This 85-year-old brick
soon be history. Read
Melody Jameson's full
story on page 5B.
This unique quilt offers a
memorable gift for this
See Penny Fletcher's
story on page 1 B.
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student government hosts
a mini-homecoming for PAID
sick kids. See the story RUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570
on page 14. PERMIT NO. 8
May 13, 2010
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The documents the Frizzolas showed while trying to renew Peg's
driver's license included engagement and marriage clippings from
the New York Times that clearly spelled out Peg's maiden name and
her parents' names but her church marriage license was still not ac-
cepted as proof of a name change until Peg was granted a waiver.
New Homeland Security
regulations to affect driver's
Locate your paperwork or you may not be able to renew
your driver's license or ID card
* By PENNY FLETCHER
Were you born in a rural region
many years ago and your birth
certificate recorded at a small city
hall that has since burned down?
Perhaps you're a woman who has
changed her last name several times
by marriage and can't remember
exactly what towns or counties all
your marriages and divorces took
place. Or maybe you're the adult
child of a private adoption handled
by a lawyer who forgot to file all
the paperwork with the State. Well,
a new law may question your iden-
tity and affect your ability to prove
you're really who you say you are.
Of course, this law will take the
most toll on women, as most men
keep their name no matter how
many times they marry. Still, there
are already cases where men too,
have been affected.
Because Florida is one of the first
states to implement the Real ID Act
enacted May 11, 2008 which is be-
ing carried out by the Department
of Homeland Security in an effort
to reduce threats of terrorism and
fraud, the glitches that can prevent
people from renewing their driver's
licenses and state identification
cards are showing up here first.
People working in both the state
and county systems say the law is
extremely complicated because of
federal mandates connected to the
act which took affect here Jan. 1,
After speaking to Preston Trigg
and Marty Rodriguez in the Tax
Collector's Office, which houses
the Department of Motor Vehicles,
I was transferred to Nancy Millan,
director of community relations
with that department.
Nancy explained that federal
agencies will no longer accept a
driver's license or ID card as identi-
fication nationwide. Only the new
Real ID card will be accepted.
Everyone will need to have one,
not only for driver's licenses, but
to board commercial flights or en-
ter federal facilities. Every state is
mandated to have this in place by
May 11, 2011.
People born before December
1964 possessing a current Florida
license or ID card may continue to
use it as identification until Dec. 1,
2014, and those born after that may
use theirs until Dec. 1, 2017.
See DRIVER'S LICENSE, page 12
THE OBSERVER NEWS
be leaving the
this month for
unit in Ruskin.
SCC's Thornton promoted to new post
Deputy reflects on seven years in the community
* By MITCH TRAPHAGEN
SUN CITY CENTER After
seven years in town, HCSO com-
munity resource deputy Rob Thorn-
ton is leaving Sun City Center.
Thornton has accepted a promotion
to the street crimes unit in Ruskin.
He arrived in Sun City Center
in 2003 at age 34, roughly half
the age of the residents he served.
Through the years he has gained
an impressive knowledge in pro-
tecting and serving a unique com-
munity and has developed a love
and commitment to the communi-
ty that he hadn't considered seven
"I came into SCC with the pre-
conceived notion that I would have
nothing but little old ladies baking
cookies and little old men playing
Failed dam leads to ownership issues
* By MELODY JAMESON
APOLLO BEACH Who owns
It's a critical though seemingly
simple question here this week
among about 40 households along
Lookout Drive who treasure and
miss their rapidly disappearing
It's also crucial to the lives of
untold numbers of ducks and their
ducklings, schools of fish, aquatic
birds of several varieties and all the
assorted sub-tropical wildlife sup-
ported by a once-healthy Florida
freshwater pond now diminishing
to dirty mud.
But, at the moment, no one -
not the homeowners, not county
authorities, not environmental pro-
tectors knows the answer.
And time is running out. Conse-
quently, about 25 of those frustrat-
ed residents came together Mon-
day determined to do something.
The situation goes back some 20
years, they say, when the oblong
pond on a north-south alignment
was permitted as a retention area
to accommodate run-off from a
commercial area on its east side.
Along its west side, a small neigh-
borhood tucked away on the south
side of Apollo Beach Boulevard
was developed. The houses sold,
residents came to appreciate their
little waterfronts comprised of
back yards sloping to the pond
edge, encouraged the wildlife,
even tooled around in small boats
on the waterbody they delightedly
claimed as their own.
As the neighborhood was built
out, the developer, following cus-
tom, created a homeowners' asso-
ciation, turning responsibility for
all common area over to it. This
responsibility has been presumed
ivieloay Jameson pnoro
Where homeowners along Lookout Drive once pedaled small boats
and fished for the fun of it and enjoyed a range of wildlife, they now
stare at an empty pond, its freshwater drained into the Flamingo
Canal due to a failed dam designed to separate the two. With legal
ownership of the pond and dam up in the air and therefore no re-
sponsibility fixed for the failed structure about 40 residents in the
small Apollo Beach neighborhood now are looking to every poten-
tial agency and every possible approach in order to recover their
prized water feature.
to include their freshwater pond
and its dam-like structure at the
southern end that separated the
little water feature from the Fla-
Not uncommonly, the HOA
mired down in internal disputes
and, ultimately, was formally dis-
solved late in the 1990s or early
in 2000, says Bob Collins whose
pondfront home is closest to the
Dissolution of the HOA, how-
ever, had no immediate impact on
life along Lookout Drive, residents
indicate. Those closest to the pond
continued to groom their back-
yards, kibitz with the neighbors,
barbecue on their decks, feed and
look out for the wildlife, enjoying
their private waterfronts until
the last Thursday in April.
On April 29, the dam appeared
to fail. Apparently, a hole opened
up out of sight near the base of
the structure and their waterbody
began to disappear before their
eyes. Not only did the freshwater
flow away into the Flamingo ca-
nal, brackish canal water flowed
in, residents say. Fish began to die.
Vultures soon spotted the carrion.
Ducks, many of them parenting
new broods of hatchlings and un-
able to get out on the water, began
to fall victim to predators. Pond
birds cruised in puzzlement over
the disappearing water, looking
for meals no longer seen. And ho-
See DISAPPEARING POND, page 10
shuffle board," Thornton said. "A
34-year-old guy has absolutely no
concept of being 55 years old. I
had no concept of how active ev-
eryone in Sun City Center is."
He was also not prepared for
how active his job would be.
"I operated on the advice that
[former SCC deputy] Joe Burt
gave to me when I started," Thorn-
ton continued. "He told me to
stop in to a local business or stop
to visit with someone before get-
ting to the office in the morning,
just to have a normal conversation
with someone. Because there are
days when I can't even get the key
into the lock before someone yells
out, 'Rob, I've got a problem and
you're going to fix it!'. And then
there are others waiting outside the
office door with other problems."
In Sun City Center, Thornton is
omnipresent. At any of the myriad
of events, large or small, held in
the community, he can be found
- uniform perfectly pressed -
directing traffic or shaking hands
and chatting with people. But he
isn't just a public relations figure;
he is part of the reason crime re-
mains low in the community, al-
though he has no interest in taking
credit for it.
"I would love to say that it has
something to do with me," he said.
"But it is the Sheriff's commit-
ment to the community that is the
real reason we've kept crime down
here. I can stand here and thump
my chest but it is really those guys
out driving around in the green
and whites [patrol cars] that is the
But crime is relentless, even in
Sun City Center. He talks of a man
who sought and found trouble on a
regular basis while living with
his elderly mother.
"We must have arrested him 20
times before he landed in prison,"
Thornton said. "I would have
pulled out what hair I had left if I
had to do that alone, without the
And then, of course, there is the
Naked Guy of Sun City Center.
"He would be stark naked walk-
ing down the street just doing what
he loves to do," Thornton said. "I
first encountered this guy five
years ago. He was living with his
mom. He moved in with her and
See THORNTON, page 2
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Mitch Traphagen Photo
I wonder how many calories are in the 32 ounce chocolate shake
from the Twistee Treat Ice Cream Shop on St. Pete Beach? I
don't really care -- The shakes are worth it. But that certainly is a
ginormous quantity of ice cream to honk down. Nancy Eckstrom
(thanks for the note! Yep, back permanently...hopefully that's
not bad news!) recognized it -- in fact, it seems I may have just
missed seeing her there when I took the photo. Lori Bossman
also recognized it and has seen others like it across the state
(thanks for the note and the info -- maybe we should all come up
with a plan to visit each and every one of them!), as did Bill and
Margie Galbreath (if you want company, give me a call when you
go!). Ron DeVries (sure! Let's go! I'll buy!) and Elaine DiAntonio
(there certainly are a lot of them. Thanks for the note!) placed it in
Plant City rather than St. Pete Beach but they win, too, for pointing
out more places to pick up those honking shakes. This week we
have a piece of history. Walk up to the street level glass windows,
peer in and imagine Elvis or Gary Cooper hanging out inside.
Or picture the sometimes boisterous scene of U.S. servicemen
decompressing in the bar after training to fly B-17s. It was once
the tallest building in Florida and I would give anything to go
back in time to see it during the heyday. Do you know where this
is? Have you stayed there? If so, I really want to hear your story.
Send your guess or bawdy (and not so bawdy) tales to
* Continued from page 1
Mitch Traphagen File Photo
Thornton discovered early on that protecting a retirement center
would not be easy. Above he is pictured in 2003 with Yvonne Ponsor
of Sun City Center discussing a mail scam that had swept through
suddenly I'm getting reports of
a naked man running down the
I could never get a victim who
wanted to say, 'I saw him and I'm
willing to go to court to talk about
it'. It was five years of chasing
this guy around town. Once we
had a female detective walk up
and down the street trying to catch
him. The next day, I went out to
see how things are going and
someone flagged me down to tell
me they just saw the naked guy. In
order for me to arrest him, I had
to either have a victim willing to
go to court or I had to witness it
myself. I went to where he was last
seen and saw him run back into his
house. We kept him in jail trying
to find a mental health facility that
would take him in, to ensure that
he stayed on his meds. We tried for
Eventually, the problem disap
peared when the landlords refused
to renew the lease on the home in
which he lived with his mother.
Despite the quirky and humorous
side to this and other stories, crime
is a very real problem and nowhere
is the concern greater than in Sun
City Center. Although he would
minimize his role in keeping it at
bay, Thornton has spent the past
seven years fighting endless scams
and burglars of all sorts. His job
is to protect and serve someone's
parents and grandparents. There is
no greater responsibility.
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While he is leaving his post as
Sun City Center resource deputy,
he will still be serving the commu
nity through the street crimes unit.
His office will move just a few
miles down the road to the HCSO
District IV headquarters in Ruskin
where he will report to former Sun
City Center resource deputy, now
a sergeant, Joe Burt.
"Rob's done a great job there,"
said Hillsborough County Sheriff
David Gee. "He really put a lot
of effort into the community. He
did a commendable job and gave
it all he had. Now we can use the
knowledge he has gained to con
tinue serving that and other com-
"This is going to really give me
the opportunity to give back,"
Thornton said. "I think that I have
a lot to offer the street crimes unit
-I still have a lot of good years
left in me."
The now 41-year-old deputy
leaves his post with a new appre
ciation for the true heart of the
"In my 17 years of law enforce
ment, this seven years here has
been the most rewarding," Thorn
ton said. "There have been chal
lenges but there are also some days
when I'm driving home thinking I
was able to make a difference. You
don't get the opportunity very of
ten. That's the whole reason we
get up in the morning. To make a
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They swarm my bushes in the
morning and sneak their way into
my office on occasion, beating
their wings against the window
making a buzzzzing noise. You
may think I am describing some
sort of bee or wasp, but I am ac
tually talking about the dragonfly.
They are in abundance this time of
year and their presence reminds
me of warm summer days spent
hiking in the woods.
Most commonly they are found
around bodies of water such as
lakes, ponds and wetland habitats.
They are extremely valuable to the
health of the environment because
they are predators-they eat mos
quitoes, ants and bees. They are
mostly found around wet areas be
cause their larvae, called nymphs,
spend their early life under water
eating mosquito larvae. When
they are finally ready to breathe
air, they emerge from their nymph
casing into a colorful dragonfly.
Did you know that even though
the dragonfly has 6 legs it doesn't
Throughout history and folklore,
the dragonfly has gotten a bad
reputation in certain countries. In
Europe, according to resources on
the internet, the dragonfly is seen
as sinister and even considered to
be an assistant of the devil itself.
In certain countries they are con
sidered to be "friends" of the snake
and in the southern United States
the term "snake doctor" refers to a
belief in folklore that the dragon
fly would follow the snake around
and stitch it up if it was injured.
However, in Japan, the dragonfly
is considered a symbol of strength,
courage and happiness. For me, I
choose to take the Japanese view
on the dragonfly and take it as a
symbol of happiness. I am always
happy to see one or a swarm be
cause that means there is an abun
dance of water and food, leading
to a healthy environment.
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Fundraiser to benefit scholarship fund
Pizza Hut in Sun City will host a fundraiser on
Monday, May 24, from 4- 9 PM. A percei, i.-
of all voucher sales will go toward the E.' I,
"Big D" Strunk scholarship fund. There !11
be a raffle with numerous gift certificates IIiii
local area businesses as well. Vouchers c ii I,,
picked up from Pizza Hut, Sweet Bay (Ru, l IiI
Grannies Restaurant, A & M Barbershop, R,,, ii
Christian School and Ruskin Elementary Sc I ....
For more information or to make a contribution
to the scholarship fund, call Ruskin Christian School at 813-645-6441.
Dragonflies denote healthy surroundings.
Pictured left to right are Sgt-at-Arms George McMaster, Adjutant Jack Skelding, Jr. Vice Commandant
Debra Steele, Commandant Dennis Antle, Sr. Vice Commandant Willie Little Jr., Judge Advocate Terry
Graham, Paymaster Rob Becker, Chaplain Dave Blizzard.. With back to camera is Bill Cona the install-
Riverview Marine Corps League installs officers
The Riverview Detachment of the Marine Corps League held their installation of officers on Sunday May 2, 2010
at American Legion Post 148 in Riverview. In attendance were the National Sr. Vice Commandant Vic Voltaggio
and several past department commandants.
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I used to throw away the root end of my store bought onions. Now I plant them, roots down, in a planter or
a flowerbed. I keep the transplant moist until the stems break the top of the ground. Then I tend as I would
regular plants. Most of the time, the roots will sprout a new onion or two. I just love free onions.
