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No. 2233 November 24 November 30, 2011 City Honors Volunteers Richard Rasulis serves himself at the citys luncheon for volunteers. Mr. Rasulis volunteers his time teaching watercolor painting at the Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center. Last Wednesday afternoon the city of Gulfport honored over 100 volunteers at a catered luncheon at the Casino. Thank you for your generosity. You provide so much to so many, Mayor Mike Yakes told the volunteers after lunch. The city honored volunteers who have helped support every part of the city, from the Gulfport Senior Center to the Planning and Zoning Board. To nd volunteer opportunities, check out the Get Involved section of theGabber.com. Thanksgiving Stone Soup Pablo Alvarez performs We Are Thankful, a song from Stone Soup, at the Tot Times Stone Soup gathering Friday. As part of the lunch, each of the 17 Tot Time kids in attendance selected, washed, peeled and cut the vegetables. The whole story of Stone Soup is sharing, Tot Time teacher Joanne McRoberts said. Tot Time chose Stone Soup for a Thanksgiving meal to drive home the message of community, McRoberts said. The Reality of Proposed Gulfport Code ChangesBy Cathy Salustri Over the past few months, many Gulfport residents have stood before council and expressed dismay at suggested code changes. Online at the Gabbers Facebook page, debates have erupted suggesting that the residents who have motivated council to take a harder look at the city code want the city to turn into a Pasadena Yacht and Country Club-Lite. We spoke with Mike Schnippering, who owns three Gulfport homes, See Code, page 36Save Our Dispatch Petition Fails But Petitioners Move ForwardOf the 951 signatures, the Supervisor of Elections accepted 508. Petitioners say they will move forward to place the item on the 2013 ballot. Although the group circulating a petition to make the citys police department a chartered more signatures than state statute required, declared 443 of the 951 signatures almost half invalid last week. The petitioners needed hands the concept of making the city police department a chartered department. Florida Statute 1 of submitting petitions and how petitioners can make sure each signature counts. Section 3(b) of the statute stipulates that each person who signs the petition must accurately record the date; the SOE report counted 255 signatures without properly recorded dates. The Gabber reviewed the petition: many signatories omitted the year when signing. Even if those 255 signers had included the proper date, the petition still fell short by 99 report. 95 signers were not registered Gulfport voters, the petition had 23 duplicate signatures See Dispatch, page 4
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Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 3 Operation Santa 2011 Its that time of year again! Santa is putting his list together for this year. If you are a Gulfport resident and could use a little help, the Gulfport Police Department is now accepting applications for Christmas assistance through 53rd Street S. Gulfport. Each familys head of household must bring photo child(ren) living in the home. Operation Santa will collect Christmas gifts for must pick up your gifts at the Police Department from December 17th through 19th between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., so its important that we hear from you right away. For more information on Operation Santa, please call either To assist Operation Santa 2011 called Operation Santa in which toys are donated to needy children that live in the City of Gulfport. Operation Santa has always been very successful in part due to the contributions we receive, we would again like to ask you for your help in the form of donations, i.e. monetary, new unwrapped toys, and gift cards. Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. If you Christmas Potluck Dinner The Gulfport Historical Society will hold its annual potluck dinner on Thursday, December 15th at 6 p.m. at the Historical Museum, will furnish ham and soft drinks. Members and guests are requested to bring two items of non-perishable food for donation to the Senior Citizens Center food bank. News from the Gulfport Historical Society Its a Wonderful Life Arrives! The Gulfport Community Players, in cooperation with the West Coast Players, will present Joe Landrys Its a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, at the Players Back Door Theater on Friday, December 9th and Saturday, available only at the door just before curtain. The Back Door Theater is located in Gulfport at 1619 49th St. S. Parking is plentiful and free. This classic play is being directed by David Smith and is presented in the form of a live radio show, circa 1946. The play comes complete with Applause sign that invites audience participation. For those of you who remember radio dramas (before TV), fun! The cast includes a few actors that you may remember from plays that the Players performed in past years: Mike Bruno, Jason Freeman, Bill Harber, Rita Kitemplon, Alan Mohney, Rhiannon Mooney, Samantha Parisi, Ron Rotondo, and Rosalyn Savel.
4 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Dispatch, from front page all statute requirements. To read the full report, read this article online and look for the link. Deputy City Clerk Katherine Tatay gladly reviewed the statute with the petition group if they had asked. Anything that regards elections or anything like that, were more than happy to explain, she said. Thats City Clerk Lesely DeMuth told the Gabber that Frank Verdino, the person who submitted the petition, didnt ask for advice or guidance, although she said she did receive one phone call from a member of the Reed family, during which she about petitions. We really just ran out of time, Verdino said We didnt even have the (signatures) until the last minute. We werent able to start working in September, which only gave us about had somebody checking for duplicate signatures. Although Verdino says the idea of making the police department a chartered department didnt make it to the voters this time, he has hopes for next year. We have decided to push forward, he says. The signatures are good for two years (and) its possible to go back and put it on as a referendum for next year. It will be too late for dispatch but we can still get the police department in the charter.Tobacco Free Area Signs Posted On November 2, Gulfport Councilmembers unanimously voted in favor of amending chapter 17 of Gulfport Code of Ordinances prohibiting the use of smoking/ tobacco products in or on the City of facilities and childrens outdoor play help from the Pinellas County Health Departments Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, Wednesday, November 23 to inform citizens of the areas enforced.
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 5 St. Pete Beach Commission Report Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, weve had to go to press a day early. We will have full coverage of the St. Pete Beach Commission meeting including whether or not the commission will authorize work on Corey Avenue online Wednesday. We will run the full report on the commission in our December 1 edition. An Alternative Holiday Shopping Experience Saturday Alternative Holiday Market is Saturday, November 26 from 5315 28th Avenue S. and surrounding Chase Park with potluck to follow. Ride your bike and receive a gift! Green Saturday will feature many one of a kind earth/people/pet friendly handmade items, several guest speakers, solar oven bake off, kids area, take and make gifts, responsible gift wrapping, garden goods and local Village will feature Shambhala Meditation Center offering contemplative meditations all day, as well as representatives from Sacred Lands, Dances For Universal Peace, and much more. This is a free family event. Vendor space is still available for $35. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 541-227-6655. Visit on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ GreenSaturday. Register for Glass Blowing Series Registration is open now for the next Introduction to Glass Blowing series offered by Christian Zvonik at the Industrial Arts Center. This series of six classes is offered on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m., beginning November 29th. In this course, students will get to know glass as an artistic medium by making the fundamental shapes to basic blown forms: a ball, a cylinder, a bowl, and a plate. Students will create one piece each week. Course will also focus on teamwork and assistantship, concluding with an individual study session. Douglas Taylor Jr., a local glass blowing instructor, says Here is a chance to work with a very enthusiastic glass blower and kid friendly teacher! Christian is highly motivated and an excellent glass blower. So take a class and learn from a talented and fun guy! For more information, visit www. IndustrialArtsCenter.org or call 727-289-9365. The next series is scheduled to begin late January. Registration in each series is limited to six students, so gift tuition should be reserved early. Sophies Attic Thrift Store Stop by Sophies Attic Thrift Store on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and shop for all those great bargains. Sophies is always desperately seeking donations which may be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2728 53rd Street S. or the Thrift Store Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or up at your convenience. Sophies Attic is a mission outreach of the First United Methodist Church of Gulfport.
6 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Corey Lights Up For Black Friday! Shop local with the merchants on Corey Avenue this Black Friday holiday kick-off! Over 17 stores will deck the halls with sales, refreshments and music. Miss that mad mall frenzy, and spend a leisurely day on Corey instead. From antiques to boutiques, theres more than meets the eye on Corey Avenue: clothing, shells, home decor, arts/ crafts, specialty gifts and more. Give a massage or hair make-over to that special someone in your life. Food tickets are available. The choices are all most endless. Corey Avenue is located just off Gulf Blvd. in downtown St Pete Beach where there is always free parking and covered sidewalks for your shopping endeavors. Some stores are open late. Visit www.coreyave.com or call 727-498-8778. Holiday Activities in St. Pete BeachST. PETE BEACHThe St. Pete Beach/South Pasadena Holiday Lighted Boat Parade will be lighting up the waters of Boca Ciega Bay on Friday, December 9th beginning at 6 p.m. in South Pasadena and traveling south towards Pass-aGrille. All are invited to come to the Viewing Party, Tree Lighting Boca Ciega Drive, to watch the boat parade as it passes by the Community Center. Beginning at 6 p.m., locallyrenowned band De Leied Parrots will be performing and the M.A.D.D. Festival of Trees will be displaying beautifully decorated trees and wreaths that can be bid on and won. Other activities include childrens holiday craft projects, bounce house, local food vendors, and the arrival of Santa by boat. Wrap up the weekend by attending the St. Pete Beach Holiday Land Parade on Saturday, The parade will feature festive marching bands, parading puppies and Santa riding high atop a shiny to come enjoy breakfast in front of Wells Fargo Bank on Corey Ave. for a nominal fee. For more information on any holiday event, call 363-9245 or visit www.spbrec.com. SPCA Extends Saturday HoursLARGOSPCA Tampa Bay announced today that it is expanding its Saturday service hours to the public beginning November 12th. The extended hours on the agencys busiest day of the week can help more The new hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-7 p.m., Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visit: www. SPCATampaBay.org or in person at
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 7 Featuring the Rebera Del Duero Region of SpainThe Ribera del Duero wine region is situated in the northern province of Burgos, millon liter of wine annually. Newton Avenues Christmas Walk Newton Ave. are getting ready for their annual Christmas Display & Walk. They will be collecting new and used toys for The Christmas Toy Workshop of St. Pete. They are adding a bake sale, childrens crafts, and more displays this year. If you would like to support them with a donation of plywood or Christmas lights please contact Amy at 727Display features 12 homes all decorated for Christmas, Santa and Mrs. Claus, elves and baked goods. Lights are lit nightly from through January 2nd. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy goodies from the bake sale and 16th, 17th and 23rd.
8 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Be on the Lookout for a 30-foot Beer Bottle The Treasure Island Police Department is investigating the Treasure Island Beach. The theft occurred on Saturday City of Treasure Island hosted a three day Sand Ovations event on the beach, and to promote the event, Great Bay Distributors had erected a logo and includes a portable, electric Police Department Investigators have leads, but would prefer the return of the display at the request of the owner. If you have any information regarding this theft, please contact the Treasure Island Police Department at 727-547-4595. City of Gulfport Holiday Decorations Contest Gulfport residents, are you ready to get in the holiday spirit and brighten up our City for the holiday season? Then its time to enter the City of Gulfports Holiday Decorations Contest. Stop by the Gulfport Recreation Center or City Hall to pick up an application to enter your home or business. Santa and his Elves will be judging on Monday evening, Dec. 19th. No one knows what time the big red sleigh will travel through the City of Gulfport, but please be ready by 6 p.m. Deadline to enter the contest is noon, Monday, Dec. 19th. There are two theme categories: general and commercial. The general theme is for single/ joint home only and the commercial theme is for single/joint business and professional locations, including home occupations. Winners will be announced in the Dec. 22nd edition of the Gulfport Gabber. Winners will be recognized and presented plaques at the Gulfports City Council meeting (televised) on Tuesday, January 3rd at 7 p.m. Its time to show off your fantastic holiday creation! Call Pancake Breakfast With Santa Gulfport Little League presents a Pancake Breakfast with Santa 8-9 a.m. and the second seating will and $5 per adult. Space is limited. Go to www.gulfportlittleleague.net, click reservation page. Elves are standing by waiting to hear from you!
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 9 Play to Benet Shoebox Ministry The Omega Players will present Paul and Company: Laughter and Life on Tuesday, November 29 at 5 p.m. at the Catherine Hickman Gulfport. The one-time event is a Ministry of Pilgrim Congregational Church. Major portions of the show have been written by Paul Fornatar. His company includes: Gladys Battle, April Brown, Donna and Jack Denis, Marianne Feraca, Deborah and Craig Frethem, Carrie Hinton, JJ Johnson, Gail and Larry Lewis, Kay and Ed Mann, Florence Moon, Ric Ortisi, Anne Robinson and the Reverend Wayne Robinson. Laughter and Life is a series of sketches and blackouts to provoke laughter and the importance of laughter. There will also be musical selections by Fornatar and the Sun Shine Girls as well as two mystery guests. Admission is $5. Tickets are available at the door or from members of the company. Reservations can be to laugh, need to laugh or want to laugh, join them! Drive through Christmas Story St. Lukes United Methodist Church located at 4444 Fifth Avenue N., St. Petersburg, is celebrating this Christmas season by sharing a drive-through Christmas Story live nativity production to take place on 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. As you drive through in the comfort of your car, you will story of the birth of Jesus and the events that were taking place during that time. Free admission, donations are accepted. In hopes to keep the to turn off of Fifth Avenue N. onto 46th Street (southward) then left on Dartmouth. Take a Lifeguard Certication CourseST. PETE BEACHWant to be prepared to get an awesome job Lifeguard. The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center will be offering its December. Students must be at least 15 years old and complete a pre-course swimming and diving test. Classes will be held December non-residents, books not included. Classes are located at the St. Pete Ciega Drive, and all interested participants can stop by to register in person. Reserve your space now. Contact the pool at 363-9264 for more information.
10 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Letters Thanks for a Great Heroes Weekend Dear Editor: The Gulfport Chamber of Commerce sincerely thanks the individuals who helped achieve the the City. The City of Gulfport, Mr. Bob Worthington, American Legion Post 125, Andy Anderson Post, and Mr. Javier Centonzio, a veteran and student at Stetson, worked together to give our community a way to say Thank You to our own Home Town Heroes. From the concert by the Pasadena Community Band, the parade on Saturday, and the Jelvis concert on Sunday evening, it all came together to show that we are a community that cares. Special thanks to the veterans who rode in the Chamber contingent. Those who rode or walked in the parade saw service in every branch of the military, and all reside in Gulfport. We were very proud to have them as part of the Chamber unit. Lori Rosso PresidentTown Hall Meeting Dear Editor:The evening of the 15th found Gulfportonians of all ages, sexes and incomes coming together to voice their opinions on the topic of Code Enforcement. It was encouraging to see those in attendance, this topic hit them in some way and they wished to be heard. It was wonderful to witness a plethora of opinions being voiced, after all, this is a city of ours, not us or them. The proposed codes are just that, proposed. Currently, a lot of residents of Gulfport are voicing opinions that are not grounded in fact, some are from hearsay, and others are vehemently opposed to any type of change, no matter what. If one takes a few minutes to read the proposed codes, most of them actually are concerned with public safety. If we are to be concerned about the safety of others, that displays a sense of compassion and caring. The proposed codes also display consideration and respect for others, if I am your other, than you are my other. Remember, Gulfport is OUR city, not an individuals. There were differing opinions voiced last night, something that I celebrate, can also agree to disagree. One thing that I found exceptionally wonderful was that the City Council was on the same level as the rest of those in attendance. This accomplished a feeling egalitarianism, for no one is any better or worse than another. One thing that was expressed was the proposed ordinance concerning trash cans; we have many in Gulfport with disabilities, I am one of those residents, the proposed ordinance with the trash cans can actually me quite a few minutes to take out my trash and bring it in, on many occasions my trash can was already put away, this occurred by one of my neighbors. When I say it can be used for maybe someone puts away my trash can or my recycle bins, that causes me to think about what I can do for them. I mentioned public safety because it is a topic that is very dear to me. Because I am disabled and walk with a cane, there are streets that I can not walk on, due to the disregard of others, not because these streets lack sidewalks. Public safety is an example of consideration on concern for others, the safety of other individuals should be on our minds. In closing, it was truly refreshing to see a wide assortment of Gulfportonians in attendance at the Town Hall Meeting, for if we choose to sit idly back and not be heard, what we witness is of our own doing. Something I once heard, and it rings true to this topic, If we all are accountable, then no one is accountable, meaning there has to be a benchmark for us all, and this benchmark should be fairly and evenly enforced.Mark GranthamKeep the Swigwam Dear Editor: This morning I was greeted by an email from Mr. Williams telling me the news of the Swigwam being in jeopardy because of the bars policy of allowing the customers to drink on the street. Now although I did frequent this bar when it was on the beach many years back and lets be honest, for many years of visiting there from the North, I have to say, that here in the North, drinking on how drinking customers can be and its not always a pleasant experience. I havent been down to St. Pete since this bar has moved to Corey Ave., so I cant say I have experienced any inappropriate behavior on anyones part. If there has been problems with people walking by this establishment and the patrons, I would hope that the people being bother by such behavior would do the logical thing and contact the owner of the bar. It appears that hasnt been the case. I do feel on the other hand, Mr. Williams should have better control of this bar and know what is going on at all times, owning a bar is serious business. I hope the Swigwam will be allowed to stay and that perhaps Mr. Williams will do his best to discourage outdoor drinking. It would be a shame to see this bar which has held so many good times for so many, just become another memory... I wish Mr. the Swigwam.Cat Summers The following letters are in response to a story in last weeks Gabber Dangerous Dog or Beloveed Pet? By: Tom Parkinson I would like to clarify a few misconceptions that a number of readers seem to be under. Firstly, I appreciate the concern a lot of my neighbors have shown towards Luger. He is healing nicely from the puncture wound to his chest. Thankyou all for your kind words. The following has been reported to animal control by me and is factual. This is the fourth time buddy has gotten loose and come after my dog or dogs. This is the second time an prior to the second bite, I witnessed buddy get loose and charge/attack a neighbor in her golf cart as she drove by the Hastings house. I have given the name to animal control but will not mention it here. You can see a pattern of increasing frequency developing.
