Brandon

Retired Guidance Counselor Recalls His Busy Life

By Derek Maul Raised in Grand Bend, Pennsylvania, where his parents owned a grocery business, William Templeman learned his way around a kitchen early. “I naturally fell into making meals,” he said. “So when I went into the Navy that’s what I elected to do.” After enlisting in 1947, Templeman’s first duty involved cooking for(…)

10th Annual Brandon Blast & Fireworks Celebration

Staff Report Westfield Brandon is once again celebrating Independence Day with its annual Brandon Blast on Thursday, July 4, from 5-9 p.m. in the Restaurant Courtyard in front of The Cheesecake Factory and Bahama Breeze Island Grille. The event is sponsored by WQYK 99.9. “Westfield is committed to being an active member of the communities(…)

Local Military Organization Raises Awareness For Fallen Soldiers

By Libby Hopkins Tampa Area Marine Parents Association (T.A.M.P.A.) has been supporting Marine families in the Tampa Bay are for more than nine years. Its mission is to give support to its Marine family members in whatever areas are needed and whenever possible while continuing to be an active and visible presence to all branches(…)

Local Charity Looks To Community For Support

By Libby Hopkins The Cookson Hills Toy Run has been referred to as “the best kept secret in the Brandon community,” but for those who have received help from the organization, it wants the community to learn more about this amazing organization. Bill and Sheri Brown of Brandon have been hosting the toy run for(…)

County Celebrates Brandon, Apollo Beach Skateboard Parks First Anniversary

By Tamas Mondovics When they were completed, some wondered about the $1 million in Parks Impact Fees Hillsborough County used to build two skateboard parks one year ago. Fast forward to today and looking at some statistics gathered by park attendants, not to mention the sentiments of those who actually use the parks that are(…)

Brandon High Seeks Community Support For Next Year’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

By Tamas Mondovics Brandon High School administration, along with teachers, students and staff, have launched a project which will celebrate a major milestone not only for the school, but also for the entire community. Starting this summer with a series of preparatory meetings, the Brandon community is asked to help plan, promote and participate in(…)

After 24 Years, Bracewell Assumes New Role At Brandon Chamber

By Justin Kropff Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Tammy Bracewell, has recently stepped down as President and CEO and will assume responsibility for special projects. Citing the need and desire to spend more time with her two grandchildren, Bracewell, a 24-year veteran of the organization, had approached the members of the Executive(…)

Rep. Ross Spano Announces Community Meetings Throughout the Summer

By Adam Musgrave On Tuesday, June 11, an aide to Rep. Ross Spano of District 59 announced that the Congressman will be hosting a series of town hall meetings and community forums over the next three months. The events, which are scheduled to begin on Friday, June 28 and end on Thursday, August 8, will(…)

ECHO Cuts The Ribbon On Its Newly Renovated Kitchen/Pantry

By Kathy L. Collins On Thursday, June 13, ECHO of Brandon celebrated the Grand Opening of its newly renovated Kitchen/Pantry with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Members of the area’s three Chambers of Commerce, Brandon, Seffner and Riverview, were on hand along with invited guests and the dedicated volunteers who help run ECHO. Stacey Efaw, Executive Director(…)

Bring Family To Free Community Roundtable Annual 4th Of July Parade

Bring Family To Free Community Roundtable Annual 4th Of July Parade

By Kathy L. Collins The Annual Brandon 4th of July Parade presented by the Community Roundtable will be held on Thursday, July 4, beginning at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Honoring America’s Monuments and Memorials.” The parade route will begin at Lumsden and Parsons. The route will continue north on Parsons, stop at the(…)