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Times Photo | Melissa Lyttle

Doug and Angie Gregory displayed the political divide in their household on the lawn of their
St. Petersburg home. Differences aside, they have put their marriage before their support of a presidential candidate. [October 2012].

   

Times Photo | Leah Millis

Gus Hertz – in the bay area for summer vacation from Roanoke, Va. – rescued three people in a matter of two days. First was a motorist who had veered into the water near an intercoastal bridge. The next day, he rescued two people who were aboard a downed ultralight plane near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. [June 2012].

   

Times Photo | Octavio Jones

Jake Seaman, an 11-year-old Hernando County camper, said a special goodbye to Austin the alpaca on the last day of summer camp for special needs children at Golden Rainbow Ranch. The 10-acre ranch held a weeklong camp funded by an anonymous donation and Unified by Autism. [August 2012]

   

Times Photo | Octavio Jones

Weeki Wachee High School football player David Hockanson, 15, shaved his head to support Nick LaBarbara, a 13-year-old, three-time cancer survivor. One by one, the members of the JV and varsity squads lined up to go bald for Team Nick. [August 2012]

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

Marty Hieftje, his 16-year-old daughter, Katelyn Hieftje, and their dog, Delilah, were stranded when Tropical Storm Debby caused the Anclote River to flood their home. Their neighbor rescued them by boat. [June 2012]

   

Times Photo | Scott Keeler

Ashley Terry, a second grade teacher at Thonotosassa Elementary, was surprised when her husband, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Will Terry, made an appearance at her school two weeks before his expected arrival. [September 2010]

   

Times Photo | Kathleen Flynn

Cody McCasland, a 9-year-old double-amputee, kissed a kindred spirit, Winter the dolphin, at Clearwater Marine Aquarium after a fundraising race. The story of Winter’s rescue and the quest for her prosthetic tail has drawn many special needs children and adults to the aquarium. [May 2011]

   

Times Photo | Octavio Jones

Lindsey Singleton of Sickles High School received more than a diploma during her graduation ceremony. Lindsey’s sister, Army Specialist Sara Singleton, surprised her after being deployed in Afghanistan for 10 months. [June 2012]

   

Times Photo | Melissa Lyttle

Athlete-turned-dancer Kenneth Shelby, a 17-year-old junior, was chosen as one of five Gibbs High School students who were cast in a major stage production written by a world-renowned choreographer. [December 2010]

   

Times Photo | Kathleen Flynn

An excited Torreon Gammage, 7, cheered for B.J. Upton during the outfielder’s visit to Childs Park Recreation Center in St. Petersburg. Upton and other Rays players often toured recreation centers to talk to children about hard work and respect as a part of the Rays Dugout Club. [June 2011]

   

Times Photo | James Borchuck

Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria celebrated his game-winning hit during the Rays’ infamous Game 162 against New York at Tropicana Field. [September 2011]

   

Times Photo | Jim Damaske

Twig, an 8-year-old skateboarding Shetland sheepdog, impressed spectators along the Belleair Causeway with her newfound skimboarding skills. [September 2011]

   

Times Photo | Dirk Shadd

Pint-sized Tampa Bay Lightning fan Isabella “Izzy” Silagyi awaited a pre-game fist bump from her favorite players as they took to the ice. Izzy wasn’t the only happy Lightning fan in the crowd; fans were enthusiastic about the $40 million worth of improvements made to the Tampa Bay Times Forum. [October 2011]

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

Danielle Fink hung out with her daughters, Angelina Torres, 8, (center), and Janelle Fink, 5, after the girls enjoyed a free meal on Gulfside Elementary School’s Lunch Bus. The Lunch Bus – a mobile café for kids – was a concept that evolved from another federally funded free lunch program. [June 2012]

   

Times Photo | Will Vragovic

Kirkland Adams (14), Tavares Booth (42) and Matthew Blalock (64) of Northeast High School in St. Petersburg whooped it up after their team’s victory over the Tarpon Springs Spongers. [September 2012]

   

Times Photo | Edmund D. Fountain

As dance groups from around Tampa Bay gathered for a contemporary dance showcase, University of South Florida senior Audrey Richter rehearsed a piece at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. [March 2011]

   

Times Photo | Melissa Lyttle

On the south side of the Gandy Bridge, 30 people formed a human chain and held hands for 15 minutes to demonstrate their opposition to offshore drilling. This location facing Old Tampa Bay was one of many local sites for the fourth nationwide Hands Across the Sand event. [August 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Lara Cerri

An excited Cashmere Fudge, a graduate of Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, celebrated her accomplishment during ceremonies at Tropicana Field. [June 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Maurice Rivenbark

A brave teenager executed a backflip off of a rope swing into the Suwannee River at Bob’s River Place. For nearly 40 years, Bob Hawkins has delighted locals and visitors with his off-the-grid theme park. [August 2011]

   

Times Photo | Kathleen Flynn

From her royal float, Plant City Strawberry Festival court member Chelsea Talavera waved to the crowd during the Strawberry Festival Grand Parade. [March 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Edmund D. Fountain

Michael Sherman, a 24-year-old active duty Marine from Valrico, planted flags in the ground at Veterans Memorial Park and Museum in Tampa to honor 114 service men and women killed in action in 2009. The Hillsborough Veterans Council conducts the remembrance ceremony every three months. [January 2010]

   

Times Photo | Willie J. Allen Jr.

A happy Alexandra Lusthaus and her mother, Amy Lundy, played at the park near Davis Islands during an outing with the Small Fry Society. Frustrated with other mom-and-baby social groups, Lundy founded the society to give mothers and children a chance to experience a variety of activities. [February 2012]

   

Times Photo | Chris Zuppa

Tampa Bay Rowdies superfan John Sasse showed his spirit by spray-painting his hair in team colors before a game. Sasse is a member of Ralph’s Mob, a group of die-hard Rowdies fans who chant non-stop during games. [May 2012]

   

Times Photo | Willie J. Allen Jr.

