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FREEEvery Thur sda yOnline Ev er ydayt heGabber .com No. 2575 July 12 July 18, 2018 Gulfports Patriotic ShowBy Debbie Wolfe Under threatening rain clouds from the northeast with the bright sun shining from the west, Gulfport celebrated its traditional 4th of July parade beginning at 6 p.m. along Beach and Shore boulevards punctuated by the Casino Ballroom at the turn. By nightfall, raindrops kept falling on carefully stacked at the end of Williams Pier, east of the Casino on Boca Ciega Bay, cancelled the pyrotechnics show at 9:20 p.m. as crowds of hundreds packed local restaurants and bars or huddled under building overhangs in an effort to stay dry. See Photos, page 20Sophia Abdelghani, a Gulfport preschooler, walks in the citys 4th of July parade carrying pink amingo-themed patriotic decorations. St. Pete Beach Commission UpdateBy Debbie WolfeBeach Bans Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers In a unanimous vote on June 12, St. Pete Beach commissioners banned medical marijuana treatment centers within the city limits. This will give us some time to see how it works or doesnt work in the city of St. Petersburg, said Commissioner Ward Friszolowski. If we want to look at it again years from now, we can always re-evaluate. Commissioner Rick Falkenstein said, Were so close to St. Petersburg, we can go in town for dispensaries. Mayor Alan Johnson and Commissioner Terri Finnerty also approved the measure while Vice Mayor Melinda Pletcher was absent. Two Transportation Options Presented During a special workshop on May 22, Brad Miller, CEO of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and Heather Sobush, the agencys planning director, made a presentation providing average daily full-size trolley ridership analytics from February through June 2017, by bus stop, See St. Pete Beach, page 28 Lee Irby at the Historical Society Porch Party Nationally known St. Pete Author Lee Irby will speak at The Gulfport Societys July 20 porch party. How are Edgar Allan Poe and Confederate monuments related? Lee explains it all at this entertaining evening. Also, if youve read Unreliable, you may already understand the connection. And if you havent read it, well, its like Gone Girl, but so much better. And fun to read. Theyll have copies on hand. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and Lee will wow you with his brilliance (and sense of humor) at 7 p.m. As always, the porch parties take place at the Gulfport History Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S., and they welcome dogs and wellbehaved kids. Museum members have unlimited access to the Square Mullet Coffee Shop. Theyll have light bites but feel free to bring a dish to share.


2 Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 Voter Registration Drive at Senior Center The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections will be available at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S., on Thursday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come by and register to vote, update your address, or apply to vote by mail. For more information, call 727464-8683 or Gulfport Recreations Child Care Program Registrations will begin on Friday July 13 for the Gulfport 2018-2019 School Year Child Care Program for children who will be entering kindergarten through age 14. Bus transportation is available from Pasadena Fundamental, Bear Creek, Gulfport Elementary and Douglas Jamerson Elementary. Program hours are until 5:30 p.m. with extended hours available until 6 p.m. for an extra charge. Monthly fees are $150 for residents (additional child discount available) and $188 for nonresidents. The Recreation Center announces the sponsorship of the Afterschool Nutrition Program, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program. The program is designed primarily to provide nutritious snacks to children in afterschool programs. Snacks are available at no separate charge to the children. In accordance with the Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Hours of registration are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Please call 727-893-1068 for more information. Volunteers Needed for Area Cleanup Gulfport Neighbors will host a cleanup of Gulfport Beach on Saturday July 14, from 9 till 11 a.m. Meet at the Recreation Center at Shore Blvd. and 58th St. S. This is a great way to meet your neighbors and make a difference in the community. The Gulfport Neighbors will be cleaning up the beach and surrounding area. Please join in the fun. They have a limited number of picker/grabber tools available. If you have one, please bring it with you. Gloves, sun protection and comfortable footwear are also recommended. Water will be provided. For more information visit Facebook. com/gulfportneighbors. Get Involved with Gulfports Night Out Get to know your neighbors and is set for Gulfports Night Out. This interactive community event is on Thursday, August 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S., in the surrounding parking lot and the north block lot located on 26th Avenue South. All attendees will get to meet and learn about the Gulfport Police Department, Gulfport Fire Department and other city staff. Check out Gulfports Police and Fire vehicles as well as the Marine unit. Childrens activities, food from local restaurants and drawings for prizes from local organizations are in store for this upcoming event. The New Horizons Band will be on hand for entertainment. Parking is available at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S., on Beach Boulevard. Additional parking is available at the Gulfport Library, 5501 27th Ave. S. after 7 p.m. The Gulfport Night Out event is organized by the Gulfport Police Department and the city of Gulfport. For more information or how your organization can get involved, please contact Professional Standards Commander Josh Stone at 727-8931111 or Administrative Assistant, Gail Biron at 727-893-1049.


Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 3 The Ravens Guild at Gulfport Library The Gulfport Public Library will be hosting another monthly meeting for teens ages 12 to 18,that focuses on the Young Adult Manga and Fantasy genre. There will be entertainment their interests. This month they will be hosting a very special spicy ramen the waiver if their teen participates. Come and take part in the world-wide trend that has everyone breathing This club will be hosted once a month, every second Saturday in the Friends Meeting Room. Food and drinks will be provided. The next meeting will be Saturday, July 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. For movie title to be shown, please call 727-893-1074. Free Clinic on Parkinsons Disease On July 28, two leading Parkinsons specialists will present the latest physical and psychological challenges of Parkinsons, the progressive, degenerative brain disorder that affects millions of people around the world. The free event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Dr. Heather Herrema, DO, a Specialist at Central Neurology in St. Petersburg, will speak on Living Well with Parkinsons. Dr. London Anthonys Hospital BayCare Medical Group, will speak on With PD or Not: How to Keep Your Mind as Sharp as Possible. Hosted by Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinsons, the event is free and open to members of the Parkinsons community, healthcare professionals, and the public. Advance registration is required. Sponsorships are available. For more information about the event or sponsorship, contact Cindy Underwood at 941-266-5833. Register online Art Classes at the Gulfport Senior Center Have you always wanted to draw or paint but have been afraid that its too every few months. Third quarter classes begin in August and run through October. Classes include Open Studio (Mixed Art) classes on Mondays at 1:30 p.m., Open Workshop (Watercolor) classes on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and Learning the Basics (A Drawing and Acrylic Painting Class for Beginners) on Thursdays at 1 p.m. 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 727893-5657.


