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Arianna’s expands with The Vibe

Arianna’s expands with The Vibe

By LISA STARK Doti Devane of Apollo Beach knows what it’s like to wear a lot of different hats. Having worked as a business owner, designer, home furnishing expert and…

Dire need for mental health services in South County, says local group

Dire need for mental health services in South County, says local group

By KEVIN BRADY There’s a chronic shortage of mental health services in South County, and across the state, according to the local chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness…

Developers question figures, implementation of new mobility fees

Developers question figures, implementation of new mobility fees

By PENNY FLETCHER Developers and citizens alike want to know how, and why, they should pay for Hillsborough County’s last 40 years of under-estimation, as workshops on a “mobility fee”…

Obituaries: February 18, 2016

Shirley Keen Bass To our mother: You carried us home for the first time in your arms, then carried us in your heart and in your thoughts. We were never…

Safe at Home V: Show me the money!

Safe at Home V: Show me the money!

By JIMMY CURTIS Fifth in a series The slick ads, the glossy brochures, the Internet websites — all portray the elder care industry as compassionate and caring. And, in most…

Observations: Living and learning in the present

Observations: Living and learning in the present

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN For the second night in a row, Sammy cried before falling asleep. We could see the pain in his brown eyes and in his soft, furry face.…

RiverStone Church pantry helps mom break cycle of poverty

RiverStone Church pantry helps mom break cycle of poverty

By KEVIN BRADY In between jobs and trying to feed five children, a local mom found food and faith at RiverStone Church in Gibsonton. With a 30-day notice that she…

HCC SouthShore student comes home to teach

HCC SouthShore student comes home to teach

By PENNY FLETCHER Jovina Varrati didn’t grow up surrounded by fairy tales or children’s books. Her home was filled with textbooks on anatomy, biology, microbiology and math. That’s because her…

Calling all musicians: WPHX is broadcasting in Ruskin

Calling all musicians: WPHX is broadcasting in Ruskin

By LISA STARK They had a tower, a tiny studio and a Big Idea. The fact that they had no money was definitely an obstacle, but one they could overcome…

An angel in a snowstorm

An angel in a snowstorm

By LISA STARK He didn’t have wings or a halo, but the man in the puffy black coat who emerged out of the snowstorm that night sure looked like an…

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