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  1. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Tampa Bay History Center Gala

    Over cocktails in the Lykes Atrium, descendants of pioneer families mixed with more recent Tampa arrivals, such as Air Force Col. Dan Tulley, commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, at the annual Tampa Bay History Center Gala. So entwined are …

    Tampa Bay History Center gala co-chairs Jim and Lindsey Robbins, left, welcome Col. Dan and Holly Tulley to the Oct. 10 black-tie benefit.
  2. 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.
  3. Tampa costume shop Features closing after 27 years

    Retail

    TAMPA — For years, browsing the rows of Features costumes in search of the perfect Halloween outfit has been a tradition for Mary Hanyok.

    Features Costumes, at 3015 W Barcelona St. in Tampa, has been the spot for Gasparilla and Halloween costumes for nearly three decades. Now, as the owners try to retire, the store is closing. Costumes are selling for their rental prices.
  4. Swimming is in the genes for Plant standout Morgan Tankersley

    Swimming Preps

    TAMPA — Typically when parents excel in a sport, their children are steered in the same direction. Often the steering turns into pushing. Many times that pushing becomes a burden.

    Not in Morgan Tankersley's case.

    Plant High freshman swimmer Morgan Tankersley’s parents were collegiate swimmers, and her grandpa is a swim coach.
  5. 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."

  6. 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.

  7. Hometown Hillsborough for Oct. 17

    Human Interest

    Courtesy of Jo Prater

    Members attend DAR national conference:

    Sun City Center MOWW presented with National Award: The Sun City Center (SCC) chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) was recently presented the award for the Best Mid-Size Chapter in the country at their National Convention, which was recently held at the Marriot Hotel at the Baltimore International Airport. This was the sixth straight best mid-size chapter award the local chapter has won. The chapter was well represented with nine companions attending. Accepting the award, from left: Frank Zahrobsky, Region 6 commander; James Warchol, SCC chapter commander; Deborah Kash, current MOWW Commander-in-Chief (presenting award); Charles Conover, past SCC chapeter commander; James Haney, SCC chapter treasurer; Sheila Turpin, past SCC chapeter commander; and Henrietta Zahrobsky, Region 6 adjutant.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Kepley
  8. 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.
  9. Valrico talent manager broadens his reach with podcasts

    Human Interest

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

  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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, …

  13. 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.
  14. 'Left Behind' flop shows difficulty of mixing preachy, popular in Christian movies

    Religion

    Last week a remake of Left Behind, a movie about the biblical Rapture originally starring Kirk Cameron and based on the bestselling Christian book, opened with Nicolas Cage in a lead role. • Yes Cage, bizarre action hero, agreed to act in a "God" film. • The Academy Award winner plays an airline pilot …

    Left Behind tries for mainstream appeal with star Nicolas Cage, but called “not Christian,” it flopped where others succeeded.
  15. East Bay Fishing Report for Oct. 10

    Outdoors

    Picking up: The water temperature is dropping and the fishing grows better every day. The snook, redfish and trout are starting to roam around the flats.

    Capt. Jim Lemke for the Captain's Corner Report.