Mounted Law Enforcement Team Provides Additional Safety To Community

Mounted Law Enforcement Team Provides Additional Safety To Community

  By Tamas Mondovics Getting acquainted with some of the local law enforcement special units that patrol the communities is never a bad idea. Riverview, Progress Village and Palm River area residents had a chance to do just that last month as they had a chance to get up close and personal with the Hillsborough(…)

Paralyzed Riverview Grad Seeks Support To Win Big Accessible Vehicle Prize

Paralyzed Riverview Grad Seeks Support To Win Big Accessible Vehicle Prize

  By Libby Hopkins Antonio Dowels of Riverview is a recent graduate of the University of Florida. He volunteers at his church, Holy Outreach for Christ and he feeds the homeless and is a mentor to many people in the community. Dowels doesn’t let anything stand in his way of helping others or achieving his(…)

The Blue Angels

Senior Chief Bill Rhodes, a 20 year Navy veteran is currently assigned to the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, The Blue Angels, and works as an Aviation Electronics Technicians (AT) troubleshooting and repairing digital computers; fiber optics; infrared detection; radar systems; electricity generation systems; laser electronics; navigation systems; communications equipment; electrical power distribution; pressure indication systems; electric(…)

Library History Roadshow will Gather Bloomingdale Regional Public Library History on April 12

Library History Roadshow will Gather Bloomingdale Regional Public Library History on April 12

On Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Library History Roadshow will feature the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Library patrons are encouraged to bring their library memories, photographs and memorabilia to share. Dedicated on Feb. 10, 2005, the library was built to serve communities in east Hillsborough County.  With(…)

Bloomingdale Youth Sports Association Starts Season As Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Affiliate

  By Tamas Mondovics Following a switch of its league affiliation from Little League to Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth, the Bloomingdale Youth Sports Association (BYSA) has begun its 2014 spring baseball and softball season. The league’s well attended opening ceremony late last month that drew more than 400 people recognized all of the tee ball teams(…)

Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour Stops In Tampa

Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour Stops In Tampa

  By Mary Lou Janson The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil announced that Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour will perform in Tampa on Tuesday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 21 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Since its world premiere in Montreal in October 2011, this production has thrilled audiences across(…)

Warriors For Christ Paintball Receives Help Through Eagle Scout Project

Warriors For Christ Paintball Receives Help Through Eagle Scout Project

  By Libby Hopkins Joining the Boy Scouts can be an amazing and life-changing event in a boy’s life. It develops their imaginations and express their feelings, along with becoming aware of their own potential. These are just some of the reasons Stevie Cilenti of Valrico joined the Boy Scouts four years ago and has(…)

Taking Flight On Future Expansion Is Goal Of Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary

Taking Flight On Future Expansion Is Goal Of Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary

  By Michelle Colesanti While taking courses to become a veterinarian, “Bird Mother” Patricia Norton discovered her love for exotic birds. With the support of her husband, a decision was made in 2000 to open a parrot sanctuary. She now resides on-site in Wesley Chapel with her husband and two children, John and Katie. Upon(…)

Exploring Wild Florida: Circle B Bar Reserve

Exploring Wild Florida: Circle B Bar Reserve

  By Alicia Martin In Polk county, just between Lakeland and Bartow, is a hidden gem that very few nature lovers know about. That gem would be Circle B Bar Reserve located at 4399 Winter Lake Rd. in Lakeland. The property, which was jointly purchased in 2000 by the Southwest Florida Water Management District and(…)

Local High School Opera Singer Wins Prestigious Award

Local High School Opera Singer Wins Prestigious Award

  By Kathy L. Collins Awards are used to recognize excellence. Recently, Rachel Steinbacher, a Junior at Bloomingdale High School, placed first in the Florida Suncoast Opera Guild and The St. Petersburg Opera Company’s Opera Vocal Competition. Of the win, Steinbacher said, “I was a bit shocked. I knew I did a good job. The(…)