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November 24, 2002

Tampa Bay: November 24, 2002 South Pinellas County news
A lifetime at the Ten Pin
Five decades ago, Otis Cameron set up pins by hand. Now 85, he fixes machines amid a din of balls and pins.

Open crime cases pile up
St. Petersburg police are solving fewer crimes, and the percent of cases cleared has declined.

Sidewalk planned for stretch of Park Street
In a county change of heart, a walkway will replace ditches from 46th to 54th Avenue N.

Hoops court plan riles N Redington residents
Opponents of a planned basketball court at Radcliffe Park cited fears of trouble from teenagers and reduced property values

School celebrates its new arts center
The school is in the middle of a $16-million rebuilding program to provide new facilities, but does not plan to increase enrollment.

Olive branches are offered in Treasure Island battle
For now, at least, a spirit of negotiation is in the air over land development regulations.

Grant conflict leads to eviction of church
Because of a federal grant to improve the property, holding church services there violates the law, says the city.

Fisher's ending its 44 years on island
The epitome of a mom-and-pop five-and-10, the store and its owners have been a part of the town for generations.

Minister with lofty goal will pull unusual stunt
A youth pastor will head toward the heavens in the name of cash to help a global cause.

Miracle on 4th Street
To compare the then and now of Fourth and Ninth is to compare Colt 45 to Frappuccino, canned beans to deluxe burritos, and drugs to, well, prescribed ones.

Thomas Jefferson is revived at library
An actor captures the statesman's views of the Declaration of Independence, books, slavery and the press.

Residents say noisy hovercraft ruins peace
ST. PETERSBURG -- Pilot Bob Wagner unpacked a lime-green hovercraft from a box. He switched it on, producing a vacuum cleaner sound, and floated the toy across the table.

More bike lanes, good sidewalks, cyclers urge
The city takes suggestions in its first step toward creating a bicycle/pedestrian master plan.

Instill in your children the delight of giving
The usual complaint about the holidays is that so much emphasis is placed on receiving rather than giving, especially in our children's eyes. I think when they are young, it's hard to change this completely, but we can make them realize that while they are most excited about getting presents they need to give to or help others as well.

Academy Prep patrons gear up for Masked Ball
Last weekend was the busiest yet in terms of places to go and people to see; lots of folks hopped from event to event, even crossing the bay to and from Tampa.

Busy holiday season starts with Santa
The familiar fat guy arrives Friday morning for the annual Seminole Mall parade.

Toy Shop: Santa needs help -- now
The Christmas Toy Shop is "desperate" for help, especially new toys for tots ages 1-5 in the $10-$15 range excluding stuffed animals and dolls.

Web numbers are useful, but not the whole story
School Board members, teachers, even students are supposed to make decisions based on data.

Computer glitch puts a sure thing in doubt
Carol Amorose decided where she wanted her children to attend school long before the district's new student assignment plan offered her a choice. She and her husband, Rick, bought their Clearwater home in 1989 based on the reputation of the neighborhood's zoned schools.

Ex-commissioner wants to return to her position
Joanna "Cookie" Kennedy will face five other residents for the spot, which she left to run for state Senate.

Pasadena yacht club request is rejected
The sales office property can be used only for nonbusiness activities, not for professional offices, the Gulfport council reiterates.

Can there be too much fun in city's waterfront parks?
An occasional article about activity on south Pinellas County's Tampa Bay waterfront.

St. Pete Beach trash collection moving to curbs
Collections will be three times a week and yard waste will be picked up along with garbage, commissioners voted.

Smith and Miner are teammates again
Danyielle Smith (Seminole) and Abby Miner (Pinellas Park/Samford) played volleyball together for the Gulf Coast Club before becoming high school opponents. This season, they have reunited as members of the Florida Atlantic University team. The outside hitters have led the Owls to a 13-12 overall record and the No. 3 seed in this weekend's Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.

USF twins eye spots on Canadian team
Women's area road racing reached a higher level in the recent RYKA Take Fitness To Heart 5K in Tampa.

Editorial: Friendly chat is a sign of progress
There was a refreshing conversation Monday between Clearwater city commissioners and Pinellas County officials. After chatting amiably, they decided to try to find a way to consolidate government control of traffic signals on area roads.

Letters: School Board majority should start reforms
With this year's election of Mary Russell and Mary Brown to the Pinellas County School Board, a real opportunity arises for these two members, when allied with members Linda Lerner and Jane Gallucci, to make a complete reform of the way the board runs the schools. Together, these four women can ensure that the school system finally becomes dedicated to providing a quality education to all the children of Pinellas County.

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