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MAY 13, 2015LAKERLUTZNEWS.COMThe LAKER WESLEY CHAPEL/NEW TAMPA EDITION The LAKERFree CornerstonePros.com813-949-4445CALLTODAYFIXED TODAY! PLUMBING LIC. #CFC1428982 A/C LICENSE #CAC1816647 SEE INSIDE FOR GREAT COUPONS! Winner 2012, 2013, 2014Air Conditioning Heating Plumbing Auto Accident? Slip and Fall? FREE CONSULTATIONNo Fees Or Costs Unless You Win Walk-Ins WelcomeHelpingInjuredPeople.comCall AttorneyJIM HOLLIDAY813-868-1887 18920 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 101 Lutz, FL (Corner of Sunlake & Dale Mabry)I Will Aggressively Fight To Protect Your Legal Rights HOLLIDAY KARATINOSLAW FIRM, FREEHearing Consultation with University of South Florida degreed Audiologist B INSIDE, PAGE 1BWiregrass Ranch graduate gets Ivy League offersBy B.C. ManionAntonio Medina wanted to give himself the best chance he could to attend the college of his choice, so he applied to several places.“You can be a top candidate but still, it’s really tough to get in. They get more top candidates than they can accept. Sometimes, it comes down to luck,” said Medina, who will be graduating soon from Wiregrass Ranch High.So, he applied to scores of schools, including the University of South Florida, the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, as well as to such colleges as Princeton, Columbia, Penn, Brown, Harvard and Yale.Brown University sent him a letter saying he would likely be accepted, Medina said. “We were so excited about the letter. That was so amazing. We were happy with that,” he said. On the day that the colleges announce their decisions, Medina and his mom, Sandra, were sitting at three computers, waiting. “So, I checked Brown. I got accepted, so I was happy,” Medina said. “We checked Penn and Columbia and Princeton. None of those. “Then I checked Yale and got in. I was super surprised. “I checked Harvard last. I was like, ‘Let’s just see.’ ” And he got into Harvard, too. “I was speechless,” his mom said. “I’m never going to forget that day.” Medina also received full-ride offers from USF, UCF and UF. So, then it was a matter of choosing where he would go. He and his dad, Alfredo, visited Harvard and Yale. Then, Medina made his final choice. “They’re both great schools. You can’t go wrong with either school,” Medina said. “It came down to, which school did I feel better at?” He chose Yale. See GRADUATE, page9A Antonio Medina By Michael MurilloIf you want to visit the Tampa Bay Geocaching Store in Land O’ Lakes, it’s easy to find. Just go to N 028 13.552 W 082 27.421 And, you’re there. If using a geographic coordinate system to find a local business seems unusual, it is. But if you’re geocaching, it’s actually the best way to find where you’re going. So, as a tribute to the hobby they serve, the store lists its coordinates on its website, along with its traditional address, 4710 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Geocaching isn’t easy to describe by comparing it to other outdoor activities. Part treasure hunt, part sightseeing trek and part community bonding experience, it’s a game you can play close to home or just about anywhere in the world. “It’s fun to do and gives you a chance to get out of the house, get into nature and see different things,” said Elaine Erickson, owner of the Tampa Bay Geocaching Store. Erickson has found around 1,200 caches from more than a dozen states during the last seven years, and she never tires of the thrill of finding a new one. Participants leave small geocaches (waterproof containers) at random locations across the planet. They’re hidden, but only to people who aren’t geocaching. The goal is to make them available to other players, so they post the coordinates on list sites and mobile phone apps used by those who want to find them. Players then input those coordinates, and after a little snooping, usually find the geocache and the logbook that’s placed inside. The logbook reveals how often the site has been visited and how far people have traveled to find it. And, once you find the geocache, you can record your name in the logbook. There’s also usually a small prize associated with finding a geocache. It’s customary to take an inexpensive trinket from the site when you find it, and leave a small trinket for the next person who finds it. The items can be as creative as the locations in which they’re found. There are a few rules, though. For instance, you can’t plant them on private property and you can’t place them near a school or anywhere else where activity near the cache may prompt concerns about suspicious behavior. You can’t litter, either. In fact, many geocachers take the time to clean up litter in the cache area when they see it. It’s part of the community philosophy, Erickson explained. Not surprisingly, geocaching took hold only when technology allowed everyday people to find specific locations across the globe with relative ease. In the past 15 years, it’s grown to include millions of people around the world, with PHOTO COURTESY OF ELAINE ERICKSONGeocaching often takes people to different places. A few years ago, Erickson reached a cache at the tri-state border that connects Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.Geocaching is elaborate game of hide and seek MICHAEL MURILLO/STAFF PHOTOCaches usually have a logbook documenting who found it and when. Elaine Erickson can look through one of her own caches and see a record of how many people have been there.Speakers shed light on health care challengesBy B.C. ManionPatients and providers offered insights into obstacles relating to the treatment of people living with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis during a recent roundtable hosted by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis. Bilirakis, who is a member of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Heath, hosted a roundtable focusing on neurological conditions on May 6 at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. Bilirakis asked panelists and members of the audience to talk about challenges facing patients and their families, and obstacles thwarting providers. He also asked those gathered to share information about clinical trials and breakthroughs. Ron Hall, who has Alzheimer’s disease told Bilirakis, “probably the biggest thing is the unknown —trying to figure out what you’re going to do to keep your life normal as possible.” The hard part, he said, is “just not knowing what’s coming your way. “With all of these other diseases out there, you can say, ‘I’m going to fight it. I’m going to beat it.’ With Alzheimer’s, there’s no beating it.” Hall’s wife, Diane, said “we’ve never been to a neurologist, just a geriatric doctor and had tests performed. See HEALTH, page9A See GEOCACHING, page9A


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The focus is on improving efficiency, better customer service and keeping up with the growth from new development. “It all comes down to funding really,” said Cathy Pearson, assistant county administrator for public services. The restructured department would have three managers for natural resources, fiscal and support services, and parks and recreation, who would report to a director of parks, recreation and natural resources. “We’re going through the budget now,” Pearson said. “It’s been a challenge.”The parks department has struggled since 2009 through lean times with budget cuts and job layoffs. To fill in financial gaps, the county began charging user fees four years ago at 11 of its parks, including $2 parking fees. Youth league teams, cosponsored by the county, including the Central Pasco Soccer Club, the Wesley Chapel Athletic Association and the Dade City Little League, also have been charged fees.Some commissioners would like to see an end to the parking and athletic participation fees. “We’re taxing things that we’re trying to encourage,” said Commissioner Jack Mariano. But losing revenues means more tough budget decisions. Parks and recreation employees have done a “tremendous” job keeping up with services, but Pearson said, “We’re really struggling. Hopefully we’ll come up with some creative ideas.” Revenues since 2009 have increased from about $840,000 to about $1.5 million currently. But the department’s overall budget in that same time dropped from about $10 million to about $8.9 million. The loss of parking and athletic fees would mean about $440,000 in lost revenues, Pearson said. During public comment at the May 5 meeting, Jeff Olsen of the Wesley Chapel Athletic Association made a plea for commissioners to restore the parks and recreation’s budget to a level more in line with budgets prior to the recession. “A lot of money has been siphoned away from some important needs,” Olsen said. A job description for the newly created position of natural resources manager will be advertised in the next week or so. Along with the reorganization, Rick Buckman, the county’s current parks and recreation director, will take on a new role as park supervisor for Moon Lake Park, Robert Strickland and Robert Rees Memorial parks. He also will provide support during the transition, said Pearson, adding that finding a natural resources