Observations
Observations: Crossing roads, waving goodbye

Observations: Crossing roads, waving goodbye

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Perhaps it is such that the dead are milestones for the living. Rock star, actor, human transformer, and perhaps a man who really did fall…

Observations: Serendipity

Observations: Serendipity

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Sixty years ago, a newspaper in Colorado Springs made a typo on a Sears Roebuck advertisement. Sears was offering children the opportunity to call and…

News

Peg Leg Pirates: a Krewe with a Kause

Peg Leg Pirates: a Krewe with a Kause

By LISA STARK Ye Notorious Krewe of the Peg Leg Pirate celebrated their 12th year…

Red tape and lack of funding keep Ruskin bridge, road closed

Red tape and lack of funding keep Ruskin bridge, road closed

By PENNY FLETCHER Driving by the barricades keeping cars off 24th Street in Ruskin, you…

Nothing ‘shabby’ about Shabby Shack

Nothing ‘shabby’ about Shabby Shack

By PENNY FLETCHER Walking into the South Shore Shabby Shack is like stepping back in…

Winthrop Arts has ambitious plans to create new arts mecca

By KEVIN BRADY With dancers, balletic aerial gymnasts, music, food, interactive arts displays and a…

Features

Safe at Home IV: ‘Don’t tell Mo I proposed’

By JIMMY CURTIS Fourth in a series “This is such a lovely area. I love it,” Joy said, as I drove her down Kings Boulevard, with its…

Safe at Home III: Mo falls in love

By JIMMY CURTIS Mo is in love. We have found a beautiful, kind, loving woman who treats Mo like a baby. She fixes his meals, cleans his…

Headlines

The 2016 Gasparilla Parade!

By LISA STARK Gasparilla 2016 was a shutterbug’s feast as thousands of colorful pirates, princesses and party people took over Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard in Saturday’s Pirate Parade.…

Becoming the voice for a child

By LISA STARK “I am for the Child” is the credo for the Hillsborough County Guardian ad Litem Program — and for Ronda O’Farrell of Sun City…

Opinion

Just a Thought

By JASON MARTIN It will never cease to amaze me how much things can change in a day. Now you add six more days, and everything is…

Just a Thought

By JASON MARTIN I have an Art degree, so I must be a liberal Democrat. But I served in the U.S. Marine Corps, which demands right-wing Republican…

Video

Interview with a mermaid

An interview with Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Carli Dofka. Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida from Mitch Traphagen on Vimeo.…

Underwater archeologists search for Florida’s History

Dr. John Gifford, an underwater archeologist from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, talks about making a dive for 10,000 year old…