The JUNE 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

The JUNE 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

In this issue…

We celebrate our healthcare heroes, review updates to the COVID-19 guidelines, shine the spotlight on a local disaster relief crew, look at life during lockdown, plan ahead for emergencies, review hurricane preparedness tips, learn what Samaritan Services did with a generous grant, and talk about the latest “fashion trend.” We also have some creative fun with Bunka, celebrate a socially distant birthday, ask readers how they’ve been spending their time at home, and explore the wonders at Selby Gardens.

Florida Full Phase 1

Testing Info, Courtesy of HCSO

Read the JUNE 2020 Issue of The News

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By E. Adam Porter, Editor Out of an abundance of caution, in these challenging times, for the good of the community, we have all come together to read sentences that begin like this entirely too much over the past month or so. Let’s start over with what...

The May 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

The May 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

In this issue… We review COVID-19 updates and get some information on testing, thank our SCC Emergency Squad and Security Patrol volunteers for staying “on the job” through the pandemic, and take a look at how some of the talented and creative...

Vesta Thanks Community Volunteers

Vesta Thanks Community Volunteers

Vesta Thanks Community VolunteersPlease help if you can, and if you need help, keep reading. A huge thank you to those who participated in our efforts to feed health care workers, first responders, and volunteers in the Sun City Center area. Over 270...

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites  Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 1, 2020) - Joining communities across the nation, Hillsborough County will open quarantine and isolation sites at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 2 to house residents...

Life as we know it

Life as we know it

Life as we know it By E. Adam Porter, Editor   One thousand feet above the Fryar Drop Zone, the sky fills with deployed canvas. The crowd below cheers. Cameras flash, and smartphones film the final jump for the U.S. Airborne class graduating on March...

The APRIL 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

The APRIL 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

In this issue… Get the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic response from the CDC, Hillsborough County, and other local and state agencies and organizations. Learn how to outsmart scammers with tips gleaned from the Elder Care Summit. Celebrate...

The May 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

The May 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

In this issue…

We review COVID-19 updates and get some information on testing, thank our SCC Emergency Squad and Security Patrol volunteers for staying “on the job” through the pandemic, and take a look at how some of the talented and creative Photo Club members are passing the time while social distancing. We share the results of the recent SCCCA vote, explore the causes of compassion fatigue, learn about lawn bowling, meet some local musicians who shared their talent with an impromptu concert, and thank local volunteers who came together to create and distribute face masks for health care workers and the community. Then we hop in the time machine with the History Society and come back to the future to debunk common myths about growing orchids.

Read the MAY 2020 Issue of The News

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By E. Adam Porter, Editor Out of an abundance of caution, in these challenging times, for the good of the community, we have all come together to read sentences that begin like this entirely too much over the past month or so. Let’s start over with what...

The May 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

The May 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

In this issue… We review COVID-19 updates and get some information on testing, thank our SCC Emergency Squad and Security Patrol volunteers for staying “on the job” through the pandemic, and take a look at how some of the talented and creative...

Vesta Thanks Community Volunteers

Vesta Thanks Community Volunteers

Vesta Thanks Community VolunteersPlease help if you can, and if you need help, keep reading. A huge thank you to those who participated in our efforts to feed health care workers, first responders, and volunteers in the Sun City Center area. Over 270...

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites  Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 1, 2020) - Joining communities across the nation, Hillsborough County will open quarantine and isolation sites at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 2 to house residents...

Life as we know it

Life as we know it

Life as we know it By E. Adam Porter, Editor   One thousand feet above the Fryar Drop Zone, the sky fills with deployed canvas. The crowd below cheers. Cameras flash, and smartphones film the final jump for the U.S. Airborne class graduating on March...

The APRIL 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

The APRIL 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

In this issue… Get the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic response from the CDC, Hillsborough County, and other local and state agencies and organizations. Learn how to outsmart scammers with tips gleaned from the Elder Care Summit. Celebrate...

Vesta Thanks Community Volunteers

Vesta Thanks Community Volunteers

Vesta Thanks Community Volunteers

Please help if you can, and if you need help, keep reading.

 

A huge thank you to those who participated in our efforts to feed health care workers, first responders, and volunteers in the Sun City Center area. Over 270 pizzas have now been delivered to feed approximately 1,000 med techs, CNAs, LPNs, RNs, caregivers, dietary workers, housekeepers etc. who are on the front lines protecting Sun City Center residents and patients.

With estimates of over 30% unemployment, our food banks have been hit hard and we will be partnering with Inspired Living of Sun City Center to help replenish Feeding Tampa Bay’s inventory.

If you are interested in helping, on April 23, residents can drive in and drop of non-perishable items under the Kings Point North Clubhouse Portico from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. The drop off will be contactless and Inspired Living will pick up the items from the Portico to drop off that evening.

