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By ANNE LINDBERG
© St. Petersburg Times, published November 15, 2000
PINELLAS PARK -- The mayor and council members will take government to the people Saturday for a city-sponsored block party.
The area generally bounded by 94th and 102nd avenues from 49th to 58th street is the first neighborhood to receive the attention of the city's new revitalization program.
"The purpose of the event is to provide those residents in the neighborhood a chance to discuss neighborhood issues," said Tonya Clark, the city's business and neighborhood redevelopment director. "This is a kind of a block party atmosphere. . . .We're just hoping to get the neighborhoods out and involved."
City officials will be out early knocking on doors to invite neighbors to the shindig that will be held at the mini-park at 56th Street and 97th Terrace N. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Council members Ed Taylor and Rick Butler are cooking chili and door prizes will be donated by local merchants. The city will provide free shuttle service for residents (see box).
The neighborhood initiative was born of a stormy council meeting in July when resident Chuck Martin protested the loss of his neighborhood. Martin charged that code enforcement officers were neglecting their jobs, causing the appearance of the neighborhood to decline and crime to rise.
An international festival celebrating storytelling comes to town Saturday. The Tampa Bay Storytellers Guild will host the local staging of TELLABRATION! 2000 at the England Brothers Bandshell, in the park just north of City Hall, 5141 78th Ave. N. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Skilled storytellers will entertain listeners and present workshops. For information about TELLABRATION! 2000, call Billie Noakes at (727) 546-0731.
The TELLABRATION! schedule is as follows:
10 a.m.: Welcome/Gladys Varga
10:15 a.m.: Shana Banana/Music & Fun for Kids!
11 a.m.: Tamara Green
11:30 a.m.: Linda Aldridge, noon: Virginia Brown/Billie Noakes
12:30 p.m.: Bettylou Rosen
1 p.m.: Shirle Meyers
1:30 p.m.: Michael Bryan
2 p.m.: Lorien Mattiacci
2:30 p.m.: Lynn Carol Henderson
3 p.m.: Sula Donnolo/Billie Noakes
3:30 p.m.: Virginia Rivers
4 p.m.: Twice Upon a Time (Kim Rivers and Nancy Crockford)
4:30 p.m.: Katie Adams
Story Craft Tent Workshops are 11 a.m.: Introduction to Storytelling by Michael Bryan; and 1:30 p.m.: How to Use Stories Every Day! by Gladys Varga.
PINELLAS PARK -- City Council members are scheduled to give final consideration to raising sewer rates more than 40 percent.
City Manager Jerry Mudd blamed the huge increase in rates on Pinellas County, which provides much of the sewer service to Pinellas Park. The county's rate hike is being passed directly to consumers. The average user of 6,000 gallons per month will pay about $9.03 more for sewer service.
The council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 5141 78th Ave. N. The meeting switches from the usual Thursday schedule because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
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