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Trying to repair the damage of anger
Saint Basil, a Greek theologian
said, "Anger is a kind of temporary
madness." I'm sure that most of
us can relate to his statement and
have experienced this madness at
some time. In fact, a synonym for
angry is "mad."
by William Hodges
Strong emotions such as anger
produce an increase in heart rate,
muscle strength, blood pressure
and glycogen metabolism, causing
epinephrine to be released into the
bloodstream which prolongs the
acceleration of such bodily func
tions. When we dwell upon the
condition that triggered our anger,
the madness intensifies and we
can cause ourselves bodily harm.
Physical harms can be in the areas
of heart attack, stroke, migraine,
blurred vision, shortness of breath,
and a whole host of lesser bodily
irritants that no sane man or wom-
an would consciously inflict upon
Mentally, the effects of anger can
be as debilitating or even more so
than the physical effects. George
Jean Nathan was fond of saying,
"No man can think clearly when
his fists are clenched." So it is with
anger. No man can make rational
decisions when he is mad. Other
mental penalties that we pay while
anger drives the madness within
us are depression, decreased un
derstanding of events, and tunnel
vision. The rage that comes with
anger and the resulting madness is
blinded by the ego that drives it.
How, might you ask, does ego
drive anger? Well, the answer is
simple. We get the most angry
when we feel that someone has of
fended our dignity. For example,
someone cuts in line in front of us
at the movies. We get angry, not
because it will take us two min
utes longer to get into the show,
but rather because they did not re
spect us enough to wait their turn.
If someone is late to meet us, we
get angry. Not because it matters
that they were late, but because
they didn't value our time. Ego,
and the affronts thereof, are an im-
portant driver of the madness we
Our own anger, and that which
is directed at us, can many times
be defused once we determine its
cause. Whenever you are angry or
anger is directed at you, look first
to see if your ego has been bruised
or if you have damaged the ego of
someone else. If you are the angry
person, review the incident as to
whether the slight was intentional
or might it have been uninten
tional. In either case, simply force
ing yourself to rethink the situa
tion will help you to gain control
of your emotions and prevent an
impulsive response which could,
and most likely will, escalate the
situation. When anger is directed
at you, look closely at the incident
and see if you have bruised some
one else's ego inadvertently. A few
well-placed words may quickly re
pair the damage and stop the mad
In any case, I like the words of
Andrew Borde, "To bedward be
you merry or have merry company
about you, so that to bedward no
anger nor heaviness, sorrow nor
pensifulness do trouble or disquiet
you." In other words, don't go to
Hodges is a nationally recog-
nized speaker, trainer, and syn-
dicated columnist. Hodges may
be reached at Hodges Seminars
International, PO. Box 89033,
Tampa, FL 33689-0400. Phone
813-641-0816. Web site: http://
A Circular beauty
This 12.5" diameter porcelain
tile by Judy Anderson, Ruskin,
FL, featuring a Night Blooming
Cereus was one of the 14 win-
ners chosen at the Florida World
Organization of China Painters
competition in January in Or-
lando. The winning pieces will
be displayed in the museum for
one year at the World Headquar-
ters in Oklahoma City, OK.
discussion on the
Wayne Bengston, Civil War his
torian, will be a guest speaker at
the Hillsborough County South
Shore Regional Library on Fri
day, May 14 from 1-3 pm. This
will be the second part of a three
part series covering the tactics and
strategy of Union General William
Tecumseh Sherman and Confed
erate General Joseph Eggleston
Johnston between Dalton, Georgia
and Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia
in May of 1864. In June, he will
present the third part of the series,
Sherman vs. Johnston discussing
the Battle of Atlanta.
Golf Scores Hogans
Golf Club April 16 Course:
Cypress Creek, 6009/5455 yds
1st : Mac McKay, 72
2nd: Fred Mayes, 76
3rd : Bob Freiboth, 77
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Having leg pain?
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When fatty deposits, called plaque, build up along the walls of blood
vessels and restrict blood flow, this causes peripheral vascular disease (F -,
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which occurs when a severe blockage in the arteries decreases blood fl: r:
hands, feet and legs, and causes severe pain, skin ulcers or sores.
Signs of Possible PVD
Cramps in the leg muscles
(calf, thighs or buttocks)
during activity, such as walking
or climbing stairs
Sores or wounds on toes,
feet or legs
One leg feels noticeably colder
than the other leg
Discolored skin on the foot or leg
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Ruskin VFW Post #6287
Ruskin VFW Post #6287, 5120 U.S. 41 N. has listed the following
weekly activities. Meetings are: American Legion on 1st Wednesday
each month; VFW and LAVFW on the 2nd Wednesday each month;
and MAVFW on the 3rd Thursday
Thursday, May 13- Bar Bingo
at 6 p.m.
Friday, May 14 Fish & Chips
from 5 to 7 p.m. Music by You 2
Kan from 7 to 11 p.m.
Saturday, May 15 Installation
of Officers at 4 p.m. Music by You 2
SKan Karaoke from 7 to 11 p.m.
Sunday, May 16- Flea Market/
Bake Sale/Craft Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To rent tables, call (813)
Monday, May 17- Wii Games at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 18 Games in lounge from 1 to 5 p.m. Kitchen opens
at 4:30 p.m. Bingo at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 19- Parade Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wii Games
Bowling at 6 p.m. Ladies' American Legion Meeting at 7 p.m.
Recent graduate looking for a job?
Although there are some signs
that thejob market is thawing, new
graduates have their work cut out
for them when it comes to land
ing that first position. To convince
employers to take a chance on
them, first-time job seekers must
create compelling application
materials and network effectively.
Robert Half offers the following
seven tips to help new graduates
land their first job in the current
Put on your best 'face:' Don't
publically post anything that would
appear unprofessional to a hiring
manager or recruiter on sites, such
as Facebook or Twitter. Use your
privacy settings when posting per
Think big: Spread the word
about your job hunt to everyone
you know. Take advantage of
professional networking websites
such as LinkedIn, and work with
staffing firms that specialize in
Start now: Don't postpone your
job search. Instead, start look
ing for work as soon as possible.
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work and pro bono projects shows
Tailor to the opportunity:
Customize each resume and cover
letter to the particular job opening,
and obtain the name of the hiring
manager so you can personalize
your cover letter.
Sweat the small stuff: Make
sure your resume and cover letter,
and any additional communica
tions during the job search, are
error-free. Be vigilant about spell
ing, grammar and punctuation in
all written communication, include
ing thank-you notes.
Make the first impression a
good one: Keep voice-mail greet
ings clear, professional and suc
cinct. Also, avoid using off color
or overly cute e-mail addresses.
Ask for the job: If an interview
has gone well, consider proposing
that you assume the position on
a trial basis. Cautious employers
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you both can test the waters before
a full-time offer is extended.
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Apollo Beach lawyers represent air disaster victims
TACA Flight 390 (A320-233
Airbus) was a scheduled flight on
May 30, 2008, by TACA Airlines
from San Salvador, El Salvador, to
Miami, FL, United States, with an
intermediate stop at Tegucigalpa,
The complaint filed in Los
Angeles federal court alleges that
the crash occurred due to pilot
error as TACA's pilot attempted to
land on the last half of the excep
tionally short and wet runway at
the Tegucigalpa-Toncontin Airport
(TGU) after emerging out
of low cloud cover for the
second time. The pilot's
first attempt was aborted
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ravine breaking into three
pieces as it came to rest straddling
a major city street and crushing
numerous vehicles. Five people
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the pilot, and scores of passengers
and victims on the ground were
injured requiring hospitalization.
Apollo Beach Attorneys Nicole
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tiago, together with famed attor
ney Charles Herrmann, represent
33 victims throughout Honduras,
USA and Latin America. Herr
mann gained international acclaim
Outdoor wash up
Spring gardening is on the way, and along with it, we'll have dirty
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summer long as it is especially helpful when the kids need to wash their
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Students from Eisenhower Middle School recently presented a
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students, members of Eisenhower's Kiwanis Builders Club, raised
the money and wanted to donate to help treat a homeless animal
or two. The Kiwanis Builders Club is an international student-led
organization which provides students with opportunities to perform
service, build character and develop leadership skills. Hinderliter
indicated that proceeds from the donation would be able to spay or
neuter several animals currently awaiting adoption and commended
the students for their generosity and community service.
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Thursday, May 20 at SouthShore
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Hillsborough County's Agri
culture Industry Development
Program has partnered with the
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servation & Development Council
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ness development training seminar
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Plant a healingq' garden
You can use a healing garden to help restorethe body, spirit and mind
with pretty pink plants such as the Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea.
tranquility. Enclose it with shrubs
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as basil, rosemary, sage, lemon
thyme or lavender. Surround your
garden with scented trees, such
as pine and eucalyptus, to create
shade and shelter. A new compact,
reblooming lilac, called Bloomer
ang, has clusters of purple-pink,
sweet-scented flowers, making it
excellent for creating a fragrant
Healing plants: Include medici
nal plants to symbolize the health
aspects of your garden. Lavender,
sage, basil, thyme and St.-John's
wort have been prized for centuries
for their medicinal qualities. Fruits
and vegetables can symbolize-and
supply-nutrition. For example, the
fruit of Sambucus, also called el
derberry, is rich in antioxidants.
An elderberry called Black Lace
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cut foliage. Its fruit can be used in
jam or even wine.
Attracting wildlife: Add a bird
bath, bird feeders or birdhouses
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flocks of butterflies as well as
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can lift the spirits. To show support
for overcoming breast cancer, con
sider pink flowers. A newly avail
able choice, Invincibelle Spirit
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flowered "Annabelle" hydrangea.
You can see more than 100 blooms
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care about heal physically, spirit
ally or emotionally.
For most of history, gardens
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health and healing. Today, people
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body, spirit and mind. Gardens
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hope and inspiration, which great
ly improve the recovery process. A
healing garden is an opportunity to
observe and be a part of the life cy
cle, giving a sense of purpose and
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air, exercise and sunlight, impor
tant for reducing stress, anxiety
That's why hospitals, nursing
homes, hospices and cancer-sup
port centers across the nation use
healing gardens for their patients.
In fact, doctors at the Jupiter Med
ical Center in Florida discovered
that patients who had a view of the
healing garden from their rooms
took less pain medication and had
shorter hospital stays than those
without such a view.
Healing gardens are often used
to help women in their battles
against breast cancer. That's im
portant, since the National Cancer
Institute estimates that one in eight
women will be diagnosed with
breast cancer at some point during
When planting a home healing
garden, consider the following to
maximize its healing qualities:
Overall layout: Include places
to sit and reflect, pray, meditate
or relax, such as a wooden swing.
Picture what calms or inspires
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Observations: Learning how to die
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Paul Singer is dying. If you
have read this newspaper for any
length of time, say
the last decade or
so, then you know
him. While you've
not formally been
met him through my
writing. If a story of
mine that has touched By MITCH
you or has given you mitch@obs
a moment's pause
in thought, Paul was there in my
Without trying to do so, Paul
taught me to do good. To do bet
ter. He taught me to laugh in times
when all hell was breaking loose.
He taught me to break rules when
breaking rules was the right thing
to do. He showed me how to be a
better person; and in many ways
large and small, taught me how to
And now he is teaching me how
More than 20 years ago Paul
became a rising star in a Fortune
50 corporation. He had just been
promoted to vice president- no
small feat for a man of his relative
youth. I was entering the business
world in the same company, but
was much further down the corpo
rate food chain. Somehow, I had
the good fortune to have made a
connection with him. At one point
I introduced him to paying bills
electronically- it was almost un
heard of in those days before the
Web. Sometime later
I saw him in the ele
vator at the corporate
headquarters, and he
said in all serious
ness: "I've named
you in my will."
Everyone else in the
tAPHAGEN crowded elevator
vernews.net most of whom were
my superiors -im
mediately took notice. He was a
high level executive, and I was a
mere underling, after all.
Later in his office, he explained
that I was named in his will so
that should anything ever happen
to him, his wife could call me in
order to explain exactly how the
electronic bill payment system
worked. I suspect, however, that
he knew exactly what he was do
ing when he made that proclama
tion in the elevator. He knew how
and when to make waves.
Paul is a calm and gentle man
who somehow creates a whirlwind
wherever he goes. He is the very
epitome of energy, curiosity, ac
complishment and decency. All of
which I was privileged to see and
experience first hand. I worked to
adopt those same qualities for my
From a corporate standpoint,
Paul was hardly the traditional ex
ecutive. When he was promoted
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computers and monitors and ev
ery sort of cool gadget available at
the time. It's possible that he even
controlled a satellite or two from
his desk. He had no interest injust
dictating from the ivory tower-
he kept his hands in things.
Yet in the most important sense,
he was the absolute definition of
tradition. Despite his lofty perch
in Corporate America, he made no
bones about the fact that his family
always came first. And that family
extended well beyond his wife and
children to include his employees.
It wasn't just a role for Paul-
the guy sincerely cared. He had a
heart and was willing to show it
-something none too common in
Corporate America today.
Over the years he was promoted
further to senior vice president and
then to chief information officer.
He recently left that company to
go on to do great things at another
Paul was successful because of
his heart, passion, intelligence and
commitment to others. He tram
pled no one on the way to the top.
He earned one of the highest pos
sible positions in business technol
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ogy despite having no technical
training- his college degrees
were in music and theology. And
along the way, he worked to pull
others up the ladder with him, my
Through all of his success, his
principles and priorities never
wained. He is passionate about
adoption and created an in-house
program for employees interested
in adoption. He is also a board
member of the Congressional Co
alition on Adoption Institute and
the Joint Council on International
Children's Services. Paul proved
to me that a person can be success
ful in business and be a decent,
wonderful human being while do
ing it. From my years in the cor
porate world, I know all too well
there are precious few examples
In late 2008, Paul began suffer
ing confusion and memory loss.
He shared his story via a website
named CaringBridge.org with the
literally thousands of people who
love and care about him.
He wrote, "I went to the doctor
and unfortunately we discovered
that I'm not just totally stupid. I
don't know how else to say it, but
to throw it out there- I have a
brain tumor "
Since then he has been through
surgeries and all of the invasive
treatments that go along with can
cer. But now, all of that has come
to an end. Paul is dying. He is only
57 years old.
Along with his wife Teri and their
children, the man who showed me
how to live is now teaching me
how to die. Their faith and sheer
grace in this process is stunning to
the degree that it reaches into the
very depths of my heart. Ironical
ly, for all of his numerous accom
plishments in life, this is possibly
Paul is no longer directly updat
ing hisjournal on CaringBridge. In
the last entry, sentjust a few weeks
ago, Teri thought not of herself or
of her grief but of others. "Thank
you, thank you, thank you, many
times over for allowing God to
speak His love and faithfulness to
us through you, she wrote. "You
will never know how your willing
ness to be 'angels of encourage
ment'has blessed us. "
I'm not sure if Paul will ever
know how much he has blessed me
and so many others. I am where I
am because of him. So now I dread
the next email from CaringBridge
telling me of an update. I pray for a
miracle, but I know when it arrives
my heart will sink, and my hands
will shake as I click on the link-
hoping for the best yet fearing the
Thank you, Paul, for the example
you have set. Thank you for show
ing me the path that has led to a
better life. I wish I had the magic
to stop you from dying. But I don't.
