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Troiano & Roberts, P.A.

317 South Tennessee Avenue

PO Box 829

Lakeland, FL  33802-0829

(863) 686-7136

Terri Goleno (Cheatham, Goleno & Ferguson, P.A.) presents the December Small Business of the Month Award to Victor Troiano, Troiano & Roberts, P.A. Also present to accept the award were (l-r) Thea Cook, Charlene McCormick, Andrea Lambert, Nicholas Troiano, Lauriane Ciccarelli, Debbie Sanford, Phyllis Hartman, Donna Karp, and Marie Hankins.

By:  Terri Goleno, Cheatham, Goleno, & Ferguson, P.A.

Troiano & Roberts, P.A., is a firm that has been serving the legal needs of the Lakeland community since 1955, when it was formed by D.A. Troiano and Clyde Roberts.  Although Mr. Roberts passed away in 1971, D.A. Troiano continued practicing law until his death in 2005.  At the time of his death he had been practicing law in Lakeland for 53 years.

The firm’s offices have been located at 317 S. Tennessee Avenue in Downtown Lakeland since 1960.  At the present time, the firm consists of three attorneys and a support staff of nine legal assistants.  The attorneys are Victor J. Troiano, Nicholas J. Troiano and Lauriane Ciccarelli, who pride themselves on providing personalized client service and quality legal representation.

Each of the firm’s attorneys has special areas of practice, so the firm provides services in the following areas:  Real Property Law, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Probate Law, Estate Planning, Corporate and Business Law/Litigation, Civil Litigation, Appellate Law, Family Law, Guardianships, and Elder Law.

Victor Troiano is a recipient of the Lakeland Bar Association’s Jerry Devane Award for Professionalism and Collegiality.  He has been certified by the Supreme Court since 1989 as a Circuit Civil Mediator, and named among Florida Trend magazine’s Legal Elite for 2008 and 2009.  Nicholas Troiano currently serves on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for this judicial circuit.

In addition to being Lakeland Chamber members for more than 22 years, the principals of Troiano & Roberts, P.A. have been involved with the local community through volunteering with Camp Fire USA, BloodNet USA, VISTE, Lakeland Downtown Lions Club, Central Florida Autism Institute, Inc., Sertoma, Kiwanis, Rotary, Jaycees, and Girls, Inc.  Office members have also proudly participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure, and the American Cancer Society Making Strides Walk along with other worthy causes in local churches and charities.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Troiano & Roberts, P.A. as the Small Business of the Month for December.


Every Cigarette Makes You Sick – Floridians can quit today for a healthy 2011

Every year, millions of Floridians attempt to quit smoking.  As 2010 comes to a close and Florida smokers consider making their 2011 New Year’s resolutions, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Polk County, the Polk County Health Department, and Florida Department of Health and Tobacco Free Florida can help them quit for good with free support through phone, web and in-person quit smoking resources.

On the heels of the groundbreaking U.S. Surgeon General’s recent report, it is more important than ever before to quit smoking immediately.  The report emphasizes the importance of quitting early in life, in order to protect immunity and minimize the damage caused by each cigarette.  The report adds no level of exposure to tobacco smoke is safe.

Although permanently quitting tobacco is very difficult, it is not impossible.  Sixty-one percent of adult Floridians who have ever smoked have quit and there are more former smokers in Florida than current smokers.  In 2009, about 58 percent of Floridian smokers tried to quit.

Step One: Set a Date
The first step one needs to take is to set a quit date.  Once the quit date is set, cigarettes, ashtrays and lighters should be removed from the home, office and vehicle.

Step Two: Get Help
Tobacco Free Florida offers a number of free resources to help smokers quit.

  • Phone: Call the Florida Quitline at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW to speak with a Quit Coach who will help assess the user’s addiction and create a personalized quit plan.
  • Online: Enroll in online counseling with the Florida Quitline, where each user can create a personalized, web-based quit plan. Visit to enroll.
  • In-person: Central Florida Area Health Education Center provides Quit Smoking Now classes throughout Polk County.  Call 1-877-252-6094 to enroll in an upcoming class.

Step Three: Keep Trying
“Quitting is only half the battle,” said Kim Berfield, Deputy Secretary of Policy and Advocacy for the Florida Department of Health.  “Relapses happen, but it’s important that people keep trying and trying.”

Most successful quitters make several attempts before finally quitting permanently.  In fact, the average number of attempts varies anywhere from five to more than 10.

The mission of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Polk County is to form community partnerships with individuals and organizations to educate and serve the citizens of Polk County regarding tobacco use prevention, intervention, and cessation.  Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States.

“Quitting tobacco use is the most important thing you can do to protect your health and loved ones,” says Jennifer Tempel, Polk County Health Department Tobacco Program Manager.

For more information on the Tobacco Free Partnership of Polk County, contact Colleen Mangan with the Polk County Health Department at (863) 519-7900 x 11334.

Tobacco Free Florida (TFF) is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund.  The program is managed by the Florida Department of Health, specifically the Bureau of Tobacco Prevention Program.  TFF’s mission is to combat the pervasive problem of tobacco use in the Sunshine State, where each year, more than 28,000 Floridians die from smoking and tobacco-related diseases cost the state an estimated $19.6 billion in healthcare costs and lost productivity.


Lakeland Police Welcome Police Chief Lisa G Womack

City Manager Doug Thomas is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa G. Womack as successor Police Chief for the City of Lakeland following the recent retirement of Chief Roger Boatner.

