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June 7, 2012
RUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570
THE OBSERVER NEWS PERMIT NO. 8
THE OBSERVER NEWS
MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS
Sandra Duran, wearing Bullet Free Sky wristbands. Her dream is that
no one else suffers a needless tragedy from celebratory gunfire.
* By MITCH TRAPHAGEN firstname.lastname@example.org
RUSKIN It would be difficult to imagine a scene that embodies
more peace and
tranquility than the
small house on ten
acres in Ruskin.
The family chose to
spend their holidays Bullet Free Sk
there. It was quiet i11l 1 tFr eky
and safe, and it
was everything the
refuge of home should be and then a bullet fell from the sky.
No one heard the gunshot, nor did anyone see the bullet falling. They
just saw 12-year-old Diego Duran fall to the ground, bleeding from the
head. They had no idea that a mile or more away from their peaceful
refuge, someone fired a bullet into the sky to celebrate the New Year.
after that, the
lives of the
forward to say,
"I did this. I
anyone not Duran and supporter, area artist Dolores Coe, lis-
know? How ten during the press conference held to kick off the
could anyone Bullet Free Sky Campaign.
that a bullet fired into the sky would come down somewhere? In the
end, it doesn't matter. Someone pulled the trigger of a gun and shot a
12-year-old boy in the head. His recovery is ongoing and will be long.
He is lucky to be alive. Someone in Ruskin will have to live with the
knowledge of what he or she has done. At a minimum, in sleepless
nights wracked with guilt, perhaps they have learned something even
schoolchildren know: what goes up must come down and sometimes
that happens with tragic consequences. But those consequences should
not have been unforeseen. Diego's mother, Sandy, is now working to
ensure that those consequences are known and what they have gone
through will not happen to another innocent family.
Last week in front of reporters and television cameras, Duran kicked
off the Bullet Free Sky Campaign. To raise funds for the campaign to
See BULLET FREE SKY, page 18
Ruskin teen prepares for national
championships June 18
* PENNY FLETCHER
RUSKIN It's not about
violence. It's about focus, control
And for at least one Ruskin
teen, it's about eventually helping
his family monetarily.
What started as an all-volunteer
effort of one Ruskin man to give
teenage boys what he didn't have
himself has now produced a State
Champ, and has others preparing
to follow in his footsteps.
Luis Rivera of Ruskin, 15,
a 9th-grader at Lennard High
School, took the Silver Gloves
State Championship for 2012
and in May won his match
against Georgia State Champion
Jaire Mack in Regional Junior
Olympics held in North Carolina.
Known as "El Gallo Negro"
Luis battled his way to victory
with much help from Coach
Rolando Barrientos and Assistant
Coach Arnie Rodriguez.
Now Luis is headed to
Nationals in Mobile, Alabama,
Originally from Homestead,
Luis played football before
moving to Ruskin two years ago.
A lightweight, he says his dad
feared for him on the football
field, so he changed to boxing.
"I got into boxing through my
cousin Ernesto in Homestead,"
Luis said. "He liked to box."
Luis took to it right away.
He says his many quickly-
earned successes come from
a combination of focus and
See RUSKIN BOXER, page 14
PENNY FLETCHER PHOTO
Coach Rolando Barrientos Sr. prepares Luis Rivera for national
competition. Luis currently holds several division and state titles.
Grants boost affordable housing,
jobs, local economy
* By MELODY JAMESON
RUSKIN Grants of more than $4 million
soon will be applied in a popular affordable AASS
housing program here, producing new Future Site of
homes on easy terms for first-time buyers, Bayou Pas VillagePhases IV & V
plus continuing jobs for area craftsmen, plus Coming 2013
pumping an estimated $6.5 million into the 300 Homes, Svnmming Pool
local economy. Community Clinel', 2 Parks
The two grants are coming from federal Fil T r NI ,
agencies and together total $4,055,000,
according to Earl Pfeiffer, executive
director of Florida Home Partnership
(FHP), a locally-based, not-for profit
residential developer. The larger of the two, o
a $2,045,000 grant, has been committed by .. H.
the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ."
through its rural housing assistance arm MELODY JAMESON PHOTO
and another $2,010,000 by the Self-help Two more villages of Bayou Pass, providing afford-
Homeownership Opportunity Program able housing for first time home buyers, will be built
within the Housing and Urban Development at this Ruskin corner with the help of $4 million in fed-
Department (HUD), Pfeiffer said. eral grants made to non-profit developer, Florida Home
Partnership. In preparation, the 80-acre block at 14th
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On-line learning program cuts affect some schools more than others
* By PENNY FLETCHER
attended a bitter-sweet celebration
of their reading goals May 31
dancing to the music of local
DJ Tito who often provides
entertainment for special events at
Doris Ross Reddick Elementary
School in Wimauma.
The disco-type dance was
complete with flashing colored
lights in a darkened room and
both students and teachers
demonstrating their best moves.
The event, which was held
between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with
students entering and leaving,
being grouped according to
grade, was part of a reward for
those students who had met their
reading goals while participating
in the Renaissance Learning
Program for reading which is
found on line at http://www.
I called the celebration bitter-
sweet because this is the last year
the Hillsborough County School
District will ante up the whole
cost of the program and schools
just found that out about 10 days
ago, according to Reddick's
Media Specialist Joan Storey.
"Some of the more affluent
schools can just go to their
PTAs and ask for money, but we
have 96-percent of our students
qualifying for free lunch. Our
parents and PTA just don't have
that kind of money."
"That kind of money," it seems,
is approximately $3.70 per student
per year, which multiplied by
192,000 which is the approximate
number of students in the system
according to school spokeswoman
Linda Cobbe, comes to a savings
of about $710,400 or well over
half a million.
PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOS
Colored disco lights flash across the student's faces and bodies as
they dance in semi-darkness in the media center during a perfor-
mance by local DJ Tito.
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"Schools had always paid
for Accelerated Reader books
and tests until 2008 when tests
became web-based," said Cobbe.
"For the upcoming school year,
the district is continuing to pay
the fee for use of Renaissance
Place servers and the data
integration (access to the tests).
The schools only have to pay for
the individual licenses."
The district allocated $200,000
for the program for 2011-2012,
she continued, but because
of continued state cuts in the
school's comprehensive reading
funding the board had to choose
between paying for these licenses
for another year and hiring
"The need for Renaissance
Place also was affected by the
purchasing myOn Reader. That
is the partnership between the
district, the Children's Board, and
the Hillsborough County Public
Library Cooperative. myOn
is completely digital and also
quizzes students after each book,"
At Reddick, Storey says about
600 students use the Renaissance
program and needs about $22,000
to continue it.
I iing the Renaissance
program is a choice for each
student," Storey explained. "No
kindergartners use it, and about
50 percent of grades 1-5. That's
because some students like to take
the online tests about the books to
earn points, and others don't like
to take tests."
Joan Storey, media specialist at Doris Ross Reddick Elementary
School in Wimauma, talks with local DJ Tito who gave the elementa-
ry school kids a celebration May 31 as part of their rewards program
for reading assignments.
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The tests are, however,
described as fun.
The points they earn can be
used in a school store Storey and
others keep stocked with candy,
gum and other small rewards and
also towards special events like
the dance with DJ Tito.
"We've tapped out grants.
Sun City Center has been very
generous, the Community
Foundation, the Interfaith
Council. We hold some
fundraisers, but other schools in
more affluent areas can just go
to their parents and PTA and get
money. We can't."
So far this year the rewards
program has included a "bouncy
house," a Wacky Relay Day, and
an Ice Cream Sundae Party. DJ
Tito was the last planned event as
the school year ends June 8.
J Thomas Roth, principal,
says donated books would be as
helpful as donated money.
One of the things he sees the
school needs most is Spanish
translations of well-known
characters that very young
children will recognize.
"Some of them can barely
read in their native language,
are learning English and would
recognize let's say Marmaduke
- and it would get their interest.
That is what the program is
intended to do, make students
lovers of books for life."
Reading for pleasure is the
ultimate goal but right now Storey
is more down-to-earth about it.
"We just want to get them
to read. Any reading will help
because it will get them involved
She would like to see more of
the Hispanic students reading in
English, but they have to want to
In the beginning of the year,
students and teachers make
individual goals for each person
which are adjusted and added
to along the way. If the student
makes his or her goal, they
are rewarded. Then they make
Visiting the Renaissance
Learning site's reading portion is
helpful for those who might want
to become involved.
The school's Media Center will
be the site for summer school,
and Storey will be available most
of the summer. To find out more,
or to help out, interested persons
may call her at (813) 634-0809,
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You don't need a crystal ball
As a professional speaker, I have
attended many different kinds of
events. On the fun night of a con-
ference where I was to speak a few
years ago, the ballroom was trans-
formed into a circus mid-
way. On a lark, I decided
to have my fortune told. I
was amazed how the lady
could take bits of infor-
mation and weave them
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As Sherlock Holmes would say,
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That lady was an expert at reading
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In my lapel was a membership pin
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wife guessed that one. She said al-
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You see, my fortune-telling lady
did not need a crystal ball to know
a great deal about me. All she
needed were her observation skills,
which she had sharply honed.
Most of us look but
do not see. We hear
but do not listen. How
: much more successful
\, could we be if we de-
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When I meet some-
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can I learn about them from the
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How about the way they stand or
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main (home or office), what can I
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their surroundings? Are plaques or
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Maybe you are not ready for that
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Well, there you have it. You do
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Liliana Mendez graduated from
Lennard High School last Friday,
June 1, as a first generation graduate.
She hopes to attend HCC South-
shore and major in nursing. Liliana
was active in FCA, track and ALAS
(a support group that she has been a
part of since middle school).
graduates from U.S.
WEST POINT, N.Y Cadet
Christopher J. Collins, son of Jim
and Christine Collins of Apollo
Beach, Florida, graduated from
the U.S. Military Academy on
May 26. While at West Point, he
concentrated his studies in French
and Engineering. He was commis-
sioned as a second lieutenant in
the U.S. Army within the Infan-
try branch and will report to Fort
Polk, Louisiana, for his first as-
Collins is a 2008 graduate of
East Bay High School where he
was an AP scholar, member of the
National Honor Society, captain of
the swim and wrestling teams, and
a member of the debate team.
The U.S. Military Academy is
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It was smiles all around at the
May 21 meeting of the Pelican
Players when two local high
school students were awarded
$8,000 college scholarships.
Lucas Coura, a graduating senior
from Riverview High School, and
Julia Fagoh, from Lennard High
School, were the lucky recipients
of the stipends, which are awarded
at the rate of $1,000 per semester.
The Kings Point theatre group
has been awarding scholarships
since 1982 to students who pursue
degrees in the arts. To date the
Pelican Players have awarded
roughly $400,000 in scholarships.