Not for you or for me or for anyone
else. So for now I will think about
and take comfort in your wife's
words: "His work on this earth is
almost done. Apparently you and
I have a lot more to do. May we
all carry on our God ordained as
signments each day through Gods
grace and strength. "
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The Ruskin Moose Lodge #813 is located at
1212 E. Shell Point Road, Ruskin (813) 645-5919
Friday, May 14
Saturday, May 15
Wednesday, May 19
Friday, May 21
Saturday, May 22
Monday, May 24
Every Saturday night
7-11 p.m. Calvin O
7-11 p.m. Karaoke
5-7 p.m. Dinner
7-11 n.m. Cross Creek Band
Memorial Day Picnic
Chef's Choice Dinner
Wings (the best I've every had)
1I. I batter, fried or baked)
Karaoke by Kim
All events are open to qualified
Moose members and guest.
The May 18 meeting of the South Bay Genealogical Society will
feature Don Churchill who will discuss Elderhostel programs relating
to genealogy, and the service program, a week of 'Cemetery Surfing'
in St. Kitts. He has titled his talk, "Death and Genealogy should not be
avoided." This will be the last meeting until September.
The luncheon meeting will be held at noon at the SouthShore Regional
Library. Cost is $13. For reservations and membership information, call
Sally Wepfer at 634-7539.
The Society is a special interest group of The Computer Club. It pro
vides "Ask a Genealogist" assistance at SouthShore Regional Library
on a scheduled basis, holds monthly program meetings, as well as work
shops and Seminars to assist those tracing their family history.
VFW Post #8108
Riverview Memorial VFW Post
#8108, 7504 Riverview Dr. sched
ule is as follows:
Meetings: Men's Auxiliary-
1st Thursday at 7 p.m.
2nd Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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
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$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.
A Broadway Musical for the Entire Family
Riverview Little Theatre announces their spring musical show, 'The
Secret Garden.' The show will star Alex Catalani as Mary Lennox, Omar
Montes as Archibald Craven; John Davis as Dr. Neville Craven;Megan
Wicks as Martha; Aaron Castle as Dickon; Holly Sweeting as Lily; Alex
Council as Colin; Daron Hawkins as Ben; and Mary Trzcinski as Mrs.
The production will open Thursday, May 27 at Riverview High School,
11311 Boyette Road, Riverview; the show will also run May 28 and 29 at
7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, May 29.
This enchanting classic of children's literature is re-imagined in bril
liant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of 'Night Mother.'
Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to
live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son
Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beck
ons the children with haunting melodies and the 'Dreamers,' spirits from
Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret
Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for students/senior citizens
and are available by visiting the website at www.sharktheatre.com or
Riverview High School the night of the performance.
Riverview High School is proud to have its very own community theatre.
This program is designed as a community outreach for theatre. The focus
of their program is to provide quality productions to the South Shore
Community. This year they have members from Riverview, Brandon,
Valrico, Plant City, Fishhawk, Tampa, Ruskin, and Bloomingdale areas.
East Bay basketball summer camp
East Bay High School will have two camps this
year from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28-July 1 and July
12-July 16. The camp is for boys and girls that are
C / 'currently in kindergarten through 8th grade. The
Scamp is $80 per week.
There will be a free t-shirt, lunch provided daily
and awards at the end of the week. To register,
contact Billy Teeden at (813) 671-5134, ext. 432;
firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit their web
site at www.ebhsbasketball.com. Registration deadline is June 21.
The Gulf Oil Spill Response.
How to find out more. Where to find help. How to volunteer.
Since the tragic accident on Transocean's Deepwater Horizon
rig first occurred, BP has done and continues to do everything
possible to respond to the situation. BP has taken full
responsibility for dealing with the spill, and is mobilizing
its full resources to fight against it in the Gulf of Mexico.
More than 2,500 of BP's operational and technical personnel
from around the world are working with many federal, state and
local government agencies, local communities and industry
experts. Using hundreds of vessels, they are involved in efforts
to protect the shore of the Gulf coast, to contain the spill offshore,
and to stem the flow of oil from the sub-sea well. Staging posts
to help protect the shoreline are in operation at six critical areas,
supported by command posts in Houma, Louisiana; Mobile,
Alabama; and St. Petersburg, Florida. Thousands of volunteers
are being trained to help with the cleanup.
We are grateful for the support of the many volunteers,
federal, state, and local government officials, and emergency
responders. We are determined to leave nothing undone in
the effort to stop the flow and minimize any potential impact.
For current information on the spill and response plan,
please go to the following websites:
For assistance or information, please call the following
To report oil on the shoreline: (866) 448-5816
To report impacted wildlife: (866) 557-1401
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MAY 13, 2010
Storm surge warnings raised in time for hurricane season
* By MELODY JAMESON
"Run from water; hide from
This part of a common seasonal
warning often is emphasized by
emergency management specialists
as they try to prepare the public for
coping with unpredictable storm
And this year, as Florida's sea wa
ters are warming up and the 2010
hurricane season approaches, Hills
borough County is backing up the
caution with a new component in its
storm preparedness and shelter out
reach a coastal signage program
designed to remind that a water
surge is a major danger.
Aimed at indicating just how high
coastal waters driven onshore by
hurricane force winds could get as
a surge rushes to cover the land, the
rule to help oyster
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
approved a rule amendment re
cently to help oyster harvesters
adjust to pending new restrictions
that will affect the time they are
allowed to harvest and transport
oysters on the water in Florida.
The Florida Department of Ag
and Consumer Services (DACS)
is developing a new rule to require
harvesters to deliver their oysters
to a certified dealer by 11:30 a.m.
during May, June and July, and by
noon during August, September
and October. This action is being
taken to meet new federal health
safety requirements for the oyster
industry by ensuring that harvested
oysters are handled and processed
during cooler morning hours in
30 signs are being placed in perma
nent locations adjacent to the coun
ty's shorelines. More than half of
them -16- are in the South County
area, most near the eastern shore of
Tampa Bay between Gibsonton and
The Hillsborough storm surge
signage program is unique among
the state's counties with suscep
tible shorelines, said Eugene Hen
ry, Hazard Mitigation Manager in
the county's Planning and Growth
Management Department. Other
counties have undertaken various
means of warning their citizens, he
added, "but none to the extent that
All of the county's five evacua
tion zones, including large parts of
the bay's eastern shore communi
ties, are vulnerable to storm surges,
according to the hazard mitigation
section. Sea water being pushed to
ward shore, the result of easily com-
bined natural tidal changes and the
swirling wind action of a category
3 or 4 or 5 hurricane merely skirt
ing the state's Gulf Coast, can cause
severe flooding onshore.
In fact, the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA)
warns that the greatest potential for
loss of life in hurricane circumstance
es is from the storm surge. In parts
of Hillsborough County, local haz
ard mitigation personnel added, a
storm surge could reach three miles
inland from the shorelines and could
create flood water depths of 13 to 17
feet. Such an onrush of water would
completely engulf a one-story home
-and everyone in it, they noted.
It is planning to avoid such a situ
ation that the signage program is all
about, Henry said. The water blue
and surf white signs with red let
tering literally point to the possible
storm water surge level and pointed
ly encourage residents of the area to
make a family plan to be followed if
a surge should become reality. Liv
ing on the county's coastlines offers
many pleasures, Henry indicated,
but also comes with trade-offs and
one of them is planning to survive if
faced with a serious storm.
The 14 South County signs located
south of the Alafia River are spot
ted at Gibsonton Drive, Big Bend
Road, Apollo Beach Boulevard,
19th Avenue, Shell Point Road and
College Avenue, plus at the Gar
denville, Apollo Beach and Ruskin
Recreation Centers as well as at
E.G. Simmons Regional Park. Yet
another sign is placed in Riverview
as a reminder of the possibility the
Alafia could overflow its banks un
der certain conditions.
Two more are located north of the
Alafia near the Williams Park boat
ramp and at the western end of Riv
The signage program was fi
nanced with $30,000 from a federal
grant shared by the Emergency Op
erations Center, Henry said. Part of
the design and engineering work for
the project was donated by the firms
PBS&J, Inc., and Bracken Engi
neering, both with Tampa offices.
However, the flood water depth
warning concept in Hillsborough
originated in Gibsonton about 15
years ago, said Pete Johnson, Gib
sonton native and a member of the
Local Mitigation Strategy Working
Group. The first water warning sign
in the county, put up by the Con
cerned Citizens of Gibsonton, was
located at Gibsonton Drive near
U.S. 41, Johnson recalled. But over
time, it decayed and was removed.
Building on the initial concept, the
county's Hazard Mitigation section
began planning the county-wide
signage program in 2004.
Today, it hoped that the new sig
nage will impress coastal residents
with the importance of preparing for
the storm surge that could accom
pany any of the upcoming season's
hurricanes swinging into the Gulf of
Mexico, Henry said. "Run from wa
ter; hide from wind," he concluded,
"because you well may drown if
you don't escape the water."
2010 Melody Jameson
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meowner back yards stretched into
smelly mud flats.
Several homeowners began look
ing for help for the pond they con
sider among the most outstanding
in the county's Adopt-a-Pond pro
gram, Collins says. They turned
to Hillsborough's Public Works
Department and the Environmen
tal Protection Commission. They
tried to backtrack on the pond his
tory. They looked for the original
developer. No one, he notes, could
They are not alone in the search,
however. County authorities also
are trying to pin down pond own
ership, now searching archived re
cords for any pertinent document
station, said Steve Valdez, public
information specialist for the pub
lic works department. The same
look at archival records is under
way in the offices of the South
west Florida Water Management
District, he added.
The county cannot, by law,
spend public tax dollars on pri
vate property, Valdez noted, add
ing that determination of who has
legal jurisdiction over the pond
is imperative. An inter-agency
meeting, including SWFWMD
and Hillsborough's Planning and
Growth Management Department,
to discuss the ownership matter
could be scheduled in the next two
weeks, Valdez said. "We're not
trying to shirk any responsibility,"
Niles Olsen, an engineer in pub
lic works, suggested the homeown
ers bordering the waterbody may
themselves now own to the center
of the pond bottom. But, he added,
in matters such as this "nothing is
Meanwhile, the 25 residents
in the Collins living room Mon
day came to several conclusions.
They'll investigate costs and op
portunities to engage a diver to
find out precisely where the dam
failed and how large the hole is.
They'll look for a hydrology en
gineering brain in the University
of South Florida's College of En
gineering to pick. They'll deter
mine the costs involved in create
ing sandbags sufficient to plug the
hole. And, they'll continue to look
for means of financing recovery of
their pond. They also agreed to re
assemble in a week or so to assess
progress and any potential answers
to their most pressing question.
Copyright 2010 Melody Jame
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Court ruling is financial ruin for homeowner associations
* By Rolando J. Santiago Esq.
On February 19, 2010, home
owner associations already dealing
with tight budgets and mounting
delinquencies were dealt a killer
blow by a Florida court which
ruled that a bank (first mortgagee)
that forecloses on a lot in a hom-
eowner association is not respon
sible for the unpaid assessments
upon taking ownership through
the foreclosure process. This rul
ing is directly related to interpret
ing the application of Florida law
that requires lenders to pay HOAs
the lesser of 12 months past due
assessments, or 1% of the original
mortgage debt in the event a mort
gagee takes title to a Lot by fore
closure sale, or by deed in lieu of
The decision arising from
ion Pages/Opinion Page_2010/
2010/2D08-5062.pdf Coral Lakes
Community Association, Inc.
v. Busey Bank, N.A. relies on
language that is quite common
in many association documents
which clearly and unambiguously
relieves the bank from paying un
paid assessments if the bank fore
closes on a lot. The language in
the Coral Lakes Declaration was
often put in by developers at the
time of creating the community
whom needed to provide protect
tion for lenders in order to entice
them to make loans for homes in
their communities. Up until this
decision came out, banks readily
paid the required past dues when
they took tile through foreclo
sure. During the real estate boom
this was not a problem, but now
that communities are plagued by
delinquent owners, abandoned
speculator-owned homes and bank
foreclosures, associations have re
lied heavily on the law to replenish
their coffers once a bank took title
to a lot through foreclosure.
"The court ruling, together with
the fact that banks take so long to
foreclose on a home, may result in
financial ruin for many associa
tions," says attorney Jennifer Jack
son, who represents homeowner
associations. "The sad fact is that
honest and on-time paying resi
dents in these communities may
face 100 percent or 200 percent
increases in their assessments next
year in order for the association to
pay its bills (landscaping, sprin
klers, pool and clubhouse mainte
nance etc...)", adds Ms. Jackson.
However, it's not all gloom and
doom; the court did imply that if
Coral Lakes had amended its doc
uments to protect its interests, then
perhaps the bank would no longer
have the protection afforded to it
in the Declaration. One thing is
clear; once the bank takes owner
ship, it is responsible for all dues
and maintenance obligations of the
Unfortunately for communities
saddled with Coral Lakes-type
provisions, passive collections ef
forts must be carefully reconsid
ered and aggressive prosecution
of the bank foreclosure initiated.
Passive collections are the method
employed by many associations,
due to the legal fees related to
proactive collections. However,
passive collections may now be
the more expensive option. Sim-
ply waiting for the bank to even
tually foreclose and expect the 12
months past dues will NOT benefit
an HOA with these Coral Lakes
What can associations do? Asso
ciation Boards of Directors should
promptly seek legal counsel to re
view their documents, determine if
problematic Coral Lakes-type lan
guage exists in their Declaration
or related governing documents
and take preventive measures to
enact any necessary amendments)
or enact proactive collections poli
cies to induce the banks to move
faster on the foreclosures. Waiting
is no longer a viable option.
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Renewal, however, is impossible
without the paperwork listed on a
checklist (which will be provided
as a sidebar to this story) unless an
exception is made.
"We've partnered with the State
Department of Highway Safety be
cause there will be a lot of people
who will need help," said Nancy
Already Real ID is causing havoc
at the Ruskin Tax Collector's Office
because some residents have not
been able to obtain the documents
they need to renew.
"I realize something has to be
done, but what's happening is ab
solutely asinine," said 81-year-old
Catherine Spohn of Sun City Cen
ter. "I was born in an apartment
over a beauty salon in New York
City with the help of a midwife. She
listed my name as Caterina on my
birth certificate because that was
the Italian way of saying it. But I
have gone by Catherine ever since.
