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By B.C. Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comJason and Jessica Smith have a holiday tradition with their three young children. The Land O Lakes couple brings the youngsters to the Christmas House at Old Lutz School where the kids get a giant serving of holiday cheer. As they make their way through the historic building, Maddy, 6; Amelia, 5; and Elliot, 2, have plenty to see. One room in the school at 18819 N. U.S. 41 is filled with Christmas trees, decked out in all sorts of themes. One of those trees is decked out with paper ornaments colored by kindergarten children at Lutz Elementary School. In another room, visitors can check out a huge assortment of nutcrackers. There are also rooms with miniature trains that make their way through towns and villages. Outside there are other decorations. Lights spell out Seasons Greetings in front of the historic building, and windows are illuminated by lighted decorations. Theres an old-fashioned Nativity scene onLutz NEWSFREELutz NEWS SERVING LUTZ/ODESSA DECEMBER 25, 2013 Call AttorneyJIMHOLLIDAY813-868-1887 AUTO ACCIDENT?SLIP & FALL? No Fees Or Costs Unless You WinHelping Injured PeopleHOLLID A Y BOMHOFF KARA TINOS P.L. Attorneys at LawI Will Aggressively Fight To Protect Your Legal Rights18920 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 101 Lutz, FL (Corner of Sunlake & Dale Mabry) FEB 5-8, 2014 Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg 888.974.3698 | 727.248.0115 ShenYun.comPresented by Florida Falun Dafa Association, Inc. ALL-NEW 2014 SHOW with live orchestra Check outLetters to Santaon pages 6 & 7By Michael Hinmanmhinman@cnewspubs.comGroans, interruptions, occasional applause. That was the scene in the New Port Richey city council chambers last week when federal, state and local officials led by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis pulled homeowners together to talk about whats been a painful subject in recent months: flood insurance. Premiums under the National Flood Insurance Program, a federal insurance plan administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have skyrocketed since October when a federal law went into effect designed to help the program make up for losses from major disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Implementation was designed to slowly ramp up increases for affected policyholders, but what has actually happened has been much different. One homeowner on the west side of Pasco County got a rude awakening soon See FLOOD, page14 Christmas Card Lane revival draws a very big crowd By B.C. Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comChildren played drums, rang hand bells, sang, clapped rhythmically and even did a little dancing to entertain the crowd that gathered for the Christmas Card Lane celebration in downtown Lutz. Hundreds gathered for the event, which also featured a visit from Santa, a few remarks by the communitys honorary Lutz Guvna, and the ceremonial flipping of the switch to illuminate 16 giant holiday cards. The 8-by-4-foot cards are posted along the edge of Memorial Park, across the street from the Lutz Depot Building, where the crowd watched the children from Lutz Elementary School perform. The event marked the revival of the old Christmas Card Lane tradition in Lutz. The tradition ceased some years back, but a special edition of the event was done this year to mark the communitys 100th birthday. The Christmas Card Lane celebration was the fourth and final event to mark the communitys centennial. Ligia Grams was there to watch her son Dakota, 8, perform. She gave the event high marks. Its a good community outing for everyone, Grams said. It just brings everyone together. The kids will have a blast. Diane DeMarco and her husband, Dan, also came out to watch the Lutz Elementary children perform, which included their son, Joseph, 8. DeMarco also thought the event would be a good way to get into the Christmas spirit. Her family moved to Lutz three years ago because of the communitys reputation for having a small-town feel. Indeed, as chronicled in local history books written by Eliabeth Riegler MacManus and her daughter, Susan A. MacManus, community gatherings have long been the social glue for Lutz. So, when the Lutz Centennial Committee was planning how to celebrate the communitys 100th birthday, they reasoned that community gatherings would be the way to go. The first centennial event was a food See CARD, page15 Old Lutz School turns into Christmas House Do you love nutcrackers? Then youll enjoy the giant collection on display at the Christmas House at Old Lutz School. (Photos by B.C. Manion) The holiday card provided by Lutz Elementary School depicts a group of singers, which is fitting since children from that school sang and played music to entertain the crowd during the Christmas Card Lane festivities. An old-fashioned snowman greets visitors to Lutzs Christmas Card Lane.See HOUSE, page14

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Merry ChristmasFrom Our Family To YoursDr. Michael Craven and his wife, Linda, are blessed with 5 precious grandsons Christmas morning. A chiropractor for 35 years, Dr. Craven has lived in Land O' Lakes since 1980. (813) 996-9800 The Eye CareProfessionalsof Tampa Bay, LLCformerly From my staff and myself, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. WE ARE A COLLECTION SITE www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 20132 www.brittendental.com213 Crystal Grove Blvd. Lutz, FL 33548-6452 Leonard L. Britten, D.D.S. Nicholas L. Britten, D.M.D.Sleep in Heavenly Peacewith a Silent NiteSnore GuardCALL OUR OFFICE TODAY. 813.949.8411 Silent NiteSnore Guard$75offexpires 12/31/13 B y Michael Hi nmanmhinman@cnewspubs.comMany stories will likely be written about Taylor Emery, a standout junior point guard on the Freedom High School girls basketball team, as she progresses her way through college and beyond. But on a mournful day in mid-October, it was her turn to write. A young man who had cheered the basketball team on from the bleachers, and who had become a symbol of hope for the school and his community, had just lost his long battle with primitive neuroectodermal tumors. And it was then the 16-year-old pulled out a tablet and a pen, and began to share her thoughts on the passing of Jordan Harris. Unable to g r asp this unbelievable news Not quite being able to r efuse Eighteen year s old, he shouldnt have died Just a kid living str ide to str ide I never thought about ever pursuing anything in the music industry, Emery said. But I felt all the pain from Jordan passing away. And the next day, I wanted to do something for him. I wanted to do something cool that he wouldve loved. And I know he loved music.The words flooded Emerys paper, and it took a few days to organize her thoughts after that and turn her stream of consciousness into something lyrical. It was then Emery shared her work with a 16-year-old friend who played recreational basketball, Kellie Gaston, who also had a passion for singing. They both then turned to another teammates brother, Kyle Snelgrove, who even at 17 has his own recording studio in his Brandon home. We all got together one night, and did the recording, Emery said. Gaston sang the chorus, Emery rapped her primary lyrics, and Snelgrove produced. I had to record my part a lot of times, but Kellie got it on the first try. Kyle said he would have it done in a week, and he did.The trio got permission to use an original instrumental base they found on YouTube, and Emery uploaded the final product to Apples iTunes Store, offering the song for 99 cents. She wont know until January how many people downloaded the song in the first wave, but Emery already plans to donate 75 percent of proceeds to the Harris family. The other 25 percent covers the costs of producing it. He has helped me and others in so many different ways, Emery said of Harris, who died Oct. 16 at the age of 18. He fought cancer three times, and the first two times, he never gave up and was just so happy with what he did. It taught us that no matter how hard things are, there is always a way to come out of it. Jo r dan may be gone But Ill never fo r get Ill never fo r get how he inspir ed me The Freedom Patriots are locked in a tough battle to win their district, and Emery has been one of the keys to her teams success. In just two games in December, she scored a combined 75 points. And she hasnt had a game without scoring in double digits since her first year on the team. A wall in her bedroom is filled with envelopes sent to her by colleges around the country interested in her hardwood skills. And Emery dreams of not only excelling in college, but possibly earning a spot in the Womens National Basketball Association. Her iPhone is filled with all kinds of music, ranging from hip-hop and rhythm and blues to rock, and maybe even a little country. Emerys favorite musician right now is Macklemore, who she says raps with a purpose with songs like Wing$ and Same Love. Emery is an A student at Freedom, taking four Advanced Placement courses this year alone. Theres not a lot of room in her schedule to create and produce a song, let alone promote it, but Emery knew sharing Harris with the rest of the world was something she had to do. I just wanted to help his family so much, she said. I know its hard to lose anyone to cancer, especially someone who is 18, and I felt this was the only way I could help them. I cant bring Jordan back, but I hope I can at least help them with this. He wants no pain or str uggle fr om us Just happiness and memo r ies Loving the past and blinded by ou r futur e A futur e he never knew He is watching ove r us now What a g r eat thing to bear Rest in peace, JHarr Taylor Em ery, a juni or at Freedom H i gh School, li stens to the song she wrote and recorded ab out late class m ate Jordan Harri s. (Photo b y Mi chael Hi n m an) The cancer Jordan Harris had was so rare, even today its difficult to remember its name: primitive neuroectodermal tumors. Harris was first diagnosed with the condition in 2011 when he was an upperclassman at Freedom High School, and surgeries and treatment would sideline him from some of his favorite activities, like soccer. If nothing happened, I probably would have wanted to play college soccer on a scholarship, Harris said late last year. But itll all be about fun now.Harris graduated from Freedom in June, but his condition worsened not long after that. He succumbed to the cancer on Oct. 16.In my experience, its those with the hardest struggles who seem to persevere the most, and Jordan was no exception, Freedom social studies teacher Katie Feldman told students, family and friends who joined in a candlelight vigil soon after Harris passing. Talk to anyone who knew him, and they would undoubtedly mention his beautiful smile, the way he always wanted to put other people first, and his unyielding sense of perseverance. Michael Hinman Jordan Harr i s Jordan Harris was symbol of hope at Freedom Download HarrisWant to download Harris on iTunes and support the family of the late Jordan Harris? Find this story on LakerLutzNews.com, and look for a link directly to the song.

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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 20133 Starkey Ranch park moves forward while others struggleBy Michael Hinmanmhinman@cnewspubs.comWith 18 sports fields, eight total courts for basketball and tennis, more than a mile of trails, and a library, Starkey Ranch District Park is aiming to become a centralized recreational location for the entire county. And while Pasco Countys financial commitment is minimal compared to that of the school board and the private developer of the project just off State Road 54 past Trinity, commission chairman Jack Mariano wanted to make it clear that his approval comes with conditions: start fully funding the rest of the county parks.We cut libraries back tremendously, and cut parks back tremendously, he said, adding that by the time Starkey Ranch District Park moves forward, if we havent addressed getting rid of the park fees and putting more money back into the parks, I am not going to be comfortable moving forward.The problem, Mariano said, is that the county already is struggling to maintain the recreation areas it already has. Adding the Starkey Ranch project could make it even more difficult for the county, which is already charging $2 parking fees for those who visit various parks in the county. Those fees were designed to stave off further funding cuts from parks following a fall in overall tax revenue after the housing market collapse. If the fees were still in place by the time parts of Starkey Ranch opened up, visitors also would pay the parking fee there, county administrator Michele Baker said. We cut back parks over 30 percent, and were going to add another liability for more parks and libraries, Mariano said. Starkey Ranch, however, is planned to become much less of a liability. The county would not be responsible for taking over part of the maintenance fees until 2017 when it would take on 15 percent of the costs estimated at $42,700. The county wouldnt fully take over maintenance of the park until 2023, where its estimated to cost just under $285,000. By then, the existence of the park should spark more residential growth in and around Starkey Ranch, and those additional taxpaying rooftops should more than offset the costs incurred by the county, Baker said. The developer has stepped forward and he is taking the risk, eating that operation cost, but bringing that quality, Baker said. They are stimulating growth in the area, and stimulating property value. Pasco County Schools will work directly with the developer on most of the district park project, funding its share, and even providing a small loan to the county to help it fund its contribution. The first phase of the project would include five baseball and softball fields, six multi-purpose fields, two concession stands, a pavilion with picnic tables, a playground, a maintenance building and just a little less than a mile of trails. The price tag to build that portion is $9 million. The second phase would be built when the $1.9 million in funds become available, and will include three more large multi-purpose fields, an additional playground and concession stand, and nearly 2,000 feet more of trails. The first phase is expected to open in 2015, carrying an annual operating and maintenance cost of $285,000, which will be fully paid for by the developer over the first two years, before the county responsibility is phased in. The overall project will include a lot more, as well. With the plans to build a three-story elementary and middle school near the project, the developer and the school district also are planning a 20,000square-foot library, a 6,000-square-foot black box theater, a gymnasium, four tennis and four basketball courts, and a track among other amenities. The county and school district also have the chance to generate revenue from the park from things like ticket surcharges, rent from private users, facility fees, advertising, and even naming rights.Paying to name something in the park is an experimental concept the county and school board are trying, although no one can buy the rights to name the entire district park or the school. Under the program, the school district would bid out such an offering, and it would need the countys approval. Any name that is chosen would have to contain the phrase at Starkey Ranch at the end. Among the examples the county provided were Raymond James Theatre at Starkey Ranch or Coastal Caisson Field at Starkey Ranch. Naming rights for major facilities, like Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg generate millions of dollars in revenue. However, naming shared-use facilities at Starkey Park is expected to go for much less. The commission green-lit the project unanimously. Commissioner Kathryn Starkey abstained, citing a conflict of interest. Developers of the Starkey Ranch District Park showed the proposed layout of its massive recreational offerings within the community just off State Road 54 past Trinity. The first phase of the district park is expected to open in 2015, with the county expected to take over the full estimated $285,000 in maintenance and operations costs a decade from now. (Image courtesy of Pasco County Commission) Does bleaching affect existing fillings and crowns?Teeth that have been filled with tooth colored fillings or have had porcelain crowns and bridges placed on them cannot be altered in color by bleaching. Consulting your dentist before starting a bleaching process will help identify what teeth may not bleach due to fillings or crowns and how that will affect the success of the outcome. HAWLEYDENTALASSOCIATES813-948-BITE (2483) 21752 SR 54 Land O Lakes/Lutz Ha wle yDental.com DENTALBITES There have been so many changes in how dentistry is practiced since we opened our dental office 25 years ago in Land O Lakes. We want to use this dedicated space in The Laker and Lutz News to answer questions we are frequently asked and to share with you information about new innovations that make dentistry pain free and affordable.QA www.PureHealthStudios.com Even though I am 73, I feel like I am in my 30s again!NEW Y E A R Y O U !NUTRITION SEMINAR SATURDAY JANUARY 4 2:00 PM RSVP ON WEBSITELIMITED SEATINGLynn Say s she has Found the Fountain of Youth! Are you ready to feel that wa y too? Call now:813-909-4939 ADVERTISINGTERRI WILLIAMSON twilliamson@cnewspubs.comLutz, Wesley ChapelSUZANNE BEAUCHAINE sbeauchaine@cnewspubs.comSales AssistantCAROLYN BENNETT cbennett@cnewspubs.comCustomer ServiceRACHEL THOMPSON rthompson@cnewspubs.comClassified & Directory Sales DESIGN SUBSCRIPTIONS: Paid subscriptions available for those outside delivery area. Call 813-909-2800.CIRCULATION: If you did not receive your paper, or to stop your paper, call 727-530-5521.NEWS DEADLINE: Thursday at noon. 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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 20134 Abby Bramlett, 7, of Land O Lakes, makes a bracelet at the Candlewood Community Church booth at Traditions on the Green. The annual event was Dec. 14 at the Land O Lakes Community Center, and included holiday fun, music and food. (Photos by Michael Hinman) Deputy Cliff Baltzer, a field training officer with the Pasco County Sheriffs Office, tries to pull a tennis ball away from Ace, the canine partner of Deputy Joe Liddick, during Traditions on the Green. Ace typically is used for regular patrol as well as for bomb sniffing, the only dog at the sheriffs office with that talent. The jazz band from Pine View Middle School shares some of its holiday musical treats during Traditions on the Green. Not only did the group touch on some popular Christmas music, but they also showed off some of their musical improvisational skills to the crowd. Matthew Madley, 5, of Land O Lakes, tosses bean bags at the A Focus on Fitness setup at Traditions on the Green. Dreaming of a green Christmas The goodwill and support of our readers and customers is the surest measure of our success. May your Christmas season be filled with family and friends.Merry Christmasfrom Our Family to Yours 813.909.2800www.lakerlutznews.com

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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 20135 By Diane Kortusdkortus@cnewspubs.comI dont think Ive ever been more relaxed than I am this holiday season. I finished my shopping early at the big Lutz/Land O Lakes Arts & Craft show in Lake Park. Swapped out my tables placemats from autumn leaves to snowflakes the day after Thanksgiving. And have two batches of Christmas cookies waiting in my freezer for my familys holiday party. As I write this column a week before Christmas, I still havent put up my tree nor pulled down the boxes of ornaments I accumulated during 25 years of raising children. And its likely that I wont. As far as outdoor decorations, I plugged in our iconic 4-foot Frosty the Snowman on my front porch, which gives off just enough light to illuminate the wreath on my door. Instead of spending hours hanging lights from the roof and wrapping them around trees, Im enjoying the beautiful lighted scenes in my neighbors yards. After decades of being caught up in the holiday hoopla that we mistakenly think is essential for our childrens happiness, this year Ive said no to those holiday indulgences that make me feel overstimulated, unsatisfied and guilty for not doing more. Instead, I have slowed the seasons pace to give myself the most precious gift of all time. Time to enjoy the spiritual significance of the season. Time to reflect on the joys of past holidays. Time to do things with people I care about with no expectations of exchanging gifts. I never imagined that the holidays could be so enjoyable. I am basking in the pleasures of what I love most whether its reading a book, listening to medieval Christmas music or calling friends whom I have not talked to since last Christmas. Time is a gift I am also sharing with my staff. Weve been off since last Friday when we finished putting together this Christmas edition of the paper. Producing our holiday edition early gave us five glorious days off. Were back to work tomorrow and Friday to get out our Jan. 1 edition, and then were off again for another five days. These beautifully long, back-to-back weekends are possible because Christmas and New Years fall on Wednesday, the same day The Laker/Lutz News is delivered to your home. This doesnt happen often (the last time was in 2002), and were delighted to be taking advantage of the calendar. My daughter, Rachel, is home from college on her winter break, and were using this bonus time to visit family in Minnesota. Were hoping that being with parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins will ease the sorrow of spending Christmas apart from my son and Rachels brother, Andy. Andy is a Marine who deployed to Afghanistan in November, just a week after he was married. But thankfully, while in Minnesota, well be seeing Andys new wife, Erin, because she too will be in the Midwest visiting her parents and siblings. As happy as I am to be at my childhood home for Christmas, I am sad to leave behind many people whom I care deeply about. Of course, it is impossible to spend Christmas with everyone we love. There are too many people, too many miles, too many constraints. But when we get back from our travels, we can give those who remained here our time, attention and presence the most precious gifts of all. This Frosty the Snowman has greeted visitors to Publisher Diane Kortus front door for more than 20 years. Nothing is more precious than the gift of time PUBLISHERS COLUMN Santa would love these cookiesAbove, Robert Grimm, 17, is putting some finishing touches on a Christmas tree cookie. Land O Lakes High School students made and decorated cookies for themselves, and for faculty members. (Photos by B.C. Manion) Above and below, a snowflake being decorated by Zach Christian, 17, a student part of the Academy of Culinary Arts. Keeping you a step ahead! Pediatrics Heel Pain Ingrown Toenails Corns / Calluses Fractures Warts Custom Orthotics Wound Care Diabetic Foot CareNo insurance, no problem. GREAT RATES!Notary services by appointmentFAMILY FOOT & ANKLE CARE William Trabulsi, D.P.M.Podiatric Physician 813-406-4806Located at the Greystone Professional Park 19013 Dale Mabry Hwy N., Lutz 23110 SR 54 @ Collier Pkwy(813) 948-2287 Under New Management!5 time SCCA Race Car champion Robin, her crew chief husband, Carl and their capable crew are ready to serve you.Come by and meet Robin New Reduced Prices on Boxes and Packaging! $2 OFF UPS SHIPPING ONE COUPON PER CU STO MER. EXPIRES 12/31/13In Willow Bend Shopping Center Holiday Hour s: Mon-Fri 8-8 Sat 9-6 Sun 11-2 Give the Gift that Lasts a LifetimeKRAV MAGA FOR CHRISTMAS!GREAT FOR KIDS Self Control Respect Confidence Better Grades Self protection GREAT FOR ADULTS Stress Relief Flexibility Get in Shape Weight Loss Self Defense To: From: Shihan StevePhone: 813-948-4844NEW STUDENTS ONLY! ONE MONTH OF FREE LESSONS 1829 Collier Parkway Lutz, FL 33549

