Florida

Stokes Named Buccaneers 2008 Coach Of The Year

While Buccaneers fans walked away disappointed after the realization that their team will not advance to the playoffs this year, one fan, teacher and high school Varsity football coach took home much more than just memories from the season’s final game. Earlier, Bloomingdale High School coach Jason Stokes was named the Buccaneers 2008 Coach of(…)

Florida State Fair Embraces Super Bowl with “Touchdown Tampa Bay”

It’s just about time for Fair time! The Florida State Fair will be back in town before you know it. The fair will run this year from February 5-16. Gates open daily at 9 a.m. and closing time varies by the day of the week and weather conditions.

Around Riverview December

Winner of Drawing Announced The final event for Mary Ann Wilhelm’s race for Honorary Mayor of Ruskin was a breakfast held at the office of Wilhelm Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. in Ruskin where attendees were entered into a drawing for a brand new Carrier Infinity residential air conditioning system, installed at no charge by(…)

First Big Box Opening In February

The SouthShore area will soon be home to its first department store, Bealls. According to its Website, the corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates over 560 retail store sites in states across the Sun Belt, from Florida to California, with annual sales over one billion dollars.

Golf Takes Young Athlete To Next Level

“I feel comfortable with my decision and I am very relieved and excited about moving on to college. I am looking forward to playing the sport I love at my new school,” said Newsome High School senior Jessica Alexander after officially signing her commitment of attending Coastal Carolina University during a ceremony at Summerfield Crossings(…)

Council Meeting Focuses On Gang Awareness

“There are more than 30,000 documented gangs in the U.S., with more than a million certified gang members,” said detective Mark Wilder, of the Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office (HSCO) Gang Unit, during the recently held Bloomingdale area community council meeting. What do these numbers mean for Hillsborough County? Wilder explained that as of the second(…)

Lithia Pinecrest Road Widening Public Meeting Draws Crowds

Hundreds attended a recent public meeting concerning the proposed widening of approximately an 11 mile section of Lithia Pinecrest Rd. from its current two travel lane roadway to a six travel lane roadway, affecting the Brandon, Bloomingdale and Lithia communities from S.R. 60 in Brandon to C.R. 39.

FREE Disney Admission On Your Birthday in 2009

“Spend your happiest day of the year at the happiest place on Earth,” says Disney World’s Website, referring to its Free Admission on Your Birthday promotion. Beginning in 2009, you can spend your birthday at Disney for free. Disney is also offering specials for first time visitors, reunions, honeymoons, anniversaries and more. Dave Herbst, print(…)

Public Meeting To Discuss Lithia Pinecrest Road Project Development & Environmental (PD&E) Study

Public Meeting To Discuss Lithia Pinecrest Road Project Development & Environmental (PD&E) Study Hillsborough County, in cooperation with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), will hold a public meeting to discuss the Project Development and Environmental Study for Lithia Pinecrest Road in the Brandon area. The Study evaluates the proposed widening of Lithia Pinecrest Road(…)

Interns Learn The Ropes While On Osprey Observer Summer Assignment

Over the summer break, seven students, including college journalism majors, marketing and public relations majors and high school journalists, completed an Osprey Observer internship, a program open to all students interested in learning more about the field and jobs in journalism. “We love to open our doors and teach students about the opportunities available to(…)