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EBYA 11U ALL STARS E-mail
Written by George Hunter, Esquire   

East Bay Little League, now known as East Bay Youth Athletics (Riverview, FL), was founded in 1971 and has been the home for youth baseball and softball to thousands of young boys and girls throughout southern Hillsborough County. Serving an average of 700-800 participants per season, EBYA has grown to become one of the largest youth baseball/softball organizations in Hillsborough County.

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Brandon Pizzeria E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Brandon Pizzeria Brandon Pizzeria was opened by Jim Liburdi and Al Carapella on September 30, 2014. Jim and his family originally come from Binghamton in upstate New York and has been in the community since 1988. Jim and his wife have two sons, James and Daniel, with James involved in the day to day running of the business.

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Family Fence Company E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Last Thursday I had Family Fence Company take down my old fence of 28 years and put up a new fence. It was time since the old fence was coming apart. The three man team did an exceptional job. It was extremely hot and it took them quite awhile to take sown 205 feet of fence with the posts and load it all on a flatbed to take to the dump. I could tell it was quite a chore.

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100,000 Bed Nights For Foster Children - Celebration Of Life For Dottie Berger MacKinnon E-mail
Written by Suzette Armatas, Director Of Development   

A Kid’s Place has hit a milestone – providing over 100,000 bed nights for foster children Celebration of life for Dottie Berger MacKinnon

Brandon, Fla (February 19, 2015) – A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay, Inc., has hit a major milestone -- it has  provided over 100,000 bed nights to foster children since opening its doors in June, 2009.   These are nights when a foster child is tucked into a warm, clean bed with a full stomach in a safe and loving home. This milestone coincides with the February 19th birthday of Dottie Berger MacKinnon, the founder and visionary of A Kid’s Place.  Dottie died of cancer in October, 2013. 

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Eclipse Antiaging Solutions at A Peaceful Harbor Day Spa E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Eclipse Antiaging Solutions- Donita Brezovar, NP, is bringing new skincare procedures to an already extensive list of services offered at A Peaceful Harbor Day Spa and Salon in Apollo Beach.  Donita has been a resident of Apollo Beach for 13 years.  She is a nurse practitioner and graduate of Vanderbilt University.  She worked in various hospitals in the area caring for premature babies in NICUs, as well as a vein center, and a Medi Spa doing laser hair removal. The technical skills required in those positions have given her the experience to perform intricate and delicate procedures.  The treatments she will be offering at A Peaceful Harbor include procedures designed to treat facial spider veins and reduce facial wrinkles and inflammation.

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Comment Regarding Gulf Coast Tree Care E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Gulf Coast Tree Care- I had an interesting experience this morning. My neighbor had one of his trees in the front of the house cut down, and he contracted with Gulf Coast Tree Care to trim back our tree that stretched over his front yard. We had received a certified letter saying that they were permitted to trim our tree. They then added;

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Commendation For H.H. Gregg E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

H.H. Gregg is a store on the corner of Adamo drive and Falkenburg in the Tampa/Brandon area. This is a letter about a good experience I had with the store in solving an issue I had with a broken remote. Read on.

November 7, 2014
Mr. Curtis Etheridge

I would like to commend Christina Pierce, the general manager at the H. H. Gregg store on East Adamo Drive in Tampa. I had purchased a Seiki television a few months ago and the remote broke. I did not buy a warranty and did not remember if there was any warranty on it.

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Special Announcement from The Brandon Foundation E-mail
Written by Liz Brewer, President, The Greater Brandon Community Foundation   

On behalf of The Brandon Foundation Executive Board and the Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some exciting news.

I am very excited to take the helm as the President of the Brandon Foundation and would like to introduce you to our new Executive Board.

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BRANDON CHAMBER PRESIDENT AND CEO LAURA SIMPSON NAMED MAIN STREET BARTOW, INC. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR E-mail
Written by Justin Kropff, Communications & Marketing Director   

BRANDON, FL – The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce’s President and CEO Laura Simpson, along with members of the Chamber’s Executive Committee, announced recently to the Board of Directors and staff that Simpson has resigned her position within the organization. Effective October 31, 2014, Simpson will step down as President and CEO to assume her new role as Main Street Bartow, Inc.’s Executive Director. The Chamber’s Executive Committee has begun transition planning, both for the long term and on an interim basis, and is searching for Simpson’s replacement.

