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  1. Demolish I-275? One expert offers a 'dream' alternative

    Transportation

    TAMPA — If some Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights residents had their druthers, the state would simply demolish Interstate 275, which now severs their neighborhoods.

    Viewed from the southbound lanes, traffic in the northbound lanes of I-275 in Tampa slow to a crawl on Wednesday evening, Jan. 20, 2016. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  2. Lutz tea room proves a draw for parties

    Business

    LUTZ — On a recent Friday, 18 women arrived at a new tea room wearing colorful dresses, bright light-weight sweaters, dress hats, sun bonnets, gloves and carrying matching purses.

    BJ Newberger, right, and CJ Hartland, left, enjoy a tea at the new Whistle Stop Gardens Tea Room in Lutz.
  3. Hooper: Saint Leo writers retreat offers breath of fresh air

    Events

    I've got a secret.

    Don't tell anyone.

    On May 20, I'll be one of the presenters at the fifth annual Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University, but if you think I'm going to show up for my session and leave, guess again.

    Poet Jesse Millner is one of the featured speakers at the Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University.
  4. Tampa seminar modeled on child-abuse prevention gathering 40 years ago

    News

    TAMPA — Forty years ago, a seminar convened by the Junior League of Tampa riveted the community's attention on the growing problem of child abuse and led to the creation of a nonprofit group focused on fighting it.

    Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll, shown at a conference in Orlando, is a keynote speaker during a seminar set for Thursday in Tampa on helping prevent child abuse.
  5. March column: Kevin Beckner leaves politics, named Hillsborough civil service chief

    Politics

    The Hillsborough County Civil Service Board has selected former county Commissioner Kevin Beckner as its new director.

    Kevin Beckner, once seen as a rising star in the local Democratic Party, has stepped away from politics after losing the circuit court clerk's race in November to take a county job that pays up to $140,000 a year. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  6. Legacy Gala looks to enlist alumni in restoring Chamberlain's luster

    K12

    TAMPA

    It began during informal lunches where Chamberlain High School alumni wondered what they could do to help improve the school.

     Incoming principal Jake Russell speaks with a student during lunch at Chamberlain High School on Friday. Russell, who comes from Sickles High School, has embraced an alumni effort to help improve the troubled school. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  7. Brandies: Nelson Elementary plants gardening love with kids

    Home and Garden

    DOVER — Any teachers interested in gardening, students included?

    Sherill Farrell’s 5th graders were getting ready to plant more in their plot. The cherry tomatoes are already ripening.
  8. Henderson: Once-thundering Vince Naimoli still speaks loudly through gifts

    Columns

    People who know Vince Naimoli only as the thundering and head-shaking owner of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays didn't get the whole story. There are two sides to this man, and the one who isn't talked about nearly enough is what I want to share today.

    Vince Naimoli Jr., shown being honored last week at the University of South Florida, has bestowed big gifts on the school and on the University of Tampa.
  9. New charter school comes to Westchase

    Business

    Parents and students have a new school option beginning the 2017-2018 school year. Avant Garde Academy Westchase is a new charter school that's open to students entering kindergarten through 6th grade.

    Here's a rendition of the Avant Garde Westchase Charter School, whichi will open this fall. Rendition courtesy of Avant Garde Westchase.
  10. Eatery brings European flair to Carrollwood

    Business

    CARROLLWOOD — For over a year and a half, Luis Boza had his sights set on opening a new restaurant in Carrollwood's Grand Plaza.

    The menu at the new Dolce Enigma in Carrollwood includes paninis. Photo courtesy of Dolce Enigma.