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April 15, 2010
Volume 54
Number 12

The community says
goodbye to Pastors Lloyd
and Joan Scott of Four-
square Gospel Church in
Ruskin at a dinner to be
held in their honor. Read
more about their dedica-
tion and experiences in
Penny Fletcher's story on
page IlB


in South
is now
Do you remember the
old-style Florida tourist
postcards? The kind that
allowed our neighbors
to the north to show off
the weird and wonderful
things they encountered on
vacation in the Sunshine
State? While that kind of
postcard may be harder to
find today, the weird and
the wonderful still exists
here in South Hillsbor-
ough, in the Tampa Bay
area and across
all of Florida.
After a long hiatus,
Where in South Hills-
borough now returns as
'Postcards' photos
that highlight the cool
and unusual stuff found
only here. We invite you
to enjoy the view and we
invite you to participate
in guessing where each
week's postcard can be
found. But we have an
added challenge: While
there is still much to see
in South Hillsborough,
Postcards is not limited to
our corner of paradise.
Beginning this week,
look inside and revel in
the cool and the nostalgic
and send us your
best guess as to where it
can be found. The email
address remains the same:
net. If you get it right,
we'll print your name next
week. We might even print
your name if you
get it wrong.
We also invite you to
participate in finding new
postcards. Email us your
photographs and you'll get
the photo credit along with
a note of thanks. Keep in
mind, however, that we
can only print photos you
have actually taken and not
commercial postcards.
As always, we'll look
forward to hearing
from you.





puts the hip

into bones

Frank Garcia of
Ruskin carefully
cleans the bones of
a 35-million-year-
old Oreodont. He
found the fanged
sheep-like creature
on his ranch in
western Nebraska.
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RUSKIN Frank Garcia has a way of
making paleontology hip. On Saturday
nights, Garcia and his guests grab micro-
phones to belt out tunes standing next to
an enormous skull of a tyrannosaurs Rex
in the "Rex Room" on the lower level of
his Ruskin home. Lining the walls and in
cases are more skulls and artifacts from
his years of bone hunting. Through those
years he has gained acceptance and rec-
ognition in the science community along
with world fame. Not bad for a guy with-
out a degree in paleontology.
Garcia has changed the way we un-
derstand history. No, not American his-
tory a bit further back than that. Two
million or 35 million years further back
from that. Here in Florida, he has dis-
covered creatures that were previously
not known to exist at least 30 in all -
and rose to fame with what some think
is the world's largest known deposit of
ice-age fossils in the Leisey Shell Pit
near the Little Manatee River. Along the
way he has opened a window to our far-
distant past for thousands of children -
at least 50,000 by his count.
"A dinosaur tooth will trump the Mona
Lisa every time in front of a thousand
kids," he said.
Last Saturday, just outside the door
of the Rex Room, Garcia unveiled the
bones of a 35-million-year-old sheep-
like creature called an Oreodont. But
this wasn't your ordinary run-of-the-mill
little sheep it had fangs.
"They were grazers but their canines
suggest they were more aggressive than
your normal sheep," Garcia said.
Garcia is a man of deep passion for
his friends and for bones. That passion is
what has made a former tradesman into
a world renowned scientist. He is a man
comfortable in his own skin but leads a
dual life between his home in Florida
and his ranch in the panhandle of Ne-
The Oreodont, the fanged sheep, came
from Nebraska. Garcia found it, protect-
ed the entire fossil in a plaster cast and
brought it home to Florida. Garcia leads
three expeditions a year to his ranch,
taking 35 or 4'I \ isitois out into the scrub
and badlands to search for their own
pieces of history. In the search, perhaps
Garcia and his guests find their own leg-

acies the knowledge that some things
do remain in this world. The dry high
plains climate helps to ensure that.
"The springtime sage permeates the air
See BONES, page 13

Students explain how AVID

program prepares them to learn
GIBSONTON Earlier this month students at middle and
high schools across the county made displays at their schools for
parents and interested others to see just what the AVID Program
is about.
On AVID District Awareness Day April 6, I was hosted through
the program at East Bay High School by the school's AVID coor-
dinator Mark Beard and AVID Club president, Crystal Goodwin.
The first two things I wanted to know was what the acronym
AVID stands for and how the "program" given in class is differ-
ent from the AVID Club.
Learning about the acronym, which stands for Advancement
via Individual Determination, could be accomplished quickly but
the intricacies of the program were very detailed and took quite
some time to explain.
AVID is offered to middle and high school students who meet
See AVID PROGRAM, page 12


SUN CITY CENTER In the first
known judicial opinion favoring Chinese
drywall victims, a federal judge has clar-
ified remedial issues and held out hope
for local beleaguered
homeowners. This is ...federal
the view of leaders district judge
on the drywall front awarded
here after reviewing a total
a 108-page "Finding
of Fact and Conclu- recovery...of
sions of Law" issued a little over
late last week by $2.6 million.
Judge Eldon Fallon,
sitting on the federal district court bench
in Louisiana's Eastern District.
Fallon's opinion is part of a nation-
al class action and consolidation of a
number of contaminating drywall legal
claims from around the country into a
case brought by seven Virginia plaintiffs.
These homeowners in the Williamsburg,
Newport News and Virginia Beach ar-
eas, whose single family, duplex and
townhouse dwellings were built with
and contaminated by Chinese drywall,
complained of corrosion destroying ap-
pliances, foul odors and health-related
problems. Among them are cancer sur-
vivors, some driven to bankruptcy, some
facing foreclosure by mortgage lenders,
some working multiple jobs, some re-
tired, several with young children all
of them sustaining property and per-
sonal damages because they unwittingly
bought a home built with Chinese dry-
The case names as defendants the
Taishan Gypsum Co., Ltd., Tobin Trad-
See DRYWALL, page 14

posed increase of Hillsborough
County's sales tax for transpor-
tation purposes is getting thor-
ough airing here.
In the second of three sched-
uled debates focused on the sales
tax increase to fund a range of
rail and road projects, a pair of
economic development special-
ists last week offered very dif-
ferent takes on the prospect.
Meeting during a session of
the Sun City Center Forum
Club, Katie Franco, public
policy director for the Tampa
Bay Partnership, an eight-
county organization encourag-
ing economic development in
the greater Tampa Bay region,
emphasized the "pro" side of
the issue as Jim Hosler, a demo-
graphics expert and co-founder
of the South Hillsborough Eco-
nomic Development Council,
asserted the "con" positions.
The object of their opposition
is the proposed one percent in-
crease in Hillsborough County's
sales tax from seven to eight
cents on the dollar to help pay
for both a light rail transit route
in Tampa and for road improve-
ments in various parts of the
county including South Hills-
borough selected from a long
master list.
The sales tax increase issue
well may be on the local elec-
tion ballot this fall in the form
of an up-or-down referendum,
the balanced wording of which
was considered recently by
county commissioners.

The same topic is slated for
airing next week when two
county commissioners Mark
Sharpe and Al Higginbotham
- are scheduled to meet in a
debate arranged by the Sun
City Center Community Asso-
ciation. Sharpe is a strong sup-
porter of commuter rail transit
and proponent of the sales tax
increase as a means of getting
the Tampa light rail network un-
derway. Higginbotham, on the
other hand, has stated he cannot
support a sales tax increase un-
der the present economic con-
ditions and consequently is not
promoting the commuter rail at
this point. Their debate, open
to the public, is set for noon,
Thursday, April 22, in Commu-
nity Hall on the retirement com-
munity's south side. Former CA
President Paul Wheat is to serve
as moderator.
Sharpe and Hosler also de-
bated the multi-faceted tax and
transportation subject about a
month ago before local Repub-
In their confrontation last
week Franco and Hosler dis-
agreed most vigorously on the
timing and value of a light rail
to the Tampa community, par-
ticularly in a period of uncertain
economic conditions. Franco
pointed out that commuter rail
in Tampa was being discussed
10 years ago, but not pushed.
"If we'd done it then, we'd be
riding it now," she said. Hosler,
however, called the proposed
sales tax increase for rail "a
bad investment due to the un-
See TAX INCREASE, page 21

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in the exchange of qualified business referrals among members, is hold-
ing a Visitor's Day Event in Sun City Center, FL. Business profession-
als are invited to attend a Visitor's Day breakfast meeting on April 21,
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For my younger readers and
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threshing bee, it is an event that
brings farm neighbors together to
help each other. I have fond mem-
ories of threshing bees from when
I was a child living on a farm in
Canada. Each farmer cut the wheat
in his own field and bundled it up
in shocks. Someone in the com-
munity who owned a steam engine
would bring it to the farm. At about
4 a.m., they would start the fires
to build up a head of steam. The
steam engine would then drive the
mechanical thresher, which would
be hand-fed the shocks of wheat.
That was the mechanical part of
The truly great part of the thresh-
ing bee was that neighbors got to-
gether to help each other bring in
the harvest, and everyone in the
community contributed. The men
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fields, the children would help at
the threshing machine, and all of
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meal at a host farm. If Mrs. Brown
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farm. They worked together for
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one keeping track of IOU's.
I had almost forgotten about the
threshing bee and what a wonder-
ful thing it was in our community
until I talked with a friend who
told me about his very active and
enthusiastic mother and a group to
which she belongs. By the way, his
mother is 96 years young and just
bought a brand new car for herself
to drive. She has belonged to a
group in southeastern Ohio called
We Do As You Like for a number
of years. At its apex, the group was
50 members strong. It was dedicat-
ed to self-help projects. As I under-
stand it, the members would meet
at the home of one member and
help that member do any chore the
member chose. The chore might
be painting a wall, darning a sock,
or hoeing a garden. They tell me
it was really true that many hands
make easy work. Many tasks that
would have been tiresome for a
person to do alone became enjoy-
able social occasions.
Wouldn't it be great if we could
revive that community spirit, where
neighbor helped neighbor without
desire for monetary reward? We
can't bring back the threshing bee,
but all is not lost because there are
isolated outposts where people do
help people. Maybe we can use
these as models to expand our
community involvement. Habi-
tat for Humanity is one such pro-
gram. I'm sure there are others.
With a commitment to community,
we could have a Habitat For Our
Town, where we as neighbors get
together to help each other.

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Observing the Web

Had Enough War and Sheep?
By Mitch Traphagen

A re you among those
whose lives are utterly
and completely upended
whenever Facebook makes a
change to their software? Or are
you among the millions of people
quietly suffering through endless
Farmville, Petville, and Mafia
Wars posts from your supposed
Facebook friends? Could you,
would you, do it better if you ran
the show?
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us or for anyone who is about to
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ing about cute little lost sheep
from Facebook's Farmville.
What you do with it is limited
only by your imagination. You
can set the colors, upload photo-
graphs, run videos, integrate your
Twitter feed you can even run
your own ads and possibly make
a few bucks from advertising
to your friends (C'mon! It's the
American way! Thomas Edison
and Henry Ford were friends
but do you think Ford ever said,
"Hey Tom, how about a few free
lightbulbs for my factories?" or
Edison ever said, "Gee, Henry,
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and all, how 'bout a free Model
T?"). And speaking of ads, Ning
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Ning is a do-it-yourself social
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conversation with the public, which of course, leads to better business
connections. Once again, thank you to:
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business cards as well as tourism flyers. We do faxing, copying, notary
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Post-Polio Group
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Post-Polio Group of Southern
Hillsborough County will meet
for their monthly meeting on April
15 from 10:30am to 11:30am at
United Methodist Church, 1210
Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City
This group meets the third Thurs-
day of every month from Septem-
ber through May and everyone is
welcome to attend. For more in-
formation call: Pam Vogelsang at

screening in your
The Mental Health and Aging
Coalition has arranged screening
for depression on Monday, May
5, from 9am to noon and Friday,
May 21 from 1 pm to 4 pm in the
privacy of your home.
To take advantage of this free
service contact Lucy Irizarry at
813-232-3200 extension 237 to
make your appointment. You can
leave a message 24 hours a day.
All screenings are confidential.