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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 20136 Dear Santa Claus, I love you. I cant for you to come on Christmas Eve Santa. I would like Rainbow Loom for Christmas. Emma Doyle, 6 Dear Santa Claus, This year for Christmas, I would like a puppy. A puppy that is cute, but wont grow up to be too big in the future. Please, I have been good this year. I am a straight A student, and my biggest, greatest accomplishment, 2nd place in the constitution essay contest for all fifth graders in Pasco County. So I deserve a cute, loyal puppy. My mother recently found out we could bring a pet to travel with us, mostly because we always go away for the summer. She said she would let me have a new puppy if I got it as a Christmas present. Any kind please, as long as they are not too big. I am looking for one who is very playful and lovable. Send some dog supplies (such as dog food, leash, dog bowl, doggy toys, etc.) So I am prepared and ready. It would make me the happiest girl ever to have a puppy! I hope I can get one soon. P.S. I really want one that I could cuddle with, to play with, and be best friends with. Maravilla Frost, 10 Dear Santa Claus, Although you are all busy in the North Pole making toys, I am going to give you a list of ideas that I want for Christmas. Bracelet kit and refill kit (the kind of bracelet you make with rubber bands) Mouse trap (the game) A galaxy cell phone tennis shoes a google nexius tablet new aeropostate shirts jean shorts iPod touch 5th generation anything that has a zebra print, mustaches or neon colors Shania Spittka, 12 Dear Santa Claus, I want the build a bear on the table and I want a pet hamster, and more stuff animals and my own room and a pet snake or spider because im a good girl because I help my sister and brother and daddy and momma. Olivia Dubendorfer, 11 Dear Santa Claus, My Christmas wish is world peace. Please get somthing for those in need. Also could you get me Mario and Sonic Olympics. Please have a safe trip. Isaac White, 9 Dear Santa Claus, For Christmas I would like some cat warrior books and a Kindle Fire please. I live in Land O Lakes. I try my best in school to get good grades. I also wish for my family a great Christmas. Katie Madley, 8 Dear Santa Claus, Thank you for last years Christmas presents. I enjoyed doing the dolls hair and teaching English to the Furby. Please make sure you get my younger brother and sister, Julia and Johnny Mixon, the top thing on their wish lists to you. I have been a very good girl this year and only want one thing for Christmas: an Ipad Mini. I understand this may be a little high tech for your elves because they are used to making toys. Thats ok though because Ebay, Best Buy and Walmart all have great low prices. Thank you for reading and have a very Merry Christmas. P.S. What is your favorite type of cookie? Leah Mixon, 10 Dear Santa Claus, My name is Kaysoun. I am 11 years old and my sister is Britney she is 7 years. My mom is having a hard time this Christmas because we have to leave our home not knowing if we going to have a Christmas. Sant all I want for Christmas is to help my mom get us some bed sheets and blankets for hour bed she got us at the Salvation Army. They gave us some bed to sleep in me and my sister but my mom need help getting sheets and blankets for them because they are big bed so my mom dont have to keep getting beds as we get older. So please Santa help my mom get some queen size and full size sheets for the bed. I Kaysoun love sports. My sister love princesses. Kaysoun, Britney, and Ryan Dear Santa Claus, What I would like for Christmas is a dog, Penny bored and just to have a good time with my family. The reason why is because every god I had it was not mine and if it was a penni bored I would like ot because I like riding around. I also want to have a good time with my family because I love them and I love the holidays and looking at lights and watching old Christmas movies with them. Thats what I want for Christmas. Felicity Garcia, 13Its Christmas, and since we know The Laker/Lutz News has a direct line to Santa Claus at the North Pole, we thought wed share some of the letters to Santa weve received in recent weeks. Weve left the letters in their original form, uniquely spelled words and all. And congratulations to Adreanna Zepeda, a third-grader at Denham Oaks Elementary School, who won our BuildA-Bear as our favorite letter written during the Traditions on the Green event in Land O Lakes. Adreanna Zepeda, a third-grader at Denham Oaks, proudly shows off the Build-A-Bear she won for her letter written during the Traditions on the Green event in Land O Lakes. (Photo provided)Dear Santa Claus, I want for Chrismas is a doll with pink and gitter haire, and new cloes. 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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 20137 Dear Santa Claus, I want to get a ice skateing bild a bear and another rainbow loom. Campbell McElaney, 7 Dear Santa Claus, Hello, I am Luis Rivera. I am 12 yrs. old. I am going to tell you my wish list for Chirstmas. Wish List: Bike Nike shoes for school (solid black) NBA Basketball 2K 2013 for the Wii Ipod Shuffle Clothes size CL, 38 waits 30 length Football from NFLSanta I think I do deserve these presents. I watch my brother and sister when my mom goes to work. I give them food and something to drink so they can live. I clean my room. I take out the trash and wash the bathroom plus sweep and mop it to. Thats why I really deserve these presents.Luis Rivera, 12 Dear Santa Claus, My name is Kayla Galo. Santa, I was wondefing if you can buy me a game for my 3DS XL. Its called Luigis Mansion. And thats it. So you can have money left over to buy for the other kids. Kayla Galo, 10 Dear Santa Claus, I have been a good girl. I would like a Barbie a new Outfit a new Necklace. But I Will be happy with what you bring me. Camilla Montano-Durand, 6 Dear Santa Claus, For Christmas I want a little kitten even though Im alergic. I realy want one! Ive ben very nice so please give me one. Please! Thank you! Sencerily, Isabella Dubendrofer, 10 Dear Santa Claus, I want a Bild a Bare that has stue ice sats. Also a stuft pand too. Gigi Moralejo, 7 Dear Santa Claus, I love you. I have ben a good girl. I want a turtle. Amelia Schmitt, 6 Dear Santa Claus, I wont a sate of Ranbow Loom. Titus Northey, 6 Dear Santa Claus, Hello, I am Diego Montoya. I am 7 yer old. I am writing my wish list from you. Here are the following items that I wamt form Santa. Bike Nitendo DS Mini tablet to play games Just Dance 4 game for my Wii Shoes size 12-13 Clothes size 5T Santa I hope you can make my wish come true cause I heard that you are nice to kids that obey and behave to there parents. I want you to know that I have been a good little boy. Diego Montoya, 7 Dear Santa Claus, I would like a microphone and a infinatey game. I would also like a raimbow loom kit and I would also like a getar and mario kart 7 and some diary of the wimpy kid books. Liam Lencsak, 9 Dear Santa Claus, I would like Werfferbell for Christmas, a electric scooter, and the doll Barbie. Anastasia Gocek, 8 Dear Santa Claus, I wish for a Diamond Sword. I have Ben a Good Boy. Noah Dubendorfer, 6 Dear Santa Claus, Please bring me a airedale terrier and a iPad. Andrew Deneau, 6 Dear Santa Claus,I want for Christmas is Xbox, Webkins, Build A Bear, Books, LPS, Wii U, Clothes, Games.Jessica Amero, 8 Dear Santa Claus, Ive been a good girl. I want a Barbie. A panda. Jasmine Gocek, 7 Dear Santa Claus, I would like for crismas a Mercedes Benz for outside to play with. Another puppy and sanatizer. A drum set, Despicable Me 2 puzzle presto, Zoey 101 searies, a bunch of games. It does not matter which games. Stikers now 48 Crayola melt and mold factory, a lot of movies. It does not matter. Build-A-Bear workshop gift card. Mini laptop twister rave dance. Lexi, 7 Dear Santa Claus, I want a princess castle. Ella Pope, 3 Dear Santa Claus, I wont a tablet. And I wont a camera! Stephanie Cely, 6 Dear Santa Claus, I want a Kindle Fire for Christmas. Matthew Madley, 5 The Dubendorfer family, led by father Chris of Land O Lakes, work on their letters to Santa Claus at the Traditions on the Green holiday event at the Land O Lakes Community Center recently. Sharing their wishes with the North Pole include Olivia, 11, at left, Isabella, 10, and on his fathers lap, Noah, 6. (Photo by Michael Hinman) Vanessa Veve, MDInternal and Geriatric MedicineSe Habla Espaol Dr. Veve is board certied in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. Specializing in adult medicine with a focus on prevention and treatment of adult diseases, she is dedicated to working with her patients to identify their individual needs.SPECIALTIES Preventative Care Adult Physicals High Blood Pressure High Cholesterol Geriatric Syndromes Dementia and Memory Loss Polypharmacy Heart Failure Diabetes Management Pain Control Make your appointment today! 1809 Collier Parkway | Lutz | (813) 909-2368VANESSA VEVE, MDBoard Certied in Internal and Geriatric Medicine

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PET of the WEEK Sponsored by:2446 Land O Lakes Blvd (813) 388-6810 www.theredhydrant.com WEEKLY WINNERS Santa dog has come to townJonas had a grand time greeting kids and adults as Santas favorite Airedale Elf at the Traditions on the Green holiday celebration at the Land O Lakes Community Center. Jonas lives with The Laker/Lutz News publisher Diane Kortus, who adopted him six years ago from Sunshine Airedalers of Florida.Diane will donate the Pet of the Week Gift Certificate.www.LakerLutzNews.com Decemb er 25, 20138 Send us a picture and information on your favorite pet!Write a short paragraph about why your pet is special along with a photo and mail to: Pet of the Week, c/o The Laker, P.O. Box 479, Lutz, FL 33548 or email to kwelton@cnewspu bs.com, ATTN: Pet of the WeekPLEAS E NOTE: OWNERS NAME AND ADDRESS MUS T BE INCLUDED FOR YOUR PET TO BE CON S IDERED FOR PUBLICATION. PET OF THE WEEK FAMILIES RECEIVE A $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM RED HYDRANT PET SPA & BOUTIQUE TO USE IN ITS RETAIL STORE FOR TREATS, TOYS, COLLARS, LEASHES AND HOME GROOMING PRODUCTS Dogs play & socialize four times a day! FENCED 3 ACRES WITH DOGGIE LAGOON & REAL ROCK WATERFALL10014 Ehren Cutoff Land O Lakes www.HappyTailsPetLodge.net YOUR PETS VACATION PLACE813.995.2212MANAGER LIVES ON PREMISESday care boarding grooming Veterinarians Grooming Breeding Training Supplies Pet Sitters Pets 4 SalePET STATION U Dirty DogPET GROOMING813-948-240019025 US HWY 41 N LutzFREENail Grind 2446 Land O Lakes Blvd.At Hwy 41 & Hwy 54Open Mon-Sat(813) 388-6810www.TheRedHydrant.com Loving Pet Sitting Done in the Comfort of Y our Home!Furrie Tails 997-6115(813) TheLAKER/ LutzNEWSWEACCEPTCommunity News Publications HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!$100 OFFDOUBLE OR QUAD SIZE AD*NEW CUSTOMERS ONLYThe LAKER/ Lutz NEWSCALL RACHEL TODAY, THESE OFFERS ARE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!with a 3 month agreement in the Pet Station Directory* ORFREECOLORon single siz e ad(813) 909-2800 813-909-2800 Fax 813-909-2802 / The LAKER Lutz News/ classifieds@cnewspubs.com www.gentlecarepethospital.comFaceb ook.com /Gentlecare Pet Hosp i tal SPAY & NEUTER CLINIC:Call for appointment: Subject to $3 medical, infectious & records fee.(Includes pre-anesthetic exam, anesthesia, pain & antibiotic pre-medication)Cat Neuter: $30 Cat Spay: $40 Dog Neuter: Dog Spay: up to 11 lbs $40 up to 11 lbs $50 12 33 lbs$45 12 22 lbs$55 34 66 lbs$55 23 44 lbs$60 67 88 lbs$70 45 66 lbs$70 89 132 lbs$85 67 88 lbs$90 89 132 lbs$105(813)949-441621515 VILLAGE LAKES SHOPPING CENTERLAND OLAKES(next to Beef O Bradys in old Wal-Mart Plaza) MONDAY-FRIDAY 8 AM 6 PM SATURDAY 8 AM 12 PMWEEKDAY IN-OFFICE VACCINE CLINICS: MONDAY-FRIDAY 1 2 PMWeekend Vaccine ClinicsSAT., DEC. 28TH1 to 2 pm PET CITY 2119 Collier Pkwy LAND O LAKESSAT., DEC. 28TH2:30 to 3:30 pm WOOFGANG BAKERY 18875 SR 54 LUTZ CORPORATE APPROVED

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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 20139 This dog is gunning for a homeGunner is a gorgeous 3-year-old German Shepherd mix who likes to act like a big tough guy in his cage. But as you can see here, hes really a big softie. Gunner can be quite shy at first, but once he gets to know you, hes your new best friend. Gunner walks well on a leash, knows basic commands, and would make a wonderful pet for a quieter, more grown-up home. Come to the shelter to see if you can give this sweetie the home he deserves!For more information on how to adopt Gunner or other animals with Pasco County Animal Services, visit tinyurl.com/AdoptPasco. Trust us. Your lawn will be far better off with McGuires in charge.Local owner s Eric Robinson and Joel McGuire have worked together for 10 year s making lawns beautiful in Pasco and Hillsborough counties.3reasonsMcGuires 813-996-7300www.mcguiresoutdoor s.comNO POINTING FINGERS We do it all. Mow, fert ilize, mulch, pull weeds, aerate sod, control pests, cut back trees, trim shrubs, manage irrigation and do the landscape design. Theres no blaming another service when something goes wrong. Were accountable for everything.1.ONE CHECK Wr ite just one check or approve one credit card payment. Our complete service costs no more than what many homeowners pay multiple services. ENJOY YOUR WEEKENDS Spend your free time with the ones you love, not taking care of your lawn. 2. 3.New Year with to Start the Samantha Lindsay, M.D.Board Certified in Family Medicine Focus on seniors, women and children, including infants Land O Lakes resident Per sonable care from our front desk to the doctor Approved facility for Vaccine for Children Convenient location, minim um waitA Family Medical Practice Where You Always See A Doctor 16541 Pointe Village Drive, Suite 207 Lutz, FL 33558 (SR54 and the Suncoast Parkway) (813) 920-8300 northpointephysicians.comMon, Tues & Fri: 8:30 to 5 Wed: 11 to 8 Thurs: 9 to 5WE ACCEPT MEDICARE EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS CHRIST IS BORN... Wishing you the Love, Peace & Happiness that the true meaning of Christmas brings. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 813-909-8710 813-909-14322346 Raden Dr. LandOLakes (Behind Wendys) CHRIST IS BORN...

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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201310 Your Community Calendar Submit 2 weeks in advance to: whatshappening@cnewspubs.com All listings free of charge Whats Happening What s Happening PROMPT SAME DELIVERY OR NEXT DAY DELIVERY FLAT-RATE PRICING NO HIDDEN COSTSRECYCLING PROGRAMSConcrete, Wood, Paper & TiresLand O Lakes Lutz Odessa, Keystone Volunteer Fire Dept. Hale Rd. (Behind Circle K on US 41) Community Center US 41 Across From LOL Post Office Recycling Center5710 Land O Lakes Blvd.First United Methodist Church6209 Land O Lakes Blvd.Keystone United Methodist Church 16301 Racetrac Rd. Keystone Presbyterian 7509 Van Dyke Rd. All Saints Lutheran 5315 Van Dyke Rd. Faith Lutheran Church 2703 N. Florida Ave.USF, Sycamore Dr.Carrollwood Temple Terrace Lutz Womens Club Lutz Lake Fern Rd. (behind fire station)NEWSPAPERRECYCLING DROP-OFF SITES CLOSE TO YOU!REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE State-of-the-art Shredding Machine On-site or bring to us Customized plans for a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule ROLL OFF CONTAINERS RECYCLINGFAST FACT Homeowners Businesses Commercial Renovations Roof Tear-Offs 20, 30, 40, Yard Sizes Keep your business YOUR BUSINESS!SECURE DOCUMENT SHREDDING813-996-55305710 Land OLakes Blvd. Most states now have collection and recycle programs for electronics. A payroll company that puts MONEYback in YOUR POCKET! 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For information, call (813) 971-4732, or visit GreatGreyhound.org.BONSAI TREE DEMONSTRATIONSEves Garden Gifts, 5602 Land O Lakes Blvd., in Land O Lakes, will host a free bonsai tree demonstration on Dec. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can learn to decorate and design a bonsai tree, and get ideas on trimming, potting, and shaping their tree. For information, call (813) 9965012, or visit EvesGardenGifts.com.ALMOST NEW YEAR PARTY Keystone Park Center, 17928 Gunn Highway in Odessa, will host its Seniors Almost New Year Party on Dec. 28 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., for senior citizens age 49 and older. The event will feature refreshments, music and games. For information, call Paul Russo at (813) 264-3819.FREE BREAKFAST AT WHOLE FOODSWhole Foods Market, 3802 Northdale Blvd., in Carrollwood, will host Rise N Shine in the Wood on Dec. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Guests can participate in a complimentary light continental breakfast, including pastries, juice, fruit and coffee. For information, call (813) 264-3600.MOSI OFFERThe Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, is offering city and county workers a buy one, get one free ticket deal through the remainder of 2013. The offer is good for all workers with a valid employee badge in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Citrus, Hernando, Hardee, Sarasota and Manatee counties. Some exclusions apply. For information, call (813) 987-6000.GIVE BEANIE BABIESGulfside Regional Hospice is collecting Beanie Babies at its thrift shops through December to be used in the Mending Hearts Kids Program. The program visits local schools to perform puppet shows about grief. Each child who attends a show receives a Beanie Babies toy. Anyone donating a Beanie Babies toy will receive 25 percent off one item in the store. The shops are located at: 1930 Land O Lakes Blvd., Lutz, (813) 9090485 6117 State Road 54, New Port Richey, (727) 842-7262POKMON CHAMPIONSHIPSLearn 2 Play, 19247 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz, will host the 2014 Pokmon City Championships on Jan. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Trading card game players, supporters, and fans from Lutz and surrounding areas are invited. Players from three age divisions will compete to earn points that count toward a potential invitation to the 2014 Pokemon World Championships next summer. To learn more about the tournament rules, regulations, and prizes, as well as dates and locations for upcoming City Championships, visit Pokemon.com/play. LAND O LAKES GARDEN CLUBThe Land O Lakes Garden Club will meet at the Land O Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd., on Jan. 7 at 10:30 a.m. Master Gardener Stanley Groves will present a slide show on Native American gardening. There will be a plant and white elephant sale after the presentation. For information, call Marie Woody at (813) 9612697.CITIZEN SAFETY FAIRThe Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department will host a Citizen Safety Fair on Jan. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Northdale Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive in Tampa. There will be presentations, displays, demonstrations on crime prevention and personal safety, food, drinks, raffles prizes, and more. For information, call Adrienne Rouse or Pat Cullina at (813) 264-8956.FLORIDA TOMATO SEMINARThe Pasco County Extension Office will have a free seminar on Florida tomatoes on Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Land O Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd. Participants can learn when to start their indoor planting for spring crops, discover which varieties are best, and how to grow tomatoes. For information, call the extension office at (813) 996-2411.MOBILE OFFICE HOURS FOR REP. ROSSU.S. Rep. Dennis Rosss staff will host mobile office hours across Floridas 15th Congressional District with a stop at the Lutz Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road on Jan. 14 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The staff will be on hand to assist with questions on seniors Social Security and disability, veterans VA claims and military service problems, students financial aid, small business loan applications, and taxpayers tax problems. For information, call (813) 752-4790.NATIVE PLANT SOCIETYThe Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m., at the Land O Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd. The topic of discussion will be Why Its So Easy to Hate Invasive Plants. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be a plant drawing. For information, call (727) 3767663.CALLING ACCORDION ENTHUSIASTSThe group Accordion Adventure meets the third Tuesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. The group is for accordion enthusiasts of all performance levels. On Jan. 16, the club will host Celebrate the USA with patriotic music. There is a $2 cover charge, with coffee and cake provided. For information, call (352) 686-0975 or (352) 442-5574.FREE CHECKING WORKSHOPClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions will offer a free CheckWise Workshop on Jan. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 5421 Beaumont Center Blvd., Suite 600, in Tampa. Topics include choosing and opening a checking account, checks and electronic payments, tools and tips to manage an account, and protecting an account. For reservations, call (866) 916-9106.REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEETThe Pasco Federated Republican Womens Club will meet on Jan. 17 at 11:30 a.m., at the Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway in Trinity. Guest speaker is Pat Guarnieri, former chairman of the National Conference of Homeland Security. Cost is $15. To make a reservation before Jan. 14, call Fran Scerbo at (727) 5973727, or email fmscerbo@yahoo.com. MONSTER JAM SHOWFeld Motor Sports will host two Monster Jam events at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, on Jan. 18 and Feb. 1. Both shows are at 7 p.m. Each event will feature a different show with variances to the Monster Jam race track and competing monster trucks. Tickets, which start at $15, are available by calling (800) 745-3000, by visiting TicketMaster.com, or at the stadium box office starting Dec. 30.

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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201311 Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be mens or childrens, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but thats no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders that are unseen and unseeable in the world.You may tear apart the babys rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil uncovering the unseen world which not the strongest man, or even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the hearts of children.The Laker/Lutz News Staff ReportThe holidays may be filled with joy, but for the ever-growing number of aging Americans and those who care for them, this otherwise celebratory season can become mired in challenges. The stress of visitors, eventful meals, gift giving and social obligations can be overwhelming for anyone, but especially for those juggling busy schedules with caring for an elderly family member. An estimated 15 million Americans are sandwiched between two generations and working to support both, according to the Pew Research Center. Known as the sandwich generation, these adults struggle to balance caring for their children and their elderly parents. Staying organized is especially important during this time of year to ensure that loved ones arent ignored in the hustle and bustle of the season, said Mark Armstrong, founder and chief executive of ComForcare Senior Services and At Your Side Home Care, an international senior care franchise that provides in-home, non-medical care to seniors and others in need of assistance. Armstrong offers some juggling tips for family caregivers: Map out doctors appointments, prescription pick-up dates, school holiday pageants and other planned events on a calendar or smartphone to avoid double booking and overextending. Members of the sandwich generation often feel they dont spend enough time with their children because theyre busy caring for their parents, and vice versa. Combat this issue with intergenerational activities, such as decorating the home, trimming the tree, planning the menu, or wrapping presents. Caring for another human being for an extended period of time can take its toll on even the most caring and nurturing of people. Dont be afraid to ask for help. It may mean alternating days with a relative, or bringing in a professional caregiver. Watch out for these red flags that could mean an aging relative is in need of additional assistance: Mismatched, wrinkled or soiled clothing; weight loss or gain; trouble remembering names; an unclean home. Discuss the possibility of hiring a professional caregiver to relieve some strain, especially around the holidays. In the longterm, a caregiver can help a loved one age safely and comfortably in his or her own home, by providing a wide range of nonmedical home care services, including help with bathing, hairstyling and dressing, incontinence care, medication reminders, chores, and light exercise assistance. Even caregivers need some care sometimes. Set aside me time every day to do something just for himself or herself, allowing a caregiver to return to their duties refreshed and ready to help.Holidays can be stressful for seniorsYes, Virginia there is a Santa ClausIn the fall of 1897, Francis P. Church a reporter for New York Citys The Sun received a letter from an 8-year-old girl named Virginia OHanlon. In the letter, Virginia wrote that some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, If you see it in The Sun, its so. Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus? Churchs response, which appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897 edition of The Sun, is one that has been reprinted in many different languages, and in countless publications in the 116 years since. 813-922-330029910 State Road 56 Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 www.NorthTampaBehavioralHealth.comThe Holidays are not always Happy for everyone...For some, they can be a challenge.Inpatient services for those experiencing Mental Illness, Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss Assessments & Referrals 813-333-0000 24444 State Road 54 Lutz 813.618.5231 Founder & former owner of Eyeglass Factory & Showroom is B ACK, in the same bu ilding on Hwy 54 just east of Ferman Auto.ACCEPT NO IMITATIONS!CHARLEY!Next to Bosco s P izza LOOK FOR THE BIG YELLOW & RED OPTICAL SIGN WANT FREE AR??*(ANTI-REFLECTIVE ... Regularly $119)BRING US YOUR RX!*With purchase of complete pair of eyeglasses (frame and lenses): Prior sales excluded. Must present this ad to receive the Free AR. Not valid with insurance plans, 2 for $69, 2 for $89 specials. Cannot be combined with other discounts. Expires Jan 31, 2014EYE EXAMS Use your flex spending benefits here.S-T-R-E-T-C-H YOUR DOLLARS www.lutzopticalshowroom.com Quality is NOT expensive. Its PRICELESS! Providing service to the area since 1977 OUR PROMISE: QUALITY SERVICE AT REASONABLE PRICES.FROM YOUR EYE EXAM DUROJAIYE LAW FIRM P.A.Wills, Trust and Estate Planning Special Needs Law Business Law Tax LawThe hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based soely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you FREE written information about our qualifications and experience.Babatola Durojaiye, JD, MBA, MD, FACPAttorney and Counselor at Law 3632 Land OLakes Blvd Land OLakes, FL 34639 813-996-1895 www.durojaiyelaw.com

