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Tampa Bay celebrity DJs will spin tunes at benefit for abused girls

Published Feb. 13, 2012

It's time to break out my treasure trove of 1980s songs because I'm going to be one of four celebrity DJs at the Sweetheart Dance Party from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at the Gulfport Casino.

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster ('60s), Rays senior adviser Dick Crippen ('50s) and former Bucs cornerback Ricky Reynolds ('70s) join in to spin tunes from different decades. The event benefits Brookwood Florida, a residential facility for abused and at-risk teenage girls. Go to for tickets.

Maybe I'll start with Whitney Houston's How Will I Know.

I'm biased, but I couldn't help but be disappointed that Gov. Rick Scott recognized the Plant High Class 8A state champion football team Thursday during his Cabinet meeting at the Florida State Fair, but not my son's Class 6A state champion Armwood High football team.

It's been suggested the ongoing Florida High School Athletic Association's investigation of the Hawks program may be a factor, but that involves the alleged actions of adults, not the players.

With all things being equal, it should have been arranged for players from both schools to receive recognition. But I guess some schools are more equal than others. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: I Don't Believe In Miracles, I Depend On Them. …

Kudos to Vicki Sokolik and Starting Right, Now, winner of the WEDU Be More Nonprofit of the Year Award. I've seen how the organization serves as a true change agent for homeless teens and unaccompanied youth. …

The Times' Sarah Whitman recently wrote about a couple married 70 years. Interestingly, they don't really celebrate Valentine's Day. Think about it.

That's all I'm saying.