Death and Dying
Michael Griffith, a professional
relations representative ofLifePath
Hospice, will be giving a presenta-
tion on "Understanding Death and
Dying, April 19 at 10:30 a.m. in
the Fellowship Hall at St. Andrew
Presbyterian Church in Sun City
Center. Light refreshments will be
served. Michael covers the south-
ern half of Hillsborough County
and has been with LifePath for
three years.
LifePath Hospice houses strive
to bridge the gap between hospital
care and care at home by provid-
ing acute care in a home-like set-
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into nursing homes, hospitals and
assisted living facilities. LifePath
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County residents who are 60 years of age or older, with an income that
is at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and have
received a past due or final notice for their home energy bill.
The LIHEAP program is designed to assist low-income Hillsborough
County residents with incomes below 150 percent of the federal poverty
level, especially those with the lowest incomes that pay a high portion
of household income for home energy, in meeting their immediate home
energy bills.
The EHEAP and LIHEAP assistance programs are available twice a
year. Once to assist with heating during the winter months and once to
assist with cooling during the summer months.
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60 years of age and older, the disabled or handicapped, homebound, and
parents or guardians with children. Those residents who have never re-
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7-11 p.m. Taylor and Taylor
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All events are open to qualified
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Riverview Memorial
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.
Ladies' Auxiliary --
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.
Every Wednesday:
$6 All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
from 5 to 7 p.m.
Carry-out orders available.
Call ahead -- 671-9845
1st Thursday:
Men's Auxiliary Meeting at 7 p.m.
2nd Thursday:
Post Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Every Friday:
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.
Every Saturday:
Karaoke by Jeff at 8 p.m.

Wings (the best I've every had)
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Time for baking
Regular all-purpose flour costs
between 99 and $2.29 for a five-
pound bag, which translates into
a per cup price of between 5
and 12. Think about making all
your own flour-based products. A
large loaf of bread uses four cups
of flour and a 12" pizza crust uses
two cups. It is easy to make pasta
and all types of rolls, biscuits,
cakes, pancakes and cookies. With
two parents working, this is very
time consuming, but for the un-
employed, this is a huge money
Another idea is to sell your
bread to friends, neighbors, and
co-workers, which will stretch the
budget for other necessities.
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Cheap baking
For cheap baking soda to use for
cleaning purposes (not cooking),
go to a farm supply store. I bought
a 50-pound bag of baking soda for
about $10! A two-pound box of
baking soda at the grocery store is
almost $2. Just remember that this
is not food grade baking soda, so
just use it for cleaning purposes.
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Curves' ladies collect for charity
The ladies of Apollo Beach Curves collected 969 Ibs. of personal
goods and donated them to The Mary & Martha House in Ruskin.
Curves is located at 5932 Frond Way in Apollo Beach. For more
information, call 645-0909.

New arrivals
from Brandon

Thomas Laron Fulks was born
April 2, 2010. Pamela Wethers and
Marvin Fulks of Riverview are the
proud parents.
Lilly Katharine Kick was born
March 30, 2010. The proud parents
are Tiffany and Donald Kick of
Apollo Beach.
Garrelyn J'Nycee Nevaeh
Saluhus was born March 24, 2010.
Ivory Mills of Ruskin is the proud

Almost a DVD
I could never justify paying for
TiVo service or a DVD recorder
with my fairly light TV viewing.
But then I got switched to the night
shift and started missing my favor-
ite prime time TV shows that I used
to watch in real time. I still didn't
want to spend a lot of money, but I
missed my shows.
One day in Goodwill the answer
hit me. I bought a used VCR for
$5! Remember those? Well, they
still work! Just make sure you
get one with a remote. With some
VCRs, the remote is the only way
to program your recordings. Wal-
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they can be purchased on eBay.
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Skateboard Park is coming!
The Apollo Beach Civic Association's Public Meeting date has been
changed for this month to one week later -- Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m.
Mark Thornton, Director of the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation
and Conservation Department and his staff will be sharing their building
plans for the new skateboard park with the community. These plans may
also include a dog park. The Director is requesting the youth and their
families to attend for construction updates and their input. The meeting
will be held at 7 p.m. at the Apollo Beach Recreation Center, 664 Golf
and Sea Blvd. All are welcome!
Contact apollobchcivicassoc tampabay.rr.com Barbara Compton,
President for more information, or mail to P.O. Box 3262, Apollo Beach,
FL 33572 or attend a meeting to get acquainted.
The Apollo Beach Civic Association's (ABCA) goal is to remain un-
biased, provide a source of information, platform to discuss, and ad-
dress issues of importance to our community. Meetings are held the third
Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted: 7 p.m., at the Apollo
Beach Recreation Center, 664 Golf and Sea Blvd.
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Apollo Beach Civic Association's February Membership Meet-
ing topic was TECO's Customer Energy Saving Incentives and
new alternate energy sources. Shown, left to right: Wes Compton;
Barbara Compton, Apollo Beach Civic Association President; Joe
Waronka, ABCA Treasurer; Speaker Bryon T. Burrows, P.E., BCEE,
Manager, Air Programs, Tampa Electric Co.; Kevin Conlin, Apollo
Beach Chamber of Commerce; and John Evon, Local Civic Leader.

Apollo Beach to
hold Honorary
Mayor's Race
The cutoff date for entry appli-
cations for the Apollo Beach Hon-
orary Mayor's Race is at 4 p.m.
on Friday, April 16. Candidates
must either work or live in Apollo
Beach with the 33572 zip code or
be a member of the Apollo Beach
The purpose of the Honorary
Mayor's Race is to act as a char-
ity fundraiser and to promote com-
munity spirit. Each $1 contribu-
tion to a candidate will count as
one "vote." The candidate with the
most 'votes' by June 22 will be de-
clared the winner. Fifty percent of
the money collected will be donat-
ed to the 501 (c)3 charity of each
candidate's choice.
For more information or an
application, contact the Apollo
Beach Chamber at 137 Harbor
Village Lane, Apollo Beach or call

invited to attend
Mother's Day
The community is invited to
a free concert presented by the
Eastern Hillsborough Community
Band in recognition of Mother's
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
on May 6, which is the Thursday
before Mother's Day, at Grace
Community United Methodist
Church at FishHawk, 5708 Lithia
Pinecrest Rd., Lithia.
Musicians of all levels of experi-
ence are invited to join the com-
munity concert band, which is
open to high school students up to
senior citizens. The band practices
on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9
p.m. at Grace Community.
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celebrated all across the country
and around the world. The theme
for this year's celebration and
awareness events is clean energy
and conserving energy to combat
climate change. The Tampa Bay
area has some fun exhibits and
events that will open your mind
about conservation of energy and
making our human footprint on the
earth a lot smaller.
Have you ever wondered what
type of clean energy research is
taking place around the world?
How about the research in the
Tampa Bay area? To celebrate
Earth Day Tampa Bay, The USF
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nations on Sunday April 18 at Low-
ry Park from 11-4pm. There will
be a game show where members
of the audience are challenged to
create an energy efficient house.
There will be solar powered com-
puters on display and guests can
even munch on popcorn freshly
made in solar ovens!
Not only do they have exhibits
but there are hands-on crafts for
kids and adults along with an edu-
cational area that promotes the "a-
b-c's of recycling" and the appreci-
ation of nature. Pets are welcome
to join their human companions at
this event and are even offered free
pet portraits and treats. Admission
and parking is free.
Honeymoon Island State Park
will be celebrating Island Earth
Day, Saturday, April 17, from 10-
6pm and Sunday, April 18, from
10-5pm. There will be fresh sea-
food and live music, guided nature
walks, crafts and local environ-
mental vendors, a rock wall and
kayak races. The coolest activity
is a workshop on how to build a
boat in a weekend-and not a
toy boat, an actual 8 foot wooden
boat! Visit www.islandparks.org
for more details and how to regis-
ter your family to build a boat to
take home!
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Camp Bayou is hosting a Spring
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from 8am-2pm.
Schedule of Activities:
8am: Great American Cleanup
begins- register at Keep Hillsbor-
ough County Beautiful
9 am: Trail games begin- Butter-
fly Blingo, Scavenger Hunt, Geo-
caching, Letterboxing and more.
10 am: Wetland Walk-n-Wade -
Take a walk through the wetlands
to the river to see what critters can
be netted.
11am: Nature activities and
crafts- get into the outdoors with
a variety of nature-related projects
including a few citizen science op-
Noon: Spring Member BBQ-
Free for current members or be-
come 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- It's
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Real Dangers Outdoors

David Matthews
presents a benefit
Prepare for a magical evening
as David Matthews takes us on
a musical journey from "Bach to
Bacharach". During his illustri-
ous career, David Matthews has
performed with many well known
artists, some of which include The
Dale Warland Singers, The Rob-
ert Shaw Chorale, The Florida
Orchestra, The Master Chorale of
Tampa Bay and currently is the ac-
companist for The Tampa Oratorio
David will offer selections from
classical to jazz and beyond on
the magnificent Steinway Concert
Grand Piano and the Cassavant
Pipe Organ at Palma Ceia Presby-
terian Church in Tampa. The one
hour concert benefits the Tampa
Oratorio Singers and a free will
offering will be taken during the
The concert will take place on
Sunday, April 18 at 5:00 pm at
Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church
located at 3501 West San Jose
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at Camp Bayou
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
Cart tours every half hour be-
ginning at 9:30 am.

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 but it is now open for day use
only, open to the general public.
Through volunteers, donations,
membership and grants, the RCDF
offers pre-scheduled programs
to schools, youth groups, adult
groups and families plus it's open
from Thursday- Saturday from
9am-2pm for passive recreational
pursuits such as wildlife watch-
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Water Conservation Month

Workshops held on the first Sat-
urday of each month explore the
wild side of Camp Bayou. Visit
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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.camp-
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Public meeting on Hillsborough County's
Local Mitigation Strategy update
The Hazard Mitigation Section of Hillsborough County Planning and
Growth Management Department is requesting public comment from resi-
dents on its Local Mitigation Strategy Plan. The Plan is a document that iden-
tifies local vulnerability to natural hazards, such as flooding and wildfires;
assesses risks for all of Hillsborough County, including Tampa, Temple Ter-
race and Plant City; and details government projects to mitigate or reduce
those vulnerabilities. It also serves as the basis in which the long-term Post
Disaster Redevelopment Strategy is being developed, and as the floodplain
management plan used in the County's participation with the National Flood
Insurance Program (NFIP).
The Plan is currently undergoing a major review and update that is re-
quired every five years by the Florida Division of Emergency Management
and FEMA and that is required every three years as a result of the County's
standing with the NFIP.
Residents are asked to comment on any project currently listed in the Plan
and suggest other projects not being considered. The draft updated plan is
available online at: www.hillsboroughcounty.org/pgm/hazardmit/localmiti-
gationcfm, or at the public review opportunities listed below.
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cent of water consumed by house-
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vocates water conservation year-
round, an extra effort is being
made to promote conservation
throughout April. Governments
and water management districts
throughout the state have declared
April Water Conservation Month
because April is traditionally one
of the driest months of the year
and typically marks the peak de-
mand season for public water sup-
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conservation tips that the average
resident can use. This week the
concentration is on how you can
reduce your outdoor water con-
sumption by taking a few simple
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by manually starting your sys-
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sidewalks. Areas in the yard that
are too wet or too dry are signs of
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water just because it's your day.
Irrigate your lawn when it shows
signs of stress from lack of water.
A garden hose without a shut-
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of water in an hour. Use a shutoff
nozzle on your hose that can be
adjusted down to a fine spray so
that water flows only as needed.
When finished, turn it off at the
spigot instead of at the nozzle to
avoid leaks.
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that recycles water. If you wash
your own car, park on the grass,
use a bucket of soapy water and
use a hose with a shutoff nozzle.
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servation and the drought, or to
schedule a speaker, please visit the
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certain criteria. Its mission is to
ensure that students with poten-
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not because of having only aver-
age grades, or perhaps not having
families that have experience in
college preparation, get the train-
ing they need so they can attend
college or university if they work
hard enough.
It is offered in 4,000 schools in
45 states and 15 countries, in both
large and small schools, urban and
rural. In Hillsborough County, all
high schools and middle schools
and even some elementary schools
have taken it on.
The Avid Club, however, is made
up of a leadership group that has
elected offices, and makes deci-
sions about what kind of activities
will be held and what colleges and
universities they might like to tour
using the money they make hold-
ing fundraisers. It is the planning
arm of the program in each school
and works closely with the mem-
bers of the school's staff that coor-
dinate the program there.
At East Bay, the coordinator is
Mark Beard with the help of an-
other teacher, Remy Ferrario. But
it was clear that students make a
lot of the decisions about what they
need and how they're going to ac-
complish filling those needs.
First off, I learned students must
apply to become a part of AVID.
It isn't just assigned like a regular
Students with very high grades
usually aren't encouraged to ap-
ply unless they have organizational
handicaps; bad study habits; or
other reasons that might hold them
back from doing their best work.
I found that learning good study

