November 13, 2015 Upcoming Events Nov 13 Ruskin Gym Ribbon Cutting—10a Nov 13 Ruskin Youth Flag Football Banquet—6:30p Nov 19 Westchase Youth Flag Football & Cheer Banquet—6:30p Nov 21 Back to the Springs Skate Contest at NW Skate Park—12-4p Dec 11 Apollo Beach’s Holiday In The Park & Winter Break Jam 6-9p Dec 11 All Staff Training Day at All People’s—10a Dec 16 Holiday Luncheon at All People’s—11a Administration Alley Holiday luncheon will be held at All People’s on December 16th at 11:00am — please turn your $5 food donation in to your supervisor no later than December 4th. We have a vacancy at Mango for a Recreation Program Specialist. For anyone interested in laterally transferring, please contact Debbie Robinson by Tuesday, November 17th. RECTRAC — Troubleshooting efforts are currently being conducted on RecTrac in re- gards to all of the timeout errors that everyone has been experiencing. CAPRA DUE DATE COUNTDOWN — T -minus- 49 Days!! (one step closer to Gold!) Ruskin Recreation hosted our 3rd Annual Tomato Bowl and Punt-Pass and Kick Contest Friday Night , Nov. 6th. Special thanks to Tasha Mingo for coor- dinating the entire event. Thank you to Ruskin Team; Joy, Kevin, David, Jimmy, Darlene, Alvaro and Greg for your dedication and hard work in making this event a success. Pictures have been uploaded to G drive in Ruskin Region Folder. TEAMWORK makes the DREAM work!! — Jackie Brown The first ever Grind For Life skate contest held at a Hills- borough County Skate Park was not only a huge success but a memorable experience for the community. Last Saturday the Brandon Skate Park hosted the final installment of the GFL series and had over 80 contestants and 200 plus visitors for the event. I want to personally thank several recreation em- ployees who helped make this a smooth event: Carrie Albano- notarized waivers, set-up/take down and supervised skaters. Ross Caruso- set-up/take down and also came in the top ten for the sponsored division street contest! Joey Pacheco- set- up/take down Jack Reeder- came in on his own time to help notarize waivers and promote the Apollo Best Trick Contest! Also a big thank you to Dave Andrews, who came by to show support for the team and last but not least Mary Clements and the Friends of the County Parks who helped make this possi- ble. I look forward to hosting other large scale contests at our other skate parks next year. — Raleigh Barnes On behalf of the Ruskin Region, Joy and I would like to thank the following for assisting and supporting our 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat, which was held on Friday, October 30 th at Ruskin Recreation Center: Ruskin Team (Kevin Clethen, Tasha Mingo, Alvaro Villegas, Darlene Nelson, David Martinez, Jimmy Knight), Jack Reeder, Mary Clements Fowler, Friends of the County Parks, Special Events Team, George Leto, David Ramirez, All 45 parent and teen volunteers, Gleaners Arbor, and Ruskin community merchants for generous donations of gift cards etc. We had 671 people attend and enjoy a spectacular Trunk or Treat, dinner of hot dogs with all the trimmings and a Movie after Dark on the big screen. We also were happy to raise over $400.00 for our Friends of the Parks. Please see at- tached pictures for a small snapshot of our event. If you would like to see more pictures, we have uploaded on G drive in Ruskin Folder. — Jackie Brown Brandon garden peeps visited Aging Ser- vices on our first Camp Day of the year. The team had a chance to visit their gar- den and learn about a variety of plants. I must say, it was a very rewarding expe- rience for our Camp participants and the Seniors. We plan on doing more inter- generational activities in the future. —Brigitte Gonzalez Dona and Vince, I am pleased [the Westchase Tunes and Treats Senior So- cial] was a success. My compliments to you for the planning and your involvement. Things like that are a success because of the environment created by the Rec Cen- ter and its leaders. You are warm, friendly and professional so people want to be a part of the facility and it’s good times. You also have a reputation for doing things well with the community in mind. Job well done to you. — Mr. Rich Holder Congrats (and thank you) to Team Westchase for donating the most canned-good items last week!! Rubin Padgett Ribbon Cutting was a HUGE Success! It was a great day for a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate Ruskin’s new gym!!