Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

North Tampa news in brief

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Club raises cash for Meals on Wheels

The GFWC Tampa Lakes Woman's Club recently presented a check for $3,000 to Andrea Brogren, director of donor relations for the Meals on Wheels program. The money, which will cover an estimated 631 meals, was raised during the club's annual fundraiser March 25 at University Village Retirement Center.

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Sickles High to host wrestling clinic

Sickles High School, 7590 Gunn Highway, is hosting a wrestling clinic Monday through Wednesday featuring Shawn Charles, a past Olympic and Division 1 head coach. Monday sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. The Wednesday session is from 8 to 10 a.m. The clinics will be held in the gym. Cost is $125; siblings get $15 off. For more information, email Charles at [email protected]

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New Rotary Club meeting on Tuesdays

A newly formed Lutz Rotary Club is welcoming new members. It meets every Tuesday at 7 a.m. at Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway (about 1.5 miles west of Dale Mabry Highway on Lutz Lake Fern Road). The guest speaker program begins next month. For more information, contact Doug Andrews, past governor for Rotary District 6890 and current district foundation chairman, at [email protected] or (813) 857-7089.

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Landlords and tenants forums begin Tuesday

Hillsborough County Code Enforcement has launched a new program to help residential landlords and rental managers provide safer dwellings, avoid code violations and assist tenants in crisis. The first in a series of the free landlord and tenant forums is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the University Area Community Development Corp. offices, 14013 N 22nd St. Additional presentations will be scheduled quarterly in locations across the county.

The forum series aims to provide education and information about county services, including safety nets for renters in crisis and county code requirements. Light refreshments will be served. Advance reservations are appreciated but not required. To get more information or to make a reservation, contact Jim Blinck at [email protected] or (813) 274-6600. The county's code enforcement website is hillsboroughcounty.org/code.

USF Sun Dome ranks second in state

Venues Today, an industry magazine that reports on live entertainment and events, ranked the USF Sun Dome second in Florida in gross ticket sales and attendance for venues with a capacity of 10,001 to 15,000. The ranking covered the period from April 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014.

This is the second straight year that the Sun Dome has received the ranking, according a news release from Global Spectrum, which manages the Sun Dome.

North Tampa Library holding book sale

Check out the book sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday at the North Tampa Library, 8916 N Boulevard. Books range in price from 25 cents to $1. Money raised from the event, sponsored by Friends of the Library, will be used to fund programs for children, teens and adults.

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Neighborhood minigrants available

Neighborhoods may now apply for minigrants up to $2,500 to fund projects to improve their communities and increase civic involvement.

Previous grant-funded projects include shrub and flower planting, playground equipment, neighborhood festivals, crime watch programs and education activities.

Applications should demonstrate community support in the application and implementation phases of proposed projects or programs. The county's Office of Neighborhood Relations is accepting applications through Aug. 8.

Minigrants fund a variety of community projects in unincorporated areas of the county and in the cities of Plant City, Tampa and Temple Terrace.

Applications will be reviewed by the Neighborhood Mini-Grant Evaluation Committee and approved by the County Commission. Only one grant will be awarded per neighborhood. Recipients will be notified by Nov. 30.

For more information, call Wanda Sloan, Office of Neighborhood Relations, at (813) 272-5860.

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City's preservation effort hits a snag

While the City Council seems to favor setting up a preservation board to protect historic homes in this 89-year-old town, the members balked this week when a department head told them he would need to hire someone to oversee the program.

This news came as the council prepares to launch a tough review of what to keep and what to jettison in the next fiscal year's budget, which begins Oct. 1.

The council voted to have community development director Charles Stephenson work with city attorney Mark Connolly to prepare a proposed ordinance. The council, which starts finalizing the budget late next month, will decide then whether to move forward.

The ordinance would establish a preservation board and guidelines for historic homes so the city could apply to the state to join the Certified Local Government Program, which would make the city eligible to apply for preservation grants. It also would help homeowners get their property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Mazzaro’s market set to reopen Tuesday after blaze damaged one of its warehouses

Mazzaro’s market set to reopen Tuesday after blaze damaged one of its warehouses

ST. PETERSBURG — Mazzaro’s Italian Market is scheduled to reopen Tuesday after an electrical fire broke out its dry goods warehouse Friday night.Dominic Horwath, a grocery manager at Mazzaro’s on 22nd Avenue N said staff spent Monday and the weekend...
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For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

After winning Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep by the hot Yankees in New York, the Rays face arguably a tougher challenge tonight when they face a sizzling Astros team that just completed a 10-0 roadtrip and has won 11 straight overall.The Rays are ...
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Land O’ Lakes dance studio serves students and community

Land O’ Lakes dance studio serves students and community

LAND O’ LAKES — Lilly Jayska once cried and cowered at the notion of dancing on stage. Now, after four years of classes at Nicole’s Dance Center in Land O’ Lakes, the 10-year-old wants to dance solos. When asked to name her favorite type of dance, he...
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Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
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Iceland World Cup Fever … catch it!

Iceland World Cup Fever … catch it!

TAMPA — Iceland isn't what it used to be. Literally. The Nordic island country is shrinking, what with global warming. Iceland's glaciers are getting smaller. If you took all that ice and laid it end to end, well, you clearly have nothing bette...
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Where’s the new VA clinic going? Not in the city of New Port Richey

Where’s the new VA clinic going? Not in the city of New Port Richey

NEW PORT RICHEY — The federal government’s search for a home for its new Veterans Administration community outpatient clinic is focusing on the Little Road corridor in west Pasco.Three locations in the running for the VA clinic are identified in the ...
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Bucs defensive end Will Gholston says ‘no excuse’ for disappointing 2017 season

Bucs defensive end Will Gholston says ‘no excuse’ for disappointing 2017 season

Will Gholston is painfully honest about a 2017 season that wasn't anything close to what he wanted it to be. Ask him about last year, and there are no parentheses in his world to soften what he remembers here."I just played (crappy), completely. That...
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Tampa man rescued from near drowning in waters off Whiskey Joe’s

Tampa man rescued from near drowning in waters off Whiskey Joe’s

A Tampa man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries on Sunday after he was rescued from a near drowning off the shores of Whiskey Joe’s Tampa Bar & Grill, a popular hangout on the beach of the Courtney Campbell Causeway.When police officers a...
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Developer Grady Pridgen buys St. Pete’s shuttered Edward White Hospital

Developer Grady Pridgen buys St. Pete’s shuttered Edward White Hospital

ST. PETERSBURG — Edward White Hospital, closed four years ago because of declining revenues, has been sold to developer Grady Pridgen for $2.7 million.Pridgen could not be reached Monday for comment. City officials said he has submitted plans for rem...
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