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THE OBSERVER NEWSPRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8 Follow us Thursday, May 8, 2014 Continued on page 18f SUNDAY, MAY 11 By %  PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.netAbout 30 members of the Tampa Bay Sierra Club showed up for a scheduled tour of the Fred and Ida Schultz Preserve in Gibsonton April 19 but were turned away at the gate. There was a misunderstanding and the guards on duty insisted that they have the names of those taking the tour ahead of time, which they did not, said Jean Doyle of Apollo Beach in an email to Gail Parsons, vice chairwoman and outing chairwoman for the Tampa Bay Sierra Club. Some, including Parsons and Doyle, who was among those turned away, say misinformation is being given out about a proposed ferry and the land on which its dock would be located. The issue is that the ferry promoters are saying what people want to hear, depending on which group they are addressing, said Parsons in a telephone interview Tuesday, May 6. That whole area is a preserve, not a park. But people want a park, they need parks in that area, so the preserve area is being billed as a future park when the promoters speak. And where transportation across the Bay to work is a concern, that is what is emphasized at the meetings, she added. Parsons then said that what upsets her most is that the environmental community is not up in arms over changing the designation of a preserve to accommodate anything not just a ferry landing or a park. What is being proposed is a high-speed ferry between an area currently designated as preserve land and MacDill Air Force Base. Much of the environmental community is supporting the idea of a ferry in hope of eliminating gasses from cars and using less oil, Parsons said. But they havent let us in to see the nesting birds and spoil islands that were created there by dredging. They make excellent habitat. Several meetings around the area have been attended by residents who have heard park promoters proposals. Former County Commissioner Ed Turanchik, who has earned environmental awards from the county, is heading up the push for HMS Ferries Inc. to build and operate there, with HMS promising to pay the $35 million a year that is the estimated operating cost for the first ferry. Turanchik says it will save Sierra Club barred from tour of proposed ferry, parkEnvironmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program project site location map as of April 2012. The red areas are designated acquired ELAPP sites. 440,000 Florida residents enrolled in state plan; Medicaid expansion deniedBy %  LIA MARTIN lia@observernews.netFlorida lawmakers adjourned last Friday without adding a Medicaid expansion to the state budget, in spite of Gov. Rick Scott embracing that expansion just this February. The Medicaid expansion would have been completely underwritten by the federal government. While the federal government is committed to paying 100 percent of the costs, I cannot deny Floridians who need access to health care, Scott said to reporters at that press conference in February. This lack of legislative action will leave 1.3 million Florida residents uninsured. It is not known whether a legislative special session will be called to address the issue. Why have Florida legislators chosen to reject Medicaid expansion again this year, even with the $51 billion promised over the last decade from the federal government? The expansion would help the 750,000 low-income Florida residents who have found they were making too much money for Medicaid but not enough to afford insurance. Consider the case of 32-yearold Charlene Dill of Orlando, Fla., who died last month because she was in that unfortunate situation. She made $9,000 a year. She could not afford insurance for her documented heart condition, and she was denied Medicaid because, even with three children to support, she made too much money. People like Charlene are dying, said Monica Russo, state council president of the Service Employees International Union, at a press conference after Dills death. The thing is, the resources are there to pay for it. Thats whats so mind-boggling about this situation. The money is there; its on the table. Florida hospitals also are expected to feel the monetary impact of the legislative inaction. And Florida is not alone, since 24 other states have also turned down Medicaid expansion. The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, was signed into law March 23, 2010. The mammoth legislation represented the culmination of an intense public battle centered on health care in this country. Needless to say, the ACA was filled with countless hidden provisions and even lesser known ramifications. One of its key pillars was the disallowance of pre-existing conditions as restrictions to health-care insurance. This provision ensured that millions of Americans would have access to health-care insurance. Left unchecked, the removal of the pre-existing conditions clause would foreseeably result in the financial demise of the third-party payers. The ACA counteracted this economic threat to the financial stability of the nations insurance industry by imposing a mandate of participation in insurance coverage to all Americans, even those who were at a low risk. This insurance mandate served as the centerpiece and guarantor of the financial viability of the ACA, but it also inspired the greatest amount of ire from the electorate, which resulted in passionate displays of anger, countless scenes of citizens yelling at their seemingly obsti-Continued on page 9f 2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION Blues and barbecue a success CHERE SIMMONS PHOTO... despite the weatherThe Firehouse Cultural Center hosted its inaugural Blues and Barbecue fundraiser last Saturday despite the heavy rain that preceded the event. The late afternoon schedule gave the clouds a chance to roll back and welcome the crowd of supporters who came for barbecue and music. Pictured above is the barbecue committee: Charlotte Clark, FCC executive director Georgia Vahue, Joe Hervey, FCC facilities coordinator Frances Hereford, and Deb Adams. More on page 2. iILLUstrSTRAtion TION coCOUrtesRTESY oOF hiHILLsSBoroOROUGhH coCOUntNTY


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The legislation they cast aside would not only keep three trauma centers open in Manatee, Pasco and Marion counties and give guidelines for future trauma care centers but also would help to protect the consumers, namely patients. Historically, safety net hospitals provide a significant level of care to low-income, vulnerable and uninsured populations. But one, Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, serves clients suffering severe trauma in Manatee, Sarasota, and Desoto counties, plus south Hillsborough County. The lawsuit centers on the fact that the Florida Department of Health allowed the trauma centers in Manatee, Pasco and Marion counties to open in 2011 and 2012, using an invalid rule in granting the approvals. The DoH will not be allowed to approve any new trauma centers until July 1, 2015, though the department is seeking a legal loophole to keep moving forward. Florida senators and representatives alike authored bills to protect the trauma centers against the bigger public hospitals so that convenient services would not end at these smaller health-care facilities for Florida residents. However, lawmakers went home without passing Senate Bill 1354 and Senate Bill 1276, though representatives did pass House Bill 7113, with a 115-page amendment, minutes before the legislative session ended. The Senate did not take up the House bill. That was expected because HB 7113 was considered a legislative train that had had a preponderance of issues tied to it, even though lawmakers stripped the bill Thursday. We are certainly disappointed that the legislative session ended without much-needed trauma legislation, said Melissa Morgan, spokeswoman for Blake Medical Center. Trauma patients throughout Florida that receive treatment at trauma centers such as the one at Blake Medical Center would have benefited from the creation of a foundation for a 21st-century statewide trauma system. She said, Our trauma center has had the opportunity to serve Manatee, Sarasota, and DeSoto counties for almost three years now, providing lifesaving trauma care to over 2,600 trauma patients. We will continue to fight in the division of administrative hearings, the courts and the legislature to ensure that our trauma center remains open for the citizens and visitors in these communities. As always, there are two sides to every issue. Investigative reporting done by Tampa Bay Times reporters this past year also dug up evidence that the smaller trauma centers were consistently charging extremely large admission fees to trauma patients in comparison with those fees charged by the safety net hospitals. Three Hospital Corp. of America trauma centers topped the list: Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Regional Medical Center in Pasco County and Ocala Regional Medical Center. To complicate matters, a nonprofit seniors organization, 60 Plus Association, has sponsored ads targeting Tampa General Hospital, Bayfront Health and St. Josephs Hospital. The advertisements contend that these hospitals have been trying to squeeze out the smaller suburban trauma care centers across the state, even though administrators say their role is important because a traumatic injury needs to be treated immediately at a nearby facility. Though HCA supports the ads, it is not saying whether it paid for them. Also, the senior advocacy group is not required to disclose its donor list because it is also considered a political advocacy group. Meanwhile, the conservative advocacy group is spending $250,000 this year on a Save Our Trauma Centers drive. The types of traumatic accidents found in urban areas differ from those in suburban areas. Basically, insurance companies pay for automobile accidents, but not for injuries happening from gun or knife fights. The larger urban areas also include the uninsured, which puts another dynamic into play when keeping hospitals open is considered a crucial element. Insurance companies also seem to be getting involved in this battle, while Florida residents are wondering where they will go for immediate, acute care in the future. The Health Innovation subcommittee sponsored HB 7113, with Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, and Rep. Greg Steube, R-Parrish, introducing it. It was f


