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Bloomingdale HOA Takes New Lead In Fight To Stop Big Box Development

Bloomingdale HOA Takes New Lead In Fight To Stop Big Box Development

By Tamas Mondovics With a new lawsuit against Hillsborough County and Red Cast Bloomingdale LLC on the horizon, members of the Bloomingdale Homeowners Association (HOA) joined by sounding HOA officers met this month to confirm their desire to pursue their fight for the community. The effort involves the now well-known Bloomingdale Big Box and residential(…)

Couple Celebrates 50 Years Of Marriage At Village Inn

Couple Celebrates 50 Years Of Marriage At Village Inn

  By Alexandra Booth What keeps a marriage together for 50 years? For one area couple, their long-lasting matrimony can be credited, at least in part, to Village Inn Pie. Bloomingdale residents Chuck and Marcia Hoening tied the knot on June 27, 1964. The couple met while Chuck was stationed at Lincoln Air Force Base(…)

Valrico Brothers Finalists In PBS Writing Contest

Valrico Brothers Finalists In PBS Writing Contest

  By Alexandra Booth The 2014 WEDU PBS Kids Writing Contest recently announced the winning stories at each local station and brothers Daniel and Victor Loerincs, students at Buckhorn Elementary School, both received runner-up positions in their categories. The WEDU PBS Kids Writing Contest is held by local PBS stations as part of the national(…)

Wawa Celebrates Opening Of Valrico Store

Wawa Celebrates Opening Of Valrico Store

Wawa representatives joined by local officials and members of the community gathered this month for the grand opening of its new long-awaited Valrico store. Wawa’s fanfare-filled opening celebration included a much-anticipated charitable hoagie building competition between representatives from the United Service Organization (USO) Tampa Bay, a check presentation to the USO, and free coffee for(…)

Bloomingdale Big Box Development Gets Green Light As Mediation Reaches Agreement

Bloomingdale Big Box Development Gets Green Light As Mediation Reaches Agreement

By Tamas Mondovics Bloomingdale Big Box Update To give the community an opportunity to discuss the recent outcome involvingthe Big Box development, Cando has planned to host a community meeting onWednesday, July 30 at the Bloomingdale Regional Library at 7 p.m. in Room 8.Cando stated, “We would like an opportunity to clarify how we arrived(…)

Group Seeks Bids & Hosts Meeting For Apollo Beach Waterway Dredging Project

Group Seeks Bids & Hosts Meeting For Apollo Beach Waterway Dredging Project

  By Tamas Mondovics Current board members of the Apollo Beach Waterway Improvement Group (ABWIG) gathered earlier this month to discuss the next step in connection with the dredging of the three main (North, Main and South) channels into Apollo Beach. Since the last time ABWIG, a community non-profit organization, dredged the channels into Apollo(…)

EATS! American Grill Joins Line Up Of New Restaurants In Winthrop Plaza

EATS! American Grill Joins Line Up Of New Restaurants In Winthrop Plaza

  By Nicole Heubusch The second location of EATS! American Grill has opened in the Winthrop Plaza where Green Iguana used to be.  It is the newest restaurant to open up in the plaza, making it a premier destination in the area for local dining. It joins Ciccio Cali, The Egg & I, Cappy’s Pizza,(…)

Tampa YMCA, ECHO Of Brandon Host Annual Backpack Outreach Event

Tampa YMCA, ECHO Of Brandon Host Annual Backpack Outreach Event

  By Kathy L. Collins When students start the school year with age appropriate school supplies and a new backpack, they tend to be self-assured and do better in school. While school supplies are a basic necessity, when a family is struggling financially this need may be low on the list or not get met(…)

Residents Reflect On Recent FBI Manhunt, Charges For Valrico ‘Prepper’

Residents Reflect On Recent FBI Manhunt, Charges For Valrico ‘Prepper’

  By Tamas Mondovics FBI agents searching for weapons and explosives in any neighborhood is not something residents experience too often. So, the news of federal agents seeking to serve a search warrant and question long-time Valrico resident 55-year-old Martin Winters on such charges—not to mention the subsequent two-day, FBI manhunt that followed—stirred the emotions(…)

12th Annual Back To School Festival Seeks To Raise Supplies For Students

12th Annual Back To School Festival Seeks To Raise Supplies For Students

 By Marie Gilmore This year’s 12th Annual Back to School Festival, sponsored by the Valrico/FishHawk Chamber of Commerce, will benefit thousands of local children with much-needed back to school supplies. The event will be held indoors at the Campo Y gymnasium on Sunday, July 27 from 1-4 p.m. “We had such a successful event last(…)