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 11 I do wish to point out that I think Mr. Hastings Gets It now. I have not seen Buddy outside since the incident. I think he is trying much harder and I appreciate his efforts. And thats all I want, a safer neighborhood. I have taken in a rescued dog before and they have special needs and owners have special responsibilities. Owners need to be aware of this. By: Ted Kehoe This is another case of the Gabbers Journalistic Wedge they use to separate people from the good work that has been done and they continue to do. They mention other dog incidents that have happened, but never used the same lengths or courtesies to inform us FAIRLY across the board of such incidents. As it is the other dog incidents have had crippling outcomes to other pets... Where is the integrity to report this? Since this has to do with our citys Vice Mayor and it is election time, I question the timing, integrity and reason for this elaborate crap story. I do feel bad for both animal owners. I know them both. They are both animal lovers and are dedicated to their animals, another point that is not mentioned in this very one sided article. But as it has been stated these are alpha dogs. I see no issue if By: Mike Schnippering For some Gulfport politicians the Gabber is a necessary evil. For the Gulfport desperate, its a weekly hundreds of people the Gabber is the primary source of news. This article should be under the motto we form your opinion so you dont have to. The article starts off with a cute doggie story many people can relate to before it sporadically mentions that Hastings pulled into the driveway of his PASADENA YACHT AND COUNTRY CLUB HOME and pressed the BUTTON to open his ELECTRIC GATE. This sentence is aimed to portray a picture of Mr. Hastings in the hope that the average voter can not relate to him as they are not even able to this on the economy this article is created to put a wedge between Mr. Hastings who cares very much about our community as I do who does not live in PYCC. And of course by throwing in the for an ELECTRIC FENCE the hope is that the gap between the Vice Mayor and the average citizen will become even bigger. People need to read between the lines. Also a dog which escapes twice in four years can NOT be called habitual. It happened with my dogs because my front door did not lock properly. Did the neighbor have his German Shepherd on the leash? That would be probably important to know as dogs will behave like dogs. This article also suggests that Vice Mayor Hastings is a careless person: Quote: They [Hastings] dont close the GATE. He NEVER turns around and looks. Are they going to learn because of this incident? This article is far from being all about dogs. This article is political slander right before election time. Cathy Salustri nor any other Gabber member would have come down to my neighbors house if their Australian Shepherd would have gotten into a By: Mark Gildauskas Throughout my life of observing our species I felt that I had a pretty good idea of their limits and abilities, but reading this article and subsequent responses has me questioning what Ive missed. Im seriously considering returning to the study of our species to see if I where we have devolved. Is there any evidence in historical records that could demonstrate that any species devolves under stress, overpopulation and disease? I can see the physical consequence of overeating or underexercising, I wonder if there could be a mental consequence as well? You know too much of a good thing, or information overload, or brain matter becoming too malleable or not malleable enough. Are we evolving with damaged mirror neurons that will eventually trigger an evolutionary spire into a newly designed creature? Ive lived in gated communities, owned and trained many dogs, purchased an electric fence or two, electric collars, electric gates, Ive even lived in an area where the neighbors were eating dogs, so I can read this article with a vivid picture of what each element represents, and because I can I found the article closely related to reality. For example: when I read that Mr. Hastings spent 3 grand on a fence, went up, and secondly that hes serious about keeping this dog. What I didnt come away with was that hes rich and spoiled and that the writer wanted to convey some derogatory message. I dont see that the sole purpose of the article was to manipulate me, for or against one person or the other, or either dog. If anything it favors Mr. Hastings and sort of makes the Dr. out to be an exaggerator, but if the writer is reporting what he said, thats what he said, not what she, the reporter said. The Dr. is unhappy, I would be too, as would anyone. Hastings is remorseful over the incident, so would I be. All seems right to me. Now enter in personalities and politics. He said, he is, they do, they dont, they should or shouldnt and then we have an election. This guy Hastings seems to be in a pickle. The writer and the Gabber should try a new line of work, according to some and, at some point, you have to wonder is there really a hat manufactured that wouldnt fall off their head? Do people really think like this? My last thought in closing, would the posters respond this way if they had any experience with dogs, gates and fences inside of a gated community? If they could actually relate to all the parts and pieces of this report/article, would they have actually written what they wrote? 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12 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Holiday Happenings in Pinellas County As the holiday season approaches, Pinellas County is preparing for seasonal celebrations. host their traditional event, Holiday Lights in the Gardens nightly from will adorn the thousands of plants and trees, and local entertainers will be featured each night. Santa Claus will also be seen at times during the event. A donation of $2 is requested for adults and children 12 years and older. Admission is free for children younger than 12. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The nightly entertainment schedule will View the video at www.youtube.com/ pcctv1. Botanical Gardens Foundation will have their Gift and Plant Sale Dog Parade will have tails wagging on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 2 p.m. All Florida Botanical Gardens events Society will sponsor Heritage Villages Trees and Traditions on Saturday, December 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is an open house with refreshments, activities and crafts for children, holiday music and carols, and a visit from Santa Claus. With a focus on the Pinellas County Centennial, there will be tours to explore how Pinellas Countys residents of the past celebrated the The Beach Cottage Gift Shop will be open during this event to purchase holiday gifts. Heritage Village is Largo. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/ heritage or call 727-582-2123. event will be held at Pinellas County Animal Services on Saturday, There will be photos with Santa Paws for a $5 donation to the Animal Welfare Trust Fund, a food truck rally, specials on adoption fees and rabies vaccination and a chance to put your paw in and reserve a spot for a favorite pet to become part of the Pinellas Paws Cause mural at charge for each pet portrait, with $25 donated to the Trust Fund, which helps provide special needs to shelter pets. Pinellas County Animal Services Largo. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/ View the video at www.youtube.com/ pcctv1. Petersburg, will host Arts and Crafts for the Holidays on Saturday, Holiday decorations and gifts will be created with Environmental Educator Colleen Gray. Admission is free, but advanced registration is required. To register or for more information, visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 13 2011 City of Gulfport Holiday Tree Lighting The Gulfport Holiday Tree Lighting is on Monday, December 5th starting at 7 p.m. in Clymer Park located at Gulfport Blvd. S. and Beach Blvd. S. Bundle up for an evening of festive music by the Gulfport Recreation division, and join the Mayor, Council and Yvonne Johnson in caroling, a true Gulfport tradition. There will be refreshments and festive cheer as the Mayor lights the tree for another holiday season. He will be looking for a few helpers this year, so kids get ready. This is a free admission event and all are welcome! There just may be a visit from the big man in red himself to listen to your little ones Holiday wishes. Players Hold Membership Meeting The Gulfport Community Players will be holding a Membership Meeing on Friday, December 2nd at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Players Back Door Theater, located at 1619 49th St. S. in Gulfport. All members are invited to attend, as well as nonmore about the Gulfport Community a little about their next production, The Curious Savage. It will be opening at the Hickman Theater Visit their website at: http://www. gulfportcommunityplayers.org for more information about this group. Gulfport Lions to serve Pancake Breakfast The Gulfport Lions Club will be presenting their 2nd Pancake Breakfast of the season on Saturday, December 3rd from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Drive S. in the Gulfport Marina area. Pancakes with syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, with coffee or tea to drink, and all you care to eat at the donation price of $5 per person. Bring your family and friends and spend an enjoyable morning overlooking beautiful Boca Ceiga Bay, You might even see a manatee! Children really love these Breakfasts. This year as in the past, they ask you to bring a toy unwrapped to put into their Christmas Toy Box. They will be making their annual Christmas toys and food distribution soon. When you come and support their fund raising activities, you are doing much to help those in need. Gulfport Lions is a service organization, meeting the needs of those less fortunate, especially at this time of the year.
14 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Chamber of Commerce Holiday Evening Mixer The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual Holiday Mixer at the Hurricane Gulf Way, Pass-a-Grille) on Tuesday, December 13. This year they will be asking for donations to support PARCs wish list and to make it fun a local business, The Rocketship Car, will be parked out in front of the Hurricane collecting those donations. Please donate a gift and help them Fill the Rocketship! Their sponsor for this event is Commercial Electrical Contracting, Inc. The event will run from members. Donations can be dropped off at the Chamber headquarters and will be accepted until Monday, December 12th. For more information or to register, please contact Amanda tampabaybeaches.com. Annual Corey Holiday Craft Festival The St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival returns for its 17th a.m. 5 p.m. held on Corey Avenue, St Pete Beach. Folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry and paintings, just to name a few, to personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products will be displayed and available for sale at very affordable prices. The Corey Area Business Association hosts this years event, as well as three other Howard Alan shows throughout the year. In order to ensure a great event with quality affordable original crafts, the local and national crafters have been hand-selected from hundreds of applicants by American Craft Endeavors, producers of the top outdoor craft festivals in the country. All of the crafters will be at the festival groups founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. Corey Avenue has years. Corey merchants and restaurants will be open during show hours offering their hospitality and providing a relaxing place to shop and dine during both days of the show. The Corey Fresh Market will not run the Sunday of the Holiday Craft Show but will return the following week, Sunday 9 a.m. 2 p.m. The Craft Show takes place on Corey Avenue, downtown St Pete Beach, between Boca Ciega Dr and Gulf Blvd. There is plenty of free parking in the general area. Visit www.artfestival.com or www.coreyave.com or call 727498-8778.
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Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 17 City of South Pasadena Annual Holiday Tree Lighting The City of South Pasadenas Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, December and songs will be provided by Pasadena Fundamental School. Refreshments will follow at Maynard A. Duryea Bay View Park. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities! For more information call City Hall at 727-347-4171. Fidos Florida Yappy Hour The New Barker Magazine and the TradeWinds Island Grand present Fidos Florida Yappy Hour on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 1-4 p.m. Event is an afternoon featuring the grand Runway pet fashion show, pet-centric exhibits, animal-themed gifts and a book signing. The PawJect Runway fashion show, scheduled for 3 p.m., will pet photo contest. Pet owners can submit photos of their chic canines at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 3. All photos will be posted on The New Barker Magazine be selected by a panel of judges. The grand prize winner, which will be announced at the fashion show, will receive a two-night stay at the TradeWinds Island Grand, plus an authentic Mood (just like on the pooch treats from Gone to the Dogs boutique and more. There is no charge to enter. Ginger Warder, author of Fidos Florida travel guide will also be on-hand to personally sign copies of the new book. All proceeds from the books will be donated to PetWorking Animal Shelter, which will be the largest animal shelter in South Pinellas. In addition to its mission to place animals in loving homes, PetWorking will feature a number of unique programs including a oneof-a-kind senior sanctuary and pet hospice. The shelter is scheduled to Event and parking are free and open to the public. TradeWinds Island Grand Resort Garden Courtyard St. Pete Beach. Contact Ginger Warder at 727-388-1514 or email email@example.com. Artist Applications Due for 2012 Mainsail ShowST. PETERSBURG- Attention artists, applications to be an exhibitor in the 37th Annual Mainsail Arts Festival are due by Thursday, December 1. All applications must be submitted online at www. zapplication.org or by visiting www. mainsailartsfestival.org and clicking on ZAPP. The festival will be held April 21 waterfront Vinoy Park. This years competition features more than fees are $35 and booth entry fee is $275. Categories include Ceramics, Digital Art, Fibers, Glass, Graphics, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media, Oil/ Acrylic, Photography, Sculpture, Watercolor and Wood. Mainsail presents the Young at Art student show, Kids Create art activity tent for children, live music, and a culinary arts food court. Admission for visitors is free. volunteers to help with planning and production. The two-day show, art and design shows in the nation, is also a leading cultural event in St. Petersburg, currently named Americas #1 Arts Destination for mid-sized cities for two years in a row. Visit www.mainsailartsfestival.org.
18 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 This Weeks Solution Gu lfpo rt G ar den & B ird Club The Christmas luncheon will be held on December 8th at 12 noon at Boulevard S. in Gulfport. Members can choose from three items from a special menu so there is no need to pay in advance; however, please let December 5th if you are planning to attend so the restaurant can prepare the tables. This is also the time to remember residents at the Boca Ciega Center. Please bring your gift-wrapped presents to the luncheon marked for a gentleman or lady. Gifts may include lotion, small stuffed animals, stationery, stamps, slippers, socks, candy, t-shirts, deodorant, liquid bath soap, large print books, games, etc. On January 12th a bus trip is planned to the Morse Museum in Winter Park to view the Tiffany Glass collection. The bus holds 32 people and club members will be given priority; a wait-list will be established for guests. The cost is tip for the driver). Checks should be made out to the Gulfport Garden and Bird Club and sent to Barbara Dye, 2613 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, will leave from the Senior Center at 9 a.m. Please park in the library parking lot. Happy Thanksgiving to all from the Gulfport Garden and Bird Club!
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 19 The Gabs How do you dene gratitude?Henry Wells, Gulfport: Just to be alive and be around my friends and the Senior Center and be able to volunteer. Delia Saavedra, Gulfport: If you have food, if you have a job even if you volunteer you have means. Helen LePore, St. Petersburg: Being thankful for what you have. Yvonne Johnson, Gulfport: Being thankful for what you have, what the Lord has provided for all of us, and being able to do what youre able to do.
20 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Religious Services, Classes & Events Call 321-6965 for more information on placing your ad in this special sectionPlaces of Worship
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 21 Religious Services, Classes & Events Call 321-6965 for more information on placing your ad in this special sectionPlaces of Worship
22 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 The Treasure Island Art Guild will accept paintings for its December show on Thursday, December 1 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the The Treasure Island City Hall, enter up to two paintings. If you are not a member, you are invited to become one and enter the show. A reception for the winners and potluck Christmas party will be noon at the same place. They will be selling cards hand painted by their artists to help support their scholarship fund. For more Beta Sigma Phi Laureate Epsilon Theta members gathered at the home of Sharon and Rogers Ingram for a social hosted by Paula Roberts and Paula Lyens. The hostesses provided the appetizers, meat dishes and desserts while the members attending brought a dish to share. It was a very relaxing evening of good food and friends getting together for the holidays. Members of Beta Xi Master, Laureate Epsilon Nu and Laureate Epsilon Theta entertained each other with a reciprocity brunch on Saturday, November 19 at Lake Rich Mobile Home Parks Clubhouse. Each chapter provided a variety of items for the brunch and favors for those attending. LET members and guests will be attending the Sunshine City Councils Annual Christmas Brunch on Saturday, December 3 at the Bilmar Resort on Treasure Island. Members have been requested to bring a non-perishable item for the St. Giles Food Pantry. This is always a wonderful way to begin the Christmas Holidays. LETs executive board will meet on Tuesday, December 6 at the Hangar and celebrate the holiday season. For more information, please contact Sharon Ingram at 321-2849.
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24 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 By Matthew Margolis Decoding Canine Behaviors We have a 7-month-old baby who is learning to crawl. When she starts moving, our 10-year-old Ridgeback/ Pit bull mix gets anxious and starts circling her. Every once in a while when she is moving, he will charge at her and nudge her with his nose. Sometimes he will growl when he does that. Mind you, we do not let her crawl around without us there, and we push him away when we see him charging at her. He was OK with her until she started crawling. He follows us with her everywhere. Even when she is sleeping in her crib, he has to be in the room with her. He wont leave her side. We feel that he is protecting her. When she is crawling, it is a different story. Barnie has had a tough life. We rescued him at 2 years old, and we were told at the shelter that he was beaten as a puppy. As for the baby, it seems like he is protecting her until she gets on the ground. Should we be worried about him charging her? What does that mean? Is he scared or threatened by her? Any suggestions would be appreciated. If you were on a boat in the middle of the ocean and you noticed a shark circling your boat, would you jump in the water? No. Would you feel scared or threatened? You bet. An animal circling something is in predator mode, and whatever he is circling is potential prey. It is no different when the parties involved are a dog and a baby. Charging can be an aggressive action. Growling is a clear and certain warning of escalating aggression. This couple has a tough decision to make. Their choices are: -Find a new home for the dog. -Find a new home for the baby. -Find a way to keep the two away time. They were hoping to train the dog and eliminate the behaviors through training. But timing is everything. Baby is already crawling, and was lying still and quiet in her own crib. Crawling around all over his territory? Baby is a foreign body, an unknown entity, a strange and mobile creature on his turf. Barnies response? Circling, charging, nudging, growling. Translation: He doesnt like it, and if youre not going to do anything about it, he will. In this case, a complete and secure separation is their best hope if they want to keep Barnie in the family. Dog runs, crates, baby gates and equipment are designed to help us steer clear of danger. Otherwise, its good home without small children.
