Tuesday, December 22, 2009

OSHNA Board resignations

Resignation of President of OSHNA, Bill Duval and Trustees Sherry King and Stuart Hess:

December 21, 2009

To the Members of Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association (OSHNA) and the OSHNA Board:

Effective immediately we, the undersigned, resign our positions on the OSHNA board and all committee roles.

It has become abundantly clear to us that our ability to effectively serve this neighborhood and provide alternate viewpoints is not welcome or fairly considered by the majority of this board.

The action of the board, both past and present, only favors the status quo and continues to demonstrate a lack of desire to heal the divide which has consumed our neighborhood.

We would like thank those who voted for us and apologize that we were unable to be more effective. Please understand that each of us has reached this decision only after serious deliberation. Our resignation will allow us to better serve this community.

Bill Duvall

Sherry King

Stuart Hess

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Independent Beer Hall's Grand Opening, Sat (12/5), 4pm-1am

FREE BEER/BBQ! All UC Tampa Magazine fans are cordially invited to enjoy a free beer and some BBQ at the Independent Beer Hall's (in Seminole Heights) official Grand Opening on Saturday (12/5/09), from 4pm-1am. Live music starts at 5pm! RAIN OR SHINE. See specifics here: http://bit.ly/IndieGO

Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Independent - Update (10/01/09)

PHOTOS: (Seminole Heights) The opening of The Independent beer hall has been delayed slightly, but they are hoping to have a “soft” opening within the next 14 days. Its new exterior sign (which was put up today), plus the recent opening of Ella’s Folk Art Café, are undeniable symbols that Seminole Heights' FloNeHi retail & dining district is coming into its own. (For the record, FloNeHi = FLO-rida ave, NE-braska ave and HI-llsborough ave.) CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

UC Tampa Magazine Sept/Oct 2009

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The Ghostly Side of Ybor City ... Pg. 18

The Freecycle Network ... Pg. 06

Gaspar's Grotto Bar & Grill
... Pg. 24

18 Bites of Neighborhood Gossip ... Pg. 12

The Goal ... Pg. 08

Our Fave 5ive ... Pg. 28


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Monday, September 07, 2009

No Bail for Frye

Circuit Judge Eric R. Myers refused to release Frye who robbed and raped a elderly woman in Seminole Heights, saying he is a danger to the community. Myers said his decision was based on the charges and Frye's criminal history.

Some items were pawned at a nearby pawn shop (EZ Pawn, 8511 N. Florida Ave) ....One more reason restrict the locations of Pawn Shops as a convenient place to cash in on stolen items.

He was located at the Mayflower Motel, 7510 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Neighborhood Watch Meeting - Wednesday

Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Seminole Heights United Methodist Church
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 7:45PM

After learning that a violent crime had been committed in our area, our neighborhood did a great job pulling together to keep our neighborhood safe. Now that TPD has captured Joseph Frye it is important to continue to stay alert to people in our neighborhood. Please take some time this weekend to talk with your neighbors about Neighborhood Watch to ensure they know who their Grid Coordinator is and how they can become involved.

This crime was a test of our Neighborhood Watch and now is a good time to review what worked and what needs to be improved. To that end, a meeting with TPD – Major Bennett and Capt. Newman – has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 9 at 7:45pm. This meeting will be hosted by Grid 58 and held in the sanctuary of the Seminole Heights United Methodist Church (corner of Hanna & Central Ave). Please make an effort to attend this meeting and offer your input on how Neighborhood Watch was successful and where we should concentrate on improving.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Mutt Report

My wife Susan and I are collaborating on a new blog about dogs called The Mutt Report. The new venue will be entertaining and informative. There's a page for you to post your recommendations for dog products, places, and services; a page to post events and classes; and a themed photo page to post your pooch's picture. This week we introduce ourselves and later in the week, we'll explain what you can expect on the blog. We'd like it to be an interactive space where readers gather and share. We hope to build enough of an audience to justify regular columns by experts. So, please stop by and visit TheMuttReport.com

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Seminole heights Foundation...501c(3) APPROVED

After some ups and downs and a few hurdles thrown in front of it, the Seminole Heights Foundation has been granted official 501c(3) status by the IRS. This means that you can make donations and write them off as charitable contributions. There are those in this community who have said they are interested in a multitude of projects, now you get a tax deduction and keep the money in your community!