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Limit one per patient. FULL MOUTH SERIES OFX-RAYS & EXAMfor $95and receive a $100 credit toward your acount for future treatment. 0210 0150 To me, one of the most treasured items I have is the love and understanding of my friends. Friendship is a complex process, but if we look at its various parts, it might be easier to understand. These thoughts are what I consider the A through Z of friendship. A friend Applauds my successes and shares my sorrows. Believes in me even when I doubt myself. Cares about me when the world at large has given me the cold shoulder. Delights in helping me grow. Enables me by lending me their skills to supplement my own. Fills my heart with joy. Gives without worrying if they will be given to in return. Holds my hand when I am afraid. Illuminates my life with a bright smile when I need one. Joins with me in this journey called life, helping to share the load. Keeps me going by encouraging me. Loves me even through the times when I may not be very lovable. Magnifies my strengths and minimizes my weaknesses. Nurtures my dreams and helps to make them realities. Offers to do what they can whenever they can, without thought of reward. Pampers me when I am feeling low. Quietly listens when I have things in my heart that I must tell an understanding ear. Refuses to give up on me when others have. Sits not in judgment, but rather stands in support of me. Takes time to keep in touch, whether theyre across the street or around the world. Understands when I fall short. Values me as a human being and, in doing so, confirms my sense of self-worth. Widens my view of the world by helping me to see it through their eyes. Xcites me to greater achievement. (It is a poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word.) Y ields to me sometimes when they might rather go their own way. Zeros in on my needs and helps me achieve them. Well, there you have it, what I think friendship is all about. There is one other thing I should mention. Whatever I expect of my friends, I must be willing to give them in return. Friendship may be as simple as A B C, but maintaining it is a full-time job. So start now and give to others what you expect of them, and it truly will be a better future for all.Hodges is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. He also hosts an interviewformat television program, Spotlight on Government, on the Tampa Bay Community Network, that airs Mondays at 8 p.m. (Bright House channel 950, Verizon channel 30) and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (BH channel 949, Verizon channel 36). The shows can also be viewed at www.hodgesvideos. com. Phone: 813-641-0816. Email: Website: www. billhodges.comPositive Talk: Friendship as simple as A B CAdventure into recreation with county park campsThe lazy days of summer are never boring with Hillsborough Countys Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department. Children ages 6 to 16 can enjoy recreation, outdoor adventure, field trips and learn to play new sports during a series of two-week camps from June 16 through August 8. Camps will be held on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various locations around Hillsborough County. Offerings include Fine Arts Camp, Nature Camp, Teen Camp and Traditional Summer Camp. Therapeutic Camps will be offered at the Bakas Equestrian Center. Hillsborough Countys newest camp offering is the Guy Harvey Saltwater Fishing Camp, featuring supplies donated by the famous Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Online registration for Hillsborough Countys summer camps opened on May 7 at noon and will remain open until camps are full. Registration can be done online SummerCamps or onsite at any Rec2Six Camp Day locations. Discounts Anyone wishing to receive a discount on summer camps must create an online profile and bring a Free/Reduced Lunch Letter to any Rec2Six location for qualification before completing camp registration. For more information, visit the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department at or call 813635-3500.Post-Polio Syndrome Support Group meets May 15The Post-Polio Syndrome Support Group of Southern Hillsborough County will meet at noon Thursday, May 15, at Dennys on S.R. 674 in Sun City Center. This will be the groups last meeting until September. The meeting is a pay-on-your-own luncheon gathering, with numerous topics to be discussed. The group meets the third Thursday of every month, September through May, with no meeting in December. For reservations and more information, call Pam Vogelsang at 813642-8707 or email her at Put PPS in the subject box.Support group for friends of those with mental health issuesAnyone with a friend or family member who struggles with mental health issues is welcome to the NAMI Support Group meeting held the second Wednesday of every month. NAMI is the acronym for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the largest grassroots organization that advocates for the needs of those faced by ramifications of mental illness and the lack of a coordinated system of care. The next support group meeting is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 SCC Plaza. Join to help yourself and your loved one, or join to be part of an organization that works to change the landscape for those who need mental health services. For more information, call Karen at 813-634-6747.


MAY 8, 2014 5 f ROBIN ROBErR TS PHOTOWhile spending time at Canine Cottage at All About Paws, Karmel liked to entertain the humans by rolling on her back and wiggling back and forth.Almost human? By %  KARMEL My life used to be pretty dependable, but the last few months some strange things have happened to me, and until I got to go on vacation, I was beginning to think maybe my human didnt love me anymore. For one thing, Grammy thats my humans name took away all my favorite foods. I used to get nice big bowls of chunky canned meat mixed with some dry crunchy pieces and treats that looked like little bones. Grammy called them cookies but I knew they werent really cookies because the little human that lives in the house with us gives me cookies all the time behind Grammys back. Grammy also stopped giving me table scraps. Oh, how I used to love those. Pieces of chewy meat, bread, even pieces off the edges of the little humans sandwiches are yummy-yum good. I couldnt figure out why the humans suddenly stopped giving me these wonderful-tasting things and instead just gave me a small bowl of some dry mealy-stuff from a bag. Then one day I heard someone say if I didnt lose weight I wouldnt get to live much longer. Well, that made me realize my human was just doing what shed always done taking good care of me. Like 12 years ago, when the first humans I lived with gave all my babies away and then said I was going to have to go to Death Row. I heard them say it was because I was sick with something called heartworms. Now I dont know where Death Row is, but it didnt sound like anybody was happy about me going there, so I was really glad that Grammy and her little human came to the place I was living and took me home. When they first got there, Grammy sat down on the floor and I put my head in her lap and stared at her and sent my thoughts to her with my eyes. She must have understood dog-telepathy because right then she told the people I was living with she wanted to take me home! Since then, most of my days have been pretty much the same. I play in my yard or in the house and sleep on the floor at the foot of Grammys bed. Every morning, Grammy sits on the couch in the living room wrapped in her soft, red blanket and drinks something from a big cup that smells just wonderful. But once she set it down, and I stuck my tongue in it and it burned like fire. I hope her insides dont burn up from it, because she drinks it every day. Maybe her insides are tougher than mine. Most of the time Im alone during the day, so I try and talk to squirrels and rabbits when they come in the yard, and Id do just about anything to get them to stay and play with me, but they never do. Maybe theyre afraid of me because Im so big. Once in a while, a human friend of Grammys stays with me for a day or two when my humans go somewhere, and thats okay because theyre always nice to me, but nothings ever the same as being with my family. Except maybe vacation. I think it was about 20 full moons ago when I first went to Doggie Camp. My first week at camp was at Camp Bow Wow, and I had a real good time. The next time I stayed away from home, I stayed at my doctors in the same building where I get my hair trimmed and my nails cut and sometimes get a special kind of bath. Theyre nice to me there, but it isnt like going to camp. Two weeks ago, I was told Grammy had to go to someplace called New York City. Then I heard she was spending a week


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MAY 8, 2014 7Parents are faced with myriad decisions while raising children. One subject that has made a powerful presence in recent years is education. Public or private school? Secular? Parochial? Then there is homeschooling. Choosing a private or public school can be influenced by location, cost, ratings, etc. But homeschooling? There are a lot more decisions to be made. Guest columnist Barbara Baker of Riverview has attempted to take some of the guesswork out of the decision by writing a series of ar ticles that will answer many of the questions parents have about the ins and outs of homeschooling. Barbara was inspired by a family friend with 11 years experience teaching at home. She put Barbara on the path to finding the answers needed for this series, and in turn, to enlighten you, our readers, on this important topic. So, join us for the next few weeks on a journey down the path of home-based education. Editor Homeschool LawsBy %  BARBARA BAKERHave you considered homeschooling your child but hesitated due to concerns about the laws sur rounding such an endeavor? Hillsborough County makes it relatively easy to understand the requirements on its website (go to www.sdhc. The following is a birds-eye view of the requirements. Before a parent submits a letter of intent (a suggested format is given on the website), he or she is advised to carefully consider their responsibilities as outlined by Hillsborough County. A parent must maintain a portfolio of records and materials logging the students work and showing examples of it. This portfolio must be made available to school officials upon request. The parent must also provide for an annual evaluation to document the students demonstration of educational progress at a level commensurate with his or her ability. There are several ways this can be accomplished. Two of those methods include taking an authorized national student achievement test or having a certified teacher administer the test under rules established by the school district. These evaluations, and the professionals who administer them, are governed by the Florida Statutes. (We observed that certified teachers offer their evaluation services on the Internet for a fee.) If a students progress is not demonstrated as acceptable, the parents will have a year to provide remedial instruction, after which time the student shall be reevaluated. Home education students may participate in interscholastic activities, the Bright Futures Scholarship Program, and dual enrollment programs. Home education students are eligible for admission to Florida College System institutions in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Board of Governors. Home education students are not required to take the FCAT. Also, in order for homeschool students to receive a regular diploma, they must enroll in an accredited high school to be awarded a General Equivalency Diploma ( GED ) by the State of Florida or use a curriculum provider that offers credentials to the student. According to Hillsborough Countys Office of Home Education website, the Florida Virtual School (FVS) is the first statewide on-line high school in the nation that provides on-line courses to all students in affiliated school districts through HOMESCHOOLING The ABCs for those who want to DIYthe State of Florida. It is a no-campus high school that offers interactive courses based on the Sunshine State Standards. Hillsborough Virtual School (HVS) is a franchise of the Florida Virtual School and provides free on-line high school and middle school courses to home education students. The website is also helpful in providing guidelines for parents who Sarah Puebla (center) has been homeschooling her children for 11 years. She was the inspiration behind the series of articles written by Barbara Baker on homeschooling.are in the military. If you, as a homeschool parent, decide to withdraw from homeschooling your child and wish to enroll your child in a public school, Hillsborough County provides a mechanism for terminating homeschool education. NEXT WEEK: The pros and cons of homeschooling. CLARKE AUTOMOTIVE CLARKE AUTOMOTIVEOPEN ALL DAY SATURDAYEverything we do keeps your car in warranty Includes: Visual Inspection of tires, belts & hoses, horn/lights, brakes, shocks/struts, exhaust, wipers, suspension, air and breather filter. Most cars/light trucks. Disassembly to perform inspection may result in additional charges. Present coupon to receive savings. No other discounts apply. Additional charges for shop supplies may be added. See store for details. 