Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

Notes on Girl Scouts Women of Distinction, M*A*S*H Bash, Mardi Gras Magic VI


The very day after the Girl Scouts of America celebrated its centennial, television personality Joan Lunden offered a 10-point strategy for women balancing work and family lives. The onetime co-host of ABC-TV's Good Morning America told a luncheon crowd of more than 700 at Tampa's A La Carte Event Pavilion that the organization's principles of "courage, confidence and character" are mainstays for anyone who seeks to thrive.

The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida named Robin DeLaVergne, Deirdre Dixon, Jean Gibson and Gwin Londrigan as its 2012 Women of Distinction Award recipients.

DeLaVergne is executive director of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation and senior vice president of the hospital. Dixon, an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa, is studying toward a doctorate of management degree; she retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel. Gibson is a longtime community leader in Lake Wales. Londrigan is a senior business consultant for retail operations with Publix Super Markets and has held leadership positions with the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin.

WFLA-TV broadcaster Gayle Sierens was mistress of ceremonies for the event.


Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John were there; "Hot Lips" Houlihan and a host of additional characters, too: M*A*S*H Bash, a fundraiser for Daystar Life Center, attracted a number of costumed guests who gathered in Bay Air's Albert Whitted Airport Hangar One.

And what a party it was, with swing-dance lessons, helicopter rides, Maggie on the Move and Killer Sammich food trucks and Rosie's Cash Bar.

Organizers Maureen Camphire and Daystar board member Corrine St. Jean worked with community relations manager Kitty Rawson and executive director Jane Walker to transform the space into a venue reminiscent of the Korean War-era Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit of film and TV fame.

Daystar supplies emergency help for needy individuals and families.


Fashions from White House Black Market and designer Alla Kupaeva were the highlights at Mardi Gras Magic VI, held in the ballroom at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, with volunteers Kristen Brett, Roxanna Fall, Elizabeth Hammer, Luisa Perez Harvey, Joyce Larson, Antonette Magnani, Barbara Paonessa, Carol Russell, Louise Wilson and Margaret Word Burnside doing the honors on the runway.

Burnside, emcee Aaron Fodiman and Infinity president Teresa Wittstruck were judges for the mask contest, awarding prizes to Barbara Wiseman and Janet Raymond.

Roseanna Costa and Claire Mazella co-chaired the annual fundraiser for Infinity, the League to Aid Abused Children and Adults; their committee included Kay Brown, Diane Fair, Susan Fearnley, Hammer, Ginger Hanner, Larson, Karen McCollum, Sally Poynter, Valerie Rankin, Maritza Smith, Edie Spies, Ann Vickstrom, June Wedding, Louise Wilson, Diane Winning and Roberta Yancey.

Crisco, dune buggy and a face-plant: Fired-up Philly fans take to the streets

Crisco, dune buggy and a face-plant: Fired-up Philly fans take to the streets

PHILADELPHIA — Not even a coat of Crisco on light poles across the city could keep Philadelphia Eagles fans from scaling new heights in celebrating their team’s first Super Bowl appearance in 13 years and setting up a rematch with the AFC champion N...
Updated: 19 minutes ago

Hooper: Deal with sea-level rise or prepare to be inundated

When fans again flock to Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard for the annual Gasparilla Festival on Saturday, I hope they ask a question: Will the floats need flotation devices in 2035?Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Astrid Caldas and Kate Cell, members of the Union ...
Updated: 27 minutes ago
Forecast: Warm weather remains, but cold front will bring rain to Tampa Bay

Forecast: Warm weather remains, but cold front will bring rain to Tampa Bay

A warm weekend across Tampa Bay will carry over into the start of the workweek, after some morning fog burns off and before a front results in clouds and increased rain chances later this afternoon.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa...
Updated: 1 hour ago

The Daystarter: PolitiFact Florida analyzes prison costs; breaking down the Super Bowl matchup; free dental clinic services in high demand; Arrrrr you ready for Gasparilla?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• We’ll have a mild and sunny start to the week, with highs in the upper 70s, according to 10Weather WTSP. A weak cold front brings a chance of rain on Tuesday and slightly coo...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Police: 2 IEDs detonated at a Florida mall, no injuries

LAKE WALES — Police say two improvised explosive devices ignited inside a mall in central Florida on Sunday do not appear to be an act of terrorism.Lake Wales police Deputy Chief Troy Schulze tells news outlets that at 5:22 p.m., the Lake Wales Fire ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

Advocates of Florida prisoners protested outside of the Florida Department of Corrections in Tallahassee on Tuesday, demanding answers to questions of alleged price-gouging in prisons across the state.Protesters from dozens of grass roots organizatio...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

CHICAGO — It didn’t take the sound of a door slamming in the visitor’s dressing room Saturday night to sense this Lightning team is frustrated.Tampa Bay believed it had worked hard against the Wild — at least, harder than it did in Thursday’s letharg...
Updated: 8 hours ago

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Updated: 9 hours ago

Hillsborough diver who died in Eagle’s Nest Cave was adventurous but experienced

Davin Brannon was a pilot, a spearfisherman, an avid cave and open-water diver and an experienced all-around adventurer, said those close to him ."I guess you could say he died doing what he loved," his cousin Pam Kirven said. "But I also know he’d n...
Updated: 9 hours ago
‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES — The Western-inspired revenge tale Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri swept the female-focused and led Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday with wins for best ensemble, best actress for Frances McDormand and best supporting actor for...
Updated: 9 hours ago