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December 4, 2002

Tampa Bay: December 4, 2002
One homeless night
[Times photo: Chris Zuppa]
Right before an all-American holiday of abundance, kids step outside their comfort zone for a sleepover they won't soon forget.
South Pinellas County news
Scores of parents rejoice at wait list calls
Each call means students are moved off lists and offered spots in school magnet or fundamental programs.

Caution: Four road names may merged into one
Officials soon will vote on using "Bryan Dairy" to describe the new east-west corridor that now has several names.

Working: A Day on the Job in South Pinellas County: Valinda Coyle
Valinda Coyle, 48, licensed massage therapist

Business headlines: Train Station: platform for pottery sale
ST. PETERSBURG -- The 1926 Seaboard Coastline railway station on 22nd Street S formally marks the beginning of its new life as the St. Petersburg Clay Co. Saturday with a holiday pottery sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Santa Parade rolls out Saturday
An organizer thinks the downtown procession will be bigger than last year's.

Belleairs butt heads over beach entrances
Belleair Shore owns three gulf access points. Belleair Beach maintains them -- or did until a recent tiff.

Conflicts in office await new police chief
David Romine says the department's internal complaints are high, compared to other police departments.

Boat parades
-- Boca Ciega Yacht Club: 17th Annual Christmas Boat Parade -- Saturday. Begins at 6 p.m. at the Boca Ciega Yacht Club, 4600 Tifton St. S. The parade will arrive at Gulfport Municipal Marina at 6:30 p.m.; Broadwater subdivision at 7 p.m.; Maximo Marina at 7:30 p.m.; Gulfport Pier at 7:45 p.m.; Town Shores Condominiums at 8; Pasadena Yacht and Country Club at 8:30; and returns to the Boca Ceiga Yacht Club. Call 867-8397 or 570-9000 for information.

Pinellas man dies in late-night crash
GULFPORT -- A 37-year-old St. Petersburg man was killed Monday night after he lost control of his car and crashed into a utility pole.

Homes, sweet homes, decked out for a cause
The convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah made for a relatively quiet weekend on the town, with families and friends celebrating together. The undaunted later headed out for retail therapy, and the rest of us yielded to other indulgences.

Success culminates in big pink operatic vision
Real estate speculator Thomas J. Rowe couldn't pass up untamed Pass-a-Grille land. The Don was his crown jewel.

Military news
Navy Airman Jesse E. Blankenship, son of Debbie A. Beck of Largo and John H. Blankenship of Edgewater, Md., recently departed for assignment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, permanently deployed in Yokosuka, Japan. Blankenship is a 1999 graduate of Largo High School and joined the Navy in October 2001.

Schooner to tie up at port today
ST. PETERSBURG -- The city's parade of sail continues.

Indian Rocks leaders must choose again
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH -- The City Commission that had so much difficulty selecting a new commissioner last week will have to do it again next week.

Lots of disruption before end of pipes
Construction begins on 62nd Avenue NE to repair the reclaimed water system. First Street N will also be affected.

Health center has new home
The St. Petersburg branch has moved from its 40-year spot and doubled in size.

Boca Ciega High honors six known in field of athletics
ST. PETERSBURG -- Champion international sailor Ed Baird and five others will be honored Friday at Boca Ciega High School's Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.

League attracting many competitors
USA League Tennis is in full swing with action this weekend in senior men's doubles, senior women's doubles and mixed doubles in adult and senior divisions.

Annual expo enjoys smooth sailing
Sail Expo St.Pete was a rousing success for exhibitors and the sport.

Substitute captures attention in match
Sometimes a stand-in steps up and seizes the day.

Letters: Riding an escalator is not child's play
Re: Escalator injury at Tyrone Square Mall.

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