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February 14, 2001

Tampa Bay: February 14, 2001
City's Penny picture prettier than county's
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[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
St. Petersburg has not come up short and has not canceled any promised projects so far, a report notes.
South Pinellas County news
Panicked pooch plunges off Skyway
Maggie May travels a lot. But she'd never been on a trip quite like this.

Clock tower clicks with commissioners
By the Fourth of July, Treasure Island should have a 50-foot downtown centerpiece with a timepiece.

St. Pete Beach, art group to negotiate
ST. PETE BEACH -- The City Commission is expected to decide Tuesday whether the city and the St. Pete Beach Art Institute will jointly renovate the Don Vista Building.

Village for foster children gets going
A cluster of seven homes will house children considered difficult to adopt and foster parents.

City official on firing: 'Balderdash'
Pinellas Park's ex-risk management director, accused of inappropriate behavior, was in office for less than four months.

Firefighters gain new tool to save lives
The Fire Board decided to pay $6,000 for the equipment that will allow firefighters to "see" through smoke.

St. Peter's must sacrifice sanctuary
Re: Neighbors to hear of desire to raze church and Downtown churches have seen better days, Feb. 7.

Joined in death after life spent hand in hand
Failing health ends a marriage of 72 years as husband and wife die just hours apart.

Challenge to South Pasadena mayor fails
SOUTH PASADENA -- The City Commission on Tuesday rejected a challenge to the mayoral candidacy of incumbent Fred Held.

Upscale subdivision to sprout on 37 acres in Seminole
SEMINOLE -- A new neighborhood is being born in Seminole -- and it's a nice one.

U.S. 19 McDonald's to start fresh
The restaurant in front of Maximo Plaza will have a better drive-through layout, more parking and a nicer look.

Soaps and the like get their own shop
Jaci Johnson has opened Jacqueline's Salon & Day Spa at 279 Treasure Island Causeway. The spa offers hair care, manicures, pedicures, massage and skin care. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Vision-less Valentines
Fifth-graders at Cross Bayou Elementary School made cards to demonstrate the Braille skills they have learned.

Despite FCAT drills, teachers have heart
PINELLAS PARK -- Valentine's Day was a tricky holiday to celebrate this year in Pinellas County schools. With the writing portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test moved ahead two weeks to Feb. 21 and the reading and math portions scheduled for March 5-8, test preparation eclipsed Valentine's festivities in most classrooms.

Six teachers awarded Time Warner minigrants
Time Warner Communications awarded Cable in the Classroom minigrants to six south Pinellas teachers last week. The grants, which will be used to fund cable classroom projects, were awarded to:

Stretch of roadway to stay dark
The county had named Park Boulevard as one of five county roads that would be lit. Then a plan to tax power bills failed.

A tip of the hat to this Best Groomed crowd
A theory about what it takes to be named to the Best Groomed List: You have to know how to wear a hat.

Walk for Parkinson's disease is Feb. 28
A benefit walk for the Parkinson's Disease Coalition/University of South Florida Foundation will begin at noon Feb. 28. The start for the 2-mile walk will be the parking lot at 740 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg. For information, call 573-4701 or 573-4725.

How a railroad was saved and a city got its name
A Swede who thought St. Petersburg "would never amount to anything" sent the name petition to Washington.

Melrose principal decides to move on
John Burwell will be principal of Curlew Creek Elementary, a five-minute drive from his house.

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

Walk for Parkinson's disease is Feb. 28
A benefit walk for the Parkinson's Disease Coalition/University of South Florida Foundation will begin at noon Feb. 28. The start for the 2-mile walk will be the parking lot at 740 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg. For information, call 573-4701 or 573-4725.

Doubles tourney helps Boys and Girls Clubs
Charity tournaments provide opportunities to compete for fun, meet new players and raise money for a good cause.

New membership code makes waves
Ask 10 sailors for an opinion about a sailing-related issue and you likely will get at least 11 different answers.

Teaching pro Cully practices what she preaches for title
As a teacher and student of golf, Jennifer Cully had to continuously remind herself of her own lessons during the pressure-packed final round of the recent PGA Women's Stroke Play Championship.


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