Click to visit the Seminole Heights Foundation site

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Official Unofficial Blog

Essentially this blog is dead. I am only keeping it online to people can still have access to the earlier posts. What I had hoped would happen, turning this into a multiple author blog did not work out. I even had bought the address seminoleheightsblog.com to move the blog out of the blogspot domain if things went well. It did not and so I gave up the name.

So where do you go for Seminole Heights blogging?

To the Official Unofficial Seminole Heights Blog at http://seminoleheights.blog.com/ at its new address http://www.seminoleheightsblog.com/. That blog has continued what was started in this blog and is doing a good job.

So to whoever is running the Official Unofficial Seminole Heights Blog ( I really do not know) feel free to call yourself the Official Seminole Heights Blog.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

UC Tampa Magazine July/Aug 2009

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Kids In The Corridor

Fit For Print

Helping Hands

West Tampa's Food History

The Fave 5ive

What's Happening In Your Neighborhood?!


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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kid(s) Photo Contest Ends May 31

Enter your child(ren)’s photo in UC Tampa’s (formerly New Heights) Kids Play Photo Contest by this Sunday, May 31, 2009, and you may win your family up to $450 in prizes!

The child(ren) in the winning photo will also receive a professional photo shoot, courtesy of South Tampa’s award-winning Andi Diamond Photography. Plus, one picture from that shoot will be selected as UC Tampa’s Cover Photo for its July/Aug 2009 issue. Your child(ren) will be famous!

1st Place:
* $350 Gift Certificate for a “The Little Gym” Birthday Party Package
* $100 Gift Certificate for Pipo’s – The Original Cuban Café
* Child(ren)’s Professional Photo Shoot
* Picture on UC Tampa’s Cover

2nd-5th Place:
* $100 Gift Certificate for Pipo’s – The Original Cuban Café
* Winning Picture printed inside UC Tampa’s July/Aug Issue

EMAIL YOUR CONTEST ENTRY TO: KidsPlay@UCTampa.com today!
Deadline for entries, May 31, 2009!
Winners will be notified by mid-June 2009.


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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

UC TAMPA MAGAZINE May/June 2009 Edition

UC TAMPA MAGAZINE May/June 2009 Edition (formerly New Heights Magazine)
See complete version online at www.UCTampa.com. --------------------------------------------------------------------

Kids Play Cutest Photo Contest
Send us your cutest photo of your child(ren) and you could win up to $450 in prizes and see your child(ren) on the next cover of UC Tampa!

The "North of Kennedy" Business Boom

Home Detox


Downtown's The Tampa Club

Working Out At The Gem

The Fave 5ive

What's Happening In Your Neighborhood?!


URBAN CORRIDOR (UC) = Downtown, Heights Areas, South Tampa, Ybor, The Islands, West Tampa & surrounding areas.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The world has lost its Style

Pat Chamburs, former host of the great WMNF radio show "The Pat Chamburs Show" or as I liked to think of it, the "Style Is Back In Style" show (after his theme song), died on April 12.

He was so cool and it was a great pleasure to listen to his show every Wednesday night. Susan and I and many of his fans were so disappointed when he retired. Halloween week was never the same without his Halloween show. Later some of his fans then shared their stories about Pat Chamburs.

My condolences to his family and friends.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

New Heights Magazine - Mar/Apr 2009 Edition

Just Released!

