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Local Nursing Graduate Pursues Dream, Reaches Goal

Local Nursing Graduate Pursues Dream, Reaches Goal

By Kelly Legg Jessica Dorey Walker demonstrated it takes hard work and perseverance to pursue your dreams and reach your goals. In July, Walker took and passed the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) exam. Her proud mother, Sandi Dorey, is thrilled with all of Jessica’s accomplishments. “ As you can imagine, it was a(…)

Hot Boxd Food Truck Offers Twist on Cheeseburgers in Tampa Area

Hot Boxd Food Truck Offers Twist on Cheeseburgers in Tampa Area

By Nicole Schoen Food trucks are the latest fad in convenience in fast food and Valrico resident Luke Mendoza is trying his hand in the game. It started two months ago with Mendoza offering something different from the sea of food trucks with his steamed cheeseburger truck, appropriately called Hot Boxd. “Everybody has a unique(…)

Local Author Speaks About Racism, Living in 1930’s Ybor in New Book

Local Author Speaks About Racism, Living in 1930’s Ybor in New Book

By Jennifer Currence Recently, the “Kerfuffle” Book Club, with members in Valrico, Riverview, and Lithia, met with a local author. The August book of the month was Café Con Leche by local author, Jack Eugene Fernandez. Fernandez and his wife, Sylvia, graciously joined the ladies for dinner at a location that appears in the book:(…)

Congregation Beth Shalom Presents Stage Drama to Prepare for Jewish High Holy Days

Congregation Beth Shalom Presents Stage Drama to Prepare for Jewish High Holy Days

Staff Report Congregation Beth Shalom will present the play “Dedication”, the fifth in a series of original stage dramas written and directed by congregant Anna Brubaker. Serious, yet tinged with light-hearted comedy, the play follows a small group of friends and relatives through one long, trying day that will test their relationships and emotions in(…)

County Seeks New HAMs to Assist Last Line of Defense

County Seeks New HAMs to Assist Last Line of Defense

By Tamas Mondovics Area residents seeking a way to earn their Amateur Radio (HAM Radio) license and have the ability and the skills to help support their neighbors and their communities in times of need had a chance to do just that this month. Hillsborough County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil(…)

Adventures Archery is the Largest Archery Shop in the Southeast

Adventures Archery is the Largest Archery Shop in the Southeast

By Kayla Hayes On 301 in Tampa, Adventures Archery – the “Largest and most complete archery pro shop in the Southeast” – celebrated its Grand Opening on Saturday, August 3. “It was unbelievable,” said owner Mark Ross. The staff estimated close to 1,000 people at the Grand Opening that day where they gave away prizes(…)

Parents Thank First Responders For Saving Daughter’s Life

Parents Thank First Responders For Saving Daughter’s Life

By Tamas Mondovics During an emotionally-charged press conference, the parents of Valrico resident, Anne Marie Fanning, thanked Hillsborough County first responders earlier this month for saving their daughter’s life. Only a semester away from earning her degree at USF, Fanning, 22, is lucky to be alive as some described it, after a horrific car accident(…)

Simonsen Takes the Helm at Valrico Elementary as New Principal

Simonsen Takes the Helm at Valrico Elementary as New Principal

By Tamas Mondovics Valrico Elementary School administration, faculty and staff will begin the new season this fall with an exciting change in leadership. Former Colleen Bevis Elementary School Principal, Tricia Simonsen, was appointed last month by the Hillsborough County School District as Principal of Valrico Elementary, a new adventure she is eager to embark on.(…)

Comedy on the Greens Celebrity Golf Tournament and Comedy Show Set to Tee Off

Comedy on the Greens Celebrity Golf Tournament and Comedy Show Set to Tee Off

Staff Report In many ways, laughter truly is the best medicine. It also can increase awareness about the plight many of our brave military members face upon returning from combat. Laughs for the Troops is proud to present the Inaugural Comedy on the Greens Golf Tournament and Comedy Show on Thursday and Friday, September 26(…)

Melissa Brethauer Returns Home To Perform In Concert At Nativity Catholic Church

By Kathy L. Collins Melissa Brethauer is a hometown girl who is making it big as a singer/songwriter. Brethauer, who is originally from Riverview (graduated from Riverview High School), will return to the area on Saturday, August 10 for a concert at the Nativity Catholic Church Youth Center located at 705 E. Brandon Blvd. in(…)