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FREEEvery Thur sda yOnline Ev er ydaytheGabber .com No. 2579 August 9 August 15, 2018 Endless Summer for Skimboarders on the Beach By Lisa Brittain The notion of an endless summer has started to fade as kids in Pinellas County realize there are only a few more days left before the school bell rings. Luckily, Endless Summer Skim Camp on Madeira Beach at Johns Pass offers lessons to all ages and skill levels during school breaks throughout the year. Zack Carter, a professional skimboarder and camp instructor, has been holding skim camp for the last two years. See Endless Summer, page 19Professional Skimboarder Zack Carter shows off his skills at Endless Summer Skim Camp. Skate Park Tabled as Council Seeks More DetailsBy Debbie Wolfe On the verge of approving a construction bid to build a new skate park adjacent to the Recreation Center on Tuesday, August 7, Gulfport City Council members expressed their unanimous support for the facility but tabled the funding resolution pending a further review of design details. The meeting was led by Vice Mayor Christine Brown who was sitting in for Mayor Sam Henderson. Councilmember Michael Fridovich made a motion to approve the funding, which was seconded by Councilmember Paul Ray. During the discussion that followed, Councilmember Dan Liedtke said he could not vote on the measure without See Gulfport Council, page 16Gulfport Night Out Highlights Community Safety and FunBy Angelina Bruno Gulfport Police Ofcer Josh Stone jokingly cuffs the Hamburglar. Hes been here the last ve years, but he always manages to get handcuffed, said Kim Ellis, manager of the McDonalds in Gulfport.See Night Out, page 13


2 Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 Hands Along the Water in Gulfport In conjunction with Hands Along the Water, the Florida statewide event on Sunday, August 12 at 10 a.m., an informal gathering of like-minded people will meet on Gulfport Beach, linking hands for 15 minutes to stand in solidarity with volunteers from all across the state to defend water and wildlife and ask for change. This is a non-partisan event; they are not supporting or supported by any organization. No donations are accepted and no literature will be handed out. These will simply be local volunteers showing solidarity and asking for change. Please do not bring signs or wear t-shirts from other organizations. They would ask that you wear some type of teal/ blue t-shirt. This is a family event, all are welcomed. More information can be obtained at the Hands Along The Water Facebook page. As this event will only last for 15 minutes, please meet on the beach by 9:45 a.m. to be ready to go on time. Hosted by Deana Ali and Jenny Reisner, Gulfport residents. Coffee with a Cop and Councilmember Visit historic Scout Hall while brewed coffee along with casual conversation. This event is hosted Zack Mills and his special guest Vice Mayor Christine Brown. The chat and coffee will occur on Saturday, August 11 between 9 and 11 a.m. at 5315 28th Ave. S. As always during Coffee with a Cop, there is plenty of socializing with old and new friends. Garden Yoga at the Library Join Christa from Bee Content Yoga for the Gulfport Librarys Garden Yoga series. Spend the second Saturday of each month this summer with some yoga. The next class is Saturday, August 11 at 10:15 a.m. The Cheshire Cat will oversee a reading garden. Bring your mat, a water bottle and a friend so you can enjoy downtown Gulfport for lunch afterwards. For more information, call Cailey Klasson, Youth Services Librarian at 727-893-1074. Thanks to the Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library for making this class free to the public!


Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 3 Reading Paws at the Gulfport Library Everyones favorite golden is back at Gulfport Library! Is your child learning how to read? Did you know reading to a pet can help boost your Come to the Gulfport Library on Thursday, August 16 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. to read a story to Maya, the reading assistance golden retriever. Call Cailey at 727-893-1074 or email for more information. Gecko Ball Tickets Going Fast 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 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 watching! Anonymous judges will evaluate costumes throughout the night and select the top three individual and top three group costumes. The winners in each category will be chosen based on applause from the audience. The Gecko Ball also features live delicious food, cash bar, and live and silent auctions. The live auction is the signature of the Gecko Ball, showcasing several one-of-a-kind 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 sponsored 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. Beginner Painting for Adults On Wednesday, August 22, at 1 p.m. come to the Gulfport Library for Follow-the-Leader Painting. They will be recreating a beautiful scene of the Aurora Borealis! They will use brushes, acrylic paints and a few unexpected items in this beginner painting program. Art supplies will be provided. This program has limited attendance, so registration is required. Please call the Gulfport Public Library at 727-893-1074 to sign up.


4 Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 Healthy Recipes Cooking Demonstration The Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S., invites you to attend a healthy recipes cooking demonstration on Wednesday, August 15 at 2 p.m. Come taste and learn how to prepare healthy food and how to read food labels. Space is limited. You must call 727-893-5657 to pre-register. 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. Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop Do you suffer from back pain or leg pain when you stand or walk? Pain when you sit for long periods of time? Leg numbness or tingling? Come learn the three most common causes of back pain and sciatica and what successful treatment looks like without medication, injections or surgery. Space is limited. You must call 727-893-5657 to register now. This one-hour workshop will be held Tuesday, August 14 at 1 p.m. at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S. Presented by Wayne Whittle, Physical Therapist. 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. Teen Night Program at Recreation Center Registrations have begun at the Gulfport Recreation Center for the 2018-2019 Teen Night Program for teens in middle school to age 17. The program provides recreation and social activities. It also offers service projects and overnight lockins. 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 $22 non-residents. For more information please call John at 727-893-1079.


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6 Gabber August 9 August 15, 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 resident Marty Richardson visited Yosemite National Park in California in October 2017. And he showed off in his Gabber. Barbara Gilberg Habitat Tour and Lecture There will be a tour and lecture at the Barbara Gilberg Habitat, 1600 Pasadena Ave., on Friday, August 31, at noon. The topic will be the Summer Fertilizer Ban. Please bring a pen and paper to take notes. The habitat is located next to the electronic billboard on Shore Drive. Meet Xavier in the pavilion. Join the South Pasadena Community Band The South Pasadena Community musicians interested in joining. Rehearsals are in South Pasadena City Hall on Thursday evenings, and concerts are on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. There are approximately two concerts a month. For more information call Director John Hoover at 727-3989639. Chilean Film in LGBTQ Film Series The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library continues its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, September 13 with an trials and triumphs of a transgender Chilean woman. Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Marina is a transgender woman in Santiago, Chile whose older boyfriend Orlando becomes ill and unexpectedly dies. In the face of her grief, Marina must cope with hostility and rejection by Orlandos family, and their attempts to shut her out of Orlandos funeral and force her out of the home she shared with him. (Rated R) Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. Licensing restrictions prohibit releases. But feel free to call


Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 7 Peter Hargitai Wins Narration DOC Award Gulfport Poet Laureate Peter Hargitai (shown here with Hungarian Director Tnde Tlas) won an Impact DOC award for narrating Tlas' documentary "Daughter of the Revolution," which honored the schoolgirl heroines of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The lm, which has been screened in Gulfport, also won an Award of Merit for Tlas. Help Build a Bench in Trolley Market Square The South 49th Street Business Association is looking for sponsors for a dedication bench in Trolley Market Square. The bench will be inscribed with the dedication date of Trolley Market Square and the name of each sponsor. All sponsor will also receive vendor spaces at the grand opening and at the So Classic Car Show February 2019. They hope to raise $7,000 to place a wonderful dedication monument for all to see for years to come. To donate call Project Manager Phil Reed at 727-439-0164. St. Anthonys Hospital Free Health Seminars St. Anthonys Hospital health experts invite the community to attend seminars in August that will focus on weight loss surgery information, memory screenings and smoking cessation. There also will be free memory screenings offered. The seminars are free to the public. A weight loss surgery information seminar will be offered on Tuesday, August 14, at 5:30 p.m. at LifeHelp Anthonys Hospital Auditorium, and attend an information session. Jamii St. Julien, MD, will explain various options. There will be free memory screenings on Tuesday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 28, from 10 a.m. till noon in the main lobby of the hospital. The screenings are offered to adults concerned about their memory health. Call 727-825-1595 for information. A smoking cessation class will be offered on Saturday, August 18, at 10 a.m. in St. Anthonys Hospital hour class provides valuable tools to help you quit using tobacco including coping with cravings and physical and emotional symptoms. The class includes free aids to help quit using tobacco while supplies last. For more information on St. Anthonys, call 727-953-6993 or visit


8 Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 By Debbie Wolfe Gulfport Montessori Elementary School has been awarded the National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) School of Excellence Award for the second consecutive time. Outgoing PTA president Barbara Pace made the announcement at the school on Monday, August 6. The Title 1 school, located at 2014 52nd Street South, serves students from pre-kindergarten through 5th grade from Gulfport and St. Petersburg. The PTAs National Standards for Family-School Partnerships details a year-long commitment in the form of an action plan, according to the organizations website. Those that exhibit improvement are honored as National PTA Schools of Excellence, a distinction that spans two years. Gulfport Elementary won the 2017. Winning the national designation for the second time in a row for 20182020 goes down to an active PTA that wants what is best for the school Gulfport Elementary Awarded Second National PTA Honor A historic archway in front of Gulfport Elementary School reads, Through this arch passed generations of Gulfports children. For the second time, the school has been designated as a School of Excellence by the National Parent-Teacher Association.and community, said Hathaway. I couldnt be more proud of this PTAs efforts. They are small in numbers but they are great in strength. About the honor, Pace said, This award is designed to recognize PTAs that foster a partnership between the school and families, to work toward common goals for the success of every student. We are proud of this designation as it encourages each and every family and school partner to strive to continued excellence. Gulfport Vice Mayor Christine Brown, who also teaches math at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, said, Parent involvement is so important in a kids life. I cant wait for these parents to get to Bogie.


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10 Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 Music at Gulfport Beach Pavilion #6Mondays, 1 to 4 p.m. Music Lovers Karaoke with Mary Phillips Tuesdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. 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 Emergency Boating Safety Class What will you do if the operator of your boat becomes incapacitated or injured while you are enjoying the day on water? Do you know how to call for help, use the radio, stop or start the boat? Join the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 07-16, as they discuss what to do when you become Suddenly in Command. This is a 2-1/2-hour free course on Saturday August 25 at 9 a.m. in the CG Flotilla Building at 3120 Mariam St. S. To register or for more detalis call Marty Richardson at 630-674-5352. Know Your Numbers Every Other Thursday Its important to know your numbers. Get your blood sugar and blood pressure checked at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S., on the second Thursday of every month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Provided by The Springs at Boca Ciega Bay. 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. South Pasadena Needs a Volunteer The city of South Pasadena is looking for a volunteer to serve on more information, call 727-347-4171. Art Event For Teens with Special Abilities Studio Duvoe, Inc. will be hosting a creative art event for special abilities teens and young adults at Inspire Equine Therapy. The event is on Saturday, August 25, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Inspire Equine Therapy is at 1743 Doncaster Rd. in Clearwater. The cost is only $5 per student thanks to two generous donors, payable by PayPal, credit card or cash at the door (all materials included). The two activities for this session will be creating a wallhanging/windchime or dream catcher abstract expressionist paintings. Students that participate in the session will have paintings shown at City of Imagination, 2726 54th St. S., on October 20. For more information visit St. Anthonys Hospital Seeks Volunteers St. Anthonys Hospital is looking for volunteers to join its dedicated team. There will be a Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Tuesday, August 28 at 10 a.m. in Classroom D at the hospital, 1200 7th Ave. N. Volunteering is not just a way to help others but it also helps to enrich the life of the volunteer. The hospitals Volunteer Resources Department is currently recruiting for gift shop, guest relations and patient services volunteers. Adults are needed for all shifts on weekdays and weekends to make deliveries to rooms, assist nurses and greet visitors. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Volunteer Resources at 727-8251548. You can also visit the volunteer website at Volunteers.


Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 11 Local Crime WatchA sampling of police reports from July 26 to August 1 in Gulfport, St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena.Source: Pinellas Gulfport Police DepartmentGulfport7/26 Warrant arrest in the 5800 block of Gulfport Boulevard by Yovanny Cruz-Rodriguez because the vans tag light was out. A records check revealed multiple outstanding arrest warrants including a nationwide marijuana. Cruz-Rodriguez was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail. possession in the 5700 block of Gulfport Boulevard South. A customer found a backpack full of narcotics that was left in the parking lot at Walgreens. Sergeant Vandenberg investigated the incident, which ultimately led to the arrest of William Collins for and possession of cocaine. Collins was transported to the Pinellas County Jail. 7/27 Stolen vehicle in the 5400 block of 9th Avenue South. A resident reported that in the past she has allowed a friend to borrow her vehicle for emergencies. The friend took the vehicle and Smith spoke to the suspect who told him she thought she could use the vehicle and that she would return it immediately. The owner of the vehicle decided she did not want to prosecute since the vehicle was returned. 7/27 Theft in the 5800 block of Gulfport Boulevard South. A cab driver reported that a person she took to a house in the 5800 block of Gulfport Boulevard South gave her $8 for a $46 fare. The resident did not have the money required to pay the driver, so a relative was called who promptly paid the fare. to a vehicle in the 1700 block of York Street South. A resident reported that someone got into her unlocked vehicle and took a cell phone charger and a pair of sunglasses. 7/29 Disturbance at 5500 dispatched to the Gulfport Casino The call notes indicated that approximately 10 people were realized it was a verbal altercation. It all started because a group of kids separated the two groups and there were no further problems. 7/29 Possession of narcotics in the 5300 block of Tangerine stopped a man riding a bicycle because he did not have proper lighting after dark. A records check revealed that the man had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear regarding driving on a arrested Steven Cristofono Jr. for the outstanding warrant. When related to the arrest, he found a syringe in the mans shoe and a morphine pill in his cigarette pack. to a residence in the 3000 block of 50th Street South. A resident reported that her medication was taken from a lockbox inside her residence. No one had access to the lockbox. The last time she saw all her medicine was approximately four Approximately 130 pills were taken. to a vehicle in the 5800 block of Tangerine Avenue South. A resident reported that someone got into her unlocked car and went through the glove compartment. Paperwork from the glove compartment was scattered throughout the car, but nothing appeared to be missing. 8/1 DUI in the 3000 block of 49th Street North. Sergeant Vandenberg was on his way into work when he observed a vehicle exceeding the speed limit on 49th Street North. The vehicle was traveling 70 miles an hour in a 35 mile an hour zone and was swerving. Due to the excessive speed and swerving, Sergeant Vandenberg conducted a David Rondon, he immediately noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath as he spoke. Sergeant Vandenberg then initiated investigation and Rondon performed Rondon was subsequently arrested and he refused to provide a breath sample. Rondon was transported to the Pinellas County Jail. to a vehicle in the 800 block of Gray Street South. A resident reported that someone got into her unlocked vehicle and took a bag containing toys, two wallets and approximately $15 in change. in the 2800 block of Beach Boulevard. A resident reported that sometime overnight, someone took his 1970s Schwinn racing bike from his garage. 8/1 Theft in the 5800 block of 20th Avenue South. A resident reported decorations were stolen sometime between last Friday and today. Marine Unit: The marine unit was on the water for approximately six hours from July 26 through August citations and made one contact.


12 Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 Pet Pals Kona is a sweet, energetic girl. She loves luaus, and thanks to the Pit Project and her guardian angel, Allison Messina, her adoption fee is $75. You must own your home to adopt Kona. See more animals at This Week's Solutions Save Our StraysWhat a friendly 5-month old! Sunny Sunday comes when called, follows his human around and purrs the second that he is held. He loves to romp with other kittens and to chase balls. Neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, Sunny can be yours to love. Call 727-545-1116 for details. View other felines at 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 Preschool Storytime Every Wednesday Weekly pre-school storytime is on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Come to the Gulfport Library every week for stories, songs, movement, making new friends and a craft! Open to 3-to-5-year-olds and a caregiver. For more information please contact Cailey at 727-893-1074 or cklasson@ 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 The Ravens Guild at Gulfport Public Library The Ravens Guild at the Gulfport Library will be hosting their next monthly meeting on Saturday, August 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Guild is for teens ages 12 to 18 and focuses on the Young Adult Manga and Fantasy genre. Join them designed for their interests. This month they will be learning how to make origami claws. Impress your friends with your newly learned skill afterwards. So come on by and earn your Ravens claws! The group meets every second Saturday in the Friends Room at the library, 5501 28th Ave. S. Refreshments are sponsored by the Gulfport Library Circle of Friends. Call 727-893-1074 for title of movie to be screened.


Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 13 Night Out, from front page Multiple Gulfport organizations Thursday, August 2 at the Catherine Hickman Theater to participate in Gulfports Night Out. This event aims to increase awareness about police programs and community programs, said The Gulfport Police Department, Gulfport Fire Department and the Florida Highway Patrol were all represented at the event, making themselves available to attendees and mingling with the community. I enjoy the opportunity to get to know the community, said Gulfport Detective Michael Rossi. Gulfports Night Out is part of a nationwide movement for community crime awareness, dating back to 1984. The annual event originally started with 2.5 million neighbors across the country leaving their porch lights on, and has evolved into todays larger community events. According to the National Night Out website, the event now involves million neighbors in 16 thousand communities across the nation. were community organizations like The Lions Club, the Gulfport Public Library, Gulfport Neighbors and CERT, Gulfports community emergency response team. The with colorful school supplies for kids heading back to school in the fall. This is the third year weve done this, said Margarete Tober of the donations. Seeing all the kids and just being able to help is the best part to me. CERT volunteers focused their efforts during Night Out on natural disaster readiness, with an emphasis on the upcoming hurricane season. They encouraged the elderly and out the special needs registration form provided by Pinellas County. Registrants will be contacted by hurricane, to check in and get them to a shelter, if needed. demonstrated the importance of seat belts in rollover crashes with test dummies and a rotating car unit. State Trooper Tod Cloud operated the machine, which had four dummies without. The dummies only fell out of the car when not restrained. rollover crashes die because when they get ejected from their car, they get run over by it, he said. The lesson? Wear your seatbelt, always. Other highlights of Night Out included a therapy pony Amos the Wonder Horse, the Gulfport Marine Patrol boat, a CSI van and an visit from the Hamburglar, who ultimately got handcuffed. This is the best place to live in Florida by a long shot, said Mayor Sam Henderson, addressing the crowd at Thursdays event. A safe, beautiful place to live. Mark Ottervanger, Stacey Purcell and Margarete Tober from Gulfport Neighbors pose in front of a table full of school supplies. The group purchased school supplies to donate to kids attending Night Out. Gulfport Police Ofcer M. Petit, Ofcer T. Carter, Chief of Police Rob Vincent and Ofcer M. Rossi pose for a photo during the August 2 Night Out event at the Catherine Hickman Theater.


14 Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 Try your hand at SudokuSolution on Page 12 Laureate Epsilon Nu Beginning Day Laureate Epsilon Nu will host their 48th annual Beginning Day Luncheon on Saturday, August 18. The theme is Welcome to the Round Up. The cost is $25 and it will be held at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N. For reservations and more information contact Ro Gifford at 727-430-5835. Reception and Art Exhibit at Library Celebrate the launch of an exhibit of paintings by local artist Oliver Norden in the Frances Purdy Friends Meeting Room at the Gulfport Library. The theme is Beauty of Nature. The library will host a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 20. Paintings will be on display through August 30. Tiki Time Luau at Senior Center Hula on over to the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S., for some tropical fun on Wednesday, August 22 at 2 p.m. Enjoy the cool ice cream social, music and dancing to the rhythm of steel drums, and a variety of fun games. Tickets are only $2 each. Advance ticket sales at the Senior Center lobby desk. Remaining tickets will also be available at the For more information, please call the event line at 727-893-5657. Primary Election Voter Guide Available Online The League of Women Voters is offering an online nonpartisan 2018 Pinellas County Voter Guide at for the August 28 primary. The primary is critical in determining outcomes for Congressional races, seats in the Florida Legislature, and county races from school boards to courts to county commissions. After the primary, they will offer more comprehensive coverage of the candidates and issues on the general election ballot in November.


