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Mall job fair draws thousands; Local business adds a little fun at the doctor’s office

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    By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.com

    At 6:15 a.m., the first applicant showedup at USF Embassy Suites in Tampa, ready tohand out resumes and secure a job at theTampa Premium Outlets.

    The sight brought a smile to StaceyNance.

    I think this is a true testament of whatthe entire day is going to be, said Nance, theoutlet malls general manager.

    As the hours passed, the crowd swelledby hundreds as job seekers waited outsidethe hotels ballroom for the doors to openat 10 a.m., for the Tampa Premium OutletsJob Fair.

    By the time the doors closed at 7 p.m. mall representatives estimated more than3,000 people had dropped off resumes andmet with recruiters from the nearly 70shops that participated in the job fair.

    More than 800 jobs were on the line forwhat is the most anticipated mall openingin Pasco County in years.

    The outdoor mall, with 110 brand nameoutlet stores, is expected to be a shoppingmecca that will be a regional attraction onwhat was once pasture land, off State Road56, near an Interstate 75 interchange.

    The grand opening is a weekend celebra-tion from Oct. 29 through Nov. 1. Details onspecial events and celebrity appearances arepending.

    But on Aug. 27, the focus was on employ-ment opportunities.

    The job fair day brought out an eagerpool of applicants, freshly dressed to stepright into their hoped-for new jobs.

    Land O Lakes resident Javier Perez saidhe wants to pursue an art degree at theSavannah College of Art and Design. A full-time mall job could make that dreamhappen.

    Im going to apply to as many stores as Ican, he said, noting he sought advice on hisresume from his mother, who works as acounselor.

    Wesley Chapel resident Cherish Suddithis a pharmacy supervisor for a health carecompany. She hopes to work nights andweekends at her favorite store VeraBradley.

    Im a fan, said Suddith, who is aUniversity of Phoenix graduate. And sheadded, Im used to working lots of hours.

    She is excited to see the mall move intothe area, and looking to her future.

    I think its a good thing. It will drive themarket, she said. Im looking to purchase ahome soon. I think it (the mall) was need-ed.

    It was a battle at times to find a place tofill out an application.

    People sat in rows of chairs and hunchedover countertops. Some elbowed their wayto get wall space.

    Matthew Holleran plopped to the floor

    by the registration tables. The recent WesleyHigh School graduate works seasonally as areferee in youth lacrosse.

    But, his mother thought it was a goodidea for him to look for full-time work, as heplans for college.

    Most of his applications were for jobs atsports stores.

    I dont want to do something Im not in-terested in, Holleran said.

    Wesley Chapel resident GiovanniVelasquez was looking for part-time work,also preferably at a sports store.

    Im big into sports, said Velasquez, whois a junior at the University of South Florida.

    Gerardo Gonzalez moved from Chicagoto Wesley Chapel about a year ago. His workexperience is in management, but he had a

    non-compete clause at his last job. Now, hesaid, I need to go back to work.

    Gonzalez was looking over the list of out-let shops and mall positions, deciding on hisselections as he walked toward the ball-room.

    He expected the process to be competi-tive.

    Brandon resident Winona Beates regis-tered at the sign-up table as a recruiter. Shedeclined to say which shop she represent-ed. But said the store will need a broadrange of positions, including sales and man-agement.

    You always have to interview more peo-ple than you need, she said. If you want 50,

    By Michael Murillommurillo@lakerlutznews.com

    A childs trip to a doctors office often in-cludes anxiety, frustration and tears. And ifthe child refuses to behave, that can be theparents reaction as well.

    Ive been exposed to the long waittimes, and the distress of the patients andthe parents while theyre waiting for thedoctor, said Wesley Chapel resident KatyGabriel.

    Gabriel has experienced that distressfrom both sides of the pediatric office. As amother, she knows what its like to waitwith upset or bored children who dontwant to be there in the first place. And as anurse for more than 20 years, shes seen pe-diatric doctors try to heal unhappy childrenand deal with unhappy families.

    Its a setting that could use a little creativ-ity and fun. And, Gabriel has inventedsomething she thinks will provide just that.

    Her company, Squirrely Scrolls, providesa different type of exam table paper, thecrinkly sheets that get replaced with eachnew patient. Normally a simple white,

    FRED BELLET/PHOTOSGerardo Gonzalez, of Wesley Chapel, registers at the Tampa Premium Outlets Job Fair where he hopes to land a management position at one of the new outlet malls 110 shops.

    MICHAEL MURILLO/STAFF PHOTOKaty Gabriel came up with the idea for Squirrely Scrolls after a frustrating office experiencewith her son, Christian. He now helps design the activities, which come in rain forest andCaribbean themes.

    Local business adds a little fun at the doctors office

    See MALL, page7A

    See OFFICE, page7A

    With limited desk space, Krystal Allegretto of Zephyrhills, left, uses wall space to fill out an application that she hopes lands her a part-timejob at Tampa Premium Outlets.

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    Fish fry and Floridas history mix on Sept. 11By Michael Murillommurillo@lakerlutznews.com

    The Pioneer Florida Museum & Village,15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City,is situated on 16 acres and has an oldschoolhouse, church and general store aspart of its attractions.

    Now, it would like more people to comeand see what it has to offer.

    One of the issues that we have here isthat a lot of people dont know about themuseum, said Brenda Minton, event coordi-nator for the museum. Its kind of like DadeCitys best kept secret.

    Minton hopes the secret will be out withthe museums Old-Fashioned FamilyStyle Fish Fry, which will take place Sept. 11from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

    The Kiwanis Club of Dade City is co-sponsoring the event.

    The fish fry replaces their Pioneer Daysevent in an effort to offer something new tothe community. It includes live music byThose Unscrupulous Sunspots, a six-pieceband that performs covers of rock and rollclassics from The Beatles, Rolling Stones andNeil Young, as well as playing original tunes.

    In addition to the fish, dinner includesitems such as cheese grits, hushpuppies,cole slaw and baked beans. Food can be or-dered to go, and is available by delivery tobusinesses that order 10 or more dinnersduring that time.

    The museum hopes most people willchoose to eat there and take a fresh look atthe area, and the dozen or so buildings that

    have been collected over its history.The Pioneer Florida Museum began at

    the Pasco County Fairgrounds before mov-ing to its current location more than 40years ago. Many of the buildings were reno-vated and relocated to their new home, andthey come from different parts of the state.A shoe repair shop from downtown DadeCity shares the grounds with a steam enginefrom Trilby, and a Lacoochee school andgeneral store. Theres also a cane syrup mill,a quilt building and a barn.

    Those Unscrupulous Sunspots will beperforming on the front porch of anotherstructure, the Overstreet House, which is a

    two-story farm home made of pine.The main museum features a sample bed-

    room, doctors office and dentists office.There are also authentic examples of clothes,tools, toys, pottery and other artifacts fromFloridas pioneer era that began in the 1800s.

    Minton believes that people will be inter-ested in returning once they see the historyon display.

    Some come back for more than a tour,she said. The Enterprise Church, built in1878 and replaced in 1903, is still availablefor weddings.

    In addition to the music, the museumwill set up picnic tables and hold games

    during the event.Visitors who stay to eat will enjoy free

    lemonade and iced tea as well.The museums go