404 York Dale Drive Ruskin FL 33579

404 York Dale Drive Ruskin FL 33579 – MLS# T2722680

404 York Dale Drive Ruskin FL 33579
                     404 York Dale Drive Ruskin FL 33579

To view Virtual Tour Click Here: 404 York Dale Drive Ruskin FL 33579 – MLS# T2722680

Short Sale. Lovely 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home located in the highly desirable Mira Lago community boasting many amenities such as playground, pool, park, and tennis courts. Home has many upgrades including decorative tile throughout the home, custom cabinets, corian countertops, bath fixtures and tiles and the list goes on. Located in Southern Hillsborough County and near the new AMAZON distribution center and the new St. Josephs South Hospital, area dining and attractions and deriving distance to many of the countries top beaches this home has it all. Call today to schedule your private showing.
John Soliman & Associates of HomeXpress Realty, Inc. has detailed property information for 404 York Dale Drive, Ruskin, FL 33570 and more Ruskin FL Real Estate Listings

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93 Year Old Tampa Bay Woman Wins Powerlifting Medal

What an amazing story! At 93 years old Edith Traina, the oldest competitor in the 2014 Polk Senior Games performed her 135lb Gold Medal Winning Dead lift.

Original article below is from BayNews9 -

Woman wins powerlifting medal at 93 years old

A Bay area powerlifter is turning heads at the gym.

Edith Traina is pumping iron at 93 years old. She won a gold medal after competing recently in the senior games of Hillsborough County.

Traina said she loves the attention, but it’s really no big deal.

“I always get a big round of applause,” Traina said. “Everybody thinks its amazing and truthfully I don’t. I do not think there’s anything amazing about it.”

Traina started powerlifting two years ago. Her friend, 73-year-old Carmen Gutwirth, convinced her to take it on.

“I said, ‘do you want to do powerlifting?’ She said, ‘not especially, no,'” Gutwirth said.

Traina agreed.

“I was inclined like a lot of other people to say — 91, why would I want to do that,” Traina said.

Now, the sport helps Traina stay energetic and focused. Traina added it’s also great for her ego.

“Powerlifting, I discovered all I need to do is go to the bar, do a lift, I get all the applause, I take a bow and I go off the stage,” she laughed.

Traina just hopes other women her age will give the sport a try. She said she really wants some competition.

We at John Soliman & Associates salute Ms. Edith Traina and were inspired by her drive for life!

Photo Credit to CrossFit Fenrir

Which Cereal Does Your State Love The Most?

Are you more of a pancake person? An oat meal kinda guy/gal? Or *gasp* you skip breakfast all together? Do you slice up bananas in your Frosted Flakes? My assistant is a cinnamon toast crunch girl and has been since she was a tot. What are you into?

America loves its cereal. Find out which are liked best where in this magically delicious map.

There are literally hundreds of different types of cereal to choose from. Entire aisles in the grocery store are devoted to the stuff. It seems as though no matter your taste, there’s a cereal for you.The Movoto Real Estate Blog cooked up an idea to find out just how those tastes vary from state to state.

Using this map, you can clearly see where exactly each top-selling cereal is favored, which are, well, not favored at all, and which are the clear winners (we knew we weren’t the only Cinnamon Toast Crunch addicts out there).

Before we talk details, let’s take a quick look at how we created this cool map.

How We Created This Map

In order to put it all together, we switched from Home-Selling Expert to Math Nerd mode and researched the number of Facebook users in each state who have Liked each of the 10 most popular cereals. Those cereals, according to the amount of revenue they generate in 2013, are:

  1. Honey Nut Cheerios
  2. Frosted Flakes
  3. Honey Bunches of Oats
  4. Cheerios
  5. Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  6. Special K
  7. Frosted Mini Wheats
  8. Lucky Charms
  9. Froot Loops
  10. Raisin Bran

Then we sorted the data out into a nice, neat little spreadsheet, and made this awesome map—simple as fixing yourself a bowl of cereal.

