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February 4, 2001

Tampa Bay: February 4, 2001
The gig is up
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
The Harman-ic force behind Music With Mar, for young children, turns over the reins in St. Petersburg but will stay plenty busy elsewhere.
South Pinellas County news
Nerve center of Treasure Island ready for TV debut
The City Commission workshop Tuesday evening will be the first live broadcast on cable.

He plays a prank on a friend, but it’s no joke to the police
Driving a retired police cruiser, he jokingly pulls over a friend. Police arrest the prankster and hold him for three days.

Residents of Shore Acres reject plan to calm traffic
Some in Shore Acres said the proposal was too sweeping. The traffic committee will appeal to the City Council.

Officer’s complaint settled for $35,000
The payment resolves one of three sexual discrimination complaints against the Pinellas Park Police.

Wide field for mayor offers room to disagree
With nine candidates for the job, predicting political allegiances has become both confusing and surprising.

Shore Acres traffic woes have ebbed
I have been a resident of Shore Acres since 1973, and I was pleased to see the introduction of the Neighborhood Police Program, which has made a considerable difference in terms of safety and protection. I am also very happy about the installation of stop signs at appropriate intersections.

St. Petersburg man found dead in pond
ST. PETERSBURG -- The black debris poking out of the pond at the Isla Del Sol golf course Saturday morning looked like a piece of plastic to Garry Mac Rae.

Two of 'St. Petersburg's Finest' are honored
Two longtime detectives receive awards from the Rotary Club for outstanding careers in the department.

School headmaster announces retirement
David Dike has led Canterbury School of Florida for four years and is leaving to spend more time with his family.

The week ahead

Foundation for 2 hospitals splits back into 2 parts
Bayfront-St. Anthony's Health Care Foundation formed after the hospitals joined BayCare. Each will have its own foundation.

Grille ditches fast food, turns Thai
In addition to changes at the Asian Grille, the Central Avenue Oyster House is scheduled to open in three weeks.

New director cleans up port's image
An occasional article about activity on south Pinellas County's Tampa Bay waterfront.

Group will survey seniors to determine their needs
Volunteers hope to distribute more than 2,000 forms to help them find out what kind of care seniors are getting.

Worthy causes benefit from red-letter event
Amour du Coeur served a dual purpose, reminding us with its red heart decorations and romantic name that Valentine's Day is approaching (make those dinner reservations and order flowers now) and raising funds for three good causes: Brookwood, a Young Women's Residence, Center Against Spouse Abuse and Help a Child Foundation (formerly the Child Protection Team).

Much like the black family, pageant continues to thrive
The Black History Pageant has grown from a handful of performers and viewers into a loyal cast and a crowd of patrons.

Web site to help firefighter's family
Crash survivors need help, so a former colleague has set up an eBay-like site.

Their street now far more than an address
It started out as a community improvement project, but to the families there, something else happened along the way.

Forgetting that gum ball is one way to slow traffic
Sometimes, the very best discoveries happen by accident.

City Council candidates to speak at meeting
ST. PETERSBURG -- City Council candidates will air their views at Friday's noon Tiger Bay luncheon at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. The public is invited and reservations are required. Call 822-1001.

Adventurous kids have grand travel partners
Much to the amazement -- and horror -- of some of our friends, we have Florida resident season passes to Walt Disney World. I admit it. I'm a sucker. I'm a tourist. I simply love the place.

Neighborhood briefs
Four Chaplains memorial service to be held Sunday

Free tax assistance
These sites are open through April 15 for free tax assistance offered by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance project (VITA) and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP, for older taxpayers). Taxpayers should bring all pertinent records and last year's returns to the sites.

Reunion kindles memories for Tornadoes
Two decades have passed since the Clearwater High School basketball program won its first state championship, but the memories remain.

Teenager Tracy is savoring series of success
Triple threat high school athletes aren't rare today, with solid family support, comprehensive coaching and peer competition providing impetus to go for it all in more than one sport.

Stars come out for races
There were a few celebrity athletes in town last weekend, and I'm not referring to pro football players, former athletes and hangers-on.

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