Monday, June 18, 2018

South & Central Tampa News

Vacation Bible School still holds value for families

Each summer, hundreds of Hillsborough County church volunteers put countless hours into hosting vacation bible schools. I compile an annual list featuring some of the events to help churches get the word out. Last year, a reader objected to my callin...
Published: 06/10/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Brush with fame lands UT students on E! Network show

Brush with fame lands UT students on E! Network show

Fallon Fischer and Carissa Economos donned comfy clothes and put their feet up Sunday night.But they couldnít relax.Excitement filled the living room of Economosí apartment in Orlando as Total Bellas flashed across the screen. They arenít diehard fan...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Lumina Choir looks to add a few more shining voices

Lumina Choir looks to add a few more shining voices

TAMPA ó For the University of South Floridaís Lumina Youth Choirs, the organizationís motto remains enduring and relevant.Let Your Voice Shine!"Itís a love of singing, a love of working together as a group, a love of creating something really special...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Amy Scherzerís Diary: Weekly Wrap-up of the Tampa Social Scene

Amy Scherzerís Diary: Weekly Wrap-up of the Tampa Social Scene

243rd Army Birthday BallHappy 243rd Birthday (aka Flag Day) to the U.S. Army, celebrated with a formal gala salute to generations of army heroes hosted by the Suncoast Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army. Gen. Joseph Votel, Commander U.S. Cen...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/14/18
Howard Altman: New Port Richey veteran out front in campaign for burn-pit benefits

Howard Altman: New Port Richey veteran out front in campaign for burn-pit benefits

Last week, the halls of Congress became the latest battleground in a campaign by tens of thousands of veterans seeking acknowledgment of the health problems they suffer from exposure to open-air refuse burn pits in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.Nav...
Published: 06/14/18
Joe Henderson: Remembering Joe Zalupski, who helped make Tampa a big-time sports town

Joe Henderson: Remembering Joe Zalupski, who helped make Tampa a big-time sports town

Joe Zalupski wouldnít want me to write this.He would cringe at the thought anyone might make a fuss about him. He was most content away from the spotlight and to be with Vilma, his wife of 66 years.He valued friends. He loved golf.He loved to read an...
Published: 06/13/18
Updated: 06/14/18
Daniel Ruth: So why is it taking so long to reach a Rays stadium deal? Or not?

Daniel Ruth: So why is it taking so long to reach a Rays stadium deal? Or not?

Forgive just a pinch of cynical hyperbole.For better or worse, the recent summit meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore was announced and thrown together in a matter of weeks.And this was an internatio...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/14/18
Business looks to open doors for vets across Tampa Bay

Business looks to open doors for vets across Tampa Bay

Steve Deveaux always knew it was his passion and duty to help veterans transition into civilian workforce.As the grandson of a WWII and Korean War Army veteran, he witnessed firsthand the sacrifice and work ethic of veterans at a young age.So, he and...
Published: 06/14/18
Building housing popular former gym has new life as office space in South Tampa

Building housing popular former gym has new life as office space in South Tampa

The Smith Health Club, which has sat vacant for the last five years since its closing in 2013, has now been transformed into a new modern office space.The popular gym previously owned by Harry Smith, was home to many Tampa natives as well as famous w...
Published: 06/14/18
Howard Altman: Calls to veterans hotline jump after program expands statewide

Howard Altman: Calls to veterans hotline jump after program expands statewide

During the first three months of its expanded, statewide hotline for veterans, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay estimates about 2,000 former service members called in seeking help because they were considering suicide.Thatís a powerful testament to the...
Published: 06/06/18
Updated: 06/13/18