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May 6, 2001

North of Tampa: May 6, 2001
Standout gymnast takes on challenge

[Times photo:Mike Pease]
A 12-year-old talent experiences her first tough competition outside the state.
Volunteer station ready for renovation

A $439,600 expansion will include better sleeping conditions for the 30 Lutz volunteers.

Playoff losses send teams home
The region quarterfinals were not kind to several North of Tampa area baseball squads. Gaither, Wharton and Leto all fell in the opening round of the state playoffs May 1. Gaither, the Class 6A, District 7 runner-up, lost 7-2 to Venice while Class 5A, District 11 runner-up Wharton was edged 8-7 by Charlotte. And surprising Class 4A, District 10 champion Leto was brought back to reality in a 12-0 loss to Clearwater.

Success story has French twist
A young tennis phenom's life takes a curious path from France to north Tampa to Alabama.

Lutz girl wins bronze at tennis tournament
LUTZ -- Stacia Fonseca, a 15-year-old Lutz resident, was a bronze medalist in the Gator Bowl National Tennis Tournament April 28-30 in Jacksonville.

Fisher, king of Chiefs tennis
With his help, the Chamberlain team has climbed to third place. The 16-year-old is also a stellar student.

Open and shut

Neighborhood notebook
Friends of library celebrate first year

Watering confusion results in tickets
A housesitter is cited for watering a lawn inside the city on the day designated for county residents.

Site plan flawed, architectural plans for new sanctuary on hold
LAKE MAGDALENE: An oversight in architectural plans has stalled the development of a new sanctuary for the Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church.

Bruce B. Downs is No. 1 priority
The congested artery is the county's top pick to receive $15-million in federal money for widening.

If disaster strikes, it pays to be prepared
CROSS CREEK -- When natural disasters and large-scale emergencies strike, an evacuation strategy can reduce the risk of serious injury.

Hunt for tenants follows overhaul
Extensive remodeling for the former Northdale Court gives the shopping center new polish and, eventually, new stores.

Memories rest with keepsake pillows
A mother of six with a 1933 Singer sewing machine is trying to turn a hobby into a cottage industry.

High-end seafood set for Northgate
Two Shells executives plan to open the restaurant in the hard-hit Northgate Square on Van Dyke Road next month.

Prayers offered for people, churches and the nation
Six area pastors lead the faithful in benedictions during the 10th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer in Land O'Lakes.

The week in review
ROMEO DISCLOSES TUMOR: In the first week of the legislative session, Democratic freshman Rep. Sara Romeo of Lutz experienced headaches and went to the hospital. As the session ended Friday, Romeo faced surgery to remove a tumor in her brain stem. She said it is unclear whether the tumor is malignant.

Accident report
1. BRUCE B. DOWNS BOULEVARD AT 131ST AVENUE, APRIL 20, 2:05 A.M.: A westbound 1993 Ford van turned left into the path of an eastbound 1997 Kawasaki motorcycle and a 1993 Yamaha motorcycle. The Ford driver, a 20-year-old man, was charged with violation of right of way. The Yamaha driver, a 22-year-old man, was charged with driving with a suspended license. The injured were taken to Tampa General Hospital.

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