South Shore & Brandon

  1. Test driving UberX and Lyft


    TAMPA — On a recent Tuesday evening, I set out on a mission.

    Open UberX and it indicates your location and the distance to the nearest driver.
  2. Hometown Hillsborough for April 20

    Human Interest

    We need your news! Hometown Hillsborough publishes on Sundays. Send news of everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from family reunions, a local achievement, celebrations or simply good news you want to trumpet. To make a submission, contact Hometown Hillsborough coordinator Aimée Alexander at …

    Jesuit High grads inducted into FSU National Honor Society: Chris Naso and Carson Marple, 2013 Jesuit High School graduates, were recently inducted into the National Honor Society of Phi Eta Sigma at Florida State University. The National Honor Society is for freshmen who show early academic progress and have achieved at least a 3.5 GPA.
  3. Set to retire, Gaither baseball coach leaves a sterling legacy


    NORTHDALE — A Hillsborough County high school baseball coach will guide his players through a final game this year, maybe as early this week.

    Frank Permuy, who is retiring this year, has been the only baseball coach at Gaither High.
  4. ECC's screening program a story worth hearing

    Human Interest

    My mom used to tell everyone I didn't really talk as a toddler.

    Erika Lindsey said she didn’t realize her son, Cooper, suffered from a severe hearing loss until she had him screened through a program supported by the Early Childhood Council of Hillsborough County.
  5. Tampa businesses recognized for sustainability



    Oyster shells from Anise Gastro Global Bar, once destined for a landfill, have gone back underwater to provide homes for new oysters. • The bar also put up a vertical garden earlier this month. • At Moxies Cafe, a spoon-washing station, its water constantly running, is gone. Now baristas use a …

    At home, Pham grows herbs, sugarcane, lemons and limes, which she incorporates into dishes at Bamboozle. 
  6. Chiaramonte sings Sinatra when not planning in Hillsborough

    Local Government

    When the gelato lady in Sicily put her towel down, stepped from her shop and applauded, Ray Chiaramonte knew his singing could be more than just a passing interest. • Chiaramonte, the executive director of both the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission and the Hillsborough County Metropolitan …

    He’s executive director of both the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission and the county’s Metropolitan Planning Organization — but Ray Chiaramonte also sings Sinatra, here at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square in downtown Tampa on April 11.
  7. Village Players bring 'Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical' to Valrico


    VALRICO — The Village Players will bring the inner turmoil and conflict of Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical to life with eight performances starting Friday.

    Todd Siverling, left, portrays Simon Stride, and Oliver Sprague is Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde in the dark musical.
  8. Find A Friend: Annie the bunny


    Tampa Bay House Rabbit Rescue

    Meet the real Easter bunny. Annie is a full-grown Florida white rabbit abandoned after the novelty of the spring holiday wore off. She is litter-trained and spayed and gets along fine with calm dogs and cats. She needs a patient and loving family willing to make the decade-plus …

  9. Hillsborough real estate transactions for April 20

    Real Estate


    611 Mirabay Blvd., to April Flora by Leslie A. Perkins & Leslie A. Perkins Trustee, $475,000, 03-10-2014.

  10. SouthShore and Brandon reps promote legislation


    There's more to the two-month state legislative session in Tallahassee than partisan politics and poring over the governor's priorities.

    Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, speaks this month about his bill that would let outgoing governors appoint members of the Florida Supreme Court if justices’ terms expired on inauguration day.