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Publix Nutrition, Strategies For Happiness Class Open For Registration

Publix Nutrition, Strategies For Happiness Class Open For Registration

  Staff Report Join Publix Dietitian Nutritionist, Jamie Stolarz, MS, RDN, LDN, and local Licensed Mental Health Therapist, Rachel Moskowitz, MS, LMHC, in a free class that will focus on strategies to achieve happiness and reduce stress. The classes will discuss how different foods can affect mood, as well as the benefits of a healthy […]

Bay Area Bandits Offers Mounted Shooting For Entire Family

Bay Area Bandits Offers Mounted Shooting For Entire Family

  By Robyn St. James Gunsmoke and dust hung over the arena, dimming the brilliance of the lights. A new rider was being shown how to handle his pistol, firing blank rounds toward a bank of sand. Ten rifle shots shattered all hopes at retaining a semblance of quiet. Riders shouted for guns, holsters and […]

Meet Elsa, Anna And More With My Fairytale Forest

Meet Elsa, Anna And More With My Fairytale Forest

  By Nicole Heubusch My Fairytale Forest is a party planning company that specializes in children’s birthday parties. It opened in 2013 and Adrianna Vasquez and her business partner Marilyn Aquino have been coming up with one creative idea after another. “My Fairytale Forest has been a dream of mine for as long as I […]

Travels, Tales & Tours: Florida Cane Vodka

Travels, Tales & Tours: Florida Cane Vodka

  By Nicole Heubusch & Nicole Schoen After living in Florida for most of our lives, we discovered that we really haven’t seen all that our area has to offer. Armed with different Groupons and Living Social certificates, we’ve decided to visit as many different local places we can. We hope that some of the […]

Residents Attend Meet And Greet Session With New Development Services Director

Residents Attend Meet And Greet Session With New Development Services Director

  By Tamas Mondovics Bloomingdale and Valrico area residents had a chance to meet their newly installed Hillsborough County Development Services Department Director, Adam Gormly, during a recent informal “meet and greet” open house. The event, held at Bloomingdale Regional Library’s brand new meeting room in Valrico, was the third installment of a series of […]

Local Cat Rescue Seeks Community Help For Surgery For Dora The Kitten

Local Cat Rescue Seeks Community Help For Surgery For Dora The Kitten

  By Michelle Colesanti Dora is a sweet kitten who has had a rough start. She and her sister, Bobbi, both now around four months old, were found as strays near a Home Depot store garden center. Dora has a medical condition called Trichiasis, where the eyelashes of one eye grow in toward the eye […]

T.A.M.P.A. Readies For 7th Annual Run For The Fallen

T.A.M.P.A. Readies For 7th Annual Run For The Fallen

  By Tamas Mondovics Six years ago, under the logo “Run for the Fallen,” a small team of runners ran across America to raise awareness about the lives of the service members who were killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The effort began to keep the memories of fallen solders […]

Fire Rescue To Break Ground On  New Bloomingdale Station

Fire Rescue To Break Ground On New Bloomingdale Station

By Tamas Mondovics Following a ceremonial groundbreaking this month, Bloomingdale area residents will witness construction crews hard at work on the county’s newest fire station scheduled to be built. Slated for completion by Spring of 2015, the new 9,300 sq. ft., three-bay fire station will replace the existing South Brandon Fire Station (#7) currently located […]

Over 60 Candidates Boast Qualifications To Residents During 2014 Candidate Forum

Over 60 Candidates Boast Qualifications To Residents During 2014 Candidate Forum

  By Tamas Mondovics Residents had a chance to meet, question and hear prepared speeches by the more than 60 candidates running for government office in Hillsborough County during this year’s much-anticipated 2014 Meet and Greet Candidate Forum. The two-part, free community event, which for the past 19 years has been held at the Bell […]

The Investigator Movie Filmed Locally Goes On Sale at Wal-Mart Nationwide September 2

The Investigator Movie Filmed Locally Goes On Sale at Wal-Mart Nationwide September 2

  By Marie Gilmore   Gabriel’s Messenger Films selected Bell Shoals Baptist Academy and South Brandon Little League to shoot scenes for its full-length feature film, The Investigator, which is scheduled for nationwide DVD release at Walmart starting Tuesday, September 2.   Using a largely local cast and crew, The Investigator production spent five days at Bell Shoals and […]