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Family Seeks Continued Community Support Following Toddler’s Illness

Family Seeks Continued Community Support Following Toddler’s Illness

  By Tamas Mondovics Friends along with members of the community have quickly responded to the call to show their support, prayers and financial assistance for one local family facing a difficult challenge or what most would call, “a parent’s worst nightmare.” Kenny and Amy Guenst of Valrico are fighting a battle to save their […]

TECO Residential Customers Celebrate Solar Pilot Project Success,  $4.1 M  In Rebates Claimed

TECO Residential Customers Celebrate Solar Pilot Project Success,  $4.1 M  In Rebates Claimed

By Marie Gilmore   For five years, Tampa Electric has been in a pilot program supported by the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) to offer rebates to homeowners who install solar panels systems on residential houses within the Tampa Electric customer base. More than $4.1 million in solar rebates were claimed by residents and more […]

Newland’s Fall Concerts For A Cause And Fall Festival To Benefit Feeding America

Newland’s Fall Concerts For A Cause And Fall Festival To Benefit Feeding America

  By Michelle Colesanti Having great success with its Concerts for a Cause summer series over the years, Newland Communities has decided to continue the tradition this fall.   As in the summer, the concerts will generate support for Feeding America Tampa Bay, while providing live music to be enjoyed at both FishHawk Ranch in […]

Brandon Native Helps Bring Newest Aircraft Carrier To Service

Brandon Native Helps Bring Newest Aircraft Carrier To Service

  By Lt. J.G. Jennifer Cunningham, Navy Office of Community Outreach A Brandon native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a hand-picked crew charged with bringing the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier into service. Airman Rachel Bruner, who enlisted a year ago, is a launching and recovery equipment aviation boatswain’s mate aboard Pre-Commissioning […]

Ford’s Garage Pulling In With Burgers, Beer & More To Buca di Beppo Spot

Ford’s Garage Pulling In With Burgers, Beer & More To Buca di Beppo Spot

  By Sharon Still After several years serving family-style Italian dishes to the Brandon area, Buca di Beppo of Brandon has closed its doors. The building, located at 11105 Causeway Blvd., will open up as Ford’s Garage in Spring 2015. Ford’s Garage is described on its Website as “your neighborhood burger and beer joint” and […]

Obama Discusses Counter-terrorism Campaign at Central Command

Obama Discusses Counter-terrorism Campaign at Central Command

By Tamas Mondovics Close to a thousand Central Command troops gathered to welcome their Commander-in-Chief, President Barack Obama last month during his two-day visit to the U.S. Central Command in Tampa. Prior to addressing the crowd at MacDill Air Force Base, the President met with his top military commanders to confirm his plans to attack the […]

Amazon Begins Operation At New Lakeland Fulfillment Center

Amazon Begins Operation At New Lakeland Fulfillment Center

  By Tamas Mondovics Amazon’s first Florida fulfillment center was pleased to roll out the orange carpet last month to welcome new employees who will pick, pack, and ship large items to customers. The 1 million-sq.-ft. Lakeland facility located at 1760 County Line Rd. has hired more than 400 full-time employees—with more seasonal positions yet […]

Hillsborough County Fair Adds First Annual Truck And Tractor Pull To Events

Hillsborough County Fair Adds First Annual Truck And Tractor Pull To Events

  By Janet Aversa This Hillsborough County Fair is back and this year it is adding even more fun. The fair will run Thursday, October 23 through Sunday, October 26 and Thursday, October 30 through Saturday, November 1   “We are adding special events to the competitions this year at the October fair and they […]

PDQ Officially Opens New Location On Big Bend

PDQ Officially Opens New Location On Big Bend

By Nicole Heubusch PDQ, which stands for People Dedicated to Quality, has recently opened a new location in the Riverview area. It has been open in the Riverview community since Sunday, August 24. “Business has been going very well so far here in Riverview,” said Operating Director Mickey Chard. This is a fast, casual restaurant […]

Four Local Drive-In Theatres Keep history, Traditions Alive

Four Local Drive-In Theatres Keep history, Traditions Alive

  By Alexandra Booth A dream began in a driveway. Richard Hollingshead had a vision of an open-air movie theatre, where people could watch film from the comfort of a car. After vigorous testing for sound, weather conditions and car spacing, a patent was issued May 16, 1933. The first drive-in movie theatre opened up […]