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www.ObserverNews.netMarch 15, 2012 Volume 56 Number 8THE OBSERVER NEWS PRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. See the enclosed insert for more information SCC bank robbed twice, HCSO seeks single suspectPHOTO FROM HCSO mitch@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER On March 5 at approximately 2:23 p.m., a man described to be 5 tall, with a heavy build and in his early 40s, wearing a University of Florida hat and a white Donate Blood t-shirt, robbed the SunTrust Bank on Rickenbacker Drive in Sun City Center. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office, he walked into the bank with a white plastic bag covering his hands and demanded money from a teller. The teller complied, giving him an undisclosed amount of cash and the man fled the bank, heading westbound on Rickenbacker Drive on foot. On Friday, March 9, the HCSO believes the man struck again at the same SunTrust Bank in Sun City Center. At 10:46 a.m. a man of similar description, but without the hat and thus revealing short, blond, curly hair, walked into the bank with a white plastic bag covering his hands and again demanded money from a teller. He fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. Photos provided by the HCSO show the suspect during the March 5 robbery of the SunTrust Bank in Sun City Center.Prime downtown Ruskin location slated for retail use RUSKIN A new retailer soon may be doing business on one of this communitys most desirable commercial corners that once was a site of legendary proportions. Family Dollar Stores, based in Charlotte, N.C., acting through its long-time representative, The Hutton Company, Chattanooga, TN, has agreed to purchase of the southeast corner at the Shell Point Road and U.S. 41 intersection, according to the Tampa Realtor who assisted in the transaction. The location is the former venue of The Coffee Cup, an informal, caf-style eatery famous for its variety of homemade pies served in large slices to diners coming from around the country as well as from around the county. The aging white, frame structure that housed the historic restaurant and market of 70-years duration was opened by the late Paul B. Dickman in the late 1920s and demolished in the late 1990s. The site has been essentially vacant since that time. The Family Dollar acquisition involves a little less than two acres of the 2.5 acre site at a price of $475,000, said Ed Dickenson, a Realtor with Walter See BANK ROBBERY, page 2MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOArt festival makes a splash See FAMILY DOLLAR, page 9When everybody knows your nameSocial discovery fires up at SXSW MITCH TRAPHAGEN FILE PHOTOSocial Discovery or People Discovery as it is sometimes called, would certainly make navigating events such as this multi-chamber mixer a breeze. But is it really for everyone? Do you ever wish you could be like Norm on the 1980s television series Cheers? Im not referring to being a rotund man wasting his life in a bar; Im referring to the fact that whenever he entered the bar, everyone would yell out NORM! in greeting. As the theme song suggested, it was a place where everyone knew his name. On Sunday, I walked into Popis Restaurant and no one so much as looked up. However, it might have been an entirely different story had I taken the next step in the evolution of social networking. My cell phone could have announced my arrival. With 865 million users, Facebook has entered the realm of ubiquity with those hundreds of millions of users sharing how their days went or what they had for breakfast. Notice that is all past tense with people generally posting what had already happened. More recently, sites like Foursquare have appeared, allowing people to share where they are at any given time. Facebook has also adopted such a check in. Steve Wozniak, one of the founders of Apple Computer, is a big Foursquare user, thus allowing the world to know that, with the exception of taking his dogs to Outback several times a week, the life of a bazillionaire really isnt all that different than anyone elses life, with the exception, perhaps, of massive philanthropy and all-around good cheer. But, like Facebook, Foursquare still requires some effort as part of checking in to the service. Enter Social Discovery, a hot item at this years South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas. SXSW is the super cool annual event where the hip make or break the newest and most sophisticated trends while taking in the music and films for which the conference was initially founded. In 2007, Twitter found its mojo there and took off. In 2009, Foursquare was the breakout app of the year. This year it is Social Discovery and it is live and real-time. See SOCIAL DISCOVERY, page 2


2 MARCH 15, 2012 GOT S C R E E N E D ?I F Y O U A R E C O NC E R NE D A B OUT A SK I N GR O W T H W E W O UL D BE H A P P Y T O E V A L U A T E I T F O R Y O U C A L L T O D A Y F O R A F R E E S K I N C A N C E R S C R E E N I N G !N O W A C C EPT I N G A V M E D I N S U R A N C E Ho w a r d A O r i b a M .D | Mi cha e l G C a r u so M .D | Le sl e e Ba u t e P A .T h e S k in C a n cer C ent er s / D er m at ol o g y A s soc i a t es4 0 0 2 S u n C i t y Cen t e r B l v d U nit 1 0 2 S u n C i t y C e n t e r F L 3 3 5 7 3( O n e B l o c k W e s t o f the H o s p i tal )8 1 3 6 3 4 1 455 S I G N U P F O R A F R E E S K I N C A N C E R SCR EEN I N GBR I N G T H I S C O U P ON I N T O R E CEIVE A F R E E G I F T CLIP & SA VERSVP2 days prior to event to...Assisted Living Facility License #4991813-634-3347 813-634-3347 MARCH EVENTS St. Patricks Day Celebration! Enjoy Corned Beef and Cabbage, and Green Beer as you are entertained by the Treble Clefs Band! Low Vision Support Group Diane Lawrence, RN from Vital Care Home Health Care will facilitate. If you are facing the challenges of low vision or caring for a loved one facing this issue, this support group is a must! FREE quick vision health questionnaire assessment will be provided.Alzheimers Association Caregiver Support Group. Join Katie Colwell Williams, MA, CMC from Aging Care Advocates. The needed resources are endless! Parkinsons Support Group Marcia A. McCall, M.T.S, retired Coordinator of Research Department of Neurology College of Medicine USF and co-author of 100 Questions and Answers about Parkinsons will be here for our Parkinsons support group. South Bay Hospital Presents: Tell a Friend: Women & Heart Disease by Robin Mason, RN, LHRMGrief, Loss or Depression Support Group facilitated by Edmond Dubreuil MSW, RCSWI mental health professional. Supported by: South Shore Coalition on Mental Health & Aging and United Methodist Church of SCC. Cancer Support Group. Dr. Craig Amshell from Absolute Surgical Specialists and Dr. Randy Kahn from Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology along with Gregg Mazza from BrightStar Lifecare will be facilitating this group for you. Attend and learn about the most innovative technologies available to ght and prevent cancer. If you are dealing with a diagnosis of cancer or know someone who might be facing this disease, be sure to attend this group that will take place on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Diabetes Support Group. Please join Rachelle Hatcher, LPN, Comprehensive Home Health Care as she facilitates our support group Everyday Basics of Diabetic Care. The HCSO is asking anyone with information about the suspect to call 247-8200. Also, anyone with information regarding the identity and whereabouts of the suspect and who wants to be eligible for a possible cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-873TIPS (8477). Reports may also be made anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or via text CSTB plus your tip to C-RI-M-E-S (274637). PHOTO FROM HCSOSCC Bank robbery With Social Discovery, just a glance at my cell phone alerts me to what friends or even friends of my friends are in near proximity and they are alerted to my presence. Does it sound kind of creepy? Why, yes, it does. But then again, Facebook and Foursquare were also considered kind of creepy when they first kicked off. Privacy in the era of social networking is a nebulous term by choice. Social Discovery will evolve, of course, into something that supersedes your existing friends and connections. With 3D imaging, no doubt someday people will be able to map an entire nightclub, forever negating pick-up lines. You wont have to ask an attractive stranger Whats your sign?; youll already know it along with his or her name, what they had for breakfast, and, most likely, the name of their cat. What will most likely keep Social Discovery from being merely a fad for those on the prowl, however, are the Social discovery immediate and obvious moneymaking aspects of it. With Social Discovery on a cell phone, any store that you pass can pick up your profile and send you a coupon tailored to your tastes. It is the ultimate in targeted advertising. With that in mind, Social Discovery not only has the means to take off, in the future it will likely need to be turned off or opted out of by those who seek some measure of anonymity as every business on the planet will want to ensure you are tuned in to what they have to offer. In an era when millions of people announce every facet of lifes hardships from death to divorce on social networking sites, the idea of privacy is being transformed. Social Discovery blurs or, perhaps, shifts the line even further. As it grows into the mainstream, safety concerns, particularly for children and women, will need to be addressed and surprise birthday parties could become a thing of the past. But then again, should you find yourself looking to escape the cold by walking into a tavern in Boston on a winters night, perhaps it will all be worth it. Because, as Gary Portnoy once sang for the Cheers theme, there will be a place: Where everybody knows your name. In fact, there might be a lot of places like that. For more information about social discovery, visit two startup companies that made waves at this years SXSW: Glancee at www.glancee.com and Highlight at www.highlig.ht.MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO


