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Gas prices rise again in Tampa

Gas prices rise again in Tampa

Tampa, FL -- Average retail gasoline prices in Tampa rose 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.62/g Sunday.

The national average increased 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.69/g, according to gasoline price website, TampaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Tampa during the past week, prices yesterday were $1.03/g higher than the same day one year ago and are 15.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

Investor optimism pushes oil prices higher after holiday

Investor optimism pushes oil prices higher after holiday

Tampa, FL -- Oil prices rose last week after investors speculated that a substantial decrease in U.S. stockpiles of crude during the first week of July would mean increased fuel demand and the start of an economic rebound.

Crude stockpiles were projected to drop 2.5 million barrels in early July, boosting investor optimism which caused oil prices to settle Friday $1.26 more than the previous week at $96.20 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, according to AAA.

However, a recent report from the Department of Energy showed U.S. stockpiles dropped much less than initially projected at approximately 890,000 barrels the first week of July.

William-Sonoma classes at Citrus Park Mall

William-Sonoma classes at Citrus Park Mall

Citrus Park, Florida -- Westfield Citrus Park announces that Williams-Sonoma is offering free technique classes. 

They'll teach you all of the tricks on preparing fresh, delicious summer meals from homemade ice cream, vibrant salads and farmer's market meals.  

Call Williams-Sonoma today at 813-920-6939 to reserve your spot at these free workshops.

Sunday, July 10
From Scratch - Ice Cream
A bowl of homemade ice cream is a refreshing summer treat that will delight kids and grown-ups alike. Williams-Sonoma will show you how to create tempting flavor combinations, along with other irresistible frozen favorites like sorbet and ice pops. What a better way to cool down on a hot summer day!

Sunday, July 17

School supplies now? Yup!

School supplies now?  Yup!

Tampa, Florida -- If you want to avoid the end of summer rush when it comes buying school supplies, Westchase Elementary has teamed up with School Pak, Inc to make life a little bit easier.

Click here to order a box of school supplies your K-5th grader will need for the 2011-2012 school year.  Consider it your one stop shop.

School Pak has your child's school supplies list and will ship the brand named products directly to your home.

On-line sales end on July 31.

Hillsborough Co. teaches at-home bakers how to sell their products

Hillsborough Co. teaches at-home bakers how to sell their products

Hillsborough County, FL -- The Florida Cottage Food Act became a state law Friday, July 1, giving budding chefs the freedom to get their businesses started at home. 

Previously, at-home chefs were required to prepare their foods out of a commercial kitchen and obtain special licensing, which could be expensive to new food entrepreneurs.

The new law allows small business enterprises to prepare their food products in their own kitchens without obtaining a food permit from the Department of Agriculture as long as annual gross sales don’t exceed $15,000.  

The bill allows cooks to bake cakes, cookies, breads; or prepare jams, jellies, vinegars and several other products in their own home and market them.

Expect gas prices to fall again

Expect gas prices to fall again

Tampa, FL -- Oil rose slightly last week after reports showed U.S. manufacturing increased in the month of June, when it was forecast fall, according to AAA Auto Club South.

The U.S. manufacturing index climbed to 55.3 in June from 53.5 in May, when it was expected to drop to 52.

As a result, the price of crude oil settled Friday at $94.94 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange—$3.78 more than the week prior.
 
Although U.S. manufacturing numbers were positive, China's were the opposite with slowed economic growth in the country. China is the second largest oil-consuming country and a decrease in their manufacturing gauge will most likely push oil prices lower this week.

Release of oil reserves causes drop on oil prices this week

Release of oil reserves causes drop on oil prices this week

Tampa, FL -- Last week, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced the release of 60 million barrels of oil into the market, according to AAA Auto Club South.  The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve will provide 30 million barrels, while the remaining barrels will come from other countries.

The decision was made after OPEC failed to come to any agreements at their June 8 meeting to increase productions quotas to help alleviate high oil prices and make up for the loss of Libyan sweet crude.

Before the IEA made the announcement, oil prices were dropping as a result of slowed economic growth, both nationally and internationally, and Europe's debt issues.