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FREEEvery Thur sda yOnline Ev er ydayt heGabber .com No. 2580 August 16 August 22, 2018 Think You Know More About Gulfport than the Gabber? When Gulfport resident George W. Brann started the Gulfport Gabber in 1968, it was just a handful of unbound pages, with one news item covering city council. In an article in the Gabber marking the papers second birthday in October 1970, reporter Grant Donaldson wrote: Admittedly, Brann knew nothing about photography or any of the other journalistic skills, But after attending one council meeting I was convinced that Gulfport needed a newspaper, said Brann. Fifty years later, the Gabber is a community institution. Locals call Thursday Gabber Day. This Friday, August 17, the Gulfport Historical Society (GHS) is celebrating 50 years of your favorite community newspaper with a special exhibit kickoff party at 7 p.m. at the Gulfport History Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S. Says GHS president, and former Gabber reporter and columnist, Cathy Salustri, See Gabber Exhibit, page 23Red Tide Issue Draws 250 to the Beach in Show of SolidarityBy Debbie Wolfe Nearly 250 people gathered on Gulfports beach on the shoreline of Boca Ciega Bay on Sunday, August 12 at 10:15 a.m. to join thousands of others doing the same thing on coastlines throughout Florida as part of the grassroots Hands Along the Water movement. According to the two local organizers of the statewide movement, the goal was to hold hands for 15 minutes in solidarity to defend water and wildlife in a peaceful and non-partisan way regarding the trends of green algae and red tide blooms.See Red Tide, page 32 The First DayFirst grader Michael Ricks of Gulfport, left, said he is feeling good and ready for his rst day of school on Monday, August 13 at Gulfport Elementary School thanks in part to his dad, Gulfport Police Ofcer Brandon Ricks. Over the summer, Michael read books, completed workbooks and practiced his numbers with ash cards, said Brandon. His Power Rangers backpack contains pencils with erasers on them and a book, said Michael. It will be fun for him, said Brandon. He has a good teacher.


2 Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 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 727-398-9639. 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 WMNF Celebrates Homegrown Heroes WMNF Community Radio is highlighting the work of individuals and organizations at their inaugural Homegrown Heroes Celebration. It takes place on Sunday, August 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Gulfport CasinO, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. A table sponsorship is $300. Individual tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. WMNF put a call out in June for nominations of individuals and organizations who are actively making WMNFs listening area, the West Central Coast of Florida, better. They especially sought those who worked in cultural diversity, equality, peace, and social, environmental and economic justice. Almost 100 nominations poured in. WMNFs board members whittled them down to a smaller list of honorees. There will be live music from the food and a silent auction chock full of items from wonderful community partners, including art, craft beer, and special experiences. For more information, please call WMNF at 813-238-8001, or go to wmnf_events/wmnf-celebrateshomegrown-heroes.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 727825-1548. You can also visit the volunteer website at SAH/Volunteers.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. Light refreshments will be served. Open to the public. Paintings will be on display through August 30.


Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 3 Gulfport Community Players Cathy Awards The Gulfport Community Players announced the winners of the 2018 Summer One Acts Cathy Awards. Playwright Maggie Golden won Favorite Playwright for Lunch with Doreen. Favorite Director was Stephen Bell, Favorite Actress was Irene Navarro and Nick Fokianos was Favorite Actor. Chilean Film in LGBTQ Film Series The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public LibrVary 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 unacceptance from 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 Ostomy Support Group Meeting The United Ostomy Associations group of St. Petersburg invites all ostomates, new or experienced, to their next meeting on Sunday, August 26 at 2 p.m. in the St. Anthonys Hospital Auditorium, 1200 7th Ave. N. There is no cost to attend. Learn all about your life-saving and life-changing ostomy. They offer support to persons facing ostomy surgery, to persons with ostomies and their caregivers. They can help you get back on track after surgery and help you decide whether this surgery is right for you. This month they will have as their guest Paul Bixler from ostomy manufacturer Hollister. He will discuss some of the special help his company gives to ostomates. Call Bill Schmidt at 727-657-0998 or Millie Parker at 727-687-7584 for directions or more information.


4 Gabber August 16 August 22, 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 Ken Reichart Ken@theGabber .com 727-463-5088Reporters / Photographers Abby Baker AbbyBaker@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 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. 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. Cat Adoptions Saturday in South Pasadena Come to South Pasadena Shopping Center, 6892 Gulfport Blvd., on Saturday August 18 to meet and adopt friendly felines. Save Our Strays will be on hand from 11 a.m. to SOS has a wonderful selection of loving, adorable kitties, all raised in foster homes, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ready to give unconditional love. For details call 727-545-1116 or 747-347-1719 or visit


Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 5 South Pasadena Needs a Volunteer The city of South Pasadena is looking for a volunteer to serve on more information, call 727-347-4171. 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. 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's 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 Beta Sigma Phi Activities Gamma Omega Master Chapter will meet on Wednesday, November 22 at the home of Ellie VanDerhoff at 7 p.m. for a ways and means meeting. The members are in the process of painting their annual ceramic Christmas mouse ornament. They have been meeting over the summer to get a head start on the ornaments Ingram at 727-321-2849 to place an order. The council committees are busy with meeting and planning the activities for the coming year. The Christmas Brunch Committee will meet on Monday, August 20 at 1 p.m. at the home of Joyce Keller. Beta Sigma Phi is a social and cultural womens organization. Sunshine City Council has eight chapters of members of all ages. Some chapters meet year round while others meet from September to May. For more information contact Sharon Ingram at 727-321-2849.


