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  1. Editorial: One big gator highlights Floridians' responsibility to co-exist


    Someone posted a video last week of an alligator doing what an alligator does, crossing a Polk County trail to get from one marshy side to the other, and the world beat a path to its door. It was indeed a big gator, but not 15 feet like a television reporter estimated. That would be nearly nine inches longer than the …

  2. Brandies: Don't fear the tree trimmer

    Home and Garden

    Until we had been in Florida for several years, we never had enough trees to need professional trimmers.

    These two big laurel oak trees were fairly small when we moved here, but even then they were too small to move them farther from the house. And I would not have thought of it then.
  3. Chocolate festival to offer sweet eats at Gaither High


    Chocolate bacon, chocolate doughnuts, chocolate drinks, even chocolate ribs.

    Maria Colon and Jason Rosario of GoGo Penguin Shack will be among the vendors at the ‘Official’ Tampa Bay Chocolate Festival II on Jan. 28.
  4. Castor earns prestigious Parke Wright Award

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Jane Castor says she never directly sought leadership roles.

    Former Tampa Police chief Jane Castor was named the winner of Leadership Tampa Alumni’s prestigious Parke Wright III Award.
  5. Shop lets you enjoy a glass of wine while creating your masterpiece


    CITRUS PARK — Whether you like to drink wine while you paint, or just drink wine, a new store at Westfield Citrus Park offers the opportunity to do both.

    At the Winey Wench, class instructors help guide people of any artistic level to paint a 16 x 20 canvas to take home. Photo by Danielle Hauser.
  6. Friendly greeter opens Pet Supplies Plus


    LAND O' LAKES — Shoppers at Pet Supplies Plus in Land O'Lakes are likely to be greeted by Wrigley, an 8-year-old golden retriever. This sweet and friendly dog belongs to husband and wife, Mike and Barb O'Malley, owners of the new store.

    hillsevbiz012017: Mike and Barb O'Malley are owners of the new Pet Supplies Store in Land 'O Lakes. Photo by Danielle Hauser
  7. Glenda Smith, who helped horses and people at Carrollwood farm, dead at 63


    TAMPA — Glenda Smith's love affair with horses bloomed when she was young, a tiny blonde-haired girl taking riding lessons astride large, majestic beasts at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club.

    Glenda Smith, working here at her Carrollwood farm, took care of abused, abandoned and neglected horses for more than 30 years. She died Jan. 15.
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    SouthShore Uncorked hosts cornhole contest

  9. Henderson: There are good people in our town — a lot of them lawyers


    Hunger never takes a day off. It doesn't go on break or vacation, and it often strikes those least prepared to fight back.

    There are great programs in Hillsborough public schools to provide free or low-cost breakfast and lunch for students who qualify. Feeding those same students and their families on non-school days is the concern of End 68 Hours of Hunger, a private program with a chapter in the Tampa area.
  10. Altman: Military museum in Largo still hoping for last-minute rescue


    On Jan. 29, unless someone comes charging to the rescue like Patton's Third Army relieving the besieged troops at Bastogne, the Armed Forces History Museumin Largo will raise the white flag and close its doors for good.

    The Armed Forces History Museum, opened in 2008, is scheduled to close for good Jan. 29 unless a last-minute rescuer emerges. The museum has been running in the red since it opened in 2008 but was financially supported by it's founder, John J. Piazza, Sr. who died recently. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]