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VIEWPOINTSBob DriverAll about obituaries See Drivers Seat. ... Page 14A.OUTDOORSSheepshead move closer to shoreAs the water continues to cool off and we get on these big moon phases, look for the sheepshead to school up around the bridges and jetties. Fresh pieces of shrimp or live fiddler crabs work great for sheepshead. Just be sure to use a small enough hook so that you stand a better chance for hook-ups. Morning mid-level high tides this week will have redfish, gator trout and sheepshead cruising the flats. See Fish Tales. ... Page 11A. 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Activities include a performance by the Osceola High School chorus at 5:45 p.m., the tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., a performance by the Seminole High School choir at 6:15 p.m., the arrival of Santa Claus at 7 p.m., a second performance by the Seminole High chorus at 7:15 p.m. and music from DJ Frosty at 8 p.m. Plans also include hayrides, holiday crafts and bounce houses. Food and beverages will be available for sale by the Seminole Firefighters Local 2896. All proceeds will go to help local families. By BOB McCLURESEMINOLE After a years absence, the Seminole High School marching band will be among the field of about 55 units Sunday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. when the annual Bright Before Your Eyes Holiday Parade rolls down 113th Street. The band missed last years parade because it was participating in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and is in the process of preparing for its next out-of-state trip the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Parade chairman and director Jacob Valintine said this See PARADE, page 4AThe EMS debate Photo by TERRE PORTERLt. Scott Sanford, firefighter and paramedic with Palm Harbor Rescue, left, and Capt. Jim Millican with Lealman Fire Rescue, explain their plan to use fire-based transport in place of a private ambulance company during a Nov. 30 public hearing at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center.Commissioners discuss new ideas for EMS service By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Pilot programs, pension concessions from St. Petersburg, cost-savings on a contract renewal with Paramedics Plus, EMS millage rates by district, fire fees and more. Pinellas County commissioners talked about several new ideas to cut costs for Emergency Medical Services during a work session Nov. 28. Paramedics, firefighters and other interested parties filled the commission chamber to talk about proposed changes to EMS. Should the county continue to contract with a private company, Paramedics Plus, to run Sunstar, or should local fire departments take over ambulance service. Sunstar employees, many long-time county residents, expressed concern about losing their job. They worry that fire departments wont hire them because their expertise is with health care not fighting fires. Paramedics employed at local fire stations also are worried about their jobs due to a second plan that calls for funding fewer positions at municipal fire departments and fire districts. No one wants to change the current system of providing EMS services that garners praise as one of the best in the nation. It all comes down to affordability in the current economy. However, commissioners are concerned about the growing dissension as people and organizations take sides. There are no bad guys in this scenario, said Commissioner Ken Welch, who requested the 8 See COUNTY, page 2AState legislators put brakes on key EMS changes By SUZETTE PORTERPINELLAS PARK State legislators wont be considering changes to the Special Act that created Pinellas Countys EMS Authority when the session starts in January. The Pinellas County Legislative Delegation voted unanimously Nov. 30 to approve a proposal set forth by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. The proposal requires the county to pay for a study, using EMS funds, by an independent nationally recognized accounting firm on the costs and potential revenue from two proposed plans to change the EMS system. The study also will consider the system currently in use. The study must be complete by July 1, 2012. Local legislators will assist in the selection of an impartial group of people representing municipalities, fire service, the county and the current ambulance service provider. The sixto eight-member committee must be selected by Jan. 1. In addition, the county cannot implement changes to the system proposed by a consultant and entities opposing those changes cannot take legal action. The Nov. 30 meeting was called after the countys legislators were asked to sponsor