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Bears Midgets Game 1 E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

On Saturday August 22, 2015, the Bears midget football team opened their season against the Colts. The colts took the opening kickoff and drove down to the Bears 28 where the Bears defense stiffened and recovered a fumble on 4th down. The defense was manned by Kundre, Spencer and Roderick on the line with Justin, Darrell and Greg in the linebacker spots and Donte and Colin at the defensive ends..

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ULTIMATE DODGEBALL LIVES HERE! - $50,000 IN PRIZES E-mail
Written by Alyssa Brich, Sky Zone Events Manager: Tampa   

Our next thrilling event we would like to mention is the Ultimate Dodgeball Championship! The local qualifying team from Sky Zone Tampa will be receiving individual prizes, and the whole team will receive a personal invitation to compete in the regional, and championship tournaments at the Sky Zone park in Las Vegas! There, the championship team will be receiving $50,000 in awards!

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BRANDON BALLET PRESENTS DRACULA E-mail
Written by Paige Kolm President - Brandon Ballet   

BRANDON - August 17, 2015 - Join Brandon Ballet and Artistic Director, Octavio Martin, for a night of mystery as he presents the 2nd Annual performance of the classical ballet Dracula.  Be mesmerized by the dramatic tale of the infamous Count Dracula and his quest for power and love.  The historical ambience of the Centro Asturiano de Tampa Theatre adds magic to a haunting musical score and innovative choreography.  You will not want to miss this treat.  Just in time for Halloween - perfect for a night out with your own little goblins!   

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Triple Knot Productions Announces New Film E-mail
Written by Brian K Dery, President Triple Knot Productions, Inc   

It is with true excitement and inspiration that Triple Knot Productions begins this new journey. This film project will focus on the motivation and inspiration that encompasses the life of Chris Herman. As he goes out and lives life to the fullest, we will capture real scenes, real words and real actions that will be brought to film that will help others.

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The State Of Florida Wants To Know How You Were Affected By Recent Flooding E-mail
Written by Debbie Kirkland, Assistant Executive Director, Riverview Chamber of Commerce   

In response to the “West Central Florida Flooding 2015 Event” and the issuance of Governor’s Executive Order 15-158, the State Emergency Response Team through its Emergency Support Function-18, Business, Industry, and Economic Stabilization has activated the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) to assist in assessing the impact that local businesses have experienced

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Tampa Area Marine Parents Association Changes Name To Marine Families -- New Website E-mail
Written by Cyd Deathe, Executive Director   

A Florida based organization which honors, supports, educates and inspires Marine Families.

You may have originally met and known us, in the past, as T.A.M.P.A./Tampa Area Marine Parents Association.  After much discussion and a remodeling of the organization the BOD made the decision to change our name officially to; MARINE FAMILIES.

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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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Jurassic World E-mail
Written by John Kordsmeier, Florida Gulf Coast University   

Jurassic World is the fourth installment in one of the most epic film franchises of all time. While only being out to the public for a short time, this film has grossed over 1.2 billion dollars. Jurassic World, however, has received mixed reviews from Rotten Tomatoes’ top critics and currently holds a 60% rating. The film that has brought in extremely large sums of revenue each week and seems to be loved a lot more by the audience than critics, leading to the question, were critics too harsh with their judgments of Jurassic World?

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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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Dave Ramirez Earns National Certification For Parks And Recreation E-mail
Written by Tanya Doran, GRCC   

Gibsonton, Fl., February, 2015 – David J. Ramirez, Recreation Program Supervisor was recently certified as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by the National Certification Board (NCB) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). 

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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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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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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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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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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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Animal Coalition of Tampa -- Fix One Dog; Get One Fixed For Free! E-mail
Written by Animal Coalition of Tampa   

Come On In.  Bring Two Dogs.  We Fix One And You Pay.  We Fix The Other And You Don't.  You Leave HAPPY.

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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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REQUEST FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE MINORITY COMMUNITY LEADERS WALL OF FAME RECOGNITION AT THE 2016 FLORIDA STATE FAIR E-mail
Written by Al Frederick, Frederick Communications   

[NEWS RELEASE] TAMPA, FL. — July 15, 2015.  The Florida State Fair Authority is seeking nominations for outstanding African American, Asian/Pacific, and Hispanic individuals who exemplify a commitment to excellence and have enhanced Florida’s rich heritage and culture within their respective communities.  Nominees must be of African American, Asian/Pacific, or Hispanic descent and may be from the public or private sector.

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Former U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce to Discuss International Trade at Latin America Trade Gala E-mail
Written by Al Frederick, Frederick Communications   

TAMPA, Fla. (July 13th, 2015) – One of the biggest national and international proponents of increasing trade with Latin-America, the Honorable Francisco Sanchez, the former undersecretary of commerce for international trade, will discuss why the business world needs to pay attention to Latin America at a dinner gala on Sept. 1, 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton, 4500 W. Cypress Blvd. in Tampa.

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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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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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University of Florida Student Wins Griswold Home Care Scholarship E-mail
Written by Arthur Moseley   

University of Florida Student Wins Griswold Home Care Scholarship
Griswold Home Care is honored to announce the winner of our bi-annual scholarship contest. Twice each year, Griswold Home Care extends a $1,000 scholarship to an outstanding student who is pursuing a career in the caregiving field. To qualify, participants were encouraged to tell us about the personal challenges and rewards they encountered in caring for others. Scholarship participants also... Read the whole post »

 
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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DANIEL A. ALVAREZ, SR., ESQ NAMED VICE CHAIRMAN OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CHARTER REVIEW BOARD E-mail
Written by Daniel A. Alvarez Sr.   

Tampa, FL – Daniel Alvarez, Sr. was recently named the Vice Chair of the 2015 Hillsborough County Charter Review Board. He was elected by a super majority of the Board’s fourteen members at its organizational meeting on February 12, 2015 at the County Center in downtown Tampa.

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When should I consider refinancing my home mortgage? E-mail
Written by Gilbert Bennett, Mortgage Loan Originator   

In May 2013, Warren Buffet said to a Fox News reporter “...if you ever want to get a mortgage, today is the day to get a mortgage.”  It was a true statement then and it’s true again.  Rates are historically low and borrowers have more opportunities than ever to save on their mortgage payments.

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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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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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Terry’s Piano Studio E-mail
Written by Terry Brooks, Owner Terry’s Piano Studio   

Give Your Child A Gift That Will Last A Lifetime And Give Their Brain A Great Boost

Would you like to give your child a gift that will last a lifetime AND give their brain a great boost?  See the article "The Effect of Music on Children’s Intelligence"

Terry’s Piano Studio now has openings!  All levels.  Ages 5-18.  *Beginners to age 12.  I am not accepting older beginners at this time.*  Offering both  half-hour, and hour lessons.  The first lesson (interview) is FREE.

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