Non-perishable food items suggested include: canned meat, tuna, salmon, peanut butter, jelly, canned or dry soup, canned stews, tea bags, ground coffee, canned pasta or vegetables.

 

Food Assistance for Seniors

Hillsborough County residents age 60 and older can apply for food assistance through Hillsborough County Aging Services. There is no income requirement to participate in the federally funded program. For more information on receiving meals and to apply, call (813) 272-5250.

Thank you.

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By E. Adam Porter, Editor Out of an abundance of caution, in these challenging times, for the good of the community, we have all come together to read sentences that begin like this entirely too much over the past month or so. Let’s start over with what...

The May 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

The May 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

In this issue… We review COVID-19 updates and get some information on testing, thank our SCC Emergency Squad and Security Patrol volunteers for staying “on the job” through the pandemic, and take a look at how some of the talented and creative...

Vesta Thanks Community Volunteers

Vesta Thanks Community Volunteers

Vesta Thanks Community VolunteersPlease help if you can, and if you need help, keep reading. A huge thank you to those who participated in our efforts to feed health care workers, first responders, and volunteers in the Sun City Center area. Over 270...

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites  Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 1, 2020) - Joining communities across the nation, Hillsborough County will open quarantine and isolation sites at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 2 to house residents...

Life as we know it

Life as we know it

Life as we know it By E. Adam Porter, Editor   One thousand feet above the Fryar Drop Zone, the sky fills with deployed canvas. The crowd below cheers. Cameras flash, and smartphones film the final jump for the U.S. Airborne class graduating on March...

The APRIL 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

The APRIL 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

In this issue… Get the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic response from the CDC, Hillsborough County, and other local and state agencies and organizations. Learn how to outsmart scammers with tips gleaned from the Elder Care Summit. Celebrate...

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

 
 

Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 1, 2020) – Joining communities across the nation, Hillsborough County will open quarantine and isolation sites at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 2 to house residents and family members impacted by COVID-19 coronavirus. The sites will allow isolation of residents who have tested positive for coronavirus or quarantine of those exposed.

The sites will help prevent further spread of the virus by providing shelter, food, telemedicine options, and basic services such as laundry and sanitation for residents who are able to care for themselves but unable to stay in their own home.

The sites – two adjacent hotels on East Fowler Avenue in Tampa with a total of 362 rooms – will be managed by Hillsborough County and the Department of Health in Hillsborough County (DOH – Hillsborough). By stepping up to assist the community and leasing these facilities to Hillsborough County, 111 jobs have been preserved.

Residents eligible to use the sites must first be pre-screened by DOH – Hillsborough. Those housed at the sites could include single individuals or family members like a spouse and child.

Hillsborough County has signed a six-month lease with both hotels to serve as quarantine and isolation sites. The length of time the facilities will stay open and whether additional sites will be opened will be determined by local conditions. The length of time individuals will stay in the quarantine or isolation sites will be determined by the Department of Health and each person’s specific needs.

The two sites are the Quality Inn & Conference Center, 2701 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa, and West Wing Hotel, 2501 E. Fowler Ave. The sole entrance for those using the sites will be the Quality Inn, 2701 E. Fowler Ave.

When the quarantine and isolation sites are no longer needed, both hotels will undergo medical-grade cleaning and sanitation. Hillsborough County extends its deep gratitude to both hotels for their willingness to serve as community partners and provide valuable shelter and services to those affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Media will not be provided access to the property.

Thank you.

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By E. Adam Porter, Editor Out of an abundance of caution, in these challenging times, for the good of the community, we have all come together to read sentences that begin like this entirely too much over the past month or so. Let’s start over with what...

The May 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

The May 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

In this issue… We review COVID-19 updates and get some information on testing, thank our SCC Emergency Squad and Security Patrol volunteers for staying “on the job” through the pandemic, and take a look at how some of the talented and creative...

Vesta Thanks Community Volunteers

Vesta Thanks Community Volunteers

Vesta Thanks Community VolunteersPlease help if you can, and if you need help, keep reading. A huge thank you to those who participated in our efforts to feed health care workers, first responders, and volunteers in the Sun City Center area. Over 270...

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites  Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 1, 2020) - Joining communities across the nation, Hillsborough County will open quarantine and isolation sites at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 2 to house residents...

Life as we know it

Life as we know it

Life as we know it By E. Adam Porter, Editor   One thousand feet above the Fryar Drop Zone, the sky fills with deployed canvas. The crowd below cheers. Cameras flash, and smartphones film the final jump for the U.S. Airborne class graduating on March...