manager could take months. Another newly created position of program coordinator will not be filled until the manager is on board and can decide if the position is needed, Pearson said. The county has budgeted $160,700 for salaries and benefits for the two positions. The manager’s salary would be in the range of $70,000 to $85,000. The decision to step away from the director’s job was one that Buckman made on his own, said Pearson. “It was a surprise to me,” she said. Buckman’s new job as parks supervisor became available as the result of another employee’s retirement. “Rick Buckman has been a tremendous asset for the county, building a tremendous team, ” said Land O’ Lakes resident Sandy Graves. Chairman Ted Schrader also had praise for Buckman. “I think we all realize the work Mr. Buckman has done through trying times,” he said. “You never complained. You managed to get your job done.” By Kathy SteeleA Dairy Queen and a long-planned apartment complex at Terra Bella are under construction on State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes, between Livingston Road and Via Bella Boulevard. The fast-food restaurant is expected to open in two to three months, possibly by the Fourth of July weekend, according to Keith Bennett, owner of Retail Site Development.The Dairy Queen location is one of several outparcels adjacent to Terra Bella that are available for commercial development. These smaller commercial projects are benefiting from proximity to shopping malls such as The Grove in Wesley Chapel, The Shops at Wiregrass and the soon-toopen Tampa Premium Outlets, Bennett said.“Between those three projectsyou’re getting outward growth,” he said. “It’s natural for commercial development like this, with interested companies like Dairy Queen.” The fast-food restaurant will seat about 75 people and have a drive-through window. Bennett owns additional commercial parcels adjacent to the Dairy Queen site. Once that project is complete, he said, “We’ll look to see what we choose to do with the balance.” Southeast Commercial also is marketing commercial outparcels fronting State Road 54 at Terra Bella. Behind the Dairy Queen site, along Venezia Avenue, construction also is under way on Alta Terra Bella, an apartment complex of 311 garden apartments in 14 threestory buildings. The North Carolina-based Wood Partners is building the complex as the final residential phase of Terra Bella, a community of more than 250 single-family homes. A groundbreaking was held late in 2014. Construction is expected to finish by May 2016, but leasing could begin as early as September of this year, according to a press release from Wood Partners. The project is projected to generate $24.5 million in local income, $2.5 million in taxes and other revenues for local governments, and nearly 380 jobs. The data provided by Wood Partners in its press release is based on a formula used by the National Association of Home Builders. Dairy Queen is expected to open by July 4 on a parcel next to the Terra Bella subdivision off State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes. FILE PHOTOPasco County is preparing to implement a 10-year master plan to improve existing parks and add new ones. The plan was crafted with public input.Pasco merges county departments Land O’ Lakes to get Dairy Queen, apartments KATHY STEELE/STAFF PHOTOSConstruction is under way on Alta Terra Bella, an apartment complex of 311 garden apartments off State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes.


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For example leaves, grass clippings, vegetable scraps, coffee grounds (including the paper filter), sawdust from nontreated wood, and even newspapers can be composted. Particle size plays a role in how quickly something will decompose, so some items will decompose more quickly than others. Very small particles, like sawdust, will break down more slowly, due to packing, which slows oxygen moving between particles. Oxygen is essential for the microbes to survive and decompose organic matter. If the particle size is large, like a tree branch, corn stalks, etc., it will take the microbes a long time to break down the material. Also, there is something called the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio, known as the C to N ratio. This might sound technical, but it’s really not. Carbon materials are also called “browns” and are usually woody by nature and take more time to decompose. “Browns” include fallen leaves, woodchips, straw, sawdust from nontreated wood, and newspapers. 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Special compost thermometers can be purchased at garden centers and on the Internet. Should the pile cool down to 100 degrees, it should be turned to encourage reheating or new compostable materials added to restart the heating of the compost pile. Hot-composting methods can destroy most disease causing organisms and weed seeds. Some people will take a “less is more” approach to composting. This is a method where the items to be composted are placed into a bin or in a heap and left to decompose on their own without turning or paying much attention to the pile. This “cold-composting” method takes time, typically requiring two or three years for the compost to fully decompose. While cold composting is easier, you are more likely to get insects and pests in your compost. A couple of final tips: Place your bin in a location that is easy to access, and consider the shade for your comfort when you turn the compost or need to load it into a wheelbarrow for use in your landscape. 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Mowgli growing by leaps and boundsMowgli, a rare clouded leopard cub born on March 7 at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, is growing up fast.Zoo officials report that the cub has reached the “terrible twos” – two months, that is.Mowgli now weighs 6 pounds and has a full set of baby teeth, according to a news release issued by zoo officials. The cub has made the transition from a bottle to a meat-based baby food diet. His motor skills are progressing as well -running, jumping, pouncing and starting to climb. The zoo’s veterinary professionals will continue to provide round-the-clock care under industry protocols, until Mowgli is ready for the next step in his care. Starting May 9, Mowgli’s outdoor playtime will move to a temporary enclosure to help keep him safe while he practices all of his new motor skills. The zoo’s staff will continue to supervise his every move, but will work to scale back on handling to promote greater independence. The enclosure also will help him make the adjustment to a permanent habitat in the future. For the near term, public viewing will continue at 11 a.m., in the new location. A rotation through different environments provides essential sensory enrichment for continued development, zoo officials say. Allowing guests to observe the cub at play provides an educational opportunity to communicate the needs and perils of this rare and vulnerable species. Mowgli’s parents, Yim (male) and Malee (female), live at the zoo and are on exhibit together in the Asian Gardens habitat area. Mowgli is their first offspring. Clouded leopards are the smallest of the “big cats,” weighing 30 to 60 pounds in adulthood and measuring about 5 feet long (including the long tail). Native to Southeast Asia, clouded leopards are found in forests and rainforests. They are known as shy and reclusive cats. 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By Samantha TaylorSpecial to The Laker/Lutz NewsIm excited to tell you about a new place in Wesley Chapel that has a type of food not found in many restaurants grass fed beef and hormone free chicken. The restaurant is appropriately called O.T.B. (Only the Best) Caf. It was started a year ago by a chef named Dirson De Mesquita. I asked what inspired him, and Dirson said, My wife and I would look to eat out and couldnt find any place that served the quality of food we eat at home. So I figured I should just start my own restaurant! So after 12 years of working in the corporate restaurant world, Dirson decided to pursue his dream and has applied his love for clean eating by developing his own recipes for his unique caf. Where do I begin with this awesome place? One of the main things Dirson takes pride in is his all natural beef and chicken. His beef is exclusively from grass fed cows, which is the healthiest way to eat meat. Most beef in America is from cows fed by grains, which can create an unhealthy balance of Omega 6 and cause inflammation in our bodies. I have to admit, I have only had grass fed beef a few times, but believe me you can really taste the difference. Now that I have this place right below my new fitness studio in Wesley Chapel, I am eating it a lot more often! Interestingly, O.T.B. does not have a fryer, freezer or microwave in its kitchen, which is another way to be assured of getting only the freshest food. All of O.T.B.s produce is from local farms and most is organically grown. Its eggs come from free-range chickens that are hormone free. Dirson showed me how yellow his yolks are compared to other eggs. The amazing thing about this restaurant is how it packs so much quality into such great prices. Many people dont believe they can eat healthy so affordably. Plus, its customer service is great and the staff very kind. Another great thing about O.T.B. is you can get wraps that are gluten free and low carb. Its deli meat is nitrite free, another plus to eating healthy. I laughed when I saw on the kids menu something called a Not Dog, which is a natural hot dog that is not full of preservatives. For a recent meal I tried the Seared Steak Delight Salad, which comes topped with grass fed beef. There is so much flavor that I recommend you get the dressing on the side so not to interfere with the beefs flavor. The menu also has delicious breakfast meals, although I recommend you leave off the toast and oatmeal and stick to eggs and bacon. I encourage you to try this new restaurant and see what eating healthy can really taste like. O.T.B. is located at 2653 Bruce B Downs Blvd., across the street from Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. Hours are 8am to 9pm Monday Saturday, and 8am to 6pm on Sunday.O.T.B. 