Spring Is Here and School Children Need School Clothing and Shoes

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Spring Is Here and School Children Need School Clothing and Shoes
April 2022                                                                                                                                               Vol: 28 No. 4

  Extraordinary Businesses - Reaching Extraordinary Communities

                   Spring Is Here and School Children Need School Clothing and Shoes
                                           Spring is here and children in our community need proper clothing
                                           and shoes for the weather. Many families are struggling to make
                                           ends meet. Clothing is a big cost and many children go to school
                                           with clothes and shoes that don’t fit them. Clothes To Kids mission
                                           is to help these families. We are always in need of new and gently
                                           used clothing and shoes. CTK needs boys’ and girls’ pants, shorts,
                                           tops both short and Long-sleeved, dresses and shoes PreK4 – High
School. Each year Clothes To Kids clothes more than 11,000 low-income and in crisis school children, PreK-
4 to 12th grade for FREE. That means we need small clothing and shoes and youth clothing all the way up to
high school. Please check your closets and help the children in Hillsborough and Pinellas by donating today!
                                                               Thank You.
                                  Permit No. 2397

                                                                 Make an Appointment: Children who qualify
   Postal Patron

                   PRSRT STD
                   U.S. Postage

                                    Tampa, FL

                                                                 for free or reduced-price lunch or in crisis are

                                                                 eligible to shop with us. Call and make an
                                                                 appointment 727-441-5050 or visit our website
                                                                 www.clothestokids.org/shop-with-us. Each shopping bag includes 5 pairs of new underwear, 5 pairs of
                                                                 new socks, 5 tops, 4 bottoms (pants or shorts), 1 dress (optional) and a pair of shoes, totally free! If the
                                                                 child attends a uniform school, they may receive 3 uniform tops and 2 bottoms.

                                                                 Donations: As our mission continues, our need for monetary and clothing donations has not stopped.
                                                                 Please go through your closets and donate any gently used school clothing and shoes for children PreK-
                                                                 4 to 12th grade. Kids come in all shapes and sizes, so our clothes have to as well. Monetary donations
                                                                 can be sent to Clothes To Kids, 1059 N. Hercules Avenue, Clearwater, FL 33765. A $65.00 donation
                                                                 provides one child a week’s worth of school clothing. Donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4:30
                                                                 p.m. Monday through Friday at either of our three stores: Tampa - 5011-H West Hillsborough Avenue,
                                                                 Clearwater - 1059 N. Hercules Avenue and St. Pete - 2168 34th Street South. For more information or
                                                                 to schedule an appointment to shop, please call 441-5050 or visit our website at www.clothestokids.org    

                                                                 Clothes To Kids, a nonprofit organization, provides clothing to low-income or in crisis, school-age
                                                                 children, free of charge.  For more information or an appointment to shop, please call in 727-441-5050.
                                                                 Please visit our website at www.ClothesToKids.org

                                  All Events included in this publication are subject to change. Please reference their Websites
                                    for any and all updates, which may include admission fees, details and dates. Thank you!
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 How do I talk to my elderly parents
      about their finances?                                                                                                       We are pleased to announce that
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Talking to your parents about money is always difficult, especially when the money you’re talking
about is theirs. They belong to a generation that was taught to keep their information private and not to
share their concerns openly. Even if they need help, they may be unwilling to talk to you because it’s
“none of your business,” or because they’re afraid to give up control over their own financial affairs.

If they’re reluctant to talk to you, make it clear that you respect their needs and concerns. However,
don’t be afraid to express your own needs and concerns as well. Their financial situation may impact
you also, particularly if they become unable to support or care for themselves. At the very least, you
should find out where they keep their personal records; discuss housing, health care, and budgeting
issues; and find out what steps they have taken to plan their estate.

What if they still refuse to talk to you? If they’re capable of managing their affairs for now, you may
want to drop the matter and reapproach them later. Or you may suggest that they talk to another family
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                            The Legal Corner - Robert W. Bible, Jr.
                               Dying Without a
                                Last Will – The
                              Estate Plan Florida
                              Law Writes for You
 Robert W. Bible, Jr.       If a person dies without a Last Will, it is
  Attorney at Law           called “intestate”. When a person dies
   Office: 727-538-7739
    Cell: 727-710-5166      intestate (the “intestate decedent”), an estate
 b.bible@BobBibleLaw.com    plan is created for that person by Florida’s
                            intestate statutes. How probate property
of an intestate decedent is distributed, and to whom, is dependent on
whether the intestate decedent was survived by a spouse, whether there
are surviving descendants, and other surviving heir dynamics.