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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201312 begins at 10:45 a.m. Cost is $15 by Jan. 17, and $20 at the door Jan. 18. Forms can be picked up at the schools student services, or online at WiregrassPTSA.org. For information, call Val Lanza at (813) 426-7399, or email programs@wiregrassptsa.org.HILLSBOROUGH GRADUATES ARE COLLEGE READYMore graduates from Hillsborough County Public Schools are ready for college upon graduation, according to the latest results from Floridas Common Placement Tests. The college-readiness rate for HCPS 2012 graduates who attended college in Florida rose to 72.5 percent, up from 69.1 percent the previous year. The HCPS rate is more than six percentage points higher than the state rate of 66.4, and is higher than all Tampa Bay area school districts and the states largest districts. The Common Placement Test results measure the reading, writing, and math abilities of Florida high school graduates who go on to attend Florida colleges. For the full Common Placement Tests report, go to the Florida Department of Education website at FLDOE.org/articulation/perfCPT/.ECONOM KATLYN ACCEPTED TO AMBASSADOR PROGRAMEconom Katlyn of Lutz has been accepted to the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Ambassador Program for the 2013-14 academic year.The program helps students build on leadership skills and strengthen resumes. Students can take advantage of networking opportunities with faculty, administrators, staff, parents, alumni and prospective students. Katlyn is majoring in English at the school. Send school news to mrathman@cnewspubs.com Kids Care Club recognizedThe Kids Care Club at Veterans Elementary School in Wesley Chapel has been nationally recognized as club of the month for December. The group consists of 45 students and is headed by Yvette Hoff with assistance by Andria Roscart. The club works with local charities and is currently working with the Tampa Bay area Pajama Program. (Photo courtesy of Veterans Elementary School)COLLEGE BOARD RECOGNIZES STUDENTSMore than 70 Land O Lakes High School students were recognized for their exceptional achievement on a variety of academic measures on Nov. 21 with a breakfast in their honor at the Land O Lakes High School Academy of Culinary Arts. The students demonstrated the highest qualifying scores on Advanced Placement examinations, earning AP Scholars designation, National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist ranking, College Board National Achievement Scholar recognition, and perfect sub-scores on the ACT or SAT college entrance exams. Hallie Grimes was recognized as the Outstanding Senior for the Class of 2014.WIREGRASS OFFERS ACT PRACTICE TESTWiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, is offering the Princeton Review Practice ACT Test and Strategy Session on Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the schools cafeteria. Students should bring No. 2 pencils and a scientific calculator. Lunch will be provided. Check-in & education education Schools Child Care Sports Fitness Camps Games Our Gift to you Our Gift to you Our Gift to youKids Paint for $8 flat thru the Holidays!Studio time $8 flat fee for children under 12 yrs. Offer is good from 12/23 thru 12/27, 2013 Full day Art Classes: Dec 30 & 31, 2013 and Jan 2 & 3, 2014You Do The Dishes You Do The Dishes You Do The Dishes You Do The Dishes You Do The Dishesa paint your own pottery studio & coffee shopwww.youdothedishes.com813-975-170015357 Amberly Drive Tampa Palms Studio Hours: Mon-Sat 10-10 Sun 1-10Open till midnight Jan 4, 2014 In Your Home Days & EveningsPiano & Keyboard Lessonswww.squidoo.com/westchase-piano-lessons(410) 499-3210His patience, enthusiasm for teaching, and his good sense of humor have made every lesson pleasurable for my children. C. MadabushiNow a permanent resident of Florida, Robert Mimm is a piano teacher with 16 years experience, providing private piano lessons to children and adults, beginner through advanced. Robert Mimm HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!$100 OFFDOUBLE OR QUAD SIZE AD*NEW CUSTOMERS ONLYThe LAKER/ Lutz NEWSCALL RACHEL TODAY, THESE OFFERS ARE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!with a 3 month agreement in the Education & Activities D irectory* ORFREECOLORon single siz e ad(813) 909-2800 Are you struggling with the written word? Let an experienced journalist be your mentor. I can teach you ways to become a successful writer. My rates begin at $50. For a free consultation,call B.C. Manion at 813-234-4092. Want to be a better writer? Community News Publications813.909.2800 classifieds@cnewspubs.com EDUCATION & ACTIVITIES DIRECTORY WORKS FOR US! The LAKER / Lutz NEWS Tampas Lowry Park Zoo has worked with Community News Publications for years to promote special events, new exhibits/attractions and our summer camps. 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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201313 A culture of caring is needed at school, homeBy Kurt BrowningSpecial to The Laker/Lutz NewsSince becoming Pasco Superintendent of School, I have spoken at length about creating a culture of caring and respect, and the importance of social-emotional learning giving our students the skills they need to navigate their lives in a healthy, positive way. And that is why I feel compelled to write today. Recently, the Pasco County community lost a 16-year-old in a senseless act of violence committed by another teenager. The District School Board of Pasco County has been working diligently to foster a culture of respect. We started this conversation over the summer at the Together We Stand youth summit, and we now must raise our voices to get the message across. Today, I write this letter to continue the conversation about how we can all help our kids grow into responsible and caring adults, who interact with one another in a civil, respectful way. I dont have all the answers in our schools, but I know we cannot do this without the community. I know it will take deliberate and tough conversations within families and communities to help kids learn how to deal with conflict and cope with adversity appropriately. We must work together! Whether youre a Pasco native, or you moved here from somewhere else; whether youre rich or poor; whether your skin color is red, olive, black or white this culture of violence is our problem, and we must work together to create the type of community we want for our children. A culture of caring and respect must transcend the school doors and spill over into the community, especially during this holiday season.In the meantime, I call on government, business, community, faith, and especially our youth leaders to resume talking about how we can address the problems our kids are experiencing. I urge parents and caretakers to talk to their children on an ongoing basis about whats appropriate and not appropriate. Know their friends. Watch their Facebook and Twitter conversations. Set limits and talk to them about your expectations.If you have any thoughts or ideas to help further this dialogue, please do not hesitate to email me at ksbsos@pasco.k12.fl.us. We do not need any more children killing children. We need adults and children to practice respect and to care for each other. Are you with me? Kurt Browning is superintendent of Pasco County Schools. The U.S. Air Force graduated three local men recently from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.Airman Dillon P. McKee, Airman 1st Class Al-Hassan A. Konate, and Airman Nicholas A. McDonald, completed an intensive eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associates degree through the Community College of the Air Force.McKee, a 2011 graduate of Land O Lakes High School, is the son of Jan McKee of Tampa. Konate, a 2011 graduate of Wesley Chapel High School, is the son of Jacqueline Konate and the stepson of David Stots, both of Wesley Chapel. McDonald, a 2004 graduate of Wesley Chapel High School, is the son of Sharon McDonald of Wesley Chapel. MILITARY Al-Hassan A. Konate Nicholas A. McDonald Dillon P. McKeeMcDonald, McKee, Konate graduate from basics Restaurant Open to the PublicTee Times: 352-588-545410641 Old Tampa Bay Drive San Antonio, FL 33576 (1/4 mile west of I-75 on SR 52) Featuring: 18 Hole Par 72 Golf Course and 9 Hole Executive Course Championship Cour se par 7218 HOLES OF GOLF WITH CART Monday-Friday ........$27.00($25 after 11am)Saturday & Sunday $32.00($28 after 11am)ONLY $18.00 ANY DAY AFTER 2P M Executive Cour seINCLUDES GOLF CART 9-Holes Tuesday Special..........$10.00 9-Holes W ednesday-Monday ..... $12.00 Tee times can be scheduled 3 days in advance. Coupon valid for up to 4 players. Proper golf attire required. No denim. All rates are plus tax. Rates are subject to change without notice. Rates effective through January 10, 2014. Mobile Detailing Basic Wash Wash & Wax Full Detail Home Pressure Washing Also AvailableKeep your car looking great.Call Curtis for Appointment 813.347.0502$55.00 WASH & WAX$75 Value$65.00 HEADLIGHT RESTORATIONup to $100 Value Need More Business?We have immediate referrals for: Pri nter Web De signer M a ssage Therapist B u siness B roker Tree S ervi ce Lawn M a i ntenance Co mmerci al Realtor Doctor s Dentist s and m ore!B u siness N etworki ng I nternati onalCall Terri at 813.416.6251 Meetings are Tuesday mornings atPLANTATION PALMS GOLF CLUB 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd. Land O Lakes, FL 34639

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Same Day Appointments for Urgent Care, 24-Hour Physician On-call Availability and Hospital Visits.Now Accepting New Patients Including Humana Gold Plus Medicare Advantage Plan Memberswww. SunsetPointMedicalCenter .com after purchasing his waterfront property in April. I have a $2,500 monthly mortgage, and now were talking about $2,000 a month more to pay for our insurance, and thats not going to happen, the resident said. If we dont get a fix, they are going to foreclose on my property. I cannot physically make my payment. For some NFIP policyholders, what were once annual premium amounts became their monthly payments, in many cases, creating situations where some homeowners would pay the entire value of their property in a little more than a decade, before turning around to start the process all over again. Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, says hes demanding immediate relief for those affected, especially in Florida which has traditionally paid out three times more than theyve ever received in the program. Were not going to rest until we get results, said Bilirakis, who introduced what he calls the Homeowners Flood Insurance Relief Act last October. Its expected to cap premiums at the value of a home at the time it was purchased, divided by 30 the typical timeframe of a mortgage and would cap annual premium increases the first 10 years at 10 percent. I think we have a real good chance of passing a version of the bill, Bilirakis said. I dont care if it passes with my name on it or not, you guys need relief. Bilirakis, who sternly questioned a FEMA representative flown in from Atlanta to talk about the rates, had to answer some questions of his own, however. For one, why he voted for a 2012 bill widely blamed for current increases in flood insurance. The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 passed Congress and was signed by President Obama last year. The bill phases out government subsidies for premiums in long-standing policies, but caps the annual increases at 25 percent. It was part of an overall transportation bill that overwhelmingly passed both the House and the Senate. We voted for the bill to save the program, but it has not been properly implemented, Bilirakis said. We need an NFIP until we get a viable private flood insurance. The bill instructed FEMA to, in part, conduct an affordability study for its proposed premiums before implementing the bill, Bilirakis said. Susan Wilson, chief of the Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch of FEMA, admitted the study had not been done, but only because there was no money to fund it. Although the insurance program has been self-sustaining for decades, storms like Hurricane Katrina and later Hurricane Sandy threw the program into debt of more than $24 billion. Hurricane Katrina was anything but an average loss year, and everyone can agree with that, Wilson said. I spent many months in Mississippi, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and there were a lot of losses paid out for claims. Before Biggert-Waters, the NFIP was different from private insurance companies as it was not allowed to maintain a reserve fund. With a reserve fund, the organization would have extra cash on hand in case more claims were paid than premiums received like when Katrina or Sandy hit. Otherwise, the program has to borrow to pay claims, and premiums would have to rise to pay not only the additional money, but the interest for the loans, as well. State Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, said Florida is looking to help policyholders, as well. The bill he is co-sponsoring would allow private insurers to help with flood insurance in the state. This is the backstop to give homeowners options, Simpson said. Since this has become such a big issue for the state of Florida, we have started working on legislative solutions in Tallahassee. That bill is set to go in front of the state senates banking and insurance committee on Jan. 8. FLOOD, from page 1 the south side of the school, and lighted sculptural figures include deer and an angel. After enjoying the decorations, visitors are invited to have a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie or two For kids their age, this is great, said Jessica Smith, noting her kids just love it. We usually come on multiple nights. Admission is free, but donations are accepted to help pay for the upkeep of the building, which opened in the 1926-27 school year. The building, which has a Georgian architectural style, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The schoolhouse is an icon in this community, which has a long history of protecting its quality of life. At one point, there were plans to knock down the building as part of a plan to widen U.S. 41. Those plans were tossed out, however, after the community galvanized to save the old school, which has a special place in the collective memories of generations to Lutz residents. WHAT: Christmas House at the Old Lutz School, featuring decorated trees, miniature trains, angels, Santas, nutcrackers and other holiday dcor WHERE: Old Lutz School, 18819 N. U.S. 41. WHEN: Dec. 26 and Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. COST: Admission is free. Donations are accepted to support the upkeep of the Old Lutz School, a building on the National Register of Historic Places.The Citizens for the Old Lutz School puts on the annual Christmas display as a way to share the building with the community and raise funds to support its upkeep. Group member Marilyn Wannamaker has volunteered at the Christmas House for years. She was there last week, serving up hot chocolate and cookies.People of all ages enjoy the annual tradition, Wannamaker said. Theres mothers, dads, grandparents and children most of them come back year after year, she said. You see families return every year, said Helen Cantrell, another volunteer. For many, its a chance to run into old friends something quite easy to do in Lutz where many residents have lived for generations. Maxine Conway, of Land O Lakes, came out to Christmas House to help Wannamaker pass out goodies. I appreciate the work that goes into it, Conway said. Christmas House organizers realize that people are often frazzled before Christmas, so they keep the house open for a couple of days after Dec. 25. Besides accommodating busy parents, it also gives out-of-town visitors a chance to savor the season. Annie Fernandez, whose family has deep roots in Lutz, enjoys volunteering at Christmas House. She gets a kick out of watching the childrens reactions as they go through the decorated rooms. The youngsters tend to gravitate to a collection of elves, Fernandez said. At first, Fernandez didnt understand the childrens fascination. But now, she knows. It turns out that they know all about the Elf on A Shelf a special scout sent from the North Pole to help Santa manage his nice and naughty lists, said Fernandez, who reminds the children that these elves also are Santas Helpers.HOUSE, from page 1 The Smith family stops to have their photo taken at Christmas House at the Old Lutz School. The family includes, in back from left, Jason Smith and his wife, Jessica, who is holding their 2-year-old son, Elliot. In front, from left, are Maddy, 6 and Amelia, 5.

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truck rally in March. Next came the communitys massive Fourth of July Celebration, with its many traditions. Like always, it drew thousands of spectators. After that, the committee had a chili cook-off and classic car show. Suzin Carr, honorary Lutz Guvna, was delighted by the turnout at the Christmas Card Lane event. Indeed, all of the celebrations have been well received by community residents and businesses, she said. We had fun during all of them, said Bob Moore, chairman of the Lutz Centennial Committee.The chili cook-off and classic car show had to contend with morning downpours, causing Moore to nickname it Rain Fest. But even that turned out to be a good event, he said.Were from Lutz, we can party in the rain, he quipped. We can party under any conditions.The collection of giant cards on Christmas Card Lane reflects the communitys stalwart organizations and some local businesses. The GFWC LutzLand O Lakes Womans Clubs card, for example, depicts Santa riding in a train a tribute to the communitys deep history involving the movement of goods through it by rail cars.Troop 12 of the Boy Scouts, and Pack 12 of the Cub Scouts also created cards. Theres also a card from the Civil Air Patrol North Tampa-Lutz Cadet Squadron. The Citizens for the Old Lutz School also posted a card, as did Lutz Elementary, Maniscalco Elementary and Learning Gate Community schools. The cards show varied artistic styles and holiday themes. One sign that seems perfect for a Florida Christmas depicts a pink flamingo wearing a Santas hat, while hanging out under a palm tree at the beach. Theres a bucket on the sand nearby, chock full of paintbrushes. That card, fittingly enough, was sponsored by The Florida NEW LOCATIONFlorida Hospital Physician Group is proud to welcome Nelly Chambers, MD. Dr. Chambers is board certied in internal medicine and specializes in preventative medicine and womens health. She earned her undergraduate degree at Yale University and her Doctor of Medicine at Cornell University Medical School. Dr. Chambers is a dedicated and compassionate multilingual physician providing the highest quality care.SPECIALTIES Preventative Care Adult Physicals Womens Health Make your appointment today! 2700 Healing Way, Wesley Chapel | On the campus of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel | (813) 929-5330NELLY CHAMBERS, MDBoard Certied, Internal Medicine Diabetes Obesity Mental HealthNelly Chambers, MDBoard Certied in Internal Medicine Speaks English, French, Arabic & Spanish2013 AWARD OF HONOR FOR EXCELLENCE OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201315 If theres a community event in Lutz, you can bet that the GFWC Lutz-Land O Lakes Womans Club will have a hand in it. This group raises money with various events, and uses the funds to support numerous community causes. Children from Lutz Elementary School play hand bells during the Christmas Card Lane festivities in downtown Lutz. The celebration was the final in a series to mark the communitys 100th birthday. (Photos by B.C. Manion) The Civil Air Patrol North Tampa-Lutz Cadet Squadron plays an active role in many community events, offering to help organizers get the work done. This holiday greeting, from Boys Scouts Troop 12, uses a new twist on the concept of a pop-up card. In this case, the tree, complete with its decorations, pops right out from the card thats supporting it. CARD, from page 1

