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Storms cut power,
down trees in
A line of severe thunderstorms
barreled through the Tampa
Bay area Sunday night and
Monday morning causing
power outages and minor
damage across South
Hillsborough. At Ruskin
Elementary School near the
intersection of College Ave.
and U.S. Highway 41, a school
bus took the brunt of strong
winds that knocked down a
tree. Across the highway from
the school, the Rent King
store suffered roof damage.
One bus route was affected
on Monday morning but there
was no impact on classes
at the school. Hillsborough
County School District
employees were working to
clean up the mess before
classes began. The Tampa
Electric Company reported
9,000 customers experienced
power outages with more
than 2,600 of those in Ruskin.
By early morning more than
half had electricity restored.
No damage estimates were
available as of press time and
no injuries had been reported.
Mitch Traphagen photos
Commissioners bring different styles, Pastor reclaims land
convictions to debate
* By MELODY JAMESON
SUN CITY CENTER Confi-
dent in their positions and compe-
tent in their deliveries, Hillsbor-
ough County commissioners Al
Higginbotham and Mark Sharpe
brought opposing views and dif-
fering styles to their debate here
last week of the proposed sales tax
Higginbotham, a Plant City
resident who represents the large
fourth district encompassing East
and South County areas, main-
tained a calm, even-handed de-
meanor as he argued against what
he considers the deceptively large
potential sales tax increase expect-
ed to be on the fall ballot.
On the other hand, Sharpe, Tam-
pa resident, former teacher and
now at-large or county-wide com-
missioner, gestured emphatically
at times as he spoke passionately
about the importance of approving
the tax increase to underwrite light
rail, and bus transit projects, as
well as needed roadway improve-
ments in the next three decades.
Experienced public speakers, ac-
customed to addressing complex
subjects from the commissioners'
wide horseshoe dais at County
Center, the two succeeded in dis-
tinguishing their positions while
remaining collegially respectful.
Higginbotham displayed with
pride his public transit bus pass,
announcing he's the only commis-
sioner among seven who regularly
rides HARTline busses between
his home and downtown Tampa.
While he opposes the sales tax
increase and most specifically the
proposed light rail transit route
between the University of South
Florida and the Westshore district,
he enthusiastically supported the
public bus system, indicating he
believes it should be beefed up
through another means.
Sharpe, for his part, played the
he loved as a child
competition card, stressing that
the metro Tampa area needs to get
started on an expandable light rail
transit system in order to be com-
petitive with other cities vying for
coveted clean industry to boostjob
See SALES TAX, page 14
* By PENNY FLETCHER
ry remembers climbing trees and
fishing in the creek on land he has
now purchased and is dedicating
to God as the new home of Friends
Satterfield Law Firm
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and Family Assembly, which he
describes as soon becoming a Full
Gospel Christian church.
"My dad worked for Hugh
Green, one of the first settlers in
the area," Donnie told me as we
stood on the 10-acre site, which
is now cleared and sod with grass
that somehow has stayed green de-
spite recent freezing temperatures.
"When I was a boy I played all
over these fields while my dad and
others cleared the land."
While once no more than brush,
palmetto scrub and rattlesnake
country, the spot is across State
Road 674 from an "old-Florida-
style" wooded area replete with
tall oaks strung with lacey Spanish
moss and clumps of native palms.
The Newberry's 10-acres, how-
ever, are level and ready for the
modular sanctuary that will seat
about 200. It will be the first of
many buildings on an already-
blueprinted plan with 6,000 addi-
tional feet of buildings that include
a day care, a Fellowship Hall, a ball
field, a gymnasium, and someday,
a large new sanctuary fronted by
a decorative pond with waterfalls
and gardens that will also serve as
the county's mandated retention
Donnie and his wife Kim, both
area natives, each come from
denominational Christian back-
grounds and have served in many
positions in churches in the past.
"I've been a youth pastor, a mu-
sic minister and many other things
along the way," Donnie told me as
we stood under the shade of a huge
oak in the front of the property. "I
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New church .
feel that God has prepared both of
us for this for years by the things
we've done and gone through."
The nondenominational church
is under the umbrella of Brandon's
large Harvest Time Fellowship In-
ternational, which is where Donnie
was ordained, although it will be
independent of the Brandon group
and locally run.
The local congregation is called
Friends and Family Assembly
which they say reflects their fo-
Currently up to 55 people meet
weekly on Sundays at the pastor's
home, which adjoins the property
and is located at 17307 Carlton
Branch Drive. Services begin at
To get there, go through the State
Road 674 and U.S. 301 intersec-
tion; through Wimauma about 3
miles into the country (5 miles east
of U.S. 301) to Carlton Branch
Drive which is on the left, just be-
fore the large cleared field where
the sign now stands.
It can also be reached by tak-
ing State Road 672 into Balm
and turning right on Carlton Lake
Drive, going through to S.R. 674
and turning west (right).
"People start arriving around 10,"
said Kim in a separate interview
held at Denny's restaurant the day
before I visited the property. "All
age groups are welcome."
The couple has all the county
permits and has obtained financ-
ing by Kensington (now Superior)
Bank; has its federal non taxable
status of 501 C 3, and is only wait-
ing for its state sales tax (exemp-
tion) number before purchasing
the building, which will save its
future congregation money as the
loan is repaid.
"I've had this on my heart about
10 years," said Donnie. "We start-
ed about 9 years ago, very small,
in our home. In any given week,
we could have 6 or 55 people."
The huge growth of nondenomi-
national Full Gospel Christian
churches like Harvest Time has
given Donnie the vision he has on
his blueprints. "We're putting the
(first) building on the back of the
property, and working our way
forward," he said, showing me the
next two buildings on the blue-
print; the day care and K through
5th Grade buildings. These are
followed by the gym- all moving
forward toward S.R. 674, and then
a ball field in the rear and finally
the large sanctuary and gardens in
front. "Then we will open a second
entrance on S.R. 674," he said.
Some of the programs will mir-
ror those at Brandon's Harvest
Time, he said, while others will be
Continued from page 1
based on talents of the local con-
gregation. "We can't wait to get
into a building so we can start Sun-
day school and youth programs,"
One thing they wanted to make
clear was that they do not want to
take any members from existing
congregations. "We want to be on
their prayer lists," Donnie said.
"I've driven on a lot of back roads
and you wouldn't believe how
many houses there are or how many
people are back there that don't go
to any church." That's who they
envision serving. They also plan
to work with other churches in the
area to help promote unity.
They've held many fundraisers
already, selling Cuban sandwiches
and having bake sales and joining
with the South Tampa Fellowship
(that has a Haitian and Dominican
ministry already) they've been
able to collect send 10,000 pounds
of clothes, food and household
items to Haiti from a huge storage
trailer on the back of their Wimau-
ma property. They also sent pews
they had stored from the old Sim-
mons Loop Baptist Church.
"We had the pews stored but we
shipped them to a church there,"
Donnie said. "The pastors at South
Tampa (Fellowship) said the pas-
tor in Haiti had been praying for
replacement pews (after the disas-
ter) and cried when he received
Kim is going with South Tampa
congregation on a medical minis-
try to Haiti soon but Donnie will
stay behind and work on preparing
for the move to the new building.
Both have lived in the area all
their lives and have "day jobs" as
well as ministry; Kim as a law firm
administrator and Donnie as a su-
pervisor for Hillsborough County's
Water Resources Department.
People who wish to inquire
about the church may call (813)
642-8228 or simply show up at
a service on Sunday morning be-
tween 10 and 10:30 a.m.
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Pastor Donnie Newberry stands on land he played on as a child. The 10 acres adjoining his home are
part of a long-range plan that includes not only a sanctuary for worship, but a day care; K-5th Grade
school; a Fellowship Hall; and youth ministry. The site is already a collection center for items going to
Haiti and more than 10,000 pounds of materials have been sent with the help of the South Tampa Fel-
lowship, which also sponsors the Newberry's congregation's missionary trips.
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HCC Celebrates International Month
The Ruskin campus of the Hillsborough Community College cel-
ebrated International Month in April. On April 21, the college's
4,800 students had the opportunity to sample ethnic foods and
participate in other events. Above are Rick Chorzelewski of
HCC Facilities, HCC booster and Observer News columnist Joni
Mascheck, International Month organizer Maria M. Torres, Scher-
lie Raymond, Raul Lozano, Jr. and Amber Mullins.
Mitch Traphagen Photo
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All-In-One Moving and Storage cuts the ribbon
The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) welcomes their newest member AIl-ln-One Mov-
ing and Storage of Brandon. The business hosted a GRCC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, April 9
at the Greater Riverview Chamber Office located 10520 Riverview Drive in Riverview. All-In-One Moving
and Storage of Brandon offers quality service at a reasonable price. For more information call Lorraina
Miller or Nathan Parker (813) 410-7502.
This tip helps save our family time and wear on good clothing. We
keep a large hen flock and we garden, so everyone has "chore clothes"
that include sturdy, worn clothing that can withstand wear, tear and dirt. I
take twist ties (the type that comes on bread wrappers or with trash bags)
and wrap them on the clothes hangers to identify work clothes in a snap.
No more grabbing a shirt thinking it's "good" for school, work or church
and finding a stain or hole. This can also be used for children to identify
their play clothes as well.
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AB Massage & Wellness Center offers
Apollo Beach Massage & Wellness Center is offering an effective new
treatment for chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain. ETPSSM Neu-
romechancal Therapy is a relatively new integrative therapy based on
the concepts of acupuncture, modern neurology, micro-current stimu-
lation and massage. Its unique contribution to pain relief comes from
the synthesis of these different therapies into easy-to-use, non-invasive
The success rate for ETPS therapy has been very impressive. Perma-
nent results usually require between 2 and 10 treatments, but experience
has shown that over 75% of patients will receive significant symptom-
atic relief in the first treatment.
The therapy is available only by appointment. It typically requires
thirty minutes and costs $40 per treatment. ETPS SM may be adminis-
tered by itself as or in conjunction with therapeutic massage at the stan-
dard rate. Appointments or additional information may be obtained by
calling Apollo Beach Massage & Wellness Center at (813) 641-9118.
It's my birthday!
Cypress Vac & Sew adopted Diamond from C.A.R.E. last June.
They decided to celebrate her birthday with a Pet Accessory Sew-
ing Contest.They are taking donations to give to C.A.R.E. during this
Diamond comes to the shop everyday to greet the customers. The
customers look forward to seeing her each time they visit. Everyone
is urged to visit the store and meet Diamond especially during the
contest, to vote on their favorite Project submitted by contestants (no
purchase needed to vote).
Cypress Vac & Sew is located at 3830 Sun City Center Blvd.,
SCC. Preservation 1st
Financial Group hosts
r Apollo eac ribbon cutting
S Rus n Sun . \ l'?rgency Preservation 1st Financial Group,
S Cente Fully LLC. is sponsoring a ribbon cut-
f :,,-lj Insured ting with both the Greater Riv-
h i Bfnd&ed erview Chamber of Commerce and
Specialist // the Ruskin/Southshore Chamber
engine Diagnostic Se Habla Espanil of Commerce on May 10, at noon.
SSPECIAL' OIL CHANGE I The event will take place at 1202
R70 s80oU s ig ar I Tech Blvd., Suite 200, Tampa. A
-a --c C 4l,. trucks light lunch willbe servedfrom 11:30
am 1:30 pm. The public is invited
tojoin in the event. Call 813-627-
0872 if you are planning to attend.
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by William Hoadges
Most of us take a great deal of
time determining gifts for friends
and relatives at holidays. If we
happen to be supervisors, it may
be time for us to take a minute and
determine what gifts we can give
to those who help us to be success-
ful-the people who work for us.
In tight economic times, we may
not always be able to give the first
gift that comes to mind-money.
Believe it or not, there may be gifts
that in the long run are better than
money. According to the Herzberg
motivation theory, money is more
of a dissatisfier than a satisfier. No
matter how much of it we are giv-
en, we begin to take it for granted
and very quickly become dissatis-
fied with the new pay level. Her-
zberg goes on to say that the true
satisfiers in any job have to do with
achievement, recognition, challeng-
es, responsibility and advancement
leading to personal growth. With
these things in mind, what then can
we give our employees, friends and
coworkers as gifts.
We can look for ways to express
our appreciation for a job well
done, whether it's in the workplace
or a community project. A simple
"thank you" spoken in private will
be appreciated. The same thank you
said in front of their peer group will
be treasured. A letter to them or one
"Thank You" can
be a treasured gift
put in their personnel file may pay
them dividends for years to come.
We can look for ways to give
them recognition. Recognition
doesn't have to entail the hiring of
a brass band. A birthday card is a
nice way to say, "I'm glad you are
on this earth." A picture and article
in your company newsletter about
them and one of their achieve-
ments, e.g., 15 years of service, will
let them know they are recognized
as important to the organization.
We canlook forways to challenge
them. Help them to understand the
goals of the organization and how
they can play a part in achieving
them. Challenges should be realis-
tic and not overwhelming.
We can look for ways to give
them responsible tasks. That is very
different than looking for ways to
hold them responsible. Help them
to see how important their work is
to the success of the company and
they will have a reason to take pride
We won't have to look for ways
to advance them or to help them
achieve personal growth if we do
a good job in the areas outlined
above. People who feel appreciat-
ed, recognized and challenged, and
have accepted responsibility will
take care of their own promotions
and, because you are their leader,
probably ensure yours.
Gifts have a way of coming back
to us-and those gifts showing ap-
preciation that you give to all those
around you are no exception.
