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The stories range from features about a mother-son duo graduating from college to a major news event in the visit of Vice President Joe Biden to our area.A Gaither High football player made news on the field and in the classroom,and area families like the pitchers in the Brandt family and a volleyball/soccer duo in the Johnson family gave dimension to sports scores and games. In this year-in-review issue we update these stories,even as we look forward to bringing you more news of your community in 2012. We are fortunate to find our neighborhoods Lutz,Land O'Lakes, Wesley Chapel,New Tampa, Odessa,Zephyrhills and Dade City chock full of interesting people and their stories.Please feel free to continue to share your stories and photos with us in 2012.We can be reached at news@cnewspubs.com, or (813) 909-2800. We look forward to your contributions to our coverage in 2012.By B.C.ManionOriginally published Oct.12It was no accident that Vice President Joe Biden chose to drop by Oakstead Elementary School last week in a pitch to sell President Obama's American Jobs Act. Oakstead is the largest elementary school in Pasco County,a school district that's been rocked in recent years by steep budget cuts including a $54 million shortfall this year that resulted in 513 fewer jobs. Biden visited Kelly Keene's fifth-grade class in a portable classroom building before holding his afternoon news conference in the school's media center. Keene's class has 25 children.That's six more students than she taught last year.Oakstead,which has more than 1,000 students, lost eight teaching positions because of budget cuts.Built just six years ago,the school was constructed for 700 pupils.It must use 22 portable classrooms to accommodate the overflow.At the Oct.4 news conference,Biden said the proposed American Jobs Act would jumpstart the economy. In part,the measure calls for preventing up to 280,000 teacher layoffs,while keeping cops and firefighters on the job;modernizing at least 35,000 public schools;providing tax cuts to small businesses;and building or repairing roads,rails,airports and waterways. The measure was expected to go to a vote before the Senate as early as Tuesday,Oct.11. During his remarks,Biden cited a newly released report revealing that 300,000 teachers across the nation have lost their jobs since 2008. "That's bad for the teachers,in terms of being able to make a living,but it's devastating for our children,"Biden said."This is an emergency."Oakstead is a "Grade A"school,the vice president said,but he noted,"there are a lot of schools around the country that aren't Grade A."During the past 12 months,budget cuts across the nation have resulted in 200,000 fewer teachers, 10,000 fewer firefighters and 18,000 fewer police officers, Biden said. Besides reducing public services,those reductions play out in very practical ways across the economy,the vice president said."It means fewer haircuts, fewer trips to the restaurant, fewer times you can take your kids to the movies,fewer times you can gas your automobile up and fewer,and fewer and fewer,"Biden said.When cuts are made to education,they have longterm consequences,added Biden,whose wife taught in public schools for years and now teaches at Northern Virginia Community College. "All of this matters.It matters in terms of our long-term national security.It matters in terms of how many children we're going to have college-ready 12 years from now.It simply matters,"Biden said."We're competing in a much more competitive world." The jobs act would create opportunity at a time when the nation desperately needs it, Biden said. "People ask me,Can we afford it?'My response is,Can we afford not to do this?'" Biden said.During his remarks,the vice president thanked parents and teachers and Principal Tammy Kimpland for all that they do to help children learn.And,after the news conference,he worked the crowd shaking hands and posing for photographs,while patriotic music played.Outside,Nina Gregory,a teacher who serves special education students and their parents,said she was glad she was able to attend the event. "I loved it.It's been so tough for teachers and parents,as well,"Gregory said. "It really was inspiring.I think that we needed to hear the validation that teachers are important.I loved the way that he emphasized parent involvement. "It's a tough time,but there's hope.We have to keep on trucking and things will happen,"she said.Vice President makes pitch to jumpstart the economy Vice President Joe Biden patiently fields an assortment of questions in Kelly Keene's fifth-grade classroom at Oakstead Elementary School in Land O'Lakes. (Photo by B.C. Manion) Vice President Joe Biden made history when he dropped by Oakstead Elementary School.Since his visit,the school received special recognition for doing a superb job in hosting the vice president's visit and the White House sent colored 8-by-10 photographs to each of the children in Kelly Keene's fifth-grade classroom,which Biden visited before making a pitch for President Obama's American Jobs Act,which met with resistance in Congress.R WIND2011E



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The Land O'Lakes teen was traveling on Leonard Road near Cot Road in Lutz at 9:30 p.m.on July 26.She was leaving a friend's house with another friend and her younger sister Tosha when she saw the crash. "I heard the guy yelling for help,so I jumped out of the car and ran over there," Reinhardt said."A lady was yelling at me to get away,but I knew I had time to get him out." Tosha remembers the fire being a lot closer to the gas tank. "I was so scared because I saw the fire right by the tank and I thought it would explode at any second,"Tosha said."She's a miracle." Reinhardt estimates there were 15 to 20 people standing near the crash at the time. "She was the only one who helped,"said Michael Simmerman,35,who escaped with bruises and minor burns. Reinhardt said there was never any question about what she had to do."I was scared,but I wasn't going to sit there and watch him burn to death," Reinhardt said."I knew I could help him and had the time to do it before the fire reached the gas tank.I knew it could explode,but I wasn't really thinking about that.I don't really know how to explain it.I just thought if it explodes,at least I'll die trying to save somebody."The Florida Highway Patrol report from the accident states Simmerman crashed into an electric fuse box,hit a tree and then flipped after the Lutz man lost control of his car.He was wearing his seatbelt and alcohol was not involved. Simmerman was trying to crawl out of the passenger side when Reinhardt got to the car.She pulled him out through the window,which had broken out during the wreck. "I got him to the other side of the road and tried to keep him talking so he didn't pass out,"Reinhardt said. Reinhardt has been in a car wreck before,but said she has never seen anything like what she saw that Tuesday night. "To me it was like a movie,"Reinhardt said."It seemed like it took hours,but it probably was only a couple of minutes." To add another element of danger, Reinhardt said the heat from the fire was causing glass and other parts of the car to fly off as if it was sizzling in a frying pan. "That was the most nerve-racking part," Reinhardt said."I was on the phone with the cops,trying to pull him to safety and not get hit with the stuff flying." Reinhardt suffered first and second degree burns on both her hands as a result of patting out fire on Simmerman's arms and legs after she pulled him from the car.She still has to wear bandages to prevent infection. Reinhardt stayed with Simmerman until she saw paramedics arrive.She went with her mother Christine Lawrence to St. Joseph's Hospital-North in Lutz to treat her hands. Reinhardt turned 18 years old less than two weeks before the crash.She lost Medicaid insurance when she turned 18,so her mother sold some jewelry to pay for the treatment. "And that's OK,"Lawrence said."I can replace those things,but I can't replace my daughter.We don't want anything from anyone because of what she did,because God will reward her for what she did." Reinhardt said there isn't a lot of pain because of the burns,but her hands itch a lot and she cannot pick up or touch anything. Despite the temporary pain and money needed to get well,Reinhardt said she would do the same thing again. "That's the way we raised our kids;to always help people if you can,"Lawrence said. "If you have the chance to save someone, you have to try.The thing is,she always tries and act all tough and like she doesn't care about anyone,so sometimes I wondered if this child had a heart,but when it came down to it,she did what a lot of other people wouldn't do.She's my hero." Simmerman broke down several times when Reinhardt visited him in the hospital two days after the crash. "There isn't anything I can say to thank her enough for what she did,"Simmerman said."I get to see my son again because of her." Reinhardt got a call from Simmerman's 4year-old,Michael Jr.,thanking her for what she did. "He said thank you for saving my dad," Reinhardt said.She then added,"It made me feel proud of myself for what I did because he still has his dad."UNEXPECTED HERO Both Tiffany Reinhardt and Michael Simmerman have recovered from their injuries and now only have the memories of that night on July 26.Both still live in Pasco County. Tiffany Reinhardt and Michael Simmerman compare "battle scars" that came from Reinhardt pulling Simmerman from a burning car on July 26. (Photo by Kyle LoJacono)R WIND2011E



