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FREEEvery Thur sda yOnline Ev er ydayt heGabber .com No. 2576 July 19July 25, 2018 Extreme MudWars Gets Dirty for CharityBy Angelina Bruno Weve got about 20 tons of dirt, equal to 23 dump trucks, said Ian Elston, director of Tampa Bay Club Sport. Twenty tons of dirt turned into wet, sticky, squishy mud set the stage at Lake Vista Park in St. Petersburg for Saturday, July 14s Extreme MudWars, a sports competition thats been sweating, running, climbing and donating to charity since 2009. See MudWars, page 29Keith Oxford climbs over a mudcovered rope wall as he races for the nish line. Ive been doing this for six years, said Oxford. I just love the competition. Gulfports Mooring Field is PerfectBy Debbie Wolfe Vice Mayor Christine Brown, left, and Municipal Marina Director Denis Frain, hold a map of Gulfports new mooring eld in front of one of the 25 specialty anchoring balls on Friday, July 13. The eld will be open for sailboat-only reservations in about 10 days, said Frain.See Mooring Field, page 27 Council Approves Same Millage Rate for Seventh YearBy Debbie Wolfe Though property valuations in Gulfport have increased over last year, the council unanimously voted on Tuesday, July 17 to maintain the same proposed tax rate for the seventh year in a row. According to city documents, the proposed millage rate of 4.039 for total of $3,788,922 in ad valorem tax revenue will be generated. This represents a proposed budget increase of $460,816 from the The revenue increase results from the taxable property valuations in Gulfport increasing 8.249 percent since the 2017the Pinellas County Property See Council, page 8


2 Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 Learn About Storms at St. Pete Garden Club The St. Petersburg Garden Club will host Dr. Bruce Albrecht, Professor Emeritus at the University of Miami, on August 14 at 1 p.m. He will speak on clouds and storms in the Tampa Bay area. The lecture is free. Its at 500 Sunset Dr. S. Any questions call Beverly at 727253-2407 Lee Irby at the Historical Society 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 well-behaved 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. Free Family Movie Series at Library On Saturday, July 21 at 1:30 p.m., the Gulfport Library will screen childrens classic novel The Little Broomstick. Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her greataunt 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 the strange blossoms only once every seven years and only in that forest. Together the 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. If anyone has any questions about this title, or titles for upcoming months, please contact the Gulfport Public Library at 727-893-1074. 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. The reservations deadline is August 4. Gamma Omega Master members will meet on Wednesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. for a ways and means meeting. They will be painting this years issue of the ceramic Christmas Mouse ornament. The ornament sells for $3. Personalized ones cost $3.50. Members are taking orders for these ornaments. Contact Sharon Ingram at 727-321-2849 to place an order. Sunshine City Council will have an organizational meeting on Monday, July 30 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Rich Mobile Home Park Clubhouse. All and council committee 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 of all ages. For more information contact Sharon Ingram at 727-321-2849.


Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 3 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 Cool Shopping at Sophies Attic Greetings from Sophies Attic, the coolest place in Gulfport to shop. Its 74 degrees in here and they have everything imaginable for your shopping pleasure. Need a bike? They just got in two adult bicycles, a mans and a womans. They just recently put out a large selection of bedding, and shoes. The 50 rack still has a lot of nice garments, and they still have a few $1 sale shoes. Come on in and see whats new. 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. Theyll be waiting for you. 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 non-residents. 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. 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.


4 Gabber July 19 July 25, 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 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 is open for St. Petersburg residents and will begin on 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 lessons and activities, including special events, arts and crafts and homework help from 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, contact the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department at 727-893-7441 or


Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 5 Epic Teen Water Balloon Fight Teens, grab a super soaker, gather your troops, and meet at the Gulfport Library on Wednesday, July 25 at 3 p.m. for the 6th annual Epic Water Balloon Fight. The more teens the better the battle! For more information contact Cailey at 727893-1074 or 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 Coming-of-Age Drama in LGBTQ Film Series The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library continues its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, August 9 with an awardyoung love and coming of age. Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. Licensing restrictions prohibit general press releases. But feel free at Happy Birthday to Everybody! Are you ready to party? Whether you are celebrating your birthday this month or not, this party is for you. Come out to the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S. on fourth Friday of every month at 3 p.m. for birthday cake, games, and fun for everyone. Provided by Simply Healthcare. 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. Kitten Adoptions in South Pasadena Adopt a lovable kitten this Saturday, July 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 to give unconditional love. For details call 727-545-1116 or go to Back to School at St. Pete Community Everyone is invited to a backto-school event at St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. N., on Saturday, July 21. Titled Its Indescribable, the event will include a K-9 demonstration, a magic show and more. Its a perfect way to get ready for the new school year as children will experience hands-on learning and discovery. The activities, snacks and school supplies are free to the whole family. Doors open at 12:45 p.m. with the The event will run till 3 p.m. For more information, contact the church at 727-525-0012, 727-385-3640 or


6 Gabber July 19 July 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 Bill Goodrich and Heather Wooten went to Cozumel, Mexico last year and showed their Gabber to this pyramid. Cardboard Rock Band at Gulfport Library Come join the Gulfport Librarys rock band! No instruments required! They will be making homemade guitars out of household items on Monday, July 23, at 3 p.m. This is a great activity for young musicians and engineers in grades K to 5. For more information contact Cailey at 727893-1074 or 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


Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 7 A Florida PostcardPhoto by Debbie Wolfe When the Weather Channel says its mostly cloudy, savvy visitors and veteran residents know what to do. In the afternoon, its boating time! Left, there is a threesome on a jet ski speeding enough to cause a rooster tail. Center and right, two outboard shing vessels are either at anchor or underway in the intracoastal waterway near Treasure Island. All are dwarfed by puffy clouds, an azure sky and sea-green waters. In the evening, its time for a sunset light show. The 10-day forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies or scattered thunderstorms so get ready for more postcard opportunities. iPhone/iPad Instruction Class Class instruction will cover the basic functions of the Apple iPhone and iPad at the workshop on Thursday, July 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S. Space is limited. You must register! No walk-ins. Bring your Apple iPhone or iPad and passwords! Please contact the Senior Center at 727-893-5657 to reserve your spot. Tampa Taiko Japanese Drumming at Library Bring the family to the Gulfport Library for some free fun as they celebrate the end of their Summer Reading Program on Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m., with a performance by Tampa Taiko! Using a collection of taiko drums they have made themselves from discarded barrels, Tampa Taiko entertains and educates audiences with an exciting traditional presentation of an ancient Japanese art form. Open to families of all ages! For more information contact Cailey at 727-893-1074 or cklasson@ 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 zinemaking in a welcoming environment. Students will also be invited to The camp runs from July 23 through 27 from 9 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. To apply for Keep St. Pete Lits Creative Writing Summer Camp website at Those who do not qualify for tuition-free camp will be asked to remit a tuition payment of $150 per week before start of classes. Space is limited. If you have questions, contact Maureen McDole at mmcdole@keepstpetelit. org or call 727-798-4530.


8 Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 Council, from front page A mill is $1 of tax for every $1,000 of assessed, nonexempt property value. So, with a millage rate of 4.039, an owner of a home valued at $150,000 with the traditional $50,000 homestead exemption will pay $404 in property taxes. On November 6, Florida voters will decide on a state constitutional amendment that could increase the homestead exemption to $75,000. If the expanded homestead exemption was to go into effect, you would be looking at a reduction of approximately $176,000 in new revenues, said City Manager Jim OReilly. This would mean the budget growth would change from 8.249 percent to about 2.3 percent. Thats about a 75 percent loss, said Mayor Sam Henderson. In August, city staff will present council members options to mitigate possible changes in the budget, said OReilly. Public hearing dates for the citys 2018-2019 budget will be held on September 4 and September 18. Both meetings will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall. Storm Water Rates May Increase the ordinance proposing a monthly storm water rate increase of $1 per household, councilmembers unanimously approved the measure. This is a direct result of the rate study that we received in June, said OReilly. It is the only water or sewer utility rate increase proposed this year. The monies generated from the fee increase would fund the citys participation in a federal program called the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), which is part of the US Environmental Protection Agency. According to the NPDES website, the program was created in 1972 by the Clean Water Act and it performs various permitting, administrative and enforcement tasks. When the ordinance is read for a second time at a future meeting, if councilmembers approve it, the rate increase will take effect. Teen Council Establishes New Free Library for Kids The Gulfport Teen Council has been meeting to discuss projects and one of our newest members came up with the idea of doing a Lil Library for children, said Recreation Supervisor Marivel Gutierrez. A few Little Free Libraries already exist in the city but they are primarily aimed at adult readers. Thats a great idea, said Henderson. Using their budget, the Teen Council had one made, they decorated it and it is located in front of the Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Boulevard, said Gutierrez. It is also registered as part of the Little Free Library system and will soon be listed on their online locator map. The age range the library will serve is from preschool to through high school. The teens contacted 321 Books in St. Petersburgs Tyrone Square Mall and the business agreed to donate 50 books that members of the group selected, she said. If the teens put a logo for 321 on the library box, the bookstore will donate an additional 20 books per month. During the teens monthly meeting, they will maintain the library. We do ask that if somebody does take a book, they replace it or bring it back, said Gutierrez. Trolley Market Square Project Gets Windfall from State As part of the ongoing Trolley Market Square project, councilmembers previously approved budget monies to prepare a portion of the soil in the Tangerine Greenway Park adjacent to 49th Street South so it would be free of petroleumbased contamination that happened in the past from use by a municipal bus and trolley service, said OReilly. Subsequently, monies became available from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Waste Cleanup program that needed to be ended in June, according to city documentation. The state monies saved the city a total of $141,357, which will be re-applied to construction aspects and related amenities of the project, OReilly said. Its good to have a good relationship with the DEP, said Henderson. Trolley Market Square is part of the Tangerine Greenway Infrastructure Improvements Project located adjacent to 49th Street South between 18th and 19th avenues south. Tangerine Avenue South immediately borders the parks north and south boundaries. point of the park will be the citys popular trolley Mayor Sam Henderson, left, presented a proclamation for the citys Summer Straw Challenge program to Cultural Facilities Events Supervisor Justin Shea. Shea was instrumental in developing and organizing the activity that runs from July 1 through September 30. According to the proclamation, local businesses have agreed to abstain from giving out plastic straws unless requested by a customer. For more information and a list of the 17 participating businesses that have joined the citys Casino Ballroom facility, visit


Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 9 permanently mounted to a stylized track area that will most likely be made of pavers, said OReilly. The park will also accommodate festivals and concerts. Lincoln Cemetery Gets City Cleanup Support For the next Martin Luther King Day of Service on Saturday, January 19, 2019, Henderson proposed that instead of volunteers working on several concurrent smaller projects dispersed all over the city that resources could be concentrated on one larger option to make a greater difference. Id like to see us focus our efforts in Lincoln Cemetery, he said. Its a huge space and a historic cemetery inside our city limits. Next to Trolley Market Square, its probably our citys largest green space even though it is privately owned. I know they could use a lot of help because theyve had a hard time maintaining that property. Councilmembers agreed it was a good idea. The primarily AfricanAmerican cemetery is located at 600 58th Street South and Lincoln Cemetery Society. We can make such a difference for this organization that has been really working hard to do it alone, said Vice Mayor Christine Brown. When the whole community comes together, we can get them to a place where they can more easily keep it up instead of it being such a big arduous project. With everybody focusing on one place, well be able to help get it cleaned up, said Councilmember Paul Ray. Its looking a lot better. Theres two or three women and one man that really do all the work. They have a big job on their hands. Councilmember Michael Fridovich said, Its a great idea. Lincoln Cemetery is needs to be promoted more. Society president and Gulfport resident Vanessa Gray was busy using a trimming lawn mower at the nine-acre cemetery on the evening of Tuesday, July 17 when she heard the news after the council meeting. Wow! she said. Im very thankful, grateful and appreciative to all the city councilmembers more than they will ever know that they recognize the Lincoln Cemetery and how we as volunteers are coming together as a community to restore history. If we could have a day like that, we could have teams focus on things like lite headstone washing especially for graves of veterans, weed eating around headstones and burial vaults, and detailed documentation of maintenance or restoration. Great things are happening for the greater good. Theres always something to do at the cemetery a weed to be pulled or a headstone to be brushed off. There is a range of work that allows anyone of any physical ability to pitch in and help. Im so happy for the people buried here that I just want to hug a headstone right now. And, she did. A lot of headstones and burial vaults in this section are very close together and I dont allow riding lawn mowers to go over them even if they are level with the ground because there is a chance of just a little scrape, said Vanessa Gray, president of the non-prot Lincoln Cemetery Society that owns Lincoln Cemetery in Gulfport. AD VERTISING ON S A VE $2 0 0 adv er tising@thegabber .c om727-321-6965 t o w ar d an y displa y fr equenc y ad pur chased b y S ept ember 26, 2018.Ex cludes cur r en t ad runs A pplies t o displa y ads o v er 2-1/2 c olumn inches


10 Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 Kids Read Aloud Book Club Please come to the Gulfport Library on Monday, July 23 at 1 p.m. for the last Kids Read Aloud Book Club program for Grades 2 to 5. They will read a book together 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. Living with Colitis Workshop Meridien Research will give a presentation, Living With Colitis on Wednesday, July 25 at 2 p.m. at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S. Lynn Drowne, community outreach manager for Meridien Research, will conduct the presentation and will cover: Signs and symptoms of ulcerative colitis, suggestions for management and clinical trial opportunities. Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Registration is easy and free for all individuals 50 years of age or older. For more information, call 727-893-5657. Community Players Summer One Acts The Gulfport Community Players present their 18th Annual Summer One Acts through July 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. 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 looking for new members! SPHF is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the wellness of women in the Tampa and 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. To apply for a board member position, complete the application at support-us/volunteer/ or email 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 information, go to, 322-5217.


Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 11 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 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 727-893-1074.Sales Galore at the Circle Bookshop Check out the Circle of Friends Bookshop at the Gulfport Library for hot summer savings. Favorite authors such as Nora Roberts, John Grisham, James Patterson and more for 50 cents and a wide titles for the same price. There are CDs, DVDs and current magazines at very attractive prices. The twofor-one sale of 25 cent books is still sales, too hot to advertise. The Circle of Friends Bookshop is located in the Gulfport Library at 5501 28th Ave. S. Please call Marilyn Field if you have any bookshop questions.


12 Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 Pet Pals is a happy-go-lucky pit bull mix who is looking for a family that will give him plenty of exercise and old, 50-pound pit mix. He is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Thanks to the Pit Project and his sponsor, Becky Bunch, Maxs adoption fee is $75. You must own your home to adopt him, and he will do best in a home with no small children or cats. See more animals at petpalanimalshelter. com. This Week's Solutions Save Our StraysSarah is a mellow girl that loves petting time and enjoys being carried around. The 1-year-old is striking with dark grey tabby accents and a white tipped tail; her nickname is Tippy. She gets along well with other household kitties and is completely vetted and microchipped. Meet Sarah in her St. Petersburg foster home by phoning 727-545-1116. Meet Dixon, an all-round perfect kitten. The 3-month-old fellow is super friendly and energetic. He loves playing with other felines in his foster home in St. Petersburg. On the other hand, the sweetheart is a lap kitty that purrs with content. Dixon sports a handsome fur coat with white hairs highlighting his black coat and is completely vetted and microchipped. Call 727-545-1116 to meet this lover boy. Other felines may be viewed at Obituaries IN MEMORIAM Karen Good Robbins 7-21-48 3-6-18 Happy Birthday in Heaven Love You Babe! Your Monkin 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 Call 727-893-1068 for information


Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 13 Healthy Living and Disease Prevention The Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S., invites you to attend a presentation on Healthy Living and Disease Prevention with the YMCA and learn about the National Institute of Health All of Us Research Program. Join them on Monday July 23 from 3 to 3:30 p.m. as Kieran Gabel, YMCA Director of Healthy Communities discusses Medicare coverage of the Y Diabetes Prevention Program, Enhance Fitness Arthritis Program and All of Us Research Program. Community Law Program 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. 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 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, 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 couold 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 wash them!). Thank you all for helping to keep Gulfport sustainable. After all, we have a history of it!


