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September 26, 2001

Tampa Bay: September 26, 2001 South Pinellas County news
Next: City of wheeled sports?
A City Council group looks at using recreation funds to build places for skateboarders, BMX bikers and inline skaters.

In a soldier's hindsight
A German-born U.S. Army veteran talks about wars past and likens present-day events to some he's seen before.

Let's check Florida Power's readiness
After Tropical Storm Gabrielle came ashore south of Tampa Bay on Friday, Sept. 14, it took Florida Power crews up to 48 hours to restore electricity to all of its customers left in the dark. There was little the utility's customers could do but complain, and that they did. Other area power companies also were getting an earful from angry customers. But Florida Power may have had less customer good will to draw on than other area utilities.

Former sheriff smiled with his heart
Re: Youth ranch booster, ex-Pinellas sheriff, dies, story, Sept. 14.

Tyrone boosters press district to keep school open
To make their case, parents and teachers point to the middle school's academic, athletic and art awards.

State candidate sees need for greater secrecy
ST. PETERSBURG -- As Florida's attorney general, Tom Warner would favor new exemptions to the state's public records law -- as well as the creation of a statewide database of suspicious activity -- to combat terrorism.

Flowering saplings will add local color
"St. Pete Blooms" builds on David Fischer's green-tree initiative.

Pair's romance chases away doom and gloom
A couple stay committed to a wedding at a lovely inn in St. Pete Beach.

Groups gather to break ground on bigger library
ST. PETERSBURG -- James Armstrong sits at a table in one corner of the South Branch Library, 1101 Country Club Way S, reading this week's Time magazine.

Whimsy amid commerce
A Dr. Seussian piece of public art livens up the stroll between BayWalk and the city's parking garage.

Serving lessons in life
Tyrone Elementary's Hawk Cafe hums when autistic and exceptionality students test job and life skills on luncheon guests.

Dish of just deserts awaits helpful teen
A Scout who reached out to two disabled women will head to the governor's mansion for an honor.

Elaborate party opens American Stage season
Play time arrived for almost 200 people Friday evening. American Stage launched its Mainstage season with Act One, a party actually in three acts. By tradition, American Stage has a small cocktail party in its garden for first-nighters. Act One was an elaboration of that, with the play bracketed by a preshow dinner and postshow cabaret and dessert reception, both in the St. Petersburg Times auditorium a block away, chosen for its proximity and its larger size.

Civic clubs like to mix business, breakfast
SEMINOLE -- Early birds in Seminole conduct civic business over breakfast to have the rest of the day to do other things.

County gives on road plan
County officials back off some of their unpopular plans for intersection changes there.

Pinellas Park mall goes on the market
As the improved mall seeks tenants, the owner seeks a buyer.

Boy's smile will light up Times Square
ST. PETERSBURG -- Soon the smiling face of Janice Allwood's youngest son will grace the Panasonic Astrovision screen at the heart of Times Square in the same way his smile has graced her life here.

Focus on volunteers
The Pinellas Association of Retarded Children needs volunteers for the American Power Boat Association Offshore National Championship Powerboard Races planned for Oct. 5-7 off the Pier in downtown St. Petersburg. Volunteers are needed for concession stands, ticket sales and registration. For information call PARC at 345-9111, ext. 293.

New facilities ahead for Walsingham Park
SEMINOLE -- Walsingham Park is about to experience some growing pains.

Foundation is created to continue tradition
Mention St. Petersburg Tennis Center and memories of international legends playing there in major tournaments come to the minds of many.

Struggling Late Model driver Bowman changes direction
Wayne Bowman, who has no chance of winning a season championship, made some major changes in his car last week.

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