Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Are you interested in doing something creative with your little one?
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- Karen Walker
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Amy Lundy knew that lots of "Mommy & me" types of events were held in the South Tampa area. But they often left her wanting a little something more. So, she put her marketing and event-planning experience to use and created Small Fry Society. “My goal is to create a real sense of community among mothers, their babies, the businesses supporting Small Fry Society, and the broader Tampa Bay area. We can all be a vital support system to one another,” Lundy said. Small Fry Society is a six-week program that offers a series of activities that Mom can do with her little one. These socials are hosted by businesses throughout the South Tampa area. Local merchants include: Lucky Cat Yoga, Color Me Mine (a place to “unleash your inner artist”), …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The little independent continues to meet the challenges of a changing industry.
Inkwood Books will celebrate its twentieth anniversary this fall, a remarkable milestone for the tiny independent bookshop that's survived two recessions, the big-box retail chains, and online retailers and e-books. “It’s been rewarding, it’s been great,” said Carla Jimenez, who co-owns Inkwood with Leslie Reiner. “We are proud of what we have accomplished.” Housed in a yellow bungalow at the corner of Platt and Armenia, Inkwood is the only independent bookseller in Tampa that carries new titles. Jimenez and Reiner opened Inkwood in 1991 amid the recession of the early 1990’s. In spite of some initial challenges, the duo made the business succeed by offering a small but fresh selection of new books, all handpicked by staff members. Inkwood…
The school board will review and rank four new maps and take comments from the public.
In a story posted Tuesday on TBO.com, Tampa Tribune reporter Sherri Ackerman wrote that the Hillsborough County Schoolboard is considering several options in redrawing the school district boundaries. According to Ackerman's article, the school board is scheduled to rank four new maps at a workshop today and review comments gathered at public meetings in each of the five districts. The new districting map will be chosen at an Oct. 4 public hearing. The proposed changes to the Board member districts will modify the geographic areas from which School Board members are elected. The modifications will not change which schools that students attend, their bus stops nor the availability of transportation to particular schools, according to a …
Monday, September 12, 2011
The Florida State Fairgrounds set the stage for the CNN/Tea Party Debate with a raucous crowd, passionate candidates and hot-button questions.
The brightly lit stage at the Florida State Fairgrounds held the nation’s attention Monday night as Tampa played host to the CNN/Tea Party Express Debate. CNN and Tea Party groups from every state teamed up to present a first-of-its-kind debate from the city that will host the 2012 Republican National Convention. Eight Republican presidential candidates took questions from moderator and lead CNN political anchor Wolf Blitzer during the two-hour event. The candidates were: To see complete coverage of the debate, visit the politics page of The Huffington Post, which operated a live blog throughout the debate. The debate’s high points — or low points depending on your take — included cheers from audience members to let a terminally ill …
Here's a gallery of images from this past weekend's 9/11 observances in downtown Tampa.
This weekend marked the tenth anniversary of September 11, a day in United States history that will be remembered not only for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but also for the way it changed our lives as Americans. It’s also a time when we honor the first responders who heroically answered the call to duty without hesitation. Several observances were held downtown this past weekend, including Friday’s 9/11 Ceremony of Remembrance at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, and memorials at both the American Victory Ship in the Channel District and the Tampa Firefighters Museum. This weekend also marked the first public showing of the new 9/11 monument at the Firefighters Museum.
Crowds and dignitaries gathered at Fred Ball Park on Bay Shore Boulevard to honor the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
A large group gathered at Fred Ball Park on Saturday, Sept. 10 for Freedom Walk 2011. Part of a nationwide effort, the walk is designed to unite citizens in remembrance of those who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks. This was Tampa’s fourth year participating. The event featured a two-mile walk down flag-lined Bayshore Boulevard. Many local dignitaries were in attendance including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, and Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Tom Forward. Funds raised from the event support Operation Homefront-Florida, an organization that provides emergency financial aid and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
New York transplant Mark Kijas uses the lessons he's gleaned from Sept. 11 to enlighten those around him.
He couldn’t talk about it for five years. He couldn’t visit there for nearly ten. And he couldn’t really open up about the tragedy until he was in a city nearly 1,200 miles away. Today, a decade after the events of Sept. 11 scraped his psyche, Mark Kijas is able to process, talk about and teach the events that changed his life and his nation forever. “My purpose now is to keep the memory of these people (who perished) alive,” said Kijas, a New Yorker who moved to the Tampa Bay area after 9/11. “I want to get the word out…I think a lot of people need to hear it.” Having a “Cup of Joe” That day he was going to celebrate his wedding anniversary with wife Jesse. “I’m not a mushy guy, but I bought flowers and made reservations at the same …
Saturday, September 10, 2011
The annual event in Centennial Park showcases the Hispanic culture in Tampa Bay.
Take in the Sabor (flavor) of Tampa Bay’s Hispanic culture at Festival del Sabor, a celebration of food, music and art in Ybor City’s Centennial Park. There’ll be folk dancing, family entertainment, and live music by Danny Lozada and The Regio Boyz. Festival del SABOR also will feature a recipe contest and cook-off to find who makes the Bay area's best Arroz con Pollo (rice with chicken). Amateur cooks are encouraged to serve up their best stuff. $700 worth of prizes will be awarded for the best recipe and the most creative recipe. The big event will include a children's area sponsored by the Glazer Children's Museum. The 2011 Tampa Hispanic Heritage Cultural Ambassador also will be selected. The festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Once an auto dealership, Love's Artifacts is now a hot spot for its funky food and quirky decor.
Love’s Artifacts Bar and Grill might be one the only places in the world, let alone the entire universe, where an individual would be able to find a large knight’s axe, the best fried chicken this side of the North, a disco ball and jalapeno poppers stuffed with peanut butter. The History Channel’s “American Pickers” have nothing on Love’s Artifacts. You will not find an article or a review about this restaurant that does not include the words eclectic, unique, and quirky. And this is no exception. This place should be in the dictionary under all three adjectives, for there are no other words to describe Love’s Artifacts more accurately. Even the history of the establishment reflects its unusual nature. Before March 2010, the sign that…
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Operation Helping Hand recognizes active wounded and injured soldiers from James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.
Imagine this… Your child or spouse has dedicated his or her life to fighting for our country, thousands of miles away from the comforts of home. They stay in touch via lengthy letters and video chats – gestures that help pass the long days apart. Despite the exchanges of “I love you’s,” jokes and anecdotes, they are overseas for a purpose - and war is war. Violence breaks out one day, and your loved one had been rushed to a medical facility on the other side of the country. You drop everything – everything – to run to his/her side for an indefinite amount of time. Suitcase in hand, you arrive in a strange city after leaving your job, home, car, and other family members behind. Unfortunately, this scenario is all too real for too many …