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Over the past two months the association has been organizing a service project to collect mens and womens professional clothes and accessories from the community and Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce members. The drive culminated on Saturday, April 26, with a Distribution Event at YMCA Camp Cristina, where individuals from the community were invited to shop for clothing and accessories at no charge. Job seekers were encouraged to submit their resums for a chance to win a custom-tailored suit from Riverview Chamber member Scott Hardy, owner and wardrobe consultant of S. Alan Designs LLC. The lucky winner was a Riverview resident and decorated Air Force veteran who is currently looking for a position as a recruiter. In addition to the enticement of a new outfit or two, beneficiaries were also given coupons for dry-cleaning services from Executive Dry Cleaners of Riverview and alterations from Mandys Mendings of Apollo Beach. Those looking for a job were able to meet with CareerSource and ECHO counselors to find out about resources available to them to support their jobseeking activities and potentially provide assistance with food and clothing, should they need it. Through the generous efforts of South Shore Young Professionals Association, the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce and the Riverview community, there was a large quantity of quality professional clothing donated, said Christian Beiter, a leadership team member of the association and partner of Preservation 1st Financial Group LLC. These donations will have a lasting impact on the community at large, and we are very thankful for all the support. We are planning that this will be an annual event, said association leader Dixie Brady, an attorney at Pilka and Associates PA. We have had a great response and are looking forward to more community involvement in future years. The Young Professionals Association is a personal and professional development organization, designed for professionals, age 18 to 43, who live or work in the South Hillsborough County area. Regular events include an educational luncheon on the first Wednesday of every month, an after-hours social on the third Wednesday of the month and additional special events throughout the year. For more infor mation, call the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce at 813-2345944 or visit SouthShore Regional LibraryKids program/event highlights Crafternoon Thursday, May 8, 4:30 p.m. For children ages 5-12 ~ Join the childrens librarian and create colorful and fun crafts to take home with you. Pre-registration is required. Register at the Reference Desk or call 813-273-3652. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Bedtime Stories Thursday, May 8, 7 p.m. For ages 2-5 with a caregiver ~ Stories, action rhymes, songs, interactive activities and crafts make up this fun 30-minute program that celebrates a love of reading. Children may wear pajamas and bring a blanket and favorite cuddly toy. Motion Commotion Friday, May 9, 10:05 a.m. For children 2-5 years with their caregivers ~ Move to the rhythm, dance to the beat! Shake and shimmy, tap those feet! Join us for this fun and very interactive preschool music and movement program as we shake some sillies out. You, Baby & Yoga Friday, May 9, 11:30 a.m. For children up to 24 months and their caregivers ~ Bring baby along for a fun yoga practice with Lucky Cat Yoga. This class may include baby massage, interactive songs and dances or sharing a story with baby. Bring a towel or yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Pee Wee Artists: Lets Create! Saturday, May 10, 10:30 a.m. Pee Wee Artists, 3-6 years, adult must be present, will join art instructor Margit Redlawsk and create an art project to take home. Limit 18. Registration required at either the Information Desk or by calling 813273-3652. Funding for this program provided by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center. Creative Artists: Lets Create! Saturday, May 10, 11:30 a.m. Creative Artists, 7-11 years, will join art instructor Margit Redlawsk and have fun creating an art project to take home. Limit 22. Registration required at either the Information Desk or by calling 813-273-3652. Funding for this program provided by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center. Baby Time Monday, May 12, 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, 10:05 a.m. For children up to 20 months and their caregivers ~ Early literacy begins at birth. Bond with your baby through stories, bouncy rhymes and songs in this 20-minute lap-sit program that introduces early literacy skills and encourages language development. Toddler Time Tuesday, May 13, 10:05 a.m. and 10:35 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, 10:25 a.m. For children 20-36 months and their caregivers ~ Stories, fingerplays, songs and interactive activities make up this fun 20-minute program that highlights early literacy skills and encourages reading readiness. Story Time Tuesday, May 13, 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, 11 a.m. For children 3-5 years and their caregivers ~ Stories, action rhymes, songs and interactive activities make up this engaging 30-minute program that highlights early literacy skills and encourages reading readiness and social interaction. Creative Artists: Lets Create! Tuesday, May 13, 4:30 p.m. Creative Artists, 7-11 years, will join our art instructor and have fun creating an art project to take home. Limit 22. Registration required at either the Information Desk or by calling 813-273-3652. Membership with the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library helps provide the funding for free programs offered at the Library. If you are interested in becoming a Member of the Friends of the Library, call Jim Duffy at 813-634-1396.


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The cases quickly made their way through the various federal courts with answers from judges as varied as the opinions of the citizenry. It became apparent that a definitive answer was needed regarding the constitutionality of the insurance mandate, an answer that could only come from the nations highest court. On Nov. 14, 2011, the Supreme Court decided to entertain the question regarding the constitutionality of the ACAs individual mandate. The Court had to wrestle with a very specific legal question: Does Congress have the power to compel an individual to purchase a product, in this case health-care insurance, in order to address what it perceives as a monumental economic and societal problem? Phrased differently, does Congress have the authority to force an individual, who has opted to remain outside the stream of commerce, if only temporarily, to enter the stream at the time and manner of Congresss choosing? By January 2014, the ACA had enrolled three million people. 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Suite 101 Riverview, FL 33578 Please call us at (813) 397-1270for appointments or more information.MORIAM AYO-AMU, MDBOARD CERTIFIED: FAMILY MEDICINE VINCENT LAGANELLA, DOBOARD CERTIFIED: FAMILY PRACTICE FREDERICK TAYLOR, DOBOARD CERTIFIED: GENERAL PRACTICE CARDS MEMBER WEST FLORIDA We are Hotdogging! We are Hotdogging! Come in and enjoy aFREE HOT DOG... or 4!Friday, May 910 a.m. until 2 p.m. at1629 Sun City Center Plaza (near SCC Post Oce) Golf Cart Accessible813-633-7116 a full health-care bill, which would allow nurse practitioners to prescribe controlled substances; enforce stricter telemedicine regulations; allow for virtual doctor visits; and, more importantly, would allow the three HCA trauma medical centers to remain open, including Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, though fee restrictions would be applied. By Friday, lawmakers had stripped the nurse practitioner and telemedicine portions from the bill, and approved an amendment to revamp part of the bill that would ensure that the three trauma medical centers would remain open so the bill would pass. Senate Bill 1354 revised contract requirements for Medicaid managed-care programs; the requirement of health insurers to use a standardized prior authorization form; established a process for providers to override certain treatment restrictions; prohibited an insurer from retroactively denying a claim in certain states Medicaid managed-care program. Senate Bill 1276, also written by Grimsley, addressed limiting trauma service fees, requiring the Department of Health be restricted from verifying, designating or provisionally approving hospitals as trauma centers, and requiring that DoH convene the Florida Trauma System Plan Advisory Council by a specified date. An editorial recently published in the Tampa Tribune advised that these three trauma hospitals, Trauma centersf including Blake Medical Center, should be shut down to protect the market share of establishment hospitals in Tampa and St. Petersburg. In that editorial, it was argued that there were not enough good doctors to provide quality care in the new trauma centers, and that the larger public hospitals would lose some of their patients. However, patients needing immediate attention could have to travel an hour or more to an established hospital, which could be dangerous in an emergency situation. circumstances, and so on. Written by Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, it was expanded to protect trauma centers from potential lawsuits. However, these facilities would have to place a temporary $15,000 cap on the trauma activation fees until July 2015; the DoH would have a one-year moratorium on allowing new trauma centers to be planned; and an advisory committee would be created to approve new trauma centers in the future. The bill also included regulation of certain aspects of the Ruskin VFW Post #6287 Ruskin VFW Post #6287, 5120 U.S. 41 N, has listed the following weekly activities. Meetings are: VFW and LAVFW on the 2nd Wednesday each month; and MAVFW, 3rd Thursday each month. Chapel duty at the VA Hospital every Sunday all month, 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 9 Fish Fry 4:30 p.m. Music by You 2 Kan 7 p.m. Cash Grab 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10 Dinner & movie, Grumpy Old Men. BBQ ribs half-rack, $8; full rack, $15. 4:30-6 p.m. Sunday, May 11 Lounge Games 2 p.m. Music by Bert & Sassy 6:30 p.m. Queen of Hearts drawing 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 12 Crew Games 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 Lounge Games 1-4 p.m. Bingo: Doors open 3 p.m., Bingo 6 p.m. Kitchen opens 4:30 p.m. Ruskin Eagles Aerie 4351Ruskin Eagles Aerie 4351 hosts meetings on Thursdays: Aerie at 7 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month; Auxiliary at 6 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th; Eagle Riders at 6 p.m. on the 3rd, at 1205 1st Street SW, Ruskin.Upcoming EventsFriday . .............................................5:30 p.m. Kitchen opens. . .......................................................... 6 p.m. Feather Your Nest Game. Saturday, May 10 . .........................5 p.m. Steak Dinner. . .......................................................... 6:30 p.m. Music by Salvador Sunday . .......................................................... $1 draft beer all day and evening.Monday. ...........................................6 p.m. Bingo. Tuesday . ...........................................$1 draft beer all day and evening. Wednesday. ......................................Come on down and socialize. For more information, call 813-645-2922.