If an intestate decedent is survived by a spouse, with no surviving descendants (i.e., children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren), or if all surviving descendants are
also the descendants of the surviving spouse and the surviving spouse has no other descendants, the surviving spouse receives the entire intestate probate estate (see
homestead exception discussed below). If the intestate decedent is survived by a spouse and descendants, any of whom are not also the descendants of the surviving
spouse, or if all surviving descendants of the intestate decedent are descendants of the surviving spouse but the surviving spouse also has other descendants, the surviving
spouse only receives one-half of the intestate probate estate, with the intestate decedent’s surviving descendants receiving the other one-half share (see automobile and
household item exceptions discussed below). If an intestate decedent is not survived by a spouse, Florida’s intestate laws create layers of priority distribution entitlements,
commencing with any surviving descendants, then parents, then siblings or descendants of any deceased siblings, then grandparents, then aunts/uncles or descendants
of deceased aunts or uncles, and on down the line of kindred until a recipient entitled to the intestate decedent’s intestate probate estate is located. Once a layer has a
surviving member, the process stops at that layer. For instance, if there is no surviving spouse, but there are surviving children, you stop at that level, and distribution of
the intestate probate estate is determined by the total number of children the intestate decedent had during life. If, for example, the intestate decedent had five kids, with
one already being deceased but leaving two kids, the intestate probate estate would be divided into five shares, with one share going to each of the surviving children, and
the fifth share being equally split between the intestate decedent’s two grandkids. If, under Florida’s intestate statute, siblings become the surviving heirs, any children of
a deceased sibling (nephews or nieces) who survive the intestate decedent will share the portion of the intestate probate estate which would otherwise have been allocated
to that deceased sibling had he or she survived (based upon the total number of siblings the intestate decedent had during life).

Florida’s intestate statutes apply only to property becoming part of the intestate decedent’s intestate probate estate. For instance, life insurance payable to a named
designated beneficiary passes to that beneficiary, and does not become part of the intestate probate estate. Similarly, jointly owned property with rights of survivorship
would pass to the surviving joint owner, and not become part of the intestate probate estate. Certain property interests, even though otherwise becoming subject to
Florida’s intestate statutes, have special provisions which govern how they pass, and to whom, as described below.

Homestead: If an intestate decedent has “homestead” real property becoming subject to Florida’s intestate statutes, distribution of that homestead is governed by special
rules. If the intestate decedent is survived by a spouse and one or more descendants (which could simply include a grandchild), the surviving spouse must decide whether
to take a life estate, with the remainder interest passing to the descendant(s), or take a 50% tenant-in-common interest with the surviving descendant(s). If no surviving
descendants exist, a surviving spouse would receive the entire homestead.

Automobile: If the intestate decedent is survived by a spouse, the
surviving spouse is entitled to receive up to two automobiles owned
by the intestate decedent and becoming part of the intestate probate

estate. If no surviving spouse, any surviving children (but not other
descendants) would be entitled to the automobile(s).

Household furniture, furnishings, and appliances: Any of these                                                                                                WHERE ARE YOU?
items of property in the intestate decedent’s usual place of abode, up
to a maximum value of $20,000.00, pass and belong to the intestate
decedent’s surviving spouse, or if none, to surviving children.

Family Allowance: A surviving spouse and/or any surviving lineal
heirs (which could include a parent) which an intestate decedent
was supporting or obligated to support may be entitled, in addition
to other intestate shares or entitlements, a combined maximum of
$18,000.00 for their maintenance during the probate administration.

