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Piper Castillo - Clearwater Community Reporter

Clearwater Community Reporter

I grew up in Fort Lauderdale and received an English degree from Florida Atlantic University. As a community news reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, I cover north Pinellas County and also write the "Nightstand" column for the Sunday book pages. The only thing better than a good read is a day in the sun with my family.

  1. Barb Walker, past president of Clearwater Audobon Society, shares easy tips on how you can attract birds to your yard, including cardinals, the tufted titmouse and the Carolina wren.
  2. Fiber artist Gayle Foshee constructs a hand-sewn handbag, made with leather and ribbon, at her home studio in Clearwater. Foshee is one of the artists who is preparing for the 46th annual Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival on the Bayou, Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, March 15, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Craig Park in Tarpon Springs.
  3. What's on Jason Pinter's nightstand?
  4. Veteran educators James Feazell, left, and wife Gwen Feazell sit together in the den of their Ridgecrest home. The room is filled with awards, accolades and trophies documenting the academic and sports accomplishments of their four children, who are now grown.
  5. Deeogee, Bastian, Gary, and Kane
  6. Cupid is anxiously awaiting the wedding guests for the annual Valentine’s Day Group Wedding inside the Florida Botanical Gardens.
  7. Julie Orringer is the author of 'The Flight Portfolio.'
  8. Mary "Snakey" Urquhart, 87, supervises a recreational horse riding lesson at Horses for Handicapped Foundation of Pinellas County in Seminole. The program was founded in 1981 with the goal of promoting and teaching recreational horseback riding to those with special needs.
  9. Rebecca Dominguez-Karimi
  10. Scaffolding surrounds the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center where renovations continue at 101 S Pinellas Ave in downtown Tarpon Springs. Originally constructed in 1915 and named Tarpon Springs City Hall, the building was the center of politics and government for Tarpon Springs from 1915 to 1987 and is a noteworthy representative of the Neoclassical style, designed by noted architect Ernest Daniel Ivey.
  11. Sharon Langley, the author of "A Ride to Remember."
  12. From left: Justine Miller, 13, Rebecca Miller, 13, Ty Tran, 14, Samma Fagan (librarian) and Jarod Layliev, 15, (all) of Palm Harbor, play a game of Dungeons & Dragons at the new Mark Mazurek Gaming Center in the Palm Harbor Library, which opened in October to incorporate board games, role play games and video games into the library experience.
  13. Bailey McCall, center, plays Jenna, the title character in the touring company of 'Waitress.'
  14. Singer Crystal Gayle
  15. Susan Goldberg is editor in chief of National Geographic.
  16. Robert Bryndza
  17. USF professor and author Steven Murawski spotted a statue of naturalist Alexander von Humboldt in Havana, Cuba.
  18. Meg Tilly
  19. Steph Post, the author of "Miraculum," lives near Brooksville.
  20. Author Rob Sanders
  21. Paul Wilborn poses near La France in Ybor City. Wilborn's debut book, "Cigar City," was published in 2019.
  22. Kristen Hare, author of 100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die.