Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

Things to do in the Brandon area


Boating course: Flotilla 75 (Ruskin) of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering the basic safe boating course, "About Boating Safely" from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26 and July 3 at the Apollo Beach Racquet Club, 6520 Richies Way. Cost is $40 and includes the ABS book, a lifetime reference manual. Learn safe boating practices, basic knots, details of docking and tips on navigating in local waters. Call Guy Mandigo today for reservations and information at (813) 641-2488.


Chef series raises money for charity: Brandon Foundation and Rolling Pin partnered to raise $2,519 with its spring Celebrity and Top Chefs series. The proceeds will benefit Brandon Foundation and its charities.

Seven chefs prepared signature dishes and shared their experiences and tips from the culinary world. Chefs who participated in the series included Chopped Grillmaster contestant Chad Ward; chef and cookbook author Helen Chen; Top Chef contestants Tiffany Derry, Tre Wilcox, Richie Farina and Lindsay Autry; and Chopped contestant, cookbook author and Southern chef Virginia Willis.

Patriotic concert: The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band will hold the fourth annual Patriotic Times concert on June 27 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Brandon in Logan Hall, 115 N Knights Ave. The cost is a $5 donation at the door. Reservations are not required. For information, visit or call (813) 569-1771.


Rotary honored at conference: The Plant City Daybreak Rotary was honored at a recent District Conference of Rotary International. The Plant City rotary won the Governor's Blue-Gold Challenge — Small Club membership award, the Best Club Website — Small Club for its website designed and maintained by member Jim Chancey, Demonstrating the Rotary theme of "Peace Through Service," and Outstanding Club President — Small Club to Rob Evans, president of the Plant City rotary. Incoming president George Banning received the Club Builder Award.

The Plant City Daybreak Rotary Club meets from 7 to 8 a.m. Mondays in the South Florida Baptist Hospital Community Room, 301 N Alexander St. For information, call Evans at (813) 789-7063.

Hospice needs volunteers: LifePath Hospice cares for approximately 100 patients in the Plant City community. These patients, and their loved ones, face the many challenges that go along with a diagnosis of a serious illness. Many people are aware of the medical and social services that LifePath Hospice provides, but another vital element — visits from volunteers — might not be as well known.

Volunteer visits provide patients some companionship or give families a short break. While LifePath Hospice serves a large number of Plant City residents, it has a small number of volunteers in this community and is actively recruiting volunteers to help deliver this special form of compassionate care. For information about volunteering with LifePath Hospice, call Vicki McDonald at (813) 984-2299.

Plant City Colts: The Plant City Colts youth football and cheerleading organization is holding registration for flag football ($50), tackle football ($60) and cheerleading ($80) until July 21. For information, call (813) 763-3500 for football or (863) 409-7802 for cheerleading.


Yoga class: The Riverview Branch Library, 10509 Riverview Drive, will hold Yoga 101: Intro to Yoga for Adults on Monday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the library's community room. Erin Wheeler of Lucky Cat Yoga will introduce basic yoga postures and yogia breathing. The class is moderately paced. Participants should wear athletic or comfortable clothing, and bring a mat or towel. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

Art show features bikes: The Beaux Arts Gallery at Winthrop Town Centre will host a Bike Art Show on June 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. Ten artists will be showcased. The event is sponsored by Brandon Bikeworks and Florida Biking Magazine.

Riverview Citizen Patrol: Are you interested and available for the training and willing to volunteer at least 12 hours per month, plus one group meeting, to serve on the Sheriff's Office's citizen patrol? This is an opportunity to serve the community and the Sheriff's Office. For more information, contact Jim Simon at (813) 741-0413 or [email protected] You also can go to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's website and search for the "Community Service" section.


Elder law seminar: SouthShore Regional Library will hold an elder law seminar from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the library's SHO computer lab, 15816 Beth Shields Way. The seminar will include information and education on legal issues for seniors, including planning for incapacities and long-term care, and public benefits. The program will discuss Medicaid, Medicare and VA programs. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

Kids' magic show: The Ruskin Branch Library will hold the show "Magic & Mayhem" for children of all ages at 2 p.m. Thursday at the library, 26 Dickman Drive SE. In the comedy magic show, a pirate crew looking for buried treasure learns that the real treasure is in books. For information, call (813) 273-3652.


