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East Lake 2000 hosts Penny for Pinellas talk

(ran EO edition)

Only five days before voters decide whether to extend the Penny for Pinellas, County Administrator Fred Marquis will speak to East Lake 2000 on Thursday about the advantages of the sales tax.

"We feel the timing (of his appearance) is appropriate," says East Lake 2000 president Don Flynn, "because we feel the penny is the best way to finance our infrastructure needs, especially since about 35 percent of the penny revenue comes from tourists and other visitors to the county."

County voters will decide March 25 whether to extend the Penny for Pinellas another 10 years, from 2000 to 2010. The tax has been in effect since 1990.

The board of directors of East Lake 2000, which is composed mostly of business people, has endorsed extension of the tax.

Flynn says the Penny for Pinellas extension would allow the county and its cities to "have an orderly planning process so that when the current penny expires in 2000, we will have a seamless movement into using the new penny."

He also says that because tourists and other visitors pay more than a third of the tax revenue, all county residents "are getting a 35 percent dividend."

Marquis will speak at the monthly breakfast meeting of East Lake 2000 at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Tarpon Woods Golf & Country Club, 1100 Tarpon Woods Blvd. He is expected to explain the projects that have been financed by the current penny tax and the ones proposed for the extended penny tax.

The public is invited to the breakfast. For reservations, call 781-8465.

Schult urges big turnout

for Penny tax referendum

More on the Penny for Pinellas.

Last month the board of the Citizens Action League "reluctantly" took a neutral stance on extension of the Penny for Pinellas sales tax, even though an internal poll showed members of the generally anti-tax civic group were overwhelmingly opposed to the tax extension.

Now league president Chuck Schult is urging all voters to turn out next week for the referendum on extending the penny tax for another 10 years.

"The Citizens Action League will be doing its best to get as many voters as possible to participate," Schult says. "Whether they are for or against the tax, they need to make their vote count."

Student on way to Disney

for academic contest

Steve Ostrowski, a math whiz at East Lake High School, is going to Walt Disney World.

But it won't be to see Mickey Mouse or to ride Space Mountain.

Steve is a member of an all-star academic team from Pinellas County that is going to the state academic competition at Walt Disney World on April 24-26. He is a son of Mark Ostrowski and Julie Peluso of Palm Harbor.

The six-member East Lake academic team took second place behind St. Petersburg High in the recent Pinellas County competition, and Steve was selected for the county's all-star team. Each member of the East Lake team received $250, and Steve also will receive $400 for being a member of the all-county team.

Bob Eunson, a history teacher at East Lake who coaches the school's academic team, says Steve has a chance to follow in the steps of Jeff Olsen, who was a member of Eunson's 1994 state championship unit. Olsen, now a student at the University of Florida, was picked as a member of the all-Florida team that took part in the national competition. The Florida team, coached by Eunson, did not place in the nationals.

The other five members of the East Lake High team are Christian Ashlock, son of Larry and Joyce Ashlock of Palm Harbor; Mark Delaquil, son of Mark and Irene Delaquil of East Lake Woodlands; Mike Pusatera, son of Mike and Leeann Pusatera of Cypress Run; Justin Schuetz, son of Jim and Carol Schuetz of East Lake Woodlands; and Ryan Simpson, son of Bill and Kim Simpson of Lansbrook.

Steve was selected for the county team because of his strength in math, Eunson says. Other areas of questions the team members have to answer include history, science, humanities, foreign languages, literature and music.

"The members of the (East Lake) team are all extremely bright," says Eunson, whose wife, Janet, coaches the academic team from Seminole High School, which took third place in the county competition.

"We beat them, but I don't rub it in with my wife," Eunson jokes.

The competition is similar to Jeopardy!, the television quiz show.

"You have to buzz in first to get a chance to answer a question, but if you answer incorrectly, you lose points," Eunson says. "The competition is fierce."

East Lake High School principal Rick Misenti lauded his school's team. He says East Lake shouldn't be ashamed to lose to St. Petersburg High because, unlike East Lake High, it has an International Baccalaureate program that draws bright students from all over the county.

YMCA has its own

bill of rights

The Bill of Rights _ the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution _ has protected Americans for more than 200 years.

The Family YMCA of North Pinellas in East Lake has its own bill of rights for children involved in its sports programs and facilities, says Roger Jacobs, executive director of the Y.

The 10 rights outlined by Jacobs include the right to play as children and to have fun in sports.

"With our bill of rights, we want to guarantee that each participant receives appropriate age-level programs," Jacobs says. "We seek to equalize each child's right to participate. And in these programs, we train our volunteers who serve as youth coaches and referees to operate within this philosophy."

Jacobs says the bill of rights also fits in with the character development component the YMCA is introducing into its children's sports programs, to reflect "honesty, respect, responsibility and caring for themselves and their teammates." He adds that "we are beginning to test various ways on how best to do that."

Jacobs says the bill of rights and character-development ideas came from the national YMCA.

In its sports programs, the YMCA offers children instruction and competitive programs in tennis, basketball, roller hockey and swimming.

Here is the YMCA's bill of rights:

The right to participate in sports.

The right to participate at a level commensurate with maturity and ability.

The right to have qualified adult leadership.

The right to play as a child and not as an adult.

The right to share in the leadership and decision-making of a sport.

The right to participate in safe and healthy environments.

The right to proper preparation for participation in sports.

The right to an equal opportunity to strive for success.

The right to be treated with dignity.

The right to have fun in sports.

Garden club

elects president

Ingeborg Nebel has been elected president of the Tarpon Woods Garden Club in East Lake, to succeed Marie Loef. Mrs. Nebel had been serving as first vice president.

Teri Picard was elected first vice president to succeed Mrs. Nebel. Mrs. Picard had been corresponding secretary.

Rita Koller was re-elected second vice president.

Jean Claire Le Blanc was elected recording secretary, to succeed Betty Schneier. Evelyn McKay was elected corresponding secretary, to succeed Mrs. Picard. Mrs. McKay also served as corresponding secretary in 1995-96.

Pat Jacoby was elected treasurer, to replace Lois Thein.

The 18-year-old club has about 45 members who work on beautifying their own yards as well as the entrance to Tarpon Woods.

Mrs. Nebel says the women-only club welcomes new members. You can call her at 785-5957.

_ We're on the lookout for news for this East Lake page. If you've got news or news tips about clubs, schools, churches, businesses, your neighbors or your family, let us know. Call Donald Finley at 445-4229 or write him at the Times, 34342 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684. Or you may fax material to him at 445-4206.

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