Wednesday, September 19, 2018

South & Central Tampa News

Amy Scherzer: Tampa’s ready for another season of purposeful parties

Amy Scherzer: Tampa’s ready for another season of purposeful parties

Whose idea of a fun party involves being asked for money?Well, luckily for charity organizers, lots of people enjoy raising a bid paddle or answering a cash call at the festive fundraisers that fill this year’s society calendar.Luckily for me, the Ta...
Published: 09/04/18
Updated: 09/08/18
Experts say it’s likely Cuba embassy workers were sickened by ‘directed energy’ weapons

Experts say it’s likely Cuba embassy workers were sickened by ‘directed energy’ weapons

There is a "high probability" that U.S. embassy workers sickened in Cuba in late 2016 were attacked by a "directed energy" weapon, a biochemistry expert told officials from U.S. Special Operations Command and its Ybor City-based incubator partner Sof...
Published: 09/06/18
Updated: 09/07/18
Society Datebook 2018-19, Tampa style

Society Datebook 2018-19, Tampa style

#DrinkDanceDonateThe Tampa Bay Times/Tampa Tribune annual Society Datebook, Sept. 2018-May 2019SeptemberSept. 7: Imagination: A Gala to benefit Glazer Children’s Museum; 6:30 p.m.; Glazer Children’s Museum; $250, or $125 for ages 21 to 35; (813) 443-...
Published: 08/27/18
Updated: 09/06/18
Local couple speeds into imaging business in East Tampa

Local couple speeds into imaging business in East Tampa

After years working in the corporate world for a large Fortune 500 company, local husband and wife duo Rick and Sheri Concotelli decided they wanted a change —something more flexible and suitable for their life. Now the couple recently held an open h...
Published: 09/06/18
Joe Henderson: Donate, don’t detonate, to show what you think of Nike apparel

Joe Henderson: Donate, don’t detonate, to show what you think of Nike apparel

The calculated decision by Nike to use former quarterback Colin Kaepernick to promote its product sparked predictable outrage, which I’d wager is exactly what the company was hoping would happen.The news broke the internet.Social media exploded with ...
Published: 09/06/18
‘King of the Sideshow’ Ward Hall, who helped make Gibsonton ‘Freak Town,’ dies at 88

‘King of the Sideshow’ Ward Hall, who helped make Gibsonton ‘Freak Town,’ dies at 88

Ward Hall was 8 when he attended his first circus. Impressed by the boy’s enthusiasm for the Big Top, Hall’s grandfather suggested, "You ought to join a traveling circus."Eight years later, Hall decided to follow the advice."Get it out of your system...
Published: 09/04/18
Updated: 09/05/18
Daniel Ruth: With measles in Pinellas, Hillsborough may be next. Stupid knows no bounds

Daniel Ruth: With measles in Pinellas, Hillsborough may be next. Stupid knows no bounds

If it can happen over there, it can happen here. After all, stupid knows no boundaries.In recent days, Pinellas County health officials have been alarmed over the discovery of four new cases of measles, raising the total number of infections to seven...
Published: 09/05/18
Ybor State Museum to celebrate Vicente Martinez-Ybor’s 200th birthday

Ybor State Museum to celebrate Vicente Martinez-Ybor’s 200th birthday

Tampa’s cigar industry and the city’s moniker as the "Cigar Capital of the World" is largely pinned to Vicente Martinez-Ybor, who arrived in Tampa in 1885 at the age of 67, bringing the industry to the region and founding what is known today as Ybor ...
Published: 08/29/18
Updated: 09/04/18
Temple Terrace holds public hearings on next year’s $42 million budget

Temple Terrace holds public hearings on next year’s $42 million budget

TEMPLE TERRACE — The City Council this week holds the first of two public hearings on the proposed $42 million annual operating budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.Because a rise in property values has put more tax money in city c...
Published: 08/29/18
Updated: 09/04/18
Nonprofit leader looks to create respite for the homeless in Tampa

Nonprofit leader looks to create respite for the homeless in Tampa

TAMPA — Plans have been drawn for a Tampa Urban Rest Stop that will provide free showers, restrooms and laundry facilities to the homeless.But no site has been set yet for the facility, modeled after Seattle’s rest stops that have grown from one site...
Published: 08/30/18
Updated: 09/04/18