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Josephine Gay, 7
Dawn Hochsprung, 47
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Nancy Lanza, 52
Jesse Lewis, 6
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace Mcdonnell, 7
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6
In honor, in memory, for Christmas:
MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO
The beauty of Christmas is evident for all to see. But the ornaments and
gifts are simply wrapping paper around the real meaning of the holiday.
Even in the wake of an unimaginable tragedy, Christmas is a time of faith,
hope, and compassion.
Retired and still working;
that's just how this guy rolls
* By PENNY FLETCHER
RUSKIN If you've gone
to school in south Hillsborough
County or had children or even
grandchildren in school here in
the last 35 years, you've probably
heard the name Joe Green.
Now a part-time adjunct
professor of education at the
University of South Florida,
Green's boss is officially his wife
Bea, who is a full-time professor
they met, her
Green has a
JOE GREEN long history
in education in the area and has
influenced many students and
fellow teachers. In fact, he has
such a strong following a group
has a petition effort going to name
the new elementary school being
built near Lennard High School in
Ruskin after him.
"I am a hesitant participant
in this," Green said when
interviewed last week. "It was
supposed to be a surprise, but
my wife told me so I wouldn't
be completely blindsided when
I heard it. I was greatly humbled
that people think enough of me to
do such a thing."
Green was originally a school
principal in Columbus, Ohio
before moving to Ruskin in 1977.
Because his mother has lived in
Seffner most of her life, the area
was a natural choice for them, he
When he first arrived, he was
in business, but shortly after
that, found he missed being in
Hired as a teacher at Mango
Elementary School in 1979,
the principal there became ill
and having been a principal
previously, Green was appointed
> See JOE GREEN, page 9
* By MITCH TRAPHAGEN
As the nation and the entire world absorbs the shock of last week's
senseless shooting of 20 young children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook
Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the sheer trauma of the event
raises the question, 'Why?" Although law enforcement has stated they
expect to piece things together to answer how and why this happened,
the truth is there is no answer to "Why?" The senseless deaths of so
many innocents simply can't be answered. There can be no rational
reason those lives were taken. With no way to rationalize it, many
people ask what they can do to help.
Speaking from Newtown on Sunday, President Obama summed
it up by saying, "Charlotte, Daniel, Olivia, Josephine, Ana, Dylan,
Madeline, Catherine, Chase, Jesse, James, Grace, Emilie, Jack, Noah,
Caroline, Jessica, Benjamin, Avielle, Allison, God has called them all
home. For those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on
and make our country worthy of their memory. May God bless and
keep those we've lost in His heavenly place. May He grace those we
still have with His holy comfort, and may He bless and watch over this
community and the United States of America."
Numerous relief funds have sprung up accepting donations to support
a broad spectrum of needs, from counseling services for the survivors
to raising money to help one young family bring their daughter home to
Utah for burial.
On the social networking website, Twitter, Ann Curry of NBC News
has begun promoting a concept she calls, "26 Acts". The idea is for
people across the country and around the world to commit 26 acts of
kindness in honor of the children and adults who lost their lives on
Friday. The kindness has already begun.
> See 26 ACTS, page 8
Working gingerly CAROL MacALISTER PHOTO
Pre-schoolers gathered at the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin last Friday
for a workshop on building gingerbread houses. Mostly moms were in at-
tendance, but there were a few dads like the one above, David, who worked
closely with daughter Tia Smith on building the foundation of her gingerbread
house. All the ingredients needed were piled high on the tables, including
marshmallows, pretzels, gingersnaps, gumdrops, and of course, incredibly
sticky 'mortar,' which held it all together.
* By MELODY JAMESON
SUN CITY CENTER -
Addressing what residents here
pinpoint as their key issues,
a Community Association
"blue ribbon committee" is
recommending 10 possible
projects for the retirement
center's near term amenities
The nine-member committee
also identified another
eight potential projects for
consideration in the longer term -
In addition, the committee
named 18 items distilled from
a comprehensive community
survey conducted last summer
as objectives not suited for
consideration at the present time
for a variety of reasons.
The 10 projects, with an
> See MASTER PLAN, page 1 8
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A Christmas dinner by angels
* By MITCH TRAPHAGEN
On Thursday, the Hillsborough
County Sheriff's Office,
businesses, and individual
residents came together to
make Christmas brighter for
approximately 500 seniors and
veterans, many of whom would
otherwise have been alone for
the holidays. It was the 16th
annual Riverview Senior Dinner,
organized by HCSO Community
Service Officer Barbara
Keplinger. To those 500 people,
and so many more throughout
the community, Keplinger is a
Christmas angel. The fact of the
matter is she is more than that.
Keplinger is a year-around angel
to many elderly people and those
"There were all segments of
the community here," Keplinger
said of the dinner. "Retirees,
financially needy, caregivers,
nursing home residents, seniors
that are alone during the holidays,
people with no family nearby."
According to Keplinger, HCSO
volunteers, Mosiac, Target Stores,
Chik Filet, culinary students
from both Riverview and East
Bay high schools, the American
Legion, the International
Showmens Association, American
Medical Response and dozens of
individuals and area businesses,
made the event possible.
Keplinger also said that the
Voices of Bud, singer-comedian-
impressionist Bud Conover, who
provided the entertainment, made
the evening special. Conover said
that this is his favorite event of
"I had one widow come up to
me, she was crying," Keplinger
related. "It was the first time she
had come to the dinner. She said
she didn't get out of the house
much and wasn't sure if she even
wanted to come. She said that I
could not know how much this
meant to her and she thanked me
several times over. That's why we
do this, because it affects lives."
The seniors enjoyed a meal of
turkey, ham, mashed potatoes
and gravy, green beans, coleslaw
and cookies, along with gifts and
the most important gift of all:
companionship and togetherness
at one of the most important
holidays. The dinner was held
at the International Showmen's
Association complex in
Barbara Keplinger seeks no
attention for herself (in fact she
shuns it) and certainly it is the
many businesses and volunteers
who make the event possible. But
sometimes it takes a single angel
to inspire others. And sometimes,
particularly at Christmas, it is
good to recognize them all.
At left, HCSO Riverview
Officer Barbara Keplinger
reacts as people thank her
for her years of organizing
the annual dinner.
Thursday marked the 16th
year for the holiday event.
MICHELLE TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS
Community Service Officer Barbara Keplinger with Greater Riv-
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side of the Showmens Club before the dinner.
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Positive Talk: Turn the auto-pilot off
Have you ever felt like one day
is blending into another? It seems
in our busy life that we sometimes
feel we're running on automatic
pilot we do the same things
day after day. One
could almost say that
we sleep through life.
In fact, sleep is a good
analogy, since if we
operate on automatic for
too long, we will have
nightmares. By Willia
Nightmares are rarely
the frightening things
we faced as children, but they
often do cause an overwhelming
feeling of uneasiness a feeling
that we are missing something.
Anxieties can swell up, making us
uncomfortable. Even our physical
health can be affected we can
When was the last time you
tried something new? Do you
go to work the same way every
day? Do you catch yourself using
outdated vocabulary? Do you have
the same food every day for lunch
- with the same people? Are you
wearing the same hairstyle you
were wearing when you graduated
from high school (recent graduates
exempted)? What about the style
of your clothing? Is it current?
How would people describe you?
Would they say you were open-
minded and alert, or would they
say you were set in your ways and
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decisions as possible.
Choose a creative
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done before like painting a picture,
working ajigsaw puzzle, or carving
a sculpture. You could even apply
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Try a new restaurant and
let the waiter order what he feels
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Move your furniture around.
Be prepared for what you might
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Try a different chair to sit
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Alter your sleep cycle. Get
up a half hour earlier. If you live
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Go to the library and find a
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When the thought really counts,
giving a holiday gift that matters is
as easy as adopting a manatee from
Save the Manatee Club. Adopting
real Florida manatees for family
and friends can be done quickly
online at savethemanatee.org or by
calling the Club toll-free at 1-800-
432-5646. Funds from the Club's
adoption programs go toward its
conservation and education efforts
to protect the popular, endangered
marine mammals and their aquatic
Sarah Barnes, an avid manatee
fan from Chicago, adopted a man-
atee last Christmas for her mom
Debby, who resides in Alachua,
FL. "I chose Rosie from the Club's
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State
Park adoption program because
she was referred to as the manatee
matriarch of the park, which we
have visited several times," said
Sarah. "We have always loved
these gentle animals, and a gift
that supports their conservation is
worth so much more to us than a
The manatees available for adop-
tion can be viewed on the Club's
website at savethemanatee.org/
adoptees.htm. Three new mana-
tees recently added to the list of
adoptees at Blue Spring State Park
include Squeaky, the youngest
manatee in the adoption program,
along with Rocket and Annie.
An annual manatee adoption
The ooh-and-aah brigade sug-
gests you take a look at the display
at 486 Florida Circle N. in Apollo
Patsy Cline tribute
show Jan. 31 in
Sun City Center
Barbara Van Eycken, billed as
the "best Patsy since Patsy," brings
her Patsy Cline Tribute show to
Sun City Center on Thursday, Jan.
31, 7 p.m. at St. John the Divine
Episcopal Church, 1015 Del Webb
Nearly 50 years after Cline's
death, this musical tribute traces
her life and career from honkytonk
performer to queen of country mu-
sic and cross-over pop star. Patsy
Cline died in a plane crash at age
One reviewer, commenting on
Barbara Van Eycken's faithful
renditions of Cline's songs, her
humor and audience interaction,
said, "You begin to believe Patsy
is really on stage."
Tickets for the Jan. 31 perfor-
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Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to
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For further information, call
Students at Ruskin Christian School
Teachers and administration at Ruskin Christian School want to
congratulate the following students for making the honor roll and or
having perfect attendance during the first quarter:
Principal's Honor Roll A's
1st grade James Caton, Alexsys Hanner, Trent Hutchinson, Ben-
jamin Lewis; 2nd grade Isaac Beeson, Ava DiGiovanni, Ashley
Hornack, Nicholas Linenberger, Aidan Sookram, Alexander Suttle;
3rd grade Victoria Boyd, Gabriella Cordiviola, Kayla Naghtin,
Kendall O'Neill, Anthony Panepinto; 4th grade Travis Hutchin-
son, Lauren Linenberger, Louisina Morancy; 5th grade Bailey Al-
berts, Heather Kerns, Madison Tuch; 6th grade Katherine Boulton,
Christine Tran; 7th grade Savannah Durden; 8th grade Deliyanis
Rosa, Ashley Stidwell, Zachary Tichy; 9th grade Jin Seo Lee, Mi-
chael Ngo, Kevin Tran, Adam Way; llth grade Grace McGuire;
12th grade Mikayla Schmidt
Honor Roll A's and B's
1st grade- Winter Fishman, Giselle Guajardo, Laura Miller, Madi-
son Phillips, Jayden Smith; 2nd grade Sydney Brown, Ariya Gray,
Austin Kohler, Andrew May, Sophia McDanieel, Matthew Noble,
Alex Rodriguez-Sehwerert, Laila Rouf; 3rd grade Madison Artal,
Dylan Cable, Emma Lewis, Sofia Pesquera, Colton Taylor, Jason
Titus, Angelina Triplett, Samuel Tuch; 4th grade Timmy Durden,
Sheena Freed, Krista Guajardo, Trey LaRosa, Raymond Mobley,
Cameron Robelli, Nicholas Suttle, Gino Titus, Beau Wilson, Loiana
Zellers; 5th grade Elaina Chavez, Adam Guidoboni, Hunter My-
ers, Christian Starks, Toby Wood; 6th grade Emily Heath, Ashley
Kelley, Mackenzie Tichy, Wade Wilson, Rachael Woodard; 7th grade
- Ashley Allen, Jamie Beeson, Christopher Brown, Noah Catapano,
Jasmine Chavez, Joshua Dunlap, Zachary French, Cassi Goodson,
Jacob LoCicero, Connor Mortus, Hannah Penny, Cheyenne Peter-
son, Dorothy Twitty; 8th grade Jessica Heath, Courtney Hewett,
Erin Knight; 9th grade- Jaiden Montgomery, Matthew Register;
10th grade Kyle Kim, Megan Millar, Ashley Scilabro; 11th grade -
Austin Kirkland, Cameron Mortus, Melannie Rosa, Gabe Sookram;
12th grade Kelly Lin, Mary Lila Whidden
1st grade James Caton, Noah Fisher, Isabella McDaniel, Madison
Phillips; 2nd grade Sydney Brown, Tyler Ewell, Ashley Hornack,
Andrew May, Sophia McDaniel, Laila Rouf, Aidan Sookram, Alex-
ander Suttle; 3rd grade Kendall O'Neill; 4th grade Christopher
Meek, Sebastian Rivera, Klarissa Solis, Caleb Statham, Nicholas
Suttle, Beau Wilson, Loiana Zellers; 5th grade Elaina Chavez, Al-
lison Deaton, Adam Guidoboni, Joel Hughes, Alexa Martinez, Hunt-
er Myers, Melanie Rodriguez-Sewherert, Madison Tuch; 6th grade
- Ashley Kelley, Noah Statham, Mackenzie Tichy, Wade Wilson,
Rachael Woodard; 7th grade Courtney Hewett, Lindsey Hughes,
Cayla Keating, Joel Keating, Chase Brown, Jasmine Chavez, Cassi
Goodson, Connor Mortus; 8th grade Michael Ngo, Matthew Regis-
ter, Richard Scilabro, Adam Way, Eli Zellers; 9th grade Kyle Kim;
11th grade Viviana Cortez, Gabe Sookram; 12th grade Mikayla
Schmidt, Mary Lila Whidden.
