Friday, May 10, 2013
The Beef 'O' Brady's Bell Shoals family is cooking up a weekend of support for a young father who's facing a second fight against cancer. It starts with a student-faculty basketball game tonight, May 10, at Bloomingdale High.
The Bloomingdale community is invited this weekend to help support a young father and his family get through a second bout with cancer, starting with a student-faculty basektball game at Bloomingdale High School tonight, May 10, followed by a host of activites at the Beef 'O' Brady's on Bell Shoals Road in Valrico. There, on Saturday, May 11, a yard sale begins at 7 a.m., followed by family friendly activities starting at around noon, including a bouncy house, cotton candy and face-painting stations for kids. "Later in the evening there will be a DJ and a couple bands," added Kathryn Belcher, a server at Beef's, in an interview following her April 29 presentation to the FishHawk-Rotary Club, which meets at the restaurant at noon on …
Monday, April 8, 2013
To aid in the fight against cancer, a Bloomingdale High School senior put his musical talents to work at the 2013 Bloomingdale Relay For Life.
Bloomingdale High School senior Ian Crumpton put his musical talents to work at the 2013 Bloomingdale Relay For Life, selling "sax-o-grams" on the track in his fight against cancer. "I'm walking for my grandpa," said Crumpton, band captain for the Bloomingdale Rajun' Bull Marching Band, whose "sax-o-grams" added a musical undertone to the walkers on the track. " "I never got to meet him because of cancer." People who knew his grandfather "always talk about him, he's so revered," Crumpton said. "They talk about how much they loved him. I just really wish I could have gotten to meet him, too." To prevent others from being in a similar situation, having to hear about relatives they never met because of cancer, Crumpton was busy playing his …
Friday, April 5, 2013
The 2013 Bloomingdale Relay For Life kicks off 6 p.m. April 5 at Bloomingdale High School. Donations for the six Relays in Eastern Hillsborough County top $300,000.
The American Cancer Society's 2013 Relay For Life season in Eastern Hillsborough County continues tonight, April 5, at Bloomingdale High School, where the overnight fundraiser is set to kick off 6 p.m. with 51 teams and about 650 registered participants. Additional Relays for Eastern Hillsborough County are scheduled in the weeks ahead for Armwood, Brandon and Plant City high schools. Relays were held late last month at Riverview and Newsome high schools. Collectively, as of 6 a.m. April 2, the six sites in Eastern Hillsborough County had reported 249 teams, 3,743 participants and $316,682.63 raised. (See chart below.) ______________ 2013 RELAY FOR LIFE UPDATE — Compiled April 5 (6 a.m.)
Friday, March 8, 2013
The high school senior is among only four in Hillsborough to ace the college entrance exam.
Senior Ian Ludden of Bloomingdale High has aced the critical reading and math sections of the SAT pre-college exams. TBO.com is reporting that four Hillsborough County students received the perfect scores. They are: Judy Pressley, the college and career counselor at Steinbrenner High, told TBO.com: "It is quite an accomplishment. It just doesn't happen much — anywhere," referring to the pair of students who aced the standardized test. The students earned perfect 1,600 scores on the same two sections of the test. None received a perfect score on the writing portion of the exam. How rare is the feat? TBO.com reports that only 24 students out of 112,000 in Florida received a perfect score. Out of the 24, only five also had a perfect score on …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The school's television department, WBUL TV, has just released the school's latest YouTube sensation.
It began three years ago when Bloomingdale High School teacher Jim Anteau challenged his second-period television production class to shoot a video that involved the entire school. With those marching orders, the TV production class recruited fellow students to dance and lip dub to the Jay Sean song, "Down," and posted it on YouTube Nov. 19, 2009, figuring it'd be viewed mostly by students and their parents. To their surprise, the video attracted thousands of viewers from around the country. To date, nearly 138,000 people have enjoyed the students' efforts. The next lip dub video proved even more popular. The TV production class filmed the students dancing and lip dubbing to the Journey song, "Don't Stop Believing," and posted it on Dec. …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
On Feb. 5 at its regular board meeting, the Hillsborough County School Board named Susan Burkett principal of Bloomingdale High School.
