Saturday, July 21, 2018

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Ernest Hooper

Ernest Hooper

Ernest Hooper is the East Hillsborough Bureau chief and columnist at the Tampa Bay Times. Hooper joined the Times in 1992 and has worked as a prep sports writer and editor, TV/radio sports columnist, NFL writer, news columnist and unofficial ambassador, representing the Times as an emcee, judge or keynote speaker at hundreds of nonprofit events and civic functions. Hooper added the role of East Hillsborough Bureau chief in 2012. He oversees news content for the Times' regional edition east of Tampa, the SouthShore & Brandon Times, and writes two columns a week. His commentaries about family, community issues and political perspectives have helped Hooper connect with readers over the years, but he's probably best known for his signature tagline: That's all I'm saying.



The more than decade-long stadium drama that surrounds the Tampa Bay Rays entered a new phase when Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg unveiled the design of the ballpark the team wants built in Ybor City. [Courtesy of Populous Architects]

Hooper: Time to push the envelope in effort to build Rays stadium in Ybor

The Rays started employing a strategy of using relievers to start games when they sent Sergio Romo to the mound to face the Los Angeles Angels earlier this season. Through criticism and occasional outright ridicule, they stuck with the plan.
Published: 07/20/18
The new Wild Wonders exhibit, running through Aug. 5 at Westfield Citrus Park, includes a reptile walk.

Westfield Citrus Park underscores mallís sense of community with Wild Wonders

CITRUS PARK ó Kids who recently visited Westfield Citrus Park may now know that iguanas have three eyes.They also may have stared at over-sized topiary animals, shook hands with the Tampa Bay Lightningís Thunderbug and reveled as stylists from...
Published: 07/17/18
Updated: 07/19/18

Hooper: La Segunda bringing a taste of Ybor to South Tampa

One of Tampaís oldest jokes regards the reluctance of folks in South Tampa to drive north of Kennedy Boulevard.Even if itís to get great Cuban bread from Ybor City.La Segunda Bakery will look to give South Tampa...
Published: 07/16/18
Updated: 07/18/18
A Pew Research Survey says 95 percent of Americans own some kind of cell phone, but there are those who have broken free from the technology. Credit: Getty Images/iStock Photo.

Hooper: Yes America, some people thrive without smartphones

Since Iíve reconnected with my grade school friend Joe Pankowski, Iíve admired the compassion he holds for his wife and sons.An attorney, heís in a profession that can wear on a marriage, but from all indications heís doing well. Through photos...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Ernest Hooper: Heís got questions, heís got answers

Iíve got questions, and Iíve got answers.How long will the Clearwater Ferry remain one of Tampa Bayís best kept secrets? Not for long, I hope. I took the ferry from the Harborview Center parking...
Published: 07/09/18
Courtesy of Holly Kremers
Holly Kremers is the senior vice president at Wade Trim and the subject of the Sunday Conversation for July 8, 2018.

Sunday Conversation: Engineer Holly Kremers looks to build resilience against sea-level rise

Like every other Tampa Bay resident, Holly Kremers paid close attention as Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida last September. ē Kremers, however, also spent a good deal of time glued to the telephone with officials in Miami Beach. ē You see, the...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/08/18
Sweetwater Villas, the latest affordable housing complex in Hillsborough County, features 56 units for people with mobility disabilities, as well as units for persons transitioning out of homelessness and persons with hearing or visual disabilities. Photo courtesy of Blue Sky Communities

Hillsborough, Blue Sky partner on new affordable housing complex in Drew Park

TAMPA ó Blue Sky Communities has partnered with Hillsborough County to make another dent in the countyís rising demand for affordable housing, opening Sweetwater Villas in Tampaís Drew Park just west of Dale Mabry Highway.Officials recently...
Updated one month ago
Sweetwater Villas, the latest affordable housing complex in Hillsborough County, features 56 units for people with mobility disabilities, as well as units for persons transitioning out of homelessness and persons with hearing or visual disabilities. Photo courtesy of Blue Sky Communities

Hillsborough, Blue Sky partner on new affordable housing complex in Drew Park

TAMPA ó Blue Sky Communities has partnered with Hillsborough County to make another dent in the countyís rising demand for affordable housing, opening Sweetwater Villas in Tampaís Drew Park just west of Dale Mabry Highway.Officials recently...
Updated one month ago
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Hooper: Carve out a place for the story-telling artistry of country music

She was leaning on a rail in a cotton dressSummer tanned pretty, little perfect messWith a story that could only be anybodyís guessAnd I was thinking that I probably didnít stand a chanceBut I rolled up my sleeves, walked...
Updated one month ago

Hooper: Will Florida’s teachers give up on a state that’s given up on them?

Sometimes I wonder if teachers will give up on this state, considering how often we seem to give up on them.
Updated one month ago