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you have adopted, a membership
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updated reports on the manatees
in the adoption program and a va-
riety of other interesting informa-
tion. Shipping is free within the
U.S. Gift adoptions are sent with
a personalized holiday message.
Or, each new member who joins
the Adopt-A-Manatee program
at $35 or more will receive the
manatee adoption packet plus a
Riverside Residents Ron Howard and Bob Silverberg, and Sharon
Atwater of Solstice Communities, present a check for $2,800 to
Helen Arnold of Southeastern Guide Dogs. Also pictured are Troy
and Hamish, featured canine stars of the breeding and training pro-
Riverside Club party benefits
Southeastern Guide Dogs
On Saturday, Nov. 10, the community at Riverside Club in Ruskin held
their seventh annual StreetFest block party. Festivities included music,
food, raffles and a Salute to our Veterans. Over 300 residents attended
this year under pleasant skies.
In honor of Veteran's Day, proceeds from the event were donated to
Southeastern Guide Dog's Pa'\m for Patriots" program, which trains
guide and service dogs to help disabled soldiers recover from their phys-
ical and emotional wounds.
The StreetFest celebration was a big success and an opportunity for the
entire community to mix and enjoy fall festivities.
Giving the gift of education
The Glazer Children's Museum's annual fund supports its school rela-
tions initiative that impacted 28,000 students last year and is on track to
exceed that number this school year. Through this initiative, the Museum
Affordable field trips, workshops, assemblies, and programs to el-
Benefits to schools in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Manatee
Provides free admission to Title 1 elementary schools.
Here are some examples of how donations will help:
$25 sponsors four low-income field trip students so they can partici-
pate in an assembly
$50 provides supplies for an entire week of field trips
$100 allows an entire third grade class to participate in a Ready, Set,
Those looking for a gift for a child's teacher might make a donation in
his or her honor. Donors can request a special gift letter to wrap or in-
clude in a card so recipients know that the gift of education was given in
their honor. Call 813.443.3805 to customize a certificate with a teacher's
Gifts to the Glazer Children's Museum's annual fund are tax deduct-
ible. This year the Museum is seeking to reach a goal of $295,000.
in America and around the world.
Manatees are listed as endangered
at the state, federal, and interna-
Patrick Rose, aquatic biologist
and Executive Director of the
Club, expresses concern that man-
atees continue to face tremendous
challenges to their survival. "Each
year, many of these gentle aquatic
mammals are injured or killed by
human activity, especially from
being struck by boats and other
watercraft," he explained. "Their
habitat is threatened by Florida's
growing human population, which
places increasing pressures on the
waterways where they live. Those
who adopt a manatee for them-
selves and others will learn so
much about this fascinating spe-
cies as well as the many ways to
help improve the lives of endan-
gered manatees everywhere."
Sarah says, "I feel it is our re-
sponsibility, as humans and as
Americans, to protect the manatee,
their habitat, and their future."
Interested in manatee gift adop-
tions for the Holidays? Contact
Save the Manatee Club at 500
N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL
32751, call 1-800-432-JOIN
(5646), or visit their web site at
you can also sign up for the Club's
free E-Newsletter. Shop for spe-
cial manatee gifts in the Club's gift
catalog at www.shopsavethemana-
Therapeutic Tai Chi
classes are open
to the public
Every Wednesday from 10 to 11
a.m., a therapeutic Tai Chi class
will be open to the public at Sun
Towers, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. in
Sun City Center.
Sun Towers' therapists have un-
dergone advanced training in ther-
apeutic Tai Chi for seniors and will
provide guidance in this healthy
Tai Chi has been proven to in-
crease strength and balance. This
class will be offered every Wednes-
day due to increased demand.
For more information on the Tai
Chi classes, call 813-634-3347.
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Fish Tales. A Christmas fish tales poem
The full moon this week was all
Lighting up the waterways for
Boats were arriving
from far and near,
coming out, not to
but for some Holiday
Many were gliding
across the water in the By Joi
with their entire boats
in Christmas lights.
What a sight to see.
Boats decorated with Christmas
Friends were being made
with anglers of every age.
All boats were anchoring
in a circle
making room for others,
talking as if they were brothers.
Kind words were in the air
none seem to have a care.
No one came to fish,
"Fish Tales" were being told,
mostly by the old.
Mullet were jumping throughout
but not a net was in sight.
The sharks were hanging around,
thinking food may be found.
Permit were there out of sight,
afraid of the noise of the night.
Sailfish were gliding along,
as the sounds of the waves
played a song.
The tarpon were sailing up in
-n a show for all to
were near by
watching the boats
with an evil
sleeping below on
but soon wakened
Pets get hungry, too.
The C.A.R.E. no-kill ani-
mal shelter in Ruskin recent-
ly received a generous grant
from the Banfield Charitable
Trust that will provide dog
and cat food to those human
pet companions in need dur-
ing the holiday season.
C.A.R.E. volunteers re-
cently visited the Beth-El
Mission in Wimauma to dis-
tribute the first batch of food
which, by all accounts, was
well received by the lucky
Other distribution points
are being set up to provide
needy area residents with
food for their pets while sup-
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A local family enjoys one of Chef Alfred's hot meals at Trinity Caf6.
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Redfish were playing
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popping up to take
The Amberjacks were
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Ready to join the party
at any call.
All of the trout were in
afraid that someone might have
a fishing pole.
The group grew larger and larger,
with each arrival the sounds
It soon was midnight and a huge
Together they yelled, "Look, it's
Santa Claus and his Reindeer."
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Color, creativity and contribution highlight South County's Festival of Trees
* By MELODY JAMESON
RUSKIN Some of the most
brightly colored and uniquely
creative Christmas d6cor to
be found is gracing various
locations across the South
County this week, courtesy of
the 2012 Festival of Trees at the
SouthShore Regional Library.
And, after the New Year begins,
students at two local elementary
schools will benefit from the
competitive bidding among about
150 South County residents for
the right to take home either a
fully trimmed floor model or table
top tree, or one of the one-of-a
PHOTOS BY MELODY JAMESON
kind holiday wreaths.
A total of 21 trees, some of
them decorated by students
themselves, and 18 wreaths, some
of them matching trimmed trees,
were donated by sponsoring
area commercial enterprises and
business people to make the
second annual Festival of Trees an
"outstanding" success, according
to Frances Hereford, event chair
The library's supporting
organization, Friends of
SouthShore Regional Library,
coordinated the event which
culminated with entertainment
and appearances by Santa
and Mrs. Claus on Saturday,
December 8, throughout the
A final tally of the proceeds of
the event, to be shared by Ruskin
Elementary and Doby Elementary
in Covington Park, has not been
completed, Hereford said this
week. However, she added that
bidding for the holiday d6cor
was vigorous with offers for the
finished trees ranging from $40
to $80 and several attracting bids
in the $150 bracket. The wreaths
pulled offers of between $20 and
$125, she added.
The event, in addition to being
an enjoyable activity for students
or teachers creating a decorated
tree for visiting library patrons
and for bidders with a taste for
competition, also is a fund raiser
for the participating schools as
well as for the library's Friends
group, Hereford said. But,
the former Friends president
who also has operated a local
small business, added that if net
proceeds should be below $1,500,
it is likely the entire amount
will be divided between the two
schools for use on behalf of
Planning for the 2012 festival
began in September with Doby
Elementary for the first time
joining Ruskin Elementary in
laying some of the ground work,
the chairwoman noted. The
Ruskin school alone took part
in the 2011 festival. The schools
were asked to seek sponsors in
Silent auction bidding on
the decorated and lighted trees
displayed festively along the
main aisle of the library opened
on Monday, November 26,
and continued until 6 PM on
December 8, Hereford said.
In addition, Ruskin Elementary
produced gift baskets which were
displayed and for which bids were
taken. While this effort was a
school project, Hereford estimated
that another $100 was generated
for Ruskin students as a result.
The South County businesses
and entrepreneurs sponsoring
trees and wreaths included Bob
Bartling Painting, Susanne
Condon, Dickman Real Estate,
Dutch Retreat Massage, Skin and
Nail Therapy, Brenda Eastep, The
Fish House, Harriet's Flowers,
Frances Hereford and Kim
Bauer, Fringe Benefits Salon,
H&R Block, Carolyn Jones, Kids
R Kids, Osprey Construction,
Ruskin Woman's Club, Ruskin
Elementary's second and fourth
grades, SouthShore Chamber of
Commerce and Zipperer' s Funeral
Looking ahead to the 2013
version of the Festival of Trees,
Hereford said she'd like to
involve a third school in the
third year to continue to generate
funding to underwrite supplies,
activities and programs for South
County youngsters and to again
light up South Hillsborough.
Copyright 2012 Melody Jameson
MELODY JAMESON PHOTO
One of the attractions during the 2012 Festival of Trees conclusion
at the SouthShore Regional Library was opportunity to share fond-
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full advantage of their chance. Here, from left to right, Jayden, 5,
Jordan, 8, Jacob, 10 and Jack, 13, halted their sharing long enough
for a group picture near Santa's very own fireplace.
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TAMPA & SOUTH COUNTY
Pastors Greg Dumas and Joey
Adkins think church should be
relative to the problems 21st
Century people face.
That's why they're always
looking for new ways to get
families to go to church together.
'The family unit is what holds
the country together," Dumas said.
And they practice what they
Dumas is the lead pastor at the
Crossing Church, 10130 Tuscany
Ridge Drive, Tampa. Since
the entrance is off Causeway
Boulevard between U.S. 301 and
Interstate 75, many people think
of this as Brandon. This church is
the mother church to the Crossing
that started meeting at Lennard
High School in Ruskin last
The demand for a second
church in South County is so
high that Dumas is currently in
Negotiations to lease the former
Bealls Department Store in
SunPoint Plaza on State Road
674 in Ruskin. When the lease is
signed, a complete renovation of
the 40,000-square foot space will
'We need a sanctuary, Sunday
school rooms for all ages, a stage,
a place for our music people and
band. Then there's the carpet and
all the more minor things. One
very important thing is to have a
whole wing just for kids," Dumas
Dumas and Adkins are very
much into serving the younger
generation. Many teens have no
knowledge of God or the Bible at
all, they said. 'We want to reach
1 them," they agreed.
S So they're always coming up
with new ways to get whole
families into the church. Acoustics
and lighting- music that the
younger generation relates to.
Small groups for all ages. And
now, for the Christmas holidays, a
new event called Jingle Jam.
'We'll have an Open House to
acquaint anyone who wants to
learn about our church with what
we can offer them," Dumas said.
"But Jingle Jam is about a family
spending the day together. We
wanted to have something for
them to enjoy not separately -
but as a family unit."
With "Jesus, still the reason
for the season," Dumas has also
brought in things children look for
at Christmas: like Mr. and Mrs.
Claus, a petting zoo (with reindeer
that remarkably resemble ponies),
snacks and all kinds of Christmas
"It's a Christmas party big
enough for your whole family,"
Dumas said. 'We want to bring a
fun wonderland to both churches.
Even without snow, you'll feel
like you've been transported to
the North Pole and we even have a
Polar Express to pick you up."
The events will be at different
times at both campuses of the
In South County at Lennard
High School, 2342 Shell Point
Road E. Ruskin, the Jingle Jam
celebration will be Sunday, Dec.
23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The
Tampa/Brandon campus will
have two days of celebrations:
Saturday, Dec. 22 at 4 and 6 p.m.
and Sunday Dec. 23 at 9 and 11
a.m. and 5 p.m. There will also
be an Hispanic celebration at the
Brandon/Tampa campus Sunday,
Dec. 23 at 1:30 p.m.
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One woman posted on Twitter
that she has volunteered to read
to children in a homeless shelter.
Others have donated to the Sandy
Hook School Support Fund and
other funds that have sprung up
in the wake of the tragedy to help
the families of the victims and the
entire community. One man wrote
a check to someone he knew that
needed money. Another woman
filled up a box of food for a local
"26 Acts" is the sort of
movement that can bring forth
compassion and a small bit of
sense from a senseless tragedy.
It is simply people doing good
things in the names and memories
of innocent children and heroic
adults. It is a movement that can
help to make the nation worthy of
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You don't need Twitter or a
computer to take part, you don't
even need to spend money -
sometimes doing something to
help simply involves opening
your heart. You can honor those
young lives and make a difference
in your community and in the
world in an infinite number of
ways. Just a few ideas follow, but
there are so many other ways to
help a nation to recover and be
Hug your children and loved
ones a little longer, a little tighter.
Say, "I love you" often. The
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bittersweet wake of this tragedy
at Christmastime serves as a
reminder that we need to take care
of our families, neighbors and
even strangers. Compassion is a
salve for many wounds.
Thank a teacher. The stories
are emerging about how
the teachers at Sandy Hook
Elementary School put the lives
of their students before their own.
Some of the teachers made the
ultimate sacrifice, the last full
measure of devotion, by giving up
their lives so their students would
live. Others not only protected
their students, but they took every
measure to minimize the trauma
of the event on their young lives.