Doug Thomas stated, “On behalf of the Police Chief Selection Committee, we were all very impressed with Chief Womack’s breadth of experience in various departments, including posts as Chief of Police in Sugarland, Texas, and Elgin, Illinois, coupled with her tenure and responsibilities with the Arlington, Texas, Police Department. She is a nationally recognized law enforcement leader, and her associated credentials as a Commissioner on the Commission on Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), Executive Committee Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and IACP Foundation, have exposed her to best practices across the country which will be of great benefit to the Lakeland Police Department.”

“Our recruitment and selection process allowed us to attract and evaluate the talents of six highly skilled law  enforcement professionals. Over the past week, many people have commented to me that I will have a difficult  choice to make in the selection of the final candidate, which is exactly the desired outcome of such a process.”

“Chief Womack has received outstanding references from both current and former employers, department personnel, and law enforcement colleagues. Chief Womack has also obtained the full support of the Administration, the Police Chief Selection Committee, and Lakeland PBA leadership.”

Chief Womack is currently serving as Assistant Chief of Police with the Arlington Police Department overseeing their Field Operations/Patrol Bureau. As a function of that position, she has been responsible for overseeing the coordination of the Arlington Police Department’s field operations response for various major special events including the recent Major League Baseball World Series and Big 12 Championship football games, the latter of which drew attendance of more than 100,000 people. Chief Womack is currently planning police department operations in conjunction with the upcoming Super Bowl XLV scheduled to take place in Texas Stadium in 2011. Her commitment to that project is the reason for the delay in assuming her new post as Chief of Lakeland Police Department until March 15, 2011. In the interim, Assistant Chief Charles Thompson will be appointed as Acting Chief.

Thomas added: “Chief Womack’s previous experience in holding positions as the first female Chief in Sugarland, Texas, and the first woman to hold a rank above Sergeant in Elgin, Illinois, will likely benefit her in Lakeland as she will also become the first female Chief of the Lakeland Police Department.”

Doug Thomas further stated, “Her career to date reflects demonstrated skills as a collaborative leader, consensus builder, innovator, excellent communicator, developer of local partnerships, and mentor to many in the field of law enforcement. She has a passion for local government and community policing and I am confident that her leadership will be an excellent fit for both the Lakeland Police Department and the community as a whole.”

Chief Womack grew up in Longview, Texas, where she was an avid fan of tennis. She played tennis in high school and also in college at Texas Woman’s University. Aside from tennis, she also enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities as well as many sports. Chief Womack stated she is a big fan of “basketball, baseball, and football – in that order.” She
also enjoys running to stay fit and reading. She has been very fond of new technology that allows you to read with a portable electronic device and finds this to be a convenient and efficient way to maintain a personal library.

Chief Womack is looking forward to the great Florida weather that will allow her to participate in outdoor activities all year ‘round. “Being able to go to the beach every now and then on the weekend will also be a new experience.”

Chief Womack commented: “I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve the Lakeland community with the men and women of the Lakeland Police Department. I hope to continue the tradition of the Lakeland Police Department in providing outstanding professional police service. I have always maintained a visible presence in
the public eye, and I intend to represent the Lakeland Police Department within the community to the best of my ability. One of my first orders of business will be to hold community meetings and make myself available to the public. I believe the purpose and mission of police is to serve the public and to make a positive difference in the

Chief Womack has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Texas Women’s University. She also attended the Senior Management Institute for Police in 2002. Chief Womack will officially begin as Chief of Police for the City of Lakeland on March 15, 2011. Chief Womack’s family is also very proud of her accomplishments. Chief Womack’s husband is Jimmy Womack and she has a daughter, Hailey, and stepson, Brad. She also has two grandsons; Braiden and Landen. Chief Womack stated, “My
family and I are looking forward to calling Lakeland home.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Sergeant Terri Smith, PIO, at 863.834.6917. This information also posted on


Pyramid Profiles Improves the Whole Person

Pyramid Profiles/American Therapeutic Massage is located just off South Florida Ave. at 215 Imperial Blvd. Ste C-1, right behind Smoothie King. We help improve individuals’ quality of life through exercise, personal training, and therapeutic massage. Give us a call at (863) 797-6107 to make your appointment today!

-Marlyn Black- Certified Personal Trainer, M.S. in Fitness Management, B.S. in Nutrition, 15 years experience

-Ian McIntosh- Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Shiatsu Therapist, Certified Auricular Therapist, 9 years experience

-Richard Brownkatz- Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, 8 yrs experience

-Adam Hamid- Certified Personal Trainer, Boot Camp Specialist

Pyramid Profiles/American Therapeutic Massage is located just off South Florida Ave. at 215 Imperial Blvd. Ste C-1, right behind Smoothie King. We help improve individuals’ quality of life through exercise, personal training, and therapeutic massage.

-Marlyn Black- Certified Personal Trainer, M.S. in Fitness Management, B.S. in Nutrition, 15 years experience

-Ian McIntosh- Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Shiatsu Therapist, Certified Auricular Therapist, 9 years experience

-Richard Brownkatz- Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, 8 yrs experience

-Adam Hamid- Certified Personal Trainer, Boot Camp Specialist


UF Career Showcase Seeks Businesses With Open Opportunities

The University of Florida Career Resource Center invites you to attend Career Showcase Spring 2011 on January 25 and 26, 2011 in the O’Connell Center. Career Showcase is the largest recruiting event in the Southeast. This two-day event is a great way to recruit over 6,000 talented UF students and alumni for your full-time and internship opportunities.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to recruit top talent from the University of Florida! Register today at

For more information, call 352-273-2331 or email