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February 7, 2001
Tampa Bay: February 7, 2001
Piano shop near BayWalk for lease
[Times photo: Fred Victorin]
The Piano Exchange has little direct retail traffic, so it doesn't really need to be downtown, an owner of the building says.
South Pinellas County news
Fire does $15,000 damage to house
Flames licked a 10- by 10-foot hole in the roof of the house recently sold by a former Treasure Island commissioner.

Three beach communities set for elections
St. Pete Beach, South Pasadena and Gulfport will hold elections. Four others were canceled due to lack of opposition.

Circus is comical, fun and exciting
Parents and grandparents across the country are faced with an increasingly difficult struggle to find suitable entertainment for children these days. In a world filled with violent home video games, vulgar cartoons, easily accessible pornographic material on the Internet and an overabundance of PG-13 movies clearly targeting young children, there aren't many choices left. Year after year, the circus, with a unique family of performers and animals, provides wholesome family entertainment that is comical, fun and exciting for all generations.

Injured as a boy, seven years later Victor Smiley dies as a man
ST. PETERSBURG -- Victor L. Smiley, essentially asleep for more than seven years after a bicycle accident, has died at 21.

Field trips canceled after mix-up
Only one school -- Guardian Angel Primary in Clearwater -- didn't get the news about a play's cancellation when the cast didn't show up.

Reclaimed water limits sought
The restrictions are needed to avoid debilitating drops in water pressure, said a Public Works administrator.

St. Petersburg art museum to lose director
ST. PETERSBURG -- Museum of Fine Arts director Michael Milkovich, credited with building a permanent collection of American and European art and bringing in a string of successes in recent years, will retire in December.

Grease in sand proves fatal to dog
A woman's dog had been with her for eight years and three continents. But an accident last month killed him suddenly.

Transportation office offers safety course for bicyclists
ST. PETERSBURG -- A nine-hour bicycle safety course will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3 at the city's transportation office, 1744 Ninth Ave. N.

Workshops will present funding opportunities
The National Endowment for the Humanities will hold two workshops to present funding opportunities for Florida schools and non-profit cultural institutions from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. Saturday in Davis Hall, University of South Florida, 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Workshops will present longstanding and new funding programs offered through Extending the Reach, a initiative to strengthen the humanities in areas of the country that have not participated as fully as others. Friday's workshop is aimed at museums, libraries, archives, historical organizations, media producers and historically black, Hispanic-serving and tribal colleges and universities. Saturday's program is for teachers and administrators at middle and high schools. Call Anne Lopez-Buitrango (202) 606-8575 or Mary Ramsey (202) 606-8285 or check the Web site at

Targeted by inquiry, captain put on leave
It's unclear if the administrative leave is connected to an investigation of Robert Hempel involving computer use.

Government calendar

Downtown churches have seen better days
Dwindling membership has doomed several in St. Petersburg in what is a nationwide trend.

Neighbors to hear of desire to raze church
The Episcopal church that owns a former Baptist church downtown wants to use the land as a parking lot.

Catholic Charities hires architectural firm for renovation
Wedding, Stephenson & Ibarguen Architects Inc. of St. Petersburg has been commissioned by Catholic Charities Inc. to renovate a two-story office building at 1213 16th St. N. The agency will move its administrative offices to the 18,000-square-foot building as well as offer counseling and client services there.

St. Petersburg Christian plans kindergarten night
St. Petersburg Christian School will have a kindergarten night for parents of prospective students Thursday at the school, 2021 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Trip to ship raises the question of honor
Grade school pupils visit a ship and compare the Coast Guard's honor code with their school district's character code.

Spectacular Charity Ball is steeped in the South
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I like people who can do things."

New homes may sprout in 'urban village' area
Special zoning in the Grand Central District encourages townhome development.

Growing, picking fruit gives him pluck at 100
A former home builder is passionate about his trees and about vitamins and sports cars.

Funny Bones clown club: Tickles away the hurt
ST. PETERSBURG -- Fighting sickle cell anemia, Denay Flournoy could have reason to mope. But there she was, grinning, cackling, letting loose with explosions of laughter that rattled her hospital bed.

Workshops will present funding opportunities
The National Endowment for the Humanities will hold two workshops to present funding opportunities for Florida schools and non-profit cultural institutions.

Islettes to have annual flea market on Saturday
TREASURE ISLAND -- The Treasure Islettes are scheduled to hold their annual "Trash and Treasures Flea Market" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center, One Park Place. The civic organization raises money for college scholarships and city departments, including the police and fire stations. For more information and to make donations to the flea market, call Carol Lee at 360-9181.

Sweetheart dance for kids is Friday
A Sweetheart Dance for ages 6-17 will be held from 7-11 p.m. Friday at the St. Petersburg Police Athletic League, 1450 16th St. N. A DJ will provide the music. Dress is semi-formal and the evening includes a dance contest with prizes awarded, sweetheart photos ($3), concessions and door prizes. The first 50 young men will receive a chocolate kiss, and the first 50 young ladies will receive a carnation. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Admission is $4. For information, call 893-7138.

Chamber joins program for online recruiting
The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce has an Internet program to help businesses find people to fill the many job openings in the St. Petersburg area.

Focus on volunteers
The Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 3100 31st St. S, St. Petersburg, needs volunteers for its Great Engines of the Past show on Saturday and Sunday.

15 roundabout meetings later, consensus is zero
The cost, timing and scale of improvements have divided the Roundabout Advisory Committee for months.

Field day accentuates teamwork, friendship
The day, based on the popular Harry Potter series, includes physical and educational activities that don't require competition or athleticism.

Doubles league teams preparing for playoffs
The road to the state tournament is narrowing as playoffs begin Saturday in the Senior Men's Doubles League.

St. Anthony's event wants more locals
Visiting and local multisports enthusiasts have been seen running the St. Anthony's Triathlon race course, winding down Brightwaters Blvd. past showplace homes and ending at the Straub Park finish line.

Sunshine, Thomas come out of overcast day for Figure 8
Sunshine Speedway's WinterNationals, which provides racing relief during the off-season, lived up to its name Sunday -- gray, gloomy skies, slightly wet, windy and with significantly below-normal temperatures -- except among some of the drivers.

Transportation office offers safety course for bicyclists
ST. PETERSBURG -- A nine-hour bicycle safety course will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3 at the city's transportation office, 1744 Ninth Ave. N.

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