest problems military families have is that spouses with careers are displaced and while they may have good job skills, they have no connections when they enter new communities. Its the general belief that if you hire spouses or other dependents of military personnel, youll lose them and have to replace them quickly, said Amanda Patterson Crowe, executive director of InGear Career, a program specifically developed to help these spouses get jobs. We incorporated as a chapter here in 2013 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 because this is one of the biggest concerns of military families. She went on to explain that 84 percent of military spouses are college graduates; 26 percent are unemployed; and 42 percent are underemployed.Much of this is in remote locations like Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Tampa Bay is much better, but still, businesses have the idea if they hire them they will quickly have to retrain someone else, she said.InGear Career started with the Tampa chamber and is now working into the outlying areas surrounding MacDill Air Force Base because the families are spread all over the area. Weve found that the chambers are the best way to introduce our job seekers to businesses, Crowe said. Statistics show that military spouses dont change jobs at a higher rate than the general population. But their resumes can be very jumbled, and thats where we can help by making the introduction and showing what a good candidate the person is. You see, maybe a spouse is a nutritionist, and is applying for a job as a budget analyst because theyre good with numbers and there arent any nutritionist jobs available. But the skills can cross over nicely. Spouse employment is a big reason why many people leave military service, she added. If the spouse isnt happy, its a strain on the whole family. Meanwhile, Dahl has been working diligently to find businesses that will offer true discounts to military families. Coupons are one thing, but deep discounts are another, he said. He has researched and is now working with the Brandon Foundation on this issue, he added. Gayle Cook of the MacDill Family Resource Center also brought information about their services. The group is involved in many upcoming events as well.On Feb. 14 there will be a national salute at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa at 11 a.m. with goody bags taken to hospitalized vets. Also, working with the South Shore Music Association, they are getting a music festival together with Mike Self, one of its organizers. Then there will be the 7th Annual Poker Run for the Haley House Fund hosted by the American Legion Riders Alafia Chapter Post 148, said Richard Rohde, team leader for the chambers Veterans Affairs Committee. This will be held Saturday, March 1 at the Post, 7240 U.S. 301 in Riverview. The group will soon have a dedicated page on the Riverview Chamber of Commerce website, said the chambers executive director Tanya Doran. Meanwhile, anyone who wishes to help in any way may contact the chamber at www. riverviewchamber.com or just show up at a meeting at The Bridges at 8 a.m. on the third Friday of the month. Crowe may be contacted directly by businesses at Amanda. crowe@ingearcareer.org. More may be learned about InGear Career at www. ingearcareer.org.

PAGE 11

JANUARY 23, 2014 11 Announce Your Upcoming Events NEWS@OBSERVERn N EWS.nN ETAnnounce Your Upcoming EventsNEWS@OBSERVERn N EWS.nN ETPsychic offers six-week lecture seriesPsychic Carol Ann Liaros will offer a lecture series every Friday morning at Dennys Restaurant, 3747 Sun City Center Blvd. The lectures will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and will cover the following subjects: Jan. 31 Exploring Inner Vision Feb. 7 Safe and Dangerous Doorways to the Unconscious Feb. 14 Intuition Formula Feb. 21 Connecting with Unseen Energies Feb. 28 Free Will ... or is the Future Predetermined? March 7 Living in Abundance The cost for the six-week series is $25; individual lectures are $5 per person. For more information, call 813-634-6534.CAROL ANN LIAROS Apollo Beach students named to Deans Honor Roll Teddy Gray and Toia L. Gray have been named by Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kans. to the Deans Honor Roll for the fall 2013 semester. The list includes undergraduate students only. To be eligible, students must have enrolled in 12 or more credit hours and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60 for the semester. Teddy Gray is a senior majoring in information networking and telecommunications (computer networking). Toia L. Gray is a sophomore majoring in political science. SouthShore Regional LibraryKids program/event highlights Crafternoon Thursday, Jan. 23 at 4:30 p.m. Join the childrens librarian and create colorful and fun crafts to take home with you. Pre-registration is required. Register at the Reference Desk or by calling 813-273-3652. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Bedtime Stories Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. For ages 5-10. 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. Story Time with Dora and Diego Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Join us for this special program featuring stories and songs about Dora the Explorer and her friend, Diego. After the stories, do some coloring and have your picture taken with Dora and Diego. Baby Time Monday, Jan. 27 at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 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. Fritzy Brothers One-Man Circus Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. For children ages 2-12. Join us for the exciting, hilarious, hysterical, silly, absurd, and witty One-Man Circus. Laugh with and at Fritzy Brothers as he entertains through juggling, riding his unicycle and other circus activities. Dont miss The Hoop of Death! Funding provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Toddler Time Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 10:05 and 10:35 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 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. Pee Wee Artists: Lets Create! Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Pee Wee Artists (3-5 years, adult must be present) will have fun with our art instructor creating an art project to take home. Limit 18. Registration required at either the SouthShore Regional Library Information Desk or by calling 813-273-3652. Story Time Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 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. Teen Volunteer Orientation Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Prospective teen volunteers are invited to attend this informational session. Topics will include the application process, filling out school forms, shelving guidelines, and volunteer expectations. Adult/Teen Zentangle Drawing Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Join art instructor Patsy Monk and have fun learning about Zentangle drawing. The instructor will teach step by step pattern design. Turn your simple drawings into art designs. All levels welcome. Limit: 22. Registration required at either the SouthShore Regional Library Information Desk or by calling 813-273-3652. 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, call Jim Duffy @ 813-634-1396. www.southshorefriends.com.District asks homeowners to Skip a Week of irrigation this winterWith recent rainfall and cooler temperatures this week, the Southwest Florida Water Management District is reminding residents who irrigate their lawns to Skip a Week or more of watering during the cooler months of January and February. According to research by the University of Florida, grass doesnt need to be watered as often during the cooler months. One-half to three-quarters of an inch of water every 10 days is sufficient. In fact, if your lawn has received any significant rainfall, then you can turn off your irrigation system and oper ate it manually as needed. Overwatering can encourage pests and disease in your lawn, said Robin Grantham, water conservation coordinator. Too much irrigation can also make lawns less able to survive droughts. Skipping a week of watering is as easy as off for residents with irrigation timers. Turn the timer to off for the week that you want to skip, and on for the week that you want to water, said Grantham. You can determine when your grass needs water when: minutes after walking on it. Watering every other week during the winter will help conserve drinking water supplies that the public needs for critical uses during the dry season. In fact, if everyone skipped one week of irrigation this season, it could save an estimated 1.9 billion gallons of water. For additional information about water restrictions and water conservation, visit the Districts website at WaterMatters.org/SkipAWeek. &Established in 1968 Printing Company, Inc.SHEETFED & WEB PRINTING

PAGE 12

12 JANUARY 23, 2014 CLARKE AUTOMOTIVE CLARKE AUTOMOTIVEOPEN ALL DAY SATURDAYEverything 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. 2/27/14MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONFREEValue$3995 AAA DiscountOBN 131 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 2/6/14 10% DISCOUNT on service or repair.EXCLUDES TIRES & SALES SPECIALS Honor All Competitors Coupons CABINET REFACINGDoor and Drawer Replacement Water Damage Repair or ReplacementCOUNTERTOPSGranite Cultured Marble Solid Surface South Shore Cabinet Works, Inc.We are local, doing business for 30+ years!813 493-3330 Licensed & Insured RUSKIN, FL 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. Playing With The Queen of Hearts 1 1 $20$35 per coupleTickets available at: Come play Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, the Money Wheel, Texas Holdem or try your luck on the Slot MachinesSponsors: HONOR F IG SouthShore Regional LibraryAdult program/event highlights Introduction to Kindle Fire Thursday, Jan. 23 at 12:30 p.m. An introduction to the Kindle Fire, including the registration of an Amazon account, WiFi, and other basic functions and settings. Limit: 20. 1001 Movies to See Before You Die Friday, Jan. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Join us to watch a film from the list, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. After the showing, there will be a brief discussion of the movie. Adult Writing Workshop Monday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. Connect with fellow writers to inspire, encourage, and exchange ideas about the writing process. Opportunities to share your 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. eMail for Android Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 12:30 p.m. Learn to set up and use the Android email app. Limit: 20. Online Genealogy Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m. Learn how to begin your family history research using Internet resources and databases, including Ancestry Library Edition, Fold 3, Family Search and Heritage Quest. eBooks for Kindle and Kindle Apps Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m. Learn how to check out and download free library eBooks to read on the Kindle or any device using the free Kindle app and Overdrive! Also discover how to use library eBooks with an Amazon.com account. Limit: 20. SouthShore Needle People Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. Join other needle people to share techniques, tips and experiences about knitting and other fiber and fabric crafts. Bring a project to work on. Beginners and questions are welcome! Adult/Teen Zentangle Drawing Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Join art instructor Patsy Monk and have fun learning about Zentangle drawing. The instructor will teach step by step pattern design. Turn your simple drawings into art designs. All levels welcome. Limit: 22. Registration required at either the SouthShore Regional Library Information Desk or by calling 813-273-3652. Mah Jongg Club Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of the popular table game, Mah Jongg. Participants are asked to bring their own Mah Jongg card. Limited to 32 players. Register in advance at the Information Desk or call 813-273-3652. 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, call Jim Duffy at 813-634-1396, www.southshorefriends.com.

PAGE 13

JANUARY 23, 2014 13 813.633.9200Sun City Center, FL 33573 104 Pebble Beach Blvd. S. (Across from Walgreens)*Discount off MSRP and applies to Promise 17 and 9, and micro-Invisa. $400 off single hearing aid. Cannot be combined with other offers. Previous purchases excluded. Participation may vary. See location for details. Benefits of hearing aids vary by type and degree of hearing loss, noise environment, accuracy of hearing evaluation and proper fit. Beltone Hearing Care Centers are independently owned and operated. 2014 Beltonewww.beltone.comWe are providers of BCBS. Were in your neighborhood! Jan. 23-29, 2014Jan. 23-29, 2014

PAGE 14

14 JANUARY 23, 2014

PAGE 15

JANUARY 23, 2014 15 Register online at YourEyeDoctors.com or call 941-782-5832 to reserve your seat.Common Conditions of the Aging EyeWITH DR. JEFFREY DAVISJoin us for our next educational seminar at: Manatee Eye Clinic 1515 Sun City Center Plaza Sun City Center, FL Wednesday, January 29th at Noon 1:00 Jeffrey Davis, M.D. Board-Certified Ophthalmologist Fellowship-Trained Cornea Specialist & Cataract SurgeonBe Our Guest at ourFREE SeminarNo hidden charges: It is our policy that the patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for any other service, examination, 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. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 11 a.m. 8 p.m. 813-419-4926(across from Apollo Meats)50% Off**Buy 1 Sandwich or Platter, Get the Second 1/2 offExpires 2/20/14$9993 Course Meal*Anytime 1 Small Appetizer 1 Sandwich or Platter 1 Baklava or Rice Pudding Soft Drink*Does not include combo platters Expires 2/20/14 visit our website to view our menuwww.PitaKebob.comLow Carb, Low Calories and Gluten Free Pitas Available SUPER BOWL CATERING SPECIALFeeds 10 People ONLY The Childrens Board of Hillsborough County has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP)Pro 2014-03 South County Uniting Grant RFP Fiscal Year 2014FOCUS AREAS: Children are Ready to Learn and Succeed Children have Supported and Supportive Families For more information visit: www.ChildrensBoard.org, click on Budgeting, then Funding Opportunities, and Current Funding Opportunities.The Childrens Board encourages submissions by minorities, faith-based organizations and small businesses. BOGEY-BILLS.comALL AMERICAN CUSTOM CARTS N MORE Authorized dealer for Trojan, Powertron, ElectroAWARD-WINNING CUSTOMER SERVICE Always LOCAL PICK-UP & DELIVERY SERVICE: 2, 4, 6, & 8 Passenger & Utility VehiclesWe accept all major credit cards Factory Direct pricing We beat any competitors price. Family Owned & Operated for over 11 years! 2011Golf Cart Blowout! Its time to go Loadmaster Custom Aluminum TrailersBrand new factory direct pricing $Loaded. Save $$$Nicely equipped with new batteries $With warranty2011-14 Rebuilds Club Car PrecedentsLoaded with warranty $2010 Factory Remanufactured EZ-Go RXV Models $SAVE $$$ Choppy waters last weekend kept many anglers close to home and off the waterways. For those that did brave the elements, their days were spent on a bridge, pier or land. Because of the cooler weather and so much going on in the area, such as Childrens Gasparilla Parade, Monster Jam, East/West Shriners Game, and Jeeters Golf Tournment, there was much to do besides going fishing. I saw a few catches this week such as sheepshead, flounder, redfish and a few freshwater catfish and bass. To all the visitors who have just arrived in our paradise, let me give you a little history: Florida became a state in 1821. Many pioneers braved the journey to Florida in the l800s, to the land of snakes, alligators, mosquitoes, palm fronds, and underbrush. We were not a tourist haven. Oxen and horses were the most common means of transportation on land. Boats were made from Fish Tales: A brief history of our fishing heritagehollowed-out tree trunks and canoes from animal hides. The first settlers were taught by the Indians who already had taken residence in this area. At one time the town of Ruskin was known as Siberia. It was a place where convicts from the north were sent to die. Waterways here were so full of fish, it seemed to be the only means of survival. It wasnt until the 1900s that the marine engine was available, but not many boaters could afford one. The majority of boats were still operated by hand or sails. Tom Saffold had a great boat named Isadore. It was a twomasted schooner with no engine. It would only run upriver on high tide. It wasnt too many years later in the mid l900s that anglers were adding engines to their boats. O.J.Williams added a Frisbie engine and probably had the largest boat. The Selner brothers, Rob and Henry, added a l6-horse Globe engine to a 30-foot boat which they used to take hogs and farm items to market in Tampa. Many of the early settlers became commercial fishermen, like Nebraska Buzbee, and Charley Jahn. Charlies boat was named Annie J. If you operated a boat in the early years you were called a Captain. In those days all types of shell fish were plentiful in this area. Some say the Indians ate so many oysters the shells were piled high enough to use the mound as a lookout for Jose Gaspar. This took place at Shell Point, which was originally named Bellamy Road. The name was changed to Shell Point, the County hauled huge mounds of shells away and dropped them all along the way. Tarpon have stayed in our waters and are still jumping around. The redfish are roaming and sheepshead are around the docks. Freshwater panfish and catfish are schooling with the largemouth bass in the upper waters of the rivers. Snook are under rocks or in deep holes, because they cant tolerate cold water. Enjoy our great outdoors, be safe, be kind, help out strangers in our waterways, it is now their paradise too, not just yours and mine.By Jonie MaschekMember: Florida Outdoor Writers Association Ruskin Eagles Aerie 4351 1205 1st St. S.W.Upcoming EventsFriday . ...............................6 p.m. Feather Your Nest. Saturday . ..........................5 p.m. Dinner. 6:30 p.m. Music by Eddie .................................................... Shannon & Betty Sunday . ........................................$1 draft beer all day and evening.Monday. .............................6 p.m. Bingo. Tuesday & Wednesday. .....Come on down and socialize. For more information, call (813) 645-2922. Parrish chili cook-offEveryone is invited to the annual Parrish Chili Cookoff, immediately following the Parrish Heritage Day Parade. The event will take place on the grounds of the Florida Railroad Museum, U.S. 301 N. at Hwy 62, Parrish. There will be live entertainment, adult and childrens activities, food and beverages, and, of course, tons of chili. Tickets are $5 per person with kids under 12 free. Anyone interested in entering the chili contest should visit www. ParrishChili.com for rules and registration, or for more information. All proceeds will go to The Parrish Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides grants to groups who serve the residents of the Parrish community. It is sponsored by the Parrish Civic Association. Deborah Hazlett joins BMO HarrisBMO Harris Bank has hired Deborah Hazlett as a mortgage banker for south Hillsborough County and Manatee County. Hazlett has worked in the financial industry for more than 20 years, 18 of those in mortgage lending. She has been involved with the Womens Council of Realtors, the Sarasota and Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Sarasota Board of Realtors, Creative Business Connections network group, and American Business Womens Association.

PAGE 16

16 JANUARY 23, 2014 PARRISH8348 U.S. 301 N.Corner of US 301 and Old Tampa/Erie Road, just past CVS941-723-1111VOTED BEST!www.FerrarosRestaurantGroup.comHOURS: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $5 Offany purchase of $25 or more$2 Offany lunchFerraros Italian Grille With this coupon. Not valid with other offers or prior purchases. 1 coupon per visit. Expires 2/6/14 Ferraros Italian Grille With this coupon. Not valid with other offers or prior purchases. 1 coupon per visit. Expires 2/6/14 CARDS 2 $22 Wednesday onlyChoose from: Baked Ziti, Pasta & Meatballs, Manicotti, Cheese Ravioli, Stuffed Shells, or Lasagna, with: 2 House Salads, 2 Soft Drinks, Garlic Bread, 2 Small Cannoli2 $22 Wednesdays & ThursdaysChoose from: Baked Ziti, Pasta & Meatballs, Manicotti, Cheese Ravioli, Stuffed Shells, or Lasagna, with: 2 House Salads, 2 Soft Drinks, Garlic Bread, 2 Small Cannolifor forFerraros Italian Grille With this coupon. Not valid with other offers or prior purchases. 1 coupon per visit. Expires 2/5/14 Ferraros Italian Grille With this coupon. Not valid with other offers or prior purchases. 1 coupon per visit. Expires 1/30/14 Approx. 19 minutes south of Sun City Center 2s are WILD on 2s are WILD on CHOOSE Y OUR WEDNESD AYWe welcome all our Friends from the SCC areaBring your family and friends.They will Thank You! Award-Winning Family Owned & OperatedGreat Selection of Homemade Desserts featuring everything from Cannolis to Pies and Cookies! FULL EVENT CATERING Is your home a healthy home? Is your home a healthy home? Your home is meant to keep you safe but if the air inside your home is somehow worse than it is outside, what can you do? FREE AIR & WATER SEMINAR Wednesday, January 29 There is only one way to say it... Hard Water has no place in your lifestyle.Free Refreshments & Door PrizesBob Evans Gift Cards to all who register for healthy home evaluation. Must Call to Reserve Your Seat. RSVP Code is HH-1813-988-7701 x7003 Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer some good stretching tips and resources for seniors? Ive gotten so inflexible in recent years I can hardly bend over to tie my shoes anymore. Stiff SeniorDear Stiff, Of all possible exercises, stretching tends to be the most overlooked and neglected among seniors, yet nothing is more vital to keeping an aging body limber and injury free. Heres what you should know along with some tips and resources to help you regain some flexibility. As we age, our muscles naturally lose their elasticity if were not active, which can make common day-to-day activities like reaching down to tie your shoes, or looking over your shoulder to back your car out of the driveway difficult. But the good news is, by incorporating some simple stretching exercises into your routine (at least three times a week) you can greatly improve your flexibility, as well as enhance your balance, posture and circulation, relieve pain and stress, and prevent injuries. In addition, stretching is also important as a warm-up and cool-down for more vigorous activities, and leg stretching is an excellent way to prevent nighttime leg cramps, too. Stretching Basics Stretching exercises should focus on the muscles in your calves, front and back thighs, hips, lower and upper back, chest, shoulders and neck. If youve had hip or back surgery, you should talk to your doctor before doing lowerback flexibility exercises. If you dont have any experience with stretching, there are books like Stretching for Dummies and Stretching for 50+ that you can purchase at your local bookstore or amazon.com that provide instructions and illustrations of proper techniques. There are also a number of DVDs and videos you can buy to guide you through a series of stretching exercises you can do at home. Collage Video (collagevideo.com, 800-819-7111) sells several at prices ranging between $10 and $20, as does iefit.com and amazon.com. Also see go4life.nia.nih.gov, a resource created by the National Institute on Aging that offers a free exercise DVD and booklet that provide illustrated examples of stretching exercises. You can order your free copies online or by calling 800-222-2225. While stretching, its very important to listen to your body. You want to stretch each muscle group to the point where the muscle feels tight. If it hurts, youve gone too far. Back off to the point where you dont feel any pain, then hold the stretch for 10 to 20 seconds. Relax, then repeat it three to five times, trying to stretch a little farther, but dont bounce. Bouncing greatly increases your chance of injury. Its also a good idea to warm up a little before you start stretching by walking in place and pumping your arms. And remember to breathe when you stretch. Also keep in mind that muscles that have not been stretched in a while take time to regain their flexibility. So be patient and go slow. Eastern Options Another popular way to improve your flexibility is through gentle yoga or chair yoga. In chair yoga you replace the yoga mat with a chair where most poses can be duplicated. This is much easier on tight, inflexible muscles. To get started, there are DVDs and videos that offer yoga instructions and routines for seniors that you can do at home. Some good resources for finding them are peggycappy.net and yogaheart. com, or check with your local public library. Tai chi is another good exercise option for improving flexibility and balance. To learn it, its best to work with an instructor who can teach you the correct movements and breathing techniques. To locate a class in your area, call your local senior center, health club or wellness center or check your yellow pages. If nothings available, tai chi DVDs for seniors (see amazon.com, collagevideo.com and iefit.com) are good alternatives. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.Tips and Tools to Help Seniors Regain their Flexibility THE SAVVY SENIORBy Jim Miller OPEN HOUSE Sunday, January 26, 2014 1:00 to 4:00 A resident-owned, gated, waterfront, 55+ manufactured home community View over 15 homes on same day. Competitively Priced. Some on canal system that leads to Tampa Bay. Lots of amenities. Activities abound in this active community.Call 813-641-7067 or visit:WWW.CARIBBEANISLES.NET Caribbean Isles Property Sales Inc. *** South of Big Bend Rd, o U.S. 41 405 Elsberry Rd, Apollo Beach 813-645-3529 Ken Knox, Contractor Lic: #RX0057641 Free Low-E upgrade on Simonton House Windows. Energy Star Rated for a TECO Rebate! Call the Ofce for Details! Offer Valid: November 1st December 31st FREE

PAGE 17

JANUARY 23, 2014 17

PAGE 18

18 JANUARY 23, 2014

PAGE 19

JANUARY 23, 2014 19

PAGE 20

20 JANUARY 23, 2014 $40$32$25 $500 OFF Any RoundIMPROVED COURSE CONDITIONS31 4 1 Pier Drive, RuskinLEAGUES WELCOMEReserve your tee time today 813.645.2000 CASUAL WATERFRONT DININGSteaks, Seafood, Burgers and Other Delicious FareFULL LIQUOR BARLIVE MUSICEvery Wed. & Sat. 6-10 p.m.OPEN TO THE PUBLICOPEN Mon.Sun. 8 a.m.10 p.m. Food Served 8 a.m.8 p.m. Bright House NFL TV Sunday Ticket Dr. TRAN Dr. KORAHJSA Medical Group Sun City Center Activity CenterEVENTS CALENDARJSA MEDICAL GROUP SUN CITY CENTER787 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) Thu 23: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* WII BOWLING (NEW!) 9:30 to 10:30 am 2:30 to 3:30 pm Fri 24: SALSA DANCING SLOW FLOW YOGA GENTLE CHAIR YOGA 10 to 11 am 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm Mon 27: MORNING MOVIES CANCELLED YOGA CANCELLED CANCELLED TODAY CANCELLED TODAY Tue 28: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* HYPERTENSION CLASS *MUST REGISTER: ARLETTE (727) 828-2411 11 am to Noon 1:30 to 3:30 pm Wed 29: LINE DANCING*: Beginners or Advanced (Classes Limited to 30 ppl) 11 am to Noon; 12:15 to 1:15 pm Thu 30: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* WII BOWLING (NEW!) 9:30 to 10:30 am 2:30 to 3:30 pm Fri 31: SALSA DANCING YOGA CANCELLED 10 to 11 am CANCELLED TODAYFEBRUARY 2014 EVENTSMon 03: MONDAY MORNING MOVIES SLOW FLOW YOGA GENTLE CHAIR YOGA 10 am to Noon 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm Tue 04: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* 11 am to Noon Wed 05: LINE DANCING*: Beginners or Advanced (Classes Limited to 30 ppl) 11 am to Noon; 12:15 to 1:15 pm Thu 06: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* WII BOWLING 9:30 to 10:30 am 2:30 to 3:30 pm Fri 07: SALSA DANCING SLOW FLOW YOGA GENTLE CHAIR YOGA 10 to 11 am 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm JANUARY 2014 EVENTS *REGISTER NOW! (813) 419-5020LINE DANCING PARTICIPANTS: Close-toe shoes with non-stick bottoms only permitted. No scented perfumes & lotions to class. Please check your insurance coverage for SILVERSNEAKERS class participation eligibility. *MSROM: Muscular Strength & Range of Movement Classes To register for classes please call Rosie at (813) 419-5020 Visit us online for the complete monthly schedule: www.JSAMedicalGroup.com, click EVENTS tab, click Activity Calendar 1647 Sun City Center Plaza, Ste. 101(across from Post Ofce) Sun City Center813-634-7022Full Service for Women & MenWe have the BEST Customers and Stylists in Sun City Center. Make an appointment with us today!Monday Saturday WALK-INS WELCOMEWe offer a reward for referrals! Complimentary Consultations $5OffFirst-time clients on a Haircut or Style. Students from four local high schools have their art competition on display at the SouthShore Regional Library thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center, the John and Elizabeth Crawford Fund and some additional fundraising. Sponsored by the SouthShore Arts Council, the juried show included Lennard, East Bay, Riverview and Spoto High Schools. The display will remain at the library throughout the month of January. Winners of the competition were: Best of Show Lyzmarie Irizarry-Colon, East Bay High School; 1st Place Non-Photo Kyle Santos, East Bay High School; 2nd Place Non-Photo Alexandra Neal, East Bay High School; 3rd Place Non-Photo Almas Rojas, East Bay High School; 1st Place Photo Destiny Santos, East Bay High School; 2nd Place Photo Vanessa Torres, East Bay High School; 3rd Place Photo Ashleigh Pilley, East Bay High School; Peoples Choice Award Jacob Council, Lennard High School. The public is welcome to view the exhibit at the library, along with other artists featured by the SouthShore Arts Council. CHERE SIMMONS PHOTOS

PAGE 21

JANUARY 23, 2014 21 DONATE!CARS, TRUCKS, BOATS, RVs Please Help FightFULLY TAX DEDUCTIBLE RECEIVE BLUE BOOK V ALUE800-714-3575 American Childrens SocietyFlorida Reg. #CH11978 An IRS Recognized Non-Pro t 501(c)3 OrganizationMaking a difference for a child!We also accept collectibles, appliances, furniture, etc.R ecei pts on the sp ot and IRS forms sent directly to you!F AST & FREE PICK UPVehicles Running or Not NO RestrictionsFREE $200 Gas CardWITH YOUR DONATION!! Americas CarwashHOURS OF OPERAT T NOW OPEN SUNDAYS 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A A ANY FULL SERVICE WASH ONLYWith this coupon only Not valid with other specials or discounts. $1.50 extra for vans and SUVs. Exp. 2/28/14$2 OFFGET YOURMONTHLY CAR WASH PASSPay once a month and come as often as you like! a a CARDS 728 Cypress Village Blvd.Sun City Center, FL813-634-9409 Next to Sonnys John V. Dunne, MD, FACSBoard CertifiedIt is easier than you think!Erase Away Your Unwanted Veins! In-Office Procedure Safe, Effective, Affordable Insurance Accepted Medicare Radiesse 1.5 cc $550 (2nd one $100 off)Botox $11 per unit (over 24U $10 per unit)Xeomin $10 per unit ($9 per unit after 23U)Juvederm XC 1cc $550Sclerotherapy $200 first 10 min session($100 for each additional session at same visit) expires 2/14/144020 State Road 674 Suite 2 Sun City Center www.ErasersInc.com Call Now! 813-634-9260 WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERY ROOM INSIDE AND ALL AREAS OUTSIDE Our Cushion Shop is worth the drive from ANYWHERE!Quality Furniture at Affordable Prices 813-876-1566 MLK Columbus Dr.Mac Dill Check us out at (At the corner of U.S. 41 and S.R. 674) For your convenience were now open longer hours! www.TotalAutomotiveServices.com Servicing Sun City Center, Ruskin & Apollo BeachBRAKE SERVICE$9999 813-645-4632We offer a Same Dealer Services... Lower Prices/ Better CareALIGNMENT$6999 Tampa Sailing Squadron hosts 50th Annual Gasparilla Regatta Feb. 7-8Tampa Sailing Squadron will host the 50th annual Gasparilla Regatta on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8. This regatta ties in with the annual Gasparilla celebrations, parades and pirate festivals in the Tampa Bay area. It also includes a shoot-out challenge to the Davis Island Yacht Club Racer/Cruisers for the coveted Pirate Musketoon Award. Racing will include both Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker classes, as well as Racer/ Cruiser, Multihull, True Cruising and Mother Lode. Onedesign fleets are encouraged to attend. Go to www.tampasailing.org for more information. Schedule of events: Friday Feb. 7 Race Meeting 1730 (5:30 p.m.) Hamburgers, snacks and free beer 1700 to 1900 (5-7 p.m.) Late Registration 2000 (8 p.m.) Skippers meeting Saturday Feb 8 0800 (8 a.m.) Continental Breakfast 1100 (11 a.m.) Warning signal for True Cruising and Mother Lode; Long Course, Pursuit Start. Warning signal for Racer/Cruiser and Multihull; Long Course, Flag Starts 1130 (11:30 a.m.) Warning signal for the first class in the start sequence for Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker and One-Designs; Drop Mark Course, Flag Starts. 1800 (6 p.m.) Dinner, Trophies and Party Costs: Entry Fee is $50 per boat and includes 2 dinners and 2 shirts. Dinner is $13 per person. Shirts are $12 each For additional information, call Regatta Chairman Dan Fels at 813917-8558, or the TSS Clubhouse at 813-645-8377.Limited dock space is available on a first-come basis. Contact Steve Lookabough, Dockmaster at 813-922-4096. Four (4) or more entries received by TSS no later than 1900 (7 p.m.) on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, may constitute a class. Possible classes include J-24, Flying Scots and others. To form a class, contact Regatta Chairman: Dan Fels at 813-917-8558 before Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Online registration is linked to www.Sail-TSS.org.Animal rescue organization seeks golf cart donationsNew and used golf cart donations are being sought by Nates Honor Animal rescue in Lakewood Ranch. The rescue organization uses golf carts to transport supplies and animals around the 8-acre, no-kill ranch shelter. Nates Honor Animal Rescue, powered by an all-volunteer team, rescued 1,013 abused or abandoned animals in 2013. Since 2008, the group has rescued, rehabilitated and found permanent homes for over 3,500 cats and dogs in the Sarasota/Tampa Bay Area. To donate a new or used golf cart to Nates Honor Animal Rescue, contact Sylvia McNichol via telephone: 941-747-4900 or email info@honoranimalrescue.org Nates Honor Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 no-kill animal rescue or ganization that relies solely on the generous donations of the community and volunteers. Its mission is to save the lives of homeless pets by changing the way the community views animal sheltering and shelter pets. The rescue provides an educational and family friendly environment to animals and families. For more information on Nates Honor Animal Rescue go to www. honoranimalrescue.org or schedule a visit to the animal village located at 4951 Lorraine Rd. in Bradenton.

