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Nicole Stott returns home


TAMPA The University of South Florida men's basket-
ball team improved to 7-1 on the season after defeating the
Hampton Pirates 74-55 on Wednesday night at the USF Sun
Dome.
Jarrid Famous led the Bulls in scoring for the first time this
season as he put up 16 points on the night. The junior col-
lege transfer also grabbed 10 rebounds to give him his first
double-double of the season.
Senior Chris Howard scored in double-digits for the sec-
ond straight game and for the third time this season as he put
up 13 against Hampton. Howard, with eight assists against
the Pirates, moved into fifth place in school history in career
assists with 396, passing Brian Swift who finished his career
with 388 helpers from 2002-05.
Freshman Toarlyn Fitzpatrick record a career high 11
points on the night, eclipsing his previous career high of nine
which came against Kent State on Nov. 25.
"I am getting more accustomed with what to do and what
not to do," said Fitzpatrick. "Coach always preaches to set our
screens, so a lot of times I am out there to get other guys
open. A lot of the time I get open right under the basket, and
that is where I score a lot of my points."
Men's basketball continued on pg 4


photo courtesy of USF
Junior Jarrid Famous, center for USF Bulls calls for the ball during the
66-49 victory over Virgina Nov. 16. Famous put up 16 pts for the Bulls
Wed night in their victory over Hampton.


Will consumer's Christmas lists get shorter this year?
Reports say consumers may spend the same amount as last year, and retailers might not be prepared.


NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is seen
here being hoisted to the top of its United Launch Alliance
Detla II rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The
spacecraft, which will scan the whole sky in infrared light, is
scheduled to blast off on Dec. 9, 2009.
CAPE CANAVERAL Florida's own astronaut,
Nicole Stott, returned to Earth after 91 days in
space when Atlantis landed on Dec 1. She had spent
87 days aboard the space station and 80 days as an
Expedition 20/21 flight engineer. She is the last as-
tronaut who will be transported to or from the space
station by the space shuttle.
STS-129 was the 129th space shuttle mission, the
31st for Atlantis and the 31st shuttle mission to the
International Space Station. It was the fifth and final
flight of 2009.
And just days after one mission was finished,
NASA starts working on the next exploration.
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or
WISE, is now perched atop its rocket at Vandenberg
Air Force Base, north of Santa Barbara, Calif. The
mission, which will scan the whole sky in infrared
light, is scheduled to blast off on Dec. 9. It was
hoisted to the top of its United Launch Alliance
Delta II rocket on Friday, Nov. 20.
JPL manages the Wide-field Infrared Survey Ex-
plorer for NASA's Science Mission Directorate,
Washington. The mission's principal investigator,
Edward Wright, is at UCLA. The mission was com-
petitively selected under NASA's Explorers Pro-
gram managed by the Goddard Space Flight Center,
Greenbelt, Md. The science instrument was built by
the Space Dynamics Laboratory, Logan, Utah, and
the spacecraft was built by Ball Aerospace & Tech-
nologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. Science operations
and data processing take place at the Infrared Pro-
cessing and Analysis Center at the California Insti-
tute of Technology in Pasadena. Caltech manages
JPL for NASA.


BY CATHY KEEN
UF NEWS BUREAU
GAINESVILLE Florida's retailers
are in for a repeat of last year's dismal
holiday season, with consumers ex-
pecting to spend about the same amount
of money on gifts.
"People are going to be very cautious
about spending because of continued
uncertainty over the economy, job se-
curity and housing values," said Hyun-
joo Oh, research director of the David E
Miller Center for Retailing Education
and Research at UE The survey was
conducted by the center and UF's Bu-
reau of Economic and Business Re-
search and based on telephone inter-
views with 553 Floridians in October.
Concern over jobs prompted a three-
point drop in Florida's consumer confi-


dence this month, according to another
survey by the bureau. (See related news
release).
Surprisingly, consumers are opti-
mistic about their shopping intentions,
with 58 percent of those surveyed say-
ing they plan to spend as much or more
than they did last year, compared with
52 percent who said the same thing in
2008, Oh said.
But the average amount they predict
spending over the holiday season -
$1,071 amounts to only $6 more than
the $1,065 they anticipated paying for
presents last year, she said.
The contradiction may be explained
by people being in the mood to splurge
because they spent less last year, Oh
said. "Even though they are willing to
spend, they're going to be very conser-


vative by looking for more practical gifts
and trying to find ways to save money,"
she said.
Still, retailers may be unprepared for
this year's holiday shoppers because of
slim inventories, which could cause
them to run out of popular items, Oh
said. Last year retailers were left with
a large amount of unsold inventory
which they had to liquidate, she said.
"In light of consumers' concerns
about the economy, retailers have been
reducing this year's inventories below
the level of 2008, a holiday season that
was the worst retailers experienced in
more than 50 years," she said. "If it
turns out that some products are really
'hot items' in their appeal to consumers,
retailers may not be able to respond to
the demand."
Holiday shopping continued on pg 2


Penny tax increase proposed for Hillsborough County


TAMPA Government greed is at the heart of a proposed
new sales tax in Hillsborough County, according to a former
commissioner who's now running for Florida State House.
Brian Blair is deeply troubled over a possible one-cent
sales tax increase-a 14% hike-that would help fund light
rail, buses, and road projects.
"In 2008, there was over $1 billion targeted to spend on
roads and BRT (bus rapid transit)," Blair said. "And it hasn't
been spent yet. So why ask for more taxes?"
The Hillsborough County Commission has already voted,
by a 5-2 margin, to draft language for the sales tax increase
so that it can appear on the ballot in 2010.
"Why we're even considering a new tax now, in this econ-
omy, with the unemployment rate where it is, when we have
dollars that haven't been spent yet, is beyond me," Blair said
recently.
The Tampa Tribune (supporters of Light Rail) report that
the tax would cost $250 million per year, or about $7.5 billion
over the life of the tax, which would be used to fund con-
struction primarily of light rail in an effort to encourage


more people to eschew cars as their primary mode of home-
to-work transportation.
Blair cites research done by national transit experts in
supporting his view that the tax is wrong-both in terms of
timing and need. Hillsborough County has one of the high-
est unemployment rates in the State of Florida and along
with the uncertainty of how much more burden federal gov-
ernment will put on our businesses and families makes tim-
ing even worse.
"Pushers of this tax will tell you that light rail and buses
are the panacea for traffic congestion, but that's just not the
case," Blair said. "National transit authorities have already
indicated that an average community can't take more than
five percent* of traffic off the road simply with light rail and
buses."
The Center for Urban Transportation Research at USF has
done research that .i...slI s the light rail would fail. A Bay
News 9 poll for the public showed over 60% of residents do
not agree with the proposed tax. If passes, 75% of the money
would be used on more transportation, 25% on road porjects.


FLA counties resume H1N1 vaccinations for high risk groups


PINELLAS The Pinellas County Health Department
will hold it's first drive through H1N1 vaccination clinic
on Dec. 5. However, this clinic will only be offered to high
risk groups, as the supply of the vaccination is still very
low.
The clinic starts at 9 a.m. and will continued until noon
or while supplies last. The clinic will be held at St. Pe-
tersburg College, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole.
The Polk County Health Department has also started
scheduling H1N1 Swine flu vaccination appointments for
persons who fall into the high priority groups recom-
mended by the Centers for Disease Control and Preven-
tion (CDC).
"Vaccine is still arriving slowly, but there is enough sup-
ply available to begin vaccinating more high priority
groups beyond our school vaccination program," says Dr.
Daniel Haight, director of the Polk County Health De-
partment.
"We are concentrating our efforts on vaccinating those
in the high priority groups who do not have a health care
provider."


