Monique Welch - Digital Producer

Digital Producer

I joined the Times' in 2017 as a staff writer and editorial assistant in the Times’ Tampa bureau, producing the weekly Everybody’s Business column, which focuses on businesses coming and going in the South and Central Tampa area. I love to shop, dine at different restaurants and check out new places in the area just as much as I loved writing about them. Now I've crossed the bridge to answer your questions about Tampa Bay's highways and byways through my alter-ego "Dr. Delay" and contribute to many of the Times' emerging platforms. You can hear me deliver local news weekly on iheartradio's 95.7 The Beat and on the Times' Flash Briefing channel on your Amazon Alexa and Google Home device.

  1. USF student Gabriela Young is the owner of Earth and Ivory, an online jewelry business with items made out of clay.  [Special to the Times | Sarah Foster]
    Gabriela Young went from selling bracelets to friends to making clay wares for customers with her business, Earth and Ivory.
  2. The designs for Starbucks' 2019 holiday paper cup.
    The coffee chain is offering the deal Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m.
  3. Bucs punter Bradley Pinion (8) and his wife, launched their "Punts for Pups" program in partnership with the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center where they'll sponsor a dog for every punt he kicks within the 20-yard line.
    The Buccaneers punter and his wife will cover the fees of adopting a dog at the shelter every time he drops a punt inside the 20.
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during warm ups before the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
    He’s no Lamar Jackson, but Winston took off running for the third straight Sunday, to good effect.
  5. Northwood Plams Boulevard in Wesley Chapel has been closed for six months for sewer repair, and residents are ready for it to reopen. After a couple delays, Pasco County expects the project to be complete by the end of the week.
    A Wesley Chapel reader wants to know when Northwood Palms Boulevard will reopen.
  6. One person died and another person was injured in a mobile home fire in Seffner early Friday morning.
    Crews said the smoke was visible from a distance. The home was completely destroyed.
  7. Eckerd College President Donald R. Eastman III signed a pledge Tuesday that will prohibit the purchase of most nonessential single-use plastics using college funds, an initiative spearheaded by Eckerd College's Reduce Single-Use two-year research project funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program.
    The retiring president signs a pledge to continue that initiative once the funding expires.
  8. A 10-year-old boy fell more than 20-feet onto the concrete from a zip line on Sept. 1 at Urban Air Adventure Park in Lakeland.
    The boy suffered a brain injury, several broken ribs and a punctured lung, according to the family’s attorney.
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    Police described the man as being violent and under the influence of an unknown substance.
  10. Pastor Jefferson Cox delivers his sermon on Oct. 27 during Grace Lutheran Church's adaptive worship service that caters to people with disabilities and the elderly who otherwise would not be able to attend a full service. Accommodations made in the adaptive service include seating for those with wheelchairs and walkers, Braille and large-print church programs.
    The church’s pastor said traditionally churches haven’t always provided a ‘warm welcome.’