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Florida Polytechnic’s Hannah Royce

BY WENDY M. DODD   |   PHOTOS BY BOB THOMPSON, THOMPSON BRAND IMAGES Schools all over the nation are now back in session; grade schools smell like freshly sharpened pencils again, middle schools are graced with a new batch of pre-teens, high schools have welcomed in... read more

Bob Thompson – Having Fun With Work is SERIOUS BUSINESS!

BY WENDY M. DODD   |   PHOTOS BY BOB THOMPSON, THOMPSON BRAND IMAGES One thing leads to another… Childhood Music Lessons  Air Force Sergeant  Europe  Wife  Photography  Mentor  Baby with Down Syndrome Anandi Speaking for United Way Giving Back creating Thompson Event... read more

Dana Spears: The MOM-PRENEUR

BY WENDY M. DODD   |   PHOTOS BY BOB THOMPSON, THOMPSON BRAND IMAGES The dictionary defines metamorphosis as “a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult... read more

Don’t Let Your last Text Be Your Last Words

BY WENDY M. DODD   |   PHOTOS 123RF.COM 10% of fatal crashes in 2015 were reported as distraction-affected crashes. -NHTSA Since 2009, multiple studies from across the nation have shown a steady increase in the rate of distracted drivers and distracted driving related... read more

THE LAGOONS BROUGHT TO YOU BY GREG SINGLETON

BY STEPHANIE COSTOLO & RANDI FREMUTH   |   PHOTOS BY BOB THOMPSON, THOMPSON BRAND IMAGES Major development plans are in the works for Pasco County, and not only are residents itching to hear the updates, but the plans are making national news. What has everyone so... read more

ORESTRES DESTRADE – FROM CUBAN EXILE TO THE FACE OF THE RAYS

BY STEPHANIE COSTOLO & RANDI FREMUTH   |   PHOTOS BY BOB THOMPSON, THOMPSON BRAND IMAGES At six years old, Orestes Destrade was on the run. Born in Cuba in 1962 during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, life was challenging for the Destrade family. Parents,... read more

Coach Matthew Terry: Football is more than a game

BY STEPHANIE COSTOLO   |   PHOTOS BY HABBY GHABBOUR- KAZAM PHOTO He was frozen in fear. Clutched to the armrest of my folding chair, my seven-year-old son Dominic stood rigid with tears in his eyes staring at the field. It was the middle of July in the oppressive... read more

The Story of Greg Lenners & The Shops at Wiregrass

 BY RANDI FREMUTH     |   PHOTOS BY THOMPSON BRAND IMAGES Ahh, The Shops at Wiregrass. For many of the residents of Wesley Chapel and New Tampa, this outdoor mall is a central point in our commute from one end of Bruce B Downs to the other. It’s a meeting location for... read more

Gordie Zimmermann

By Stephanie Costolo       Photos By Bob Thompson – Thompson Brand Images & Gordie Zimmerman In the current state of seemingly never-ending growth and development here in Wesley Chapel, one of the more popular topics people are buzzing about seems to be the... read more

Sheriff Chris Nocco

By Stephanie Costolo       Photos By Bob Thompson – Thompson Brand Images & Pasco Sheriff’s Office Public Information Office Our interview with Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco was on the schedule before Dallas happened… before Louisiana happened.... read more

Denise Bales-Chubb CEO of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel

By Stephanie Costolo       Photos By Bob Thompson – Thompson Brand Images The woman who is now the CEO of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel was once a little girl living on the wheat fields in Kansas, dreaming about becoming a nurse. Denyse Bales-Chubb grew up... read more

Mike Moore Pasco County Commissioner, District 2

By Stephanie Costolo       Photos By Bob Thompson – Thompson Brand Images The first time Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore ever set foot in Pasco County was to be an extra in Edward Scissorhands, at Carpenters Run, off State Road 54. As a teenager and young adult,... read more

The New Entrepreneurs: America’s Best – Right Here At USF

By Stephanie Costolo        Photos by Dr. Tom Porter with Photos at Your Place. Additional photos courtesy of  USF Staff My sister Kayla grows things. She has dozens of plants, fruits, vegetables and flowers that grow in pots inside her house or outside in her garden.... read more

The Faces of Autism – Autism Awareness Month

By Stephanie Costolo       Photos By Bob Thompson – Thompson Brand Images & Lauren Ali Photograph It was a beautiful sunny Floridian day at the park when I met Madison and Makayla. Their sweet and quiet nature was immediately evident as they stood close to their... read more