Laker (Zephyrhills edition)

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Laker (Zephyrhills edition)
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Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comThose working in the front lines of mental health, drug prevention, drug addiction and recovery heard firsthand last week from a panel of youths about strategies that can help young people who need help in those areas. The panel made up of members of STAND (Safe Teens AgaiNst Drugs) convened at the community center at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, under the auspices of the monthly coalition meeting of the Pasco Alliance for Substance Abuse. The room was filled with professionals, and the youths— who have experienced firsthand the issues of addiction, attempted suicide, losing a loved one to drug abuse or being shuffled between foster homes — had plenty of ideas to share. There needs to be better access to help, said panelist Annabelle Durff. Services are available sometimes, but they’re across town, she said. “That’s not going to help. It’s too far away,” Durff said, noting many students don’t drive or have a way to get a ride. Paying for therapy is another issue, she said. Lack of parental support is a problem, too, she said, noting that some parents refuse to help their kids get help. “I think if you have more school programs that are right (there), direct for the kids, that’s going to help,” Durff said. It’s not enough to simply have counCHRISTINE HOLTZMAN Touching is encouraged at this event Kids are accustomed to hearing the expression, Dont Touch, but at Touch-A-Truck … Saturday in the Square, they were encour aged to climb into or onto a variety of vehicles that provide public services and emergency help. Children checked out the controls of an excavator, sat in the drivers seat of a police car and waved from the interior of a school bus, among other things, on a recent morning i n downtown Zephyrhills. The free event was hosted by Main Street Zephyrhills. A portion of Fifth Avenue was closed to traffic to allow fam ilies and children to get close to the vehicles, and have a chance to meet the people who operate them. Above, children pose inside the blade of a front loader. They are, from left: 7-year-old Jayden Landis, of Illinois; 5-year-old Owen DeAngelis, of New Tampa; 4-year-old Camden Landis and 7-year-old Tristan DeAngelis. The Landis family was in town visiting the DeAngelis family. The childrens mothers have been fri ends since their college days at the University of South Florida. Four-year-old Wesson Swisher, of Zephyrhills, left, and 5-year-old Parker Lindsay, of Lutz, peek out the windows of a school bus to see if their dads are watching. The boys, along with their families, are very close and get together often because their fathers have been lifelong friends. Ten-year-old Jonathan Provins, visiting Zephyrhills from Pittsburgh, was excited to be at the controls of a real excavator while operator Kenneth Carriveau watches.By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comAs a new academic year begins, students heading to Florida public schools will be welcomed to campuses that are now protected by armed security. The Florida Legislature mandated the armed guards at public school campuses across the state in response to the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 students and staff members dead, and 17 others injured. But, the additional security is just one of many changes awaiting students at schools across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Some students will be heading to entirely new campuses. The North Tampa Christian Academy, is opening at 5619 E. County Line Road in Wesley Chapel. It will serve students from age 2 through 12th grade. Union Park Charter Academy, a charter public school, is another new school. It is opening, at 32775 Oldwoods Ave., in Wesley Chapel. It is a kindergarten through eighth grade school, but this year will be serving only students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Meanwhile, in Land O’ Lakes, students and faculty arriving at Land O’ Lakes High School will continue to see a campus in the midst of a major makeover. There’s still a See SCHOOL, page11A Students ring in the new school year B INSIDE, PAGE 1B Panel offers formula to help struggling teens: Judge less, listen moreWesley Chapel to get a new fire rescue stationBy Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comA new fire station in Wesley Chapel will replace an aging facility that has become inadequate to handle the needs of a growing population. Pasco County’s Fire Rescue Station No. 13 is expected to open in January 2019. A See STATION, page11A See TEENS, page11A Safe Teens AgaiNst Drugs (STAND)is a team of youth leaders determined to end youth substance abuse in Pasco County by providing education to teachers, police, businesses and other community members.Priority Issues: Change youth perspective of drugs  Reduce accessibility of drugs  Reduce marketing of drugs to young people  Create an environment where young people in recovery can thrive COURTESY OF PASCO COUNTY FIRE RESCUEConstruction is underway on a replacement fire station for Pasco Countys Fire Rescue Station No. 13, in Wesley Chapel. The station is expected to open in January.


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But, Sherika Edwards has a plan, and her volunteer stint at the hospital in Lutz figures into it. The 17-year-old, from Lutz, said shes always been interested in criminal justice and that other members of her family work in medical careers. So, the idea of becoming a forensic nurse and tracing evidence to help bring justice to the victims of crime makes perfect sense to Edwards, entering her senior year at Steinbrenner High School. She said she eagerly signed on when she had the chance to become a volunteer at the hospital, which enabled her to get some exposure to the life that goes on inside of a medical facility. She wrapped up her summer commitment last week. During her volunteer stint, she handled a variety of chores. She answered call lights to find out what patients needed. Sometimes, they just wanted a snack, or a cup of juice or ice, which Edwards would get for them. She also helped to organize file cabinets and to assemble information folders for patients at the hospital to deliver babies, or to have surgical procedures, Edwards said. The types of information the patient receives depends on their needs, she explained. Edwards also helped put together kits containing supplies that a patient might need. One of the highpoints during her volunteer time at the hospital was having the opportunity to witness a live birth, she said. Edwards said she was happy to pitch in. I like being able to help out the nurses with simple tasks, she said. Over the course of the summer Edwards earned 72 volunteer hours toward the community service hours she needs for the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. In addition to getting exposure to the variety of jobs that are done within the hospital, the volunteer work gives the youths a chance to be mentored by adults, said Tiffany Scalone, Media Relations Coordinator for St. Josephs Hospitals BayCare Health System. Theyre learning about responsibility, commitment, things like that, as well, Scalone said. Edwards was among 21 participants at the hospitals Volunteen program at St. Josephs HospitalNorth over the summer. The program on that campus is open only to children of hospital employees at this point, but is expected to be expanded in the future, Scalone said. Edwards mom, Dian Creighton, is a patient care technician in the medical/surgical unit at the hospital in Lutz. The teen volunteers are well-received by patients and staff, Scalone said. All of the team members and the patients just love the Volunteens. They love the energy that they bring, and just the unique perspective that they have. Being fresh and go-getters, Scalone said. Edwards said shes glad she did the volunteer work. I think its a good opportunity, especially if you want to be in the medical field, said the young woman, who has not yet decided where she will study nursing.Summer volunteer job helps teen chase bigger dreams B.C. MANION


