43rd Annual Family Event Includes 5K, Idol Contest & More At Novemberfest

43rd Annual Family Event Includes 5K, Idol Contest & More At Novemberfest

By Jennifer Silverstein For the 43rd time, Novemberfest will open its gates starting on Thursday, November 8, at 4 p.m. and continue through the weekend on the church and school grounds, located at 705 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon. Novemberfest is often touted at the third largest festival in Hillsborough County behind the Florida State(…)

Neighbors Quarrel Gets Ends with Apollo Beach Man Shot

Neighbors Quarrel Gets Ends with Apollo Beach Man Shot

The question of gun safety along with the often controversial topic of taking matters into ones own had, surfaced once again following an incident last month that left one Apollo Beach man dead. After working through the crime scene, conducting numerous interviews and collecting evidence, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, homicide detectives concluded that on Thursday,(…)


THE BATTLE CONTINUES…IN ORLANDO Hugely-Successful Attraction Will Now Be Featured at Three Universal Parks Worldwide Guests Will Be Fully-Immersed in a TRANSFORMERS Adventure with Their Favorite Characters and Nemeses from the Popular Film Series ORLANDO, Fla. (November 2, 2012) – Get ready – it’s time to prepare for battle… Universal Orlando Resort announced today that its(…)

Romero Insurance Kicks Off Angel Team To Help Families In Need

By Andria Barrios The meaning of “It is better to give than to receive” truly comes alive through The Greater Brandon Foundation Angel Program and its desire to give to qualified families in need. Three months ago, contact between Romero Insurance Company and a single mother and her twins began. Sadly, this desperate mother was(…)

Village Inn Offers Its Blue Ribbon – Selection of Holiday Pies

By Derek Maul The Village Inn may be a full-service restaurant featuring casual family dinning, but for many people it’s all about the pies. “Depending on the location, pies account for 10-20% of our business,” said Florida’s regional manager Dean LaFollete. “And Florida is one of our strongest pie markets.” With 18 pie choices year-(…)

Center Place Lights Christmas Tree For 28th Year With Free Family Event

By Kathy L. Collins Start your holiday season by attending one of the festive, holiday themed activities at Center Place in Brandon this December. Dawn Galia, Executive Director of Center Place said, “All of our holiday events make you feel warm and fuzzy!” The first event is the 2nd Annual Holiday Tea set for Sunday,(…)

Consumers Caution Urged For High Pressure Tactics, Return Hassles With Mattress Sales

By Tamas Mondovics While violent scams are making headlines, the Hillsborough County Consumer Protection Agency hopes to increase consumer awareness ahead of the upcoming holiday season and to help prevent crime as well as make wise purchasing decisions, including the purchase of a new mattress. In a recent newsletter, the agency focused its attention on(…)

Snap Fitness Offers Holiday Tips To Avoid The ‘Gain’, Plus 7 Days Free

Staff Report The holiday season is just around the corner, and for many of us that means plenty of food and family get-togethers. However, if you’re not careful it can also mean packing on a few unwanted pounds. But, follow these three steps to avoid the ‘gain’! Step One: Stay Physically Active “Holidays are about(…)


By NITISH S. RELE nitishrele@gmail.com Probably one of the most under-rated midsize SUVs on the market is the Dodge Journey, which is 7 inches shorter and 700 pounds lighter than the Durango. Seating up to seven passengers, it is available as a front-wheel or all-wheel drive and in two trims: 2.4-liter inline-4 cylinder engine (173(…)

Press Releases For November 2012

Compiled By Michelle Colesanti, michelle@ospreyobserver.com Wi-Fi Access Now Available At Selected Hillsborough County Recreation Centers Hillsborough County Park, Recreation and Conservation is excited to announce that Wi-Fi service is now available at 12 recreation centers. This Wi-Fi service is available from 7 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, and is part of Hillsborough County’s(…)