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February 25, 2001

North of Tampa: February 25, 2001
A trail to blaze
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[Times photo: Mike Pease]
A state committee declined a $7.9-million grant to link two pedestrian trails, but supporters hope to convince the county and the Legislature to allocate money anyway.
Publix center’s expansion sought

LUTZ -- IRT Capital Corporation is once again asking the county to expand the square footage of the Publix shopping center planned for 8.5 acres on Lutz-Lake Fern Road and Merry Lane.

Tampa Palms church asks for land gift
The taxing district agreed years ago to deed it to the church, the pastor says, but that board has no record of the deal.

Lutz Little League says vandalism is escalating
Thefts and recent damage to concession stands and press boxes are expected to exceed $3,000.

Discipline may fuel a comeback
A shoulder injury holds a Chamberlain wrestler back. But there's always next year for this fan of good nutrition and exercise.

After delayed start, he bolted onto the mats
A new Sickles High wrestler showed no shortage of effort but was felled by an unexpected opponent: the flu.

Wharton, Sickles girls fall in state tournament
Two heartbreaking losses end the season for the Wildcats and Gryphons.

Schools roundup
BENITO MIDDLE: The PTSA General Assembly will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 10101 Cross Creek Blvd. Guest speaker Tonya Williams, health educator for H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center's Community Outreach Education, will discuss "Sun Safety -- Protecting Yourself and Your Children." Refreshments will be served. For information, call (813) 631-4694.

Sheriff’s Office rewards three fifth-graders for their essays
Three northern Hillsborough elementary school students were honored last week by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The fifth-graders were among the 45 finalists in the countywide essay contest, "What Being a Junior Deputy Means to Me," sponsored by the Sheriff's Office Junior Deputies League.

Cleanup goes awry, leads to big fish kill
CARROLLWOOD -- An Orlando company accidentally injected too much cleaning agent into two small lakes in northwest Hillsborough County last week, killing hundreds of fish and upsetting some homeowners near Fletcher and Armenia avenues, a county official said.

Woman accused of throwing rock through window
CARROLLWOOD -- Perhaps the most infamous resident of Top of the Village, who neighbors say has harassed them for years, was charged Thursday with throwing a rock through a nearby homeowner's window.

Road's danger prompts action
A wall that buffers the subdivision from the main road has been hit 120 times in the past five years. Some fear that lives could be lost.

Father sells land to spare his children taxes
He sells about 90 acres of woods and pastureland. The proceeds, $1.95-million, should cover inheritance taxes his three children will pay on remaining property.

County balks at $176,000 bill for sports complex
The contract dispute affects more than the opening. Officials hope the Mutiny soccer team will train there.

Hoop usage guidelines finally approved
They can be used between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and they must be stored in stormy weather, the Westchase board says.

Plans in the works for new synagogue
Construction on the first phase of Temple Ohev Shalom will start within a year.

Group elects new officers
TAMPA PALMS -- The Tampa Palms Owners Association recently elected a new slate of officers at its annual meeting.

This week

Week in review
A WEEK OF FIRES: Firefighters battled a blaze at the Foxcroft apartment complex Tuesday after two men in an upstairs unit left a burning pot on the stove, fire officials said. At least 20 people were left homeless and 16 apartments were destroyed, but no one was injured.

Open & shut
RESTAURANT BANKRUPT: It looks like the Goodfellas restaurant and bar in the Palm Lake shopping center in New Tampa is closed for good. The restaurant closed in December and posted a sign saying it was under renovation. But Delliponti Enterprises, doing business as Goodfellas, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Jan. 9 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. An auction was scheduled Saturday to sell the restaurant's equipment, stools, tables, chairs and stoves, according to Dave Newman of AuctionMax. The auction house was hired by the restaurant's creditor, First Union Bank, said Laurie Kolka, office manager with AuctionMax. Pat and Vicki Sufka, who own the Goodfellas on Gunn Highway, opened the Palm Lake restaurant at 15363 Amberly Drive in 1992. They sold the restaurant in December 1999 to Land O'Lakes resident Nicholas Delliponti, who could not be reached for comment.

Group discreetly protests complex
Oldsmar residents who oppose a low-income apartment complex refrain from making "derogatory comments" at public meetings.

Road work
1. INTERSTATE 275, from Busch Boulevard to U.S. 41, will have periodic nighttime lane closures. Also watch for construction at Busch Boulevard and Fowler Avenue near the interstate. Work will continue until fall 2002, when the highway will have two new lanes.

Accident report
1. FLETCHER AVENUE AT INTERSTATE 75, FEB. 9, 7 A.M.: A westbound 1994 Nissan turned left into the path of an eastbound 1993 Kawasaki motorcycle. The motorcyclist, a 20-year-old man, was taken to University Community Hospital.


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