4 Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 Ser ving Gulfport, South Pasadena, Azalea, Grand Central District, Northwest St. Petersbur g, Ty r one, Kenwood, Central Oak Park, Southwest St. Petersbur g, Maximo, Tierra Ve rd e, St. Pete Beach, Pass-A-Grille, Tr easur e Island, Pinellas PointDeadlines Editorial Copy: Monday Noon Display Advertising: Tu esday 5pm If pr oof is r equir ed: Monday Noon Classified Advertising: Tu esday 5pmPublishers Ken Reichart Deb Reichart Publisher@theGabber .comEditor Shelly Wilson Shelly@theGabber .comAdvertising Sales Jeanette Raef JeanetteRaef@theGabber .com Kar en Rupp Kar enRupp@theGabber .comReporters / Photographers Lisa Brittain LisaBrittain@theGabber .com Angelina Bruno AngelinaBruno@theGabber .com Debbie W olfe DebbieW olfe@theGabber .comContributors Helen J. Simon HelenJSimon@theGabber .comProduction Charlotte Dutchak Zachary Knight John Y eagerDistribution Chris Campas1419 49th Street South, Gulfport, FL 33707 727-321-6965 (fax) 327-7830 Advertising@theGabber .com www .theGabber .comOffice Hours9-5 Mon-W ed 9-2 Fr i Closed Thursday the Gabber T he Gabber Free Family Movie Series at Library On Saturday, July 21 at 1:30 p.m., the Gulfport Library will screen an Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her great-aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. She follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and Mary above the clouds, and far away to Endor College, a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try to set things right. It stars the voice talents of Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent, and is rated PG. For more information about this title, or titles for upcoming months, please contact the Gulfport Public Library at 727-893-1074.


Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 5 Free Lunches for Kids and Teens at Library The Gulfport Public Library is a Summer Break Spot again this year. They will have free lunches and snacks for anyone 18 years old and younger Mondays through Fridays starting at noon. Summer Break spots are sponsored through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. No need to sign up or register. For more information contact Cailey at 727893-1074. Health Talks with Humana: Just a Dash Join Wendy with Humana as she speaks on an important health topic. Come learn creative ways to enhance increasing your sodium intake at the next Healthy Talks with Humana at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S. on Monday, March 19 at 10:30 a.m. 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. Sonia Plotnick Seeks Board Members Are you a woman looking for a meaningful board position with an organization dedicated to improving womens lives? The Sonia Plotnick Health Fund, Inc. (SPHF) Board is SPHF is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the wellness of women in the Tampa educational assistance with both traditional and non-traditional healthcare for the enhancement and well-being of women in the community. SPHF has provided over $220,000 in healthcare grants to women in the community since 1997. Check them out at SPHF is committed to seating a diverse board that represents the community it serves. All women are welcome to apply, but special consideration will be given to women 30 or younger, lesbians, women of color, Spanish-speaking women, and economically disadvantaged women. SPHF seeks women skilled community outreach, public health, and healthcare; however, all skills and experience will be considered. All board meetings are in Gulfport. To apply for a board member position, complete the application at support-us/volunteer/ or email chair@ Beta Sigma Phi Activities Laureate Epsilon Nu will be hosting their 48th annual Beginning Day luncheon on Saturday, August 18 at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N. This years theme is Welcome to the Round Up with a chuck wagon menu. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and lunch at noon. The cost is $25 per person. For more information contact Rose Marie Gifford at 727430-5835. Reservations deadline is August 4. Sunshine City Council will have an organizational meeting on Monday, July 30 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Rich Mobile Home Park Clubhouse. The executive board will provide light refreshments. All chapter presidents, chairmen will be attending this meeting. The plans for the upcoming year will be presented at this meeting. The regular council meetings will begin in September. Beta Sigma Phi is a social and cultural womens organization. Sunshine City Council has eight chapters of various degrees and members. Some chapters meet once a month year round while others meet from September to May. For more information call Sharon Ingram at 727-321-2849.


6 Gabber July 12 July 18, 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 Gulfport residents Robin Riddell and Wesley Whittaker often do Thanksgiving with Robin's sons, who live in Detroit. Motown is home to the Cadieux Cafe (pronounced CAD-yoo), the only place in the U.S. where you can play the Belgian game of "Feather Bowling." The game is a cross between croquet and curling. Wooden balls are rolled down a hard dirt lane with the object being to get closest to a feather at the other end. The former Prohibition-era speakeasy is also known for great food, Stella Artois on tap, and lots of Old World atmosphere. Yoga in the Library Garden Saturday, July 14 at 10:15 a.m., tend your body and spirit with mindful movement and meditation in the Reading Garden at Gulfport Library. This slow-paced class welcomes all levels. Please bring props if you want them. Taught by Christa Fairbrother, Instructor. Poetry Reading at Sumitra Lounge On Wednesday, July 18, the SumitrA Espresso Lounge is hosting a poetry reading by local author Rob McCabe from his new book Junky. McCabe will be followed by other local poets and an open mic segment. The reading starts at 7 p.m. SumitrA is at 2838 Beach Blvd. S. For more information call SumitrA at 813-220-4533. This event is sponsored by Dark Horse Florida Publishing, LLC. Coffee with a Cop and Councilmember Visit historic Scout Hall while brewed coffee along with casual conversation. This event is hosted by Gulfport Community Resource guest, Vice Mayor Christine Brown. The chat and coffee is on Saturday, July 14 between 9 and 11 a.m. at 5315 28th Ave. S. As always during Coffee with a Cop, there is plenty of socializing and meeting old and new friends. Reading Paws at the Gulfport Library Everyones favorite golden retriever is back at the Gulfport Library. Did you know reading to a pet can help Come to the Gulfport Library on Thursday, July 19, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to read a story to Maya, the reading assistance golden retriever. To make an appointment with Maya please call Cailey at 727-893-1074 or email


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8 Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 Exhibit by Gulfport Artist at the Woodson Gulfport Artist Cora Marshall will have an exhibition at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum at 2240 9th Ave. S. The exhibition, titled Roots & Branches & Blooms: An Exploration of Family Ancestry, History, and Memories, will run from July 14, through September 30. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, July 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. as part of the Second Saturday ArtWalk (trolley stop 7). The exhibition includes artwork from three painting series by the artist. In and Out of Time is a mixed media painting series in which the artist considers the power of family memories to transport the viewer to another time and place. Of Blood and Bones explores not only family resemblances among the artists ancestors, but also painting techniques that combine the abstract with realistic portraits. In Toiling Upward, inspiration stems from the artists intrigue with jobs held by kin in her family tree, such as tobacco grocer, etc. Cora Marshall, Professor of Art Emeritus (Central Connecticut State University), has over 50 years of experience creating, exhibiting, and teaching art. She retired to Gulfport in 2013 and has exhibited nationally and internationally. For further information about the exhibition and the artist, visit Cool Shopping at Sophies Attic Summer greetings from Sophies Attic, the coolest place in Gulfport to shop. Theyve recently received a whole new batch of shoes, and bedding for your shopping pleasure. They still have a large rack of 50 sale clothing and a selection of shoes on sale for $1. They just reduced some of their winter clothing to half price. Sure its 90 degrees out there, but now would be the time to stock up for winter. As usual, they launder all clothing before selling it. Sophies Attic is a mission outreach of the First United Methodist Church. 28th Ave. S. They are open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. till noon. 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.


Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 9 for whatever reason. To that end, if or reusable plastic drink cups, please donate them to the Gulfport Historical Society for perpetual use. Two board members have volunteered to handle bringing the dishes and cutlery home and washing them in the dishwasher, but theyre also asking that if anyone has an unwanted, working portable dishwasher, they could donate it to Gulfport Historical Society. New, they cost about $700 to $800, and if youd rather donate towards the purchase of a new one, well, you can do that on their website. Please drop off your plates (dinner drinkware (reusable plastic drink cups or glass water glasses) on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. The Society is at 5501 28th Ave. S. At this time, they do not need coffee mugs or wine glasses. Thank you in advance for your help, and keep watching for more information about this years Gulfport Under the Stars, where everyone will eat off your dishes and drink out of your glasses (but you wont have to Gulfport Art and Gallery Walk Visit Gulfport on Saturday, July 21, for the Gulfport Art and Gallery Walk. Find your shopping and dining maps at VisitGulfportFlorida. com and chart your course to this beachfront town. Shop for local art along Beach Boulevard, visit a gallery, catch a live local band and dine at one of the locally-owned restaurants along Beach and Shore Boulevards. The Gulfport Art and Gallery Walk Gulfport Merchants Association, takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. every or shine, year round, and is home to dozens of artisans and craftsmen. Complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. For general event information, go to, 322-5217. Donate Your Plastic to Gulfport History Its time once again to think about Gulfport Under the Stars, the Gulfport Historical Societys annual party, which will take place on October 13. In years past, theyve used plastic cups for drinks, foam cups for coffee, and disposable plates and cutlery. On top of being an expense (albeit way to hold their annual party in a sustainable way. And then they thought about what artist Suzanne Vernon did when she moved to Gulfport and wanted to create a mosaic. She put a box at the library and asked people to donate their unwanted, chipped or broken dishes. And remember when Neptunes was Domain Restaurant? They had the community bring in dining chairs they no longer needed or wanted. Gulfport, it seems, has something of a history of grassroots sustainability, and the Historical Society wants to celebrate and encourage that. Everyone has odd dishes left over from a set, or dishes they dont use anymore, but havent gotten rid of,


10 Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 A celebrates local musician Sterling Magee. Magee was a Gulfport staple and favorite for years, playing weekly gigs at The Peninsula Inn and shows at the Gulfport Casino. Known as a talented local legend, Magee is now getting national recognition through a documentary titled Satan and Adam. During his heyday on the blues circuit, Magee was primarily known to audiences and musical friends as Mr. Satan. The documentary follows Magee and his musical partner harmonica player Adam Gussow, capturing different angles of Magee and Gussows music career as a duo. The documentary, titled after the blues groups name, details the history of Magee and Gussow from their meeting in Harlem, New York in 1968 through their performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2013. The thing to understand about him but at his height he was a singular, kinda brilliant, one-of-a-kind blues guitar playing, and vocalist, said Gussow, of his admiration for Magee. And everybody called him Mr. Satan. Nobody called him Sterling. main subject, Magee, disappeared. Magees disappearance threw for a loop, but he persisted with his search, eventually ending in Florida. When he disappeared for about three years, I was completely distraught. At a certain point, no one knew where he was, said Balcerek. I mean what do you do when the subject of completely disappears? After a year of searching, Balcerek connected with a cousin of Magee who told him that the musician was staying in St. Petersburg with his family. I called and got ahold of him. I asked him if I could come on down for a visit and he was like, Come on down Mr. Balcerek. This was in 2001. He soon told Gussow that hed found Mr. Satan. In 2003, Adam Gussow went to Florida to visit his old musical partner only musical legend Mr. Satan was no longer playing, singing or tapping. Theres a scene in the movie where I see him for barely play a note and Im shocked, said Gussow. Soon, a helping hand came along, gathering community members and resources in Gulfport to help Magee to play the blues again. Kevin Moore was the Activity Director at the Boca Ciega Center from 2006 to 2013, where Magee was and still is living. As a brand new director I was getting used to visiting residents and one gentleman that was there would just sit in the hallway and didnt talk to too many people, said Moore. Moore noticed that Magee would stomp his foot and keep rhythm with his hands while listening to music, so he asked around about the man in the hallway. After a Google search, Moore said he was and pages about Sterling Magee. That was the beginning of my dealings with Sterling, said Moore. Soon after, Moore pooled community resources and gathered people together to get Magee the same type of guitar he played when he lived in New York. He also got him a stomping box and a set of high hats, all the tools the one man band had used in the past to hone his talents and wow crowds on the street and on the stage. Next, Moore paired Magee up with local musician TC Karr and a harmonica player. Magee started to play weekly at The Peninsula Inn. He blossomed. Award-winning Film Spotlights Local Blues Legend Sterling Magee By Angelina Bruno A photo from the lms press gallery online shows local blues legend Sterling Mr. Satan Magee and musical partner Adam Gussow. A Gabber photo from 2011 shows Sterling Mr. Satan Magee playing with his Harlem Blues band at an event for the Gulfport Senior Center.


Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 11 He became a whole new person, said Moore. Magee eventually formed his own band, Sterling Magee and the Harlem Blues Band, and played regularly at the inn from 2007 to 2010. Moore (affectionately called Satans Roadie) even took Magee on tour at one point, traveling to Mississippi and Massachusetts, and eventually headlining at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival with Gussow in 2013. The festival in the duo. people were in the tent and gave him a standing ovation, said Moore. It was the perfect ending to Altogether, Balcerek worked on and Gussows career from his initial meeting with them at a Pittsburgh performance in 1995 through 2013. When Sterling and Mr. Satan met in 1986 on a street corner in Harlem, the two were an unlikely duo, challenging expectations in what the racial tension in New York City. The age difference set them apart too. At the time, Magee was 50 years old, Gussow 28. After documenting their meeting Magee and Gussow as they play shows, sign a record deal, and reunite after Magees disappearance roots in the past, Gussow says it still has a valuable message about race and privilege thats worth learning from today. During his time playing on the street with Sterling in Harlem, Gussow says he was threatened by two men who asked his why they were in their neighborhood, a primarily Black neighborhood. Once I get threatened, I realized Sterling couldnt protect me, said Gussow. He said that moment also made him think a lot about privilege, as it applies now and then. I had the privilege to crawl off in a different world, but Sterling wanted me to stay. So I went back to play on the street with fear in me for the have gone back to that neighborhood; I had another world I could retreat to. Director Balcerek spoke about the Even more than ever its important for us to push past our fear of the other, to not hide behind social media, to get out there and make a real human connection with someone other than from your own tribe, he said. There are increasing divisions that we have more in common with each other than we may realize. Today, Mr. Satan lives in Gulfport and is retired. Adam Gussow is a professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi and has written several books, including a book titled Mister Satans Apprentice: A Blues Memoir. Kevin Moore is partially retired and lives in Connecticut. Tribeca Film Festival in April 2018 and took home the Music Films/ Music City Grand Jury Prize from the Nashville Film Festival in May selected for a showing in Ireland in hopes that someone will buy the It is making its festival rounds it deserves, said Balcerek. Once the showing of Satan and Adam at the Hickman Theater in Gulfport. For regular updates about the connected via Facebook (facebook. /) or Twitter ( m). For m.