Lucas Coura, who intends to
study vocal performance, has been
a member of Opera Tampa Chorus,
the Tri-M Music Honors Society,
and the All County Chorus, while
earning top grades in his Honors
and Advanced Placement classes.
He plans to attend Ohio State
Julia Fagoh, who has been
accepted into the dance program
at the University of Alabama, has
performed as a pre-professional
dancer with the Brandon
Ballet, been captain of Lennard
H.S.'s cheerleading team, and
academically ranks third in her
graduating class of 289 students.
Members of the Pelican Players
stay in touch with scholarship
winners throughout their years
of study, in some cases calling
on students to help with their
One scholarship-winner, Casey
Vaughan (Riverview H.S.),
recently wrote to the Pelican
Players to express her "enthusiastic
gratitude." This major in Theater
ttINMIWI AII LOONS
Ka ey Class of 2012
Mullins Lennard High
on achieving the level 'chool
of Eagle Scout and /
for choosing the .
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Congratulations to John Prinz for his Eagle Scout Project:
Building four picnic tables at Sundance Stables.We would like to
thank the young men in Troop 661 for all their hard work.We
also give special thanks to Mr. Cearley and Mr. Council and
both grandparents Wayne Trunphour and Rudy Prinz.
This project could not have been done without the donations
from Home Depot, Ruskin. Thank you store manager
Dan for all your help and support.
and English Education has
been named to the Florida State
President's List for achieving
straight As four semesters in a row,
while directing musicals during
both fall and spring semesters.
This summer she will once again
serve as a drama instructor at the
Glastonbury (CT) Music and Arts
Non-profit and volunteer-led,
the Pelican Players mount four
major shows each year, along
with evenings of innovative one-
act plays, interactive Mystery
Dinner Theatres, variety shows
and workshops on everything from
acting to playwriting to techniques
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Pelican Players President Ill lurcotte (let) and UIcK Yarger, head
of the group's Scholarship Committee, award $8,000 scholarships
to Julia Fagoh and Lucas Coura, graduating seniors who plan to
pursue degrees in the arts.
MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO
RCMA students groove to the arts and music at Firehouse Cultural Center
The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin played host to 100 pre-schoolers from area RCMA Centers on May 25. The
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Fishing tactics and times
I know in the past twenty some boys are no longer.
years that I have been writing You must search for a place
'Fish Tales,' fishing tactics and today to anchor your boat. The
times have changed. days of launching your
For instance: In the 'i f boat from any point you
early years of 'Fish wish are gone. Our area
Tales,' I wrote about boat launches can be
thousands of pounds of counted on one hand.
various fish caught by Today's waterways
the so-called netters. are full of signs saying
This was before the where not to go and
Net Band, which took Fish Tales how fast you may travel.
the livelihood and jobs By Jonie Maschek Fishing licenses for salt
away from many who or freshwater fishing
fished for a living.
In those days, our waterways
were full of fish. They were so
plentiful that you could look in the
clear water and decide which fish
you wanted to catch.
We had plenty of white sandy
beaches and everyone could build
a fire on the beach and cook their
catch. Those were the days of
oyster roasts and parties on the
beach. Today, we have no white,
sandy beach; the oysters are not
plentiful; many of the fish are a
restricted catch; and the netter
Fish used to be caught with a
line and pole, however the market
today is flooded with lures, hooks
and reels of all types, shades, color,
There are some things we can
still do! We can sail into the blue,
breathe the fresh air, listen to the
sounds of the birds and watch the
beautiful sunsets. These things
never get old or out of style.
Aleta Jonie Maschek is a member
of Florida Outdoor Press.
Kids' Program/Event Highlights
Teen Volunteer Orientation
Thursday, June 7 6 to 7 p.m.
Prospective teen volunteers are invited to attend this informational
session. Topics will include the application process, filling out
school forms, shelving guidelines, and volunteer expectations.
Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Thursday, June 7 7 to 8 p.m.
For teens in grades 6-12. Join the Teen Advisory Board to get involved
with the library's teen programs or earn community service hours
for graduation, scholarships and more. Funding provided by
the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.
Friday, June 8 10:05 to 10:35 a.m. and 10:45 to 11:15 am.
For children ages 2-5 with their caregivers. Join them for this
fun and very interactive preschool music and movement
program as they shake some sillies out.
Dads and Munchkins
Saturday, June 9 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
For grades K-5. They are celebrating fathers! Bring your dad, grandpa
or even great-grandpa to the library to share stories, enjoy some
munchkin doughnuts and make a memory with dear ol' dad at this free
program! Registration is required. Call 272-3652 or ask at the Informa-
tion Desk. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.
"Creative and Expressive Artists:" Cartooning!
Monday, June 11 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.
"Creative Artists," 7-10 years, and "Expressive Artists," 11 years and
up, will join Cartoonist Leah Lopez and create a group of cartoons to
take home. Limit 25. Registration required at the Information Desk
or by calling 273-3652. Funding for this program provided by a grant
from the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center.
Tuesday, June 12 2 to 3 p.m.
For children ages 5 to 12. How much spit does one person make? What
is snot made of? Learn gross facts, make gross projects, and have a
whole lot of gross fun! Groups must register in advance, call 273-3652.
Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.
Teen Writing Workshop
Tuesday, June 12 5 to 7 p.m.
Grades 9-12. 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.
Wednesday, June 13 2 to 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 to 4 p.m.
For children ages 5 to 12. Begin a nighttime folktale adventure
in the jungle with Katie Adams of Make Believe Theatre.
The adventure unfolds through mime and rhythm instruments.
Groups must register in advance, call 273-3652.
Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.
East Bay Minor A Durham Bulls.
Congratulations Durham Bulls
The East Bay Little League Minor A National League Champions for
the Spring 2012 season are the Durham Bulls. After winning that cham-
pionship they advanced to the Battle of Brandon Tournament where they
came in 2nd place out of 8 teams. Durham Bulls are: Evan Barnwell,
Cameron Chadbourne, Joriel Dennard, Cade Dickinson, Stephen Heslin,
Colin Hussey, Billy McKone, Dalin Mitchell, Michael Rigolizzo, and
Mark Watson. Manager: Steve Chadbourne. Coaches: Steve Dickinson
and Patrick Barnwell.
VFW Post #8108
7504 Riverview Dr.
Men's Auxiliary -- First Thursday
at 7 p.m.
Ladies' Auxiliary -- Second
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Post -- Second Thursday at
Wednesday Spaghetti Dinner
from 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday Fish Fry from 5 to 7 p.m.
Sunday Breakfast from 9 a.m.
Bar Bingo Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Bar Poker with Lori on
Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Fire in the Hole on Saturdays
at 1 p.m.
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Adults participating in Arbor Day include Apollo Beach Elementary
Principal, Jaime Gerding; Guidance Counselor, Valerie Dickson;
Jeanette Doyle, Event Organizer, Hillsborough County Urban
Forester; Rob Northup; Dottie Drouin, Co-Chair Garden Club; the
children of the K-Club; and ABWC members, Marlene Hall and
Apollo Beach Woman's Club celebrates
Arbor Day with students
The ABWC Garden Club coordinated an Arbor Day event in May with
the Apollo Beach Elementary School, the Hillsborough County Exten-
stion Urban Forest Program and the school's K-Club to plant a South-
ern Red Cedar on the school grounds. During the planting the children
learned what the tree will need to survive. Each student had an opportu-
nity to shovel dirt into the hole around the tree.
ABWC now numbers more than 175 members who raise funds for
scholarships for college-bound Apollo Beach students and participate
in other community ABWC is open to all women in the Apollo Beach
community and surrounding areas. In addition to our raising money for
scholarships and worthy community needs, members enjoy the club's
Book, Bridge, Culture and Garden group activities.
For membership or contact information regarding any of the club's
activities, contact Sharon Vasquez at (813) 641-7856 or e-mail: sharon-
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Top Senior-Friendly Cellphones
Dear Savvy Senior
What types ofsimple cellphones can you recommend to seniors that are
easy to use, without all the bells and whistles? My 77-year-old mother
has had a cell phone for two years but never uses it because she finds it
7li, pj''i For Mom
While smartphones garner most of the
attention in the mobile phone world to-
day, there are still a number of companies
that offer simplified cellphones that are
specifically designed for boomers and
seniors who want one for the primary
The Savvy purpose of making and receiving calls.
Sen r Here are some top options to consider.
SJenior Senior-Friendly Phones
By Jim Miller Created by GreatCall nearly six years
ago, the Jitterbug (greatcall.com, 800-
733-6632) continues to be the best senior-friendly cellphone on the mar-
ket. This custom designed Samsung flip-phone offers a big numerical
keypad that lights up, extra-large text on a brightly colored screen, and
"YES" and "NO" buttons to access the phone's options versus confusing
It also offers voice dialing, an ear cushion that cups around your ear
to improve sound quality, a powerful speakerphone, a 24-hour Jitterbug
operator who can place calls for you, and optional features like voice-
mail, texting, medication reminders, 5Star personal security service, a
live nurse service to answer your health questions any time, night or day,
and more. The Jitterbug J sells for $99 with a one-time $35 activation
fee, no-contract, and calling plans that start at $15 per month.
If you're looking for something a little less expensive, the Doro
PhoneEasy 410 sold through Consumer Cellular (consumercellular.com,
888-345-5509) is also an excellent option. This flip phone offers a large
separated keypad, with a bright easy-to-read color display screen and
huge text. Other features include a vibrating ringer, easy text messaging,
a two-way speakerphone, and a one-touch emergency SOS button on the
back of the phone to contact help when needed.
The Doro 410 sells for $25 with service plans starting at $10 per month,
a one-time $35 activation fee, and no long-term contract. They even give
a 5 percent monthly service discount to AARP members.
Two other senior-friendly phones to check out are the Just 5 (just5.com,
800-709-0509) that costs $90, and the new Clarity Pal (clarityproducts.
com, 800-426-3738) for $100. Both of these cellphones have big but-
tons, amplified sound, a "talk back" feature that speak the numbers as
they're dialed, an "SOS" button that can automatically call your emer-
gency contacts if needed, and they're both sold as "unlocked" phones,
which means they can be used on any GSM network like AT&T and
Shared Plan Options
Another option you might want to consider is to get your mom a simple
cellphone through your cellphone provider. Most carriers including
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile still offer basic cell phones for
people who like things simple.
This option is also very affordable. An extra line can be added to your
family shared plan for around $10 per month, and the cost for these
phones is very low. Here are some of the best basic cellphones that are
recommended by the different carriers.
If you're an AT&T customer, the Pantech Breeze III, which costs $30,
is a good choice for seniors. It has a big spacious keypad, a bright display
screen, large fonts, and offers voice command capabilities, and three
"one-touch" easy access keys located below the phone's display screen.
It also has both an easy and advanced mode to suit customers with dif-
ferent comfort levels.
