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  1. Ospreys occupy utility poles thanks to program


    Osprey nests can be spotted all along U.S. 41 in Lutz and Land O'Lakes. You also can find them atop light poles at high school football stadiums in Hillsborough and Pasco.

    With the rebound in population, ospreys have made homes all over Florida and especially in Central Florida with its numerous lakes, tributaries and estuaries. And that meant more nesting atop utility poles, where they can look for fish and spot predators.
  2. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Fork Fight 2015

    An army of chefs, waiters and food broker recruits fought the war on hunger at Feeding America Tampa Bay's five-course Fork Fight feast. Secret weapons included Fodder & Shine, Mise en Place and Vizcaya's fancy canapes followed by Café Ponte's smoked salmon; Pearl in the Grove's red …

    Winn Dixie regional vice president Eddie Garcia, left, Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation director Elizabeth Frazier and Feeding America Tampa Bay executive director Tom Mantz visit at Fork Fight.
  3. Tried and true trio: Teachers have taught at Jesuit for 44 years


    TAMPA — When Joe Sabin started Jesuit High School in 1962, freshmen had to wear school-supplied beanies every day up until the homecoming game.

    Dick Peloquin, from left, Joe Sabin and Ernie Charette all started teaching at Jesuit in 1971. Sabin and Charette attended Jesuit as students.
  4. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Storybook Ball

    The Gumbo Boogie Band fiddled guests into a black-tie bayou at Ronald McDonald House Charities' 16th annual Storybook Ball, this year Swamp Kids, Leif N. Pedersen's tales of Pierre a la Gator, Tutu the turtle and Sashay the Crawfish. Busch Gardens authenticated the series …

    Blake and Ronald McDonald House board member Tate Casper, from left, dine at the Storybook Ball with his sister Allison and Robby Adams at the Marriott Waterside.
  5. New Asian flavors in Westchase, new salon downtown, pizza galore in SouthShore and Brandon


    Tin Drum Asiacafé recently opened its first Florida location in the Bay Arbor Plaza at 3689 Tampa Road.

    Tin Drum Asiacaf?, at 3689 Tampa Road in Oldsmar, mixes traditional Asian fare with bold flavors.
  6. Churches offering plenty of kid options for the summer


    This time of year, parents often ask themselves, what are my kids going to do all summer now that school is almost out?

  7. MyMacDill campaign gathers momentum


    Gov. Rick Scott calls it an "important part of our state's history."

    Mayor Bob Buckhorn points to the people.

    A Navy crew preps an F-18 Hornet for its flight in January at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
  8. Temple Terrace's redevelopment director offers confident vision for 'City Center'

    Economic Development

    TEMPLE TERRACE — As a boy growing up in Columbus, Ind., Martin Hudson passed the time in church drawing cities on the back of the programs.

    Martin Hudson, 44, looks to avoid the pitfalls that have plagued the city’s downtown project.
  9. Panini's expands to Westchase, Davis Islands gets coffee bar and more Starbucks in SouthShore


    What started out as a Cleveland late-night spot for beer and sandwiches has turned into a full service restaurant with 18 locations.

    Panini’s Westchase location is at 12227 W Linebaugh Ave. in the former Stone Chase grill site.
  10. Congregation Beth Shalom celebrates 25 years in Brandon


    A quarter century ago, a small group of families gathered to create a reform Jewish congregation in the developing Brandon area.

    Rabbi Betsy Torop leads Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon. It is celebrating its 25th year.