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Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 45 Years!

Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 45 Years!

The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Membership and Awards Dinner on January 21, 2011.The special event was held at the Embassy Suites Tampa-Brandon, and was sponsored by Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC, Tampa Electric, Crane Tech, LLC, Brandon Regional Hospital/South Bay Hospital, Embassy Suites Tampa-Brandon, Four Paws Veterinary Hospital, The Tampa Tribune/South Shore News and Tribune, and Superior Residences of Brandon Memory Care.

The theme for this year’s dinner was Rocking Through the Years and it was a kick-off to a yearlong celebration for the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce as it turns 45 years old. Guests were welcomed by incoming President Sherri McLean-Walker, Crane Tech, LLC; Jill Andrew, Superior Residences of Brandon Memory Care, gave her final remarks as past president for 2009 and 2010.

The annual awards were presented to 2010 Ambassador of the Year ,Joe Eletto, Century 21-Beggins & Pure 4U, Inc., 2010 Business of the Year, Superior Residences of Brandon Memory Care, 2010 Business Person of the Year, Stacy Self, Sam Cook’s Home Service Centre & Hand to Hope, Inc.  

Parking pay stations Downtown could cost Tampa revenue

Parking pay stations Downtown could cost Tampa revenue

TAMPA, Florida - Nearly 150 pay stations installed at the end of 2010 to replace parking meters in Downtown Tampa are working so well, the city could lose citation revenue.

After a short learning period where drivers had to get used to paying for their spot in the middle of each block, rather than at an individual meter, the City of Tampa reports parking revenue is up five percent in recent months.

However, more obedient drivers means fewer citations, and so far this year, citation revenue is down between five and 10 percent.

Last year, citations accounted for 65 percent of the Parking Division's $3.4 million in revenue.

Annual Chamber Membership & Awards Dinner tomorrow night

Annual Chamber Membership & Awards Dinner tomorrow night

Riverview, FL --

The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce:
Annual Membership & Awards Dinner celebrates 45 years!

Time & Date: Jan. 21 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Embassy Suites Brandon/Tampa

Reservation required

New Sams Club hiring in Riverview

New Sams Club hiring in Riverview

Riverview, FL -- A new Sams Club is opening in Riverview, Fla., and vacant positions need to be filled.

Sams Club is hiring approximately 170 for the new club slated to open in March at 10427 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview.

According to club manager Tracy Snelgrove, both full-time and part-time positions are available including management positions.

Important tax changes for flex spending accounts

Important tax changes for flex spending accounts

TAMPA, Florida - It's a tax savings offered by 85 percent of large U.S. businesses, but only 27 percent of eligible employees take advantage of it.


Flexible spending accounts (FSA) can help employees save hundreds - or even thousands - of dollars a year by getting medical supplies tax-free when they wouldn't otherwise be deductable.


However, on Jan. 1, 2011, it will get harder to access the benefits for most over-the-counter purchases.  A prescription will be required for reimbursement for items such as aspirin, tylenol, and cough/cold relief.

Contract negotiations scheduled between Hillsborough and medical union

Contract negotiations scheduled between Hillsborough and medical union

Hillsborough county, FL - A bargaining session has been scheduled for the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners and the Emergency Medical Personnel and Critical Care Technicians (EMPACCT) on Monday, Dec. 20.

The meeting between the union, no. 3525, will take place at 9:00 a.m. within Fire Rescue Headquarters at 2709 E. Hanna Ave., Tampa.

After backbreaking freeze, fish farmers try new ideas to survive cold

After backbreaking freeze, fish farmers try new ideas to survive cold

Plant City, Florida -- From where Ron Connor stands, five million dead fish would be good news.

Last winter's backbreaking freeze killed at least eight million of the tropical fish Connor raises on his farm in Plant City. He says the lost crop cost him $2 to $3 million.

So he's determined to try out new methods of protecting his precious piscine product during what's shaping up to be two back-to-back weeks of cold weather blasts.

January's crushing 11-day run of below-freezing temperatures killed 96 percent of the fish growing in Connor's 250 swimming pool-sized outdoor ponds and an enclosed building with 400 bathtub-sized vats.