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                                                                         Mangroves Cafe has proudly served the Feather Sound Corporate Park and surrounding area for over
                                                                         20 years. We are located on the first floor of the Waterview at Feather Sound Building. We are often
                                                                         told we are a “hidden gem” due to our location in the office park off of the main road. Look for the large
                                                                         Cafe banner by the outdoor seating area once you arrive to the parking lot. For further clarification
                                                                         please view the images and map below.
                                                                         Mangroves Cafe was recently purchased by Dan, a career Army Human Resources Officer. He always
                                                                         had a passion for the culinary arts and is excited to be serving the local community his delicious recipes.
                                                                         Mangroves has specialized in catering for businesses in and surrounding the office park, but it is Dan’s
                                                                         goal to make it a go-to breakfast and lunch spot for the greater Feather Sound and Clearwater area.
                                                                         We are a veteran owned café serving specialty coffees, breakfast, lunch, and the best Cubans in
                                                                         Clearwater for over 20 years! Located in the Feather Sound Corporate Center off Ulmerton Rd, we
                                                                         take pride in serving our community amazing food with exceptional customer service and hospitality.
                                                                         Stop in to grab a bite to eat for breakfast or lunch and enjoy our free Wi Fi.
                                                                         Next time you are in the area, stop in and say hi, and try the best Cuban in Clearwater!
                                                                         See our complete menu @ www.mangrovescafe.net
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                                                                              CATERING MENU | BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AND DESSERTS OF COURSE!

                                                                                                     13577 Feather Sound Drive, Suite 180
                                                                                                     ​Clearwater, FL 33762 (727) 827-7917

                                                                                  Monday to Friday: 7 AM - 2 PM                        Saturday & Sunday: Closed

 Treasure Island rehab center warns spring breakers of fentanyl-
 laced street drugs following string of mass overdoses in Florida
A Treasure Island rehab facility is advising spring breakers in the Tampa Bay area to take “immediate and extreme precautions” following several mass overdoses of
vacacationers across the state caused by fentanyl-laced drugs.

The mass overdoses include 10 people at two homes in the Fort Lauderdale area over the weekend, as well as seven overdoses in Wilton Manors on Thursday, five of
whom were cadets at West Point, according to a spokeswoman from the U.S. Military Academy.

“For Tampa Bay, this is already the worst we’ve seen overdose deaths related to opioids and synthetic drugs by far,” said John Templeton, founder of Footprints Beachside
Recovery in Treasure Island. “But on top of that, you have spring breakers flocking to our area for the warm weather, beaches and vibrant night life. Some of those on
vacation may look to partake in illegal drug use, but you have no idea who you’re buying it from, what they’re mixing it with and what the potential consequences are.
One tiny flake of fentanyl can kill you.”

According to initial estimates from Project Opioid Tampa Bay, more than 1,200 people died of opioid-
related deaths in Tampa Bay in 2020, a 36 percent increase compared to 2019. This average overdose rate
in Tampa Bay is 9.75 percent higher than the state of Florida, and 50.5 percent higher than the nation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up
to 100 times stronger than morphine. It is often added to other illegal substances, including cocaine, heroin
and sometimes marijuana. It is also often made into pills that closely resemble prescription opioids.

With the rate of fentanyl-related overdose deaths hitting record highs, Templeton implores spring breakers
in the Tampa Bay area to ask themselves one very important question: is it worth it?

“Is it really worth losing your life?” asked Templeton. “Is smoking this substance or snorting that substance really worth making today your last day on earth? Think about
that the next time a random person approaches you and your friends offering any illicit drugs.”

According to Templeton, time is of critical importance in the event of an overdose. If you or your friends are experiencing any complications after ingesting illegal
substances, Templeton advises to call 911 immediately.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction and are looking for treatment in the Tampa Bay area, please contact Footprints Beachside Recovery Center by visiting
www.FootprintsBeachside.com or calling 727.353.9484.

About Footprints Beachside Recovery Center:
Founded in 2008, Footprints Beachside Recovery Center is a small, private, holistic substance abuse treatment center for adults and is located in Pinellas County, Fla. Footprints provides
specialized treatment plans for patients from throughout the U.S. and around the world. Opioid addiction recovery programs at Footprints focus on ensuring safe withdrawals and often
combine holistic treatment with medication assisted therapies to reduce cravings and provide more successful recovery outcomes for patients.

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                                   Why pocket pets are perfect for first-time pet owners
                                                                                     By Camille Harkenrider
                                Pets can be a great addition to any family. They provide companionship, relieve stress and teach kids about compassion and responsibility.

                                While they are most common among households, cats and dogs
                                aren’t the best fit for every family. Pocket pets, such as guinea pigs,
                                can be great pets for families who are adopting for the first time.

