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Putting on the principal's hat

Nearly two dozen business and community leaders on Wednesday tried out the job of school principal.

Officers from TECO Energy, South Florida Baptist Hospital and the Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union were among those signed up to spend a morning as Principal for a Day. Twenty-two local schools planned to participate.

This year, the pairings were limited to schools in eastern Hillsborough County; included were schools in Lithia, Dover, Valrico and Plant City. In the future, the district will consider expanding the concept across the county.

School Board member Jennifer Faliero organized the program, intended to educate community leaders about the challenges found in classrooms.

Baiting program targets raccoons

Do you have an overabundance of raccoons in your yard?

Worried they might have rabies?

Help is on the way. County officials will begin a rabies vaccine bait drop Feb. 23 along the Interstate 4 corridor.

If you live in the area and are having a problem with raccoons, an effort will be made to scatter more packets of vaccine in your area.

To sign up, call (866) 487-3297 and leave your name, address and telephone number along with the general area you live in. You will receive a return call acknowledging your concerns.

This is the second year for the baiting program, which is intended to create a rabies-free zone across Florida.

Project puts park off limits

BLOOMINGDALE _ Steer clear of Culbreath Park for the next two weeks.

Residents are advised to avoid the park while construction crews work to install underground pipes, a leg in a larger project to accommodate growth in the FishHawk community.

FishHawk developers said the park is not dangerous, noting that barriers will shield construction areas. But they are asking residents to play elsewhere until the work is done.

_ LETITIA STEIN and JANET ZINK

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