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

    Human Interest

    DeBartolo Family Foundation All Star Charity Gala

    Lisa and Paul Anka, from left, celebrate with gala hosts Eddie and Candy DeBartolo at the annual bash.
  2. Bar review: Drinking (and dining) at Above the Salt in Lowry Park, you'll be well served

    Bars & Spirits

    With a name like Above the Salt, an explanation seems in order. The expression dates to medieval times, when esteemed guests were seated at tables with salt — a highly valuable commodity at the time — as a sign of respect.

    In the Lowry Park neighborhood in Tampa, Above the Salt Cafe is a welcoming presence. It’s about friendly drinking, dining and fine service.
  3. Riverview couple may get reprieve from foreclosure over $150 association fee

    Real Estate

    RIVERVIEW — A Riverview family on the brink of losing their home for failing to pay a $150 homeowners association fee has been offered an 11th hour chance at mediation following news coverage of their plight.

    Tina and Luis Lopez had been ordered to leave their house in the Rivercrest community of Riverview over unpaid homeowners association fees. They now have a mediation conference scheduled Tuesday. [D'ANN LAWRENCE WHITE   |   Special to the Times]
  4. Lutz chef got start as Fidel Castro's prisoner, with paprika and Russian meat

    Human Interest

    LUTZ — In a way, credit for the opening of one of the Tampa area's newest Cuban restaurants belongs to Fidel Castro.

    Pepe Diaz, with wife, Tania, has opened La Yuma Cuban Cuisine in Lutz, trading on a career as a chef with humble beginnings: Diaz started out seasoning Russian meat with the only spice he had, paprika, as a prisoner of Fidel Castro.
  5. 'Dead' fans come alive at Paddywagon Pub


    Fans of the Walking Dead have a new place to watch their favorite television show.

    Paddywagon Irish Pub has opened in Citrus Park, giving fans yet another place to watch the Walking Dead. Photo by Danielle Hauser.
  6. Eatery offers fast casual Greek dishes in Carrollwood


    Tony DeSisto was watching The Profit on CNBC one day when he first learned about The Simple Greek restaurant.

    Tony DeSisto is the owner of a Simple Greek location in Carrollwood. Photo courtesy of The Simple Greek.
  7. 'Charitea' helps turn misfortune to good fortune

    Human Interest

    CARROLLWOOD — The shout-out — "Rachel, you're beautiful, girlfriend" - came from somewhere in a room full of women wearing colorful dresses and large brim hats.

     Spring dresses and hats were the order of the day for Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea on March 25. Shown from left are  Nancy Lucas, Kathleen Prevlik and Rachel Revill, who was surprised with a $1,000 grant to help her business grow.
  8. Disney gives Tampa youths chance to dream, shine


    LAKE BUENA VISTA — At 14, N'Jhari Jackson has a list of accomplishments longer than most adults.

    N’Jahri Jackson is interviewed by a television crew during the Disney Dreamers Academy. The all-expenses-paid weekend for 100 teens from around the country is co-sponsored by host Steve Harvey and Essence magazine.
  9. Taste of Carrollwood shifts to Steinbrenner Field


    After three successful years at the India Cultural Center, the Taste of Carrollwood is moving to a larger, outdoor venue.

    Steinbrenner Field will host the the Carrollwood Area Business Association’s Taste of Carrollwood on Sunday (April 2).
  10. Relay for Life continues to be a community phenomenon


    GIBSONTON — The lyrics to John Legends' Love Me Now resonated throughout the East Bay High School football stadium during a choreographed lip sync performance from the Lennard High School Student Government Association members.

    Lennard High students turn in a lip-synch performance while others look on at the Relay For Life SouthShore event on March 25.