By Suzy Wiesenhart

Army Veteran Accepts New Assignment Of Insurance Franchise

BC_Lorenzo Acevedo BWI AAOLorenzo Acevedo is the new agency owner for the Brandon Brightway Insurance store located at 773 W. Brandon Blvd. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native served 11 years in the U.S. Army, including time in Afghanistan. Prior to taking over the Brandon store, Acevedo worked at the Department of Veteran Affairs. Brightway Insurance offers customers more choices from more than 100 reliable carriers and is diligent in doing what is best for the consumer. Visit brigthwayin  or call 413-5461 for more information.


Three Brandon Honda Sales Associates Recognized

BC_Driss HililliBrandon Honda sales associates Driss Hilili, Hassan Slim and John Tanner have all been awarded silver level memberships in American Honda Motor Company’s 2013 Council of Sales Leadership program by achieving established criteria in sales goals, customer service and training. Brandon Honda, a division of Morgan Auto Group, is located at 9209 E. Adamo Dr., one mile west of I-75. It is open Monday–Saturday 9 a.m. –8 p.m. and Sunday 12 Noon–6 p.m. For more information, call 425-1864 or visit

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Mathnasium Provides Tool To Combat Math Anxiety 

BC_MathnasiumribboncuttingMath anxiety can easily undermine the hard work students have put in throughout the year, lowering their scores on standardized tests and jeopardizing their chances to take advanced classes or enroll in the schools of their choice. Becky McDaniels, owner of the Brandon Mathnasium franchise explains that students can reduce anxiety by reviewing the mistakes they make in homework assignments and practice exams. Mathnasium is the nation’s leading math-only learning center franchise, specializing in teaching kids math in a way that makes sense to them. For more information, call 655-MATH (6284) or visit its Website at mathnasi


New Vape Shop In Brandon

BC_BrandonVapeshopBrandon Vape, located at 705 Lumsden Rd. W. in Brandon, is a new cigarette store offering products for vaping (an alternative to smoking) enthusiasts including starter kits for smokers looking for an alternative to smoking. Owners Alan and Patti Cosgrove have many choices in ecigarettes, ejuice and supplies to satisfy the needs of the vaping community. It offers free Wi-fi and free tasting stations to sample the award-winning ejuices it sells. Its hours are Monday-Friday from 1-8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, call 681-7906 or visit


Seminar For Queena At Title Boxing BrandonBC_titleboxinglogo

Title Boxing Brandon is partnering with Hot Ninja Defenders for a women’s self-defense seminar in honor of Queena, who was a victim at the Bloomingdale library a few years ago. It is being held on Saturday, April 12 from 1-4 p.m. at 889 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in the Wal-Mart plaza at the Title Boxing facility. A $25 donation is required to attend. Please contact the Brandon location at 324-8867 to register for this informative and important hands-on event. Join Queena and others and learn how to defend yourself.


Real Estate “Pitch” Session Coming To Brandon

Beginning Wednesday, February 26 and every Wednesday thereafter, from 9:30-10:30 a.m.,  the newly-remodeled Slugger’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill at 109 W. Bloomingdale in Brandon will have “Pitch” sessions for real estate professionals who are serious about doing business.

Bring MLS sheets for listings, open house flyers, buyers’ wants and needs, and plenty of business cards. Stay in the know with important real estate topics, increase marketing awareness for listings and more.  Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Tim Ryan at Fidelity National Title at 928-2862 or e-mail


The Singing Baker Presents…

John Bella is the Singing Baker. Originally from New York, Bella will surprise someone with a homemade cake, whether for a birthday, anniversary, promotion, baby shower or congratulations, and bring it to a restaurant, hospital or office. Cake, delivery and song will cost $45 and up. For more information about the Singing Baker, call 512-6474, or e-mail bellabak


Brandon Office Suites Is Offering Affordable Business SpaceBC_Brandonpropertyforlease

