Submariner Remembers Service On German Sub

By Derek Maul As a kid in Kentucky, submarines were the last thing on Joseph Hayden’s mind. However, once the young cook enlisted in 1945, he knew exactly what he wanted to do. “I was working at Gabe’s Steakhouse,” Hayden said. “Guys came in from the Army, the Marines, and the Navy. They said, ‘Your(…)

MiraBay Hosts Dragon Boat Festival, Seeks Racing Teams

By Samantha R. Evensen Newland Communities has teamed up with the Pan Am Dragon Boat Association to bring dragon boat racing to MiraBay. The second annual event will be taking place Saturday, May 11 at 9 a.m. at 428 MiraBay Blvd. in Apollo Beach. Admission to the event is free.The hope for the event is(…)

The Book Stall: 35 Years In The Making

By Samantha R. Evensen Ken and Claire Jones opened their bookstore in April of 1978 and are now acknowledging 35 years of success at The Book Stall. Specializing in selling and trading new and used paperback books, the Jones has come to collect a little piece of history. Shelves and shelves of books, including best(…)

Car, New Clubs, TV Can Be Won At LifeCare’s Golf Tournament At River Hills

Staff Report LifeCare of Brandon & SouthShore is excited to announce that Joe Wicker will be chairman for its 12th Annual Players Tournament, which will take place on Thursday, May 2 at Riverhills Golf & Country Club, located at 3943 New River Hills Pkwy., in Valrico. LifeCare is  a non-profit outreach ministry serving the greater(…)

Annual 5K4Q Run At E. G. Simmons Park Benefits 5-Year Bloomingdale Library Survivor

By Kathy L. Collins It has been five years since “Q,” a student at East Bay High School was brutally attacked and left for dead in the woods by the Bloomingdale Regional Library. While she has become known as the Bloomingdale Library Survivor, students at East Bay High School still call her “Q.” “Q” was(…)

Valrico Rams Join “Pop Warner” Little Scholars Program, Compete In FYD Conference

By Tamas Mondovics The Valrico Rams Youth Football and Cheerleading Organization announced last month its efforts to join the largest youth football and cheerleading organization. With the beginning of its eighth year of competition this fall, the Rams will do so as part of the Pop Warner Little Scholars program, which boasts of member organizations(…)

Tap Water In Running For Best In State

By Tamas Mondovics With the bold statement of “On the hunt for the best drinking water? Bag the bottled stuff. Put away the Perrier,” Hillsborough County Public Utilities Water Services claimed top honors for the best tap water in a regional contest sponsored by the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA). With(…)

Baby Cafe Opens At The Children’s Board Resource Center In Brandon

By Kathy L. Collins On Tuesday, April 9 the Florida Department of Health-Hillsborough County and the Champion for Children abc Program held the official ribbon cutting and grand opening for its Baby Cafe at the Children’s Board Family Resource Center located at 1271 Kingsway Rd. in Brandon. Baby Cafe is a free Breastfeeding Support Group(…)

County Plans Bloomingdale Avenue Median Modifications At Providence Road

By Tamas Mondovics Orange barrels blocking entrances to shopping centers off Bloomingdale Ave., just east and west of Providence Rd. in Brandon last month caught motorists by surprise. Two weeks later, the barrels disappeared and were replaced by a number of official Hillsborough County Public hearing signs throughout the community, inviting residents to attend and(…)

Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band Host Concert To Build Smart Home for Injured Marine

Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band Host Concert To Build Smart Home for Injured Marine

By Michelle Colesanti The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation created a strategic partnership program called “Building for America’s Bravest.” Gary Sinise, the actor, is also a musician and has a band.  You probably know him best as the current star of CSI-New York and the actor who played the(…)