two opposing local bills that would change the special act that created the countys EMS Authority. These are two very different bills, Latvala said. We didnt understand it (the situation) enough to make a decision. He said the intent was to listen to as many perspectives as possible during a time-certain hearing. We all know why were here today, he said. There is no responsibility higher than protecting citizens keeping them safe. The auditorium at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center was carefully staged with proponents of the bills sitting at tables to the right and left of a long one in the front where the legislators were seated. Pinellas Park Mayor Bill Mischler welcomed the crowd and said the arrangement reminded him of a WWE SmackDown with opponents on both sides. The county was asked to present its perspective first. Commission Chair Susan Latvala said the special act needed to be amended to give the EMS Authority, which is the county commissioners, the ability to control costs A passion for musicLocal firefighter spends time off singing opera, tuning pianos By BOB McCLURELARGO Its not every day that you run into a firefighter who moonlights as an opera singer and a piano tuner. But as 55-year-old Nolan Marshall, a 16-year veteran of the Largo Fire Department, points out, he moonlights as a firefighter to support his passion for music. To hear Marshall sing, its evident. The bass baritone vocalist puts every ounce of energy in his soul into his craft something he has only recently discovered. At 6-foot, 6 inches and 280 pounds, he looks like he could be a former NFL defensive end, but thats far from his genetic makeup. Actually, opera was far from his mind until 2003 when he was called upon by well-known opera tenor Giorgio Aristo to move a grand piano for opera singer Horst Hoffmann, who was relocating to Belleair from Australia. He (Aristo) heard my voice and asked me about singing, said Marshall, a former volunteer fireman and resident of Seminole. He had me sing some scales and all of the sudden hes teaching me two times a week. Later Hoffmann joined the process. Who on this planet can say that? asked Marshall. Slowly the two opera stars molded the Fond du Lac, Wis., native into an effective opera performer. Finally, Marshall said, he found what means the most to him. Singing is a natural thing, he said. Its a God-given thing, of sorts. To me, its now my passion in life. He sings regularly at First Lutheran Church in Clearwater and performed Dec. 4 at Grace Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg with the Pinellas Lutheran Choirs production of Handels Messiah. On Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., he will sing as part of a Christmas program at Belleair Town Hall.Photo by BOB McCLURENolan Marshall demonstrates his opera singing skills in his home studio.Among his favorite operas is The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner, which tells the story of a mysterious ghost character that comes back every seven years to find a woman who will be faithful to him through eternity. His favorite opera singers include the late American tenor Mario Lanza and Russian opera singer Feodor Chaliapin, the mac-daddy of Russian music, according to Marshall because of his deep bass tones and magnetic personality. His idols figure heavily in his style. When I first started singing opera, I thought it was like skydiving, Marshall said. Its like thats a pretty cool experience. You open up and soar with your music. While his goal is to sing opera one day with a full orchestra behind him, he is finding satisfaction in performing a variety of music styles. Im still looking for the real me to come out in me and Im finding its church music and Christmas music, Marshall said. Theres a message there that people need to hear from Handel and I want to make the connection with the audience. His love affair with music began at age 5 when he started piano lessons and thats where it stopped for a while. After a brief stint as a college basketball player at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., Marshall relocated to Pinellas County at age 24, did some construction work, got married, found another job selling pianos and ultimately opened a piano repair business called The Piano Doctor, which did restorations, piano moves and tuning. As time went on, I realized I knew more about it than some of the people that were my tuners, he said. However, opera is clearly his favorite style of music. The story lines are designed to grab emotions and make people cry, Marshall said. Thats what opera does and thats why I love it. See MARSHALL, page 4A See STATE, page 4ARomance comedy opens this weekend ... See page 3B.


