Bob Reinhold, long active in the youth sports his two children loved so much, would have been proud. The softball tournament held Saturday in his honor at J.C. Handly Park raised more than $2,000 to be doled out equally among Brandon and Armwood Highs' athletic booster clubs, the North Brandon Little League and the Brandon Cowboys youth football organization.
"It was a tremendous success," said Ken Reinhold, Bob's twin. Bob Reinhold died a year ago, at age 50, of a heart attack. Ken Reinhold organized Saturday's softball tournament, an eight-team double elimination competition, to help the athletic organizations that Bob held so dear.
He graduated from Brandon High, and his daughter Nickie, 21, attended Armwood and was a cheerleader. Son John, who died in 1995 at age 24, played football for Armwood and for the Cowboys and Brandon Little League, Ken Reinhold said. "I know Bob is very proud of how everything turned out, because it was just perfect," he said.
The tournament winner was the Blade team, sponsored by the Joe Benz family. The Blue Jays, sponsored by the Carlos Tosca family, was second. The FedEx team, sponsored by Jeff Chandler, came in third. All sponsors were from the Brandon area.
Highlight of the day? When Ken Reinhold's son Carlos, 30, "blasted six homeruns" for the Blue Jays and T.A. Mahoney teams. "Bob would have loved that," Ken Reinhold said.
Volunteers sought for erosion control project
RIVERVIEW _ Volunteers are needed Saturday for a large planting project at Hillsborough County's Riverview Civic Center. The plantings will serve as a public showcase for alternative methods of erosion control. Using native plants to prevent erosion is less costly and more environmentally friendly than traditional, standard concrete seawalls, according to John Brill, spokesman for the county Parks and Recreation Department.
The project is funded with $200,000 from the Gardinier Trust Fund, which was established by the county's Environmental Protection Commission and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection using fines collected for environmental violations.
Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to install 6,000 leatherford, Carolina aster, bullrush and other foliage along the banks of the Alafia River behind the civic center. Expect to get wet and muddy; wear closed shoes, sunscreen and a hat, Brill suggests. Gloves will be provided, but bring a shovel if possible. Water and lunch will be provided.
The Riverview Civic Center, operated by the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department, is at 11020 Park Drive.
Call Rob Heath at 310-0072 for more details.
Community gets new entrance signs
BRANDON _ The Dominion Home Owners Association Inc. put up new signs Wednesday at the entrance to it 57-home community. The association used a $1,500 grant from Hillsborough County to pay for the project. The 13-year-old community is at Kingsway and Edgedale roads.
_ JANET ZINK, SHANNON COLAVECCHIO-VAN SICKLER, RUBA URI