Hodges is a nationally recog-
nized speaker, trainer, and syndi-
cated columnist. Hodges may be
reached at Hodges Seminars In-
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Mustang fastback 2+2 owned by Rene Gonzales
'65 Mustang named cruiser of the month
A bright red 1965 Mustang fastback 2+2 owned by Rene Gonzales of
Riverview is the Sun City Center Roamin' Oldies Cruiser of the Month
He bought the car 18 years ago, with no engine, no interior and lots of
rust. He began a restoration and upgrading project that is still on-going.
He did all the work himself, including bodywork and painting. A modi-
Sfied Ford 302 cubic-inch engine now
f 'id powers the Mustang. The engine bay
and trunk sparkle with chrome, mir-
rors and reflective metal highlights.
The monthly Roamin' Oldies
cruise-in is held from 6 p.m. to 9
'^-- ",^\. p.m. on the first Thursday of every
City Ceotl month at Cherry's Restaurant in the
Apollo Beach Winn-Dixie Plaza on
US41. The event is free to both entrants and spectators, and the public
About 100 of the area's finest antique and collectible cars and trucks
are typically on display, accompanied by classic 1950s music played by
DJ Joey Ferrante. The event is sponsored by Thompson's Auto Parts and
Cherry's Restaurant. For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511.
Have something you would like
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courtesy of Anytime Taxi, Brandon.
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12-3 p.m. Jill Russo
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6-10 p.m. Lil Russ
10 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Kenny Mac
1-4 p.m. Jill Russo
5-9 p.m. Gene Cannon
10 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Kenny Mac
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Ruskin Eagles give to local college
The Ruskin Eagles Club is proud to announce the awarding of thirteen
$1,000 scholarships to upcoming graduates from East Bay High School
and Lennard High School. The criteria for receiving one of these schol-
arships is based on financial need, academic achievement, participation
in school clubs' activities and athletics and a high score on the Scholastic
Aptitude Test or the American College Test.
The winners and the colleges they will attend are as follows:
East Bay High School
Kyle Whiteside, The University of Florida
Delaney Poli, The Art Institute of Tampa
Gabrielle Walden-Alves, Florida State University
Jennifer Lindo, The University of South Florida
Meghan Sandora, The University of Central Florida
Christopher Wirth, Florida State University
Kayla Baker, The University of South Florida
Kayla Westbrook, Florida State University
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plans Spring Fling
You are invited to join the Bran-
don Jr. Woman's Club for our 2010
Annual Membership Recruitment
Spring Fling event from 7 to 9
p.m. on Thursday, April 29 at our
Clubhouse located at 129 N. Moon
Ave. in Brandon.
Learn what the GFWC Brandon
Jr. Woman's Club is all about and
how we support the community
through projects such as our Chil-
dren's Holiday Party for the less
fortunate, Scholarships for High
School Female Seniors, Road
Cleanups, Troop Support, Interna-
tional Projects, Health Awareness
issues and more.
It will be a fun evening with
refreshments, activities, speakers
The Ruskin-SouthShore Cham-
ber's monthly coffee will take
place from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. on
Tuesday, May 4 at RBC Bank,
112 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., in Sun
A special thanks to all of the
anglers who participated in the
Ruskin-SouthShore Chamber's an-
nual Catch & Release Grand Slam
Fishing Tournament on April 24.
The event was sponsored by
Tampa Electric Co. and Wilhelm
Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
Second Hand Rose, 1009 1st
Street Southwest, in Ruskin, will
celebrate its one-year anniver-
sary with the Ruskin-SouthShore
Chamber at a ribbon-cutting cere-
mony at 7:45 a.m. on May 3.
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.
$6 All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
from 5 to 7 p.m.
Carry-out orders available.
Call ahead -- 671-9845
Men's Auxiliary Meeting at 7 p.m.
Post Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Fish Fry from 5 to 7 p.m.
(all you can eat fish -- $6)
Carry-out orders available.
Call ahead -- 671-9845
They also serve Chicken Tenders,
Shrimp or combos for $7.
Each dinner comes with fries,
coleslaw, and a hush puppy.
Karaoke by Jeff at 8 p.m.
East Bay High School drama students
present musical drama
"All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten: The Musical"
is based on Robert Fulghum's best selling book, conceived and adapted
by Ernest Zulia with music and lyrics by David Caldwell.
Robert Fulham's best sell- .
ing book, All I Really Need To
Know I Learned in Kindergar-
ten sold over 15 million copies
in 96 countries. The heartwarm-
ing book was first translated to
the stage in 1992 and has had
a wonderful production his-
tory. The stage adaptation is
a brilliant piece of theatrical
storytelling, woven with song.
The stories and songs are about
all of us and celebrate human a
existence from childhood to the
wisdom of old age.
Presented by a cast of 18 East
Bay theatre students, the play
will be presented in the East Bay High School Auditorium on May 6, 7,
and 8. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and include dessert
and coffee at intermission. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Pre-show begins at 7
p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.
The 2009-2010 East Bay Theatre season started off strong with their
production of Steel Magnolias in November 2009. East Bay's Moving
Minds Theatre Co., comprised of advanced drama students, toured local
elementary schools and performed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to
over 400 kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders in November 2009 as well.
In December 2009, the East Bay HS Thespian Troupe performed at the
District 9 Thespian Festival and took home 8 superior ratings, including
Critic's Choice in Playwrighting, Critic's Choice-Alternate in Mono-
logues, and Critic's Choice-Alternate in Student Directed Scenes. East
Bay Theatre recently performed John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men in
February. All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten is the
last show of the season.
Seats can be reserved over the phone by calling (813) 671-5134, ext.
271. You can make a reservation and pay for the tickets at the door.
Groups of 10 or more that make a reservation in advance will receive the
student price for the entire group. You may also purchase tickets at the
door without a reservation.
New arrivals Lisa Adele
from Brandon Van Nostrand
Hospital Lisa Adele Van Nostrand, a resi-
dent of Riverview, has earned an
Associate in Applied Science in
Nursing from Excelsior College.
o Excelsior College (www.excel-
sior.edu) is an accredited, private,
nonprofit institution that focuses
on the needs of working adults.
Its primary mission is to increase
access to a college degree for adult
learners by removing obstacles to
Sofia Frances Angulo was born their educational goals.
April 15, 2010. Osiris Prieto and Excelsior's unique strength is its
Oscar Angulo of Riverview are the acknowledged leadership in the
proud parents. assessment of student knowledge.
Braden Michael Fairfax was It does so by providing work-
born April 16, 2010. The proud ing adults multiple avenues to
parents are Jessica and Aaron Fair- degree completion that include its
fax of Riverview. own online courses and college-
Talon Demetri Linsmeyer was level proficiency examinations,
born April 9, 2010. Allyse and and the acceptance of credit in
Brandon Linsmeyer of Riverview transfer from other colleges and
are the proud parents. universities.
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ELMIRA'S "HAT TRICK"
APRIL 29, 2010
Multi-tasking is standard proce-
dure at Elmira's
ary. Board mem-
bers double up
as chief cooks
and bottle wash-
Elaine Brad cleaners, chicken
Things can get a little wild some-
times, especially when they orga-
nize three (THREE!) fund raising
events in one month.
Robin "I'm-Not-Lion" Green-
wood and Deb "Big Hat" Kaprive
are shown here as advertising ex-
ecs (or as they call themselves......
shameless promoters) of their an-
nual Cinco de Mayo celebration at
the Copper Penny Restaurant. A
special fiesta menu will be avail-
able with partial proceeds to ben-
efit the sanctuary on Wednesday,
May 5 from 5:00pm to 8:00 pm.
Cost is $15, payable at the door.
Also coming up is Pizza Hut
Night at 712 Cypress Village Bou-
levard in Sun City Center on Mon-
day, May 3rd from 4:00 pm to 8:00
pm, 20% off all purchases with
voucher (Vouchers are available
at www.elmiraswildlife.org and at
the 3-Legged Poodle Pet Boutique
in Sun City Center) will benefit
Elmira's Wildlife Sanctuary.
And last, for fellow members,
the Sun City Center Chamber "Af-
ter Hours" will be hosted at the
sanctuary Thursday, May 20 4:00
DEB KAPRIVE AND ROBIN GREENWOOD
Caloosa Greens Ladies
Winners March 25,
Game: Shamble Team
1st: Mildred Kolb
Jo Smalley 208
2nd Elaine Van derBaan, Toni
Dyrek,Sue Irwin 216
3rd Gerry Towers, Betty Wil-
liams, Nancy Mast
pm- 7:00 pm. Come and network,
meet the res-
cue animals '
and relax in
the rural sur-,
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More infor- ;
will be sent via email or you may
call Elmira's at the phone number
Elmira's Wildlife Sanctuary is a
member of the Greater Sun City
Center Area Chamber of Com-
merce; they are a 501(c)(3) non-
profit corporation staffed entirely
by busy volunteers and entirely
supported by private contributions
and FUNdraising efforts such as
They would love to see you at
their events! For questions call
941-776-8975 and one of thevol-
unteers will try to catch the phone.
Hablo Espanol at info@elmiras-
wildlife.org. (No need to RSVP.
....they don't speak French).
Want to get involved in the Great-
er Sun City Center Area Chamber
of Commerce Hats Off Promo-
tion? Just call me at 813.634.5111
Elaine Brad is President of the
Sun City Center Area Chamber of
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(813) 634-5111 extension 101 or via
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Simon is a black and white male
domestic short hair. Brought to
C.A.R.E. as a baby he is now
a beautiful young cat. He has
bright eyes and seems to hang
onto every word you say to him.
Simon is looking for someone to
be his lifelong tour guide. Inter-
ested parties should come and
interview with him at the shelter.
Simon has been neutered, micro-
chipped, and brought current on
his shots. C.A.R.E. is open 10
AM to 3 PM on Tues. Sat. For
directions visit www.CareShel-
ter.org or call 813-645-2273.
Nick is an attractive young Box-
er mix. He spent the first four
months of his life in a cage. He
arrived at the shelter as a timid
and unsocialized puppy. Ev-
ery day, Nick comes out of his
shell a little more. He is a won-
derful and affectionate boy who
is looking for a forever home
where patient owners will con-
tinue to help him grow. Nick is
current on his shots. As part of
his adoption, he will be micro-
chipped and neutered. C.A.R.E.
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The Performing Arts Club of Sun and cold reading from the script.
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A special guest came to visit
some eager elementary school
birders last week and I was lucky
enough to be in attendance. Taking
time out from his busy schedule,
Weeki the Eastern Screech Owl
Meet the Eastern
stopped by with his human handler
Barb from a local Audubon Eagle
Watch Program. The students
gasped when they saw how little
Weeki was, and of course asked if
he was a baby.
Although small in stature, Wee-
ki is a full grown Screech Owl
measuring only about 8 inches
from head to toe. Quite a little
character! A lot of people mis-
take Screech Owls for baby Great
Hored Owls because of the simi-
lar tufts on top of their heads. The
Eastern Screech Owl is a little bird
that comes out mostly at night
and lives in woodland areas. Its
eyes are a bright yellow and a full
grown adult owl is a color combi-
nation of gray-brown. This color-
ation helps the small owl protect
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a way to camouflage itself in the
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Screech Owl will stretch its body
and hold its feathers in to look like
a branch stub.
These little owls may look sweet
and cute, but don't be fooled, they
are stealth hunters. Mostly hunt-
ing from dusk to dawn, they hunt
by diving quickly and seizing
their prey in their talons. They
have been known to eat small
mammals such as chipmunks and
mice to large insects. The Eastern
Screech Owl normally swallows
its prey whole, however, if their
food source is too large, they will
tear it up with their sharp beak
into smaller pieces. Just like any
owl species, they expel owl pellets
which are composed of fur, feath-
ers, bones and teeth-all of the
materials the bird's digestive sys-
tem cannot break down.
Eastern Screech Owls mate for
life once they find a suitable match.
Mating season can last from mid-
April to mid-May, so keep your
ears open for the sounds of court-
ship. The males will call the fe-
males from different branches un-
til they can get close enough to the
female. The male then bobs and
swivels his head and even winks at
the female with one eye! If she ac-
cepts his romantic gestures, the fe-
male will move closer. They will
touch bills and preen each other to
signify their match.
Carol Oschmann with book receives her award.
Carol Oschmann receives first place for
her book 'Prison Dreams'
Carol Oschmann, vice president
of the Ruskin Branch of the Na-
tional League of American Pen
Woman, won first place in the na-
tion for her book "Prison Dreams."
She traveled to the National Pen
Women's League's convention in
Little Rock, Arkansas this month
to receive her award certificate
and a thousand dollars cash.
You can count the number of
people doing dream work around
the nation on one hand. Carol Os-
chmann is one in that number that
visits prisons and evaluates and
listens to the inmates dreams.
Carol's book contains the many
dreams of inmates and their sto-
ries. With her interpretation of
these dream sit may reveal why
these persons are in prison.
Florida State Department of Cor-
rections has contacted Carol and
are interested in her program of
The Ruskin Branch of National
League of American Pen women
She's club champion
Kris Wells, President of the
Falcon Watch Ladies 18-Hole
League, has announced the Club
Champion for 2010 is Betty Lou
Rosborough. She is picturedri-
ght with the league champion-
are looking for others to join them.
If you are a woman who has writ-
ten a book, or is a poet, an editor,
writer, a photo journalist, copywrit-
er for the media, an artist who has
been in a juried show and has sold
her own work, a music composer
published or unpublished in the last
five years with proof of public per-
formance you can become a mem-
ber of the league. To join you must
be a citizen of the United States and
meet the qualifications. If already
you are a member and have moved
to this area, transfer to this branch.
