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 North of Tampa: October 22, 2000 October 22, 2000

Walking with the wildlife
[Times photo: Mike Pease]
A patch of former ranchland is open to hikers now that it's part of the Cypress Creek Preserve. Native plants and animals inhabit the fertile forest and pastures.
Owners of 90 acres in Keystone want to build 15 estate homes

KEYSTONE -- New homes and businesses may soon be coming to the Lake Fern area.

Rezoning corner lot perturbs residents
A neighborhood group that fears a gas station fights rezoning the parcel at Van Dyke and Tobacco roads.

Embrace new elementary school, regardless of its form
TAMPA PALMS -- As a parent of three young children and a homeowner in Tampa Palms since 1986, I am astounded by the time, energy and money being spent trying to convince our school district of the best configuration for our newest elementary school.

Marathon Gas isn't a good neighbor, so ban expansion
Re: Marathon Gas Station at Cross Creek -- Retail Expansion

Week in Review
COUNTRYWAY WIDOW SUES AFTER SHOOTING: The widow of a Countryway man shot to death after breaking up a neighborhood fight among children has sued the man charged with the killing and two others. Nora Carroll Wells, 38, filed the wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday in Hillsborough Circuit Court. It seeks compensatory and punitive damages from Randolph Puryear, the 40-year-old dentist charged with second-degree murder, Puryear's girlfriend, 37-year-old Sherri Toney, and Brian A. Pieniazek Jr., a friend of Puryear's who authorities say was at the confrontation.

Open & shut

Accident inspires owner to embrace drug-free program
FOREST HILLS -- Henry Echezabel knew he had to do something after the accident.

Wharton High swimmers shine
The boys and girls won Federal Division titles at the Western Conference championships.

Playing like the greatest goalie is the goal
I wear No. 33 in honor of Patrick Roy. Roy is why I butterfly.

Falcons' success rides on team's resolve
The volleyball team enters the Class 4A-10 district tournament, beginning Monday, as No. 2 seed.

Proposal for student apartments broadens
The landowner wants more options: houses, a church, a group home, day care or warehouses.

Retired physician publishes his first novel
The author draws on his 20 years in medicine to write about a Jewish boy who becomes a doctor.

Pumpkins become portraits
A drug store manager known to his neighbors as the Picasso of pumpkin carving has been creating masterpieces for the past three years.

New Tampa teens are honored in poetry contest
Asli Omur won first place for her poem, From Anatolia, in the New Tampa Regional Library's third annual Teen 2000 Poetry Contest.

Band will add music to fare of 'Supper Bowl'
NEW TAMPA -- When the Super Bowl XXXV festivities get under way in Tampa, Mark Engstrom and his Christian rock band Clean Slate will be there, trying to help the poor and spread the gospel.

After a wait, work begins on YMCA
About 50 people gather for the Waters Avenue groundbreaking, which was supposed to take place by last January.

Parents concerned about split campus form group
They're concerned about a plan to make a new school a second campus of Tampa Palms Elementary.

Pets won't have as much room to roam
Oldsmar council members have set aside specific areas for pets in each of the city's parks.

Accident report
1. CAMBRIDGE AVENUE AT ADAMS STREET, OCT. 6, 3:15 A.M.: A northbound 1985 Toyota truck was going 60 mph in a 30 mph zone when it hit a concrete wall, a mailbox and a utility pole, breaking the pole into two pieces. A witness saw the driver get out of the vehicle and flee on foot. A dog tracked down the driver. The driver was bleeding from the head and had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. The Toyota driver, a 34-year-old man, was charged with leaving the scene with damage and failure to use due care. He was arrested and taken to University Community Hospital and then to Orient Road jail.

Road work
1. INTERSTATE 275, from Busch Boulevard to U.S. 41, will have periodic night-time lane closures. Also watch for construction at Busch Boulevard and Fowler Avenue near the interstate. Work will continue until fall 2002, when the highway will have two new lanes.

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