UPS Employee Honored For 30 Years of Service

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Karen Thomas was recently honored by UPS for completing 30 years of service with the company. Thomas, who is a part-time package center supervisor with UPS in Tampa, was recognized for her loyal service contributions. Thomas began her career in 1979 as an evening clerk with the company. Thomas and her husband, James, live in Riverview.

For more information on UPS, please visit

Chamber Presents Check To Shriners

In late June, the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce held its monthly luncheon at the Riverview Civic Center on Park Dr. in Riverview with over 90 members in attendance, and it was sponsored by the chamber’s Thursday morning Leads Group with food catered by Sharon Silver of The Catering Company. This month’s luncheon was a special one in that the executive director of the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, Tanya Doran and Board of Directors spokesperson James Johnson presented the 2009 Hog Roast proceeds check of $2,730 to the Shriners Hospital for Children’s spokesperson Benjamin Carpenter and Egypt Shriners spokesperson Frank Goldston. It also welcomed 14 new members to the chamber. The GRCC luncheons are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Riverview Civic Center, located at 11020 Park Dr. in Riverview.

Next Month is its Member Appreciation Luncheon. If you would like to know more about the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce please call 234-5944 or visit the Website at

Insurance Agency Adds New Member

All Bay Insurance Group, located at 11345 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview, continues its expansion by adding a new team member, Stephanie Parker. Parker was born in Texas but raised in Naples. She recently moved to the Riverview area with her husband and two children. Prior to joining All Bay Insurance, she was the Operations Manager of a fitness club, and she has a background in Customer Service and Insurance. She joined All Bay Insurance in 2009.

All Bay Insurance Group is an Allstate agency, providing insurance protection for personal homes, autos, boats, motorcycles, including life insurance. All Bay Insurance Group has been in business locally for three years and is one of the fastest growing, highest-rated customer service Allstate agencies in Hillsborough County.

The owner and agent is Joel Meek, who is a member of the Riverview Chamber, Apollo Beach Chamber, South Shore Business Association, Business Networking International and serves as a member of the Ruskin Chamber Board of Directors.

For more information, please call 677-1121.

Local Restaurant Gives Back to High School

Starting the first game of the season on Friday, September 4, and carrying through to the last game, S & S Tacos/Pizzas & Stuff will be open until 12 Midnight on Friday nights of all home and away Riverview High School varsity football games, donating 10 percent of the sales to the Riverview High School football team.

“With the help of Riverview High School’s students, parents, faculty and football team, we believe we can help you to reach your goals,” said owner Mike Self. “This will be a very exciting season, and we are so happy to be a part of the Riverview Sharks.”

The restaurant will also be creating a 3 by 5 card with the Shark’s logo, offering parents, students and faculty to bring in the card and with a minimum purchase of $5; it will donate $0.50 back to the school. “We look forward to helping the Shark’s reach the goals in the 2009 – 2010 school year,” Self said.

For more information on S & S Tacos/Pizzas & Stuff, located at 10664 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview, please call 677-8226.

Book Store Moves Locations

The Bookworm, a bookstore that buys and sells used books, both hardcover and paperback, recently moved locations from the Riverview Flea Market, where it started with one booth in 2006. It also offers children’s books as well as religious and specialty books. “We try to obtain books our customers are looking for,” said owner Jean Cummings.

It was previously located in The Riverview Flea market, and it has relocated nearby to 7414 Commerce St. in Riverview. Most books in the store run $1 to $5, with specialty books costing more.

For more information, please call the store at 598-4353 during business hours Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Ruskin History Center Reopens

The staff and management of the Ruskin Branch of Fifth/Third Bank are holding an open house to mark the installation in their lobby of the “first 16 feet” of Ruskin’s history. The Ruskin History Project so far is comprised of two 2 by 4 cases containing photos and artifacts from Ruskin’s’ past in a timeline that runs from the early ice age to the present era. Fred Jacobsen and Dr. Arthur “Mac” Miller started the Ruskin History Project as a way to save and to share Ruskin’s history with all the citizens of Ruskin. Miller is the grandson of one of the founders of Ruskin. “The hope is that one day this little history display might grow into its own building or perhaps be located in a community center.”

Bank Vice President and Branch Manager Ron Leybovich said, “The Ruskin history display is a welcome addition to the bank. We hope to sponsor more coffees for the community, perhaps quarterly to encourage discussion and sharing of Ruskin’s history.”

The Ruskin History Project can be found online at

Triangle Resolutions New Location

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Damon Dye, licensed mental health counselor, celebrated the growth of Triangle Resolutions with friends, family and colleagues in June with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce. Specialized outpatient counseling is now conveniently available in the Boardwalk Office Park, off Gibsonton Rd. near I-75. The new office is in a more confidential setting, located at the back of the office park, with separate facility entrance and exit.

Triangle Resolutions provides mental health counseling services for adults, adolescents and children. Service specialties include youth behavior, problem gambling and rapid resolution therapy. Dye is certified in clinical hypnosis, brainspotting and treatment of gambling addiction. He has completed his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology coursework and is preparing for both his comprehensive evaluation and dissertation. Dye provides counseling techniques designed to help clients resolve problematic symptoms and achieve better balance mentally, physically and emotionally.