14 Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 327-8855 5412 Central Avenue327-8855 Come See The Difference!Come See The Difference! Come See The Difference! Exceptional Eye care, Distinctive Eye wear Contact Lens Specialists Dr Dennis Ryczek Vision Correction without Surger y luding Evenings We Accept Most e A/EYEMED Try your hand at SudokuSolution on Page 12 St. Anthonys Offers Free Memory Tests St. Anthonys Hospital will offer free memory screenings on Tuesday, July 24, from 10 a.m. till noon in the Main Lobby at 1200 7th Ave. N. discovery of memory problems for adults concerned about their memory health. Call 727-825-1595 for information. 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 Memory 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. 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 at the entrance to the Food Court on the 22nd Avenue side of Tyrone Mall. Set your own pace. Wear comfortable shoes. At 11:15 a.m. meander down to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers for lunch. 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


Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 15 What is your favorite avor of ice cream? Cone or cup? The Gabs Ted Hunt, St. Petersburg: Rocky road in a cup. No toppings. Its whats in the freezer right now. Im not fond of any brand except whatever is on sale. Betsy Wells, St. Petersburg: The University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture made its own butter pecan ice cream and it was always at the Student Union. It was offthe-charts good! In a cup with no toppings. Im a purist! I just wanted the ice cream at least once a week. They are big about dairy. Nothing has been as good as that. That was the place. Lea Craig, St. Petersburg: Chocolate in a plain cone with no toppings. I like the crunchy. I get it anywhere. Ive always liked chocolate better than vanilla. Dina Gamma, Gulfport: I love ice cream in a sugar cone, of course! but I like chocolate and caramel and together. Advertising@theGabber.comDeadline to advertise is TUESDAY @ 5pm 727-321-6965


16 Gabber July 19 July 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, July 19, 11 am 12 pm. This summer, were reading National Book Award Winners, with discussion of The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Copies available at the Circulation Desk. Sponsored by Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Library. FMI, call 727893-1073. Pinellas County Schools Bus Driver Recruitment Drive: Monday, July 23, 10 am 2 pm. Representatives will be available outside the Library entrance to speak with anyone interested in applying for a job driving a school bus. Contact: Sonya D. Roundtree, Field Operations Supervisor, Transportation Dept. 727-893-1165 ext. 1003. Healthcare Navigators: Tuesday, July 24, 10 am-1 pm. Certied Marketplace Navigators from Pinellas County Human Services will be onsite to assist anyone needing information about enrolling in a health insurance plan. FMI, contact Jarryd Thompson, email Gentle Yoga for Adults: Tuesday, July 24, 10:1511:15 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. The class is taught by Christa Fairbrother, RYT and Certied Yoga for Arthritis Instructor. For more information and to sign up, please contact Cailey Klasson (727) 893-1074. Open Mic: Monday, July 30, 5-6:45 pm. FMI, call 727-893-1073. Grownup Movie Series: Saturday, August 4, 1 pm. Chilling suspense and amazing acting char acterize this months selection. If you research this one, you might spoil the surprise Stars real-life married couple John Krasinski, and Emily Blunt. Directed by Krasinski and rated a very creepy PG13. Call 727-893-1074 for title. LGBTQ Book Club: Monday, August 6, 6 pm. Well discuss Oscar Wilde: The Unrepentant Years by Nicholas Frankel (rescheduled from July discussion). Copies available at the Circulation Desk. LGBTQ Film Series: Thursday, August 9, 7 pm. 17-year-old Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father, a professor, and his mother, a translator. Elios sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-edged adult, but there is much that remains innocent about him, particularly about matters of the heart. One day, Oliver, a charming American scholar working on his doctor ate, arrives as the annual summer intern that assists Elios father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the North Italian setting, Elio and Oliver discover the beauty of awakening desire during a summer that will alter their lives forever. (Rated R) Call 727893-1074 for title. Children/Teens/Family Programs Summer BreakSpot: Mondays-Fridays, noon-1 pm. Free lunch available for anyone age 18 and younger. No library card required. Last day for program is Thursday, July 26. Storytime: Thursdays, 10:15-10:45 am; AND 11-11:30 am. Due to popularity and support from our community, another session has been added, please choose one or the other since both are the same. Stories & activities selected for kids up to 3 years old. 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. Kids Read Aloud Book Club: Mondays, 1 2 pm. If youre in Grades 2-5, then join us on Mondays this summer. We will read a different book every week and snacks will be provided by our Circle of Friends. Volunteer to read out loud or follow along with the group. FMI call 727-893-1134. Last day for program is Monday, July 23. Free Family Movie Series: Saturday, July 21, 1:30 pm. 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 the strange yby-night ower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years and only in that forest. Together the ower and the broomstick whisk 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. Call for movie title. Kids Summer Reading Program: Cardboard Rock Band: Monday, July 23, 3 pm. Get ready to rock! Well craft our own instruments out of cereal boxes and other household items and rock out in the library! Open to ages 5-10. Teen Summer Reading Program: Epic Water Balloon Fight: Wednesday, July 25, 3 pm. Get ready for our 6th Annual Epic Water Balloon Fight! Bring your friends and prepare for battle in our Reading Garden! Water balloons and super soakers will be provided. Open to grades 6-12. Kids Summer Reading Party: Tampa Taiko Drumming: Thursday, July 26, 7 pm. Come celebrate the end of the summer reading program with the rhythmic beats of Tampa Taikos traditional Japanese drumming! They will share the history of the music and put on a fun and interactive perfor mance you wont want to miss! Teen Summer Reading Party: Friday, July 27, 7 pm. Come celebrate the end of the summer reading program with video games, pizza, prizes and fun! Mommy & Me Yoga: Tuesday, August 7, 10:15 11 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 cklasson@ 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/$2 non-res. Tues., 7:30 9 p.m. for All Levels of Play Basketball Thurs.., 7:30 9 pm 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, game room and outdoor area. Program hours are Mon., Wed. & Fri. 6-9 p.m. Annual reg. $2 RES./$./$4 NON-RES.. VPK ProgramWe are currently accepting VPK (Voluntary Prekindergarten) Vouchers for the 2018-2019 School Year. VPK is FREE for children who live in Florida and who turn 4 years of age by September 1st. Parents must apply on the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas, Inc. website ( and receive a Certicate of Eligibility which needs to be turned in during preregistration. Program hours are from 8:30a.m.12:30p.m. Hours for pre-registration are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. TOT-Time ProgramWe are accepting pre-registrations for the 2018-2019 Tot Time Program. The Tot Time Program is a pre-school, handson program for children ages 3-5. The program aims to make learning fun for children and helps prepare them for Kindergarten. Two, three and ve-day monthly options are available. Program hours are from 8:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Hours for pre-registration are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MondayFriday. A deposit of $25 is required to hold a spot and will be applied to rst months tuition. Proof of residency is required for Gulfport residents. 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 Hatha Yoga Tues., 6:30 p.m. Call Denise at 813-777-9964 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.


Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 17 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 ser vices for residents over 50 years old. Registration is required and is easy and free. Special Events Like us on Facebook at iPhone/iPad Instruction Class T hurs., 7/19 @ 1:30. Learn the basic functions of your Apple iPhone or iPad. MUST call 727.893.5657 to pre-register. Presented by the Gulfport Library. 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. Healthy Living and Disease Prevention Join us Monday July 23rd from 3-3:30 pm as Kieran Gabel, YMCA Director of Healthy Communities discusses Medicare coverage of the Y Diabetes Prevention Program, Enhance Fitness Arthritis Program and All of Us Research Program Living with Colitis Meridien Research will give a presentation, Living With Colitis on Wednesday, July 25th at 2 pm. Lynn Drowne, community outreach manager for Meridien Research, will conduct the presentation and will cover: Signs and symptoms of ulcerative colitis, suggestions for management and clinical trial opportunities GEMS Getaway Thursday July 26th come with us to discover more of this historic piece of culture. First, we will stop for lunch at Beef O Bradys then off to the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum which presents a historic voice of one segment of the St. Pete community in ta perspective of local, regional, & national history. Happy Birthday to You! Friday July 27th we are ready to party! Whether you are celebrating your birthday this month or not, this party is for you. Come out on the fourth Friday of every month at 3 pm for birthday cake, games, and fun for everyone. Provided by Simply Healthcare. Tech Tips With Stetson: -Technology is constantly changing, making it hard to keep up with the latest changes, devices, and trends. Students from Stetsons Elder Law Society will be at the Gulfport Senior Center on Monday, July 30th at 3 pm to teach seniors about Smartphones. They will have Department Casino Ballroom5500 Shore Blvd. S. 727-893-1070Sunday, July 22 3:30 7 pmCONTRA DANCE w/ Tampa Friends of Old Time Dance3:30 4 pm: Lesson 4 7 pm: Contra Dancing with Category 5 Caller: Vicki Morrison $8 Admission ~ Visit tampabaycontra.comMonday, July 237 pm 10:30 pmUSA DANCE Presents Ballroom Dancing ~ Lesson ~ Great DJ music ~ Dance hosts ~ Members: $5 ~ Non-members: $8 727-576-1206 Sunday, August 5 6 10 pmBALLROOM DANCE WITH DANIEL FUGAZZOTTO6 pm 7 pm: Ballroom Lesson 7 pm 10 pm: Ballroom Dancing $8 admissionCasino Weekly DancesBallroom Lessons every Tuesday Noon 3 pm $8 Argentine Tango every Tuesday 6:30 11 pm $8 Swing Dance every Wednesday 6 11pm $8 Latin Night 1st & 3rd Thursdays 6:30 10 pm $8 Ballroom Dance select Sundays 6 10pm $8Catherine Hickman Theater5500 Shore Blvd. S. 727-893-1070Thursday, July 19 Sunday, July 22 Gulfport Community Players present their SUMMER ONE ACTSTen original one act plays by local and Florida playwrights Thurs, Fri. & Sat. shows at 8 pm Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 pm Tickets $18 in advance at Beach Bazaar, online at or $20 at the door: cash only, one hour before show time Thursday, August 26 8 pmGULFPORT NIGHT OUTAn annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Meet Gulfport Police and Fire Department personnel and enjoy fun activities for all ages. Free & open to the public.Friday, August 36 8 pmGECKO ART SHOW OPENING RECEPTIONSee nine larger-than-life geckos, created by local artists, that will be the center piece of a live auction (to benet local charities) at Gecko Ball. The show will also feature selections from the participating artists regular body of work in a variety of media.Free & open to the public. Cash bar. Free hors doeuvres. GEMS Gulfport GetawaysSenior Center registration is required. However, there is no need to be GEMS member to enjoy the exciting Gulfport Getaways. Call 727-893-2242 for more info and to reserve a seat. Trips are non-refundable and subject to change without notice. August 2 St. Petersburg Sculpture Experience & Po Folks. Enjoy the fascinating world of monumental sculpture! Check out over 100 sculptures, relax with Mark Twain on the patio, & see 42 Studio Master Sculptures youll never see anywhere else! For lunch, we will stop at a local favorite, Po Folks for some hearty, home-style cooking. with your friends on this getaway. $16 for GEMS Members / $20 for NOn-GEMS Members. Price includes roud-trip transportation, admission, guided tour & parking. Meal paid for separately. August 6 The Ringling Art Museum & Bayfront Gardens. Wander through galleries lled with antiquities, old masters and modern visionaries, from the Ringling Museums permanent collection and traveling exhibitions. While visiting the Ringling, leisurely explore the 66-acre Bayfront Gardens. $15 for GEMS Members / $20 for Non-GEMS Members. Price includes transportation, parking and admission. August 16 Derby Lanes. Come with us to the exciting Derby Lanes where you can wager on all your favorite picks, practice your best poker face with a hand of Texas Holdem. or just sit back & watch the high-energy fun! Enjoy lunch at the Derby Club Four which offers a causal menu & full bar. $6 for GEMS Members / $8 for Non-GEMS Members. Price includes roud-trip transportation & parking. August 23 Ybor City Museum State Park & Columbia Restaurant. Discover the rich cultural heritage of Ybor City & learn about the role Ybor City played in Tampas development & its reputation as the Cigar Capital of the World. We will travel down the road to the Columbia Restaurant, a Florida tradition since 1905. $20 for GEMS Members / $24 for Non-GEMS Members. Price includes roud-trip transportation, parking, admission & guided tour. Meal paid for separately. August 27 Out-to-Lunch Bunch: Brass Tap. Enjoy a delicious lunch & a craft beer at the BRass Tap. Afterwards, shop to your hearts content at Tyrone Square Malls new stores. $4 for GEMS Members / $6 for Non-GEMS Members. Price includes roud-trip transportation. Meal paid for separately. tips for beginners and advanced users. Out-to-Lunch Bunch: Romanos Macaroni Grill Join the Out-to-Lunch Bunch on July 31st. Savor your mid-day break with the new avors & lunchfriendly servings of Italian classics at Romanos Macaroni Grill. After lunch, discover all the new & exciting stores at Tyrone Square. Hearing Health Seminar Join in with us on August 1st at 2 pm for Beyond Hearing Aids: Advances in Hearing Technology and Hearing Solutions, presented by Dr. Mary Burton. Topics include: how the hearing system works, causes of hearing loss, and the various treatment options available, including hearing aids and other hearing devices. GEMS Getaway Join this Getaway Thursday August 2nd and experience the fascinating world of monumental sculpture! Check out over 100 sculptures, relax with Mark Twain on the patio, & see 42 Studio Master Sculptures youll never see anywhere else! For lunch, we will stop at a local favorite, Po Folks for some hearty, home-style cooking. St. Petersburg Sculpture Experience & Po Folks 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 info 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


