Wednesday, February 21, 2018
News Roundup

Tampa Heights renovation project needs one last push

The Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association needs one last helpful push.

Its renovation of the historic Faith Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Palm Avenue into a youth development community center got a boost last month when TV star Ty Pennington and Sears employees helped with repairs.

The four-year public/private partnership also counts the Florida Department of Transportation, the city of Tampa and the Columbia Restaurant, which will install a full kitchen for culinary training, among its contributors.

But it still needs $150,000 for final repairs, including a new roof and fence. Contact Lena Young Green at (813) 407-2376. ...

The bitterness over Martin St. Louis' departure will linger if the Lightning fail to make the playoffs, but the fractured feelings will heal in time and we will celebrate his contributions with a rousing chorus of Louie, Louie. Stay classy, Tampa Bay. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: The Only Thing Tougher Than A Wrestler Is His Mom. ...

Kudos to the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club, which meets at the Science Center of Pinellas County. My friend raved about the kindness members recently showed her 11-year-old daughter when she arrived for a stargazing event. Learn more at www.stpeteastronomyclub.org. ...

The magnitude of the "Bollywood Oscars" coming to Tampa came into focus when the International Indian Film Academy announced Kevin Spacey would appear. Now, I know it's huge. ...

St. Petersburg's red-light cameras may not have been a money-maker, but if they made people slow down and drive cautiously, were they worth the investment? What price safety?

That's all I'm saying.

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