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Libby Baldwin

Libby Baldwin is an occasional correspondent for the Tampa Bay Times. She can be reached at (813) 226-3408.

  1. Rachel Mushow, who received the Person of the Year Award at the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner, thanks the chamber and her husband Bob, an 11-year cancer survivor, for their support since moving to Florida 10 years ago. LIBBY BALDWIN | Special to the Time
  2. Coach Ronnie Blair, who heads up the girls' flag football team at Armwood High School, accepts congratulations from George Steinbrenner's granddaughter Julia, 26, for winning a hospitality suite for 16 at an upcoming Tampa Bay Rays' game. MARK LOMOGLIO | New York Yankees photographer
  3. AMY SCHERZER | Times Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Women of Distinction surround guest speaker Soledad O'Brien,center, Stephanie Goforth, at left, Liana Fernandez Fox, Lisette Campos and Fentrice Driskell at the annual luncheon March 8 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. Missing Chloe Firebaugh.
  4. The Knack team will compete in a global competition on March 22 in a bid to gain more funds for the startup tutoring company. Pictured: David Stoker (Co-Founder & CTO), Austin Doyle (Head of Community), Samyr Qureshi (Co-Founder & CEO), Dennis Hansen (Co-Founder & CPO), and Shawn Doyle (Co-Founder & CMO). [Photo courtesy of Knack]
  5. Moffitt Board Member and Port of Tampa CEO Paul Andersen, Moffitt's Executive Vice President and Center Director Dr. Thomas Sellers and Healthy KIDZ Program founder Nikki Inda present Benjamin Bryant with a $1,000 Role Model Scholarship at the 2017 awards ceremony. Photo permission given by Nikki Inda on 3/6/18.
  6. Dior West sits in a motorized wheelchair outside her Tampa home while it undergoes renovation. Dior was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome at age 6. An entertainment website raised money for the renovation. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  7. Local women received makeovers along with beauty tips, fitness classes and advice on achieving balance in their lives at last weekend's Westfield Citrus Park Beauty and Balance event. The Westfield Brandon event on March 10 will include a live panel discussion featuring leading local businesswomen. Photo permission given by Bailey Drury of This Is Press PR and Marketing on 3/7/18.
  8. Sandee Parke Sytsma, chairman of the Florida Strawberry Festival's board of directors, poses for a portrait with a strawberry flat inside the festival's amphitheater on Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Plant City, Fla. The festival runs March 1-11. ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times
  9. The owner of property at 6216 Bayshore Blvd. was issued a citation for cutting down two grand oak trees without a permit on Sept. 9, the day before Hurricane Irma hit Tampa.
  10. A $21 million FDOT project, aimed at improving one of the busiest roadways in Hillsborough County, will widen a stretch of Adamo Drive between U.S. 301 and Falkenburg Road from four lanes to six, as well as build a new retention pond, sidewalks and bicycle lanes. The owner of the Clarion Hotel says his business is suffering because of the construction.
  11. U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington at a Feb. 8 luncheon hosted by the Bench Bar Fund Committee of Tampa's U.S. District Court. The "Hidden Figures" event honored over 30 local judges and attorneys who achieved various firsts. Covington's achievements include first Hispanic person as a U.S. District Court judge in the Middle District of Florida and the first female supervisor in that branch of the U.S. Attorneyâ\u0080\u0099s office. Photo provided with permission to use by Keith Lindquist on 2/9/18
  12. Richard Starks is taking over the former Lucky Dog, where two dogs died of heat exhaustion in July. The new South Tampa Pet Resort will board dogs and offer training for service dogs. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  13. Melissa Salguero graduated from USF in 2009 with her degree in music education. She's been teaching music to inner-city kids in New York City since 2010, and won this year's Grammy Music Educator Award. Part of the award package was a trip to attend the Jan. 28 ceremony at Madison Square Garden, where Salguero took selfies with celebrities like Lisa Loeb, Trevor Noah and Cyndi Lauper.
  14. Bhitti Patel, 54, a founding trustee of the Vrindavan Dham temple in Tampa, said she is pursuing her passion of helping Hindu youth. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times]
  15. Joseph Richemond makes a cappuccino at the Portico Cafe in downtown Tampa.   Richemond lived on the streets briefly before he came to Portico, where he is paid a living wage and provided health insurance. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  16. Davis Island Garden Club President Susan Hoffstetter, Davis Island Civic Association former President Dan Pepper, and Tampa Parks and Recreation Department Urban Forestry Manager Eric Muecke pose with golden shovels in front of three new trees planted to celebrate Florida Arbor Day. (Photo by Libby Baldwin.]
  17. The Lucky Dog facility at 1116 W. Fig Street, which owner Natalie Conner took over as her third Love My Dog location last July and reopened in October, will be closing Jan. 6 and reopening Jan. 8 under the original Lucky Dog ownership.
  18. Tina Patch and Sharon Iafelice of Apollo Beach are seen here outside the new center for their foundation, called Conquering Addiction Through Education (C.A.T.E.). Patch's daughter dated Iafelice's son, Bobby, who died in Oct. 2016 at age 23 from a heroin overdose after becoming addicted to prescription painkillers. The mothers are trying to help other addicts avoid Bobby's fate.
  19. Miss Costa, a 1,700-pound great white shark, swims off into the Atlantic Ocean off Massachusetts after being tagged for satellite tracking by research group Ocearch. On Jan. 1, the adolescent female was detected 6,000 miles away off the coast of Tampa Bay. [Ocearch]
  20. John Ellis loads up Cheryl Smith's walker outside  their Valrico home before leaving for a hotel while a crew restores their home. Ellis said he'll be able to keep up with maintenance now after the home had fallen into such disrepair that it took a crew of 10 five days to finish the job. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  21. Melanie Griffin, born and raised in Tampa Bay, has achieved tremendous success in her 37 years. She has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2017 and 2018 and serves on several boards, including a recent appointment to the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority by Governor Rick Scott. She is one of only 18% of women to become a managing shareholder of her law firm, and recently launched a nonprofit mentoring program for women called Spread Your Sunshine.
  22. Richard E. Brown, 70, was a champion of young people plagued by substance abuse and mental health problems and helped open the country's first juvenile assessment center in Hillsborough County.
  23. Chinese doctors from the city of Lanzhou attend a Dec. 7 presentation on leadership during their two-week-long visit to Tampa General Hospital, who began partnering with USF Health in 2010 to teach hospital administration and U.S. health care strategies to doctors in developing nations. LIBBY BALDWIN | Times