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Welch advocated an independent analysis of fire-based transport during a commission work session on Nov. 28.a.m. Monday meeting. Furthermore, there should be no us against them mentality, commissioners conceded. However, difficult decisions are necessary, they say, and not everyone will be happy in the end. Weve received a lot of input, Welch said of the two plans currently on the table. The IPS plan, prepared by Integral Performance Solutions, a consultant hired by the county administrator, continues to use Sunstar as the sole provider of ambulance (transport) service and it suggests a new funding formula that would reduce the amount some fire departments would be paid for first responder services. A second plan, prepared by two local firefighters, has fire departments taking over transport services, emergency and non-emergency, eliminating the contract with Paramedics Plus, the company currently operating as Sunstar under the countys license. Welch said the commission had taken some heat for not taking a stand in support of either plan; however, he said it was better that commissioners had taken their time to get feedback from the public and others. Now, the question is where the board wants to go, he said. Welch said he had recently studied the courts judgment in the countys 1989 lawsuit against St. Petersburg, in which the city prevailed. It was pretty striking, he said. If you didnt read the title, it could have been written for 2011. He said it seemed, due to the lawsuit, the county cant require fire departments to use advanced life support engines instead of rescue units and it cant use cost averaging to pay for services two concepts the IPS plan relies on to make EMS more affordable. Is IPS implementable, he asked County Attorney Jim Bennett, who replied that it could be in a cooperative manner, but admitted there could be problems with implementing unilaterally. Weve listened to everyone, thats to our credit, Welch said. He talked about the problem of managing costs using millage only. He said if the commission managed EMS costs using only increases in millage, the rate most likely would have to double to be sufficient. We should not do that (raise the millage to the cap) until we make sure the system is as efficient as it can be, he said. Welch talked about new options on the table since the commission met with St. Petersburg city officials on Oct. 31. The city of St. Petersburg has offered to take the issue of unfunded pension costs off the table a savings of $750,000 a year and several million dollars over the next several years. St. Petersburg also suggested trying a fire-based transport pilot, allowing eight of the citys rescue units to provide transport services during non-peak hours. The revenue would go to the county, just as the revenue generated by Paramedics Plus goes to the county. Id like to see how much it (the pilot) would save, he said. Welch said he would not support any action that was simply managing by millage or just transferring the millage line on the TRIM notice (from county to a municipality). Lastly, Welch said he would like to see an independent review of losses versus revenues from a fire-based transport system versus continuing the contract with Paramedics Plus. Bob Swain with the county attorneys office explained his take on the situation from the perspective of the 1989 court judgment in favor of St. Petersburg. He said the county is required to pay for what fire departments and districts use to provide first responder services. He said without a change to the states special act that created the countywide EMS Authority, the authority (commission) couldnt force change, in particular the recommendation by IPS to use ALS engines instead of rescue units. It would be hard to put ALS in a community that doesnt want it, he said. Welch talked about a worst-case scenario where a city, for example St. Petersburg, would take the county to court and win. That would force the authority to raise the millage, he said. And the city could go after general fund dollars. Swain said since the special act caps the millage rate, that argument may or may not be true. He said the EMS was a separate taxing authority (not acting as the county commission) so there were a lot of unknowns. He said although the amount the authority can raise the millage rate is capped, nothing precluded the commission from allocating more money from other sources to go toward EMS. Discussion turned to the challenges involved with coordination of 18 different entities providing transport services, including licensing requirements, the need to keep the revenue stream currently provided by Sunstar intact and compliance with Medicare regulations. There are definite pros and cons, Welch said. Commission Chair Susan Latvala said splitting up the system was a step backwards. The system was consolidated by the Legislature for a reason, she said. She objected to fire-based transport saying the county would have to assume responsibility and risk without having control over the system as it has now. Im disappointed at this point, she said. She said all the conversations had done nothing but confirm the countys responsibility to provide the service but no progress had been made on how to pay for the service. Were