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 25 Eat at the Gulfport Senior CenterSenior Center Snack BarCome see our new menu for Breakfast and Lunch Items. Room also available for small luncheon meetings 5501 27 Avenue S. in GulfportPit Bull Mix Dog with Slashed Ears Found in Gulfport; $500 Reward Offered LARGOSPCA Tampa Bay investigators responded to a call for help when Both of the dogs ears had been hacked off and were encrusted with blood. conviction of the person(s) who are responsible. The grant is made possible thanks to the ASPCA. The grey and white female stray was found near the intersection of Gulfport Boulevard and 53rd Street in Gulfport and appears to be less than one year of age and has been named Snookie by SPCA staff members. Follow this story as it unfolds: Facebook.com/SPCATampaBay Angel is a sweet, loving 7-month-old female Hound mix. She is very friendly, playful and gets along great with everyone and dog she meets. Angels likes long walks and is learning her basic obedience commands like sit and stay. She is spayed, up to date with vaccinations and microchipped. Angel will do very well with an active family or individual. To meet this celestial 22nd Street S., St. Petersburg, 727-328-7738 or www. petpalanimalshelter.com. Pet Pal Animal Shelter Find Save Our Strays at Green Market Save Our Strays will offer advice on cats and sell pet-related t-shirts, catnip pillows, cat toys and collars Saturday Alternative Holiday Market. The event is Saturday, 5 p.m. at Scout Hall, 5315 28th Ave. S. and surrounding Chase Park. Green Saturday will feature many one-of-akind useful, earth/people/pet friendly handmade items, take and make gifts, garden goods, and local musical artists. Save Our Strays is a no-kill, rehoming stray cats and kittens.
26 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 By Holiday Mathis As we cross from November into December, Venus guides our passage. From the stately station of Capricorn, the love goddess is a prima ballerina, disciplined, lovely and with the regal carriage that makes even her most common gesture seem like a dance. Venus harmonious angle to Jupiter in the early week and her subsequent alignment with Pluto bring new grace and ease to our personal relationships. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Youll join with those who have a common interest and will act to sign mate the great anthropologist Margaret Mead said it best: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed its the only thing that ever has. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You are genuinely interested in others, and you will be a better listener because of it. Also, this week shows you as even more openminded than usual. Because you are without preconceived notions, youll hear the full depth of whats being communicated to you and react accordingly. AQUARIUS Youll acknowledge whats going on even when its a little bit unpleasant to do so. Your acknowledgement is different from complaining or bringing up the negative parts just for fun. You are simply saying what you see because you know you cant change it until you can articulate what exactly needs to change. PISCES credence to your psychic ability this week. Note what your minds eye sees that your actual eyeballs do not. The best way is to write down your dreams, visions and impressions. They wont be so easily understood, at least not right away. But write them down anyway. In time, they will prove quite accurate. ARIES (March 21-April 19). It will Your life may seem a little like a staged version of your story: the sets propped up to look realistic and the actors repeating the right lines. Yet it all feels very playful and temporary, as though you could change the plot at any moment. Indeed, you can. TAURUS Sometimes big change seems to follow a small event in your life. However, its likely not the small event but a culmination of many, many small events through time that causes the change. Later, youll ponder the reasons, but for now, youll be content that the change in question is obviously for the better. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Youll probably notice this week that people dont say thank you nearly as often as they should. They take kindness for granted and sleepwalk past miracles on a daily basis. Youll never know the extent of the good you do simply by noticing, being grateful and feeling continually amazed by the world around you. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Youll have a run of success. Youll earn the pleased with your performance. Stay alert so that you can identify what is different about these times. Your awareness of the actions you are taking will allow you to do more of this in the future. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It is clear that a decision has to be made. You might think the choice is a hard one to make due to all the complications involved, but thats only if you choose with your head. Pouring over research, interviewing all involved and other time-consuming steps will be unnecessary if you choose with your feelings instead. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Youll be developing new interests, and youll want to get as much experience as you can this week -mostly because its fun. Repetition will be key to your learning process. Allow for this to happen, even if you have to change your schedule or convince someone to give you extra care. You were meant for this! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Youve developed the habit of moving forward even when your faith wanes. You may lose sight of the goal, but you will be patient, and you will persevere. By the end of the week, the clouds part, and you remember what was so important to you in the act as if. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You deserve to be around those who are enthusiastic about your offerings. The one who hesitates shows doubt. You dont like the message, and you probably wont feel like waiting such a person. Youll be quick to move on to a situation thats a better This Weeks Birthdays: The best parts of your life have not been entirely self-created. Rather, the big thrills have come from unexpected collaborations and happy accidents. The trend continues this year. Youll also revel in long hours with people yourself. This is possible because you stop spending time with people you dont feel so great around. A professional goal motivates the action through January. March brings a windfall. Wedding bells ring in August. Music at Gulfport Beach PavilionFor info, call J at 727-688-3040Monday, 1-3:00 p.m. Karaoke by The Toonsters, J & Lolita Tuesday, 1-3:00 p.m. Entertainment by Mark Blackwood, Bob & Sue back next week Wednesday, 1-3:00 p.m. ReservedThursday, 1-3:00 p.m. Karaoke by Cookie and Dave Friday, 2-4:00 p.m. Entertainment by Geno Saturday, 1-3:00 p.m. Entertainment by Over Due Bill Sunday, 1-3:00 p.m. Accordion music for listening and dancing
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 27 The Debby Bacon Holiday Dream Show International Concert Pianist and multi-instrumental entertainer Debby Bacon is performing two Gulfport Senior Center Foundation on Wednesday, December 7 at the 27th Avenue S. Show times are 1 p.m. and 7p.m. Debby charms audiences with her abilities and her charismatic personality making her one of the most enjoyable, busiest and wellliked entertainers in show business. Debby was classically trained on organ and piano from the age of four and has since mastered no less than eight different instruments. Debby Bacon now performs worldwide and returns to her home in the United States during the winter months. Tickets available at the Senior the door for the 1 p.m. performance; $12/advance or $14 at the door for the 7 p.m. performance. The evening performance will include a Meet & Greet with Ms. Bacon at 6 p.m. in the Theater lobby. For more information call the Senior Center at 727893-2237 or check online at www. gulfportseniorfoundation.org. Cookoff Benets Suncoast Hospice Suncoast Hospice Foundation is generosity of the Cruising Fleet, members, friends and guests of the Pasadena Yacht & Country Clubs 1st Annual Chili Cookoff in Gulfport. Over tastings, refreshments, games, music and tons of fun on Saturday, November 5th. They voted for their favorite chili from seven teams: Chili Hooters, Chili Warriors, Chaos Con Carne, Hunks of Burning Love, Mexitalia, Smokin Js and Tuna Thyme competed for the best Chili recipe. Hunks of Burning Love was named donation, Suncoast Hospice continues to support the needs of more than with dignity and respect. Mark your calendars for the next PY&CC Chili Cookoff to be held should you want to show your support to Suncoast Hospice, please go to Thehospicefoundation.org and direct your contribution to the PYCC Chili Cookoff. Town Shores Bocce They have completed three weeks of play and will now take a week off. Check Channel 96 for results of the standings. Play will resume Monday, November 28. The December schedule is now posted at the courts. Give the referees a big thank you as without them there would be no games. If you are interested in becoming a referee and they do need more, call Ruth at 347-9723. The Bocce dinner dance held on November 12th was a fun time. his music was enjoyed by all. The food was good and the chopped salad was the big hit along with the apple dessert. Thanks to the building reps for contacting residents and selling tickets in their buildings. Dr. Seuss Christmas Breakfast The GFWC St. Petersburg Womans Breakfast on Saturday, December Cost is $6 ages 11 and under and $12 ages 12 years and older. Green eggs and ham (plain egg and add green sprinkles) and more. Event features games, prizes and music. Dress as your favorite Seuss character for their fun fashion show! Help this fund raising event provide books to needy children. Reservations are made by calling 822-4982. Seating is limited.
28 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 City Sponsored Activitiesin the CommunityRecreation Center 5730 Shore Blvd. So 893-1068Gulfport Library 5501 28th Ave. So. 893-1074 or fax 893-1072 The Library will be closed Thurs. & Fri., Nov. 24 & 25 for Thanksgiving holidays, reopening at 10:00 am on Sat., Nov. 26 Crafts Club for All Ages: Saturday, Demake DIY Christmas ornaments, candles that dont burn, and sticker calendars. Coffee/Talk Book Club: Thursday, Tara Road, by Maeve Binchy, over coffee & light refreshments. Stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a discussion guide and a copy of the book. Please call 893Free Family Movie Day: Saturday, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas [G]; and Aliens [PG-13]. Enjoy with free popcorn provided by the Library! FMI, call Genealogy Assistance. Saturday, Noadvice while using traditional and online resources for researching family history. Read to Linda, one of our staff members: slot at the Circulation Desk. All ages welcome. One-on-One Computer Instruction: Free Thinkers Open AA (Twelve Step) Meeting: Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45 pm. Gulfport Creative Short Story Writers: Game on! Teen Board Game Afternoons Stop by after school to challenge your opponents! World Harmony Art Exhibit: Display of artworks by Sri Chimnoy. The late artist was renowned worldwide for his colorful paintings promoting peace. Frances Purdy Friends Room Gallery Walls.UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ALL PROGRAMS AND MEETINGS ARE HELD IN THE FRANCES PURDY FRIENDS ROOM. PROGRAMS AND DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE 5500 Shore Blvd. So. 893-1070 ELLIS HALES BAND Social & Ballroom Dancing Sun., Nov. 27, 6-10pm, $7 USA Ballroom Dance Mon., Nov. 28, 7-10:15pm $5 Members, $7 Non-members WEEKLY DANCES Every Tuesday Ballroom Lessons 12-3pm, $7 12-1 Intermediate 1-2 Beginner 2-3 Dancing Argentine Tango 6:30-10:30pm, $7 6:30-8pm Lesson, 8-10:30pm Dance Thursday, Dec. 1 Salsa Dance 6:30-8pm Beg. & Inter. Lessons 8-10pm Dance, $7 RECREATION WEBSITE -www.mygulf port.us and follow the links: City Departments, Leisure services, Rec. Center. ACTIVITIES Open Gym Tues., 6-9 p.m. and Mon.-Fri. non-resident The Game Roomwill be closed from 4 while the Haunted House is under construction. PROGRAMS 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR CHILD CARE PROGRAM The School Year Child Care Program is for children entering Kindergarten thru age 14. It is also a quality program which provides a nur turing atmosphere where each child has the opportunity to experience many recre ational, social, creative and enriching activities at a cost affordable to families. The program is licensed by the Pinellas County License Board. Non-refundable annual registration fee is $17 for residents and available until 6 p.m. for an extra charge. Hours of registration are MondayFriday 2011-2012 TEEN NIGHT PROGRAM The Teen Night Program is a great hang out for teens in middle school to age 18 (if still in high school). It provides recreation and social activities. It also offers monthly and service projects. The teens utilize the gymnasium, gameroom and outdoor area. Program hours are Mon., Wed. & Fri. 6-9 p.m. Annual reg. $2 res/$22 non-res. 2011-2012 TOT TIME & VPK PROGRAMS The Tot Time & VPK Program is a pre-school, hands-on program for chil dren ages 3-5. VPK is FREE for children who live in Florida and who have turned 4 years of age by September 1st. Both programs aim to make learning fun for children and help prepare them for Kindergarten. The Tot Time Program cost is a non-refundable annual registration fee ly options available. Proof of residency is required for Gulfport residents. The VPK Program is FREE but parents must apply at Coordinated Child Care to receive for registration are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., information. NEW CLASSESInterested in teaching a class? Call John at 727-893-1079 for more info CLASSES Call instructor for more information. poli at 813-855-3112. Diane at 459-1399. Call Valerie at 557-4258. mara at 512-2763. TOMLINSON SKATE PARK Effective October 1st, all skaters/bicyclists MUST purchase a new City of Gulfport Skate Park sticker to use the City of Gulfports Tomlinson Lake Skate Park. Stickers MUST be visibly placed on the helmet. Annual fee for stickers is $5 for residents ers/bicyclists 17 years of age or younger MUST have a signed parental consent Availability to register: Monday Friday, 9 a.m. p.m. Stickers valid from October Bicycles permitted on SUNDAYS only.Neighborhood Center 1617 49th St. So./893-1070Faith Cathedral International Church: 9:30am, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sundays; 4th Sunday Bible Study Overeaters Anonymous: Sun. 6:15-8:15pm SPECIAL EVENTS Closed for Holidays: The Gulfport Senior Center and GEMS will be closed on Thurs. Nov. 24 & Fri. Nov. 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Gulfport Historical Calendars for Center. Coupon Club Coupon Club meeting on Fri. Dec. 9 at 11am. Bring your coupons with you for a coupon exchange. Learn how to prepare for shopping and save extra money. Denise Lowe will facilitate this program. Call more info. Diabetes: The Senior Center offers a Diabetic Support Group every Monday tips on how they control this disease. They take the support group seriously knowing that diabetes can lead to a number of ailments including heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney disease, nerve damage, etc. Among U.S. residents aged 65 diabetes affects over National Diabetes Month and Diabetic Eye Disease Month. Long term diabetics and the newly diagnosed are encouraged to join the group and learn more about diabetes. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Tea Dance: Music by Chuck & Friends Refreshments may be purchased at the Snack Bar. Senior Center Flea Market: Mark your calendar for our next Flea Market on Fri. Dec. 2, 9am-noon. The Debby Bacon Holiday Dream Show: International Concert Pianist and Entertainer Debby Bacon is performing Gulfport Senior Center Foundation on Wed. Dec. 7 at the Catherine Hickman Theater. Show Times are 1pm and 7pm. Tickets available in advance at the the door for the 1pm performance; $12/ advance or $14 at the door for the 7pm performance. The evening performance will include a Meet & Greet with Ms. Bacon at 6pm in the Theater lobby. For more info call the Senior Center at (727) 893-2237 or check online at HYPERLINK http://www.gulfportseniorfoundation.org www.gulfportseniorfoundation.org. Line Dancing Dec. 8 at Scout Hall (5315 28th Ave. S.) World War II Presentation: A presentation will be offered by Bob Hanson, Sr. on Fri. Dec. 9 at 1pm on his experiences serving as an American Air Force pilot in Italy during World War II. A question and answer period will follow. Trolley Night Light Tour: Gulfport seniors are invited to participate in a trolley tour of Gulfports holiday light displays on Center if you would like to join us! Holiday Senior Follies: The Joe Koehler Senior Follies Holiday Show will be held in the Hickman Theater on Wed. Dec. 21 purchased in advance at the Senior Center. Refreshments will follow in the Senior Center Dining Hall. SPECIAL SERVICES Transportation Service: GEMS Doorto-door transportation service for Gulfport seniors 55 and over is available Mon. thru Fri. 8:15am to 4pm. Annual registration fee is $55 and each one way ride is $1. Call GEMS at 893-2242 for more info. AARP Driving Class: are offered on 12:45pm. Must attend both days. Call 727Elder Law Clinic: Volunteer attorneys will wills, powers of attorney, and health care meet income criteria. Call for more info. Support Groups Diabetic Support Hearing Support 1st & 3rd Mon. at 2pm Visually Impaired Support, 2nd & 4th Mon. at 2pm. Caregivers: Every Wed. at 2pm More Activities: To view the Senior Center calendar in its entirety, please log onto HYPERLINK http://www. gulfportseniorfoundation.org www. gulfportseniorfoundation.org.Senior Center 5501 27 Ave. So. 893-1231 5501 27th Ave. So. 893-1070THE OMEGA PLAYERS present Paul & Company in LAUGHTER & LIFE Tues., Nov. 29, 5:00pm Tickets $5 available at the door Info call 727-302-9404 A benet for the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ Shoebox Ministry
