Friday, November 17, 2017

Hillsborough News

Making it in America, Ybor(w/video)

The first cigar rolled in Tampa’s Ybor city in 1885 marked the beginning of one of Florida’s most famed immigrant enclaves.Since it was founded by a Spaniard who emigrated to Cuba in 1885, Vicente Martinez Ybor, Ybor City has morphed into one of Tamp...
Updated: 10 hours ago
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: 12 hours 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...
Published: 11/17/17
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...
Published: 11/17/17
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
Epilogue: Hermanda DeRoos O’Connor, social grand dame 1939-2017

Epilogue: Hermanda DeRoos O’Connor, social grand dame 1939-2017

TAMPA — Had she known she would be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at age 66, Hermanda de Roos O’Connor would have organized a gala or fashionable fundraiser every day of the week to fund a cure.The social grande dame of Tampa graciously voluntee...
Updated: 7 hours ago
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