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Brandon & South Shore

  1. West Tampa chamber tabs native to help boost development


    WEST TAMPA — Jeanette LaRussa Fenton retired in January after 41 years of public service with Hillsborough County and most recently, the city of Tampa.

    The West Tampa historic district with its old cigar factories can help stimulate a prosperous new era for the region, its boosters say. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
  2. March column: Constitution another uphill battle for Arthenia Joyner


    Former state Sen. Arthenia Joyner of Tampa says serving as one of the small minority of Democrats on the state's Constitutional Revision Commission will be "just a continuation of the battle I've been in since I've been here."

    Former state Sen. Arthenia Joyner of Tampa is one of three current or former Democratic legislators named to the state Constitutional Revision Commission.
  3. Developer Quintela pursuing historic renaissance of Ybor City

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Ariel Quintela never lived among the cobbled streets of Ybor City, but he is working to keep history alive in this one-time cigar capital with its deep ties to his native Cuba.

    Cuban-born developer Ariel Quintela, touring the Don Vicente de Ybor Inn, said building in his blood. Quintela and his partnership have invested millions to keep history alive while attracting new residents and businesses to Ybor City. [MYRIAM SILVA-WARREN   | CENTRO Tampa]
  4. Girl Scouts flip for Retton, Women of Distinction

    Human Interest

    TAMPA —- The first woman to be on a box of Wheaties, tiny Mary Lou Retton, overcame tremendous odds to win America's first Olympic Gold Medal in gymnastics in 1984.

    Doretha Edgecomb shakes Olympian Mary Lou Retton’s hand during the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida annual Women of Distinction Luncheon on Tuesday March 21, 2017, at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, in Tampa, Fla. The honorees were chosen for success in their fields and for serving as role models for local girls.
  5. TGH Brandon Healthplex to stage open house Saturday


    BRANDON — An open house for the new Tampa General Hospital Brandon Healthplex will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday (March 25) at the facility location, 10740 Palm River Road.

    TGH Brandon Healthplex will hold a community open house on Saturday (March 25) from noon to 3 p.m.
  6. Henderson: Chaotic classroom is often precursor for failure


    The state of Florida uses a complex formula based on 11 categories of student achievement to grade its public schools, but perhaps the most important contributor to success can't be measured by a standardized test.

    I'm talking about parental involvement.

    You know it when you see it.

    You know it when …

    It appears there are challenges at Potter Elementary to a provision of the school district handbook: “Each school must be free from disruption that would interfere with the teachers’ right to teach and the students’ right to learn.”
  7. Hillsborough college notebook: Vanderbilt speaker, business of sports, TEDx talk and more


    Medicine, murder in 17th Century

    Vanderbilt professor Holly Tucker talks medicine and murder in the Scientific Revolution, presented by the USF Humanities Institute. Tucker holds appointments in French and Italian as well as in Biomedical Ethics and Society. She'll explore this tumultuous part of the …

  8. Guest column: Pesticide Curfew too dangerous to use on golf courses again


    Even among the thousands of bright green golf courses across the nation that routinely douse their fairways with pesticides and fertilizers, the nasty Dow worm-killer known as "Curfew" has had a hard time finding suitors.

    The Tampa Sports Authority says nematode infestation is so serious at Babe Zaharias Golf Course in north Tampa that it has no choice but to apply the dangerous pesticide Curfew. [Times file, 2012]
  9. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    Stop, Drop and Roll the Dice

    Retired Tampa Fire captain and president of the Tampa Firefighters Museum Bill Wade welcomed department newbies, retirees and other supporters to Stop, Drop and Roll the Dice where they placed their bets to better the 106-year-old station in downtown Tampa. Blackjack, …

    Sheron and Ken Bass, from left, try some casino games with retired Tampa Fire Capt. Bill Wade to support the Tampa Firefighters’ Museum’s annual Stop, Drop and Roll the Dice benefit on March 10.
  10. 'Mama Tribe' creates bonds beyond mommy wars


    The mamas gather together, infants on hip and toddlers underfoot, but this is not a play date.

    hillswhitman032417: Mama Tribe founder Dora Smyka with her son Orion at the park. Photo special to the Times by Danielle Lhotka.