SLook on page 26 for area church
advertisements announcing their -"-
schedules for Easter services and
SVampire penguins? Zombie guinea pigs?
We're done for....done for."This and
other interesting tidbits are explored in
Observing the Web...page 18
Chow down at a seafood festival, watch an
outdoor movie on an inflatable screen, or
a myriad of other options offered in Julie's
calendar. See page 14
RUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570
PERMIT NO. 8
March 25, 2010
: timberr 9
South County road projects listed as
sales tax increase vote looms
i 5 i 1 1
Joel Rosenberg doesn't just
photograph flowers, he also
grows them in his gardens.
* By PENNY FLETCHER
oel Rosenberg has been many
different people inhis life and has
grown with each change. The Cam-
den N.J.-born transplant to Apollo
Beach did not arrive in Florida by
following a straight path. But that's
nothing new for Joel. His life and
career have taken him from a busy
New Jersey city (which is actually
the gateway to N.J. from Philadel-
phia) to a cabin in the mountains of
Virginia to Maryland and Washing-
ton, D.C.; through several jobs and
vocations and a change of religion
that he says completely altered ev-
ery aspect of his life.
A social worker and elementary
school teacher at first, he soon
burned out and instead opened
a landscaping business. There I
he found he could use the cre-
ative talents inherited from his
grandmother that have since
made him into an artist that
works in many media, including
one-of-a-kind live landscapes,
carpentry and especially his first
Joel's photos are varied and col-
orful. His Apollo Beach canal-
side residence is filled with them,
framed and lying on tables and
chairs. He grows a flower from a
seed and photographs it in many
different lights. He arranges a gar-
den and commits it to a specific
place in time by photographing it at
its most beautiful moment.
From skyscrapers to fishing gear
to rivers, forests and mountains,
Joel records the beauty of life and
of living things.
Looking at him now, it was easy
for me to imagine him as a teenager
who experienced the famous Wood-
stock Festival of music in August
"Living in Camden, being up
close to the rock stars of that day,
being around the famous people
was nothing new to me. I saw Jim-
my Hendrix play the Star Spangled
Banner with his teeth, and saw Jan-
See PHOTOGRAPHER, page 32
* By MELODY JAMESON
m i@observernews. net
Hoping to encourage South County
support of a penny sales tax -
increase this fall, Hillsborough
transportation planners have
listed a collection of area
road projects for funding if
the added cent gets voter ap-
And, after two meetings encom-
passing several hours of discussion
with county transportation special-
ists, members of the South Shore
Round Table (SSRT) last week unan-
imously signaled their support of the
assorted roadway-related proposals
projected to cost nearly $150 million
in 2010 dollars.
The potential projects involve
two existing Southshore 1-75 inter-
changes, a third interchange not yet
sited, several undertakings in Sun
City Center, widening a portion of
Big Bend Road, resurfacing and bike
lanes on 19th Avenue and on Shell
Point Road in the Ruskin area as well
as completion of the U.S. 301 widen-
ing to S.R. 674.
The master list of recommended
road projects to be underwritten by
a sale tax increase was slated to be
presented to Hillsborough's commis-
sioners this week, according to
administrator for infrastruc-
A referendum calling for
increase of the Hillsborough
County sales tax from seven to
eight cents on the dollar is expected
to be on a mid-term election ballot
this autumn. Transportation planners
have projected that, if approved, the
quarter cent share of the sales tax in-
crease earmarked for roadway trans-
port projects would produce about
$700 million for the unincorporated
county over approximately a 30-year
span of time, beginning with $44
million coming in fiscal year 2011.
About 90 percent of the funding gen-
erated by the quarter cent portion of
the added sales tax would be avail-
able for unincorporated Hillsborough
projects in the first 10 years
Based on choices expressed by the
See PENNY SALES TAX, page 23
Mitch Traphagen photo
No Stetson in Florida: Former WFLA channel 8 news anchor Bob
Hite in South Hillsborough.
Hite makes an encore
* By MITCH TRAPHAGEN
APOLLO BEACH For televi-
sion news viewers across the
Bay area it was like old times last
week. Former WFLA Newschannel
8 anchor Bob Hite made an appear-
ance on air, behind the desk, during
the 5:30 p.m. newscast on Thurs-
day. Hite was in the area from his
home in Colorado to host the Tam-
pa premiere of The Lightkeepers, a
movie starring Richard Dreyfuss.
The event was a benefit for the SS
American Victory museum ship
and for the restoration of Egmont
In 2001, shortly after beginning
my job at the Observer News, I
thought it would be interesting to
write a feature on Hite. He was not
See HITE ENCORE, page 17
Old school building underscores
* By MELODY JAMES
GIBSONTON Is rehabilitation
of an old school building here
bringing it back from the brink
or creating a money pit without
The thoughtful responses vary,
depending on who you ask. In tight
financial times like these, some say,
it's neither a smart dollar invest-
ment nor good sense to save the
Ruskin Tomato Festival Postponed Indefinitely
* By MITCH TRAPHAGEN
The 2010 Ruskin Tomato and Heritige Festival has been post-
poned indefinitely. It was originally planned for May 1 and 2 on the
Hillsborough Community College campus. The popular community
event is the largest annual fundraiser for the Ruskin Community
A letter from RCDF board member Ron Wolfe stated, "Based
upon a unanimous vote at the March 16th meeting, the RCDF Board
of Directors has postponed the festival planned initially for May 1
and 2 and will hold this event at a later date. The date has not yet
Wolfe continued in his letter reminding RCDF board members that
the Tomato Festival has served as the single major fundraiser for the
organization each year. He requested that all board members share
ideas for the festival at the next RCDF meeting on March 30.
outmoded, 85-year-old structure
where many of the lifelong locals
learned their three Rs. On the other
hand, there's a real reluctance at
the county level to point bulldozers
toward the 4,400-square-foot red
brick building that so long anchored
Bottom line: restoration of the
age-afflicted, long neglected, gen-
erally needy Gardenville School on
See GARDENVILLE, page 16
Over the decades, the small feet and young voices of at least three
generations filled this school yard at Gardenville, first to learn as
elementary school students and then to play at their community
rec center. Today, the little brick building of about 4,400 square feet
once devoted to two big classrooms for first through eighth grad-
ers, built in the early 1920s, suffering the ravages of termites, water
and time, is being rehabilitated. Melody Jameson photo
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Top agents from Weichert, Realtors
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nized at the annual banquet hosted
by the Weichert Florida West
Central Broker Council.
Held at the Little Harbor Resort
in Ruskin, Florida, the March 10
event named the recipients of
awards from Weichert Real Estate
Affiliates (WREA) in several cate-
gories, based on minimum require-
ment per category in gross com-
mission income or units earned
among the franchise organization's
nearly 7,000 associates in 35 states
at year's end. WREA Senior Vice
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can be reached at 813-649-1002.
Well, it seems like yesterday but, a
year has passed since the Southshore
area welcomed our own model home
and consignment furniture store,
"Best...Again!!" Located in the origi-
nal Apollo Beach Shopping Center,
"Best...Again!!" has been a great find
for many new home buyers and area
residents remodeling and updating
their homes. The shop is very bou-
tique-like and charming.
Also, having a place that can help
sell your furniture, should you need
that service, is wonderful. There is
plenty of space for displaying furni-
ture nicely and the model home ac-
cessories make it look desirable.
The owners, Doug and Kathy Cow-
an, have been amazed at the number
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The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) welcomes H.L. Allen with Pre-paid Legal Services,
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of clients who travel from far away to
shop in their quaint little store. People
bring trucks and load up for destina-
tions over 100 miles away. Folks say
they have heard about "Best.. .Again!!"
in a grocery store in Orlando or from
their hairdresser in Brooksville.
Getting the furniture from model
homes, consignees and buying only
closeouts and overstock from whole-
salers has kept the pricing and qual-
ity amazinginly impressive. A steady
flow of new merchandise makes it a
weekly stop for many "regular" cus-
tomers who stop by to say hello and
scout for new accessories and furni-
ture. If you are in the market for fake
food and drinks...you can find that
"I have made some great new friends
and reconnected with old friends in
this area," says Kathy. "Having lived
here in Apollo Beach for 19 years, it is
like coming home. My children grew
up here. It's such a pleasure to bring
something unique and different to the
town I love. If you're going to take a
chance on a new venture, you might
as well make it a good experience. I
look forward to coming to work."
You can see for yourself at "Best...
Again!!" located at 6024 US Hwy
41N. in the original Apollo Beach
Shopping Center at US 41 and Fla-
mingo Rd. It's the shop in the comer
of the building. If you like the thrill
of the hunt, it might be your kind of
Beatles music festival and silent auction to benefit
Beatle fans in our area can now buy RARE Beatle items at the Beatles
Music Festival and Silent Auction scheduled for May 1 at the Lake Osprey
Plaza in Lakewood Ranch, FL (1-75, exit 213). The event will begin at 2:00
pm with a pre-bidding viewing of the 50+ auction items. Bidding will begin
at 3:00 pm and last until 6:00 pm. Bid items include rare Beatle and Beatle-
related items, such as pictures from The Ed Sullivan Show, a Paul McCa-
rtney & Wings crew jacket from the '70's, and a Travelin' Wilburys guitar
with original case. The cost to bid on the items is $10, with proceeds going
to Alzheimer's. A list and pictures of the bid items are available by visiting
the website betterthanlennon.com
The Alzheimer's Association Memory Mobile will be on site for the event.
Among the services offered are caregiver training, memory screenings, and
family care planning assistance.
The highlight musical event of the day will be a performance by The Glass
Onion, a popular and talented Beatle-tribute band based in Sarasota. The
show will be held in The Cabaret, a cozy nightclub in Osprey Plaza, and
will last from 5-8 pm. The cost is $6, half of the proceeds benefiting Al-
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Positive Talk The end is near. How are you doing?
by William Hoages
No, this is not a religious col-
umn, but the question still stands.
This year, I hope you established
goals you wish to accomplish be-
fore the year ends. It is important
that you continually take stock of
those goals and determine what
you must do in order to take them
from goal to reality. Don't let
some small adversity or minor bar-
rier cause you to stop prior to your
dream coming true. A little more
effort can transform a failure into
You've heard of Thomas Edison,
but do you know the name Elmo
Dorfinmeyer? Elmo also worked
on the electric light bulb-or as
he called it, the phosphorific orb.
Unfortunately, Elmo got distracted
just before he was to throw the
switch and went on to start another
project. We don't know if his phos-
phorific orb would have worked or
not because, since Edison had beat
him to the punch, or should we say
to the switch, he abandoned the
project and sold the prototype orbs
for mini-fish bowls. He did be-
come big in the fish bowl industry,
but history remembered Edison.
Then, there was Uris Tooksberry
who spent many years perfect-
ing an engine that would power a
sailing vessel, but because all his
friends laughed at him and called
his contraption "Tooksberry's
folly," he delayed releasing his
discovery to the media. A fellow
by the name of Robert Fulton fol-
lowed through and put an engine
on a sailing vessel. Sure enough,
they did call it "Fulton's folly" but
it worked and history remembers
Robert Fulton as being the first
person to provide steam propul-
sion to ships. As an aside, since he
had been so successful at making
his friends laugh at his ideas, Uris
went onto a long and distinguished
career as a baggy pants comedian
on the burlesque circuit
Edison and Fulton followed their
dreams. They earned their place in
history. They did this by not let-
ting anything get between them
and the successful attainment of
their goal. What about Elmo and
Uris? Did they exist, or are they
just figments of my imagination?
If you guessed figments, you're
right. History rarely takes time to
chronicle the name of almost rans.
History does not acknowledge all
those at the starting line; it records
only those who have the staying
power to finish the race first. But
Elmo and Uris may have existed.
If you, like Uris, have failed to
complete a project because others
did not share your dream, heed the
words of American journalist Her-
bert Swope who said, "I cannot
give you the formula for success,
but I can give you the formula for
failure-which is: Try to please
everybody." Edison, on the other
hand, would have applauded Mark
Twain when he said, "Let us be
thankful for fools. But for them
the rest of us could not succeed."
Elmo (if he existed) was indeed
foolish to allow himself to be side-
tracked from his goal and, in turn,
allow Edison to reap the glory.
Robert Browning said it best, "A
minute's success pays the failure
of years." You may be on the verge
of success. Review your goals and
keep on trying.
Hodges is a nationally recog-
nized speaker, trainer, and syn-
dicated columnist. Hodges may
be reached at Hodges Seminars
International, PO. Box 89033,
Tampa, FL 33689-0400. Phone
813-641-0816. Web site: http://
A horseshoe crab is part of a touch tank display at MarineQuest
Mark your calendar for MarineQuest 2010
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and
Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) will open its doors to the public on
Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for MarineQuest 2010. Visi-
tors can explore the world of science at the FWRI headquarters located
at 100 8th Ave. S.E., in downtown St. Petersburg.
The 16th annual MarineQuest is a free event that allows visitors of all
ages to experience science firsthand with more than 60 exhibits. Visi-
tors can check out live animals in touch tanks, interact with some of
Florida's top scientists and learn about current fish and wildlife research
in Florida. Special activities for children include wildlife origami, face
painting, the Japanese art of "gyotaku" fish painting and "reel" fishing
For additional information on MarineQuest 2010, including b-roll vid-
eo and photographs from previous years, visit http://research.MyFWC.
News Release Deadlines: Thursday 4 P.M.
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Spring has sprung
Spring is upon us and with that
comes renewal, rebirth and of
course, warmer weather. I happen
to think the air even smells fresher,
but that could be because the buds
are blooming and rain showers
bring spring flowers. The birds
are singing and I have been spot-
ting baby animals, another sign of
spring. One little baby I spotted
was a tiny rabbit, which also has
represented the holiday of Easter.
I remember singing a song as a
child having to do with hippity-
hoppity Peter Cottontail and how
he would come down the bunny
trail and Easter was on its way.
But why does the rabbit bring Eas-
ter with it? After some research
online, I found out that the rabbit
is a symbol of fertility and is asso-
ciated with the Greek Goddess Eo-
stre, from whom the word Easter
is derived. Actually it wasn't the
rabbit that was chosen as a symbol
originally, it was the hare a larger
version of a rabbit. Eostre was as-
sociated with fertility and so are
hares because they procreate eas-
ily. Eggs are also a well known
symbol of easter because it repre-
sents birth and new life. Another
reason that this hopping fuzz ball
is part of Easter is because it was
symbolically linked to the moon.
The phases of the moon determine
the date of Easter. It is the first
Sunday after the first full moon of
the spring equinox.
Although rabbits are cute little
animals and are associated with
springtime and Easter, some people
make the mistake of buying baby
bunnies for gifts to celebrate this
holiday. But they are so cute, why
is it a mistake? Rabbits can live to
be over 16 years old and need as
as a family cat
or dog. They
don't bark or
yelp, but com-
such as a nose
S twitch or an
ear flop and the
owner needs to
be fully aware
of the body
Karey Burek Photo Owning any
type of animal
is a big respon-
sibility and shouldn't be taken
lightly. Instead of actually buying
an animal as a gift, you could do-
nate to an animal rescue society in
your recipients name or give choc-
olate bunnies instead; they are just
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LAST WEEK TO REGISTER
This is your last chance to register for the Spring Trade Fair! The event
is coming up from 8 AM to 2 PM on Tuesday, April 6 at the Community
Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. in Sun City Center. This is always
a relaxed and informative event; free to the public. Outside refreshments
provided by Kiwanis of Sun City Center, inside Bingo will be presented
by Pat Zaidel and I guarantee you that you will meet some of the nic-
est, most professional business people around. All of our exhibitors are
members of the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce so if you are
a member, don't miss out and reserve your booth TODAY there are a
few spaces left and they are going fast! And if you have been consider-
ing joining our busy Chamber, now is the time. Join up and join in the
professional growth of your business!
Did you know that we have a wildlife sanctuary in our area? Elmira's
Wildlife provides continuing care life management and enrichment to
exotic and wild animals in need of a home. They rely entirely on indi-
vidual donations and have no paid employees. Check out their website
at www.elmiraswildlife.org or call them at 941.776.8975 for more infor-
mation. The volunteers are usually outside helping with the animals but
your calls are important to them so please leave a message and they'll
get back to you!
The Knights of Columbus Council 7282 is holding a Pancake & Sau-
sage Breakfast on Sunday, Aprill 11 from 9 AM to 1:30 PM. You may
eat in or take out. Donation is $6.00 and you may buy tickets in the Sun
City Center Chamber lobby on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
from 9 AM to 4 PM and on Wednesday from 9 AM to Noon.
We appreciate your support of the Chamber and all the events we pro-
mote. Stop in and visit us we have a lobby full of vendor brochures and
business cards as well as tourism flyers. Or call us at 813.634.5111 for
referrals and general community information. Or ea on the Hillsborough/
Manatee ElaineBrad is President ofthe
Sun City CenterArea Chamber of
Commerce. She can be reached
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Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the
Arts lists award winners
The names of the winners for the
2010 Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts:
BEST OF SHOW:
Rolly Ray Reed $1,500 (Mixed Media)
"u TECO Energy Award of Excellence:
Paul Shatz $750 (Photography)
AWARD OF DISTINCTION:
Wendy Hill $525 (Print Making)
AWARD OF MERIT:
Hua-Yoa Tung $200 (Mixed Media)
Fred Fisher $200 (Mixed Media)
Peter Gerbert $200 (Acrylics)
Bill Darrah $200 (Mixed Media)
Bonnie Eastwood $200 (Fibers)
Richard Sanders $200 (Oils)
Peg Miller $200 (Jewelry)
East Bay Junior Varsity girls pose before the game.
Laura Bailey Photos with Leonards Photography
AWARD OF HONOR:
Tom Krause -$125 (Acrylics)
Robert Ferguson $125 (Oils)
Michelle Chang $125 (Ceramics)
Barbara DeTullio $125 (Ceramics)
Anisa Steward -$125 (Jewelry)
Moose Rood $125 (Photography)
Joan Wedge- $125 (Jewelry)
Tess DiRenzo $125 (Stained Glass)
Frank Gabriel $125 (Wood)
Attendance was 8,000 which includes children, 12 and under, who do
not pay admission.
Even though the festival site, due to the heavy rainfall was quite
muddy and wet, the festival was a success with many artists stating "it is
a buyer's festival," so they definitely will be back. Artists also said they
would return, because the staff goes above and beyond and surpasses
Indians win season opener
East Bay Junior Varsity Girls' Flag Football opened the season with a win over Durant, winning 20-0. QB
Amber Jacobus ran for a TD and threw 2 TDs, one to Kayla Mayfield and one to Kayla Cyrus who took a short
pass and ran 55 yards for the score.
