Dottie Berger MacKinnon Is Honored For Making A Difference In Tampa Bay

      Every once in a while, you get lucky enough to meet someone who truly makes a difference in someone’s life. Earlier this month, at the Glazer Children’s Museum, Dottie Berger MacKinnon was honored for her selfless dedication to making the lives of thousands of abused and neglected children better in the Tampa(…)

Friends, Family Unite to Support 3-Year-Old Brandon Girl

Once the word was out, it spread quickly in support of  Tatumn Woodworth, of Brandon, a 3-year-old little girl, who was recently been diagnosed with Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, also known as Brain Stem Glioma, a rare tumor on the stem of her brain. Explaining Tatumn’s condition, her mother, Bonnie, said that until mid-August things(…)

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Give Honor and Thanks For Service This Veterans Day 11/11/11

“On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States of America,” said Walt Raysick, President of the Veterans Affairs Council of Hillsborough County. The first Veterans Day, held on November 11, 1919, was originally known as Armistice Day. It(…)

Painting From The Heart Looking For Entries For Second Annual Paint Giveaway

What started as yet another charitable endeavor for local businessman Rob Silver, owner of Dynamic Painting USA, has morphed into an annual campaign called “Painting from the Heart.” Last year, Silver began this program asking local residents to nominate families and houses needing a paint job. Narrowing down the entries to pick a winner was(…)

Denizens Of The Deep Family Fish Fry Returns For Its 18th Year

Staff Report What do live music, a castle, a zoo and over a half ton of food have in common?  They’re all a part of the 18th annual Denizens of the Deep Southern Family Fish Fry being held Saturday, November 5, at Rotary’s Camp Florida, located at 1915 Camp Florida Rd. in Brandon, north of(…)

Third Annual Trey Curry Fishing Tournament Planned For November

    The Trey Curry Foundation is conducting the Third Annual Trey Curry Foundation Fishing Tournament. The tournament will be kicked off the night before with an event called Treyfest at O’Brien’s Irish Pub in Brandon on Thursday, November 3. The actual tournament will be held on Friday, November 4. “The fishing tournament is the(…)

“Rock” The Y At Annual Corks And Forks Event

Get ready to “rock” the Y at the 2011 Corks and Fork: Rock of Ages set for Saturday, November 12, from 7-10 p.m. poolside at the Campo Y, located at 3414 Culbreath Rd. in Valrico. Corks and Forks 2011 will be a fun filled extravaganza of food, beverages, entertainment and auction items. Throughout the evening,(…)

Residents Ready For 10,000-sq.-ft. Bloomingdale Library Expansion

During its scheduled fall membership meeting held last month, Bloomingdale Friends of the Library representatives, along with area residents and avid library goers got an update of the library’s expansion project, now slated for completion in 2013. The 25 people in attendance welcomed project manager and Principal Architect with Long & Associates, Paul Portal, who(…)

Lithia Man Saves Area History With Backyard ‘Cracker’ Town

  Did you miss out on the Florida State Fair’s Cracker Country display this year? No Worries! Simply drive down the road to Allen’s Cracker House, off of Lithia Pinecrest Rd in Lithia. After a year of constructing and renovating this project, which brings to life the time of his childhood, Billy Wayne Allen, born(…)