12 Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 Pet Pals Daisy loves walks, treats, and bicycles built for two. She is a laid back 5-year-old hound mix who cant wait leash and enjoys the company of other dogs her size. She is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. See more animals at This Week's Solutions Save Our StraysA trio of sweetness, Pringles, Penny and Pepper are 3-month-old boys ready to make you happy. Pringles melts in his foster moms arms and likes to be carried like a baby. Neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, the kitties are available to adopt. Call 727-545-1116 for details. View other felines at saveourstraysinc. com. Letters Letters to the Editor The Gabber always encourages letters and commentary. Keep letters as brief as possible. Letters must be signed by the author and may be emailed to, or sent to the Gabber ofce. Commentary posted to or on Gabber Facebook pages may also appear in the paper. The views and opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent the views of the publishers, staff or advertisers. Community Neighborhood Watch Meetings and Community Emergency Response Team MeetingsCity Wide Neighborhood Watch: at the Gulfport Neighborhood Center, (NOTE: Meeting cancelled for Wednesday, July 4) 1617 49th St. S., at 7 p.m. (Includes Tangerine and Tomlinson neighborhoods.) Marina District Neighborhood Watch: Meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Gulfport Lions Club, 4630 Tifton Dr. S., at 7 p.m. The Strand Area Neighborhood Watch: Meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd., at 7 p.m. (Includes Town Shores.) Stetson Area Neighborhood Watch: Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Stetson School of Law, in the Eleazer Hearing Room, 1401 61st St. S., at 7 p.m. CERT: Meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The locations will be determined by the type of training. It's your community, come out and get involved Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer Coordinator City of Gulfport 727-893-1022 or Gulfport Dazzles on the 4th of JulyDear Editor: My wife and I are both from Pennsylvania. Over the years we have lived in Tallahassee, Crawfordville and most recently south St. Petersburg. We did not care for St Pete and started searching Gulfport buying a home here six months ago we could not be happier. There are endless things we could rave about, starting with the wonderful people here. My reason for this letter is the put on by Gulfport. After seeing the disappointment people had over the failed efforts by both St Pete and Tampa, and then seeing how Gulfport handled a rainout and bounced back with the great event they pulled off on July 5th it made us even more sure that our choice to move here was the right one. We can be seen on the beach walk or enjoying food in town with our dog "Wizzer" as we St. S. Every day we discover new positive things about being here, one of them being no snow.One thing I really enjoy is talking to visitors and the reaction when I tell them we live here year round. So it is very true we both consider this a paradise. Mike and Henri Santoro Gulfport


Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 13 Gecko Ball Tickets Now on Sale Tickets for the 10th Annual Gecko Ball are now on sale, available at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd. S., and online at Gulfports event of the year is taking place on August 25 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the historic Gulfport Casino. Tickets are $35 each and tickets should be purchased as soon as possible because the event sells out every year. Reserved tables of 10 or 12 are available for purchase only in-person, in one transaction at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar and on a The theme of this years ball is Gecko Con, celebrating the characters and stories of comic books, movies, and television. Guests are highly encouraged to dress in theme appropriate costumes and be creative. There will be a costume contest you never know who is evaluate costumes throughout the night and select the top three individual and top three group category will be chosen based on applause from the audience. The Gecko Ball also features live night, delicious food, cash bar, and live and silent auctions. The live auction is the signature of the Gecko Ball, showcasing several one-of-akind gecko art creations made by local artists. The silent auction is one of the best in the area, including more than 100 unique packages. Gulfport celebrates the gecko each year with a series of whimsical events at the end of summer including the 18th annual GeckoFest street festival, 11th Annual Gecko Crawl, and the fourth annual Art Gecko Show. All Gecko events are Merchants Chamber and a portion of proceeds is donated to local charities each year. Community Support Grants will be made to the Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center Foundation, Operation Regroup, and the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund. Visit for more information on all events.


14 Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 Try your hand at SudokuSolution on Page 12 Free Child Development Screenings at Library The Gulfport Public Library will be partnering with Help Me Grow Pinellas for a free playtime and development screening for children up to 8 years old on Tuesday, July 17, from 10:30 a.m. till noon. Come while your child plays at the activity stations. Every family who completes a screening will receive a Help Me Grow swag bag and a free childrens book (while supplies last). A Help Me Grow Care Coordinator will also be available to answer developmental questions. For more information contact Cailey at 727-893-1074 or email Extreme Mud Wars in Lake Vista Park Parks and Recreation Department and TASCO (Teen, Arts, Sports, and Cultural Opportunities) are once again partnering with Tampa Bay Club Sport to bring back America II Extreme Mud Wars (EMW). This year the event is being held on Saturday, July 14. It is being moved to Lake Vista Park, 1401 62nd Ave. S., which adds some beautiful shade to the event. EMW boasts eight mudcovered events that teams rotate through to determine who the best of the best is. Teams of 6 to 10 people are suggested, with a minimum of at least two females. This year, the event will accommodate 64 teams on Saturday only. All participants must be at least 18 or older. Food and drink vendors will be onsite with a beer garden Sea Marine Exploration Center and Aquarium as well as Hands4Hope. Team cost is $450 for teams and $55 for individuals. Proceeds from event teams must register ahead of time and can do so at tampabayclubsport. com. EMW will start promptly at 9 a.m. and run through 4 p.m. Curious? Check out the results, photos, and videos from 2017 by visiting


Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 15 What do you think will never go out of style? The Gabs Sarena Shabetei, St. Petersburg: A little black dress. Daniel Smith, Gulfport: Ballcaps. Everyone wears them. Arthur Kupperman, Gulfport: Miniskirts. Women like to show their legs. Antonio Rouse, Gulfport: Necklaces. Its something thats been worn from the high courts to commoners. I think theyre really nice and they show off a persons personality.