Members are from all 50 states and
headquartered in Washington D.C.
President of the Ruskin Branch
Aleta Jonie Maschek has served on
the National Board in Washington
D.C. three different times, also has
been President of the State of Flor-
ida, Tampa and Ruskin Branches.
To join this group call Aleta
Jonie Maschek at 813-777-4920 or
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The South Shore Arts
will hold an Open House a
eral Meeting at 7 p.m. on
May 4, at the Ruskin Womei
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Turner to address
Dr. Turner, MD, NREMT-P,
MPH, MSPH, FACS, is a Dip-
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Orthopedic Surgery and a Fellow
of the American Academy of Or-
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er there is a natural or man-made
catastrophe, and evaluates, as-
sesses, organizes and supervises
id the medical emergencies and
other humanitarian needs of the
g populace adversely affected by
the disasters. Dr. Turner has had
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We are April's Terrific Kids from Cypress Creek Elementary!
The Terrific Kids sponsored by the Sun City Center Kiwanis for the month of April are: Israel Bass, Kylie
Mccumber, Yaritza Romero, Kamila Galvan, Judith Padron, Andy Fuentes, Senon Perez, Jamal Roche,
Jessica Rodriguez, Joshua Fouse, Shamiya Humphrey, Filiberto Reynoso-Rojas, Guadalupe Vera,
Leah Gonzalez, Amaris Fraga, Joe Avila, Josh Paskert, Jose Sanchez, Jeremiah Rosell, Payton Stef-
ero, Rosie Reyes, Justin Elizarraras, Makenna Fox, Austin Pena, Jacob Spradlin, Rosabella Rodriguez,
Judah Rodriguez, Gage Sweat, Nicholas Betances, Valerie Flores, Yair Flores-Perez, Rickeya Jackson,
Isabel Garcia, Annett Heredia, Liliana Gonzalez, Kennedy Blaine, Katie Trombetti, Haylee Giddens, Em-
manuel Miril, George Triantafillou, Julia Alderman, Amber Scott, Irianny Monsalve, Hanna Brown, Lis-
bet Flores, Carlos Hernandez, Alyssa Morales, Jabreel Stephens, Joe Torres, Dayton Lyons, Kassandra
Martinez, Jaime Manzanaras, Sam Goodyear, and Angelica Garcia.
Tampa Bay job seekers to get more access to job training,
Starting May 3, job seekers and
employers in Hillsborough County
will be able to access job match-
ing, training resources and career
and workforce information during
extended operating hours at all
Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance
(TBWA) Career Centers.
"Keeping our doors open lon-
ger so that more people in our
community can get the help they
need with job searches and career
development is the right thing to
do in these difficult times," said
Ed Peachey, President and CEO,
TBWA's Career Centers in Tam-
pa, Brandon and Plant City now
will be open Monday-Thursday:
8:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m., and Friday
from 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
TBWA offers a full range of
career planning services for both
entry level job seekers and experi-
"We've made the staff schedules
and systems adjustments necessary
so that anyone who may be parent-
ing or attending school or other-
wise occupied during the standard
business day now will be able to
meet with our career managers and
staff experts for the career guid-
ance, job leads, referrals, training
and professional networking they
may need," Peachey said.
for more information, including
Center locations and services.
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Play golf for scholarships
East Bay High School presents the Kenneth Freunscht Scholarship
Golf Scramble on Saturday, May 22. at Golf Club at Cypress Creek,
1011 Cypress Village Blvd., Sun City Center.
Registration is at 7:00am and start is at 8:00am. The entry fee is $50
per golfer which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, drink tickets, grill ticket,
prize for 1st place team, closest to pin and many other great prizes.
Entries and money must be received by May 8.
In the summer of '06, East Bay H.S. lost one of its most prized fac-
ulty members after a long battle with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Ken-
neth Freunscht was a chef, teacher, mentor, friend and inspiration to all
around him. He devoted every day to his students and by trying to make
a better life for them. It is because of his dedication and commitment
to East Bay and their students that a scholarship fund was established in
Your help will ensure that students from East Bay, Lennard, Spoto and
Riverview High Schools will receive quality scholarships to continue
work that Ken began. As a result of the last 3 year's golf scrambles, and
donations from various organizations, 31 scholarships were awarded in
the amount of $34,500.
Don't Golf? Would you like to be a Sponsor? Sponsorship Levels:
Platinum $200, Gold $150, Silver $100. Various items are still needed
for prizes and all donations will be noted in the program and are tax
For more information, call Marge Davis 671-5134 ext. 223 or Cathy
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Airmen who complete basic training earn four
credits toward an associate in applied science de-
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Force.HN V. ORLANDO
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Tarpon are jumping and exciting anglers
From now through October, a
rophy fish is swimming our water-
ays. Tarpon will be jumping and
exciting anglers all over our bay
waters. Peak time for tarpon is
May through September in our
waters. You must have a $50 tag
on your license to fish for tarpon.
Anglers fish for tarpon from
Africa, to Mexico, to USA. Tarpon
swim around the world and it's why
the tarpon is called the world's top
Some anglers in this area only
fish Boca Grande Pass for this
fish. But for others in Tampa Bay,
plenty of tarpon will be found in
One often canboat a hammerhead
shark while fishing for tarpon, as it
seems where tarpon are, hammer-
head follow. These big bruisers'
average weight is 80 lbs. This fish
has no food value and is mounted
as a trophy catch. Many catch and
release after taking a photo. From
the photo an exact trophy fish can
be made to mount on your wall.
As the temperatures rise, the
mackerel arrive. One angler
reports that both King and Spanish
mackerel are swarming our area
waters. Large schools are around
from the Little Manatee River to
the Skyway. You will catch them
by trolling along with a spoon, a
single hook, and bait.
The King mackerel are migrating
through our bay waters on to the
south, with some anglers boating
good catches as they pass through.
Spanish mackerel are small, but a
great panfish and an active fight-
ing fish as well.
If you don't like mackerel fish-
ing, try catching a trout in 2 to 4
feet of water over grassy flats.
Trout are eager to take your bait,
jigs, plastic shrimp or swimbaits.
If you have live bait, try shrimp.
soft mouths, so
be careful how
you set the hook
or you may tear
his mouth and
lose him as he
spits out the
hook. Legal size
not less than
15" or more
than 20" with
four per har-
vest per person.
Trout are a
often fried with
a lemon butter
Bait fish are Tony Petree of
back in schools, Manatee.
but for those
unable to throw a cast net, try sar-
dines or frozen shrimp.
Those fishing in large boats go-
ing beyond the bay waters have
reported excellent fishing. Waters
have a temperature of 700 now and
fish are coming from all directions
to take your bait. Grouper fish-
ing has been spectacular with the
largest sizes coming from water as
deep as 160'.
Redfish catches have been slow
in Simmons Park canals, with
some catches being boated around
the Little Manatee River. Those
fishing around Fort Desoto Park
reported schools of giant redfish
well over the legal weight.I am
told that they soon will be school-
Those who have made redfish
catches say that they waded in
shallows for their catches. Legal is
not less than 18" or more than 27"
with one per person per day. This
is a good fish to bake and stuff
with crabmeat stuffing.
Some of the younger generation
Apollo Beach caught this largemou
anglers are filled with zeal and
enthusiasm over the large giant
black drum catches they have made
this week. They were catching and
releasing -- having a workout pull-
ing these giants in and weighing
them, then a fast release. They
were betting on the largest one
caught. Hours were spent before
they wore themselves out and one
got all the money.
I didn't realize that those fishing
for largemouth bass have a special
bass rod. Medium-heavy casting
rods are built to perform conflict-
ing tasks. The rod must be power-
ful enough to toss large baits with
dead-on accuracy and muscle the
big catches out of thick cover. They
also need to be sensitive enough to
work soft plastic and light strikes.
There you go, add another fish-
ing pole to your collection and fish
the upper fresh waters of our rivers
for largemouthbass and freshwater
catfish. Be sure to take your fresh-
water fishing license along.
Many of you are 'still fishing,'
on our docks
for the fish to
come to you.
Some do not
have the pa-
tience for this
type of fishing
-- those that
i do are reaping
the most popu-
lar catch from
around the pil-
ings and are a
th bass in Lake fish with white
lean meat and
a great table-
fare. One may serve them baked,
stuffed, broiled or fried.
From the captains I learned that
one must be patient running inlets.
They tell me that leaving and
entering inlets can be dangerous.
Most inlets have fast moving
currents and can toss your craft
around, making you go sideways.
I hope all of you are wearing life
vests; it is a law in our Florida wa-
Enter inlets with caution, perhaps
tack back and forth for a smoother
ride. Study the inlet before enter-
ing. It is possible to find a rip roar-
ing current, or heading into the
wind against the tide. Plan ahead
Mosquitoes are swarming all
around us and I was told that you
should not eat bananas while fish-
ing because these insects can be
drawn to the fruit. Take a repellent
along with your first aid kit when
you go fishing.
A canoe sank at Lake Ellen,
north of Tampa, this week. Only
one angler survived. Please make a
thorough check of your kayaks and
canoes before launching them.
-- Aleta Jonie Maschek is a
member of Florida Outdoor
Healing with the
Speaker Tim Dudley will talk
about healing past and present
issues and guide folks through a
few healing exercises and a heal-
Learn about this fascinating topic
at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 5
at the Heritage Room in Sun City
Center's Complex, 1009 N. Pebble
Rev. Tim Dudley, a Minister,
certified Medium and Healer, has
presented classes in the healing
and spiritual counselors certifica-
tion programs, and has conducted
many classes and workshops on
various aspects of meditation and
He is also a licensed Massage
Therapist since 1988 and continues
his service to others at his Massage
Therapy Practice in Sarasota.
For more information, call Ed
Leary at 383-7594.
The mitral valve, located between the upper- and lower-left chambers of the heart, is
susceptible to problems. When it doesn't close all the way, it can leak a small amount of
blood. This condition is known as mitral valve regurgitation.
To correct this condition, surgeons at Manatee
Memorial can access the mitral valve through the
breastbone and repair the valve to create a
tighter seal. This procedure may require a three-
to five-day hospital stay.
"Patients who have successful
mitral valve surgery dramatically
increase their life expectancy, so
they're on par with someone
with a completely normal heart,"
says Alessandro Golino, MD,
Chief of Surgery at Manatee
Alessandro GonoM D .
Memorial and a cardiothoracic
Trained by renowned
cardiac surgerypioneer surgeon who specializes in mitral
Denton Cooley, M.D. valve repair. Dr. Golino had a
97.1 percent success rate for mitral valve surgery
from January 2008 through June 2009.* Nationally,
the overall success rate for mitral valve repair is less
than 60 percent.
How Do I Know if I Have
Mitral Valve Regurgitation?
Mitral valve regurgitation can strike anyone at any
age, but the risk does increase as you get older.
*According to data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons
If you have been diagnosed
with a heart murmur and you
experience the following
symptoms, talk to your doctor.
Shortness of breath
Sometimes, people who have potentially deadly
mitral valve problems do not have warning
symptoms. This is why regular check-ups with your
family doctor or cardiologist are important.
For more information about mitral valve
regurgitation surgery at Manatee Memorial,
please call 941.745.7204.
206 Second Street East
Bradenton, FL 34208
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Justice Center Report
The SouthShore Community
Justice Center celebrated 10 years
of service to the south Hillsbor-
ough community this past year,
1999-2009. Though numbers tell
some of the story, alone they do
not convey the full impact of the
service the office has provided to
During these years hundreds of
mediations were held with a reso-
lution rate averaging 70 percent.
However, this number does not
S reflect the many cases where a res-
olution was reached prior
to mediation due to the ef-
forts of one staff member,
Each mediation which
is held impacts at least two
parties, often entire fami-
lies and sometimes whole
communities. When issues
are resolved during media-
tion, there is often a vis-
ible change in the room.
Jers This change presents itself CC
in openness, relief and the
release of energy which
is mirrored in the positive change
in interaction between the parties.
When parties leave the mediation
room that energy goes forth into
In its 10 year history, over one
hundred folks have participated
in community mediation train-
ing with the Justice Center. In
addition to becoming volunteer
mediators, some took the training
simply to expand their personal
skills or to better handle their work
One participant, for instance,
took training to learn how to better
facilitate her role as president of a
social club which was experienc-
ing significant clashes. Today there
are 13 wonderful people in the pro-
IMMUNITYY JUSTICE CENT
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gram who volunteer to help others
resolve conflicts. These same vol-
unteers give so generously of their
time and talent that it may be easy
to overlook or take such generos-
ity for granted. A mediation may
last anywhere from one to seven
hours in length. The willingness
of volunteers to sit through har-
rowing stories, hurt feelings, angry
outbursts, anxiety-ridden tension
and confusion to help others make
sense of disputes is true giving.
These volunteers, in their gifting
of themselves to the community
become an ongoing reward shared
by all of us.
Thus it is with profound grati-
tude the Community Justice Center
salutes these volunteer mediators:
Joan Alagood (Valrico),
Kay Breseman (RI\ nl ic'\\ ),
Donald Davidson (SCC),
Richard Davidoff (SCC),
Don Eaton (SCC), Chester
Ferguson (SCC), Alfredo
"Fred" Galvan (Ri\ cn ici\ ),
Catherine Griggs (Ruskin),
Ashley Ise (Apollo Beach),
Wray Hiser (Ruskin), Dan
LaValley (Ruskin), Bob
Maxey (Seffner) and Diane
ER Waronka (Apollo Beach).
