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Gabrielle Calise - Offbeat Florida and Nostalgia Reporter

Offbeat Florida and Nostalgia Reporter

I’m proud to be a reporter for the Life & Culture team at my hometown paper. My favorite stories explore Florida history and provide context for local oddities, but I also report on breaking news and trends. I launched our community reporting project Florida Wonders and write stories that answer reader-submitted questions about the Tampa Bay area (Ask me anything you’ve been curious about, big or small, at floridawonders@tampabay.com.) I graduated from UF in 2018 and was a journalism fellow in Germany through the RIAS Berlin exchange program. When I’m not poking around in the Times’ archives, I can be found embroidering something or eating baked goods.

  1. Dakota Chelsea, 25, lives in Palm Beach County with two dogs, including golden retriever puppy Navi. He posts coronavirus updates in several Florida subreddits under the username Ishkoten, a Native American word in his tribe that means thunder.
  2. The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, joined other notable historic events in American history, including the coronavirus pandemic and Victory over Japan Day.
  3. Clockwise from bottom, Demetrius Fletcher, 15, along with his sister Ka'Mya Fletcher, 16, mother, Crystal Norals, 34, sister Rosie Montgomery, 6, and cat King pose for a photo Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 at their home in New Port Richey.
  4. Rioters supporting U.S. President Donald Trump break into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump.
  5. The Instant Pot Duo Nova model
  6. A 1948 photo, left, shows a plaster cast made from large footprints left in the sand of Clearwater Beach. A 2006 image, right, shows Tony Signorini, the man responsible.
  7. Richard Herman 82, receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Sherry Phillips at the King's Point clubhouse in Delray Beach on Wednesday.
  8. Cientos de personas esperan en la fila el martes 29 de diciembre de 2020 en el complejo STARS en Fort Myers, Florida, para recibir la primera dosis de la vacuna COVID-19.
  9. Hundreds of people wait in line Tuesday at the STARS Complex in Fort Myers to receive the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
  10. Dali Boulevard S, 5 Avenue S, sign, St. Petersburg.
  11. Luke Talalaj of Worden Farms arranges a box of preordered produce at the retooled Saturday Morning Market on March 21 in St. Petersburg.
  12. Tina Scarborough, a RN with AdventHealth, prepares to administer the COVID-19 vaccine at the AdventHealth Tampa distribution tent, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Tampa.
  13. Actor and noted Scientologist Tom Cruise.
  14. Dixie Lee Heckel, then 3, receives her polio shot at the Leon County Health Unit in Tallahassee, Florida, on June 23, 1957.
  15. Jack Welsh, 4, shares a moment with Wesley Cull, 67, who is dressed as Santa, during a photography session with his brothers at E&E Family Farm in Seffner on Dec. 12.
  16. Julio Olmeda, izquierda, y Joana Olmeda con su hija Juliana, fotografiados juntos en el jardín de reflexión en el patio de Metropolitan Ministries. La familia Olmeda vivía en su automóvil antes de que Metropolitan Ministries les ayudara a encontrar nuevos trabajos y vivienda.
  17. Karamo Brown is the culture expert on Netflix's "Queer Eye."
  18. Julio Olmeda, 42, on left, and Joana Olmeda, 38, with their daughter Juliana, 9, pictured together in the reflection garden in the courtyard at Metropolitan Ministries, 2002 N. Florida Ave., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 in Tampa. The Olmeda family was living in their car before Metropolitan Ministries helped them find new jobs and housing. They lived at Miracle Place at Metropolitan Ministries for about eight months before moving out to a place of their own in October.
  19. Our holiday gift guides include suggestions like St. Petersburg glassware from ZaZoo'd, a Buddy Brew coffee gift set and a sloth sweater from ZooTampa at Lowry Park.
  20. The Nebraska Mini-Mart in Seminole Heights was renovated in 2018 under the ownership of Rooster & the Till masterminds Ferrell Alvarez and Ty Rodriguez. The restaurant took over the former abandoned Nebraska Mini-Mart in the 1950s located at 4815 N Nebraska Ave, and now has shuffleboard, bocce courts, and ping pong tables.
  21. A wooden sign from Gulf Planks, T-shirt from Wide Sky and a minaret ornament from the Henry B. Plant Museum gift shop are some suggestions in our holiday gift guide for locals.
  22. A photograph from the Florida Highway Patrol shows the westbound lanes of the Gandy Bridge at 12:52 p.m. Sunday.
  23. Presley Dickson, 4, was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. Riding a bike specialized to her needs has helped the Palm Harbor child gain mobility and independence.