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 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. 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.
  2. Mark Selby, 31, of St. Petersburg is pictured near Crescent Lake Park in St. Petersburg with the 1997 Ford Crown Victoria car he was given.
  3. Over 18,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Florida as of late Nov. 20, according to the state health agency.
  4. It might still be early November, but that isn't stopping folks around Tampa Bay from celebrating Christmas early.
  5. Iris Freitas, 80, hold her "We Love Our Grills!!" sign while at the corner of World Pkwy Blvd & N Belcher Rd., on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 in Clearwater. About 25 residents of Clearwater's 55+ community On Top of the World staged a protest because the property management company suddenly issued a notice saying all outdoor grills must be removed in the next 30 days otherwise they would fine residents and confiscate their grills.
  6. Trump and Biden cookies are among the bakery items available for sale on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at Alessi Bakery.
  7. A grill at the Bohemia building of On Top of the World in Clearwater. Residents of the 55+ active adult retirement community were issued notices telling them they were no longer permitted to have grills outside.
  8. Kalju and Cynthia Nekvasil pose in front of the rhino statue that decorates the front yard of their waterfront home along Coffe Pot Bayou. The rhino is usually dressed up in different festive outfits throughout the year and is currently outfitted with a Biden/Harris 2020 banner across its back, on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  9. Diamond Walker, 32, has been skating since he was 13 years old. "Skating to me is not only a hobby," Walker said. "It's how I get my confidence. Whenever I have my skates on I feel untouchable."
  10. According to Cynamon Gonzales, 28, (front) the group's aim is to encourage learning in a pressure-free atmosphere. at the Fossil Park skate park on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  11. The forecasted path of tropical storm Zeta according to the National Hurricane Center.
  12. is renting out "Friendsgiving Island," a private island in the Florida Keys,  to one group during the week of Thanksgiving.
  13. : La junta de votación, en Alessi Bakery, 2909 W Cypress St, en Tampa, refleja un margen considerable en las galletas vendidas con una imagen de Trump sobre las galletas con una imagen de Biden el martes 20 de octubre de 2020 en Tampa.
  14. Tracy Turbeville of Tampa holds a sign she made for the 2008 World Series at Tropicana Field.
  15. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher John Curtiss throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning in Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas.
  16. Trump and Biden cookies are among the bakery items available for sale on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at Alessi Bakery, 2909 W Cypress St, in Tampa. The bakery is continuing with their annual tradition of selling election cookies with the faces of the candidates. So far, the Trump cookies are outselling Biden cookies.
  17. Beckley Films camera crew films footage for a promotional movie in St. Petersburg Beach. Bill Beckley produced several films for the St. Pete Beach Chamber of Commerce in the 1960s, including "The Adventures of X-14" and "Unusual World of Florida."
  18. St. Petersburg native Robby Stahl is among the prospective suitors on ABC's "The Bachelorette."
  19. Halloween costumes, clockwise from left: Stephanie Hayes as a murder hornet, Christopher Spata as Rays fans and Gabrielle Calise as "Bending Arc."
  20. Rooftop Cinema Club has drive-in movie venues in the UK, Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, and Houston. A Tampa location is coming to Armature Works in October.
  21. Murray Beairsto's house on 18th Avenue Northeast decorated for Halloween Friday October 29, 2004.
  22. The trick-or-treating will be physically distanced and contact-free at Busch Gardens Sesame Street Kids Weekends.
  23. Martin Cibak with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Leppovsky Mekulas, Slovakia on Sunday, July 25, 2004.