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Centerville

In addition to "adopting" Brazil during the 2002 Olympics, Centerville will sponsor a service project to help residents of Itapetininga, a city in Brazil which has suffered from the effects of flooding and the country's overall high infant mortality rate.

Residents can donate brightly colored blankets for newborns, and quilts of any size to help the residents of this Brazilian city. Donations can be dropped off at City Hall. Call Debbie Randall, 295-6194, for more information.

Farmington

An open house to allow the public to preview language arts textbooks and materials for elementary schools will be held Monday, Feb. 4, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., in the Kendell Administration Building, 100 N. 70 East. Materials will be on display in the PDC rooms on the second floor.

A committee of teachers, parents and administrators spent several months reviewing current literature and research on best practices in language arts instruction as they compiled the list from which selections will be made.

Magna

Salt Lake County will join with Granite School District in exploring options to construct a new swimming pool to serve the needs of both competitive team swimmers and the public.

Although there has not been a firm financial commitment on the part of the County Council, the members signed off Tuesday on the concept of exploring joint financing of a facility estimated to cost about $3 million.

A joint meeting between the council, school district officials, Magna leaders and staff from the mayor's office is scheduled in the coming weeks.

Cyprus High School has an indoor swimming pool, but because it fails to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, it is not open to the public for general use.

It costs the district about a $100,000 a year to maintain and is in need of upgrades.

The other community pool is outdoors , only available for use between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Members of the Magna Area Council hope to secure county financing for the project with an application for Community Development Block Grant funds.

Murray

Despite earlier protests by the Salt Lake County Council and a technical rejection by the county's boundary commission, four annexation petitions eventually received approval Tuesday.

About 5,000 residents in unincorporated Salt Lake County will be annexed to Murray if the petitions move forward uncontested.

Members of the County Council agreed Tuesday that the four petitions, resubmitted, meet the legal requirements of annexation laws and can proceed.

County officials have tried to slow down annexation petitions, agreeing they need to preserve "critical mass" in the unincorporated area to support a viable tax base.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lakers who are concerned about protecting residential neighborhoods are urged to join a planning meeting Friday. The Poplar Grove Community Council welcomes residents from around Salt Lake City as it plans how to turn back the Union Pacific freight trains now running through west-side neighborhoods. The grass-roots planning meeting will go from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in the Wasatch Commons community room, 1411 Utah St., which is one block east of Redwood Road and off California Avenue.