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,(…)

Charities Win As Jack Bartlett Declared Honorary Mayor Of Brandon For 2013

Charities Win As Jack Bartlett Declared Honorary Mayor Of Brandon For 2013

By Kathy L. Collins The greater Brandon area is steeped in history and traditions. One tradition is the annual Honorary Mayors’ Race, a fundraising competition with the winner being declared mayor, held each June. Jack Bartlett of Lithia was declared the 2013 Honorary Mayor of Brandon on Thursday, July 4 just prior to the start(…)

Rotary Donates $50K To Local Charities

Rotary Donates $50K To Local Charities

By Tamas Mondovics After a year of fundraising, it was time for members of the Brandon Rotary Club to enjoy the fruits of their labor, which has culminated in the donating of close to $50,000 to seven local charities deservingf the support. The ceremony took place during a recent luncheon led by outgoing club president,(…)

Below Knee Paralympic Runner Breaks 50-second Barrier In 400-meter Race

By Tamas Mondovics Brandon resident below-knee amputee, David Prince, 29, and member of the 2012 U.S. National Paralympic Track and Field Team, which sported its best talents during last year’s London Paralympic games, made some headlines last month. Prince, an IMG Academy trainee, set a new world record to win the men’s T44 200-meter at(…)

Residents’ Vigilance Leads Deputies To Marijuana Grow House In Brandon

By Tamas Mondovics It was once again residents’ vigilance that led Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies to a continuing, and literally, a growing problem that affects Brandon and surrounding communities According to HCSO Det. Larry McKinnon, District IV Street Crimes, deputies responded to 804 Regent Cir. N. in Brandon after receiving a drug complaint from a(…)

Ryuu Japanese Steakhouse Brings Upscale Teppanyaki Dining To Westfield Mall

By Libby Hopkins Will you Ryuu? That’s the catch phrase for the Ryuu Japanese Steakhouse that has recently joined the Westfield Brandon Mall. Its concept is upscale Teppanyaki dining accompanied with an extended bar area that offers more than 40 kinds of sushi. “What we’ve done is taken the Teppanyaki cooking concept and given it(…)