skills is at the top c
group's list.
They showed me
for students to fill

tutoring, and explained that they
offer each other help in math, Eng-
lish, social studies and science.
They're encouraged to work both
collaboratively and alone. Some of
the methods they employ are keep-
ing organized binders with a place
for everything that can be easily
and quickly determined; keeping
proper Cornell notes, which is a
certain way of note-taking that en-
sures better study; how to discuss,
using all sides of an argument, and
that it's OK to change positions if
persuaded during discussion. This
philosophical thinking is similar to
debate but is also about learning to
argue peacefully while keeping an
open mind. Some of the things they
discuss regularly are whether hav-
ing school uniforms is a good or
bad idea; whether physical educa-
tion is important in all four years of
high school; and ways of handling
alcohol and drug use they may en-
counter among friends.
Students have held bake sales
and car washes, although they get
some money from school funds

toward visiting Florida colleges
they might choose to attend. These
trips are recorded and photographs
have been posted both on line and
on posters, showing the schools
and what each who visited learned
about them on their trip.
Noelani Sanders and Karina Mar-
tinez, both sophomores, have been
AVID members since 8th Grade.
They said they have been to eight
or nine colleges which has given
them a perspective they couldn't
have gotten from a brochure.
"You really get the feel of it be-
cause you're right there," Noelani
Besides the car washes and bake
sales, the students put on a dance
for Eisenhower middle schoolers
last year that put some money in
their fund.
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every day. I !I.I Ih: it'll be the first
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or someone who works his or her
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up there," Garcia said. "The first
thing my guests notice is the smell
of the prairie air. We stay at a place
called the High Plains Homestead
across the dirt road from my ranch.
They have homemade food, pies
and bread it's been a big hit
with all of my clients."
But the thrill of staying in a west-
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cook shack, however, is no match
for the expedition itself.
"It's fun watching visitors freak
out when seeing and meeting a
creature from another time," Gar-
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ment of having their wonderful
discovery from my ranch on dis-
play in their own homes. Clients
can keep anything they find, I
have no restrictions on that. Some
&b of those finds have been worth as
much as $10,000 to $18,000."
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passion. A previously unknown
species of antelope now bears
his name, Antilopcaptra Garciae.
Another creature, the Kyptoceras
Amatorum, a giraffe-like animal
" with antelope horns, was named
in his honor. On Saturday, Garcia
provided a small Oreodont, the
fanged sheep with an attitude, with
a measure of immortality. Thirty-
five million years after that very
animal laid down and died, it has
come back for us to see, to touch,
to understand. This little Oreodont
has not been forgotten.
Through his discoveries, Garcia
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of immortality. But for the rest of
us, he has demonstrated that it is
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it. Through the bones of the little
fanged sheep and countless other
creatures, Garcia has illustrated

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ing, Inc., Venture Supply, Inc.,
Harbor Walk Development LLC
and the Porter-Blaine Corp. Fallon
found the defendants guilty of
negligence, breach of express or
implied warranties, unjust enrich-
ment and violation of U.S. con-
sumer protections.
As part of his conclusions, the
federal district judge awarded a to-
tal recovery to the seven plaintiffs
of a little over $2.6 million. Find-
ing that each plaintiff sustained
economic damages inthe $250,000
to $390,000 range, Fallon tailored
his awards to give each the funds
to cover a six-month remediation
of the home, plus another $100,000
each in recognition of "the loss of
use and enjoyment" suffered by
each family.
At one point in his lengthy re-
view of the circumstances, Fallon
stated "...the Court finds that sci-
entific, economic and practicality
concerns dictate that the proper
remediation for the Plaintiff-inter-
venors is to remove all drywall in
their homes, all items which have
suffered corrosion as a result of
the Chinese drywall, and all items
which will be materially damaged
in the process of removal."
Woody Nelson, former Sun City
Center CA director and advocate
for victims of the contaminated
drywall, said this week he sees the
words as very encouraging, per-
haps even signaling "a light at the
end of the tunnel." Nelson, who
founded the local Contaminated
Drywall Coordinating Group
(CDCG) two years ago to search
for solutions on behalf of victims,
called Fallon's legal findings and
financial awards to the Virginia
victims "the best news to date."
Another CDCG activist, Roy
Glaum, also found several hearten-
ing statements in the Fallon docu-
ment. The judge, for instance, not-
ed that conditions set in motion by
the contaminating drywall can lead
to a fire risk "...making the homes
hard, if not impossible, to live in."
At another point, the judge classi-
fied the plaintiffs' homes as "se-
vere industrial corrosive environ-
ments," the highest level of such
contamination. Fallon also stated
without equivocation that "...
by any recognized standard, high
levels of corrosive gases are pres-
ent in the representative homes."
Then, continuing his evaluation of
the multiple aspects of contamina-
tion, the judge asserted "Corrosion
on active residential wiring is a vi-
olation of the national safety code
as well as the safety and building
codes of various states."
All in all, Nelson and Glaum
agreed, Fallon's formalized state-
ments provide a standard of failure
in drywall damaged homes and
create a foundation for pressing
future claims, if not establishing a
legal precedent useful in litigation
to come.
However, both also recognized
that obtaining actual cash in hand
to initiate remediation of contami-
nated homes and compensate for
other losses depends on imple-
mentation of the judge's finan-
cial awards by the seven Virginia
plaintiffs. And both acknowledged
that while the U.S. District Court
might have jurisdiction over a U.S.
company, it cannot force any set-
tlement by a Chinese company.
When it comes down to dollars,
though, Glaum said the judge's
computations do provide a guide-
line for determining remediation
costs in other locales. Fallon's cal-
culations set remediation at $86
per square foot in the seven Vir-
ginia homes, the former financial
planner added. This square foot-

age figure might be a little less in
Florida, Glaum noted, but gives a
starting point nonetheless.
However, moving from that
starting point to instituting real
remediation in any of the 80 con-
taminated homes in the Sun City
Center-Kings Point communities
certainly is not around the corer,
Glaum cautioned. In fact, at this
point in time, he said he does not
anticipate any dollar and cents help
for SCC-KP homeowners who
have suffered the same damages
as the Virginia plaintiffs coming
directly from the class action. Nor
does he foresee any governmental
help on the horizon in the form of
community block grant money, for
instance. Hillsborough County re-
ceives about $3 million in commu-
nity block grant funds each year,
with 70 percent of it earmarked for
Section 8 or subsidized housing
for the poor. The remaining 30 per-
cent, even if dedicated to drywall
contamination removal, would re-
mediate maybe six or seven dwell-
ings per year, he estimated. About
400 Hillsborough County houses,
all told, have been affected by the
imported drywall.
The best financial hope for local
victims yet may come through the
WCI trust for drywall damage con-
tainment established as part of the
developer's bankruptcy proceed-
ing. While the initial trust funding
is nearly depleted, Glaum said, the
developer also assigned its rights
under agreements with its insur-
ance carriers to the trust. An attor-
ney in Texas now is pursuing those
carriers for settlement of drywall
remediation claims, he added. The
Observer attempted to contact that
attorney but was not successful be-
fore this week's deadline.
Meanwhile, Nelson and Glaum
said the CDCG would continue
its campaign to focus political and
public attention on the injustices
of bad drywall on behalf of the
SCC and KP homeowners, some
of them trapped in their damaged
homes, unable to afford another
dwelling unable to sell a deval-
ued property and unable to get help
with the expensive remediation.
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Get off the sidelines and make a difference this Earth Day

Climate change, garbage filling
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reefs dying off the news about our
ocean environment seems almost in-
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Don't spend another Earth Day
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after the nonprofit Caribbean Con-
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Costa Rica, green turtle populations
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with sustainable ecotourism and Tor-
tuguero's 20-mile sea turtle nesting
beach is fully protected as a national
park, home to the largest breeding
population of green turtles in the
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U.S., the Caribbean and around the
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24 1 p.m.

26 1:30 p.m.

28 10:30 a.m.

29 10 a.m.
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Don't Drink the Water
The St. Andrew's United Methodist Church drama team will present
the zany comedy "Don't Drink the Water," for three performances on
May 5, 6, and 7, in the church sanc-
tuary, located at 3315 Bryan Road. 4ETHYE EIMi
All performances will begin at I A
7:00 pm. Admission is free, but a SE3RIlY
love offering will be accepted. This
fast paced and clever comedy takes -,
place in the American embassy of L
a fictional country behind the Iron
Curtain in the 1960s.
Things get off to a frantic start
as the vacationing Hollander fam- C
ily race into the embassy just steps r
ahead of the communist police who
suspect them of (what else?) spying
and picture-taking! The embassy is
not much of a refuge, since the am-
bassador is absent, and his son, now
in charge, has been expelled from a ----- -
dozen countries and the entire conti-
nent of Africa for his bumbling ways. Nevertheless, they carefully and
frantically plot their escape, and the ambassador's son and the Holland-
er's daughter even have time to fall in love. The story is enhanced by an
asylum-seeking priest who fancies himself a magician, a snooty embassy
employee, a temperamental and eccentric chef, an arrogant sheik, and, of
course, those "friendly" communist police. Bright and witty dialogue, a
riotous plot, and memorable performances make "Don't Drink the Wa-
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APRIL 15, 2010

Prince of Peace
Concert Series
In recognition of the decree of
Pope Benedict XVI proclaiming
2010 as a special Jubilee Year
of the Priest, the Prince of Peace
Catholic Church is offering a Sol-
emn Service on April 25 at 4 p.m.
honoring our Lord Jesus as the
High Priest.
The celebration will include
readings from scripture and musi-
cal selections offered by organist
and music director, Mark Win-
chester, and the Prince of Peace
Prince of Peace is located at 702
Valley Forge Boulevard in Sun
City Center. For more information
call 634-2328.

Gospel Echoes
The Gospel Echoes will be sing-
ing in the Sun City Center/Wimau-
ma Wal Mart parking lot, Saturday
April 17 at 7 pm. Everyone is wel-

CCW hosts dessert .
D c-ila nf Chrict lic ant t

card party
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 a table in ad-
vance and come to the monthly
Dessert Card Party on Wednesday,
May 12, 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-

From trash to
From April 15-17 New Begin-
nings Fellowship located at 1120
27th St SE Ruskin will be holding
a yard sale. There will be some-
thing for everyone so be sure to
stop by and check out the "good-
For more information, call Pas-
tor Lewis Brady at 654-1018.

Upcoming events include: Teen
trip to Orlando, April 15-17; Movie
Night, April 30 at 7:00 p.m.; Wom- _
en's Fellowship, May 3 at 10:00
The Disciples of Christ Christian
Fellowship is preparing for another (
cruise. If you interested in going on
a 7 day Southern Caribbean cruise,
contact the church at (813) 677- -
8600. -
Disciples of Christ is located at i.
7732 Gibsonton Drive. See website S
for additional events and informa-
tion, www.doccf.org.

