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February 9, 2003

Tampa Bay: February 9, 2003 South Pinellas County news
Pinellas Park city manager recovering
Pinellas Park City Manager Jerry Mudd was at home Friday recuperating after successful gall bladder surgery earlier in the week. Mudd, who was released Wednesday from Palms of Pasadena Hospital, expects to return to work the week of Feb. 17. Mudd has requested no visitors or phone calls during his convalescence.

Unionizing move fans political fires
Madeira Beach city support staff are not happy with their treatment, contends Commissioner Charles Parker.

Church-pastor rift widens, worsens
The minister hired to replace the imprisoned Rev. Henry Lyons has challenged the church to buy out his contract.

Fire station structure not up to hurricane code
Built in 1991 before Hurricane Andrew changed perceptions, Station 29 needs improvements to keep firefighters safe.

School applauds its star, a teacher full of inspiration
After her big night, teacher Robin Ladd arrives to her big day at school. It is filled with cheers, hugs and gifts.

A star, sitting by the dock of the Pier through February
The HMS Bounty, built for the 1962 filming of Mutiny on the Bounty, will be docked at the Pier through Feb. 28.

Plan for restaurant at park sparks dispute
A pact with donors says Archibald Park can't be used for commercial gain. Now, descendants of the donors say, Madeira Beach is doing just that.

Visiting veterans: Umpire's best call
Former American League umpire Larry Barnett spends a lot of his retirement time visiting patients in VA hospitals.

Neighborhood notebook: March sends a clear message to drug dealers
The St. Petersburg Drug Fighters march, chant around and chalk neighborhoods police identify as having a drug problem.

Carlton Towers may go condos
An Orlando developer plans some units for under $100,000 and a new name: The Beacon on Third Street.

Working: A day on the job
Renee Hale, 30: Instructor, Music With Mar, St. Petersburg and Seminole

Business in brief: Chiropractor named to national association
Dr. Clayton W. Hopkins has been named delegate for north Florida to the American Chiropractic Association. Hopkins is owner and operator of Hopkins Clinic for Physical Medicine in Pinellas Park. He also is president-elect of the Pinellas County Chiropractic Society.

Goodbye to a landmark: Dew drops in 2 weeks
With apartments and condos rising downtown, Dew Cadillac gives way to a Publix, to be done around the new year.

Dr. Delay: Help on way for those Bayside Bridge bound
Boy, do we ever have a lot of information updates for you this week, so we should get right down to them.

Questions and answers
The Times invited community organizations to submit questions for candidates. The questions and the candidates' answers will run in the Neighborhood Times beaches edition throughout February. For Madeira Beach, the John's Pass Village & Boardwalk Merchants Association asks:

Kids help fight 'the disease of the wind'
Youths with the American Red Cross' Tampa Bay chapter raise more than $2,300 to inoculate children in Ghana against measles.

Environmental board okays church expansion
The project, approved by the Environmental Development Commission, will close part of Hampton Avenue.

Minority student issues on agenda
A meeting Monday will address matters including the school district's choice plan.

3 leaders fault mayor for words to worker
The Redington Beach commissioners take issue with urging public works director Mark Davis to resign.

Have Midtown ideas? Let's hear them
Changes to land-use rules in St. Petersburg are sure to affect the area.

Youth sports: Raiders' hard work impacts new league
The St. Pete Raiders under-14 soccer team's search for a league that would offer challenging play resulted in the development of the Girls Florida Champions League.

Sports: Tritons are counting on pitchers to deliver
In the recent past, Eckerd College baseball coach Bill Mathews had to hope his team could score plenty of runs and get enough pitching to win. But this season the Tritons are heavy on pitching and lack experienced every-day players.

Association honors Tampa's Boje
Bill Boje has received the Bowling Proprietors Association of America's highest award.

Business headlines: Retirement center set for facelift
ST. PETERSBURG -- The historic Princess Martha, first a renowned tourist hotel and now a retirement center at 411 First Ave. N, is slated for updating by its new owner, one of the William R. Hough companies.

Letters: Right or wrong not always clear-cut
Re: In teacher of the year, a tangled web, Feb. 2.

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