Valrico

HART Extends Route To Serve Dover Area Residents, Adds Improvements

HART Extends Route To Serve Dover Area Residents, Adds Improvements

By Tamas Mondovics Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) has announced that beginning this month it is implementing new and improved service enhancements along Route 46, benefitting residents living on SR 60 east of Brandon. According to HART Public Information Officer Sandra Morrison, Route 46 is being extended by six miles from Westfield Brandon Mall(…)

Center Place To Offer Week-Long Musical Theatre Workshop Over Spring Break

Center Place To Offer Week-Long Musical Theatre Workshop Over Spring Break

Aspiring young actors can spend their spring break this year immersed in a week-long theatre workshop at Center Place in Brandon. Students ages 12-18 can spend the week improving their musical theatre skills with Rick and Terri D’Onofrio of Stages Productions. The week-long workshop will feature some of the best songs, dances and scenes from(…)

Bruton Memorial Library Celebrates Black History Month With Exhibit Of Portrait Artist, Rhonda Carol Long

Bruton Memorial Library Celebrates Black History Month With Exhibit Of Portrait Artist, Rhonda Carol Long

In celebration of Black History Month, the Bruton Memorial Library in Plant City has a wonderful exhibit of the works of Riverview resident, formerly of Chicago, Rhonda Carol Long. The exhibit, which features 19 pieces of Long’s artwork, will be on display through the end of February. In the main exhibit area there are 10(…)

Mardi Gras Masquerade & Costume Ball To Benefit All Children’s Hospital

Mardi Gras Masquerade & Costume Ball To Benefit All Children’s Hospital

By Dawn Marshall Mardi Gras will be in the air when the All Children’s Hospital Guild Brandon Branch brings its first annual Masquerade and Costume Ball in celebration of Carnival locally. The tradition of Mardi Gras will be abundant throughout the Grand Ball Room at the Hilton Garden Inn, which is located at 4328 Garden(…)

BSAC Hosts Hillsborough County Special Olympics

BSAC Hosts Hillsborough County Special Olympics

For the second year in a row, the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center was the proud host of the Hillsborough County Special  Olympics, held annually at area centers that are able to serve the sports the event features. While last year’s Olympics took advantage of BSAC’s aquatic facility, athletes this year got the chance to(…)

New Smoothie Stop In Plaza Bella, TNT Smoothies To Hold Seminar On Natural Remedies

New Smoothie Stop In Plaza Bella, TNT Smoothies To Hold Seminar On Natural Remedies

YoYo Juice Opens in Plaza Bella with a Delicious and Healthy Menu High-school sweethearts from Massachusetts, Rose and Scott Laviano moved to Florida with their three children to fulfill a life-long dream to open their own business and work together as a family. Having both garnered experience with fundraising and booster clubs, they are comfortable(…)

BUSINESS COLUMN – FEB Valrico – By Suzy Wiesenhart

BUSINESS COLUMN – FEB Valrico – By Suzy Wiesenhart

Shrimp Boat Opens in Plaza Bella La Viva Plaza’s loss is Plaza Bella’s gain as the Shrimp Boat moves from Brandon to Valrico, in the space previously housing Cheddar Biscuit, at the corner of Bloomingdale Ave. and Bell Shoals Rds. It is now open. The restaurant is owned by Chef Albert “Al” Paone. “They’re not(…)

Trash Talk, Possible Speed Bumps & More

Trash Talk, Possible Speed Bumps & More

By Nicole Schoen Trash Talk Copper Ridge would like to remind its residents about the community-wide rule of storing new trash cans out of sight. Although it is difficult for many residents to store the much larger trash cans in garages, they must be kept out of sight behind bushes, lattice, fences, water softeners or(…)

Florida Strawberry Festival Crowns New Queen With Royal Heritage

Florida Strawberry Festival Crowns New Queen With Royal Heritage

By Lauren Der A new Florida Strawberry Festival Queen was recently crowned at the Grimes Family Agricultural Center in Plant City. Jessi Rae Varnum, an 18-year-old senior at Durant High School, was crowned 2014 Florida Strawberry Festival Queen, along with first maid Lindsey English and court members Macaley Barrow, Kallee Cook and Caitlyn Kent. “I(…)

F.I.S.H. HAWK Football Team Needs New Helmets

F.I.S.H. HAWK Football Team Needs New Helmets

By Kelly Wise Legg The F.I.S.H. HAWK football team in Brandon is just a little bit different than your average high school football team. What sets this team apart is that it consists of high school players that are all homeschooled by their parents. F.I.S.H. stands for Families Instructing Students at Home. The team was(…)