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SHOP, GIVE BACK AT ORI ANNE’SLori Anne’s, 14135 Seventh St., in Dade City, will donate 15 percent of a purchase back to the church of the customer’s choice. The shop has items such as jewelry, boutique clothing, home dcor, kitchenware, cards and more. It is open every Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. For information, call (352) 567-8222.PACA MEETINGThe Pasco Alliance of Community Associations will meet May 14 at 7 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The guest speaker will be arborist Ron Litts. For information, call (813) 475-4561, or visit LODGE FISH FRYJ.F. Swartsel Masonic Lodge, 3109 Lutz Lake Fern Road in Lutz, will host a fish fry May 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $10 for eat-in and $8 for carryout. Credit cards will be accepted. MOTHER & SON GAME NIGHTPasco County Parks and Recreation will host a Mother & Son Game Night May 15 at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway. The event is for moms and their children ages 4 to 12. It includes video games, laser tag, corn hole toss and more. Admission is $10 per pair, and $5 for each additional child. For information, call (813) 929-1220.PASCO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETYThe Pasco County Historical Society will meet May 15 at 7 p.m., at Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City. The topic will be A Day in the Life of a Second Seminole War Soldier. There will be a covered-dish dinner before the program. Guests should bring cutlery, disposable plates and a beverage. For information, call Glen Thompson at (352) 567-7449.HEALING HORSES FUNDRAISERThere will be a Healing Horses “One Child at a Time” fundraiser May 15 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Quail Hollow Country, 6225 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel. There will be a silent auction and music by Scratch and Dent. For information, call (813) 333-0033 or (813) 991-7340. To see a list of auction items, visit Facebook and search Healing Horses.KIDS ‘N ARTThe Pasco Fine Arts Council will host a reception and awards ceremony for Kids ‘n Art on May 16 at 2 p.m. The exhibit will run through May 26 at the council, 5744 Moog Road in Holiday. For information, call (727) 845-7322 or visit LUTZ SCHOOL WORKDAYThe Old Lutz School, 18819 U.S. 41 in Lutz, will host a workday May 16 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers can help with general cleaning, mulching, clearing and planting the community garden, and setting up for the Guv’na debate. Volunteers also can earn community service hours. For information, call Suzin Carr at (813) 453-5256, or Ben Nevel at (813) 310-8709.AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIPThe West Pasco Audubon Society will host a field trip May 16 to Power Line Road to view swallow-tailed kites, redheaded woodpeckers, Eastern meadowlarks, burrowing owls and more. Participants can meet at 7:30 a.m., at Winn Dixie, 12120 Moon Lake Road in New Port Richey. For information, call Mike Ranck at (813) 4550588, or visit FOR KIDS’ SAKEBig Brothers Big Sisters is hosting Bowl For Kids’ Sake May 17 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Pin Chasers East Pasco, 6816 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. The fundraiser is to support the organization’s mentoring programs. To register, call (813) 769-3634, or visit KOL AMI PICNICCongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host its annual picnic May 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be activities for kids, hot dogs, hamburgers and watermelon. Guests can bring a baseball glove, soccer ball or Frisbee. 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The topics will be immigration, Cuba/U.S. relations, and the Hispanic vote. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call Fern Williams at (813) 838-0767.CONSERVATIVE CLUB MEETINGThe Conservative Club of East Pasco will meet May 18 at 6:30 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Woman’s Club, 38549 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. The guest speaker will be Danny Burgess, Florida State Representative of the 38th District. For information, contact Nils Lenz at (813) 7829491 or PUTNAM TO SPEAK AT REAGAN DINNERCommissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam will be the keynote speaker at the annual Republican Party fundraiser Reagan Dinner on May 28 at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey. For information and ticket prices, call Bill Bunting at (727) 514-7676, Jeannie James at (813) 731-7121, or Fred Manno at (813) 838-3556.CHESS CLUBThe Friends of Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host the chess club May 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and May 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Boards and pieces are provided. Guests should bring a chess clock if preferred. For information, call Glen Thompson at (352) 567-7449.FREE KIDS MUSIC CLASSESKindermusik with Dione will offer free Kindermusik preview classes May 20 and May 27 at 9:45 a.m., for children ages 3 and older. Classes will be at the Lexington Oaks community clubhouse, 26034 Lexington Oaks Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. For information or to register, call (813) 3300623, or email SAFETY LECTUREThe Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida will present a lecture on pedestrian safety May 20 at 11 a.m., at the Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave., N.W. There will be safety-related giveaways. For information, call (813) 264-3804.WATER AEROBICSThe Oakstead community will host water aerobics classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., at 3038 Oakstead Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. Guests do not have to be a resident of Oakstead to attend. The cost is $4 cash per class. Guests can pay as you go. For information, call (813) 996-7186.THRIFT SHOP SALESAll five Gulfside Hospice thrift shops will host a 25 percent off storewide sale on May 23 in honor of Memorial Day. The stores will be closed on Memorial Day, May 25. Shoppers also can bring in gently used donations of clothing, household items, electronics and more. Sales will benefit the Gulfside Hospice programs. For information and store locations, visit LUNCHEONThe GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club is hosting an Artists of Italy Luncheon in support of its candidate, KarenSue Molis, May 28 at 11:30 a.m., at the Lutz Community Center. The cost is $6. Everyone is welcome to attend. The menu includes rigatoni, salad, bread, cupcakes and sorbet. For information, visit SCHOLAR WEEKEND AT KOL AMICongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host the Rabbi Joel Wasser Memorial Scholar Weekend from May 29 to May 31, with guest speaker Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson. There will be a Friday evening service at 6 p.m., with a presentation on Judaism; a Saturday morning service at 9:30 a.m., with a focus on the Torah; and a Sunday morning brunch at 10 a.m., for women only. For information, admission costs, or to RSVP, email Carol Tarica at, by May 26.MOSI HURRICANE EXPOThe Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, will host the 2015 Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo on May 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme is Be Ready Tampa Bay. There will be activities for adults and children, educational displays, tips from experts, safety demonstrations, emergency vehicles displays, vendors, guest speakers and more. Admission is free, and includes access to MOSI’s permanent exhibit galleries. For information, visit’S GRAIL MILITARY APPRECIATIONGolfer’s Grail Indoor Golf & Tap, 10019 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, is offering one complimentary hour of simulator golf to all military members through the month of May. All members including active duty, reserve, retired and non-retired can participate with a valid military or veteran identification. For