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Knights of Columbus - Installation of 2017-2018 officers E-mail
Written by Ed Sleyzak, PGK Regional PR Coordinator, Knight of Columbus   

On July 13 2017, St Stephen Council 14084 of the Knights of Columbus installed the new officers for the new fraternal year of 2017-2018. The Ceremony was held at the Family Life Center on Boyette Rd on Boyette Road where the  new Church was dedicated.

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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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St. Jude’s Research Hospital Fund Raiser E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

On Friday, September 15, 2017 there will be a golf tournament to raise money for St. Jude’s Research Hospital. The event begins at 1 p.m. and will be held at the River Hills Country Club in Valrico, Florida. It will be $100 per player or $400 per team.  There are sponsorship opportunities.

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2017 Florida State Council Convention in Orlando E-mail
Written by Ed Sleyzak, PGK Regional PR Coordinator, Knight of Columbus   

2017 Florida State Council Convention in Orlando was held the weekend of May 26th-28th.  Delegates from all over the State of Florida converged on the city as they got together to talk about what their Councils did over the past year and to hear the status of the Florida State Council as we headed into the last 30 days of the Fiscal Year.

St. Stephen Catholic Church Council 14084 was represented by Grand Knight John Berrie and Past Grand Knight Mark Lovejoy.

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Thought For The Day, 5/17/17 E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

I am always looking for ideas that lead to success. One idea is that it is important to stick to principles. Principles always work. Maybe not 100% of the time, but you could bet the house on it and make a lot of money. Yet, it is principles that people always want to debate. It is OK to debate methods, but not the principles. And I have gone through this with my children and still do. Another thing to remember,  I heard Andy Andrews speak, and he said it is important to know the principles of life, because whether you know them or not, they still work. Have a blessed day.

 
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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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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The Window Depot, LLC Donates Windows To Habitat For Humanity E-mail
Written by Annette Bilyeu   

Al Suarez, General Manager, stated they're donating windows to the habitat for humanity in the amount of $25,000 on June 15 at 9:00 am - what a great showing to community involvement by a local family owned business.

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Thought For The Day, 5/18/17 E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Good morning everyone. Today I will write about one of the keys to life, happiness and success. Andy Andrews wrote “The Seven Decisions” and today you get the first. He writes that we have to take responsibility for our lives. The buck has to stop with us. We are where we are in life based on the decisions we have made to get us to this point. Have you made that decision, to take responsibility for your life? More to come so stay tuned. Have a blessed day.

 
Anytime Fitness - Lithia, Fl E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Anytime Fitness (Lithia,  Fl ) –is owned and operated by Ronald and Monica Rigaud, who are both veterans. They opened their gym on August 8, 2016, and are located in the Park Square area of Fishhawk and they are still in their first year. Their goals are to help people get themselves into a better and healthier life style. They believe that all people are unique and need information and support about working out, exercising and even dietary hints. A well rounded person can achieve more in their life.

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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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