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November 20, 2002
Tampa Bay: November 20, 2002 South Pinellas County news
Seminole to hold 3 annexation votes
City fliers and neighborhood organizers convince residents of a large parcel northwest of Seminole to join the city.

Seminole offers puppy upper for bored dogs
Boca Ciega Millennium Park will open new romping grounds Saturday.

Brother, can you spare a turkey?
St. Vincent de Paul needs about 750 for holiday meals. The society hopes you can help.

Storyteller shares bit of herself in girl tales
Avid storyteller Billie Noakes is a master at weaving stories. Tales of a 6-year-old girl named Sal are near to her heart.

Chief pick
Charles David Romine, former police chief of the Winter Haven Police Department, was offered the St. Pete Beach police chief job Tuesday. Romine, 52, was selected from among 125 applicants, including five who visited the city for interviews last week. Here, Romine talks with St. Pete Beach police Sgt. Al Ostoits at a public reception Thursday night at St. Pete Beach City Hall. Romine spent most of his career with the South Miami Beach Police Department and retired from there in 1998. He then became police chief in Winter Haven and served there until July, when the city manager asked for his resignation. Romine will be in St. Pete Beach on Friday to discuss details of the position with City Manager Mike Bonfield.

Inquiry into e-mail complete
An FDLE investigation clears a St. Pete Beach captain. But the police manager warns him to be mindful of morale.

Madeira Beach faces charter upheaval
The City Commission begins reviewing a stagnant document. One referendum question and some grumbling are already in evidence.

Baseball clubhouse to have a new use
Changes worth $220,000 will make way for the TASCO city program for teenagers, preserve some baseball memories and add landscaping.

Disputed fire board election resolved
An incumbent Lealman fire commissioner asks a judge to do one of three things. He chooses none.

Woman's vision helps give mural direction
A new beach mural will feature a dolphin's tail, a pirate, a sailboat, and a blazing yellow and orange sun at compass points.

Clan falls two blocks short of convenience
Parents of a child entering kindergarten face a long drive and a divided neighborhood.

By his own bootstraps, a cobbler prospered
Self-educated and self-motivated, Alfred Williams Sr. honed a trade and turned it into a customer-pleasing business.

Application limbo
As students get into schools, wait lists change, making it perplexing for parents who keep children on the lists.

Sadat's widow, a professor, will visit
ST. PETERSBURG -- Jehan Sadat, widow of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, will be the featured speaker at the March women's symposium of the Women's Council of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sense of duty followed retired soldier
After more than two decades in the Army, Alan H. Brennan is a proud veteran who has kept his military connection.

Valentino at the Vinoy certainly a haute ticket
New York came to St. Petersburg on Friday in a dazzling parade of couture clothing.

A Day on the Job: Man trades security work for paintbrush
After working in the military and night security, a longtime art lover turns a hobby into a living.

Action delayed on boat ordinance
BELLEAIR BEACH -- An overflow crowd on Monday urged the City Council to scrap its plans to regulate the number and kind of boats that can be kept or docked on residential property.

Lions are named top volunteers
ST. PETERSBURG -- The St. Petersburg Lions Club, which last year rescued the Santa Parade when it appeared the annual tradition would die, has been named Volunteer Organization of the Year.

Festival of food set for Sunday
ST. PETERSBURG -- Southern home cooking, art and music are on tap from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at A Taste of 22nd Street S.

Military news
Airman 1st Class Joseph Bryan Van Doren, son of Renee Stefansic and Greg Van Doren of St. Petersburg and Bryan Martinez of Montgomery, Ala., has completed aircraft structural maintenance training at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. He will be stationed at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan. He is a 1998 graduate of St. Petersburg High School.

Teacher now passing along the passion
Dr. Paul "Doc" Thompson's passion for tennis began as a young teenager in Indiana.

Sail exhibit will spotlight boats, gear
The largest in-water sailboat show in the southeast starts Thursday at the Vinoy basin and nearby park in downtown St.Petersburg.

State win provides a confidence boost
Seminole's Brittany Lincicome, winner of the Class 2A high school girls state title last week, has an even more challenging duel on her upcoming schedule.

Business headlines
Import store now in Largo

Safety up to cyclists, drivers alike
Re: Recent tragedies involving bicyclists.

Tampa Bay headlines
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  • United Way misstated pledges
  • Bridging history with giggles
  • Lennard case spurs conflict policy review
  • New majority rises on board
  • County backs off mangrove proposal
  • WMNF-FM scales back program changes
  • Maurice W. Shinners, 78, ran Showboat Dinner Theatre

  • North Pinellas headlines
  • Festival of Trees opens yule season
  • 2 sides debate beach rentals
  • Neighbor: Firefighter didn't intend slur
  • Russia finds legal advice in America's courtrooms
  • Burglary victim is 'heartbroken'
  • Soccer program crowded by its success
  • Chairman of WorkNet board lashes out at county
  • Veteran's flag adorns station
  • The Rev. Smith, 71, led St. Mary's
  • Festival of Trees opens yule season
  • Police reports

  • Editorial
  • Traffic signal talks a welcome change

  • Letters
  • No profiling, just enforcing rules

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Still no ID, cause of death for man in car
  • Commission shows signs of change

  • Ernest Hooper
  • The new order: Take it as it comes

  • News of Florida
  • Legislative leaders lay some ground rules
  • Bush fully embraces class size amendment
  • Alleging fraud, state moves to close adoption agency
  • Around the state
  • Cuban spy's ex-wife asks for proceeds from sale of plane
  • Bail set for millionaire accused of terror links
  • Report: Campuses aren't more diverse
  • Senate's new leader asks for bodyguard

  • Howard Troxler
  • State's new two-party Legislature: yin and yang

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