information, call (813) 969-2100, or visit FOR TICKETSDuring May, each person who drops off clothing or household items at any Goodwill Industries-Suncoast donation site will receive a coupon good for up to two free children’s tickets to Dinosaur World, one for each paid adult admission. Goodwill shoppers who round up their purchase to the nearest dollar will also get a coupon. For a list of Goodwill-Suncoast stores and attended donation sites, visit BONSAI TREE DEMOSEve’s Garden Gifts, 5602 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes, will offer free bonsai tree demonstrations and seminars from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., every Saturday now through the summer. The focus will be on bonsai trees as a hobby and relieving stress. Guests can bring their own bonsai trees for the demonstrations and advice. For information, call (813) 996-5012, or visit, CROCHET FOR CANCERLadies who enjoy knitting or crocheting meet at First Baptist Church of Lutz, 18116 U.S. 41, the second and fourth Monday of every month, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., to make blankets and caps to donate to cancer patients at local hospitals. For information, call Kay Rausch at (813) 9911514 or Pat Martin at (813) 948-3513.WEEKLY BINGO AT FOP LODGEThe Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 29, 21735 YMCA Camp Road in Land O’ Lakes, will host bingo every Tuesday at 6 p.m., for ages 18 and older. Doors open at 4 p.m. The lodge is located at the corner of U.S. 41 and Bell Lake Road. For information, call (813) 928-2294.MARINE FOREVER GROUP MEETSThe Marine Forever Veterans Group meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m., at Beef O’ Brady’s, 21539 Village Lakes Shopping Center Drive in Land O’ Lakes. All active duty, retired and veteran marines and spouses are invited. For information, visit ON THE LAWNThe Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel, will offer Yoga on the Lawn every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in Center Court. The classes are free and for beginners to intermediate. Participants should bring a yoga mat. The weekly classes will run until June 29. For information, call (813) 994-2242.ZEPHYRHILLS ARTSY FARMERS MARKETThe Zephyrhills Artsy Farmers Market will take place the fourth Saturday of the month at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be vendors selling produce, plants and flowers, specialty foods, cheeses, bakery items, jellies and jams, honey, nuts, coffee, ethnic foods and more. There also will be local art, and the market is dog friendly. Lunch specials will be offered on Wednesday for area businesses. Vendor applications can be found at For vendor and event information, call Erika Blake (727) 6741464, or email BIBLE STUDYHarvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, will host a nondenominational Bible study, open to all women and children, on Thursday mornings, starting Sept. 10. The study will include Mark, Philemon, 1, 2, 3 John and Jude. Registration begins now. For information, email Jeanine Coris at Your Community Calendar Submit 2 weeks in advance to: All listings free of charge What’s Happening What’ s Happening 6A May 13, 2015 Kids Safety FairOak Hill Hospital’s Pediatric ER will host a Kids Safety Fair May 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the hospital campus at 11375 Cortez Blvd., in Spring Hill. Guests can meet a mermaid from Weeki Wachee Springs; crawl through a fire safety house; check out the Bayflite helicopter, and fire and emergency trucks; learn about water, scooter, bike and skateboard safety; take care of a teddy bear in the ER; register for a free library card, and more. There will be giveaways, and a complimentary lunch (one per person). Admission is free. For information, call Oak Hill Hospital at (352) 596-6632, or visit Check out our Facebook page at LakerLutzNewsYou’ll find stories, things to do, specials, community photos and more.


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It’s a pursuit that appeals to people of all age groups, abilities and schedules, and is only limited by a person’s free time and interest in looking. “It’s a family friendly activity,” she said. “Anybody can do it.” For more information about geocaching or the free class, call (813) 335-6787 or visit GEOCACHING, from page 1A “Sometimes, we think, maybe we should go, and then we ask ourselves: ‘Do you really want to know how far along you are?’ ” she said. Dr. Charles Brock, another panelist, told the couple: “I think visiting the neurologist is helpful. It’s empowering because that physician is likely to know there may be drug trials going on, there may be new treatments, there may be new supportive measures that would be helpful to you and at least give you the opportunity to make a decision about what you want, which gives you more control.” Dr. Jessica Banko, associate institute director for the University of South Florida’s Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, agreed with Brock. “Having some of that knowledge of where in the journey you lie may open doors to additional measures, not always necessarily pharmacological,” Banko said. “There are caregiver interventions to minimize stress and burden, and improve quality of life; there are behavioral measures and other ways to get involved in, maybe in validating new diagnostic tools.” Dr. Juan Sanchez-Ramos, who serves as the medical director of the Parkinson’s Research Foundation Center of Excellence at the Morsani College of Medicine, said “one of the big obstacles in moving forward in finding new treatments is the difficulties that we often encounter in the recruitment for clinical trials. “People have a misconception about clinical trials. They’re worried, ‘Well, I might get the sugar pill.’ ‘I might get a placebo.’ Or, ‘I don’t want to be a guinea pig.’ ” The physician said he always thought it would be easy to recruit patients for specific clinical studies, but he has learned that is not the case. “I know, in my clinic, when I see a patient, I bring up the possibility of clinical studies and describe what’s available in Tampa and what’s available in other parts of the state, and what’s available in the United States,” he said. Banko noted: “The truth is, the only access we have right now to new treatment measures for Alzheimer’s disease is through clinical trial participation.” She added that the government hosts a website called that lists anywhere from 20 to 60 trials, at any given time, that are enrolling for different kinds of treatment options for various stages of the disease. Sanchez-Ramos said physicians are another source of information. “Ask the physician if he or she is aware of any research going on involving new medications, new interventions, new surgical procedures for that specific condition,” he advised. In the arena of Alzheimer’s disease, a huge frustration is the fact that even though amyloid imaging was a significant advancement, it is only available to patients through clinical trials, Banko said. Dr. Rob Norman, who treats patients in long-term care facilities, expects the challenges to increase. As Baby Boomers age, “we have what I call a silver tsunami going on.” He said health care providers must rise to that challenge. “We want to have, not just more treatments, but prevention and a vaccine. We shouldn’t settle for anything less than that.” One caregiver in the audience urged Bilirakis to seek increased continuing education requirements for physicians and nurses, to improve the diagnosis and care of people who have neurological conditions. It’s not just a lack of resources, said Diane Hall. Some people who suffer from a neurological condition, such as Alzheimer’s, don’t want others to know about it. “We can’t find a cure for it, if people don’t raise their hand and let everyone know there is such a need,” she said. “It’s going to be 10 to 20 times (as bad) with Baby Boomers coming up. “Don’t be afraid, and don’t stay in a closet,” she urged. “It’s got to come out. We’ve got to find a way.”HEALTH, from page 1A “I was more at home there,” said the Wesley Chapel resident. He is excited about his academic future. “The caliber of education is through the roof,” said Medina. “You have world-class professors. I could be a roommate with a future president.” Medina ranked second in the class of 2015 at Wiregrass and also was named the school’s Most Outstanding Senior. In addition to his academic accomplishments, he was catcher on the school’s baseball team, drum major for the marching band and a member of the jazz band. On top of all that, he has worked for his mom and dad’s business, Gator Fred’s, a fun and party center in Carrollwood. “I helped them since I was 7. I’ve seen what it is like to manage a business, to work in a service — entrepreneurial, all that stuff, since I was a child,” Medina said. That work has left an indelible impression on him. “Probably because of the influence of my family, I want to go my own way, work for myself, create something that could be my own business, or create something new that would be completely under my wing,” he said. He describes what he has gained by working in the family business in