PAGE 22

22 JANUARY 23, 2014 Sun City Dental CenterThe fee advertised is the minimum fee charged. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the 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 of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free service, examination or treatment. Senior Citizen discount does not apply.*Actual Fee May Vary Depending Upon Degree of Complexity in a Given Case** Time to process denture cases may change due to complexity/ type of case Thomas A. DeVol, D.D.S., P.A.(813) 633-2636General Dentist727 Cortaro Drive(Two doors down from AAA) Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed for Lunch 1-2 p.m. Thomas A. DeVol, D.D.S., P.A. Practicing Dentistry for 26 years Chuck Fredericks, Lab Technician, 41 years experienceIn-House Denture Lab Choices Made in Just One Week**New Patients and Emergencies Are Always WelcomeMost Major Insurance Plans AcceptedFREEDENTURE CONSULTATION OR 2nd OPINIONwith patient bringing current x-ray. Limit one per patient. FULL MOUTH SERIES OFX-RAYS & EXAMfor $95and receive a $100 credit toward your acount for future treatment. 0210 0150 Robert Edelman, M.D. ~ Eric Berman, M.D. Anita Shane, M.D. ~ Jeffrey Davis, M.D. 813-633-3065 1515 Sun City Center Plaza YourEyeDoctors.com Comprehensive Ophthalmology Cataract Surgery Glaucoma Management Laser Surgery Macular Degeneration Cornea Diabetic Eye Car e Neuro-Ophthalmology Trustedby & Patients Alike. PhysiciansOur ophthalmologists are board-certied and fellowship-trained to provide specialized care for your eyes. Medicare & most insurance accepted. When surveyed, 97.5% of patients stated they would recommend us to a friend! Ruskin Animal Hospital & Cat Clinic Drs. Ott, Langston,Waldy & Heaton PET TIP: Exercise can increase appetite Goodwill donors get $2 off Florida State Fair admissionThe Florida State Fair is offering Goodwill donors $2 off adult admission. From now through Sunday, Feb. 16, each person who drops off clothing or household items at any Goodwill Industries-Suncoast donation site will receive a coupon good for $2 off a single adult ticket to the fair. Goodwill-Suncoast shoppers who Round Up their purchases to the next dollar to support Goodwills mission will also receive the discount coupons. The discount applies to tickets sold at the fair admission gates and may not be used for advance ticket purchases. For each redeemed discount coupon, $1 will be donated to Goodwill. The Fair runs Feb. 6 17 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. This years fair features three concerts free with admission America, Sister Hazel and Uncle Kracker. There will also be rides and extraordinary food, from the traditional corn dog to all sorts of deep-fried delicacies. For a list of Goodwill-Suncoast stores and attended donation sites, visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org. Homes needed for horses and quarter poniesNapiers Log Cabin & Animal Sanctuary is seeking homes for several companion horses/quarter ponies. They are undersized, too big for a pony but too small for a horse; approximately 11 hands. They are between five and ten years old and have not been broken to ride. All have had shots, including rabies, have been de-wormed and are negative Coggins. They were left behind in a foreclosed-upon home and are still in need of weight gain. If you have land and can offer a home for one of these animals, call 941-750-8185. Napiers also has cats, kittens and dogs available for adoption. Napiers Log Cabin Horse & Animals Sanctuary, Inc. is a not-forprofit 501(c)3 no-kill Florida corporation that relies on the generosity of the community to survive. No other government funding or grants are received. Visit www.NapierFamilyFarm.com for more information. Mailing address: 20010 East SR 64, Bradenton, FL 34212. Hours are by appointment only. One hundred percent of donations go to caring for the animals and are tax-deductible as allowed by law.Record-breaking Centenarian Celebration plannedThe Centenarian Celebration Committee is looking for local residents who are 100 years or older to honor during their Centenarian Celebration. The celebration will take place 3 p.m. on May 8 at the Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. This years celebration is expected to be one of the largest Centenarian Birthday Parties ever held in Sun City Center. Organizers hope to break the world record for Largest Gathering of Centenarians; the current world record is 29 centenarians. Anyone who is 100 years or older, or who is turning 100 years old this year can call 813-634-0172 for more information on how to participate in this event. 24-HOUR TOWINGFree Diagnostics Free Towing to shop if we do repairs SUN POINT AUTOMOTIVEA/C CHECK$1995+ FreonFREE Mount & Balancewith purchase of 4 tiresBRAKE BUNDLE$150Per Axle + TaxOIL CHANGE$19954 EMERGENCY SERVICES Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.813-645-7653 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

PAGE 23

JANUARY 23, 2014 23 0This ad compliments of: Vickie Bruni, Larry Bruni, Sam Provan, Cathy Griggs, Flo Vachon, Carole Wettach, Maribeth Reeder, Natalie Pellerin, Helen McDowell, Pam Reno, Travis Bunn, Nora Nelson, Bob Totero, Nicky Kaukonen, Susie Collins, Charley Collins, Jerry Clifton, Richard Henry, Neal Shaffer, Gary Waldron, Sharon VanLoan, Bev Zuidema, Shirley VonSee, Nancy Stanton, Sandra Minnes, Christy Cahill, Bob Thompson, Colleen Schmeiser, Judie McFarland and Tom McFarland 0 Broker Transaction Fee0 Document Storage Fee0 Penalty for Early Listing Withdrawal100% Dedication to Customer Satisfaction Stop by for a FREE map and our exclusive Keller Williams weekly property updates. Dr. Robert Norman & Associates Dermatology Dr. Robert Norman, DO MPH, MBA Dr. William Eng Holly Pohler, ARNP Kate Sedlaczek, ARNPWE OFFER THE FOLLOWING:Appointments made in a timely manner with never more than a 2 week waiting period maximum, and same day appointments are available. Diagnosis & treatment of skin cancer & diseases of the skin, hair & nails. Wide excision, treatment for spider veins & rosacea, Electrodessication, curettage, cryotherapy & debridement. Botox & Restylane. Dermatological products available in the ofce. Clarisonic, MD Solar Sciences, Image, Merderma, Retin-A, Sun Block, moisturizer and more.Radiation & laser treatment for skin conditions.Call to schedule your appointment today!813-880-7546 10422 U.S. H WY 301 Riverview MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED The first girl that I ever had a crush on has died. People have read her obituary, attended her funeral, mourned her passing (some longer than others, of course) and then went on with life. And that is exactly as it should be. Life cannot be fully lived if you are always looking back, living in the past. Everyone has to go on, taking a step into the next second, the next minute and the next day, carrying mementos, perhaps, but leaving the past in the past where it belongs. That is just how life works. I havent thought about her in ObservationsBy Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net Observations: A story of lifeMITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTOFor all of us, our lives will eventually be summed up in an obituary, people will mourn and then the sun will rise again and those remaining will go on with life. And that is exactly how it should be. 30 years, and her passing caught me by surprise. As such, Im not entirely ready to let her go yet. So please bear with me as I share a little of her life with you. Leesa Tow was the sole focus of my first crush while in first grade at West Elementary School in Worthington, Minnesota. I thought she was one of the most beautiful girls I had ever seen in all of my six years of life. Today, seeing her photo with her obituary, it is clear that not only was I right back then, she remained beautiful throughout her life. She passed away just one week shy of her 51st birthday. In first grade, I knew that she loved animals, horses in particular. She had all sorts of horse stuff, and I seem to recall that she was very good at drawing horses. Later in life, she would become an accomplished equestrian, competing in national shows. Her love for animals apparently never diminished as she would go on to become a veterinarian. I also remember, way back in first grade, that she had a 64-crayon box of Crayolas that included a built-in crayon sharpener. Only a very special girl could have had such a thing in those days. Im sure I pulled some pretty suave moves for a six-year-old in order to get her attention but I never succeeded. Its a good thing for me that times were different back then or I might have been arrested for being a classroom stalker. Okay, so maybe I wasnt that bad but I was certain that I was in love. I was never a girls germs kind of guy. I always thought girls were cool. And Leesa was the coolest of them all. In addition to listing loving family and friends, her obituary in the Worthington Daily Globe also mentioned that she was survived by her beloved service dog, Isis. How wonderfully appropriate for a woman who devoted her life to caring for animals to include Isis in her final au revoir. It sounds like she had some rough years in terms of her health but even during the worst, she never lost her love and compassion for animals. I firmly believe that a lot can be said about a person in how they treat our furry little friends. Almost everyone with a fourlegged companion knows the story of the Rainbow Bridge the place our beloved pets go when they pass. There, they return to health and happiness without a care in the world, except for missing the human that was in their life. You see, the only thing that animals really want is to just be in the same room with the person they love. That is enough. That is everything. I hope to the bottom of my heart that Leesa is visiting the Rainbow Bridge now, smothered in kisses and wagging tails from all of the quadrupeds she helped over the years. Had you asked 30 or more years ago I wouldnt have thought this, but 50 years old is far too young to die. I hope she is at peace, at least. I now wish, too late, that I knew more about her. Everyone of us has a story to tell, something that should remain with someone else after our passing from this life. Please X

PAGE 24

24 JANUARY 23, 2014 TD Bank is TD Bank, N.A., a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank. Member FDIC. Accounts issued by TD Bank, N.A. are not insured by Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation. 1 Money transferred by wire transfer only. Incoming wire fees may apply and will be rebated the next business day. Foreign exchange conversion rates may apply. 2 Assets are only considered for mortgage applications. 3 Subject to credit approval and other conditions. Mortgages limited to property located in U.S. state where TD Bank, N.A. has locations. Equal Housing Lender 4 Credit cards issued by TD Canada Trust or TD Bank, N.A. Subject to credit approval. Applicants for a TD Bank, N.A. issued card must have a U.S. address within the TD Bank, NA footprint (PA, NY, NJ, CT, NH, ME, MA, FL, VT, DE, MD, DC, NC, SC, VA or RI). Other restrictions apply. 5 TD Bank, N.A. is located in the United States and its support line, Stores, products and services are primarily serviced in English. The TD logo and other trade-marks are the property of The Toronto-Dominion Bank. Canadians in Florida can nd a TD Bank as easy as they can nd a beach.To open an account, visit a TD Bank Store near you or call 1 -877-700-2913 anytime.5Great service and convenience for Canadians at nearly 1,300 TD Bank locations in the U.S. No-fee wire transfers of up to $100,000 daily between your Canadian and U.S. based TD accounts over the phone.1 View your Canadian and U.S. based TD accounts on the same webpage or mobile device. Pay your U.S. bills online or on your mobile device. Use your Canadian and U.S. assets,2 income and credit history to apply for a U.S. mortgage3 or a U.S. credit card.4 0003506_N4106_4A.indd 1 12/12/13 4:10 PM

PAGE 25

JANUARY 23,2014 25 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 Royalaires in Gibsonton on Jan. 26The Royalaires, a Gospel trio from Circleville, Ohio and Sun City Center, will sing at the First Baptist Church of Gibsonton at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. The group has traveled the country and overseas and, for 25 years, have been featured on Singing At Seas, a Southern Gospel Cruise offered by Templeton Tours. For the past 20 years the Royalaires have been regular guests at First Baptist in Gibsonton, located at 9912 Indiana St. All are invited to attend. Phil Provenzano and Jazz Xperience return to UMCPhil Provenzano and the Jazz Xperience return to the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary. A local favorite with a large following, Phils ensemble is a mainstream, straightahead jazz combo that was originally formed to perpetuate the West Coast jazz sounds of musicians like Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker. Since its inception 20 years ago, the group has grown to include other mainstream jazz styles, including their own unique sound. Concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early for a good seat as the group is gaining a larger and larger fan base in this area. A donation of $5 is requested at the door. For additional information about this and other concerts and recitals at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, contact Jeff Jordan, Director of Worship Arts, at 813634-2539. The Front Porch Pickers to entertain at UCCFriday, Jan. 24 is the date for the next Fantastic Friday at the United Community Church. Go for a catered dinner and to be entertained by the Front Porch Pickers. Tickets are $17 per person for the dinner and the show; $5 per person for the show only. Tickets can be purchased on Sunday mornings after worship or on Tuesday or Thursday in the narthex of the church from 10 a.m. until noon. For more information call Paula 813-633-6739. Redeemer Lutheran women prepare for annual rummage saleOn Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8, the Redeemer Lutheran Church will hold its 7th annual Rummage Sale. Lots of household items have been donated for the sale; crafts, clothing and baked goods will also be available. The hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday; 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Redeemer Lutheran is located at 701 Valley Forge Blvd. in Sun City Center. For information, call 813-634-1292.Jimmy is movie at First Baptist this SaturdayThe first film of the season at Friendship Baptist Church is Jimmy, the story of a mentally challenged, autistic 14-year-old and the day-to-day struggles his loving family must overcome. All are invited to the movie on Saturday, Jan. 25 and are asked to bring a dish to pass. Show time is 5 p.m.; food is served during an intermission. Friendship Baptist Church is located at 1511 El Rancho Dr. in Sun City Center.Sisterhood holds Bingo fundraiserThe Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Israel will offer a fun afternoon of Bingo on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the synagogue. The cost is $5 for cards, snacks and treats. Extra cards will be available for an additional fee. Tickets will be sold at the door. Beth Israel is located at 1115 East Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City Center.A new worship experience launches Feb. 5 at First UMC BrandonWhat is The Table? A brand-new worship experience at First UMC Brandon on a different day, at a different time, and with a different style than any of its four, current Sunday morning worship services. How will it be different? Its designed for this generation and everyone is welcome. Senior Pastor Jamie Westlake says, Im a 51-year-old pastor who has been a Christ follower for 34 years. This service is not designed to reach me, but Im welcome here. The music will be loud. The environment will be cozy. The setting will be like church in a caf. While The Table is designed for this generation there is room for everyone at The Table. Its the perfect place for imperfect people. Why a table? Ricc Conner, a team leader at The Table says, A table is a rich symbol of relationships and friendships. It is a place where new friends and old friends gather together. Its a place for family. A table was where Christ invited His followers into greater fellowship. A table is a place where the hungry are fed. Hospitality happens at the table. Growth happens at the table. Blessings happen at the table. What will a typical evening look like? Creating community is a big deal for us, explains Vicki Harrison, mission and outreach coordinator, and thats why we will start with a meal together at 6 p.m. Its $2/person and children under 12 are free. Then well worship together in Logan Hall at 7 p.m. with separate childcare and childrens ministry provided. Everything from the meal to the music to the message will be done with this generation in mind. Its the perfect place for imperfect people. Be sure to check out The Table online at thetableonline.com Why are they doing this? To reach new people, says Matt Kern, young adult coordinator, adding, One of the primary ways we can reach new people is by offering a different kind of service on a different day of the week at a different time. We live in a world where lots of people work on Sunday mornings or have gotten involved in other activities. The Table is also a service that makes it easier to invite those who, for whatever reason, have given up on church. The Table meets on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in Logan Hall at First United Methodist Church of Brandon, located just north of SR 60 (Brandon Blvd.), at 115 North Knights Ave., between Kings and Parsons. Call 813-689-4161, visit www. thetableonline.com or email thetable@fumcbrandon.org.

PAGE 26

26 JANUARY 23,2014 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 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 702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573 www.popcc.orgMasses:Sunday.8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon Saturday Vigil....................4:00 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 813-481-9060 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 WORSHIP SERVICES:SUNDAY8:30 a.m. .................................Contemporary Service 9:30 a.m. .........................................Traditional Service10:00 a.m. ...............................Contemporary Service 11:00 a.m. .......................................Traditional Service4:00 p.m. ........................................Hispanic Worship Senior Pastor: Dr. Warren Langer Assistant Pastor: Rev. Samuel Rorer Bookstore 633-8595 FREE Nursery Provided Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist)1511 El Rancho Dr. Sun City Center, FL 33573Phone/Fax:813-633-5950 TRADITIONAL 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 FriendshipBaptistChurchSCC.com (813) 634-1304 ~ www.uccsuncity.org UNITED COMMUNITY CHURCH ~ United Church of Christ 1501 La Jolla AVE, Sun City Center, FL 33573-5329 A Caring Church United in God's Love Serving Others Rev. Dr. Jean M. Simpson Worship Services ~ 8:30 and 10 AM REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA Worship Services on Sunday 10 a.m. PRAYER PRAISE WORSHIPThe Anointing Church www.theanointingchurch.com Area Places of Worship Sunday School ................................10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship ...............10:45 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship ..................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Youth Worship ...............6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service .............7:00 p.m.Pastor Tom Durrance Wimauma Church of God Celebrating 100th Anniversary Feb. 16 at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Area Obituaries Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCCMeets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel Seek what is true not what is desirable. Albert Camus John AndersonJohn Anderson, born August 29, 1927 in llinois, went to be with the Lord on January 18, 2014. John was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during WWII. He lived in Indianapolis and worked for the U.S. Federal Finance Center at Fort Harrison until he retired and moved to Florida. He has been a resident of Sun City Center, Florida for the past several years. He is survived by wife Joyce Anderson; son Don Larson (Donna); brother Jim Anderson; sister Millie Lietz; step-daughter Cindy Thurston; stepson Rodney Templon; several stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, one brother, one brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law. A memorial service for friends and family will be held at the Sun City Center Methodist Church on Saturday, January 25 at 2 p.m.Wayne AlderferWayne Alderfer, age 88, passed away at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Fla. on January 6, 2014. He was born in South Bend, Ind. on August 29,1925, where he spent his childhood, graduating from John Adams High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force starting in 1943 and served through the end of World War II. Wayne graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. Wayne was employed by Studebaker Motor Company of South Bend, Ind., in the payroll department. He was later employed by IBM, first in Greencastle, Ind. before transferring to the IBM facility in Essex Jct., Vt. He retired from IBM in 1987, spending the the next 26 years living his life to the fullest. Wayne enjoyed travel, fishing, golf, boating and watching sports of all kind, including soccer while cheering his grandchildrens play. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Highgate Four at Kings Point in Sun City Center, Fla. Wayne is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lorraine Alderfer; daughters Linda York and Bonnie Michel; granddaughter Jennifer Andrzejewski and husband Peter; stepson Bradley Revoir and wife Kim; stepdaughter Nancy Revoir Dezotell and husband Jeff; five grandchildren Travis Dezotell, Kyle Dezotell, Jason Revoir, Karli Revoir Clark and Tanner Revoir. Wayne also had five great-grandchildren: Cailyn Dezotell, Camden Dezotell, Ethan Revoir, Arabella Revoir and Porter Clark. He was predeceased by his parents Ferd and Blanche Alderfer, sisters Bernice Lewis and Joyce Alderfer, and his first wife, Betty Earl. Wayne will be missed greatly by his family and friends from his residences in Sun City Center, Fla. and Island Pond, Vt. Wayne was known for his strong faith, cheerfulness, love and zeal for life, along with a positive loving attitude for all. A celebration of Waynes life will be held at Spectacle Pond, Vt. this summer. Sandra Fuller GeorgeSandra Fuller George, 83, of Yorba Linda, Calif., died on December 17, 2013, when she succumbed to Parkinsons Disease. Sandy was married to the late Thomas Henry George. The Georges were long-time residents of Tunkhannock, Pa. Sandy is survived by two children, Thomas George of Reading, Pa., and Mary Ruth Weisner of Yorba Linda, Calif. She is also survived by granddaughter Audra Freeland and three great-grandsons, Jared, Brent and Paxton, all living in Yorba Linda, Calif. Mrs. George was a graduate of Meshoppen High School in 1948 and Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing in 1952. She worked as an R.N. at both Clark Summit State Hospital and the State Correctional Facility in Dallas, Pa. Sandy spent most of her retirement in Sun City Center, Fla., prior to moving to Yorba Linda, Calif. in 2010. Services will be held at Sheldon Funeral Homes Main St., Meshoppen, Pa., at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014, with Pastor Vickie Ellis, of the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church officiating. Sandy will be interred at Jersey Hill Cemetery in Auburn Center, Pa. Online condolences may be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com. Peg CritendonHi! This is Peg Critendon. I passed on on January 13, 2014, but I want to take a moment to thank my Sun City Center family and friends for their loving care these past weeks. Under the gentle hands of my Hubby Russ, daughter Darby, SCC-based sisters Terrie and Nan McNamara, and Ken Romain, I gratefully answered the call of Jesus at the age of 60. Thanks also to LifePath Hospice, which provided invaluable service. I would like to have made more art with my friends Melissa Haines, Pam Tipton and Anne Walker of SCC. I wanted to cook more desserts, see more art shows and swim more, but it wasnt to be. I already knew how to love, learn and laugh. Now, I know how to let go. Love always, Peg. Richard W. HerrmannRichard W. Herrmann, 82, of Sun City Center, Florida, formerly of Centralia, Ill., died Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Cartersville Medical Center in Cartersville, Ga. Born December 18, 1931 in Peru, Illinois, he was a son of the late William Herrmann and the late Ethel Keutzer Herrmann. Mr. Herrmann was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, serving aboard the USCGC Blackthorn during the Korean War, and later was a Blue and Gold Officer for the U.S. Naval Academy. He was employed with AT&T (formerly Illinois Bell Telephone Co.) for 32 years, retiring in 1985. His career encompassed various positions, including Lineman, Engineer, and eventually Construction Supervisor for the entire Southern Illinois region. After retirement from AT&T, Mr. Herrmann worked as a Realtor for the Chaney Agency. Mr. Herrmann was a resident of Centralia, Illinois for over 34 years where he was very active in his community. He was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church for over 30 years, where he served as a Deacon and a Trustee. Mr. Herrmann was an active member of the Centralia Rotary Club, served as a Board Member of the Centralia City Schools and on the Board of Directors of Old National Bank. He also served as local Chairman for the Habitat for Humanity Project, and Chairman of the Board of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. After moving to Sun City Center, Mr. Herrmann was a member of the SCC Mens Club and attended Trinity Baptist Church. He also served as a volunteer driver with the SCC Security Patrol for five years and a volunteer driver with Samaritan Services in Sun City Center for two years. He was a loving husband and a wonderful father who put God and family first in his life. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Margaret A. Herrmann; his children, Susan Herrmann Stonecipher and her husband Brad of Wildwood, Mo., Stephen R. Herrmann and his wife Denise of Pensacola, Fla., and Alan L. Herrmann and his wife Jessica of Coronado, Calif.; sister Audrey Gee and her husband George of Lockport, Ill.; brothers Ronald Herrmann and his wife Mary of Granville, Ill., and Kenneth Herrmann of Arvada, Colo.; grandchildren Blake and Will Stonecipher, Mallory, Abigail and Sophia Herrmann, Ryan and Garrett Herrmann; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Trinity Baptist Church in Sun City Center, Florida. The service will be followed by a light luncheon in the church fellowship hall. Memorials honoring Richard Herrmann should be made to the Trinity Baptist Church, 702 Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center, FL 33573. Robert M. MargosianRobert M. Margosin, 87, passed away January 4, 2014. He was born in Boston, Mass. Robert moved to Farmington, Conn. where he and his family lived for 40 years, retired to Wells, Maine in 1987 and happily moved to Sun City Center, Fla. in 1999. Robert served three years with the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific as an Aviation Metalsmith. After earning B.A. and Masters in Library Science degrees, his career included working as a librarian at the Watertown (Mass.) Public Library and the Hartford (Conn.) Public Library, in an insurance agency, as the Supervisor of Corporate Records with CIGNA Corp. in Bloomfield, Conn. and, for several years, as an Assistant Secretary in CIGNA Field Properties Department. Upon retirement, Robert started Your Pets Portraits, a professional pet photography business that benefited animal shelters and veterinarians. In Sun City Center, Robert volunteered with the Sun City Center Emergency Squad and was an avid reader and card player. He is survived by his loving wife Teresa (Roubian) of 64 years; loving son Kirk D. Margosian and his wife OBITUARIES continued on page 27

