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August 23, 2002

Private, first class
[Times photo: Stefannie Boyar]
Many private academies are going through a growth spurt, adding space and updating antiquated facilities.
Roosters find haven in midst of the city
A flock of wild chickens have taken up residence in North Bon Air, much to the delight of the urban neighborhood.

Grand Central
'Tis the season -- for tears
I'VE NOTICED a werewolf, hanging on a rope under a billboard at Neptune and Dale Mabry, not far from Bertha's. Stuffed, it appears.

Amy Scherzer's Diary: The Heart Beat
Cupid's krewe
They joined the Krewe of Hillsborough as lonely, broken-hearted singles. With a little help from matchmaking pirates, Chris Riotto and Denise Erickson found each other.

City People
Maria Fernandez
Still eating cake at 106
She has lived in three centuries and three countries, surviving devastating hurricanes and political uprisings.

Pianist was a fixture at Columbia for decades
Genuine, methodical Henry Tudela died Aug. 11. "He was a really, really great piano player," Columbia manager says.

What's In A Name?
Gorrie Elementary
His invention heated up growth
The physician who obtained a patent for the first air conditioner would be astonished at its success.

RSVP Tampa
Goings On
Animal magnetism
Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from festivals to boxing.

Neighborhood Report
News from around the block
CULBREATH HEIGHTS: Tampa Bay Juniors get title game, fun
An undefeated run to the Junior Softball World Series final game makes them the girls of summer.

INTERBAY: State seeks limits on hooking big catfish
The trophy fishery at Bobby Hicks Park may be becoming a victim of its own success, state officials fear.

DAVIS ISLANDS: Gallery will house island's history
A collection of old postcards and photographs form a gallery that traces the beginnings of Davis Islands.

DOWNTOWN: Weekend parking is no free ride downtown
Though the streets are deserted, it's still possible to get a ticket when parking too long downtown.

WEST RIVERFRONT: Blake High opens Gallery 501 show
Gallery 501 at Blake High School, 1701 N Boulevard, opens today with an exhibition of works by Lori Ballard, Leslie Elsasser, Sean Parrish, Joshua Margolis and Jay Titus -- all emerging artists from the 2002 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.

Everybody's Business
2nd Delimania sets sights on old Vietnamese shop
Dong Phuong's closed in July, and the New York-style deli will open in its place in September.

The Find
Blues Brothers

Splurge on the kitchen and you'll likely cook up a sale
It can be well worth the investment to create an attractive kitchen, since that is often the first thing home buyers are looking for.

FishHawk takes the high road
DON'T HATE THEM BECAUSE THEY'RE DEVELOPERS: Environmentalists like to wag their fingers at developers, often with good cause. But sometimes, home builders take steps to fight their reps as tree-killers and water hogs.

With a light touch, homes shine
Where outdoor lights once were strictly a safety measure, some homes do it for art.
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