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(…)

Come See The Bike Arts Show At The Next Thursday Night Live! At Beaux Arts Gallery

By Kathy L. Collins As biking grows in popularity, artists are following this trend and creating fabulous works of art. You can see artwork of some great local artists at this month’s Thursday Night Live! at the Beaux Arts Gallery in Riverview on Thursday, June 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Bike Art Show(…)

Area Artists Are Invited To Submit Entries For ARTWORKS 2013

By Kathy L. Collins The Brandon League of Fine Arts has issued a Call For Artists for ARTWORKS 2013. The show is open to all area artists who wish to submit original art that has been completed since September 2010. The deadline for submission is July 26. The show is juried and judged. There is(…)

Brandon Ties Bloomingdale During Spring Football Jamboree

By Tamas Mondovics As a continuation of the regular season, teams across Florida came together last month to measure their strength during the 2013 spring football jamboree. Local teams were divided up into groups of four, or in some cases two, to participate in two quarters along with some additional adjustments to the official regular(…)

Remarkable Rescue Dog Helps Save Life Of Brandon Shop Owner

By Libby Hopkins Octavia Stoppa, owner of All About Beauty in Brandon, has always been the person who helps anyone in need, even if the one in need is a dog. She rescued her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle mix dog while she was at a friend’s house. The dog, which later became “LeLe”,(…)

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(…)

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(…)