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Red Wagon rolls 2,500 miles from Valrico

Zach Bonner made it. The 12-year-old Valrico boy who set out to raise awareness of homeless children by walking 2,500 miles to Los Angeles got a warm welcome from friends and supporters Tuesday at the Santa Monica Pier. Along the way, he spoke to thousands of homeless kids and gave away some gifts, including a trip for two to a Lady Gaga concert in Phoenix.

In Tucson, he went to an Elton John show, and the singer donated $50,000 to his Little Red Wagon Foundation.

Wow. I wonder if he's going to hook up with Katy Perry now that he's in L.A. …

Here's more kids doing well. The Terrific Tuesdays Girls, a group of middle school friends, decided to do more than stage weekly get-togethers. The group is reaching out to children who don't have hair by helping Locks of Love, a group that collects hair to make wigs.

Come to 815 N Valrico Road from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, where a canopy will be set up for donors to get their hair cut. Or you can get your hair cut at your favorite salon and bring it to the event. …

After briefly meeting Pinellas transit chief Tim Garling on Monday, my initial impression was that he's ideally suited to help with that county's rail plans. He resigned Wednesday to take a job in Broward County.

I hope it didn't have anything to do with meeting me. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: We will no longer be called hillbilly rednecks. We will henceforth be known as Appalachian-Americans. …

You can't go back to Ybor City's legendary Jazz Cellar, but you can hear vocalist Fred Johnson and the old band when it reunites at 8 p.m. Saturday at Tampa's David A Straz Jr. Performing Arts Center.

That's all I'm saying.

Red Wagon rolls 2,500 miles from Valrico 09/15/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:04pm]
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