PAGE 27

JANUARY 23,2014 27 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 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 Traditional Service 9:00 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 after each Service. Refreshments served.A Stephen Ministry Church First Church of Christ, Scientist Sunday Service ........................................................10:00 a.m. Sunday School .........................................................10:00 a.m. Wednesday Service ...................................................4:00 p.m. Reading Room ...............................Wednesday 4 to 4:45 p.m. All Are Welcome U.S. Hwy. 41 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin 813-645-1714SaintAnneRuskin.org MASSESVigil Mass.....................................................................Saturday 4:30 p.m. Sunday Mass .....................................8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday ....................................................................8:00 a.m. Holy Days ....................................... Espaol ......... .................Thursday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:15 p.m.Saint Anne Catholic ChurchSouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. GibsontonSS Getting to Know You (Donuts & Coffee) ....9:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Service ............6:00 p.m. Sunday School ...........................................9:30 am. Wednesday Evening Service ......7:00 p.m. Sunday Morning Worship............................10:55 a.m. Thursday Morning Prayer ..........10:00 a.m. Southside Baptist ChurchA Warm, Loving & Friendly Church Worship Service @10:30 am Adult Sunday School @ 9:30 am 1707 33rd Street Southeast Ruskin, Florida 33570 Minister Mike Grant First Christian ChurchSun City Center FloridaFCCSCC Area Places of WorshipFlorence R. MateerFlorence R. Mateer, age 103, passed away on January 11, 2014 at Silver Bluff Village in Canton, N.C. Florence was born Oct. 4, 1910 to the late Patrick and Florence Bradshaw Glynn. In addition to her parents, Florence was preceded in death by her husband, John Francis Mateer, and her sister, Frances Sarah Wyand. Left to cherish her memory are son John Francis Jr. (Phyllis); daughters Florence Regina Estill and Fidelis Dale Jackson (John); 8 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 3 greatgreat grandchildren. Florence was a former resident of Aston Gardens at the Courtyards. Services will be held at a later date. Garrett Funerals & Cremations in Waynesville, N.C. is assisting the family. Karin Ann YoblonskiKarin Ann (Yates) Yoblonski, 69, formerly of Sherman, Connecticut, passed away at home on January 11, 2014 in Sun City Center, Florida after a long illness. She was born on October 7, 1944 in Queens, New York to Karin and Robert Yates (predeceased). She graduated from Danbury High School. She attended Americo House of Beauty and became a licensed beautician, which she practiced for several years. She became an executive secretary and worked for Neeltran for a number of years. She then worked on many homesteading projects, including a large garden, beekeeper, and raised beef cattle and sheep. She was married to Wilmer N. Boyer from 1963 to 1983, with whom she had two children. They resided in Danbury and Sherman, Conn. Her second marriage was to Walter A. Yoblonski in November 1984; after his retirement in 1997, they moved to Sun City Center, Fla. During her years in Sun City Center, Karin was active in a number of organizations: she was an Exterior Vice President for the Stained Glass Club, Deputy Captain for the Security Patrol, was a member of the Lapidary Club, the Elks, the Red Hat Society and the RVing Club. She enjoyed time with friends during the Tuesday lunch bunch and the Thursday dinner group. She is survived by husband Walter; daughter Karin (Tim) Carr; son David (Debra) Boyer; grandsons Timothy (Christina) Totten and Matthew (Alecia) Boyer; and great-granddaughter Adriana. She also leaves stepdaughters Lenora (David) Carr and Diana (Ron) Zorick; brother Robert (Barbara) Yates; nephew Jeffrey and many dear friends. Karin touched the lives of everyone she met and will be sadly missed by all. There will be no memorial services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Alzheimers Foundation of America, toll-free 866232-8484. Evelyn S. Rust Evelyn Marie Staben Rust, 93, passed away on January 11, 2014 in Sun City Center, Fla. She lived a full adult life as an artist, wife, mother, and grandmother. She was born in Springfield, Illinois, Robert Margosian continued from page 26 Catherine, and loving daughter Robin Margosian Carr and her husband Michael; and treasured grandsons Ethan Carr and his wife, Lindsay, Trevor Carr and Gabriel Jon Margosian. A memorial service was held on January 11, 2014 at the Sun City Christian Center, 17566 U.S. Hwy 301 South in Wimauma. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home. the daughter of an orthopedic surgeon, and was a graduate of MacMurray College and the Art Institute of Chicago. As a professional artist, she was a member of the prestigious Watercolor Society of America, and produced fine art in various media, including watercolor and oil paintings, charcoal and pastel drawings, and silkscreen prints in styles ranging from portraits to the abstract. Her oil painting, Blue Bouquet won first prize for abstract art in the Boca Raton Art Festival, and her work was displayed in art shows across Florida. After growing up, marrying, and starting a family in Illinois, Evelyn and her husband (Dal) built a home and raised their children in Boca Raton, Florida before moving to Sun City Center after their retirement. She loved to travel and learn from many cultures across the world. At Sun City Center, Evelyn continued to paint and take art classes. She read books and loved music, and she was one of the earliest members of the Unity Community of Joy Church, as well as the Sun City Center Metaphysical Society. She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Dallas Rust, Jr., and parents George and Mabel Staben. She is survived by sisters Dottie Quick and Ginger Henrichs; sons Paul D. Rust, III and George S. Rust (wife, Cynthia Tucker Rust); grandchildren, Alex, Lily, Christina, and Daniel; and great-grandchildren Leeman, Everett, and Lucas. Funeral services were held Monday (Jan. 20) at the National Cremation and Burial Society in Ruskin, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choosing that eases suffering or builds peace or helps nurture love and light worldwide. On Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m., the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center will host the first concert of the 2013-2014 season by the Sun City Chamber Players. This first concert of the new year will include Dvoraks Terzetto in C Major Op. 74, Martinus Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola, and Tchaikovskys lovely sextet, Souvenir de Florence. The Sun City Chamber Players are a group of professional musicians from the west coast of Florida who gather together to provide performances selected from the best of the chamber music repertoire. Each performance features a different number of players, from two up to full chamber orchestra. A donation of $10 is requested at the door on the evening of the concert. The church is located at 1210 West Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City Center.Sun City Chamber Players present varied concert at UMCFor additional information about this and other concerts and activities at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, contact Jeff Jordan, Director of Worship Arts, at 813-634-2539. To learn more about the UMC, visit www. umcscc.org.Ethical treatment of animals is topicHal Ott, D.V.M. will present a program to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCC on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. on two related subjects: The Ethical Treatment of Animals and Vegetarianism. Dr. Ott practices veterinary medicine at his office in Ruskin. The Fellowship meets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel Synagogue on East Del Webb Blvd. All are welcome.Adoration of Blessed Sacrament offered at Prince of PeaceEach Wednesday from 8:45 a.m. until 3 p.m., Prince of Peace Catholic Church holds Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ, who is believed by Catholics to be present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, under the appearance of the consecrated host. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament concludes at 3 p.m. with Benediction. Prince of Peace invites everyone. Prince of Peace Catholic Church is located at 702 Valley Forge Blvd in Sun City Center. SHMA monthly Sing is at St. AnneSouth Hillsborough Ministerial Association (SHMA) will host the monthly Community Sing on Monday, Jan. 27 at Saint Anne Catholic Church, 1106 11th Ave. NE in Ruskin. The prelude to the Sing begins at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Call 813-6451714 for more information. SHMA is an organized, interactive group of local church ministers and congregations.

PAGE 29

nur PROF. SERVICES650 SERVICES700 RENTALS600 M.H. HOUSING550 REAL ESTATE500 A gated, resident-owned, waterfront, 55+ mobile home community. zon.net officecellWATERFRONT MOVE-IN READY, Furnished 1440 Sq. Ft. Dbl. Wide, 3BR/2BA. Also has 12x25 screen room facing the water and a covered carport. All for $88,500 including the share. LARGE 3BR/2BA, 14x66 Furnished Sgl. Wide thats 924 Sq. Ft. plus a 588 Sq. Ft. addition for 1,500 Sq. Ft. of living space. Also has a 9x12 utility/ laundry room, a 12x16 screen room, and a covered carport. It can be your home or getaway for $48,900 including the share.OPEN HOUSESunday, Jan. 26th1 to 4 p.m. UP TO 20 HOMES MARINE400 TRANSPORTATION450 ots Lowe 21ft pontoon, Mercury 50hp, 4 sundeck, restroom enclosed, pole $15,200. 813-645-0653 sortore Auto obes miles, fully equipped, in mint condition. $4,400. obo. SCC Andy 813419-4404 or 813-362-7687 ousesore housesforse More for $11,500. 813-260-2636 or 813230-0846 honots MnP rs hood. Ruskin. 813-610-7515 One bedroom mobile home in 645-2446 ousesforrent pets. 813-634-9695 6377 A tsforent 813-601-1542 or 813-850-7886Ment s dock. 813-610-7515 M A References rehousece 813-677-1137ntetoent 1710 ooeen Bookkeeping Inc Ruskin 813-641usness outer Troubleshooting solutions. Per7748 A ut hre 813-304-3006 0532, 813-677-7931 813-731-2525 Juneov enn Insured, bonded, licensed. Ruskin, Holly 813-260-3640 Movers M #434469Lwn reL L 3376 DrtunP 645-1883 &Established in 1968 Printing Company, Inc.SHEETFED & WEB PRINTING Ruskin, Fl &Established in 1968 Printing Company, Inc.SHEETFED & WEB PRINTING Ruskin, Fl Look in the RUSKIN RIVERFRONT RENTAL: Very nice 3/2 spacious, unfurnished modular home on acre lot, with covered parking and great wood dock on water. Available now: $1,600/month + deposit BEAUTIFUL ACRE LOT ACROSS THE STREET FROM CANAL, cleared, elevated with ll dirt, ready to improve! Perfect spot for a house or duplex with water view. Convenient area of Ruskin, close to shopping, near Little Harbor and all amenities. $26,000. $10,000 REDUCTION ON THIS 1.92 ACRES CLEARED LOT with all utilities, including new well, septic and electric pole, ready for the home of your dreams. Peaceful country feeling, minutes from town, lot is across the street from Little Manatee River, with access to boat ramp at end of street. $74,500.CLAIRE TORT Cell: (813) 363-7250 Cathy Griggs 813-391-8653 cathygriggs@msn.com DONT LET THESE GET AWAY CALL TODAY! 3/2/3+, dock, built 2007, LOW insurances $229,000 3/2/2 built in 2008, short sale $126,900 Impeccably Maintained2 bedroom 2 bath home sits on a pond and golf course and is move-in ready.$167,0002327 E. Del Webb Blvd. Sun City Center (813) 892-8256 (813) 645-3211Serving South Hillsborough Countywww.dickmanrealty.comdickman@tampabay.rr.com NEW LISTING! LOCATION, LOCATION! Right in center of Ruskin, this acre cleared corner lot has a charming older double-wide home (grand$125,000 CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 NEWER 3BR/2BA MANUFACTURED HOME, enclosed lanai, large shed and great detached 2-car-garage. $65,900 CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 GREAT RETIREMENT/WINTER HOME: This 3/2 doublewide, in a gated com$49,500 CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 DARLING 2BR/2BA/2CG ers. Asking only $115,000! CALL JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540. GREAT DEAL Just $25,000 CALL JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 NEW LISTING! 2 BR/2 BA 2-car garage. CALL KAY PYE 3613672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 7482201 for preview. PRICED to sell at $155,000 INVEST IN THIS RENTAL! 2BR/1BA concrete block with eat-in kitchen and at$59,750 CALL MARGOT WARD 486-9480 6 BEDROOM/3 BATH POOL HOME $269,000 CALL MARGOT WARD 486-9480 NEW LISTING! LOOKING FOR COUNTRY & PRIVACY? $199,900 CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 OR KAY PYE 361-3672 COMMERICAL (CG) ZONING WITH A 3BR/1BA HOME WITH DETACHED $185,000 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 WATERFRONT LOT! Peaceful & quiet country atmosphere & perfect location for a stilt home. Small canal leads to Bay. Can be yours for just $29,900. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 Celebrating 90 years!

PAGE 30

JANUARY 23, 2014 : CLASSIFICATION 800 rthun omentennceA scervces G cst tew es IAGAIALI D AFA ommunity apers of lorida ADPI ADPI AA GADED FLDF D Nations largest Insurance Agency is opening an office in Sun City CenterWe are in need of three quality representatives to join our team in Sun City Center. As an agent, you will be able to assist senior citizens with their health, life and financial insurance needs. Ameri Life Representatives are also qualified to enroll individuals and families in the new ACA-compliant Healthcare Insurance Plans. Advanced commissions, leads are provided. Extensive training is available. Make $50,000 the first year.Please call Ameri Life of Sun City Center at (888) 663-4698 for an immediate interview.Ask for Mr. McCrary erc Gener ener res cst tew es The Salon & Spa at Sun City, Inc. 813-634-1848723 Imar Drive, SCCHiring StylistsBooth Rental (per week) Ask for Sue

PAGE 31

JANUARY 23, 2014 31 SOUTH TAMPA CARROLLWOOD BRANDON 254-4066 961-1362 413-8313 1510 South MacDill Ave. 14306 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. 1920 W. Brandon Blvd.PAINTED SOLID SHUTTERS$1595sq. ft.InstalledANYTHING LESS CANT COMPARE IN QUALITY! Will not warp or crack! Scan to see more! www.Naffco.biz Nobody OFFERS YOU MORE quality at this price!MORE{SELECTION DURABILITYthe ART ofWINDOW dressing Master Certified Technicians Lic# MVS51635 AT HOME AUTO CARE Family Owned & Operated Approved Auto Repair Center We participate in AAA Dollars ProgramOPEN 8 am-5 pm Monday thru Friday www.athomeauto.net (813) 645-0339 Owners: Lee & Julie Davis $2795OIL CHANGE*Up to 5 qts. 5W20 or 5W30 Motorcraft Oil, Filter, and 27-point inspection. Most cars LUBE, OIL & FILTER We carry Michelin, BF Goodrich & Uniroyal Tires.Stop in and get a tire quote. Use of the On/Off switch should only be considered when: story as his father did, he lives in Mashpee, which he said is still the home of many descendants. Starting at a young age, Weeden began public performances that recounted the major events in the history of the tribes as more and more people from other lands took over their country. His passion and desire to preserve the culture is evident in his work, said Witt, who participated in the program. When not traveling and giving presentations, Weeden works at the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass., where visitors are given a close-up view of how both Indians and former Europeans lived when they began to share the country. There, its easy to experience the 17th century, be in a grist mill, and watch the Indians in a presentation of life called Children of the Dawn. Weeden is also the Outreach Educator at the Boston Childrens Museum and its Native Program Specialist. He has been in many movies and documentaries, but has also refused parts that were later taken by famous actors. I will not be a part of anything that does not convey the truth, he said to about 40 people at the evening presentation. The documentary We Shall Remain is one PBS special in which he is proud to have taken part. During his presentation at HCC, he used dates written on paper to show the effect on the native tribes, beginning with 1602 when those who met the new people began to feel they were being made to change.How Indian tribes were forced to change their cultureX PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOAfter Weeden put on everyday American clothes, he taught the people in the audience, including HCCs South County Campus President Allen Witt, PhD, a traditional American Indian dance. Everything that was a part of our culture, everything we believed, we were told was wrong, he said. Then in 1675, our people were taken from our homes. His ancestors were fortunate, he said, because his family was purchased by a kind slave master. John Weedon was treated kindly, but he was a slave and was forced to cut his hair, he explained, unbraiding his, and pinning it atop his head so it did not look long anymore. At that point he also pulled on mens trousers and a long-sleeved white business shirt. He laid his furs and jewelry and feathers on the floor. We were not allowed to do anything that was within our culture, he said. Later we heard that some African slaves were being freed. We were happy for them, but we were not freed. This was our land for 12,000 years, and I only want to keep our story, and our culture alive, he said. At that point, he lifted the somber mood by showing a drum and how the drumbeat symbolized the heartbeat of Mother Earth. Music and dance are key to our culture, he said. Before the end of the presentation, he had participants, including Witt, dance an Indian Circle dance of Thanksgiving. To find out more about Weedon, visit www.mcnaa.org, the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness and Plimoth Plantation at www.pli moth.org.AAUW Women of Distinction luncheon is Feb. 11The Sun City Center/South Shore branch of the American Association of University Women will host a luncheon Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Community Hall in Sun City Center. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $25 per person and available at the Atrium Kiosk, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Or you may call Lois at 813-633-6484. Proceeds will benefit Mature Womens Scholarship. AAUW will be honoring this years Women of Distinction:u Deidre P. Dixon graduated from West Point U.S. Military Academy in 1984 with a degree in Engineering. Other degrees include an MBA from Duke, an MS in Public Administration from Central MI, and at present she is a PhD student at Case Western Reserve University. She now teaches Leadership Courses at the University of Tampa. LTC Dixon served in the Army for 22 years in various positions in the Airborne Corps, overseas in Desert Storm and teaching at West Point. She is involved in the local community and has held many leadership positions in the these organizations.u Pat Collier Frank has a long history of service to her state and community. A graduate of Florida State and Georgetown School of Law, she has served on Hillsborough County School Board, in the Florida House of Representatives, Florida Senate, and on the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners, which she has chaired for three years. In 2004 she was elected Clerk of the Circuit Court, where she now serves. She has received numerous awards and honors over her many years of service in each of the positions she held. u Major Elaine White, a migrant child, graduated from Florida State with a BS in Criminology (Institutional Management). Elaine worked for the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office for 25 years, retiring as a major in 2007. At that time she was in charge of the Orient Road Jail, which had an average of 2,000 inmates and a staff of 700. Since retiring she has taken a position as Probation Management Division Chief at the Salvation Army Correctional Services, where she monitors some 3000 clients. For more information, call Roxanne at 813-746-1350 or Sandra at 813642-0425.

PAGE 32

32 JANUARY 23, 2014 Joe Lang, CFP Glenn Krcmaric, OSJ Robyn Payant, President Tom Payant, C.E.O., Lillian Brassil, Office Manager Heidi Oelgart, Marketing Assistant Peter Farina, CFA Regi stered Investment AdvisorThomas A. Payant, Glenn Krcmaric, Joseph Lang, and Peter Farina offer securities through SagePoint Financial, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC and investment advisory services through Payant Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment advisor not affiliated with SagePoint Financial, Inc.WHO IS THE TEAM BUILDING YOUR RETIREMENT STRATEGY? Let our team help you!Call us! 813-633-73331653 Sun City Center Plaza Sun City Center, FL 33573 www.payantfinancial.com Serving South Shore for 30 years For your FREE information kit and DVD, and our Senior Discounts, Call Today Toll-Free1-800-355-8119www.MySafeStep.com Safe Step Tubs have received the Ease-of-Use Commendation from the Arthritis FoundationA Safe Step Walk-In Tub offers independence to those seeking a safe and easy way to bathe right in the convenience and comfort of their own home. Constructed and built right here in America, with more standard features than any other tub. Dual hydro-massagewater and air bubble jets strategically placed to target sore muscles and joints, offering lifechanging therapeutic relief The industrys leading low step-in The highest quality tub complete with a lifetime warranty Top-of-the-line installation and service, all included at one low, affordable price Youll agree there just isnt a better walk-in tub on the market. So take your rst step towards feeling great and stay in the home you love. Give us a call today! MADE IN THE U.S.A.WITH PRIDE Financing available with approved credit LIFETIMELIMITED WARRANTY $750 OFFwhen you mention this adfor a limited time onlyCall Toll-Free 1-800-355-8119 at this time of year The Observer has always been a community newspaper and looked to give back to the community where we can so when they came up with this idea we thought it would be good for us to get involved and help out, said Wes Mullins, CEO of M&M Printing, parent company of The Observer News. Following the progress of the drive will be easy for anyone dropfor a couple of weeks or months and then they are gone, but on average we get about 20 new families a week who sign up, said Bullaro. The pantry, which gives each family a 40to 50pound box of food every two weeks, has more than 1,200 families signed up for aid. I have to look at the big picture and see how much food we have to distribute, said Bullaro, who credits community volunteer efforts for keeping the wolf from the door of local pantries. You feel so bad when people come in here; you want to give them the shirt off your back, Bullaro said. Korfant wants to help Bullaro, and those like him, stock their shelves year-round. I would hope that every pantry would get beaucoup pounds of foodstuffs. But beyond that we want to generate excitement about what the community is doing for its own and also encourage folks to continue to do this, Korfant said. Caring Castle is about building awareness and relationships with those people who can help the pantries and for those people who need the help to let them know where to go. JSA wants to promote a healthy lifestyle so this is also an overall part of lifestyle awareness as well.Where to donateCanned and non-perishable food stuffs can be donated at the JSA Activity Center, 787 Cortaro Dr., Sun City Center, behind the Burger King on SR 674. JSA Medical, Observer team up for food drive ping off donations at the JSA Activity Center, 787 Cortaro Dr. in Sun City Center. Organizers plan to build a castle with donations, using canned goods and other nonperishable foodstuffs as bricks. The castle will be redesigned and rebuilt weekly as donations roll in. Korfant pioneered the food castle idea while working with the Chamber of Commerce in Cleveland, Ohio. I thought building a castle with the donations would be a little more spectacular way to show the donations. We even had folks from the American Institute of Architects come in and build it on their lunch breaks. The castle concept proved to be a winner. Over 10 weeks it yielded more than 16,000 pounds of foodstuffs for Cleveland pantries. Local food banks benefiting from South Countys first Caring Castle include The Lords Lighthouse, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Good Samaritan Mission, Beth-El Mission, St. Anne Church and Life Church. There is no shortage of need, according to Tom Bullaro, co-director of Our Lady of Guadalupe food pantry with his wife Anita for the last nine years. The pantry serves an average of 170 families a week in Sun City Center, Wimauma and Balm. This time last year our average was about 110 families a week, said Bullaro who cites food stamp cutbacks and unemployment among the pressures driving more families to his door. We serve a lot of migrant food pickers who may only be here Roseanne KorfantActivities Coordinator, JSA Medical GroupFood Bank FactsA 2010 report by Feeding America Tampa Bay, which supplies many of the South Countys food banks, reported the following facts about hunger in the Tampa Bay area. Americas Second Harvest of Tampa Bay are children under 18 years old. are children age 0 to 5 years. interviewed are facing very low food security or hunger. clients served by Americas Second Harvest of Tampa Bay report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities. one employed adult, but only half are fulltime. report having at least one household the clients have unpaid medical or hospital bills. tified themselves as African-AmeriAmericas Second Harvest of Tampa Bay receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits.Source: Feeding America Tampa Bay X

PAGE 33

JANUARY 23, 2014 33 STEPHEN A. SWITLYK, M.D.Board Certied | American Board of Dermatology Switlyk Dermatology813-634-6600STEPHEN A. SWITLYK, M.D.Board Certied American Board of Dermatologyare Seating is Limited Please Call For Reservations813-634-3396Visit our website: www.suncitycenterdental.comfor more information Michelle Halcomb, DDSLearn about the amazingThis is a one-step dental procedure that involves minimally invasive surgery, no sutures, nor the typical months of healing.FREE SEMINARat the ofce of Zamikoff, Klement, Jungman & Varga Sun City Center, FL 33573 RCMA School Board Meeting NoticeThe RCMA School Board Meeting will take place on Monday, Jan. 27. The meeting will be held at the RCMA Leadership Academy, 18236 US Hwy 301 S., Wimauma. The School Board Meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. and is open to the public. If you have questions or concerns, please call Angie Alfaro at (239) 6583560, ext. 224.Redesigned Toyota Avalon Hybrid an admirable gas sipperBy %  NITISH S. RELE motoringtampabay@gmail.com You can essentially go 650 miles on a full tank in the redesigned Toyota Avalon hybrid. Thats at about 39 mpg in city or highway driving. Not bad, though the front-wheel-drive ride is priced at $41,400. But then this is luxury on wheels. For 2013, the sedan is wider, lower and shorter by 2 inches than its predecessor. The 2014 model continues without any substantial changes except a backup camera is now standard on all trims. A 2.5-liter DOHC inline-4 cylinder gas engine develops just 156 horsepower @5700 rpm and 156 pounds-feet of torque @ 4500 rpm. It is coupled to an electric motor, which boasts hp up to 200. Zero to 60 mph is clocked at around 8 seconds. The sedan also is fitted with a 244.8-volt nickelmetal hydride battery, which is recharged by energy captured as the driver applies the brakes or coasts. Also, the Continuous Variable Transmission-equipped car gets a regenerative braking system. When the car is coasting or the brakes are applied, the electric power functions as a generator, capturing kinetic energy that would normally be lost as heat through the brakes. Instead, it converts the energy into useable electricity for recharging the batteries. The Avalon operates in three modes: EV, which allows the car to travel for about a mile at 20 mph in perfect conditions; Eco, which is an efficient mode where the driver can control the throttle opening; sport, for the enthusiast behind the wheel. Just keep an eye on the needle-type Hybrid System Indicator and you will eke out substantial fuel savings. That this is a hybrid version of the sedan is evident from the blue tint in the Toyota emblems as well as the badging on both front side doors. The revised and now sharpappearing Avalon gets a longer flowing roof line, larger grille opening flanked by HID quad headlights, LED daytime running lights and wide-angled fog lamps. White-ice interior ambient lights enhance the cabin look and feel along with striking wood that dots the dashboard. Other niceties include threezone auto climate control, power rear sunshade and moon roof, 10-way power driver and 8-way front-passenger seats, heated and cooled front seats and perforated leather seats. Storage bins are abundant in the 102.3 cubic feet of passenger space though the trunk area is limited because of the battery. Forget your grandfathers bulky Avalon. The revamped hybrid version is attractive, practical and an excellent gas sipper (at a somewhat hefty price!) that will take you to Atlanta and beyond on a tank in comfort and style. AVALON HYBRID (LIMITED) Tires: P215/55 R17 Wheelbase: 111 inches Length: 195.2 inches Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; dual-link rear Steering: electric power Weight: 3,585 pounds Fuel capacity: 17 gallons Test drive the Avalon hybrid at Toyota of Lakewood, 5959 E. SR 64 in Bradenton, call 1-877-2615187 or visit www.toyotaoflakewood.com. Dont fall victim to unlicensed CPAsThe Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is warning Floridians of the danger of hiring unlicensed Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) to assist you and your business financial needs. In Florida, CPAs are required to have a professional license. As tax season approaches, many Florida families and business owners are facing the arduous task of preparing their financials and may need to hire a CPA, said Ken Lawson, Secretary of DBPR. There are many financial and tax professionals that can assist with various financial needs, but only CPAs are licensed by the state and can provide specific services. Licensed CPAs have successfully passed the Uniform CPA Examination, in addition to meeting the necessary education and experience requirements mandated by Florida law. CPAs are licensed to perform audits, reviews and compilations, as well as express opinions of financial statements that provide a level of assurance regarding the reliability or fairness of the financial information at hand. Before any work necessitating a licensed CPA is performed, consumers should always verify the individuals State of Florida professional license, which can be verified online at www.myfloridalicense.com or by calling 850487-1395. The Department of Business and Professional Regulations mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from hotels and restaurants, real estate agents and certified public accountants to veterinarians, contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, visit www.MyFloridaLicense. com. 2014 Toyota Avalon hybrid (Limited).

PAGE 34

34 JANUARY 23, 2014 NEED A GOODELECTRICIAN?Call Don or John!LICENSED BONDED INSUREDSERVICE UPGRADES ALL TYPES OF WIRING RENOVATIONS Don 645-8985 South BayElectric Co. of Ruskin Call Don or JohnOver 50 Years Experience ER0012636 Family Owned and Operated 263-6503 D. KAY CARR, P.A.Attorney at Law e 214 Apollo Beach Boulevard Apollo Beach, FL 33572(813) 645-7557 ACCOUNTINGA 27 YEARS EXPERIENCE Certied Public Accountant 813-641-3603www.AccountantAtApolloBeach.com AFFORDABLE Q U A L I F I E D Q U A L I F I E D ATTORNEYA AC REPAIR/SALES IMMIGRATION AND INTERNATIONAL T RADE & CUSTOMS LAW (813) 293-6594www.Kirkham-Law.comSouth Shore Area Community Lawyer AUTOMOTIVE REPAIRA Mobile Auto Repair FREE Scan with repair10% Off any repairfor military personnel and their dependentsCall, text or email Joe Brys813.833.8973 joehd2007@yahoo.com Lic. # MV87956 COMPUTER REPAIRC CLEANINGC ELECTRICIANE Need help with your computer, or setting up your electronics?MAC & PCFriendly, Professional, Microsoft Certified, A+$35 per hr.Setting up, Upgrades, Virus Removal, Spyware, Pop-Ups, Security, Email & Printer ProblemsCall Ryan 813-262-2559 BAIL BONDSB (813) 495-7027davidmoorellc@yahoo.com www.TheFloorSource.bizWe bring the Showroom to you!David Moore, Owner-OperatorFREE Estimates! The Floor Source FLOORING *No project over $1000. No electrical, gas, or plumbing, and nothing structural. HANDYMAN* 813-642-6182 HOME IMPROVEMENTH LANDSCAPING Bobs Mobile Fix-It CenterResidential & CommercialLicensed & Insured Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed! Call for FREE Estimate(813) 671-7870Robert GerstenschlagerWE FIX I T ALL! LOCKSMITH PLUMBINGP PAINTINGP SouthShore Painting(813) 787-5235 David Squire The Name You Know. The Service You Trust. CFC#019149 CFC#1428556(813) 641-9174www.shjplumbing.com AY SERVICES CORP.LOCKSMITHOwner: Johnny Cook / Stan-Tech Locked out of your car or home?Well promptly get you in!813 633-5100 603-662-6079Shrub and Light Tree Trimming LANDSCAPING ROOFING POOLSP Innovative Solar, Inc.Selling Environmentally Friendly Products Since 1993General Contractor Pool Heating Attic Fans Hot Water Systems Sun City Center 813-922-4324 Lic. #RC29027076 FLORIDA REGISTERED ROOFING CONTRACTORG. HORN ROOFING LLC OF APOLLO BEACH (813) 419-4165Superb Quality Guaranteed40 Years Experience (813) Johnny Sewell (813) 641-2099Mobile (813) 404-2022 MEMBER WEST FLORIDA Ruskin & Sun City Center Chamber MemberCUSTOM ROOFING and REPAIRSAll Types of Roofing SERVING SINCE 1973 24 Hour Emergency Service FREE ESTIMATES Were On Top Of It BUDDYS ROOFING 813-982-0218 Leak & Re-Roofing SpecialistsWE FIX LEAKS NO ONE ELSE CAN! www.buddysroofing.com t We Carry Workers Comp For Your Protection Call now to book your appointment Here to Serve Your Community Year RoundSUN VIEWWINDOW CLEANING, INC.813-944-8478 FREE ESTIMATES FREE ESTIMATES Registered at Kings Point F R E E E S T I M A T E S F R E E E S T I M A T E S STORAGES WINDOW CLEANINGW WINDOW FILMW 813-898-9798 TREE SERVICET HOME & AUTO TINTING Solar Designs 103 College Ave. W. Ruskin, FL ROOFING CONTINUED... MORE ROOFING AT TOP OF NEXT COLUMN...

