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Terrence McNally’s Sunset Beach home to be recognized

On May 7, Equality Florida and American Stage will dedicate a plaque at the Sunset Beach home where playwriting legend Terrence McNally spent the first three years of his life. McNally, who died of complications from Covid-19 in 2020, was a five-time Tony Award winner who lived in Sarasota with his husband, Tom Kirdahy. American Stage is currently producing McNally's Ragtime in Demens Landing Park. Additional information on the dedication event can be found here.  

Rays leave Toronto on a high note

The Tampa Bay Rays got back on track Sunday after opening up a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays with consecutive losses that ended a historic 13-game winning streak to start the season. Pitcher Shane McClanahan turned in a dominant performance, and Christian Bethancourt homered in the 8-1 victory. The Rays finish their road trip with a series against the Cincinnati Reds that starts Monday night.

St. Pete vegan grocer Black Radish to close store

Vegan grocer Black Radish announced on social media that it will be closing its local storefront at 246 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N. "We’ve loved having the opportunity to share our dream with you and are abundantly grateful to every person who has supported us in any way along this journey,” Black Radish's Friday Instagram post read. "Our staff is and always will be our chief concern. Due to this, we intend to operate thru Monday, April 24th." While the St. Pete location is closing, the owners said the Ybor City store will remain open. 

USF campus named most exclusive in Florida

Slacker, a research-driven online publication, recently named the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee the state’s most exclusive college. While consolidation recently merged USF’s three previously separately accredited campuses, Sarasota-Manatee was ranked the 69th “Hardest College to Get Into in America.” The campus acceptance rate is just 24%, and student SAT scores range from 1160 to 1290.

Walmart Health comes to South St. Pete

This week, St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch and other local officials celebrated the opening of the new Walmart Health Center on 34th Street S. inside the existing Walmart Supercenter. The health center offers primary care as well as dental care. The center also serves those who are uninsured. 

Local dinner cruise hits bridge

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Coast Guard responded to the Corey Causeway around 10:12 p.m. Tuesday after a StarLite cruise ship hit the St. Pete Beach bridge. Local authorities said the accident was due to an engine loss, high winds and rapid currents. Two of the 94 passengers and 19 crew members reported minor injuries, and the vessel and bridge did not suffer significant damage.

St. Pete High tech entrepreneurs win competition

The Pinellas Education Foundation, in partnership with Junior Achievement Tampa Bay’s 3DE program, recently awarded a $5,000 college scholarship to two St. Petersburg High School students. Natalie Walker and Lexi Mckeown won the pitch competition’s grand prize for their business, Whole Solutions. The software platform allows users to scan grocery items and discover if it contains a food allergy.

Celebrity chef to debut new restaurant

Celebrity chef Fabio Viviani, who was a Top Chef contestant on The Food Network, will be debuting his newest concept - Chuck Lager America’s Tavern - in Oldsmar April 19. The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce plans to have a ribbon-cutting celebration the opening evening of the restaurant. 

Rays roll out red carpet for 106-year-old fan

St. Petersburg’s Agnes Ingles, 106, attended her first Tampa Bay Rays game Thursday amid a historic start to the season. She met manager Kevin Cash and mascots Raymond and DJ Kitty and instructed the Rays and Boston Red Sox to “play ball” before the first pitch. Ingles then watched Tampa Bay clobber Boston 9-3 for their 13th straight win.

Tampa Bay tech salaries increase exponentially

According to CIO, an information technology-focused magazine, Tampa Bay’s tech salaries increased at the second-fastest rate in the nation. The publication noted that the average tech worker in the Tampa metro area earned 19% more than they did in 2021, second only to Phoenix. The average salary is now $120,900.

ReliaQuest promotes execs

Tampa-based tech giant ReliaQuest, announced the promotion of three key members of the company’s executive team. Colin O’Connor, COO, is now President of Field Operations and is responsible for all sales, marketing and customer success functions. Brian Foster, Chief Product Officer, is now President of Product and Technical Operations, leading the entire GreyMatter security operations platform team, including product and product management. Additionally, CIO Regina Marrow is taking on additional people operations and business functions as CIO and Executive Vice President of Operations, according to a Thursday news release. 

USL awards St. Pete a second soccer club

The St. Petersburg FC will become the 122nd team in the USL’s League Two. A recent announcement states that the club’s mission is to connect with the local community and make soccer accessible for all talent in the area. The developmental team’s colors feature pink for the Don Cesar hotel, blue for the Gulf of Mexico and yellow representing beach sand.

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