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July 1, 2001

North of Tampa: July 1, 2001
Cut loose, Lutz
[Times photo: Mike Pease]
It's time for the biggest small-town celebration around, which this year converted the United Methodist Church into one of its biggest participants.
County endorses alcohol waiver
LUTZ -- The adults at Buchanan Middle School are unhappy enough that the convenience store across the street sold beer and cigarettes to wayward students. Now, a new CVS/pharmacy proposes to sell those, plus wine.

The natural
This 15-year-old didn't his first golf ball until age 10, but you'd think he's been playing since birth.

College signs Land O'Lakes basketball player
LAND O'LAKES -- Surely there has to be a reward for being the second-leading scorer on a team that won a school-record 28 games last season.

Critics want Boys & Girls Club out of Plantation
They say they oppose the program's use the facilities, not the program itself. Still, some of the children take the conflict personally.

Deal puts work on new schools back on schedule
An adjacent owner said the construction made of mess of his land, so the school district bought the property.

New school's swimmers will train in West Park
After much discussion a Westchase resident board approves the swim team using part of one of the new pools three hours a day.

Tampa Olympic bidder woos Wesley Chapel
The president of Florida 2012 shares with the New Tampa Community Council why he thinks Tampa Bay is suited for the Olympics and the Olympics for it.

Racquetball fan fights to keep court
The racquetball courts at Hampton Park might be razed for other recreational use, but not if one resident can help it.

Rotary Club welcomes new officers with big goals
The president hopes to boost membership and help needy orphans and students abroad.

Debate rages over plan for charter school move
LUTZ -- With contrasting petitions and debate, Lutz residents dueled for two hours Friday over whether a unique charter school would be a blessing or a curse to the neighborhood around it.

Accident report
1. FLETCHER AVENUE AT 46TH STREET, JUNE 15, 12:21 A.M.: A westbound 1994 Mazda rear-ended a 1991 Volkswagen, pushing the Volkswagen into the rear of a 1988 Acura. The Mazda driver, a 32-year-old man, was charged with careless driving. The injured were taken to University Community Hospital.

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