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  1. Plant City Community Garden offers much to see

    Home and Garden

    PLANT CITY — I thought I was going to see vegetable gardens, and I did. But I also saw much more at the Plant City Commons Community Gardens (PCCCG).

    Harry’s Garden at the Plant City Commons Community Garden has beets, tomatoes, onions and various greens and all are thriving.
  2. Moffitt staffer 'volunteers' to provide entertainment at fundraiser

    Human Interest

    H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center recently launched its Edgecomb Society, it called on Grammy-winning artist Paul Anthony to bring together an entourage to entertain guests.

    LaWanda Courtney, director of volunteer services at Moffitt Cancer Center, filled in for some entertainers during Moffitt’s Edgecomb Society launch and performed with Grammy winner Paul Anthony.
  3. Sunday Conversation: Doretha Edgecomb

    Human Interest

    Former Hillsborough County school board member Doretha Edgecomb may be retired but don't expect her to slow down any time soon. In the last month, she's helped H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center launch the George Edgecomb Society, a cancer outreach program targeting the African-American community. It's named after her late …

    Former Hillsborough County School Board Member Doretha Edgecomb received the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA’s 2017 Community Impact Award on Thursday.
  4. Hamburger Mary's brings burgers, drag queen shows to Brandon

    Human Interest

    BRANDON — A restaurant known for gourmet burgers and drag queen shows will debut in Brandon on Feb. 28.

  5. March column: Rep. Harrison stuck between Tallahassee powers


    State Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa, is "caught between a rock and a hard place," as Mayor Bob Buckhorn put it, in the internecine GOP feud over business incentives and tourism marketing.

     opposed Gov. Rick Scott on business incentive money, so Scott came to Harrison's legislative district to make his case. [Times file]
  6. Teen gunned down at kids party had Selmon, Gonzmart as mentors


    Nearly five years ago, I met a fatherless 12-year-old boy when I was asked by my friend Maryam Muhammad, his teacher, to speak at her fifth-grade class.

    Richard Gonzmart posted this collage of photos of him and Tee'on Milledge on his Facebook page.
  7. Henderson: Kids need recess, and lawmakers need to make time for it


    I own a fitness watch that beeps a reminder each hour to get up and walk, move around, or do anything besides stay seated in front of my computer. It tells me I am supposed to get at least 250 steps per hour.

    Fifth graders at John M. Sexton Elementary in St. Petersburg enjoy the play time they get at school. State legislators are considering making daily recess mandatory in public elementaries.
  8. More Health celebrates 25 years of healthy lessons for kids


    Janai Carnegie, 10, had the chance to not only learn about the function of a lung – she got to be one.

    Savannah Romero, 10, left, and Karrington Lillie, 10, make skewered snacks of fruit and yogurt as volunteers from The Junior League of Tampa hold their “Kids in the Kitchen” workshop with MORE HEALTH and Tampa General Hospital. 
  9. B. Lee Elam's iconic sign to change with the times

    Human Interest

    BRANDON — Since 1973, generations of Brandon residents have driven past the iconic sign at B. Lee Elam's law firm.

    The sign features a new Reed and Reed logo.
  10. Irish minister brings healing message to Hyde Park


    For 30 years, Rev. Dr. Gary Mason led peace efforts in Northern Ireland, helping to reconcile the divided Catholic and Protestant communities of Belfast.