Friday, January 19, 2018


Piper Castillo

Piper Castillo

Piper Castillo grew up in Fort Lauderdale and received her English degree from Florida Atlantic University. As a community news reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, she covers north Pinellas County. She also writes the "Nightstand" column for the Sunday book pages and thinks the only thing better than a good read is a day in the sun with her family.

Safety Harbor centennial banners on sale for $50

SAFETY HARBOR — Safety Harbor commemorative centennial banners are on sale for $50, with proceeds to benefit the city’s Partners in Progress Youth Scholarship fund. To purchase a banner, fill out the order form at and return with...
Published: 01/18/18
The Safety Harbor Library.

Contest seeks designs for new bike racks at Safety Harbor library

SAFETY HARBOR — The Safety Harbor Public Library and the Friends of the Safety Harbor Library are seeking design submissions for bike racks with an artistic flair as two traditional library bike racks at the facility will be replaced with ones...
Published: 01/18/18
The Dunedin Cares pantry is working on renovating this modular building, a larger space, for the food pantry that started just over two years ago. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times

With help from neighbors, Dunedin food pantry is moving to bigger digs

BY PIPER CASTILLOTimes Staff WriterDUNEDIN — It has been only two years since the board of directors began operating Dunedin Cares from Faith Lutheran Church, inside a 600-square-foot community room. Already...
Published: 01/17/18
Andre Dubus III (Dirty Love)

Andre Dubus III reads to ‘sink more deeply’ into the human condition

NightstandAndre Dubus IIIEckerd College’s Writers in Paradise conference takes place this week, and one of the returning faculty members is Andre Dubus III. Dubus is the author of six books, including Bluesman, Townie and two novels...
Published: 01/11/18
Harry Belafonte, the singer, songwriter, and social activist, at his office in Manhattan, Nov. 8, 2016.  (Karsten Moran/The New York Times)

Harry Belafonte, who will visit USF, reflects on friendship with Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1964, when they were both 37, Harry Belafonte and his friend Sidney Poitier traveled to the town of Greenwood, Miss. As the two entertainers made their journey to meet with members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, they were chased...
Published: 01/09/18

Outdoor Glendi draws larger crowd

TARPON SPRINGS — For about 10 years, the Glendi, which in Greek means "to have fun, to have a good time," has been held inside the St. Nicholas Cathedral Center, a few blocks away from the church itself. This year, organizers decided to throw an...
Published: 01/06/18

Epiphany celebration enough to fill a book

TARPON SPRINGS — Though she would not reveal a plot line or a title, Teddie Karagoris, who made the trip to Epiphany from Munich, said she "definitely’’ has enough material for her book set with the city and the celebration in the...
Published: 01/06/18
What's Caroline Preston reading?

Words, images combine in archivist Caroline Preston’s ‘War Bride’s Scrapbook’ and on her nightstand

NightstandCaroline PrestonPreston is the author of three novels, Jackie by Josie, Lucy Crocker 2.0 and Gatsby’s Girl. She is also the author of two scrapbook novels, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt and her newest, The War Bride’s...
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What's on Brittany Gibbons nightstand?

On Brittany Gibbons’ nightstand, books about women and self-image rule

NightstandBrittany GibbonsHumorist and plus-size model Gibbons has made promoting a positive self-image a life cause, going so far as to strip to her bikini in Times Square during a taping of Good Morning America a few years ago. The...
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As a young man who grew up in Denver, Robert E. Carr's first job was with the Trailways bus system. He died Dec. 16, 2017.

Epilogue: Robert E. ‘Bob’ Carr was known for his travel agencies, newspapers and love of family

BELLEAIR — A few summers ago, Scotty Schenck, 21, worked as an intern in the photo department of the Tampa Bay Times, seeing several photos and articles published in print and online. His mother, Robin Schenck, made sure to clip his work and share it...
Updated one month ago