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5 fast networking tips for young professionals

StaffTBO Seen

If you’re a young professional in the Tampa Bay area, you know there are many organizations in which you can get involved.

But where do you start?

Aakash Patel, 30, is the founder and president of Elevate Inc., a consulting firm that aims to enhance local business owners’ marketing efforts, public relations and community outreach.

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Viral Video: Tampa veteran’s disagreement with panhandler gets more than 7 million views

Howard AltmanTribune staff

Garrett Goodwin, an Army veteran from Tampa, has become an Internet sensation after confronting a man claiming to be an Army veteran as the man was panhandling at Dale Mabry Highway and Gandy Boulevard on Sunday afternoon.

“Take off my uniform,” Goodwin shouts at the man in the video, recorded by his cousin, Kyle Spade.

Since the video was posted on his Facebook page, it has received more than 7 million views.

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5 minutes with Penelope T Boutique owner Nickie Smith

Published:   |   Updated: March 30, 2015 at 03:11 PM
Amanee K. CabbagestalkSpecial to TBO Seen

Nickie Smith, co-owner of Penelope T Boutique, describes her style as very eclectic.

She wears a lot of prints and likes to mix and match. When you walk into Penelope T, you can see Smith’s keen eye for fashion incorporated into every display.

Smith and co-owner Manne White moved to Tampa from New York with the hope of creating a space where women could feel good about experimenting with different looks and find their personal style.

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‘Daily Show’ names Trevor Noah as replacement for Jon Stewart

Published:   |   Updated: March 30, 2015 at 12:30 PM
Frazier MooreThe Associated Press

NEW YORK — Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who has contributed to “The Daily Show” a handful of times during the past year, will become Jon Stewart’s replacement as host, Comedy Central announced Monday.

Noah was chosen a little more than a month after Stewart unexpectedly announced he was leaving “The Daily Show” following 16 years as the show’s principal voice.

The New Jersey-born Stewart is being replaced by the son of a black South African mother and white European father. Noah has an international presence, and hosted a late-night talk show in South Africa, “Tonight with Trevor Noah.”

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Circle of Friends dinner


The Marrakesh Express made a whistle stop March 20 in Tampa for a Circle of Friends event benefiting Joshua House.

About 100 guests enjoyed lively entertainment and dining under the stars as Lisa DeBartolo and Don Miggs opened their home for the benefit.

“The support we receive from the Circle of Friends Dinner Benefit makes a tremendous impact on the quality of services provided to the children and teens living at Joshua House,” said DeDe Grundel, executive director of Friends of Joshua House. “If we cannot stem the tide of abuse on our community’s children, then the least we can do is assure that they receive better than a simple safe haven.”

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Athletes+Causes 2015


The 300 guests at the second Athletes+Causes 2015 event had the opportunity to view the new Ferg’s Live in Channelside while raising more than $90,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Derrick Brooks Charities, the Toby Hall Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the DeBartolo Family Foundation.

The March 18 event featured music by Tony Stockton and Nicole Desrosiers and an auction of four double magnums (3 liters each) of Miner Family Winery’s 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyards. The bottles, already valued at $450, were autographed by players from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Lightning, and other celebrities.

Rob Canton, Athletes+Causes founder, said the event is a great opportunity to showcase all the ways current and former professional athletes give back to their communities, either through their own foundations or through charities they work with. Each year, the organization will select causes to share in the event’s proceeds.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: New York Yankees Luncheon


Several hundred New York Yankees fans flocked to the Tampa Convention Center on March 17 to get baseballs, jerseys, hats, photos and other items signed by the players and coaches as part of the annual New York Yankees Luncheon benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.

The event raised more than $280,000 for the organization, which served more than 12,000 children and youth in 18 clubs last year, announced Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner.

Boys & Girls Clubs focus on healthy lifestyles, leadership development and academics. The members also performed nearly 47,000 hours of volunteer community service in 2014.

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‘The X-Files’ will return to TV briefly

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Agents Mulder and Scully are coming back to Fox.

The network announced Tuesday that it will air a six-episode run of new episodes of “The X-Files” that will begin this summer. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

The show’s creator, Chris Carter, said that he considers the show’s absence like a “13-year commercial break.” Carter said that “the good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger.”

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Here’s what Sean Astin did while he was in Tampa on Tuesday

By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Actor Sean Astin, best known for his roles in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Goonies,” attended the Gasparilla International Film Festival kick off Tuesday evening, but he did a couple other things while he was in town.

Astin, who stars in “The Surface,” which was screened a GIFF Tuesday, posted a few photos to his social media accounts while he in Tampa.

On Monday night, he shared a photo of fans waiting for him at the airport.

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Gasparilla International Film Festival kicks off in Tampa with Sean Astin

Paul GuzzoTribune staff

As a volunteer at the very first Gasparilla International Film Festival in 2006, Mike Compton was given an unusual task.

Call it guerilla marketing.

It seems there were so few people in attendance that year, organizers asked Compton to gather his fellow volunteers to fill seats in the theaters so the filmmakers attending thought they had large audiences.

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