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Air Force Veteran Opens Sign And Graphics Business In Brandon

Air Force Veteran Opens Sign And Graphics Business In Brandon

Staff Report After retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 2012, Eric Schnitzer and his wife, Geralyn, recently opened FASTSIGNS® of Brandon. “With over 29 years of Air Force experience, I’m excited to take my leadership and management skills from the military to the business world,” said Schnitzer. “As owners of FASTSIGNS of Brandon, Geri […]

Long Tire: A Community Staple For 27 Years

Long Tire: A Community Staple For 27 Years

By Nicole Schoen In 1962, a young high school student started changing tires at the local Goodyear tire store. With hard work and determination, young Buddy Long would eventually open his own Goodyear shop. Now, after more than 50 years in the industry, Long, 72, still makes it into one of the two local Long […]

The Greater Seffner Area Chamber Of Commerce Installs New President And Board of Directors

The Greater Seffner Area Chamber Of Commerce Installs New President And Board of Directors

By Kathy L. Collins On Tuesday, September 10, the Greater Seffner Area Chamber of Commerce held its 2013 Annual Banquet. The evening included presentation of awards and installation of the 2013-2014 Board of Directors. Representative, Ross Spano of the Florida House, District 59, was the keynote speaker. Spano, who grew up in Seffner, spoke of […]

Brandon Chamber Announces New President And CEO

Brandon Chamber Announces New President And CEO

Staff Report The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Laura Mills Simpson has been designated to lead the Chamber as the organization’s new President and CEO. Simpson had been serving in those roles on an interim basis since June 7, when the Chamber’s long-term President and CEO, Tammy […]

Help Knock Out Breast Cancer At The 6th Annual “Plaza Bella Goes Pink”

Help Knock Out Breast Cancer At The 6th Annual “Plaza Bella Goes Pink”

By Kathy L. Collins Help “Knock Out” Breast Cancer at Plaza Bella’s 6th Annual “Plaza Bella Goes Pink” on Saturday, October 19. Choose either the “Diva Strut” which runs from Plaza Bella to the Bloomingdale Library and back or the 5K Challenge run which goes from Plaza Bella to Nature’s Way and back. Both the […]

Safe & Fun-Filled One Stop Trick-or-Treat Alternative

Safe & Fun-Filled One Stop Trick-or-Treat Alternative

By Dan Palmer From tots to teens, youngsters throughout the community are invited to join their friends and neighbors for an early evening of free fun and food.  First United Methodist Church of Brandon is opening up its campus at 121 N. Knights Ave. on Sunday, October 27 from 5-7 p.m. for its annual Fall […]

RAF Pilot’s Son Served In The U.S. Navy

RAF Pilot’s Son Served In The U.S. Navy

By Derek Maul Born in the coal town of Wigan, Lancashire, Bernard “Bernie” Hill was just a child when England went to war with Germany. By the time bombs started falling in the industrial corridor between Manchester and Liverpool, Bernie was old enough to remember. “We could see bombs going off in Liverpool,” he said, […]

Fred Shivel Offers Quality Kitchen And Bath Renovations & Remodeling

Fred Shivel Offers Quality Kitchen And Bath Renovations & Remodeling

By Kathy L. Collins If you want high-quality renovations done on your kitchen or bath, talk to Fred Shivel, owner of Shivel Enterprises. For the last 10 years, Shivel has been providing the highest level of construction/remodeling services to the greater Brandon area. Shivel said, “We perform all of our work with great attention to […]

Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening In Riverview

Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening In Riverview

Staff Report Wawa, Inc. announced the grand opening of its newest Florida store, located at 10115 Bloomingdale Ave., in Riverview. To mark the occasion, Wawa hosted state and local officials, along with the Tampa Bay Chapter of the USO and members of the Army’s 332 Transportation Battalion and members of the community for its grand […]

Bay Area Beatdown Shines Spotlight On Growing CrossFit Popularity

Bay Area Beatdown Shines Spotlight On Growing CrossFit Popularity

By Brian Shaffer Hundreds of motivated athletes from across the state are preparing to descend upon the Florida State Fairgrounds for two grueling days of athletic competition on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, and one local business lies at the heart of the event. Known as The Bay Area Beatdown, this event is […]