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South Shore & Brandon

  1. Everybody's Business: New Taps location opens in Tampa, Fruit Fondue opens in Westchase, Kumon expands to Riverview

    Briefs

    Seven years after opening the original location in downtown Tampa, Taps Restaurant Bar and Lounge opened its second location in Tampa at International Plaza and Bay Street this week.

    The new Taps Restaurant Bar and Lounge at International Plaza and Bay Street — the second location in Tampa — has a more extensive menu and a larger selection of wines than the other Florida locations.
  2. Student leader's achievements set foundation for greater success

    K12

    At the age of 18, Daniel Erickson's already acquired a list of impressive accomplishments.

    Christopher Bryant, from left, Bernadette Mead, Daniel Erickson, Kubra Khan and Gabriella Gonzalez attended the leadership summit in Washington, D.C.
  3. Village Players to present 'Wizard of Oz'

    Briefs

    VALRICO — The Village Players will kick off its 2015 production of Wizard of Oz with a dinner theater premier at 7 tonight at the James McCabe Theater, 506 Fifth St.

    Cast members from the Village Players’ upcoming Wizard of Oz production recently appeared in Brandon’s Fourth of July parade.
  4. World Changers do just that with Christian community service project

    Religion

    Last week, 278 students traveled to Tampa from across the United States to participate in World Changers, a nationwide Christian community service project.

  5. Meet the majors: Profiles of the HCSO staff who oversee the county's four patrol divisions

    Crime

    In the increasingly difficult world of law enforcement, they have lost none of their zeal. They enthusiastically continue to arrive each day, setting the tone for the deputies most likely to encounter the average resident. Learn more about Robert Bullara, Chad Chronister, Alan Hill and Scott Wellinger, the four majors …

    Described as a “hard-nosed, hardworking cop,’’ Maj. Scott Wellinger says he has never doubted that law enforcement is what he wanted to do.
  6. Maj. Bullara: Back where he started in District IV

    Crime

    Maj. Robert Bullara didn't grow up dreaming of a career in law enforcement.

    Maj. Robert Bullara celebrates winning Wawa’s “Hoagies for Heroes” competition with other Sheriff’s Office members. Pictured are Detective Nikki Smith, Deputy Teddy Perez, Bullara, Deputy Robert Howard, Deputy Chris McMurtry and Deputy Nick Cruz.
  7. Maj. Hill: Not just a law enforcer, a peace keeper

    Crime

    He was so young when he started his career, his father had to purchase his service revolver.

    Maj. Alan Hill of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office signs in before heading to a meeting at Sheriff’s Office headquarters this week. Hill returns to where he started his career in 1989.
  8. Bar review: Ford's Garage in Brandon goes all the way with its car theme, beer list

    Bars & Spirits

    Of the various bar themes I expect to run into in the wild, "old-timey service station" is not one of them. But it seems to be working quite well for the Ford's Garage chain, which has just opened in Brandon, its fourth Florida location.

    The old-timey Ford’s Garage goes all the way with its car theme, boosted by creative cocktails and a fine craft beer list. An antique Ford hangs from the ceiling, wheels slowly spinning.
  9. Kid fitness in Brandon, pizza on Platt St., BW3 in Wesley Chapel

    Briefs

    Thurlowe Russell grew up running the hills of his native Jamaica.

    My Gym Children’s Fitness Center in Brandon has free trials during a grand opening celebration that runs through Aug. 2.
  10. East bay fishing report for July 24

    Outdoors

    Hot times. Here we are again with the summer heat and humidity. The water on the flats is pushing 90 degrees by mid morning and the inshore bite starts to slow. You may want to move to deeper water and go mackerel, snapper and trout fishing.

    PT_344935_CODD_REPORT PHOTO 1 OF 1 CAPTION: (10/05/2011, LAND O' LAKES) Photo of Mike Gore for the East Bay fishing report. SUMMARY: Headshot of Captain Mike Gore to go with East Bay fishing report. [STEPHEN J. CODDINGTON, Times]