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16 Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 Gulfport Council, from front page beyond the printed conceptual drawing that was on display. Liedtke said, I want to see a more detail drawing of how the planned park is laid out around the Recreation Center located at 5730 Shore Boulevard. Id like to see an aerial overhead that shows where it starts and the exact dimensions. Liedtke also said he thought the public may want to see more details. get a stack of petition signatures from 200 to 300 people, he said. Maybe they would support this today if they saw some of the details that were seeing in front of us tonight. Additional details may alleviate some of those concerns, he said. In the past, a smaller skate park was located in the Tomlinson Park Complex at 19th Avenue South and 54th Street South. In 2016, it was closed because it needed refurbishment. Residents also complained that it was unsupervised and that skaters often did not follow the rules. At Tuesdays meeting, Liedtke said, I would be in favor of tabling it to another meeting. City Attorney Andrew Salzman that a motion to table a measure takes precedence over one to approve. Liedtke then moved to table the funding resolution and Ray seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Councilmembers then directed city staff to provide additional information to them and the public for further review. The current bid for $199,772.50 by Tampa Contracting Services is more in alignment with what City Manager Jim OReilly had projected for the cost of the project. According to city documentation, The project was initially bid for to April 10, 2018. At that time the lowest qualifying bid received was in the amount of $299,584.45. This amount was approximately $130,000 over the project budget of $170,500. After April 10, city staff re-evaluated their bid process and made engineering changes, said OReilly. According to city documentation, staff received input from the St. Pete Skateboard Alliance, a group that also provided substantial guidance in the development of the City of St. Petersburgs large scale Regional Skate Park located in proximity to Campbell Park. Gulfports re-bid process was from July 8, 2018 to July 23, 2018. Based on prior council approval on March 1, 2016, city staff applied for a grant and received approval in the amount of $62,500 from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Land and Water Conservation Fund Program for the development of a land area for public recreational purposes. The balance of funds needed for the skate park are budgeted within the Waterfront Redevelopment according to city documentation. If the council approves the current design, the new skate park will be a total of about 7,500 square feet, said OReilly. The typical size of a two-car, County is 10 feet wide by 32 feet in length or a total of 320 square feet. So, the proposed skate park would be equivalent to just over the size of 23 driveways. In addition, the proposed skate park is a playground that will be open to the public, said OReilly. It is going to be managed by the recreation staff, he said. It can be secured in the evening inside a fenced-in area at the close of business. There is no lighting on it so it will close at dusk. There are behavior rules about participating but there is not going to be someone monitoring it all the time. It will have security cameras like any other facility that is associated with the recreation department. New Roof Approved for Gulfport Casino At a total cost of $119,512, the council unanimously approved a Gulfport Casino Ballroom located at 5500 Shore Boulevard on the shore of Boca Ciega Bay. The popular 10,000 square foot facility, reconstructed in the 1930s, is an event venue for activities like dances, concerts, parties and weddings. It can accommodate groups numbering from 50 to 700 people with a dining capacity for 450. In 2014, the casino was added to the National Register of Historic Places. According to city documentation, the roof at the casino has been experiencing many leaks due to the age of the system and water has Alvis Construction Group Inc. of Sarasota was the low bid proposal for the approximately 12,000 square foot project. The roof consists of both membrane.


Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 17 What is your opinion of 3D-printed guns? The Gabs Jersey: Well, Im not for it. Im not for guns. This just makes it easy and more accessible for people to download, and ya know, put more weapons on the street. We don't need that, we have enough violence. I am absolutely against it. Annalyse Andreatas, Gulfport: Absolutely not, Hell no. I think whats going on in the world is not right. We need more control over it. Its not right. Im totally against it all. I see no point. People buy guns to hurt other people and animals, so Jersey: I dont agree with it because theyre untraceable and we have a lot of guns on the street. Im afraid of innocent people getting hurt. Debra Turman, Treasure Island: Its just not right. For people to be able to do that, its just not right.


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Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 19 Endless Summer, from front pageEndless Summer skim campers Nolan Keenan, Madison Phillips, Keegan Denning, Nicole Phillips at Johns Pass Madeira Beach. I like getting kids stoked on learning to skim, he said. Carter says there has seen an uptick in the sports popularity in recent years. Thats whats cool Im seeing more kids getting into it. by lifeguards in Laguna Beach, California during the 1920s, according to While all of Floridas beaches draw skimboarders, the sport is especially popular along the Gulf Coast of Florida. There are many things you can learn to do at skim camp: learn the basics on how to ride a board, understanding the basic terminology of tricks, and make new friends, said Sterling Myers of Indian Rocks Beach. My favorite part of skim camp is being able to make new connections, practice what I know and pass that down to new skimmers.


20 Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 Gulfport Neighbors Upcoming EventsGulfport Beach and Area Cleanup Gulfport Beach Waterfront Park Pavilion #4 Saturday, August 11 9 till 11 a.m. Gulfport Library Friends' Room Tuesday, August 14 10:30 a.m. till noon Thursday, August 16 6 till 7 p.m. Gulfport Beach and Area Cleanup Gulfport Beach Waterfront Park Pavilion #4 Saturday, September 8 9 till 11 a.m. 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. 49th Street Cleanup and Chiefs Chat Join Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman as they host the 5th Annual Mayors 49th Street Cleanup on Saturday, October 13. After the cleanup join Gulfport Police Chief Rob Vincent and St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway as they host the 4th Annual Chiefs Chat Community Forum. Its an informal and relaxed way to learn more about how the two departments work together and it also provides an opportunity for residents to ask the chiefs questions. The cleanup is about more than picking up litter. It is a celebration of community and it is about collaboration of the neighborhoods along 49th Street. Residents from all areas of both cities are encouraged to participate. This event affords all the opportunity to come out and meet neighbors, from both communities and while also making a difference! The communities of Gulfport and St. Petersburg should not be divided by anything more than four lanes of asphalt. The event will feature community groups such as Chart 411, Keep Pinellas Beautiful, Tampa Bay Watch, LOCAL Shops 1 and others. It takes place on the Tangerine Greenway on 49th Street South at Tangerine Avenue. Cleanup participants will be divided into four teams and will clean 49th Street and its adjacent alleys from the Pinellas Trail to Gulfport Blvd./22nd Avenue. Registration and a light breakfast begins at 8:15 a.m., the Mayors Welcome at 9 a.m. The Cleanup begins at 9:15 a.m. and the Chiefs Chat starts at 10:30 a.m. Please save the date and be a part of this great community event!


