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FREEEvery Thur sda yOnline Ev er ydayt heGabber .com No. 2563 April 19 April 25, 2018 Keeping It CleanBy Angelina Bruno Plastic bottle caps? Yes! said David Thompson, as he plucked a cap from the ground with his trash grabber. Thompson is one of a group of volunteers who came together for a clean up of Gulfports waterfront Trolley Market Square Project Moves ForwardBy Debbie Wolfe The 49th Street South business corridor in Gulfport will be getting a new historical park and destination location for events and entertainment as council members approved the Trolley Market Square project at their meeting on Tuesday, April 17. Its a sizable commitment by this city council, said City Manager Jim OReilly. The project, which is also known as the Tangerine Greenway Infrastructure Improvements Project, has been about six years in the making, he said. The land area is part of a former trolley line that once ran between the cities of St. Petersburg and Gulfport. Tangerine Greenway is centrally located between 18th and 19th Avenues South with 49th Street on its east side and 54th Street to the west. Tangerine Avenue South immediately borders the parks north and south boundaries. Preliminary work has included applications for grant funding. City documentation says it has been approved for $300,000 from the national Community Development Block Grant program but was denied $200,000 fromSee Council, page 16Vehicle Overruns 49th Street South into BayBy Debbie Wolfe A local woman extended the dead-end section of 49th Street South in Gulfport on April 13 by driving her vehicle into Boca Ciega Bay just after 2 p.m. According to the Gulfport police, a silver 2004 Toyota Highlander was being driven by one of the registered owners, a 64-year-old woman, at high speed when she passed the dead-end road signage See Vehicle, page 9 Wolfgang Deininger, volunteer with Gulfport Neighbors, smiles at the beach cleanup on Saturday, April 14. See Clean Up, page 41


2 Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 The Gabber ofce will be closed on Friday, April 20. We will reopen Monday, April 23 at 9 a.m. Eckerd Connects Golf Tournament The 8th annual Eckerd Connects Charity Golf Tournament is Saturday, April 21. Registration begins at noon with a 1:30 p.m. tee time. It will be held at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor. Approximately 6,000 children go through the foster care system in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties each day. Eckerd Connects Community Alternatives works to ensure that these children are given the best care possible. To help fund this process, Eckerd Connects is holding this charity golf tournament. The tournament is open to anyone. Registration is $140 for individual golfers and $500 for a foursome. Registration includes lunch, a seat at the award dinner, a cart and a goodie bag. To learn more about the tournament, or to register, go to Mornings At Seven at the Hickman The Gulfport Community Players will perform Mornings At Seven at the Catherine Hickman Theater from April 19 through 29. Four older sisters, three husbands, a nephew and a girlfriend what could go wrong? Chaos erupts when Homer (the nephew) brings home his girlfriend of 12 years to meet the family. Father wants to move, and a secret held for over 40 years erupts the ordinary lives of these nine people. The plot plays out over just two days in the lives of the four aging Gibb sisters living in a small Midwestern town in 1938. Tickets are $18 online and at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar or $20 in the lobby (cash only, one hour before show time). For more information visit Gulfport Library Free Family Movie Series Saturday, April 21 at 1:30 p.m., The Gulfport Library is screening a joyous musical loosely based on the life of P. T. Barnum, from his humble beginnings to circus impresario. It stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zendaya. It is rated PG-13. If anyone has any questions about this title, or titles for upcoming months, please contact the Gulfport Library at 727-893-1074. SPC Concert Benet for Rwanda Rising The St. Petersburg College Wind Ensembles will present a tribute concert for the Rwanda Rising Music Project on Thursday, April 26, at the Palladium, 253 5th Ave N, The concert starts at 7 p.m. Admission and parking are free. SPC alumnus Lance Gaskill is the founder of the Rwanda Rising Music Project, where he and family teach concert band, jazz band, and orchestra to the communities of Kagali, Rwanda. SPC students have collaborated with students in Rwanda via internet conferencing, and they are eager to present their stories and music performance. For information about upcoming events, please artscalendar.


Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 3 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 $10, or $35 for a table of four. For tickets or more information call 727864-6796. Gulfport Democrats Discuss Recycling The Gulfport Democrats April meeting will build on the trash and recycling conversation that was started in March. The speaker is Jan Tracy, Pinellas Countys Solid Waste Program Director, who will answer the question what happens to your garbage when you throw it away? Her presentation will cover Pinellas Countys integrated solid waste management system including the waste-to-energy facility, sanitary household electronics and chemical collection center (HEC3). She will also talk about reducing, reusing, and recycling waste and closing the loop by purchasing items made with post-consumer recycled content. As usual, the Gulfport Democrats will meet at Stellas, 3119 Beach Blvd. S. at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 23. Once again, thank you Barbara Banno! Any questions, call April Thanos at 206-501-7836. Volunteers Needed for Boat Kids Event Every year a special group made up of local business leaders and boating enthusiasts pool their resources to provide special needs individuals day trip aboard a caravan of boats to Caladesi Island. The 6th Annual Boat Kids Event is set for Saturday, May 19, and it's time to get involved! You can help by becoming a boat host or by making a donation. If you own a boat, become a boat host. This special group provides their own boat and transports a family for the day. You will need to navigate from the Dunedin Marina to Caladesi Island, helping your guests enjoy the day on the water. Limited on time? Make a donation or become a sponsor! Supplies are needed, including t-shirts, food, beverages, paper products and sunscreen. Youll be listed as a contributor on all event information. To learn more about volunteering call 813-928-3508 or 813-928-3917. An Evening with Jeff Klinkenberg Author of many books about Florida history and culture, as well as a former features writer for the Tampa Bay Times, Jeff Klinkenberg talks about his newly published Son of Real Florida: Stories from My Life at the Gulfport Library on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. For more information call 727-893-1074. This program is free. Sponsored by the Circle of Friends of Gulfport Library.


4 Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 Historical Society Hosts Robot Dog Author Do you love your dog? The Gulfport Historical Society will host a porch party to launch Arin Greenwoods much-awaited book Your Robot Dog Will Die on Friday, April 20, at the History Museum at 5501 28th St. S. Greenwood set this book in Gulfport, although she calls it Beachport. Theyll have copies at the porch party for you to buy, but if you want to make sure you get a copy, you can pre-order the book at market/gulfport-historical-societyinc. You can also pre-order the book at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar. Greenwood will sign it for you when you pick it up at the porch party. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the reading starts at 7 p.m. Help Me Grow Pinellas at Community Playdate Stick around after the Gulfport Librarys weekly toddler storytime for a community playdate on the fourth Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. The next community playdate is Thursday, April 26. Community playdate is a great opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers in the community in a supportive environment and introduce your little one to new sights, sounds, toys and new friends. This month they will be joined by folks from Help Me Grow Pinellas, part of a national initiative designed to identify children birth through age 8, at risk for developmental or behavioral delays and connect them with community services and supports. For more info call Cailey at 727-893-1074. Fourth Annual Sunlit Festival The literary arts will intersect with the visual and performing arts during the 4th annual SunLit Festival, a springtime celebration of literature through April 22. Produced by Keep St. Pete Lit, the SunLit Festival includes 18 events over 15 days. SunLit brings together over 35 organizations and a variety of art forms to celebrate literacy, literature, reading and writing. Visit the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance website for a detailed schedule of events, times and locations. For more information visitstpeteartsalliance. org/celebrating-words-at-the-sunlitfestival.


Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 5 GriefShare Meeting Begins in May The next group for GriefShare will be meeting every Friday, starting May 4 through July 27 from 10 a.m. till noon at Cornerstone Community Church, 6745 38th Ave. N. GriefShare is for anyone who has lost a loved one to help them get through their grief. For more information call 727-343-7747. St. Anthonys Offers Free Health Seminars St. Anthonys Hospital health experts invite the community to attend seminars in May that will focus on exercise and cognition, melanoma and skin cancer, weight loss surgery information and smoking cessation. There also will be free memory screenings offered. Weight loss surgery information sessions will be offered on May 1, 8 and surgery and attend an information session. For more information, visit On Wednesday, May 9, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., join the Memory Disorders Team to learn about exercise and the role it plays in cognition as people age. The seminar will be at St. Anthonys Memory Disorders Center, 1201 5th Ave. N. Wear comfortable clothes to practice some chair yoga poses with Wendy Hessinger, a group to register. Join Carolina Nelson, MD, primary care physician, as she discusses melanoma risk factors, treatment and prevention. She also will answer your questions about melanoma. The seminar is on Tuesday, May 15, at noon at Classroom D, First Floor, 1200 7th Ave. N,. There will be a smoking cessation class on Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. in the St. Anthonys Cafeteria Fishbowl, Ground Floor, 1200 7th Ave. N. This two-hour class provides valuable tools to help you quit using tobacco including coping with cravings and physical and emotional symptoms. The class includes free aids to help quit using tobacco while supplies last. Find these events and more on Busy Saturday on Treasure Island The Second Annual Health Fair and Trade Show, sponsored jointly by the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, Revenue Generating Activities Network, the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, is set for Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m., at the Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave., Treasure Island. Outside the Community Center will be the Sixth Annual Spring Salute Car and Truck show sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion Post #158 on the grounds of Community Center Park, from 8 a.m. till 5:30 p.m. prizes will be given away throughout the Health Fair and Trade Show. For further information, contact the TIMB Chamber at 727-360-4121.