The March/April 2009 Edition of:
New Heights Magazine
Highlighting Tampa's Historic Urban Corridor


*** Check Out The New Online Format ***

Kids at Play Cover Photo Contest

Health & Wellness: Biking for the Rest of Us

Home & Family: España en Tampa

Neighborhood Spotlight: Tampa Twilight Criterium & Festival

Heights Heighlights: Signs of the Times - Neon Tampa's Bright Ideas

Food & Drink: Long Live the Herbivores (Grass Root Organic Restaurant)

Green & Earth: Free Rain

Arts & Events: The Fave 5ive

News & Rumors: Hear it through the Grapevine.

Urban Corridor = Downtown, Heights Areas, South Tampa, Ybor, The Islands, West Tampa & surrounding areas.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Seminole Heights Foundation, Inc.

Seminole Heights Foundation, Inc.


We would like to introduce you to the Seminole Heights Foundation. Seminole Heights is a central Tampa neighborhood known for its tree-lined streets, historic bungalow style homes and resurgent commercial corridors. The Seminole Heights Foundation has been formed to assist with revitalization and redevelopment of this vibrant and diverse area while striving to protect and preserve the unique character that this area is known for. The Foundation will work with individuals, business owners, associations, developers, and government entities to locate funding sources for and promote initiatives that will increase the quality of life for neighborhood residents, improve commerce for area businesses and identify Seminole Heights as a premier location in the city. We invite you to share your ideas on taking the first steps. Please email us atinfo@seminoleheightsfoundation.org. We look forward to hearing from you!


For further information, contact the Seminole Heights Foundation President Christie Hess at 813.237.8808 orchess@seminoleheightsfoundation.org.


(501(c)3 applied for)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Two Female Dogs Need Home

Not my normal post -- but on request:

Please pass along to all family, friends, co-workers - spread the word and help find these two adorable labs a home. You never know who may want to adopt them or who may know someone that does.

Two females, both have chips implanted - well cared for. Family losing home. Desperate to find loving home.

Al ready housebroken, trained, love kids, spayed, up to date on shots....what more could you ask for. But must stay together. These are lifelong friends.

Contact: Katherine at:

Thanks for your help spreading the word. Please read their story below.

This family has lost their home and the apartment does not allow dogs.They are looking for a home for the two Labs.

As many of you know, we are moving in just 2 weeks. Unfortunately, I have still not been able to find a good home for Cookie and Coco. We're not able to take our beloved doggies with us and I've been desperately trying to find a home for both of them 'together'. They were raised together and pine without each other. The Lab Rescue have already said that they would probably separate them, so this is my last resort.

Recently, I tried to take Coco out in my car alone and she TOTALLY refused to even get into the car without Cookie.....!!!! She absolutely pulled back on her haunches until Cookie was by her side. Both doggies are in great health, have been spayed and have ID chips implanted under the skin.

Cookie turned 3 December 10th and Coco will be 3 on April 1st. Cookie is my mellow-yellow, and just loves her tummy rubbed. Coco is adorably funny and lives for her "ball". She also loves the water. Cookie loves lots of attention. Both doggies are loyal and love to walk. They have been raised with my 3 kids running around all over the place, and have survived Sammy's constant hugging and love of 'dress-up', so they are fantastic family dogs. This is by far one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make, but under the circumstances I have no choice.

Please, please forward these pics to all you know and help me find a great home for these fabulous doggies. They are just adorable and it's heartbreaking to let them go. In a perfect world, I hope that we could find someone local so that we can still keep in touch and visit them.

I pray that someone somewhere can help us keep Cookie and Coco together, and love them just as much as we do. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Digital Billboards...who needs street lights!