PAGE 35

JANUARY 23, 2014 35 CALL TODAY for your FREE Skin Cancer Screening Call 813-634-1455 to reserve your spotThe Skin Cancer Centers / Dermatology AssociatesHoward A. Oriba, 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 share yours with someone, particularly those you love and trust. If you dont feel you have anyone, then you have me. Ill keep or share your story as appropriate. This is life we are talking about. Life in all its glory, boredom, minutiae and wonder. A life lived is a life that should be remembered, at least carried forward by someone to keep us alive, in a sense, even after we are gone. I know from experience in hearing so many incredible stories in my years of working for this newspaper that absolutely everyone has a story worth knowing. It is, in fact, a privilege to have someone share their story with you. I have been privileged many times and for that I am grateful. Godspeed, Leesa, from a child who was smitten by you and a man who is belatedly so very impressed with you. Thank you for your life. To help local animals, visit C.A.R.E. at www.careshelter. org, Critter Mama Rescue at http://crittermamarescue. org or Hillsborough County Animal Services at www. hillsboroughcounty.org/ animalservices For more stories and photos, follow Mitch Traphagen on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ mitchtraphagen .ObservationsX If you find yourself suddenly in need of beads, the solution to your problem is rapidly approaching. The unsuspecting city of Tampa is due for its annual invasion on Saturday with the pirate ship Jose Gaspar leading an armada into the city. The invasion begins at 11:30 a.m., the 3.8 mile Gasparilla street parade runs from 2 to 5:30 p.m., with the Pirate Street Festival running all day in Downtown Tampa from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For parade maps and more event information, visit www.gasparillapiratefest.com.Gasp!arilla invades Tampa on SaturdayMITCH TRAPHAGEN FILE PHOTOS

PAGE 36

36 JANUARY 23, 2014 Youre Invited St. Josephs Hospital Heart Institute 3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa St. Josephs Hospital is proud to announce the opening of the new Heart Institute. is 35,000-square-foot facility will provide the most advanced and comprehensive care for all of your cardiovascular needs. Be among the rst to see this new facility at the free grand opening celebration on February 6. Activities will include: Facility tours Healthy heart screenings (includes blood pressure, glucose and body mass index) De-stress massages American Heart Association Heart Saver hands-on CPR demonstration Nurse, dietitian and tness educator available to answer your questions Heart-healthy snacks and refreshments Enter to win Valentines Day gi



PAGE 1

JANUARY 23, 2014 37 www.ObserverNews.netJanuary 23, 2014 Volume 58 Number 1THE OBSERVER NEWS LOOK INSIDE FOR: Classified Ads PAGES 28-30PRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8 Jose Gaspar Page 35 Page 20 Observer Page 33 1629 Sun City Center Plaza(near SCC Post Ofce)813-633-7116Golf cart accessible Family Owned & Operatedwww.JohnMooreFloorCovering.comSCCs oldest and most trusted ooring dealer MEMBER WEST FLORIDA Come and see our newLAMINATE GALLERYMany styles and colors to enhance your decor JSA Medical, Observer News publications partner for major food drive %  KEVIN BRADY A community-wide food drive benefiting several major food banks throughout South County is slated to begin Feb. 1. Have A Heart Caring Castle, the brainchild of Roseanne Korfant of Sun City Centers JSA Medical Group, aims to not only feed South Countys burgeoning number of hungry families but raise awareness of an issue all too often forgotten after the holiday season. People donate food and remember the needs of the hungry at Christmastime but when Christmas is over you still have the same hungry people yet we dont have as many focused food drives. So I thought this would be a good way not only to include the food pantries but to include Have a Heart, the American Heart Associations theme for February, Korfant said. However, the month-long food drive is about more than just collecting food. Organizers hope the event builds awareness and relationships that benefit food banks and hungry families year-round. We are going to do this in February, but who is going to do it in June and July? I would really hope this helps the pantries initiate and maintain new relationships because thats the only way we are going to survive, said Korfant, JSA Medicals activities coordinator. The SCC Observer, The Observer News, and The Riverview Current, which are backing the effort with design, print and editorial support, will provide weekly updates on the amount of food collected and feature stories on the food banks benefiting from the effort. We are looking to give back to the community and replenish the food banks in the area especially Where to donate (behind Burger King on SR 674) X X HCC presents:How Indian tribes were forced to change their culturePENNY FLETCHER PHOTOAnnawon Weeden, Native American educator, tells the story of many tribes both before and after the Europeans came to what is now the United States. He shows many things the tribes used and how they were saddened to have been forced to change their culture. %  PENNYENNY FLEETCHERER Annawon Weeden spends his life telling the story of the many American Indian tribes that inhabited the land that later became known as the United States of America. His cousin Kristine Thomas, PhD, who teaches biology and physiology at the South County campus of Hillsborough Community College, was approached by the campus president Allen Witt and asked if she could book him to give presentations there. Jan. 14, he did. First, Weeden performed in classrooms in front of students, teachers and faculty. Then that evening, there was a public presentation made at HCC for anyone in the community who wished to attend. He started the presentation in the traditional dress of his tribes and gradually removed items explaining the symbolism of what each one meant. The braid, he said, unbraiding his long black hair, is the symbol of the three parts of us. The body, the mind and the spirit. With the elimination of each piece of jewelry, fur or ceremonial dress, he told its story, and also of how the tribes were captured and sent away. Many were moved to parts of the country where they couldnt survive, he said. And while they were bringing in African slaves, they were sending Indians to the islands. Some of the places they went were Bermuda, Jamaica and other neighboring islands in that region. Weeden is descended from a mixture of tribes. His mother was from the Wampanoag, whose home was Mashpee, Mass., while his father was Narragansett and Pequot from Rhode Island. When not traveling, telling the FDOT says county, developers responsible for next step in roadway improvements %  PENNYENNY FLEETCHERER As development continues along the Big Bend corridor, traffic gets worse. During morning and evening rush hours, sitting through three or four changes of green arrow lights to enter the northbound ramp of I-75 is not unusual. Worse yet, backups on the Interstate at the southbound exit ramp often extend well beyond the deceleration lane, pushing exiting cars into a stopping position in a line in a moving lane. In an October 2013 interview about improvements in this area, Michael Williams, county engineer, explained that the plans for alleviating this by widening the exit ramps were anchored by an agreement made between the county and area developers. Although this still has not changed, now new shortand longterm plans to build two new ramps (and later a cloverleaf) are also in the works. The problem is that none of these plans are funded, although both county and state planners have it on their future maps, one of which is included with this story. The next moves are up to the developers of the new mall, which will be called Southbend and lies directly to the south and southeast of the Waterset community on the south side of Big Bend Road. Waddah Farah, FDOTs project development and technical analysis administrator, explained that when the Florida Department of Transportation did the Master Plan for the transportation system that runs through all of Hillsborough County, it broke down needs into short-term goals, dated for 2015, and long-term goals, dated 2030. During the Master Plan phase of development planning, County Commissioners voted that private developers would pay for some of the improvements as they developed land in the area, in cooperation with the countys public works personnel. At that time, the economy was booming and a mall the name of which was not known until now was expected to break ground within months. But mall developers have not yet found enough anchor stores to begin, and so the site work has not been done. Meanwhile, some other improvements are slated to be done although timing depends upon funding, Farah said. First will be lengthening of the southbound deceleration lane [for the Apollo Beach exit of I-75 at Big Bend Road] by 1,200 feet, and Big Bend will be widened from four lanes to six between Covington Gardens to the off-bound ramp. Then, in the future, the Waterset community has agreed to pay for the construction of another offbound ramp that will greatly alleviate any traffic exiting the Interstate to go to their development, or to the other things that will be built in the area in the future, he added. So the way it now stands, FDOT is waiting for the county and developers to fulfill their part of the plan, while it makes plans for State construction as traffic in the area continues to build. Much rests on the development of the mall, which is planned to be larger than Westfield in Brandon. When last interviewed in the fall, developers stated they were waiting for anchor stores to sign on before beginning site clearing and utility work. But two additional Interstate ramps are eventually planned for Big Bend Road as well as the widening of existing ramps because of the heavy development eventually coming in.

PAGE 2

2 JANUARY 23, 2014 THE ONLY MAJOR HEARING AID MANUFACTURER IN THE COUNTRY THATS AUDIBEL AMERICAN OWNED. AMERICAN OPERA TED. AUDIBEL IS ON A MISSION TO RECONNECT SENIORS WITH THE PEOPLE THEY LOVE, THE QUALITY OF LIFE THEY EARNED AND THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE. In less than 1-hour You Can Find Out How Much Of Your Hearing Is Lost And What You Can Do To Get It Back! Why Do People Delay Addressing Hearing Loss? Audibel Does Not Charge for Service and NEVER WILL FREE Ofce Visits FREE Service FREE Reprogramming SA TISF ACTION GU ARANTEED 100% Financing with available no interestSatisfaction Guaranteed with Audibel Hearing Centers years of customer service & hearing health guaranteed program.SAV E TODAYFor the First Time Ever The Most Advanced Hearing Aid EverIs Smaller Than Ever.PLATINUMThe Best Of The Best Completely In CanalAvailable in every style A 2 A 2 In America, the average person with hearing loss delays dealing with it for 5 to 7 years. The big question is, Why do people wait so long before confronting the obvious problems that come with an inability to hear clearly? Accepting & Correcting Your Hearing Loss Researchers estimate that over 30 million people in the United States suffer from hearing loss, but almost 75% avoid scheduling a hearing test to determine the cause and how to remedy this condition. As the baby boomer generation ages, more people are going to experience hearing loss. Many people with hearing loss do not take the steps needed to cor rect the problem. The rst step starts with getting a hearing exam when you rst notice you are experiencing symptoms. A hearing test can determine the cause of your hearing loss, and which state-of-the-art hearing devices can improve your quality of life. There is often a period of denial or hesitation that must be overcome before the appointment for the hearing test is made. At rst it may seem like you only have very mild hearing loss, if any, because you can hear someone talking to you, or you can hear the TV, radio, or a movie, you just cant catch every word. Or you may have trouble following conversations, but you always come up with a reason why its too noisy, people are speaking too fast, or there are too many people talking at once. The truth is that when you have early, mild hearing loss, you will start to have trouble hearing certain higher frequency sounds. Consonant sounds are in the higher range and are the rst to go. While you may hear voices, you may nd yourself mistaking similar-sounding words, like rent and sent or time and lime. If you believe you have mild hearing loss, begin by getting a hearing exam. You can use the results of the hearing test to rule out or x any correctable conditions, and then you can assess if any of the new and advanced hearing technologies can help you hear more clearly. After your hearing test you will be able to make a more educated To Schedule Your FREE HEARING TEST CALL ANY OF THE LOCATIONS LISTED BELOW TODAY! *No Cost *No Obligation *No Pressure 30% 50% OFF MSRP Audibel SCA Features Digital Sound Processing Usually Found Only In Hearing Aids Costing Thousands More! So small the only thing people will NOTICE IS BETTER HEARING decision about what your options are to prevent further hearing loss and hear more clearly immediately, improving your overall quality of life. Purchasing a hearing aid is not a decision made lightly. Its important that the person you are working with listens to you and works together with you to address your specic hearing needs. You need to be able to trust their guidance in choosing a solution to match your lifestyle. Advances In Hearing Care! A hearing specialist with Audibel Hearing Centers will be available to answer all your questions and discuss the latest advances in hearing care. Even with the new technology, your brain still needs time to readjust to hearing sounds it may not have been hearing for years. You will be amazed at your own ability to reconnect with your life with the help of this advanced technology. In addition, technology is constantly changing. A hearing test can now determine if you have even very mild hearing loss, and the new genera tion of digital hearing aids has nearly eliminated the problems of feedback, and extraneous noise that was bothersome with earlier models. Most hearing losses dont require expensive hearing aids to help you with sounds you were missing, including those lost consonants, without introducing additional, distracting noises. Personalized programming adjustments ensure your hearing aid is set to your specic loss and unique needs. No One Will Know It is true that hearing aids of past years did have a stigma attached to them. They were large and bulky, and usually they were visible to anyone who walked by. But just as the internal technology has changed, so have the external characteristics of digital hearing aids. New models are virtually invisible when worn making your Audibel hearing aid far less noticeable than your hearing loss. With advanced digital technology and miniaturiza tion, nobody else has to know that youre wearing a hearing device. In addition, hearing aids technology has an exciting future. Even now you can have your hearing aid connected to different external devices, such as an MP3 player, a cell phone, radio, or your TV. As microchips continue to get smaller, the amount of data processing power continues to increase at astronomical rates, allowing for hearing aids to be made smaller while continuing to improve sound quality. If you checked out hearing aids ve years ago, you should take a look at the new models you might be surprised at how far things have come and how easily hearing loss may be corrected. Hearing loss can affect people of all ages. If you were in the military, law enforcement, or simply exposed to the loud noises of machinery in a factory, you could have developed hearing loss at an early age. Dont be embarrassed by your inability to hear clearly take action now and get a hearing test to nd out what you can do to enhance your ability to hear clearly and prevent continued deterioration. Start by having a hearing test and then take steps to decide if you feel comfortable with the new technologies. Think about it how much time and energy are you spending apologizing because you misheard something, or asking someone to speak louder or to repeat themselves? Having a hearing test and wearing a hearing device can alleviate many problems caused by hearing loss and that is priceless! When sound waves reach the ear, they are gathered by the funnel-shaped outer ear and channeled into the middle ear. Sometimes hearing loss can be easily and quickly corrected by clearing blockage that can occur from wax build up. Years of using q-tips to clean your ears can embed layers of wax so tightly that it affects your ability to hear clearly. Thats why the rst part of your ear exam will be with an otoscope to determine if there is any blockage that can open up your ear canal and allow you to enjoy the beauty of unmuted sound again. At the entrance to the middle ear, sound waves hit the eardrum. A damaged eardrum can not only be painful, but it can mufe natural sounds and make it extremely difcult to hear clearly. If youre experiencing hearing loss, its important to nd out if it is a correctable condition involving the middle ear. Sound vibrations travel through the middle ear and into the uid lled inner ear where they are converted into signals that are sent to your brain. Damage to the inner ear can lead to deafness, so its vital to make sure your inner ear is functioning properly. Problems with the inner ear often require surgery or medication. If the damage is irreparable, youll want to ask about the new cochlea implants that can help restore your ability to hear again. There is also new scientic and medical research with stem cell transplants that can regrow damaged inner ear hair follicles (known as cilia) that send electronic signals to your brain allowing you to translate sounds into language. Researchers at Stanford University say that they are 5-10 years away from a breakthrough that could possibly correct human deafness. To evaluate your hearing a specialist will perform a series of hearing tests. These tests are often performed by using a combina tion of electronic equipment and headphones. Hearing tests can determine whether a hearing impairment exists and what the cause may be. Your hearing examination will also let you know the degree of hearing loss you are experiencing, from mild to profound, and what technologies are available to help correct your hearing loss. The results of your hearing exam will provide you with the road map to what you should do next to regain and restore your ability to hear clearly again. Thomas Edison Suffered From Hearing Loss! One of the most famous people with hearing loss in history is the inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931), who is credited with inventing the phonograph, light bulb, and movie camera. What many people are not aware of is that Edison became technically deaf in his early teens. It could have been from a childhood illness or the result of a boxingof his ears by a train conductor. Sun City Center4850 Sun City Center Blvd. 813-634-845120 Locations in the Tampa/St. Pete Area, one just minutes from you www.oridahearing.com E LLENTON B RADENTON (941) 722-7200 (941) 747-6966 B RANDON T AMPA (813) 681-4046 (813) 831-9442This advertisement funded by the MANUFACTURER, Minneapolis, MN Arnold Palmer HEARING AID BATTERIES FREE HEARING AID REPAIRS ALL MAKES ALL MODELSBring in your damaged hearing aid. If we can x it in our lab, we will, at no charge Limit 2 Packs Per Household. Must Have Coupon. exp. 1/31/14TWO PACKS 99 in noisy environments. music and TV whistling and buzzing customized for your ears

PAGE 3

JANUARY 23, 2014 3 FREE Low-E AND Glass Up gra de on Simonton Wi ndows foryour House or Patio FREE A rgon FREE Wi ndow Cl eaning 649-1599 www.BRATESALUMINUM.com Gas Up gradeCall For A FREE Estimate....FREE Window Upgrades!mention this AD at time of estimate TECO Rebates! 1701 Rickenbacker Drive Suite 102 Sun City Center, FL 33573(813) 634-8877www.brandoneye.com Sun City Center Cataract & Eye Clinic Add Healthy Vision to your New Year Resolution List JANUARY IS N ATIONAL GLAUCOMA A WARNESS M ONTH HAVE FUN AND LEARN TO PLAY BETTER BRIDGE Bridge Teachers Association of Sun City Center Bridge Lessons for Players on All LevelsEASYBRIDGE! 2: FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SOME KNOWLEDGE OF BRIDGE 10 weeks starting Friday, February 21st, 8:30 AM, Horizon Room, cost $2 Instructor: Kathy Smith, 480-3368, kathjosmith@gmail.com WINNING WITH GOOD DEFENSIVE PLAY 8 weeks includes basic bidding and Play of the Hand review Starts Tuesday, February 4, 9:00 a.m., Horizon Room Cost is $50 which includes book Instructor: Leslie Cox, 634-4296, lesliecox3@yahoo.com SPECIAL MINI-LECTURES TO IMPROVE YOUR BRIDGE Sign-up in the Horizon Room or contact the instructorTHE FOLLOWING TOPICS START MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD9 AM, Horizon Room, $5 per session Feb 3 Bidding Messages Feb 10 Developing Tricks Feb 17 Hold-up Play Feb 24 Strong Opening Bids & Responses Mar 3 Slam Bidding Mar 10 Pre-emptive BidsInstructor: Pat Rippel 642-9216, patrippel@hotmail.comTHE FOLLOWING TOPICS START WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH9 AM, Caper Room, $5 per session Feb 26 Signals Mar 5 Forcing and Non Forcing Bids Mar 12 Transfers Mar 19 Takeout Doubles & Negative DoublesMar 26 Cuebids Apr 2 OvercallsInstructor: Ronda OFarrell 634-7393, rondastart@aol.com No Charge 9 Tax PreparationCall Today For Your Appointment and Receive Your FREE Tax Organizer 1653 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL 33573 813-633-7333 Fax 813-633-6420Located in the Payant Financial Plaza FREE FREE Castor backing measure to delay flood insurance rate hikesBy %  KEVIN BRADY kevin@observernews.netCongress is moving to give at least some relief to homeowners facing massive rate hikes in their federal flood insurance rates. Language to delay some of the increases triggered by changes to the flood insurance program is part of a $1.1 trillion 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act passed Jan. 14. With Democrats and Republicans agreeing to the appropriations act, supporters hope a majority of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle will support the measure. The Act would stop enforcement until October of higher premiums on homeowners who would see them under new flood maps. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is overseeing the implementation of the higher rates, would also have 60 days to provide Congress with a report on ways to keep rates more affordable, according to the Act. During the delay, FEMA and Congress need to go back to the drawing board for a permanent fix to ensure that our neighbors and small business owners do not suffer unconscionable increases, said Congresswoman Kathy Castor Jan. 14. The Democrats waterfront district includes Riverview, Apollo Beach and Ruskin as well as Tampa and the southern tip of St. Petersburg. The Act would immediately halt increases for existing homeowners and help approximately 2 million Florida families through fiscal year 2014, said Castor, who has been pushing Congress to address the issue since last November and co-sponsored a bipartisan bill to address skyrocketing rate hikes last year. I urge my colleagues in Congress to support the legislation and provide a lifeline to millions of our neighbors right away. Thousands of Hillsborough County homeowners and businesses currently pay subsidized flood insurance rates through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Flood insurance rate hikes, and uncertainty over whether Congress will act to delay or repeal them, has cast a pall over the market for homes in flood-prone areas, said Amy Soto, a Riverview Realtor who has been buying and selling homes in South County for 13 years. Soto said homeowners and Realtors would welcome any action to decrease the amount of the rate hikes but it would still leave the uncertainty over substantial rate hikes in the future. As a buyer, if I knew there was a temporary delay in rate increases, I dont know that I would still buy that home because I dont know whats coming in the future. It may make the home affordable right this second but it doesnt make it affordable for the long term. With the NFIP $24 billion in the red after losses from Hurricane Katrina and other devastating floods, Congress passed the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 in an attempt to restore solvency to the program with insurance rates more reflective of the risk of living on the water. As a result of the 2012 law, rates jumped dramatically for some homeowners last October. Businesses and vacation homes in areas prone to flooding would all see their subsidized insurance rates PHOTO COURTESY OF REP. KATHY CASTORRep. Kathy Castorphased out over time under the law. Single-family homeowners keep their federally subsidized rates under the 2012 law; however, that subsidy does not apply to anyone who wants to buy their home. Of the NFIPs 5.6 million policy holders, 1.1 million are subsidized, according to FEMA. Florida is the programs largest customer with 2 million policies. Of those, 270,000 are subsidized by the federal government. Around five percent of subsidized property holders those covering non-primary residences, businesses, and severe repetitive loss properties saw immediate increases in their premiums under the 2012 law. The flood insurance rate hikes 600 percent for one Apollo Beach home was not atypical under the new rate scheme were repeated across the country in waterfront communities from Louisiana to Florida and created a massive outcry from homeowners. Local Realtors also criticized the rate hikes, saying it would hurt Floridas real estate market, which was starting to show signs of recovery after years of falling prices and foreclosure rates among the highest in the nation. The real estate market needs to see the issue resolved, Soto said. Everyone that I have been dealing with is staying away from homes that would require flood insurance. For more information on changes to NFIP flood insurance rates, see FEMAs web page on the subject: www.fema.gov/flood-insurancereform-act-2012.

PAGE 4

4 \000s "\011-\015,\015, \015-U-\012\012"\011-\015,\015,U/\025\015\012,,\015 / JANUARY 23, 2014 Hunter Douglas brand products are designed and custom-assembled in the United States to ensure that consumers have the superb quality, outstanding service and enduring style they expect and deserve for their homes.* Underscoring the excellence of American design and craftsmanship and exclusive Hunter Douglas Lifetime Guarantee instills confidence and trust that all the company’s products are of the highest quality and workmanship. Plus, Hunter Douglas leads the industry with unique, award-winning designs and stylish energyefficient products. Why settle for anything less than Hunter Douglas? To learn more, call or stop by today. \031\032\027\034\003*VSSLNL\003\(]L\025\003,\003‹\003\\000ZRPU\023\003\017\030\003TPSL\003^LZ[\003VM\003\000\036\034\003,_P[\003\031\033\027\024\ \037\030\032\024\035\033\034\024\037\035\035\027 ^^^\025+V]L\000U[LYPVYZ.HSSLY`\025JVT :;,\003/<:!\003VU\025\024-YP\025\003 \003H\025T\025\003\024\003\034\003W\025T\025\003‹\003:H[\025\003\030\027\003H\025T\025\003\024\003\031\003W\025T\025 *SVZLK\003:\\000UKH`\003‹\003,]LUPUNZ\003I`\003HWWVPU[TLU[ Your Flooring & Window Treatment Experts....22 Years Strong! THE 2011 & 2012 DOVE INTERIORS CARPET ONE SUPPORTS MADE IN AMERICA! DOVE INTERIORS FLOORING & WINDOW TREATMENTS *Some Hunter Douglas Contract products are assembled outside the United States. 2011 Hunter Douglas. Registered trademark of Hunter Douglas 210 Woodland Estates S.W. Ruskin, FL 33570 813-645-3111 Fax: 813-645-4118 www.ObserverNews.net Published Every Thursday by M&M Printing Co., Inc. 645-4048 EDITORIAL: Chere Simmons ...... Editor/Creative Direc. chere@observernews.net Carol MacAlister ........... Associate Editor carol@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.com All 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 33570 SALES: Wes Mullins ............................. Publisher wmullins@mmprintinc.com Vilma Stillwell ... Display Advertising Rep. vilma@observernews.net Nan Kirk ........... Display Advertising Rep. nan@observernews.net For current rates and circulation information visit our website at www.ObserverNews.net PRODUCTION: Jason Martin ......... Graphic Arts / Layout jason@observernews.net CLASSIFIED / CIRCULATION: Beverly Kay ......... Classied / Circulation beverly@observernews.net The views expressed by our writers are not necessarily shared by The Observer News, SCC Observer, The Riverview Current or M&M Printing Co., Inc. Award-Winning Newspapers In last week’s column I offered some ideas on how to defeat depression, but space did not allow me to expand on the subject. I believe in self help, so I’m offering more suggestions of things you can do to head off, reduce or eliminate depression. Do all within your power to chase away the gloom from your life or that of someone you love. But always keep in mind that for serious clinical depression, trained professional medical help may be indicated. ‡\003\(OLPLQDWH\003QHJDWLYH\003REMHFWV\003 from your surroundings. As one example, many offices and homes have negative sayings or pictures (in the form of humor) posted where they can be seen on a constant basis. In one store, I saw a large picture of a group of scraggly looking people dressed poorly, and under the picture was the caption: Our staff is just waiting to help you. I know the owner thinks the picture is cute, but every time I think about his store, I picture the staff as he has them portrayed on the wall. I find that depressing, and I can imagine that the people on the staff are not real happy with the depiction of them. Take a critical look around you for things that might be causing you depression or adding to your sense of uneasiness. ‡\003,QWURGXFH\003DV\003PXFK\003KXPRU\003DV\003 possible to your life. Humor is the great healer. My late friend Dr. Norman Cousins swore that humor brought him back from the edge of death twice. He was told that he had a very small chance of survival in two separate instances and both times he relied on humor to build \011ˆˆ>“\025œ`}i the endorphins in his system, which facilitated his healing. Humor may not be able to cure every human ailment, but it can go a long way toward making illness bearable. Take every opportunity to laugh, be a little silly, and look for the good in everything that happens WR\003\\000RX\021\003\003\(YHQ\003VRPHWKLQJ\003 as serious as cancer can be the subject of humor and it can help the patient. Another friend, Christine Clifford Beckwith, inspired by her experience with breast cancer, wrote Not Now... I’m Having a No Hair Day It is one of the first books of its kind to offer hope to cancer victims, their families and friends through the healing power of humor. ‡\003\000XVLF\003KDV\003D\003WUHPHQGRXV\003LPSDFW\003 on our moods. Be sure it is the right music to pick you up, not put you down. I remember a few years ago at a Defense Supply Agency base in Columbus, Ohio, the commander ordered the playing of march music at the end of the working day. Many thought it a hokey thing to do; but as a visitor to the installation, I noticed a real difference. At quitting time, the employees at that facility walked briskly to their cars with heads held high. Comparing that to the shambling movements I see of employees at other companies and government installations, I believe that the music made the difference. Much of country music is depressing if you listen to the words. People tell me all the time, “I don’t listen to the words — I just like the beat.” Well, be aware that your mind is recording the words and they are impacting you. The good news, I am told, is that if you play country music backwards, you get your job back, your truck back and your girl back. Choose your music carefully — it will set the tone for your feelings. Depression is contagious; you can catch it and you can give it to others. Try hard not to be a carrier and even harder not to allow your atmosphere to be a fertile place for it to grow. 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.com Positive Talk: Bouncing back (Part 2) Free tax prep at Hillsborough County Extension Office +LOOVERURXJK\003&RXQW\\000\([WHQ sion Office is offering free tax preparation assistance for individuals and families with incomes of $58,000 or less in 2013. Tax filers will be able to access a self-guided tax preparation program and receive assistance, as needed, from an IRS-trained and certified volunteer. This free service is offered as part of the United Way Suncoast Prosperity Campaign. For a list of other free tax prep sites visit www.myfreetaxes.com/tampa. Appointments are required and will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 2 to 7 p.m. starting Feb. 4 through April 8. For more information or for individuals requiring special accommodations, contact Lisa Leslie at 813-744-5519 or lesliel@hillsboroughcounty.org. Chili Cook-Off & Car Show comes to E.G. Simmons Park On Saturday, Feb. 15 the 20th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Car Show UHWXUQV\003WR\003\(\021*\021\003LPPRQV\003DUN\003LQ\003XVNLQ\021\003 Prizes will be awarded for the best chili as well as the best decorated booth. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and there will be live entertainment. The car show starts at 10 a.m., and chili will begin to be served at noon. The entire event will conclude at 2 p.m. Admission is the standard $2 park entry IHH\003SHU\003YHKLFOH\003WR\003HQWHU\003\(\021*\021\003LPPRQV\003 Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW in Ruskin. The Chili Cook-Off & Car Show is sponsored by the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation & Conservation Department. Organizers are seeking more chili cookers. For information, call 813-671-7655.

