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Neighborhood notebook

Briefs and news of note.

By MEAGHAN FORBES, AMY SCHERZER and RICK GERSHMAN
Published June 2, 2006


Architecture committee to hear redevelopment plans

HISTORIC HYDE PARK - Plans to redevelop Old Hyde Park Village are set to go before the city's Architectural Review Commission at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The new owners plan to build two condominium towers, one of which would displace Sunrise Cinemas and the Wine Exchange restaurant along Swann Avenue.

Wine Exchange plans to move to new quarters in the village. Developers said they are discussing plans to try to retain some independent cinema element in the village.

The meeting will be held at Tampa City Council Chambers, 315 E Kennedy Blvd., third floor.

Business college holds info session for graduate school

DOWNTOWN - The University of Tampa's John H. Sykes College of Business is holding a free information session for its graduate programs at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Vaughn Center board room, 401 W Kennedy Blvd.

Faculty and staff will review programs and admission requirements for UT's Master's of Business Administration and graduate degrees in accounting, finance, marketing and innovation management.

For information, call 258-7409.

Tour, activities kick off National Garden Week

DAVIS ISLANDS - Members of the Davis Islands Garden Club plan a garden tour and other educational activities to celebrate National Garden Week, June 4 through 10.

On Wednesday, the public is invited to tour five Davis Islands gardens, beginning at 10 a.m. at the clubhouse, 81 Columbia Drive. Refreshments will follow. The tour is free.

On June 9, club members will plant a Tabebuia tree at 11 a.m. on the grounds. They will dedicate it to all past, present and future Davis Islands Garden Club members.

Members are encouraged to do a 30-minute bird count in their gardens on Thursday and plant flowers on June 10.

For more information, call 251-0282.

Central City YMCA hosts midnight basketball league

HISTORIC YBOR - Central City Family YMCA hosts a midnight basketball league for teens ages 14 to 18 this summer.

The league meets from 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays beginning tonight through July 29.

The program includes seven games and a tournament game. Participants will receive uniforms, and the winning team will receive a trophy.

Sponsorships are available. The Central City Family YMCA is at 110 E Palm Ave. For more information, call 229-9622.

Teacher receives $5,000 arts teachers fellowship

TAMPA - Gianna Russo, local poet and teacher at Blake School of the Arts, has been selected to receive a $5,000 Fellowship from the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship Program.

The program helps art teachers increase their effectiveness in the classroom.

Awards went to 20 teachers nationwide who excel in visual, performing and literary arts. Blake High was also awarded a $1,500 grant to support post-fellowship activities at the school.

Russo will use the money to attend the Spoleto Writers Workshop in Italy this summer.