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Girl Scout’s Silver Project Helps Give Comfort To Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemo

Grace Allen, an 8th grade Randall Middle School student is a Cadette in the Girl Scouts working on her Silver Award project. Her project, Pretty in Pink, creates goody/comfort bags to women who are undergoing chemo treatment for breast cancer. In order to raise money to pay for the items in the bags (medical socks, crossword puzzles and pen, tea cup/tea bags, water bottle and a lot more. Grace created an event called Pretty in Pink where over 70 moms and daughters attended at Camp Dorothy Thomas paying $5 each to participate. During the event, 78 bags were created.

The bags will be delivered to Florida Cancer Specialists throughout the year and be given to patients at the Brandon office located at 403 South Kings Ave. 

The Girl Scout Advisor was Carol Bradbourne and Project Advisor – Dr. Julia Cogburn. The Silver Award is the highest award given to Girl Scouts in grades 6-8.

Newsome High School Chorus Winter Concert

The award-winning Newsome High School Chorus under the direction of Jeffry Bogue will hold its annual Winter Concert on Thursday, December 14. This show will send your spirits soaring and get you in the holiday mood with beautiful selections of your favorite holiday songs. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Newsome High School auditorium, 16550 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia. The show is free and open to the public.

Local Baseball Teams And The Stein & Vine Team Up For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

During October, USA Stars – 9U, 11U and 12U baseball teams purchased pink shirts which the boys wore through the month. Each player was asked to pay $20 for their shirt.

The Stein & Vine supported the teams and offered to buy the shirts, a total of 30. In return the boys were asked that the money still be collected from the families and that it would be donated on behalf of the to the Bella Plaza goes Pink event, where a check was presented on October 21.

Social Media Savviness For Small Business

An interactive workshop on Social Media Savviness for Small Businesses will be held on Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. This workshop will teach you how to use social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to reach your target audience. Call 204-2602 for more information.

Scott Hottenstein Announces Candidacy For County-Wide School Board Seat In 2018

Local Barrington MS teacher, Scott Hottenstein, has announced he will run for county-wide District 6 school board seat in 2018.  

After 24 years in the Navy and five years as a teacher, Hottenstein would like to use his skills and experience in leadership, management, and education to restore faith in the School Board, focus on the students and classroom, and fix the problems we have in the school district
You can donate to help fund Hottenstein’s campaign by sending a check made out to Friends to Elect Scott Hottenstein to 5668 FishHawk Crossing Blvd., Ste. 354, Lithia, FL 33547.

Visit on Facebook at ‘Mr. H for School Board.’

Believe! A Christmas Concert

Plant City Community Chorale will present Believe! A Christmas Concert sponsored by Hopewell Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Brandon on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.  Under the direction of Claudia Bolano Becerra, the concert promises to bring you the timeless message of Christmas and fill your heart with joy. Tickets cost $10 in advance – $15 at door, are available at, from any chorale member or by calling 951-5166.

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.