All my records, my bank, my mar
riage license, everything is under
Catherine and her husband of 56
years, Arrah, went to the Ruskin
Tax Collector's Office to renew
her state identification card. She no
longer keeps a driver's license be
cause she cannot pass the eye test.
"But I cannot even get an ID card
to prove I am who I say I am. They
told me if I can get a passport, then
perhaps I can get my ID card so
we've written to Allentown, Penn.,
to get a copy of our marriage certif
icate (another document you must
produce as names must be traced
back to the name on the birth certif
icate to obtain identification now).
If I can get documentation to get a
passport they (the DMV) say it may
be possible to issue me an ID card,
but I won't know until I show them
what paperwork I'm able to get."
One woman who Catherine met
while waiting at the Tax Collector's
Office last month said she had al
ready spent more than $160 to ob
tain out-of state-documents but still
could not get the paperwork she
"She was frantic," Catherine said.
"I know they (the government) want
to improve security. But somebody
didn't think this thing through."
Peg and John Frizzola agree.
The couple, who have been mar
ried for 54 years, so far have spent
two months trying to get Peg's li
cense renewed. As of press time,
she still does not have it because
of several glitches in her situation
that will take plenty of time to work
out. Whether she will be without a
license for an extended time is still
The first problem was that she did
not have a State-sealed marriage
"We got married at a Catholic
Church in New York City the day
before I got shipped out (to World
War II)," John said. "We got our
certificate from the church, and that
has always been enough. But it was
not enough to get Peg a driver's
license and we're already on our
third (time) extension."
John and Peg even showed DMV
officials her birth certificate and the
notice of their engagement and mar
riage in the New York Times, which
clearly spelled out Peg's maiden
name, and her parents' names.
It wasn't good enough. "Newspa
per clippings, even with our photos,
aren't enough to prove that Peg is
Peg," John said.
Donna Forteau at the Ruskin Tax
Collector's Office is working with
officials in Tallahassee to help Peg
and others like her who may need
"So far, there has been some as
distance for people born before
1935 because the State knows ac
curate records weren't always kept
before then," Donna said.
David Westberry, communica
tions director for the Florida State
department of Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee, says
that there is actually an exception
built into federal law for those born
before that year.
"The Department has no author
ity to make broad exceptions to the
law. But the rules exclude custom
ers born in or prior to 1935," David
said in a telephone interview May
7. "However, we don't want to
complicate our customers' world. If
they can prove there is no way they
can recreate the paper trail (back
.uy5 r .or-Gi*-Ous e-0- re!
%W anyone lkw 0ta. rit n e oshl
to the birth certificate) we have
empowered our managers to make
judgments based on good-faith ef
It is possible to get waivers, he
said, but the main objective is to get
people to start obtaining the proper
documents well in advance of need
so they won't go in at the last min-
ute and come out frustrated.
"We've processed more than a
million compliant licenses since
January 1," he continued. "We must
weigh the documents people have
on a case-by-case basis."
He also explained that in cases
where a woman has changed her
name several times by marriage,
she is typically required to trace her
name back to the birth certificate.
"That would require her to bring
some or all of the documents neces
sary to evidence her current name,
even if that is the name on her cur
rent driver's license or ID card," he
In some states, the maiden name
is carried on all versions of mar
riage and divorce records, but in
others, only the previous married
name is listed.
"If the current name cannot be
linked to the birth certificate, we
have no way to validate the infor
nation being provided to us but
they need to bring us what they
have so we can see if a waiver can
The Department of Motor Vehicles
and Highway Safety has attempted
to reach out to big companies so
they can warn their employees to
begin collecting information before
"It's been in the TECO newsletter,
and we've set up a Web site, www.
gathergoget.com," Donna Forteau
said. "There are also lists of what
is needed on the Web site, and we
have other helpful information in
print." (This information will be
provided in a sidebar to this story.)
"It's not just women needing
help," Donna pointed out. "Recent
ly I had a man whose step parents
failed to change his name with the
State after adopting him," she said.
But still, it will be women who
are primarily affected.
When I called Peg Frizzola several
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Peg and John Frizzola have produced various newspaper clippings
and documents from the Catholic Church to prove they have been
married for 54 years, but were told that unless they got a state-sealed
marriage license, Peg could not satisfactorily prove her identity to
renew her driver's license because of the new federally-mandated
Real ID Act that went into effect Jan. 1.
days after our meeting to check on
her progress, she still had problems
and had not renewed her license. What you'll need
When she returned to the DMV
after Donna had gotten the State to to renew your
make an exception, Peg had an in driver's license or
fection in one of her eyes. "I wasn't ID card
aware of it then, so now I will have B 1 n
, Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, new
to take the eye test again," Peg told documentation requirements
me in a telephone interview. "I am took effect for Florida resi
also getting new glasses." dents wishing to obtain a drive
So meanwhile, Peg, who has no er license or state-issued iden
points against her Florida license, n c T
tification card. Those wishing
awaits the end of the extension -
to obtain a new license, legally
her third that allows her to drive to obtain a nme prior to thei
until May 27. What will happen af change their name prior to their
renewal date, or immediately
ter that, she still does not know.
S replace a lost or stolen license
Knowing that because Florida is r I car st o to ei l
e up o a or ID card must go to their lo
made up of a greatly diverse popu cal driver's license office and
lation, many who have come from bring what proof of identifica
other states where record-keeping is tion t hae, incdin an
not precise, I called the Department photo identification, their So
of Homeland Security in Washing c ia Security number and two
ton D.C. May 10. cial Security number and two
ton D.C. May 10. items that prove their current
Information provided to me by address such as a tax receipt
DHS explains that the Real ID Act addre c t recent
and electric bill.
of 2005 prohibits any federal agen Obtaining a new license af
cy from accepting a driver's license te te eiatin ate, h e
ter the expiration date, howev
or personal identification card for eir
anyofficial purpose. Like the So er, will require proof of iden
any official purpose. Like the So tification that extends back to
cial Security Card, it no longer may t t
prove identity; only the new, Real your birth certificate. Because
ID Card will do that. each person will be required
to provide a personalized pa
"Raising the standards of state- per trai, the DMV sugests
issued identification is an impor- that drier s begin n b g
that drivers begin now by go
tant step toward enhancing national t
,, ing to www.gathergo.get.com
security," said Candace, in the in to www.tero.et.
where you will enter your
DHS Press Room in Washington. here yu wl enter yr
"Because a driver's license serves specific information and be
told what documents you will
so many purposes- like access to need hoe wth no ac
need. Those with no access
federal buildings, nuclear power to the tenet a o to
to the Internet may go to the
plants, boarding aircraft, and so to n
Hillsborough County Tax Col-
on, criminals and terrorists actively Hlecors O in the SunPoint
lector s Office in the SunPoint
seek fraudulent state-issued iden- o n
Shopping Plaza, State Road
tification. States that implement 674 (College Ae) in Ruskin,
measures to increase their docu 6 ,
.. and ask for help there.
ments' security make it more dif- r.
Some of the items everyone
ficult for criminals to obtain these Some of the items everyone
s, wil m in it will need are their birth certifi
documents, while making it easier
cate (not a copy; it must have a
for law enforcement to detect falsi cate (not a copy; it must have a
state seal); marriage certificate
fed documents. While many states (original seal; marriage certificate
have invested in improvements to (original statesealed, not from
their driver's licenses and license a church); and divorce papers
and remarriage certificates if
ing processes, the lack of minimum and remarriage certificates if
you have changed your last
performance standards have made you have changed your last
name by marriage more than
it possible for criminals and terror name by marriage more than
once. If your maiden name
ists to exploit jurisdictions where once. If your maiden name
standards are lower and fraud is appears on the most current
document (latest marriage)
easier to commit. That is why the oumnt atest maria
9/11 Commission recommended you may not have to obtain all
9/11 Commission recommended
marriage and divorce papers
that the federal government issue mrrie ad divorce a
prior to it. However, since all
minimum performance standards prir iDt. Hver, since all
that all states could measure them Real I hae een i tiated
selves against. to ascertain the validity of
selves against." your identity, each person's
Those who want to read more your identity, each person's
checklist will read somewhat
about it may go to the Department differently.
of Homeland Security's Web site, e ertent f
S The Department of Home
http://www.dhs.gov and type "Rea land Security that passed this
ID Act" into the site's search bar. g at
act has given states the ability
What will happen as people who to waiver certain documents
h e w l b t c to waiver certain documents
have not been able to keep track of that cannot be replaced if a
that cannot be replaced if a
their paperwork from birth to the goodfaith effort to do so can
present day remains to be seen as be shown.
time moves on and more people try
and renew their driver's licenses.
MAY 13, 2010
MAY 13, 2010
The Stock Market
"Nathan Rothschild famously quipped, 'Buy when there is blood in
the streets,' but he never said anything about firebombs thrown at Greek
riot police, a trillion dollar easing of the money supply or synthetic col
lateral debt obligations."
-Andy Kessler, The Wall Street Journal, Markets Have Good Rea
sons to be Nervous, May 8, 2010
"The newjob creation suggests a U.S. economy that mayhave enough
momentum to shake off fears of Greek contagion, barring a deeper Eu
ropean plunge. As the recovery continues, employers who have stretched
their productivity gains will put more Americans back to work. This is a
week to look for the silver lining, wherever you can find it.
-The Wall Street Journal editorial, At Last, More Jobs, May 9, 2010
"Without a concerted job creation effort, recovery cannot take hold.
The economy added an impressive 290,000jobs in April, but job losses
from 2008 to 2010 were so deep that it would take more than four years
of monthly growth of that magnitude just to fill the hole. "
-New York Times editorial, AWeek in the Life of the Economy, May 7, 2010
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Body recovered in Apollo Beach after 6 hour search
APOLLO BEACH- The body
of a 23-year-old Valrico man
was recovered from the basin
off Lands End Marina in Apollo
Beach around midnight on Fri
day night after a six-hour search.
Curtis Andrew Shepherd fell off a
boat at approximately 5:20 p.m.,
according to the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis
sion. Unidentified friends called
911 when Shepherd did not sur
The Hillsborough County Sher
iff's Office, the U.S. Coast Guard
and the Fish and Wildlife Conser
vation Commission all joined the
search that included both boats
Shepherd was reportedly not
wearing a lifejacket. As of press
time there was no official indica
tion of foul play.
Mitch Traphagen Photo
An HCSO helicopter circles as boats from the Hillsborough County
Sheriff's Office, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and the U.S. Coast Guard search the basin near Lands End
Marina in Apollo Beach on Friday night.
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Lennard High School students
* By MOLLY AMES
Lennard High School, Ruskin, FL
Every once in a while a group of students comes along that goes above
and beyond to help their community. That is exactly what a group of
ten students from Lennard High School Student Government did. On
March 31, social studies teacher Christine Wasylkiw and ten members of
student government held a mini-homecoming for children at St. Joseph's
Children's Hospital of Tampa. Surplus decorations from LHS's home
coming dance were used to transform the hospital lobby.
There was upbeat music for the kids to dance to, from Miley Cyrus to
the Cha-Cha-slide and the Chicken Dance. Not only did they dance with
the kids, but some parents even joined in. Face painting was also a big
hit and toward the end of the night, some of the kids even started paint
ing the faces of the Lennard students. Throughout the evening cookie
decorating and coloring were set up for the younger kids.
When they first arrived at the mini-homecoming, it was a bittersweet
feeling. It was tough to see kids of all ages suffering so much. Some left
with no hair from cancer treatments and others hooked up to IVs and
monitors, and more with other serious diseases and illnesses. However
the students had to work past that and be happy and energetic for all
the kids, regardless of how emotional the situation was. What was even
more amazing to see was the strength of the kids and their families. They
were dealing with life-threatening illness and yet were still happy and
energetic. To see them laughing and dancing and having fun with all
the students was so inspirational, especially since teenagers tend to get
frustrated and lose hope over the minor problems. Yet the kids who are
going through much more than we could even imagine, still had hope
and happiness, and took time to enjoy the small things in life.
The student government members went to the hospital to help the kids,
however the kids impacted the student government with memories and
lessons that they can't forget.
Tierinee Taylor, public relations officer, stated "Going into this experi
ence I expected to impact the children's lives. Afterwards they impacted
my life. To hear their stories and see their smiles was a blessing."
MAY 13, 2010
impacted by hospital experience
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Members of the Lennard High School Student Government who hosted the mini-homecoming for
young patients at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa were, left to right, club president Dylan
Faltus, Anna Reyes, Tierinee Taylor, Gladys Barrios, Alicia Amezca, (unnamed hospital director), Sesely
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Respect your fellow anglers
Courtesy on the waterways is the
main talk around the fishermen
this week. My phone calls were
about more than one incident that
took place on the waterways.
One angler was in disbelief as he
tried to mark a spot with somejugs
where he found grouper. Boats of
|all sizes swarmed in around him
from all directions making it
impossible for him to throw out a
A phone call came from an Apol
lo Beach angler who was trying to
launch his boat at Williams Park.
"We waited for about ten minutes
for the ramp to clear, then anoth
er twenty minutes and the three
anglers ahead of us, still hadn't
launched their craft.
They evidently were telling
'Fish Tales' to each other, and not
moving into the water. The line-up
behind us began to grow, extend
ing about ten boats behind. We
finally got together and all at one
time, without being rude, yelled
MOVE THAT BOAT. Yes, they
did, and the others launched one
after another into the bay, sailing
Talk around the bait shops was
not about the fish that were being
caught, but about a recreational
boat that passed by at a high rate
of speed and clipped the lines of
three boats who were in their way
as they raced across the water. One
boat tried to catch up with him, but
We still have a fish in our water
ways you can catch for a good
meal and still make it a legal catch.
This is the Spanish mackerel. It is
a small fighting fish, and fun to
catch. You may take 15 per person
per day, that measure at least 12"
to the fork of the tail.
They will take a variety of baits
from live shrimp, sardines, to
assorted jigs, threadbaits, spoons
or plugs. When you find a school
and catch one, you can make many
more from the same school. If you
are hungry, fish for Spanish mack
King mackerel are out there, but
are playing hide and seek with the
anglers. They show up in schools
one day and the next day disap
pear. Reports from those that have
a passion for fishing for these
kings, tell me that they have been
chasing them all over the bay.
Some were caught around the
Egmont ship channel. Others
reported that a good catch of Kings
were at the Skyway. One angler
says he made his catch in forty feet
of water near the ship channels.
Redfish are a great catch this
week. Some report they have
caught as many as 30 in one day
with a catch and release, keep
ing one per person of legal size.
