Center Place Celebrates The Artwork And Creativity of Children With Art Show

By Kathy L. Collins Center Place held Little Monsters Create Children’s Art Show and celebrated with an Artists’ Reception on Thursday, July 11. The multimedia show featured drawings, paintings, photographs, ceramics and jewelry created by children ages 4 to 13. Over 40 children participated. The artwork is available for viewing through the end of July. […]

Teen Beach Party Making Waves At Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

By Faith Miller,  Jr. Reporter My day starts with the surprise of it all. A day-trip to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon to experience the new Teen Beach Party, the surf, sand, wave pool, slides and even a snorkel experience with the stingrays and sharks. The excitement is overwhelming as my family and I enter this Splashtastic […]

Pollo Tropical Opens With Beach Party And Chance To Win Free Food For Year

Staff Report Miami-based Pollo Tropical® (pronounced Po-Yo Tropical) is famous throughout Florida, Georgia and Tennessee for its signature citrus marinated, flame-grilled chicken and unique, fresh and healthy menu items. Pollo Tropical is celebrating its Brandon arrival in true tropical style, with a 12-hour beach party featuring surfing simulators, music and prize giveaways. One lucky winner […]

Tires Plus Prides Itself On Personalized Service

By Sharon Still As the name indicates, Tires Plus Total Car Care offers much more than tires. Maintenance, full service auto repairs, tire care and battery service for foreign and domestic cars, SUVs and light trucks are just a few of the services available. Valrico resident, Russell Lemelin, has 23 years of experience managing automotive […]

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 […]