August 21 - August 27, 2014


BY C.S. HOWARD...The Sarasota Y’s Home Instruction for Parents of 2014Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) held its 22nd graduation celebration on Saturday, August 16th at the Newtown Estates Gymnasium. More than 1,000 students have graduated from the program since its inception. This year’s theme was “HIPPY Stars and Future Leaders.”

The HIPPY program is designed to help children from low income families – three, four and five year olds - be ready for kindergarten by empowering parents to be their child’s first and most influential teacher. It also helps children develop a lifelong love of learning and instill in their parents and families that dedication, commitment and understanding bring positive results when expectations are high and parents are involved in their children’s education. HIPPY was started in 1969 by the National Council of Jewish Women Research Institute for Innovation in Education and came to Sarasota in 1992 through a collaboration with the National Council of Jewish Women, Sarasota-Manatee Section and the Sarasota Family YMCA.

Graduating from program were: Brandon Stanford, Shamar Riggins, A’Raina Johnson, Kendrick Pittman, Trinity McDaniels, Giana Morris, Kanon Jackson, Karina Hillard, Alexander Demha, Valeria Espinosa, Pablo Arredondo, Nelly Garcia, Jaden Smith, Estephany DeLuna, Jesus Montenegro, Gladys Verdugo, Diana Escobedo, Avigay Montiel, Manuel Ramirez, Diego Scarpatti and Jaslyn Guevara.

The program starts a new year in September; for additional information, contact Valerie Reeves, HIPPY coordinator or Jone Williams, HIPPY Director, at 941-365-0056.


This is the 100th year since the founding of Newtown. Newtown began as a way 2014for white citizens of Sarasota to keep from having to travel through a predominately Black neighborhood to reach a cemetery where whites were buried. White Sarasota citizens wanted all people of color to be moved farther north of Sarasota to keep Sarasota white. The all black population of what was then named Black Bottom became Newtown in 1914. Newtown became a booming flurry of all Black owned businesses, churches, social gathering places and these establishments served the Black community.

These business provided pride and service to African-American citizens who were denied service in the white sections of Sarasota due to the segregation and belief persons of color were not equal or allowed same rights and respect.
Newtown has been a long-standing African-American community for the past 100 years and with so much to be proud of TEMPO News will publish a series of articles on the history movers, shakers and innovators that helped to build Newtown and who are the people of Newtown today.

Newtown is too often portrayed in the media as less than anything to be proud of, let’s prove that thought and mind set wrong. Be a Proud African-American citizen of Newtown! Let’s share our history!

If you have stories and photos about Newtown in the past 100 years, even what’s happening now, please send them to: Help us CELEBRATE the Pride of Newtown!