A week ago redfish were hard to
come by, but the warm weather
has brought them back in schools.
As one angler
puts it, "Fish-
ing in this area
is the best in the ,;
world." As the
all over the bay
with not only the
mackerel, but the
big tarpon love
our warm wa
ter and are now
fully into the air
around our bay
This is a trophy
fish and many
forget that they
are in our Ruskin
area, and one
does not need to
go south to Boca
Grande to catch Jason Eppenste
one of these big Lake Manatee.
fish. You need
a tag on your license to make the
catch, but be sure to snap a photo
and release him, for someone else
to catch, as this fish is not edible. A
trophy display can be made from
As I talked to anglers this week I
found that there are many that fish
with the moon telling us that a new
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moon in May brings this variety of
fish. Others say it is the 70" to 80"
water temperatures that bring them
Fly anglers are catching and
releasing ladyfish by the dozens
this week. It is amazing to watch
*in catcnes a largemoutn Dass at
a fly angler catch a big redfish
with his light tackle. Some anglers
learned freshwater fly fishing and
still use this same pole and flies in
Sheepshead are still a great catch
this week by those without boats
fishing from docks. This is a lean
white meat fish and great for those
who are on a diet. They have lots
of bones, but well worth the clean
Cobia are on the move. Some
are traveling with huge eaglerays
and hove under their wings. They
seem to think that they are protect
ed from harm by traveling in the
shadows of the giant rays' wings.
Cobia are edible.
May is one of the most produce
tive months for trout in the South
zone. Try the flats of Tampa Bay
for a sure catch with many around
the 20" size. Trout is a great table
fare and it is said that one should
eat fish at least three times a
Freshwater fishing has been
great. Largemouth bass has been
the catch this week for Jason Ep
penstein of Wimauma at Lake
Manatee. Jason has the right touch
to bring in largemouth bass. He
fishes at Lake Manatee, which is
south on Hwy. 301 to Parrish, with
a left turn on Hwy. 62 to the lake.
The upper waters of the Little
Manatee River and Alafia are great
waters for freshwater catfish and
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Still in love after 65 years
Robert and Florence Graebner celebrated their 65th wedding anniver
sary on Wednesday, May 12 with family and friends at Apollo Beach's
After their Saginaw, Michigan wedding in 1945, Robert attended
Michigan State University with the help of the GI bill and his new bride,
Florence. His new career kept them in Saginaw until 1966 and then it
was on to South Bend, Indiana, Chicago and finally back to Rochester,
Michigan where Robert retired in 1983.
The couple moved to Kings Point in 1991. Florence's passion is bingo
and Robert can be found at the Nantucket pool nearly every day.
According to their daughter, Susan Cordial, her dad confided to her
that he was more in love with Florence today than he was 65 years ago.
Ancient healing modalities
A regular monthly healing service is being started on Sunday, May 23 ,
at Unity Community of Joy in Sun City Center. The healing service will
follow the Sunday service on the 4th week of each month. Snacks will
be served between services.
The first Sunday will feature Betty Knapp, from Valrico, and her
daughter Carole Mayner, of Brandon. They will share with everyone
the Ancient Healing Modalities, Reiki and Jin Shin Jyutsu which facili
tate the proper energy flow for healing throughout the body. Betty and
Carole have trained since 1990 in various healing modalities. Each per
son will receive a short healing session plus instructions on how to help
yourself and others.
There is no charge but a donation would be appreciated. Betty and
Carole offer private healing sessions, classes, and healing circles.
Unity Community of Joy meets in the Beth Israel Social Hall, 1115 Del
Webb E. in Sun City Center at 10 am on Sundays. For more information
call the Spiritual Leader, Dr. Betty Martin-Lewis at 813-298-7745.
MAY 13, 2010
Church burns mortgage
The First Christian Church of Sun
City Center has come a long way
since a dedicated group of fourteen
people met in the Sun City Center
Chamber of Commerce on Febru
ary 22, 1998, in an organizational
meeting to establish this church.
Many of them had been driving
several miles each week to attend
Christian Churches in Tampa,
Brandon and Bradenton. These
churches were all instrumental in
helping this group to organize.
The first (charter) service was
held on April 11, 1999, in the Free
dom Plaza Information Center at
2:30 PM with 29 worshipers in at
tendance with the Rev. Max Smith,
Minister of the First Christian
Church of Bradenton, presiding. Elders
Several years later, in 2004, the John V
Church congregation relocated
to the Sun City Center Funeral
Home where they have continued been s
to meet at 10:30 AM each Sunday is now
morning. The congregation has For m
now grown to where attendance938
averages 75 each Sunday with Dr.
David G. Campbell and his wife,
Mitzi, serving as Ministers.
A search was begun for land on
which to erect a church building.
This search continued until 2007,
when the congregation entered
into an agreement to purchase five
acres of land on Southeast 33rd
Street, Ruskin. O
Sixty-five worshipers gathered at
a picnic on the acreage, March 27, k
to celebrate the final payment on
the land. At this time, the note was
burned and a prayer of thanksgiv
ing was offered by Dr. Campbell
for the entire congregation.
The loan to finance the construct
tion of the church building has
burn a note to celebrate the final payment for the 5 acres
ew church will be built on. From left to right: Darrell Snyder,
Woods, Dr. David Campbell, Marvin Kastama.
secured and the congregation
ready for their next phase.
ore information call 813
Zippeere's Funeral Home
nly onsite Crematory in S. Hillsborough County
Family owned and operated since 1979
1520 33rd St. S.E., Ruskin, FL 33570
In recognition of Christian Fam-
ily Week the United Methodist
Church of Sun City Center will be
having a special opportunity for
couples to renew their marriage
vows at each of the services on
May 15 and 16. This opportunity
to renew Christian marriage vows
is open to anyone in the communi
ty. There will be a special certifi
cate for each couple who renews
The church is located at 1210
Del Webb Blvd. W. next door to
South Bay Hospital right behind
the Baptist Church. A casual tradi
tional service is offered on Satur
day at 4:00p.m. On Sunday there is
a communion service at 8:15a.m.,
a Oasis Service (non-traditional) at
9:30a.m. and traditional worship
service at 10:55a.m. Additional
information can be found on the
church's web page www.sccumc.
cor or by calling 813-634-2539.
Bible studies cancelled
St. John the Divine Episcopal
Church announces that: all Bible
studies will end this month (May)
for the summer. Studies will re
sume in September.
This merry month of May,
Friendship Baptist will resume its
movie night on Saturday, May 29.
The film begins promptly at 5:00
pm. Home baked goods will be
available during intermission. The
film this month is, "The Secrets
of Jonathan Sperry," about Mark,
Dustin and Albert, 12 year-old
best buddies. This film is a heart
warming experience for families
of all ages. Everyone is invited to
view the movie at 1511 El Rancho
Drive Sun City Center.
CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH
SundayWorship: Blended 8:00 a.m.
Contemporary 9:40 a.m.
Traditional 11:15 a.m. BgBendRd.
Nursery Provided CrossRoads: Bible Study, Worship: Wed. 7 p.m.
Pastor Jack R. Palzer P I
5309 U.S. Highway 41 North Apollo Beach A
(acrossfrom MiraBay) www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 645-1305 1 N W
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. 6a.m 6p.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 ......................................... 5PM
Reading Room Tuesday & Thursday.................................. 1- 4 PM
ALL ARE WELCOME www.spirituality.com
FRSTP BAPTIST CHRCH
7 WW( 820 COLLEGE AVE. W.
RUSKIN, FL 33570
SResource for Families
Sunday School ............................9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship............8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Dr. Barry Rumsey
Evening Service.............................6:00 p.m. CHRISTIANSCHOOL
Wednesday Night Service................7:00 p.m. THROUGH 12TH
Awana.............................................7:00 p.m. GRADE
Friendship Baptist Church
. Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist)
1511 ElRanclo Dr.
Sun City Center, FL 33573
9 a.m .................... Bible Study
11 a.m. .................... Bible Study
10 a.m. & 6 p.m............Worship
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
We all make mistakes but everyone
makes different mistakes.
Ludwig von Beethoven
NORTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
"Where God's Love is Shared"
U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Ruskin, FL 645.1121 www.nbcor.org S
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, 1 1:00am & 6:00pm ce41-6- 4
Wednesday7:00pm Home 813-754-1776
First Baptist Church of Gibsonton
"We lovebecauge He fir!t loved us." 1 John 4:19
Traditional Worship Service *Sunday School 9:30 A.M. l
Old-Time Gospel Hymns *Morning Worship 10:30A.M. l
Nursery Available Sunday Evening 6:00 P.M.
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9912 Indiana St. Hwy 41 & Estelle Av iu Malcolm S. Clements, Pastor
Gibsonton, FL 33534 813-67l-1301
Welcome d m. 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
M asses: Sunday.................................. ...........................8:00, 10:00AM 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
MAY 13, 2010
Lucille Purviance, born (Ida Lucille
Mankamyer) December 15, 1920 in
Myersdale, Pennsylvania, passed
away, Thursday, April 27, at her home,
at the age of 89. Lucille, a resident
of Freedom Plaza, Sun City Center,
had a long and interesting life with
her husband, Captain Raymond E.
Purviance, Jr. While her husband was
commissioned by the U.S. Navy, she
and her husband lived in many diverse
places, including, Oslo, Norway,
Naples, Italy, Honolulu, New York City,
Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Diego
and Coronado, California, Miami, Akron
and Columbus, Ohio, Atlanta, Norfolk
and Springfield, Virginia, Ann Arbor and
many other places, finally settling in
Tierra Verde, Florida.
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When Lucille was a young girl, she
loved to play popular and classical
music on the piano. She also played
and excelled at baseball. She also
loved visiting her grandmother Caler
from Myersdale, PA, on the large farm.
She was particularly close to her aunt
Mary and uncle Dorsey Faucett from
Latrobe, Pa., visiting them often as well
as her aunt Esther and uncle Harold
Bean and cousins Anna, Dick and Mary
in Washington, D.C. Her high school
friends included Jeanne DeVeau and
Mary Wymar, all attending Bechtel High
School in Akron.
Lucille always loved to work, whether
as an employee or as a volunteer.
In her early years, Lucille attended
Akron Business College and, before
marrying Raymond Ernest Purviance,
Jr., (August 20,1943), she worked at
Yaegers Department store and the
Saalfield Publishing Company (known
for publishing children's books), both in
Akron, Ohio. During WWII, her husband
served on board a Submarine Chaser
in the Pacific, assuming command of
the ship in February, 1945. While he
served overseas during the war, Lucille
worked for the Goodyear Tire and
Rubber Company in Akron, and also
volunteered for the Red Cross. Later,
in Hawaii, because she loved helping
people pick out clothes, she worked
in the Hawaiian Dress Shop Boutique
in Honolulu. She also modeled for
the store and when she lived in New
York, she worked at Saks Fifth Avenue,
in Garden City. After her husband's
retirement, Lucille took a part time
job working at John Baldwin's Ladies
Boutique in the Don Cesar resort hotel
on St. Pete's Beach and much later she
was a volunteer in the gift shop at the
Fine Arts Museum in St. Petersburg.
Also, in the '40s, Lucille, with Ray's
deep-hearted consent, wanted to
adopt Diane, her brother's child, who
was, under the circumstances, up for
adoption. In the end, however, Lucille's
mother and father got custody and
adopted Diane. Lucille loved Diane
deeply and spent much time with her.
It was always one of Lucille's biggest
heartbreaks that Diane was not her
child. Lucille and Diane's mother and
father separated when Diane was
about five years old and divorced two
years later. Diane and her mother
moved to Washington, D.C. when she
was ten and remained there until Diane
married at 18.
Most importantly, Lucille was a
devoted mother to her only daughter,
Patricia, born in 1951, whom she
adored her entire life. Lucille's entire
focus from then on was for her beloved
daughter, whom she and her husband
enjoyed and provided with a wonderful
life of travel and education.
At Port Hueneme, California,
Lucille was very active in the Navy
Officers Wives organizations and was
a member of the Episcopal Church,
had also at one time been a Brownie
Scout leader. She also enjoyed skiing,
especially while living in Norway. She
and her husband attended monthly get-
togethers and luncheons of the Retired
officers Club of St. Petersburg, the Navy
League of the United States and the St.
Petersburg Power Squadron as well as
numerous affairs at the St. Petersburg
Yacht Club. Also, Lucille owned and
loved many dogs, but especially she
loved her Shelties, of which she had
many over the years.
Lucille and her husband Ray had
the opportunity to take long trips and
cruises, seeing mostly all of Europe and
its capitals, including London, Paris,
Montreaux, Rome, Naples, Madrid,
Seville, Cadiz, Lisbon, as well as the
sights of Southern France and the
Swiss Alps. When her husband was
Nation Control Officer for Italy, Sicily
and Sardenia, Lucille accompanied
him on overnight trips to Genoa, Turin,
Livorno, Pisa, Milan, Venice, Verona,
Florence and Brindisi. While their
daughter attended The University of
Maryland Munich, Germany Campus,
they saw Leichtenstein and Austria,
Athens and Copenhagen and many
Later, when Lucille and Ray lived in
Tierra Verde they did extensive cruising
throughout the Caribbean, including
visits to, among many destinations,
Mexico, Panama, Aruba, Venezuela,
many South American ports, St. Lucia,
St. John and many islands. They also
loved spending time in Blowing Rock,
Lucille's husband Ray passed on
October 22, 1995, after which Lucille
moved to Freedom Plaza, Sun City
Center, where she continued to be very
active in the community and where
she made many friends. Lucille spent
her last eight years with Clarke Olson,
close friend and companion. Lucille
travelled with Clarke to visit family and
they also took cruises from Tampa and
enjoyed other trips, often sponsored
by Freedom Plaza. She and Clarke
attended local concerts and events
and enjoyed Sun City Center and the
surrounding area. Lucille will be missed
and will be remembered for her warmth,
friendship, wonderful sense of humor
and the high integrity so characteristic
of WWII Navy wives.