Some of the high priority groups have already gained
access to the vaccine such as pregnant women, EMS &
healthcare providers and some children. The remaining
priority groups recommended by the Centers for Dis-
ease Control and Prevention are the focus of the next seg-
ment of the distribution plan and include:
People who live with or care for infants younger than
6 months
Anyone from 6 months to 24 years of age, and
Anyone from 25 to 64 years who have medical condi-
tions that put them at higher risk for influenza related
complications
Many community doctors and clinics are also receiving
vaccine supplies and patients are encouraged to first con-
tact their doctor to ask for vaccine availability. Any pri-
mary care doctor can order H1N1 vaccine and easily ob-
tain it free along with supplies to give it.
According to the CDC report posted on Dec 2. as swine
flu virus activity decreases there is a chance that less peo-
ple will compete for the limited amounts of H1N1 vaccine,
which will free up additional doses for the remainder of


the population.
As of Dec 1, a total of 68,985,700 doses of swine flu vac-
cine have been allocated to regions around the country. In
contrast, the amount of swine flu vaccine doses that have
been shipped to meet those allocations is 59,313,720.
The current shortfall of H1N1 vaccines is nearly 10 mil-
lion doses.
Most of the blame can be laid on the shortage of
chicken eggs, which is what the vaccine is made from. An-
other concern is the amount of time it takes to make the
vaccine. It can take up to 6 months to manufacture large
quantities of the vaccine.
As of Dec 1 Pinellas County has received 160,000
doses of the vaccine. Half of that shipment has gone to
hospitals, private care physicians, pediatricians, and
OBGYN doctors. 23,500 vaccines have been apart of the
county school program.
Since the epidemic started there have been 174 re-
ported deaths in Florida and 11% of those have been in
Pinellas County. The state of Florida had ordered
3,522,300 vaccines and was only shipped 3,402,300.


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Today, Friday, December 4, 2009
Sunscreen Film Festival 2009 Holiday Outdoor Film Series in the Park
presents "Polar Express": North Straub Park, Beach Drive and Third St., 7 p.m.
Enjoy a different holiday classic beneath the stars on the downtown waterfront
every Friday and Saturday during the holiday season. Sponsored by the
Merchants of 400 Beach Drive, Progress Energy and City of St. Petersburg. More
information: www.stpete.org/holidayfilms or 727-893-7465.
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: Dr.Carter G. Woodson African American
Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S. 7 to 9 p.m. The evening's festivities will include
music, light refreshments and the singing of Christmas carols in the museum's
beautiful Legacy Garden. Admission to this event is an unwrapped toy that will
be distributed later this holiday season during the Christmas Toy Giveaway on
December 19. www.woodsonmuseum.org or 727-323-1104.
Pinellas County Urban League Young Professional Present Vegas in
December, A Night to Remember: Suncoast Hospice, located at 3050 First Ave.
S., 8 p.m. to Midnight. Join us for a night of casino style fun for the good of oth-
ers. Complete with blackjack, craps, roulette, spades and more! Portion of pro-
ceeds will benefit the Hospice and the Brookwood Home for Girls. 727-327-
2081.
Dec. 4 and 5 Barbara Kellard & Bonnie Ward Kids & Quilts': Florida
International Museum at St. Petersburg College, 244 Second Ave. N. Fri. 10 a.m.
to noon and Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Just in time for the holidays, children can
make a reading or travel pillow. Open to ages 5 and older. Children must be
accompanied by an adult. Nominal materials fee. www.spcollege.edu/fimuseum
or 727- 341- 7900.
Dec. 4 to 20 "What the Dickens? Another Christmas Carol": St. Petersburg
Little Theatre, 4025 31st St. S. Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8 p.m. Dec. 6, 13, 20
at 2 p.m. St. Petersburg Little Theatre, 4025 31st St. S, Fridays and Saturdays at
8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Be entertained with a twist on the classic Dickens
holiday tale featuring Ebenezer Scrooge and his visits from the Ghosts of
Christmases Past, Present & Future... plus a few other surprising entrances and
exits. www.splt.org or 727-866-1973.
Dec. 4 to Feb. 7 T.W. Curtis at St. Pete Little Theater Gallery: St. Petersburg
Little Theatre Lobby Gallery, 4025 31st St. S, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through
Friday and during 8 p.m. show times Friday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2
p.m. View works of this acclaimed painter and sculptor for a limited showing.
This installation features works focusing on music, time and place with an inno-
vative use of color and texture that is a must-see. 727-866-1973 or
www.splt.org
Saturday, DECEMBER 5, 2009
Art In the Park's Holiday Forest Arts Auction: Williams Park, 299 1st Ave. N,
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stroll through a forest of festive trees available for purchase.
Proceeds benefit local arts organizations. www.thepinkcricket.org or 727-580-
2373.
Afrocentric Holiday Bazaar, "Black Business Showcase": 34th St. S. Maxi
Mall Parking Lot. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Businesses from around St. Petersburg show
off their wares. Arts & crafts, African American books, fashion, handmade soaps,
jewelry with Gospel music and lots of yummy food. 727-515-5024.
82nd Annual Santa Holiday Parade: 10 a.m. Parade travels through the down-
town using Central Ave. and 5th Street traveling east to Bayshore Blvd. then to
5th Ave. North to the waterfront. Free family fun, bands, floats, costumed char-
acters, dancers and much more. Celebrate the holiday season with the sounds
of marching bands, beautiful floats and most of all to welcome Santa to sunny
St. Petersburg. Sponsored by St. Petersburg Lions Club, the City of St.
Petersburg, Florida Central Credit Union, Producers of Ribfest, St. Petersburg
Times, Suncoasters, All Florida Fire Equipment, and Autoway Ford. 813-388-
1153.
Snowfest: N. Straub Park. Festivities begin after the parade. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Come play in the snow! Go on a toboggan slide, a climbing wall, skate on Glice
and have much more holiday fun!. Activities include a big and a little toboggan
slide, climbing wall, art tent, moonwalk, gladiator ball, giant slide, glice ice skat-
ing, and KiddyLand, an area designed especially for pre-schoolers with inflata-
bles games, cookie decorating, snowball toss, and more. Wristbands cost $5 and
include all activities. Wristband costs $5. 727-893-7441.
Breakfast with Santa!: Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. N.E. 9 a.m. to 11
a.m. in cafe. Join us for what we hope becomes a tradition at the MFA! Event
includes breakfast buffet with an appearance by Santa. $10 for children $15 for
adults includes breakfast and admission to the museum. www.fine-arts.org or
727-896-2667.
Sunday, DECEMBER 6, 2009
Green Market & Street Fair: Holiday Fun at the Green Market: Grand Central
District between 24th and 26th St. on Central Ave. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Localshopsl
Swap: Clothing and Holiday Decor Swap. Fun, music and great treasure hunt-
ing. Enjoy a festive atmosphere and stroll through an eclectic variety of antique,
retail shops and restaurants. www.grandcentraldistrict.org or 727-328-7086.
Music Fest on the Water: Happy Days: The Pier, 800 2nd Ave. N.E. 1 to 4 p.m.
Relax by the water and enjoy the melodies of local musicians. Entertaining duo.
www.stpetepier.com or 727-821-6443.
Monday, DECEMBER 7, 2009
Celebrity Critter of the Week Horseshoe Crab: The Pier Aquarium, 800 2nd
Ave. N.E. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Learn about and explore the habitat of a new and excit-
ing "critter" each week. www.pieraquarium.org or 727-895-7437.
Hot Off The Presses: The Hurricane Brothers, book, music and lyrics by Rob
Hartmann and Todd Olson: American Stage, 163 3rd St. N., 7 p.m. American
Stage opens it's doors for readings by local playwrights. Tickets are free to the
public for all readings. All readings will be followed by a talkback with the play-
wright and an evaluation form to help guide the plays development. www.amer-
icanstage.org
Tuesday, DECEMBER 8, 2009
History Speaker Series: THe Birth of Our Sun, Planet and Florida: Boyd Hill
Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S. 7:30 p.m. www.stpete.org/boyd or
727-893-7326.
Wednesday, DECEMBER 9, 2009
CASA Peace Breakfast: Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N. 7 a.m. Keynote speaker is
Audrey Wood. For a table or sponsorship call 727-895-4912.
www.stpete.org/coliseum or 727-892-5202.
27th Annual Boley Centers' Jingle Bell Run: The Pier. 6 p.m. registration,
7:30 p.m. start. Non competitive jingling one-mile walk and 3-mile run from The
Pier across the waterfront.. www.boleycenters.org or 727-821-4819.
Thursday, DECEMBER 10, 2009
Wee-time at Weedon: I'm a Manatee: 1800 Weedon Drive N.E. 10:30 to 11:15
a.m. This program is designed to introduce pre-school children to the wonders
of the natural world. Every second and fourth Thursday of each month, children
are treated to a variety of stories, puppet shows, and hands-on activities that
connect them to their environment. This week features I'm a Manatee by John
Lithgow. While dreaming, a little boy becomes a very large manatee and
embarks on an underwater adventure with many aquatic friends. This program
also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. The
event is free and open to the public. Spaces are limited so register early!
Recommended ages: 3 5. www.weedonislandpreserve.org
Coffee Concert: Opera's Greatest Hits: Progress Energy Center for the Arts,
Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st St. S. 11 a.m. Pre-Concert Conversations in the hall
one hour before curtain time as the conductor talks about the music and com-
posers featured on the program. Complimentary coffee and donuts are served
prior to the concerts. Featuring: Verdi: La Traviata, Prelude to Act Ill, Verdi: La
Traviata, Prelude to Act Ill, Puccini: La Bohme and Rossini: Overture: Italian Girl
in Algiers. www.floridaorchestra.org, www.mahaffeytheater.com or 727-892-
5798.


