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A REALLY SAD SITUATION E-mail
Written by Roy Mandina   

The only laws left in this country are the laws that the little guy (you and I) are supposed to follow. The president, the Supreme Court, and many other politicians are no longer hindered by the rule of law.

Since this administration began the Constitution has been violated continuously, and now it is violated blatantly. And I am not speaking of small matters and minute affects. This president has sidestepped congress and instituted Executive privilege on many important issues like, healthcare, immigration, FCC takeover of the internet, and now he has his eyes set on "raising taxes through executive order." THIS PRESIDENT IS CORRUPT! He is supposedly a "constitutional scholar." Did he not read Article 1, section 1 of the Constitution?      

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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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TAMPA USSSA – GETTING YOU READY FOR THE NEXT LEVEL E-mail
Written by Ashley Dominicci   

The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) was founded in 1968, and currently boasts over 6 million athletes world wide, in 13 different sports.  USSSA's mission is to be the most visibly recognized, technologically advanced, professionally represented sports organization in the world. They are uncompromisingly committed to meeting the needs of teams, coaches and athletes.

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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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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 »

 
BRANDON BALLET 2015 SUMMER INTENSIVE & SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS E-mail
Written by Christina M. Soto Administrative Coordinator, Brandon Ballet   

Serious training ballet dancers ages nine and older are invited to audition for Brandon Ballet's 2015 Summer Intensive Program.  The intensive is 3 weeks of detailed ballet instruction with an emphasis on technique and additional classes in Pointe Work, Pas de Deux (certain levels), Men's Classes, Character, Jazz, Modern, African, Conditioning and more.  Admission is by audition only, and class sizes are limited; male scholarships are available.  Faculty will include guest Professional instructors, and Artistic Director, Octavio Martin.  The Intensive will run from    June 8-26, 2015, with classes on Monday-Friday.   A special presentation of choreography will be held on the last day of the Intensive.

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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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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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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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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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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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BRANDON BALLET PRESENTS Hansel and Gretel, SPRING 2015 E-mail
Written by Christina M. Soto, Administrative Coordinator, Brandon Ballet   

BRANDON – February 18, 2015 - From May 2 to May 3, 2015, Brandon Ballet will present two premiere performances of the ballet Hansel and Gretel.

A delightfully inventive new ballet with an enchanting musical score by Russian composer Reinhold Glière, Hansel and Gretel takes creative twists and turns inspired by the famous Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale. With forest creatures, toys that come to life, and a wicked witch interacting through innovative choreography, this ballet is a carousel of delicious treats from start to finish. 

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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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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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Earn $5 to $75 Per Survey! E-mail
Written by Jeff Mars   

Did you know you can earn up to $75 just for taking an online survey?

Did you know you can do this OVER and OVER again!

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AUDITON NOTICE FOR "NUNSENSE" E-mail
Written by Gail Pierce/Village Player/Past President/Board of Director/Producer   

The Village Players present “Nunsense”

Auditions March 13th & 14th 7:00pm

James McCabe Theater 506th 5th St. Valrico

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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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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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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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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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Meet Cindy Ramsey, General Contracted Agent For Florida Blue E-mail
Written by Cindy Ramsey   

Cindy Ramsey is a general contracted agent for Florida Blue.  Cindy is a licensed agent working with A&B Insurance and Financial Group located in Tampa. The little pig in the picture is her baby girl Lilly.

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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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