one of the essays he wrote for his college applications. He details how the business started at the family’s home and has evolved into its own location, Gator Fred’s, a fun and party center in Carrollwood. He then explains the impact that working in the family business has had on him. “The establishment of Gator Fred’s didn’t just enhance what my childhood had been. The store engraved in me a vital essence of my character,” he wrote. “With my own bare hands, I helped my family turn an enormous, empty shell of what was once a Bealls Outlet into a beautiful playground of colors and bounce houses and train rides and joy. “This experience taught me how to manage a business before I was even a teenager. “More importantly, it showed me how to take pride in building something bigger than myself. “Every weekend that I spent there, instead of with friends, I remained aware that this place was what provided for our food, our house, our lives. “I never took for granted what I had. I knew the value of hard work and persistence. “My parents taught me the dangers of taking risks but also the courage needed to make the leap. For them, I will always be grateful,” Medina’s essay says. The young man’s success in academics began when he was young. He said he’s always been a good student, except for during kindergarten. “We had just moved here (from Venezuela). I was 5 and I just learned English. “The only problem was now, I wouldn’t shut up. I just kept talking. I’d get in trouble for being too talkative,” he recalled. His mom recalls finding out about the problem. “The lady called me and said, ‘He is too talkative,’ ” she said. “He would talk with an empty chair.” His mom decided to nip the problem in the bud. She put his toys in a bag and pretended to throw them out. “I did better in school,” Medina said. “And my toys magically reappeared.” Apparently, the lesson stuck. “Being good in school is good. Learning for the sake of learning is good,” he said. Medina is graduating from Wiregrass Ranch on May 31. His younger brother, Andres, will be attending the high school next year. Medina’s mom is clearly ecstatic about her son’s academic accomplishments. His dad is proud, too. “My dad has worn the same Yale shirt for the past four days,” Medina said. “It says ‘Yale Dad’.”GRADUATE, from page 1A PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE MEDINA FAMILYSandra, Antonio and Alfredo Medina pose for a photo after Antonio is named salutatorian of the class of 2015 at Wiregrass Ranch High School.


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Topics will include how to recognize signs and symptoms of depression as people age, and strategies for individuals to cope with the illness. Admission is free. A complimentary lunch will be served. Reservations are required. For information, call (727) 834-5630.GROCERY STORE NUTRITION TOURNutrition S’Mart of Wesley Chapel, 1821 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, will host a grocery store tour May 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There will be an aisle-by-aisle tour of healthier food choices by Megen Erwine, a registered dietitian nutritionist. Admission is free for members of the Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Health & Wellness Center, and $5 for non-members. Preregistration is required. For reservations, call (813) 929-5252.VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR RECOGNIZEDRegional Medical Center Bayonet Point has announced its 2014 Volunteers of the Year — Harriet Prager and Harold Flory. Prager joined RMCBP in 1999 and has volunteered more than 14,500 hours. She volunteers in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit and substitutes in other areas as well. Flory has volunteered since 2009 and has logged more than 7,500 hours. He works five days a week at Entrance B – Lab as a courtesy cart driver.STRENGTH, BALANCE PROGRAM The Groves Golf and Country Club hosts the Silver Sneakers Strength & Balance Program on Wednesdays at 9 a.m., and Fridays at 10:30 a.m., in the ballroom, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O’ Lakes. The program is a low-impact class for men and women to help improve flexibility and balance. Strength exercises may include handheld weights and the use oftubing. The program is free to Silver Sneakers members, $5 for non-members, and $30 per month of classes.For information, contact Tom Marbell at (352) 409-2984 or send him an email at WHILE YOU LEARN AT PREGNANCY CENTERThe Oasis Pregnancy Center, 3632 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes, offers an Earn While You Learn program for expectant mothers. Participants can earn points while learning about pregnancy, baby care, parenting and more, and then spend the points in the center’s store to purchase things from bibs to cribs. For information, call (813) 406-4965.HOSPITAL NEEDS VOLUNTEERSFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills, 6050 Gall Blvd., needs volunteers to help its staff and doctors. Volunteer positions cover a variety of areas including clerical/administrative services, escorting, kitchen duties, gift shop and patient services. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Time commitments begin at one four-hour shift each week. Applications are available at the hospital’s volunteer office, the main information desk, or online at For information, call (813) 779-6256.ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORTThe local Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway. Admission is free. For information, call Phyllis Bross at (813) 996-1361, or email her at NETWORK MEETINGOur Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church Family Cancer Network meets the second Thursday of the month in Rosary Hall, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, beginning at 7 p.m. Cancer survivors and caregivers are invited to attend. For information, call (813) 949-4565.MS SUPPORT GROUPFirst Christian Church, 6040 Eighth St., in Zephyrhills, hosts a multiple sclerosis support group the first Thursday of every month at 1 p.m., in Fellowship Hall. Refreshments will be served. The group also hosts a social event the third Thursday of every month. For information and to RSVP, call (813) 782-9306 or (813) 788-9931.CELEBRATE RECOVERYVictorious Life Church, 6224 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel, offers a Celebrate Recovery group on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. The group is a recovery resource for healing from addictions. Participants will discuss hurts, hang-ups and habits. For information, call (813) 973-2230.PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY CLINIC OPENSA free, volunteer-run clinic in Tampa offers education and support of those diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. The clinic provides education and support in coping with neuropathy, dealing with physical limitations, home safety, and symptom management. Space is available by appointment only. For information, call Cindy Tofthagen at (813) 252-0475, or email her at MEETINGThe Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will host biweekly Chatterboxes support group meetings. The group assists those suffering from communication deficits as a result of a cerebral vascular accident or other neurological disorder. Caregivers and spouses are invited to attend. The next meeting is May 14 at 3 p.m. For information, call (727) 834-4445.GULFSIDE VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONSGulfside Hospice needs extra volunteers across Pasco County. There will be volunteer orientations at these locations: the Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road in Zephyrhills, for all new volunteers in East Pasco. Lutz Thrift Shoppe, 1930 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., for new shop volunteers. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. For information and reservations, call Tracey Thompson at (813) 780-1235.CUCUMBER SEMINARHillsborough County Aging Services will present a Florida Healthy Living Campaign seminar on the benefits of cucumbers May 15 at 11 a.m., at the Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave., N.W. For information, call (813) 264-3804.NUTRITION AND DIABETESThe Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will offer a class on Nutrition & Diabetes on May 19 at 10 a.m. Guests can learn the basic principles of nutrition, how meal timing works, how to make better food choices, and how carbohydrates, proteins and fats can affect blood sugar. Reservations are required. For information, call (727) 834-5630.WATER SAFETY TUTORIALThe Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will host a Tuesday Tutorial on Water Recycle your medical equipmentThe Disability Achievement Center, a nonprofit Center for Independent Living, is hosting a Medical Equipment Recycling Donation Drive May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the parking lot of Home Depot, 8445 Little Road in New Port Richey. The center assists persons with disabilities in Pasco and Pinellas counties, regardless of age or disability, to gain or maintain independence. All donations are tax-deductible. Donations of mediations or edible products will not be accepted. Donations must be in functioning condition and can include power chairs, scooters, porch lifts, manual wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs, battery chargers, portable ramps and more. For information, call (727) 539-7550, ext. 238, or email