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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201316 Send business news to mhinman@cnewspubs.com QUAIL FOREVER CHAPTER OPENS LOCALLYWest Central Florida Quail Forever, a new Hillsborough County chapter of the quail conservation group that caters to hunters, recently elected Josh Kuder as president, Brent Bassler treasurer and Randy Byrd as banquet chair. Thats after the National Quail Forever organization named Talbott Parten of Atlanta as the new regional representative for Georgia and Florida. Parten will work raising funds on wildlife habitat and conservation education, and also with local, state and federal natural resources agencies on behalf of the group. Parten says he looks to grow Quail Forevers presence in Georgia and Florida, two states which represent critical habitat restoration opportunities for bobwhite quail. Quail Forever empowers local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent. This allows members to see the fruits of their chapter efforts in their own communities while belonging to a national organization with a voice on federal conservation policy in Washington, D.C.WESTBAY OPENS ESTATE SERIESTampa builder Homes by Westbay has unveiled a new selection of single-family house floor plans in its Estate series at Rose Pointe in The Arbors, a gated community located inside Connerton. The seven plans currently offer ranges from 3,300 to 6,000 square feet, and are priced at more than $400,000. The houses are 90 feet wide, many of which are situated on waterfront or conservation areas. Plans include gourmet kitchens with islands, workspaces and walk-in pantries. The houses highlight an open concept design with the living, dining and grand rooms providing extensive gathering spaces while incorporating the views and light of the natural surroundings. For more information on Homes by Westbay, residential designs and the communities where the builder is located, call (813) 285-1444, or visit HomesByWestBay.com.GTAR ELECTS NEW OFFICERSThe Greater Tampa Association of Realtors had its 102nd annual installation and awards banquet Dec. 6, which included the installation of its 2014 leadership team. Tina Harris of Future Home Realty becomes the groups new president, joining Barbara Jordan of Coldwell Banker Residential as president-elect, Susanna Madden of Re/Max ACR Elite Group as vice president, Michele Herndon of Keller Williams Realty South Shore as secretary, and Andy Joe Scaglione of Empire Commercial Realty as treasurer. Jack Rodriguez of Minaret Realty won 2013 Realtor of the year, while Anand Patel of Pangea Realty Group won the Edward T. Starr Award, given to the GTAR committee chair who exhibits outstanding leadership and service. LENNAR READY TO BUILD 170 HOUSESConstruction company Lennar says its ready to start building 170 new houses in 20 communities around the region within the next 60 days. The construction plans include townhomes, single-family homes, and houses under its NextGen brand that is designed for families with multiple generations living under the same roof. They range in size from 1,353 square feet to just under 4,400 square feet, with prices starting at around $140,000. The houses are being built on spec, but Lennar says it could have many of the homes sold by the time construction is finished in March.SMARTSTART LOOKING FOR BUSINESSES TO HELPThe SmartStart business incubator from the Pasco Economic Development Council is putting a call out to companies from a variety of industries that might be looking for startup assistance in the Tampa Bay area. SmartStart works with new entrepreneurs and scalable startup companies in the incubator to help them build their businesses from the ground up. SmartStart is located in the Dade City Business Center, and has professional office, light manufacturing, and warehouse space available, in addition to mentoring, consulting and educational opportunities. For more information, contact Krista Covey at (352) 437-4861, or by email at kcovey@pascoedc.com. SmartStart is located at 15000 Citrus Country Drive, Suite 103, in Dade City. Details on the incubator can be found at www.SmartStartPasco.com. WOMEN-N-CHARGE TO MEET IN JANUARYWomen-n-Charge will meet Jan. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive in Tampa. The meeting includes lunch and networking. Cost is $15 for members by the Tuesday before the meeting, and $18 for all guests and members paying after the early deadline.For more information, call (813) 600-9848, or email admin@women-n-charge.com. KERS DONATES TO CHILDREN IN NEEDKers WingHouse Bar & Grill, which operates a location in Wesley Chapel, has been purchasing toys for underprivileged children and families in need throughout the year, thanks to owner Crawford Ker, funding it out of his own pocket.Ker has done this since 1998 through his Kers Christmas program, which includes a Christmas meal for children and families of BabyCycle, Homeless Emergency Project, City of Praise Church of Clearwater and the Florida Sheriff Youth Ranch. Christmas should be cherished by all children, and it is our mission to reach as many children as possible by exceeding the number of children and families we touch each year, Ker said in a release. This year is our largest yet, and we are extremely grateful for the communitys support of this endeavor. We are excited to spread some holiday cheer. Kers operates a location at 5510 Post Oak Blvd., in Wesley Chapel.SPONSORS SOUGHT FOR CHAMBER BUSINESS BREAKFASTSThe Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce is looking for sponsors for upcoming business breakfasts, which provide news regarding member businesses and happenings in the area. Sponsorships allow the business to have the floor in front of 70 to 90 business and community leaders. Upcoming breakfasts still looking for sponsors include Jan. 21 and May 20. For more information, email Jo Uber at juber@dadecitychamber.org. WILL YOU HELP? Our Troops Need You This Holiday Season... I Want To Help Support The Troops$10 Donation $25 Donation Mail to:Support The Troops P.O. 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TheLAKER/ LutzNEWS813.909.2800 www.LakerLutzNews.com Show us what youve got!Send us your news and photos from your event for publication in TheLaker/ LutzNews.Send high quality photos to news@cnewspubs.comBe sure to include a short description of the event and the first and last names of everyone in your photo. www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201317 The Laker/Lutz News Staff ReportLater entries into The Laker/Lutz News Winter Wonderland Coloring Contest have earned four local artists two tickets each to Tampas Lowry Park Zoo. Its all part of Wild Wonderland, the holiday celebration during select nights in December at the zoo, located at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., in Tampa. Its presented by Publix Super Markets Charities. This weeks winners can be found on the newspapers Facebook page by visiting Facebook.com/TheLakerLutzNews. They include: Dante and Julian Mule, both 5, are twins and did their picture together. They attend Faith Baptist Academy of Wesley Chapel. In their free time, they like puzzles, computers, Bible songs from school, and playing with their cousins. Dominix Delillio, 6, is in the first grade at Sand Pine Elementary School. He likes drawing, coloring and doing puzzles. Raelynn Alanis, 6, is in first grade at Connerton Elementary School. In her free time, she enjoys cheerleading, dance, drawing and reading. Carson Dearolf, 4, is in voluntary prekindergarten. He likes being outdoors, playing sports and listening to music. Sicily Hale, 6, is in first grade at New River Elementary School. She is interested in animals. Amanda Blanco, 9, is in fourth grade at Double Branch Elementary School. In her free time, she enjoys art, music, dancing and animals. Wesley Cunningham, 4, is in prekindergarten at Creative Times. He likes BMX and beyblades. Nina Passaglia, 10, is in fifth grade at McKitrick Elementary School. She likes art, sports, crafts and animals. Ashlee Scruggs, 12, is in fifth grade at Oakstead Elementary School. In her free time, she likes karate, playing guitar and loom. Abby Linen, 11, is in fifth grade at Bellamy Elementary School. She likes soccer, football and basketball. Last weeks winners were Malina Young, Olivia Hopkins, Brooke Thomson and Hannah Goserud. Malina Young, 7, a second-grader at Double Branch Elementary School. She enjoys drawing, and is the daughter of Rebecca Perez of Dade City. Olivia Hopkins, 8, a third-grader at Wesley Chapel Elementary School. She enjoys art and piano, and is the daughter of Becki Hopkins of Wesley Chapel. Brooke Thomson, 11, a sixth-grader at Rushe Middle School. She enjoys art, softball and movies, and is the daughter of Tonya Thomson of Lutz. Hannah Goserud, 10, a fourth-grader at Lake Myrtle Elementary School. She loves to sing, and is the daughter of Doug and Connie Goserud of Land O Lakes.More Wild Wonderland coloring winners announcedBayonet Point hospital helps 92 familiesStaff members, doctors and volunteers at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point collaborated to provide 92 families including 228 children with holiday baskets of gifts, food and extras. Above, some of the volunteers posed for a quick photo after organizing the donations. They include, sitting, Helene Machie and Elaine Snee. Standing, from left, Melanie Schmidt, Jill Corriveau, Vicki Whitney, Barbara Gunn, Angie Thompson, chief executive Shayne George, hospital chaplain the Rev. Jack Long, and Chris Drain. Below, Rev. Long sits in his office overwhelmed by the response from this years holiday basket drive. (Photos courtesy of Kurt Conover) 813-948-1270 HairStyle-Salon.co m by Michael Schipano 23014 State Road 54 Lutz, FL 33549GIFT CARD SPECIALS! 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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201318 HEALTH & WELLNESS Safe sitter classSt. Josephs Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer a safe sitter class on Dec. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Garden Classroom B. The class will provide basic information on good babysitter needs, including handling emergency situations, how to rescue a choking child, safety hints, accident and behavior management, and how to entertain children. Students must be at least 11 years old. Cost is $55. To register, call (855) 269-4777.Nutrition and diabetesThe Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, is offering a community education class on nutrition and diabetes on Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. The class will teach basic principles of nutrition, how food affects blood glucose, understanding carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and making better food choices. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call (727) 834-5630.Cancer support meetingFlorida Cancer Affiliates is hosting a general cancer support group meeting on Jan. 8 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at its New Port Richey center, 5500 Little Road. Participants are provided with educational material about cancer and cancer treatment. Survivors and family members can share their concerns and experience. For information, call (727) 372-9159.Childbirth courseThe obstetrics program at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, is offering a six-week prepared childbirth class beginning Jan. 8. Classes meet one night a week from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $70. For information or to register, call (727) 834-5630.Golf tournament a success for Alzheimers The Alzheimers Family Organizations annual charity golf tournament at the Seven Springs Golf Club in New Port Richey, raised more than $15,000 Nov. 9 to provide services for individuals with Alzheimers disease and their families in the Pasco County area. The organization serves central Florida, including Citrus, Hernando, northern Hillsborough, Lake, south Marion, Pasco, northern Pinellas, and Sumter counties. For information, call (727) 848-8888, or toll free at (888) 496-8004.Food addicts programThe Seventh-day Adventist Church in Wesley Chapel, 33420 State Road 54, is hosting Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This is a 12-step program for men and women of all ages. There is no fee and no weigh-ins. For information, visit FoodAddicts.org.NAMI support groupsThe Pasco County Chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness offers two types of support groups: one for family and friends of those with mental illness, and one for those living with mental illness. Family and friends can meet at North Tampa Behavioral Health, 29910 State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel, on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For those living with mental illness, recovery groups meet once a week from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the NAMI Pasco office, 6480 Land O Lakes Blvd., in Land O Lakes, and at Medical Center of Trinity West Pasco Campus, 5637 Marine Parkway in New Port Richey. For information, call (727) 992-9653. Health notes are run for free on a space-available basis. Please send all information at least two weeks before an event to news@cnewspubs.com. Closer LookAN ADVERTISER PROFILE by Mike Matthew special to The Laker / Lutz NewsExecutive chef Gerry Malynowsky, owner of City Grill, brings a chef-driven international menu, craft beers, signature drinks and a nice wine selection to Wesley Chapel diners. The main dining area hosts plenty of seating and beautiful new bar. A pool table and dart boards are provided in the lounge area. For many years, Gerry owned and operated a popular sports bar in the same location, Winners Grill. He sold it in 2008, but was forced to repossess it in 2013. It didnt take long for Gerry to realize this wasnt the same restaurant, so he closed it down, completely renovated the interior and recently opened it again as City Grill. Were very excited to offer Wesley Chapel a whole new dining experience, says Gerry. Were an independent, nonchain restaurant offering a unique menu with fresh chef-prepared food from local suppliers. He brought his chef, Kasia Lavigne, from San Francisco where she earned Cordon Blue degree in Culinary Arts from the acclaimed California Culinary Academy. Unlike the average chain restaurant, we want you to feel comfortable sitting here long after your meal is finished, says Gerry. We have ladies come in for lunch and stay for a couple of hours enjoying their martinis. Its a really friendly and relaxed atmosphere. City Grill has a nice selection of specialty sandwiches. Customer favorites include the Reuben (corned beef piled high on grilled rye, 1000 island, swiss cheese and sauerkraut), Corned Beef and Rye, Prime Rib on toasted bread, and the Cuban (mojo pork, smoked ham, salami and swiss cheese on pressed buttered cuban bread). Youll also find chicken sandwiches and a variety of burgers (made with freshly ground NY strip, ribeye and sirloin steak). Monday through Friday, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., two can share a sandwich for the price of one. We know how the economy has affected people, says Gerry. This seemed like a nice way for us to give people a really nice lunch at a very affordable price. Dinner selections are simply outstanding. Select three types of steak prepared four different ways. Fresh fish from St. Pete includes Grouper and freshwater Tilapia with six different preparation choices. Gulf oysters, shrimp and lobster crab cakes are also on the menu. At City Grill, every member of the family will find something to their liking. The menu is continually evolving, says Gerry. We have a lot of ideas for the coming year. We want this to be a fun place to enjoy a meal with your family. Gerry is very supportive of local artists. Hes planning to bring in local jazz and blues bands to play on Friday and Saturday nights starting in the new year. You can also find artwork on display from local artists. Andrew Krance will be displaying his artwork at the restaurant on the last Thursday in January 2014. The atmosphere is casual. The food is excellent. The staff is friendly. And Gerry is always interested in your opinions and suggestions. Stop on in and enjoy the food at the best new restaurant in Wesley Chapel. City Grill is open nights with a late night menu and a full bar. They are located at 5427 Village Market, at the corner of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and State Road 54, in Wesley Chapel. 813.973.9988 / Citygrill.us www.Facebook.com/citygrillwesleychapelCity Grill brings a new dining experience to Wesley Chapel HOMES FOR SALEENERGY SAVING -4/3/2 home with quality decorator wood cabinets and nichol faucets and door knobs! Beautiful hardwood floors and stairs! 3 1/4" Colonial Molding, marble window sills and top of the line appliances. Tranquil pond in the back yard! Call Faith Garcia to see this home today 813-503-6610VERY ATTRACTIVE 3/2.5/2 PLUS LOFT Home in optimal condition in Asbel Estates Subdivision; negotiable furniture; formal living room; 2280 square feet. $209,900. Call Irving Hernandez at 813-843-6026WALKING DISTANCEto schools, shopping and the Hart Bus Line! Move in ready for only $85,000! New paint inside and out! Big fenced yard! New carpet and flooring! Call Faith Garcia 813-503-6610 to see this home today!READY TO SKI ON 160 ACRES ON BIG LAKE THOMAS 1800 square foot; 3/1.5; Gorgeous View with long dock; heavily wooded with running creek; secluded at the end of a long semi private drive; tongue and groove knotty pine ceilings; new central AC. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712SKI SIZE LAKE PADGETT ACREAGE Home and cottage; 3.74 acres on ski sized Lake Padgett, land has possibility to build one or more executive homes. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712SECLUDED HOME & ACREAGE ON LAKE HOBBS 4/2 on 3.7 acres on Lake Hobbs ski sized lake; 120+ feet of lake frontage; 2000 square foot home with a painted metal roof; just off of Lutz Lake Fern Road in the heart of old Lutz; split plan; fireplace; large gas stove with double oven; detached workshop; great lake view from the Florida Room; all located at the end of a long private driveway. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712LAKE PADGETT LAKEFRONT HOME First time on the market! Original owner, 1578 square foot home built in 1970 on .a 61 acre site with 102 feet of lake frontage on Lake Padgett. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712GATED COMMUNITY3/2.5/3 plus den and caged pool Mahogany wood floors and cabinets, stainless appliances and stone counter tops! Luxurious jets in the soaking tub and separate walk-in shower in the master bathroom. Call Faith Garcia to see this executive home today! 813-503-6610TIRED OF RENTING? OWN YOUR OWN HOME Great starter home in Land O Lakes; 1 bedroom 1 bathroom for only $59,999. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712RENTAL HOMES1/1 UPSTAIRS APARTMENT;on Livingston Road; $650/ month. Call Irving Hernandez 813-843-6026ASBEL ESTATES; Single Family, two story, 3/2/2 home with new living room flooring. Fenced yard. Lawn care included. Rent $1275/month. Call Angie Rivera 813-995-0101LAKE LOTSYOUR OWN PRIVATE LAKEFRONT ESTATE;First time ever on the market! Magnificent wooded lakefront lot located on Lake Saxon, an 87 acre ski lake. Non deed restricted, without HOA. Ready to build your lakefront dream home. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712BIG SKI LAKE LOT,can build 2 homes, in Land O Lakes, near High School and Publix. $299,000. Call Helen Grantham 813-767-4899LAKE TONY WATERFRONT LOTjust off State Road 54 on Knight just $89,900! Call Faith Garcia for details 813-503-6610KING LAKE120 acre ski lake. One acre on cul-de-sac. Over 150 ft. of lake frontage, gorgeous panoramic view. City water Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712HALF ACRE ON BIG LAKE THOMASBring the ski boat! 160 acre ski lake with dock and well. $149,000 ready for the boat! Plan today for tomorrow, owner says sell. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712 VACANT PROPERTY2.82 ACRES R1MAzoning with matured Oak trees; ready for your double wide or build your own home; power poles; well; some prepaid impact fees $84,900 Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712PRICE REDUCED "LUTZ" BUILD YOUR EXECUTIVE HOME TODAYon one of these 5 deed restricted lots between 1 and 1.3 acres. Owner will build to suit. Priced between $79,900 and $107,700. Call David Tubaugh 813-777-014610 ACRES IN BROOKSVILE Golf course frontage, potential income on planted Pine trees, convenient to the airport. Owner says sell! Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712 COMMERCIAL PROPERTYMARINE ON BELL LAKE Highway frontage; Property and marine sales/repair business plus a duplex rental & living quarters; 150 feet of lake frontage on 80 acre ski lake. Call Cody Adams 813-909-071210,000 SQUARE FOOT COMMMERCIAL BUILDING WITH TENANT;Commercial building zoned C-2 located with direct frontage on US Highway 41 aka Land O Lakes Boulevard; 2 dock height loading bays. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712COMMERCIAL BUILDING ON US HIGHWAY 41 WITH BILLBOARD INCOME; 3200 square foot C-2 commercial building located on almost acre; 125 feet of highway frontage; located on Land O Lakes Boulevard / US Highway 41. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712Russell Adams Realty, Inc.2502 Land O Lakes Blvd.Corner of Car son Rd. & US 41949-3603 www.russelladamsrealty.comBUSINESS IS HOPPING LOOKING FOR ENERGIZED AGENTS 813-949-3600 INTEREST RATES ARE LOW, HOMES ARE SELLING FAST!

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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201319 Almonds, Oats and Dark Chocolate Oh My!Betsy Crisp, Pasco County ExtensionHappy holidays from my kitchen to yours! 1/3 cup unsalted butter 1/4 cup canola oil 2 cups oatmeal, quick-cooking 3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup whole wheat flour 1/4 cup low-fat milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup almonds, finely chopped1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips1/2 cup all-fruit apricot spread Preheat over to 375 degrees. Lightly spray/oil a baking sheet, or line with parchment. Measure oil, oats, sugar, flour, milk, vanilla, salt and nuts into a mixing bowl. Melt butter in microwave oven, add to mixing bowl and stir well. Using a teaspoon to measure dough, drop onto making sheet 3 inches apart. Flatten into 2-inch rounds with bottom of drinking glass. Bake 5 to 7 minutes, and let cool completely before removing from pan. Melt chocolate chips in microwave 30 seconds at first, then 15 seconds at a time after that until melted. Spread chocolate on flat side of half the cookies, and apricot spread on the other half. Press one of each together to make a cookie sandwich. Betsy Crisp, the family nutrition program coordinator for the Pasco County Extension office, shared her recipe for her Almonds, Oats and Dark Chocolate Oh My cookies. However, part of the preparation directions was not included in the original recipe. We are including the full recipe again, in case you want to clip it and keep it in your recipe book. By the way, congratulations to our winners of the recipe contest Diane Santore of Land O Lakes, Patti Thomas of Wesley Chapel, and Frances Innace of Wesley Chapel. Each will receive a $25 gift card from Publix Super Markets.The Laker/Lutz News Staff ReportOngoing work on a reservoir has helped create a water shortage in the Tampa Bay region, meaning anyone who wants to water their lawns will see new restrictions. The Southwest Florida Water Management District, more commonly known as Swiftmud, is limiting watering to just one day a week after reduced river levels and increasing concerns over water supply were noted for the winter.The restrictions would cover Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, beginning Dec. 26. They are expected to last at least through the beginning of March next year.We are asking residents to be prudent with their water use, especially outdoor irrigation, at this time, said Swiftmud chairman Carlos Beruff, in a release. During the winter months, you can often skip a week or more, as most lawns and landscape plants do not need as much water. Part of the shortage stems from ongoing renovations at the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir, which is currently under renovation. That work has prevented it from storing excess water from the Alafia River during the summer rainy season that could be used in winter. The reservoir, according to Swiftmud, is a major water supply source for Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.Under the new restrictions, not only is watering reduced to once per week, but the allowable watering hours also are reduced. Micro-irrigation and hand watering of nonlawn areas are still allowed any day, if needed.For more information, visit tinyurl.com/Swiftmud.Shortage leads to reduced lawn watering This home on Country Close Drive in Lutz wishes neighbors and passers-by a happy holidays, while featuring the happy scene of Nativity on the front lawn. It all comes back to the birth of Jesus, as depicted in this Nativity scene on Daiquiri Lane in Lutz. (Photos by Michael Hinman) At left, Santa Claus and a snowman greet visitors to this home on Loch Devon Drive in Lutz, showing the Christmas spirit with a touch of the traditional when it comes to the large candles, and even a bit of new, with the stylized Christmas trees. Above, visitors to the main clubhouse at Dupree Lakes, off Ehren Cutoff in Land O Lakes, cant escape Christmas with this beautifully decorated entrance, highlighting the tropical comforts of Florida.One more try on Betsy Crisp cookies Christmas lights around town

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Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community SportsCommunity SportsBy Michael MurilloThe Laker/Lutz News CorrespondentThe high school football season is over, and the Sunlake Seahawks had a good year. They made the playoffs and defeated most of their competition. Now, the teams cheerleaders have begun their own competitive season, and theyre on track for similar success. After placing first at the Universal Cheerleading Associations Central Regionals on Dec. 7, the squad moved on to the Best of Pasco Sunshine Athletic Conference Cheerleading Competition. There they defeated 11 other squads to take first place in the county, claim the competitions highest score, and earn another title for the school.According to Head Coach Pennye Garcia, there were tense moments before the winner was named. We dropped two stunts in our routine, so we were really down. We didnt think that we were going to win, she said. But because the rest of their two-and-a-half-minute performance was so strong and had earned such a high degree of difficulty, the team was able to overcome a couple of mistakes and still claim the county title. Garcia is proud of her teams ability to work hard throughout the competition and earn the top spot despite the challenges. And praise from Garcia carries significant weight. When the team walked into Land O Lakes High School for the competition, they saw plenty of cheerleading titles indicating that schools own success. I coached at Land O Lakes for a long time, Garcia explained. It was kind of funny being over there and seeing the banner in the gym. I said, Those are my winnings. I won Best of Pasco for a lot of years when I was at Land O Lakes. Garcia left Land O Lakes to start Sunlakes cheerleading program when the school opened back in 2007. But soon after, she left Sunlake for a short stint at Hudson, where she claimed a Best of Pasco title for that school. Now shes returned to Sunlake and another first-place finish has followed. Since the team has shown an ability to overcome adversity, Garcia said theyre proving they deserve a designation not always associated with cheerleaders. Theyre the athletes that they say they are, Garcia said. With cheerleading, a lot of people still dont see it as a sport. So I put it in front of them that if theyre true athletes, then they need to act like athletes and be able to overcome whatever they do and move on and make it better the next time. Senior Joy Wennlund, a team captain who has spent her entire high school career on the cheerleading team, understands that many people dont consider it a sport. But she says thats because they usually see the team when theyre supporting the football program. While thats important for school spirit, theres more to cheerleading than what fans see on the sidelines. Theres another side to that; the competitive side, Wennlund said. When were at practice is the only time were showing all of those skills. So no one really gets to see that competitive edge that we have until we go to competition. Although football games are played every week, there are only a handful of cheerleading competitions each season. Theres a lot less opportunities to show all the hard work and dedication weve put in as a team, she said. Still, Wennlund finds the experience rewarding and likes seeing the team come together, experience success and execute their routines after working so hard on them. Those routines are Garcias own creations, and the longtime coach understands that a good team cant focus on previous victories. Just like any group of successful athletes, she wants her cheerleading team to remain on an even keel and prepare for the competitions ahead of them. They need to be level-headed, but they also need to be focused on what they need to do to keep their stamina up, Garcia said. Because when they come back in January they need to be ready to go, and they know that Im going to be pushing them. The cheerleading squad from Sunlake High School helped earn coach Pennye Garcia yet another Best of Pasco cheerleading title, defeating 11 other squads during a recent competition. Garcia has won the title in the past with Land O Lakes and Hudson high schools. (Photo courtesy of Tammy Price)and town team programs within Florida. The event offers a choice of either one-day threegame jamboree, or a two-day tournament. It features boys and girls round-robin competitions at various levels for ages under-10 through under-18. For more information, visit USAmateurSports.com, or email usamateursports@aol.com. Senior Slo Pitch registrationThe Slo Pitch Softball League, geared toward players older than 60, will host registration every Friday beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Land O Lakes Recreation Complex, 3932 Collier Parkway in Land O Lakes. Teams will be balanced, and will play Friday mornings. For more information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211.Baseball clinic in Land O LakesRockstar Performance Baseball will conduct a four-week winter instructional training camp in January for players between the ages of 6 and 18 at the Land O Lakes Little League sports complex. Training will focus on hitting, fielding, base running, pitchers and catchers instruction. It will review key mechanics, common mistakes and how to fix those mistakes through proper drill sequence and identification. For more information, visit www.RockstarBaseball.com. Everyone Can PlayThe fourth annual Everyone Can Play special needs baseball clinic will be Jan. 11 beginning at 9 a.m. at Mary Help of Christian Center, 6400 E. Chelsea St., in Tampa. The group is looking for volunteers, sponsors and players, and all clinics are taught by local athletes for participants age 4 and older. For more information, visit EveryoneCanPlay.org.Contest has high schools cheeringThe Florida High School Athletics Association has launched the Sunshine State Spirit Showdown, a video contest in which students are encouraged to submit videos showing their classmates and community exhibiting positive sportsmanship while rooting for their favorite school. Students from around the state are invited to submit videos ranging in length from 90 seconds to three minutes, including at least 30 seconds on why that schools student section is the greatest. Videos can by uploaded to www.FHSAA.org/upload by Jan. 31. Fans will then have a chance to vote for their favorite video, with voting to last from Feb. 6 until March 6. Taking those votes into consideration, FHSAAs Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will conduct final judging. The winner will be announced March 10. Judges will look at sportsmanship, participation, school spirit, organization, creativity and fun.Students are encouraged to make the videos unique by including anything from picture montages and background music, to special chants, or even choreographed dances. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/SpiritShowdown. Submit your sports updates to mhinman@cnewspubs.com. Mini-basketball returns to Corbett PrepElementary school children have a chance to learn basketball from experienced coaches in a positive environment through a mini-basketball league at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS. Corbett Prep and the Marvin Harvey Basketball School of Excellence are accepting children in first through fifth grade for a second session with the basketball league, which will play on Saturdays in January and February. Children will be grouped by age. The program can accept as many as 60 children in each of the two age groups to form teams of 10 players each. The league will start with an instructional class on Jan. 11. Coaches will assess players ages 6 and 7 at 9 a.m., and ages 8 through 10 at 10:15 a.m. Games will take place weekly on Saturdays in the Corbett Prep Middle School gym between Jan. 18 and Feb. 22. Practices will be either before each game, or on Monday or Wednesday evenings, depending on the age group. Mini-basketball teaches fundamentals of the game, adapted for childrens mental and physical development. The ball is 27.5 inches, and the basket is 8.5 feet tall. Each player must play two quarters. Cost is $135 per child, or $65 for children who are part of the Marvin Harvey Basketball School of Excellence for Session 3 of the 2013-14 school year. For more information, call email Ivan Romero at iromero@corbettprep.com, or call (813) 961-3087, ext. 312.Adult soccer league wants playersWith the spring season ready to commence, adult soccer players are being sought to participate in a league that plays mens, womens and coed games Sunday afternoons at Wesley Chapel District Park on Boyette Road.Registration opens on Jan. 15, and players must be 18 or older. For more information, call Colin Eke at (747) 999-5425, or visit NewAPSL.com.New Tampa Y pool closing for renovationsThe New Tampa Family YMCA swimming pool is undergoing renovations between midJanuary and early February.During that time, regularly scheduled events will take place at other area facilities, including the East Pasco Family YMCA in Zephyrhills, Bob Sierras Youth and Family Center in Tampa, and the Plant City Family YMCA.For more information or schedules, email alexis.mendenhall@tampaymca.org, or stuart.wilson@tampaymca.org.Sign up for lacrosse tournamentRegistrations are now being accepted for the 2014 Lax Max Florida Lacrosse Tournament taking place at Lakewood Ranch on the weekend of April 6. 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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201321 Returning to the spotlightJulian Crockett, a running back with the Army Black Knights, receives the punt after the Navy Midshipmen score the first field goal of the 114th Army-Navy Game at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Crockett, a native of Wesley Chapel, had six returns for an average of just fewer than 17 yards, but it was not enough, as Navy would win 34-7. (Photo courtesy of E.J. Hersom)Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot winnersWinners of the Zephyrhills Elks Lodge No. 2731 Hoop Shoot free throw contest include, in front from left, Haley Cogan and Ben Cogan, and in back, Ronda Webster and Matthew Webster. Winners will move on to the regional competition at Hudson High School on Jan. 11. (Photo courtesy of Alice M. Perry) SPORTS WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18BOYS BASKETBALLWharton 51, Tampa Bay Tech 40GIRLS BASKETBALLTampa Bay Tech 66, Wharton 40 Steinbrenner 44, Middleton 16BOYS SOCCERPasco 8, Ridgewood 0GIRLS SOCCERRiver Ridge 4, Wesley Chapel 2 Sunlake 8, Zephyrhills 0THURSDAY, DEC. 19BOYS BASKETBALLLand O Lakes 59, Sunlake 39GIRLS BASKETBALLSteinbrenner 41, Sickles 28 Wiregrass Ranch 75, Wesley Chapel 31BOYS SOCCERWiregrass Ranch 5, Land O Lakes 0 Steinbrenner 5, Leto 0 Newsome 4, Wharton 1GIRLS SOCCERLand O Lakes 4, Wiregrass Ranch 0THURSDAY, JAN. 2BOYS BASKETBALLLand O Lakes at Zephyrhills, 1:30 p.m.FRIDAY, JAN. 3BOYS BASKETBALLRiver Ridge at Zephyrhills, 7:30 p.m.GIRLS SOCCERWharton at Tampa Prep, 5 p.m.SATURDAY, JAN. 4GIRLS SOCCERLakeland Christian at Wharton, 1 p.m.MONDAY, JAN. 6BOYS BASKETBALLRidgewood at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30 p.m.GIRLS BASKETBALLSteinbrenner at Strawberry Crest, 8 p.m.BOYS SOCCERWiregrass Ranch at Hernando, 7:30 p.m.BOYS BASKETBALLRidgewood at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30 p.m. SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTSPREP SPORTS BOARD ELSAS LOVES THE HOLIDAYS!18450 North US 41, Lutz813-948-ELSA (3572)DRINK SPECIALS ALL DAY EVERY DAY!2 for 1 Well & Call Drinks Pint Domestic Draft Beer $1.75Mon. Night Football$5.00 MargaritasTues. Beer Special Price Mex ican Bottled BeerNEW LATE NIGHT MENU TACOS, BURRITOS & APPETIZERSNEW 2 for $20 Menu All Day! Every Day!SUNDAY SPECIAL 50 WINGS TUESDAY SPECIAL KIDS EAT FREE MONDAY SPECIAL $1 TACO NIGHT OBCAD-2-4.875x3.75-A-GRY-1113Insurance underwritten by Freedom Life Insurance Company of America / National Foundation Life Insurance Company Confused About Healthcare? We Can HelpAs a Licensed Agent, I can: Talk with you about your options Help you find affordable benefits Custom tailor your coverage to fit your needs & your budgetContact me for a FREE consultationEd Klaameyer( 813 ) 318-1012edwin.klaameyer@ushadvisors.com Laser Welder Repairs!Let us fix your eyeglasses & much moreWe Buy Gold & Diamondsat the guaranteed highest price and paid in cash!EXPERTWATCH& JEWELRYREPAIR 10% OFF$5.00OFFFREE 2153 Collier Pkwy Land O Lakes 813-909-4888www.FranklinJeweler.netSINCE 1946 Franklin JewelersMON-FRI 10AM-6PM SATURDAY 11AM-5PM CLOSED SUNDAYSGIA & EGL Diamonds AvailableALL JEWELRYREPAIRSNot valid with any other offers. With coupon. Expires 1/31/14.WATCH BATTERYLimit 1 per customer. Including installation. Not valid with any other offers. With coupon. Expires 1/31/14.JEWELRY CLEANINGWhile You WaitNot valid with any other offers. With coupon. Expires 1/31/14.

