Sunday, August 19, 2018


Paul Guzzo, Times staff writer

Paul Guzzo, Times staff writer

Paul Guzzo primarily covers Cuban policy, Cuban culture in the Tampa Bay area and local history for the Tampa Bay Times. A native of Trenton, N.J., he's been a journalist in this area since 1999, writing for La Gaceta Newspaper and the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times. Along with his brother Pete Guzzo, Paul is an award-winning independent filmmaker best known locally for his documentary on gangster Charlie Wall. At home, he is an overwhelmed father of four and husband to a wife who is way out of his league.

Jimmy Walker, owner of several Village Inn restaurants talks about family photos and memorabilia at their Village Inn location at 215 N Dale Mabry Hwy, in Tampa. 
 [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

South Tampa’s Village Inn features a family affair

How Emma Walker spent her summer vacation:Visited Chicago.Gymnastics.Went to the beach.And, by taking a summer job as a hostess at the Village Inn at 215 N Dale Mabry Highway, carried on a decades-long family...
Published: 08/15/18
Updated: 08/18/18
Jody Simon is the son of The Great Malenko, and was instrumental in designing and raising money for the wall honoring the history of wrestling at the former Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, which is now the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]

The JCC honors Tampa’s wrestling history at its old home

TAMPA — Her visit to the Bryan Glazer Family JCC for a first look at the West Tampa building’s new attraction didn’t last long. Moments after gazing upon the wall mural in the lobby featuring her grandfather and father, Nicole Alonso broke into...
Published: 08/15/18
Joe Epstein adjusts the mechanical gorilla outside State Vacuum on Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa on Tuesday.\uFEFF

State Vacuum and ‘Bernie Apestein’ may be waving goodbye to longtime location

For nearly 40 years, while wearing an eclectic mix of fashion, a mechanical gorilla has stood outside State Vacuum of Tampa, waving hello to Kennedy Boulevard motorists.His name is Bernie Apestein. "That gorilla has been a mainstay" said...
Published: 08/14/18
Updated: 08/15/18
The city of Tampa approved a design for a new West Tampa mural by the artist duo Illsol. Painting is scheduled for October. The site will be the wall of a clothing store. [City of Tampa]

Faces, places of historic West Tampa will spring from wall mural planned near Salcines park

TAMPA — The artistry is obvious in the murals of Michelle Sawyer and Tony Krol, a married couple painting under the name Illsol.But also emerging from their work is a sense of history — a defining quality in works they’ve created since 2015 in...
Published: 08/14/18
Former professional wrestler Jim

WWE star, Pasco resident Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dies at 63

WESLEY CHAPEL — Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, a former star with World Wrestling Entertainment who was known for his maniacal laugh, long goatee beard and powerhouse moves, died on Monday. He was 63.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said Mr.
Published: 08/13/18
LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Several dead crabs float in the water along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa near Bay to Bay Boulevard on Sunday.

Crab die-off in Hillsborough Bay could be Red Tide — or something else

TAMPA — Dozens of dead crabs were floating in Hillsborough Bay along Bayshore Boulevard on Sunday, centered near Bay to Bay Boulevard.Though the die-off extended a few hundred feet in both directions, the cause is a mystery.Until the...
Published: 08/12/18
Updated: 08/13/18
The former home of Lauriston Moore on Davis Islands is for sale. Moore was manager of Davis Islands development and lived in a Mediterranean Revival home built in 1925.

Couple stays true to 1920s look in restoring home of man who helped build Davis Islands

A piece of Tampa history almost disappeared in 2010.The architecture of the house on Davis Islands had landed it on the National Register of Historic Places. What’s more, it was home to one of the community’s founders.Still, the building...
Published: 08/08/18
Photos courtesy of Kingsway Productions
Poppy Drayton is pictured in a scene from the live action independent film The Little Mermaid, which is based loosely on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

‘Little Mermaid’ film made by the Steinbrenner family premieres this month

Robert Molloy sees similarities between Major League Baseball teams and movie productions."The actors are the ball players," he said. "Production designers are like those who work in operations." A director is akin to the manager, he added,...
Published: 08/08/18
Corey Castellano, seen here creating a monster for the television series Sleepy Hollow, has become one of Hollywood\u2019s most sought after makeup artists.
[Courtesy of Corey Castellano]

Corey Castellano, one of Hollywood’s top makeup effects artists, calls Tampa home

He has bloodied Adonis Creed, brought comic book mutants to life, zombified an 18th century pirate quartermaster, and brutalized Civil War soldiers.With credits to his name that include working as a special makeup effects artist on...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/16/18
People who witnessed a fatal boat crash off Davis Islands jumped in to help before first responders reached the scene. The driver hit a piling and was killed. A passenger was rescued from underwater and was undergoing treatment at nearby Tampa General Hospital. 
[PAUL GUZZO   |   Times]

Survivor of fatal Davis Islands boat crash caught in propeller after jumping overboard

TAMPA — Jay Young took off his shoes and swam out from Davis Islands on Sunday afternoon to help a woman stuck on a small boat as it circled out of control.
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/07/18