For Verizon users, consider the LG Revere. Retailing for $80, this is a
basic flip-phone that has a bright 2-inch display screen and offers one-
touch access to three emergency numbers, voicemail, speakerphone and
If you're a Sprint customer, the M370 by Samsung is recommended,
and it's currently free. And T-Mobile users should consider the $30 Sam-
Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman,
OK 73070, or visit SavvySeniororg. Jim Miller is a contributor to the
NBC Today show and author of "The Savvy Senior book.
Application deadline set for Historic
Hillsborough County's Historic
Preservation Challenge Grant Pro-
gram announces that the deadline
to submit applications for the sec-
ond grant cycle is Tuesday, July 31
at 3 p.m. Applications should pro-
mote historic preservation, heri-
tage tourism and related economic
development within Hillsborough
The grant application package
and detailed information on the
Program are available online.
Available grant funds will be
awarded to selected applicants on
a minimum of one-to-one (1:1)
matching basis, not to exceed an
award of more than $250,000
per applicant, per project in any
County budget year.
In December 2011, the County
adopted the Historic Preservation
Challenge Grant Program. More
recently, the Board of County
Commissioners appointed the
Grant Review Committee. The
City of Plant City -- Shelby
City of Tampa -- Jacob Buchman
and Sam Reiber
City of Temple Terrace -- Martha
Sherman and Lunelle Siegel
Unincorporated -- Heather
Brown, Theodore Couch, Jr.,
Thom Stork, and Vincent Tafuro
For more Historic Preservation
Challenge Grant information,
call Joselle Pulgaron, Economic
Development at (813) 272-5560.
Cypress Creek Elementary's Terrific Kids recognized
The Terrific Kid program sponsored by the Sun City Kiwanis recognizes the following Cypress Creek
Elementary students for the month of May: Christian Guzman, Jacob Martinez-Martinez, Xavier Valerio
Hernandez, Sidney Sampath, Jonas Morrison, Maurice Crummer, Maria Ramirez, Lillian Johnson, Isaac
Guajardo, Isabella Benjamin, Solange Subiza, Juan Jimenez-Hernandez, Lily Barrett, Jennah Santos, Nilka
Rodriguez, Mackenzie Davis, David Delariva, Daniel Pantoja, Duwayne Lee, Victor Torres, Rylie Vasquez,
Israel Bass, Madden Camus, Justin Vega, Georgina Negrette, Liliana Michelena, Andrea Roque, Pheonix
Unger, Luz Pantoja, Sergio Mendoza, Jaquez King, Rosa Arteaga-Velazquez, Kayla Williams, Kaitlin Huff-
man, Kamila Galvin, Lillyana Ortiz, Carmen Medina, Deana Perez-Perez, Kara Robinson, Jovani Perez, Epson
Vemard, Michaella Jeannite, Nathaly Martinez, Luis Perez, Lizeth Ramirez, Aileen Vasquez, Joanna Gaff,
Genesis Gonzalez, Chris Chibatto, Yair Flores, Jaden Feliciano, Francesca Prezil, Josarey Quirino, Savanah
Santos, Cielo Leon, Patrick Madden, Cheyenne Rivera, Allison Siegrist, Shaniece Gibson, Ashton Parisi,
Yoselin Garcia Malagon, Paulino Juarez, Julio Rodriguez, Elena Wheeler.
The U.S. Coast
FL75 to meet
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
FL75 Ruskin, FL will be holding
its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m.
on Wednesday, June 13 at the
Ruskin Recreation Center, 901 6th
St., Ruskin. New or prospective
members are always welcome to
For more information, call (813)
Lymphedema support group meets
Medical Center of Trinity will host monthly Lymphedema support
group meetings with the next meeting to be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday,
June 21 at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity 34655.
Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month.
Lymphedema is a persistent swelling, usually affecting an arm or leg,
that sometimes occurs as a side effect of cancer treatment. This condi-
tion results from the abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid and tissue
The underlying cause in all cases is damage to the lymphatic system,
an important part of the immune system that circulates infection-fighting
proteins throughout the body.
Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information
and reservations, call (727) 834-5630.
A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
Trouble chewing, swallowing,
tasting or speaking?
A burning feeling in the mouth?
A dry feeling in the throat?
A dry, rough tongue?
An infection in the mouth?
Join Dr. Michelle Halcomb for a
Friday, June 8, 2012 1:00 p.m.
703 Del Webb Blvd. W., Suite B Sun City Center, FL 33573
Please call 813-634-3396 for reservations. Seating is limited.
Learn what can be done to alleviate the
symptoms of Dry Mouth!
Visit our website:
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Corr Elementary 'Terrific Kids' are honest
The following students of Corr Elementary were recognized as Terrific Kids for the trait of Honesty.
Pre-K Abdulmajeed Gbadegesin, Joshua Johnson; K -- Douglas Suzukovich, Ryan Dunn, J.D. Gleason,
Ethan Eugene, Adrea Mendoza, Adalia Knight, Jack Bernard, and Chelsea Tschiamalenge; 1st Grade -- Jalisa
Landahl, Ashley Araujo, Patrick Barone, Ashley Morton, Sasha Santiago, Moises Ventura, Jonathan Connelly,
Dulce Ariza, and Kenneth Thomas; 2nd Grade -- Wendy Zavala, Matthew Hummel, Areyanna Rodriguez, Ash-
ley Van Meter, Antonio Rios-Cimental, Jorge Porras, and Rachel Montrose; 3rd Grade -- Christian Morales,
Jillian Gibson, Kelly Mendoza, Sam O'Sullivan, Penelope Morton, Briana Davis, Kanndy Ledesma, Vincent
Ezeoke, Fatou Ka, and Caleb Hall; 4th Grade -- Isaiah Castro, Atalya Garza, Osbeyda Barona, Logan Ro-
man, Dylan Geary, Nia Knight, Marissa Laboy-Reyes, and Edward Stefaglo; 5th Grade -- Christian Mendoza,
Alexis Vasquez, Angelique Whittaker, Vianca Sanchez, and Karina Rodriguez.
Children's Board Family Resource
Center provides family activities
The Children's Board Family
Resource Center South County
is a place that helps families in
the Ruskin area become happier,
healthier and stronger. The address
is 3030 E. College Avenue, Ruskin,
which is a convenient destination
for neighbors from each direction
of town. "There is no cost to the
public for their services, classes
and events, and they are open to all
families in the area," says Healthy
Start Coalition's Maria Negron,
program director of the Centers.
The Center is a warm, invit-
ing place designed for families in
the neighborhood to participate
in programs and activities on a
day-to-day basis. All families are
welcome. Call (813) 641-5600 for
more information or to make your
Growing Together Wednes-
days 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
* A 5-week developmental play-
group for confidently walking
1-year- olds, which targets early
childhood development through
music, singing, rhymes, parachute
play and fine motor objects. Reg-
istration is required.
Baby & Me Thursdays 10 to
11 a.m. A 5-week developmental
playgroup for babies (not walking)
targeting the unique needs of in-
fants for free exploration and play,
as well as caregiver/child bonding.
Registration is required.
Summer Program Mondays
and Wednesdays, June 25 to
Aug. 3 1 to 4 p.m. Aprogram for
school-age children (first through
third grades), provided by Bright
Beginnings, to enhance their lit-
eracy skills in reading and math.
The children will also have fun
with arts and crafts, games, mov-
ies, field trips, and more. There
is no charge to attend, however
space is limited and registration is
The South County's Center hours
are 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday
through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
on Friday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on
The Children's Board of Hills-
borough County provides funding;
the Children's Home manages the
center; and Healthy Start Coalition
of Hillsborough County provides
fiscal and program management.
for kids offered
Prevent Blindness Florida will
be providing free vision screening
for children 2-18 from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. on Friday, June 15 at 3030 E.
College Ave., Ruskin.
No appointment is necessary. To
those who qualify assistance will
be provided for glasses and exams.
For more information, call (813)
What are your kids going to eat for
Hillsborough County is participating in the Summer Food Service
Program, going on now through Aug. 12, to provide FREE nutritious
lunches and afternoon snacks to children at more than 40 sites through-
out Hillsborough County. These sites are in geographical areas where 50
percent or more of the children qualify for free or reduced price meals
during the school year.
Too often, many children are left searching for unhealthy foods to eat
when their parents are working or not in the home. When there is not
enough food to go around, their nutritional needs are not met and their
choices are not always the best.
The purpose of the Summer Food Program is to provide a balanced
meal regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, national origin or
income during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are
Applications or eligibility are not required. Summer Camp registra-
tion is NOT a requirement. Summer Food Program sites are located at
schools and other locations in the community to provide meals to all
children in the surrounding area, in addition to those enrolled in summer
school. Any child age 18 and under can visit a participating site to eat a
free lunch and/or afternoon snack.
The Summer Food Service Program for Children is federally funded
and operated by the Hillsborough County Family and Aging Services
Department. The United States Department of Agriculture is an equal op-
portunity provider and employer. Any person who believes he or she has
been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write
or call immediately to: USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400
Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866)
632-9992 (voice or TDD), (800) 845-6136 (Spanish), or (800) 877-8339
(Federal Relay Service).
If any site is interested in serving as a host site, call (813) 272-5160. A
list of approved sites can be found under the 2012 Summer Food Program
Locations Link at www.hillsboroughcounty.org/hss/socialservices/.
For more information, call Summer Food Program for Children, at
Ruskin VFW Post #6287
Ruskin VFW Post #6287, 5120 U.S. 41 N. has listed the following
weekly activities. Meetings are: American Legion on 1st Wednesday
each month; VFW and LAVFW on the 2nd Wednesday each month;
and MAVFW on the 3rd Thursday each month.
Thursday, June 7- VA Hospital at
5:30 p.m. Bar Bingo at 6 p.m. 'l
Friday, June 8-FishFry from4:30 '
to 7 p.m. Music by Time Machine
Band from 7 to 11 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 Music by You
2 Kan from 7 to 11 p.m.
Sunday, June 10 Fire in the Hole
from 1 to 4 p.m. Music by Bert &
Sassy from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Monday, June 11 Planning Meeting at 6 p.m. House Meeting
at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 12 Games in Lounge from 1 to 5 p.m. Kitchen
open from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Bingo at 6 p.m.
The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) Ambassador
Team met on June 1 at The Riverview Civic Center. The Ambassador
Team is associated with the public relations of the GRCC and strives to
bring members closer through business to business relationships. This
meeting was filled with energetic new faces that want to be a part of the
community. For more information, contact the office at (813) 234-5944
or email info triverviewchamber.com.
