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  1. With lots of love and money, Tampa's historic gems keep shining

    Human Interest


    Raul Lavin entered the world nearly a century ago as a member of the Cuban Club.

    “Every Sunday, the Cuban Club theater would get full. It was a beautiful period,” said Raul Lavin, 98, the club’s oldest member.
  2. Centro Espanol started mutual aid society movement

    Human Interest

    The club that started the mutual aid society movement is now a group of about 60 whose two clubhouses were sold to other entities.

    A 1927 Burgert Bros. photo shows the facade of Centro Espanol on the right at E Seventh Avenue and 16th Street. 
  3. Tampa needs to address demand for downtown parking


    When business starts to pick up at Frank Grebowski's European Wax Center in downtown Tampa, some of his best employees pick up and leave.

    They have to.

  4. PopShop looks to shine light on downtown businesses

    Economic Development

    When Frank Grebowski wanted to open a bikini wax shop, he said people told him to stay away from downtown Tampa. The time wasn't right for retailers.

    Frank Grebowski said business is thriving just 11 months after the European Wax Center opened on Jackson Street. Grebowski helped organized Thursday’s PopShop showcase.
  5. Tampa Heights moves forward with aquaponic garden despite DOT plans

    Human Interest

    TAMPA HEIGHTS — When it opened in 2011, the Tampa Heights Community Garden wasn't just in the business of growing vegetables. It also wanted to grow the community.

    Arianna Simmons, left, and Tampa Heights Community Garden coordinator Kitty Wallace pick carrots in the garden.
  6. Tried and true trio: Teachers have taught at Jesuit for 44 years


    TAMPA — When Joe Sabin started Jesuit High School in 1962, freshmen had to wear school-supplied beanies every day up until the homecoming game.

    Dick Peloquin, from left, Joe Sabin and Ernie Charette all started teaching at Jesuit in 1971. Sabin and Charette attended Jesuit as students.
  7. Helen Gordon Davis' life an example for a new generation


    Helen Gordon Davis died Monday, leaving an indelible legacy as a fighter for women and minorities.

    But who will continue the fight?

  8. Sulphur Springs Elementary readies for K-8 conversion


    TAMPA — About two dozen fifth-graders and their parents gathered in the media center of Sulphur Springs Elementary School last week for a "chat and chew" to learn how the Hillsborough County School District plans to transition the C-rated school to a K-8 community school beginning in the fall.

  9. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Storybook Ball

    The Gumbo Boogie Band fiddled guests into a black-tie bayou at Ronald McDonald House Charities' 16th annual Storybook Ball, this year Swamp Kids, Leif N. Pedersen's tales of Pierre a la Gator, Tutu the turtle and Sashay the Crawfish. Busch Gardens authenticated the series …

    Blake and Ronald McDonald House board member Tate Casper, from left, dine at the Storybook Ball with his sister Allison and Robby Adams at the Marriott Waterside.
  10. For seniors, fall prevention expo May 27 in Brandon

    Life Times

    Better Living for Seniors Hillsborough plans to use Wednesday, the 22nd annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day, as an educational platform on healthy lifestyles and fall prevention.

    A 2014 fall prevention event drew folks to Dunedin’s Hale Senior Activity Center. Better Living for Seniors Hillsborough has an event May 27 at the Brandon Community Center.
  11. New Asian flavors in Westchase, new salon downtown, pizza galore in SouthShore and Brandon


    Tin Drum Asiacafé recently opened its first Florida location in the Bay Arbor Plaza at 3689 Tampa Road.

    Tin Drum Asiacaf?, at 3689 Tampa Road in Oldsmar, mixes traditional Asian fare with bold flavors.
  12. Churches offering plenty of kid options for the summer


    This time of year, parents often ask themselves, what are my kids going to do all summer now that school is almost out?

  13. Love of deviled crab is in the details


    The boasts, the dares, the trash talk rose to such an epic level we knew the argument could only be settled one way.

  14. MyMacDill campaign gathers momentum


    Gov. Rick Scott calls it an "important part of our state's history."

    Mayor Bob Buckhorn points to the people.

    A Navy crew preps an F-18 Hornet for its flight in January at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
  15. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Purple Gala

    Lots of guests wore the color purple — neckties to evening gowns — to the Spring of Tampa Bay's annual Purple Gala, various shades of the bruises often seen on victims of domestic violence.

    Crew 77 president Rachel Radawec, left, and members Jessica Craven and Lillian Chor dine at the Purple Gala with friends from the Spring of Tampa Bay’s social club.