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22 Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 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 Its Safety First for the Ospreys By Debbie Wolfe Richard Lucas, a lead lineman for Pike Electric, carefully maneuvers a vacant osprey nest weighing about 125 pounds to its new resting place high atop a utility pole in Gulfport on Friday, August 3. Birds had originally constructed the nest at the top of a nearby pole and intertwined it between dangerous high-powered electrical lines. The safe location is only 10 to 15 feet away and consists of a new pole with a custom dish cradle at the top for the large nest. We keep it as close as possible in the same area while keeping them out of harms reach because live wires will still be on the original pole, said Jarrod Vogel, a lineman. Ospreys are semi seasonal so theyll switch from nest to nest, he said. Theyll come back in a couple of weeks. When ospreys choose to create a nest amongst highpowered electrical lines high atop utility poles, linemen know what to do. Keeping wildlife safe is part of their routine. We cant touch a nest until the birds vacate, said Jarrod Vogel, a lineman for Pike Electric, which is a contractor for Duke Energy. He and two other co-workers were in Gulfport on Friday, order that included the relocation of a large bird nest that weighed an estimated 125 pounds. Ospreys are semi seasonal so theyll switch from nest to nest, he said. Theyll come back in a couple of weeks. And, he should know. Following wildlife regulations is part of the job. In Vogels case, hes also lived in the area all of his life so his co-workers turn to him when they have questions about birds. Near the Catherine A. Hickman Theater in Clymer Park, at the corner of Beach Boulevard and 26th Avenue South, the crew replaced an aging utility pole, did some high-powered line work and installed a new pole nearby with a secure nest cradle at the top where the large nest could be relocated. For the birds, we install a new pole 10 to 15 feet away from the original one without endangering them, said Vogel. We keep it as close as possible in the same area while keeping them out of harms reach because live wires will still be on the original pole.


Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 23 327-8855 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 Loud, Clear and Free Phones Available hearing loss are eligible to receive a Relay, Inc. Cordless and corded phone for persons with mild to severe hearing loss are available on the third Tuesday of every month from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S. You must call 727-399-9983 to qualify and for more information. Limit one per client. Cool Shopping at Sophies Attic Sophies Attic is hoping everyone is enjoying their summer. Need a cool place to shop? Try their thrift shop. Its always a cool 72 degrees in here. This is the last week for the 50 sale rack. There are still a few nice things available on this rack. Need a walker? How about a shower chair? They have a number of pieces of medical equipment for sale. They have a rack of freshly laundered clothing, and a large variety of bedding available. They have all sorts of neat stuff. 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. Free Family Movie Series On Saturday, August 18 at 1:30 p.m., the Gulfport Public Library woman who, after discovering her husband is having an affair, seeks out her unconventional older sister. Once she allows her sister to drag her to a dance class, she begins to once again Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, and Celia Imrie. Rated PG-13. If anyone has any questions about this title or titles for upcoming months, please contact the Gulfport Public Library at 727-893-1074. Cardio Drumming on St. Pete Beach Cardio Drumming is a new high-energy dance rhythm program will be a workout for your body, mind and spirit! Finish the workout with a refreshing smoothie brought to you by Lean & Fit Nutrition. This new program will be held at St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. starting August 13. The cost is only $7 per class. Visit or call 727-363-9245 for more information. Romance Blooms at the Circle Bookshop The Circle Bookshop is featuring bodice rippers this week. Spice up your reading with a thrilling boots under the bed novel. Priced to sell, famous romance authors are well represented. Their sale carts are restocked daily and there is an excellent selection of Flash sales pop up every week at the bookshop, located in the Gulfport Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. Please call Marilyn Field at 727-321-4035 with any bookshop questions.


24 Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 Navigating the Perils of Probate By giving Al a half-interest in the home, Mary has made a gift of one hundred thousand dollars to Al. The Internal Revenue Service only allows individuals to make tax-free gifts of up to fourteen thousand dollars per year. As a result, Mary is her estate may have to pay gift taxes upon her death. In addition, if there is a mortgage and note on the home, each time Mary makes a mortgage payment, she is considered to be making a gift to Al. Mary could have avoided all of these potential problems. She could have retained the home only in her name and passed the home to Al under the State of Florida's Homestead Law which allows that one's solely owned homestead property goes directly to her child or children upon death. If Al inherits the home upon Mary's death, Al would then own the home at its "stepped-up basis." What that means is that Al's cost is only the fair market value of the home on the date of Mary's death. If Al were to then sell the home he would have little or no income taxes resulting from the stepped-up basis in the home. On the other hand, if Mary deeds a one-half interest in her home to Al during her lifetime, Al's basis in the home would be what Mary paid for the home which could potentially be far less than today's market value. In this case, if Al sold the property, he would likely would would have to be paid. All considered, Mary's desire to avoid probate expenses by deeding part of her home to Al during her lifetime could have some less than favorable consequences for both Mary and Al. Mr. Myers is the owner of Akerson Myers welcomes calls regarding this article and other related 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. Free Italian Lessons at Senior Center On Thursday, September 6, the next series of free Italian classes will be offered at the Gulfport Senior Center 5501 27th Ave. S. The beginner class, intermediate grammar class and advanced conversation is from 6 to 7 p.m. From 7 to 8 p.m. is beginner conversation, intermediate conversation and advanced grammar. And at 7:30 p.m. there is a Tarantella dance rehearsal. These classes are offered for free by the Italian-American Society of St. Petersburg. For information call Steve at 727-224-8731. Luncheon at the Lithuanian Club The Lithuanian-American Club at 4880 46th Ave. N., is serving lunch every Thursday at 1 p.m. The schedule of luncheons is one week cepelinai and the next week koldunai. The cost is $8 for entre, side, dessert and coffee. This Thursdays menu is homemade soup, koldunai (meat dumplings), served with bacon and/ or sour cream, dessert and coffee. Fresh baked Lithuanian bread is available. Please call 727-337-4240.


Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 25 By Debbie Wolfe John Paul Ikechukwy Owa of St. Petersburg is shown in a law enforcement photo following a 2013 arrest. According to Sergeant Spencer Gross, the Pinellas County Sheriffs Ofce public information ofcer, Owa was taken directly to the medical division at the Pinellas County Jail on August 2 without being photographed. A St. Petersburg man with a at high speed before colliding with another vehicle that resulted in the other drivers death. According to court documents and a press release, a Pinellas County cruiser behind a gold 2001 Chevrolet Malibu early on the morning of Thursday, August 2 and ran the tag. The vehicles tag showed that, John Paul Ikechukwy Owa, 28, of St. Petersburg was the registered owner and that he had a suspended drivers license. The deputy, driving a marked Chevrolet Tahoe, attempted to of 22nd Avenue South and 23rd Street South and activated all of his emergency equipment, according to a press release. From there, the driver of the At this point, by radio, the deputy were in the area. The deputy also deactivated his emergency lights siren. Due to strict pursuit policies in Pinellas County, the deputy did not Man with Suspended Drivers License Kills Another Running Red Lightsfollow with his patrol lights on due to the minor offense, said Sheriff Bob Gualtieri at a press conference located near the crash scene on the morning of August 2. However, the deputy, the unmarked vehicles and one witness along the way were able to document what the driver was doing, he said. First, the driver drove in circles at slow speeds in the Childs Park neighborhood, said Gualtieri. While picking up speed in the residential area, deputies say the driver hit a curb and damaged one tire. Next, the driver turned onto 49th Street South then headed northbound, accelerating recklessly to speeds approaching 70 mph while traveling on a road that is primarily marked as 35 mph, said Gualtieri. During this time, the driver ran red lights at the intersections of 1st Avenue South, Central Avenue and 1st Avenue North. At the intersection of 49th Street North and 5th Avenue North, the Malibu ran a fourth red light at about 4:15 a.m. and T-boned a 2007 black Ford Mustang. Donald Young, 56, of South Pasadena was driving the Mustang eastbound on 5th Avenue North and had a green light. At the crash scene, it was determined that Owa was driving the Malibu. A witness told deputies that Owa was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of 49th Street light at the intersection and struck the passenger side of Youngs vehicle. Young was treated by EMS at the scene and was transported to Bayfront Medical Center where he died at 4:40 a.m., according to court records. According to law enforcement, Owa was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and was then taken to the Pinellas County Jail without incident. Owa has been charged with vehicular homicide, driving with a suspended license causing injury eluding police, and possession of approximately one gram of marijuana. His bond is $70,150. The investigation continues, The VCTF is a countywide, multi-jurisdictional task force that focuses on violent crime in Pinellas County. The task force is comprised Petersburg Police Department and the Clearwater Police Department.


26 Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 Cardio Boxing on St. Pete Beach Sports scientists agree that cardioboxing is one of the best forms of exercise, because it conditions the total body and provides a complete workout for your cardiovascular and endurance systems. The major increased stamina, increased strength and burning lots of calories. This class is at St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is only $6 per class. Please visit spbrec. com or call 727-363-9245 for more information.ProjectFREE Presents Guys and Dolls ProjectFREE and RisingSTARZ theater group are proud to announce their adaptive production of awardwinning classic musical comedy Guys and Dolls featuring 22 amazing actors with diverse abilities. Performances will be held at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S. Performance dates are Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, September 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets are now on the pre-sale price of $18 and can be purchased by calling 800-838-3006 x2 or at the Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd. S. Tickets can also be purchased on day of show for $20 at the door. 501c3 performing arts initiative that is building a community to enrich the lives of intellectually and developmentally disabled adults. For more information on ProjectFREE Programs visit MyProjectFree1. 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. 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. To receive further information about how you or your business can help spread dementia awareness in the St. Petersburg and Pinellas Beaches area contact Cate McCarty, PhD., at 813-384-7571 or catemccarty@gmail. com or Jane Ogilvie, LPN, at 727327-0167 or Expressive Portrait Painting Class There will be a six-week course on Expressive Portrait Painting in oils and acrylics at Treasure Island City Hall Auditorium. The course begins on Wednesday, October 3, from 9 a.m. till 12:15 p.m. The course is for intermediate to advanced levels of oil or acrylic painting. Students will learn how to get basic proportions of the head, use comparative method to capture an accurate likeness of the sitter, use a limited palette of colors, handle paint and edge control, use color and value to create a convincing impression of light and technical information regarding materials. By the end of the course you will complete two portraits, working with the same life model over three sessions you will learn how to observe, measure and use paint in order to bring the composition to life. Each class is limited to eight students to allow the tutor to individually guide and support each student. The cost is $140 for Treasure Island Art Guild and $170 for nonmembers. Respond to Jim Gigurtsis at by September 17.


Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 27 By Debbie Wolfe In reaction to the completion of a new playground and the turnout of over 100 people for its dedication ceremony on Monday, August 6, Gulfport Montessori Elementary School Principal Jessley Hathaway said, I still cant believe the way the community came together for this in such a short amount of time. He and members of the schools Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) had a vision for the facility when in early 2017. The process of funding the playground has truly been a journey, said Barbara Pace, outgoing PTA president at the school. Without the communitys support, we would not have ever realized this. The Title 1 school serves about 650 children from Gulfport and St. Petersburg ranging from prekindergarten through 5th grade, said Hathaway. The majority of the fundraising for the playground came from Gulfport. What a way to showcase what an entire community can do, said Hathaway. Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Michael Grego said, When they got the support of the Chefs Table event, that brought them over the top. The leadership and citizens of Gulfport care about kids and they care about the school. The people who organized the second-annual Chefs Table in Gulfport in 2017 and who chose the schools playground effort as the benefactor did a great job, said Vice Mayor Christine Brown, who also teaches math at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport. The kids are going to be so happy when they come back to school next week. Margarete Tober, president of the worked with Pia Goff, owner of Pias Trattoria, and other members of the Gulfport Restaurant Association to host the second-annual Chefs Table. They donated the $17,538.50 in proceeds to the new playground initiative at the school. Its wonderful and Im delighted, said Tober. Tober also worked with other local area business owners to New Elementary Playground Opens Thanks to Family, Community Donationsobtain additional donations. Its a great example of a private-public partnership that any community can do. In addition to community support, it was important for the PTA to have our families and students share a vested interest in this project, said Pace. Some of the ways the students and families helped raise [money was] through classroom collections of coins, candy cane sales at Christmas Day, redeeming Coke product reward points and encouraging Amazon Smile designations to the school. This has been a dream and a journey were in excess of $ 27,000. The school board contributed too, along with trimming trees and adding a safety fence around the playground, said Pace. In addition to the building the playground, six new picnic tables are on order, she said. Every student in the school will have the opportunity to use the playground for the state-mandated recess time, to enjoy a meal and also as a place to come together to have a great time and to celebrate learning, said Hathaway. Donna Graham, incoming PTA president, said, It took a lot of dedication and hard work. It pays off. Im loving it. It was all hands on deck. Barbara Pace, center front, the outgoing PTA president at Gulfport Elementary, cheers after cutting the ribbon to the schools new playground on Monday, August 6. The PTA motto is Every child, one voice, she said. Pictured from left in the front row are Lori Walker, PTA secretary; Pinellas County School Board Member Joanne Lentino, who has also been a teacher at the school; incoming PTA president Donna Graham; Pace; Rhonda Muscat, PTA membership; Pinellas County School Board Superintendent Michael Grego, and Pinellas County Area 3 Superintendent Robert Poth. In the back row on the far left is school principal Jessley Hathaway.