The varsity had a more difficult time facing a talented Cougar team. Durant scored on its first possession to
take the lead 6-0. The Indian defense then held them scoreless the remainder of the game with 7 interceptions.
The offense struggled but scored on a 52 yard run by Essence Crum in the 4th quarter. The teams went into
overtime. East Bay struck first with a Stephanie WIlliams' pass to Andrea Owens for the TD while Janielle
Rodriguez caught the extra point. Three plays later Megan Loomis intercepted the ball to seal the victory.
Ansley Lane Browning was born
March 12, 2010. Savannah and
Keith Browning of Riverview are
the proud parents.
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March 15, 2010. The proud parents
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Reading for success
(NewsUSA) -- We read direc-
tions to perform a task, we read
newspapers to be informed and we
read novels for the literary expe-
rience. Students are now required
on state exams to have solid read-
ing skills, and children who do not
master "reading for different pur-
poses" may have difficulty com-
pleting job-related tasks or reading
for enjoyment as an adult.
As students become sophisticat-
ed readers, their reading behaviors
become more analytical and their
thinking more abstract. They begin
to dissect words for meaning while
expanding their vocabularies.
The more students read, the more
enjoyable reading becomes and
the more reading skills are used
in real-life situations. These skills
transfer to classroom learning and
may lead to higher standardized
To help parents nurture their
children's reading behaviors, the
experts at Sylvan Learning, the
leading provider of tutoring to stu-
dents of all ages and skill levels,
recommend that parents spend
at least 10 to 15 minutes a day
engaged in a language arts activ-
ity with children. Sylvan offers
tips for encouraging "reading for
Encourage reading a variety
of texts, including books, poems,
magazine articles, manuals, cook-
books and comic books.
Look at every reading oppor-
tunity as a chance to strengthen
Identify a purpose for reading
anything that includes text. This
could be a menu, advertisement,
recipe, textbook or a full-length
novel. Is the purpose to entertain,
inform, describe or persuade?
Actively engage children in the
reading process. Ask children to
explain the main characters, plot,
conflict, setting or lesson in a sto-
ry. Encourage them to explain the
purpose of an ad in a magazine.
Ask your child to summarize the
steps needed to complete a set of
instructions or perform a task.
Encourage students to para-
phrase what they learn from every-
thing that they read.
The Internet also provides read-
ing opportunities for children of
all ages. For example, www.Book-
Adventure.com is a free, Sylvan-
created interactive reading moti-
vation program. Children choose
books from more than 7,000 titles,
take short comprehension quizzes
and redeem accumulated points for
small prizes. Book Adventure also
offers teacher and parent resources
to help children develop a lifelong
love of reading.
For more educational resources
for children in grades pre-K
through 12, visit www.Sylvan-
MARCH 25, 2010
MARCH 25, 2010
Tampa Bay boaters: Manatees on the move
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
cautions boaters in the greater
Tampa Bay area to be on the look-
out for manatees moving into
feeding areas from warm-water
refuges. Almost 300 manatees are
moving out of the Tampa Electric
Company (TECO) discharge canal
into shallow-water feeding areas to
the north off Gibsonton and south
near Apollo Beach. Boaters should
slow down and strictly obey post-
ed speed restrictions in manatee
The FWC urges people to take
special care to avoid coming close
to these marine mammals that are
already stressed because of the
prolonged cold snap.
"The greatest danger of boat
strikes to manatees occurs when
high concentrations of these mam-
mals move out of warm-water
refuges and head toward feeding
areas. Boaters should use extreme
care as this pattern develops," said
Capt. Roger Young, FWC law en-
forcement supervisor for Hillsbor-
ough and Pinellas counties.
FWC law enforcement officers
have increased patrols and are
strictly enforcing manatee-protec-
tion-zone speed limits to aid the
animals during this period when
they are most vulnerable to vessel
To avoid striking manatees, ves-
sel operators should wear polar-
ized sunglasses to help them spot
the creatures in the water, and
watch for the large, tell-tale cir-
cular slicks on the surface of the
water (manatee footprints) that in-
dicate the presence of manatees.
If you would like more informa-
tion on Florida's manatees, visit
MyFWC.com/Manatee or call the
FWC's regional office in Lake-
land at 863-648-3200. To report
a dead or distressed manatee, call
the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline
at 888-404-FWCC (3922).
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Marlene Greenberg Photos
Mason is white (mostly) with a
gray domestic medium hair mix.
He has a big patch of gray on
his face and a patch of gray on
his hind quarters. He was res-
cued by one of the volunteers
from a home that the family had
abandoned. He is a very playful
and loving boy who loves to be
indoors. He loves to be petted
and tickled under his chin. Ma-
son has been neutered and is
up-to-date on his shots. He will
be micro chipped prior to adop-
tion. Please give Mason your
loving home for his very own.
C.A.R.E. is open 10 AM to 3 PM
on Tues. Sat. For directions
visit www.CareShelter.org or
Kelsey is a sassy Terrier mix.
She and her baby boy (Cramer)
were found wandering in a rural
area with long chains attached
to their necks. Kelsey is a loving
lady who bounces up and down
with the intention of giving you a
big wet kiss on your lips. As part
of her adoption, Kelsey will be
spayed, microchipped, brought
current on her shots, and treat-
ed for Heartworm. C.A.R.E. is
open 10 AM to 3 PM on Tues. -
Sat. For directions visit www.
CareShelter.org or call 813-645-
Camp Bayou hosts Spring Open House
Camp Bayou is hosting a Spring Open House Saturday, April 17, from
Schedule of Activities:
8am: Great American Cleanup begins- register at Keep Hillsborough
9 am: Trail games begin- Butterfly Blingo, Scavenger Hunt, Geocach-
ing, Letterboxing and more...
10 am: Wetland Walk-n-Wade Take a walk through the wetlands to
the river to see what critters you can net. Your feet WILL get wet!
11 am: Nature activities and crafts- get into the outdoors with a variety
of nature-related projects including a few citizen science options.
Noon: Spring Member BBQ- Free for current members or become a
member for as little as $10. Pulled pork and hot dogs provided by Camp
Bayou. Bring a side dish or dessert to share (optional).
1 pm: Nature presentation- TBA
On-going throughout the day: Fossil Museum open, Fossil pit dig (for
small fee), Nature Center open, 3 trails through varied habitats, Canoe
launch open, Native People's Camp, Native plants for sale and Cart
tours every half hour beginning at 9:30 am.
All the activities are family-friendly. This event supports No Child Left
Inside- http://www.nclicoalition.org/) and is part of National Environ-
mental Education Week (http://www.eeweek.org/), as well as an oppor-
tunity to Get Outdoors Florida! (http://getoutdoorsflorida.org).
Camp Bayou is neither a campground nor a summer camp. It was an
RV park before the County's ELAP program purchased the land but it
is now open for day use only to the general public. Through volunteers,
donations, membership and grants, the RCDF offers pre-scheduled pro-
grams to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families plus it's open
from Thursday- Saturday from 9am-2pm for passive recreational pur-
suits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks. Gen-
eral admission is still FREE.
The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a public- private partner-
ship between the non-profit Ruskin Community Development Founda-
tion, Inc. (RCDF) and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Con-
servation. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR674 at the end of
24th St SE in Ruskin. More information is on the web at http://www.
campbayou.org or call 813-641-8545.
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Free cart tours on the half hour
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MOWW celebrate their 17th birthday
The birthcay cake for the Seventeenth Anniversary of the Sun City
Center Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars was cut by Com-
mander Ed Miller, Lt. Col. Gordon Bassett, Captain Jack Seelye and
Lt. Col. Harry Lascola at the chapter's February meeting. All are re-
tired. Bassett is the current chapter commander; the others are past
COPD Support Group to meet
The Sun City Center COPD support group will meet at 10:30 a.m. on
Thursday, April 1, in Room 8 of the Conesta Hall Building of the Prince
of Peace Church.
They will continue with their support mission. This time they will con-
centrate on communication skills people need to get the ear of the medi-
cal caretakers, ask questions, discuss concerns. Everyone gets a chance
All residents and their partners as well as interested caregivers in the
area are invited to attend. An elevator is available.
206 N ANDOVER PL #75......... $29,900
1902 ANDOVER ST #199........ $34,900
205 KINGS BLVD #C-65.......... S35.0.,
2230 GREENHAVEN ............. $42,500
301 ANDOVER S. PL #186 ...... $43,000
406 FARADAY TR.-B.............. $54,900
2230 GREENWICH DR........... $56,900
502A FALLOW CT................... $57,500
243 GLOUCESTER BLVD.,..... $59,800
1812A FOXHUNT DR ........... $59,900
2202 HIGHCLERE CIRCLE.... .3.'""
1809 FOXHUNT #A..................-,4,900
2111 HARTLEBURY WAY........ .St,.900
501 FINSBURY....................... St.,',900
2109 HAILSTONE CIR........... $70,900
2403 NANTUCKET GRN......... $77,500
2403 LANCASTER DR........... $79,900
2420 NEW HAVEN CIR ........... $79,900
2020 NANTUCKET DR........... $85,000
2478 NEW HAVEN CIR ........... $87,900
2305 GLENMORE CR........... $89,900
317 KNOTTWOOD CT............ $89,500
1012 NICENE CT.................. $93,900
1412 INGRAM ........................ $94,000
1303 IDELWOOD DR.............. $98,500
2413 NANTUCKET FIELD ...... $98,900
1324 IDLEWOOD DR............. $99,000
2423 NEW HAVEN CIRCLE .... $99,000
2414 NANTUCKET FIELD WAY$99,900
2426 NEW HAVEN CIR ......... $109,700
2319 NEW ORCHARD CT..... $110,000
2408 OLD NATUCKET CT.... $112,900
601 MANCHESTER WOODS. $113,000
1018 MCDANIEL ST........... $114,900
1025 NORFORK ISLAND CT.$115,000
978 VILLEROY GREENS....... $117,900
749 MC DANIEL ST............. $118,900
1014 NICENE....................... $119,500
2506 LONIGAN PL............... $119,900
2218 MAYFIELD PALMS ...... 123.' ""
1926 SIFIELD GRNS WAY..... $124,775
1038 MCDANIEL.................. $124,900
728 MASTERPIECE............. $124,990
755 MCDANIEL STREET...... $126,000
2192 ACADIA GREENS......... $134,900
2066 INVERNESS GREENS... $138,500
2029 INVERNESS GRNS DR.. $144,900
2019 SIFIELD GRS WAY........ $144,900
1217 FAIRWAY GRNS DR...... $147,900
2450 SIFIELD GRNS WAY..... $149,500
1138 NEW WINSOR LOOP... $150,000
1002 CHELSEA GRNS CT..... $165,900
1916 ACADIA GRNS DR........ $192,000
2283 SIFIELD GRS WY.......... $214,900
2205 SIFIELD GREENS WY $234,900
2016 GRANTHAM GRNS....... 235.0.I,
2419 KENSINGTON GRNS.... $238,900
2487 KENSINGTON GRNS.... $249,900
2116 SIFIELD GREENS WY... $275,000
202 ISLIP WAY #13................. $79,900
1508 BELLE GLADE AVE....... $85,900
1514 DANBURY DR................. $87,750
1518 ALLEGHENY.................. S- '*,000
660 FORT DUQUESNA ........... S' ',900
1905 BOSKY CT. ...................$105,800
804 LA JOLLA AVE ............... $109,500
1601 CLOSITER.................... $112,000
686 ALLEGHENY................... $119,900
371 CLUB MANOR DR.......... $123,900
1252 DEL WEDD W. ............. $126,000
305 STONEHAN DR............. $144,900
1007 FORDHAM DR............. $150,500
1708 WEDGE CT.................. $158,900
915 EL RANCHO DR............$164,500
1802 ADREAN PL .................. $209,000
1943 S. PEBBLE BEACH ...... .235.,,,
2433 DEL WEBB BLVD.,E..... $239,000
1344 EMERALD DUNES DR.. S3.,5..;.
512 RIMINI VISTA WAY......... $369,900
1137 CANAL ST..........................$83,607
613 BAHIA BEACH..................... 105,000
3302 RIVER ESTATES................ 139,900
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MARCH 25, 2010
Public Meeting will discuss sewage
pipeline construction on CR 672
Hillsborough County Water Resource Services has scheduled a public
meeting on March 30 to discuss a project to construct a new sewage
pipeline on County Road 672 in Balm.
The $3.5 million project will construct approximately 3.5 miles of new
pipeline from U.S. Highway 301 to Balm-Riverview Road. The project
is being funded through Water Resource Services' Capital Improvement
Program. The 24-inch pipeline will provide operational flexibility for the
wastewater collection and transmission system, as well as accommodate
growth in the southern portion of the utility's existing service area.
Construction is expected to begin in May and last a year. Because the
two-lane road is heavily traveled by trucks during the day, a portion of
the work will take place at night.
Water Resource Services staff will be at the meeting to discuss the
project and answer questions about what can be expected during con-
DATE: Tuesday, March 30
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: University of Florida IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Educa-
tion Center, 14625 County Road 672, Balm
All meeting facilities are accessible in accordance with the Americans
With Disabilities Act. Any additional necessary accommodations will be
provided with a 48-hour notice.
For more information, call Steve Valdez, Public Works Department,
(813) 272-5275. (TTY: 301-7173)
W ,WV IN UNIFORM
Brad E. Elchin
Army Pvt. Brad E. Elchin has graduated from
Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton,
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier
studied the Army mission and received instruc-
tion and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core
values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness,
first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navi-
gation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers
He is the son of Lisa Elchin of Ruskin. Elchin is a 2001 graduate of
East Bay High School, Gibsonton.
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Attention, all women of the military sea Get in Line with Yoga
services! Serenity Stream Yoga and Well-
ness Spa will be hosting Betty Eil-
The regular monthly meeting of Tampa Bay WAVES Unit #55 will be er, a certified IyengarYogaInstruc-
held on Saturday, April 3, in the Community tor, and her workshop, "Aligning
Room at St. Matthew's Anglican Church, our Bodies" on April 23-25. Betty
10701 Bloomingdale Avenue, Riverview, at our Bodies on April 23-25. Betty
11 a.m. *has twenty eight years of teach-
11 a.m. ing experience with all ages, sizes,
The guest speaker will be Grace Terry, shapes, colors,e with and cultures.
Representative of Veterans Funeral Care. For more information on the
Membership in the Unit and in the parent Alignment Workshop or any
organization, WAVES National, is open to classes offered at Serenity Stream
all women who served honorably (including Yoga & Wellness Spa, please call
those currently serving) in the U. S. Navy, 813-368-6546 or visit the website
Navy Nurse Corps, Coast Guard, Marine www.8serenitystream.com.
Corps, or Maritime Service, or related re- www.reitysteat.com.
serve components. Mental Health and
Enjoy the fellowship and activities that Aging meeting
will rekindle memories of your military ECnira.Incg.tDI u /VALan.[ ga
service days. In addition you will find op- biggie7/MSS044.7.A024.jpg
portunities to serve your fellow veterans and The scheduled paid membership
support the military forces. For information call Jeannette Green, 813- meeting on April 2, for the MHA
657-9164." Coalition has been cancelled.
Coast Guard Auxiliary kicks off vessel safety check
U.S. CoastGuard Auxiliary Flo-
tilla 79 (Tampa) kicks off its 2010
Vessel Safety Check campaign
on Saturday, April 3, at the West
Marine Store, 3905 W Cypress
Street, Tampa. The Vessel Safety
Checks will be available from 9
AM 2 PM. Appointments are not
needed and there is no cost for the
During the checks at the Cypress
Street location, West Marine will
offer boaters a 15% discount on
the purchase of any safety equip-
ment required to pass the inspec-
tion. After equipment installation,
non-passing vessels can be imme-
A Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel
Safety Check is a 15-minute, no-
cost check of power, sail and per-
sonal watercraft vessels by quali-
fied Auxiliary examiners to ensure
that the vessels comply with fed-
eral and Florida safety and equip-
ment requirements. Citations are
not issued for non-compliances.
A distinctive decal is awarded
upon passing. More Vessel Safety
Check information is available at
Vessel Safety Checks focus on
the presence and condition of re-
quired equipment, including: num-
bers display, registration, personal,
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tinguishers, navigation lights and
overall vessel condition.
Other vessel safety check sched-
ules and locations:
Vessel Safety Checks are avail-
able at 5108 Gandy Blvd. Tampa,
(Gandy Boat Ramp) over the fol-
lowing dates and times:
Wednesday, March 17 through
November 3, 6 PM 7:30 PM.
Saturday, 9 AM -Noon
Sunday, 9 AM Noon
Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel
Safety Checks are also available in
Brandon, Gulfport, St. Petersburg,
St. Petersburg Beach, Ruskin and
other West Central Florida coun-
ties. For details, visit cgaux.net
and use the "Flotilla Finder" link.
Vessel safety checks, together
with the Auxiliary's award-win-
ning classroom boating education
programs give boaters the peace
of mind that their vessels meet re-
quirements and with the skills and
knowledge to become better boat-
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Ruskin Elementary honors Terrific Kids for the month of February
Ruskin Elementary's character trait for the month of February was compassion. The Terrific Kids
are sponsored by the Sun City Center Kiwanis Club. The Terrific Kids are: Andres Rodriguez, Daisy
Ramirez, Evelyn Rodriguez, Jeremy Olvera, Denise Calixtro, Arysa Terry, Alvaro Espinoza, David Caro,
Anna Sermini, Jade Gurerra, Daniela Linares, Shawn Moss, Ramona Valdez, Josue Delessantes, Cris-
tina Ibarra- Galarza, Michael Sylvis, Lisbeth Ramirez, Jose Arias, Darly Figueroa, Breanna Zager, Luis
Galvan, Seth Sarmanian, Elexa Crisp, Olivia Sims, Lauren Robledo, Angelica Benavides, Arron Garcia,
Ashley Cormack, Haven Crisp, Sydney Sims, Victoria Perez, Carolina Tamez, Josue Clavel, Nicole Ga-
raz, Edwin Aldape, Amber Guajardo, Marco Vazquez, Hillary Ramirez, Selena Rodriguez, Diego Duran,
Paola Paxtor, Jaranid Ramirez. The Kiwanis members are Seel Lundy and Joe Nargolwala. Students
not pictured:Casey Harris, Neo Samol, Bryce Blagrove, Antoine Carter, Anthony Fuentes- Rangel, and
Diana Hernandez- Lopez.
