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Upcoming Events, Information For StrawBerry Ridge Residents

Upcoming Events, Information For StrawBerry Ridge Residents

  By Nicole Heubusch Upcoming Events On Saturday, May 17 there will be a spaghetti dinner from 4-6:30 p.m. at StrawBerry Ridge in the Clubhouse. This dinner is sponsored by the Neighborhood Watch/Patrol and tickets are $6 each. On Monday, May 26 there will be a Memorial Day Celebration starting at 9:30 a.m. in the(…)

Buckhorn Homeowners Association Awards Scholarships, Celebrates Memorial Day

Buckhorn Homeowners Association Awards Scholarships, Celebrates Memorial Day

  By Nicole Heubusch High School Seniors Receive College Scholarships  Two high school seniors living in the Buckhorn community received $500 each from the Buckhorn Homeowners Association to put toward college costs. One of the winners, Annika Ellenbogen of Strawberry Crest High school, will be attending Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and wants to study consumer(…)

Valrico/FishHawk Chamber Hosts Successful After Hours at AJ’s Fine Wines

Valrico/FishHawk Chamber Hosts Successful After Hours at AJ’s Fine Wines

  By Marie Gilmore More than 50 local business owners gathered in April for a Valrico/FishHawk Chamber After Hours hosted by A.J.’s Fine Wines & Liquors in honor of his 10th anniversary in business sponsored by Ann Spire of CMIT Solutions. The event, hosted at AJ’s, included live music, a liquor and wine sampling and(…)

MOSI Historic Tree Grove Enhancements Made Possible By County Grant

MOSI Historic Tree Grove Enhancements Made Possible By County Grant

  By Kathy L. Collins The Museum of Science and Industry’s (MOSI) Richard T. Bowers Historic Tree Grove recently underwent a series of improvements thanks to a grant it received from the Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program. In addition, MOSI received in kind donations from the community and the MOSI staff. These, along(…)

Watch Me Swim Celebrates International Water Safety Month

Watch Me Swim Celebrates International Water Safety Month

  Staff Report Watch Me Swim (WMS), located in Riverview, was founded more than 14 years ago by Kari Bahour after experienced a near drowning incident with her then 15-month-old son.  Thankfully her son survived the incident, but concerned for her son’s safety, Bahour researched several swim programs looking for one that would teach competence(…)

Local Student Chosen To Attend West Point STEM Workshop

Local Student Chosen To Attend West Point STEM Workshop

  By Bonnie Mentel Hunter Hotaling, 13, is a seventh grader at Bell Creek Academy. He was chosen from among hundreds of applicants to participate in the West Point Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Workshop this summer at the United States Military Academy in New York. Students who attend the workshop have demonstrated strong(…)

Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium Honored With International Award

Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium Honored With International Award

  By Sandra Meyer The Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium in Brandon was recently named The Gourmet Retailer’s Kitchenware U.S. Independent Retailer of the Year and U.S. Global Innovator Award (GIA) Winner for 2013/2014. Owners Karen and Dave West are excited to be honored with this award in excellence in housewares retailing. “We are fortunate to(…)

Cruise Planners Raises Money For America’s Vet Dogs

Cruise Planners Raises Money For America’s Vet Dogs

  By Libby Hopkins Sherry Leybovich of Cruise Planners has been a travel agent for over 20 years and she has a heart for fundraising. She is the Fundraising Chairperson for The Florida Parrot Rescue, www.floridaparrot rescue.com, and wanted to find a way to incorporate fundraising in the cruises she plans. Last February she hosted(…)

Hillsborough County Continues Organizational Changes With New Appointments

Hillsborough County Continues Organizational Changes With New Appointments

  By Tamas Mondovics Just a little more than two months ago, Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill sent a memorandum to the Board of County Commission (BOCC) detailing the out workings of organizational changes that he said were needed in county government to ensure its mission while serving residents. “After much deliberation, I have come(…)

Wildflower Pilot Program Blossoms In Hillsborough County

Wildflower Pilot Program Blossoms In Hillsborough County

  By Tamas Mondovics The portion of Lithia Pinecrest Rd. between Bryant Rd. and Lithia Estates Dr. is just one of a number of select rural sites that will soon feature native wildflowers beautifying county roadways. The road beautification is part of a pilot wildflower planting program partially funded by a Florida Wildflower Foundation grant,(…)