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Our state-of-the-art facilities allow us to specialize in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, partial and total joint replacements of hip, knee and shoulder, hand surgery including endoscopic carpal tunnel release, finger joint replacement, complex surgery of the elbow, and ankle and foot injuries. Our compassionate and caring atmosphere is in two convenient locations near local hospitals and outpatient surgery facilities in Brandon and Sun City Center. We work relentlessly to provide the best care possible for every patient's unique orthopedic need. Dear Savvy Senior, What types of senior discounts are available to older travelers? My husband and I are approaching retirement and love to travel, but love to save money, too. Almost Retired Dear Almost, There is actually a wide variety of travel discounts available to older travelers usually starting at either age 50, 55, 60, 62 or 65. But, you first need to be aware that when it comes to senior travel bargains, the senior discount may not always be the best deal. Hotels, airlines and cruise lines, for example, offer advanced bookings along with special deals and promotions from time to time that may be a lower rate than what the senior discount is. Always ask about the lowest possible rate and the best deal available. With that said, heres a breakdown of some different senior travel discounts that are available today. Club memberships: If youre a member of AARP, there are dozens of travel discounts available on hotels, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. To find them, see or call 800-675-4318. Annual AARP membership fees are $16 or less if you join for multiple years. If you dont like AARP, there are alternative organizations you can join, like the Seniors Coalition or the American Seniors Association, that offer discounts on hotels and rental cars. Airlines: Southwest Airlines has the best senior-fare program in the U.S., offering discounts to passengers 65 and older. American, United and Delta offer some senior fares, too, but they are extremely limited. Trains: Amtrak provides a 15 percent discount to travelers 62 and older, and a 10 percent discount to passengers over age 60 on crossborder services operated jointly by Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada. Bus travel: Greyhound offers a 5 percent discount on unrestricted fares to seniors over 62. Peter Pan, which serves the Northeast region of the U.S., offers the same deal. Trailways, a privately owned bus company, also provides senior discounts, but they vary by location. And most local bus lines and public transportation offer discounted senior passes. Car rentals: Most car rental companies offer 5 to 25 percent discounts to customers who belong to 50-and-older organizations like AARP. Discounts are also available to AAA members. To shop around for the best rental car deals, use travel aggregator sites like orbitz. com or Hotels: Most hotels in the U.S. offer senior discounts ranging between 10 percent and 30 percent off. Age eligibility will vary by hotel. Hyatt offers one of the biggest discounts, up to 50 percent off, to guests 62 and older. Cruises: Most cruise lines offer special deals to AARP members. But if youre not a member, discounts on some cruise lines (like Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean) are also available to passengers 55 and older. The best way to find these is to contact a travel agent, or check with the cruise line youre interested in. Restaurants: Senior discounts are fairly common at mom-andpop and family-style restaurants, as well as fast-food establishments. The discounts will range from free coffee, to drinks, to discounts off your total order. Chains known for their senior discounts or specials include Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Churchs Chicken, Dairy Queen, Dunkin Donuts, IHOP, Subway and Wendys. Entertainment: Most movie theaters, plays, ballets, symphonies, museums, zoos, aquariums, golf courses and even ski slopes provide reduced admission to seniors over 60 or 65. If youre over 62, youre also eligible for the popular America The Beautiful Senior Pass, which provides a lifetime entry to 2,000 national parks and recreation sites. You can obtain this pass in person at one of the federal recreation sites for $10, or through the mail (see senior.html) for $20. To look for other travel discounts, see, a great website that lets you search by location and category for free. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.Travel discounts available to older travelersTHE SAVVY SENIORBy Jim Miller 2nd annual Happy Bald Day in YborFrom 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Satur day, May 10, Ybor City Market will host its 2nd annual Happy Bald Day, sure to be a hair-raising event for everyone involved. Bald and almost bald individuals can enter their baldness in various contest categories: smoothest; youngest/oldest; going bald; and best decorated. In addition, barbers will be on site to provide shaves for a donation. Ybor City Saturday Market in Centennial Park (corner of 8th Avenue and 19th Street) is the site for Happy Bald Day. Go on out and enjoy the music, the shopping and, of course, the contest.


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MAY 8, 2014 17 (1/2 mile east of Wal-Mart)813-633-3023 Hours Monday Closed Tues., Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 6:30AM -1:30PMSat. 6:30AM 11AMAM -11AM Fri., 5/9-Thur., 5/15 8:30 p.m.The Amazing Spiderman 211:00 p.m.DivergentRuskin Family Drive-In Saturday; 7:30 Sunday to Thursday Children under 4 are freeSince 1952 SNACK BAR OPEN By %  KEVIN BRADY kevin@observernews.netThe new Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Foundation will introduce itself to the community with a special ceremony this month in Riverview. Where tight county budgets cannot cover the cost of fire prevention and education programs, the Foundation plans to step in, providing funds for everything from smoke alarms to firefighter education programs for at-risk youngsters. Sometimes the budget is just not there to provide funding for certain programs, so the Foundation was formed for that purpose, said Ronnie Rivera, the groups president. Last year, Fire Rescue took over operations at the countys remaining all-volunteer stations. Many of the volunteer stations had their own nonprofit status and budgets, but, faced with dissolving, some of the stations still wanted to use their remaining funds for firerescue programs. Not wanting to just hand the money over to the county, a new foundation was formed to use the remaining funding from the volunteer stations. So for that reason, the Foundation was formed because these groups had some money and had to put it somewhere, and they wanted to use it for fire-rescue New Fire Rescue Foundation kicks off with Riverview ribbon cuttingpurposes, Rivera said. Two former volunteer stations kicked in $3,300 for the Foundation, a small amount but one Rivera hopes to build on. The group aims to focus its efforts on education and public safety programs with frequent visits to schools and public events, Rivera said. There are lots of materials the Foundation can help buy so we can continue those valuable programs. The group also plans to purchase public service announcements for fire safety programs.Rivera also plans to partner with the American Heart Association to be able to teach youngsters about CPR, bringing the Anytime CPR Kit into local schools. The program allows anyone to learn the core skills of CPR in just 20 minutes using their own personal kit.They can then take that kit home and train family members or friends how to administer CPR, so we will have a lot more people out there with that knowledge, Rivera said. Of course, the kits cost money, so thats where the Foundation steps in. The group also plans to help fund the Youth Fire Summer Camp, a decade-old program that was threatened by budgetary constraints. The camp, which focuses on educating at-risk youth, teaches kids all aspects of fire safety, leadership, teamwork, while at the HILLSBOROUGhH COUNTY FIRE RREScCUE PhHOTOThe Youth Summer Academy is one of the many programs the new Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Foundation supports. same time acting as a mentorship program. The two-week program for ages 14 to 17 is in its last year of funding with its grant running out. But this is something we want to continue, Rivera said, so after the grant runs out, we will be taking over raising money for the camp. Its a very important program that keeps kids away from drugs, away from the streets. And with the mentoring program, many of the kids learn they want to become firefighters themselves, so its a very worthy program we want to keep going. The Foundation also plans to back Project Safe, a free smokealarm program where firefighters install smoke alarms for free. However, those alarms all cost money, so if we dont get a grant thats where the Foundation steps in, Rivera said. Its a program that saves lives and we need to continue it. Fire Rescue runs a Reserve Responder program for former volunteer firefighters. Rivera said, A lot of the former volunteer firefighters wanted to be firefighters but cannot afford it, so we want to have a scholarship program for them. These are people who already want to serve the community. All donations may be made to the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Foundation Inc., 2709 E. Hanna Ave., Tampa, FL 33610. The ceremony is set for 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 16, at The Regent, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview. You can RSVP by sending an email to or by calling 813-2090097. Family pets perish in Riverview RV fireA family managed to escape a blaze at their Riverview home last week, but the couples cat and dog died in the fire. Numerous calls to 911 about a fire brought multiple units from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue to the scene at 8513 Night Owl Drive in Riverview, April 29. Upon arrival, fire crews found the home, a converted RV, engulfed in flames. The couple who owned the home was able to escape before the fire crew arrived. With two adjacent homes in danger of catching fire, firefighters quickly attacked the flames from all directions until they were extinguished. The rapid response and fire suppression prevented the adjacent homes being damaged. Unfortunately, two family pets, a cat and a dog, perished in the fire, said Ronnie Rivera, a Fire Rescue public information officer. There were no other reports of injuries. The Red Cross was called to assist the two displaced adults with food, shelter and clothing. The home was severely damaged. The fire is still under investigation.HILLSBOROUGhH COUNTY FIRE RREScCUE PPHOTOOTOThe home at 8513 Night Owl Drive in Riverview was gutted by fire. 