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Please send ideas to, or call our newsroom at 813-909-2800. ADVERTISING ERRORS: Publisher is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the space cost for the first insertion, or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. MEMBER: Central Pasco Chamber, Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber, Greater Zephyrhills Chamber, Greater Dade City Chamber, Florida Press Association, Free Community Papers of Florida, Southeast Advertising Publishers Association, Association of Free Community Newspapers, Independent Free Newspapers of America.Advertising and editorial content by Manatee Media Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden without prior written permission from the publisher. The LAKER/ Lutz NEWS ADVERTISINGTERRI WILLIAMSONSenior Account Managertwilliamson@lakerlutznews.comCAROLYN BENNETTCustomer Servicecbennett@lakerlutznews.comDESIGN ACCOUNTINGMATTHEW MISTRETTAArt Directormmistretta@lakerlutznews.comSTEFANIE BURLINGAMEGraphic Designersburlingame@lakerlutznews.comMARY EBERHARDmeberhard@lakerlutznews.comLOCATION: 3632 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Suite 102 Land O Lakes, FL 34639 MAIL: P O. Box 479 Lutz, FL 33548 PHONE/FAX: ph: 813.909.2800 fax: 813.909.2802 IT SUPPORT: STEVE MISTRETTA WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: TWITTER: EMAIL: sales@lakerlutznews.comPUBLISHER & OWNER: DIANE KORTUS, LUTZ, ODESSA, LAND O LAKES, WESLEY CHAPEL, NEW TAMPA, ZEPHYRHILLS, DADE CITY Serving Pasco since 1981 / Serving Lutz since 1964 KATHY STEELEStaff Writer ksteele@lakerlutznews.comB.C. MANIONEditor bcmanion@lakerlutznews.comKEVIN WEISSStaff Writer kweiss@lakerlutznews.comMARY RATHMANEditorial Assistantmrathman@lakerlutznews.comEDITORIALDISTRIBUTION: Florida Circ, LLC 813-948-5237 RACHEL THOMPSONClassified & Directory By B.C. ManionIf you are curious about Pasco Countys history, perhaps the best way to become familiar with it would be to check out the website, Jeff Miller, a recently retired high school mathematics teacher, maintains the website and has invested countless hours piecing together Pasco Countys story. Miller has gleaned information from newspaper articles, old deeds, post cards, photographs, public records and personal accounts to create a repository of information that provides visitors a chance to learn about the history of the countys geography and its people. Miller, who is a member of the West Pasco Historical Society, was the guest speaker last week at the Pasco County Historical Society meeting at Pioneer Florida Museum & Village in Dade City. His talk focused on the origins of names for various places in Pasco County. For instance, the name Fivay for which his website is named is a community in West Pasco that was established by five men whose last names each began with the letter A: Preston Arkwright, Martin F. Amorous, H. M. Atkinson, Gordon Abbott and Charles F. Ayer. The town, famously, was put up for sale, Miller told the crowd of about 60 people who gathered for his talk. The 1912 advertisement offered 104 residences, bungalows, stores and hotels, electric lights and a water plant, noting it was willing to sell the property whole or separately. A historic marker that helped share Fivays story sadly has been stolen, Miller said. But, the marker isnt entirely gone because there is a photo of it on Millers website. The local historian traced Pasco Countys place names by sharing maps dating back to 1714, when Florida was still under Spanish rule. The name Anclote, appears on that map and may have appeared on earlier maps, going back possibly to 1500s, Miller said. Anclote is apparently the oldest place name in Florida, he said. He told the crowd that Fort Dade, the fort, was established in 1837, and was named after Francis Langhorne Dade, who was killed in the Dade Massacre, a battle with the Seminole Indians. Other places named for Dade include Dade City; Miami-Dade County; Dade County, Georgia; Dade County, Missouri; and Dadeville, Alabama, according to Miller. We dont know what he looked like, he said, because no photographs were taken of him. On the Internet, theres a web page about him that has a picture, but it turns out the picture is actually Zachary Taylor, Miller said. At one point, Fort Dade was in Mosquito County, a huge county that stretched to where Palm Beach County is now, Miller noted. Hernando County was created in 1843, he said. The name was changed the following year to Benton County, after residents asked the Florida Legislature to rename the county to honor U.S. Sen. Thomas Hart Benton, for his role in passing the Armed Occupation Act. That legislation opened up South Florida for settlement by providing each settler 160 acres, if the settler lived on the land for five consecutive years, built a home on the land and defended the land against Seminole Indians. But, the countys name was reverted to Hernando County in 1849 after Benton came out against slavery. Miller also noted that the name Tuckertown, which was named for a local family, was mentioned in a newspaper in 1870. It was later changed to Richland in 1886.WESLEY CHAPEL ALSO KNOWN AS WESLEY ON AREA MAPSThe name Wesley Chapel was known to be in use in 1877, Miller said. Records show a school at Wesley Chapel for the 1877-88 school year. It was thought to be named for John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church. A post office named Wesley operated from 1897 to 1902, and during that time, maps show Wesley, rather than Wesley Chapel, he said. The longer name was probably unacceptable to officials naming post offices at the time, he said. In East Pasco, the name Lake Jovita is said to have been named by Judge Edward F. Dunne and Capt. Hugh Dunne on Feb. 15, 1822, because it was the feast day for Saints Faustinus and Jovita, Miller said. The lake also is called Clear Lake. In 1882, the Sumner Post Office is established. The initial request was to name the post office Clear Lake, but that was denied with the request to use a short name, Miller said. Three weeks later, the name was changed to San Antonio. The name was changed to Lake Jovita on Nov. 1, 1926, and then changed back to San Antonio on Aug. 31, 1931. Neither St. Joseph nor St. Leo were part of the original Catholic Colonies, established by Judge Edward F. Dunne. St. Leo was named after Saint Leo University, which was named for Pope Leo I, and St. Joseph was named by the Barthle family, who had lived near a town named St. Joseph, Minnesota. The