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KAPPA ALPHA PSI FRATERNITY, INC. OBSERVES FOUNDERS DAY AT WORSHIP SERVICE

KAPPA ALPHA PSI FRATERNITY, INC. OBSERVES FOUNDERS DAY AT WORSHIP SERVICE

KAPPA ALPHA PSI FRATERNITY, INC. OBSERVES FOUNDERS DAY AT WORSHIP SERVICE The Tampa Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., as part of its Founders Day Celebration, worshipped along with their wives and young boys enrolled in the fraternity’s mentoring program (Kappa League) at Allen Temple AME Church on Sunday, January 8, 2017. The…

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COMMUNITY LAW ENFORCEMENT WORKSHOP AT DOWDELL SCHOOL

COMMUNITY LAW ENFORCEMENT WORKSHOP AT DOWDELL SCHOOL

COMMUNITY LAW ENFORCEMENT WORKSHOP AT DOWDELL SCHOOL  The Hillsborough County Law Enforcement Workshop was held Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Dowdell Middle Magnet School. Law enforcement officials from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office interacted with the students and listened tO their concerns. Those who worked with the young people during the workshop were: seated, from…

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TAMPA BAY COALITION OF CLERGY EMANCIPATION DAY SERVICE

TAMPA BAY COALITION OF CLERGY EMANCIPATION DAY SERVICE

TAMPA BAY COALITION OF CLERGY EMANCIPATION DAY SERVICE             The Tampa Bay Coalition of Clergy, Bishop Thomas Scott, Chairman, held its Emancipation Day Service at Allen Temple A. M. E. Church, Rev. Dr. Glenn Dames, Jr., Host Pastor. The service was held on Monday, January 2nd. The guest minister was Rev. Dr. Wayne Thompson, Pastor,…

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ALLEN TEMPLE AME CHURCH HOSTS NON-TRADITIONAL WATCH NIGHT SERVICE

ALLEN TEMPLE AME CHURCH HOSTS NON-TRADITIONAL WATCH NIGHT SERVICE

ALLEN TEMPLE AME CHURCH HOSTS NON-TRADITIONAL WATCH NIGHT SERVICE Those who attended Watch Night Service at Allen Temple AME Church on New Year’s Eve, were probably surprised when they didn’t have the traditional service of preaching into the New Year and counting down the clock to midnight. However, they were spiritually refreshed after Evangelist Janice…

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STUDENTS ARE RECIPIENTS OF AL DIXON SCHOLARSHIP

STUDENTS ARE RECIPIENTS OF AL DIXON SCHOLARSHIP

STUDENTS ARE RECIPIENTS OF AL DIXON SCHOLARSHIP Bridges Over Troubled Waters, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 2007, presented its 2015 and 2016 scholarships on December 20, 2016 at the Open Cafe. The scholarship is named in honor of Al Dixon, an educator and life coach in the Hillsborough County School System for more than…

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2-DAY COMMUNITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT WORKSHOP

2-DAY COMMUNITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT WORKSHOP

2-DAY COMMUNITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT WORKSHOP The community and law enforcement came together earlier this month for a 2-day workshop. The Community Law Enforcement Workshop (CLEW) was held December 5-6, 2016 at Clair-Mel Elementary School. Among those who took part in the workshop from left to right are: Rick Grayes, Clair-Mel Elem. Principal; Carolyn Upshaw, Florida…

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GROUPS CELEBRATE HOMELESS LIVES MATTER, TOO

GROUPS CELEBRATE HOMELESS LIVES MATTER, TOO

GROUPS CELEBRATE HOMELESS LIVES MATTER, TOO A group of citizens called “Base Camp,” consisting of representatives from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Tampa Police Department, and Tampa Housing Authority, came together recently to make the holiday season bright for the homeless population. Patricia Wingo, Outreach Coordinator/Case Manager for the Tampa Housing Authority, said this is…

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MIDDLETON HIGH CLASS OF 1966 HAS CHRISTMAS GALA

MIDDLETON HIGH CLASS OF 1966 HAS CHRISTMAS GALA

MIDDLETON HIGH CLASS OF 1966 HAS CHRISTMAS GALA The Middleton Senior High School Class of 1966 held its Christmas Gala on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the Embassy Suites at USF. Among classmates who attended the holiday event were, seated left to right: Luvator Nelson, Jacqueline DuPree, Carolyn Russ-Alexander, and Carolyn Brooks. Second row: Barbara…

