Perfect Gift For Dad At New Mall Kiosk

By Marie Gilmore Valrico dad Chris Hartsfield invented a useful and fun novelty gift idea when he became a dad for the third time. The Osprey Observer was the first to do a feature story when the concept was just rolling out over 5 years ago when sales were just 25 Daddy Diaper Changing Toolboxes.(…)

Liberty Pest Management Services Stops Bugs

By Michelle Caceres Death and taxes aren’t the only certainties in life if you live in Florida. Bugs can be added to that list; cockroaches, ants, silverfish, spiders, termites, fleas and mosquitoes are nuisance pests that can overrun your home if proper termination methods are not observed. Liberty Pest Management Services owner, Todd Oifer, says(…)

Lena Maxey Hosts New Expansion & Classroom Addition Celebration April 19 & 20

By Sandy Meyer Lena Maxey Charm and Tradition is Riverview’s one-stop shop where you can decorate your home, purchase a new outfit or get a makeover.  Where else can you do so much in one location?  The shop, which opened its doors in September of 2011, is expanding its operation and opens its new, larger(…)

Wish Farms Opens Farm To Public For Annual Charity Strawberry U-Pick

By Staff Report Wish Farms, the largest grower and shipper of Florida strawberries, opens its farm to the public for an annual charity strawberry U-pick with all proceeds going to Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA).  The two-day event will be held Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at(…)

Local Couple Celebrate Second Verizon Store Grand Re-Opening

By Tamas Mondovics For Marc and Morgan Malaj the dream of owning their own business was never a question, only a matter of time and, of course, finding the right product and fit. Today, the couple is proud to celebrate the grand re-opening of their second Verizon wireless store, located at 1019 E. Bloomingdale Ave.(…)

Pediatric Dental Center Owner Receives Highest Possible Award By Association

By Marie Gilmore Dr. W. Edward Gonzalez, Jr., moved to the Brandon area to open a pediatric dental practice that he could be proud of and in a community where he could raise his family. Staying on top of the advances in technology in his profession, teaching and sharing his passion for families, and dental(…)

Fern Hill Family Farms Offers Hydroponic U-Pick Options

By Michelle Colesanti Since mid-winter, the local community has been enjoying U-pick hydroponic strawberries at Fern Hill Family Farms, which recently opened its 6,000 sq. ft. air-conditioned produce market. Traditionally picking strawberries can be tiresome with all the bending. When Suzy Wiesenhart discovered Fern Hills Family Farm’s hydroponic U-pick strawberries, which only required cutting them(…)

Customers Find Main Street USA Services At Century Buick GMC Worth The Drive

By Marie Gilmore When 33 year-old entrepreneur Ralph C. Ghioto Jr. moved to Tampa from Jacksonville in 1969 with his young family in tow, he was already a successful business man. But, taking on the Buick dealership across from the old stadium on Dale Mabry Hwy. and changing its name to Century Buick was one(…)

Brandon Regional Hospital Establishes Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

By Kathy L. Collins When a child is seriously ill, parents often face many challenges, one of which might be the distance of their home to a hospital capable of caring for their child. Parents in Eastern Hillsborough County can now breathe easier knowing that Brandon Regional Hospital has established an eight bed Pediatric Intensive(…)

Local Teen Completes Stage Project At Masonic Youth Camp

By Staff Report Corey Tappan of Valrico, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout, was recently recognized for his outstanding achievement during a Court of Honor held for him in the fall. Tappan, a 2013 Honor Graduate of Newsome High School, worked the first part of this year on a design and secured the needed(…)