Saturday, May 25, 2013
It’s been a busy week, but Westchase Patch is here to help you catch up!
As some area neighborhoods consider switching to a new style of box, a few complaints have been raised about the cost of repairs. What do you think of the proposed rules? Cigar City Brewery has found a way to stand out as a unique brand in a diverse and fast growing craft beer market. The Northwest Hillsborough County nonprofit serves as a rescue for unwanted, abused and neglected horses. It just took in four rescues delivered by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Not Your Ordinary Food Truck has been on a hiatus of sorts, but its owner says the locally based business is on the road again. D1 Sports Training and Generation Food Truck are teaming up to host an “Epic Dodgeball” tournament for charity. More than 600 people participated…
Check out our event calendar for fun things to do this weekend!
Friday, May 24, 2013
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office plans to be out on the roads in force over Memorial Day Weekend.
Planning on knocking a few back during a Memorial Day weekend barbecue before putting the key in the ignition to head home? It’s time to reconsider that plan. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says it’s ramping up its normal Memorial Day weekend DUI patrols thanks to extra money it received in a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation. That means motorists can count on seeing lots of cruisers on the roads. “The Sheriff's Operation 3D DUI Squad will search for impaired drivers operating on county roadways and near county parks known for active outdoor activities including county parks with boat ramps,” the sheriff’s office warned in a media release. Deputies arrested 21 people on DUI charges countywide during Memorial Day…
Lots of attractions and restaurants are offering deals for veterans this weekend.
Memorial Day weekend is a time to honor those who have scarified their time and service to the country in the armed forces. With a slew of free and discounted activities happening across Tampa Bay, it's also a time to celebrate family and fun. Here's a list of freebies that military members and veterans can take advantage of between Friday, May 24 and Monday, May 27: Know of any special events happening for military members and veterans in Westchase? Tell us in the comments.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has released the second episode of its ongoing series that provides residents with a peek inside the action.
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy? Watch this week’s episode of “Inside HCSO” to find out more about what it’s like to protect and serve residents in Westchase and beyond. Keep up with what's happening in and around town by signing up for the free Westchase Patch daily email newsletter!
Ten people in Florida have already lost their lives this year in boating accidents, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The organization wants people to practice the following safety tips.
As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to remind boaters to stay safe while out on the water. Ten people in Florida have already lost their lives this year in boating accidents, according to FWC. “FWC officers are committed to keeping people as safe as possible, but we need your help,” said Col. Calvin Adams, director of the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. FWC suggests that boaters practice the following safety tips- To report people who are operating boats dangerously, call 888-404-FWCC or text Tip@MyFWC.com. More information can be found by visiting MyFWC.com/Boating. Subscribe to the Westchase Patch newsletter to have local news delivered to your email each day. …
As some area neighborhoods consider switching to a new style of box, a few complaints have been raised about the cost of repairs. What do you think of the proposed rules?
If Westchase Voting Members agree in June, homeowners in Castleford and parts of The Bridges will have to purchase uniform black metal mailboxes that have gold flags and numbers. Discussion of the mailbox plan came up during the May Westchase Community Association meeting and now only requires final voting member approval in June to become official. If it does, homeowners in those areas will have to purchase new mailboxes to meet community requirements, according to the World of Westchase. While preliminary discussion went in favor of adopting the new rules, some in attendance raised concerns about the costs of maintaining the mailboxes. Voting member Nancy Sells, for example, said she heard from a resident that Creative Mailboxes was …
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Thursday, May 23, 2013
From Memorial Day parades to holiday fender benders, this live map shows delays and diversions on Westchase roads right now.
If you're on a mobile device, click here to view the map. When you're done getting gas and packing the car, check out the live results from MapQuest above to see what's standing between you and the start of your three-day weekend. Mapquest scans for parade routes, ongoing construction, block parties and traffic jams. If your route is green, you're good to go. If it's red, you may be headed into a line of rubbernecking fools. Good luck! Get the Westchase Patch newsletter delivered to your email.
Cigar City Brewery has found a way to stand out as a unique brand in a diverse and fast growing craft beer market. Sponsored by Grape-Nuts.
About this sponsorship: In honor of the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s historic ascent of Mount Everest, Patch and Grape-Nuts are teaming up to highlight those who inspire people around them to climb their own mountains. In just four years time, Joey Redner has gone from beer enthusiast and upstart brewer to an award winning craft brewer that will produce 25,000 barrels of ale in 2013. Son of the famous Mons Venus owner, Joe Redner, the 40-year old craft beer connoisseur has taken his sales and his connections with the beer community to the next level in recent months. Last March, he visited the nation's capital in an effort to lobby lawmakers for a tax cut for brewers that would save him around $100,000 this year, money that …