Teachers everywhere are made
from the same cloth. I come from
a family of teachers and know
with certainty that my brother, his
sons, my father and mother, all
would have done the same thing:
put the lives of their students
before their own. That is simply
the dedication inherent and in the
hearts of those who are called to
If you are reading this
newspaper rather than covering
yourself up with it at night or
stuffing it into a jacket to stay
warm on a cold night, you
are blessed. You don't have
to spend money to help those
less fortunate. Last week, my
wife Michelle volunteered at
Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa,
distributing clothes to those in
need. Many of the people who
came in were looking for clothes
they could wear to interview for
jobs in the hopes of making their
lives better, others were there
for jackets to stay warm at night.
In volunteering, Michelle said
that she gained a new sense of
appreciation, not only for those
in need but also for those who
donate. Clothes, however, were
in short supply. You can change
a small piece of the world simply
by going through your closet or
volunteering your time. "Seeing
that was heartening," Michelle
said of her volunteer experience.
"It makes Christmas more
Offer prayers and good
thoughts for the police officers
and first responders in Newtown.
They will be dealing with
the unimaginable scene they
encountered for the rest of
their lives. Like teachers, law
enforcement officers and first
responders everywhere are made
from the same cloth. Should
something unthinkable happen,
know that they will put your
life ahead of their own. Thank
a sheriff deputy, a firefighter or
an EMT. Perhaps drop off a card
with your words of thanks at a
station. Let them know they are
supported and appreciated.
Visit an elderly neighbor
or volunteer to visit people
in hospitals, care centers and
nursing homes. I've spent the
past week in a nursing home
and am now acutely aware of
how many beautiful, wonderful
elderly people approaching the
end of life are crying for simple
companionship. Many of them
simply would like to hear a
voice directed at them, and an
ear to hear their words, along
with, perhaps, a hand to touch.
Just a few minutes of your time,
along with a smile, can make an
enormous difference in a life.
The staff members at nursing
homes do everything they can but
for many people, perhaps even
someone living alone next door,
a moment of your compassion
means an entire day made happier
In Newtown, President Obama
continued by saying, "I can only
hope it helps for you to know that
you're not alone in your grief,
that our world, too, has been torn
apart, that all across this land of
ours, we have wept with you."
And now, as the tears are wiped
away, 26 Acts of compassion is a
means for turning grief into honor
and in the process can change the
world for the better. Although the
shock of tragedy still lingers, to
borrow the words from Michelle,
you can make Christmas more
special. Merry Christmas.
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Think it possible that the road
to hell is paved with 13 lanes
running northbound out of
Atlanta. It is truly amazing that
anyone gets out of there alive.
Oddly, it reminds me of life itself.
One of the few advantages of
a 1,700-mile drive is the copious
time to be lost in thought. Life
today moves so fast, with so much
stuff competing for attention that it
seems time spent simply thinking
many of the
in my life
By Mitch Traphagen have involved
And yes, even
Atlanta is a milestone of sorts. I'm
sure it's a nice enough city, just as
I know that Georgia, off the 1-75
corridor, is a beautiful state with
wonderful people but it's hard
to see that from the freeway. That's
when I realized that life is a lot
like that. You have to get off the
fast lane and stop to look around
to really appreciate things. The
beauty is in the back roads, both in
Georgia and in life.
On my car stereo I called up
some songs by a friend and talented
musician named Eileen Quinn.
She wrote music for cruisers -
the small and eclectic group of
people who travel the oceans with
their own homes, homes that have
masts, sails and keels on them.
I thought back to one particular
evening in one particular harbor
in the Bahamas. Michelle and
I were at home, far from home,
on our sailboat, Hetty Brace. It
was a perfect early evening in
January with a magical golden
light contrasting beautifully with
the crystal clear turquoise water.
We dinghied over to Eileen and
her husband David's boat to
purchase her latest CD, which she
autographed for us. We sat in our
dinghy, they sat on the deck of
their boat, and we just talked. Time
and the world was ours. Hundreds
of boats at anchor in that harbor
represented a disparate group of
people who all had one thing in
common they had all sailed
to this place from somewhere far
away. I don't remember what we
talked about but I remember feeling
so very good. Thinking about it
now, I can still feel it.
There are so many other similar
powerful instances in the road of
All too soon enough
my life: a warm evening watching
the sun set after a string of
bitterly cold nights in a boatyard
on Cape Cod and the haunting
quiet of another boatyard off the
Chesapeake in the evening after
a day full of noise and frenetic
activity. Catching rides and getting
lost in buses, cabs and overcrowded
cargo vans. Being advised to visit
the "Pink House" for lunch in
a small town in the Dominican
Republic only to find a street full of
pink houses and being left to guess
at which house served lunch. I still
don't know if we guessed correctly
but the lunch was wonderful. I
remember another lunch, this time
in Chinatown in New York City.
We sat at a long table with a group
of elderly men and found that our
waiter had not charged us enough.
We tried to point the error out to
him, but he grabbed our check only
to reduce the price even further.
One of my teachers from high
school is in a nursing home in a
rural town in Minnesota. In my
mind's eye, I can still see him
teaching, he was a tough teacher
but fair. That teacher was proof
that you can take the man out of
the Army but you can't take the
Army out of the man. He could be
gruff, perhaps scary to some, but he
actually cared enough to make sure
his students learned something.
I remember one day when a kid
asked if he had ever killed anyone.
The teacher looked back at the
student with all seriousness and
said, "Yes". He did so in the service
of this nation in World War II and
he did not take that lightly. But
One of the few advantages of a 1,700-mile drive from the bottom of
the country to the top is having copious time to think. The road of
life has many interesting milestones.
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as acting principal. That quickly
led to his being made principal of
Ruskin elementary in 1981 where
he acted in that capacity until
He was then called upon to open
the new Cypress Creek Elementary
School in 2001 and under his
guidance, that school worked with
Tampa Electric Company in the
dedication of TECO's Manatee
Viewing Center in Apollo Beach
and the manatee became the
"We had a satellite that
us to communicate with o
schools that had the same
capability," Green said. "'
broadcast from the Manat
at the dedication."
Another thing he is rem
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it certainly cemented a distinct
toughness about him in the minds
of some students. After the war, he
served the future of this nation by
becoming a teacher.
His long road in life is ending at
that nursing home. It is difficult to
reconcile the image of a tough but
dedicated teacher more than three
decades ago with the man I now
see spending his days asleep in a
wheelchair. Every once in a while,
he wakes and calls out for help;
perhaps calling out to people who
now only exist in memories. His
wife is gone, except in his mind;
mixed in, no doubt, with many
false voices, sights and echoes. His
body is here; his thoughts and his
true essence are elsewhere.
For one attractive elderly woman
in that nursing home, every single
day is a new beginning. Each day
I arrive, she introduces herself
and asks what my name is, where
I live and if I'm married. She
tells me about going to college
and getting straight A's. She can't
remember where she went to
college or what she studied but she
remembers the happy parts, and
that is the important thing. And
each and every day she wakes up
to a world still full of opportunities
and discoveries. She is happy. It
seems she has found her way out of
Atlanta into the beauty of the back
Children from a nearby school
come to sing Christmas carols in
the nursing home. I remember
doing that as a child but it took
until I was 50 years old to
appreciate the importance of it.
And now, I sit next to my mom and
listen and fight back tears for some
inexplicable reason. The singing is
There are so many milestones in
life, so many points where we are
at the top of our game school,
Cypress Creek. The purpose was
enabled two-fold: interns learned first-hand
their classroom methods of teaching,
and the school benefited from the
We did a extra help.
ee Center "It was always a win-win
situation," Green said.
embered Ellen Kleinschmidt, who is now
tarting artistic and musical director at
unction the Performing Arts Company,
ucation. and a music teacher at Reddick
s Elementary School, taught at
mentor Cypress Creek while Green was
ises of principal there.
"As a principal, Mr. Green was
every teacher's dream come true,"
00- Kleinschmidt said. "I had the
I honor to work as a music teacher
OY with him for many years. I'll never
forget the day he hired me. He
gave me a tour. He was so proud
of the students and the teachers
and called it his school. He
Believed you never have a second
chance to make a first impression
and always saw to it the school
was clean and the grounds
beautiful with lush green grass
and flowers. He led by example.
Every day he wore a shirt with the
school's mascot on it. Everyone
acted and worked as professionals,
because that was how he expected
them to be."
During Green's tenure at Cypress
Creek, the school was identified
as a Professional Development
School and was often visited by
legislators because it was a model
for working successfully with at-
risk students, Kleinschmidt said.
" L At least 25 of the teachers who
worked with him have moved on
to administrative positions in the
school district, his wife Bea said.
But teachers weren't the only
1444 ones who appreciated Green's
jobs, marriage, kids, our kids'
graduations, our kids' marriage. It
is all so wonderful and it is all so
very fleeting. Our time is right now,
in this moment. At some point, the
moment will be gone and, if we're
lucky, we'll be left with memories
wonderful and beautiful like the
back roads of Georgia. And then it
will be someone else's turn to be at
the top of their game. But no matter
what else, we are all headed in the
same direction. Even infants get
It's almost dinnertime in the
nursing home. One woman sobs
quietly at the table, a deep sadness
known only to her. The man in a
wheelchair next to her reaches out
for her hand, their fingers touch but
they don't clasp. I see my former
teacher wheeled in and I think
about walking over to him, to tell
him that he was a good teacher and
that I learned much from him -
not just from the books in his class,
but also from him. There are too
many people, though, and before
long, he falls asleep. I'll try again
tomorrow although I don't know if
he'll hear or understand me.
Outside, a carload of kids
wearing high school letter jackets
are goofing off, laughing and
flipping each other the bird. I
smile, too. This is their time and
they have no idea what is lying
ahead down their roads. Atlanta
or the back roads, it doesn't really
matter to them. Despite they are
just outside of a building filled with
the seriousness of life and death; I
won't scowl at their laughter and
obscenities because at that age, life
is forever. All too soon enough,
they'll find out it isn't.
P.S. Yesterday I told my teacher
that he was a good teacher, that I
learned from him and was grateful
to him. He looked at me for a
moment and then nodded.
attitude and work. Parents liked
the way he ran his school as well.
"I had two children go to school
there while he was principal,"
said Suzie Vong McCracken.
"I've known him 30 years. He
has done so much work not only
for the schools but for the local
Some of these things include
working with the Ruskin Chamber
of Commerce and helping organize
the first annual Ruskin Seafood
Festival; working on community
projects with the Ruskin Rotary
Club and selling Christmas trees
for the Lions Club to help the
vision impaired and blind; and
doing volunteer work for his
McCracken started a petition
effort to name the new school after
"It should have his name because
he has done things to help Ruskin
and the surrounding community all
these years," she said.
According to Jill Edward of the
Construction Department for the
county's school district (which is
the eighth largest school district in
the country) the new elementary
school is targeted to open in
August 2014 and the school board
should decide on a name for it
sometime in the spring of 2013.
It is to be located directly west of
Lennard High School but has not
received its formal address.
People who wish to sign the
petition to name it after Green
may contact McCracken, who has
copies of it in her beauty salon,
The World of Suzie Vong, located
at 33820 Sun City Center Blvd.
(State Road 674) on the border of
Ruskin and Sun City Center.
Monday Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday
6410 Hwy. 41 N Apollo Beach (Publix Shoppes of Apollo Beach) 813-641-8
DECEMBER 20, 2012
10 OBSERVER NEWS
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I have five sons and a lot
of stains to deal with. I went
through bottles and bottles of
stain remover and hours upon
hours of work. Recently, on my
monthly shopping trip, I forgot
to buy stain remover. I decided
to try adding some white vin-
egar to the load of laundry along
with my regular detergent. I let
it soak overnight and everything
washed out beautifully, includ-
ing grass stains. I am so pleased
to find such a simple way to do
the laundry! I just dump about
a cup of vinegar in the washing
machine. I've found that even
if they soak for less time, the
clothes still get clean.
Storing Your Off-Season
I fill regular garbage bags
with clothing that I am go-
ing to store. Then, I take my
vacuum sweeper hose and stick
it inside the bag. After gather-
ing the plastic bag around the
hose, I let it suck the air out and
everything shrinks down real
tight. I pull the hose out care-
fully, keeping my hand wrapped
around hose. After twisting the
bag around several times, I then
tape the top down on the bag
with masking tape.
I also did this when my
daughter was traveling home
on a plane. She was going back
with more than she came with.
It made more room in her suit-
case for other things she bought
on her trip.
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Give holiday gifts that make a real
Hillsborough County offers gift ideas this holiday season as we strug-
gle to find the ideal present for those who have it all, or gifts that make
a real difference in someone's life. Consider gifts that take advantage
of the wonderful natural world we have available in this region.
0 Annual Boat Ramp Pass $100
An annual boat launch pass for Hillsborough County Parks is a gift
that lasts all year and is a gift that every boater will value and love.
