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Guest column: Girl Scouts designed to help girls excel on their own terms

Guest column: Girl Scouts designed to help girls excel on their own terms

Girl Scouts is the best leadership experience for girls in the world, created specifically with and for girls. If I could name only one thing that girls learn when they’re involved with Girl Scouts, it’s that they become capable of tackling pretty mu...
Published: 10/20/17
Joe Henderson: Fanciful ideas merit consideration when they’re from Tom Hall

Joe Henderson: Fanciful ideas merit consideration when they’re from Tom Hall

Tom Hall has traveled the world and developed a sense of what works, what doesn’t, and what is to come.Those experiences can send his mind into overdrive, thinking about ways to transform this city. It leads him to believe in things he doesn’t yet se...
Published: 10/19/17
Hooper: After living through them, she pulls people out of credit woes

Hooper: After living through them, she pulls people out of credit woes

Atlanta, a place known for rising from the ashes of the Civil War to become an international city, proved to be a perfect backdrop for Artricia James-Heard’s own rise from what she calls "a very vulnerable time in her life."It was there that James-He...
Published: 10/19/17
Money dries up, bringing questions and new leadership to Tampa nonprofit

Money dries up, bringing questions and new leadership to Tampa nonprofit

TAMPA — A new leader has been installed at one of East Tampa’s leading nonprofit agencies following reports that money is going out faster than it’s coming in.Jeanette Bradley, longtime chief executive officer of the Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan, w...
Published: 10/19/17
Howard Altman: Kathy Castor plans Tampa ceremony honoring Vietnam-era veterans

Howard Altman: Kathy Castor plans Tampa ceremony honoring Vietnam-era veterans

James Butler was a Marine captain who piloted helicopters in Vietnam and flew 988 missions there.That adds up to nearly three missions every day."All of them were pretty exciting," said Butler, 74, a Tampa native who served in Vietnam for 13 months s...
Published: 10/18/17
Updated: 10/19/17

Tuxes & TailsWho could resist Event Show Productions showgirls samba-ing down the Tuxes & Tails catwalk carrying furry homeless pets? With Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister, family restaurateur/event co-chair Andrea Gonzmart and a dozen other "cel...
Published: 10/18/17
Updated: 10/19/17
Going cheap on shutters, generator can do more harm than good in hurricane season

Going cheap on shutters, generator can do more harm than good in hurricane season

Those piles of branches snapped off by the hurricane finally are disappearing from the front of homes in the Tampa Bay area, one last reminder of the bullet many dodged by not preparing properly for the day when a storm may hit the region head on.If ...
Published: 10/18/17
He sings, he acts, he ministers -- Meet Heanon Tate

He sings, he acts, he ministers -- Meet Heanon Tate

God gives every person unique talents to use them, says Heanon Tate, pastor of Force of Life Church in North Tampa.Tate, 46, is a musician, actor, athlete and minister. He has appeared off Broadway and in television shows including Army Wives (in whi...
Published: 10/17/17
Updated: 10/19/17
Foster kids foundation stages ballroom dancing benefit

Foster kids foundation stages ballroom dancing benefit

BRANDON — Strapping Leto High sophomore Michael Threatt loves playing the game of football as well as his current position of defensive end on the school’s varsity team.Why, then, would he opt to participate in only the first half of the school’s upc...
Published: 10/17/17
Updated: 10/19/17
Instructor’s ‘Dancing for Donations’ spawns a treat for special needs kids in Brandon

Instructor’s ‘Dancing for Donations’ spawns a treat for special needs kids in Brandon

BRANDON — Sara Battaglia’s love for dancing and generous heart has launched a feet-driven fundraising effort.When Battaglia first began holding free dance classes in her native Port Charlotte, she decided to ask parents for a small donation to go dir...
Published: 10/17/17
Updated: 10/19/17