Now that you’ve seen the ingredients that went into this delicious presentation, let’s take a closer look at each type of cereal and where they were popular.

1. Honey Nut Cheerios

Oh how the mighty have fallen—well, at least on Facebook.

It may be the best-selling cereal in the nation, but in our analysis, not one state favored it more than the other 10 cereals on Facebook.

With 30,000 Likes, the state that seemed the most fond of these sweet little Os was Texas; but even there, they favored Special K, with a whopping 148,000 Likes. That’s 18.18 percent of the cereal-eating population in the state.

2. Frosted Flakes

They’re grrrrrrreat…ly underappreciated on Facebook, apparently.

Even though Frosted Flakes is one of the 10 best-selling cereals in the U.S., it certainly isn’t winning any popularity contests on Facebook.

It wasn’t the most popular in any state. Where it was most popular, once again, was in Texas with 14.49 percent of the state’s population Liking the cereal. This was followed by Florida, where 13.30 percent of residents Liked it, and then Washington where 3.84 Liked it.

3. Honey Bunches of Oats

You may be able to “taste the joy in every spoonful” of this cereal, but clearly, that don’t mean people are going to like you.

Honey Bunches of Oats was another cereal that didn’t come up as anyone’s favorite. Even out of the places that liked it most—Florida, Texas, Washington, Illinois, and then Oklahoma—it was not a favorite, but hey, at least it was consistently better Liked than Raisin Bran and Froot Loops.

4. Cheerios

Introduced in the early ‘40s, literally millions of bellies have been filled with these little Os. Americans love this stuff.

Or so we thought!

According to our analysis, Cheerios might be waning in popularity, at least among the Facebook crowd.

It wasn’t a favorite in any of the states, and in places like Vermont it received fewer than 1,000 Likes on Facebook. Sure, you’re saying, Vermont is pretty sparsely populated—but that didn’t stop 4,000 hungry Vermonters from Liking every other cereal’s arch nemesis, Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

5. Cinnamon Toast Crunch

There’s something so magical and comforting about this cereal—perhaps it’s all the sugar they pack into each serving, but we just love the stuff.

Who else Likes it, you ask? Only a majority of the people in 27 states.

In trying to find a pattern here, well, the only that I can see is that these states are clearly the ones with better taste in cereal, because other than that, Cinnamon Toast Crunch fans are pretty well scattered all over the country, much like those for our next cereal…

6. Special K

Do you know what the Special K Challenge should be? Finding any state in the U.S. where fewer than 4,000 people Like Special K.

Even in Wyoming, a practical ghost state, 3,600 people on Facebook Liked Special K, making it the most popular cereal in the state.

7. Frosted Mini Wheats

Frosted Mini Wheats are popular, just not quite on par with Special K or Cinnamon Toast Crunch. They’re like the Gretchen Weiners of the breakfast world.

While Frosted Mini Wheats were clearly well Liked in many of the states, earning
15.48 percent of the votes in Texas and 13.96 in Florida (the fourth and third most popular in these states, respectively), they were only the very most Liked in one state: West Virginia.

8. Lucky Charms

Who doesn’t like a bowl of candy for breakfast?! Well, apparently people old enough to type, read, or, you know, get on Facebook.

None of the states liked the magically delicious cereal the most. In Oklahoma, for example, 1.34 percent of residents liked Lucky Charms, preferring Special K, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Frosted Flakes, Cheerios, Frosted Mini Wheats, and even Honey Bunches of Oats, who, let’s face it, is not exactly Prom Queen of the cereals.

But don’t worry, Lucky Charms fans whose parents are reading this to you right now, this cereal was at least more popular than Raisin Bran.

9. Froot Loops

Before we get to making fun of Raisin Bran, though, we have to give a big congratulations to Froot Loops, which somehow managed to be the most Liked cereal in Kentucky.

