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Northwest Hillsborough & New Tampa

  1. Westchase residents ready to put bark in new park

    Local Government

    WESTCHASE — Four years ago, as Joe Odda walked around Westchase sidewalks to exercise his energetic and friendly Boston terrier, Libby, he and his neighbors continually felt something was missing.

    Joe Odda and his Boston terrier, Libby, will soon have a new place near home to enjoy — Northwest Dog Park.
  2. Congregation Beth Am rabbi still marching for justice

    Religion

    In August 2015, Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, leader at Congregation Beth Am in Tampa, joined the Journey for Justice.

  3. HCSO installs drop boxes for unused, unwanted medication

    Briefs

    Times staff

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has installed permanent drug drop-boxes at four of its patrol district offices.

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has installed four permanent drug drop-boxes.
  4. Investigation of principal reveals strife among staff, PTA at Hillsborough's Bailey Elementary

    K12

    DOVER — It began in April, when the Hills-borough County School District froze end-of-the-year spending earlier than usual.

    Larry Sykes, in one of his last acts as chief of schools, reassigned Bailey Elementary principal Russell Wallace to assistant principal at Bryan Elementary at his same pay: $77,000 a year. 
  5. Separate fires at Hillsborough County shia mosques both deemed accidental

    Religion

    TOWN 'N COUNTRY — The smell of charred wood still hangs on the musty air inside the little mosque off George Road. On Thursday morning, leaders of the Muslim worship space strolled over soggy carpets, past scorched walls and under caved ceilings, surveying what remained after a Monday afternoon fire.

    Victor Perez, the Islamic Education Center caretaker, enters the fire-ravaged building Monday. Perez said he was returning from grocery shopping when he saw the fire coming from a wall.
  6. One year later, Bass Pro has become center of burgeoning development in Brandon

    Business

    BRANDON

    Last July, the parking lot to Bass Pro Shops was flooded with hundreds of people welcoming the outdoors retailer to Tampa Bay.

    Bass Pro paid about $52,219 in property taxes in 2015, according to Hillsborough County records. The amount figured to increase in 2016, an official says.
  7. Council gets vastly different offers for downtown Temple Terrace

    Local Government

    TEMPLE TERRACE — City Council members must decide between two vastly different proposals — and offers — for the near 1.5-acre lot on the southeast corner of Bullard Parkway and 56th Street, the anchor for the Downtown Temple Terrace project.

  8. From the coffeehouse to the fashion house: Modeling takes South Tampa woman to Paris

    Human Interest

    SOUTH TAMPA

    Late for a casting, Leianna Casella, 21, ran through the cobbled streets of Paris in 4-inch heels, balancing a backpack, a purse and her modeling portfolio.

    Leianna Casella, left talks with Rachel Baeder, right, at the Foundation Coffee Shop in Riverview Tuesday, July 19, 2016.  Casella just returned from a two month modeling gig in Paris, France.
  9. War of 1812 files a rich cache for ancestry hunters

    Human Interest

    Did your ancestor serve in the war where the United States invaded Canada? Seriously, that really happened — several times in 1813.

    This is a 19th century military pension document filed by Elizabeth Hiatt, the widow of Caleb Hiatt.
  10. Civilian airliner carries new generals on national tour of commands

    Military

    No, Delta Flight 8965 wasn't at the wrong airport when it took off from MacDill Air Force Base on Tuesday evening.

    A Boeing 757 flown by Delta Air Lines, like this one pictured in the skies over Seattle, took off last week from MacDill Air Force Base. A civilian jet is a rare site at the military installation.