Amazingly, there are 8 ad-
ditional volunteers who are
in various stages of preparation to
become mediators for this com-
munity. Such generosity makes
each of us proud to be part of this
dynamic region of Hillsborough
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Ruskin VFW Post 6287
New Officers 2010-2011
Sr. Vice Commander .................. Jerry Yohman
Jr. Vice Commander...................Tony Zipperer
Quartermaster............................. Chris Young
Judge Advocate.......................... Tom Sheehy
Adjutant............................... Gene Wren
Chaplain ...................... ...............Bob Akins
Surgeon...................................... Ken Kileger
Service Officer...........................Robert Monday
Trustee #1 ...................................M ike Anthony
Trustee #2...................................Ben Loveland
Trustee #3................................... Jim M cCallister
House Committee at a later date
Ladies' Auxiliary VFW
Sr. Vice President.......................Toni Trimarco
Jr. Vice President........................ Jean Zupko
Treasurer ....................................Dona Wheeler
Secretary ...................................Elaine Plis
Guard........................................Gwen M cCallister
Trustee #1 ................................. Shirley Sheehy
Trustee #2................................... Cheryl Nelson
Trustee #3...................................Lois M cBride
Patriotic Historian......................Lois McBride
Historian............................... Julie Weir
Men's Auxiliary VFW
President.....................................Bill M cConnell
Sr. Vice President.......................Bob Cain
Jr. Vice President........................Dave Im
Treasurer .................................... Joe Horvath
Chaplain.................................. Scott Parker
Secretary .................................... Jerry Fabor
G uard.........................................W ill Talenti
Trustee #1 ...................................Ken W alters
Trustee #2................................... John Zilba
Trustee #3...................................Dale McLane
We are the RCMA Wimauma Academy April Terrific Kids
RCMA Wimauma Academy is honored to recognize the following students as their Terrific Kids for
April 2010: Front Row: Noirian Mendez, Rebeca Hernandez, Jean Saldana, Diana Contreras, Filiberto
Sanchez, Samantha Galindo; Second Row: Giovanni Trejo, Salvador Hernandez, Tania Hernandez, Daisy
Mosso, Angel Chanelo. The group is joined by Kiwanis members Helen and Sala Halm and Principal
New Torah Scroll dedicated at Congregation Beth Shalom
Congregation Beth Shalom of
Brandon will be celebrating the
donation of a new Torah scroll
on Sunday, May 16. Located on
Bryan Road, the Reform congre-
gation is home to approximately
A Torah scroll is one of Ju-
daism's most sacred objects.
Although Beth Shalom currently
has a Torah scroll with a rich his-
tory dating back more than 200
years to Eastern Europe, the new
Torah scroll will also have special
meaning for this community. The
sofer, or scribe, who has written
the scroll resides inAshdod, which
is Tampa's sister city in Israel. The
relationship between the two cities
was confirmed on May 6, 2005,
and is strengthened by shared
experiences and cultural events
between the two communities.
This will be Beth Shalom's first
newly-created Torah scroll, and is
being donated by the Pelk family,
of FishHawk Ranch in Lithia, FL.
Jim and Sandee Pelk and their
two children, Andrew and Eliza-
beth, have been members of the
congregation since 2000. Andrew
will be called to the Torah as a
Bar Mitzvah in 2011. Through
the purchase of this new Torah,
the Pelk family is providing the
community with the opportunity
to fulfill one of Judaism's mitzvot,
or commandments -- to participate
in the writing of a Torah scroll.
The scribe has completed all of
the Torah except for the last 100
letters, which have been outlined.
Participants will be able to spon-
sor the filling in of the outlined
letters or words, as well as spon-
soring larger portions of the To-
rah, including individual books or
special sections or portions. Other
sponsorship opportunities are also
Following the completion of the
Torah, the Jewish community will
march up Bryan Road to the syna-
gogue, carrying the Torah to its
new home. At its destination, there
will be singing and dancing as
the Torah is welcomed to its new
community. The evening will end
with a short dedication ceremony
and an educational presentation
by the scribe on his craft and dem-
onstration of this special form of
Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena,
who led the Tampa delegation on
the trip to Ashdod will be present
5ar6~p$S9iWw^ ^~L b-g
Pelk Family of Lithia
for the dedication. Saul-Sena is an
at-large member of Tampa City
Council, serving her fifth four-
year term. The entire Brandon/
Tampa community is invited to
share in this day of celebration on
Sunday, May 16 with Beth Shalom
as they dedicate their new Torah.
(No reservations needed).
Noon -- Snack/Scribe finishes
writing of Torah with sponsor
3:30 p.m. Begin Torah proces-
sion up Bryan Road to the syna-
gogue (with the participation of
the Mike Eisenstadt Band)
5 p.m. Torah Dedication
6 p.m. Refreshments
7 p.m. Scribe presents interactive
educational lecture on his craft
For more information on the
events, or to learn about sponsor-
ship opportunities, call the syna-
gogue (813) 681-6547 or email
Kids can spend a fun-filled sum-
mer at the Parks, Recreation and
Conservation Department's (PRC)
Sizzlin' Summer Program that be-
gins June 14 at 42 recreation sites
throughout Hillsborough County.
The Sizzlin' Summer Program is
open to children ages 5-15. Those
currently enrolled in the PRC after-
school program will receive prior-
ity registration April 26-27 at the
center they plan to attend. Those
not currently enrolled must regis-
ter for a lottery-based enrollment
April 28-29. Registration times are
from 6 to 8 p.m.
The 10-week program is of-
fered June 14-August 20. For the
first time parents have a choice
to register for half sessions that
are scheduled June 14-July 16 or
July 19-August 20. Sizzlin' Sum-
mer Program hours are Monday
through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to
All sites are child care licensed
and activities include playground
games, sports, art-n-crafts, field
trips, game room plus other spe-
cial activities and events. Prices
range from $50 to $480 depending
on length of session and available
Contact PRC at (813) 635-3500
or visit www.hillsboroughcounty.
org for additional information.
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
Thursday, April 29 Bar Bingo
at 6 p.m.
Friday, April 30 Music by
S Gene Cannon from 7 to 11 p.m.
Saturday, May 1 -District Meet-
ing 8108 at noon.
Sunday, May 2- Fire in the Hole
at 5:30 p.m.
Monday, May 3- Cribbage
Games at 1 p.m. Wii Games at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 4- Games in lounge from 1 to 5 p.m. Kitchen opens
at 4:30 p.m. Bingo at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 5- Wii Games Bowling at 6 p.m. American
Legion Meeting at 7 p.m.
Time to call
I have been calling the 800 num-
bers found on cans and packages
and telling the representative how
much I enjoy the product. I then
ask about coupons or samples that
could be sent to me.
So far, just after two weeks, I
have received two free coupons for
shampoo, one for hand lotion, one
for laundry detergent, plus other
high value cents off coupons. All
it costs me is my time.
Rita D. in Eagle Bend, MN
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Friday, April 30
Hundreds of fans converge
on the Science Fiction
Convention featuring star meet
and greets, costume shows, photo
and autograph sessions, celebrity
dinners and more. Stars attending
the event include Christopher
Lloyd ("Back to the Future"
and "Star Trek III: The Search
for Spock"), Michael Shanks
("Stargate SG-1"), Gary Graham
("Alien Nation"), William Morgan
Sheppard ("Star Trek"), Tony Todd
("Star Trek: The Next Generation"
and"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"),
955I E Io 'loWe bIlvd .
Sally Hellerman ("M.A.S.H."
and "Star Trek"), Dean Stockwell
("Quantum Leap") and more. The
DoubleTree Hotel located at 4500
W Cypress St. in Tampa will host
the 3 day event beginning at 5pm
on Friday, 9am-1pm Saturday, and
10am-6pm on Sunday. Admission
ranges from $36-60. For more
information call (401) 488-5226
or visit vulcanevents.com.
The World of Nations
Celebration is North Florida's
largest multicultural festival with
over 75,000 visitors over the
course of 3 days. Experience the
sights, sounds and tastes from over
30 countries around the world. The
18th annual event will take place
Friday-Sunday, April 30-May 2
in Jacksonville's Metropolitan
Park 1410 Gator Bowl Boulevard.
For more information call 904-
630-3690. Tickets are $5 per
day or $8 for a weekend pass.
The party begins Friday at 5pm
when the Internationl Party
kicks off, Saturday from 10am-
8pm and Sunday from llam-
6pm. For more information call
904-630-3690 or visit http://
Saturday, May 1
The Sun N Fun Toyota
Rocks the Park concert will
feature national recording artists
Blue Oyster Cult and Foghat at
Coachman Park (301 Drew St. in
Clearwater). There will also be
vendors, food concessions and
a kids' play area. Admission is
free first come first serve, $20 for
reserved seats. The concert begins
Tampa Bay Funk Fest
2010 will feature acts like Maze
featuring Frankie Beverly "Joy
and Pain"; Babyface "Change the
World"; Bell Biv DeVoe "Poison";
human beat box Doug E. Fresh
and more. The gates at Vinoy Park
located at Fifth Avenue NE and
North Shore Drive in St. Pete open
at 1 p.m. and the show begins at
4 p.m. rain or shine. Bring your
lawn chairs and blankets but tents,
grills, umbrellas, camcorders, food
and beverages are not allowed.
Admission for advance tickets
are $35-$100; day-of tickets $45-
$75. For more information or to
purchase tickets call (813) 832-
1000 or visit Ihp Imp \\"\
The Tampa Bay
International Dragon Boat
Races will feature more than
60 dragon boat teams from local
groups joining with paddlers
from across the U.S. and Canada
to compete in the 450-meter, five
lane race on Garrison Channel
near Channelside and downtown
Tampa on the water.
Racing starts at 9 a.m. with a
cancer survivor ceremony held
during lunch break. There will
be an awards ceremony with
live music in the Beer Garden
4:30-7 p.m. This event is free for
spectators. For more information
Asia Fest is held in
conjunction with the Tampa Bay
International Dragon Boat
Races on Garrison Channel.
Celebrate the tastes, sights and
sounds of fifteen Asian countries.
The event includes colorful dance
performances, traditional music,
Miss Asia Fest competition and
more. The St. Pete Times Forum
located at 401 Channelside Drive
in Tampa hosts this free event
beginning at 11am. For more
information call (813) 864-4500.
'70s and '80s musician ZZ
Top whose hits include "Gimme
All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed
Man," and "Legs" will bring back
the classic rock after the Tampa
Bay Rays take on the Kansas City
Royals. The concert is part of the
Ruth Eckerd On the Road
series. Concert is included in
ticket price. Tropicana Field is
located at 1 Stadium Drive in St.
Pete. For more information or to
purchase tickets call (888) 326-
7297 or visit http://tampabayrays.
Sunday, May 2
The Tampa Bay Comic
Book Convention hosts 85
The 2nd Annual Festival
of the Arts at Winthrop is a
two day Fine Arts and Fine Crafts
Juried Show paying out $7,000
prize money. This year's event will
include over 70 artists. Awards
include Best of Show $3,000,
Award of Excellence $1,500,
Award of Distinction $750, Award
of Merit $500, and 5 Honorable
Mentions $250. There will also be
a children's art tent, children's live
entertainment, all day concerts,
along with food and fine wines.
Winthrop Towne Center is located
off of Bloomingdale Ave. in
Riverview. For more information
call (813) 484-6886.
206 N. ANDOVER PL #75........ $29,900
1902 ANDOVER ST #199........ $34,900
205 KINGS BLVD #C-65.......... S35.....
2230 GREENHAVEN DR.......... $42,500
301 ANDOVER S. PL #186 ...... $43,000
445 GLOUCESTER .............. $48,900
301 S. ANDOVER PL #177 ...... $49,900
204 GLENELLEN PL............... S53.," ,
2230 GREENWICH DR........... $56,900
502 FALLOW CT..................... $57,500
243 GLOUCESTER BLVD.,..... $59,800
1812 FOXHUNT DR ............. $59,900
501 FINSBURY ..................... S,1.900
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1809 FOXHUNT #A................. S.4,900
2111 HARTLEBURY WAY........ .St,.900
2403 NANTUCKET GRN CT... $77,500
2613 LANCASTER................. $78,500
2403 LANCASTER DR............ $79,900
2420 NEW HAVEN CIR ........... $79,900
2501 LARKIN DR................... $79,900
426 GLADSTONE PL ............. $84,500
2478 NEW HAVEN CIR ........... $87,900
317 KNOTTWOOD CT............ $89,500
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2319 NEW ORCHARD CT. ...... $89,900
1012 NICENE CT.................. $93,900
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2223 IVAN CT ......................... $95,500
1303 IDLEWOOD DR.............. $98,500
2413 NANTUCKET FIELD ...... $98,900
1324 IDLEWOOD DR.............. $99,000
2426 NEW HAVEN CIR ......... $105,900
710 MANCHESTER WDS ..... $109,900
2408 OLD NATUCKET CT.... $112,900
601 MANCHESTER WDS ...... 13..i"
1025 NORFORK ISLAND....... $115,000
749 MC DANIEL ST............... $118,900
2257 WORTHINGTON GRNS $119,000
1014 NICENE ........................ $119,500
1141 NEW WINSOR LOOP.... $119,900
2506 LONIGAN PL............... $119,900
2218 MAYFIELD PALMS ....... 123.S""I
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923 OXFORD PARK DR......... $124,900
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755 MCDANIEL STREET...... $126,000
1915 INVERNESS GRNS........ $134,900
2066 INVERNESS GRNS........ $138,500
2029 INVERNESS GRNS........ $144,900
2019 SIFIELD GRNS WAY..... $144,900
2072 SIFIELD GRNS WAY..... $153,900
2456 SIFIELD GRNS WAY..... $159,900
1002 CHELSEA GRNS CT..... $159,900
1916 ACADIA GRNS DR........ $192,000
1945 ACADIA GRNS DR........ $219,900
2205 SIFIELD GRNS WAY .... S22"',900
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1511 DANBURY DR.............. $105,000
1905 BOSKY CT.................... $105,800
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371 CLUB MANOR DR.......... $114,900
686 ALLEGHENY..................... $119,900
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305 STONEHAN DR ............. $134,900
408 BLACKHAWK CIR .......... $143,400
1007 FORDHAM DR.............. $150,500
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tables of comics, videos, toys,
action figures, anime, Star Wars
memorabilia, artwork, trading
cards and more. Dress as your
favorite comic book hero or sci-fi
legend for a chance in the costume
contest. Guests include Paul
Pelletier "Incredible Hulk," Mark
Pennington "Aliens Vs. Predator:
Three World War," Sergio Cariello
"The Lone Ranger," Tommy
Castillo "Detective Comics,"
Jim Fern "Crossing Midnight,"
Chainsaw Chuck "Rat Fink
Comics," Amanda Stevens, Joel
Wynkoop and many more. The
convention will be at the Minnreg
Building located at 6340 126
Ave. in Largo from 10am-4pm.
