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December 28, 2001

North of Tampa: December 28, 2001
Always golden
[Times photo: Mike Pease]
Two students who competed in the Special Olympics make progress in Walker Middle School's autistic class, and one moves up to Sickles High.
2001: Whatever happened to ...
A year we will long remember
Looking back on 2001, we remember huge international stories and not-so-huge local ones.

Carrollwood: Residents start newsletter to vent discontent
The Real Thing for Plantation Residents is a vehicle to air concerns and grievances.

Lutz: Poultry in motion
Officer Chicken is still guarding the roost. With no training at all, she learned to wing it and continues to scratch out a living in Cheval.

Keystone: More novels in the cards
Jim Swain is quick with cards. Just as quick was the success of his first gambling mystery, and two more are planned.

Keystone: Online shop nears first birthday
A mother of three operates a Web business from her home that sends packages to kids.

Carrollwood: Almost on a whim, store owners expand
When competitors retired, two Carrollwood entrepreneurs saw their chance to expand their sewing business.

Northdale: Taking two big steps after graduation
A brother and sister, both Gaither High graduates in June, choose separate paths for their new lives.

New Tampa: Crane shot by nail gun is on the mend
The bird will likely have some permanent damage and may be released in mid to late January, at the earliest.

Westchase: Still growing
Heliconias Are Us has added clients, a Web site and a larger truck as the exotic flower business spreads across the bay area.

Westchase: Delays push new signal into new year
The light was expected to be in place this month, but installers discovered an underground power line had to be moved.

Other news
Rookie wrestling program welcomes a rising star
Alonzo High School was lucky Lazaro Valladares transferred just in time for its inaugural season. And this year he hopes to be a bonafide state contender.

Playing post is no tall order for scrappy player
His quickness and leaping ability have given Reginald Williams an edge over many taller opponents.

Readers pose questions on nematodes, wilting
I have received a number of questions from readers lately and will take this opportunity to answer them before the year ends.

Houses for sale now are listed on Web site
Looking for a house in Hillsborough County? A new online service of the St. Petersburg Times puts information on every house and condominium for sale in Hillsborough at your fingertips.

Two neighbors laughing, and one practical joke
MEADOW POINTE -- You've heard of having a holly, jolly Christmas? Well, Carin Bicker is having a tacky, wacky Christmas.

Neighborhood Notebook
Junior Woman's Club helps 78 children

Sports Digest
League signups will feature new boundaries

Out & About
Kwanzaa celebration

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