• Tampa Bay Water Completes C.W. Bill Young Reservoir Renovation

      By Tamas Mondovics Tampa Bay Water (TBW) is once again storing water in the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir and as long as the weather pattern continues on its current course, the County’s much talked about water source will finally be fully filled by the end of the year. TBW officials were pleased to(…)

    Tampa Bay Water Completes C.W. Bill Young Reservoir Renovation
  • Upscale Apartments to Anchor New FishHawk Ranch West Village Community

    By Tamas Mondovics The construction of an upscale apartment complex now well underway, as well as a sign posted nearby promising a brand new medical center and the sale of nearly 100 single-family homes are all clear signs of progress and what is yet to come to one of Newland Communities’ newest 700-acre neighborhood. Following(…)

    Upscale Apartments to Anchor New FishHawk Ranch West Village Community
  • Grant Helps Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Purchase 200 Smoke Alarms

      By Tamas Mondovics The Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Foundation was pleased to announce the receiving of a generous grant this month from The Florida Division of State Fire Marshal Bureau of Fire Prevention. The grant reached nearly $6,000, all of which according to officials, were used to purchase 200 smoke alarms each costing $32. (…)

    Grant Helps Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Purchase 200 Smoke Alarms
  • County Hosts Public Meeting To Discuss Proposed Expansion At North Brandon Sports Complex

      By Tamas Mondovics After 30 minutes of waiting and no one showing up, County officials decided to pack up and end the scheduled public meeting in connection with the proposed amenity use changes at North Brandon Sports Complex at 3909 S. Kingsway Rd. The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department scheduled the public(…)

    County Hosts Public Meeting To Discuss Proposed Expansion At North Brandon Sports Complex

Lacrosse Becomes Sanctioned High School Sport

  Bloomingdale High School student-athletes interested in playing varsity lacrosse at their own school got the news they have been waiting for awhile. Hillsborough County has voted to have lacrosse as an FHSAA sanctioned sport in high school. Joining the list of schools now included in the program, Bloomingdale takes its rightful place alongside Alonso,(…)

Tampa Bay Rhythmics Ends Season, Lacrosse Becomes Sanctioned High School Sport

  By Tamas Mondovics Tampa Bay Rhythmics End Season with Summer Camp, Boast of New Elite Junior Gymnast  Tampa Bay Rhythmics Gymnastics, led by Owner and Head Coach Tyana Marlowe, was pleased to bring its competitive season to a close with its traditional week-long, end-of year-camp, showcasing its talented gymnasts, standout stars as well celebrity(…)

Local Support Helps Spiral Ice Bucket Challenge To Over $80 Million For ALS

  By Nicole Heubusch Anyone who has been on any social networking site in the past few weeks has probably become familiar with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and has seen videos of friends, families, and celebrities getting a bucket of ice dumped over their heads. This challenge is not only entertaining to watch, but(…)

Journalism Students Spend Summer Interning At Osprey Observer Gaining Experience, Writing Clips

  By Heather Wilkins The Osprey Observer continued its internship program this summer helping high school and college students who are interested in journalism to learn the ropes about what it means to be a reporter and what it takes to get a paper to press every week.  This summer, the Osprey Observer had five(…)

Four Local Drive-In Theatres Keep history, Traditions Alive

  By Alexandra Booth A dream began in a driveway. Richard Hollingshead had a vision of an open-air movie theatre, where people could watch film from the comfort of a car. After vigorous testing for sound, weather conditions and car spacing, a patent was issued May 16, 1933. The first drive-in movie theatre opened up(…)

Center Place Hosts Seventh Annual Holiday Cards For Troops In October

  By Nicole Heubusch Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association and The Community Roundtable will be hosting the Seventh Annual Holiday Cards for Troops event on Saturday, October 4. It will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr., Ste. B in Brandon, and everyone in the community(…)

September Bloomingdale/FishHawk Business Column 2014

  By Sandra Meyer Mosaic Donates $100,000 to American Red Cross  The American Red Cross received a $100,000 grant from The Mosaic Company to support its “Prepare Florida” campaign to train and empower local communities to better prepare for disasters that Floridians may face. The grant from Mosaic will also help the Red Cross assist(…)

Village Players Presents Fiddler On The Roof

  By Kathy L. Collins The Village Players will present Fiddler on the Roof beginning on Friday, September 5 at 8 p.m. at the historic James McCabe Theatre located at 506 5th St. in Valrico. The remaining show dates include September 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20. There will be a matinee on Sunday, September(…)

Artists Needed For The Hillsborough County Fair

By Kathy L. Collins All artists, amateurs and professionals, young and old who live in Hillsborough County are invited to submit entries for the 2014 Hillsborough County Fair Fine Arts Show and Photography/Mixed Media Competition. The Hillsborough County Fair runs Thursday, October 23 to Sunday, October 26 and Thursday, October 30 to Sunday, November 2.(…)

Hunger In America Study Released Gives Face To Hunger In Tampa Bay

  Staff Report According to the new Hunger in America study conducted nationally by Feeding America, residents would be surprised to learn the characteristics of the 841,000 hungry people in the community served yearly by Feeding America Tampa Bay (FATB). “Too often, we associate being hungry with negative stereotypes, such as being homeless or uneducated,(…)