Friday, November 17, 2017

Community News

William March: Why Jose Vazquez had to campaign from a prison cell

William March: Why Jose Vazquez had to campaign from a prison cell

Jose Vazquez, Democratic nominee in the Dec. 19 state House District 58 special election, doesn’t seem like a criminal. He’s 43, divorced with six children, and has worked as a security guard and in auto recycling. He was a high-level political field...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Editorial: It’s time to renew community’s commitment to Tampa Theatre

Editorial: It’s time to renew community’s commitment to Tampa Theatre

New attention to downtown Tampa as a place to live, work and play is transforming the area at a dizzying pace. Credit goes to recent projects, both public and private, such as the Tampa River Walk, new residential towers, a University of South Florid...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Joe Henderson: Require coding in schools? How about pushing technical skills

Joe Henderson: Require coding in schools? How about pushing technical skills

As if public schools don’t have enough headaches, Apple CEO Tim Cook recently interjected himself into the debate about how best to train young minds.In an interview with French media outlet Konbini, Cook said, "I think coding should be required in e...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Howard Altman: Missing records confound veterans on base exchange website

Howard Altman: Missing records confound veterans on base exchange website

In the more than three decades that I have been toiling at various paragraph factories, few stories have elicited as much response as the one I wrote about the new program to allow all honorably discharged veterans to shop at military base exchanges ...
Published: 11/17/17
Restoration work to start on historic Centro Español cemetery near Ybor City

Restoration work to start on historic Centro Español cemetery near Ybor City

TAMPA — The story of Spanish immigration and settlement in Ybor City can be found within the quiet walls of The Old Cemetery.But it’s a ragged story now, in chronic need of work that has grown more urgent because of fallen limbs and other damage from...
Published: 11/16/17
Plant City’s Main Street hires new leader

Plant City’s Main Street hires new leader

PLANT CITY — It started about six weeks ago.Just before she headed to Daytona for Biketoberfest, Jane Waters got a call from Ronni Wood, the coordinator for Florida’s Main Street program, telling her an opportunity might be opening up in Plant City.T...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17
Planting Seeds to Grow Future Technology Leaders

Planting Seeds to Grow Future Technology Leaders

The American Heart Association’s STEM Goes Red, in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay and Girls Inc., engaged 140 middl-school girls during a day-long event full of memorable interactions. Tampa Bay is the first area in the southeastern...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17
Three area students hold recital for orphans and foster children

Three area students hold recital for orphans and foster children

Three classical dancers will perform in "Musical Sensations,’’ featuring international music and dance, on Sunday (Nov. 19) to raise money to help local foster care children through Eckerd Connects Raising Hope and also to benefit an orphanage in Ban...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/16/17
ECHO’s Common Table effort brings volunteers, needy together

ECHO’s Common Table effort brings volunteers, needy together

BRANDON — Twice a week without fail Vanessa Fisher of Riverview and her twin special-needs sons readily make their presence known at the Emergency Care Help Organization of Brandon.They go about their business of methodically filling bag after bag wi...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/16/17
Hillsborough Education Foundation, Yoobi team to surprise students

Hillsborough Education Foundation, Yoobi team to surprise students

The kids at Bing Elementary knew something special was about to happen when a six-foot white dog with a "target" over his right eye walked into the classroom.And they were right.On Tuesday (Nov. 14), volunteers and corporate supporters joined the Hil...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/16/17