Thursday, December 14, 2017


Piper Castillo

Piper Castillo

Piper Castillo grew up in Fort Lauderdale and received her English degree from Florida Atlantic University. As a community news reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, she covers north Pinellas County. She also writes the "Nightstand" column for the Sunday book pages and thinks the only thing better than a good read is a day in the sun with her family.

ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee's newly released memoir is

Kids’ books a popular read at meteorologist Ginger Zee’s home

NightstandGinger ZeeZee, 36, is the chief meteorologist at ABC News. In her newly released memoir, Natural Disaster: I Cover Them, I Am One, the Rockford, Mich., native details her multiyear struggle with depression and her life in the...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Billy, left,  and wife, Shera Bie at the Bie boathouse at 81 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. The boathouse was built by Harry Ulmer, a citrus grower and namesake of Ulmerton Road. The boathouse was constructed to house Ulmer's three speedboats..CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times

Indian Rocks Beach marries history with holiday

BY PIPER CASTILLOTimes Staff WriterINDIAN ROCKS BEACH — In one morning, Billy Bie could walk out the back door of his house, do a cannonball into the Intracoastal Waterway, climb up the ladder, get back on land and go horseback...
Published: 12/08/17
Shalom Pena, 33, celebrates the sunset on a regular basis on Indian Rocks Beach. As friends gathered 12/4/2017, Pena, a Largo resident, built

Beach performer ‘giving the world love’ (w/video)

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Shalom Pena, 33, did not have much time to talk. The sunset was just a few moments away, but he was willing to speak to the stranger for one second."I am giving the world love,’’ he explained as he smiled and twirled to the...
Published: 12/04/17
Updated: 12/05/17
Noelle Stillman, a Palm Harbor resident, has been selected as artist for Oldsmar's trail mural at Sheffield Park. The art will be placed near the north entry of the park and will include a series of images of pipeline swallowtail butterflies, a native species in Pinellas County.

Palm Harbor artist to create trail mural for Oldsmar

OLDSMAR — Noelle Stillman, a Palm Harbor resident, has been selected as the artist for the city’s trail mural at Sheffield Park. The selection process included reviews by both the North Pinellas Cultural Alliance and the Oldsmar City Council. Stillman...
Published: 11/30/17
Linda Gelormino, 65, of Tarpon Springs, bottom, looks through vegetables as others wait in line recently at The Shepherd Center . Leading up to Hurricane Irma, workers at the center were forced to unload 40,000 pounds of food. Now they are working to get back on track. CHRIS URSO  |   Times

Tarpon Springs’ Shepherd Center bounces back after Irma’s toll

TARPON SPRINGS — Over the years, the Shepherd Center has seen its ups and downs, and this year was no exception.
Updated one month ago
Photo by Henry Diltz
David Crosby performs at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on 11/27/16.

What’s David Crosby reading?

NightstandDavid CrosbyWe caught up with Crosby, 76, by phone on Nov. 14, the morning after he performed at the City Winery in Boston. The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, social activist and outspoken Twitter user will be returning to...
Updated one month ago
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 08:  Journalist Bob Woodward attends the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

What’s Bob Woodward reading?

NightstandBob WoodwardLong after teaming up with Carl Bernstein to expose the Watergate scandal and win a Pulitzer Prize in 1973, Woodward continues his work at the Washington Post, his employer for almost five decades. In a recent phone...
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 12/04/17
What 's on Elaine M. Hayes' nightstand?

What’s Elaine M. Hayes reading?

NightstandElaine M. HayesHayes, the author of Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan, said she was a college student when Vaughan’s voice first captivated her. "My roommate played a lot of her in our daily life. I remember...
Updated one month ago
Don Rolander stands at the pipe organ inside the Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church of Largo.  Rolander  is retiring from the church after more than 40 years of service. PIPER CASTILLO   |   Times

Prince of Peace Lutheran’s music director retires after 42 years

LARGO — The church service was over, but the congregation did not leave the sanctuary. Standing, they watched the man in the white robe, Don Rolander, playing the pipe organ. The song was Allegro Vivo E Maestoso, an intense piece by Dom Hall...
Updated one month ago
Safety Harbor may allow medical marijuana to be grown, but not sold, in the city. [AP Photo]

Safety Harbor rejects marijuana plan, sends it back for rewrite

SAFETY HARBOR — In August, the City Commission appeared to be heading in the direction of allowing medical marijuana to be sold within city limits by directing staff to draft an ordinance for marijuana dispensaries. However, on Monday commissioners...
Updated one month ago