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May 13, 2001

North of Tampa: May 13, 2001
Expense, shame reign in dry times
[Times photo: Mike Pease]
TAMPA PALMS -- Like a lot of homeowner groups, the Tampa Palms Owners Association is not shy about taking residents to task for breaking the rules.
Skit jump-starts minds, earns students first place
The Tampa Palms Elementary team won at Odyssey of the Mind for their idiomatic play. They go to the world finals next month.

Labor of love
Maria Tompkins met her husband while she was studying to be an architect. Today, Jack Tompkins, a financial planner, calls his wife "an architect of a family." The couple are raising eight children, and Mrs. Tompkins is home-schooling all of them in their home on the outskirts of Carrollwood Village.

Plenty of opposition expected at hearings for two big projects
LUTZ -- Two of Lutz's most significant rezonings in years are headed for public hearings before zoning judges this week, and they may draw participants by the busload.

Sickles girls grab top state honors
The softball team approached each game aggressively, staking its claim to the title.

End of season is end of pitcher's prep career
Chamberlain's softball team falls short at the state championships and comes away with a 30-3 record.

District prepares for flood of students
McKitrick Elementary will open in August, and school officials are already looking for land for another elementary school.

Neighborhood notebook
Planning group to offer transportation meetings

Tax district quashes request to move shopping center sign
Tampa Palms' commercial modification committee had approved of the plan. But the Tampa Palms Community Development District doesn't like it.

Boy, that's calculating
For a sixth-grade math team from Buchanan Middle School, timing is everything.

He's got the nickname -- now the honor
A deputy earns the nickname "Three Fingers Brown" for collaring a suspect. Now he's called "Top Cop."

Kids make history at Old Lutz Depot
Fourth-graders from Maniscalco Elementary School will depict Lutz history with songs and stories at the Old Lutz Train Depot Monday.

Accident report
1. INTERSTATE 75 AT FLETCHER AVENUE, APRIL 27, 5:52 P.M.: A northbound 2000 Kia truck lost control, went off the road and flipped onto its roof. No injuries were reported.

1. INTERSTATE 275, from Busch Boulevard to U.S. 41, will have periodic night-time lane closures. Also watch for construction at Busch Boulevard and Fowler Avenue near the interstate. Work will continue until two new lanes are completed in fall 2002.

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