11/27/13 Life Times
BY PATTI EWALD | Times Staff Writer
Holiday gift-giving is supposed to be a joy — at least that's what retailers want us to believe — and, for the most part, it is.
We all, however, have at least one person on our list for whom it is nearly impossible to find the right gift. You know who it is on your list, right?
Aunt Martha is too picky. Uncle Brian always has been insatiable. Grandpa already has it. Diane would have bought it already if she had wanted it....
11/27/13 Life Times
Have you enrolled in a Medicare plan? The clock is ticking. And, we found out from Susan Samson from the SHINE Program Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, people continue to be confused between Medicare and the Affordable Care Act Marketplace (Obamacare).
She wrote this letter to us, worth sharing since the Dec. 7 deadline for enrolling in Medicare is a little more than a week away. Read carefully, as she offers useful tips on how to navigate enrollment....
A Nevada cook's recipe for Loaded Potato Pinwheels won the $1 million grand prize in this year's Pillsbury Bake-Off. The contest, held in Las Vegas Nov. 11, drew 100 cooks and bakers from across the United States. The grand prize went to Glori Spriggs. Winning second was Sheila Suhan of Pennsylvania for her Easy Caprese Pizza Bake. Antoinette Leal of Connecticut won third for her Cherry Almond Brunch Tart. Bake-Off finalists from the Tampa Bay area were Bethany Perry, 39, of Largo; Debbie Reid, 50, of Clearwater; Marie Valdes, 55, of Brandon; and mother-daughter Anna Zovko, 80, and JoAnne Tucker, 61, both of Tampa....
11/14/13 Home and Garden
When you think of Seminole, you might think of the rather congested gateway out to the beach, but there are neighborhoods — older, treed neighborhoods — tucked away in places only the residents who live there know about.
Harbor View, a neighborhood of about 500 homes sandwiched between Boca Ciega Bay and Park Boulevard, is one of those.
It's an extremely desirable area, Rich Rippetoe, real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Sun Vista Realty, said....
Just like everyone who goes to Las Vegas hoping to hit it big, five Pillsbury Bake-Off finalists from the Tampa Bay area took their recipes to the city of big dreams hoping to win the contest's $1 million grand prize.
And, just like (nearly) everyone else, the gamble didn't pay off.
The million-dollar prize in the contest that drew 100 cooks and bakers from across the country went Monday night to Glori Spriggs of Henderson, Nev., for her Loaded Potato Pinwheels recipe....
The Tampa Bay area, long known for its sunshine and beaches, has a new claim to fame: land of good cooks. • Five of the 100 Pillsbury Bake-Off 2013 finalists — including a Tampa mother and daughter — live here. • Most states don't even have five finalists combined (Florida has seven: our five plus one in Miami and one in the Panhandle). • We asked area finalists about their recipes as they got ready to head to Las Vegas for the three-day competition that begins Sunday. New rules this year called for online voting for entries, which were limited to seven ingredients and had to take less than 30 minutes to prepare. Patti Ewald, Times staff writer...
As the smallest of three opera companies in a 40-mile radius, St. Petersburg Opera has worked hard to grow and survive.
On Friday, it was time to show off its success.
The 8-year-old company unveiled its first-ever permanent home, Opera Central, in a packed open house Friday. The 10,000 square-foot building in the heart of the Grand Central and Warehouse Arts districts at 2145 First Ave. S will serve as a rehearsal hall, office space, costume shop and home base....
10/21/13 Life Times
1 Zoofari: Eat like a hungry tiger at Lowry Park Zoo's 27th annual food fest, from 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 2. For one ticket price — $75 to $85 (depending on purchase time) — guests can go on a sampling safari of the area's best restaurants, enjoy open bars, browse the "Art Safari" auction, and dance to music on multiple stages. (Animals will not be on exhibit during the event.) 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Follow Zoofari at facebook.com/zoofari. Buy tickets at your.lowryparkzoo.com/zoofari....
10/14/13 Life Times
You've seen the ads on TV. • "Want to save money on your car insurance?" a voice booms. • You call your agent, are told you meet the requirements, change policies and save a bunch of money. • Just like that. Pretty slick. • Well, guess what? You can do the same thing with your Medicare insurance plan.
It's true, there won't be a TV pitchman to help by telling you which plan to pick and explaining exactly how much money you'll save. You can't just call your agent and order up a new plan. There are too many variables, because there are too many drugs. ...
09/24/13 Life Times
"Do, Re, Mi, Dalí: from Molten Cellos to Pornographic Pianos.''
That's the name of the program the Pinellas Chamber Trio will be performing Oct. 10 at the Dalí Museum. It's part of the museum's fall series, "Music, Math & More," which explores various Dalí themes and ideas from a particular perspective, in this case: music. It features two instruments that appear repeatedly in Dalí's paintings: the piano and cello....
Shawn Wyman of Pinellas Park stood in the middle of an aisle, hanging on to a white pedestal sink so it wouldn't topple over. • The sink — one of dozens she found in the organized chaos on the shelf behind her — was just one treasure in a warehouse full of them. • But it was her treasure.
And so, this would-be remodeler held tight to the rim of the sink, legs spaced far enough apart to give her leverage, as she waited for the return of the store volunteer who scooted off to the front desk to find out its price....
09/18/13 Life Times
When Pauline Renshaw Reinhart Dawson Spangler turned 90 last month, candles were being blown out in her honor on cakes from Florida to California, from Oregon to New York. And, in fact, the party is continuing.
It was her "Birthday Across America," the brainchild of her (third) husband (of a year and a half), Dan Spangler. He even offered to buy the cakes for the far-flung parties. No one took him up on the offer, but they did use Pauline's birthday as a good reason to celebrate....
09/18/13 Home and Garden
After chiropractor Dr. Mark Lipkin moved from Philadelphia and got a job in Seminole, he rented a nearby apartment until he figured out the best place to live.
He asked his patients, his friends, all kinds of people what they thought.
"The most common response was Countryside," he said.
And then he found Boot Ranch, not far from Countryside, in Palm Harbor, which was relatively unknown at the time. It was a new development off then-two-lane East Lake Road that was being built on an old cattle ranch of the same name. So few people were buying houses (the economy was in a slump in the late '80s) that the builder told Lipkin he could get his custom-built house in 45 days — good news that scared him a bit....
09/18/13 Life Times
1 Jazz it up
The Clearwater Jazz Holiday — four days and nights of live jazz and music — will take place Oct. 17-20 in Coachman Park. Headliners are Chicago, above, Paul Brown and Larry Carlton, the Average White Band, Tower of Power and Brandi Carlile. No pets or outside food and beverage allowed. Tickets can be purchased by the day or in multiday packages starting at $10 a day. Details at clearwaterjazz.com....
08/28/13 Life Times
Shortstop is arguably (mostly argued by catchers and their mothers) the hardest position to play in baseball. • They have a lot of field to cover; they are the boss of the infield; they need sure hands and rocket arms; and they have to think and move at lightning speed. • The perfect assignment for an 83-year-old grandmother from Largo.
Not any 83-year-old grandmother, mind you: Ethel Lehmann, a woman who proves there is no such thing as too old....