Jack Mannon made a hole-in-
one on Monday, March 15 on the
7th hole of Club Renaissance. He
used a 5 iron on the 168 yard hole.
Don Faron and Dick Hartman wit-
nessed the hole-in-one.
Jack Mannon ,
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
This past winter brought us record snowstorms and floods, continuing col-
lapse of the housing market, and partisan paralysis in Washington. I really
looked forward to March 20th, the first day of spring, balmy weather, bloom-
ing flowers, and the Great American Meatout.
Several years ago, it was a local Meatout information table that gave me a
new lease on life by turning me onto a healthful, nonviolent diet of vegetables,
fruits, legumes, and grains. Now in its 26th year, Meatout has grown into the
world's largest annual grassroots diet education campaign, with a thousand
educational events in all 50 states and 32 countries (www.meatout.org).
Meatout's simple message of nonviolence and good health is now touted
by major health advocacy organizations and leading health authorities. The
supportive "World Peace Diet" has become the #1 bestseller on Amazon.com.
Adoption of the Meatout diet has been greatly simplified by the rich selection
of delicious meat and dairy alternatives in our local supermarkets. Additional
transition support and free recipes are available .I I .:.r,. and www.
This 1967 Barracuda S owned by Daniel B. Zajac is March Cruiser of
the Month for the Roamin' Oldies Car Club.
1966 Barracuda is cruiser of the month
A 1966 Barracuda Formula S owned by 20-year-old Daniel B. Zajac of
Brandon is March Cruiser of the Month for the Sun City Center Roamin'
Oldies Car Club.
Daniel, a University of South Florida junior, acquired the car only
about six months ago. "I liked the styling of the Barracuda," he said. In
addition to making upgrades to the engine and transmission, he set about
installing a new wiring harness soon after winning his award.
Collector cars are a family hobby. His father, Army Col. Daniel Zajac,
owns a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad that was also selected as a Cruiser of the
Month. The younger Zajac is an Army ROTC cadet, and also plans a
The Cruiser of the Month is selected by popular vote at the Roamin'
Oldies cruise-in, 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at
Cherry's Restaurant in the Apollo Beach Winn-Dixie Plaza on US41.
The event is free to both entrants and spectators, and the public is wel-
About 100 of the area's finest antique and collectible cars and trucks
are typically on display, accompanied by classic 1950s music played by
DJ Joey Ferrante. The event is sponsored by Thompson's Auto Parts and
Cherry's Restaurant. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.
Public Meeting to discuss skateboard
Hillsborough County will hold a public meeting to discuss the pro-
posed location of the Central Skateboard Park project. The proposed lo-
cation is Providence East Park, 5720 Providence Road in Riverview.
The project includes a 10,000 square-foot outdoor concrete skateboard
park. The estimated design and construction cost for this project is ap-
proximately $500,000, paid through Parks Impact Fees.
Public comment is welcome.
Date: Thursday, March 25
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Providence West Recreation Center
5417 Providence Road in Riverview
All meeting facilities are ADA compliant. For additional assistance,
or for more information, call Steve Valdez, Public Works Department -
Quality Assurance Section, at 813-272-5275 (TTY: 813-301-7173).
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MARCH 25, 2010
Teenage Republican Club holds first
The South Shore Teenage Republican Club will be holding its first
meeting Tuesday, March 30. It is open to teens with an interest in the
U.S.A. and the Republican Party.
They will meet at 5:30 p.m. at
East Coast Pizza, 13340 Lincoln
Road, Riverview and the meeting
is expected to last until 7 p.m.
For more information, search
"South Shore Teenage Repub-
licans" on Facebook or contact
Nicole at (813) 601-4190, lilesln@
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'Intro to Yoga'
Serenity Stream Yoga and Well-
ness Spa, located at 11954 Boyette
Rd., Riverview, will be offering
another 'Intro to Yoga Series' from
1 to 3:15 p.m. April 11 through
Tuition is $75 for the 4-week se-
ries. For more information on the
Beginner Yoga series or any class-
es offered at Serenity Stream Yoga
& Wellness Spa, call (813) 368-
6546 or visit the website www.
Everyone sends greeting cards,
but they are so expensive. Some
of the new popular cards have old-
fashioned black and white images
Acquire old photographs from
grandma or mom and do some
scanning. Print them out yourself
at home or at a print center and
paste them onto card stock. Your
family and friends will love them.
My family has enjoyed cards with
photos of them from even 10 years
If you're real creative, you can
add unique backgrounds or bor-
ders to the photographs before you
print them. These cards are more
likely to be framed than tossed out
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Ruskin VFW Post #6287, 5120 U.S. 41 N. has listed the following
weekly activities. Meetings are: American Legion on 1st Wednesday
each month; VFW and LAVFW on
the 2nd Wednesday each month;
and MAVFW on the 3rd Thursday
Thursday, March 25 Kitchen
open from 5 to 8 p.m. Bar Bingo
at 6 p.m.
Friday, March 26 Fish Fry
from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Karaoke Contest
finals from 7 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, March 27 -Turkey
Shoot at 1:30 p.m. American Legion Fundraiser for Freedom Excur-
sions. Spaghetti Dinner ($6) from 5 to 7 p.m. Music by Gene Cannon
from 7 to 10 p.m.
Sunday, March 28- Texas Hold 'em at 1 p.m. Fire in the Hole at
Monday, March 29- Cribbage at 1 p.m. Wii Games at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 30- Euchre at 1 p.m. Games in lounge from 2 to
5 p.m. Kitchen open. Bingo at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 31- Wii Games at 6 at p.m.
I've read in magazines about people shopping in their own closet, but
I always assumed it was just for clothes. Then last December I found
myself buying razors to shave my legs and I kept thinking I was sure I
had razors somewhere in the big linen closet next to the bathroom. I went
home and dug in the closet and found a pack of razors and several other
items I'd forgotten about. So I'd had enough.
That Sunday I checked the ads in the paper and found out a local craft
store was selling video boxes for $1.50. I bought 15 of them. I chose
VCR boxes because they were smaller and more easily stackable in the
closet than the traditional plastic bins. And they were much less expen-
sive. I labeled each video box with a type of product, such as soap, ra-
zors, dental, body wash, makeup, and cotton balls. Then I went to work.
It took me longer than I thought, but now that I'm done, the closet is
completely organized. Now, whenever I use something up, instead of
going to the store, I go to the closet. Since I was always a sale shopper, I
found that I had a big stash of things that had gotten shoved to the back
of the closet and upper shelves
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Kite Fest planned for March 27
Apollo Beach Beautification is sponsoring a "Kite Fest" from 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 at the Apollo Beach Nature Park in
Apollo Beach. There will be free kites for kids, hot dogs, cookies and
Sewing Guild to
The Brandon/East Bay Chapter
of The American Sewing Guild
will hold its monthly meeting on
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Recreation Center, located at 50
East Sadie St. in Brandon.
Coffee will be served at 9:3
a.m. and the business meeting wil
be at 10 a.m.
For more information, call Clair
Smith at 633-2397.
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Hillsborough County Fire Rescue is now accepting applications for
its Summer Youth Academy, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
on June 14-25 at the Fire Rescue Training Facility, 3210 S. 78th St. in
Tampa. The application is due by April 15. Participants must meet cer-
tain requirements and will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The core curriculum of the Summer
Youth Academy is to learn about first aid, .
CPR, disaster preparedness, physical fit-
ness, teambuilding, leadership, character
development and hands-on experience with
fire equipment, such as fire hose, fire ex-
tinguisher, ladder truck, etc. This Academy
provides students highly structured activi-
ties where they learn to resist peer pressure,
and drugs and violence.
Criteria for Summer Youth Academy:
Participants must be ages 14-17
Must complete and submit an applica-
tion, found at www.hillsboroughcounty.org/firerescue.
Cost of the academy will be covered for all participants; however,
participants are responsible for obtaining and providing proof of a sports
physical examination to Fire Rescue before beginning the Academy.
This physical may not be dated prior to Dec. 15, 2009.
Accepted applicants must attend an orientation session on from 10
a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 24 at Hillsborough County Fire Rescue,
2711 E. Hanna Ave. in Tampa.
For more information, parents/guardians of interested participants call
Chip Shields, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue at (813) 393-9429.
VFW Post #8108
Riverview Memorial VFW Post
#8108, 7504 Riverview Dr. sched-
ule is as follows:
Meetings: Men's Auxiliary --
1st Thursday at 7 p.m.
2nd Tuesday at 7 p.m.
VFW Post --
2nd Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon, $6
Monday: Bar Bingo at 6:30 a.m.
Spaghetti from 5 to 7 p.m. $6
Fish Fry from 5 to 7 p.m.;
Fish, $6; Combo, $7
Karaoke from 8 to ?
Saturday: Karaoke from 8 to ?
2nd Tuesday: Ladies' Auxiliary
Meeting at 7 p.m.
3rd Tuesday: VA Hospital Bingo
-- Leave Post at 6 p.m.
$6 All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
from 5 to 7 p.m.
Carry-out orders available.
Call ahead -- 671-9845
Men's Auxiliary Meeting at 7 p.m.
Post Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Fish Fry from 5 to 7 p.m.
(all you can eat fish -- $6)
Carry-out orders available.
Call ahead -- 671-9845
They also serve Chicken Tenders,
Shrimp or combos for $7.
Each dinner comes with fries,
coleslaw, and a hush puppy.
Karaoke by Jeff at 8 p.m.
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Chad A. Coe
Air Force Airman Chad A. Coe graduated
1 from basic military
S training at Lackland Air'
Force Base, San Antonio,
The airman completed an intensive, eight-
week program that included training in military
discipline and studies, Air Force core values,
physical fitness, and basic warfare principles
Airmen who complete basic training earn four
credits toward an associate in applied science
degree through the Community College of the i
Coe earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of
Cynthia Fox of Riverview.
The airman is a 2002 graduate of Riverview High School.
Pvt. Nicole Boatright will be graduating from Army Basic Combat
Training at Fort Jackson, SC on April 2, 2010. She is the daughter
of Eileen Burke of Ruskin and is married with a 3-yr-old son and
Nicole is a graduate of Riverview High School. Her brother, Army
Pvt. Ryan Burke is stationed in Korea and will be able to visit home
and attend Nicole's graduation.
Operating committee elected
The SCCWGA 9 Hole League Operating Committee members for
2010 are: Gloria Nunn, Jan Churchill and Jean Corbett. The SC-
CWGA 9 Hole League has reorganized and plays on Thursdays at
Sandpiper Golf Club. New Members are welcome. For information
call Jeanne Nenarella at 642-9885.
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Yairo Medina, Aleisha Hardin, Jaquelin Aguado, Jessica Watts, Mark Nguyen, Leonel Montiel, Angelyna
Lopez, Bryan Garza, Joseph Steadman, Rey Longoria, Armando Martinez-Gonzalez, Angelica Sifuentes,
Cheyenne Walker, Victoria Lewis, Monica Jimenez, and Jocelyn Hinojoza.
Reddick Elementary School's Terrific Kids for the month of March
Reddick Elementary School's Terrific Kids for the month of March are: Alexis Navarro, Liliana Morales,
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Fishing questions answered
If your boat has been in the wa-
ter all winter, you will have a big
job getting the barnacles off the
bottom. If a paint job is needed,
the paint could cost you anywhere
from $159.99 to $209.99 per gal-
lon. Considering the way the econ-
omy is now, why not make a note
to check your boat and clean it be-
fore any major repairs are needed.
Before going back into the water,
be sure you check your engine.
The sea can be unpredictable and
Check your anchor and its line.
Make sure it isn't frayed. Your
anchor is an essential part of boat-
ing safety. Are your life jackets in
good shape? Do you have the right
jackets for the trip and will they
Fit the people on your boat? In-
shore jackets differ from those you
will need for long trips in deep
If you trailer your boat, please
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RCMA Wimauma Academy Honors March Terrific Kids
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month they had two sets of sisters honored: Front row: Judith Jose, Giovanny Vasquez, Emilio Cas-
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This past week. Don't leave your
rig unattended. Anyone could hook
on to your trailer and take it and
your boat while you are gone.
Phone questions this week went
on my answering machine. Jerry
wanted to know if a bait net had a
handle. The answer is not the one I
know about. It is a smaller version
of a throw net and has a smaller
mesh to hold the bait fish. Some
anglers call it a cast net. You do
throw it, but in a circle over the
Those who can't master a cast
net can catch pinfish for bait. You
will need a block of chum, a grassy
flat, water depth of at least three
feet,plus a small hook rigged with
small shrimp or squid and a half
ounce sinker. It won't take long to
get a few dozen for your bait well.
The answer to the question:
"Where are all the kingfish?" is I
haven't heard of any being caught
this past week. I believe it has
been too cold for them in our wa-
Thanks to fisherman Miller who
was painting our hallway for the
kind words. He asked if I was the
lady who wrote "Fish Tales." He
said his father lives by my column
and always refers to it before he
Sheepshead have graced more
dinner tables this week than any
other species. They seem to favor
all kinds of weather and are being
caught in open water, from bridg-
es, canals and private piers.
Many anglers have mastered the
"nudge and jerk," to land this fish
by setting the hook in their boney
mouths. With their lean white
meat, they have been served in
vegetable stews, stuffed with crab
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meat, baked, broiled, fried and
even added to fruit salads.
Mullet is a fish caught by a cast
net. However, there are anglers
who have mastered the art of catch-
ing them with hook, line and soft
bait. Some wear pouches around
their waist with soft white bread
balls to bait their hooks while oth-
ers make balls out of oats. The
trick is to catch this soaring fish
before the bait dissolves.
As you sail out to sea, many dol-
phins swim along side your boat. I
read this week that North Carolina
claims all the dolphin have moved
from South Florida up there and
they are now the headquarters for
Redfish are still a popular catch
and can be caught in most all wa-
terways including rivers, lagoons,
canals, the bay and rivers. You
may keep one per person a day of
legal size. They are large enough
to bake or fillet and are a good
Trout are plentiful in the flats.
The silver trout seemed to be a
popular catch this week. One an-
gler said if you caught a trout, a
flounder was usually near by.
If you were fishing the warm
power plant waters this week, you
were catching cobia. Some anglers
pulling into Williams Park told me
that they were an easy catch this
week in that warm spot. They are
good to eat. Try soaking them in
milk before cooking. Some ham-
merhead sharks also were seen on
some boats this week.
Also some larger than usual bass
were caught in Lake Manatee. Ja-
son was out there this week with
his fishing buddy who made a
Freshwater large mouth bass are
in the upper Alafia and Little Man-
atee Rivers, as are freshwater cats.
Fish our waterways, because you
live in the backyard of one of the
best fishing spots in the country.
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The De Soto Heritage
Festival SeaFood Fest will take
place Friday from 5pm-10pm, Sat-
urday llam-l10pm, and Sunday
from noon-7pm on the waterfront
in downtown Bradenton. The riv-
erfront festival features over 40
fresh seafood vendors, kids ac-
tivities, arts and 8
and Cas Haley
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mission is free. .,r-
Visit http://sea- '
for more information and direc-
The Bloom' N Garden
Chalk Festival is a weekend
family festival in Safety Harbor
with a garden show, music, enter-
tainment and the main event,
art swill create temporary
masterpieces along the sidewalks
and in- -
artist swill create temporary
masterpieces along the sidewalks
CURRENT SCC OBSERVER
of Main street, the
S art will be judged
and prizes awarded.
A kids chalk garden
is available for the
budding artists. The
festivities will be on
Main Street between
Bayshore Blvd. and
Eighth Ave from
10am to 10pm on
Saturday and Sunday. This event
Come to the University of
Tampa for GreenFest from
9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday at
401 W Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa.
The gardening and nature festival
will feature garden accessories,
plants and supplies, plus work-
shops and talks on growing roses,
herbs, topiaries, organic garden-
ing, drought resistant plants and
more. Also, there will be kids'
activities, tool sharpening, and
food for sale. Festival supports
restoration of the park. Admission
is $3 with children 11 and young-
er free. For more information visit
call (813) 777-
Kite Fest is .
taking place from
11am to 1pm at the
Apollo Beach Nature
Park located at 6767 Surf-
side Blvd in Apollo Beach. Free
kites will be provided for children
without kites. Feel free to bring
your own kite, adults can join in
on the fun too. Concessions avail-
able. Call (813) 645-2267 for more
Country star Gretchen
Wilson comes to Jannus
Live at 8pm. Admission is $40
in advance or $45 at the door.
Jannus Live is located at 16
Second St. N in St. Pete. For more
information or to purchase tickets
Al Lopez Park will host the trav-
eling outdoor movie series for the
family presented by Tampa Parks
and Recreation and Tampa The-
atre in HD on a 40-foot inflatable
screen. This week: "Where the
Wild Things Are." Gates
open at 5:45 p.m. This event is
free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets
and arrive early. The movie be-
gins at 7:45pm. Al Lopez Park is
located at 4810 N Himes Ave. in
Tampa. For more information visit
Festa Italiana's 13th
Annual Event takes place on
Sunday, March 28 when Centen-
nial Park and Historic Ybor City
host a true taste of Italy. Over thir-
ty Tampa Bay area restaurants and
caterers present flavorful special-
ties and you'll also want to enjoy
the flavor of the Grape Stomping
presentation guests will even
have a chance to participate in the
stomping. Vigo & Alessi Prod-
ucts La Cucina Italiana will fea-
ture cooking demonstrations by
MARCH 25, 2010
ters, children's activities, amuse- Arvey Horn Band. The show be-
ment rides, magic shows, face
painting and more. For more infor-
mation, visit their website at www.
Blues Blast hosted by
Skippers Smokehouse will
feature a line-up including Larry
Garner, Blues Pig, R.J. Harman,
Josh Lamkin and Automatic Heat,
Joel Sanders Band and the Steve
gins at 4pm with advanced admis-
sion for $12 or $15 at the door.
Skippers Smokehouse is located at
910 Skipper Road in Tampa. For
more information or to purchase
tickets call (813) 977-6474 or visit
Yvonne Ponsors new book,
of a Waterman" is available
Yvonne Ponsor's new book, "The
Death of a Waterman," has just been
published and is available at Ama-
zon, Barnes and Noble, Borders and
other book stores.