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Rick Scott’s May 26 decision to veto the fifth and final installment of $6.9 million for the $52 million project. The state has already provided $45 million for the Wesley Chapel campus and that money is expected to bring the project to near completion, Lucy Miller, director of marketing and public relations, wrote in an email to The Laker. The college will again seek the balance of the approved funding in the normal budget process for construction funds in the next budget year, the email adds. The final installment will allow the completion of the project, preparation of the grounds, landscaping and the purchase of furniture, classroom technology, equipment and other start-up supplies and materials, Miller’s email says. The college hopes to begin site preparation this summer, which includes grading the site to prepare for construction, installing underground utilities and constructing the foundation, the email adds. “Gopher tortoise relocation procedures have already begun consistent with the permit issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,’ the email says. Meanwhile, the college has filed a request for a variance to allow it to build a taller building than is allowed under the site’s zoning designation. “The variance, if approved, will allow us to move forward with plans to build up, rather than out, reducing the footprint of the project to best use the land designated for the campus,” the email says.The variance seeks permission to build up to 154 feet in height. The current restriction limits the height of the buildings to 60 feet. “The variance request is consistent with the developer’s Master Planned Unit Development (MPUD) submission that is pending approval and the previously approved variance for the new hospital currently under construction near our campus site,” the email adds.The tract of land is at 2727 Mansfield Blvd., just off SR 56, next to Wiregrass Ranch High. After Scott vetoed the final installment of funding, J.D. Porter, whose family owns Wiregrass Ranch and supplied the 60-acre tract for the campus, told The Laker that he understood the governor had many difficult choices to make. Porter said he is confident that the funding for the college will be there by the time it becomes necessary. Also, following the veto, Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, pledged that he will make getting those funds one of his priorities. Scott’s veto drew the ire of Pasco County Commissioner Pat Mulieri. In a May 16 email to the governor, Mulieri characterized Scott’s action as “short-sighted.” She informed Scott “the hospital, the college and The Shops of Wiregrass would create a synergy in that area.” A new hospital also is under construction on Bruce B. Downs, just north of SR 56. The new PHCC campus will have a nursing program, and nursing students could do their internships at the hospital, Mulieri informed Scott. She also noted that students at Wiregrass Ranch High and workers in the community also would benefit from having higher education offerings nearby. By B.C. Manion Originally published Aug. 24 As Saint Leo University students head to classes this week for the beginning of a new school year, the new building housing the Donald R. Tapia School of Business is the big news on campus. The $12 million building, which exceeds 48,000 square feet, is the first new classroom building on the Saint Leo campus in decades.It is designed to take full advantage of technological tools available to enhance teaching and learning, while at the same time it seeks to create an atmosphere that fosters collaboration among faculty and students.University officials are jazzed. “The opportunities really are limitless,” said Michael Nastanski, dean of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business. The dean said he tells faculty members that the university’s potential accomplishments “are only limited by our imagination and our willingness to commit to the outcome.” On a basic level, the new structure provides space needed to accommodate burgeoning growth. It also brings everyone in the business school under the same roof. The natural outcome of bringing students and faculty into the same building is the opportunity for more interactions. Taking that notion one step farther, the building has gathering spaces and breakout rooms designed to spur collaboration among students and between students and their teachers. The idea is to encourage students to work in teams, chat about ideas that came up during class and confer with faculty members. “The faculty are going to be much more closely intertwined with the students,” predicted Lynn Wilson, a professor of management, human resources and international business at the university. He offers this example: The students are “in one of the breakout rooms working on a case and the instructor is (in an office) 40 feet away, 50 feet away, or maybe at worse – one floor up or down.” Stepping down the hallway or riding an elevator up or down a floor is a whole lot easier than running across campus to talk to a professor who is three buildings away — especially when it’s raining, Wilson said. “For the campus students, it’s going to create such an excitement,” said Phil Hatlem, an instructor in sport business. “Whether they’re business students or not, there’s a buzz on campus already.” In addition to its spacious and attractive quarters, the new building has another big advantage: It is outfitted with cutting-edge technology. The idea is to prepare students to be competitive in a global market place, Nastanski said.“The 18-, 19and 20-year-old coming in here is tech-savvy and totally connected to the Web. Now, we’re going to leverage that technology — what they’re comfortable with — to stimulate learning in the classroom. That is the ultimate goal,” Nastanski said. Work is proceeding on schedule and college officials still anticipate the new campus to open for students in January 2014. R WIND 2011E Since the new building housing the Donald R. Tapia School of Business opened at Saint Leo University it has been used to house classes in business and other disciplines including education, English and criminal justice. An international business conference is planned at the school on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10, 2012. R WIND 2011EVeto will delay PHCC campus by a semester Saint Leo opens doors to a world of possibilities



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Not valid with any other offers. With coupon. Expires 1/6/12FREEJEWELRYCLEANING"While You Wait"Not valid with any other offers. With coupon. Expires 1/6/12 Jewelry... the perfect gift. By B.C.ManionOriginally published May 11Troy Button Jr.strode across the stage to accept his diploma from Pasco-Hernando Community College,and less than a minute later,his mother,Laura Button walked across the stage to get her diploma,too. The mother and son took very different paths to their degrees. The son is on a fast track.He started taking college classes as a sophomore at Sunlake High. The mother,on the other hand,completed requirements for the Associate of Arts degree that she began pursuing more than two decades ago. Life intervened,she explained."You meet people,''she said,nodding to her husband,Troy Button Sr."You get married,you know.You have kids." When her son announced that he would be taking dual enrollment courses at Sunlake,Laura got busy.She was determined that he would not get his degree ahead of her. Her goal was to complete her requirements so that she could get her associate's on the same day as her son. When it came time to cross the stage during the commencement exercise on the afternoon of May 4,she told her son to go first.She wanted the event to be about him, not her,she said. The two graduates were among 375 who received diplomas or certificates during morning and afternoon ceremonies at PHCC's campus in New Port Richey.All together,830 people were eligible to participate,but most chose not to take part in the day's festivities. For those who took part in the afternoon ceremony,the place was packed with people clutching bouquets of flowers,clinging to balloons,shooting videotape and snapping photographs. Laura said her son not only inspired her to finish the requirements for a degree,but also spurred her to perform well in her classes. They had some classes together,including math, photography and an online science course."He was competition,"Laura said, adding,"We both got As."Both graduates said their family's support helped them to attain their AA degree.Laura said her husband played a huge role. "He picked up all of the slack,"she said.He pitched in to make sure their other son,Tylor,got to school and that the 9-year-old did his homework. Her husband also helped with laundry,cleaning and dinner,Laura said."He just did it all." Troy Jr.feels lucky,too. "If I were in any other family,I probably wouldn't get the encouragement that I do," he said. For his part,Laura's husband is proud of both graduates. "It was fun watching them both go to school together,"he said. "When Troy was in elementary school, he was kind of the class clown,"his father recalled. Not anymore. "He's very serious about what he does. He's very focused,"Troy Sr.said. He's also impressed with his wife.He praised her for "sticking with it." Tylor is proud,too. "It was lots of hard work.It finally paid off,"he said. Troy Jr.is unsure of where he'll go to college,but he is certain about his career path: "I'm an aspiring filmmaker,"he said. The reason he took college courses during high school was so that he could finish college earlier and get started on pursuing his dream. He has broad interests when it comes to making films."I want to do all different kinds of genres, cover a whole variety of films.I want to do documentaries,action,comedies,horror,"he said.Laura also intends to pursue a bachelor's degree,but not on her son's timetable. After all,she does have her husband,children and a full-time job to consider. And the family isn't finished celebrating, either. As if last week's graduation wasn't enough excitement,the family still has another graduation on their agenda. On May 28,they'll be heading to Sunlake High's commencement ceremony. Troy Jr.finished his requirements in December,but wants to mark the end of his high school years with his friends in Sunlake's Class of 2011. At that ceremony,Laura will be playing another role.She'll be sitting with the rest of the family when her son crosses that stage to get his diploma.PHCC graduation has double meaning for Land O'Lakes family Troy Button Jr. and Laura Button receive their diploma from PHCC President Katherine M. Johnson. (Photos courtesy of GradImages) Laura Button is considering where she would like to continue her education in pursuit of a bachelor's degree.Her son, Troy,has completed his first semester at the University of Central Florida.He still intends to pursue a career as a filmmaker.R WIND2011E



