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  1. Sinkhole worries keep popular Lake Park closed


    LUTZ — A friendly park ranger and the sound of songbirds usually welcome Lake Park patrons at the front gate, but lately, only a white barricade that says "Park Closed" sits at the entrance.

    Geologists will study the sinkhole at Lake Park to determine its depth and width as well as sinkhole risks elsewhere in the park. The park was closed Dec. 2 after the sinkhole opened.
  2. Hooper: State fair entertainer Dennis Lee takes pride in his love connections


    When it comes to love connections, people can signup for Match or eHarmony or ChristianMingle.

    Dawn breaks at The Florida State Fair grounds early Thursday morning 2/6/14. The 2014 Florida State Fair opened to day with new rides and Governor Scott attending.
  3. Music academy relocates to Lutz


    Since Tampa Bay Music Academy relocated to Lutz on Jan. 4, it already has seen an increase in enrollment. Executive director John Tracy said shifting from Odessa, where the academy has been located since 2011, provides a more central location for his students that come from all over the Tampa Bay area.

    hillsevbiz020516: Ingrid Yen plays the violin at a Tampa Bay Music Academy recital. Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Music Academy.
  4. Ruth: A lawyer's career goes up in flames


    When he is alone with his own thoughts, and the loneliness is only likely to grow, does disgraced Tampa attorney Stephen Diaco ever wonder: "Sheesh, I gave up everything for this? All in the defense of a huge tub of shock-talking goo? What was I thinking?"

    Not very much, apparently.

  5. CareFull Catch simplifies collection for patients, doctors


    WESTCHASE — A shiny, white toilet sits on the floor of Colleen Meloff's living room.

    In 2015, Colleen Meloff, 34, left her job and used her savings to start CareFull Catch.
  6. Pranique Yoga offers special healing


    OLDSMAR — Since Pranique Yoga & Wellness opened late last year, people from all over the Tampa Bay area have come to experience its offerings.

    hillsevbiz012916: Corinne Clynes leads a special crystal singing bowl yoga and meditation class at Pranique Yoga. Photo courtesy of Pranique Yoga.
  7. Simple pleasures for bath and body at Cleanse Apothecary in Tampa


    When Gregory Curtis decided to open a shop, he knew he wanted it to celebrate the little things in life that make people happy, and so in 2010 he founded Cleanse Apothecary. The boutique features specialty beauty, body and bath products, their subtle and soothing smells blending to make each customer's visit a little …

    Layers of fragrance. To avoid having too strong of a scent, Curtis recommends layering products with the same fragrance, starting with soap ($15) or body wash ($23), then moving on to body lotion ($26) and finishing with the eau de parfum ($44).
  8. Jesuit's basketball family has deep roots


    TAMPA — Dylan Snyder jab stepped left and dribbled right. He faked a pass into the corner, pulled up and sank a 15-footer as Jesuit basketball coach Neal Goldman watched on from the bench.

    D.J. Snyder (2) of Jesuit celebrates after the Tigers beat Tampa Catholic 63-51 in a nonconference game Jan. 8. D.J.’s father, Dylan, played for Jesuit nearly three decades ago.
  9. Tebow Foundation to fete people with special needs


    On Feb. 12, 200 churches worldwide will join together for Night to Shine, a prom night for men and women with special needs presented by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

  10. Book Swap in Carrollwood unites readers


    CARROLLWOOD — One book store belongs to a major retailer with locations from coast to coast.

    Eight years and one relocation after fulfilling a dream of owning a bookstore, Cynthia Floyd continues to welcome readers to Book Swap at 11738 N Dale Mabry Highway in Carrollwood.