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People and pets gather for dog park openingBy Michael MurilloWhen residents (and their dogs) showed up to commemorate the grand opening of the Rotary Club of New Tampa Dog Park on May 2, they admired the new facility located at 17302 Commerce Park Blvd. But they might not have known how much time and effort went into it. “We actually started on this two years ago,” said Joyce Gunter, the Rotary Club of New Tampa’s committee chairwoman for the dog park. “It took a long time, and we’re so excited that it’s finally open.” It took $25,000 and a couple of years of planning and coordination with the City of Tampa to bring the dog park to fruition. The Rotary Club of New Tampa approached the city looking to start a public/private partnership on a project that would benefit the community. The city suggested the dog park, which was planned but not fully funded. If the rotary club could match their funds, the city explained, the project might get completed. So the group set to work, obtaining sponsors to help raise the money. They also sold space at the park itself, one little block at a time. Engraved bricks in two different sizes have already been placed to outline concrete at the park. The Rotary Club of New Tampa sold more than 300 bricks at a cost of between $50 and $100. That kind of positive response not only reinforced the idea that residents wanted a dog park in the area — there isn’t one for at least 13 miles — but showed the community’s willingness to step up and financially support the cause. “It confirms my thought that there are a lot of great people in this community, and all you have to do is ask and talk about things you can do, and people are willing to help and join in,” Gunter said.Now that the park is finished and open for guests, people in the community can enjoy its amenities. At just under an acre, they had room for benches and picnic tables, stations containing cleanup bags, and a water fountain with special accommodation for four-legged visitors. There’s also a large special section specifically for smaller dogs.Shade was a big part of the design. Some dog parks, Gunter explained, have very little shade, which can be uncomfortable when it’s hot outside. The Rotary Club of New Tampa Dog Park has plenty of trees which provide an abundance of shade, which makes for a more pleasant visit. After just a few days, they’ve already received some feedback as to potential improvements. For instance, mud puddles can be a big attraction to dogs, but they aren’t welcome with owners. So, a dog-washing station to help everyone come home clean is one possible improvement. In addition to plenty of canine representation at the opening, two-legged dignitaries were there as well. Lisa Pontilione from the Tampa City Council, state representative Shawn Harrison and Mayor Bob Buckhorn all came out for the event, alongside brick purchasers, Rotarians and those who were eager to use the facilities. One guest was not able to be there, unfortunately. Gunter’s labrador mix, Linkin, passed away before the park opened. He would have loved it, Gunter said. She plans to frequent the park with another pet at some point in the future. Until then, she’s happy to see others use the park and appreciate the hard work and time put in by the Rotary Club of New Tampa. “It’s so nice to drive by there and see a lot of people utilizing the park, and seeing the dogs having a great time,” she said. The dog park is open every day from sunrise to sunset. If the four-legged guests had thumbs, they would have given the new park a thumbs-up. Instead, they wagged their tails and made some new friends. PHOTOS COURTESY OF B O B THOMPSONTampa mayor Bob Buckhorn shook hands and gave dogs a friendly scratch or two at the opening of the Rotary Club of New Tampa Dog Park on May 2.


Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community Sports Community Sports 12A May 13, 2015WESLEY CHAPEL CHAMBER GOLF TOURNEY MAY 15The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will host its third annual golf tournament on May 15 at Lake Jovita Golf Club, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd., in Dade City. The cost is $125 per person or $500 for a foursome. It includes golf, cart, range balls, lunch contests, some beverages and an evening reception. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with lunch at 11:30 a.m., and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. For information, call the chamber office at (813) 994-8534.CENTRAL PASCO CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT MAY 15The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce will host its 29th annual golf tournament on May 15 at Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway in Lutz. Check-in begins at noon, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $70 per golfer, or $260 for a foursome, and includes greens fees, cart, range balls and a barbecue awards dinner.For sponsorship or registration information, call (813) 909-2722, or visit TOURNAMENT MAY 22Fishin’ For the Mission, the Fifth Annual Inshore Catch & Release Fishing Tournament, will take place May 22 at the Magnuson Hotel-Marina Cove, 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane in St. Petersburg. Proceeds benefit the CREATION Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. The cost is $250 per angler and includes boat and captain, fishing equipment, breakfast and lunch, a goodie bag, tournament shirt, giveaways and awards. There also will be a casual reception on May 21. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the tournament starting at 9 a.m. For information, call the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Foundation at (813) 783-6144.CHURCH GOLF TOURNAMENT MAY 23Harvester United Methodist Church will host its annual golf tournament on May 23 at The Groves Golf & Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O’ Lakes. Check-in begins at 10:45 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $60 per person and covers green fees, cart dinner and prizes. For information, email Terry Henry at VOLLEYBALL CAMPS IN JUNEGaither High School will have its 2015 Cowboy Volleyball Camps beginning in June. The middle school camp, which includes incoming ninth-graders, will be from June 8 until July 15, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The high school camp will be from June 9 until July 16, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Camps will be closed June 29 through July 3. The cost is $75 and teaches conditioning, training, drills and skill development. For information, call (813) 975-7340, ext. 535, or email Gaither volleyball coach Tim Boylan at ATHLETIC CAMPS AT PHSCPasco-Hernando State College will host a series of athletic camps beginning in June. A boys and girls basketball camp for players ages 7 to 17 will be June 8 to June 10 from 9:30 a.m. until noon. There also will be a special skills session on the same days from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $75 for the general session, $50 for the skills session, or $120 for both. A boys’ baseball camp for ages 7 to 13 will take place June 8 to June 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $75. A girls’ fast-pitch softball camp for ages 817 will be held June 8-11 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The cost is $65.Two girls volleyball camps will take place June 15 to June 17. An individual skills session for ages 8 to 8 will be from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There will be a specialty session on the same days from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $100 for each camp, or $175 for both.All sessions will be at the college’s campus at 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey. For information and to register, visit CHEER CLINIC IN JUNEThe Little Seahawk Cheer Clinic, for elementary and middle school students, will be June 17 and June 18 at Sunlake High School, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. Attendees will receive a T-shirt and will have an opportunity to cheer with the varsity cheerleaders during the first quarter of the Seahawks’ first home football game of the season. Funds raised will go toward purchasing uniforms for the school’s cheerleading squad. The clinic will be both days from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $25 per session, or $45 for both.For information, email head cheerleading coach Pennye Garcia at By Michael MurilloWhen Brenda Leach took over as coach of the Steinbrenner Warriors, everyone was hoping for a good beginning, but they didn’t know exactly what to expect. Leach is just the second head softball coach in the school’s history, and the team has never had a losing season since they began play in 2009. So, when Leach led the team to its best season in school history, it certainly was