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By B.C. Manion bcmanion@cnewspubs.com Jason and Jessica Smith have a holiday tradition with their three young children. The Land O’ Lakes couple brings the youngsters to the Christmas House at Old Lutz School where the kids get a giant serving of holiday cheer. As they make their way through the historic building, Maddy, 6; Amelia, 5; and Elliot, 2, have plenty to see. One room in the school at 18819 N. U.S. 41 is filled with Christmas trees, decked out in all sorts of themes. One of those trees is decked out with paper ornaments colored by kindergarten children at Lutz Elementary School. In another room, visitors can check out a huge assortment of nutcrackers. There are also rooms with miniature trains that make their way through towns and villages. Outside there are other decorations. Lights spell out “Season’s Greetings” in front of the historic building, and windows are illuminated by lighted decorations. There’s an old-fashioned Nativity scene on Lutz NEWS FREE Lutz NEWS SERVING LUTZ/ODESSA DECEMBER 25, 2013 Call AttorneyJIM HOLLIDAY813-868-1887 AUTO ACCIDENT?SLIP & FALL? No Fees Or Costs Unless You WinHelping Injured People HOLLID A Y BOMHOFF KARA TINOS P.L. Attorneys at Law I Will Aggressively Fight To Protect Your Legal RightsŽ18920 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 101 Lutz, FL (Corner of Sunlake & Dale Mabry) FEB 5-8, 2014 Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg 888.974.3698 | 727.248.0115 ShenYun.com Presented by Florida Falun Dafa Association, Inc. ALL-NEW 2014 SHOW with live orchestra Check out Letters to Santa on pages 6 & 7By Michael Hinman mhinman@cnewspubs.com Groans, interruptions, occasional applause. That was the scene in the New Port Richey city council chambers last week when federal, state and local officials — led by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis — pulled homeowners together to talk about what’s been a painful subject in recent months: flood insurance. Premiums under the National Flood Insurance Program, a federal insurance plan administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have skyrocketed since October when a federal law went into effect designed to help the program make up for losses from major disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Implementation was designed to slowly ramp up increases for affected policyholders, but what has actually happened has been much different. One homeowner on the west side of Pasco County got a rude awakening soonLawmakers pledge flood insurance fix See FLOOD, page14 Christmas Card Lane revival draws a very big crowd By B.C. Manion bcmanion@cnewspubs.com Children played drums, rang hand bells, sang, clapped rhythmically and even did a little dancing to entertain the crowd that gathered for the Christmas Card Lane celebration in downtown Lutz. Hundreds gathered for the event, which also featured a visit from Santa, a few remarks by the community’s honorary Lutz Guv’na, and the ceremonial flipping of the switch to illuminate 16 giant holiday cards. The 8-by-4-foot cards are posted along the edge of Memorial Park, across the street from the Lutz Depot Building, where the crowd watched the children from Lutz Elementary School perform. The event marked the revival of the old Christmas Card Lane tradition in Lutz. The tradition ceased some years back, but a special edition of the event was done this year to mark the community’s 100th birthday. The Christmas Card Lane celebration was the fourth and final event to mark the community’s centennial. Ligia Grams was there to watch her son Dakota, 8, perform. She gave the event high marks. “It’s a good community outing for everyone,” Grams said. “It just brings everyone together. The kids will have a blast.” Diane DeMarco and her husband, Dan, also came out to watch the Lutz Elementary children perform, which included their son, Joseph, 8. DeMarco also thought the event would be a good way to get into the Christmas spirit. Her family moved to Lutz three years ago because of the community’s reputation for having a small-town feel. Indeed, as chronicled in local history books written by Eliabeth Riegler MacManus and her daughter, Susan A. MacManus, community gatherings have long been the social glue for Lutz. So, when the Lutz Centennial Committee was planning how to celebrate the community’s 100th birthday, they reasoned that community gatherings would be the way to go. The first centennial event was a food See CARD, page15 Old Lutz School turns into Christmas House Do you love nutcrackers? Then you’ll enjoy the giant collection on display at the Christmas House at Old Lutz School. (Photos by B.C. Manion) The holiday card provided by Lutz Elementary School depicts a group of singers, which is fitting since children from that school sang and played music to entertain the crowd during the Christmas Card Lane festivities. An old-fashioned snowman greets visitors to Lutz’s Christmas Card Lane.See HOUSE, page14

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Merry Christmas From Our Family To YoursDr. Michael Craven and his wife, Linda, are blessed with 5 precious grandsons Christmas morning. A chiropractor for 35 years, Dr. Craven has lived in Land O' Lakes since 1980. (813) 996-9800 The Eye Care Professionalsof Tampa Bay, LLCformerly From my staff and myself, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.Ž WE ARE A COLLECTION SITE www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 20132 www.brittendental.com 213 Crystal Grove Blvd. Lutz, FL 33548-6452 Leonard L. Britten, D.D.S. Nicholas L. Britten, D.M.D.Sleep in Heavenly Peace with a Silent NiteSnore GuardCALL OUR OFFICE TODAY. 813.949.8411 Silent NiteSnore Guard$75off expires 12/31/13 B y Mi chael H i nman mhinman@cnewspubs.com Many stories will likely be written about Taylor Emery, a standout junior point guard on the Freedom High School girls basketball team, as she progresses her way through college and beyond. But on a mournful day in mid-October, it was her turn to write. A young man who had cheered the basketball team on from the bleachers, and who had become a symbol of hope for the school and his community, had just lost his long battle with primitive neuroectodermal tumors. And it was then the 16-year-old pulled out a tablet and a pen, and began to share her thoughts on the passing of Jordan Harris. Unable to g r asp this unbelievable news Not quite being able to r efuse Eighteen yea r s old, he shouldn’t have died Just a kid living st r ide to st r ide “I never thought about ever pursuing anything in the music industry,” Emery said. “But I felt all the pain from Jordan passing away. And the next day, I wanted to do something for him. I wanted to do something cool that he would’ve loved. And I know he loved music.”The words flooded Emery’s paper, and it took a few days to organize her thoughts after that and turn her stream of consciousness into something lyrical. It was then Emery shared her work with a 16-year-old friend who played recreational basketball, Kellie Gaston, who also had a passion for singing. They both then turned to another teammate’s brother, Kyle Snelgrove, who even at 17 has his own recording studio in his Brandon home. “We all got together one night, and did the recording,” Emery said. Gaston sang the chorus, Emery rapped her primary lyrics, and Snelgrove produced. “I had to record my part a lot of times, but Kellie got it on the first try. Kyle said he would have it done in a week, and he did.”The trio got permission to use an original instrumental base they found on YouTube, and Emery uploaded the final product to Apple’s iTunes Store, offering the song for 99 cents. She won’t know until January how many people downloaded the song in the first wave, but Emery already plans to donate 75 percent of proceeds to the Harris family. The other 25 percent covers the costs of producing it. “He has helped me and others in so many different ways,” Emery said of Harris, who died Oct. 16 at the age of 18. “He fought cancer three times, and the first two times, he never gave up and was just so happy with what he did. It taught us that no matter how hard things are, there is always a way to come out of it.” Jo r dan may be gone But I’ll neve r fo r get … … I’ll neve r fo r get how he inspi r ed me The Freedom Patriots are locked in a tough battle to win their district, and Emery has been one of the keys to her team’s success. In just two games in December, she scored a combined 75 points. And she hasn’t had a game without scoring in double digits since her first year on the team. A wall in her bedroom is filled with envelopes sent to her by colleges around the country interested in her hardwood skills. And Emery dreams of not only excelling in college, but possibly earning a spot in the Women’s National Basketball Association. Her iPhone is filled with all kinds of music, ranging from hip-hop and rhythm and blues to rock, and maybe even a little country. Emery’s favorite musician right now is Macklemore, who she says “raps with a purpose” with songs like “Wing$” and “Same Love.” Emery is an A student at Freedom, taking four Advanced Placement courses this year alone. There’s not a lot of room in her schedule to create and produce a song, let alone promote it, but Emery knew sharing “Harris” with the rest of the world was something she had to do. “I just wanted to help his family so much,” she said. “I know it’s hard to lose anyone to cancer, especially someone who is 18, and I felt this was the only way I could help them. I can’t bring Jordan back, but I hope I can at least help them with this.” He wants no pain o r st r uggle f r om us Just happiness and memo r ies Loving the past and blinded by ou r futu r e A futu r e he neve r knew He is watching ove r us now What a g r eat thing to bea r Rest in peace, JHa rr Taylor E m ery, a jun i or at Freedo m H i gh School, l i stens to the song she wrote and recorded a b out late class m ate Jordan Harr i s. (Photo b y M i chael H i n m an) The cancer Jordan Harris had was so rare, even today it’s difficult to remember its name: primitive neuroectodermal tumors. Harris was first diagnosed with the condition in 2011 when he was an upperclassman at Freedom High School, and surgeries and treatment would sideline him from some of his favorite activities, like soccer. “If nothing happened, I probably would have wanted to play college soccer on a scholarship,” Harris said late last year. “But it’ll all be about fun now.”Harris graduated from Freedom in June, but his condition worsened not long after that. He succumbed to the cancer on Oct. 16.“In my experience, it’s those with the hardest struggles who seem to persevere the most, and Jordan was no exception,” Freedom social studies teacher Katie Feldman told students, family and friends who joined in a candlelight vigil soon after Harris’ passing. “Talk to anyone who knew him, and they would undoubtedly mention his beautiful smile, the way he always wanted to put other people first, and his unyielding sense of perseverance.” —Michael Hinman Jordan Harr i s Jordan Harris was symbol of hope at Freedom Download ‘Harris’Want to download “Harris” on iTunes and support the family of the late Jordan Harris? Find this story on LakerLutzNews.com, and look for a link directly to the song.Cancer victim remembered through song

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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 20133 Starkey Ranch park moves forward while others struggleBy Michael Hinman mhinman@cnewspubs.com With 18 sports fields, eight total courts for basketball and tennis, more than a mile of trails, and a library, Starkey Ranch District Park is aiming to become a centralized recreational location for the entire county. And while Pasco County’s financial commitment is minimal compared to that of the school board and the private developer of the project just off State Road 54 past Trinity, commission chairman Jack Mariano wanted to make it clear that his approval comes with conditions: start fully funding the rest of the county parks.“We cut libraries back tremendously, and cut parks back tremendously,” he said, adding that by the time Starkey Ranch District Park moves forward, “if we haven’t addressed getting rid of the park fees and putting more money back into the parks, I am not going to be comfortable moving forward.”The problem, Mariano said, is that the county already is struggling to maintain the recreation areas it already has. Adding the Starkey Ranch project could make it even more difficult for the county, which is already charging $2 parking fees for those who visit various parks in the county. Those fees were designed to stave off further funding cuts from parks following a fall in overall tax revenue after the housing market collapse. If the fees were still in place by the time parts of Starkey Ranch opened up, visitors also would pay the parking fee there, county administrator Michele Baker said. “We cut back parks over 30 percent, and we’re going to add another liability for more parks and libraries,” Mariano said. Starkey Ranch, however, is planned to become much less of a liability. The county would not be responsible for taking over part of the maintenance fees until 2017 when it would take on 15 percent of the costs — estimated at $42,700. The county wouldn’t fully take over maintenance of the park until 2023, where it’s estimated to cost just under $285,000. By then, the existence of the park should spark more residential growth in and around Starkey Ranch, and those additional taxpaying rooftops should more than offset the costs incurred by the county, Baker said. “The developer has stepped forward and he is taking the risk, eating that operation cost, but bringing that quality,” Baker said. “They are stimulating growth in the area, and stimulating property value.” Pasco County Schools will work directly with the developer on most of the district park project, funding its share, and even providing a small loan to the county to help it fund its contribution. The first phase of the project would include five baseball and softball fields, six multi-purpose fields, two concession stands, a pavilion with picnic tables, a playground, a maintenance building and just a little less than a mile of trails. The price tag to build that portion is $9 million. The second phase would be built when the $1.9 million in funds become available, and will include three more large multi-purpose fields, an additional playground and concession stand, and nearly 2,000 feet more of trails. The first phase is expected to open in 2015, carrying an annual operating and maintenance cost of $285,000, which will be fully paid for by the developer over the first two years, before the county responsibility is phased in. The overall project will include a lot more, as well. With the plans to build a three-story elementary and middle school near the project, the developer and the school district also are planning a 20,000square-foot library, a 6,000-square-foot “black box” theater, a gymnasium, four tennis and four basketball courts, and a track among other amenities. The county and school district also have the chance to generate revenue from the park from things like ticket surcharges, rent from private users, facility fees, advertising, and even naming rights.Paying to name something in the park is an experimental concept the county and school board are trying, although no one can buy the rights to name the entire district park or the school. Under the program, the school district would bid out such an offering, and it would need the county’s approval. Any name that is chosen would have to contain the phrase “at Starkey Ranch” at the end. Among the examples the county provided were “Raymond James Theatre at Starkey Ranch” or “Coastal Caisson Field at Starkey Ranch.” Naming rights for major facilities, like Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg generate millions of dollars in revenue. However, naming shared-use facilities at Starkey Park is expected to go for much less. The commission green-lit the project unanimously. Commissioner Kathryn Starkey abstained, citing a conflict of interest. Developers of the Starkey Ranch District Park showed the proposed layout of its massive recreational offerings within the community just off State Road 54 past Trinity. The first phase of the district park is expected to open in 2015, with the county expected to take over the full estimated $285,000 in maintenance and operations costs a decade from now. (Image courtesy of Pasco County Commission) Does bleaching affect existing fillings and crowns?Teeth that have been filled with tooth colored fillings or have had porcelain crowns and bridges placed on them cannot be altered in color by bleaching. Consulting your dentist before starting a bleaching process will help identify what teeth may not bleach due to fillings or crowns and how that will affect the success of the outcome. 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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 20134 Abby Bramlett, 7, of Land O’ Lakes, makes a bracelet at the Candlewood Community Church booth at Traditions on the Green. The annual event was Dec. 14 at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, and included holiday fun, music and food. (Photos by Michael Hinman) Deputy Cliff Baltzer, a field training officer with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, tries to pull a tennis ball away from Ace, the canine partner of Deputy Joe Liddick, during Traditions on the Green. Ace typically is used for regular patrol as well as for bomb sniffing, the only dog at the sheriff’s office with that talent. The jazz band from Pine View Middle School shares some of its holiday musical treats during Traditions on the Green. Not only did the group touch on some popular Christmas music, but they also showed off some of their musical improvisational skills to the crowd. Matthew Madley, 5, of Land O’ Lakes, tosses bean bags at the A Focus on Fitness setup at Traditions on the Green. Dreaming of a green Christmas The goodwill and support of our readers and customers is the surest measure of our success. May your Christmas season be filled with family and friends.Merry Christmasfrom Our Family to Yours 813.909.2800www.lakerlutznews.com

