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New Tampa synagogue kicks off building project

Temple Ohev Shalom, New Tampa's only synagogue, broke ground Wednesday on its 3,565-square-foot home on Tampa Palms Boulevard. The $250,000 project, scheduled for completion by next fall, will contain a multipurpose room, a children's room, a kitchen and office space, said Helene Geller, the synagogue's treasurer. In later phases, the 35-family synagogue hopes to add a banquet hall and a school, Geller said.

Currently, the synagogue's Shabbat services are held on the second and fourth Fridays at 7:15 p.m. in Tampa Palms' Compton Park. Sunday school is held there 9-11:30 a.m. every Sunday.

Community center awarded $10,000

UNIVERSITY NORTH _ Thanks to a grant from the DeBartolo Family Foundation and Bright House Networks, the University Area Community Center has $10,000 more to spend on programs for local families and kids.

The money comes with a Spirit of Humanity Award that both organizations presented to the center Tuesday morning.

_ Bill Coats, Jackie Ripley and Josh Zimmer