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February 28, 2003

North of Tampa: February 28, 2003
On the edge of adolescence
[Times photo: Mike Pease]
These fifth-grade girls are on "top of the world." They play football and bounce on pogo sticks -- but middle school looms.
Marlene Sokol: Easing stress -- with math
NORTH TAMPA -- The school has been here since 1922. This can't be the original building. But it's real brick, not prefab or concrete. The houses are Old Seminole Heights. The narrow streets date way before the minivan.

Students find their creativity in 'Hobbit'
A drama teacher helps Carrollwood Day students bring Gandalf and Bilbo to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

Neighborhood Report
Carrollwood: Graffiti resurgence troubles Plantation
Called time-consuming and a nuisance, the vandalism doesn't appear to be the work of gangs, subdivision officials say.

Lutz: Commission turns down village proposal
The plan, which called for a mix of estate houses and office buildings, was opposed by residents and county planners who did not want to set a precedent with the offices.

Citrus Park: Land found to build home for disabled adults
The project, being spearheaded by Tampa Jewish Family Services, will serve mildly challenged adults to those with profound needs.

Neighborhood notebook: 'Survivor' player hosts New Tampa gala event
HUNTER'S GREEN -- Jan Gentry, of Survivor Thailand fame, emceed Saturday's New Tampa Junior Women's Club "Walk on the Wild Side" gala in downtown Tampa.

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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