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Churches collect funds for tsunami aid

Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon was among the organizations donating relief to tsunami victims in Southeast Asia, sending 10 percent of its Jan. 2 collection abroad.

Church officials will send $5,900 from that service, parish business manager Robert Martin said, but donation checks kept coming into his office throughout this week.

"The amount will go up based on whatever generosity people have and want to donate," Martin said. He said Nativity's tsunami relief will be distributed through Catholic Relief Services, the official disaster relief organization of the U.S. Catholic community.

Other local congregations, including Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church in Valrico and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brandon, have collected donations specifically for tsunami relief.

New school's boundaries will be explored

BRANDON _ School officials will meet Tuesday to discuss setting boundaries for a middle school opening this fall on south Falkenburg Road in west Brandon.

The school, named for Domenic Giunta, a former guidance counselor who died last year while saving a drowning child, will draw students living north of the Alafia River and south of State Road 60.

The new boundaries mostly will affect McLane and Rodgers middle schools.

Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Ippolito Elementary, 6874 S. Falkenburg Road, Riverview.

_ LETITIA STEIN

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