Saturday, February 2, 2013
These places are serving up eats, drinks and the big game.
It's the biggest sports day of the year. Super Bowl XLVII airs this Sunday, Feb. 3. This year the Baltimore Ravens will take on the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans. Even if you're not a huge football fan, Super Bowl Sunday is a great day to get together with friends and enjoy some good eats. Here are a few places in the neighborhood that are rolling out the red carpet for the big game. Here's some details on Sunday's game:
Friday, February 1, 2013
Government and business leaders are in talks with the team about a potential move.
Despite winning consistently and investing more than $20 million into Tropicana Field stadium, Rays executives say the games continue to lag behind in attendance. "We've been winning consistently, but attendance has been trending downward," said Michael Kalt, the team's senior vice president of development and business affairs in a presentation before the Hillsbrough County Commission last week. "We've gone from 26th overall (in attendance) down to last in 2012, with an average of slightly over 19,000 people coming to games and that's with the extraordinary roll we've had on the field." Kalt was joined by other upper echelon members of the Rays organization, including the team's principal owner Stuart Sternberg and team president Matt …
Here’s what you need to know as the Ravens and 49ers take the field Sunday, Feb. 3
The holiday of all holidays for football fans across America is almost here. Super Bowl Sunday is this week and that means it’s time for Westchase residents to get their plans in order. Whether you’re watching the 49ers take the field against the Ravens at home, plan on going to a party or think you’ll stop by a local sports bar or eatery to take in the game, here are the big details you need to know: Where to Watch in Westchase: The big game is a big draw for bars and restaurants throughout the area. Check out the following places in and near to catch the game with some good food and brews on the side: If you have a business that is hosting a party or a special event for the big game, make sure you get the word out by adding it to our …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The group will become a varsity team in 2014.
The Alonso Ravens Girl's Lacrosse Club is playing a club schedule this spring, preparing for its inaugural year as a Florida High School Athletic Association Varsity Program in spring 2014. The team will join about 20 schools in the Tampa Bay area who have a boys or girls Lacrosse team. Tim McGoff, a self-employed fitness trainer, is their coach. The group consist of about 19 players, and the team is looking for more girls who may be interested. A good lacrosse player has speed, agility and mental toughness, McGoff said. The game, which has rules similar to field hockey, incorporates skills from a variety of sports including softball, volleyball, soccer and basketball. "It takes a lot of dedication and good listening skills and …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The golf superstar makes comments in wake of reported concerns of San Diego's Phil Mickelson. Is Florida's lack of a state income tax one of the reasons you like living in the Westchase area?
LA JOLLA, CA -- Tiger Woods, speaking Tuesday at the Torrey Pines Golf Club, sympathized with colleague Phil Mickelson, saying he moved out of California in 1996 because of high taxes. “Well, I moved out of here back in ‘96 for that reason,” Woods said in response to a question from a reporter in advance of the Farmers Insurance Open. “I enjoy Florida, but also I understand what he was, I think, trying to say. I think he’ll probably explain it better and in a little more detail.” Woods has bagged more than $100 million in prize money during his career, according to Forbes magazine. Mickelson, who lives in Rancho Santa Fe, said he might move out of California to avoid Proposition 30 state income tax increases on people earning more than $…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation has joined forces with the Orlando Magic basketball team.
Do you have a little basketball lover? If so, check out Hillsborough County's new partnership with the Orlando Magic to offer basketball experience to county youth. The Junior Magic Basketball Leagues will provide boys and girls ages 7 - 17 a chance to improve their skills while rewarding them with special perks for all their hard work, according to a county press release. The program runs from Feb. 11 - April 12, 2013 and registration will be held from Jan. 14 - 18, 2013, from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at county rec centers listed below. The $25 program cost includes a certificate of achievement, free ticket to a Magic home game, live games to improve skills, a reversible Junior Magic jersey, and weekly practices. If you live in Westchase, you can …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Gardening, chair-exercises, and balloon volleyball are a few of the exercise options available for seniors.
The New Year is a time when many people start thinking about getting fit and exercising and it’s no different for seniors. As seniors age, remaining active becomes increasingly important. Senior living communities and caregivers should consider looking beyond traditional physical therapy options to keep seniors engaged and active. Seniors are most receptive to physical therapy when caregivers and their therapists develop individualized plans that fit both their lifestyle and interests. Research shows that it is difficult to motivate seniors to begin to exercise if it hasn’t previously been a priority. Integrating modified, low-impact activities, like yoga, into seniors’ exercise plans increases the likelihood that they will …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The additional field will allow for more night games.
By next baseball season, Citrus Park Little League players will be able to stay at home a whole lot more. Hillsborough County is currently working on expanding the soutwest field behind the current little league complex located at 7506 Gunn Highway. The work, which began earlier this month, is expected to take about six weeks. The park's batting cage is closed during the construction. The county project cost about $250,000, according to Mark Thornton, director of the county's parks and recreation department. The field will enable the league to play 50 more games a year, said league president Steve Mayes. "We had 60 teams on these fields and one field had 16 teams on it," Mayes said. "All the other county facilities have a lot more fields. …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
The beleaguered coach is on his way out after three lackluster seasons. We'd like to hear your thoughts on the decision Westchase.
University of South Florida football fans wanted change and it looks like they’re going to get it. Rather than a shift in strategy, however, they’re going to see a change in the Bulls’ head office. Coach Skip Holtz is out of a job after yesterday’s season finale, which ended with a 27-3 loss to Pittsburg, TBO.com is reporting. Holtz had been with the Bulls for three seasons, none of which produced winning performances. Earlier this week Holtz’s record with the Bulls had The Tampa Tribune speculating that change was in the air at USF. With an overall 16-21 record in Holtz’s three years at USF, it was clear something had to give. Fans, it was reasoned, wanted to see an immediate change either on the sidelines or the scoreboard. Today’s …
Friday, November 30, 2012
The Carrollwood Day School Patriots made their first post season appearance after a meteoric rise in 2012.
As people put finishing touches on their Turkey dinners, Carrollwood Day School's varsity football team spent their Thanksgiving morning running plays and preparing for their second appearance in the post season. It was an indication of a year in which this relatively young team spent rising to the top. The team was preparing for their only second showing in the Class 2A region finals when they'd take on First Baptist Academy in Naples. "It's such a great feeling knowing we're going down there," said Running Back Robert Davis on Thanksgiving day at practice. "We just want to get to that third round, we have this chant each week. First it was, 'Round 1', last week it was 'Round 2', hopefully this week it'll be, 'Round 3'." The next day on …