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Man in the Mirror E-mail
Written by Corey Patrick   
Alone I stand in a dark room. There are no doors or furniture, just one singular mirror. The mirror begins to shine as if there were lights shining through a window.  I step in front of the mirror and I can see a bedroom. It is sort of disheveled with clothes all over the floor and poster covering the walls, a guitar in the far corner. There is a young man standing in front of the mirror, pale skin and dark hair in front of his eyes. For the time, this is my reflection. He moves his hair out from his face and I can tell he has been crying.
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Match Recap: VSI Tampa Flames v IMG Bradenton E-mail
Written by Alex Miranda, General Manager   
Flames pick up three critical points on the road

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - BRANDON, Fla. – The Flames took to road for the 2nd away game of the season on Thursday afternoon and made their 2nd trip to IMG Bradenton this young season.  Having a full squad to choose from this time around with the final arrival of all the players, Coach Harrison made several changes to the starting eleven that took the field vs. IMG two weeks ago on May 10th.
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Match Recap: VSI Tampa Flames v Mississippi Brilla FC E-mail
Written by Alex Miranda, General Manager   
Flames Rally Past Brilla 2-1 With Goals From Thuriere And Rockwell

Friday, May 18, 2012 - BRANDON, Fla. – Excitement was in the air as the Flames played their first home game on a Friday night under the lights while Brilla FC was looking to snap a two game losing streak.  But thanks to goals from Sebastien Thuriere and Max Rockwell, it was the home side that ran out winners, rallying past Mississippi to take their record to 2-2 for the season. 
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Find Love On A Leash Dog Adoption Event E-mail
Written by Doris Darga   

Camp Bow Wow Helps Pups In Need

Camp Bow Wow is all about the dogs, from the most pampered of our customers to those less fortunate among our furry friends.

That’s why Camp Bow Wow Tampa South Shore in Riverview, Florida held FIND LOVE ON A LEASH, a dog adoption and fundraising event, for several area rescue groups that help find homes for strays and abandoned dogs. The event was held Saturday, April 28th, 2012 from  10 AM – 2 PM.

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VSI Tampa Flames v Central SC Cobras E-mail
Written by Alex Miranda, General Manager   

Flames Women pick up first point of season

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, BRANDON, Fla. – VSI Tampa Flames and Central SC Cobras tied a hardly fought match on Sunday evening securing the Flames first point of the season after a 3-0 lost to the Charlotte Lady Eagles in Charlotte, NC on Friday night.

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VSI Tampa Flames v Ft. Lauderdale Schulz Academy E-mail
Written by Alex Miranda, General Manager   

Flames capture first win in team history

Monday, May 7, 2012 - BRANDON, Fla. VSI Tampa Flames secured their first win in team history with an entertaining 3-0 win vs. Ft. Lauderdale Schulz Academy Sunday afternoon at J.C. Handly Park.

The game got off to an exciting start with the action going back and forth in the first half.  Both teams managed to get off three shots a piece but both goal keepers were up to the challenge and the teams went into the locker room at halftime tied at zeros. 

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Hillsborough County Lawn Watering Returns To One Day A Week E-mail
Written by Michelle Van Dyke, Hillsborough County   
May 10, 2012 - Hillsborough County may have gotten some rain overnight, but effective immediately, tighter water restrictions are now in effect. That includes limiting lawn watering to once a week.
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Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center Boasts Eight Collegiate Athletic Signings E-mail
Written by Lori Bukaweski Associate Executive Director   

The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center is proud to announce that eight of our young athletes have signed athletic letters of intent for the 2012/2013 Academic Year:

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VSI Tampa Flames v Ocala Stampede E-mail
Written by Alex Miranda, General Manager   

Flames miss out in close contest

Monday, May 7, 2012 - BRANDON, Fla. – Ocala Stampede took victory in a closely fought match between two sides making their debut in PDL history as they defeated the Flames 4-2 on Sunday evening at J.C. Handly Park.

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A building for Catholic Youth Ministry? E-mail
Written by David Schonacher Jr., P.E., The Avanti Group, Inc.   
Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon, Florida decided to make a statement. Realizing that many Churches seemed to be saying to the youth, "You really don't matter.", relegating their youth programs to small corners of buildings, or partially renovating portions of unused areas.
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VSI Tampa Flames Inaugural Game With Lots Of Family Festivities
Written by Alex Miranda, General Manager   
“VSI Flames are here”

May 6th marks a new era of soccer in Tampa as the VSI Tampa Flames kick off against Ocala Stampede in what will be both sides inaugural United Soccer League PDL opening match!
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The Midsummer Knight’s Dream E-mail
Written by Karly Kehres   
In more ways than one, Bob Walker is a knight in shining armor.

Walker is the 48-year-old master puppet-maker, owner and namesake for his shop, The Midsummer Knight’s Dream, where he and his team of five handcraft puppets for sale at medieval and Renaissance fairs, conventions and stores across the world.
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VSI Tampa Flames Up And Operating In Tampa E-mail
Written by Alex Miranda, General Manager   
Team to focus on player development and community outreach

Tuesday, March 23, 2012 - VSI Tampa Flames have been hard at work over the past month getting ready to open the season in May.  Back in November it was announced that VisionPro Sports Institute (VSI) had chosen to establish an international youth soccer academy in Tampa. As part of the new project, VSI would also operate teams in the PDL, W-League and Super-20 League starting in 2012, with a USL PRO franchise scheduled to begin play in Tampa in 2013.
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Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group E-mail
Written by Homewood Residence   
Are you stressed with the caregiving experience? Do you need to talk to someone managing similar caregiving responsibilities? Join us at Homewood Residence Freedom Plaza Sun City Center on the first and third Thursday of each month for our Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group. We’ll provide you with the education, information and resources you need in a caring, confidential environment. Anna Lively, MS, Registered Mental Health Counselor, will be available to guide the group and to answer your questions and concerns. Don’t miss this supportive event.
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Accessible Home Health Care Announces The Rosette J Salem National Caregiver Of The Year E-mail
Written by Lindy Blythe   

Coral Springs, FL (February 15, 2012) — Accessible Home Health Care  announced Rebecca Riddle as the Rosette J Salem  National Caregiver of the Year at the 6th Annual National Awards Banquet on January 21,2012.

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Royce Easley & Keith Weeks from Newsome High School selected to play in Blue–Grey National All Star Classic E-mail
Written by Donna Easley   
Royce Easley & Keith Weeks from Newsome High School have been selected to play in the Blue-Grey National All Star Classic.  This is quite an achievement for these young men.  This features TOP SENIOR recruits from across the country with two squads.  A SOUTH squad and a NORTH squad.  The south squad players consist from areas such as: Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Georgia, Alabama, Texas and etc…. The north squad consists of players from: New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nebraska, Illinois, California and etc…
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