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The existing 32,000-square-foot school building will be enlarged to 45,000 square feet to accommodate the school's high school students.The renovated structure will be shared by the high school and middle school,and the portable classroom buildings,now housing the high school will be removed,said Shannon Gauthier,marketing director for Carrollwood Day School. The expanded space includes additional second floor space and a new theater/auditorium.It also includes state-of-the-art science and language labs,arts and humanities spaces. "This whole thing came about because our high school took off so well,"Gauthier said,referring to the school's high school program that began in 2006.The school wants the new space to be able to accommodate a high school of 400 students,100 at each grade level. The new elementary school,for students in grades one through five,will be 35,000 square feet.Beyond classrooms,it will integrate the latest technology to encourage collaborative work among children in different classrooms. The school also has an early childhood center at 12606 Casey Road,which educates children age 2 through kindergarten. The early childhood and upper school campuses serve students from Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. The school has raised $2.5 million of the $8 million needed for phase one of its campus expansion.It has secured a loan for the improvements from TD Bank. Other planned Bearss campus improvements include renovation of the middle school space and the addition of a gymnasium,tennis courts and a baseball field.No timetable has been set yet for those projects,Gauthier said. Construction on phase one has been scheduled in such a way that it minimizes impacts on school operations. Carrollwood Day School has been recognized nationally for its academic excellence and its quest to educate the whole child.It was the first school on the west coast of Florida to be authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the Primary Years Programme for students through grade five,the IB Middle Years Programme,implemented in grades six through 10 and the IB Diploma Programme for students in grades 11 and 12.Carrollwood Day School begins campus expansionBy B.C.ManionOriginally published Aug.3The air was charged with a sense of excitement as children and adults gathered under a big tent last week at a site on Sunlake Boulevard to celebrate the groundbreaking of Imagine School at Land O' Lakes. "Welcome to what we thought would never happen,"said Principal Kathy Helean, recounting efforts that began in 2005 to create a charter school and build a home for it. "It's a glorious day,isn't it?"said another speaker,Rod Sasse,executive vice president for Imagine Schools in Florida. Helean compared the school's efforts to create a school,find a site and line up a contractor to the children's story,"The Little Engine That Could." "In the beginning,there was only the idea of having students with a seat on this train.The engine was filled with our school's governing board,a few parents and Imagine." "Once we got our charter approved by the school board of Pasco County,we started loading children on this train.We still hadn't found a permanent home. "Imagine (at) Land O'Lakes opened in 2008,with 424 students on board,and teachers,parents and community members supporting as we continued searching for a place for our school. "Parents started telling other parents about Imagine and more students got onto the Imagine train,but still we needed to get these students into a permanent school building. "We had several locations appear promising,but they didn't work out.Some families became disheartened,but most decided to stay on the train. "And then we found Sunlake Boulevard and we found Ryan (Companies US Inc.);it seemed too good to be true,but we hoped this would be the one.This is the one,we made it,"she said,to an enthusiastic crowd. It took four tries to find a site that would work,Helean said. Imagine at Land O'Lakes is a publicly funded charter school,operating under the authority of Pasco County Schools.Students are selected for the school through a lottery. Helean said she began writing the charter application for Imagine Land O'Lakes in 2005 because she believed "all families deserve to have a choice in their child's education." At Imagine at Land O'Lakes,"the philosophy is that the parent is the one that knows the child best.We're here to assist the parent. The school has a 95 percent re-enrollment rate. The new 43,000-square-foot school will have a capacity for 728 students,but it is only authorized currently for 584 under its charter agreement with the school district. The school will have 38 classrooms and a 6,000-square-foot multipurpose room,for lunch,gym and other activities.The site has ample play spaces,including a 1.2-acre play field. A ceremony is planned from 1-3:15 p.m. on Jan.6 to celebrate the opening of the new Carrollwood Day School elementary building on the campus at 1515 W.Bearss Ave.The celebration will include the first performances in the school's new auditorium.R WIND2011E Imagine School will be having an open house for its students and their families from 2 to 4 p.m.Jan.9 to show off the new facility.Students will begin their first day of classes in the new building on Jan.10.R WIND2011E Imagine School breaks ground for permanent home813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 28,2011 6



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Perhaps it isn't obvious to her because she grew up in a household of science-minded parents. Her mom,Holly Sokolowski was involved in research for the cochlear implant in the years before Sophia,now 17,was born. And her dad,Bernd Sokolowski, is director of otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) at the University of South Florida. Sophia remembers going to the labs at USF when she was quite young. "I loved looking up and seeing these giant microscopes,"she said. "You know,when you're little, everything is so big compared to your size. "I thought it was awesome. "That,"she said,"would be my first introduction to science." Fast-forward to eighth-grade when Sophia noticed that when she switched her iPod with her friends,their iPods were always louder than hers. That spurred an idea for a science project:She compared the hearing of her peers to that of older people. "I found out that some of the kids who were my age were already experiencing hearing loss,"said Sophia,who will be a senior this fall at Academy at the Lakes,an independent private school in Land O' Lakes. Her interest in hearing loss continued and she spent countless hours last year working on a project she called,"Audio Perception:Plotting the Pathway of the BK Channel." The project took first place in the biochemistry division of the 2011 Pasco Regional Science and Engineering Fair and second place in the same division at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair. It also captured two awards one from the U.S Army and the other from the U.S.Air Force at the 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair,with prizes totaling about $5,000 in U.S.Savings Bonds. The competition,in Los Angeles this year, drew the top 1,500 projects from around the world this year. Ask Sophia about her project and she'll lay it out in technical terms.But she's also able to break it down in simpler terms for those who operate below her level of scientific sophistication. In part,she identified and cloned proteins important in hearing loss that could have an impact in rehabilitating those who have suffered hearing loss,and in preventing hearing loss in others. "Hearing loss is a huge phenomenon in today's society.We have troops coming back from the war and they have hearing loss from IEDs (improvised explosive devices), artillery fire and explosives,"she said. It may also help others who suffer hearing damage from playing their personal music devices too loud.Sophia said she felt pretty confident that her project would do well at her school's science fair,but she wasn't sure how it would do at larger competitions. "I didn't know if I was going to be able to go to state because there were some other really great projects there.I was really, really nervous.I had absolutely no idea that I was going to internationals." However,she said,going to the international competition was something she'd hoped to accomplish. She wanted to go so she could mingle with kids from around the world who have brilliant ideas. "It was amazing.It was one of the best experiences in my life,"she said. It was great to be around so many outstanding science students,Sophia said. "They're so intelligent and they're so nice.And they're normal,"she said,noting she hit it off so well with some of the kids that they struck up friendships and they've stayed in touch. She's aware of the stereotype that many people have of science whiz kids. "Honestly,even if we're nerds,there's nothing wrong with that,"Sophia said. Sophia spent many long hours in the labs at USF,working on her research. When she encountered terms that she just didn't understand,she turned for help to her Academy at the Lakes science teacher,Amy Jordan. "She always had a way to relay the knowledge to me so that I understood what I was doing,"Sophia said."She's absolutely wonderful.She is so sweet and she's caring and she's understanding." Laura Hill,supervisor of science for kindergarten through 12th grade in Pasco County Schools,accompanied Sophia to the international conference.This was the first time in 15 years that Pasco County brought home honors from the international competition and Sophia brought home two,Hill said. "She's extremely talented,"Hill said.The student's work ethic was evident in the quality of her project and her presentation skills were impressive. Sophia said attending another international science competition would be wonderful,but she doesn't plan to shoot for that next year. Instead,she'll turn attention to a new goal:Trying to get published in a scientific journal. Despite her accomplishments in science, it is just one of Sophia's interests. She's been singing opera since she was 11 and at the moment,she's thinking about a double major in music and medicine/health,hopefully at Stanford University. Or,maybe she'll pursue a degree in journalism;in which case,Northwestern University would be her first choice. Sophia said she's just not sure yet about what path she'll take. Her future,it seems,is full of possibilities.Science star scores at international competition Sophia Sokolowski is the first student in at least 15 years to bring honors home to Pasco County from the international science competition. Sophia Sokolowski has been admitted to Wellesley College,a prestigious liberal arts college for women.She will crossregister at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.She also is working on a paper she hopes to have published in a scientific journal.R WIND2011ECnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 28,2011 7



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CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 28,2011 9 By Kyle LoJaconoOriginally published Jan.19Like many people new to an area,Carol Novak spent months looking for the right church for her family,but faith was not the only reason her quest was difficult. Novak's son Jonathan has severe cerebral palsy and needs a power wheelchair to get around.She wanted to find a church that would accept Jonathan and her search brought her to Van Dyke United Methodist Church in Lutz. "When we came the first time his wheelchair didn't throw them,"Novak said."They welcomed him like any other new member." The Novaks have been members of the church for eight years,but the last three have offered even more for Jonathan.That was when Janet Atkinson started the adaptive basketball program,which is each Sunday from 2-4 p.m.at the church's community center gym,17030 Lakeshore Road off Van Dyke Road. "My son (Taylor) wanted something like this and our church is so good with people with special needs,"Atkinson said."What is really good about the basketball program is it isn't just for young kids.We have people in their 30s right now playing." Novak said that was one of the hardest things for Jonathan,who does not communicate easily,was finding activities after he graduated from high school.Jonathan is currently 34 years old and goes to the league almost every week."I live in Clearwater now,but we make the drive to pick up Jonathan each week and take him to the church and basketball,"Novak said."It takes about an hour,but it's worth it."Jonathan lives in northern Hillsborough County with an aid who helps him get around. Atkinson said there are anywhere from 15-30 athletes who come to the league each Sunday,which is free to participate in.The players are of various levels of special needs and come from across Hillsborough,Pasco and Pinellas counties."It is only for fun,but you will see some of the kids get competitive,"Atkinson said."As a mom,I see it as what I would pay big bucks for and that is physical therapy and social therapy.It's also a good time for the parents that stick around for support with each other too."Eric Fleat is the program's coach and gets a thrill out of seeing the athletes play each week. "You should see those kids'faces when they are out there,"Fleat said."They're just like any other kid having a great time." Fleat's wife Shannon helps with the program and also brings crafts for the kids to work on when they are not in the game. The program is part of the church's special needs ministry. "Matthew Hartsfield is the pastor for (the) church and has supported me for 16 years through all things special needs and whatever he can do to support the community,"Atkinson said."The church is so supportive to those with special needs,so if I need crafts or snacks or whatever I need, they will supply it." Novak said Jonathan has been helped greatly by the ministry. "He has been a greeter for the last few years and it helps him be more social even though he doesn't communicate very well," Novak said."It isn't strange to anyone that he is greeting them because the church is so welcoming to people with special needs."People do not need to be members of the church to participate in the league.Anyone interested in playing can show up any Sunday or can call Atkinson at (813) 240-5218. Participants and volunteers at a recent basketball afternoon at Van Dyke United Methodist. (Photos by Glenn Gefers of www.Photosby3g.com) Van Dyke United Methodist Church in Lutz continues to host the basketball program almost every week.Janet Atkinson suggests calling her at (813) 240-5218 to make sure they are having it before showing up.R WIND2011EALL IN! Church offers adaptive basketball program Daniel Aboud drives to the net.



