City Times

  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

    Pets

    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 friendsofhcas.org.
  3. East Bay Fishing Report

    Outdoors

    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. Buddhist center offers meditation in Tampa to enlighten, help others

    Religion

    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.
  5. Everybody's Business for July 18: salon, pizza and CDB's

    Retail

    WEST SHORE DISTRICT — No hair cutting, no hair coloring — just wash, blow and go: That's the speedy salon appeal of Blo Blow Dry Bar.

  6. New Tampa veteran wins bodybuilding competition, with help

    Health

    TAMPA — As Neyda Moyet stood waiting to hear the results of the Tampa Bay Classic body building competition, posing in a way she had learned mostly from YouTube tutorials, her trainer, Rafael Velez, stood in the audience, bouncing from seat to seat.

    Neyda Moyet, 42, placed first in four categories at the Tampa Bay Classic body building competition. Next up: the Florida State Championship, a national qualifying event, on Aug. 16.
  7. $900,000 community effort will transform ugly Swann Avenue Pond

    Human Interest

    HYDE PARK

    Yucky, mucky Swann Avenue Pond will soon undergo a million-dollar transformation into the Hyde Park Gateway.

    Developer Brian Funk is engaged in the effort to revitalize the Swann Avenue Pond area. That’s Buster at his side.
  8. Tampa community news roundup

    Briefs

    davis islands

    TGH earns honor for being 'most wired'

  9. Find A Friend: Maddon the tabby cat

    Pets

    Put him in, coach, he's ready to play. Maddon (ID No. 22983007) is a 2-year-old orange tabby ready to get called up to the majors in your clubhouse. He comes vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and licensed for just $20 as part of July's "Hot Dogs & Cool Cats" deal at Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center, which is …

    Put him in coach, he's ready to play. Meet Maddon, a way-cool, 2-year old orange Tabby cat. He and all of the other boys and girls of summer invite you to check out batting practice during a special event this Saturday at the County shelter. Maddon (ID2273007) is ready to get called up to the majors in your clubhouse, so adopt him fully vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and licensed for just $20 as part of July's "Hot Dogs & Cool Cats" at Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center, 440 N Falkenberg Road. www.HillsboroughCounty.org/pets, open daily 10 to 7.
  10. Find a friend: Angel, a 5-year-old Labrador mix

    Pets

    Second Chance Boxer Rescue

    Heaven must be missing an angel, Second Chance Boxer Rescue says, as this one spent weeks at the county animal resource center racking up friends and Facebook fans until being transferred to Second Chance Boxer Rescue. Angel loves everything about this life. From small kids to …

    Heaven must be missing an angel. This one spent weeks at the county animal resource center racking up friends and Facebook fans until Second Chance Boxer Rescue transferred her to safety. Angel loves everything about this life. From small kids to other dogs, this 5-year old Labrador-mix melts hearts with her gentle personality, golden glow, and spiffy tutu. To adopt Angel fully spayed, vacccinated, microchipped and housebroken, visit www.SaveaBoxer.org.
  11. PrayerBowls help serve up good intentions

    Religion

    For Tampa entrepreneur Karen Berry, every workday is a testament to the power of prayer.

    Karen Berry, who battled health issues, founded PrayerBowls. The bowls come with note cards and Scripture.
  12. Hooper: I can't imagine Florida without these

    Human Interest

    Sometimes, I worry about Florida.

    As a native, certain icons, standards and institutions frame my appreciation for living here. It's difficult to envision Florida without them, but sometimes I get a nagging feeling I'll wake up one day and the things that help define my love of the state will be gone.

  13. Upcoming Florida Standards meetings for Hillsborough parents

    K12

    RUSKIN — The Hillsborough County School District is holding informational meetings to be sure students and parents are prepared for the new Florida Standards curriculum, which will be fully implemented when school starts in August.

  14. 'Marvel Universe Live' features Riverview native as Cyclops

    Human Interest

    Benjamin Aycrigg says he didn't set out to make a career of stunt work — he was just looking for a physical activity to replace football. • The Riverview native, 22, played defensive end and outside linebacker for Riverview High School and Northwestern College in Iowa, but in 2011, he returned to Florida …

    Riverview native Benjamin Aycrigg, who is Cyclops in “Marvel Universe Live,” rehearses for the show. Aycrigg, 22, knows a thing or two about action. He played football and has done stunt work.
  15. London Philips dresses up SoHo, Inside the Box serves West Shore, SoHo Juice opens

    Retail

    HYDE PARK — Manhattan SoHo style has arrived in Tampa's own SoHo with the opening of menswear boutique London Philips on Howard Avenue just north of Bayshore Boulevard.