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I Live Here

New York is a great place to come from, but home is Seffner, a quiet family neighborhood.

By ANNE MARIE PACINELLO
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 18, 2003


My husband, Carl, and I and our three children, Elizabeth, 11, Joseph, 6, and Maria, 2, relocated here from Long Island, N.Y., in the summer of 1989. We found the perfect home to raise our kids in.

Some people still ask, Why Seffner? Seffner was and still is a quiet family neighborhood that reminded me of our little towns back home.

I liked Seffner because of the kind of people that lived here. They are people from all different states, all colors and religions. This was very important to me to raise our children in a neighborhood that would teach them to get along and respect people from all walks of life, the rich, poor and middle class. Seffner also had good schools that allowed me to volunteer and be part of my children's education and be part of their social life and know who their friends are.

I also liked the variety of shopping centers, restaurants and churches, and also being so close to Tampa, Orlando and Plant City. Working as a hairstylist at A Perfect Reflection in Seffner is also a blessing. I work with and have met wonderful people over the years in the Seffner area, and it only takes three minutes to get to work.

In 14 years, I have seen Seffner change. We have many more shopping centers, restaurants and yes, traffic. We have fewer orange groves, less farmland and open space. I am sure my children and grandchildren will experience many more changes over the years. I pray and hope they will always love their neighbors, no matter where they come from, what color, religion or class.

New York is a great place to come from, but Seffner is home. God has surely blessed our family and our little town of Seffner.

Joshua 24:15: "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." In Seffner.

-- Pacinello lives on Tiburon Drive in Seffner.

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