By Sandra Meyer

BC_ACTAnimal Coalition of Tampa Begins Cleanup After Arson Fire

On Saturday, April 28 a fire at Animal Coalition took the lives of three beloved cats consuming at least 70 percent of the building. ACT has found a short term facility to serve its customers while the Gilchrist location is being rebuilt. On Friday, May 9 the Shot Clinic reopened at its temporary location at 1719 W. Lemon St. in Tampa. Shot hours are 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Monday – Friday and no appointment is necessary. ACT is currently accepting donations at to help rebuild its facility and replace equipment lost in the fire. The organization provides affordable animal health services and pet medications, and is an active participant in Hillsborough County’s voucher program for income-qualified families.

For more information call 250-3900 or visit


Elite Global Services Offers ServSafe Food Safety Certification BC_Elite

Manager Steven Landert, owner of Elite Global Services, offers ServSafe Food Safety Certification for managers in the food service industry. Florida law requires all restaurant managers to complete ServSafe Food Safety training and pass a certification exam within 30 days of employment. This can be obtained through Elite Global Service in the comfort of the customer’s own establishment and scheduled upon request. Classes can be given within three days notice. No minimum or maximum class size is required. Call 240-5763 for more information, or go to

BC_RJfarmsMeet and Support the Mustangs

RJ Farms in Lithia is holding a fundraiser for Sunshine State American Mustang & Burro Association Mustangs on Saturday, May 24 at Schiro’s Feed Store located at 7015 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia. This will be a combination yard sale, car wash, hotdog sale and meet the mustangs.

The event will be held from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. and offsets the cost of caring for mustangs that were rescued by RJ Farms. Visit www.rjfarms or call 463-3298. RJ Farms is located at 10130 Ramblin Hinson Rd. and visitations are by appointment only.

Shredding Party at Hawthorne VillageBC_Hawthorne

Hawthorne Village Retirement Community in Brandon partnered with Preservation 1st Financial Group to host “Cutting up after Taxes,” a paper shredding event in April. Proceeds went the Campo YMCA and Camp Christina’s Drowning Prevention Programs. Call Trenna Russ with Hawthorne Village Retirement Community for more information at 205-9571 or e-mail russtrenna@hotmail .com.

BC_DivaConsignmentDiva Consignment Boutique Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

Diva Consignment Boutique, a stylish women’s clothing store in Brandon, will celebrate its four year anniversary on Saturday, June 7. A Blowout Sale will be held that day which will equal savings from 25 to 75 percent off. The boutique specializes in like-new and new clothing for women of all sizes. Consignors can bring in clothing any time during normal business hours. Clothing must be no older than three years old, clean, pressed and on hangers. The consignment period is 60 days with a 50/50 split upon sale of the merchandise.  For more information, visit www.divaconsign or call 681-5500. The boutique is located at 206 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon and is open Tuesday- Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.   

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Melissa Haskins, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, presents a seminar to educate women on finance and beauty. Join Haskins on Thursday, May 29 from 6–8 p.m. and learn about Five Money Questions for Women. This is an educational program that shares perspectives on a process that women can use to identify financial goals and set a strategy. She will also be providing free makeovers.  The seminar will be held at the Osprey Observer Small Business Center at 916 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon.  Call 681-1027 to register or for more information.                                                                                                                 

BC_soheilaFirst Summer Charity Bridal Gala

Studio 210 Salon owner Soheila Imani has organized the First Annual Summer Charity Bridal Gala, which will showcase Studio 210 Salon’s bridal services, as well other local business’ services to all interested individuals. All proceeds from the charity event will go to Life Care in its mission to help young moms with pregnancy needs. The Bridal Gala will be held on Tuesday, June 24 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. The cost to attend is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, and to purchase tickets, call 684-0600. For more information on the salon, visit www.studio210                                                                           

SmartShape Offers Comprehensive Approach to Diet & Exercise

SmartShape is revolutionizing the diet and body sculpting industry with the belief that a person’s outward appearance should accurately reflect who they truly are. In the new Brandon facility, medical procedures such as Liposculpting, Brazilian Butt Lifts and more are performed by Dr. Robert Miles, who has more than 20 years of experience operating weight loss programs as a primary care physician and surgeon.                                                                              In addition, clients can undergo a “whole body and mind” transformation, which will include the SmartShape Diet, a medically-assisted weight loss program that offers unlimited support and the ability to lose as much as 20 to 25 pounds in the first month. To schedule a free consultation, call 448-7600, or visit SmartShape is located at 1107 Professional Park Dr. in Brandon.


Brandon Regional Hospital Commemorates CommitmentBC_BrandonRegional

Brandon Regional Hospital recently held a commemoration event to confirm and renew the commitment to its employees and patient care. To do so, three birch trees were planted by the parking garage of the A-Tower Lobby used for the symbolic meaning of “renewal, truth and new beginnings.” Recently Brandon Regional Hospital conducted a major initiative to have a mission, vision and values statement that reflects the hospital and especially the hospital’s employees. Brandon Regional Hospital is located at 119 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information, contact Patricia Montgomery at 571-5105 or go to BrandonRegional


Romano’s Greek Italian Restaurant Expands

Romano’s Greek & Italian Restaurant in Brandon has been a tradition since 1977 and has recently expanded its facilities to cater to large parties. Owner George Manasakis provides catering for office parties, picnics or any occasion. All food is made to order with fresh ingredients purchased every day. The Greek salads, gyros and all menu items are served with generous portions and friendly service. It is located at 901 W. Brandon Blvd. and the menu and restaurant hours can be found online at Call 654-9477 for more information.                                        

BC_Lendtech_America_DSCN0197Lend Tech Corp Specializes in First Time Home Buyer Loans

Lend Tech Corp. has opened a new office in the SouthShore area. The Principal Loan Originator, America Lamorell, brings more than 20 years of experience to the area, specializing in FHA first time home buyer loans, New Construction loans, Reverse Mortgages, Home Loans for Foreign Nationals, Condo Financing and Land and commercial lending. Realtors can schedule Lamorell as a guest speaker in offices to train agents on a variety of loan programs. Lend Tech Corp’s hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and can be reached at 634-7480 or online at It is located at 16621 US Hwy. 301 S., Ste. 107 in Wimauma.

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