Lucille's daughter, Patricia Moraway,
of Thomaston, Georgia, preceded
Lucille in death in February 2010. She
is survived by granddaughter, Sara
Roper, of Macon, Georgia, grandson,
D'Arcy Roper, of Chantilly, Virginia
and several great grandchildren. A
memorial service is planned for 10:00
a.m. at the Freedom Plaza Auditorium,
1010 American Eagle Boulevard, Sun
S City Center, Friday,
May 21 For more
USpirituality Rather Than "Religion"
W Spirituality Rather Than "Religion"
Beth Israel's Social Hall
1115 Del Webb E. Sun City Center, FL
Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.
iVTHE 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
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Minister DR. DAVID CAMPBELL
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The Church of Open Hearts... Open Minds... Open Doors
1210 W. Del Webb Blvd. 634-2539
Saturday................. 4:00 p.m. Creason Hall (Traditional Service)
S Sunday....................8:15 a.m. in Sanctuary (Traditional Service)
9:30 a.m. Creason Hall (The Oasis)
10:55 a.m. Sanctuary (Traditional with Chancel Choir)
Fellowship tim .... T.,,. i, I.. ,, ,. I-. r .... 10:15a.m. and 11a.m. in Creason Hall
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PASTORS: DR. WARRENLANGER, REV GARY BULLOCK
Communion First Sunday ofEach Month
41 St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
\ Sunday Services 9:30 a.m.
Prayers with anointing for healing and
wholeness during worship the second Sunday
of every month.
A Stephen Pastor: Dr. Gerald Iwerks
Meet fiends 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 Enrichm ent............................... .............................10:00 a.m .
W orsh ip ............................................. .............................................. 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
Loving People S
pwingPsple BAPTIST CHURCH
4208 U.S. Hwy. 41 South
(4 miles south of Ruskin)
DAN COLLINS, PASTOR JIM KRAUSE, MUSIC DIRECTOR
C OMLiSNlNITY INVITEDv
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 Chutch
SFr. John McEvoy
U.S. Hwy. 41 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin
SouthShore: A j. .11. Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. Gibsonton
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Trinity Baptist Church re-
cently welcomed several new
members. Front row Louise
Bolt, Marian Huff, and Lorna
Smith. Back row, Hugh Bolt and
Senior Pastor Dr. Ron Churchill.
For information on the church,
Women with cancer
concerns to meet
Dr. Junsung Choi and Dr. Sarah
Hoffe of Moffitt Cancer Center
will be speaking on Friday, May
14, at 1:00 pm, at the United Com-
munity Church, 1501 La Jolla Av
enue, Sun City Center. The topic
this month will be "The Role of
The Radiologist in Cancer Care:
From Biopsy To Treatment".
Bring your family, friends and
neighbors to this very important
and informative lecture.
For information contact Meeting
Facilitator, Hazel Martin at 813
Diane Miramon is President of
Therapeutic Massage & Reiki, Inc.
is a Licensed Massage Therapist,
Reiki Master and Shaman. Deb
van Raalten owns and operates the
Dutch Re-Treat Massage Therapy,
Health and Wellness Clinic. Deb is
a graduate of the Sarasota School
of Massage Therapy; she is also a
graduate of the Institute of Veteri
nary Alternative Therapy (IVAT).
These talented ladies will dem
onstrate the latest body-balancing
technologies including: The Mag
naCharge/MG-33 The Ultimate
in Cell Massage, BioMat- Pow
er of Tri-Synergy for pain relief,
and Qi Gong Machine- Infrasonic
Technology applying the tech
niques of Chinese Medicine.
Come to the Heritage Room in
the Sun City Center's Complex,
1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd,
at 10:00 am, on Wednesday, May
19 where these ladies will demon
state the latest alternative body
balancing technologies. For infor
nation, call Ed Leary, 383-7594.
Come and experience the power of
Jesus to change your life.
Sunday @ 9 & 11 AM Servicio en Espatiol @ 6 PM
2322 11th Ave. SE Ruskin, FL 813.645.3337
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Photo Tiffany Conard
Left to right: Ty Simon, Amber Bronson, Natalie Hausler, Alyssa
Weimer, and Roger Smith.
Nursery landscape team wins again
Recently, the Beth Shields FFA Nursery Landscape team received first
in the state, for the second year in a row. The hard-working team con
sisted of Amber Bronson, Natalie Hausler, Roger Smith, Ty Simon and
Members had to complete a series of tests that included identifying over
100 plants, 69 insects and diseases, 110 tools, plus a written test in which
they had to know principles of management practice, plant use, business,
how to properly apply for ajob and standards for nursery stock.
Amber Bronson received the highest individual overall score, placing
first in state individually, along with Roger Smith second highest in
dividual overall score and Ty Simon with the third highest individual
Natalie Hausler placed eighth overall in her first ever competition.
These dedicated team members spent two months preparing and com-
prehending the skills that led to their outstanding success and victory.
Jesse Vasquez joins Keller Williams
Realty South Shore
Jesse Vasquez, a real estate sales professional in Apollo Beach, has
joined the Keller Williams Realty South Shore Market Center.
Jesse has an extensive background in the
f ~- real estate industry with over 21 years of
experience. "We are truly lucky to have
Jesse Vasquez join us here at Keller Wil
liams Apollo Beach," says Team Leader
Gary Kaukonen. "Keller Williams Realty of
S fers its associates unparalleled career growth
and lifelong learning opportunities in the
real estate industry. We know that Jesse will
be a great fit and that it is our customers who
S will truly benefit from Jesse joining us."
The South Shore Market Center, located at
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2007 and has 77 sales partners.
To learn more about Keller Williams Realty, call Gary Kaukonen at
Pregnancy and your feet
While the joy of motherhood may be
one of life's most precious gifts, expectant
mothers have to endure the rigors of preg
nancy before they can experience baby
bliss. As a woman's waistline expands,
healthy weight gain during pregnancy
can alter one's center of gravity causing a
sway-backed posture called lordosis. This
new posture, coupled with weight gain, can
create pressure on the knees, legs and feet.
Some of the most common lower-ex
tremity ailments mothers-to-be may face
are swollen feet, overpronation (commonly
called flat feet) and cramps in the legs and
feet. An obstetrician or gynecologist should
make a referral to a podiatrist for special
ized treatment of these conditions.
Swollen Feet/Increased Foot Size/
Symptoms: Excess fluid, called edema,
collects in the foot tissue Extra blood ac
cumulates in the lower extremities (due to
weight and position of baby in the womb),
usually during third trimester of pregnancy
* Hormones released to increase the flex
ibility of the birth canal can also have an effect on the feet. This increase
in foot size could be permanent after pregnancy Swelling can lead to
ingrown toenails as well.
Treatment: Try waist-high maternity support stockings. Put them on
before you get out of bed in the morning so blood doesn't have a chance
to pool around your ankles Ingrown toenails may need to be trimmed.
Prevention: Put your feet up whenever possible Uncross your legs or
ankles while sitting Stretch your legs frequently while sitting Wear
comfortable shoes Measure feet periodically because feet can lengthen
Over Pronation/ Flat Feet
Symptoms: Arch flattens out due to body weight and feet roll inward
when walking Extreme stress or inflammation on the plantar fascia,
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April Terrific Kids for Reddick Elementary
Reddick Elementary congratulates 39 students who earned the title of Terrific Kids. Misael Bartolon,
German Gutierrez, Jocelyn Lopez, Elizabeth Bartolo, Jonathan Garcia, Luis Perez-Gonzalez, Stephanie
Torres, Izahri Sanchez, Riley Sasville, Jacqueline Ramon, Evi Ibarra, Anthony Rocha, Jeanette Reyes-
Antonio, Teresa Centeno-Gomez, Esmeralda Jara, Liliana Rodriguez, Stephanie Calixtro, Maria Valdez,
Alex Antonio-Jose, Lesley Alcantara, Eric Jose, Gustavo Rivera, Rosibel Garcia-Barrios, Eric Reyes,
Rosy Galicia, Viviana Centeno-Gomez, Monica J. Barrios, Marcos Abrego, Gisselle Segura-Gonzalez,
Briana Bowling, Ramon Sepulveda, James Fooks, Efrain Del Rio, Marybel Galarza, Monica Sanchez,
Dalila Navarro, Ruben Saintidor, Maria Garcia-Rivas, and Emiarys Reyes.
the fibrous band of tissue that runs from the
heel to the forefoot.
Treatments: Orthotic inserts can help
support your arch There are both over-the-
counter and custom supports available.
Prevention: Choose comfortable foot
wear that provides extra support and shock
absorption Avoid high heels If you're
looking for a walking or athletic shoe, buy a
running shoe, which also offers more shock
Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Pain
Symptoms: Arch flattens out due to in
creased body weight and feet roll inward
when walking Pain is worst first thing in
the morning and after periods of inactivity.
Treatment: Pad and tape and use proper
shoe inserts Consider orthotic inserts and
appropriate medications (recommended by
your OBGYN or podiatrist) Warm up and
stretch properly before exercising.
Prevention: Do not walk barefoot or in
backless shoes Wear shoes that have a
strong, supportive arch and firm heel Wear
lower heels and avoid high heels.
Cramps in the Feet & Legs
Symptoms: Increased blood volume during pregnancy and high pro
gesterone levels relax your blood vessels to prevent high blood pressure
* Relaxed and slack vessels can slow down your circulation Increased
weight in your pelvic area can compress the veins, reducing circulation
to your feet.
Treatment: Stretch calves often Wear supportive shoes Walk the
Prevention: Eat a healthy balanced diet to make sure there are no
vitamin or mineral deficiencies Increase circulation by rotating your
ankles 10 times to the right, then to the left. Switch legs. Repeat 10
Laurie Collier of Apollo Beach
is the grand prize winner of Shop
ping Bingo, a new event sponsored
by the Ruskin-SouthShore Cham-
ber of Commerce.
Collier won $200 in gift cards
donated by participating chamber
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It's official . their new name is Women's Chorus
Spike is a spunky Chihuahua
mix. He was found by a couple of
kids coming home from school.
Spike loves to play with his toys
and run at high speed around the
room. He is a very happy go lucky
boy once he is comfortable in his
surroundings. He is best suited for
a home with older children and
adults. Spike will be neutered, mi
crochipped, and brought current on
his shots as part of his adoption.
C.A.R.E. is open 10 AM to 3
PM on Tues.- Sat. For directions
visit www.CareShelter.org or call
Bunny is a female orange and
white domestic short hair mix. She
is a real beauty! When entering the
room, she will lock eyes with you
to ensure that you come her way.
She loves her chin scratched and
will roll on her side for a belly rub.
Bunny is spayed, microchipped,
and current on her shots.
C.A.R.E. is open 10 AM to 3
PM on Tues.- Sat. For directions
visit www.CareShelter.org or call
The Women's Chorus, formerly
The SCC Women's Chorus, held
its annual meeting on April 15, in
the Bacchus Room at Renaissance
of SCC. They celebrated another
successful concert season, elected
officers and voted to approve a
Director Rita Hughes wants to
encourage all women in the sur
rounding communities who have
past choral or choir experience
to consider joining this chorus.
Director Hughes, together with
accompanist Judy Schafer, has
designed a November and March
program which features secular
and sacred music selections.
The group meets Thursday
mornings at St. Andrew Presbyte
rian Church on East Del Webb in
Sun City Center. Rehearsals will
resume September 16, at 9 am.
If you are interested in joining
thegroup, contact President Betty
Lance at 633-3862 or Vice Presi
dent Mim Quast at 634-1148. The
Women's Chorus may be found on
Facebook or on the web. Join them
for great fellowship, inspiring mu
sic and fun!
Falcon Watch Ladies 18
First: Judy Frank 123.5 Jane
Magalski Linda Suh Doris Ballard
Second-Tie Liz Lewis 137.5 Sue
Sussman Mary Ann Vinci Ann
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Betty Lance, President; Judy Schafer, Accompanist; Rita Hughes,
Director of Women's Chorus
Chorus members at lunch.
Second-Tie Carolyn Avrett 137.5
Judie Blackmore Lorraine Napier
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Let Floridians vote on near shore
With the massive and ongoing
oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
spewing millions of gallons into
the nation's marine waters, now
is the time for our elected govern
ment to allow us, the citizens of the
state, to decide whether we want
to allow oil and gas exploration in
our state waters. Our state waters
stretch from our beaches to three
miles out in the Atlantic and nine
miles out into the Gulf. I am hope
ful Governor Crist will soon call a
special session and that the Legis
lature will pass a Joint Resolution
to put this issue on the November
2010 ballot. Allow us the opportu
nity to amend the constitution and
stop any chance of this ever hap
opening right next to our shoreline.
I can think of no more crucial is
sue to Florida's economy and ecol
ogy. We rely on tourism and the
trademark of white sandy beaches
to create and retain jobs. If the on
going spill had happened right off
Naples, Jacksonville, Tampa or
Miami, our entire economy would
take a hit that would last years. It
is the last thing we need to have
to worry about. If the amendment
passes, oil drilling will continue
in the Gulf, just not right next to
Where the massive spill south of
Pensacola will end up, and which
communities will have to pay the
price, we do not yet fully know.
But citizens should be allowed to
make their opinions known in No
vember. This is an issue that su
persedes Republican, Democratic
or Independent partisan politics. It
is an issue about our future. Let us
Preston T. Robertson
Florida Wildlife Federation
MAY 13, 2010
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SCC Women's Golf Association
hosted a "Home to Home" tourna
ment with Falcon Watch on the
Sandpiper Course. It was a '2 Best
Balls Net Per Team' game.
Seventeen 4-player teams com-
peted in this annual event. Each
team consisted of Sandpiper and
Falcon Watch members.
1st Place 118
2nd Place 120
3rd Place 121
4th Place 122
5th Place 123
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shoulder, hand surgery including endoscopic
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Golf Association plays 'Home to Home'
1st Place 112
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3rdPlace 117 4th Place 120 5th Place 121
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C I" havingg your carpets cleaned the wrong way, or by the wrong peo-
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Because many mills offer warranties of 10 years or longer, your carpet
may be under warranty without your realizing it.
"Most warranties require that carpets be cleaned by a certified
professional uiing ihe hot water extraction method," he explained. "Your
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Sawyer's company uses the approved method, and he holds the necessary
IICRC cenificailon, which requires annual continuing education.
The firm has a high rate of success in removing spots and stains from
clients' carpets, Sawyer said. "We can remove 85-90% of stains. If owners
follow the industry recommendation of annual cleaning, that helps. And,
obviously, the sooner we can get to stains particularly, the better."
But some are impossible. As an example, he cited stains resulting from
furniture finish wicking to carpets because the cleaning service didn't
properly insulate the furniture from the carpet.
The firn also cleans other types of flooring as well as upholstery,
One area resident whose white leather sectional Sawyer cleaned recently
raved, "it looks like new!"
