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February 23, 2003

North of Tampa: February 23, 2003 Village plan proponents win county's okay
Special games, special rewards
About 350 student volunteers, called Best Buddies, help Special Olympians compete at Gaither High.
Delaying the decision didn't help opponents. County commissioners were persuaded -- unanimously.

Zoning: Land owner may delay wildlife rezoning
KEYSTONE: A decision on land key to a tri-county wildlife corridor may take several more months.

Open & Shut
Inventive minds
Fifth-graders come up with their own inventions, some realistic and useful, others driven purely by imagination.

Series of meetings will focus on new school choice plan
The Hillsborough County School District will host a series of town hall meetings in February and March to bring parents up to speed on the controlled school choice plan to be implemented in 2004.

Northdale: Neighbors know little about man at center of standoff
NORTHDALE -- Who lives in the home at 4021 Braesgate Lane? The one that sheriff's deputies surrounded for a tense six hours on Monday?

New Tampa: Village idiots, in their eyes: speeders
The problem with Pebble Creek Drive appears to be volume, actually. In any case, speed humps will be considered.

Carrollwood: Writer's cradle
Novelist Barbara Parker comes home to Chamberlain High, where she says she got her foundation as a writer.

New Tampa: Build an east-west road, mayoral candidates say
TAMPA PALMS -- The last time the city of Tampa elected a mayor, the east-west road was the third rail of New Tampa politics. It was confusing and controversial. It was not to be touched, at least not without some serious thought about the political consequences of those who spoke up.

Neighborhood Notebook: State turns down request for Bruce B. Downs boost
Hillsborough County officials had hoped for a $10-million to $15-million boost from the state for the widening of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

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