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  1. Guest column: Trap-neuter-release offers best hope for stray cats and community

    Columns

    Several media outlets in Tampa Bay have questioned the way the community is managing its population of community cats, sometimes called feral cats. But the truth is that by following best practices in conducting trap-neuter-return for its cats, Hillsborough County is already a national leader.

    Becky Robinson is the president and founder of Alley Cat Allies, an advocacy organization based in Bethesda, Md., that works to protect and improve the lives of all cats.
  2. Joe Henderson: At son's wedding, memories of child-rearing build to a perfect moment

    Columns

    On a secluded beach known as Hawksnest on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a bride-to-be named Heather McNeill hurried along a wooded path to meet the man she was about to marry.

    Heather McNeill married fellow Strawberry Crest High teacher Ben Henderson on a secluded beach in the U.S. Virgin Islands. "They wanted something totally theirs," says Ben's dad Joe Henderson. "I think they had their parents in mind, as well." [Courtesy of Henderson family]
  3. Clean Eatz offers low-cal options in South Tampa

    Business

    Inside Clean Eatz, almost everything is under 500 calories.

    Clean Eatz will offer healthy dining options in South Tampa. Photo courtesy of Clean Eatz.
  4. Salon brings a Parisian experience to Tampa

    Business

    A new salon in International Plaza, opened by French women Geraldine Jousseau and Estelle Mattingly, takes clients on a trip to Paris.

    Le Studio Paris offers a variety of salon services in International Plaza. Photo courtesy of Le Studio Paris.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

  7. Tokley honored as poem returns to courthouse

    Human Interest

    In 2010, James Tokley, Tampa's Poet Laureate, wrote the poem, A Modern Manifesto, which honored the new Edgecomb Courthouse.

    James Tokley with Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank at a celebration thrown in Tokley’s honor last Friday.
  8. 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.
  9. Epilogue: Tony Scaglione served Ybor delicacies and laughs

    Obituaries

    TAMPA — Tony Scaglione's childhood dream was to own his family's restaurant.

    Tony Scaglione - the longtime owner of Tony's Ybor Restaurant - has died.  He was 87.  Photo courtesy of  Larry Scaglione
  10. Artist exchange creates Tampa-Havana friendships

    Visual Arts

    SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Bad weather rocked the Southwest Airlines flight from Havana to Tampa.

    Marian Valdes of Havana, Cuba, who is a resident artist through the Tempus Projects artist exchange program, stands for a portrait at the non-profit art space in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, July 17, 2017. Valdes has an upcoming exhibit titled “Addicted Involution.”
  11. Bar review: Attic Cafe and Bar, brews with views of downtown Tampa

    Bars & Spirits

    It's ironic that Tampa Bay WaVE — an entrepreneur incubator with an eye on growing Tampa's tech startups — keeps its offices in a century-old building originally used as an auditorium for the adjacent Masonic Lodge.

    One big plus at the Attic Cafe & Bar is its patio and balcony, where you can spy City Hall and a few other landmarks in downtown Tampa. Local history also figures prominently.
  12. Looking Back: The Ybor City Streetcar gets a new life (Dec. 27, 1991)

    Attractions

    Before World War II Tampa's public transportation needs were covered by a network of Birney streetcars, with a peak of 24 million passengers in 1926. When a local streetcar enthusiast came across a 1920's model, she contacted the Tampa Trolley Society with an eye towards restoration. That streetcar would become the part …

  13. Henderson: An ear's guide to life, unplugged

    Columns

    I'm not sure when headphones became almost a mandatory part of everyday life.

    People love their earbuds, but the world has its own interesting soundtrack. [iStockphoto.com]
  14. South Seminole Heights neighborhood hopes street mural brings calm to the road

    Transportation

    TAMPA

    A "mandala" is a spiritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism representing a microcosm of the universe. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas help establish a sacred space.

    Perfect.

    Tampa’s first painted street mural — at the corner of N River Boulevard and W Louisiana Avenue — was finished on Saturday afternoon by neighborhood kids and parents and supervised by the artist who created the image, Catherine Thomas of St. Petersburg, pictured at left.
  15. Tampa Theatre to screen circus documentary aimed at helping domestic abuse victims

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Circus performer/filmmaker Stewart Lippe doesn't clown around on the subject of domestic violence.

    Circus Manduhai travels to remote towns in Mongolia to help women in abusive relationships.