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20 Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 Lions Club Installs New OfcersThe Gulfport Lions Club recently installed new ofcers. Pictured here, from left, are Rob Vincent, Secretary; Ron Coyne, First Vice-President; Jean Beum, President; their mascot, Mr. Bear; John McEwen, Second Vice-President; Jill Coyne, Treasurer; and AJ, guide dog in training from Southeastern Guide Dogs. 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. 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. 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@


Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 21 Hitting the Big 105Gulfport resident and Gabber reader Rose Severi celebrated her recent 105th birthday at the Gulfport Senior Center. A very happy birthday to you, Rose! Free Clinic on Parkinsons Disease On July 28, two leading Parkinsons specialists will present on the physical and psychological challenges of Parkinsons, the progressive, degenerative brain disorder that affects millions of people around the be take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Rd. Dr. Heather Herrema, DO, a Specialist at Central Neurology in St. Petersburg, will speak on Living Well with Parkinsons. Dr. London St. 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 the public. Advance registration is required. For more information about the event contact Cindy Underwood at 941-266-5833. Register online


22 Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 New Recycling Bins Come to Gulfports Beach PavilionsBy Angelina Bruno New recycling bins have been added to the pavilions at Gulfport Beach on Shore Blvd this week. Tom Nichols, public works director for the city of Gulfport, talked to the Gabber Monday, July 9, about the new waste management strategy. Were just trying to capture as much recycling as possible, said Nichols. According to Nichols, the addition of recycling bins to Gulfport Beach in the past has increased recycling numbers in the city. To keep the conservation efforts going, Nichols urges people using the bins to limit items to plastic bottles and cans, and to avoid putting in food-contaminated garbage, like pizza boxes or styrofoam containers. The introduction of contaminants into the recycling limits the citys ability to recycle materials. We can handpick it out if its not too many pieces though, said Nichols. Each of the new bins costs $45 and one will be placed at each of the 10 pavilions. Shane Voshell uses the new recycling bins at a Gulfport Beach Pavillion on Saturday, July 14, to dispose of a plastic bottle. Im glad the city has a focus on recycling, he said. It feels good to help the environment.


Gabber July 19 July 25, 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 Art Classes at the Gulfport Senior Center Have you always wanted to draw or paint but have been afraid that Center, 5501 27th Ave. S., has new classes starting every few months. Third quarter classes begin in August quickly, you must pre-register by calling 727-893-5657. Registration is now open. 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 727-893-5657. 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. More information to come on upcoming demonstrations. 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. 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.


