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Liz Embree brought her version of the Junior Olympics to the neighborhood last weekend. She and Beth Terlip invited children ages 2-11 who live in the northeast quadrant to participate.

Betty Wright, who has lived in the neighborhood since the 1930s, lit the tiki torch in opening ceremonies. This followed a torch run around Woodlawn Circle East.

Athletes chose a state they wished to represent in events that included an obstacle course, softball throw, standing long jump, running long jump, clothes relay and art station.

A committee made 120 medals for distribution. "We want to make sure everyone gets one," Terlip said.

After the competition hot dogs were served and adults played a volleyball match.


The neighborhood association has suspended business meetings for the summer but hasn't eliminated getting together. Neighbors share a covered-dish supper on the third Thursday to enhance the fellowship established during busier times of the year. Drinks are provided by the association.

The next one is at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 15 at Busch Complex, Cardinal Road off 62nd Avenue N.

Crescent Heights

To attract members with children to meetings, the neighborhood association is planning a child safety program for September with a representative from the police department.

Newsletter editor Mary Jo Ansel is setting the pace. Her daughter, Maureen, born on May 9, has attended all association activities since she was 1{ weeks old.

Magnolia Heights

The association, formerly called Virginia Heights, has changed its name to Magnolia Heights. Newly elected officers are Tucker Hodges, president; Barbara Honess, vice president; Pedro Pupo, secretary; and Sharon Van Wart, treasurer.

Beautifying the area within the boundaries of Ninth Street N to 16th Street between 30th and 38th avenues N is their first goal, noted Hodges.

Next month's meeting will be Aug. 15 instead of Aug. 8 because the meeting place is unavailable.

Five Points

Monday's 7 p.m. meeting at Allendale Park is important for Five Points neighbors forming the new association, said organizer Melody Jones.

It's time to vote on officers and bylaws. The group has been meeting every Monday this month to discuss goals, needs and boundaries.

"I asked for a bylaw committee and people were shouting their names out," Jones said. "In 20 seconds, I had seven people."

Park Street Area

It wasn't quite the Olympic gold that single parent Denise Burton won recently, but don't tell her that. After studying karate for only three weeks, she won third place in the U.S. Open World Championship beginning division on July 13 in Orlando.

Burton is what many would call determined. She works full-time in accounting for Manasota Carpet in Bradenton, attends Manatee Community College and has been a single parent for seven years. She hopes to be a lawyer one day.

Every day she drove from Bradenton to Skyway Martial Arts in the Park Street area to learn karate. She wanted to study under Tommy Badolato, who recently has been nominated for the World Congress Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Her two daughters were studying with Badolato when she decided to make it a family affair.

Daughter April May June took fifth in the 11- and 12-year-old division and Jennifer Maria June took ninth among the 9- and 10-year-olds. Karate is the only event they have time to share together.

"I'm going to black belt," Burton said. "I want that 7-foot, first-place trophy they had.

"I had been interested in karate all my life, but I never had the courage."