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Time is almost up for families that have received a survey asking their preferences when choosing a school for their children. School district officials would like to get the surveys back by Monday so the results can be tallied and used as a 47-member task force prepares final recommendations for the School Board early next year. Parental opinion is important as the district moves into an era in which race will no longer be a factor in school assignments, officials say. Among the questions the survey seeks to answer is whether parents prefer schools that are close to home or if they would be willing to have their children transported to a school farther away in the interest of racial diversity.


Tree lighting set Wednesday

The 25th annual Morton Plant Hospital holiday tree-lighting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital's main entrance parking lot, 300 Pinellas St. For $5, residents can honor a loved one with a light on the holiday tree and support the Morton Plant Caring Partners, the hospital's volunteer organization. Wreaths also may be sponsored in a loved one's name for $100 or more.

Police investigate shooting from car

A Clearwater man standing in a driveway Saturday morning was struck by several bullets fired by the passenger of a black Ford Mustang, according to police. Willie J. Frazier, 31, was treated and released from Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg after being hit at least twice in the leg, Clearwater police spokesman Wayne Shelor said. Around 11:20 a.m., the Mustang, driven by a woman, approached a home at 1320 S Michigan Ave., where Frazier was standing with several others, police said. The car drove past the home to the end of the street, then turned around again towards the house. A male passenger then shot Frazier with a handgun. Frazier was uncooperative with police, Shelor said. Police were trying to determine whether the shooting is connected to reports Friday of loud words exchanged between people and shots fired in the same neighborhood. No arrests had been made as of Monday.


Learn more about Medicare plans

Get your Medicare questions answered at a seminar called How Medicare Works at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave. The program will be presented by a representative of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs SHINE program. For more information, call 298-3080, ext 224.

Web site tells of holiday events

For the second year, Pinellas County is listing city and county holiday events and displays taking place through New Year's Day on its Web site. Visit