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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.

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.

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.

Brandon Outreach Clinic's Steve Martin, P.A. Is Part Of Volunteer Disaster Medical Assistant Team Long Beach New York E-mail
Written by Deborah Meegan, Executive Director, Brandon Outreach Clinic   

One of the Brandon Outreach Clinic Medical Volunteers, Steve Martin, P.A.,  was part of the volunteer Disaster Medical Assistant Team assisting with emergency medical help in Long Beach New York. He was deployed for 2 weeks. Working 12 hour shifts in a makeshift hospital set up on a soccer field.  Steve volunteers his time every Monday afternoon.

Poem by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA E-mail
Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA   
Twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
They were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.
Bandon Outreach Clinic Welcomes Newest Provider, Ms. Ada Tapper, ARNP
Written by Deborah Meegan, Executive Director, Brandon Outreach Clinic   

Bandon Outreach Clinic welcomes our newest provider Ms. Ada Tapper, ARNP.  Ms.  Tapper joined the Outreach Clinic in October 2012 and volunteers her time very week to provide lifesaving,  free health care for the uninsured in our community.  Other new Medical Providers who joined the clinic this year are Dr. George Toth, Dr. David Kerns, and Mr. George Smith, ARNP. This has greatly increased our ability to see more patients. Our 200 plus volunteers donated more than 11,000 hours in 2012 and provided more than 7000 patient visits. They give the “Gift of a Healthy Life” not only during the holiday season but all year long.

Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Brandon Present Check To Brandon Outreach Clinic E-mail
Written by Deborah Meegan, Executive Director, Brandon Outreach Clinic   

Members of the Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Brandon presented a $1200 check to the volunteers and staff of the Brandon Outreach Clinic. The proceeds were raised by auctioning off handmade quilts at their Quilt Show held in October.  The auction was originally planned by member Michele Soptei who passed away in June. Her enthusiasm and positive encouragement carried on through the months of show planning and spurred members to produce more than 20 quilted Works of art for auction.

BSAC New Academic Enrichment Center E-mail
Written by Lori Bukaweski, Associate Executive Director   
PRESS RELEASE - Brandon, FL  November 27, 2012  The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center, together with the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, would like to extend an invitation to our fellow Chamber members and members of the press to the official ribbon cutting of our new ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT CENTER to be held Friday, January 18, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. Light lunch will be served.
Let Us Be Thankful For Family, Friends, and Rivalry Week E-mail
Written by Lauryn McCreadie   
TALLAHASSEE, FL.  November 23, 2012. Thanksgiving is a time that brings families, friends and old rivalries together.  All enjoy a delicious turkey, sweet potato casserole, stuffing and don't forget the cranberry sauce!! But in the South, it also brings a unique group of Seminoles and Gators together, for a rivalry that is always a show!  This year, Florida State Seminoles will host the University of Florida Gators for an exciting game that should stuff the stadium as much as the turkey. 
Animal Coalition of Tampa to Celebrate Grand Opening of New Clinic E-mail
Written by Linda Hamilton, Executive Director, Animal Coalition of Tampa   
Tampa, FL – The Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT) will be holding the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for their new, larger animal services clinic on Thursday, November 15th, 2012 from 6pm to 8pm at 502 Gilchrist Avenue in Tampa.
Many-Hands Inc. Is Expanding Their Ministry, And Seeking Local Support. E-mail
Written by Deb D'Errico, President/CEO, Many Hands Inc   

Over a dozen years ago the need for reliable transportation for single moms with young children motivated us to organize a group of volunteers. We began to offer minor auto repairs and maintenance, free of any labor charges.  In this way the needed repairs and maintenance costs became much more affordable for these single parent households with limited resources.

Newsome High School Marching Band - 2012 Marching Season E-mail
Written by Lori Bukaweski Associate Executive Director   

LITHIA, FL September 21, 2012  The Newsome High School Marching Band is once again in great form for its 2012 marching season. Now 143 members strong, this Florida Marching Band Coalition Finalist breaks out this year’s show, entitled “The Undiscovered America.”. 

Brandon Town FC, "The Flames" E-mail
Written by James Owens   
Brandon Town FC is a competitive community based soccer club located in Brandon, Florida. BTFC was started with the goal of providing adults in the Brandon area a place to continue enjoying the ‘Beautiful game’ in a structured and friendly environment. The club offers opportunity for a wide range of players at different skillsets. Competitive and recreational players alike all can call BTFC home and are welcome to be part of the family.
Panera Bread Operation Lemon-Aid For Kids Campaign Raises $21,444.10 For The Children’s Cancer Center! E-mail
Written by Vikki Kaiser, Director of Marketing, Covelli Enterprises   
Tampa, FL – (July 27th & July 28th) Panera Bread hosted outdoor lemonade stands to benefit the Children’s Cancer Center at 32 bakery-cafes throughout the Tampa Bay area and raised $21,444.10!
Looking For Fifi? E-mail
Written by Maryam Sabour   

Looking for Fifi? Are you missing your favorite pet? Look no further.

This is not the family poodle!!

Preparing for a Hurricane When You Are Someone’s Primary Caregiver E-mail
Written by Arthur Moseley, Owner/Director, Griswold Home Care   

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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