This contemporary novel is about
a society which owes its loyalty to
the mystic past, an island that spans
the centuries. Set on the shore of the
Chesapeake Bay, the novel intro-
duces the inhabitants of this island '
world: the skipjack sailors who de-
pend on the Bay and its moods; Seth
and Helen, Paul and Dee, who guide
and protect the destiny of the island
and the people; the customs and
traditions of a community which
guards its secrets and punishes its YVONNE P
The narrator, Cassie Harris, while not native to the island, has roots
that go back many generations. She knows the place and its people well.
But she is stunned by the events of that dreadful summer, one which
brought outrage, suspicion, and, finally, murder to their lives. Nothing
can ever be the same again. Or will it?
Yvonne Ponsor has lived in Sun City Center for 16 years. She has
served as chairman of the SCC Library. She founded and served four
years as President of The Low-Vision Club. She recently retired as Dean
of the Community Church College. She was particularly gratified to be
chosen as a "Woman of Distinction" in 2008 by the American Associa-
tion of University Women.
The Death of a Waterman was generated by recollections of her visits
to the Eastern Shore and is enhanced by her study and teaching of my-
thology. She intertwines the past and present, the characters of myth and
legend, to explore the ever-changing world we live in.
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MARCH 25, 2010
Symmes Road currently is under-
way. Even supporters of the project
acknowledge, though, that the route
to successful completion is likely to
be a long one.
The rehab project began last week
with tenting of the structure to rid it
of termites as well as of any other
unwanted infestations which have
taken up residence during the years
the building has been empty and
unused, according to John Brill,
spokesman for Hillsborough's
Parks, Recreation and Conservation
The next objective is drying in the
building, ensuring that no further
structural damage occurs as plan-
ning for full refurbishing of the ob-
long layout continues, Brill said. To
that end, repair of the failed, leaking
roof, of any damaged roof rafters
and replacement of windows all
wood components are foreseen
in the near future, he added. Beyond
that point, it's a matter of finding
more money, he indicated.
Monies underwriting the project
at this time are federal community
block grant funds, Brill explained,
and department staff now is apply-
ing for another block grant to con-
tinue the effort. In addition, staff is
seeking county-level funds through
Hillsborough's P 1' money" pro-
gram, he said. These funds are set
aside for renovation, repair, replace-
ment and maintenance applications
in connection with worthwhile pub-
lic buildings existing in the county-
Just how much money will be
required? There is not yet an esti-
mated total cost to restore the old
Gardenville School to a reliable
functionality, Brill said. Nor is there
any timeline for completing the re-
But, there's no lack of functions
for the structure once restored. With
its walls and flooring repaired, its
rest rooms rehabbed, its warming
kitchen returned to usefulness, the
building that is about 110 feet long
and 40 feet deep would be pressed
into service as part of the community
recreational complex that now sur-
rounds it, Brill said. It would serve
the community as a public meeting
site as well as provide additional
space for the growing after-school
programs fielded by the newer Gar-
denville Recreation Center just east
and south of the old school. And,
such uses would not be new for the
old building; it was the community's
designated rec center after its clo-
sure as an educational facility.
In fact, Dave Ramirez, the senior
recreation specialist who manages
the Gardenville facility, said the
new rec center opened in 2005 now
is at capacity in terms of available
staff and services. Since his facil-
ity became a child-care licensed
center in December, 2008, demand
has increased, he said. If the brick
building a stone's throw to the west
is repaired, his after-school and va-
cation outreach to the community's
youngsters could be expanded, he
said. More space would mean more
services for more kids and therefore
more staff to handle the load, he
That's not a universally held view,
however. Pete and Jeanie Johnson,
lifelong local residents who both
began their educations in the Gar-
denville School, foresee even more
vital uses for the monies that will
be required to rehabilitate the old
The school was opened in the
mid-1920s, providing two large
classrooms one at each end of the
building in which two teachers in
each classroom each led two class-
es, thereby teaching first through
eighth graders on a daily basis, the
Johnsons recalled this week. The
center portion of the structure was
dedicated to an auditorium suf-
ficient for the entire student body.
The Johnsons, now retired, spent
their elementary school years there,
she for seven years before transfer-
ring to Wimauma Elementary in the
eighth grade and he through all of
Gardenville's eight grades. What's
more, Jeanie Ekker Johnson's par-
ents, Marie Tanner Ekker and Al-
fred Ekker, also attended the Gar-
denville facility as youngsters.
The little school was closed,
however, in 1959 as the then-new
Gibsonton Elementary was opened.
And, while the building eventually
was modified and utilized as the
community's recreation center for
some years, it continued to deterio-
rate, Jeanie Johnson noted. After its
service as a rec center ended, the
structure suffered substantial wa-
ter damage due to the leaking roof,
including flooring decayed to the
point of breaking up. The net result,
she added, is that today the building
interior, inside the red brick walls,
also is marked by destructive, un-
The cost of ridding the building
of its mold will be significant and,
when added to the costs of other
portions of the planned rehabilita-
tion, "it just doesn't compute," she
said. She questioned the wisdom of
any rehab efforts in the old build-
ing at this stage in its deterioration,
asserting that the county "doesn't
have the money to pay staff (in the
new rec center), yet they can find
the money to do this."
For his part, Pete Johnson predict-
ed the old school, rehabilitated, will
become "a money pit; a constant
drain to keep it up." And, he added,
there is nothing left in the building
in any way related to its functions
as a school. He compared the old
school to Ruskin's boarded-up the-
ater, another aging building remem-
bered fondly by old timers but far
beyond its prime and the window
of time for restoration. Many old
structures may be indicative of a
community's earlier days, but they
are not all suited for recapturing
eras past, Johnson said.
A far better use for the hundreds
of thousands of dollars that may be
poured ultimately into the old school
renovation would be a real gymna-
sium; an indoor basketball facility
complete with stadium style seating
adjacent to the new recreation cen-
ter, the Johnsons suggested. Such a
facility would serve the community
to a greater extent and possibly for
less money, they added.
Brill, though, characterized the re-
stored school building as something
for the community to look forward
to. The department would not be
planning the building restoration
if there were not a strong convic-
tion the project can be success-
fully completed, he noted. "We're
just not ready to let it go," he said,
"we're not ready to turn the dozers
loose on it."
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Hite makes an encore for Egmont
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just one of the most well-known
people in the Tampa Bay area but
also, as a resident of Apollo Beach,
he was a South Hillsborough neigh-
Sitting down with Hite and his
wife Bonnie for the first time was
like meeting old friends. They wel-
comed me into their home and set
the stage for some great conver-
sation. Unfortunately, there was a
production problem with the 2001
story no one saw the ending. But
if it bothered Hite that only part of
his story was told, he never men-
Over the years my wife and I
continued to run into him. In 2002,
when a young man committed sui-
cide by flying a small plane into a
downtown building, Hite made ar-
rangements for me to shoot photo-
graphs from a deck of the WFLA
building just across the river from
the skyscraper. Some time later
while I was producing a video,
I called him for help with some
equipment I needed at the last min-
"Just c'mon over," he said with his
trademark booming voice. I arrived
at his house to find him rummag-
ing around in piles of equipment
looking for the piece I needed. He
found it and also discovered it had
a wiring problem. He pulled out a
soldering iron and a few minutes
later, I was on my way and was
able to complete my project.
Throughout the years, I could
always count on seeing him at
fundraisers and benefits. His wife
Bonnie was one of the founders of
CARE, the Critter Adoption and
Rescue Effort shelter in Ruskin.
His commitment to the commu-
nity continued last week with his
appearance for the premiere of The
,lii,, .. i'. The event was held
at Channelside Cinema and also
featured Judith James, one of the
film's executive producers. It was
for a cause near and dear to Hite's
"The first sight I had on Tampa
Bay as I was sailing up [to work at
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was so beautiful. Today, Egmont is
literally half the size or smaller than
it was in 1977 when I first sailed
in. Not only is it a beautiful island
and landfall but it has history. That
history, the fortifications, is falling
into the sea. The island will dis-
appear unless the erosion process
is stopped. That process has been
expedited by using a sandbar [off-
shore near Egmont] to replenish
beaches and 1 .il-iF'..ii homes. As
a result, we are allowing Egmont
Key to disappear."
That was no exaggeration Hite
literally sailed in to work.
"I was on the news in Philadel-
phia, the fourth largest television
market," he said. "But I grew up
around the water. I took the job in
Philadelphia, thinking I could bring
my wooden sailboat. But I then
learned that my boat would dis-
solve in the Delaware River."
He ended up moving his beloved
boat to the Chesapeake Bay, a two-
hour drive away. But it was never
far from his thoughts, particularly
on one cold winter day.
"One day I was out shooting live
shots," he said. "I was standing in
the middle of an expressway, the
windchill factor was about eight
degrees, it was snowing with freez-
ing rain and they put me on the me-
dian divider. I was outside and the
cameraman and crew was inside
the truck with the heat blasting on
them. I had no gloves, no boots. We
were on location for 45 minutes and
I got to spend about four minutes
inside the truck. I got back to the
TV station, my hands were frozen,
I walk to my desk and my phone
rings. It literally rang right then and
it was WFLA offering a job."
Tampa was a much smaller mar-
ket than the big-time of Philadel-
phia. But on that day, there was
nothing for Hite to consider. He
immediately accepted. They then
asked when he could start.
"About a month after the ice
melts," he told them. He was only
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He filed reports of his voyage to
WFLA along the way. Gale Sierens,
his co-anchor for 30 years, along
with a camera crew, were waiting
at the dock to take his lines.
Hite literally grew up with both
television and the news. His fa-
ther, Bob Hite, Sr., was the nar-
rator for the Lone Ranger and
Walter Cronkite's announcer for
the evening news. He was also a
morning anchorman for CBS News
radio. Cronkite was a close fam-
ily friend. While Hite was grow-
ing up, Cronkite was known to
him as 'Uncle Walter.' He was also
well-known for his love of sailing
- something both men gained from
"My mother taught my dad how
to sail," Hite said. "My parents
taught Cronkite to sail. His first
boat was 28 feet, I think, and then
he worked his way up."
Despite friends and family in
high places, Hite earned his own
stripes in the news business. He
joined the U.S. Marine Corps and
became a combat correspondent.
From there, with his distinctive
voice and his cool under pressure,
Hite moved into television news.
He soon became aware of how life
had changed as a result.
Shortly after they were married,
Bonnie, an environmental scien-
tist, had to visit a job site out in the
mangroves which required the use
of their four wheel drive truck.
"She had a pith helmet on she
had snake boots on, she had a car-
tridge belt on with a gun, a machete,
a canteen and a two-way radio. I
thought to myself, there's my wife
going off into the jungle armed to
the teeth and I'm the former marine
going to a job where I'm putting on
makeup and then doing the shop-
ping. There's something wrong
with this picture."
Today, untied from the 6 p.m.
and 11 p.m. nightly news schedule,
Hite revels in his freedom and his
Colorado mountain location.
"I get to go out and play cowboys
and idiots," he said while describ-
ing saddling up a horse or loading
up a four-wheel drive for a day out
Mitch Traphagen photo
Bob Hite, right, along with Judith James, executive producer, talks
to the crowd at Channelside Cinemas attending the Tampa premiere
of the movie The Lightkeepers, starring Richard Dreyfuss. The
event was a benefit for the SS American Victory museum ship and
for the restoration of Egmont Key.
in the mountains. "It's fun. It's a lot
of fun. It's like being 12 years old
Yet for Hite, retirement has been
elusive by choice. He recently re-
turned from shooting a documenta-
ry in Haiti after the January earth-
quake and is currently working on
a documentary of places off the
beaten path in America. But even
with the passing of nearly three
years since his departure, he hasn't
forgotten about the lights and cam-
eras on set.
"It was really a thrill to be on the
air again," he said, referring to his
brief stint on WFLA last week.
Perhaps almost as thrilling as
playing cowboys and idiots.
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Sleep talking' man
* By MITCH TRAPHAGEN
I have to wonder how many of
us, men, in particular, would be
hunkey-dory with our wives re-
cording random bits of sleep-talk-
ing and putting it out on the web
for millions yeah, that's right,
millions to read. And to laugh
about. And to discuss ad-nauseum.
Well, I'm here to tell you that at
least one man is fine with it he's
the Sleep Talkin' Man. In real life,
according to his wife, at least, he
is a polite, mild-mannered busi-
nessman. But in his dreams he is a
tough guy and oh-so-not-political-
ly correct. Whether he is kicking a
gorilla's... uh... posterior or just
using an acid-witted tongue to talk
down a co-worker, his words (and
his wife's blog) have already be-
come the stuff of Internet legend.
No small feat with today's overly
Web. Laced with bravado, self-ab-
sorption and more than a little pro-
fanity, the Sleep Talkin' Man lives
in a dream world that more than a
few people dream they could really
His wife reports hearing him
use words in his sleep that she has
never heard him use while awake.
She takes pains to point out that the
views he expresses while sleep-
ing rarely reflect the attitudes and
opinions he holds while awake.
First there is self-absorption:
"You know, it' not easy being
me. You should try it. I bet that
after just five minutes, you '11 then
have an incredible healthy respect
for how amazing I am."
"Stand further away. You can't
possibly appreciate my greatness
this close up."
Then there is the acid wit:
"Don't worry. I'll find it. That's
what I do, find :hI,, I find you
"You certainly are incredible. A
perfect example of genetics gone
wrong. Now go stand in the corner
and dribble or do sm. ,.., ilin. just as
"Hey, don't... don't say i ii, :
Why don't you put it in an email,
then I can ignore it at my plea-
Of course the animal kingdom
is, apparently, never far from his
"No, not the cats. Don't trust
them. Their eyes. Their eyes. They
know too much. "
"Cuff him! Arrest him! I don't
care, that manatee is going
"Badger tickling: proceed with
"I can't control the kittens. Too
many whiskers! Too many whis-
"I want an elephant race, with
hurdles and .. i,. i l,,.- Watch
them jump over ditches. And we
can stick little dogs on top as jock-
eys. Doggie jockeys."
"Don't leave the duck there. It's
totally irresponsible. Put it on the
swing, it'll have much more fun. "
"I've got a badger a dog, a cat,
and a sack. Now that I've got 'em
you can off All mine. "
"Vampire penguins? Zombie
guinea pigs? We're done for...
done for "
"I don 't want to die! I love sex.
And furry animals."
"I want to see the piglets. Let me
see the piglets. Why can't I see the
piglets? Ohhhh, piglets!...
they stink! I want to go home now.
Stinky piglets. "
And, naturally, there is the outright
bizarre (assuming the other stuff
wasn't bizarre enough for you):
"Don't... Don't put the noodles
and the dumplings : ,'. 1. i. in the
boat. They 'llf;li' The noodles are
bullies. Poor dumplings."
"Of course the zombie loved me.
She gave me her heart. Mnmmmm
-hmmm. And her hand in mar-
"My computer needs more pow-
er Feed it chips. Lots ofchips. With
ketchup. Not mayonnaise."
"Look at me, I'm covered in....
what is it? Ewww. That's not
His sleep-talkin' statements
aren't in paragraphs, of course
- just random things blurted out
in the night. His wife reports that
frequently current or upcoming
events in his life have an impact
on his dreams. Elephants and all
things jungle-related became a
prime source of weirdness just be-
fore the couple left for a vacation
that included a visit to an elephant
While the photos on the site show
him as described, a mild-mannered
young man, there is a good bit of
profanity so the Sleep Talkin' Man
probably should not be consid-
ered safe to visit at work. Or safe
to leave around for your pre-teen
children to view. It is, however,
hilarious. There are also links to
recordings and videos of television
interviews. Take a trip into the se-
riously weird and wonderful world
of a guy's dreams at sleeptalkin-
And fear not! For those who
prefer not to read whacked-out
profanity, we also have something
on the other end of the spectrum:
A web video that allows you to
ride down San Francisco's Market
Street just days before the 1906
earthquake that destroyed the city.
The film was previously assumed
to have been shot in 1905 but re-
cently some have concluded, based
on weather conditions and other
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dressed and behaved. See the luna-
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yet to adopt traffic laws. Put your-
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the many community organizations, food and a health fair along
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Meet the fearless female pilots who carried
Since the release of the film "Ame-
lia Earhart" last year, millions have
seen the aviation legend brought to
life by actor Hilary Swank. Now, fans
of the world's most famous female
pilot will not only have an opportu-
nity to meet Susan Butler, the author
of the biography, "East to the Dawn:
The Life of Amelia Earhart" that was
made into a blockbuster movie, but
will also be able to meet the fearless
female pilots who carried on Amelia
Earhart's dreams of flight. Fantasy of
Flight has just announced that Butler
will serve as a special guest modera-
tor for its March 26 luncheon hon-
oring the WASP-Women Airforce
Service Pilots, the first female pilots
ever to pilot U.S. military aircraft
during World War II.
The intimate, reservations-only
luncheon will be held Friday, March
26, from noonto 1:30 p.m. atthe Or-
lampa Conference Center at Fantasy
of Flight. Tickets are $65 plus tax
per person and include admission to
the afternoon symposium and attrac-
tion after the luncheon. Reservations
are required. For tickets, visit www.
call 863-984-3500, ext. 220. Corpo-
rate tables and individual tickets are
Proceeds from the luncheon will
go to Girls Inc., a national nonprofit
youth organization that inspires all
girls to be strong, smart, and bold,
and provides vital educational pro-
grams to millions of American girls,
particularly those in high-risk, under-
"The Library of Congress theme
for Women's History Month is to
'write women back into history' so
I can't think of a better way to cel-
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on Amelia Earhart's dreams of flight
the experiences of these courageous
aviators through several open-fo-
with Haydu, Mascott, Smith and
Snapp, as well as pennanent and
semi-permanent exhibits and real
aircraft. Fantasy of Flight's WASP
exhibition, which includes aircraft as
well as four separate bays that fea-
After completing flight training a WASP would receive her Santiago Blue flight uniform in preparation
for her first flying assignment. By the time the last class graduated in 1944, 1,074 WASPs had earned
ebrate the great women of aviation
than with this luncheon and sym-
posium," said Kim Long, General
Manager, Fantasy of Flight. "From
Amelia Earhart who laid the ground-
work for women in flight, to her
close friend, WASP founder Jackie
Cochran, to the four WASP who
have so graciously agreed to share
their personal stories with us, to Su-
san Butler who had the foresight to
tell Earhart's story like it had never
been told before, and for all of the
young women of Girls Inc. who will
be emboldened and lifted up by the
proceeds from this luncheon, we at
Fantasy of Flight are proud to share
this important era in American his-
tory with the public."