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Bryan and Ryan Fisher: Winners of the Hillsborough County Special Olympics Zenay Morales 2014 Courage Award E-mail
Written by Lori Bukaweski, Associate Executive Director   

Brandon, FL April 9. 2014: Bryan & Ryan Fisher who play in the Tennis for Fun Program at the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center, won the Zenay Morales Courage Award this year. Below is the nomination that was submitted on their behalf: Bryan and Ryan Fisher: Together they have overcome obstacles, together they have accomplished so much, together they have become outstanding young men who give back to their community, so together we nominate them.

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Holiday Calories Don’t Count…Is That Your Excuse? E-mail
Written by Lauryn McCreadie Chief College Football Editor   

Brandon, Fl., November 27, 2013: It’s a fact, everyone LOVES Thanksgiving, but why?  Sure we get to see family and friends, eat around the table together, cook together, share laughs and memories…but let’s look deep down inside ourselves for a second and admit the real reason we look forward to this holiday every year…THE FOOD.

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Bradenton Local Opens Sports Store at Brandon Mall E-mail
Written by Ben De Voe, National Franchise Director Pro Image Sports   

Tampa Bay sports fanatics now have a locally owned hub to buy their authentic game apparel, and licensed novelty items.  Pro Image Sports recently opened at the Brandon Town Center.

Bradenton local Greg Dalglish has always been an avid sports fan, and his passion to own his own business led him to putting both interests into one venture: Pro Image Sports.

Pro Image Sports offers a full line of sports licensed jerseys, shirts and hats, with a wide variety of novelty items fans have never seen in this market.

 
The Simple Life Outfitters E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

The Simple Life Outfitters is owned and operated by Kelly and Kelly Morris and opened in December, 2010. Their children, Mandy and Korey, also work at the store.

After 13 years with Verizon, the opportunity presented itself. My wife, Kelly and I decided it was a good time for a change. So with my wife’s blessing, I took a retirement package and invested in the dream we have had for a long time. At that time, we decided (I mean our friends and ourselves) that the best name would be “The Simple Life Outfitters” for the simple reason that there are a lot of people that live this kind of life, so why not make it easy to find the kind of things we all share and wear, and put them in one place. Easy to find, with the right family atmosphere people are drawn to.

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Doug Amoroso, Owner of Amoroso Cabinets, Hires New Senior Interior Designer E-mail
Written by Janai Robinson   

Brandon, FL, August 15, 2013- Doug Amoroso, Owner of Amoroso Cabinets, hires a new senior Interior Designer, Amanda Pandorf, to the Company team. Born and raised in Lakeland, FL, Amanda has an Associate’s Degree in Interior Design from the International Academy of Design in Tampa. She has over 10 years of experience in kitchen and bath design in the Tampa Bay and Sarasota Area. Amanda currently resides in Riverview with her husband and rescue pit bull.

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Pediatric Associates Acquiring Karen Baldwin MD, PA and Brandon Pediatrics in Brandon, FL E-mail
Written by Rebecca Sills, Director of Business Development & Marketing   

Brandon, FL August 9, 2013: Pediatric Associates will be acquiring Karen Baldwin, MD, PA, located at 320 Oakfield Drive, Suite E, Brandon, FL 33511, and Brandon Pediatrics (Pushpa Nirmul, MD) located at 602 V0nderburg Dr., Suite 101, Brandon, FL  33511, effective October 1, 2013.  Both practices will be operating out of the Brandon Pediatrics location temporarily.

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RVR Horse Rescue Launches New Campaign, C.L.E.A.R. E-mail
Written by Karen Farmer, RVR Horse Rescue   

Riverview, FL,  July 2, 2013: RVR Horse Rescue, located in Riverview, FL  is a team of volunteers who rescue abused and neglected horses so they can rehabilitate them and find loving homes for them.  Shawn Jayroe, founder of RVR Horse Rescue, who has been around horses her entire life says “We also focus on educating the community and we share resources and information with the horse community in order to put an end to the abuse and neglect.”

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Uncle Mike's To Open Its Second Location In Plant City, Florida E-mail
Written by Mike & Simone Tolley   

Plant City – On Thursday August 8, 2013 Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse Grill of Brandon, Florida will open a second location in Plant City, Florida. After celebrating its second anniversary at the Brandon location, Mike and Simone Tolley are expanding their reach bringing more Food & Fun to the community in their newest location at 106 S.R. 60 East in Plant City, Florida, 33567.

