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Lazydays youth center opening to help Hillsborough homeless

Hundreds of homeless teens in Hillsborough County often find themselves at a crossroads.

Thrown out by their families because they're gay or pregnant, or disconnected from parents because of a crowded home situation, they land on the streets and survival takes over.

The temptations of prostitution or drug trafficking gain luster when you have no place to sleep and nothing to eat.

The Lazydays Center for Youth Development opens Tuesday on N Florida Avenue with a mission of impacting this problem in a positive way. Funded in part by the Lazydays Partnership, the center will help connect these lost souls with agencies that can help them choose the right path.

A little support can go such a long way. …

Roadway markings sporting bicycle images can be seen on Tampa's Euclid Avenue. They're called sharrows and we need more. They remind us to slow down and look out for cyclists, and they can save lives. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: TV Is Gooder Than Books. …

Palma Ceia continues to grow more chic this week with B.T. Nguyen's latest effort starting at 2507 S MacDill Ave. and Cru Cellars staging its grand opening Thursday at 2506 S MacDill.

And Chef Jeanie Pierola continues her pop-up concept at Pinky's Diner on Bay to Bay Boulevard through Saturday. …

Kudos to all who helped with the Ernest Hooper Novemburger Cook-Off at Nativity Catholic Church's Novemberfest. Wendy Hauver emerged the winner with her Betta Feta Ciabatta Burger. It was as good as it sounds. …

Sometimes when people grouse about panhandlers, I suddenly hear Joan Osborne singing, "What if God was one of us?"

That's all I'm saying.

Lazydays youth center opening to help Hillsborough homeless 11/14/10 [Last modified: Sunday, November 14, 2010 6:47pm]
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