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First Place Tire& Auto Service INC813-235-633310629 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Land O' Lakes, FL 34638 Just South of Hwy 52 on Hwy 41Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am5:30pm Sat 8am4pm TUNE UPS TIRES OILCHANGES BRAKES SHOCKS & STRUTS CV AXLES A/C REPAIR TRANSMISSION SERVICE BG INDUCTION SERVICE COOLANTFLUSHMV#84304W e are a ARI Approved Fleet Ser vice Supplier FREETire Rotation & Balance w/ Oil ChangeMust present coupon. Expires 1/3/12 813-948-6355 www.IernaAir.comLicensed/Bonded/Insured CAC1813676 Closer Look AN ADVERTISER PROFILE Ierna's Heating & Cooling triples space Lutz roots run deep in the Ierna family and are about to get deeper with the February opening of a new office and warehouse for Ierna's Heating & Cooling.Eight years after the business moved from the family home to a 1,200square-foot rented building on US 41 in downtown Lutz, owners Ron and Charlene Ierna are tripling their space with the purchase and complete overhaul and renovation of a landmark building a few blocks south. For more than 20 years, the 4,800 square-foot building was home to Myree Chiropractic Clinic. For many years it also housed a State Farm Insurance agency and before then Barnett Bank. The building's nostalgic legacy has been preserved by the Iernas, who have incorporated the bank's original vault into their building's new lay out. "We are probably the only A/C company in the country with a bank vault in its office," laughed Charlene. "But we think it's important to honor the building's historical relevance by keeping the vault in tact." After buying the building last summer, the Iernas gutted it and began transforming it into offices and parking for their 35 employees and 19 trucks. A warehouse is being added to the back of the building and will house a large inventory of replacement parts and new air conditioning and heating units. The building includes an oversized conference room with a 72-inch, wallmounted television that will be used for employee training and customer presentations. When employees are not using this room, it will be available to community groups at no charge. "We've taken our time with the renovations because we want them done right," said Charlene. "Were adding many upgrades to make the building as comfortable and functional as possible for our employees and customers." Land O' Lakes contractor Dave Boger has been hired to complete the building's exterior work, which is the next stage of the renovation. The new exterior will dramatically update the building's look and improve Lutz's downtown streetscape. "We've needed a larger office for a long time," said Charlene, "but our goal was always to stay in Lutz. This is our home and we waited to move until the right opportunity came along." Keeping their business in Lutz also means keeping their business close to home. The couple has lived in the house Ron grew up in on Deer Lake since they were married in 2003. Their oldest daughter attends Lutz Elementary, as did her father, just a block away from the new office. The couple also has two pre-school-aged children. Since the Iernas started their company in 2003, it has doubled in size every year. They attribute their success to superior customer service, committed and talented employees and a core business value to give back to the community. "We try to support just about every worthwhile group that asks for a donation," said Charlene. The Ierna logo is seen on everything from softball t-shirts to the penguin exhibit at The Florida Aquarium."From equipment donations, to money, to free services, we continue to give back," said Ron. "Not only is this great for our community, but our employees feel good working for a company that truly cares and makes a difference in the community where we live and raise our children." On Feb. 18, Ierna's is hosting a community party to celebrate the renovation and opening of its new building. Christened "Beat The Heat," the event will include a Chili Cook Off and many other fun family activities. "We plan to make "Beat the Heat" an annual event," said Charlene. "It is exciting to finally have a location large enough to host a community event for the Lutz community, which has been so supportive of our business." Charlene and Ron Ierna813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 28,2011 10 16540 Pointe Village, Suite 105,Lutz813-920-2700S.E. corner of Suncoast & Hwy 54(North Pointe Village Shopping) www.salonandspaeclipse.com SALON&SPA Pam Janet Madison Melissa Rita Treat yourself to a luxurious experience today...you deserve it! Lightning strike deal to run public facilityBy Kyle LoJaconoOriginally published Sept.7The Pasco County Commission has reached an agreement with the Land O' Lakes Lightning swimming club to keep the public pool at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex open.Commissioners and the county's Parks and Recreation Department director Rick Buckman had all but decided to close the pool,along with another facility in Hudson,to help meet the county budget for the next fiscal year.However,the Lightning reached a deal to take over much of the operating costs of the pool,pledging about $100,000 per year. "That's about what it takes to run a pool,"said club president Brett Ewald. "That's a workable amount.We haven't raised fees for our team and I know from doing this for more than a year we can handle that.I would stress that you need a team of this size to take on something like this.A 150-kid team does generate enough revenue to operate a pool.You need a big group."Ewald said the 16-year-old club has swimmers from Land O'Lakes,Lutz,Odessa and as far east as Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills. Ewald didn't want to see budget concerns drain away an opportunity for young swimmers,as well as those just looking to cool off."It started out as a way to keep it opened for our swim team and for the two high school teams that use it,"Ewald said."It's pretty important for all the neighborhoods around there to have the pool running.I'd hate to have seen it just disappear." The deal allows both Sunlake and Land O'Lakes high schools to continue using the facility for practices and home swimming meets.Buckman said public use will also remain,but with an increase in admission costs from $2 to $3 for children and from $3 to $4 for adults per day.He added operating hours will likely be cut slightly. "We'll be doing the lessons now instead of the county,but other than that everything else stays intact,"Ewald said."We will be handling the maintenance,water quality and repairs to the pool less than $2,500." The county will handle any repairs that cost more than $2,500. The commission narrowly agreed to keep the Hudson pool open by a 3-2 vote, but there is no similar organization that has stepped forward to run the west Pasco site. The parks department has already had to close two county pools in the last year,one in New Port Richey and the other,the Hercules Aquatic Center,in Zephyrhills.The Zephyrhills Police Athletic League (ZPAL) agreed to run the east Pasco facility,but the county reversed that deal after the organization racked up thousands of dollars in debt.Ewald said he has seen what the operating costs are and,along with funding from the county,will be able to keep the Land O'Lakes pool open without the issues that arose in Zephyrhills.Buckman said he is confident about the deal with the Lightning. "We've learned a lot since what happened in Zephyrhills,"Buckman said."We saw what happened there,and we're going to do everything we can to make sure this is successful.Plus the Lightning are in a much better situation than ZPAL was a year ago." For more information on the Lightning, visit www.lollightning.org. The Lightning are still operating the Land O' Lakes pool.Brett Ewald said the operations have not been altered much since the Lightning took over,and the club is looking forward to the summer when more people will come to use the facility.R WIND2011EClub team saves Land O'Lakes poolThe Land O'Lakes Lightning swim team has agreed to help run the public pool in central Pasco County. The club currently has more than 150 swimmers. (File photo)