Meet Apollo Beach's 'Students of the Month'
The following students were honored as Apollo Beach Elementary's 'Student of the Month:' Jake Baksa,
Sydney Baksa, Grace Baxter, Dionna Bowen, Skylar Buzbee, Julien Castleberry, Allana Creasy, Dylan Daniels,
Haegen Elizando, Brayden Goodloe, Alexander Gribble, Dylan Hand, Olivia Hellman, Aireana Jones, Xavier
Jones, Bailee Juszczyk, Dylan Kinka, Claudia Lach, Nico Loaiza, Madison Morris, Alexis Nastri, Madeline
Orr, Krupa Patel, Audrey Pollack, Mitchell Regalado, Jordan Ridge, Gabriela Ruiz, Jack Ryan, Mia Sanders,
Hannah Selke, Taylor Simon, Travis Smith, Brody Whidden, and Dalton Williams. Patrol: Taylor Davis.
VFW & LAVFW Meeting at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13
JUNE 7, 2012
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Finding beauty in the ugliness
I took a vacation last week.
It was needed. I've mentioned
before in this column how some
people have told me my entire
life is a vacation but,
as is often the case, the
truth is different than
for me are actually
pretty rare. I've been
writing for this paper for
about a decade now and
there have only been a Obser
handful of weeks that I By Mitch
didn't submit something mitch@obse
for publication. Things
in South Hillsborough don't stop
happening just because I take a
few days off.
I spent my vacation right here
at home. I've been feeling a
little Florida'd out recently, what
with face-eating zombies and a
steady stream of bad news on the
doorstep and all. I was hoping
to find a little inspiration -
something that would tell me that
it's good to be here, that there
is value in spending my ever
dwindling number of days here.
The jury is still out on whether that
was successful, but I did learn a
I started out at Ft. DeSoto Park
- arguably, one of the world's
most beautiful places and a
unique Tampa Bay area treasure.
I wasn't looking for things so
much as I was looking for people.
Sometimes it feels like Florida is
populated by a handful of natives
with a remnant of
Southern gentility that
are overwhelmed by
a mob of people who
,. were driven out of the
S decent states up north.
At Ft. DeSoto I begin
to see that was not the
ationS case. I saw families
aphagen with children playing
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elderly couple walking
hand in hand, they smiled at
me and said hello. I saw people
enjoying each other, enjoying the
beauty that surrounded them.
Some of us are lucky enough
to have a partner in this life,
someone to support them through
difficult times without question. I
don't care if you are a 250-pound
police officer with muscles in your
forehead, there are times when you
need someone to hold your hand;
someone whose mere presence
helps to calm life's storms. There
are incalculable benefits of going
through times both good and bad
with someone you can trust with
your own weaknesses. To me,
there is incalculable benefit in
knowing that you aren't alone.
Others of us aren't so lucky. For
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Despite some rather ugly headlines, beauty is all around us. Last
weekend, a couple created a new life together on the beach at Little
Harbor in Ruskin.
those who are alone, hard times are
a solitary dance, with occasional
glances over their shoulder to see
that, indeed, no one is behind them
and no one will catch them should
they fall. They are on their own.
Of course, some of them prefer the
latter, not having to worry about
depending upon another, facing
life on their own terms. Regardless
of whether you are dancing with
a partner or dancing alone, for all
of us, what is, is. Through grace or
fire, we live our lives through our
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At Ft. DeSoto, I saw the value
in the former. I saw the value in
being able to share something
beautiful with someone else. It
is easy enough to see the other
side of that coin in the grocery
stores and post offices in South
Hillsborough. I see people who
are alone and so desperate for a
human connection that they chat
up the cashiers, asking question
after question, lingering just for an
escape from their own quiet world
as the people in line behind them
impatiently look at their watches.
It's easy enough to imagine how
they got there plans were made
to purchase a retirement home
in paradise but before that could
happen or shortly afterwards
one of the couple passes away.
Tomorrow isn't guaranteed. For all
of us, today is all we have.
I moved on to Ybor City, which
isn't all that far in miles but is a
world away from Ft. DeSoto. I
walked the famed 7th Avenue,
watching people begin work in
the restaurants. The bar hoppers
from the night before had been
gone for just a few hours. I saw
people whose world has collapsed
to the images only they know,
talking to people only they can
see. I saw restaurant workers
and shop owners opening up
their establishments with grim
expressions on their faces. Ybor is
Sa beautiful part of the city but on
that morning, there didn't seem to
be a lot of happiness to be found.
I pulled out my camera to take a
photo of a brick building across a
side street. Just as I was framing
the shot, a car approached and
then stopped in the middle of the
street the driver didn't want to
interrupt my photo. That was such
a kind gesture on her part. I smiled
at her and she smiled back. And
for a moment, there was a human
connection with a person I've
never seen before and will never
see again, but it will stay with me.
That small act on her part changed
how I saw things. Suddenly, there
was happiness to be found in Ybor
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Estrella Huxtable turns 106
She was born Estella Dalman
on June 12, 1906 in Zeeland, MI
to Ted and Minnie Dalman. For
those of you who are math chal-
lenged that makes Estella 106
years old this June 12. She has led
an interesting life, been blessed
with loving family and friends and
spent many hours working with
Her talent for working with her
hands was the catalyst for several
of her more interesting jobs like,
making handles for caskets, canvas
covers for WWII landing transport
boats, craft kits for Stein Howard
and even owning and working in a
tavern on the outskirts of Zeeland
while her husband was off to war.
In her free time and as she got
older Estella tried just about any
kind of fancy work or craft. Her
hands always had something in
them. Her favorite hobbies were
tatting, sewing, knitting, making
bead jewelry, quilting and crochet-
ing. She had 7 boxes, one for each
day of the week. There was one
project in each box and on that par-
ticular day she would work on just
that task. She made over 90 small
dolls with crocheted, decorative
ceremonial outfits representing
each country of the world. Estrel-
la's favorite pastime until recently,
when her eyesight diminished,
was making crocheted doilies for
her friends and family.
Estella lived in Fremont, MI until
1989 when she moved to Pinckney
to be closer to her son, Robert and
daughter-in-law, Arlene. Unfortu-
nately, Robert passed away from
cancer in 2005 and Arlene decided
to make the move to Sun City Cen-
ter. Estella moved in with Arlene
and lived with her until she moved
to Aston Gardens assisted living
facility in 2011.
Estella has 2 grandchildren, Deb-
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Huxtable, Jr. She also has 3 great
grandchildren,Daniel and Greg-
ory Taber and Julie Huxtable; 6
great great grandchildren, Dustin,
Alicia, Brittany, Allyson, Bran-
don Taber and Brooke Huxtable.
Unfortunately, in 2000 Estella lost
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You, Me, and Business
By: Dana Dittmar, Executive Director
SCC Chamber News
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It's difficult to see small busi-
nesses fail. It's a painful process
to hear about, much less witness
in real time. The Chamber has a
January to January billing cycle,
so we are just now let-
ting go of those who
chose not to renew. We
miss them already.
When a business is
late in paying their an-
nual investment dues,
we don't call asking for
the money. We call and YOU
ask them how they are Busin
doing, if there is any- By Dana
thing they need from us
and how we can assist them going
forward. Some confide and tell us
they are struggling and can't pay
the entire amount of their dues.
For those businesses, we work out
a payment plan.
But as difficult as it is to hear,
there are some businesses --
especially the startups -- that have
already gone under. Some were
incredibly diligent and failed
through no fault of their own. Still
others committed one or more of
the top 10 deadly sins of owning
a business. Here are five of them.
I'll tell you the other five in next
1. They failed to aim high
enough. Too often, especially in
this economy, good enough is no
longer good enough. Businesses
that do not seek to go the ex-
tra mile in customer service and
attitude are ultimately left behind.
Think about Disney and how they
create an entire experience for
2. They have no self-discipline.
All new business owners are
excited about their venture. How-
ever, if they fail to implement sys-
tems and impose standards upon
themselves personally, allowing
them to provide consistent, high
value products and ser-
vices, they are doomed.
3. They procrastinate.
Who hasn't put off un-
til tomorrow what could
have been accomplished
today? But to the small
business owner this can
Se & be a fatal mistake, espe-
ISS cially when it comes to
)ittmar marketing. For example,
many of our member
businesses do not take advantage
of networking events, nor do they
provide us with information we
could promote in our e-newsletter.
"I'm tired," "it's raining," "I'll go
next month" are all excuses -- not
reasons -- for attending luncheons,
breakfasts and Business After
Hours events. Pretty soon "next
month" is the last month they're
4. They have negative person-
alities and low expectations. Who
wants to do business with someone
who is always down and negative
in their approach. It's easy to join
the naysayer and gripe about the
economy and how difficult it is
to do business. If you want to be
successful, your mindset must
change and you must take control
of your business future. Thoughts
become words, which in turn
become reality. And as the leader
of your business, it's up to you
to convey that positive attitude to
your employees so they can, in
turn, relay it to your customers.
5. They select the wrong people
to do business with. They may
have simply hired the wrong re-
ceptionist, server, manager or
personal assistant. Or it may be
worse and they picked the wrong
person to have as a business part-
ner! Whether it is an employee or
co-owner, business owners need to
know how to assess another's skill
set, mindset, and attitude before
creating a partnership.
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deadly sins to avoid!
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PENNY FLETCHER PHOTO
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"Those are the things that make
you a winner," Luis said.
His coaches say his parents,
Luis Sr. and Beronica, are a big
help to both their son and the rest
of the small group that they train.
"They have spent a lot of
time and money helping us, and
sponsoring," said Barrientos.
Others in the community help
as well, but the volunteer not-for-
profit Ruskin Boxing Club can
always use more.
Sometimes simple things are
just what they need, like Rick
Graves Jr. of Southeast Windows
and Glass showing up just before
the group left for Regionals with
a supply of tape, bandages and
gauze, Barrientos said.
Also competing at Regionals
was Brian Gonzalez, 13, who
boxed in the second bout of the
evening against Money Powell,
another Georgia champion.
"It was a tough bout,"
Barrientos said. "He battled hard
for three rounds but nevertheless
came up short. Still, he kept his
head up and gained experience.
After all, he is still a Junior
Olympic Florida Champion."
Brian, who has only been
boxing one year, says he wants
to help his family financially
through his boxing.
"I don't want my family to be in
poorness," he said wistfully.
Chris Meza and Mario Pecina
- both 13- went to Regionals to
give their friends support and also
to get a feel for what it will be
like when they compete.
Chris, 13, attends Progress
Village Middle Magnet School
because of his interest in music.
He plays both drums and guitar.
He started boxing about six
months ago for exercise and took
to it immediately.
Mario, also 13, attends Beth
Shields Middle School and
intends to get serious with the
When asked why Coach
Barrientos set up a ring in his
backyard and began training on
a nonprofit basis, Barrientos said
he boxed in his youth, but never
found a trainer who took a real
interest. So when he got older, he
started training younger boys.
"The first one I was working
with died, so I stopped for nine
years. But I came back to it," he
He not only tries to train boxers,
he is a good role model.
As an example, while in North
Carolina, Barrientos aided a boxer
that had no trainer.