a good start to her tenure. And while she expected a good year, even Leach wasn’t expecting as much as her team delivered. “I had no idea that our record and accomplishments would be what they ended up being,” she said. The numbers ended up being impressive no matter how you analyze them. The Warriors compiled a 22-8 record, eclipsing 20 wins in one season for the first time in school history. And while they won some close games, many victories were dominating performances. Steinbrenner recorded eight shutouts and scored 10 or more runs 10 different times. They began their season with 53 runs in their first three games alone. While it is important to score runs and win games, those aren’t the only measures of a successful year. If a team falls short in the district tournament, for instance, all that work won’t amount to much. But Steinbrenner had its most successful year in that regard. The team claimed the Class 7A District 8 title after slipping past Wiregrass Ranch by a 2-1 margin. The team then went to the regional tournament. The Warriors have done that before, but after beating East Bay and Plant City, they reached the regional final for the first time. And while it ended that tournament with a 7-1 loss to Bartow, Leach remains very happy with how the year turned out. “I’m so proud of all the accomplishments, so many successes this year to be proud of, it’s an amazing feeling,” she said. While it was Leach’s first year at the helm, it wasn’t her first year with the school. She had served as an assistant the two previous seasons, so the players didn’t have to adjust to hearing advice from someone they didn’t know. Still, Leach wanted to do things her way, and that meant both adding and eliminating some things from the program. For instance, she added conditioning for six weeks before spring tryouts so the team would be physically ready for the upcoming season. Before that, she encouraged all players — not just freshmen and sophomores — to participate in Miss Tampa Bay Softball, an unofficial fall league utilized by players who want to get in some year-round work. Playing together earlier helped them work as a team from the beginning, since they were already familiar with each other. There were eliminations, too. Specifically, the bickering that sometimes occurs in sports teams. Leach wanted everyone to understand that there’s a job to do, and the Warriors weren’t going to waste time fighting with each other when they could be working to defeat their next opponent. According to sophomore pitcher Emalee Jansen, it worked. “We had a great bonding relationship, the entire team,” Jansen said. The Warriors would do things together outside of softball as well, like a dolphin tour over spring break. And when they won the district title, Leach invited them to her house to watch the game together. Part of the team’s synergy came out of respect for their coach, Jansen explained. After playing softball at Gaither High School (where she won a state title in 1996), Leach was a first-team, all-region outfielder at Hillsborough Community College. She then continued her softball career at Ashland University in Ohio. Having an accomplished athlete guiding them gave the team an opportunity to learn from someone who had already achieved success, and gave them confidence in her approach. “It was easy to relate to her, because she played college ball,” Jansen said. “She’s just a great overall coach.” Leach will have a chance to repeat the team’s success next year with returning players like Jansen. Overall the team is losing just two seniors, and while they were important to the team, Leach believes they can fill those gaps and compete in the district and region again. She also believes that the team’s playoff experience, including the loss, will help them going forward. “These girls did not enjoy the feeling of losing in the regional final, and I think they’re going to come back more determined and more ready to work, and I think they want it bad as well,” Leach said. Jensen agrees. “We’re not done yet,” she said. “We’re striving for better achievements.” COURTESY OF MAUREEN FAMIANOThe Warriors had a lot of youth on their softball team — just two seniors — but they came together and had the best season in s chool history. Steinbrenner claims best season in school history 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 SPORTSSEND SPORTS NEWS TO MMURILLO@LAKERLUTZNEWS.COMCHECKTHIS OUT They needed a long table at Freedom High School.A sizeable group of athletes — including three football players — participated in a signing ceremony on April 28 at the school’s gymnasium. William Cody Cox, Heath Grady and Sayff Saed will all continue their gridiron careers at the next level. Cox will play at Warner University in Lake Wales, Grady will attend the University of Miami and Saed will be at Webber International University in Lake Wales.Also staying in the state is Bianca Igwe, who will play basketball at Florida State College at Jacksonville and Taylor Mort, who will join the cheer team at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Three athletes will leave Florida to pursue college athletics. Morgan Harkness will join the swim team at Emmanuel College in Georgia, Hannah Skendziel will play volleyball for Piedmont College in Georgia and Ruben Gutierrez is traveling to Tennessee to play soccer for King University. COURTESY OF JORDAN RUGHFreedom High School said goodbye to several student athletes on April 28 who will go on to play sports at different colleges ac ross three states. SEND SPORTS NEWS TO MMURILLO@LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM COURTESY OF BRENDA LEACHSteinbrenner softball coach Brenda Leach was a state champion when she played softball at Gaither High School. Now she’s a district champion with Steinbrenner in her first year as head coach.Eight Freedom athletes sign on to college teams


By B.C. ManionFor years, Jim Hawk was all about roses. But then, he just couldn’t take it anymore. Florida’s humidity is conducive to black spot, and Hawk got tired of waging a chemical war to protect his floral beauties. “Even though I would spray every week, I would still lose the battle,” said Hawk, who lives in Odessa. “I didn’t like the fact that I would have to put on a mask and get a backpack spray, and go out in the yard and be walking around in a cloud of fumes. I thought it was probably killing me,” he said.. So, around 2003, he gave up on roses and made the switch to orchids. At first, he had just a few. The Hillsborough County master gardener reasoned that he should have a sampling, so he could learn more about them. “Well, it got infectious, and I just couldn’t stop myself,” said Hawk, who is the corresponding secretary of the Tampa Orchid Club. “Of course, you have to really protect orchids at about 45 degrees,” Hawk said. So, every time he heard a weather report that the temperature would be dipping into the 40s, he’d get busy. “I would have to haul the orchids around the house — because I was growing them here in the pool cage — and put them in the garage,” he said.That’s no problem when you just have a few orchids, but it gets tougher when you have 100 or 200 – or roughly 300, like he has.Hawk decided to create a new environment for the orchids in his care. He replaced his old pool cage with a greenhouse. It’s large enough to hold the family’s pool and its waterfall. It includes a place to eat meals and to entertain guests. And, there’s plenty of room for his vast orchid collection. Many of his orchids sit in pots on shelves. Others suspend from hangers, with their roots dangling out. All are under Hawk’s watchful eye. He makes sure they get water – but not too much. He shields them from the cold. “In the winter, if I close the windows in midday, I’ve never seen it get below 54 degree,” Hawk said. The family still uses the pool, but it serves another role, too. “What this, in essence, is now, is a 15,000gallon humidifier for the orchids,” Hawk said. As his collection has grown, so has Hawk’s knowledge about these plants with the exotic blooms and complex names. “Orchids, generally speaking, like to be warm — not hot, but warm. They don’t like temperatures in the 40s,” Hawk said. “They like to be humid. They like to be watered, but they don’t like to sit in too much water. I think watering is probably one of the biggest killers of orchids — poor watering techniques. “Orchids are, generally speaking, shade lovers,” he said. There are some, though, that prefer the sun. “You need to read about them, and find out what they like and what they don’t like.