The APRIL 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

The APRIL 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

In this issue… Get the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic response from the CDC, Hillsborough County, and other local and state agencies and organizations. Learn how to outsmart scammers with tips gleaned from the Elder Care Summit. Celebrate...

The APRIL 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

The APRIL 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

In this issue…

Get the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic response from the CDC, Hillsborough County, and other local and state agencies and organizations. Learn how to outsmart scammers with tips gleaned from the Elder Care Summit. Celebrate artistic creativity with the Stained Glass Club; meet your very talented neighbors; get to know a family with deep connections to SCC; learn about some new local clubs; go Trail Blazing; revisit the colorful, musical fun of the Swim Dancers; and explore some SCC history.

Then be sure to…

Check out the Entertainment Corner, SCC Bulletin, Kings Point, Community News, Dance, Military News, Faith & Service, Arts, Sports, and South County Events sections to help you plan your month.

NOTE: Many events have been canceled or postponed, and some venues are currently closed. Be sure to contact the event organizer listed before attending.

Read the April 2020 Issue of The News

Thank you.

Thank you.

By E. Adam Porter, Editor Out of an abundance of caution, in these challenging times, for the good of the community, we have all come together to read sentences that begin like this entirely too much over the past month or so. Let’s start over with what...

The May 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

The May 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

In this issue… We review COVID-19 updates and get some information on testing, thank our SCC Emergency Squad and Security Patrol volunteers for staying “on the job” through the pandemic, and take a look at how some of the talented and creative...

Vesta Thanks Community Volunteers

Vesta Thanks Community Volunteers

Vesta Thanks Community VolunteersPlease help if you can, and if you need help, keep reading. A huge thank you to those who participated in our efforts to feed health care workers, first responders, and volunteers in the Sun City Center area. Over 270...

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites  Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 1, 2020) - Joining communities across the nation, Hillsborough County will open quarantine and isolation sites at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 2 to house residents...

Life as we know it

Life as we know it

Life as we know it By E. Adam Porter, Editor   One thousand feet above the Fryar Drop Zone, the sky fills with deployed canvas. The crowd below cheers. Cameras flash, and smartphones film the final jump for the U.S. Airborne class graduating on March...

The APRIL 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

The APRIL 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

In this issue… Get the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic response from the CDC, Hillsborough County, and other local and state agencies and organizations. Learn how to outsmart scammers with tips gleaned from the Elder Care Summit. Celebrate...

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

“Safer at Home” order in effect March 27, 10 p.m.

From Hillsborough County Emergency Management

Hillsborough County has issued a “Safer-At-Home” order to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This applies to all residents within Hillsborough County, effective as of 10 p.m. on March 27, 2020. Residents do not require a pass or a letter to show to authorities. All residents are directed to stay at home as much as possible, except in those circumstances outlined below.

Under this order, residents may:

Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store.

Commute to and from work if your employer is an essential business or has ensured you can maintain at least 6 feet from your co-workers or customers.

Go to the pharmacy or other medical establishments to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities.

Go to medical appointments.

Go to a restaurant for take-out or drive-thru.

Care for or support a friend or family member in need.

Take a walk, run, or exercise outside, just remember to practice social distancing.

Walk your pets or take them to the vet.

There are some additional exceptions to the order. For more information, visit “www.hillsboroughcounty.org.”

Note: Article updated March 26, March 27

Thank you.

Thank you.

By E. Adam Porter, Editor Out of an abundance of caution, in these challenging times, for the good of the community, we have all come together to read sentences that begin like this entirely too much over the past month or so. Let’s start over with what...

The May 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

The May 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

In this issue… We review COVID-19 updates and get some information on testing, thank our SCC Emergency Squad and Security Patrol volunteers for staying “on the job” through the pandemic, and take a look at how some of the talented and creative...

Vesta Thanks Community Volunteers

Vesta Thanks Community Volunteers

Vesta Thanks Community VolunteersPlease help if you can, and if you need help, keep reading. A huge thank you to those who participated in our efforts to feed health care workers, first responders, and volunteers in the Sun City Center area. Over 270...

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites  Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 1, 2020) - Joining communities across the nation, Hillsborough County will open quarantine and isolation sites at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 2 to house residents...

Life as we know it

Life as we know it

Life as we know it By E. Adam Porter, Editor   One thousand feet above the Fryar Drop Zone, the sky fills with deployed canvas. The crowd below cheers. Cameras flash, and smartphones film the final jump for the U.S. Airborne class graduating on March...

The APRIL 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

The APRIL 2020 NEWS is HOT off the PRESS

In this issue… Get the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic response from the CDC, Hillsborough County, and other local and state agencies and organizations. Learn how to outsmart scammers with tips gleaned from the Elder Care Summit. Celebrate...