The Hillsborough County Annual Boat Ramp Pass is valid at the fol-
Courtney Campbell Boat Ramp, 12030 Courtney Campbell W. in
Edward Medard Boat Ramp, 5726 Partner Loop in Plant City
E.G. Simmons Boat Ramp, 2401 19th Ave. NW in Ruskin
Gandy Boat Ramp, 5108 W. Gandy Blvd. in Tampa
Hamey Bypass Canal, 7115 N. Highway 301 in Tampa
John B. Sergeant Boat Ramp, 12856 Hwy 301 in Thonotosassa
Lake Park Boat Ramp, 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz
Morris Bridge Boat Ramp, 13330 Morris Bridge Rd. in Thonotosassa
Riverview Boat Ramp, 11020 Park Dr. in Riverview
Williams Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41 in Riverview
An Annual Boat Ramp Pass can be obtained by mail with the mail
order form, or Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the
Branchton Regional Parks Office, 15502 Morris Bridge Rd. in Tho-
notosassa. For more information, contact the Parks, Recreation and
Conservation Department at 813-635-3500.
1 Annual Regional Park Pass $100
Hillsborough County Regional Parks are more than just your aver-
age picnic location. Each of the County's 10 regional parks is unique
and offers a variety of fun opportunities, including botanical gardens,
camping, canoeing/kayaking, disc golf, fishing, nature study, play-
grounds, R/C track, swimming, trails (bicycle, hike, horseback riding,
walking), and more. The pass also includes use of the Upper Tampa
Discount and Free passes are available to those who qualify.
o Free Lifetime Family Entrance Pass Available to Hillsborough
County residents who are honorably discharged veterans who have ser-
vice-connected disabilities; surviving spouse and parents of deceased
members of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves who
have fallen in combat; and surviving dependents of deceased First Re-
sponders killed in the line of duty who reside in Hillsborough County.
Must apply in person.
o 25% Annual Regional Park Pass discount for active duty members
and honorably discharged veterans of the US Armed Forces, National
Guard, or Reserves who live in Hillsborough County; active duty mem-
bers of First Responders who live or work in Hillsborough County;
and Hillsborough County BOCC Employees. Must apply in person.
Annual Regional Park Passes can be obtained by mail with the mail
order form, or Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the
Branchton Regional Parks Office, 15502 Morris Bridge Rd. in Tho-
notosassa. For more information, contact the Parks, Recreation and
Conservation Department at 813-635-3500.
1 Camping at a County Park $24
Plan a camping trip for only $24 a night for an RV/tent site, or $18
senior citizen rate. Camp sites are available at the following parks.
Edward Medard Park, 6140 Turkey Creek Rd. in Plant City, 813-
E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW in Ruskin, 813-671-7655
Lithia Springs, 3932 Lithia Springs Rd. in Lithia, 813-744-5572
A recent grant from the Community Foundation to the C.A.R.E. Ani-
mal Shelter in Ruskin provided funding for a new roof over the shel-
ter's maintenance and storage building. Shown are employees from
Cardinal Roofing finishing up work on the new roof. C.A.R.E. vol-
unteers are very grateful to the Foundation for its continuing sup-
port, allowing the shelter to save and adopt thousands of homeless,
abandoned and abused animals since 2001.
-\A USKIN VFW POST #6(287
Ruskin VFW Post #6287, 5120 U.S. 41 N. has listed
the following weekly activities. Meetings are: Ameri-
K, can Legion on 1st Wednesday each month; VFW and
LAVFW on the 2nd Wednesday each month; and MA-
VFW on the 3rd Thursday each month.
Thursday, Dec. 20 Bar Bingo 6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 21 Fish Fry 4:30 p.m. Treasure Hunt 7 p.m. Music by
You 2 Kan at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22 Turkey Shoot 1 p.m. Music by You 2 Kan 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 23 Fire 'n Steak 1 p.m. Music by Lani C & Co 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 25 Merry Christmas! Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please
bring a covered dish. VFW will have meat.
For more information and avail-
abilit, contact each park directly.
0 Canoe or Kayak Hillsbor-
ough County's Blueways $25
Plan a trip to a County Regional
Park and experience Hillsbor-
ough County in a different way.
Entrance is only $2 for up to 8
people in a vehicle. Four-hour ca-
noe/kayak rentals are $25.
The following Hillsborough
County Regional Parks offer ca-
noe and kayak rentals:
o Alderman's Ford 9625 Ca-
noe Launch Loop in Lithia
o Edward Medard Park, 6140
Turkey Creek Rd. in Plant City
o E.G. Simmons Park, 2401
19th Ave. NW in Ruskin
o Lake Park, 17302 N. Dale
Mabry Highway in Lutz
o Lettuce Lake Park 6920 E.
Fletcher Ave. in Tampa
o Upper Tampa Bay Park, 8001
Double Branch Rd. in Tampa
For additional information, con-
tact Hillsborough County Parks,
Recreation and Conservation at
1 Hillsborough County's
Preserved Land Free
Plan a trip with your loved ones
to one of the County's preserved
lands. Hillsborough County has
more than 61,000 acres of envi-
ronmentally sensitive wildlife
habitat and corridors acquired
through the Environmental Lands
Acquisition and Protection Pro-
Sanctuary's Senior Selectables offers
cats to seniors for free
The Sanctuary has teamed up
with Purina's Pets for Seniors to
help adoptable cats at the Sanctu-
ary find new homes and to help se-
niors find a new companion. Select
cats will be offered free to seniors
(age 60+) thanks to Purina.
All cats will be spayed/neu-
tered, have shots, de-wormed,
FIV/Leuk. test and microchipped
for ID. They also have 30 days of
free pet insurance. An adoption
certificate along with a coupon
for a free bag of Purina pet food
and adoption donation will be
provided by Purina.
To discuss available animals,
call 941-750-8185 or visit www.
NapierFamilyFarm.com for more
information on the Sanctuary. Not
a senior but still want to adopt?
Most cats are available for a $45
adoption donation and most kit-
tens are $60.
Funds for this program are lim-
ited and available on a first-come
basis. Those who wish to help
the program by donating should
mail donations to 20010 East
SR 64, Bradenton, FL 34212 or
anonymous cash donations can be
dropped off at any Bank of Amer-
ica (Horse & Animal Sanctuary
Veterinarian Expense Donations
can be paid to Animal Medical
Center of Bradenton, 3102 Cortez
Rd., Bradenton, FL 34207 or by
calling in a credit card donation to
MISSION: To provide a tem-
porary home to homeless ani-
mals until a permanent adoptive
home can be found. To provide a
permanent home to animals that
can not be adopted. Also to help
educate the public about adopting
and taking care of homeless ani-
mals to help the county in becom-
ing a "no-kill" community where
no adoptable animal is euthanized
just for lack of space and time.
The sanctuary relies on the gener-
osity of the community to survive
along with adoption donations of
the animals. No other government
funding is received. The Sanctu-
ary is run by volunteers no paid
employees providing homes,
medical care for dogs, cats and
farm animals until an adoptive
"forever" home can be found.
Medical identity theft a
A thief who steals someone's personal, insurance or medical infor-
mation can use it to illegally obtain or pay for healthcare treatments,
buy prescription drugs, have elective surgeries, or submit false insur-
ance claims in that person's name. Medical identity theft can have a
serious impact on an individual's personal, financial and medical well-
being, including any medical treatments received if the false informa-
tion winds up on their medical records.
Have I Been A Victim?
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says you may be a victim of
medical identity theft if:
You get a bill for medical services you didn't receive.
A debt collector contacts you about medical debt you don't owe.
You order a copy of your credit report at www.annualcreditreport.
com, or by calling 1-877-322-8228 and see medical collection notices
you don't recognize.
You try to make a legitimate insurance claim and your health plan
says you've reached your benefits limit.
You are denied insurance because your medical records show a
condition you don't have.
What Should I Do?
Pay close attention to your medical, insurance and financial re-
cords in order to spot discrepancies and possible fraud.
Keep detailed records of all medical services received.
Request copies, in writing, from each provider including doctors,
clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories and health plans. Providers
should produce your documents within 30 days.
File a complaint with the FTC at http://www.ftccomplaintassistant.
gov or by phone at 1-877-438-4338.
File a police report and send copies of the report to your health
plan's fraud department, your health care providers, and the three na-
tionwide credit reporting companies.
Place a fraud alert with one of the following three nationwide
credit reporting companies. The one you call is required to contact the
others who will place an alert on their report.
o TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289; http://www.transunion.com/
o Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; www.equifax.com
o Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742); www.experian.com
Learn how to freeze your credit by visiting the County's Consumer
Protection website and click on Consumer Topics Protect Yourself
Against Identity Theft Freezing Your Credit. Freezing your credit
file can prevent thieves from opening new credit accounts under your
Become familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Account-
ability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.
HIPAA gives consumers the right to copies of their records that are
maintained by health plans and medical providers covered by that
In addition, HIPAA provides consumers the right to have errors cor-
rected in their medical and billing records.
DECEMBER 20, 2012
DECEMBER 20, 2012
United Way offers
Family Financial Fair
On Saturday, Feb. 9, United Way is hosting a Super Saturday Event:
Tampa Bay Family Financial Fair
The fairs run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be at JWB Children's
Services Council, 14155 58th St. North in Clearwater. (PSTA Bus Route
Free income tax filing will be offered by appointment only. Call 727-
453-5600 or email email@example.com.
Berkeley Prep takes
Christmas to Wimauma
Families from Tampa's Berkeley
Preparatory School plan to deliver
a mountain of Christmas toys and
30 laptops to a school for children
of low-income farmworkers. This
outpouring of gifts is on Friday,
For several Christmases, Berke-
ley students have assembled gifts
for children of RCMA's Wimauma
Academy, a 12-year-old charter
school serving 207 children of
south Hillsborough's predomi-
nantly Hispanic farmworkers.
Gifts also have gone to RCMA's
five child care centers in the area.
In many cases, a book or a teddy
bear from Berkeley became the
only Christmas gift a Wimauma
This year, the tradition expands
in two ways:
1. RCMA has opened a new mid-
dle school, Leadership Academy -
next door to Wimauma Academy
- serving 51 sixth- and seventh-
2. Berkeley's fifth-grade 'Tech
Kids" have refurbished more than
30 laptops to be donated to the
Academies, which will use them
for computer elective classes and
'They've set them up, tested the
DVD drives, installed extra bat-
tery power where it was appropri-
ate, installed extra memory when
there was room, changed the user
names and passwords, changed
the keyboards, if necessary," said
Tamarah Henderson, Berkeley's
Lower Division Technology Coor-
"Berkeley's gifts are a godsend
for so many of our children and
their parents," said Barbara Main-
ster, RCMA's Executive Director.
"I can guarantee that every toy will
be loved, and every laptop will be
used to the fullest. Berkeley is just
Make the holidays a little
Tips on post-
The National Retail
that consumers will
fork out $586.1 bil-
lion for gifts during
the months of Novem-
ber and December
this year. And with all
those gifts come a lot
BetweenThanksgiv- Jeanette Kjosa
ing and New Year's
Day alone, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that an
extra million tons of waste are generated nationwide each week.
"After the holidays, houses are littered with piles of crumbled wrap-
ping paper, holiday cards, pine needles and boxes of packaging peanuts,"
said Jeanette Kjosa, The UPS Store franchise owner. "An easy way for
individuals to do their part in keeping their community clean is by re-
Kjosa offers the following tips to make holiday a little greener:
Recycle packaging peanuts. Many of The UPS Store locations ac-
cept clean foam packaging peanuts of all sizes, shapes and colors for
reuse. Bring packaging peanuts to either one of Jeanette's Riverview lo-
cations. For additional information on peanut recycling, consumers can
Reuse wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, tissue paper, etc. Also, save
gift boxes and bags and reuse them throughout the year. Recycle those
that can't be reused.
Recycle greeting cards. Save cards and cut them up to use as gift tags
next year. They also make a great resource for children's art projects.
Recycle the tree. According to the National Christmas Tree Associa-
tion, there are approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees sold in
North America each year. After the holidays, put the tree to good use -
chip it up to use as mulch around shrubs and flowerbeds, or, if it's a live
tree, plant it in the yard or donate it to a local school or nursing home to
plant on their grounds. You can also check local resources for instruc-
tions on recycling options, drop-off locations or pick-up dates.
Use these tips to simplify post-holiday cleanup so you can begin the
New Year with a clean house (and a green conscience).
The UPS Store Riverview locations are:
(Corer of Boyette and McMullen)
11705 Boyette Road
(Corer of Hwy 301S and Big Bend)
13194 US Hwy 301S
The stores are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 6:30 p.m.,
and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, please visit www.theupsstore.com.
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Local Business News
New law office to
serve South Shore
In mid-December Fernanne
Kirkham opened her law office at
449 Apollo Beach Blvd. to serve
the community in Riverview,
Wimauma, Apollo Beach and
Sun City Center.
Among the services provided
are: Notary public service; immi-
gration law and seal, and expunge
criminal records; international
trade and business law; and real
Kirkham has been called to the
Florida Bar since 1995, and the
Jamaica Bar since 1995. She has
also provided the above-men-
tioned services to governments,
including Jamaica and Suriname,
multinational corporations in It-
aly, Jamaica and the Dominican
Republic, and to individuals.
She is also an International
Trade Law lecturer to the Univer-
sity of the West Indies, Masters in
International Law Program, and
the World Trade Organization's
Annual Caribbean Training of
Public Servants. She is also the
first woman born in Jamaica who
has been nominated as a Judicial
Panelist to the World Trade Orga-
nization in Geneva, Switzerland.
