The Brandon Gazette
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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;

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


Brandon Pizzeria E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

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

WIZARD OF OZ Presented By The Village Players Opens July 31! E-mail
Written by Gail Pierce/Village Player/Past President/Board of Director/Producer   

About The Production
Wizard of OZ is a Old Classic Musical. We chose the summer to produce this show to incorporate as many young aspiring actors as possible during their time out from school.
The munchkin, jitter bugs & monkeys as well as other parts are played by young actors in our community...some who have had previous acting experience & some 1st timers. The Classic characters roles are filled by veteran actors & as always our doors are open to new talent & you'll see many new faces as well as returning favorites in this production.

Go Bolts E-mail
Written by Barb Thomas   

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.

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). 


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.

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 »

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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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