Tampa, FL Society

Charlie Crist announces $425K for Largo nonprofit

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $424,821 to a Pinellas County non-profit, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist announced this week. The grant is will be given to Life-Skills, Empowerment and Development Services (LEADS), a nonprofit based in Largo. The award will fund the organization’s Health Education and Relationship Training Services (HEARTS) Camps for high schoolers.
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Herald Tribune

Syesha Mercado’s son could be home in weeks

Former “American Idol” contestant Syesha Mercado and her partner may soon be reunited with their young son Amen’Ra six months after he was taken from them following a medical checkup at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. “Conversations are in play and Ra should be home soon,” said...
Tampa Bay News Wire

Brandon Blues & BBQ Festival

Blues & Food Festival coming to Westfield Brandon Town Center Event Field. Brandon is long overdue for a large Blues Festival of its own!. 11:30a – 1:00p Memphis Lightning (Winner of the Suncoast Blues Society International Blues Challenge) 1:30p – 3:00p The Jukebox Johnnies. 3:30p – 5:00p Dottie Kelly &...
The Daily Collegian

College of Ag Sciences senior finds path in environmental academics and action

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As a high school senior heading to Penn State, Elka Hoelsken wanted to pursue a degree in the University's Environmental Resource Management (ERM) program, which promised to feature hands-on learning and a comprehensive look at the environment. She never thought, however, that she would be graduating...

Non-profit works to care for Old Lutz School

LUTZ, Fla. — If you've ever driven through Lutz, you may have driven by a historic landmark and not even noticed. The Old Lutz School is situated right on U.S. Highway 41, right in front of the current Lutz K-8. The school was built in 1927. It originally had four...

Halloween events in Tampa Bay: A time for boos and booze

Halloween season is upon us, and there are events and parties to fill just about anyone’s treat bucket. There are family-friendly fall festivals, pumpkin patches and light displays. For those that like things more gory, you’ll find lots of haunted houses and scares. And for the party types, there’s lots of booze to add to your boos. Read on, if you dare.

Participate in the Halloween Treat Trail!

The City of Pinellas Park is looking for businesses & organizations who want to participate in handing out treats to the children of Pinellas Park on Sunday October 31st at 6pm at the annual Halloween Treat Trail! We are asking you to join in the fun by your company participating at the event. All you need is lots of candy and a table to set your candy on so you can hand out candy to all the trick or treaters at the event. If you can't attend, you can also donate toward prizes or treats. Approximately 1,500 children are expected to attend, our aim is to provide children with a safe alternative for Halloween. To register or to donate funds, please fill out the registration form and return the completed form to the Communications & Marketing Department. For more information call 727-369-5746. Join us in providing a safe and Happy Halloween for the children of Pinellas Park!

Announcements: September 23

Be a cool dad with Pinellas County Schools’ new Dad’s Club in middle and high schools. PCS has the All Pro Dads in elementary schools, but dads also matter during the teenage years. The Dad’s Club is part of Pinellas County Schools Office of Strategic Partnership’s new initiative to help increase a father’s engagement in the district. Learn more at
The Weekly Challenger

2021 Black Wall Street Experience & Small Business Expo

The Black Wall Street Experience & Business Expo strives to build sustainable economies for families and neighborhoods within the Tampa Bay region. — TAMPA — To drive economic growth and financial education within the diverse communities that comprise the Tampa Bay region, the Tampa-Hillsborough Action Plan (THAPgroup), through support from Wells Fargo, will host the 2021 Black Wall Street Experience & Small Business Expo (BWE).

Free and low cost car seat inspections available through Safe Kids in Tampa Bay

Michelle Sterling- Safe Kids Florida Coalition and coalitions through different Tampa. Safe Kids is a worldwide coalition—what we do is injury prevention for children, so within our community we focus on the highest of our needs. Any type of injury prevention for kids that we can find, so we have home safety, pedestrian safety, bicycle safety, we do a lot of water safety—as you know, it’s all around us—child passenger safety…anything that we can do to help keep kids from getting hurt…