Admission is $5, children 12 and
under free. For more information
com or call (727) 522-9032.
APRIL 29, 2010
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Ron Russell enjoys pancakes and bacon at last month's breakfast.
Chere Simmons photo
Pancakes, scrambled egg breakfast
The youth group of Sun City Christian Center is sponsoring a Pan-
cake and Scrambled Egg Breakfast this Sunday, May 2, in the church
Fellowship Hall, 17566 US Hwy. 301 South, Wimauma (2 miles
south of SR 674). Serving will begin at 9 a.m. and end just prior to
the morning service which begins at 10:30 a.m.
The group is asking for donations that will be used to send stu-
dents to camp this summer. For your donation you'll be treated to
pancakes or scrambled eggs, bacon and coffee or orange juice. For
more information visit the church calendar on their website at www.
march )of dimes
march for babies"
Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham (right) listens carefully as his fellow commis-
sioner, Mark Sharpe (left), emphatically makes a point during their debate of the proposed sales tax
increase last week in Sun City Center. Sharpe, arguing for adding a penny on every dollar spent as a
means of paying for light rail transit through Tampa as well as enhanced bus service and roadway work,
enthusiastically called for getting a light rail system underway. Higginbotham, who regularly uses HAR-
Tline bus service to commute to his office, opposed the sales tax hike as deceptively high at a time of
increasing bankruptcies and high unemployment in the area. Their civil confrontation was moderated
by former SCC Community Association President Paul Wheat (center). (Melody Jameson photo)
Sales tax .
markets and enhance livability. Ef-
ficient modes of transportation, of
moving people between key points
quickly, in pleasant, environmen-
tally friendly circumstances, are
among the top considerations on
corporate priority lists when com-
panies think about relocating, he
said. Light rail lines also attract
new business ventures along their
routes, he noted.
These issues, though, do not
justify what actually is a 14 per-
cent tax increase, Higginbotham
asserted several times. The sales
tax hike as currently proposed is
couched in terms such as a one
percent increase or a penny on the
dollar, he said, but in reality will
create an eight-cent sales tax per
one dollar in Hillsborough County
and represents a rise of a full 14
percent. Such a sales tax locally
would be the highest in Florida.
How can anyone call themselves
fiscally conservative and try to
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impose a 14 percent tax increase,
Higginbotham asked rhetorically.
Sharpe was quick to point out
that both Pinellas County to the
west on the other side of Tampa
Bay and Pasco County to the north
are mulling sales tax increases
in their jurisdictions in varying
amounts. Both are watching the
Hillsborough experience unfold
and may follow Hillsborough's
lead, he added.
Pointedly referring to himself as
a "problem solver," Sharpe said
that from a problem resolving per-
spective the proposed tax increase
is the best direction to take in or-
der to begin meeting transporta-
tion needs. Without it, he added,
completion of widening U.S. 301
south to S.R. 674, for example,
Further, Sharpe argued, roads are
expensive, never profitable and
often must be subsidized. And,
putting the future in the hands of
oil-producing nations, waiting for
gasoline to reach $5, $6, or $7 per
gallon is not acceptable, he added.
"The iceberg is straight ahead," he
But Higginbotham noted that
supporters of light rail have be-
come so smitten with rail they are
overlooking pertinent facts. With
bankruptcies up 21 percent over
the last year and unemployment at
historic highs, the tax increase is
not acceptable, he said. "Look at
this as a mini-bailout of govern-
ment," the commissioner added,
"it should be about how you spend
The two-hour program, moder-
ated by former SCC Community
Association President Paul Wheat,
brought out a sparse crowd of
about 125 area residents. Wheat
said another such event may be
scheduled late in the summer prior
to the sales tax balloting.
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Don't miss Commissioner Beckner
Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, District 6,
Countywide, is hosting office hours in the community the last Friday of
every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The community office hours provide
residents the opportunity to meet with the Commissioner and voice their
concerns about, and ideas for, their community without having to travel
to County Center in downtown Tampa.
No appointment is necessary to meet with Commissioner Kevin Beck-
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The April Community Office Hours have a special time:
Friday, July 30 from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m., District 1 at the Ruskin Branch
Library, One Dickman Drive, S.E., Ruskin.
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Disputes with homeowner's associations are a part of Florida life
During the 30 years that I've
been covering South County is-
sues, problems or perceived
problems homeowner's associa-
tions have come up as topics over
and over again.
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A few months ago I was told a
story by a Sun City Center resi-
dent, who, after moving into a
new home, was cited by his new
homeowner's association for leav-
ing some pieces of furniture in his
garage too long. The main thing
I remember about that interview
was the homeowner saying, "How
fast do they expect me to get set-
tled? The furniture's there because
I haven't decided where to put it
yet and I don't want to have to pay
movers to come out and move it
The rules in that association said
"no furniture in garages" because
in the past, some families had used
their garages as recreation rooms
which the homeowner's associa-
tion in that community had a pol-
Another time, I was called by a
homeowner after he had received
a citation for having a xeriscaped
yard. That citation said their as-
sociation rules dictated that only
grass was to be used as ground-
cover on front lawns, while his
yard sported wildflowers, bushes
and native trees.
The funny thing about that story
was that this homeowner had just
received an award from Hillsbor-
ough County for a "Florida Friend-
ly Yard" because he had landscaped
using native plants and shrubs that
required little water. Still, his as-
sociation insisted that since he had
signed the covenants as part of his
home ownership package, it would
It did, after lawyers and courts
Who's in the director's seats at
any given time can often deter-
mine what happens to residents.
Last week, Lorraine Pinette of
Summerfield called my attention
to something that had taken place
at the April 14 election of directors
at their annual homeowner's meet-
Lorraine, who has been on the
board there in the past, is worried
because two residents from the
same subdivision, South Cove,
were elected to the five-person
board. She says when a board is
made up of only five members,
two from the same subdivision is
one too many.
"The reason I worry about South
Cove having an extra vote is that it
has its own pool and clubhouse that
the rest of us can't use, although
South Cove residents may use ours
(main Summerfield amenities) if
they want to," Lorraine said.
Another Summerfield resident,
Dave Germond, who was also at
the small meeting I attended at
Lorraine's house last week had an-
One of the new South Cove di-
rectors had nominated himself
at the annual meeting just before
the election took place and was
elected as a write-in because so
many South Cove residents were
"This person's biography had
not even been included in the
packet sent to all residents before
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the election," Dave said.
Meanwhile, only a handful of
residents from other areas of the
community showed up to vote.
When I checked it out, I found
what they had told me to be true.
But I also found that South Cove
residents pay for the privilege of
being able to use either Summer-
field's Master Association ameni-
ties or their own: they pay dues to
two organizations while the rest of
Summerfield residents only pay
quarterly dues to the Master As-
It seems that most of the commu-
nities I have written about over the
years (which includes every one in
South County from the Manatee
County line to the Bloomingdale
area of Brandon) have a situation
where only a handful of people are
willing and able, because of work
and family commitments, to take
the reins of their HOAs and spend
the time and energy it takes to run
Those who put themselves out
there are open to criticism, no mat-
ter who they are.
It's only natural that when peo-
ple are serving, they put what they
think is important at the top of the
list, unless, of course, it's over the
limit for spending without a com-
munity referendum; which pres-
ents a whole host of other prob-
lems when people don't vote.
We are just going to have to sup-
port the people who stand up and
try to lead and keep track of the
projects on which they want to
spend our money as best we can.
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SCC leaders to developer: 'No thanks'
APRIL 29, 2010
* By MELODY JAMESON
SUN CITY CENTER Intent
on preserving future options, com-
munity association directors here
voted this week to take a pass on
the developer's latest golf course
Meeting in a special session
Monday morning, the full CA
board agreed unanimously to give
the recent official offer by WCI
Communities, Inc., to sell its North
Lakes and Sandpiper golf courses
for $1.65 million a thanks, but no
In so doing, board members as-
serted they are ensuring the com-
munity's rights of first refusal in
connection with any proposed
future acquisitions as guaran-
teed under the 1984 Agreement
- a 25-year-old arrangement that
keeps the community in the loop
even as the developer accepts po-
tential purchase offers from other
buyers. The agreement, which has
bound all successive parties for
more than a quarter century, gives
the CA on behalf of the commu-
nity the option of undertaking golf
course acquisition discussions with
the developer whenever another
potential buyer makes a new offer.
In a letter to the CA, dated April
5, 2010, Richard Barber, vice
president of the development com-
pany now restructuring itself af-
ter emerging from bankruptcy in
2009, gave formal notice that the
two SCC courses one closed, the
other now also open to the public -
are for sale on the open market. Its
asking price for the 27-hole Sand-
piper course, aka the South course,
is $1.3 million, for the fallow and
over-grown 180-acre North Lakes
layout $350,000, or for the pair a
total of $1,650,000, Barber said.
WCI previously had offered the
north and south courses, along
with the 18-hole Caloosa Greens
executive course, for a total of
$3.9 million and currently is listing
for sale all of its golf courses and
pertinent golf clubhouses in both
Sun City Center and Kings Point
through a brokerage. The package
asking price for the portfolio of
seven courses in the two commu-
nities, including the newest, most
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In his April 5 letter, Barber out-
lined the sale terms for one or both
of the older courses, and, citing
provisions in the '84 agreement,
provided 30 days for CA accep-
tance or decline. Pursuant to the
agreement, deadline for the CA re-
sponse is Wednesday, May 5.
Monday, 10 days before the
deadline, CA board members lis-
tened intently as perhaps a dozen
residents in a gathering of about
150 golfers and non-golfers ques-
tioned and commented. They
noted that both nationally and lo-
cally golf courses are not popular
investments, particularly in reces-
sionary conditions, and cautioned
that a purchased course could "be
a real money pit." They asked
about means of notifying every
homeowner if one or more course
purchases were to be committed.
They suggested that the remaining
unused homesites in the two com-
munities about 600 if built and
sold would not constitute a strong
enough golf demand. They lament-
ed conditions on the closed and
untended North Lakes course that
make it "literally a jungle." They
wondered aloud about other uses-
including residential development
by a new entity for the neglected,
weedy layout surrounded by some
400 homeowners who bargained
for a consistently green manicured
golf course view.
For the most part, directors heard
the CA members without making
individual remarks until the mo-
ment of decision. Faced with ac-
cepting all or part of the WCI April
5 offer which then would bind the
community and could eliminate
any future right of first refusal or
with rejecting the offer and pre-
serving the options to weigh in on
any future offers, board members
unanimously chose the latter ap-
proach in a motion by Don Sch-
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in the process.
Al Alderman and Martin Hur-
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Collett cautioned forcefully that it
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Anne Cross commended former
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Observing the Web
Running the spectrum of good and evil:
Rich people need Jesus, too; and Hitler gets a reprieve
By Mitch Traphagen
The Ruskin Moose Lodge #813 is located at
1212 E. Shell Point Road, Ruskin (813) 645-5919
Friday, April 30
Saturday, May 1
Sunday, May 2
Wednesday, May 5
Friday, May 7
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Wednesday, May 12
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All events are open to qualified
Moose members and guest.
Attend a poetry reading
Fran Orenstein invites community poets to The
Brandon Poets and Artists Guild on the second
Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Barnes
& Noble in Brandon in the Westfield Shopping
Mall, off S.R. 60 and 1-75.
It is a chance for poets to read their verses to a
non-critical and receptive group, in a cozy, safe
environment. The poets range from 'tweens to
FRAN ORENSTEIN nonagenarians and everyone is welcome.
Call Sue Morris at (813) 689-1085 for more
information, or just come. Carpools are available from Sun City Center,
Apollo Beach and Riverview.
Teen poets saluted
The Teen Advisory Board of the SouthShore Regional Library held a
poetry contest and the winners were announced at an awards event at the
library on April 12. There were 28 entries and prizes were awarded in
both middle school and high school categories.
