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WCA Board to replace Association Manager

WCA Board to replace Association Manager

Westchase, FL - Following a private executive session on Nov. 18, the Westchase Community Association (WCA) elected to replace current Association Manager MaryJo LoCascio.

“The board of directors met in executive session regarding the performance and evaluation of personnel and, after much discussion, we decided MaryJo is not best fit for Westchase at this time," said WCA President Joaquin Arrillaga to WOW (World of Westchase). He continued, "Although we cannot get into specifics as they were addressed in executive board session, we asked GPI to transfer her to another assignment.”

LoCascio has served as association manager since June 2009, when she replaced Patty Stewart.

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.

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.

Senator wants to kill agency she says that wastes taxpayer money

Tampa, Florida--Walter Gunny Kozak, who runs Gunny's Interstate Travel and tours, says he believes the Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission is an agency whose time has come for it to disappear.

The agency regulates taxicabs, limousines and tow trucks. There is no other agency like it in the state and Kozak says it does not serve the best interest of the consumer or the motor carrier.

State Senator Ronda Storms agrees. She says it is about accountability, fiscal conservatism and efficiency.

Storms, a former Hillsborough Commissioner who served on the PTC board, has introduced a bill to eliminate the agency. Storms says if the 66 other counties in the state can regulate the same industries without a Public Transportation Commission, Hillsborough should be able to do it as well.

Ice cream truck driver arrested for Thanksgiving murders

Ice cream truck driver arrested for Thanksgiving murders

Ruskin, Florida -- An ice cream truck driver who was shot in January has been arrested in connection to the Thanksgiving morning shooting that left two brothers dead and four others injured.

One of the four surviving victims remains in critical condition.

39-year-old Michael Keetley was arrested at his home in Wimauma Thursday morning and is facing two counts of first degree murder and four counts of attempted murder.

Detectives say Keetley is a robbery victim himself, who became obsessed with finding the men who robbed and shot him as he worked out of his ice cream truck in January.

Sincerely Santa grants elementary kids' wishes

Tampa, Florida -- Jolly ol' Saint Nick is making sure kids at one Tampa school aren't forgotten this holiday season.

On Thursday morning, firefighters, paramedics, and police from all over Hillsborough teamed up to help escort Santa through Ybor. Santa read a holiday story and passed out some gifts at DeSoto Elementary, with the help of Sincerely Santa.  

Many of the kids' families are facing some tough economic times. 

Sincerely Santa has provided toys and clothing to needy children during the holidays for more than 22 years.

If you would like to help, you can send a tax-deductible check made payable to:

Sincerely Santa
5802-A E. Fowler Ave. Ste. 167
Tampa, FL 33617

You can also shop for a child by choosing a letter from the tree located in the center hallway in front of Dillard's at the Westfield Brandon now through December 12th. There are still 1,400 wish lists that have yet to be filled.