SundayWorship: Blended 8:00 a.m.
/I Contemporary 9:40 a.m.
Traditional 11:15 a.m. I BigBendRd. I
Nursery Provided CrossRoads: Bible Study, Worship: Wed. 7 p.m.
Pastor Jack R. Palzer R
5309 U.S. Highway 41 North Apollo Beach ,
(acror om MiraBaywww.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)
SUNDAY MORNINGS: (Nov.-April ............................. 8:30a.m. Day Care Available
Mon. Fri.
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

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 ........................................... 10 AM
Wednesday Testimony Meeting ....................................... 5PM
Reading Room Tuesday & Thursday.................................1- 4 PM
ALL ARE WELCOME www.spirituality.com


A Resource for Families
Sunday School ............................9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship............8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Dr. Bary Rumsey
Evening Service............................6:00 p.m. CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Wednesday Night Service................7:00 p.m. THROUGH 12TH
Awana............................................. 7:00 p.m. GRADE

Shown from I to r: Pauline Pignataro, Deanna Montes de Oca, Pru
Minton, Fran Fallon, Sharon Nathan, Pat Wolfert, Sharon Widdon
and Pat Bennis modeled the fashions.
Prince of Peace holds fashion show
On Thursday, April 8, the Council of Catholic Women (CCW) of
Prince of Peace Catholic Church held their annual spring fashion show.
The show, April Showers, was held at Community Hall.
CCW President, Louise Huberty, presented a check for $1,000. to Sis-
ter Maureen Smith to benefit Redlands Christian Migrant Association
(RCMA/Wimauma Academy) at the event.
The show featured a buffet lunch catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill.
Al Frenzel provided luncheon music.
After lunch a style show with fashions from Patchingtons of St. Ar-
mands was presented. Karen Sochon and Aine Paik were co-chairper-
sons of the event.

given by Dr. Deri
Metaphysical Interpretation
of the Bible and How it Relates
to Your Life Today meets Sun-
day, April 18, from 12:15 to 1:45
p.m.This class is lead by Dr. Deri
Ronis at Unity in Brandon, 115
Margaret St., Brandon. Love of-
fering will be taken (suggested
minimum $10).
For more information call 813-

endship Baptist Church Sunday WEEKLY SERVICES:
SRance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist) 9 a.m ......................Bible Study
-,1511 El Rancho Dr. 11 a.m ....................Bible Study
'ER h 10 a.m. & 6 p.m............W orship
Sun City Center, FL 33573 10am &6 pm Worship
Phone/Fax: Wednesday
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 future is made of the same stuff as the present.
Simon Weil

"Where God's Love is Shared"
U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Ruskin, FL 645.1121 www.nbcor.org
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 i
Non-Instrumental -
13885 U.S. Hwy 301 South
(Just South of the Manatee County Line)
Minister: Howard Johnson Office 941-776-1134
Services: Sunday 10:00am, 1:00am & 6:00pm ce 41- -11
Wednesday7:00pm Home 813-754-1776

I First Baptist Church of Gibsonton
"We lovtbecauqe He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
Traditional Worship Service *Sunday School 9:30 A.M.
Old-Time Gospel Hymns *MVorning Worship 10:30A.M.
Nursery Available Sunday Evening 6:00 P.M.
Interpreter for the Deaf d-Week(Wed.) 7:00 PVM.
9912 Indiana St. Hwy 41 & Estelle A u I Malcolm S. Clements, Pastor
\Gibsonton, FL 33534 813-677-1301

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.
W wednesday ................7:00 p.m -,

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..................... ....... ... ..... ............. 8:00AM
www.popcc.org Confessions: Monday Friday 7:30am, Saturday 8:30am and 3:00pm


Hazel Martin Photo
Standing left to right: Church Moderator Anne Ginevan, President
Marlus Johns, Treasurer Ginny Acker, First Vice President Rebecca
O'Dell and Secretary Carolyn Salsbury.

Women's Fellowship has new officers
The Women's Fellowship of the United Community Church, 1501
La Jolla Avenue, Sun City Center, installed the Officers for the 2010-11
church year. The installation was performed by Church Moderator Anne
A delicious lunch was served. "Women in Harmony", a music pro-
gram featuring Tara Swartzbaugh, Jo Winslow and the women of the
church was enjoyed by all.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
program to be on 'Sacredness'
On April 15 Dr. Dave Oliver will lead the Unitarian Universalist Fel-
lowship program on "Sacredness." He will discuss sacredness in the
changes of childhood growth and also in the changes of agedness? Can
we see transformations of nature that appear violent and destructive to
also be creatively gentle in new fertility and life? How do we perceive
the transformations wrought by our decisions in the now and later be-
yond our knowing? Dr. Dave Oliver will facilitate with a poem.
Coffee and conversation starts at 7:00 pm, April 15, in the Social Hall
at 1115 Del Webb, East, Sun City Center. The program begins at 7:30
pm. Visitors are welcome. For information, call 813-633-2349.


Marilyn E.Hatem
Marilyn E. Hatem, 82, of Sun City
Center passed away on March 31,
During her 30 years residency at Sun
City Center she was a past president of
the Sun City Center's Woman's Club,
an active member of M.O.A.A., The
Forum, and the RN Club. She was also
a very active parishioner with Prince of
Peace Catholic Church as Eucharistic
Minister and worked as a registered
nurse at South Bay Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her
husband Roy A. Hatem, her son Patrick
L. Donaghy and daughter Marilyn De
Santis. She is survived by her daughter
Theresa Curry and sons John Hatem
and Roy Hatem, Jr.; 11 grandchildren
and 11 great grandchildren. She leaves
a brother, Kevin Lyons of Naples, FL,
as well as nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11
am Thursday, April 15, 2010 at Prince
of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley
Forge Boulevard, Sun City Center.

Robert J. "Bob" Hellwig
Robert J. "Bob", 86, of Kings Point,
Sun City Center, passed away on April
He was
originally from
Newark, NJ, and
was an Air Force
fighter pilot,
contracting officer
Sand procurement
manager. Hellwig
retired with the rank of Major from the
United States Air Force in 1964 and
then the Department of Defense in
1982. He moved to Sun City Center
from Mt. Vernon, VA in 1991 with

his wife Florence, who preceded
him in death in 2000 after 53 years
of marriage. He was a Protestant, a
Mason, an alumnus of the University of
Maryland, a member of the Kings Point
Model RR Club and several ballroom
dance clubs with his long time dance
partner, Dorothy Kolena.
Survivors include two nephews,
Richard (Leslie) Callanan and Robert
(Shelley) Callanan. The family will
receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April
16, 2010 at Sun City Center Funeral
Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun
City Center, FL 33573.
Arrangements were made by Sun
City Center Funeral Home.

Charles L. "Chuck"
Charles L. "Chuck" Hertz, USN
CDR (RET ), 64, of Apollo Beach, FL.,
passed peacefully at his home with
family at his side March 14, 2010.
He was born in Manchester, England,
son of the late Alvin G. and Mary Hertz,
but spent his youth in New Orleans,
LA, and Mobile, AL. Chuck graduated
from Levittown High School in New

Jersey in 1963, and soon after joined
the US Air Force (1963-1971). As an
Airborne Weather Observer, he flew
Typhoon Hunter Missions and combat
in Viet Nam. Chuck graduated from
Florida Institute of Technology in 1973.
He joined the US Navy, and entered
Naval Flight Officer Training in1974.
He trained as an A6E Bombardier/
Navigator at Whidbey Island, WA.
Chuck was assigned to a NATO staff
in Naples, Italy from 1984-1989 and to
the American Embassy in New Delhi,
India, as the assistant Naval Attache
where he represented the US Navy to
the host nation from 1991-1994. After
retiring from the US Navy, he was
employed by the Department Defense
Intelligence Agency for fifteen years.
Chuck received numerous medals and
awards including the Air Medal, Viet
Nam Service Medal with three bronze
stars, Navy Unit Commendation medal,
the Director's Intelligence Medal and
National Defense Service Medal. Chuck
proudly served his country. Chuck had
a passion for travel. He enjoyed fishing,
especially bill fishing, and golfing.
Chuck leaves behind his wife, Doris,
of thirty-four years and daughter,
Jeanette. Chuck is also survived by
cousins, Janice Hertz (Brian Trede) of
Camano Island, WA; Donald Hertz of
New Orleans, LA; Dustin Hertz (Kristy)
of Lafayette, LA; sister-in-law, Laura
Slover of Sarasota, FL; and brother-in-
law, Lee D. Anderson, "Pete" (Bonnie)
of Cumming, GA. He is further survived
by nieces, nephews, other relatives
and many friends. Chuck will remain in
our hearts always and forever.
A celebration of his life will be held
April 16, at St. Margaret of Scotland
Episcopal Church, Sarasota, FL. The
Rev. Everett P. Walk will officiate.
Graveside services will follow at the
Sarasota Veterans National Cemetery,
Sarasota, FL.
His family requests that in lieu
of flowers, donations be sent to
the Disabled American Veterans
Organization, or Life Path Hospice of
Sun City Center, Florida.

A spiritual home where you can come as you
are, be yourself, and find God in your own
way. We are a fellowship 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

www.unitycommunityofjoy.com Tel. 813-298-7745

1851 RICKENBACKER DRIVE 813-938-4955

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The Church of Open Hearts... Open Minds... Open Doors
1210 W. Del Webb Blvd. 634-2539
... \ Worship Services:
St\ 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 F h10:55 a.m. Sanctuary (Traditional with Chancel Choir)
SFellowship timI .... T i,, ,..,,; I.. r .. 1 10:15a.m. and 11a.m. in Creason Hall
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Communion First Sunday ofEach Month

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

| 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
Ministry Church
Meet fiends in Fellowship Hall after the Service
Refreshments served

1239 Del Webb Blvd. West
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Church is Handicap accessible

Phone: 813-634-1252
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.- it -t ,. ti.i. iii. iii. til Pastors Teresa & Freddie Roberts, Sr

Ruskin Church of Christ
Don White, Minister 813-361-1415
Sunday Bible Enrichm ent..................................................................... 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

t 4208 U.S. Hwy. 41 South
(4 miles south of Ruskin)

Edward C Jones
Edward C Jones, 38 went home to be
with the Lord April 4, 2010.
He is survived by his loving wife
Elizabeth; daughter Charlotte (Tim);
granddaughter and the apple of his eye
Elizabeth Andromeda; brothers Dan
Jones (Maria), Mallie Dukes (Debbie),
John Jones (Kathy); and sisters Christal
Gambrell (Robert) and Pam Wade
(John) many nieces and nephews.
John 11:25 And Jesus said unto
her, I am the resurrection and the life:
he that believeth in me though he were
dead yet shall he live.
Memorial services will be held April
17, 4:00pm atApollo Beach Community

For information, call645-4085Monday-Thursday Dollar


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Ruskin VFW Post #6287

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
each month.
Thursday, April 15 VAHospital
at 5:30 p.m. Kitchen open from 5 to
8 p.m. Bar Bingo at 6 p.m. MAVFW
Meeting at 7 p.m.
Friday, April 16- Last Fish Fry
this season from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Music by Southern Tied at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 17 -Turkey
Shoot at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 18- Fire in the Hole at 5:30 p.m.
Monday, April 19- Cribbage Games at 1 p.m. Wii Games at 7
Tuesday, April 20- Games in lounge from 2 to 5 p.m. Kitchen
open. Bingo at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 21- Wii Games at 6 p.m. Ladies' Auxiliary
American Legion Meeting at 7 p.m.

Summer activities for kids and teens

Free fitness memberships this
summer to teens
Lifestyle Family Fitness (www.lff.com) is offering free fitness
memberships this summer to teens who want to lose weight and get
themselves in shape. The free program is for youngsters aged 12-17.
There are 44 locations where they can workout on weekdays until 5 p.m.
They will get a two-month free membership by going to the link for
teens on the web site. This is an absolutely super activity opportunity that
is not only fun, but one which can really boost a teen's spirit and improve
his or her life. Submit information on the online form, then go after May
15 to the nearest local gym in their group and finish registration with a
parent. You're on your way after that!

Free or inexpensive activities for kids
The Parks and Recreation Dept. of Tampa have dozens of programs
open to children from ages 3 and up to teens and adults. Many of these
are totally free and those with fees are extremely inexpensive. Programs
include arts and crafts, fitness and wellness, swimming, tennis and other
activities. There are two very well equipped Tennis Complexes with
lockers and showers, clubhouse and pro shops and instruction avail-
able for small fees. The Joe Abrahams Fitness Center only costs $10 per
month, but it offers a place for people to work out and get in shape. The
Creative Arts Theater gives free performances during the season for the
public. Their puppet shows are recognized countrywide. These shows
are a great free activity for local kids. Call the Creative Arts Theater at
931-2106. For information on the Parks and Recreation Programs call
the city at (813) 274-8211 or stop by any community center and pick up
more information there.

Best Free or Almost Free Summer
Activities in Tampa
While this is not technically free, it involves only a one-time cost for
a family of four for a full year. The cost is just $45 and it gives entree to
the Children's Museum all through the year. Kid's City offers Saturday
Adventure programs and Sunday arts play, plus Wee Wonder Wednesday
for youngsters under four with their parents. These are free for members,
but there's a great summer camp program for a very reduced price for
members. This is a great option for folks of low income whose children
would not have a chance to experience summer camp. Call them at (813)
935-8441 to get the full scoop on this great option for your children's
summer recreation or visit www.flachildrensmuseum.com.