16 Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 Gulfport Marinas Kids Star Spangled Banner Fishing Derby Winners The Gulfport Marina held their annual Fishing Derby during the citys 4th of July celebration and anglers of all ages showed up to ght for the biggest sh. The top ve winners were CJ Scott, 6, Baron Bowden, 8, Krieger Brasseale, 10, Julia Reed, 11 and Jacqueline Brasseale, 13. The Gulfport Marina would like to congratulate the top ve winners and thank all who participated. Photos courtesy of the City of Gulfport. Julia ReedBaron BowdenJacqueline BrassealeKrieger Brasseale Gabber Advertising. Small Price...Big Results. Since 1968call us at 321-6965


Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 17 Back to School Event at St. Pete Community Everyone is invited to Its Indescribable, a back-to-school event at St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. N. Doors open at 12:45 p.m. with the p.m. There will be a host of activities including a K-9 demonstration, magic show and more. Its a perfect way to get ready for the new school year as children will experience handson learning and discovery. The activities, snacks and school supplies are free to the whole family. For more information, contact the church at 727-525-0012, 727-3853640 or Memory Cafs: An Oasis Any Time of Year Are you traveling along the dementia highway? The roadways are crowded. None of the maps show best rest stops around. Heres a tip. Look for the sign that says, Memory Cafe Next Exit. More and more people are discovering that stopping at a an oasis in the desert. Youre invited to join them if you or a loved one you care for at home have memory issues due to a disease process or traumatic brain injury, and you want to continue actively enjoying life. Local Memory Cafe events are run by Cate McCarty, PhD., of Dr. Cate Dementia Coach, and Jane Ogilvie, LPN, the owner of Senior Solutions of Pinellas County. They understand dementia professionally and through personal family experiences. A combined 70+ years of experience allows them to share two unique perspectives. They offer stimulating thought and conversations. Resource information is shared, laughing is common, and good stories abound. Surround yourself with understanding others on their own dementia journeys. Find them on Monday July 16, at 12:15 p.m. at the Gulfport Memory Caf at Neptune Grill Restaurant, 5501 Shore Blvd., and every third Monday at the same place and time. For a leisurely walk and scavenger hunt, try Tyrone Walk and Memory Caf on July 20, at 10 a.m. and every third Friday at the same place and time. Meet inside the entrance to the Food Court on the 22nd Avenue side of Tyrone Mall. Set your own pace. Canes and/or walkers? Bring them. Wear comfortable shoes. At 11:15 a.m. meander down to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers for lunch or a cold drink. To receive further information about how you or your business can help spread dementia awareness in the St. Petersburg and Beaches area contact Cate McCarty, PhD., at 813384-7571 or or Jane Ogilvie, LPN, at 727-3270167 or


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20 Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 Gulfport Celebrates Independence Everyone loves a parade and on the 4th of July, Gulfport created one with 38 registered participants. Pictured on the right and riding a scooter is Dave Mottoli, 97, a WWII veteran who lives in Gulfport. He was anked by musicians in the local marching band who made their debut public performance. The adult musicians are a part of the volunteer New Horizons Band of Gulfport. The New Horizons Band of Gulfport offered a Ring The Bell opportunity in front of the Casino. Al Holcombe, of Gulfport, started off the 4th of July evening by wearing the supplied celebratory hat while ringing the bell. Laura Henderson puts her heart into singing the Star-Spangled Banner on the steps of the Casino as part of the kick-off ceremony for the citys parade on the 4th of July. She is the rst lady of Gulfport, said her husband to the crowd, Mayor Sam Henderson.


Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 21 For the rst time in at least 14 years, rain cancelled Gulfports 4th of July reworks show, said City Manager Jim OReilly. It was rescheduled for July 5. This photo shows multiple shells exploding in the sky over Boca Ciega Bay during a span of several seconds. The professional reworks were set off at the end of Williams Pier located just east of the Casino. Gulfports reigning Gecko Queen Brian Liggins stirs up patriotic enthusiasm in the crowd lining the streets of Beach and Shore boulevards during the 4th of July parade. Roxie sports her patriotic best while she rides in Gulfports annual 4th of July parade. Chefs from Comfort Caf rode bikes in the 4th of July parade and did circles for the crowd in front of the Casino and Gulfport Police Commander Mary Farrand.


22 Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 Housecleaning Anyone? Photo by Debbie Wolfe The Isle of Palms neighborhood on Treasure Island has fun with their changeable greeting sign and on Tuesday, July 10 the message read, Housework Cant Kill You But Why Take a Chance. Free Auto Anti-Theft Clubs Available The St. Petersburg Police Department has free auto anti-theft clubs available at local resource centers. The community resource centers are Bartlett Park at 1600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S., Maximo at 4815 34th St. S. and Midtown at 1786 22nd St. S. Robotics Camp at St. Pete Beach Recreation The St. Pete Beach Robotics camp teaches students to build and program fully autonomous robots using the EV3 Lego Mindstorms kit. The student-build robots will then compete in competitions such as sumobot wrestling, roboparade and exhibitions. For more information call the Community Center at 727363-9245 or visit Community Players Summer One Acts The Gulfport Community Players present their 18th Annual Summer One Acts from July 12 through 22 at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 55601 27th Ave. S. An ensemble cast of over 35 actors and actresses perform ten, original plays which were written by Florida and local playwrights. Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 and available online at gulfportcommunityplayers. org or at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar.


Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 23 Depression Bipolar Support Group A depression bipolar support group meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at Pasadena Community Church, 227 70th St. S. The meetings are free and no registration is required. For more information call 727-410-1569 or visit Coffee with a Cop and Councilmember Visit historic Scout Hall while brewed coffee along with casual conversation. This event is hosted by Gulfport Community Resource guest, Vice Mayor Christine Brown. The chat and coffee is on Saturday, July 14 between 9 and 11 a.m. at 5315 28th Ave. S. As always, there is plenty of socializing and meeting old and new friends. Teen Harry Potter Party at the Library Come test out your knowledge of all things Harry Potter at the Gulfport Librarys second annual Harry Potter Teen Trivia Challenge on Wednesday, July 18 at 3 p.m. butterscotch milk shake) while youre winning wizard (bonus points if you come dressed as a favorite character or in your house colors) Open to grades 6 to 12. For more information contact Cailey at 727-893-1074 or email Treasure Islettes Host Thursday Night Bingo Please join the Treasure Islettes on Thursday evenings for bingo. Early bird games begin at 6:45 p.m. and regular games at 7:45 p.m. Great snack bar, free coffee and cash prizes. The games are held at the Treasure Island Community Center Park, Gulf Blvd. at 106th Ave. (behind Walgreens). For more information about the games please contact, Linda Hepp at 727-270-3178. 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.