6 Gabber August 16 August 22, 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 Savannah Dehart was raised in Gulfport and is now stationed in Germany with the Air Force. She asked her mother to send her the Gabber in her care packages so she can keep up with life in her home town. She took this one with her to the island of Mallorca in Spain during a weekend get away. 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-to5-year-olds and a caregiver. For more information please contact Cailey at 727-893-1074 or at cklasson@ 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 details call Marty Richardson at 630-674-5352. Exhibit by Gulfport Artist at the Woodson Gulfport Artist Cora Marshall will have an exhibition at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum at 2240 9th Ave. S. The exhibition, titled Roots & Branches & Blooms: An Exploration of Family Ancestry, History, and Memories, will run through September 30. The exhibition includes artwork from three painting series by the artist. In and Out of Time is a mixed media painting. Of Blood and Bones explores not only family resemblances among the artists ancestors, but also painting techniques that combine poured paint with realistic portraits. In Toiling Upward, inspiration stems from the artists intrigue with jobs held by kin in her family tree. Cora Marshall, Professor of Art Emeritus (Central Connecticut State University), retired to Gulfport in 2013. For more information about the exhibition and the artist, visit


Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 7 Celebrating 60 Years of ServicePictured, from left, are Dawn Zerk, granddaughter; Karen Grifth, daughter; Ginny Taylor; Lynne Tucker, daughter; and Elizabeth Grifth, granddaughter. Beta Xi Master conferred the Diamond Circle Ritual on Ginny Taylor for her 60 years of membership in Beta Sigma Phi. Ginny joined in Muncie, Indiana and was a member in Chattanooga, TN; Terre Haute, IN; Nashville, TN; and then when she moved to Florida, joined Beta Xi Master. Over the 60 Congratulations on a huge milestone and wishing you many more years in Beta Sigma Phi. Opening Art Show of 2018-2019 Season Treasure Island Art Guild will the 2018-2019 season on Thursday, August 23, at Treasure Island City Hall Auditorium, 108th Ave, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Members may exhibit up to three paintings for the show. Painters wanting to exhibit their work may join the guild at that time. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded on September 8 to the winners at the opening meeting and demonstration. To get more information visit or like them on Facebook.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 members and $170 for non-members. Respond to Jim Gigurtsis at by September 17. Music & DancingTues/Thurs7-10pmKaraokeFriday Night Saturday NightStage West We H ave Pull Ta bs Ser ving L unch!Mon~Sat 11~3 Ne xt Blood Bank T. B .A.


8 Gabber August 16 August 22, 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 every other Tuesday August 21 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 GriefShare at Cornerstone Church GriefShare, will be meeting every Friday from 10 a.m. till noon starting August 24 through November 16. It will be at Cornerstone Community Church, 6745 38th Ave. N. Cornerstone will also be facilitating Surviving the Holidays on Saturday, November 10, from 10 a.m. till noon. GriefShare is for anyone who has lost a loved one to help them through their grief. For more information call 727-343-7747.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.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. Rock Ponds Ecosystem Restoration Project The Pinellas Chapter Florida Native Plant Society will host Dr. Brandt Henningsen and Nancy Norten of SWFWMD on Wednesday, September 5, at 7 p.m. at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. They will share their latest reclamation project reclaiming the natural ecosystem on the banks of Tampa Bay. Learn how this project has improved water and wildlife quality in the bay. Monthly meetings of the Pinellas Chapter of the Native Wednesday of the month, and are open to the public. Extra volunteer plants are welcome in their plant silent auction. For more information call 727-244-0312 or visit pinellas. 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.


Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 9 Gulfport Gecko Amalgamated Marching Band Serenades Pub CrawlPhotos by Debbie Wolfe Thirteen members of the new Gulfport Gecko Amalgamated Marching Band entertained people during the Gecko Crawl. The band marched down sidewalks along Beach and Shore boulevards from about 5:20 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. It was the second public appearance for the all-volunteer marching band and they were wearing new tee shirts along with ball caps that stated Keep Gulfport Weird as part of their uniform. Many members also wore red shoes. They are awesome. They play great music, said Mike Theodore of St. Petersburg who was celebrating Gecko Crawl. The band gives out positive vibes and energy that we need nowadays, said Lithia Castillo, who is living aboard one of the motorboats anchored off the shores of Gulfport in Boca Ciega Bay. Philip Roy of Gulfport plays the new Gulfport Gecko Amalgamated Marching Bands bass drum that is decorated with a graphic that reads, Greetings from Gulfport. The band performed sidewalk marches during the citys 11th-annual Gecko Crawl on the evening of Saturday, August 11. The theme for this years Gecko-related events is GeckoCon. In that spirit, Toffer Ross, tuba player, and co-founder of the band, selected three songs: Funkytown, the Batman Theme, and the Spider-Man (Theme). Look for them on the sidewalks again at the 18th-annual Geckofest on Saturday, September 1. To nd out more about volunteering for the marching band, contact Ross at 727-480-0987.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.


