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  1. Guidmii helps high school students point toward the future


    Like most freshman, Abagail Meler, 14, had a lot to learn when she made the leap to East Bay High School.

     William Farragut of Lighthouse Guidance Systems. This is for a story on Guidmii, a system designed to help Hillsborough County middle and high school teens prepare for college.   Photo courtesy of William Farragut
  2. Busch Gardens' Gwazi roller coaster's final run Sunday (w/video)


    TAMPA — Lynn Maureen Spies says she has ridden Gwazi, Busch Gardens' wooden roller coaster, more times than she can remember.

    Gwazi is the largest and fastest “dueling” wooden roller coaster in the Southeast. Ridership has been lagging.
  3. Travel through time with our '100 doubloons' of Gasparilla in Tampa Bay

    Human Interest

    Who knew a civic prank — businessmen pretending to invade Tampa during the 1904 May Festival — would evolve into the city's signature event, lending its name to festivals, a road race and conjuring the mascot of a pro football team a century later? Since those pirates, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, mixed …

    The invasion flagship of Jose Gaspar passes under the Platt and Brorein street bridges for the last time in 1975.
  4. It's a team family for Crusaders basketball coach Don Dziagwa


    TAMPA — Don Dziagwa has a pretty standard coach's office. Motivational posters hang on the walls, there's a cabinet full of awards and photographs of his family line the edge of his desk.

    Tampa Catholic coach Don Dziagwa, right, and his younger son, junior point guard Thomas Dziagwa,  during a timeout against Tampa Prep on Tuesday.
  5. Chief Castor honored at South Tampa Chamber dinner


    TAMPA — The installation of new members and the announcements of award winners brought loud cheers from the crowd at the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards last week, but the recognition of Tampa police Chief Jane Castor as Citizen of the Year brought the crowd to its feet.

    Tampa police Chief Jane Castor was named Citizen of the Year.
  6. Hometown Hillsborough

    Human Interest

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    Hometown Hillsborough publishes on Fridays. Send news of everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from family reunions, a local achievement, celebrations or simply good news you want to trumpet. To make a submission, contact Hometown Hillsborough coordinator Chelsea …

    Civilian employee honored for service: More than 120 men and women, civilian and active duty members came together on Jan. 12 to recognize Kaye Sass for her 26 years as a civilian employee with the Department of Defense at a special ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base. Brigadier Gen. Charles Potter presented Sass with the Award for Meritorious Civilian Service while her husband, retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer John Sass gave her the Air Force Civilian Service Retirement pin. Sass was also given a flag flown at the U.S. Central Command, the Airman Leadership School on the base and also on the USS Midway, the first ship her father served on. As regent of the Tampa Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Sass also received recognition and honors from the group.
  7. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrap-up of Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Fusion, Stageworks Theatre gala

    Fusion fit as theme and philosophy for Stageworks Theatre, whose collaborative culture rocked its ninth annual gala. President Simone Barefield's welcome and board member Chris Brown's experiences as an inner-city kid in Jersey City put guests in a giving mood …

    Pallavi Patel, left, Stageworks Theatre gala co-chairwoman Andrea Graham and board member Chris Brown celebrate Jan. 17.
  8. Gasparilla historian compiles more than a century of frivolity

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Bill Carson picks out a 1914 Gasparilla postcard. He leafs through a 1954 National Geographic article that reports on the Gasparilla invasion. He has files and files of invitations, programs and photos of yore, but it's the club's central piece of hardware that most intrigues the historian of Ye …

    [Times (1979)]
The blasts of cannon and sounds of merriment echo down the Hillsborough River as Jose Gaspar and his pirate krewe sail into Tampa in 1979.
  9. Inaugural Bill Minahan Award honors spirit of legendary Hillsborough football coach


    TAMPA — Bill Minahan's influence did not end when his life did.

    Plant City’s Markese Hargrove, center, was honored with the Minahan Award and a $1,500 scholarship for his leadership and his selflessness.
  10. History Center exhibit 'Art of Piracy' mixes facts and fiction


    When revelers at the 100th Gasparilla Pirate Fest enjoy Captain Morgan Spiced Rum — and mock the pirate whose foot is propped on a barrel — they can thank Sarasota-based artist Don Maitz.

    Tampa Bay History Center collections manager Malerie Dorman and curator Rodney Kite-Powell look at the back of the original 1982 painting of Captain Morgan by Don Maitz.
  11. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest


    Access to excess. The multifaceted Quintessence granted just that with look-sees at luxury transportation, fashion, cuisine and entertainment. Guests climbed aboard boats, planes, cars and RVs parked at Davis Islands' Peter O. Knight Airport. Bars surrounded swanky lounge seating and …

    Judy Green, CEO Premier/Sotheby’s International Realty, left, Kurt Gleeson, Lena White and Tracy Eisnaugle take in the scene at Quintessence on Jan. 16.
  12. Clementine Café via Airstream is coming to Ybor Daily Market



    They're still talking about the chicken.

    "It was perfect," said Theresa Bloise, a food blogger at She Bites, who was one of about 20 people at a private dinner last weekend catered by the soon-to-debut Ybor City restaurant Clementine Café.

    Brian and Misty Sommers and their son, Franklin, 8, pose in front of their Airstream at Executive Auto Design in Largo on Jan. 20. The Land Yacht will become Clementine Café, which will be at the Ybor Daily Market at 1920 E Seventh Ave. in Ybor City in February.
  13. Couple to recall childhood struggles at Holocaust Remembrance event

    Human Interest

    YBOR CITY — Dr. John Rinde turned 7 in the Lvov ghetto, confined there with all the other Jews from his town of Przemysl, Poland.

    Dr. John Rinde and his wife, Toni, were able to escape the Nazi persecution of Jews by pretending to be Catholic in Poland.
  14. Expert: Spirituality the answer to emotional eating


    Recently, after undergoing extensive medical testing, my doctor diagnosed me with celiac disease and autoimmune malabsorption.

    Tricia and Roy Nelson teach others how to use spirituality to have a healthy lifestyle.
  15. East Bay Fishing Report For Jan. 23


    Snook search. Snook that should normally be deep in the creeks this time of year are not. On the warmest days the fish will venture to the mouths of the creeks they call home in search of some warming rays. Problem is these guys are super spooky in the clear water. Long casts are a must unless you are stalking …