24 Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 Gulfport7/5Battery 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 her and she indicated she did not want to prosecute. They were able to work out their differences and come to an agreement regarding the water meter. 7/6Suspicious person in the 2600 block of 45th Street South. A resident reported that an unknown man was standing in the street taking photos of his residence. The man never walked on to the property and was gone before 7/6Assist citizen in the 2500 block of 50th Street to a residence at the request of a concerned neighbor who had not seen her neighbor for a couple of days. We received another call at the same location from a concerned friend. The caller stated that she speaks to her friend every day and has not been able to reach her for the past entry to the residents and She had fallen and could not get up. She was transported to the hospital. 7/6 control in the 5700 block of Gulfport Boulevard Boulevard was closed from 56th Street to 58th Street South for approximately 2 hours. 7/7Retail theft at Save a Lot Employees reported that a Hispanic male came into the store and placed four T-Bone steaks in a black backpack and ran out of the store. He was last seen running towards Family Dollar. 7/7Theft at Town Shores. A resident reported that a family member took $2,000 from her husbands bank account. Her husband is 90 years old and suffering from dementia and Alzheimers. 7/8 Disturbance in the 5600 block of Tangerine Avenue South. A resident called regarding a disagreement with her son. The situation escalated and he threatened to come back with a gun. arrived and they have not been able to locate him. 7/11Burglary to a residence in the 4900 block of 26th Avenue South Someone entered a carport, cut a bicycle lock and stole a Susan G. Komen black and pink bicycle. 7/11Vehicle crash in the 5500 block of Shore Blvd call regarding a three vehicle crash. The driver of one of the vehicles was backing up and continued accelerating which caused him to strike to parked cars. The driver was cited for improper backing. 7/11Recovered stolen vehicle in the 5300 block of Tangerine Avenue South.A resident reported that juveniles were stealing his to the area, but while they were enroute, they were moped was involved in an altercation in St Petersburg with a juvenile riding the scene after the altercation. established a perimeter and with the assistance of a K9 were able to get the suspect into custody (the K9 was closing in on his location so he turned himself in to point). The suspect admitted to police while in custody that another juvenile was with him and aided in the theft. The juvenile was transported to Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center and the investigation is ongoing in an attempt to locate the second suspect. 7/11Burglary to a vehicle in the 1400 block of 61st Street South. The driver side rear window of a vehicle was smashed while it was parked in a parking lot. Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle. Weapon 7/13, 6 a.m., 1000 block of 58th St S Burglary-Vehicle 7/11, 10:30 a.m., 1400 block of 61st St S 7/12, 4:12 p.m.. 1400 block of 49th St S 7/12,6:30 p.m., 5300 Block of 28th Ave S 7/14, 6 p.m., 1500 Block of Sea Gull Dr S Theft-Grand 7/11 5 p.m.. 6000 block of Shore Blvd S Burglary-Structure 7/11, 10:30 p.m., 4900 block of 26th Ave S Vandal/Criminal Mischief 7/13, 11:11 p.m., 4900 Block of 14th Ave S Missing Person 7/14, 10 a.m., 5000 Block of 10th Ave S Theft-Petit 7/13, 8:30 a.m., 5100 block of Gulfport Blvd S Battery 7/14, 7:30 a.m., 2800 block of 49th St S Burglary-Residence 7/10, 5:30 p.m., 3100 block of Dupont St S Stolen Vehicle 7/11, 7:30 p.m.. 5300 block of Tangerine Ave SSouth PasadenaTheft-Petit 7/13, 9 p.m., 6800 block of Gulfport Blvd S 7/13, 12 p.m., 1200 block of Pasadena Ave S Theft-Shoplifting 7/13, 12:45 p.m., 6800 block of Gulfport Blvd S Theft-Grand 7/12, 12 a.m., 1200 block of Pasadena Ave SSt. Pete BeachBurglary-Vehicle 7/11, 9 p.m., 100 Block of 51st Ave 7/12, 4:43 p.m., 500 block of 70th Ave Theft-Petit 7/10, 2 p.m., 3800 block of Gulf Blvd 7/11, 12:20 a.m., 2500 block of Sunset Way 7/11, 6 a.m., 10800 block of Gulf Blvd Theft-Grand 7/11. 10 a.m., 5500 Block of Gulf Blvd 7/11, 5 p.m., 5300 block of Gulf Blvd 7/12, 2 p.m., 5200 block of Gulf Blvd Vandal/Criminal Mischief 7/14, 9:06 p.m., 4900 block of Gulf Blvd Burglarly-Residence 7/12, 12:40:00, 300 Block of Bay Plz Trespass 7/11, 6:10 p.m., 300 block of 75th Ave Burglary-Business 7/13, time unknown, 4200 block of Gulf Blvd Weapon 7/10, 11:02 a.m., 5200 block of Gulf BlvdLocal Crime WatchA sampling of police reports from July 5 to July 14 in Gulfport, St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena.Source: Pinellas County Crime Viewer and Gulfport Police Department


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26 Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 ARIES (March 21-April 19). Those who haven't found peace inside themselves will relentlessly pursue external validation, often in the form of monetary gain. As the ancient poet Horace said, "All for a seat down front at some bad play?" Contrastingly, your serenity of purpose will have you working hard, with your love as the fuel and also the reward. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). People may think of themselves as brands, but it's perceptions of people that are brands, not the actual person. This week you could go in a lot of different directions, and the decisions will be tough. Don't be you. That's a construct. Your heart GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Everyone experiences the moment differently. You're so hard on yourself that you might be surprised about how generous people can be when it comes to you. What you think of as mistakes, others embrace as part of your offbeat style. You're more effective than you think. CANCER (June 22-July 22). If they don't understand what you're doing, maybe they never will. When they ask for an explanation, it's a chance to get it straight in your own head. Seize the opportunity, but do it for you. Don't be surprised if they never really get it. That doesn't matter. What matters is your journey to clarity, beauty and truth. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The special kind of tired you get at the grocery store is called "decision fatigue," and it's exactly why situations with fewer options are favored this week. To make a decision requires more brain power (and willpower) than you might think, but solid organizing principles will help. If there are no rules, make a few up. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). -not because it's inherently bad to focus on you but because it turns your world into a cage. No small world for you, thank you. A big, colorful world will offer you far more opportunities for wonder and beauty than you'll ever have trying to control a small circle. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your senses are your conduit to the world, but they get blocked by various aspects of life, familiarity being a big one these days. Too much of the same thing makes you dull to it. This is why change, new meetings, reading and travel are so essential to your well-being. Make these things happen this week. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). It may feel as though you're stuck, and it's true that you don't seem to be moving along very quickly, but that's only because it's happening too slowly for the eye to detect. You're growing slowly, and you'll get there. Take it on faith. Keep your eye on the prize, and, if you can't exactly move there, at least lean into it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The one who plants the tree won't get the shade. These things take time. Unfortunately, some kinds of destruction work in the same way. Think about how it pertains to your current lifestyle. Something you're socially conditioned toward might be a problem for future generations, but you can change it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). While some would say that the world are concerned only with the very surface aspects of their own role in it, you believe differently. You think that people can become deeper, and, with better examples to follow, they'll want to. You'll provide such a model example this week. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You forgave, and now you're back at square one, with more on the table that needs forgiving. At what point does this become futile? Should you forgive one more time? No. Forgive a thousand more times. But take the lesson. Protect yourself better. Make yourself impervious to the mistakes of others. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In the culinary arts, bitterness is made palatable by the addition of something sweet, salty or sour. As for the emotional arts, bitterness won't be balanced by saltiness or sourness at all. So when it gets a little bitter this week, as it sometimes will, go for the sweetness. Life will be delicious.


Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 27 Mooring Field,from front page Opening soon, Gulfports new Vice Mayor Christine Brown who, tour of the facility located just off the municipal beach in Boca Ciega Bay. Denis Frain, the citys municipal marina director, gave Brown and this Gabber reporter a 30-minute guided tour. Its well thought out and engineered, said Brown. days, will accommodate up to 25 sailboat-only moorings and each vessel can be up to 60 feet in length, said Frain. In the beginning, 22 mooring balls will be available for daily or weekly rentals while three will be reserved for monthly timespans for non-liveaboard sailors for up to six months. We can adjust it as we need to, he said. Rates will be $22 per day, $139 per week and $332 per month. Like slips at the marina, mooring ball rentals will be handled through a popular online reservation service called Dockwa. Gulfport was the using the system, said Frain. The reservation process will include a series of emails to boaters to instructions for attaching the front or bow of a boat to a mooring ball and amenities details about marina facilities along with a weekly list of municipal events, said Frain. this footprint very well. The 17.5-acre mooring area faces Williams Pier, the Casino and beach area. At their January 16, 2018 meeting, city council approved a contractual bid agreement with American Underwater Contractors of Tequesta, Florida, to begin the At their February 20 meeting, the facility. According to a city memorandum, address the issues of unregulated anchoring in a city managed and controlled [area] of Boca Ciega Bay, which is associated with damage to sea grass colonies from dragging anchor, degradation of water quality due to improper trash and sewage disposal, and [incidents] of derelict vessels. The city has also purchased a pump-out boat that will regularly service vessels using the mooring will be available to boats anchored in city-governed waters that extend about half way out into the bay. Frain is completing a mapping process that will soon identify the bay area monitored by the city based on GPS coordinates. The installer working with Gulfport to create a state-of-thecreating other facilities at Boot Key Harbor in the city of Marathon in the Florida Keys, St. Augustine and Miami Dade, which is one of the largest in the state, said Frain. Gulfports mooring ball screwtype anchors extend 14 feet into the ground because an area of soft mud is involved, he said. They are also rated to withstand a Category 1 hurricane, though we will advise storm. I like that it is symmetrical, said Brown who also teaches math at the high school level. From the beautiful, she said. Were lucky to be here. Buoy number 20 will be available for sailboat-only reservations in about 10 days, said Denis Frain, Gulfports municipal marina director. The buoy is one of a total of 25 anchoring balls that comprise Gulfports new state-of-the-art mooring eld, he said. Any Week in August!


28 Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 What Steps are Involved in the Probate Process? Part II This article is part two in our review of the Florida probate process and follows our last feature on probate. Appointing the Personal Representative The court authorizes a Personal Representative to administer the deceased's estate. A Personal Representative, also called an executor/executrix, assumes the responsibility for closing an estate as soon as possible in an effort to distribute the estate's assets to those who rightfully inherit them without delay. This person is critical to the probate process. Personal representatives have a legal obligation to perform their The heirs to an estate can hold a Personal Representative personally accountable for harming the estate's deliberate action. A will typically names the deceased's choice for Personal Representative, and Probate Courts will normally honor this choice. When no will exists, or if the Personal Representative named in the will declines to serve or cannot serve, the court has the authority to appoint a Personal Representative Once the Personal Representative is appointed, the Probate Court recognizes the Personal Representative's authority to act on behalf of the deceased's estate. The Court issues a document, called "letters of administration," identifying the Personal Representative as the Personal Representative can show example, to gain access to a checking account. Needless to say, the Personal Representative should be a trusted family member or close friend who will act to carry out the wishes of the deceased. A person who decides that he/ she does not want to be a Personal Representative can decline the appointment. A back-up, or successor, Personal Representative is then appointed. Similarly, if the Personal Representative feels that the job 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.involves more effort than one person can handle, the Court may appoint a co-Personal Representative. Informing the Affected Parties The Personal Representative is and the publishing of public notices in newspapers to inform potential heirs and creditors about the probate proceeding. After giving notice, waiting periods follow. Creditors, against the estate during these periods of time. 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. 321-6965


Gabber July 19 July 25, 2018 29 Chris Harkness, Tess Talokonnikoff, Milo Talokonnikoff, Lindsay Kilby and Robert Shrefer tug their way to win during a round of tug-of-war Saturday. MudWars, from front page The competitive sports event pits teams or 6 to 10 adults head to head in multiple muddy events. Saturdays games included an obstacle course with water slide, volleyball, tug of war, football and jousting while sitting on a platform over an aboveground swimming pool. All teams compete in each of the eight events at and third place were awarded at the end of the day. Tampa Bay Club Sport put on the competition in conjunction with America II Electronics. The two companies paired up with a list of sponsors this year, including BayCare, the Sirata Beach Resort and the Tampa Bay Rowdies in order to make a donation to four entities: Hands4Hope, the Marine Exploration Center, TASCO, and the city of St. Petersburg. Proceeds from alcohol sales at Extreme MudWars is divided amongst the four groups. TASCO and the city of St. Petersburg use the donation to put on a similar mud event for teens each year. TASCO stands for Teen Arts, Sports, and Cultural Opportunities and is responsible for teen programming through St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation. Money raised at Extreme MudWars helps the city offset costs for the teen version of the event, TASCO Teen Mud Wars, which celebrates its 18th anniversary this year. On Thursday, July 19, at Lake Vista Park, teens will compete on teams of 12 in mud-ridden obstacles for a chance to win $500 and trophies. It means a lot to us to have these donations, said Yoser Pacheco, supervisor at TASCO. The money donated to us really helps us put the event together and cover the expenses, he said.


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