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Happy Holidays From The 83 Degrees Media Team

As we bid adieu to 2013 and get ready to welcome 2014, 83 Degrees Media wishes you and yours a peaceful respite around a bountiful table. Looking forward to next year and beyond. Happy Holidays!

Teacher Kendra Alexander helps out during lunchtime. - Julie Branaman

Early Learning Initiative Takes New Approach In Preschool Education

A pilot preschool program being tested in Pinellas County aims to reinvent pre-K curriculum and culture to improve academic performance among children living in low-income families.

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Jewish Community Center Sparks Renaissance In West Tampa

Renovation underway at the Homer Hesterly National Guard Armory on North Howard in West Tampa is jumpstarting economic development in the neighborhood by attracting additonal investors interested in situating their businesses near the planned Jewish Community Center.

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Art Of Cleanliness Makes An Awesome Impression

Many may argue there is an art to cleanliness, but few probably think of the "art'' part in the same light as does Carrie Matteoli, a recent winner of an Awesome Tampa Bay grant awarded to support her artistic cleaning.

Djimo Serodio, David Wistocki and Tammy Charles have a meeting at Oxford Exchange. - Julie Branama

Ambrosia Global: Erect Food Towers, Feed The World

Ambrosia Global, a local startup with a worldly perspective on sustainable farming as the solution to the world food crisis, will soon expand its reach into local Tampa neighborhoods as well as to Haiti and beyond.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: Parents-Led Initiative Helps Students Prepare For College

Parents at Robinson High School in South Tampa create a College and Career Center to help students navigate the sometimes daunting college application process.

Mary GrandPré is the illustrator behind the Bradenton Blues Fest poster. - Julie Branaman

Bradenton Blues Festival Plays To Your Heartstrings

Before acclaimed Blues Vocalist Shemekia Copeland and Rising Star Blues Guitarist Albert Castiglia rock your world on Saturday, a live auction will feature a little number by Sarasota-based Artist Mary GrandPre who enchanted an entire generation of readers with her iconic artwork bringing to life the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

Faith House bananas

Innovative Urban Food Park Would Span Food Experience

Emmanuel Roux, a former restaurateur and farm kid from France now living in St. Petersburg, looks at the city's poorest neighborhoods and envisions an Urban Food Park that could grow healthy foods, teach preparation skills from farm to table and feed the hungry. His longtime dream is getting closer to reality.

The Tampa Skyline. - Julie Branaman

Happy Anniversary! Thanks For Reading And Sharing 83 Degrees Media Stories

83 Degrees invites readers to revisit and share favorite features published over the last four years as we celebrate our 4th anniversary and ask our readers to tell us what you would like to read about in future stories.

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City Lovers Engage Tactical Urbanism To Change Neighborhoods

A Tactical Urbanism Workshop in Tampa focuses on small actions that can lead to big changes in neighborhoods and communities. Parklets, Guerilla Gardening, Pavement-to-Plazas or street intersection repair are some examples of Tactical Urbanism being applied locally and in many cities.

Col. Scott V. DeThomas. - James Branaman

"Not Your Average Speakers'': Tampa Bay Employers, Military Veterans Connect Over Jobs

Business leaders, military personnel and members of the larger community make connections, get advice and share their workforce transition stories as part the latest 83 Degrees Media "Not Your Average Speakers'' series in Tampa.

Ringling After Dark. - Julie Branaman

Tampa Bay Museums Explore New Collaborations

New collaborations among traditional entities aren't always easy nor are they readily embraced by traditionalists more comfortable with the status quo. But the Tampa Bay region's newly thriving arts communities are beginning to recognize the "c'' word as the smartest and quickest path to a prosperous future for individual institutions as well as for the local economy.

Photo by Julie Branaman

Public Art Transforms The Urban Canvas

Once the province of sculptors, public art has evolved into an essential element of urban placemaking and social engagement. From murals on vacant buildings to art in laundromats to edible art installations that are as mouthwatering as they are aesthetically pleasing, we take a look at how public art is transforming our cities.

Kristin Pelletier and Ken Buzzie are SmartStart clients. - Julie Branaman

Dade City Incubator Offers Startups A SMARTstart

Launching a business anywhere brings challenges but perhaps nowhere more so than in some of the more suburban or rural communities outside the reach of connections and collaborations cities can offer. That's why Dade City, a small town in Pasco County north of Tampa, created a new business incubator program called SMARTstart.

Lettuce from Geraldson Community Farm in Bradentons. - Julie Branaman

Sustainable Buzz Surrounds Tampa Bay's Locavore Movement

Celebrating the Tampa Bay region's locavore movement, the Sustany Foundation teams up with local farms and restaurants, food trucks, breweries, wineries and spirits companies to present a tastebud-tantalizing Sustainable Buzz Fest on November 7 at the Straz Center.
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