Monday, May 28, 2012
A Tampa Bay area author and former military threat analyst helps the youngest members of military families cope with deployment and injury.
Memorial Day gives us pause to honor those who have given their lives to protect our freedom. But there are others who make tremendous sacrifices for us, as well: the children of those heroes. When a soldier is deployed, the effect on his or her family can be profound. When that soldier is injured or killed in combat, it can be devastating. A Tampa Bay area author and former U.S. Central Command threat analyst has written two picture books to help military children cope with a parent's injury and take pride in the work they do. Kristen Zajac left government work behind after her twins were born in 2008, but her passion for those she left behind remained strong. When she realized there were not many books available for children of wounded …
Friday, May 25, 2012
The upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend is a perfect time for friends and family to take advantage of 20,000 acres of Pinellas County parks and Florida landscapes.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Wanna stay close to home this holiday weekend? Pinellas County operates three large beach parks on the Gulf of Mexico. In Clearwater, Sand Key Park has almost a half mile of beachfront. Fred Howard Park has white sandy beaches and is located in the northern part of the county in Tarpon Springs. Fort De Soto Park, located in the south end of the county, is one of the largest county parks in the state of Florida, with more than seven miles of shoreline. All county parks provide parking, restroom facilities and drinking fountains. They are open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset. The daily beach parking fee is $5 a vehicle and boat ramp daily parking fee is $6 for a vehicle and trailer. Pay stations accept cash, coins and credit cards. Annual …
Falling gas prices could have more people hitting the road this holiday weekend.
Do you plan to kick off the summer with a Memorial Day weekend road trip? Falling gas prices could have more people hitting the road this holiday weekend. Prices have dropped steadily over the last 45 days and they're expected to drop even more, according to AAA Auto Club. "Motorists will get the much needed relief at the pump just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and will likely lead to an increased number of travelers, helping to jump start the summer travel season," said Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, The Auto Club Group. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in the Tampa Bay area is $3.45. That's down from $3.77 one year ago, according to AAA Fuel Gauge Report. Wanna compare current prices at Clearwater gas …
Monday, May 30, 2011
The veterans organization is focusing on bringing Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers into the fold.
The longtime image associated with VFW posts is one of dark, smoky halls filled primarily with veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, swapping old stories and drinking beer while the rest of the world passes by unnoticed outside. But local VFW chapters, responding to a direct initiative from the national headquarters, are starting to break that image by upgrading existing facilities and encouraging younger members to join. At the Old Fort Harrison Post #2473 on Hercules Avenue the mission to make the facility more appealing to younger veterans has already begun. “Nationally, the VFW has some ideas of what they want to do… Upgrade the post facilities, try to get a happier atmosphere… And I said well, we’re not in too bad a shape, …