Report states FLA Foreclosure

prevention program is successful


TALLAHASSEE Florida Housing Finance Cor-
poration (Florida Housing) recently received a re-
port stating the funds from the NeighborWorks
America's National Foreclosure Mitigation Coun-
seling Program (NFMC) is a success with helping
Floridians facing foreclosure in the state.
In the first round of funding (2008), Florida Hous-
ing received $1,015,389 of the $4.8 million in total
funding Florida received. These funds allowed
Florida Housing to help 19 local housing agencies
provide foreclosure prevention and intervention
services to more than 2,500 homeowners in 2008
and 1,000 more during 2009.
A second round of funding was made available in
mid-2008; Florida Housing was awarded $2,294,700
of the $9.5 million Florida received. These funds
were used to increase the number of counseling
providers from 19 to 26, which resulted in housing
counselors serving more than 8,000 families. In ad-
dition, Florida Housing and Florida Legal Services
received an award of $1.5 million to provide legal as-
sistance to more than 2,700 homeowners at risk of
foreclosure.
"Florida Housing, in partnership with housing
counseling agencies statewide, is committed to
helping as many troubled homeowners as possible
keep their homes" said Steve Auger, executive di-
rector, Florida Housing. "We are grateful for these
resources from NeighborWorks America and, as


detailed in this report, the counseling that this fund-
ing supports is working."
NFMC Program continues to help homeowners
facing foreclosure by providing them with much
needed loss mitigation counseling. Nationwide, the
program has provided 762,284 struggling home-
owners with foreclosure prevention counseling.
NeighborWorks America released its report to
Congress on the program's activity, which covers
counseling activity reported by program grantees
and counselor training provided by
NeighborWorks between March 1, 2008 and
August 18, 2009.
Highlights of the report include:
633,294 homeowners nationally received coun-
seling during the reporting period;
5,237 scholarships provided to foreclosure coun-
selors;
Descriptive statistics about clients served
through the program;
Successful counseling strategies, including the
importance of early intervention; and
The challenges counselors face in the current
economic environment.
To date, Congress has set aside $356 million for
the foreclosure prevention counseling program, and
is considering an additional $60 million for the next
fiscal year.


CLEARWATER The City of Clearwater will
host a forum from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 at
the Harborview Center for the public to meet the
four finalists under consideration for Clearwater's
Chief of Police position. The public will have the op-
portunity to ask the candidates questions and pro-
vide feedback to the city manager.
The four candidates being considered are:
Eugenio (Gene) Bernal, Deputy Chief
Orlando, Florida Police Department
Anthony Holloway, Chief of Police
Somerville, Massachusetts Police Department
John A. Jackson, Chief of Police
Alamosa, Colorado Police Department
Thomas V Lawrence, Commander


Officers take their enforcement efforts inside the
mall to prevent shoplifting while officers on horse-
back, motorcycles and unmarked cars patrol the
shopping mall parking lots. Chief Jane Castor will
address the troops as they kick off the operation de-
signed to prevent car burglaries, car thefts and
shoplifting.
The Tampa Police Department will continue a
strong police presence in mall parking lots. This
year, part of the operation will move inside the mall
to combat shoplifting. The downward turn in the
economy could lead to more shoplifting so plain-
clothes officers will patrol in the mall and monitor
the surveillance camera rooms. Each year, the mall
operations significantly decrease crime in the park-
ing lots. This year officers will patrol in the shop-
ping areas through January 3rd.
More than $35 million dollars a day in goods are
stolen from retailers in the U.S. Shoplifting over-
burdens the police and the courts, adds to a store's
security expenses, costs consumers more for goods
and costs communities lost dollars in sales taxes.
Holiday Mall Shoplifting Arrests:
2007 37
2008 41
Officials are urging shoppers to stay alert to your


Dallas, Texas Police Department
"I believe we have identified four highly qualified
police professionals to be considered to replace re-
tiring Police Chief Sid Klein. The final candidates re-
flect what our community believes in and have the
experience to lead one of the premiere police de-
partments in the nation. Now it is time to give the
public an opportunity to give the candidates a closer
look," said City Manager Bill Home.
The candidates will be in town Dec. 15 and 16 and
will meet one on one with Union officials, city coun-
cil members, and City Manager Bill Home.
Police Chief Sid Klein will retire on February 26,
2009 after 29 years of service as Clearwater's Chief
of Police.


surroundings and the people around you. If you see
people "hanging around" parking garages, parking
lots, or the outside of stores, avoid the area. Notify
the police or security department.
If possible, shop before dark. Coordinate shop-
ping trips with a friend if you plan to be out late. Al-
ways park your car in a well lit area. Lock your car
doors and windows even if you are only gone for a
few minutes. Keep packages and other valuables out
of public view, preferably locked in the trunk. Park
near street lights if possible and have your keys in
hand when you return to your car. Always check the
interior of your car before you unlock the door to
get in.
To discourage purse snatchers, don't overbur-
den yourself with packages. Have your purchases
delivered whenever practical. Avoid carrying large
amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check or
credit card whenever possible. Be extra careful with
purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm
with the strap across your body. Keep a wallet in an
inside jacket pocket, not a back trouser pocket.
Teach your children to go to a store clerk or se-
curity guard and ask for help if they should become
separated in a store or shopping mall. They should
never go into a parking lot alone.
Holiday Shopping continued from pg 1


Online shopping key to saving this holiday season


Online retailers may be best off in these tough
economic times because many shoppers like to
search for deals on the Internet, Oh said. Online re-
tailers have prepared for bargain hunters by pack-
aging gift ideas for different budgets, creating and
displaying promotional categories for products that
are less than $25, for example, or between $25 and
$50, she said.
"Online retailers have collected information from
shoppers' online search behavior about what are
the 'hot items' to better prepare their merchandise
for packaging," she said. "Because such information
helps retailers prepare the right merchandise with
the right quantity, on-line retailers or multi-channel
retailers who have both online offerings and stores
are in a better position than stores that are strictly
brick and mortar."
Because many shoppers conduct online searches
for gift ideas and buy later at stores, those retailers
who best use online search data in making inven-
tory allocation decisions will have better opportu-
nities to maximize revenues and profits, she said.
Twelve percent of survey participants said they
would spend more than last year at Web sites, com-
pared with 2.6 percent in stores in enclosed malls


and 3 percent through catalogs.
Online shopping is expected to draw more visits
from high-income households, with 74 percent of
those with family incomes over $100,000 planning
to shop as much or more than they did last year on
the Internet, compared with only 35 percent of
those with incomes less than $30,000, she said.
For all holiday shopping, 66 percent of consumers
in high-income households plan to spend more or
the same amount that they did last year, compared
with 48 percent from those with the lowest in-
comes, the survey found.
Fifty-nine percent of shoppers from middle-in-
come households those earning between $30,000
and $60,000 plan to spend more or the same
amount that they did last year, as do 60 percent of
those with upper-middle incomes, between $60,000
and $100,000, she said.
As expected, the lowest income group expects to
spend the least, an average of about $500, Oh said.
Estimates for the middle income group are about
$844, the upper-middle income group $1,277 and
the high-income group $2,197.
The survey had a margin of error of plus or mi-
nus 3 percent.