Palestinian children protested the occupation of the West Bank and the treatment of their people outside the Damascus Gate to the Old City in Jerusalem. [March 2011]

   

   

Times Photo | Lara Cerri

Funky Hat Fashion Show model Quinten Hall, 7, walked the runway to cheers and accolades at the Hunt Community Center in Tampa. [July 2011]

   

   

Times Photo | Dirk Shadd

Four-year-old yellow Lab Conrad listened attentively as children read to him during the Tail Waggin’ Tutors program. The program is designed to help children practice their skills as they read aloud to therapy dogs. [July 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Melissa Lyttle

Brian Webb Russell did a spit take as Lady Enid Hillcrest in The Mystery of Irma Vep. [September 2010]

   

Times Photo | Edmund D. Fountain

USF researchers identified 18 more graves that were found in a 2009 inquiry of the Dozier School for Boys. The findings may shed light on where dozens of boys who died in state custody are buried. [October 2012]

   

Times Photo | Scott Keeler

New homeowner Santana Bauford, right, received a hug from her home mentor, Marlys Meckler, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas. Bauford was the recipient of one of two homes that were dedicated to their owners on World Habitat Day. [October 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Daniel Wallace

Still miles from the hospital and with baby Catelyn’s head crowning, Candace Crossley, 25, realized that she’d be giving birth on the side of the highway. The 911 dispatcher coached her husband, Clenton Crossley, and her sister, Chrystal Bussey, through the delivery process. [November 2012]

   

Times Photo | Willie J. Allen Jr.

Pasco High’s Janarion Grant was the state track and field class 2A long jump champion with a jump of 23 feet, 2 inches. [April 2012]

   

Times Photo | Will Vragovic

Jay Gore (guitar), Mindy Abair (saxophone) and Derek Frank (bass) put on a great show for the crowd at the 33rd Annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday at Coachman Park. [October 2012]

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

U.S. Marine Sgt. Michael Reinert received a carnation from his daughter, Ariana Reinert, 6, at Gulfside Elementary School’s 14th annual Veterans Day celebration. [November 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Edmund D. Fountain

French horn player Pedro Luis Gonzalez Garcia of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba instructed University of South Florida student Michael Reedy, 22, during a master class held at the University of Tampa. The orchestra was on a 21-city tour. [November 2012]

   

Times Photo | Will Vragovic

Eddie, a 3-year-old Greyhound, sported his “beatnik” attire during a costume contest at the 5th Annual Dogtoberfest at Highlander Park in Dunedin. The event benefits the Suncoast Animal League. [November 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Brendan Fitterer

Charles and Carole Ray, known to many as Santa and Mrs. Claus, transformed a New Port Richey storefront into the North Pole. The couple has been playing the iconic duo for 13 years. [November 2012]

   

Times Photo | Carolina Hidalgo

Dancers in the Accelerated C class at the Theatre Arts and Dance Alliance studio in Lithia stretched in preparation for their performance of The Nutcracker. The performance was the result of a collaboration with the Tampa Bay Dance Theatre. [December 2012]

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

Maryellen Farinas primped a string of Christmas lights on she and her husband’s 31-foot Catalina Sloop for Dunedin’s annual Holiday Boat Parade. [November 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Kathleen Flynn

Owen Young, 6, wished for a dog during Lee Elementary Magnet School’s holiday assembly. Students were told to close their eyes, make a Christmas wish and yell “Santa!” in the hopes that the big guy would fulfill their requests. [November 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Will Vragovic

Accuform employees Marc Fahnestock, 37, David Snow, 55, and Shawn O’Brien, 35, built a bicycle as part of Operation HeartFELT’s Christmas delivery to 100 homeless children in Hernando County. [December 2012]

   

Times Photo | Jim Damaske

An angel ornament hung on Donna and George Tarsitano’s Christmas tree as they prepared their home for Dunedin Youth Guild’s 42nd Annual Holiday Tour of Homes, “Angels at Work.” [November 2012]

   

Times Photo | Kathleen Flynn

Karla Ledoux-Coton danced a selection from The Nutcracker Suite, performed by the Florida Orchestra, during the 23rd Annual Children’s Holiday Concert at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. [November 2012]

   

Times Photo | Jim Damaske

Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s aptly-named Winter the dolphin donned a Santa hat during holiday festivities. [December 2012]

   

Times Photo | Jay Nolan

Malia Sparks, 9, high-fived walkers as they passed each other on the Memorial Causeway Bridge in Clearwater for the start of the Girl Scouts’ “bridging ceremony.” The ceremony symbolized the transition to the next 100 years as an organization. [October 2012]

   

Times Photo | Eve Edelheit

Jensen Hallock-Wishner, 7, played on the “Honey I Shrunk the Players” miniature golf hole on the lawn of the Museum of Fine Art in downtown St. Petersburg. The mini-golf course promoted the Art of Golf exhibit. [November 2012]

   

Times Photo | Cherie Diez

Kelley Benham and husband Tom French’s daughter, Juniper, weighed just 1 pound, 4 ounces at the time of her birth – four months earlier than expected. The micropreemie pushed both her parents and her doctors to discover what is possible. [December 2012]

   

Times Photo | Edmund D. Fountain

After completing the Color Run 5K in St. Petersburg, runners threw packets of dyed cornstarch into the air at Vinoy Park. [December 2012]

   

Times Photo | Skip O’Rourke

Diego Duran, 13, and Richard Smeraldo shared a laugh as they held up their dog tag medallions after a press conference. The medallions, engraved with "Bullet Free Sky," represent their recovery after both were victims of celebratory gunfire. [December 2012]

   

Times Photo | Scott Keeler

St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue firefighter/EMT Michael Gerardo walked through a decontamination shower as part of the department’s quarterly training for the Hazardous Materials Response Team. The rainbow was a pleasant surprise. [May 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

Avrohom Roth (left), Rabbi Dovid Sabol (center) and David Lobotsky (right) bestowed the priestly blessing on Baby Hodakov at the Chabad of Pinellas County in Palm Harbor. [July 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Octavio Jones

Senior Victoria Alderman, 17, bench pressed during her workout in the Hernando High School weight room. For the second straight year, Alderman advanced to the state weightlifting meet. [January 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Will Vragovic

Sheri Phillips, national spokeswoman for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, led the kickoff of the Komen Tampa Bay 3-Day at Sand Key Park in Clearwater. The 60-mile walk raised money for support of research and outreach programs in the fight against breast cancer. [October 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Eve Edelheit

