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City to help rebuild school playground

By TIMES WIRES
Published December 27, 2006


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LARGO

The city of Largo is helping to build a school playground in Hancock County, Miss., that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

"Our goal is to help build a playground for the children so they have a chance to play and be children," said Jackie Magee, a city special events planner.

By putting out fundraising boxes at city events, the Recreation, Parks and Arts Department raised about $700.

Private donations at special events brought in another $1,500.

But that money is nowhere near enough for the plans the city has. Those plans include refurbishing playground equipment, adding mulch, benches, an irrigation system and tables. The total budget is $22,643, and the original fundraising goal was the end of this year.

PINELLAS, HILLSBOROUGH

Volunteers sought to help taxpayers

The Prosperity Campaign of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties is seeking volunteers to help taxpayers who earned less than $38,348 in 2006 complete their federal income tax returns.

In preparation for this free community service, volunteers will receive an IRS-approved tax-training course, as well as training in the use of tax preparation software.

There will also be opportunities for individuals to serve as client coordinators who greet clients and gather basic information for the tax preparers. Free tax return preparation sites will be open from Feb. 1 to April 15. Volunteer training will begin in January.

For more information call (813) 301-7335, (727) 328-0618, or visit www.uwtb.org/prosperitycampaign.

CHATTANOOGA, TENN.

Ex-Pasco resident's airplane crashes

A single-engine plane belonging to a former Pasco resident crashed Tuesday amid the clouds and rain about 120 miles north of Nashville, leaving two dead and two injured, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

The victims have not been identified. But the plane, a Rockwell Commander 114, is registered to Michael Burlingham, the Times Free Press reported.

The 51-year-old is an avid flier who once lived with his wife, Carol, in Hidden Lake, a rural airport community in New Port Richey where they had two planes. They married last year, and Burlingham owns land there, according to property records, but the couple recently moved to Port St. Lucie.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were looking into the crash Tuesday.

[Last modified December 27, 2006, 00:20:41]


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