Brandon Academy 5th grade students perform
Fractured Fairy Tale Theatre

Brandon Academy is a pri-
vate school in Brandon, FL. Its
students range from pre-kinder-
garten through the eighth grade.
For more than 10 years now, dur-
ing Spring semester, the Brandon
Academy 5th graders have been
putting together Fractured Fairy
Tales Theatre, a puppet show for
the entire lower school.
The 5th graders call it "fractured
fairy tales" because they usually
incorporate two well-known fairy
tales into one, thereby creating a
fractured or broken up fairy tale
of their own. These fractured fairy
tales are written by the students as
part of their language arts class,
and then each team writes script
lines and types them as part of
computer class.
The 5th grade students are also
responsible for the staging of the
puppet show. This year they paint-
ed two scenarios per group as part
of art class. The most time consum-
ing part of the project was creating
the rod puppets. Each student was
responsible for making their own
puppet from a sock (head) and a
wire coat hanger (arms). They used
felt for their bodies, and then add-
ed details to the puppet depending
on their character and story line.
This year, the first 5th grade pup-
pet show was titled "Captain Hook
and the Three Little Pigs." The
story line, created by the students
and narrated by Nadja Seidl, place
the three little pigs (Bill played by
Alix Sobh, Bob played by Mason
Foret, and Betty played by Nikitha
Chandran) searching for materials
to build their houses on the beach.
Two months later, Betty the pig
is having a tea party in her house.
Captain Hook, played by Andres
Gonzalez, is at the party when his
arch nemesis Tinker Bell, played
by Audrey Sellers, arrives to try
to blow Betty's house down with
pixy dust. Tink's pixy dust creates

Brandon Academy 5th graders Katie Troke (Mad Hatter); Garrett
Atkins (White Rabbit); Meagan Nation (Goldilocks); Colin Castle-
witz (Cheshire Cat); Dennis Delic (Queen of Hearts); Nadja Seidl
(narrator); Mason Foret (Bob the Pig); Alix Sobh (Bill the Pig);
Andres Gonzalez (Captain Hook); Nikitha Chandran (Betty the Pig);
and Audrey Sellars (Tinker Bell).

a tidal wave that washes the other
two little pigs' houses away and
lifts Betty's house up in a cloud
over the water.
Captain Hook comes to the res-
cue and fights Tinker Bell with
the three little pigs cheering him
on. Captain Hook wins the sword
fight, while Tinker Bell falls off
the cloud never to be heard from
The second 5th grade puppet
show was titled "Goldilocks in
Wonderland." The story line, also
created by the students and nar-
rated by Nadja Seidl, starts when
Goldilocks, played by Maegan
Nation, finds a White Rabbit,
played by Garret Atkins, and tries
to follow it down a rabbit hole.
Goldilocks finds herself in a
strange forest with a Mad Hatter,
playedby Katie Troke, who likes to
celebrate unbirthdays. A Cheshire
Cat, played by Colin Castlewitz,
meets up with Goldilocks and tries
to help her find the White Rabbit
by sending her to the Queen's cas-
tle. While at the castle, Goldilocks

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tries out one of the beds, but gets
caught by the Queen, played by
Dennis Delic.
Goldilocks and the White Rab-
bit manage to jump back down the
rabbit hole and find themselves
back in the real world sleeping in
Goldilocks' bed. The show ends as
Goldilocks awakens and wants to
keep the White Rabbit as a pet, but
becomes afraid that the knock at
the door may be the three bears.
At the cast party held immedi-
ately after the show, Andres Gon-
zalez, who played Captain Hook,
said "many of the pre-kindergarten
through 4th grade students who
attended told me this was an awe-
some show!"
"Even my grandma told me the
script, staging, and puppets were
incredible!" The pre-kindergarten
through 4th grade lower school
students, teachers, parents, and
grandparents attending gave the
5th graders, language arts teacher
Mrs. Garrison and arts teacher
Mrs. Gaeb, a standing ovation.

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A census representative will
be at Ruskin VFW, 5120 U.S.
41 N. Ruskin, from 11 a.m. to
2 p.m. Monday through Fri-
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Tax increase
0 Continued from page 1 knowns," emphasized that no busi-
ness plan has been produced dem-
onstrating the project's feasibility
and asked rhetorically "why should
the public loan money when a bank
would not?"
Elaborating on her point after the
meeting, Franco pointed to Char-
lotte, N.C., commuter rail system
which, she noted, has proved popu-
lar with both residents and visitors,
and was partially funded with fed-
eral money that would have come
to Tampa if the community had
been behind its light rail system in
years past. Estimated ridership fig-
ures on the light rail system from
the University of South Florida to
Katie Franco Temple Terrace to the Westshore


area of Tampa put 24,000 riders
aboard on a typical workday by
2035, she added. Plus, she said,
the per-square-mile population in
Charlotte is 1,690 but nearly dou-
ble that 3,000 people per square
mile in Tampa.
Hosler, on the other hand, as-
serted that historically the greatest
positive impacts of light rail for a
community occur only within about
a quarter mile of station stops and
said "the real need is for regional
(as opposed to single community)
planning" in connection commuter
rail transportation. What's more,
he said, three cities with commuter
rail systems funded with sales taxes
are experiencing fiscal problems.

Boston cannot support its system
with a one percent sales tax, ex-
pansion of the system in Phoenix
is on hold because of a decline in
sales tax revenues complicated by
increases in costs, and the D.C.
Metro in the nation's capital has
been subsidized in the last couple
of years with about $186 million in
federal aid, he added.
Regarding the matter of sales tax
as unreasonable burden, Franco
noted that this method of funding
spreads the generation of revenues
over a broad base, including not
only local residents but also all
visitors, conventioneers and va-
cationers. And, while increase of
the local option fuel taxes could


Jim Hosler
be accessed for road work and also
would be paid by visitors, these
monies are dwindling due to driv-
ers economizing by driving less
and increasing use of hybrid ve-
hicles, she added.
Hosler, though, labeled a sales
tax increase "regressive and un-
stable." He pointed out that poorer
citizens bear a heavier tax burden
because, while everyone pays the
sales tax, those with lower incomes
must give a higher percentage of
their incomes to taxes. He asserted
that because Florida has the sec-
ond most regressive tax system in
the country, "the new one cent will
make Hillsborough County the
most regressive county in the sec-
ond most regressive state."
His approach to funding road
needs, he suggested, would be to
abandon the one percent sales tax
increase as well as the light rail
transit concept and increase the lo-
cal option fuel tax to pay only for
roads and road-related projects.
Another approach, he added, might
be to seek a half penny sales tax in-
crease after economic conditions
improve and earmark that revenue
solely for roads.
Franco countered, however, that
county-wide there is a $62 billion
shortfall in road infrastructure and
that the quarter penny portion of
the proposed one percent increase
"will start to fill in the gaps." She
also emphasized the need for im-
provement in Hillsborough's bus
transportation system, adding that
a portion of the sales tax increase
would be applied to this transport
component. The city of Dallas,
Texas, covers about 700 square
miles and services it with 674 bus
vehicles, she said, while Hillsbor-
ough County encompassing about
a 1,000 square miles serves the
area with only 202 busses. In this
county at the present time about 13
percent of the residents have access
to public bus service, she noted.
Although Franco and Hos-
ler strongly disagree on funding
sources, timing of funding efforts
and types of transportation projects
to be undertaken, they did suggest
accord on taking a regional view.
In the long term, it should be pos-
sible to take a commuter train out
of Sarasota, arriving at a station
hub in Tampa and connecting with
the Tampa commuter or with a
high speed train to Orlando or on
to Miami. The high speed network
is to be underwritten by federal
funding and the local system costs
are to be shared, with the federal
government contributing 50 per-
cent and the state as well as the
county each chipping in 25 per-
cent of the project price tag. "But it
has to start here with baby steps,"
Franco said.
Though supportive of a regional
approach involving several juris-
dictions, Hosler questioned wheth-
er the state will be able to produce
the funds to back its 25 percent
share and asked what would hap-
pened if the sales tax increase were
accepted but there were no match-
ing funds available. "A potential
bait and switch?." he queried, "and
for what? Civic pride?"
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at the annual Sun 'n Fun Interna-
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First Officer on U.S. Airways
Flight 1549 that safely landed in
the Hudson River, participates in
a number of Sun 'n Fun events
included being highlighted in a
Museum Mingle (7 p.m., April
15), and a Museum Forum (2 p.m.,
April 16). The Sun 'n Fun Inter-
national Fly-In and Expo receives
flights at Lakeland Linder Region-
al Airport. Festivities are held at
4175 Medulla Road, Lakeland FL
33811. Visit www.sun-n-fun.org
for more information.
Over 25,000 people annually
gather for the Wannee Festival in
Live Oak, FL at the Spirit of the
Suwannee Music Park. The festi-
val begins Wednesday but heats up
on Friday and runs through Sun-
day evening.
Musicians include The Allman
Brothers Band, Widespread Panic,
Gov't Mule, The Black Keys, The
Wailers and many many more.
Admission is $178 for the entire
weekend or $ 220 at the gate. The
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New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi
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Pete Times Forum for a stop on
his Circle World Tour.The band,
which also features Richie Sam-
bora, David Bryan and Tico Tor-
res, have sold more than 120
million albums in their 26 years
together. Their hits include "Liv-
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"Bad Medicine." The show starts
at 7:30pm and tickets range from
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100s of vendors selling new, used,
close out, liquidation, boats, fish-
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more from 10am-9pm Saturday
and 10am-6pm Sunday. There will
also be live music, seafood vendors
and art. The flea market will take
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the Chinsegut Nature Center and
Hernando Audubon and Native
Plant Society has bird, butterfly
and wildflower walks, bird-calling
contest, bird banding and build-
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bat presentations, and more. Also
wildlife games and other activities
are provided for kids. This free
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and the Nature Center is located
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a two-day event at St. Pete's Vinoy
Park from 9am-6pm that combines
visual and performing arts along
with opportunities for children to
actively engage in art activities.
There is no cost to the public to
view the show. Over 200 exhibit-
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States have their art on sale or are
available for commission in the
following categories: ceramics, fi-
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photography, recycling, Florida-
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passengers: skyrises with no power,
sewage or water are common through-
out cities; a camel-drawn cart shares
the road with other vehicles; a whole-
sale vegetable market; early morning
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SCC Photo Club viewer's choice winners
This year over 700 people cast
2,082 votes for their favorite
photograph in the Sun City Center
Photo Club's Viewer's Choice
Competition at Fun Fest on
March 20. Sixty-five entries were
received this year.
First Place Aren 't We Cute? by .
Glenn Laucks
Second Place Grandpa s Barn
by Joe Pehoushek
Third Place Grand Canyon at r "
Dusk by Stan Lipski
Fourth place Clouds Dressed in
Sun Rays by George Seeley
Fifth Place Adult Green Heron
by Patt Sulzberger
Sixth Place Fi6,, ,,_ Quartet :2
by Rolf Sulzberger I
b Rolf Sulzberger First Place Aren't We Cute? by Glenn Laucks
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Second Place Giancipa s
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Tampa al Night by Bill

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Sessums Elementary Terrific Kid Character Trait:- Positive Attitude March 2010
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proximately two people
and 15 cows and pigs
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the threat of being shot
while behind the wheel
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Oldsmobiles with the drivers bare-
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from the enormous, couch-like seat
driving in the left lane with their

right blinker forever
and uselessly flash-
ing; but for the most
part, people tend to
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of others hoping to
move at a faster rate
of speed. They do
that because they

know they truly
could get shot if they don't get out
of the way of the maniac that roared
up behind them.
There is no such fear in Iowa.
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ning news. If you should actually
manage to get shot while driving in

