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FREEEvery Thur sda yOnline Ev er ydayt heGabber .com No. 2560 March 29April 6, 2018 BP Grant for Lincoln Cemetery Will Require a VoteBy Debbie Wolfe On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Dr. Basha P. Jordan, Jr., the grandson of Elder Jordan, was ofcially named as one of the advisors to the Lincoln Cemetery Society. His great grandfather is buried at the cemetery. Photo by Helen J. Simon. The awarding of Pinellas Countys $90,000 BP grant monies originally earmarked for rehabilitation efforts at Gulfports Lincoln Cemetery will come down to a future vote, said County Commission Chairperson Kenneth T. Welch on Monday, March 26. See Lincoln Cemetery, page 18 Locals March in Call for an End to Gun ViolenceBy Angelina Bruno "This is what democracy looks like." That was the chant heard from the crowd at the Pinellas County March for Our Lives Saturday, March 24 in downtown St. Petersburg. The marchers, a mix of young and old, marched north on 3rd Street South in protest of gun violence in American schools. See March, page 20 St. Pete Police Seek Ofcer Impersonator St. Petersburg Police are seeking the publics help in locating a man suspected of impersonating a On Monday, March 26, law enforcement a composite likeness of a man suspected of impersonating a police by a victim, a woman, who was stopped on Thursday, March 22 at 10:30 p.m. According to law enforcement, the victim says the suspect was driving a white sedan similar to an unmarked cruiser. The man pulled her over for a South just west of 34th Street South and asked for her drivers license. Later, he drove off. See Impersonator, page 29 Police composite of a man suspected of impersonating a police ofcer. The crowd at the March for Our Lives rally in St. Petersburg March 24 gathers around 17 empty chairs that stood in honor of the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14. Photo by Cindy Linville.


2 Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 Clubhouse Chatter: Lets Play Ball Come out to meet Bill Skip Matthews at the Gulfport Senior Center on Wednesday, April 4 at 2 p.m. and learn what goes on behind the scenes of a Major League Baseball team: How to develop a batting positional player, and scoring at the Major League level. Matthews is very active in the local and international baseball scene. He is currently the Coaching Coordinator of the Tampa Bay Rays Summer Baseball Camp, which Tampa Bay-area youth. He is also the games and is a member of the MLB Advisory Committee on Scoring. He has coached the Polish National Team to two gold and two silver medals in European Championship play and was the Bench Coach for the Swedish National Team for three years. He has also been a consultant for the Netherlands National Team that won the World Championship in 2011. Matthews has been a board member of International Sports Group since 2003. This group is responsible for coordinating baseball clinics worldwide from September through February every year. This groups work helps spread baseball worldwide to many coaches throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Central America. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Membership is easy and free for all individuals Fun in the Sun Day at Gulfport Rec Center The Fun In The Sun Day childrens event is presented by the city of Gulfport Recreation Division and Stetson College of Law Public Service Fellows. The event is Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. till noon at the Gulfport Recreation The free festivities will include an egg hunt for children ages 8 childrens activities, music, food and fun. Children will also have the opportunity to climb into the drivers seat of their favorite vehicle: ambulance, garbage truck and many more. Remember to bring a basket for the egg hunt and a camera to capture a photo with Peter Cottontail. Senior Solos Host April Events Senior Solos, a social group of folks Gulf Blvd N., for lunch. On Monday, April 9, at 1 p.m., they will gather for food and fellowship at Gary Pogue, a newcomer who does an Elvis impersonation. The group is open to all seniors. There is a pot luck lunch at these meetings. Cost is $2 plus a food dish to share for the 1:30 For more information call Wally at House Concert with Bernard and Miller Come out for a magical evening under the stars with two beloved musicians, Misti Bernard and Billy Miller, on Friday, March 30. If you were fortunate enough to hear them at the Solstice concert, youll want more. Misti and Billy perform everything from 13th century songs to lively Celtic tunes to sassy swing, on an assortment of wind and string instruments, with vocal stylings. Snacks and chat start at 7 p.m., music at 7:30 p.m. suggested donation will go entirely to the artists. The concert will be at a private residence in Gulfport with limited seating and parking. Please call or email to reserve a place and for more information. Call 727email Presented by Enroy Foundation, Inc., a Florida the visual and performing arts.


Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 3 Celebrate Dyngus Day at Polish American Club Join the Polish American Society of St. Petersburg as they celebrate Dyngus Day on Monday, April 2, at 1343 Beach Dr. SE. Doors open at lesson at 6 p.m. They will be offering a full cash bar and a special Dyngus Day platter of kielbasa, sauerkraut, pirolgis and Polish bread for only $8. It will be served from 4:30 till 7 p.m. The club will be beautifully decorated, and everyone is encouraged to wear white and red. Space is limited, so get your tickets soon. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For tickets call Barbara Poplawski at 972-741-3749. Behind the Seams at History Museum This March, the Gulfport History Museum is premiering a new exhibit, Behind the Seams, a retrospective of Gulfports GeckoBall costumes 28th Ave. S. If youve ever wondered what the annual Gecko Ball looks like, well, heres your chance to get behind the seams with one of the balls favorite costumers. Jon Ziegler will display some of his wildest creations. This exhibit is sponsored by the Gabber advertisers as a thank you for the papers support of our community.Beth-El Shalom MatzahLasagna Passover Watch the Passover seder come alive. Enjoy singing Jewish songs, haggadah story of deliverance, and learn lessons for peoples lives today. Friday March 30 at 7 p.m. Beth-El Shalom Messianic congregation is located at 1701 29th Ave. N. All are and $12 under 16. There is limited seating. For more information call net. Free Brake Light Repairs at the Church Volunteers from the Tampa Bay chapter of Democratic Socialists of America will be hosting a clinic to replace broken brake lights for area residents free of charge. This public service event aims to prevent unnecessary police stops, expensive The event will be at the Church, p.m., on Saturday, March 31. Good Friday Celebration at St. Pete Community St. Petersburg Community Church invites the community to join them on Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m. for a special Good Friday Communion service. A drama of the Last Supper will be portrayed as Jesus celebrates the Passover with his disciples. Join them as they focus their hearts and minds on the Lords great love and A nursery will be provided for children from infants to age 4. The event is free. This family-friendly event will take place at the church at For more information, call 727


4 Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 Lecture and Tour at Barbara Gilberg Habitat There will be a lecture and tour at the Barbara Gilberg Habitat, 1600 Pasadena Ave., on Friday, March 30, at noon. The topic will be getting ready for spring planting. The lecture is free. Meet Xavier in the Pavilion. Please bring pen and paper to take down notes. The park is located next to the electronic billboard on Shore Dr. Mommy and Me Yoga at Gulfport Library Come to the Gulfport Library for Tuesday of the month. Our next class registered yoga teacher Ms. Christa! This yoga class is intended for parents and babies ages 6 weeks to 12 months. Come meet other new parents and babies in the community, stretch, laugh, get some strength back and rejuvenate! Please call 727-893-1074 to reserve your spot or email Cailey at Garden Club of St. Pete Flower Show The Garden Club of St. Petersburg show at the Green Thumb Festival on April 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will be in the Community Center Building at Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Ave. N. For more information visit Concert at the Gulfport Library The St. Petersburg Recorder Group will present a free public concert on Saturday, April 14, at 1 p.m. in the Gulfport Library Activity Room, will highlight the musical history of the recorder from the 16th century through modern day. For more information on the concert, or membership in the group which welcomes new members yearround, call Debbie at 727-688-8743.