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4 MARCH 15, 2012 210 Woodland Estates S.W. Ruskin, FL 33570813-645-3111Fax: 813-645-4118www.ObserverNews.netPublished Every Thursday by M&M Printing Co., Inc. 645-4048EDITORIAL:Brenda Knowles ............ Publisher/Editor brenda@observernews.net Mitch Traphagen ................. Online Editor mitch@observernews.net Melody Jameson ...... Contributing WriterAll press releases, news articles and photos may be emailed to news@ observernews.net, faxed to 645-4118, or mailed to Observer News, 210 Woodland Estates Ave. SW, Ruskin, FL 33570SALES:Vilma Stillwell ... Display Advertising Rep. vilma@observernews.net Nan Kirk ........... Display Advertising Rep. nan@observernews.netFor current rates and circulation information visit our website at www.ObserverNews.netCLASSIFIED / CIRCULATION:Beverly Kay ......... Classied / Circulation beverly@observernews.netPRODUCTION:Jason Martin ......... Graphic Arts / Layout jason@observernews.net Chere Simmons .... Graphic Arts / Layout chere@observernews.net Sue Sloan ............. Composition / Layout sue@observernews.net The views expressed by our writers are not necesssarily shared by The Observer News, SCC Observer, The Riverview Current or M&M Printing Co., Inc.We Accept: Audited by: Award-Winning Newspapers By William Hodges Enthusiasm Sun Hill Optical Sun Hill Optical Sun Hill Optical McDonalds Hess Station Hess Station Publix Post Office Dollar General SavALot HWY. 60 Boyette Rd. S.R. 674Valrico Rd.VALRICO (813) 653-2244 RIVERVIEW (813) 672-8100 SUN CITY CENTER (813) 634-6344 Sun Hill Optical 2 Complete Pairs of EyeglassesSome restrictions apply. Most prescriptions. Not valid with any other offer. Exp. 3/29/12 CR39 Not valid with any other offer exp. 3/29/12 CR39 Not valid with any other offer. 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There is no power on earth that can stand against enthusiasm. Transcendentalist Aleister Crowley said, Roughly speaking, any man with energy and enthusiasm ought to be able to bring at least a dozen others around to his opinion in the course of a year, no matter how absurd that opinion might be. Every day in politics, in business and in social life, we see large masses of people brought to embrace the most revolutionary ideas, sometimes within a few days. It is all a question of getting hold of them in the right way and working on their weak points. Enthusiasm is, in fact, one of the primary keys to personal power. Here are some thoughts about enthusiasm. reason in its drive to achieve a rational goal. How many times have we seen athletic teams that were picked to lose a particular match rise up to smite the stronger team? They have been said to have played over their head, but what they played with was enthusiasm. virus that infects everyone with whom it comes into contact, and I am constantly reminded of that. For example, I was walking through the pool area of my hotel in San Diego on a particularly beautiful day. As I walked along, I whistled Oh, What a Beautiful Morning, and to my amazement, several people in and around the pool took up my melody and expressed the same enthusiasm for the day I had shown. Enthusiasm is indeed contagious. of paint we can apply to dull and routine projects. You can imagine Ed McMahon got tired of saying, And heres Johnny! over the 30 years he was with the Carson show. But he always made it sound as though it was the most exciting and important job in the world. McMahon parlayed a rather menial job into a multi-million dollar fortune, because he was able to tap the power of enthusiasm. powerful magnets known to man. It is an irresistible force that causes others to move toward it. Men and women with enthusiasm are like lightning rodsall the power of the universe is drawn toward them. If you saw the movie Forrest Gump, you already know the primary skill possessed by the hero was his boundless enthusiasm for everything he did. Nothing could stand in his way. Now that may be fiction, but sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. All the victories achieved by Forrest Gump have been surpassed by people who have tapped the power of enthusiasm. gives you courage to live the line from Kiplings poem, If, which says, If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them hold on. I remember several years ago reading of a man who was shipwrecked off the Florida Keys who tread water for almost 48 hours before he was rescued. When he was rescued, someone said to him, They didnt believe you would survive. He replied, They didnt know my enthusiasm for life. If you do nothing else for yourself, get enthusiastic about something. Its one of the best tonics you will ever take and it can add years to your lifenot only years, but good years. Hodges is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. He also hosts an interview-format television program, Spotlight on Government, on the Tampa Bay Community Network which airs Mondays at 8 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (Bright House channel 950, Verizon channel 30). The shows can also be viewed at www.hodgesvideos.com. Phone: 813-6410816. Email: bill@billhodges.com Website: www.billhodges.comBusiness NewsNew restaurant to openChanging everything but the location, a new South County caf is to open later this month, replacing a once-popular local eatery. The Sunshine Caf, located at the crux of Cypress Village Plaza where Danny Boys Restaurant formerly operated, will open to the public on Wednesday, March 28, according to Manny Roussos, one of the restaurants new owners. The caf will serve morning and mid-day meals from an entirely revised menu of options, Roussos added. Roussos and his partner, John Gianoupolos, both have previous Florida restaurant experience, he said; Roussos as part of a family eatery in Bowling Green and Gianoupolos as owner-operator of Johns Drive-In, Ft. Meade. The new caf currently is being staffed in most positions, cooks, waiters and dishwashers, the new owner noted. Managers can be reached by telephone at 813969-9647 or 813-633-3344, or via email at sunshinecafe3808@ yahoo.com. Observer News DEADLINE REMINDERS: News Releases ..................... Thursdays at 4 p.m. Display ads ............................ Fridays at 11 a.m. Classified ads ........................... Fridays at 4 p.m.


X 8 5 MARCH 15, 2012 5Dance your way to a fitter new youHillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department offers a great way to have fun, get in shape, and gain confidence. Zumba, often referred to as an exercise in disguise, is offered at the following Hillsborough County recreation centers. Apollo Beach Recreation Center Gardenville Recreation Center Providence West Park Riverview Community Center Ruskin Recreation Center For more information, cal Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and TIMOTHY A. UPTON, JR.Navy Seaman Recruit Timothy A. Upton, Jr., son of Nicole D. Small of Tampa, and Timothy Upton, Sr. of Ruskin, recently completed U.S. Navy basic train ing at Recruit Training Command, Upton completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefight ing, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is 'Battle Stations.' This exercise gives recruits the skills and confi dence they need to succeed in the fleet. Battle Stations is designed attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical ap plication of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage 'Navy' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor. Bandits of East Bay compete nationally For more information on AAU, visit aausports.org or contact Coach March is Seagrass Awareness MonthMarch signals spring time in Florida the longer days and warmer weather can create ideal conditions for fishing, kayaking, boating, or because seagrass beds are such an important component of our coastal Conservation Commission, 2.2 million acres of seagrasses have been be measured by a traditional economic scale i.e. the value of provid ing habitat to juvenile sport fish or food for manatees and sea turtles. Seagrass beds also provide direct economic benefits to Florida through fishing charters and ecotourism businesses. grasses in the Keys are believed to be stable while those in certain areas of Southwest Florida and the Panhandle are declining. Seagrasses along ronmental factors are a reminder that these ecosystems are vulnerable. Seagrasses are found in clear and relatively shallow waters because their growth is fueled by sunlight. Their occurrence in shallow water makes them susceptible to damage by boats that may try to motor through areas without proper clearance, creating prop scars in the grass beds. A churning propeller cuts not only the blades of the grasses, but uproots sediment to support regrowth and allow the scars to heal. To prevent prop scar ring, boats should stay in marked deep water channels while traveling. Flats boats fishing in the seagrass beds should use poles and trolling motors to move through the water, to avoid damaging ers become stuck in a shallow area with seagrssses or other submerged they should turn off the engine, shift passenger weight distribution in the or more passengers can exit the boat and push it to deeper water. Boaters Seagrasses are negatively affected by stormwater runoff and algae water runoff to coastal waters can be reduced by creating swales and in landscapes adjacent to coastal waterways can reduce the nutrient load ing that contributes to algae blooms. All of us who live and recreate in coastal areas can take steps to make our waters cleaner and protect the seagrasses that are so vitally important to our aquatic ecosystem and economy.Free Business Assistance Program Business Development Section is providing free Business Technical Assistance to business owners in SouthShore. Upcoming Workshop: Business counseling is available at your place of business or at the RCMA School Board Meeting notice The RCMA School Board Meet take place at 2 p.m on Monday, The School Board meeting is open to the public. For more Local project receives national recognitionField & Stream Field & Stream, in cooperation with conservation projects. This program takes place across the country on ten separate days this Field & Stream is helping spread the word about the project and supplies gift bags to par paid trip to the seventh annual Heroes of Conservation Gala to be held in Eagles Set Their Weekly Activities activities. guests. Riverview Memorial VFW Post #8108 MEETINGS MEALS to noon CANTEEN HAPPENINGS Fire in the Hole on Saturdays


Buck-a-Bag Used Book SaleA Buck-a-Bag Used Book Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 in the SouthShore Regional Library Community Room, 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. Fill a plastic grocery bag with fiction, non-fiction and paperback books for only $1. All hardcover books and paperbacks in the Book Sale Room will be half-priced. A table of special books will be priced from $2 and up. For more information, call (813) 2733652. X 6 NEVER PAINT, SPRAY-CRETE OR STUCCO YOUR HOUSE AGAIN OUR 7-STEP PROCESS #1 SINCE 1960CLIMATE PROOF COATINGSMWhole House Flex-CoatedSAVE YOUR ROOF w/PROTECTIVE COATINGCoupon worth $1,000Special Roof Coating Discounts SPRAY-COAT EXTERIORS, INC.Applied over Spray Crete, Stucco, Wood, Block or MetalLifetime Warranty Lifetime WeatherProo ng $1895Up to 1500 sq. ft. Expires 3/31/12Priced with coupon discount C.A.R.E. is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For directions, visit www.CareShelter.org or call (813) 645-2273. FLUFFYFluffy is an adorable torti female kitten. She is very playful and loves to play with every cat toy in the shelter. Fluffy is a flying ball of energy. But, she likes her after noon nap on the cat tower and that is where she can be found most afternoons. Come in and see Fluffy and give her that loving forever home. Fluffy has been spayed and brought up-to-date on her shots as well as microchipped. DOB: December 2, 2011 SPROCKETSprocket is a fantastic Collie mix who has worked his way into every volunteers heart. Sprocket doesnt seem to realize that he is at a shelter for lost and abandoned animals. He bounces around with a smile on his face like he is at doggy day care. Sprocket gives off such positive energy and loves everyone, human or furry, that he meets. He knows a few basic commands and appears to be house broken. He also enjoys playing with stuffed animals to pass the time. As part of his adoption, Sprocket will be neutered, microchipped, and brought current on his shots. DOB: April 2, 2011 The members of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Eastern Airlines Silverliners International will meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant, 2425 Rocky Point Drive North, Tampa for a luncheon and meeting. Silverliners is an organization composed of former flight atten dants for Eastern Airlines. They also invite former flight attendants of other airlines to join. Several members will be attend ing the biennial convention to be held in Charleston, SC May 20-23. They include: Barbara Bukata, Sharon Campo, Barbara Frascella, Janice Henry, Helen Karpas, Shawn Mills, Barbara Reed, and Trish Schwarzkopf. Weight Watchers extend inviteWeight Watchers meets every Thursday at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at United Community Church 1501 LaJolla Ave. Dont miss out on free registra tion. Pay only meeting fee. For more information, email Sandy at samt1995@yahoo.com.Eastern Airlines Silverliners to meetFor more information Hillsborough County residents may contact Barbara Reed at 671-3078 or Janice Henry at 837-4312.


