Bold burglars traumatize neighborhoods
||'This is just like Cuba used to be'
[Times photo: John Pendygraft]
Every weekend at Pipo's, a multigenerational crowd that could pass for a family reunion hits the dance floor to relive Cuba before Castro.
Thieves strike during the day, then seem to vanish, police say. Burglaries are up 50 percent.
Bad mix: passion, pirates
BEADLESS BUT NOT BROKEN: Saturday night, I'm in SoHo with friend Jamie Moore, sipping Singha at Royal Palace Thai. Valentine's Day looms.
Amy Scherzers Dairy
'Ebony' offers glamourous escape
They came to fantasize, to imagine a life of Hollywood openings and New York dance clubs. For two hours Sunday night, there were no dirty dishes in the sink, no bills to pay, no runny noses to wipe.
Feb. 22: Lamplighters of Metropolitan Ministries "Luncheon of Light" fashion show, presented by Saks Fifth Avenue and St. John Knits; 11 a.m.; Hyatt Regency Westshore; $50; (813) 209-1000.
Sherry E. King: A passion for vintage
Sherry King's store has everything from party dresses from the '50s to pantaloons from the late 1800s.
What's in a name?
MacDill Air Force Base: MacDill may not have visited
Tampa remembers Col. Leslie MacDill.
Teacher shared talent, time
Hazel Semeyn shared her knowledge as easily as she shared her crafts, and usually a child stood to gain.
Fiesta cheers immigrant stew
Fiesta Day 2002. The Tampa melting pot called Ybor City celebrates its Cuban, German, Italian, African-Cuban, Jewish and Spanish immigrant roots with this 56-year-old street festival Saturday.
Lebanon, Guatamala spice up restaurant
BLACK BEANS AND SPICE: Virginia Park's leading -- okay, and only -- Mediterranean/Latin restaurant, Olive Grove, recently added breakfast to the fare. They billed it as Guatemalan breakfast (refried black beans, plaintains and cream, fried eggs with tomato sauce, Andalucia omelets) and Lebanese breakfast (manoshe -- open-faced baked pies with ground beef and spices).
Okay, guys. Ready for Valentine's Day? Well, if you're like most people and haven't thought twice about it, here's your chance to impress with something personal and unique.
News from around the block
NEW SUBURB BEAUTIFAUL: Uneasy street
Traffic planners say putting cobblestone roads will slow the speeders in New Suburb Beautiful. But some residents are skeptical.
HYDE PARK: Dangerous crossroad soon to get stop signs
A city board that oversees historic districts signs off on a plan to improve safety and enhance the look of the intersection at Rome and Morrison.
PORT TAMPA: New health center to continue healing ways
Long in coming, construction has begun on a $1.7-million building that will house the new Kelton Health Center.
YBOR CITY: Social club celebrates 100 years of history
Centro Asturiano was born in 1902, providing medical care and social support to members. It's now a living museum.
UNIVERISTY OF TAMPA: On display: Gasparilla the way it used to be
TAMPA -- Didn't get enough of Gasparilla?
SOUTH TAMPA: Compromise brings K-8 program to Roland Park
Instead of making the school a magnet, officials will establish the unique choice program that is praised by parents working nearby.