“Just like with all plants, I think people go to nurseries and buy stuff because it looks pretty,” he said. Unfortunately, he said, many people “don’t take the time to research the plant. They just don’t care for it properly.”Hawk enjoys experimenting. He has one orchid growing in a natural sponge he purchased in Tarpon Springs. Another is nestled in a small log that he bought in the lizard section at a pet store. Orchids are epiphytes, meaning they need air. “Orchid pots have slits up on the side, not only the hole in the bottom. That increases the air that you get in there. Instead of using dirt, you use bark or stones or chunks of tree fern and things like that. “Plastic pots are really kind of a no-no. Clay pots breathe,” Hawk said. There is a nearly endless variety of orchids. “There are more orchids than any other plant. They come from all over the world, except for major deserts and Antarctica. There are orchids growing in the wild everywhere,” Hawk said. Hybridizing orchids require specialized equipment and expertise, Hawk said. “I just buy, and grow and enjoy,” Hawk said. MAY 13, 2015The LAKER/ INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & MoreThe LAKER/ Lutz NEWSLutz NEWS B A look at the underside of an Encyclia Fowliei, which is mounted on a board and suspended in Jim Hawk’s greenhouse in Odessa. B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTOSJim Hawk’s orchid collection began with just a few and has grown into nearly 300. Jim Hawk’s orchid collection boasts a wide array of colors, including this orange bloom of a Brassocattleya Fladosa. This orchid is known as a Brassocatanthe Jack Sloniker. At any given time, about 10 percent of Jim Hawk’s orchid collection is in bloom. Orchids thrive in the proper conditions. Jim Hawk has replaced his pool cage with a full-fledged greenhouse, where he cares for hundreds of orchids. This is just part of his collection. Learn more about orchidsJim Hawk will talk about his orchid greenhouse and his orchid collection at the upcoming meeting of the Tampa Bay Orchid SocietyWHEN:6:30 p.m., May 21WHERE:Christ the King-McLaughlin Center, Room C, 821 S. Dale Mabry Highway, TampaWHO: Anyone interested in orchids is welcome.Giving these beauties a home of their own


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May 13, 20158B Palm Harbor 33136 U.S. 19 North St. Petersburg 10722 Gandy Blvd. North Add Value and Comfort To Your Home With Custom Closets and FurnitureAsk a homeowner, or someone looking to buy a home, which features are most important to them, and custom walk-in closets, and organization in the garage, laundry and playroom, rank in the top 10 on their wish list. In fact, the master bedroom closet ranked first, and laundry/home organization center ranked seventh, in a survey conducted by Professional Builder magazine that was published in its April 2015 issue. The strong desire for home organization doesnt surprise Clark Williams, who has worked in the custom home storage industry since 1998. Custom closets are very much in demand because maximizing a closets storage and organization can add up to three times the capacity of a typical closet with one rail and shelf, said Clark. In addition, custom closets look great and add value to the home. Other benefits of an organized closet include finding clothing and accessories faster, extra space to keep clothes neatly pressed so they do not bunch up, and plenty of room for new clothes. Once someone has a custom closet, they typically have one for the rest of their lives, said Clark. They view it as a necessity, not an option. Clark and his partner, Bob Schmidt, own the More Space Center franchise in Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Currently the company has showrooms in Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg. But soon most likely within the next six months More Space Center will be adding a third showroom in Lutz/Land O Lakes. With all the growth in this area, there is a huge demand for home organization systems, said Clark. We need a local showroom to help people visualize all the things we can do it is almost limitless. Already helping Pasco families with their home organization needs is Tammy Kendall, a resident of Trinity who has 10 years experience in the industry. Tammy will be based at the new Pasco showroom, and will continue to make home visits to help families solve their storage problems. Many customers who come to More Space Center are owners of new homes because builders typically only provide standard wire shelving in closets, even in homes that sell for over $300,000. Most customers are surprised at how affordable it is to create a custom closet, said Tammy. Custom closets and furniture may sound expensive, but this is no longer the case with todays technology and computerized woodworking equipment. Many buyers of new homes want to add home organization systems before they move in, said Clark. In addition to closets and laundry rooms, this may include a builtin home office and storage area for toys in the family room. People also come to More Space Center for its best-known product, Murphy Beds those iconic pull-down beds installed in an extra bedroom to give it a dual purpose. An underused guest room can become an exercise room, home office, media room or hobby room. And when company arrives, the Murphy bed quickly converts back into a guest room, said Clark. Murphy Beds date back to 1912 when William Murphy received a patent for his disappearing bed. Today his name is synonymous with all pull-down beds. Murphy Beds have come a long way, said Clark. Today they feature easy-to-lift mechanisms and use standard, high quality mattresses that offer the same great comfort as a standard bed. With the high construction cost of adding on a room, a homeowner can save thousands of dollars by instead installing a Murphy Bed. Dual-purpose rooms are very popular, and the Murphy Bed concept is a perfect solution for many families, said Clark. Another area of the home that More Space Center works in are offices and study areas. Its designers work to fit the specific needs of the user and often times to accommodate more than one user. In addition to desks, options include bookshelves, drop down tables and built-in filing storage. A highly functional, custom business or work center is a great addition to any home, especially for families with someone telecommuting or working from home, said Clark. Personalized furniture comes in a wide array of attractive colors and finishes. Remodeled homes also benefit from custom furniture, particularly if the home is a downsizing project. Not to be forgotten, the garage can be transformed with storage solutions to free up enough space to get the car back into the garage. Utility rooms, laundry rooms and pantries can all be designed to accommodate more items. We invite you to visit our showrooms and work with our expert space designers to turn your storage ideas into realty, said Clark. With our 3-D design software, your concept layout can be seen before it is purchased and installed. If you prefer, Tammy will come to your home for a free consultation. Get ideas for your ho me at our beaut iful showrooms Fear Is The Real Reason We Dont Get OrganizedBy Kelly Summersett How much lighter and energized will you feel when you discard, organize and sell the stuff cluttering your closets? Drawers? Desk? Garage? Are your palms sweating? Having a hard time catching your breath? Are you hiding under your desk crying? What if I have another floral print toga party? That was my first pair of parachute pants! I cant let those go! I will never sleep again if I sell my Great Grandmothers dining room set. It turns out that fear is the most experienced emotion when we think about de-cluttering and simplifying our world. The magic key is identifying the real and bigger reason were afraid. Sigh. It always boils down to figuring out that bigger issue because you know its never about the stuff. Its always about what our mind makes up about the stuff. I remember the time my family downsized a house years ago. We had furniture I mean real furniture that we actually bought brand new where I had picked out the upholstery. And we had to sell it, and much more, because the house we were moving into was half the size. Talk about losing sleep and feeling gripping fear about letting those prized possessions go. It was so painful! My ego filled me with fear the day of the garage sale. But I went through with it anyway, because I had no other choice. Guess what happened? It didnt even take a full 24 hours before I felt free! Light! Energized! And get this. I truly could not even recall all of the stuff that I sold the day before. It was a learning experience I will never forget it was just stuff. Since that time, I have decided to understand, uncover and tackle my bigger issues behind that fear. And it boils down to my limited beliefs about prosperity, lack of confidence and not feeling good enough to have nice things. However, thats another story, so lets move on. No matter if you even care, or are ready to figure out the reasons behind your fear, here are a couple of tricks that helped me simplify my life from stuff and clutter.START. TAKE ACTION. It is only with action that we accomplish anything including simplifying the clutter in our lives. Here are some terrific tips. Pick one or more and go! Set a timer for 5-10 minutes (no more than 10) and pick a section of a room, closet or drawer, and go. Stop when the timer goes off, and then commit again the following day. Give away one item a day. Thats 365 pieces of stuff. Take a picture of sentimental stuff, and then donate the item(s). Pictures take up much less space. PAID ADVERTISEMENT 813-654-1551 or 727-580-0405

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