Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

Tampa school news

Teacher award: Scott Rudes, principal at Orange Grove Middle Magnet School of the Arts, was given the Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton Emerging Leader Award by the Arts School Network, a nonprofit that promotes the development of arts programs.

Fundraiser run: The Take Stock in Children Strides for Education 5K Walk will take place on Dec. 8 in Hillsborough County at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9.

The walk will raise money for the Hillsborough Education Foundation, which provides mentors and scholarships for at-risk middle school students and graduating high school students. For more information on joining or starting a team, volunteering or donating, visit takestockinchildren.org.

Science Olympics: Elementary school students will compete in the finals of the Hillsborough County Elementary Science Olympics from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 28 at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave.

More than 140 elementary schools participated in semifinal rounds earlier this month. Kindergarten students built towers with paper cups, first graders built boats with aluminum foil, second graders made paper airplanes, third graders made balloon racers, fourth graders made marshmallow flyers and fifth-graders made marble coasters.

Service day: Academy of the Holy Names elementary school students participated in Community Service Day earlier this month. Americorps Visa Volunteer Margaret Djekovic, who works with the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County, taught students in grades pre-K through 4 about Tampa's homeless population. The school donated rain ponchos that will be distributed in this year's homeless census. Students also worked on projects to benefit organizations such as the Pajama Program, Trinity Café and the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital. Middle school students worked off campus with 15 organizations, including Metropolitan Ministries, Salvation Army, Bright Beginnings and Feeding America.

Whale lesson: Stella the Whale visited Graham Elementary School earlier this month as part of a 30-day migration project across the state. The Wyland Foundation, a nonprofit focused on preserving oceans, waterways and marine life, created the life-size illustration of the baby right whale to teach students about migration, whales, health and wellness. Graham Elementary was Stella's only stop in Hillsborough County, with a final stop at the Right Whale Festival in Jacksonville on Nov. 17.

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St. Pete says discharge never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

St. Pete says discharge never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

ST. PETERSBURG — The city said not one of the 266,000 gallons of reclaimed water released on Jan. 18 reached Tampa Bay.There was no mention of the waste released from the Northeast Water Reclamation Facility ever reaching the bay in the city’s notice...
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Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

Nicole Leary and Taylor Redington stood outside St. Petersburg High School on Friday morning with parents and protesters who had gathered with bullhorns and signs. In a few minutes they would lead about 70 students on a walk to City Hall, joining oth...
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Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

TAMPA — Deputies are searching for a woman accused of blocking a special needs school bus with her car, getting out and banging and kicking on the bus door until she broke the glass.And there were four children inside, deputies said, as she shouted a...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Sami Vatanen a big loss for Devils if he doesn’t play in Game 5

Sami Vatanen a big loss for Devils if he doesn’t play in Game 5

BRANDON – Devils top defenseman Sami Vatanen had not traveled to Tampa as of Friday afternoon, according to coach John Hynes, and his availability for Game 5 Saturday against the Lightning is in doubt.Hynes, however, did not rule out Vatan...
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Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

TAMPA — Private developers would bear much of the cost of a new Rays stadium in Ybor City under a plan Hillsborough County officials are putting together.Developers would benefit by cashing in on commercial, retail and other construction around a ne...
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St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

ST. PETERSBURG — Officers are searching for a 20-year-old woman who they believe to be missing and who could be in danger.Kayla Brandi Boone was last seen at about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 2700 block of Fourth Street S, according to St. Petersburg pol...
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Woman says Hernando County commissioner kept her as a ‘sex slave’

Woman says Hernando County commissioner kept her as a ‘sex slave’

SPRING HILL — A woman who answered the door Friday at the home of Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson said she served for months as a “sex slave” to the elected official. Valerie Surette, who called herself a 30-year-old st...
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Deputies: 19-month-old child found in New Port Richey pond has died

NEW PORT RICHEY — The 19-month-old child that was found in a pond on Thursday afternoon has died, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.The incident took place at about 12:31 p.m. Deputies and firefighters were called out to a home in the 47...
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Racing schedules for 2018-19 parimutuel seasons released

OLDSMAR — Eight is not enough at Tampa Bay Downs, at least when the thoroughbred racing facility on Race Track Road opens its 93rd season July 1.The final card of what will be the Downs' sixth annual two-day Summer Festival of Racing will featu...
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Rowdies prepared to press on without defender David Najem

Rowdies prepared to press on without defender David Najem

SAINT PETERSBURG — When describing the loss of defender David Najem, Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell and the player who will replace Najem chose the same word.Gutted.That settled over the Rowdies last weekend, one that was bad enough based o...
Updated: 3 hours ago