Yes, good old Kentucky, land of fried chicken, hushpuppies, fried okra, fried green tomatoes, and, well, pretty much fried anything, for some reason, has an affinity for the much lighter and fruitier flavors of Froot Loops.

Whatever the reason, 1.61 percent of residents Liked Froot Loops, which was more than any of the other 10 cereals. Way to go, Toucan Sam.

10. Raisin Bran

In putting together this post, we actually didn’t list the cereals in any particular order, but as it happens, our final cereal is also the least popular by a longshot.

Poor Raisin Bran just isn’t cool with the kids on Facebook; it wasn’t Liked the most in any state, and it even got fewer than 1,000 Likes in eight states—one of which was Vermont, a state of over 25 million residents.

Yes, it seems to be a sad day for Raisin Bran. Maybe if they just spiffed up their outreach, went for a younger demographic , or even, dare we suggest, bring in the Jonas?

Ah, too late.

A Tale of Two Cereals

As you can see, this map is pretty much dominated by two cereals: Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Special K.

There were a couple others that popped up as favorites, namely Frosted Mini Wheats and Froot Loops, but for the most part, these two ruled the breakfast table like queen bees in a hive.

Sorry, Honey Nut Cheerios. Too soon?

Credit for article goes to Natalie Grigson Staff Write of Movoto.com: http://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/most-liked-cereals-by-state/

Natalie Grigson

Staff Writer

4233 Balington Drive Valrico FL 33596 - 1

4233 Balington Drive, Valrico, FL 33596 – MLS #T2721890

Residential Single Family listing located at 4233 Balington Drive, Valrico, FL 33596  – MLS #T2721890

View Virtual Tour of 4233 Balington Drive, Valrico, FL 33596 here: http://www.propertypanorama.com/instaview/mfr/T2721890

4233 Balington Drive Valrico FL 33596

Stunning home in the heart of Valrico. One of a kind, elegant home with LOTS of space! Must see to appreciate the quality that has been built into this beauty. Immaculate and ready to move into. This home features HUGE closets, LOTS of storage and BRAND NEW carpet throughout the entire second floor. When you walk in the home sparkles with tile flooring that has a unique design in the foyer and living room. The screened pool/spa is gas heated for year round use and the view from the back yard is stunning of the manicured conservation area. Enjoy the open floor plan with MASSIVE volume ceilings. The kitchen is a dream to work in, granite counter tops, center island, a breakfast nook, and all appliances are included. Great entertainment home with built in wood burning fireplace and space for a large TV. The bonus room/office is spacious with easy access on the main floor and has a great view of the pool and back yard. The master is a wonderful place to relax, very spacious with garden tub/shower and his and her closets. Home features 2 heating and A/C units for maximum efficiency heating and cooling. With a 3-car garage you’ll be ready for extra toys and projects. Lush landscaping adds to the curb appeal. Call today to schedule your private showing!

John Soliman & Associates of HomeXpress Realty, Inc., has detailed property information for 4233 Balington Drive, Valrico, FL 33596  and more Valrico Real Estate Listings in the 33596 Zip code.

8806 Audrey Lane, Tampa 33615 – MLS# T2721016

New – Tampa Residential Single family listing located at 8806 Audrey Lane, Tampa 33615 – MLS# T2721016

View Virtual Tour of 8806 Audrey Lane, Tampa 33615 here: http://www.propertypanorama.com/instaview/mfr/T2721016

