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Cotter Fin. TechPlayzone and Winn-Dixie
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Jul 5, 2007, 14:55

Cotter to Volunteer in CFP Board’s 2007 Financial Planning Clinic
 Gary Cotter, CFP®, president of Cotter Financial, will volunteer his time and expertise to answer financial planning questions at no cost.
Cotter joins a group of 150 Certified Financial Planners    (TM) professionals from around the country at a free financial planning clinic for the public in Boston, MA, on August 4, 2007, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

Gary Cotter

Attendees will have the opportunity to a one-on-one conversation with a CFP® professional about topics they are interested in. Cotter will share his expertise on estate planning, while other topics include, cash flow and debt management, investment types and strategies, tax reduction strategies, retirement planning, and college education planning.
“Estate planning is such an important topic and one of the hardest to get free information about,” Cotter said.  “We do so much of this kind of work here in Sun City Center it’s kind of second nature, especially the sophisticated planning we do with retirement plans and large IRA accounts,” Cotter explained.  “In Massachusetts, this type of expertise is much harder to find, so I’m looking forward to helping out – and maybe enjoying a lobster dinner while I’m there.” Cotter concluded.
– 2000, Email: info@cotterfinancial.com, or visit their website at www.cotterfinancial.com.


 


TechPlayzone Newest Member of Brandon Chamber of Commerce
 

TechPlayzone, a proud new member of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, hosted fellow chamber members in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their facility in Riverview on Wednesday, June 20.  TechPlayzone was recently voted runner up for best new business in the Best of Brandon readers’ poll.  It is a science and technology enrichment center serving students ages 6-14 in the Brandon, Valrico, Lithia and Riverview communities. 
 At TechPlayzone, kindergarten through 7th grade students use technology as a tool to creatively express unique ideas in a safe and caring environment.   Energetic and intelligent facilitators use technology to show young people how cool math and science can be. The new chamber member provides transportation from Alafia, Bevis, Boyette Springs, Cimino, Collins, FishHawk Creek, Lithia Springs and St. Stephen Catholic Schools and offers a flexible after school program that is both entertaining and enriching.
 Featuring LEGO Mindstorms Robotics, Video Game Creation, Webpage Design and Amazing Hands-On Science, TechPlayzone offers afterschool care, technology workshops, homeschool classes, and camps.
TechPlayzone currently has openings in the “Science-Sational” Summer Camp, where students are learning about the relevancy of math and science while making new friends.   Camp dates, themes, and prices are available online.
 TechPlayzone is located at 13208 Boyette Road, ¼ mile west of Bell Shoals Road, in Riverview.   Visitors are welcomed to tour our 1,900 square foot science and technology center Monday through Friday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.   Visit  www.techplayzone.com or call 813-453-8612 for more information.
 
 Winn-Dixie Is Getting Better All the Time in Apollo Beach
Series of Events Planned for Customers in Celebration of Remodel
Winn-Dixie will officially celebrate the grand opening of its newly-remodeled Apollo Beach Store #673 today, located at 6188 U.S. Highway 41.

 Customers shopping in the store will discover new products as well as upgraded departments and expanded services. Winn-Dixie has planned a variety of events designed to thank customers for their patience during the renovations and invites the entire community to come out and enjoy all of the new features.
 “The renovations and improvements we’ve made will provide our customers with better service, better products and an overall better shopping experience,” said Frank James, district manager for Winn-Dixie.  “We listened to what our customers were telling us and made these changes to better meet their needs. It’s all about getting better all the time for our neighbors, our Associates and the communities we serve.”
 New Products and Better Selection
The store boasts new product selections including an olive cart in the deli area that features different types of olives to suit shoppers’ personal tastes or specific recipes, as well as a wing bar where shoppers have their choice of several flavors of freshly-prepared chicken wings and dipping sauces.  In the bakery, a muffin cart and a bread warmer add to the department’s expanded selection.  Customers will notice the new organic store-within-a-store where they can find all organic and natural foods, including refrigerated and frozen items, consolidated into one section.  Also, more Hispanic selections are now found throughout the store, along with upgraded meat and seafood departments.
 New Look
Along with new sleek black grocery carts, customers will first notice the construction of an additional store entrance and the relocation of several departments that allow customers to more easily navigate the store.  They’ll also see a brighter, more vibrant atmosphere with new floors, a fresh new color palette both inside and out, a new storefront, and modern, fully-remodeled restrooms.  Additionally, new self-service checkouts help customers with quick shopping trips.
 “We have been working hard to get the store ready for our neighbors, and we appreciate their patience throughout the remodeling process,” said store director Robby Mcdaris, who started working at Winn-Dixie as a bag boy 20 years ago.  “Customers are already commenting on the dramatic differences they’ve noticed when they walk through our doors.  We encourage those who haven’t been in yet to stop by and see the changes we’ve made.”
 The store is commemorating its reopening with a series of events during the next few weeks, including a Taste of Jazz evening, a health fair and a Patriotic Family Fun Day (see below schedule of events for details).
 Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest food retailers with 521 stores.  Founded in 1925, the company is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.  For more information, please visit www.winn-dixie.com.
 
Saturday, July 7,  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Patriotic Family Fun Day     
American flags will be given away to shoppers as they cool down with red, white and blue snow cones and enjoy hot dogs off the grill.  The community is invited to sign a banner that thanks U.S. veterans, and children can have fun in the Disney bounce house.  NASCAR enthusiasts can see the Cheerios team show car.
          
Wednesday, July 18 , 12 – 4 p.m.          
Health Fair
Blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol checks will be provided with counseling by Winn-Dixie pharmacists.  
 Friday, July 20,  4 – 7 p.m         Taste of Jazz
Shoppers are invited to enjoy wine tasting as they listen to a local jazz musician.    A decadent chocolate fountain will be flowing so customers can sample fresh fruit from the produce department in a fun way.
 Chef Robert, Winn-Dixie’s corporate chef, will host a Walking Cooking Tour, featuring cooking tips beginning at 6 p.m.  Customers can sign up for his tour at the store’s Customer Service Desk or by calling (813) 649-1300.        
 




 




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