Ditgital billboard could soon light up your homes. It is buried in a settlement agreement that would allow these energy monsters. This is not an ordinance that can be modified at a later date these are legally binding agreements between the City of Tampa and the billboard giants Clear Channel and CBS Outdoors. City Council will revisit the issue on March 5th but the only time to speak out is before Council starts on the agenda. For information from other communities and talking points

City Council took up the issue of the settlement agreements between the City of Tampa and Clear Channel and CBS Outdoors on February 5th. As was said during the public comments and echoed by some members of City Council, the original settlement agreement was awful and this one was merely bad. I guess that is improvement. It has now been delayed until March 5th. It was good to see this process slowed or delayed. Councilman John Dingfelder made a good connection in asking what was the initial reason for the litigation by Clear Channel and CBS Outdoors. For Clear Channel it was the view corridors (Kennedy, Swann, MacDill) identified in the original agreement. For CBS Outdoors it was the fact that the original agreement had expired.This agreement would have gone far beyond the initial Clear Channel litigation. It also was beyond the CBS Outdoors litigation. The challenge is that it has so far only been delayed in a motion made by Councilman Charlie Miranda.

The big issue is digital billboards that change the message every 6 to 10 seconds. A huge distraction to drivers already struggling to stay focused on the road conditions. For urban neighborhoods it is the potential for horrendous light pollution. As one Council member stated we are not Times Square. Amen. I think that between now and March 5th City Council members need to hear lots of opposition to digital billboards in Seminole Heights and other central Tampa neighborhoods. Go look at the digital billboard at Dale Mabry & Waters and envision those lighting up 275 and the major roads running through our neighborhood.

Swamp their offices with messages of "no digital billboards" in our neighborhoods. Drive past your "favorite" neighborhood billboard, now imaging it converted to digital and sucking up enough energy to light yours and 12 other neighbors homes, and now image it is bright enough to be seen for 2 or 3 miles and glows 24/7! How many of these monsters will it take to wreck our community?
Mayor's Office
Pam Iorio, Mayor
306 East Jackson Street , Tampa, Florida 33602
Phone: (813) 274-8251 Fax: (813) 274-7050
Contact Pam Iorio

Gwen Miller, District 1 At-Large
315 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
Olivia "Libby" Wilson, Legislative Aide
(813) 274-7072
Contact Gwen Miller

Mary Mulhern, District 2 At-Large
315 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
Christina Voehl, Legislative Aide
(813) 274-7071
Email Mary Mulhern

Linda Saul-Sena, District 3 At-Large
315 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
Rhonda Y. Smalls, Legislative Aide
(813) 274-8134
Contact Linda Saul-Sena

Councilman John Dingfelder, District 4
315 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
Cynthia Sarff and James Reese, Legislative Aides
(813) 274-8133
Email John Dingfelder

Councilman Thomas Scott, District 5
315 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
Belinda Allen, Legislative Aide
(813) 274-8189
Contact Thomas Scott

Charlie Miranda, District 6
315 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
Mary Bryan, Legislative Aide
(813) 274-7074
Contact Charlie Miranda

Councilman Joseph Caetano, District 7
315 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
Thomas Nguyen, Legislative Aide
(813) 274-7073
Contact Joseph Caetano

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New Heights Magazine - Jan/Feb 2009 Edition

Just Released!

The Jan/Feb 2009 Edition of:
New Heights Magazine
Highlighting Tampa's Historic Urban Corridor


*** Check Out The New Online Format ***

Health & Wellness: Posed for Greatness

Home & Family: A Gothic Tampa Romance

Neighborhood Spotlight: Downtown Tampa

Heights Heighlights: A Taste of Tampa -and- Devilishly Delicious

Food & Drink: Cafe con Lech -and- Drowning with Flavor

Green & Earth: Revelations in Insulation

Arts & Events: Gasparilla Festival of Arts

News & Rumors
: Hear it through the Grapevine.

Urban Corridor = Seminole Heights, Downtown, Hyde Park, Channel District, West Tampa, Riverside Heights, Ybor City, Ybor Heights, Davis Islands, Tampa Heights, The Heights, VM Ybor & surrounding areas.