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City Times: Published Fridays by the St. Petersburg Times
October 25, 2002

The life of the party
[Times photo: Lance A. Rothstein]
When she's not booking burials, Carmen Cartaya Diaz keeps the West Tampa Convention Center hopping with Latin music, dances and more.
Despite beauty, trees pose problems
Rain trees may be gorgeous in the fall, but they are not native to Florida and are becoming invasive, experts say.

Grand Central
Finding comfort in ghosts
SOON it will be Christmas. The Palma Ceia Neighborhood Association will offer luminarias for driveways.

Amy Scherzer's Diary
Electric company
CLANGING WITH THE MAYOR: It's tough to tell who is most excited about the new electric streetcars. The HARTline folks who operate the $53-million line? The TECO executives who created a $1-million endowment and got to name it the TECO Line Streetcar System? Or how about conductor and Mayor Dick Greco, who invited 400 trolley enthusiasts to an appreciation party at Big City Tavern on Oct. 18?

City People
Tim Dorsey
Fiction in the kitchen

From an odd setting at home, Tim Dorsey works on a crime novel sprinkled with familiar places and recognizable characters.

A century of stories, gardening, friendship
Esther Grant was a member of Hyde Park United Methodist and past president of the Old Fashioned Garden Circle.

What's In A Name?
Hillsborough River
Lord Hill on history's losing side

Wills Hill was secretary of the Colonies under King George III and disliked acts of rebellion.

RSVP Tampa
Goings On
Mama Guava leads us on

Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from the Lords of Dance to the Lords of Acid, with ghosts and goblins between them.

Neighborhood Report
News from around the block
YBOR CITY: Neighbors frown at Ybor City club's gag

A Masquerade poster advertising a death metal band outrages businesses, who say it doesn't help the area's image.

UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA: Upgrades to UT begin with street changes
Boulevard on the campus' west side will become more of a campus street with a median and landscaping, officials say.

PALMA CEIA: Gourmet grocery will take Giancola's spot
The market should open on MacDill Avenue within two months.

PORT TAMPA: A new place to play and learn
Residents and officials alike celebrate the completion of the new 13,000-square-foot community center.

TOWN N' COUNTRY: Two say 'I do' amid medieval trappings
Prince Jonathan and Karen the Fair celebrate along with hunchbacks, wenches and King Henry VIII.

DREW PARK: To my fans, with love
A local company promises personalized, autographed photographs of celebrities for a fee.

Neighborhood notebook
Restaurant's request is postponed

Everybody's Business
Developers plan to save landmark built in 1925
When Tampa Bay Developers bought the 1925 structure in August, they didn't say what would happen to it.

Bay area noted for sprawl
HOW SMART ARE WE? Last week, Smart Growth America released a report that evaluated the level of urban sprawl in 83 metropolitan areas that account for nearly half of the country's population. The study is the result of a three-year effort by professors at Rutgers and Cornell universities.

Textures, hues adorn house
Leopard print and jewel tones help carry a regal theme throughout the South Tampa home of Marc and Diane Stern.

Home accents and gift shop supplies Lutz homeowners
Sisters' Secret Garden shifts its inventory to maintain shoppers' interest in its wide range of accessories.
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