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Have Fun And Bond With Your Child At Sprouts

Have Fun And Bond With Your Child At Sprouts

Sprouts, an early learning activity center, located at 1219 Hummingbird Ln. in Brandon, provides structured play for children, and their parent or caregiver, ages 9 months to 6 years old. Children can play, dance and listen to stories and music. Sprouts provides them the opportunity to interact and develop social skills in a safe, loving(…)

Sylvia Thomas Center Puts The “Forever” In Forever Families

Sylvia Thomas Center Puts The “Forever” In Forever Families

The Sylvia Thomas Center For Adoptive and Foster Families, Inc. (The Sylvia Thomas Center) is a nonprofit organization that provides service to adoptive and foster families to help them stay together when problems arise. As President and CEO Denise G. Jamieson said, “We help put the ‘forever’ in ‘forever families.’” Jamieson further explained, “Many think(…)

Valrico Family Gets Dining Room Makeover When Nate Berkus Visits

Valrico Family Gets Dining Room Makeover When Nate Berkus Visits

Everything about moving into your first house is special, from the first look-through to assigning bedrooms to decorating and turning the house into a home. Sarah Paiva-Hoke, along with her husband Sean and two children James, six and Ava, three, moved into their first home in March, after living in apartments for the last seven(…)

Huge Drive Through Lights Display Picks County Fairgrounds As Home

Huge Drive Through Lights Display Picks County Fairgrounds As Home

When winter comes to town, families are always searching for the best lit-up neighborhoods. This year, the best of the best is at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, where a new event, Nights of Shimmering Lights is kicking off the season with over half a million twinkling lights. The huge light and sound show offers a(…)

Impact Wellness Launches ‘Project Impact’

Impact Wellness Launches ‘Project Impact’

Impact Wellness, a mobile massage and overall health and wellness service, has launched it’s ‘Project Impact’ campaign just in time for the holiday’s! Name: Project Impact Our Moto: “See a need, sow a seed” Gift: 1 hour massage/month for 1 year Recipient Criteria: Any age Who do you know who: Is in need for therapeutic(…)

Family Safe as Fire Destroys Lithia Home

Family Safe as Fire Destroys Lithia Home

Friends, family, neighbors and members of the community, quickly responded to the aid of FishHawk Ranch residents John and Melissa Watson, following a fire that destroyed the couple’s home on Monday, December 12, 2011.   Arriving on the scene, at around 7:30 p.m., Hillsborough County Fire Rescue personnel found the home located at 6160 Kiteridge(…)

Super Senior: Courtney Akers

Super Senior: Courtney Akers

Courtney Akers can be best described with one word: Talented.  Akers is a senior at Riverview High School and has high hopes for a bright future – A future full of bright lights. Akers was born and raised in Riverview. Parents, Shane and Denise Akers, are also long-time Riverview residents, graduating from East Bay High(…)

MOSI Receives Community Supporter Of The Year From Tampa Bay Technology Forum

MOSI Receives Community Supporter Of The Year From Tampa Bay Technology Forum

The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) was the proud recipient last month of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) Award for “Community Supporter of the Year.” Museum spokesperson Adrienne Drew said that the panel of judges selected MOSI as the recipient of the  award as part of TBTF’s Eighth Annual Industry Achievement Awards event(…)

Developer Eyes North Riverview For New Aquarium

Developer Eyes North Riverview For New Aquarium

A patch of land bordered by Gornto Lake, Providence Rd. and Bloomingdale Ave. in the heart of Riverview is one of two locations developers are currently eying, as the possible new home of Shore Lab Discovery Center, an aquarium complex that has been in the making for almost two decades. If everything goes as planned,(…)

Hillsborough County Students Excel on National Reading and Math Tests

Hillsborough County Students Excel on National Reading and Math Tests

Announcement from MaryEllen Elia, Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools Today the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) announced the new math and reading scores for fourth and eighth grade for the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA). The Hillsborough County Public Schools results are tremendous! This is the first time that we have participated in(…)