10 Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 By Debbie Wolfe Crews with large trucks, some equipped with steaming hot water boilers, are going to continue to be a familiar sight in Gulfport at least through the end of November as part of the citys multi-year plan to repair the sewer system. On Monday, August 13, contractors from Miller Pipeline Corporation in Lakeland and sub-contractors from Seminole Septic had more than a handful of trucks spread along a sewer line route that extended three full blocks from the corner of southbound Beach Boulevard along 25th Avenue South to 53rd Street South. The western part of the area was one block north of the Catherin A. Hickman Theater and to the east, trucks were located on the south side of the City Hall and Gulfport Police building, 2401 53rd Street South. Basically, workers follow a threestep liner installation process. Once a section of buried sewer line manhole to another, a special feltwith resin is fed through the existing pipe. Next, a truck equipped with a boiler heats water so it can be poured down into the liner tube to activate the resin. During this step, white steam rises from the truck and can easily be mistaken for smoke, said City Manager Jim OReilly. When the resin hardens, the liner becomes the new durable pipe, said Public Works Director Tom Nicholls. Finally, the liner is cut at a point near the bottom of the manhole. Mondays project was 400 feet long, said an on-site contractor. During installation, the part of the sewer line being repaired is blocked off and pumped dry. But, the sewer system continues to function because on either side of the work area, pump-out septic trucks collect then redistribute the water back into the non-blocked pipes. It can take anywhere from 90 to install a liner depending on the length and condition of the existing sewer pipe, said the contractor. Some pipes need to be cleaned before installation. This is all part of a multi-year Pipe Liners Part of Citys Sewer Repair Planconstruction program then maintain the municipal sewer system, said Nicholls. In July 2016, the citys Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey (SSES) was completed and it included prioritized recommendations for rehabilitation of the defects that were found, according to a city of Gulfport memorandum dated November 21, 2017. On May 15, 2017, a 12-page document detailing the citys sewer system and plans for repairs was delivered to the city. See wp-content/uploads/ Gulfport-SSES-Ph-IConstruction-Planssigned.pdf. During the survey, closed-circuit television cameras and smoke were used to evaluate the system, said Nicholls. We will probably be doing some more smoke testing, he said. At the end of 2018, there will be a revised sanitary sewer evaluation report that comes out of this repair work. It will say what our next steps will need to be, said Nicholls. Maintaining the system will be ongoing, he said. Some sections of pipe can be repaired with liners while other others need complete replacement at certain points. In the beginning of 2019, the city will establish an annual cleaning and maintenance program, said Nicholls. Every part of the sewer system will be cleaned and inspected at least every 10 years and that will keep us on top of repairs and maintenance. On Monday, August 13, contractors from Miller Pipeline Corporation in Lakeland repaired a section of Gulfports buried sewer line by installing a special felt-like exible lining tube with embedded resin through the existing pipe. Part of the process involves a truck equipped with a boiler that heats water to pour down into the liner tube and activate the resin so it will harden. During this step, white steam rises from the truck and can easily be mistaken for smoke, said City Manager Jim OReilly.


Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 11 Ask our technician about FREE Se wer Camera Inspection WE SNAKE ANY DRAIN, ANY TIME! Hafke Plumbing727-755-3081 or 813-662-4408 Se wer Replacement fo r Gulfpor t Residents(call fo r details) 50% OFFLIC #CFC057462 Residential / CommercialA vailable24 / 7 *from cleanout access Exp 9/5/18 Reg $199 * from clean f fr fro rom om c l cle le a a n ean an n $8995* SPECIAL 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 a.m. 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. 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. 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.


12 Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 SOPER, ROBERT DONALD DEMARCUS, 75, of Gulfport passed away on August 8 after a period of declining health. Born February 24, 1943 in Washington D.C. to Leroy Benson Soper and Lucile Nantz Soper, he leaves behind to cherish his memory a brother, William L. Soper, whom he managed to visit in Paris France in May; a niece, Stephanie Soper of Randleman NC and numerous friends near and far. Raised in Bethesda, MD, with an interest in art inherited from his mother, Don attended and graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland. He went on to attend the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore, obtained his DDS, and the public health service in New York City. Subsequently, he served Guard Mobile Dental Unit in Florida. He then opened a private dental practice in St. Petersburg for many years, where he created life-long friendships. After his retirement he relocated to a condominium in Town Shores where he was active in art clubs and a French language group. Don will be remembered by all for his positive outlook, his imagination, creativity and artistic ability and, above all, his quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. STAEBELL, ARTHUR H. (BUD) JR. passed away on Wednesday, August 8. Born in Buffalo, NY on June 26, 1924, he was a graduate of Attica High School and the University of Buffalo. He taught high school music classes in Orchard Park, NY, and retired to St. Petersburg in 1979. He is survived by his bride of 72 years, Betty J. Burger, a son, William A. Staebell of Orchard Park, grandchildren. He was well known for his professional piano playing. Pet Pals Portia is a calm girl with an outgoing personality and a silly grin. She walks well on a leash and is looking forward to a home that will give her lots of cuddles. chasing cats irresistible, so she will need a feline-free home. Portia is spayed, microchipped and vaccinated and her adoption fee is $200. See more animals at This Week's Solutions Save Our StraysHi, I am Christine and have a lot going for me. I am less than a year old and an orange tabby with distinct stripes and gorgeous green eyes. I have been completely vetted and microchipped. I get along great with other cats, but prefer no small children. Meet me at SOS Cat Haven in Pinellas Park or at the Skyway Cat Club show this weekend at Minnrig Hall. Call 727-463-0694 for details. View other felines at Obituaries Gulfport Neighbors Autumn EventsWelcome to the Neighborhood Workshop Gulfport Library Friends' Room 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. 5th Annual Mayors' 49th Street Cleanup 4th Annual Chiefs' Chat Community Forum, Tangerine Greenway at 49th Street and Tangerine Avenue Saturday, October 13 8:15 till 11:30 a.m. Junk in the Trunk Fall Celebration 49th Street Neighborhood Center Saturday, October 27 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. More information at


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14 Gabber August 16 August 22, 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 Letters Letters to the Editor The Gabber encourages letters and commentary. Keep letters as brief as possible. Letters must be signed by the author and may be emailed to publisher@, or sent to the Gabber ofce. Commentary posted to thegabber. com or on Gabber Facebook pages may also appear in the paper. The views and opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent the views of the publishers, staff or advertisers. Skateboard Park Doesn't Need ReviewDear Editor: The August Gulfport Council meeting as reported by the Gabber on August 9, 2018 was an example of Gulfport politics. On the agenda was a proposal to fund and construct a skateboard facility near the Recreation Center. This has been discussed for over two a vote last week. Councilmember Dan 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 came up, I did 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." Mr. Liedtke's position is disingenuous on many levels. If he has a petition as he stated, his constituents no doubt opposed the proposal. His assertion that he did not have information is an assertion that belies the facts. The facts are that this proposal, including power point presentations, and an aerial photograph are in existence. The Council and City Manager knew this and they refused to contest Mr. Liedtke's claim. If Mr. Liedtke purports to represent his constituents, he has an obligation to vote as they want. Voting against recreation for kids doesn't make him look good. He did a better job by stalling the vote.Bruce A. Plesser, Esq. Gulfport


Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 15 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 of cardio-boxing include 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. Visit spbrec. com or call 727-363-9245 for more information. Luncheon at the Lithuanian Club The Lithuanian-American Club at 4880 46th Ave. N., is serving lunch every Thursday at 1 p.m. The schedule of luncheons is one week cepelinai and the next week koldunai. The cost is $8 for entre, side, dessert and coffee This Thursdays menu is cepelinai (boiled grated potato with meat) served with bacon and/or sour cream, dessert and coffee. Fresh baked Lithuanian bread is available. Please call 727-337-4240 for reservations or more information. Gulfport Recreations Child Care Program Registrations continue for the Gulfport 2018-2019 School Year Child Care Program for children who will be entering kindergarten through age 14. Bus transportation is available from Pasadena Fundamental, Bear Creek, Gulfport Elementary and Douglas Jamerson Elementary. Program hours are until 5:30 p.m. with extended hours available until 6 p.m. for an extra charge. Monthly fees are $150 for residents (additional child discount available) and $188 for nonresidents. The Recreation Center announces the sponsorship of the Afterschool Nutrition Program, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program. The program is designed to provide nutritious snacks to children in after school programs. In accordance with the Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Hours of registration are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Please call 727-893-1068 for more information.


16 Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 Gulfport Police Offering DNA for Residents to Protect and Recover their Valuables By Angelina Bruno Protech DNA is essentially DNA for your stuff, said Jim Wright, CERT Volunteer Coordinator for the city of Gulfport. Protech DNA is a gellike adhesive, applied to an item. Within the forensic adhesive is are numbered microdots, with a personalized pin number unique to the owner. If a stolen piece of property is recovered, police can use a magnifying glass to look at the tag and reunite the owner with the item. Protech DNA labels are invisible to the naked eye, meaning thieves cant remove the tags. The company has been in business for six years, but Gulfport Police have only recently started using the technology. Lets take a camera, for example said Jim Wright. If three cameras end up at Gulfport Police and you dont have the serial number, how would you know for certain, which one was yours? You probably wouldnt know. Wright explained, I use Pinellas County Sheriffs Department as an example. Theres literally thousands upon thousands of items, but they cant get them back to the owners because they dont know who the owner is. Protech DNA changes that. After signing up online for Protech, users will receive a kit in the mail containing the glue. The owner simply swabs it on their items. Once the glue has been applied to valuables, Protech recommends that a description, make, model, serial number be entered into the International Asset Registry for Law Enforcement (IARLE). Doing this can increase the chances of property being returned to the owner by 50%, according to Protech DNAs website. When police recover stolen property, they will electronically catalog the item, connecting the item with the information entered into the IARLE database. At this point, not only will law enforcement see the IARLE registration, they is called Connecting The Dots and provides law enforcement with two ways of verifying item ownership. The kit is free, aside from a $4.99 shipping cost, and easy to register for online. After registering, users have the option of adding window warning decal ($1.50) or a DNA warning label ($1) to their order. The idea is that stickers will deter thieves, but the DNA warning sticker goes one step further. In the event of an unfortunate theft, it aids in recovery, said Jim Wright. And thats the main thing. For more information attend a weekly Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting, held at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at rotating locations. For a full list of meetings, visit l. Jim Wright, CERT volunteer coordinator holds up an information pamphlet for Protech DNA at Gulfports Night Out on August 2nd. 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 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 the event line at 727-893-5657. ProjectFREE Presents Guys and Dolls ProjectFREE and RisingSTARZ theater group are proud to announce their adaptive production of award-winning 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. For more information on ProjectFREE Programs visit


Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 17 What is your favorite park and why? The Gabs Stephanie Hadzima, Clearwater: The Largo Central Park at West Bay Drive and Missouri is my favorite because I have kids. They have a wonderful and beautiful Christmas decorations. We go there once or twice a week depending on how busy we are. They have a train, a library, a huge playground and an area for events. We love it. Helga Scott, St. Petersburg: I love Sawgrass Lake Park in Pinellas County. It is like the essence of real nature in Florida. You can run wild. Take your dogs. Take your kids. You can picnic. You can walk down the boardwalks. You can look in the water. Its just lovely and personal. Just take your own little route. Its wonderful. Up Up, Gulfport: Im an 18-yearold blue-and-gold macaw and my favorite is where my owner parks her bike! I like it when people walk by and tell me Im a good boy or when they take my picture. I enjoy posing. But, if they get too close, I will bite! Im not mean. I like my space. Thats just the way it is. Heidi Kirtland, St. Petersburg: The George Washington and Jefferson National Forest in Virginia is my favorite. It reminds me of Germany where everything is cleaned up tremendously when Im walking in the forest nice and neat. It has deciduous trees. I also enjoy looking at stones in the river. Its a place to be alone with my husband and son. 321-6965