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6 Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 Take the Gabber on Vacation... Send us a picture with you and your Gabber on vacation. Include a brief description and your name at Last July, this motley crew of Gulfport residents traveled up the east coast to Little Diamond Island, Maine for lobsters. As part of their travels they stopped at fascinating venues such as the smallest church in America and the Mutter Museum (Einstein's brain). Travelers in the photo are, from left, Tanya Ferrai, Estala Crespo, Denise Gold, Frankie Eaton, and Paige Shaw. Easter Sunrise Service at Grand Villa Sharing the Glories Ministry will present an Easter Sunrise Service on April 1, from 7 to 8 a.m. The service will be poolside at the Grand Villa Senior Community at 3600 34th St. S. It will include a liturgical drama and a free continental breakfast. To RSVP or for Florida Native Plant Society Meeting The Florida Native Plant Society will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m., at Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. This month Dr. Shirley Denton will speak about plant communities found on public lands in the region. Denton is a senior project scientist with the worldwide environmental FNPS is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. Bring a friend, meet the group and make new friends, enjoy conversation and Q&A. Theres free refreshments, seed swaps, and a native plant silent auction. For more information visit Passover Celebration at Beth Sholom Congregation Beth Sholom, 1844 Seder on Friday, March 30 at 6 p.m. All are invited. The story of Passover comes from the book of Exodus in the Bible when the Israelites wanted out of Egypt. Bread or anything made with yeast or baking soda is avoided because when the Israelites escaped from Egypt their and the bread they took with them did not have time to rise. Nisan, which corresponds this year with March 31. All Jewish festivals and holidays begin the evening before so this year, Passover begins on March 30 at dinner. For more information, call 727


Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 7 Treasure Island Easter Egg Hunt The Gulf Beaches Rotary Club with the assistance of the Isle of Capri Community Association will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. at the Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Boulevard at 106th Ave. Activities for children 10 years old and younger will include an egg hunt; bonnet and hat contest; and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Bring your cameras so that you can take your picture with the Easter Bunny. The event is free. For more information contact Treasure Island Recreation Department at GMA Community Support Grants The Gulfport Merchants call for applicants for its 2018/2019 community support grant program. that target or include Gulfport in their activities are invited to apply. government entities requesting funds for public purposes, or schools and colleges at any level. Special consideration will be given promote and provide volunteers for the GMA events that raise the funds making these grants possible. Events with funds earmarked each year for community giving include Gecko Crawl, Gecko Ball and the GeckoFest street festival. For more details and to apply, see the application available at The Board of the GMA reserves the right to determine or adjust the amount awarded to any recipient. Applications must be received in writing and must be postmarked or delivered no later than March 31, 2018. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered. Decisions on recipients are scheduled to be announced by April 27. A maximum of two for the 2018/2019 cycle. For more information, contact GMA Board Member John Haugen, Gulfport Democrats Host Fired Up Pinellas What does a group of women do when they feel like the democracy of the United States is being attacked? They give birth to a group called Fired Up Pinellas. With a following of over 2,000, they are a grass roots political advocacy values and defend democracy. and economic justice and love for one another, they plan on a local level to protect our communities, defend our democracy and build an America that works for all of us. Denise Yettaw, one of the founders will speak about how to become involved. As usual, the Gulfport Democrats will be at Stellas, 3119 Beach Blvd S. at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 26. Once again, thank you Barbara Banno! Any


8 Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 A Little Night Music at the Gulfport Library At the Gulfport Chamber Players concert Thursday, March 22, at the Gulfport Library, the group performed music by Purcell, Handel, Hoffmeister. The free concert also included brief commentaries about the music and the creative geniuses behind the compositions. The performance was sponsored by the Circle of Friends of Gulfport Library. Photos courtesy of the city of Gulfport Patti Preves, ute and David Preves, violin Vocalist Stephanie Ancona Cellist Ruth Kern Myron Rosenblum, viola


Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 9 Art for the SpringPhoto by Debbie Wolfe Sharon Zinn of Gulfport shows off her husbands Best of Show ribbon during the 32nd annual Artspring show at the South Pasadena City Hall on Friday, March 23. The show ran through Sunday, March 25. The artist, Jack Providenti, has been painting since he was a child and after he retired from the insurance industry, he went back to his passion, said Zinn. The scenery where they used to live on Sunset Beach inspires the painting, she said. Provedenti regularly teaches his style of impressionism painting in oil, watercolor and acrylic at the Suntan Art Center, 3300 Gulf Boulevard. Underwater Egg Hunt and Spring Festival The city of St. Pete Beach will host their Spring Festival and Underwater Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. till noon. The event will be held at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center and Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr. Dip and dive for Easter eggs in the pool and stay to play afterwards. Dont forget to check all of the fun going on at the park next to the pool. They will have a bounce house, games and crafts. The Underwater Egg Hunt costs re-entry into the pool. Children are encouraged to arrive early and bring mesh bags to gather their eggs. For more information contact the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center at 727363-9264 or at Historic Roser Park Tour of Homes St. Petersburgs hidden, hilly neighborhood hosts its 2018 Tour of Homes on Saturday, March 31, from at and $20 on the day of the tour. One of St. Petersburgs most distinctive neighborhoods, Historic Roser Park is so well-hidden in its hilly enclave along Booker Creek just south of Bayfront Medical Center that even longtime city residents are sometimes surprised to discover it. The 2018 tour Tour begins at the intersection of Roser Park Dr. and Prospect Court S. and stops at seven homes and one garden, the architectural styles ranging from Spanish Revival to Craftsman to Dutch Colonial. Tickets will be sold by the Booker Creek footbridge across from the intersection of Prospect Court South and Roser Park Drive. Free parking is available at the west Bayfront garage, 726 7th Ave S. Shuttle service and maps will be provided, making it convenient either to ride or walk to tour stops. For more info visit


