South Shore & Brandon

  1. It's a homecoming for Jesuit's new baseball coach

    Human Interest

    They say life comes full circle. In a way, it already has for Miguel Menendez, the new head baseball coach at Jesuit High School. Menendez, 37, was born in Tampa and played baseball under the minarets at the University of Tampa, where he graduated in 1999 with a degree in sports management. Menendez returns to Tampa …

    Miguel Menendez, the new head baseball coach at Jesuit High School, calls himself a competitor and an eternal optimist — just like his late grandfather. “I carry his spirit with me always.”
  2. Find a friend: Lyla the 5-year-old shepherd mix


    The first owner of Lyla, a 5-year-old shepherd mix, gave her up unceremoniously to the county shelter. She found a temporary home just hours before she would have become a statistic. Her foster family soon discovered a happy, healthy, friendly, potty-trained pal who loves car rides and other dogs. You can adopt Lyla …

    Lyla may not be the fanciest of friends, but she'll be the best one you've ever had. The first owner of this 5-year old Shepherd mix gave her up uncermoniously to the County shelter. Miraculously, she found a temporary home just hours before becoming a statistic. Her foster family soon discovered a happy, healthy, friendly, perfectly potty-trained pal who loves car rides and other dogs. It's your turn to be Lyla's miracle now. Adopt her fully spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and more from Friends of Hillsborough County Animals at
  3. East Bay Fishing Report


    Rainfall from rainfall: Recent heavy rainfall has parts of upper Tampa Bay looking like a glass of hot tea. The rivers are flowing heavily from a record-setting wet summer, pushing a lot of fresh water into Tampa Bay. This is not a bad thing because some species love the heat relief that the rivers and creeks …

  4. Grief leads to goodness for Lithia widow, widower

    Human Interest

    If a little boy sat in class, shy of supplies, Mandy Van Brunt found a way to quietly provide pencils or paper.

    Mandy Van Brunt went the extra mile at Frost Elementary.
  5. New fire stations coming to Valrico, Brandon


    BRANDON — Several new fire stations will be coming to the area in the next few years, with one opening near Primrose School of Bloomingdale by next summer, county officials said.

  6. Less traffic, Elvis and Boca on the way in the "The Mix"

    Human Interest

    Cop shop

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is collecting school supplies for students in need. People can donate supplies at any of the four district officers or the operations center in Ybor through August 10. While all school-related supplies are welcome, HCSO has identified the following items as …

    Jackie Garvin of Valrico will share her tips on making pie crusts in the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday.
  7. '100 percent authentic Mexican' Taco Rey expands in Brandon


    BRANDON — Feras Abdel was in Guadalajara, Mexico, at a food expo when the idea hit him for his first restaurant.

    A customer watches Argentina play the Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup at Taco Rey Mexican Grill, which opened on July 4 at 401 S Parsons Ave. in Brandon.
  8. Buddhist center offers meditation in Tampa to enlighten, help others


    For the modern Buddhist, meditation offers the promise of inner peace.

    Gen Chokyan leads a meditation service at the Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center. Cate White stands by his side.
  9. Spirited female boxer battles for HBO showcase

    Human Interest


    Bulldog Boxing and Fitness occupies part of a warehouse complex on a remote rural patch where east Tampa nudges against Brandon. A gym still in its crawling stage, it remains more tidy than dingy.

    Chevelle Hallback, left, unleashes against Dominga Olivo at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa on June 13. Hallback, 42, won by second-round TKO.
  10. Beach Bum Pirate to play in Ruskin

    Music & Concerts

    Your friendly, neighborhood beach bum pirate just wants to be sure you have a good time.

    Scott Ramsey performs as the Beach Bum Pirate in Ruskin this Sunday.