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  1. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Tampa Bay History Center Gala

    Over cocktails in the Lykes Atrium, descendants of pioneer families mixed with more recent Tampa arrivals, such as Air Force Col. Dan Tulley, commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, at the annual Tampa Bay History Center Gala. So entwined are …

    Tampa Bay History Center gala co-chairs Jim and Lindsey Robbins, left, welcome Col. Dan and Holly Tulley to the Oct. 10 black-tie benefit.
  2. New pizza place rises in Brandon; HydeOut revitalizes the old Rack


    BRANDON — If you have lived in the Tampa Bay area anytime in the past 37 years, there's a good chance you have tasted a slice of homemade pizza from Al Carapella.

    Friends Al Carapella, left, and Jim Liburdi show off a freshly baked stromboli at Brandon Pizzeria, their restaurant at 140 N Parsons Ave. The spot was formerly home to Seafood Dive and La Septima.
  3. Comedian stands up for Lost Angels Animal Rescue


    When Mike E. Winfield began telling jokes about his wife, it didn't go over too well at home.

    A portion of ticket sales from comedian Mike E. Winfield’s performance Saturday will benefit the animal rescue.
  4. Smartphones, tablets becoming routine in Hillsborough classrooms


    Students caught tapping on a smartphone in school once faced harsh consequences.

    The rule was, "we see it, we take it."

  5. Prep football teams jockey for playoff position


    Just call it championship Friday.

    With less than a month left in the regular season, the jockeying for playoff positioning is about to ramp up.

  6. Hometown Hillsborough for Oct. 17

    Human Interest

    Courtesy of Jo Prater

    Members attend DAR national conference:

    Sun City Center MOWW presented with National Award: The Sun City Center (SCC) chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) was recently presented the award for the Best Mid-Size Chapter in the country at their National Convention, which was recently held at the Marriot Hotel at the Baltimore International Airport. This was the sixth straight best mid-size chapter award the local chapter has won. The chapter was well represented with nine companions attending. Accepting the award, from left: Frank Zahrobsky, Region 6 commander; James Warchol, SCC chapter commander; Deborah Kash, current MOWW Commander-in-Chief (presenting award); Charles Conover, past SCC chapeter commander; James Haney, SCC chapter treasurer; Sheila Turpin, past SCC chapeter commander; and Henrietta Zahrobsky, Region 6 adjutant.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Frank Kepley
  7. Find a friend: Chief the Catahoula leopard hound mix


    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    Once upon a time, Chief was a scared stray with a too-large head atop a bony body. Thanks to a foster family for the county's pet resource center, the gentle giant is now a healthy, affectionate comedian. With one blue eye and one brown, Chief entertains himself and others …

    Once upon a time, Chief was a scared stray with a too-large head atop a boney body. Thanks to a foster family for the countyÕs pet resource center, the gentle giantÕs is a healthy, affectionate comedian. With one blue eye (and one brown), Chief entertains himself and others with an endless and innocent fascination. Take him this Catahoula Leopard Hound mix (ID#23606611) home fully vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and more at a special price during October Adopt-a-Dog Month. Contact the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at 440 Falkenburg Road. For more information, go to
  8. Valrico talent manager broadens his reach with podcasts

    Human Interest

    Bruce Wawrzyniak remained calm, but he insisted the club deliver on its promise.

  9. Noi and the Bake cook Italian to Interbay; the Joint cracks Palma Ceia, Amelia's Abubut fashions for kids


    INTERBAY — An Italian renaissance is under way at the southern end of Bayshore Boulevard with the arrival of the Bake, a cafe and bakery, and Noi (translates as "us") Italian Kitchen and Bar.

  10. SouthShore businesses begin to see change from Amazon center


    RUSKIN — The signs of change are small, but residents can see them if they look closely.

    Craig Beggins, president of Century 21 Beggins Enterprises, said he has seen “quite a few executive managers” who have bought homes in the area, near Apollo Beach.