Thomas C. Tobin, Times Staff

Thomas C. Tobin

Times Staff

No one is luckier than I am. As an assistant metro editor, I practice journalism every day with a talented team of writers who cover news about education, health and transportation. A mix of veterans and newer faces, they bring a passion to their work that makes me proud and helps keep our community better informed. I was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., but Tampa Bay and I go way back. When I got here in the late 1980s, our state was just coming into its own as the economic, political and cultural powerhouse it is today. Since then I've covered local and state government, legal issues and education. I have traveled across Florida as the Times state reporter and even delved into the world of Scientology. Each day I learn from people. Reach out and tell me something.

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Medicare open enrollment for 2019 ends Friday. What you need to know.

Medicare beneficiaries can find and compare coverage by consulting Medicare’s online Plan Finder, which estimates out-of-pocket costs, grades plans by performance and allows you to explore possible pharmacies in your neighborhood. The website is at [THOMAS C. TOBIN   |   Times]
Every year from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, those who qualify for Medicare have a window of time to change their coverage. The deadline is near.

The Times' annual School Search guide: What you need to know for 2019-20

Students at Sanders Memorial Elementary in Land O'Lakes watched a video on the first day of classes in 2015 that outlined one of the school's guiding principals -- encouraging them to learn from their mistakes. The school's magnet, which combines the arts and STEM subjects, is one of many choice programs throughout the Tampa Bay area. In the next few days and weeks, local school districts will be holding information events that allow families to learn more about programs available for 2019-20. The Times' annual School Search guide can be a helpful first step in the process. [Times (2015)]
Is your child entering kindergarten in the fall of 2019? Or going into middle or high school? Are you just wanting to change schools? School Search, an annual project of the Tampa Bay...

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