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G. Fried Flooring America Is Moving E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

G. Fried Flooring America had a showroom and warehouse for their flooring products and had been at the same location on E. Adamo drive for over 17 years. Even though this was the perfect place for their business, the building was sold and they were not offered another lease at the same place. This had been the perfect location but now it was time to move.

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2017 RJS Fundraising Season Comes to a Successful Close E-mail
Written by Ed Sleyzak, PGK Regional PR Coordinator, Knight of Columbus   

2017 RJS Fundraising Season Comes to a Successful Close

This past February, 14 Saint Stephen Council 14084 Volunteers closed out a highly successful 2016-2017 fundraising season at Raymond James Stadium with the final ‘official’ event - Monster Jam II.

This year we fielded a roster consisting of 46 volunteers, which included 41 Brother Knights, 1 family member, and 4 friends (non-Knights), who came together to experience the friendship among all of those selflessly donating their time and effort, working together to make possible the funds that help so many worthy causes in our Parish and throughout our greater community. 

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Moira I. Sandoval - GEM Real Estate E-mail
Written by Moira I. Sandoval, Sales Agent - GEM Real Estate   

Moira I. Sandoval is a Real Estate Sales Agent at GEM Real Estate. Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, she received her Juris Doctor from Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) in 1991. She relocated to Miami, FL in 1992 and from there moved to the Tampa Bay Area in 2006 with her family.

Moira has worked for banking and lending institutions like Washington Mutual Bank (now Chase), Colonial Bank (now BB&T), Citigroup and IberiaBank Mortgage. Her experience as Teller, New Accounts Rep., Loan Coordinator, Loan Underwriter, Anti-Money Laundering Account Analyst and Mortgage Loan Reviewer has helped her serve as an advisor to First Time HomeBuyers during the home purchase process. She speaks English and Spanish.

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Flag Folding Ceremony 2017 E-mail
Written by Ed Sleyzak, PGK Regional PR Coordinator, Knight of Columbus   

On Feb 1st, 2017 members of the Color Corps from Monsignor John F Scully Assembly 3419 visited St. Stephen Catholic School for a Flag Folding Ceremony. Color Corp Commander S/K Shawn Ryan, S/K Mark Lovejoy PGK, S/K Ed Veronic and S/K Julio Alvarez PGK, FFN, FDD showed the children the proper way to fold the American Flag and explained what each of the 13 folds represents.

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2017's Top Kitchen Design Trends E-mail
Written by Caryl Nolan |Realtor |BHHS Florida Properties   

While a home's curb appeal may draw buyers in, its interior matters just as much, if not more. Several features are high on the wish list of today's homebuyer, including a modern kitchen. Whether you're thinking of starting a remodel or you're just curious about what the future holds, check out these trends that turn kitchens into buyer bait.

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Knights of Columbus Free Throw Challenge E-mail
Written by Ed Sleyzak, PGK Regional PR Coordinator, Knight of Columbus   

The great basketball coach John Wooden once said, “The best competition I have is against myself to become better.” Over the course of the past two months Saint Stephens Catholic School has been well represented by young athletes trying to become better through the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Challenge.

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AlleGriaItaliana Ristorante E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

AlleGriaItaliana Ristorante-  is owned by FabianaDragonetti and supervised by Vito Dragonetti and was opened in March of 2014. They are an independently and family owed Italian restaurant that uses traditional family recipes. The Dragonettis have had restaurants in New York and have been in the restaurant business since 1974.

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Susan Price, Our Gold Star Mother E-mail
Written by Susan Price, A National Gold Star Mother   

Susan is a National Gold Star Mother and resides in the Tampa Bay Florida area. An Army Veteran and the daughter of a Marine. She is also the Mother of a Fallen Marine Hero, Aaron M Kenefick, USMC. KIA 8 September 2009, Kunar Province Afghanistan.

Aaron will forever be tied to the two living Medal of Honor recipients Marine Sgt Dakota Meyer and Army Captain Will Swenson for their roles played out during the Ganjgal Ambush one of the largest tragic loses during the Afghanistan war.

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Duffey Tree Care E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Duffey Tree Care, LLC is a full service tree care company, offering Removals, Preservation and Trimming, all performed by an International Society of Arboroculture (ISA) Certified Arborist. They are licensed and insured and offer free estimatesprimarily in the Eastern Hillsborough County area. They are known for their complex removals involving skill climbs, instead of using large equipment, to remove dangerous trees and limbs without damage to homes or property or landscaping. They have been in business since 2008 and have recently celebrated their move into a store front location in October 2015. Duffey Tree Care, LLC is a family owned business, owned by Anthony and Candice Duffey with hopes that their children will take over the business one day.