Summer Variety Series: The Performing Arts Company of Sun City Center Lite Summer Variety Series will continue with Barbara Van Eycken at 2:30 and 7 p.m. on June 29 at the Rollins Theater, 970 Cherry Hills Drive. Tickets are $10 and available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the SCC Atrium Kiosk, or by calling (813) 220-7913. Visit for information.


Cooking demonstration: Rowena Sjovall of No Fuss Foods will demonstrate how to make easy, nutritious stir-fry at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Participants will be able to eat the featured dishes at the end of the class. The recipes may contain shellfish or seafood. The class is limited to 10 participants. Register at the Ask Me Kiosk or by calling the library at (813) 273-3652.


Pageant applications now accepted: Lifestyle Transformation Training Institute is accepting applications for the Miss Royal Elegance 2013 Pageant for girls ages 6 to 18. Applications are being accepted until June 28. There is a $20 preregistration fee. Classes begin June 29. The pageant is in August. Contestants learn etiquette, public speaking, runway, confidence and more. To submit an application, visit For information, call Geri Brooks at (813) 777-4049.

Crisco, dune buggy and a face-plant: Fired-up Philly fans take to the streets

Crisco, dune buggy and a face-plant: Fired-up Philly fans take to the streets

PHILADELPHIA — Not even a coat of Crisco on light poles across the city could keep Philadelphia Eagles fans from scaling new heights in celebrating their team’s first Super Bowl appearance in 13 years and setting up a rematch with the AFC champion N...
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Deputies seek hit-and-run driver who seriously injured bicyclist in Plant City

Deputies seek hit-and-run driver who seriously injured bicyclist in Plant City

Hillsborough County deputies are searching for the driver who seriously injured a bicyclist in a hit-and-run crash in Dover on Monday morning.Deputies say the suspect was driving a Toyota Camry that is now missing part of its right front air dam afte...
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Clearwater police investigate taxi jacking near Crest Lake Park

Clearwater police investigate taxi jacking near Crest Lake Park

CLEARWATER — Investigators are searching for a suspect in a taxi carjacking Monday morning near Crest Lake Park.Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw said the taxi was taken about 7:40 a.m. and abandoned a few blocks away. No one was injured, Shaw sai...
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Woman, 35, struck and killed while walking across SR 60 in Valrico

VALRICO — A 35-year-old Thonotosassa woman was struck and killed by a car while walking across State Road 60 west of Mount Carmel Road on Sunday night, the Florida Highway Patrol said.Brandi Eckelstafer was walking south across SR 60 just after 8 p....
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Hooper: Deal with sea-level rise or prepare to be inundated

When fans again flock to Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard for the annual Gasparilla Festival on Saturday, I hope they ask a question: Will the floats need flotation devices in 2035?Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Astrid Caldas and Kate Cell, members of the Union ...
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The Daystarter: PolitiFact Florida analyzes prison costs; breaking down the Super Bowl matchup; free dental clinic services in high demand; Arrrrr you ready for Gasparilla?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• We’ll have a mild and sunny start to the week, with highs in the upper 70s, according to 10Weather WTSP. A weak cold front brings a chance of rain on Tuesday and slightly coo...
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Police: 2 IEDs detonated at a Florida mall, no injuries

LAKE WALES — Police say two improvised explosive devices ignited inside a mall in central Florida on Sunday do not appear to be an act of terrorism.Lake Wales police Deputy Chief Troy Schulze tells news outlets that at 5:22 p.m., the Lake Wales Fire ...
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St. Pete spilled 266,000 gallons of waste into Smacks Bayou

St. Pete spilled 266,000 gallons of waste into Smacks Bayou

ST. PETERSBURG — It may be a new year but the city finds itself still dealing with an old problem: spilled sewage.The city announced Thursday that two spills at its Northeast sewage plant at 1160 62nd Ave. NE had been contained.But the release — with...
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PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

Advocates of Florida prisoners protested outside of the Florida Department of Corrections in Tallahassee on Tuesday, demanding answers to questions of alleged price-gouging in prisons across the state.Protesters from dozens of grass roots organizatio...
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Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

CHICAGO — It didn’t take the sound of a door slamming in the visitor’s dressing room Saturday night to sense this Lightning team is frustrated.Tampa Bay believed it had worked hard against the Wild — at least, harder than it did in Thursday’s letharg...
Updated: 11 hours ago