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  1. Sun City Center church progresses towards welcoming the LGBTQ community


    The marquee in front of the Sun City Center United Church of Christ, the oldest church in Sun City Center, reads, "Welcoming and Inclusive…Theologically Progressive."

    Above, the marquee in front of the South Shore United Church of Christ, the oldest church in Sun City Center, reads, “Welcoming and Inclusive... Theologically Progressive.” The church’s pastor Tim Shirley, left, says, “Our goal, I believe, is to be the progressive voice of Christianity in the SouthShore region.”
  2. Whitman: Don't confuse 'Irmageddon' with Armageddon


    Irmageddon. The term really caught on before and after September's record storm. Appearing as everything from a hashtag to a news headline, Irmageddon took panic and made it a pun.

  3. County crowns domino champions


    TOWN 'N COUNTRY — Teams from Ruskin, Brandon, Town 'N Country and Tampa captured championships at Hillsborough County's annual dominoes championship on Thursday.

    Dominoes continue to be popular in the area, particularly in the Hispanic community.
  4. Editorial: Ready to put Irma behind? Maybe it's time to get ready, instead


    One can only marvel now, looking back at the radar image of Hurricane Irma whirling and jerking north between Tampa and Orlando and leaving two of Florida's major population centers with only scattered damage from its high winds.

    A hand-painted sign signals a West Tampa homeowner's resolve as Hurricane Irma approached the Tampa Bay Area on Sept. 10. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times]
  5. How visiting a scenic Cuban resort can help save green sea turtles


    The Florida Aquarium has been collaborating with Cuba's National Aquarium since 2015 to help save coral dying throughout Caribbean waters.

    The beaches of Cuba's Cayo Largo are home to a large population of green sea turtle nests. The Florida Aquarium will lead eco-tours of Cayo Largo next year that will help protect the turtles and fund research.  [Avalon Outdoor]
  6. William March: Frank Reddick says all-white Tampa council possible


    A decline in the percentage of black voters in Tampa's only majority-black City Council district, District 5, has council member Frank Reddick worried.

    City Council member Frank Reddick said that if Tampa can't maintain African-American voter numbers, he could be the council's last African-American representative. [JAMES BORCHUK   |   Times (2016)]
  7. 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.
  8. Culver's crosses into Brandon near Selmon Expressway


    BRANDON — Like many children, Theresa Hutchins recalls pleading with her parents to take her for ice cream.

    Theresa Hutchins and her fianc? Mike Carelli opened the Tampa Bay area’s newest Culver’s August 28 in Brandon at 2470 S Falkenburg Road.
  9. Back to life: Event helps Riverview revert to peaceful pace after Irma

    Human Interest

    RIVERVIEW — Robin and Ray Castell say establishing residency in the Winthrop Village was one of the best decisions of their lifetime.

    hillsbrandon092217: Meredith Tucker of Riverview, the mother of two children and another one soon on the way, browses the racks of Dot Dot Smile children?€™s clothing as company merchandiser Kelcie Schranck, standing behind her in the black shirt, looks on during the first-of-its-kind Recruiting the Community event on Sept. 17 at the Barn at Winthrop in Riverview. Photo by Joyce McKenzie.
  10. Proposed reversible lane on Bloomingdale Avenue draws ire


    RIVERVIEW — Bloomingdale Avenue business owners and members of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce are preparing to protest possible changes to the busy roadway that they say will likely take away millions in tax revenue from the county and cut their profits by as much as 40 percent.

    Winthrop Town Centre founder John Sullivan met with interested residents and business owners on Sept. 18 to discuss a recent proposal to create a peak-time reversible lane on Bloomingdale Avenue.