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30 former refugees were sworn in today as new US citizens at Pinellas Technical College. World Refugee Day was also celebrated at the event as various former refugees were honored for their service around Tampa Bay.
Dancers from The Democratic Republic of the Congo entertained guests and their families with a "Dance of Hope," for the new US citizens.
New US citizen, Ali Alazzawi, a native of Baghdad, Iraq, said he has great hope as he looks to the future with his family in the US. "I want to thank everyone for this great opportunity I have been given," he said.
Of the 30 newest citizens, a third are Cuban. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colombia, Philippines and Venezuela each had two. The others came from as nearby as Haiti and as far as Burma.Full Story
On Tuesday, former New York Yankees shortstop and founder of the Turn 2 Foundation Derek Jeter and his sister, Turn 2 Foundation President Sharlee Jeter, attended the dedication ceremony for Phoenix House's newly renovated Derek Jeter Youth Addiction Treatment Center in Brandon, Fla. The new facility doubles the center's treatment capacity over its previous location on West Waters Avenue in Tampa. A $850,000 contribution by Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation funded the new facility, but a surprise contribution of $150,000 unveiled during the ceremony raised the total to $1,000,000.Full Story
Curlew Hills Memory Gardens honored those that served during their 31st annual Memorial Day Service on Monday (5/23/17) in Palm Harbor. The event featured guest speakers, live choral performances by the Palm Harbor United Methodist Church choir and live music by Bones South, an area trombone ensemble with rhythm section. On Saturday local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops placed flags on veterans’ graves prior to the event. This is an annual tradition of Curlew Hills' Memorial Day services and helps the Scout troops achieve merit badges.Full Story
View a gallery of images from Saturday's Florida High School Track & Field State Championships in Bradenton.Full Story
View a gallery of images from Calvary Christian's defeat of Pensacola Catholic 11-1 in six innings Saturday night at Hammond Stadium in Ft. Myers for the Class 4A title.Full Story
Maiya Stevenson performs He Looked Beyond My Faults at City Hall in St. Petersburg Thursday, May 18, 2018, after being recognized by the city council as an official Sunshine Ambassador. The 22-year-old FAMU graduate is headed to Bulgaria for one month this summer, where she will play the role of Donna Anna in a production of Don Giovanni. During her senior year at Gibbs High School’s Pinellas County Center for the Arts, she participated in the Negro Spiritual Voice Competition, winning first place. She has also sung at Carnegie Hall.Full Story
Individuals from Florida Fish and Wildlife, Audubon Florida, Tampa Bay Watch, Port Tampa Bay and the US Army Corps of Engineers conducted a bird count on Spoil Island 3D in Tampa Bay the morning of Monday, May 15, 2017. Spoil Island 3D, a manmade island created with bottom material dumped after nearby channel dredging, serves as important habitat for myriad bird species. Some of those species are deemed “imperiled” by Florida Fish and Wildlife, but find refuge on the island’s quiet shores. As regular dredging efforts continue in order to keep the nearby shipping channel clear, material is added to the island to create additional bird habitat.Full Story
View a gallery of images from Friday's Florida High School Track & Field State Championships in Bradenton. Action will continue Saturday.Full Story
Service dogs, including police dogs and seeing eye dogs among others, will receive free eye exams during the month of May at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, in Tampa.
Tammy Miller Michau, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist, provides the exams to pre-registered dogs.Full Story
Deceased service dogs from the Clearwater Police Department and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office were remembered during the Curlew Hills 10th Annual K-9 Police Dog Memorial on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
At this year’s memorial, the nearly 60 dogs that are currently interred at the Memory Gardens were remembered and reflected upon as well as two new dogs being memorialized.
Included were Clearwater Police K-9 Sgt. Michael Spitaleri's retired K-9, Major. Spitaleri wrote a letter to his K-9 after his passing that is posted on the department’s Facebook page.
Spitaleri wrote, “Today has been the most difficult day of my career. I made the decision to end your pain and suffering, however I’m hurting far more than I anticipated. I already miss you, buddy.
“As a team, we had immediate success on the road. During our first week together that March, you successfully tracked and located a man who threatened his wife with a knife. Our skills and ability got better day in and day out from that point. Throughout the years, we located dozens of criminals, illegal narcotics, firearms, and other items of evidentiary value. These arrests and finds wouldn’t have been possible without you. You made me look like a superstar at times; truth be told, I was nothing more than the guy who held your leash.
“Major, I love you and I will always remember our time together. Please go find the nearest police officer when you get to heaven and tell them you are a police dog and you are reporting for duty. Until I see you again…”
Curlew Hills Memory Gardens features one of Florida’s only authentic pet cemeteries. The company donates burial plots in the pet cemetery to all service animals of area law enforcement agencies. Without this donation, the handler would typically pay out of his own pocket for the burial of the animal upon his death.
Beautiful light and great action make for a sports photographer’s dream. That’s what I reminded myself when my alarm went off at 4:45 a.m. on Sunday morning. Exactly two hours later, I was knee-deep in Tampa Bay, looking back at Spa Beach and the first wave of triathletes waiting to splash past me. As the rising sun dipped in and out of cloud cover, the light changed from flat and gray to golden.
While sports photography often means shooting with a long lens like a 400mm, because photographers aren’t permitted close to the action, my favorite pictures are the ones shot up close to the athletes with a wider angle. When access permits, shooting action from up close with a wider lens gives the viewer the feeling they’re right there in the thick of it. The wider perspective also allows for more background context. Wading as close to the swimmers’ path as I could reasonably be without getting in the way, I crouched in the water and waited.
The rest of the day was a blur of sprinting in swim shorts and sandals through the shallows of the Tampa, along the cycling and running legs, and finally to the finish line. My day ended photographing the very last finisher of the triathlon making her way under the arch approximately six hours after the first competitors jumped into the bay. Triathlons are a rare opportunity in sports photography to shoot three different sports, with athletes ranging from novice to professional, all in one day. I hope to be back next year.
View a gallery of images from Saturday, April 29, 2017 of young athletes competing in the Meek and Mighty Triathlon. Children ranging in ages from 7-11 and some older competed in a swim of 100-200 yards, biked 3.6-5.4 miles and a run from half a mile to a mile.Full Story
Jay Cabral, a graphic designer for Frenchy's, descended 19 stories from Priatek Plaza dressed as "Gilly the Grouper" in downtown St. Petersburg Friday, April 28.
The stunt was part of a preview to Saturday's annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay fundraiser, where two St. Petersburg city council members, a St. Pete policeman, and the Lightning and Rowdies mascots are among the participants in this year’s VIP Over The Edge fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.
Saturday's main event will include "Sweet Alice" Young, 76, who founded the Big Sisters program in Pinellas County in 1968.
"I feel like it's a worthy cause, and I'm not afraid to do it," said Alice, who has recruited three of her friends to join her for the unique experience. Alice, who plans to wear a Super Girl costume, says she is not afraid of heights. At least 50 others will join in the rappelling Saturday.Full Story