Hatton Post Office was established in 1882, but it was moved, and its name was changed to the Dade City Post Office on Dec. 18, 1884. In 1885, the McLeod Post Office was established. It was sort of the original name for Trilby. The name was changed 23 days later to Macon, and then changed to Trilby in 1901. Trilbys name came from railroad tycoon Henry B. Plant, who wanted to name the area around Macon after the heroine in wifes favorite book, Trilby, by George du Maurier. Even though the name wasnt formally changed until 1901, there were references to Trilby in the late 1800s, Miller said. They platted out street maps showing streets named for characters in the story, he added, and newspapers around the country reported that a small town in Florida was being named Trilby. The renaming of the town was reported on by newspapers around the country, he added. The city of Zephyrhills, originally was known as Abbott, got its name in 1888. It was changed in 1910 by Capt. Hugh B. Jeffries, who founded a retirement colony for Civil War veterans. The word zephyr means gentle breeze, and Zephyrhills is known for its hills, Miller said. The Pasco Post Office, established in 1889, was named after the county. Pasco County got its name in 1887 when Jefferson Alexis Hendley and Dr. Richard Bankston traveled to Tallahassee to lobby the Legislature for a new county to be called Banner County. The name did not go over well with legislators, who said my county is just as much a banner county as yours, Miller said. Bankston then proposed the name Pasco County, in honor of Samuel Pasco, the newly elected U.S. Senator. On the same day, in 1887, Pasco and Citrus counties were created, with Pasco coming from the southern third of Hernando County and Citrus coming from the northern third. The community of Land O Lakes got its name in 1949 and was the result of giving the Drexel-Denham area a new name. The following year, the Ehren Post Office was moved and renamed Land O Lakes. COURTESY OF JEFF MILLERA look at the rail yard in Abbott, which later became Zephyrhills. B C MANIONLocal historian Jeff Miller shared his knowledge about the origins of various Pasco County place names last week during a meeting of Pasco County Historical Society. Discover Pasco Countys history online


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For information, visit OFFERDrop off clothing or household items at any Goodwill Industries-Suncoast donation site and receive a coupon good for up to two free children’s tickets to Dinosaur World, one for each paid adult admission. Goodwill shoppers who “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar will also get a coupon. The Dinosaur World BOGO coupons will be distributed through August, while supplies last, and can be redeemed through Oct. 31. For store locations and attended donation sites, visit AND LEARNThe University Area CDC (Community Development Corporation) will offer a free Lunch and Learn Aug. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the University Area Community Center, 14013 N. 22nd St., in Tampa. The topic of discussion will be the CDC’s Get Moving! Program. Reservations are required at For information, contact Jaree Ervin at (813) 558-5212, ext. 210, or LUNCHEONCongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host a free Kiddush luncheon Aug. 11 after the 9:30 a.m. Shabbat services. Non-members are asked to RSVP by calling (813) 962-6338.COMPOSTING WORKSHOPUF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Service will offer a composting workshop Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The guest speaker will be Jim Moll, Florida Friendly Landscaping program manager. Participants can learn the benefits of using a compost bin, and the dos and don’ts of composting Florida flowers and vegetables. Each Pasco household will be eligible to receive one compost bin, when at least one household member registers and attends. The cost is $35 that includes workshop and instruction and one composting bin. Registration is required at AND LANDSCAPESThe UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Service will host a free seminar on “Hurricanes and Trees: The Answer is Blowin’ in the Wind” Aug. 9 at 6 p.m., at the New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St. Participants can learn how to prepare landscaping to minimize damage in the event of a storm. Registration is required at For information, call (352) 518-0156.BOOK BAZAARThe Friends of the Hugh Embry Library will host a book bazaar Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City. There will be a diverse selection of books, audio and video media, magazines, and related materials, all for a modest cost. For information, call (352) 567-3576.EVENING OF DANCEPatel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts will host an “Evening of Dance” Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., in the TECO Theater. Patel students will perform ballet, tap and jazz in this showcase. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased by calling (813) 229-7827, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office, or online at BASHCobb Theatres, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, will host its annual Back-toSchool Bash Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. The theme will be the 100-Acre Wood from Disney’s “Christopher Robin.” There will be free school supplies, haircuts, face painting, health and dental supplies, games and more. For information, call (813) 948-5445.HOME SHOWThe Mid-Florida Summer Home Show will take place Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Strawberry Festival Grounds in Plant City. There will be more than 100 home-improvement specialists, a plant and garden show, seminars, do-ityourself projects and more. Habitat for Humanity will be available to accept donations and volunteer applications. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit, or call (727) 674-1464.BAY PINES BENEFITThe Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor the play, “Ugly Lies the Bone,” by Lindsey Ferrentino, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m., at the Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., in Tampa. The play is about a female combat soldier that served three tours in Afghanistan, and is struggling with PTSD, pain management, and integration into civilian life. The cost is $35, plus service charges. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Bay Pines VA Healthcare. For information and tickets, call (813) 3742416. SOUNDS OF SUMMERThe Hilton Garden Inn-Tampa Suncoast Parkway, 2155 Northpointe Village in Lutz, will present “Sounds of Summer” Aug. 