Monday, July 16, 2018

Brandon & South Shore News

Hillsborough, Blue Sky partner on new affordable housing complex in Drew Park

Hillsborough, Blue Sky partner on new affordable housing complex in Drew Park

TAMPA — Blue Sky Communities has partnered with Hillsborough County to make another dent in the county’s rising demand for affordable housing, opening Sweetwater Villas in Tampa’s Drew Park just west of Dale Mabry Highway.Officials recently celebrate...
Published: 07/03/18
Updated: 07/04/18
Art2Action, The Bunker team to give veterans ‘Open Mic Night’

Art2Action, The Bunker team to give veterans ‘Open Mic Night’

YBOR CITY — With umbrellas piled in the corner as you walked into The Bunker, welcoming vibes mixed with the sweet aroma of coffee, hints of just-baked muffins and cookies, and a few kind hellos from the staff.The seats, plush and cushioned, are pull...
Published: 06/28/18
Updated: 07/04/18
Great Jones helps Tampa clients manage their rental homes via smart phone or internet

Great Jones helps Tampa clients manage their rental homes via smart phone or internet

TAMPA — It’s a common approach: Someone working in a moribund industry like news, transportation or hotels decides to shake things up with technology. This time, it’s rental property management and the aspiring disruptors are David Diaz and business ...
Published: 07/03/18
Joe Henderson: Sales tax hikes needed for schools and transportation, so package them

Joe Henderson: Sales tax hikes needed for schools and transportation, so package them

You can argue that Hillsborough County’s most pressing need is a major upgrade for its transportation system, and you wouldn’t be wrong.You also would be correct if you said no, no, no — the county simply must invest whatever it takes to help its ove...
Published: 07/04/18
Daniel Ruth: Fill the bay to make more land to build more townhouses? Never again

Daniel Ruth: Fill the bay to make more land to build more townhouses? Never again

First a full confession. I am not a real estate expert. I know precious very little about the finer points of development. But I do recall that old Florida axiom about selling swampland to unsuspecting folks eager to own a piece of the Sunshine State...
Published: 07/03/18
Retired Temple Terrace arborist warns that signature oaks are dangerous and endangered

Retired Temple Terrace arborist warns that signature oaks are dangerous and endangered

TEMPLE TERRACE — Former city arborist Dana Carver said that whenever he asked people why they moved to Temple Terrace, they would often talk about the arching canopies of old oaks."It’s what we’re known for,’’ said Carver, 68, who retired earlier thi...
Published: 07/03/18
Family Ministries of Florida sharpens its foster care focus in Seffner

Family Ministries of Florida sharpens its foster care focus in Seffner

SEFFNER — Charlea, 17, took on the role of an adult when she lived at home due to the frequent absence of her mom.She lacked the one emotion children crave the most, love. Her desire for that adoration led her to look for it in all the wrong places."...
Published: 06/29/18
Updated: 07/02/18
Tampa chamber’s minority business program accelerates into second year

Tampa chamber’s minority business program accelerates into second year

TAMPA — A year ago, Carolyn Lawson was paying a business coach $25,000 to advise her on the best practices to grow her marketing firm, Chameleon Custom Solutions. The results she yielded proved ho-hum, at best.Then she signed up for the Minority Busi...
Published: 06/29/18
Updated: 07/02/18
Sunday Conversation: Charleene Closshey

Sunday Conversation: Charleene Closshey

Homegrown married high tech at the premiere of No Postage Necessary on June 28 at the Tampa Theatre. • Plant City actor/composer/producer Charleene Closshey found herself surrounded by scores of family, friends and fans — even her piano teacher — at ...
Updated one month ago
Seeds of Hope continues summer backpack program

Seeds of Hope continues summer backpack program

BRANDON — Seeds of Hope volunteers formed a line and began to fill bags and backpacks with assorted goods at Presbyterian Church of Bloomingdale.Inside the church’s food bank, more than a dozen volunteers made a deposit last week for students at seve...
Updated one month ago