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May 18, 2001

North of Tampa: May 18, 2001
As summer approaches, swim sign-ups abound
[Times photo: Mike Pease]
Summer can be hazardous for children in Florida, where statistics show drowning is the leading cause of death for children under 5.

Jumping into summer
Learn to ride a horse. Go on a nature hike. Act out Bible stories. Whatever your children's interests are, there is likely a summer camp out there for them.

Questions and opinions
Share your views

Tell us your milestone
North of Tampa wants to help you mark milestones in your life: anniversaries, college graduations, military appointments and other special events.

Keep your gift plants healthy, longer
Mother's Day is a holiday when a lot of potted plants are given as gifts. Typical choices include chrysanthemums, orchids, lilies and a variety of hanging baskets. If you take good care of your gift plants, they will reward you for years.

We did it
Back in the 1970s, Little League players in Lutz used borrowed school fields or drove long distances to play. Saturday's homecoming celebrates the endless prodding and work the people of Lutz did to raise the money and build the original ball field.

Out & about
CABA'S 5TH ANNUAL BALLOON FESTIVAL: Food, fun, entertainment and -- yes -- balloons will be in full supply at the Carrollwood Area Business Association's fifth annual balloon festival. The festivities will run from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. tonight and 5 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Cowboys finish strong season
The girls' tennis team wins the Western Conference, while its top two players win the doubles state championship.

Tampa teams join Pasco athletic league
New Tampa's youth football and cheerleading organization leaves the Pop Warner league and becomes part of the larger Pasco Police Athletic League.

Baseball tournament sparks revival for Sickles Gryphons
The young team becomes energized at the Tony Saladino baseball matchups, erasing an early-season slump with a 13-12 record.

Road planners show dreams, then the bill
The county's road planning organization uses images of bike lanes, streets lights and wider streets to gauge what features residents like most and would be willing to pay for.

Park closed on weekdays to widen bike loop
NEW TAMPA -- Flatwoods Park will be closed periodically for the next month while crews widen and repave the popular bike loop.

Recipe for Taste success includes local venue
The Taste of New Tampa event at the Palm Lake shopping center is a hit this year, raising about $13,000.

County budget comes to the rescue for fire station
After clearing a budget workshop this week, fire officials hope to find 2 acres in southern Lutz for a new station that would be in operation in three years.

Sheriff community station will move
Grand Plaza was the first "substation" in the county, but the new landlord no longer wishes to give the space away rent-free.

Neighborhoods find getting street funds is a lonely road
With so many crowded roads and only so much money to go around, many critical roads won't see improvements for some time.

Decision allows limited building
Property just west of the Suncoast Parkway can be developed, but it must retain a rural feel, a hearing master says.

Residents split in battle against commercial development
Two homeowners want their land rezoned commercial before they sell it. Other residents say the rezoning would only bring more businesses into their once quiet neighborhood.

Voices raised against increased traffic
Hospital and new subdivision proposals are resoundingly criticized by residents who oppose congesting their neighborhood roadways.


Temple Terrace man suspect in burglary
NORTHDALE -- The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on May 9 arrested a 26-year-old Temple Terrace man after he ran from the scene of an attempted burglary at KB Toys at 15042 Dale Mabry Highway, deputies said.

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