Wine on menu along Gasparilla route
Gasparilla-goers wanting to keep it classy this year can look past the Bud and margarita-flavored malt beverages sold along the parade route and settle on a new offering: wine. No pouring necessary — the wine, called Copa Di Vino, comes in individual, eco-friendly plastic glasses sealed with a lid. Red, white or blush, all 6-ounce cups cost $5 and will be sold alongside the brews in the eight charity beer gardens spread across the route from Bayshore Boulevard into downtown.
Officials: Not too late for flu shot
Federal health officials on Friday said Florida is among the 47 states reporting widespread flu, though it's been dropped from the list of hardest-hit states. Local area health departments said they have good supplies of flu vaccine and medications, despite reports of temporary shortages. Officials said it's not too late to get a flu shot. CDC officials said a study of more than 1,100 people found the current vaccine 62 percent effective, meaning the average vaccinated person is 62 percent less likely to get a case of flu requiring medical attention.
Homeless to be counted Jan. 24
Volunteers will fan out across Hillsborough County on Jan. 24 to help determine the number of homeless people in the area. They will ask people a few basic questions, such as how they became homeless, whether they suffer from mental illness or addiction, and whether they are veterans. There also will be a phone bank for those who are homeless but not living on the streets to call in and be counted. The homeless count runs from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. To volunteer, call the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County at (813) 223-6115 or visit homelessofhc.org.