PAGE 5

JANUARY 23, 2014 "\011-\015,\015, \015-U-\012\012"\011-\015,\015,U/\025\015\012,,\015 / 5 Seminar Tuesday, Feb. 11th @ 11:00 am *S\\000I\003LUHPZZHUJL\003.\003\031\030\031\030\003:\003LIISL\003\ :\\000U\003*P[`\003*LU[LY\023\003-\003\032\032\034\036\032 FREE FOOD Join us for exclusive specials and your chance to win prizes at our upcoming seminar! www.ImageLift.com Rich Castellano, M.D., Founder, Medical Director Randall Weyrich, M.D. Call 855.968.8411 to reserve your seat TODAY! All events are 100% complimentary Refresh. Renew. Reveal... The New You. Facial Rejuvenation. XU\003'RXEOH\003%RDUG\003&HUWLHG\003\\003 Rich Castellano, M.D. \003DQG\003 Randall Weyrich, M.D., KDYH\003KHOSHG\003WKRXVDQGV\003UHVWRUH\003WKHLU\003\)40(RXWKIXO\003 DSSHDUDQFH\003DQG\003DFKLHYH\003QDWXUDO\017\003ODVWLQJ\003UHVXOWV\021 XU\003VXUJHRQV\003VSHFLDOL]H\003LQ\003ERWK\003VXUJLFDO\003DQG\003 QRQVXUJLFDO\003IDFHOLIWV\017\003EXW\003DOVR\003KDYH\003OOHUV\003DQG\003RWKHU\003 WUHDWPHQWV\003DYDLODEOH\004\003KH\003ZRUN\003ZH\003GR\003ZLOO\003IRFXV\003RQ\003 UHMXYHQDWLQJ\003\\000RXU\003IDFH\017\003H\\000HV\017\003DQG\003QHFNOLQH\003WR\003KHOS\003\\000RX\003 ORRN\003DQG\003IHHO\003\\000RXQJHU\003DJDLQ\004 &-# \000#.\037')] TJETBT/TT5 1 Tf9.5833 0 0 10 637.1874 484.8722 Tm[(Purse Repairs & Alterations such as handle shortening and replacements \022\021\021\001$L;H>ILMIH\001!CL=F? OCN?\001\022\021\024\015\001\037JIFFI\001 ?;=B (across from Bank of America) \031\022\024\016\027\025\022\016\031\024\023\022 Kathleen’s Clean House and Condo Cleaning Move-ins and Move-outs “Spring Cleaning” $5.00 off rst cleaning Let us make your life easier Call for a FREE Quote 813-260-3375 Apollo Beach Elementary students in music teacher Jim Mira’s class were given a rare treat last Friday. The fifth graders were the audience to 15-year-old Gareth Laffely, an award-winning Native American flute player/singer/songwriter and producer from an area near Nashville, Tenn. Gareth is the youngest member of the Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences. While visiting the area, he entertained the students with his unique style of playing his many flutes, while giving an informative program on the history of the instrument Apollo Beach Elementary Principal Barbara Mercer poses with Native American flute player Gareth Laffely and music teacher Jim Mira, after Gareth’s performance for Mira’s 5th grade music class Jan. 17. Apollo Beach students learn about Native American music, history and the Native American culture. Gareth performs across the U.S. and Canada. He has recently released his newest CD, The Journey, which he recorded with two-time Grammy Awardnominated hit songwriter and Dove Award-winning producer Robert White Johnson (Celine Dion, Larnelle Harris, the Beach Boys, Edyta, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, .38 Special). Gareth also volunteers with hospice, using his music to soothe terminal patients. He also performs programs for school systems focusing on anti-bullying awareness with a song he wrote about bullying called This Time Gareth’s music video, Move On (recorded and released when he was 13 years old), gained him national recognition. He wrote the song about a friend who had been misdiagnosed and passed away from cancer. The song has been used to raise awareness for cancer and Gareth donates all proceeds from the song to help find a cure. Gareth enjoyed answering the students’ questions about music and the Native American culture while he visited Apollo Beach Elementary. For more information about Gareth visit www.GarethMusic.com.

PAGE 6

6 JANUARY 23, 2014

PAGE 7

JANUARY 23, 2014 7 7 things you must know before putting your home up for saleHillsborough County A new report has just been released which reveals 7 costly mistakes that most homeowners make when selling their home, and a 9 Step System that can help you sell your home fast and for the most amount of money. This industry report shows clearly how the traditional ways of selling homes have become increasingly less and less effective in todays market. The fact of the matter is that fully three quarters of homesellers dont get what they want for their homes and become disillusioned and worse nancially disadvantaged when they put their homes on the market. As this report uncovers, most homesellers make 7 deadly mistakes that cost them literally thousands of dollars. The good news is that each and every one of these mistakes is entirely preventable. In answer to this issue, industry insiders have prepared a free special report entitled The 9 Step System to Get Your Home Sold Fast and For Top Dollar. To hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report call toll-free 1-800665-3797 and enter 1000. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW to nd out how you can get the most money for your home.This report is courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Kathy Farrell. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract. Copyright 2014 PAID ADVERTISEMENT PAID ADVERTISEMENT South Hillsborough Elks Lodge #2672 Upcoming Activities Every Monday Karaoke for Elks and guests, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 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 from 5 to 7 p.m. 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. $8. Music by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 Blue Plate Special for all Elks and their guests, 5 p.m., $8 per person. Menu: Baked Chicken with all the trimmings, including dessert. Only 50 tickets available. The South Hillsborough Elks Lodge is a clean, smoke-free environment that accepts all major credit and debit cards and is located at 1630 US Hwy 41 S. in Ruskin. Telephone 813-645-2089. RUSKIN BrR ANCH LIbr BR Ar R Y Adult Computer Classes for the Technologically ChallengedFree Open Source Software Programs & O/S Thursday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m.For adults. An introduction to free open source software alternatives to commonly used programs. Discover free alternatives to Microsoft Office products, Photoshop, even a completely free alternative to Windows O/S uBuntu.Windows 8: Introduction Friday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. For adults. Learn the layout, switching from tiles to desktop, and how to get the Start button back. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended. For adults. Bring your Kindle and operation questions with you. Will demonstrate how to register the device, open an Amazon account, and get an eBook on the device. Computer Tutor Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. Tutoring in Microsoft software, email, and the Internet. Seating limit: 18. Registration in person required no earlier than one hour prior to the program start. Standing, from left are: Sharon Vasquez, President, Jeanne Burkeson, Robin Kreimeier, Sara ONeal, Ginny Burrow, Lois Kelley Beverly Fletchall and Judy Peck, VP Membership. Seated are Janet Pizzichetti, Sonja Davidson and Genevieve Waite. Carol Newcomb is missing from the photo.Apollo Beach Womans Club honors long-time membersAt the January meeting of the Apollo Beach Womans Club 11 members were honored for their longevity in the club. Judy Peck, 2nd VP, introduced the honorees and gave a brief history of their participation in ABWC. Sharon Vasquez, President, presented each with red and yellow roses, signifying friendship and love. Sonja Davidson (35 years) is the cornerstone on whom the foundation of the ABWC depends. Sonja has been on the board from 2002 to the present and for nine years she was the annual bake sale chairperson. This year the bake sale netted over $1900 for the Scholarship Fund. Janet Pizzichette joined ABWC in 1984 and has been a supporter for 30 Years. Beverly Fletchall (20 years) joined ABWC in 1994 and remembers when 18 ladies attended the meetings; today they have 150 members. Beverly held many board positions, including President, and at present is Co-chair of Community Service with Marcia Ward. Carol Newcomb (20 years) continues to enjoy the Culture Club trips and attending events. For 15 years Ginny Burrow, Lois Kelley and Genevieve Waite have shared their enthusiasm and support in the many activities at ABWC. Jeanne Burkeson, Robin Kreimeier and Sara ONeal have given 10 years of wisdom and service to ABWC.Local author honored in national book awards programRuskin novelist Robert Jay has been named among the winners and finalists in this years New England Book Festival Book Awards Program. An annual national book awards program, the New England Book Festival celebrates the best books of the holiday season. This years awards program recognized local author Robert Jay, who was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Young Adult category for his latest novel, Montooth 3: Red Cross of Gold. Published by Cloverleaf Corporation, Publishing Division, Montooth 3: Red Cross of Gold is the newest release in the multiple award-winning Montooth quintet. Montooth 3: Red Cross of Gold was released after the premiere of the Montooth and the Canfield Witch film book trailer (produced by HuB Studios) which can be viewed by visiting: www.montoothbooks.com. When Montooth 3: Red Cross of Gold opens, its the mid-1950s smack dab in the middle of the rock n roll era. Television shows are replacing radio programs, and refrigeration retires horse-drawn home milk delivery and kitchen canning. Change may be afoot, but one thing is constant: heroine Carty and her band of brothers are about to find themselves in the middle of a big adventure. Suspense, adventure, intrigue, and mystery intersect in this charming new Montooth tale. Author Robert Jay has been honored by the Florida Writers Association, receiving its prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award for historical fiction. He has also been recognized by the Young Voices Foundation for his devotion to inspiring and educating his audience, receiving literary awards for both adult and young adult fiction. Jay holds an economics degree from Kent State University and an MBA from the University of Indianapolis. A 24-year international banker, he presided over the 135-branch U.S. Military Banking system in West Germany, Holland, and Greece during the tumultuous years surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall. Since 1992, Jay has served as the president of a national highway safety company headquartered in Florida. He holds several patents for safety devices used on roads. Cloverleaf Corporation, Publishing Division is an independent press headquartered in Ruskin, Florida. Montooth 3: Red Cross of Gold is available for purchase at www.montoothbooks.com, by calling 888-388-1882, and where books are sold.

PAGE 8

8 JANUARY 23, 2014 AAA Travel Agency has created a tour, and Azamara Club Cruises a cruise to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Join us as we visit many of the epic sites related to the American experience in World War II. Memories of WW II From Normandy to Berlin Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day June 23 & 30, July 15, 2014From $4,399 per personMemories of WWII Cruise Azamara Journey sails from Lisbon to Hamburg. Includes 2-night pre-stay in Lisbon Only available through AAA Travel Agency! From $4,692 per person CONTA CT YOUR AAA TRAVEL CONSULTA NT FOR DETAILS! 717 Cortaro Drive in Sun City CenterTravel Agency Tour fares are per person, double occupancy, land only including taxes and are in U.S. Dollars. Cruise fares are per person, double occupancy, cruise only and include nondiscountable amounts and are in U.S. Dollars. Government taxes and fees are additional. Airfare, air taxes & air fees are additional. Other restrictions and conditions apply. Contact your AAA Travel Consultant for complete details and information on these exclusive AAA departures. The Auto Club Group is not responsible for errors or omissions in the printing of this ad. BR34-0002 Ruskin VFW Post #6287, 5120 U.S. 41 N. has listed the following weekly activities. Meetings are: VFW and LAVFW on the 2nd Wednesday each month; and MAVFW on the 3rd Thursday each month. Chapel duty at the VA Hospital every Sunday all month, 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 Bar Bingo 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24Fish Fry 4:30 p.m. Music by Full Circle 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25Crew Games. Music by You 2 Kan till ??? Sunday, Jan. 26 Lounge Games 2 p.m. Music by Bert & Sassy 6:30 p.m. Queen of Hearts Drawing 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 Crew Games 6 p.m. Steak dinner 4:30 p.m. Music by You 2 Kan 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 Lounge Games 1-4 p.m. Bingo: doors open 3 p.m., Bingo 6 p.m. Kitchen opens 4:30 p.m. ECG Wellcare holds ribbon cutting ceremonyOn Jan. 14, Dr. Alicia Thomas of ECG Wellcare invited the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event was held to celebrate the expansion of their neurofeedback and biofeedback therapy services to children with ADD/ADHD, reading difficulties, speech problems and sport concussions. ECG staff offers a welcoming, family-centered patient care environment, committed to providing expert, compassionate care to each pediatric patient, as well as responding to the concerns and needs of parents and family members. Gve them a call at 813-3730016 to get more information or to schedule a visit. ECG Wellcare is located at 10008 Park Place Ave. in Riverview. You can also visit their website at www.ecgcares.com.HUTH & BOOTH PHOTORiverview author explores Golden Rule and bullying in new bookIn her new childrens book, Scary Bully, author Cathy Finch White explores the concept of the Golden Rule to raise awareness on bullying. The story introduces readers to Antwon, the meanest kid in his class. He takes childrens lunches, pushes them around and breaks their things. But there is one girl Antwon just cant seem to push around. When Nikia discovers a secret about Antwon, she decides to try to beat Antwon at his own game. Readers will follow along as Antwon and Nikia find out the importance of treating others the way they would like to be treated in Scary Bully. Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com. White began the journey of writing for children shortly after the birth of her grandson. Her goal is to educate children by showing them the impor tance of reading. Spoto High School JNROTC instructor speaks at MOWW luncheonFRANK KEPLEY PHOTOSteve Nesthus, left, and Charles Conover, Lt. Col. USA (Ret.), MOWW CommanderAt their Jan. 16 meeting/luncheon at the Sun City Center Freedom Plaza Club, the Military Oder of the World Wars (MOWW) heard retired Navy Lt. Commander Steve Nesthus give a presentation on the JNROTC (Junior Naval ROTC) program at Spoto High School in Riverview. After Steves commissioning, he was stationed at the Office of Naval Intelligence in Suitland, MD. During that tour NSA (National Security Agency) and the CIA requested that the Navy detail him for six months to those organizations to assist them by heading an effort to conduct information gathering in the Persian Gulf after the USS Stark was attacked. Steve spent several years working for the NSA experiencing huge successes for satellite support to military operations (worldwide). Upon retiring in June 2001, he opened the Flanagan JNROTC Unit in Pembroke Pines. He spent six years there and his JNROTC students went to three state championships and four national championships, and were crowned the National Champions the fourth year. After a stint at Gulf High School in New Port Richey, Steve moved to Spoto High School. Steve presented the group with information relative to the training of the JNROTC student, i.e., the techniques, type of training and ultimate goals of the program, emphasizing academics, military skills, discipline and respect of country.Public meeting to focus on Bloomingdale area transportation improvementsThe Hillsborough County Public Works Department has scheduled a public meeting for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 to discuss transportation improvements and receive community input for the Bloomingdale area. County staff will be at the meeting to answer questions. The location is the Bloomingdale High School Auditorium, 1700 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. All meeting facilities are accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additional necessary accommodations will be provided with a 48-hour notice. For more information, call Steve Valdez, Citizen Services Manager, 813-272-5275. TTY: 301-7173.

PAGE 9

JANUARY 23, 2014 9 ENJOY A COMPLIMENTARY DENTAL IMPLANT and PERIODONTAL EXAM Web: www.bradentonperio.com | Email: trubino@bradentonperio.com BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HomeServices Florida RealtyFormerly PRUDENTIAL FLORIDA REALTY Dolores Bitner 813-642-1156 Bob Kenny 813-642-1184 Chris SpoonerRENTAL AGENT813-642-1152 Walt Towner 813-642-1176 Katie Bush 813-642-1166 Shelley Copeland 813-642-1163 Karen Lifshin 813-642-1181 Cindy Arnold 813-642-1165 Helen Baron 813-642-1187 Mary King 813-642-1185 Lois Singer 813-642-1175 Bill Horobec 813-642-1159 Charlie Cooper 813-642-1172 Hugh Allen 813-642-1153 Pat Wyss 813-642-1164 Tom Devine 813-642-1173 Trudy Province 813-642-1174 Donna Stoner 813-642-1157 Rachel Colvin 813-642-1167813-642-15001525 Rickenbacker Dr., Suite #101 (SunTrust Building) Sun City Center, FL 33573www.bhhsoridarealty.comFax: 813-633-4815International Internet Exposure Real Estate Specialists From Tampa to Sarasota Since 1977Call Today For Your FREE MARKET ANALYSISLicensed Real Estate Broker: Richard Cohen14 An independently owned and operated franchisee of BHH Afliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc. Equal Housing Opportunity. EQUAL HOUSING O PPORTUNITY REALTOR.comREALTORS 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 JazzyJazzy is a dilute calico who is one of the shelters senior cats. She has a white front and is a very pretty girl. She was a C.A.R.E. cat many years ago and has had a home since then; however, she recently lost her home due to owner illness. She is very friendly and loves the attention of the volunteers. Her problem is that she is not used to all the other cats so she chooses to stay in the cages in the adult room. Go visit with this senior girl; she would love to go to a forever home with you. As part of her adoption Jazzy has been brought up to date on her shots, and will be micro chipped. She has also been spayed. Approx. DOB: January 2, 2001. Holly Holly is a cheerful, joyful poodle mix. She is slightly shy at the beginning of introductions because shes still trying to figure out why shes at the shelter. Holly was surrendered to C.A.R.E. because her caregiver found it was too much to handle two young dogs. Holly is a dainty, elegant beauty who would love to be part of your life. As you talk to Holly she sits and tilts her head and listens intently as if she understands what you are saying. Holly would be a great addition for anyone single, couple or family. As part of Hollys adoption she has been made current on routine shots, and will be spayed, and micro chipped. DOB: May 2, 2013.Emergency help in paying electric bills availableHillsborough County has funds immediately available to assist lowincome residents with payments of delinquent electric bills through its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Qualifications Low-income households may qualify if they meet the following criteria: come below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines tice energy bill Additional requirements may be necessary for eligibility determination. Applicants will be informed of these requirements at the time of application. How to Apply Local applicants will need to bring the following information with them to the Ruskin (SouthShore) Community Resource Center, 201 14th Ave. SE in Ruskin; 813-671-7647: members for the last 90 days. This proof can be a pay check stub, employer letter, public assistance check, Supplementary Security Income check, unemployment check or a pension check stub. or electric bill idency, such as: valid drivers license with current address, a letter from your landlord or mortgage company, voters registration card, etc. hold members Hillsborough Countys Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program offered by the Department of Family and Aging Services. For more information, contact the neighborhood service center or 813-2726770.Chuck Cobb appears Jan. 31 at Manatee RV ParkSinger/Guitarist/Entertainer/Musician Chuck Cobb will appear in a free concert at Manatee RV Park on Friday, Jan. 31 from 7 to 11 p.m. Chuck Cobb has been entertaining people of all ages for the last 40 years. His blending of vocals and humor with an uncanny musical sense has made him a local celebrity along the beaches of West-Central Florida. He is a one-man band with a set list that covers solid gold oldies, folk, rock n roll, rhythm n blues, Caribbean soul and beach boogie. 41, seven miles south of Ruskin and four miles north of I-275.

PAGE 10

10 JANUARY 23, 2014 Cypress Creek Golf Club 1011 Cypress Village Blvd., RuskinPlease call for reservation 813-440-4576 Ext. 2Saturday isSteak Nightat Cypress Creek 6oz Filet of Beef Tenderloin w/ Barnaise Sauce .................................. $19.95 10oz Prime Rib of Beef w/ Horseradish Sauce & Savory Aujus ............ $15.95 From our Jim Beam Grill Each steak grilled to your desired tempature then brushed with our signature Jim Beam Honey glaze. 14oz T-Bone Steak .................................................................................. $18.95 12oz New York Strip ............................................................................... $16.95 10oz Delmonico ...................................................................................... $17.95 8oz Ribeye ............................................................................................... $16.95 Grilled Shrimp Kabob brushed with our own Mango Jim Beam Honey glaze served over rice pilaf .............................................................................. $15.95 6oz Filet of Beef Tenderloin w/ Barnaise Sauce ..................................$19.95 10oz Prime Rib of Beef w/ Horseradish Sauce & Savory Aujus ............$15.95 From our Jim Beam Grill Each steak grilled to your desired temperature then brushed with our signature Jim Beam Honey glaze. 14oz T-Bone Steak ..................................................................................$18.95 12oz New York Strip ...............................................................................$16.95 10oz Delmonico ......................................................................................$17.95 8oz Ribeye ...............................................................................................$16.95 Grilled Shrimp Kabob brushed with our own Mango Jim Beam Honey glaze served over rice pilaf ..............................................................................$15.95LUNCH: Tues. Sat. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. DINNER: Wed. Sat. 4 to 8 p.m. BRUNCH: Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.All entrees served with vegetables Du Jour and your choice of side All items come with House Salad or Cup of Soup Choose from:1/4 Lb. Cheeseburger with French Fries or 1. Sweet Potato Fries Hot Dog Basket with Fries and Slaw 2. Fried Fish Sandwich with Fries and Slaw 3. Honey BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Fries or 4. Sweet Potato Fries Open Face Roast Beef Sandwich with 5. Mashed Potatoes and Brown Gravy Teriyaki Chicken Wrap with French Fries or 6. Sweet Potato Fries Grilled Ham and Cheese with 7. CUP OF SOUP BOWL 8. of Soup and Garden Salad 8 lunch items for$8 each(plus tax)Includes Coffee or Tea(Soda is regular menu price) 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 Riverview chamber committee hears advantages of hiring military spousesPENNY FLETCHER PHOTOThe Veterans Affairs Committee of the Riverview Chamber of Commerce meets with Amanda Patterson Crowe, executive director of a program that helps employ spouses of military personnel in hopes of informing local businesses about the advantages of hiring them. Meeting Jan. 17 are (from right, starting at the head of the table) Richard Rohde, Eros Dahl, Tanya Doran, Joe Eletto, Frank Strom, Amanda Patterson Crowe, and Tina Provo. By %  PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.netWhile its a general belief that businesses hiring spouses and other dependents of military personnel means they are likely to lose them quickly, a program called InGear Career shows why thats not true. The third Friday of each month the Veterans Affairs Committee of the Riverview Chamber of Commerce meets at the Bridges Retirement Community on Bloomingdale Avenue (across from the Barn Theatre) to discuss how local businesses can help veterans. While discounts are popular, according to Eros Dahl, who is in charge of talking with business about discounts, the team said they knew more could be done and has been investigating ways to go about it. One of the biggest problems military families have is that spouses with careers are displaced and while they may have good job skills, they have no connections when they enter new communities. Its the general belief that if you hire spouses or other dependents of military personnel, youll lose them and have to replace them quickly, said Amanda Patterson Crowe, executive director of InGear Career, a program specifically developed to help these spouses get jobs. We incorporated as a chapter here in 2013 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 because this is one of the biggest concerns of military families. She went on to explain that 84 percent of military spouses are college graduates; 26 percent are unemployed; and 42 percent are underemployed.Much of this is in remote locations like Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Tampa Bay is much better, but still, businesses have the idea if they hire them they will quickly have to retrain someone else, she said.InGear Career started with the Tampa chamber and is now working into the outlying areas surrounding MacDill Air Force Base because the families are spread all over the area. Weve found that the chambers are the best way to introduce our job seekers to businesses, Crowe said. Statistics show that military spouses dont change jobs at a higher rate than the general population. But their resumes can be very jumbled, and thats where we can help by making the introduction and showing what a good candidate the person is. You see, maybe a spouse is a nutritionist, and is applying for a job as a budget analyst because theyre good with numbers and there arent any nutritionist jobs available. But the skills can cross over nicely. Spouse employment is a big reason why many people leave military service, she added. If the spouse isnt happy, its a strain on the whole family. Meanwhile, Dahl has been working diligently to find businesses that will offer true discounts to military families. Coupons are one thing, but deep discounts are another, he said. He has researched and is now working with the Brandon Foundation on this issue, he added. Gayle Cook of the MacDill Family Resource Center also brought information about their services. The group is involved in many upcoming events as well.On Feb. 14 there will be a national salute at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa at 11 a.m. with goody bags taken to hospitalized vets. Also, working with the South Shore Music Association, they are getting a music festival together with Mike Self, one of its organizers. Then there will be the 7th Annual Poker Run for the Haley House Fund hosted by the American Legion Riders Alafia Chapter Post 148, said Richard Rohde, team leader for the chambers Veterans Affairs Committee. This will be held Saturday, March 1 at the Post, 7240 U.S. 301 in Riverview. The group will soon have a dedicated page on the Riverview Chamber of Commerce website, said the chambers executive director Tanya Doran. Meanwhile, anyone who wishes to help in any way may contact the chamber at www. riverviewchamber.com or just show up at a meeting at The Bridges at 8 a.m. on the third Friday of the month. Crowe may be contacted directly by businesses at Amanda. crowe@ingearcareer.org. More may be learned about InGear Career at www. ingearcareer.org.

PAGE 11

JANUARY 23, 2014 11 Announce Your Upcoming Events NEWS@OBSERVERn N EWS.nN ETAnnounce Your Upcoming EventsNEWS@OBSERVERn N EWS.nN ETPsychic offers six-week lecture seriesPsychic Carol Ann Liaros will offer a lecture series every Friday morning at Dennys Restaurant, 3747 Sun City Center Blvd. The lectures will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and will cover the following subjects: Jan. 31 Exploring Inner Vision Feb. 7 Safe and Dangerous Doorways to the Unconscious Feb. 14 Intuition Formula Feb. 21 Connecting with Unseen Energies Feb. 28 Free Will ... or is the Future Predetermined? March 7 Living in Abundance The cost for the six-week series is $25; individual lectures are $5 per person. For more information, call 813-634-6534.CAROL ANN LIAROS Apollo Beach students named to Deans Honor Roll Teddy Gray and Toia L. Gray have been named by Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kans. to the Deans Honor Roll for the fall 2013 semester. The list includes undergraduate students only. To be eligible, students must have enrolled in 12 or more credit hours and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60 for the semester. Teddy Gray is a senior majoring in information networking and telecommunications (computer networking). Toia L. Gray is a sophomore majoring in political science. SouthShore Regional LibraryKids program/event highlights Crafternoon Thursday, Jan. 23 at 4:30 p.m. Join the childrens librarian and create colorful and fun crafts to take home with you. Pre-registration is required. Register at the Reference Desk or by calling 813-273-3652. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Bedtime Stories Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. For ages 5-10. 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. Story Time with Dora and Diego Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Join us for this special program featuring stories and songs about Dora the Explorer and her friend, Diego. After the stories, do some coloring and have your picture taken with Dora and Diego. Baby Time Monday, Jan. 27 at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 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. Fritzy Brothers One-Man Circus Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. For children ages 2-12. Join us for the exciting, hilarious, hysterical, silly, absurd, and witty One-Man Circus. Laugh with and at Fritzy Brothers as he entertains through juggling, riding his unicycle and other circus activities. Dont miss The Hoop of Death! Funding provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Toddler Time Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 10:05 and 10:35 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 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. Pee Wee Artists: Lets Create! Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Pee Wee Artists (3-5 years, adult must be present) will have fun with our art instructor creating an art project to take home. Limit 18. Registration required at either the SouthShore Regional Library Information Desk or by calling 813-273-3652. Story Time Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 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. Teen Volunteer Orientation Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Prospective teen volunteers are invited to attend this informational session. Topics will include the application process, filling out school forms, shelving guidelines, and volunteer expectations. Adult/Teen Zentangle Drawing Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Join art instructor Patsy Monk and have fun learning about Zentangle drawing. The instructor will teach step by step pattern design. Turn your simple drawings into art designs. All levels welcome. Limit: 22. Registration required at either the SouthShore Regional Library Information Desk or by calling 813-273-3652. 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, call Jim Duffy @ 813-634-1396. www.southshorefriends.com.District asks homeowners to Skip a Week of irrigation this winterWith recent rainfall and cooler temperatures this week, the Southwest Florida Water Management District is reminding residents who irrigate their lawns to Skip a Week or more of watering during the cooler months of January and February. According to research by the University of Florida, grass doesnt need to be watered as often during the cooler months. One-half to three-quarters of an inch of water every 10 days is sufficient. In fact, if your lawn has received any significant rainfall, then you can turn off your irrigation system and oper ate it manually as needed. Overwatering can encourage pests and disease in your lawn, said Robin Grantham, water conservation coordinator. Too much irrigation can also make lawns less able to survive droughts. Skipping a week of watering is as easy as off for residents with irrigation timers. Turn the timer to off for the week that you want to skip, and on for the week that you want to water, said Grantham. You can determine when your grass needs water when: minutes after walking on it. Watering every other week during the winter will help conserve drinking water supplies that the public needs for critical uses during the dry season. In fact, if everyone skipped one week of irrigation this season, it could save an estimated 1.9 billion gallons of water. For additional information about water restrictions and water conservation, visit the Districts website at WaterMatters.org/SkipAWeek. &Established in 1968 Printing Company, Inc.SHEETFED & WEB PRINTING

PAGE 12

12 JANUARY 23, 2014 CLARKE AUTOMOTIVE CLARKE AUTOMOTIVEOPEN ALL DAY SATURDAYEverything 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. 2/27/14MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONFREEValue$3995 AAA DiscountOBN 131 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 2/6/14 10% DISCOUNT on service or repair.EXCLUDES TIRES & SALES SPECIALS Honor All Competitors Coupons CABINET REFACINGDoor and Drawer Replacement Water Damage Repair or ReplacementCOUNTERTOPSGranite Cultured Marble Solid Surface South Shore Cabinet Works, Inc.We are local, doing business for 30+ years!813 493-3330 Licensed & Insured RUSKIN, FL 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. Playing With The Queen of Hearts 1 1 $20$35 per coupleTickets available at: Come play Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, the Money Wheel, Texas Holdem or try your luck on the Slot MachinesSponsors: HONOR F IG SouthShore Regional LibraryAdult program/event highlights Introduction to Kindle Fire Thursday, Jan. 23 at 12:30 p.m. An introduction to the Kindle Fire, including the registration of an Amazon account, WiFi, and other basic functions and settings. Limit: 20. 1001 Movies to See Before You Die Friday, Jan. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Join us to watch a film from the list, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. After the showing, there will be a brief discussion of the movie. Adult Writing Workshop Monday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. Connect with fellow writers to inspire, encourage, and exchange ideas about the writing process. Opportunities to share your 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. eMail for Android Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 12:30 p.m. Learn to set up and use the Android email app. Limit: 20. Online Genealogy Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m. Learn how to begin your family history research using Internet resources and databases, including Ancestry Library Edition, Fold 3, Family Search and Heritage Quest. eBooks for Kindle and Kindle Apps Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m. Learn how to check out and download free library eBooks to read on the Kindle or any device using the free Kindle app and Overdrive! Also discover how to use library eBooks with an Amazon.com account. Limit: 20. SouthShore Needle People Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. Join other needle people to share techniques, tips and experiences about knitting and other fiber and fabric crafts. Bring a project to work on. Beginners and questions are welcome! Adult/Teen Zentangle Drawing Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Join art instructor Patsy Monk and have fun learning about Zentangle drawing. The instructor will teach step by step pattern design. Turn your simple drawings into art designs. All levels welcome. Limit: 22. Registration required at either the SouthShore Regional Library Information Desk or by calling 813-273-3652. Mah Jongg Club Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of the popular table game, Mah Jongg. Participants are asked to bring their own Mah Jongg card. Limited to 32 players. Register in advance at the Information Desk or call 813-273-3652. 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, call Jim Duffy at 813-634-1396, www.southshorefriends.com.

