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 Tampa Bay: October 22, 2000 South Pinellas County news

A soul for baseball, and a passion for life
[Times photo: Kevin Sullivan]
Paula Kunkle loves baseball and she loves her life. Her cerebral palsy doesn't interfere with that passion. "It does not mean I can't hear, think or speak at all. I'm not a pet to be patted on the head and told to be a good girl."
Development gets commission's nod

From a $2-million plan for constructing a new bridge to City Hall renovations, commissioners move to modernize Treasure Island.

Method of police interviews disputed
Officers want interviews about an alleged "hit list" to be tape recorded. The consultant doesn't.

Voters to pick the group that sets rate of fire taxes
If the referendum passes, the special fire district sets the mill rate. If not, the county continues to do so.

We need to fight to keep symphony leader
Re: Conductor seeks post in New Mexico, Oct. 17.

Coquina Key center seeks volunteers
The community resource center at Coquina Key Plaza, where a woman was slain and the grocery closed, struggles to build a volunteer base.

BayWalk generally meets reader desires
Ann Taylor and Starbucks fans will be pleased, and the others who weighed in on what they wanted in BayWalk should find many of their needs met.

Annual chamber dinner highlights city's growth
Several hundred civic boosters crowded the Palm Court Ballroom at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort on Thursday evening for the 101st Annual Dinner and Meeting of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

Marina viewed as threat to nature preserve
Nature societies fear it would endanger an estuary, and the community association likens it to a boat parking lot.

Neighborhood briefs
Flags available through Department of State

Three in Treasure Island seek grants
Downtown businesses want Community Development Block Grant money. Downtown's revival also lures merchants.

Concert official: don't repeat errors
The man who promoted the ill-fated Spin Doctors concert in 1996 shows up at a board meeting in which another concert proposal is being discussed.

Good for you
Shana Erin Harrington, daughter of Brian and Nancy Harrington of St. Petersburg, received her master's degree in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

SPHS hall of fame athletes sought
ST. PETERSBURG -- If you know someone who had an outstanding sports career at St. Petersburg High School, you might want to nominate him or her for the school's athletic hall of fame.

What's up on campus
Eckerd College

The week ahead

Annual rite is a family drama, all right
Each year, the six members of the Alderson clan "cry and argue" about whether to stage an elaborate play for Halloween. Each year, they do.

Man accused of impersonating a police officer
ST. PETE BEACH -- A 38-year-old man was arrested Friday night in St. Pete Beach and charged with impersonating a police officer, after he stopped another driver by flashing a spotlight and turning on a siren and a blue light on his car, jail records state.

When traveling with kids, train might be good choice
One of my best and most vivid childhood memories is the time my family took the train from Raleigh, N.C., to Orlando for a Disney World vacation.

Band plays, and wins, amid construction
ST. PETERSBURG -- Northeast High School Drum Major Karen Harmel stood on a table Thursday afternoon as she directed the musicians and color guards into the correct formations on the football field.

Roadies hard at work on assorted bumps, humps
Okay, people, put your hands together for all the roadies who have been out there working for you.

PACE helps troubled girls chart new course
Young speakers praise the program for at-risk teens at its fifth annual awards breakfast at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Study finds Eighth, MLK streets should be two-way
The plan still must gain approval from the state Department of Transportation.

Work paying off for Gibson, other gymnasts
Gymnastics is hard work, takes lots of practice and provides loads of fun.

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