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April 4, 2001

Tampa Bay: April 4, 2001
Cinderella for a night
[Times photo: Amber Tanille Woolfolk]
Ours is not a traditional debutante ball, says the president of the black sorority sponsoring it. Still, in a nod to tradition, these young "Roses" are groomed, recognized and encouraged to bloom.
South Pinellas County news
Redington discusses switching to sheriff
The proposed change from Indian Shores police coverage upsets many in attendance, who ask for a referendum on the issue.

Two sides resolute on gala deficit
St. Pete Beach officials want a community organization to pay $7,389.35 toward the city New Year's Eve party.

Pick on signs other than billboards
Re: A different view of billboards.

Pinellas Park police captain blocks release of documents
PINELLAS PARK -- Claiming he is the victim of a political "witch hunt" and an illegal search, a police captain has blocked the release of documents that he thinks are of a "most private nature."

Tampa lawyer named new city attorney
MADEIRA BEACH -- The City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday morning to hire Tampa lawyer Richard A. Harrison as the new city attorney.

What's up? Here's the deal on 4th Street
A mysterious "What's Up?" sign on a grassy lot hints at a new office complex coming to downtown St. Petersburg.

Townhomes get one last reprieve
The developer of the Hazelton Townhomes, 750 Third St. N, did not fix problems by a Feb. 28 deadline. Demolition has been delayed, but optimism has faded.

Black chamber touts new attitude
The group vows to make its third year a charm, after two years of organizing and dealing with personnel problems.

Eighth-grader qualifies for state geography bee
Jason E. Conage-Pough, son of Arlene Conage-Pough and John Pough Sr. of St. Petersburg, is a state finalist in the National Geographic Bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The Bay Point Middle School eighth-grader qualified by winning his school's geography bee and scoring higher than 1,100 students on a statewide written geography test.

A celebration of music
More than 1,000 Pinellas students sing and play selections from 12 countries at the sixth annual MusicFest.

From snow to show: band warms up
High school band members from the snow belt revel in the sunshine and brightness of St. Petersburg. For many it's their first trip this far south.

Festival schedule
The 2001 Festival of States continues this week. Here is a schedule of activities still to come:

Divine morsels, setting blend for a good cause
In its third year, the Celebrity Chefs of Tampa Bay party to benefit Family Resources just keeps getting better. Thanks to the generosity of Drs. Tom and Jennifer Andrews, who opened all three floors of their Tierra Verde waterfront home, the setting was peerless.

When it comes to illegal parking, camera doesn't lie
By summer, eight St. Petersburg parking enforcers will have digital cameras, just the ticket for fewer arguments.

Eight bystanders act when lives hang in the balance
St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue extends honors for saving a woman, a boy, boaters and others.

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

Breast, cervical cancer screenings available
The Pinellas County Health Department, 500 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg, and 6350 76th Ave. N, Pinellas Park, offers screening exams for breast and cervical cancer for women age 50 to 64 who are uninsured, or whose insurance doesn't fully cover such services. Pap smears, mammograms and clinical breast exams are included. For an appointment, call 824-6917l.

Local Masters top 34 teams in swim meet
ST. PETERSBURG -- The St. Petersburg Masters swim team won its own short-course championship meet last weekend, swamping 34 other teams in retiring coach George Bole's last home event.

Central Avenue renews business district revival
Grand Central District Association has hired a manager in its bid to win Main Street designation.

Focus on volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the 2001 Mainsail Arts Festival on April 21 and 22 at Straub Park in St. Petersburg. Duties include brochure distribution, staffing the information booth, and selling T-shirts, posters and beverages. For information, call Mary Myers at 893-7886.

Florida is runner-up in intersectional doubles
Thanks to the performances of several area players, Florida finished in second place in last month's U.S. Tennis Association Intersectional Team Doubles in Wild Dunes, S.C.

Area athletes train near Switzerland
An accomplished group of area cyclists, in-line skaters, runners, triathletes and alpine skiers joined St. Pete Mad Dog member Darry Jackson of Seminole for his cross-training adventure near Switzerland last week.

For the record
Basketball -- Men's league

Rain washes out Sunshine
The old saying, "Be careful of what you wish for because you may just get it," proved true for local racing fans Saturday night.

Officials to meet with residents over Eckerd College traffic signal
Representatives of the Florida Department of Transportation will meet at noon Friday with residents and employees along the Bayway about their request for a traffic signal at the entrance to Eckerd College. The meeting will be in the West Lodge Activity Room of the Continuing Education Center. The discussion will focus on the need for traffic controls with left-turn signals to expedite traffic on and off the college campus during rush hours. FDOT has undertaken a traffic-flow and accident study to evaluate the intersection. A decision on the traffic signal is expected this month.

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