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13876267_1821830991378951_6364555417536454483_nRotolo’s, located at 8970 S. Broadway, Tyler, is where all the fun is out in south Tyler.

From their website, “When Mitch Rotolo founded Rotolo’s Pizzeria 18 years ago, he envisioned a neighborhood pizza place like he had known growing up in New Orleans. ‘My vision was to have a really cool neighborhood place with great food and lots of fun,’ he said.”

And the Tyler location is living up to this vision. Actively involved in the community, Rotolo’s has weekly specials for students to parents including:

  • Monday – Family Night – one child eats free with each adult meal purchase of $8.99, 5-10pm
  • Tuesday – Texas Tuesday – Texas craft pints for $4 and $2 off Texas crafted liquor and wine
  • Wednesday – Trivia Night – 31 beers on tap, calzones for $5.99, and prizes for the top 3 teams! Happy Hour is from 3-6pm, and Trivia is 7-9pm

13906852_10102811701783973_8415008544810625956_nWe love the The Popeye with a thin crust and chicken added. This is an olive oil base pizza with fresh spinach, roasted garlic, feta, roasted red peppers, & red onions. Get a side of Muffuletta Salad (Romaine lettuce, salami, pepperoni, garlic croutons, & mozzarella cheese topped with Italian olive salad. Served with our house balsamic vinaigrette dressing) and you have a perfect meal.

The Garlic Parmesan Bites are addictive – you have been warned. You can NOT stop at just one!

The Angry Pig Pizza is a good choice if you are in the mood for something a little different. It has a pizza crust topped with spicy BBQ sauce, Italian sausage, bacon, jalapeños, & cheddar cheese (we add black olives). We like it on the standard crust which is a thick enough to hold the yumminess and you still be able to eat it with your hands.

All pizzas are available in white, wheat crust or  gluten-free crust.

Several of our friends swear that the Walnut Cranberry Salad is the best around. If you are not in the mood for any of that, try the Meatball Sub – Italian meatballs covered in our authentic red gravy, topped with mozzarella & parmesan cheese, served with Zapp’s cajun or original flavor chips.

Be sure to try the Colossal Cookie – 8″ chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream and your choice of chocolate or caramel sauce!

Rotolo’s now has local True Vine beers on tap along with 30 plus others depending on taps.

Rotolo’s recently had a “Create a Cup Contest” where kids were encouraged to design a cup to be printed and given away at the Tyler store. “Response was awesome. Tyler has some great entries! Thanks to all who participated, and extra special thanks to the Moreman girls for lots of awesome designs!” Winners will be announced the week of August 8th. The grand prize is a dream vacation for your family!

For more info on Rotolo’s go to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rotolos.tyler.

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October 16th: Kirk Cameron at GABC CrossWalk Conference Center

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October 16th, 6:30-9:30pm, the annual fall dinner featuring actor Kirk Cameron will be held at GABC CrossWalk Conference Center, 1607 Troup Hwy., Tyler.

Kirk Cameron has been a part of the national landscape since starring as “Mike Seaver” in the ABC hit sitcom, “Growing Pains.” The role turned him into a cultural icon in the 80’s, with his mullet hairstyle, cool sunglasses, and wisecracking comebacks. Since then, he’s appeared in numerous television and movie productions, including the “Left Behind” series, “Monumental,” and “Fireproof” – the marriage-centered film that became the #1 grossing inspirational movie of 2008.

His newest film, “Connect,” was released February, 2018, and offers “real help for parenting kids and teens in a Social Media world.” In the fall of 2016 and 2017, Cameron hosted live Fathom Theater events called “Revive Us” – a national family meeting urging the faith community to return to the biblical principles that will bring blessing and protection to the country.

Kirk and his wife, Chelsea, met on the set of “Growing Pains.” The have been married for more than 26 years and have six teenage children.

Tickets are available at eventbrite.com.

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Keep an Eye Out: School “Fundraisers” That Will Drain Your Funds

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Be on the Lookout for Youth Donation Scams

With the school year just underway for East Texas schools, scammers will stand outside supermarkets or other neighborhood stores asking for donations to help the local football team, band, or other cause. They may even knock on doors in your neighborhood. Most often, these fundraising efforts are legitimate and go towards a worthwhile cause, but in some cases, they are merely a way to rip-off charitable citizens.

“It’s important not to fall prey to an emotional appeal before donating to any charitable cause without first doing your homework”, said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas. “With a simple phone call to the school, or by going to the district’s website you should be able to verify the legitimacy of a ‘school fundraiser’.”  

BBB provides the following donation tips in mind the next time you consider giving to any charity or cause:

  • Watch Out for High Pressure-Solicitations. Do not give in to excessive pressure for an immediate donation. Be wary of appeals that are long on emotion but short on describing what the charity will actually do to meet their organizational goals.
  • Protect your Personal Information. Never give your credit card number or other personal information in response to an unsolicited telephone call, email or personal message on your social media profile from someone that is soliciting a donation.
  • Ask Questions. Do not hesitate to ask for written information that describes the charity’s programs, community reputation, privacy policy and financial standing. If a charity is reluctant to answer these reasonable questions, it should be considered a red flag.
  • Avoid Giving Cash. Cash donations are difficult to track, making it harder for consumers to get tax deductions and easier for scammers to go unnoticed. It is best to use a credit or debit card which offers consumers protection in case a problem arises. If you must write a check, make it out to the name of the charitable organization, never to the individual collecting the donation.
  • Be Wary of Imitations. Keep an eye out for fake charities that imitate the name and style of well-known organizations in order to potentially steal personal information such as credit card numbers.
  • Confirm Text Code Numbers. If you plan to donate by text message, confirm the text code number directly with the charity. Also, keep in mind that text message donations are typically not immediate. Depending on your cell phone provider, the donation may not show up on your bill for 30 to 90 days.
  • Find out about Tax Deductibility in Advance. For your donation to be tax deductible, the charity must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Visit IRS Publication 78 on irs.gov for a current list of all organizations eligible to receive contributions that are deductible as charitable gifts.

For more tips on how to be a savvy consumer, go to bbb.org. To report a fraudulent activity or unscrupulous business practices, please call the BBB Hotline: (903)581-8373 or use BBB Scam Tracker.

About BBB:

For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2017, people turned to BBB more than 160 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB Serving Central East Texas, which was founded in 1985 and serves 19 counties.


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