To contact Kirkham Law, call
813-488-8208. The web address
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Peter Nguyen, USF student and local recipient of Folds of Honor
scholarship; Brian Lamb, President of Fifth Third Bank.
Fifth Third Bank presents funds to
Folds of Honor
Fifth Third Bank (Tampa Bay)'s employee-led fundraising cam-
paign to commemorate Veterans Day netted $8,000 in community
donations and bank matching funds. All money raised benefits the
Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides educational scholarships
for family members of disabled or deceased service members.
Donations received in Fifth Third (Tampa Bay)'s 47 banking cen-
ters in the four-county region totaled $3,600. The bank matched those
donations and provided additional funds to bring the total to $8,000,
which was recently presented to the Folds of Honor Foundation.
The donation was accepted on behalf of last year's local Folds of
Honor scholarship recipient, Peter Nguyen, a current student at the
University of South Florida. His mother, Trish Nguyen, has a disabil-
ity that was accrued over 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force.
Before receiving the scholarship, Nguyen worked 40 hours per
week to fund his education. Now Nguyen, a criminology student, is
able to focus more on his studies and is much less stressed, he says.
While his education is important to him personally, he says, serving
as an example to his two younger siblings is even more critical.
"After all the sacrifices they've made for us, protecting our free-
dom and opportunities, military families are certainly deserving of
our support as they pursue their own dreams," said Lamb.
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In 1943, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! set the world of
theater abuzz with an entirely new method of integrating songs and
storyline. This week, as they did last week, students from Newsome
and Riverview high schools will work hard to maintain the excel-
lence and tradition of the timeless classic with their joint perfor-
mance of Oklahoma! at the Riverview High School auditorium. With
shows on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, this week will mark the
closing of the exceptionally well-acted and directed show. The cast
is made up of student-actors from both high schools and stars Hai-
ley Weinstein as Laurey, Corey Farrell as Curly and Jake Kager as
Jud Dry. Oklahoma! is directed by Daron Hawkins and Aaron Wash-
ington. Tickets are $10 and are available at the box office beginning
at 6:45 p.m. each night of the show. Showtime is 7:30. Partial fund-
ing for the show comes from The Community Foundation of Greater
Sun City Center "Hadley and Helen Hill Fund."
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C.A.R.E. is open from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
visit www.CareShelter.org or
call (813) 645-2273.
Adult Computer Classes for the
Word I: Introduction Jan. 8 3 p.m.
Learn to create, save, print, and edit documents. Basic keyboarding
and mouse skills are recommended.
Word II: Font & Page Formatting Jan. 8 3:45 p.m.
Discover the basics of font formatting, changing font type, size and
color and page setup, margins, paper orientation. Word I is recommend-
Word III: Paragraph Formatting Jan. 10 3 p.m.
Learn paragraph formatting from setting margins to line spacing and
how to create bulleted and numbered lists. Word II is recommended.
Word: Tables 1 Jan. 10 3:45 p.m.
Create professional looking tables for form and lists, format table
structure, and more. Previous experience with Microsoft Word is recom-
eBooks And eReaders: An Introduction Jan. 18 3 p.m.
Have a new eReader or interested in getting one? Learn which de-
vices can download the library's free eBooks and how to load eBooks
onto various types of eReaders. Discover the library's large selection of
eBooks in various formats! SpringTech!
Windows: Troubleshooting Jan. 18 3 p.m.
Diagnosing and correcting common problems associated with Win-
dows Operating Systems. FallTech2012
PowerPoint: Introduction Jan. 24 3 p.m.
Learn the basics of slide design and layout to create a professional-
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T-Bird called 'Buttercup' is Cruiser of
Bert Schleissing's immaculate 1955 Thunderbird looks so good in its
vibrant yellow finish that he and his wife Rose call it 'Buttercup.'
They can now also call it the Roamin' Oldies Car Club's newest Cruis-
er of the Month.
The pretty T-Bird was the top pick among more than 100 cars at the
club's annual December Christmas benefit show. The car was restored to
its original glory by one of Bert's friends in Georgia, who drove it only
900 miles in the next 11 years. Bert, a Riverview resident, has put that
many miles on it since buying it last March.
The car is as it came from the factory except for conversion to 12-volt
electrics, and air conditioning. Power is provided by a 292-cubic-inch
Ford V8 coupled to an automatic transmission.
The Roamin' Oldies host a cruise-in from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Thurs-
day of every month in the Apollo Beach Winn-Dixie Plaza on US 41.
There is no charge for spectators or participants.
About 100 of the area's finest antique and collectible cars take part,
accompanied by classic oldies music played by DJ Joey Ferrante.The
event is sponsored by Thompson's Auto Parts. For information, call Chet
This beautiful female Calico
named Spice is the color of a blend
of spices and just as inviting. Spice
had a rough start to her life and
gave birth to five stillborn kittens.
Come in and try some Spice in your
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SCC Amenities Master Plan
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estimated aggregate cost of a
little over $2.2 million, range
from a $12,000 improvement of
outside lighting at the south side
Community Hall auditorium to
a big ticket new entertainment
building on the central campus.
In between are construction of
such features as a central campus
caf6, a visitors center facing
North Pebble Beach Blvd. added
walking trails and directional
In its report submitted last week,
the committee characterized the
proposed entertainment building
as conceptually similar to the
existing Florida Room in the
central campus Atrium complex.
The Florida Room, the committee
noted, is in constant demand
during the peak season, this year
reserved continuously through
November and December.
The new structure would
provide on demand either two
large meeting rooms, separated
by a moveable soundproof wall,
with each able to seat 90, or a
single facility accommodating
at least double that number, the
committee envisioned. The new
building also would include a
kitchen. The group estimated the
cost at $950,000.
To capitalize on and maximize
this investment of funds, the
committee plugged in additional
club rooms, including one
dedicated as a dance studio,
along the edges of the new
entertainment building. They
also proposed consideration of
additional parking space on the
central campus in conjunction
with the new construction.
Committee members pegged
the estimated cost of adding
club rooms at $250,000 and
suggested the increased parking
area, including widening of North
Course Lane, would run about
Two more construction
projects the new caf6 and
replaced visitors center would
come in at lower costs, the
committee estimated. The caf6,
mentioned as desirable in every
community survey taken in
recent years and located within
the Atrium complex, would be
the greater of the two about
$325,000, the committee said.
Its members also indicated
that several objectives could be
by building a new facility for
visitors and potential buyers
coming to the community on the
southeast corer of the Cherry
Hills-Pebble Beach intersection,
then relocating the current
security patrol headquarters to the
freestanding former visitors center
further east on Cherry Hills and
expanding the current Community
Association offices into space
opened up by the relocated patrol.
Such moves, they suggested,
would give each of the three
organizations much needed
additional space for their vital
functions while requiring new
construction of just one building.
Other projects listed by
the committee for short
term consideration included
construction of walking trails with
an estimated price tag of $5,000,
installation of programmable
thermostats and motion detectors
for lighting control in various
rooms for about $2,000 and better
directional signage pointing
residents to club locations,
recreational features and the like
at a cost of about $3,000.
The two latter projects -
aimed at making rooms more
energy efficient and enhancing
ease of movement around the
campuses actually already are
underway, said Ed Barnes, CA
board president. The signage
effort has been underwritten
in part by a grant obtained
through the Hillsborough County
Neighborhood Relations office,
Among the eight longer term
projects for future consideration,
as listed by the committee, are
a new 400-seat theater, a new
library, acquisition of the North
Lakes Golf Course should it
become available, a lake suited to
water sports, an outdoor exercise
area, modernization of building
facades and new CA offices.
The cost of a new theater to
replace existing Rollins Theater
- now occupied at just 85 percent
capacity, they said would run
to at least $2 million. And to
increase attendance will require a
strong marketing effort outside of
SCC, the committee added.
More than 15 potential projects
mentioned in the high response
community survey conducted
last summer and unveiled in
October by a University of
Tampa professor did not make
the committee's recommended
list for a number of reasons,
they noted. Building hurricane
shelters, for example, would be
cost prohibitive and mandated
for use by non-residents, WiFi
access already exists in the
Atrium and Community Hall
facilities and an improved CA
website has been undertaken.
Other notions such as a South
Campus pool and a children's
pool and an archery range and an
outdoor amphitheater generated
low acceptance in the survey,
the committee said, and in most
cases could not be arranged due to
lack of sufficient space.
Barnes, reviewing the
committee's report this week,
characterized the listed short
and long term projects as a
combination of upgrades and
a master plan for potential
implementation on a phased
basis. The central campus caf6,
for instance, would be an upgrade
to facilities while a new theater
would be a capital improvement,
he said. The CA board president
also noted that any project costing
more than 15 percent of the CA
annual budget would require
membership approval by vote.
That cap on board expenditure
without voted approval currently
is $400,000, he added.
The committee, charged with
prioritizing survey results,
studying various approaches and
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You're never too young for a gingerbread house
Mayley Buzbee pays close attention as Mom Laurette
shows her how to lay 'mortar.'
A gaggle of pre-
last Friday morning at
the Firehouse Cultural
Center in Ruskin for a
workshop on building
Mostly Moms were in
attendance, but there
were also a few Dads,
Aunts and Uncles who
came with the tots to
the program sponsored
by the Hillsborough
The first session, at 10
a.m., had 37 youngsters
in the flurry of activity
it appeared there were
a good number that
just showed up without
warning. The second
session promised to be
less hectic, with just 25
registered to become
All the ingredients
that any child could
dream of were piled
high on the tables:
M&Ms, Froot Loops,
and, of course,
'mortar,' which held
the whole construction
together and which
on hands, clothing and
decides if it needs more gumdrops.
CAROL MACALISTER PHOTOS
Example of a finished house, set on a front table to inspire the young
Wetterstorm was the first
pre-schooler to finish her
gingerbread house, helped
by Mom Hannah and Dad
There were pouts, tears,
tentative smiles, triumphant
grins and, at the end of the
hour, each child proudly
went home with a house.
Aaron Martinez, three, frowns as Mom Jennifer directs his
Mary Ann Wilhelm retires from
Ruskin firm bearing her name
After over 20 years in the
Heating, Ventilation and Air
Conditioning (HVAC) Industry,
Mary Ann Wilhelm, President of
Wilhelm HVAC is retiring.
Wilhelm Heating & AIr
Conditioning was started in New
York in 1978. Due to a demand
for quality air conditioning
businesses in the West Central
Florida region, Albert and Mary
Ann headed to Florida in 1990.
After moving to Florida and
starting their business under
Florida regulations in 1991,
Mary Ann Wilhelm went to work
with her husband full time in
1994. She took over after Albert
passed away in 2004. Mary
Ann Wilhelm was business-
ready, and the company thrived
on her expert management
techniques. Under Mary Ann's
leadership, Wilhelm Heating
and Air Conditioning, Inc. has
consistently exceeded Carrier's
national and state ratings.
Mary Ann has been a member
and officer of the Ruskin Chamber
of Commerce, the Apollo Beach
Chamber of Commerce, the
Manatee Chamber of Commerce
and the SCC Chamber of
She is local past President of
the American Business Women's
Association AWA SouthShore
Chapter, and has been nominated
for national "Top Ten Women."
She was also selected as a finalist
in Tampa Bay Business Journal's
"Ultimate CEO Competition in
the small business category for
Following her retirement,
calls to Wilhelm will be
automatically forwarded to Alert
Air Conditioning in Tampa.
Alert AC owner Dan Wilkie has
promised that Wilhelm clients
will receive priority service.
Alert will continue to provide
service as promised under all
current preventive maintenance
agreements through Wilhelm.
Wilhelm customers can also be
assured that Alert will provide
service for all Manufacturers
extended warranties currently
supported by Wilhelm.
Established in 1946, Alert Air
Conditioning & Heating has
provided decades of continuous
professional service throughout
the Tampa Bay Area.
To reach the office of Alert AC
directly, call 813-626-4113.
For further information about
AlertAC, please see the company
web site at http://alertac.com.
The placebo effect goes beyond humans, UF
Rats and humans have at least
one thing in common: They both
react the same way to a placebo,
according to a new University of
"That was the big finding that
the animals that expected pain re-
lief actually got pain relief when
you gave them an inert substance,"
said co-author John Neubert,
D.D.S., Ph.D., a pain specialist and
an associate professor with the UF
College of Dentistry department
of orthodontics. "It helps validate
our model that what we do in the
rats, we believe, is a good repre-
sentation of what's being seen in
The investigation of placebo ef-
fects might lead to the identifica-
tion of new therapeutic targets in
the brain and of novel treatment
strategies for a variety of health
A placebo response is a response
seemingly to a treatment that has
not actually been administered.
For this study researchers looked
at placebo responses in reference to
pain and pain relief by evaluating
how an animal responds when it
"thinks" it's getting a pain reliever.
UF researchers conditioned rats
to expect morphine or salt water
by giving injections of one or the
other for two sessions. Then dur-
ing the third session, researchers
gave both groups the saline injec-
tion. About 30 to 40 percent of
the group that had previously re-
ceived morphine acted as if they
had received morphine again and
showed pain relief.
"What that means is we can then
go ahead and do more mechanis-
tic studies and do pharmacological
studies targeting different recep-
tors," he said. "We could do dif-
ferent procedures and try to apply
that knowledge into what we think
is going on in humans."
