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April 1, 2001

Tampa Bay: April 1, 2001
It's showtime again
[Times photo: Jamie Francis]
ParkSide 16 theaters debut to rave reviews by cinema-goers and some nearby mall businesses.
South Pinellas County news

Fischer goes out a quiet winner
ST. PETERSBURG -- Face it, St. Petersburg. The mayor you've repeatedly elected is one of the few politicians who make Al Gore look charismatic by comparison.

City braces for Blind Pass Road disruption
A design team suggests neighborhood traffic-calming devices and ways to "psychologically narrow" the road after it turns to five lanes.

Challenge zone sees population shrinking
Traditional black neighborhoods lose residents as the city's African-American numbers rise overall.

Developer considers Gateway Centre site
The central location attracts a proposed apartment complex as the Army also looks at the business park.

More bike lanes signal a progressive county
Re: Bicycle lanes.

Robbery suspect still in critical condition
ST. PETERSBURG -- Lorenzo Darlington, who was shot during a robbery attempt at a convenience store Friday, remained in critical condition Saturday at Bayfront Medical Center.

Man injured in fall at construction site
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rescuers used a crane Saturday to lift Martin Soriano out of a concrete structure near Lake Maggiore after he fell 15 feet from a wall at a construction site.

Town considers switch in policing
REDINGTON SHORES -- Less than a year after signing a three-year contract with its longtime law enforcement provider, commissioners are considering a switch from the Indian Shores Police Department to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Youth teams compete on fields -- and for them
Despite the recent arrival of two sports complexes, playing space is tight.

Revamped library opens today in Pinellas Park
PINELLAS PARK -- The newly refurbished Pinellas Park Library will reopen today. Users will have a chance to see the $2.5-million in renovations after the 1 p.m. ribbon cutting.

Publix turns in site plans for store
It is unclear what effect the 54,500-square-foot site would have on a smaller store, built in 1962, at Park Boulevard and 49th Street.

What's up on campus
St. Petersburg Junior College

The week ahead

Chamber to sell bus passes
ST. PETE BEACH -- The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will begin selling senior citizen bus passes at two of its locations.

Landmark business may sport expansion
Bill Jackson's, the outdoorsy store in Pinellas Park, wants to add 3,000 square feet for classrooms.

Doctor elected as group's governor
Dr. John W. Mason has been elected a governor of the College of American Pathologists. Mason is chief of pathology and laboratory medicine services at the V.A. Medical Center at Bay Pines and is a clinical professor of pathology at the University of South Florida School of Medicine in Tampa.

Coming in from the cold
A too-small jetliner nearly ruins their Festival of States trip, but the ingenious Minnesota school bands find a way.

Festival maintains a tradition of change
The diverse celebration of St. Petersburg is expected to draw up to 250,000 people this year.

Festival schedule
The 2001 Festival of States with its night parade, day parade and other festivities started this weekend. Here is a schedule of the main activities:

Rain can't mar fete for departing mayor
Most hosts would consider rain a disaster for a party. They are not David Fischer.

All official meetings to appear on cable TV
Meetings of elected and appointed Treasure Island boards will air live and then be replayed on public access Channel 15.

Rain spoils ditch repair, so city workers fix it again
About 340 cubic yards of soil and $1,000 worth of grass seed were put on the banks. Then the rain came.

Senior job fair to be held April 21
The Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N, will hold a job mart from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 21. Speakers, workshops and potential employers will be featured. For information, call 441-9925.

A tricky lane-ending awaits I-275 travelers
If you haven't driven the construction area on Interstate 275 north of Gandy Boulevard lately, there are some changes to report.

Housing for low-income disabled, seniors available
Goodwill Industries Suncoast housing corporation is currently accepting applications for HUD rent-subsidized apartments for people with physical disabilities and for those ages 61 and older. The apartments are in Pinellas Park.

Community Day puts focus on recycling
Kenneth City organizes the event to encourage residents to recycle, but there will be activities beyond those related to separating garbage.

Child-care subsidies rescue waiting moms
In order to get to her job by 9 a.m., Jewel Youngs had to drop her three children -- 6-year-old twin girls and a 9-year-old son -- at school 45 minutes early.

Government calendar

School needs vendors for Mayfest event
The annual Mayfest Spring Clean Flea Market and Craft Sale, being held May 25 and 26, is looking for vendors. Tables are available and costs range from $25 to $50. For reservations and information, call 347-9989.

Treasure Island bridge to close again
TREASURE ISLAND -- The Causeway Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from 11 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday to complete repairs to some damaged parts discovered during recent maintenance work. The span needs to be in the open position for the work, so the closing will not affect boat traffic.

Public input asked on new area water sources
ST. PETERSBURG -- A public hearing Tuesday in St. Petersburg invites residents to speak up about how future water supplies should be selected for the Tampa Bay area.

New council, mayor installed today
A circuit judge will swear in mayor-elect Rick Baker and six council members. The new board will choose a chairperson before adjourning.

'Great experience' is coming to end for Slavik
Playing college baseball was Corey Slavik's top goal when he graduated from Boca Ciega four years ago.

Florida Senior Stars let good times roll
What do you get when you put 125 senior men in the same league?

For the record
Baseball -- AAU Warhawks

Teats makes Oldsmar proud in Armadillo Run
What better outcome for Oldsmar than to have a city resident win the 19th annual Armadillo Run?

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