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New Women's Designer Consignment Shop Opening in Riverview, FL E-mail
Written by Sarah Conlon   

Winthrop Town Center in Riverview is happy to welcome an exciting new business to the plaza.  KriSara Designer Consigner is a women's consignment store specializing in name brand and designer labels.  KriSara will feature women's clothing, handbags, jewelry and other accessories.

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Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More of Valrico was opened by Gerald and Karen Ayers in August of 2011. They are originally from Idaho and moved to Florida to work with GTE. When they retired, they wanted to do something that wouold be fun and thus a T-Sirt printing company. But this is not your usual silk screen printing of large orders, but a more personal customizing oft- shirts for all occasions. Thus their usual order is for 1-100 shirts.

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11u Southshore Rockets - July 1, 2015 E-mail
Written by George Hunter, Rockets Coach   

Our very own 11u Southshore Rockets travel baseball team (Riverview, FL) competed in the 2015 AAU Grand National Baseball Championships this past week at the Disney/ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida.  Baseball teams came from all across the country to compete in this week-long national invitational baseball tournament. Our 11u Rockets battled through eight games and two rounds of pool play defeating some very tough teams out of Maryland, Georgia and Florida to advance to the AAU National Championship Game where they faced off against the 11u Central Florida Wolverines/Hoyle team for the national title.

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Econo Car Rentals supports Autism Speaks foundation E-mail
Written by Debbie Kirkland, Assistant Executive Director, Riverview Chamber of Commerce   

About five hundred people visited a car show organized by a local car rental company. This year visitors were entertained by various car clubs, burnout competition, Judo demonstration by Gracie Tampa Judo, The GFM band from Jacksonville and local vendors.Econo Car Rentals joined forces with Street Assassins car club to fundraise money for Autism Speaks foundation.

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Walton Development Gives A Kid's Place $5,000 To Help Foster Children E-mail
Written by Suzette Armatas   

Walton donates $5,000 to A Kid’s Place to help foster children.

Donation will provide children with the resources they need.


Brandon, Fla (Dec 23, 2014) – A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay, Inc., announced today that the Walton Group of Companies has made a $5,000 donation to support A Kid’s Place and assist in improving the quality of life for foster children throughout the Tampa Bay Community.  Walton’s donation will help provide foster children with the resources they need, whether it’s food, a warm bed, or safe and caring arms to hold them. 

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Hair by Judy Arias at A Peaceful Harbor Day Spa and Salon E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Judy has been in the beauty industry for seventeen years, and has been licensed in the states of Florida as well as New Jersey. She is a Board Certified Hair Colorist, and has also been a Scruples Hair Care Educator for fourteen years.

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St. Stephen Groundbreaking for Church and Parish Life Center - December 26, 2014 E-mail
Written by Debbie Kirkland, Assistant Executive Director, Riverview Chamber of Commerce   

An exciting community event is approaching at the end of December.  This will be the answer to the prayers of thousands of people in our area: the groundbreaking for a new Church and Family Life Center near the St. Stephen Catholic School on Boyette Road, Riverview!   Plans have been underway for years, and now we will see them begin to take shape.  St. Stephen Catholic Church will soon move south a few miles, and our ministries to the community will be available to an ever-widening scope.

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Leeza Gibbons Joins Senior Helpers Family E-mail
Written by Senior Helpers Southern Hillsborough   

The Senior Helpers family is excited to welcome family caregiving advocate and Emmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons to the team!

Leeza Gibbons has joined the organization as a national spokesperson and is investing in her own Senior Helpers franchised business.

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GOODRICH QUALITY THEATERS ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR A NEW 14 - SCREEN MULTIPLEX IN RIVERVIEW E-mail
Written by Justin Todd, Anthony Properties   

Grand Rapids, MI – October 21, 2014 – Goodrich Quality Theaters, Inc., headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, announces plans to break ground in early 2015 for a new 80,000 sq. ft. 14-screen state-of-the-art multiplex in Riverview, FL. The theater will feature one large-format auditorium, bar & grill and VIP recliner seating in all auditoriums. The facility is being developed by Anthony Properties of Dallas, TX and designed by Paradigm Design of Grand Rapids, MI.