Brandon Office Suites at 716 South Oakwood Ave. at Lithia Pinecrest is offering quality office suites at a visible location for affordable rates. Mark Simpson, owner-manager and local entrepreneur, said it has recently completed renovation and releasing projects and has a great mix of six small-businesses at the location. For more information, call Simpson at 245-7838 or e-mail mbsma


Girls With Confidence Offers Confidence Camp

BC_girlswithconfidenceGirls with Confidence (GWC) offers fun and creative workshops for young girls grades 1-12 that focus on development of strong self-esteem. The camp cost is typically $109, but it offers early registration discounts as well as sibling and refer-a-friend discounts at ten percent off each registration. All camps are half-days. K-5 is held Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-12 Noon at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 10540 Browning Rd. in Lithia. Each day will focus on different themes, include a discussion, activities, games and art project. For more information, contact 571-2002 or visit


Canine Cabana Announces a Certified Professional Dog Trainer

Canine Cabana is proud to announce that Amanda Anders is now a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge BC_caninecabanatraining2Assessed (CPDT-KA). She has been with Canine Cabana for four years and comes with a wealth of knowledge about animal care. Over the last year and a half, Anders has mentored under Canine Cabana’s owners, Kendall Duncan and Angie Frazier, to learn about positive training techniques. Canine Cabana is a premium pet lodging facility located at 9708 Carr Rd. in Riverview, offering overnight accommodations, Doggie Daycare and training. For more information about Canine Cabana, call 672-9663 or visit


TNT Termite and Pest Control Celebrates a Three-Year Anniversary

TNT Termite and Pest Control is celebrating a three-year anniversary. As a full-service termite and pest control company, TNT provides affordable service to homes and businesses in eastern Hillsborough County. “It truly is our pleasure to serve the residents in our local community,” said Bonnie Tekampe, who with husband, Ed, and son, Andy, work hard to provide “dynamite customer service.” The Tekampes’ extend a thank you for all the support received from the community. For more information, call 716-9196 or visit tnttermite andpestcontrol.


Olive Garden Launches New MenuBC_olivegardenlogo

Italian restaurant, Olive Garden, recently unveiled a new menu including more than 20 new items that broaden the choice, variety and value it offers guests, prepared with new cooking techniques that accentuate new flavors. Olive Garden’s new menu is designed to appeal to the evolving palettes and preferences of casual dining guests, while providing guests with more options to customize their meal experience at both lunch and dinner.

Some of the new diner menu highlights includes a  “Cucina Mia” section which introduces a new item and allows guests to create their own entrée from a variety of pastas and sauces for $9.99; eight small plates; under-575 calories dishes; and new desserts like Salted Caramel Tiramisu. For more information, visit


125th Anniversary Wellness Challenge

BC_ymcaThe YMCA is celebrating its 125th anniversary this month. Join the Wellness Challenge and make a positive impact on health and well-being, plus get a great anniversary gift. Through Monday, March 31, work out a minimum of 125 minutes each week, tracking progress on the wall chart and receive a commemorative 125th Anniversary workout towel after completing the challenge. Campo YMCA is located at 3414 Culbreath Rd. in Valrico and is open Monday-Friday, 5 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 12 Noon-6 p.m. This program is effective at any YMCA in the Tampa Bay area.


New Stylist Joins Lux Hair Design

Lux Hair Design, located at 4379 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico, recently added a new stylist to the team, Veronica BC_Veronica Boegel Lux Hair Design-EDITEDBoegel. The Valrico resident graduated from the Manhattan Hairstyling Academy and has two years’ experience styling hair, including working at the Color Salon and Spa and runway shows for designers like Beatriz Canedo and more in Bolivia as well as an event for The Knot. Boegel has experience with men, women and children of all ages and can provide services from cut and color to updos for special occasions. Services start at $35 and she can be contacted at 910-364-3846 to make an appointment today. Boegel is offering a free cut when clients pay for color when bringing in this article, or 20 percent off other services excluding keratin.


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Suzy is one of the Advertising Representatives for the Riverview area. She started with the Osprey as an advertising assistant in 2008 and has various positions since then. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Riverview Chamber of Commerce. She has lived in Bloomingdale with her husband, Tom for the last 22 years.