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#BeSeen photo gallery: Abe Brown Ministries banquet


Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward delivered the opening remarks to almost 275 guests at the 32nd annual Ministry Celebration benefiting Abe Brown Ministries Inc.

The Nov. 12 event at the Hilton Tampa Downtown raised almost $44,000 for programs and outreach, including prison crusades, a transitional living program, family reunification programs, the Food for Life Pantry and Ready4Work-Hillsborough.

Christopher Williams, an intake specialist for Ready4Work-Hillsborough, offered the opening prayer and Jeffrey Neal performed the music.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Grey Salt debut


Gray skies couldn’t deter the more than 200 guests who got to mingle with “Chopped” television personality/executive chef Marc Murphy on Nov. 18 at the debut of the Grey Salt restaurant in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.

Murphy, who has French and Italian roots, complements entrees with an unrefined, moist salt from Brittany, the inspiration for the restaurant’s name.

“The people here have been fabulous,” Murphy said. “Tampa is wonderful because you have the best local ingredients and great seafood.”

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Wine, Women & Shoes


It was the perfect fit for some 350 guests at the third annual Wine, Women & Shoes party Nov. 20 at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel.

Sole sisters strapped on sassy stilettos, bid on unusual auction items and cheered runway models in an upbeat production staged by Gioffre Fashion (located in Italy, Switzerland and Clearwater).

Charming Sole Men presented bejeweled footwear while guests sampled wines from eight vintners and nibbled on mini beef Wellingtons and assorted hors d’oeuvres.

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The Grinch, Mariah Carey join the holiday TV festivities

Published: staff

It’s that most wonderful time of the TV year when we are visited again by the welcome ghosts of classic holiday programs past — hello again, Frosty the Snowman and even mean old Grinch!

But there are newcomers as well, with Mariah Carey, Bill Murray and an “Empire” variety special among them. Isn’t it greedy to ask Santa for anything more?

Among the program highlights (all times EST; check local listings for encore airings):

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What to expect if you’ll be at Tampa International Airport this holiday week

Yvette C. HammettTribune staff

If you’re flying out of Tampa International or attempting the perfect airport pickup this week in anticipation of Thanksgiving, there are a few things you should know.

Those flying to their holiday destinations will experience the usual crowds at TIA and should expect to take a bit more time getting through security.

The better prepared travelers are, the easier it will be to move smoothly through the system, said Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Sari Koshetz. And while TSA won’t discuss specifics, extra airport security is expected in major U.S. cities, according to the Associated Press, as a result of the Paris terrorist attacks and the Russian jet crash in Egypt.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: ‘Forgotten Coast’ premiere and reception


A sell-out house of 800 supporters of the Florida Expedition Team came out to the Tampa Theatre on Nov. 12 to see the premiere of “The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida.”

The film tells the story of expedition leader Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, photographer Carlton Ward and biologist Joe Guthrie’s 70-day, 1,000-mile trip across Florida by foot, kayak and bike earlier this year. They traveled the wildlife corridor stretching all the way from the Everglades to the Florida-Alabama border.

About 125 of the guests came early for a reception with the “stars” and filmmaker Eric Bendick, as well as to talk about saving land for wildlife.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Trashy Flashy Fashion Show


Carson Chambers, Matthew Harper, Dali Hernandez and Terry Klaaren had their hands full trying to decide the best use of recycled materials in the Trashy Flashy Fashion Show on Nov. 11.

They named designer Sue Woodall and model Tammy Naczi Mercer the Top Design award winners for a wardrobe made from Dr. Seuss book pages.

The event at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre drew 350 attendees and featured Katie Sommers of 93.3 FLZ as host and emcee. It was organized by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, and the $8,000 raised will be used to provide educational and volunteer opportunities that develop individual responsibility and environmental stewardship.

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Datz spoof of ‘Cats vs. Cucumbers’ video is funniest thing you’ll see all day

Published:   |   Updated: November 20, 2015 at 04:24 PM
By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Datz employee Justin “JJ” Jacobs is standing at a door when he turns around, sees a cucumber, and freaks out.

He jumps in the air, drops the papers he’s holding, and runs away.

The startling cucumber encounter is one of three that make up “Datz Hates Cucumbers,” an 8-second video that Datz posted on its Facebook page Thursday.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: JDRF Night of Hope Gala


Harrison and Noah Holsinger, Conor Given, Samantha Singh, Kathleen Sullivan, Joel Tomberlin, Matthew Farley, Michael King and Raegan Monroe are young ambassadors putting a face on the need for a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

They were part of the JDRF Night of Hope Gala on Nov. 13 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel.

Co-chairs Marilyn and John Connelly honored community philanthropic leaders Pam and Les Muma at the elegant cocktail reception, dinner and silent auction, which drew 350 guests. The Mumas have supported JDRF’s dream of turning Type 1 into Type None through the JDRF-Tampa Bay Chapter.

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Facebook tries to ease heartache of breakups with new tool

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook is trying to ease the heartache of breaking up.

A feature announced today will allow people who have split up with a spouse or partner to turn on an option that spares them the emotional pain of constantly seeing their ex-lover’s posts and pictures in their news feed on the world’s largest social network.

Facebook will begin testing the breakup protection on mobile devices in the U.S. before deciding whether to offer it to all of its 1.5 billion accountholders worldwide.

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