Penny Fletcher

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County to overhaul historic Gardenville School, expand park

The county’s Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department has big plans for changes at the Gardenville Recreation Center in Gibsonton.
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St. Joseph’s Hospital in Riverview to offer 500 permanent jobs

Both the hospital and the medical facility together cost approximately $235 mil to the BayCare Health System....
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JOBS, JOBS, JOBS

Partnership between agencies results in help for employers, job-seekers...
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South County librarian earns Friends of the Library Librarian of the Year Award

She has raised attendance in children's programs so that in 2012, 15,500 children and their guardians attended her program....
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Master Plan calls for $5.7 mil facilities expansion

If the new parking area plan is approved by the community, 150 spaces will be added at the atrium area for cars and there will also be 40 more places to park golf carts. Parking will be “straight” instead of angle....
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The Girl Scout Gold Award proves what a good imagination can do!

From her early days in scouting as a Daisy, Brownie, and then Girl Scout, Kaitlyn has earned her badges and awards through helping her community....
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East Bay H.S. hosted annual Relay For Life

It was quiet enough to hear a pin drop on grass while Karen Lewandowski gave her talk about how she fights her cancer on a ...
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$2.2 mil expansion planned for Ruskin Recreation Center

The design phase should take approximately four months, including permitting, and then there should be about eight months for construction....
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Young talent discovered by Honors student producing play

The concept was to gather a group of young people to write, produce, direct and perform a play for the public....
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Come for an hour or all night: Everybody’s invited to help fight cancer!

More than $40,000 has already been raised by the 40 South County teams that have signed up to participate in this year’s Relay for Life of Southshore East....
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Community Foundation reaches out to surrounding area

If your non profit group is located in, or provides services to, the south Hillsborough County area you’re eligible to apply for a grant from the Greater Sun City Center Community Foundation of Tampa Bay Inc....
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image Penny Fletcher Penny has lived in South County since 1979; in Ruskin, Apollo Beach and Riverview and knows the area and its people well. Before becoming a correspondent for The Observer News and the Riverview Current, she wrote for The Tampa Tribune and has been the Bureau Editor for The East Bay Breeze, The Sun, and the South Shore News. Her work has earned many awards from the Florida Press Association and Community Papers of Florida; including First, Second and Third Place state-wide awards for News Writing, Original Writing, Feature Writing, Columns and Editorials. She has also been awarded a First Place, state-wide photography award. From 2000 to 2006 she edited for Amazon Books publishing division, BookSurge, via the Web; wrote book jackets and marketing copy and worked one-on-one with many Amazon authors. She currently freelances as a writer, editor, speaker and coach at www.pennyfletcher.com.
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