9/11 responder shares his story and a gift

Stephen Spelman rushed to Ground Zero as a first responder, but quickly found himself trying to outrun the overwhelming cloud of dust as The World Trade Center’s North Tower began to collapse. Eighteen years later - to the day - Spelman shared the story of the daunting experience he had on Sept. 11, 2001. Spelman, who now lives in Wesley Chapel, was the featured speaker at a North Tampa Bay … [Read more...]

Chance conversation leads to permanent memorial

What began as an idea to host a  9/11 Memorial Mile, quickly turned into something bigger because of a chance conversation. In recent years, the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel has been honoring the anniversary of Sept. 11 by serving breakfasts to area first responders and by passing out American flags at Tampa Premium Outlets. This year, the club decided to stage its first run to … [Read more...]