6 Gabber April 19 April 25, 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 Deborah Miller and Mike Armbrust brought their Gabber to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA last August. House Concert with Big Little Lions Join your friends and neighbors on Sunday, April 22, for a backyard concert with Big Little Lions, the songwriting duo of Helen Austin of Vancouver Island and Paul Otten of Cincinnati. Together and individually they have won many award including a JUNO, Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, and Ensemble of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. This concert is a part of Concerts in Your Home ( and the Listening Room Networks annual festival (listeningroomfestival. com). Big Little Lions is one of six bands showcased by the Listening Room Network Festival. Snacks and chat are at 6:30 p.m., music is at 7 p.m. 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 727290-6445 or email A suggested donation will go entirely to the artists. Presented by Enroy Foundation, Inc., a Florida the visual and performing arts. Equality Pioneers in LGBTQ Film Series The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library continues its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, May 10 with a documentary on the lives of two lesbian equality movement. The Film Series is a free gathering to watch a neighbors on the second Thursday p.m. in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. documentary chronicling six decades in the lives of two women known as the founders of the modern lesbian civil rights movement. (Not rated) Licensing restrictions prohibit in general press releases. But feel free to call the library at 727-893visit


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8 Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 Adopt a Feline Saturday in South Pasadena Come by and meet great felines on Saturday April 21 at PetSuperMarket in the South Pasadena Shopping Center, 6892 Gulfport Blvd. Adoption hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Save Our Strays has a wonderful selection of friendly, adorable kitties, all raised in foster homes, spayed/ neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ready for forever homes. For details call 727-545-1116 or go to Third Annual JITT Flip Challenge The next Junk in the Trunk will be on Saturday, April 28 at the Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S. Its also time for the third annual JITT Flip based on the TV show Flea Market Flip. This is an opportunity to show off your creativity, earn some money and help a great cause. Food Pantries. Heres how it works: Register ($10 fee) and select your trash or treasure between 8 a.m. and noon. Redo your piece for resale at the third Saturday Artwalk on May 18. 25% of the sales proceeds you keep 75%. The entrant selling their piece for the highest price will earn bragging rights and win the coveted JITT Flip trophy, made of recycled materials. This is a fun way to embrace Earth Day and the three Rs reduce, reuse and recycle. Call 727-893-1118 or 727-6989471 with any questions about JITT or JITT Flip. Help the Historical Society Solve a Mystery Everyones heard the story of how the Mary Disston, a steamer that and sank to the bottom of Boca Ciega Bay, right? There was even a plaque on the Williams Pier for a while honoring this memory. One small problem: Theres no actual record of the Mary Disston coming south of Clearwater. There is indeed the remnants of what could be a boat in Boca Ciega Bay, but no one knows which boat it is, perhaps one called the Hornet? The plaque was stolen, and while the city of Gulfport would like to replace it, theyve asked the Gulfport research regarding the journeys of the Mary Disston before they spend taxpayer money to recreate a plaque. If anyone has any information about the Mary Disston, the Hornet or the Mary Disston, please send it to Building Bridges Towards World Harmony On Sunday, April 22, author Susan Patricia Golden will present experiences that sow the seeds of racism. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. It will be at Unity of St. Petersburg, 6168 1st Ave. N. at noon. For more information call 727-344-1515


Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 9 Vehicle, from front pagewent over the concrete seawall and landed upright in three feet of water about 50 feet from the waterline. from the vehicle and onto land. The mud was the worst thing about getting the vehicle out of the salt water, said Austin Dimarco, a tow truck driver and vehicle recovery technician from Stepps Auto Salvage of Clearwater. been suffering from a medical issue and that alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The woman was transported to Bayfront Medical Center for an evaluation. A Gulfport woman had some bad luck on Friday, April 13 when she drove her vehicle past the dead-end signage of 49th Street South at high speed and into Boca Ciega Bay. The vehicle landed upright about 50 feet from the waterline. Photo by Elizabeth Brown-Worthington. Rummage Sale at Pasadena Presbyterian There will be a rummage sale at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 100 Pasadena Ave N., on Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. till 3 p.m. For more information visit Home Share Pinellas at Senior Center Home Share Pinellas is a free program that matches people looking for housing with home owners who have space to rent and need the rental income. This nationally recognized program has an easy-to-follow no cost application, professional staff team, home inspections that ensure a quality living environment, background checks and references, customized matching for an ideal provider-renter match, and a signed match agreement. Do you have extra space in your home and can provide a living space in exchange for rent or help around the house? Do you need an affordable place to live? Home Share may be your answer! Join them at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S., at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Membership is easy and free for all individuals 50 years of age or older. For more information, call 727-893-5657.


10 Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 Community Law Program for Seniors Legal assistance is available from the Community Law Program at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S., every third Friday of the month. You must be 60 years of age or older and qualify with the program. Call 727-582-7480 to qualify and to make the appointment. If you qualify, the legal assistance is free. The Community Law Program is provided by St. Petersburg Attorneys and exists to empower the most vulnerable in our community through pro bono legal representations and assistance and outreach.St. Pete Beach Safe Boating Program The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 7-8 has a 12-week repeating cycle of Safe Boating Program meetings every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach (at the Warren Webster Building, one mile south of the Don CeSar). Start at any point in the p.m. to register. Included in this program are detailed materials that cover a variety of program topics. The program package is based on the new USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship 14th Edition 400-page manual. All materials will be included in the cost of the program which is $45 per participant for 12 weeks ($60 for couples sharing the materials). For more information, and a list of topics covered each week, call Jim at 727-360-4846, Warren at 727-3217801 or Phil at 727-865-2226.More Bling at Sophies Attic Sophies Attic is putting out more bling this week. Another new batch of jewelry has been added. Lots of earrings in this batch, so if you are an earring girl you need to check this out. For friends who are heading north, they still have some nice winter type clothing to keep you warm in your travels, including sweaters, coats and long pants. Theyve gotten in some very nice donations over the last few weeks, so come on in and see whats new (to you). Sophies Attic is a mission outreach of the First United Methodist ChurchSt., near 28th Ave. S. They are open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon. 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 Library at 5501 28th Ave. S. Call Marilyn Field at 727-321-4035 if you have any bookshop questions.


Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 11 Local Shootings Related, Under InvestigationBy Debbie Wolfe Two men were shot, one killed, near the 4200 block of 14th Avenue South about 4:14 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, according to St. Petersburg Police. performed CPR on him and had him transported to a hospital where he later died of his injuries. As a result of the Miller shooting, John Walker, 53, of Valrico was struck in the ankle by a stray bullet. Walker was not involved in the altercation concerning Miller, said Yolanda Walker was located a good distance down the block in the front yard of a home visiting his girlfriend and her family. She was sitting outside at a table with Walker, her family and friends. Walkers ankle injury was not life threatening, said police. progress, said Fernandez. They are still processing some evidence and speaking to witnesses. Tips are always helpful, she said. Police say if anyone has information, cell phone photos or video they think may relate to this shooting, they can call the police non-emergency telephone number at 727-893-7780 or text SPPD plus their tip details to TIP411. Indoor Yard Sale at Grace Connection Grace Connection Church, 635 64th St. S., will be holding an indoor yard sale every Sunday from noon till 2 p.m. only, following church service. All items are for donation only and the donated monies will be going toward their building repairs. They have a variety of things, different each week. Coffee too. Kids Yoga and Science Club The Gulfport Librarys April science/yoga combo will feature glitter jars. Science club will make glitter jars and they yoga cub will put them into yoga practice afterwards for some sparkly fun. For more information and to sign up, call Cailey Klasson, Youth Services Librarian at 727-893-1074. Thanks to the Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library for making this class free for kids ages 5 through 12. Contact Cailey at to sign up and join the fun! Honoring the Music and Musicians of Film Noir noir would not have achieved classic status without the stunning sound track compositions of talented jazz composers and artists. On Sunday, April 22, the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association will present Jazz Noir: Mood Music for Murder & Mystery, revisiting the works of the jazz greats who created all those dark and beautiful moods. With projected images from backdrop, a stellar ensemble of players will interpret classic scores from works such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Laura, Touch of Evil and The Third Man. The concert is at 3 p.m. at the Palladium Theater Hough Hall, 253 5th Ave. N. For information about performers and tickets or call 727-822-3590.


12 Gabber April 19 April 25, 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 with Karen and Tom (3/20) 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. (1st and 3rd) Bruce Daniels Jazz Flute (2nd and 4th) Dancing and 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 StraysLooking for a Maine Coon cat? Big Mike is a handsome orange tabby with striking green eyes. Mikey is a lap cat that wants to be with his human. His housemate, Hobie, a silver/gray tabby, is a Maine Coon too. The boys are calm cats that love to be combed. Neutered, current on vaccines and microchipped, the inseparable pair need to remain together. Meet these Maine Coons by calling 727-545-1116. For other felines check out Pet PalsSweet Alice is a laid back girl who is ready to be your lap dog! She is a very social 2-year-old dachshund mix. This special girl is ready for adoption but will need to be on a special diet. Alice is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped; her adoption fee is $200. See more animals at or call us at 727328-7738. Last Chance for Free Prom Dresses The Belle of the Ball Project will provide free prom dresses to in-need high school girls on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1210 Holt Ave., Clearwater. This is the last shopping day of the spring 2018 prom season. The charity welcomes dress regardless of where they live. Dresses are available to all in-need, high school girls for their high school dances (prom, homecoming, military ball). No appointment needed. A $1 to $5 donation is requested but not required. The boutique is open to the public for only four days in the spring and four in the fall, for prom and homecoming dress shopping. Donations of dresses and accessories can also be made at the site. There are 39 other convenient year-round donation sites. For more information call 727-386-4502 or visit or Facebook: Tampa Bay Area Belle of the Ball.


