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Jake Liberato (11) Grabs 6 Finishes In IPOP International Presentation Of Performers E-mail
Written by Lori Bukaweski Associate Executive Director   

Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center Summer Camper and student at the Young Actors Studio in Tampa, Jake Liberato (11) recently returned home from IPOP International Presentation of Performers) in Los Angeles with 3 Top Five and an additional 3 top Ten finishes in various Acting and Modeling competitions. Jake is the son of Tanya and Allen Liberato of Brandon.

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New Program Launched for Intellectually Disabled In Hillsborough County E-mail
Written by Lori Bukaweski Associate Executive Director   
Unique Program Created by Former Special Olympics Director and Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center to Open September 19.

BRANDON, Fla. – (6-29-11) – The Brandon Sports and Aquatics Center (BSAC) has teamed with the former director of Special Olympics in Hillsborough County to create a new type of program that will serve adults and school-aged children with intellectual disabilities.
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Riverview Student Ambassador From P2P Travels To Europe E-mail
Written by Bob Kalle   

Claudia María Valentín was chosen to represent our Riverview Community by traveling abroad to Europe this summer. She is a freshman student at Riverview High School and is very proud to carry People to People’s mission. People to People was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 and his goal was to bring world peace between countries through student interaction around the world.

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A Kid's Place Receives Outdoor Theater, Sponsored By South Shore Bait & Tackle E-mail
Written by Stephen Hoffman, South Shore Anglers   

On June 4th Sherri McLean (from Crane Tech) the 2011 Pres. of the Greater Riverview Chamber along with Tiger Hoffman (SunTrust) Pres. of South Shore Anglers and Mary Berg of A Kid's Place met at the new location of South Shore Bait & Tackle (attached photo). A presentation of an outdoor theater was made to A Kid's Place from proceeds of The Family Mack Attack Tournament sponsored by Larry & Barb Chalmers owners of South Shore Bait & Tackle. The foster kids at A Kid's Place will now be able to enjoy family style movie nights at the facility.

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Local Student Chosen For People to People Student Ambassador Program E-mail
Written by Jeff Mars   
Claudia María Valentín, a 9th grade student at Riverview High School, was recently accepted to represent the city of RIVERVIEW, FL as a member of the People to People Student Ambassador Program. The program promotes international understanding while building leadership skills among America’s youth.
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Serenity Stream Yoga Teaches Community About Healthy Relationships With Food E-mail
Written by Kitty Cannon, Serenity Stream Yoga & Wellness Spa   
Most of us do our best to eat the foods we are told are healthy for us. We follow a variety of fad diets and continue to wonder why our weight keeps going up and down like a yo-yo, why we have very little energy, feel cranky or irritable often and why we just can't seem to shake that morning brain fog. But Dr. Dina Hansen offers a solution to all of this. Create a healthier relationship with your food.
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Brandon Outreach Clinic Holds Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon E-mail
Written by Deborah Meegan, Executive Director, Brandon Outreach Clinic   

The Brandon Outreach Clinic celebrated the more than 200 volunteers that are involved with the clinic with a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 10, 2011. The luncheon was hosted by the Bridges. The theme of this year's luncheon was "Volunteers Light the Way for Others". Each volunteer was honored with a Certificate of Appreciation and a mini flashlight engraved with "Brandon Outreach Clinic Volunteers light the way for others".

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Big Payoff For Year Round Regimens Of Disciplined, Focused Training For Some Young Athletes At The Brandon Sports And Aquatic Center. E-mail
Written by Lori Bukaweski Associate Executive Director   
Brandon, FL. March 22, 2011. Year round regimens of disciplined, focused training have certainly paid off for some young athletes at The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center.
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Representative Rachel Burgin’s Bill On Human Trafficking Passes Unanimously, Moves To Next Stop E-mail
Written by Carol Kolenda District Senior Secretary From the Office of Representative Rachel Burgin   
TALLAHASSEE, FL – House Bill (HB) 477 by Representative Rachel Burgin (R-Riverview) passed unanimously this morning out of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee.  The legislation provides tools to law enforcement officers to more effectively identify, investigate and arrest persons misrepresenting themselves as massage therapists.  The bill fights human trafficking without any fiscal impact to the state.
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Team Gets To Meet The President Of United States Judo Association E-mail
Written by Christine Ferry   

RIVERVIEW, FL MARCH 8, 2010:  How would you feel if you arrived at a small, first time held local tournament and found out the President of a National Judo Association was in the building?  Not only was Gary Goltz there to speak and preside over the tournament but he kept himself very busy refereeing matches throughout the day!  It was awesome to see that the President understands that seeing, meeting and taking part in events on a local level are just as important as being at the National events. “Our club was very excited about the opportunity to meet the President and see him in action.” said Sensei Scott Ferry.  The team’s performance was very good at this first time Yoichiro Matsumura Tournament being held in Ft Myers, FL on March 5. 

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Transcript of Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State address E-mail
President Haridopolos, Speaker Cannon, Chief Justice Canady, members of the Supreme Court, members of the Cabinet, members of the Legislature, my fellow Floridians: It is an honor to appear before this body for the first time as Governor of the Great State of Florida.
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Handymen Direct Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting E-mail
Written by Frank M. Patsche (CEO)   

The South Shore and Tampa Bay Area was all a buzz about Handymen Directs’ grand opening in March 2011. The Grand Opening was at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce on March 4, 2011 from  11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M..   The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was at Noon.

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Tampa Bay Mineral & Science Club Offers Fun & Education E-mail
Written by Frank Lapniewski   
Rockhounds, jewelry makers, metalsmiths, and lovers of mineral specimens all have a home at the Tampa Bay Mineral & Science Club.  Founded in 1957, the club has offered three generations of rockhounds and lapidaries an opportunity for education, camaraderie and fun.
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Balloons for everyone! E-mail
Written by Derek Zemble   
What is a typical job for a 16 year old high school student? McDonalds, Taco Bell, cashier? How about a balloon artist? Yes! That's what I do!
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Serenity Meadows Memorial Park of Riverview Helps Raise Funds For Children's Home of Tampa E-mail
Written by Laura-Jean Goodsell   

Serenity Meadows Memorial Park of Riverview participated in raising money for the Children's Home of Tampa, which was founded in 1892 and is considered the oldest charity on Florida's west coast.  The organization serves nearly 12,000 children and adults each year in the Tampa Bay area.

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Susan B. Anthony List Honors State Representative Rachel Burgin E-mail
Written by Carol McClendon, District Senior Secretary, Office of Representative Rachel Burgin   
Tallahassee, Fla. – Today State Representative Rachel Burgin (R-Brandon) will be honored by the Susan B. Anthony List with the “2011 Susan B. Anthony Young Leader Award” for her pro-life efforts and embodying the pro-life legacy of Susan B. Anthony.
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