The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Library who donated
cash awards as well as trophies. Cash awards were $75 for first place;
$50 for second place; and $25 for third place; Honorable Mention win-
ners received a certificate. It was agreed the contest should become an
annual event by the teens who participated. The winners are:
1st Place Joy Bordner
2nd Place Dayana Vasquez
3rd Place Alexis Leber
Christianity has gotten a bad rap
lately. What with the occasional
well-publicized scandal and all of
the politicking (c'mon -- every-
one knows that if you're a con-
servative, you are the spawn of
Satan and if you're a liberal, you
are Satan's plaything), well it all
makes it seem as those following
the faith are a humorless lot. But
then again, we all have a sense of
humor, right? Certainly that has to
be a God-given trait.
Well, that's what the people
who put together LarkNews.com
believe, anyway. Their lead story
this week is about how some
church congregations are growing
tired of spending time volunteering
in third world nations and instead
are focusing on the wealthy.
As more church-goers tire of
spending vacation time in the
Third World, churches are taking
a break from poverty and targeting
the luxury class with the gospel.
"Our worldview had gotten too
narrow," says one pastor. "Rich
people need Jesus, too."
Grace Family Church of Little-
ton, Colo., recently started a min-
istry called Higher Calling and
sent a missions team to tony bou-
tiques in Milan's fashion district.
The group reached out to watch-
makers, jewelry store workers and
"People who were never inter-
ested in missions trips are jump-
ing at the chance to go," says the
Other church missions are seeing
similar success. From the story:
At a super-luxury resort [on Ber-
muda], Taylor roams the pool deck
wearing a big t-shirt that declares,
"Jesus Made Me Rich." When
people comment on it, he replies
that Jesus made him rich in heav-
enly blessings, then quickly goes
into his testimony.
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"Last year I was hefting cinder
blocks, trying to relate to orphans
and sleeping in a church with no
roof," says Taylor. "But now I've
found my calling."
In other news, it seems Mike
Thomas of Cincinnati has grown
a tad too familiar with the Holy
Spirit, or, as he refers to Him, "the
Ghostest with the mostest." And a
church congregation in C l ( Im\ i i
is experiencing headaches, heart
flutters and general grumpiness
due to a church-wide Starbucks
"We thought this would be an
easier fast, but it's a challenge,"
said the church pastor.
The good folks at LarkNews.
com are trying to put a little humor
(and, perhaps, some humanity)
back into Christianity. Hopefully,
they won't be burned at the stake
for it. Visit them at www.larknews.
Jumping to the other end of the
good and evil spectrum, the In-
ternet's favorite evil, homicidal
dictator is getting a reprieve on
YouTube. Hundreds of parodies
using a German made film en-
Honorable Mention certificates were awarded to Emily Smith, Mercedez
Meyers, Devin McNeeley, Steven Nguyen, and Flavia Vasquez. The
award ceremony was part of a Teen Open House celebrating National
Library Week. Any teen who checked out a book during the Open House
was eligible for a $25 gift card to Borders; raffle winners included Emily
Smith, Holly Milkerek, and Cris Torres.
Middle school poetry contest winners (left to right) ar
Vasquez, Alexis Leber and Joy Bordner.
High School Teen Poetry Contest winners (leftto right) are: Samantha Three of the Honorable Mention winners in the Contest (left to ri
Schneider-Behen, Frank Perez, and Jeannine Tatlock are: Emily Smith, Mercedez Meyers and Flavia Vasquez
titled Downfall have been made
showing Hitler reacting badly to
everything from the University of
Northern Iowa upsetting NCAA
basketball tournament picks to
the death of Michael Jackson. The
film's producer, Constantin Films,
however, has not been thrilled with
the use of their work (although the
director of the film has expressed
finding a bit of humor in them)
and has recently been blamed for
their removal from YouTube. By
the end of last week, not a single
parody of Hitler remained on the
video hosting site.
Twenty-four hours later, he was
back like a bad penny.
Adolph Hitler has probably
never had so much defense. The
screaming began as soon as the
parodies started to fall from You-
Tube. Defenders noted that paro-
dies are considered "fair use" un-
der copyright laws and, thus, the
Hitler clips should be exempt from
the copyright enforcement of the
producer. YouTube product man-
ager Shenaz Zack cleared the air
somewhat in a blog post last week
saying, "If you believe your video
is fair use, check the box that reads
"This video uses copyrighted
material in a manner that does not
require approval of the copyright
And suddenly Hitler was back -
this time ranting about his removal
The videos are easy enough to
find, just visit www.youtube.com
and type Hilter into the search
box. An FYI for parents: Besides
the obvious (c'mon, it's Hitler)
and the overwhelming political in-
correctness of the rather humorous
videos, you may want to keep the
viewing in check with any young
children (at least those able to
read the subtitles). It seems Hitler
frequently has a bit of a potty
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The Chamber is open from 9 to 4
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22 OBSERVER NEWS RIVERVIEW CURRENT SCC OBSERVER
Wildlife 'rescues' can do more harm than good
Winter is finally over. Trees
and flowers are blossoming, birds
are building nests and critters are
This is also the time of year
when the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
begins getting calls about "aban-
doned" animals that folks believe
may be in need of rescue.
However, these rescues may do
more harm than good.
After giving birth, adult wildlife
must forage to provide food for
themselves and their young. This
means leaving their newborns for
short periods. Having some basic
knowledge of wildlife and the sur-
vival skills animals use can help
avoid attempting to rescue animals
that don't need rescuing.
A common target of misplaced
rescues is baby deer, temporar-
ily left in a safe place while their
mothers feed nearby. Many people
who find fawns mistakenly assume
they have been abandoned, when
in reality its parents are in the
process of ensuring the infant's
"In most cases, it is absolutely
not in the fawn's best interest to try
and rescue it," said Allan Hallman,
wildlife biologist at the FWC's
Camp Blanding Field Office.
Hallman says what typically
happens is someone discovers a
young deer waiting for its mother.
Often, those fawns are found in
palmetto patches or in recently
burned areas, where a doe has
placed her new offspring for pro-
tection. These settings tend to help
mask the fawn's scent, thus pro-
viding good protection from the
keen nose of a predator.
People discover these seemingly
abandoned baby deer and become
concerned when the parent is no-
where in sight. The would-be
rescuer falsely believes the young
animal will perish unless they save
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it or take it to a wildlife rehabilita-
"Unfortunately, actions of this
kind usually have the opposite
effect of a rescue," Hallman said.
"The stress created by changing
the animal's diet and surroundings
is often fatal.
"If the rescued fawn manages
to survive, its return to the wild
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is practically impossible because
of human imprinting or a lack of
survival skills. If it had remained
wild, the young deer would have
learned the necessary survival
skills from its mother."
Another way to help with the
survival of the young animals is
to not feed them. Although that
may sound odd, feeding can cause
problems ranging from poor nutri-
tion to making the animal depen-
dent on humans for food to loss
of foraging skills, all of which can
decrease the critter's chances of
"These animals have survived
for a long time without assistance.
They can continue to survive with-
out handouts," Hallman said.
The FWC recommends that if
you find a fawn or other baby
animal, don't touch it, and quietly
leave the area. Touching the ani-
mal may cause the mother to reject
it because it is contaminated with
On the other hand, songbirds
have almost no sense of smell
and can be returned to their nest
without much chance of rejec-
tion. Young songbirds are com-
monly found on the ground at this
time of year, looking a bit dazed
or confused. The youngster may
be trying to hide in tall grass or
in low bushes to avoid being seen
by predators. These young birds
are going through a process called
When they're ready to fledge,
young birds have grown all the
adult feathers they'll need to fly,
but they still must learn to fly.
During this process, the imma-
ture birds sometimes end up on
the ground, where they may spend
several days before they learn all
their flight skills.
"While on the ground, the
juvenile birds' parents watch over
them, feeding them and helping
them learn necessary survival
skills. Help the parents by keeping
any pets that may harm the young
birds indoors during the spring and
summer," Hallman said. "Please
don't interfere in this crucial learn-
Here are some important facts
that can help determine if a baby
bird needs rescuing. According to
biologists, the only time a baby
songbird should be rescued is
when it is on the ground and has
almost no feathers, when the bird
is injured by pets or its tail is less
than a half-inch long, and it cannot
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If you find a baby songbird you
are sure needs rescuing, place the
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has air holes in the top. Keep the
box in a warm spot away from
drafts and air conditioning and out
of direct sunlight. Do not give it
food or water. Call a licensed wild-
life rehabilitator in your area. The
FWC's Southwest Region Office,
863-648-3200, has a list of rehab-
bers. Many local veterinarians also
work closely with wildlife reha-
bilitators and also can be a good
source of advice.
Another suggestion is to place
the bird in a lined box and attach
the box to the tree from where the
bird fell. Sometimes the parents
will come to the baby in the new
box and feed it there. This gives
the birds a chance to be raised
properly by their parents.
"Most parents will come back to
care for the fledgling. Sometimes,
however, they reject the chick
because of a limited food supply,
an inability to care for the young
chick, or for other reasons we may
not understand," Hallman said. "If
the parents don't return, then the
chick should be taken to a rehab
center. Migratory birds are pro-
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a licensed facility."
The FWC asks you to remember
that removing an animal from the
wild to save it may actually have
the opposite effect. Seek advice
from wildlife professionals before
attempting to rescue any animal,
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Left to right: Jan Falcione, Manager of Marketing and Development
of the Mary and Martha House, and Mission Board Member Bill Web-
Mary and Martha House declared
mission of the month
The Mission Board of The United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla
Avenue, Sun City Center, selected the "Mary and Martha House" as a
Mission of the Month. The Mary and Martha House is a safe and secure
shelter for homeless and abused women and their children. They offer
advocacy and resource referral in the areas of food, clothing, medical
help, education, day care and employment.
For further information call the Mary and Martha House at 813-645-
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship plans
On April 29 The Sun City Center Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
annual Flower Communion will be led by Bill Danek. Bring a flower
of your choice. There will also be an induction ceremony for the of-
ficers of the new Board of Directors.
On May 6, Rev. Dr. Robert Tucker will present "The Lady with the
Lamp." This is the first week of the month and the day they bring
food for the Beth El Farm Workers Food Bank.
Coffee and conversation starts at 7:00pm, 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.
SCC WGA 9-Hole League played Thursday April
15 Game Throw out Worst Hole
First Place Jean Vazquez 20
Second Place Christel Fraebel 25
Third Place Connie Ream 27
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The "bus captain" was the Pastor Be Louis of the Baptist Church (far left in the picture) The Rev. Tracy
Wilder was the "host" for the group and is the 5th in back row from L-R.
Baptists and Episcopalians visit the Holy Land
St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Ruskin/Sun City Center and a group from Shilo Baptist Church from
Maryland met and teamed up in NYC Kennedy Airport to fly on the Israel Airline, El Al to Tel Aviv, Israel, the
Holy Land for 10 days.
The 43 member group got to visit Tiberias,The Sea of Galilee, the River Jordan, The Garden of Gethsemene,
The Mount of Olives, The Upper Room (where the last Supper was) The Garden Tomb (of Jesus), The Dead
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David's Tomb, Mount Zion, Temple Mount, Western (Wailing) Wall, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jericho, and many
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CCW hosts dessert card party
The Council of Catholic Women (CCW) of Prince of Peace Catholic
Church invites anyone who likes to play cards or any board game to
make up a table in advance 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 633-2460.
Falcon Watch results April 16 Scramble
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Sound the Shofar Celebration!
On Sunday, May 9 Sound the Shofar in Ruskin/Sun City Center will
become an extension of Ruach Ministries International in Brandon. The
merging of the two ministries will help fulfill an increasing desire from
many people to learn the Hebraic origins of their Christian faith and the
ways of God.
The Torah and the New Testament are the focus of a weekly Bible
Study offered on Friday afternoons in Sun City Center. There is also
a once a month meeting on a Sunday afternoon at the SouthShore Re-
gional Library at 15816 Beth Shields Way Ruskin.
The May 9 meeting will be a "Celebration" with Praise and Worship,
Hebraic Dancing with Ruach's Dance Team and a meal. Everyone is
welcome, just bring a Biblically Kosher food dish to share. They will
start with the meal, so the time for the meeting has been changed to
1:00pm. For more information, contact Alan or Chris Talbert at 813-641-
0580 or David Jones at 813-477-1517. You can visit Ruach Ministries
online at www.ruachonline.com
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Mentoring and teaching at the prison
The Chair of the Cut Up Circle at the Sun City Center United Meth-
odist Church, Barbara Donohue, invited Nancy Williams and Dr. Ken
Barringer to be the guest speakers at a recent meeting. Williams and
Barringer spoke on their volunteerism and service to the inmates at the
local faith-based Hillsborough Correctional Institution for women.
Barringer has used his background in psychology to teach Anger Man-
agement classes. Williams, a former teacher, has assisted Barringer and
also teaches a "Fruit of the Spirit Workshop," mentors and leads tennis
For information on mentoring and teaching at the prison,call Nancy
Williams at 642-9121.
United Community Church upcoming
Friday, April 30, is the last Keenagers Dinner of the 2009-2010 Season at
the United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Avenue, Sun City Center. The
doors open at 5:15 p.m., featuring a family style dinner at 6:00 p.m. Entertain-
ment will be provided by Charlie Stanford on a Lowry Royale Organ. Tickets
will be available after the 10:00 am Sunday worship service and cost $14 per
person. For more information call Dan Patch at 813-634-3043.
New member orientation is Tuesday, May 4 and 11 at 4:00 pm. Are you
interested or do you know someone who is interested in joining the church
family? A person can join as a member or as an associate member if they
would like to maintain an "Out-of-State" membership. For more information
call the church office at 813-634-1304.
