Thursday, April 26, 2018
News Roundup

Hillsborough neighborhood news calendar for Oct. 9

DOWNTOWN

Times reporter talks Florida book

Tampa Bay Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman will discuss his new book Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St. Pittman's works also include The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid, Manatee Insanity and co-writer of Paving Paradise. For more information, call (813) 228-0097 or visit tampabayhistorycenter.org.

Public meeting focuses on land parcel

Hillsborough County will hold a public information meeting to gather input on the purchase of an undeveloped parcel in downtown Tampa at 6 p.m. Thursday at the first floor of the Hillsborough County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. The 1.23-acre parcel, which is currently an unpaved parking lot, is south of the City of Tampa's Twiggs Street parking garage and adjacent to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. The $2.3 million purchase, which will be funded by Capital Improvement Program funds, is intended to support future growth of court facilities. Staff from Real Estate and Facilities Services will be present to answer questions and hear comments. For more information, call (813) 272-5275.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Commission, HCSO set community workshop

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, United Way Suncoast, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, and the School District of Hillsborough County will sponsor the first of eight upcoming Community-Law Enforcement Workshops (CLEW) on Oct. 17 and 18 at Clair-Mel Elementary School, 1025 S 78th St. in Tampa. The workshop theme is "Community and Law Enforcement working together toward greater intercultural understanding." Attendees must pre-register by contacting Commissioner Les Miller's office. The deadline to pre-register is Tuesday. Priority will be given to persons who live within the 33619 zip code. Call (813) 272-5720 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

Meeting discusses Tampa's disability plan

The City of Tampa is seeking input on its Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind, 1106 W Platt St. For more information, visit tampagov.net.

HYDE PARK

Auditions being held for original musical

Auditions are being held for the original musical Twelve from 2 to 5 p.m. today at PowerStories Theatre, 2105 W Kennedy Blvd. The play follows Betty, a single mother working as a waitress to provide for her two young daughters in 1950s San Diego, who one day serves a sailor named Harold and soon finds their lives connected. The auditions are looking for men and women in their 20s and 40s and children and teens who look or act 6-17 to fill the play's 16 characters, with several characters playing more than one role. Auditioners should bring a headshot and prepare a short dramatic monologue, with adults asked to prepare 18 bars of a song to sing and children either 18 bars or a short song. For more information or to schedule an audition time, email [email protected]

TAMPA

Event highlights children in need

All 4 Kids will host a community event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Harley-Davidson of Tampa, 6920 N Dale Mabry Highway. The event, meant to build community awareness and support for the more than 3,500 children currently in "out of home" care in Hillsborough County, will feature the opportunity to meet agencies and nonprofits that work with them. There will also be a volunteer matching pavilion, kids pavilion, food, music, costume contest, trunk or treat, tattoos, face painting, games and more. For more information, visit facebook.com/events/1240416355989053.

WEST TAMPA

Community workshop to be held at library

Camelot Florida will host a Five Star CommUNITY Workshop starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at West Tampa Branch Library, 2312 W Union St. The free workshop event invites local residents, neighborhood organizations and business owners to participate in developing new plans, projects and programs that will increase quality of life and standard of living. Networking starts at 5:30 p.m., with the workshop running from 6 to 8 p.m. Space is limited, so RSVPs are requested. For more information or to RSVP, call (813) 784-4669 or email [email protected]

YBOR CITY

Gillespie Ensemble salutes jazz great

Saxophonist and singer Valerie Gillespie, a longtime favorite with bay area jazz audiences, will perform at 3:30 p.m. today in the HCC/Ybor City Mainstage Theatre. Presented by the Tampa Jazz Club and the HCC Visual & Performing Arts Series, the concert will honor alto saxophone great Lou Donaldson. Tickets are $20 and $15 club members or in advance, $10 students with ID and complimentary to HCC students. Tickets also available at the door (cash or check only) or online at tampajazzclub.com. The ensemble features pianist Jody Marsh, bassist Billy Pillucere and drummer Dave Randolph.

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Softball: Plant City perfect in district finals with Ashley Bullion on mound

Softball: Plant City perfect in district finals with Ashley Bullion on mound

PLANT CITY — Plant City softball coach Ashley Bullion is 4-for-4 after Thursday night.Four years at the helm, four district titles.The latest championship came in a 4-1 victory over East Bay in the Class 8A, District 6 final, a victory highligh...
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Softball: Recent momentum carries Mitchell past Sunlake

LAND O' LAKES — Despite being on the wrong end of two lopsided outcomes to Sunlake during the regular season, recent events gave Mitchell hope in its Class 7A-10 district final rematch with the Seahawks.Just two days prior, the Mustangs be...
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Softball: Robinson makes it 10 straight wins vs. Jefferson

TAMPA — For the Robinson softball team, the perfect 10 was complete.The top-seeded Knights defeated No. 2 Jefferson for the 10th consecutive time Thursday and claimed their fifth district championship in a row, a 12-2 five-inning victory in the...
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Softball: Itís April, so Chamberlain is winning

TAMPA — Coach Bob Diez and his Chamberlain Chiefs have always believed in this motto: "Be good in April."This is their season.The Chiefs added another Class 7A-8 district title Thursday against Gaither with a 7-0 victory.With the win, the ...
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Softball: East Lake is aggressive from the start

TARPON SPRINGS — If strong pitching and defense are the bellwethers of a deep playoff run, consider East Lake ready.Playing second seed Pinellas Park on Thursday night for the Class 8A-7 title, the host Eagles (22-3) used that philosophy to mak...
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Another reason the Bucs took defensive tackle Vita Vea at No. 12

Another reason the Bucs took defensive tackle Vita Vea at No. 12

TAMPA — The selection of Vita Vea is a move the Bucs made for the present and the future. While Gerald McCoy remains a dominant defensive tackle, he turned 30 in February and is due to make $12.3 million this season and $13 million in...
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NFL draft: Chargers take FSUís Derwin James with No. 17 pick

NFL draft: Chargers take FSUís Derwin James with No. 17 pick

Former Florida State safety Derwin James fell farther than expected Thursday in the first night of the NFL draft before being chosen by the Chargers with the No. 17 overall pick.James became the fifth former Seminoles defensive back ever drafted in t...
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NFL draft: Patriots pick Lakewood alum Isaiah Wynn at No. 23

NFL draft: Patriots pick Lakewood alum Isaiah Wynn at No. 23

Lakewood High alumnus and former Georgia offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn was drafted No. 23 overall Thursday by the Patriots.Wynn becomes one of the highest drafted offensive linemen in Tampa Bay history and the first Pinellas County player to go in th...
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Bucs trade down with Bills, take strongman DT Vita Vea No. 12

Bucs trade down with Bills, take strongman DT Vita Vea No. 12

TAMPA — Vita Vea loves to tell the story about the trip he took to French Polynesia with some University of Washington students and the group coming upon some enormous rocks."So over there, their strongman competition is they have a tradition w...
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Bucs GM Jason Licht has assembled enough talent to win

Bucs GM Jason Licht has assembled enough talent to win

TAMPA — Another busy offseason. Another first round of the NFL draft. Another interesting night.And, through it all, Bucs general manager Jason Licht has looked pretty darn good.He spent the past couple of months patching his offensive line, sp...
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