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Hooper: Trinity Cafe extends its mission with unconditional love

Published Jan. 11, 2016

In its first 14 years of existence, the Trinity Cafe served more than 1 million meals to the homeless and food-insecure. But it won't take it that long to reach the 2 million mark.

That's because the cafe, located on Nebraska Avenue just north of Columbus Drive, will expand its services to a second location in March: the First Church of God at Busch Boulevard and 22nd Street in north Tampa.

Trinity officials will bank on the capacity of its modern kitchen and a $200,000 Neighborhood Builders Grant from Bank of America.

Every neighborhood needs brick and mortar to grow, but I love the nonprofits that build with unconditional love. …

Old McMicky's Farm is at it again, teaming with Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson to give a dream wedding to a military couple. Samantha Dilberian and U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher St. Onge will marry in a $30,000 ceremony next month. Cool. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Danger. Right Wing Extremist. …

Birmingham, Jackson, Selma, Nashville and St. Augustine. Yes, St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city, also proved to be the site of one of its most notable civil rights struggles. Filmmaker Clennon King screens his documentary, Passage at St. Augustine, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Mainstage Theater, 2204 N 15th St. King said the film "marks history, as not to repeat it." …

I get the honor of speaking at Sepia of Pinellas County's Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Clearwater Country Club. The theme includes three words: "Remember, Celebrate, Act." That's a mantra everyone should use to commemorate the weekend.

That's all I'm saying.


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