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 Tampa Bay: December 23, 2000
Care is watchword for holiday pets
[Times photo: Jill Sagers
People need to think carefully before making a gift of an animal, experts say.
North Pinellas County news

Largo man arrested on abuse charges
CLEARWATER -- Clearwater police arrested a Largo man Thursday on charges he sexually abused a girl, according to arrest reports.

4 accused of selling tobacco to undercover minor
LARGO -- Police charged four store clerks Thursday with selling tobacco to a minor, and officers plan to look for violators during the holiday weekend.

Booklet arrives ahead of Stauffer report
The report, due in three weeks, is expected to criticize efforts to inform people about hazards from the site -- just the kind of information being circulated now.

County may have say in rec fee debate
A county commissioner says he wants to help local cities deal with the demand for service by those who live outside of city limits.

Class helps refugees rekindle dreams
Thanks in part to a program at Palm Harbor Community School and scholarships from a local church, area refugees are moving toward better lives.

Adult day care facility thrives
LARGO -- Chris Lecher can laugh about it now, but the situation wasn't so funny on May 30.

Holiday crosses boundaries
Many of the Jewish faith embrace the festive side of Christmas.

Company withdraws cell tower proposal
LARGO -- A Boston-based company that wanted to build a giant telecommunications tower near a subdivision has withdrawn its proposal, county officials said Friday.

27-year police sergeant dies at age 49
Sgt. William Sedrick took care of those around him in the Clearwater Police Department, other officers say.

Mark your calendar

Children's Home holds program for new parents
The Children's Home holds an orientation for prospective long-term foster care or adoptive parents from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Dec. 27 at the home, 10909 Memorial Highway, Tampa.

Restaurant denied expansion plans
Business owners near Frenchy's say already limited beach parking would become even more scarce.

Retired Col. Edward Imparato wrote about WWII
BELLEAIR -- Edward Thomas Imparato, a retired Air Force colonel, author of two accounts of experiences in World War II, among other books, and a major force behind many local foundations, died Thursday (Dec. 21, 2000) at his home in Belleair. He was 83.

Churches work to make holiday services special
Christmas Eve services are different. Even Santa and a Garth Brooks song will make appearances.

Christmas Eve services

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