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June 1, 2001

North of Tampa: June 1, 2001
Playing his cards right
[Times photo: Mike Pease]
A local writer's mystery thriller based on card sharks and grifters is a done deal, including two sequels about a Palm Harbor-based casino consultant.
On this road, tacky collides with cheesy

Watch your step, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the architect's tour of New Tampa, where "We Choose Our Paint With Care." Please refrain from smoking and keep all hands inside the bus because, as this is Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, we might be traveling as fast as 30 mph.

Nearly nude dancers rile bar landlord
Careful reading of the county's adult use ordinance may allow Dreams to keep its bikini-clad dancers, much to the chagrin of the property owner.

In midst of drought, look for water-saving measures
We did have a nice spring, but now the summer weather has hit with a vengeance. Between the heat, wind and drought, our landscapes are being fried. My lawn is so dry it crackles when I walk on it. The sprinklers just don't put out enough water to wet the soil thoroughly on my watering day. If we don't have rain soon, green grass will be but a fond memory.

Be fair in reclaimed water project


Carrollwood actors gives scholarships to 2 students
The Carrollwood Players, a not-for-profit organization, have selected two recipients of their Harry J. Frain Memorial Scholarship.

Pasco officials take tough stance on fees
Over the objections of developers, county officials are increasing fees to pay for growth-driven needs.

Oldsmar concerned that proposed complex will overload road
Officials say a planned commercial complex in Hillsborough would add congestion to already overburdened Race Track Road.

Shortcut may give motorists relief
The half-mile extension of Highwoods Preserve Parkway to New Tampa Boulevard, which should open shortly, will give residents an alternate route to Interstate 75.

Soccer team christens new sports complex
The county-owned park -- which includes nine soccer fields, five baseball diamonds, five softball fields and three concession stands -- still hasn't opened to the public.

North of Tampa looking for community Web sites
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New league to hold tryouts
Hillsborough County United Soccer Club will hold tryouts June 9-17 for competitive boys and girls teams from Under 9 to Under 19. Three tryouts for each classification will run at various dates and times. A schedule is available online at, or call (813) 908-5355 to leave a message asking for more information.

Merger is big deal for youth soccer
What do you get when you combine three soccer clubs into one? "A huge monster," says the new league's coaching director.

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