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March 9, 2001

North of Tampa: March 9, 2001
Dot mommy
[Times photo: Mike Pease]
A mother of three starts a home Web business helping other families stay in touch with their kids.
A sense of belonging

A coach, a competition and a school help draw three autistic children out of their inner worlds and test their abilities.

Traffic talk, like weather, is ubiquitous
PEBBLE CREEK -- Welcome to Joyful Reader, a Christian bookstore where they post the Bible verse of the day with the coffee of the day.

Out & about
FOSSILFEST AT THE FAIRGROUNDS: Fossil enthusiasts can learn more about some unusual artifacts at the Tampa Bay Fossil Club's 14th annual FossilFest.

Flea market winds up Saturday
LUTZ -- Carol Permentei was thrilled with the bargain she found at the Lutz-Land O'Lakes Woman's Club annual flea market. "It's waffle glass," she said, carefully unwrapping the drinking glass she had purchased for 5 cents. "It's worth about $10."

First a swoosh, then two inches of water
A burst washing machine hose disrupts one family's morning. It is not an uncommon occurrence.

Garden visit offers ideas -- and a little peace
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we need to do in our yards we forget that part of being a gardener is enjoying the labors of others. With that in mind I made a trip to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales last week. It's just a short hour away and well worth the drive.

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Request for rezoning divides neighborhood
Two homeowners want their property on Beaty Groves Road rezoned commercial, but some neighbors oppose the request.

Vacant lot aggravates neighbors
Weeds and trash cover the lot, violating deed restrictions. The owner, however, is unreachable.

Luxury complex wins top award in bay area
RICHMOND PLACE -- An apartment complex in New Tampa, where people cringe every time a new one goes up, has won a Tampa Bay area award.

‘Plantation Inn’ raises eyebrows
New owners have a name in mind for Gulfport's Bayview Hotel. A few have another name for it: "dumb."

Residents to unveil plans, cost of town hall
A meeting Saturday will outline the costs and design for a proposed Westschase Town Hall, a $2.5-million facility in the heart of West Park Village.

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