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  1. Proposed senior apartment complex in Brandon draws opposition at hearing


    BRANDON — The Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission and residents of the Buckhorn Estates and Timber Knoll subdivisions expressed opposition to a proposed apartment complex a company wants to build at the corner of South Valrico Road and Lithia Pinecrest Road.

    hillsalf042117: A Hawthorn Retirement Group senior living apartment community, similar in appearance to this and others scattered throughout the country, including six in Florida, is proposed on an 8.8-acre site on Lithia Pinecrest Road in Brandon, just north of South Valrico Road. Photo courtesy of Hawthorn Retirement Group
  2. Hooper: Saint Leo writers retreat offers breath of fresh air


    I've got a secret.

    Don't tell anyone.

    On May 20, I'll be one of the presenters at the fifth annual Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University, but if you think I'm going to show up for my session and leave, guess again.

    Poet Jesse Millner is one of the featured speakers at the Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University.
  3. Tampa seminar modeled on child-abuse prevention gathering 40 years ago


    TAMPA — Forty years ago, a seminar convened by the Junior League of Tampa riveted the community's attention on the growing problem of child abuse and led to the creation of a nonprofit group focused on fighting it.

    Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll, shown at a conference in Orlando, is a keynote speaker during a seminar set for Thursday in Tampa on helping prevent child abuse.
  4. March column: Kevin Beckner leaves politics, named Hillsborough civil service chief


    The Hillsborough County Civil Service Board has selected former county Commissioner Kevin Beckner as its new director.

    Kevin Beckner, once seen as a rising star in the local Democratic Party, has stepped away from politics after losing the circuit court clerk's race in November to take a county job that pays up to $140,000 a year. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  5. Brandies: Nelson Elementary plants gardening love with kids

    Home and Garden

    DOVER — Any teachers interested in gardening, students included?

    Sherill Farrell’s 5th graders were getting ready to plant more in their plot. The cherry tomatoes are already ripening.
  6. Strawberry Festival appoints first female chair


    Sandee Parke-Sytsma was named the first female chairman of the board of the Florida Strawberry Festival Tuesday, April 11.

  7. Henderson: Once-thundering Vince Naimoli still speaks loudly through gifts


    People who know Vince Naimoli only as the thundering and head-shaking owner of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays didn't get the whole story. There are two sides to this man, and the one who isn't talked about nearly enough is what I want to share today.

    Vince Naimoli Jr., shown being honored last week at the University of South Florida, has bestowed big gifts on the school and on the University of Tampa.
  8. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    Around the World with St. Jude

    Two patient testimonials took Around the World gala guests from tears to cheers for the medical care provided by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Adorable Ayden, 7, who survived 17 surgeries before age 1, sang out his gratitude, helping co-chairs …

    Tom and Holly Malouf, from left, former St. Jude Children’s Hospital patient Kara DeGraff and Around the World gala co-chairs Gennie and Mike Swenson thank supporters April 8.
  9. Style Encore brings high-end brands to Brandon consignment scene


    BRANDON — It was all about the shoes for Ruskin's Julie Hanson. Specifically, a size 9 ½ pair of vintage Dolce & Gabbana pumps.

    Claire, 11 (Bevis Elementary) and Chase, 14 (Randall Middle) took the day off from school April 13 to help their parents Jennifer and Bryan Havener open Hillsborough County’s first Style Encore store at 1983 Lumsden Road, Brandon. 
  10. Outreach Clinic builds fundraiser around Derby Day


    BRANDON — Attendees of the Brandon Outreach Clinic's 6th Annual Kentucky Derby Party will be chomping at the bit on May 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Regent in Riverview, 6437 Watson Road.

    Guests of last year’s Brandon Outreach Clinic’s Kentucky Derby party show off their best race day fashions.