kids and children

Chicks For Charity Presents Brandon Sports And Aquatic Center With Over $10,000

Chicks For Charity Presents Brandon Sports And Aquatic Center With Over $10,000

  By Tamas Mondovics In its continued effort to raise money for local charities, Chicks for Charity, a well known charitable giving organization located in Brandon, paid a special visit to The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center (BSAC) earlier this month. The brainchild of Tammy Holmberg, owner of the Lake Brandon Village and Westfield Mall(…)

Outdoor Safety Takes Center Stage This Summer

Outdoor Safety Takes Center Stage This Summer

  By Tamas Mondovics Summer is in full swing and residents are urged to keep safety first and foremost while enjoying the outdoors. County officials have provided safety tips to protect  family, home and animals listed below. Water Safety • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a(…)

Local Resident Receives First Future Leader Scholarship From Lansky Law

Local Resident Receives First Future Leader Scholarship From Lansky Law

  By Kathy Collins Seth Reid of Bloomingdale was the recipient of the first Future Leader Scholarship. This is a $1,000 scholarship, fully funded by the Lansky Law Group, which will be awarded annually to a local high school senior who desires to pursue a career in law. Reid, who is home schooled, will attend(…)

Judy’s Dance Academy Celebrates National Dance Day

Judy’s Dance Academy Celebrates National Dance Day

Staff Report   Judy’s Dance Academy will celebrate National Dance Day on Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with a variety of fun activities. JDA dancers have been rehearsing choreography in preparation to share with the community. Launched in 2010, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that encourages Americans to embrace dance as a(…)

Etiquette School Fosters Good Manners, Morals

Etiquette School Fosters Good Manners, Morals

  By Marisa Webber Kids, teenagers and young adults of this century struggle with basic etiquette skills, but that is not the case with students of Mind Your Manners Etiquette School located in the Millennium Business Park in Brandon. For ages 5-21, these classes are one of the best ways for children and teens to(…)

Free TOPSoccer Program Helps Kids With Disabilities Develop Self Esteem, Fitness

Free TOPSoccer Program Helps Kids With Disabilities Develop Self Esteem, Fitness

  By Nicole Heubusch The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPSoccer) is a community based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. Any boy or girl age five and up in the area that has a mental or physical disability are welcome to join TOPSoccer, which is designed to give children the opportunity(…)

Strawberry Crest Graduate Wins $20,000 Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Scholarship

Strawberry Crest Graduate Wins $20,000 Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Scholarship

  By Robyn St. James The roar of a motorcycle engine is a unique sound, but many that love it don’t get to hear it up close. Cameron Goins of Plant City went right to his dream job after high school – being a Supercross racing motorcycle technician. Goins, along with more than 50 other(…)

Go Skateboarding Day Celebrated, World’s Largest Swimming Lesson & More

Go Skateboarding Day Celebrated, World’s Largest Swimming Lesson & More

  By Tamas Mondovics County Celebrates “Go Skateboarding Day” Hillsborough County’s Brandon Skate Park hosted a 2014 Go Skateboarding Day celebration last month. Giving testimony to the sport’s continued impact on both young and old, each year since 2004 skateboarders around the globe come together on June 21 and celebrate what is considered one of(…)

Ruskin Author Book Series Makes Top 50 Indie Books List

Ruskin Author Book Series Makes Top 50 Indie Books List

  By Marisa Webber Getting teenagers to read can be a challenge, but not when given Bailey Ardisone’s latest book series. This local author has recently released the third book in the Sweet Series, which is guaranteed to capture the attention of young adults. Ardisone’s newest book, Sweet Requiem, is a paranormal, indie fantasy novel(…)

Fire Rescue Summer Youth Academy Post Camp Success

Fire Rescue Summer Youth Academy Post Camp Success

  By Tamas Mondovics Students with the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue (HCFR) Summer Youth Academy had a chance to get their feet wet this summer—literally—while training in water rescue operations during the conclusion of this year’s summer camp. As part of their training, the 26-participating cadets, ages 14-17, were probed with simulated swimmer in distress(…)