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Public Forum for Clearwater Police

Chief Candidates on Dec. 15


Police urge shoppers to be on the look out for

the Grinch who could steal your Christmas






DISEASE CARRIED BY MOSQUITOS

RETURNS AFTER 50 YEARS
BY MICKIE ANDERSON
UF NEWS BUREAU
GAINESVILLE University of Florida
mosquito researchers are watching with a
wary eye as dengue virus returns to the
state after more than 50 years.
By late last week, 20 cases of locally
transmitted dengue had been confirmed in
Key West. Monroe County officials have is- '
sued a health alert and launched an educa-
tion campaign urging residents to elimi- /
nate water sources in and around their .
homes where mosquitoes can breed. photo by Jim Newman, UF
"We haven't seen dengue in Florida in a Yellow Fever Mosquito
long time, but this does give us evidence species, commonly known as the yellow
that we can have it again," said Roxanne fever mosquito and Asian tiger mosquito.
Connelly, an associate professor of medical Both lay eggs on the sides of water-filled
entomology with UF's Institute of Food containers.
and Agricultural Sciences. The yellow fever mosquito is mostly
Dengue fever, also known as break-bone confined to South Florida, while the Asian
fever or bonecrusher disease, is a rarely fa- tiger mosquito is found throughout the
tal but widespread disease transmitted to state, though not in the Florida Keys.
humans via the bite of an infected mos- The yellow fever mosquito is prevalent
quito. There are an estimated 100 million in the Old Town part of Key West, Day
cases of dengue worldwide each year. said, and has an affinity for a local cemetery
As its names uoItoI. dengue brings full of rain-catching urns and vases. Many
high fever, severe headaches and joint and of the recent dengue cases were in the Old
muscle pain. It is often misdiagnosed as in- Town area, he said.
fluenza. Unlike many mosquitoes that are active
Besides the dengue re-emergence in in the morning and evening, the yellow
the Florida Keys, Connelly, based at the fever and Asian tiger mosquitoes are un-
Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory usual in that they will bite in broad day-
in Vero Beach, said health officials were light.
surprised by a door-to-door survey of Key Connelly advises residents to take a
West residents. Connelly and Jonathan careful look at their homes and yards, look-
Day, a medical entomology professor at the ing for even tiny amounts of standing wa-
Vero Beach laboratory, collaborate with the ter. Boat tarps, birdbaths, gutters, empty
health and vector-control officials. soda cans anything that will hold water
After some 240 residents allowed health should be suspect and emptied or dis-
officials to draw a small blood sample, test carded.
results showed that 41 percent had been Pet dishes emptied every few days
exposed to the dengue virus or other Fla- aren't a worry, she said. And while it's not
vivirus, either through exposure to one of as common, residents can inadvertently
the viruses or through vaccinations, such breed mosquitoes indoors, she said.
as the yellow fever vaccine. One way: Small decorative bamboo
"Much like a lot of other mosquito- plants hold just enough water to interest a
borne diseases, some people can have it mosquito looking to lay eggs.
and not have any symptoms, while others Other suggestions for residents include
end up very sick," Connelly said. wearing long pants and sleeves when pos-
The last big dengue epidemic in Florida sible and wearing a repellent that includes
was in 1934 and left more than 25,000 the active ingredient DEET.
Floridians ill, Day said. Connelly and Day are members of UF's
Researchers don't expect this outbreak Emerging Pathogens Institute, whose re-
to reach beyond Monroe County, but it's a searchers work to prevent or contain new
strong reminder for Floridians to be on and re-emerging diseases that threaten
guard. Floridians.
Dengue is spread by two mosquito
Tampa Bay Transportation honored three

times for continued commitment


TAMPA The Tampa Bay Area Regional
Transportation Authority (TBARTA) was
recently honored with not one, but three
awards for its continued commitment to
engaging the public, its recent activities
to bring regional transportation to the
Tampa Bay area, and the progress its Board
of Directors has made in the development
and adoption of the Regional Transporta-
tion Master Plan.
The first award, received on September
16, 2009, was presented by the Florida
Chapter of the American Planning Associ-
ation (FAPA). TBARTA received the
"Award of Excellence" in the Grassroots
Initiatives category for its commitment to
public engagement throughout develop-
ment of the Master Plan.
TBARTA received a second award on
November 18, 2009, from the Sun Coast
Section of FAPA, where TBARTA was
awarded the "Distinguished Regional Proj-
ect" award.


And on November 20, 2009, the Tampa
Bay Partnership presented the "Chair's
Cup for Excellence in Regionalism" to the
TBARTA Board. TBARTA was presented
the public sector award at the Partner-
ship's annual meeting and community up-
date luncheon in recognition of the Board's
continued dedication to ensure a regional
transportation system.
TBARTA was created by the Florida
Legislature in 2007 to plan and develop a
multimodal transportation system that will
connect the seven counties of the Tampa
Bay region. The legislature mandated that
TBARTA must create a Regional Trans-
portation Master Plan for the Tampa Bay
region by July 2009. TBARTA adopted this
plan in May 2009. The goal of the Master
Plan is to engage the public in developing
a vision for regional integration of trans-
portation systems and foster partnerships
with government agencies and business
entities.


Page 3 I PINELLAS NEWS I Friday, November 27, 2009
Pasco County man Dog of the Week

arrested for child Jasper 4

pornography


TALLAHASSEE Attorney General Bill Mc-
Collum today announced that a Pasco County man
has been arrested after a CyberCrime investiga-
tion determined he was creating child pornogra-
phy. Kenneth Blage of Zephyrhills was arrested to-
day by law enforcement with the Attorney General's
CyberCrime Unit and the Pasco County Sheriff's
Office with assistance from the Florida Highway
Patrol and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
According to investigators, Blage, 41, sexually as-
saulted at least one young teenage girl and recorded
videos of the abuse, thereby creating child pornog-
raphy. At the time of his arrest, Blage had another
criminal case pending against him on charges of
lewd and lascivious battery and promoting the sex-
ual performance of another minor. That case is be-
ing prosecuted by the State Attorney's Office for the
Sixth Judicial Circuit.
Investigators have determined that Blage has
victimized at least two young girls, and anyone
who has been victimized by Blage may contact the
Tampa CyberCrime Unit Monday through Friday
from 8am to 5pm at 813-287-7930 to report the
abuse. To report abuse after hours, the CyberTipline
is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-
800-843-5678, and any emergency should be re-
ported directly to local law enforcement. The in-
vestigation was jointly conducted by the Attorney
General's CyberCrime Unit and the Pasco County
Sheriff's Office, both members of the Central
Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task
Force.
Blage will be booked into the Pasco County Jail
and currently faces charges of lewd and lascivious
battery, promoting the sexual performance of a mi-
nor, and possession of child pornography. Additional
charges may follow at a later date.

Coast Guard rescues

3-year-old boy

ST. PETERSBURG Crewmembers from the
Coast Guard rescued Luke Finch aboard his father's
32-foot sailboat on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, approxi-
mately 140 miles southwest of Fort Myers Beach.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Peters-
burg were contacted early Sunday morning by Co-
coa City Police Department officials, in Cocoa, Fla.,
requesting assistance in locating Paul Martikainen,
35, and his son, Finch. They reportedly departed
Salt Creek Marina, in St. Petersburg, in a 32-foot
grey Bristol sailboat late Saturday.
Crewmembers aboard a Coast Guard Air Station
Clearwater, Fla., HC-130 Hercules aircraft spotted
Paul Martikainen's sailboat at about 5 p.m. Monday,
while searching a 22,995-square mile area after
Finch was reportedly kidnapped by Martikainen
Saturday.
Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter
Crocodile and Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island
boarded the sailboat on Tuesday, safely rescued
Finch, and took him onboard the Crocodile. Kodiak
Island boarding team members detained Mar-
tikainen and are currently towing the sailboat to
Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach, Fla., where
he will be taken into FBI custody.
Finch arrived at Coast Guard Station Fort Myers
Beach late Tuesday night.
"We are incredibly happy that we were able to find
and rescue Luke unharmed to reunite him with his
family," said Capt. Timothy Close, Coast Guard Sec-
tor St. Petersburg commander. "There were multi-
ple agencies involved and the we were glad we
were able to assist."

