Wednesday, May 22, 2013
You can use this gas price widget to always find the lowest price of the moment. Pro tip: Gas up early this week to save money.
Click here for a full-screen view of the gas price map. If you don't see a map of our local area, click the magnifying glass in the upper right to enter your address. Nationwide, gas prices were predicted to be lower this summer compared to the last three years, but that won't translate into savings at the pump this Memorial Day weekend, experts said. "Motorists this year are facing rising gas prices heading into the Memorial Day holiday," said Michael Green, a AAA spokesman, adding that Memorial Day 2013 would probably be the most expensive since 2011. In our area, the two cheapest spots for gas are: But prices will vary as we head into the weekend. "If you can gas up today to prepare for your Memorial Day driving, do so," said Chuck …
Who’s NOT planning a BBQ this weekend? If the weather holds and you’ve got propane or charcoal, chances are, you’re grilling something with your friends and family. Here, new ideas for keeping your costs down. Sponsored by Home Depot.
Here at Westchase Patch, we like to be thrifty, so we talked to two barbeque experts and uncovered some really good ideas to help you save money on your next outdoor party. 1. Start with a marinade. This means planning ahead -- say, Friday. But it’s worth it, says Rick Browne, host of Barbeque America on PBS, because you can pass up that well-marbled ribeye steak and buy a less tender and less expensive choice to grill like a flank steak or chuck steak. Just marinate it or brine for one or two days and then cook long and slow on the barbeque grill to break down tissues but maintain moisture. “You need to include an acid in the marinade, perhaps juice, vinegar or soy sauce, but avoid cola which is so acidic it can turn meat into a soggy …
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Here's what you need to know about trash pickup, school, mail delivery and other government services around Hillsborough County for the Memorial Day holiday.
Monday, May 27, 2013 is Memorial Day, a federal holiday. Here's a look at what's open and what's closed around Hillsborough County in observance of the holiday: The majority of Hillsborough County offices and facilities will be closed on Monday. Closed facilities include the administrative offices of county government, neighborhood service centers, all libraries, all county-operated Head Start/Early Head Start Centers, recreation centers, senior centers and nutrition sites. There will be no school for Hillsborough County public school students Monday. For residents who live in the unincorporated Hillsborough County Service Area, there will be no solid waste collection (including garbage, recyclables and yard waste) Monday. Customers whose …
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.
Westchase area residents who have become accustomed to getting a wild game fix from Jeremy Gomez’s Not Your Ordinary Food Truck may have noticed its absence at recent rallies in the Tampa Bay area. There’s no need to fret about missing out on the wild boar, turtle, venison, llama and possum treats the truck is famous for. Gomez, a longtime area resident, says his truck with an unusual menu is back on the road after taking about two months off. While Gomez is no longer behind the wheel, he’s hired a new main chef and a sous-chef to get things rolling again. John Thompson and Lynsey Dissing are taking the driver’s seat, so to say. Both Thompson and Dissing have an extensive background in cooking and food service. Thompson, who will serve as …
The Southwest Florida Water Management District is soliciting public comment on conditions at area lakes.
Each year the state requires the Southwest Florida Water Management District to set minimum water levels for certain bodies of water across the region. The level requirements ensure that those bodies remain at the proper levels for the community. The levels also play into the district's permitting process and for development of water resources. Next week, the district will gather input on how much water should be maintained in two area lakes: Lake Rogers and Lake Raleigh. To get resident feedback, the district is hosting a workshop Wednesday, May 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Walker Middle School, 8282 N. Mobley Road. During the workshop, district staff will review the proposed levels and give local government, residents and business owners…
The festival will have a Renaissance theme and benefit The Life Enrichment Center.
An art show will be held at Aston Gardens in Westchase to raise money for an area nonprofit that provides classes for adults on a wide variety of topics from the arts to financial management. The Renaissance-themed art festival takes place Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the event Tampa Bay artists will display their works; oils, watercolor, carvings and writings, according to a press release about the festival. A brunch buffet and mimosas will be served. And along with the art display, festival goers can enjoy live music and psychic readings. Since 1981, the Life Enrichment Center has provided classes for adults in the Tampa Bay area. The classes are led by professionals in the Tampa Bay area. and range from dance, art, …
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The tornado struck on Monday afternoon.
After a 2-mile wide tornado sliced through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, killing dozens in its path, the American Red Cross is accepting donations for those affected by the tragedy. Westchase residents who want to help can check out the following options from Janet McGuire, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross Tampa chapter: Click here for a list of other organizations offering assistance. If you know anyone in Tampa Bay who was affected, or who is helping victims, tell us by commenting below.
The county recognized National Police Week by paying tribute to its own.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has lost 15 deputies in the line of duty since 1874. Those deputies were honored recently during a public ceremony held during National Police Week. The 2013 Law Enforcement Memorial Service was conducted last week at Contachobee Fort Brooke Park. Check out the video above to see scenes from the event. To find out more about Hillsborough’s fallen, visit the sheriff’s office online. Did you say “thank you” to an officer during National Police Week? Tell us, Westchase, by commenting below!