28 Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 Spirit of GulfportBarry Rubin, left, receives the Spirit of Gulfport award from Vice Mayor Christine Brown at the Tuesday, August 7 Gulfport City Council meeting. Rubin was honored for his years of service to the city as the president of the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce. On July 1, the chamber and the Gulfport Merchants merger to form one group that supports area businesses named the Gulfport Merchants Chamber (GMC). For the GMC, Rubin continues his public service as the chairperson of the commerce committee. August Hours for St. Barts Thrift Shop during the summer season, St. Barts Thrift Shop will change its hours of operation for the month of August. The will be open Thursdays from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Fridays from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. The Thrift Shop is located in the garden behind St. Bartholomews Episcopal Church at 3747 34th St S. Everything in the store is offered at of the month, and individual items are occasionally offered for discount. They receive new items each day. 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 now open. 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. well 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


Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 29 ARIES (March 21-April 19). Bringing your loved ones together will make this week really sing. The venue won't matter all that much, so don't worry about throwing down your hard-earned money for a fancy setting. The magic ingredients include effort and a genuine appreciation for the talents of others, with an evergreen curiosity to match. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You can disagree with someone and still basically get along. In fact, you do this on the daily. What makes it possible is a sophistication of mind, the ability to communicate well and a tolerance for those with different moral codes. You grow in power and joy this week because of your diverse social circle. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). For anything to grow, thrive and improve, it needs attention. Most ruin isn't caused by evil intention, but by indifference to upkeep. It's true for relationships, buildings, property, your own body. This week sees you very busy as you devote yourself to the care and maintenance of all you hold dear. CANCER (June 22-July 22). The big, happy bonus is coming. Keep going through the entire cycle. Don't back off just because you're approaching a turning or breaking point in the action. When the clouds it ends the oppressive humidity. A change of state will be a relief. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Elitist situations in which only a few have the power and they keep to themselves in some kind of metaphoric ivory tower -that is the breeding ground for corruption and evil. To serve the greater good, avoid creating this dynamic in your own life, and work and do what you can to disrupt this dynamic wherever you see it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Just because you can doesn't mean you should. This is why you put every possible course of action through a series of mental tests, asking things "Is there a smarter/cleaner/cheaper/ faster way?" Your thoughtful, measured approach will pay off in LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The immature will want unreasonable things. They'll take their good fortune for granted and assume that serving their own interest will be what's best for all. Life teaches otherwise. It's not more fun to be wise. And yet, to be wise is to be somehow more alive, more powerfully connected to reality. You'll prefer it. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You will resuscitate what others what to do with it. They saw it as or hopelessly beyond repair. Good. Because for you it will be the golden opportunity, the missing magic ingredient, the answer to more than one big life question. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). We all have internal inconsistencies. You recognize your own, and it makes you more patient with others. Patience is not passivity or weakness. It's trust in the universal timing and acceptance of the reality that no single person is in control of it. Your patience and tolerance will be richly rewarded this week. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You respond to people as individuals, not as a demographic. You assume the best of others. You relay truth. These are basic tenets of respect, although sometimes they're missing even in the most enlightened of crowds. It's why you will be a leader and someone worth following in the weeks to come. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The ways to resolve problems are endless these days: Relay it to the internet; implore the experts; tell your family what you're trying to do and see what they come up with. Who are we kidding? You're going to go with what you want. But what you want might change when you hear all of the options. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Maybe it's not a matter of "bad" and "good" but of "useful" and "not"; or "helpful" and "unhelpful"; or some other criteria of your choosing. You intuitively feel like a free individual who doesn't have to abide by the limits of your culture, and you will exercise that right this week.