10 Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 Free Literacy Tutoring with Bees Learning Bees Learning, a mobile tutoring service founded and operated by the Gulfport Public Library every Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. offering free tutoring to children that attend Gulfport Elementary and some surrounding schools. For more 727-893-1074. Sophies Attic Half Price Sale Continues Greetings from the best little thrift shop in Gulfport. They are continuing the 1/2 price sale on select mens and ladies clothing. The selection is starting to get limited however. Over the last couple of weeks they to 3X. Normally they launder all clothing before putting it out for sale, but they have received some very nice clothing that is dry clean only. So if you dont mind sending your clothes Springfest will offer a wide variety of family friendly activities and entertainment, such as May pole dances, a faerie house contest, costume contests and live music. A childrens area will offer activities including face painting, pixie dusting, bubble blowing, and more. Vendors herbs, clothing, jewelry, art, hand made crafts, food and beverages, and other items of whimsical interest. All interested vendors, Gulfport Community Groups and others are welcome. Please go to SIKpromotions. com and look for Spring under the vendor info tab to apply. There is no admission fee and free parking is available with free trolley rides to and from parking areas. For more information please visit or Senior Center Watercolor Reception The Gulfport Senior Center Water Color Group will show this seasons work in a show at the S., on Friday, April 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. Finger food hors doeuvre will be served along with a cash bar. Works are based on several themes selected to show subject variety and painting technique, for example Southwest scenes and birds. Art will be displayed until April 27. For more information on this event or in holding an exhibit, please email or call Kristin Ossola, city of Gulfport Technical Events Specialist at 727-893-1118. K-5th Grade Science Club at Gulfport Library Attention young scientists! Do you love exploring the world around you through hands on activities? Science Club is back! Drop by Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m. They meet weekly and try a fun new activity, explore engineering through building with Legos, and meet other young scientists and engineers in the community! Parents get to join in on the fun too! Let Cailey know if you and your young scientist plan on attending by contacting or calling 727-893-1074. to the dry cleaners, come on in and check out this special rack. And, last but not least, they still have some winter clothing left. Those of you traveling back up north might want to check out what they have. Sophies Attic is a mission outreach of the First United Methodist Church, open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Springfest Garden Art and Faerie Festival The Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 24th Annual Springfest Garden Art and Faerie Festival along tree-covered Clymer Park, on Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 8 The festival will transform the park into an enchanted village inhabited by costumed faeries, sprites, gnomes, ogres and trolls. Renaissance-era characters, gypsies, entertainers in costume will stroll through the event.


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12 Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 Music at Gulfport Beach Pavilion #6Mondays, 1 to 4 p.m. Music Lovers Karaoke with Mary Phillips Tuesdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. (Every Other Week) Music with Melody Tunes with Len and Arlene The Magiktones Wednesdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Karaoke w/Mike Furman Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Dancing with Danny Helou Fridays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Flute Listening with Geno Saturdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Maliblues Duo Sundays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Accordionist Bill All activities are weather permitting Call 727-893-1068 for more information This Week's Solutions Save Our StraysNamed "Dot" since she has a small dot on her tabby-colored back, she also has lovely facial markings and expressive eyes. This sweet, friendly kitty is a momma cat to four kittens born in February. Why not adopt Dot and one SOS cats are completely vetted and microchipped. View more felines at Pet Pals Find a Penny, pick it up...all the day you'll have member. Penny is an outgoing and affectionate 2-year-old pit mix. This girl has never met a stranger! Thanks to the pit project and her sponsor, own your home to adopt her. See more animals at or call 727-328-7738. Afternoon PreSchool Storytime The Gulfport Library has brought back their weekly pre-school storytime! Join them every Thursday at 4 p.m. for stories, songs, movement, and a craft! Contact Cailey at 727893-1074 or First Friday Flea Market at the Senior Center First Friday Flea Market Shoppers! This months sale will be on Friday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ave S. It will have lots of jewelry, sheet music, and signed lithographs, and many household items. Donations of home dcor, small household items, holiday and seasonal dcor, and jewelry are always welcome. They do not accept clothing or electronics. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or to donate


Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 13 South Pasadena Block Party for Community Camaraderie By Debbie Wolfe With 1960s music playing in the car show area by City Hall, a live musician performing in the food court in the street and aerial platform rides, the annual block party on Sunset Drive South in South Pasadena was a crowd favorite on Saturday, March 24. This is an opportunity for us to get together with all of our people in the city and their children and grandchildren, said City Commissioner Gail Neidinger. We try to have something for everybody. themed bounce houses, health screenings, a car show and the Artspring Exhibition were also a part of the event. One of the most popular activities for kids was the ability to put out a truck and hook it to a hydrant so theres not a tremendous amount of pressure, said South Pasadena Fire Chief David Mixon. The kids According to City Commissioner and Vice Mayor Art Penny, This is one of the top events we have each year. This is a great thing for the city. Its camaraderie in a walkable area. People have a great time with their family. Battling a simulated re and overspray from real re hose in a stiff breeze off the Gulf of Mexico, Nixon Lewis, 3, of Clearwater is assisted by South Pasadena Fireghter and Paramedic Brendan Smith during the citys annual block party on Saturday, March 24. Lewis father is a reghter with St. Petersburg. Did he like putting out a re on a spring-loaded target? Yes!


14 Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 327-8855 5412 Central Avenue327-8855 Come See The Difference!Come See The Difference! Come See The Difference! Exceptional Eye care, Distinctive Eye wear Contact Lens Specialists Dr Dennis Ryczek Vision Correction without Surger y luding Evenings We Accept Most e A/EYEMED Try your hand at SudokuSolution on Page 14 Virginia Woolf Tribute Show Mark your calendars for an evening with an author who passed away is brought to life in period costume by Nan Colton. Her performance is titled Contemplation. Colton is also the performing-artist-in-residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. The Gulfport Library is excited to present this free program Sponsored by the Circle of Friends of Gulfport Library. Junk in the Trunk is Back in Town Junk in the Trunk is right around the corner, helping Gulfport residents to clean, green and recycle Gulfport! Gulfport residents, are you looking to swap, trash or give away your old stuff and dont know where to start? Join the Gulfport Neighbors and the city of Gulfport at the community Junk in the Trunk or on a Truck. It will be held Saturday, April 28 from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. at the 49th Street Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S. Swap, trash or give away your old furniture, appliances, tires, and other bulk items for free. Please no And theres more. Have coffee with a cop, register your bike and get a free helmet for kids. Also, the Gulfport Police Department, in conjunction with the DEA National RX Dropoff day, will also be accepting expired prescription drugs. Get gardening tips from the folks with Gulfports Community Garden. The city of Gulfport Public Works Department will present information regarding their recycling program and other services in conjunction with Earth Day. Get a free plant when you donate a full bag or more of non-perishable foods for one of the Little Free Pantries. Plant quantities are limited. Of course, there will be music for your listening and dancing pleasure. If you are available to donate two or three hours to help with this fun event, please contact Gulfport Neighbors at 727-698-9471.


Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 15 An Easter Birthday... with CookiesKsaveras Adickas, who will be 94 on Sunday, bakes cookies for the Lithuanian American Club's Easter Bazaar on Thursday, March 29. The bazaar will be at 4880 46th Ave. N. starting at noon. All are welcome to help the club celebrate! Holocaust Survivor at Beth-El Shalom Holocaust survivor Rene Hammond will give her live testimony on Friday April 6 at 7 p.m. at Beth-El Shalom Synagogue, 1701 29th Ave. N. When Rene was a teenager she and her entire family were taken escape and survival are nothing short of miraculous. Come meet her yourself and help ensure that it never happens again. Free admission. For or visit Beta Sigma Phi Activities Sunshine City Councils Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 31 at England Brothers Field in Pinellas Park. This egg hunt is free to the community. Members will begin hiding the eggs children participating in the various age groups will be released at 9 a.m. with all the festivities concluding a will have been found. The members met on Tuesday, March 27 to stuff the 3,000 plus plastic eggs with candy and toys at the Pinellas Park Senior The Reciprocity Social for chapters will be held on Saturday, April 7 at the War Veterans Park, Shelter #1 beginning at 11:30 a.m. The hosting chapters will be Laureate Epsilon Nu, Beta Xi Master, Gamma Omega Master and Torchbearer Iota. Dirty Bingo will be played and all are to The Annual Beta Sigma Phi Florida State Convention will be held on Royal Caribbeans Majesty of the Seas this year. Members and guests will be enjoying a three-day cruise to the Bahamas leaving on Friday, April 20 and returning on Monday, April 23 from Port Canaveral. The State and plans for future conventions will be shared. Approximately 18 of the members from Sunshine City Council will be enjoying a relaxing weekend. Beta Sigma Phi is a social and more information contact Sharon Ingram at 727-321-2849.


16 Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 Collecting Books for Fun and Prot Old Bag Lady Books will be on beginning book collecting at the Skyway Marina Mall, 4301 34th St. S., on Wednesday, April 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Titled Collecting for Fun and basics on how to begin sorting the books you already have to make room for the ones you buy for collecting. Attendees will learn what most collectors dont want before they move on to the next lessons on what collectors do want. It makes sorting The second and third classes will include the opportunity to bring in a limited number of the attendees books for hands evaluation to test your learning. Presented by Madlyn Blom, MPH, who currently has a used/rare book booth at the Skyway Marina Mall. Blom was the immediate past president and is a current member sponsors the annual St. Petersburg Book Fair at the Coliseum. For questions, email Madlyn at or come to the mall Friday through Sunday, booth Orange 8. Gulfport Recreation 2018 Summer Program Gulfport resident registrations begins on Monday, April, for the 2018 Summer Program for children who have completed kindergarten through age 14. Non-resident registrations and weekly registrations will begin on Tuesday, May 1. Hours of registration are Monday through Friday between cost is $80 per child, which includes residents and $619 for non-residents, Sessions and weekly registrations are available as well. Summer camp with extended hours available until 6 p.m. for an extra charge. for the discount rate for Gulfport residents in need of assistance. Eligibility requirements for the discount is either a letter from the childs school verifying the childs acceptance of free/reduced lunch or a letter verifying the childs acceptance related program. Detailed pricing is currently available at the Recreation Center, Registration packets will be available April 2. The Gulfport Recreation Center also participates in the Summer BreakSpot Program which provides free nutritious meals who may not otherwise have access to healthy food when school is out. Breakfast is served between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. and lunch is served between information or questions please call 727-893-1068.


Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 17 Gulfport3/15 Burglary to a vehicle Avenue South. A resident parked at her house after a trip to the hardware store. She went inside but left her car window open with lumber she just bought sticking out. Someone reached in the open window and stole her purse. It was later found in her neighbors yard but her wallet was missing. 3/16 Trespassing in the South. Michael Kolb had been legally evicted from his apartment a few days prior. He was found inside the apartment again after having forced entry through a window. Kolb was arrested for trespassing in a structure. 3/16 Burglary to a residence in the 2100 block responded to a residence regarding a burglary in progress. The caller was calling from Pasco County and had received info that an unknown male was seen entering the residence. the suspect and once he was not to press charges. The victim requested that a trespass warning be issued to the suspect. The suspect was issued a trespass warning and released from custody. 3/18 Warrant arrest Sigsbee checked a temporary tag on a vehicle in the alley and got a hit that the registered owner, Kathryn Mittler, had a warrant out of Hillsborough County for armed carjacking. She was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County jail. 3/18 Battery/Baker Act responded to the area for a report of a female battering her mother inside a car at determined that the adult daughter is a diagnosed been taking her medications. She snapped on her mother for no reason and was speaking in voices that were not her normal voice. She was taken into custody under the Baker Act. 3/18 Theft A resident reported that were taken from the bracket attached to the front of her house. 3/18 Providing a false name to law enforcement/ arrest on warrant in the 800 block of 49th Street was arrested after he violation and provided a Smith a name that was not his and eventually, with the It was determined that the reason he provided a false name was because he knew he had outstanding warrants. He was also driving with a suspended license. 3/20 Recovered stolen property in the 3800 block Ross was able to locate two bicycles at a pawnshop in St. Petersburg that were stolen from Gulfport. The stolen bicycles were returned to their owner. 3/20 Battery/child abuse in the 2900 block of responded to a call indicating one of them may have had a to determine that there was no gun present. The case will be forwarded to the State Attorney for a determination of prosecution. 3/21 Follow-up in reference a stolen vehicle in arrested Clayton Farley on a case he had been working for several weeks. Farley obtained a stolen vehicle title and then after it was forged to indicate the car was sold to him, he passed it as genuine to the Department of Motor Vehicles in order to get a new title in his name. Farley then used the new title to take possession of the victims car. He was charged with auto theft, possession of a title with intent to defraud, and uttering a forged instrument. 3/21 Assist Other Agency in the 2800 block of responded to a passerbys call that a male and female Contact was made with the couple, but both said that they were only arguing. It was then discovered that as Saviyon Thompson, was wanted by the Pinellas sale of marijuana. He was arrested without incident. 3/21 Theft in the 2400 location where two male juveniles stated the BMX bicycle another male was were able to determine that the bicycle was in fact reported stolen and the of the bicycle was advised. The case will be forwarded to the St. Petersburg Police Department for further investigation.Assault 3/21 of Tangerine Avenue S Burglary vehicle 3/16 of 23rd Avenue S Theft grand 3/19 block of 8th Avenue S 3/19 of Gulfport Boulevard S Theft petit 3/17 Trespassing 3/17, 2 a.m., 1100 block South PasadenaTheft shoplifting 3/20 of Gulfport Boulevard SSt. Pete BeachTheft grand 3/16 block of Gulf Boulevard 3/17, 6:23 p.m., 6300 block of Gulf Boulevard 3/18, 11 p.m., 4300 block of Gulf Boulevard 3/20 Sailboat Key Boulevard Theft petit 3/19, 3:30 p.m., 3600 block of Belle Vista Drive E Theft vehicle 3/16 Way and 64th Avenue 3/18, 3 p.m., 400 block of Corey Avenue Vandalism criminal mischief 3/16, 4:08 a.m., 4900 block of Gulf Boulevard Local Crime WatchA sampling of police reports from March 15 to March 21 in Gulfport, St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena.Source: Pinellas County Crime Viewer and Gulfport Police Department


