Yoselis Ramos

Producer, StoryCorps Tampa Bay

Yoselis Ramos has been with WUSF since Fall 2010. She's reported on various Tampa Bay stories ranging from transportation issues such as bicycle safety, to keeping up with public forums and city/county official meetings, to the exciting things happening right in your neighborhood.

Now, she's producing StoryCorps Tampa Bay, a collection of home-grown stories that were recorded at the StoryCorps booth in St. Petersburg in early 2014.

She graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in secondary education and gerontology.

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The owners of the Lamb Manor Estate- a national historic landmark, are opening the doors of the mansion to the public on Sunday. 

The Lamb Manor mansion was built in 1910. The current owners, George and Nancy Corbett restored the home and moved the 220-ton house up the bay. Some drivers on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge got to see it float in the bay when it was moved from Palmetto to Ruskin in 2006.

In what may seem like deja vu, another wrong-way driver was arrested Thursday morning on the Veterans Expressway. The same officer, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Ronald Evans, who arrested a driver Wednesday morning, arrested Lori Lee Downard on Thursday.

At 3:07 a.m., the FHP received calls that a car was traveling in northbound in the southbound lanes of SR-589 close to Van Dyke Road. 

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The Tampa Bay Partnership hosted a transportation forum Wednesday in St. Petersburg and the Greenlight Pinellas referendum received lots of attention.

The transportation forum included commissioners from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk Counties, and representatives from the region's transportation authorities.

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Freedom Square, a continuing care community in Seminole, is a drop-off site for Cell Phones for Soldiers: a program that lets soldiers serving overseas connect with their families.

The Cell Phones for Soldiers program collects unused cell phones. Funds from recycled, unused cell phones and cash donations go towards mailing free calling cards to soldiers.

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Mildred Barnett of Tampa says she once saw a picture with three faces: one of a baby, one of a woman and one of an older lady.

"And it says, ‘the sunrise is as beautiful as the sunset,’ and with proper planning, it most certainly can be," she said.

Barnett is a VA geriatric psychiatrist who recently remodeled her home to accommodate her 81-year-old mother. 

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A steel beam from the second World Trade Center Tower is the centerpiece of the "Fearless Champions" sculpture which now stands by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Ybor City. It was designed by artist Becky Ault to honor the first responders and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 13 years ago.

"The sacrifice and patriotism September 11th inspired in our country can never be allowed to fade, no matter distance nor passing of time," emcee Don Germaise said.


The keynote speaker was retired Navy Captain Jeff Cathey, and he said it is appropriate to have the sculpture right by the sheriff's office.


The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission heard lots of public comment from taxi drivers and ride-sharing service supporters alike at a hearing Wednesday.

The Public Transportation Commission (PTC) regulates vehicles for-hire like taxis and limousines. Ride-sharing platforms like Uber and Lyft have been fined for improper insurance coverage and licensing. 

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Jane Goodall, the scientist behind a landmark study of chimpanzee behavior, spoke Tuesday night at the USF Sun Dome about her environmental conservation efforts and primate research experiences. But before that, Dr. Goodall visited local children at the USF Botanical Gardens.

She spoke to Pizzo Elementary students about her love of animals since childhood and how her mother supported her interests.

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Al Capone and other gangsters of the Roaring Twenties would not have been as notorious if it weren't for them making a buck off of America's drinking problem. The Prohibition era was the first time a Constitutional amendment limited freedoms, even if it was the freedom to drink a cold one.

The new exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center is taking a look back at the 18th Amendment and the role Tampa played as one of the "wettest" areas of the country.

A primary election for a house district covering parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties has been delayed.

The race between incumbent Republican James Grant and Republican challenger Miriam Steinberg is delayed because a circuit judge ruled that a write-in candidate, Donald John Matthews - who has no party affiliation - wasn't eligible to run in this race.

A write-in candidate would mean a closed primary election. But because of Matthews' ineligibility, the election is then open to all voters in the district, regardless of party affiliation.

The HistoryMakers

Poet Maya Angelou, actress Ruby Dee and even President Barack Obama have something in common. They've all participated in The History Makers project--the country's largest African American collection of video interviews capturing the struggles and achievements of the black experience.Those 2,600 HistoryMakers videos have a new home--the Library of Congress.

It was 1985 when Henrietta Smith was the first African-American faculty member at the University of South Florida at the School of Library Science.  

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Back in the 1950s and '60s, a group of African-Americans, known as the Highwaymen, sold Florida landscape paintings to locals and tourists on the side of the road. The paintings were sold for only a few bucks at the time but after the '90s, their value soared. The Tampa Bay History Center is showcasing these prized paintings.

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Tampa City Council unanimously approved close to $7 million for the redevelopment of the Perry Harvey Senior Park in Downtown. The approved plan includes demolishing the Bro Bowl skateboarding park.

Demolishing the Bro Bowl has been a long debated issue but the vote took less than ten minutes.

Councilman Frank Reddick said it is time to move things along.

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Gov. Rick Scott dodged questions on Monday at a campaign event in Largo about a recent  campaign stop in Tampa, to which on-duty police officers were invited. Then on Tuesday, when Scott was in Tampa on official business on hurricane preparedness, reporters again asked him questions outside that topic.

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A 40-foot container with a $100,000 worth of medical supplies will be leaving Tampa on Friday. It's headed to Turkey, where it will then be distributed to field hospitals inside Syria that treat refugees and others.

USF student Noor Shakfeh, a Syrian-American, is collaborating with the non-profit Advocates for World Health (AWH) to bring a container with medical supplies, like dialysis and ventilator machines, to the Syrian American Medical Society.

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There was a time when community meant more than cookie-cutter houses with manicured lawns. Children not only responded to parents but their neighbors too. A helpful neighbor was always just a phone call or a few yards away. Recreating that sense of community is the goal of one Tampa community for adoptive families.

New Life Village is a community for people - whether it's a single parent or an empty-nest couple - looking to adopt foster care children. Even older adults can be a part of the community as surrogate grandparents.

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Four Tampa Bay area mayors met for a public forum to show their unified support for the Greenlight Pinellas campaign. In November, Pinellas County voters will be asked to raise their sales tax to pay for more buses and a light rail system.

But the "public" forum didn’t quite live up to its billing, because the mayors did not take questions from the audience nor did they go into detail about the referendum.

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A few dozen researchers were abuzz showing off their projects under way at the James A. Haley VA Hospital. The public showcase held Thursday is a part of National VA Research Week. Projects varied from genetics to obesity.

Carl Hayward, a physical therapist with the VA, has invented the stand bar, which attaches to motorized wheelchairs to help people get off their seat and stand. Hayward said it goes beyond helping improve posture.

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb is putting his stamp of approval on a new piece of protective head gear for young pitchers.

Cobb draws a parallel between baseball and hockey when hockey players started wearing helmets.

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Governor Rick Scott is making promises to invest more money into Florida's ports if he is re-elected this year. To help him deliver that promise at Port Tampa Bay Thursday was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

If re-elected, Gov. Scott promises to invest a $1 billion over eight years into Florida's ports including Port Tampa Bay. Scott is likely to face democratic candidate and former governor Charlie Crist.