left with the only choice to raise millage instead of working with our partners, its us against them, Latvala said. The (IPS) study shows we can save money with cooperation. But if it doesnt work, well have to raise the millage. Its an awkward place to be. Im disappointed the partners arent working with us. Commissioner Nancy Bostock said it was important to keep an open mind. She said it was not just a choice between option A and option B. She said it was critical that all the partners be at the table to look at ways to make the system more efficient. She said the key to success was to find a plan that would give everyone something to gain. Latvala said the county was bearing the expenses. We spent money on a study to find efficiencies that is being picked to death by the opposition, she said. Now theres talk about spending more money on another study, Latvala said. At some point we have to stop and make a decision and provide the service. Commissioner Karen Seel brought up the matter of renewing the Sunstar contract with Paramedics Plus, which expires in October of 2012. County Administrator Bob LaSala said the county was required to tell Paramedics Plus its intentions to renew or not by January. Paramedics Plus has agreed to waive annual increases based on the Consumer Price Index in exchange for a three-year contract renewal, which would save about $2.5 million a year, or $10 million over four years. Seel asked about the number of administrative positions in Paramedic Pluss operation and the continual need to replace the ambulance fleet. Craig Hare, the countys EMS division manager, said Paramedics Plus administrative staff was responsible for a variety of programs, including training, medication management, fleet replacement and patient business services, which make sure ambulance runs are billable, among others. He said Paramedics Plus also operated a central warehouse for supplies and delivered them to service providers. Commissioner John Morroni asked Hare about the feasibility of a pilot program. Hare said it would be difficult due to accountability and the design of the current system. He said it was a question of how to run it and implement it. We all know paramedics can take patients to the hospital, he said. Its more the mechanics of the process. He said considerations would include workload, allocation of resources (equipment) and ensuring response time requirements were met. And, the biggest sticking point, Paramedics Plus contract gives the company rights to be the sole provider of transport service, ensuring a secured revenue stream, which is capped and shared with the county. Welch said the city of St. Petersburg believes it could save $2.6 million by using eight units to provide transport service during off-peak hours, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Hare said there was a potential problem with safety. He said current standards call for 30 percent workload within a 24-hour period per unit. In other words, in a 24-hour shift, personnel are expected to be engaged in activity 30 percent of that time. Anything over that amount could result in enough downtime to ensure good service. He said there was a risk of crew fatigue. Bostock said it was important to manage time, but suggested there could be other ways to staff more effectively to save money and would be something the countys partners could do. Im all for a pilot program, said Commissioner Neil Brickfield. But not just for St. Petersburg. He suggested an ALS pilot program run by Sunstar in an unincorporated area of the county, such as Seminole. Mark Postma, COO for Paramedics Plus Sunstar operation since 2004 and company vice president, said his organization had sat back and idly watched the discussions about different plans to overhaul the countys EMS system. We stand on our merits provided to the county, he said. Were (Paramedics Plus) the largest provider of services in Florida. The company also provides emergency services to residents of Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla., Fort Wayne, Ind., and recently began providing services to Alameda, Calif. This is what we do, he said. Were healthcare providers. Ambulance service is health care. He talked about unbudgeted costs in the fire-based transport plan proposed by Capt. Jim Millican with Lealman Fire Rescue and Lt. Scott Sanford, firefighter and paramedic with Palm Harbor Rescue. The firefighters plan has been gaining support from organizations and municipalities throughout the county, something the IPS plan has yet to accomplish. Postma said the firefighters did not budget for fuel costs or fleet maintenance and the plan doesnt account for specialty transport services, such as critical care and mental health. The plan also leaves out a requirement for response time and it has no deployment plan. He said by contract, Paramedics Plus was monitored throughout the day to ensure it met the response time set by the county and could face fines up to $4 million if it did not perform. COUNTY, from page 1A See COUNTY, page 3A