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20 Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 By Debbie Wolfe The Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans Project sponsored by the got a boost for their Monday, August 13 fundraiser in St. Petersburg when John and Lisa Riesenbeck, owners of Smokin Js Real Texas BBQ in Gulfport, cooked up a free hot lunch on site for all veterans. Were expected from 200 to 300 people to come through for lunch and to look at the four tiny homes models, said John Riesenbeck as he worked his trailer-based smoker. Were trying to raise money to build the tiny homes. The fundraiser, the tiny homes model tour and related program was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Mirror Lake Drive in St. Petersburg. Riesenbeck is a Navy veteran who served during peacetime as a seaman minesweeper from 1979 to 1981. We wouldnt have the freedoms that we have without veterans, he said.Smokin Js Feeds Fundraiser for Tiny Homes for Homeless Vets John Riesenbeck, owner of Smokin Js Real Texas BBQ in Gulfport, works his trailer-based smoker at a fundraiser benetting the Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans Project on Monday, August 13. He served up free lunches for homeless veterans as hundreds of people toured four tiny homes models and listened to a program. The non-prot Celebrate Outreach group sponsored the event held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Petesburg. Sabine von Aulock, one of the team members associated with the Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans Project, holds a home model along with Floridas U.S. Representative Charlie Crist, 13th district, on Monday, August 13. The two were attending a fundraiser being held for the project that is a collaboration between the non-prot Celebrate Outreach group and the University of South Floridas School of Architecture and Community Design. The rst home will soon be built in St. Petersburg. I couldnt be more impressed, said Crist of the project and the fundraiser. On Thursday, August 16, project organizers will meet with staff from the city of St. Petersburg to discuss the purchase of a piece of property built, said Riesenbeck. Were getting close to our goal to According to Celebrate Outreach, in Pinellas County, 329 veterans spend each night in locations not meant for habitation. The project will build tiny homes to house homeless veterans and is a group and the University of South Floridas School of Architecture and Community Design. Jimmy Grignon, a veteran and a market development manager for the LP Building Products Corporation headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, also sponsored Mondays event and led a group of eight event volunteers from his company. For more information about the project and to donate or volunteer, visit html or call Sabine von Aulock, one of the projects team members, at 973-768-3256.


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Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 23 There is nothing more American than newspapers like the Gabber Newspaper. The paper chronicles what it means to be a Gulfportian, The party is just the beginning of a months-long exhibit, Read All About It: 50 Years of The Gabber Newspaper, at the history museum that will feature 50 years of Gabber front covers and memorabilia celebrating what is an increasingly rare treasure: the community newspaper. With shrinking and failing newsrooms across the country, its no small achievement for any paper, much less a small weekly, to make it 50 years, says Salustri. Its a milestone that we, as Gulfportians, deserve to celebrate. Its been our honor at the Gulfport Historical Society to be able to mount this exhibit, and I sincerely hope well see everyone who reads this Friday night at the opening reception. Whats in store at the kickoff Gabber Exhibit, from front pageparty? Well, besides free drinks and snacks, its your chance to beat the Gabber team and show what you know about Gulfport. The highlight of the reception will be a special So You Think You Know Gulfport? The Gabber Newspaper Edition. Part trivia, part comedy show, the Gulfport-centric quiz show will pit your knowledge against an all-star team, featuring longtime residents, and against The Gabber Newspaper. The event is free and open to the public, but to be on the quiz team, you can get tickets at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar, or at the door on Friday. The winning team will take home cash and glory. For 13 years, the Gabber was a special part of my life, says been so much more to so many people. The community deserves this exhibit; theyve diligently supported the Gabber, remained engaged with the Gabber, ranted about the Gabber. Now, they can come relive special moments as recorded by the Gabber, celebrate the papers survival, and raise a glass to honor the community and the paper it supports. Oh, and dont forget: beat the Gabber. A special preview event for the exhibit for Gulfport Historical Society members and VIPs will take place Thursday, August 16 at 7 p.m. Contact the GHS for more details, 727-656-5420.


24 Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 Wills In the every day practice of law questions of law are asked by clients questions which are responded to concerning wills and probate are: What are the Formal Requirements for a Legal Will in Florida? Whoever makes a will in the state of Florida must be at least eighteen years of age. Your will must be in writing. You must be of sound mind or be competent when you sign your will. A will must be witnessed in a special manner when you sign it. This requires that certain legal formalities be observed at the time of execution of the will. Finally, in order to be effective, a will must be acceptable to the probate court. Can I Cross Out or Write Additional Words in my Will? It is not a good idea to cross out words or add words to a will after the will has been signed and executed. If you write on the will after you have signed and executed it, you run a serious risk that some or all of the will may be determined by a probate court judge to be invalid. Why Do I Need a Will? Everyone needs to have a will. People with minor children need wills so that they can name a guardian for their minor children in the event of death. A will enables you to decide who gets your property. Without a will, the laws of the state of Florida decide who gets your real estate and personal property. A will also allows you to name who will manage the distribution of your estate. This party is known as the personal representative under Florida law. Is My Current Will Still Good? That depends. As long as your current will meets the formal requirements for a legal will in Florida, it is good until you change 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.or revoke it in accordance with Florida law. You can change your will as often as you wish so long as you comply with the legal requirements concerning capacity, fraud, undue formal requirements for a will in the state of Florida. Both monetary and personal changes in your life may require a change in your will. For example, divorce, marriage, birth of children, and deaths of relatives may be a reminder to review the adequacy of your current will. In addition, tax law changes and a change in the amount or makeup of your estate may make it advisable to change your will to better serve your legal heirs. Mr. Myers is the owner of Akerson calls regarding this article and other related legal topics. This column outlines general legal principles. If


Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 25 St. Pete Resort Gets Free Life Jacket ProgramBy Abby Baker Local boating safety became a little easier on Tuesday, August 14 with the start of the free Life Jacket Loaner program at the Tierra Verde Marina Resort. Boat towing service Sea Tow and the St. Pete chapter of Americas Boating Club have combined forces to bring the national free Life Jacket Loaner program to local residents and boating lovers. A ribbon-cutting at 206 Madonna has been going through a trial run over the last week. Here, in the store, we have better control, said Cile Moreno, the owner of the St. Pete Sea Tow franchise. Its really been very successful. Boaters are welcome to come into the Tierra Verde Marina Resort store and take a bright yellow life jacket at their convenience. The return of the jackets is based solely on an honor system. If some jackets are never returned, the grant will pay to replenish them as needed. According to Americas Boating Club member Michael Cook, several of the life jackets were returned wet in the past week, marking the beginning of their use by the community. Our mission is primarily safe boating and education, said Cook. Through a grant with the US Coast Guard, Sea Tow has obtained several life jackets in both adult and child sizes, accompanied with a stand. Some loaner program stands include matching dog life jackets. Our son is the general manager; we live here in the community, said Moreno. This is just one of the things that we do for this community. Sea Tow has jacket loaner stands all over the country, with the St. Pete location being the newest. The sponsored stands pop up as far away as New York and pepper the East Coast. For more information about the Life Jacket Loaner program and Sea Tow, contact the St. Pete franchise at 727-547-1868. Cile Moreno, owner of the St. Pete Sea Tow, cuts the ribbon that marks the opening on the free Life Jacket Loaner program at the Tierra Verde Marina Resort August 14. 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 St. Pete Beach Safe Boating Program The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 7-8 has a 12-week repeating cycle of Safe Boating Program meetings every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach (at the Warren Webster Building, one mile south of the Don CeSar). Start at any point in the p.m. to register. Included in this program are detailed materials that cover a variety of program topics. The program package is based on the new USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship 14th Edition 400-page manual. All materials will be included in the cost of the program which is $45 per participant for 12 weeks ($60 for couples sharing the materials). For more information, and a list of topics covered each week, call Jim at 727-360-4846, Warren at 727-3217801 or Phil at 727-865-2226. Caregivers Support Group at Senior Center Are you feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities and challenges of being a caregiver? You are not alone! Ongoing support for you is essential. The Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S., offers a support group for caregivers on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. This peer-led group will share tips, offer encouragement and discuss the trials, demands and overwhelming experience of being a caregiver for their loved one. 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.


26 Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 By Angelina Bruno Gulfports CERT Volunteer Coordinator Jim Wright has lived in his Tyrone area neighborhood for 25 years. He said hes watched people come and go and seen the neighborhood change, but one thing has always been constant: Wright and his watchful eye. If I see someones got a package from UPS I have their phone number so I can call them up and see if theyre going to be home soon. I keep an eye out for strange people and strange cars, he said. Ive got all the emails and phone numbers for the people on my street. Looking out for UPS and Amazon packages prevents what Wright calls Porch Pirates, people looking for unattended packages to snatch. block captain of a neighborhood watch where he lives, he says hes essentially doing the same things any block captain would do. A short list of responsibilities he says hed like to see more people take on in Gulfport. Currently Gulfport has four neighborhood watch block captains, volunteers who keep a close eye on their street and notice when things seem a little off. John Baker, William Seawall, Mary Hanrahan and Diane neighborhood watch a few months ago, after a little training provided by Jim Wright and CERT. The training covered the dos and donts of a solid neighborhood watch, and provided the four with captain badges and shirts. Watch Out! Gulfport Seeking More Neighborhood Watch Block Captains A big part of the training Wright says, stresses that block captains are not law enforcement and shouldnt act as such. Wrights advice? Make a phone call. Dont approach anyone strange, and if you think something might be up, get a good description and call it in, he said. Getting a because the subject may be far away, and approaching a strange person can be dangerous. Mary Hanrahan has lived in Gulfport for four years. Its fun, Hanrahan says, speaking about her block captain experience. So far, she has introduced herself to her neighbors by traveling door to door about Gulfports Night Out on August 2. Hanrahan has been a block captain for about a month. Next up, Hanrahan plans to collect email and phone numbers for all the people living on the block. When the city has emergency information that needs to get out, we can help distribute that, she said. Mary Hanrahan poses in her Neighborhood Watch block captains shirt in front of her 27th Avenue South home. Hanrahan is one of four Gulfport block captains aiming to make the city safer and neighborhood watches more organized. There are people in the neighborhood who dont have internet, and we need to call them up or go around and knock on their door to make sure they can be taken care of. Currently, the block captains are in the Marina District of Gulfport, but other Gulfport neighborhoods. Wright is focusing his efforts on recruiting block captains for the arts district of Gulfport (the neighborhoods behind the Strand building, including Town Shores,) and also the area surrounding Stetson University. This is our city! said Wright. If you want to make changes, you need to get involved and be a part of the solution. Im pretty determined to get things going. To get involved, residents can contact Jim Wright at 727-309-9260 or come to a neighborhood watch meeting, Wednesdays at 7 p.m. A list of meeting locations is available online at


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28 Gabber August 16 August 22, 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 ARIES (March 21-April 19). It's time to take things how they are, without a lot of extra opinions and judgments about it. You could use a little less cynicism in your life, and it's why you might choose to be around innocents or perhaps animals. You may also make efforts to simplify your day to day a use of your energy that is sure to repay you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Two beings' trying to get along is always going to be a complex dance. Space must be negotiated at every level body, mind and spirit. It is as necessary to open yourself as it is to guard yourself. The duet depends on this. You'll be especially graceful this week in all the ways that help relationships develop. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You want to be accommodating and to kindly clear every obstacle from the path of those around you. However, consider that some of those obstacles are half the fun, and taking them away might diminish another person's experience. Make sure that others need and want help before you give it. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You're on a mission, and you're going with or without the others. You should know that your independence is very attractive. People will join you because they sense your leadership, or because they feel very free around you, as you make sure not to psychically lean on others and have very few requirements of them. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You're really putting yourself "out there" this week. That takes courage, but it also makes your life better with such immediacy that it really won't take much endurance. As you express yourself, you'll train others on the subject of you and also set a precedent that they may choose to follow in future interactions. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There was a time you needed to make unemotional, objective decisions, and you learned to do this well. But you still understand the unique logic of emotions, and you can expertly stir them if you have a good enough reason to do so. This week provides you with such a reason, and you'll touch people's hearts. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). People like to have a sense of what those around them are doing and where they are going. Discomfort sets in when those factors are unknown and unpredictable. This week, what you do to signal who you are, what you want and your direction in life will help others trust you. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There will always be as many sides to the story as there are people telling it. This week, it will be as important to give your own version credence as it will be to listen to others'. You'll look at all sides, grant them equal merit in your mind and then blend the wisdom of the collective into a solution that suits most. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You know yourself well, but what you don't know is what effect you actually have on others. You might be surprised to know that your very choice of activities will make all the difference when it comes to forging bonds. Well, that and your approach. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The race is basically over before it's actually over. Don't skip out on the may seem in the moment. Cross the your medal and complimentary drink, too. These rituals mean something, if not in the moment then eventually. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There's no one like you and never will be. Even if you were cloned, the clone wouldn't have your experiences and would in fact over time build a completely differently shaped brain from yours, because our brains are constantly changed by what we experience. Because you're an original, you don't have to try to be. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). If it were enough for people just to know what to do, everyone would only have to read one book on relationships or diets or any desired topic to be an expert. But it's not enough to know what to do. We also have to feel like doing it, or nothing happens. This week's cosmic gift is the passion and motivation required to act.


Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 29 From the Desk of Sheriff Bob Gualtieri On February 14, Nikolas Cruz shot 34 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, killing 17. Less than a month later, Governor Rick Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. Part of the new legislation requires each district school board and school district superintendent to work with law enforcement agencies to assign at In conjunction with this requirement, the act permits county sheriffs to establish a Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, named after a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School employee who lost his life protecting students during the shooting. The Guardian Program, which is completely voluntary for a sheriff to establish and for a school district to participate in, involves hiring armed guardians who have completed a minimum 132 training, to protect school campuses from armed assailants. The Pinellas County School Board elected to participate in the Guardian Program, hiring almost 90 guardians to complete an extensive training Division. Monday, on July 2, with two days of classroom instruction about diversity and legal issues like the Fourth Amendment and concealed-carry laws. drills designed to prepare trainees to respond to active assailant incidents on school premises. retired military to somebody who was a school bus driver thats never done Division Lieutenant Greg Danzig during the second week of the training program. So this is a unique experience for us, but so far, the guardians are doing quite well. certifying them as Pinellas County Schools guardians. on campus full time to keep students, teachers and faculty safe. However, there are distinct differences in their duties and limitations. While guardians arrest powers or the authority to detain, interrogate, and/or question subjects. Likewise, guardians do not have patrol vehicles, handcuffs, police radios, or With the start of the 2018-2019 school year, guardians have taken their posts at elementary and charter schools across the county. The PCSO will continue to provide training in various capacities to guardians throughout the year. "Overall, the training program went really well," Lieutenant Danzig said. "Our trainers greatly enjoyed the experience. Being a trainer means taking on new challenges, and this was a large one." While the program is off to a great start, Pinellas County Schools must employ a total of 110 guardians to cover every school with built-in relief. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a guardian, contact the Pinellas County School Board at or 727-588-6300. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri Boca Ciega High 50th Reunion The Boca Ciega High School Class of 1968 will be holding their 50th class reunion at The Club Treasure Island on October 12 and 13. For more information please call Beverly Markey Gentry at 352-212-2363 or Pete Lynn at 727-347 -6288. They hope to see you there! 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. 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. 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 727-893-5657.


30 Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 Local Crime WatchA sampling of police reports from Aug. 2 to Aug. 13 in Gulfport, South Pasadena and St. Pete Beach Source: Pinellas County Crime Viewer and Gulfport Police Department.Gulfport8/2Burglary to a residence in the 5200 block of Newton Avenue South. A resident observed stolen property in her nephews room that belonged to her neighbors. The nephew had been given permission to be at the neighbors house to care for the pet. The property minus a car key was returned prior to police arrival. The nephew stated a friend must have gone back in the house when he was not there. The victims did not want to prosecute in this case. 8/3Disturbance in the 1400 block of 61st Street South. lot at Stetson Law regarding a confrontation between security and a male who refused to leave. The vehicle was spotted driving north on 58th Street South and The elderly male was upset because of the confrontation and was argumentative with the was issued a written trespass warning for Stetson Law. 8/4Criminal mischief in the 5100 block of Newton Avenue South. A resident reported that she discovered damage to some blinds and a window at her residence. There was no evidence that entry was made to the home. in the 58th Street South and Gulfport Boulevard. driven by Fernando J. Chavez for speeding. Fernando stated that he was a Mexican national and did not have a drivers license. He was also in possession of a counterfeit social security card he used to identify himself for work purposes. He was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County jail. 8/5Warrant arrest in the 4900 block of Gulfport Boulevard South. crash involving two vehicles that merged into one another. The driver of one of the vehicles, Darius Jefferson, had a suspended license and warrants out of Hillsborough County for theft. He was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County jail. 8/5Criminal mischief in the 2200 block of Beach Boulevard South. A resident called and reported that her vehicle window was damaged sometime between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on this date. It is unknown what was used to damage the window. 8/5Grand theft in the 2800 block of 53rd Street South. A resident called to report that a former roommate took $300 from his wallet before moving out. The suspect was contacted by phone and he stated that the alleged victim was trying to have him arrested because he was upset that he moved out. 8/8Assist citizen in the 5100 block of 17th Avenue South. A resident reported someone attempting entry through her front door. She heard the screen door close and the door handle area and nothing was located. A neighbors security cameras were also checked and nothing was scene around the location. 8/8Warrant arrest in the 5200 block of 18th Avenue South. residence to trespass an individual who was staying as a guest. The guest agreed to leave and a trespass warning was issued. A records check revealed the Pinellas probable cause for burglary for the individual. Anthony Luciano was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail.Burglary-Vehicle 8/8, midnight, 2800 block of Beach Blvd S Battery 8/11, 4:50 p.m., 1400 block of 58th St S Theft-Grand 8/9, 8:08 a.m., 6800 block of Gulfport Blvd S Vandal/Criminal Mischief 8/13, 1:15 p.m., 5500 block of 28th Ave S Missing Person 8/10, 6:30 p.m. Theft-Petit 8/10, 11 p.m., 2000 block of 59th St S Battery 8/10, 4:23 p.m., 1300 Block of 59th St SSouth PasadenaTheftPetit 8/7, 2 p.m., 1200 Block of Pasadena Ave S Trespass 8/10, 12:53 p.m., 1000 block of Pasadena Ave S Burglary-Vehicle 8/7, noon, 1600 block of Pasadena Ave S Theft-Shoplifting 8/12, 4:37 p.m. 6800 Block of Gulfport Blvd SSt. Pete Beach 8/9, 10 a.m., 5500 block of Gulf Blvd Theft-Grand 8/10, 12:30 p.m., 5500 block of Gulf Blvd Theft Grand 8/7, 11:30 p.m., 67th Ave & Sunset Way Theft Grand 8/9, 3 p.m., 5500 Block of Gulf Blvd Trespass 8/12 12:34 a.m., 6100 block of Gulf Blvd Theft-Petit 8/7, 10:54 a.m., 64th Ave & 2nd Palm Point St


Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 31 Monthly Mini Health Clinic Come out to the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S. on the last Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a variety of health screenings. Blood pressure, vein screenings, vision, hearing screenings available. (Screenings may differ month to month depending on availability.) Must be a registered Gulfport Senior Center member. Membership is easy and free for all individuals 50 years of age or older. For more information, call the Event Line at 727-893-5657. 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, 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. Say Goodbye To Dental Anxiet y !St. Petersburg727 Dr. Elena Gutu and family Dr. Elena Gutu and familyGentle, friendly and personalized careW eve found the key to reducing anxiety and turning your visit into an experience you can enjoy. Brand new state-of-the-art facility Most major insurance plans acceptedOering Implants, Root Canals, Extractions, Zoom Whitening, Laser Dentistry


32 Gabber August 16 August 22, 2018 Red Tide, from front page It was sunny, hot and muggy while storm clouds loomed but that didnt stop nearly 250 people from gathering on Gulfports beach on Sunday, August 12 at 10:15 a.m. to join thousands of others doing the same thing on coastlines throughout Florida as part of the grassroots Hands Along the Water movement. According to the two local organizers of the statewide movement, the goal was to hold hands for 15 minutes in solidarity to defend water and wildlife in a peaceful and non-partisan way regarding the trends of green algae and red tide blooms. People were encouraged to wear teal or blue-toned clothing as a visual theme. Jenny Reisner and Deana Ali, both of Gulfport, teamed up using social media to include the municipal beach as one of the movements formal locations. Reisner has lived in the city for four years and Ali just moved to the area a few months ago. One scientist who works for Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota described the current red tide algae bloom along Floridas west coast, located mostly south of Pinellas County, as severe during a live webinar on Friday, August 10. As of Tuesday morning, August 14, Gulfports City Manager Jim OReilly and Marina Director Denis Frain red tide had not reached Gulfport as of that time. Both OReilly and Frain are monitoring weekly red tide status reports provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Frain is also frequently asking boaters arriving at the municipal marina if they have seen any evidence of dead marine life. Though Gulfports beach is currently unaffected, Reisner and Ali wanted to be part of the public information movement for areas that are suffering and help others to do the same. We want recognition of and ask that attention be paid to the issue of red tide and green algae that are coming together to create a disastrous situation, said Reisner. We want our state government to step in and offer some concrete solutions to the green algae that is choking canals and rivers to the south of us and to move on research that has already been done regarding red tide. Her hopes began to be addressed by Floridas Governor Rick Scott who on Monday, August 13, one day after the Hands Along the Water movement was held, declared a state of emergency over red tide for Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties. According to Tampa Bays Channel 10 Action News, Scott signed an executive order that directed $100,000 to Mote Marine Laboratory to be able to deploy more scientists to save animals, and $500,000 to Visit Florida so they can establish an emergency grant program to continue to attract vacationers who he hopes will spend money along the states coast, despite the presence or threat of red tide. In addition, the governor also directed $900,000 in grants to Lee County to clean up impacts related to red tide. I feel that if we dont do something so simple like this [gathering], were not going to do anything, said Ali. Florida depends on tourism. And, who is going to come to the beach if it isnt nice? And, the animals. I cant watch another video of an animal being pulled out of the water after dying from being in contact with red tide. Its sickening. Gulfport Councilmember Paul Ray also participated. Look whats happening with 66 tons worth of dead Sarasota County beaches in 10 days because of red tide, said Ray. Thats insane. It has to stop. About the large turnout at Gulfport beach, Ray said, This is great. Im very proud of Gulfport when I see this kind of thing happen. We reached from the Casino almost all the way to the walkway by the Recreation Center. Due to safety factors relating to the weather, Reisner was in favor of Sundays participants making their point then ending the show of group support a few minutes early so individuals would have the option of seeking the safety of shade from the sun under nearby trees and pavilions. I know the goal was to stand for 15 minutes, but we did what we needed to do for why we all came together, said Reisner. The turnout was amazing. That is Gulfport caring about the water. At least one participant came from as far away as Port Charlotte to be in Gulfport. I go to Venice Beach and red tide has been really bad, said Tracy Brown. Brown came to Gulfport with Ali Samona of Sarasota to participate in the movement because red tide at the beaches in their areas make it hard for them to breathe. Ive lived in Sarasota for 11 years and this is the worst red tide ever, said Samona. Its sad. The out-of-town pair also wanted to enjoy the beach at Pass-a-Grille afterward. Brown summed up the red tide situation by saying, Im hoping it can be improved. Red Tide ResourcesTo monitor the status of red tide, visit these resources: Conservation Commission: red tide status data for the state, Atmospheric Administration: red tide status in the southwest part of Florida, tidesandcurrents.noaa. gov/hab/gomx_condition. html?region=sw. of Sarasota: daily beach conditions for the southwest and panhandle regions of Florida, visitbeaches.or g or call 941-BEACHES. This map released by NOAA on Monday, August 13, shows concentrations of Karenia brevis or red tide present along the coast of southwest Florida in ve degrees varying from none to high.


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