City Times

  1. Mediterranean cuisine, simply mac and cheese, a new salon and event decor

    Retail

    DAVIS ISLANDS — Downtown Davis Islands' popular dining corner's newest incarnation, Fountain Square Mediterranean Cuisine, combines "the best of 14 countries on the Mediterranean Sea," says owner Alex Chouri, naming some of his Lebanese, Greek and Italian specialities. Previous tenants at the East Davis Boulevard …

  2. Find A Friend: Sammie Davis

    Human Interest

    Dogma Rescue

    Dogma Rescue had this to say about today's pooch: Sweeter than The Candy Man himself, Sammie Davis is a 25-pound male basset hound-cattle dog mix that loves to be with people. This pup was rescued near Plant City's Timberlane Pet Resort. As a 2-year-old, Sammie Davis is active, playful, …

  3. Hillsborough supervisor confident about his first official 'Election Day'

    Politics

    Craig Latimer and I have something in common.

    Craig Latimer is Hillsborough’s elections supervisor.
  4. Clean comedian Michael Jr. brings his act to Tampa church

    Religion

    For the comedian known as Michael Jr., his standup career happened by accident. • Three decades ago, he went to see a movie and the film projector broke. • When a friend dared the 17-year-old Michael Jr. to entertain the crowd, he accepted the challenge and started telling jokes. • "I knew I was funny, …

    “I started to read the Bible. Now I clearly understand I am funny for a reason. This is what God has asked me to do,” comedian Michael Jr. said.
  5. Parking for SoHo's bar scene appears feasible on Platt Street

    Local Government

    TAMPA — As crowds of bar-hoppers on S Howard Avenue grow ever bigger, their appetite for parking is wearing out the patience of surrounding homeowners.

    Times files (2005)
  6. Real estate band becoming hot property in local rock landscape

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — They could've been called Band of Brokers, these commercial real estate executives who dusted off the guitars of their teen years and started jamming. It was after the real estate collapse, so they had plenty of time on their hands.

    Members of Southern Train, a band formed mostly by real estate agents when they were idle during the real estate plunge, practice last month in an empty office building in Tampa. 
  7. Palma Ceia gifts shops merge; the Perk's of hot doughnuts, South Tampa Fit moves

    Retail

    PALMA CEIA — Two South Dale Mabry Highway gifts shops, Ktjane's and Occasions, are about to get hitched.

  8. Find a friend: Rebel, the 2-year-old hound mix

    Pets

    Meet Rebel, whose name belies his easygoing manner. Full grown at 42 pounds, Rebel looks like a mini Rottweiler. This 2-year-old hound mix with caramel accents on a chocolate-colored coat is smart, affectionate, obedient and housebroken. Rebel (ID No. A23326095) is available neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, licensed …

    Meet Rebel, whose name belies his easy-going manner. This deserving pooch has been misunderstood. Full grown at 42 pounds, Rebel looks like a mini-Rottweiler. This 2-year old hound mix with caramel accents on a chocolate colored coat is a sweet companion waiting at the County shelter: smart, affectionate, obedient, housebroken. Adopt him fully neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped, licensed and more from the Hillsborough Pet Resource Center on Falkenburg Rd. www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets, open daily 10 until 7. Rebel is ID#A23326095.
  9. Hometown Hillsborough

    Human Interest

    DAR Sun City Center

    DAR Chapter of Sun City Center putting plans in motion for upcoming fundraiser

    DAR Chapter of Sun City Center putting plans in motion 
for upcoming fundraiser for the Athena House:  In Sun City Center, the Col. George Mercer Brooke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has been busy planning its 2015 luncheon and fashion show fundraiser to benefit Athena House, a charity that provides housing for homeless female veterans. Committee members recently got together to plan the table decorations for the event. From left, seated: Carol Acosta, Jody Masterson and Bunny Blackstone. Standing: Jan Bassett, Pat Peltz and Ellen Cyr.
  10. East Bay Fishing Report

    Outdoors

    Beat the heat: With the summer heat dial still on full heat you might want to look for cooler times to fish like early morning and late evenings, or if you have to fish during the day, look under the bay area bridges.

    Capt. Jim Lemke for the Captain's Corner Report.
  11. Mental health needs support, awareness and empathy

    Human Interest

    I met with a friend this week who has bipolar disorder.

  12. OASIS to help needy Seffner area students so they can focus on school

    K12

    With less than three weeks before the school year begins, the nonprofit group Outreach Assisting Students in Schools is seeking volunteer help for its newest spot, in Seffner.

    Volunteers Sophia Raterman, 16, left, and Natalie Raterman, 17, sort children’s clothes at the OASIS center in South Tampa. The new center aims to help 70,000 students in the SouthShore and Brandon area, partnering with school social workers.
  13. Confident, humble Brandon teen stars at Patel Conservatory

    Stage

    TAMPA — As if Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. isn't full of enough glitter and glamor, co-director Scott Daniel's birthday made the set even sweeter.

    Alexa Lowrey plays Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. “She came to the table with who she thought Millie was,” director Scott Daniel said of Alexa’s audition.
  14. Buckets Grill opens, music shop expands, art store relocates

    Retail

    INTERBAY — Meatloaf, country fried steak, shrimp and cheese grits, all made to satisfy, is the main fare at Buckets Grill & Comfort Food, which opened July 1 on S Dale Mabry Highway near MacDill Air Force Base.

  15. Death metal music brings Orpheum owner to life

    Music & Concerts

    As owner of the Ybor City music venue the Orpheum, Jerry Dufrain has seen everyone from rapper Ghostface Killah to indie-electronic group Little Dragon play his room. But one genre sticks out in the club's concert history: metal. The Orpheum has carved itself out as a heavy music haven by hosting national metal acts …

    The Orpheum’s Jerry Dufrain puts on Southern Darkness Fest on Aug. 23, with more than 25 acts.