Hooper: Some worthy recognitions among the holiday leftovers

The Pepin Family and a trio of pioneering women among those recently honored.
Shoppers wait outside for the New Year's Day sale at the Dillard's at Westfield Brandon mall. [ERNEST HOOPER | Times]
Shoppers wait outside for the New Year's Day sale at the Dillard's at Westfield Brandon mall. [ERNEST HOOPER | Times]
Published January 7
Updated January 7

I found more than Honey Baked Ham and my daughter’s corn casserole among the holiday leftovers. Let’s empty the refrigerator, I mean notebook, with these laudatory items.

Kudos to the late Art and Polly Pepin. You may not realize it, but now when you take Tampa’s 50th Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Harney Road near where it becomes 56th Street, you’re riding on “Pepin Family Highway.” The former Tampa philanthropists, business and community leaders, along with son Tom Pepin and the Pepin family, were honored with a road designation ceremony last month at Pepin Distributing, which sits at the corner of 56th Street and MLK.

Janet Cruz, while serving as a state representative, helped push the legislation through for the state road. Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman led the way on the board with a corresponding local measure. …

Kudos to Mise en Place proprietor Maryann Ferenc, ground breaking Tampa attorney Carolyn House Stewart and civic leader Joanna Tokely. The three women will be inducted into the Hillsborough County Women’s Hall of Fame on April 26, 2019.

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Kudos to all the people who endured the throng at the Dillard’s Brandon New Year’s Day sale. I had never seen hundreds of people line up early, dart around clothing racks and jam the escalator for prices slashed from 50 to 75 percent.

Two guys declared themselves members of the “Good Husband Club,” but my favorite was the gentleman who repeatedly called out to his wife while holding three bras high above his head.

“Honey, I got ‘em. I got ‘em.”

I know she saw him, but she looked the other way and kept shopping. Good times.

That’s all I’m saying.

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