Terry Ellrick hugged his 2-year-old mixed breed guide dog, Abbey, after she recovered from being struck by a hit-and-run driver. Veterinarians realized she needed gallbladder surgery and Ellrick was unable to pay for the costs, so members of the community donated money for the operation. [November 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Octavio Jones

Erik Bendl of Kentucky walked from Pensacola to Tampa with his giant globe to raise awareness for diabetes. Bendl has trekked more than 6,000 miles in 39 states for the cause. [February 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Carolina Hidalgo

Andy Seely and his sons, Marek, 5, and Ivo, 2, bonded at one of the locally owned diners the trio reviewed for Seely’s food blog. The Saturday outings serve as quality time for the men of the family, and give Mrs. Seely a weekend break. [December 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Carolina Hidalgo

Andy Seely and his sons, Marek, 5, and Ivo, 2, bonded at one of the locally owned diners the trio reviewed for Seely’s food blog. The Saturday outings serve as quality time for the men of the family, and give Mrs. Seely a weekend break. [December 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Dirk Shadd

Scott Merselis captured the beaching of Ponce De Leon, played by Michael DuMouchel, during a filming for the 109th Florida State Fair. The scene was part of the theme, “Discover the Fun,” in support of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida. [November 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Chris Zuppa

Brian Manning, CEO of the Carpet Store, volunteered to build a house for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County. [December 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Chris Zuppa

Brooke Watson, 9, Kahler Pohl, 12, and Veronika Keblinskas, 12, studied a box turtle during camp at the Science + Technology Innovation Center. The girls were among a group of students learning about being junior vet techs. [January 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

Arleigh Kincheloe of Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds performed at Coachman Park during the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday. [October 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Octavio Jones

Army Staff Sgt. Nate Brown, left, talks with Lt. Col. Chuck Kyle after Brown completed his practice time trial on the Suncoast Trail. The Military Cycling Team hosts a week-long training camp open to active, reservist and veterans who undergo a selection process to make the squad. [February 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Daniel Wallace

Austin Alaras, 8, used his breath to steer a plastic ball around an obstacle and down the sidewalk at the Museum of Science and Industry’s summer “Crash Test” camp program. The “Crash Test” camp taught children about the laws of motion. [June 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Chris Zuppa

Osceola High School sophomore Katie Horan, 15, set the school record for the most three pointers in a season. [January 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Daniel Wallace

Annabelle, a 10-year-old English Springer Spaniel, leapt into the pool at the Temple Terrace Family Recreation Complex during “Soggy Doggy Day” where the pooches got the pool to themselves. [January 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

Jim and Barbara Grimes, both 81, posed in front of their 34-foot Airstream at their home in San Antonio, Fla. The couple remains active by traveling the world and volunteering with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. Their marriage to each other is their ninth, collectively. [February 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Daniel Wallace

Falling Sky jockey Jose Espinoza beat Dynamic Sky jockey Luis Contreras to the line to win the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes during Festival Day at Tampa Bay Downs. [February 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Scott Keeler

Keith and Ruby Coleman posed as celebrities in their Pinellas Park condo. The married couple has earned a living for 37 years by impersonating famous actors and singers. [February 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Dirk Shadd

Safety Harbor Middle School teacher Joanne Wright celebrated winning the Outstanding Educator award at the annual “Evening of Excellence” at Ruth Eckerd Hall. [February 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Carolina Hidalgo

Woody Machado, 8, played with one of his family’s seven chickens in his Tampa backyard. These pets also serve the community – the Machado boys sell their eggs to neighbors. [March 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Skip O’Rourke

Police horse Chad surprised Krispy Kreme server Michelle Ross in the drive-thru window during the 8th annual “Cops on Doughnut Shops” fundraiser. Police officers dangled buckets from Krispy Kreme’s rooftop to collect donations for Special Olympics Florida. [March 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Cherie Diez

Teresa Corona, 8, was stunned by her opponent’s chess move during Girls Incorporated’s Spring Break Chess Camp. [March 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Cherie Diez

Sao Doan, 5, watched as her mom, Tiffany Ringer, snapped a photo of Spiderman, Merrill Hunt of Clearwater, washing windows at All Children’s Hospital. Three employees from HiRise Window Cleaners surprised kids by dressing up as the superhero. [January 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Jim Damaske

Clearwater resident Austin Buchanan, 25, competed in a national beard contest in Las Vegas. He took his stylist and fiancé, Meredith McNeil, along so they could get married on the trip. [November 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Jim Damaske

Trista Sarles-Redfield, 9, hugged her dad, Army Maj. Jerry Bud Redfield, after he surprised his daughter in her fourth grade class at Dunedin Elementary. [January 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Lara Cerri

St. Petersburg couple Robert Pope (left) and Lawrence Konrad celebrated 50 years together. They met in 1963 in Daytona Beach, where the photo on the left was taken. [January 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Lara Cerri

Susan Bishop and her Chihuahua kept her cows in line as she led them to another pasture on her family’s 90-acre farm, My Mother’s Garden. The farm has been certified organic since 1992. [March 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Jim Damaske

Shane Hoffman, Visual Arts Coordinator for Pyramid Inc., a training center for adults with developmental disabilities, painted his POD at the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s multimedia installation fair where artists reworked the shipping container interiors. [March 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Brendan Fitterer

Alfred Roninson (left) stood next to his lawyer, Michael Minardi, before Circuit Judge Mary Handsel during a court hearing on Robinson’s arrest for the cultivation of marijuana. [April 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Carolina Hidalgo

On his 15th birthday, Ronderik Jeffrey Curtis received a kiss from his new mom, Tammy Curtis, after an official adoption ceremony at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in downtown Tampa. [November 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Lara Cerri

Twins Devin (left) and Jason Stanton, 14, played basketball in the driveway of their St. Petersburg home during their week off of school for Thanksgiving. [November 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Eve Edelheit

Sophomore Casey Thompson got a wet kiss from an 11-year-old miniature horse, Scooby Boo, during a USF Wellness event. [April 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Chris Zuppa

Trish Gowl of Jarrettsville, Md., and Paul O’Byrne of Thonotosassa danced to Janiva Magness at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. [April 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Carolina Hidalgo

