By Nicole Heubusch

First Annual Chili Cook-Off In Channing Park

On Saturday, November 8, the Channing Park Pulse will host its first annual Chili Cook-Off and Vendor Holiday Shopping event. The vendor shopping will begin at 1 p.m. and the Chili Cook-Off will begin at 4 p.m. and prizes will be awarded for the winning chili.

Vendor space will be offered on a first come, first serve basis and space is limited, so be sure to sign up soon to reserve a spot. There will also be a DJ and a bake sale as well as other food vending options available at the event.

To reserve a vendor spot and/or register for the contest, e-mail Channing

Glen Cross Memorial and More in FishHawk Trails

FishHawk Trails recently completed two major infrastructure projects: the installation of new playground equipment and renovation of its perimeter walls.

Additionally, a memorial granite plaque will be installed at its central pavilion to rename and honor Glen Cross, the community’s founder and developer. The memorial inscription will read:

“Glen’s Crossing: In memory of Glen Cross (1932-2012), founder and developer of FishHawk Trails- a community intertwined with nature.

‘Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to pay in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.’ –John Muir.”

For more information about FishHawk Trails, visit fishhawk

Recognizing Excellence In The Bloomingdale Community

By Joy Boisselle & Deidre Morgan

Bloomingdale’s Best of the Best Student of the Month By Joy Boisselle

Congratulations to Kiera Dunham, our Best of the Best Student of the Month for October.

Dunham is a home schooled tenth grade student with a well-rounded academic, athletic and extra-curricular portfolio. She competes on the Campo YMCA competitive swim team, and enjoys horseback riding, a passion for which she earned money in order to pay for riding lessons. Dunham also participates in local theater.

However, the main reason for her selection is her cake making and decorating talent coupled with her generosity and a desire to help others. Three years ago, Dunham took a cake decorating class through her home school network, Home Education Activities Teams.

Her future plans are undecided, but she hopes to continue cake decorating for fun, and become involved in horse rescue and missionary work. Her proud parents are Paul and Paula Dunham who reside in Fairway Manors.

Ray Chadderton of The Chadderton Group of Keller Williams Realty sponsors the BHA Best of the Best Student of the Month Program.

Send nominations to bloomingdale.homeown or call 681-2051. Winners receive a $25 gift card from the sponsor.

Tyler Clark Presented Blue-Grey Jersey

By Deidre Morgan

Bloomingdale High School Senior and defensive tackle Tyler Clark received his All-American Bowl Blue-Grey jersey last month during half time at the Bloomingdale vs. Plant football game. Larry Ryans, a former NFL wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, presented the jersey to Clark.

The 2015 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl is January 10, 2015 at the Raymond James Stadium. Clark’s selection to play in this event signifies his elite status as one of the country’s hottest prospects in high school football. Tyler is the son of Tom and Karen Clark of Valrico.

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