North of Tampa

  1. Local group aims to be bridge between people and government


    TEMPLE TERRACE — Their group is small, but their goals are not.

  2. Cirque Italia splashes into Westfield Brandon


    BRANDON — Manuel Rebecchi pondered ideas for a circus as he sipped on a water bottle.

    An acrobat sails over a fountain during a Cirque Italia performance. “The water is a decoration,” the show’s creator, Manuel Rebecchi, says. “A part of the choreography.” The show will be under a tent at Brandon TownCenter through May 5.
  3. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Brews at Best of Tampa Bay; fashions at Tampa Palms Women's Club lunch

    Human Interest

    Best of Tampa Bay

    The beer garden on the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts waterfront was hopping with 11 microbreweries tapping samples at the Best of Tampa Bay. Cigar City, 7venth Sun, Coppertail Brewing, Two Henrys and the others "made a difference with attendance this year," said Rob …

    Dick and Cornelia Corbett, from left, thank Judeo-Christian Health Clinic board member Steve Horne, a longtime friend, at the April 10 humanitarian award dinner honoring their philanthropy.
  4. An older guy gives Max Q a try


    TAMPA — I'm not much of a workout guy. I have a couple of 5-pound weights that I lift every few months in momentary bursts of ambition, but mostly I just take brisk morning walks around the neighborhood, an exercise doctors prescribe for older guys to postpone the heart attack.

  5. Max Q Fitness gets you a lean, muscular body in short order



    Bob Kissel runs a torture chamber on S MacDill Avenue, and scores of time-pressed professionals undergo his special treatment for a grueling 15 minutes twice a week.

    Bob Kissel works with Penny Darville during a 15-minute session at Max Q Fitness in Tampa. Darville, 38, says she can keep her work clothes on during the workout, in which every rep feels like that last, exhausting one. She also adheres to the protein-based diet and has lost 20 pounds of fat.
  6. When is the right age to get a child a cellphone


    My daughter and I constantly fight the process of growing up. She tries to speed it up, I try to slow it down.

  7. Father and son bond at Rays game


    A no-hitter stands as one of baseball's greatest achievements, but honestly, I can't understand how a game excites fans when no one gets a hit.

    Obviously, it's not my sport.

    Despite a lack of enthusiasm for baseball, Keith Berry enjoys bonding with his son Preston at a Rays game.
  8. East Bay Fishing Report for April 25


    East Bay Fishing Report

    Redfish. Redfish have been schooled up around Ft. Desoto and South Tampa Bay. They should make their push into upper Tampa Bay later this month. Expect to see good numbers of them around Weedon Island and Double Branch this month. The reds are definitely mixed in with the big …

  9. North Tampa events


    Free concert: The University of Tampa Orchestra performs its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Plant Hall's Fletcher Lounge. There will be a pre-concert discussion at 6:45 p.m., led by Kira Omelchenko, assistant professor of music and director of orchestral and string studies. The program, free to the …

  10. Test driving UberX and Lyft


    TAMPA — On a recent Tuesday evening, I set out on a mission.

    Open UberX and it indicates your location and the distance to the nearest driver.