Kristen Hare, Times Staff Writer

Kristen Hare

Times Staff Writer

My favorite mornings are Sundays, when I take my dog, Denzel, outside and grab the Sunday newspaper. Before my two kids and husband wake up, I dive into the obits with my highlighter in search of small details that tell stories about neighbors I never got to meet. I’ve been a journalist since I was a junior in high school in Springfield, Mo. I took a two-year break after college for the Peace Corps, where I served in Guyana. Since, I’ve covered features, race, immigration, the census, aging and now local news for the Poynter Institute. I’m an author and a reader, an awful cook, a lover of pop culture, a tireless vintage shopper and a reluctant exerciser.

Musician Bob Macar ‘was a pioneer in this town’

Bob Macar conducted church choirs, led bands, taught music and, in the early ’80s, put out a popular jazz album with one of his brothers. (Image courtesy Robin Macar)
He played nearly everywhere and nearly everything, drawing in others who loved music

He was arrested at Stonewall, later went on to bake epic wedding cakes at Publix

In 2009, Raymond Castro, right, marched in the Pride Parade on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City. (Photo courtesy Frank Sturniolo.)
A man who had a role in history was ‘very honest and true to himself’

Willie Robinson Jr. spent much of his life hoping to save an essential piece of Tampa history

Willie Robinson Jr., pictured here at 63, was born in the Jackson House and grew up there. Behind Robinson is the living room that once held the piano where musicians who stayed at the house would gather. [Times (2011)]
But his family home, the Jackson House, has yet to be rescued

The Cuban Club’s eldest elder, Raul Lavin, helped save it from ruin

Raul Lavin and the Cuban Club building were linked for more than 100 years. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times 2017]
Lifelong member worked to make sure that history was not forgotten in Ybor City

For more than 30 years, when Donatello opened at Thanksgiving, Guido Tiozzo was there

Guido Tiozzo was born in Venice, Italy, but made his home and business in Tampa. (Photo courtesy Gino Tiozzo)
The restaurateur felt like a lucky man, and he wanted to look out for those less fortunate