Butler was inspired by the life of
Amelia Earhart through the passions
of her own mother and grandmother,
who fell in love with flying long be-
fore most people would set foot in
an airplane. Her mother, one of the
few women pilots of her time, was
a member of the Ninety Nines, the
women's flying organization which
Amelia Earhart helped start. The
Washington Post called her Earhart
biography, "The single best book
that we now have on Earhart's life."
Butler now lives in Lake Wales,
Last week, and more than 60 years
since their brave service during
World War, the WASP were official-
ly recognized by the U.S. Congress
with the Congressional Gold Medal.
On March 10, as many as 300 of the
original 1,114 WASP convened on
Capitol Hill to receive the highest
award a civilian can receive from the
United States Congress. The Con-
gressional Gold Medal is bestowed
only upon those who have performed
an outstanding act of service for their
country. President Barack Obama
signed the bill into law in July 2009
to grant the WASP this great honor.
The symposium will bring to life
ture historical, anecdotal, and inspi-
rational newsreel footage, original
photos, and storytelling panels from
the 1940s and today, will serve as the
backdrop for historic appearances
from the real pilots.
Only 1,830 of the 25,000 appli-
cants were accepted into the WASP
program, and 1,074 of those women
earned their silver WASP wings.
Their indomitable founder, Jackie
Cochran, became the first civilian to
receive the U.S. Army Distinguished
Service Medal for her vision and
leadership of the WASP program.
The third in the Living History
Symposium Series, "Victory in the
Sky" will take place Saturday, April
17 featuring American Fighter Aces
in honor of National Military Month.
This elite group of combat pilots shot
down five or more hostile aircraft in
air-to-air combat in World War I and
II, as well as Korea and Vietnam.
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Florida's SHINE program (Serv-
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terminated its contract with Fox
Insurance after determining that
the plan's "significant deficien-
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safety of Fox enrollees in Florida
Floridians affected by the im-
mediate termination of Fox Insur-
ance will not lose prompt access
to their medications, and SHINE
counselors will help them en-
roll in alternative Medicare plans
through May 1. Enrollees who do
not choose a plan by that federal
deadline will be enrolled in a new
plan by Medicare.
Counselors from SHINE, a
program of the Department of
Elder Affairs, will be available
through the state's Elder Helpline,
which can be reached toll-free at
5337). In addition, SHINE will
implement a public awareness
campaign designed to reach af-
fected seniors in their communi-
More information about the ter-
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Request a speaker
Camp Bayou has recently en-
hanced their Speaker's Bureau,
thanks to the efforts of Dr. Diane
Alvarez, Camp Bayou Speakers
Coordinator. In addition to their
basic program which provides
information about amenities and
activities at the Camp Bayou Out-
door Learning Center, there are a
number of new programs on a va-
riety of topics available for a nom-
inal donation to Camp Bayou. A
sampling of the programs include:
A "Native Plants in Our Area"
A "Introducing the Florida Mas-
ter Naturalist Program"
A"Citizen Science at Camp
A "Plants for the Butterfly Gar-
"John Ruskin and Sustain-
A"The Nature Writers"
"Folk Tales from Camp Bay-
A "Ucita: History of Florida Na-
A "The Paleo Fossil Museum"
A"PleinAire painting (with or
To learn more or find out how to
schedule a speaker for your orga-
nization's meeting, contact Diane
at 813-634-7969 or email camp-
Camp Bayou is neither a camp-
ground nor a summer camp. It was
an RV park before the County's
ELAP program purchased the land
Landscaping for Wildlife, is one of several speaker topics available
from Camp Bayou
but it is now opento the general St SE in Ruskin. More information
public for day use only. Through is on the web at http://www.camp-
volunteers, donations, membership bayou.org.
and grants, the RCDF offers pre-
scheduled programs to schools,
youth groups, adult groups and
families plus it's open from Thurs-
day- Saturday from 9am-2pm for
passive recreational pursuits such
as wildlife watching, nature pho- a
tography and trail walks. General Famil
admission is still FREE. Nationwide Wa
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Learning Center is a public- pri- W e A re
vate partnership between the non-
profit Ruskin Community Devel-
opment Foundation, Inc. (RCDF) A u to
and Hillsborough County Parks, u
Recreation and Conservation.
Camp Bayou is located 3 miles
south of SR674 at the end of 24th
Table for Two
Diane Simon recently won the Best of Show honor with her original
watercolor piece, "Table for Two" at the Hooked on Art 2010 Kings
Point Art Show. Over 200 entries were in the show which was judged
by Bruce Marsh and Dolores Coe. Bruce is a landscape oil painter as
well as Professor Emeritus at USF where he taught art from 1968-2003.
Dolores works with diverse media and photographic processes to create
oil paintings. She was a faculty member of Ringling College of Art and
Design from 1961-2005. Artists submitted work under several mediums
including oil/acrylics, watercolor, mixed media, graphics, pastels, char-
coal, pen/ink, pencil and sculpture.
SCC Lawn Bowling singles winners
The Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club Singles Competition com-
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cold and windy conditions.
The weather for the final which was played on Monday March 1 was
considerably better and the spectators were treated to two compelling
The finalists were Sandy Gill and Nancy Spencer in the women's group
and Bob Ferguson and Ben Caudill in the men's group.
The result was -
Ladies singles Champion Sandy Gill,
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MARCH 25, 2010
Observations: Just like old times
OBSERVER NEWS RIVERVIEW CURRENT SCC OBSERVER 21
The Ruskin I re-
turned to in 2010 is
much like the Ruskin
I found in 1994.
There was no boom
back then. Homes
were cheap and jobs
were hard to find.
But in some respects,
that is how it should
have been. It seems
and Panama Canal
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jobs are easier to
find in the places few people want
to live. Certainly, along the Gulf
Coast of Florida, no one expected
them to be easy to find. That said,
there were jobs for the people who
lived here; sometimes it took a
little perseverance, but they were
there. 'Layoff' was a rarely used
term and people, by and large,
were happy with a reasonably qui-
et existence in a town known only
for growing tomatoes. There were
two tack stores in town; there was
a somewhat ramshackle, but none-
theless charming place famous for
pies; and there was the 2-for-$2
breakfast at the Ruskin Cafe.
To me it was paradise. Eventu-
ally, I found a job and then a dif-
ferent one, until I finally found a
home at the Observer News. I had
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one going through
a foreclosure back
then. There was a lull
in the southern part of
and in the relative
quiet was a certain
peace and a sense
of community. Life
was good in so many
ways. My wife and I
lived on our little boat in a quiet
marina just off Shell Point Road. It
was the very essence of everything
we believed Florida should be and
I am incredibly grateful for having
Today, much of the news of Flor-
ida that is served to the nation is
bad news. Stories of foreclosures,
unemployment, crime and, of
course, the bizarre, always seem to
find a place among the wire stories
in newspapers and on local televi-
sion news. But that isn't the true
The boom will be back. That is
a certainty. It will be back with all
of the madness and optimism and
challenges of the last one. I am
certain that it will be back sooner
rather than later. This past winter
was a rough one across the coun-
try, but especially up north. I have
no doubt that tens of thousands of
frost-bitten northerners are decid-
ing right now that life is too short
to put up with that much snow and
cold. Florida is probably looking
pretty good. The truth is that it has
always looked pretty good. With a
little work and perseverance, any-
one can make their dreams come
true down here.
Living on a small sailboat pro-
vided an endless opportunity for
accomplishment. Even the seem-
ingly mundane task of staying in
tune with the weather was impor-
tant. We weren't firmly fixed to
terra firma so even in a marina
we were at the mercy of Nature's
whims. We were in sync with the
tides; we understood the clock-
ing of storm fronts. Keeping the
boat ship-shape, keeping the sys-
tems on the ready, just making for
a comfortable life aboard was an
accomplishment. This little corner
of South Hillsborough provided
the opportunity for us to live our
In 2002 we moved into a house.
In 2005 we sold it for a healthy
profit. There was no sense of ac-
complishment in that. We didn't
really earn that money we were
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just lucky to be in the right place
at the right time. In 2008 we lost
all of it and more selling our next
house. In that case, I felt we were
fortunate to have sold it at all, but
certainly felt no sense of accom-
plishment with that, either.
Exactly one year ago, I arrived in
a small marina in a small town on
the north coast of Cape Cod. My
goal was to sail a new-to-me sail-
boat south. The boat had been ne-
glected for the better part of a de-
cade. I spent a month in that cold,
New England boatyard before I
even marginally had enough con-
fidence to put her into the water;
and when I did it was with serious
misgivings and trepidation. That
she floated; that the engine ran and
the systems worked as expected
provided a major sense of accom-
Over the next two months, I had
challenges that made me ques-
tion my sanity in throwing money
down the drain known as "an old
sailboat." In the Chesapeake Bay, I
was clipped by what appeared to be
a tornado. Through years of living
on a boat and sailing thousands of
miles, I have never felt as afraid for
my vessel as I did on that day. But
both my boat and I survived the or-
deal. It was a sense of accomplish-
ment that I won't soon forget.
For all the work, all the blood-
shed and pain and adventure, my
goal was the same. I wanted to
sail home to Florida. That goal
has yet to be achieved; but it will
be. One day. There is something
special here. There is something
that is found nowhere else. There
is magic in the historic neighbor-
hoods and even in the run-down
strip malls. You can smell it in the
air, see it in the sky and feel it on
your skin. Here, if you are will-
ing to work at it; if you are willing
to try, you can make your dreams
come true. Here, you can accom-
I'm a serious romantic at heart
and I quickly form personal at-
tachments to the places I visit
around the country. It was a sur-
prise, therefore, to be living on
Cape Cod feeling...nothing at all.
I spent more than a month there
getting the boat ready to sail. I'd
met people, visited many busi-
nesses and repeatedly drove up
and down the streets and avenues
in a quest for whatever it was I ur-
gently needed at the moment.
I can see why people love it
there, I think. If you look at a map,
you'll see Cape Cod juts way out
into the Atlantic Ocean. In real-
ity, it is an island, with the Cape
Cod Canal severing the thin wrist;
and the land ties to the rest of the
nation. All of the madness in the
world happens across the two
bridges that span the canal. Cape
Cod, I would imagine, is a refuge
from that madness.
But it wasn't my home. An al-
most imperceptible magic, the
something in the air was missing.
The people I met were wonder-
ful. Good people, friendly people,
always willing to lend a hand to
a harried stranger. The boat was
splashed and for the first time in
many years sailed out of that ma-
rina because of them and, more
often than not, despite me. Ev-
erywhere I went down the coast, I
found good, caring people. But no-
where did I find home. Nowhere -
not in the beautiful or in the back-
water held the magic, the feeling,
the opportunity that is here.
Enjoy the lull while you can.
People can actually start busi-
nesses now; space is available and
rents are certainly more affordable
now than a few years ago. The
economy is in the tank. People are
losing their jobs and their homes.
There is nothing wonderful about
that. But in that lies the opportu-
nity the opportunity to find free-
dom, the opportunity to make your
dreams come true. The time is
now. This is paradise.
Kings Point Ladies 18-
Hole League March 8
Game: Low Net
1st Lorraine Napier 52
2nd Mary McClafferty 53
3rd Mary Sundeen 55
4th Mary Etzler 56
5th Emma Gadd 57
6th Mary Hoyt 59
1st Jackie McDow 51
2nd Linda Langlois 54
3rd Marisa Cacciotti 55
4th Marilyn Preston 56
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Sun City Center Rotary
brings home the gold
The Rotary Club of Brandon South sponsored its 4th Annual Mad
Hatters Tea Party fundraiser at the Cross Creek Ranch in Dover. It
was a huge success with over 200 people in attendance. Each ta-
ble was given a hat to decorate with a theme and the person who
decorated the hat paraded around the table collecting money and
the most money collected toward the favorite hat was the grand
winner. The hat was decorated by Georgana Collins President of
the Rotary Club of Sun City Center. The hat was beautifully deco-
rated as a wedding cake that looked good enough to eat. She was
presented with a plaque and challenged to continue her rein next
year. For more information on the Sun City Rotary Club, please
call Georgana Collins at 634-6617.
22 OBSERVER NEWS RIVERVIEW CURRENT
Online community brings America's
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Friday, March 26
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Every Sunday Noon to 3 p.m.
All events are open to qualified
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Live Music with Double Shot
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Nickel and Dime
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Taylor and Taylor
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Chicken Marsala Dinner
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(NAPSA) -- Iraq and Afghanistan
Veterans of America (IAVA) and
the Ad Council have launched
a new series of national public
service advertisements (PSAs) as
part of their Veteran Support cam-
paign, which aims to ease the re-
adjustment challenges facing Iraq
and Afghanistan veterans as they
transition from combat to civilian
The PSAs encourage new
veterans to join IAVA's online
community at www.iava.org, a
social network exclusively for Iraq
and Afghanistan veterans. In the
community, veterans can connect
with one another, share their expe-
riences, receive advice and support
and get access to critical resources
and special offers. The campaign
also includes a complementary
series of ads and a website, www.
supportyourvet.org, directed at
the families and friends of these
Of the nearly 2 million veter-
ans who have served in Iraq and
Afghanistan, 20 percent have
screened positive for post-trau-
matic stress disorder (PTSD) or
depression, and 19 percent suf-
fer from a traumatic brain injury
(TBI). Additionally, according to
the U.S. Department of Defense,
more than 230 active soldiers, air-
men and Marines committed sui-
cide last year, which is the highest
military suicide statistic in nearly
Research shows that many vet-
erans avoid seeking help because
of the stigma associated with treat-
ment or fear of being diagnosed
with a mental illness. By maintain-
ing relationships and communicat-
ing regularly with others who have
shared experiences, veterans are
better able to reconnect with their
friends, families and communi-
ties more broadly. Since its incep-
tion, the site has been visited over
"This historic campaign is liter-
ally saving lives. By giving Iraq
and Afghanistan veterans a com-
munity of their own, they are able
to connect and support one another
in a way that wasn't possible be-
fore," said IAVA executive direc-
tor Paul Rieckhoff.
"For the longest time I felt like
I was the only one going through
things, but through this commu-
nity I found otherwise. No matter
what our deployment jobs, service
or experiences were, we still share
the places we went. Whether I am
having a good day or a bad day, I
know this is the place I can come
to for encouragement and sup-
port," said Afghanistan veteran
and IAVA community member
The ads communicate to veter-
ans that they are not alone and that
their fellow veterans "have their
MARCH 25, 2010
Soup To Go
For a long time, I took store
bought microwave soups to work
for lunch. I got outraged at how
much money I was spending on
this unhealthy item and resolved to
change it. I put a plastic container
in my refrigerator and throughout
the week I store carrot peelings,
onion peelings, garlic peelings
and whatever veggie leftovers we
have into it. When we have a roast
or meat with bones, I save those
separately as well.
Every Friday morning, I fill a big
pot with water and dump in all my
saved items to make stock. I add
salt, pepper and whatever herbs
seem appropriate. I boil it, let it
simmer for a few hours, strain
it, and then stick the broth in the
fridge. At suppertime that night, I
skim off the fat and start whatever
kind of soup I want for that week.
We have it for dinner and many
lunches throughout the week. It
costs very little and tastes wonder-
ful. My coworkers are jealous of
my yummy soup. Elizabeth D.
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Save a Life Today hosted a GRCC ribbon cutting ceremony
The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) welcomes Charles Crump and Crystal DeBerry with
Save a Lift Today. Save a Life Today hosted a GRCC ribbon cutting ceremony on March 10 at the Greater
Riverview Chamber Office located 10520 Riverview Dr. in Riverview.
Save A Life Today is a first-class CPR and First Aid Training organization proudly serving the entire state of
Florida. Save A Life Today trains people from all walks of life to provide life saving CPR and First Aid during
those first few critical minutes.
Crump says, "Our training programs meet or exceed all guidelines implemented by the American Heart
Association. We accommodate all of our client's busy schedules by scheduling classes seven days a week. We
offer on-site training from in-home or in-office training classes. We also offer one-on-one training where the
instructor comes directly to you in the class of your choice. Our staff is highly trained in CPR and First Aid
instruction delivering a first class program."
For more information, call Charles Crump or Crystal DeBerry at (813) 626-5974.
Left to right: Margaret Rideout, Myrna Prusakowski, Bob Miller, Tony
Lavagnino, Joan Burns, Dee Cappolino, and Guy Thrams.
We need players!!
The Mexican Train Domino Club is looking for more members. They
meet at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Ruskin Public Library located at 1
Dickman Drive, SE. All are welcome.
Prepaid cards come out on top
(NewsUSA) -- Economic woes have changed people's mindsets about
spending. Now, many Americans are relying on prepaid cards to control
their spending and budgeting.
Branded prepaid cards (cards with an American Express, Discover,
MasterCard or Visa logo) require pre-loaded funds, so they can't be
overdrawn. The cards can be used anywhere the logos are accepted.
A direct comparison study published in October by G. Michael Flores
of Bretton Woods, Inc., a management advisory firm specializing in
financial institutions, shows that those with checking accounts pay more
for similar services than users of branded prepaid cards.
Flores' research found that bank customers pay from $200 to just over
$350 annually for a basic checking account. Users of prepaid cards with
direct-deposit pay $110 to $210 annually.
Consumers who rely on check cashing services and money orders to
meet their monthly obligations can also cut costs by using prepaid cards.
Many prepaid programs allow automatic payroll depositing, so money is
available on the card on payday.
"While prepaid cards should not be considered a replacement for check-
ing accounts in all circumstances, we see that consumers are finding a
number of ways to use the cards to promote fiscal responsibility and
smart budgeting," said Kirsten Trusko, President and Executive Director
of the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association (www.nbpca.com).
"Families purchase prepaid cards and load spending allotments for
the month, professionals have their paychecks directly deposited onto
them to avoid the wait time of cashing a check or ATM fees, and under-
banked consumers use prepaid cards to avoid the costs and hassles of
check cashing services," added Trusko.
The NBCPA offers the following tips for saving and budgeting with
Directly deposit paychecks onto the card for immediate access to
Load only the amount your family can spend each month.
Use prepaid cards instead of checking accounts to make automatic
bill payments and carefully monitor spending online.
