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South Shore & Brandon

  1. Decision on property gives Seffner a chance to build community

    Local Government

    As a resident of Seffner, a suburban enclave halfway between Tampa and Plant City and just north of Brandon, I hold one certainty.

    We can be more.

    We can be — a place.

  2. Baby-wearing dance class in Brandon sets the tone for mother and child

    Human Interest

    BRANDON

    Thursday mornings at the Way 2 Dance no longer look like the typical dance class and they certainly don't look like your typical Mommy and Me group.

    Tatyana Frost, right, owner of Way 2 Dance studio in Brandon, leads a group of moms in an exercise class that includes, from left, Julie Padilla with 16-month-old Josiah and Amber Riley with 11-month-old Amyia Kate Riley.
  3. Musuem explores the story behind Rockwell civil rights paintings

    Visual Arts

    TAMPA — Ruby Bridges couldn't have imagined the millions of lives she would change that day, Nov. 14, 1960, when U.S. marshals walked her into first grade. Nor was it likely Norman Rockwell anticipated the effect his painting of those historic steps would have.

    Rockwell’s The Problem We All Live With depicted young Ruby Bridges in 1960. She will speak April 28.
  4. Relay for Life season inspires in FishHawk, around the county

    Human Interest

    LITHIA — A long line leading to a room filled with 250 women dressed in their spring best, some wearing shirts sparkling with the word "courageous," could only mean one thing: it's Relay season!

  5. Tampa Spiritual Ensemble sustains African-American spirituals legacy

    Religion

    When Shenita Berrian sings, she does more than entertain an audience.

    Composed of classically trained singers from diverse backgrounds, the Tampa Spiritual Ensemble performs operas, recitals and concerts throughout the Tampa Bay area. The ensemble will perform April 26 at United Methodist Church of Sun City Center.
  6. WestShore Plaza adds boutique, Apollo Beach pizzeria celebrates 25 years, Westchase salon expands services

    Retail

    Apricot Lane, WestShore Plaza's newest boutique for women's fashion, promises to deliver brands unique to the area.

    San Remo Pizzeria in Apollo Beach is celebrating its 25th anniversary. General Manager Peter Esposito, right, stands with his mother, Rosa, and his brother-in-law, John Boyd.
  7. Grow Financial provides saplings for Earth Day

    Environment

    When customers visit any of the Tampa Bay Area's 22 Grow Financial stores on Wednesday, they'll walk away with more than a receipt and plastic-covered lollipop.

    Hayley Asab, 8, was excited to plant the red maple with her brother last year.
  8. Mid April East Bay fishing report

    Outdoors

    What's Hot: Where to start? How about Weedon Island redfish, some Picnic Island snook, a few trout all around — and great weather.

    Capt. Jim Lemke for the Captain's Corner Report.
  9. Rotarians bring crawfish to Riverview

    Events

    Crawfish, cookies, children and charities take center stage Saturday at the Winthrop Pole Barn as the FishHawk-Riverview Rotary Club hosts its fifth annual Crawfish Festival from noon to 4 p.m.

    The annual Fishhawk/Riverview Rotary Crawfish Festival is Saturday at the Winthrop Pole Barn.
  10. Daytime's Cyndi Edwards connects on the air, in the community

    Human Interest

    It has been nine years since Cyndi Edwards first appeared on the nationally syndicated lifestyle and entertainment show, Daytime.

    Cyndi Edwards and Jerry Penacoli, co-hosts of NBC’s nationally syndicated Daytime  lifestyle show, will host the “Breaking Free: Silent No More” gala in Tampa on Friday.