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ECHO Raises Hunger Awareness With 2nd Annual Empty Bowls

ECHO Raises Hunger Awareness With 2nd Annual Empty Bowls

By Kathy L. Collins For one in four area residents, hunger and not having enough to eat are every day problems. To help raise awareness of this pervasive issue and to raise funds to combat hunger, the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) of Brandon is holding its 2nd Annual Empty Bowls event. The event will(…)

A Night Of Hope For The Woman’s Resource Center

A Night Of Hope For The Woman’s Resource Center

Staff Report Nestled under the trees on Kingsway Rd. in Brandon is an organization that serves as a place of hope and transformation for many women in our community. For the past ten years, Cheryl English, Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center of Tampa and staff of volunteers, a group of women who themselves(…)

HCSO Detectives Make Multiple Arrests, Seize Firearms Inside Marijuana Grow House Operation

HCSO Detectives Make Multiple Arrests, Seize Firearms Inside Marijuana Grow House Operation

By Tamas Mondovics Just within the past month, detectives uncovered three marijuana grow houses from one end of the county to the other. In Dover, HCSO Patrol District 2 deputies discovered a grow house at 1605 Sidney Dover Rd. in Dover when they responded to a prowler call in the area and smelled what they(…)

Local Twins Earn Black Belt In Judo

Local Twins Earn Black Belt In Judo

By Tamas Mondovics The Florida School of Judo at the Campo YMCA in Valrico was pleased to announce the results of hard work, commitment and dedication on the part of two of its longtime members earlier this month. The twin children of Sensei Merry Alaynick, Christopher and Alexander Alaynick, received the Shodan (first degree black(…)

Sister Hazel, Uncle Kracker & More To Headline 110th Florida State Fair

Sister Hazel, Uncle Kracker & More To Headline 110th Florida State Fair

By Kathy L. Collins The 110th Florida State Fair is coming to the Florida State Fairgrounds beginning on Thursday, February 6 and running through Monday, February 17. The Fairgrounds are located at 4800 U.S. Hwy 301 N. in Tampa. Parking is free. The 110th fair’s theme is “1st Place For Fun” which is meant to(…)

Hit The Target With Active Couples Fun

Hit The Target With Active Couples Fun

By Ali Renckens Roses and chocolate, candlelight dinners and walks along the beach have become a stereotypical Valentine’s Day. Couple who have been together a few years or young couples who may want to consider something new may be interested in these active Valentine’s Day and date night activities. Captain Ric Liles, a native of(…)

Aspiring Local Authors Publishes First Book

Aspiring Local Authors Publishes First Book

By Kathy L. Collins For Katherine Abbey and Anne Marie Girolami, their dream of becoming published authors has been achieved with the publication of their book, Dare To Be Contagious! Infuse Relationships With YOU. As Girolami explains, this book combines Abbey and Girolami’s common interests with their different approaches and strengths. Dare To Be Contagious!(…)

Art Students Work Displayed At Bruton Memorial Library

Art Students Work Displayed At Bruton Memorial Library

By Kathy L. Collins The December exhibit at the Bruton Memorial Library in Plant City is a collection of the artwork created by the students who attend the Beginner’s Art Class taught by Lou Ann Watson, a local artist and member of the Art Lounge in Plant City. Watson said of the exhibit, “I’m very(…)

Tampa Repertory Theatre Is Innovative, Provocative And Classic

Tampa Repertory Theatre Is Innovative, Provocative And Classic

By Kathy L. Collins Tampa Repertory Theatre, known as TampaRep, was established in June 2011 by C. David Frankel, Ned Averill-Snell and Emilia Sargent. The theatre was started to provide another outlet for the many talent- ed theatre artists in the Tampa area and to focus on the classics from the American Theatre. Since its(…)

Armwood Seals Sixth State Title-Game Berth To Battle Miami Central In FHSAA 6A Re-match

Armwood Seals Sixth State Title-Game Berth To Battle Miami Central In FHSAA 6A Re-match

By Tamas Mondovics If there was one point in the 2013-2014 football season that Armwood High School came close to missing out on the chance to reach the state championship, it was against Jefferson High. Instead, the close game only gave the Seffner program a major boost as the Hawks devastated Springstead 41-0 during the(…)