24 Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 What Steps Are Involved In The Probate Process?Locating and Filing the Will is to determine whether the deceased left a will, that is a legal document prepared by a person before death directing others how to distribute his or her property after death. If a will exists, the person is said to have died "testate." Although determining that a will important to locate the last will and any amendments (called "codicils") to it. Among the places where people commonly keep wills are strongand safe deposit boxes. If you have agreed to serve as the Personal Representative for someone's estate, it is essential to learn in advance where the person keeps the will. If the will is in a bank's safe deposit box, please keep in mind that the law requires the box to be sealed at the owner's death. Because you need to get a court order to open a safe deposit box, it is not the best place to keep a will. Within ten (10) days following your attorney with the probate clerk in the county where the person lived at the time of death. In most cases, however, there is no need to rush to recently lost a spouse or other loved one, this is a stressful and vulnerable time. You might want to wait a few months, until you are feeling settled, to begin the probate process. With the passage of a few months' time, you may be in a better position to tackle the decisions and details of probate. Initiating the Probate Process Any person entitled to the deceased's property as an heir, as a creditor (known as "interested a probate proceeding. This written request is typically called a "petition for probate administration." Mr. Myers is the owner of Akerson Petersburg, FL. The phone number calls regarding this article and other related legal topics. This column outlines general legal principles. If law, please consult an attorney. YO UAND THE LA W This column outlines general legal principles and is not intended to give you legal advice. If you have a specific question about the law please consult an attor ney By Robert J. Myers, Esq. Music at Gulfport Beach Pavilion #6Mondays, 1 to 4 p.m. Music Lovers Karaoke with Mary Phillips Tuesdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. The Magiktones Band with Karen and Tom 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 Activities are weather permitting St. Petes Summer Food Program During the months that Pinellas Schools are closed, St. Petersburg and Healthy St. Pete are sponsoring the Summer Food Program, run by the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department. The program aims to provide nutritionally balanced meals for children 18 years and younger during the summer break. The program is offered through August 10. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 2900 31st St. S., is serving lunch only from noon to 1 p.m. Childs Park Recreation and Fitness Center, 4301 13th Ave. S., is serving breakfast and lunch from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Dell Holmes Park, 2740 22nd St. S., pavilion no. 1, is serving lunch only from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. J.W. Cate Recreation Center, 5801 22nd Ave. N., is serving breakfast and lunch from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Main Library, 3745 9th Ave. N., serves lunch from noon to 1 p.m. For more information about the Summer Food Program, contact the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department at 727-893-7441 or visit


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26 Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 ARIES (March 21-April 19). Anyone who says you shouldn't feel the way you do is ignorant about how feelings work. If you bottle feelings up, or are ashamed of them, they gain the wrong kind of power. Whichever emotion you happen to be experiencing is perfect. Accept it. Then choose your next action instead of reacting thoughtlessly. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You're a free thinker, unbound by opinions of your parents or peers. Your intellectual life will take precedence over other things you could be doing this week, and life-changing ideas will pop into your mind. You'll choose a train of thought and ride it to a destination that others won't even know exists until you report back. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You mostly abide by rules of etiquette, but something will come up that seems more important than smooth and mutually pleasing interactions. It's probably something morally and/ or socially incorrect, and it needs to be addressed. You'll speak up -otherwise, how is the world going to change for the better? CANCER (June 22-July 22). The small problems will make you stronger this week. These issues won't be scary, because there are readily knowable solutions that are accessible and affordable. There's also a road map, and you'll follow it. Then you'll help the ones who are scared. You'll teach what you know. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Don't lose track of what's important, meaningful and, above all, fun. Note that doing things that are supposed to be fun, or that are fun to other people doesn't rcount. What you need is the soul-rejuvenating power of fun know what that is yet, explore things this week. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). What concerns you most is spending your time well. It would be very easy to fritter it away on distractions that don't mean too much to you, and so you are quite vigilant and proactive this week, choosing what to build and do with your hours. Surround yourself with good people. This will help matters enormously. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There's comfort in knowing there's an end to things and even greater ease in knowing approximately when that end will come. That's why the restaurant gives wait-time projections and the movie gives running times. It's also why you'll communicate well with your group expectations. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). If you worry, it's only because you care. It's a signal that your life is meaningful. It's an indication of deep intelligence. And if you can stop yourself from worrying -just change the channel in your brain and tell yourself to knock it off -well, that's emotional genius. Because worry should be a signal, not a lifestyle. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If you don't feel passionately about any particular task, topic or area, it's normal. Passion isn't ingrained; it's developed. It happens as a result of trying to master a thing. The more you do, learn about and commit to a thing, the more passionate you'll become about it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). A reward that goes on too long defeats its purpose, which is to break up the work. This week, your anticipation of pleasure will be very strong, but the pleasure itself will be short. Good. It's the perfect recipe for productivity. Brief pleasures will drive you ever forward. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You don't consciously set out to make a habit of doing things that nobody recommends, but you've picked up the odd habit along the way anyhow. Don't blame yourself. Habits occur they stick. Regardless, it's now time to stop and make a change. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). This week you won't merely tolerate your struggles; you'll embrace them in full knowledge that they are making your life better in the long run. You're becoming more autonomous, capable and masterful. You're becoming abler and more generous, especially in the love department.


Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 27 Gulfport's 4th of July Family Sand Sculpture Contest WinnersThe City of Gulfport Recreation Divisions Annual Family Sand Sculpture Contest brought out several talented sculptors. The contest theme was Red, White and Blue. The top three winners were the Hunter Family (Hermit Crab), the Adelson Family (Top Hat, pictured) and the Tressler Family (Volcano). The Recreation Division would like to congratulate the top three winners and thank all who participated. Photo courtesy of the City of Gulfport. Family Harry Potter Day at the Library Come to the Gulfport Library and celebrate Harry Potter Day on Monday, July 16 at 3 p.m. with some Hogwarts-inspired crafts and as your favorite character or in your please register for this program by calling 727-893-1074 or emailing Cailey at Open to children ages 5 to 10 and their caregivers. Understanding Your Medicare Benets On Wednesday, July 18 at 2 p.m., come out to the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S., for an educational presentation on Medicare. Learn what you need to know in order to make an informed decision on your medicare options. Presented by Steve Reiser, CFP. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. For more information, call 727-893-5657.