For many students at Bloomingdale High School, the school's new principal is an old friend. A large portion of the high school's students attended Burns Middle School where newly named Bloomingdale Principal Susan Burkett served as principal since 2009. The Hillsborough County School Board named Burkett principal of the high school at 1700 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico, on Feb. 5. She will assume her new duties Feb. 18. Burkett replaces Mark West, who was appointed principal of Armwood High School in Seffner in December. She is the fourth principal to serve at the helm of the 25-year-old high school, following in the footsteps of West, who was principal of the school for seven years, B.J. Stelter and the school's founding principal, Charley …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Florida Highway Patrol wants to teach students how to share the road with big trucks.
Bloomingdale and Durant high school driver education students are getting a lesson in sharing today. Florida Highway Patrol troopers along with professional truck drivers are visiting 13 Hillsborough County schools Thursday, Jan. 24, to educate more than 1,000 high school driver education students on how they, as new drivers on Florida’s highways, can safely share the road with tractor trailers. “Sharing the road safely with large trucks can be a challenge for anyone, but it is especially challenging to new drivers,” said Mary Lou Rajchel, president and CEO of the Florida Trucking Association. “To ease this apprehension and educate young, new drivers, we provide education on the operating characteristics of full-size tractor trailers, as …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Photos from the scene show Bloomingdale High School students being evaluated and transported to Brandon Regional Hospital. Two school buses pulled off Bell Shoals Road after a rear-end accident. Injuries reportedly were minor.
Updated 2:37 p.m. The accident involving two school buses transporting students home from an early-release testing day at Bloomingdale High School were involved in a rear-end accident "within 50 feet east" of the Bell Shoals Road and Bloomingdale Avenue traffic light, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office investigator at the scene. "They were not even traveling 10 miles per hour, if that," when the accident occurred, shortly after noon Wednesday, Jan. 16, according to Paul Dozier, the accident investigator. Reportedly, the bus drivers were traveling westbound on Bloomingdale Avenue when the second bus driver checked her left-side mirror. "When she looked up, the first bus was stopped," Dozier said, calling the incident a …
Friday, January 4, 2013
An estimated 300 students and parents gathered for a candlelight vigil in memory of Bloomingdale High School student Zachary McCarthy.
There were many hugs and tears and some laughter over happier memories as an estimated crowd of 300 students and parents gathered for a candlelight vigil on Natures Way and Golf Meadow Boulevard Jan. 3. Beneath the tree where 16-year-old Bloomingdale High School student Zachary McCarthy crashed his car Jan. 2, a growing tribute included photos, flowers, messages, balloons and stuffed animals. McCarthy, who lived in Preston Woods off Natures Way, was traveling west on his way to an ice cream shop at 9:25 p.m. when he lost control of his 2000 Pontiac Grand Am. The car spun out and the driver’s side door struck a tree. McCarthy was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he later died. McCarthy’s passenger, Michaela Faessler, 15, was not …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The church's youth center in Valrico will open its doors tonight to anyone student who wants to mourn or simply talk about the death of Bloomingdale High School student Zachary McCarthy.
Teens wishing to mourn, pray or simply talk about their feelings regarding the sudden death of Bloomingdale High School student Zachary McCarthy are welcome to visit the ROC Center at St. Stephen Catholic Church today from 5 to 9 p.m. The ROC, a youth center, is located on the church grounds at 5049 Bell Shoals Rd., Valrico. McCarthy was killed Jan. 2 following a crash on Natures Way and Golf Meadow Boulevard in Bloomingdale East. "Teens have been gathering throughout the day at different places in the community. We are simply opening our spiritual home to give them a safe place to talk and mourn," said the Rev. Bill Swengros, pastor at St. Stephen Catholic Church. Swengros said there will be a grief counselor and pyschologist on hand to …