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December 19, 2001

Tampa Bay: December 19, 2001 South Pinellas County news
Country Snowbirds spread the weekly jam
Everyone is welcome to come on down to Seminole City Park for the weekly country jam. Bring your fiddle, or just watch and tap your toes.

Bank moves to foreclose on John's Pass Marina
The Rice family, which owns John's Pass Marina, says the bank's action is tied to hard times in the tourism industry in the aftermath of Sept. 11.

Don't demolish old church sanctuary
A dangerous precedent will be set if the Historic Preservation Council is overruled and the First Baptist Church building in downtown St. Petersburg is demolished. This will send a message that St. Petersburg condones historic demolition for parking and has no long-range plan to address this ongoing, pervasive problem.

Clinging to a vanishing lifestyle
In the face of redevelopment, mobile home parks are getting squeezed out. A task force offers suggestions to help.

Shop offers sartorial salvation on Sundays
Sacino's stores, including the one at BayWalk, will rent a tux or take the dry cleaning on a day when most others won't.

Comfort takes a holiday in name of good
Enduring sun, rain, long hours and primitive tools, a group of Americans build a better life for a few Central Americans.

Big turnout for CASA hears of touching need
The luxury of the Palm Court Ballroom at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort seems a world away from the misery and deprivation of spouse abuse, but the CASA Peace Breakfast created this juxtaposition.

Beaches notebook
St. Pete Beach

Man surfing in gulf dies
ST. PETE BEACH -- Tuesday was what passes for a decent day surfing on Florida's Gulf Coast, and the fit-looking man riding the long, old-style board through the surf south of Upham Beach looked to be enjoying himself.

Boy, 9, fills Santa's shoes for needy kids
But Zachary Herdman's toys-for-preschoolers project has one problem: He got a late start.

A class of their own
While a 12-year-old Riviera Middle student recovers from a broken leg, he takes teleclasses from county teachers.

Walking a narrow line between law and love
What do you do with two stray dogs that live in a lot near the interstate? If you're Sean Moore, you feed them. But the county says that's illegal.

Gulfport laundries see water bills soar
GULFPORT -- Laundromat owners knew it was coming and that there was nothing they could do to stop it. They didn't realize it would hurt so much.

Temple Beth-El looks to the future -- again
The 73-year-old congregation dedicates a $1.6-million education wing, part of a $3.5-million campaign.

Neighborhood groups oppose dropout plan
ST. PETERSBURG -- Neighborhoods are gearing up to fight a proposal that would put a school dropout-prevention program in Azalea Middle School.

ALF to replace apartment buildings
LEALMAN -- An assisted living home for seniors will take the place of some oddly shaped apartments at 3800 62nd Ave. N.

Bit of joy for all the lonely people
Homeless people and nursing home residents are serenaded by about 125 carolers during an annual stroll.

Audit faults management of Heritage Village museum
The criticisms of the museum's procedures come just as interviews for a new director are to begin.

From small boats come larger lessons
A boaters club and an outreach center teach at-risk youths how to build and operate model boats.

Pinellas County dominates fall league
Pinellas players were tops among the K-Swiss Fall League champions crowned this month.

Area boat designer helped build sport
Clearwater's Clark Mills, who recently died at 86, made a substantial impact on sailing.

Countryside victory gives club big boost
Countryside Country Club won last week's Pinellas Interclub match at Cove Cay, moving up from eighth place to fourth in the standings.

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