The two-year study published in
the journal PAIN in October was
the result of collaboration between
Neubert and Niall Murphy, Ph.D.,
an addiction specialist and adjunct
associate professor at the Univer-
sity of California Los Angeles.
The two decided to look at placebo
responses because that deals with
pathways and mechanisms that re-
late to pain, reward and addiction.
"We know basic things about
placebo response, but the study
we did is important because now
we can look at placebo response in
ways that you can't in humans due
to practical and ethical issues,"
Neubert said. "You can do differ-
ent manipulations in a preclinical
model that just couldn't be done in
"This was a really exciting find-
ing for us because we used our
novel testing system that was
developed here at UF, with the
support of my department, the
College of Dentistry, and fund-
ing from the National Institute on
Drug Abuse at the NIH," Neubert
said. "That will allow us to now
closely model things that we see in
humans. We're more confident in
doing these preclinical studies and
in doing translational research,
where you take studies from the
basic side of things and try to ap-
ply them to the human condition."
Jianguo Cheng, M.D., Ph.D.,
a professor and director of the
Cleveland Clinic's Pain Medicine
Fellowship Program, said the study
has established a novel and useful
model to investigate the mecha-
nisms of placebo effects. The pla-
cebo effect deserves further study,
said Cheng, who was not involved
in the study.
"The authors ought to be com-
mended for their innovative ex-
perimental design and rigorous
and sophisticated analysis of the
results," he said. "This combina-
tion constitutes a solid basis for
the credibility of their findings.
This elegant model convincingly
demonstrated the cardinal features
of placebo responses to sham or
control intervention that are com-
monly seen in humans."
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DECEMBER 20, 2012
20 OBSERVER NEWS SCC OBSERVER
Mary Curran Deely
Mary "Marie" A. (Byrnes) Curran
Deely, of Sun City Center/King's Point
and Quincy, MA, died November 29,
2012. She was the beloved wife of
the late Walter J. Curran and longtime
companion of George L. Bullis of Sun
City Center/King's Point; loving mother
of Marsha Curran and Diane Curran,
both of Quincy; Denise McDonough
and her husband Bill "Mac" of Milton
and Sun City Center/King's Point,
Joseph Curran and his wife Margaret
of E. Bridgewater; John Curran and
his wife Pamela of Milton; and Susan
Curran Ford of Milton; mother-in-law of
the late David Ford; and sister of Rev.
John Byrnes, O.A.S. of Philadelphia,
Susan Strazzula of Squantum, Paul
Byrnes of Palm Desert, CA and the late
Claire Fahy and Thomas N. Byrnes,
Jr. Esq. Marie is also the cherished
grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 5
Marie was born in New York City and
grew up in Quincy, MA. She worked for
the U.S. Postal Service in Boston for 20
years before retiring in 1985. She was a
member of the Castle Island Association
and the Mothers Club of South Boston.
Marie's passion was traveling. She
traveled extensively around the
world. She enjoyed trips to the beach,
especially Nantasket Beach. Marie was
also an avid reader and bridge player.
Marie's family remembers her as a
woman who was always putting family
and friends first. She will be missed by
all who had the pleasure to have known
Marie's life was celebrated in a Mass
at Sacred Heart Church, Quincy, MA
officiated by her brother Rev. John
Byrnes, OSA on Friday, December 7,
Donations in memory of Marie may be
made to Quincy Crisis Center, checks
payable to Esther R. Sanger Center for
Compassion, P.O. Box 31, Quincy, MA
Arthur Clafering Demaree, age
91, resident of Kings Point, Sun City
Center, Florida, died on Dec. 7, 2012.
A private family ceremony will be held
later this month at Sylvan Abbey in
Arthur was born in Indianapolis,
Indiana where he attended Lawrence
High School. He went to Purdue
University until he enlisted in the Navy
in WWII. He served on the ship, USS
Custer. He married Marjorie Williams
in 1943 and had two children, Michael
Arthur began his career in the dry
cleaning business in Indianapolis and
later in Bloomfield, Indiana, until 1960,
when he relocated to Largo, FL to begin
a lifelong career as an accountant. His
wife Marjorie passed away in 1996
shortly after relocating to Kings Point.
Arthur married Margot Palmore in June,
Arthur loved to golf, dance, travel and
paint with oils. He was known for his
great sense of humor. He was a member
of Sun City Center Methodist Church,
the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry of
Terre Haute and Indianapolis, and the
Egypt Shriners of Tampa, FL. Arthur
was a devoted husband, wonderful
father and was loved by all. He will be
He is survived by his wife Margot,
children Michael (Joyce), Michelle and
Peter; grandchildren Amy, Rachel,
David (Ashley), Kara, Jacqueline, and
Haley; great-grandchildren Keegan and
Landry; nieces Shirley and Betty Alice.
Arthur P. Graham
Arthur P. Graham, Jr., 72, of Sun City
Center, Florida passed away at his
home on Friday morning, December 14,
2012. He was the husband of Elizabeth
Born and raised in Woburn, MA,
he was the son of the late Arthur
P Graham, and the late Ruth F.
(McGovern) Graham Healey. Art was
a graduate of Norwich University, and
served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to
1965. Following his military service,
he returned to Woburn to take over
the operation of the Arthur P. Graham
Funeral Home. Art worked as a funeral
director for over 30 years, until his
retirement in 1998.
Art and his wife had been living in
Florida since 1999. He was an avid
golfer and Boston sports fan.
In addition to his wife Liz, he is
survived by two sons, Chuck Graham
and his wife Barbra of Woburn, and
Scott Graham of Florida. He was also
the proud "Papa" of Lauren, Jessica,
and Katie Graham of Woburn.
Serviceswill be private. Contributions
in Art's memory may be made to the
National Kidney Foundation, 30 East
33rd St., New York, NY 10016 (www.
kidney.org) or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by the Graham Funeral
Home, Woburn, MA.
Dolores Sterbenz Kaukonen,
87, of Sun City Center, FL, passed
away December 5, 2012. She was a
previous resident of California, PA, and
Midlothian, VA. She graduated from
California University of Pennsylvania
in 1953 and taught elementary school
for 35 years, as well as acting as the
editor of the California Press, a local
Dolores was a member of the Trinity
Baptist Church and was preceded in
death by her husband Toivo Kaukonen.
Survivors include a son and daughter-
in-law, Gary and Nicki Kaukonen;
daughter and son-in-law, Christy and
Craig Siler; two grandsons, Adam Siler
and Erik Kaukonen; and one great-
grandson, Andrew Kaukonen.
Funeral services were held on
Saturday, December 8, at the Sun City
Center Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to the donor's
talk on A Life of
The regular service of the Unitar-
ian Universalist Fellowship of Sun
City Center on Thursday, Dec. 20,
will feature a presentation by Arch
Bush on the book by Robert Trez-
ise: A Life of Jesus, How It Might
The author believes that growing
popular resistance to Roman occu-
pation created political turbulence
that must have had a major impact
on Jesus' life.
Wilson John Lombardi
Wilson John Lombardi, born July 27,
1918 in Minersville, PA, went to be with
his Lord and loved ones on Dec. 13,
2012. Named after President Wilson
and St. John, he was very proud of
his name. Son of the late Andrea and
Rose Dallsandro Lombardi, he was
preceded in death by three sisters,
Elvira, Kirvinskee, Helen Hill and Alice
Thomas, and two brothers, Louis
and Edward Lombardi. He was also
preceded by two wives, Marion and
Wilson is survived by brother David
(Ann) Lombardi; daughter Carol (Mark)
Runyon; grandson Kyle; stepson James
(Chris) Sawdy; stepdaughter Betty
Kewer and family; sister-in-law Helen
Martin Lombardi; great-granddaughter
Katherine; many nieces and nephews;
and his beloved partner of 10 years,
Marilyn Hall and her family.
In his early years Bill helped and
worked in the family shoe shop and set
off fireworks. He worked for the State
of Pennsylvania, and finally retired from
Bill was a World War II Army Veteran
and member of the American Legion
Post #246 of Sun City Center.
Bill enjoyed many years of golf,
swimming, dancing and travel. But his
most important enjoyment came from
exercising in the gym six days a week.
Bill was a true gentleman and loved
his family and friends. He was a
member of St. Andrew Presbyterian
A memorial will be at St. Andrew (1239
W Del Webb, SCC) on Thursday, Dec.
20, 2012 at 10 a.m. Following church
services, burial will be at the Florida
National Cemetery with full military
honors at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests
a donation in his honor to the SCC
Emergency Squad. Friends and family
may gather one hour prior to the 10
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kicks off the year
with Iron Will
In keeping with the winter
weather and memories of snow,
the SCC United Methodist
Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd.
W., will begin the year on Friday,
Jan. 11, with an uplifting true-life
story about a young man and his
Iron Will is a story of cour-
age, determination and ultimate
triumph in a breathtaking cross-
country dog sled marathon.
It's a race where Will, a brave
young man played by Mackenzie
Astin, is thrust into adulthood and
a chance of winning the coveted
Will he be able to save his fam-
ily from financial ruin by winning
the race or will he be the laughing
stock of others that are more expe-
rienced and have been racing for
As always, freshly baked cook-
ies, popcorn, coffee and tea will be
served at Creason Hall on movie
night. The doors open at 6 p.m.
and the movie begins at 6:30 p.m.
with a brief introduction.
DECEMBER 20, 2012
Ruskin United Methodist Church
First Street & 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (behind Suntrust Bank)
ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WORSHIP WITH US:
SUNDAY MORNINGS: Nov. April.................. 8:30 a.m. Day Care Available
Rev. Richard Nussel and All Year............... 10:45 a.m. 6 a.m. -6 p.m.
Phone: 645-1241 Sunday School............ 9:30 a.m. call 645-6198
Si rlendi sh4p B ptist Chwr SundayWEEKLYSERVICES
Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist) 9 am ...................... Bible Study
i1511 El Rancho Dr. 11a .m .................... Bible Study
1 1 Enly ncer, 10 a.m. & 6 p.m............Worship
Sun City Center, FL 33573
I Phone/Fax: Wednesday
4 813-633-5950 6 p.m.... Prayer Meeting/Bible Study
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA
701 Valley Forge Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573-5354
Rev. Robert G. Wiley, Interim Pastor
Telephone: 813-634-1292 Website: sccredeemer.org
Worship Services on Sunday 10 a.m.
Holy Communion First & Third Sunday Bible Class Thursday 10 a.m.
Spirituality Rather Than "Religion"
Henry Gibson Social Hall, Beth Israel Synagogue Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.
1115 Del Webb E. Sun City Center, FL
www.unitycommun ityofjoy.com 813-298-7745
SFirst Baptist Church of Gibsonton
"We loviFbecause He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
Traditional Worship Service *Sunday School 9:30 A.M.
Old-Time Gospel Hymns *Morning Worship 10:30 A.M.
Nursery Available Sunday Evening 6:00 P.M.
*Interpreter for the Deaf Mid-Week (Wed.) 7:00P.M.
9912 Indiana St. Hwy 41 & Estelle %\enue Malcolm S. Clemenis, 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 & 6:00 p.m.
702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573 Daily.......................................... 8:00 a.m.
Phone: 634-2328 Fax: 633-6670 W Confessions:
www.popcc.org Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. and Sat. 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
N TSunday School (all ages)........ 9:30 a.m.
NO R HSIDE Sunday Morning Worship .... 10:45 a.m.
B PTIST CUH Sunday Evening Worship....... 6:00 p.m. SBC
Loving od 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
All Are Welcome!
Rev. Dr. Jean M. Simpson Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
(813) 634-1304 www.uccinscc.org
*WJc e A e 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.
A CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH
rsery d Sunday Worship: Blended 8:00 a.m.
SNursery Provided Contemporary 9:40 a.m. i PB
Pastor Jack R. Palzer
Assoc. Pastor Derek Hoven Traditional 1 1:15 a.m.
5309 U.S. Highway 41 North Apollo Beach A
(across from MiraBay) www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 6451 305
The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center
1210 Del Webb Blvd West 634-2539
Come Belong WORSHIP SERVICES:
Qrow Serve SUNDAY
"Th l d d elhodid lr.rh 8:15 a.m....................... Sanctuary (Communion Service)
Q-: 1c dm . '.r1dtlII r-
9: I5 a.m................... reason Hall (Oasis Contemporary)
10:55 a.m.........Sanctuary (Traditional with Choir & Bells)
S11:00 a.m ..................................... Hispanic W orship
4:00 p.m ...................................... Hispanic W orship
Senior Pastor: Dr. Warren Langer
Assistant Pastor: Rev. Robert Chaple
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCC
Meets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel
Synagogue 1115. E. Del Webb Blvd.
Thursday, 7:00 PM Call 633-0396 www.uuofscc.org
To help his fellow man is man's most noble work.
Changing Services? Having a special event?
Advertise it in The Observer News, The SCC Observer and The Current.
Just call (813) 645-3111 and ask to speak to a sales representative.
DECEMBER 20, 2012
SpiritualLeader P l tfs r o
Rev. Sue Meiner Sunday Service 11:00 a.m.