13TECH TALK 8 of southeast Hillsborough County can turn over a feral cat to the group and they will make sure it is neutered or spayed, de-wormed, given its shots and all for FREE! If you live in zip code 33598, 33573, 33572 or 33570, this program is open to you. Its made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. So, on Sunday night, I grabbed Kazzy (named after the owner of the Seafood Dive where we found her) and took her to the people who volunteer for the Neuter Scooter. On Monday, she was spayed and fixed up, ready to be adopted by someone who could use a loving companion. Until the right Forever Family comes along, Kazzy will continue to greet our visitors and entertain the members of the All Paths to God Church that meets in our banquet room on Sundays. (She even walked right up the aisle during the collection as if she were an usher!) Feel free to come by and give her a scratch on the head. Shell snuggle with your ankles and purr for you. Kazzy is lucky. We found her and saved her from a rough life on the streets. If you have a feral cat in your area, the Feline Folks are here to help you and the cat. Many thanks to these great folks from us and from Kazzy.TECH TALKBy: Dana Dittmar, Executive DirectorSCC Chamber News You, Me, and BusinessLast week I was dining with friends at the Seafood Dive in Sun City Center. I was halfway through my scallops when one of my dinner companions noticed a stray cat outside in the parking lot. Knowing how much of a cat lover I am, my friend knew I would jump up and run outside to see if I could pet it. (Which is exactly what I did.) Most of the time, you cannot go anywhere near a feral cat, but this one was differ ent. It was skittish and wary, but eventually it let me pet it and even hold it. Maybe not feral, but cer tainly a stray with a torn ear and a wound on its chin. The cat was solid black and there was a huge full moon poking through the clouds. It had to be an omen! Of course you know what I did next. I rescued the poor scraggly thing and took it to the Chamber building. (My too precious darlings at home would not have appreci ated a squatter in their domain.) We got a litter box and some dry food and left it there for the night. The next morning SHE was there to greet us and it turned out she is a very lovable and loyal thing. Nonetheless, we had to figure out what to do with her. Fortunately, Flo Vachon, a realtor with Keller Williams, works with a group called Feline Folks who help round up stray and feral cats. She told me that right now, residents By Dana Dittmar Summerfield Elementary says thanksThe teachers and students of Summerfield Elementary would like to thank the members of the Interfaith Council of Sun City Center for their generous donation of $3500. A grant was submitted to the organization requesting funds to purchase books for the school library. Because of this groups generosity, the Media Center was able to acquire many books written by authors who the children love. The library was also able to purchase an updated book for each of the states in our nation. Current and future students will benefit from the books for several years. The Interfaith Council of Sun City Center gets its funds from the sale of items at the Nearly New Shop, located at 1515 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center. The shop is open every Wednesday and Saturday. For more information, call (813) 642-9099. The Bloomingdale Homeowners Association is recruiting players for its Spring Classic Golf Tournament, with proceeds dedicated to continued therapy for the young Riverview woman who survived a 2008 attack at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library. The young woman, then 18, had driven up to the library book drop after hours when she was dragged from her car, raped and beaten. Last year, Kendrick Morris of Clair Mel City was convicted of that crime and another rape and sentenced to 65 years in prison. His Bloomingdale victim was left with brain damage that took her vision and keeps her from walking, talking, or eating without a feeding tube. Proceeds from the tournament will help pay for intensive therapy Spring Classic Golf tournament recruits golfersand rehabilitation programs for the young woman that are not covered by Medicaid or other insurance. The tournament, which can accept up to 144 players, will start at 1 p.m. April 14 at the Bloomingdale Golfers Club, 4113 Great Golfers Place. The cost is $80 per player or $300 for a four some, which includes a round of golf for each player. Dinner will be served at the end of the day for all players at the clubs Legends Grill. The registration deadline is April 7. For more information, call association board member Jane Lee at (813) 477-7120 or email inbloom ingdalenews@tampabay.rr.com. Donations are tax-deductible. Checks may be mailed to the association at P.O. Box 7221, Brandon, FL 33508.Fundraiser is organizedA fundraiser is scheduled for Lila Ruiz, a local three-year-old suffer ing from Megacystis-Micorcolon-Intetinal-Hypoperistalsis syndrome from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Winthrop Barn, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview. This life-threatening genetic disorder is very rare. It is estimated that only 15 to 25 people in the U.S. are cur rently living with this disease. During her short life Lila has endured 29 surgeries, monthly hospital stays and visits to specialists in four states. This event will feature music, monster trucks, car shows, bounce houses, baloons, face painting, giveaways, a silent auction, food and fun. To find out more, go to www. staystronglila.com or call Sandy Martinez at (813) 309-2395. Go y a kiteAttend the Kite Fest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at Apollo Beach Nature Park. Rain date is Saturday, March 31. There will be free kites for kids (new styles), plus hot dogs, cookies, and beverages. Sponsored by Apollo Beach Beautification. Finally, answers to your Medicaid questions. Free Medicaid Information SeminarSouth Shore Regional Library 15816 Beth Shields Way Ruskin, Florida(off 19th Avenue NE) FLMedicaid.com care. HILLSBOROUGH(813) 634-8310MANATEE(941) 524-2259 For a FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATE, call us TODAY!Shutter & Blind Manufacturing CompanySHUTTERS ~ VERTICALS ~ FAUX WOOD & WOOD HORIZONTAL BLINDS CELLULAR SHADES ~ WOVEN WOODS ~ SUNSCREEN SHADES ~ PRIVACY SHADINGS ~ MORE INSTALLED FREE! INSTALLED FREE! VERTICALS PLANTATION SHUTTERS$1395Sq. Ft. Measured & Installed LIFETIME WARRANTY 2 FAUX BLINDS Our blinds are built with a STEEL HEADRAIL. 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Teen Night: Anime Club For middle and high school students. Join them for an evening of Anime and Manga! Spend some time with other teens who love to read Japanese Manga and watch Anime straight from Japan! Refreshments provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. For ages 2-5 with a caregiver, make reading time family time. Stories, action rhymes, songs, interactive activities, and crafts make up this fun 30-minute program that celebrates a love of reading. Children may wear pajamas and bring a blanket and favorite cuddly toy. For children ages 4 and up. Little Red Riding Hood warns children not to talk to strangers in this favorite fairytale. At the end of this traditional hand puppet performance, learn how the characters from the story come together from foam ball to animated puppet. Presented by Creative Arts Theatre of the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department. Drum Magic* For grades K and up, loud, feet-tapping program features Drummer, Jana Broder, who brings drums for everyone. Play together as a family in a drum circle. Registration is required. Register at the Information Desk or by calling 273-3652. Baby Time For children ages 0-20 months and their caregivers. Early literacy begins at birth. Bond with your baby through stories, bouncy rhymes and songs in this 20-minute lapsit program that introduces early literacy skills and encourages language development. Grades 9 through 12 do you like to write stories, poetry, comics, screenplays, or song lyrics? Connect with other teen writers to discuss the writing process, share your work, and receive constructive feedback and encouragement. All levels of writers are welcome. Creative Artists, ages 7 through 10 years, will join Art Instructor and create an art project to take home. Limit 20. Registration required at either the Information Desk or by calling (813) 273-3652. Expressive Artists, 11 years and up, will join our Art Instructor and create an art project to take home. Limit 20. Registration required at the Information Desk or by calling (813) 273-3652. For children ages 20-36 months and their caregivers Stories, finger plays, songs and interactive activities make up this fun 20-minute program that highlights early literacy skills and encourages reading readiness. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Stories, action rhymes, songs and interactive activities make up this engaging 30-minute program that highlights early literacy skills, and encourages reading readiness and social interaction. Introduction to the Internet and related terminology. Learn how to use Google to find information and tips for evaluating what you find. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended. Registration is available one hour prior to the beginning of the program. Genealogist Donna Moughty will help decipher the mystery of Irish Records both in Ireland and in America. Donnas focus will be for Beginner to Intermediate level researchers. Irish or not, this program will have something for all. Co-sponsored by the South Bay Genealogical Society. Join Art Educator Bruce Marsh for this interesting drawing class. All levels welcomed. Limit 20. Registration required at the Information Desk or by calling (813) 273-3652. *Funding for this event provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library SOUTHSHORE REGIONAL LIBRARY Kids Program/Event Highlights March 15-21 X 10 MARCH 15, 2012 Ruskin VFW Post #6287Ruskin VFW Post #6287, 5120 U.S. 41 N. has listed the following weekly activities. Meetings are: American Legion on 1st Wednesday each month; VFW and LAVFW on the 2nd Wednesday each month; and MAVFW on the 3rd Thursday each month. Thursday, March 15 Bar Bingo at 6 p.m. MAVFW Meeting at 7 p.m. Friday, March 16 Fish Fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Music by George Rabb from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 17 Turkey Shoot at 1 p.m. $6.50 St. Patrick Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Music by Gypsy Highway from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday, March 18 Fire in the Hole from 1 to 4 p.m. Music by Bert & Sassy from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Monday, March 19 American Legion Riders Meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 Games in Lounge from 1 to 4 p.m. Kitchen open from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Bingo at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 American Legion Auxiliary Meeting at 7 p.m. Improperly applied fertilizers are harmful to our water bodiesAs more people focus on their lawns and landscaping this time of year, the Southwest Florida Water Management District promotes Floridafriendly fertilizing practices. Florida-friendly fertilizing is an annual campaign encouraging residents to responsibly maintain their lawns. Recent studies have shown rising nitrate levels in many local water bodies can be traced to fertilizer. Nitrate is a form of nitrogen found in inorganic fertilizers. When fertilizer is applied correctly, the lawn absorbs the nitrogen. However, fertilizers applied improperly run off lawns and into local water bodies, harming water quality and threatening the plants and animals that depend on clean water for survival. Florida-friendly fertilizing emphasizes these tips: Residents can visit www.WaterMatters.org/fertilizing for step-by-step instructions on fertilizing appropriately and to watch corresponding how-to-videos. Residents also can order a free Do-It-Yourself Guide to Florida-Friendly Fertilizing for more information. Fertilizing appropriately is one of the nine principles FloridaFriendly Landscaping, a set of guidelines developed by the University of Floridas Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to protect our natural resources while promoting beautiful landscapes. Take steps to cure Lou Gehrigs DiseaseMore than 1,000 people will gather at the University of South Florida in Tampa on Saturday, March 17 to join the fight to find a cure for a deadly illness. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrigs Disease, progressively paralyzes its victims, attacking nerve cells and pathways in the brain or spinal cord. ALS has no known cause or cure, but the Tampa Bay community is rallying together to change that. Wheelchair-bound patients along with their families and friends will make a 2-mile trek in The Walk to Defeat ALS, hoping their steps will make a difference for ALS patients living in the Tampa Bay area. Many who walk have a loved one who is still fighting the deadly disease. Others walk in memory of a loved one who has lost the battle. Many people, without any personal connection, still walk out of a simple concern for those who are suffering with Lou Gehrigs disease. With only two to five years to live, these patients have an ur gent need, and the community is stepping in to fill it by walking for those who cant. The Walk to Defeat ALS is The ALS Associations signature event in which all funds directly support cuttingedge research, programs and patient care. All interested walkers should call 888-257-1717, or register online at www.WalktoDefeatALS.org.Zoning Overlay District meeting scheduledThere will be an Open House for the U.S. Hwy 41 Proposed Zoning Overlay District from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 at South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. There will be a presentation at 7 p.m. describing the process and the main outcomes. Staff will also be available to provide information and answer questions. For more information, call Jose Fernandez, Principal Planner Community Design Development Services, Planning and Zoning Division Hillsborough County BOCC at (813) 307-3435 or email fernandezjr@hillsboroughcounty. org or visit http://www.hillsbor oughcounty.org.Clean-up day is setThe Spring Clean-up for Ruskin Memorial Cemetery will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 24. They need people with equipment: weed whippers, saws, and mowers to get things trimmed way back before the rainy season. This continues to be organized by the ladies of the Ruskin Womans Club.Morning Mile Club in progress6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays until the end of the year Apollo Beach Elemen tary School (501 Apollo Beach Blvd.) students in grades 3 through 5 are participating in the Morning Mile Club. The students run on the schools track each morning from Tuesday through Thursday until the end of the school year. Students who run 100 miles or more will have the opportunity to throw a pie in P.E. Coach Skis face on the morning show. For more information, call Jaime Gerding at (813) 671-5172.Area Special Olympics Equestrian Championships Area Special Olympics Equestrian Championships are being held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 30; and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 at Bakas Equestrian Center, 11510 Whisper Lake Trail in Tampa. FREE. Join Hillsborough Countys Bakas Equestrian Center as they host the Area Special Olympics Equestrian Championships. Competitions include: Trails obstacle course, showmanship, pole bending speed event, barrel racing speed event, drill team, English and Western equitation, and dressage. Riders from Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties will compete for top places in order to move up to the State Championships to be held in May. Concessions are available. For directions, visit www.bakasridingcenter.com. It is not recommended to use MapQuest as this website does not provide accurate directions. For more information, call Beth Harre-Orr, Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, at (813) 264-3890. About Bakas Equestrian Center The Bakas Equestrian Center is part of the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department. It has been part of Hillsborough County's therapeutic recreation program since 1987, and over the years, thousands of disabled riders have benefitted from this program. The Center hosts riding lessons for children and adults who have physical and/or mental disabilities. The Center offers introductory riding lessons, games on horseback, basic to advanced riding skills, competition in Special Olympics and challenge shows, driving with horse and carriage, trail rides and more. It also offers riding to the general public, including scheduled lessons, trail rides and birthday parties.


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They are endangered, with an estimated 2,000 of them living mostly on the very southern tip of the state, although they have been found as far north as Sarasota. Why dont you hear of them? Because crocodiles are crafty predators that know how to stay out of the news. Say you are walking the dog down a road next to a swamp and an alligator jumps out to eat both you and Fido. That makes alligators bad, right? Wrong! Because what happens then is a crocodile jumps out to eat the alligator after it has eaten you! Thus, the alligators get the bad press and the crocodiles just get full bellies. Seriously, where else but Florida could that story possibly be true? In Florida, we have spiders as big as house cats, monkeys that throw rocks, cockroaches that growl, fire ants that kidnap and torture small dogs, and an estimated 50,000 feral pigs. The pigs not only tend to be grouchy and really, really bad things to hit with Honda Civics, but they also carry lethal diseases that they are more than happy to share with all of us (and its a little ironic that human physiology shares a bunch of commonalities with our swinish brethren). This city is a metropolitan area of nearly four million people, yet you can drive down Shell Point Road in the early morning hours and not only see wild pigs Observations%  An arachnologist may say that this wolf spider my wife found in our recycling bin isnt lethal but I can guarantee you that the heart attack Id have waking up in the middle of the night, walking into the bathroom and seeing him attached to my face would definitely be lethal. We released him into the yard.MITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTOgrazing, but just a few blocks away youll also see wild goats grazing. The wild chickens, it seems, prefer to keep U.S. 41 as a barrier between themselves and the pigs and goats. Im not sure the chickens would kill you, but anything is possible. They have probably gained strength and street smarts while fighting with the cockroaches, so I wouldnt count it out. If it sounds like Im complaining, Ill blame that on the caterpillar pox (I honestly had no idea there could be a caterpillar pox!). The truth is that I love Florida and there is a bit of a thrill knowing that life is a little edgy here and that simply walking out to pick up the Sunday newspaper could turn into a death match with a venomous snake. Besides, we also have dolphins (like Flipper!) and otters living here, too. Yes, Im sure both would love to kill us now and then, but they are smart enough to maintain their hard-earned cute and lovable image while biding their time, waiting for the right opportunity to do so. 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16 MARCH 15, 2012 More success expected to follow charter school expansionBy MELODY JAMESON WIMAUMA Long planned and much anticipated, expansion of RCMAs charter Wimauma Academy here to include middle school grades now is close enough to touch literally. After years in the making, ground for the $3.2 million project was broken early this month on the academy campus just north of the Beth El Mission facilities on U.S. 301 South. Work currently is underway on construction of two of three new buildings planned immediately east of the existing grade school. The new middle school, dubbed the RCMA Leadership Academy, is to encompass grades six through eight, opening in August for the 2012-2013 school year. It will make the South Countys only charter school a kindergarten through eighth grade institution for a student body forecast to approach 350. When finished in early August, the first two new concrete block structures are to house classrooms, a science lab and administration offices, noted Mark Haggett, academy director. One will be configured for six classes two classrooms each for 6th, 7th and 8th graders and the lab, while the second structure will provide the space needed for two fifth grade classes, along with faculty and administration offices. A third building in the complex, to be built as resources allow, will be earmarked for the student cafetorium, Haggett added. In the meantime, students will continue to have their lunches next door in the Beth El facilities. All of the structures that comprise the academy campus the existing kindergarten through fifth grade elementary classrooms and the new middle school facilities are to be linked by the expansive, partially covered decking that functions as multi-purpose space providing seating and meeting arrangements plus easy access to and unification of the various components in much the same way a university quad does. About half of the expansion projects $3-plus million price tag has been accumulated through grants, donations and fundraising events, according to Maria Jiminez, RCMAs charter school director. And, efforts aimed at raising the remaining $1.5 million are continuing, she added. While Hillsboroughs charter schools, which are part of the public school district, do receive per-student allotments from state and federal funding sources, Jiminez, pointed out, they are not beneficiaries of ad valorem taxes paid by local property owners at the county level as other public schools are. Consequently, charter schools, which enjoy a certain latitude in fulfilling the missions of their charters, also must be more resourceful in underwriting costs of big-ticket undertakings such as expansions, Jiminez indicated. RCMA has engaged the services of a Tampa-based consultant to help with raising the expansioncompletion funding needed, she noted. On the other hand, Haggett emphasized that as academy director he frequently has reason to appreciate his is one of 37 charter schools in Hillsborough County where the charter concept is valued and encouraged. There are large counties in the state, he added, where no more than a couple of charters exist and their many benefits for students cannot be widely enjoyed there. According to the National Education Association, the charter school movement in America grew out of an impetus for educational reform in the 1980s and the first such schools opened in 1991 in Minnesota. Charter schools generally are defined as publiclySee CHARTER SCHOOL, page 17MELODY JAMESON PHOTOSAfter many years spent in the making, Redlands Christian Migrant Association staff members are eager to see expansion of their Wimauma Academy campus finally taking shape. Using a threedimensional architectural rendering to demonstrate, Mark Haggett, director of the academy, (right) points out new building placements as he discusses their developing middle school with Maria Jiminez, RCMA charter schools director, (left) and Bill Coats, (center), communications director for the organization based in Immokalee. Ground has been cleared on the Wimauma Academy campus for its new middle school buildings and foundation work is well underway as the contractor aims for a finish deadline in early August. When complete at that point, eight new classrooms, a science lab and administrative offices will welcome 6th, 7th and 8th graders as the 2012-2013 school year opens. About half of the needed funding has been raised for expansion of the charter school which does not benefit from county property taxes as other public schools do.


