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South Shore & Brandon

  1. Teen faces challenges head on

    Human Interest

    DOVER — She has founded her own nonprofit, taught Chinese to fellow students, helped orphans in her native China, met Gov. Rick Scott and currently serves as the editor in chief of her school newspaper.

    Robinson IB student Meng Fei Shen, who founded the Pandeagle Cultural Institute, emcees an event for the nonprofit, which teaches Chinese language and culture and raises money for poor children in China, her birthplace.
  2. Tampa Bay Markets reaching out for more farmers

    Human Interest

    HYDE PARK — Eggs from Lutz and eggplant and okra from Brooksville draw more than 1,000 shoppers on the first Sunday of every month to Hyde Park Village.

  3. Third independent grocery store helps low- and middle-income families

    Business

    BRANDON — Fatima and Ali Jaber moved here from New Jersey 11 years ago with an idea to focus on meeting the grocery needs of middle- and low-income families. Ali ran three stores up north for two decades and together the couple opened the 22,000-square-foot Mega Supermarket on Nebraska Avenue in Tampa featuring a …

    Edwin Cheguen, manager at Brandon Meats & Market, checks on some of the produce items at the store, the third for Fatima and Ali Jaber, at 247 W Brandon Blvd.
  4. Mike Brown's death should push both sides to find new approach

    Human Interest

    On a hot summer afternoon back in 1979, my teenage friends and I sought to negate the boredom of those times — no fancy home video games back then — by searching for a diversion.

  5. Wounded veterans can win all-inclusive wedding from Old McMicky's Farm

    Military

    It's not too late for wounded veterans to apply for the Old McMicky's Farm "Mission I Do" $25,000 wedding giveaway.

    “Mission I Do” is giving away an all-inclusive lakeside wedding at Old McMicky’s Farm for a wounded veteran.
  6. Find a friend: Roosevelt the 3-month-old kitty

    Pets

    Most 3-month olds don't undergo hip surgery, but Roosevelt is one tough little strawberry-colored cookie. Weighing in at just two pounds, he's a tiny patient with luxurious fur and a larger-than-life personality. Veterinarians at the county shelter performed a procedure on Roosevelt called FHO to help ensure a better …

    Most 3-month olds don't undergo hip surgery, but Roosevelt is one tough little strawberry-colored cookie. Weighing in at just two pounds, he's a tiny patient with luxurious fur and a larger-than-life personality. Veterinarians at the county shelter performed a procedure on Roosevelt called FHO to help ensure a better quality of life for the devilish charmer. Adopt and enjoy Roosevelt, ID#A2361040, fully neutered, vaccinated, licensed, and microchipped at the Pet Resource Center at 440 Falkenburg Road in Tampa, open daily 10 until 7, www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets.
  7. East Bay Fishing Report

    Outdoors

    Bait: We're finally seeing consistent bait showing up on the flats throughout Tampa Bay. When it comes to size, it is a mixed bag. I use a quarter-inch mesh net and even then still get a few stickers. The better bait is in about 4 to 5 feet of water. You will want to chum them up with tropical fish food. I …

  8. Hillsborough real estate transactions for Aug. 29

    Real Estate

    APOLLO BEACH

    6658 Park Strand Dr., to James A. Clifton & Darla J. Clifton by Mario D. Lacerna, $430,000, 07-24-2014.

  9. Bereaved Parents find comfort in one another

    Human Interest

    BRANDON — Charles L'Homme carries white trifold pamphlets to many of his meetings for the Bereaved Parents of the USA.

    We also have a mug of Charles L'Homme, who heads the chapter. That's courtesy of Charles L'Homme.
  10. Tampa organist with chops shares spotlight with rising talent

    Human Interest

    A group of toe tapping, head bopping fans and fellow musicians lined the dimly lit bar thirsty for a drink and a good time. While couples swayed and gyrated on a small dance floor, Shawn Brown and his bandmates performed the Chi-Lites hit Oh Girl on a recent Monday evening at Ruby's Elixir in St. Petersburg.

    Shawn Brown delivers a lively set in St. Petersburg recently. 
He has a gig Saturday with two sax players at Tampa Theatre.