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Math tutoring center opens in Carrollwood

CARROLLWOOD — Whether your child needs a little help catching up in math, or if he or she just wants to get a jump on the rest of the class, Alison Newman says she can help.

Newman's Mathnasium of Carrollwood, which offers tutoring and summer programs in math, opened last month at 14306-D N Dale Mabry Highway.

"We're a math learning center for students from second through 12th grade," said Newman, who owns the franchise. "The Mathnasium system has been developed over a 35-year period. We assess students on their needs. We can either do catch-up work for students who have fallen a little behind and advanced work for students who want to get ahead."

Newman said she chose the area because she likes Carrollwood and because the demographics show a lot of families, students and schools in the area.

In addition to tutoring, Mathnasium offers summer programs, which Newman said can really help kids.

"It's for kids who need to catch up, and we have jump-start programs as well, like if a kid is going into algebra the next year and he's never had it before, it gives them a little bit of self-confidence," Newman said. The summer program "gives kids who need a little additional work a chance to catch up without additional concerns of homework during the school year."

Newman said that she considers math to be the most important subject for students and that good math education will help them in the job market when they get out of school.

"Math is a really important subject, especially when you look at how many jobs are going overseas because of the lack of good math students here," Newman said.

For the next three months, Mathnasium will offer a free, one-week trial program. For more information about Mathnasium, call (813) 962-6284, or visit

Eye surgery center nears completion

CARROLLWOOD — A nearly year-long construction project for the new Newsom Eye & Laser Center is expected to be completed this month, according to a spokeswoman for the center.

Stacie Davis-Cannon, the practice liaison for Newsom Eye & Laser Center, said construction of the 4,600-square-foot eye surgery facility began in March 2009 at 13904 N Dale Mabry Highway. Doctors began using the second floor of the $7.5 million building project in the spring. That floor includes offices for general eye care.

The first-floor surgical suite for LASIK surgery and cataract and glaucoma treatments will be completed this month.

Dr. Thomas Hunter Newsom, who has offices in Avon Park and Sebring, recently closed his office near St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. Davis-Cannon said Newsom has been attracted to Carrollwood for years. He likes the area, and it is convenient to his home in Avila, she said.

Newsom graduated from the University of Florida with honors in research. He has been recognized by the American College of Eye surgeons for "Surgical Excellence" and is a lifetime visiting professor at the University of Iowa.

For more information about the center, call (813) 875-2020 or visit

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Math tutoring center opens in Carrollwood 01/14/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 14, 2010 3:30am]
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