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Car Haggler Makes Vehicle Purchasing Stress-Free

Car Haggler Makes Vehicle Purchasing Stress-Free

  By Robyn St. James Buying a car is an almost necessary part of life in today’s technology-fueled society, but for some, a car dealership is a battleground to be avoided at all costs. Thanks to one local resident, shoppers no longer have to car haggle alone, or at all. Shawn Spiegel, also known as(…)

Etiquette School Fosters Good Manners, Morals

Etiquette School Fosters Good Manners, Morals

  By Marisa Webber Kids, teenagers and young adults of this century struggle with basic etiquette skills, but that is not the case with students of Mind Your Manners Etiquette School located in the Millennium Business Park in Brandon. For ages 5-21, these classes are one of the best ways for children and teens to(…)

Free TOPSoccer Program Helps Kids With Disabilities Develop Self Esteem, Fitness

Free TOPSoccer Program Helps Kids With Disabilities Develop Self Esteem, Fitness

  By Nicole Heubusch The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPSoccer) is a community based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. Any boy or girl age five and up in the area that has a mental or physical disability are welcome to join TOPSoccer, which is designed to give children the opportunity(…)

Strawberry Crest Graduate Wins $20,000 Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Scholarship

Strawberry Crest Graduate Wins $20,000 Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Scholarship

  By Robyn St. James The roar of a motorcycle engine is a unique sound, but many that love it don’t get to hear it up close. Cameron Goins of Plant City went right to his dream job after high school – being a Supercross racing motorcycle technician. Goins, along with more than 50 other(…)

Valrico Brothers Finalists In PBS Writing Contest

Valrico Brothers Finalists In PBS Writing Contest

  By Alexandra Booth The 2014 WEDU PBS Kids Writing Contest recently announced the winning stories at each local station and brothers Daniel and Victor Loerincs, students at Buckhorn Elementary School, both received runner-up positions in their categories. The WEDU PBS Kids Writing Contest is held by local PBS stations as part of the national(…)

Wawa Celebrates Opening Of Valrico Store

Wawa Celebrates Opening Of Valrico Store

Wawa representatives joined by local officials and members of the community gathered this month for the grand opening of its new long-awaited Valrico store. Wawa’s fanfare-filled opening celebration included a much-anticipated charitable hoagie building competition between representatives from the United Service Organization (USO) Tampa Bay, a check presentation to the USO, and free coffee for(…)

Bloomingdale Big Box Development Gets Green Light As Mediation Reaches Agreement

Bloomingdale Big Box Development Gets Green Light As Mediation Reaches Agreement

By Tamas Mondovics Bloomingdale Big Box Update To give the community an opportunity to discuss the recent outcome involvingthe Big Box development, Cando has planned to host a community meeting onWednesday, July 30 at the Bloomingdale Regional Library at 7 p.m. in Room 8.Cando stated, “We would like an opportunity to clarify how we arrived(…)

Valrico Man Turns Himself Into FBI

Valrico Man Turns Himself Into FBI

By Tamas Mondovics After a two-day manhunt, Martin Winters of Valrico surrendered at FBI Tampa headquarters. FBI special agent David Courvertier said that at around 10 a.m. this morning (Wednesday, June 18), Winters showed up in front of the reception area of the FBI office along with two attorneys and his daughter, ending his search which began on Monday morning.(Please(…)

Exhibit Of Brandon’s History Designed To Start Conversations

Exhibit Of Brandon’s History Designed To Start Conversations

By Kathy L. Collins Journalist Linda Chion Kenney wants to start a conversation in Brandon about preserving the town’s history. Kenney wants Brandon residents to take action and gather up all of the historical photographs and documents that area residents have, get them digitized and archived so that future generations of Brandon residents will be(…)

The Tampa Theatre To Host Monty Python And The Holy Grape WineFest

The Tampa Theatre To Host Monty Python And The Holy Grape WineFest

By Kathy L. Collins The Tampa Theatre presents its 13th Annual WineFest this September with a fun and whimsical “Monty Python and the Holy Grape” theme. WineFest is the Tampa Theatre’s largest fundraiser event of the year with proceeds benefitting the historic movie palace’s artistic and educational programs as well as its ongoing preservation and(…)