Friday, January 19, 2018
Princess Pigtails' diary: the first 97 days of a foster mom and the little girl in her care
Foster mom Shannon Colavecchio and Princess Pigtails took this photo in a Tallahassee park, intending it for a Christmas card. A few days later, Shannon learned Princess Pigtails would be moved to the custody of her grandmother. [KT Creative, Katie Reeves]
Editor’s note: Shannon Colavecchio, a former Tampa Bay Times reporter now living in Tallahassee, decided in the summer of 2016 to begin the process of becoming a foster parent. Having been raised by her grandparents after her biological mother...
ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times
Painter and retired advertising art director Charles Hessemer, 90, of Tampa, poses for a portrait in his home next to some of his Gasparilla paintings on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. Hessemer combines multiple pictures he has taken into one on his computer and then he paints the final image with oil paint on canvas using a palette knife.
Gasparilla may be a raucous party to you, but it’s art to Charles Hessemer
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At the 2017 Gasparilla Children's Parade, Jeshua Torres, 6, of Tampa puts his pirate's hook to good use as he tries to catch beads during the parade along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa. 
LUIS SANTANA  |   Times (2017)
2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Guide and insider tips