Pinecrest Elementary Celebrates 75 Years Of Pilot Pride (1936-2011)

More than seven decades of history were validated by a milestone of successful accomplishment last month, as hundreds, both young and old, gathered to celebrate 75 years of Pilot Pride in Lithia.  The event, held in mid-November in the Pinecrest Elementary School cafeteria, brought together past Pinecrest alumni, former students, teachers and principals, who were(…)

Christmas Lights Come To One And All In The Area

By: Dale Bliss he entrance of Christmas Lane, located in Dover. It will be open from Thursday, December 1- Wednesday, December 28.   The most silent of nights and the most holiest of nights comes to us by way of Dover. Once again, Wetherington Lane holds a live reenactment of the true meaning of Christmas.(…)

Thanksgiving is today, isn’t it?

By: Jensen Brushwood The day after Halloween, I went shopping and thought it was Christmas. Santa displays were making appearances, candy canes were plentiful, and I saw almost a dozen Christmas sweaters. Candles, soldiers, snowmen, and presents made of tinsel were displayed on light posts. Christmas plays opened the next weekend. We had officially entered(…)

Commissioners Hold Closed Session To Discuss Pat Bean Vs. Hillsborough County

Amidst the already frustrating budget woes that have been plaguing local officials, county commissioners met behind closed doors earlier this month in hopes of coming to discuss negotiations concerning former County Administrator Pat Bean and her pending lawsuit for her denied severance, a total of $278,023. Scheduled to last about an hour, the meeting was(…)

Local Pizzeria Adds Food Truck, Drive-Thru

Formaggio’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, which has been open in Lithia as a pizzeria for 12 year, expanded to a dining room 7 years ago and finally, opened an express location in the Stein Mart-anchored Lithia Crossings plaza nearly one year ago. In its newest expansion, Formaggio’s has added a food truck, which can be(…)

New State Law Raises Fine Of Red Light Camera Violations

As the dispute over their effectiveness continues, motorists are under the watchful eyes of red light cameras at a number of intersections throughout Hillsborough County. The state of Florida adopted new red light camera enforcement laws for statewide consistency. These new laws, outlined in House Bill 325 – the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act –(…)

Valrico Resident Is The 2011 Miss ECHO

Nicole Pinner, a resident of Valrico and a ninth grade student at Bloomingdale High School, was recently named the 2011 Miss ECHO. Pinner was crowned for her efforts in raising $330 for the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO). Pinner was a participant in the Ninth Annual Kids Helping Kids Fashion Show, presented by ECHO in(…)

County Hears Debate Over The Lithia Pinecrest Widening During MPO Meeting

Members of the Brandon area business sector as well as local residents got a chance to be heard last month during the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Committee meeting, in connection with the Lithia Pinecrest Rd. widening project, specifically involving Segment B, the section between Lumsden Rd. and Bloomingdale Ave. The project covers an(…)

Local Mom Gets To Build Her Own Home With Habitat For Humanity

Single mom Raquell Piper doesn’t have a lot. With a single-wide mobile home needing expensive repairs and a 8-year-old son to raise, extras were a privilege. But, being a member of Bay Life Church, she noticed that Habitat For Humanity was in need of some donations. Because the church directs a lot of its giving(…)

Riverview Resident Receives Commemorative Knife After Surviving Pirate Attack

Riverview resident Mike Perry didn’t ask for fame, but acts of bravery while working as the chief engineer on board the Maersk Alabama in April of 2009 has led to acclaim and commendation for his actions. Perry and his fellow shipmates valiantly fought off Somali pirates that attacked the ship and captured its captain. To(…)