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The Shops at Wiregrass is adding storesBy Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.com
The Shops at Wiregrass is adding freshfaces to its retail lineup.
By the end of fall, the outdoor mall willhost the grand openings of seven newstores.
The first three shops, Lola Perfume,Soleciety Sneaker Boutique, and 3DMusketeers Printing, already are open.
VisionWorks, VomFASS Oils, Vinegars,Spirits & Wines, Rocket Fizz Soda Pop &Candy Shop, and Irish 31 will arrive in thenext months.
Were continually working with our leas-ing department. We listen continually to ourcustomers who tell us what they want, said
Greg Lenners, general manager at The Shopsat Wiregrass. We try to have a little bit ofeverything.
The new shops are part of the routine ofkeeping a mall fresh and were plannedahead of the opening of Tampa PremiumOutlets, Lenners said.
We have to be very strategic with whatwe put in, Lenners said. Thats true for everymall, including Tampa Premium Outlets, henoted.
Four outparcels at Wiregrass are still upfor grabs, so additional announcementscould happen this year, Lenners said.
Lola Perfume features brand-name fra-grances for men and women, at a shop near
FILE PHOTOThe Shops at Wiregrass is adding to itsretail lineup, in an effort to keep up-to-datewith customer desires. The regional shop-ping mall is adding stores including Irish 31,Lola Perfume and Rocket Fizz Soda Pop &Candy Shop.See WIREGRASS, page 11A
Efforts begin to reduce floodingBy Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.com
The Hillsborough County Public Worksdepartment will soon begin a project aimedat reducing the potential for flooding nearthe intersection at West Bearss Avenue andLake Magdalene Boulevard.
The department expects to begin con-struction on the West Bearss DrainageImprovement Project within the nextmonth. The $400,000 project entails replac-ing the existing drainage structure at thesoutheast corner of the intersection, upgrad-ing the drainage pipe on West Bearss Avenueand constructing a new linear pond to allowpretreatment of the water before it flows toLake Magdalene.
Hillsborough County project manager
Robbie Wiseman said debris buildup overtime has led to flooding at the intersection.
Stormwater flows through a flume to aditch bottom inlet with a grate positionedon top to prevent debris from entering thestorm system and ultimately the lake,Wiseman said.
This project will provide a large slotinto the structure to allow water to flowinto the structure, while still preventing thedebris from entering the system, he said.
Wiseman added the drainage project willallow stormwater runoff to flow to the lin-ear pond, located on the south side ofBearss Avenue.
The current drainage system flowsthrough a series of culverts from the north
PHOTOS COURTESY OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTYStormwater issues, including flooding, haveaffected the intersection of West BearssAvenue and Lake Magdalene Boulevard.See FLOODING, page 11A
By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.com
A group of 13- to 15-year-oldTampa girls are turning heads in thelocal music scene.
Extra Celestial, an all-girl bandmade up of vocalist Casey Banales,14; guitarist Devyn Dacus, 15; bassistCaitlin McHale, 15; and drummerAnabella Vivero, 13, will be perform-ing several live shows in the nexttwo months.
Theyll be at SkippersSmokehouse on April 8, the HardRock Caf on April 30 and TheOrpheum on May 14.
The band, formed in August byJim Chambers of Jim ChambersMusic Box, is also working onrecording its first single, Restart.
Chambers, a former 15-yearrecord executive who won threeGrammys with Maroon 5, the DaveMatthews Band and Flyleaf, hadbeen trying to put an all-female band togeth-er for some time.
I had worked with them in the past,said Chambers, who works closely withthree other bands. I finally was able to as-semble them.
I think theyre the only all-female bandin Tampa. Each of them do have (good) qual-ities; they all play very well.
The band, described as alternative rockwith pop leanings, mainly plays cover songsfrom the 1980s to contemporary.
Some of their favorite tracks to perform
include Helter Skelter by The Beatles,Heartbreaker by Pat Benatar and Exes andOhs by Elle King.
We dont really stick to one specific areaof music. We kind of just do everything, saidMcHale, a sophomore at Steinbrenner HighSchool whos played bass for two years.
While its much easier for the band tolearn cover songs, the group also has itseyes set on creating a few more singles, andpossibly creating an EP, extended play.
Their single, which theyll record in a stu-dio on April 17, was written by Banales and
riffed by Dacus. The process of crafting thesingle to make it sound good took about amonth, band members said.
I think it will be easier now to put outmore (songs) since we understand theprocess of songwriting more, McHale said.
The band, which typically rehearsestwice a week, has developed a close cama-raderie since forming several months ago.
I think its because were all from differ-ent cliques at school, explained Banales, a
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Extra CelestialBAND BIOS
Casey Banales, vocalist: Banales is afreshman at Cambridge Christian School.She began singing at age 6, and alsoplayed violin when she was younger.Banales is a member of her schools bas-ketball, volleyball, track and cheer teams.
Devyn Dacus, guitarist: Dacus is asophomore at Steinbrenner High School.She first started playing music, on thepiano, as a 4-year-old. When she was 10,she started playing the guitar.
Caitlin McHale, bassist: McHale is asophomore at Steinbrenner High. She hasbeen playing bass for two years after firstlearning how to play the guitar. She alsoplays soccer at Steinbrenner.
Annabella Vivero, drummer: Vivero isan eighth-grader at Cambridge Christian.Shes been playing drums since age 5,when she took classes at the AmericanRock School in Tampa. She is a member ofher schools basketball and track teams.
COURTESY OF MARLENE FOX PHOTOGRAPHYExtra Celestial was formed in August. From left, Annabella Vivero, Caitlin McHale, Casey Banales and Devyn Dacus.
All-girl band gaining popularity
Extra Celestial was formed in August at JimChambers Music Box. Theyll be performing atSkippers Smokehouse on April 8 and the Hard RockCaf on April 30. Theyll also be recording their firstsingle, Restart, on April 17.
See BAND, page 11A
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New River kids tackle cooking challengeBy Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.com
Four New River Elementary students aregetting set to take off their thinking capsand put on their chefs caps.
Fourth-graders Payton Furman, CameronKeehn, Payton Leidy and Charyn Maldonadowill compete as a team in the third annualGridiron Cooking Challenge at One BucPlace, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training fa-cility, on May 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Otherregional competitions are being held at theMiami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars fa-cilities on separate dates.
The challenge was created by the FloridaDairy Farmers and is part of Fuel Up to Play60, an in-school nutrition and physical activ-ity program launched by the National DairyCouncil and the NFL to help encourageyouth to lead healthier lives.
The team from New River Elementary, lo-cated in Wesley Chapel, was named as oneof four central Florida