                                Due to their smaller size, guinea pigs are a perfect pet for smaller
                                spaces like apartments or condos. They can also be more affordable.
                                Most adoptable guinea pigs are available for a $25 adoption fee at
                                SPCA Tampa Bay.

If you are deciding whether a guinea pig is right for you, please consider that they are:

Low maintenance. Guinea pigs require daily feedings of hay, fresh water and fresh produce.
Apples, blueberries, grapes and guinea pig pellets are all suitable foods for a guinea pig’s diet.
Their cages must be spot cleaned daily to remove soiled bedding, droppings and stale food, and
completely cleaned with fresh bedding weekly. They should also be brushed regularly to keep
their coats clean and untangled.

Small in size. Guinea pigs’ small size is one of their best qualities. Most guinea pigs
can weigh up to two pounds, which means they are great for families who live in an
apartment or smaller home. They need a minimum of a four-square-foot cage, which
should be kept indoors, out of direct sunlight, and away from drafts and extreme

Great for kids. Guinea pigs are great for elementary school children. They aren’t as
fragile as hamsters or rabbits and are easy to handle and care for. Caring for guinea
pigs can teach children to feed, clean and interact responsibly with pets.

Playful. Guinea pigs enjoy playing in their cages. Owners should provide cardboard
tubes, empty oatmeal containers or coffee cans with smoothed edges for hide-and-
seek, or bricks or rocks for climbing. Chew toys or branches or twigs are also good
toys for guinea pigs to wear down their teeth, which grow continuously.
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Social. Guinea pigs are social animals, which means they enjoy playing with others.
They will whistle or squeak to get attention, and even jump straight into the air,
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                            Ask The Doctor                                      ARTHRITIS AND YOUR THRYROID,
                              John D. Young, M.D.
                            Foundational Health Center
                                                                                  WHAT IS THE CONNECTION?
                                                                       I play a lot of tennis and a common phrase I hear from a lot of them both young and old is they love the game
                                                                       but they can’t play as often as before because if they play more than 2 times a week their arthritis in the knees,
                           elbows, and hips are so bad they are in pain for days. I am doing a YouTube on the thyroid and did you know that arthritis such as osteoarthritis
 John D Young, M.D.        is caused by over using a joint and causing the joint to wear out or Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) which is an autoimmune disease where the body
                           attacks its own joints very often it is a sign of hypothyroidism low functioning thyroid.

It was in the early 1900s a Belgium doctor noted that people with RA very often had their RA complaints vanish when put on thyroid therapy. He discovered that thyroid
therapy seemed to reverse or at least slow the destruction of bone, tendons, and muscles of the patient’s joints. In 1970 a British doctor of rheumatology had a number of
patients complain of weight gain, fatigue, and cold hands and feet. He saw that thyroid administration alleviated most all of their symptoms including the joint pain in a
few months. The same applied to osteoarthritis. You see in all the arthritis conditions there is a large amount of mucin in the tissue and blood vessels of these patients.
Mucin is destructive to the areas in which it is found in the joints and treatment with thyroid medication reduces mucin.

A doctor Swain in Boston discovered that many arthritis patients have a low basal body temperature. When treated most all of their arthritis symptoms leave. Energy was
better and they have a better sense of wellbeing. It should be noted that their doctors used derived thyroid derived from pig thyroid which is 10-20 times stronger than
artificial thyroid like Synthroid or Levothyroxine. If your doctor uses these he can follow up on the dosage adjusting needed by following the basal body temperature,
which is the temperature of your body taken upon awakening without sitting up or moving. It needs to be an oral reading between 97.8 and 98.2.

In my own practice one of the first signs of improvement in my patients when I do this
they say my arthritis is either gone or much better. A quick note a number of people have
told me they get sick or their condition worsens on thyroid. I do know that each thyroid
medication may be different. Some are made from gluten other have a number of fillers in
them such as Xanthan gum which they may be allergic to. Talk it over with your doctor as
he or she will be more than happy to get you feeling better.

John Young M.D.

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                                                                                                    How to Manage Allergies
                                                                                                    and When to Get Tested
                                                                                           If you’ve been dealing with allergies, you may be wondering where they’re coming
                                                                                           from. Could it be your family pet, your favorite food or tree pollen?

