Philip Morgan, Tampa Reporter

Philip Morgan

Tampa Reporter

I am nearing my 50th year as a reporter, and I feel as enthusiastic about the job now as I did when I began. I started at the Lakeland Ledger a month after graduating from the University of Florida’s college of journalism in 1970. I moved to the Tampa Tribune in 1972 and worked there for 36 years. I covered poverty and welfare, courts and spent two years on the investigative reporting desk before becoming a feature writer, a job I did for 30 years. I joined the Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg Times) in 2010. I cover Hillsborough news for the regional editions of the Times with a special emphasis on the City of Temple Terrace.

Graduate who founded tech firm ConnectWise gives Tampa Catholic a $7 million gift

Arnie Bellini, left, speaking at a 2015 news conference in Tampa, announced Thursday that he is giving his alma mater Tampa Catholic High School a $7 million gift. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times (2015)]
The contribution from Arnie Bellini launches a planned $70 million investment in education and other areas designed to create 70,000 jobs in the Tampa Bay area.

Epilogue: Ralph Delgado Jr. was a World War II fighter pilot

Ralph Delgado Jr., was a fighter pilot in the Second World War who flew the P-40 Warhawk, P-47 Thunderbolt, P-51 Mustang, and later an F-86 Sabre jet fighter. As a P-51 pilot, Delgado is credited with shooting down a German Messerschmitt Me-262, the world’s first operational jet fighter. He is shown holding a rendering of the German aircraft. [Times (2013)]
The Town ‘N’ Country man, a retired lieutenant colonel, died May 4. He was 94.

Bank to soon open Temple Terrace branch in Fowler Avenue property owned by Chillura’s company

A new Republic Bank building is going up on the East Fowler Avenue property owned by Temple Terrace City Council Member Frank Chillura’s company. [JOHN MARTIN |  Times]
Republic Bank is leasing property owned by Temple Terrace City Council Member Frank Chillura. Republic is refinancing part of the city's debt.

Stolen bell returned to Lutz church

The church bell that was stolen from Christ Cumberland Presbyterian Church grounds in Lutz has been returned to its rightful place. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
A man brought the century-old bell back to Christ Cumberland Presbyterian Church. It took three men to move it into the church building.

Temple Terrace warns residents to protect their pets after increased coyote sightings

One of a pair of coyotes hanging out in the sunshine in an empty lot in Pinellas County. [Times (2015)]
Temple Terrace refers residents to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's web site.