NFL Player Launches PROtential Afterschool & Summer Program In Rivercrest

By Marie Gilmore Former wide-receiver with the Minnesota Vikings, Tony Bland, came up with the idea for PROtential Sports while hosting a series of summer camps with several NFL stars 10 years ago. The success of the camps motivated Tony to start his own. Partnering with his wife, Nyree Bland, a professional tennis stand-out, Tony(…)

Spoto High Proud Home Of Teacher Of The Year

Spoto High Proud Home Of Teacher Of The Year

By Tamas Mondovics King High School graduate and now Spoto High School English Department Chair, writing coach, and Student Government sponsor, Cassandra Mattison, enjoyed the limelight last month during a banquet hosted by the Hillsborough Education Foundation in her honor as the 2012-13 Teacher of the Year for Hillsborough County. Mattison’s recognition did not end(…)

Library Survivor Comes Forward To Encourage You To ‘JoinQueena.com’

Library Survivor Comes Forward To Encourage You To ‘JoinQueena.com’

By Libby Hopkins She has been known as the “Bloomingdale Library Attack Survivor” for more than five years. On April 18, she took back her name, Queena. She is a survivor and a true inspiration to the entire community. The family kept her face and name private because they wanted to protect her. “We put(…)

Summer Camps Offer Fun, Education, Experiences and More In Full and Half Day Camps

Summer Camps Offer Fun, Education, Experiences and More In Full and Half Day Camps

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 8-PAGE SUMMER CAMP SECTION Kids R Kids Is Now Enrolling for Summer Camp Summer is fast approaching and now is the time to start thinking about where your child is going to spend his or her time while school is out. If you are looking for a summer camp experience(…)

Annual 5K4Q Run At E. G. Simmons Park Benefits 5-Year Bloomingdale Library Survivor

By Kathy L. Collins It has been five years since “Q,” a student at East Bay High School was brutally attacked and left for dead in the woods by the Bloomingdale Regional Library. While she has become known as the Bloomingdale Library Survivor, students at East Bay High School still call her “Q.” “Q” was(…)

Spark Your Imagination With A Visit To One Of The Many Events At The Firehouse Cultural Center In Ruskin

By Kathy L. Collins The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin holds a variety of interesting and intriguing events for both adults and children. The next event on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. will be the last in its Spring Reading Series and will feature fiction writer, Marcus Pactor.  This event is free and open(…)

Beautiful Quilts On Display At The SouthShore Regional Library In Ruskin

By Kathy L. Collins Now through May 8, you can view some stunningly beautiful and intricate handmade quilts at the SouthShore Regional Library in the Community Exhibit space. The quilts are made by members of the Kings Point Quilters. The SouthShore Regional Library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. In all, there(…)

Jeff Knott Creates Brilliant Works of Award Winning Art

By Kathy L. Collins Long time Apollo Beach resident, Jeff Knott, is not only a successful business person with over 30 years of senior management leadership experience and author of the book Navigating The Healthcare Maze, but he is also an accomplished watercolor artist. Recently, Knott learned that two of his paintings, Native American Hunter(…)

Bloomingdale Wins Saladino Title In Tourney Rematch

By Tamas Mondovics As anticipated, the 33rd Annual Saladino Baseball Tournament held at Brandon High School was high school sport at its best, but the title game re-match of last year’s championship between Jefferson and Bloomingdale turned the excitement up a few notches. This year, however, was the Bulls turn to shine and walk away(…)

Sharks Softball Coach Reaches Career Landmark, Celebrates 500th Win

By Tamas Mondovics Riverview High School teacher and Sharks softball head coach, Angela Slater, reached a landmark not too many can call their own. By defeating district rival East Bay 9-6, Slater earned her 500th win as program head coach; the only one since the school opened in 1998. With the Sharks victory, Slater’s anticipated(…)