Like most freshman, Abagail Meler, 14, had a lot to learn when she made the leap to East Bay High School.
TAMPA — Lynn Maureen Spies says she has ridden Gwazi, Busch Gardens' wooden roller coaster, more times than she can remember.
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 …
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 — 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.
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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 …
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 …
TAMPA — Bill Minahan's influence did not end when his life did.
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.
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 …
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.
YBOR CITY — Dr. John Rinde turned 7 in the Lvov ghetto, confined there with all the other Jews from his town of Przemysl, Poland.
Recently, after undergoing extensive medical testing, my doctor diagnosed me with celiac disease and autoimmune malabsorption.
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 …