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Pittsburgh Donna changes colors for a day

Donna Montagnino, the Carrollwood hairdresser obsessed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, recently provided her services to the son of a longtime client.

He had started a new job and would appear on national television at a major event. He wanted to look sharp.

The event was the National Football League's fall draft, and the client was Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden.

Yes, "Pittsburgh Donna" was employed to maintain iconic coiffure of the man some call "Chucky," giving him a quick trim during a typical 16-hour day at One Buc Place. All went well with the blond Buc boss, she reports. But Montagnino is not certain she'll groom Gruden again.

Montagnino will continue to style his mother Kathy, a longtime Carrollwood resident, as she has for much of the past 16 years. Throughout, Montagnino has followed the careers of Gruden and his brother Jay in the Arena League.

She likes Jon Gruden a lot. Problem is, he's coaching the Buccaneers. "And you know I don't like the Bucs," Montagnino said.

Montagnino is a passionate Steelers fan, as documented in a January North of Tampa article. The former Miss Pittsburgh dresses in Steelers colors _ black, white and gold _ virtually every day. She spends her free time watching old games on videotapes.

Montagnino is flying to Pittsburgh for 10 days to attend training camp, so if Steelers coach Bill Cowher needs his mustache groomed, expect her to be on the case.

Joshua House celebrates

new building with tours

LUTZ _ Joshua House is inviting the public to a dedication of its newest building, a $278,000 therapy center.

The dedication is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at Joshua House, 17911 Hanna Road. It will include a short program, entertainment by Joshua House's children and tours by the children.

Joshua House is an emergency shelter for 60 abused, abandoned and neglected children and for teen mothers and babies in the foster-care system. Most of the children have been sexually abused and receive counseling. The new therapy center, built partly through a $150,000 commitment from the Kiwanis Club, consolidates Joshua House's therapists and caseworkers into a single building with therapy rooms.

For information, call 949-8946.

The Fourth is long gone,

but gifts are still rolling in

LUTZ _ The Lutz Lizards Running Club distributed $3,000, proceeds from the Lutz Independence Day Run, to community organizations last week.

"It gets bigger and better every year," Lizards president Terry Donovan said of the annual 5-kilometer and 1-mile races.

The club gave $1,000 Thursday night to the Lutz Nature Park, a pond surrounded by a boardwalk and pavilions at the western edge of the Oscar Cooler Youth Complex. It also gave $500 apiece to the Citizens for the Old Lutz School Building, the Lutz Volunteer Fire Department, Land O'Lakes' Heritage Park Foundation and the local chapter of the Civil Air Patrol, which helps maintain the historic school building.

New Tampa Rotary Club

honors two members

TAMPA PALMS _ The New Tampa Rotary Club picked two members to share the "Rotarian of the Year" award at the group's seventh annual awards banquet on July 13.

Treasurer Jerry Bever and Lucy Hagan, who helped organize Rotary's charity golf tournament, won the award. Seventy Rotarians attended the ceremony, which was held at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club.

Ben Geradts officially took over as president for the upcoming year.

2 community programs

lauded by the county

Every year the Hillsborough County gives out awards to community programs, and this year's winners include two in the Northwest: Westchase, for its September 11 fundraiser; and Plantation, for its youth soccer league.