PAGE 13

JANUARY 23, 2014 13 813.633.9200Sun City Center, FL 33573 104 Pebble Beach Blvd. S. (Across from Walgreens)*Discount off MSRP and applies to Promise 17 and 9, and micro-Invisa. $400 off single hearing aid. Cannot be combined with other offers. Previous purchases excluded. Participation may vary. See location for details. Benefits of hearing aids vary by type and degree of hearing loss, noise environment, accuracy of hearing evaluation and proper fit. Beltone Hearing Care Centers are independently owned and operated. 2014 Beltonewww.beltone.comWe are providers of BCBS. Were in your neighborhood! Jan. 23-29, 2014 Jan. 23-29, 2014

PAGE 14

14 JANUARY 23, 2014

PAGE 15

JANUARY 23, 2014 15 Register online at YourEyeDoctors.com or call 941-782-5832 to reserve your seat.Common Conditions of the Aging EyeWITH DR. JEFFREY DAVISJoin us for our next educational seminar at: Manatee Eye Clinic 1515 Sun City Center Plaza Sun City Center, FL Wednesday, January 29th at Noon 1:00 Jeffrey Davis, M.D. Board-Certified Ophthalmologist Fellowship-Trained Cornea Specialist & Cataract SurgeonBe Our Guest at ourFREE SeminarNo hidden charges: It is our policy that the patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for any other service, examination, 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. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 11 a.m. 8 p.m. 813-419-4926(across from Apollo Meats)50% Off**Buy 1 Sandwich or Platter, Get the Second 1/2 offExpires 2/20/14$9993 Course Meal*Anytime 1 Small Appetizer 1 Sandwich or Platter 1 Baklava or Rice Pudding Soft Drink*Does not include combo platters Expires 2/20/14 visit our website to view our menuwww.PitaKebob.comLow Carb, Low Calories and Gluten Free Pitas Available SUPER BOWL CATERING SPECIALFeeds 10 People ONLY The Childrens Board of Hillsborough County has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP)Pro 2014-03 South County Uniting Grant RFP Fiscal Year 2014FOCUS AREAS: Children are Ready to Learn and Succeed Children have Supported and Supportive Families For more information visit: www.ChildrensBoard.org, click on Budgeting, then Funding Opportunities, and Current Funding Opportunities.The Childrens Board encourages submissions by minorities, faith-based organizations and small businesses. BOGEY-BILLS.comALL AMERICAN CUSTOM CARTS N MORE Authorized dealer for Trojan, Powertron, ElectroAWARD-WINNING CUSTOMER SERVICE Always LOCAL PICK-UP & DELIVERY SERVICE: 2, 4, 6, & 8 Passenger & Utility VehiclesWe accept all major credit cards Factory Direct pricing We beat any competitors price. Family Owned & Operated for over 11 years! 2011Golf Cart Blowout! Its time to go Loadmaster Custom Aluminum TrailersBrand new factory direct pricing $Loaded. Save $$$Nicely equipped with new batteries $With warranty2011-14 Rebuilds Club Car PrecedentsLoaded with warranty $2010 Factory Remanufactured EZ-Go RXV Models $SAVE $$$ Choppy waters last weekend kept many anglers close to home and off the waterways. For those that did brave the elements, their days were spent on a bridge, pier or land. Because of the cooler weather and so much going on in the area, such as Childrens Gasparilla Parade, Monster Jam, East/West Shriners Game, and Jeeters Golf Tournment, there was much to do besides going fishing. I saw a few catches this week such as sheepshead, flounder, redfish and a few freshwater catfish and bass. To all the visitors who have just arrived in our paradise, let me give you a little history: Florida became a state in 1821. Many pioneers braved the journey to Florida in the l800s, to the land of snakes, alligators, mosquitoes, palm fronds, and underbrush. We were not a tourist haven. Oxen and horses were the most common means of transportation on land. Boats were made from Fish Tales: A brief history of our fishing heritagehollowed-out tree trunks and canoes from animal hides. The first settlers were taught by the Indians who already had taken residence in this area. At one time the town of Ruskin was known as Siberia. It was a place where convicts from the north were sent to die. Waterways here were so full of fish, it seemed to be the only means of survival. It wasnt until the 1900s that the marine engine was available, but not many boaters could afford one. The majority of boats were still operated by hand or sails. Tom Saffold had a great boat named Isadore. It was a twomasted schooner with no engine. It would only run upriver on high tide. It wasnt too many years later in the mid l900s that anglers were adding engines to their boats. O.J.Williams added a Frisbie engine and probably had the largest boat. The Selner brothers, Rob and Henry, added a l6-horse Globe engine to a 30-foot boat which they used to take hogs and farm items to market in Tampa. Many of the early settlers became commercial fishermen, like Nebraska Buzbee, and Charley Jahn. Charlies boat was named Annie J. If you operated a boat in the early years you were called a Captain. In those days all types of shell fish were plentiful in this area. Some say the Indians ate so many oysters the shells were piled high enough to use the mound as a lookout for Jose Gaspar. This took place at Shell Point, which was originally named Bellamy Road. The name was changed to Shell Point, the County hauled huge mounds of shells away and dropped them all along the way. Tarpon have stayed in our waters and are still jumping around. The redfish are roaming and sheepshead are around the docks. Freshwater panfish and catfish are schooling with the largemouth bass in the upper waters of the rivers. Snook are under rocks or in deep holes, because they cant tolerate cold water. Enjoy our great outdoors, be safe, be kind, help out strangers in our waterways, it is now their paradise too, not just yours and mine.By Jonie MaschekMember: Florida Outdoor Writers Association Ruskin Eagles Aerie 4351 1205 1st St. S.W.Upcoming EventsFriday . ...............................6 p.m. Feather Your Nest. Saturday . ..........................5 p.m. Dinner. 6:30 p.m. Music by Eddie .................................................... Shannon & Betty Sunday . ........................................$1 draft beer all day and evening.Monday. .............................6 p.m. Bingo. Tuesday & Wednesday. .....Come on down and socialize. For more information, call (813) 645-2922. Parrish chili cook-offEveryone is invited to the annual Parrish Chili Cookoff, immediately following the Parrish Heritage Day Parade. The event will take place on the grounds of the Florida Railroad Museum, U.S. 301 N. at Hwy 62, Parrish. There will be live entertainment, adult and childrens activities, food and beverages, and, of course, tons of chili. Tickets are $5 per person with kids under 12 free. Anyone interested in entering the chili contest should visit www. ParrishChili.com for rules and registration, or for more information. All proceeds will go to The Parrish Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides grants to groups who serve the residents of the Parrish community. It is sponsored by the Parrish Civic Association. Deborah Hazlett joins BMO HarrisBMO Harris Bank has hired Deborah Hazlett as a mortgage banker for south Hillsborough County and Manatee County. Hazlett has worked in the financial industry for more than 20 years, 18 of those in mortgage lending. She has been involved with the Womens Council of Realtors, the Sarasota and Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Sarasota Board of Realtors, Creative Business Connections network group, and American Business Womens Association.

PAGE 16

16 \000s "\011-\015,\015, \015-U-\012\012"\011-\015,\015,U/\025\015\012,,\015 / JANUARY 23, 2014 PARRISH 8348 U.S. 301 N. Corner of US 301 and Old Tampa/Erie Road, just past CVS 941-723-1111 VOTED BEST! www.FerrarosRestaurantGroup.com HOURS: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. \ $ 5 Off any purchase of $25 or more $ 2 Off any lunch Ferraro’s Italian Grille With this coupon. Not valid with other offers or prior purchases. 1 coupon per visit. Expires 2/6/14 Ferraro’s Italian Grille With this coupon. Not valid with other offers or prior purchases. 1 coupon per visit. Expires 2/6/14 CARDS 2 $ 22 Wednesday only Choose from: Baked Ziti, Pasta & Meatballs, Manicotti, Cheese Ravioli, Stuffed Shells, or Lasagna, with : 2 House Salads, 2 Soft Drinks, Garlic Bread, 2 Small Cannoli 2 $ 22 Wednesdays & Thursdays Choose from: Baked Ziti, Pasta & Meatballs, Manicotti, Cheese Ravioli, Stuffed Shells, or Lasagna, with : 2 House Salads, 2 Soft Drinks, Garlic Bread, 2 Small Cannoli for for Ferraro’s Italian Grille With this coupon. Not valid with other offers or prior purchases. 1 coupon per visit. Expires 2/5/14 Ferraro’s Italian Grille With this coupon. Not valid with other offers or prior purchases. 1 coupon per visit. Expires 1/30/14 Approx. 19 minutes south of Sun City Center 2s are WILD on 2s are WILD on CHOOSE Y OUR WEDNESD AY We welcome all our Friends from the SCC area Bring your family and friends. They will Thank You! Award-Winning Family Owned & Operated Great Selection of Homemade Desserts featuring everything from Cannolis to Pies and Cookies! FULL EVENT CATERING %DUWHQGHUV\003\003HUYHUV\003\003\(YHU\\000WKLQJ\004 \026\003*HQHUDWLRQV\003RI\003\([FHOOHQFH\004 Is your home a healthy home? Is your home a healthy home? Your home is meant to keep you safe but if the air inside your home is somehow worse than it is outside, what can you do? FREE AIR & WATER SEMINAR Wednesday, January 29 \022\015\023\000PM\000s\000##\000#HAMBER\000-EETING\000OOM WWW\016\000HEALTHYHOMETAMPA\016COM There is only one way to say it... Hard Water has no place in your lifestyle. Free Refreshments & Door Prizes Bob Evans Gift Cards to all who register for healthy home evaluation. Must Call to Reserve Your Seat. RSVP Code is HH-1 813-988-7701 x7003 Dear Savvy Senior, Can you offer some good stretching tips and resources for seniors? I’ve gotten so inflexible in recent years I can hardly bend over to tie my shoes anymore. Stiff Senior Dear Stiff, Of all possible exercises, stretching tends to be the most overlooked and neglected among seniors, yet nothing is more vital to keeping an aging body limber and injury free. Here’s what you should know along with some tips and resources to help you regain some flexibility. As we age, our muscles natural ly lose their elasticity if we’re not active, which can make common day-to-day activities like reaching down to tie your shoes, or looking over your shoulder to back your car out of the driveway difficult. But the good news is, by incor porating some simple stretching exercises into your routine (at least three times a week) you can great ly improve your flexibility, as well as enhance your balance, posture and circulation, relieve pain and stress, and prevent injuries. In addition, stretching is also important as a warm-up and cool-down for more vigorous activities, and leg stretching is an excellent way to prevent nighttime leg cramps, too. Stretching Basics Stretching exercises should focus on the muscles in your calves, front and back thighs, hips, lower and upper back, chest, shoulders and neck. If you’ve had hip or back surgery, you should talk to your doctor before doing lowerback flexibility exercises. If you don’t have any experience with stretching, there are books like Stretching for Dummies and Stretching for 50+ that you can purchase at your local bookstore or amazon.com that provide instructions and illustrations of proper techniques. There are also a number of DVDs and videos you can buy to guide you through a series of stretching exercises you can do at home. Collage Video (colla gevideo.com, 800-819-7111) sells several at prices ranging between $10 and $20, as does iefit.com and amazon.com. Also see go4life.nia.nih.gov, a resource created by the National Institute on Aging that offers a free exercise DVD and booklet that provide illustrated examples of stretching exercises. You can order your free copies online or by calling 800-222-2225. While stretching, it’s very important to listen to your body. You want to stretch each muscle group to the point where the muscle feels tight. If it hurts, you’ve gone too far. Back off to the point where you don’t feel any pain, then hold the stretch for 10 to 20 seconds. Relax, then repeat it three to five times, trying to stretch a little far ther, but don’t bounce. Bouncing greatly increases your chance of injury. It’s also a good idea to warm up a little before you start stretching by walking in place and pumping your arms. And remember to breathe when you stretch. Also keep in mind that muscles that have not been stretched in a while take time to regain their flexibility. So be patient and go slow. Eastern Options Another popular way to improve your flexibility is through gentle yoga or chair yoga. In chair yoga you replace the yoga mat with a chair where most poses can be duplicated. This is much easier on tight, inflexible muscles. To get started, there are DVDs and videos that offer yoga instructions and routines for seniors that you can do at home. Some good resources for finding them are peggycappy.net and yogaheart. com, or check with your local public library. Tai chi is another good exercise option for improving flexibility and balance. To learn it, it’s best to work with an instructor who can teach you the correct movements and breathing techniques. To locate a class in your area, call your local senior center, health club or wellness center or check your yellow pages. If nothing’s available, tai chi DVDs for seniors (see ama zon.com, collagevideo.com and iefit.com) are good alternatives. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Nor man, OK 73070, or visit SavvySe nior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book. Tips and Tools to Help Seniors Regain their Flexibility THE SAVVY SENIOR By Jim Miller OPEN HOUSE Sunday, January 26, 2014 1:00 to 4:00 A resident-owned, gated, waterfront, 55+ manufactured home community View over 15 homes on same day. Competitively Priced. Some on canal system that leads to Tampa Bay. Lots of amenities. Activities abound in this active community. Call 813-641-7067 or visit: WWW.CARIBBEANISLES.NET Caribbean Isles Property Sales Inc. *** South of Big Bend Rd, o U.S. 41 405 Elsberry Rd, Apollo Beach \027\022\020\000\024TH\000TREET\000\000s\000USKIN\014\000&,\000\023\023\025\027\020 813-645-3529 Ken Knox, Contractor Lic: #RX0057641 Free Low-E upgrade on Simonton House Windows. Energy Star Rated for a TECO Rebate! Call the Ofce for Details! Offer Valid: November 1st December 31st FREE

PAGE 17

JANUARY 23, 2014 17

PAGE 18

18 JANUARY 23, 2014

PAGE 19

JANUARY 23, 2014 19

PAGE 20

20 JANUARY 23, 2014 $40$32$25 $500 OFF Any RoundIMPROVED COURSE CONDITIONS31 4 1 Pier Drive, RuskinLEAGUES WELCOMEReserve your tee time today 813.645.2000 CASUAL WATERFRONT DININGSteaks, Seafood, Burgers and Other Delicious FareFULL LIQUOR BARLIVE MUSICEvery Wed. & Sat. 6-10 p.m.OPEN TO THE PUBLICOPEN Mon.Sun. 8 a.m.10 p.m. Food Served 8 a.m.8 p.m. Bright House NFL TV Sunday Ticket Dr. TRAN Dr. KORAHJSA Medical Group Sun City Center Activity CenterEVENTS CALENDARJSA MEDICAL GROUP SUN CITY CENTER787 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) Thu 23: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* WII BOWLING (NEW!) 9:30 to 10:30 am 2:30 to 3:30 pm Fri 24: SALSA DANCING SLOW FLOW YOGA GENTLE CHAIR YOGA 10 to 11 am 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm Mon 27: MORNING MOVIES CANCELLED YOGA CANCELLED CANCELLED TODAY CANCELLED TODAY Tue 28: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* HYPERTENSION CLASS *MUST REGISTER: ARLETTE (727) 828-2411 11 am to Noon 1:30 to 3:30 pm Wed 29: LINE DANCING*: Beginners or Advanced (Classes Limited to 30 ppl) 11 am to Noon; 12:15 to 1:15 pm Thu 30: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* WII BOWLING (NEW!) 9:30 to 10:30 am 2:30 to 3:30 pm Fri 31: SALSA DANCING YOGA CANCELLED 10 to 11 am CANCELLED TODAYFEBRUARY 2014 EVENTSMon 03: MONDAY MORNING MOVIES SLOW FLOW YOGA GENTLE CHAIR YOGA 10 am to Noon 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm Tue 04: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* 11 am to Noon Wed 05: LINE DANCING*: Beginners or Advanced (Classes Limited to 30 ppl) 11 am to Noon; 12:15 to 1:15 pm Thu 06: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* WII BOWLING 9:30 to 10:30 am 2:30 to 3:30 pm Fri 07: SALSA DANCING SLOW FLOW YOGA GENTLE CHAIR YOGA 10 to 11 am 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm JANUARY 2014 EVENTS *REGISTER NOW! (813) 419-5020LINE DANCING PARTICIPANTS: Close-toe shoes with non-stick bottoms only permitted. No scented perfumes & lotions to class. Please check your insurance coverage for SILVERSNEAKERS class participation eligibility. *MSROM: Muscular Strength & Range of Movement Classes To register for classes please call Rosie at (813) 419-5020 Visit us online for the complete monthly schedule: www.JSAMedicalGroup.com, click EVENTS tab, click Activity Calendar 1647 Sun City Center Plaza, Ste. 101(across from Post Ofce) Sun City Center813-634-7022Full Service for Women & MenWe have the BEST Customers and Stylists in Sun City Center. Make an appointment with us today!Monday Saturday WALK-INS WELCOMEWe offer a reward for referrals! Complimentary Consultations $5OffFirst-time clients on a Haircut or Style. Students from four local high schools have their art competition on display at the SouthShore Regional Library thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center, the John and Elizabeth Crawford Fund and some additional fundraising. Sponsored by the SouthShore Arts Council, the juried show included Lennard, East Bay, Riverview and Spoto High Schools. The display will remain at the library throughout the month of January. Winners of the competition were: Best of Show Lyzmarie Irizarry-Colon, East Bay High School; 1st Place Non-Photo Kyle Santos, East Bay High School; 2nd Place Non-Photo Alexandra Neal, East Bay High School; 3rd Place Non-Photo Almas Rojas, East Bay High School; 1st Place Photo Destiny Santos, East Bay High School; 2nd Place Photo Vanessa Torres, East Bay High School; 3rd Place Photo Ashleigh Pilley, East Bay High School; Peoples Choice Award Jacob Council, Lennard High School. The public is welcome to view the exhibit at the library, along with other artists featured by the SouthShore Arts Council. CHERE SIMMONS PHOTOS

PAGE 21

JANUARY 23, 2014 21 DONATE!CARS, TRUCKS, BOATS, RVs Please Help FightFULLY TAX DEDUCTIBLE RECEIVE BLUE BOOK V ALUE800-714-3575 American Childrens SocietyFlorida Reg. #CH11978 An IRS Recognized Non-Pro t 501(c)3 OrganizationMaking a difference for a child!We also accept collectibles, appliances, furniture, etc.R ecei pts on the sp ot and IRS forms sent directly to you!F AST & FREE PICK UPVehicles Running or Not NO RestrictionsFREE $200 Gas CardWITH YOUR DONATION!! Americas CarwashHOURS OF OPERAT T NOW OPEN SUNDAYS 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A A ANY FULL SERVICE WASH ONLYWith this coupon only Not valid with other specials or discounts. $1.50 extra for vans and SUVs. Exp. 2/28/14$2 OFFGET YOURMONTHLY CAR WASH PASSPay once a month and come as often as you like! a a CARDS 728 Cypress Village Blvd.Sun City Center, FL813-634-9409 Next to Sonnys John V. Dunne, MD, FACSBoard CertifiedIt is easier than you think!Erase Away Your Unwanted Veins! In-Office Procedure Safe, Effective, Affordable Insurance Accepted Medicare Radiesse 1.5 cc $550 (2nd one $100 off)Botox $11 per unit (over 24U $10 per unit)Xeomin $10 per unit ($9 per unit after 23U)Juvederm XC 1cc $550Sclerotherapy $200 first 10 min session($100 for each additional session at same visit) expires 2/14/144020 State Road 674 Suite 2 Sun City Center www.ErasersInc.com Call Now! 813-634-9260 WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERY ROOM INSIDE AND ALL AREAS OUTSIDE Our Cushion Shop is worth the drive from ANYWHERE!Quality Furniture at Affordable Prices 813-876-1566 MLK Columbus Dr.Mac Dill Check us out at (At the corner of U.S. 41 and S.R. 674) For your convenience were now open longer hours! www.TotalAutomotiveServices.com Servicing Sun City Center, Ruskin & Apollo BeachBRAKE SERVICE$9999 813-645-4632We offer a Same Dealer Services... Lower Prices/ Better CareALIGNMENT$6999 Tampa Sailing Squadron hosts 50th Annual Gasparilla Regatta Feb. 7-8Tampa Sailing Squadron will host the 50th annual Gasparilla Regatta on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8. This regatta ties in with the annual Gasparilla celebrations, parades and pirate festivals in the Tampa Bay area. It also includes a shoot-out challenge to the Davis Island Yacht Club Racer/Cruisers for the coveted Pirate Musketoon Award. Racing will include both Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker classes, as well as Racer/ Cruiser, Multihull, True Cruising and Mother Lode. Onedesign fleets are encouraged to attend. Go to www.tampasailing.org for more information. Schedule of events: Friday Feb. 7 Race Meeting 1730 (5:30 p.m.) Hamburgers, snacks and free beer 1700 to 1900 (5-7 p.m.) Late Registration 2000 (8 p.m.) Skippers meeting Saturday Feb 8 0800 (8 a.m.) Continental Breakfast 1100 (11 a.m.) Warning signal for True Cruising and Mother Lode; Long Course, Pursuit Start. Warning signal for Racer/Cruiser and Multihull; Long Course, Flag Starts 1130 (11:30 a.m.) Warning signal for the first class in the start sequence for Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker and One-Designs; Drop Mark Course, Flag Starts. 1800 (6 p.m.) Dinner, Trophies and Party Costs: Entry Fee is $50 per boat and includes 2 dinners and 2 shirts. Dinner is $13 per person. Shirts are $12 each For additional information, call Regatta Chairman Dan Fels at 813917-8558, or the TSS Clubhouse at 813-645-8377.Limited dock space is available on a first-come basis. Contact Steve Lookabough, Dockmaster at 813-922-4096. Four (4) or more entries received by TSS no later than 1900 (7 p.m.) on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, may constitute a class. Possible classes include J-24, Flying Scots and others. To form a class, contact Regatta Chairman: Dan Fels at 813-917-8558 before Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Online registration is linked to www.Sail-TSS.org.Animal rescue organization seeks golf cart donationsNew and used golf cart donations are being sought by Nates Honor Animal rescue in Lakewood Ranch. The rescue organization uses golf carts to transport supplies and animals around the 8-acre, no-kill ranch shelter. Nates Honor Animal Rescue, powered by an all-volunteer team, rescued 1,013 abused or abandoned animals in 2013. Since 2008, the group has rescued, rehabilitated and found permanent homes for over 3,500 cats and dogs in the Sarasota/Tampa Bay Area. To donate a new or used golf cart to Nates Honor Animal Rescue, contact Sylvia McNichol via telephone: 941-747-4900 or email info@honoranimalrescue.org Nates Honor Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 no-kill animal rescue or ganization that relies solely on the generous donations of the community and volunteers. Its mission is to save the lives of homeless pets by changing the way the community views animal sheltering and shelter pets. The rescue provides an educational and family friendly environment to animals and families. For more information on Nates Honor Animal Rescue go to www. honoranimalrescue.org or schedule a visit to the animal village located at 4951 Lorraine Rd. in Bradenton.

