1. Tampa

Meet Eliza, the first newborn (we think) in Tampa Bay in 2019

St. Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa welcomed its first baby of the year — and maybe in all the bay area — just after midnight Tuesday.
The first bay of 2019 born at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, and perhaps in the Tampa Bay area, is Eliza Kate Donaghue. She was born at 12:21 a.m. to parents Brendan and Laura Donaghue. Eliza is 20-inches long and weighs 8 pounds, 4 ounces. She is the couple’s first child. Nurses Kelly McLoughlin (far left) and Liz Hoffman (far right) pose with the couple.
Published Jan. 1

TAMPA — Eliza Kate Donoghue was the first baby of 2019 born at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital on Tuesday. She arrived just 21 minutes after the ball dropped in Times Square.

She may also be the first baby of the new year born in the Tampa Bay area.

Eliza is the first child for parents Brendan and Laura Donoghue. She measured 20 inches long and weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces, said hospital spokeswoman Beverly Littlejohn.

The new parents declined to comment. Littlejohn said Donoghue appears to be the first baby born in the region in the new year.

Chris Abdelmasih was the first baby of the new year born at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor. Chris arrived two weeks early when he was born at 2:18 a.m. to parents Martina Basta and George Abdelmasih, according to the hospital. The family declined to comment.


  1. Jamie Harden of Creative Sign Designs and Maryann Ferenc of Mise en Place discuss priorities for the Tampa Bay Chamber for the coming year. Harden is the outgoing chairman of the chamber. Ferenc is the incoming chairwoman. RICHARD DANIELSON | Times
    Leadership of the organization, formerly the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, also says it could have handled its recent name change better.
  2. A helicopter lands at Tampa General Hospital, one of 66 Florida hospitals that could benefit from a proposal contained in Gov. Ron DeSantis' new budget, a new analysis finds. JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Tampa General is among the hospitals that would receive money from a proposal seeking to hand out $10 million in new funding.
  3. Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller is term-limited in his District 3 seat. JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times
    The two best-known candidates are Frank Reddick and Tom Scott. But civic activist Gwen Myers has had a successful fundraising start, and Sky White has support in the local Democratic Party’s...
  4. Jocelyn Lester, 54, left, of Tampa chops up garlic while working on her salsa recipe during Chef Rick Ceglio, right, culinary class at the Italian Club in the Ybor City. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    Feeding Tampa Bay’s job training program aims to help reduce barriers to entry in the workforce
  5. Work nears completion Wednesday on a common area inside the new USF Health building that will serve as a centerpiece of the Water Street Tampa development in downtown. The 13-story tower is set to open in January. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    The long-anticipated building, part of Water Street Tampa, will welcome students on Jan. 13.
  6. The Cross-Bay Ferry cruises along the Vinoy Yacht Basin as it heads toward Tampa. The Vinoy condominiums can be seen in the background. The city hopes to attract more vessels for entertainment and tourism to the downtown waterfront. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
    Most of the increase is tied to an additional round-trip sailing on Sundays.
  7. Hillsborough County Commissioner Kimberly Overman is spearheading anti-human trafficking efforts. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
    The new commission is the latest in a string of initiatives aimed at snuffing out human trafficking ahead of upcoming events like WrestleMania in April and the Super Bowl in 2021.
  8. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said he will not allow the Tampa Bay Rays to split its season in Montreal. The city and team are once again at an impasse until 2027, when the Trop contract ends and the Rays could move wherever the team wishes. CHRIS URSO  |  Times
    St. Petersburg’s mayor said he won’t give the Rays permission to explore playing in both Tampa Bay and Montreal. The team would become a free agent franchise after 2027.
  9. Concentrix has told the state of Florida that it plans to lay off as many as 245 employees from one of the programs it has at the Interstate Corporate Center east of Tampa. Google Street View
    Despite the layoffs, the California-based company says it is trying to attract other clients for its Tampa office.
  10. Amie Norquist says her family has suffered health problems from mold in their MacDill base housing. They had to get rid of mold-contaminated furniture, too, in an expensive move to a new home in Riverview. [Times]
    The Tampa case is one of several nationwide that target companies managing the property.