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March 7, 2001

Tampa Bay: March 7, 2001
Helping kids be the best
[Times photo: James Borchuck]
Teacher of the Year winner Sherrie Lee impressed judges with the way she intensely relates to her first-grade students.
South Pinellas County news

First place is where Baker's work begins
Rick Baker can't play it safe.

Lakewood PTSA takes a look at longer, fewer classes
The PTSA of Lakewood High School is hosting a presentation on 4-by-4 scheduling at 7 p.m. on Monday in the auditorium, 1400 54th Ave. S.

Question the candidates
As the March 27 general election approaches, the Times will ask questions designed to help voters learn where the mayoral candidates stand on important issues facing the city. Candidates are asked to keep their responses to fewer than 300 words. Answers are edited only if they exceed that length.

Walls go up for new YMCA; fees will too
Higher fees are intended to help maintain the building under construction at 3200 First Ave. S.

'Shadow' candidates for council emerge
In two races, primaries were not necessary. All five council races will be decided March 27.

Pinellas Park may latch onto trolley idea
Council member Ed Taylor envisions a "shopper stopper" owned and operated by the city.

Runaway for Yakes, a runoff for Ward 2
The mayor gets his sixth term. Dawn Fisher and Council incumbent Jack Olsen, just 324 votes apart, face another election in two weeks. Larry Cooper returns to his Ward 4 seat in a landslide.

No limit to Held's capacity for re-election
SOUTH PASADENA -- Fred Held was overwhelmingly re-elected this city's mayor Tuesday -- a result he says "vindicated" his and the commission's belief that challenges to his eligibility were unwarranted.

Trolley rider sees only white, wrong
We recently took the trolley -- one complete loop from Pass-a-Grille to the Sheraton Sand Key and back -- without seeing a single black American rider. For most of the ride the bus was full, often with several standees and once in an overload condition. There were hundreds of riders!

IRS examines tax preparer with police clients
Preparer James D. Comerford is not charged. Several St. Petersburg officers are among his customers.

Hotel adds a soothing amenity
The ever-improving downtown Hilton lured the Lou Michaels Spa, which offers head-to-toe services.

Rat problem closes pizza restaurant
ST. PETERSBURG -- State officials closed Patellinis Pizza & Patio Grill at 270 First Ave. N last week because of a rat infestation.

Florida International Museum to hold sale
Even a big place like the Florida International Museum has to clean out the closets occasionally! To get more room for exhibition space and classrooms, the museum is selling props from the Treasures of the Czars exhibit, office equipment, display units from the store, barely-damaged merchandise, flea market items from the volunteers, lamps, cases, desks, computers and many more items. The sale will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at 100 Second St. N. The $3 admission to the sale will include entry to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Countdown to Eternity exhibits. Call 822-3693.

Global extravaganza planned for weekend
ST. PETERSBURG -- Polynesian fire eaters, an Egyptian pyramid, German Oktoberfest dancers and American Indian displays are among the featured entertainment at this weekend's folk fair at the Bayfront Center.

Planned kids' parade is a wash
The Festival of States event is canceled because its main planner had surgery.

Joseph Ficocelli, Sun City Pops organizer
The trombonist organized and managed the Sunshine City Pops Orchestra and was from a family of musicians.

Death came, but he never waited for it
A son and brother lived his final months inspiring others with his dignity and humor.

Local Junior Leaguers take a walk on the wildish side
The anticipated rainstorm held off, and Saturday night wound up being a beautiful evening for the Junior League of St. Petersburg's Jungle Jam at Sunken Gardens.

Blame rainfall shortage on development, he says
A neighborhood activist wants policymakers and scientists to research his theory.

3 campaign for 2 seats on Kenneth City council
The incumbents run on their record of an efficient town, while the challenger wants more services for residents.

Madeira Beach has meeting tonight about flood damage
MADEIRA BEACH -- The city will host a meeting at 7 tonight regarding the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program at City Hall, 300 Municipal Drive. Staffers from Pinellas County and the city will be available to answer questions.

Athletes are preparing for cooler temperatures
Counting their blessings, area bicycle racers, mountain bikers and triathletes just pulled on long sleeves and put their tights back on, gearing up for early-season events.

Keller overcomes biggest challenge of her life
Things are getting back to normal for Jackie Keller and Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club.

District 4 seat draws newcomers to politics
The contest for the commission seat involves them in the debate over the City Hall building.

St. Petersburg driver Dempsey shines in Late Model calamity
In auto racing, it's true that winning is everything in terms of money, points and prestige for drivers and that everybody after first is just another loser.

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