Turkey Creek Trojans Confident Of Playoff Success

Turkey Creek Trojans Confident Of Playoff Success

By Tamas Mondovics Based on its current standing, it is safe to say that the Turkey Creek Trojans Youth Football and Cheerleading program has every reason to look forward to the post-season with the utmost confidence. Pulling athletes and coaches from the Brandon and surrounding communities, all five Trojans teams   are sporting a strong winning(…)

Local Family Hosts Event To Support St. Jude

Local Family Hosts Event To Support St. Jude

What started as a personal decision to support a good cause has grown to a team event that is sure to raise plenty of money with the help of the community. FishHawk resident Carrie Coppin recently saw a commercial on television about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that moved her. “It absolutely broke my heart,”(…)

Alvarez Plumbing In Business For Generations

Alvarez Plumbing In Business For Generations

When Alvarez Plumbing gets a call or a referral, it knows it is a sign of a job well done and that someone in the community recognizes a company that states right on its business cards, “We Take Pride in Our Work.” This lesson was learned by company owner and founder, Al Alvarez, because this (…)

VSA Florida Looks To Join The Brandon Community

VSA Florida Looks To Join The Brandon Community

By Libby Hopkins The VSA program was started over 35 years ago by Jean Kennedy-Smith, sister of Eunice Kennedy, who started the Special Olympics. The program is based out of the Kennedy Center of the Arts and has programs in more than 35 states around the nation. Their mission is to create a society where(…)

ECHO Crowns Miss ECHO & Miss ECHO Jr. 2013

ECHO Crowns Miss ECHO & Miss ECHO Jr. 2013

By Kathy Collins Each October ECHO holds its Annual Kids Helping Kids Fashion Show. For the last few years, ECHO has named one child, who raises the most money for ECHO, Mr. or Miss ECHO. This year, two young ladies were honored. Teanna Fortson was named Miss ECHO 2013 for her efforts at raising an(…)

BRH Announces Major Advancement In The Diagnosis And Treatment Of Lung Cancer

BRH Announces Major Advancement In The Diagnosis And Treatment Of Lung Cancer

By Kathy L. Collins Brandon Regional Hospital (BRH) strives to provide cutting edge technology and services to the residents of the greater Brandon area. In keeping with this, BRH is pleased to offer a major addition to its services for patients who have been identified to have a small or inaccessible lesion on their lung.(…)

County Approves Purchase Of Bus Passes For The Transportation Disadvantaged

County Approves Purchase Of Bus Passes For The Transportation Disadvantaged

By Tamas Mondovics Elderly residents and low-income and disabled persons who do not have or cannot afford their own transportation can breathe a little easier today. At their regular Board meeting last month, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners unanimously (7-0) approved to help fund the County’s Sunshine Line service and it’s Bus Pass Program.(…)

Veteran Joined Army To Keep Brother Out Of Trouble

Veteran Joined Army To Keep Brother Out Of Trouble

By Derek Maul Peter Schmitt is pleased to be included in The Bridges 2013 veterans calendar, but he makes sure people understand the role he played. “I signed up with my brother,” he said. “My mother told me I had to go to keep him out of trouble.” The brothers were separated after boot camp(…)

Valrico Resident Writes Children’s Book For Eagle Scout Service Project

Valrico Resident Writes Children’s Book For Eagle Scout Service Project

By Nicole Schoen Valrico resident, Ben Osenton, is only a few steps away from earning the title of Eagle Scout, which has been a tradition for the Osenton family. Ben’s grandfather, Owen Osenton, was an Eagle Scout and so is his father, Reggie Osenton of Osenton Law Offices in Brandon. One of the major milestones(…)

District Chef Leads Healthy Demonstrations During National School Lunch Week

District Chef Leads Healthy Demonstrations During National School Lunch Week

By Tamas Mondovics As part of National School Lunch Week (Monday, October 14 through Friday, October 18), Hillsborough County Public Schools Student Nutrition Services introduced “School Lunch Across the USA,” an initiative to get students familiar with new healthy recipes. “The goal of the initiative is to celebrate the positive changes made in school lunches(…)