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South Shore & Brandon

  1. New pizza place rises in Brandon; HydeOut revitalizes the old Rack

    News

    BRANDON — If you have lived in the Tampa Bay area anytime in the past 37 years, there's a good chance you have tasted a slice of homemade pizza from Al Carapella.

    Friends Al Carapella, left, and Jim Liburdi show off a freshly baked stromboli at Brandon Pizzeria, their restaurant at 140 N Parsons Ave. The spot was formerly home to Seafood Dive and La Septima.
  2. Smartphones, tablets becoming routine in Hillsborough classrooms

    K12

    Students caught tapping on a smartphone in school once faced harsh consequences.

    The rule was, "we see it, we take it."

  3. Prep football teams jockey for playoff position

    Footballpreps

    Just call it championship Friday.

    With less than a month left in the regular season, the jockeying for playoff positioning is about to ramp up.

  4. Find a friend: Chief the Catahoula leopard hound mix

    Pets

    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    Once upon a time, Chief was a scared stray with a too-large head atop a bony body. Thanks to a foster family for the county's pet resource center, the gentle giant is now a healthy, affectionate comedian. With one blue eye and one brown, Chief entertains himself and others …

    Once upon a time, Chief was a scared stray with a too-large head atop a boney body. Thanks to a foster family for the countyÕs pet resource center, the gentle giantÕs is a healthy, affectionate comedian. With one blue eye (and one brown), Chief entertains himself and others with an endless and innocent fascination. Take him this Catahoula Leopard Hound mix (ID#23606611) home fully vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and more at a special price during October Adopt-a-Dog Month. Contact the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at 440 Falkenburg Road. For more information, go to HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets.
  5. Valrico talent manager broadens his reach with podcasts

    Human Interest

    Bruce Wawrzyniak remained calm, but he insisted the club deliver on its promise.

  6. SouthShore businesses begin to see change from Amazon center

    Business

    RUSKIN — The signs of change are small, but residents can see them if they look closely.

    Craig Beggins, president of Century 21 Beggins Enterprises, said he has seen “quite a few executive managers” who have bought homes in the area, near Apollo Beach.
  7. Topgolf to hire 450 hourly employees for facility near Brandon

    Business

    Topgolf, which promises to make your slice off the tee more enjoyable when it opens its first Florida location near Brandon this December, has announced it is hiring more than 450 hourly workers for the 65,000-square-foot facility currently under construction at the corner of Interstate 75 and the Lee Roy Selmon …

    Crew work on the netting for the driving range of Topgolf under construction at Falkenburg Road and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. To keep golf balls inside the range, hurricane-proof netting wraps the entire outfield and is held aloft by 17 poles, 150 feet tall.
  8. Find a friend: Freddy the Welsh corgi mix

    Pets

    Freddy is among the many animals waiting for a forever family during Adopt-a-Dog Month. The 2-year-old, 38-pound Welsh corgi mix enjoys sitting up on stubby little legs to beg for a treat. Though he may get nervous in the noisy kennel, he warms up during quiet visitation. Adopt Freddy (ID No. 23762802) neutered, …

  9. Temple Terrace church steps up to help during CareFest 2014

    Human Interest

    An estimated 200 volunteers will gather Saturday at First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace for Be the Church, an event that will take them out into the community to do small projects that make a big impact.

    Josue Calzada says First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace wants to impact lives.
  10. Plant City High broadens talent, turns up pressure

    Footballpreps

    PLANT CITY — Pick a superlative and it probably fits Plant City running back Markese Hargrove.

    Fast. Elusive. Tough.

    Quarterback Austin Carswell, 16, during spring football practice at Plant City High School on Thursday, May 1, 2014.