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  1. YMCA offers swim lessons during spring break


    To continue to help prevent childhood drowning, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is offering Safety Around Water lessons between March 13 and 16 to coincide with Hillsborough County Public Schools' spring break.

    Two Safety Around Water classes in session at the Central City Family YMCA.
  2. Power of prayer fuels program for aging nuns


    When Sister Mary Rinaldi visited Tampa in 1991 seeking funding to build a Salesian Sisters' retirement facility, one man's words inspired her to try a new type of fundraising.

  3. Strawberry Festival adds security measures for 2017


    On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed in a shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

    Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Lovett helps Florida Strawberry Festival patrons who need directions to a favorite booth. Lovett recently took over as the head of security for the festival.
  4. Prodigy program's state funding on the chopping block


    UNIVERSITY AREA — Each day after school, 11-year-old Jose (last name withheld on request) goes to the University Area Community Center to participate in the free Prodigy Cultural Arts Program for ages 7 to 17.

    Rory Flaherty teaches an elementary school guitar class as part of Prodigy at the University Area Community Center.
  5. Apollo Beach residents rallying against proposed Dollar General store


    APOLLO BEACH — For the last two weekends, Apollo Beach residents have gathered on the corner of Fairway Boulevard and Apollo Beach Boulevard to protest the building of a stand-alone Dollar General on the site.

  6. Hooper: All of the festival's music acts deserve a good audience


    Florida Strawberry Festival general manager Paul Davis had long held Patti LaBelle on his wish list of headline entertainment.

    Dennis Lee and his band will be performing daily at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Publix Showcase Tent.
  7. Alfredo's adds an Arabic touch to Italian favorites


    BRANDON — Farhan El Fayez knows about some of the past tenants who have tried recently to run successful businesses out of the same location of his new restaurant.

    Alfredo's Italian Cuisine offers a meatball sub with a side of spaghetti for just $6.45. Photo by Eric Vician.
  8. New book captures Florida Strawberry Festival's folksy charm



    In 1993, 3-year-old Lauren McNair, standing all of about 3 feet tall, showed a 1,000-pound dairy cow in the pee wee showmanship at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

    1974 queen and court are pictured with country singer Lynn Anderson.
  9. Buckhorn should follow charter and require finance chief to live in Tampa


    Whether you love him or hate him, and there are plenty of folks in each camp, Bob Buckhorn deserves a lot of the credit for Tampa's renaissance. Our city is booming and thriving, so much so that we continue to garner national attention. People are feeling good about living and working in Tampa. On top of that, he's a …

  10. USF puts TV behind it and strengthens a treasured radio resource


    There can be no joy in the loss of WUSF-TV, the public television station sold off by the University of South Florida for its space on the broadcast spectrum and scheduled to go off the air by the end of the year. It's a place on the dial where shows like Nova reveal the wonders of the universe, Father …