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  1. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    FARA Energy Ball

    Familiar faces - researchers, scientists, hospitality honchos and 20 Friedreich's Ataxia "warriors" inched closer to a cure for the progressive neurodegenerative disease as the FARA Energy Ball advanced the FA Research Alliance and USF Ataxia Research Center by $1.75 million Saturday, …

    The Avery family, from left, Suzanne, Alison, Paul and Laurel express their gratitude at the ninth FARA Energy Ball on Sept. 16 at the Marriott Waterside.
  2. Westchase community rallies for former Alonso catcher battling cancer


    WESTCHASE — The communities of Westchase and Alonso High School are rallying around former Ravens baseball player Andrew Abbott, a college student battling Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which was diagnosed in April.

    Andrew Abbott, left, felt good enough during a recent stay at St. Joseph’s Hospital to share some sushi with his father, Tony. Andrew, a former Alonso High School baseball player, is undergoing treatment for Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma.
  3. 'Operation Pizza Delivery' feeds linemen in Westchase/Oldsmar, and then some

    Human Interest

    WESTCHASE — It began with a small gesture, then exploded into a 1,400-pizza phenomenon.

    The ladies of Operation Pizza Delivery — left to right, Jackie Keenan, her daughter Madeline, Maureen Mele, Janine Battaglia, Laura Frasor and Christy Nash — used social media to get 1,400 Domino’s pizzas ordered for power linemen, the homeless, assisted living residents, police and for personnel in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
  4. Men of Vision get to work after Hurricane Irma


    Answering the call to action after the departure of Hurricane Irma, they cleaned up fallen branches in mid-Tampa neighborhoods and in Rowlett Park, where they toiled alongside Tampa city workers, and they came out in force to clean up the Hillsborough River, pulling out gas cans, trash cans, old tires and even a …

    hillsmov092217: The Men of Vision helped clean up Rowlett Park in the wake of Hurricane Irma last week. Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Public Schools.
  5. Visitors get in free Saturday at Tampa Bay History Center


    Times staff

    TAMPA — Nothing to do Saturday? Go back in history.

    Machine gun at the ready, a paratrooper of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Brigade advances cautiously  near Hue, South Vietnam on April 3, 1968.
  6. MacDill chuckling as UFO website reports 'flying triangles' at base: Howard Altman


    My Twitter feed on MacDill Air Force Base has been out of this world lately.


    Michael Salla, who runs an extraterrestrial research website, claims these are images taken of UFOs near MacDill Air Force Base earlier this month. []
  7. Joe Henderson: Other good works can't balance theft from vulnerable victims


    What price can you put on your good name?

    This renovated group home once was operated by HARC. The group's former CEO Richard Lilliston was credited with raising millions for the agency but has been sentenced to prison for stealing Social Security from clients with developmental disabilities. [Times file]
  8. Daniel Ruth: Public money built Bucs' stadium, so let public sell tickets


    Who knew the Tampa Bay Bucs were actually the Daisies of Dale Mabry?

    Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, wants to do what it takes to ensure that those sitting in the lower bowl of Raymond James Stadium are wearing his team's colors. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

  9. Library now bears the name of its driving force: Maureen B. Gauzza

    Human Interest

    WESTCHASE — The former Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library in Northwest Hillsborough County has officially been renamed "Maureen B. Gauzza Library.''

    The former Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library in Northwest Hillsborough County has officially been renamed ‘The Maureen B. Gauzza Library.’
  10. Sunday Conversation: Sara Mickelson has a heart for nonprofits

    Human Interest


    Sara Mickelson, a self-acknowledged Renaissance woman, will be recognized later this month by one of the city's home-grown non-profit organizations as their Corporate Citizen of the Year. Each year, the National Organization for Transplant Enlightenment (N.O.T.E.) salutes people in the community who have …

    Sara Mickelson says she doesn’t know if her red hair has anything to do with how her life has developed, “but I do have a wicked sense of humor, an active imagination, and a willingness to try new things.”