Baldomero Lopez was more than a local hero

When motorists drive past the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, chances are they won’t know much about the history of the man for whom the facility is named. That’s where Bill Dotterer comes in. He’s a volunteer with the Tampa Bay History Center and he shared the story of 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez’s life and his heroic actions during a talk earlier this year at … [Read more...]

MacDill AFB’s changing missions through 75 years

MacDill Air Force Base has been around for more than 75 years — with roles that have changed to correspond with evolving military needs. The base now houses the 6th Air Mobility Wing, with operations primarily in aerial refueling mission and personnel transport. Its purpose was quite different during World War II, however. The Tampa Bay History Center, in partnership with the Jimmie … [Read more...]

Exploring Tampa’s Jewish history

Tampa’s Jewish population today numbers more than 25,000 members involved in  more than a dozen synagogues, day schools, and multiple community centers and related organizations. The of history Tampa’s Jewish community likewise runs deep — dating back more than 170 years. The Tampa Bay History Center, in partnership with the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, recently had a presentation … [Read more...]

Kindness rocks at this library

The Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, at 2902 W. Bearss Ave., recently hosted more than 100 people of all ages for its first rock-painting event. Jennifer Hodges, senior librarian, came up with the “JBKindness Rocks” group, to paint rocks to help spread kindness. The library supplied rocks, paint and brushes at the May 20 session for those who wanted to make their own rock creations to … [Read more...]

Check out information, and fun, at local libraries

A new year always offers a fresh chance to become more disciplined, learn new things, explore new hobbies and have more fun. All that, and more, awaits visitors to local libraries. Besides a vast collection of books, CDs, DVDs and digital offerings, libraries host scores of events every month. So, depending on your interests or your needs, you can often find just what you’re seeking … [Read more...]

There’s no such thing as ‘managing’ time

Maybe you’ve decided that this is the year that you’re going to do a better job of ‘managing’ your time. But, if you listen to Richard Dutton, a retired professor of Managerial Behavior & Organization Studies from the University of South Florida, it is impossible to “manage” time. “Time cannot be managed. It is completely independent of us,” Dutton said. “We can use time. We can’t … [Read more...]

Halloween tricks, treats and traditions on tap

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Halloween, you’ll find plenty of options across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, at 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., is hosting a Family Fun Festival that it’s calling “Light the Night.” The event will be from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Oct. 31. Cars will be decorated with favorite kid-friendly themes and will line … [Read more...]

Primary elections over, now onto November

Fewer than one-fifth of the registered voters in Hillsborough and Pasco counties decided the outcome of the primary elections on Aug. 30. Some of the more notable races had Pat Frank defeating Kevin Beckner for the Democratic primary for Clerk of the Circuit Court in Hillsborough County, and Gary Joiner defeating Ted Schrader in the race for property appraiser in Pasco County. In other … [Read more...]

Having fun, and learning, at the library

There’s more than just books to check out It won’t be long before school bells ring in a new year, but before they do, there’s still ample opportunity to have fun at local libraries during summer break. There also are plenty of ways — besides books — to learn at local libraries. For instance, people who wanted to learn more about the work that police officers do had a chance to do … [Read more...]

Hillsborough libraries offer summer fun

Families looking for ways to help occupy their children during the summer may want to check out the events offered through Hillsborough County’s public libraries in north Hillsborough County. Some events scheduled in coming weeks include puppet shows, art programs and robotics. One coming attraction, offered through the Lutz Branch Library, is “Wild Florida, Alive,” a show that will be … [Read more...]