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be local talent performances, local vendors, a free car wash, family games and more. All proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.MUSIC, TRUCKS AND JEEPSThe city of Brooksville and the Hernando Community Anti-Drug Coalition will host “Kickin’ at the Q Concert, Truck and Jeep Show” Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. There will be live country music, as well as the car show. Guests can bring a chair or blanket. This is a back-to-school event with no alcohol, and is a fundraiser for Friends of the Children Inc. General admission is $5, and high school students and ages 18 and younger are free. For information, call the Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department at (352) 540-3830.RALLY DAYMessiah Lutheran Church and Preschool, 14920 Hutchison Road in Tampa, will host a Rally Day Aug. 12 at 11 a.m., to kick off a new year. There will be a bounce house, a dunk tank and family friendly games. The men’s club will serve hot dogs and hamburgers. For information, visit OILS CLASSESDeanna Jacobs will host essential oils classes from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Aug. 14 (how to use oils), Aug. 21 (do-it-yourself use of oils) and Aug. 28 (how to use oils) at Living Food Bakery & Caf, 38201 10th Ave., in Zephyrhills. For information, call (813) 479-7724.NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY MEETINGThe Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The Aug. 14 meeting’s topic is, ““Movie Night, Seashore Eyewitness.” Meetings are free, and all interested parties are invited to attend, to bring questions about their yard, and enjoy some light refreshments. There also will be a chance to win a native plant. For information, call (727) 207-1853, or visit NIGHTSMaestro’s Restaurant at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts will host Latin Night Aug. 16 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Maestro’s will transform into a Latin supper club, featuring a live salsa band, dancing, tapas and drink specials. Dance assistance also will be available from Simone Amaral of Simone Salsa Dance Studios. The cover charge is $15 per person, at the door or at the Straz Ticket Office. Another Latin Night is scheduled for Sept. 20. For information, visit MARKET FUNDRAISERThe GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club Summer Flea Market Fundraiser will take place Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Old Lutz School, 18819 U.S. 41. There will be collectibles, household items, kitchenware, dcor, seasonal, clothing, books, the Plant Lady’s booth and more. All proceeds will benefit the community. For information, call (813) 786-8461.VEGETABLE GARDENINGUF/IFAS Pasco County Extension will offer a free seminar on vegetable gardening basics Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Participants can learn how to choose a location for the garden, what makes good soil, when to plant different vegetables, and how to control common vegetable garden pests. Registration is required at TASTING FUNDRAISERBeach House Assisted Living & Memory Care at Wiregrass Ranch will host “Wine for a Purpose” Aug. 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., to benefit Sunrise of Pasco County. The event is for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $30 each, or two for $50. To register, visit PROGRAM MEETINGThe 4-H Brooker Creek Explorers Youth Development Program will have an informational meeting Aug. 18 at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs. Youth ages 5 to 18 from Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas can join. The club encourages community service, public speaking, and leadership. For information, email Leah Fox at EVERY TUESDAYThe Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) PascoSheriff’s Lodge 29 hosts bingo every Tuesday evening, at 21735 YMCA Camp Road in Land O’ Lakes. Doors open at 4 p.m., Early Bird is at 5:30 p.m., and regular games start at 6 p.m. A bingo book starts at $3 for two cards. There are drinks and snacks available, but outside food and drink are allowed. All proceeds benefit the Pasco County Law Enforcement FOP and Fallen Law Officers Memorial. For information, visit F.O.P. Pasco Lodge 29 on Facebook. Free stargazingJay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., in New Port Richey, will host a free stargazing event for the Pasco Astronomers Club’s 15th anniversary on Aug. 11 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mars will be closer to Earth, and Saturn and Jupiter also should be in a good position to view. Telescopes will be provided. 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And, Lego remains a bond between Smyk and his youngest sons, James, 10, and Andrew, 7. It also is the family business. Smyk opened Bricks and Minifigs at The Shops at Wiregrass in March, at 28210 Paseo Drive. The shop is the first, and to-date only, franchise of the Utah-based company to open in Florida. Its sort of a Lego consignment shop with new items for purchase, but also opportunities to trade for store credit or cash. Bricks and Minifigs sells older box sets that were never opened; missing pieces from retired Lego series that can be bought in bulk; and, of course, the minifigs (miniature figures) that are sometimes hard to find or, over the years, those that owners might have lost, like their favorite Star Wars figure. Batman in the guises of a pink fairy or a mermaid or Marge and Homer Simpson fill display cases with their plastic tininess. One special minifig is a Lego mistake Princess Leia with smooth, not wavy hair. Its one of the rare Lego mistakes, said Smyk. Bins are filled with hundreds of Lego pieces that customers can dig through, find what they want, and pay for a bag full. One section allows customers to select pieces to build their own minifig. We have people who spend hours looking for that one piece, Smyk said. Some people come in for an hour or so and build, and just walk out. Wesley Chapel residents Karen Raffoul and her 13-year-old son, Jacob, looked through the minifig pieces on a recent Friday afternoon. This is really cool, said Jacob Raffoul. I never thought that you could customize your own (Lego) people. The store hosts birthday parties. Partygoers can build complimentary minifigs to take home or design small cars for derby races on the stores racetrack. The birthday child also gets a complimentary Its My Birthday minifig. Its truly a family operation that has connected with the Lego community. Smyks son, Daniel, is product manager; his daughter-in-law, Jenny, is general manager; and his wife, Sonya, handles social media. 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Creations range from small baby quilts to full-size bed quilts. Handbags have even been designed for older children. The quilts have been amazing, said Tepper, who oversees dependency, delinquency and domestic violence cases for the 6th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. Its a positive thing for (parents) to wrap around the baby or when the baby is now starting to come home with them. Its just such a positive the expression is so positive that theyre coming here, giving them something. For Tepper, the quilts are part of a broader theme of facilitating positive, impactful relationships for youth in her courtroom, many of which have experienced adverse childhood experiences, such as abuse and neglect. It is a buffering relationship that makes the difference, said Tepper, whos served on the bench for 34 years. You should see the look on the parents faces. They just get such a kick out of them. My bailiff loves to give them away. Rotary club members last week handed off another batch of quilts to Tepper, who was the featured guest speaker at the organizations monthly dinner meeting at the Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club. Her talk centered on trauma-informed care and the importance of getting to the root of societal problems through rehabilitation, as opposed to outright punishment. She likes to take care of the children, San