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  1. Hillsborough real estate transactions for Nov. 28

    Real Estate

    APOLLO BEACH

    436 Islebay Dr., to Thomas L. Cantrell by Geoffrey R. Szymanski, $415,000, 10-15-2014.

  2. Wesley Chapel mom's determination helps her become young adult novelist

    Human Interest

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Amy Christine Parker sat in the car line at her daughters' school when the news arrived in an email.

    Author Amy Christine Parker talks to seventh-graders at Dr. John Long Middle School on Monday. 
  3. City approves $1.6 million settlement with developer in Downtown Temple Terrace

    Local Government

    TEMPLE TERRACE — Taking a step designed to get the long-stalled Downtown Temple Terrace project moving again, the City Council voted this week to pay $1.6 million to sever the troubled partnership with its developer, Vlass Temple Terrace.

  4. Hillsborough schools seeking redemption this week in football playoffs

    Footballpreps

    Redemption will be front and center in this week's second-round playoff football action. Plant and Armwood each face an opponent defeated in the region semifinals last season while Jesuit-Spoto and Sickles-Tampa Bay Tech face off in regular-season rematches. All games start at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $8.

  5. Play It Forward event supports aspiring musicians

    Human Interest

    On Christmas morning, when Caroline Kole was 8 years old, she unwrapped a present from her parents. Her first guitar.

    Singer Caroline Kole signs autographs for Clair Mel Elementary students. Kole will perform at Instruments of Change’s concert.
  6. Amy Scherzer's Diary: A weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Sustainable Buzz

    Grow and thrive, but protect and sustain. That's the Sustany Foundation's message, served to nearly 1,000 like-minded folks at its seventh annual Sustainable Buzz. Locally sourced, organic, fresh and natural were the buzzwords as 40-plus restaurants, wine stewards and brewmasters converged …

    Andrew McIntosh, a founder of the Sustainable Business Coalition, left, and Sustany Foundation members David Reed, Andrea Cheney and Janet Hall thank supporters like Tampa economic opportunity administrator Bob McDonaugh. 
  7. Plant City's Pig Jam expands to two days

    Events

    PLANT CITY — Barbecue aficionados are gearing up for the 12th annual Pig Jam.

    Carey Willis of Carey Willis BBQ loved serving fans at the 2013 Plant City Pig Jam.
  8. East Bay Fishing Report

    Outdoors

    Seasons change. Transition time is here. Time to take the nets, reels and rods in for repairs as winter moves in.

  9. Operation Reveille provides housing, services for homeless veterans

    Veterans

    TAMPA

    On Veterans Day, 50 ex-military members got the one thing they never should have had to go without: a home.

    Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller irons a pillowcase as he helps prepare one of the Palms at University apartments. Operation Reveille also offers wraparound services that include health care and financial counseling.
  10. Her mission: Healthy kids taking a stand against tobacco

    Health

    Nikki Ross-Inda likes to carry around a plastic container full of thick, brownish liquid.

    Nikki Ross-Inda, center, created the Moffitt Healthy Kidz Program, which educates underserved youth and their families through activities addressing mental and physical health.  [Times file photo]