A Meticulously maintained WATERFRONT home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2-car garage & a 2-car carport. Relax in your air-conditioned large Florida Room with 180 degree views of Manatees, dolphins, birds & all that waterfront living has to offer. Easy access to the BAY via a 9’ bridge, bringing fishing, kayaking, etc to your backyard. Open floor plan offers breathtaking water views from living, dining, kitchen and master bedroom. The Florida room spans the entire rear of the home and was renovated in 2007 with hurricane resistant windows throughout. Nearly all of the windows have been upgraded and open outwards. SPANISH TILE roof is only 12 years new & has a 50-year warranty. Seller has even gone to the expense of reinforcing, restoring and raising the seawall by 2 feet. Flooring consists of beautiful Spanish tile throughout with exception to the bedrooms. The adjoining lot will NEVER be developed and feels like a tropical OASIS. Future homeowner can add a floating boat dock if desired & the canal can accommodate up to a 25’ boat. Located in the heart of Tampa everything from shopping, dining, entertainment, beaches, transit are just minutes away. Seller has reduced the price by $35,000 in recognition that the kitchen and bathrooms need to be renovated. Community features a park & is small and quaint. Furniture is negotiable; Seller is relocating and ready to negotiate. Call today to schedule a private showing. Submit your offer today & get a response tomorrow. NO HOA or deed restrictions here.

John Soliman & Associates of HomeXpress Realty, Inc., has detailed property information for 8806 Audrey Lane, Tampa 33615 and more Tampa Real Estate Listings in the 33615 Zip code.

It’s National Refuge Week

Did you know it’s National Refuge Week? What better way to celebrate and share this week than to highlight our very own Tampa Bay area refuges!

What is National Refuge Week? It falls on the second full week in October and celebrates the nation’s 561 national wildlife refuges protected wildlife habitat. These wildlife refuges habitats clean our air, filter our water and pollinate our crops. They also provide world-class recreational sports such as hunting, fishing, hiking, and kayaking. Most refuges will host public celebrations this month, check the special events calendar for Refuge Week events.

Here in Tampa Bay we are fortunate to have several refuges of our very own. Egmont Key, Passage Key, and the Pinellas Refuges. And just about an hour and a half north of Tampa Bay you will find Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

Egmont Key - National Refuge Week - John Soliman and Associates Brandon FL Realtor

Egmont Key was established in 1974 and once the site of the former United States Army Fort Dade Military Reservation. It is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay and there are no bridges connecting it to St. Petersburg or Anna Maria Island. Access to the island is limited to watercraft only, but there are private charters available in both Manatee and Pinellas Counties for a fee.

Passage KeyPassage Key - National Refuge Week - John Soliman and Associates Brandon FL Realtor, one of the first national wildlife refuges was established in 1905. A 30-acre barrier island was once a mangrove island with a fresh water lake. The hurricane of 1920 destroyed most of the island. Because of the size and the importance to wildlife the refuge is close to all public use.

Pinellas NWR - National Refuge Week - John Soliman & Associates Brandon FL Realtor

Pinellas Refuge, was established in 1951 as a breeding ground for colonial bird species. Tarpon Key, one of the islands making-up the refuge hosts the larges brown pelican rookery in the state of Florida. The green sea grass beds around the island are protected from motorized boat activity and due to the small size and importance to wildlife the refuge is close to public use.

Credit for Photo - Jim Reid USFWS
Credit for Photo – Jim Reid USFWS

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, was established in 1983 specifically for the protection of the endangered West Indian Manatee. The springs provide a critical habitat for approximately twenty percent of the nation’s manatee populations. The temperature of the springs remains a constant 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Manatees are susceptible to cold and hypothermia and cannot survive from extended periods when water temperatures fall below 68 degrees Fahrenheit. You can view the manatee anytime by webcam. The camera is operational annually during manatee season from November 1 to March 31. Click here to watch the manatee cam.

Get out this week/weekend support your local refuge, send us your pictures, we would love to see them!

Information Credit:

special events calendar – provided by National Wildlife Refuge System

Passage Key information site from: http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=41563

Pinellas Refuge information site from: http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=41564

Crystal River information sited from: http://www.fws.gov/crystalriver/

Photo credit for Manatee photo- Jim Reid USFWS: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwssoutheast/4586550451/in/photostream/

#seerefuges #refugeweek



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