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PLACEMENT OF STUDENTS FOCUS OF WORKSHOP

COUNTYWIDE

The School Board will discuss the district's proposed 2008-09 student assignment plan in a workshop at 10:45 a.m. Thursday in the conference hall of the administration building, 301 Fourth St. SW in Largo. The public is welcome to attend, but audience presentations are not allowed. Community meetings will be scheduled throughout the county before the board votes on the plan Nov. 13. The plan would close some schools, create an assignment system that puts children in schools near their homes, increase the number of fundamental schools and realign schools to increase the number of attendance areas for elementary, middle and high schools. To watch the workshop live online, visit www.wpds.tv/ and click on "Watch WPDS Online" link.

Adopting a pet costs only $9

Pinellas County Animal Services is offering a special adoption fee of $9 this month. All adoptable animals have been vaccinated, spayed or neutered, treated for internal and external parasites, and they come with licenses and microchips. The Animal Services adoption center is at 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (727) 582-2600.

CLEARWATER

Mailed powder spurs evacuation

The third floor of the city's Municipal Services Building was evacuated Tuesday morning after an employee opened an envelope containing a "white powdery substance," said Clearwater Fire Rescue spokeswoman Elizabeth Daly-Watts. About 75 employees were allowed to return to the floor an hour and a half later, after preliminary tests by a county hazardous materials team determined that the substance wasn't harmful, Daly-Watts said. An employee in the city's finance department opened an Express Mail envelope and found a sealed plastic bag containing the powder. There was no letter in the envelope. It appears the package may have been mailed to the wrong address. The envelope was delivered to the Municipal Service Building's at 100 S Myrtle Ave. but was addressed to a graphic design company at 1001 S Myrtle Ave.

Tax office closed for expansion

The Pinellas County Tax Collector's Office at 1663 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. is closed for an expansion. When it reopens later this month, it will offer driver licensing road tests. These services now are available at 743 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs; 13025 Starkey Road, Largo, and 1067 62nd Ave S., St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 562-3262 or visit www.taxcollect.com.

PALM HARBOR

Chef offers healthy lessons on lunch

Chef Kent Casey will give a free seminar on making healthy lunches and after-school snacks at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Palm Harbor Library for children ages 4-12 and a second program at 11:30 a.m. for teens. Snacks will be provided. The library is at 2330 Nebraska Ave. Call 784-3332.

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