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14 Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 Try your hand at SudokuSolution on Page 14 Beta Sigma Phi Activities Sunshine City Councils regular meeting will be held on Monday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the ROTC Room at Dixie Hollins High School. All incoming and outgoing representatives are to attend and members are welcome as well. At this meeting the incoming representatives will be electing sorority year. The proposed slate has been sent to all chapters for review. 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 for the Annual Beta Sigma Phi Florida State Convention. The cruise will be held on Royal Caribbeans Majesty of the Seas. The State Women of the Year will be recognized and plans for future conventions will be shared. Approximately 18 of the members from Sunshine City Council will be enjoying a relaxing weekend along with about 200 other sisters from around the state. The Annual Founders Day Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 28 at the Doubletree Beach Resort on North Redington Beach at noon. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and members will have an opportunity to glance through scrapbooks from the past to reminisce on the times gone by. The Chapter Women of the Year, Council Pledge of the Year, Council Ideal Sister and Council Woman of the Year will be recognized. The Golden Circle Ritual will be given to Gera George, Cate Green and Darlene Skinner for their 50 years of membership. The Diamond Circle Ritual will be given to Sonia Schulz for her 60 years of membership and Ginny Taylor will be recognized for her 60 years of membership. Beta Sigma Phi is a social and cultural organization for women. There are eight chapters in Sunshine City Council which meet at various times and enjoy meetings, socials and a variety of service projects. For more information contact Sharon Ingram at 727-321-2849.


Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 15 Casual Religious Roundtable Discussions Every Sunday at 6 p.m., there will be a casual roundtable discussion of all religious topics in Town Shores at 5840 30th Ave. S. Hosted by Greg Ross, the discussions are open to those of all faiths or no faith. You must be willing to respect others opinions. Courteous so call 727-202-6789 and sign up. City of South Pasadena Offers Scholarship The city of South Pasadena is offering a $1,000 scholarship for any student who has been a South Pasadena resident for one year, or any student who is sponsored by a parent or grandparent who has been a resident for one year. Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 31. For additional eligibility requirements and information, please contact the visit 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 play, art, writing, and zine-making in a welcoming There will be two camp sessions: July 16 through 20 and July 23 through 27, both from 9 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. out the form on their website at Those who do not qualify for tuition-free camp will be asked to remit a tuition payment of $150 per week before start of classes. Space is limited. If you have questions, please contact Maureen McDole at or call 727-798-4530.


16 Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 Council, from front pagethe Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) that would have assisted with environmental remediation efforts that are a part of the project. The city has also committed $200,000 from its own budget for the project. In collaboration with a geologist from Cardno of Clearwater, the citys result of the projects total projected budget being reduced from $700,00 to $500,000, a new and lowercost plan for viable environmental remediation efforts was presented. The plan was unanimously approved by the council. In the easternmost quarter of the projects site, studies have found petroleum contamination located from about six inches to three feet below the lands surface as a result of historical uses on the property, said Rick Hagberg, a geologist and environmental manager for Cardno. The new remediation plan has been approved by the FDEP and will integrate into the proposed site design to address environmental concerns and to create a type of natural stadium seating effect, said Hagberg. Storm drainage issues will also be improved. Essentially, some soil will be removed and replaced with clean with hard material such as pavers, concrete or asphalt, he said. the park will be the citys popular trolley permanently mounted to a stylized track area that will most likely be made of pavers, said OReilly. In addition to its historical value, the trolley will also serve as a concessions stand. If the citys old trolley is used for the project, a newer one could be obtained for the citys event transportation needs, said OReilly. Two Key Business Permits Approved The McDonalds Corporation applied for and was approved for a plan at its Gulfport restaurant that is equipped with one drive-through lane located at 5111 Gulfport Blvd. At the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019, the existing 1984 structure will be razed and replaced with a new building and parking said Braulio Grajales of High Point Engineering in Tampa. The modern plan will include more square footage in the building, two drivethrough service lanes to speed up service and a parking lot entrance and exit system that will reduce or on Gulfport Boulevard. Once the project begins, it will take about 75 days to complete, said Grajales. The council also approved a mixed-use application for Leta Woloshuk to create a second location for her established Gulfport-based therapeutic massage business. The original location for Art of Massage began 12 years ago in the Courtyard business area, located just off Beach Boulevard, said owner Woloshuk. The second location will be at 5110 Tangerine Avenue South. Were expanding, she said. The Tangerine Greenway location will open just as soon as we can get the builders to build it. Citys Phone App Ready for Launch In a collaborative effort primarily between the citys Code Enforcement and Public Works departments, a new mobile app will make it easier for Gulfport residents to report and track requests for action on issues like code enforcement violations or tree limbs, sanitation or street signs, said Dave Mather, director of information technology. With the new app, people will also be able to pay their utility bill or check the availability of event spaces like the Library, the Senior Center, beach pavilions or the Casino, said Mather. To schedule an event, youll still need to talk to someone, but with the app youll be able to get the ball rolling, he said. The electronic tool will require a free login account. The app has been in development for over a year. The release of the April 19 and it will take up to a week to become available for download through iPhone and Android device application sources, said Mather. The new tool will also allow city staff to set up special short alerts for topics like a hurricanes status and sandbag availability. Once the app becomes available, new information like the private sewer lateral grant program, said Mather. Citywide Plastic Straw Ban Discussed Councilmember Michael Fridovich and a Stetson University College topic of a citywide ban of single-use plastic straws during the councils April 3 meeting. Councilmembers then directed city staff to draft a resolution for later discussion. During the April 17 meeting, councilmembers could not agree on the need for a formal ban or the method for enforcement, including businesses for non-compliance. ordinance draws from similar legal documentation in use in Fort Meyers Beach and Marco Island, said Fridovich. After a robust and lengthy exchange, councilmembers and the city manager agreed to canvass local business owners to see how many would be in favor of a voluntary ban. Two local restaurant managers and owners who were in the audience and who are also Gulfport residents, said they were in favor of a ban and have already stopped offering single-use plastic straws in their establishments. Mayor Sam Henderson directed that the discussion would continue at the May 15 meeting. National Recognition Nomination VETSports is a national wounded warrior and veterans support organization, said Councilmember Dan Lietke. Theyve been holding events in Gulfport for about seven years. Last week, VETSports announced


Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 17 their nominees for their annual awards to be held at a gala on May 19 in Washington, D.C. According to the VETSports website, each year people who have gone above and beyond to carry out and support the mission are nominated for various categories of recognition including Supporter of the Year. Liedtke announced that Mayor Sam Henderson and the city of Gulfport are among those who have been nominated for the recognition. Thats very nice that theyre recognizing me with the city, but this has all been your baby from the beginning and I hope they recognize that as well, said Henderson to Liedtke. The citys veteran-related events over the years have also been a group effort involving the city manager along with staff from Henderson. Were all just happy that we are all able to support our veterans, said Liedtke. Leta Woloshuk, far right, owner of Art of Massage in the citys Courtyard business district, received approval by the city council on April 17 to create a second location. Were expanding, she said while holding the approved site plans. The Tangerine Greenway location will open just as soon as we can get the builders to build it. Pictured are councilmembers Michael Fridovich and Dan Liedtke; Barney Waterbury, Woloshuks husband and business partner; and Mayor Sam Henderson.


18 Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 Urban Survivor Bootcamp Fitness Take the Urban Survivor Bootcamp Fitness challenge and it will be the most intense and most rewarding workout you have ever experienced. Urban Survivor Bootcamp Fitness incorporates a high-intensity interval training program that focuses on high-intensity anaerobic exercise, coupled with lowerintensity rest periods. These short yet intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, increased strength and muscularity, improved Urban Survival Bootcamp incorporates a fun and light group atmosphere for are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the Gulfport Recreation Center for $30 per month! Please call Donnie Ali-McClendon at 727-550-7185 for more information.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 (ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, etc.) and 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 Imagination, 2726 54th St. S. The students, ages 5 to 32, paint in an 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 half going back 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 at 727-271-5016 or email her at if you have questions. Volunteers are needed and cash donations for the cause can be made at


Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 19 If you had enough money that you never needed to work again, what would you do with your time? The Gabs Susi Roderick, Gulfport: I would run a foundation. I would do something charitable, philanthropic. Joan Carter, South Pasadena: Id do exactly what Im doing right now, which is being outside and enjoying the beauty of nature and I would invite my friends and family to join. Mike Walcutt, Gulfport: Probably do some charity work. If I had enough money, Id help people. Michelle Cascio, Connecticut: Id be on the beach, Its my favorite place to be.