Friday, May 21, the "Fantastic Fri-
day Committee" will present "The Fla-
vor of The Midwest" dinner and show,
featuring "Captain Jackson Byer's
Historical Flag Presentation" with Bill
Barker as Emcee and Vocalist. Tick-
ets for the dinner and show are $17
per person and may be purchased
after the 10:00 am Sunday worship
service. The community is invited.
For information contact Don Carl-
son at 813-928-7278.
For further information about
church activities call the church of-
fice at 813-634-1304.
Beth Israel Sisterhood will hold
a closing luncheon on Tuesday,
May 4, at 11:15 am in the King's
Point Clubhouse Banquet Room.
Elections and installation of new
officers will be held before lun-
cheon catered by Ric Shuler. En-
tertainment by the multi-talented
'Mid-Life Crisis' will follow.
Reservations at $12 may be made
by check sent to Shelly Grossman,
2210 Sifield Greens Way, SCC, FL
33573. Indicate choice of chicken
breast or tuna salad with check
made out to Beth Israel Sister-
For more information about Sis-
terhood contact Sisterhood Mem-
bership Chair Marsha Marshall at
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CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH
SundayWorship: Blended 8:00 a.m.
Contemporary 9:40 a.m.
Traditional 11:15 a.m. Bi BendRd.
Nursery Provided CrossRoads: Bible Study, Worship: Wed. 7 p.m.
Pastor Jack R. Palzer 1 1t
5309 U.S. Highway 41 North Apollo Beach A
(acrossfromMiraBay) www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 645-1305 y N
St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
Growing by Faith from Generation to Generation
Rev. Tracy H. Wider Church Office 813-645-1521
SUNDAY SERVICES: 9 am Contemporary Service and Sunday School
at West Campus, S.R. 674 and 9th Street SE, Ruskin
8 am Traditional Service and 11 am Holy Communion with Choir at East Campus
at 1015 Del Webb Blvd., SCC
All Worship Services with Holy Communion and Healing Holy Oil
Ruskin United Methodist Church
First Street & 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (Behind Suntrust Bank)
ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WORSHIP WITH US:
SUNDAY MORNINGS: (Nov.-April ............................. 8:30 a.m. Day Care Available
Rev. John M. Bartha and all year)......................... 10:45 a.m. 6 aMo. 6 p.m
SPhone: 645-1241 Sunday School.......................9:30 a.m. call 645-6198
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH-ELCA
701 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, FL 33573-5354
Rev. Dr. Peter Stiller, Pastor 634-1292
Saturday Worship: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m.
Holy Communion....First & Third Sunday Bible Class...Thursday 10 am, Guests Welcome
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Ruskin Sun City Center (813) 645-6102
204 Second St. N.W, Ruskin, Florida 33570
Sunday Service Sunday School ........................................... 10 AM
Wednesday Testimony Meeting ....................................... 5 PM
Reading Room Tuesday & Thursday................................ 1- 4 PM
ALL ARE WELCOME www.spirituality.com
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
820 COLLEGE AVE. W.
RUSKIN, FL 33570
AResource for Families
Sunday School............................9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship............8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Dr. Barry Rumsey
Evening Service...........................6:00 p.m. CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Wednesday Night Service................7:00 p.m. THROUGH 12TH
Awana.............................................7:00 p.m. GRADE
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VOTF to discuss
The Tampa Bay Affiliate of
Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) will
meet from 1:30-3:30 pm on Mon-
day, May 3, at Our Lady of Gua-
dalupe Mission, 16550 South U.S.
The meeting topic will be to
discuss efforts for reform in the
Catholic Church to combat the
worldwide abuse crisis. All inter-
ested people are welcome, bring
a friend. Free. For information
call 634-9904 or larry vaughan@
National Day of
The South Hillsborough Ministe-
rial Association (SHMA) will host
a local expression of the 59th An-
nual National Day of Prayer. This
year's event will be held Thursday,
May 6, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at
the E. G. Simmons Park located at
2401, 19th Avenue NW, Ruskin.
The theme for this year is "For
A Time Such As This." All local
pastors, congregations, interces-
sors, ministers, and everyone in
the South Hillsborough (South
Shore) Community who believe in
"prayer" are invited to participate.
Bring the family. Restrooms, play-
grounds, free food and drinks will
be available. For further infor-
mation call 813-645-1538. Don't
forget your folding chair. www.
The Gospel Echoes will be sing-
ing in the Sun City Center/Wimau-
ma WalMart parking lot, Saturday
May 1 at 7pm. Everyone is wel-
SPrienship B4ptist Church SundayWEEKLY SERVICES
SRance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist) 9 a.m ......................BibleStudy
S 1511 El Rancho Dr. 11 a.m ....................Bible Study
'l h10 a.m. & 6 p.m............Worship
Sun City Center, FL 33573
j f 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
Friendship is the only cement that will ever
hold the world together.
NORTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
"Where God's Love is Shared"
U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Ruskin, FL 645.1121 www.nbcor.org A
Sunday School for all ages 9:30 AM SBC
Morning Worship 10:45 AM Wanted: People Who Want to Grow
Evening Worship 6:00 PM and Live for Jesus!
Full Wednesday Schedule for all ages
North River Church of Christ
13885 U.S. Hwy 301 South
(Just South of the Manatee County Line)
Minister: Howard Johnson Office 941-776-1134
Services: Sunday 10:00am, 11:00am & 6:00pm ce 41- -11
Wednesday7:00pm Home 813-754-1776
I First Baptist Church of Gibsonton
"We lovebecauge 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. l
Nursery Available Sunday Evening 6:00 P.M.
Interpreter for the Deaf Md-Week (Wed.) 7:00 P.M.
9912 Indiana St. Hwy 41 & Estelle AIn u Malcolm S. Clements, Pastor
,Gibsonton, FL 33534 813-677-1301 j
Welcome &Ae. EVERETT TATE, MINISTER
South Hillsborough Church of Christ _
1611 First St. SW Ruskin, FL 645-7607
SERVICES: Sunday ........................9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; 6:00 p.m.
PRINCE OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH
702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573
Phone: 634-2328 Fax: 633-6670
Masses: Sunday...................................................... 8:00, 10:00 AM, Noon
Saturday Vigil.................................................. 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM
Daily.......................... ... ..... ........ ......... 8:00 AM
www.popcc.org Confessions: Monday Friday 7:30am, Saturday 8:30am and 3:00pm
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Cassandria Alvina Blake
CassandriaAlvina Blake, (nee Vincent)
Cassandria, known to her friends in
Florida as Sandi, was born at Cape
Island, Newfoundland, on September
22, 1909, the eldest daughter of Edwin
Thomas Vincent and Amelia Beatrice
Hunt. She passed peacefully away about
2:30 a.m. on Monday morning, April 19,
2010, at Cypress Creek Assisted Living
Residence, Sun City Center, Florida, just
three days short of 100 years and seven
months. She was predeceased by her
parents and her two husbands, Charles
Reitz and Albert Blake, as well as four
sisters and one brother, Jean Bishop,
Randolph Vincent, Greta Andrews,
Dorothy Bell, and Betty Shuman. Left to
mourn her death and celebrate her life
are many nieces, nephews and cousins
throughout Canada and the United
States, as well as many friends in Sun
City Center, Florida, where she lived
In 1928, shortly before her 19th
birthday, Cassandria accompanied her
father's sister, Aunt Sophia, to Hoboken,
New Jersey, where Sophia worked in
the medical system and had arranged
for her to go into nursing training that
September at the Fairmont Hospital.
After graduation as a nurse, she
worked at the hospital and progressed
to Operating Room Head Nurse.
Subsequently, she worked in the office
of Dr. Harold Franklyn as office manager
/ head nurse for 23 years. During this
period, she became interested in music
and singing, and took training in both.
As a result, she met Charles Reitz,
a professional violinist in the Jersey
City orchestra; drawn together by their
mutual interests, they fell in love and
married in 1941.
In 1965, Cassandria and Charles
moved from New Jersey to Florida, and
settled at Sun City Center, where they
both became very involved in music
and singing and various volunteer
organizations. Charles was by now
64 and looking forward to enjoying a
Florida retirement, when he lost a battle
with cancer in 1969. As a young widow,
Cassandria worked at various jobs until,
one day, she received a call to work in
the office of Dr. Wentzell in a job similar
to the one she had had in New Jersey
with Dr. Franklyn. She continued in that
job until, into her 70s, she retired at
about 72. She then became even more
involved in volunteering, especially
with the Sun City Center Samaritan
Meanwhile, after several years as a
widow, she fell in love with a dashing
retiree widower at Sun City Center
named Albert Blake and they married
about 1974. From October, 1977, to
October, 1979, Al Blake served as the
5th volunteer Chief of the Sun City
Center Emergency Squad. They had an
enjoyable and active life together, both
of them continuing their volunteering,
until Al got struck down by heart failure
in 1988. She used to say, I have sung
in almost every choir in almost every
church in Sun City Center.
Cassandria (Sandi Blake to her Florida
friends) continued her very active life in
the Sun City Center community, and
lived independently in her home there
until 2008, when she required assisted
living, and Cypress Creek Assisted
Living Residence became her home
for the last year and a half of her life.
She will be missed by her friends there,
especially her personal aide, Lupita.
Two of her special friends in Sun City
Center who will really miss her are
Doris (Healey) Ragland, a colleague
working with Dr. Wentzell as well as with
Samaritan Services, and Jane Behr,
her next-door neighbor on Cherry Hills
Court, who was always there to provide
the rides to the store, the hairdresser
and anywhere else she might need to
After immigrating to the United States,
Cassandria had occasionally been
able to return home to Newfoundland
to visit her roots and her relatives. In
1989, she was there for a reunion at her
home town of Cape Island, which had
been re-settled in 1952. Her parents
and family had moved to the capital
city of St. John's, and two of her sisters
had followed her to the United States,
Betty settling in Kentucky and Jean in
Anna Gartner was born December
20, 1918 in Staten Island, New York
and died April 25, 2010 in Sun City
Anna had two children, Thomas and
Joe Trabosci. Thomas predeceased
Anna in death in 2008. Joe lives in
Irvine, CA. Anna had five grandchildren
- Lisa Blumer (Robert) from Staten
Island, Joseph Trabosci from Staten
Island, Todd Trabosci (Ivana) from
Staten Island, Thomas Trabosci
(Christine) from Pennsylvania and Troy
Trabosci (predeceased). Anna had 8
Anna worked as an executive
secretary for Honeywell in Morristown,
New Jersey until her retirement in
Anna and Walter Gartner married on
December 31, 1985 in Staten Island,
They relocated to St. Petersburg where
they lived for many years and ultimately
relocated to Kings Point in Sun City
Center where they have lived since
November 1992. They have enjoyed
their retirement and their lives here
in Sun City Center. Anna and Walter
loved to travel, and spent well over a
decade in their RV, traveling throughout
the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Anna also greatly enjoyed sewing and
loved to dress up. She also enjoyed
dancing, playing bingo and attending
community functions including lectures
Anna was very involved with volunteer
work over the years with South Bay
Hospital and Senior Friends.
Anna suffered a cerebral hemorrhage
on April 25th and died within hours.
Anna was a good neighbor in Kings
Point. She is best remembered as a
loving wife and a wonderful mother and
grandmother. She will be sadly missed
by all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be
made to the Sun City Center Rescue
SU i Spirituality Rather Than "Religion"
Beth Israel's Social Hall
1115 Del Webb E. Sun City Center, FL
www.un itycommun ityofjoy.com
Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.
THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
INVITES YOU TO THE SERVICES NOW WORSHIPPING IN THE "CHAPEL"
AT SUN CITY CENTER FUNERAL HOME 10:30 AM ON SUNDAYS
NO CREED...BUT CHRIST
NO BOOK...BUT THE BIBLE
1851 RICKENBACKER DRIVE 813-938-4955
Minister DR. DAVID CAMPBELL
Q(nitaedr'etos/ GCurcmofScun ,cGiy Center
The Church of Open Hearts... Open Minds... Open Doors
1210 W. Del Webb Blvd. 634-2539
SSaturday.................. 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)
F10:55 a.m. Sanctuary (Traditional with Chancel Choir)
Fellowship tim ... i. 1..... ..;, I. r .... 10:15a.m. and 11 am. in Creason Hall
fJods Lonve vn.'CCLI'MC.om
PASTORS: DR. WARRENLANGER, REV GARYBULLOCK
Communion First Sunday ofEach Month
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
I Sunday Services 9:30 a.m.
Prayers with anointing for healing and
J& wholeness during worship the second Sunday
of every month.
A Stephen Pastor: Dr. Gerald Iwerks
Meet friends in Fellowship Hall after the Service
1239 Del Webb Blvd. West
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Church is Handicap accessible
For Information visit:
Ruskin Church of Christ
Don White, Minister 813-361-1415
Sunday Bible Enrichment........... .................................................. 10:00 a.m.
W worship ............................................. ............................................... 11:00 a.m .
Iglesia De Dios Puerta Abierta
Open Door Church of God
Pastor Jose C. Pifia 813-645-3813 813-285-8245
Domingo (Sunday) Estudio Biblico (Bible Study) ............................. 6:00 p.m.
Servicio De Adoracion (Worship/Praise Service).............................. 7:00 p.m.
Miercoles (Wed.) Servicio De Oracion (Prayer Service) ................... 7:00 p.m.
