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February 11, 2001

Tampa Bay: February 11, 2001
Anatomy of a gala
[Times photo: Bill Serne]
Partygoers enjoy the Charity Ball, held Feb. 3 at the Coliseum. About 10,000 volunteer hours and a year's work by 40 women - members of the Evening Branch of the All Children's Hospital Guild - go into the event. Here's what it took to get the job done. Photos
South Pinellas County news

$39-million civil suit looms over Pinellas
The family of a brain-damaged boy seeks money to care for him, alleging emergency workers made mistakes after he was rescued from a pool.

Minus City Hall deal, site garners interest
After his offer fell through, the developer of the Corey Avenue property does not even want to sell to the city.

Brick paths will give reason to gaze down
Personalized pavers downtown are part of the Treasure Island streetscape renovations due to begin in March.

Forum lets council candidates speak
With the mayoral race in the spotlight, City Council candidates have had trouble showing voters their views. On Friday, they had an audience.

Church bids couple farewell with party
Today's celebration honors the minister and his wife, who started a Christian school more than 30 years ago.

Pinellas Park makes annexing sweeter
PINELLAS PARK -- To hear the city's annexation experts tell it, all it took to entice property owners into Pinellas Park was friendly, efficient government service. Now it appears something more is necessary: cash.

Four steps lead to child seat safety
Re: Child Passenger Safety Week, Feb. 11-17.

Firehouse Bar & Grille calls it quits after 8 years downtown
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Firehouse Bar & Grille closed late last month, a victim of the many new restaurants in the city and its location, on the south side of Central Avenue.

Dogged by catalogs, pair create junk pile
Trapped in database hell, a couple collect evidence of the persistence of direct marketers.

What’s up on campus

The week ahead

Tea at the museum can restore your soul
Do you remember how beautiful last week was? The kind of blue-sky-crisp-cool winter days that remind us why we live in Florida and the perfect weather for Tea in the Garden at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Adoptive parents hope children retain heritage
It can be as simple as Oriental Christmas tree ornaments or nesting dolls from Russia. It can be as involved as foreign language classes or an overseas trip. But parents who adopt children from other countries say they do anything they can to teach their children about the country they were born in and make them proud of that culture.

New group to handle Asian center’s funding
ST. PETERSBURG -- Although there will be no interruption of services, Pinellas County's Juvenile Welfare Board has stopped its funding for the Asian Family and Community Empowerment Center and has switched control of the center's contract to another local organization.

Virginia Reichelderfer, 87, of pioneer family
ST. PETERSBURG -- Virginia "Ginny" Turner Reichelderfer, a Pinellas pioneer family member and widow of one the city's first optometrists, has died at 87.

Pinellas Park assigns fun to new official
The city wants to develop more entertaining and educational events such as Country in the Park by cooperating with other groups.

Sit in a barber chair; step back to a simpler time
Friendly conversation and an old-fashioned feel help transform a barber shop into a gathering spot reminiscent of Cheers.

Parking configuration unsafe from any angle
Jessie and I have a modest proposal. It will not set well with the city of St. Petersburg, which went to considerable time and expense to create angle parking downtown. But, folks, it isn't working.

Police captain plans to retire this month
The revelation comes as the Pinellas Park department faces tense times, including an investigation.

Neighborhood briefs
Walk for Parkinson's disease is Feb. 28

Be on lookout for yard waste dumping
St. Pete Beach residents face higher garbage rates if the illegal dumping continues.

More information sought on beach skateboard park
Commissioners appear interested in the idea but want more details on liability and costs for such a facility.

College survey gives high grades to Eckerd
The survey of more than 276 schools measures five categories of student involvement.

Swap might save historic First Baptist
A neighborhood association and Cathedral Church of St. Peter like the idea of swapping the 1924 former church for space in a city parking lot. Will the city?

2 neighborhoods get help with beautification efforts
ST. PETERSBURG -- Neighbors in the city's Challenge area are combining grant dollars with ingenuity to make their streets more attractive.

Environmental group plants oyster reefs that filter bay
An occasional article about activities on the south Pinellas waterfront.

Luxury housing complex finds room to adjust
ST. PETERSBURG -- The $35-million luxury apartment complex planned for downtown just west of the Bayfront Center now has a name: Madison at St. Petersburg.

Kokemohr, Kampman get tourney rolling
Ken Kokemohr rolled a 300 game, but David Kampman's 784 series headed the singles competition as the 64th annual St. Petersburg Association Championship Tournament opened last weekend at Liberty Lanes in Largo.

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