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  1. Neighborhoods get chance in the spotlight at annual awards

    Briefs

    TAMPA — The 14th annual Hillsborough County Neighborhoods Conference recognized several communities and individuals with a Neighborhood Recognition Awards luncheon.

    Public Utilities Department employees Ed Watson and Tiffany Aguilar at the cooking oil recycling table during the 14th annual Neighborhoods Conference. Photo courtesy of Michelle VanDyke.
  2. Musically-inclined pastor finds new home at Temple Terrace church

    Religion

    For pastor Eric Friedrichs and his wife Tara, a move to Florida to lead Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Temple Terrace, begins a new life chapter.

  3. Sunday Conversation with Brandon's honorary mayor -- Bloomingdale principal Sue Burkett

    Human Interest

    The new Brandon honorary mayor's primary focus in life is kids – lots of them. The name Sue Burkett is likely a familiar one among many Eastern Hillsborough County school administrators, staff, students, parents and other community members. The University of South Florida graduate — she holds both a …

    Bloomingdale High principal Sue Burkett is Brandon’s new honorary mayor.
  4. Suburban farmette finds 'A Simpler Place' to grow greater

    Human Interest

    RIVERVIEW — Like so many people, Renee Raley had a unique relationship with food during her college years.

    A Simpler Farm’s Renee Raley and her 2-year-old daughter Lorelei peruse some of the organically grown goods at A Simpler Place, a suburban “farmette” in Riverview.
  5. Bloomingdale Youth Sports sends two softball teams to world series

    Community

    BLOOMINGDALE — Reaching the World Series is a staggering accomplishment.

    The Bloomingdale 10-under softball team displays the hardware they collected as they celebrate their state championship.
  6. County's Operation Code Vet helps Valrico veteran

    Briefs

    VALRICO — A legally blind U.S. Army veteran became the latest benefactor of Hillsborough County's new Operation Code Vet cleanup program.

    Volunteers stepped up to help a Valrico resident and retired U.S. Army veteran bring his home up to code.
  7. In advertising, marketing diversity needs a boost in Tampa Bay, nationally

    Business

    TAMPA — Trimeka Benjamin was focused on a career in broadcast journalism when she entered Bethune-Cookman University.

    From left, Swim Digital marketing owner Trimeka Benjamin discusses the broad lack of diversity in advertising and marketing with 22 Squared copywriter Luke Sokolewicz, University of Tampa advertising/PR professor Jennifer Whelihan, Rumbo creative director George Zwierko and Nancy Vaughn of the White Book Agency. The group recently met at The Bunker in Ybor City.
  8. Needs survey reveals Sun City Center's desire for more affordable housing

    Growth

    SUN CITY CENTER — Sun City Center holds a reputation as an affluent retirement town but with many residents living longer, it's growing more difficult for more retirees to make ends meet.

    Located near the entrance of Kings Point, these are what are commonly known as the “flat tops.” They are currently about the least expensive property within the confines of Kings Point.
  9. William March: Sharp divide on health care's next step for Kathy Castor and Dennis Ross

    News

    Divisions are sharp among Hillsborough County's U.S. House members on the next step on health care, ranging from Tampa Democrat Kathy Castor's delight at the failure of Senate ACA repeal legislation to Lakeland Republican Dennis Ross's outrage.

    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa
  10. Local craft beer of the week: Joosy Froot IPA from Tampa Beer Works

    Bars & Spirits

    Tampa Beer Works has always been a bit of an odd duck. Originally opened as ESB Brewing Co. by the owners of the adjacent homebrew supply store, the company rebranded and reopened last year with a new name, new head brewer, new recipes and a new brewing philosophy. This includes a range of beers treated with novel …

    Photo by Justin Grant/special to tbt*