14-year-old eats 9 potato

pancakes in two minutes


Creative Recycling Systems, electronic
recycling systems, takes vision to China


TAMPA Jon Yob, CEO of Tampa-based
Creative Recycling Systems, Inc. (CRS),
was selected to address an international fo-
rum of leaders on electronics recycling in
Shanghai, China last month. The World
Recycling Forum, held November 10-13,
2009, is a conference focusing on the chal-
lenges and solutions for electronics recy-
cling around the world.
According to the Forum's organizers,
end of life electronic equipment and vehi-
cles represent one of the largest and
fastest growing waste streams worldwide.
The material contains valuable raw mate-
rials such as metals and plastics, but it also
releases a considerable amount of haz-
ardous substances into the environment.
The Forum's goal is to present solutions
and ideas to create a "circular economy" to
reuse and recycle used products through-
out the world.
Yob's topic, "Best mSpeaking in Shang-
haianagement practices for end-of-life elec-
tronic products: Are commodity specifica-
tions and management systems standards
part of a viable solution?" discusses CRS'
years of researching and developing envi-
ronmental solutions. These tools and tech-
nology have been developed to benefit the


global environment, with a much broader
reach than just electronics.
New technology has caused electronics
to become obsolete at an increasing rate.
The Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) reports that over 80 million com-
puters become obsolete every year. Of the
2.25 million tons of TVs, cell phones and
computer products ready for end-of-life
(EOL) management, 18% (414,000 tons)
was collected for recycling and 82% (1.84
million tons) was disposed of, primarily in
landfills.
"Education and availability of electronic
recycling programs is key for citizens to
properly recycle and protect our environ-
ment," said Yob.
CRS provides state-of-the-art lifecycle
management solutions for surplus and end-
of-life electronic products, yielding the
highest value for its customers and pro-
ducing the smallest environmental foot-
print available in the world. They hold the
electronics-recycling contracts in Pinellas,
Hillsborough and Manatee, Florida coun-
ties, the State of Florida, North Carolina,
South Carolina and Kentucky. CRS recy-
cles millions of pounds of electronics every
month.


photo courtesy of Chabad of Pinellas County
Marc Cohen poses with Rabbi Shalom Adler, Director of
Chabad of Pinellas County.
On Sunday November 29th a crowd of over 300
participated in the Chabad of Pinellas County
Chanukah Wonderland. The program featured ac-
tivities for both young and old. The highlight of the
program was a "Latke Eating Contest". Potato
Latkes or pancakes and other foods fried or baked
in oil are traditionally eaten on the holiday of
Chanukah to commemorate the miracle of the oil in
the Menorah of the rededicated Temple lasting for
8 days.
In a fierce competition, 14-year-old Marc Cohen
of Palm Harbor beat out three other contestants
gobbling nine Latkes in just two minutes.
Chabad of Pinellas County will be sponsoring a
number of exciting programs for Chanukah that
gets underway on December 11th, most notably
will be the 4th annual Chanukah on Ice on Sunday
December 13th @ Westfield Countryside Mall.


Meet Jasper. This big boy is al-
most a small horse but he thinks
he's a little puppy. He is looking
for a home that understands
large breeds and is willing to
work with him to teach him how
to be a good companion. Jasper
seems to do well with the other
dogs at the shelter; however we
always recommend that they
meet any other canines already
in the household prior to adop-
tion. Jasper loves people of all
ages, just LOVES the great out-
doors, long walks and playing
ball. He just wants to have some-
one in his life! Jasper really longs
for companionship and will put
some fun in your life too. Meet
Jasper at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099
130th Ave N in Largo, or call
727-586-3591.

Cat of the Week
Lola


hnoto courtesy OT s h A
Lola is a gorgeous Maine
Coon mix with soft, lovely long
fluffy fur. At 5 years old, she is so
sweet and friendly. She loves at-
tention, and is a great lap cat.
Though shy at first, once she
warms up to you she won't leave
your side. Her happy nature and
gentle loving attitude make her
the nicest kitty to love. Visit
Lola at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099
130th Ave N in Largo, or call
727-586-3591.


Military News

Navy Fleet News
Seaman Crystal J. Brown

Navy Seaman Recruit Crystal
J. Brown, a 2003 graduate of Boca
Ciega High School, Gulfport, Fla.,
recently completed U.S. Navy ba-
sic training at Recruit Training
Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Seaman Corey W. Hensley
Navy Seaman Corey W Hens-
ley, son of Leslie A. Hensley of
Westland, Mich. and Greg A.
Hensley of Clearwater, Fla., re-
cently completed U.S. Navy basic
training at Recruit Training Com-
mand, Great Lakes, Ill.
Hensley is a 2002 graduate of
Starkweather High School of Ply-
mouth, Mich.
Pfc. Patrick J. Mitchell
Army Pfc. Patrick J. Mitchell
has graduated from Basic Combat
Training at Fort Sill, Lawton,
Okla.
Mitchell is a 2005 graduate of
Dunedin High School, Fla.



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NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
UCN: 522009CP001972XXESXX
FILE NO. 09-1972-ES3
IN RE: ESTATE OF
DOUGLAS D. DEBIEN
Deceased.
The administration of the
estate of DOUGLAS D. DEBI-
EN, deceased, whose date of
death was January 24, 2009, is
pending in the Circuit Court for
Pinellas County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is
315 Court Street, Clearwater,
Florida 33756-5165. The names
and addresses of the personal rep-
resentative and the personal rep-
resentative's attorney are set forth
below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF
3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECE-
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is December 4,
2009.
Personal Representative:
Phyllis Debien
400 Driftwood Drive West
Palm Harbor, Florida 34683
Attorney for
Personal Representative:
HENRY L. DICUS, ESQ
WILLIAM A. DICOUS, PA.
PO. BOX 38
Dunedin, Florida 34697
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NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
FILE NO. 09-7160-ES
IN RE: ESTATE OF
BERNARD L. STAFFORD
Deceased.
The administration of the
estate of Bernard L. Stafford,
deceased, whose date of death
was October 16, 2009, is pending
in the Circuit Court for Pinellas
County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is
315 Court Street, Clearwater,
Florida 33756-5165. The names
and addresses of the personal rep-
resentative and the personal rep-
resentative's attorney are set forth
below.
All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF
3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other persons hav-
ing claims or demands against
decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECE-
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is December 4,
2009.
Personal Representative:
Virginia Frazier
140 21st Avenue S.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33705
Attorney for
Personal Representative:
Cynthia J. McMillen
Attorney for Virginia Frazier
Law Offices of Joseph F Pippen,
Jr. & Associates, PL
1920 East Bay Drive
Largo, FL 33771
Telephone: (727) 586-3306
FBN: 351581 SPN: 01769503
13105 DEC4,11,2009 120401


NOTICE OF SALE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
Case No. 05-007087 CI-021
AMERIQUEST MORTGAGE
COMPANY, etc.
Plaintiff,

vs.

GEORGE SOROKA, et al,
Defendants.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated on October 30, 2009 entered in Civil Case No. 05-
007087 CI-021 of the Circuit Court of the Sixth
Judicial Circuit in and for Pinellas County, Florida, wherein
AMERIQUEST MORTGAGE COMPANY, is plaintiff and GEORGE
SOROKA is the defendant.
I will sell to the highest bidder for cash, at the Clearwater
Courthouse, 315 Court Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, at 11:00 a.m.
in accordance with 45.031, Florida Statutes, on the 30th day of
December, 2009, the following described property as set forth in said
Final Judgment of
Foreclosure, to wit:
PARCEL 1
A PARCEL OF LAND IN A PORTION OF SECTION 5,
TOWNSHIP 30 SOUTH, RANGE 15 EAST, PINELLAS
COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY
DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE
SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF
THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4,
RUN WEST 143 FEET, NORTH 140 FEET, EAST 143
FEET AND SOUTH 140 FEET TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING, LESS ROAD RIGHTOF-WAY ON
SOUTH AND EAST, SECTION 5, TOWNSHIP 30
SOUTH, RANGE 15 EAST, PINELLAS COUNTY,
FLORIDA.
A/K/A BEGINNING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER
OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4
OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4, RUN NORTH 140 FEET,
WEST 143 FEET, SOUTH 140 FEET AND EAST 143
FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, LESS ROAD
RIGHT-OF-WAY ON SOUTH AND EAST, SECTION 5,
TOWNSHIP 30 SOUTH, RANGE 15 EAST, PINELLAS
COUNTY, FLORIDA