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Kennedy Blvd. TAMPA Where Getting Fit is SexyŽNutritional Fit N Sexy in just 5 weeksCALL TODAY FOR DETAILS € PROGRAMS BEGIN JANUARY 4TH B y Kyle LoJacono Or igi nally publ i shed Sept. 28 Ryan Wegener is one of many who is addicted to the latest trend in drug use — prescription pain pills. Nationally in 2008, 12.2 percent of all crimes committed were related to prescription abuse, an all-time high, and 1,150 people in Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties died last year from overdosing on the medications, a state record. Ryan, of Land O’ Lakes, became addicted to prescription drugs around age 19 while doing construction work.“I was really sore the first two weeks and I got with a couple guys who were a little older,” Ryan said. “I said, ‘Man my back is really killing me,’ and they were like you know we got something to take care of that and the drugs are legal too. I said, ‘What’ve you got?’”Ryan was given several pills of Rocicet, commonly called Roxys, a painkiller that contains acetaminophen and Oxycodone. “So I took it,” Ryan said. He then added, “After a couple weeks of every other day taking them, my back wasn’t hurting anymore. I didn’t need the pills to go to work, but I still wanted it.” Ryan said after a while, one pill wouldn’t satisfy the addiction. He needed two or three to subside his craving for the medication. As his addiction grew he started injecting the pills, a common practice for hardcore users to get a stronger high faster.Ryan would go on benders where he would use 100-200 pills in three or four days and fall out of contact with his family. Parents Chris and Diane saw changes in his behavior but never suspected he was an addict.“It was humiliating,” Diane said. “What did I do wrong?” Chris added, “We weren’t in denial in that he dabbled in drugs or tried alcohol, but to find out that he was addicted to drugs — that was devastating. When he said he had an addiction, I think that kind of blew us away.” The addiction drove off Ryan’s childhood friends. “It hurt, and I slowly started moving on to a new crowd of friends,” Ryan said. “These were the friends that you could pass out with your mouth open drooling out with your eyes closed scratching yourself, because that’s what you did because you have real bad itches. Those were the friends you wanted to be around, because they had no problem with you being high.” His abuse also cost him his girlfriend. “She was the best,” Ryan said. “I could look her in the eyes every day, and she would look me in the eyes and say ‘You are high. I can tell you are high.’ I’d lie and say ‘No I’m not,’ but she knew how I was. We’d been together for five years. She tried so hard to get me off of these pills.“I couldn’t go through the withdrawals,” Ryan continued. “I did one week with her without taking a pill, and I seriously almost died. Then I got back on it, because I couldn’t take it anymore. Sooner or later she caught back on and it came down to either the addiction or her. I wasn’t physically strong enough to say I want to be with you. I’m going to get off of this. I ended up throwing away the best thing that I had for an addiction.”A PRICE TO PAYRyan was always looking for ways to pay for his drug problem.BSESSEDLand O’ Lakes family struggles with prescription drugs “Constantly trying to find somebody to steal from; to con out of money to get some way to get your high,” Ryan said. He then added, “Going in your mom’s purse taking $20-$30; going in your dad’s wallet taking $20$30 and then going in your girlfriend’s purse, just anyone’s purse or wallet that’s just laying around and taking when no one is around.”He even stole from drug dealers. “If you rip off the right drug dealer you can get away with it, but if you rip off the wrong drug dealer you make sure you hide,” Ryan said. “You make sure you’re not in contact with anyone that knows that person because those people are serious about $800, $1,000 that they made off these pills. If you go and take it away like that, they have no problem telling someone they will give them 50 pills to go knock this kid off.”Diane said dealers would come to her door looking for Ryan. Despite the risk of overdosing and from drug dealers looking for him, Ryan said there was little fear of dying.“When you’re doing it, it doesn’t really scare you because you’re high at the time,” Ryan said.AN AWAKENINGSix deaths finally woke up Ryan. He had two friends who overdosed and died two days apart from each other, and another friend and his son also died a few months later. Another of his friends and his older brother died a few months apart, and it was at the second funeral where Ryan saw how the abuse can devastate a family. “I saw one of my friend’s mother and father crying at his funeral,” Ryan said. “They couldn’t stop crying, and I knew the people pretty well. Just to see how bad his mother was hurt. Those were her only two kids, and they both ODed within three months of each other. “I just wanted to find some way to get away from that,” Ryan continued. “If I didn’t cut this (stuff) out, my parents were going to walk into the bathroom and find me ice cold and not breathing with a spoon, a lighter and a needle hanging out of my arm.”Ryan told his parents on Christmas 2010 he was addicted to prescription drugs and wanted to quit. The Wegeners decided to make a documentary, called “Obsessed,” to assist other families struggling with prescription abuse and also to help Ryan get well.The film helped Ryan for a short time, but he suffered a relapse three weeks after its filming. He has relapsed three times since.“It was the last thing that I really wanted to do,” Ryan said. “It definitely wasn’t the best option. To be honest with you, I don’t know why I returned to it. It was really something stupid that happened, but I just thought to myself if no one is going to believe that I’m sober then I might as well not be sober. “That’s what is so scary about this, is there are a thousand different triggers that can make you to the point where this is why I choose to go get high again,” Ryan said. “That’s exactly what a relapse is. Mine was just not having trust.”SOBER AGAINRyan, now 22, has been sober for six months. He spent three months in a courtordered rehab program, and has spent the last three pulling his life together.“It’s a long-term disease, and I’m definitely not out of the woods yet with this,” Ryan said. “I’m grateful to be as far as I am, but I would definitely say that this is a lifelong disease that I have got caught up in. A lifelong addiction I got caught up in, because I couldn’t go around my old friends right now. If I saw them partying and doing some pills I could not tell you definitely I would not do them. … A relapse could happen any day.”“Obsessed” includes interviews with Jose and Carolyn Aviles, who lost their son to a prescription drug overdose, as well as Ryan’s struggles with his addition. It also offers advice for those looking for help. The Wegeners’ goal is to have the documentary shown in local high and middle schools to help steer students clear of prescription drugs. “If I can save one life, that’s what it’s all about,” Diane said. Ryan Wegener suffered another relapse since this story ran which resulted in him going back to jail. His mother Diane said they are trying to use the relapse to get a court order for counseling to break the cycle. Diane is also still working to get the documentary shown in area schools to help prevent other kids from becoming addicted. R WIND 2011E



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"I thought I would do well,but I wasn't expecting 11,"said Baker."I was thinking I could win some and do well in some of the events,but not that many.It just kind of happened,and it's an awesome feeling." Baker competes in the S5 division,which separates participants by their level of handicap.The higher the number,the more impaired an athlete is.Baker,19,won seven medals in swimming, three in track and another in table tennis.She set new national records for her division in the shot put,discus toss and club throw."I'm just in the moment before an event,"Baker said."I just let everything that's going to happen happen because that's all you can do.You practice all the time,and you just hope it's enough to win." Baker said she swims four to five hours a week and practices another two hours in the field events. Andy Chasanoff,sports coordinator for Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay,was happy to see all of Baker's hard work pay off. "She did a tremendous job,"Chasanoff said."I see all the work she puts in to get better and it was really special to see her do what she did. "She's very consistent,"Chasanoff continued."She works hard in everything she does.No matter what the outcome is,she's always positive." Baker first learned of the program from her massage therapist. "They thought it would help me with movement,but they also knew it could be something I would be good at,"Baker said."I started off with swimming and coach Chasanoff got me into field events and table tennis.It would let me have more to do and make more friends.I love competing so much,so it was perfect." Baker has a muscle deformation that causes problems with her joints.She uses a wheelchair to stabilize herself while doing field events,but can walk on her own. "Competing has made me stronger and I can do a whole lot more than I could before I started sports,"Baker said."I can walk farther distances and I can push myself more." Baker will attend Florida Gulf Coast University this fall.She is undecided on her major,but thinks it might be psychology with a minor in music. "I was in my high school marching band,"Baker said."I started playing in 2003, and I love it.I'm a percussionist." Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay,which was formed nine years ago and is part of the Hillsborough parks department,brought home 40 gold,20 silver and six bronze medals while setting 10 national records at nationals.The organization was awarded first place in the medium team division,for squads with five to eight members. "We had five athletes and it was a tremendous event,"Chasanoff said."For some it was the first time they've spent any time away from home competing.I think the team itself was like family.They all cheered for each other and were real happy with each other's success." Baker encourages others to learn more about Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay. "It's a great organization and I encourage all physically disabled teens and kids to take part in it,"Baker said. For more information on Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay,call (813) 744-5307. Wharton High graduate Valerie Baker claimed the club toss gold medal at National Junior Disability Championships, one of her 11 golds at the event. (Photo by Becky Lehman) Valerie Baker's gold medals performances50-meter freestyle,2:01.19 100-meter freestyle,4:09.49 200-meter freestyle,8:01.16 50-meter backstroke,2:04 100-meter backstroke,4:13:65 50-meter breaststroke,2:01.81 100-meter breaststroke,4:13.65 Shot put,1.73 meters* Discus toss,3.58 meters* Club throw,7.95 meters* Table tennis,division champ *National recordsA gaggle of golds Valerie Baker is currently attending Florida Gulf Coast University.Andy Chasanoff said Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay is getting ready for the 2012 National Junior Disability Championships.R WIND2011E



