By Sandra Meyer

BC_YMCAbackToSchoolBack to School Festival Huge Success    

The Valrico/FishHawk Chamber celebrates the success of the 12th Annual Back to School Festival with a donation of 2,500 school supply items and a cash donation of $1,250 to the YMCA Backpack program.

The event was held on Sunday, July 27 at Campo Family YMCA and brought in more than 100 vendors, music and entertainment.

For more information on the chamber, visit          

The Salt Grotto Grand Reopening

The Salt Grotto is celebrating with a Grand Reopening on Thursday, August 21 at 4 p.m. There will be free goodies, chair massages, tours, and acupuncture demonstrations. Owner Suzanne Murray welcomes the public to this free event.

The Salt Grotto offers an alternative remedy for respiratory problems. It has a method of inhalation of the purest grade of salt in a day spa-like environment surrounded by Himalayan pink salt. People that have turned toward the natural healing solutions of alternative medicine and Himalayan salt have been experiencing fascinating results at The Salt Grotto.

The Salt Grotto is located at 1026 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 324-8946.

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Experience Works Recognizes Valrico Woman for  Achievements

During a national leadership symposium held in Atlanta, Ga., Experience Works honored Candy Brown of Valrico for her achievements in providing outstanding leadership and customer service for the organization.

Experience Works is a national non-profit organization which provides employment, training and community service opportunities for individuals age 55 and older and operates in 30 states and Puerto Rico, including 50 Florida counties.

To find out more about Experience Works programs and services, including JobReady and the Senior Community Service Employment Program, contact, (703) 522-7272, or visit

Local Psychologist Wins Florida Psychological Association “What a Woman Award”BC_Hammond

Dr. Nekeshia Hammond was awarded the Florida Psychological Association (FPA) “What a Woman Award” in July at the FPA Convention and awards ceremony. This prestigious honor is only awarded to a psychologist who has made significant contributions to the Florida Psychological Association and to the field of psychology.

Dr. Hammond has been a member of the Florida Psychological Association’s Bay Chapter since 2008. She has also been on their Board of Directors since 2013 in a volunteer position to assist in projects to improve the FPA. In addition to attending several Legislative Days in Tallahassee to advocate for various issues affecting mental health, Dr. Hammond is the owner of Hammond Psychology & Associates, P.A., a private practice working with children, teens, families and adults on an array of clinical issues. Her focus is primarily on clinical and forensic evaluations. Hammond Psychology & Associates is located at 710 Oakfield Dr., Ste 102 in Brandon. Call 567-3253 or visit hammondpsychology. com for more information.

Experience the Difference at HomeXpress Realty, Inc.

HomeXpress Realty is a full service real estate company. The difference between HomeXpress Realty and the larger big name brokerages is that the realtors that work at HomeXpress Realty, Inc. get to keep 100% percent of their commission. When a realtor gets to keep more of their hard earned commission, HomeXpress feels they are more inclined to spend more advertising dollars to promote their listings and get the highest possible prices for their clients. HomeXpress Realty, Inc. also believes that the company name is only as strong as the realtor’s name that promotes it.  HomeXpress Realty, Inc. is the Tampa Bay area’s fastest growing real estate company with over 50 realtors in the first three years in business. Realtors looking to keep more hard earned commission can call 641-2500 or stop by its new Brandon location at 316 E. Bloomingdale Ave.

BC_JetstreamJetstream Pressure Washing Meets Cleaning Needs    

Frank Hall, Owner/Operator of Jetstream Pressure Washing of West Central Florida, is excited to offer pressure washing, roof cleaning and paver sealing services to the Brandon, Valrico, Riverview, FishHawk and Plant City areas as of Thursday, August 28.  

Jetstream Pressure Washing boasts attention to detail, fair pricing, thorough knowledge of its business, and customer service.  For more information, call 438-9211 or visit

Ibiley Uniforms and More Opens

Ibiley Uniforms and More have been serving parents, teachers and students for over 25 years and is happy to announce its new location in Brandon to service the Tampa area.

It focuses on four things: quality, comfort, convenience and pricing. It is a one-stop shop for bottoms and tops at reasonable prices and carries inventory year round. The flagship Ibiley Premium Line has an enduring quality that is guaranteed to last up to 50 washes.

Ibiley Uniforms and More is located at 529 W. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon and can be reached by calling 305-625-8050. Open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

BC_SaraJamesSara James Salon Partners with ECHO and Lost Angels

Sara James Salon is proud to announce its community partnership with Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO ), and Lost Angels, Sara James Salon is directly supporting ECHO’s Back to Work program by providing hair services for 10 candidates who are ready to re-enter the job market. Lost Angels is a no-kill animal rescue organization that relies on community support to help furry friends. Sara James Salon will sponsor a dog that resides in a ‘forever’ foster home. These special dogs are older and/or have medical issues which make them harder to find permanent homes. Sara James Salon is located at 106 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon and can be contacted at 654-6594.

Brandon Regional Hospital Recognized for Reducing Early Elective DeliveriesBC_BRHlogo

Brandon Regional Hospital was honored on Wednesday, August 14 at the Women’s Center by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) District XII (Florida) and the March of Dimes for reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries with a special recognition banner. The hospital recently met the criteria to qualify for this distinction, which includes achieving a rate for elective deliveries for 39 completed weeks of pregnancy of five percent or lower and its policies in place to prevent such deliveries.

Early elective deliveries can cause lifelong health challenges for the baby, including breathing difficulty, cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants. 

Brandon Regional Hospital is a proud member of the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. It is located at 119 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information contact Patricia Montgomery at 571-5105 or go to

Delaney Creek Announces Seventh Annual Health FairBC_DelaneyCreeklogo

 Delaney Creek’s Seventh Annual Health Fair will be Wednesday, October 29 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. This event is a great opportunity to promote a company and educate the community. Set up time begins at 8 a.m. with a $25 table fee to be used toward door prizes. Help support the American Cancer Society by purchasing lunch for $3 which includes a hotdog, chips and a drink. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Reservations can be made by calling 655-8858. Delaney Creek is located at 320 S. Lakewood Dr. in Brandon.                                       

Tampa Bay Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists Announces Newest Neurosurgeon

Tampa Bay Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists, formerly known as Henkin Neurosurgery, is proud to announce the addition of the newest neurosurgeon to its team, Tien V. Le, M.D. Joining the practice this month, Dr. Le brings his unique skill set and expertise in advanced Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Neurosurgery. He joins Philip Henkin, M.D., board-certified neurosurgeon, to create the newly formed Tampa Bay Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists. This highly skilled and respected physician team provides a level of neurosurgical and spine care that is unmatched on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Dr. Le earned his Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with Baccalaureate Honors. He then attended the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, having earned the distinction of Neurosurgery Student of the Year during his senior year. Dr. Le completed his surgery internship and neurosurgery residency at the University of South Florida, where he also served as chief resident during his final year.

Dr. Le is now accepting new patients at Tampa Bay Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists, located at 1007 Professional Park Dr. in Brandon. For more information or to make an appointment, call 651-3300.

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