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New Image General Dentistry E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

New Image General Dentistry– Was opened by Dr. Luis Carrero in October, 2007. Dr. Carrero’s dental practice includes cosmetic and family dentistry, nitrous sedation and same day crowns. They practice prides themselves on having a family atmosphere, including a welcoming and friendly staff. It should be noted that Dr. Carrero has a soft touch with patients. They value and focus on the family and maintaining and restoring health.

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This Volunteer Has A Heart Of Gold E-mail
Written by Cyd Deathe, Executive Director   

Last year one of Marine Families Gold Star Mother's happened across a knitted blanket on FB that she fell in love with.  It was a beautiful American Flag.  We decided that she should have one so we set out to find a volunteer who could make the project happen.

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CARYL NOLAN JOINS BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES FLORIDA PROPERTIES E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Valrico, FL: Caryl Nolan has recently joined Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Properties as Sales Executive. The announcement was made by Erik Kaukonen, Manager, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Properties, Valrico Office President.

Caryl is a sales professional who concentrates on residential real estate sales. She is a member of National Association of Realtors and Greater Tampa Area Realtors. Caryl retired from the Diocese of St. Petersburg in 2012 where she served five years as a school administrator, and an additional 35 years as an elementary and middle school teacher. Former local students may remember her from St. Stephen and Nativity Catholic Schools. Caryl is a two time winner of the national Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and continues to volunteer with local schools. While in the real estate business for only a short time, Caryl brings with her over 40 years of knowledge and dedication to those choosing to work with her. She is known for her service to others.

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Little Greek Fresh Grill E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Little Greek Fresh Grill,  Tampa, Fla. – For the holiday season, Tampa, Fla.-based Little Greek Fresh Grill, a fast-casual Greek restaurant with an American influence, is offering a unique catering special, as well as gift cards and Little Greek food products.

“This year’s holiday offerings have something for everyone,” said Nick Vojnovic, Little Greek Fresh Grill president. “The ‘Festive Feasts!’ holiday catering special’ is perfect for office or home gatherings.”

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Brandon Pizzeria - One Year Anniversary E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Brandon Pizzeria- Come celebrate our first year anniversary on Saturday, October 17, 2015. We will be having games, specials and all sorts of prizes and giveaways. We expect to show everyone a good time and what a great place we have. Our address is 140 N. Parsons Ave, Brandon, Fl. We are just north of Rte. 60, Brandon Blvd. Our take-out number is 813-571-2100. If you haven’t been here before, you can check out our menu which includes different type of pizzas, calzones, strombolis, meat rolls, pepperoni rolls, chicken cutlet rolls, burgers, chicken tenders, calamari, garlic knots and stuffed mushrooms. We have something for everyone’s taste. We look forward to seeing you there on Saturday.

 
AvantGarde Urgent Care announces the grand opening of its first clinic on September 17th 2015 E-mail
Written by Johana Rodriguez– Marketing Liaison   

[News Release] Tampa, FL. - August 28, 2015. AvantGarde Urgent Care will celebrate the grand opening of its first location on September 17th 2015 and host a ribbon cutting/mixer for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay.

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Triple Knot Productions Announces New Film E-mail
Written by Brian K Dery, President Triple Knot Productions, Inc   

It is with true excitement and inspiration that Triple Knot Productions begins this new journey. This film project will focus on the motivation and inspiration that encompasses the life of Chris Herman. As he goes out and lives life to the fullest, we will capture real scenes, real words and real actions that will be brought to film that will help others.

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Tampa Area Marine Parents Association Changes Name To Marine Families -- New Website E-mail
Written by Cyd Deathe, Executive Director   

A Florida based organization which honors, supports, educates and inspires Marine Families.

You may have originally met and known us, in the past, as T.A.M.P.A./Tampa Area Marine Parents Association.  After much discussion and a remodeling of the organization the BOD made the decision to change our name officially to; MARINE FAMILIES.

