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Feature Story Florida gardeners finds herbs really easy to grow.

Florida gardeners work the land to grow food, escape impact of COVID-19

Much like what happened with the Victory Gardens of World War II, Floridians stuck at home under the threat of coronavirus are planting and reviving gardens for food and pleasure.

Feature Story Fletcher Hammond whips up a batch of green putty or modeling clay on the stovetop.

Time to create your own Corona Cooking Club as families gather in kitchens

During this time of social isolation and uncertainty, Tampa Bay residents are spending extra time in the kitchen. So why not turn virus lockdown into opportunities for culinary magic -- with a lesson or two thrown in for good measure?

Feature Story Clearwater Police thank the community on Facebook for bringing meals.

Clearwater residents pitch in during most challenging time

Now that spring-breakers have gone back home, Clearwater residents are getting down to the business of helping each other get through the coronavirus pandemic.  

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How you can access and support local arts while social distancing

Florida artists, museums, and galleries are stepping up in creative and innovative ways to meet the needs of the community while the threat of COVID-19 keeps us home and looking for things to do.

Feature Story Chef Ronnie Estep prepares dessert at Lynn's Catering.

Why cook for Passover and Easter this year when you could do takeout?

Cooking nearly every day at home during this period of safer-at-home orders? So why not do something different for Passover and Easter this year? Across Tampa Bay, local restaurants are offering curbside and delivery options to make holiday eating a bit easier.

Feature Story Jonathan Barnes demonstrating his 3D printed face shield.

Local entrepreneurs get creative in support of healthcare workers, filling community needs

Making 3D printed face shields and superhero masks, feeding healthcare workers, and turning breweries into manufacturers of hand sanitizer are among the Tampa Bay Area's creative responses to the risks posed by COVID-19.

Feature Story Coronavirus garb designed for the #covid19 season.

How USF faculty, students transition to online learning in the time of coronavirus

Following Spring Break 2020 and the outbreak of coronavirus, USF and most other colleges around the nation returned to school via online classes only. This is the story of how one teacher is coping with the transition. Meet Master Instructor Wayne Garcia.

Feature Story A caterpillar in Dr. Bruce Shepherd's monarch garden in Tampa.

A Tampa gynecologist’s second retirement: Life changes since COVID-19

A retired Tampa physician who carved out a new life's mission by teaching at a local university and on cruise ships is adapting to yet another new normal in the time of coronavirus. Read how he's doing.

Feature Story Enjoy the scent and taste of fresh baked bread.

What to do while at home due to coronavirus? Make the most of time

Remember all those things we never have time to do? This Tampa businesswoman and grandmother recommends we turn the coronavirus-induced new normal into time to slow down, catch up, renew, and dance like nobody's watching (because no one is).

Feature Story Goody Goody bags being filled for furloughed employees.

Columbia Restaurant Group feeds employees, sets up matching fund in face of COVID-19Florida's oldest restaurant group plans for future

The threat of coronavirus forced the temporary closing of Florida restaurants, including the Columbia in historic Ybor City, Ulele in Tampa Heights, and Goody Goody Burgers in Hyde Park Village. Learn more about what Columbia Restaurant Group Owner Richard Gonzmart is doing to support his workers. 

Feature Story An online meetup of St. John's staff on Zoom.

How a Tampa church adapts under the threat of coronavirusCreating new connections, sensible ways to show up

Churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples had to close their doors when #covid19 came knocking, but prayers and worship continue. Learn how one church in Tampa is coping.

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