Rodriguez said "he stayed in
his corer and wrapped him and
coached him on like he was his
That boxer was Jose Valenzuela
of Miami, and due to the help he
received, he will also advance to
Nationals in Mobile. He still calls
Barrientos on the telephone and
asks him questions about moves
While at Regionals, Joshua
Rodriguez helped keep the boxers
hydrated and calmed while in
their covers, the coaches said.
Joshua, 20, son of the assistant
coach, has autism.
"He called the whole thing an
adventure," Coach Rodriguez
said. "He helped us in the corer,
made sure the boys ate, that
kind of thing. He really enjoyed
himself and was a big help, kind
of like another guardian."
Some of the sponsors who
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needed and site with any vegetation. Next
have been morning I noticed the foliage was
no reason, supporting a healthy growth of
er seems poison ivy and reported it to the
a road trip. manager. The following day the
e available, camp's maintenance man came by
e purpose of for a look. When I pointed out the
exploration, offending vegetation his response
family, or was, "Really? Don't look nothingn
nothing like the poison ivy from where I
et time come from up in Maine." I will
things can never forget this exchange, nor will
ers fray if my wife. She wound up with a case
e your trip of poison ivy.
he 1969 Unique places to visit are not
uesday, this confined to the major tourist sites of
it all. Go for the West. A trip around the southern
-ss you are Mississippi River in Mississippi
most state and Louisiana will yield riches
weeks. to the traveler. There are miles of
see the plantations depicting a different era
I cities with in this country when cotton, rice and
sometimes sugarcane were king and millions
irly were made and lost by men on the
nes whim of nature or the flip of a coin.
history and Two totally different examples of
)o many plantation life are the Evergreen
country Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana,
ever, in and Houmas House Plantation and
one really Gardens in Darrow, Louisiana.
n area is the Evergreen, a bare bones working
e near Sour plantation has been faithfully
his location reconstructed along with its
rner and I slave cabins to the era before the
n. If you Mississippi levees were built and
cids, have paddle boats docked at plantation
wonderfully dwarfs to load produce. While it
which looks grand from the outside, the
r from the main house is quite simple inside.
vice begins On the other hand Houmas House,
also called "The Sugar Palace," is
other places, an eye popping example of how a
would successful plantation owner lived
can provide and flaunted his wealth. The house
interaction and furnishings are magnificent
)r frustrating and the grounds have been turned
e as was my into something quite spectacular for
southeast today's visitors.
As our trip continues, with
erlooking the furthest destination being
only Yellowstone National Park, I will
WEDNESDAy MAY 16, 2012
After 2 weeks on the road, we finally made it to Baton
Rouge. In a couple of days the required family and friend
visits wil be done and we can pick up our speed. Today
we drove up on the levee between New Orleans and
aton Rouge. On one slde was the water on the other
endless views of sugarcane. Except for the thu boats on
the Mississippi it could have been south Florida.
report on places seen and things done that might
be enjoyable or bring back memories of past trips.
Reports will also be made of specific locations I
found particularly interesting.
Our trip is being made in a small SUV. We will
be stopping at campgrounds, cabins, motels of all
types and even some five-star hotels. Perhaps an
overnight in the car will even be necessary.
Watch for the next installment in this series.
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Janet Cardulla, GFWC Sun City Center Woman's Club president
(2010-12) presented a check for $400 to the SCC Beautification Com-
mittee president, David Green, and property manager Amelia Eich of LE
Wilson Associates. The donation will help to defray the costs of main-
taining the S.R. 674 median. In addition, the GFWC Woman's Club, at
their April and May general meetings, donated the proceeds from their
2011-12 fundraisers to SCC volunteer agencies and area charities includ-
ing: SCC Library, $723 for the annual Wall Street Journal subscription
and purchase of large print books; SCC Emergency Squad, $500; SCC
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To celebrate and recognize the agents for what they consistently do
within the community, Keller Williams Realty closed their offices and
rolled up their sleeves on May 10, in honor of a national initiative called
RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate). This day is dedicated to cel-
ebrating Keller Williams Realty's year round commitment to improving
our local communities.
Each office devoted their time to renewing, improving and donating to
local organizations in the neighborhoods in which they are located.
In Apollo Beach, the agents provided extensive site renovation work
for a brand new organization called FAVE Boating Expeditions, a coun-
seling and support center for Veterans who suffer from loss and are re-
turning from deployment.
South Shore Senior Singles announce
The South Shore Senior Singles, a ministry of the Sun City Center United
Methodist Church, has announced its June activities. Reservations must be
called in to Mary Jo at (813) 383-7535, or Patti at (813) 634-7171. Reser-
vations and cancellations are required for all events.
Game Night Saturday, June 9 7 to 9 p.m. Call for address and other
Alpha House, Apollo Beach Saturday, June 16 5 to 8 p.m. Dining and
dancing with Thor Stevens for entertainment.
Dance Practice and Line Dance Lessons in Sun City Center Friday, June
15 7 to 9 p.m. Get ready for dancing at the Alpha House. Call for reserva-
tion and location.
Trip to MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) in Tampa Saturday,
June 23. See the mummy exhibit. Reservations and payment must be made
by Monday, June 11. Cost is $15 for the 10 a.m. tour, plus your cost of food
at a local restaurant for lunch. The tour will run about 1/2 hours. Carpool-
ing will be from the Sun City Center United Methodist Church. Call Mary
Jo at (813) 383-7535 for your reservation, plus information on payment.
Bowling at The Alley in Riverview Sunday, June 24 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Call Bernadette at (813) 677-2061 with your reservation.
The South Shore Senior Singles group was organized for those age 50+
to provide a non-threatening atmosphere for South Shore singles to meet
and have fun.
Every Wednesday Best Spaghetti in Town ca
$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.
Sunday, June 10 Fag Day 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 23 Summer Dance $5, dance to the music of Marc
Monday, June 25 Blue Plate Special, 5 p.m., Menu: Shrimp dinner
with all the trimmings, only 50 tickets will be sold.
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raise awareness about the dangers
of celebratory gunfire, wristbands
created by Diego, are available
for $5. Celebratory gunfire, while
common in certain communities,
is illegal. With the Fourth of July
approaching, Duran feels a sense
of urgency in getting the word
"Please be aware of the dangers
of celebratory gunfire," she said.
"We are all part of the same earth
and no matter where you are,
even in your front yard, this can
happen. I don't want anyone else
to have to go through this."
Life changed for her son in
the beginning moments of 2012.
While he is improving and has
returned to school on a limited
basis, he still has a long ways
to go. Barring any unforeseen
problems, this summer he'll under
go at least two more MRIs to
check on an aneurism. Since his
last surgery, he has developed
some problems with short-term
memory, but his doctors and his
family are working to change
that. If his recovery has been
miraculous, as much credit for
that goes to Diego himself as to
his doctors and family.
"He has always been a happy
kid," Duran said. "When he was
taken into the operating room,
the surgeons and anesthesiologist
asked him how he was, he said,
'I'm fine' with a smile on his face.
He was trying to help us compose
From a hospital bed, he created
his artistic signature, which
adorns the Bullet Free Sky
At first Duran felt that it was
ridiculous o talk about common
sense, things like not shooting
bullets into the sky. But as she
began to research the issue, she
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realized that many people have
been impacted by it.
"We do not go out to parties,
especially not on days like New
Years or the Fourth of July, so
we've been doing the best we can
to protect our kids," she said. "Yet
just two steps from our door, it
reached us. It has reached many
people; it has killed people. If it
can happen to us, it can happen to
Joseph Krawtschenko, firearms
instructor from Aegis Tactical in
Bradenton, joined Duran at the
press conference and is supporting
the Bullet Free Sky campaign.
"In our classes we teach our
students to always keep their gun
pointed in a safe direction," he
said. "Up in the air is not a safe
After multiple surgeries and
five months of therapy, Sandy
Duran's son is alive and recently
celebrated his 13th birthday.
Rather than submitting to anger
or frustration, Duran is finding
the positive in the tragedy. All she
wants is for the sky to be bullet
free; all she wants is for no one
else to suffer needlessly from a
tragedy like this.
"This experience has opened our
eyes to things we did not know
were possible," she said. "First
of all, this has brought people
together, sending their love and
prayers. I think that has played
a role. And there is awareness. I
also had no idea how celebratory
gunfire could affect us right at our
home. We are a peaceful family;
we live in a peaceful place. We
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stayed there because we felt our
kids were safe."
And maybe something as simple
as a wristband will help to keep
her kids, and your kids, safe in the
"There are positive things that
have come from this, but we don't
want this to happen again," she
continued. "Shooting a bullet into
the sky is pretty much like putting
on a blindfold and just shooting
randomly. Anyone can die from
it. I really don't think the chances
are very small."
Bullet Free Sky wristbands are available for $5 at the
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Saturday, June 9,
Friday, June 15
Saturday, June 16
5-7 p.m. Meatloaf Dinner
5-7 p.m. Wings
5-7 p.m. Fish Fry (baked, beer batter or fried)
7-11 p.m. Live Music
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All events are open to qualified Moose members and guests
Every Saturday the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 75
(Ruskin) provides free, no-obliga-
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recreational boaters. These safety in-
spections take about 15 minutes and
are available from 10am until noon
at Simmons Park (Ruskin) on the
first and third Saturday of the month
and at Williams Park (Gibsonton)
on the second and fourth Saturday,
also from 10 a.m. to noon.
For more information call 813-
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Congratulations -- 70 years!!
A dinner was held in honor of Marion and Charles Becker as they
celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. The party was given by Joan
Gangitano and Jill and
The catered event was
held at Club Renais-
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ter and was attended by
friends and family.
S' .I A champagne toast
was given by their
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Reddick staff performs community
Reddick Elementary School teachers joined with Jim Butner of the
Non-Denominational Christian Worship Services. He coordinated with
the Florida Department of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway and Red-
dick to work to beautify S.R. 674 between U.S. 301 and 6th Street in
Eight teachers and one junior went out on the side of the road and
picked up trash for an hour on May 19. Teachers, non-instructional staff
and even the Principal will be cleaning up the roads over the next year.
The South Shore Democratic Club will meet on Thursday, June 14 at
the South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin.
This month's meeting will feature Susan Smith, President of the Demo-
cratic Progressive Caucus of Florida.
Her topic will be the American Legislative Exchange Council also
known as ALEC. Susan will explain this group's activities and its im-
Since 2003 Susan Smith has been a full-time progressive activist serv-
ing as an organizer for DFA Tampa Bay, as well as Chair of the Campaign
and Legislative Committee for the Hillsborough Democratic Party.
Refreshments at 1 p.m.. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. All Demo-
crats and like-minded people are welcome.
Attention all Veterans
Sun City Center Chapter #110 of the Disabled American Veterans
(DAV) has opened an outreach center in Conessa Hall at the Prince of
Peace Church located at 702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center.
