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Free coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts on Monday, March 9

JANINE staff

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 8, and Dunkin’ Donuts is ready to perk up your work week after you lose an hour of sleep.

Stop by any Tampa Bay area Dunkin’ on Monday, March 9, for a free 16-ounce cup of iced coffee. You’ll also get your choice of three ice cream-inspired flavor options, including rocky road, cookie dough or butter pecan. Other flavor shots and swirls options include french vanilla, hazelnut, toasted almond, blueberry, coconut, cinnamon, caramel and raspberry.

There’s no purchase necessary to redeem the offer, which is available all day.

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How water transportation is changing in downtown Tampa

Keith MorelliTribune staff

From rentals to tour boats to a plain ol’ get-from-one-end-of-the-Riverwalk-to-the-other water taxi, the waters around downtown are alive with the sounds of motors.

As the long-awaited Riverwalk project winds down, said Donna Chen, director of marketing and communication with the Tampa Downtown Partnership, “all eyes are turning to the river.”

“Prior to this, the river did not get the attention it deserved,” she said. “Now, it’s becoming more and more our front door rather than our back door.”

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What did Sacred Heart Church look like 80 years ago?

Published:   |   Updated: March 2, 2015 at 10:56 AM

Sacred Heart Catholic Church has been a landmark in downtown Tampa for more than a century.

And it looks much the same in 2015 as it did in 1935 when the black-and-white Burgert Brothers photograph was taken.

In the early 1800s, Hillsborough County commissioners deeded property on Ashley Drive and Twiggs Street for a Catholic church. The property was later exchanged for land at Florida Avenue and Twiggs. In 1859, a little frame church was erected on the site of the current Sacred Heart Church.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Sports Club Hall of Fame


More than 30 of Tampa Catholic High School and University of Tampa baseball coach Peter J. Mulry’s former players showed up to honor him when he was inducted Feb. 19 into the Sports Club of Tampa Bay Hall of Fame at Embassy Suites-USF. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden and the late baseball player and manager Don Zimmer also were inducted.

“This is an evening of humility and gratitude,” said Mulry, who coached at Tampa Catholic for 10 years beginning in 1968. During the time, his teams won three state championships.

“The greatest honor is to hear someone call me coach,” he said.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Equality Florida Gala


The ninth annual Equality Florida Gala drew more than 600 guests to TPepin’s Hospitality Centre on Feb. 21 for an event to benefit the Equality Florida Institute Inc. The nonprofit provides educational programs on nondiscrimination policies, marriage equality, transgender inclusion, hate crimes and safe schools.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner and Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith served as keynote speakers. Mark Puskarich was the steering committee chairman.

Music was provided by harpist Anthony Hamilton, the group Jurica and DJ-CK.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Hollywood Awards Night


Die-hard fashion divas donned frilly frocks and sassy stilettos to walk the red carpet Feb. 22 at the 16th annual Hollywood Awards Night at the historic Tampa Theatre.

Guests in lace, sequins and fur loved their Skyline Limousines rides, and autograph seekers and paparazzi added to the Oscar flavor. Roan Jivers, aka talent agent Pat Fenda, gave funny fashion and gossipy commentary.

“Enjoying the Academy Awards on the big screen, while immersed in the beauty and ambiance of Tampa Theatre, has become a tradition for many fans, and we enjoy hosting the event every year,” said CEO John Bell.

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5 minutes with Don Me Now owner Danielle Evans

StaffTBO Seen

Danielle Evans describes her style as “modern with vintage soul.”

As a professional stylist and owner of Don Me Now Boutique, her mission is to help others find and embrace their style.

While pursuing a career in advertising, Evans decided to leave the corporate world to follow her passion for fashion. In 2013, she opened Don Me Now with an objective of helping her clients build confidence and develop a unique personal style.

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Cuteness Alert: Playful cheetah cubs at Busch Gardens are the most adorable thing you’ll see today

By Ashley Reams Mistretta

They wrestle, they chase each other, they stare wide-eyed into the camera.

These adorable 12-pound cheetah cubs belong to Busch Gardens, and even though they were born on Nov. 22, the park just announced their birth Tuesday.

Their names are Tendai, meaning “thankful,” and Thabo, meaning “joy.”

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Oscars delivered outstanding musical selections and uplifting speeches, but jokes fell flat

Amanee K. CabbagestalkSpecial to TBO Seen

The often-lackluster 87th annual Academy Awards show was saved by extraordinary musical performances and inspiring acceptance speeches.

This year’s show was criticized for the lack of diversity. No women were nominated in the directing and writing categories and all 20 of the acting nominees were white. Thousands of people boycotted the awards after the trending topic, “#OscarsSoWhite” went viral on Twitter.

Host Neil Patrick Harris didn’t deliver with bad jokes including the statement, “Tonight we celebrate Hollywood’s best and whitest, sorry… brightest.” He also directed jokes at black actors in the audience, including Oprah Winfrey, Octavia Spencer and David Oyelowo, which fell flat and received few chuckles.

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2 new indie-style markets now open in Tampa

Published:   |   Updated: February 23, 2015 at 11:16 AM
Richard MullinsTribune Staff

These are great times for fans of funky, crafty marketplaces in Tampa.

Besides a slew of weekend, pop-up farmer’s markets, at least two new food and craft markets are now open, one in Ybor City and the other in Seminole Heights, and both are offering a quirky, ultra-indie ethos alternative to shopping at the mall.

Scented candles, locally made hot sauces, re-purposed furniture, and jewelry made of mechanical watch parts. It’s a dream come true for the hipster-jeans wearing, NPR-listening, weekend market prowling alternative shoppers out there. Throw in a few finely honed handlebar mustaches and some craft beer made nearby, and you have an eruption of local hipness.

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