Bloomingdale

Tampa YMCA, ECHO Of Brandon Host Annual Backpack Outreach Event

Tampa YMCA, ECHO Of Brandon Host Annual Backpack Outreach Event

  By Kathy L. Collins When students start the school year with age appropriate school supplies and a new backpack, they tend to be self-assured and do better in school. While school supplies are a basic necessity, when a family is struggling financially this need may be low on the list or not get met […]

Local Charity Thrift Shop Seeking Donations, Volunteers

Local Charity Thrift Shop Seeking Donations, Volunteers

  By Andria Barrios On September 23 of last year, Life’s Treasures Thrift Store opened in Brandon. This fairly large store is filled with everything from clothing to house wares, from jewelry to furniture, all of a generally high quality. The goal is to support the programs and services at LifePath Hospice, which features community […]

Father Of The Year Winner Honored At Fourth Of July Parade In Brandon

Father Of The Year Winner Honored At Fourth Of July Parade In Brandon

  By Michelle Colesanti Father’s Day may have recently passed, but in Brandon the appreciation continues with the Father of the Year Contest, which is presented annually by The Community Roundtable of Greater Brandon. The winning dad and child get to ride as honored guests in the annual Brandon Fourth of July Parade, which will […]

Fourth Annual World’s Largest Golf Outing To Benefit Wounded Warrior Project

Fourth Annual World’s Largest Golf Outing To Benefit Wounded Warrior Project

  Staff Report The Claw at USF in Tampa, managed by Billy Casper Golf (BCG) – the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S. – will host the fourth annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing” on Monday, August 11 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), which is headquartered in Jacksonville. […]

HCC Hosts FLATE Robotics Camps

HCC Hosts FLATE Robotics Camps

  By Tamas Mondovics Dozens of area students, or more appropriately “future scientists and engineers”, are putting their Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) skills to good use by attending a number of robotics camps offered this summer. Held annually at Hillsborough Community College in Brandon since 2007, the camps are hosted by Florida Advanced Technological […]

Catch Twenty-Three At Park Square Adds Seafood Fare To FishHawk Area

Catch Twenty-Three At Park Square Adds Seafood Fare To FishHawk Area

  By Michelle Caceres Seafood lovers are rejoicing that a quality seafood restaurant has landed in Park Square. Catch Twenty-Three, located at 16132 Churchview Dr., the brainchild of owner Rob Wickner, is a stylish seafood restaurant with dishes inspired by flavorful Latin and Caribbean influences served up in a casual, upscale setting. The extensive menu […]

Orange Home Accessories’ Christmas In July To Benefit A Kid’s Place

Orange Home Accessories’ Christmas In July To Benefit A Kid’s Place

  By Kathy L. Collins Debbie Ploor, owner of Orange Home Accessories located at 1046 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico, will host Christmas in July to benefit A Kid’s Place on Friday, July 25 from 6-9 p.m. The public is invited and is asked to bring items that are needed at A Kid’s Place. Customers who […]

Apply Now For 2015 Hillsborough County Neighborhood Mini-Grants

Apply Now For 2015 Hillsborough County Neighborhood Mini-Grants

  By Tamas Mondovics In an effort to improve communities, strengthen neighborhood associations, and encourage civic involvement, neighborhood associations located in Hillsborough County can apply for mini-grants up to $2,500 before time runs out.   “The purpose of the grant program is to strengthen neighborhoods, associations and the communities they serve,” said Wanda Sloan from the […]

Busciglio Smiles Awards High School Students With Academic Scholarships

Busciglio Smiles Awards High School Students With Academic Scholarships

  By Sonia Lavina For the fifth year, Busciglio Smiles presented two high school students with a $500 Busciglio Smiles Academic Scholarship award at its Brandon office in May. The winners, Diana Corzine from Plant City High School and Tiffany Brightwell from Strawberry Crest High School, submitted an essay titled ‘Athletics vs. Academics, can student […]

Residents Reflect On Recent FBI Manhunt, Charges For Valrico ‘Prepper’

Residents Reflect On Recent FBI Manhunt, Charges For Valrico ‘Prepper’

  By Tamas Mondovics FBI agents searching for weapons and explosives in any neighborhood is not something residents experience too often. So, the news of federal agents seeking to serve a search warrant and question long-time Valrico resident 55-year-old Martin Winters on such charges—not to mention the subsequent two-day, FBI manhunt that followed—stirred the emotions […]