Iowa you could take some comfort
in the fact that not only would your
story lead the news but it would
probably lead for the next several
days while half the population tries
to figure out how something like
that could happen in Iowa and the
other half says, "Hey, I know that
The very real downside of having
no threat of getting shot while driv-
ing is that people in Iowa tend to
drive well, badly.
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deer and people pulling out from
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extreme, sudden deceleration. Both cases, my goal is the destination. To
could land you in a ditch. Both go home. To return to Florida. What
could get you killed, you may read about the economy
The reality is that I could use and foreclosures notwithstanding, it
some extreme deceleration. Per- is still a dream for so many.
haps our entire society could use a Driving south last week through
bit of it. I really need to figure out the Illinois farm country, a place
how to slow down. I love traveling without a drop of navigable wa-
but lately my form of travel has ter, I was passed by a late model
been to rush from one place to the Toyota with Illinois plates and the
next, always in a hurry to get there words "Key West Parrotheads" on
and get back. As a result, I miss the the license plate frame. Had the
local flavor of new places. Lately driver noticed my Iowa plates, he
while on the road, I tend to meet probably would have felt sorry for
people through fast-food drive- me that I was living somewhere
through windows. That's not how in flyover country lacking even his
things should be. There is so much kind of dream. But the reality was I
to see in this country and despite was happy he even had a dream as I
what is shown on the nightly news, watched him exit into a nondescript
Americans are amazing, caring and farm town under gray skies. Yet I
wonderful just as our forebears felt sorry for him because I was on
were. Inside of us, we are the same my way to living his dream. I was
people that built this nation into the headed back to paradise. A place of
greatest on earth. But it is easy to sunshine, palm trees and beaches.
forget that. It is far too easy to be- A place where life is easy and even
come cynical. Meeting new people the old people are somehow young-
at drive-through windows doesn't er. Yes, it is also a place where life
necessarily help. is occasionally cheap.
There is wonder in America and There is nothing funny about be-
there is still so much to discover, ing shot at while driving; and the
It is awe-inspiring to drive from a truth is that it does happen here and
northernmost state to a southern- in other heavily populated states.
most state during a change in sea- After all, Florida is a dream and
sons. I landed in Minnesota just even psychopaths have dreams. But
a few weeks ago and there were Nirvana is what you decide it will
still piles of snow on the ground, be and every place has problems
Afew days of unseasonably warm if you look for them. It is human
weather took care of the snow and nature to believe the grass is al-
flowers and plants began to spring ways greener somewhere else. But
forth from the earth. But not even summer is coming to Florida a
Mother Nature can rush the trees, time when you can feel the air you
They remained leafless, appear- breathe and the warm rain brings
ing lifeless. Despite a few appear- forth the greenest grass imaginable.
ances, spring had not yet sprung. Sure, there may be the occasional
But after driving just a few hours lunatic with an assault rifle; but the
south, suddenly spring was in full cows here tend to keep to them-
bloom. Five or six hours further selves and I've yet to see a gigan-
south still, the beginning of sum- tic, slow moving farm implement
mer was well underway. pull out in front of me on 1-75.
I've long since learned that the I'm going to the beach and I'll
joy and adventure of traveling is in think about the guy in a Toyota
the journey, not the destination. The from Farmersville, Illinois; dream-
things I remember are always the ing about paradise. No, he doesn't
mileposts along the way. But for me worry about getting shot at while
lately, the joy is indeed in the des- driving; but then I don't much
tination traveling has involved worry about that, either. Besides,
moving trucks or visiting a mother the grass is definitely greener on
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Salaries, plans and demographics readers might want to know

James Hosler has been "Jim" to
South County residents for as long
as I can remember. The former
county land planner was one of the
first reliable sources I remember us-
ing when I started writing about the
area in the 1980s.
Back when the South County
community planning process was
in progress, he was the first person
I'd call when I needed a fact or fig-
ure. How many people moving in,
or out of the county this year? What
are the projections for job creation?
And even questions like "Do you
think South County will ever really
get dependable HARTline transit
you can count on for work, medi-
cal appointments or other important
commitments?" weren't too much
to ask.
Because of his long history as a
news source, I wasn't in the least
surprised when he went into busi-
ness for himself as the owner of
Demographic Decision Dynamics,
or, more recently, became the man-
aging director of the South Hills-
borough Economic Development
Council- known better locally as

But now he's running as "Not
Affiliated" (with any party) for
the District 5 At-Large seat on the
County Commission and I wanted
to know why.
Straight out, let me tell you this
column isn't to promote votes. It's
about telling readers some of the
things I learned from someone who
likes ferreting out facts as much as
I do. I always learn something from
people I interview whether it's a
quilter, pastor, businessman, doc-
tor, or in this case, a land planner-
turned-demographer which made
for a really interesting talk.
Another thing I think is important
for me to say outright is that I don't
do "candidate" interviews no mat-
ter how many requests I find in my
email (right now, I have six or sev-
en and four on Facebook!) unless
the person meets two basic criteria:
one, he or she cannot be an incum-
bent already known to the public,
and two, he or she must have strong
ties to my coverage area of South
County. By stating that upfront, I
can't be accused of promoting any-
one's agenda or picking and choos-
ing who I write about and who gets
left out. The last time I interviewed
a candidate it was Peter Allen for
Governor; because he is a Riv-
erview businessman who lives and
works in the area.
Now, while it's true that Jim and
his wife Pam live in Tampa, Jim has
been involved in all South County's
Community Plans and is a well
known to many residents and plan-
ning groups and as I said before, is
now managing SHED. Since these
credentials meet both my criteria I
felt readers could learn a lot from
what he has to say.
I started with asking why this
fact-finder and businessman de-
cided to run for the seat currently
held by Jim Norman, who is now
running for State Senate. Why did
this 57-year-old father and grand-
father decide to open himself up
to the scrutiny of a political arena
which we all know by now can get
really nasty?
He answered by stating the things
he hoped to accomplish if elected.
First came a tighter budget.
Since leaving the county's employ

and going into business
for himself, Jim says
he has had to develop
a "belt-tightening phi-
losophy of life."
"It's amazing how
tight you can cut back
when you want to,"
Jim said, talking about
his experience after
leaving the county's
employment and open-
ing his own business.
"I've gotten a real Wal-
mart mentality when Jm
it comes to spending. m os
And I've realized that's what the
government needs right now."
The second thing he talked about
was changing the county's Charter
to set some firm term limits.
"Commissioners pay starts at
$92,000 a year, plus the car allow-
ances and other perks. And the way
the county's Charter is written, they
can avoid most term limits by run-
ning for a District seat and then a
County-Wide seat and then going
back to a District seat. So they can
get on the Commission and play
musical chairs, moving back and
forth making it a lifetime career.
Jim Norman, for example, has been
on the Commission for 18 years and
is now running for a State position,"
he said.
It is Norman's seat for which Jim
is running.
I thought back to the other famil-
iar commissioners I had known over
the last 20 years and realized Jim
was right. With the proper timing,
some had made a lifetime career.
Adding new faces would change
steadfast paths of thinking, I
Sure enough, that was Jim's next
"We have to change the way the
county raises money. In the past,
when we were growing fast, in-
creasing sales tax made good sense.
But we can't keep up that way of
thinking," Jim said. No\- people
are moving out of the county faster
than they're moving in, and our
unemployment rate is 12.7 per-
cent- 76,000 so people who are
here aren't spending like they once
did. We can't afford to try and raise
revenues in old ways because they
won't work in the new economy."
Then he talked about incentive
The coffee disappearing fast, I
asked what that meant.
"The State has incentive programs
that allow businesses to go into de-
cayed areas or areas with high un-
employment and find out what peo-
ple there would support and then it
does a redevelopment plan around
its findings," he explained.
He also told me about a Brown-
field program where sites that have
been contaminated by previous
businesses like gas stations and dry
cleaners can be cleaned up for reuse,
with the federal government taking
on half the price tag while the state
gives credits on taxes and fees to the
new business owner for jobs creat-
ed. This enables new businesses to
go into areas that were previously
unfit for use. I could think of sev-
eral of those in Ruskin right off the
bat and am sure there are plenty of
others around South County that fit
the bill. So that's why some over-
grown lots remained uninhabited
for decades after certain businesses
closed. This was something I had
not known before.
As for his highly-publicized stance
on the high-speed rail issue, he said
he isn't really any anti-anything as
previously written, but opposes the
proposal as a demographer because
he thinks it won't work as written.
"For one thing, they (rail pro-
moters asking funds of the Federal
government) say it will increase bus
service but areas like South County
won't get any new (bus) routes un-
til 2035 under this plan," he said.
"And the plan shows six (rail)
routes, while what they're really

able to start with- and
have planned on- is
two (routes). Where
they're putting them
doesn't make sense
either. They'll suck
whatever money is in
the transportation bud-
get because this thing,
as written now, is
front-loaded collect-
ing five years of taxes
from residents before
the rail dollars even
kick in," he said.
Showing me demo-
graphics, he said it would make bet-
ter sense if the first rail line was in-
stalled between highly-used sports
venues; perhaps between Tropicana
Field and Raymond James Sta-
Seeing that he was using his de-
mographic fact-finding background
to base his business andjob-creation

platform, it was now easier for me
to understand his choice to run.
After talking with Jim I called
the Supervisor of Elections Of-
fice to see if there were any other
newcomers (not incumbents) with
strong ties to South County running
for that seat.
As of April 8, Tim Bridge, a
spokesman for the county's Super-
visor of Elections Office lists only
three opponents for Jim: Democrat
Ken Hagen, who's currently Com-
missioner for District 2; Don Kruse,
another political outsider who (in
addition to a position as sales man-
ager for Bill Currie Ford, owns and
manages his own businesses jointly
with his wife Rita) and long-time
Tampa Councilwoman Linda Saul
Since both Ken and Linda have
extensive political bios available
online, all I had to do in the name
of fairness was check out that Don

lives and represents a large area in
north Tampa and does his business
So I guess this is all I'll write
about this race, unless of course,
another newcomer with strong ties
to South County decides to run
before the registration deadline of
June 18 at noon.
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you'd like to share. Or maybe you'd
rather tell the community about
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sound off about something you
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multiple bags. Customers simply purchase a handbag base and forever can
change the outer shell cover for a totally different look, style or color.
Sun City Center resident Lynn Wise was impressed with the construction
and value of Miche handbags when she first saw them in 2009. Last fall
she purchased the Distributorship for the greater Tampa area to the City of
Sarasota. Within a few months Lynn's business has grown to over twenty-
five Home Show Representatives and placement of bags and accessories in
a dozen area retail stores.
With her business goals being, "always focus on our customers and
always have product convenient," Lynn says she "expects continued success
with Miche Bags in the Tampa-Sarasota area." On any given day her
distribution center in Tampa maintains over 1000 handbags and shells.
Lynn's company encourages Representatives to carry most of the line
to home and office showings. With over 40 small shells, 20 large shells
and optional handle straps and other accessory items, that's quite an array
of beautiful, functional handbags to choose from. Customers get to see
and feel the shells before their purchase to know which ones are right for
them. Everyone leaves the showing with a feeling of relief to finally have
mastered the age-old handbag dilemma.
Call lynn SCC office at 8/3-436-9627 to book a showing or a list of
area retail stores. Follow Miche Bags of Greater Tampa on their new
Facebooksite ., '. ..... ... .. ...... '.


A two-year electrical course in Steamboat Springs, CO, some eight
years ago netted Juan UJlloa a master electrician's license and set him
P on the path to a career he loves-electrical contracting.
In 2007, after several years of working for others, the young Palmetto,
FL, native answered the call of independence and founded J&R Universal
Electric, which provides residential, commercial and industrial electrical
services throughout the SouthShore area.
"I am the owner-operator, who bids the work, does the work, and finishes
it. I like the accountability," explained Juan.
The firm will tackle any project from replacing an outlet to wiring a new
house, store or factory, and offers a one-year guarantee on the materials and-
-unlike many--on the labor for any job it undertakes. J&R Universal offers
24-hour service.
"I offer a discount on my services to any resident of Sun City Center,"
notes Juan, who resides in Gibsonton.
"Juan does excellent work," reported one satisfied customer. "He arrived
on time, gave quick, flawless service and charged a reasonable price."
Troubleshooting is Juan's favorite assignment. "I love the challenge of
trying to find out what's wrong and fixing it," he remarked. In the long term,
Juan's goal for the company is to add more electricians to give him the
ability to handle more projects at once.
For help with an electrical problem, upgrading your system or wiring
a new home, office orfactory, call Juan at J&R Universal Electric at 813-
677-8901 or emailjruniversalelectricl@verizon.net. Lic. # ER13014237

Dyer Solutions, Inc.
Geriatric Care Management

S835 Cypress Village Blvd.
Kay Coburn Dyer Sun City Center, FL 33573

Partners Funding
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815 Cypress village Blvd. Suite A
Sun City Center, FL33573
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Phone: 813-340-4148
Fax: 775-871-4263
E-mail: dyersolutions@verizon.net

Hanson Services, Inc.
In-Home Assisted Living Providers


Tel 181.31634-6617 1601 Rickenbacker Dr Suite #5
Toll Free: 877-634-6617 Sun Cty Center, FL. 33573
Fax: (813) 634-7259 hsnc5@msn.com

Family built, owned and operated since 1999

Climate Controlled & Garage Style Units
Boxes & P ki kng ij'phi Outside Storage
Phone: (813) 634-4851
5120 SR 674 (just east of Super Walmart)
Wimauma, FL 33598 www.callezstorage.com

David Callender, Owner

Dottie Lee, Office


9. 2 Flooring, Inc.