Special Olympics athlete Chris McDarby drove his golf ball down Franklin Street at the start of Tampa Tee Off, a day-long event where participants could win prizes and pointers on their form. [December 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Edward Linsmier

Rays fans (from left to right) Kenny Hardman, Aaron Bromirski, Joe Venancio and Buddha Flake painted “RAYS” on their chests and “RULE” on their backs for a game against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. [May 2010]

   

   

Times Photo | Leah Millis

Kayla Thomas, 12, hung out with Baxter, a 4-month-old vervet monkey, during the “paint with a monkey” program on the final day of Zoo Camp at Dade City’s Wild Things. The non-toxic, edible paint helped campers interact with the animals. [July 2012]

   

   

Times Photo | Chris Zuppa

Lens supporters Lisha Guzowski and Hal Freedman talked with opponent Lorraine Margeson after the St. Petersburg City Council voted to postpone any decisions on spending money for a couple of weeks. [May 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Austin Anthony

St. Petersburg senior Cayman Ellis successfully cleared 14 feet on the pole vault at the Class 4A state championship meet. Ellis shared first place with Olympia’s Clayton Washburn. [May 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Melissa Lyttle

Karen Heaton held her son, Donnie in their St. Petersburg home. Donnie was born with Trisomy 18 and at the age of 20, weighs just over 50 lbs. He is non-communicative, but for Karen, he’s the perfect son. [May 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Dirk Shadd

West Highland Terrier mix Sparky relaxed in the sun with his owner, Karen Sellner of Brandon. The duo visit the dog park area near the Bay Pier at Fort DeSoto every Monday. [May 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Jim Damaske

Special Olympian Maurquez Hunter ducked through a hoop as he ran through an obstacle course at Frontier Elementary. The event was part of Florida Special Olympics Friday for Exceptional Student Education classes. [May 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Eve Edelheit

Egypt Lake principal Lydia Sierra reacted to kissing Virginia Ham, a pig from Holloway’s farm supply. The school aimed to increase the vocabulary of its student body with a promise: If the students learned at least 1,000 words, the principal would kiss a pig. They learned 1,754 words. [June 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Will Vragovic

Two-year-old Ireland Nugent showed friends the stickers on her temporary prosthetics at Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates in Orlando. The toddler lost both feet in a lawn mower accident. [June 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Daniel Wallace

Professional wrestler Titus O’Neil surprised Rob Higgins, executive director of the nonprofit Tampa Bay Sports Commission, during the 3rd annual Sneaker Soiree. [May 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Octavio Jones

Kelly Samaroo, 52, stretched through the fence next to her house to kiss Daisy, the miniature horse that belongs to her 11-year-old son Elijah. Daisy provides therapy for Elijah, who has a genetic disorder. A neighbor reported the Samaroo family to authorities for violating a county ordinance, but the violation was closed shortly after in the name of the federal Fair Housing Act. [July 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Eve Edelheit

Barb Lawrence (left) and Kimmy Denny of Palm Harbor embraced during a rally in front of the Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse in Tampa celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act. [June 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Dirk Shadd

Mini Tvaska, 95, posed for a photo with her 8-pound ball at Sunrise Lanes in St. Petersburg. This year marked Tvaska’s 67th trip to the bowling Nationals in Reno, Nev. She holds the participation record for the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Women’s Championships. [May 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

Eight-year-old Lauren Sasko of Palm Harbor experimented with the elasticity of her slimy creation during St. Petersburg College’s Science, Art and Math (SAM) Camp. The camp brought concepts of art to life through the use of hands-on sessions. [July 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Will Vragovic

Tisa Berset, 22, checked out her iLimb Ultra prosthetic after having her fingers amputated at the knuckles in 2012. The prosthetic is known to be the best on the planet, with bionic fingers dexterous enough to tickle a baby or pluck a feather. [April 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Daniel Wallace

Navy veteran Davis Celestine, 38, trained at the New Tampa YMCA for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Celestine competed in rugby, hand cycling, bowling and in the waterskiing demonstration. [July 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Will Vragovic

Ruth Eckerd Hall Director of Operations, Jeffrey Hartzog, studied the names painted on the exposed brick in the Capitol Theater. Renovation crews found a hidden wall with an alphabetical listing of men who served or were enlisted in World War I. [April 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

Six-year-old Aleigha Servis got her silhouette traced by camp instructor Sarah Vanduyne during Barbie Camp at the Highland Recreation Center in Largo. [June 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

A three-week-old white tiger explored an outdoor area at Dade City’s Wild Things, an ecotourism sanctuary and zoo, which keeps more than 300 exotic or native animals of 100 different species. [July 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Dirk Shadd

Katie Morrow (left), 28, helped guide Kathy Champion, 48, while training at Pass-a-Grille Beach. Champion competed in her first triathlon, where she was tethered to Morrow by rope during the swimming and running portions. As a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, Champion lost her vision due to a virus contracted in Iraq four years ago. [April 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Chris Zuppa

Rowdies Shane Hill (left) and Keith Savage celebrated after a first half goal for the team. [July 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Melissa Lyttle

While stopping by the Port Charlotte home she purchased for $17,500, 15-year-old entrepreneur Willow Tufano took advantage of the open space and did a few tricks on her Razor scooter. [July 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Chris Zuppa

Master deputy Jason Allen with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office pet Chino, a K-9 German Shepherd. Chino retired after five years of service where he worked with Allen in countrywide fugitive apprehension and bomb detection. [August 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Melissa Lyttle

Jean Azor, a staff member at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, took a break from cleaning the floors to comfort patient Renton Bryant. The two bonded about a year and a half earlier while Bryant was having chemotherapy. After that, Bryant was no longer afraid of going to the hospital for chemo, because he was going to see his friend Jean. [April 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Will Vragovic

Quarterback Robby Hicks practiced before the start of his senior season at Countryside High School in Clearwater. [May 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Edmund D. Fountain

Scott Sterling of St. Petersburg, Jeremy Garrett and daughter Adalynn of Tampa, and Mike Watkins and daughter Sienna of Tampa talked at Ballast Point Park in Tampa. The three men are members of Househusbands of Tampa Bay, a group that gets together to talk about sports, swap advice and share the experience of being stay-at-home dads. [June 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Will Vragovic

