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

    Human Interest

    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 …

    Pallavi Patel, left, Stageworks Theatre gala co-chairwoman Andrea Graham and board member Chris Brown celebrate Jan. 17.
  2. Hillsborough real estate transactions for Jan. 30

    Hillsborough real estate transactions for Jan. 30

    Real Estate


    1236 Acappella Ln., to Cary B. Sappington & Ellen N. Sappington by Richard L. George & Vernita George, $599,000, 11-19-2014.

  3. Gasparilla historian compiles more than a century of frivolity

    Human Interest

    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 …

    [Times (1979)]
The blasts of cannon and sounds of merriment echo down the Hillsborough River as Jose Gaspar and his pirate krewe sail into Tampa in 1979.
  4. Inaugural Bill Minahan Award honors spirit of legendary Hillsborough football coach


    TAMPA — Bill Minahan's influence did not end when his life did.

    Plant City’s Markese Hargrove, center, was honored with the Minahan Award and a $1,500 scholarship for his leadership and his selflessness.
  5. Hooper: MaryEllen Elia ouster was decided on Nov. 4


    The Hillsborough County School Board taught a civics lesson with its dismissal of superintendent MaryEllen Elia.

    [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
Hillsborough County school superintendent MaryEllen Elia listens to a supporter at the meeting Tuesday, Jan. 20. The board voted to fire Elia.
  6. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest


    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 …

    Judy Green, CEO Premier/Sotheby’s International Realty, left, Kurt Gleeson, Lena White and Tracy Eisnaugle take in the scene at Quintessence on Jan. 16.
  7. Couple to recall childhood struggles at Holocaust Remembrance event

    Human Interest

    YBOR CITY — Dr. John Rinde turned 7 in the Lvov ghetto, confined there with all the other Jews from his town of Przemysl, Poland.

    Dr. John Rinde and his wife, Toni, were able to escape the Nazi persecution of Jews by pretending to be Catholic in Poland.
  8. Expert: Spirituality the answer to emotional eating


    Recently, after undergoing extensive medical testing, my doctor diagnosed me with celiac disease and autoimmune malabsorption.

    Tricia and Roy Nelson teach others how to use spirituality to have a healthy lifestyle.
  9. Monster Jam returns with local couples living large



    Melissa Grubb and Tj Tripp had a choice.

    Tripp was traveling the world as part of a monster truck crew while Grubb was back home in Daytona Beach working as a retail store manager. The separation anxiety grew into, well, a monster and Grubb wanted Tripp to crush it like his truck crushes cars.

    Mohawk Warrior’s crew chief Lindsey Hilgendorf and driver BJ Johnson remove the super charger from their truck.
  10. Amy Scherzer's Diary, a weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Person of Vision

    Rarely, if ever, has the intent and title of Prevent Blindness Florida's annual Person of Vision award been a better fit then when Jeff and Penny Vinik took the honor Jan. 8. Emcee Brendan McLaughlin of WFTS-Ch. 28 was first to thank them for making their home in Tampa …

    Persons of Vision dinner co-chairs Kevin Bakewell and Lorna Taylor, from left, salute Penny and Jeff Vinik, the 2015 Persons of Vision benefit for Prevent Blindness Florida.