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At RCMAs Wimauma Academy and forthcoming Leadership Academy, the mission as outlined in the charter, Haggett said, basically is to provide the opportunities for success to youngsters in migrant and low income families. And this objective is reached with creative curriculums appropriate to the varying age levels with emphasis on exposure to new cultural experiences while encouraging suitable goal setting and discipline. Academy students, for example, all wear simple uniforms red shirts and dark blue pants, shorts or skirts for elementary age or teal blue shirts and black pants, shorts or skirts for middle schoolers, It levels the playing field, Haggett asserted, eliminating excesses in the types or expense of school clothing. In addition, while most students are of Hispanic heritage and Spanish is their first language which may be spoken exclusively at home, all classes are conducted in English. However, Haggett said, students know that two members of the staff will speak only in Spanish with them and that they can talk with those Spanish speakers at any time. Academy students, of course, get a full complement of the academics math, science, reading, social studies, etc., suited to the grade level. They also begin working on computers early in the elementary grades and are given choices of electives which begin to introduce them to ideas and activities they might otherwise not encounter. They have, for example, learned about healthy cooking and have experimented making specific dishes in their classes. They have learned the rudiments of chess, identifying the pieces, setting up the field, mastering basic strategies of play. They have learned the game of tennis from forehand to backhand, courtesy of their director. They have studied paleontology, learning about the pre-historic world that once characterized Florida and getting hands-on experience with actual ancient artifacts. Whats more, they make field trips aimed at supplementing the classroom education or adding to the range of cultural experiences. They have participated in an annual art show held in Tampas Hyde Park district and taken in performances at the Straz Performing Arts Center and engaged in athletic competitions and visited Legoland. They soon will be making a field trip to Plant Citys Dinosaur World, Haggett said, adding weve never made a trip that we were not complimented about the good behavior of our students. From the opportunities have come the successes, the director said. Since the academys establishment in 2000, numerous students have gone on to a charter school in Progress Village where performing arts are the focus and there now are former Wimauma Academy students earning degrees from the University of South Florida. The Redlands Christian Migrant Association is headquartered in Immokalee and dedicated to assisting the mostly Hispanic migrant population attracted initially to Floridas agricultural work, then settling increasingly around the state. It operates two charter schools and 70 educational centers. Its new Leadership Academy middle school expansion at Wimauma, Haggett suggested, can be anticipated not only to expand the educational opportunities for more charter school students in higher grades but also to increase the number and range of their successes. Copyright 2012 Melody JamesonCharter school MELODY JAMESON PHOTOThird graders at Wimauma Academy become proficient in using computers as part of their learning processes. Here, Oscar Olguin (left) and Angel Valencia (right) get a little guidance from their teacher, Tonia Buchwalter (kneeling behind the boys), as they complete a lesson. The charter schools mission is providing opportunities for success to youngsters from migrant and low income families in the area. Every Tuesday Jam Session 3 to 5 p.m. No charge for all Elks and their guests. Every Wednesday Best Spaghetti in Town $7, All You Can Eat, for all Elks and their guests. Music by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m. Every Friday Seafood and Sandwiches for all Elks and their guests from 5 to 7 p.m. Karaoke by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17 St Patricks Day Celebration, Music by Bryan Ashley, Menu: Corn Beef and Cabbage with all the trimmings, Cocktails 5p.m., Dinner, 6p.m., all for only $12 per person. March 19 Blue Plate Special, $7 with all the trimmings, 5 p.m. March 31 Installation of new officers Installation will take place at 4 p.m. with prime rib dinner at 5 p.m. Music by Bryan from 6-8 p.m. and the cost is $15. The South Hillsborough Elks Lodge is located at 1630 US Hwy 41 S., Ruskin, 33570, 645-2089 and has a clean, smoke-free environment.South Hillsborough Elks Lodge #2672 Upcoming Activities


11 14 15 14 18 March 15-21Publisher: Introduction and Formatting Introduction to the Publisher window layout, toolbars, creating new documents, and insertion of text and picture frames. Manipulating picture and text frames, working with lines, borders and colors. Registration in person required at noon on day of program. Book Discussion: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope. Did you know that the origin of the name of the country of Scotland is derived from Land of the Scotti (Ireland), thus Highland Scots are actually Irish; and, to muddy the water further, did you know that typical Irish or Scotch names such as: MacDonald, MacDougal, MacSweeny, etc, have Scandinavian roots, and the name, Doyle, is Danish? These questions will be answered during the PowerPoint presentation. Internet: Introduction and Google Introduction to the Internet and related terminology. Learn how to use Google to find information and tips for evaluating what you find. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended. Registration is available one hour prior to the beginning of the program. Genealogist, Donna Moughty, will help decipher the mystery of Irish Records both in Ireland and in America. Donnas focus will be for Beginner to Intermediate level researchers. Irish or not, this pro gram will have something for all. Co-sponsored by the South Bay Genealogical Society. Ruskin Animal Hospital & Cat ClinicPET TIP: Drs. Ott, Slaughter & Waldy Dr. Robert A. NormanDermatologistDr. A. TheodosatosCarole Mazzone, ARNPOffering Laser, Botox, Restylane and various cosmetic products & services 813-880-7546MOBILE RADIATIONSame Day Appointments FREE Skin ScreeningInsurance accepted: Medicare, Medicaid, BCBS, Humana, Cigna, Aetna, Amerigroup, and many more Annette s Beauty SalonCorner Hwy in the V illage Plaza (next to Copper Penny) 634-5422FULL SERVICE SALON for Men and Women Welcome Maria & Miriam to our staff T 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. BRANDON PEST CONTROLPhone: (813) 685-7711Fax: (813) 685-360710 Locations in Florida, Georgia & Tennessee CALL FOR FREE INSPECTIONASK ABOUT TERMIDORCelebrating 38 Years in Business TERMITES? Call for a FREE ESTIMATE649-1599www.BratesAluminum.com Indulge in the Riches of Gold and Silver atWE BUY GOLD, SILVER & COINS BUY ~ SELL ~ ESTIMATES ~ APPRAISALSCoins, Unwanted Jewelry We Pay Top $$ Wide Variety ofGold & Silver Coins For Investing SOUTHSHORE REGIONAL LIBRARY Learn how to download eBooks to your iPad, iPad 2, or iPhone. Adults (18 years or older) are invited to practice their English conversational skills with English speakers. No registration is requited to participate. Co-sponsored by the Hillsborough Literacy Council and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System. For more information, call the Hillsborough Literacy Council at 273-3650. Elder Law Seminar This program will provide information and education regarding legal issues for seniors including planning for incapacities and long term care with emphasis on public benefits. Medicaid, Medicare, and VA programs will be discussed. Mah Jongg Club Enjoy an evening of the popular table game, Mah Jongg, featuring challenging play for experienced players and instruction for begin ners. We will be using the American Rules. Spectators are welcome! Participants are asked to bring their own Mah Jongg set or card. Limited to 16 players. Register in advance at the Information Desk or call 273.3652. Join other needle people to share techniques, tips and experiences about knitting and other fiber and fabric crafts. Beginners are welcome! Bring a project and ask us questions! St. Patricks at VFW Post 8108VFW Post 8108, 7504 Riverview Drive in Riverview, will be hosting a St. Patricks Day Celebration on Saturday, March 17. Dinner will consist of Pot of Gold corned beef with cabbage, carrot coins, onion jewels and clover potatoes. To top it off you will be served a Leprechauns Dream for dessert. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. After dinner join them for an evening of karaoke which will start at 7 p.m. Cost of this Pot of Gold dinner is $7 in advance or $8 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the canteen or from the cashier at the cashiers station from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday or Friday evenings or on Sundays during breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon.Join a youth basketball leagueParks, Recreation and Conservation is hosting a youth basketball league for boys and girls ages 7-12. This program is designed to encourage self-esteem, recreation, and physical activity. Registration began March 12. Games will be played from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays March 27 through May 10. Cost is $30 per child and $25 for Rec2Six participants. Cost includes a T-shirt and trophy. For more information, call Joy Robinson, Ruskin Recreation Center, at (813) 672-7881. The Observer NewsNews Releases ..... Thursdays at 4 p.m. Display Ads ............. Fridays at 11 a.m. Classified Ads ............ Fridays at 4 p.m.