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But Parsons and her group do not understand how land bought as ELAPP, or Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program, in 2002 could even be considered for a building project that will reduce the natural habitat. Thats why the county buys ELAPP lands, Parsons said. We cant lose the nesting birds there. There are herons and egrets nesting together. The spoil islands included in this area are listed as one of the best habitat areas for nesting birds in the entire Southeast. The tour of the lands was supposed to be rescheduled for May 3, but the guides said the weather would be prohibitive. Now were hoping for June, said Parsons. I just wish the environmental community would become involved and see the real issues before its too late. The main issue is whether saving on roads and gas for commuters and giving area residents a park overrides the need to keep land designated as preservation intact. The Observer News and The Current have followed this issue through three news stories now, and will continue to do so.Sierra Club barred from tour of proposed ferry, parkf By %  NITISH S. RELE Just three years ago, Toyota had totally redesigned its five-passenger sporty hatchback. And now, it has revamped the Scion tC inside and out while improving the 6-speedauto gearbox for upshifts and downshifts twice as fast as its predecessor. Though down by just 1 horsepower, the 2.5-liter, DOHC inline-4-cylinder engine, which develops 179 hp @ 6000 rpm and 174 pounds-feet of torque @ 4100 rpm, packs adequate punch for your daily driving. The slightly retuned suspension is handled once again by a MacPherson strut front and a double-wishbone rear to maintain equilibrium at sharp turns. The tweaked Electric Power Steering is direct and accurate, making it easy to place the car in corners. 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He served next as the state (prosecuting) attorney in Hillsbor ough County for 16 years. He concluded his career in law enforcement with 15 years of service as an appellate judge on Floridas District Court of Appeal. Over these years, he also served as president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association and vice president of the National District Attorneys Association. Salcines is a founding trustee of the Tampa Bay History Center and vice president of the Tampa Historical Society. Additionally, he was a visiting lecturer at Northwestern University Law School for 35 years. He is a frequent speaker at state and local historical society conferences, and has spoken to a number of local chapters of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. In 2008, Judge Salcines received the Good Government Award from the Hillsborough County Board of County Commission, and in 2010, the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association presented him with the Champion of Justice Award. He has also been knighted by King Carlos of Spain into the Royal Order of Queen Isabella. The luncheon will take place in the Jade Dining Room of Freedom Plaza, 1010 American Eagle Blvd., Sun City Center. For more information, email SSSAR registrar, Luke Lloyd, at Or call 813-642-9450 to make your reservation and meal choice.Judge Salcines to speak at South Shore SAR luncheon Local seminar to focus on treatments for womens bladder disordersBrandon Regional Hospital will hold a seminar on Freedom from Lifes Unexpected Moments on Thursday, May 22 at 4:30 p.m. at 1901 Haverford Ave., Suite 106, behind South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center. The seminar will be conducted by Dr. Ignacio Armas, a Floridalicensed, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and certified in advanced laparoscopic surgery by the Accreditation Council for Gynecologic Endoscopy. 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In addition, all donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.Upcoming blood drives reward donors with free haircuts, movie tickets, gift cards and foodGenerally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit or call 800-682-5663. Donate blood twice between May 1 and August 31, and you will receive a free lunch offer, courtesy of Outback Steakhouse and be entered to win Outback for a Year. Plus, all donors in May and June will receive a coupon for $5 off two entrees from Outback Steakhouse. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Blood that is donated today will likely be transfused into a patient within two to three days. The turnaround is that fast, the need is constant. Business slow? 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The show will run through June 27. No registration required. Funding for this program provided by the Friends of SouthShore Regional Library. No Fuss Foods Friday, May 9, 11 a.m. Cooking delicious and nutritious meals does not need to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money. Join Rowena Sjovall of No Fuss Foods as she demonstrates a budget-friendly recipe. Free samples! Limited to 20 participants. Register in advance at the Information Desk or call 813273-3652. Funded by the Friends of SouthShore Regional Library. Adult Writing Workshop Monday, May 12, 1 p.m. Connect with fellow writers to inspire, encourage and exchange ideas about the writing process. Opportunities to share your writings and receive feedback will be available. If youve ever wanted to be a writer, this is the group for you! All levels of writers are welcome. Focus on novels, short stories, poetry, narrative nonfiction and memoirs. Windows 7: Introduction & Introduction to Computers Tuesday, May 13, 12:30 p.m. Learn the parts of a window, how to navigate in the Windows environment and file management. Learn about the parts and basic terminology of computers. Also covers basic purchasing considerations. Limit: 20 eBooks for Tablets and SmartPhones Wednesday, May14, 10:30 a.m. Learn how to check out and download free library eBooks to read on an Android, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone or Windows 7 device using a free app. Learn how to register for a free Adobe ID to wirelessly check out and download library eBooks to an electronic tablet. Presented by the Tampa Bay Library Consortium. Limit: 20. SouthShore Needle People Wednesday, May 14, 6 p.m. Join other needle people to share techniques, tips and experiences about knitting and other fiber and fabric crafts. Bring a project to work on. Beginners and questions are welcome. Mah Jongg Club Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of the popular table game, mahjongg. Beginners are welcome; free instruction will be provided. Participants are asked to bring their own mahjongg card. Limited to 32 players. Register in advance at the Information Desk or call 813-273-3652. Membership with the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library helps provide the funding for free programs offered at the Library. If interested in becoming a member of the Friends of the Library, call Jim Duffy at 813-634-1396, Concerts for a Cause returns for fun and philanthropyNewland Communities awardwinning, free summer Concerts for a Cause series is back at FishHawk Ranch and Waterset. Sponsored by American Newland Communities and their joint-venture partner North America Sekisui House LLC, the concerts feature live music ranging from rock n roll to Top 40. The Friday-night concert series also offers concertgoers the opportunity to help the 700,000 hungry people in Tampa Bay by bringing nonperishable items for Feeding America Tampa Bay in lieu of admission cost. Last year, Concerts for a Cause collected more than three tons of food, which equaled more than 5,000 meals. The concert schedule: May 9 at Waterset, 7-10 p.m. Mighty Mongo is a four-piece rock band from St. Pete with an organically grown base of fans who dub themselves Mongolians. May 16 at FishHawk Ranch, 7-10 p.m. Charlie Hotel is a melodic, modern pop-rock band with a dynamic stage presence. May 30 at Waterset, 7-10 p.m. Bluestone Circle plays an exciting mix of funk, disco and classic rock that leaves audiences dancing for more. June 6 at FishHawk Ranch, 7-10 p.m. Mighty Mongo is a four-piece rock band from St. Pete with an or ganically grown base of fans who dub themselves Mongolians. June 13 at Waterset, 7-10 p.m. Charlie Hotel is a melodic, modern pop-rock band with a dynamic stage presence.Lawn watering: Theres an app for thatWouldnt it be nice if your mobile device could tell you what your lawn needs? Maybe even send you a message to turn off your sprinkler if it rains? Now it can, thanks to a new app called Smartirrigation Turf. The app was specifically created to help urban turf irrigators in Florida and Georgia water their lawns more effectively and efficiently. Smartirrigation Turf is one of four apps created through a partnership between the University of Florida, the University of Georgia and the U.S. National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The app generates irrigation schedule recommendations based on real-time weather and shortterm forecasted data to better meet your lawns water needs in a given period. If you are a frequent irrigator, this will help you conserve water and minimize nutrient runoff caused by over-watering. Users can register irrigation systems in the app and receive notifications regarding changes in irrigation schedules due to differences in the irrigation demand for the next few days. The app is available on the iPhone and Android operating systems. 