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Bayfront Health St. Petersburg holds mass hiring event

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg will have a mass hiring event for registered nurses, lab assistants, paramedics and other types of certified nurses to fill positions. The event, called the Splash Into Summer Hiring Event, will be held on Tuesday, June 21 from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Bayfront Health Medical Plaza. Parking is available in the Bayfront Health St. Petersburg West Parking Garage. Candidates will have the opportunity to meet hiring managers and have on-the-spot offers. 

Bolts return home after embarrassing loss

The Tampa Bay Lightning find themselves in familiar territory as they return home after dropping two games on the road for the second-straight playoff series. However, unlike Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Bolts were completely demolished 7-0 by the Colorado Avalanche in the second game of the Stanley Cup Finals in Denver Saturday night. After the game, Lightning star Steven Stamkos said a loss is a loss regardless of the score, and “let’s get back home in front of our fans and let’s see what we’re made of.” Tampa Bay has the chance to right the ship at 8 pm. Monday night in Amalie Arena.

St. Pete Pride celebrates Juneteenth, intersectional communities

St. Peter Pride is hosting a wide-ranging event featuring LGBTQIA+ performers, a poetry slam and thought-provoking panel discussions. Held Sunday, June 19, from 2 – 9 p.m. at The Factory, the free event will celebrate Juneteenth and recognize the intersectional queer communities of Tampa Bay. Located at 2622 Fairfield Ave. S., attendees can enjoy indoor and outdoor live music, Black and Brown food trucks and vendors and a party after 7 p.m. Television personality, actress, entrepreneur and activist TS Madison will host the event. Panelists include Rep. Michelle Raynor-Goolsby, Esther Matthews, Mhariel Summers, Trevor Pettiford, Ella K. Coffee, J. Carl DeVine, Kori Stevens, IMAN, Bob Devin Jones, Eunic Ortiz, Jalessa Blackshear and Johnny Boykins. St. Pete Pride is approaching its 20th anniversary and has made a public commitment to support and celebrate intersectionality, diversity and equity.

Jabil projects hitting $32.8B in revenue this fiscal year

After St. Petersburg-based tech giant Jabil Inc. (NYSE: JBL) released its third-quarter results, the company said it foresees earning $32.8 billion in revenue this fiscal year. “As we look ahead, we see solid demand in key areas of our business,” Chairman and CEO Mark Mondello said in a press release. “Given this ongoing momentum, we now expect FY22 [the fiscal year 2022] revenue to be in the neighborhood of $32.8 billion and core EPS [earnings per share] to be $7.45." In the third quarter, Jabil's net revenue was $8.3 billion. In the fourth quarter, the company projects its net revenue will be between $8.1 billion to $8.7 billion.

LGBTQ Center celebrates one year in business

The LGBTQ Caregiver Center, created in June 2021 in Dunedin, is celebrating its one-year anniversary of being in business. The Caregiver Wellness Collective Inc. is a nonprofit startup focused on holistic wellness education and services for caregivers and aims to raise awareness of the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ caregivers, according to the Center's website. The center was founded by Jennifer Henius, founder of Yoga4Caregivers, and Zander Keig.  

Juneteenth Expo highlights Black-owned businesses

The 3rd annual Juneteenth Business Expo is returning to the Deuces Saturday, bringing together Black-owned vendors, educational and kid-friendly activities, a “journey” of Black music and art and food trucks. Located at 9th Ave. S. and 22nd Street, the expo will feature a panel of local Black-owned business owners representing several industries. Titled “The Blackest Dollar” and presented by Lynda Elle Public Relations, the panel runs from 1 – 2:00 p.m. The family-friendly expo is held outdoors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

MLB Commissioner says new Rays stadium is urgent

The Associated Press reported that following Thursday’s MLB owners' meeting, Commissioner Rob Manfred said that there is an urgency with respect to a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium. “There needs to be a resolution in the Tampa Bay region,” he said. The Rays’ lease with Tropicana Field expires after the 2027 season, and Manfred noted that stadiums take time to build. He added that if the region is interested in having baseball, “they need to get to it.” He said the team is anxious to work out a deal, and when asked if he is considering relocation, Manfred said, “right now, I’m focused on Tampa.” He later clarified he was referring to the region rather than the city. Somewhat cryptically, Manfred relayed that a great man once said, “all good things must end at some point.” Tampa Bay’s average attendance this year is 13,740, which ranks the Rays ahead of Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Miami and Oakland.

Revitalized Shore Acres Recreation Center to open

The Shore Acres Recreation Center, at 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE., closed in August 2020 and has been completely rebuilt. The city will host a ribbon cutting and an open house event on Saturday, July 9, at 10 a.m for the renovated and expanded 21,064-square foot, two-story facility, the city announced Friday. "We're excited for the revitalization of the Shore Acres Campus that is home to the recreation center, aquatic facility and greenspace, which will bring more intergenerational recreational and educational opportunities not just to the neighborhood but to the St. Pete community," Mike Jefferis, leisure services administrator with the City of St. Petersburg, said in a city email. "These incredible opportunities include additional youth activities, instructional classes for all ages, an indoor gymnasium and rental space, to name just a few." The facility will offer a six-lane swimming pool, an indoor gymnasium with leagues and "open gym" hours for basketball, volleyball, pickleball and more. 

Ruth Eckerd reschedules postponed Ringo Starr concert

Ringo Starr's late-June concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall, postponed after several members of the All-Starr Band tested positive for Covid-19, has been re-scheduled for Sept. 16. Twelve dates on the cross-country tour were affected. Tickets for the original Ruth Eckerd date will be honored.

USF provides on-campus stadium updates

During Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting, officials from the University of South Florida provided updates to the construction timeline and capacity for a long-awaited on-campus stadium. Athletic Director Michael Kelly said the process is moving faster than anticipated, on pace for completion in time for the 2026 season. USF Foundation CEO Jay Stroman expects the stadium to hold 35,000 people and will include standing-room-only areas and space for future expansion. Kelly said several architectural firms have already reached out to the school, and USF will issue an official invitation to negotiate in the coming weeks.

Crypto company expands into Canadian market

Chicago-based fintech firm CoinFlip, which is opening a new office and cryptocurrency learning lab in the Water Street Tampa District, is expanding into the Canadian market. CoinFlip is known for its Bitcoin ATMs throughout the U.S. To date, it has 3,500 ATMs across 49 states, taking its place on the frontline of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. "We’re rapidly growing our fleet of crypto ATMs, dozens of which are already up-and-running in Toronto, Ontario, and Vancouver, British Columbia," CoinFlip CEO Ben Weiss said in a LinkedIn post. Investors can now buy and trade Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and several other cryptocurrencies using cash in Canada. 

Lightning fall in sudden death

It took sudden-death overtime, but the Tampa Bay Lightning dropped Game 1 of the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals to the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche, playing on their home ice in Denver, jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period. However, the Lightning struck back in the second, with Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev scoring two goals in just 48 seconds to tie the game. Colorado controlled the third, but goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy helped Tampa Bay escape regulation and force overtime. Following a turnover by Bolts defenseman Victor Hedman, Colorado’s Andre Burakovsky played the hero by netting the game-winner for the Avalanche less than two minutes into sudden death. Game 2 is set for 8 p.m. Saturday night in Denver.

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