PAGE 22

22 JANUARY 23, 2014 Sun City Dental CenterThe fee advertised is the minimum fee charged. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the 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 of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free service, examination or treatment. Senior Citizen discount does not apply.*Actual Fee May Vary Depending Upon Degree of Complexity in a Given Case** Time to process denture cases may change due to complexity/ type of case Thomas A. DeVol, D.D.S., P.A.(813) 633-2636General Dentist727 Cortaro Drive(Two doors down from AAA) Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed for Lunch 1-2 p.m. Thomas A. DeVol, D.D.S., P.A. Practicing Dentistry for 26 years Chuck Fredericks, Lab Technician, 41 years experienceIn-House Denture Lab Choices Made in Just One Week**New Patients and Emergencies Are Always WelcomeMost Major Insurance Plans AcceptedFREEDENTURE CONSULTATION OR 2nd OPINIONwith patient bringing current x-ray. Limit one per patient. FULL MOUTH SERIES OFX-RAYS & EXAMfor $95and receive a $100 credit toward your acount for future treatment. 0210 0150 Robert Edelman, M.D. ~ Eric Berman, M.D. Anita Shane, M.D. ~ Jeffrey Davis, M.D. 813-633-3065 1515 Sun City Center Plaza YourEyeDoctors.com Comprehensive Ophthalmology Cataract Surgery Glaucoma Management Laser Surgery Macular Degeneration Cornea Diabetic Eye Car e Neuro-Ophthalmology Trustedby & Patients Alike. PhysiciansOur ophthalmologists are board-certied and fellowship-trained to provide specialized care for your eyes. Medicare & most insurance accepted. When surveyed, 97.5% of patients stated they would recommend us to a friend! Ruskin Animal Hospital & Cat Clinic Drs. Ott, Langston,Waldy & Heaton PET TIP: Exercise can increase appetite Goodwill donors get $2 off Florida State Fair admissionThe Florida State Fair is offering Goodwill donors $2 off adult admission. From now through Sunday, Feb. 16, each person who drops off clothing or household items at any Goodwill Industries-Suncoast donation site will receive a coupon good for $2 off a single adult ticket to the fair. Goodwill-Suncoast shoppers who Round Up their purchases to the next dollar to support Goodwills mission will also receive the discount coupons. The discount applies to tickets sold at the fair admission gates and may not be used for advance ticket purchases. For each redeemed discount coupon, $1 will be donated to Goodwill. The Fair runs Feb. 6 17 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. This years fair features three concerts free with admission America, Sister Hazel and Uncle Kracker. There will also be rides and extraordinary food, from the traditional corn dog to all sorts of deep-fried delicacies. For a list of Goodwill-Suncoast stores and attended donation sites, visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org. Homes needed for horses and quarter poniesNapiers Log Cabin & Animal Sanctuary is seeking homes for several companion horses/quarter ponies. They are undersized, too big for a pony but too small for a horse; approximately 11 hands. They are between five and ten years old and have not been broken to ride. All have had shots, including rabies, have been de-wormed and are negative Coggins. They were left behind in a foreclosed-upon home and are still in need of weight gain. If you have land and can offer a home for one of these animals, call 941-750-8185. Napiers also has cats, kittens and dogs available for adoption. Napiers Log Cabin Horse & Animals Sanctuary, Inc. is a not-forprofit 501(c)3 no-kill Florida corporation that relies on the generosity of the community to survive. No other government funding or grants are received. Visit www.NapierFamilyFarm.com for more information. Mailing address: 20010 East SR 64, Bradenton, FL 34212. Hours are by appointment only. One hundred percent of donations go to caring for the animals and are tax-deductible as allowed by law.Record-breaking Centenarian Celebration plannedThe Centenarian Celebration Committee is looking for local residents who are 100 years or older to honor during their Centenarian Celebration. The celebration will take place 3 p.m. on May 8 at the Sun City Center Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. This years celebration is expected to be one of the largest Centenarian Birthday Parties ever held in Sun City Center. Organizers hope to break the world record for Largest Gathering of Centenarians; the current world record is 29 centenarians. Anyone who is 100 years or older, or who is turning 100 years old this year can call 813-634-0172 for more information on how to participate in this event. 24-HOUR TOWINGFree Diagnostics Free Towing to shop if we do repairs SUN POINT AUTOMOTIVEA/C CHECK$1995+ FreonFREE Mount & Balancewith purchase of 4 tiresBRAKE BUNDLE$150Per Axle + TaxOIL CHANGE$19954 EMERGENCY SERVICES Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.813-645-7653 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

PAGE 23

JANUARY 23, 2014 23 0This ad compliments of: Vickie Bruni, Larry Bruni, Sam Provan, Cathy Griggs, Flo Vachon, Carole Wettach, Maribeth Reeder, Natalie Pellerin, Helen McDowell, Pam Reno, Travis Bunn, Nora Nelson, Bob Totero, Nicky Kaukonen, Susie Collins, Charley Collins, Jerry Clifton, Richard Henry, Neal Shaffer, Gary Waldron, Sharon VanLoan, Bev Zuidema, Shirley VonSee, Nancy Stanton, Sandra Minnes, Christy Cahill, Bob Thompson, Colleen Schmeiser, Judie McFarland and Tom McFarland 0 Broker Transaction Fee0 Document Storage Fee0 Penalty for Early Listing Withdrawal100% Dedication to Customer Satisfaction Stop by for a FREE map and our exclusive Keller Williams weekly property updates. Dr. Robert Norman & Associates Dermatology Dr. Robert Norman, DO MPH, MBA Dr. William Eng Holly Pohler, ARNP Kate Sedlaczek, ARNPWE OFFER THE FOLLOWING:Appointments made in a timely manner with never more than a 2 week waiting period maximum, and same day appointments are available. Diagnosis & treatment of skin cancer & diseases of the skin, hair & nails. Wide excision, treatment for spider veins & rosacea, Electrodessication, curettage, cryotherapy & debridement. Botox & Restylane. Dermatological products available in the ofce. Clarisonic, MD Solar Sciences, Image, Merderma, Retin-A, Sun Block, moisturizer and more.Radiation & laser treatment for skin conditions.Call to schedule your appointment today!813-880-7546 10422 U.S. H WY 301 Riverview MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED The first girl that I ever had a crush on has died. People have read her obituary, attended her funeral, mourned her passing (some longer than others, of course) and then went on with life. And that is exactly as it should be. Life cannot be fully lived if you are always looking back, living in the past. Everyone has to go on, taking a step into the next second, the next minute and the next day, carrying mementos, perhaps, but leaving the past in the past where it belongs. That is just how life works. I havent thought about her in ObservationsBy Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net Observations: A story of lifeMITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTOFor all of us, our lives will eventually be summed up in an obituary, people will mourn and then the sun will rise again and those remaining will go on with life. And that is exactly how it should be. 30 years, and her passing caught me by surprise. As such, Im not entirely ready to let her go yet. So please bear with me as I share a little of her life with you. Leesa Tow was the sole focus of my first crush while in first grade at West Elementary School in Worthington, Minnesota. I thought she was one of the most beautiful girls I had ever seen in all of my six years of life. Today, seeing her photo with her obituary, it is clear that not only was I right back then, she remained beautiful throughout her life. She passed away just one week shy of her 51st birthday. In first grade, I knew that she loved animals, horses in particular. She had all sorts of horse stuff, and I seem to recall that she was very good at drawing horses. Later in life, she would become an accomplished equestrian, competing in national shows. Her love for animals apparently never diminished as she would go on to become a veterinarian. I also remember, way back in first grade, that she had a 64-crayon box of Crayolas that included a built-in crayon sharpener. Only a very special girl could have had such a thing in those days. Im sure I pulled some pretty suave moves for a six-year-old in order to get her attention but I never succeeded. Its a good thing for me that times were different back then or I might have been arrested for being a classroom stalker. Okay, so maybe I wasnt that bad but I was certain that I was in love. I was never a girls germs kind of guy. I always thought girls were cool. And Leesa was the coolest of them all. In addition to listing loving family and friends, her obituary in the Worthington Daily Globe also mentioned that she was survived by her beloved service dog, Isis. How wonderfully appropriate for a woman who devoted her life to caring for animals to include Isis in her final au revoir. It sounds like she had some rough years in terms of her health but even during the worst, she never lost her love and compassion for animals. I firmly believe that a lot can be said about a person in how they treat our furry little friends. Almost everyone with a fourlegged companion knows the story of the Rainbow Bridge the place our beloved pets go when they pass. There, they return to health and happiness without a care in the world, except for missing the human that was in their life. You see, the only thing that animals really want is to just be in the same room with the person they love. That is enough. That is everything. I hope to the bottom of my heart that Leesa is visiting the Rainbow Bridge now, smothered in kisses and wagging tails from all of the quadrupeds she helped over the years. Had you asked 30 or more years ago I wouldnt have thought this, but 50 years old is far too young to die. I hope she is at peace, at least. I now wish, too late, that I knew more about her. Everyone of us has a story to tell, something that should remain with someone else after our passing from this life. Please X

PAGE 24

24 JANUARY 23, 2014 TD Bank is TD Bank, N.A., a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank. Member FDIC. Accounts issued by TD Bank, N.A. are not insured by Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation. 1 Money transferred by wire transfer only. Incoming wire fees may apply and will be rebated the next business day. Foreign exchange conversion rates may apply. 2 Assets are only considered for mortgage applications. 3 Subject to credit approval and other conditions. Mortgages limited to property located in U.S. state where TD Bank, N.A. has locations. Equal Housing Lender 4 Credit cards issued by TD Canada Trust or TD Bank, N.A. Subject to credit approval. Applicants for a TD Bank, N.A. issued card must have a U.S. address within the TD Bank, NA footprint (PA, NY, NJ, CT, NH, ME, MA, FL, VT, DE, MD, DC, NC, SC, VA or RI). Other restrictions apply. 5 TD Bank, N.A. is located in the United States and its support line, Stores, products and services are primarily serviced in English. The TD logo and other trade-marks are the property of The Toronto-Dominion Bank. Canadians in Florida can nd a TD Bank as easy as they can nd a beach.To open an account, visit a TD Bank Store near you or call 1 -877-700-29 1 3 anytime .5Great service and convenience for Canadians at nearly 1,300 TD Bank locations in the U.S. No-fee wire transfers of up to $100,000 daily between your Canadian and U.S. based TD accounts over the phone.1 View your Canadian and U.S. based TD accounts on the same webpage or mobile device. Pay your U.S. bills online or on your mobile device. Use your Canadian and U.S. assets,2 income and credit history to apply for a U.S. mortgage3 or a U.S. credit card.4 0003506_N4106_4A.indd 1 12/12/13 4:10 PM

PAGE 25

JANUARY 23,2014 25 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 Royalaires in Gibsonton on Jan. 26The Royalaires, a Gospel trio from Circleville, Ohio and Sun City Center, will sing at the First Baptist Church of Gibsonton at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. The group has traveled the country and overseas and, for 25 years, have been featured on Singing At Seas, a Southern Gospel Cruise offered by Templeton Tours. For the past 20 years the Royalaires have been regular guests at First Baptist in Gibsonton, located at 9912 Indiana St. All are invited to attend. Phil Provenzano and Jazz Xperience return to UMCPhil Provenzano and the Jazz Xperience return to the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary. A local favorite with a large following, Phils ensemble is a mainstream, straightahead jazz combo that was originally formed to perpetuate the West Coast jazz sounds of musicians like Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker. Since its inception 20 years ago, the group has grown to include other mainstream jazz styles, including their own unique sound. Concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early for a good seat as the group is gaining a larger and larger fan base in this area. A donation of $5 is requested at the door. For additional information about this and other concerts and recitals at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, contact Jeff Jordan, Director of Worship Arts, at 813634-2539. The Front Porch Pickers to entertain at UCCFriday, Jan. 24 is the date for the next Fantastic Friday at the United Community Church. Go for a catered dinner and to be entertained by the Front Porch Pickers. Tickets are $17 per person for the dinner and the show; $5 per person for the show only. Tickets can be purchased on Sunday mornings after worship or on Tuesday or Thursday in the narthex of the church from 10 a.m. until noon. For more information call Paula 813-633-6739. Redeemer Lutheran women prepare for annual rummage saleOn Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8, the Redeemer Lutheran Church will hold its 7th annual Rummage Sale. Lots of household items have been donated for the sale; crafts, clothing and baked goods will also be available. The hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday; 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Redeemer Lutheran is located at 701 Valley Forge Blvd. in Sun City Center. For information, call 813-634-1292.Jimmy is movie at First Baptist this SaturdayThe first film of the season at Friendship Baptist Church is Jimmy, the story of a mentally challenged, autistic 14-year-old and the day-to-day struggles his loving family must overcome. All are invited to the movie on Saturday, Jan. 25 and are asked to bring a dish to pass. Show time is 5 p.m.; food is served during an intermission. Friendship Baptist Church is located at 1511 El Rancho Dr. in Sun City Center.Sisterhood holds Bingo fundraiserThe Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Israel will offer a fun afternoon of Bingo on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the synagogue. The cost is $5 for cards, snacks and treats. Extra cards will be available for an additional fee. Tickets will be sold at the door. Beth Israel is located at 1115 East Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City Center.A new worship experience launches Feb. 5 at First UMC BrandonWhat is The Table? A brand-new worship experience at First UMC Brandon on a different day, at a different time, and with a different style than any of its four, current Sunday morning worship services. How will it be different? Its designed for this generation and everyone is welcome. Senior Pastor Jamie Westlake says, Im a 51-year-old pastor who has been a Christ follower for 34 years. This service is not designed to reach me, but Im welcome here. The music will be loud. The environment will be cozy. The setting will be like church in a caf. While The Table is designed for this generation there is room for everyone at The Table. Its the perfect place for imperfect people. Why a table? Ricc Conner, a team leader at The Table says, A table is a rich symbol of relationships and friendships. It is a place where new friends and old friends gather together. Its a place for family. A table was where Christ invited His followers into greater fellowship. A table is a place where the hungry are fed. Hospitality happens at the table. Growth happens at the table. Blessings happen at the table. What will a typical evening look like? Creating community is a big deal for us, explains Vicki Harrison, mission and outreach coordinator, and thats why we will start with a meal together at 6 p.m. Its $2/person and children under 12 are free. Then well worship together in Logan Hall at 7 p.m. with separate childcare and childrens ministry provided. Everything from the meal to the music to the message will be done with this generation in mind. Its the perfect place for imperfect people. Be sure to check out The Table online at thetableonline.com Why are they doing this? To reach new people, says Matt Kern, young adult coordinator, adding, One of the primary ways we can reach new people is by offering a different kind of service on a different day of the week at a different time. We live in a world where lots of people work on Sunday mornings or have gotten involved in other activities. The Table is also a service that makes it easier to invite those who, for whatever reason, have given up on church. The Table meets on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in Logan Hall at First United Methodist Church of Brandon, located just north of SR 60 (Brandon Blvd.), at 115 North Knights Ave., between Kings and Parsons. Call 813-689-4161, visit www. thetableonline.com or email thetable@fumcbrandon.org.

PAGE 26

26 \000s eXi[hl[h\000d[mi\000\000\000iYY\000eXi[hl[h\000\000j^[\000Ykhh[dj JANUARY 23,2014 South Hillsborough Church of Christ Welcome to the: SERVICES: Sunday........................9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; 6:00 p.m. Wednesday................7:00 p.m. EVERETT TATE, MINISTER —NON-INSTRUMENTAL— \006\011\006\006\001\017\031\034\035\036\001\025\036\004\001\025\030\001 \001\024\037\035\032\031\033\002\001\017\021\001 \001\011\007\010\003\012\011\005\012 Ruskin United Methodist Church First Street & 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (behind Suntrust Bank) ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WORSHIP WITH US: SUNDAY MORNINGS: Rev. Richard Nussel Phone: 645-1241 Nov. April..................8:30 a.m. and All Year...............10:45 a.m. Sunday School............9:30 a.m. Day Care Available Mon. Fri. 6 a.m. 6 p.m. call 645-6198 702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573 \000HONE\032\000\026\023\024\015\022\023\022\030\000s\000&AX\032\000\026\023\023\015\026\026\027\020 www.popcc.org Masses: Sunday.8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon Saturday Vigil....................4:00 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 813-481-9060 Spirituality Rather Than “Religion” Unity Henry Gibson Social Hall, Beth Israel Synagogue \021\021\021\025\000$EL\000EBB\000%\016\000s\000UN\000#ITY\000#ENTER\014\000&, \021\023\020\021\000\016\016\000\(WY\016\000\024\021\000.\016\014\000USKIN\014\000&,\000s\000\026\024\025\015\021\021\022\021\000s\000 www.nbcor.org “Loving God, Loving Others, Serving Beyond Borders” Sunday School (all ages)........9:30 a.m. UNDAY\000-ORNING\000ORSHIP\016\016\016\016\021\020\032\024\025\000A\016M\016 UNDAY\000%VENING\000ORSHIP\016\016\016\016\016\016\016\026\032\020\020\000P\016M\016 EDNESDAY\000\010ALL\000AGES\011\016\016\016\016\016\016\016\016\016\016\016\016\016\026\032\023\020\000P\016M\016\000 Dr. Samuel (Sam) A. Roach, Pastor WORSHIP SERVICES: SUNDAY 8:30 a.m. .................................Contemporary Service 9:30 a.m. ......................................... Traditional Service 10:00 a.m. ...............................Contemporary Service 11:00 a.m. ....................................... Traditional Service 4:00 p.m. ........................................Hispanic Worship Senior Pastor: Dr. Warren Langer Assistant Pastor: Rev. Samuel Rorer Bookstore 633-8595 FREE Nursery Provided Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist) 1511 El Rancho Dr. Sun City Center, FL 33573 Phone/Fax: 813-633-5950 TRADITIONAL WEEKLY SERVICES: Sunday 9 a.m.......................Bible Study 11 a.m.....................Bible Study 10 a.m. & 6 p.m............Worship Wednesday 6 p.m....Prayer Meeting/Bible Study FriendshipBaptistChurchSCC.com (813) 634-1304 ~ www.uccsuncity.org UNITED COMMUNITY CHURCH ~ United Church of Christ 1501 La Jolla AVE, Sun City Center, FL 33573-5329 A Caring Church United in God's Love Serving Others Rev. Dr. Jean M. Simpson Worship Services ~ 8:30 and 10 AM REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA \030\021\022\001BMMFZ\001'PSHF\001#MWE\017\001t\001VO\001$JUZ\001$FOUFS\015\001'-\001\024\024\026\030\024\016\026\024\026\025 FWFSFOE\001%BWJE\001"MMNBO\015\001BTUPS FMFQIPOF\033\001\031\022\024\016\027\024\025\016\022\023\032\023\001t\001FCTJUF\033\001TDDSFEFFNFS\017PSH Worship Services on Sunday 10 a.m. \JSTU\001\007\001IJSE\001VOEBZ\001t\001#JCMF\001$MBTT\001IVSTEBZ\001\022\021\001B\017N\017 PRAYER PRAISE WORSHIP The Anointing Church "\016`SS\\000;O\\000]`\016`WdS\032\016A\032\016:\016’\016&\037!\033' \033$$"\036 www.theanointingchurch.com Area Places of Worship Sunday School ................................10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship ...............10:45 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship ..................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Youth Worship ...............6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service .............7:00 p.m. \030\030\023\027\003\021\021\003\031\032\027\017\003:LPDXPD\017\003\\003\026\026\030\034\033\003‡\003\033\024\026\020\031\026\027\020\027\032\032\031 Pastor Tom Durrance Wimauma Church of God Celebrating 100th Anniversary Feb. 16 at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Area Obituaries Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCC Meets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel ->}œ}'iU£££x\015\014iiLL\011` /…'`>]\\000*\037U\012>‡™UVV''œ} Seek what is true not what is desirable. — Albert Camus John Anderson John Anderson, born August 29, 1927 in llinois, went to be with the Lord on January 18, 2014. John was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during WWII. He lived in Indianapolis and worked for the U.S. Federal Finance Center at Fort Harrison until he retired and moved to Florida. He has been a resident of Sun City Center, Florida for the past several years. He is survived by wife Joyce Anderson; son Don Larson (Donna); brother Jim Anderson; sister Millie Lietz; step-daughter Cindy Thurston; stepson Rodney Templon; several stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, one brother, one brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law. A memorial service for friends and family will be held at the Sun City Center Methodist Church on Saturday, January 25 at 2 p.m. Wayne Alderfer Wayne Alderfer, age 88, passed away at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Fla. on January 6, 2014. He was born in South Bend, Ind. on August 29,1925, where he spent his childhood, graduating from John Adams High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force starting in 1943 and served through the end of World War II. Wayne graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. Wayne was employed by Studebaker Motor Company of South Bend, Ind., in the payroll department. He was later employed by IBM, first in Greencastle, Ind. before transferring to the IBM facility in Essex Jct., Vt. He retired from IBM in 1987, spending the the next 26 years living his life to the fullest. Wayne enjoyed travel, fishing, golf, boating and watching sports of all kind, including soccer while cheering his grandchildren’s play. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Highgate Four at Kings Point in Sun City Center, Fla. Wayne is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lorraine Alderfer; daughters Linda York and Bonnie Michel; granddaughter Jennifer Andrzejewski and husband Peter; stepson Bradley Revoir and wife Kim; stepdaughter Nancy Revoir Dezotell and husband Jeff; five grandchildren Travis Dezotell, Kyle Dezotell, Jason Revoir, Karli Revoir Clark and Tanner Revoir. Wayne also had five great-grandchildren: Cailyn Dezotell, Camden Dezotell, Ethan Revoir, Arabella Revoir and Porter Clark. He was predeceased by his parents Ferd and Blanche Alderfer, sisters Bernice Lewis and Joyce Alderfer, and his first wife, Betty Earl. Wayne will be missed greatly by his family and friends from his residences in Sun City Center, Fla. and Island Pond, Vt. Wayne was known for his strong faith, cheerfulness, love and zeal for life, along with a positive loving attitude for all. A celebration of Wayne’s life will be held at Spectacle Pond, Vt. this summer. Sandra Fuller George Sandra Fuller George, 83, of Yorba Linda, Calif., died on December 17, 2013, when she succumbed to Parkinson’s Disease. Sandy was married to the late Thomas Henry George. The George’s were long-time residents of Tunkhannock, Pa. Sandy is survived by two children, Thomas George of Reading, Pa., and Mary Ruth Weisner of Yorba Linda, Calif. She is also survived by granddaughter Audra Freeland and three great-grandsons, Jared, Brent and Paxton, all living in Yorba Linda, Calif. Mrs. George was a graduate of Meshoppen High School in 1948 and Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing in 1952. She worked as an R.N. at both Clark Summit State Hospital and the State Correctional Facility in Dallas, Pa. Sandy spent most of her retirement in Sun City Center, Fla., prior to moving to Yorba Linda, Calif. in 2010. Services will be held at Sheldon Funeral Homes Main St., Meshoppen, Pa., at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014, with Pastor Vickie Ellis, of the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church officiating. Sandy will be interred at Jersey Hill Cemetery in Auburn Center, Pa. Online condolences may be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com. Peg Critendon Hi! This is Peg Critendon. I passed on on January 13, 2014, but I want to take a moment to thank my Sun City Center family and friends for their loving care these past weeks. Under the gentle hands of my Hubby Russ, daughter Darby, SCC-based sisters Terrie and Nan McNamara, and Ken Romain, I gratefully answered the call of Jesus at the age of 60. Thanks also to LifePath Hospice, which provided invaluable service. I would like to have made more art with my friends Melissa Haines, Pam Tipton and Anne Walker of SCC. I wanted to cook more desserts, see more art shows and swim more, but it wasn’t to be. I already knew how to love, learn and laugh. Now, I know how to let go. Love always, Peg. Richard W. Herrmann Richard W. Herrmann, 82, of Sun City Center, Florida, formerly of Centralia, Ill., died Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Cartersville Medical Center in Cartersville, Ga. Born December 18, 1931 in Peru, Illinois, he was a son of the late William Herrmann and the late Ethel Keutzer Herrmann. Mr. Herrmann was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, serving aboard the USCGC Blackthorn during the Korean War, and later was a Blue and Gold Officer for the U.S. Naval Academy. He was employed with AT&T (formerly Illinois Bell Telephone Co.) for 32 years, retiring in 1985. His career encompassed various positions, including Lineman, Engineer, and eventually Construction Supervisor for the entire Southern Illinois region. After retirement from AT&T, Mr. Herrmann worked as a Realtor for the Chaney Agency. Mr. Herrmann was a resident of Centralia, Illinois for over 34 years where he was very active in his community. He was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church for over 30 years, where he served as a Deacon and a Trustee. Mr. Herrmann was an active member of the Centralia Rotary Club, served as a Board Member of the Centralia City Schools and on the Board of Directors of Old National Bank. He also served as local Chairman for the Habitat for Humanity Project, and Chairman of the Board of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. After moving to Sun City Center, Mr. Herrmann was a member of the SCC Men’s Club and attended Trinity Baptist Church. He also served as a volunteer driver with the SCC Security Patrol for five years and a volunteer driver with Samaritan Services in Sun City Center for two years. He was a loving husband and a wonderful father who put God and family first in his life. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Margaret A. Herrmann; his children, Susan Herrmann Stonecipher and her husband Brad of Wildwood, Mo., Stephen R. Herrmann and his wife Denise of Pensacola, Fla., and Alan L. Herrmann and his wife Jessica of Coronado, Calif.; sister Audrey Gee and her husband George of Lockport, Ill.; brothers Ronald Herrmann and his wife Mary of Granville, Ill., and Kenneth Herrmann of Arvada, Colo.; grandchildren Blake and Will Stonecipher, Mallory, Abigail and Sophia Herrmann, Ryan and Garrett Herrmann; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Trinity Baptist Church in Sun City Center, Florida. The service will be followed by a light luncheon in the church fellowship hall. Memorials honoring Richard Herrmann should be made to the Trinity Baptist Church, 702 Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center, FL 33573. Robert M. Margosian Robert M. Margosin, 87, passed away January 4, 2014. He was born in Boston, Mass. Robert moved to Farmington, Conn. where he and his family lived for 40 years, retired to Wells, Maine in 1987 and happily moved to Sun City Center, Fla. in 1999. Robert served three years with the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific as an Aviation Metalsmith. After earning B.A. and Master’s in Library Science degrees, his career included working as a librarian at the Watertown (Mass.) Public Library and the Hartford (Conn.) Public Library, in an insurance agency, as the Supervisor of Corporate Records with CIGNA Corp. in Bloomfield, Conn. and, for several years, as an Assistant Secretary in CIGNA Field Properties Department. Upon retirement, Robert started “Your Pet’s Portraits”, a professional pet photography business that benefited animal shelters and veterinarians. In Sun City Center, Robert volunteered with the Sun City Center Emergency Squad and was an avid reader and card player. He is survived by his loving wife Teresa (Roubian) of 64 years; loving son Kirk D. Margosian and his wife OBITUARIES continued on page 27

PAGE 27

JANUARY 23,2014 27 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 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 Traditional Service 9:00 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 after each Service. Refreshments served.A Stephen Ministry Church First Church of Christ, Scientist Sunday Service ........................................................10:00 a.m. Sunday School .........................................................10:00 a.m. Wednesday Service ...................................................4:00 p.m. Reading Room ...............................Wednesday 4 to 4:45 p.m. All Are Welcome U.S. Hwy. 41 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin 813-645-1714SaintAnneRuskin.org MASSESVigil Mass.....................................................................Saturday 4:30 p.m. Sunday Mass .....................................8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday ....................................................................8:00 a.m. Holy Days ....................................... Espaol ......... .................Thursday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:15 p.m.Saint Anne Catholic ChurchSouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. GibsontonSS Getting to Know You (Donuts & Coffee) ....9:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Service ............6:00 p.m. Sunday School ...........................................9:30 am. Wednesday Evening Service ......7:00 p.m. Sunday Morning Worship............................10:55 a.m. Thursday Morning Prayer ..........10:00 a.m. Southside Baptist ChurchA Warm, Loving & Friendly Church Worship Service @10:30 am Adult Sunday School @ 9:30 am 1707 33rd Street Southeast Ruskin, Florida 33570 Minister Mike Grant First Christian ChurchSun City Center FloridaFCCSCC Area Places of WorshipFlorence R. MateerFlorence R. Mateer, age 103, passed away on January 11, 2014 at Silver Bluff Village in Canton, N.C. Florence was born Oct. 4, 1910 to the late Patrick and Florence Bradshaw Glynn. In addition to her parents, Florence was preceded in death by her husband, John Francis Mateer, and her sister, Frances Sarah Wyand. Left to cherish her memory are son John Francis Jr. (Phyllis); daughters Florence Regina Estill and Fidelis Dale Jackson (John); 8 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 3 greatgreat grandchildren. Florence was a former resident of Aston Gardens at the Courtyards. Services will be held at a later date. Garrett Funerals & Cremations in Waynesville, N.C. is assisting the family. Karin Ann YoblonskiKarin Ann (Yates) Yoblonski, 69, formerly of Sherman, Connecticut, passed away at home on January 11, 2014 in Sun City Center, Florida after a long illness. She was born on October 7, 1944 in Queens, New York to Karin and Robert Yates (predeceased). She graduated from Danbury High School. She attended Americo House of Beauty and became a licensed beautician, which she practiced for several years. She became an executive secretary and worked for Neeltran for a number of years. She then worked on many homesteading projects, including a large garden, beekeeper, and raised beef cattle and sheep. She was married to Wilmer N. Boyer from 1963 to 1983, with whom she had two children. They resided in Danbury and Sherman, Conn. Her second marriage was to Walter A. Yoblonski in November 1984; after his retirement in 1997, they moved to Sun City Center, Fla. During her years in Sun City Center, Karin was active in a number of organizations: she was an Exterior Vice President for the Stained Glass Club, Deputy Captain for the Security Patrol, was a member of the Lapidary Club, the Elks, the Red Hat Society and the RVing Club. She enjoyed time with friends during the Tuesday lunch bunch and the Thursday dinner group. She is survived by husband Walter; daughter Karin (Tim) Carr; son David (Debra) Boyer; grandsons Timothy (Christina) Totten and Matthew (Alecia) Boyer; and great-granddaughter Adriana. She also leaves stepdaughters Lenora (David) Carr and Diana (Ron) Zorick; brother Robert (Barbara) Yates; nephew Jeffrey and many dear friends. Karin touched the lives of everyone she met and will be sadly missed by all. There will be no memorial services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Alzheimers Foundation of America, toll-free 866232-8484. Evelyn S. Rust Evelyn Marie Staben Rust, 93, passed away on January 11, 2014 in Sun City Center, Fla. She lived a full adult life as an artist, wife, mother, and grandmother. She was born in Springfield, Illinois, Robert Margosian continued from page 26 Catherine, and loving daughter Robin Margosian Carr and her husband Michael; and treasured grandsons Ethan Carr and his wife, Lindsay, Trevor Carr and Gabriel Jon Margosian. A memorial service was held on January 11, 2014 at the Sun City Christian Center, 17566 U.S. Hwy 301 South in Wimauma. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home. the daughter of an orthopedic surgeon, and was a graduate of MacMurray College and the Art Institute of Chicago. As a professional artist, she was a member of the prestigious Watercolor Society of America, and produced fine art in various media, including watercolor and oil paintings, charcoal and pastel drawings, and silkscreen prints in styles ranging from portraits to the abstract. Her oil painting, Blue Bouquet won first prize for abstract art in the Boca Raton Art Festival, and her work was displayed in art shows across Florida. After growing up, marrying, and starting a family in Illinois, Evelyn and her husband (Dal) built a home and raised their children in Boca Raton, Florida before moving to Sun City Center after their retirement. She loved to travel and learn from many cultures across the world. At Sun City Center, Evelyn continued to paint and take art classes. She read books and loved music, and she was one of the earliest members of the Unity Community of Joy Church, as well as the Sun City Center Metaphysical Society. She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Dallas Rust, Jr., and parents George and Mabel Staben. She is survived by sisters Dottie Quick and Ginger Henrichs; sons Paul D. Rust, III and George S. Rust (wife, Cynthia Tucker Rust); grandchildren, Alex, Lily, Christina, and Daniel; and great-grandchildren Leeman, Everett, and Lucas. Funeral services were held Monday (Jan. 20) at the National Cremation and Burial Society in Ruskin, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choosing that eases suffering or builds peace or helps nurture love and light worldwide. On Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m., the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center will host the first concert of the 2013-2014 season by the Sun City Chamber Players. This first concert of the new year will include Dvoraks Terzetto in C Major Op. 74, Martinus Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola, and Tchaikovskys lovely sextet, Souvenir de Florence. The Sun City Chamber Players are a group of professional musicians from the west coast of Florida who gather together to provide performances selected from the best of the chamber music repertoire. Each performance features a different number of players, from two up to full chamber orchestra. A donation of $10 is requested at the door on the evening of the concert. The church is located at 1210 West Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City Center.Sun City Chamber Players present varied concert at UMCFor additional information about this and other concerts and activities at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, contact Jeff Jordan, Director of Worship Arts, at 813-634-2539. To learn more about the UMC, visit www. umcscc.org.Ethical treatment of animals is topicHal Ott, D.V.M. will present a program to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCC on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. on two related subjects: The Ethical Treatment of Animals and Vegetarianism. Dr. Ott practices veterinary medicine at his office in Ruskin. The Fellowship meets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel Synagogue on East Del Webb Blvd. All are welcome.Adoration of Blessed Sacrament offered at Prince of PeaceEach Wednesday from 8:45 a.m. until 3 p.m., Prince of Peace Catholic Church holds Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ, who is believed by Catholics to be present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, under the appearance of the consecrated host. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament concludes at 3 p.m. with Benediction. Prince of Peace invites everyone. Prince of Peace Catholic Church is located at 702 Valley Forge Blvd in Sun City Center. SHMA monthly Sing is at St. AnneSouth Hillsborough Ministerial Association (SHMA) will host the monthly Community Sing on Monday, Jan. 27 at Saint Anne Catholic Church, 1106 11th Ave. NE in Ruskin. The prelude to the Sing begins at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Call 813-6451714 for more information. SHMA is an organized, interactive group of local church ministers and congregations.