Haley Burnaman, 17, got a kiss from Scooby, a dachsund mix, during the Free Fur All adoption drive at the Humane Society of Pinellas in Clearwater. The event kicked off the Pick Me! Project to find homes for 999 pets in 90 days. [June 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Austin Anthony

Isaiah Giegk of Spring Hill dressed as Beast from X-Men for Tampa Bay Comic Con. [April 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Will Vragovic

Nate Flemister, 20, left, and Anderson Perry, 28, sat for a portrait in their Tampa home. Perry raps about sacrifice, redemption and obedience, selling enough CDs to pay the rent for he and Flemister, who is autistic. [August 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

Musicians, from left, Bob Sann, of Clearwater, Jim Moore, of New Port Richey, and Eddie Graham, of Port Richey, rehearsed with their band Rhythm Kings at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum. The 1920s and ‘30s-style jazz band, led by Dan Fox, plays every third Thursday at the Heritage Museum September through March (excluding December). [August 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Dirk Shadd

Xtreme Team captain William Gil (known as Lil Willie), 29, of Miami, grabbed the ball from the outstretched hands of Rabbi Alter Korf and trampoline-dunked over him as they celebrated the Sukkot Festival at Chabad Jewish Center of St. Petersburg. [September 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Edmund D. Fountain

East Bay High School’s Chris Greene, left, and Malik Williams celebrated winning the 7A-8 District tiebreaker at Plant City High School. [November 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | John Pendygraft

Dr. Kerriann Greenhalgh, 30, of Wesley Chapel, held a flask of her KeriCure Liquid Bandage. [August 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Chris Zuppa

Joanne McNaughton, 72, of St. Petersburg, was pushed across the Mahaffey Theater stage by Brenda Vlach, an administrator from Dixie Hollins Adult Education Center, to receive her GED diploma. [August 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Edmund D. Fountain

Jonathon Alderman, 34, of Lakeland, winced as he set a new record for the stein hoist at the Oktoberfest Tampa event at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. Alderman held the filled liter glass of beer for 25:05, beating his old record by two minutes. The waterfront park was transformed into a giant beer garden with live music, German food and activities for kids and adults. [October 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Will Vragovic

Queen Matthews cheered after she and Rays centerfielder Desmond Jennings finished a $1,000 Sweetbay shopping spree in Tampa. It was Sweetbay’s fourth annual Shop With a Player event. Jennings and Matthews had 10 minutes to fill their carts with $1,000 worth of groceries. Matthews said the groceries would go to feed children at the community center where she works. Jennings also presented a $1,000 check, donated by Pepsi Beverages Company, to the Rays Baseball Foundation to benefit the Dugout Clubs. [August 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Brendan Fitterer

Willow Hamilton, 5, smiled in the arms of her mother, Kala, 35, as her father, Kevin, 33, and siblings Dakota, 8, and Alex, 7, played in the background at their home in New Port Richey. Willow has tuberous sclerosis, a rare genetic disease that causes noncancerous lesions to grow in many parts of her body, like her skin, brain and kidneys. [September 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Lara Cerri

The Sharks softball team took its last practice at the ball field behind Lynch Elementary School in St. Petersburg. The field was bought by the Pinellas School District for possible expansion. [September 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Eve Edelheit

Mattie Mingst sang a song to Yelittz Planadeball, 5, during therapy class at TherAbilities Performing Arts Center in Tampa. The center uses music, physical activities and art to work with children with autism spectrum disorders. [October 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Carolina Hidalgo

Southside Baptist Church Pastor Chad Driggers, center, laughed with church members, from left to right, Judy Hartman, Amelia Gibson, Rosemary Gilmore, Joyce West and Sandy McAuley following a Wednesday night prayer service in Brandon. [September 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Dirk Shadd

Steve Wein, from Seminole, read a book to his grandson Aaron Wein, 4, from St. Petersburg, during the Scholastic Book Fair at Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg. The book fair was part of the 17th annual CBI Gift and Craft Show. [November 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | John Pendygraft

Hundreds of people gathered to get a look at a stranded sperm whale in Madeira Beach before it was euthanized. [October 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

The Countryside High School Cougars took the field before their opening game against Lakewood High School in Clearwater. [August 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Scott Keeler

Stretch, left, and Wookie, male and female screech owls from Boyd Hill Nature Park, posed for visitors at the third annual St. Petersburg Science Festival at USF St. Petersburg. [October 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Octavio Jones

U.S. Army Spc. Somer Struhar surprised her 5-year-old daughter Kristina in her kindergarten class at Wider Horizons School College Preparatory and Montessori School in Spring Hill after almost a year deployment in Afghanistan. [August 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Lara Cerri

Chad Deitz, 28, of Boston, got some air on his pogo stick at GeckoFest, the annual Labor Day street festival and walking parade in Gulfport. “Wacky Chad” has traveled the world with his variety show. [September 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Kent Nishimura

Before his concert at the Tampa Bay Times forum, legendary singer Barry Manilow presented a check to Tampa’s Outstanding Music Teacher Kevin Fuller. Fuller received a VIP experience at the show and Manilow’s Music Project and the Tampa Bay Times Forum made a donation to the Hillsborough County Public Schools System Music Program. [January 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Brendan Fitterer

Fourth-grade teacher Ashley Luna worked through a math lesson with student Kathrym Ramsamooj at Seven Oaks Elementary School in Wesley Chapel. Luna had recently been hired after the class’ previous teacher was transferred to another school mid-year. [November 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Eve Edelheit

Peter Smith, 18, of Ellenton emerged from the cold waters of Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs after retrieving the cross during the 108th Epiphany celebration. [January 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Will Vragovic

A 2-week-old Vietnamese pot-bellied pig poked its snout through the bars of its enclosure in the “Moo-ternity Ward” barn at the Florida State Fairgrounds. [February 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Chris Zuppa

Richard Nordstrom held Harley, a 9-year-old Chihuahua-Pekingese mix, during Barkarilla in Ybor City. Proceeds benefitted animal charities. [January 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Skip O’Rourke

