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Obituaries June 17, 2010

RODRIGUEZ, Chris Chris Rodriguez Sr., 46, of Ruskin, Florida, passed away June 2, 2010. Chris was born in Austin, TX, and was raised in Ruskin. He is survived by the…

New home developer coming to Sun City Center

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net   SUN CITY CENTER – Like many residents coming here from other parts, a Canadian-grown home builder transplanted to Florida decades ago is poised to become the retirement…

At the mercy of the sea and public opinion

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.net    Most parents are reluctant to hand over the car keys to their 16-year-old children. A few parents, however, are somehow able to hand over a…

Mill Bayou development denied…again

By MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.net Mitch Traphagen Photo For the second time, the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners denied an application to build eight homes on a narrow spit of land along…

In Sun City Center: Sammy Rides again

Mitch Traphagen Photos Volunteers and riders from Sammy Rides, a project dedicated to the memory of a nine-year-old victim of pediatric cancer, take a test ride from Simmons Park in…

Would-be young sailors learn more than seamanship

    By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net   APOLLO BEACH – They arrive in swim suits, clutching water bottles and lunch bags, their safety gear slung over shoulders. They range in age from…

South County Chamber committed to overcoming barriers

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net   RUSKIN – Aiming to bridge language barriers and embrace cultural differences, the Ruskin-SouthShore Chamber of Commerce here is instituting programs spotlighting Spanish-speakers and Latino-owned businesses.    “There…

Prison art and sampler of South County talent is weekend fare

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net   South County artistry – on paper, on stage, in vocal form and expressed instrumentally – will be on parade this weekend in two novel events.   One opens…

Whatever happened about…

  By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net… Gulf Oil Efforts    Effective immediately, the Ruskin / SouthShore Chamber of Commerce is collecting items useful in cleansing and saving coastal birds which become contaminated…

Art on a Canvas of Flesh

{igallery 6} By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netRIVERVIEW — A bumper sticker tacked onto a filing cabinet discretely tucked away in Mike Parson’s office reads, “Tattoos: Not just for sailors anymore.” Actually,…

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