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TODAY: Toy drive to benefit Bay area foster kids

TODAY: Toy drive to benefit Bay area foster kids

Tampa, FL - You can help make the holidays a little happier for thousands of foster children in Hillsborough County.

The Guardian ad Litem program is holding a toy drive to benefit the children they work closely with every day. The goal of the volunteer program is to give the children a voice as they move through the court system and hopefully find a forever family.

"We want to make sure every one of our kids opens a Christmas gift," said coordinator Yvonne Marrone.

The Guardians are accepting brand new, unwrapped toys from 9am - 2pm at Christ the King Catholic Church on South Dale Mabry in South Tampa.

They are especially in need of toys for infants as well as teenagers.

For more information on volunteering to become a Guardian ad Litem, click here.

You can also call Yvonne Marrone directly at (813)307-3325.

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Cookson Hills Toy Ride to benefit needy children

Cookson Hills Toy Ride to benefit needy children

Tampa, FL - It is hard to imagine the heart-breaking feeling of children waking up on Christmas Day only to find there's absolutely nothing under the tree for them.

That is why Bay area bikers are coming together in full force to try and make sure that doesn't happen.

For nearly 20 years, both men and women have taken part in the Cookson Hills Toy Run.  Over the years, the run has grown from helping only a dozen in its first year to nearly 500 last year.  

"Especially in these hard economic times, these kids deserve something to open during the holidays," said Sheri Brown, co-founder of the run.

Her husband Bill Brown, is a biker and says, the best part of the run is the feeling you get when you see the child's expression when you give him or her the toy. "Nothing beats that.  That is what keeps us going," said Brown.

Jefferson continues march toward state, with 41-14 win

Jefferson continues march toward state, with 41-14 win

Tampa, FL-- Jefferson kept its perfect season alive, with a 41-14 domination of previously undefeated Pasco High.

Jefferson quarterback Quentin Williams set the state record for career touchdown passes, with 102.  He threw a pair of TD passes against Pasco, in the 2nd quarter, to Ramik Wilson and Christian Calle.  Williams also ran for a touchdown.

The Dragons ran out to a 28-0 lead, before the Pirates finally scored in the 4th quarter.

Williams was 10-18 passing for 139 yards, and 2 touchdowns.  The Dragons are 12-0, Pasco finishes its season at 11-1.

 

Auto Show rolls into Tampa with 2011 model cars and Hollywood rides

Tampa, Florida -- It's three days of hot rods, cool concept cars, and the latest models from every major automaker. The Tampa Bay International Auto Show opens today.

Hundreds of cars, trucks, SUVs, and crossovers are on display inside the Tampa Convention Center.

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Flashy new rides spin on turntables, and dozens of 2011 model vehicles are unlocked and ready for guests to sit inside. Select vehicles will also be available to test drive.

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Robinson beats Jesuit 21-7 in Rematch

Tampa, FL - For two weeks the Robinson Knights have been wearing black wristbands that say, "29-28 Remember".   They are a reference to when Jesuit defeated Robinson earlier in the season.

The first game was a battle for the district.   This time a place in the state semi-finals was at stack.

Robinson got on the board in the 1st quarter when Blake Rice threw an 18-yard pass to Ruben Gonzales.

Jesuit matched that score in the 2nd quarter with an Anthony Harrell two yard dive.   The game was tied at 7 at the end of the first half.

But the third quarter belonged to Robinson and running back J.J. Hubbard.   Hubbard had rushing scores of 26 and 8 yards to put the Knights on top for good.   The senior running back finished the game with 187 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.

Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire: 2 Council members break promise

Tampa, Florida --Two Tampa City Council Members are under fire tonight for doing something they said they wouldn't do, run for re-election.  Council members Curtis Stokes and Yvonne Yolie Capin were appointed to council this summer to fill the unexpired terms of two members who resigned to run for Hillsborough County Commission. 

We told Stokes we were doing a story called "Liar, Liar Pants on Fire." And wanted to know why he shouldn't be included in it.

Both answered no on a form asking if they would be a council candidate in the March election, they both changed their minds. 

Capin says she wrote no, because that's what she meant. However, Capin says since she filled out the form she has found she works very well in City Council.

Why do they call it that? Fletcher Avenue and Plant Field

Why do they call it that? Fletcher Avenue and Plant Field

There's an explosive story behind the name of Fletcher Avenue. Plus, the spot in the heart of Tampa where the great Babe Ruth blasted a record home run.

Why do they call it Fletcher Avenue?

Nobody's sure.

But three Tampa Bay historians -- Paul Camp, Leland Hawes, and Mark Greenberg -- agree it's most likely named for Fred Fletcher.

He came to Tampa just before 1900, and worked for what would eventually become Tampa Electric Company, or TECO.

His big project was managing the concrete for the first electricity-producing dam across the Hillsborough River. It was built -- and promptly blown up.

It seems cattle ranchers were mighty angry. The dam had flooded the electric company land they had been using to graze their cattle.

Their answer was dynamite.

The Fletcher behind Fletcher Avenue could also be Fred's son, Eliot.