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 29 City Sponsored Activitiesin the CommunityRecreation Center 5730 Shore Blvd. So 893-1068Gulfport Library 5501 28th Ave. So. 893-1074 or fax 893-1072 The Library will be closed Thurs. & Fri., Nov. 24 & 25 for Thanksgiving holidays, reopening at 10:00 am on Sat., Nov. 26 Crafts Club for All Ages: Saturday, Demake DIY Christmas ornaments, candles that dont burn, and sticker calendars. Coffee/Talk Book Club: Thursday, Tara Road, by Maeve Binchy, over coffee & light refreshments. Stop by the Reference Desk to pick up a discussion guide and a copy of the book. Please call 893Free Family Movie Day: Saturday, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas [G]; and Aliens [PG-13]. Enjoy with free popcorn provided by the Library! FMI, call Genealogy Assistance. Saturday, Noadvice while using traditional and online resources for researching family history. Read to Linda, one of our staff members: slot at the Circulation Desk. All ages welcome. One-on-One Computer Instruction: Free Thinkers Open AA (Twelve Step) Meeting: Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45 pm. Gulfport Creative Short Story Writers: Game on! Teen Board Game Afternoons Stop by after school to challenge your opponents! World Harmony Art Exhibit: Display of artworks by Sri Chimnoy. The late artist was renowned worldwide for his colorful paintings promoting peace. Frances Purdy Friends Room Gallery Walls.UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ALL PROGRAMS AND MEETINGS ARE HELD IN THE FRANCES PURDY FRIENDS ROOM. PROGRAMS AND DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE 5500 Shore Blvd. So. 893-1070 ELLIS HALES BAND Social & Ballroom Dancing Sun., Nov. 27, 6-10pm, $7 USA Ballroom Dance Mon., Nov. 28, 7-10:15pm $5 Members, $7 Non-members WEEKLY DANCES Every Tuesday Ballroom Lessons 12-3pm, $7 12-1 Intermediate 1-2 Beginner 2-3 Dancing Argentine Tango 6:30-10:30pm, $7 6:30-8pm Lesson, 8-10:30pm Dance Thursday, Dec. 1 Salsa Dance 6:30-8pm Beg. & Inter. Lessons 8-10pm Dance, $7 RECREATION WEBSITE -www.mygulf port.us and follow the links: City Departments, Leisure services, Rec. Center. ACTIVITIES Open Gym Tues., 6-9 p.m. and Mon.-Fri. non-resident The Game Roomwill be closed from 4 while the Haunted House is under construction. PROGRAMS 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR CHILD CARE PROGRAM The School Year Child Care Program is for children entering Kindergarten thru age 14. It is also a quality program which provides a nur turing atmosphere where each child has the opportunity to experience many recre ational, social, creative and enriching activities at a cost affordable to families. The program is licensed by the Pinellas County License Board. Non-refundable annual registration fee is $17 for residents and available until 6 p.m. for an extra charge. Hours of registration are MondayFriday 2011-2012 TEEN NIGHT PROGRAM The Teen Night Program is a great hang out for teens in middle school to age 18 (if still in high school). It provides recreation and social activities. It also offers monthly and service projects. The teens utilize the gymnasium, gameroom and outdoor area. Program hours are Mon., Wed. & Fri. 6-9 p.m. Annual reg. $2 res/$22 non-res. 2011-2012 TOT TIME & VPK PROGRAMS The Tot Time & VPK Program is a pre-school, hands-on program for chil dren ages 3-5. VPK is FREE for children who live in Florida and who have turned 4 years of age by September 1st. Both programs aim to make learning fun for children and help prepare them for Kindergarten. The Tot Time Program cost is a non-refundable annual registration fee ly options available. Proof of residency is required for Gulfport residents. The VPK Program is FREE but parents must apply at Coordinated Child Care to receive for registration are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., information. NEW CLASSESInterested in teaching a class? Call John at 727-893-1079 for more info CLASSES Call instructor for more information. poli at 813-855-3112. Diane at 459-1399. Call Valerie at 557-4258. mara at 512-2763. TOMLINSON SKATE PARK Effective October 1st, all skaters/bicyclists MUST purchase a new City of Gulfport Skate Park sticker to use the City of Gulfports Tomlinson Lake Skate Park. Stickers MUST be visibly placed on the helmet. Annual fee for stickers is $5 for residents ers/bicyclists 17 years of age or younger MUST have a signed parental consent Availability to register: Monday Friday, 9 a.m. p.m. Stickers valid from October Bicycles permitted on SUNDAYS only.Neighborhood Center 1617 49th St. So./893-1070Faith Cathedral International Church: 9:30am, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sundays; 4th Sunday Bible Study Overeaters Anonymous: Sun. 6:15-8:15pm SPECIAL EVENTS Closed for Holidays: The Gulfport Senior Center and GEMS will be closed on Thurs. Nov. 24 & Fri. Nov. 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Gulfport Historical Calendars for Center. Coupon Club Coupon Club meeting on Fri. Dec. 9 at 11am. Bring your coupons with you for a coupon exchange. Learn how to prepare for shopping and save extra money. Denise Lowe will facilitate this program. Call more info. Diabetes: The Senior Center offers a Diabetic Support Group every Monday tips on how they control this disease. They take the support group seriously knowing that diabetes can lead to a number of ailments including heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney disease, nerve damage, etc. Among U.S. residents aged 65 diabetes affects over National Diabetes Month and Diabetic Eye Disease Month. Long term diabetics and the newly diagnosed are encouraged to join the group and learn more about diabetes. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Tea Dance: Music by Chuck & Friends Refreshments may be purchased at the Snack Bar. Senior Center Flea Market: Mark your calendar for our next Flea Market on Fri. Dec. 2, 9am-noon. The Debby Bacon Holiday Dream Show: International Concert Pianist and Entertainer Debby Bacon is performing Gulfport Senior Center Foundation on Wed. Dec. 7 at the Catherine Hickman Theater. Show Times are 1pm and 7pm. Tickets available in advance at the the door for the 1pm performance; $12/ advance or $14 at the door for the 7pm performance. The evening performance will include a Meet & Greet with Ms. Bacon at 6pm in the Theater lobby. For more info call the Senior Center at (727) 893-2237 or check online at HYPERLINK http://www.gulfportseniorfoundation.org www.gulfportseniorfoundation.org. Line Dancing Dec. 8 at Scout Hall (5315 28th Ave. S.) World War II Presentation: A presentation will be offered by Bob Hanson, Sr. on Fri. Dec. 9 at 1pm on his experiences serving as an American Air Force pilot in Italy during World War II. A question and answer period will follow. Trolley Night Light Tour: Gulfport seniors are invited to participate in a trolley tour of Gulfports holiday light displays on Center if you would like to join us! Holiday Senior Follies: The Joe Koehler Senior Follies Holiday Show will be held in the Hickman Theater on Wed. Dec. 21 purchased in advance at the Senior Center. Refreshments will follow in the Senior Center Dining Hall. SPECIAL SERVICES Transportation Service: GEMS Doorto-door transportation service for Gulfport seniors 55 and over is available Mon. thru Fri. 8:15am to 4pm. Annual registration fee is $55 and each one way ride is $1. Call GEMS at 893-2242 for more info. AARP Driving Class: are offered on 12:45pm. Must attend both days. Call 727Elder Law Clinic: Volunteer attorneys will wills, powers of attorney, and health care meet income criteria. Call for more info. Support Groups Diabetic Support Hearing Support 1st & 3rd Mon. at 2pm Visually Impaired Support, 2nd & 4th Mon. at 2pm. Caregivers: Every Wed. at 2pm More Activities: To view the Senior Center calendar in its entirety, please log onto HYPERLINK http://www. gulfportseniorfoundation.org www. gulfportseniorfoundation.org.Senior Center 5501 27 Ave. So. 893-1231 5501 27th Ave. So. 893-1070THE OMEGA PLAYERS present Paul & Company in LAUGHTER & LIFE Tues., Nov. 29, 5:00pm Tickets $5 available at the door Info call 727-302-9404 A benet for the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ Shoebox Ministry
30 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 As some of you may or may not know, your city, Gulfport, has a Teen Council. The Gulfport Teen Council works with the City Council concerning equipment recommendations, budgetary considerations for Citys parks and recreation programs, and provides recommendations, suggestions and assistance with youth events for city-sponsored festivals/programs. Teen Council members also gain valuable community experiences by attending local and state conferences, participating in community service projects and by representing the best of the citys youth. They also provide input from the viewpoint of the youth about issues coming before the City Council. Teen Council does a lot for the city that you may not know about. Past Teen Councils helped design the skate park and the beach playground. Teen Council also works numerous events for the city. Recently weve worked the Keep Gulfport Weird Mini Triathlon, the Birthday Bash, the Halloween Boo Room at the Recreation Center, and the Veterans Day Parade. Coming up you will see the Teen Council at the Holiday Tree Lighting in Clymer Park serving drinks and cookies. You probably also saw Teen Council go in front of City Council to discuss the Beach Smoking Ban. Here are a few things that we discussed at our last Teen Council meeting. Gulfport Teen Council NewsBy Elizabeth Brown-Worthington, Gulfport Teen Council Secretary. a video contest put on by the Florida League of Cities. We will be creating a video of things that Teen Council has done for the city. wants any and all Teen Council members to join the Gulfport Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). front of City Council to discuss the Beach Bathrooms. Council to start a Youth Citizen of the Month Award. Meet Your Teen Council Members President: Nolan Slone Vice President: Michael Wos Secretary: Elizabeth BrownWorthington Council Member: Malcolm McGruder Council Member: Laura Karbowski If you would like to join Teen Council, the only requirements are that you must be from 13 to 18 years old and you must live in Gulfport. For the city web site (mygulfport.us) or you can pick one up at the Gulfport Recreation Center. We are currently in need of two regular members and three alternates. Contact Marivel Gutierrez at the Recreation Center for more information. Meetings are the third Thursday of every month at the Recreation Center at 4:45. Teen Council will update the community after each monthly meeting. South Pasadena Best of Lights Contest The City of South Pasadena is having a Best of Lights Contest for the holidays. All businesses, homeowners and multi-family complexes (condominiums, mobile home parks, etc.) are invited to have a display of lights at their establishment. Lights can be placed on the store front or the exterior and need to be visible from the street. Holiday signs, window painting and twinkling lights are allowed. These lights and decorations will make a spectacular sight for everyone visiting the City and also attract attention to storefronts. There will be two winners in each category: 1st place and 1st runner up. First place winners will receive a framed award sign. Runners up will receive and runners up will be selected by December 14. First place winners presented at the Citys Regular Commission Meeting on January 615 will display winners names throughout the holiday season. SPC Madrigalians to Perform at Library The St. Petersburg College Madrigalians, directed by Dr. Vernon Taranto, will perform in the auditorium of the Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. in St. Petersburg on Saturday, December 3, at 2 p.m. Barry Stevens is the piano accompanist. They will sing old and new music of the season, with an emphasis on carols from around the world. Called SPCs Musical Ambassadors, the colleges premiere performance ensemble has appeared nationally and internationally, most recently on a concert tour of Russia. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, phone the Main Library at 893-7724.
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 31 Chanukah Extravaganza and Acrobatics This Chanukah join the broader community and come celebrate the festival of light at St. Petersburgs 8th Annual Chanukah Extravaganza, with special feature acrobatic show by world famous acrobat and gold medal winner, Liang Patti. Hosted by the Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg, the event will take place on Tuesday, South Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg. In addition to the acrobatic show, the celebration will include a public menorah lighting, local dignitaries, music provided by the Mike Eisenstadt Band, face painting, crafts, hot latkes and company. The story and miracle of Chanukah is a story of the victory of light over darkness, of good over evil, and the message of freedom of religion so familiar to us. Although it took place message reverberates today as strongly as ever. Visit www.chabadsp.com, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 727Seniors Chat Room Join others as they experience table topics with the Gulfport Senior Centers Chat Room every Friday at 27 Avenue S. in Gulfport.
32 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 A Sand Stairway to Heaven People lined up to ooh and aaahhh at the massive sand sculptures that took over Treasure Island beach this past weekend. This sculpture, Stairway to Heaven, took the Peoples Choice Award. The third annual Sanding Ovations Masters Cup Professional Sand Sculpture Competition and Music Festival had live music, local and out-of-town craft and food vendors and, of course, sand sculptures. Carols by CandlelightBy Lion Jim Minder Our Gulfport Lion Club invites you to join us on Friday, December 16 for our Carols by Candlelight from 7-9 p.m. at our Den located at will sing 15 Christmas carols, some religious and some secular, divided each set we are treated to tales about past memorable Christmases. After of my memorable Christmases. After each of the next four sets we ask that you tell us about one of yours. It will be fun so come prepared to share. Norman Xanders, Lions Past District Governor, plays our Christmas carols on his many musical instruments. Mny of you who have attended one of our many pancake breakfasts fundraisers have heard Norman before and you know how good he is. For those of you who have never heard Norman Xanders music before, allow me to tell you that you are in for a treat. After our third set, you will be able to enjoy some of our baked goods prepared by our Gulfport Lions Club members. We will have complimentary cookies, cakes, pies and other pastry goodies. We will also serve coffee and punch. We at the Gulfport Lions Club want you to know about our services to help the visually impaired before this need presents itself so that if and when it does, you know that our help is available to you. We look forward to you joining us for our Carols by Candlelight. Call Merry Christmas and Happy New Czechoslovak Center Serves Dinners The Czechoslovak Cultural Center serves Sunday dinners. All meals are prepared by their Czech chef. Dinner You need not be a member of the Cultural Center to attend but please call Mary at 727-573-4645 by noon on Fridays to make your reservations. Hall is available for rental; call Anna
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 33 Lighted Boat Parade Calling for Entries ST. PETE BEACHThe St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is seeking participants for this years event. The Lighted Boat Parade is a timehonored tradition, making its way past St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena residences through the waters of Boca Ciega Bay. There is no fee to enter and tons of cash and prizes are given away to winners for best decorated boats in several different categories. The deadline to enter this years parade is Tuesday, December 6th. Parade is December 9th. Entry forms can be downloaded from www.spbrec.com and returned 363-9245 to register your boat and join the beachs best holiday tradition. Gov. Scott Appoints Poul Hornsleth to Commission Florida Governor Rick Scott on Tuesday, November 8th appointed Gulfports Poul Hornsleth to the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) for his third term. Poul is a Realtor and is President, Principal Broker and Primary Agent for Gulfports oldest business, R.W. Caldwell, a real estate and insurance company founded in 1937. He is married for over 43 years to April Caldwell Hornsleth, a daughter of the recently deceased R.W. Bob and Adele Caldwell, and has run the more than 38 years, since 1973. Hornsleth is a veteran of the FREC having been appointed twice before both times by Governor He was elected Chairman by his was instrumental in bringing the chairing them in the Great Hall at the Stetson University College of hearings were held in the Tampa Bay area. The FREC administers and enforces the real estate license law and is also empowered to pass rules that enable it to implement its statutorily authorized duties and responsibilities.Town Shores Red Hatters Their holiday luncheon will be held on Monday, December 5 at the Bil Mar Resort in Treasure Island. It was decided not to have a gift exchange payable to Bev Finnerty. Checks and or money must be paid before November 25. Also reservations are a must. Call Bev at 381-2122 or 25 for reservations. The December Bunko will be held in the clubhouse lounge on Friday, December 16. If you would like to come at 12 noon and bring a sandwich they can enjoy lunch together. Drinks will be provided.
