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Arielle Waldman, Times Staff Writer

Arielle Waldman

Arielle Waldman traded in the chilly New England winters for the Tampa sunshine in 2007, when she moved to attend the University of Tampa. Now, she is an editorial assistant covering the Things To Do section and a staff writer reporting on human interest stories.

Phone: (813) 226-3321

Email: Awaldman@tampabay.com

 

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  1. Play It Forward event supports aspiring musicians

    Human Interest

    On Christmas morning, when Caroline Kole was 8 years old, she unwrapped a present from her parents. Her first guitar.

    When Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis were enrolled in a guitar program at Belmont University, their professor paired them at random.

    When Amber Carrington's mother died and she felt her confidence drifting away, her best friend signed her up for The Voice. When Daniel B. Marshall first wanted to play the drums, his mom bought him a snare drum. ...

    Singer Caroline Kole signs autographs for Clair Mel Elementary students. Kole will perform at Instruments of Change’s concert.
  2. County to choose proposal for New Tampa community park

    Environment

    NEW TAMPA — Residents will learn next week what county staff believes is the best fit for a proposed park on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

    The staff will present its recommendations to county commissioners for the New Tampa Community Park at the Nov. 13 board meeting, choosing between two proposals that were vetted at town hall meetings.

    Located on the west side of Bruce B. Downs across from the entrance to Hunter's Green, the county-owned property was purchased in 2004 for the Bruce B. Downs road widening project. In 2007, a 13.4 acre unused portion of the property was designated as the New Tampa Community Park at an allocated cost of $3.1 million....

  3. Box Theater's improv group readies for Tampa festival

    Human Interest

    A lawyer, a psychiatrist and a professional wrestler walk into the Box Theater.

    No, this isn't the beginning of a corny joke, but the students and members of the theater's improv community.

    Once located at the Underground Theatre, the troupe played to standing-room only crowds in the 50-seat theater.

    Now with a move to the Box Theater on Second Avenue in Ybor City, the theater's resident improv team, Dear Aunt Gertrude, celebrates its seventh anniversary....

    Box Theater houses the short-form team known as Alpaca Suitcase, which is celebrating its first anniversary.
  4. Years after tragic boating accident, ex-USF football player Nick Schuyler achieves dream of opening gym

    Human Interest

    LUTZ — Nick Schuyler stands on a fenced patio, admiring the work he has put into opening his first gym.

    It's a rest day from his usual CrossFit workout, and Schuyler pauses with his hands in a prayer pose while Yoga With Lori unfolds around him.

    The momentary serenity around Schuyler was hard-earned.

    In March 2009, he set off on a fishing trip with three friends: Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free agent NFL defensive end Corey Smith and Will Bleakley, a football teammate of Schuyler's at the University of South Florida. Their boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico after Cooper tried to free a stuck anchor. The men were set adrift, and only Schuyler survived....

    Sky Athletix owner Nick Schuyler, 29, right, trains Jim Sullivan, 62, his client of six years, this month at the gym in Lutz. Sky Athletix is set for a grand opening in November.
  5. Broadway star Kissy Simmons returns to Straz after getting start at center

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Kissy Simmons excelled as Nala for nine years in stage productions of The Lion King, but the role came to her while the nation endured one of its greatest tragedies.

    Simmons, who returns to the David A. Straz Performing Arts Center in her own cabaret show Saturday, got her start there as she made the transition from University of South Florida high jumper to singing star....

    
Kissy Simmons, performs Nov. 1 in a cabaret show at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.
  6. 'America's Got Talent' to hold auditions in Tampa

    News

    America's Got Talent, but do you? The NBC reality series will hold auditions Nov. 2 at the Tampa Convention Center for Season 10. Competition is open to all ages and talents from opera singers to banjo players, tap dancers, fire breathers, knife jugglers and magicians. In the season finale last month, magician Mat Franco beat singer Emily West for the championship. Franco won a $1 million prize and will headline the America's Got Talent show in Las Vegas. Hopefuls in Tampa should a have a 90-second set prepared to perform in front of the series' producers in hopes of making it to the main stage. Register at americasgottalentauditions.com for online and open call auditions. Open calls will be held at the convention center, 333 S Franklin St. (813) 748-1291. — Arielle Waldman, Times staff writer...

    TP_346419_JONE_TALENT_04 (OCTAVIO JONES | Times 11/12/2011, Tampa) America's Got Talent judge Nick Cannon(cq),center, belts out "Tampa Bay got talent" while surrounded by contestants during the taping of NBC's "America's Got Talent" promotional trailers. America's Got Talent contestants audition at the Tampa Bay Convention Center in hopes to win $1,000,000 during the competition on Saturday, November 12, 2011. [OCTAVIO JONES, Times]
  7. 'America's Got Talent' to hold auditions in Tampa

    Events

    America's Got Talent, but do you? The NBC reality series will hold auditions Nov. 2 at the Tampa Convention Center for Season 10. Competition is open to all ages and talents from opera singers to banjo players, tap dancers, fire breathers, knife jugglers and magicians. In the season finale last month, magician Mat Franco beat singer Emily West for the championship. Franco won a $1 million prize and will headline the America's Got Talent show in Las Vegas. Hopefuls in Tampa should a have a 90-second set prepared to perform in front of the series' producers in hopes of making it to the main stage. Register at americasgottalentauditions.com for online and open call auditions. Open calls will be held at the convention center, 333 S Franklin St. (813) 748-1291. — Arielle Waldman, Times staff writer...