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Goodson Strawberry Market Riverside Golf813.645.2000 $38................before noon$30...................after noon$20...................after 3 pm $500 OFF Any RoundGolf Lessons $20Includes 18 holes and cart. Tax Included.Valid only with this coupon. Exp. 3/31/12Visit our New, Improved PRO SHOP1 Pier Drive, RuskinLEAGUES WELCOMEReserve your tee time today CASUAL WATERFRONT DININGSteaks, Seafood, Burgers & Other Delicious FareFULL LIQUOR BARLive Music Every Wednesday and SaturdayOPEN TO TH E PUBLICTuesday-Saturday 11-8 pm NOW OPEN Sunday 11-6 pm for Lunch and NFL Direct TV Sunday Ticketwww.RiversideBarAndGrille.com Our summer-like weather is great for fishing, but the past week strong west winds have kept many anglers ashore. It has been too windy to cast a line, I heard from many this week. A cold front passed through our area, and it took a few days for the water temperature to regain its normal temp. Those who came in with a baitwell full of fish caught them all by trolling. By chumming the water with a slow troll, they caught fish. Spanish mackerel was a great catch this week for those who put away their lures and used a slow dropping jig. Those fishing from shore reported muddy waters, due to the winds. It was difficult fishing, but some did not wait for the water to clear and boated a few fish. I talked to a trio of anglers with a legal redfish catch. All were caught on oyster bars while they were feeding. It is an art to cast into a bar of shells and not get your hook caught. Redfish is one per person, not less than 18 or more than 27 per day. Food value is great either baked or fried. Snook have moved into our area and have been seen on the flats at low tide, and in the mangrove roots as the tide rises. This fish is still a no-keeper due to the big freeze a year or so ago. They are legal on the east coast, because none were Kingfish are slowly traveling through our areakilled over there by a freeze. If you cant locate a fishing spot, look for a school of mullet. Redfish swim along with the mullet, as well as others. If you cant locate a school of mullet, watch for a flock of birds. The birds follow the school and get all of the small bait fish that a school of reds leave behind. The mullet do not eat baitfish. Mullet are vegetarians and have a gizzard like a chicken. Trout are in the flats and on hard sandy shell bottoms. A fresh shrimp will be good bait for this fish. This fish has a very soft mouth and it is often difficult to set a hook. Many are lost before boated. Kingfish are slowly traveling through the area. Each week I hear of one or two caught. Spring is the season they come into our waters on their way south. Triggerfish have been boated by those fishing around buoys and wrecks. Often called a leatherskinned nibbler, they have a small mouth, which often makes this fish difficult to catch. The grey trigger fish has good food value. This fish averages one pound and the largest catch on reocrd is 12 lbs. Our mild winter has been great for freshwater big bass catches. Florida boasts over a million anglers with more world records than any state or country. You can catch largemouth bass in the upper freshwater of both the Alafia and the Little Manatee Rivers. Why travel out of your own backyard, across the state or south? You are living in the best fishing spot in the world. Our saltwater has catfish, with most caught and released. Some Im sure have eaten this fish; I never have. We do have freshwater catfish in our upper rivers which is the best food value ever and has graced many tables with hush puppies. Fish our salt water or fresh water for the best catches in the nation. Aleta Jonie Maschek is a member of Florida Outdoor Press.By Jonie Maschek FISH TALES The Ruskin Moose Lodge # 813 is located at www.lodge813.moosepages.org WEEKLY EVENTS UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, March 16 7-11 p.m. Live Band Saturday, March 17 4-7 p.m. St. Patricks Day Corned Beef Dinner 7-11 p.m. St. Pattys Day Party with Kim Mullins Moose Lodge #813 UPCOMING EVENTS Riverview Moose Family Center 2158/Chapter 1031 UPCOMING EVENTSAll events are open to qualified Moose Members and guests. Saturday, March 17 NEW Website: Check it out!!riverviewmooselodge2158.org RUSKIN South County Rose Group to meet United Methodist Church Center. Hip Hop Line Dance for girls and boysParks, Recreation and Thursday, March 22 through May Free. Register on Tuesday, March


MARCH 15, 2012 21 Southside Baptist ChurchA Warm, Loving & Friendly ChurchLooking for a church home? Need the comfort of a warm and loving family? Join us on Sunday to come home to the warmth of our church family.Located in South Hillsborough County, just south of Stephens Road in old Sun City.Getting to Know You (Donuts & Coffee) .................... 9:00 a.m. Sunday School ................................................................. 9:30 am. Sunday Morning Worship ............................................ 10:55 a.m. Sunday Evening Service..................................................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service .......................................... 7:00 p.m. Thursday Morning Prayer ............................................ 10:00 a.m.Come join us to learn about Gods Word and salvation in Jesus Christ Area Places of Worship 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West Sun City Center, FL 33573 Church is Handicap accessible Phone: 813-634-1252 For information visit: www.standrewatscc.org St. Andrew Presbyterian ChurchSunday Services 9:30 a.m. Casual Service 11:00 a.m.Prayers with anointing for healing and wholeness during worship the second Sunday of every month.Pastor: Rev. Dr. Mark E. SalmonMeet friends in Fellowship Hall after the Service. Refreshments served.A Stephen Ministry Church First Church of Christ, ScientistChristian Science HealsSunday Service .................................................. 10:00 a.m. Sunday School .................................................. 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Service ............................................. 5:00 p.m. Reading Room ......................... Wednesday 4 to 4:45 p.m. All Are Welcome WORSHIP SERVICES: SATURDAY 4:00 p.m. ............................. Sanctuary (Casual Service)5:00 p.m. ................ Creason Hall (Oasis Contemporary)SUNDAY 8:15 a.m. ...................... Sanctuary (Communion Service)9:15 a.m. ................. Creason Hall (Oasis Contemporary)10:55 a.m. ........ Sanctuary (Traditional with Choir & Bells) Bookstore 633-8595Pastor: Dr. Warren Langer Pastor: Dr. Daniel White Spiritual LeaderRev. Sue Meixner813-362-0806sue@alterways.comSunday Service 11:00 a.m. Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce 1651 Sun City Center PlazaTurning problems into lessons, lessons into wisdom and wisdom into freedom. U.S. Hwy. 41 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin 813-645-1714SaintAnneRuskin.orgMASSES Vigil Mass ..................................................................... Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass ........ 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Contemporary) Monday thru Friday .................................................................... 8:00 a.m. Wednesday and Friday .................................................................. 12 noon Holy Days ....................................... Espaol ...................................... Domingo 12:30 p.m.; Jueves 7:00 p.m. Confession ......................... Thursday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m. Saint Anne Catholic ChurchSouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. Gibsonton Very Rev. John F. McEvoy, V.F. Prince of Peace Catholic Church The Sacrament of ReconciliationThe Light Is On For You: Area Obituaries June Rosie CourtneyJune Rosie Courtney, of Kings Point, passed September 23, 2011 suddenly and unexpectedly at her home. She was a wonderful, loving wife to Robert Courtney, who preceded her in death. She was beautiful, funny and full of life. She dedicated many of her years taking care of loved ones who needed her. She was a loving, caring mother to Jerri Renee Vail, who also preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister Joyce Hessler, who was her kindred-spirit; sister Jeanette Love, whom she shared many laughs and her quick wit; grand-daughter Cina Perry, whom loved her unconditionally; grand-son, Christian Vail whom she thought hung the moon & stars; niece Amy Gregory, whom loved and treated her as a second Mom and god-daughter/great niece, Alexus Gregory, whom she adored with all her heart. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, great aunt and friend to many. Although, her final wishes here on earth were not honored, we are sure her every wish has been granted by our mighty father in heaven. She will be missed and thought of each and every day of our lives. Special thanks to the ones who were there for her in-life and in-death; Terri Carrol, Nancy Diamond, Debbie Hartley and Victoria Hall.Victoria Lynn Vicky ClarkVictoria Lynn Vicky Clark, 56, of Ruskin passed away March 9, 2012. She will be forever in the hearts of her friends and family. Zipperers Funeral HomeNew Childrens Choir debutThe United Methodist Church of SCC took another step forward on Sunday, March 11 premiering their new childrens choir J.A.M. (Jesus and Me). Twenty-two children, in sparkly vests and logo shirts, danced down the aisles to sing and sign Kum Bah Ya, accompanied by a chil drens chime choir. Student directors for the group are preteens, Julia Jordan and Isabelle Jordan. J.A.M. will perform the second Sunday of each month at the 9:15 a.m. and 10:55 a.m. services. If you seek an intergenerational experience in worship, come visit the United Methodist Church and experience J.A.M. For more information call 813-634-2539 or visit www.sccumc.com. The United Methodist Church of SCCs new childrens choir J.A.M. (Jesus and Me).Foursquare to host Healing ConferenceThe Foursquare Gospel Church will be hosting Encounter the Healing Presence of God on Friday night March 23 and will end on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Rev. Howard Roshaven, former pastor and current worship leader at the Foursquare Church, will lead this conference. Pastor Norm Blanton invites the public to attend and experience the healing power of the Lord. The church is located at 106 7th Ave. NW in Ruskin. Doors open at 6:30 p.m for registration and confer ence will begin at 7 p.m. There is no charge for this conference but offerings will be received in the conference. For more information call 813-309-3558. Enjoy eggs and EasterThe United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Avenue, Sun City Center invites you to celebrate Easter with them on Sunday, April 8. There will be an Easter Sunday Morning Watch Service at 8 a.m. in the Great Hall. Scriptures will be read and Easter hymns sung. Following the service, a catered breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. Scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, biscuits and country gravy, fried potatoes, fresh fruit cup, waffles and syrup, muffins, orange and tomato juice and coffee and tea. Reservations are necessary and the tickets are $10 and may be purchased in the church office Monday thru Friday. Please note, the $10 per person price covers food, tax, tip and beverage. The deadline is April 2 for reservations and ticket purchase. They also invite you to stay for the Festival Service at 10 a.m. to complete your Easter celebration. Everyone is invited and will be welcomed to celebrate in this joyous day.United Methodists to host spring concertThe community is invited to a spring concert presented by the Eastern Hillsborough Community Band Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m., at First United Methodist Church of Brandon. The band will perform music by American composers and arrangers during the concert, titled Made in America. The concert will be in the chapel at 115 N. Knights Ave., Brandon. The event is $5 at the door and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information about the band, call (813) 569-1771, email info@ehcb.org or visit www.ehcb. org. More Church News on page 22


22 MARCH 15, 2012 902 N. Tamiami Trail, Ruskin, FL 33570(Across from Sweetbay Supermarket)NEW PATIENTS WELCOMEKirk D. Parrott, D.D.S Carl E. Friedman, D.D.S.Members: American Dental Association, Florida State Dental Association, Florida West Coast Dental Association, Manatee County Dental Association and Hillsborough County Dental Association. (813) 645-6491 NEW SHOWROOMCome see our... NEW ADDRESS 720 4th St. SW Ruskin, FL 33570 813-645-3529www.KnoxAluminum.com Stop in for a FREE cup of coee and cookies! Trinity Baptist Church extends helping handTrinity Baptist Church, in Sun City Center, recently hosted church planter Mark Davenport and his family at their Sunday evening service, with a reception following Pastor Davenport is starting a church in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and he related the struggles, issues, and victo ries that he and his family have experienced in this endeavor. He and his wife have both taken jobs to support their family financially, while the church is being started. The initial members of the church have tended to be people who are not currently in a church and who are going through struggles in their lives. The attendees now number around 100. Trinity Baptist has used several thousand dollars from the earnings of their mission endowment fund as well as the missions budget to support Pastor Davenports effort. If you would like to support this pastors effort or would like more information, call 634-4228.From left to right: Senior Pastor Ron Churchill, Missions chairman Jim Shumway, Christie and Mark Davenport and daughter Lauren in front. Congregation of Beth Shalom host Womens SederWhat a wonderful time the women and children had at the first Womens Seder held at Congregation Beth Shalom. The Seder was led by our own Rabbi Torop. The special Haggadahs written for womens seders were unique. They read the prayers, sang the songs, honored the famous Jewish women, and most importantly, had a fantastic time. All agreed that it was a great beginning of a tradi tion at CBS which will enhance the annual celebration of the Passover holiday. The Women of CBS will sponsor its second annual Womens Seder led by Rabbi Betsy Torop at 1 p.m.on Sunday, April 1. The Seder is open to all women of CBSyoung, old, and in the middle, and other women and their daughters who wish to have this experience. The Seder will be held at the Temple. Each family will be asked to bring one dairy luncheon food item to share. There is a charge of $10 per CBS family, $15 for non-member fami lies to attend. If you have a Haggadah from last year, please bring it. For those who do not have one, there will be a $15 charge for the Hagaddahs for members of CBS ($20 for non-members). Children of the attendees can share the Haggadahs. Contact Phylis at phylnew@ verizon.net to receive a listing of what food items are required for the potluck. Additionally, if you are willing to help with preparation, set-up and clean-up please let her know. For more information call Phyllis and Sheila 813-651-1707; phylnew@verizon.netYou, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. Micah 5:2 (NIV)A AAged To Perfection encore performance plannedAged to Perfection, the new musical that took the Rollins Theater by storm in January playing to sell-out crowds, returns for a one night only encore performance at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at SCC United Methodist Church. Tickets are $10 and are only available at the door the night of the show. Co-written by and starring Teri Council, Ellen Kleinschmidt and Kathy Straub, the story centers on three sisters who grew up together at a vineyard in California and who are as different as three varieties of fine wine. Victoria, a magazine publisher and the oldest, is strong like merlot; Amy, an actress and middle sister, is bubbly like champagne; Lizzie, the proprietor of the vineyard, mother of five and the baby of the family, is sweet like riesling. After years of drifting apart, the sisters are called back home where they must come together as never before in a tender story of family conflict, forgiveness and unconditional love filled with some of the finest, yet seldom heard, Broadway songs. Featured as the aunties are Fran Eckert and Jeanne Naish.


MARCH 15, 2012 THE SHOPPER 23 FARMERS MKT200 MERCHANDISE300 To place an ad call 813.645.3111 ext. 201 Fax: 813.645.1792 $17.00 up to 20 words 30 addl. word Deadline is Monday at 4pm100 Announcements 200 Farmers Mkt 300 Merchandise 400 Marine 450 Transportation 500 Real Estate 550 Manuf. Housing 600 Rentals 650 Prof. Services 700 Services 800 EmploymentTHE SHOPPER CLASSIFIED ADVERTISINGThe Observer News, The SCC Observer and The Riverview Current CARDS M & M Printing Co., Inc weekly publisher of the 210 Woodland Estates Ave., SW Ruskin, Florida 33570 310 GARAGE/ Y ARD SALE 312 ESTATE SALES 312 ESTATE SALES 310 GARAGE/ Y ARD SALE 260 FRUITS/VEG.S trawberries. You pick. Monday thru S aturday 8am-4pm. S unday noon-4pm. 4 quarts $1. Prevatt F arms, SR 674 east to Grange Hall Loop, Wiamuma Bring containers. 813-634-1162 310 GARAGE/YARD SALEAlmost New Thrift Store. 10008 Indiana S t., G ibsonton (1 block off U S 41, 1 block north Gibsonton Dr.,) Wednesday through Saturday, 9am-3pm. Clothing, furniture, lots misc. Ministry F irst Baptist Gibsonton. 813-671-0036 to donate March 17, S aturday, 300 F lamingo Dr. Apollo Beach. Tons of new womens clothes and barely used shoes and clothes, some household items. 9:30a.m. til 4 p.m. G arage S ale: A ntiques, collectibles, furniture, Johnson outboard motor 9.5 HP. N ew clothing men & woman, housewares, jewelry, books. T hursday, F riday, Saturday March 15, 16, 17. 1416 Seton Hall Drive. Follow signs on SR 674 and W. Del Webb. Many participants. Great things, great prices! Come March 15, T hursday only. 7am-1pm. Block sale. Indian Wells Ave., Sun City Center (off Augusta Drive) G arage sale S CC, 810 E l R ancho. old buttons, Western paperbacks. 15th 16th & 17th, 8-? Apollo Beach Caribbean Isles Parkwide Sale. Saturday 3/17, 8-1, 20+ homes. Big Bend R d. south on US 41, take F rom R uskin north on U S 41 past A pollo Yard sale: 1509 7th S t. S W, R uskin, FL T ools, clothing, furniture, 16th & 17th, 9-3. G arage I ndoor E state S ale: A pollo Beach, 6446 Lake Sunrise Dr., Thursday, Friday & Saturday, March 15, 16 & 17, 8-1. Unique items, glassware, Lenox, Wedgewood crystal, kitchenware, pottery, pillows, A frican art, clay pots, liers, some furniture, artwork, F rench country items, landscape lighting, tools, hardware, sewing machine, needlepoint, rugs, designer clothes, shoes, hand bags, many items are brand new. 6220 F ox R un T rail. A pollo Beach. Saturday, 7am. Clothes, ladies & mens large sizes, antiques. G arage sale. 1318 Misty G reens off Platinum, S CC. S aturday, 3/17, 8am1pm. Cheap & reasonable Garage Sale: Nice church clothes, size 2x, reasonable price. L ots of miscellaneous items. S aturday, 8-1, 126 S t. Pierres Caribbean Isles Mobile Home Park, Apollo Beach.Community Garage Sale Mira L ago. 604 Yorkdale D r, (clubhouse) Ruskin. 8am-noon. March 17 & 18. Something for everyone.Daylight Savings VCR and DVD movies, kitchen items, aquarium and large plasma TV, Friday & Saturday March 16 & 17, 8-? 