Property Address: 1396 Trotter Road, Largo, Florida
PARCEL II
LOT 12, LESS THE NORTH 107 FEET (A/K/A THE
SOUTH 90 FEET OF LOT 12), UNIT "C", BIG ACRES
SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 22, PAGE
113, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF PINELLAS
COUNTY, FLORIDA

Property Address: 1626 Pine Street, Largo, Florida

Any person, claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if
any, other than the property owner as of the date of the date of the Lis
Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale.
Ken Burke
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Kennan M. Borne
Deputy Clerk


Attorneys for Plaintiff
Kelly B. Holbrook, Esq
Broad and Cassel
PO. Box 3310
Tampa, FL 33601-3310
16057


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decedent's estate must file their doing And then yo
claims with this court WITHIN 3 And then y
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE fight your way back
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION USF led Hamptor
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED in the paint 20-6 in th
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS and went on to do
SET FORTH IN SECTION and went on to do
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA low post by outscori
PROBATE CODE WILL BE r 3-8 i
FOREVER BARRED. rates 36-28 in the
NOTWITHSTANDING also dominated in pc
THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM turnovers, outscorin
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR 21-9 in that category
MORE AFTER THE DECE- The Bulls
DENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS he B ll came
BARRED. the second half and
The date of first publication remaining
of this notice is December 4,remaining in the ga
2009. the Pirates score wi
Personal Representative: lead.
Thomas Drtina ad.
2547 Redwood Circle Jones took over th
Clearwater, Florida 33763
Attorney for
Personal Representative:
William Rambaum
Attorney for Thomas Drtina
FBN: 0297682; SPN: 00220429
28960 U.S. Hwy 19 North,
Suite 100
Clearwater, FL 33761
Telephone: (727) 781-5357
10720 DEC4,11,2009 120403
Notice to Bidders
Purchasing & Materials Management
City of St Petersburg
Sealed bids will be received by the Purchasing and Materials
Management Director, City of St. Petersburg, Municipal Services
Center, 5th Floor, One 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, Florida, 33701
for: 913-66 Bridge Repair at Tropicana Field, Project No. 09015-
330, Bid No. 6926, pre-bid conference to be held at 10:00 a.m. ET,
Friday, December 4, 2009, at Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive,
St. Petersburg, FL 33705, bid opening at 3:00 p.m. ET, Thursday,
December 17, 2009.
A copy of this solicitation can be obtained in the Purchasing
Department. For more information please visit our website at
http://www.stpete.org/purchase/solbidn.asp and click on the bid num-
ber referenced below.The City of St. Petersburg, Florida reserves the
right to accept or reject any and all bids. The City reserves the right to
waive technicalities on bids. The decision as to what constitutes a tech-
nicality shall rest solely with Louis Moore, CPPO, Director of
Purchasing and Materials Management.
18313 NOV 27, 2009 c112704
NOTICE OF ACTION
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA
UCN: 522009CA019710XXCICI
Case No.: 09-019710-CI-8
EZ LOANS, LLC, a Florida limited liability company,
ROBERT WRIGHT, DOTTIE WRIGHT,
and PERFECT PROPERTIES,
LLC, a Florida limited liability company,
Plaintiffs

v.

THE TEMPLE OF SAINT PETERSBURG, INC.,
a Florida not-for profit corporation,
ARIEL BERGERMAN, AFFORDABLE REALTY AND
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC., a Florida corporation,
TRINITY METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH,
TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH, ISLAMIC SOCIETY
OF ST. PETERSBURG, INC.,
a Florida not-for profit corporation,
and any PARTIES IN POSSESSION INCLUDING ANY
UNKNOWN TENANTS,
Defendants.
To: TRINITY METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to quiet title on the following
property has been filed in Pinellas County, Florida:
LOT 56, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63 AND 64, HARBORDALE,
ACCORDING TO PLAT RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
8, PAGE 29, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA.

which has been filed against you and THE TEMPLE OF SAINT
PETERSBURG, INC., ARIEL BERGERMAN, AFFORDABLE
REALTY AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC., TRINITY
METHODIST CHURCH, ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF ST PETERS-
BURG, INC., and ANY PARTIES IN POSSESSION INCLUDING
ANY UNKNOWN TENANTS, you are required to serve a copy of
your written defenses, if any, to it on:

Karen E. Mailer, Esq.
Powell, Carney, Gross, Maller & Ramsay, PA.
One Progress Plaza, Suite 1210
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

on or before December 18, 2009, and file the original with the
Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs' attorney or
immediately thereafter, otherwise a default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Complaint.
Dated this 18th day of November, 2009.


112703 13340


KEN BURKE
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Rhonda R. Ditty
Deputy Clerk
NOV 20, 27, DEC 4, 11, 2009 112008


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even when the library is
closed," said Library Director
Mary Gaines. "The Digital
Bookmobile is a great introduc-
tion to this remarkable tech-
nology."
The Digital Bookmobile is
housed inside an 18-wheel trac-
tor-trailer. This 74-foot vehicle
is a high-tech update of the tra-
ditional bookmobile. The vehi-
cle is equipped with broadband
Internet-connected PCs, high
definition monitors, premium
sound systems, and a variety of
portable media players, all of
which help visitors explore
Pinellas Public Library Coop-
erative's download service.
Card holders can browse the
growing collection of best-sell-
ing, new release, and classic ti-
tles, and check out a digital title
with a valid library card. Many
audio titles can also be burned
to audio CD.


Men's Basketball continued from pg 1

es got nailing a three followed by a
Bulls coast-to-coast layup with 12:06
on by remaining to give USF its
top of biggest lead of the game at 31
n high points, 60-29.
night, Freshman Mike Burwell hit
his first three of the season and
start his career with five minutes re-
nd led maining to extend the Bulls'
h the lead to 70-46, and two posses-
1. sions later he knocked down a
tarted second three to give him 13
sheet points for the night.
mpton "This time of year it's easy to
ier, Jr. lose your focus and so I was re-
then. ally happy we were able to get
doubt the win and play some guys,"
you're said Heath. "It wasn't as smooth
ive to as I like but still solid."
" The Bulls' 74 points against
points Hampton is the third highest
t half, output this season, as USF is
:e the now averaging 75 points per
he Pi- game in the last four games af-
USF ter starting the season with 66
off of per game in the first four out-
mpton ings.
With the win, USF is now 23-
ing in 6 against teams currently in the
16:19 Mid-Eastern Athletic Confer-
)ubled ence.
44-22 The Bulls also improved to
13-2 in non-conference home
me by games in the Stan Heath era.


NOTICE OF ACTION
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL COURT
CASE NO. 09-12911-FD-23
IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF
DAVID PENDLETON
Petitioner

and

KELLI R. PENDLETON
Respondent
TO: KELLI R. PENDLETON
Last known address:
UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for DISSOLUTION OF
MARRIAGE has been filed and you are required to serve a copy of
your written denial to it, on Petitioner's Attorney, JOSEPH EVANSON,
whose address is PO BOX 629, Largo, Florida 33779 on or before
January 4, 2010, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on Petitioner's Attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded
in the petition.
WITNESS, KEN BURKE, as Clerk of the Circuit Court, and the
seal of said Court at the Courthouse at Clearwater, Florida.


Dated: November 30, 2009


10845


DEC 4 11 18 25 2009


KEN BURKE
rk of the Circuit Court
By: Rhonda R. Ditty
Deputy Clerk
120404


NOTICE OF ACTION
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA
UCN:522009CA019710XXCICI
Case No.: 09-019710-CI-8
EZ LOANS, LLC, a Florida limited liability company,
ROBERT WRIGHT, DOTTIE WRIGHT, and PERFECT PROPER-
TIES, LLC, a Florida limited liability company,
Plaintiffs

v.