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Voted Florida's No. 1 Weekly Sports Section Community SportsCommunity Sports Mikhail Reece excels in school, football and lifeBy Kyle LoJaconoOriginally published Sept.21Mikhail Reece stands out from the crowd no matter where he is thanks to his 6-foot-5, 245-pound body,but his mind and leadership abilities are what truly separate the Gaither senior from others. Reece currently has a 5.8 weighted grade point average (GPA),putting him on pace to be the Gaither salutatorian.His grandmother Nell instilled in him a thirst for knowledge, which endures to this day. "My mom (Jaclin) would be working,so my grandmother taught me how to read and about math,"Reece said."I knew my times tables at the age of 5 because of her. She gave me that extra push to get started. Now it just comes natural,and when I'm engaged in a class I want to do the work." Reece is also thankful for the free education offered in the United States.He was born in Kingston,Jamaica,a country where people have to pay $500-$600 a year just to attend basic schooling.Throw in money for uniforms and books,and most people on the island nation are not financially able to get a high school equivalent diploma. "I know that it's a blessing to have free schooling here through high school,and if you excel enough they will pay you to go to college,"Reece said."It's not like that in Jamaica or basically everywhere else,so I want to jump on that and take advantage of the education here." Reece came to the United States around age 4.He has gotten two Bs on his high school GPA,one in physical science while in eighth grade and another in English I. "I didn't know the science would count because I took it in middle school,but it did,"Reece said."In English it was borderline and I didn't turn in one worksheet.I still think about that B in English,and after that I told myself I wasn't going to get a B again." Reece's academic focus became apparent to teachers early in the school year. Danielle de Gregory teaches Reece Advanced Placement psychology and African-American history.She has only seen his work in the classroom for about a month,but already understands why he has been able to post such a high GPA. "The bell rings and he starts his work,"de Gregory said."We all have bell work in every class.Mikhail starts his work immediately. He doesn't finish talking with someone or stand in the hall for a few more seconds.The bell rings and he knows it's time to get down to business."Reece is also a defensive end and team captain on the Gaither football team.Cowboys coach Jason Stokes said he brings that same "down to business"approach to the gridiron."As soon as we blow the whistle he's all business,"Stokes said."When he sees kids in practice not focusing,he'll say something before the coaches.He's one of those special kids you don't get to coach very often." Reece had 12 tackles,two passes defensed,one sack and one forced fumble last football season.Stokes said he believes he will have a huge impact as a senior."He has all the measurables to be a bigtime player,"Stokes said."He's very coachable and puts in the work to get better.Plus he understands concepts very quickly and can see what other teams are trying to do to him."Reece isn't just a brain.He also has leadership qualities as apparent as his intelligence."I met Mikhail last year because as student government adviser I had to pick four juniors to take to the West Point Leadership Conference,"de Gregory said."Mikhail was a perfect person because they wanted student leaders and leaders on sports teams,and he is a leader on the football team and academically."When de Gregory was working to find the right juniors to bring on the trip,she asked student government members who they believed should go. "They all said Mikhail Reece without thinking about it,"de Gregory said."So not only do his teachers rave about him,but the kids think the same way about him. I couldn't find a more upstanding kid than Mikhail Reece.He is a fine young man." Reece's efforts in the classroom and on the football field have one of the most prestigious Ivy League universities interested in him.He was officially given a scholarship offer to play at Yale. "When I got the Yale offer,it's an honor, but I know that I have the ability because both sides of my family have people who are very strong academically,"Reece said."I have a cousin who went to Dartmouth,another Ivy League school.Then my father (Patrick) grew up very poor,like in tin houses,but he went to school and is an engineer. So I know if I don't do well it's only because I didn't put in the effort." Reece thanked Gaither offensive line coach Jeff Ditman for helping him get noticed by Yale.Ditman attended the Ivy League school and also played football for the Bulldogs."I think it's the perfect fit for him,"Ditman said."I have to watch myself because I don't want it to seem like I'm pushing him to go there,but looking at it objectively he's a great fit.I know they like him athletically,and I think he can succeed there as a football player.Academically I know it's a great opportunity for him,and I think his personality would fit perfectly there.I'll support whatever he does,but it would be good for him and for Yale to have him."While Ditman never directly coached or taught Reece,he has still seen his intelligence shine through on the field."He plays intelligently and he understands what he needs to do and what the other team is trying to do to him,"Ditman said."I communicate that to my offensive linemen how much of an assist that is,and of course we have to deal with him in practice. We can't outsmart him.It's hard to fool him because he sees things in a different way."Reece said he is most interested in math classes and would like to become an engineer like his father if things don't work out with football. "If I could go to the (NFL),that would be a dream,"Reece said."That would be the ultimate goal and after that I could do a lot of other things with my mind if it happens." All stats as recorded to Maxpreps.com by coaches.The leader of the pack Mikhail Reece is not only a leader in academics at Gaither, but is also one of the team captains on the Cowboys football team. (Photo courtesy of Gaither football)By Kyle LoJaconoOriginally published Feb.2A player who honed his skills at Bulldog Stadium at Zephyrhills High School will play beneath much brighter lights on Sunday, Feb.6. Ryan Pickett,a member of the Green Bay Packers,is headed to his second Super Bowl. The defensive lineman was born in Zephyrhills and played with the Bulldogs from 1994-1997.Some of his fondest memories are of playing Friday nights against Pasco County rivals like Pasco High and Land O'Lakes High. "That's where I learned the game," Pickett said."That's where I'm from and it'll always feel like home.I don't live there anymore,but I take any chance I have to get back." Tom Fisher coached Pickett at Zephyrhills and remembers him as one of the biggest and strongest he has seen.Fisher is still a teacher at Zephyrhills and said Pickett was definitely one of the best he has ever coached. Zephyrhills principal Steve Van Gorden said his performances are a topic of conversation around the school."I never met Ryan,but it's nice to see a local get to the Super Bowl,"Van Gorden said. "It shows if you work hard,you can be successful no matter where you're from.He's a great role model for anyone that hard work pays off.It's going to be great that he can represent not only the Packers,but Zephyrhills."As a senior at Zephyrhills,Pickett recorded 119 tackles and seven sacks.His accomplishments were honored in 2008 when his alma mater retired his number 79. Pickett still wears the number with the Packers. Pickett was one of the top defensive recruits coming out of high school and signed a scholarship to play at Ohio State University.Unlike most freshmen in college, Pickett played in every game his first season,including starting the final nine.He recorded 109 tackles,20 for a loss,and eight sacks at Ohio State. Pickett,31,left after his junior season and was selected with the 29th pick of the first round in the NFL draft by the St.Louis Rams in 2001.He played five years with the Rams before signing with Green Bay as a free agent after the 2005 season.He was resigned by the club before this season to a four-year,$28 million contract. During his 10-year career,Pickett has recorded 454 tackles,nine sacks and 24 passes defensed in 148 games.This season, he played in 14 regular season games,12 starts,and racked up 32 tackles and a sack. Pickett reached the Super Bowl his rookie season in St.Louis,but was denied the Lombardi Trophy by the New England Patriots.A decade later,he gets his second shot this weekend in Dallas. "I've never been back and I've been dying to get another chance,"Pickett said. "As a rookie I didn't know what to expect. Getting there as a rookie,you kind of think you're going to get back every year.After 10 years I've learned it's not that easy.I'm making sure the younger guys know this might be their only chance and to give it everything they've got." Last year,Pickett was a key part of the Packers No.1 ranked rush defense that allowed just 83.3 yards per contest,a franchise record.Pickett and Green Bay were the 5th ranked total defense in 2010, allowing 309.1 yards a game. The Packers defeated the Chicago Bears 21-14 to advance to the Super Bowl,where they will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pickett and the defense allowed just 83 rushing yards in the contest and he believes containing the run is the key to getting his first championship. "Those fast,skinny guys on offense may make the highlights,but everyone knows the game is really won and lost at the line of scrimmage with the big boys,"Pickett said with a laugh."It's us smacking each other around that are the real superstars." Pickett,6-foot-2,is nicknamed "Big Grease"in part because he tips the scales at 340 pounds.He said the weight comes in handy in frigid Green Bay. Pickett's older brother Booker played at Zephyrhills and also in college at the University of Miami.Booker still lives in east Pasco and was an assistant on the Bulldogs football team last season. Pickett and his wife Jennifer have three daughters,Esther,Abigail and Lydia,and one son,Ryan Jr.Pickett said his boy is only 3years-old,but already thinks he will follow in his father's footsteps. "Football is in our blood,"Pickett said. "His daddy and uncle played high school and college ball,and I can already see him on the field in a couple years making plays." Ryan Pickett on the sidelines as the Packers won their wildcard matchup against the Eagles. (Photo courtesy of the Packers) Mikhail Reece and the Cowboys reached the playoffs this year for the first time since 2008,making it all the way to Class 7A regional finals for only the second time in the program's 27-year history. Gaither finished with a 9-4 record.Reece posted 87 tackles,5.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries.He will decide on what college to attend in early 2012.R WIND2011E Pickett and the Green Bay Packers have run away with the No.1 overall seed in the National Football Conference with a 14-1 record.Pickett has started in all of the Packers games while posting 32 tackles and two passes defensed.R WIND2011E813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 28,2011 16 Ryan Pickett represents Pasco County in Super Bowl