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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 20135 By Diane Kortus dkortus@cnewspubs.com I don’t think I’ve ever been more relaxed than I am this holiday season. I finished my shopping early at the big Lutz/Land O’ Lakes Arts & Craft show in Lake Park. Swapped out my table’s placemats from autumn leaves to snowflakes the day after Thanksgiving. And have two batches of Christmas cookies waiting in my freezer for my family’s holiday party. As I write this column a week before Christmas, I still haven’t put up my tree nor pulled down the boxes of ornaments I accumulated during 25 years of raising children. And it’s likely that I won’t. As far as outdoor decorations, I plugged in our iconic 4-foot Frosty the Snowman on my front porch, which gives off just enough light to illuminate the wreath on my door. Instead of spending hours hanging lights from the roof and wrapping them around trees, I’m enjoying the beautiful lighted scenes in my neighbors’ yards. After decades of being caught up in the holiday hoopla that we mistakenly think is essential for our children’s happiness, this year I’ve said no to those holiday indulgences that make me feel overstimulated, unsatisfied and guilty for not doing more. Instead, I have slowed the season’s pace to give myself the most precious gift of all — time. Time to enjoy the spiritual significance of the season. Time to reflect on the joys of past holidays. Time to do things with people I care about with no expectations of exchanging gifts. I never imagined that the holidays could be so enjoyable. I am basking in the pleasures of what I love most — whether it’s reading a book, listening to medieval Christmas music or calling friends whom I have not talked to since last Christmas. Time is a gift I am also sharing with my staff. We’ve been off since last Friday when we finished putting together this Christmas edition of the paper. Producing our holiday edition early gave us five glorious days off. We’re back to work tomorrow and Friday to get out our Jan. 1 edition, and then we’re off again for another five days. These beautifully long, back-to-back weekends are possible because Christmas and New Year’s fall on Wednesday, the same day The Laker/Lutz News is delivered to your home. This doesn’t happen often (the last time was in 2002), and we’re delighted to be taking advantage of the calendar. My daughter, Rachel, is home from college on her winter break, and we’re using this bonus time to visit family in Minnesota. We’re hoping that being with parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins will ease the sorrow of spending Christmas apart from my son and Rachel’s brother, Andy. Andy is a Marine who deployed to Afghanistan in November, just a week after he was married. But thankfully, while in Minnesota, we’ll be seeing Andy’s new wife, Erin, because she too will be in the Midwest visiting her parents and siblings. As happy as I am to be at my childhood home for Christmas, I am sad to leave behind many people whom I care deeply about. Of course, it is impossible to spend Christmas with everyone we love. There are too many people, too many miles, too many constraints. But when we get back from our travels, we can give those who remained here our time, attention and presence — the most precious gifts of all. This Frosty the Snowman has greeted visitors to Publisher Diane Kortus’ front door for more than 20 years. Nothing is more precious than the gift of time PUBLISHER’S COLUMN Santa would love these cookies Above, Robert Grimm, 17, is putting some finishing touches on a Christmas tree cookie. Land O’ Lakes High School students made and decorated cookies for themselves, and for faculty members. (Photos by B.C. Manion) Above and below, a snowflake being decorated by Zach Christian, 17, a student part of the Academy of Culinary Arts. 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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 20136 Dear Santa Claus, I love you. I can’t for you to come on Christmas Eve Santa. I would like Rainbow Loom for Christmas. —Emma Doyle, 6 Dear Santa Claus, This year for Christmas, I would like a puppy. A puppy that is cute, but won’t grow up to be too big in the future. Please, I have been good this year. I am a straight A student, and my biggest, greatest accomplishment, 2nd place in the constitution essay contest for all fifth graders in Pasco County. So I deserve a cute, loyal puppy. My mother recently found out we could bring a pet to travel with us, mostly because we always go away for the summer. She said she would let me have a new puppy if I got it as a Christmas present. Any kind please, as long as they are not too big. I am looking for one who is very playful and lovable. Send some dog supplies (such as dog food, leash, dog bowl, doggy toys, etc.) So I am prepared and ready. It would make me the happiest girl ever to have a puppy! I hope I can get one soon. P.S. I really want one that I could cuddle with, to play with, and be best friends with. —Maravilla Frost, 10 Dear Santa Claus, Although you are all busy in the North Pole making toys, I am going to give you a list of ideas that I want for Christmas.  Bracelet kit and refill kit (the kind of bracelet you make with rubber bands)  Mouse trap (the game)  A galaxy cell phone  tennis shoes  a google nexius tablet  new aeropostate shirts  jean shorts  iPod touch 5th generation  anything that has a zebra print, mustaches or neon colors —Shania Spittka, 12 Dear Santa Claus, I want the build a bear on the table and I want a pet hamster, and more stuff animals and my own room and a pet snake or spider because im a good girl because I help my sister and brother and daddy and momma. —Olivia Dubendorfer, 11 Dear Santa Claus, My Christmas wish is world peace. Please get somthing for those in need. Also could you get me Mario and Sonic Olympics. Please have a safe trip. —Isaac White, 9 Dear Santa Claus, For Christmas I would like some cat warrior books and a Kindle Fire please. I live in Land O’ Lakes. I try my best in school to get good grades. I also wish for my family a great Christmas. —Katie Madley, 8 Dear Santa Claus, Thank you for last year’s Christmas presents. I enjoyed doing the doll’s hair and teaching English to the Furby. Please make sure you get my younger brother and sister, Julia and Johnny Mixon, the top thing on their wish lists to you. I have been a very good girl this year and only want one thing for Christmas: an Ipad Mini. I understand this may be a little high tech for your elves because they are used to making toys. That’s ok though because Ebay, Best Buy and Walmart all have great low prices. Thank you for reading and have a very Merry Christmas. P.S. What is your favorite type of cookie? —Leah Mixon, 10 Dear Santa Claus, My name is Kaysoun. I am 11 years old and my sister is Britney she is 7 years. My mom is having a hard time this Christmas because we have to leave our home not knowing if we going to have a Christmas. Sant all I want for Christmas is to help my mom get us some bed sheets and blankets for hour bed she got us at the Salvation Army. They gave us some bed to sleep in me and my sister but my mom need help getting sheets and blankets for them because they are big bed so my mom don’t have to keep getting beds as we get older. So please Santa help my mom get some queen size and full size sheets for the bed. I Kaysoun love sports. My sister love princesses. —Kaysoun, Britney, and Ryan Dear Santa Claus, What I would like for Christmas is a dog, Penny bored and just to have a good time with my family. The reason why is because every god I had it was not mine and if it was a penni bored I would like ot because I like riding around. I also want to have a good time with my family because I love them and I love the holidays and looking at lights and watching old Christmas movies with them. That’s what I want for Christmas. —Felicity Garcia, 13It’s Christmas, and since we know The Laker/Lutz News has a direct line to Santa Claus at the North Pole, we thought we’d share some of the letters to Santa we’ve received in recent weeks. We’ve left the letters in their original form, uniquely spelled words and all. And congratulations to Adreanna Zepeda, a third-grader at Denham Oaks Elementary School, who won our BuildA-Bear as our favorite letter written during the Traditions on the Green event in Land O’ Lakes. Adreanna Zepeda, a third-grader at Denham Oaks, proudly shows off the Build-A-Bear she won for her letter written during the Traditions on the Green event in Land O’ Lakes. (Photo provided)Dear Santa Claus, I want for Chrismas is a doll with pink and gitter haire, and new cloes. 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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 20137 Dear Santa Claus, I want to get a ice skateing bild a bear and another rainbow loom. —Campbell McElaney, 7 Dear Santa Claus, Hello, I am Luis Rivera. I am 12 yrs. old. I am going to tell you my wish list for Chirstmas. Wish List: Bike Nike shoes for school (solid black) NBA Basketball 2K 2013 for the Wii Ipod Shuffle Clothes size CL, 38 waits 30 length Football from NFLSanta I think I do deserve these presents. I watch my brother and sister when my mom goes to work. I give them food and something to drink so they can live. I clean my room. I take out the trash and wash the bathroom plus sweep and mop it to. Thats why I really deserve these presents.—Luis Rivera, 12 Dear Santa Claus, My name is Kayla Galo. Santa, I was wondefing if you can buy me a game for my 3DS XL. It’s called Luigi’s Mansion. And that’s it. So you can have money left over to buy for the other kids. —Kayla Galo, 10 Dear Santa Claus, I have been a good girl. I would like a Barbie a new Outfit a new Necklace. But I Will be happy with what you bring me. —Camilla Montano-Durand, 6 Dear Santa Claus, For Christmas I want a little kitten even though I’m alergic. I realy want one! I’ve ben very nice so please give me one. Please! Thank you! Sencerily, —Isabella Dubendrofer, 10 Dear Santa Claus, I want a Bild a Bare that has stue ice sats. Also a stuft pand too. —Gigi Moralejo, 7 Dear Santa Claus, I love you. I have ben a good girl. I want a turtle. —Amelia Schmitt, 6 Dear Santa Claus, I wont a sate of Ranbow Loom. —Titus Northey, 6 Dear Santa Claus, Hello, I am Diego Montoya. I am 7 yer old. I am writing my wish list from you. Here are the following items that I wamt form Santa. Bike Nitendo DS Mini tablet to play games Just Dance 4 game for my Wii Shoes size 12-13 Clothes size 5T Santa I hope you can make my wish come true cause I heard that you are nice to kids that obey and behave to there parents. I want you to know that I have been a good little boy. —Diego Montoya, 7 Dear Santa Claus, I would like a microphone and a infinatey game. I would also like a raimbow loom kit and I would also like a getar and mario kart 7 and some diary of the wimpy kid books. —Liam Lencsak, 9 Dear Santa Claus, I would like Werfferbell for Christmas, a electric scooter, and the doll Barbie. —Anastasia Gocek, 8 Dear Santa Claus, I wish for a Diamond Sword. I have Ben a Good Boy. —Noah Dubendorfer, 6 Dear Santa Claus, Please bring me a airedale terrier and a iPad. —Andrew Deneau, 6 Dear Santa Claus,I want for Christmas is Xbox, Webkins, Build A Bear, Books, LPS, Wii U, Clothes, Games.—Jessica Amero, 8 Dear Santa Claus, I’ve been a good girl. I want a Barbie. A panda. —Jasmine Gocek, 7 Dear Santa Claus, I would like for crismas a Mercedes Benz for outside to play with. Another puppy and sanatizer. A drum set, Despicable Me 2 puzzle presto, Zoey 101 searies, a bunch of games. It does not matter which games. Stikers now 48 Crayola melt and mold factory, a lot of movies. It does not matter. Build-A-Bear workshop gift card. Mini laptop twister rave dance. —Lexi, 7 Dear Santa Claus, I want a princess castle. —Ella Pope, 3 Dear Santa Claus, I wont a tablet. And I wont a camera! —Stephanie Cely, 6 Dear Santa Claus, I want a Kindle Fire for Christmas. —Matthew Madley, 5 The Dubendorfer family, led by father Chris of Land O’ Lakes, work on their letters to Santa Claus at the Traditions on the Green holiday event at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center recently. Sharing their wishes with the North Pole include Olivia, 11, at left, Isabella, 10, and on his father’s lap, Noah, 6. (Photo by Michael Hinman) Vanessa Veve, MDInternal and Geriatric MedicineSe Habla Espaol Dr. Veve is board certied in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. Specializing in adult medicine with a focus on prevention and treatment of adult diseases, she is dedicated to working with her patients to identify their individual needs.SPECIALTIES Preventative Care Adult Physicals High Blood Pressure High Cholesterol Geriatric Syndromes Dementia and Memory Loss Polypharmacy Heart Failure Diabetes Management Pain Control Make your appointment today! 1809 Collier Parkway | Lutz | (813) 909-2368VANESSA VEVE, MDBoard Certied in Internal and Geriatric Medicine

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PET of the WEEK Sponsored by:2446 Land O’ Lakes Blvd  (813) 388-6810  www.theredhydrant.com WEEKLY WINNERS Santa dog has come to town Jonas had a grand time greeting kids and adults as Santa’s favorite Airedale Elf at the Traditions on the Green holiday celebration at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center. Jonas lives with The Laker/Lutz News publisher Diane Kortus, who adopted him six years ago from Sunshine Airedalers of Florida.Diane will donate the Pet of the Week Gift Certificate.www.LakerLutzNews.com Decem b er 25, 201 38 Send us a picture and information on your favorite pet!Write a short paragraph about why your pet is special along with a photo and mail to: Pet of the Week, c/o The Laker, P.O. Box 479, Lutz, FL 33 54 8 or email to kwelton@cnew sp u bs .com, ATTN: Pet of the WeekPLEA S E NOTE: OWNER S NAME AND ADDRE SS MU S T BE INCLUDED FOR YOUR PET TO BE CON S IDERED FOR PUBLICATION. PET OF THE WEEK FAMILIES RECEIVE A $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM RED HYDRANT PET SPA & BOUTIQUE TO USE IN ITS RETAIL STORE FOR TREATS, TOYS, COLLARS, LEASHES AND HOME GROOMING PRODUCTS Dogs play & socialize four times a day! FENCED 3 ACRES WITH DOGGIE LAGOON & REAL ROCK WATERFALL10014 Ehren Cutoff € Land O Lakes www.HappyTailsPetLodge.net YOUR PETS VACATION PLACE 813.995.2212MANAGER LIVES ON PREMISES day care boarding grooming € Veterinarians € Grooming € Breeding € Training € Supplies € Pet Sitters € Pets 4 Sale PET STATION U Dirty Dog PET GROO M ING813-948-2400 19025 U S HWY 41 N  Lutz FREENail Grind 2446 Land O Lakes Blvd.At Hwy 41 & Hwy 54Open Mon-Sat(813) 388-6810www.TheRedHydrant.com Lov i n g Pet S i tt i n g Done i n the Co m fort of Your Ho m e Furrie Tails 997-6115 (813) The LAKER/ Lutz NEWSWEACCEPTCo mm un i ty News Pu b l i cat i ons HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!$100 OFF DOU B LE OR QUAD S IZE AD*NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY The LAKER/ Lutz NEWSCALL RACHEL TODAY, THESE OFFERS ARE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY! with a 3 m onth agree m ent in the Pet S tation Directory* OR FREECOLOR on s i n g le s i z e ad(813) 909-2800 813-909-2800 €Fax 813-909-2802 / The LAKER€ Lutz News/ classifieds@cnewspubs.com www.gentlecarepethospital.comFace b ook.co m /Gentlecare Pet Hosp i tal SPAY & NEUTER CLINIC: Call for appointment: Subject to $3 medical, infectious & records fee.(Includes pre-anesthetic exam, anesthesia, pain & antibiotic pre-medication) Cat Neuter: $30 Cat Spay: $40 Dog Neuter:Dog Spay: up to 11 lbs$40up to 11 lbs$50 12 33 lbs$4512 22 lbs$55 34 66 lbs$5523 44 lbs$60 67 88 lbs$7045 66 lbs$70 89 132 lbs$8567 88 lbs$90 89 132 lbs$105(813)949-441621515 VILLAGE LAKES SHOPPING CENTERLAND OLAKES(next to Beef O Bradys in old Wal-Mart Plaza) MONDAY-FRIDAY 8 AM 6 PM SATURDAY 8 AM 12 PMWEEKDAY IN-OFFICE VACCINE CLINICS: MONDAY-FRIDAY 1 2 PM Weekend Vaccine Clinics SAT., DEC. 28TH1 to 2 pm PET CITY 2119 Collier Pkwy € LAND O LAKESSAT., DEC. 28TH2:30 to 3:30 pm WOOFGANG BAKERY 18875 SR 54 € LUTZ CORPORATE APPROVED

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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 20139 This dog is gunning for a home Gunner is a gorgeous 3-year-old German Shepherd mix who likes to act like a big tough guy in his cage. But as you can see here, he’s really a big softie. Gunner can be quite shy at first, but once he gets to know you, he’s your new best friend. Gunner walks well on a leash, knows basic commands, and would make a wonderful pet for a quieter, more grown-up home. Come to the shelter to see if you can give this sweetie the home he deserves!For more information on how to adopt Gunner or other animals with Pasco County Animal Services, visit tinyurl.com/AdoptPasco Trust us. Your lawn will be far better off with McGuires in charge. Local owner s Er i c Rob i n s on and Joel M cGu i re have worked together for 10 year s m ak i ng lawn s beaut i ful i n Pa s co and H i ll s borough count i e s .3reasonsMcGuires 813-996-7300www. m cgu i re s outdoor s .co mNO POINTING FINGER S We do i t all. M ow, fert i l i ze, m ulch, pull weeds, aerate sod, control pests, cut b ack trees, tr im shru b s, m ana g e i rr ig at i on and do the landscape des ig n. There’s no b la mi n g another serv i ce when so m eth i n g g oes wron g We’re accounta b le for everyth i n g .1. ONE CHECK Wr i te j ust one check or approve one cred i t card pay m ent. Our co m plete serv i ce costs no m ore than what m any ho m eowners pay m ult i ple serv i ces. ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND S Spend your free t im e w i th the ones you love, not tak i n g care of your lawn. 2. 3. New Year with to Start the Sa m antha L i ndsay, M .D.Board Certified in Family Medicine Focus on seniors, women and children, including infants Land O Lakes resident Per s onable care fro m our front de s k to the doctor Approved fac i l i ty for Vacc i ne for Ch i ldren Conven i ent locat i on, mi n im u m wa i t A Fa mi ly M ed i cal Pract i ce Where You Alway s S ee A Doctor 16541 Po i nte V i llage Dr i ve, S u i te 207  Lutz, FL 33558 ( S R54 and the S uncoa s t Parkway) (813) 920-8300  northpo i ntephy si c i an s .co mMon, Tues & Fri: 8:30 to 5 Wed: 11 to 8 € Thurs: 9 to 5WE ACCEPT MEDICARE EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS CHRIST IS BORN... Wishing you the Love, Peace & Happiness that the true meaning of Christmas brings. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 813-909-8710 € 813-909-14322346 Raden Dr. € LandOLakes (Behind Wendys) CHRIST IS BORN...

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For information, call (813) 971-4732, or visit GreatGreyhound.org.BONSAI TREE DEMONSTRATIONSEve’s Garden Gifts, 5602 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes, will host a free bonsai tree demonstration on Dec. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can learn to decorate and design a bonsai tree, and get ideas on trimming, potting, and shaping their tree. For information, call (813) 9965012, or visit EvesGardenGifts.com.ALMOST NEW YEAR PARTY Keystone Park Center, 17928 Gunn Highway in Odessa, will host its Seniors Almost New Year Party on Dec. 28 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., for senior citizens age 49 and older. The event will feature refreshments, music and games. For information, call Paul Russo at (813) 264-3819.FREE BREAKFAST AT WHOLE FOODSWhole Foods Market, 3802 Northdale Blvd., in Carrollwood, will host Rise N’ Shine in the ‘Wood on Dec. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Guests can participate in a complimentary light continental breakfast, including pastries, juice, fruit and coffee. For information, call (813) 264-3600.MOSI OFFERThe Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, is offering city and county workers a buy one, get one free ticket deal through the remainder of 2013. The offer is good for all workers with a valid employee badge in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Citrus, Hernando, Hardee, Sarasota and Manatee counties. Some exclusions apply. For information, call (813) 987-6000.GIVE BEANIE BABIESGulfside Regional Hospice is collecting Beanie Babies at its thrift shops through December to be used in the Mending Hearts Kids’ Program. The program visits local schools to perform puppet shows about grief. Each child who attends a show receives a Beanie Babies toy. Anyone donating a Beanie Babies toy will receive 25 percent off one item in the store. The shops are located at:  1930 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Lutz, (813) 9090485  6117 State Road 54, New Port Richey, (727) 842-7262POKMON CHAMPIONSHIPSLearn 2 Play, 19247 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz, will host the 2014 Pokmon City Championships on Jan. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Trading card game players, supporters, and fans from Lutz and surrounding areas are invited. Players from three age divisions will compete to earn points that count toward a potential invitation to the 2014 Pokemon World Championships next summer. To learn more about the tournament rules, regulations, and prizes, as well as dates and locations for upcoming City Championships, visit Pokemon.com/play. LAND O’ LAKES GARDEN CLUBThe Land O’ Lakes Garden Club will meet at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., on Jan. 7 at 10:30 a.m. Master Gardener Stanley Groves will present a slide show on Native American gardening. There will be a plant and white elephant sale after the presentation. For information, call Marie Woody at (813) 9612697.CITIZEN SAFETY FAIRThe Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department will host a Citizen Safety Fair on Jan. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Northdale Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive in Tampa. There will be presentations, displays, demonstrations on crime prevention and personal safety, food, drinks, raffles prizes, and more. For information, call Adrienne Rouse or Pat Cullina at (813) 264-8956.FLORIDA TOMATO SEMINARThe Pasco County Extension Office will have a free seminar on Florida tomatoes on Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Participants can learn when to start their indoor planting for spring crops, discover which varieties are best, and how to grow tomatoes. For information, call the extension office at (813) 996-2411.MOBILE OFFICE HOURS FOR REP. ROSSU.S. Rep. Dennis Ross’s staff will host mobile office hours across Florida’s 15th Congressional District with a stop at the Lutz Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road on Jan. 14 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The staff will be on hand to assist with questions on seniors’ Social Security and disability, veterans’ VA claims and military service problems, students’ financial aid, small business loan applications, and taxpayers’ tax problems. For information, call (813) 752-4790.NATIVE PLANT SOCIETYThe Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The topic of discussion will be “Why It’s So Easy to Hate Invasive Plants.” Light refreshments will be served, and there will be a plant drawing. For information, call (727) 3767663.CALLING ACCORDION ENTHUSIASTSThe group Accordion Adventure meets the third Tuesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. The group is for accordion enthusiasts of all performance levels. On Jan. 16, the club will host “Celebrate the USA” with patriotic music. There is a $2 cover charge, with coffee and cake provided. For information, call (352) 686-0975 or (352) 442-5574.FREE CHECKING WORKSHOPClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions will offer a free CheckWise Workshop on Jan. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 5421 Beaumont Center Blvd., Suite 600, in Tampa. Topics include choosing and opening a checking account, checks and electronic payments, tools and tips to manage an account, and protecting an account. For reservations, call (866) 916-9106.REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEETThe Pasco Federated Republican Women’s Club will meet on Jan. 17 at 11:30 a.m., at the Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway in Trinity. Guest speaker is Pat Guarnieri, former chairman of the National Conference of Homeland Security. Cost is $15. To make a reservation before Jan. 14, call Fran Scerbo at (727) 5973727, or email fmscerbo@yahoo.com. MONSTER JAM SHOWFeld Motor Sports will host two Monster Jam events at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, on Jan. 18 and Feb. 1. Both shows are at 7 p.m. Each event will feature a different show with variances to the Monster Jam race track and competing monster trucks. Tickets, which start at $15, are available by calling (800) 745-3000, by visiting TicketMaster.com, or at the stadium box office starting Dec. 30.