Give prepaid cards to teenagers to teach them the responsibility of
using a card. Let them load cards with their own money.
Make digital payments without the risk of credit card overdraft.
Find easy access to digital payments, even as credit card qualifica-
tions become more stringent.
MARCH 25, 2010
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general public during open house
transportation meetings conducted
around the county during 2009, three
fourths of the penny, if approved,
would be funneled into light rail
transit across municipal Tampa. The
remaining fourth of a cent would be
applied to roadway projects around
However, long-range transportation
plans initially drafted by the planners
included few road-related enhance-
ments across the South County be-
yond addition of some bus service
by HARTline. The region's residents,
nonetheless, would pay the added
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sales tax on their taxed purchases if
the referendum were passed.
Consequently, Garsys, along with
other county managers, met initially
with the SSRT board on March 4 and
returned on March 15 as the group
met in special session. The SSRT
board is composed of representatives
from nearly every community in
the South County region. Together,
they agreed on pulling several South
County projects, replacing them with
more than a half dozen deemed more
Two of them representing the great-
est impacts, both in terms of costs and
effects on residents, involve the two
1-75 interchanges at Gibsonton Drive
and at Big Bend Road. Proposed
changes to the Gibsonton Drive in-
terchange with the interstate high-
way include two new cloverleafs.
One designed for southbound drivers
would channel them onto an exit on
the south side of Gibsonton Drive
and then into the eastbound lanes as
other southbound drivers going west
continue to use the existing exit ramp
to proceed west. The configuration
would eliminate the present neces-
sity of drivers leaving the interstate
at this point crossing in front of west
bound traffic to get into eastbound
lanes. Plus, such separation of exiting
vehicles into two different ramps is
expected to relieve congestion on the
exit ramps at peak traffic hours.
The second proposed cloverleaf
would channel northbound driv-
ers leaving the interstate and going
west on Gibsonton Drive onto a new
exit ramp north of Gibsonton Drive
and then curving around to connect
with the surface street. Similarly,
the configuration would save north-
bound vehicles exiting to head west
the necessity of crossing in front of
eastbound traffic on the drive. Driv-
ers going east on Gibsonton Drive
would continue to use the existing
Preliminary estimates of the costs
involved in these improvements are
in the $25 million neighborhood.
At Big Bend Road, engineers are
proposing both new exit and new
entrance ramps, along with other ad-
justments. The major new construc-
tion would take 1-75 southbound
drivers onto a new exit ramp on the
north side of Big Bend if going west,
while the current exit on the south
side of Big Bend would be reserved
for vehicles headed east. Such a de-
sign would eliminate vehicles cross-
ing the eastbound lanes to go west as
they presently do.
Another major proposed improve-
ment to the Big Bend Road inter-
change is a new entrance ramp from
the westbound lanes of Big Bend for
drivers coming from the east and en-
tering the northbound lanes of 1-75.
The first estimated price tag for
these changes is $40 million.
Another $35 million is estimated
for one more interchange along the
1-75 route through the South County,
although the suggested transportation
feature is not yet sited, Garsys said.
And, the dollar amount is only for the
initial work such as feasibility stud-
ies. Acquisition of rights-of-way and
construction are not estimated.
Completion of the widening of U.S.
301 to six lanes from C.R. 672 south
to S.R. 674 is estimated at $50 mil-
lion, with half of that amount to be
provided by Hillsborough County as
the Florida Department of Transpor-
tation antes up the other half.
Other South County roadway
projects included on the paid-by-a-
quarter- cent list are widening of Big
Bend Road to six lanes from 1-75
east to the Simmons Loop Road -
approximately a half mile and re-
surfacing work along much of 19th
Avenue as well as along Shell Point
Road in Ruskin. This latter project
also includes paved road shoulders to
function as bikeways. These jobs are
estimated at $14.5 million.
Another set of listed projects is
installation of culverts replacing the
failing aqueduct along the north side
of Ojai Avenue as well as along the
south side of LaJolla Avenue in Sun
City Center. While one segment of
this work is scheduled for late 2010
and into 2012, another presently is
unfunded in the amount of $800,000
and unscheduled, engineers said. Still
other improvements in the retirement
community involve enhancements at
hundreds of stormwater inlets plus
a newly-proposed golf cart crossing
from the north end of the commu-
nity to the regional library on 19th
Avenue. This collection of projects
is lumped together with an estimated
$8 million price tag.
As for projects once included on
the master list and presently elimi-
nated, they include six-laning Big
Bend Road west from U.S. 301 to
Covington Gardens Drive, extending
Apollo Beach Boulevard east to 1-75,
plus the South Coast Greenway Trail
from the Little Manatee River Pre-
serve to the Alafia River Bridge and
the golf cart bridge over U.S. 301 on
the east side of SCC.
Passage of the proposed one cent
sales tax increase is critical to mov-
ing ahead with the South County
road projects remaining in the master
mix, as well as others in the unincor-
porated parts of the county, said Tom
Fass, a professional engineer and
section manager in Hillsborough's
public works department. Road im-
provements are substantially under-
written by gasoline taxes and, for a
combination of reasons, the county's
share of gas taxes has not kept pace
with needs or inflation, he asserted.
"We need this quarter penny tax,"
he emphasized, adding that if voters
support the sales tax increase refer-
endum, the anticipated monies could
be maximized with issue of bonds
that would provide project funding
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Easter Cantata presented on March 28
On Palm Sunday, March 28, the Ruskin United Methodist Church
Chancel Choir will present its annual Easter Cantata at
both the 8:30 am and 10:45 am Worship Services. This
year the choir will present "Crucifixion" by John Stainer.
The choir is under the direction of Robert Romanski, di-
rector of Music Ministries at RUMC. In addition to the
vocals by the chancel choir, the performance will be ac-
companied by a multi-piece orchestra. The performances
are open to the public and the entire community is in-
vited. RUMC is located at 105 4th Avenue NW, Ruskin.
Call the church office if you have any questions. (813-
In addition to the Palm Sunday Cantata, the church will conduct an
Easter Sunrise Service at 7 am on the church grounds on Easter, April 4.
The service will be followed by complimentary hot cross buns and cof-
fee in Fellowship Hall. At 9:30 am there will be an Easter Egg Hunt. All
children in the community are invited to participate. RUMC will have
one worship service on Easter morning at 10:45 am followed by coffee
and cake in Fellowship Hall.
Hazel Martin Photo
Seated left to right: Carolyn Salsbury and Patti Andrews and stand-
ing left to right: Dr. Coralease Ruff and Ann Mangum
Life After Loss Bereavement Group
Have you recently lost a loved one or are you having difficulty with
your grieving? If so, you are wel-
comed to join the newly formed "Life
After Loss Bereavement Group." Dr.
Coralease Ruff, a Registered Nurse,
Nursing Professor, Bereavement Ed-
ucator and Facilitator is leading the
The group meets on the 1st and 3rd
Wednesday of the month, from 2:30-
3:30 pm, at the United Community
Church, 1501 La Jolla Avenue, Sun
City Center. For information call Dr.
Cora Ruff (813-634-1654) or Mitzi
Dr. Ruff recently visited the Ste-
phen Ministry group to inform them
about updates and new thoughts of
the grieving process.
The Northside Baptist choir will
present a musical presentation en-
titled "Nail It To The Cross" by
Camp Kirkland Easter Sunday,
April 4. There will be a 8:30 am
early service with Rev. Tom Biles
preaching. No nursery, preschool,
or children's church will be pro-
Sunday School is at 9:30 am and
Morning Service is at 10:30 am
with Rev. Tom Biles preaching.
There will be no evening activi-
CCW dessert card
The Council of Catholic Women
(CCW) of Prince of Peace Catho-
lic Church invites anyone who
likes to play cards or any board
game to make up your table in
advance and come to the monthly
Dessert Card Party on Wednesday,
April 14 from noon until 3:30 pm
in Conesa Center.
They furnish cards, pencils and
tallies. They have an assortment
of desserts, table and door prizes.
For more information call 633-
MARCH 25, 2010
Series of our music dramas to showcase the passion and
resurrection wi e presented
The United Methodist Ch ch in Christ's life including Jesus' percussion
of Sun City Center, 1210 Del prayer and Judas' betrayal in the ensemble.
Webb Blvd. West, will be present- Garden of Gethsemane, Peter's Senior Pas-
ing "Love Encountered, the Final denial, Jesus before Pilate, and the tor Dr. War-
Journey," a series of four musical road to the cross at Calvary. The ren Langer 'i
dramas depicting the passion and Friday service will include several will bring ,'
resurrection of Jesus from Thurs- selections from Part II of Handel's the Easter
day evening April 1 through Easter timeless Messiah performed by the me ssage.
Sunday April 4. church's fine Chancel Choir and T h e s e
Written and directed by church accompanied by strings. On Holy multi-me-
member Carol Stewart, Love En- Saturday the narrative will con- dia services
countered will take the viewer tinue with a freshly penned drama will present
through the final days of Christ on entitled "Were You There." This a powerful
Maundy Thursday at 7pm, Good 4pm Easter Vigil Service will musical-
Friday at 7pm, Holy Saturday at emphasize quiet loss and hopeful dramatic account of
4pm, and Easter Sunday at 6:45am, prayer. Finally, the church will be and resurrection.
9:30am and 10:55am. offering three opportunities to wit- All services are free
Love Encountered begins on ness the Joy of Resurrection the public. The Met
Maundy Thursday with the on Easter morning. The sun- union table is open
Living Last Supper, a dramatic rise service will begin at 6:45am in profess faith in Jesus
portrayal of Leonardo Da Vinci's the parking lot of the church and gardless of denominat
Last Supper during which each of will be led by C.J. Kligora, former tion. For more inform
the disciples will deliver a mono- worship leader at the Gibsonton this special series of
logue about their relationship to United Methodist Church. The services or any of the
Jesus. This will be followed by 9:30am and 10:55am services will ship and community e
a congregational communion dis- both be held in the sanctuary and United Methodist Chi
tribute by the disciples them- will feature the church's Chancel City Center, contact
selves. The series continues at Choir, OASIS Praise Team, Drama Director of Music a
7pm on Good Friday when the Team, Sanctuary Handbells, or- Arts, at 813-634-25:
drama team will present The Pas- gan, and a professional wind and their website
sion of Christ, the final scenes
Pancake / Sausage Breakfast planned
The Sun City Center Knights of Columbus Council 7282 is sponsoring
a Pancake / Sausage Breakfast for the Bloomingdale
Library victim on April 11, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm
at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church Conesa Hall.
Tickets are $ 6. Proceeds will go to the Bloomingdale
Any donations or contributions can be made by calling John Arnold
633-1736 or Charles Silk 633-2081
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the following locations: Prince
of Peace Church Conesa Center, Atrium Kiosk, Sun City Chamber of
CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH
SundayWorship: Blended 8:00 a.m.
/ Contemporary 9:40 a.m.
Traditional 1:15 a.m. Big BedR. I
Nursery Provided CrossRoads: Bible Study, Worship: Wed. 7 p.m. M
Pastor Jack R. Palzer
5309 U.S. Highway 41 North Apollo Beach A I
(across rom MiraBay) www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 645-1305 N
St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
Growing by Faith from Generation to Generation
Rev. Tracy H. Wider Church Office 813-645-1521
SUNDAY SERVICES: 9 am Contemporary Service and Sunday School
at West Campus, S.R. 674 and 9th Street SE, Ruskin
8 am Traditional Service and 11 am Holy Communion with Choir at East Campus
at 1015 Del Webb Blvd., SCC
All Worship Services with Holy Communion and Healing Holy Oil
Ruskin United Methodist Church
First Street & 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (Behind Suntrust Bank)
ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WORSHIP WITH US:
SUNDAY MORNINGS: (Nov.-April ............................. 8:30 a.m. Day Care Available
Rev. John M. Bartha and all year)......................... 10:45 a.m. 6 a.m. 6 p.m.
SPhone: 645-1241 Sunday School......................9:30 a.m. call 645-6198
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH-ELCA
701 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, FL 33573-5354
Rev. Dr. Peter Stiller, Pastor 634-1292
Saturday Worship: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m.
Holy Communion....First & Third Sunday Bible Class...Thursday 10 am, Guests Welcome
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Ruskin Sun City Center (813) 645-6102
204 Second St. N.W, Ruskin, Florida 33570
Sunday Service Sunday School ........................................... 10AM
Wednesday Testimony Meeting .... ............................. ...... 5PM
Reading Room Tuesday & Thursday.....................1- 4 PM
ALL ARE WELCOME www.spirituality.com
FRST BAPTIST -CHURCH
I, 82 820 COLLEGE AVE. W.
S RUSKIN, FL 33570
L'A Resource for Families
Sunday School.........................9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship............8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Dr. Barry Rumsey
Evening Service...........................6:00 p.m. CHRISTIANSCHOOL
Wednesday Night Service................7:00 p.m. THROUGH 12TH
Awana............................................7:00 p.m GRADE
and open to
Sto all who
s Christ, re-
e other wor-
events at the
urch of Sun
39, or visit
Fellowship to hold
Easter Egg Hunt
On Saturday, April 3 at 11am
New Beginnings Fellowship will
hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt.
The egg hunt is open to all chil-
dren in the community. There will
be games, goodie bags, candy and
lots of eggs to hunt.
The church is located at 1120
27th St SE in Ruskin. For more
details, call Pastor Lewis Brady at
frienRship $B ptist Church Sunday WEEKLY SERVICES
i Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist) 9 a.m ......................Bible Study
1511 El Rancho Dr. 11 a.m ....................Bible Study
1,Sun y ener, FL 33573 a10 a.m. & 6 p.m............Worship
Sun City Center, FL 33573
813-633-5950 6 p.m.... Prayer Meeting/Bible Study
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCC
Meets in the Social Hall of the Beth Israel Synagogue
1115 E. Del Webb Blvd.
Thursday, 7:00 PM Call 633-0396
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate
them but to be indifferent to them.
George Bernard Shaw
NORTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
"Where God's Love is Shared"
U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Ruskin, FL 645.1121 www.nbcor.ora A
Sunday School for all ages 9:30 AM SBC
Morning Worship 10:45 AM Wanted: People Who Want to Grow
Evening Worship 6:00 PM and Live for Jesus!
Full Wednesday Schedule for all ages
North River Church of Christ
13885 U.S. Hwy 301 South
(Just South of the Manatee County Line)
Minister: Howard Johnson Offie 941776-1134
Services: Sunday 10:00am, 11:00am & 6:00pm Office 941-776-1134
Wednesday7:00pm Home 813-754-1776
SFirst Baptist Church of Gibsonton
"We lovebecause He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
Traditional Worship Service *Sunday School 9:30 A.M.
Old-Time Gospel Hymns *MVorningWorship 10:30A.M. l
Nursery Available Sunday Evening 6:00 P.M.
Interpreter for the Deaf d-Week (Wed.) 7:00 P.M.
9912 Indiana St.* Hwy 41 & Estelle Aj I 'Malcolm S. Clements, Pastor
\Gibsonton, FL 33534 813-67'7-1301 /
W co4me t , EVERETT TATE, MINISTER
South Hillsborough Church of Christ
1611 First St. SW Ruskin, FL 645-7607
SERVICES: Sunday........................9:30 & 10:30 a.m.: 6:00 p.m .
Wednesday................7:00 p.m. .
PRINCE OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH
702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573
Phone: 634-2328 Fax: 633-6670
Masses: Sunday.............................................................8:00, 10:00 AM, Noon
Saturday Vigil.................................................. 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM
Daily.......... ....................... .............. 8:00 AM
www.popcc.org Confessions: Monday Friday 7:30am, Saturday 8:30am and 3:00pm
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SHEMA with Pastor Tanner from Maranatha Church of God
'Community Sing' to be held at Ruskin UMC
South Hillsborough Ministerial Association [SHMA], an organized,
interactive group of local church ministers and congregations commit-
ted to the work of the Lord Jesus Christ in South Hillsborough County,
will conduct its monthly "Community Sing" on Monday, March 29 at
the Ruskin United Methodist Church, located at 106 4th Avenue NW,
Ruskin, beginning at 7:00 pm. Call (813) 645-1241 for information.
United Community Upcoming Events
Thursday, April 1, at 7:00 pm, is the Maundy Thursday Service with
the chancel choir, Sacrament of Holy Communion Service and Tenebrae.
The community is welcome.
Sunday, April 4, at 8:00 am, is the Easter Sunday Breakfast Service.
Last chance to purchase tickets is Tuesday, March 30. For information
call the church office at 813-634-1304. The community is invited.
For daily Meditations of Inspiration and Faith, 24 hours a day, call
Faith Lift at 813-633-6265.
They are a Stephen Ministry Church.
For information about church activities call the church office at 813-
Community Holocaust Memorial Service Planned
Sunday, April 11, at 4:00 pm, mem-
bers of Beth Israel Jewish Congrega-
tion of Sun City Center and St. John
the Divine Episcopal Church, along
with members of the Unitarian Uni-
versalist Fellowship and Community
of Joy will conduct a community
wide Yom Hashoa service to remem-
ber the victims of the Holocaust
at St. John the Divine Episcopal
Church, 1015 Del Webb Blvd. East.
The service will include readings,
prayer, memories, and a memorial
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will be sung by a community choir, led by Chuck Wirick.
As a community they will come together to remember what happened
to the victims of Hitler, and to remember the heroes who did not live to
tell their stories. The community is encouraged to attend.
Seated L-R: Elmer Schroeder, Sandra Eckelaert, Susan Grosskopf,
Bob Reter, Mary Reter and Sherlene Hunt ; Standing L-R: Senior
Minister Rev. Michael Evans, Mary Ann Schroeder, Roxann Seeley,
Moderator Anne Ginevan, Assistant Pastor Rev. Ruth Richardson
and Rick Hunt.
New members welcomed
The United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Avenue, Sun City Cen-
ter, welcomed new members during the service on Sunday, March 21. A
reception was held after the service and the new members were greeted
by the congregation.
Redeemer Lutheran Church,
701 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City
Center and Rev. Dr. Peter Stiller,
Pastor, announce their Holy Week
Palm Sunday services will be
March 28 at 9:30 a.m.; Maundy
Thursday, Holy Communion
Service on April 1 at 4 p.m.;
Good Friday Service, April 2
at 4 p.m.; Easter Eve Saturday
service, April 3 at 4 p.m.; and
Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday April
4 services with two Morning Com-
munion Services -- 8:30 a.m. and
Southside Baptist Church pre-
sents Alan Harris in Concert at 6
p.m. on Sunday, March 28.
