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  1. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Unfractured Grace

    When Tampa orthopedic surgeon Mark Frankle's colleagues sought to donate to a community mental health organization in memory of his late wife, Mary, "No organization fit the mission," he said. So last year Frankle, psychiatrist Jamie Fernandez and some close friends formed …

    Tampa Bay Foundation for Mental Health treasurer Dr. Eric Storch, founding president Dr. Jamie Fernandez and board member Margo Eure share their goals at the inaugural fundraiser, Unfractured Grace.
  2. Hannah's Shoebox finds fit at University of Tampa


    Colette Glover-Hannah and her tween daughter, Elois Hannah argued in the middle of Macy's shoe department.

    Colette Glover-Hannah, owner of Hannah’s Shoebox, is part of a new business incubator at the University of Tampa.
  3. Hillsong United raises up from down under with praise music


    Nearly 20 years after their first album, the Australia-based Christian band Hillsong United continues to sell out arenas worldwide.

    Hillsong United, a 10-member Christian band from Australia, will perform at the Sun Dome.
  4. Bar review: The Beer Shed, a classic dive on the Alafia River

    Bars & Spirits

    One of the more interesting outings I made last year was to the Anclote River Boat Club in Tarpon Springs, an impossibly shabby riverside dive that has been a well-kept secret amongst locals for decades.

    On the banks of the Alafia River, the Beer Shed is an old-timey Florida dive right in our own back yard in Riverview.
  5. Couple expands photo business


    Husband and wife duo, Jessie and Pavel Stehlik have been capturing special moments for 18 years.

    Jessie and Pavel Stehlik pose in front of the Bizzou Brasserie at the Meridien Hotel in downtown Tampa. The couple looks to extend its photography business with a focus on placing weddings in downtown. Photo courtesy of the Stehliks.
  6. Alternative and cool things to do on Valentine's weekend


    Valentine's Day weekend doesn't have to be ruined by overcrowded restaurants and unmet expectations. Get your mind off the holiday's cliched rituals by venturing out to one or more of the refreshingly distinctive events happening on both sides of the bay Feb. 11-14. From a retro bike ride to a new yoga-and-beer …

    The Love Doctors do open mic Feb. 14 at New World Brewery.
  7. Hooper: State fair entertainer Dennis Lee takes pride in his love connections


    When it comes to love connections, people can signup for Match or eHarmony or ChristianMingle.

    Dawn breaks at The Florida State Fair grounds early Thursday morning 2/6/14. The 2014 Florida State Fair opened to day with new rides and Governor Scott attending.
  8. Top officials heap praise on for retiring county employee

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Jarvis Glover, who for years served as the driver for Hillsborough County commissioners, had a nickname for Commissioner Sandra Murman.

    He called her "Baby Girl.''

    Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Lesley “Les’’ Miller Jr. presents Jarvis Glover with a proclamation declaring Jarvis Glover Day in the county last month.
  9. The Smoke Shack gets space on Gandy


    Smells of pizza and pasta once permeated the walls of 3324 W Gandy Blvd.

    The Smoke Shack brings barbecue flavors to Gandy Boulevard.
  10. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Gasparilla 2016

    Gasparilla Day dawned clear and crisp and delivered as promised: awesome armada, banging invasion, adoring crowds, bottomless beers, kindly cops, resolute Bayshore mansion hosts and merely 25 arrests. Capt. Morgan Rum scored best tent decor; Hard Rock Cafe guests rocked to the …

    Ye Captain’s Ball partygoers John Wakefield, left, Pam Bondi, Carlos Alfonso, Dina Sierra Smith, Dorothy Alfonso and Don Smith plunder Ye Captain’s Ball at the Tampa Yacht Club.
  11. Gladiator krewe aims to help victims become victorious

    Human Interest


    Familia de Gladiatores Krewe offers service over swagger.

    Familia de Gladiatores president Tricia Schneller wraps green beads around her wrist to promote the Green Dot Campaign that targets personal violence.
  12. Peruvian flavors coming to SoHo


    TAMPA — South Howard Avenue is lined with restaurants serving Mexican, Italian, American, Thai and Mediterranean cuisine.

    Ceviche will be a staple menu item at South Howard's new restaurant, Chakana Soho.
  13. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Family Resources Celebrity Karaoke

    Christie Miranne, left, chats with ABCNews anchor Amy Robach and Philanthropic Women of St. Joseph’s co-founder Donna Jordan during the annual luncheon Jan. 21. Miranne is the daughter of HSN executive and inventor Joy Mangano.
  14. Epilogue: Floyd Head always had a story to tell at his Tampa flag shop


    TAMPA — There is a mounted image of a Christmas tree on the wall at Head's Flags, a little store on Henderson Boulevard.

    Lydia and Floyd Head pose shortly after they were married 71 years ago. Mr. Head died in December at 88.
  15. Fabulous Rockers reunite for concert, documentary

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Dennis Pupello's high school rock band reunited for a benefit concert in 1994, three decades after it first regaled teens.

    The Fabulous Rockers of Tampa in 1958: Dennis Pupello (leader and pianist), Onelio Ochoa (singer and trumpet), Manuel Gutierrez (baritone sax), Chuck Boris (guitar), Tony Lopez (drums), Donna Lynn Baccarella (singer), Artie Alvarez (singer), Wes Young (bass) and Roger Menendez (alto sax).