Both Churches at this Location: 611 2nd Ave. NW, Ruskin, FL 33570
vingPe BAPTIST CHURCH
Preaching the WordtBAPTIST CHURCH
4208 U.S. Hwy. 41 South
(4 miles south of Ruskin)
DAN COLLINS, PASTOR JIM KRAUSE, MUSIC DIRECTOR
BIBLE STUDY 9:30 AM
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE 10:55 AM
SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE 6:00 PM
WEDNESDAY PRAYER SERVICE 7:00 PM
ADULTS, YOUTH, CHILDREN
For information, call 645-4085 Monday-Thursday
Saint Anne Catholic Crudch
Fr. John McEvoy
U.S. Hwy. 41 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin
SouthShore: : .I I. Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. Gibsonton
Saturday Vigil M ass.............................................................. 5:00 p.m .
Sunday M ass............................................8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.
Holy Days....................................... Contact Parish Office for Schedule
Daily ....................................................... M onday thru Friday 8:00 a.m.
Espatol................................ Domingo 12:00 p.m.; Miercoles 7:00 p.m.
Confession.............................Wednesday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m.
Eugene W. Merz
Eugene (Gene) Merz, of Leland, MI
formerly of Birmingham, MI and Sun
City Center, FL, passed away peacefully
April 13, 2010 at the age of 91.
His interests included automobiles
and music-especially the Big Band Era.
He enjoyed woodworking, wine making,
golf, swimming, travel, and spending
time with family. He and his wife, Dawn,
were active in the Presbyterian Church
throughout their marriage. He was a
loving husband and wonderful father.
He set a great example for his family by
loving and providing for them. He was
well-loved and will be missed by many
friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his
beloved wife of 57 years, Dawn, and his
brother, William. He is survived by his
sons, Steven (Sylvia) of Leland, MI and
John (Jan) of Clarkston, MI. He is also
survived by four grandchildren, Travis
(Angela), Tyler (Kari), Todd, and Kelsey.
He was the proud great-grandfather of
A memorial service and interment will
take place at Acacia Park Cemetery,
Beverly Hills, MI. Memorial donations
can be sent to Leland Community
United Methodist Church, PO Box 602,
Leland, Ml 49654.
Saint Anne Catholi Ckuck
FAITH FORMATION 2010-2011
Fall classes begin in September. All students in elementary,
middle and high school classes should be registered before
May 26, including returning students. A prepayment of
$10 per family is required at the time of registration.
Returning student registration forms will be distributed in
class. Completed forms may be turned in during
Open Registration, but no later than May 26.
May 1, 2, 8 and 9 in
the church Narthex
after all Masses.
Our growing community is in
need of parental help to serve as
assistants and aides in the Catholic
education of our students.
Call the Faith Formation Office
S at 813-865-8222
SLfi to learn how you can help.
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north Gibsonton Dr.,) Wednesday thru
Saturday, 9am-3pm. Clothing, furniture,
lots misc. Ministry First Baptist Gibson-
ton. 813-671-0036 to donate
Yard sale. Multi family. Fishing tackle,
many golf clubs, electronics, kitchen
misc, hand tools. 672 Allegheny, SCC.
Mira Lago yard sale. 437 Stonebriar
Dr. Men's & women's clothes, steamer,
Powerline home gym, home decor, res-
taurant chairs, restaurant deep fryer &
Bunn coffee maker, tools, welding equip-
ment, antiques, baby clothes, manne-
quin, large vinyl folding door, aluminum
Cannondale bikes, Friday & Saturday,
8am-2pm. New stuff added daily.
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Friday & Saturday
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PANTS & SHORTS
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1424 E. College Ave. Ruskin
Ministry or alvary Luthean church
SCC. Friday & Saturday, 8am-3pm.
239 Linger Lane. Sofa, bedroom set,
chairs, lamps, fishing equipment & lots
Garage sale. 4/30. Friday, 8am-2pm.
Misc items & jewelry. 1002 Ventana Dr.,
(off Cypress Creek Blvd.) Ruskin.
Yard /garage sale. Saturday, May 1.
8am-3pm. Rain or shine. 1104 Beach
Blvd., SCC. Spring cleaning, everything
Estate. Remodeling. White wickertable,
Bamboo & metal etagere dark finish,
Ivory Victorian vanity, mirror & bench
seat, 3 small decorative chests, reason-
able. Many new items added. Saturday,
May 1, 9am-3pm. 103 Lookout Dr.,
Moving sale. Dining set, couch, chairs,
piano, rugs, lamps, bedroom & patio
furniture, antiques, coins, jewelry, misc.
Too much to list. Thursday thru Satur-
day, 8am-2pm. 1602 N Pebble Beach
Anne's Estate Sales
4. .f. 11 in... Loveseat, Dinette Table
w/Chairs, Queen Bedroom Suites, Drop Leaf
End Tables, Patio Table w/Chairs, Recliner,
Computer Desks, Corer Cabinet, Desk,
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April 30 & May 1
Queen Bed, Double Bed,
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Kitchen Table, 4 Chairs, Dining
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Oriental Coffee Table &
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633-1173 or 508-0307
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Apollo Beach Shopping Center
6024 U.S. Hwy. 41 N. Apollo Beach
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360 GOLF CARTS
bogeybillsgolf-cars.com EZ-Go Club
Car. New, used, rebuilds, service,
parts & batteries. 2107 College Ave.,
E Ruskin. 813-645-1481
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139 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.
Suite 102 (behind CVS Pharmacy)
Sun City Center, FL
200 Farmer's Mkt
500 Real Estate
550 Manuf. Housing
650 Prof. Services
360 GOLF CARTS
Golf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade. Char-
gers, parts all related. Ronny's Carts &
Parts. 813-645-4515 or 813-484-9855
We buy golf carts, any condition. We pay
top dollar for used carts, running or not.
Same day pickup. 813-300-0114
Boat & motor, 8'6" Porta-Bote. unsink-
able, 3.5hp Nissan OB, 2 padded seats,
oars, anchor, Porta-dolly. Cost $2,128,
sell $300 firm. Used less than 10hrs.
Vintage Boston Whaler (1969) Immacu-
late, Mahogany. Looks new, 13.5ft stain-
less railing, 50hp Mercury, trailer $5,995
425 SLIPS OR STORAGE
Little Manatee Outdoor Storage. RV's,
boat's, trailer's. All sizes. 2903 39th
Ave., SE. Ruskin. 813-787-8531. www.
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Newly remodeled kitchen w/ maple
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Large lot with fruit trees. Carport, porch,
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KP 2BR/2B Bedford W/D, furnished ...........$29,700
SCC Sierra in Greenbriar, oak floors, replumbed,
interior redecorated. Over 1,500 sq. ft.....$134,900
Hampton "Expanded," w/enclosed lanai, new
kitchen, furnished, golf cart................................$64,500
2BR/2B Fum. in Bed ...................................$700 / month
2BR/2B Fum. on Gloucester.......................$750/month
2BR/2B, 2-car garage in Greenbriar........ $1000/month
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1500sf home on large fenced gated lot.
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Enjoy the beautiful views of the Ruskin
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Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, this
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MOL and utilities are available.
Call today for more details. $29,500
*ABOUT 1 ACRE! Over 105' on river,
breathtaking view of water, peaceful with always
a nice breeze! Owner financing. $250,000.
CLEARED LOT, all utilities, huge dock, deep
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REDUCED $40,000! Canal front lot across
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BACK ON MARKET! Cute 2BR/1BA house
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newer metal roof. $65,000.
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M/H, enclosed addition, carport, utility shed,
age-restricted gated community, pool and
clubhouse, low fees. $49,000.
512 CONDOS FOR SALE
2 Waterfront Condo
1br/1ba on Hillsborough River. Pool,
racquet ball, fishing, gym & spa. Great
Investment $16,900 each. Not a short
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55+ Mobile home for sale. Riverfront
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560 M.H. ON LOTS
Mobile home for sale Eastwood Mobile
Home Park, Gibsonton. Call Heather
565 M.H. IN PARKS
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$8,000. Riverview. 813-633-7369
Manatee RV park 55+ all amenities, new
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owner financing, no interest. 813-938-
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park, lot 139. Needs TLC. Credit check,
$9,000 obo. 813-671-2949
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610 WATERFRONT RENTALS
Apollo Beach 3br/2ba on canal. New
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ready, pet ok. $1,695. Hall 813- 645-
The Dolphin House, Apollo Beach,
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docking /fishing. Pool, laundry. $185
weekly, $185 deposit. No pets. 813-
Apollo Beach condo 2br/1 ba. Fresh
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boat slip. Small pet ok. $750 monthly
plus deposit. 813-382-5239
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furnishings. Heated pool, boat slip. No
pets. $975 monthly 813-642-9881 or
611 HOUSES FOR RENT
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with signed lease. Security deposit and
references required. No smoking, no
pets. Please call 813-649-1599.
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on quiet street. Waterfront. Fish off the
dock. No smoking, no pets. References
please. $450 biweekly $450 security
deposit. 813-363-6001/ 813-649-1599
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Monthly rent $795 plus security deposit
with yearly lease. Please call 813-649-
1599 for details
SCC. 1618 Woodmar Drive. Unfur-
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monthly. 859-489-0368 or 813-633-
2br/2ba, lanai, nicely furnished. $675
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612 APTS. FOR RENT
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Front porch, utility room, washer includ-
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monthly deposit. $725, lease required.
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The perfect day
I am a hopeless
single day I hold out
hope for the perfect
day; but for reasons
I can't quite explain,
the reality rarely o
meets my dreams.
Dreaming of per- By MITCH TF
fect days is easy mitch@obser
in Florida. As the
weekend approaches, I envision
my wife and myself walking on a
beach, enjoying the thick salt air
coming off the Gulf, then having
lunch at a funky beach restaurant
before watching the sun set over
But when the weekend arrives,
the drive over to the beach sud-
denly seems like a long one and it
is hard to get moving; and then be-
fore I know it, half the day is shot
and it's too late to go. Or so I tell
myself, anyway. In other words, I
may sometimes simply be too lazy
for perfect days. But still, I've been
blessed in life to have had a few of
them by my standards, at least.
For me, a perfect day doesn't even
have to be perfect in the sense of
it being all puppies and rainbows.
Instead, a perfect day could be one
that remains with me as a day that
months or years later I remember
and can feel how I felt then.
There is an old saying that the
best two days of a boat owner's life
are the day he buys the boat and the
day he sells it. If that is true, then
I am the exception that proves the
rule. My perfect days almost all
involve my boat and none of them
involve buying and definitely not
Years ago, Michelle and I set sail
from our marina in Ruskin to spend
a week of vacation exploring the
Gulf coast. I distinctly remember
a day at anchor off Useppa Island,
a short distance from Cabbage Key
and Cayo Costa State Park all
places accessible only by boat. It
was beautiful beyond my ability
to adequately describe. I spent a
day in the cockpit of our sailboat
reading books from Florida author
Randy Wayne White. The book's
protagonist, Doc Ford, was a seem-
ingly everyday man with a shadowy
past and a never-ending capacity
for rescuing attractive women and
ultimately saving the day. White's
books are all set in Southwest
Florida. As I read in my cockpit
the characters from the book were
zooming around in the dark of night
in the exact same location visit-
ing Cabbage Key, sneaking into the
exclusive resort on Useppa, and
generally causing mayhem. Later
that evening, we hopped into our
dinghy to meet friends for dinner
at the restaurant on Cabbage Key.
The dockmaster on the island was a
character in the books I had read. It
was a perfect ending to a storybook
day. As I type these words, I can
still feel what I felt then. It was and
A few years later, we
were anchored off of a
beach in the large har-
bor near George Town
in the Bahamas. In the
morning, I dove into
the crystal clear water
to check out the hull
of our boat, Michelle
baked some fresh bread,
and our mission for the
entire day was to visit a hardware
store in town. The store was a few
miles from where we tied up our
dinghy but we didn't have to walk
far within just a few steps down
the road, a local stopped to offer us
a ride. That night, we watched an-
other perfect day in paradise fade
to black with hundreds of anchor
lights from the boats surrounding
us mingling with the stars in the
heavens. It felt as though we could
reach out to touch them.
In another instance, what certain-
ly didn't feel like a perfect day at
the moment, has been polished and
smoothed over by time to form a
I was at anchor last year at Block
Island, Rhode Island; it was a
foggy and cool day. Michelle was
packing to return to the real world.
We went into town together, and I
remained on the dock as the ferry
taking her back to the mainland,
and her flight home, disappeared
into the fog. I walked back to the
The next day I felt myself drown-
ing in loneliness, taking an almost
perverse pleasure in thinking about
the little things I had taken for
granted only days before: walking
down the streets of the small town
holding hands, sharing a laugh over
the trivial and the inane, and casual
talk of common dreams. But it was
a beautiful day and I decided to
stop drowning long enough to visit
There was something about the
blue sky and the air on that little is-
land in the Atlantic Ocean that day.
It is a beautiful place and I was
taken with the urge to walk into the
office of the little weekly newspa-
per to beg for a chance at a job. In
the end, however, I walked back to
the anchorage dock alone, flooded
in memories that were all too fresh,
memories of the fun I had with Mi-
chelle only a few days before.
For me, however, that has become
a perfect day. I can still feel how I
felt then and I still remember the
things I thought about. That day I
realized just how much I love my
wife. I also understood how fortu-
nate I was to have been there. Life
was good then. That day reminds
me that life is good now.
What is your perfect day? Has
the passing of time formed per-
fect days for you? I want to hear
from you; I want to hear your story.
Share a perfect day or two with
me by e-mailing me at mitch@ob-
Mitch Traphagen Photo
My sailboat on a mooring at Block Island, Rhode Island. In my memory,
it was a perfect day.
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