Bob Gerdes and Darrell Katz are DAV certified service officers who
will discuss benefits and assist with claims for all veterans in South
Hillsborough County. Male and female Vets are welcome to participate
in this non-denominational, and free service. Appointments are available
for Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m.- noon.
Drivers also are needed to assist Veterans with transportation to James
A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa.
For more information call Bob at 813-634-1761 or Darrell at 813-260-
Kirk D. Parrott, D.D.S
Carl E. Friedman, D.D.S.
902 N. Tamiami Trail, Ruskin, FL 33570
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Catherine "Kay" Cooper, 93, of Sun
City Center, Fla passed away May
25, 2012 with her family at her side.
She was born on December 18, 1918
in Middletown, Connecticut. She met
her husband, Webb after he came to
Middletown for college and they began
a wonderful 67 year marriage in 1942.
After World War II, the couple moved
to Plainfield, New Jersey, where they
raised their three children and spent
many happy years. They spent their
summers in Fair Haven, New York. The
Coopers started coming to Sun City
Center in the early 1990s. They were
members of the United Community
Church. Mrs. Cooper was active with
lawn bowling, line dancing and the
Songbirds. She lived at the Courtyards
Assisted Living the past year and a
half. Mrs. Cooper was a wonderful
wife and mother, and a friend to many.
She is survived by her daughter,
Sally Ruane; her son, Scott (Pam)
Cooper; her daughter, Marcia (Todd)
Walker,;eight grandchildren and six
great grandchildren. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Webb and her
son-in-law, Jack. A memorial service
was held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2,
2012 at the United Community Church,
701 LaJolla Avenue in Sun City Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests
donations in Kay's memory be made to
the donor's favorite charity of choice.
Arrangements by Sun City Center
Pat DiGiorgio (nee McGinley) of
Kings Point in Sun City Center joined
her late husband, Jimmy DiGiorgio, in
heaven on May 30, 2012. Originally
from Brooklyn and Islip, New York, she
was the beloved mother of Kathleen
Smithfrisch (Ted) and Thomas
"Galen" Smith; cherished and adored
grandmother of Daniel Smith, Colleen
Ligonde (Reginald), Sean Smith, Kelly
Frisch (Charlie), and Kevin Frisch;
loving great-grandmother of Avery
and Madeline Ligonde and survived
by nieces, nephews, and many dear
friends. She will be missed for her
beautiful smile and her laughter.
Memorial mass and remembrances will
be held in NY. Arrangements by Sun
City Center Funeral Home, Sun City
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December 9, 1954 May 21, 2012
Juan E. Hernandez Jr., 57, of Ruskin,
FL passed away May 21, 2012. He
attended St. Anne's Catholic Church
in Ruskin and worked for Hillsborough
County Water Department for 25 years.
Survivors include his parents, Juan Sr.,
and Maria Hernandez; his daughter and
son-in-law, Gidget and Alex Rodriguez
Sr.; two sons, Johnny and Joe
Hernandez; three grandchildren, Alex
Rodriguez Jr., Mariah Rodriguez, and
David A. Hernandez; three brothers,
Javier Hernandez, Cruz (Anna)
Hernandez, and Pablo Hernandez; six
sisters, Martha Hernandez, Mary Elena
(Victor) Guajardo, Gracie Guerra,
Aurora "Dolly" Hernandez, Estella
(Pedro) Cavazos, and Elva Hernandez.
The Funeral was at St. Anne's Catholic
Church in Ruskin, with burial at Ruskin
Memorial Park, Ruskin, FLon Saturday,
May 26, 2012.
Sammy Seavy Hodge
February 10, 1962 June 1, 2012
Sammy Hodge was preceded in
death by his parents, Sammie and
Louise Hodge and sister, Sherry
Burch. Sammy is survived by his son,
Jared Hodge; brother, Michael Hodge
of Punta Gorda; two sisters, Debbie
Melvin of Ruskin and Denise Sultenfuss
of Wimauma. A celebration of Sammy's
life will be held on Saturday, June 9,
2012 at 1 p.m. at the home of Rickie
and Yvonne Simmons, located at
3615 24th St. S.E. Ruskin. They invite
everyone who knew and loved Sammy
to join them. Please bring a covered.
Clyde Miller, 86, of Sun City Center
Florida, passed away at his home on
Saturday, May 19, 2012 surrounded by
Family and friends are invited to
celebrate his life at 1:00 pm, Friday,
June 15, 2012 at the First Christian
Church, 1707 33rd Street SE, Sun City
Clyde was born in Ash Hill, MO on
September 16, 1925, the son of Gilbert
and Clara Miller. He graduated from
high school in 1945 and worked in the
trucking industry for over 40 years.
He lived in Bloomington, IL for many
years where he met his wife Mary,
whom he married in 1986. He retired
from management with Consolidated
Freightways in Bloomington, IL in 1992.
Clyde and Mary moved to Longboat
Key, FL in 1996 where they managed
the Beachcomber condominium until
2008. They then retired to their home
in Sun City Center where they enjoyed
golfing and many friendships. Clyde
was the president of the Caloosa Point
Homeowner's Association and founded
the Nine and Dine social group.
Clyde Miller continued at top of page
Josiah David "J.D"
Josiah David "J.D" Register, 83,
passed away May 24,2012 in Orlando.
He was born in Tampa, FL on October
5, 1928. He attended high school in
Wimauma, FL and graduated from the
University of Tampa. He served in the
U.S. Air Force during the Korean War
and was the founder of H&R Acoustics.
He was preceded in death by his
father, James Register; his mother,
Mary Willis Walker; and his stepfather,
William T Walker. He is survived by
his loving wife of 54 years, Mary
Geralyn "Jerry" Register; daughter
and spouse, Cheryl and Larry Howard;
granddaughters, Tiffany Samford and
Tracy Howard; great-granddaughter,
Savanna Samford; stepmother, Sybil
Register; sisters, Beverly Dotson and
Sandra Robertson; sister-in-law, Alice
Pope Roberts; niece, Jackie Hanner;
great niece and nephew, Alissa Wood
and Michael Hanner; numerous
cousins, great-grand niece and great-
grand nephews; dear friends, Bill and
Brenda Schrope. He will be laid to
rest in Pine Mountain, GA. In lieu of
flowers, the family suggests memorial
contributions be made to the SPCA of
Arrangements by Robert Bryant
Funeral and Cremation Chapel.
Clyde Miller Obituary continued
He is survived by his wife of 26 years,
Mary, and his children; Steve Miller of
Goreville, IL; Bonnie (Ken) Dison of
Menomonee Falls, WI; Wendy Strack
of Findlay, OH; Tim (Debbie) Miller of
Ft. Smith, AK; Jeff Miller of Tucson,
AZ; Jeni Boehmer of Chicago, IL; Amy
(Rick) West of Elgin IL; Laura Boehmer
of St. Petersburg, FL; Tracy Boehmer
of Indianapolis,IN; nine grandchildren
and two great grandchildren. One son,
Greg Miller, preceded him in death.
He is also survived by siblings
Franklin D. Miller of Madisonville,
KY; Doris Gammon of Pendleton, IN;
Keith Miller of O'Fallon, IL; Sue Stehle
of Forsythe, Mo; Thelma Brooks of
Springfield, MO; Ruth Denam of Eldon,
MO; and Marvin Miller of Hinesville,
GA He was preceded in death by
his brothers George and Ralph and a
Clyde was a strong willed and deeply
determined man. He will especially be
remembered for his kind heart and his
intense love of his family and friends.
He was known for his humor, quick wit
and thoughtfulness. Clyde developed
countless close friends along the way,
and made staying in touch with them
a priority. He also had a passion for
golf, which he shared with his wife and
In lieu of flowers, donations to the
family will be gifted to the Hospice in
Defiance, Ohio. Clyde's son Greg lost
his battle with ALS in 2007 under their
care. Clyde spent months with them
caring for Greg, and was especially
grateful and appreciative of their loving
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25, 2012. He is survived by his wife,
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Rev. Richard Nussel and All Year............... 10:45 a.m. 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.
SPhone: 645-1241 Sunday School............ 9:30 a.m. call 645-6198
Triendship Bapist Church Sunday WEEKLY SERVICES:
A-A Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist) 9 a.m ......................Bible Study
I--11511 El Rancho Dr. 11 a.m ....................Bible Study
1511 El Rancho Dr. 10 a.m & 6 p.m............Worship
Sun City Center, FL 33573 Worship
1h3-633-5950 6 p.m.... Prayer Meeting/Bible Study
Building Community Thru God's Love
106 7th Ave. N.W. 10 a.m. Sunday School
Ruskin, FL 33570 11 a.m. Worship Service
N. Blanton (813) 309-3558 7 p.m. Wed. Bible Study snesr,
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA
701 Valley Forge Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573-5354
A Rev. Dr. Peter Stiller, Pastor
Worship Services on Sunday 930 & 11:15 a.m.
Holy Communion First & Third Sunday Bible Class Thursday 10 a.m., Guests Welcome
Spirituality Rather Than "Religion"
Henry Gibson Social Hall, Beth Israel Synagogue Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.
1115 Del Webb E. Sun City Center, FL3-2 -
SFirst Baptist Church of Gibsonton
"We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
Traditional Worship Service *Sunday School 9:30 A.M.
Old-Time Gospel Hymns *MorningWorship 10:30A.M.
Nursery Available Sunday Evening 6:00 PM.
*Interpreter for the Deaf Mid-Week (Wed.) 7:00 PM.
9912 Indiana St. Hwy 41 & Eslelle A enue Malcolm S. Clements. Pastor
Gibsonton, FL 33534 813-677-1301
Prince of Peace Masses:
Sunday ..........8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon
Catholic Church Saturday Vigil.............................4:00 p.m.
702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573 Daily..........................................8:00 a.m.
Phone: 634-2328 Fax: 633-6670 Confessions:
www.popcc.org Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. and Sat. 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
SSunday School (all ages)........ 9:30 a.m.
NO R H SI E Sunday Morning Worship .... 10:45 a.m.
SBAPTIST CHURCH Sunday Evening Worship ....... 6:00 p.m. SBC
"Loving God Loving Others Wednesday (all ages) ............. 6:30 p.m.
"Loving God, Loving Others,
Serving Beyond Borders" Dr Samuel (Sam) A. Roach, Pastor
1301 U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Ruskin, FL 645-1121 www.nbcor.org
UNITED COMMUNITY CHURCH United Church of Christ
1501 La Jolla Ave., Sun City Center, FL 33573-5329
.'' '''. A Caring Church United in God's Love Serving Our Community iL
.... ALL ARE WELCOME!