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Jan Ring has been working The Internet was also a big help. because of her project. '
on her mother's 90th birthday "I'd Google the names of friends "They painted, embroidered, did
present for seven months. Based and get addresses and telephone Scripture verses and signed their
on a "memory quilt" she made numbers of people in their 80s signatures," she said. "Next to her
for her parents' 60th anniversary and 90s. One friend of mother's, recent picture I've put, 'It took 90
some years ago, Jan took the idea who is nearly blind, even did a years to look this good.' "
several steps farther and included square. Another woman sent the Anyone who sees it can't help
tributes from friends and family. fabric back with a note saying 'I but know the huge memory quilt
"Before dad died I had made don't have fabric marker, please is truly a labor of love.
them an anniversary quilt with copy' and she wrote her name on *Perhaps you have something
(family) pictures on fabric and paper." you'd like to share. Or maybe '''
they both loved it" Jan told me Another woman traded house you'd rather tell the community
during our interview in the Sun keeping for someone to stitch a about your favorite charity or
City Center Sew & Sews Room. beautiful flower on her square. cause: or sound off about some
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The former emergency room
nurse from Ohio moved to Sun
City Center five years ago to be
near her sister Mim Quast. "We
now live just a few houses apart,"
she said. Jan had lived in Wesley
Chapel since 1984 and worked at
University Community Hospital
in Tampa. When she moved to
South County, she was employed
at South Bay Hospital until her
retirement a year ago.
"Since I've been here I've been
really busy," she said humorously
referring to the contrast to what
the word "retirement" implies.
Recently, the mother of two
grown sons and three grandsons
has been busy sewing together
quilt squares. And more quilt
And more quilt squares.
Unlike anything she has ever
made before, there was no way
to plan the design for this quilt
because it was not her own.
"I sent quilt squares to my
mother's old friends and con
tacted her church up North," Jan
said. While her mother assumed
that most of her old friends were
deceased, Jan was still able to get
some names, and those friends
remembered other friends. "One
woman called me and asked for
12 more squares. It was fun to see
what would come in the mail."
Jan sent the first squares out
right before Thanksgiving and
asked for them to be returned by
"People from 1-year-old to 103
contributed," she said, showing
me tracings of babies' hands;
Bible verses; original poetry; and
scanned photographs transferred
to fabric. "I got so many I had to
put squares on the back."
During this project, Jan said she
found that you can scan photo
graphs in a printer and then put
freezer paper on the back of fabric
and print it on the fabric right
from a computer printer. "I just
put the fabric in the place where
the paper would normally go,"
She would ask the people de
signing the squares to use fabric
One aunt, Arvetta Rusmisel
Landis, helped with the family
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ed to give her mother something
really special for her 90" birthday
so she contacted her mom's old
friends and members of her church.
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onto which they each sewed a per-
sonal memory or tribute. Alter stitch-
ing all the squares together, Jan
plans to hand-deliver the quill in late
May when she travels to Ohio for a
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still others wrote poems, tributes and drew pictures to symbolize their relationship with Jan's mother, Catherine Early.
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County agricultural tax incentive
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County Board of County Commis
sioners legislative program, farm
ers will now receive a tax incentive
for implementing practices that en
courage water conservation efforts.
Hillsborough County such as
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hoop houses, reduce the need for
groundwater pumping for freeze
protection in fruit, vegetable and
ornamental plant production.
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ernor's desk, the tax assessment of
certain agricultural improvements
or structures, built on agricultural
land for water conservation pur
poses will be reduced. The value
associated with these freeze pro
tection measures will be consid
ered a production input, reflected
in the agricultural use value of the
The reduction of this significant
tax burden will make the use of
these environmentally beneficial
practices more economically fea
sible for farmers to implement.
It should also greatly reduce the
need for groundwater pumping to
protect crops from annual freezes.
Hillsborough County Commis
sioner Al Higginbotham, District
4, took the recommendation of the
Hillsborough County Agriculture
Economic Development Council
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age. Senators Ronda Storms and
JD Alexander and Representative
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economic engines of Hillsborough
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Spooky Spokeo and Walking is SO 2009
* By MITCH TRAPHAGEN
How much information are you
willing to share with the world?
Do you really want everyone to
know how old you are? Oh, don't
worry. I'm sure no
one discriminates on
age, right? Do you
want literally anyone
on earth to know that
you enjoy gardening
and live in a middle
and have subscribed
to magazines? Do you want your
neighbors, or a heartless scammer
to know roughly what your house
Do you want the entire world to
see your photo just by typing in
your name? And, oh yeah, they'll
also get your home address and
telephone number. Cool, huh? In
reality, some may call it kind of
scary. A web site called Spokeo
makes all of that possible and
more. Spokeo collects data from
third party systems and aggre
gates it into a page all about you
-for the entire world to see. It is
kind of cool, in a way- but also
more than a little spooky. Spooky,
at least, if you're not in the tell
all teen and 20-something crowd
that has apparently lost the desire
to keep thoughts and information
In essence, the best way to keep
personal information off the web
is simply to not put it on the web
in the first place. Yeah, Facebook
is fun but there is a reason the
company is worth a bazillion dol
lars. All of the information you
happily and willingly provide for
your page is sold to advertisers.
The information you freely give
them is worth far more than any
pittance of a subscription system
they could set up. So it is free to
use but it comes with a cost.
Spokeo can grab your pho
Read all of Mitch
The Web articles, along
with other contributing
writers, archived at
tos from Facebook to add a nice
touch to the profile the world gets
to see about you. I ran searches
on friends, co-workers and even
public figures and the results were
surprising. In many cases, the in
formation was com-
pletely wrong. But
even in error, there is
about a website about
you that you, ostensi
bly, had no hand in
creating. The errone
ous data only seems
to heap injustice on the injustice
of it all. If nothing else, now we
all can know how celebrities feel
when they see the covers of the su
permarket gossip magazines.
I had two profiles on Spokeo-
one for Iowa and a very old one
from when I lived on a sailboat in
Florida. The Iowa profile had me
living in a less than average neigh
borhood (which is true consider
ing pretty much every neighbor
hood in a small, rural town is less
than average) and says that I'm
not interested in politics. That one
is also somewhat true, however I
would have thought being a press
secretary for a U.S. Congressman
might have provided a little fodder
in that regard. It also provided my
age, address and telephone num
ber along with links for my credit
score and other financial informa
tion, offered for a fee.
According to Spokeo, there are
12 women named Julie Ball in
Florida. One, of course, is Ob
server News reporter Julie Ball.
Her profile was filled with inac
curacies but did include a picture
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our qualifications and experience. a
of her smiling face along with an
address and telephone number. It
described her as being in her early
20s yet somehow she has managed
to live in her home for 26 years. It
said she has 'some college' when
in reality she has a college degree
and also described her as having
children. In the real world, she is
not aware of having children and
that's something she would prob
ably remember. The profile went
on to describe her home (including
the estimated value) and her inter
ests and whether or not she is in
a relationship. It also provided the
names of her family members.
For some people allowing the
world to know all of that and more
is no big deal. But for others, prob
ably most, the whole thing is kind
of creepy. Spokeo isn't alone-
there are other sites offering much
the same information but Spokeo
has raised the bar for ease of use
and an overall excellent present
tion. There are even maps showing
exactly where you live.
Again, the best way to keep your
private life private is to keep it off
the Internet in the first place. Bar
ring that, however, you can remove
your profile from Spokeo simply
by scrolling to the bottom of the
screen and clicking on the Privacy
link. To remove yourself, you will
have to copy and paste the URL of
your profile and provide an email
address. I would recommend using
a gmail account or other secondary
address. You will also have to wade
through those always entertaining,
always annoying Captcha phrases.
Spokeo will send a confirmation
email that you must click on and
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then, just like that, you will be ered so 2009? Yep, that's right,
removed- at least from the no the happy engineers at Honda
charge public searches. If you've are working hard to make walk
moved around at all, you may ing obsolete with a personal
have more than one profile mobility device known as the
listed if so, you'll have U3-X.
to go through the removal It is a device you can car
process for each listing. ry around that looks vague
The removal is instanta- ly like a giant boombox
neous. Which is why you from the 80s. But simply
won't find me or Julie Ball fold out the seat pads and
when you go to search the footpegs and suddenly
www.spokeo.com. Keep walking becomes archaic.
in mind that you are only The result is a seriously
removing your Spokeo cool device- a small,
profile and not the data single-wheeled, computer
they used to create your controlled gyroscopic won
profile. der that has the potential to
Web privacy is becom- give freedom of mobility to
ing a huge issue and, as those with disabilities and
it grows, it showcases even fewer opportunities for
less than pleasant a few seconds of exercise to
side effects of the lazy as now you won't
the global even have to use your legs to
game go to the kitchen for another
chang bag of Doritos.
er that The bottom line? The U3 X
is the is very cool and I would buy
Inter one in a heartbeat should they
net. But, ever become available and af
of course, fordable. Until then, I'll have to
there are a lot of get my Doritos the old fashioned
good things about way.
the Web, too. For / Find out more at www.
instance, did you youtube.com by searching
know that walk "Honda U3 X," or by visit
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Salvaging old school now questionable
* By MELODY JAMESON
GIBSONTON- Upon review
and despite the best of intentions,
this community's 85-year-old
brick schoolhouse may be history.
Initial estimates for recovery
of the Gardenville School on
Symmes Road- the one-story,
two-classroom solid brick struc
ture where many local residents
began their educations- are in the
$500,000 range. And some con
sider that only the first payment in
These are among the facts county
authorities now are mulling as the
result of recently received profes
sional engineering evaluations of
the old school's structural integrity
at a time when county funds are
The engineering reports, pro
vided to Hillsborough County's
Parks, Recreation and Conserva
tion Department by two consult
ing firms last week, put the cost of
bringing the floor, walls and roof
of the former school up to current
building codes at $442,784, said
Dan Myers, an architect in the
county's real estate department.
Built and opened as an elemen
tary school in the mid-1920s, the
4,400-square-foot building was
constructed in keeping with the
standards of the times, Myers
noted. And, with its solid red brick
walls, it still may appear sound
from an exterior vantage point, he
But actually it lacks the elements
considered crucial today in build
ing functionally reliable structures.
The roof, for instance, is resting on
but is not tied to or secured to the
walls. The roof trusses are made
of a variety of woods. Even the
windows are not tied into the walls
surrounding them. Such situations
make questionable the old build
ing's wind resistance in the kind
of conditions that can accompany
a hurricane or can develop in con
nection with a severe summer
storm downdraft, the architect in
Closed as a school in 1959 and
subsequently converted to func
tion as the community's recreation
center for years before the new,
modernistic rec center immediate
ly to the east was opened in 2005,
the old building's roof failed at
some point, allowing water seep
age for a prolonged period in turn
destroying the flooring.
Added to the building's condition
are the molds reportedly growing
inside fostered by the damp condi
tions, the lack of an adequate air
conditioning system necessary in
a structure built of heat-retaining
brick, the outdated restrooms un
acceptable in a contemporary pub
lic building, electrical wiring dat
ing back decades.
All of these would require ad
ditional remedies and still more
money- money that is not bud
geted and not on the horizon, My
ers said. The choices, he added,
Melody Jameson photo
Over the decades, the small feet and young voices of at least three generations filled this school yard at
Gardenville, first to learn as elementary school students and then to play at their community rec center.
Today, the little brick building of about 4,400 square feet once devoted to two big classrooms for first
through eighth graders, built in the early 1920s, the building has suffered the ravages of termites, water
are two: commit to salvage the
structure at costs not yet fully cal
culated but sure to exceed the first
half a million dollars or demolish
it and save the required rehabilita
That first half a million, he
summed up, "is only a down pay
The architect's take on the situ
ation is shared by lifelong Gibson
ton resident Pete Johnson, who at
tended the school as a youngster.
Johnson has labeled the old struc
A top rate that's in the strike zone.
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ture a "money pit," adding that any
interior evidence it once served
as a school and community focal
point now is gone.
On the other hand, the historic
significance of the old school still
could be recognized, said John
Brill, spokesman for the county
parks department. If the decision is
made to raze the building, a plaque
or other permanent marker might
be placed on the site, paying hom-
age to the role of the school in its
community life, Brill added.
However, that decision has not
yet been made, Brill asserted. The
spokesman said he anticipates his
department will review in detail
the engineering reports on the
school's structural integrity before
formulating its recommendation on
final disposition of the building to
the county commission. "There's
nothing critical at this point," he
said, adding that a final determine
tion could be months ahead.
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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
Huge garage sale. May 15 & 16, A-Z,
computer equipment, printer, clothes,
household, etc. 408 14th St., SW,
Garage sale. Queen bed, household
items, clothes. May 14 & 15, 10am-
4pm. 3501 Concho Ct. (off Ventana
SCC. 1201 Bluewater Dr. Jewelry,
antiques & collectibles, golf clubs (left
& right handed) sewing machines,
keyboard, portable radios, computer
monitor, small appliances, lawn & patio
furniture, tools, ceiling lights, hardware,
household items, books & misc. Friday
5/14 & Saturday 5/15, 8am-3pm.
1st St S.W.
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NOW OPEN Wednesday,
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1424 E. College Ave. Ruskin
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Apollo Beach. Friday 5/14, 8am-2pm. &
Saturday, 5/15, 8am-? Something for
Large yard sale. Prevatt St., (across
from Wal-Mart) Gibsonton. Furniture,
mini refrigerator, bar stools, clothes &
misc. Friday & Saturday, 8:30am-?
Garage sale. 1711 Orchid Court, SCC.
Electronics, exercise equipment, misc.
household items. Saturday, 5/15, 8am-
Foreclosure, everything must sell. Golf
cart, household contents. Friday, May
14 & Saturday May 15, 8am-2pm. 2211
Platinum Dr., SCC
Moving sale. Friday & Saturday, 9am-
2pm. 1628 Oracle Dr., (off Ventana
Village), Ruskin. Furniture, clothes,
Christmas items & more.
Moving sale. Dinning set, couch, chairs,
piano, rugs, lamps, clothes, patio furni-
ture, antiques, coins, jewelry, misc. Too
much to list. Friday thru Sunday., 8am-
2pm. 1602 N Pebble Beach Blvd, SCC
6506 Abaco Dr., Apollo Beach. House-
hold items, computer desk, Rattan glass
top dining table, sofa tables & more.
Friday & Saturday, 8am-?
Model Home & Consigned Furniture
Apollo Beach Shopping Center
6024 U.S. Hwy. 41 N. Apollo Beach
(next to Westshore Pizza)
Closed Tues., Wed. &Sunday
310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
Moving sale. Tools, household, appli-
ances, everything. Best offer. 2821 Gulf
City Rd., lot 118. May 14 & May 15.
Saturday, May 15, 8am-1 pm. In front of
East Bay High School. All proceeds go to
the instrumental program. Good stuff.
Bake & yard sale. Apollo Beach Com-
munity Church. Apollo Beach Blvd &
Golf & Sea Blvd., Saturday, May 15,
Moving sale. 5/14 & 5/15, 7:30am-
3pm. furniture, power tools, boat-
ing equipment, antiques, collectibles,
treadmill, ec. 6329 Wistera Lane
, Apollo Beach.