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By Kyle LoJaconoOriginally published Jan.12After the 51-30 win against Zephyrhills High Jan.4,first-year Academy at the Lakes coach Karim Nohra congratulated his team as he has following his previous 399 victories. The 20-year coach thinks there is nothing special about winning his 400th game in high school. "I never even thought about (400),"Nohra said."All that's saying is I've coached a long time.As far as I'm concerned it's just a long time of coaching." Nohra,who is a professor at the college of engineering at the University of South Florida,started as a boys junior varsity coach from 1987 to 1990 and then became the girls coach at Tampa Catholic High.He moved to Cambridge Christian High for two years and eventually to Wesley Chapel High the previous two seasons before coming to the academy. "We've had success,but that's not just because of me,"Nohra said."It's the people around me.I have two assistants and I haven't gone anywhere without them." Those assistants are Gene Miranda,who has been with Nohra since he went to Tampa Catholic,while Mackenzie Vidonic played for him at Cambridge and joined his staff after graduating in 2006. "He tries to act like it's no big deal,but it is,"Vidonic said."He's a great coach and this shows it." Nohra guided Wesley Chapel to consecutive regional finals the last two seasons,but was not retained with the team.He did not have to wait too long before another group of Wildcats was knocking at his door. "I've known him for 25 years,"said academy athletic director Tom Haslam."I've followed him the whole way.He's won a ton of games everywhere he went.When I heard he was having to reapply for his job at Wesley Chapel,which to me means you're not going to have your job,we jumped on him." For a coach who won 48 games in two years at Wesley Chapel,the change with coming to the academy was stark.The Wildcats went 0-15 in the 2009-10 season and needed a lot of work to get to the 9-1 mark they are at. "They always fielded a team,but they'd get trounced,"Nohra said."They'd be everyone's senior night because you know it would be a W.I came in and said the mentally has to change.I'm screaming,yelling at them and they're like,holy cow this guy is crazy,but I've changed their perception of what basketball is all about. They don't know how to win and you have to know how to win and prepare to win and no one did that before." Nohra also put them on a weight lifting and running program to get them faster and stronger to run his system. "We press and run,that's my style,"Nohra said."If you're not in shape you can't press and run.I tell them all the time I want the ball.'Go get me the ball and they can't score and we have more opportunities to score. That's the bottom line.Are we good at it yet? No,but if I take it away from you half the time it gives us a better chance to score." His players said Nohra says that at least 20 times each practice,"Go get me the ball."He demands perfection in every drill,asking players where they should be at any point and why. "He's just a great coach,"said forward Andrea Mauger,who played for Nohra at Wesley Chapel last season."He worked me hard and is going to make me a better player.I want to play college ball and he's a great coach to help me do that.He's very intense, but he's awesome.He definitely knows what he's talking about,but if you don't do your job you're going to hear it." In practice,Nohra also does not miss an opportunity to remind them where they were one year ago. "Lazy gets us 0-15,"Nohra yelled during a recent practice. Sophomore forward Christina Stark was a part of that Wildcats team last year that went winless. "It's been a whole different program this year,"Stark said."He takes practice as serious as games." Junior center/forward Alexis Holler also suffered through that 0-15 season. "It's a lot faster paced all the time,"Holler said."We get a lot more done in practice and it's working. My goal is to win the first district championship for girls basketball this season.I think we have a chance." Only one team has a district title at the academy,the girls golf team this school year. The basketball program reached the district finals in 2007. In the milestone win Nohra's press defense forced 25 steals,with Mauger leading the way with nine and also adding a teamhigh 20 points.Guard Marjorie Rivera added eight steals,17 points and five rebounds and five assists. Many of Nohra's former players,including the entire Wesley Chapel team,watched the 20-year veteran record No.400.Nohra acknowledged the achievement,but would give them all up for a championship run. "If anybody wants to trade,I'll trade my 400 for seven in February,"Nohra said. "That's really what I'd like to do. Seven wins in February means we just won the state title." The academy had a game against Lakeside Christian Jan.10,but results were not available by press time.The squad next plays at the Academy of the Holy Names Jan. 18 at 6 p.m.Karim Nohra joins 400 club Academy at the Lakes girls basketball coach Karim Nohra talks with his team during a timeout in the Wildcats win over Zephyrhills. (Photos by Glenn Gefers www.Photosby3g.com)By Kyle LoJaconoOriginally published on Sept.21Bishop McLaughlin volleyball player Jess Johnson and her brother Glenn Jr.,a soccer player at Pine View Middle,each were invited to play in international all-star events this summer. Jess,a 5-foot-11 senior outside hitter,was selected as one of 12 high-school-aged players for Team Florida Girls Youth International Team that played in the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.The event was in Tucson, Ariz.,July 25-30,the same week Glenn Jr. was playing in his own all-star event. Glenn Jr.was picked to play in the Knowsley International Youth Soccer Tournament in Liverpool as part of the Florida Alliance Soccer League All-Star Team. Soccer players were selected from affiliated clubs in Hillsborough,Pasco,Pinellas and Manatee counties. The Land O'Lakes duo said they enjoy having a sibling that is also talented in sports.It is also fun for their parents,Brenda and Glenn Sr.,but it isn't always easy attending the two all stars'sporting events. "We're basically going in different directions just trying to keep up,"Brenda said. Glenn Sr.added with a laugh,"There has been a lot of stuff broken in our house from them practicing when they shouldn't. Actually my son wanted to move his bed out of his room so he could have an indoor mini soccer field.It didn't happen." Both parents played high school sports. Brenda was a basketball and softball player, while Glenn Sr.played football and baseball. Glenn Jr.played multiple sports at a very young age,including football,baseball and basketball,but Jess did not take to athletic events as naturally. "It was interesting for Jessi because she was a Barbie-doll playing young girl,"Glenn Sr. said."She didn't want to play any sports at all.We tried her at every sport,and she didn't like any of them.Volleyball was the last choice,and it worked out." Jess has taken off with volleyball since she started playing at the New Tampa YMCA at age 8.She has been a four-year varsity player in high school,first at Wiregrass Ranch as a freshman,at Land O'Lakes as a sophomore and the last two years at Bishop McLaughlin. Jess posted 328 kills and 201 aces last year for the Hurricanes.She has 706 kills and 296 aces while in high school. Jess had to attend two tryouts to make Team Florida. She was one of about 100 girls vying to make the final cut. "I was actually surprised because I was cut the previous year,"Jess said."I wasn't expecting anything.When I did make it,I was so excited." Team Florida played against similar squads from across the nation and world,coming in ninth overall. "It really gives you a good look at what it's going to look like when you play in college,"Jess said."In college it's all the best kids who are playing club. I want to play in college.Playing professional isn't really a goal of mine,but if I got the opportunity it would be really hard to turn down." Jess'favorite player is setter Alisha Glass, who won three straight national titles while at Penn State from 2007-09. Jess wants to major in chemistry and eventually become a pharmacist if professional volleyball isn't in the cards. Glenn Jr.started playing soccer at age 4. His favorite player is Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona. While he was expecting to make the Florida Alliance team,Glenn Jr.said he was very honored when he heard he was picked. "It was a great experience,"Glenn Jr.said. "The game was more physical,and we finished second place in the U13 division." He plays for both Pine View Middle and the Wesley Chapel Flames U13 squad.Glenn Jr.would like to play in college and possibly make a career out of the sport he loves. The siblings have shined athletically,but their parents make sure they do not fall behind in the classroom. "School is always the priority,"Brenda said."We make sure of that.Glenn Jr.has to get his homework done before practice is even an option.We're pretty firm about that, so I think athletics has helped motivate their academics." All high school stats as recorded to Maxpreps.com by coaches.Johnson siblings both earn all-star status Jess and Glenn Jr. Johnson each recently participated in international all-star events, Jess in volleyball and Glenn Jr. in soccer. (Photos courtesy of Brenda Johnson) Jess Johnson helped lead Bishop McLaughlin to the regional tournament for the first time in program history.The Hurricanes finished with a 16-9 record, while Jess posted 403 kills and made the All-Laker/All-Lutz News Volleyball first team.She will play at Norfolk State University on a volleyball scholarship. Glenn Jr.is playing in the middle school soccer season with Pine View.R WIND2011E The Wildcats won the Class 1A-District 9 championship in 2011,the first district title in school history.The academy reached the regional finals before losing to Trinity Christian to finish with a 19-5 record.Nohra and the Wildcats have started the 2011-12 season 7-1.R WIND2011E SPORTS CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 COMMUNITYNEWS PUBLICATIONS December 28,2011 17



