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  1. The Space at 2106 Main looks to energize Old West Tampa

    Human Interest

    OLD WEST TAMPA — The time is now, predicts banker- turned-developer Rob Morris, to raise the curtain on Old West Tampa, starting with a community theater he's renovating north of the Howard/Armenia Avenue exit of Interstate 275.

    Jared O’Roark, from left, Erica Sutherlin and developer Rob Morris make up the creative team running the Space at 2106 Main in Old West Tampa.
  2. Sister Nancy, Bill Murray's sister, entertains at conference


    Actor Bill Murray, star of films including Caddyshack, Zombieland and Groundhog Day, has a sister who is — wait for it — a nun.

    Sister Nancy Murray, sister of actor Bill Murray, entertained at a Catholic Women's Conference in Tampa on Sept. 26 with her portrayal of Catherine of Siena. Photos courtesy of WBVM-FM 90.5 (Spirit FM).
  3. tbt* party pix from Together As One at Jackson's Bistro in Tampa

    This week's party scene is at Jackson's Bistro in Tampa for the weekly Together As One Saturday celebration.

    Kristina Lucky, Anna Maria, and Stephanie Zohn pose for a photo at Jackson’s Bistro in Tampa for their weekly Together As One Saturday night celebration.
  4. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Art of Helping Children gala

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay billed its 17th annual gala as An Evening of Wine and Roses, but guests heard that Port Richey police Chief Rob Lovering's rough and tough New Jersey childhood was no bed of roses 30 years ago. Witnessing a surprise reunion with his …

    Bill Patchett, left, was reunited with Port Richey police Chief Rob Lovering, who was his “Little Brother” in New Jersey 30 years ago, at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay annual gala sponsored for the 17th year by Ron Broadrick, right.
  5. Seminole Heights draws escape game


    Leave your smartphones behind and take a trip down the rabbit hole at the all new interactive live puzzle experience, Rabbit Hole Escape Games.

     Just a hint at what to expect inside Rabbit Hole Escape Games.
  6. Malcolm X's daughter keynotes Saunders Library gala


    TAMPA — Ilyasah Shabazz was just 2 years old when assassins gunned down her father, civil rights activist Malcolm X, 50 years ago at Manhattan's Audubon Ballroom.

    Ilyasah Shabazz’s latest book chronicles the life of her father, civil rights activist Malcolm X.
  7. Childhood cancer battle connects families hoping for a cure


    TAMPA — Sofia Anderson has her mother's smile and easily lights up a room.

    Catalina Anderson with her 21/2-year-old daughter, Sofia, who has neuroblastoma. An annual karaoke fundraiser to find a cure for the cancer runs Saturday at the Orpheum in Ybor City.
  8. UT students vie for prestigious $1 million business prize


    On Saturday, a group of University of Tampa students will pitch their business to five esteemed judges, including former President Bill Clinton, hoping to win $1 million in seed capital funding.

    A Tembo home educator in Lagos, Nigeria, trains a parent on educating her child with Tembo’s Early Childhood Education Curriculum, as co-founder Brent Caramanica supervises.
  9. Diary: Weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    FARA Energy Ball

    Sept. 19: With a list of live auction items that included a fun-filled excursion to New York and London, a wine dinner for 20 prepared by Carrabba's co-founder Damian Mandola and lavish getaways to Cascade, Mont., and Pebble Beach, Calif., people expected the annual …

    With a country music theme of “Kick Friedreich’s Ataxia,” Sam Bridgman, a graduate student at the University of South Florida, and Kyle Bryant, the rideATAXIA program director, sported cowboy hats at the FARA Energy Ball. Both men suffer from Friedreich’s ataxia, a disease that attacks the nervous system.
  10. Hooper: Politics needs more female leaders


    You can have a pretty good argument about whether women or men make better leaders.

    Renee Dabbs, founder of the Women Empowering Women in Legislation and Leadership (WEWILL), wants more women to become engaged in politics. 

Photo courtesy of Renee Dabbs.
  11. Boosters say Ybor City is the logical spot for a Cuban consulate

    Economic Development

    YBOR CITY — Despite the bouquets St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is throwing Cuba's way, Ybor City boosters believe the island nation's choice for its first consulate in the United States in more than a half century should be the Tampa's famed district.

    Fidel Castro, center, is pictured with La Gaceta founder Victoriano Manteiga, second from right, in 1955 in Ybor City’s Marti-Maceo club. Castro was raising money for the revolution.
  12. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Tampa Theatre's 14th annual WineFest

    The Guagliardo family, from left, Joseph R. “J.R.,” son Sal Sr. and grandchildren Sal Jr. and Laurenleigh DePristo were honored by the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce at the 50th annual gala at the Columbia Restaurant. The family started G. Guagliardo & Sons in 1911.
  13. Big Ray's culls family recipes to deliver seafood servings


    For his very first restaurant, Nick Cruz chose to treat diners to his favorite cuisine, seafood.

    Big Ray's Fish Camp and Grille is an old-timey, no frills fish camp with menu items like grouper sandwiches and conch fritters. Owner Nick Cruz used fishing photos and fishing gear to decorate the interior. He also sourced local wood for the floors and tables.
  14. Hometown Hillsborough

    Human Interest

    USF engineering students compete at NASA building space exploration tools

    Valrico teen earns Eagle Scout rank 
with assisted living community project Alan Wolfe of Boy Scout Troop 665 in Valrico completed his Eagle Scout project at The Bridges Assisted Living Community in Riverview. The project was the installation of a new flagpole and solar lights as well as additional landscaping around the flagpole. Wolfe’s grandparents, Charles and Florence Soens, are residents of The Bridges. Wolfe was in charge of planning, fundraising and completing the flagpole project. He has been a Boy Scout since second grade and is a freshman at Bloomingdale High School.
  15. East bay fishing report for Sept. 18


    Good times. As fall nears, we're entering a great time of year. Although recent torrential rains have kept most anglers checking the weather radar for storms, fishing has been solid and should improve until it starts to get cold. Now is the time to enjoy great fishing and wonderful weather.