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William March: Tampa Bay Democrats line up for state legislative races

William March: Tampa Bay Democrats line up for state legislative races

A surge of Democrats seeking local legislative offices and hoping for a "blue wave" in the 2018 election continued last week, led by Bob Buesing filing to run again versus state Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa.In addition:• Heather Kenyon Stahl of Tampa has...
Published: 01/19/18
Gasparilla may be a raucous party to you, but it’s art to Charles Hessemer

Gasparilla may be a raucous party to you, but it’s art to Charles Hessemer

SOUTH TAMPACharles P. Hessemer, 90 years young and about as sharp as the palette knives he paints with, finds artistic inspiration in the costumed-clad revelers of Tampa’s favorite annual event.The details in Hessemer’s oil painting series, the Spiri...
Published: 01/19/18
Editorial: Saying ‘thank you’ helps Tampa police build needed trust

Editorial: Saying ‘thank you’ helps Tampa police build needed trust

The smiles, applause and at least one hug belied the grim impetus for a gathering last week at a neighborhood center in Tampa — the Seminole Heights killings.The Tampa Police Department held a ceremony to thank those who helped in the investigation t...
Published: 01/19/18
Daniel Ruth: If it’s time to move on from light rail, let’s move faster this time

Daniel Ruth: If it’s time to move on from light rail, let’s move faster this time

Perhaps it was that noted existentialist philosopher Kenny Rogers, or maybe it was the post-modernist French thinker Michel Foucault, who first said, "You need to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em." But let’s not quibble.If you are one ...
Published: 01/19/18
Joe Henderson: Leaders can’t job-out responsibility for bad substitute teachers

Joe Henderson: Leaders can’t job-out responsibility for bad substitute teachers

Sometimes, people in authority need a reality check before they can recognize a problem that should have been obvious. In this case, it took a meticulously reported story last Sunday by education writer Marlene Sokol of the Tampa Bay Times to alert ...
Published: 01/18/18
Sweets, savories and surprises at Jules’ Place in southeast Seminole Heights

Sweets, savories and surprises at Jules’ Place in southeast Seminole Heights

Tampa native Julie Harris worked for the City of Tampa for 22 years, under four mayoral administrations, until retiring as director of communications and neighborhood liaison in 2003.Her familiarity with Southeast Seminole Heights and countless conta...
Published: 01/18/18
Popular Spanish cuisine restaurant joins Hyde Park food scene

Popular Spanish cuisine restaurant joins Hyde Park food scene

HYDE PARK—Featuring popular Spanish cuisine, Bulla Gastrobar compliments Soho and Hyde Park’s vibrant restaurant scene offering an authentic Madrid-inspired tapas dining experience to be shared among friends for brunch, lunch and dinner. "Tampa is gr...
Published: 01/18/18
Sun City Center Chamber celebrates new start at annual dinner

Sun City Center Chamber celebrates new start at annual dinner

SUN CITY CENTER — Connie Huber began an evening of recognition, anticipation and congratulations with a positive message at the annual Sun City Center Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner."My motto for the chamber for 2018 is ‘Believe, Achieve, S...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/20/18
BMX riders to showcase their artful sport on Gasparilla weekend

BMX riders to showcase their artful sport on Gasparilla weekend

TAMPA — There’s more coming to pile on Gasparilla weekend than just the National Hockey League’s All-Star Game.On Sunday, the day after the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates and just as the world’s top hockey players compete at Amalie Arena, stunt bike ri...
Published: 01/17/18
Updated: 01/19/18
Kidtopia looks to become utopia for FishHawk families

Kidtopia looks to become utopia for FishHawk families

LITHIA — FishHawk residents Nick and Susan Clark are a microcosm of life in Lithia. As parents of three (Makayla, 8, Madalyn 3, and Mason 2), they always are looking for family-friendly activities close to home. As fans of indoor jump houses they saw...
Published: 01/16/18
Updated: 01/20/18