Mark Kulaga Gives Found Objects Their Wings In His Art

By  Kathy L. Collins Mark Kulaga is an artist who takes found objects and turns them into works of art. His artwork is influenced by friends, family and the environment around him. Kulaga is not a native to Florida and moved here to be near family. Despite personal heartache and tragedy, he continued with his […]

HUMAN Offering New Healthy Vending Options

By Samantha R. Evensen Lisa and Ed Aber, active members of the community, have been working with Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition (HUMAN) to bring healthy vending options to the schools. They saw the opportunity to be part of the solution in the ongoing battle against obesity, and being members of the PTSA board at […]

Bloomingdale Confident Of Flag Football Season Success

By Tamas Mondovics Whether or not the Bloomingdale High School Flag Football program with second-year coach, Michael Lankford, at the helm is ready for the new season, is hardly a question. However, with relative success in recent years, including last spring’s 6-3 regular season record and district loss to Newsome, the Bulls remained in the […]

Newsome Baseball Poised For Breakthrough Season

By Ryan Butler This could be the year when the Newsome baseball team puts it all together. A perennially-strong program now has the talent and experience to take the team further than it’s ever been. The 2011 Saladino Tournament champions are looking to replicate their tournament title in 2013 and make a deep run in […]

Young Talent, New Attitude To Carry Newsome Softball

By Ryan Butler A losing record in 2012 and a young roster for 2013 might be enough to intimidate the Newsome High School softball team. Instead, the Wolves are seeing this season not only as an opportunity to improve but a chance to get back to their winning ways of years past. “They had a […]

From Harlem’s Cotton Club to Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde

By Henry Adams At the next Tampa Bay Times Masterworks concert, German conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing and The Florida Orchestra are joined by famed German pianist Peter Rösel to perform Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with its melodic inventions brimming with panache on this concert with Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1 and Berlioz’ orchestral tour de […]

Let Outdoor Impressions Turn Your Backyard In To Paradise

By Sandy Meyer Anyone who is a fan of the show Yardcrashers, on the DIY Network, has probably dreamed of transforming their own backyard into one of the amazing works of art featured on the show. James Smith, President of Outdoor Impressions has made creating these stunning masterpieces his life work, going into the business […]

Let Couture Painting Transform Your Home With Paint

By Kathy L. Collins If you are looking to spruce up your home, interior or exterior, with paint or transform a room with an accent wall and maybe even a chair rail, give Mike Couture with Couture Painting a call. Couture specializes in finish painting, so he is the one to call for the final […]

Local Communities Relay To Honor & Keep Hope Alive

By Michelle Colesanti Relay for Life began as the brainchild of Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, who wanted to help enhance the income of his local American Cancer Society.  Nine teams participated in that first relay event on the track at the historical Stadium Bowl in Tacoma in 1986. Every year, […]

Special Needs Children Get A Day Of Very Special Arts Thanks To The GFWC Brandon Service League

By Kathy L. Collins On Tuesday, February 19, the GFWC Brandon Service League (BSL) held its annual Very Special Arts event at First Baptist Church of Brandon. This gives pre-school aged special needs children an opportunity to go on a fun field day filled with arts and crafts and entertainment. The children are aided in […]