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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201311 Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders that are unseen and unseeable in the world.You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil uncovering the unseen world which not the strongest man, or even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the hearts of children. The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report The holidays may be filled with joy, but for the ever-growing number of aging Americans and those who care for them, this otherwise celebratory season can become mired in challenges. The stress of visitors, eventful meals, gift giving and social obligations can be overwhelming for anyone, but especially for those juggling busy schedules with caring for an elderly family member. An estimated 15 million Americans are sandwiched between two generations and working to support both, according to the Pew Research Center. Known as the “sandwich generation,” these adults struggle to balance caring for their children and their elderly parents. “Staying organized is especially important during this time of year to ensure that loved ones aren’t ignored in the hustle and bustle of the season,” said Mark Armstrong, founder and chief executive of ComForcare Senior Services and At Your Side Home Care, an international senior care franchise that provides in-home, non-medical care to seniors and others in need of assistance. Armstrong offers some juggling tips for family caregivers:  Map out doctor’s appointments, prescription pick-up dates, school holiday pageants and other planned events on a calendar or smartphone to avoid double booking and overextending.  Members of the sandwich generation often feel they don’t spend enough time with their children because they’re busy caring for their parents, and vice versa. Combat this issue with intergenerational activities, such as decorating the home, trimming the tree, planning the menu, or wrapping presents. Caring for another human being for an extended period of time can take its toll on even the most caring and nurturing of people. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It may mean alternating days with a relative, or bringing in a professional caregiver.  Watch out for these red flags that could mean an aging relative is in need of additional assistance: Mismatched, wrinkled or soiled clothing; weight loss or gain; trouble remembering names; an unclean home.  Discuss the possibility of hiring a professional caregiver to relieve some strain, especially around the holidays. In the longterm, a caregiver can help a loved one age safely and comfortably in his or her own home, by providing a wide range of nonmedical home care services, including help with bathing, hairstyling and dressing, incontinence care, medication reminders, chores, and light exercise assistance.  Even caregivers need some care sometimes. Set aside “me” time every day to do something just for himself or herself, allowing a caregiver to return to their duties refreshed and ready to help.Holidays can be stressful for seniorsYes, Virginia … there is a Santa ClausIn the fall of 1897, Francis P. Church — a reporter for New York City’s The Sun — received a letter from an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon. In the letter, Virginia wrote that “some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. 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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201312 begins at 10:45 a.m. Cost is $15 by Jan. 17, and $20 at the door Jan. 18. Forms can be picked up at the school’s student services, or online at WiregrassPTSA.org. For information, call Val Lanza at (813) 426-7399, or email programs@wiregrassptsa.org.HILLSBOROUGH GRADUATES ARE COLLEGE READYMore graduates from Hillsborough County Public Schools are ready for college upon graduation, according to the latest results from Florida’s Common Placement Tests. The college-readiness rate for HCPS 2012 graduates who attended college in Florida rose to 72.5 percent, up from 69.1 percent the previous year. The HCPS rate is more than six percentage points higher than the state rate of 66.4, and is higher than all Tampa Bay area school districts and the state’s largest districts. The Common Placement Test results measure the reading, writing, and math abilities of Florida high school graduates who go on to attend Florida colleges. For the full Common Placement Tests report, go to the Florida Department of Education website at FLDOE.org/articulation/perfCPT/.ECONOM KATLYN ACCEPTED TO AMBASSADOR PROGRAMEconom Katlyn of Lutz has been accepted to the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Ambassador Program for the 2013-14 academic year.The program helps students build on leadership skills and strengthen resumes. Students can take advantage of networking opportunities with faculty, administrators, staff, parents, alumni and prospective students. Katlyn is majoring in English at the school. Send school news to mrathman@cnewspubs.com Kids Care Club recognizedThe Kids Care Club at Veterans Elementary School in Wesley Chapel has been nationally recognized as club of the month for December. The group consists of 45 students and is headed by Yvette Hoff with assistance by Andria Roscart. The club works with local charities and is currently working with the Tampa Bay area Pajama Program. (Photo courtesy of Veterans Elementary School)COLLEGE BOARD RECOGNIZES STUDENTSMore than 70 Land O’ Lakes High School students were recognized for their exceptional achievement on a variety of academic measures on Nov. 21 with a breakfast in their honor at the Land O’ Lakes High School Academy of Culinary Arts. The students demonstrated the highest qualifying scores on Advanced Placement examinations, earning AP Scholars designation, National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist ranking, College Board National Achievement Scholar recognition, and perfect sub-scores on the ACT or SAT college entrance exams. Hallie Grimes was recognized as the Outstanding Senior for the Class of 2014.WIREGRASS OFFERS ACT PRACTICE TESTWiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, is offering the Princeton Review Practice ACT Test and Strategy Session on Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the school’s cafeteria. Students should bring No. 2 pencils and a scientific calculator. 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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201313 A culture of caring is needed at school, homeBy Kurt Browning Special to The Laker/Lutz News Since becoming Pasco Superintendent of School, I have spoken at length about creating a culture of caring and respect, and the importance of social-emotional learning — giving our students the skills they need to navigate their lives in a healthy, positive way. And that is why I feel compelled to write today. Recently, the Pasco County community lost a 16-year-old in a senseless act of violence committed by another teenager. The District School Board of Pasco County has been working diligently to foster a culture of respect. We started this conversation over the summer at the Together We Stand youth summit, and we now must raise our voices to get the message across. Today, I write this letter to continue the conversation about how we can all help our kids grow into responsible and caring adults, who interact with one another in a civil, respectful way. I don’t have all the answers in our schools, but I know we cannot do this without the community. I know it will take deliberate and tough conversations within families and communities to help kids learn how to deal with conflict and cope with adversity appropriately. We must work together! Whether you’re a Pasco native, or you moved here from somewhere else; whether you’re rich or poor; whether your skin color is red, olive, black or white — this culture of violence is our problem, and we must work together to create the type of community we want for our children. A culture of caring and respect must transcend the school doors and spill over into the community, especially during this holiday season.In the meantime, I call on government, business, community, faith, and especially our youth leaders to resume talking about how we can address the problems our kids are experiencing. I urge parents and caretakers to talk to their children on an ongoing basis about what’s appropriate and not appropriate. Know their friends. Watch their Facebook and Twitter conversations. Set limits and talk to them about your expectations.If you have any thoughts or ideas to help further this dialogue, please do not hesitate to email me at ksbsos@pasco.k12.fl.us. We do not need any more children killing children. We need adults and children to practice respect and to care for each other. Are you with me? Kurt Browning is superintendent of Pasco County Schools. The U.S. Air Force graduated three local men recently from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.Airman Dillon P. McKee, Airman 1st Class Al-Hassan A. Konate, and Airman Nicholas A. McDonald, completed an intensive eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force.McKee, a 2011 graduate of Land O’ Lakes High School, is the son of Jan McKee of Tampa. Konate, a 2011 graduate of Wesley Chapel High School, is the son of Jacqueline Konate and the stepson of David Stots, both of Wesley Chapel. McDonald, a 2004 graduate of Wesley Chapel High School, is the son of Sharon McDonald of Wesley Chapel. MILITARY Al-Hassan A. Konate Nicholas A. McDonald Dillon P. McKeeMcDonald, McKee, Konate graduate from basics Restaurant Open to the Public Tee Times: 352-588-5454 10641 Old Tampa Bay Drive € San Antonio, FL 33576 (1/4 mile west of I-75 on SR 52) Featuring: 18 Hole Par 72 Golf Course and 9 Hole Executive Course Cha m p i on s h i p Cour s e par 72 18 HOLE S OF GOLF WITH CART Monday-Friday ........ $27.00($25 after 11a m )Saturday & Sunday $32.00($28 after 11a m )ONLY $18.00 ANY DAY AFTER 2P M Execut i ve Cour s e INCLUDE S GOLF CART 9-Holes Tuesday Special.......... $10.00 9-Holes Wednesday-Monday..... $12.00 Tee times can be scheduled 3 days in advance. Coupon valid for up to 4 players. Proper golf attire required. No denim. All rates are plus tax. Rates are subject to change without notice. Rates effective through January 10, 2014. M ob i le Deta i l i ng Basic Wash € Wash & Wax € Full Detail € Home Pressure Washing Also Available Keep your car looking great.Call Curtis for Appointment 813.347.0502$55.00 WASH & WAX $75 Value$65.00 HEADLIGHT RESTORATION up to $100 Value Need More Business? We have immediate referrals for:  Pr i nter  Web De si gner  M a ss age Therap is t  B u si ne ss B roker  Tree S erv i ce  Lawn M a i ntenance  Co mm erc i al Realtor  Doctor s  Dent is t s  and m ore !B u si ne ss N etwork i ng I nternat i onal Call Terr i at 813.416.6251 Meetings are Tuesday mornings at PLANTATION PALMS GOLF CLUB 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd. Land O Lakes, FL 34639

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Same Day Appointments for Urgent Care, 24-Hour Physician On-call Availability and Hospital Visits.Now Accepting New Patients Including Humana Gold Plus Medicare Advantage Plan Memberswww. SunsetPointMedicalCenter .com after purchasing his waterfront property in April. “I have a $2,500 monthly mortgage, and now we’re talking about $2,000 a month more to pay for our insurance, and that’s not going to happen,” the resident said. “If we don’t get a fix, they are going to foreclose on my property. I cannot physically make my payment.” For some NFIP policyholders, what were once annual premium amounts became their monthly payments, in many cases, creating situations where some homeowners would pay the entire value of their property in a little more than a decade, before turning around to start the process all over again. Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, says he’s demanding immediate relief for those affected, especially in Florida which has traditionally paid out three times more than they’ve ever received in the program. “We’re not going to rest until we get results,” said Bilirakis, who introduced what he calls the Homeowners Flood Insurance Relief Act last October. It’s expected to cap premiums at the value of a home at the time it was purchased, divided by 30 — the typical timeframe of a mortgage — and would cap annual premium increases the first 10 years at 10 percent. “I think we have a real good chance of passing a version of the bill,” Bilirakis said. “I don’t care if it passes with my name on it or not, you guys need relief.” Bilirakis, who sternly questioned a FEMA representative flown in from Atlanta to talk about the rates, had to answer some questions of his own, however. For one, why he voted for a 2012 bill widely blamed for current increases in flood insurance. The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 passed Congress and was signed by President Obama last year. The bill phases out government subsidies for premiums in long-standing policies, but caps the annual increases at 25 percent. It was part of an overall transportation bill that overwhelmingly passed both the House and the Senate. “We voted for the bill to save the program, but it has not been properly implemented,” Bilirakis said. “We need an NFIP until we get a viable private flood insurance.” The bill instructed FEMA to, in part, conduct an affordability study for its proposed premiums before implementing the bill, Bilirakis said. Susan Wilson, chief of the Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch of FEMA, admitted the study had not been done, but only because there was no money to fund it. Although the insurance program has been self-sustaining for decades, storms like Hurricane Katrina and later Hurricane Sandy threw the program into debt of more than $24 billion. “Hurricane Katrina was anything but an average loss year, and everyone can agree with that,” Wilson said. “I spent many months in Mississippi, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and there were a lot of losses paid out for claims.” Before Biggert-Waters, the NFIP was different from private insurance companies as it was not allowed to maintain a reserve fund. With a reserve fund, the organization would have extra cash on hand in case more claims were paid than premiums received — like when Katrina or Sandy hit. Otherwise, the program has to borrow to pay claims, and premiums would have to rise to pay not only the additional money, but the interest for the loans, as well. State Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, said Florida is looking to help policyholders, as well. The bill he is co-sponsoring would allow private insurers to help with flood insurance in the state. “This is the backstop to give homeowners options,” Simpson said. “Since this has become such a big issue for the state of Florida, we have started working on legislative solutions in Tallahassee.” That bill is set to go in front of the state senate’s banking and insurance committee on Jan. 8. FLOOD, from page 1 the south side of the school, and lighted sculptural figures include deer and an angel. After enjoying the decorations, visitors are invited to have a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie or two “For kids their age, this is great,” said Jessica Smith, noting her kids just love it. “We usually come on multiple nights.” Admission is free, but donations are accepted to help pay for the upkeep of the building, which opened in the 1926-27 school year. The building, which has a Georgian architectural style, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The schoolhouse is an icon in this community, which has a long history of protecting its quality of life. At one point, there were plans to knock down the building as part of a plan to widen U.S. 41. Those plans were tossed out, however, after the community galvanized to save the old school, which has a special place in the collective memories of generations to Lutz residents. WHAT: Christmas House at the Old Lutz School, featuring decorated trees, miniature trains, angels, Santas, nutcrackers and other holiday dcor WHERE: Old Lutz School, 18819 N. U.S. 41. WHEN: Dec. 26 and Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. COST: Admission is free. Donations are accepted to support the upkeep of the Old Lutz School, a building on the National Register of Historic Places.The Citizens for the Old Lutz School puts on the annual Christmas display as a way to share the building with the community and raise funds to support its upkeep. Group member Marilyn Wannamaker has volunteered at the Christmas House for years. She was there last week, serving up hot chocolate and cookies.People of all ages enjoy the annual tradition, Wannamaker said. “There’s mothers, dads, grandparents and children — most of them come back year after year,” she said. “You see families return every year,” said Helen Cantrell, another volunteer. For many, it’s a chance to run into old friends — something quite easy to do in Lutz — where many residents have lived for generations. Maxine Conway, of Land O’ Lakes, came out to Christmas House to help Wannamaker pass out goodies. “I appreciate the work that goes into it,” Conway said. Christmas House organizers realize that people are often frazzled before Christmas, so they keep the house open for a couple of days after Dec. 25. Besides accommodating busy parents, it also gives out-of-town visitors a chance to savor the season. Annie Fernandez, whose family has deep roots in Lutz, enjoys volunteering at Christmas House. She gets a kick out of watching the children’s reactions as they go through the decorated rooms. The youngsters tend to gravitate to a collection of elves, Fernandez said. At first, Fernandez didn’t understand the children’s fascination. But now, she knows. It turns out that they know all about the “Elf on A Shelf” — a special scout sent from the North Pole to help Santa manage his nice and naughty lists, said Fernandez, who reminds the children that these elves also are Santa’s Helpers.HOUSE, from page 1 The Smith family stops to have their photo taken at Christmas House at the Old Lutz School. The family includes, in back from left, Jason Smith and his wife, Jessica, who is holding their 2-year-old son, Elliot. In front, from left, are Maddy, 6 and Amelia, 5.

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truck rally in March. Next came the community’s massive Fourth of July Celebration, with its many traditions. Like always, it drew thousands of spectators. After that, the committee had a chili cook-off and classic car show. Suzin Carr, honorary Lutz Guv’na, was delighted by the turnout at the Christmas Card Lane event. Indeed, all of the celebrations have been well received by community residents and businesses, she said. “We had fun during all of them,” said Bob Moore, chairman of the Lutz Centennial Committee.The chili cook-off and classic car show had to contend with morning downpours, causing Moore to nickname it “Rain Fest.” But even that turned out to be a good event, he said.“We’re from Lutz, we can party in the rain,” he quipped. “We can party under any conditions.”The collection of giant cards on Christmas Card Lane reflects the community’s stalwart organizations and some local businesses. The GFWC LutzLand O’ Lakes Woman’s Club’s card, for example, depicts Santa riding in a train — a tribute to the community’s deep history involving the movement of goods through it by rail cars.Troop 12 of the Boy Scouts, and Pack 12 of the Cub Scouts also created cards. There’s also a card from the Civil Air Patrol – North Tampa-Lutz Cadet Squadron. The Citizens for the Old Lutz School also posted a card, as did Lutz Elementary, Maniscalco Elementary and Learning Gate Community schools. The cards show varied artistic styles and holiday themes. One sign that seems perfect for a Florida Christmas depicts a pink flamingo wearing a Santa’s hat, while hanging out under a palm tree at the beach. There’s a bucket on the sand nearby, chock full of paintbrushes. That card, fittingly enough, was sponsored by The Florida NEW LOCATIONFlorida Hospital Physician Group is proud to welcome Nelly Chambers, MD. Dr. Chambers is board certied in internal medicine and specializes in preventative medicine and womens health. She earned her undergraduate degree at Yale University and her Doctor of Medicine at Cornell University Medical School. Dr. Chambers is a dedicated and compassionate multilingual physician providing the highest quality care.SPECIALTIES Preventative Care Adult Physicals Womens Health Make your appointment today! 2700 Healing Way, Wesley Chapel | On the campus of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel | (813) 929-5330NELLY CHAMBERS, MDBoard Certied, Internal Medicine Diabetes Obesity Mental HealthNelly Chambers, MDBoard Certied in Internal Medicine Speaks English, French, Arabic & Spanish2013 AWARD OF HONOR FOR EXCELLENCE OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201315 If there’s a community event in Lutz, you can bet that the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club will have a hand in it. This group raises money with various events, and uses the funds to support numerous community causes. Children from Lutz Elementary School play hand bells during the Christmas Card Lane festivities in downtown Lutz. The celebration was the final in a series to mark the community’s 100th birthday. (Photos by B.C. Manion) The Civil Air Patrol North Tampa-Lutz Cadet Squadron plays an active role in many community events, offering to help organizers get the work done. This holiday greeting, from Boys Scouts Troop 12, uses a new twist on the concept of a pop-up card. In this case, the tree, complete with its decorations, pops right out from the ‘card’ that’s supporting it. CARD, from page 1