Antonio rotary club member and past president Winnie Burke says of Tepper. Its good when they come in, for them to have something to be happy Fellow Rotarian Betty Burke earlier this year came up with the idea of donating quilts to Tepper, after she picked up the craft. I have a great time (quilting), Burke said. I just started doing it, but Im having a wonderful time, enjoying it. Burke enjoys it even more knowing the creations are being put to good use uplifting the spirits of children going through challenging circumstances. She explained: You know, these kids come to court, sometimes they have nothing. If theyre abused and taken out of the homes in the middle of the night, they might not have any clothes but whats on their backs, so we thought, Well, if they get a quilt, this is theirs (and) something that belongs to them. Burke has also enlisted the help of a few quilting friends, like Darlene Kirkpatrick, who work together on producing creative, thematic patterns. I just love creating things, said Fitzpatrick, whos been quilting for over 20 years using scraps of materials from yard sales. And then when you get a quilt, (its fun) trying to decide what kind of pattern to put on. Some have flowers, others have Xs. You just kind of look at the quilt for awhile and try to decide what youre going to do. About 40 quilts have been donated to Tepper already this year. Many feature squares with vibrant colors. Others have more unique patterns much like the American Flag or Christmas designs. Some are designed with characters, like Snoopy. The rotary club plans to continue donating quilts as long as somebody can use em, Burke said. We try to make different ones that appeal to different kids, Burke said. I call mine happy quilts because theyre bright colors and they make me happy, and they can make somebody happy. The Rotary Club of San Antonio was founded in 2005, and is one of eight clubs in east Pasco County. Rotarians are governed by Rotary International, which has about 1.2 million members in 32,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographic areas, according to the international organizations website. KEVIN WEISS Nurturing quilts uplift spirits in the courtroom


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With just one or two clicks, parents can find their childs exact supply list and then click right over to prefilled shopping carts on Target, Walmart, Office Depot, Amazon and more, to purchase the list and have it shipped right to their home. Store pickup also is available. More than 50,000 schools have now posted lists on the website, which include required and requested items, as well as specific notes and clarifications from teachers and school staff. Complete details and all the lists are available at RIBBON CUTTINGNew L.E.A.P.S. Academy will host a ribbon cutting Aug. 9 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at its new location, 21754 State Road 54 in Lutz. Festivities will include food, drink, music, raffles and prizes. Hawaiian shirts and hula skirts are optional. For information and to RSVP, call Megan Carrillo or Terie Alonso at (813) 973-7938, or email or START TIMES FOR SCHOOLSChanges in start times take place for the first day of school in Hillsborough County on Aug. 10. All campuses open 30 minutes before the first bell for free breakfast and a range of enrichment activities. Most schools will operate on these schedules: Elementary: 7:40 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. (12:55 p.m. on Mondays) Middle: 9:25 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. (3:20 p.m. on Mondays) High: 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. (2:25 p.m. on Mondays) Magnet elementary: 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. (2 p.m. on Mondays) Magnet middle and high: 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. (2:25 p.m. on Mondays) To confirm school bell times, and to check out before and afterschool care options, visit CELEBRATIONBank of the Ozarks, 4/One The Gentlemens Quarters and Goin Postal will host a Back-to-School Celebration Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 4/One, 38435 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. Students can receive a free haircut, and a bag of school supplies (while supplies last). 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He also will create a five-year fiscal plan, including operating and capital budgets, revenue, and strategic investments. Previously, Nisbet served as vice president for finance at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.Prior to Creighton, he had leadership roles in finance and administration at Ohio State University, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, OhioHealth, and Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center.Nisbet has a Master of Business Administration from Ohio State University, and a Master of Science in molecular and cellular physiology from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. He also has a Bachelor of Science in zoology from Ohio State University. COURTESY OF FLORIDA HOSPITAL Chr istian academ y will open North Tampa Christian Academy, on East County Line Road in Wesley Chapel, will open its doors this month for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Orton Varona, who previously served as the Head of School at North Dallas Adventist Academy, has been named as the schools president. To learn more about the school, and to take a visual tour, visit


39104 3rd Avenue, Zephyrhills, FL 33542B&N LENZENTERPRISES BUSINESS/ INDIVIDUALACCOUNTANT€ Start Up Counseling € Bookkeeping Are you having problems with the IRS? Nils R. Lenz, MBA, RTRPGive me a call.813-782-9491ENROLLED AGENT € QUALIFIED TO PRACTICE BEFORE THE IRS € Tax Planning Preparation € Tax Resolution August 8, 201811A selors available, the staffing needs to be adequate, panelists added. There are guidance counselors on campus, but they are pulled in too many directions. “If I’m having an issue, or a mental breakdown, I have to wait until next week because they (other students) want to talk about their test scores. “There’s nobody there just for the students to talk to,” she said. More creative approaches are needed to teach young people to avoid using drugs and alcohol, said panelist Ariana Santillana. She thinks that people tend to minimize the dangers of alcohol abuse. In her opinion, it’s the biggest substance abuse problem in Pasco County. “I feel like it’s been so normalized. Nobody really thinks it’s a big deal,” she said. Plus, it’s easily available in many homes. She advocates coming up with new strategies to reach kids, instead of simply pulling out a Power Point presentation and repeating the common refrain “drugs are bad, don’t do them,” she said. There needs to be a new attitude when helping people who have substance abuse or mental health illnesses, panelists said. “Offer your support, instead of punishment,” Santillana said. Panelist Mia Causey agreed: “We need to show kids we are here for them. If they need help, we’re there to help them, instead of passing them off to somebody else.” Drug prevention efforts usually last for about a week and generally involve free pencils, wrist bands, stickers and posters, the panelists said. Durff asked: “What about the kids that are already doing drugs?” She added: “What about kids (whose) parents are already doped up?” It