Thursday, January 3, 2013
Keep up with the latest information related to the death of Bloomingdale High School student Zachary McCarthy.
The death of 16-year-old Zachary McCarthy is on the minds of many residents in the Bloomingdale and Riverview areas. The teen died following a Jan. 2 traffic crash, leaving a community of friends and family behind to mourn his loss. Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch has compiled this list of links and information to help you stay up on coverage related to the accident and services for McCarthy. As we report more information on the site, those links will be added. If you spot something you think we should add, let us know. St. Stephen Church Reaches Out to Grieving Students Candlelight Vigil, Memorial Set to Remember Bloomingdale High Student Bloomingdale High Student Killed in Crash Large Turnout at Candlelight Vigil Closes Natures Way
Monday, December 24, 2012
Mark West has become principal of Armwood High School. He successor is yet to be named.
Prior to heading off for their winter holiday, Bloomingdale High School students bid farewell to their principal, Mark West, who has taken over as principal of Armwood High School. West's successor is expected to be named by the Hillsborough County School Board in January. West is the 25-year-old school's third principal, following Charley Harris and B.J. Stelter. West was the school's physics and chemistry teacher when the school first opened in 1987. He continued teaching at Bloomingdale until 1992 when he was transferred to Middleton Middle school as a department head and later as assistant principal. He went on to serve as principal of Turkey Creek Middle School before returning to Bloomingdale in 2005 as principal.
Friday, December 14, 2012
According to a report, an incident with an ROTC rifle has caused Bloomingdale High School to be placed on lockdown.
According to a report on abcactionnews.com, an incident with an ROTC rifle has caused Bloomingdale High School to be placed on lockdown Friday morning. According to the article: "Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials said the school is on lockdown due to a suspicious incident involving a ROTC rifle and it does not appear the object is dangerous." By 11:45 a.m., officials said that the school was no longer on lockdown.
Friday, November 30, 2012
The event will take place Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.
It's teachers vs. students in a feud to see to see which knows the top answers to questions posed to the Bloomingdale High School student body. The Bloomingdale High School PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) will host "Bloomingdale Feud" Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, 1700 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased for $5 each at the door. Four teachers will face off against four students a game similar to the "Family Feud" game show. If the teachers win, $100 will be donated to each of their preferred school clubs. If the students win, $100 will be given to each of their respective grades. One hundred students were polled for their answers to the survey questions …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Jamie "Sunshine" Phillips will speak on behalf of his brother, Spencer Foster, at a candlelight vigil Oct. 25.
Jamie "Sunshine" Phillips of Valrico was just 10 years old when his 14-year-old brother, Spencer Foster, died after taking a lethal combination of prescription drugs. Now, five years later, Phillips is a sophomore at Bloomingdale High School where he plays on the football team, wearing a jersey with his brother's name stitched inside. He's made it his mission to educate middle and high school students about the dangers of prescription drugs. And, heeding that promise made at his brother's grave, Phillips will speak at the sixth annual NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education) Task Force Candlelight Vigil Thursday, Oct. 25 at Joe Chillura Park in downtown Tampa. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a viewing of the memorial wall …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The fifth annual event was held Oct. 20 at Plaza Bella.
- BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
- D'Ann White
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Tears flowed as the daughters of Antionette Cuellar recalled their mother's giving spirit, her zest for life and her steadfast determination to beat the cancer that, nevertheless, took her life in May at the age of 48. The daughters' comments were followed by a rendition of Cuellar's favorite song, "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus, and the release of white doves in her honor. It was an appropriate remembrance for the woman who participated in and was the spokeswomen for the annual Plaza Bella Goes Pink walk. Although Cuellar was not physically present at this year's fifth annual walk on Saturday, Oct. 20, Plaza Bella Goes Pink founder, Roz Creager, owner of The Green Boutique, said she could fill her spirit with them. Friends and family members …
Friday, October 19, 2012
The guard is raising funds to attend competition in Dayton, Ohio, and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The award-winning Bloomingdale High School Crimson Guard is determined to accumulate more honors during competitions this year. The Varsity Guard is planning to go to the National Color Guard competition in Dayton, Ohio, and the Junior Varsity Guard is planning to attend a competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C. But, before the 56 Crimson Guard members begin packing their bags, they have to raise some funds. Therefore, the Crimson Guard will host a fundraising recital Friday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Bloomingdale High School auditorium, 1700 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Tickets are $5 each and all proceeds will go to the two teams. Sponsored by Coleen Petree, the Crimson Guard is a synchronized dance team that performs with the Rajun' …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
In the recording, James Pepe speaks to an acquaintance about his desire to hire a hitman to kill fellow teacher Robert Meredith.
A recorded conversation played in court Saturday, Sept. 29, isn't what most people would expect to hear from a 28-year high school teacher. In the recording, peppered with obscenities and racial slurs, Bloomingdale High School history teacher James J. Pepe talks to an acquaintance in Kennesaw, Ga., about his desire to hire a hitman to kill Strawberry Crest High School social studies teacher Robert Meredith. The State Attorney's Office played the recording for Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge Walter Heinrich in an effort to convince the judge not to give Pepe, 55, bail. The strategy worked. Heinrich denied setting a bond for Pepe and sent him back to jail. Pepe was pulled out of class and arrested at Bloomingdale High School Sept. 27…
Monday, October 1, 2012
Students said there were times James Pepe became hostile.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
James Pepe spent his entire career, 28 years, bouncing from school to school in Hillsborough County.
Appearing in court yesterday before Hillsborough Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich, wearing the signature red Hillsborough County jail uniform with the word "Inmate" splashed across the chest, James J. Pepe hardly looked like a man you'd trust to teach your child. Looking bedraggled and disoriented, Pepe resembled someone you'd go out of your way to avoid if you encountered him on the streets. The Bloomingdale High School teacher silently faced Heinrich while the defense and prosecution debated whether he should receive bail, the prosecution arguing that Pepe is "a danger to society." In the end, Heinrich opted to hold Pepe in jail one more night to allow both sides to prepare their arguments for and against bond for the man charged Sept. 27 …