18 Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 The money is part of a larger $7.1 million settlement the county received in July that began with an offshore rig explosion on April 20, 2010. As part of their process for disbursing the one-time revenue source, Pinellas County commissioners sought ideas from the public along with applications and unanimously approved a list of projects on December list at pinellascounty. org/BPupdates/pdf/BCC_ approved.pd f One item on the list is labeled, Historic Lincoln Cemetery Memorial Rehab for the amount of $90,000. The matter of distributing has been delayed based on two one in Gulfport and one in St. Petersburg that have been in dispute until recently over cemetery land ownership due to competing legal documents. Assurance of cemetery ownership was needed by awarding of the grant, said Commissioner Charlie Justice, the representative for District 3 that includes Gulfport. Justice was also the chairperson of the commission when BP grant proposals and approving projects was adopted. The Lincoln Cemetery grant applicant is Cross & Anvil Human Services, a with the Greater Mt. Zion S., St. Petersburg. At the time of their application, the church group did not have a clear land title for the cemetery located Considered an historical treasure, the nine-acre cemetery was established in 1926 and contains the graves of approximately 6,714 African Americans, 247 are recorded as military veterans. Independently of the church and in December named Vanessa Gray began to maintain the cemetery with the help of local volunteers and eventually a team from the Sarasota school district that joined in with a 10-year commitment. Gray routinely days to mow grass, clear overgrown brush, maintain trees, dispose of litter and repair gravesites. To facilitate volunteer recruitment and retention efforts in a formal way, Gray decided to create the Society on June 20, 2016. Following this effort, Gray contacted a man who by some legal interpretations owned the deed to the cemetery property. Richard S. Alford of St. Petersburg transferred ownership to Grays nonBy February 14, 2017, the deed was recorded with the Pinellas County Clerk of the Court. When Gray became aware of the church groups efforts relating to the cemetery, their application for the countys BP grant money and their acquisition of a competing land ownership document, strained communications developed between the two over attempts to resolve the deeds. Each group retained a lawyer. On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Dr. Basha P. Jordan, Jr., the grandson of Elder Jordan who is the namesake for St. Petersburgs historic Jordan as one of the advisors to the Lincoln Cemetery Society. His great grandfather is buried at the cemetery. After Jordan led efforts calling on the community to come together and support the efforts of Gray she established to care for the property, he had a subsequent conversation with Rev. Clarence Williams who represents the Cross & Anvil Human Services nonchurch. Jordan was told by Williams that the churchlonger interested in pursuing the Lincoln Cemetery project, said Gray. the result of his earlier conversation with Williams on Monday, March 26, 2018 in a text message to Gray. During the time that land ownership of the cemetery was in the process of being resolved, the county kept their BP grant monies in reserve, said Justice. Now, moving forward, the commissioners need assurances about the cemeterys legal issue, the Cemetery Society to do a project, the details of their plan and their credibility as I speak with Williams frequently and weve talked in person about the Cross & Anvil Human Services different project with BP grant money, said Welch. The church that applied has another proposed use for the funds so the commission will have to talk about that, said Welch. Theres no roadmap for this kind of an event. I am committed to the original group that applied. Im waiting for them to come forward and suggest their alternative route for the funds. As of Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 10 a.m., the county documentation about an application change from Williams, said Andrew Pupke of the countys Department of Real Estate Management. Williams called Pupke about two months ago about the process of changing the purpose of their grant application. At the time, I indicated that they couldnt change the application because the board had decided the funds were allocated for Lincoln Cemetery, said Pupke. The board will need to approve any change. Justice believes that the countys BP grants are for groups. With ownership documentation, we will be able to help Gray in her process of getting the funds. My hope was and is that we Cemetery some funds to get some work done. The Matter of Finances Until May 2016, the city of Gulfport performed basic maintenance on the property like mowing and special debris collection. During this time, it assessed code enforcement liens against the property and ultimately to the lands future owner. As of Monday, March 26, the Lincoln Cemetery Society the result of these unpaid are continuing to accrue interest, said City Manager Jim OReilly. The society hopes that part or all of the lien will be forgiven or that future grant money they may receive can be used to pay the debt, said Gray. GuideStar, a national nonin 1996, gathers and disseminates information about IRS-registered nonMarch 26, 2018, it does not list a mission statement or Lincoln Cemetery, from front page


Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 19 Anvil Human Services or the Lincoln Cemetery Society groups. Both groups do maintain websites and a social media presence regarding the work they do in the community. County-level grant monies are disbursed using a reimbursement system, said Justice. He explained the county does not write a lump sum check but requires receipts for accounting purposes in order to track how the money is spent. The Next Steps At the next regular meeting of the county commission on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 or before, Gray plans to submit formal documentation ownership of the cemetery and the groups plans for using any BP grant monies it receives. Representatives from both nonto update their information and talk about their plans with commissioners before a decision is made by majority vote, said Welch. both projects fairly and equitably, said Welch. Sunrise Easter Service on Gulfport Beach The Gulfport community is invited to an Easter sunrise worship service on Sunday, April 16, at 7 a.m. at Pavilion #6 on Gulfport Beach. This non-denominational service is sponsored again this year by the First United Methodist Church of Gulfport, Gulfports oldest church. Youth Development Program for Teens Pinellas Opportunity Council 2018 Youth Development Program. This program provides local youth with an opportunity to participate in summer pre-employment training, skills development and job shadowing. Students presently enrolled in grades 9 to 12 who are between 14 will gain employability skills, work experience and career exploration. Income eligibility requirements will also apply. The program will begin June 6 and end July 27, with a culmination ceremony on July 27. Applications are currently available at poc-inc. org, or can be obtained from POC Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S.; Burlington Ave. N..; the Tarpon Springs Center, 301 S. Disston Ave. All applications must be completed and submitted by April 27. Please contact Frances M. Cato if you are interested in providing a job placement for a student or have any other questions. Dance Your @$$ Off at the Casino Who wants to dance? The Gulfport Historic Society will host Dance Your @$$ Off, on Friday, April 13, at the Gulfport Casino. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the party goes from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets are only $10 per person,in advance or at the door. DJs ZK and the Mayor will be playing songs from the 60s through today. Free munchies and cash bar available. All dancers ages 18 and over are welcome. No partner needed! If you like dancing, this event is for you. All types of music, all types of dancing. Come have a blast dancing while supporting the Historic Society.