20 Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 WEISS, DR. STEPHEN GARY 78, of Gulfport, passed away March 29, opening day of baseball season, a game he loved as a player, a coach and a fan. Steve was born in Parkchester in the Bronx, NY and served as a professor of education at New York University for 40 years. Much of his teaching was centered around the stories of his students. He encouraged them to draw upon their backgrounds and personal experiences as a means of strategizing in the classroom, developing curriculum, and identifying with their own students. In his youth, he served as a counselor at Camp Ramapo in Upstate New York, a summer camp for children with emotional, learning and/or social challenges. In time, he would merge his work at the camp with his teaching at NYU, enabling both his students and the campers to learn and grow with each other. Additionally, he had a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan where he counseled adults and children alike. When he was a young boy, Steve was overcome with a rare case of scarlet ObituariesDUDINSKY, BOB, Born October 9, 1946, died April 9. It is with great sadness that I report my brother Bob passed away at home on Monday evening around 3 a.m. He recently got out of the hospital after getting a total knee replacement and seemed to be on the mend. All of us old timers remember his antics sailing an old E-Scow, Y-Fliers, crewing on various offshore yachts in the days of the real SORC, and FORA. He most recently sailed a J-22 and then moved into the radio-control scene where he built, sold and raced these small racing yachts. He was the 'R' in the family business JTR ENTERPRISES which repairs many of your boats. He also got to be a pretty good diesel mechanic. He will be missed by all. Celebration of life at a later date will come. Bob is survived by his wife Dee, son Derek, daughter Tina, and brother John. A celebration of his life will follow and we will share the date and time with everyone. Fair winds and a following sea, Bob. fever, the results of which included a diagnosis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. He would spend his entire life never letting it get in his way. He continued to walk even as his legs began to betray him, and always carried himself with a quiet dignity and grace. Two of his mantras throughout his life were "earn it" and "never quit". He was an inspiration to many who simply observed him, to say nothing of those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Dr. Eileen Weiss; son, Jeff and his wife, Shasta; son, Sam; and grandsons, Jensen and Peter. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Steve's life will be held at Town Shores Condominium Clubhouse on April 22 at noon. In donations in Dr. Stephen Weiss's memory to Lewy Body Dementia Association ( Online guestbook at Pirate Athletic Hall of Fame Golf Tournament Mark your calendar to play in the Pirate Athletic Hall of Fame, Inc. Golf Tournament. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club, 6300 Pasadena Point Blvd. Tournament fee is $125 per person or a foursome for $450, (golf fee packages available) which includes a round of golf, cart, dinner awards ceremony, complimentary water while playing and the opportunity to win lots of prizes. Tournament proceeds will go to the Pirate Athletic Hall of Fame, Inc. to support Boca Ciega High Schools athletic programs that promote leadership, instill values, develop character and prepare students to be successful. They are accepting sponsorships, want to donate. So come out for a great round of golf and support Boca Ciega High School. For information, please call chair Rex Gaugh at 727-434-2165 or Steve Hodges at 727709-2612 or 727-573-3594 or email shodges41@ or or


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22 Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 ARIES (March 21-April 19). Wanting a thing isn't an act of boldness to a life can be disappointing. But when someone is well aware of the many ways circumstances can defy our expectations of them and yet that person still dares to harbor ambitious wishes... well, there's great power in that kind of optimism. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Ben Franklin said that life's tragedy is getting old too soon and wise too late. It might be argued that the real tragedy is that we futilely try to boss around time instead of accepting its unchangeable nature. Until time travel is a viable option, the thing to do is to use what you have, no complaints. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). What if desire went before reason, passion before what's practical? It's not recommended to act without thinking, but it's also not recommended to act without dreaming of the full range of options, including seemingly impossible ones. Entertaining the full spectrum gives you the best chance at satisfaction. CANCER (June 22-July 22). People relax differently. What your loved ones consider calming you may In matters of relaxation, you have to do it your way, because it doesn't count if it doesn't serve the function of rest -to create a neutral state in which your body can rebuild and spirit can rejuvenate. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You've built your walls, and you feel you need to put them up every once in a while, just to make sure they're still strong enough to keep out the riffraff, the danger and the codependency. It's that last one that gets tricky. It's good to need and be needed, but much depends on context. It's a week to be discerning. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Don't wait for a dire situation to take an every-man-for-himself kind of approach. This kind of attitude is appropriate in some situations. It can be a test. If each person takes responsibility, the week goes by the knowledge that you're working with your equals. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Maybe the good you do will be forgotten -or worse, some people will actually believe it was their own doing. This matters not for a second and not in the slightest. Doing the good -in fact, doing your very best -that's what matters. You'll dedicate yourself to it this week... and it's one that will really count. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You don't care what others think, but the way things look does matter to you. You have an artistic eye -and are information. They speak to the integrity of a thing. You won't make a move until everything looks and feels right to you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Albert Einstein said that the world will be destroyed not by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything. Your role as a witness will be key this week, not just as someone watching to prevent evil but also someone who promotes and encourages good wherever you CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). This is the kind of week that reminds you that better days are coming, and mostly because you're so busy, thoughtful, diligent and forwardthinking that you're creating those better days with habitual effort. You'll have the energy and organization of mind to make incredible things happen. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Is it true that quiet people have loud minds? What's going on in yours at times this week is not so much loud as it is cacophonous. It needs to be sorted. Some signals need to be quieted completely. This can be accomplished by hearing them out, shutting them down or, more likely, both. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Have you ever worked on something until it got really good and then kept working on it until it somehow got much worse? There's a sweet spot with everything, from bread dough to buildings, popcorn to people. Stay aware. Use your senses. Know when to back down and when to stop and you'll be successful this week.


Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 23 By Debbie Wolfe Ikebana is the Japanese art of is dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of the art form. Nine different schools of design are a part of the effort and the headmaster of one recently traveled from Japan to conduct training in Gulfport. Since 1983, Akihiro Kasuya has been the headmaster of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana that is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. He and his son, Naohiro Kasuya, the headmaster designate, conducted a stage demonstration on Tuesday, April 10 at the Catherine Hickman Theater, followed by two days of hands-on workshops at the Historic Casino, on Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12. According to the schools website, the Ichiyo curriculum emphasizes harmonizes with the various spaces in our environment and the senior Kasuya is one of the best-known contemporary Ikebana artists in the world. Ikebana International was founded by and is administered by volunteers. Workshop organizer and attendee, Gail Newman of Venice Island, Florida in the winter (and Rochester, New York in the summer), was sitting at a front table on Wednesday at the Casino. How did she get involved in this effort? In November of 2005, I saw an ad in a newspaper for Ikebana International, she said. I went to the show, saw all the beautiful arrangements that used minimal materials and I thought I could learn how to do that! I became a member that day then took lessons and learned. Following the international groups motto of Friendship Through Flowers, Newman has traveled extensively to learn the art, including to locations such as Manila, Tokyo and Paris. When traveling to Ikebana International sponsored events, said Newman, I feel safe and welcomed anywhere I go.International Flower Arranging Master Wows at Casino Akihiro Kasuya, the headmaster of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana that is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, conducts a hands-on workshop at the Historic Gulfport Casino on Wednesday, April 11. He repeated the key concepts of natural or unnatural while turning different types of plant materials in the air during a 30-minute demonstration. Once the natural position of a ower or other piece of plant material is determined, it can be placed in a container to create a pleasing arrangement, he said. Ichiyo down to three words: container, location and materials. She explained that you could start with any one to build a pleasing arrangement. When you look at a physical location, you can determine the size of the container that is needed, its that would work in the space, she said. Alternatively, you could start and from there determine the color, shape and size of container needed for a location that would complement the arrangement. For more information about the St. Petersburg chapter of Ikebana International, visit


