North of Tampa

  1. Rotary launches campaign to buy heart defibrillators for police cars

    Health

    TAMPA — Tampa police will be able to take on the role of life-saving paramedics under a plan to supply 100 police cars with portable heart defibrillators this year.

    Rotary Club of Tampa president Wayne Critcher presents a portable defibrillator to Tampa police Chief Jane Castor this week. Looking on is Rotarian Bill Gillen.
  2. Corpus Christi school celebrates 50th anniversary

    K12

    TEMPLE TERRACE — As parents, parishioners and their friends mingled during a night of live and silent auctions, dancing and dinner at Corpus Christi Catholic School's gala, the annual event, held at Saddlebrook Resort, took on more meaning than usual.

  3. Love plant shopping? A fun new nursery (and older reader favorites)

    Features

    I can find almost anything online, but some things — plants and blue jeans in particular — should be fondled before buying. We need to fuss over the selection, try 'em on, ask questions. (Does this kalanchoe make my pot look too big?) • I love the variety at plant festivals — Green Thumb is April …

    Johnnie and Teresa Jones aim to make their new nursery as much an experience as a shop. They’re both fun, high-energy gardeners with a passion for plants and people.
  4. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Karamu XXVI wows Lowry Park Zoo

    Human Interest

    Karamu XXVI

    The nocturnal jungle of Lowry Park Zoo awoke in vivid splendor, unleashing couture spring glamor and Latin and reggae music at Karamu XXVI, the zoo's annual black-tie gala. Co-chairwoman Toni Everett greeted nearly 400 guests in a custom-designed tangerine gown by Magali of Buenos Aires. …

    Kids Charity of Tampa Bay masquerade ball sponsors Bernie and Siri Rock, from left, enjoy the evening with Vera and Greg Muzzillo at the Vault.
  5. Hometown Hillsborough for April 13

    Human Interest

    We need your news! Hometown Hillsborough publishes on Sundays. Send news of everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from family reunions, a local achievement, celebrations or simply good news you want to trumpet. To make a submission, contact Hometown Hillsborough coordinator Aimée Alexander at …

    Women-n-Charge awards grants to two businesswomen: Women-n-Charge recently awarded two grants, with the goal of helping to support and assist professional women in managing their businesses more effectively. Each spring the organization gives two $1,000 grants to deserving women in business. Both grants were sponsored this year by Centennial Bank. The Business Advancement grant, which is for business-related equipment or services, was awarded to Angela Schaberg, owner of 2EliteFitness. Schaberg offers personal training, fitness classes and nutrition guidance. The Career Advancement grant, which is for continuing education, was awarded to Angela Gilbert, founder of Building a Foundation. The organization advocates for homeless individuals and families, veterans and women and children who leave domestic violence shelters and seek safe and affordable housing.
  6. Find a Friend: Kayla the cat

    Pets

    From Friends of Hillsborough County Animal Services: Kayla and her baby sisters arrived stray to the county shelter weeks ago. A volunteer whisked them away to foster care where they've been pampered and socialized. Kayla will trade all of her jelly beans for a family. She knows they come in all shapes and sizes. So be …

  7. Heirs to Beach Park 'art collection' of rare cycads are moved to save it

    Human Interest

    TAMPA

    A jungle of species once rooted in the most remote and forbidden corners of the world grew lush and dense amid the mansions of Beach Park.

    Rafael Pozar works to free a root ball last week in the Young family garden that’s flush with cycads collected by a globe-trotting surgeon and his wife. When the sons decided to sell the property, they could not bear to see the garden plowed under.
  8. Two Cuban-American lawyers to be honored

    Courts

    TAMPA — Adalberto Tosca had rendered aid to Fidel Castro's soldiers and was a close friend of a high-ranking general. That's why he was offered the role of presiding judge of the revolutionary tribunal that decided the fate of political prisoners, he said. All he had to do was carry out the sentence that would be …

    Adalberto Tosca was among about 200 Cuban exiles who went through a 21-month weekend course at the University of Florida in the 1970s to prepare for the Florida Bar exam.
  9. Leto's Jackson flawlessly steps from the diamond to the track

    Tranckandfieldpreps

    The 100-meter event at high school meets typically get stacked with the county's elite football talent, but at the Hillsborough County American Division meet last month, a flash of red and white sprinted into the spotlight.

    And he had no ties to football.

    Leto High’s Rodney Jackson sprints to the finish in the 100-meter finals at the Hillsborough American Division meet last month. Jackson also plays for the Falcons baseball team.
  10. Kelly Nash keeps Lightning, Rays TV viewers ahead of the game

    Human Interest

    Imagine growing up in Florida around a loving, supportive family that pushed you to be the best that you could be. Envision working hard to achieve your goals and then some. Ponder watching your hobby grow into your career, and then seeing it extend beyond work to helping others in the community. • That's a …

    Kelly Nash reports during a Tampa Bay Rays game at Tropicana Field. Some folks may recall Nash from her Instagram “selfie” at Fenway Park in Boston last year that captured a baseball as it whizzed dangerously close to her face, unbeknownst to her.  She said of the incident, “I thought it was hilarious when it happened.”