    TP_346419_JONE_TALENT_04 (OCTAVIO JONES | Times 11/12/2011, Tampa) America's Got Talent judge Nick Cannon(cq),center, belts out "Tampa Bay got talent" while surrounded by contestants during the taping of NBC's "America's Got Talent" promotional trailers. America's Got Talent contestants audition at the Tampa Bay Convention Center in hopes to win $1,000,000 during the competition on Saturday, November 12, 2011. [OCTAVIO JONES, Times]
  8. Patel Conservatory sees music therapy program helping community

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Music makes people feel better.

    The moment a favorite song comes on, the mood lightens. Whether it's bringing crowds together at baseball games singing Sweet Caroline in unison, or the meaningful song a couple chooses for their first dance.

    However, there is much more that happens to the brain when music is played. Music therapists use it as a tool to affect clinical change, a process which can be applied to many populations throughout the community....

    Music therapist Sharon Graham teaches Caleb Sturtevant, 9, to draw a musical note during a lesson at the Patel Conservatory.
  9. 270 gallon sangria at Tampa's Ceviche makes Ripley's book

    Food & Dining

    If Tampa Bay wasn't already known for its bars and beaches, a new Ripley's Believe It or Not book solidifies that Tampa likes to party. No longer just the home of the popular Gasparilla Pirate Festival, Tampa is now also known as home to the largest sangria, according to Reality Shock, which chronicles strange stories from around the world. The staff at Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant took 200 gallons of red wine, 17 gallons of brandy, 17 gallons of triple sec, 28 gallons of syrup and 505 pounds of fruit to fill a 9-foot-tall pitcher with, all told, 270 gallons of sangria, earning a page in the new book, available now. Cheers to that. — Arielle Waldman, Times staff writer...

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  10. Confident, humble Brandon teen stars at Patel Conservatory

    Stage

    TAMPA — As if Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. isn't full of enough glitter and glamor, co-director Scott Daniel's birthday made the set even sweeter.

    Tiaras, cupcakes and wrapped presents lined the front of the Ferguson Hall stage at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Running off a sugar high, the cast in grades 5 to 8 and the crew rehearsed in the larger hall, while their set was being constructed in the TECO Theater for opening night....

    Alexa Lowrey plays Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. “She came to the table with who she thought Millie was,” director Scott Daniel said of Alexa’s audition.
  11. Love of food, football line career track of Jesuit alum

    Business

    It's no coincidence that when customers walk in to a PDQ restaurant, there is a family-friendly atmosphere.

    From the never-frozen food to the interactive ordering, everything is geared toward creating a relaxing yet quick dining experience.

    So it should come as no surprise that the CEO of MVP Holdings, the company that owns PDQ, Lee Roy Selmon's, Glory Days Grill and the new Wow! That's Fresh, is a down-to-earth family man himself. ...

    MVP Holdings CEO Nick Reader, 39, played football at Jesuit High and went 
to UF.
  12. 'Hairspray' debuts at Straz with cast having learned a history lesson

    Stage

    Hairspray takes its high school characters, their parents and the town on a journey of self-discovery.

    With its 1960s themes about gender, stereotypes and race, Hairspray took the Patel Conservatory students preparing to perform the musical at the Straz Center on a similar journey.

    "It's weird doing the show because we have been working on all the numbers all the time, but the black and white cast members are never in the room at the same time," said Blake High student Regan Moore, who plays Amber Von Tussle, the archnemesis of lead character Tracy Turnblad. "We are only in one song together and that's the last song, so it's been funny and kind of interesting....

    MeKeia Butler, as Motormouth Maybelle, belts it out during a rehearsal and costume fitting.
  13. Next Generation Ballet dancers can't sleep on starring roles

    Stage

    The ballerinas in Next Generation Ballet's performance of Sleeping Beauty in Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts devote their lives to dance.

    Only 15, they are already turning their dreams into reality, though it's no easy feat.

    "If you want to be serious, you have to give up things in your life other kids our age have, but it's what we love to do," said Hannah Stanford, a 15-year-old who lives in South Tampa....

    Katarina Smith, 15, is a Next Generation Ballet dancer who will perform in the production. “It’s good to learn the story of Sleeping Beauty, because it’s classic,” she said.
  14. Steinbrenner High siblings head to 'Oklahoma!'

    Stage

    LUTZ — Ryan Santello, 17, traded in his figure skates for cowboy boots to take on the role of Curley in the Patel Conservatory's presentation of Oklahoma!, which opened Thursday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

    And his sister, Victoria Santello, 15, will join him as part of the dance ensemble.

    Though they love theater now, the ice was the first stage for the Santello siblings, who live in Lutz. They were attending a birthday party at an ice rink 11 years ago when they discovered their hidden skating talent....

  15. Lutz facility helps kids cope with grieving

    Human Interest

    LUTZ

    Just past the farms and grazing horses in Lutz sits one little house that serves as a haven to grieving children.

    The Suncoast Kid's Place, founded by the Van Dyke Church, provides a place where children can feel safe and open up about the death of their loved ones.

    Bright pinks, blues and greens with rainbows, flowers and teddy bears fill each of the six rooms.

    One room is dedicated to play, with a basketball hoop and ping-pong, air hockey and foosball tables. ...

    Volunteer Lisa Silva, 16, left, role-plays with a young client in the make-believe “Hospital Room.”