34 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Tow to GoTAMPAAAA and Budweiser will help protect roadways during the Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the holiday season with the Tow to Go program. Tow to Go drunk drivers off roadways since the program began in 1998. Anyone, AAA member or not, can call for a Tow to Go ride, Thursday, Nov. 24 through Monday, Jan 2. ride and tow home from any bar or restaurant free of charge to anyone who may have had too much HELP (4357). Services are offered throughout Florida, Georgia, and West and Middle Tennessee. AAA and Budweiser encourage individuals to plan for a safe celebration, before they go out, by being or choosing a designated driver, or calling Tow to Go for a safe ride home. If you are hosting a holiday party, the following tips will help you and your guests enjoy the festivities responsibly: Encourage your guests to designate a driver before the party, whether its a taxi or a ride from a friend. If they dont have a ride and had too much to drink, call them a taxi or ask them to spend the night. Whether its soda, tea or water, offer your guests non-alcohol options. Provide food throughout the night, so no one is drinking on an empty stomach. feel like youre being an attentive host, but people can easily lose track of how much alcohol theyve consumed. Teen Board Game Afternoons Teen Board Game Afternoons is a new group forming every Wednesday Public Library. Stop by after school to enjoy some fun and face-to-face interaction with your opponents! For more information, call Sheri at 727
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 35 Local ObituariesBURKHOLDER, DOUGLAS, 65, of Gulfport, U.S. Army Vietnam War era, Burial at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Survived by his friends. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4 at Gulfport on the Rocks beginning at 3 p.m. Veterans KIRK, FRANK L., JR., 89, of Gulfport, died Nov. 14. Survivors include his loving family and close friends. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him. Reese Funeral Home & Crematory. LAYCOCK, DAVID, DAVE ON DRUMS a loving family. In memory of David, there was a musical tribute last Tuesday evening at the Peninsula Tribute-Gulfport. PARROTT, HAROLD NED, 53, of Gulfport, died Thursday, Nov. 17, born in Waynesville, NC and was a Machinist at Pneumatic Scales Clearwater and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Carolyn; 2 stepdaughters, 1 sister, Kendra Buckner of Clyde, NC; 3 grandchildren, and 2 greatgrandchildren. Friends may call 11 a.m. to service time at 12 noon Baptist Church with Rev. Fred V. follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. requests memorials to Friendship memorial and guest book at www. gunterfuneralhome.com. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home St. Petersburg,
36 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Code, from front pageincluding Mayor Mike Yakes boyhood home, which Mr. Schnippering now makes his primary residence. He favors the changes and is quite clear with us what the changes mean to him. Over the past several months Mr. Schnippering has spoken in favor of enhancing code enforcement and upgrading the codes. As a proponent of the changes, he has come under attack in online forums and in his neighborhood as, he told us, others are in favor of the code changes. Im getting attacked for things I havent said, he told us. My neighbor says she cant handle it anymore (and) she wants to move away. He moved to Gulfport seven years ago and bought a home, which he upgraded. He had hoped his neighbors would follow his lead in beautifying his neighborhood. He says the issue of maintaining your homes exterior is, to him, one of respect. I understand peoples personal taste, he says. but it is about respect to others. One of his chief concerns, one he says he has beaten to death, is trash cans being left at the curb throughout the week. He wants people to pull in their cans once the city empties them. He also says he takes issue with parking on the grass. It makes it look like a parking lot, he says. He praises Gulfport as a cool little town but says he doesnt see how trash cans left out all week and cars parked in the front yard add to the towns charm. He said his main issues revolve around trash cans and parking and he has no desire for Gulfport to mandate property standards on par with the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club. He added that the code issue has split the city. I see a huge divide. What does it mean, old Gulfport? It doesnt matter; all I want is (for people to) respect their neighbors, he says. He also wants to see the city enforce the rules on the books. A lot of these things are codes already. There exists a difference between the things Mr. Schnippering and others like him have called council and asked for and the misconceptions heard on the street and online. At council meetings residents have accused the city of trying to force draconian rules on property owners, but a look at the proposed codes (see last weeks Gabber) show that these fears are not based in the proposed codes on record with the city. Weve examined the concerns people have brought to council and suggested online. Then we spoke with city manager Jim OReilly and Community Development Director Fred Metcalf about those concerns; we have allowed them to set the record straight about what the proposed code changes mean for Gulfport. Weve summarized allegations from residents, Internet rumors and letters to the editor and asked city staff to set the record straight. Mr. OReilly is clear that he and the city are not trying to turn Gulfport into a Pasadena Yacht and Country Club Light, as suggested on Facebook. Instead, its about maintaining an accepted standard. Were trying to get people to remove the clutter from their front yards. Were asking people to improve the aesthetic of their front yard. Were talking about removing rubbish piles sooner and not keeping indoor furniture in the front yard, OReilly says. That seems to be a fairly accepted community standard. He says citizen fears stem from concerns about too much government. I think any time the word code enforcement is spoken about publicly, the connotation becomes that its overbearing, its big government, governments looking to catch me doing something when basically we are enforcing a community standard, he says, adding that Gulfport is trying to strike a balance. Its hard to try and balance everyones rights. People hear a one-line rumor or statement and it triggers reactions, he says. In that vein, we present some of the rumors weve heard and the citys response to them. If you have concerns, we implore you to call your councilmember or contact Community Development understand the changes, online version of this article. RUMOR: The code people out of their homes because they cannot pay and the city will take their home. The city is doing this to bring in more money. FACT: The city cannot foreclose on non-homesteaded properties. Were not there to kick anybody out of their home; we just want them to take care of it. I dont know what that has to do with poor people more than anyone else, Metcalf says. Code enforcement typically costs more than it brings in. What we hope is that well eventually get to the point anything; theyll just keep the properties up. Thats the ultimate goal. RUMOR: The city will not allow boats in yards anymore. FACT: The code, right now allows you to keep one boat and one trailer as long as its licensed, Metcalf says, and what we propose would allow one boat in the front yard plus unlimited, as long side or the rear yard. Were not less. Were trying to clean up the front yards, thats really the bottom line. RUMOR: The city is making the proposed changes because of a small group of seven people. FACT: Council has received complaints and comments, but it wasnt one group of people, OReilly says. We get code enforcement complaints from all over the city, and theyre not germane The city reviewed about cases last year, and of those driven, Metcalf adds. RUMOR: The city will start enacting and enforcing standards on par with homeowners associations. FACT: Thats never been part of the discussion. There are completely different roles between a homeowners association and city government, OReilly says. RUMOR: The city is trying to legislate the funky out of Gulfport. FACT: What were trying to do is bring individuals into code compliance. Theres not for funky, OReilly says. Let me put it in this context: if the consideration of indoor furniture in the front yard is eclectic and funky, then it is more restrictive. If funky is having a bunch of things in your front yard, some of which may be considered junk by some, then yes. But were not talking about art or telling them what color to paint their house, thats not what were doing. If individuality means putting a bunch of sofas in your front yard and leaving out a bunch of trash cans and making your front yard look like a junkyard, then, yes, you could come to that conclusion, Metcalf says. He says that council wants this based on what it has heard from residents. RUMOR: The city is cracking down on RVs. FACT: Were actually trying to allow written right now it allows RVs in the side or rear yard, but you have to maintain a six foot setback from the side property line, a 15 foot setback from the rear property line, and Metcalf says. Which makes it physically impossible to put any RVs in many yards, OReilly adds. The changes will allow up to one RV, boat, trailer, you choose, toy of your choice in the front yard and then allow them to be placed in the rear or side yard without any setback restrictions... with some kind of screening from the front, Metcalf says. Contact Cathy Salustri at CathySalustri@theGabber.com. Parks Employee Jailed for Capital Sexual Battery on a MinorBy Cathy Salustri Last Thursday night (November 17) Gulfport police arrested James Vice, a log-time city of Gulfport parks employee, for capital sexual battery on an eight year old girl. The girl, now 16, told a school counselor about the incident; the Gulfport police began investigating. They made and recorded several calls to Vice, during which they say he made incriminating statements to substantiate the victims allegations. Police report this conduct is alleged to have occurred. Police cannot release the tapes but say Vice incriminated himself during the phone call. After the phone conversation with the victim, the victims mother also made a call to Vice, with police recording the call. During this phone call he admitted guilt, police say. The victims mother asked if he had forced himself on any other children; he said he had not. Gulfport police arrested Vice Thursday night. He remains in the county jail, facing one count of capital sexual battery on a minor, although the state could bring additional charges against him. Gulfport city manager Jim OReilly suspended Vice without pay upon his arrest; police delivered his letter of suspension to the county jail. He assured the Gabber that Vices position with the city brought him into contact with children no more frequently than other city employees. maintenance-type functions, such as remodeling the kitchen in the citys museum, making signs, and performing carpentry tasks; only one review, playgrounds and city skate park. OReilly says he believes that Vice did not commit further crimes while on the clock for Gulfport. I am very comfortable, and adamant about, that he did not, have the opportunity to commit sex crimes while on duty, he says. He did the inspections (of the playgrounds and childrens areas) on those during regular business hours, when there would be few children on those facilities. protect the victim, police will not release her name. His charge, sexual battery on a child under 12, is a capital crime. If convicted, there is no other sentence than life in prison, Gulfport Detective Sergeant Rob Burkhart says. mortgages on all three. Vice turned 67 in the Pinellas County jail on Saturday. He stands to lose everything, Burkhart says The possibilitys there. Maybe hes got a rich relative we dont know about it. If you have every property mortgaged and you cant work... you could lose everything. You could die penniless in prison. To view the booking and incarceration information for Vice, read this story online at TheGabber.com. Contact Cathy Salustri at CathySalustri@theGabber.com.
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 37 Code, from front pageincluding Mayor Mike Yakes boyhood home, which Mr. Schnippering now makes his primary residence. He favors the changes and is quite clear with us what the changes mean to him. Over the past several months Mr. Schnippering has spoken in favor of enhancing code enforcement and upgrading the codes. As a proponent of the changes, he has come under attack in online forums and in his neighborhood as, he told us, others are in favor of the code changes. Im getting attacked for things I havent said, he told us. My neighbor says she cant handle it anymore (and) she wants to move away. He moved to Gulfport seven years ago and bought a home, which he upgraded. He had hoped his neighbors would follow his lead in beautifying his neighborhood. He says the issue of maintaining your homes exterior is, to him, one of respect. I understand peoples personal taste, he says. but it is about respect to others. One of his chief concerns, one he says he has beaten to death, is trash cans being left at the curb throughout the week. He wants people to pull in their cans once the city empties them. He also says he takes issue with parking on the grass. It makes it look like a parking lot, he says. He praises Gulfport as a cool little town but says he doesnt see how trash cans left out all week and cars parked in the front yard add to the towns charm. He said his main issues revolve around trash cans and parking and he has no desire for Gulfport to mandate property standards on par with the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club. He added that the code issue has split the city. I see a huge divide. What does it mean, old Gulfport? It doesnt matter; all I want is (for people to) respect their neighbors, he says. He also wants to see the city enforce the rules on the books. A lot of these things are codes already. There exists a difference between the things Mr. Schnippering and others like him have called council and asked for and the misconceptions heard on the street and online. At council meetings residents have accused the city of trying to force draconian rules on property owners, but a look at the proposed codes (see last weeks Gabber) show that these fears are not based in the proposed codes on record with the city. Weve examined the concerns people have brought to council and suggested online. Then we spoke with city manager Jim OReilly and Community Development Director Fred Metcalf about those concerns; we have allowed them to set the record straight about what the proposed code changes mean for Gulfport. Weve summarized allegations from residents, Internet rumors and letters to the editor and asked city staff to set the record straight. Mr. OReilly is clear that he and the city are not trying to turn Gulfport into a Pasadena Yacht and Country Club Light, as suggested on Facebook. Instead, its about maintaining an accepted standard. Were trying to get people to remove the clutter from their front yards. Were asking people to improve the aesthetic of their front yard. Were talking about removing rubbish piles sooner and not keeping indoor furniture in the front yard, OReilly says. That seems to be a fairly accepted community standard. He says citizen fears stem from concerns about too much government. I think any time the word code enforcement is spoken about publicly, the connotation becomes that its overbearing, its big government, governments looking to catch me doing something when basically we are enforcing a community standard, he says, adding that Gulfport is trying to strike a balance. Its hard to try and balance everyones rights. People hear a one-line rumor or statement and it triggers reactions, he says. In that vein, we present some of the rumors weve heard and the citys response to them. If you have concerns, we implore you to call your councilmember or contact Community Development understand the changes, online version of this article. RUMOR: The code people out of their homes because they cannot pay and the city will take their home. The city is doing this to bring in more money. FACT: The city cannot foreclose on non-homesteaded properties. Were not there to kick anybody out of their home; we just want them to take care of it. I dont know what that has to do with poor people more than anyone else, Metcalf says. Code enforcement typically costs more than it brings in. What we hope is that well eventually get to the point anything; theyll just keep the properties up. Thats the ultimate goal. RUMOR: The city will not allow boats in yards anymore. FACT: The code, right now allows you to keep one boat and one trailer as long as its licensed, Metcalf says, and what we propose would allow one boat in the front yard plus unlimited, as long side or the rear yard. Were not less. Were trying to clean up the front yards, thats really the bottom line. RUMOR: The city is making the proposed changes because of a small group of seven people. FACT: Council has received complaints and comments, but it wasnt one group of people, OReilly says. We get code enforcement complaints from all over the city, and theyre not germane The city reviewed about cases last year, and of those driven, Metcalf adds. RUMOR: The city will start enacting and enforcing standards on par with homeowners associations. FACT: Thats never been part of the discussion. There are completely different roles between a homeowners association and city government, OReilly says. RUMOR: The city is trying to legislate the funky out of Gulfport. FACT: What were trying to do is bring individuals into code compliance. Theres not for funky, OReilly says. Let me put it in this context: if the consideration of indoor furniture in the front yard is eclectic and funky, then it is more restrictive. If funky is having a bunch of things in your front yard, some of which may be considered junk by some, then yes. But were not talking about art or telling them what color to paint their house, thats not what were doing. If individuality means putting a bunch of sofas in your front yard and leaving out a bunch of trash cans and making your front yard look like a junkyard, then, yes, you could come to that conclusion, Metcalf says. He says that council wants this based on what it has heard from residents. RUMOR: The city is cracking down on RVs. FACT: Were actually trying to allow written right now it allows RVs in the side or rear yard, but you have to maintain a six foot setback from the side property line, a 15 foot setback from the rear property line, and Metcalf says. Which makes it physically impossible to put any RVs in many yards, OReilly adds. The changes will allow up to one RV, boat, trailer, you choose, toy of your choice in the front yard and then allow them to be placed in the rear or side yard without any setback restrictions... with some kind of screening from the front, Metcalf says. Contact Cathy Salustri at CathySalustri@theGabber.com. Parks Employee Jailed for Capital Sexual Battery on a MinorBy Cathy Salustri Last Thursday night (November 17) Gulfport police arrested James Vice, a log-time city of Gulfport parks employee, for capital sexual battery on an eight year old girl. The girl, now 16, told a school counselor about the incident; the Gulfport police began investigating. They made and recorded several calls to Vice, during which they say he made incriminating statements to substantiate the victims allegations. Police report this conduct is alleged to have occurred. Police cannot release the tapes but say Vice incriminated himself during the phone call. After the phone conversation with the victim, the victims mother also made a call to Vice, with police recording the call. During this phone call he admitted guilt, police say. The victims mother asked if he had forced himself on any other children; he said he had not. Gulfport police arrested Vice Thursday night. He remains in the county jail, facing one count of capital sexual battery on a minor, although the state could bring additional charges against him. Gulfport city manager Jim OReilly suspended Vice without pay upon his arrest; police delivered his letter of suspension to the county jail. He assured the Gabber that Vices position with the city brought him into contact with children no more frequently than other city employees. maintenance-type functions, such as remodeling the kitchen in the citys museum, making signs, and performing carpentry tasks; only one review, playgrounds and city skate park. OReilly says he believes that Vice did not commit further crimes while on the clock for Gulfport. I am very comfortable, and adamant about, that he did not, have the opportunity to commit sex crimes while on duty, he says. He did the inspections (of the playgrounds and childrens areas) on those during regular business hours, when there would be few children on those facilities. protect the victim, police will not release her name. His charge, sexual battery on a child under 12, is a capital crime. If convicted, there is no other sentence than life in prison, Gulfport Detective Sergeant Rob Burkhart says. mortgages on all three. Vice turned 67 in the Pinellas County jail on Saturday. He stands to lose everything, Burkhart says The possibilitys there. Maybe hes got a rich relative we dont know about it. If you have every property mortgaged and you cant work... you could lose everything. You could die penniless in prison. To view the booking and incarceration information for Vice, read this story online at TheGabber.com. Contact Cathy Salustri at CathySalustri@theGabber.com.
38 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Somethin on my mind Somethin on my mindBy Bill Northr op B_Northr op@theGabber. com Food for ThoughtInstantly, I felt better. Away went my worries about the economy, terrorism, the turmoil in the Middle East, the possible implosion of the European economy. Congress was on the job deciding with professorial certainty that pizza with a few dabs of tomato sauce is enough of a vegetable to qualify for a public schools lunch menu. The equally concerned and focused Obama administration had insisted that it wasnt. It felt good to know that government, at the very top levels, are planning the menus in our schools. Most certainly school directors and administrators are not competent to do that. Nor are parents. Look at their fat children. Yes, fat, euphemistically referred to as obese is now an approved word in the lexicon of political correctness until it isnt. In the meantime, we have a fatness problem that requires the full attention and full power of our federal government. And, the problem is best attacked by rules, regulations and legislation. We all have a stake in it. We all, one way or another, pay for the medical effects of fatness. It is clear, also, that dictating whats on the school lunch menu isnt enough. Broader measures must be taken. We could start at the top with the federal government, its administrators, legislators, judges, and its attendant bureaucracy. Havent you noticed how fat many politicians are? And government employes? We certainly need a survey to determine the BMI (Body Mass Index) of each and every federal employe. We could then have targets collectively and individually as well as goals and measurements. I can say now with some certainty that few would pass the BMI test. Hence, rather than an individual test, government controlled diets could be controlled for everyone in government. Nothing but healthy food in the cafeterias and restaurants of government. An allowance of meat, few dairy products, no potatoes, no while pasta or rice, very little sugar, many, many fruits and veggies. Expense accounts could easily be controlled to only permit payment for healthy foods. The White House approved by the National Committee on Obesity and Health and could not provide any wider variety than that provided for the average citizen. Oh, the average citizen. I forgot. I hadnt mentioned him or her or the family unit as that might be. Thats the most easily controlled group of all. The answer is simple: restrict the foods that can be sold in grocery stores. For those who seek to skirt the law, there would be a careful control of seeds and animals. That would accompany the x-raying of brown bag lunches, a rather simple process. Fully using computers to scan credit and debit card purchases in other words from the source to the consumer it should be relatively simple to monitor the great majority of the public. Since this would result in better health, mental and physical, less cost, it would be immensely popular. To entice those not anxious to participate there could be monetary rewards (rewards are better than punishments) in certain circumstances and cash prizes in contests. A good contest might be: Help your neighbor or friend. Report him or her to the NCOH (see above). Its for their own good and the good of the country. The more who get something from the government, the more popular the program is. So, I say look around you. Note the fat people. Make it your business to rescue them from themselves. Congress is ready for you to react. Contact your local congressman. In a few years, with your help, the program will have expanded to your neighborhood and there will be a representative of the NCOH for you to contact. In the meanwhile, occupy your local super market, deli or restaurant. Force the changes that need to be made. Like saving the Earth from global warming, its a matter of life or death. Its your patriotic duty. And government is behind you. Whats on your mind? Email your opinion to: B_Northrop@theGabber.com
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 39 THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDA Y FRIDA YS A TURDA Y SUNDA Y MONDA Y TUESDA Y WEDNESDA Y Lunch Served 11am-3pm Euchre 1pm Bingo 6pm Kitchen Open for Bingo Rons Karaoke 7pm No Lunch Served Breakfast 8:30-11am Kitchen Open 2-5pm Dinner 5-7pm Southern Knights Band 7-11pm Kitchen Open 11-2pm Dinner 5-7pm Southern Knights Band 7-11pm Lunch Served 11am-3pm Rons Karaoke 7pm THURSDA Y FRIDA YS A TURDA Y SUNDA Y MONDA Y TUESDA Y WEDNESDA Y Thanksgiving Dinner 1-5pm Fish & Chicken 6-8pm Barry Karaoke 6:30-9:30pm Steak Dinner 6-8pm Sound Unlimited 6:30-9:30pm Steak-O 1-3pm Bucky Burgers 5-8pm Dee Karaoke 7-10pm Harry 7-10pm Legion Dinner 6-8pm Baringo 7pm Karaoke 9pm-12am Thanksgiving Dinner, turkey with all the trimmings, Thursday, Nov. 24th, 1-5 p.m. $8 Donation. bar, get them early. We invite Auxiliary members to attend our meetings the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. We welcome your ideas. Please plan to join us on Sundays starting at 1p.m. for Steak-Ums games. Have fun and win great food! The bake sale was delicious. Another one upcoming in December. Hours Sunday-Friday 12pm, Saturday 11am til. Electronic bar games everyday. Fish fry last Friday of the month 5-7pm. We would like to thank everyone who donated during our Thanksgiving Drive for the needy. It was a Big Success.