24 Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 By Debbie Wolfe Two months after a Gulfport New Horizons band member was gunned down following a night rehearsal with the Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra at the citys Performing Arts Center April 12 a suspect in her killing was being sought in Alabama. When law an arrest later that night, a police vehicle chase ensued ending with the suspect escaping on foot. On Friday, vehicle chase occurred in Pennsylvania and the suspect was killed during an Dead is Siddeeq MaShooq, 45, also known as Steven Brooks, of St. Petersburg. Brooks was a tenant of Caroline Morton-Hicks, 59, of St. Petersburg who was an accomplished and beloved trombone player with the local band along with other music groups in Pinellas County. She was also president of FRIBRI, Inc., a Florida corporation owning 15 residential properties in St. Petersburg. After her death on February 12, Pinellas County court records show that her heir, who is now president of the business, served Brooks with a three-day pay notice on March 22 for $1,350 representing unpaid rent for February and March, not including late fees or additional charges. Formal eviction paperwork was served on his door on April 3. By April 10, the court approved a default judgment in favor of the rental company because Brooks had refused to pay his back rent and On March 28, during the legal proceedings over the rent issue, Florida degree murder charge in connection with the shooting death of MortinHicks. At the time, it was believed by law enforcement that Brooks was living with his estranged girlfriend in Madison County, Alabama, according to Captain Joseph D. Ruggery, commander of Troop B of the Pennsylvania state police. By the night of April 11 at approximately 9:30 p.m., U.S. marshals and members of the Madison County SWAT team converged on the residence where Brooks was staying and tried to negotiate his surrender, which he refused, said Ruggery. in an unknown vehicle and initiated a highspeed vehicle pursuit through the Harvest, driving the sedan into a swamp and foot into a heavily wooded area, said set up a perimeter, but Brooks evaded capture. Harvest is a small town located north of Huntsville in northern Alabama. Subsequently and eight miles from where he was last seen, Brooks stole a white Chevrolet Silverado with an Alabama registration, said Ruggery. Nearly 26 hours later, during the morning of Friday, April 13, Brooks was seen driving erratically on I-70 in Washington County, in southwest Pennsylvania by two state troopers on routine patrol who thought he might be impaired by drugs or alcohol. When Brooks was pulled over by the troopers, they that did not know he was wanted in Florida as a suspect in the murder of Morton-Hicks. the scene in the Silverado and began driving at high speed in the wrong direction on the interstate. The two troopers gave chase in their vehicle. When Brooks attempted to cross the grassy median to enter the other side he crashed into a bridge abutment near I-79 in the area of South Strabane and Ruggery. Brooks then ran down a steep embankment and onto a highwayaccess ramp below. The two troopers exited their vehicle and gave pursuit. They could also see Brooks was armed with a handgun. The troopers gave Brooks multiple verbal commands to show his hands and drop his weapon. He refused, said Ruggery. When he turned toward the troopers while armed, the foot rounds from their department-issued 45-calibur handguns and Brooks was hit several times before he returned Brooks died at the scene before the troopers or emergency medical services personnel could render any treatment, said Ruggery. Later, the troopers discovered that Brooks was wanted for murder in Florida. On Friday, April 13, Ruggery said in a press conference the two troopers involved in the shooting were unharmed and are not being named at this time. Following standard protocol, both troopers are also on administrative and internal investigation of the shooting. Brooks was in possession of a 40-calibur Beretta handgun loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition that was reported stolen in Florida in 2014, said Ruggery. On Friday, Brooks older sister, Latonja Brooks, 50, told the Tampa Bay Suspected Murderer of Local Musician Killed in Police Shootout Caroline Morton-Hicks, a trombone player for various Pinellas County community musical groups including Gulfports New Horizon Band, was murdered in a parking lot on February 12.


Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 25 Times, He didnt want to go back to prison. He should have turned himself in, not going and shooting, suicide by cops. Following the death of Brooks, Pinellas Park Police Sergeant Michael Lynch, the departments press conference and released a statement on Friday detailing that the additional information in the case should bring some closure to the investigation and to MortonHicks family. In an exclusive interview with the Gabber in February, Joe Murphy, clarinet player and publicity chairperson for the New Horizons Band, said, Morton-Hicks loved the band. She was a very accomplished trombone player. Often, she would hold rehearsals for small groups at her house. Morton-Hicks, originally from Weston-super-Mare, England, joined the New Horizons Band about 10 years ago when it was located at Eckerd College, said Mike Wilson, tuba player and member of the board of directors. The band relocated to Gulfport in 2016. She was just a fun, sweet woman, Wilson told the Gabber in February. Pippa Francq, a clarinet player for New Horizons, told the Gabber in February, She was the heart and soul of our trombone section. She was also an outdoorswoman, a kayaker and camper. She had a great sense of humor and was outspoken. She will be sorely missed. Parent Aide Volunteers Needed Suncoast Center, Inc. is seeking parent aide volunteers. Adult volunteers are needed to share their life experiences and skills with another parent through a nationally-recognized mentoring program. Parent aide mentors provide friendship, support and advice to parents challenged in raising children in todays society. Parent aide volunteers receive training, guidance and support from program staff and personal satisfaction by assisting another parent. Use your background to help a parent understand age-appropriate behaviors, effective and consistent discipline techniques, stress reduction tips, information on topics like nutrition and family budgeting, assistance in accessing community resources and more. For further information, please contact Colleen Walker, Program Coordinator at 727-543-0677.


26 Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 Local Crime WatchA sampling of police reports from April 4 to April 10 in Gulfport and St. Pete Beach.Source: Gulfport Police Department, Pinellas County Crime ViewerGulfport4/5 Burglary to a residence in the 5300 block of 21st Avenue South. A resident reported that his prescribed medication was stolen from his room. 4/5 Criminal mischief in the 2700 block of 54th Street South. A resident heard a loud bang at approximately 3 a.m. and discovered someone had knocked down her mailbox. Several more mailboxes were knocked down in both the 2700 block and 2800 block of 54th Street South. 4/7 Runaway juvenile in the 900 block of 58th Street South. A student of Boca Ciega High School was reported as a runaway by his parents. He was last seen at school the day before. He was eventually located at his aunts house in Largo. 4/7 Assist citizen in the 2700 block of to the Gulfport Police Department for a bicycle stolen near the 2700 block of Beach Boulevard. The victim stated he had a medical emergency on April 2nd and was forced to leave his bicycle. It was later determined that a friend had taken his bicycle for safekeeping and no crime had actually occurred. 4/7 Overdose in the 2600 block of to a report of an unresponsive male while waiting for rescue to arrive. The male was revived and transported to Bayfront Hospital. He is expected to survive. 4/7 Burglary to a residence and battery in the 2200 block of York Street South. A residents former boyfriend came to her house, forced his way in and choked her. He then wanted for burglary, domestic strangulation and theft. 4/7 Criminal mischief in the 5600 block of 29th Avenue South. Police responded when it was discovered by residents that three mailboxes on the same block were knocked over during the night in a deliberate act. Only one of the mailboxes was actually damaged. 4/7 Theft in the 6000 block of Shore Boulevard. A Town Shores resident reported that his bicycle was stolen overnight. The bicycle, which was valued at over $1,000, was chained to a bicycle rack but apparently cut free. 4/7 Juvenile trouble in the 5500 block of Shore Boulevard. Juveniles were seen on the roof of the Gulfport observe any of the juveniles on the roof, however a city employee observed the juveniles riding their bicycles recklessly around the Casino and requested that the juveniles be trespassed. It was later discovered that the roof and equipment on the roof of the Casino were damaged, but it is not clear yet whether or not the damage occurred as a result of the juveniles. 4/9 Stolen vehicle follow up in the 6100 block of 8th Avenue South. An Grimes-Brown for a grand theft auto unrelated incident when contact was made with Grimes-Brown. GrimesBrown was arrested. 4/10 Burglary to a vehicle in the 4500 block of 26th Avenue South. A residents wallet was taken from her vehicle. She said her vehicle was locked at the time of the theft and that it was locked when she discovered the wallet on the ground outside the vehicle. Several items were missing from inside her wallet to include her drivers license, cash, two bankcards, 4/10 Disorderly conduct in the 5600 block of Shore Boulevard. A resident reported that there were two naked people inside a car. When the backseat, however, they were wearing clothes. 4/10 Burglary to a vehicle in the 2000 block of Gray Street South. A resident reported that someone had been in her unlocked vehicle some time overnight. Fortunately, nothing was missing from the vehicle. 4/10 Criminal mischief in the 5100 block of 14th Avenue South. A resident called to report that someone had destroyed items inside her residence. relative had damaged the property. The possible suspect is being sought so that he can be interviewed. Burglary residence 4/4, 6:28 p.m., 5300 block of 21st Avenue S Burglary vehicle 4/7, 5:45 a.m., 600 block of 54th Street S Theft grand 4/6, 6:00 p.m., 3000 block of Clinton Street S 4/7, 8:00 p.m., 6000 block of Shore Boulevard Theft petit 4/6, 8:00 a.m., 6000 block of Shore Boulevard 4/6, 1:30 p.m., 2700 block of Beach Boulevard Vandalism criminal mischief 4/5, 3:04 a.m., 2800 block of 54th Street S 4/7, 3:00 a.m., 5600 block of 29th Avenue SSt. Pete BeachBattery 4/4, 9:18 p.m., 6100 block of Gulf Boulevard 4/4, 9:55 p.m., 600 block of Corey Avenue 4/6, 10:57 p.m., 6000 block of Gulf Boulevard 4/7, 1:22 a.m., 6000 block of Gulf Boulevard 4/8, 3:49 p.m., 3800 block of Gulf Boulevard Burglary business 4/5, 6:00 p.m., 500 block of 76th Avenue Theft grand 4/6, 6:00 p.m., 5500 block of Gulf Boulevard 4/7, 6:30 a.m., 5300 block of Gulf Boulevard Theft petit 4/7, unknown time, 6000 block of Gulf Boulevard


Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 27 Places of Worship


28 Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 Adult/All Ages Programs French Conversation Club: Tues, 12:30 1:30 pm. Enjoy conversing in a relaxed atmosphere. All levels are welcome; this is not a class, simply an opportunity to practice and improve.This is our most popular language group so far! Ukulele Group: 1st & 3rd Tues, 2 4 pm. Regardless of expertise, everyone is invited to join in for some strummin fun. Free Thinkers Open AA (Twelve Step) Meeting: Tues, 5:45-6:45 pm. FMI 727-360-9069. Gulfport Writers: Weds, 10am (previously Gulfport Prompt Short Story Writers). Gulfport Toastmasters: Weds, 6:30 pm 727537-9098. Womens AA Club: Fridays, 5:45:45 pm 727893-1073. Coffee/Talk Book Club: Thursday, April 19, 11 am 12 pm. Were reading a series, Booker Prize Winners, with discussion of Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Copies available at the Circulation Desk. Sponsored by Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Library. FMI, call 727-893-1073. Jeff Klinkenberg: Thursday, April 19, 7 pm. Author of many books about Florida history and culture, as well as a former features writer for the Tampa Bay Times, hell discuss his newly published Son of Real Florida: Stories from My Life. Gentle Yoga for Adults: Tuesday, April 24, 10:15-11:15 am. Nourish your body and spirit with mindful movement, breath work, and meditation. This slow-paced class welcomes all levels and each month will feature a different set of postures. Please bring props if you want them. Taught by Christa Fairbrother, RYT and Certied Yoga for Arthritis Instructor. Open Mic: Monday, April 30, 5:00-6:45 pm. FMI, call 727-893-1073. Grownup Movie Day: Saturday, May 5, 1 pm. A coming of age drama which follows a young womans senior year in high school, her strained relationship with her mother, and her journey towards adulthood. It garnered ve Academy Award nominations, and stars Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. Rated R. This monthly series is intended to allow adults to enjoy more challenging and complex lms in a quiet atmosphere (so we request that no children attend). Call 727893-1074 for title. Welcome to Gulfport! Workshops: Tuesday, May 8, 10:30 am; and Thursday, May 17, 6 pm. Co-hosted by Gulfport Neighbors and the Library. Learn about the services available through the City and the Library. Find out how you can participate in our award-winning Gulfport Neighbors organization. FMI, call 727-893-1074. LGBTQ Film Series: Thursday, May 10, 7 pm. Documentary chronicles six decades in the lives of two women known as the founders of the modern lesbian civil rights movement. Traces the emergence of lesbians from the fear of discovery to the expectation of equality. Refreshments available for donations accepted for the LGBTQ Resource Center. For movie title, call 727-8931074. Children/Teens/Family Programs K-5th Grade Science Club: Mondays, 3 4 pm. We try a fun new activity every week, 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 will attend by contacting cklasson@ or calling 727-893-1074. Storytime: Thursdays, 10:30-11 am. Join Cailey every Thursday morning for stories & activities selected for toddlers & preschoolers. Sing songs, play instruments and meet other caregivers in the community. Preschool Storytime: Thursdays, 4 pm. Join us in the afternoon for stories, songs, movement and a craft! All are welcome but this is geared to the 2-5 year old crowd. Bees Learning: Thursdays, 6-8 pm. K-2nd grade from 6-7 pm; 3-5th grades from 7-8 pm. Mobile reading intervention program. Classes held in RV parked in front of Library. Registration required. FMI contact, or call 404-308-0295. Reading Paws: Thursday, April 19, 3:30 4:30 pm. Young readers boost their condence by sharing a story with Maya, a specially trained Golden Retriever. She visits our childrens area on the third Thursday of every month. Free Family Movie Day: Saturday, April 21, 1:30 pm. Screening a joyous musical loosely based on the life of P. T. Barnum, from his humble beginnings to circus impresario. It stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, and Zendaya. It is rated PG-13. For movie title, call 727893-1074. Community Playdate: Thursday, April 26, 1111:45 am. Get acquainted with other caregivers of toddlers & preschoolers in a relaxed setting. Mommy & Me Yoga: Tuesday, May 1, 10:15 11:00 am. Meets on rst Tuesday of the month and taught be registered yoga teacher Ms. Christa! Intended for parents and babies ages 6 weeks to 18 months. 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 GULFPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY Open Monday Friday: 10 am 7 pm Saturday 10 am 4 pm All meetings and programs are FREE and OPEN to the public. Programs are subject to change.Check our website Public Library 5501 28th Ave. S.Find Us on Facebook!Gulfport RecreationRecreation Center 5730 Shore Blvd. S. 727-893-1068RECREATION WEBSITE: and follow the links: City Departments, Recreation, Recreation Center. ACTIVITIES Pickleball Annual reg. $2 res/$22 non-res. Mon., 9:30 am-2 pm For Intermediate & Advanced Players Tues., 10:30 am-2 pm. for Beginners Tues., 7:30-9 p.m. for All Levels of Play Thurs. 10:30 am 2 pm for all levels of play BasketballWed., 9:30 am-2 pm Thurs.., 7:30 pm-9 pm Table Tennis: Tue., & Thurs., 10:30 a.m. -2 p.m. Annual reg. $2 res./$22 non-res. PROGRAMS TEEN NIGHT PROGRAM Registrations for the 2017-2018 Teen Night Program Registrations for the 2017-2018 Teen Night Program continue for teens in middle school to age 17. The program provides recreation and social activities. It also offers monthly eld trips, cooking projects, guest speakers 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. SUMMER PROGRAM Registrations begin for Residents for our 2018 Summer Program for children who have completed Kinder garten thru age 14. Hours of registration are MondayFriday from 9a.m.p.m. Summer camp hours are from 7:30 a.m.:30 p.m. with extended hours availxable until 6 p.m. for an extra charge. There will be 25 available spots 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 of assistance from nancial aid or a related program. The Gulfport Recreation Center participates in the Summer Break Spot Program which provides free nutritious meals (breakfast and lunch) to children who may not otherwise have access to healthy food when school is out. Detailed pricing is currently available at the Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S. or on-line at and follow the links: City Departments, Recreation, Recreation Center. Call 893-1068 for any questions. CLASSES Call instructor for more info. Interested in teaching a class? Call John at 893-1079 for info. Karate Mon. & Thurs., 6:30 pm Call Andel 727-459-1319 Gentle Yoga: Wed., 9:15-10:15 a.m. Call Denise at 813-777-9964 Slow Flow Yoga: Wed., 7p.m.$8/class or $25/month. Call Denise at 813-777-9964 Stretch-n-Tone Tues. & Thurs., 9:15 a.m. Call Jean 631-226-6794. Tennis Tues., 5 p.m. for 10 & under, 6 p.m. for Adults and Fri., 5 p.m. for juniors. Call Jack at 727-280-4276. Urban Survivor Bootcamp Fitness Tues. & Thurs., 6:15-7:15 p.m. Call Donnie Ali-McClendon at 727-550-7185. Zumba -Thurs., 6-7 p.m. Call Magda at 727214-7868. Essential Oil Wed. April 25, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Call Jennifer 813-263-3919.


Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 29 Senior Center 5501 27th Ave. S. 727-893-5657 This is your Center! Sign up today to enjoy all the classes and events offered at the Gulfport Senior Center. Hours are Monday -Thursday 8 am 7 pm and Friday from 8 am 4 pm. Stop by and ask for a tour and pick up a copy of this months schedule or download your copy at and click the Senior Center link. The Senior Center currently offers multiple monthly classes, activities, and services for residents over 50 years old. Registration is required and is easy and free. Special Events Like us on Facebook at NEW Day & Time for Caregivers Support Group 2nd & 4th Thursday @ 6 pm at Gulfports Scout Hall (5315 28th Ave. S.). Are you overwhelmed with the responsibilities & challenges of being a caregiver? You are not alone! An on-going, peer-led support group meets to share tips, offer encouragement, & discuss the trials, demands, & overwhelming experience of being a caregiver for their loved one. iPhone/iPad Instructional Class Thurs., 4/19 @ 1:30 pm. Learn the basic functions of your phone: how to download apps, take/send pictures, add contacts, adjust the phone settings, and more. Space is limited. MUST call 727-8935657 to pre-register. Community Law Program 3rd Friday of Each Month @ 9:30 am. Legal assistance is available from the Community Law Program. You must call 727.582.7480 to qualify and to make your appointment. If you qualify, legal assistance is free. Tech Tips with Stetson: Android Smartphones Mon., 4/23 @ 3 pm. Technology is constantly changing, making it hard to keep up with the latest changes, devices, & trends. Stetson students will offer instruction & tips to keep you up to date. This months topic: Face Book. Space is limited. Must call 727-893-5657 to pre-register. Home Share Pinellas Wed., 4/25 @ 2 pm. This program matches people looking for housing with home owners who have space to rent. The service is free and provides each party with security. Come discover why this program is so successful. Monthly Mini Health Clinic Thurs., 4/26 @ 10 am 1 pm. FREE health screenings: Blood Pressure, Vein, Vision, Hearing, and Medicine Review. Screenings may differ month to month depending on availability. Happy Birthday to You! 4th Friday of Each Month @ 3 pm. Help us celebrate this months birthdays with cake, games, and more. Sponsored by Simply Healthcare.Department Casino Ballroom5500 Shore Blvd. S. 727-893-1070Friday, April 20Doors open at 6:30pmSOCK HOP WITH THE IMPACSLive music from 7:00 10:00pm Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door Purchase advance tickets at the Casino & Beach Bazaar. www.impacsband.comSunday, April 223 5 pm Keith Colemans TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY CASHSpecial Guest: Elliott Smith, Comedy Magician This national tour out of Nashville features a country band, dancing, fun, and surprises for all ages to enjoy. Tickets are $25 in advance (at Casino & Beach Bazaar) or $30 at the door. Info: 727-541-7876Monday, April 237 10:30 pmUSA DANCE Presents Ballroom Dancing Lesson ~ Great DJ music ~ Dance hosts Members: $5 ~ Non-members: $8 727-576-1206 Sunday, April 293:30 7 pmCONTRA DANCEwith Tampa Friends of Old Time Dance 3:30 4 pm: Lesson 4 7 pm: Contra Dancing with Palma Sola Caller: Joey Norton $8 Admission Visit tampabaycontra.comCasino Weekly DancesBallroom Lessons every Tuesday Noon 3 pm $8 Argentine Tango every Tuesday 6:30 11 pm $8 Swing Dance every Wednesday 6 11 pm $8 Latin Night every Thursday 6:30 10 pm $8 Ballroom Dance select Sundays 6 10 pm $8Catherine Hickman Theater5501 27th Ave. S. 727-893-1070April 19 29Gulfport Community Players presentMORNINGS AT SEVEN A family comedy by Paul Osborn Thurs, Fri, Sat. shows at 8 pm Sat. & Sun. matinees at 2 pm Tickets $18 in advance, $20 at the door ~ cash only. Available at Beach Bazaar, at the door within one hour of performance, or online at GEMS Gulfport GetawaysNo need to be GEMS member to enjoy the exciting Gulfport Getaways. Call 727-893-2242 for more info and to reserve your seat. Trips are non-refundable and subject to change without notice. May 3 TacoSun. Join the Out-to-Lunch Bunch as they celebrate Cinco de Mayo at TacoSun, a familyowned business who pride themselves on serving fresh, delicious homemade food. $4 for GEMS members/$6 for Non-GEMS Members. Price includes: Round-trip transportation. Lunch paid for individually. May 10 Florida Botanical Gardens with Lunch at Village Inn. Explore over 30 acres of cultivated gar dens featuring native and exotic plants, tropical fruit and herb gardens, not to mention the abundance of wildlife that has made this place their home. $8 for GEMS members/$10 for Non-GEMS Members. Price includes: Round-trip transportation and admission. Lunch paid for individually. May 17 A Day at the Museum: St. Petersburg Museum of HIstory. This is a Lifestyle after 50 event with exhibits, prizes, coffee and goodies available as you wander through the St. Petersburg Museum of HIstory. Grab some lunch for only $6 while you get to know a little history of the Sunshine City. $6 for GEMS members/$8 for Non-GEMS Members. Price includes: Round-trip transportation and parking. Lunch paid for individually. Seasoned Sowers Garden Club 1st & 3rd Tuesday of Every Month @ 9:30 am. Get down & dirty with one of Americas favorite past-time hobbies. No experience needed! Natural-born green thumbs & rst-time gardeners welcome. 1st Friday Flea Market Fri., 5/4 @ 9 am. Come discover the great selection of jewelry, home dcor, cook books, collectibles, and many other goodies. HCA Health Talk: Stroke Wont Wait for You! (To get to the ER) Mon., 5/7 @ 2:30 pm. Stroke is when blood ow to an area of the brain is cut off and cells die, leading to brain loss, long term disability and even death. We all need to be able to identify stroke symptoms sooner in order to get help fast enough to make a difference. Learn more about improving your health and keeping your family healthy. Know Your Numbers Thurs., 5/10 @ 10:30 am. It is important to know your numbers. Come out to get your blood sugar and blood pressure checked. Special Services GEMS (Gulfport Extended Mobility Service) Affordable door to door transportation service. Rides to medical appointments, hopping, and downtown St. Pete for Gulfport residents, 55 years of age or older or disabled. For more infor mation call 727-893-2242. Reassurance Program Daily calls made to members to provide reassurance and emergency assistance if needed. Gulfport residents 50 years of age or older. Food Pantry Supplemental food assistance for qualifying Gulfport Seniors in need. Pantry is open on Mons and Thurs from 1 pm. Proper verication required prior to use of the pantry. Senior Citizens Advisory Committee This committee is a liaison for Gulfport Seniors to City Council pertaining to senior issues & ways to enhance the quality of life for seniors in the community. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, call 727-893-1231. FITNESS CENTER SCHEDULE: MonThurs, 8 am 7 pm, Fri: 8 am 4 pm. Stop by the Senior Center and take a tour of our state of the art tness facility. The Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center Foundation, Inc. Membership in the Foundation helps provide enhancements that make our center second to none. All donations to this 501(c)3 non-prot organization will help ensure our continued growth. 727-893-1244. More Activities To view the Senior Center calendar in its entirety, please log onto Recreation


30 Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 Hurricane Seminar at Hickman Theater The organizational structure for emergency evacuation and response within Pinellas County is a welldeveloped collaboration between the county, 24 cities, law enforcement, community partners and agencies. As part of the goal to create a better-educated and safer community, the city of Gulfport is looking for hurricane-related vendors or products to accurately inform the public on emergency and hurricane preparedness. Do you know your zone? Is the closest shelter to you pet friendly? How do you sign up for special needs evacuation assistance? How do you volunteer to help? These are all important questions to ask before a storm is here. The city of Gulfport will be hosting the 2018 Hurricane Seminar on Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m. inside the Catherine A. Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S. This informative seminar is open to the public and will feature Mary Burrell, the Outreach, Education and Program Coordinator for Pinellas Countys Emergency Management Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) from WTSP Channel 10 News. Vendor space is free and located inside the theater lobby at 6 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or would like more information on the event, please contact the city of Gulfport Public Information 727893-1118. Junk in the Trunk is Bigger Than Ever 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. 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! For more info contact Cailey at


Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 31 Garden Club of St. Pete Flower Show The Garden Club of St. Petersburg 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 Help for Addicts and Their Families Narconon reminds families that an intervention can be the difference between life and death. Interventions are powerful tools that can be used when an addict refuses to get help or seek treatment. To learn more about how to conduct an intervention for your loved one go to Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call for free screenings or referrals, 877-841-5509 Youth Development Program for Teens Pinellas Opportunity Council (POC), Inc. presents its countywide 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 and 17 and have a 2.5 GPA or higher 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, or can be obtained from POC service 1111 18th Ave. S.; the Dwight Jones Center, 1035 Burlington Ave. N.; the Tarpon Springs Center, 301 S. Disston Ave. and the POC administration All applications must be completed and submitted by April 27. Upon the successful completion of the program, students will receive a monetary incentive. Please contact Frances M. Cato at 727-823-4101 ext. 115 or fcato@ if you are interested in providing a job placement for a student or have any other questions. Tyrone Square Walking Club and Memory Cafe The Tyrone Square Walking Club will meet on Thursday, April 20 at 10 a.m. at Tyrone Square Mall. Meet Memory Cafe members at 10 a.m. at the food court entrance, tables on the left. Walk with memory caf friends as they work on the monthly scavenger hunt. Enjoy a pick-me-up courtesy of Naples Soap Company. Sit and people watch, shop or just enjoy. Naples Soap Company is donating a portion of all sales to respite program offering activities to seniors and caregiver respite. Meet them for lunch at 11 a.m. at Red Robin for conversation and friendship building. Purchase lunch area of Red Robin. Living with dementia does not have to be all clouds, we can share some indoor sunshine together at Tyrone memory cafe. Sponsored by Arden Courts of Seminole. RSVP with Cate at catemccarty@ or at 813-384-7571. Toy Train, Collectibles, Hobby Show and Sale There will a toy train, collectible and hobby show sale at Lopez Hall, 7177 58th St. N., on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m. Vendors will be on hand selling model trains, various hobbies, collectibles, die cast cars, greeting cards and so much more. There will be a running train layout for the children to enjoy. So come on in, theres something all ages to enjoy. Admission is $5 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free. Credit cards accepted If interested in becoming a vendor, please contact Joe at 727-244-1341, or visit New vendors are always welcome.


32 Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 P and awareness cant be extinguished at the Gulfport Fire Department. Through a cityfunded program thats been in action for more than twenty years, low-income and senior residents of Gulfport are eligible for a free smoke detector and installation. and the department gets a deal at Home Depot by purchasing in bulk. Smoke detectors are really deaths and property damage, says Gulfport Fire Chief James Marenkovic. The chief recalls many times where a smoke detector from becoming large disasters. Shores, said Marenkovic. We Free Smoke Detectors Available from the Gulfport Fire DepartmentBy Angelina Bruno full of smoke. The plumber had done some work in there and the residents were in Canada. The smoke detectors beeping noise alerted neighbors passing by and they called the Gulfport Fire rushed to Town Shores, forced entry before it could spread to other units in the building. Luckily we put it out when it was in the smoldering phase, said Marenkovic. said Marenkovic, with residents forgetting food on the stove and then leaving the house. Marenkovic instructs residents to avoid installing their smoke detectors in the kitchen, however. People burn toast everyday; people burn bacon everyday. Then the beeping noise annoys them and they take the detector down, said Marenkovic. He recommends that the smoke detectors be installed in bedrooms. Theyre great for waking us up. Need help installing? No the smoke detector, the resident can either take it home and install (its a battery-powered unit that gets attached to the ceiling) or home and put the detector up. Most installations happen the same day and are completely free. Its not our whole job, but its one of our duties, said Marenkovic. The free detector program is available in St. Petersburg and in South Pasadena too, so residents outside of the Gulfport city limits detector in Gulfport, residents just need a water bill and an ID. The program runs all year. And when I run out of my supplies, said Marenkovic, Ill go out and get some more. Gulfport Fire Chief James Marenkovic holds a smoke detector that residents can have installed in their homes for free. Its not our whole job, but its one of our duties, said Marenkovic.


Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 33 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 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 information contact 727-281-6564 or 727-893-1074. Sacred Lands Music and a Meal Sacred Lands Music and a Meal will be on Saturday, April 21. This month the concert will feature former members of the celebrated South Florida group Steve Blackwell and Friends. Dancing is encouraged. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the door. A homemade meal is $8. Come enjoy the live music and a homemade meal (optional) at one of the most unique historical and scenic sites in the county. For more info call 727-367-3592 or Evening Promenades Along Shore Boulevard Gulfport Food Forest would like to have a potluck picnic open to all yet especially hoping to bring together a group of neighbors and business owners and employees the last Saturday in April. The aim is to have seasonal or monthly meet ups and cultivate a regular Paseo on Shore Boulevard, including the food forest along the art promenade. Please contact Crea Egan and Amanda Hagood through Facbook/ Gulfport Food Forest or at gulfportfoodforest@gmail,com if this is of interest to you in any way.


34 Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 By Debbie Wolfe Reading and writing saved my life, said Maureen McDole who is the founder and executive director of Keep St. Pete Lit. Lit is shorthand for literature. McDole said, I grew up in a dysfunctional household. I used reading as a way to escape my environment and to see what else was out there. I used writing to process my emotions. She is all about promoting reading changes lives. Annually, her organization which is dedicated to promoting the literary arts throughout the year produces SunLit, a collaborative citywide festival in St. Petersburg that promotes the value and love of literature. This year, over 30 partners are helping to create events and content. On Saturday, April 14, the Friends of the St. Petersburg Main Library, a partner in SunLit, hosted a panel featuring established and new authors from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by free refreshments that included a Boca Ciega High Student Wins Prize at SunLit Literary Event Tauna Anderson of Boca Ciega High School won the 2018 Young Writer Award and a cash prize of $100 sponsored by Friends of the St. Petersburg Main Library.sheet cake decorated with a variation of the festivals logo. This year, we are honoring some local authors with new publications, said Lorraine Franckle, president of the friends group. And, were running a short story contest. The following three prizes were awarded as part of the panel event: First Place, Second Place and the Young Writer Award for people 18 years of age or younger. The contest allows members of the public to participate in SunLit, which features local events celebrating the written word from April 7 through April 22, said McDole. Winner of the Young Writer Award and a $100 cash prize was Tauna Anderson, a student at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport. First place honors and a $100 cash prize went to Leslie Waters, and Elliott Darron was awarded second place and a $50 cash prize. Each winner read their short story to the crowd of about 100 literary enthusiasts. The writing contest judges were Phil Coleman, a retired professor of literature and Morgan Gresham, a professor at the USFSP specializing in writing program administration and portfolio assessment. Local authors featured on the panel were Peter Golenbock, Cathy Salustri and John A. Vanek. They spoke about their writing and publishing processes. Six minutes of reading lowers your stress levels by over 60 percent, said McDole. So, more than ever in this time of fast-paced social media and everything, theres nothing else like reading. For more information, visit


Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 35 Join the Pass-a-Grill Shufeboard Club Club is looking for new members. They play January through March at the 10th Avenue courts from 10 a.m. till noon. No experience needed. For more information call 727-360-1858 or 727-367-6937. Lunch and Learn Series on St. Pete Beach The St. Pete Beach Community Center will host a Lunch and Learn Series. Every Lunch and Learn will focus on a different topic ranging from healthcare to making your money last in retirement. All Lunch and Learns will be held from noon till 1 p,m. at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr. All presentations are free and open to both residents and non-residents of St. Pete Beach. Lunch will be provided. Please call ahead to reserve your seat. For a full list of dates and presenters visit or call 727-363-9245. 32nd Annual Green Thumb Festival The Green Thumb Festival returns on April 28 and 29 to Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Ave. N., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event features plenty of fun and informative activities for both adults and children. There will be over 120 vendors, horticultural and environmental exhibits, programs and seminars highlighting ways to landscape effectively and conserve natural resources, a wagon decorating contest and parade, a plant fair for children and much more. Highlights also include 1,200 trees for sale for $5, a plant auction, plant diagnostic clinic and tool sharpening. The childrens area includes crafts, handson activities and more. The show is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register to participate with an opportunity to win a prize at at the festival. For more details, and vendor information visit or call 727-893-7317.


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38 Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 Gulfport Recreation 2018 Summer Program Gulfport resident registrations continue for the 2018 Summer Program for children who have completed kindergarten thru age 14. Non-resident registrations and weekly registrations will begin on Tuesday, May 1. Hours of registration are Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pre-Camp (May 29 through June 1) cost is $64 per child and post camp (August 6 through 10) cost is $80 per child, which includes limited to 50 Gulfport residents only. The nine-week program (June 4 through August 3) cost is $495 for residents and $619 for non-residents, Sessions and weekly registrations are available as well. Summer camp hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with extended hours available until 6 p.m. for an extra charge. There will be 25 available spots 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, 5730 Shore Blvd. S. or online at Registration packets will be available April 2. The Gulfport Recreation Center also participates in the Summer BreakSpot Program which provides free nutritious meals (breakfast and lunch) to children 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 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. For more information or questions please call 727-893-1068. Stretch-N-Tone Classes at Recreation Center Jeans stretchn-tone classes are held at the Gulfport Recreation Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and are $3 per class. Please bring exact change and come 15 minutes early to register and pay. Bring a mat and weights for the class. Call Jean at 631-226-6794 for more information. Luncheon at the Lithuanian Club The Lithuanian-American Club at 4880 46th Ave. N., is serving lunch every Thursday at 1 p.m. The schedule of luncheons is one week cepelinai and the next week koldunai. The cost is $8 for entre, side, dessert and coffee. This Thursdays menu is homemade soup, koldunai (meat dumplings), served with bacon and/or sour cream, dessert and coffee. Fresh baked Lithuanian bread is available. Please call 727-337-4240 for reservations or more information. Everyone is welcome. 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 cklasson@ or calling 727-8931074.


Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 39 Over 100 people in a sellout crowd danced for a Gulfport Historical Society fundraiser at the citys Casino ballroom on Friday, April 13. The event was sponsored by Friends of the Gulfport Groove, a small social and philanthropic grassroots group by people that wanted to create fun events and raise money for their local community, said Laura Henderson, a member. To join, just ask! The group met their initial goal of selling 100 tickets at $10 each shortly after 9 p.m., said Kelly Wright, a Groove group member. Henderson and Wright were selffor the groups dance. We wanted to have an event where people can come out and dance and have fun, like at prom or at a wedding reception, said Henderson. Mayor Sam Henderson and Zack Knight, both of Gulfport, served as the amateur DJs playing music from the 60s to the present, along with requests. The group also included a cash bar along with free snacks and a photo booth complete with a polka dot backdrop and a bucket of eyeglass and mustache disguises. Take a photo that will last a lifetime, said Sam Henderson between playing songs. Tables were available for people to make additional donations or to join the Gulfport Historical Society. The society does a great job of managing our historical museum, said Sam Henderson. In the future, were thinking of doing a kayaking expedition, said Wright. Our fun and fundraising is not restricted to dance events. It could be anything. Were keeping it simple. The groups fundraisers organization. The group raised $946.39 for the Gulfport Historical Society. For more information, visit the groups Facebook page: facebook. com/FriendsoftheGulfportGroove. Sellout Crowd Dances for Gulfport Historical Museum FundraiserBy Debbie Wolfe From left, Mayor Sam Henderson and Zachary Knight volunteer as amateur DJs for the Friends of the Gulfport Grooves fundraising dance event at the citys Casino on Friday, April 13. The event was a sellout with well over 100 people enjoying music from the 60s to the present. C ustom adver t ising for any budget.


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Gabber April 19 April 25, 2018 41 Clean Up, from front pageand surrounding alleyways on Shore Boulevard, Saturday, April 14. During the summers Thompson camps and lives in Americas National Parks and in the winter he lives in Gulfport. Now hes volunteering in the city, with a focus on sustainability and the environment. Thompsons advice to people thinking about getting involved? Get out and mix and talk with people, stay informed. said Thompson, 71. Although this was Thompsons the volunteer group isnt new to volunteer organization Gulfport Neighbors, the group meets on the second Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Between 6 and 20 people show up to the cleanups, but we have about 200 people on our email list, said Karen Vanderbeek, Gulfport Neighbors volunteer. Volunteers include not only community members, but also school and church groups like the St. Pete Chiropractic School. of people who are helping, said Wolfgang Deininger, Gulfport lives and works by their motto: Many hands and big hearts can make a difference. Their work doesnt go unnoticed. Sometimes people just walk by and say thank you, said Vanderbeek. In addition to hosting the beach cleanups, Gulfport Neighbors has helped locals with yard work, particularly older people with overgrown yards in need of a little TLC. To get involved, simply join the group on the second Saturday of everything month. Sign-in at one of the pavilions, grab one of the provided bags and a free bottle of water, then get picking! Gulfport Neighbors has a limited supply of trash grabbers and encourages participants to bring their own if possible. David Thompson uses a grabber to collect small pieces of trash Saturday morning at the Gulfport Beach Cleanup April 14. Get out and mix and talk with people, stay informed, says Thompson, 71, who winters in Gulfport.


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