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Vision still needed for sports complex; Reaching out to help a friend; Halloween happenings fill upcoming calendar

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    By Michael

    Many people call it Halloween. Forothers, its a fall festival. Whatever youcall it, its a time for special events andthings to do in your area.

    Some are a bit frightening andgeared toward adults. Others are funand feature activities for children.There might be games, treats andmaybe a few scares, but theres some-thing for everyone.

    And while Halloween is at the endof October, many events start muchsooner. You have a whole month tofind fun activities for the entire family.

    Heres a rundown of treats (notricks) happening this month:

    Fall Family Festival at Saint LeoUniversity. The university, 33701State Road 52, will host a number ofactivities Oct. 9 through Oct. 11. Thereare free and low-cost athletic events,like volleyball and soccer. But the realtreats start Oct. 10 at 11 a.m., whenSaint Leo will host a free fair at TheBowl area (behind the StudentCommunity Center) with plenty offamily-oriented things to do. Childrencan enjoy an animal show, pettingzoo, water races, a swing ride andother activities. It runs until 3 p.m.

    Another fun event takes place oncampus Oct. 10 at 9:30 p.m. Therewill be a fireworks grand finale at TheBowl to cap off a weekend of events.And its free to attend.

    Technically, the last event occurs Oct. 11at 11 a.m., also at The Bowl. The universitywill host a 5K walk/run to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation.

    For more information about the race anda list of events for the Family Fall Festival,visit

    Scarecrow Festival at FloridaPioneer Museum. The museum, 15602Pioneer Museum Road, hosts this scarecrow-themed event on Oct. 10 for the third yearin a row, after taking it over fromDowntown Dade City Main Street.Thousands of people attend each October,and they expect this years event to be nodifferent.

    Crafts, community booths and food ven-dors will be on hand, but theres a lot moreto the Scarecrow Festival than that. Likemaking scarecrows, for example. For $3,children can use hay and clothing, providedby the museum, to make a scarecrow totake home.

    There will also be a Touch-a-Truck area,where children can climb on firetrucks andTECO trucks, and see police and sheriffscars, and ambulances. A petting zoo, trainrides, face painting, obstacle course andgames with prizes are all part of the event,too.

    But since this is the Scarecrow Festival,do you need more scarecrows? How abouta scarecrow costume contest? There will be

    categories for best dressed scarecrow,cutest scarecrow and scariest scare-crow. So you can make one and beone at this event.

    The Scarecrow Festival runs from9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $5with children younger than five yearsold admitted free. For more informa-tion, call (352) 567-0262, or

    Mr. Tommys Halloween Specialat The Shops At Wiregrass. TheShops at Wiregrass, at 28211 PaseoDrive in Wesley Chapel, has aHalloween theme for its regular KidsClub event. On Oct. 28, it will have aPrincess & Pirate Party at its parkingstructure. There will be bounce hous-es, a photo booth, cookie decoratingand a costume parade. Its a quickevent, but a good way to take in a fam-ily-oriented celebration on a weekdaymorning.

    Mr. Tommys Halloween Specialruns from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Formore information and to join the freeKids Club, call (813) 994-2242, or

    Family Friendly Fun Day atCobb Theatres. If you want to cele-brate on Halloween without making alate night of it, consider the event atCobb Theatres Grove 16, at 6333Wesley Grove Blvd. in Wesley Chapel.Cobb is hosting a Family Friendly FunDay on Oct. 31 from 3 p.m. until 6p.m.

    Children are encouraged to wear cos-tumes (no masks) and enjoy treats, prizesand games. And for those with a Halloweenhunger, the CineBistro, located upstairs, willhave a special holiday-themed menu.

    For more information, call (813) 948-5444, or visit

    Fall Festival at The Grove. The Grove,6105 Wesley Grove Blvd. in Wesley Chapel,has a full weekend of activities scheduledfor Oct. 10 and Oct. 11. Live music, arts andcrafts and free outdoor movies make up justpart of the schedule.

    Childrens activities include face painting

    Halloween happenings fill upcoming calendar

    Vision still needed for sports complexBy Kathy

    Pasco County commissioners were intro-duced to a study that recommends buildinga multi-use indoor sports complex on park-land near The Shops at Wiregrass.

    But a more in-depth review between theTourism Development Council and thecommissioners will have to wait for a pub-lic workshop slated for late October or

    early November.At the Sept. 22 commissioners meeting,

    Charlie Johnson, president of Chicago-basedJohnson Consulting Co., spent a few min-utes going over the firms report, officiallyreleased in August.

    Economically, youre healthy, Johnsontold commissioners. I think its (indoor facil-ity) very positive and trends are verysupportive of this.

    In addition to the indoor complex, ball

    fields also would be built outdoors, but thefocus, at least initially, would be on such in-door sports as volleyball, basketball,wrestling, cheerleading and martial arts.

    Johnson cited facilities in Round Rock,Texas, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, asexamples of municipalities with successfulindoor facilities.

    The Porter family donated more than 200

    Reachingout to helpa friendBy B.C.

    They are unlikely friends.She is 63 and he is 24.She lives in New Tampa, and he lives in

    Roatan, Honduras.But Sally Hillman and William Brown-

    Santos have a friendship that transcendstheir ages and backgrounds, and now,Hillman is trying to help her friend.

    Hillman and her husband, Dave, metBrown-Santos about seven years ago whenthe couple was taking a shore excursion offa cruise ship at the port of Roatan,Honduras.

    They had visited a park to see the mon-keys and parrots, and Brown-Santos wastheir tour guide.

    Hillman felt an instant connection.He was so pleasant, and knowledgeable

    and funny, she said.At the end of the tour, Hillman ap-

    proached Brown-Santos to let him knowshe would like to stay in touch. He gave herhis contact information, but since hes in thehabit of shortening his last name to Brown,the letter she sent didnt reach him.

    About six months later, Hillman and herhusband made the same cruise, this timetaking the trip with her son and his friend.

    While there, she overheard Brown-Santos voice, and they reconnected. This

    time, the connection stuck.They began corresponding, then texting

    and sending messages via Facebook.A couple of years later, Hillman went to

    Honduras again, this time with her daughter.They had the chance to spend time with

    Brown-Santos family.All along, Hillman felt that Brown-Santos

    had been put in her life for a reason.Then, on Feb. 9, she received a frantic

    call from Brown-Santos mother.He had been driving his motorcycle at a

    high rate of speed, had skirted around a carparked on a curb, and ran head-on into amotorcyclist.

    At the scene, he was choking on his ownblood, until a friend intervened.

    See COMPLEX, page 11A

    COURTESY OF CLOUD 9 STUDIOSEven the entertainers and staff at The Shops at Wiregrassget into the Halloween spirit at Mr. Tommys HalloweenSpecial. From top, Tommy Girvin (Mr. Tommy), SarahRasheid, Debbie Detweiler, Cyndi Clausen, Dani MareeStoughtenger and Emily Setz show off their costumes.

    See FRIEND, page 11A

    B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTOSally Hillman and William Brown-Santos pose behind Hillmans New Tampa residence.Hillman is trying to help Brown-Santos find treatment to restore as much movement as pos-sible to his right arm and hand.

    Want to help? Go to Williams Recovery Fund

    See HALLOWEEN, page 11A

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