40 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Use 511 in your Holiday Travels Thanksgiving by using the Florida Department of Transportations (FDOT) 511 Traveler Information System. By calling 511, visiting FL511.com or downloading the 511 app on iTunes, travelers can get free interstates, toll roads and major metropolitan roadways. Florida 511 is updated with crashes, congestion, travel times and more, including free phone transfers to Floridas airports, seaports and neighboring 511 systems. The Florida 511 app is the newest addition to FDOTs suite of resources time information as the phone system and FL511.com website. The free 511 app uses the iPhones GPS information within miles of their cameras associated with crashes on their iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with the 511 app.Center Welcomes New Torah Scroll The Chabad Jewish Center of St. Petersburg invites the community to join together in celebration of the completion and welcoming of a new Torah scroll. The completion ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 18 at 3 p.m. at the Tyrone Square Mazda Blvd. in St. Petersburg, when the remaining Torah letters. At 3:45 p.m there will be a grand Torah Procession to the Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. keeping with Jewish tradition, the Torah will be welcomed as a new bridecarried under a chuppah and accompanied by music and dancing through the streets. The celebration will continue at Chabad with live music and dancing and crafts for children, and a delicious buffet dinner, all free of charge. For more information and www.chabadsp.com or email to info@ chabadsp.com.Register for Co-Ed Adult DodgeballST. PETERSBURG your New Years resolutions by joining a co-ed adult dodgeball team 28th Street S. Adults will learn and enjoy the fundamentals of dodgeball while participating in a social, fun and physical activity. Registration begins January 11 for the January 26 through March 1 season. Games are played on Thursday nights from St. Petersburg ADVANTAGE Card Membership is required, $15 for resident of St. Petersburg or nonresidents pay $38/season pass or $125/annual. Players must be 18
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 41 Sustainable LivingBy Shawn Dell Joyc e The True Spirit of the Holidays Judging from our media, you would think that Americans made the for shopping. We spend an average of $856 per person on the holidays, according to the American Research Group. Most of those hard-earned dollars will go straight to China because more shelves are from there. If we multiply that by the current U.S. population, thats $257,775,794,632 dollars leaving home for the holidays! I was surprised that shopping wasnt an Olympic event this year, considering how skilled we have become at sending our money overseas. If you shop for the good of the economy, keep in mind that buying products made outside of your community means that your money also leaves home for the holidays. Instead, feed your local economy by making your own gifts, and buying what gifts you cant make from local, independent stores and artisans. A recent economic study conducted in Austin, Texas, found that if each household in Travis County holiday spending from chain stores (which carry cheap imports) to locally owned merchants, the local economic impact would reach approximately would boost your communitys economy. It used to be that time was less important than money in our culture, but we have become a nation of workaholics. A recent survey found give up a full days pay to have that day off from work. If youre buying gifts or giving money, youre cheating your loved ones. Instead, give gifts of time. Offer to replace elderly parents light bulbs them a coupon good for a free days worth of caulking and winterizing. This is something they could really use, and time spent together will gifts and waiting on long lines. You could easily make most of your holiday gifts in that time -and enjoy the added bonus of time shared as a family. In his excellent book, Hundred Dollar Holiday, climate writer Bill McKibben says, I can remember almost every present that someones made for me since we started doing these Hundred Dollar Holidays. And thats testimony in itself -I have no idea what gifts came in all those great piles under the tree in previous years. They didnt attach themselves to particular faces, particular memories. Holidays should be about time wellspent, not money. Give things that are rare; time, attention, memory, whimsy, notes McKibben. In the land where we have plenty of food, noise, gizmos, stuff -those are the things we cherish.
42 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Following are some of the calls that Gulfport Police responded to during the past week. Friday 11/11 Noise Complaint5600 Blk 16th Ave. S. Prowler5200 Blk 14th Ave. S. Civil Matter5400 Blk 19th Ave. S. Trouble with Individual711 Blk 58th St. S. Call for Ofcer900 Blk 58th St. S. Animal Complaint700 Blk 60th St. S. Animal Complaint2600 Blk 49th St. S. Trouble with Individual5100 Blk 12th Ave. S. Noise Complaint5600 Blk Tangerine Ave. S. Animal Complaint5000 Blk Newton Ave. S. Trouble with Individual5100 Blk 16th Ave. S. Saturday 11/12 Trouble with Individual5100 Blk Gulfport Blvd. S. Threatening Bodily Harm1700 Blk 55th St. S. Drunk Driver2200 Blk Beach Blvd. S. Noise Complaint5400 Blk Shore Blvd. S. Suspicious Circumstances4900 Blk 14th Ave. S. Criminal Mischief1800 Blk 55th St. S. City County Code Violation1500 Blk 58th St. S. Animal Complaint1700 Blk 53rd St. S. Stolen Vehicle5400 Blk 9th Ave. S. Trouble with Individual5600 Blk 11th Ave. S. Theft1700 Blk 55th St. S. Trouble with Individual5200 Blk 9th Ave. S. Animal Complaint3000 Blk Beach Blvd. S. Narcotics/Drugs1600 Blk 58th St. S. Noise Complaint1200 Blk 51st St. S. Sunday 11/13 Noise Complaint5700 Blk 28th Ave. S. Theft2500 Blk Beach Blvd. S. Domestic Battery1100 Blk Hull St. S. Domestic Verbal700 Blk Hull St. S. Call for Ofcer1700 Blk 55th St. S. Call for Ofcer5700 Blk 18th Ave. S. Call for Ofcer6100 Blk 9th Ave. S. Animal Complaint2600 Blk 54th St. S. Vessel StopBoca Ciega Bay. Burglary5400 Blk Tangerine Ave. S. Trouble with Individual5300 Blk 29th Ave. S. Monday 11/14 Arrest on Warrant5200 Blk 12th Ave. S. Trouble with Individual6000 Blk Tangerine Ave. S. Noise Complaint2500 Blk 50th St. S. Criminal Mischief1800 Blk 52nd St. S. Call for Ofcer4600 Blk 27th Ave. S. Theft5500 Blk Gulfport Blvd. S. Call for Ofcer900 Blk 58th St. S. Soliciting4900 Blk Newton Ave. S. Trespasser5100 Blk 25th Ave. S. Harassing Threat Obscene CallsLocation Withheld. Noise Complaint4900 Blk 15th Ave. S. Trouble with IndividualOsgood Pt. Trouble with Individual2800 Blk 51st St. S. Suspicious Person1800 Blk 51st St. S. Tuesday 11/15 Prowler3000 Blk 54th St. S. Trouble with Individual4900 Blk 14th Ave. S. Reckless Driver1000 Blk 58th St. S. Trouble with Individual1000 Blk 49th St. S. Theft3200 Blk 58th St. S. Burglary6000 Blk Gulfport Blvd. S. Arrest on Warrant2500 Blk 53rd St. S. Suspicious Circumstances5200 Blk Jersey Ave. S. Wednesday 11/16 Truant600 Blk St. S. Street Obstruction1500 Blk 49th St. S. Call for Ofcer3000 Blk 50th St. S. Trespasser1700 Blk 55th St. S. Theft900 Blk 58th St. S. Trouble with IndividualTomlinson Park. Call for Ofcer5800 Blk Tangerine Ave. S. Burglary1600 Blk 49th St. S. Thursday 11/17 Suspicious Person5500 Blk 28th Ave. S. Drunk Driver6000 Blk Gulfport Blvd. S. Suspicious Person3200 Blk 58th St. S. Call for Ofcer900 Blk 58th St. S. Trouble with Individual5200 Blk 19th Ave. S. Animal Complaint700 Blk 53rd St. S. Trouble with Individual5100 Blk Tangerine Ave. S. Reckless Driver5800 Blk 21st Ave. S. Noise Complaint2200 Blk Beach Blvd. S.
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 43 Try your hand at Sudoku Town Shores Golf Scramble This fun event is open to any resident or guest of Town Shores. This is an are experienced or not. All levels of players are welcome. The next outing Country Club in Palmetto. Price of cart, lunch and prizes. Registration start. Submit your own foursome or they will pair you up. Please bring cash or check payable to Terra Ceia Country Club to Ellen Johnson, 5th. For more information, contact at email@example.com. Long Pants & Shoes are Needed at CTK Clothes To Kids (CTK) has an urgent need for boys pants and shoes! The weather is changing and many school children desperately need long pants and shoes. CTK has an immediate need for new or gently used boys pants/jeans in sizes 6-16 and boys shoes sizes 12 to 6 and mens sizes 6-12. CTKs inventory is critically low and your kind donations are needed. If you are involved in an organization that works with school-age boys, please consider doing a clothing drive focused on pants and shoes. If you visit a store or thrift store near you, please consider purchasing boys pants and shoes and drop them off at the CTK location nearest you. Help CTK ensure that every child proudly leaves with a complete weeks worth of school clothing. Please drop off new or gently used pants or shoes, M-F, 9 a.m. 5 p.m., or 3251 3rd Ave. N (St. Pete). organization that provides school clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County, free of charge. For more information, 727org.
44 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Gulfport Womens Club Learns about the Senior Center The Gulfport Womens Club held their November opening meeting at Westminster Suncoast 9th Street South, St. Petersburg. Cynthia Dean, Senior Services Coordinator, Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center, gave an overview of all the work being done at the Center for the seniors of Gulfport. The members were very happy to hear of the help available, including the exercise room, information about health and wellness, physical and mental activities and the GEMS program for transportation to Gulfport residents 55+ years of age. Interested members The Gulfport Womens Club is a volunteer organization working to better the lives of children and seniors in Gulfport. Anyone interested in joining this organization, please call Joan at 345-4553 or send a check for $25 made out to the Gulfport Womens Club for an annual membership to Gulfport Womens Pictured (L-R): Julie Fuce, Guest Speaker Cynthia Dean and Chairwoman Phyllis MillerFresh Market Seeks Vendors Vendor space is available for new Corey Fresh Market in downtown St Pete Beach. The new Sunday market takes place on Corey Avenue between Blind Pass Rd. and Boca Ciega Dr. from 9 a.m 2 p.m. Applicants of foods, spices, arts/crafts, hand-made products are needed. 4 week consecutive. If interested please contact Kathi Hansen, at 727498-8778. Vendor applications can be found at: www.coreyave.com. Volunteers Needed to Explain Medicare We need SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) volunteers to help individuals understand Medicare and provide free unbiased information and counseling. SHINE states in the United States. Do you want a volunteer position stimulating? Then consider counseling seniors and the disabled with the SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program. SHINE volunteers are both active and retired individuals from diverse career and cultural backgrounds. As a volunteer, you will receive initial training, continuing education and a supportive environment with dedicated colleagues. Training will SHINE is a free service of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, operated locally through the Area Agency on Aging of PascoPinellas, Inc. SHINE provides free and unbiased Medicare information and counseling. For more information or to learn how you can volunteer, please call the Elder Helpline toll-free at contact Susan Samson at samsons@ elderaffairs.org or visit the SHINE website at www.FloridaSHINE.org.
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 45 in the United States consume milk daily, 15.6 percent weekly, 6.5 percent rarely and 5.1 percent never. COUNTS Percentage of American women taking birth control pills for purposes other than pregnancy prevention, such as reducing menstrual pain and acne, regulating periods and treating endometriosis 58. Source: Guttmacher Institute BEST MEDICINE First guy: Did you hear about Fred? Second guy: No, what happened? First guy: Hes got selective retrograde amnesia. He cant remember how to walk up stairs. Second guy: Thats terrible. Is he in therapy? First guy: Yeah, but its slow-going. They have to do it step-by-step. OBSERVATION What are the two things they tell you are healthiest to eat? Chicken do? Combine them. Eat a penguin. -Humorist Dave Attell EPITAPHS The body of Benjamin Franklin, printer, like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out and stripped of its lettering and guilding, lies here food for worms, for it will, as he believed, appear once more, in a new and more elegant edition, corrected and improved by the author. -American founding father Benjamin By Scott LafeeMed Men Men who use multiple medications are more likely to experience increased severity of erectile dysfunction, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published in the British Journal of Urology International. The study surveyed 37,712 ethnically diverse men from Southern California and found that men taking various medications were more likely to have severe ED. The percentages rose with the number of medications. For example, 16,126 men said they took zero to two medications, 15.9 percent of which reported moderate men took 6 to 9 meds, 25.5 percent moderate ED. The most common medications associated with ED include antihypertensives (beta blockers, thiazides and clonidine) and psychogenic medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, lithium, monoamine oxidase inhibitors and any medication that can interfere with testosterone pathways. that a crucial step in the evaluation of ED would be to review the current medications the patient is taking and their potential side effects, said study lead author Dr. Diana L. Londono. When appropriate, decreases or changes in the amount or type of medication should be considered. BODY OF KNOWLEDGE The human body has 45 miles of nerves. GET ME THAT. STAT! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, boys drink milk on a daily basis more frequently than girls (77.7 percent to 67.4 percent). Among boys, 3.4 percent say they never drink milk. Among girls, percent of children and adolescents
46 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Everyday Cheap$kateBy Mary HuntLife Lessons from a 2-Year Old I gave my son and daughter-in-law lots of gifts when their son Elijah was born. But none has come back to bless me more than the Gift of Friday. Since he was six weeks old, Ive closed the door to work on Fridays to care for and learn from my grandson. In these two years, Eli and I have explored our neighborhood looking for cats, dogs, bugs and birds. Weve met neighbors we didnt know and found the skunk we knew existed but had never seen. Weve played at the park, counted planes and listened for Last week, we took a walk to the anything from the movie Toy Story. I was fully prepared to shell out a given the kind of store it is. But the most amazing thing happened. Before we could even get through the door, Eli locked eyeballs with Buzz and Woody on a gift bag. I was surprised and reacted with great drama, which made him laugh hysterically. As we walked up and down the aisles, Eli made one Toy Story discovery after another. I would have never noticed the things he found, from photo albums to stickers, books, pencils, gift bags, cups, plates, cards, keychains and other Toy Story-branded trinkets. The more things he found, the more I reacted, which only spurred him on. Here is where Eli and I are not at all the same: He didnt want any of them. The fun of discovery became its own reward. I, on the other hand, have some kind of automatic response mechanism that insists that if I love it, I must then buy it. I learned a couple of important lessons from Eli last Friday. First, I dont have to own things to enjoy them. Isnt that an amazing thought? And it goes the other way, as well. Just because I dont own it doesnt mean I cannot enjoy it, from afar. Second, often theres greater value in doing things together, than in owning things. Creating this little game, and then beating me at it over and over, provided Eli with so much fun and enjoyment, the thought of actually buying all that stuff didnt seem to cross his mind. He loved doing more than getting. After a half-hour of treasure mechanical horse, and we walked home. On the way, between taking in the wonders of bugs on the sidewalk and trying to decide if it might rain, he said: Ahma, that was a fun store. Go again next week? You bet we will, Eli. And next week well look for cars, trucks and anything green. And well count the cracks in the sidewalk and look for caterpillars. Well enjoy every minute and make memories for a lifetime without having to buy a thing.
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 47 Lending a Helping Hand Beach helped bring Holiday cheer to eight local families in need. Thanksgiving food baskets were prepared and delivered. Gulf Beach Lodge was pleased to be able to assist in making this a great holiday season for those less fortunate this year. Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge is a fraternal organization for men 18 years and orders in the world and continues to be a force in the community today. Members of the Masonic order include Presidents, doctors, lawyers, teachers, astronauts, businessmen and men from every walk of life. For further information about Freemasonry or Gulf Beach Lodge in particular, please visit the Lodges website at www.gulfbeachlodge.org. Boca Ciega Yacht Club to Hold Lighted Parade Boca Ciega Yacht Club, a not family memberships, is holding its 26th Annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, December planning and then decorating their boats in hopes of sharing the holiday spirit with the surrounding communities. Residents of Gulfport, South Pasadena, and St. Petersburg frequently contact the club for the date so holiday parties can be planned around the event. The parade will begin by entering the Gulfport Municipal Marina at approximately 6 p.m. It will then travel past the Williams Pier in Gulfport and into the canals of Town Shores Condominiums and Pasadena Yacht Club Estates. This year Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club will be included on the route. The parade will cross the bay and pass by the club docks before returning to BCYC. For those non-members who do not wish to return to your home port, please feel free to use the clubs T-Docks so you can easily join them for the post parade celebration party. There is an entry fee of two unwrapped toys or a donation can be made. Each year toys are collected for Operation Santa, and presented to Gulfports Police Department for distributing to needy children. Sail and power boats are welcome to join in the fun. There is a sign up Drive S. in Gulfport. Entry forms will be available the night of the parade. Donated prizes are awarded to the participants during the post parade with family and friends. For information regarding participation or to sponsor this parade, please contact Barb Meyer or .com The BCYC family wishes you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year.