THE TEMPLE OF SAINT PETERSBURG, INC.,
a Florida not-for profit corporation,
ARIEL BERGERMAN, AFFORDABLE REALTY AND PROPER-
TY MANAGEMENT, INC., a Florida corporation,
TRINITY METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH,
TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH,
ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF ST. PETERSBURG, INC.,
a Florida not-for profit corporation,
and any PARTIES IN POSSESSION
INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN TENANTS,
Defendants.
To: TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to quiet title on the following
property has been filed in Pinellas County, Florida:
LOT 56, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63 AND 64, HARBORDALE,
ACCORDING TO PLAT RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
8, PAGE 29, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA.

which has been filed against you and THE TEMPLE OF SAINT
PETERSBURG, INC., ARIEL BERGERMAN, AFFORDABLE
REALTY AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC., TRINITY
METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF ST
PETERSBURG, INC., and ANY PARTIES IN POSSESSION
INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN TENANTS, you are required to
serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on:

Karen E. Maller, Esq.
Powell, Carney, Gross, Maller & Ramsay, PA.
One Progress Plaza, Suite 1210
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

on or before December 28, 2009, and file the original with the
Clerkof this Court either before service on Plaintiffs' attorney or imme-
diately thereafter, otherwise a default will be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the Complaint.
Dated this 19th day of November, 2009.


13340


KEN BURKE
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Rhonda R. Ditty
Deputy Clerk
NOV 27, DEC 4, 11, 18, 2009 112701




Page 5 I PINELLAS NEWS I Friday, November 27, 2009

Panera breaks bread with Tampa Cancer Center Sungodess scholarship

Panera gives Community Breadbox collection of $100,000 to the children .Ia a aILI


TAMPA Panera Bread donated $100,000 to the
Children's Cancer Center of Tampa. The money was
collected through the company's Community Bread-
box' donation program in 24 bay-area bakery-cafes
and matched by Covelli Family Limited Partnership, a
franchisee of Panera Bread.
Ron Shaich, CEO and Chairman of Panera Bread
and Saint Louis Bread Company joined Albert Covelli,
owner/operator of Covelli Family Limited Partner-
ship to present the check to the Children's Cancer
Center. Families, children, and supporters of the cen-
ter enjoyed festivities including music, face painting,
cookie decorating, balloon twisting and food from Pan-
era Bread.
Along with the $100,000 donation, Panera Bread
kicked off its next Children's Cancer Center benefit
through its Giving Tree campaign. From now until the
end of December, twenty-four Tampa-area Panera
Bread bakery-cafes are displaying Giving Trees filled
with wishes from bay-area children who are battling
childhood cancer. This year, customers will receive a
free gingerbread man cookie for every gift purchased
for a child on the tree. In its six-year partnership, Pan-
era Bread's Giving Tree program has provided gifts for
400 families.
"We chose the Children's Cancer Center as our
community partner because of their passion and com-


Bronson nails second time


telemarketing offender

TALLAHASSEE -- On Wednesday, the Florida Services and denied having been previously charged
Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner with telemarketing without a license. The Central
Charles H. Bronson announced the arrest of an unli- Florida woman had been arrested on that charge in
censed Central Florida telemarketer who had been March 2008.
charged on a previous occasion with the same of- Following her arrest, Benoit was immediately
fense. booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of so-
Arrested by Bronson's Office of Agricultural Law liciting sales without a license, falsifying information
Enforcement was Mary Karen Benoit, 46, of Orlando. on her commercial telephone salesperson license ap-
Authorities allege that Benoit was soliciting telemar- plication and obstruction by disguised person. Bond
keting sales without a license at Jams Management of was set at $5,500.
Central Florida, Inc., located at 8421 South Orange The Florida Department of Agriculture and Con-
Blossom Trail, Suite 261, Orlando, on September 22 summer Services regulates the telemarketing industry
during a compliance inspection conducted by Bron- in Florida through its Division of Consumer Services.
son's Division of Consumer Services. According to Bronson encourages consumers to call his office at 1-
Bronson's Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement 800-HELPFLA (1-800-435-7352) to check on the reg-
(OALE), Benoit gave a fictitious name to an OALE in- istration status or complaint history of such busi-
vestigator who was present during the compliance nesses. Consumers wishing to file complaints against
inspection in an attempt to disguise her identity. telemarketers can do so online at
Authorities claim that three days later the woman http://www.800helpfla.com or by calling the toll-free
submitted an application to the Division of Consumer number to obtain a complaint form.

McCollum recognized for protective efforts in

foreclosure and loan modification program


TALLAHASSEE The Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) commended Florida Attorney General Bill Mc-
Collum for his proactive efforts to combat mortgage
foreclosure rescue and loan modification scams in
Florida. On Tuesday, the FTC unveiled "Operation
Stolen Hope," a national sweep targeting these types
of scams, and announced the filing of just over 100
state and federal legal actions throughout the country.
These filings are in addition to the continuing efforts
by Attorney General McCollum's office, which has
filed 17 civil actions in the past year with more ex-
pected in the coming months.
"Nationwide, people are struggling financially to
stay in their homes," said Attorney General McCol-
lum. "I'm pleased to see more federal and state part-
ners joining our efforts to protect our homeowners
from these disgusting schemes."
Since October 2008, Attorney General McCollum's
Economic Crimes Division has filed 17 civil lawsuits
for mortgage fraud or foreclosure rescue violations,
recovered $1.5 million in restitution for distressed
homeowners and shut down businesses when appro-


private. The Attorney General's office is also actively
investigating 83 businesses for potential violations of
Florida's Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Prevention Act, a
law he first envisioned in 2007 and championed in the
2008 legislative session.
"If consumers are asked for an up-front fee, are told
to stop making their loan payments, or are guaran-
teed" a modified loan it's a tip off to a rip off," said
David Vladeck, Director of the FTC's Bureau of Con-
sumer Protection. Vladeck commended the enforce-
ment efforts of Attorney General McCollum, saying
that they "send a clear message to scammers that
Florida will not tolerate the victimization of its citi-
zens."
Consumers who wish to file a foreclosure rescue or
loan modification fraud complaint with the Attorney
General's office may call 1-866-966-7226 or may file a
complaints online at http://www.myfloridalegal.com.
More information about the Attorney General's efforts
to combat mortgage fraud in Florida is available online
at: http://www.myfloridalegal.com/mortgagefraud.


AAA sets up 13 Metropolitan Ministrie drop-offs


TAMPA At this time of year, almost
everyone is driving from retailer to retailer
to get the perfect gift for their loved ones,
but there are many families in the Tampa
Bay area who are not so fortunate. The
unstable economy has left many families
without jobs and the means to buy their
loved ones gifts or in many cases essen-
tials like food or clothing. In the Tampa
Bay area, there are more than 20,000
homeless people and numerous families
who are on the brink of homelessness ac-
cording to data provided by Metropolitan
Ministries.
AAA works diligently with Metropolitan
Ministries to provide food and toys to
needy families in the Tampa Area. In 2008,
24,598 families received food and toys dur-
ing the holidays. This year, Metropolitan
Ministries expects to serve more than
29,000 families; up 17.9 percent from last
year.
"The ability to make a difference this
holiday season is very important to us at
AAA," said Jessica Brady, public relations
specialists, AAA Auto Club South. "We re-
alize how fortunate we are and there are
many families who don't have enough food
to serve a good meal during the holidays as
well as children whose parents can't af-
ford to buy them gifts. That's why we're
asking everyone in the community to do-
nate a food or toy item at one of our AAA
locations to help needy families."


AAA Donation Sites:
Tampa Westshore
1515 N West Shore Blvd
Tampa, FL33607
813-288-7294

Brandon
415 West Robertson Street
Brandon, FL33511
(813) 681-5761

Carrollwood
14755 North Dale Mabry
Tampa, FL33618
813) 963-2121

St. Petersburg Gateway
7787 Martin Luther King Jr.
St. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 577-5282

Downtown St. Petersburg
800 Second AvenueSouth
St. Petersburg, FL33701
(727) 826-3600

Belleair
100 North Indian Rocks Road
Belleair Bluffs, FL 33770
(727) 584-7678

Sun CityCenter
717 Cortaro Drive


Sun City Center, FL33573
(813) 633-4880

Westchase
11667 Countryway Blvd.
Tampa, FL33626
(813) 814-5777

New Tampa
20315 Bruce B Downs
Boulevard
Tampa, FL33647
(813) 929-3430

Seminole
9200 Seminole Boulevard
Seminole, FL33772
(727) 398-3120

Clearwater
2170 Rainbow Drive
Clearwater, FL33765
(727) 448-2600

Palm Harbor
32050 US 19 North
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
(727) 789-7850

Port Richey
10532 Devco Drive
Port Richey, FL34668
(727) 868-9523


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mitment to the families of Tampa Bay," said Kevin
Ricci, operating partner for Covelli Family Limited
Partnership who serves on the board of directors for
the center. "Our extended family of Panera Bread cus-
tomers has embraced the Children's Cancer Center
through their generous cash donations to our Com-
munity Breadboxes and support of various fundraisers
we held throughout the year."
"The Children's Cancer Center is so honored to be
the chosen charitable partner of Panera Bread and
the Covelli Family Partnership," said Shannon Hannon
Oliviero, director of community relations, marketing
& fundraising for the Children's Cancer Center. "For
over six years their constant support and strong links
with our community have enabled us to continue our
mission of providing priceless and immediate assis-
tance to families battling childhood cancers and
chronic blood disorders."
Covelli Family Limited Partnership has been part-
nering with the Children's Cancer Center in Tampa
since 2003. For 35 years, the center has been provid-
ing immediate support to families of children with
cancer, hemophilia, sickle cell disease and other
chronic blood disorders. The Center works with chil-
dren and their families to address their immediate
nonmedical needs, which include educational support
through various programs.


