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    Raising the flag above the rubble

    By JULIE CHURCH

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published September 23, 2001


    Like many Americans, Donald and Bunny Dugan of East Lake paid close attention to news coverage of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. But the Dugans were looking extra closely for footage of their son, Michael.

    Michael, 45, is a captain with the New York City Fire Department. He was called in Sept. 11 to help with search and rescue efforts and has been working almost non-stop since, Mrs. Dugan said.

    On Sept. 12, the New York Daily News ran a large photo of him in uniform hanging a tattered American flag atop the World Trade Center rubble. The picture is also on the cover of U.S. News & World Report.

    Michael Dugan, who lives on Long Island, was not on duty when the World Trade Center buildings were attacked Sept. 11, but he said all off-duty police and firefighters were called in to help.

    " 'Pop, it's absolutely unbelievable,' he said to me on the phone," Dugan said. "He lost a lot of friends."

    Michael Dugan is one of the couple's six children. The Dugans retired to East Lake 18 years ago. They live in the Anchorage neighborhood.

    Fund for firefighters' families

    The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has established a fund to provide support to the children, spouses and family members of firefighters and emergency personnel killed in the World Trade Center Attacks.

    Cash donations or checks made out to the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund can be dropped off at any fire station in the East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District.

    Stations are located at 1933 East Lake Road; 3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd.; and 3280 Keystone Road. Call (727) 784-8668.

    Fourth graders' pins a bestseller

    Students at Cypress Woods Elementary School are being overwhelmed with response to a fundraising idea that started last week in the wake of the national tragedies.

    Fourth graders are making small metallic pins in the shape of the United States and selling them for $1 each. The pins have a space where red, white and blue ribbon can be inserted.

    As the word has spread about the pins, parents and other community members have streamed into Cypress Woods Elementary to buy pins for their friends and co-workers, according to Marianne Wayne, who works at the school.

    "We had a teacher who had the pins at a restaurant last night and people were lining up to buy them," she said. "I had one woman give me a $20 bill for one pin."

    Wayne estimates sales at this point of over $1,000. All proceeds go to the American Red Cross to aid victim relief efforts in New York and Washington D.C.

    Math help available at library

    East Lake High School students can take advantage of a free tutoring program on Monday and Wednesday nights starting this week.

    From 6 to 8 p.m. at the East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, adult volunteers and math honor society students are available to assist any East Lake High School student who needs help with math.

    The program had six regular volunteers last year, but three of those people have moved out of the area so new community volunteers are needed, said Gail Johnson, East Lake High community involvement assistant.

    To volunteer or for information about the tutoring program, call Johnson at (727) 942-5419.

    Classes, puppets and stories

    The East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, has announced its schedule of events for October.

    Internet basics class will be held Mondays at 10 a.m. Internet tips and tricks will be held Thursdays at 10 a.m. Registration is required for both classes.

    Rufus Barkley's Puppet Extravaganza will be held at 7 p.m. Mondays.

    Story time will be Tuesdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. for toddlers and 11:15 a.m. to noon for preschoolers. A bedtime story time is held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for children of all ages.

    Donna Cutting will be perform The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Call (727) 773-2665.

    Personalize your workouts

    The North Pinellas YMCA, 4550 Village Center Drive, offers group personal training classes for groups of 2 to 4 people.

    The classes offer participants the opportunity to get personalized workout programs with friends or family at a reduced rate.

    One-hour sessions can be scheduled three times per week for four weeks or two times per week for six weeks.

    The cost is $12 per session per person. Call (727) 772-9622.

    Pre-school T-Ball starts Oct. 16

    Registration begins Monday for the North Pinellas YMCA's Iddy Biddy Pre-School Sports Winter T-Ball program.

    The winter T-ball season runs Oct. 16 through Nov. 15. Teams practice and play Tuesdays and Thursdays from either 4 to 4:45 p.m. or 5 to 5:45 p.m.

    Registration fees are $50 for members, $60 for non-members. Players receive a T-shirt, a medal and a coloring book. Sponsors are also needed. For a $100 sponsorship individuals or businesses can have their name on team T-shirts. Call (727) 772-9622.

    - If you have news or photos about East Lake schools, churches, businesses, neighborhood groups, community organizations or people, contact Julie Church at the North Pinellas Times. You can call her at (727) 445-4229, fax material to her at (727) 445-4206, e-mail material to church@sptimes.com or mail material to North Pinellas Times, 34342 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684.

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