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Community-Wide Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive To Alleviate Local Hunger

Community-Wide Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive To Alleviate Local Hunger

  By Kathy L. Collins The 22nd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive (also known as the Postal Food Drive) will be held on Saturday, May 10. Residents will receive a plastic bag in mailboxes to fill with non-expired non-perishable food and are asked to put in or(…)

Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss Can-Do Lawsuit

  By Tamas Mondovics Bloomingdale area residents are both relieved and revitalized following a recent court hearing in connection with their continued effort to halt the development of the now famous Bloomingdale Big Box and residential complex project within their neighborhood. It took two weeks for circuit judge William P. Levens to deny the County(…)

O’Brien’s Hosts Annual Duck Derby To Raise Funds For Moffitt Cancer Center

O’Brien’s Hosts Annual Duck Derby To Raise Funds For Moffitt Cancer Center

  By Libby Hopkins Rick Miller of Valrico is on a mission. His mission is to fund the research that will prevent cancer in children and adults. That may sound like a pretty lofty mission but he’s not alone in his quest. Miller has his girlfriend, Beth Morgan, and his friends Sean and Dani Donahue(…)

Local Sailor Serves Aboard One Of Navy’s Most Versatile Combat Ships

Local Sailor Serves Aboard One Of Navy’s Most Versatile Combat Ships

  By Electa Berassa A 2005 Durant High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew working aboard one of the country’s multi-mission combat ships. Lieutenant Junior Grade Willie Parker, a first protection officer, is serving aboard the San Diego-based guided missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76), which returned in(…)

Sheriff’s Office Rehabilitates And Donates Horses To Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches

Sheriff’s Office Rehabilitates And Donates Horses To Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches

  By Tamas Mondovics After six months of hard work, members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Agriculture Unit turned over six healthy horses to representatives of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. From there the horses will be transported to the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch at Live Oak to be cared for by youth at(…)

Strawberry Crest High School To Perform Legally Blonde The Musical

Strawberry Crest High School To Perform Legally Blonde The Musical

By Kathy L. Collins Strawberry Crest High School’s Drama Department, under the direction of Hilary Gale, will perform Legally Blonde The Musical on Wednesday, April 9 through Friday, April 11. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. Producing Legally Blonde The Musical is a big deal for Strawberry Crest. Gale said, “We’re a(…)

“Key Tree” Becomes Part Of Hillsborough County’s Public Art Collection

“Key Tree” Becomes Part Of Hillsborough County’s Public Art Collection

  By Kathy L. Collins Plant City artist, Robert Woods, creates intricate and exquisite art from metal such as stainless steel, cold steel, brass, copper, blown glass and paint. One of Woods’ creations, “Key Tree,” is now a part of Hillsborough County’s Public Art Collection. “Key Tree” is a 12 ft. high structure which was(…)

Teachers Earn Excellence in Education Awards

Teachers Earn Excellence in Education Awards

The 2014 Excellence in Education Awards ceremony honored three public school educators and support personnel last month, recognizing each awardee for their hard work and commitment to the students and community they serve.  The program was pleased to announce Julia Sarmiento of Shields Middle School as the 2014 Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the(…)

Students Compete In Culinary Competition & Teachers Earn Excellence In Education Awards

Students Compete In Culinary Competition & Teachers Earn Excellence In Education Awards

  By Tamas Mondovics More than 400 students from across the state including students from 13 Hillsborough County high schools participated in the 14th Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competitions. The event, hosted by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation, showcased the best high school students in the state, many of whom will continue(…)

Strawberry Crest Cheer Squad Wins Western Conference

Strawberry Crest Cheer Squad Wins Western Conference

By Tamas Monodovics For the second year in a row, the Strawberry Crest High School Chargers cheer team won the Western Conference championship, defended its district title, won its Regional competition, confirmed the program’s strength and once again earned the respect of dozens of area squads throughout the county. The Western Conference witnessed 27 talented(…)