About Michelle Colesanti

Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.

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Local Resident Wins Ms. Florida State America 2015 Competition

Local Resident Wins Ms. Florida State America 2015 Competition

  By Michelle Colesanti November is National Adoption Month and that has special meaning for Lithia resident Rachel Nunn. She is the state spokesperson for Camelot Care, a non-profit which serves foster kids in the Tampa area and beyond. Nunn speaks at gatherings of local businesses to explain what Camelot does and why community support […]

Brandon Community Members Jailed In Fight To Help MDA

Brandon Community Members Jailed In Fight To Help MDA

  By Michelle Colesanti In early October, members of the Brandon Community volunteered to go to jail. It was for a good cause – helping to raise money to help fight muscular dystrophy.   There were 55 local participants at the event held at Bahama Breeze in Westfield Brandon. By helping to raise money prior […]

Novemberfest Adds New Thrill Rides, Turkey Trot Color Run/Walk

Novemberfest Adds New Thrill Rides, Turkey Trot Color Run/Walk

By Michelle Colesanti Since 1969, Nativity Catholic Church has provided the Brandon community with a great way to spend time with family and friends in a local and family-friendly environment. Now celebrating 45 years, Novemberfest promises to continue this tradition with five days and nights of thrilling rides and entertainment. Belle City Amusements will supply […]

Powerful Messages Of Recovery Highlighted At Recovery Awareness Program

Powerful Messages Of Recovery Highlighted At Recovery Awareness Program

  By Michelle Colesanti Messengers of Recovery Awareness (M.O.R.A.) is a new local organization devoted to reducing the stigma associated with substance abuse, and to influence public opinion and policy regarding the value of recovery. On Thursday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m., An Evening of Recovery Awareness will take place at The Barn at Winthrop, […]

Paws For Friendship Offers Pet Therapy To Local Community And Beyond

Paws For Friendship Offers Pet Therapy To Local Community And Beyond

  By Michelle Colesanti “Love is a Four-Legged Word” takes on special meaning for those volunteering with Paws for Friendship, and for the recipients of the time spent with those volunteer’s furry (and not-so furry) friends. Over four years ago, Kelley Weaver and her husband were approached at a greyhound event to join Paws for […]

Election Connection

Election Connection

  By Michelle Colesanti The 2014 General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 4. Early voting begins on Saturday, October 25 and continues through Saturday, November 1, and will take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at the following locations locally: Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico, and Bruton Memorial Library, […]

Newland’s Fall Concerts For A Cause And Fall Festival To Benefit Feeding America

Newland’s Fall Concerts For A Cause And Fall Festival To Benefit Feeding America

By Michelle Colesanti Having great success with its Concerts for a Cause summer series over the years, Newland Communities has decided to continue the tradition this fall. As in the summer, the concerts will generate support for Feeding America Tampa Bay, while providing live music to be enjoyed at both FishHawk Ranch in Lithia and […]

Sammy Sullivan Charities Hosts Party At O’Brien’s To Benefit A Kid’s Place

Sammy Sullivan Charities Hosts Party At O’Brien’s To Benefit A Kid’s Place

  By Michelle Colesanti Nine years ago, Sammy Sullivan passed away at 22 months due to an unexpected illness. His parents, Joe and Brenda Sullivan, were determined to honor his short life and memory. “My wife and I decided to create Sammy Sullivan Charities as a way to honor him and give comfort to others […]

Free Special Needs Homecoming Event Will Dazzle Attendees

Free Special Needs Homecoming Event Will Dazzle Attendees

  By Michelle Colesanti Helping others in need comes naturally to Marcia Minutello and her daughter Laura-Lee, who is Miss Wheelchair Florida USA 2014.  Last year they organized a homecoming dance, Night of a Thousand Stars, for those with special needs over 16 years old, along with their families and caregivers The event was such […]

Murder Mystery Comedy Dinner Show Fundraiser For Brandon Elk Youth Programs

Murder Mystery Comedy Dinner Show Fundraiser For Brandon Elk Youth Programs

  By Michelle Colesanti Helping to solve a murder mystery will not only provide a fun night out, but it will help to benefit the various Brandon Elk’s charities which support the local community. Join in for this night of laughs and mystery as this hilarious and dysfunctional family drama loudly unfolds as attendees learn […]