1756 Atrium Dr. Cypress View 1, SCC (off W. Del Webb) Yard sale: F riday & S aturdays, 7-?, 1105 15th St. SE, Ruskin. Moving sale: E verything must go! F urniture, electronics, clothes and household items. Thursday-Sunday March 15-18, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 1441 Delano Trent Street just north of Shell Point off 15th Thrift Store813-641-7790Ministry of Calvary Lutheran Church 9 a.m. Noon The Big SHOE Sale50% offall ShoesPlus, the secret sale Bring your lawn chair and join us from 12:30 to 2 p.m. All proceeds benet student Haiti missions trip Take-out meals available starting at 10:30 a.m. clothes, shoes, TVs, bed spreads, rugs & other misc. Friday & Saturday, March 16 & 17, 8am-noon. 6350 Cocoa Lane, Apollo Beach. 3 family garage sale. March 16, 17 &18. 7 am 3 pm. 801 Kingswood Place (off Kings A ve.) Brandon. S omething for everyone Yard S ale: S aturday, March 17, 8-?, household items, jewelry, books, pictures, 803 10th St. SW, Ruskin Shell Point Extravaganza Jeffs Huge Yard Sale. Thurs. Fri. Sat., 8-1, 1709 W. Shell Point Rd. Look for colorful signs. Antiques, nautical, mili collectibles. No early birds please.Big Y early Spring Sale In Sundance All name brand clothes, kids, womens, mens all sizes Tommy, Levi, Hollister, South Pole, Aeropostale, & many Echo, D ickies, G uy Harvey & more brands. Great kids & ladies $ 1 tables & mens $2 table. VHS Disney & kids movies, $.50. N ew CD s.& DVDs. L inend, lots of household misc. Bikes, some guy stuff. Free clothes table. Something for everyone, dont miss this one. Friday, S aturday & S unday 8am-5pm. 1106 Oxbow Rd (4.5 miles south of SR 674 on US 301 to L ightfoot R d). F ollow signs & balloons. See you there. 312 ESTATE SALESFriday only: Estate sale by owner, 1411 Jacobson Circle, Sun City Center. Bedroom suites, dining room table, rising cocktail table, miscellaneous furniture, bookcases, artwork, TVs, storage cabinets, bikes, lawn equipment, etc. Cash only. E state S ale: E ntire contents of home, March 16, 17 and 18, 11111 Corlett Road, Riverview. License # AB2840 741-0225Cell: 382-7536 BEVERLY' s ESTATE SALESSUN CITY CENTER2 Matching Formal Couches (1 Sleep Sofa), 2 Pink Wingback Chairs, Curio Cabinet, Glass Top and Brass Dining Table, 6 Chairs, Small Roll Top Desk, Chest, 2 Night Stands, Couch, Leather Chair, 3-Piece Rattan Set, Large Brown Recliner, Bar Stools, Artwork, Lamps, Linens, Silks, Kitchen Items, Scooter, Golf Cart, Misc., Chairs, Grandfather Clock, and Queen Bed.633-1173 or 508-03071906 N. Pebble Beach Blvd.March 16 & 17 7:30am-1pm Leather Sofa Bed, Red Side Chair, Glass Top Dinee Set w/4 Chairs, Ultra-Suede Sofa & Love Seat, Leather Fireside Chairs, Glass Top Dining Room Table w/6 Chairs & Desk. Antiques: Sofa, Hutch, Display Case, Tilt-Top Table, Side Chairs, Singer Sewing Machine, Glassware,Crystal & Clocks. Vintage: Cookware, Boles, Glassware, Kitchenware, Train Sets, & Cast Iron Toys, Vitamaster, H.P. Color Printer, Stimmy Cleaner, Char-Broil Designer Grill, Lounge Chairs & a Plethora of Collectables. P P S. P B www.denneysestatesales.com DENNEYS ESTATE SALES1923 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City CenterFri. & Sat., March 16-17 7 a.m to 1 p.m. (813) 477-1793 The Price is Right! 330 FURNITUREVery nice modern glass and wood dining table with 4 cane-back chairs, $125. A ttractive mediterranean style wood and glass china cabinet with light, $75. Blonde double dresser with large mirror and headboard, $125. 813-765-5220 55 HD TV with DVD. Hardwood maple & oak coffee table, 2 oak nightstands. 813-938-5985 331 APPLIANCESWasher few months old as new. Maytag Bravos H. E ., $400. D ryer works well, $100. Ruskin. 813-507-2039 335 MUSICF or sale: Music equipment, Ovation Balidue G uitar. PA speakers, stage lights, stands, mushroom & bubble machines, monitor, mike stands, etc. 813-649-0048. 360 GOLF CARTSG olf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade. Chargers, parts all related. Ronnys Carts & Parts. 813-484-9855 or 813-645-4515 NETTIES ESTATE SALES1806 Pineapple Palm Ct. Sun City CenterThurs. & Fri., March 15-167 a.m. to NoonHome: (813) 741-0225 Cell: (813) 382-7536Contents Include: LOWREY LX-510 MAJESTY Organ (paid over 60k originally), Sleeper Sofa, Variety of Coffee, End & Lamp Tables, Full Bed, Beautiful Mandarin Oriental Bedroom Furniture, La-Z-Boy Recliners, Swivel Rockers, Sofa, Game Table w/Chairs, Barrister Bookcase, Dining Room Set, 3-pc. Kitchen Set, Buffet/Server, Desks, Work Bench, Tools, Hardware, Household & Misc. Items. See You There! 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Call today for a showing and make this home your own! DONT LET THIS ONE GET AWAY $135,000 CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 WATERFRONT LOT Beautiful building lot ready for the home of your dreams located on a wide canal with no bridges to the bay, sailboat water. Lot size is 75x140 mol with county water and sewer available & no HOA. $90,000 CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653. COMMERCIAL ZONING IS FEATURED ON THIS PRIME PROPERTY ON HWY 674. Existing home is older, but would make great office. Over 300 ft. of hwy. frontage and 2 acres of land adjacent to new site. $799,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 OVER 6 ACRES of beautiful secluded, wooded acreage, one of a kind waterfront view. Property has M/M, well & septic. Two folio numbers. 165 FT. RIVER FRONT. $249,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 PRIME LOCATION CLOSE TO HWY. 41 w/easy access to I-75 pole barn w/bath & small living quarters. Property formerly a nursery. Now has cows grazing. APPROX. 45 USABLE ACRES. Phase one environmental survey & traffic study completed. Reduced to $999,000 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 VERY NICE 70x108 LOT on a nice pond in beautiful Bimini Bay. Ready to build your dream home and choose your own builder. $69,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 ALMOST ONE & ONE HALF ACRES to build that dream home and have room to spare. Partially cleared and level with county water and sewer available. Dead-end street with little traffic. Much potential. Asking $60,000. CALL JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540 DARLING HOME with 2BR/1BA in retirement community on quiet cul-de-sac with large backyard for extra breathing room. Freshly painted, updated kitchen and baths, inside utility room, in super condition. Priced to please at $69,900. CALL JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540 START A WISH LIST of all the activities of which you want to take advantage in Sun City Center because original owner has maintained home in excellent condition leaving lots of leisure time for you. Outstanding 2BR/2BA plus den, large kitchen, breakfast room, living/dining combo, master bedroom with sitting area and 2 walk-in closets. Must see at $199,900. CALL JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 BACK ON THE MARKET! 2BR concrete block house in Apollo Beach, on a beautiful lot with fenced backyard. Laminate floors, enclosed addition, remodeled BA and inside utility, it is a great starter or retirement house. $45,000 CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 NICE 2BR/2A DOUBLEWIDE ON ITS OWN LOT: Large MBR and MBA, L shaped Living/dining room, large glass-enclosed addition, carport, utility shed. Home is sold partially furnished. No HOA. $54,500. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 RUSKIN POOL HOUSE on 1/3 acre lot, in secluded area. 2BR/2BA + Den, large kitchen, huge family room overlooking screened pool and fenced backyard, garage with washer & dryer. Gazebo, detached shed, and well are other desirable features. No HOA, high and dry, 2 blocks from river & boat ramp. $125,000 CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 RENTALS600 NOW RENTINGAVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCYRIVERWOOD APARTMENTS1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments Rental Rates Beginning at $520 + Utilities For Rental Information call: (813) 645-7320 (TDD 800-955-8771) 709 Oceanside Circle Ruskin Mon-Fri 8:00 AM 4:00 PMEqual Housing Opportunity REAL ESTATE500 511 HOUSE FOR SALE 2BR/2BA in Knolls (Kings Point), completely FURNISHED, TILED FLOORS, heated pool just a few steps away.................... $63,500 RENTAL 2BR/2BA in Bedford, FURNISHED, water/sewer & cable service included................. $675 per month in Ruskin: A block from the river, in peaceful area of town, it will be the perfect spot for your new house. $290,000. 2.5 Acres with fish ponds (not in operation) in secluded area of Ruskin. $29,000. in Ruskin: Cleared, zoned for house or mobile home, these 2 adjacent lots offer privacy and elbow room. Conveniently located close to everything, these 4.66 acres with a well, are ready for farming and/or building, and will be a great investment for future development. $125,000. CALLClaire TortCELL:(813) 363-7250 610 W ATERFRONT RENTALSThe Dolphin House, 768 Gran Kaymen Pool, laundry. $185 weekly, plus $300 deposit, utilities included. No pets. 813850-5217, 813-863-6123 611 HOUSES FOR RENTSCC, 55+, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, living room, kitchen, glassed in patio, carport and utility room. Adorable. Call Linda 419-296-9795 2/2/2/ unfurnished home, 1515 Blackstone Circle, Sun City Center a 55+ retirement community. Hugh corner lot home on Middle Lake with boat dock, screened porch with doublewide garage. No pets. Access to pool and all associa tion functions. $850 rental, annual lease with long term lease option. Yard service included with rent. 727-398-7403 612 APTS. 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