Rev. Sue Meixner S ,] un City Center
S., Sun City Center
813-362-0806 Chamber of Commerce
email@example.com 1651 Sun City Center Plaza
NewThought ChurchReligious Science/SOM
,y 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
820 College Ave. W. Ruskin. FL 33570
www.fbcruskin.org A Resource for Families
Sunday School............................... 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship.............. 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service ............................. 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Night Service ............ 7:00 p.m.
Aw ana ..................... .................... 7:00 p.m .
Dr. Barry Rumsey
K-2 Through 12th
Southside Baptist Church
"A Warm, Loving & Friendly Church"
Comejoin us to learn about God's Word and salvation in Jesus Christ
Join us on Sunday to come home to the warmth of our church family
Located in South Hillsborough County, just south of Universal 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 Evening Service ................6:00 p.m.
Sunday School ................................ 9:30 am. Wednesday Evening Service.........7:00 p.m.
Sunday Morning Worship........... 10:55 a.m. Thursday Morning Prayer........... 10:00 a.m.
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
W St. Andrew P
SPrayers with anoint
A Stephen during worship the s
Church Pastor: Rev.
Meet friends in Fell
1239 Del Webb Blvd. West
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Church is Handicap accessible
d Service 9:30 a.m.
ry Service 11:00 a.m.
ing for healing and wholeness
secondd Sunday of every month.
Dr. Mark E. Salmon
owship Hall after each Service.
For information visit:
SouthShore: Apollo Beach, skin, Sun City and S. Gibsonton
SouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. Gibsonton
Very Rev. John F. McEvoy, V.F.
U.S. Hwy. 41
106 11th Ave. NE
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 ............ ...................................................... 8:00 a.m .
Holy Days ....................................... Contact Parish Office for Schedule
Espatol ......................................Domingo 12:30 p.m.; Jueves 7:00 p.m.
Confession......................... Thursday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m.
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William John McDougal passed away
on December 13, 2012 at LifePath
Hospice at the age of 89. He is survived
by his sons Craig and Scott McDougal;
daughter Leigh Ann McDougal;
granddaughter Lauren McDougal; and
Bill was born in Detroit, Michigan in
1923 and spent summers at a cottage
on Lake Erie in Ontario, Canada. In
World War II, he joined the Navy and
served as an Aviation Machinist Mate
First Class in the South Pacific Theater.
After the war, he took advantage of the
GI Bill and obtained his BS degree in
Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence
Tech in 1950. Bill worked for several
companies before beginning a career
as a naval facilities engineer with the
US Navy. As part of his navy career, Bill
and his family lived in Pennsylvania,
the Philippines, Guam and Virginia. He
and his wife Carol moved to Sun City
Center from Williamsburg, Virginia in
1987 after he retired from the Navy.
Bill was a well-liked and active
member of many Sun City Center
groups. He enjoyed woodworking
and making beautiful furniture, toys,
puzzles and household gadgets which
he shared with family and friends. He
volunteered for the Sawdust Engineers
and constructed numerous wooden
toys for the school program. He also
participated regularly in the Security
Patrol. He golfed with friends several
times a week at the local courses and
was recognizable by his always present
hat and monogrammed "Bill" shirts.
Other hobbies included a passion for
family genealogy, Scottish heritage,
traveling, gardening, walking, feeding
birds, and visiting family. Although his
sudden death was a shock to all, he
was enjoying life right up until the end.
It was Bill's wish to not have a memorial
Robert D. Miller
Robert "Bob" D. Miller, 82, of Ruskin,
died peacefully on December 12, 2012
at Life Path Hospice. He was preceded
in death by his parents, Fred Miller,
Marie (Tedball) Miller, and brother
Garth Miller Sr. of Fruitport, MI.
He is survived by brothers Darell
Miller of Ravenna, MI, and Kyran Miller
of Midland, MI as well as nine nieces
He was active U.S. Air Force from
1950-1954. After the military, he settled
on the profession of commercial fishing.
He attained the goal of owning his own
boat, which he named Miss Marie, in
Bob enjoyed entertaining friends
and family, cooking and horticulture,
especially his prized bonsai collection.
He was an avid reader and dominoes
player, endearing himself to most
people he met.
Family and friends gathered to
celebrate his life at his home on Sunday,
December 16. Memorial contributions
can be made to Life Path Hospice,
3725 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL
United Community Church welcomes
The United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Avenue, welcomed
16 new members into the church in a special reception, with com-
munion celebrated with music. First row (from left): Moderator Anne
Ginevan, Jane Behr, Patty Brandt, Winnie Kilbourn, Yvonne Weiser,
Loys Rafferty, Rosemary Socca, June Gerbron, and Reverend Dr.
Jean Simpson. Second row: James Guffey, Paula Guffey, Kathy
Pierce, John Burgess, Carolyn Burgess, Paul Simpson, Terry Hood,
and John Gilchrist.
Presenting the check to Principal J. Roth (left) is Pat Pelton, Vice
President of the Interfaith Council. Looking on are Cecilia Nash,
Reading Coach and Joan Storey, Media Specialist.
Interfaith Council awards grant to
The Sun City Center Interfaith Council recently awarded a grant to
Reddick Elementary for the enhancement of their vocabulary program.
Books will be bought and provided to teachers to help increase the
students' word knowledge as well as their comprehension. The words
selected from the books will be displayed around the school.
The Nearly New Shop of Sun City Center provided the funding for the
Interfaith Council to use in this endeavor.
Calvary Cares offers support groups,
new member classes
Calvary Cares Support Groups
will be offered twice a month,
starting Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m.
and Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.
Groups will last for one hour and
are free for anyone to attend go
to one or both.
Groups meet at Calvary Luther-
an Church, located at 5309 U.S.
Highway 41 in Apollo Beach.
Support groups bring together
people facing similar issues, such
as illness, grief, job crisis, relation-
ship problems, military deploy-
ment or other major life changes.
Members of support groups often
share experiences and advice.
All Calvary Cares groups are
facilitated by Judy Shepherd, a li-
censed clinical social worker with
35 years of experience.
For more information on the
Calvary Care Support Group, call
the church office at 813-645-1305.
It is not necessary to pre-register.
The identity of those in the group
and the discussions of the group
New Member Classes
Throughout January and February,
Calvary Lutheran Church is hosting
new member classes for those inter-
ested in learning more or becoming
part of the Calvary family.
Orientation kicks off at 7 p.m. on
Thursday, Jan. 31 with an overview
titled, "What is a Lutheran Chris-
tian?" presented by Pastor Jack.
The additional member classes are
then held each Sunday of February
from 11 a.m. to noon. For more
information on joining Calvary,
contact the church office at 813-
645-1305 or visit visit its website
Each Sunday the church of-
fers three service formats: 8
a.m. (Blended service), 9:40 a.m.
(Contemporary service) and 11:15
a.m. (Traditional service). Visit
their website at CalvaryLuther-
Ruskin United Methodist Church
will be holding a worship service
of Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. on
Christmas Eve. Dec. 24.Christmas
carols and Christmas scripture will
be shared and the Advent Candle
will be lit, celebrating the birth of
The community is invited to
participate in this special night.
The service will conclude with
the singing of Silent Night and the
lighting of candles.
The church is located at 105 4th
Ave. NW in Ruskin.
For more information, call 813-
Come and experience the power of
Jesus to change your life.
Sunday @ 9 & 11 AM Servicio en Espafiol @ 6 PM
2322 11th Ave. SE Ruskin, FL 813.645.3337
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Tutor Lori Bruce, seated at left, was among those at the holiday par-
ty. Standing, from left, are tutors Richard Castiglia, Dolores Dudzick,
Sondra Cohen, Mary Houston, Sharon Chaban, Carl Ollivier and Rita
Lisko, tutor coordinator.
The Hope Fund holds holiday parties
for deserving children
The Hope Fund continued its tra-
dition of holding holiday parties for
the children who attend the after-
school programs at Bethune Park in
The recent party was held by the
volunteers who read to the children
on Monday afternoon and the tutors
and mentors who are with the chil-
dren for one hour on Wednesday
When Santa arrived, the children
were absolutely delighted. Each
child was photographed with Santa.
They enjoyed refreshments, and a
gift was given to each child by the
GFWC Woman's Club of Sun City
Center. The Hope Fund thanks the
Woman's Club members for their
The Hope Fund, in conjunc-
tion with RCMA, currently serves
a total of 93 children at Bethune
Park in the after-school and sum-
mer programs and at the civic cen-
ter (behind Wimauma Elementary
School) where older children attend
sex and drug education workshops.
The Fund provides partial or full
scholarships to children whose
families cannot afford the tuition
cost of sending their children to the
group to discuss
The South Bay Genealogical
Society meeting on Tuesday,
Jan. 15 will feature professional
genealogist Ann Osisek discuss-
ing "Chronological Logic: Time-
lines in Genealogy Research."
This talk will show the reasons
for timelines, the basic timeline
procedure, and the more detailed
version of what a researcher
should do in creating timelines
The meeting will begin at noon
and includes a luncheon at the
Royal Palm Room at Little Har-
bor Resort in Ruskin. The cost is
$13 per person.
Reservations are required by
Wednesday, Jan. 9 and may be
made by calling Terri Cardoza at
The Society provides "Ask
a Genealogist" assistance at
SouthShore Regional Library on
a scheduled basis, holds month-
ly program meetings, as well as
workshops and seminars, to as-
sist those tracing their family
Membership is open to all
South County residents who
have an interest in genealogy.
Marine Corps Pvt. Austin H.
Ball, son of Carlton A. Ball, of
Riverview, Fla., earned the title of
United States Marine after gradu-
ating from recruit training at Ma-
rine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris
Island, S. C.
For 13 weeks, Ball stayed com-
mitted during some of the world's
most demanding entry-level mili-
tary training in order to be trans-
formed from civilian to Marine
instilled with pride, discipline and
the core values of honor, courage
and commitment. Training sub-
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Ball Lindiuld The Crucible, a 54-
hour tinal test of recruits' minds
and bodies. Upon completion,
recruits are presented the Marine
Corps emblem and called Marines
for the first time.
Ball is a 2009 graduate of Provi-
dence Christian School of Valrico
Sponsorships are available. The
cost per child is $40 per week; the
Hope Fund pays half of the cost,
and the sponsor pays the remaining
$20. Also, this year The Hope Fund
will provide aid to many needy
Funds for the programs are raised
by grants, contributions, and fund-
raisers. The main fundraiser is
Breakfast and Bingo, which is held
twice a year. The next one is sched-
uled for Saturday, April 20 at Com-
munity Hall from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
The lifeblood of The Fund is vol-
unteers, including a volunteer board
of directors. Volunteers read to chil-
dren, or tutor (help with homework)
or mentor. The Hope Fund also
conducts a running program, an art
class, field trips, and many other ac-
tivities that help these at-risk chil-
dren get a good start in life.
For further information about
The Hope Fund, contact Carla
Miles at 813-634-4268. She can
answer questions about how to be-
come a volunteer, how to become a
sponsor, and where to send a tax-
deductible contribution. All help
is greatly appreciated. Also, take a
look at The Fund's website at www.
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has graduated from basic combat
training at Fort Jackson, Colum-
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core values, phli ,.al fitness, and
received instructions .and pilatli
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courtesy, military justice system,
basic first aid, foot marches, and
field training exercises.
Minchew is the son of Rita Payne
of Tarupa Lane in Ruskin.
He is a 2010 graduate of Lennard
Navy Seaman Logan D. Remus,
son of Jacqueline A. and Steven D.
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graduated with honors from Basic
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Prayer to the Blessed Mother. Oh
most beautiful flower of Mount
Carmel's fruitful vine, splendor of
Heaven. Blessed Mother of God,
Immaculate Virgin, assist me in
my necessity. Oh star of the sea,
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Pet Sitting Pet Taxi
(Dogs, Cats, Birds, etc.)
Oliver Tort & Tina Ballas
310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
Almost New Thrift Store. 10008
Indiana St., Gibsonton (1 block off
US 41, 1 block north Gibsonton
Dr.,)Wednesday through Saturday,
9am-3pm. Clothing, furniture, lots
misc. Ministry First Baptist Gibson-
ton. 813-671-0036 to donate
Yard sale. Saturday, 8am-1 pm. 618
College Ave., Ruskin. Household
items, collectibles, antiques at yard
310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
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Call Ed for best prices.
Sidewalk sale. 87 7th Ave. NE,
Ruskin. Southshore Bait & Tackle.
Dec. 21 & 22, 8am-4pm. Santa
Claus will be here on Dec. 22.
Big yard sale. Christmas 1/2 price,
clothes $1, shoes $2, jeans $2.
Child carseats, baby bumpers,
toys, DVDs, tapes. 4947 Bonita
Dr, Wimauma. 12/21 & 12/22,
Above The Rest
139 South Pebble Beach Blvd.,
SCC. Beautiful oak bedroom set,
tables, chairs, china cabinets,
antique furniture, outside furniture
& much more. Monday-Thursday
10am-4pm. Friday & Saturday.
2 nice bar stools, mini refrigerator,
like new towels, lots of stuff cheap.
Dec. 21, Friday 8am-lpm. 1325
Bluewater Dr., SCC.