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Id never heard of either of those places but I knew right away by the things she was taking out of the closet they were far away, and she was going to be gone a long time. I got real scared because I didnt know what was going to happen to me while she was gone. When I saw her putting my bowl and big chew bone in the car, I got very nervous, especially when we pulled into a place Id never been before. I looked around, and heard dogs talking, but I couldnt understand what they were saying because they were too far away. Then a human came out and opened a big sliding gate, and Grammy pulled the car inside. Oh no, she put the leash on my collar, so I knew I was supposed to stay right with her. I usually dont use a leash except when I go to the park or the beach because I run around in my backyard and dont walk on the sidewalks like some dogs do. I saw a sign, but I couldnt read it, so I listened very carefully to the humans while they were talking. We walked past a house and through another gate to a house oh my gosh, it was a house built for dogs! There were pictures of dogs on the walls of the bedrooms and little gates across each room to separate the dogs they called us guests there, and I felt really very special. I got scared, though, when Grammy first left me, but very shortly after that I was shown that I had my own room and Grammy had left her blanket and favorite nightgown for me to lie on just like we do in the morning on the couch when she drinks that hot stuff and I get to put my head in her lap. Not used to playing with others except once in a while at the beach or the park, I wondered at first when the humans in charge I think their names were Sharon and Shirley took me outside. I wasnt wearing a leash, so I didnt think I had to stay with them. They stayed by the house while I walked around the yard. I wondered if it was all right to go anywhere I liked. So, slowly, I made my way from one corner to the other. Nobody yelled at me. In fact, they were saying go ahead, Karmel, its all right to run around. I wasnt really sure what they were saying because I dont know a lot of human words, but I do know the tone of voice that says its okay to play. So I started by sniffing everything and licking things to see how they tasted. Then the most surprising thing happened. One by one, other dogs came outside to play with me. I wasnt sure if theyd like me. After all, I am half Beagle and half Bassett hound, and I didnt look like any of them. Some were a little bigger than me, and some a little smaller, but I noticed the first day that those of us who were about the same size got to play with each other if we got along all right. One by one, they came out to play with me, until there was a group of us who played together every day. There was Cassie and Cocoa and Rocky and Thunder. They were so much fun! Cassie and I even had a sleepover a couple of nights, and there was always a human around, although they never seemed to have to do anything but watch us play. Once I heard the humans talking and saying we were all very social. I wondered what social was, but whatever it is, it must be good because everyone smiled every time they said it. Those of us who werent social liked to stay by themselves, and didnt come in the yard with us at the same time. I thought the dogs who werent social were really missing out on a good time, and that was pretty strange. Almost as strange as the fact that some dogs like to sleep in a cage at night. I cant imagine liking that, but I heard one human say it made them feel safe. Im always safe. Ive heard those words a lot of times and I know that means to be loved and taken care of. There was this special woman named Robin who came to play with us and she made me feel so good! She took pictures of me like Grammy sometimes does, and she said she was going to send them to Grammy that night on the computer. Everybody knows my Grammy spends most of the time at her computer because she makes the money for our food and house and everything that way, so I knew shed see my pictures right away. Robin took pictures of me playing with the others, but she said her favorite was when I rolled over on my back and scooted around with my belly-side up. Well, if she liked it that much, I thought I should just keep doing it, so thats just what I did. I found out that the humans who run the guest house for dogs call it Canine Cottage at All About Paws. I think thats a funny name All About Paws because it isnt all about paws, its all about dogs. I dont even know what paws are! The time flew by kind of the same way it did back when I stayed at Camp Bow Wow. I think its great that we have such fine vacation spots for dogs here. I wondered if my human had anywhere near as nice a vacation as I did. I know I liked meeting all the other dogs. Maybe Ill see some of them again at the park or the beach. Until then, I think Ill just enjoy my life here at home with my family. I just wish Grammy hadnt washed the smell of my new friends off her soft red blanket and favorite nightgown right away so I could still smell them, but for some strange reason, the blanket and nightgown now smell like flowers again. Humans are so strange sometimes. I dont know why Grammy would rather smell like flowers than like my new-found friends! ** Thanks to Sharon Roberts and Shirley Maloof of Canine Cottage at All About Paws and Robin Roberts of Critter Mama Rescue for the information that helped Karmel write her first story. GrammyAlmost human?f SHARON RROBERTsS PHOTOThe dogs who made friends with others their size got to play together.


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Not valid with other offers. $ 29 95 Students of the Month at Apollo Beach Elementary SchoolStudents of the Month for April at Apollo Beach Elementary School are: Rylie Addison, Mila Bahn, Colton Boyers, Avani Brown, Issac Cassiano, Madison Cloversettle, Lacy Comer, William Crevello, Hayley Degulis, Trent Degulis, Lyric Dowdle, Connor Edmiston, Steven Gonzalez-Ramirez, Diana Grimaldo, Jackson Hospodor, Skylar Jaskiewicz, Dylan Lamkin, Andrew Lang, Blake Mann, Makenzie Manning, Adam Maysles, Jahan McDougal, Alexis McIntyre, Alexis McNiel, Ashleigh Menotti, Serena Motes, Grace Navarro, Reese Pietras, Mitchell Richison, Ava Scoccia, Everleigh Shareck, Amberleigh Smith, Jezahria Smith, Timmy Stinson, Gabrielle Tuberosa, Justin Turner, Davany Villnave, Emily Williams, Savana Woods, Sam Wright and Dylan Zima; Patrol Katie Driggers.Jens MarketPlace celebrates Mothers Day at Apollo Beach fresh marketOn Sunday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the MarketPlace in Apollo Beach celebrates Mothers Day. Location is at the Waterside Shops Plaza, 6176 U.S. 41 N., just south of Apollo Beach Boulevard. Angel of Nurturing pins will be given to the first 50 moms stopping by Jens MarketPlace booth. These pins were designed and created by Carol Veierstahler, The Angelmaker, one of the core vendors at the markets. Shoppers can enjoy music and a great selection of foods at the Food Court, with shaded dining under the tents. There will be drawings throughout the event for gifts and products from the vendors and the shops at Waterside. Jens MarketPlace in Apollo Beach has grown to be the largest fresh market in the South Shore area, with more than 50 vendors setting up on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plans are to run through the summer, with hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The MarketPlace is a blend of an outdoor farmers market and an arts and crafts show, with freshly prepared foods for shoppers to enjoy as well. Other MarketPlaces in May are at The Landing at Waterset, May 18, 10 a.m to 2 p.m., 7012 Sail View Lane, Apollo Beach, and at Sun City Center, May 24, 9 .a.m. to 1 p.m., 1651 Sun City Plaza, Sun City Center (SCC Chamber of Commerce and Payant Financial Plaza). During the entire month of May, a portion of Jens Market Inc. proceeds will go to the Mary & Martha House, a shelter for women and children in transition. Each Jens MarketPlace is free and pet-friendly. Jens Market Inc., dba as Jens MarketPlace, is a woman-owned small business in Apollo Beach. Jens business philosophy is: By helping other businesses grow and flourish in our community, we all benefit, hopefully prosper, and are able to give back to the charities and nonprofits that are meaningful to us. For more information, call Jennifer McCafferty, owner, at 813846-1316 or email The mailing address is 235 Apollo Beach Blvd., # 140 Apollo Beach, FL 33572. HUThH & BOOThH PhHOTORibbon cutting for Mackey Productions LLCOn May 1, Stuart Mackey, owner and creative director of Mackey Productions LLC, invited the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce to conduct a ribboncutting ceremony in celebration of his four-year anniversary and to commemorate the success of winning the 2013 Business of the Year award. The ceremony took place immediately following the Chambers Thursday morning Taking Care of Business (relationship-building group) meeting with a large crowd in attendance. Mackey Productions is a producer of high-definition video for local businesses, nonprofits and individuals. Serving the greater Riverview area, its mission is to deliver custom, focused content at an affordable price. Mackey Productions has