doesn’t help to tell people that drugs are bad, she said. “They probably already know that, but they don’t have the strength to stop it themselves,” Durff said.TALK ABOUT ISSUES, DON’T HIDE THEM, PANELISTS SAYMental illness, substance abuse and suicide are issues that need to become part of the public conversation, panelists said. “The thing about STAND is that we’re not afraid to bring light to the problem,” Causey said. “How do you expect to solve the problem, if we don’t bring light to it?” Getting help to end drug use or to cope with mental health issues shouldn’t be taboo topics, she added. An appointment for a therapy session should be viewed in the same light as going to the doctor for an ankle injury or to treat a cold, Causey added. “It should be a normalized thing.” Helping kids find their passions and a positive outlet could go a long way in reducing drug use and promoting positive mental health, panelists added.Causey: “If you have passion for something, take what you already know and take your already given talents and apply it to that. I love talking. I also am really good at writing poetry, so I do spoken word. I speak at all sorts of different events.”Santillana noted: “Schools offer sports and band. I’m in band, and I’ve got a zillion things to do every day, so what time do I have for drugs?” Mariah Morales, another panelist, said she immerses herself in art. “That has really helped me through everything I’ve been through. Art is my way of getting out my feelings and expressing myself. It really does help.” The panelists also said they believe having a 12-step program in schools would be helpful. Finally, they believe that sharing their stories can help other youths who are going through challenging times. “We need to step up, and talk about it and say, ‘If you are going through these things, I got past it. I got through it, and it’s not the end,” Durff said. Causey agreed: “Saying ‘No’ for yourself is the first step. Helping somebody else say ‘No’ is the next step.” considerable amount of work left to do, but the project involves a substantial upgrade of the facility.Students and staff at Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills will find a campus that has already undergone a massive makeover. And, while it’s not noticeable yet, Zephyrhills High School is gearing up to begin a renovation that also will breathe new life into the facility. There are changes on the academic front, too. Cypress Creek Middle High School, in Wesley Chapel, for instance, will have its first senior class. And, Pine View Middle School, at 5334 Parkway Blvd., is starting the new school year as Pasco County’s first authorized IB Middle Years Programme World School. The middle school has worked long and hard to achieve the distinction, dating back to May of 2015 when it became an IB candidate school. In addition to that new distinction, Pine View also has been named a magnet school, which means that students who live outside of the school’s attendance zone can apply to attend the school.On another front, Pasco County Schools offers a variety of enrichment programs before and after school for elementary-age children.The district’s afterschool enrichment department also manages five other programs. Two of those programs are funded through 21st Century Community Learning Centers federal grants. Those programs are the STAR Academy, for elementary students; and DELTA Academy, for middle school students, according to the district’s website. Both are free and are aimed at academic enrichment. The STAR Academy programs are located at Gulf Highlands, Quail Hollow, and Rodney B. Cox elementary schools. The DELTA Academy programs are located at Gulf, Hudson, and Raymond B. Stewart middle schools. Two afterschool fee-based programs also are being offered at some district schools. Beyond the Bell is an afterschool program for middle school students that incorporates homework assistance, sports, music, dance, leadership development and community service activities, the district’s website says. It will be offered at Charles S. Rushe Middle School, in Land O’ Lakes and River Ridge Middle School in New Port Richey. Explorations will be offered at Wiregrass Elementary School, in Wesley Chapel. The program operates Monday through Thursday, from 4:10 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. The program includes a variety of enrichment activities for children, such as coding and robotics, dance, Spanish, and sports drills and skills.SCHOOL, from page 1A groundbreaking was held in mid-March on the same day the Pasco County commissioners approved the construction contract of about $2.6 million. Funding is partially from the Penny for Pasco program. In addition, Pasco purchased an adjacent property for about $467,000, according to county records. The additional land was needed to accommodate a new fire station that, at about 9,400 square feet, will more than double the size of the old station. The new station also will have space for a Pasco County Sheriff’s substation, where deputies will be able to write up reports, and conduct interviews. The new station will have three drivethrough bays and will be able to hold six fire vehicles. Currently, five firefighters and a battalion chief work each shift. But, the additional space means that eventually up to nine firefighters and one battalion chief could be accommodated. Instead of dormitory-style sleeping quarters, individual bunkrooms will be provided. There will be a larger kitchen, with individual pantries for each shift. Firefighters will have an on-site fitness area, and a specialized washing system for their gear. Also, there will be customized gear lockers in a climate-controlled room. For emergency calls at night, a “stumble light” system will automatically turn on lights at the fire station, as firefighters don their gear and board fire vehicles. The station is modeled after Fire Rescue Station No. 30 at Little Road and Massachusetts Avenue, in western Pasco. In 2015, the station won Firehouse Magazine’s “Notable Architectural Design Award.” Pasco County Fire Chief Scott Cassin said, “It’s essentially the same footprint and design.” While the new station is under construction, the old station – built in the 1970s – remains operational, Cassin said. It will be torn down once its replacement is opened, he added. “It’s really in a good location in the central part of the county,” said Cassin. The area is also a high growth area for the county, with new residents arriving monthly. Estimates show Pasco adds about 300 homes each month, Cassin said. Pasco’s growth in all areas of the county is bringing challenges to county departments that deliver services to residents. Fire rescue especially is called upon to respond to increasing numbers of emergency calls. At budget workshops to prepare the 2019 draft budget, fire rescue officials noted that in 2017 firefighters responded to more than 71,000 such calls. Over the next eight years, those calls are expected to increase to 100,000 a year. Much of that is due to overall population increases, but Cassin said other factors also add to the call volume, including Pasco’s aging population. Lack of health insurance for some is also a factor, he said. “A lot of people have dropped their health insurance and don’t get the medical care that they should,” Cassin said. They can wind up seeking medical attention when it