AEW SELECTS HORIZON BAY TO MANAGE CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY PROPERTIES With entry into CCRC market, Horizon Bay grows to 77 retirement communities.
TAMPA, Fla., December 10, 2008– Horizon Bay Retirement Living (Horizon Bay), a national seniors housing operator based in Tampa, Florida, announced that it has started managing three continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) in Florida. Regency Oaks in Clearwater, Lake Port Square in Leesburg, and South Port Square in Port Charlotte, have a total of 1,694 residential units for seniors.
Horizon Bay was selected by AEW Capital Management L.P. (AEW), on behalf of one of AEW’s institutional clients, to become the new manager of the communities. “We selected Horizon Bay because of their excellent reputation and stellar track record in the retirement living market and depth of knowledge of the Florida seniors market,” said Pamela Herbst, Managing Director and Head of Direct Investments at AEW. “We anticipate a successful partnership with Horizon Bay.”
Clearwater, FL December 11 - Firefighters are in the business of saving lives. Sometimes under extreme circumstances, that can include one another. Clearwater’s Firefighter of the Year rescued an unconscious co-worker from the water during a training accident.
On June 11, 2008, Lt. Matt Daerr was participating in a personal watercraft training exercise in Tampa Bay. Firefighter/Fire Medic Jason Matthews, who was also in the exercise, was thrown from his Jet Ski after coming across the wake from a boat. He was knocked unconscious in the water. Lt. Daerr immediately went to FM Matthew’s rescue. He pulled FM Matthews from the water and brought him back to shore. Under the extreme circumstances of this water rescue, his action was exemplary and it is an example of the first-rate firefighting/rescue skills he possesses. His training, courage, and quick thinking saved FM Matthew’s life.
VOLUNTEERS PACKAGE COOKIES FOR HOSPICE PATIENTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
NEW PORT RICHEY Fla. (December 9, 2008) – The administrative offices of Gulfside Regional Hospice in both New Port Richey and Dade City had the smell of cookies wafting through the air during the eighth annual holiday cookie packaging event for Gulfside’s patients on Dec. 9. More than 30 volunteers participated in simultaneous packaging events in east and west Pasco.
Both volunteers and staff prepare their favorite holiday cookies for Gulfside’s patients, which were dropped off at each Gulfside office on Dec. 8. Gulfside’s nurses and staff will then pick up the cookies when they report to the respective office on Dec. 10 and 11 to distribute the packages to more than 350 patients throughout Pasco County.
GASPARILLA EXTRAVAGANZA TO BEGIN A SUPER WEEK OF CELEBRATIONS WITH FAMILY FUN, FLOATS, FLYING BEADS, PLANES AND PYROTECHNICS
TAMPA, FL December 8, 2008 – The Gasparilla Extravaganza will once again commence Tampa’s historical Gasparilla season with an alcohol-free, family celebration scheduled for Saturday, January 24, 2009 on Bayshore Boulevard, and will kick off a week-long series of celebrations leading up to Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa. The Gasparilla Extravaganza features the Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll, the Gasparilla Air Invasion, the Children’s Gasparilla Parade and the “Piratechnic” Extravaganza, Tampa Bay’s largest firework presentation; show center is located at Howard Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard.
Dinosaur World celebrates 10 years
1/2 price admission for all Florida residents
For ten years now, anyone traveling on I-4 between Tampa and Orlando has marveled at the giant orange T-Rex at the Plant City exit. That T-Rex marks the home of Dinosaur World, an outdoor dinosaur museum with over 150 life size dinosaurs. It is now time to have a 10 year birthday party for the orange T-Rex.
Dinosaur World opened on Thanksgiving 10 years ago. To celebrate this anniversary, and to thank area residents for continued support, Dinosaur World is offering half price admission the first 2 weeks of December. Any Florida resident that shows their ID, from Monday, December 1st through Sunday, December 14th will receive 50% admission. This is $6.37 for adults and $4.87 for children.
Join us for special staged editions of "Entertainment and the Arts" and the New Radio Dramedy, "The Eight Little Nutcrackers," Written by John and Susan DiSanza and Brenda Martin.
Live from Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole Street, Clearwater, FL 33755 - Sunday December 14 and 21, 2008 at 7:00pm.
Sponsored by Stage Door 13, Entertainment And The Arts, WTAN Radio and Francis Wilson Playhouse.
Free Admission, but reservations are required. Please call 727 446-1360
Local Volunteers Recognized by Regency Oaks
Clearwater, Fla. -- On November 18, 2008 Regency Oaks recognized more than 40 volunteers at a Volunteer Appreciation event held in the community’s Town Hall. Teecy Matthews of Volunteer USA Foundation, Tallahassee, keynoted the event and joined Regency Oaks in recognizing the volunteers with plaques.
Happy Holiday Market
A new Holiday Tradition in Downtown Clearwater
When: Monday through Friday 4pm until 7pm
A creative holiday shopping experience like no other…
Located in the big white tent off Court Street, between East Street and Garden Avenue, we are open 7 days a week for your convenience.
What: Seasonal merchandise: Local artists provide a wide variety of items for unique and creative holiday gifts… Merchandise changes weekly.
But wait there’s more… we said interactive and fun for the whole family.
• Every Saturday: 1pm to 2pm – Free acting classes!
• All classes taught by professionals in their field.
• Bring the kids each week for the classes, stay for
• Live Entertainment from 3pm to 4pm – Suggested donation
• December 6th: Badway on Broadway – Professional Broadway
• December 13th: Holiday Medley – Dancing, Singing and Trapeze
Proceeds from and entertainment benefit several local charities providing free tutoring and after school activities for children in Pinellas County.
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A brand new Dunkin’ Donuts is now open in Downtown Clearwater, located in the Historic Red Brick Telephone Building, 534 Cleveland Street.
Their Grand Opening Event – Friday, December 5.
First 50 customers in the doors beginning at 5 a.m. will win FREE Dunkin’ Treats for a year (including products such as coffee, sandwiches, etc.)
Anyone making a purchase on Friday, December 5, will have their receipt entered in the store’s raffle drawing for 1pm on Saturday, December 6 (must be present to win.)
Mayor Frank Hibbard will be visiting the location at 10am for the restaurant’s official ribbon cutting.
More prizes at the Grand Opening Event – Saturday, December 6
For the 1pm raffle drawing (for which people are entered if they made a purchase on 12/5 and are present for the drawing), 1st prize is a Flat Screen TV, 2nd prize is a digital camera, 3rd prize is three iPod Nanos (3 winners), and 10 runner-up prizes of $50 gift cards (10 winners) will be given away.
Visitors between 6pm – 11pm will receive a free cup or cone of Baskin Robbins Soft Serve Ice Cream for 25 cents.
You may have noticed that the news media “Grinchs” have been spreading fear regarding the economy. Most news reports, talk shows, and newspapers spew numerous reports about how bad things are, or how bad they will be.
According to the “Grinchs of Doom” our country is going down the tubes. Unemployment is up, retail sales are down all are touted as major indicators of the economy and how hopeless your future is. The fact is that you and I have very little immediate control over any of these things.
However, we do have control over our businesses, the quantity and quality of the product or services we produce, the speed we produce that product and the price we charge for it.