                                                                                           According to Dr. Nathan Keith Waldrep, assistant chief medical officer for BayCare
                                                                                           Ambulatory Services, there are various indoor and outdoor allergens that can trigger
                                                                                           your allergies, causing you to sneeze, wheeze and get a runny nose.

                                                                                           That’s why Dr. Waldrep helps explain allergies and provide some tips and tricks that
                                                                                           can help reduce exposure to your allergic triggers.

                                                                                           Indoor Allergens
                                                                                           While many know allergy or asthma can occur outdoors, Dr. Waldrep says many
                                                                                           things inside your home such as mold, perfume, smoking, dust mites, cockroaches,
                                                                                           rodents and even your family pet can cause serious allergy problems. Other things
                                                                                           that cause allergies include carpet, soft furniture, stuffed toys, pillows and bedding,
                                                                                           mattresses and indoor plants. These allergens can cause red, watery or itchy eyes,
                                                                                           runny nose, congestion and asthma.

                                                                                 However, there are some easy, day-to-day steps you can take to help control allergens
                                                                                 in your home. “Clean your home surfaces regularly, remove wall-to-wall carpets,
                                                                                 change air conditioner filters often, use air purifiers, wash your bedding once a week
and vacuum your entire home at least twice a week using high-efficiency vacuums,” says Dr. Waldrep. “Maintaining these cleaning practices can help kill dust mites and
prevent allergens from going back in the air and into your system.”

If you have allergies, animal dander or skin cells coming from feathers or fur can cause symptoms. Pets such as dogs and                                            HartleyChiropracticCenter.com
cats release skin flakes and fur, causing you to constantly sneeze and have congestion and a runny nose.

If you have a pet, Dr. Waldrep recommends doing a few things to control your allergy symptoms. “Keep your pets out of
your bedroom, wash your pet often and keep its furniture and toys clean. Also, bathe and brush your pet weekly in warm
water and soap. You should also consider wearing a mask when grooming your pet.” he said.
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says Dr. Waldrep. “Also, keep your windows closed at home and when driving. You should also wear a mask when doing
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Food Allergens
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             $mart Website Design
             Prevents Money Loss
Welcome to ’22 – when your digital real estate is an extension of, or simply is, your
storefront. According to SWEOR research, 75% of consumers judge company’s
credibility based on the company’s website design. Consensus is - if it’s not
professional, there’s something wrong with the business.
What to do? Here’s a quick checklist to help you avoid some costly mistakes.

✓ State Your Objectives
Clear calls to action should be readily available on your site. Be it purchase a
product, contact me, or come into the shop – be up front. Else, you’re missing out
and you’ll never be Ms. St. Pete Roller Skating Queen will you?

✓ Point Visitors to the Right Information
If your store depends on face-to-face interaction, and yes I’m talking to you
restaurants, then focus first on priority information, aka hours and location.
Return visitors what their info, now.

✓ Get to the Point
No one reads – they scan. A good taxonomy and User eXperience (UX) will allow
visitors to drill down if they want all the good juicy bits. Besides, how much should
you dish to your competition?
                                                                                                                                                              ✓ Zoom Zoom
✓ Answer the Big 3                                                                                                                                            Speed matters. Your site should be optimized to load within 2-3 seconds. If it
Visitors have three questions in mind: who am I, what am I searching, and why am                                                                              doesn’t, well Google thinks you should step aside…and they will put you aside.
I searching? Separate your audiences, products, or services through intuitive
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wander and feel you are wasting their time. I love waiting in the wrong line – said                                                                           Https not Http matters especially if you are making financial transactions. Even
no one ever.                                                                                                                                                  then, all websites should be secured with SSL to reduce hacking chances. Do you
                                                                                                                                                              walk away from your new BMW with the keys engaged and the doors wide open?
✓ Broken Links and Trash
If it doesn’t work - get rid of it or make it work. Even small instructions can help                                                                          There you have it although it’s not an all encompassing list, it will help. Back to
increase UX. If you have apps or transactional items on your website, be sure they                                                                            the SWEOR research, website first impressions are 94% design related. Can you
work because you risk turning away sales and tarnishing your brand.                                                                                           afford not to have a web design professional on your team?

