Monday, August 13, 2018

Brandon & South Shore News

Hooper: Positive Coaching Alliance guides kids by digging into the ‘ROOTS’

Hooper: Positive Coaching Alliance guides kids by digging into the ‘ROOTS’

Jennifer arrived at Northdale Recreation Center this summer full of the kind of energy that led her to get into trouble.Counselors, however, found a solution thanks to the Positive Coaching Alliance. They literally dug deep and addressed the problem ...
Published: 08/08/18
Updated: 08/10/18
Church’s charitable effort leads to kids styling for first day of school

Church’s charitable effort leads to kids styling for first day of school

BRANDON — The buzzing resonated throughout the Brandon High School gym as students sat on stools wearing a black barber cape and white Sanek neck strips.Electric clippers and clicking scissors sent a signal on Sunday: It’s Back To School time. And fo...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/10/18
Howard Altman: Homeless veteran finally agrees to leave the woods behind

Howard Altman: Homeless veteran finally agrees to leave the woods behind

Thomas "T-Man" Brown called me up Wednesday afternoon with news that came as a welcome surprise.A former Army staff sergeant who works with Tampa Crossroads helping homeless veterans, Brown was exuberant."Randy the roofer is finally coming out of the...
Published: 08/09/18
‘Illustrated Dictionary’ looks to impact early learners

‘Illustrated Dictionary’ looks to impact early learners

RUSKIN — According to a 2013 study in The Economist, the average American adult’s vocabular ranges between 20,000 and 35,000 words.At the age of 4, a child should already know about 5,000 words. Unfortunately, many children in the Hillsborough County...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/09/18
Plant City therapy dog brightens days for kids

Plant City therapy dog brightens days for kids

PLANT CITY — When Kaleb French first visited therapy dog Bonnie at the library, he was too shy to read aloud to her. Instead, his mother read to the dog. Eventually, he began whispering the words to her.Now, the 7-year-old’s voice echoes through the ...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/09/18
Joe Henderson: School is starting, so it’s time for sweaty finger-pointing over AC woes

Joe Henderson: School is starting, so it’s time for sweaty finger-pointing over AC woes

It happens every August.Schools reopen in Hillsborough County, buildings fill up, and before long we start hearing about air-conditioning breakdowns and sauna-like classrooms.Then we cut to the people in charge of the district, and they basically say...
Published: 08/08/18
Updated: 08/09/18
Retired Temple Terrace arborist warns that signature oaks are dangerous and endangered

Retired Temple Terrace arborist warns that signature oaks are dangerous and endangered

TEMPLE TERRACE — Former city arborist Dana Carver said that whenever he asked people why they moved to Temple Terrace, they would often talk about the arching canopies of old oaks. "It’s what we’re known for,’’ said Car...
Published: 07/03/18
Updated: 08/08/18
Daniel Ruth: Did wronged female firefighter assume Tampa Fire would change its good old boy ways?  Perish the thought.

Daniel Ruth: Did wronged female firefighter assume Tampa Fire would change its good old boy ways? Perish the thought.

Let’s be honest. The latest travails of the much beleaguered Tampa firefighter Tanja Vidovic are largely of her own making. Cruel, perhaps. But true.You might recall it was Vidovic who waged a long, bitter legal battle in federal court with Tampa Fir...
Published: 08/08/18
Senate veteran Tom Lee faces challenge from two mothers focused on family issues

Senate veteran Tom Lee faces challenge from two mothers focused on family issues

Two newcomers to politics, both African-American women and mothers with family concerns near the top of their political agendas, are vying to run against one of the Tampa Bay area’s best-known Republican legislators in state Senate District 20.The wo...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/07/18
Hooper: One man’s love letter touches hearts

Hooper: One man’s love letter touches hearts

Like most journalists, I receive a fair share of email from readers.Some of the correspondence contains compliments or constructive criticism. Some of the missives come with missiles so vile I can’t share them in a family newspaper.Every once in a wh...
Published: 07/27/18
Updated: 08/06/18