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Most of the commission favored offering Paramedics Plus a one-year extension, or perhaps three one-year extensions. Seel favored going with two years. Latvala advocated going with three years because otherwise the company would not be able to offer a reduction in price. She said it had to be able to recoup its capital costs of replacing the fleet. Scott Sanford, co-author of the firefighters plan, admitted the work done for free at the kitchen table might need additional work, but they are not flaws that cant be fixed. We put something together on your (commissioners) request, he said. You said you wanted to hear ideas. So we gave you ideas. He said a lot of emotionally charged opinions were floating around. He also pointed out that 20 percent of Sunstars (Paramedics Plus) employees were fire department employees. He said if the county went with fire-based transport, many Sunstar employees would probably be hired by fire departments. He said Paramedics Plus claim that fire-based transport would preclude a patients ability to go to the hospital of their choice was unfounded. The policy is the patient goes where they want to go as long as it is the proper facility, he said. Latvala asked who would manage deployment for 18 districts. We already deploy people, Sanford said. Latvala argued that deployment wasnt part of the firefighters plan. She said the work the two firefighters had done was wonderful, but questioned why they didnt hire someone if they wanted an independent review to confirm their estimated savings. Ive already spent more money than I intended, Sanford said. He said the county had already commissioned a study for $117,000 to find out if the fire department at Palm Harbor could do rescue. The public and several commissioners advocated getting an independent group involved to review the firefighters plan and the contention that it did not adequately cover costs. Welch advocates an independent study and trying at least the pilot program suggested by St. Petersburg. There are no bad buys, he said. Theres nothing wrong with asking for an independent analysis. The numbers on fire-based transport are all over the place. Welch said he could not support the IPS recommendations. Bostock said it was time to take a look at firebased transport and not necessarily the MillicanSanford plan. She commented on the many similarities between the firefighters plan and the countys consultant. I want a new plan, she said. She suggested it was time to be bold. We were being bold when we commissioned the (IPS) study, Latvala said. Some suggested part of the problem was that the IPS plan was the result of the countys study and did not involve all the stakeholders. LaSala said a group of city managers and others approved hiring IPS and helped write the scope of the project. Latvala said she didnt think it was possible to find agreement between everyone regardless of who did the study or made recommendations. She said the need to find a way to cut costs and pay for the system was the biggest consideration. She said the commission needed to find a plan that was most economical to the county not necessarily to all. It must be most cost effective to the taxpayers, not just for us, Bostock said. Seel asked Swain if it would be possible to charge a fire fee. He said a fire fee could not be used to fund EMS. State law requires ad valorem revenue be used to pay for EMS. However, he said fire fees were not uncommon. Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District charges a fire fee now. More jurisdictions are doing that, he said. Bennett said a fire fee could be done by ordinance and used to pay for fire services not EMS. Swain said a fire fee was something each jurisdiction could do on its own, or if all agreed it could be done countywide. Seel advocates forming a task force to look at the entire system fire services and EMS. She is currently on a listening tour of the different municipalities to find out the issues that a task force should address. Realistically, there is no way we can make holistic changes to the system in less than three years, she said. I dont understand the purpose of the task force, Latvala said. I dont believe youll find consensus with 24 municipalities. It is our responsibility to look at the big picture. Were just kicking the can down the road. LaSala said staff needed direction before the Dec. 6 meeting about continuing negotiations with Paramedics Plus, as well as thoughts on implementing phase 3 of priority dispatch and a new plan that would allow different EMS millage rates to be charged per district. LaSala cautioned commissioners that taking time for more studies and pilot programs and other measures could mean a delay of three years or more before changes could be made to reduce the cost of the system, meaning commissioners might be left with no choice but to increase the millage rate again in the next couple of years. He said if nothing is done, by 2013, EMS reserves would be down to 16.3 percent and the system would have a deficit of $4.6 million, based on current projections that property values will continue to fall. He said in 2012, staff estimates reserves will fall to 22.4 percent. Commission policy calls for reserves to remain at 33 percent. LaSala said staff planned to recommend lowering the reserve requirement to 25 percent. Even if the commission lowers the reserve amount, LaSala said another 20 percent increase in the EMS millage rate would be required for 2013, if no changes were made to the system. Welch said he wouldnt support the plan to allow different EMS millage rates instead of one countywide rate. It would give us options even if we dont use it, Brickfield said. Latvala said a number of questions come to mind when talking about changes to the EMS system and one of the biggest is the willingness of the municipalities. Some cities want to do transport. Others dont, she said. Are we going to split the system up? Were kicking this can down the road. LaSala said staff was trying to give commissioners as many options as they want. The issue to protect the level of service is paramount, he said. I dont want the board to feel like its boxed in. I dont want you to be boxed in. Well explore with great care and deliberation. The (EMS) system works very, very well. Its the cost. COUNTY, from page 2A


