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The Week in Words: March 23-27

"He's a lucky cat.''

Dr. Dave Griffin, above, a veterinarian who operated on a stray cat after somebody shot it in New Port Richey.

"This is our new principal. Our new permanent principal, which is a good thing.''

Amberlie Haak, a second-grade teacher at Moon Lake Elementary, referring to Elise Landahl, above, who greeted students and faculty on Wednesday. Landahl is the fifth principal at the school in a year.

"This gives (the water restrictions) some real teeth.''

Jeff Harris, the county's environmental biologist, after the County Commission hiked the penalty for a first-time water-use offender from $30 to $130.

"This is being blown up as a way to force her to leave, and it is not something that she has chosen.''

Alison Morano, chairwoman of the Pasco County Democratic Party, who said School Board member Cathi Martin is reconsidering her announced resignation.

"I'm not nuts.''

Tina Newman, a Sea Pines resident who reported tremors Thursday morning that felt like an earthquake.

"I'm livid. It was just never enforced before. I had no reason to believe it was going to be enforced this year.''

Laura Richards, office manager with New Image Dermatology, which had one of the five floats ejected from the annual Chasco Fiesta street parade for tossing beads.

"We are trying to find ways to cut. We are losing a lot of experience. But keep in mind, they chose to retire. This is not something I chose to do (to them).''

School superintendent Heather Fiorentino, who has decided not to allow retiring teachers to extend their service.

"It's time for a fresh set of eyes. I don't want to stand in the way of progress.''

Leila Mizer, who is leaving Cox Elementary School after 13 years as principal.

"Every year is a new set of circumstances. I think what it all boils down to is whether a person wants to do it or not. I think it's safe to say I still want to do it."

Gary Anders, left, Ridgewood High's basketball coach, who will return for a 23rd season. Anders, 56, has led the Rams to nine playoff berths and guided 17 teams to 20-win seasons.

"We did that so that nobody would think I'm trying to get rich off my kid's problems.

Father of a boy who was 5 when Brian Michael Lane, 30, abused him at the Sugar Plum First Class Preschool in Hudson. Lane is serving 20 years in prison and a lawsuit against the preschool was settled this week for $250,000, which will be held in a trust for the boy's therapy.

The Week in Words: March 23-27 03/28/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 28, 2009 3:05pm]
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