✓ Visuals Matter                                                                                                                                              ✓ Lost in the Woods?
Your website’s graphics, typography, layout, and animations guide visitors and help                                                                           It’s okay – we have a path for you. Websites and all their moving parts can be
tell your brand story. Humans process visuals faster than words, so it’s important                                                                            overwhelming. If you need help, contact Baxter Christenson. We’ve 25+ years
to have professionally designed visuals to complement your content. You might                                                                                 experience in website design to include large 37,000 page websites, which makes
have great products but if your digital storefront looks like a dumpster fire, users                                                                          us the unicorn dinosaurs of the industry.
will jump ship. And as much as we love Tiffany’s 2nd grade drawings on the fridge
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                                                         EarthTalk® E - The Environmental Magazine
                                       Coral Reefs Going Going Gone Thanks To Global Warming
                                                                                                                              By Gabe Castro-Root
                                     Dear EarthTalk: How are the world’s coral reefs doing these days? I haven’t heard much about them
                                     lately despite all the recent talk about climate change’s ill effects.
                                     					                                                                             —Jo. S., Bowie, MD

It’s going to get harder and harder to find Nemo and other clown fish as
the world’s living coral reefs become more and more scarce.

Coral reefs are being hit by climate change in just about every way
possible. Wildfire, drought and other land-based climate disasters have
captured global headlines, but coral reefs have been bleaching at record
levels, and as such their future is uncertain. The science of climate
change’s impact on coral reefs is simple. As humans pump greenhouse
gasses into the atmosphere, the ocean acts as a carbon sink, absorbing
carbon dioxide (CO₂) and dissolving it into acid. As a result, ocean acidity
has increased by about 25 percent since the early 19th century, according
to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That acidity is
incredibly harmful to coral reefs. According to the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Association (NOAA), ocean acidification “decreases growth
rates and structural integrity” of coral skeletons, damaging their ability to
support the diversity of life that makes up a reef ecosystem.

One of the most immediate threats to coral is ocean temperature increases. Coral reefs exist only in narrow bands of water that stay within a moderate temperature range,
not too hot or cold. Even moderate temperature increases can cause thermal stress that contributes to coral bleaching and infectious disease. The ocean has warmed 1.3
degrees (F) since the Industrial Revolution, meaning many reefs are stuck in dangerously hot water. The stress on reef creatures has been immense. When coral polyps—
small, anemone-like animals that form the living base of reefs—get stressed, they expel the symbiotic algae that grows on them and provides them with nutrients. This
is what’s called coral bleaching. With no algae to feed coral and give it its color, the abandoned coral turns white. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s dead, but with no
nutrient supply its ability to grow and fight off diseases is significantly hampered.

Warming water also causes stronger and bigger storms, which can destroy entire reef systems as they pass. Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas in 2019 and destroyed 30
percent of the islands’ coral reefs. In 2005, Hurricane Rita caused extensive damage to coral reefs in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of
Texas. Research suggests some storms may at times be beneficial for coral reefs by lowering water temperature. The influx of cool water can reduce heat stress on polyps,
according to the Reef Resilience Network. But that temporary relief isn’t enough to make up for long-term warming.

As surface temperatures increase, scientists hope that coral reefs might be able to slowly move themselves into cooler water—or that deep-water reefs already exist
undiscovered. Researchers in Tahiti announced in February 2022 that they had found a nearly two-mile-long healthy coral reef in uncharacteristically deep water, leading
to speculation that more deep-water reefs might
exist in unexplored areas.

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                                   Common Sense Caregiving - Gary Joseph LeBlanc
                                      When Feeding Tubes become a Caregiver’s Decision
                                   One of the toughest decisions a family may have to make as a loved one’s health deteriorates is whether to go the route of having a
                                   feeding tube inserted.

                              Here are three varieties of tubes commonly used to keep a patient fed and nourished.
  Gary Joseph LeBlanc         •      The NG-tube is inserted through the nose and flows into the stomach.
   Director of Education      •      The NJ-tube is also inserted through the nose, going directly into the small intestine.
Dementia Spotlight Foundation •      The G-tube is inserted directly into the stomach and is considered more permanently than the others.
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 dementiaspotlightfoundation.org   When the time came for me to make to make this decision for my father, I elected not to have the procedure performed. I knew at this
                                   point my dad had gone through more than enough, for at this point he was barely recognizable. But believe me, this was an arduous
                                   choice. If possible, it shouldn’t be rested on any one person’s shoulders.

