Hey, neighbors! I’m back in your inbox this morning with your fresh edition of the Tampa Daily. Keep reading for everything you need to know about what’s happening in town, including updates on:
- 🥫 Metropolitan Ministries prepared and packaged more than 10,000 meals for those in need on Thanksgiving thanks to the support of the community.
- 🎞️ Screen Door, a new micro-cinema, is hoping to build a local film community.
- 📈 Louis Pappas, a popular Greek restaurant chain in Tampa, is introducing a 10 percent “inflation” fee for consumers.
But first, today’s weather:
Partly sunny, warm and humid. High: 82 Low: 69.
Here are the top stories in Tampa today:
1. Metropolitan Ministries prepared more than 10,000 Thanksgiving meals for people in need across the Tampa Bay area this holiday. That includes 2,750 pounds of turkey, 1,800 pounds of mashed potatoes, 1,600 pounds of vegetables, 100 gallons of gravy, 800 pounds of stuffing and 560 pies and desserts. Community donations were vital to supporting the effort (WTSP)
2. R.U.F.F. Athletics, a Christian-based organization that works to build confidence in kids through sports, volunteered for Thanksgiving on Saturday and helped feed 100 homeless residents at Tampa Hope. The Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative says on any given night in Tampa there are several thousand homeless men, women and children. (Tampa Patch)
3. Screen Door, a new 38-seat movie house in Ybor City, is hoping to bring film lovers to the Tampa Bay area and build a community of supporters. Donated seats from Los Angeles will soon increase capacity to about 55 seats in the cinema. (Bay News 9)
4. Louis Pappas, a popular Greek restaurant chain in Tampa Bay, has introduced a 10 percent “inflation” fee at all seven locations. The USDA reports the cost of all food is up nearly 10.5 percent this year. Added fees have proved unpopular recently as consumers face tight budgets and make tough decisions on where to spend their money. (ABC Action News)
5. A Hillsborough County deputy has been suspended for driving under the influence, according to authorities. Hillsborough Detention Deputy Nathan Weaver, 42, of Riverview was arrested on Wednesday by the Clearwater Police Department. Weaver is suspended without pay. (WFLA)
Today in Tampa:
- Time For A Change Exhibit at Tampa Museum Of Art. (9 a.m.)
- Florida Girls & Boys & Their Toys Exhibit at Sulphur Springs Museum And Heritage Center. (11 a.m.)
- Works Of Photographer, Filmmaker Shane Brown On Display at The Florida Museum Of Photographic Arts. (noon)
- Photos With Santa at The Florida Aquarium. (3 p.m.)
- Water Street Season Spectacular. (6 p.m.)
From my notebook:
- A “Christmas Cabaret” theater series is coming to St. Pete in early December. The series will kick off with Ha Ha Holiday Comedy & Cabaret. (Creative Loafing Tampa)
- Local Tampa Bay hospitals are being inundated with influenza patients. The spike in admissions is in contrast to years prior. The H3N2 strain of influenza A is dominant and causes more severe outbreaks than other types of the flu. (Subscription: Tampa Bay Times)
- Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center is starting a new monthly support group in December 2022 for caregivers around Sarasota. The group is open to the public and held over Zoom so Lighthouse may offer support across the 5 counties they serve. It is free to participate. (Tampa Bay Newswire)
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Now you’re in the loop and ready to start this Friday off right. I’ll see you back in your inbox tomorrow morning with a new update!
— Carlos Hernandez
About me: Hello my name is Carlos Hernandez and I am a food writer with over 10 years of experience in the industry. I write the food blog Carlos Eats (http://www.carloseats.com) and also contribute to several newspapers and magazines with food-related blogs and articles.