Monday, February 4, 2013
Largo Patch highlights interaction with our readers. Today it's a special event to support the troops serving overseas.
Thanks to Patch reader Diane Pittman who posted a special event to support troops serving overseas. Diane shared this event, Molly's Adopt A Sailor Packing Party, on an upcoming fun-filled day at the Armed Forces History Museum to help collect and pack supplies to be shipped off to the troops. Read all the details in the event listing on how you can donate and enjoy the party at the museum on Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Anyone can add events on Largo Patch for free. Post your community event here. Largo Patch is an interactive community site, and we want you to get involved! Post a comment at the bottom of any story. Upload your photos to our Pics & Clips gallery. Post an Announcement to share your news, or add an Event to our …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
We compile the odd, unusual ‘oh my gosh’ police items from throughout the Tampa Bay region.
- POLICE & FIRE
Sunday, January 27
A getaway vehicle wasn’t necessary for one Tampa thief. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the man swiped a ride from the University Bicycle Center, 1220 Fletcher Ave. E., Temple Terrace, around 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 13. Deputies say the suspect walked into the store, took a seat off a Giant Revel Aluxx 6000 series bicycle, walked past the last point of sale and rode the bike away in a northwest direction. They’re now looking for that man on a grand theft charge. Officials are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Tarpon Springs Work Release Center last Friday. Anthony Pruitt, 22, was last seen at the Brady Road facility around 8:30 p.m., The Tampa Bay Times reports, citing the Tarpon Springs Police Department. A …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Marketers say the Tampa Bay area has a bland identity and needs an 'elevator pitch' to boost tourism. What slogan would you use to describe our region?
Locals know the Tampa Bay area has awesome beaches, great parks, a sizzling Cuban flavor and really cool museums. The problem is out-of-towners don’t. While Miami is known internationally as an urban chic vacation destination with beaches on the side and Orlando has the mouse to thank for its tourism prowess, Tampa Bay is lacking in the image department. That lack of identity is something that concerns the folks at Spark, a Tampa marketing firm that’s been researching what people think of when they consider Tampa Bay. "We do not have a brand," James Robbins, Spark’s brand director, told the Tampa Bay Times. What’s the problem with that? According to Robbins, when an area doesn’t have a brand, people start coming up with their own ideas of …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The top 40 area public high schools are highlighted in the rankings, which were compiled by the Tampa Bay Business Journal using statistics from the Florida Department of Education.
Osceola Fundamental High School outranks most Tampa Bay high schools when it comes to 2012 SAT scores. The top 40 public high schools in the Tampa Bay area are highlighted in the rankings, which were compiled by the Tampa Bay Business Journal using statistics from the Florida Department of Education. Osceola Fundamental in Largo was No. 26 on the list. The maximum possible SAT score is 2400. There are three parts to the SAT tests: math, verbal and writing. Each part is worth a maximum 800 points for a maximum total SAT score of 2400. Osceola Fundamental High's average 2012 SAT score was 1497. Here's a look at the five top-ranked high schools in Tampa Bay: See the full list and search the rankings in Tampa Bay Business Journal's report.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Tampa Bay’s elusive celebrity will soon call the Wild Things zoo home.
One of Tampa Bay’s most notorious fugitives is making the move to Pasco County from his recent temporary home in Seminole. Cornelius, the rhesus macaque who eluded capture for years while making headlines throughout Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties, is anticipated to arrive at Dade City’s Wild Things zoo on Monday, according to TBO.com. The little macaque’s antics earned him plenty of press – both good and bad. There were sightings of him in Clearwater and St. Petersburg during his years on the run. The little critter, believed to have been cast out of a colony in Silver Springs, was also accused of biting a woman during his lengthy life on the lam in Pinellas County. The Mystery Monkey, who was renamed Cornelius after a character…
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Drop off gift cards to any Largo area Chick-fil-A restaurant during the month of November.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
The Tampa Bay area’s 38 Chick-fil-A locations are serving as collection points for “Fuel for Families.” Partnering with the Children’s Cancer Center, the fast-food chain is accepting gift cards for food and gas to benefit the families of children who are undergoing medical treatments. “Many Tampa Bay families carry large financial burdens that result from battles with child cancer, rare blood disorders, and other life-threatening illnesses,” Jane Melton, area marketing director for Tampa Bay Chick-fil-A Restaurants, said in a news release. Gift cards, collected through the end of November, can be dropped off at the drive-thru or inside the restaurants. Chick-fil-A’s 5K Fall Stampede race in September resulted in a $43,000 donation to the …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Gov. Mitt Romney is expected to appear at Land O’ Lakes High School around 7 p.m. Oct. 27.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tampa Bay area residents who want a chance to see former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney before the election are in luck. The Romney campaign has announced it will make a stop in Central Pasco County's Land O' Lakes this Saturday. According to Romney's campaign, he and and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will both appear at Land O’ Lakes High School, 20325 Gator Ln., at 7 pm. Saturday for a rally. Doors open at 5 p.m. for area residents who have a ticket. Few other details about the event are available at this time. To RSVP for a free ticket, visit the Romney website. Stay with Patch for details as they develop.
The monkey, spotted all over the Tampa Bay area in recent years, seems headed for life in captivity at an animal sanctuary. Is that the right move?
The mystery monkey that had been on the lam in the Tampa Bay area for years has been captured. The wild monkey, whom officials speculate had been cast out of a colony in Silver Springs, had previously been spotted everywhere from Pasco County to Temple Terrace, Town ‘N Country to Clearwater. He settled in southern Pinellas County before trappers finally caught up with him in a St. Petersburg neighborhood this week after he bit a woman. The rhesus macaque monkey was taken to a Safety Harbor animal hospital for examination and is to be placed in quarantine for 30 days at an area wildlife compound while he is tested for diseases, the Tampa Bay Times reports. From there, the monkey will likely go to a sanctuary in Florida to be with other …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The system isn't expected to have major direct impacts on Tampa Bay’s weather, but the indirect effects have forecasters anticipating the season’s mildest weather yet.
The formation of a tropical storm south of Florida isn’t typically good news for the Tampa Bay area. In Tropical Storm Sandy’s case, however, forecasters at the National Weather Service’s Ruskin office say Largo might be in for some positive impacts. The storm, which is currently located south of Jamaica, could bring breezy conditions to the Bay area this weekend. While some rain, “rough boating conditions” and a slight increase in temperatures are also possible over the weekend, meteorologist Jon Jelsema says what’s in store next week is worth waiting for. If Sandy stays on her current path, she’ll cross over Jamaica and Cuba as a hurricane and then pass by the Bahamas and eastern Florida Friday and over the weekend as a tropical storm …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Heavy rain and some thunderstorms are forecast for the entire Tampa Bay area.
Largo residents hoping to enjoy a little outdoor time over the next few days might be out of luck. The National Weather Service’s Ruskin office is calling for a strong likelihood of rain through Wednesday night. “(There’s) deep moisture that’s going to be brought in through our area,” said Michael Lewis, a weather service meteorologist. “Intermittent showers and thunderstorms (are likely).” The chances for rain are about 50 percent throughout the rest of today, Oct. 2, and into the evening hours tonight. Tomorrow’s daytime forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of rain in most parts of the Bay area. Those chances drop to about 40 percent on Wednesday night and into Thursday. Things should start to clear up a little from there, Lewis said. …