0 St. Vincent de Paul
S -' Thrift Store
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Be Ahead of the Crowd,
Get Your Bargains Early
Brand-name clothes & accessories
decorations, lights, knick-knacks
Children's books, toys, puzzles, games
Always Daily Specials and
Discounts on Tagged Items
Quality Twin, Full, & Queen Sizes
Please call (813) 645-5255
1311 3rd St. NE Ruskin
Behind St.Anne Church and nextto Kennco Mfg.
Quality Wicker & Rattan Furniture
2711 N. Macdill Ave. .Tampa, FL 33607 813-876-1566
i IlllS:Mon-Fri 10-6 F
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S Dining Seating Bedroom Patio Much More
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EVERY ROOM INSIDE
AND ALLAREAS OUTSIDE
310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
Wed., Fri. & Saturday
9 a.m. Noon
Dec. 19, 21 & 22
The Winter Coat Sale
1/2 off all jackets and
Plus the Secret Sale
1424 E. College Ave. Ruskin
Minister of Calvary Lutheran Church
312 ESTATE SALES
Estate/ yard sale. 12/21 & 12/22.
Corner of Pickford & Lloyd 2320
Lloyd Dr., Ruskin. Everything must
go. Make me a bid, give me a
New & Gently Used Furniture
BUY & SELL
Daily Trips to SCC
6819 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
Let us get done in one day
what it takes the other
guys a week to do.
We will pack-up and
pick-up one room or the
entire house for a QUICK,
Butterfeld Auctions AB2706/AU3549
312 ESTATE SALES
Your home will be staged for
best results. Working in
Sun City Center for 26 years.
Please feel free to call about the
sale or its contents.
or Eve: 633-1173
Contents Include: Broyhill Floral Sofa
& Matching Loveseat, Lamp & Coffee
Tables, Full/ueen Bed, Light Oak Full
Bedroom Set, Light Oak Computer
Desk, Floral Print Provincial Side Chair,
Kitchenware, Teapots, Home Decor,
Christmas Items, GE Microwave, GE
Oven & Hood, Kenmore Dishwasher,
Washer, GE Dryer, Garage Items,
See you there!
Please park on side of sale due
to emergency vehicles.
Recliner, beautiful brown, perfect
shape, make by Flexsteel. Perfect
Christmas gift for you oryour loved
one. $200. will deliver. 813-634-
Lift chair, extra wide, Pride GI
358XL, 500 Ib capacity $500. Bariat-
ric wheel chair 700 Ib capacity $500.
Riverview 813-662-5887, Dean
360 GOLF CARTS
Golf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade.
Chargers, parts all related. Ronny's
Carts & Parts. 813-484-9855 or
360 GOLF CARTS
For sale. 2008 Club car needs
charging. $2,000. 813-922-4532
2009 Yamaha All weather side
doors, seat belts, installed fan
lights, horn & turn signals. Asking
390 MISC. FOR SALE
Brothers Quattro 6000-D $4,500.
Brothers 1250-D, $1,499. Low stitch
count, all bells & whistles. Call 813-
Christmas sale. Stereo, china
cabinet, RCA TV, stainglass lamps,
handmade king quilt sets, etc. 2907
Jasmine Run Lane, Ruskin. 813-
395 WANTED TO BUY
I buy pre-1965 kitchenware, fish-
ing gear, pocketknives, tools, toys,
books, cans, tins, Singer sewing
machines & more. Jeff. 813-645-
Oriental jade, coral & Ivory, fine
old paintings, coins, currency,
silver etc. 813-610-5824
425 SLIPS OR STORAGE
Little Manatee Outdoor Storage.
RVs, boats, trailers. All sizes. 2903
39th Ave., SE. Ruskin. 813-361-
South Bay RV & Boat Storage.
Specializing in outside storage for
RVs, boats & trailers. 813-677-2000
Electric scooter: Clearance, great
for Christmas, 3 left. $800. Call
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24 THE SHOPPER
511 HOUSES FOR SALE
902 Birdie Way, Apollo Beach.
$215,000. 2289sf. Large home
with very open floor plan. 2 large
sliders open onto golf course.
Split bedroom with huge closet
on master side. Fenced back yard
with screened lanai. Home features
bamboo flooring & new porcelain
tile. Owner transferred, this is not a
short sale. S.L. Real Estate Service,
LLC Mandra Stewart, broker 813-
Home in SCC. 2br/2ba/2cg, 1,637
sf. taxes $1,158. Updates, plumb-
ing, a/c, tile roof, newer refrig-
erator, washer, dryer, stove. Price
WATERFRONT! This beautifully maintained
and updated 3/2 home in Ruskin with a
covered boat lift is ready i,..l ..1 1, f.
you! Only minutes from Tampa Bay and no
bridges between. This is a perfect location
for the sailor or fisherman! $249,500.
BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED 3/2
MANUFACTURED HOME $56,900
NEW ON THE MARKET KINGS POINT
2/2 expanded Stuart model. $49,000
EXCEPTIONAL CONDO in Fairway Palms!
Built in 2002 this lovely 3/2 home is light
& open with vaulted ceiling and skylight.
Enclosed Florida room offers additional
You can find your
classified ad online @
.. phone numbers:
Judy Erickson ............... 468-0288
Claire Tort ..................... 363-7250
Kay Pye ........................ 361-3672
511 HOUSES FOR SALE
2riR/2ri hi o. d ... I ,,I ,l J I l W /D .............
........................................ ... $29,900
1BR/1BA in SCC, FURNISHED.................... $900 month
1BR/1.5BA in KP, FURNISHED ............$1000 month
2BR/2BA inKP ....1 1 I.. . I, .1 1111)
.................................................... $1500 m month
512 CONDOS FOR SALE
811 Tremont Green, 2br/2ba condo,
Kings Point, SCC. $72,900 Great
enclosed lanai off the back. Lots
of privacy! Huge oversize 1 car
garage. all Tampa Bay Realty Part-
1801 Foxhunt Dr, 2br/2ba condo,
Kings Point, SCC. 1/2 of duplex
that backs up to conservation area.
Recently Painted! Includes all ap-
pliances. Call Tampa Bay Realty
PaulB. (813) 645-3211
DICKMAN Serving South Hillsborough
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Celebrating a8 years
Christine Nethers ........... 260-6335
Roxanne Westbrook ......... 748-2201
Jo Ellen Mobley ............... 645-1540
LaRae Regis ..................... 633-8318
565 M.H. IN PARKS
Ruskin 55+ park. Reduced. $8,000.
2br/1ba, pet friendly. Roof over,
long carport, CHA, (2) Florida
rooms. Newer appliances. Fur-
Apollo Beach, Florida
A gated, resident-owned, waterfront,
55+ mobile home community.
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John Lewis* office 813-641-7067 cell 814-937-9978
FABULOUS TRIPLE WIDE: 3BR/2BA + DEN in
excellent cnditionio. This 1936 sqfthomeis on beautifully
landscaped dbl comer lot/ incl. storage shed, dbl wide
carport, Ig screen room/ vinyl windows. The Ig kitchen
inclislandw/aJenn-air grill. $129,900
WATERFRONT STEAL: 2BR/1BA sells furnished
incl. appliances, even the washer and dryer in the
utility room. Home also has Ig screen room w/patio
fum, centralAC, a metal roof over, storm shutters and a
covered carport. $49,900
VACANT LOTS FROM $24,000 with financing avail.
Watch for Open House coming inJanuary.
611 HOUSES FOR RENT
3br/2ba/2cg. appliances, new cabi-
nets. Quiet, desirable area. Ruskin.
813-645-4145 or 813-642-0681
4br/2ba Apollo Beach home, large
privacy fence. $1,150 monthly.
First, last & $500 deposit. 727-
SCC over 55 community. Com-
pletely remodeled, 2br/2ba carport.
Available Jan. 1st. Call Lisa for
Sun City 55+
2br/2ba/ 1br/1ba. Includes: yard
care, water, sewer, trash collec-
tion, recreation card. No smok-
ing, no pets 813-634-9695
612 APTS FOR RENT
For rent: Efficiency apartments.
Weekly rates, utilities furnished
813-677-8789, 813-601-1542 or
1 & 2 Bedroom
Rental rates beginning
at $540 + Utilities
For rental information,
call (813) 645-7320
709 Oceanside Circle, Ruskin
Mon-Fri- 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
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613 CONDOS FOR RENT
Snow birds. Apollo Beach. Totally
furnished, 2br/lba. 813-645-4145
Apollo Beach condo, one floor. One
bedroom, one bath. Refrigerator,
range. dishwasher. Quiet. 813-642-
0681 or 813-645-4145
614 DUPLEX FOR RENT
Riverview apt, 2br/1ba, CHA,
water, maintenance included. Tile
floors. $600 monthly $600 security.
Ask for Vicky 813-458-8178 or 813-
615 TOWNHOMES FOR RENT
Kings Lake townhome. Big Bend
Rd, close to 1-75, US-41 & US-301.
Gated community with pool. 1,360
sf, 2br/2.5ba, all appliances, water
& basic cable included. Screened
patio. No pets. $900 monthly plus
security deposit. 813-645-8352
630 M.H. RENTALS
For rent. 2 bedroom mobile home
near shopping center in Gibsonton.
813-677-8789, 813-601-1542 or
Nice 2br/lba MH for rent, sale, or
rent to own or seasonal occupant.
55+ park. Furnished or unfurnished.
Large laundry room, washer/dryer,
(2) large attached enclosed rooms,
carport, close to clubhouse & pool.
Ruskin. For more info. call Dave
646 WAREHOUSE SPACE
Garage & mini storage, RV lots
& mobile home lots for rent. Call
Pirates Treasure Cove, Gibsonton.
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210 Woodland Estate Ave.,
DECEMBER 20, 2012
647 OFFICE SPACE
We will not be underpriced!
Prices starting at
s250 per month
Certified Pro-Advisor. Can do
attitude: 1099's, W2's, forms,
cleanup & review financial, full
bookkeeping services, tutoring,
software & issues. Hourly rates.
Your local office or mine. Thea's
Quick Bookkeeping Inc Ruskin
813-641-1089 email: theahp@
680 ADULT/CHILD CARE
Ruskin United Methodist preschool,
approved VPK provider is now ac-
cepting applications for January
2013. Call 813-645-6198, CHC-
If you're looking for a caregiver, I
would love to help you. Own trans-
portation, reliable, references. Call
Nicole at 813-846-9459
housekeeper. Dependable, excel-
lent driving record. References,
16yrs experience. Available Mon-
day thu Saturday. Call 813-716-
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selling. If you're buying, you'll find the item in
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CALL US FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS........645-3211
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office for use by the "Victims Assistance Program."
DECEMBER 20, 2012
680 ADULT/CHILD CARE
Ron's Cleaning Service
Quality housecleaning with integ-
rity. Call for free estimate. 7days a
week. Move-in, move-out, rentals.
Insured, bonded, licensed. Ruskin,
Apollo Beach, Sun City Center.
Flat rate $75, full clean
The only Cleaning Professional service
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Red 1 is owned and managed by service-related
Tony Hill Moving & Storage
In business 40yrs. Move 1 piece
to whole household plus haul
away anything in your way. (Fully
Insured). Best rates. Call 813-629-
0108 U.S. DOT #434469
Affordable Moving & Hauling. Local
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Licensed & insured. Free estimate.
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Join our Advertising Sales Team
The Current has 2 sales positions available
in the Riverview / South Brandon area.
Benefits package includes medical insurance,
paid holidays and vacation, plus a gas allowance.
Sales experience a plus and a working knowledge of the
area is desired. If you want to join a dynamic team, work for
a stable company approaching its 55th year in
South Hillsborough County, email your resume to
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A community of affordable homes Phase III Now Available!
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710 LAWN CARE
B&S Lawn Care, Inc
Professional lawn care provid-
ing all of your turf, landscaping &
irrigation needs. Residential/ com-
Shaw's Lawn Service
Complete outdoor property main-
tenance. Landscaping, trimming,
pressure washing, sprinkle repair.
Licensed & insured. 813-298-
Bill's Lawn Service
Licensed & insured. No contract.
Yearly, monthly or per cut. As low
as $25 per cut. 813-293-6840
715 FILL DIRT/HAULING
Backhoe & Tractor Service.
Culvert sets, driveways, shell,
crushed asphalt, concrete, fill dirt,
excavating, mowing etc. Tony
(813) 363-7963 Free estimates.
Pittman Trucking & Tractor
Service. Bank run, wash shell, fill
dirt, topsoil, sand, crushed rock &
asphalt, driveway culverts. Load-
er, backhoe, grading, bushhog,
discing. Install Septic System &
drain fills. CFC#1427021. 813-
740 MISC. SERVICES
Hate that Wallpaper?
I can remove it. Want something
textured & painted. Big or small, I
can do it. Debby. 813-434-6499
also new construction of docks,
boat lifts & seawalls. Free inspec-
tion. Hecker Construction Co. 813-
Yard work, misc, no mowing. Must
have own tools. 4hr monthly $12 hr.
Male or female. English speaking.
Reply: PO 5021, Sun City Center,
Sunroom & screen room
for full time employment with
Ruskin based business. Experi-
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tools & a Florida drivers license.
Dependability & good work ethic
are a must. Good communication
skills a plus. Call 813-649-1599 to
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local church. Part-time salaried
position leading music portion of
Contemporary Worship Service.
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Cooks...$8 to $12 hr.
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> Full/Part-time 1 Paid vacation
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