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An Introduction from Your New Seminole Heights Patch Editor

Greetings from Alessandra Da Pra, your new editor.

Hello Patch readers. My name is Alessandra Da Pra.

I am thrilled to introduce myself as your new Seminole Heights Patch editor, and I am looking forward to covering the Seminole Heights and Central Tampa communities and bringing you the stories that matter to you, from small business features and crime coverage to the many neighborhood revitalization projects that make Seminole Heights and Central Tampa such dynamic and thriving places to live.

You probably want to know a little bit about me.

I was born and raised in a small town in northern Italy, just a short train ride from Venice. As a teenager, I often wandered the narrow streets and canals of this beautiful and unique city instead of going to school.

Until I heard that there was another Venice on the other side of the world.

Feeling curious (and a bit suspicious), I bought a flight ticket to Florida. It was winter and I was 17 years old.

When I emerged from Tampa International Airport, I immediately fell in love with the weather, so I decided to stay here. I never went to Venice. I had no idea that the weather was similar everywhere else in Florida. (Have I mentioned the fact that I am blonde?)

And that's how, almost 15 years later, I am still in Tampa.

I am happy I’ve never made it to Venice, FL. It gave me the chance to fall in love with our city, too.

Before leaving my town in Italy, my mom made me promise not to fall for an American stallion because she wanted me back home. But she never made me promise to not fall in love with the place.

So here I am.

Before joining Patch, I covered community news for the Tampa Bay Times after graduating from the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

More recently, I wrote for the Jerusalem Post and the Palestine-Israel Journal while traveling in the Middle East. But I didn’t find a Venice there.

Feel free to share your comments, announcements, questions, events, photos and videos on Seminole Heights Patch.

Do you have a news tip? Please drop me a line.

I can be reached at alessandra.dapra@patch.com or 813-326-4164.

Be sure to stay connected via Facebook and Twitter, too.

Looking forward to seeing you around town!

Wanda April 11, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Welcome! Are you lucky enough to live in OSH?
Alessandra Da Pra April 11, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Hi Wanda. I am lucky enough to cover the OSH community.
Sharmila Duncan April 11, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Alessandra - CONGRATULATIONS!! And welcome. If you're looking for some additional support/freelance work I'd would love the opportunity.
Tama Hillman April 11, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Awesome, I was recently on vacation and it seemed like every patch for many day's was news of murder's. It made me sad about my neighborhood and afraid to come home. I hope you will balance good with bad. Thanks for your work.
Alessandra Da Pra April 11, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Hi Tama, let me know if there's anything you'd like us to check out!
Alessandra Da Pra April 11, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Thank you Sharmi!

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