Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

Hometown Pinellas

SUNSTAR PARAMEDICS COLLECTS TOYS, FOOD: Sunstar Paramedics, the 911 ambulance transport service for Pinellas County residents, stuffed an ambulance with toys and canned food as part of a Toys for Tots Tampa Bay and RCS Food Bank this month. Sunstar collected an estimated $5,000-$6,000 worth of toys and about $250 of food.

TAMPA BAY BEACHES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RECOGNIZED: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce became a Visit Florida Certified Travel Information Center this month. Visit Florida research indicates that visitors who stop at official information centers stay longer and invest more money into their Florida vacation based on the information and experience they receive at one of these facilities.

INNER WHEEL RECEIVES $2K GRANT FROM ROTARY CLUB: The Rotary Club of Dunedin awarded a $2,000 grant to Inner Wheel of Dunedin North for the Inner Wheel U.S.A. Foundation Myoelectric Limbs Program. The Myoelectric Limbs Program provides myoelectric upper limbs for children who were born without limbs or lost them at a young age due to illness or accidents.

ST. CECELIA STUDENTS DONATE TO SOUP KITCHEN: St. Cecelia Catholic School students collected food that was donated to the St. Vincent DePaul soup kitchen. The kitchen serves hot meals to the homeless of Clearwater on a daily basis.

COFFEE FUNDRAISING EVENT RAISES MONEY FOR CHILDREN IN NEED: Blessings in a Backpack Pinellas held its Coffee for a Cause Fundraising event at Belleair Coffee Company, Belleair Bluffs, raising more than $200 to help feed children in-need with six full meals and snacks over their weekend, where food might not be readily available.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES CHOIR CELEBRATES MASS AT ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY: The fourth-grade choir class at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School celebrated Mass with the residents at Mease Manor Assisted Living facility. The students sang as choir with Father Gary Dowsey as celebrant.

PALM HARBOR MUSICIAN AWARDED VANS SCHOLARSHIP: Kyle Knudsen, an 18-year-old singer-songwriter, poet and multi-instrumentalist from Palm Harbor is the 2016 recipient of the Vans Berklee Off the Wall Scholarship, which covers four years of tuition and room and board at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Knudsen is a founding member of Denim Blue & Miclain Keith. He wrote the electronic duo's entire first album, The Abyss, which caught the attention of Tampa's commercial alternative rock radio station 97X. After several cuts from the album became popular among listeners, the duo was invited to play the 2015 97X BBQ alongside Panic! at the Disco and AWOLNATION. Later that year, DBMK won the station's local band search and earned the opening slot on the 97X Next Big Thing Festival, performing in front of 20,000 people alongside Walk the Moon, The Neighborhood, and Twenty One Pilots. DBMK's latest release is Sleep, released in 2016. Knudsen spent several summers in Grammy Foundation music camps in Tampa, New York and Los Angeles. He has also attended Berklee's summer songwriting workshop.

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Forecasters: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in gulf, soak Tampa Bay

Forecasters: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in gulf, soak Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — The National Hurricane Center has raised the chance that a low pressure system moving up through the Caribbean will become a tropical system as it enters the gulf in the next 3-5 days.Thursday morning, the hurricane center bumped up ...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
The Daystarter: Lightning’s season is over; latest on Bayshore street racing death; soggy Memorial Day could curtail concerts; Hooper pays tribute to Lee Roy Selmon’s

The Daystarter: Lightning’s season is over; latest on Bayshore street racing death; soggy Memorial Day could curtail concerts; Hooper pays tribute to Lee Roy Selmon’s

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• The rain is back, and it won’t let up through the Memorial Day weekend. Blame Invest 90L, the low-pressure system brewing in the Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center predicted...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Graham Rahal: Indy 500 could be one of the ‘trickiest races’ in years

Graham Rahal: Indy 500 could be one of the ‘trickiest races’ in years

ST. PETERSBURG — The increased competition in the IndyCar Series was on display during qualifying for Sunday's Indianapolis 500.Two fan favorites (Pippa Mann and 2013 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg winner James Hinchcliffe) couldn't crack th...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' pitching rotation for the weekend series against the Orioles could have a familiar look: Romo, Romo, Romo.Manager Kevin Cash said using veteran right-handed reliever Sergio Romo as the "opener" in all three upcoming g...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Rookie’s error in 9th helps doom Rays against Red Sox

Rookie’s error in 9th helps doom Rays against Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG — Willy Adames was so excited to be in the big leagues, even if was for just a three-day cameo callup. So thrilled to make a smashing debut with a homer on Tuesday. So proud to have his parents and sister fly in from the Dom...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Largo considers rate hike for trash, recycling

Largo considers rate hike for trash, recycling

LARGO — Residents may see the first trash and recycling rate hike in more than a decade next year as the city faces changes in the global recycling landscape and rising costs.The potential 20 percent increase, which would bring the rate for residenti...
Published: 05/24/18
St. Petersburg City Council throws wrench into Housing Authority’s Jordan Park plans

St. Petersburg City Council throws wrench into Housing Authority’s Jordan Park plans

ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council rejected a request from the St. Petersburg Housing Authority for a letter the agency said would help it proceed with a $43 million makeover of Jordan Park.There’s also a question about whether the housing authority, ...
Published: 05/24/18
What’s bringing that new $50 million boutique hotel to Ybor City? It’s not just the local history

What’s bringing that new $50 million boutique hotel to Ybor City? It’s not just the local history

TAMPA — The historic charm of Ybor City is only part of the reason developers will break ground today on a $50 million boutique hotel on E Seventh Avenue.Two other key factors are Tampa’s larger business climate and the hospitality market in particul...
Published: 05/24/18
Two vacant lots in the ‘heart’ of St. Petersburg. Why does one look so much nicer?

Two vacant lots in the ‘heart’ of St. Petersburg. Why does one look so much nicer?

ST. PETERSBURG — When several old buildings on the 400 block of Central Avenue were demolished two years ago, the owners were required to attractively fence and landscape the property. The reason? To avoid having an unsightly vacant lot in the "heart...
Published: 05/24/18
Joe Henderson: With chaos the norm on Interstate 4, back roads are looking more inviting

Joe Henderson: With chaos the norm on Interstate 4, back roads are looking more inviting

In the past couple of months, I have had to travel about 25 miles from the bucolic burg of Brandon to Lakeland several times.I take Interstate 4 because it is the most direct route.I may have to rethink that strategy, though, especially with Memorial...
Published: 05/24/18