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Brandon Auto Salvage - Brandon Auto Services E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Brandon Auto Salvage has celebrated 45 years in business. Brandon’s old timers will remember that Brandon Auto Salvage began as Bob's Auto Parts in the late 1960's and later became known as Brandon Auto Services, Inc.. President Steve Holland says "Through the 70's and 80's, our customers worked on their own vehicles and we supplied them used parts. Then people became more interested in family activities and lost the knowledge to do their own work, so we offered to do installations and repairs for them."

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Knights of Columbus - A Short History E-mail
Written by Ed Sleyzak, PGK Regional PR Coordinator, Knight of Columbus   

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

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ECHO EARNS COVETED 4-STAR RATING FROM CHARITY NAVIGATOR E-mail
Written by Zuleyka Castro, Communications Manager   

(Tampa, Fl.) – ECHO’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.This is the first time that ECHO has earned this top distinction.

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Robert Carter - Certified Personal Trainer E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Robert Carter is a certified personal trainer that works at My House Fitness. The business opened in December, 2015, so it is relatively a new facility. The personal training is done in a studio style training space that adds to privacy and a personal  touch to your training and is by appointment only.

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A Healing Touch Massage Clinic, Inc. E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

A Healing Touch Massage Clinic, Inc.- Sharon S. Aldrich, LMT, MMP, MA41818 started A Healing Touch Massage Clinic, Inc. in September of 2009. She provides medical and relaxing therapeutic massage services. These modalities include Craniosacral therapy, Certified Pre and Post-Natal therapy, Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapy,Neuromuscular therapy,and Active Isolated Stretching.  Sharon has believed in the values and benefits of these strategies for better health since her licensing as a massage therapist in 2004.

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Westshore Pizza, Brandon & Lithia E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Westshore Pizza- Andy Dickson and Ronald Lambert decided to open up a Westshore Pizza in Brandon in 2013 and a second location in Lithia on 1/20/15. The Westshore Pizza franchise opened up 1n 1994 and has 35 locations, most of them in the Tampa Bay area. The addresses are below.

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Bears and Bills Midget game of 8/29/15 E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

This week the Bears midget team broke into the win colum,n with a 6-0 decision over the Bills. The winning touchdown came after a blocked punt and came with under 3 minutes to go in the game.

The game was a hard fought defensive battle. Kundre, Grant, Brandon, Spencer, Colin, Donte, Darrell, Justin, Greg, Tre, Jackson, Ethan  and Nick held the fort shutting out the Bills. The defense gave up 69 yards on 16 carries and allowed only one completion on 14 passes. They had one fumble recovery and two interceptions while blocking one punt.

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My Broken Phone E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

My Broken Phone- The first My Broken Phone was opened in Winthrop Plaza in Riverview in March of 2012. My Broken Phone is solely owned and operated by local managing partners.

You can bring your broken cell phone, tablet or smartwatch into any My Broken Phone location for speedy mobile repairs that our customers have relied on since we started. Our highly experienced technicians will repair your mobile device right in front of you in as little as 15 minutes. Plus, we have a large selection of the latest smartphones, gadgets and accessories. We also want to buy your old phone! We offer the fastest and safest way to sell your phone for cash.

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The Residents Of Sun Towers Retirement Community Donating Again! E-mail
Written by Debbie Caneen, Director of Admissions, Sun Towers Retirement Community, Independent, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, Outpatient Rehabilitation   

On Monday, November 9, 2015, Dennis Floto, Chief of Sun City Center Emergency Squad and Karen Ryan, Chief of Sun City Center Security Patrol received donations from the residents of Sun Towers Retirement Community. Funds for the generous donations were earned by the residents of Sun Towers through their time volunteering in their Country Store.

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South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging To Offer Free Memory Screenings for Seniors E-mail
Written by Debbie Caneen, President, South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging   

Sun City Center, FL Monday, Sept. 14, 2015: The Coalition will offer free memory screenings to seniors on the third Thursday of each month beginning October 15th at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center and on the third Tuesday of each month beginning October 20that The United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd W, Sun City Center.

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The State Of Florida Wants To Know How You Were Affected By Recent Flooding E-mail
Written by Debbie Kirkland, Assistant Executive Director, Riverview Chamber of Commerce   

In response to the “West Central Florida Flooding 2015 Event” and the issuance of Governor’s Executive Order 15-158, the State Emergency Response Team through its Emergency Support Function-18, Business, Industry, and Economic Stabilization has activated the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) to assist in assessing the impact that local businesses have experienced

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