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

    Human Interest

    YMKG Debutantes

    Thanksgiving Eve ranks as one of the biggest party nights of the year, especially for female college sophomores returning home to make their debuts before Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. Of course, the royal debutante ball began as a formal pirate affair Nov. 25, with King James Von Thron, …

    The Straz family celebrates Keebler’s formal debut at the Hilton downtown Tampa. From left are Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla King XCIX David, Keebler and Catherine Straz.
  2. Local Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter celebrates 75th anniversary

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — For four years, Jefferson High School senior Cameron Padgett, has balanced playing basketball, serving president of an honor society, and participating in a civic organization, all while maintaining a stellar academic record.

    Carolyn House Stewart is honorary chairman of the 75th anniversary festivities.
  3. Holiday Hopes: After losing her parents, Plant High senior strives for success

    Human Interest


    On the morning her mother wouldn't wake up, Chaelle Garcon climbed from the bed where they had slept since she was born and went outside to look for something to eat.

    Chaelle Garcon wipes away tears before reciting her poem last week during the Starting Right, Now poetry slam at Stageworks Theatre in Tampa. Starting Right, Now is a nonprofit that serves unaccompanied teens.
  4. Revolution Ice Cream arises in Tampa


    SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Customers can't seem to get enough of Bill Workman's original ice cream creations.

    Revolution Ice Cream Co. serves original flavors created by owner, Bill Workman. Featured is the Chocolate Shock Ice Cream with a Peanut Butter Drizzle. Photo Credit: Bill Workman
  5. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    LifePath Hospice Island Night

    Italian Club Ladies Auxiliary president Gilda Capitano, left, thanks her daughter,  Macy’s Miracle on 7th chairwoman Celeste Capitano Lazzara and vice president Sharon Mangione for the successful lunch.
  6. Pop culture helps local archery enthusiasts get to the point

    Human Interest


    Bryce Smith first picked up archery when his daughter saw Princess Merida shoot a bow in Disney's Brave.

    Bows line the walls of Adventures Archery in Brandon.
  7. Local entrepreneur Gary Hartfield inspires people to Stand

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — It was 1989 and Gary Hartfield had flunked out of Florida A&M University for the first time.

    State Rep. Ed Narain, 
D-Tampa, left, greets local entrepreneur Gary Hartfield at Hartfield’s book release party.
  8. Academy of the Holy Names student creates nonprofit to help All Children's patients

    Human Interest

    SOUTH TAMPA — At a time when most high school juniors fret about what to wear for prom or where to attend college, 16-year-old Elizabeth Dolan is running a nonprofit to help children with cancer and their families.

    Elizabeth Dolan listens as Academy of the Holy Names president Art Raimo speaks about her during a Nov. 12 event to support Cross Out Cancer, a 5K race.
  9. Bar review: Hidden Springs Ale Works is at home in Tampa Heights

    Bars & Spirits

    Just a few blocks from downtown Tampa lies a mostly barren section of the Tampa Heights neighborhood, where a few popular businesses reside, such as Café Hey and Oceanic Market, bordered by shuttered old buildings and dirt lots.

    A Deja Moo Nitro milk stout, from left, a Hidden Springs IPA and a Hidden Springs growler.
  10. Miguel's to roll out new all-day concept


    After opening his restaurant, Miguel's Mexican Seafood Restaurant and Grill, 23 years ago, owner Miguel Rodriguez is expanding to include a new concept, Miguelito's Taqueria Y Tequila.

    Construction continues on Miguelito's Taqueria and Tequila.
  11. The Write Stuff: a boutique with retro note cards, wedding invitations


    In a time when most notes are sent via text message and email, Lynn Kelyman keeps the paper tradition alive. The Write Stuff, her South Tampa boutique, has sold stationery and other paper goods for 12 years and though communications are increasingly going digital, her customers count on her now more than ever for an …

    New paper generation. Rifle Paper Co. products such as a journal ($18) and to-do list ($15) are popular with a younger crowd. The company is based in Winter Park.
  12. Jack Espinosa's new memoir tells of his early comedy career

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Jack Espinosa, master of the funny story, packs a lot of craziness into Sacafiesta.

    Jack Espinosa, former standup comic, high school history teacher and spokesman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, teaches American History at Canterbury Towers Monday, 2/2/2015.  The students signed up through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USF.   	
  13. Feldman elevates his UT support with 1920s themed party


    Partygoers will need a password to enter Feldman's Flappers and Fedoras tonight.

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

    Human Interest

    JDRF Dream Gala

    A Friday the 13th Dream Gala sure was lucky for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Tampa Bay chapter, which raised $600,000 "to turn Type 1 into Type None," said Night of Hope emcee Jen Holloway, who pointed out youngsters wearing patches that monitor their insulin level via …

    Tampa Bay Chapter of JDRF honors Pam and Les Muma, from left, for their philanthropy at the annual gala 
co-chaired by Marilyn and John Connelly at the Marriott Waterside on Nov. 13.
  15. Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey offering circus tickets for food donations


    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are offering tickets to the opening night of their circus show Legends in Tampa in exchange for food donations to Metropolitan Ministries from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Amalie Arena.