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Retiree to record minutes for group

The Heather Lakes Homeowners Association has chosen retired homeowner Ann Carey as recording secretary for the association's monthly meetings. Carey, 67, volunteered to take minutes at the meetings, relieving homeowners association secretary Tony Wooten from the task. Wooten wants to participate more in the board's discussions. Carey is expected to attend all meetings and prepare the minutes for submission to University Properties, the Temple Terrace company that manages Heather Lakes. For more information about the meetings, call University Properties at 980-1000.

Club benefits from donations to fund

BRANDON _ The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay added $296,000 in contributions to its endowment fund this week.

David Gee, chairman of the Bill Carey Boys & Girls Club in Brandon, on Tuesday presented a check for $230,000 to Joe Garcia, chairman of the foundation. That check and a $66,000 check from the Community Foundation was added to the club's endowment fund.

"Our goal is to raise a $1-million endowment for the Bill Carey Boys & Girls Club," Gee said. "This endowment will assure a steady stream of income to support this club in good times and bad, and is essential to maintaining services to our children even when there is a downturn in the economy."

The Boys & Girls Club, which opened in January at 213 N Knights Ave., recently completed a $2-million campaign for the 13,700-square-foot facility that now serves hundreds of children.

Promotion brings deputy

for Sun City Center

SUN CITY CENTER _ Sheriff's Deputy Rob Thornton will take over coverage of this large retirement community, following the promotion of longtime community resource deputy Joe Burt. Burt, now a corporal, was transferred to the patrol division. Thornton will move from his position as resource deputy for Heather Lakes and Providence Lakes in Brandon. Thornton will work from the office provided by Sun City Center's security patrol, at the corner of North Pebble Beach Blvd and Cherry Hills Drive. Thornton can be reached at 672-7817.

MiraBay to host Showcase Home

APOLLO BEACH _ The Tampa Bay Builder's Association has chosen MiraBay, a 1,750-acre waterfront community in Apollo Beach, to host the 2004 Tampa Bay Parade of Homes Showcase Home.

The Showcase Home will be the two-story, 3,394-square-foot Manatee design by David Weekley Homes. The four-bedroom, 3{-bathroom floor plan will be built along MiraBay's 3{-mile canal system on one of a few homesites bordered by water on two sides.

It features a front-porch, window shutters and a wood-shingle roof crowned by a cupola. Because it is a Showcase Home, it will include extensive options, special design elements and construction techniques as well as the latest innovations in materials and appliances. Construction is expected to begin this summer. Proceeds from the sale of the home will benefit the TBBA and a local charity.

The Parade is scheduled for March 20 through April 4, 2004.

The 2003 Parade of Homes was the largest in Tampa Bay-area history, featuring 140 homes worth nearly $52 million. It also was the first since the TBBA was formed by the merger of the Builders Association of Greater Tampa and the Contractors and Builders Association of Pinellas County.