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Published on: July 25, 2018

Thurs., July 26

New high school to open in 2020

Parents and students are invited to a meeting where the Hillsborough County School District will discuss plans on a new high school opening in August 2020. 

The school will be the first new high school to open in more than 10 years in Hillsborough County. 

The $80 million school is called “High School TTT” for now. It will be located on the north side of Balm Road, east of U.S. 301. The new school will offer relief to East Bay and Lennard high schools. 

The attendance boundaries of Lennard, East Bay, Newsome, and Durant high schools are proposed to be impacted to balance enrollment among the schools. School leaders encourage parents and students to share their thoughts, because they are going to take everything into consideration before making the new boundary lines permanent. Students who will be affected are from Lennard High School, East Bay High School, and a small number from Durant and Newsome high schools. The school will open with 1,100 students. Those who are seniors at the beginning of the 2020 school year will be allowed to stay at their original school.

A meeting will be held for families to review and provide input to staff on the proposed boundary changes on Thursday, July 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Shields Middle School, 15732 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin.

Fri., Aug. 3

Bell Shoals Baptist hosts 2018 Candidate Forum

Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon will host its 23rd annual Candidate Forum on Friday, Aug. 3, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. The forum is free and open to the public. Bell Shoals Baptist Church is located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon.

Bell Shoals Baptist Candidate Forum provides voters the opportunity to personally meet, talk and hear candidates who are seeking to represent the community as elected government officials.

Every federal election year, the Brandon campus hosts a non-partisan Candidate Forum so people in Hillsborough County can hear directly from those running for office about where they stand on issues that matter to local residents.

They will host a meet and greet with the candidates, and then a forum where you will have a chance to compare the messages from each candidate. They will invite every qualifying candidate-regardless of party affiliation.

Employees from the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office will also be on hand to give information and to answer questions about voter registration. Make sure to note that Florida is a closed primary state, and if you plan to vote in the primary set for Tuesday, Aug. 28, you must be registered by July 30.

For more information on the 23rd annual Candidate Forum, visit


Sat., Aug. 4

Riverview Library book sale

The Riverview Library, 10509 Riverview Dr., Riverview, is hosting a book sale Friday, Aug. 3, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

They will have books, CDs, DVDs, kids’ books, baked goods and knick-knacks for sale. They will have something for everyone on your list. They can now accept credit cards to make your purchasing easier.

All library programming is suspended for the month of August, due to early voting, which will engage the library site that month. Of course, all regular services at the library will still be available for the entire month. All regular programs will resume in September

For more information, call 813-273-3652 or go online to for programs.

Thurs., Aug. 16

Brandon Chamber of Commerce 2018 Candidate Hob Nob

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will host a 2018 Candidate Hob Nob on Thursday, Aug. 16 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, 4121 N. 30th St., Tampa. 

The Hob Nob is an opportunity for residents to meet and mingle with candidates who are running for local, state and national office just weeks before the Primary Election on Tuesday, Aug. 28. This event is open to the community. The event also will include craft beer sampling from Pepin Distributing, gourmet pizza and finger foods.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

At the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce Hob Nob, each candidate will have a dedicated space where residents can talk to them face to face and get answers to questions on where each candidate stands on issues.

Attendees will receive a summary page outlining the issues including the many amendments that will be on the ballot.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 813-689-1221.