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Observations: America in the laundromat

Observations: America in the laundromat

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN You give up any expectation of privacy in the laundromat. You are left to fold your underwear in plain view of everyone else washing their clothes. It…

After just five years, the Firehouse Cultural Center becomes a regional asset

After just five years, the Firehouse Cultural Center becomes a regional asset

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Published May 26, 2016 The first event, held in 2011, at the Firehouse Cultural Center was remarkable. It was on a Friday evening and lights were on…

Community Foundation gives $100,000 to benefit kids at Bethune Park

Community Foundation gives $100,000 to benefit kids at Bethune Park

By LOIS KINDLE Published May 26, 2016 It’s not often an investment sees a 10-fold return in one year. But that’s exactly what happened last summer after the Community Foundation…

Hurricane season starts June 1

Hurricane season starts June 1

By LOIS KINDLE Published May 26, 2016 The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is less than a week away, and forecasters report it will be about average. But that’s no reason…

Obituaries: May 26, 2016

  Edward J. Gmachowski Jr. Edward J. Gmachowski Jr., 76, of Apollo Beach, Fla., formerly of Bellingham, Mass., died peacefully on May 8, 2016. Born in East Douglas, Mass., on…

Faith in Fitness: What’s all the fuss about GMOs?

By ROSIE KORFANT Parrish resident; Activities Coordinator JSA Medical Group, a Division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. Sometimes I feel as if I’ve been born on top of a Christmas…

Pigging out is perfectly normal at this annual event

Pigging out is perfectly normal at this annual event

By LOIS KINDLE The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce will host a fun-filled evening for the entire family Friday night at the 7th annual Pigs in the Parking Lot BBQ, Blues &…

Rubonia residents organize to reopen community center for youth summer program

Rubonia residents organize to reopen community center for youth summer program

By CARL MARIO NUDI After being closed for about two years, the Rubonia Community Center will once again be buzzing with activity this summer, providing a place for the youth…

Manasota Truck Night raises money for family of accident victim

Manasota Truck Night raises money for family of accident victim

By ANDREA SHAY Photojournalist Saturday the Desoto Speedway hosted Manasota Truck Night, an event where truck modification enthusiasts could compete, show off their vehicles, engage in truck pulls and meet…

Progress Village’s Will Talenti named Art Teacher of the Year

Progress Village’s Will Talenti named Art Teacher of the Year

By LISA STARK For visual arts teacher William Talenti, Progress Village Middle Magnet School is a place to call home.  Named “Art Teacher of the Year” by the Hillsborough County…