South Shore & Brandon

  1. Grief leads to goodness for Lithia widow, widower

    Human Interest

    If a little boy sat in class, shy of supplies, Mandy Van Brunt found a way to quietly provide pencils or paper.

    Mandy Van Brunt went the extra mile at Frost Elementary.
  2. New fire stations coming to Valrico, Brandon

    Fire

    BRANDON — Several new fire stations will be coming to the area in the next few years, with one opening near Primrose School of Bloomingdale by next summer, county officials said.

  3. Less traffic, Elvis and Boca on the way in the "The Mix"

    Human Interest

    Cop shop

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is collecting school supplies for students in need. People can donate supplies at any of the four district officers or the operations center in Ybor through August 10. While all school-related supplies are welcome, HCSO has identified the following items as …

    Jackie Garvin of Valrico will share her tips on making pie crusts in the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday.
  4. '100 percent authentic Mexican' Taco Rey expands in Brandon

    Business

    BRANDON — Feras Abdel was in Guadalajara, Mexico, at a food expo when the idea hit him for his first restaurant.

    A customer watches Argentina play the Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup at Taco Rey Mexican Grill, which opened on July 4 at 401 S Parsons Ave. in Brandon.
  5. Buddhist center offers meditation in Tampa to enlighten, help others

    Religion

    For the modern Buddhist, meditation offers the promise of inner peace.

    Gen Chokyan leads a meditation service at the Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center. Cate White stands by his side.
  6. Spirited female boxer battles for HBO showcase

    Human Interest

    TAMPA

    Bulldog Boxing and Fitness occupies part of a warehouse complex on a remote rural patch where east Tampa nudges against Brandon. A gym still in its crawling stage, it remains more tidy than dingy.

    Chevelle Hallback, left, unleashes against Dominga Olivo at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa on June 13. Hallback, 42, won by second-round TKO.
  7. Beach Bum Pirate to play in Ruskin

    Music & Concerts

    Your friendly, neighborhood beach bum pirate just wants to be sure you have a good time.

    Scott Ramsey performs as the Beach Bum Pirate in Ruskin this Sunday.
  8. Find A Friend: Maddon the tabby cat

    Pets

    Put him in, coach, he's ready to play. Maddon (ID No. 22983007) is a 2-year-old orange tabby ready to get called up to the majors in your clubhouse. He comes vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and licensed for just $20 as part of July's "Hot Dogs & Cool Cats" deal at Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center, which is …

    Put him in coach, he's ready to play. Meet Maddon, a way-cool, 2-year old orange Tabby cat. He and all of the other boys and girls of summer invite you to check out batting practice during a special event this Saturday at the County shelter. Maddon (ID2273007) is ready to get called up to the majors in your clubhouse, so adopt him fully vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and licensed for just $20 as part of July's "Hot Dogs & Cool Cats" at Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center, 440 N Falkenberg Road. www.HillsboroughCounty.org/pets, open daily 10 to 7.
  9. Hillsborough real estate transactions for July 18

    Real Estate

    APOLLO BEACH

    5320 Fishersound Ln., to Michael T. Ring & Jennifer H. Ring by Robert Swander & Patricia Swander, $675,000, 06-16-2014.

  10. Find a friend: Angel, a 5-year-old Labrador mix

    Pets

    Second Chance Boxer Rescue

    Heaven must be missing an angel, Second Chance Boxer Rescue says, as this one spent weeks at the county animal resource center racking up friends and Facebook fans until being transferred to Second Chance Boxer Rescue. Angel loves everything about this life. From small kids to …

    Heaven must be missing an angel. This one spent weeks at the county animal resource center racking up friends and Facebook fans until Second Chance Boxer Rescue transferred her to safety. Angel loves everything about this life. From small kids to other dogs, this 5-year old Labrador-mix melts hearts with her gentle personality, golden glow, and spiffy tutu. To adopt Angel fully spayed, vacccinated, microchipped and housebroken, visit www.SaveaBoxer.org.