28 Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 for all of St. Pete Beach and a threeday survey conducted December 7 through 9, 2017 for the Pass-a-Grille neighborhood located south of the Don CeSar hotel. They requested direction from commissioners regarding future service changes in Pass-a-Grille. The PSTA presentation primarily focused on the looping route between the hotel and the 8th Avenue main business district area of Passa-Grille, which is between Gulf Boulevard-Pass-a-Grille Way to the east and Gulf Way to the west. During the three-day survey that, according to Sobush, was conducted during cold weather that most likely lowered ridership numbers, the PSTA found 89 people used the service and of those, twothirds used it to get to work while the remainder were traveling to access recreational activities. They found that a maximum of six people rode the trolley at any given time. Currently, the trolley service runs every 20 minutes, 17 hours a day at an annual cost of $257,000. Ive been requesting for three years now, ridership numbers south of the Don by the time of day and Im still not seeing that, said Pletcher. We dont even have them by the day of the week. These are the type of analytics that would be nice for us to know in order to be making decisions. Pass-a-Grille roadways and adjacent areas have been undergoing construction for several years, which causes intense navigation issues for full-size trolleys, said Pletcher. Change options discussed included using smaller 15-passenger public transit shuttles that are still accessible to people using walkers, wheelchairs and bicycles while being more maneuverable in congested areas and extending route timing from 20 minutes to every 30 minutes. Weve had people auditing the stops as well trying to get analytics regarding how many people get on and off the trolley, said Pletcher. Our numbers are not in sync with yours. The PSTA agreed to provide additional data for commissioners to consider regarding daily ridership numbers by time of day in addition to the need for route frequency and the cost of smaller vehicle options for the loop especially during road construction projects. In another presentation, Corey Hubbard covered the history, present day service and future for a waterborne mass transit solution in the Tampa Bay area. Hubbard represented the fourth generation in her family and their private business called Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi. Waterborne vessels have been our passion since my grandfather, Captain Wilson Hubbard, started his business in 1930 just four miles down at the road at the age of 15, she said. The Hubbard family also operates a marina in Madeira Beach located at Johns Pass Village and Boardwalk. Her familys vision for the current and future needs of waterfront communities in Pinellas and Manatee counties is a ferry service that will reduce area road congestion, be an economic development resource for municipalities and an income generator for everyone involved. Your partnership with us is essential for success, she said. Developed in stages, a private ferry service could link Pass-a-Grill in St. Pete Beach to Gulfport, St. Petersburgs downtown pier and Anna Maria Island in Manatee County in addition to other locations in northern Pinellas County along the Gulf of Mexico and intracoastal waterway. In summarizing points made by all commissioners after Hubbards presentation, Johnson said, We do and there is no one solution to any of it. Buses help and this is another piece of it. Its faster by ferry than car to go from Pass-a-Grille to Anna Maria. You are the right people to do this. We need to start looking at what we need to do for the next step. Parking Fees May Increase During their regular meeting on May 22, commissioners unanimously ordinance that would increase parking fees from $2.25 to $2.75 per hour. Commissioners also directed staff to prepare a separate ordinance that would raise parking violation fees. During their June 26 meeting, commissioners approved the parking meter rate changes on the second intersections. Parking violation fee increases were also discussed during the June 26 regular meeting and included the cost of overtime parking at meters going from $30 to $50 and parking on streets or lots restricted to residential permits changing from $40 to $60. was approved unanimously. Egan Park Upgrades Approved Following up on their August 22, 2017 authorization for a design concept by civil engineering and St. Petersburg, commission members approved a multi-part upgrade plan for Egan Park during their June 12 meeting. The .68-acre park is located at 9101 Blind Pass Road. New amenities will include parking spaces for 13 boat trailers and 48 standard vehicles, a boat rinse station, a kayak staging space and a childrens play area.St. Pete Beach, from front page


Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 29 Teen Night Program at Recreation Center Ongoing registrations for the 20172018 Teen Night Program continue for teens in middle school to age 17. The program at the Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd., provides recreation and social activities. cooking projects, service projects and overnight lock-ins. The teens utilize the gymnasium, gameroom and outdoor area. Program hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Annual registration is $2 for residents and non-residents For more information please call John at 727-893-1079. Gentle Hatha Yoga Class at Rec Center This yoga class is ideal for every level, especially beginners. It is a more slow-paced class which focuses on alignment and breathing. You will be guided through a series of postures which will bring awareness into your body and hold the postures are on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Gulfport Recreation Center. Class fees are $8 per class or $25 for the calendar month. First class is free. Contact Denise at 813-777-9964 or Foundation Offers Gulfport Memory Quilt The Gulfport Senior Center Foundation, with the help of photographers including Phil Penroses drone, Jeffys Tees and the Gulfport Quilters, has created a Gulfport Memory Quilt. You can purchase a chance to win this quilt. It is 6 x 7 with 39 pictures of the sites of Gulfport. The quilt will be on display at various locations throughout Gulfport including the Senior Center, the American Legion Post 125, the Beach Bazaar and all Artwalks in front of Stellas. The fundraiser will run through October. Tickets are $5 with Senior Center Foundation. Tickets are available at the Welcome Center, the Senior Center and the Beach Bazaar The drawing for this beautiful piece of Gulfport history will be held at Monster Mash V at the Gulfport Casino on Saturday, October 27. You need not be present to win. For any questions, please call Jerryanne Hindman at 727-893-1244 between 8 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday. 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 lower-intensity rest periods. These short yet intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, increased strength and muscularity, improved glucose metabolism, and extreme fat burning. In addition to strength and incorporates a fun and light group atmosphere for all who participate or experience. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the Gulfport Recreation call Donnie Ali-McClendon at 727550-7185 for more information.


30 Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 Off Broadway Show Plays Gulfport Acclaimed by critics and audience members alike, the one-man show, Chameleon is moving from its regular Friday night slot to Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at the City of Imagination, 2726 54th St. S. (the Breyer Hall building between the dog parks). Chameleon is written and performed by Peter Suarez, a veteran New York theatre performer, who has danced with the Metropolitan Opera, worked with Tony Awardwinning director, and choreographed for Cirque du Soleil. Suggested donation $15 at the door. For more info, call Peter Suarez at 646-522-8440. St. Petes Before-andAfter School Care Summer might be ending soon, but you can keep the fun going into the school year. The St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Departments before and after school care programs registration begins on Monday, July 16, at 7 a.m. for St. Petersburg residents and Monday, July 23 at 7 a.m. for nonresidents. The department offers an elementary school before-and-after school care program for grades kindergarten through 5 and a middle school before-and-after school care program for grades 6 through 8. Kids will be able to play, learn and explore. The programs provide a fun, creative and educational atmosphere full of interactive lessons and activities, including special events, arts and crafts and homework assistance from well-trained staff. Rates are as low as $29 per month for the middle school before-school care program for participants who qualify for fee assistance and free for the middle school after-school care program for all participants. The elementary school before-and-after school care programs are as low as $55 per month for participants who qualify for fee assistance. as a list of schools the department serves, at Return the completed application in person to the respective recreation center. For more information, please contact the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department at 727-8937441 or Monthly Mini Health Clinic Come out to the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S. on the last Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a variety of health screenings. Blood pressure, vein screenings, vision, hearing screenings available. (Screenings may differ month to month depending on availability.) 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 the Event Line at 727-893-5657.


Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 31 Cruising into TownPhoto by Debbie Wolfe A woman approaches the north dinghy dock at Gulfports Casino Ballroom in a small motorboat on Tuesday morning, July 10. The facility offers mooring for up to four hours. The dock is closed from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. daily. 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 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, information on topics like nutrition and family budgeting, assistance in accessing community resources and much more. For further information, contact Colleen Walker, Program Coordinator at 727-543-0677.