4A SEB Beacon, December 8, 2011years joint Seminole Chamber of Commerce/city of Seminole event is one of the largest since its beginning 15 years ago. This is a bigger parade than last year with about 10 more participants (than a year ago), Valintine said. Im really excited about it. Its a lot more organized than last year and were expecting a bigger turnout. Last year, the parade attracted an estimated 5,000 spectators but with a change in date to two weeks later and more promotion, the number is expected to be higher. In past years, the parade was held Thanksgiving weekend to kick off the Christmas buying season. We decided since its a holiday parade, December would be better, said Valintine, a member of the Seminole Chamber board of directors. Christmas time is better served with it, as opposed to Thanksgiving. The parade began as a Saturday event, rolling around the Seminole Mall parking lot. Then it was moved to Sunday night as a regular street parade. Now were quite proud of it, said Valintine. Businesses can come in and show their wares. Its a true community parade. Im really excited about it, he added. This is going to be a fun one. In addition to the Seminole High band, Valintine said participants include local and state government officials, Seminole Fire Rescue, Pinellas County Sheriffs Office, various floats, dance groups and the colorful Honda Gold Wing Road Riders Association club, among others. The chambers float will conclude the parade with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus on board. This year, the parade will be staged in the Seminole Mall parking lot in front of the former Publix store and will start on 113th Street in front of Kmart. The route goes north to the Seminole Recreation Center. In past years, it was staged on Johnson Boulevard and began on Liberty Lane, next to Freedom Square. This year, Liberty Lane will not be closed but Johnson Boulevard, from Park Boulevard to Liberty Lane, will be closed from 5 p.m. on. Valintine said 113th Street would be closed between 6 and 6:15 p.m., from Park Boulevard north to the Seminole Community Library. The parade again will employ a no-throwing policy but parade walkers will be distributing candy and prizes. This years two main sponsors are Bright House Networks and Realty Executives Adamo and Associates. For more information, visit www.brightbeforeyoureyes.com. PARADE, from page 1Aceeded with marginal cost funding. Mark Weinkrantz, chair of the East Lake Fire Commission, said East Lake could take care of its own transport if it had the funding. He talked about concerns that small districts could be shorted in the distribution of funding if the method was changed. He wants to avoid any situation that would pit East Lake against other providers to justify their need for funding. Norman Atherton, chair of the Palm Harbor Fire and Rescue Board, also advocated fire-based transport. He said it was wrong to allow a private company to make profits off somebodys suffering. Atherton brought up the countys initiative to implement priority dispatch and said Palm Harbor had not been notified when it was implemented. He said there was a problem with communication. He said he supports the principle but questions the practice. He said priority dispatch could work if it is done right. Others talked about potential problems with priority dispatch, although most agreed there needed to be a better way to do dispatch so multiple units werent called to deal with minor injuries.Millage ratesLargo Fire Chief Mike Wallace doesnt think a change in the special act is necessary. He thinks everything the county needs to manage and fund the system exists today. He showed a chart of historical EMS millage rates for the years 1981-2009, which shows a steady decline in the amount levied. Some residents were unhappy when Pinellas County commissioners raised the EMS millage rate 46 percent for the current fiscal year to 0.85 mils, the same rate levied in 1992. However, some say that the current millage rate is not too much to pay for good service. During much of the 1990s, millage rates hovered around 0.92 before spiking to 1.06 in 1989. The next year it fell to 0.7 mils. In subsequent years, the highest rate was 0.87 in 1993 and 0.75 in 2001. From 2002 to 2005, the millage rate remained the same, 0.66 mils. It was further lowered to 0.63 in 2006 and to 0.58 in 2008 where it remained until the current fiscal year. When voters approved the referendum, which established the current EMS system, they approved a millage cap of 1.5 mils far above what the EMS Authority (county commissioners) has ever levied. Foster faults the county for not raising the millage rate when property values bottomed out and ad valorem tax collections decreased dramatically. Instead, they chose to use up the reserves, he said. Wallace supports raising the millage rate to pay for the system, which he says has already been approved by the voters. He said it would not require amendments to the special act or changes in the funding formula. Large agrees. He said cost containment wasnt the real issue; instead, it is declining revenue due to lower property tax values. Its the millage, he said. Were containing costs fairly well. Large doesnt support any of the local bills. He says the special act should be repealed.More than amendmentsRep. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg) asked several speakers if it was time to do more than just amend the special act. He asked if it was time to look at it as a whole and perhaps rewrite it in its entirety. Opinions were mixed. South Pasadena Mayor Kathleen Peters, speaking as a private citizen, said she was not in favor of either local bill. She suggested that the special act be rewritten to change the structure of the EMS Authority. By law, the Pinellas County Commission is the authority. Peters thinks the authority should be structured the same as the Metropolitan Planning Organization or the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, both of which include representatives from local municipalities not just one board. They dont fight at the MPO or PSTA because all the stakeholders are at the table, she said. Peters and others defended the countys right to home rule and the ability to find solutions without having to involve the state.Local bills wont be considered this yearAfter listening to the speakers, Sen. Latvala was met by silence when he asked the delegation if anyone had an interest in moving either local bill forward. Rep. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, said the countys Cadillac system of EMS services had worked beautifully for years, but with less money coming in to pay for it, we now have to shop at the Chevy dealership. He said any major changes to the special act should be approved by the voters. The citizens ought to have a say, he said. Rep. Peter Nehr, R-Palm Harbor, said his sponsorship of the countys bill did not imply an endorsement. He said he agreed to sponsor it to open the matter to debate. He pointed out the vast differences between the two plans. He supported an independent study of both proposals. If we were to vote today, it looks like the support would be for the firefighters, he said. Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg, said it was all about public safety. He said the difference between a response time of 4.5 and 7.5 minutes was life and death. He also supports fire-based transport if it can maintain service levels. Ultimately, he thinks the county and its municipalities should find a way to work it out without asking the state to get in the middle. Rep. Jim Frishe, R-St. Petersburg, said there was a mandate from the people that allowed the EMS Authority to charge up to 1.5 mils when the current rate is only 0.85, which means the system probably could be funded by millage. He said a bigger bone of contention was the taxes for fire services in some of the smaller districts. Rep. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, said he felt a bit like he was attending a shotgun wedding. He said it was a fundamental issue of trust. He expressed concern about the cost of pensions for additional government employees fire department employees doing transport versus a private company. The county claims it costs $40,000 more to pay paramedics at a fire department versus those employed by Paramedics Plus due to pension costs. Finally, Sen. Latvala asked to outline a proposal. The biggest point of contention is what MillicanSanford says it will cost and what the county says it will cost, he said. Theres a huge difference. Somebody is way off. He said the best way to determine who was right in an impartial way was by hiring a nationally recognized accounting firm to study all the numbers. Then we can take further action, he said. LaSala said it would probably take six to eight months for a study to be completed too late for the upcoming legislative session. Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Treasure Island, urged the delegation to support Latvalas proposal. Waiting another one session is worth it if we make the right decision from facts we all can agree to, he said. Hooper said he liked the motion, but was concerned about the timetable. The county must tell Paramedics Plus its intention on renewal of its contract by January. Commissioners are expected to vote on the matter Dec. 6. Commissioner Latvala said even if the decision were made to go with a fire-based transport system, it would be years before it could be implemented. She said contracts would be needed with 18 providers not just one as it is today. Sanford disagreed saying it should not take that long. He said the county already had contracts with the 18 providers that just needed to be amended. Foster said he supported a study of the economics of fire-based transport to see if it is the most