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year.
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the Festival of States website at
festivalofstates.com
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2010. Applicants must be the
daughter of a family residing in
Pinellas County with plans to
further her education after high
school and must be 16 years of
age by March 1, 2010.
The applications will be
judged on community service,
academic achievement, and
three essay questions and will
be used to determine the top
20 candidates who will serve
on the 2010 Junior Sungoddess
Court.
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ities, personality, poise and
their ability to speak comfort-
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groups.
Karen Simpson, Senior Vice
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ior Sungoddess Committee
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Sungoddess Committee include
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mann, Lenne Nicklaus-Ball, Jim
Brown, Linwood Gilbert,
Stephanie Goforth, Mandy
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and Jill Wilkinson.




Friday, November 27, 2009 I PINELLAS NEWS I Page 6

Returning record-brakers give RI.( I I'. of t he Wck

USF track and field an edge \m ( ran p r* r


TAMPA A pair of sophomores fresh
off their record-breaking rookie campaigns
provide the University of South Florida
track and field team with a strong nucleus
in the throwing events for the Bulls.
Jared Thomas in the discus and Casey
Wagner in the javelin both came in right
away for assistant coach for throws Toby
Colyer and immediately began to put to-
gether a strong resume. Wagner threw
152-8 at the BIG EAST Outdoor Champi-
onships to set the new standard for the
all-time best mark in program history.
Wagner didn't stop there, though, as she
traveled to Eugene, Ore., in late June to
compete in the USA Track & Field Junior
National Championships. Wagner proved
to be the best around, as she captured the
title in the javelin, USF's first ever at the
championships. Wagner would later take
fifth at the Pan American Junior Athletics
Championships in Port of Spain, Trinidad to
cap a historic season for the freshman.
Thomas, meanwhile, also had a strong
season, taking third at the BIG EAST
Championships after setting the school
record earlier in the season at the LSU
Alumni Gold Meet with a heave of 181-2.
Like Wagner, Thomas also competed at the
Junior Championships, taking fifth to earn
All-America honors.
Senior Tyler Perkins also gives the Bulls
depth in the throws, as he will look to
move up the all-time ranks before season's
end. Perkins currently sits third in the dis-
cus at 174-10 feet and fourth in the ham-
mer at 160-2 while also ranking in the top
10 in the javelin and shot put. The senior
will also aim to improve his ninth-place
showing at the NCAA East Regional
Championships in the discus.
Providing additional depth on the men's
side will be sophomore Marcus Hicks, a
former Florida state champion in the shot
put who competed sparingly during his
freshman year but comes in as the
strongest athlete on the team.
The sophomore stronghold continues
on the women's side, as second-year play-
ers Atasha Warren, Lauren Noe and Sarah
Canter all give USF a good nucleus of tal-
ent for the next several years.
Warren made her way into the top 10 in
USF's all-time records in the shot put,
hammer and discus during the outdoor sea-
son, including the fifth-best mark in the


TAMPA The addition of
a junior national decathlon
champion to the University
of South Florida track and
field team gives the Bulls
firepower in the combined
events for the 2010 season.
Rookie Neamen Wise
brings to the Bulls a long
resume of success at the
junior level, as the 2009
Florida Gatorade Track Ath-
lete of the Year won both
the Nike Indoor National
Championship in the pen-
tathlon and the USATF Jun-
ior Olympic Championship.
In addition, Wise also fin-
ished third in the USA Jun-
ior National Championships


Casey Wagner, javelin.


photo courtesy of USF
Jared Thomas, discus.
shot put at 46 feet. Warren also performed
at the USA Junior National Championships
in the event after qualifying for the BIG
EAST Championships in all three of her
events.
Noe's strongest outdoor event is the
hammer, where she finished the 2009 sea-
son holding the third-best mark in school
history with a throw of 176-4. Noe com-
peted in the discus and hammer at the
league championships, finishing 10th in
both. She also took eighth in the weight
throw at the indoor championships. Her
mark of 57-5.5 stands fourth all time.
Canter competed in the discus and
javelin at BIG EAST and was less than a
foot away from cracking USF's all-time top
5 javelin record book. She also sits in 10th
in the discus.
USF lost two players to graduation in
Jara Cornett, USF's No. 2 all-time record
holder in the javelin behind Wagner, and
Jazmine Highsmith, a top 7 all-time per-
former in the shot put and hammer.


in the decathlon and won
state titles in the 300 hur-
dles and long jump all as a
senior. Wise will be counted
on to replace the production
of senior Grant Scelzi, who
set the school record in the
decathlon with 6,532 points
at the Bulldog Decathlon
last season.
Junior Rachel Etienne
anchors the women's side
for USF in the combined
events, as she ranks second
in the pentathlon and fifth in
the heptathlon in USF's all-
time record book. Etienne
took seventh in the hep-
tathlon at the BIG EAST
Championships and also


owns the fourth-longest
long jump mark in school
history.
Sophomores Alexandria
Ware and Alex Rosenberger
will switch to the combined
events for USF in 2010 to
provide more depth there.
Rosenberger previously
competed in the high jump
and the 400 hurdles for the
Bulls in her first season,
while Ware is a former high
school hurdler after not
competing in 2009.
USF will kick off its
2009-10 season this week-
end when the Bulls travel
to Findlay, Ohio Friday and
Saturday.


Lady Bulls revisit victory

USF Women's Basketball tournament banner raised tonight


TAMPA The University
of South Florida women's
basketball team will take
one final look back at its
2009 Women's National In-
vitation Tournament post-
season title this week when
it raises its championship
banner tonight at 7 p.m.
The Bulls, who are coming
off a four game winning
streak, will take on Wash-
ington at 7 p.m. in the Sun
Dome. In recognition of the
banner rising, the first 500
fans through the turnstiles
will receive a commemora-
tive USF WNIT Rally
Towel.
"Friday night will be the
final time that we look back
at an absolutely amazing
time for USF women's bas-
ketball," said head coach
Jose Fernandez. "Once that
banner goes up, though, we
will put that great experi-
ence behind us and look to
take the next step in our
program's history, and that's


to make it back to the
NCAA Tournament."
Last season, the Bulls
posted a 27-10 record the
best in school history and
an 8-8 eighth place finish in
the BIG EAST Conference.
USF finished the year win-
ning five consecutive
games en route to the
WNIT postseason champi-
onship including three
consecutive on the road. Af-
ter a first round bye, the
Bulls took care of Florida
Gulf Coast (88-81 in over-
time) on March 21 and Mis-
sissippi (74-57) on March
26, both coming at home.
USF then hit the road, for
10 straight days, to defeat
St. Bonaventure (80-66) on
March 29, Boston College
(82-65) on April 1 and
Kansas (75-71) on April 4
in the title game.
The championship game
with the Jayhawks was
played in front of a USF,
Kansas and Big 12 women's


UNIVERSITY
OF SOUTH
FLORIDA
BASKETBALL


- TM

2009

WNIT
CHAMPIONS
photo courtesy of USF
USF Women's Basketball WNIT
Championship banner
basketball record crowd of
16,113 at historic Phog
Allen Fieldhouse. It was
also the eighth largest
crowd to see a women's
basketball game in Division
I last year.


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