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DCF pulls children from Tampa Bay Academy

By MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.net Mitch Traphagen Photo The Florida Department of Children and Families removed three children from the Tampa Bay Academy in Riverview on Monday. Approximately a dozen more children…

Whatever Happened About…

  By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net …Apollo Beach Rezoning Public hearing of a hotly contested application to rezone the former AB Rescue Squad property allowing its commercial development has been moved to…

Crime falls in U.S., Florida

By MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.net RUSKIN – According to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics released on Monday, all categories of crime declined in 2009, contrary to fears held by some that crime…

Nine years after Nine-Eleven

By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net Above, a child’s note of remembrance taped to the window of an NYPD substation near Times Square in 2001. Below, support from Pasco County residents in the…

Peru: the potato and the Irish

By WARREN RESEN, Travel/Outdoor WriterPhotos by JEANNE O’CONNOR I met my lovely wife, Jeanne O’Connor, in Florida because of the “Theory of unintended consequences.” International travel frequently means visiting exotic…

International Coastal Cleanup Day is Sept. 25

By MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.net Mitch Traphagen Photo RUSKIN — The pile of detritus was remarkable. In the span of a few hours, the volunteers had collected jugs of used motor oil,…

Local mother focuses beacon of experience on national problem

By MELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net   Donna Witsell (Melody Jameson Photo) SUNDANCE – It’s been just a year this weekend since Charlie and Donna Witsell lost their only child. For 13-year-old Hope,…

Canadian company’s first Florida footprint on Sun City Center golf courses

  Mitch Traphagen Photo ByMELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net SUN CITY CENTER – Seven of the eight golf courses in this retirement community founded as a golfing mecca now belong to a Canadian…

Canadian company’s first Florida footprint on Sun City Center golf courses

Mitch Traphagen Photo ByMELODY JAMESONmj@observernews.net SUN CITY CENTER – Seven of the eight golf courses in this retirement community founded as a golfing mecca now belong to a Canadian corporation…

Riverview writer says she hopes she never grows up

By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net Olga Iris Claudio of Riverview shows a portion of the children’s books she is preparing to submit for publication. She has been writing songs and doing…

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