Saturday, September 22, 2018
News Roundup

YWCA honors 'Gems of the Community'

10.01.2015

The YWCA of Tampa Bay honored several Tampa Bay area leaders at its "Pearls of Wisdom" fundraising luncheon, held in the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, which focuses on the organization's key initiatives: eliminating racism and empowering women.

Gems of the Community awards went to St. Petersburg Free Clinic executive director Beth Houghton, who was presented by St. Petersburg deputy mayor Kanika Tomalin; National Council of Negro Women president Angela Rouson, presented by African American Heritage Association of St. Petersburg president Gwendolyn Reese; State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, presented by St. Petersburg urban affairs director Nikki Gaskin-Capehart; and St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce visitor experience manager Kristina Alspaw, presented by chamber president and CEO Chris Steinocher.

Attendees bid on silent-auction items, including a number of items contributed from HSN for the "Purses & Passion" segment. The crowd of around 300 heard from Lenice Emanuel, YMCA president and CEO, Dion Lim, mistress of ceremonies; and Shameka Jones, Pearls of Wisdom chairwoman. Roslyn Graham is chairwoman of the board of directors.

Event planner Laura Fage was in charge of producing the event, helped by committee members Michelle Bond, Sharon Castellano, Vonda Colquitt, Michelle Harris, Nancy Howe, Jean Levi, Christine Sabo and Yvonne Ulmer.

09.30.2015

Students at Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg attend school 11 hours a day, six days a week and 11 months of the year.

The rigorous schedule and discipline pay off for the middle schoolers; for the past eight years, officials say, all graduates of the program have graduated from high school on time, 75 percent have gone on to postsecondary education; and another 8 percent serve in the U.S. military.

Attendees at the school's annual Breakfast for Scholars heard those statistics and more. And they saw impressive film footage showing youngsters' stating their aspirations while at Academy Prep, then showing them as accomplished young adults.

Academy Prep alumnus Jordan Houston was named to receive the 2015 Ben Fisher Mentoring Award, an honor named for the man who has devoted many hours to the school since its inception.

Houston, who went on to graduate from Lakewood High School and the University of North Florida, has worked in the corporate offices of Bradenton's Champ Sports. At present, he is studying for a master's degree in sports product management at the University of Oregon Portland.

The event took place in the grand ballroom at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort, with presentations from current students, mistress of ceremonies Dion Lim, head of school Gina Tanase Burkett, academic dean Deborah Kurelik, Pinellas County Urban League president Watson Haynes and board chairman Chuck Stamey.

Time for nominations

The Queen's Court, which raises money for charities and civic organizations through its Queen of Hearts Ball, is accepting nominations of outstanding female volunteers who have lived and volunteered five years or more in Pinellas County. The 2016 nomination packets are available by calling (727) 822-7571, and the deadline for submissions is Jan. 5. Nominees must be sponsored by guilds, auxiliaries or other nonprofit organizations.

Comments
For starters: Rays at Blue Jays, with Meadows in the lineup

For starters: Rays at Blue Jays, with Meadows in the lineup

UPDATE, 2:41: Cash said Kiermaier was "a little banged up" from a slide on Thursday so he gave him the day off vs. the lefty but is available, and that allowed Meadows to be in the lineup. … Cash also said Ji-Man Choi, who left Friday's game wi...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Legendary Tampa criminal defense attorney Barry Cohen dies at 79

Legendary Tampa criminal defense attorney Barry Cohen dies at 79

TAMPA — The accused and the wronged beat a path to Barry Cohen’s door.The tenacious, canny criminal defense attorney took on pharmaceutical giants and law enforcement agencies. When judges and attorneys needed representation, they often reached out t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

TAMPA — The decision was made as soon as Hillsborough got the ball back. Trailing by a touchdown with just over four minutes remaining against Tampa Bay Tech, the Terriers had the ball on their own 6-yard line.They hadn't been able to move the ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

TRINITY — What at first looked like a defensive stalemate between Clearwater and Mitchell quickly turned into a rout.Clearwater had revenge on its mind Friday night after a 45-28 loss to Mitchell last year during the the regular season. The Tor...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Pinellas Park man killed in rollover crash near Feather Sound

Pinellas Park man killed in rollover crash near Feather Sound

ST. PETERSBURG — A 47-year-old Pinellas Park man died Friday night after his pickup truck veered into oncoming traffic, rolled over and ejected him, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Troopers said the crash took place at 7:15 p.m. at Feather So...
Updated: 3 hours ago
USF’s Kitija Laksa begins play in FIBA Women’s World Cup

USF’s Kitija Laksa begins play in FIBA Women’s World Cup

Before resuming her assault on USF's record books, Kitija Laksa will try to make history with her homeland.A native of Riga, Latvia, Laksa begins play with her native country this morning in the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in Spain.Latvia is ma...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

LARGO — The offense was relentless and merciless Friday night, but that has been the case a lot recently. Largo is scoring points in bunches and getting contributions from everyone. Add in a defense that has been smothering, as well as a special team...
Published: 09/22/18
How do you explain active shooters to a first-grader? For educators, school safety is a ‘work in progress.’

How do you explain active shooters to a first-grader? For educators, school safety is a ‘work in progress.’

Active assailant. Run-hide-fight. Barricade the classroom. The language of preventing a shooting like the one this year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is often filled with terms that can stir up fear in students, often out of necessity.But f...
Published: 09/22/18
Joe and Son's Olive Oils, a legacy Ybor business, finds new roots in Carrollwood

Joe and Son's Olive Oils, a legacy Ybor business, finds new roots in Carrollwood

Andrea Gebbia grew up in Carrollwood, and now she is bringing the family business to the neighborhood of her youth.In late fall, Joe and Son’s Olive Oils is slated to open a second location."I feel so blessed having the ability to grow my...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Two acclaimed authors to speak about water at USF St. Petersburg

Pulitzer Prize winner and University of Florida professor Jack Davis thinks people need to humble themselves more toward water."The water doesn’t belong to us, we belong to the water," he said. "Without water, humanity would not exist, life would not...
Updated: 1 hour ago