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A new beginning for Happy Workers

December 10, 2018 

BY CORY COLE, Neighborhood News Bureau

PETERSBURG — Happy Workers daycare in south St. Pete looks to a brighter future after R’Club Child Care, Inc. became the new property manager.

Founded by Willie Lee McAdams, Happy Workers Day Nursery and Kindergarten, as it was originally named, served its community, taking care of unsupervised children while their parents worked. One of Pinellas County’s oldest social service agencies, Happy Workers has provided affordable child care to the community since 1929.

In 2016, financial issues became prevalent for Happy Workers. Poor conditions caused by aging buildings along with other violations such as missing background checks on employees put Happy Workers at risk of losing both the Early Learning Coalition (ELC) contracts and United Way funds.

“Maria Scruggs was the one who reached out to us,” said Arthur O’Hara, executive director of R’Club Child Care Inc.

O’Hara has a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from the University of South Florida, and a master’s in social work from Florida State University. He has been a part of R’Club for 18 years, helping to oversee 48 before and after school programs held in elementary and middle schools.

R’Club also runs 10 preschool sites, which now includes Happy Workers. Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations



8-Year-Old Girl Dressed up as Michelle Obama for Cultural Heroes Day and Our Lives Will Never Be the Same Again

December 10, 2018 

SPOILER WARNING: Black Girls Are Magic. 

For Cultural Heroes Day, 8-year-old Ella-Lorraine Brown decided to tap into our forever first lady Michelle Obama’s formative years as a freshman at Princeton University. And we’re all better for it.

“She was really in awe of the idea that with hard work you could become anything,” Ella-Lorraine’s mother Karlyn Johnson Brown told Makers. Karlyn is also a Princeton alum. 

The decision to portray Obama as a college student was deliberate as well. Which Ella-Lorraine insisted upon. 

“I loved it because by choosing to portray her hero as a college student, the focus was on Michelle’s accomplishments as an individual, not just as an attachment,” Karyln continued. “Ella-Lorraine has never known a time when Black women weren’t publicly honored and ‘Black girl magic’ wasn’t a highly celebrated thing. That’s awesome.”

Ella-Lorraine’s father, Eugene Brown, added, “We try to surround Ella-Lorraine with women who are go-getters like Michelle, women who are independent and smart, level-headed and loving. We make sure she knows about those who have gone before and have passed on.” Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Sinclair TV Segment Defends Use of Tear Gas on Migrants at Border

December 4, 2018

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which has faced criticism for forcing its nearly 200 local television stations to air right-leaning “must run” segments, has distributed a new two-minute commentary defending the use of tear gas on migrants at the border.

In the segment, Boris Epshteyn, the broadcaster’s chief political analyst and a former Trump White House official, argued that American authorities “had to use tear gas” on hundreds of migrants at a border crossing near San Diego on Sunday to guard against an “attempted invasion” of the United States.

“The fact of the matter is that this is an attempted invasion of our country,” Mr. Epshteyn said, echoing language that President Trump has used repeatedly to describe the caravan of Central American migrants, many of whom are seeking asylum from countries plagued by violence. The right to apply for asylum is protected by federal law.

Click here to read the full article.

Category: Media Community


As Tributes Pour In Honoring George H.W. Bush, Twitter Calls His Legacy Into Question

December 4, 2018 

On Friday night, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease and other ailments, our 41st president, George H.W. Bush, died in his Houston home. He was 94.

As tributes poured in over the weekend, he was celebrated for being “great in his character, leading with decency and integrity” according to House Speaker Paul Ryan. 

Our beloved Barak Obama took to Twitter to honor him as a “patriot and humble servant” who was a “testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling.”

In a touching tribute published by the Washington Post, former president Bill Clinton described him as an “honorable, gracious and decent man who believed in the United States, our Constitution, our institutions and our shared future.” 

“He also had a natural humanity,” Clinton wrote. “Always hoping with all his heart that others’ journeys would include some of the joy that his family, his service and his adventures gave him.” Visit to read the full article. 

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations

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St. Pete Business League Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Location: Pinellas Technical Education Center 901 34th St N, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33711

St. Pete Business League Monthly Meeting with guest speakers Stephanie Wynn and Charles Price. Click here for more information. 

Category: Business Events


TourismX Partner Summit

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Location: Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach 100 Coronado Dr, Clearwater, FL 33767

Please join us for the TourismX Partner Summit at Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach on December 12, 2018. The Summit, which is open to all Pinellas County businesses who touch tourism,  will provide our tourism partners with opportunities to connect, collaborate, strategize and discover. You’ll learn the latest trends in marketing from industry-leading experts and how to leverage Visit St. Pete/Clearwater programs that can help you build and grow your business. Click here to register today!

Category: Business Events


Stress 2 Success VII

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Location: 2901 W Busch Blvd Suite 408, Tampa FL 33618

2019 is around the corner and any financial plans you had this year that didn't get done are going back on the list for next year. Dont go into 2019 not knowing how to best manage your student loan debt, organize your credit card debt or know how to generate more cash and wealth. Its also that time of year to get medical insurance and even upgrade your mortgage insurance. Plus, learn how to better plan for the tax season by hearing from an expert. Click here for more information. 

Category: Business Events

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