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Sell Your Stuff For Cash! Set Up Your Own Online Garage Sale! E-mail
Written by Jeff Mars   

Need extra cash?  Want to clean out your closets?

Use TripleClicks as your online garage sale to clean out your closets, attic, and garage! Easily list and sell dozens of miscellaneous items!

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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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Representative Ross Spano To Host A “Sunpass Mini Giveaway” In Partnership With Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) E-mail
Written by Gloria C. Perez, District Assistant to Ross Spano, Florida House of Representatives, District 59   

RIVERVIEW, FL – Today, Representative Spano is excited to announce a partnership with the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) to host a “SunPass Mini Giveaway” on Thursday, October 15th from 9 am – 12 pm. The event will be held in Representative Spano’s District Office located at 11256 Winthrop Main Street in Riverview.

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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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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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Local State Farm Financial Representative Earns Chartered Advisor For Senior Living® (CASL®) Designation E-mail
Written by Melissa Snively, State Farm Insurance   

LITHIA, FL – FEBRUARY 1, 2013 – HANK MART, FINANCIAL SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE, SNIVELY INSURANCE AGENCY, STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANY has earned the Chartered Advisor for Senior Living® (CASL®) professional designation from The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA.

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Immanuel Lutheran Church And School Celebrate Faithful Years Of Service E-mail
Written by Beth Bruce, Administrative Assistant, Immanuel Lutheran School   

Immanuel Lutheran School will celebrate the faithful service of Mrs. Jackie Okun and Mrs. Nancy Richards on Sunday, May 5th at the 11:00am service. Following the service, lunch will be provided in the Family Life Center gym to recognize and thank Mrs. Okun and Mrs. Richards.

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Local Girl Scout Troop And Hillsborough County Partner For “Paws Fur A Cause” E-mail
Written by Jennifer Medeiros, Public Relations and Media Manager   

Apollo Beach (April 3, 2013) – Local Girl Scout Junior Troop 1950 in partnership with Hillsborough County will host “Paws Fur a Cause” to help raise public awareness for responsible pet ownership on May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Girl Scouts will facilitate fun activities for pets and their owners including a one-mile walk/run, a field fetch and obstacle course contest, and a “furry fashion show.” Each activity will cost $5.00. There will also be activities for young children, and prizes and gifts will be awarded throughout the event. Proceeds will directly benefit Elmira’s Wildlife Sanctuary in Wimauma, FL.

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Cassandra Mattison was named 2012-13 Teacher of the Year for Hillsborough County E-mail
Written by Tanya Doran, GRCC   

On March 28, 2013 Cassandra Mattison was named 2012-13 Teacher of the Year for Hillsborough County.  Mrs. Mattison teaches and also serves as the head of the English department at Spoto High School here in Riverview.

This is a big deal and a huge honor!

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Give Kids a Smile Event by Suncoast Community Health Centers E-mail
Written by Sonia Goodwin Chief Administrative Officer   

On Feb. 1st, 2013, Suncoast Community Health Centers was proud to host the Give Kids a Smile Event. Suncoast’s staff, along with volunteer dental professionals from our community, provided over $48,850.00 in donated preventive and restorative dental services to 46 children. Although the event was a huge success, it also draws attention to the great need to for children’s dental services in our community. Suncoast Community Health Centers is committed to improving access to dental care, especially preventive care, for all children in our community.

 
BSAC Announces Strikers Pride Soccer E-mail
Written by Lori Bukaweski, Associate Executive Director   

Brandon, FL  February 5, 2013.  The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center is proud to announce the addition of Strikers Pride Soccer, coached by Edmar “Dimas” Amaral. Coach “Dimas” has played all levels of youth soccer, all the way up to professional with the Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Prior he was the head coach and trainer for six years for Players Club of Tampa Bay (both competitive and developmental programs). He was also the head coach and trainer for the Bay Area Youth Soccer League (BAYSL) for two years. He presently is head coach for the Houston dynamo, and holds FYSA, F, E and D licenses.

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Lunch at the Trinity Café E-mail
Written by Sherri Southwell   

This past Christmas Eve, I had the opportunity to serve lunch at the Trinity Café.  Some of you may be asking, why is that so special?  This lunch service was special because it was my opportunity to give back.

The Trinity Café is a place where the homeless and needy can come each weekday to receive a free meal, no questions asked.  The café is housed in the Salvation Army building on Florida Avenue in Tampa.

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Griswold Home Care Tampa Celebrates Five Years of Serving the Hillsborough Area
Written by Arthur Moseley, Owner/Director   

“In 1982, Jean Griswold, started Griswold Home Care in her living room with two goals in mind: to keep the cost of home care services affordable for the average family and to attract the most experienced, compassionate caregivers in the industry.” January 2, 2013 the Tampa Office celebrated five years of doing the same right here in Hillsborough County. Per the Tampa owners, Arthur and Frieda Moseley, “the last five years have been very rewarding. We have met hundreds of very special people, from the caregivers we refer, to the clients we serve, to the referral sources that recommend us.

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Wesley Chapel's Veterans Elementary Student Ryan Mish Named Top 12 Finalist In Scotties National “Trees Rock” Video Contest E-mail
Written by Caitlin M. Gambee, Account Executive, Aigner/Prensky Marketing Group   

School Eligible to win $10,000 in Prize Money for Sustainable Project

Burlington, MA (January 10, 2013) -- Scotties, a leader in the tissue industry is pleased to announce the top 12 entries in their “Trees Rock” Video Contest. Ryan Mish in cooperation with his sister Rachel of Veteran’s Elementary is one of the finalists eligible to win a large cash prize plus funding for a project to beautify their school or community.  Kids who entered the contest were required to create a video up to 3 minutes on the importance of trees -- to themselves, their school, and their community.

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