Rev. Dr. Louis D. Leone Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
(813) 634-1304 www.uccinscc.org --
W/elome t EVERETT TATE, MINISTER
South Hillsborough Church of Christ
1611 First St. SW Ruskin, FL 645-7607
SERVICES: Sunday........................9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday................7:00 p.m.,I -
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JUNE 7, 2012
JUNE 7, 2012
Spiritual Leader q thfs o
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Rev. Sue Meixner .,, Sun City Center ,1
.6 C Sun CityCenter
813-362-0806 : Chamber of Commerce
firstname.lastname@example.org i' 1651 Sun City Center Plaza
NewThought ChurchReligious Science/SOM
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
INVITES YOU TO SERVICES AT OUR NEW LOCATION
1707 33rd Street SE, SCC/Ruskin 813-938-4955
10:30 a.m. SUNDAYS
NO CREED...BUT CHRIST
NO BOOK...BUT THE BIBLE
Minister DR. DAVID CAMPBELL
F7RST BAPTIST CCHURCH-I
J l820 COLLEGE AVE. W.
RUSKIN, FL 33570
A Resource for Families
Sunday School............................ 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship............8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Dr. Barry Rumsey
Evening Service.............................6:00 p.m. CHMST SCHOOL
Wednesday Night Service................7:00 p.m. THROUGH 12TH
Awana.............................................7:00 p.m. GRADE
zA Southside Baptist Church
"A Warm, Loving & Friendly Church"
Looking 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.
4208 U.S. Hwy. 41 S Sun City, FL 33586 813-645-4085
"Getting to KnowYou" (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.
Dan Collis, Pastor
Come join us to
learn about God's
Word and salvation
in Jesus Christ
First Church of Christ, Scientist
204 2nd St. N.W. Ruskin, FL 33570 (813) 645-6102
Christian Science Heals
Sunday 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
SSt. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday Services 9:30 a.m.
Contemporary Service 11:00 a.m.
Prayers with anointing for healing and wholeness
during worship the second Sunday of every month.
Ministry Pastor: Rev. Dr. Mark E. Salmon
Church Meet friends in Fellowship Hall between Services.
1239 Del Webb Blvd. West
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Church is Handicap accessible
For information visit:
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c(In Memorium '7
June 8, 1989 September 8, 2007
Happy 23rd Birthday!
...Always in our thoughts,
Forever in Our Hearts
We love and miss you so much,
Dad, Mom and Ryan
Dr. Michael F. Evans and wife Regina.
Dr. Evans retires
The congregation of the United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla
Avenue, was invited to the Great Hall following the worship service on
May 27, 2012 to honor Dr. Michael F. Evans for his service to the church
and community. Dr. Evans celebrated 40 years of ministry and 12 years
as Senior Pastor of the church. There was a very special program and
everyone offering wishes for a happy healthy and productive retirement.
The Regional Conference Minister, Dr Jean Simpson (the future Interim
Minister) was part of the worship service and conveyed best wishes to
Dr. Evans and his wife, Regina from the Florida Conference.
Spring has sprung, and summer
is well on the way. It's that time to
plan vacations and summer events,
but when you are relaxing in your
lounge chair in the back yard,
think ahead to the Fall season and
all that it brings.
It may seem very early to think
about autumn holidays, but Beth
Israel Sisterhood of Sun City Cen-
ter wants to remind you about their
Rosh Hashanah Gift Package that
was so successful last year. Each
gift pack contains an 8-oz. jar of
kosher honey, with a signed gift
card included. It is $10 each with
proceeds going to Sisterhood.
What a sweet way to celebrate
with family and friends.
To place an order, call Rochelle
Lafer at (813) 938-3824 or mail
request to 2247 Oakley Green
Dr., Sun City Center, 33573. The
deadline for orders is Wednesday,
July 25, so that the honey arrives
in time for the holiday.
Pianorama Music Store and
Christian Supply of Ruskin will
present its 21st annual student
recital at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 9
at Simmons Loop Baptist Church,
6610 Simmons Loop, Riverview.
Hear over 60 performers from
beginners to advanced on various
instruments and voice levels. The
recital is free and open to the pub-
For information on summer
lessons, call (813) 645-1774.
Sound the Shofar
Sound the Shofar will meet at
2 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, in the
South Shore Library. The Library
is located at 15816 Beth Shields
Way, Ruskin. Pastor David Jones
of Ruach Ministries in Brandon,
will continue teaching on the He-
braic Roots of the Christian Faith,
with emphasis on the Aharonic
For more information call Pastor
David at 813 477-1517.
SBETH ISRAEL The Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center,
1115 Del Webb Blvd. E. Sun City Center (813)634-2590
SHABBAT SERVICES FRIDAY EVENING AT 7:30 PM
TORAH STUDY SATURDAY AT 12 NOON
MORNING SERVICES 2ND AND 4TH SATURDAY 10AM
RABBI: PHILIP ARONSON CANTOR: DR. SAM ISAAK
ALL ARE WELCOME
Come and experience the power of
Jesus to change your life.
Sunday @ 9 & 11 AM Servicio en Espaiol @ 6 PM
2322 11th Ave. SE Ruskin, FL 813.645.3337
1520 33rd Street SE Ruskin, FL 33570
Only onsite Crematory in South Hillsborough County
Family owned and operated since 1979
Happy birthday Brent
We can't believe that it has been
23 yrs since that blessed day that
you came into our lives.We think of
you everyday and miss you terribly.
Until our family is together again and
our family is whole once again. Love
Poppy, Uncle Ron, Aunt Kimmy and
The Loss After Life Bereave-
ment Group meeting at The United
Community, 1501 La Jolla Avenue
will not meet again until Wednes-
day, November 7. Watch this fall
for news of the meetings.
Big city voice...
small town heart
First Baptist Church, 9912 Indi-
ana St., Gibsonton, will feature the
music ministry of Michael James
Facciani singing the greatest
Christian songs of all time at 10:30
a.m. on Sunday, June 10. Facciani
has a big city voice...and a small
With no previous vocal experi-
ence since second grade glee club,
he prayed a simple prayer at age
22 for a singing voice. Experience
the thunderous, rich baritone voice
that has been compared to the late
Robert Goulet. In a frame of only
5'7" and 165 lbs., most ask, "How
can a voice that big come from a
body that small?"
For more information, call (813)
Magic happens at St.
Pastor Mark Salmon
Once a year the Fellowship Com-
mittee of St. Andrew Presbyterian
Church in Sun City Center holds an
amateur talent show, preceded by an
indoor picnic. At the recent event
there were twelve acts. In one act, St.
Andrew pastor, Dr. Mark Salmon,
performed several magic acts to the
amazement of guests. Pastor Salm-
on is a talented Christian magician
who performs his tricks for children
and often uses them to make points
in his Sunday sermons. Community
members are invited to worship at
St. Andrew on any Sunday and see
what other "magic" happens during
worship services and in the other
activities available for members to
grow in Christian love.
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SouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. Gibsonton
S U.S. Hwy. 41
.. 106 11thAve. NE
*ir.3- .L Ruskin
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Very Rev. John F. McEvoy, V.F.
Vigil M ass.. .............................................................Saturday 5:00 p.m .
Sunday Mass........8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Contemporary)
M onday thru Friday ........................................ ........................... :00 a.m.
Wednesday and Friday.......... ................................................12 noon
Holy Days ....................................... Contact Parish Office for Schedule
Espatol ......................................Domingo 12:30 p.m.; Jueves 7:00 p.m.
SConfession......................... Thursday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m.
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U Continued from page 1
The monies will help underwrite
two more phases of the Bayou
Pass Villages development along
14th Avenue S.E. for which
ground has been broken. Bayou
Pass I and II, built and occupied
several years ago, are located on
the south and north sides of 14th
Avenue respectively, immediately
west of 24th Street S.E. The third
village in the series with 166 lots
was carved out and now is close to
build out on the north side of 14th,
at 21st Street S.E.
Two new neighborhoods will be
constructed in the southeast corner
of the 14th and 6th Street S.E.
intersection, beginning with 158
homesites in Phase IV, the director
noted. Initial clearing of that 80-
acre block currently is underway
and the property is expected to
contain eventually some 300 homes
built with the sweat equity of their
Designed for buyers who, for
any number of reasons, have
to purchase a
home in the
opportunity t o
on all of their dwellings, individual
capabilities can be efficiently
utilized, Pfeiffer noted, adding
that a single mother, for example,
may not be able to apply stucco
but she may be a good painter and
therefore can help with painting
other members' houses in addition
to her own. It is expected that each
homeowner will contribute 600
hours of work over a six-month
The concept, he pointed out,
is an updated version of the barn
raising commonly undertaken by
several families in rural American
communities a century ago; "a
neighbor helping neighbor" system
to accomplish together what one
alone cannot. Such an approach is a
natural for a governmental agency
focused on agriculture, Pfeiffer
Although the first Bayou Pass
village includes a few two-story
homes, all plans chosen by new
home buyers in recent years have
...the affordable home
operation as a whole
puts an estimated
$6.5 million into
the South County
join with several other families
in helping to build a group of
their homes, all at the same time,
Pfeiffer explained. A first-time
buyer is defined as one that has
not owned a home during the three
years prior to making application
with FHP, he added.
The process begins when
interested parties obtain an
information package ui.ii ll, iy i
details of the program and
then make application. After
verifications of basic information
such as income and employment,
interviews are scheduled and
loan paperwork completed. The
mortgage loans are approved and
backed by USDA.
At the present time, the fixed
interest rate on the program's
approved USDA loans is 3.25
percent for 33 years, the FHP
Following loan approvals, a
group of maybe six to 10 will
begin working on their homes
together. While some of the
basic construction is handled
by professional block masons
and carpenters, plumbers and
electricians, drywallers and
roofers, some of the labor and the
various skills needed to complete
construction of a house can be
supplied by the new homeowners
in keeping with their individual
abilities. Because the group works
said. Floor plans
include three, four
or five bedrooms
in spaces ranging
from 1160 to just
under 1600 square
feet. Each home
is concrete block,
built to energy rating standards
and according to Florida's certified
i I. I," code, he added.
The homes and their lots in
Bayou Pass IV, when they begin to
appear in 2013, will be valued in
the $130,000 to $140,000 range,
the executive said. And about
$7,000 per house was shaved off
the cost, he added, because the
acreage was acquired from a bank
for just $1.49 million when the
former lender foreclosed after the
previous owner defaulted on a loan.
FHP is able to wrap up sales of
about 50 homes each year, Pfeiffer
said, adding that he "could do
many more if I could get them
closed sooner." About 60 applicants
currently are "in the pipeline," he
At that sales rate, the affordable
home operation as a whole puts
an estimated $6.5 million into the
South County economy, Pfeiffer
asserted. From the craftsmen
engaged to help build the houses
to the suppliers of ,, \ Hill :
from lumber and blocks to tile
and landscaping plants to all
of the small and large business
employees who manage or sell
or deliver the goods, the original
investment dollars are multiplied
and circulated in widening circles.