30 Gabber August 9 August 15, 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. 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 doctorate, 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 727-893-1074 for title. Yoga in the Garden: Saturday, August 11, 10:15 am. Were taking it outside this summer! Tend your body and spirit with mindful movement & meditation in our lovely garden. This slow-paced class welcomes all levels. Please bring props if you want them. Taught by Christa Fairbrother, RYT and Certied Yoga for Arthritis Instructor. Welcome to Gulfport! Workshops: Tuesday, August 14, 10:30 am; and Thursday, August 16, 6 pm. Co-hosted by Gulfport Neighbors and the Library. Learn about the services available through the city and the library. Find out how you can par ticipate in our award-winning Gulfport Neighbors organization. FMI, call 727-893-1074. Healthcare Navigators: Wednesday, August 15, 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 Coffee/Talk Book Club: Thursday, August 16, 11 am 12 pm. This summer, were reading National Book Award Winners, with discussion of Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon. Copies available at the Circulation Desk. Sponsored by Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Library. FMI, call 727-893-1073. Reception for Beauty of Nature Art Exhibit: Monday, August 20, 5 6:30 pm. Join us for the launch of the exhibit of paintings by local artist Oliver Norden in our Friends meeting room. Artworks on display through August 30. Beginner Painting for Adults: Wednesday, August 22, 1 3 pm. Follow along as we paint a beautiful scene of the Aurora Borealis! Use brushes, acrylic paints, and a few unexpected items in this beginner painting program. This program has limited attendance, so registration is required. Open Mic: Monday, August 27, 5-6:45 pm. FMI, call 727-893-1073. Gentle Yoga for Adults: Tuesday, August 28, 10:15-11:15 am. Nourish your body and spirit with mindful movement, breath work, and meditation. This slow-paced class welcomes all levels and each month will feature a different set of postures. Please bring props if you want them. 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. Children/Teens/Family Programs 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. Bees Learning: Thursdays, 6-8 pm. K-2nd grade from 6 7 pm; 3-5th grades from 7 8 pm. Mobile reading intervention program. Classes held in RV parked in front of Library. Registration required. FMI contact leahveal@beeslearning. org, or call 404-308-0295. Visit Ravens Guild: Saturday, August 11, 1 pm. Gather fans of anime, manga, gaming! This month well learn how to use origami to create our Ravens claws. Well also have snacks and screen a movie. Sponsored by the Circle of Friends of Gulfport Library. For ages 12-18. For movie title, call 727-893-1074. Reading Paws: Thursday, August 16, 3:30 4:30 pm. Young readers boost their condence by sharing a story with Maya, a specially trained Golden Retriever. She visits our childrens area on the third Thursday of every month. Free Family Movie Series: Saturday, August 18, 1:30 pm. Screening a British lm about a woman who after discovering her husband is having an affair seeks out her unconventional older sister. Once she allows her sister to drag her to a dance class, she begins to once again nd her feet. Stars Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, and Celia Imrie. Rated PG-13. Call for movie title. Community Playdate: Thursday, August 23, 11:30-11:45 am. Get acquainted with other caregivers of toddlers & preschoolers in a relaxed, informal setting. Bees Learning Craft: Thursday, August 23, 4:30-5:30 pm. Activity for children provided by the mobile reading lab staff. FMI contact, or call 404-308-0295. 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.Gulfport RecreationRecreation Center 5730 Shore Blvd. S. 727-893-1068RECREATION WEBSITE: and follow the links: City Departments, Recreation, Recreation Center. ACTIVITIES Pickleball Annual reg. $2 res/$22 non-res. Tues., 7:30 9 p.m. for All Levels of Play Basketball Thurs.., 7:30 9 pm AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM Registrations for the 2018-2019 School Year Child Care Program continue for children who will be entering Kindergarten thru age 14. Bus transportation is available from Pasadena Fundamental, Bear Creek, Gulfport Montessori 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 Option A $150 for residents and $188 for non-residents this includes in-service days. Option B $130 for residents $163 non-resident this does not include in-service days. Additional child discount available for Gulfport residents. 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./$22 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 pre-registration. Program hours are from 8:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Hours for pre-registration are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., MondayFriday. TOT-Time ProgramWe are accepting preregistrations for the 2018-2019 Tot Time Program. The Tot Time Program is a pre-school, hands-on 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. Monday-Friday. 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. Gentle Hatha Yoga Tues., 6:30 p.m. Call Denise at 813-777-9964 Karate Mon. & Thurs., 6:30 pm Call Andel 727-459-1319 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 August 9 August 15, 2018 31 Senior Center 5501 27th Ave. S. 727-893-5657 This is your Center! Sign up today to enjoy all the classes and events offered at the Gulfport Senior Center. Hours are Monday -Thursday 8 am 7 pm and Friday from 8 am 4 pm. Stop by and ask for a tour and pick up a copy of this months schedule or download your copy at and click the Senior Center link. The Senior Center currently offers multiple monthly classes, activities, and services for residents over 50 years old. Registration is required and is easy and free. Special Events Like us on Facebook at Happy Birthday to You! Friday July 27th we are Know Your Numbers Thursday, 8/09 @ 10:30 a.m. It is important to know your numbers. Come out to get your blood sugar and blood pressure checked. Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop Tuesday, 8/14 @ 1 p.m. Do you suffer back pain or leg pain when you stand or walk? Pain when you sit for long periods of time? Leg numbness or tingling? Come learn the 3 most common causes of back pain and sciatica and what successful treatment looks like without medication, injections or surgery. Space is limited. Must pre-register by calling 727-893-5657. Healthy Recipes Cooking Demo Wednesday, 8/15 @ 2 p.m. Come taste & learn how to prepare healthy food & how to read food labels. Space is limited. Must call 727-8935657 to pre-register. iPhone/iPad Instruction Class Thursday, August 21st @ 1:30 p.m. 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. The Seasoned Sowers Garden Club meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of Every Month at 9:30 am. Get down & dirty with one of Amer icas favorite past-time hobbies. No experience needed! Natural-born green thumbs & rst-time gardeners welcome. Phones For Hearing Impaired Having a problem hearing on the phone? Florida residents with a hearing loss qualify for a free amplied home phone. Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc., Family Center on Deafness issues equipment at the Gulfport Senior Center every third Tuesday of the month between 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. This program is paid for by a surcharge on all Florida households with home phone lines and all business lines, and has been available since 1991. Call 3999983 for more information. Tiki Time Luau Hula on over to the Gulfport Senior Center for some tropical fun on Wednesday, August 22th at 2 pm. Enjoy the cool ice cream social, music and dancing to Department Casino Ballroom5500 Shore Blvd. S. 727-893-1070Friday, August 107 pm 12 amSOUL NIGHT7 8 pm: Chicago Style Steppin Lesson with instructor Kevin Morrow 8 pm 12 am Dancing Dance to the best in Funk, Soul, Disco, Motown, Rhythm & Blues, with an exciting mix of retro and modern music. $10 Admission ($6 Student, enter by 7pm & take lesson) No partner needed ~ swingtime.infoSaturday, August 256 11 pmGECKOCONGULFPORTS 2018 GECKO BALL Live Music & Dancing Catered Cuisine Costume Contest Gecko Queen Coronation Live & Silent Auctions Dont miss Gulfports party of the year! Get tickets at the Beach Bazaar for $35 each, or online at Dont delay, this party always sells out!Casino 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 $8 GEMS Gulfport GetawaysSenior Center registration is required. However, there is no need to be GEMS member to enjoy the exciting Gulfport Getaways. Call 727-8932242 for more info and to reserve a seat. Trips are non-refundable and subject to change without notice. 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. the rhythm of steel drums, and a variety of fun games. Tickets are only $2.00 each. Advance ticket sales at the Senior center lobby desk, remaining tickets will also be available at the door on a rst come rst serve basis. For more information, please call the event line at 727-893-5657. Happy Birthday to You! Friday, 8/24 we are 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 Avenue S. on fourth Friday of every month at 3 pm for birthday cake, games, and fun for everyone. Provided by Simply Healthcare. Clubhouse Chatter 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month @ 10 am. Open Discussion about the MLB season and your hometown Rays. The good, the bad and the ugly and what the season could have been. Topics will include but not limited to player personnel, draft picks, farm system (minor leagues), coaching staff, spring season, ticket pricing, and of course the future of Tropicana Field. The discussion will be moderated by John Dallam. Rays Staff and Players will be invited to Clubhouse Chatter. About That Sugar Addiction Wednesday, 8/29 @ 2 pm. Join Dr. M.I. Yamani, Medical Director at All Care Medical Consultants to learn how sugar consumption leads to biochemical changes in the body. Special Services GEMS (Gulfport Extended Mobility Ser vice) 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 emer gency 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 727-8931231. 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. 727893-1244. More Activities To view the Senior Center calendar in its entirety, please log onto


32 Gabber August 9 August 15, 2018 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. All board meetings are in Gulfport. To apply for a board member position, complete the application at support-us/volunteer/ or email GriefShare Meeting at Cornerstone Church The group for GriefShare will be meeting every Friday from 10 a.m. until noon beginning August 24 and continuing through November 16 at Cornerstone Community Church, 6745 38th Ave. N. GriefShare is for anyone who has lost a loved one to help them get through their grief. For more information call 727-343-7747. 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. 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


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