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 […]

Apollo Beach Elementary To Receive $2,500 Donation From Westfield Brandon Mall

As part of its “Give Back to School” Program, Westfield Shopping Centers and the Westfield Family program announced last month,  Apollo Beach Elementary School as the winner of receiving a $2,500 donation to be used for school projects. While the school was pleased with the donation it is just one of many recipients and will […]

Publix Ready To Open Newest Area Store At Pavilion Crossing

Publix will open its newest store in Riverview, located in Pavilion Crossing, 3863 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. on Thursday, November 17. The event will kick off with a 7:45 a.m. ribbon cutting and the doors will open to the public at 8 a.m. On opening day,  there will be entertainment and the first few hundred […]

Seeds Of Hope Community Food Bank Opens At Lamb Of God

For Newsome High School senior and Migrant Outreach Director Wesley Eaton, following visiting area family’s homes led to only one conclusion: to help them anyway possible. “I saw rundown dilapidated living conditions,” Eaton said. “There were dirty mattresses on the floor and hardly any food.  Extension cords were strung between the trailers that provided minimal […]

Kids Manage City For Day at JA BizTown

How many 10 year-olds do you know that can create a profit and loss statement and create a business with a balanced budget? At the Junior Achievement BizTown village in Tampa, every Hillsborough County fifth grade student gets this chance plus more at their field trip to BizTown. Students enter BizTown with a previously determined […]

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Asks Residents to Catch a Serial Armed Robbery Suspect

Major Donna Lusczynski, with the Hillsborough County Sheriff  office Criminal Investigation Division reached out to the community for help on Wednesday, to identify and hopefully catch a serial armed robbery suspect, whom detectives now call, the Seffner Bandit.   “We are urging the community to contact us immediately with any information in connection with this […]