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 North of Tampa: December 3, 2000 December 3, 2000

A mouthful for safety
[Times photo: Mike Pease]
The Hillsborough School District has mandated the use of mouth guards during play of contact sports.
Board rescinds tennis contract

William Thomas got the Westchase after-school tennis program contract in March.

Standout performances earn area football players accolades
Florida Athletic Coaches Association honors Gaither and Wharton teams. Players from there and Chamberlain and Sickles are named to all-star teams.

Wrestler: The only true sport
A high school wrestler finds his talent out on the mat and sets his sights on regional and state titles.

School vandalism trials begin in Pasco
MEADOW POINTE -- The first two trials in the case against 10 juveniles charged in the Labor Day vandalism rampage at Sand Pine Elementary School ended with mixed results Wednesday, and a third teenager pleaded guilty.

Week in review
CAR KILLS NEW MOTHER IN COUNTRYWAY: Michele Calta was a first-time mother, a 26-year-old accountant on maternity leave, adjusting to the new demands that came with 1-month-old Kaitlyn Renee.

Tis the season
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: New Tampa residents are encouraged to dress up their homes for the holidays and register to become part of the official Festival of Lights neighborhood tours.

Building begins on $6-million Y
The groundbreaking comes after months of delays due to design and permit problems. The YMCA is expected to open this summer.

Fence stirs ill will among neighbors
Residents near Keystone Shores Estates thought they had an understanding with the developer about maintaining the area's rural nature. Then came a fence and a sense of betrayal.

Berm built in front yard can stay
Even though it's taller than codes allow, a berm topped with palm trees will stand.

Meeting to focus on traffic, growth
Residents and county commissioners will prioritize the community's needs for roads, sidewalks, bicycle paths and street lights.

Lutz's oldest church to give its roots room
The 600-member Methodist church will leave downtown for a 19 1/2-acre spread. A civic leader predicts that another growing church will move in.

Governor, Cabinet laud plan for northwest Hillsborough
KEYSTONE -- An ambitious blueprint for controlling growth in northwest Hillsborough County has earned top recognition from a statewide program rewarding smart planning.

Businesses opening and closing

Citrus Park plans to reinvent itself
Planners look years ahead and focus on this once rural neighborhood, key in shaping the growth of northwest Hillsborough.

Web site design company keeps business in the family
Magnetic Corp., run by a father, his son and daughter-in-law, creates Web sites for companies.

Friend of feral
Instead of just feeling bad about the thousands of unwanted felines that are put to death every year, a cat lover is doing something about it.

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