North of Tampa

  1. Bereaved Parents find comfort in one another

    Human Interest

    BRANDON — Charles L'Homme carries white trifold pamphlets to many of his meetings for the Bereaved Parents of the USA.

    We also have a mug of Charles L'Homme, who heads the chapter. That's courtesy of Charles L'Homme.
  2. Have a bite or a puff at Twist Vapor Café


    NEW TAMPA — When Twist Vapor Café opened in New Tampa earlier this summer, it was the realization of a dream for owner Manny Hilmi — with a slight twist.

  3. Seminole Heights bringing second garden into fold

    Human Interest

    SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — It starts with good earth, and that requires truckloads of mulch and horse poop turned with scraps from local restaurants.

    Samantha Clark, left, and Ocea Lattimore harvest beans at Seminole Heights Community Garden at 407 W Violet St. in Tampa this month. A second garden is being prepared at 6011 Highland Ave., a little more than a mile away.
  4. Longtime dress shop owner, 90, retiring; store closing



    Every cocktail dress and wedding gown, veil and tiara — everything is marked down for final sale as Helen Cabrera prepares to close her N Armenia Avenue dress shop.

    Helen Cabrera has matched customers with fashions from her dress shop for decades.
  5. Tampa organist with chops shares spotlight with rising talent

    Human Interest

    A group of toe tapping, head bopping fans and fellow musicians lined the dimly lit bar thirsty for a drink and a good time. While couples swayed and gyrated on a small dance floor, Shawn Brown and his bandmates performed the Chi-Lites hit Oh Girl on a recent Monday evening at Ruby's Elixir in St. Petersburg.

    Shawn Brown delivers a lively set in St. Petersburg recently. 
He has a gig Saturday with two sax players at Tampa Theatre.
  6. Temple Terrace pauses settlement with downtown developer Vlass

    Local Government

    TEMPLE TERRACE — It's a bit too soon to crank up the earth-moving machines at the Downtown Temple Terrace site.

  7. Find A Friend: Sammie Davis

    Human Interest

    Dogma Rescue

    Dogma Rescue had this to say about today's pooch: Sweeter than The Candy Man himself, Sammie Davis is a 25-pound male basset hound-cattle dog mix that loves to be with people. This pup was rescued near Plant City's Timberlane Pet Resort. As a 2-year-old, Sammie Davis is active, playful, …

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    Country music writers to appear in concert

  9. Hillsborough supervisor confident about his first official 'Election Day'


    Craig Latimer and I have something in common.

    Craig Latimer is Hillsborough’s elections supervisor.
  10. Temple Terrace, developer reach settlement on stalled downtown project

    Local Government

    The city of Temple Terrace, eager to move on with its Downtown Temple Terrace project after years of dispute with its developer, is set to get back its undeveloped land from Vlass Temple Terrace by paying Vlass $2 million.