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  1. Hurdle cleared, Children's Board now focuses on future


    TAMPA — Children's Board of Hillsborough County executive director Kelley Parris obsessively checked the legislative tracking site on her computer.

    Kelley Parris, executive director of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough, applauds the new bill.
  2. Century-old First Baptist Church of College Hill remains relevant


    More than a century ago, a church opened in the heart of east Tampa, offering community members a gathering place in times of worship, joy and sorrow.

    Pastor Evan Burrows of First Baptist Church of College Hill is planning a new facility.
  3. New Next Generation Ballet director brings wealth of experience to Patel Conservatory


    Philip Neal and Peter Stark met in San Francisco 31 years ago at a summer intensive in San Francisco, much like the one Neal now leads as the new artistic director of Next Generation Ballet and Patel Conservatory dance department chair.

    Philip Neal leads the Patel Conservatory’s ballet summer intensive at the Straz in Tampa. Neal is the new artistic director of Next Generation Ballet and Patel’s dance department chair.
  4. Kid fitness in Brandon, pizza on Platt St., BW3 in Wesley Chapel


    Thurlowe Russell grew up running the hills of his native Jamaica.

    My Gym Children’s Fitness Center in Brandon has free trials during a grand opening celebration that runs through Aug. 2.
  5. East bay fishing report for July 24


    Hot times. Here we are again with the summer heat and humidity. The water on the flats is pushing 90 degrees by mid morning and the inshore bite starts to slow. You may want to move to deeper water and go mackerel, snapper and trout fishing.

    PT_344935_CODD_REPORT PHOTO 1 OF 1 CAPTION: (10/05/2011, LAND O' LAKES) Photo of Mike Gore for the East Bay fishing report. SUMMARY: Headshot of Captain Mike Gore to go with East Bay fishing report. [STEPHEN J. CODDINGTON, Times]
  6. Centerfielder gets big payoff by playing small ball



    Yankees outfield prospect Dustin Fowler's reputation preceded his call-up to advanced-A ball in Tampa.

    Since his call-up to the Tampa Yankees from the Charleston RiverDogs, Dustin Fowler has hit .318 with nine RBIs in 18 games.
  7. Computer Mentors offers programming training for youth

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — When she graduates high school in four years, Tikera Daniel, 14, wants to pursue a career as a crime scene investigator.

    Jonathan Wenzel, standing, helps STEM Corps summer camp student Tikera Daniel with her website design.
  8. Deviled Crab Throwdown contestants will dish up Tampa history Saturday


    WEST TAMPA — Get Rep. Janet Cruz talking deviled crabs and the memories roll out.

    Leslie Albach rolls a deviled crab at the Seabreeze Trolley Cafe. The Seabreeze will be one of several restaurants participating in the July 18 Deviled Crab Throwdown in West Tampa. Photos by Helen Anne Travis.
  9. East Bay Fishing Report for July 17


    Tricky weather. Recent heavy rains over Tampa Bay have cooled water temperatures, triggering redfish to leisurely feed. But recent repeated days of high temperatures still have area waters in the upper 80s, making fishing in general relatively tough.

  10. Hooper: Helping prepare young people for new lives, new careers


    In her past: the earthquake that ravaged her homeland of Haiti, journeying to the United States and leaving behind a mother she hasn't seen in five years.

    Strawberry Crest High senior Teddy Verra spent time with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue driver engineer Ragon Frost, learning about the agency’s dispatch department.
  11. Davis comes home to 'shed some light'


    TAMPA — Ryan Davis wants neighborhood kids to enjoy the rest of their summer vacation. But when it is time for school, he also wants to make sure they're prepared.

    Ryan Davis left Bethune-Cookman early to prepare for the NFL draft, but returned to get his degree.
  12. More options for dining on Gandy, nutrition in Westchase, clothing in Brandon


    Gandy Boulevard in South Tampa has seen an influx of new business lately.

    Diners can get their late-night grub and drink on when the new Applebee’s opens at 4411 W Gandy Blvd. on July 20.
  13. Hooper: The Spring's new addition offers soothing words along with a safe home


    Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

    — Lucille Ball

    Photos and inspiring quotes from famous people, including Rosa Parks and Ann Landers, adorn the hallway at the Spring.
  14. Ciccio Group partner envisions more SoHo success


    SOUTH TAMPA — Sandwiched between Kennedy and Bayshore boulevards, nearly 40 restaurants and bars along South Howard Avenue rake in more than $1 million a weekend, the highest dining revenue in the city.

    Jeff Gigante, center, poses with donors at a 2014 fundraiser for the Children’s Cancer Center, a nonprofit he routinely supports. Gigante is a partner in the Ciccio Restaurant Group and president of the SoHo Business Alliance in Tampa.
  15. Smokehouse in FishHawk, yoga in Tampa Heights, 'doggy daycare' in Westchase


    LITHIA — Brandon, the bartender at Park Square Prime Smokehouse, calls him Wilson.

    Brad Wilson, left, stands with FishHawk residents Betsy and Paul Biarsky, who dined at Wilson’s Park Square Prime Smokehouse each of the first four nights it was open.