Saturday, June 23, 2018

South & Central Tampa News

School board races attract new faces

School board races attract new faces

TAMPA — When long-time Hillsborough County School Board member Susan Valdes resigned this month from the board to run for the State House of Representatives, the decision affected more than just her seat in west Hillsborough’s District 1.It also coul...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/17/18

Editorial: Free rides will serve as a test of whether the streetcar is serious transportation

Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to ride for free?This fall, the TECO Streetcar Line eliminates its $2.50-a-ride-fare, providing the best opportunity yet to see whether the system’s vintage streetcar replicas can serve as a legitimate transportation a...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
UT shines the spotlight on visiting authors

UT shines the spotlight on visiting authors

The University of Tampa’s MFA program will host the June 2018 Residency Visiting Writers Lectores Series that runs from now until June 21 on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. Each reading will be held at 7:30 p.m.Each January ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Plant High grad embraces Italian heritage to earn Girl Scout Gold Award

Plant High grad embraces Italian heritage to earn Girl Scout Gold Award

OLDSMAR — Michelle Ferlita has always been proud of her Italian heritage. But she was bothered while interacting with kids during volunteer work at camps."I noticed a lack of interest (in their Italian heritage),’’ said Ferlita, a recent graduate of ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/15/18

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 couldn’t relax.Excitement filled the living room of Economos’ apartment in Orlando as Total Bellas flashed across the screen. They aren’t 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 — For the University of South Florida’s Lumina Youth Choirs, the organization’s motto remains enduring and relevant.Let Your Voice Shine!"It’s 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 Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly Wrap-up of the Tampa Social Scene

Amy Scherzer’s 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 wouldn’t 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