Woman gives birth in mobile home
PALMETTO -- A surprised Palmetto woman gave birth to a baby girl in her mobile home about 2:53 p.m. Tuesday.
Margarita Valencia, 29, gave birth at her home in the Rainbow Village Mobile Home Park in the 1000 block of 12th Avenue West.
Manatee County emergency medical services were dispatched to Valencia's lime-yellow home, along with two Palmetto police officers.
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"I don't think we had much intervention with the birth of the child," said Manatee County EMS Shift Commander Larry Luh. Valencia and baby were transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital. "The call went out. The baby was already delivered."
Neighbor Erlinda Aresendiz said she was worried something bad happened when she saw the ambulance.
"I asked her what had happened to her and she told me she had a baby but she didn't know she was pregnant," the 37-year-old said. "She said she felt a pain and had the urge to go the bathroom and then felt the contractions."
Aresendiz's daughter, Lizbeth Velazquez, 22, said no one in the small mobile home park knew Valencia was pregnant.
"I've never seen a case like this -- maybe on TV," Velazquez said. "Never."
Wawa will celebrate store 700 in Bradenton Thursday
BRADENTON -- Wawa Inc. announced the grand opening of its new Bradenton store, 5306 14th St., Bradenton -- the 700th store in company history -- will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday.
Entertainment will be provided by the Southeast High School Band, and there will be 700 themed festivities, including 700 free samples, 700 T-shirts given to customers and a prize for the 700th customer. There also will be a charitable hoagie-building competition between members of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and Cedar Hammock Fire Control District, and free coffee through Aug. 30. The store will offer several grand opening specials, including any size fountain drink for 59 cents and any Shorti hoagie variety for $2.99.
"We are thrilled to bring the Wawa experience to the residents with the opening of our second store in Bradenton, and we look forward to demonstrating our commitment to fulfilling lives with our fresh food and beverages and with meaningful connections with our new friends and neighbors," said Chris Gheysens, Wawa's President and CEO.
"And we are delighted to mark the milestone of our 700th store chainwide with the Bradenton community."
State Sen. Galvano sets school clothing drive
BRADENTON -- The office of state Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, will accept back-to-school clothing donations for Turning Points from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the parking lot at 1023 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
The goal is to collect school clothes for children of all ages to donate to One Stop Center. Clean, unstained items needed for ages kindergarten through senior high include collared shirts, khaki pants or shorts, khaki skirts or shorts for girls, T-shirts, tops, pants or shorts, and socks and shoes.
-- Herald staff reports