Startup Weekend Sparks New Ideas & Apps

By Marie Gilmore The premise: Take 54 hours to fully develop a business idea and create a logo, marketing plan, working app and then be prepared to present your idea in a 5 minute pitch to six college and business professionals as judges. With a cross between The Apprentice and Shark Tank, entrepreneurs, students, advocates(…)

Sheriff Seeks Public Help For Information On Local Hit & Run Injury Crashes

By Tamas Mondovics An increase of hit and run traffic crashes occurring throughout Hillsborough County, causing serious injury to both pedestrians and motorists, have made headlines in recent weeks raising the question of how to handle or to react to such incidents. One of the most recent victims of a hit and run traffic crash(…)

Local Music Teacher Brings Innovative New Toddler Piano Program to Brandon Area

By Sandy Meyer Kim Lee has always had a love of music and studied the piano for 12 years before beginning to teach it at age 16.   After teaching private lessons full-time since 1987, Lee recently decided that she really wanted to find a way to teach young children the love of music.  “My husband(…)

Army Veteran & Dad Releases Latest Novel

By Nicole Mion I recently had the opportunity to talk with local author, Jeff Wylie, about his latest novel, Escaping Death: The Fight Against L.I.F.E. This novel, birthed from Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain”, was written to show how the fear of death is similar to(…)

A Winning Essay Earns Dad & Daughter An Honorary Spot In The 4th Of July Parade

By Kathy Collins Each year the Community Roundtable of Brandon sponsors the Father of the Year essay contest. The 2013 Father of the Year is Sean Allen of Valrico. Allen’s daughter, Sarah, wrote the winning essay. Sarah is a rising fifth grade student at Lithia Springs Elementary School in Valrico. Sarah’s essay explained why her(…)

94-year-old Marine Veteran Still Has That Swagger

By Derek Maul Some veterans served between wars; some served a short while then returned to civilian life. Then there’s Florida native Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Coggins, who graduated West Point just 12 days after Pearl Harbor and stayed around in the Marine Corps through 1963. “I wanted to be an officer since I was a(…)

Anytime Fitness Team Continues Growth With Opening Of Third Location

By Michelle Colesanti Local Anytime Fitness owners are pleased to be celebrating the opening of the third local location for the fitness franchise. The newest location, on Boyette Rd. recently hosted a Riverview Chamber ribbon cutting and special proclamation by Honorary Mayor Elijah Heath. He was on hand to declare a special Anytime Fitness Day.(…)

LifePath Hospice Seeks Volunteers For New Brandon Thrift Store

By Eyesenia Reyes LifePath Hospice is opening a new thrift store at 1335 W. Brandon Blvd. in early September.  This non-profit organization is a part of Chapters Health System, supporting more than 1,400 patients throughout Hillsborough County each day as they face the challenges of advancing age and illness. Proceeds from the thrift store’s sales(…)

Cruise on Over to Brandon Elks Club for Dinner Theater Fundraiser

Staff Report The Brandon Elks Club will hold a benefit fundraiser to support its youth programs on Saturday, August 24 beginning at 5:30 p.m. (cash bar) with the first act/course beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. This affordable night promises to be a lot of fun and full of laughs and mystery and audience participation while(…)

Korean War Memorial To Be Dedicated at Veteran’s Memorial Park

By Tamas Mondovics Brandon and surrounding area residents are invited to attend an event that many believe to be long overdue and are now proud to be a part of. The Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 175, Hillsborough County Government, Veterans Museum and Parks Committee, Inc., as well as the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County,(…)