Appointments are scheduled by contacting Triangle Resolutions via phone at 714-6107 or by e-mail at Additional information is available on his Website,

Riverview Chamber Welcomes New Members

In early June, the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce welcomed Creative Field, an Internet company specializing in designer laptop bags, MP3 and video players and print work, including photography, audio and video.

To learn more about Creative Field, located at PMB 108 13194 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview, you may visit, contact Dani Greenfield 954-815-6270 or e-mail

Stress Relieving Spa Celebrates One Year

Serenity Stream Yoga & Wellness Spa will be celebrating its one year anniversary on Saturday, August 15.  It opened its doors in June of last year and has had an amazing year.  Along with yoga and Pilates, it has also added Zumba and Tai Chi to the list of classes.

Serenity Stream is inviting everyone to an anniversary celebration on Saturday, August 15.  Free classes are being offered from 8 a.m. -1 p.m. including yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and Zumba classes as well as a heath fair from 9 a.m. -1 p.m., including free health screenings, nutrition advice and local vendors.

Part of all purchases made on August 15 will be donated to the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO).  ECHO provides immediate relief in the forms of food, clothing and household items to those residents of the greater Brandon area that have experienced a recent emergency. Since its inception in 1987, ECHO has assisted over 109,000 individuals, over half of whom were children, with the basic life necessities.

For more information on Serenity Stream or any of the classes offered, please call 368-6546 or visit

DEXA Scan for Osteoporosis is Now Available at South Bay Hospital

Do you suffer from osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease, because bone loss occurs without symptoms. You may not know that you have osteoporosis until your bones become weak and brittle. Even a sudden strain, bump or fall could cause a hip to fracture or a vertebra to collapse.

DEXA Bone Density Scanning is now available at South Bay Hospital’s Outpatient Diagnostic Center. A prescription is required for the scan, so talk to your doctor to see if you are at risk for osteoporosis and if you should be prescribed a DEXA Bone Density Scan.

South Bay Hospital is a 112-bed, acute care hospital serving Sun City Center, Ruskin, Wimauma, Riverview, Apollo Beach, Gibsonton and the surrounding areas. South Bay offers a wide range of services including general and vascular surgery, urology, cardiology and colorectal surgery.

To schedule your DEXA Scan, talk to your doctor and then call 642-8468.

Frist Humanitarian Awards Given at South Bay Hospital

South Bay Hospital honored its Frist Humanitarian Award winners by hosting the Annual Service Awards Banquet. The Frist Humanitarian Awards were created in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. This award recognizes individuals whose daily dedication and care giving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment and are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., a founder of HCA.

South Bay Hospital’s 2008 Frist Employee Humanitarian Award Winner is Shonn Latimer. Shonn is also the secretary for South Bay Hospital’s Employee Advisory Group and volunteers to help with many of the EAG activities, such as the Hospital Clean the Grounds Day and the Holiday Party planning committee.

The 2008 Frist Physician Humanitarian Award Winner is Cecil Sue-Wah-Sing, MD. Dr. Sue-Wah-Sing demonstrates an avid commitment to his patients. Sue-Wah-Sing served as the South Bay Hospital Department of medicine chair from 2005-2006 and as chief of staff from 2007-2008. He is very active in the community and worked collaboratively with others to form the group, Concerned Parents of Autistic Children. This non-profit support group helps bring together parents and caregivers of autistic children as well as raise awareness about autism.

South Bay Hospital’s 2008 Frist Volunteer Humanitarian Award Winner is Marie Musgrove. Outside the hospital, she performs services within the community, including acting as minister of the Eucharist at her church, assisting with church bulletins and participating as an active member of her church’s bereavement committee.

For more information about the Frist Humanitarian Award and South Bay Hospital, please contact Melissa Morgan at 634-0496.

Buc-A-Day Outdoor Storage Is Expanding

Buc-A-Day Outdoor storage is pleased to announce a major expansion is underway.  Due to the high demand for space within our facility, Buc-A-Day Outdoor Storage is adding an additional 5 acres of secured storage.  Bringing the total acreage “inside the fence” to 11 acres.  “Customers using our facility have been our best salespersons.  We never envisioned having to expand before our first year in business” says owner Richard Crannell.  Buc-A-Day Outdoor Storage is located on 18 acres at the corner of 3rd St. NE and 15th Ave. Ruskin.

Buc-A-Day has also made room for commercial vehicles and semi- tractors and trailers. Rates start at 99¢ cents per day for under 30’ in length. Added benefits for tenants are a referral program affording a tenant that refers someone who pays for 6 months or longer, a free month’s rent. Buc-A-day Storage also will give a new tenant one month’s free rent if they lease and pay for a full year upfront.

For more information, call 480-1916 or e-mail

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Jennifer is the Assistant Editor at the Osprey Observer, having climbed the corporate ladder from intern in 2007. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. She lives in Channing Park with her husband, Eric, and their two dogs.