VA CLINIC: The Veterans Administration will be able to replace its 20,000-square-foot clinic occupying two buildings on South Pipkin Road with a single-site, 93,000-square-foot Lakeland clinic at a site to be named, thanks to an $11 million appropriation from Congress.

BUSINESS GETTER: As the new business development veep for the Lakeland Economic Council, Kelly Deese, 26, will be the primary contact for businesses thinking about moving here. She’s a Lakeland Christian product who learned the finance side of real estate at FSU and at Publix.

DINING: In her second non-chain review in a row(!), Editor/food taster Lenore Devore gives Scarpa’s Italian 3 1/2 stars and a stellar headline saying it “doesn’t disappoint.”

THINGS TO DO: TimeOut previews two multi-act shows billed as family entertainment — Living the Dream at Lake Mirror Auditorium Saturday and With Love Productions’ Spotlight Night at Fresco’s Speakeasy on Friday.

Source: The Ledger

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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