20 Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 Chanting in unison and waving signs with messages like NRA: Not Representing America and Never Again, the group numbered more and-a-half march. Tennessee snowbirds Shirley McGuire and husband Richard Licht were at the event, their second political march in St. Petersburg. We marched last year too because I think we need sensible gun laws in this country, said McGuire. I cannot believe what its like for young people going to school and worrying about being killed. Licht nodded in agreement, clutching his protest sign. A small group of student volunteers from Palm Harbor University High School passed out signs before the march on Saturday. I wanted to be involved in some way, and this seemed like a good way to be involved and make sure that I was actively participating in the event, said Katherine decision to volunteer with March for Our Lives. I think these events show that people really do care, said Meagan Simmon, another student volunteer. I think putting pressure on our politicians forces them to change. Sanguine agreed, adding, It forces students to take action too and take action for their rights. March for Our Lives Pinellas is just one sister march to the one held in Washington, D.C., which was initiated by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, following the school shooting that left 14 students and three staff members dead on February 14. According to the March for Our Lives website, however, each sister march is an independent, studentled initiative. According to the Pinellas County groups Facebook page, the nonpartisan local event was created to advocate for common sense gun control and awareness for the movement to prevent gun abuse, and also to demand that our lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today. Student leaders Madison Vogel, Carolyn-Claire Bridges, Emery Horvath, Katie Hart, Emily Handsdel, Sophia Landa, Jared Hampton, and more came together from multiple Pinellas County schools to with help from USF St. Petersburg. Social media sparked the initial interest in creating a sister march. I saw a tweet saying if theres anyone from the Pinellas County area, Id love Vo of St. Pete Collegiate High School. The students, all from different high schools in the Pinellas County area, met March for Our Lives, from front page Marchers of all generations participated in the local March for Our Lives in downtown St. Petersburg with calls to end gun violence and a demand for better school safety for students. Photo by Cindy Linville. A boy marches in protest at Saturdays March for Our Lives in downtown St. Petersburg on March 24. Photo by Cindy Linville.


Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 21 weekly and sometimes bi-weekly to plan the march. With help from the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe, and executed March for Our Lives Pinellas in just one month. A lot of our donations came from the people and were very blessed to have them here, said Vo, 17. At the rally in Poynter Park, speeches from students as well as politicians drew applause from the crowd. Florida Democratic Senator Darryl Rouson took the stage with three of his high schoolaged sons, and later St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman made a big announcement. In his address to the crowd on Saturday, Kriseman said he will be proposing changes to the citys investment policy, asking city council to approve divesting in companies that sell or manufacture assault style weapons. This step allows us to hit them in their stomach where it hurts, which is their pocketbook, said St. Petersburg Councilmember Darden Rice, who is in favor of the proposal. The proposal is set to go to council within the next two weeks, according to Kriseman. See more photos with this article online at Toddler Storytime Continues at Library Toddler storytime will continue every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Gulfport Library. They read stories, sing songs, blow bubbles and make new friends! Contact Cailey at American Flute Class Learn how to play Native American therapist who has a passion for this instrument shows you how. She has used it extensively in therapy for cancer, depression and anxiety, as well as teaching it to people for fun. Class is limited to 20 students. The Gulfport Library is excited to present this free class on Wednesday, April 4 at 1 p.m. For more information and Belle of the Ball Offers Free Prom Dresses Belle of the Ball Project will provide free prom dresses to in-need high school girls on April 7 and April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 1210 Holt Ave., Clearwater. Dresses are available to all in-need, high school girls for their high school requested but not required. Dresses are for high school dances only. The Belle of the Ball boutique is a store-like setting, with over 3,000 dresses in inventory. The boutique is open to the public only four days in the spring and four days in the fall, for prom and homecoming dress shopping. Donations of dresses and accessories can also be made at the site, dates/ times listed above. For more information about Belle of the Ball Project call


22 Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 Brown-Worthington Inducted into National Honor SocietyElizabeth Brown-Worthington, daughter of Gulfports Vice Mayor Christine Brown and her husband Lou Worthington, of Gulfport, has recently been inducted into the Phi Sigma Theta national honor society at Florida State University. Students nominated by faculty for the honor must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Brown-Worthington is completing the second semester of her junior year majoring in criminology. Photo courtesy of Christine Brown Open Mic at Blueberry Patch The Blueberry Patch will host an open mic on Sunday, April 8, beginning at 3 p.m. Local poets are invited to share readings from their original works with the audience. Poets wishing to participate can sign up at Facebook: Inktankatthepatch Blueberry Patch is at 4923 20th Ave. S. Come out and experience the beautiful, unique Blueberry Patch and a showcase of readings from many local literary artists! SPC Jazz Band at the Music Center David Manson, will performs at the Music Center at St. Petersburg College on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Music Center. The Music Ave. N. vocal arrangements with singers Sonja Spence, Hannah White and Kody Beard. Admission is free. For more information about upcoming events, please visit


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24 Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 be those who approach relationships as a game won by the biggest and best network. It's no way to make friends. People sense when they are being treated as a commodity. Your genuine curiosity in others will draw them nearer to you, and soon you'll have a crowd to manage. this plane of multidimensionality, what's real is debatable on every level. Still, truth will have a certain feeling to it. You'll know when you experience it. This week will bring sparkling gems of truth you can hold on to for years to come. These will be your touchstones later when you're wondering what to do next. Shirelles famously sang, "Mama said there'll be days like this; there will be days like this, my mama said." The good thing about "days like this" is that when you have the wherewithal to tolerate them, they turn into the credit for your strength, your humor and your attractiveness, too. expand your awareness and bring the picture into sharp focus. Asking the right question will change everything. Instead of asking, "How are you?" ask, "What did you do today?" and you'll get the real insight and a window into whom you're dealing with. Clarity in relationships helps you move smoothly forward. invisible lights are usually green. But even green lights require the driver to stay aware of those who do not animals, children, weather and other lawless elements. event coming up will inspire you to get your act together, and you'll enjoy putting effort into creating a look, attitude and general presentation. The more prepared you get, the more fun you'll have with this. Also, as you seek new inspiration, you'll be a muse to others. the No. 1 precious commodity. We always want more of it when it's limited. And when it's not limited, that can really cause a lot of stress, too, as we wonder whether we could or should be spending it differently. Your relationship with time will be the most important one to work on this week. There's no parade behind you, waving your banner and celebrating you with song, and yet, in some way, you are the triumphant hero. You are! What you did made a difference. And it wouldn't hurt if, for just a moment or two, you acted as though the parade of life were happening in your honor. There are two kinds: the "pantsers" by the seat of their pants and take life as it comes. Plotters prefer to come up with a vision and then take the steps necessary to make it happen. This week you'll interact with both in an inspired blend of activity. the process of starting or breaking any habit, it is the initial decision and the following few weeks that are the hardest. After that, new habits and life take over. Considering that the new pattern you have in mind will be better and produce more joy, possibility and excitement, the shift will be a no-brainer. Go for it! Your best efforts are good enough. Anyone who doesn't think so is emotionally enslaving you. There is no good reason to scurry around in hopes of approval that won't come. Serve a deeper purpose than the one actual baby. Placating an actual baby vulnerable are often amenable to suggestion, eyes cast downward, voices soft -behaviors that send cues to those who want to help and to build others up. The cues are also read by those who would take advantage. This week, your job is to look out for and stand up for a victim -and to refuse to be counted as one. St. Petersburg Tiny Home Festival More than 20 tiny homes, skoolies converted vans are coming to St. Petersburg Colleges Tiny Home Festival on April 7 and 8 at their Allstate campus, 3200 34th St. So. LocalShops1 and Ivy Group Consultants, features the latest and greatest in tiny home living trends. In addition to the tiny structures, the festival brings a lineup of more the tiny house movement. The event will also showcase local food trucks, mobile boutiques, artists and homerelated businesses, free activities for children and more. General admission includes full access to the festival grounds, where guests will get to explore the tiny homes and speak directly with the homeowners and builders. Admission also includes access to SPCs ballroom, featuring presentations about decluttering your home, living green or $20/weekend, and available at For more information go to or contact Ester


Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 25 Whats your idea of spring cleaning? The Gabs James Sheehan: You asked the wrong person. I dont do anything, Im not inclined that way. I maintain my home all year long. Dawn Rowland: Well when I lived in the Midwest and you were cooped up all winter, spring cleaning able to open up the windows and air everything out, get the rugs out and just clean, clean everything out. Susie Bliznak: I actually did it this past weekend: seven garbage bags, including shoes, boots, clothes, bedding all donated. Jeffrey Donahoe: Throwing out the old and bringing in the new.


26 Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 Common Misconceptions about Wills and Trusts The following are a few common misconceptions that Akerson Law Does a valid last will and testament avoid probate? No, a will does not help you avoid probate. In fact, the last will and testament is the primary tool of the probate system. A will serves as the instructions from you to the Probate Court as to how you want your property distributed. The Probate Court then ensures that all probatable assets are collected and valued. Then, after all bills and taxes are paid, the property can be distributed to your heirs in accordance with your wishes. If I have a will, can my property be distributed to my heirs in a few weeks? Unfortunately, this does not happen in the vast majority of probate proceedings. Occasionally, family administration or summary administration procedures may be reduce the time period for a probate proceeding which requires formal administration. A typical formal probate administration in the State of Florida will take six months to one year to properly close the estate. If I have a last will and testament, will my will prevent a quarrel over my assets by the No, even a properly drafted and authenticated will does not prevent any interested party from contesting a probate matter Can my living trust be changed? Yes, a living trust may be changed or even eliminated so long as the trust is declared to be revocable. Some trusts are declared to be irrevocable and accordingly cannot be changed. to people with large estates? No, people who desire to avoid the probate process which currently can be more YO UAND THE LA W This column outlines general legal principles and is not intended to give you legal advice. If you have a specific question about the law please consult an attor ney By Robert J. Myers, Esq.time-consuming and costly than the administration of a living trust when someone passes on. Of course, those people with larger estates will greater estate tax savings. If I have a living trust, do return for the Internal Revenue Service? Generally, the grantor and the trustee of a revocable living trust tax return for the trust. Generally, a personal 1040 tax return will be Mr. Myers is the owner of Akerson calls regarding this article and other outlines general legal principles. If


Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 27 Although serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife issued their annual spring season precautions for people on Monday, March 26 especially when having fun in and around the water. With an estimated population of 1.3 million American alligators in the animals should be regarded with caution and respect. Alligators become more active and visible during spring when temperatures rise. They control their body temperature by basking in the sun and the FWC urges people to keep their distance if they see one. According to the FWC, never feed alligators because it is dangerous and illegal. Alligators inhabit all 67 counties in Florida and can be found anywhere there is standing water, said FWC with alligators by swimming only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. Also keep pets on a leash and away from the water, Tammy Sapp. People concerned about an alligator should call the FWCs toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866partners with contracted nuisance alligator trappers throughout the state to remove animals four feet in length or greater that are believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property, said Sapp. Learn more about alligators at St. Matthews Card and Game Party St. Matthews Episcopal Church will hold their annual card and game party on Saturday, April 21, at the Carlton Arms Clubhouse, 6699 31st St. S. Luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. with games from noon to 3 p.m. Lunch is tickets or more information call 727864-6796. State Wildlife Authorities Warn About Active AlligatorsAn American alligator basks in the sun near a water source in Florida. Photo courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


28 Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 LettersBenet for Sherry Boggio a SuccessDear Editor: A special thanks to all those who helped support the Giovanni's Bakery; BMW Jimmy of Integrity Auto; CJ's on the BEach; Caddy's; Designer Dog Grooming; Ronnie Pastrami; Largo Sub; 1933 Bar and Grill; Mark Jones; Dana Evans; Horse and Jocket; Crystal Haddock; Manatees on the Bay; Kohl and Childs; O'Maddy's; Valentines; Frisky Business; Sandy Lemke; all the bartenders who donated tips and all others who were there not only to show love and support, but also to make wishes come true! Crazy Dave's Largo Fentanyl Problem is Growing LocallyDear Editor: Fentanyl is the strongest opiate on the streets right now and its estimated to be 100 times times stronger than heroin. Not only is fentanyl sold on the streets as is, but its also mixed into other drugs by dealers who have no regard for human life; all they care about is taking the addicts money. Fentanyl has recently been found not only in heroin supplies, but its also in other illicit drugs like cocaine and marijuana. Unsuspecting addicts consume the drug in the amounts theyre used to, completely oblivious to the fact that they are about to ingest a lethal dose of fentanyl. Fentanyl affects the opiate receptors of the brain, crosses through the blood-brain barrier and creates an intense euphoria and addiction in the user. Fentanyl was originally only supposed to be indicated for cancer patients and for end-of-life pain. Fentanyl was rarely ever prescribed as a take-home medicine for chronic pain or painful disorders and never used outside of a hospital. Not only is fentanyl available on nearly every street corner nationwide, its also being widely distributed throughout the country after being imported grip on the growing opiate epidemic, doctors need to stop over-prescribing opiates so as to not create new addicts and effective drug rehab needs to be made available to anyone who needs it. Addiction doesnt care who you are, how you were raised, or where youre from; it can affect anyone. Another person becoming an unfortunate statistic is one too many. For more information on fentanyl, go to fentanyl-what-you-need-to-know. html. If you are in need of a referral to a treatment center, call us at 877Jason Good, Narcanon Clearwater, A Campus Community Garden at StetsonDear Editor: If you have a garden you need. Cicero. The students of Stetson University College of Law enjoy access to one the best law libraries in the country. Yet, according to Cicero, they still dont have everything they need. As of 2010, more than 100 institutions of higher education had established campus gardens. This growing trend in sustainability and environmental education made its way into the Stetson community in 2014, when undergraduate students at the Deland campus helped to Demonstration Garden next to the universitys Gillespie Museum. Again in 2017, Stetsons Center for Community Engagement led the effort to help build a community garden located one mile from the Deland campus in Spring Hill, one of the most impoverished cities in Florida. This second garden was built to help residents who lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables. With all of the work being done to promote sustainability at Stetsons undergraduate campus, we envision some form of a campus garden at Stetson University College of Law. Over the past few months, support for a garden has been building and we have been circulating a petition throughout various student approved, we hope to partner with the Urban Harvest, a small-scale commercial urban farm right here in Gulfport! For more information or updates on the project, please contact Leah Johnson at ljohnso2@ Johnson Stetson University College of Law Letters to the Editor always encourages and welcomes all letters and commentary. Please keep letters as brief as possible. Letters must be signed by the author and may be emailed to publisher@thegabber. com, or sent to the Gabber Commentary posted to thegabber. com or on Gabber Facebook pages may also appear in the paper. The views and opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent the views of the publishers, staff or advertisers.


Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 29 Impersonator, from front page The suspect is described as being over six feet tall, with dark skin and a muscular build. Police are investigating this case. If anyone has any information about his incident or a similar one, St. Petersburg Police ask that you call them at 727-893-7780 or text SPPD plus your tip to TIP411. According to police, members of the public are strongly advised to call the 911 emergency telephone number if they feel unsure about the When you provide your location, the operator can verify whether or not it April 2018 GEMS Getaways April 19 Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival & Lunch at Shortys. Check out the 11 world-class sculptors as they sculpt elaborate sand sculptures in Clearwaters famous sugar sand. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at Shortys on the Deck, commonly referred to as a wonderfully hidden gem. $12 for GEMS Members / $14 for Non-GEMS Members. Price includes: Round-trip transportation and admission. Lunch paid for individually. April 26 Larrys Car Show at Quaker Steak & Lube. Come see the huge selection of cars at this weekly Car Cruise-In while you fuel up at Quaker Steak & Lube, a car themed restaurant. $6 for GEMS Members / $8 for Non-GEMS Members. Price includes: Round-trip transportation. Meal paid for individually. Senior Center registeration is required, however, there is no need to be a GEMS member to enjoy these exciting gulfport getaways. call 727893-2242 for more information and to reserve your seat. Trips are nonrefundable and subject to change without notice. Neuro Diverse Children Art Show Come join Studio Duvoe, Inc., the Pinellas Autism Project and the City of Imagination to celebrate the artistic genius of neuro-diverse physically and developmentally challenged kids and young adults from all over Pinellas County. The show is on Saturday, April 21, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the City of abstract expressionism style based on color, movement, texture and feelings. When a student sells a painting, they receive half of the funds, with the other future events and art supplies. Students work is nicely framed and very reasonably priced from $10 to $100. Dont miss this opportunity works of art. They will have live music by Keith and Frank, J. Kolb and A. D. Burke. Drinks and a light dinner will also be provided. Call or text Caroline Duvoe if you have questions. Volunteers are needed and cash donations for the cause can be made at Who Will Pay Your Retirement Income? If you are nearing or entering retirement and are interested in a strategy designed to help build an income stream and make your retirement income last, come to the Ave. S., for What Happens After the Paychecks Stop? A Retirement Income Primer on Monday, April 9 Theyll explore how to budget for retirement expenses, examine potential sources of retirement income and identify ways to address potential risks. Refreshments will be served. Please call Andrea at 727-363-6362 or email andrea.thiele@edwardjones. com by April 6. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Membership age or older. For more information,


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32 Gabber March 29 April 4, 2018 ObituariesMACAULAY, DONALD, 79, of Gulfport and York, ME, passed away March 19. He was born in Boston, MA, on June 16, 1938, the son of Andrew deceased by his brothers Andrew C. and Robert F. He is survived MacAulay and 11 loving nieces and nephews. Donald graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Journalism, where he edited the school newspaper and was a member of the track team. He served in the U.S. Army through the ROTC program and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant. He worked for the Boston Globe for 48 years as a copy editor and writer for the sports page. He was a member and past president of the Mass Track a member and past president of the Northeaster Track Club and a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Ogunquit, ME. He owned and operated the Faircrest Motel in York, ME, with his wife for Finish Line Company with longtime friend Joe Abelon. Together they developed the Finish Line chute fan of the New England Patriots, the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay a donation in his name to your local school athletic department or the First Tee program. There will be a celebration of life for KAREN ROBBINS on Saturday, April 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Vendome just off 82nd Ave. N. and 66th St. N. In Memory Of WILLIAM F BILL SAMPSON November 8, 1920March 31, 2011 Our father, Bill Sampson, passed away seven years ago on March 31, 2011, at the age of 90. Ninety years was not enough. He was a proud WWII Navy aviator, Northwestern star baseball pitcher, successful business owner, busy realtor, devoted husband to Elaine, friend to all, longtime our gentleman Dad. We miss him so much. His spirit is with us always. We are better people because of him. There you are. Christ the Cornerstone Easter Sunrise Service Christ the Cornerstone Church will conduct its Easter Sunrise Service at Gulfport Beach, Shelter #7 at 7:30 a.m. on April 1. Refreshments will be served after the service. Cornerstone will also be holding their Easter Sunday Worship Service at 10 a.m. N. For more information visit their website Adventure Awaits at the Circle Bookshop The Circle of Friends Bookshop has a wide variety of adventures for the reader to explore. Exciting mysteries and suspense novels, biographies of explorers and adventure-seekers and near and far. A large print section has recently been added to the shop. All proceeds of the bookshop are dedicated to the Gulfport Library for programs and new acquisitions. The bookshop is located in the Gulfport have any bookshop questions. Creative Writing Summer Camp Kids ages 9 to 12 are invited to the Morean Center for Clay, 420 22nd St. S., to learn about creativity in a fun, week-long writing camp with Keep St. Pete Lit teachers. The camp is free for low-income students. All students will explore storytelling through a welcoming environment. Students will also be invited to participate in two camp sessions: July 16 through 20 and July 23 through 27, both from 9 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. To apply for Keep St. Pete Lits Creative Writing Summer Camp website at Those who do not qualify for tuition-free camp will be asked to remit a tuition start of classes. Space is limited. If you have questions, please contact Maureen McDole at mmcdole@ or call 727-798


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