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November 30, 2002

Take a bough
For a Christmas tree worth admiring, follow these tips from the experts. Story
[Times photo: Chris Zuppa]

Home Front
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Holiday Tours
IN DUNEDIN: Everything's ready for Christmas at the home of Max and Linda Lindsey. Even the tree is trimmed and the chair bows are in place. The Lindseys' home is one of eight that will be open for visits from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 for the 33rd annual Holiday Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Dunedin Youth Guild. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 on tour day at the First Presbyterian Church, Highland and Scotland streets in downtown Dunedin. Advance sales: (727) 734-0394 or (727) 733-3452.

Community Living: Board can't change method of assessment
Question: I own a small unit in a condo project. Previously, assessments have been based on square footage, but now a new board is assessing all units a flat fee. Everyone pays the same, regardless of the size of the unit. Is this legal?

Choose and cut your own tree
Here are choose-and-cut tree farms in the Tampa Bay area.

House Values
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Session offers information for co-ops
People who live in resident-owned mobile and manufactured homes are invited to an educational session Dec. 13 at Fairway Village, 1100 S Belcher Road, Largo.

Homebuyer U
TOPIC: "New Homebuyers," two-part educational seminar. SPONSOR: Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Florida and the Florida Suncoast Inc. WHERE: Hicks Road Baptist Church, 12219 Hicks Road, Hudson. WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 10. COST: Free. CALL: (727) 845-5654.


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