assisted many local businesses and organizations in increasing their brand awareness and recognition by creating engaging video content that fits with each clients brand identity. From initial consultation to script writing, shooting, editing and final delivery, Mackey Productions helps clients through all stages of the production process. To find out how video can transform your marketing, call Stuart at 813-699-0843 or visit GREATER RIVERVIEW ChHAMBER OF COMMERCE PhHOTOLegal Shred expands, holds ribbon cuttingLegal Shred Inc. celebrated its second-year anniversary in a new office location at 11806 U.S. 41 S., Gibsonton. Members of the Greater Riverview and South Shore chambers of commerce gathered for a special ribbon cutting to celebrate the addition of Legal Shreds third truck in use in Hillsborough County. Legal Shred offers convenient mobile shredding for home or business, using fast and state-of-the-art shredding equipment. Legal Shred customers have the option to watch their papers shredded from start to finish; they also do not have to worry about removing staples, paper clips or binder clips. After shredding, Legal Shred recycles this shredded paper, which saves thousands of trees each year. Also, by recycling the shredded paper, customers can be assured that their material is fully destroyed. The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce executive director Tanya Doran said, Every business should utilize the Legal Shred service to protect the companys and customers information and privacy. This service is efficient, easy to use and inexpensive. Legal Shred has recently hired two full-time and two part-time employees, expanded into the Orlando/Daytona Market and received AAA certification by the National Association for Information Destruction. For more information, visit, call owner Jason Fredricks at 813 445-7301 or email By%  JONIeE MascASCHeEKMember: Florida Outdoor Writers Assn.Fishing was more or less a washout last weekend because of the heavy rain and wind. The sheepshead didnt mind the rain and many were caught from piers. Legal catch is l2 inches and l5 per harvest, per day. Trout have been very active in the warm weather. They were also caught from piers last week in the Little Manatee and Alafia rivers. Some fishermen used soft, plastic artificial baits. You will find very good plastics, called DOA, in your local bait shops. Snook action has been great in the recent warm weather. When the water temperature dips to 60 degrees or below, the snook look for warmer places or hide in deep holes. They are restricted to one per day, per person. They seem plentiful, and anglers are catching and releasing. The most popular snook-fishing spot last week was Cockroach Bay. There are many rules for handling before releasing, which some abide by and others do not. If we are to continue as the The Fishing Capital of the World, we must be mindful of how to preserve our marine resources and do everything possible to protect them. How many of you know that if you remove a fish from the water with a net it should be knotless? Never lift your fish by the jaws if you intend to release it. This may Fish Tales: Proper release is imperativekeep him from future feeding and hurt his internal organs. Use wet hands to handle a fish, not a towel. A towel will absorb all of his outer slime. If you have worked the fish until it is exhausted, dont release it until it has revived. Move it in the water, with its mouth open, until it shows movement again. Never put your hands in a fishs gills, unless you intend to keep him. Those using castnets for mullet had a lot of success last week. Schools of mullet are loving our waters and have been soaring into the air. This fish has a gizzard, is a vegetarian, and will not take bait. Some have caught them with a cane pole, but it takes a lot of practice to keep a ball of oatmeal or soft bread on a hook without it dissolving. If you expect a crowd for a fish dinner, fried mullet and hushpuppies are the signature meal of the South, along with grits. I saw redfish catches last week. Legal size is not less than l8 inches or more than 27 inches with one per person, per day. This fish is large enough to bake with loads of Ruskin veggies. Freshwater anglers were happy with their catches of largemouth bass and freshwater catfish last week. FIISHH TALES


24 MAY 8, 2014 South Hillsborough Church of Christ Welcome to the:SERVICES:Sunday........................9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; 6:00 p.m. Wednesday................7:00 p.m.EVERETT TATE, MINISTER NON-INSTRUMENTAL Ruskin United Methodist Church First Street & 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (behind SunTrust Bank)ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WORSHIP WITH US:SUNDAY MORNINGS:Rev. Richard NusselPhone: 645-1241Nov. April..................8:30 a.m. and All Year...............10:45 a.m. Sunday School............9:30 a.m.Day Care Available Mon. Fri. 6 a.m. 6 p.m. call 645-6198 702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573 www.popcc.orgMasses:Sunday.8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon Saturday Vigil....................4:00 p.m. Daily................................8:00 a.m.Confessions:Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. and Sat. 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. www.nbcor.orgLoving God, Loving Others, Serving Beyond Borders Sunday School (all ages)........9:30 a.m. Dr. Samuel (Sam) A. Roach, Pastor WORSHIP SERVICES:SUNDAY8:30 a.m. ............................................. Contemporary Service 9:30 a.m. .....................................................Traditional Service10:00 a.m. ........................................... Contemporary Service 11:00 a.m. .................................................. Traditional Service 4:00 p.m. .................................................... Hispanic Worship Assistant Pastor: Samuel Rorer Bookstore 633-8595 FREE Nursery Provided Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist)1511 El Rancho Dr. Sun City Center, FL 33573Phone/Fax:813-633-5950 TRADITIONAL WEEKLY SERVICES: Sunday9 a.m.......................Bible Study 11 a.m.....................Bible Study 10 a.m. & 6 p.m............WorshipWednesday6 p.m....Prayer Meeting/Bible Study REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA Worship Services on Sunday 10 a.m. PRAYER PRAISE WORSHIPThe Anointing Church Area Places of Worship UNITED COMMUNITY CHURCH United Church of Christ1501 La Jolla Ave., Sun City Center, FL 33573-5329A Caring Church United in Gods Love Serving Our CommunityRev. Dr. Timothy Shirley Worship Services ~ 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. (813) 634-1304 ~ Sunday School ................................10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship ...............10:45 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship ..................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Youth Worship ...............6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service .............7:00 p.m.Pastor Tom Durrance Wimauma Church of God First Baptist Church of Gibsonton 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. Children & Youth Ministry Mid-Week (Wed.) ........................ 7:00 P.M. We love because 1 John 4:19 Malcolm S. Clements, Pastor Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCCMeets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel The opposite of love is not hate, its indifference. Elie Wiesel Area Obituaries Marianne Colding BelisleMarianne Colding Belisle, 77, of 1056 Five Bridges Road, Blakely, Ga., died early Wednesday afternoon, April 30, at her residence. Marianne was born December 7, 1936, in Picnic, Fla., to the late Solon Burke Colding and Lucille Moore Colding. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, a homemaker and a former food service manager for the School District of Hillsborough County in Tampa. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Milton Roy Belisle, sisters Becky Colding and Marie Peterson, and brother David Colding. She is survived by daughters Sheila B. Reed (Keith) of Edison, Ga., and Karen Player (Bruce) of Jackson, Ga.; sons Ricky Belisle (Sharon) of Gibsonton, Fla., and Phillip Belisle (Debbie) of Blakely; sisters Jerry Corbett (Don) of Valdosta, Ga., and Jane Buzbee of Ruskin, Fla.; brother Tommy Colding (Mary) of Tampa; grandchildren Chrisopher Reed of Colorado, Nicholas Belisle of Ruskin, Samantha Reed of Edison, and Emily Player of Jackson, Ga.; and great-granddaughter Alyssa Reed of Colorado. Her funeral was held May 3 in the Chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home, with burial following in the Bush Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to Gentiva Hospice, 432 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, GA 39819. Rebecca GrahamJanuary 25, 1980 to April 30, 2014 Ruskin, Fla. When tomorrow starts without me, dont think we are far apart, for every time you think of me, Im right there in your hearts. Becky will always be cherished as her journey carries on in heaven with the rest of our loved ones who have passed all too soon! Becky was a caring person who would do anything for anyone in need. She was very adventurous, she loved to hike, sky dive and camp. She just enjoyed life in the short time she was here. As per Beckys career, she was a Sergeant at the Florida Department of Corrections. She was a very smart girl who excelled in school; she had her masters degree in Criminal Justice, and had plans to get her doctorate. We will always remember her in our hearts! We love you so much! Until we meet again.Harry M. GroceHarry M. Groce, 89, of Ellenton, Fla., passed away April 29, 2014. He was born April 25, 1925, in Pennsylvania to Meril and Vera Groce. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Harry found his God Jehovah in 1953 and continued to serve Him faithfully until the very end, while being surrounded by friends and family. He had a sense of humor and found much joy and happiness that he used to help all who crossed his path or asked for help (he never met a stranger). He was a frequent volunteer for hurricane relief and to help construct places of worship for his faith. He took his responsibilities and followed Jehovah Gods principles to the deepest part of his heart and soul. Harry owned several successful businesses over the years in Niles, Ohio, and, in Florida, in Ruskin, Wimauma and Palmetto. He was a loving, gentle man who is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bette Ruth; daughter Laurel Taylor; grandsons Leland (Kim) and Michael Taylor; great-grandchildren McAleigh, Jada, Linsey, Julia, Bryce and Kaylee; sister Maxine (Groce) of Ellenton; brother Bill Groce of Ruskin; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses in Palmetto, 1808 W. 10th Street. Following will be a Celebration of Life at his grandson Lelands home, 2515 E. 43rd Street, Palmetto. All who knew Harry are welcome.Eugene T. MuellerEugene T. Mueller, 88, of Sun City Center, Fla., formerly of Webster, N.Y., died April 30, 2014. Gene was a graduate of Clarkson University, an Army veteran and a longtime employee of Xerox Corp. He enjoyed 26 years of retirement. He is survived by wife Phyllis, six children and their spouses, six stepchildren and their spouses, 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd., in Sun City Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to LifePath Hospice, 12470 Telecom Drive, Suite 300, Temple Terrace, FL 33637 or to the Sun City Center Emergency Squad.Dessert card parties resumeThe Council of Catholic Women of Prince of Peace Catholic Church invites anyone who likes to play cards or any board game to make up your own table in advance and attend the groups dessert card party, held from noon to 3:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month in the Conesa Center. The next dessert card party is Thursday, May 8. Cards, pencils and tallies are furnished. Prince of Peace Catholic Church is located at 702 Valley Forge Blvd. in Sun City Center. For more information, call 813-633-2460. Dr. Charles Rentz was recently appointed by Bishop Ken Carter to lead the 800-plus-member United Methodist Church of Sun City Center. The church grew to its present size under the shepherding of Dr. Warren Langer, who recently retired from appointed ministry. Rentz was born in Jacksonville and is a ninth-generation native Floridian, tracing his ancestry back to some of the early Spanish settlers in St. Augustine. He is a graduate of University Christian High School and Florida Southern College. He earned his Master of Divinity from Emory University and his Doctor of Ministry in Theological Studies from Boston University. He also did postdoctoral studies at Florida Gulf Coast University in the field of mental health counseling. Rentz has served in several churches in Florida, including Mor rison United Methodist Church in Leesburg, Gulf Cove United Methodist Church in Port Charlotte, Cape Coral First United Methodist Church in Cape Coral and, most recently, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Bradenton. He is married to Dr. Marcia Rentz, an anesthesiologist and coowner of Oasis Anesthesia in Sarasota. They have five children with two, Keyton and Alaina, at home. Rentz begins his duties at Sun City Center United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb West, on July 1. Charles Rentz is new pastor for SCC United Methodist Church From left are Dorothy Peterson, Hazel Crosby, Sheila Smith and Dottie MacKenzie.Redeemer Lutheran donates quilts to Sheriffs Youth RanchWomen from Redeemer Lutheran Church presented 11 quilts to Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch at its recent open house. The quilts were made by the Needlers Circle, a group of women who quilt at Redeemer Church every Friday morning. In the last year, they sent 40 quilts to Lutheran World Relief and donated many others to local charitable organizations. Send your news to


MAY 8, 2014 25 CHRISTIAN SCHOOL K-2 Through 12th GradeSunday 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. Awana............................................7:00 p.m.Dr. Barry RumseyA Resource for Families First Church of Christ, Scientist Sunday Service .............................................................10 a.m. Sunday School ..............................................................10 a.m. Wednesday Service ........................................................5 p.m. Reading Room ...............................Wednesday 4 to 4:45 p.m. All Are Welcome U.S. Hwy. 41 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin MASSESVigil Mass.....................................................................Saturday 4:30 p.m. Sunday Mass .....................................8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday ....................................................................8:00 a.m. Holy Days ....................................... Espaol ......... .................Thursday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:15 p.m.Saint Anne Catholic ChurchSouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. GibsontonSS Getting to Know You (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. Southside Baptist ChurchA Warm, Loving & Friendly Church Worship Service @10:30 am Adult Sunday School @ 9:30 am 1707 33rd Street Southeast Ruskin, Florida 33570 Minister Mike Grant First Christian ChurchSun City Center FloridaFCCSCC Area Places of Worship 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West Sun City Center, FL 33573 Church is Handicap accessible Phone: 813-634-1252 For information visit: St. Andrew Presbyterian ChurchSunday Services 9:30 a.m. Contemporary Service 11:00 a.m.Prayers with anointing for healing and wholeness during worship the second Sunday of every month.Pastor: Rev. Dr. Mark E. SalmonMeet friends in Fellowship Hall between Services. Refreshments served.A Stephen Ministry Church S T J O H N T H E D I V I N E E PISCOPAL C HURCH A C A R I N G C H R I S T I A N F A M I L Y W I G G L Y C H I L D R E N W E L C O M E S UNDAY S ERVICES 8:00 AM Rite I 9:15 AM Contemporary 11:00 AM Rite II & Choir Morning Prayer & Healing Service 10 AM every Wednesday Fr. Lee Miller Priest S UN C ITY C ENTER 1015 Del Webb Blvd. E 813 633 3970 Fellowship Hour after all services Sunday Service 10:30 813-481-9060 Spirituality Rather Than ReligionUnityHenry Gibson Social Hall, Beth Israel Synagogue HILLSBOROUGH(813) 634-8310MANATEE(941) 524-2259 For a FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATE, call us TODAY!Shutter & Blind Manufacturing CompanySHUTTERS ~ VERTICALS ~ FAUX WOOD & WOOD HORIZONTAL BLINDS CELLULAR SHADES ~ WOVEN WOODS ~ SUNSCREEN SHADES ~ PRIVACY SHADINGS ~ MORE INSTALLED FREE! INSTALLED FREE! VERTICALS PLANTATION SHUTTERS$1395Sq. Ft. Measured & Installed LIFETIME WARRANTY 2 FAUX BLINDS Our blinds are built with a STEEL HEADRAIL. Unlike the Flimsy Plastic Headrail from the Home CentersMADE IN AMERICA EXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES24 W x 36 H ..........$84 Installed 36 W x 50 H ........$175 Installed 48 W x 48 H ........$224 Installed 48 W x 60 H ........$280 Installed 72 W x 62 H ........$434 InstalledEXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES36 W x 48 H .......$39 Installed 52 W x 62 H .......$68 Installed 60 W x 62 H .......$75 Installed 72 W x 72 H .......$93 InstalledEXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES36 W x 48 H .......$39 Installed 52 W x 48 H .......$49 Installed 60 W x 48 H .......$69 Installed 72 W x 72 H .......$86 Installed SAVE ENERGY EXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES FOR SUN SCREENS24 W x 36 H ....................$49 Installed 36 W x 48 H ....................$62 Installed 52 W x 48 H ....................$93 Installed 72 W x 60 H .................$131 Installed SUN SCREENS Cecelia Moss, left, is shown with Unitarian Universalist Fellowship members Jeanne Danek, Bill Palmer, Doris Palmer and Marilyn Balkany.Unitarian Universalist Fellowship hosts April meeting of Sun City Center Interfaith CouncilThe April meeting of the Sun City Center Interfaith Council was hosted by the SCC Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Beth Israel Congregation. The speaker for the meeting was Cecelia Moss, academic intervention specialist at Reddick Elementary in Wimauma, who spoke about her job and thanked the IFC for the $5,000 grant, which will provide materials to help in Reddicks early intervention program. The Interfaith Council has been a longtime supporter of programs at Reddick Elementary, using funds generated by the sales of donated goods at the Nearly New Shop.JAY SPARKMAN PHOTO New Beginnings Fellowship celebrates Spring Hat DayThe ladies and men of New Beginnings Fellowship had a great time for Spring Hat Day, donning a selection of creative and beautiful headwear. Back row, from left: Pam Brady, Pastor Brady, Lori Asher, Billy Thomas, Sylvia Thomas, Dylan Carswell and Belinda Brady. Front, from left: Lexi Carswell, Nanny Brady, Cheryl Christopher, Virginia Schwartz, Nancy Freeman and Nita Thomas.Community Church College gets new office manager, announces fall toursLarry Piechoski is the new office manager for Community Church College, 1501 La Jolla Ave., Sun City Center. A retired management executive, he joined the college staff early this year. Right now, hes busy preparing the catalog for the fall semester, which begins Oct. 13. The catalog should be available around Labor Day; registration for the six-week college is Sept. 24. You can also find the catalog online at In other news, the College has announced its fall tours: Miracle on South Division Street Details will be in the catalog. For more information, call 813634-8607.


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