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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201316 Send business news to mhinman@cnewspubs.com QUAIL FOREVER CHAPTER OPENS LOCALLYWest Central Florida Quail Forever, a new Hillsborough County chapter of the quail conservation group that caters to hunters, recently elected Josh Kuder as president, Brent Bassler treasurer and Randy Byrd as banquet chair. That’s after the National Quail Forever organization named Talbott Parten of Atlanta as the new regional representative for Georgia and Florida. Parten will work raising funds on wildlife habitat and conservation education, and also with local, state and federal natural resources agencies on behalf of the group. Parten says he looks to grow Quail Forever’s presence in Georgia and Florida, two states which represent critical habitat restoration opportunities for bobwhite quail. Quail Forever empowers local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent. This allows members to see the fruits of their chapter efforts in their own communities while belonging to a national organization with a voice on federal conservation policy in Washington, D.C.WESTBAY OPENS ESTATE SERIESTampa builder Homes by Westbay has unveiled a new selection of single-family house floor plans in its Estate series at Rose Pointe in The Arbors, a gated community located inside Connerton. The seven plans currently offer ranges from 3,300 to 6,000 square feet, and are priced at more than $400,000. The houses are 90 feet wide, many of which are situated on waterfront or conservation areas. Plans include gourmet kitchens with islands, workspaces and walk-in pantries. The houses highlight an open concept design with the living, dining and grand rooms providing extensive gathering spaces while incorporating the views and light of the natural surroundings. For more information on Homes by Westbay, residential designs and the communities where the builder is located, call (813) 285-1444, or visit HomesByWestBay.com.GTAR ELECTS NEW OFFICERSThe Greater Tampa Association of Realtors had its 102nd annual installation and awards banquet Dec. 6, which included the installation of its 2014 leadership team. Tina Harris of Future Home Realty becomes the group’s new president, joining Barbara Jordan of Coldwell Banker Residential as president-elect, Susanna Madden of Re/Max ACR Elite Group as vice president, Michele Herndon of Keller Williams Realty South Shore as secretary, and Andy Joe Scaglione of Empire Commercial Realty as treasurer. Jack Rodriguez of Minaret Realty won 2013 Realtor of the year, while Anand Patel of Pangea Realty Group won the Edward T. Starr Award, given to the GTAR committee chair who exhibits outstanding leadership and service. LENNAR READY TO BUILD 170 HOUSESConstruction company Lennar says it’s ready to start building 170 new houses in 20 communities around the region within the next 60 days. The construction plans include townhomes, single-family homes, and houses under its NextGen brand that is designed for families with multiple generations living under the same roof. They range in size from 1,353 square feet to just under 4,400 square feet, with prices starting at around $140,000. The houses are being built on spec, but Lennar says it could have many of the homes sold by the time construction is finished in March.SMARTSTART LOOKING FOR BUSINESSES TO HELPThe SmartStart business incubator from the Pasco Economic Development Council is putting a call out to companies from a variety of industries that might be looking for startup assistance in the Tampa Bay area. SmartStart works with new entrepreneurs and scalable startup companies in the incubator to help them build their businesses from the ground up. SmartStart is located in the Dade City Business Center, and has professional office, light manufacturing, and warehouse space available, in addition to mentoring, consulting and educational opportunities. For more information, contact Krista Covey at (352) 437-4861, or by email at kcovey@pascoedc.com. SmartStart is located at 15000 Citrus Country Drive, Suite 103, in Dade City. Details on the incubator can be found at www.SmartStartPasco.com. WOMEN-N-CHARGE TO MEET IN JANUARYWomen-n-Charge will meet Jan. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive in Tampa. The meeting includes lunch and networking. Cost is $15 for members by the Tuesday before the meeting, and $18 for all guests and members paying after the early deadline.For more information, call (813) 600-9848, or email admin@women-n-charge.com. KER’S DONATES TO CHILDREN IN NEEDKer’s WingHouse Bar & Grill, which operates a location in Wesley Chapel, has been purchasing toys for underprivileged children and families in need throughout the year, thanks to owner Crawford Ker, funding it out of his own pocket.Ker has done this since 1998 through his Ker’s Christmas program, which includes a Christmas meal for children and families of BabyCycle, Homeless Emergency Project, City of Praise Church of Clearwater and the Florida Sheriff Youth Ranch. “Christmas should be cherished by all children, and it is our mission to reach as many children as possible by exceeding the number of children and families we touch each year,” Ker said in a release. “This year is our largest yet, and we are extremely grateful for the community’s support of this endeavor. We are excited to spread some holiday cheer.” Ker’s operates a location at 5510 Post Oak Blvd., in Wesley Chapel.SPONSORS SOUGHT FOR CHAMBER BUSINESS BREAKFASTSThe Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce is looking for sponsors for upcoming business breakfasts, which provide news regarding member businesses and happenings in the area. Sponsorships allow the business to “have the floor” in front of 70 to 90 business and community leaders. Upcoming breakfasts still looking for sponsors include Jan. 21 and May 20. For more information, email Jo Uber at juber@dadecitychamber.org. WILL YOU HELP? Our Troops Need You This Holiday Season... I Want To Help Support The Troops$10 Donation $25 Donation Mail to: S upport The Troop s P.O. 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The LAKER/ Lutz NEWS813.909.2800 www.LakerLutzNews.com Show us what you’ve got!Send us your news and photos from your event for publication in The Laker/ Lutz News.Send high quality photos to news@cnewspubs.comBe sure to include a short description of the event and the first and last names of everyone in your photo. www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201317 The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report Later entries into The Laker/Lutz News Winter Wonderland Coloring Contest have earned four local artists two tickets each to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. It’s all part of Wild Wonderland, the holiday celebration during select nights in December at the zoo, located at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., in Tampa. It’s presented by Publix Super Markets Charities. This week’s winners can be found on the newspaper’s Facebook page by visiting Facebook.com/TheLakerLutzNews. They include:  Dante and Julian Mule, both 5, are twins and did their picture together. They attend Faith Baptist Academy of Wesley Chapel. In their free time, they like puzzles, computers, Bible songs from school, and playing with their cousins.  Dominix Delillio, 6, is in the first grade at Sand Pine Elementary School. He likes drawing, coloring and doing puzzles.  Raelynn Alanis, 6, is in first grade at Connerton Elementary School. In her free time, she enjoys cheerleading, dance, drawing and reading.  Carson Dearolf, 4, is in voluntary prekindergarten. He likes being outdoors, playing sports and listening to music.  Sicily Hale, 6, is in first grade at New River Elementary School. She is interested in animals.  Amanda Blanco, 9, is in fourth grade at Double Branch Elementary School. In her free time, she enjoys art, music, dancing and animals.  Wesley Cunningham, 4, is in prekindergarten at Creative Times. He likes BMX and beyblades.  Nina Passaglia, 10, is in fifth grade at McKitrick Elementary School. She likes art, sports, crafts and animals.  Ashlee Scruggs, 12, is in fifth grade at Oakstead Elementary School. In her free time, she likes karate, playing guitar and loom.  Abby Linen, 11, is in fifth grade at Bellamy Elementary School. She likes soccer, football and basketball. Last week’s winners were Malina Young, Olivia Hopkins, Brooke Thomson and Hannah Goserud.  Malina Young, 7, a second-grader at Double Branch Elementary School. She enjoys drawing, and is the daughter of Rebecca Perez of Dade City.  Olivia Hopkins, 8, a third-grader at Wesley Chapel Elementary School. She enjoys art and piano, and is the daughter of Becki Hopkins of Wesley Chapel.  Brooke Thomson, 11, a sixth-grader at Rushe Middle School. She enjoys art, softball and movies, and is the daughter of Tonya Thomson of Lutz.  Hannah Goserud, 10, a fourth-grader at Lake Myrtle Elementary School. She loves to sing, and is the daughter of Doug and Connie Goserud of Land O’ Lakes.More Wild Wonderland coloring winners announced Bayonet Point hospital helps 92 families Staff members, doctors and volunteers at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point collaborated to provide 92 families — including 228 children — with holiday baskets of gifts, food and extras. Above, some of the volunteers posed for a quick photo after organizing the donations. They include, sitting, Helene Machie and Elaine Snee. Standing, from left, Melanie Schmidt, Jill Corriveau, Vicki Whitney, Barbara Gunn, Angie Thompson, chief executive Shayne George, hospital chaplain the Rev. Jack Long, and Chris Drain. Below, Rev. Long sits in his office overwhelmed by the response from this year’s holiday basket drive. (Photos courtesy of Kurt Conover) 813-948-1270 HairStyle-Salon.co m by Michael Schipano 23014 State Road 54 Lutz, FL 33549GIFT CARD SPECIALS! 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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201318 HEALTH & WELLNESS Safe sitter classSt. Joseph’s Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer a safe sitter class on Dec. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Garden Classroom B. The class will provide basic information on good babysitter needs, including handling emergency situations, how to rescue a choking child, safety hints, accident and behavior management, and how to entertain children. Students must be at least 11 years old. Cost is $55. To register, call (855) 269-4777.Nutrition and diabetesThe Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, is offering a community education class on nutrition and diabetes on Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. The class will teach basic principles of nutrition, how food affects blood glucose, understanding carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and making better food choices. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call (727) 834-5630.Cancer support meetingFlorida Cancer Affiliates is hosting a general cancer support group meeting on Jan. 8 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at its New Port Richey center, 5500 Little Road. Participants are provided with educational material about cancer and cancer treatment. Survivors and family members can share their concerns and experience. For information, call (727) 372-9159.Childbirth courseThe obstetrics program at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, is offering a six-week prepared childbirth class beginning Jan. 8. Classes meet one night a week from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $70. For information or to register, call (727) 834-5630.Golf tournament a success for Alzheimer’s The Alzheimer’s Family Organization’s annual charity golf tournament at the Seven Springs Golf Club in New Port Richey, raised more than $15,000 Nov. 9 to provide services for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families in the Pasco County area. The organization serves central Florida, including Citrus, Hernando, northern Hillsborough, Lake, south Marion, Pasco, northern Pinellas, and Sumter counties. For information, call (727) 848-8888, or toll free at (888) 496-8004.Food addicts programThe Seventh-day Adventist Church in Wesley Chapel, 33420 State Road 54, is hosting Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This is a 12-step program for men and women of all ages. There is no fee and no weigh-ins. For information, visit FoodAddicts.org.NAMI support groupsThe Pasco County Chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness offers two types of support groups: one for family and friends of those with mental illness, and one for those living with mental illness. Family and friends can meet at North Tampa Behavioral Health, 29910 State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel, on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For those living with mental illness, recovery groups meet once a week from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the NAMI Pasco office, 6480 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes, and at Medical Center of Trinity West Pasco Campus, 5637 Marine Parkway in New Port Richey. For information, call (727) 992-9653. —Health notes are run for free on a space-available basis. Please send all information at least two weeks before an event to news@cnewspubs.com. Closer Look AN ADVERTISER PROFILE by Mi ke M atthew special to The Laker / Lutz NewsExecutive chef Gerry Malynowsky, owner of City Grill, brings a chef-driven international menu, craft beers, signature drinks and a nice wine selection to Wesley Chapel diners. The main dining area hosts plenty of seating and beautiful new bar. A pool table and dart boards are provided in the lounge area. For many years, Gerry owned and operated a popular sports bar in the same location, Winners Grill. He sold it in 2008, but was forced to repossess it in 2013. It didnt take long for Gerry to realize this wasnt the same restaurant, so he closed it down, completely renovated the interior and recently opened it again as City Grill. Were very excited to offer Wesley Chapel a whole new dining experience,Ž says Gerry. Were an independent, nonchain restaurant offering a unique menu with fresh chef-prepared food from local suppliers.Ž He brought his chef, Kasia Lavigne, from San Francisco where she earned Cordon Blue degree in Culinary Arts from the acclaimed California Culinary Academy. Unlike the average chain restaurant, we want you to feel comfortable sitting here long after your meal is finished,Ž says Gerry. We have ladies come in for lunch and stay for a couple of hours enjoying their martinis. Its a really friendly and relaxed atmosphere.Ž City Grill has a nice selection of specialty sandwiches. Customer favorites include the Reuben (corned beef piled high on grilled rye, 1000 island, swiss cheese and sauerkraut), Corned Beef and Rye, Prime Rib on toasted bread, and the Cuban (mojo pork, smoked ham, salami and swiss cheese on pressed buttered cuban bread). Youll also find chicken sandwiches and a variety of burgers (made with freshly ground NY strip, ribeye and sirloin steak). Monday through Friday, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., two can share a sandwich for the price of one. We know how the economy has affected people,Ž says Gerry. This seemed like a nice way for us to give people a really nice lunch at a very affordable price.Ž Dinner selections are simply outstanding. Select three types of steak prepared four different ways. Fresh fish from St. Pete includes Grouper and freshwater Tilapia with six different preparation choices. Gulf oysters, shrimp and lobster crab cakes are also on the menu. At City Grill, every member of the family will find something to their liking. The menu is continually evolving,Ž says Gerry. We have a lot of ideas for the coming year. We want this to be a fun place to enjoy a meal with your family.Ž Gerry is very supportive of local artists. Hes planning to bring in local jazz and blues bands to play on Friday and Saturday nights starting in the new year. You can also find artwork on display from local artists. Andrew Krance will be displaying his artwork at the restaurant on the last Thursday in January 2014. The atmosphere is casual. The food is excellent. The staff is friendly. And Gerry is always interested in your opinions and suggestions. Stop on in and enjoy the food at the best new restaurant in Wesley Chapel. City Grill is open nights with a late night menu and a full bar. They are located at 5427 Village Market, at the corner of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and State Road 54, in Wesley Chapel. 813.973.9988 / C i tygr i ll.u s www.Facebook.co m /c i tygr i llwe s leychapelC i ty Gr i ll br i ng s a new d i n i ng exper i ence to We s ley Chapel HOMES FOR SALE ENERGY SAVING 4/3/2 home with quality decorator wood cabinets and nichol faucets and door knobs! Beautiful hardwood floors and stairs! 3 1/4" Colonial Molding, marble window sills and top of the line appliances. Tranquil pond in the back yard! Call Faith Garcia to see this home today 813-503-6610 VERY ATTRACTIVE 3/2.5/2 PLUS LOFT … Home in optimal condition in Asbel Estates Subdivision; negotiable furniture; formal living room; 2280 square feet. $209,900. Call Irving Hernandez at 813-843-6026 WALKING DISTANCE to schools, shopping and the Hart Bus Line! Move in ready for only $85,000! New paint inside and out! Big fenced yard! New carpet and flooring! Call Faith Garcia 813-503-6610 to see this home today! READY TO SKI ON 160 ACRES ON BIG LAKE THOMAS … 1800 square foot; 3/1.5; Gorgeous View with long dock; heavily wooded with running creek; secluded at the end of a long semi private drive; tongue and groove knotty pine ceilings; new central AC. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712 SKI SIZE LAKE PADGETT ACREAGE … Home and cottage; 3.74 acres on ski sized Lake Padgett, land has possibility to build one or more executive homes. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712 SECLUDED HOME & ACREAGE ON LAKE HOBBS … 4/2 on 3.7 acres on Lake Hobbs ski sized lake; 120+ feet of lake frontage; 2000 square foot home with a painted metal roof; just off of Lutz Lake Fern Road in the heart of old Lutz; split plan; fireplace; large gas stove with double oven; detached workshop; great lake view from the Florida Room; all located at the end of a long private driveway. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712 LAKE PADGETT LAKEFRONT HOME … First time on the market! Original owner, 1578 square foot home built in 1970 on .a 61 acre site with 102 feet of lake frontage on Lake Padgett. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712 GATED COMMUNITY 3/2.5/3 plus den and caged pool Mahogany wood floors and cabinets, stainless appliances and stone counter tops! Luxurious jets in the soaking tub and separate walk-in shower in the master bathroom. Call Faith Garcia to see this executive home today! 813-503-6610 TIRED OF RENTING? OWN YOUR OWN HOME … Great starter home in Land O Lakes; 1 bedroom 1 bathroom for only $59,999. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712RENTAL HOMES 1/1 UPSTAIRS APARTMENT; on Livingston Road; $650/ month. Call Irving Hernandez 813-843-6026 ASBEL ESTATES; Single Family, two story, 3/2/2 home with new living room flooring. Fenced yard. Lawn care included. Rent $1275/month. Call Angie Rivera 813-995-0101LAKE LOTS YOUR OWN PRIVATE LAKEFRONT ESTATE; First time ever on the market! Magnificent wooded lakefront lot located on Lake Saxon, an 87 acre ski lake. Non deed restricted, without HOA. Ready to build your lakefront dream home. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712 BIG SKI LAKE LOT, can build 2 homes, in Land O Lakes, near High School and Publix. $299,000. Call Helen Grantham 813-767-4899 LAKE TONY WATERFRONT LOT just off State Road 54 on Knight just $89,900! Call Faith Garcia for details 813-503-6610 KING LAKE 120 acre ski lake. One acre on cul-de-sac. Over 150 ft. of lake frontage, gorgeous panoramic view. City water Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712 HALF ACRE ON BIG LAKE THOMAS Bring the ski boat! 160 acre ski lake with dock and well. $149,000 … ready for the boat! Plan today for tomorrow, owner says sell. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712 VACANT PROPERTY 2.82 ACRES R1MA zoning with matured Oak trees; ready for your double wide or build your own home; power poles; well; some prepaid impact fees $84,900 Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712 PRICE REDUCED "LUTZ" BUILD YOUR EXECUTIVE HOME TODAY on one of these 5 deed restricted lots between 1 and 1.3 acres. Owner will build to suit. Priced between $79,900 and $107,700. Call David Tubaugh 813-777-0146 10 ACRES IN BROOKSVILE … Golf course frontage, potential income on planted Pine trees, convenient to the airport. Owner says sell! Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MARINE ON BELL LAKE … Highway frontage; Property and marine sales/repair business plus a duplex rental & living quarters; 150 feet of lake frontage on 80 acre ski lake. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712 10,000 SQUARE FOOT COMMMERCIAL BUILDING WITH TENANT; Commercial building zoned C-2 located with direct frontage on US Highway 41 aka Land O Lakes Boulevard; 2 dock height loading bays. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712 COMMERCIAL BUILDING ON US HIGHWAY 41 WITH BILLBOARD INCOME; 3200 square foot C-2 commercial building located on almost acre; 125 feet of highway frontage; located on Land O Lakes Boulevard / US Highway 41. Call Cody Adams 813-909-0712Ru ss ell Ada ms Realty, Inc.2502 Land O’ Lake s B lvd.Corner of Car s on Rd. & U S 41949-3603 € www.russelladamsrealty.comBUSINESS IS HOPPING LOOKING FOR ENERGIZED AGENTS 813-949-3600Ž INTEREST RATES ARE LOW, HOMES ARE SELLING FAST!

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www.LakerLutzNews.com December 25, 201319 Almonds, Oats and Dark Chocolate — Oh My! Betsy Crisp, Pasco County Extension “Happy holidays from my kitchen to yours!” 1/3 cup unsalted butter 1/4 cup canola oil 2 cups oatmeal, quick-cooking 3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup whole wheat flour 1/4 cup low-fat milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup almonds, finely chopped1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips1/2 cup all-fruit apricot spread Preheat over to 375 degrees. Lightly spray/oil a baking sheet, or line with parchment. Measure oil, oats, sugar, flour, milk, vanilla, salt and nuts into a mixing bowl. Melt butter in microwave oven, add to mixing bowl and stir well. Using a teaspoon to measure dough, drop onto making sheet 3 inches apart. Flatten into 2-inch rounds with bottom of drinking glass. Bake 5 to 7 minutes, and let cool completely before removing from pan. Melt chocolate chips in microwave 30 seconds at first, then 15 seconds at a time after that until melted. Spread chocolate on flat side of half the cookies, and apricot spread on the other half. Press one of each together to make a cookie sandwich. Betsy Crisp, the family nutrition program coordinator for the Pasco County Extension office, shared her recipe for her Almonds, Oats and Dark Chocolate — Oh My cookies. However, part of the preparation directions was not included in the original recipe. We are including the full recipe again, in case you want to clip it and keep it in your recipe book. By the way, congratulations to our winners of the recipe contest — Diane Santore of Land O’ Lakes, Patti Thomas of Wesley Chapel, and Frances Innace of Wesley Chapel. Each will receive a $25 gift card from Publix Super Markets. The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report Ongoing work on a reservoir has helped create a water shortage in the Tampa Bay region, meaning anyone who wants to water their lawns will see new restrictions. The Southwest Florida Water Management District, more commonly known as Swiftmud, is limiting watering to just one day a week after reduced river levels and increasing concerns over water supply were noted for the winter.The restrictions would cover Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, beginning Dec. 26. They are expected to last at least through the beginning of March next year.“We are asking residents to be prudent with their water use, especially outdoor irrigation, at this time,” said Swiftmud chairman Carlos Beruff, in a release. “During the winter months, you can often skip a week or more, as most lawns and landscape plants do not need as much water.” Part of the shortage stems from ongoing renovations at the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir, which is currently under renovation. That work has prevented it from storing excess water from the Alafia River during the summer rainy season that could be used in winter. The reservoir, according to Swiftmud, is a major water supply source for Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.Under the new restrictions, not only is watering reduced to once per week, but the allowable watering hours also are reduced. Micro-irrigation and hand watering of nonlawn areas are still allowed any day, if needed.For more information, visit tinyurl.com/Swiftmud.Shortage leads to reduced lawn watering This home on Country Close Drive in Lutz wishes neighbors and passers-by a happy holidays, while featuring the happy scene of Nativity on the front lawn. It all comes back to the birth of Jesus, as depicted in this Nativity scene on Daiquiri Lane in Lutz. (Photos by Michael Hinman) At left, Santa Claus and a snowman greet visitors to this home on Loch Devon Drive in Lutz, showing the Christmas spirit with a touch of the traditional when it comes to the large candles, and even a bit of new, with the stylized Christmas trees. Above, visitors to the main clubhouse at Dupree Lakes, off Ehren Cutoff in Land O’ Lakes, can’t escape Christmas with this beautifully decorated entrance, highlighting the tropical comforts of Florida.One more try on Betsy Crisp cookies Christmas lights around town

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Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community SportsCommunity Sports Sunlake’s cheerleaders named ‘Best of Pasco’By Michael Murillo The Laker/Lutz News Correspondent The high school football season is over, and the Sunlake Seahawks had a good year. They made the playoffs and defeated most of their competition. Now, the team’s cheerleaders have begun their own competitive season, and they’re on track for similar success. After placing first at the Universal Cheerleading Association’s Central Regionals on Dec. 7, the squad moved on to the Best of Pasco Sunshine Athletic Conference Cheerleading Competition. There they defeated 11 other squads to take first place in the county, claim the competition’s highest score, and earn another title for the school.According to Head Coach Pennye Garcia, there were tense moments before the winner was named. “We dropped two stunts in our routine, so we were really down. We didn’t think that we were going to win,” she said. But because the rest of their two-and-a-half-minute performance was so strong and had earned such a high degree of difficulty, the team was able to overcome a couple of mistakes and still claim the county title. Garcia is proud of her team’s ability to work hard throughout the competition and earn the top spot despite the challenges. And praise from Garcia carries significant weight. When the team walked into Land O’ Lakes High School for the competition, they saw plenty of cheerleading titles indicating that school’s own success. “I coached at Land O’ Lakes for a long time,” Garcia explained. “It was kind of funny being over there and seeing the banner in the gym. I said, ‘Those are my winnings.’ I won Best of Pasco for a lot of years when I was at Land O Lakes.” Garcia left Land O’ Lakes to start Sunlake’s cheerleading program when the school opened back in 2007. But soon after, she left Sunlake for a short stint at Hudson, where she claimed a Best of Pasco title for that school. Now she’s returned to Sunlake and another first-place finish has followed. Since the team has shown an ability to overcome adversity, Garcia said they’re proving they deserve a designation not always associated with cheerleaders. “They’re the athletes that they say they are,” Garcia said. “With cheerleading, a lot of people still don’t see it as a sport. So I put it in front of them that if they’re true athletes, then they need to act like athletes and be able to overcome whatever they do and move on and make it better the next time.” Senior Joy Wennlund, a team captain who has spent her entire high school career on the cheerleading team, understands that many people don’t consider it a sport. But she says that’s because they usually see the team when they’re supporting the football program. While that’s important for school spirit, there’s more to cheerleading than what fans see on the sidelines. “There’s another side to that; the competitive side,” Wennlund said. “When we’re at practice is the only time we’re showing all of those skills. So no one really gets to see that competitive edge that we have until we go to competition.” Although football games are played every week, there are only a handful of cheerleading competitions each season. “There’s a lot less opportunities to show all the hard work and dedication we’ve put in as a team,” she said. Still, Wennlund finds the experience rewarding and likes seeing the team come together, experience success and execute their routines after working so hard on them. Those routines are Garcia’s own creations, and the longtime coach understands that a good team can’t focus on previous victories. Just like any group of successful athletes, she wants her cheerleading team to remain on an even keel and prepare for the competitions ahead of them. “They need to be level-headed, but they also need to be focused on what they need to do to keep their stamina up,” Garcia said. “Because when they come back in January they need to be ready to go, and they know that I’m going to be pushing them.” The cheerleading squad from Sunlake High School helped earn coach Pennye Garcia yet another Best of Pasco cheerleading title, defeating 11 other squads during a recent competition. Garcia has won the title in the past with Land O’ Lakes and Hudson high schools. (Photo courtesy of Tammy Price)and town team programs within Florida. The event offers a choice of either one-day threegame jamboree, or a two-day tournament. It features boys and girls round-robin competitions at various levels for ages under-10 through under-18. For more information, visit USAmateurSports.com, or email usamateursports@aol.com. Senior Slo Pitch registrationThe Slo Pitch Softball League, geared toward players older than 60, will host registration every Friday beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3932 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. Teams will be balanced, and will play Friday mornings. For more information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211.Baseball clinic in Land O’ LakesRockstar Performance Baseball will conduct a four-week winter instructional training camp in January for players between the ages of 6 and 18 at the Land O’ Lakes Little League sports complex. Training will focus on hitting, fielding, base running, pitchers and catchers instruction. It will review key mechanics, common mistakes and how to fix those mistakes through proper drill sequence and identification. For more information, visit www.RockstarBaseball.com. Everyone Can PlayThe fourth annual Everyone Can Play special needs baseball clinic will be Jan. 11 beginning at 9 a.m. at Mary Help of Christian Center, 6400 E. Chelsea St., in Tampa. The group is looking for volunteers, sponsors and players, and all clinics are taught by local athletes for participants age 4 and older. For more information, visit EveryoneCanPlay.org.Contest has high schools cheeringThe Florida High School Athletics Association has launched the Sunshine State Spirit Showdown, a video contest in which students are encouraged to submit videos showing their classmates and community exhibiting positive sportsmanship while rooting for their favorite school. Students from around the state are invited to submit videos ranging in length from 90 seconds to three minutes, including at least 30 seconds on why that school’s student section is the greatest. Videos can by uploaded to www.FHSAA.org/upload by Jan. 31. Fans will then have a chance to vote for their favorite video, with voting to last from Feb. 6 until March 6. Taking those votes into consideration, FHSAA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will conduct final judging. The winner will be announced March 10. Judges will look at sportsmanship, participation, school spirit, organization, creativity and fun.Students are encouraged to make the videos unique by including anything from picture montages and background music, to special chants, or even choreographed dances. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/SpiritShowdown. —Submit your sports updates to mhinman@cnewspubs.com. Mini-basketball returns to Corbett PrepElementary school children have a chance to learn basketball from experienced coaches in a positive environment through a mini-basketball league at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS. Corbett Prep and the Marvin Harvey Basketball School of Excellence are accepting children in first through fifth grade for a second session with the basketball league, which will play on Saturdays in January and February. Children will be grouped by age. The program can accept as many as 60 children in each of the two age groups to form teams of 10 players each. The league will start with an instructional class on Jan. 11. Coaches will assess players ages 6 and 7 at 9 a.m., and ages 8 through 10 at 10:15 a.m. Games will take place weekly on Saturdays in the Corbett Prep Middle School gym between Jan. 18 and Feb. 22. Practices will be either before each game, or on Monday or Wednesday evenings, depending on the age group. Mini-basketball teaches fundamentals of the game, adapted for children’s mental and physical development. The ball is 27.5 inches, and the basket is 8.5 feet tall. Each player must play two quarters. Cost is $135 per child, or $65 for children who are part of the Marvin Harvey Basketball School of Excellence for Session 3 of the 2013-14 school year. For more information, call email Ivan Romero at iromero@corbettprep.com, or call (813) 961-3087, ext. 312.Adult soccer league wants playersWith the spring season ready to commence, adult soccer players are being sought to participate in a league that plays men’s, women’s and coed games Sunday afternoons at Wesley Chapel District Park on Boyette Road.Registration opens on Jan. 15, and players must be 18 or older. For more information, call Colin Eke at (747) 999-5425, or visit NewAPSL.com.New Tampa Y pool closing for renovationsThe New Tampa Family YMCA swimming pool is undergoing renovations between midJanuary and early February.During that time, regularly scheduled events will take place at other area facilities, including the East Pasco Family YMCA in Zephyrhills, Bob Sierra’s Youth and Family Center in Tampa, and the Plant City Family YMCA.For more information or schedules, email alexis.mendenhall@tampaymca.org, or stuart.wilson@tampaymca.org.Sign up for lacrosse tournamentRegistrations are now being accepted for the 2014 Lax Max Florida Lacrosse Tournament taking place at Lakewood Ranch on the weekend of April 6. 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