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 Tampa Bay: October 31, 2000 North Pinellas County news

Smashing pumpkinphoto
[Times photo: Andrea Bruce Woodall]
Dressed as a cheerleader, Jazzy Gritter, 10, above, swings a baseball bat to split a pumpkin pinata during Witchstock, a Halloween celebration held Sunday at Oak Trail Books in Palm Harbor.
Questions cloud water plant plan

A reverse-osmosis plant would bring 2-million more gallons to the city a year. Officials are balking at the lack of a price.

Frantic senior center ready for Barbara Bush
PALM HARBOR -- Irene Rausch got word Thursday morning that former first lady Barbara Bush would be coming to the Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center today to stump for her son, Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush.

Recounting the thrill of the very first Saturn
CLEARWATER -- When her husband said her 25th wedding anniversary present was a new car of her choice, Elaine Terry picked a Saturn -- before she had actually seen or driven one.

County postpones tax break for seniors
The additional homestead exemption would be to help those with lower incomes. But commissioners are worried about its effect on the budget.

City still cobbling together funds for community center
Dunedin officials will discuss where to find the money for a new facility site.

Athletes love the lush feel of new field
A renovation for Seminole's athletic field makes its debut to cheers. It's part of a major building project that includes a gym and weight room.

Harris' role as peacemaker courageous
Pinellas County Commissioner Calvin Harris is working to set up a meeting with residents of Largo's Taylor Lake subdivision who are upset about the county's plans to extend a street into their community and expand a nearby recreation center.

'Fixation' on youth curfew took slight time on city clock
Re: Curfew fixation is waste of time, Oct. 26 editorial.

Officials: Phone mistaken for gun
A report says a deputy who shot at a teen five times after a car chase was "in fear for his life."

School Search additions
There are several additions to the annual School Search section, which appeared Sunday in the Times, as follows:

Halloween happenings
Here is a sampling of Halloween-themed events happening today and Tuesday in mid and north Pinellas County:

North Pinellas briefs
Group provides mobility equipment

Zolciak clinches Mini Stock class championship
Pinellas Park's Jay Zolciak and entertainment's Rodney Dangerfield complain about the lack of respect.

STAR Center's new tenant: crime fighter
SEMINOLE -- A multimillion-dollar plant that makes computerized equipment to help law enforcement agencies across the country solve crimes will open in January.

Model citizen, dutiful worker -- at 10
When Marissa Dutra had an hour to spare, she took a cue from Mom and got to work helping a classroom.

North Pinellas digest
Young musicians sought for jazz band

School briefs
These high school magnet programs will have discovery nights to introduce students and parents to their special curriculums:

Honors and awards

Pupils sign pledge to reject drugs
Students at Cross Bayou Elementary celebrate Red Ribbon Week, inspired in part by a federal officer who was a casualty in the war on drugs.

Under construction
New "gymnatorium' will meet school, community needs

Verne K. Burgess, decorated WWI vet
He received the French Legion of Honor medal in 1999.

Tampa Bay headlines
  • Stepping outside the ring for a change
  • 1 killed in pileup on I-75 bridge
  • Tom Esslinger, charity's director, dies at 67

  • South Pinellas headlines
  • Dome falls short for disabled fans
  • Will All Children's Hospital join BayCare?
  • House race grows in ferocity in final days
  • Well-respected schoolteacher dies of liver cancer

  • Hillsborough headlines
  • Rabid fox attacks boy, stepfather in their yard
  • Schools send teacher to help jailed teens
  • Water projects called harmless to bay
  • Democrats, Parrotheads sing as one at Gore campaign stop
  • 3-year-old child's death from injuries ruled homicide
  • Aisenbergs' attorneys want notes on tapes
  • New witness delays trial in Ybor fatal stabbing
  • Jimmy Buffett to play at Gore rally
  • 2nd trial begins in slaying, DNA link
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