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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(…)

Eggheads Welcome At Pinch-A-Penny 4th Annual Big Green Egg Fest

Eggheads Welcome At Pinch-A-Penny 4th Annual Big Green Egg Fest

FishHawk Pinch-A-Penny has issued a call to all area “Eggheads” (those who love to cook on a grill) to come out to the 4th Annual Big Green Egg Fest on Sunday, March 16 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This fun-filled event is hosted by the Rutledge family, Larry, Kathy and Jimmy, owners of the FishHawk Pinch-A-Penny(…)

New Business Bestows Confidence, Character Development Through Martial Arts

New Business Bestows Confidence, Character Development Through Martial Arts

By Rachel Ann Johnson PRO Martial Arts, a North American franchise, boasts its third karate studio in Hillsborough County with the newest location at 119 W. Bloomingdale Ave. The Brandon facility, which opened its doors six months ago, provides martial arts instruction to more than 40 students. Brandon resident, Josh Leduc, is the studio’s program(…)

Girl Scouts Program Is Teaching The Message of Empowerment

Girl Scouts Program Is Teaching The Message of Empowerment

By Nicole Heubusch There is a new program available to the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. The ESCAPE Series is geared towards young girls to help promote awareness of potential violent situations. They will learn skills on how to deal with bullying and harassment, as well as gain knowledge on assault. The age group(…)

Hillsborough County Mentoring Programs Looks To Area For Mentors

Hillsborough County Mentoring Programs Looks To Area For Mentors

The Brandon community is forever growing and thriving. We have some of the best local businesses and schools and because of this distinction, many of the mentoring programs look to our community for its mentors. Two of the programs that are looking for mentors from our community are The Hillsborough Education Foundation and The Tampa(…)