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By Kyle LoJaconoOriginally published April 27If there is a pitching gene,the Brandt family must have it. Aaron Brandt is a Pasco High graduate and is currently a junior pitcher for Saint Leo University's baseball team.Courtney Brandt is a senior pitcher for the Pirates softball program,as is freshman Taylor Brandt for the junior varsity squad. "It's a lot of fun,"Aaron said."We all talk about pitching.There were always high expectations in the household.I started pitching at age 9,and I've always been a pitcher since then." All three are right-handed pitchers and have been playing baseball/softball for most of their lives. "We moved here from Tampa when I was about 6,so I played a year or two there,"Aaron said."Then I was in the Dade City Little League from T-ball on up.I started around age 4 and so did Courtney and Taylor." Courtney started playing baseball and did not pick up softball until about age 10. "I didn't really know softball.I was a baseball player,"Courtney said."As I kept playing it,I really enjoyed softball and have learned to love it." Aaron and Taylor both said they always wanted to pitch,but Courtney found her way into the position. "I didn't want to be a pitcher at first,but they needed one for my Little League team," Courtney said."Ever since then,I've liked it." The move has paid off,as she has a full scholarship to play at Stetson University. Taylor said she cannot remember back far enough to when she first started pitching,but an arm injury put her on the sidelines for almost two years. "I broke my arm and then I rebroke it again,"Taylor said."It took a long time for it to heal.It's a lot better now. It was Courtney and my dad (Phil) who really first helped me with my pitches and helping me get back to pitching." 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Courtney said of their differences,"He's definitely more laid back and he's more confident on the mound than I am.He's had many more pitching lessons and he's more of a spot-on accurate and I try to throw hard and get it in there. "I would say Taylor and Aaron are more alike,"Courtney continued."She's laid back, but I've noticed her getting a little more intense lately." Taylor considers herself similar to both her older siblings. "I'd say I'm somewhere in between," Taylor said. During Aaron's time at Pasco,he had a 21-9 record with a 2.60 ERA and 160 strikeouts.He has also a 4-5 record and a team-leading a 4.64 ERA and 37 strikeouts 11 games started this season,according to the Lions sports information department. Courtney's 0.92 ERA is the lowest of any pitcher with at least two starts this season. She has given up only 12 earned runs all year with a team-leading 12-4 record and 197 strikeouts.Statistics for the Pasco junior varsity team are not kept,but the squad's coach Amy Herndon said she is their frontline starter."We go back and forth a little bit on who the best pitcher is,but I think Courtney has me beat,"Aaron said."She's doing very well." Taylor said she does not know what career she wants to go into yet.Aaron is majoring in business management,while Courtney wants to be a teacher. "I want to teach history,"Courtney said. "World history is what I like.Ancient Roman times and that kind of stuff is really interesting to me." All stats as recorded to Maxpreps.com by coaches unless otherwise stated.SPORTS The Brandts: east Pasco's pitching family Courtney went 16-5 with a 0.93 ERA and 240 strikeouts in 128 innings while posting a .485 batting average,44 runs scored,36 RBI,eight doubles and five home runs.She was named the AllLaker/All-Lutz News Softball Player of the Year for her efforts.Aaron went 5-5 with a 4.44 ERA and 42 Ks in 73 innings pitched for Saint Leo.All three siblings are currently preparing for the 2012 season,Taylor with Pasco,Aaron with Saint Leo and Courtney with Stetson University,where she is playing on a softball scholarship.R WIND2011E Aaron Brandt is the older brother of Pasco softball pitchers Courtney and Taylor. (Photos by Kyle LoJacono) Pirates junior varsity pitcher Taylor Brandt thinks her personality is a little like both her brother and sister. Pasco senior pitcher Courtney Brandt started off playing baseball in the Dade City Little League.



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Since the traffic pattern changed last December,the 10 or more semi trucks that come by the Wesley Chapel Business Center each week cannot leave without turning across both lanes of traffic and the blocked off portion to the south.Support The Troops Inc.,which sends supplies to U.S.troops serving abroad,is located in that complex. "It's a big mess,"said Bob Williams, Support The Troops founder."The trucks just can't make that turn.If you've got a truck worth more than $100,000,you're not going to risk it getting damaged to drop off donations to us.I've already seen problems with donations because of the turning." Williams shares the building with two companies owned by his sons. Pasco chief engineer James Widman said the county has already increased the turning radius out of the center from 35 to 50 feet. "Trucks should be able to turn in that amount of space,"Widman said. Williams'complaint with the project does not end with the turning radius.He also claims the county promised him a wall would be built between SR 54 and the center to protect it if someone hits the building.Currently,only five feet and a small guardrail separate the structure from the thousands of vehicles that drive by every day. "We've just stopped using our corner office near the road because we know it's just a matter of time before someone crashes into us,especially when the other lanes open and more people drive though," Williams said."It's sad that you reach an agreement in good faith with someone and they back out." Williams said it was a verbal agreement. Widman said no promise was ever made.He said he met with Williams,who lives in Lutz, and agreed to present the idea of building a dividing wall to the county lawyer.In the end he says it was decided they would help Williams build the barrier,but would not pay for it. "We compensated Mr.Williams when we bought the land to do the project,"Widman said."The amount we gave him was not only for the land,but also to account for anything,such as a wall,that he would need to build." The amount Williams received was unavailable from the county,which paid $74.2 million total to acquire right-of-way for the project. Widman,who emphasized he believes Williams is a good man,said such a dividing wall would cost $40,000 to $60,000. "They'll eventually do something,but Pasco County likes to wait until two or three people get killed before they do anything,"Williams said."Everybody is incensed by this.You can't even get to the post office without nearly getting into an accident." Williams has created a temporary solution to the problem,placing a steel overseas shipping container filled with 100,000 pounds of anything he could find next to his building on his property. "It will prevent anyone from driving through our building and hopefully will get the county to move a little faster,"Williams said. The Wesley Chapel Post Office is on Boyette just west of the business center. Problems there began when the intersection of Boyette and SR 54 lost its traffic signal when the lanes shifted. Megan Hill nearly got into an accident turning onto Boyette to mail a Christmas package.She lives east of the post office and the new configuration of SR 54 made it difficult for her to see when to turn. "You're right up against the buildings and then the turn is just past them,"Hill said. "I hit the brakes to turn right and the person behind me had to go into the other lane of traffic to not hit me.I've lived here for 10 years,but I almost missed that turn I've made about 100 times." Widman said he has suggested putting signs up to alert drivers the turn for the post office is near. "The other problem is we have the wrong street name on the new traffic signal,"Widman said."That new road that comes through east of Boyette is called Vandine Road.For some reason the Boyette sign was put on top of the new light." That new road comes south where Boyette begins its S-curve.It is named after a family that owned the land the county bought to build the street.Widman said it is designed to take traffic off Boyette,which is why it received the signal that Boyette lost. "We had to remove the light because the distance was too close to have two as part of the access management plan for the road,"Widman said."It has to meet state requirements.Traffic on Boyette should taper off as people get used to using Vandine Road instead.We understand change is difficult and we aren't perfect.We'll do what we can to put the right signage out for drivers." Widman added the project to widen SR 54 to six lanes from I-75 to Curley Road is well ahead of schedule and he thinks it should be done before next March as was originally planned. Semi trucks trying to turn out of the Support The Troops'facility appear to need more than the 50 feet they currently have. (Photo courtesy of Bob Williams)SR 54 widening causing problems for drivers,troops The county and Bob Williams are still not settled on the final outcome of the road and building.Williams has placed a large metal container next to the corner of the building to protect against any vehicle driving into it.The county has completed the widening project.R WIND2011E



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"Right now my main goal is to lead this department,"Nocco,35,said."I could say I want to run for the position in 2012,but that takes away from the real goals we have. Anything that takes away from that is something I'm not interested in." Two priorities rise to the top of Nocco's list. "I was a street cop and I still see myself as a street cop,"Nocco said."I have the philosophy that our people on the street need to have the confidence to do their job,and I will support them as long as they are following the law.I want them to know that I'm behind them. "My other main priority is putting bad people behind the bars at the Land O' Lakes jail,"Nocco continued."I believe strongly those people should be arrested and locked up.If the people committing crimes are behind bars,then this whole area will be safer for everyone." Nocco,an Odessa resident,has worked with the sheriff's office the last two years,where he held the rank of major and has overseen the law enforcement elements of the department.He was appointed by Gov.Rick Scott to replace Bob White,who retired the post April 30 during his third term. Nocco was one of three finalists for the position.Fellow Pasco Sheriff's Office Maj. Brian Head and local lawyer Kerry O' Connor were the others. Scott called Nocco the morning of April 28 to inform him he was the next sheriff. "I was a little shocked and surprised," Nocco said."I wanted the opportunity to lead the department,and I wondered what I would do if I had the chance." During his pondering,Nocco realized protecting Pasco's citizens goes farther than just law enforcement. "I was with the police department just across the river from Washington D.C.during 9/11 and the D.C.sniper in the 1990s," Nocco said."That taught me we need to prepare for anything,whether that's a natural disaster,crime or something else." Nocco will complete White's term as the sheriff,which ends in 2012.He said he respects the work White has done to build a strong foundation in making the agency he envisions. Nocco grew up in what he described as a blue collar Philadelphia neighborhood.His father James is a retired captain from the Philadelphia Police Department and Nocco developed a respect for public service at a young age. "Our neighbors were police officers,firefighters,construction workers.The people who made the community work and also the people who were our sports coaches, volunteers and leaders,"Nocco said. Nocco started working in law enforcement in 1999.He moved to Florida in 2003 and has worked with the Florida Highway Patrol.He was also deputy chief of staff for U.S.Sen.Marco Rubio when Rubio was Florida Speaker of the House. Nocco said he believes the role of every law enforcement officer does not stop with their paid duties,but extends into community service.He is a member of Our Lady of the Rosary's chapter of the Knights of Columbus,a faith-based organization that supports people and families in need.He is also a volunteer soccer coach at the YMCA in Trinity. Nocco and his wife Bridget have three children.His two sons Alex and Xavier are ages 4 and 3,respectively,while daughter Gabriella is 20 months.New sheriff gets down to business Chris Nocco has pushed to reduce the prescription drug abuse problem within the county,hiring new deputies specifically to focus on the matter.He also helped conduct a large crime sweep with the help of other county,municipality and state law enforcement agencies that arrested 244 people wanted on outstanding warrants during a three-day span.Nocco has yet to formally apply for the 2012 Pasco Sheriff's election.R WIND2011E Chris Nocco



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