Holding back, one’s nourishment is such an unnatural act. As a rule, caregivers spend a great deal of time and energy attempting to hold back the inevitable tide of muscle
and weight loss, which ultimately leads not only to not only physical weakness, but mental as well.

If you should find that you are the lone unfortunate person to make this difficult decision, the pressure can become extremely intense. It will seem like that suddenly,
everyone who wasn’t around to share in the caring for your loved one before now, abruptly have all sorts of strong opinions on the subject. Some will even question you
on how the heck did it come to this point. It may make you want to shout, “Maybe if you would have been here to help the past few years, you wouldn’t have to ask this

Next comes the medical professionals, demanding you make this hard choosing in the next ten minutes. Hopefully throughout this short period, they are explaining all
that is truly involved with inserting a feeding tube.

The downside is a high risk of infection, nausea, diarrhea and, if there is dementia involved, they may become more confused resulting in the pulling out of their tubes
themselves. On the other hand, this will keep them nourished and alive. Tough decisions need to be made.

Therefore, I urge you and your loved one to sit down with an elder law attorney as early as possible after the diagnosis of any dementia related disease. An advance
directive and do not resuscitate and more, need to be discussed and put into place. This will help remove some of the heavy guilt that falls on the person who must make
this grave decision. By knowing you are following your loved one’s choices will be comforting at a very difficult time.

By having these things in place, you can know concentrate on making sure your loved one remains as comfortable as possible during a difficult time.
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Dementia Spotlight Foundation

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                     The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival Returns
                                                                        The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival Returns on March 11 with Festive Food and Drinks,
                                                                        Headlining Concerts, Plus the ALL-NEW World’s Fastest and Steepest Hybrid Roller Coaster, Iron

                                                                        •       Over 90 chef and mixologist curated tastes inspired by cultures around the world
                                                                        •       22 live concerts including headlining acts throughout 11 weekends, the event’s longest run ever
                                                                        •       Special Pass Member offers including bonus food samples, discounts on reserved seating and
                                                                        •       Pass Member previews of the all-new Iron Gwazi happening now, plus grand opening on
                                                                                March 11
    •   Starting at $13 per month, Annual Passes are the best way to enjoy the Food & Wine Festival, 22 live concerts, and an entire year to experience new thrills like
        Iron Gwazi

Tampa’s premier spring festival returns on Friday, March 11 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Food & Wine Festival. With more than 20 NEW delicious dishes to pair
with wines, craft brews and cocktails, park guests can explore a variety of flavors while enjoying a diverse concert lineup, including acts for all tastes. The Food & Wine
Festival runs Fridays through Sundays from March 11 to May 22 and is included with admission to the park.

New this year, guests can indulge in savory bites like Hawaiian BBQ pork with coconut jasmine rice and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos elote street corn. Complete with signature
cocktails like the Iron Gwazi Fizz or frozen watermelon margaritas, a selection of more than 40 wines and beers, this year’s menu offers an endless variety of flavors to
sip and savor. The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival includes non-alcoholic beverages such as the new Gwazi snow cones with unique flavors like black raspberry
and cotton candy.

Discover boundless combinations of food and drink selections with a Food & Wine Festival sampler. Guests can embark on their culinary journey with a 10-sample
lanyard starting at only $65 or take it up a notch and with the fan favorite 15-sample lanyard for the best savings. Busch Gardens Pass Members get the VIP treatment
and can purchase an exclusive Pass Member lanyard including 18 samples for the price of the 15-sample lanyard.

Music Lineup Features Something for Every Taste

The can’t miss Food & Wine Festival lineup features chart-topping musicians with
genres of all tastes – from nostalgic bands to national headliners. Concert acts include
Sean Paul, 3 Doors Down, Kansas, Air Supply, Gente De Zona, plus many more!

Concerts are included in park admission. For the best seats in the house, reserved
seating is strongly recommended and can be purchased online. See website for the
complete lineup and latest updates.

