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This installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay is the final one of the series that started in May 2014. As we sunset this vast collection of local stories, what more appropriate conversation to have is there than one about aging?

John Hoopes asks his dad, Ray Hoopes, the tough questions on aging starting with, "Is it hard to get old?"

Music Used:

"Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" by Norah Jones and Billie Joe from the album, Foreverly.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The championship Tampa Bay Lightning is losing one of its own -- not to another hockey team -- but to the National Football League.

The Lightning's CEO Tod Leiweke resigned Friday to take over as the Chief Operating Officer for the NFL. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik said he's sad about losing his top manager who has helped to transform the Tampa team into a top hockey franchise in just the past five years.

While talking to reporters, Vinik fondly remembered his first meeting with Leiweke. He said they didn't talk sports or "power plays", they talked about community.

Joseph Gamble

Longtime Floridian Joseph Gamble has a new exhibition at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa. It's his largest exhibition ever, which encompasses a sort of retrospective of his entire body of work, and photographs he's taken at Cape Canaveral. Gamble, who has taught photography at The University of Tampa, now teaches at Colorado Mountain College. 

Yoselis Ramos

Tampa community leaders gathered Tuesday morning for a groundbreaking at the Perry Harvey Senior Park in downtown Tampa. 

The park celebrates the history of Central Avenue- the hub of black-owned businesses that flourished during segregation along that street, the black entertainers who passed through, and the local civil rights activists who left their footprints in Tampa.

 

Dorothy Harvey Keel is one of Perry Harvey's daughters. "I wish that he was here to experience it so that he would know people were appreciative," she said.

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Garrison Keillor, creator and longtime host of the popular “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show, says he means it this time: He’s retiring.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Keillor said he plans to step down as host after next season, following four decades of entertaining listeners with his baritone voice and folksy comedy sketches about Lake Wobegon, his mythical Minnesota hometown “where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”

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Kyesha Robinson asks her mother, Rene Robinson-Flowers about her childhood- being a St. Petersburg native. She also asks her mother what it was like to go through school during the start of integration.

The riots at Dixie High School happened in 1971 over bringing down the Confederate flag and removing it as an unofficial symbol of the school.

Music Used:

“Let It Be” by the Beatles from the album, Let It Be.

M.S Butler

The Barnes and Noble at Brandon Town Center hosted a read-a-thon of the Harper Lee classic "To Kill a Mockingbird," on Monday.

The 12-hour reading event was held to celebrate and build anticipation for the long-awaited release of "Go Set a Watchman," an earlier version of  the original Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Ninth-grade Hillsborough County English Teacher and part-time book store employee Amanda Marriott could barely contain her enthusiasm for the release of the new novel.

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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, friends Patricia Bailey and Norris Comer talk about their friendship transcending generational barriers—there’s almost 50 years of age difference between them. They tell us the story of how they met and what they think of the other. 

Music Used:

“Better Together” by Jack Johnson from the album, In Between Dreams.

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In this intallment, Cora Royal tells her friend, Clarice Pennington, about her childhood and the experience of segregation in St. Petersburg. 

Cora Royal was a teacher, and Clarice Pennington was a principal in Pinellas County. Both women are retired.

Music Used:

"One Nation Under the Groove," by Funkadelic from the album, One Nation Under the Groove

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There are various events this weekend around Tampa Bay, celebrating the Fourth of July:

Fireworks Cruise

Channelside, Tampa

July 3

Tickets include a 2.5 hour cruise, reserved table, buffet, water views of Tampa at sunset, live DJ entertainment, and fireworks show.

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In this installment, we hear from mother and daughter, Lucia and Alma Ayala, about the day Lucia decided to leave her abusive husband and travel with four little kids from Connecticut to Miami, Florida. Alma shares with her mom what that trip was like for her as a little girl, and the imprint it left on her.

Alma Ayala attended Yale University.

Music Used:

"Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony from the album, 3.0.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Although the Tampa Bay Lightning fell just shy of winning hockey's coveted Stanley Cup - the team's general manager captured top honors Wednesday night.

The Lightning's Steve Yzerman was voted the National Hockey League's general manager of the year and received the trophy at the NHL's Awards Show in Las Vegas.

The league's 30 club general managers, a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media voted on the award at the conclusion of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The final voting totals include points for first, second and third place.

"WorldPride 2012 - 164" by Tom Morris via Wikimedia Commons

St. Pete Pride, the annual LGBT celebration in downtown St. Petersburg is here for it's 13th year and organizers expect a $15-20 million economic impact. 

"We've seen hotels throughout downtown St. Pete just booking like crazy," executive director of St. Pete Pride, Eric Skains said. "A lot of them are sold out. The typical ones are already sold out and a few are booking up quickly that really normally don't."

Local Community Celebrates 150 Years

Jun 24, 2015
plantcityobserver.com

Just south of Plant City is a place with a history of agriculture and adversity. Bealsville was settled by 12 freed slaves and their families following the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865. This week, residents of the small, unincorporated Hillsborough County community will celebrate Bealsville's 150th anniversary.  

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In this installment of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, Michael and Amy Facundo tell the story of how they met at a high school football game, and how their love grew out of the sacrifices they’ve had to make for each other.

Amy Facundo is a school teacher in Immokalee where a majority of her students come from migrant families.

Music Used:

“Some Kind of Wonderful” by Michael Bublé from the album, Crazy Love (Hollywood Edition)

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