Strawberry growers pushed young plants into the ground at Simmons Farms in Plant City, which sells strawberries under the Wish Farms label. [September 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Will Vragovic

Tania Barbre, 10, waved a ribbon to a song during a music lesson taught by Allison Novack, 29, for learning-disabled students at Morning Star, a Temple Terrace Catholic school. Novak is the Music Department Manager and Children’s Music Specialist at the Patel Conservatory. Morning Star students received music instruction through a contract with VSA Florida in association with the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center was awarded the contract to provide the performing arts classes. [November 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Eve Edelheit

Jason Pontigo raised his adoptive mother Idolidia Pontigo Carillo’s hand while she took an oath during the adoption ceremony on National Adoption Day at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa. Twenty-two children were adopted during the event. [November 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Eve Edelheit

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Lobaton rounded the bases after his game-winning walkoff home run during the ninth inning of Game 3 of the ALDS between the Boston Red Sox and the Rays at Tropicana Field. [October 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

Artist Eileen Galbraith, left, visited with artist Heather Risley at the Artists’ Faire Gallery in Tarpon Springs. Galbraith, who is known as Blondie on the streets, discovered her drawing ability while incarcerated in the Pinellas County Jail, and said the newfound talent has given her hope. [November 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Brendan Fitterer

Lake Myrtle Elementary School students and staff applied eight rolls of duct tape to suspend their principal, Jason Petry, against the cafeteria wall as a reward for exceeding the school’s fall book fair sales goal. [December 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Jim Damaske

Claire Koch, 5, posed for a portrait with her parents Lori and Thomas Koch and sister Charlotte, 2. Lori Koch posted a video to YouTube of Claire enthusiastically translating her kindergarten Christmas concert into sign language that quickly went viral. Koch and her husband are deaf but Claire is not. [December 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Edmund D. Fountain

Chandler Powell, 17, wake boarded at the McCormick Water Ski & Wake Board School in Seffner. The professional wake boarder has competed in Abu Dhabi, China, the Philippines, Australia and Thailand, and is an IB student at Strawberry Crest High School. [January 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Eve Edelheit

Puppeteer Jackson Eather roamed downtown Tampa during lunchtime recently in a T-Rex suit. The puppet is from the show Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, which focuses on prehistoric Australia and was at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. [February 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Eve Edelheit

Rachel Rodriguez, 6, hugged her father, Staff Sergeant Carlos Rodriguez, both of Homestead, after being reunited during a homecoming event at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds in Plant City. Members of the Florida Army National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery Regiment were deployed February 2013 to Qatar. [January 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Lara Cerri

Actors Roxanne Fay (as Diane), Richard Watson (as Nat) and Gretchen Porro (as Julia), huddled together while under attack in American Stage’s play The Birds. [September 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | James Borchuck

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard stood in rows before the cutterman tribute for the 23 crew members who died 34 years ago when the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn sank after colliding with a tanker near the Sunshine Skyway bridge. [January 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | James Borchuck

Desmond Jennings celebrated with his teammates after his 12th inning RBI gave the Rays a 4-3 win over the Rangers at Tropicana Field. [September 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | James Borchuck

Support group facilitators Bradley Yost, Daniel Partridge and Edith Montes dedicated a lit candle to lost loved ones with a group of 3-to-5-year-olds at the Suncoast Kid’s Place in Lutz. [April 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Lara Cerri

Triathletes entered Tampa Bay to get used to the 76-degree water before the St. Anthony’s Triathlon in St. Petersburg. [April 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Tara McCarty

A halo could be seen around the sun all over the Tampa Bay area on a Wednesday afternoon in April. Dozens of Tampa Bay Times readers noticed and submitted their photos. Rings like this are clouds with millions of tiny ice crystals, scientists say, and they become visible as a result of refraction (the splitting of light) and reflection. [April 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | John Pendygraft

Jeffrey Sincich worked on a mural on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. Sincich is half of J&S Signs, a business he runs with Josh Stover. [March 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Dirk Shadd

Janie Allen posed with her children in her home office where she makes her Snuppets, the reusable snack bags she invented that doubles as a hand puppet. [February 2013]

   

   

Times Photo | Eve Edelheit

Dave Stevens, of East Haven, Conn., threw the ball downfield during the Tribute to Heroes Flag Football Challenge at Plant High School in Tampa. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team won the game, beating NFL players and Tampa Bay Buccaneers alumni 70-7. [May 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Jim Damaske

Frontier Elementary School Principal Tracie Bergman, left, and Assistant Principal Bobbie Khoury got splashed in the dunk tank after a student hit the target to release the water during Frontier Elementary School's Spring Fling carnival. [April 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Kent Nishimura

Zsantel Allen of Tampa and Charles Ester of St. Petersburg rode the Comet 2 roller coaster at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. [February 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Skip O'Rourke

A US Army Blackhawk helicopter dropped International Special Operations Forces into the waters of the Seddon Channel Turning Basin as part of a demonstration during the 2014 SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference), which took place at the Tampa Convention Center. [May 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Daniel Wallace

Will Power celebrated his Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg win. [March 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Will Vragovic

Sylvester Taylor, 56, of Spring Hill, waved a flag as he and 25 candidates became American citizens during a special naturalization ceremony at the South Shore Regional Library in Ruskin. Taylor is originally from Jamaica. [January 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Jim Damaske

Matt Hemberger, on a business trip from Texas, took a morning run along the “linear park” along Bayshore Boulevard in Safety Harbor. Safety Harbor was among five cities designated as runner-friendly communities by the Road Runners Club of America. [June 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Octavio Jones

Coach John Capel watched runners practice their sprinting form at Deltona Woods Park in Spring Hill. Capel, a Brooksville native and former Olympian in track, and his wife formed True Elite Athletes and Mentors Inc. (T.E.A.M.) in 2013. [June 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Eve Edelheit

The Jesuit High School baseball team celebrated after winning the Class 5A State Championship Game in Fort Myers. [May 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Chris Zuppa

Dan Sidwell of Wesley Chapel played with his 7-month-old son, Matthew, during the Tampa Bay Rays 2014 Fan Fest at Tropicana Field. “Maybe his first crawl will be here,” joked Matthew’s mother, Lisa Reale-Sidwell. [February 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Kent Nishimura

