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Neighborhood briefs

Briefs and news of note.

By ANDREW MEACHAM and HELEN ANNE TRAVIS
Published August 11, 2006


BRANDON

After nearly a year of practice, the Let's Twirl baton team made the trek to Virginia Beach, Va., to compete in the 2006 Junior Olympics.

They came home with a basket of medals.

More than 600 twirlers from around the country entered the competition, which concluded earlier this month. Let's Twirl, a group of girls from area high schools, faced 103 other teams in the dance twirl and novelty halftime divisions. The team took silver medals in both events.

Let's Twirl also featured individual standouts. Morgan Bryan and Sonia Buchannan won gold in the solo strut competitions.

Coach June Bryan said that the girls managed to tune out the pressure.

"They were so happy to be there, but once they got there they were anxious and nervous," Bryan said.

Jennifer Reynolds, a twirler and recent graduate of King High's International Baccalaureate program, moves to a bigger stage in the fall as a member of the University of Florida's Gatorettes.

Fall registration for Let's Twirl starts Monday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Osprey Club in FishHawk Ranch, 5721 Osprey Ridge Drive.

Registration continues from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Winthrop Pole Barn, 11275 W Bloomingdale Avenue, Valrico. Call June Bryan, 653-2199.

 

APOLLO BEACH

Realtor Henry Brosnaham, owner of EXIT Realty Apollo Beach, recognized a pair of agents as the company's top performers in June and July.

Terry Chandler was June's Agent of the Month, and John Brosnaham took the honors for July.

The award represents "a total array of services" rather than sales alone, the elder Brosnaham said in a statement. Brosnaham described both winners as highly energetic and persistent.

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AVENYA Mortgage is looking for property appraisers, title companies and home inspectors to support a new operations center at 210 Apollo Beach Blvd.

The company specializes in residential mortgages including purchases, refinancing and home equity credit. Call 645-0535.

VALRICO

Hillsborough County is considering closing a section of Washington Road for safety and other considerations. Authorities have sent notices to property owners within 250 feet of the intersection of Washington Road and the CSX railroad crossing, between Miller Road and St. Cloud Avenue, and to neighborhood associations within a mile of the crossing.

If the closure is approved, the county will install a pedestrian crossing.

County officials will hold a public meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Brandon Community Center, 502 E Sadie St., to brief neighbors on the possible road closure and solicit reactions. Residents who cannot attend the meeting can leave input with the Office of Neighborhood Relations, 272-5860.

 

PLANT CITY

Plant City children whose parents are fighting overseas with the National Guard will get a break from worrying about their folks, thanks to 4-H Operation Military Kids. The Guard will introduce the program at a special event Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the National Guard building, 4004 Airport Road.

A joint venture between the U.S. National Guard and 4-H members nationwide, Operation Military Kids provides support for children of National Guard members deployed overseas.

Air Jumpers Party Rentals is donating an inflatable jumping device for the day.

- ANDREW MEACHAM, HELEN ANNE TRAVIS

[Last modified August 10, 2006, 08:52:40]


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