32 Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 Gulfport6/28 Battery in the 2700 block of Tifton Street South. A resident reported that her neighbor pushed her down because she came onto his property to check her water meter. The neighbor denied ever touching the victim and the victim did not want to prosecute. They were able to work out their differences and come to an agreement regarding the water meter. 6/29 Warrant arrest at the corner of Beach Boulevard and Essex located Shirevell Williams and arrested her for outstanding warrants out of Pinellas County. 6/30 Hit-and-run crash in the 2700 block of Beach Boulevard. A vehicle was found crashed into the back of a parked vehicle on the side of the road. It was unoccupied and the air bags had deployed. at the registered owners house with no success. An hour later, the registered owner called police to report the hit-and-run and did admit to being the driver. The vehicle was impounded and a criminal 6/30 Assist other agency in the 1100 block of 49th Street South. While an he witnessed a vehicle fail to yield to the right of way while turning into a parking lot and causing another vehicle to strike the rear fender at a high rate of speed. Both parties exited the vehicles and began to argue with each other. Gulfport Police were able to separate and calm both parties while St Petersburg Police responded due to the fact that the accident occurred in their jurisdiction. 6/30 Domestic -related battery/narcotics possession in the 5200 block of 29th dispatched for a battery call indicating the daughter had battered her father. The female was arrested for domestic-related battery. A search related to the arrest revealed a bag of heroin and a bag of crystal methamphetamine. Leigh Anne Cyr was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail. 7/1 Noise ordinance violation in the 5400 block of Shore Boulevard. to a noise complaint at arrived, they took three noise measurements and determined that the noise above the legal level of 65 decibels. Because there were multiple prior sustained complaints in the past noise ordinance violation. 7/1 Fleeing and eluding in the 6000 block of Gulfport Boulevard. An vehicle for an inoperative tail light. The vehicle did activating his siren. The driver was not speeding or to see the drivers face and discontinued the stop. as Alberto Pericchi De Jesus. De Jesus was later located by the Clearwater Police Department at his residence. A Gulfport residence and interviewed De Jesus and he admitted to the offense. De Jesus was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail. 7/3 Burglary to a residence in the 5200 block of 20th Avenue South. A resident called to report that he heard someone in his residence and when he checked the bathroom he found a black male attempting to light a marijuana cigarette. He asked him what he was doing and the suspect replied that he was being sought by the St Petersburg Police for a domestic incident. foot was not located. 7/4 Driving under DUI) on Bayside Bridge. Sergeant Vandenberg stopped a vehicle that passed his marked patrol vehicle at 90 mph on the Bayside Bridge. The driver stopped short of the stop bar at 49th Street South and Ulmerton Road and therefore the light did not cycle. Sergeant Vandenberg made contact with the driver and could tell that he was impaired. A member of the Pinellas DUI squad responded and took over conducting the investigation. Warren Atkins was arrested for 7/4 Driving under the (DUI) at the corner of 54th Street South and Dellett Avenue South. with Michael Pinnow for what began as a domestic incident. He was driving and appeared to be under After a DUI investigation was conducted he was arrested. His breath alcohol content was .161/.160. Burglary vehicle 6/29, 5:30 p.m., 2900 block of 57th Street S 6/30, 11 p.m., 1800 block of 55th Street S Theft grand 6/25, 5:42 p.m., 5100 block of Gulfport Boulevard S Theft petit 6/25, 7 a.m., 1000 block of Gray Street S 6/30, 11:59 p.m., 5400 block of 11th Avenue S 7/1, 3 p.m., 5500 block of Shore Boulevard Trespassing 6/30, 11:45 a.m., 5700 block of 12th Avenue S Vandalism criminal mischief 6/28, midnight, 62ne Street S and Gulfport Boulevard S 6/30, 10:30 a.m., 5700 block of 12th Avenue SSouth PasadenaBattery 7/1, 8:19 a.m., 900 block of Pasadena Avenue SSt. Pete BeachBattery 6/28, 3:43 p.m., 100 block of 8th Avenue 6/28, 3:43 p.m., 100 block of 8th Avenue Theft grand 6/28, 2:33 p.m., 3400 block of Gulf Boulevard Theft petit 7/1, 9 p.m., 600 block of Corey Avenue 7/2, 9 p.m., 300 block of 73rd Avenue Vandalism criminal mischief 6/30, 2 p.m., 2000 block of Pass a Grille Way 6/30, 7:34 p.m., Gulf Way and 10th Avenue Weapon 7/3, 3:57 p.m., 5300 block of Gulf Boulevard Local Crime WatchA sampling of police reports from June 28 to July 4 Gulfport, St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena.Source: Pinellas County Crime Viewer Gulfport Police Department


Gabber July 12 July 18, 2018 33 Kids Read Aloud Book Club Come to the Gulfport Library on Mondays at 1 p.m. this summer for their weekly Kids Read Aloud Book Club for grades 2 to 5 They will read a different book every week and snacks will be provided by the Gulfport Library Circle of Friends. Volunteer to read out loud or follow along with the group. Call the library for additional details, 727-893-1134. Boca Ciega High 50th Reunion The Boca Ciega High School Class of 1968 will be holding their 50th class reunion at The Club Treasure Island on October 12 and 13. For more information please call Beverly Markey Gentry at 352-212-2363 or Pete Lynn at 727-347 -6288. They Two-For-One Sale at the Circle Bookshop The 25 cart is bursting with new titles and for a short time the bookshop is holding a two-for-one sale on these special bargains. Stock up for the long hot summer. The bookshop shelves are constantly changing as new donations arrive. The Circle of Friends Bookshop is located at the Gulfport Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. Please call Marilyn Field at 727-331-4035 with any bookshop library. Nine Local Artists Create Geckos Nine larger-than-life geckos will be the centerpiece of a live auction geckos can be seen at the opening reception of the Fourth Annual Art Gecko Show on Friday, August 3 at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S., from 6 until 8 p.m. The show will also feature selections from the participating artists regular body of work in a variety of media. The reception is free and open to the public and will also include complimentary hors doeuvre and a cash bar. Following the reception, the geckos themselves will be moved to preview locations in venues throughout Gulfports waterfront village. The geckos will then go up for auction at the 10th Annual Gecko Ball on Saturday, August 25 at the historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom. Each gecko will be a prized collectors art work and join the ranks of nearly 80 other geckos that have been created since the inception of the Gecko Ball. Artists selected to create geckos for this years auction are Joan Allen, Larry Busby, Ray Domingo, Doug Dsouza, Eric Folsom, Thomas OConnor, Lucas Pitzen, Tom Pitzen and Monika Watson. Following the opening reception, the nine geckos will be moved and displayed at various public locations in Gulfport to be announced during the reception. All Gecko events are sponsored by Association and a portion of local charities each year. For more information on the Gecko Ball go to com or, or contact John Haugen at jhaugen@


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