Rosy Scally, 34, of Tampa and her brother, Richy Scally, 31, danced during a performance by the Hackensaw Boys during the Gasparilla Music Festival at Curtis Hixon Park. The festival ran two days and featured local and national bands as well as local food vendors. [March 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Lara Cerri

Shuffleboard players chatted while waiting for their turn on the courts at Pass-A-Grille. [February 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Brendan Fitterer

Chaamalah Fearing sang at the former Booker T. Washington School during the African American Club of Pasco’s birthday celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [January 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Kent Nishimura

Mason Goff, 15 months, of Plant City walked on stage with his father, Jonathan Goff, during the annual Strawberry Festival’s Baby Contest. [March 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | James Borchuck

Michele Martinez kissed her son Corey during national signing day at Tampa Catholic High School. Corey signed with Florida State University. [February 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Melissa Lyttle

During the Memorial Day ceremony at Bay Pines National Cemetery, 3-year-old Lily Dorsey of St. Petersburg walked through the nearly 34,000 graves marked with American flags to honor the men and women who served the nation. Her dad, Stephen Dorsey, is a U.S. Army veteran and her mom, Caroline Dorsey, is an Air Force officer. The Dorseys pause to remember Stephen’s friend Staff Sgt. Shannon Smith, who was killed in Iraq in 2009, every Memorial Day. [May 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Cherie Diez

With Deputy St. Petersburg Mayor Kanika Tomalin at left, Tamara Harrell, right, prayed while she quieted her giddy children, Jacobey Harrell, 11, and Jalicia Lockhart, 10, as her home was blessed. It was Habitat for Humanity’s 300th home in Pinellas County. [June 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

Gulf Beaches Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Jeannine Oldani made a video of her tribe, the Tech Bangers, while participating in the Amazing iPad Race, a scavenger hunt at a digital boot camp at Kings Highway Magnet Elementary School in Clearwater. The school is one of two new magnets opening in Pinellas County this year, both focusing on technology. [June 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Brendan Fitterer

Luise and Peter Krause of Nuremberg, Germany, took a nude stroll down a nature trail at Lake Como Family Nudist Resort in Lutz. The couple was being filmed by a crew for an upcoming documentary on nudist lifestyles on the German television channel Vox. [June 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Scott Keeler

Artists John Vitale (left), 43, and his brother Paul Vitale, 39, both of St. Petersburg, finished painting a mural, “Under the Sea” on a wall of Island Nautical at 2233 Third Ave. S. “It’s great when you get the thumbs-up from drivers or an approving honk,” said Paul. “We love creating something interesting for the public to look at.” The artists have been painting murals in the area for more than 20 years. [April 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Dirk Shadd

Jeff Signorini, right, held up a monster foot along with his niece Alyssa Premru at his house in Clearwater. Signorini’s father, Tony, left Jeff a unique legacy when he died: In 1948, mysterious 3-toed footprints began appearing around Clearwater and as far north as the Suwannee River. An expert zoologist from New York spent two weeks investigating and concluded the tracks were left by a 15-foot-tall penguin. Forty years later, Tony confessed that he and a buddy named Al Williams at created the tracks using a pair of cast-iron feet they’d created and strapped to some old sneakers. [January 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Melissa Lyttle

Jonathan Fudge, also known as Your Balloon Man or Mister Fudge, showed off some of his twisted balloon creations at Fox Hollow Golf Club in Trinity. Fudge, who started twisting balloons professionally at 15, runs a company called YTE Events. [March 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Octavio Jones

Kim Russell, left, and her mother, Betty Box, looked at the massive sinkhole that opened on Eldridge Road in Spring Hill July 20. It measured at least 40 yards across and 30 feet deep. [July 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Scott Keeler

Sophie Madle, 8, of St. Petersburg learned how to sail an Optimist Pram sailboat with other beginning sailors during a session of Eckerd College Summer Watersports Camp on Boca Ciega Bay. The Optimist Pram was first designed in 1947 by Clark Mills of Clearwater and is used around the world to train young sailors. [July 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Demetrius Freeman

Patrick Corbin waited for Hope Jackson to adjust her costume during Metrocon at the Tampa Convention Center. “She made both of our costumes by hand and they look pretty awesome,” Corbin said. Metrocon is Florida’s largest anime convention and includes elements from all over pop culture like video games, music and card games. [July 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Daniel Wallace

Ruby Brown, 67, marveled at her nephews’ room as she explored her newly remodeled home with Pastor Paul Wirth. A massive effort by Relevant Church provided the renovations for Brown and the children in her care. [May 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Demetrius Freeman

A red-eyed tree frog hung out in its living space at Get Tanked Salt Water Aquarium & Supply in Spring Hill. [July 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Lara Cerri

Sir Brock Warren performed an original song called “All My Time” during his “Journey to Greatness” show at the Studio@620. His show was one of six live performances in the GenYes! program at the St. Petersburg venue made possible by an $80,000 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. [July 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Brendan Fitterer

Eddie Money lead guitarist Tommy Girvin, known to kids as Mr. Tommy, played drums as he taught children about reggae music aboard his mobile music bus during a stop at Kids R Kids Learning Academy in Wesley Chapel. [July 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Sam Owens

Mavi, right, and her mother, Matjeka, ate the special cake (packed hay, lettuce and a carrot “candle”) that was made for Mavi’s first birthday celebration in the Safari Africa Exhibit at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. Mavi is the third elephant to be born at Lowry Park Zoo. [July 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

A three-inch-long loggerhead sea turtle hatchling, named Amaretto, swam in a holding tank after being admitted into the ICU at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. [August 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Michelle Miller

Kindergarten students from Schrader Elementary School in Port Richey had a conversation with a miniature robotic patrol car in Safety Town. Many primary students in Pasco and surrounding counties learn ways to keep safe during their visit to Safety Town. [March 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | John Pendygraft

Florida Orchestra percussionist John Shaw posed for a photo looking into water basins that were center stage for the Tan Dun Water Concerto, a unique production of light and sound that was performed by the Florida Orchestra. [April 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Scott Keeler