Carpet Vinyl Tile Laminate Wood
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813US Highway 41 N. Phone 813-645-.5213
Ruskin, Fl 33570 Cell 813-781-4001

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APRIL 15, 2010


To place an ad call
813-645-3111 ext. 201
Fax. 813-645-1792
up to 20 words
300 each addl. word
Deadline is Monday
at 4pm


The Observer News,

M & M Printing Co., Inc
weekly publisher of the
The SCC Observer and
210 Woodland Estates Ave SW
Ruskin, Florida 33570

The Riverview Current

100 Announcements
200 Farmer's Mkt
300 Merchandise
400 Marine
450 Transportation
500 Real Estate
550 Manuf. Housing
600 Rentals
650 Prof. Services
700 Services
800 Employment

Weddings, Funerals or Healing ser-
vice (Silence or spoken prayers) Jack
Spencer Harrison, D. Min, B. Ph. D &
Nipa Grant. Anywhere. $49 & up. See: 1
Corinthians 12: 7-11. 813-642-0189

Alone? Seniors Dating Bureau
Safest Since 1977! Ages (45-
90)1-800-922-4477 (24Hrs) Or log


Morgan Farms
Home grown produce. Fresh Seafood
Market. Homemade strawberry milk
shakes. Open 7days a week. US41
one mile south of the Little Manatee
River. 813-645-5208

280 PETS

Oliver & Company
Pet Sitting
& all your in home pet care needs.
813-767-7225. Licensed, bonded,
insured. Member of Pet Sitters Interna-
tional. References available


Friday /Saturday, April 16/17. 8am-4pm.
202 Austin Hill Court, SCC (St. Andrews)
Furniture, household items. House is
also for 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

Moving sale. 104 7th Ave., NW Ruskin.
Friday & Saturday, 9am-? Furniture,
Coca Cola items & odd & ends.

Riverview. Osprey Run community
yard sale. April 17, 8am-2pm. (US 301
& Bloomingdale Ave.). Little bit of
everything. Come & see!

Tools, rolling tool chest, lawn mower,
household misc., marine & art. 1023
Spindle Palm Way. Apollo Beach. Friday
& Saturday, 8am-?


a i Caf vary's
yyAn ef !Ittic
n Thrift Store
NOW OPEN Wednesday,
Friday & Saturday
9 a.m. Noon
Children's Items &

50% OFF
1424 E. College Ave. Ruskin
Ministry ofCalvary Lutheran Church

3 family garage sale. 712 Ojai, SCC.
April 15, 16& 17. 8am-4pm. Jewelry,
books, glass, collectibles & much
more. Items added daily.

Huge family yard sale. Friday, April 16,
8am-4pm. Saturday, April 17, 8am-1 pm.
1402 Atlantic Drive., Ruskin. Look for
signs. Clothes, Nascar, more.

Multi family sale: 6204 E. Florida Circle,
Apollo Beach. April 117, 8am-4pm.
Tools, building supplies, electronics,
household & clothes.

Huge down sizing sale. 1729 South
Pebble Beach Blvd., SCC. Thursday &
Friday, April 15 & 16. 8am-2pm. Flower
pots, yard items, kitchen, furniture, pic-
tures, cutting table, work shop items,
electronics, etc. Price to sell.

SCC. Friday & Saturday, April 16 &
17, 8am-3pm. 622 Winterbrooke Way.
Pictures, pottery, rugs, bedding, bird
cages, decorator items, etc. You name
it we have it. Multi family sale.

New Summer Hours:
T-F 9 to 4:30 Sat 9 to 3:30
beginning April 19
Special Sale
Senior Tuesday
Large Variety of Clothing, Furniture,
Accessories, Collectables, Art,
Books and Plenty of Bargains!
Many more items and most furniture
discounted as much as 50% off
Donations Needed
Please call (813) 645-5255
1311 3rd St. NE Ruskin
(Behind St. Anne Church
& Next to Kennco Mfg.)

674 We Have
Furniture, Too!

Garage sale. Friday & Saturday, 11am-
3pm. 2821 Gulf City Rd., Lot 148,
Ruskin. Fishing gear, tools, kitchenware
& more.

Friday & Saturday, Rain /shine. 811 6th
St., Wimauma. Collectibles, character
glasses, furniture, toys, some antiques.
All at bargain prices.

Huge yard sale. 1403 River Dr., SW,
Ruskin. Friday & Saturday, 4/16 & 4/17,
8am-3pm. Numerous items.

Moving sale. Bedding, household items,
tools, pictures, mirror. Too much to list.
Saturday 4/17 8am-3pm. Sunday 4/18,
9am-1pm. 1115 Apollo Beach Blvd.

Crystal & ceramic pieces, curtains,
drapes, lamps, stuffed toys, Christmas
items, portable dishwasher, patio furni-
ture, yard fountain, radial arm saw. Fri-
day, Saturday & Sunday, 2211 Chaplin
Dr., Ruskin


K&M Estate Sales
Moving /estate sale 12943 Lake Vista
Dr, Gibsonton. King & queen beds,
child's bedroom, living room, dining
room, kitchen furniture. All new &
beautiful Friday & Saturday 7:30am-
1:30pm 813-495-5718. Preview online

Poster twin bed, white Good as new
mattress & box spring. Etagere, rattan
with brushed metal lattice top, dark color.
Must see. 6 small wood chest, country,
romantic painted. $10 /$40. Vanity with
mirror & bench, Victorian style, ivory.
& more items. 103 Lookout Dr., Apollo
Beach. 9am-3pm.

AAA Furniture
New & Gently Used Furniture

Daily Trips to SCC

6819 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
(813) 677-8180

Dealer in Gold & Silver Coins
Domestic & Foreign
10% or more and over
Call for private consultation or appointment
All transactions are strictly confidential
(813) 634-3816. cell (813) 503-4189
"Yourlocaldealer for over 18 years"

(Pebble Be S.to2nd CubManor, turmleft
APRIL 16 & 17 8am-lpm
Couch, Love Seat + Sofa Bed, 3-pc. All Wood
Entertainment Center, Queen & King Beds,
Recliner, Bar Stools, Dining Suite, Light,
6 Chairs, Rattan Chairs, Computer Desk, -
Coffee, 2 End Tables, 37" TV, Pictures,
Linens, Kitchen, Tools, Lamps, Desk
Chairs, Greenery, Kitchen Table,
Chairs & Accessory Tables.
2003 CLUB CAR, High Speed, '09 Battery.
633-1173 or 508-0307

Place a Garage/Yard Sale
Ad $15.50 for 20 Words





Cell: 382-7536

in the Sun City area or
take consignments on
We also come and pick it up!!

Butterfield Auctions AB2706/AU3549

Anne's Estate Sales l
A 1L-

Golf Cart, Dry Sink, Sofa & Sofa Sleeper, Ethan
Allen Entertainment Center, Antique Beer Hop
Boiler, Rocking Chair, Dinette Table w/Chairs,
Tea Cart, China Hutch, Server, Refrigerator,
Mayflower Queen Bedroom Suite, Bookcases,
Ethan Allen Bedroom Suite, Yamaha Guitar.
COLLECTIBLES: Antique Wall Phone, Tffany
Limited Edition Beer Steins, Noritake China,
Hummel Collection, Nippon Delft, Cup & Saucer
Collection, Cut Glass, Candle Wick & Fostoria,
Collector Plates, Bell Collection, Vintage life &
Post Magazines, Austin Nichols &Jim Beam
Decanters, Sterling, lots of Artwork, Johnson
Brothers, Hall, Capodimonte, Vintage Gold &
Sterling Jewelry, Household, Kitchen & Misc.


Furniture Sale
Patio set W/ 4 chairs & 2 small glass
tables, towel stand. Round glass top
table & 5 chairs dinning set, small
spinning wheel. 813-642-8982


Golf cartswanted. 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

S AlumaCar of Sun City Center
=M :44-1 . F 1 1
6 Volt 8 Volt
Complete Set Complete Set
$479 $529*
Plus tax and applicable *Plus tax and applicable
fees Installed with core fees Installed with core
*exchange Exp 4/29/10 I exchange Exp4/29/10

139 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.
Suite 102 (behind CVS Pharmacy)
Sun City Center, FL

Going Home ?
Take the Observer with
you!! Call 813-645-3111,
ext. 201.
$18 for 6 mo

South Bay RV & Boat Storage. Special-
izing in outside storage for RVs, boats &
trailers. 813-677-2000 www.SouthBay-

Little Manatee Outdoor Storage. RV's,
boat's, trailer's. All sizes. 2903 39th
Ave., SE. Ruskin. 813-787-8531. www.



$Fast Cash$
Cars, trucks & Vans. Dead or alive.
813-626-5733, 813-924-6255 Free
Hauling. God Bless

2004 Nissan XE Frontier pickup. Tool
box, air, power everything. CD, AM-FM,
bed liner, extended bed, sliding rear
window, 57K. Asking $6,000. 813-741-
1912 or 813-849-8390

2005 Dodge Caravan, 44,000 miles,
4cyd, like new. $6.500 SCC. 414-428-
8931 ask for Ted.


Feel the Freedom
& save on gas 2009 Harley Davidson,
Street Bob DYNA. Reduced to $9,000.
No reasonable offer refused. Call
Stephen 813-833-7148 or Carolyn
813-645-7802 for appointment to see
the bike.
You can read the entire
newspaper online
@ www.observernews.net

Apollo Beach. For rent or sale, by
owner. 2br/2ba, very clean, newly reno-
vated condo. SS appliances, partially
furnished. View, boat slip, must see!


Sell Your House
with a 7day auction! Sealed bids only:
you set the reserve! No sale no fee.
For motivated sellers. 216-577-2278

JUST LISTED! Absolutely beautiful, bright
and spacious doublewide offering 2BR/2BA,
MBR is huge, large open living room/dining
room, inside utility room, and more...screen
porch on one side, open porch on other side,
3 sheds for tools/storage, 2008 roof, and
great double corner lot! Sold completely
furnished. $77,500.
doublewide on own lot, open floor plan,
newer applianceslarge MBR & walk-in
closet, inside utility,new CHA, screen porch
& Jacuzzi, carport, roof over. $75,500.
utility, wood floors, 2 covered patios and
detached buildings including 2BR/1BA
M-Home, high carport, workshop & storage
space. Just needs little TLC. $89,900.


9 a.m.-5 p.m.

OPEN: Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 8 a.m. 3 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. 12 p.m.
1009 1st. Street S.AW.
u. Ruskin


w 4
1st St S.W.





APRIL 15, 2010

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Home for sale by owner. 601 4th Ave.,
Ruskin. 4br/2ba, ready to move in.
Newly remodeled kitchen w/ maple
cabinets, all new appliances including
washer /dryer, beds, linens, dishes.
Large lot with fruit trees. Carport, porch,
fireplace. Nice neighborhood. Priced for
quick sell. $135,000. Call for appoint-
ment. 813-645-5381

orch. 2BB/2BA $64,500.
York In Highgate, IBR/1.5BA annual rental,
furnished or unfurnished. $600 per month.
Stuart on Gloucester, 2BR/2BA. Furnished. Annual
rental at $750 per month.
SSierra in Greenbriar, /2BA, oak floors. Owner
motivated. $107.000.
Sierra (1,600 sf), SCC, 2BR/2BA, long or short


Mini Mansion!
Must see in Sun City Center, Kings
Point. 2br/2ba 1209 sf. Updated to
2010 standards. $64,900. $2,900
down $489 monthly 813-850-1173

Going Home ?
Take the Observer
with you!!
Call 813-645-3111,
ext. 201.
$18 for 6 mo



55+ Mobile home for sale. Riverfront
park with dock & boat slip. One bed-
room, carport. $5,000. 813-645-2446

560 560 M.H. ON LOTS
Mobile home for sale Eastwood Mobile
Home Park, Gibsonton. Call Heather

3br/2ba doublewide mobile home in
55+ park, Ruskin. Furnished, roof over,
carport, shed, heat pump. Call between
11am-3pm. 813-645-2082

To Place a classified ad
Call Beverly 813.645.3111.
ext. 201

The Dolphin House, Apollo Beach,
efficiency apartments on water. Boat
docking /fishing. Pool, laundry. $185
weekly, $185 deposit. No pets. 813-

Apollo Beach 2br/2ba, comfy, furnished
condo. A/C, pool, tennis courts, dock.
Quiet community. Seasonal? Long
term? Rent negotiable. TECO welcome.