All are welcome to enjoy an eve-
ning of Gospel music provided by
Southside Baptist Church is
located at 4208 U.S. Hwy. 41 S.,
Sun City, approximately 4 miles
south of College Ave.
For more information, call Patty
A spiritual home where you can come as you are, be
yourself, and find God in your own way. We are a fellow-
ship that encourages spirituality rather than "religion."
Affiliated with Assoc of Unity Churches, Lee's Summit
MO, and Unity, publishers of the Daily Word
Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.
Beth Israel's Social Hall
1115 Del Webb E.
Sun City Center, FL
Unity Community of Joy
www.unitycommunityofjoy.com Tel. 813-298-7745
THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
INVITES YOU TO THE SERVICES NOW WORSHIPPING IN THE "CHAPEL"
AT SUN CITY CENTER FUNERAL HOME 10:30 AM ON SUNDAYS
NO CREED...BUT CHRIST
NO BOOK...BUT THE BIBLE
1851 RICKENBACKER DRIVE 813-938-4955
Minister DR. DAVID CAMPBELL
QjZdediedMelod G0CuxcqofcuunQ 6y Genler
The Church of Open Hearts... Open Minds... Open Doors
1210 W. Del Webb Blvd. 634-2539
S Worship Services:
Saturday................ 4:00 p.m.- Creason Hall (Traditional Service)
', Sunday....................8:15 a.m. in Sanctuary (Traditional Service)
9:30 a.m. Creason Hall (The Oasis)
,f F10:55 a.m. Sanctuary (Traditional with Chancel Choir)
i Fellowship tim .... Ti ...i. '1,. I-. r .... 10:15a.m. and 11a.m.in Creason Hall
-odfL ve "m.(CCL'IMC.com .M
PASTORS: DR. WARREN LANGER, REV GARYBULLOCK
Communion First Sunday ofEach Month
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
d Sunday Services 9:30 a.m.
Prayers with anointing for healing and
J& wholeness during worship the second Sunday
of every month.
A Stephen Pastor: Dr. Gerald Iwerks
Meet friends in Fellowship Hall after the Service
1239 Del Webb Blvd. West
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Church is Handicap accessible
For Information visit:
Center for Restoration Ministries
"Restoring the broken through the Word of God"
SERVICES: Worship Service..................Sundays 11 a.m.
Bible Study .................... Wednesday 7 p.m.
301 1st Street NE Ruskin, FL 33570 813-645-7779
t, t t, r., i. i.t *ii, n. il. ,, Pastors Teresa & Freddie Roberts, Sr
Ruskin Church of Christ
Don White, Minister 813-361-1415
Sunday Bible Enrichment....................................................10:00 a.m.
W worship ........................................ ...................................................... 11:00 a.m .
Iglesia De Dios Puerta Abierta
Open Door Church of God
Pastor Jose C. Pifia 813-645-3813 813-285-8245
Domingo (Sunday) Estudio Biblico (Bible Study) ............................. 6:00 p.m.
Servicio De Adoracion (Worship/Praise Service).............................. 7:00 p.m.
Miercoles (Wed.) Servicio De Oracion (Prayer Service) ................... 7:00 p.m.
Both Churches at this Location: 611 2nd Ave. NW, Ruskin, FL 33570
PreacingPhe BAPTIST CHURCH
4208 U.S. Hwy. 41 South
(4 miles south of Ruskin)
DAN COLLINS, PASTOR JIM KRAUSE, MUSIC DIRECTOR
BIBLE STUDY 9:30 AM
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE 10:55 AM
SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE 6:00 PM
WEDNESDAY PRAYER SERVICE 7:00 PM
ADULTS, YOUTH, CHILDREN
For information, call 645-4085 Monday-Thursday
Saint >Anne Catholic CIhuch
Fr. John McEvoy
U.S. Hwy. 41 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin
SouthShore: : .I I. Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. Gibsonton
Saturday Vigil M ass.............................................................. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday M ass............................................8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.
Holy Days....................................... Contact Parish Office for Schedule
Daily .....................................................M onday thru Friday 8:00 a.m.
Espatol ................................Domingo 12:00 p.m.; Miercoles 7:00 p.m.
Confession.............................Wednesday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m.
Kathleen (Katie) Miller
Kathleen (Katie) Harris Cirami Miller,
July 26, 1926 Feb 12, 2010, was born
in Orangeville, Ontario Canada to Earl
Barclay and Minnie G. Harris, Katie
was a graduate of the Toronto Western
Hospital School of Nursing in 1947.
Katie relocated to work in Ossining,
NY and married Tony Cirami in 1950.
She earned a Masters Degree from
NYU and worked in nursing for 42
years, 32 years being spent at the FDR
VA Hospital in Montrose, NY and was
named VA employee of the year. Her
career included 14 years as instructor
and concluded as recruiter for the VA
A permanent resident in Sun City
Center since 1990, Katie's interests
were golfing, traveling, bowling,
swimming, cycling, line dancing,
needlepoint, cards and playing
the organ. Katie was active in her
homeowners association for many
years in various roles as newsletter
editor, secretary, social director and
greeter of new residents. She was also
an active member and supporter of St.
John the Divine Episcopal Church.
Katie was predeceased by her only
brother, William Bert (Bill) Harris in 1995
and by her husband Tony Cirami in
1998. Katie is survived by her husband,
Harold "Hal" Miller, whom she married
in 2002. She is lovingly remembered
by her family Robert and Diane Harris,
Murray Harris and Dorothy Craig, Jane
and Bill Lindsay and nephew and
nieces Jeffrey, Andrew, Taylor, Devin
and William, all residing in Canada.
Interment was at Hillsborough
Memorial Gardens in Brandon on
February 18. Katie is missed by family
and many friends, and all whose lives
Happy Birthday, March 29.
We love you and miss you
Sheila, Sandy and Dan
MARCH 25, 2010
26 OBSERVER NEWS RIVERVIEW CURRENT SCC OBSERVER
Be aware that potentially hazardous
plants and chemicals can harm pets
SHARE is a low-cost food pro-
gram open to all. Orders are placed
for the next pick-up month. Great
values on meats, fruits and veggies.
Check out the food program at
Ruskin United Methodist Church.
Additional items are available.
The church is located at 105 4th
Ave. NW in Ruskin. Pick-up for
March orders will start at 8:30
a.m. and last until 9:30 a.m. Orders
can be placed for April pick-up.
This all takes place this Saturday,
Emily Rohner hit a hole-in-one
ont the 4th hole at the Renaissance
Golf Club on Monday March 14.
It was 118 yards and she used her
driver. Those who witnessed the
event were Cathy Cunningham,
Denise Rosen, and Marcia Buck-
Finally, it appears that our South
Shore area is ready to embrace
warm weather and recover from
the unseasonably cold weather
we've experienced over the past
As you continue to enjoy spring
fever by planting a new crop of
annual flowers, shrubs and crops,
please don't forget your pets! Ac-
cording to experts at the ASPCA,
while enjoying the planting season
pet owners should also be aware
of the potentially hazardous plants
and chemicals that pets may be ex-
posed to during this time of year
and be alert to possible accidental
poisonings associated with certain
plants and decorative yard mulch-
For example, did you know that
Sago palms, mushrooms, rhodo-
dendrons, oleanders, along with
many other plants are poisonous
to pets? Did you know that pets
who come into contact with fertil-
izers and cocoa mulch are subject
to gastrointestinal obstruction or
other internal problems? Other
common issues involved in home
gardening which may adversely
affect pets are those caused by
fleas and ticks hiding in tall grass,
certain toxic table scraps tossed in
a compost bin, even garden tools
that are left haphazardly left on the
ground where pets play. If you're
concerned about what plants may
be poisonous, or would like to con-
sider other related issues regarding
pet safety and gardening, you are
encouraged to visit the ASPCA
website (ASPCA.org) and/or visit
the local CARE animal shelter at
1528 27th St SE in Ruskin or call
813-645-2273 for more informa-
tion and directions to the shelter.
Zipperer's Funeral Home
Only onsite Crematory in S. Hillsborough County
Family owned and operated since 1979
1520 33rd St. S.E., Ruskin, FL 33570
www.zipperersfuneralhome com Exp.3/3 /
O Yes. I am interested in more information.
SHMA SING Mon., March 29
RUMC will host the SHMA sing
105 4th Avenue NW Ruskin, FL
Mail to: .
~Naito ional Cremation
S& BURIAL SOCIETY
308 East College Ruskin, FL 33570
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WHIPLASH: Upon impact, the damage is done.
But with a prompt chiropractic examination and
treatment, your pain and discomfort can be
controlled or even eliminated. If you or someone
you know has suffered a recent car accident, call
us. We'll help relieve the effects sudden impact
can have on your body.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE for:
* Accident Victims
* Auto Injuries
* Neck Pain
__ Hablamos Espahol
Call Dr. Heather Haverfield ADVANCED CHIROPRACTIC
"Where Accident victims Come For Care"
110 W. Shell Point Rd. Ruskin, FL 813-841-1118
iAoly 'Week Schedule
PALM SUNDAY MARCH 28TH
8:00 a.m .............................................................................................. M ass
11:00 a.m............................. Mass (multicultural) followed by parish picnic
5:00 p.m............. ...........................................................Mass
HOLY THURSDAY APRIL 1ST
8:00 a.m .............................................................................M morning Prayer
7:00 p.m. ............................................ Solemn Mass of the Lord's Supper
GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 2ND
12:00 p.m. .................................................................. Stations of the Cross
3:00 p.m. .........................................Solemn Celebration of Lord's Passion
7:00 p.m ........................................................................ La Pasion del Senor
HOLY SATURDAY/EASTER VIGIL APRIL 3RD
12:00 p.m ........................................................... Blessing of Easter Food
8:00 p.m ........................................................... Easter Vigil
EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 4TH
6:30 a.m ............... ..................................... .............................. Sunrise M ass
8:00 a.m.,10:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m........................................Mass
12:00 p.m .............................................................................................. M isa
106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin 645-1714 -www.SaintAnneRuskin.org
PALM SUNDAY March 28
8:30 and 10:45 a.m.
Easter Cantata "Crucifixion" with
MARCH 25, 2010
OBSERVER NEWS RIVERVIEW CURRENT 27
buybuy BABY opens new store in Brandon
buybuy BABY is pleased to announce the opening in Brandon, of its new
35,000 square foot superstore featuring an exceptional selection of mer-
chandise for newborns to toddlers, including furniture, strollers, clothing,
and much more. The store is located at 11345 Causeway Blvd., and is open
from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Brandon store is the third store in the state of Florida. buybuy BABY
is also located in Coral Springs and Miami.
"We are excited to have opened our third store in Florida and look for-
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community," stated Glen Cary, Director of Stores for buybuy BABY.
buybuy BABY's shopping environment offers customers a fun and excit-
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premier infant and toddler merchandise in categories including furniture,
car seats, strollers, feeding, bedding, bath, health and safety essentials, toys,
learning and development products, clothing and a unique selection of sea-
sonal and holiday products. The Brandon location will also offer a Shooting
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and artistic posing.
buybuy BABY has a web site, which can be found at www.buybuybaby.
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buybuy BABY was founded in 1996 and acquired by Bed Bath & Beyond
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buybuy BABY is based in Garden City, NY and is a wholly owned subsid-
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and buybuy BABY The Company sells a wide assortment of domestics
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As of November 28,2009, the Company had a total of 1,083 stores, includ-
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210 Woodland Estates Ave SW
Ruskin, Florida 33570
The Riverview Current
200 Farmer's Mkt
500 Real Estate
550 Manuf. Housing
650 Prof. Services
Alone? Seniors Dating Bureau
Safest Since 1977! Ages (45-
90) 1-800-922-4477 (24Hrs) Or log
onto: Respected Dating.com
Strawberries. You pick. Open March
27, Monday thru Saturday, 8am-4pm.
Sunday noon-4pm. 4 qt for $1. Prevatt
Farms, SR 674 east to Grange Hall
Loop, turn south 3/4 miles on right. Bring
U-Pick Strawberries. 2910 Gulf City
Rd., US 41, 1st light after Little Mana-
tee River, take right 1.5 miles on left.
Monday Friday 8:30am-4pm. Saturday
& Sunday 9am-4pm. Come pick these
beautiful berries before they are gone.
Need more info. call 813-310-7566
Selling JUMBO Gulf Shrimp
or any Seafood from Gulf
Delivered to your Door! /
Serving the South Shore area!
Oliver & Company
& all your in home pet care needs.
813-767-7225. Licensed, bonded,
insured. Member of Pet Sitters Interna-
tional. References available
310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
Almost New Thrift Store. 10008 Indiana
St., Gibsonton (1 block off US 41,1 block
north Gibsonton Dr.,) Wednesday thru
Saturday, 9am-3pm. Clothing, furniture,
lots misc. Ministry First Baptist Gibson-
ton. 813-671-0036 to donate
310 GARAGE/YARD SALES
M-F 9 to 4:45 Sat 9 to 3:45
Monday Sr. Discount
55 yrs+ 50% OFF
on most items
and Plenty of Bargains!
Please call 813-645-5255
1311 3rd St. NE Ruskin
Behind St. Anne Church
& Next to Kennco Mfg.
Park Wide Yard Sale
Friday March 26, 9am-3pm. Saturday
March 27, 10am-3pm. Tampa South
RV Resort, 2900 S. US 41, Ruskin.
Garage sale. Friday & Saturday, 8am-?
915 Windton Oaks Dr., College Chase,
Ruskin. Lawn furniture, baby items,
furniture & misc.
Friday March 26, 8am-?. 735 Ojai Ave.,
SCC. 3 family sale. Clothes & lots & lots
of misc. Cheap prices.
817 Fox Hill Dr., SCC. Saturday only
March 27, 8am-1 pm.
Big, big garage sale. Down sizing, lots
of great items. Saturday only, March 27,
8am-2pm. 1240 Fordham Dr., SCC.
Huge multi family garage sale. 364 &
366 Club Manor Dr., SCC. Friday 3/26
& Saturday 3/27, 8am-1pm. Furniture,
clothing, country decor, antiques &
Moving sale. March 27 thru March 30th.
8am-1pm. Furniture, carpet, lamps,
tools, electronics, TVs, paintings, linens.
Free organ. 312 South Pebble Beach
I h Thrift Store
NOW OPEN Wednesday,
Friday & Saturday
9 a.m. Noon
1424 E. College Ave. Ruskin
Ministry ofalvary Lutheran church
310 GARAGE/YARD SALES
Organ, floor model TV, end tables,
clothes, planters & misc.1007 Cherry
Hills Dr, SCC. Thursday, Friday & Sat-
Garage sale. SCC. 810 El Rancho Dr.,
Some antiques, collectibles, furniture &
lots more. 8am-? Thursday, Friday &
Saturday. 3/26, 3/27, 3/28
Mira Lago garage sale. Women's cloth-
ing & accessories, baby items, home
decor, home gym. Saturday, 8am-noon.
1634 Bonita Bluff Court.
Household goods, washer, dryer, elec-
tronics, doll house, fencing & more.
2221 West Lake Dr., Wimauma. Friday
& Saturday, 8am-2pm.
Thursday & Friday, 3/25 & 3/26, 8am-
2pm. 603 Allegheny Dr., SCC. Huge
sale. Clocks, watches, coins, HO trains/
accessories, collectibles, CDs/DVDs,
pictures, comics, books, microwave,
diecast cars, Lenox, kitchen, lots of
Yard sale. Finally moved in. Lots of new
items, curtains, dryer, towels, comforter
sets, clothes, toys, glassware, dishes,
etc. Thursday, Friday & Saturday. 401
Rickenbacker Dr., SCC.
SATURDAY, MARCH 27
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
., Lunch Served
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1702 Gulf City Rd. Ruskin
312 ESTATE SALES
716 FAIRWAY RIDGE CT.
(Take Chipper off Pebble Beach S.
Park on Chipper)
March 26 & 27
Black Lacquer Dining Table, China,
Server & 6 Chairs, White King Suite,
3-pc. Cherry Entertainment Center,
Couch, Chairs, Recliner, Leather Love
Seat, Beige Chair & Ottoman,
Pastel Wing Back Chair, Rugs
(9x12), Entry Table, Designer
Clothes (Medium and Large),
Kitchen, Garage & Linens,
Service for 12 Lenox China (Cretan
62-pc.), Silver Plated Flatware,
Pictures, Lamps & Tables.
633-1173 or 508-0307
Butterfield Auctions AB2706/AU3549
Hme:hanial2Be*d,[ 3-7pc. H
Contents Include: Kiln,
Unpainted Trinkets to Paint &
Finish, Kohler & Campbell
Piano w/Cherry Finish,
Beautiful Antique Duncan
Phyfe/Fife Cabinet, Antique
Highboy, Queen Size
Mechanical Bed, 3-pc. Hard
Rock Maple Twin Bedroom
Set, COLLECTIBLES, Large
Screen TV, Sony Receiver
w/Speakers, Very NICE Patio
Furniture, Round Dining
Room Table w/4 Chairs,
Swivel Rockers, Side Chairs,
China, Household, Garage,
& Misc Items.
Too Much to List! Can't Wait
To SEE YOU THERE!
390 MISC. FOR SALE
Medline wheelchair, 4 wheel walker
w/ seat, White baby crib, w/ mattress.
Carseat 40/100# limit. $60 each obo.
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WE BUY ESTATES
in the Sun City area or
take consignments on
your ENTIRE HOUSE
We also come and pick it up!!
312 ESTATE SALES
New & Gently Used Furniture
BUY & SELL
Daily Trips to SCC
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
6819 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
Dealer in Gold & Silver Coins
Domestic & Foreign
10% or more and over
on SILVER COINS
Call for private consultation or appointment
All transactions are strictly confidential
(813) 634-3816. cell (813) 503-4189
28 THE SHOPPER
MARCH 25, 2010
Bass guitar, Fullerton, new flat wound
strings, AXL bass amplifier, guitar stand,
gig bag. Very good condition $225.
360 GOLF CARTS
Golf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade. Char-
gers, parts all related. Ronny's Carts &
Parts. 813-645-4515 or 813-484-9855
We buy golf carts, any condition. We pay
top dollar for used carts, running or not.