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Team Colwill Diving Takes 7 Medals at Orlando Plantation Invitational E-mail
Written by Lori Bukaweski, Associate Executive Director   

PRESS RELEASE  Brandon, FL  May 5, 2015:

Team Colwill Diving, under the direction of former Olympian and Head Coach  Chris Colwill, took 7 medals at the Orlando Plantation Invitational on May 3, 2014.

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Swimmers Make College Commitments E-mail
Written by Lori Bukaweski, Associate Executive Director   

PRESS RELEASE  Brandon, FL  March 6, 2014, The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center is proud to announce that three Blue Wave swimmers, all students at Strawberry Crest High School, have made their college commitments at the school’s formal signing ceremony held March 5, 2014. Angelina Gallestegue (18) will attend the University of West Florida, and Cole Wisecarver (18) and Zachary Kitzis (18) will attend Florida Atlantic University. Also pictured is Blue Wave Head Coach Ron Turner. For more information on the Blue Wave Swim Team at The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center, please call Member Services at (813) 689-0908.

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Seminole Shut Out E-mail
Written by Lauryn McCreadie Chief College Football Editor   

TALLAHASSEE, FL October 5, 2013.  Maryland’s one turnover clearly did not make or break the game.  With one touch down in the first quarter, two in the second, three in the third and three in the fourth, it’s no question who won.  Florida State didn’t leave any room for Maryland to score, with only allowing Maryland 9 first downs, compared to Florida States’ 33 first downs.

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Not The Happy Ending Gators Hoped For E-mail
Written by Lauryn McCreadie Chief College Football Editor   

MIAMI, FL. September 7, 2013.  While the Miami fans “White Out” was the first blatant mistake noticed as the Gators came out in all white Uniforms, the Gators quickly took over and wrote the book of mistakes for this game.

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Preparing for a Hurricane When You Are Someone’s Primary Caregiver E-mail
Written by Arthur Moseley, Owner/Director   

While hurricane season started six weeks ago, it’s the next 6-8 weeks that typically matter the most to those of us in Hillsborough County. That’s the time when we are most likely to incur a storm in our area. So, that means time is running out for those of us that have not already started preparing.

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Hillsborough Animal Advocacy Organizations Stand Together in Support of Changes at Hillsborough County Animal Services E-mail
Written by John Marinello   

Tampa, FL (August 19, 2013) –A number of Hillsborough County animal advocacy organizations are stepping forward as a coalition to support all the positive changes that have occurred at our shelter since the management change occurred a little over a year and a half ago. The coalition includes two of the most influential animal organizations in Hillsborough County: the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and the Animal Coalition of Tampa, which together are responsible for spaying and neutering over 22,000 animals over the past year and over 300,000 since the clinics opened.

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Affordable Carpet Cleaning, Inc E-mail
Written by Julianty Iwanicki   

Affordable Carpet Cleaning was founded and is owned by George Iwanicki since 1997. We provide carpet cleaning, tile, grout & stone cleaning, hardwood floor and upholstery cleaning services for residential/ commercial customers in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas (Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties).

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The First Snowfall E-mail
Written by Dana Adkins   

Snow used to cover the acres of frozen grass for more months than not, it seemed, in our backyard where I lived as a child.  Huge oak trees dotted our lawn, branches smothered in the snow piled so high, if you even touched one it would all tumble down.  The first snowfall was always the most memorable.  Walking out of our two-story wood house, painted a light blue, the flakes would gently fall on your shoulders and tongue, persuading you to get excited about the winter to come.  Waking up the morning after the first flake hit the ground, everything looked magical.  There were no footsteps ruining the pristine perfection of the white mass spreading across our yard.

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The Way To Dance E-mail
Written by Ali Spinosa   

Tatyana Frost has a deep passion for the art of dance. Her main goal is to create the art that brings joy and happiness into people’s lives. To some, dance is just a dance, but Tatyana wants to give you a whole different perspective. Dance is not only healthy for you physically but it is also beneficial for you mentally. For example, some of the benefits of dance are: stress reliever, improves posture, flexibility, decreases blood pressure and helps promote weight loss. It’s also a great place to network, make some new friends and you might even meet a potential significant other.

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Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc. began as a part-time program of HRSA to provide health care to migrant/seasonal farm workers in South Hillsborough County. IN 1977 a group of concerned citizens formed a private not-for-profit corporation and expanded services to include both farm workers and the community at large.

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