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE SEAN SHAW OPENS OFFICE

STATE REPRESENTATIVE SEAN SHAW OPENS OFFICE

STATE REPRESENTATIVE SEAN SHAW OPENS OFFICE Newly-elected State Representative (Attorney) Sean Shaw held the opening of his Tampa office on Saturday, December 17, 2016. The office is located at 503 W. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. Several persons from the community stopped by to wish him well. Among those who attended the grand opening were,…

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SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS DONATE BIKES TO MINISTRY

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS DONATE BIKES TO MINISTRY

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS DONATE BIKES TO MINISTRY Hillsborough County Public Schools magnet school bus drivers and transportation employees have been fundraising for months and have raised enough money to buy more than 80 new bikes for children this Christmas. On Wednesday, December 14, drivers delivered the bikes to the Metropolitan Ministries tent located at 905…

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COUPLE CELEBRATES SEASON WITH HOLIDAY BASH

COUPLE CELEBRATES SEASON WITH HOLIDAY BASH

COUPLE CELEBRATES SEASON WITH HOLIDAY BASH Eric Starks and Kandace Smith hosted 300 people at the Letter Carriers Hall on Saturday, December 3, 2016 for their annual holiday bash, celebrating the Christmas season. Among those in attendance who assisted with details are from left to right: Gerald and Vida Starks, Reggie and Anndra Bean, host…

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STREET RENAMED AFTER LONGTIME   EAST TAMPA BISHOP

STREET RENAMED AFTER LONGTIME EAST TAMPA BISHOP

STREET RENAMED AFTER LONGTIME  EAST TAMPA BISHOP                 Recently, members of the community gathered for the renaming of a street in honor of a longtime Tampa minister. Bishop Eddie Newkirk, Jr., Way, (a portion of E. 25th Avenue in front of the church), was dedicated on Sunday, November 13, 2015, at 10 a.m. Bishop Newkirk…

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CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION  CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY

CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY

CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY                   Last month, members of the Caribbean Community Association gathered to celebrate 25 years of providing service to the Tampa Bay community. The group celebrated by hosting its Annual Fundraiser Gala. The event was held on November 17, 2016. The gala is held to bring together the diverse…

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50th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED IN ST. PETERSBURG

50th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED IN ST. PETERSBURG

50th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED IN ST. PETERSBURG On Friday, November 25, 2016, Black Friday, Bonita Wright celebrated her 50th birthday in St. Petersburg with family and friends. The extravagant event was an all-black affair, that included dinner, dancing and roasting of Bonita. Her sons along with her grandson, performed a mime skit. Joining the birthday honoree were…

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FOSTER CHILDREN, AT-RISK FAMILIES SERVED TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING DINNER

FOSTER CHILDREN, AT-RISK FAMILIES SERVED TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING DINNER

FOSTER CHILDREN, AT-RISK FAMILIES SERVED TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING DINNER   Donatello’s Restaurant hosted its 30th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner last Thursday. The dinner benefited 1,000 foster children and at-risk families. In addition to the meal, each child, ranging in age from infant to 18-year-olds, received a special gift. Kitty Daniels and Majid Shibazz provided holiday music, while…

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SURPRISE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR 85-YEAR-OLD MOTHER

SURPRISE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR 85-YEAR-OLD MOTHER

SURPRISE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR 85-YEAR-OLD MOTHER   Over 100 family members and friends attended the surprise birthday party for Ms. Hattie Byrd “Madea” White, who turned 85 years young! The “Big” Surprise was seeing her granddaughter, Dr. JaMia L. Washington of Cleveland, Ohio; nephew, Bob (Linda) Davis and son, Jamal, former co-workers from County Hospital,…

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A POSITIVE IMAGE COMMITTEE PRESENTS $10,000 TO 4 ORGANIZATIONS

A POSITIVE IMAGE COMMITTEE PRESENTS $10,000 TO 4 ORGANIZATIONS

A POSITIVE IMAGE COMMITTEE PRESENTS $10,000 TO 4 ORGANIZATIONS   A Positive Image Committee presented a total of $10,000 to four organizations. The committee held its ‘Unity in the Community’ event last month for the public in Centennial Park. Checks were presented to the organizations earlier this week. Those in attendance, seated left to right:…

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CHARTERING CEREMONY HELD FOR BLACK WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION

CHARTERING CEREMONY HELD FOR BLACK WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION

CHARTERING CEREMONY HELD FOR BLACK WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION   The National Association of Black Women In Construction (NABWIC) held a chartering ceremony on Thursday, November 10, 2016, for the NW Chapter, covering the Tampa Bay Area. The noon ceremony was held at Nova Southeastern University. The organization’s mission statement says in part that it was…

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