Saturday, April 21, 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.

Lee Goldberg

Mystery writer Lee Goldberg, author of ‘True Fiction,’ talks Agatha Christie, and more

NightstandLee GoldbergGoldberg, the author of 30 books, has also been a writer and producer for several TV shows, including Monk and Diagnosis Murder. His new novel is True...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Rachel Slade. (Courtesy of Craig LaCourt)

Rachel Slade talks books, magic hands in the library and the sinking of El Faro

NightstandRachel SladeIn her new book, Into the Raging Sea, Slade gives an in-depth account of the tragic sinking of the El Faro, the Jacksonville-based container ship plummeted to the bottom of...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Vicki Huddleston

Diplomat Vicki Huddleston talks books and U.S. relations with Cuba

NightstandVicki HuddlestonHuddleston, 75, is the former chief of the United States Interests Section in Havana, and her report for the Brookings Institution about normalizing relations with Cuba was a...
Updated one month ago
Peter Thomas with his wife, Donna. Together they are the Travelling Book Artists. They will be at the Florida Antiquarian which will be held April 20-22.

Peter Thomas, bookmaker, is artfully rolling into town for the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

NightstandPeter ThomasThomas, 64, has been making fine press and artist books for more than 40 years. He graduated with an aesthetic studies degree from the University of California Santa Cruz. With his...
Published: 04/05/18
Updated: 04/11/18

Contest seeks photos of Oldsmar

OLDSMAR — The city has kicked off a photo contest and community members are invited to enter. Photos must be of Oldsmar, either old or new ones and either color or black and white. Three cash prizes will be given, with a grand prize of $200. Some of...
Updated one month ago

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TARPON SPRINGS — A new project is under way between the Tarpon Springs Greek Community Documentation Project and the University of South Florida Library’s special collections division. The two organizations are hosting a website documenting the Tarpon...
Updated one month ago
JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
Charge Nurse Angie Margetto (left) talks with nursing student Taylor Griffin (right). Margetto was on the team that delivered Griffin 24 years ago.  -  Taylor Griffin began life in the NICU at Mease Dunedin Hospital on Thanksgiving Day in 1993. Nurse Angie Margetto never forgot Thanksgiving day that year because she was called into work to help deliver a set of pre-mature twins dubbed the Ã\u0092Turkey TwinsÃ\u0093. She still has a photo of her with those babies but never imagined she would see them again. - Fast forward to November 2017 -- An almost 24-year-old nursing student came to Mease Countryside HospitalÃ\u0095s NICU for her clinical. Angie was the charge nurse in the NICU that day and had to sign the studentÃ\u0095s papers. As they were making small talk, the student, whose name was Taylor, shared that she was planning to celebrate her birthday that weekend because she was one of the Ã\u0092Turkey TwinsÃ\u0093 who had been born on Thanksgiving in 1993 at Mease Dunedin. Angie couldnÃ\u0095t believe her ears. The tiny little baby that she helped bring into the world now has plans to be a NICU nurse.

‘Thanksgiving baby,’ now a student, reconnects with nurse 25 years later

BY PIPER CASTILLOTimes Staff WriterSAFETY HARBOR — Taylor Griffin knows the story by heart. It was Thanksgiving morning, 1993. Her mother, Kelly Griffin, had learned one week earlier she was having twin girls.
Updated one month ago
Lorie Langdon, author of Olivia Twist. (Don Lawrence Photography)

Lorie Langdon offers a feminist twist on Oliver Twist

NightstandLorie LangdonAs a child, Langdon fell in love with the classic motion picture Oliver! She would sit for hours in her room listening to the movie soundtrack while the gang of rascally...
Updated one month ago
R.B. Johnson in his personal two story library in his Indian Rocks Beach home. Johnson the outgoing mayor of Indian Rocks Beach. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times

From a barefoot dash through a hurricane to 10 years in office, this beach city mayor’s roots run deep

INDIAN ROCKS BEACHIn 1985, as Hurricane Elena hammered the west coast of Florida over Labor Day weekend, R.B. Johnson, then 23, stayed at his family’s beachfront cottage as long as he could. From his window, he watched monstrous waves crash...
Published: 03/29/18
Updated: 04/09/18
R.B. Johnson is the mayor of Indian Rocks Beach. He takes his job so personally that he goes out himself to tend the dunes and the sea oats on the dunes, making sure they're watered and that there is no trash littering the area.

Retiring Indian Rocks Beach mayor R.B. Johnson is reading about the Italian renaissance

NightstandR.B. JohnsonThis month marks the retirement of Johnson as mayor of Indian Rocks Beach, a post he has held for 10 years. Recognized for advocating for improved parks, forging better community...
Updated one month ago