Learn about manatees, and maybe see some, too

If you’re looking for something to do with out-of-town guests, want to take the family for a little getaway or simply would like to get close to nature — Tampa Electric Company’s Manatee Viewing Center may be just the place. The center, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, is open each year from Nov. 1 through April 15. Located at 6900 Dickman Road in Apollo Beach, the center attracts … [Read more...]

Don’t flush that used oil down your drain

Thanksgiving is now almost over, and you impressed your family with that deep-fried turkey. But as everyone enjoys every bite of that bird you prepared, you're looking at the oil left over in the kitchen and trying to figure out what to do? Well, don't dump it down the drain. Instead, Hillsborough County's Public Utilities Department is offering is cooking oil recycling effort, or CORE, to … [Read more...]

Newland wants Bexley Ranch to be next FishHawk

People have driven by construction work on State Road 54 east of the Suncoast Parkway and wondered what might be happening there. A lot of those details were unveiled last week when Newland Communities vice president Tom Panaseny presented some of the first details of the recently resurrected Bexley Ranch project that will include about 1,700 homes over the next five years. The massive … [Read more...]

This barber prefers straight razors, clippers over perms

Pamela DeHaven didn’t set out to become a female barber. But after doing thousands of haircuts and giving straight-razor shaves, the 51-year-old can’t picture herself in any other role. Initially, she thought she’d be a cosmetologist, a more traditional path for a woman. But a trip to the emergency room changed that plan. “When I was going to (cosmetology) school, I had an allergic … [Read more...]