Pau B (813) 645-3211

DICKMAN Serving South Hillsborough
INC. County since 1924.
RE A L T Y www.dickmanrealty.com
Celebrating 86 Years dickman@tampabay.rr.com
1924 -2010
REDUCED!!AWESOME WATERVIEW! 3BR/2BA with 120 feet of waterfront and just
minutes to the Bay! Special features include: dock with lift, fresh paint inside & out,
ceramic tile & more. $350,000 KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK
include: maple cabinets, Italian marble tile throughout, 5 sets of French doors, huge
master bedroom, plantation shutters, custom bookshelves, mother-in-law suite. This
beauty also has tons of storage, a 5 car garage, L-shaped dock with boat house for
the fishing and boating enthusiast. $469,900. KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE
WESTBROOK 748-2201
GREAT OPPORTUNITY!! Hwy 41 commercial industrial property. 1.43 acres with
metal building ready for your business. 2530 sq. ft. of work area with 2-phase power,
dust collection unit, 5 roll-up doors. Also included are 3 buildings with office space.
Great buy priced below appraised value. $629,900 CALL KAY PYE or ROXANNE
2.5 ACRES REDUCED TO $114,900. Mobile on property does not remain. Peace
and quiet in the country on 21st Ave. SE. Motivated seller.KAY PYE 361-3672 or
WATERFRONT 3BR/2BA WITH FRUIT TREES, boat dock, plenty of windows to
enjoy the breeze. Home has been well maintained and many extras you have to see
to appreciate. $219,900 CALL KATHY JACOBSON 624-2225
2BR/2BA DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE in the Riverbreeze Gated Community. Fully
furnished, utility shed with washer and dryer. Park has boat storage with easy access
to boat ramp within 1/4 mile. Heated swimming pool, clubhouse and shuffleboard.
$55,000. CALL KATHY JACOBSON 624-2225
PARTICIPANT OR OBSERVER? Doesn't matter which you are in the game of golf,
you're a winner with this spacious 3BR/2BA in Arbor Glen with great views of conser-
vation area, pond, 16th fairway. Optional membership in Renaissance. Recently
reduced to $235,000. JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288
EXTREMELY MOTIVATED SELLER! Looking for offer on lowest priced bayfront
condo at Bahia Del Sol. Outstanding views any time of day but especially at sunset.
2BR/2BA, fully furnished, close to beach, restaurant, pool, workout room, tennis
courts. Just $199,000. JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288
BEAUTIFUL TREESY ACREAGE with great potential for development or building
that dream home you've waited for. Eleven acres m.o.l. in quiet area near new
schools, public library, community college and so much more. You'll love the pristine
setting, clean air and nature abounding. So much potential! Take a look today! Asking
$550,000. JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540.
OVER THREE QUARTERS OF AN ACRE comes with this 3BR/2BA pool home
which features large living/dining room combo, roomy eat-in galley kitchen, family
room, large inside utility room, spacious detached workshop, beautiful grandfather
oak in front yard, delicious Avocado tree in back yard, large in-ground pool and
covered patio, and more. Priced at $169,500 with quick occupancy. Call today! JO
ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540.
JUST LISTED! Nice older Florida Cracker House on beautiful corner lot, with few
oaks & fruit trees. Home has 2BR/1.5BA, enclosed Florida-Room, inside utility-room,
2-car carport. CHA, Roof is 4 years new, sewer is new. $58,000. CALL CLAIRE
TORT 363-7250
RUSKIN WATERFRONT HOUSE: Very nice and bright 3BR/2BA + den, inside
utility-rm, screen porch, and double carport, on large lot along canal, with seawall &
boat slip. Quick access to river & Tampa Bay. Home recently painted inside. Ready to
move in. $179,900. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
detached barn, on 8.7 acres mostly cleared and fenced. Secluded but close to main
Hwy & shopping. Great potential for future development or family estate. Reduced to
$399,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
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


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.

SCC house for rent. 2br/1.5ba, com-
pletely renovate from inside to outside.
Monthly rent $850 plus security deposit
with yearly lease. Association fees &
lawn maintenance extra. Please call
813-649-1599 for details

Ruskin 3br/1ba house, screened porch
on quiet street. Waterfront. Fish off the
dock. No smoking, no pets. References
please. $450 biweekly $450 security
deposit. 813-363-6001

House for rent in Sun City Center. Spa-
cious 2br/2ba, fully renovated on golf
course/ nature preserve. Yearly rental

S & R Properties
3, 2 & 1 bedrooms. No pets. Ruskin,
Gibsonton area. RV lots available 813-
310-1888 or 813-849-1469

House for rent. 3 bedrooms. Gibson-
ton area. $150 weekly $500 deposit.
Garbage included. First & last week.
Background check. 813-671-1184


For rent: Efficiency apartments. Weekly
rates, utilities furnished 813-677-8789,
813-601-1542 or 813-516-0896


1 Bedroom Apartments

Handicap Unit Available

Rental Rates Beginning at
$520 + Utilities

For Rental Information
call: (8131 645-7320
(TDD 800-955-8771)

709 Oceanside Circle,
& Ruskin 1

Mon-Fri 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Equal Opportunity Provider & Employer


Kings Point, 2br/2ba, 55+. Unfurnished/
furnished. Lanai, appliances. $750
monthly, annual lease includes water,
cable, recreational/ fitness facility. 813-
634-5332, 646-915-2747

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 gated adult community $725
includes water, sewage, 3 cable TVs.
pool, health club, workshops. Fully fur-
nished. 813-928-1971, 813-633-4007

For rent. 2 bedroom mobile home near
shopping center in Gibsonton. 813-677-
8789, 813-601-1542 or 813-516-0896

One bedroom mobile home on private
lot with washer room Gibsonton. $90
weekly. 813-634-4050 or 813-495-

For Rent: Clean
Mobile Homes With
A/C. 813-677-1086

Ruskin 2br/1ba 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

2br/2ba private lot. South of Gibsonton,
US 41. Call 813-927-2065


2br/1ba, CHA, furnished. Done over.
$575 with utilities plus security deposit.
or buy for $2,500 Many extras. Credit
check. 813-215-9738

Mobile home for rent. 2br/1.5ba, large
lot, Ruskin area. $650 monthly, $400
deposit. 813-389-2071

Garage & mini storage rooms for rent.
Pirates Treasure Cove, Gibsonton.




Former NFL player is putting together
a home based group, interested in
showing people how to eliminate their
cell phone bills. Take control of your life
with a true residual income. Call Jim

Live in companion, assist you with clean-
ing, cooking, errands. Wages open.
813-965-1114 or 941-713-1754

RN seeking live-in companion position
to elderly female. Duties can include,
advocate with your physician & teach-
ing on health issues will also assist with
care, prepare meals, shopping & light
housekeeping. Excellent references
& security check upon request. Call
Brenda 1-239-362-7783

710 710 LAWN CARE

Bill's Lawn Service Residential & com-
mercial. Cut, edge, trim, Ruskin, Apollo
Beach, Riverview, Gibsonton. Licensed./
insured. 813-293-6840 New accounts

M & C Mower Repair
Parts & service. Authorized warranty
center. Commercial & residential. 725
14th St., Wimauma. 813-938-3226

Flower beds cleaned, weeded, trimmed,
mulched, etc. Call Bill Langford 813-

Veterans Affordable lawn, landscaping,
tree trimming/ hauling. Residential /com-
mercial. Mow, edge, trim /weed. Odd
jobs. Free estimate. Honest /depend-
able. 813-641-7554

Terry's Lawn Service
Free estimates. Mowing, trimming,
edging. Home 813-634-2856, cell 813-

Professional maintenance company
serving all your landscaping needs.
Residential & commercial. Ruskin,
Apollo Beach, SCC, Riverview. Li-
censed/insured. 813-333-3688


Professional Tree &
Landscaping. Sales: trimming, remov-
als, popcorn curbing, stump grinding,
clearing, hauling. Fill dirt/ top soil/
rock/ mulch. We barter for items of
value. Free estimate. Call Paul 813-
634-6041 or 813-751-9691

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penny@observernews. net
RUSKIN Pastors Lloyd and
Joan Scott of Ruskin's Foursquare
Gospel Church are moving to the
Ocala area to be near family after
their retirement May 2.
The couple has served at the
church, located at 106 Seventh
Ave. N.W in Ruskin for more than
20 years.
One member of their congrega-
tion, Maggie Lewis, summed up
her feelings for the Scotts in an
email to me saying, "We will re-
ally miss these folks more than
any words can express. Pastor and
Sister Scott have been there physi-
cally by our sides, holding our
hands, and diligently praying with
my family through my mother-in-
law and father-in-law's deaths, our
son's tonsil-and-adenoid surgery,
my surgery, and many sicknesses,
bringing food and visiting us at
any hour for spiritual comfort and
prayer. There are many other stories
like mine, because these pastors are
more than family to us. Our 6-year-
old son cried crocodile tears when
we told him of their moving."
I visited the Scotts at their church
April 8 and saw that the parsonage
where they live is a modest house
next door with a large yard ad-
joining the church parking lot and
grounds. Only one block off U.S.
41 downtown, entering the prop-
erty is like entering the past. The
small country-type church with
attached parsonage and laid-back
atmosphere reminded me of the
small-town churches where I lived
in Tennessee.
As it turned out the Scotts were
gracious hosts, having seen the air
conditioning was turned on in ad-
vance of my arrival, and obviously
always ready to host a guest.
I found that neither had always
belonged to the Foursquare de-
nomination. Before getting his pa-
pers to preach at Foursquare, Rev.
Lloyd had been raised a Baptist and
ordained in another denomination.
After the death of his first wife
and having been away from church
awhile, he moved to the Orlando
area and couldn't find a Baptist
church he quite felt comfortable in,
so he started going to the Church

of the Nazarene where his present
wife, Joan, was heavily engaged in
church work.
They married, and began doing
ministry together. Later, they both
joined Foursquare and became or-
When they moved to Ruskin, the
building they now occupy was a
nondenominational church, but af-
ter awhile, Foursquare was founded
there. Most of its original members
have died or moved.
Pastor Lloyd was involved in
a men's prison ministry for more
than 10 years for which he was rec-
ognized by the Florida Department
of Corrections. During this period
he went to many prisons around the

state, including the Florida State
Penitentiary in Starke.
The plaque he received from the
Department of Corrections is one
of the things he treasures most
because he said many souls were
saved in prison.
Another thing he is taking with
him is the red bandana that current-
ly hangs on a hand-made wooden
cross in the sanctuary.
He made the cross with his own
two hands because of a vision he
had while several other area pas-
tors were praying in the church in
their regular weekly prayer group.
"I was told if I built it the way God
directed me, it would save souls,"
he said. So he set about to make

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Lloyd and Joan Scott, both licensed pastors in the Foursquare Gos-
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located at 106 Seventh Ave. N.W. after their 11 a.m. service Sunday,
April 25. A dinner is planned May 2 to celebrate their retirement and
anyone in the community who wants to say goodbye to the Scotts
is invited.

it as close to the Biblical descrip-
tion as possible, with all the ele-
ments present, including a crown
of thorns (made from a crown of
thorns plant), a cat-o-nine-tails
whip and sponge on a reed.
One thing on it, however, does
not follow Biblical tradition a
red bandana given to him by a pris-
oner at Starke nicknamed Bush-Ax
Williams who had killed six men.
Being a lifelong prisoner, Wil-
liams didn't have much to give
him after the pastor brought him
comfort and told him the salvation

r, i

Sne Rev. Lloya scott is also a
craftsman and built the cross
and Baptismal Pool with his own
hands while serving as pastor of
the church. The inspiration for
building the cross was given
one day during group prayer but
he kept the details to himself un-
til it was completed.

message, but he did have the red
bandana he always wore. That Rev.
Scott will remove when he leaves
but the cross will stay.
So will the bell tower he built
with his own two hands, and the
Baptismal Pool he installed.
"You know why it isn't flush with
the floor?" he asked me, pointing to
the small rise into the pool. "Having
come to Florida from North Caro-
lina I didn't realize when you dug
a certain depth you hit water. Well,
the first rain after I put it in it rose
up, and up... It was a real mess."
"Yes, we had a Noah's Ark-type
flood," Sister Scott added.
She looked around the small but
beautifully-decorated and immacu-
lately-kept sanctuary. "We've bur-
ied more than we've married here,"
she said. "But there have been a
whole lot of wonderful times."
Their last service will be May 2,
followed by a dinner in their honor
at Ozzie's Buffet & Grill, 3074 Col-
lege Ave. E., Ruskin at 1:30 p.m.
Anyone who wants to see the
Scotts before they leave and pay
them tribute for their local work,
or simply say goodbye, is invited to
the dinner.
Meanwhile, people may find out
more about the beliefs of Four-
square online at www.foursquare.
org. The name stands for the
church's four main beliefs, Joan
Scott said: That Jesus Christ is
Savior, Healer, Baptizer and Holy
Spirit/Coming King.

Handy with carpentry tools, the Rev. Lloyd Scott built the bell tower
outside the church with his own two hands and also did a lot of the
recent outside repainting himself.

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