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February 28, 2003

Saved by the bell
[Times photo: Toni L. Sandys]
Inside the Community Boxing Club, a handful of adults fight the odds to help kids, even as the gym faces struggles of its own.
Grand Central: All things bright, beautiful
CHARLIE MASON, 60, has been touring the Bayshore with a giant net this week.

Residents fuming over reclaimed water pipe fiasco
As the city tries to right a botched public works project, Cayuga Avenue homeowners suffer from its effects.

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Tickled pink over fundraiser
LADIES LUNCH: Although dubbed "Pink, A State of Mind," the LAMPlighters Luncheon of Light began with a medley of red fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue. Heeding Richard Gere on the Chicago soundtrack, Saks proceeded to Razzle Dazzle guests Feb. 21 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Surprisingly, the St. John Knits wearers (the unofficial LAMPlighter uniform) in the audience outnumbered knits modeled in the show. Jeanene Jensen and her daughter, Erika Wallace; Joan Steinbrenner and her daughter, Jenny Swindal; and Grace Giunta and her daughter-in-law Gloria were among those in the classic knits.

My Town: Maneuvering at MacDill
Security on the military base has gotten far more strict since Sept. 11. A local writer tells what life is like inside the fence.

Obituary: Devoted teacher found spirituality in nature
Sister Martine became a nun at age 20 and spent her entire life teaching and pursuing environmental causes.

RSVP Tampa: Catch some caustic humor
Looking for something to do? Here's a super calendar, ranging from African violets to racing lizards.

Everybody's Business: Best key lime pie? Mike's Pies reigns
For the fourth straight year, the pie maker wins the national title and also snags three other blue ribbons in the contest, a personal record.

The Find: Mardi Gras mask
Sneaking away to Mardi Gras next week?

What's in a name?: Small spring boasts rich history
Fred Ball Park is named for the former Hillsborough County Commissioner who spearheaded its purchase.

Neighborhood Report
New Suburb Beautiful: Garden sprouts in shade of Crosstown
A four-tiered fountain will be the focal point of the garden, which will mark the entrance to New Suburb Beautiful.

Port Tampa: Landfill driving range still has a shot
Although his plans for the old Manhattan Landfill were turned down, the developer hopes the new incoming mayor will give it another chance.

Interbay: Gunshots near school mobilize parents
A group of parents and neighbors of Robinson High School meets Monday to improve safety in their community and to put pressure on officials.

Ybor City: Taking off the mask
The Masquerade nightclub is in for a transformation. The goal: to open up the interior, open a cafe with organic food and expand musical offerings to appeal to a wider crowd.

Hyde Park North: Condos aimed at first-time buyers
The old Hyde Park Place apartment complex is turned into condominiums, with units averaging $118,000.

Neighborhood Notebook: Road-closing request is again delayed
PORT TAMPA -- A landowner's request to close a road next to the Westshore Mobile Home Park is on hold again, and the City Council wants the landowner to meet with neighbors.

Front Porch: Nature inspires artist
BEALSVILLE -- Ruby Williams knows she's home by how it feels on the outside: the pocked dirt road where she walks from her trailer to her vegetable stand; the grapefruit, orange and tangerine trees; the tall, mossy pines that she used to run through as a girl.

Folk art: it's not just for arty folks
An art consultant and collector shares her love for bold, affordable pieces by helping people and businesses fit them into any decor.
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