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Hillsborough Hometown News for July 3

Tampa student gets environmental scholarship from SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando recently awarded four students who have passion for protecting the environment with $5,000 scholarships toward any college or university they plan to attend as part of the company's 2016 Environmental Scholarship Program. The scholarships were made available to Florida high school seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher. The winning students demonstrated their passion for animals and the environment through an essay and a video application highlighting their achievements and goals. Applications were evaluated by representatives of SeaWorld's Education & Conservation Department. While at SeaWorld for their awards and a trip to the park, students and families were treated to lunch, a behind-the-scenes tour with the education and zoological team, a meet-and-greet with a sea lion after Clyde & Seamore's Sea Lion High show, and a front-row ride on the Mako roller coaster. The scholarship recipients also received four SeaWorld annual passes and a tablet to bring with them to college this fall.

The 2016 Environmental Scholarship Award winner from Tampa was Margaret K. Parrish from Chamberlain High School. She designed and constructed a low-cost, portable water test kit that looks for bacteria in potential drinking water.

USF researchers win international technology award

My Reviewers, created by USF professor Joe Moxley, is receiving international attention for the online tools that may change the way English courses are taught. The e-learning tool recently received a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant and an NSF PRIME grant. It was also awarded the 2016 Campus Technology Innovators award from Campus Technology magazine. The award recognizes colleges and universities that develop innovative technology solutions to campus challenges. USF's team that created the app — which includes an English professor, a business researcher and a student — is one of four groups recognized with the Teaching and Learning award. The winners will be recognized in Boston in August at the 2016 Campus Technology Conference. My Reviewers is an online suite of teaching, reviewing and writing tools. Users can review student works and provide feedback using cloud-based storage. Moxley, a professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, came up with the idea after being inspired to better understand what causes students to struggle in writing composition courses. Nearly 15,000 USF students use My Reviewers each year.

Nitro Solutions in Tampa names new chief operating officer

Tampa's Nitro Solutions, a provider of technology solutions for business optimization, announced that George Hall joined the team as chief operating officer. Hall has more than 30 years of experience in business process improvement across a range of industries. He most recently was the owner of Hall Executive Services, a holistic business consulting firm, and provided executive coaching to CEOs and business owners. He advised organizations on business optimization and developed strategies to improve processes and efficiencies. Hall is involved with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of directors of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. He is a member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and is an honorary commander of the USAF 927 ARW at MacDill Air Force Base.

   
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Temple Terrace applauds progress on downtown project

TEMPLE TERRACE — A round of applause from the audience followed the recent vote by the Temple Terrace City Council to negotiate a contract with a company that plans to build and manage luxury apartments in the long-idle downtown redevelopment area.Th...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

NEW PORT RICHEY — Florida Highway Patrol troopers are looking for a driver who hit and killed a 46-year-old bicyclist then drove from the scene.Shawn Michael Grady, of New Port Richey, was biking south on Rowan Road south of Massachusetts Avenue abou...
Updated: 2 hours ago
FHP: 30-year-old motorcyclist killed in Hudson crash

FHP: 30-year-old motorcyclist killed in Hudson crash

HUDSON — A 30-year-old man died after he was struck by a car and thrown off the motorcycle he was riding.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Derek Fingerle, of Hudson, was traveling south on U.S. 19 in the center lane about 8:20 p.m. Saturday. M...
Updated: 2 hours ago
A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

Subtropical Storm Alberto continued its trek north-northeast overnight and is expected to make landfall in the northern Gulf Coast late Monday.The storm was about 85 miles north of the Dry Tortugas as of Sunday morning, producing winds up to 40 mph a...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have had to get creative in how they start games. Now, after Friday's trade of closer Alex Colome, they might have to get creative in how they finish them.How they handle the ninth inning going forward will be a fluid ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

What in the name of the 0-26 Bucs is going on here?The breathtaking Vegas Golden Knights are the greatest expansion team in professional sports history. They are the best (or worst) thing to ever happen to our games, having won 51 times during the re...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

THE BASEBALL LABORATORY IN ST. PETERSBURG — Up is down. Down is up. Hello is goodbye. Goodbye is hello. A reliever is a starter. A starter is a reliever.These are your 2018 Tampa Bay Rays.You never know what's going to happen. And just when you...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who was trying to resurrect his career with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, said Saturday that he is retiring from football.Freeman, 30, was a first-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2009 and was their starting ...
Published: 05/26/18
Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

RIVERVIEW — A Riverview woman shot and killed her husband Saturday because he punched her father and wouldn’t say sorry, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said. Sabrina Michelle Hendley, 40, faces a first-degree murder charge in th...
Published: 05/26/18
Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Interesting decision by the Rays to start RH reliever Ryne Stanek on Saturday. The Orioles' Nos. 1 through 5 hitters were righties, and Stanek came in allowing a 1.228 OPS against righties and a .592 OPS against lefties. It ended up working.How ...
Published: 05/26/18