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March 25, 2001

North of Tampa: March 25, 2001
Sewing shop takes a notion and turns it into success
[Times photo: Mike Pease]
Within six months, Keep Me In Stitches turned a profit. It may help that sewing has shed its frumpy image.
New Urbanism makes old designs new again

The pre-World War II style of building homes within walking distance of shops is making a splash here.

New plaza proposed at Race Track, Hillsborough
UPPER TAMPA BAY -- A new shopping plaza may soon occupy 126 acres of vacant land at the northeast of corner of Hillsborough Avenue and Race Track Road.

Open & shut

Wrestlers invited to train, compete at Sickles High gym
CITRUS PARK -- Wrestlers from beginners to high school competitors are invited to take advantage of free lessons and training from 6:30-8 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday in the wrestling room at the Sickles High gym. Training is also available for adults interested in masters competition.

Wharton and Gaither teams hold their own in March track meets
TAMPA -- With the track season in full swing, Wharton's boys and Gaither's girls continue to impress. By virtue of solid recent performances, their quality outings in March could lead to impressive finishes in May.

Focus is fun, not victories
Club Tampa Palms is starting a recreational spring soccer league, something organizers say is needed in North Tampa.

City annexes 46-acre tract for new development
The move clears the way for the annexation of the K-Bar Ranch, a 2,500-acre parcel to the north.

Preserve grows 119 acres larger
For $125,000, the county secures the forest and wetlands west of I-275. The land will be open to hikers.

Horse farm attracts bids, but none high enough
The 36 acres, home of Fiddle-De-Dee Farm on Lutz-Lake Furn Road, fetched a bid of $800,000, but that wasn't enough for the sellers to accept.

Electric transformer burns up; power box appears to explode
A Fairway Village resident says sparks burned a wall and destroyed two TV sets and a DVD system.

The week in review
NORTH LAKES MAN KILLED IN DRUG TREATMENT CENTER: Officials identified Sergio Guedes as the drug rehabilitation counselor who was gunned down in a robbery last weekend. Guedes supported his family with two jobs, one at a hotel restaurant and the other at the Tampa Metro Treatment Center on Busch Boulevard. That's where an attacker confronted Guedes, 46, Sunday morning and shot him in the head.

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