Same day pickup. 813-300-0114
S1umaCar of Sun City Center
S6 volt 8 Volt
SComplete Set Complete Set
*Plustaxand applicable *Plustaxand applicable
fees Installed with core fees Installed with core
exchange Exp 4/8/10 exchange Exp 4/8/10
139 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.
Suite 102 (behind CVS Pharmacy)
Sun City Center, FL
March 25, 2010
Pontoon boat, 22ft, '95 (Sweetwater).
40hp Yamaha, just serviced. Seat cov-
ers, carpeted, on Lake Simmons in SCC.
425 SLIPS OR STORAGE
Little Manatee Outdoor Storage. RV's,
boat's, trailer's. All sizes. 2903 39th
Ave., SE. Ruskin. 813-787-8531. www.
South Bay RV & Boat Storage. Special-
izing in outside storage for RVs, boats &
trailers. 813-677-2000 www.SouthBay-
Ramey's Business Park
RV & boat storage & heavy equip-
ment. 1/2 mile from Williams Park.
813-410-9607 or 813-849-1469
Feel the freedom
& save on gas 2009 Harley David-
son, Street Bob DYNA. $12,000. No
reasonable offer refused. Call Stephen
813-833-7148 or Carolyn 813-645-
7802 for appointment to see the bike.
511 HOUSES FOR SALE
Saturday, 3/27. 2-5pm. 3512 Concho
Court, 3br/2ba/2cg, 1,689sf. Reduced
to $159,900. View on www.BestHome-
sofTampaBay.com. Roger Eha, Signa-
ture Realty Assoc. 813-610-6080
Kings Point. Yorkshire, single large fam-
ily home. 2br/2ba, den. Beautifully fur-
nished. $225,000. Call 813-633-7925
Mira Bay Villa, 3br/2ba/2cg, gated com-
munity with every amenity for active
life styles. Villa has many upgrades
plus huge walk-in closet glass walk-
in shower. Won't last at $164,900. S
L Real Estate Services, LLC. 813-
1500sf home on large fenced gated lot.
Totally remodeled 2br, w/20x42 pool in
screened lanai. Perfect for entertain-
ing. Located on quiet. Adamsville Rd.,
$169k. S L Real Estate Services, LLC
813-741-3678 or 813-285-7572
Ventana 3/2 plus den,
open plan on golf course,
large lanai w/self-
cleaning heated pool,
spa, 3-car, lots of storage.
2004 model, 1950 sq. ft.
Reduced to $273,000
Classified is Informative
THE SHOPPER 29
511 HOUSES FOR SALE
JUST LISTEDI Fabulous canal front
property including 3/2 spacious Palm Harbor
home, split plan, high ceilings, large bay
windows overlooking water, huge modern
kitchen, and outside deck leading to screen
porch, workshop and canal with seawall &
davits. Shows great. $150,000.
S$10,000 REDUCTION on this waterfront
house in Ruskin. 3/2 + den, on canal with
seawall & boat slip, offering quick access to
river & bay. Bright home, recently repainted,
large utility-rm., screen porch, double carport,
and large lot with fruit trees. $179,900.
ANOTHER $10,000 REDUCTION on this
perfectly clean beautifully furnished 2/2
Doublewide on own lot. Large MBR & MBA,
open bright liv/dining room, cooking island &
eat-in space in kitchen, large enclosed
Florida room, utility & storage room, carport.
To Place a classified ad
fax to 813-645-1792
512 CONDOS FOR SALE
Must see in Sun City Center, Kings
Point. 2br/2ba 1209 sf. Updated to
2010 standards. $73,900. $2,900
down $489 monthly 813-850-1173
M. H. HOUSIN
555 M.H. FOR SALE
55+ Mobile home for sale. Riverfront
park with dock & boat slip. One bed-
room, carport. $3,500. 813-645-2446
560 M.H. ON LOTS
Mobile home for sale Eastwood Mobile
Home Park, Gibsonton. Call Heather
For sale. 3 & 4 bedroom DWMH. Owner
financing, low down, reasonable pay-
ments, quiet neighborhood, near Wal-
Mart, Gibsonton. 813-661-1109
565 M.H. IN PARKS
Neptune Village Park, Ruskin. Mobile
home w/ Florida room. Partially fur-
nished, 2br/2ba. $15,500 813-262-
610 WATERFRONT RENTALS
The Dolphin House, Apollo Beach,
efficiency apartments on water. Boat
docking /fishing. Pool, laundry. $185
weekly, $185 deposit. No pets. 813-
610 WATERFRONT RENTALS
Apollo Beach 3br/2ba on canal. New
pool, lanai, dock, lease. 2,000 sf. Fios
ready, pet ok. $1,695. Hall 813- 645-
4br/2ba home in Apollo Beach, enclosed
screened new pool. Deep water dock
& davits for small boat. $1,900 monthly.
Ruskin 3br/lba, 107 6th St., NW.
Carport, on canal, no dock. Must show
good credit rating & good reference.
611 HOUSES FOR RENT
Apollo Beach. 3br/lba, garage, Florida
room, large fenced yard. Washer/dyer
hookup. Pet ok, AC. $895 monthly. Hall
Ruskin, quaint 3/2 home for rent on
large lot, front covered porch. Couple
or small family. Monthly rent is $950
with signed lease. Security deposit and
references required. No smoking, no
pets. Please call 813-649-1599.
612 APTS. FOR RENT
For rent: Efficiency apartments. Weekly
rates, utilities furnished 813-677-8789,
813-601-1542 or 813-516-0896
613 CONDOS FOR RENT
1br/1.5ba 55+ gated community, Kings
Point in SCC. Full use of recreational
facilities. Fully furnished. $600 monthly,
annual lease. 813-633-8083
Kings Point, 2br/2ba, 55+. Unfurnished/
furnished. Lanai, appliances. $750
monthly, annual lease includes water,
cable, recreational/ fitness facility. 813-
620 ROOMS FOR RENT
Wimauma, want to live in a country
setting that's clean, safe & quiet. No
alcohol or drugs. $385 per month. Nicely
furnished room includes all utilities and
basic cable. 813-503-4592
630 M.H. RENTALS
For Rent: Clean
Mobile Homes With
2br/2ba private lot. South of Gibsonton,
US 41. Call 813-927-2065
For rent. 2 bedroom mobile home near
shopping center in Gibsonton. 813-677-
8789, 813-601-1542 or 813-516-0896
Ruskin 2br/lba mobile home on quiet
street. Waterfront, fish off dock. Utilities
included. No smoking, no pets. Best
suited for single person or couple. Refer-
ences needed. Rent $185 weekly plus
$300 deposit. 813-363-6001
Mobile home for rent. 2br/1.5ba, large
lot, Ruskin area. $650 monthly, $400
2br mobile home on private lot. Water,
garbage & yard service furnished. $500
monthly plus deposit & electric. 813-
645 OFFICE SPACE
We will not be underpriced!
Prices starting at
$250 per month
646 WAREHOUSE SPACE
Garage & mini storage rooms for rent.
Pirates Treasure Cove, Gibsonton.
Advertise in the
newspaper that your
community is reading.
Ron's Cleaning Service
Quality housecleaning with integrity.
Call for free estimate. 7days a week.
Move-in, move-out, rentals. Insured,
bonded, licensed. Ruskin, Apollo
Beach, Sun City Center.
Flat rate $75, full clean
Need help cleaning your house, doing
errands or getting to the doctor's, call
me I can help. Call Jayne 813-917-
Home /office cleaning. Windows
cleaned. Pressure washing, yard
maintenance. Call Dee 813-777-
1221. Visa, MasterCard accepted.
Cindy's Bucket of Bubbles
Cleaning Service. Affordable, de-
pendable, licensed & insure. Free
estimates 20% off first cleaning. 813-
Sari's Cleaning Service. Small com-
mercial or any size residential Call
Going Home ?
Take the Observer with you!!
Call 813-645-3111, ext. 201.
$18 for 6 mo
706 PRESSURE WASHING
Benson's Pressure Washing
Houses, mobile home, driveways,
etc. Quality workmanship, reasonable
rates. We do it all. Free estimates. Call
710 LAWN CARE
Bill's Lawn Service Residential & com-
mercial. Cut, edge, trim, Ruskin, Apollo
Beach, Riverview, Gibsonton. Licensed./
insured. 813-293-6840 New account
M & C Mower Repair
Parts & service. Authorized warranty
center. Commercial & residential. 725
14th St., Wimauma. 813-938-3226
Narvaez Landscaping. Let us make
your yard beautiful for spring!! Free
estimates. Certified Arborist. 813-770-
6164 or 813-393-6521
Professional maintenance company
serving all your landscaping needs.
Residential & commercial. Ruskin,
Apollo Beach, SCC, Riverview. Li-
Don's Lawn Service. Mowing, edging,
trimming. Residential, low monthly rates.
Satisfaction guaranteed. Licensed,
22yrs experience. 813-645-4066
Veterans Affordable lawn, landscaping,
tree trimming/, hauling. Residential /
commercial. Mow, edge, trim /weed.
Odd jobs. Free estimate. Honest /de-
Paul B (813) 645-3211
DICKMAN Serving South Hillsborough
.. ..T I NC. County since 1924.
R A L T www.dickmanrealty.com
Celebrating 86 Years email@example.com
JUST REDUCED!!! Hwy 41 commercial industrial property. 1.43 acres with metal building
ready for your business. 2530 sq. ft. of work area with 3-phase power, dust collection unit,
5 roll-up doors. Also included: 3 buildings with office space. Great buy, priced below
appraised value. $629,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3673 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK
ANOTHER REDUCTION! 5 acres with old home site, reduced to $179,900. Great location
close to 1-75 and Hwy. 674. Motivated seller, make offer. KAY PYE 361-3673 or ROXANNE
JUST REDUCED!! Water surrounds you on this beautiful lakefront parcel. 2.21 acres on a
cul-de-sac. Just the place for your dream home. Some restrictions apply. $129,900 KAY
PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 FOR DETAILS.
WATERFRONT LOT! 78 x 100 with dock and only minutes to the bay! Great spot for your
dream home! REDUCED TO $119,000, KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKSI 3.68 acres (MOL) on the corner of 10th St. SW & Woodland
Estates in Ruskin. Property has zoning for a shopping center that allows manufacturing, all
engineering drawings are available to new buyers. County has already approved the plans.
$949,000 KAY PYE 361-3672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 FOR DETAILS.
COMMERCIAL RIVERFRONT AT ITS BEST! Formerly bait shop and just waiting for you to
reopen. Only permitted gas tank on the river, lots of structures on property. With some TLC,
could be a perfect spot for your own business. 300' of road frontage and river. Docks on
deep water. How about a biker's bar or a place for snowbirds to gather for breakfast before
going fishing? CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201
5 ACRES ON THE RIVER REDUCED TO $349,900. 3BR/2BA home plus workshop that
Dad would die for. Watch the sunset over the Little Manatee River. Including 2 separate lots
on 7th St. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201
SNOWBIRDS SPECIALI This very nice 2BR/2BA furnished Mobile-home, in age-restricted
gated community, has large enclosed addition, carport and utility shed. Amenities include
clubhouse, heated pool, shuffleboard. Fees are only $72/month. Offered at $49,000.
CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
GREAT 2BR/2BA DOUBLEWIDE HOMES ON THEIR OWN LOTS: No monthly fees, high
and dry lots, close to golf course community & shopping. Most homes are furnished. From
$56,900 to $75,900, they are perfect starter/winter homes. Please call for details. CLAIRE
FABULOUS WATERFRONT LOT, OWNER'S FINANCING: breathtaking view of river,
deep water, large new dock, great fishing! Cleared lot with all utilities, elegantly fenced and
gated, PD-MU zoning good for houses, Mobile-H, Manufact-H! $249,000. CLAIRE TORT
SUN CITY CENTER Beautiful 3BR/2BA, 2-car garage property that has been
meticulously maintained with new a/c in 2006, a new roof in 2007 and much, much more.
Sun City Center boasts golf, tennis, softball, two indoor pools plus over 200 clubs and
activities. A golf cart friendly community to local shopping and activities and it is
conveniently located to airports, beaches, Tampa, Sarasota & St. Petersburg. Come and
enjoy the Florida lifestyle today!! $139,500 CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653
AWESOME WATERFRONT!! Located on the Ruskin Inlet this 3BR/2BA2-car garage home
is truly a boater's delight! Enjoy the sweeping views of the Inlet from most rooms in this
nicely maintained property. The pool and deck areas are made for entertaining and enjoying
the Florida lifestyle. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac this property is waiting for you. Call today
for an appointment to see this home and make it yours!! $260,000. CALL CATHY GRIGGS
GREAT FAMILY HOME on just under an acre, close but not too close to town, 3BR/2BA,
pool, workshop, shade trees, and ready for immediate occupancy. Asking $169,500. Call
today JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540.
FRESHENED BUILDING PROVIDES FRESH OPPORTUNITIES. Owners have almost
finished improvements to property that has great commercial potential. New stucco exterior
and refurbished interior will soon be finished and ready for your business/office. Near
downtown Ruskin and major highways on a well-traveled street. Owner will consider
financing or renting. $130,000 JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288
ROOM TO ROAM !! This is your dream setting. 3BR/2BA home on over an acre with newer
well and plenty of room for your pets. Beautiful porch for enjoying the lovely sunsets. CALL
KATHY JACOBSON 624-2225
DOUBLE WIDE M/H in gated community. 2BR/2BA with washer and dryer. Priced right
with a little TLC. $55,000 Call to see today. KATHY JACOBSON 624-2225
CALL US FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS........645-3211
Donate your old functioning cell phones and drop off at our
office for use by the "Victims Assistance Program."
(Evening phone numbers)
Judy Erickson ..................... 468-0288 Jim Grannon........................... 610-3485
Claire Tort........................... 363-7250 KennAntonelli ..................... 786-3124
Kay Pye .............................. 361-3672 Kathy Jacobson ..................... 624-2225
Cathy Griggs ..................... 391-8653 Jo Ellen Mobley..................... 645-1540
Christine Nethers ............ 260-6335 LaRae Regis........................... 633-8318
Roxanne Westbrook............ 748-2201
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OPEN: Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 8 a.m. 3 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. 12 p.m.
1009 1st. Street S.W.
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DONATION DROP OFFS
TUES. THRU FRL ONLY PLEASE,
TI tRFT ALL DONATIONS MUST BE IN CLEAN
STORE USEABLE CONDITION.
30 THE SHOPPER
710 LAWN CARE
YjpB&Slawn Care, Inc.
Professional Lawn CareService
Residential & Commercial
Total Lawn Maintenance
Irrigation Monitoring & Repair
FREE ESTIMATES/REASONABLE RATES
"Your Local Lawn Care Professionals!"
714 TREE REMOVAL
Professional Tree &
Landscaping. Sales: trimming, remov-
als, popcorn curbing, stump grinding,
clearing, hauling. Fill dirt/ top soil/
rock/ mulch. We barter for items of
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is Joplin and Jefferson Airplane. I
worked in a darkroom and took pic-
tures of kids at camp and proms and
did some studio work. I've always
loved the arts, music and photog-
raphy, and playing musical instru-
ments too," he told me in an inter-
view last week overlooking what
was left of his beautiful garden after
the worst cold spell on Hillsborough
County's 150-year record.
But with warm weather, he will
rebuild; like he rebuilt his life af-
ter several career changes, and one
"After my divorce I moved to
the boondocks on a farm in Mary-
land and I eventually met Jackie in
1986," he said.
The two were friends a long time
before they actually dated. When he
finally asked her to dinner, she was
surprised enough to ask, "You mean
like a date?"
The two met because of their
church involvement, both running
ministries in Maryland.
"Years before, I had worked for a
man named Wade Jackson who was
instrumental in changing my life,"
Joel told me. "He led me to Christ
and I was saved two years later."
This was while Joel was still a
young man, and since then he has
been involved in several ministries,
including serving as the follow-up
minister to the Full Gospel Busi-
ness Men's Association and start-
ing a nursing home ministry in his
He and Jackie had been friends
(after his divorce) for a very long
time during these endeavors as
he would go into the Holiday Inn
where she booked the large events
and she would help him arrange for
the Full Gospel meetings.
Then her husband died and he and
other church friends were there to
help her through.
"It was funny when he first asked
me out to dinner," Jackie joked. "I
couldn't believe it was a date! Our
paths had been crossing for about
two years after my husband died,
and then Joel went to Israel in Feb-
ruary 1987 on a leadership tour and
asked me if I wanted to see his pho-
tographs. Well of course I did. We
had exactly one date, and were mar-
ried that April."
Joel laughed, saying he had been
praying and had heard God in his
heart saying it was time to remarry
and Jackie was the one.
"I just knew," he said, smiling.
"We were married before we had
even kissed or done any of those
At first they pastored a church
together in Baltimore and then they
trained in the home
group ministry of a
"I don't like to
dwell on denomi-
nations," Joel said.
"I just want to fol-
Since 1981 he has
done other jobs-
mostly in sales-
along with his ministries. But '7
he stopped selling life insur-
ance because he didn't like
thinking of the people he met
as "a sale."
When church congregations
were small and ministry needs
were large, the two had to keep
other jobs besides their minis-
tries and some of these included
his driving a school bus while
Jackie was managing a women'
Then they took care of two el-
derly relatives until their deatl-
for about 8 years before moving .:.
They went to Bradenton first. B-
then Joel had a real estate liceinse
was doing fairly well. After disco, -
ering Apollo Beach they felt they
just had to move.
"It was like a whole new fron-
tier then," he said, speaking of the
Together they had four grown
children until one of Jackie's died.
The couple now has five grandchil-
dren and two great grandchildren as
"Our first great grandchild was
born on Sept. 11 i,111)," Jackie
Since moving to the area Joel has
become involved with the South
Shore Business Association and
the South Shore Arts Council and
worked on Ruskin's Big Draw,
teaching a class in photography. He
also is starting a small photography
business out of his home and is cur-
rently showing some of his work at
Arianna's Home Decor in the plaza
across U.S. 41 from Mirabay, be-
hind M&I Bank.
To contact him, call (813) 476-
2332; email him at imagesbyjoel@
tampabay.rr.com or see his work on
his Web site, www.imagesbyjoel.
MARCH 25, 2010
oel' intended to sepa-
when he first took these four ment so much hesindeded o
rate them but iked the arrange'er su n
frame them as one.
Penny Fletcher Photos
Joel and Jackie Rosenberg check out his latest photographs trying
to decide which ones to put on his Web site. The two relocated to
Apollo Beach after living in many other parts of the country.
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