North Shore Elementary School Music Teacher Glenda Mauger got a hug from kindergarten student Makena Kovacs, 6, of St. Petersburg on the last day of school. [June 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Jim Damaske

Daniel Hayes, as “Berger,” left, sang during dress rehearsal for Largo’s Eight O’Clock Theatre’s production of Hair, the 1960s musical about hippies searching for truth, peace and love. [July 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Brendan Fitterer

“Cowboy Tom” Glasgow and his horse, Eager, posed at his home in San Antonio. Glasgow worked the rodeo circuit for 12 years, appeared in dozens of TV commercials and wrangled horses on movie sets and for wealthy ranchers in southern California, where he grew up. [July 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Sam Owens

Ronald Seaman, a 25-year retired Army sergeant, donned his homemade Gears of War Cog cosplay outfit outside of his Spring Hill home. Seaman builds his costumes from scratch to fit him and his wheelchair – he suffers from Central Nervous System Vertigo and other nerve damage. Cosplay “pretty much saved my life,” Seaman said of the hobby, which has become a form of mental and physical therapy. [July 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Scott Keeler

Thedric Watson said goodbye to his son Deniro Watson, 4, at North Shore Elementary School in St. Petersburg on the first day of school. [August 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

Clearwater Beach was packed with visitors on a Saturday afternoon. Since 2003, the number of visitors to the area has increased by almost 8 percent. In response, the city has increased lifeguard hours between March 1 and Labor Day by two hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. [August 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Skip O'Rourke

More than 1,000 first-year and transfer students gathered at the Corbett Soccer Stadium at the University of South Florida to pose for an aerial photo of the class of 2018. The students formed the letters USF on the field and looked up at the camera, giving the USF Bulls sign with their hands. The students were handed white sunglasses for the photo, which was taken by a photographer in a helicopter. [August 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | John Pendygraft

Tony Michaelides posed with some of his silver, gold and platinum albums. Michaelides, a British record promoter who now lives in Pass-a-Grille, has promoted some of the biggest names in music, like U2, New Order, The Police, Bob Marley, The Pixies and Peter Gabriel. [August 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Jim Damaske

Clearwater Fire Lieutenant Mark Wing crossed the Memorial Causeway Bridge to honor those who died in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Wing, who is a Clearwater firefighter, planned an 11-mile route from fire station to fire station, wearing full bunker gear and carrying an American flag. [September 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Melissa Lyttle

Steph Davis paused under her pink umbrella to look back at downtown St. Petersburg from a dock at Demens Landing Park. “I’m a Pisces,” Davis said. “I love water in any form – streams, lakes, the ocean, rain.” Davis is also known on Instagram for her posts that she tags #thatpinkumbrella. [September 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Dirk Shadd

Jayden Hyland, 10, from Tampa waved his Lightning flag as the Tampa Bay Lightning played the Dallas Stars during a preseason game at the Amalie Arena. Hyland was accompanied by his brother, Justyn, and parents, Janet and Chris. [September 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Demetrius Freeman

Nick Cangeme, 29, got his head tattooed by artist Esben Rey, 35, during the Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention at the Tampa Convention Center. “People walk by and look and I’m like, Yeah, it hurts, but I knew Esben would take care of me.” Rey, who has been tattooing since 1998, is an artist at Bloodline Tattoo in Ybor City. [September 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Scott Keeler

Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff and volunteers released two rehabilitated sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico at Fort De Soto Park. “Indiana Jones,” a sub-adult Loggerhead, moved toward the surf using her flippers. She was found half-buried on Indian Shores in April by the aquarium’s nesting patrol. [September 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Skip O’Rourke

A terrier mix named Ibuki waited to be adopted at the Hillsborough County Animal Services Pet Resource Center. The center is open for the public to view adoptable animals seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. [September 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Daniel Wallace

Tampa Bay native Chevelle Hallback knocked out Dominga Olivo during the World Boxing Federation Thunder boxing match at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. [June 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | John Pendygraft

David Vesper, of Tierra Verde, examined a scallop before throwing it back during Tampa Bay Watch’s 21st Annual Great Bay Scallop Search. The event has been conducted annually since 1993 to monitor and document the health and status of the bay scallop population. [August 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Jim Damaske

Models Rachel Reed, Kate Coggin and Felicia Landis tried on Julian Hartzog’s stainless steel designs at his house. He was preparing for the 10th Annual Wearable Art Show at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. [August 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | James Borchuck

Artist Jeff Chouinard carved a tiki in the front yard of his Seminole Heights home. He is responsible for the mysterious tikis that have appeared throughout Tampa. [October 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Sam Owens

Members of the Tampa Bay Blade Runners Dragon Boat Racing Club, front, raced the St. Petersburg Blue Dragons Paddling Club during the inaugural Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Classic in downtown Tampa. The event was held to raise awareness and donations for the Shimberg Breast Center at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital. [October 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Brendan Fitterer

Sweet corn was thrown into a card at Frazier Farms in Brooksville on the second day of the farm’s fall harvest season. [October 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Craig Pittman

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services scientist Mary Yong Cong held a live giant African land snail in her hand. She keeps live snails in her office so dogs can be trained to sniff out their scent. Florida has spent more than $6 million tracking down and killing hundreds of thousands of these voracious snails. [October 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

Two-year-old Hailey Goldberg, of Safety Harbor, paused after choosing a small pumpkin during a visit to the Heritage United Methodist Church’s annual pumpkin patch in Clearwater. [October 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Douglas R. Clifford

Steve Lazzaro, of Largo, waved his hat during a performance by the Ries Brothers during the opening day of the 34th annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday at Coachman Park in Clearwater. [October 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Scott Keeler

Beth Langley, a swim coach for the Pinellas County Special Olympics Aquatics Team, gave her son Rhatz Langley, who is blind, a hug before leaving Pinellas Park for the state championships in Vero Beach. “The athletes worked hard for this and it is a great opportunity for them to compete,” she said. Members of the Giving Tree Club of Pinellas Park High School honored the athletes with treat bags complete with water bottles before they left. [October 2014]

   

   

Times Photo | Brendan Fitterer

A crane was used to remove a Hyundai Accent from a sinkhole in Holiday. The car had been submerged in the hole for several days. [November 2014]

   

   

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