Butterfield Auctions AB2706/AU3549
1025 BLUEWATER DR.
(off Del Webb E.)
May 14& 15* 8am-lpm
Couch & Ottoman, Contemporary
End Tables, Entertainment Center &
2 Chairs, Small Kitchen Drop Leaf
Table, Desk & Chair, Recliner, 36"
Sony TV, Table w/4 Chairs (on casters),
2 Wing Back Recliners, Kathy Ireland
Twin Suite, 2 FL Style Chairs
w/Ottoman, Round Drop Leaf
Table, 4 Cane Chairs, 2 Bar
Stools, Oak Queen Suite,
Bombay Chest, Large Silk
Tree in Urn, Artwork, Linens,
Kitchen, Water Cooler, Patio
Furniture, Golf Cart ($500 as is).
633-1173 or 508-0307
312 ESTATE SALES
Anne's Estate Sales
1999 Ford F250 Diesel, Western Golf Cart,
Grandfather Clock, Portable Fireplace, Matching
Love Seats, Recliners, Necchi Sewing Machine
w/Cabinet, Freezer, Queen Bedroom Suite, Piano,
Cedar Chest, Server, Sofa, Lots of Artificial Plants,
Oriental Wall Hanging, Credenza, Bar, Sofa Table,
Rattan Swivel Rocker, China Cabinet, Bedroom
Chest, Tea Cart. Collectibles: Goebel, Lladros,
Hummels, Nipon, Bronzes, Noritake. lots of
Oriental Items, Jewelry, Household,
Kitchen & Misc. Items. Too Much to list!
New & Gently Used Furniture
BUY & SELL
Daily Trips to SCC
6819 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
312 ESTATE SALES
Queen pillow top mattress set. New
Sleeper sofa, matching love seat, wing
chiar & ottoman, tapestry fabric. Excel-
lent $400 813-645-4429
360 GOLF CARTS
bogeybillsgolf-cars.com EZ-Go Club
Car. New, used, rebuilds, service,
parts & batteries. 2107 College Ave., E
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
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1649 SCC Plaza Suite 103
(next to Chamber)
Sun City Center, FL
390 MISC. FOR SALE
Craftsmane 10" radial arm saw, wheeled
stand, shaper & dado blades included
$145. Drill press, 15 speed 3/4hp, 1/2"
chuck on stand $65. 813-645-4429
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425 SLIPS OR STORAGE
South Bay RV & Boat Storage. Special-
izing in outside storage for RVs, boats &
trailers. 813-677-2000 www.SouthBay-
Little Manatee Outdoor Storage. RV's,
boat's, trailer's. All sizes. 2903 39th
Ave., SE. Ruskin. 813-787-8531. www.
Cars, trucks & Vans. Dead or alive.
813-626-5733, 813-924-6255 Free
Hauling. God Bless
456 TRUCKS AND VANS
203 Ford Winstar, loaded, 7 passenger
sport. 39,000 miles, 2 AC's, original
owner. White, like new $9,500 obo.
Feel the freedom
& save on gas 2009 Harley David-
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$9,000. No reasonable offer refused.
Call Stephen 813-833-7148 or Carolyn
813-645-7802 for appointment to see
2009 150CC Scooter
loaded/ low miles/ 80mpg. Like new
511 HOUSES FOR SALE
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
* RUSKIN RESIDENTIAL LOT, good size,
nice shed in back, great area close to
everything. No HOA, no CDD. $29,900.
UNIQUE RIVERFRONT LOT, close to
1 acre, amazing views of water, peaceful
setting. Cleared lot, 150+ feet on river,
perfect spot to build your dream home &
have your boat. $250,000. Possible owner
financing. Adjacent treed lot, 0.89 acre,
with view of river: $65,000.
RUSKIN COMMERCIAL RENTAL:
7,200 sq. ft. warehouse includes offices
space & 2BA, insulated roof, loading dock,
2 roll-up doors, security system. 1+ acre
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511 HOUSES FOR SALE
Home for sale. 601 4th Ave., Ruskin.
4br/2ba, ready to move in. Newly re-
modeled kitchen w/ maple cabinets, all
new appliances including washer/dryer,
beds, linens, dishes. Large lot with fruit
trees. Carport, porch, fireplace. Nice
neighborhood. Priced for quick sell.
$134,900. Call Mickey Arruda 813-787-
4451, Coldwell Banker Real Estate
512 CONDOS FOR SALE
Sun City Condo Kings Point, gated
55+ community. Extra spacious 2br,
restored to like new! Many amenities
$58,900. Terms available. Owner 813-
560 M.H. ON LOTS
Mobile home for sale Eastwood Mobile
Home Park, Gibsonton. Call Heather
565 M.H. IN PARKS
By owner. Completely furnished mobile
home. 2br/1.5ba, screened room, roof
over, shed, washer, dryer. 55+ park.
$6,000. Big Bend Rd & US 301, Riv-
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612 APTS. FOR RENT
610 WATERFRONT RENTALS
The Dolphin House, Apollo Beach,
efficiency apartments on water. Boat
docking /fishing. Pool, laundry. $185
weekly, $185 deposit. No pets. 813-
Apollo Beach 3br/2ba on canal. New
pool, lanai, dock, lease. 2,000 sf. Fios
ready, pet ok. $1,695. Hall 813- 645-
Lake front home, SCC 55+. 3br/2ba, all
appliances, new carpet & tile. Member-
ship card for ammenties. $900 monthly.
611 HOUSES FOR RENT
Ruskin, quaint 3/2 home for rent on
large lot, front covered porch. Couple
or small family. Monthly rent is $950
with signed lease. Security deposit and
references required. No smoking, no
pets. Please call 813-649-1599.
SCC house for rent. 2br/1.5ba, com-
pletely renovate from inside to outside.
Monthly rent $795 plus security deposit
with yearly lease. Please call 813-649-
1599 for details
House for rent. 3 bedrooms. Gibson-
ton area. $150 weekly $500 deposit.
Garbage included. First & last week.
Background check. 813-671-1184
Hunting for a job?
Check out the 800 Em-
Apollo Beach, 2br/2ba, refrigerator,
range, dishwasher, private yard, 2 car
parking. 813-645-4145 or 813-642-
613 CONDOS FOR RENT
1 bedroom, 1.5 bath, furnished, Cov-
ered parking. 55+, Kings Point. all ame-
nities. $700 monthly 813-634-1162
Kings Point adult community, 1 br/1.5ba,
fully furnished. $725 includes cable
TV, 3 pools, workshops, health club,
water, sewage/ 813-633-4007 /813-
Kings Point, 2br/2ba, 55+. Furnished/ un-
furnished. Lanai, appliances. $725/$800
monthly, annual lease includes water,
cable, recreational/ fitness facility. 813-
AB 55+ 2br/2ba, new appliances & fur-
nishing, heated pool, boat slip, Cable &
water included. No pets $975 monthly
813-245-5151 or 813-642-9881
SCC. 2br/2ba condo. Available im-
mediately. Furnished or unfurnished.
Washer /dryer. Yearly from $650-
$700. Cable /water included. 941-744-
2 Months FREE Rent!!
with approved application
(Water & Basic Cable Included)
SBrand new 3BR/2BA condos, $900
per month with one year lease.
*3BR/2.5BA townhouses with one car
garage, $1050 per month.
S4BR/2.5BA townhouse for $1200
614 DUPLEX FOR RENT
Spacious duplex. SCC. near com-
munity hall, unfurnished, 1,857sf, split
2br/2ba/2cg, large lanai & screened
porch, very nice prosperity. Fresh paint
& new carpet & tile, nice window treat-
ments. Master bath has walk-in jet tub.
Annual $1,150 monthly Includes all yard
maintenance. CA card 813-633-4390
630 M.H. RENTALS
For rent. 2 bedroom mobile home near
shopping center in Gibsonton. 813-677-
8789, 813-601-1542 or 813-516-0896
One bedroom furnished, water & electric
included. $175 weekly. Two bedroom
(not furnished) $175 weekly, plus secu-
rity deposit. R & M Mobile Home Park
in Gibsonton. 813-677-7509
MH apt for rent. 700 sf, 2br/lba, full
kitchen, living & dining area & W/D hook-
up. Also room for RV & boat storage on
site. Suitable for single person or retired
couple. No smoking, no pets, references
needed. $150 weekly, includes utilities.
Call 813-649-1599, 8am-4pm.
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Brand new doublewide, 3br/2ba. car-
pet throughout. $900 monthly $$900
deposit, water included. Gibsonton,
adults only, no pets. 813-310-1888. Also
available RV lots.
646 WAREHOUSE SPACE
Garage & mini storage rooms for rent.
Pirates Treasure Cove, Gibsonton.
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680 ADULT/CHILD CARE
Live in companion, assist you with clean-
ing, cooking, errands. Wages open.
813-965-1114 or 941-713-1754
Home /office cleaning. Windows
cleaned. Pressure washing, yard
maintenance. Call Dee 813-777-1221.
Visa, MasterCard accepted.
Ron's Cleaning Service
Quality housecleaning with integrity.
Call for free estimate. 7days a week.
Move-in, move-out, rentals. Insured,
bonded, licensed. Ruskin, Apollo
Beach, Sun City Center.
Flat rate $75, full clean
Cindy's Bucket of Bubbles
Cleaning Service. Affordable, depend-
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Affordable Moving & hauling. Special-
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estimate. Dave 813-447-6123
706 PRESSURE WASHING
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*Whole House Cleaning
710 LAWN CARE
Sod removal & installation. Resi-
dential & commercial landscaping &
mulching. Trees & palm trimming,
Free estimate. Best price guaranteed.
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Beach, Riverview, Gibsonton. Licensed./
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Free estimates. Mowing, trimming,
edging. Home 813-634-2856, cell 813-
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Residential & commercial. Ruskin,
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tree trimming/hauling. Residential /com-
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714 TREE REMOVAL
Professional Tree &
Landscaping. Sales: trimming, remov-
als, popcorn curbing, stump grinding,
clearing, hauling. Fill dirt/ top soil/
rock/ mulch. We barter for items of
value. Free estimate. Call Paul 813-
634-6041 or 813-751-9691
715 FILL DIRT/HAULING
Pittman Trucking & Tractor
Service. Bank run, wash shell, fill dirt,
topsoil, sand, crushed rock & asphalt,
driveway culverts. Loader, backhoe,
grading, bushhog, discing. Install Sep-
tic System & drain fills. CFC#1427021.
Dozer & loader work, driveway & sep-
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813-634-4962. Beeper 813-267-6217
Backhoe & Tractor Service. Cul-
vert sets, driveways, shell, crushed
asphalt, concrete, fill dirt, excavating,
mowing etc. Tony (813) 363-7963
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RUSKIN INLET POOL HOME!!! Awesome waterfront property in Ruskin
located on a quiet cul-de-sac. This nicely maintained 3BR/2BA/2CG has a
beautiful swimming pool, hot tub, dock & deck and is truly a boater's delight. Call
today for an appointment to see this lovely property and make it your own!
$260,000 CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653
FISH FARM READY, 2.54 ACRES, WITH WELL, SEPTIC AND ELECTRIC
SERVICE. Green belted, ready for your horses and cattle. $150,000 CALL
KATHY JACOBSON 624-2225
COMMERCIAL ZONING IS FEATURED ON THIS PRIME PROPERTY ON
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hwy frontage and 2 acres of land adjacent to new site. $799,900 CALL KAY
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$374,900 KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 FOR
JUST REDUCED!! ACREAGE ON THE LITTLE MANATEE RIVER! 4.91 acres
(MOL) 3BR/2BA with an extra large garage & dock. Property runs to 7th St .SW
& includes two lots, 1/2 acre each with separate folio numbers! Great opportu-
nity for subdividing! $349,900 KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WEST-
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NEW LISTING!!! Over 6 acres of beautiful secluded, wooded acreage, one of a
kind waterfront view. Property has M/H, well & septic, two folio numbers, 165'
river front. $495,000 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK
SNOWBIRDS, RETIREES: This is a great 2BR/2BA furnished Mobile-Home in
age-restricted gated community, with pool, clubhouse, & shuffleboard. Fees are
low! Home has enclosed addition, carport, utility shed with washer & dryer. Just
bring your toothbrush. $49,000. CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
VERY NICE DOUBLEWIDE HOMES ON THEIR OWN LOTS: All are 2BR/2BA,
with screen porch, carport & utility shed, on lots high & dry, close to a golf
course, town & shopping. No monthly fees, low taxes. Prices range from
$51,500 to $79,500. Some owner financing. CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
FABULOUS WATERFRONT LOT, JUST REDUCED! Breathtaking view of river
& wildlife, deep water, large new dock, great fishing! Fenced & gated lot, all
utilities on site, PD-MU zoning (M/Home or House). Now $239,000, owner
financing. CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
BEAUTIFUL TREESY ACREAGE with great potential for development or
building that dream home you've waited for. Eleven acres m.o.l. in quiet area
near new schools, public library, community college and so much more. You'll
love the pristine setting, clean air and nature abounding. So much potential!
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Second Hand Rose in Ruskin, cel-
ebrated their first anniversary with a
ribbon cutting with the members of the
Ruskin-SouthShore Chamber of Com-
merce and the Apollo Beach Chamber
of Commerce. The Women's Boutique,
100 East Shell Point Road, is operated
by Mary & Martha House.
Photo by Lynn Kessel
Prescription Brown Bag
Gather your medications and
come talk to one of our helpful
pharmacists. We will screen your
medications for possible
interactions and address any medication
concerns you may have.
Tuesday, May 18th, 2:00PM -4:00PM
South Bay Hospital Diagnostic & Rehab Center
4051 Upper Creek Drive, Sun City Center
Appointments are required. To make an
appointment, please call toll-free
1-877-442-2362. Have a list of your
medications available when you register,
this will help our pharmacists better assist
you at the event.
Tea and Talk -
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Join Kim McKell, RN, MSN
for tea, snacks and an
,fi. informative discussion about
the importance of stroke awareness. You
could save the life of someone you love.
Wednesday, May 26th
1901 Haverford Plaza, Suite 106
(Behind the hospital)
To make a reservation, please call
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Visit our Website or Text Us for Our Current Average ER Wait Times.
We know how valuable your time is and that's why we've made Emergency Room
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Our ER is an Accredited Chest Pain Center and a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center
staffed and equipped around the clock to provide you with quality emergency care when you need it.
View Average ER wait times at
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For more information on these and other_
upcoming events, visit our online community
calendar at www.southbayhospital.com.
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MAY 13, 2010