Plus, he added, ultimately each
new home is another addition to the
county tax base.
'There's a lot of stuff involved"
in implementing the FHP mission,
Pfeiffer summed up, but that won't
be the priority topic on .ii. .i.L.
June 23, when the developer holds
its day-long 2012 Home Ownership
Month Event (HOME), across from
the Bayou Pass III swimming pool
under the village's iconic clock
The day will begin with a
playground build, getting underway
at about 7:30 AM as volunteers
assemble for the project, said Joey
Henderson, FHP spokesperson.
Other aspects of the event include
an open house in a furnished
model home, live radio broadcasts
from the village by WFLZ 93.3
personnel, and lunch by Sonny's
Following lunch, the annual
Dorothy Duke Community Service
Award will be presented, named
in honor of the late Mrs. Duke
who single-handedly established
foundation for the South County's
first affordable housing project.
The award recipient is not notified
in advance and will not be known
until the moment announced,
At this time, checks reflecting
the two large federal agency
grants also are to be turned over
to FHP by USDA and HUD
representatives. Among the invited
officials are Bill Nelson, Florida's
senior U.S. Senator, Kathy Castor,
U.S. Representative for the greater
Tampa area, and Sandy Murman,
county commissioner representing
the first district which covers
Florida Home Partnership,
founded in 1993 and observing
its 20-year anniversary in 2013,
is overseen by a 15-member
board of directors, a third of
them community residents who
purchased their homes through
the program. Similarly, half of
the 17 employees who keep
FHP humming day to day also
are homeowners in Bayou Pass
neighborhoods, Pfeiffer said.
The developer has facilitated 550
houses for affordable home buyers
in several Hillsborough single
family and townhome subdivisions
as well as a project in Pasco County
since the earliest community was
completed. Five local, state and
national entities partner with the
developer, including Hillsborough
County, the State of Florida,
USDA, the Federal Home Loan
Bank and the Housing Assistance
Council on behalf of HUD.
FHP's website address is
www.flhome.org and additional
information can be requested or
volunteer registration made by
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* Continued from page 10
City. Until that woman smiled, I
had somehow missed it.
I watched sunsets from Bahia
Beach at Little Harbor. I watched
a young couple be married on the
beach as the majestic curtains were
drawn on a beautiful day. Over the
Memorial Day weekend, the resort
was packed with people enjoying
each other's company. For a few
minutes, the world seemed to stop
for the newly married couple as
they posed for photos with the
sun setting behind them. It was a
beautiful thing to see.
I'm not sure I accomplished
much of anything on my vacation,
but I'm not Florida'd out
anymore. For all of the horrible
headlines and all of the bad
news on the doorstep, there is
incredible beauty here; there is
life here. There are good, decent
and caring people here and they
far outnumber those who make the
seemingly non-stop weird Florida
news. But despite the 19 million
people crowded into this state,
there is loneliness, too.
As Americans, we pride
ourselves on our rugged
individualism, but that's a very
small part of our story. It seems
to me that much more was
accomplished in the past, when
neighbors turned out to raise a
barn together, rather than when a
rugged individual went off to seek
a fortune for himself. There aren't
many people raising barns in
South Hillsborough anymore, but
what I learned on my vacation is
that sometimes a smile is all that
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St., Gibsonton (1 block off US 41, 1
block north Gibsonton Dr.,) Wednesday
through Saturday, 9am-3pm. Clothing,
furniture, lots misc. Ministry First Baptist
Gibsonton. 813-671-0036 to donate
Garage & furniture sale. Saturday,
June 9th 8am-2pm. 682 Ft. Duquesna
Dr., SCC. Everything must go, priced
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Garage sale. Something for everyone,
priced to sell. Friday 6/8 & Saturday 6/9,
8am-1pm. 803 Kings Leon Way, SCC
June 8 & 9, 8am-noon. 1204 Desert Hills
Dr., SCC. Old sleigh bed, tools, lots of
furniture. Don't miss this one
Above The Rest
Upscale resale shop. Furniture,
household items, jewelry, handbags,
antiques & more. 139 South Pebble
Beach Blvd., SCC, between CVS &
Winn Dixie. 813-633-5013
Moving sale. Tools, clothes, furniture,
etc. Friday 6/8 & Saturday 6/9. 8am-
4pm. 2306 Lloyd Rd., (off Universal),
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Saturday 8 a.m. 12 p.m.
310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
Everything must go. House full of
furniture, tools, misc. 505 Golf& Sea
Blvd, AB 7am-3pm. June 8 & 9
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Open Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m. 2 p.m.
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312 ESTATE SALES
One Man's Junk
is Another Man's Treasure
32yrs of hoarding & collecting. 5 utility
trailers, Kit car, antiques, furniture,
tools, household items. Gone With the
Wind lamps, old kitchen cupboard,
handmade quilts. Beautiful oriental in-
lay Mother of Pearl dining room table,
6 chairs, w/ matching corner china
cabinet, glassware, Elvis gold frame
records, 5 china cabinets (full). This
sale will be held 2 weekend. June 7, 8,
9, & 13, 15, 16, 8am-2pm. 9701 Lor-
raine Rd, Riverview. Take Riverview
Dr to Dean turn left at end of road.
New & Gently Used Furniture
BUY & SELL
Daily Trips to SCC
6819 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
Dealei in Gold & Silvel Coins
Domestic & Foreign
U.S. Paper Money WANTED (SmallorLarge)
Foreign Currency WANTED
BUYING SILVER COINS
Paying depending on the
market at time of purchase
Watch out for Counterfeit Coins
now being sold & circulated in this area
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All transactions are strictly confidential.
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or Eve: 633-1173
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Join us in a walk from the past to the
present. Sofa, Chairs, Hide-a-Bed,
Display Cabinet, Computer Desk,
Antique Furniture (Shaving Stand, Wash
Stand, Chest of Drawers, Fern Tables,
Iron Bed, School Desk, Caned Chairs
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Collections (Honey Boxes &Individual
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Glassware), Flo Blue and Ridgeway,
Everything needed for a HO or N Train
Layout, a Library of Books, Kitchenware,
Numerous Power Tools (Chain Saw, Table
Saws, Drill Press), Hand Tools Galore
including Antique Tools, 25 Gal. Sprayer
and Zero Turn Mower.
312 ESTATE SALES
1507 Cherry Hills Dr.
(off N. Pebble Beach)
Fri. & Sat. 7-1
Costume Jewelry, Queen
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S Coffee Tables, Recliner,
Loveseat, Table w/Chairs,
TV, Kitchenwares, Chairs,
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Furniture: Bowfront Curio Cabinet,
Sleep By Number King Bed, Dinette
Table w/Chairs, Sofas, Loveseats, Sofa
Sleepers, Game Table w/Chairs,
Queen Bedroom Suite, Lift Chair,
,r, u rI. Cedar Chest, Entertainment
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Banjo, Mandolin; Collectables:
Waterford, Lefton, Steiff, Royal
Doulton, Sterling, Carnival Glass,
Clocks; Jewelry; Misc.: Tools, Card
Table w/Chairs; Household, Kitchen
and Misc Items.
including Etagere, Side Chairs,
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SIERRA (1550 sq. ft.) 2BR/2BA, GARAGE, oakfloors,
in Greenbriar.............................................. $129,000
2BR/2BA with enclosed lanai, close to
Clubhouse ......................................................$ 2 0 ,0 0 0
2BR/2BA in KNOLLS (private heated pool),
FURNISHED, updated .................................$59,900
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2BR/2BA 2 car garage HOME in SCC,
unfurnished. .................................. $975 per m onth
RUSKIN DUPLEX: 3BR/1.5BA on one
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1 BR/1 BA on other side, nice and clean.
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612 APTS. FOR RENT
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lower than assessed at just $239,900 CALL JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 shutters in front bedroom, vaulted ceilings. Koi pond with waterfall, wrap-around porch & private screened cat
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CALL JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 NEW LISTING!! Beautifully maintained 3BR/2BA manufacturered home built in 1994 on large lot located
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and occupancy. $169,900 CALL JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 or LARAE REGIS 633-8318 call for your own private showing today. $56,900 CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653
5 ACRES with easy access to 1-75. Perfect for Landscape/Nursery business. Property complete with irrigation & COMMERCIAL PROPERTY -- PRICE REDUCED!! PRIME LOCATION ON HIGHWAY 41!! Great location for
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large bedrooms which includes in-law or guest quarters. 5-car garage for the car-lovers with extra carport. High 1.4 ACRES with county water and sewer available. Ideal for your estate home or build up to 4 homes on this
bank of the river- out of the flood zone. This is a must see. Easy to show so CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or property. Mostly cleared corner lot within minutes to Schools, Churches, Restaurants and Recreation. Asking
ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201. $60,000 CALL JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540
OVER 6 ACRES of beautiful secluded, wooded acreage, one-of-a-kind waterfront view. Property has M/M, well & A HOUSE AND A WORKING PLACE IN RUSKIN: zoned CG, property offers 1 acre lot in residential area, close
septic. Two folio numbers. 165 ft. river front. $249,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK to major Hwy, 2BR+Den (3rd BR), 2.5BA and 4 large attached offices, 2,600 sq. ft. total. Inside utility rm,
748-2201 screened porch, remodeled kitchen, beautiful wood floors, fireplace, and detached 2-car garage and carport are
COMMERCIAL LISTING! Great commercial property with 158 ft of frontage on Highway 41 (1.04 acres MOL). other great features of property. $219,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
Property is zoned Cl (commercial intensive) and is currently rented to an auto/service/repair garage. Special BEAUTIFUL CLEARED LAND IN RUSKIN: 4.66 Acres right in town, close to main Hwy. in area of new
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$279,000 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 development. Electric and well on site. $125,000 CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
PRIME LOCATION CLOSE TO HWY 41 w/easy access to 1-75 pole barn w/bath & small living quarters. Property RUSKIN ACREAGE AND 2 MOBILE-HOMES: 2.30 acre lot, representing 2 parcels and 2 folio numbers, cleared
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traffic study completed. Reduced to $999,000 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 with few shady trees and a very nice pond full of fish! First M/Home is 2BR/2BA, second M/H is 2BR/1BA, both
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Ruskin. Nice size lot (72x170) with a circular driveway and parking for 6-12 vehicles. Large reception area, 6 APOLLO BEACH RENTAL: 3BR/2BA house, 2-car garage, screened porch, repainted inside, new CHA.
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1 in 10
Americans have a hearing loss.
That's more than 31,000,000 people.
of people over age 65
have a hearing loss.
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people over 60 have
(ages 48-65) have hearing loss.
of people with hearing
loss are male.
with hearing loss are
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Benefits of hearing aids vary by type and degree of hearing loss, noise environment, accuracy of hearing evaluation and proper fit. Beltone Hearing Care Centers are independently owned and operated. Participation may vary. Beltone 2012.
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