PAGE 29

PROF. SERVICES650 SERVICES700 RENTALS600 M.H. HOUSING550 REAL ESTATE500 A gated, resident-owned, waterfront, 55+ mobile home community. zon.net officecellWATERFRONT MOVE-IN READY, Furnished 1440 Sq. Ft. Dbl. Wide, 3BR/2BA. Also has 12x25 screen room facing the water and a covered carport. All for $88,500 including the share. LARGE 3BR/2BA, 14x66 Furnished Sgl. Wide thats 924 Sq. Ft. plus a 588 Sq. Ft. addition for 1,500 Sq. Ft. of living space. Also has a 9x12 utility/ laundry room, a 12x16 screen room, and a covered carport. It can be your home or getaway for $48,900 including the share.OPEN HOUSESunday, Jan. 26th1 to 4 p.m. UP TO 20 HOMES MARINE400 TRANSPORTATION450 Lowe 21ft pontoon, Mercury 50hp, 4 sundeck, restroom enclosed, pole $15,200. 813-645-0653 miles, fully equipped, in mint condition. $4,400. obo. SCC Andy 813419-4404 or 813-362-7687 for $11,500. 813-260-2636 or 813230-0846 hood. Ruskin. 813-610-7515 One bedroom mobile home in 645-2446 pets. 813-634-9695 6377 813-601-1542 or 813-850-7886 dock. 813-610-7515 References 813-677-1137 1710 Bookkeeping Inc Ruskin 813-641Troubleshooting solutions. Per 7748 813-304-3006 0532, 813-677-7931 813-731-2525 Insured, bonded, licensed. Ruskin, Holly 813-260-3640 #434469 3376 645-1883 &Established in 1968 Printing Company, Inc.SHEETFED & WEB PRINTING Ruskin, Fl &Established in 1968 Printing Company, Inc.SHEETFED & WEB PRINTING Ruskin, Fl Look in the RUSKIN RIVERFRONT RENTAL: Very nice 3/2 spacious, unfurnished modular home on acre lot, with covered parking and great wood dock on water. Available now: $1,600/month + deposit BEAUTIFUL ACRE LOT ACROSS THE STREET FROM CANAL, cleared, elevated with ll dirt, ready to improve! Perfect spot for a house or duplex with water view. Convenient area of Ruskin, close to shopping, near Little Harbor and all amenities. $26,000. $10,000 REDUCTION ON THIS 1.92 ACRES CLEARED LOT with all utilities, including new well, septic and electric pole, ready for the home of your dreams. Peaceful country feeling, minutes from town, lot is across the street from Little Manatee River, with access to boat ramp at end of street. $74,500.CLAIRE TORT Cell: (813) 363-7250 Cathy Griggs 813-391-8653 cathygriggs@msn.com DONT LET THESE GET AWAY CALL TODAY! 3/2/3+, dock, built 2007, LOW insurances $229,000 3/2/2 built in 2008, short sale $126,900 Impeccably Maintained2 bedroom 2 bath home sits on a pond and golf course and is move-in ready.$167,0002327 E. Del Webb Blvd. Sun City Center (813) 892-8256 (813) 645-3211Serving South Hillsborough Countywww.dickmanrealty.comdickman@tampabay.rr.com NEW LISTING! LOCATION, LOCATION! Right in center of Ruskin, this acre cleared corner lot has a charming older double-wide home (grand$125,000 CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 NEWER 3BR/2BA MANUFACTURED HOME, enclosed lanai, large shed and great detached 2-car-garage. $65,900 CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 GREAT RETIREMENT/WINTER HOME: This 3/2 doublewide, in a gated com$49,500 CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 DARLING 2BR/2BA/2CG ers. Asking only $115,000! CALL JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540. GREAT DEAL Just $25,000 CALL JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 NEW LISTING! 2 BR/2 BA 2-car garage. CALL KAY PYE 3613672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 7482201 for preview. PRICED to sell at $155,000 INVEST IN THIS RENTAL! 2BR/1BA concrete block with eat-in kitchen and at$59,750 CALL MARGOT WARD 486-9480 6 BEDROOM/3 BATH POOL HOME $269,000 CALL MARGOT WARD 486-9480 NEW LISTING! LOOKING FOR COUNTRY & PRIVACY? $199,900 CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 OR KAY PYE 361-3672 COMMERICAL (CG) ZONING WITH A 3BR/1BA HOME WITH DETACHED $185,000 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 WATERFRONT LOT! Peaceful & quiet country atmosphere & perfect location for a stilt home. Small canal leads to Bay. Can be yours for just $29,900. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 Celebrating 90 years!

PAGE 30

JANUARY 23, 2014 : CLASSIFICATION 800 ED Nations largest Insurance Agency is opening an office in Sun City CenterWe are in need of three quality representatives to join our team in Sun City Center. As an agent, you will be able to assist senior citizens with their health, life and financial insurance needs. Ameri Life Representatives are also qualified to enroll individuals and families in the new ACA-compliant Healthcare Insurance Plans. Advanced commissions, leads are provided. Extensive training is available. Make $50,000 the first year.Please call Ameri Life of Sun City Center at (888) 663-4698 for an immediate interview.Ask for Mr. McCrary The Salon & Spa at Sun City, Inc. 813-634-1848723 Imar Drive, SCCHiring StylistsBooth Rental (per week) Ask for Sue

PAGE 31

JANUARY 23, 2014 31 SOUTH TAMPA CARROLLWOOD BRANDON 254-4066 961-1362 413-8313 1510 South MacDill Ave. 14306 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. 1920 W. Brandon Blvd.PAINTED SOLID SHUTTERS$1595sq. ft.InstalledANYTHING LESS CANT COMPARE IN QUALITY! Will not warp or crack! Scan to see more! www.Naffco.biz Nobody OFFERS YOU MORE quality at this price!MORE{SELECTION DURABILITYthe ART ofWINDOW dressing Master Certified Technicians Lic# MVS51635 AT HOME AUTO CARE Family Owned & Operated Approved Auto Repair Center We participate in AAA Dollars ProgramOPEN 8 am-5 pm Monday thru Friday www.athomeauto.net (813) 645-0339 Owners: Lee & Julie Davis $2795OIL CHANGE*Up to 5 qts. 5W20 or 5W30 Motorcraft Oil, Filter, and 27-point inspection. Most cars LUBE, OIL & FILTER We carry Michelin, BF Goodrich & Uniroyal Tires.Stop in and get a tire quote. Use of the On/Off switch should only be considered when: story as his father did, he lives in Mashpee, which he said is still the home of many descendants. Starting at a young age, Weeden began public performances that recounted the major events in the history of the tribes as more and more people from other lands took over their country. His passion and desire to preserve the culture is evident in his work, said Witt, who participated in the program. When not traveling and giving presentations, Weeden works at the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass., where visitors are given a close-up view of how both Indians and former Europeans lived when they began to share the country. There, its easy to experience the 17th century, be in a grist mill, and watch the Indians in a presentation of life called Children of the Dawn. Weeden is also the Outreach Educator at the Boston Childrens Museum and its Native Program Specialist. He has been in many movies and documentaries, but has also refused parts that were later taken by famous actors. I will not be a part of anything that does not convey the truth, he said to about 40 people at the evening presentation. The documentary We Shall Remain is one PBS special in which he is proud to have taken part. During his presentation at HCC, he used dates written on paper to show the effect on the native tribes, beginning with 1602 when those who met the new people began to feel they were being made to change.How Indian tribes were forced to change their cultureX PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOAfter Weeden put on everyday American clothes, he taught the people in the audience, including HCCs South County Campus President Allen Witt, PhD, a traditional American Indian dance. Everything that was a part of our culture, everything we believed, we were told was wrong, he said. Then in 1675, our people were taken from our homes. His ancestors were fortunate, he said, because his family was purchased by a kind slave master. John Weedon was treated kindly, but he was a slave and was forced to cut his hair, he explained, unbraiding his, and pinning it atop his head so it did not look long anymore. At that point he also pulled on mens trousers and a long-sleeved white business shirt. He laid his furs and jewelry and feathers on the floor. We were not allowed to do anything that was within our culture, he said. Later we heard that some African slaves were being freed. We were happy for them, but we were not freed. This was our land for 12,000 years, and I only want to keep our story, and our culture alive, he said. At that point, he lifted the somber mood by showing a drum and how the drumbeat symbolized the heartbeat of Mother Earth. Music and dance are key to our culture, he said. Before the end of the presentation, he had participants, including Witt, dance an Indian Circle dance of Thanksgiving. To find out more about Weedon, visit www.mcnaa.org, the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness and Plimoth Plantation at www.pli moth.org.AAUW Women of Distinction luncheon is Feb. 11The Sun City Center/South Shore branch of the American Association of University Women will host a luncheon Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Community Hall in Sun City Center. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $25 per person and available at the Atrium Kiosk, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Or you may call Lois at 813-633-6484. Proceeds will benefit Mature Womens Scholarship. AAUW will be honoring this years Women of Distinction:u Deidre P. Dixon graduated from West Point U.S. Military Academy in 1984 with a degree in Engineering. Other degrees include an MBA from Duke, an MS in Public Administration from Central MI, and at present she is a PhD student at Case Western Reserve University. She now teaches Leadership Courses at the University of Tampa. LTC Dixon served in the Army for 22 years in various positions in the Airborne Corps, overseas in Desert Storm and teaching at West Point. She is involved in the local community and has held many leadership positions in the these organizations.u Pat Collier Frank has a long history of service to her state and community. A graduate of Florida State and Georgetown School of Law, she has served on Hillsborough County School Board, in the Florida House of Representatives, Florida Senate, and on the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners, which she has chaired for three years. In 2004 she was elected Clerk of the Circuit Court, where she now serves. She has received numerous awards and honors over her many years of service in each of the positions she held. u Major Elaine White, a migrant child, graduated from Florida State with a BS in Criminology (Institutional Management). Elaine worked for the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office for 25 years, retiring as a major in 2007. At that time she was in charge of the Orient Road Jail, which had an average of 2,000 inmates and a staff of 700. Since retiring she has taken a position as Probation Management Division Chief at the Salvation Army Correctional Services, where she monitors some 3000 clients. For more information, call Roxanne at 813-746-1350 or Sandra at 813642-0425.

PAGE 32

32 JANUARY 23, 2014 Joe Lang, CFP Glenn Krcmaric, OSJ Robyn Payant, President Tom Payant, C.E.O., Lillian Brassil, Office Manager Heidi Oelgart, Marketing Assistant Peter Farina, CFA Regi stered Investment AdvisorThomas A. Payant, Glenn Krcmaric, Joseph Lang, and Peter Farina offer securities through SagePoint Financial, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC and investment advisory services through Payant Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment advisor not affiliated with SagePoint Financial, Inc.WHO IS THE TEAM BUILDING YOUR RETIREMENT STRATEGY? Let our team help you!Call us! 813-633-73331653 Sun City Center Plaza Sun City Center, FL 33573 www.payantfinancial.com Serving South Shore for 30 years For your FREE information kit and DVD, and our Senior Discounts, Call Today Toll-Free1-800-355-8119www.MySafeStep.com Safe Step Tubs have received the Ease-of-Use Commendation from the Arthritis FoundationA Safe Step Walk-In Tub offers independence to those seeking a safe and easy way to bathe right in the convenience and comfort of their own home. Constructed and built right here in America, with more standard features than any other tub. Dual hydro-massagewater and air bubble jets strategically placed to target sore muscles and joints, offering lifechanging therapeutic relief The industrys leading low step-in The highest quality tub complete with a lifetime warranty Top-of-the-line installation and service, all included at one low, affordable price Youll agree there just isnt a better walk-in tub on the market. So take your rst step towards feeling great and stay in the home you love. Give us a call today! MADE IN THE U.S.A.WITH PRIDE Financing available with approved credit LIFETIMELIMITED WARRANTY $750 OFFwhen you mention this adfor a limited time onlyCall Toll-Free 1-800-355-8119 at this time of year The Observer has always been a community newspaper and looked to give back to the community where we can so when they came up with this idea we thought it would be good for us to get involved and help out, said Wes Mullins, CEO of M&M Printing, parent company of The Observer News. Following the progress of the drive will be easy for anyone dropfor a couple of weeks or months and then they are gone, but on average we get about 20 new families a week who sign up, said Bullaro. The pantry, which gives each family a 40to 50pound box of food every two weeks, has more than 1,200 families signed up for aid. I have to look at the big picture and see how much food we have to distribute, said Bullaro, who credits community volunteer efforts for keeping the wolf from the door of local pantries. You feel so bad when people come in here; you want to give them the shirt off your back, Bullaro said. Korfant wants to help Bullaro, and those like him, stock their shelves year-round. I would hope that every pantry would get beaucoup pounds of foodstuffs. But beyond that we want to generate excitement about what the community is doing for its own and also encourage folks to continue to do this, Korfant said. Caring Castle is about building awareness and relationships with those people who can help the pantries and for those people who need the help to let them know where to go. JSA wants to promote a healthy lifestyle so this is also an overall part of lifestyle awareness as well.Where to donateCanned and non-perishable food stuffs can be donated at the JSA Activity Center, 787 Cortaro Dr., Sun City Center, behind the Burger King on SR 674. JSA Medical, Observer team up for food drive ping off donations at the JSA Activity Center, 787 Cortaro Dr. in Sun City Center. Organizers plan to build a castle with donations, using canned goods and other nonperishable foodstuffs as bricks. The castle will be redesigned and rebuilt weekly as donations roll in. Korfant pioneered the food castle idea while working with the Chamber of Commerce in Cleveland, Ohio. I thought building a castle with the donations would be a little more spectacular way to show the donations. We even had folks from the American Institute of Architects come in and build it on their lunch breaks. The castle concept proved to be a winner. Over 10 weeks it yielded more than 16,000 pounds of foodstuffs for Cleveland pantries. Local food banks benefiting from South Countys first Caring Castle include The Lords Lighthouse, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Good Samaritan Mission, Beth-El Mission, St. Anne Church and Life Church. There is no shortage of need, according to Tom Bullaro, co-director of Our Lady of Guadalupe food pantry with his wife Anita for the last nine years. The pantry serves an average of 170 families a week in Sun City Center, Wimauma and Balm. This time last year our average was about 110 families a week, said Bullaro who cites food stamp cutbacks and unemployment among the pressures driving more families to his door. We serve a lot of migrant food pickers who may only be here Roseanne KorfantActivities Coordinator, JSA Medical GroupFood Bank FactsA 2010 report by Feeding America Tampa Bay, which supplies many of the South Countys food banks, reported the following facts about hunger in the Tampa Bay area. Americas Second Harvest of Tampa Bay are children under 18 years old. are children age 0 to 5 years. interviewed are facing very low food security or hunger. clients served by Americas Second Harvest of Tampa Bay report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities. one employed adult, but only half are fulltime. report having at least one household the clients have unpaid medical or hospital bills. tified themselves as African-AmeriAmericas Second Harvest of Tampa Bay receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits.Source: Feeding America Tampa Bay X

PAGE 33

JANUARY 23, 2014 33 STEPHEN A. SWITLYK, M.D.Board Certied | American Board of Dermatology Switlyk Dermatology813-634-6600STEPHEN A. SWITLYK, M.D.Board Certied American Board of Dermatologyare Seating is Limited Please Call For Reservations813-634-3396Visit our website: www.suncitycenterdental.comfor more information Michelle Halcomb, DDSLearn about the amazingThis is a one-step dental procedure that involves minimally invasive surgery, no sutures, nor the typical months of healing.FREE SEMINARat the ofce of Zamikoff, Klement, Jungman & Varga Sun City Center, FL 33573 RCMA School Board Meeting NoticeThe RCMA School Board Meeting will take place on Monday, Jan. 27. The meeting will be held at the RCMA Leadership Academy, 18236 US Hwy 301 S., Wimauma. The School Board Meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. and is open to the public. If you have questions or concerns, please call Angie Alfaro at (239) 6583560, ext. 224.Redesigned Toyota Avalon Hybrid an admirable gas sipperBy %  NITISH S. RELE motoringtampabay@gmail.com You can essentially go 650 miles on a full tank in the redesigned Toyota Avalon hybrid. Thats at about 39 mpg in city or highway driving. Not bad, though the front-wheel-drive ride is priced at $41,400. But then this is luxury on wheels. For 2013, the sedan is wider, lower and shorter by 2 inches than its predecessor. The 2014 model continues without any substantial changes except a backup camera is now standard on all trims. A 2.5-liter DOHC inline-4 cylinder gas engine develops just 156 horsepower @5700 rpm and 156 pounds-feet of torque @ 4500 rpm. It is coupled to an electric motor, which boasts hp up to 200. Zero to 60 mph is clocked at around 8 seconds. The sedan also is fitted with a 244.8-volt nickelmetal hydride battery, which is recharged by energy captured as the driver applies the brakes or coasts. Also, the Continuous Variable Transmission-equipped car gets a regenerative braking system. When the car is coasting or the brakes are applied, the electric power functions as a generator, capturing kinetic energy that would normally be lost as heat through the brakes. Instead, it converts the energy into useable electricity for recharging the batteries. The Avalon operates in three modes: EV, which allows the car to travel for about a mile at 20 mph in perfect conditions; Eco, which is an efficient mode where the driver can control the throttle opening; sport, for the enthusiast behind the wheel. Just keep an eye on the needle-type Hybrid System Indicator and you will eke out substantial fuel savings. That this is a hybrid version of the sedan is evident from the blue tint in the Toyota emblems as well as the badging on both front side doors. The revised and now sharpappearing Avalon gets a longer flowing roof line, larger grille opening flanked by HID quad headlights, LED daytime running lights and wide-angled fog lamps. White-ice interior ambient lights enhance the cabin look and feel along with striking wood that dots the dashboard. Other niceties include threezone auto climate control, power rear sunshade and moon roof, 10-way power driver and 8-way front-passenger seats, heated and cooled front seats and perforated leather seats. Storage bins are abundant in the 102.3 cubic feet of passenger space though the trunk area is limited because of the battery. Forget your grandfathers bulky Avalon. The revamped hybrid version is attractive, practical and an excellent gas sipper (at a somewhat hefty price!) that will take you to Atlanta and beyond on a tank in comfort and style. AVALON HYBRID (LIMITED) Tires: P215/55 R17 Wheelbase: 111 inches Length: 195.2 inches Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; dual-link rear Steering: electric power Weight: 3,585 pounds Fuel capacity: 17 gallons Test drive the Avalon hybrid at Toyota of Lakewood, 5959 E. SR 64 in Bradenton, call 1-877-2615187 or visit www.toyotaoflakewood.com. Dont fall victim to unlicensed CPAsThe Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is warning Floridians of the danger of hiring unlicensed Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) to assist you and your business financial needs. In Florida, CPAs are required to have a professional license. As tax season approaches, many Florida families and business owners are facing the arduous task of preparing their financials and may need to hire a CPA, said Ken Lawson, Secretary of DBPR. There are many financial and tax professionals that can assist with various financial needs, but only CPAs are licensed by the state and can provide specific services. Licensed CPAs have successfully passed the Uniform CPA Examination, in addition to meeting the necessary education and experience requirements mandated by Florida law. CPAs are licensed to perform audits, reviews and compilations, as well as express opinions of financial statements that provide a level of assurance regarding the reliability or fairness of the financial information at hand. Before any work necessitating a licensed CPA is performed, consumers should always verify the individuals State of Florida professional license, which can be verified online at www.myfloridalicense.com or by calling 850487-1395. The Department of Business and Professional Regulations mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from hotels and restaurants, real estate agents and certified public accountants to veterinarians, contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, visit www.MyFloridaLicense. com. 2014 Toyota Avalon hybrid (Limited).

PAGE 34

34 JANUARY 23, 2014 NEED A GOODELECTRICIAN?Call Don or John!LICENSED BONDED INSUREDSERVICE UPGRADES ALL TYPES OF WIRING RENOVATIONS Don 645-8985 South BayElectric Co. of Ruskin Call Don or JohnOver 50 Years Experience ER0012636 Family Owned and Operated 263-6503 D. KAY CARR, P.A.Attorney at Law e 214 Apollo Beach Boulevar d Apollo Beach, FL 33572(813) 645-7557 ACCOUNTINGA 27 YEARS EXPERIENCE Certied Public Accountant 813-641-3603www.AccountantAtApolloBeach.com AFFORDABLE Q U A L I F I E D Q U A L I F I E D ATTORNEYA AC REPAIR/SALES IMMIGRATION AND INTERNATIONAL T RADE & CUSTOMS LA W (813) 293-6594www.Kirkham-Law.comSouth Shore Area Community Lawyer AUTOMOTIVE REPAIRA Mobile Auto Repair FREE Scan with repair10% Off any repairfor military personnel and their dependentsCall, text or email Joe Brys813.833.8973 joehd2007@yahoo.com Lic. # MV87956 COMPUTER REPAIRC CLEANINGC ELECTRICIANE Need help with your computer, or setting up your electronics?MAC & PCFriendly, Professional, Microsoft Certified, A+$35 per hr.Setting up, Upgrades, Virus Removal, Spyware, Pop-Ups, Security, Email & Printer ProblemsCall Ryan 813-262-2559 BAIL BONDSB (813) 495-7027davidmoorellc@yahoo.com www.TheFloorSource.bizWe bring the Showroom to you!David Moore, Owner-OperatorFREE Estimates! The Floor Source FLOORING *No project over $1000. No electrical, gas, or plumbing, and nothing structural. HANDYMAN* 813-642-6182 HOME IMPROVEMENTH LANDSCAPING Bobs Mobile Fix-It CenterResidential & CommercialLicensed & Insured Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed! Call for FREE Estimate(813) 671-7870Robert GerstenschlagerWE FIX I T ALL! LOCKSMITH PLUMBINGP PAINTINGP SouthShore Painting(813) 787-5235 David Squire The Name You Know. The Service You Trust. CFC#019149 CFC#1428556(813) 641-9174www.shjplumbing.com AY SERVICES CORP.LOCKSMITHOwner: Johnny Cook / Stan-Tech Locked out of your car or home?Well promptly get you in!813 633-5100 603-662-6079Shrub and Light Tree Trimming LANDSCAPING ROOFING POOLSP Innovative Solar, Inc.Selling Environmentally Friendly Products Since 1993General Contractor Pool Heating Attic Fans Hot Water Systems Sun City Center 813-922-4324 Lic. #RC29027076 FLORIDA REGISTERED ROOFING CONTRACTORG. HORN ROOFING LLC OF APOLLO BEACH (813) 419-4165Superb Quality Guaranteed40 Years Experience (813) Johnny Sewell (813) 641-2099Mobile (813) 404-2022 MEMBER WEST FLORIDA Ruskin & Sun City Center Chamber MemberCUSTOM ROOFING and REPAIRSAll Types of Roofing SERVING SINCE 1973 24 Hour Emergency Service FREE ESTIMATES Were On Top Of It BUDDYS ROOFING 813-982-0218 Leak & Re-Roofing SpecialistsWE FIX LEAKS NO ONE ELSE CAN! www.buddysroofing.com t We Carry Workers Comp For Your Protection Call now to book your appointment Here to Serve Your Community Year RoundSUN VIEWWINDOW CLEANING, INC.813-944-8478 FREE ESTIMATES FREE ESTIMATES Registered at Kings Point F R E E E S T I M A T E S F R E E E S T I M A T E S STORAGES WINDOW CLEANINGW WINDOW FILMW 813-898-9798 TREE SERVICET HOME & AUTO TINTING Solar Designs 103 College Ave. W. Ruskin, FL ROOFING CONTINUED... MORE ROOFING AT TOP OF NEXT COLUMN...

PAGE 35

JANUARY 23, 2014 35 CALL TODAY for your FREE Skin Cancer Screening Call 813-634-1455 to reserve your spotThe Skin Cancer Centers / Dermatology AssociatesHoward A. Oriba, 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 share yours with someone, particularly those you love and trust. If you dont feel you have anyone, then you have me. Ill keep or share your story as appropriate. This is life we are talking about. Life in all its glory, boredom, minutiae and wonder. A life lived is a life that should be remembered, at least carried forward by someone to keep us alive, in a sense, even after we are gone. I know from experience in hearing so many incredible stories in my years of working for this newspaper that absolutely everyone has a story worth knowing. It is, in fact, a privilege to have someone share their story with you. I have been privileged many times and for that I am grateful. Godspeed, Leesa, from a child who was smitten by you and a man who is belatedly so very impressed with you. Thank you for your life. To help local animals, visit C.A.R.E. at www.careshelter. org, Critter Mama Rescue at http://crittermamarescue. org or Hillsborough County Animal Services at www. hillsboroughcounty.org/ animalservices For more stories and photos, follow Mitch Traphagen on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ mitchtraphagen .ObservationsX If you find yourself suddenly in need of beads, the solution to your problem is rapidly approaching. The unsuspecting city of Tampa is due for its annual invasion on Saturday with the pirate ship Jose Gaspar leading an armada into the city. The invasion begins at 11:30 a.m., the 3.8 mile Gasparilla street parade runs from 2 to 5:30 p.m., with the Pirate Street Festival running all day in Downtown Tampa from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For parade maps and more event information, visit www.gasparillapiratefest.com.Gasp!arilla invades Tampa on SaturdayMITCH TRAPHAGEN FILE PHOTOS

PAGE 36

36 JANUARY 23, 2014 Youre Invited St. Josephs Hospital Heart Institute 3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa St. Josephs Hospital is proud to announce the opening of the new Heart Institute. is 35,000-square-foot facility will provide the most advanced and comprehensive care for all of your cardiovascular needs. Be among the rst to see this new facility at the free grand opening celebration on February 6. Activities will include: Facility tours Healthy heart screenings (includes blood pressure, glucose and body mass index) De-stress massages American Heart Association Heart Saver hands-on CPR demonstration Nurse, dietitian and tness educator available to answer your questions Heart-healthy snacks and refreshments Enter to win Valentines Day gi