becomes an emergency, he added. “We’re seeing some of that,” he said. As the county’s growth continues, Cassin said fire rescue is planning to expand its capabilities. However, that comes at a cost to build new stations, increase personnel and add equipment. In the general election on Nov. 6, voters will be asked to consider approval of four 30-year general bond referendums for the sheriff’s department, parks, libraries and fire rescue. Over the life of the bond, if approved, fire rescue estimates collecting more than $70.2 million in revenues. About $2.2 million would cover costs of financing the bond, and leave fire rescue about $68 million for construction projects. Funds would be used to build nine fire stations, including new ones and expanded or refurbished ones. Four new stations would be located at Suncoast Parkway and State Road 52; State Road 52 and Majestic Parkway; Meadow Pointe, by State Road 56; and Bexley, off State Road 54. In addition, five stations would be expanded and upgraded. They would be at U.S. 41 and Central Boulevard; Seven Springs Boulevard; U.S. 19 and Cross Bayou Boulevard; Shady Hills; and, Crystal Springs.STATION, from page 1A TEENS, from page 1A B.C. MANIONA panel of youths recently shared suggestions about taking aim to reduce drug abuse and mental health problems. For starters, they said, it would help to have more counselors on campus who have time to listen to them. 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12A Faster tter Back to be r. r. sco | W Central Pa We e sley Chapel From the likes of Jeff Lacey and Keith Thurman, to Winky Wright and Antonio Tarver, the list of world boxing champions with ties to Tampa Bay runs deep.Wesley Chapels Evander Lamourt wants to be next. Since turning pro in 2016, the 26-yearold super featherweight has compiled a 4-1 record and actively ranks among the top 100 boxers in the United States for his weight class. Lamourt, who moved to Wesley Chapel from New Jersey at age 14, was an accomplished amateur fighter before that. From 2013 to 2015, USA Boxing ranked him among the top ten fighters in the light welterweight elite division. Across 65 amateur bouts, Lamourt was a seven-time state champion, two-time Florida State PAL (Police Athletic/Activities League) boxing champion, and 2013 Florida Golden Gloves state champion. Beefing up his professional boxing resume is the next focus for Lamourt, who graduated from Wesley Chapel High School and studied at Saint Leo University. He plans to schedule five to seven more fights through the end of next year. The next likely will be in September at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, through Fight Night Promotions. The busy slate is all in hopes of hitting the radar of any one of boxings four sanctioning bodies: World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization. In order to be considered for a title fight, pro boxers typically must have at least seven to nine fights under their belt, said Roi Maya, who represents Lamourt through Urban Athlete Management. I would like to next year win some junior belts. Theyre not world titles, but theyre belts that help you climb the ladder against some better opposition and, if not by the end of next year, by 2020 I would like to be fighting for a world title, said Lamourt, who trains at the St. Pete Boxing Club and Punch Boxing Wesley Chapel. Known as a boxer-puncher, Lamourt and his trainers of late have focused heavily on honing his strength and power.Lamourt explained: Last couple fights Ive been very patient, trying to get the rounds in. But this next fight, were really emphasizing power, and were expecting these next couple fights to end with knockouts.The quest for a world title goes beyond a personal ambition. Its also to support his wife and future family. I love boxing, he said, but my ultimate goal is to be able to put my kids through college before theyre even born. Though he didnt start boxing competitively until he was 15, the sports been entrenched in Lamourts family, of which several members were boxers at one point, including his father. In fact, Lamourt was named after fourtime world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. He also grew up watching boxing greats like Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad, Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley and, of course, Holyfield. It was always something I wanted to do, a passion of mine, said Lamourt His boxing career hasnt been without some punches. Lamourt admits to losing a lot of fights early in his amateur career, as he often faced more experienced and skilled boxers. Going toe to toe against better competition early on served him well later on, however.I was fighting some very accomplished amateur fighters. I wasnt winning, but I was learning every time, Lamourt said.I definitely had some talent, but I didnt know from the beginning that I would become as good as I have now. I always worked hard, but I was a slow learner. I struggled at the beginning a lot a lot of ups and downs to get to where I am now. Along the way Lamourt picked up the nickname Lionheart, from his brother. Said Lamourt, Everybody thats always seen me fight since I was a kid, any fight, people knew they were in for a tough fight because I had a lot of heart, even if the other guy was more skilled. Whatever comes of a world title shot, Lamourt said he expects to continue boxing through his early 30s. From there, hes considered opening a slew of boxing gyms to inspire and mold the next generation of young fighters. Its all about desire, Lamourt said of being a successful fighter. Coming up, I couldve stopped boxing several times if I wouldve listened to other people saying, Its a rough sport, its this, its that, youre not talented enough for it People pigeonhole boxers into like a specific type of person. If you love something and have the work ethic, you can achieve anything. 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The camp also will give participants the full experience of Saint Leo baseball with instruction, evaluation, competition, and a campus tour, all under the supervision of Saint Leo head coach Rick O Dette and his staff.To register, visit For information, email assistant coach Morgan DePew at FOR FAMILIESPasco County Sheriff Chris Noccos Fishing for Families Saltwater Tournament is set for Oct. 12 at 8 a.m., at Catches Waterfront Grille, 7811 Bayview St., in Port Richey.Registration is open to individual anglers, and opportunities remain available for sponsorships. No experience is necessary, and the event is all-inclusive. This catch-and-release tournament will benefit the Pasco Sheriff Youth Fishing & Environmental Education Program, the Family Support Network, and the Police Explorers programs. To register, visit For information, contact Rick Cochran at or (727)-5148417.Wesley Chapel boxer has big goals in sightDivision is open to players from the community, as well as church members. It comfortably accommodates wheelchairs and walkers. Games will be played Saturday mornings from Sept. 15 through Nov. 3. For information, contact Deana Troyer at (813) 264-8773 or GOLF TOURNAMENTThe first annual All-American Charity Golf Tournament, benefitting Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay and We Honor Veterans, is set for a noon shotgun start on Sept. 15 at The Groves Golf & Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O Lakes. The event, hosted by the Republican Club of Central Pasco and the Pasco Federated Republican Womens Club, will include contests and games, raffles and auction, and an awards dinner. Registration deadline for sponsorships and golf is Sept. 1. For information, contact Meg Merritt at (813) 428-6541 or; or, Lillian Cucuzza at (954) 520-4555 or OF PASCO GOLF TOURNAMENTSunrise of Pasco, a domestic and sexual violence prevention/victim services organization, will host its sixth annual Holes for Hope golf tournament Oct. 1 at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd., in Dade City. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $125 per golfer, or $500 for a foursome. Golf, cart, lunch, contests, prizes and drawings are included. Sponsorships also are available. For information, contact Sunrise at (352) 521-3358 or LEO BASEBALL TO HOST PROSPECT CAMPThe Saint Leo University baseball program will host prospect camps Oct.6 and Oct. 7, to give high school athletes a jump on preseason workouts. The High School Prospect Camp will be at Thomas B. Southard Stadium on the Saint Leo campus, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo. Each camp day begins at 9 a.m., while pitcher-only instruction will begin at 11 a.m.PICKLEBALL STARTS AUG. 21Beginning Aug. 21, the Land O Lakes Recreation Complex will offer pickleball games every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All ages are encouraged to play. Paddles and balls are provided. For information, email Bob Matthews at COED SOFTBALL SIGNUPRegistration is ongoing for Idlewild Baptist Churchs Adult Coed Softball league. The league is open to all adults in the community. The eight-week season runs from Aug. 30 through Oct. 18 and concludes with a postseason tournament on Oct. 25. All games are played Thursday nights at Idlewilds Lutz campus, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd. Cost is $35 per player. For information, call the Idlewild recreation office at (813) 264-8759, or visit YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUERegistration is ongoing for the Idlewild Baptist Church 2018 Youth Fall Soccer League, which runs from Sept. 4 through Nov. 17. The league is open to all in the community, from age 3 to high school seniors. Games are played on Saturday mornings, while practices are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday at either 5 p.m., 6 p.m., or 7 p.m. For information, call the Idlewild recreation office at (813) 264-8759, or visit SOFTBALL LEAGUE TRYOUTSNorth Tampa Bay Senior Softball will begin its seventh season on Sept 21. Before that, player tryouts and evaluations will take place Sept. 7 and Sept. 14, at Land O Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd. Tryouts begin at 8:30 a.m., both days. The league is open to men over 60 years old and women over 55. For safety, players must demonstrate a minimum level of playing ability running, throwing, hitting, catching. Games are played Friday mornings through mid-December. League fees are $25. For information, email, or call (813) 528-5664. SPECIAL NEEDS SOFTBALL LEAGUERegistration is ongoing for Idlewild Baptist Churchs (IBC) Champions Division Fall Softball League. 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AUGUST 8, 2018The LAKER/ INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & MoreThe LAKER/ Lutz NEWSLutz NEWS B Birds chirp, as breezes stir through the trees. Butterflies flutter about and people relax on shaded benches. There is beauty around every bend and there’s no clue, in this tranquil place, that busy Fourth Street North is less than a block away. There’s plenty to take in at this botanical garden, which dates back more than a century. Described by some as St. Petersburg’s “oldest living museum,” it boasts some of the region’s oldest tropical plants. It has cascading waterfalls, meandering paths, demonstration gardens, and more than 50,000 topical plants and flowers. It provides a picturesque backdrop for weddings. It hosts a variety of horticultural and children’s programs. And, it is a frequent destination for school field trips. There’s a bench there, made of fossilized limestone rock, known as the Sunken Gardens Growing Stone. A nearby sign proclaims: “Legend has it that, ‘He who sits upon the ancient stone shall be granted tranquility, inner harmony and the talent to make things grow.’” All kinds of people spend part of their day here at Sunken Gardens. Moms push strollers, or walk along, clinging to a small child’s hand. Friends chat as they make their way through. Couples share the experience. And, there are families and nature lovers, too. Those who want to learn the identity of various plants and flowers can check out the informative signs, and if you have a camera or a smartphone, you’ll find plenty of photo ops, too. Sunken Gardens got its start in 1903, when George Turner Sr., a plumber and avid gardener, purchased the site, which included a shallow lake that was 10 feet below sea level, according to published historic accounts. He drained the lake to form his private, sunken garden. He also planted papayas and citrus, along with exotic plants on the rich soil on his property. By the 1920s, Turner had opened a nursery and began selling fruits, vegetables, roses and other plants. Visitors paid a nickel to stroll through the gardens. In the fall of 1935, he fenced his garden and began charging a quarter for admission. Over time, Sunken Gardens became a popular tourist attraction, luring more and more visitors. At one point, it was rated among Florida’s top 10 commercial attractions. After Turner died in 1961, his sons Ralph and George Jr., took over Sunken Gardens. He eventually sold it to the City of St. Petersburg. Sunken Gardens has numerous special events during the year. To find out more, visit St. Petersburg’s ‘oldest living museum’B.C. MANIONThis sign, in the Sunken Gardens parking lot, invites passersby to visit the gardens and explore the beauty that awaits. Dont just look around and look down at Sunken Gardens. Look up, too. Itll help you appreciate the many splendors of natures grand designs. You can get a nice close look at some parrots at Sunken Gardens. Triostar is also sometimes called Tricolor, and both names derive from the color combination on the leaves. The tops of the leaves are variegated white and green, while the undersides are a brilliant reddish-pink. This color scheme makes Triostar a contemporary alternative for people wishing to give potted plants during the holidays.Worth the TripBy B.C. If you goSunken GardensWhere:1825 Fourth St. N., St. PetersburgWhen:Open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunken Gardens is open on most holidays, except it is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.Cost:$10/Adults, $8/Seniors (62+), $4/Children (age 2-11). Parking is free.Children’s Programs:Children’s classes are held on Saturdays beginning at 10:30 am. Location within Sunken Gardens is announced prior to the class date. Info: (727) 551-3102 Bougainvillea, a thorny ornamental plant, is a flowering machine. It can grow to be quite large and often adds a profusion of color to the landscape. The designs on these sanchezia plants add interest to the landscape. If you want to see some gorgeous hibiscus blooms, a stop at Sunken Gardens will satisfy that desire.


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