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At Athena Society luncheon, introductions are charming

I've met some of Tampa's brightest high school juniors over the years at the Athena Society's annual Young Women of Promise luncheon.

And along the way, I've come to really appreciate Athena member Sylvia Richardson. She introduces each of the 10 winners with a mix of praise and wit, using her humor to help put the girls at ease. Her charm is as much a part of the event as the girls' amazing resumes.

Read about this year's winners in Friday's St. Petersburg Times. …

Credit St. Petersburg City Council member Wengay Newton for trying to resolve a situation in which Rays fans got duped into parking in a reserved lot. I hope he succeeds in crafting an ordinance that requires parking attendants to wear photo IDs. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Thespians Do It On Stage.

And we salute the students who flooded downtown Tampa for the annual state thespian conference last week. …

Kudos to Leto High, which from all accounts did a fine job hosting the annual Student Press Conference with Hillsborough school superintendent MaryEllen Elia on Friday. …

Chattanooga, Tenn., has an edge over Tampa Bay in the race for a $5,000 Ronald McDonald House Charities health education grant. The competition revolves around the RMHC Mobile Care unit and we need more votes. C'mon, we can't lose to Chattanooga. Go to to cast your vote. …

The Fox, once Tampa's most popular hideaway lounge, has closed its doors, but you still can hear the jazz stylings of singer Cleo Hart. She's landed at Harbour Island's That's Amore, Thursdays through Saturdays, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

That's all I'm saying.

At Athena Society luncheon, introductions are charming 04/11/10 [Last modified: Sunday, April 11, 2010 6:14pm]
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