48 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 With a Little Help From Your Friends Sandy Sroka allows St. Petersburg Sailing Center and city of St. Petersburg volunteers help her into an Ideal 18 sailboat at Saturdays Adaptive Sailing and Kayak Clinic. I would like to be a sailor Sroka, a Tampa resident, said. Saturday was her second visit to the semiannual event at the sailing center. The clinic represents a partnership between St. Petersburgs Parks and Recreations Therapeutic Recreation program and the St. Petersburg Sailing Center. The clinics started when city employee Cory Kapes noticed it wasnt easy for people with disabilities to go sailing or kayaking. this, said Recreation Supervisor Barbie Van Camp said. The city applied for a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeves Impairments (CAPI). CAPI consists of volunteers who live in the city. When people get tickets for parking in a handicapped spot, the citys police department receives half the goal is to increase accessibility for people with disabilities, Van Camp said, distributes the money. or both at no charge. Green Saturday Holiday Market On November 26 there will be a green holiday market at Scout Hall and the surrounding park located at 5315 28 Avenue S. in Gulfport from Florida Frontier and the City of Gulfport are sponsoring this alternative to Black Friday shopping day with crafts and environmentally responsible products from local businesses and vendors. This market will celebrate simple, healthy living, peace, community and gratitude. Event features traditional skills demonstrations; herbal medicine and gifts from recycled material, solar baking, healthy holiday food prep, growing chickens, how to install and along with inspired speakers and live music. Within the market will be a Peace Village featuring kirtan, dances for universal peace and an all day moving and seated community meditation. Support local growers, purchase a fruit tree to plant in the spring for your Christmas tree. Enjoy music and theatrical storytelling for kids. Contact Crea @peacefulplate.org or Anna Scout ericanna@tampabay. rr.com or call 541-227-6655. The Salvation Army Needs VolunteersST. PETERSBURGThe Salvation Army offers ways to volunteer in the community and has a crucial need for volunteers to assist with the holiday season. Last year The Salvation Army, St. Petersburg served more holiday assistance to more than County. They currently need volunteers to sort and pack food for Christmas dinners; prepare toys for community children; assist with Christmas distribution; prepare and serve Christmas Eve dinner; assist in the food pantry and serve as ambassadors to the community by ringing bells at various community locations to raise funds for Christmas and human needs throughout the year. If you want to know how to volunteer contact: Call
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 49 We Love Our Calendar Dogs Calendar dogs Ernesto and Ava pose with their owner Dee Rice at Saturdays Bark for Art Bash at the City of Imagination. Ernesto and Ava, littermates with dachshund and chihuahua lineage, made the cover of the rst annual City of Imagination/Gulfport Arts Center calendar. The calendar featured 12 paintings of local dogs, painted by students from the Nina Harris Exceptional Student Education Center. Enter Non-alcoholic Drink Contest With the holiday season approaching, there will be many parties and celebrations. Unfortunately, many of these parties and celebrations will end in sadness due to a guest driving when he has had a little too much to drink. Operation PAR is encouraging hosts to provide alcohol free beverages for their guests who will be driving and would like to offer their assistance by sponsoring an annual Non-Alcoholic Drink Contest. The public is invited to submit non-alcoholic drink recipes to: Non Alcoholic Drink Contest, Operation PAR, Inc., 6655 66th St. N., Pinellas Park, FL 33781. The top ten, determined by a team of judges, will be selected and invited to prepare their drink for a panel of area celebrities who will vote for the The public will be invited. All drinks submitted will be featured in a free publication. Recipes must be received by November 28th. Celebrity judging at the Shirley D. Coletti Academy for Behavioral Change. The judging/ open house will be open to the public. Call Dayle Catterton at 545-7564. Health, Fitness, Nutritional Professionals WantedSubmitted by Mike Calamari We are gearing up for the 2nd Annual Prostate Cancer 5K Run & Walk being held on Saturday, bigger and better. In addition to the race we will have live music and food. We are adding a Mini HealthFitness-Nutrition Fair open to the public both Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7. book a table or want more information about the fair or event sponsorship, contact Coach Mike Calamari at 727638-2389 or email to coachmike64@ gmail.com.
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Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 51 GratitudeThis is not the week I pictured. This was not the Thanksgiving I planned. I was going to have a family dinner, something I hadnt done in about a decade. In another life, when I was married to the wrong man, I did a lot of things I was supposed to do, including presence-required Sunday dinners with godawful Anglican food, social events with people I couldnt stand and Thanksgiving dinners. My family, were Italian, and our major holidays almost invariably involved lasagna. Thanksgiving is not big in Italy. It is certainly nowhere near the Seven Fishes of Christmas Eve. Its not Easter lamb. Its not even, really Sunday dinner. It was a rough marriage of the two cultures, with me bringing the food of my culture (sausage) with the food of his culture (white sliced bread). Top that off with my parents avowal that once they moved to Florida (away from both sets of parents) they would never do a Family Holiday Dinner (capitalization intentional) again, and it was, to put it best, a homogenized holiday. But if my inlaws wanted a big dinner, then, by god, my parents were going to be good parents and attend. Ultimately it became quite the dance where we would hold Thanksgiving, who would cook, what we would eat. Christmas and birthdays were similar nightmares: I spent more time doing things to make other people happy for the sake of a tradition none of us myself included really understood. By the last year I was married, all I wanted for Thanksgiving Day was to curl up on the couch in my pajamas with a good book, glass of rum, and maybe a holiday movie about how much the holidays stink. After I divorced, I spent most Thanksgivings watching the sunset at Fort DeSoto. I wanted no truck with family dinners and tradition; I I ran far and long from anything resembling tradition; never again would I sit down to a big holiday dinner because I had to. But a few years ago I realized that I could bring only what mattered to a holiday dinner table. I realized that sitting down to dinner on a predetermined day didnt mean that you had succumbed to some sort of Chex Mix, bridge club, soccer mom life where you surrendered your beliefs to live by rote. I realized that when you truly have things in your life for which you are grateful, you want to celebrate them. In fact, this year I was supposed to have everyone to my place for a big holiday dinner, complete with turkey and lasgana. After years of hating the tradition, then years of recovery where I pretended the tradition didnt exist, this was huge. Or at least it would have been if family illness hadnt thrown a wrench in the works. Instead of having turkey day here, my better half (known informally as El Cap) will travel out of state to visit a sick family member, and my parents, well, without my guidance theyll likely end up at Cracker Barrel or Applebees. Theyre not Thanksgiving folk without my interference, which is themselves, and that pleases me. You can imagine that, once it took me years to get to the place where I wanted to host Thanksgiving again, I was less-than-pleased as it was all falling apart. Actually, I was disappointed and angry, but it came and went quickly. You see, I realize I am lucky beyond measure, both that I escaped the traditions I hated and that I rediscovered the part of me that enjoys parts of them. Im fortunate that I can take only what I want of them and move forward. Im thankful, too, that I worked harder in anticipation of company in town, clearing the decks for most of the week to come, because now I have that time off. And yes, I will spend quite a bit of it in my jammies, sipping on mulled wine, and dividing my time between books and Instead of a holiday do, I will be here, just me and the dog and two alarmingly indifferent cats, watching the sunset once again. Alone, but never lonely. Ill make a turkey and a lasagna, just because I can. Ill slip down and watch the sunset and be reminded how very lucky I am to have the people in my life that I do, the courage to live the life I want, and my little dog beside me. The sun will slip into the beryl blue Gulf on Thanksgiving night and I will head home, grab a piece of pumpkin pie, and think about everything I have instead of what the day was supposed to be. I am grateful. Contact Cathy Salustri at CathySalustri@theGabber.com.
52 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 City of Gulfports 2011 Holiday Decorations Contest Application FormThe thought behind the Holiday Decorations Contest is to brighten up our City during the Holiday Season! Name__________________________________________________________________ Address________________________________________________________________ Phone___________________________ Date_____________________________ I would like to participate in the Holiday Decorations Contest and will abide by the rules of the contest. I DO or DO NOT wish my name and address to be in any publication. Circle one theme: General Commercial Single or Joint Single or Joint The General Theme is for single/joint home only. The Commercial Theme is for single/joint business and professional locations, including home occupations. A plaque will be awarded to one winner of each theme. Only one plaque will be awarded for joint home or business participants. Judging will be on Monday, December 19, 2011. All participants MUST be prepared by 6 p.m. A judging schedule will not be announced. Contest Rules 1. All entrants must be City of Gulfport residents or businesses. 2. Each participant shall select one theme and so indicate above. 3. Businesses are urged to participate. 4. Applications MUST be submitted for participation and received by NOON, Monday, Dec. 19th. Judging will be done after 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19th. The judges route schedule will not be announced. 5. Plaques will be awarded to the winner of each theme. Winners will be announced in the Dec. 22nd edition of the Gabber. Winners will be recognized Find Help with Medicare Decisions The Florida Department of Elder Affairs SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program, in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging is offered at no cost to you. Specially trained volunteers can assist you with your Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance questions by providing one-on-one counseling and information. This is The annual enrollment period for Medicare is October 15 through December 7. You can apply for Medicare three months before your 65th birthday. You can enroll in Medicare through the Social Security Administration. You may be eligible for extra help to pay Part D plan costs if you have limited income and resources. You may access an array of Medicare covered preventive services. understanding your Medicare rights and options from a SHINE counselor. Circle of Friends of the Library The Circle of Friends Book Shop just received a new collection every Trekkie dreams of: Star Trek on the Brain: Alien Minds, Human Minds by Robert Sekuler and Randolph Blake. And hovering right next to it is Beyond Uhura and Other Memories of Michelle Nichols. In addition, there On the other side of the galaxy is the Oxford History of the American West by Milner, OConnor and Sandweiss. Most books are priced at $2 or less. They graciously accept donations of books in good shape; they dont accept 8-track tapes. Library hours are Monday The Gulfport library is located at
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54 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Ongoing 13-week revolving course. Start any week. Power Point presentation. 400 page materials book. One day 8-hour course available Completion satisfies FL Boater ID Safety Requirements.GulfportUSCG Auxiliary Flotilla 7-16, 3120 Miriam Street S. When: Every Thursday 7:30-9:30pm. Special: SAT. ONE DAY Course 8am-5pm *pre-registration suggested Contact: 727-399-7986 email: firstname.lastname@example.org St. PetersburgUSCG Auxiliary Flotilla 72, 1300 Beach Dr. SE (USCG South Moorings) When: Every Tuesday, 7:30pm-9:30pm Contact: 727-898-1324 or www.cgaux72.infoSt. Pete BeachUSCG Auxiliary Flotilla 78, Warren Webster Community Center, 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way When: Every Tuesday, 7:30-9:30pm Contact: Jim at 360-4846 or Warren at 321-7801 Convenient Storage Solutions Make for a Happier Holiday Right about now, along with an energizing chill, the sights and sounds of the approaching holiday air. This lasts for months. All things orange appear in the markets, as we see mounds of pumpkins, gourds and dried corn, plentiful and pretty. For some, the idea of the holidays feels troublesome because we get a subconscious cue that things inside the house are about to be disrupted. And for people who live in tiny homes, the demands of this season become all the more aggravating. If you hardly have enough room for daily function, the thought of dragging out decorations can put you over the edge! What gets unpacked and displayed eventually must be put back into storage. Ever wonder about those few houses in your area that keep those outdoor lights up year-round? I admit to calling those folks lazy as I drive by in July, wondering why they dont put those things away. One of the secrets to organization is putting things right. The other key store items that are seldom used. At my house, the Christmas gear is all stored upstairs in an attic closet in tidy, stacking plastic boxes on wheels. The fake tree is here too, for the years when Im feeling either environmentally responsible or or 9-foot-tall tree seems extravagant some years. In any case, while I can stand up in this area because of my diminutive stature, I routinely bump my head exiting the closet unless Im fully focused on ducking. Honestly, I hate getting my decorations out of storage because of that painful fact. Nevertheless, I know where everything is, and dragging the boxes downstairs is the worst part of the job. Folks with basements reverse this task by dragging the stored decorations up the stairs instead. Easier storage might be had in the pictured collapsible, rolling ornament caddy. Perhaps transitioning to under-the-bed plastic boxes on wheels would eliminate the treacherous climb up and down stairs with armloads of goodies. Consider converting a corner of the garage to deliver easier access for holiday decorations; even dedicating an outdoor shed for this same purpose could facilitate the transfer of treasured ornaments into the house. Bulky yard items for Halloween and Christmas likely already are stashed in the more appropriate storage area for outdoor items: The metal snowman or prelit moving reindeer are examples of that type of thing. If youre living in a studio apartment or smallish condo, remember that the ubiquitous mini-light is one of the most effective decoration techniques -and it takes up very little storage space! If you select clear lights, you truly can leave them up all year long with little recrimination from neighbors. Lights are inexpensive and readily available everywhere, from drug stores to home improvement centers. No matter what you do, the point is this: Decorating lifts the spirits and helps you enjoy the special quality of the holidays, and youll be more inclined to put out the energy if you can access your tools easily. Make the effort to properly store all decorations now, while youre in the process of decorating, and once the holidays are over, all youll have to do is load up the special carriers.