With chef-curated tastes, live concerts, plus all-new thrills like Iron Gwazi,
there’s never been a better time to become a Pass Member. Annual Pass Members
enjoy 12 months of visits with special benefits including exclusive access to Iron
Gwazi now, plus free parking, free guest tickets, access to special VIP events, savings
on merchandise and more! Annual Passes start as low as $13/month with no down
payment. Restrictions apply.

Plus, guests can pay for a day and play all year with a Busch Gardens Fun Card. For
a limited time, a Busch Gardens Fun Card includes Adventure Island FREE.

To view the full menu, concert lineup and other event details, guests can head to:

As the park prepares for a thrilling spring season, it will also be hosting on-site
hiring events February 24 – 26 and March 3 - 5. Eligible positions can receive up
to a $1,500 sign-on bonus, in addition to existing perks like free tickets, flexible
scheduling, after-hours ride events, and much more.

Busch Gardens’ Food and Wine Festival takes place Friday through Sunday
from March 11 – May 22

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. Busch Gardens is a unique
blend of thrilling rides, an AZA accredited zoo with thousands of animals representing more than 200 species, and exciting seasonal events all year providing unrivaled experiences for
guests of every age. For more information, visit www.BuschGardensTampa.com. Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and
entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world.

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          How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Living (and Work) Room
Spring is here, and it’s time for homeowners to ready yards and landscapes for backyarding. The pandemic
thrust us into a new reality, and the backyard has a starring role. Yards and other managed landscapes became a
safe haven.

Backyarding became a way of life as lawns, gardens, patios and decks evolved into outdoor offices, classrooms,
family gathering places, and the new ‘hot spots’ in our neighborhoods.

According to a new poll commissioned by the TurfMutt Foundation and conducted online by The Harris Poll,
the outdoor office trend is here to stay with many Americans using their yards as makeshift offices for their jobs.
Nearly 2 in 5 Americans who have a yard (58%) say they have spent time doing work for their job in their yard
during the pandemic.

So how is the backyard set up to meet all of these needs?

Create activity zones. Consider what needs to happen in the backyard and map activity areas. A shady table can double as a home office, study zone, art table, or dining
spot. A hammock or outdoor sofa can suffice for napping, reading or studying. A patch of sturdy grass is perfect for sports, family games and play. A fire pit offers cozy
chairs for star gazing and socializing, while a grill near a seating area promises delicious meals. A wall, fence, or pergola may hold an outdoor movie screen for nighttime
viewing. An herb or vegetable garden helps kids learn about science and nutrition while reaping the satisfaction of growing food for the table.

Factor functionality with purpose. Is there a quiet spot for conference calls? Or a shady spot that minimizes glare for online video meetings? Note where electrical outlets
are and if an outdoor-rated extension cord will be needed to accommodate all of the electronics that may be used outside. Check wifi coverage and cell service in the yard
and determine if there is enough comfortable seating.

Spruce up existing landscaping. Assess the backyard and do some basic “clean up.” Fix bare patches in the grass. Use a leaf blower to clean out flower beds. Prune bushes
and trees. Cut the grass to a healthy height. Add a fresh layer of mulch around your trees and in flower beds. Freshen up by weeding, planting flower beds, and filling pots
with colorful flowers and verdant plants.

Use plants and shrubs to hide unsightly items and control noise. Trees, shrubs and bushes offer cover from neighbors, deliver shade, camouflage unsightly pool equipment
and air handlers, and tamp down noise. Planters with flowers between seating and eating areas on a patio add visual interest and privacy. Shrubs and tall plants are a terrific
privacy-creator (and noise canceller for those conference calls).

Put the right plant in the right place. Choosing the right plants for the climate zone and for your lifestyle will create a backyarding space that is attractive. It will also be
easier to maintain, and support pollinators and wildlife. Consider watering and sunlight or shade needs for any plants added. A hardy grass variety is more likely to hold
up to pets and kids. Save delicate flowering plants for patio containers, and be sure to check out the ASPCA list of toxic plants to keep pets safe.

Invite the outdoors in. Blending interior and outdoor living spaces helps the backyard feel like an extension of the home. Open blinds and curtains to the yard. Use
complementary indoor and outdoor décor in similar colors, materials and styles to create a cohesive space. This enables everyone to transition seamlessly from indoor
life to outdoor living.

For more information and tips about living landscapes visit www.TurfMutt.com.

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