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Lake Park closed until further notice; WANTED: Instruments to help strike up the band; Enjoying the holidays – without the stress

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  • By B.C.

    The idealized version of the holidays in-volves festive gatherings, enjoyable mealsand touching exchanges of special gifts.

    In reality, though, many people are com-pletely stressed out by calendars that havetoo many events and activities to attend, toomuch food everywhere and too much pres-sure to choose the perfect gift.

    And because of those expectations, self-imposed or otherwise, instead of being aspecial time, the holidays can become verystressful.

    There are strategies, though, to help con-trol holiday stress by simplifying holidaytraditions, controlling overindulgence andlearning some emotional freedom tech-niques.

    A trio of women recently gave a talk onthose topics at the Jimmie B Keel Regional

    Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave.The talk was presented by Senior

    Information Resources, an organization thatis aimed at Helping baby boomers and be-yond live well in our community.

    Barb M. Mahlmeister, a registered dieti-tian and nutritionist from Carrollwood,offered strategies for navigating through theholidays, without the weight gain that oftenaccompanies the season.

    Brenda Cassato, executive director ofSenior Information Resources, offered prac-tical suggestions for reducing the stress thatoften comes with trying to find the perfectholiday presents.

    And, Sandra Miniere, a personal lifecoach based in Wesley Chapel, demonstrat-ed emotional freedom techniques whichinvolve tapping specific energy points inthe body to gain rapid relief from emotionaland physical disturbances.

    Senior Information Resources is an or-

    ganization with about three dozen mem-bers, coming from Pasco, Pinellas andHillsborough counties.

    Mahlmeister gave the audience numer-ous practical suggestions for enjoyingholiday foods, but reducing impacts that lastwell beyond the season.

    Many people view the holidays as beingthe time between Thanksgiving and NewYears Day, Mahlmeister said. In reality,though, the holidays start when kids getdressed up for Halloween.

    And, she said, they dont end until thesecond week of January.

    During that time, she said, people arebusier and tend to exercise less. At the sametime, they tend to indulge at all sorts of gath-erings.

    So, she offered pointers to help reducethe impacts.



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    Lake Park closed until further noticeBy B.C.

    Lake Park, a popular park in Lutz, hasbeen closed until further notice because of asinkhole.

    At this time, the sinkhole is 6 feet acrossand approximately 90 feet deep, according toMichelle Van Dyke, a spokeswoman forHillsborough County.

    The county has closed the park, at 17302N. Dale Mabry Highway, in an abundance ofcaution to protect public safety, Van Dykesaid.

    The county hired a geotechnical firm toconduct soil borings after floodwaters reced-ed about four weeks ago, revealing adepression on one of the main roads in thepark, according to Van Dyke.

    COURTESY OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTYLake Park, a popular regional park in Lutz, is closed until further notice. HillsboroughCounty, which operates the park, has confirmed the presence of a sinkhole and has closedthe park as a matter of public safety.

    WANTED:Instruments to helpstrike up the bandBy B.C.

    When Pine View Middle School puts on aconcert, theres a good chance that some ofthe instruments its using are on loan fromother schools.

    And, when students want to practice athome, they often have to take turns check-ing out the instruments.

    In one way, its a good problem: More stu-dents are enrolling in the schools musicprogram.

    In another, its not so good. Students dontalways have access to instruments, losingtime they could use to improve their skills.

    Amarilys Barbosa, who teaches band andchorus, and Sue Castellano, a devoted grand-

    parent volunteer, are on a quest to drum upcommunity support for the band.

    There are different ways the communitycan help, they said.

    One way would be for people who haveinstruments they are no longer using to do-nate them to the schools band program.

    People who took band or music lessonsyears ago may have instruments they nolonger use, Barbosa said.

    There are professional musicians, too,who may be able to part with some of theinstruments they used when they were juststarting out, she said.

    Instruments of all types are welcome, theband director said. Theyll certainly go to agood home.

    While happy to accept any donated in-strument, the bands greatest needs are fortubas and French horns.

    During a recent concert at The Center forthe Arts at Wesley Chapel, the school had toborrow a tuba from Wesley Chapel HighSchool, she said. There are eight tuba play-ers, but only seven tubas.

    Theres a shortage of French horns, too.My other shortage is French horns. We hadto borrow three from other schools,Barbosa said.

    In some cases, the school has an instru-

    ment, but no case, so students cant borrowthose instruments.

    Enrollment gains triggered the increasedneed for instruments.

    The enrollment increases are a result ofPine View Middles effort to be designated asan IB Middle Years Programme.

    The very, very cool thing about this pro-gram is that now all of the so-called electiveclasses, they are now becoming core class-es, Barbosa said. The idea is to expose themto a world-class education.

    Last year, her largest band was 45 stu-dents.

    This year, Im double that, she said.There are 240 students enrolled in the

    music department, including beginning, in-termediate and advanced band, and chorus.

    And, the program will continue to grow.Within the next couple of years, theyre

    PHOTOS COURTESY OF PASCO COUNTYVolunteer Sue Castellano and teacher Amarilys Barbosa pose with some old instruments in front of Pine View Middle Schools marchingband uniforms. On the plus side, the school is experiencing a surge of enrollment in its music program. On the down side, it needs moreinstruments and will soon need additional marching band uniforms.

    Want to help? If you have instrumentsyou would like to donate or want tohelp Pine View Middle Schools bandin other ways, contact AmarilysBarbosa at the school, (813) 794-4800.

    See WANTED, page 13A

    See PARK, page 13A

    Enjoying the holidays without the stress

    See STRESS, page 13A

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    Gaither student wins holiday card contestNinety-three pieces of artwork were submitted to Lifelink of Florida by local high school stu-dents in Hillsborough, Lee and DeSoto counties for the second annual Art of DonationHoliday Card Contest. From the entries, seven designs were chosen for holiday cards forLifelink. All of the winners incorporated the theme of selfless giving and kindness in theirdesigns. Jadelyn Chipi of Gaither High School took first prize, while Chloe Chatfield of BlakeHigh took second, and Thu Anh Tran Duong of Bloomingdale High and Melanie Reyes ofCypress Lake High tied for third. The Facebook favorite went to Andrea Cobos of Plant High,and the Community Choice went to Katie Gelman of Bloomingdale High.


    Remembering those in uniformGFWC Lutz-Land OLakes Womans Club member Gloria Dale has once again collected, pur-chased and handwritten personal Christmas and holiday messages on more than 1,600Christmas cards to be sent to veterans and active duty military stationed overseas. Theyalso will be distributed in gift packages by Support the Troops, and delivered to the JamesA. Haley VA Hospital, and the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land OLakes. For the past decade, Dale has taken on this project because the troops and veteransare close to her heart.

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