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56 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Appliance Repair BEFORE YOU TOSS IT-Call us!! We specialize in major appliance repair, as well as electrical services. Range, dishwasher, washers/ dryers, etc. Same or next day service. 15 years experience. EPA Certied. Lic. ER13012312. 727-433-1349. Lewiselectricalsolutions.com Attorney/Legal Automotive Service DO YOU REPAIR POWER WINDOWS?People are calling the Gabber looking for your service! Please call today to advertise, starting at $14/wk. 321-6965. Caregivers STAY OUT OF A NURSING HOMEBay Area Care Offers Live-Ins, Hourly Care for in-home help. Lic. 5969. Call 727-424-1979. Cleaning/Housekeeping THE CLEANING LADYHoliday Cleaning. Reliable and dependable. 16 years Exp. Weekly, bi-weeklyResidential, Move-outs. References available. Please Call 727-6867277 NATURALLY HOUSEPROUDResidential Cleaning Services. Natural plant based 100% biodegradable cleaning products used. Houses, condos, apartments & rentals. Services: One-Time, Weekly/bi-weekly, Monthly/bi-monthly, Move-in/Move-Out. Discounts Veterans & Seniors! Licensed/Bonded/ Insured. Free Estimates. Call 727-954-3332 or visit www.naturallyhouseproud.net. HEIDIS DETAILED CLEANING-Quality Work Every Time, Guaranteed! 10% Off 1st time Customers. Excellent References. Residential & Commercial. 10yrs. exp. Licensed, Insured, Bonded. 727-254-1950 www.stpetersburgcleaningcom pany.com CARPET CLEANINGRepairs, ReStretching, Sales & Service. Carl 727-460-7153.WENDYS CLEANING SERVICEIll clean your house like it is mine. 20 Years Experience. Call me for a price, 727-481-8138. Have Friday am opening. ANGIES LIST SUPER SERVICE AWARDProfessional Cleaning. Detailed Cleaning Every Time. 32 Years Experience, Excellent References. Satisfaction Guaranteed. We do Windows too. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. $15 Off First Time Cleaning. 727-743-0701. Computer Service HOUSEKEEPING BY MICHELLE-Top Notch Affordable Service. Free Estimates. Will Work with Anyone. 727-289-2811 727-222-8651.SENIOR-FRIENDLY COMPUTER SERVICE In Your Home. Repair, Tutoring, Setup. Fair Rates, Reliable. Serving Gulfport, Pasadena, St. Petersburg, the Beaches, Phil Penrose 727-204-7288. Accounting PLACE YOUR AD HERE Starting at $14 per issue. Call 727-321-6965. Classes/Tutoring Cleaning/Housekeeping
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 57 TRUTECH SOLUTIONS 727-343-2838In-Home Services: Internet Security, Training, Virus & SpyWare Removal, Maintenance & Repair, Data Recovery. (PC & Mac). COMPUTER REPAIR-Maintenance, Wireless, Tutor, Virus Removal, etc. Fast service, reasonable rates. PC and Apple Literate. Call Bob 727-656-0435. Electrical B&B ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONSWe Have the Solutions to Your Electrical Needs. Lightning Protection. Fuses to Breakers, All Electrical Repairs & Installation. Senior Discounts. ER#13012577. 727-546-7047AC ELECTRIC 727-345-3108Over 30 years. Experience. Residential & Commercial. New or Remodel work, Service Upgrades, Lightning Arrestors, Fans and Lighting Installed. State License #ER0007653. Handy Person MR. FIXIT HOME HANDYMAN SERVICENo Job too Big or Small. Reasonable, Reliable, References. Senior Discount. Lawn Services Also. 727-906-6984. HOUSEHOLD REPAIRSBig & Small Jobs, $15/Hr. Honest, Dependable. Call Mr. Gee. 727-418-3633. GERMAN HANDYMAN-30+ Years Experience, Any Job, Any Time, Nights, Weekends. Reasonable, Reliable, Honest, Guaranteed. Free Estimates, Senior Citizens Discount, 727-432-8369. HOME REPAIRS 727-327-7177Handyman 35yrs Experience, Multi-Skilled. Small Jobs Okay. Pressure Washing, Light Hauling, Lowest Rates. Free Estimates. Seniors & Veterans Discounts. HOME REPAIRS-Many Years of Experience. Quick Response to your Call and Get the Job Done Right. Call 727-644-6194 Low Rates. EXTREME HANDYMANSmall, Big, All Jobs. Affordable Rates, Friendly Reliable Service. 25 Years Experience in Most Fields. Call Jamie, 727-254-1392. CARPENTER DEPENDABLE!Have Tools Will Travel Trustworthy. Doors, Decks/Eaves/Rotted Wood, Etc. 24 Year Gabber Advertiser. Free Estimates, Lic. C-5754. 727-821-9973. Heat/Air Conditioning Computer Service Handy Person Heat/Air Conditioning
58 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 Home Improvement RESCREENING-1 Panel OK. Window Screens, Pool Cages, Sunrooms, Screen Rooms, Carports, Hurricane Windows/Screens, Concrete Slabs, Sot/Facia. Visa/Master Card, Free Estimates. 727-804-4300. RX11066857.GIANT MART 5485 HAINES RD. 33714We buy and sell windows, doors, aluminum awnings. Screens made or rescreened fast. 526-1494. A OLD TIME ROOFING CO. Residential, Commercial. All Types, Shingle & Tile Specialists. Old Time Workmanship & Integrity. Let A Old-Timer Do It! Licensed RCC0051451 and Insured. 824-9996. ROOFING REPAIRS $99 & UP30 Year Owens Corning Shingles. Metal roofing, at roofs. Lic#CCC1326066. Call 727418-3357.CONCRETE BLOCK & BRICK WORKDriveways, Patios, Sidewalks & Slab Additions. Lic#C8057 & Insured. 30 Years Experience. 727-418-1701. EXPERT SPRINKLER REPAIR Rich Moseley, Irrigation Contractor. 15 Years Experience. Reasonable Rates. Well & Pumps. 439-0792 Leave Message. Lic.#C8312. Moving/Hauling DANS HAULING-727-341-1135. Full Service Clean-ups. Drop Off Trailers. Heat/Air Conditioning WALL & CEILING REPAIRS/PAINTINGInterior/Exterior, Drywall/Plaster/Stucco, Texture, Wallpaper & Popcorn Removal, Painting. Pool Deck Repairs, Insured, #C4672 15% Off. 727-458-4209. PLACE YOUR AD HERE Starting at $14 per issue. Call 727-321-6965. Home Improvement Lawn/Landscape Lawn/Landscape LAWN & HAULAffordable Prices. Roof Clean ing, Mowing, Hedge/Tree Trimming, Brush Removal, Code Violation Clean-Ups, Debris Hauling. Dependable. Senior Discounts. Dave, 727-215-2229. TREE REMOVALBig or Small. Trimming, Handyman, Yard Work, Cut Small Lots, Haul ing. Licensed. Call Sylvester, 727-460-8721.
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 59 BOYD FARMER PAINTING Family business. 30+ years, Residential, Commercial. No job to small. 2 coats paint. Quality guaranteed. Senior discount. C8626. 727-458-3650 Plumbing LINGOS PLUMBING RELIABLE-Repairs, Replacements, Fixtures. Sewers, Cleaning, Remodels, New Construction, Better Business Bureau Lic.#CFC1426040. 727-403-9523.SMALL JOB PLUMBINGSeniors Discounts, CFC1428150 Low Rates 727-525-3952. Miscellaneous Service ALTERATIONSMost Slack & Jean Hems $7. Skirt Hems $10. Eileens Resale Boutique, 5401 Gulfport Blvd. Open Tue-Sat. 10-3p.m.TRAVELING HAIRDRESSER AVAILABLELicensed & Insured. Please Call Lois at 5224562 or Cell 410-5419. SEWING MACHINE REPAIRS In Your Home. Most Repairs Done in Home. All Makes, All Models. Work Guaranteed. 393-3632. CUSTOM FRAME SHOP-and Gallery in South Pasadena. 32yrs. Same Location. Owner Retiring. Beautiful Setting. $40K No Negotiating! Jack. 727-344-2202. ONE TIME $250.-Turn into $5000. and $20,000 Over and Over. Find out How at www.roiunlimited.com/moonshine-tour. Php or Call David 727-328-1259. Help Wanted HANDYPERSONPart Time on Call. Retirees Welcome! Must Have Tools & Truck. Rent-AHand, Lic.# 5842. 347-3424. MATURE MALE DANCERS-Wanted. Call Forever Young for interview/details. 727-3604406. CDL LICENSED DRIVER NEEDEDSunday Mornings and other Scheduled Events. St. Vincents Episcopal Church. 727-321-5086. WAYCOOL CONSIGNS XMAS GIFTSAntiques & Collectables. We Upholster & Repair Furniture, Gobbs of Porcelain Miniatures & Antique Baby Furniture. 6820 46th Ave. N. 727-459-6937. Automotive 1994 CHEVY LUMINA APV MINI-Van. White w/Blue Interior, Very Clean. V-6 w/150,125 Miles. Good Condition, Good MPG. $2150. 727-360-0616 or 727-483-0341. 1995 NISSAN MAXIMA-4 door with Power Locks/Windows. Remote Alarm. Ice Cold Air, Clean Interior. Northern car with some rust. Asking $1500. 727-709-2774. 1995 SATURN SC2 COUPE-85,000 Miles. $500. obo. 727-321-2173. Needs Work. 2003 MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE One Owner. Low Mileage, Garage Kept. Leather Interior, Must See to Appreciate. $8500. obo 267-421-7759.ABC JUNK CARSWeve Paid the Most Cash For Junk & Unwanted Vehicles for Over a Decade Now. No Lies Just Honest Business. So Call us First or Call us Last, but Call Us! 727-458-7710 Furniture/Appliances CHAISE LOUNGE-Excellent Condition. Call 347-8921. FACIAL & MASSAGE BEDAlso Five Dioptor Magnifying Lamp w/castors. $250/Both. 727686-3074. General CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTED5 Folding, Extra Decorations, Household & Decorative Items. 727-688-3149. TWO 15 DRIVE SERIES-Crunch Subwoofers. Asking $170. 727-709-2774. Painting Business Opportunity Antiques Cycles/Scooters PLACE YOUR AD HEREStarting at $4.50 per issue. Call 321-6965.
60 Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 AVON REPS NEEDEDSign-up with top seller Or purchase products. Call Mirzana 727-453-2637 DISPLAY CASES-plus table legs with ttings. 30x21 & 30x17. Dealer retiring. 727-4247309. POP-UP CAMPER2007 Coachmen Clipper M1265ST Classic. All the extras. Includes; A/C, Stove, Fridge, Power lift. Sleeps 6. Camp anywhere, Priced to sell. 386-299-2066 to view. SUPER SHUTTLE TICKET-To or from Tampa Airport. Expires 12/31/11. $23 rm. 328-1003. GULFPORT LIONS CLUB Available For Parties, Weddings, Meetings. Great Waterfront Location With Full Facilities. Call Art for Info and Dates. 321-5717. LIVE MUSIC!-There is nothing like it for your next affair!! Entertainment for all occasions. Banjo & more! We are just a phone call away. 727-368-0035. LAWN MOWERS, GO KARTS, BIKESAll Kinds. Flatbed Trailer 4 x 8. Also Lawn Mower and Small Engine Repair. Call Frank 727-418-8297. Health & Fitness NEW DELUXE FOLDING WHEELCHAIR$125. Deluxe Height Extension Folding Walker w/Seat, $75. Toilet Extension Seat w/Arms. $25. 727-688-3149. Marine 16K BOAT LIFTS BLIND PASS MARINAFast Gulf Access, Trailer Storage, Live-Aboard Wet Slips Available. Boat/Jet Ski Rentals Call 360-4281. Wanted LOCAL COLLECTOR WILL PAY CASH-for Your Gun Collection. Also Looking for Martin & Gibson Guitars. Prompt, Discreet Senior will Drive to You to Purchase. 727-804-2381. COSTUME JEWELRY-CDs, DVDs, Tools, Fishing, Crafts, 100s of 3 for a $1.00 Items. Old Paper, More! 909 64th St. S. 8am.-1pm. Fri., Sat., & Sun. No Early Birds Please! Qs. Leave Message Machine 727-251-0933. HUGE MULTI FAMILY-Black Friday & Sat. We have everything including indoor & outdoor Christmas. All Prices Match the Economy (Low). 6555 Gulfwinds Dr. St. Pete Bch. Not before 9am Please! If Rain No Sale. BLACK FRIDAY & SATURDAY-Massive Moving Sale! 5213 17th Ave. S. (in alley). 7am.? Jewelry, Antiques, Collectibles, Furniture, Lawn/Garden, Plants. Everything will be Dirt Cheap, Last Sale its Got to Go!! PRIVATE ESTATE SALE GULFPORTNov. 25th & 26th & Dec. 2nd & 3rd. Appt. Only, Cash Only, Antiques & Collectibles. Call 727343-4606. STORAGE UNIT AT-Gulfport Storage. 1909 49th St. S. Sat. 8am.-2pm. Records, Large Collection Cook Books, Exercise Equip. Paperbacks, Microwave, Lots of Misc.YEI FLEA MARKETA Support System for Youth & Young Adults. Open Saturdays 8a.m.-2p.m. 4929 9th Ave. S., Gulfport. CLEARANCEMost Items 50%-75% Off. $1 Bargain Rack. Eileens Resale Boutique, 5401 Gulfport Blvd. Open Tue-Sat10-3p.m. General City of Gulfport Public Notices City of Gulfport Public Notices Yard/Garage Sale Yard/Garage Sale MULTI-FAMILY3101 56th St. S. Moving Must Sell! Saturday & Sunday 9-?
Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 61 GULFPORT, NEWER 2/1 DUPLEX-2001 1/2 55th St. S. W/D hookup, storage area. $750/ mo. +$375 sec. Pics on Craigs list. 727-7425140. LAYLOW BUNGALOWS-Gulfport. 2/1s from $695/mo & 1/1s from $595/mo. Pets Ok. 727742-5140. WATERFRONT VIEW!-Bay Island, So. Pasadena 55+, Swimming Pool, Clubhouse, Tennis courts, 1BR/1BA, Unfurnished, $690/Mo. Annual. 727-729-9553. NORTH ST. PETE-Updated 3BR/2BA, OnSite Laundry, Off-Street Parking. $835/Mo. $500 Security. 108 SW Lincoln Circle N. 727688-9799. 5159 6TH AVE. S.3BR/1.5BA, C/H/A, New Kitchen w/built-in micro & dishwasher. $850/ Mo & Security. Clean! 813-404-9202. FUTURE HOME REALTY. TENANT NOT PAYING For Fast, Reasonable Eviction Service, Call Gulfport Attorney Karen S. Keaton, Gulf Beaches Law, P.A. at 727-822-2200.PASADENA Large 1BR/1.5BA. Overlooking bay, minutes to beach. W/D included, covered parking, secure bldg. No pets. Available immediately. $750/mo. plus one month security. MARCOUX REALTY, 727-347-1535, 727-360-9494. 2BR/1BA HOUSE58th St. & 3rd Ave. N. Appliances Included. C/H/A, Fenced Yard. $850 deposit, $850/Mo. 727-641-6773. 5945 FAIRFIELD AVE. S.-2BR/1BA. $625/ Mo., plus $625/Security. Parking. 727-7100776. S. PASADENA 2/1 HOUSEQuiet neighborhood, New CHA, W/D, New Appliances, Fenced. Pets OK. $950/mo. 7225 14th Ave. S. 727-643-9777 RENT TO OWN MOBILE HOME-55+. 2BR/1.5BA, Corner Lot with Large Porch. $400/Mo. plus Purchase Option. St. Petersburg 727-744-3500. 4554 25TH AVE. S.2BR/1BA/1CG, Lovely Home w/New Paint & Carpet. $850/Mo. plus Deposit. Call 239-218-3177 or 239-898-9494. 1BR/1BA DUPLEXwith New Paint & Carpet. Private Front Porch, Large Backyard. 4942 14th Ave. So. $600/Mo. No Dogs. 708-7058427. GULFPORT DUPLEX-Large 1BR Overlooking Park. CHA, No Pets, Prefer Non-smoker, $650/Mo. includes WSG. $650 Security. 727322-0191. Lv. msg. SO. PASADENA-Near Stetson. Close to Beach, 2BR/1BA Apt. Washer/dryer hookup. $765/mo. 2BR/1BA w/den, House w/garage & screened porch. $895/mo. St. Pete Beach Efciency, $585/Mo. Water Included. 727-3457036. GULFPORT 1BR/1BA-in Tri-Plex. Living Room/Dining Recently Updated. Parking. $600/Mo. plus $600/Security. Suitable for Singles. Private Entrance. 727-481-7608. GREAT GULFPORT NEIGHBORHOOD 3BR/1BA Home, 5206 10th Ave. S. Large Fenced Yard, Screened Sunroom, Wood Flooring, W/D Hookup, CHA, $925/mo. & Utilities. Non-smoker. Available immediately. Call Wanda, 727-482-5759. PLACE YOUR AD HEREStarting at $14 per issue. Call 321-6965. 2807 BEACH BLVD.-2BR/1BA/1CG +Den. CHA, Oak rs, Clean, $925/Mo., 1st & last. 727-403-5000. WEST SHORE VILLAGE-Gated Community. Beautiful 2BR/2BR plus Den/Ofce Condo. Partly Furnished, 1400sqft. Garage, Large Swimming Pool, Lots of Fruit Trees, $950/Mo. 727-360-7190. PASADENA 2BR SPANISH HOUSE$695/ Mo. Furniture Available. Ceramic Floors, Large Rooms, Fenced Yard, Central Location. (2nd Ave. S./66th St. Area) Close to Shops, Bus, Beaches, Water Included, Free Parking. 727614-2880. S. PASADENA-Yrly, unfurnished. 2BR/2BA, overlooks water, 55+ community, no pets. Background chk. Available 1/1/12. $900/Mo. EXCHEQUER INC. 727-367-5647. 2213 57th ST. S.1st oor duplex apartment w/courtyard. 1/Br. Clean, quiet, steps to bus line, & shopping. Perfect for single person. $485/mo +Sec. 727-343-7933. Furnished Rentals STUDIO APT. FOR RENT-$600/Mo. Includeds Utilities. Completely Remodeled. Nice Neighborhood near Stetson. 1st/last & Security. 727-415-2992 or 727-424-9269. GULFRONT ST. PETE BEACHLido Condo. Large 2 or 3BR, 2Ba. Balcony, Heated pool, Seasonal rental, 90 day min. Starts at $3000/ mo plus. Ralstons Realty 727-367-6702 Accommodations to Share UPSTAIRS LARGE BDRS Furnished. Share Kitchen & Bath, Close to Bus & Shopping. Backyard use. 727-434-2161. Commercial Properties Rent OFFICE SPACE S. PASADENAAt Executive Bldg. 727-209-0606 or 727-688-1927. Real Estate Wanted 1BR FURNISHEDNear Beach, Library. Last 2 weeks February. Could lead to long term next year. Call 413-739-7034. TOWN SHORES BEAUTY 55+ Waterfront Community. 2/2 with gorgeous remodeled kitchen and bathrooms. Splendid water view. $164,900. Call LUBIN TEAM REALTY, 727410-5707 or 727-410-5696. Real Estate for Rent Real Estate for Rent Real Estate for Sale APARTMENTS FOR RENT-Studio Apts. from $425/Mo., 1BRs from $525/Mo., 2BRs from $625/Mo. 727-804-5596.
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Gabber November 24 November 30, 2011 63 Real Estate for Sale Real Estate for Sale Real Estate for Sale GULFPORT BEAUTY-and Perfection. 3BR/2BA, 2 Car Garage, 2 Level Home. Walk to the Art District. Built 2003. $239,900. LUBIN TEAM REALTY 727-410-5707. MOBILE HOME FOR SALE55+. 2BR/1.5BA Corner Lot with Large Porch. New Floors. Central Air. $7000. 66th St. N. St. Petersburg. 727-744-3500. PELICAN CREEK CROSSINGA Beautiful 2/2 Condo with an Amazing Golf Course and Pond View. A Really Lovely and Small Com munity. $159,900. The Whole Package here. LUBIN TEAM REALTY 727-410-5707.
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