cost-effective way to maintain the level of service. The solution is probably not yet presented, Brandes said. He said he could support the motion as long as it is understood it doesnt preclude presenting another alternative. LaSala said the Sanford-Millican proposal was an independent study that didnt represent the countys 24 municipalities. They dont represent anyone but themselves, he said. Its not fair to ask them to be responsible for others. Sanford agreed he could not speak for all the cities. But residents and cities have spoken and the majority supports the concept of fire-based transport. They do not support the IPS (county consultants plan). by changing the method used to reimburse providers for advanced life support (first responder) services. She also said the authority needed to be able to set the level of service. She said it wasnt fair or equitable to give the commission the authority to raise taxes but not control costs. We want help to stabilize costs, she said. County Administrator Bob LaSala said the intent was to provide a uniform level of service for the entire county. He said the current level of service of 7.5 minutes 90 percent of the time was considered a platinum level of service in the United States. He said changes were needed to help the authority achieve equity in the distribution of revenue and expenditures, as well as allow for cost control and containment, which the county cannot do now due to budgets being set by the providers of the service. He said the changes in the countys local bill would not threaten home rule as it gives the providers the ability to provide a higher level at their own expense. Its quite simple, LaSala said. The board wants the authority and accountability that is unclear and lacking in the current special act. He explained that the EMS system uses a public utility model that provides transport by a private provider doing work under the countys license and brand of Sunstar. The county does the billing using information provided by the transport provider. He said Paramedics Plus was chosen via a sealed bid process and a contract was negotiated that included options for renewal ensuring continuity of service for the life of the contract. County commissioners most likely will vote to renew the contract with Paramedics Plus for at least one year on Dec. 6. He said the service provided by Paramedics Plus was superb and second to none in the state of Florida. We have a service that is uniform throughout the county, he said. It is a cost-effective model of delivering effective service. He then outlined the areas where the county and the firefighters agreed and the areas where they did not. Perhaps the biggest sticking point is the issue of cost. Capt. Jim Millican with Lealman Fire Rescue and Lt. Scott Sanford, firefighter and paramedic with Palm Harbor Rescue, authors of a plan that advocates firebased transport in place of a private ambulance company, say their plan will save money. However, county staff says actually it will cost more at least $25 million more than a system using changes recommended by the countys consultant. State officials want to get to reality figures, which is the impetus behind Sen. Latvalas proposal to hire an accounting firm to go over the numbers contained in the proposals from the firefighters and countys consultant.Regardless of which plan costs the most, some providers are opposed to changing the way the county pays for their services. The city of St. Petersburg says the method the county proposes to use to reimburse the 18 providers of advance life support (first responder) services, if the Special Act is amended, would put them out of business. St. Petersburg argues that the countys plan does not really save money to the system it just shifts the burden of cost to fire departments and fire districts. Sanford served as the spokesperson for the plan to allow fire-based transport. Jim and I started working on our proposal in direct response to LaSalas IPS plan to save money, he said. He said many believe that the plan supported by LaSala and county staff does not save money or improve service. He said rather than just cutting costs, they had looked for a way to improve service and efficiencies to save money. He said the fire departments had been good partners with the county and had done their best to reduce expenses unlike the transport provider who actually increased the cost of its service to residents. Incorporating fire-based transport is the best way to sustain the system into the future, he said. He said the countys statement that their plan continues the dual response system currently in use is not quite accurate, although multiple units could still respond to calls that warranted dual response. He said the firefighters plan saves money by reducing management and still puts more units on the streets.Response timesSanford said a response time of 4.5 minutes on average could be maintained with the firefighters plan, which is quicker than the 7.5 minutes 90 percent of the time that is the countys new standard for level of service. St. Petersburg Fire Chief Jim Large said the countys standard is lower than what has been achieved in the past. He told the legislators that the current average response time in the county is 6.23 minutes 90 percent of the time more than 1 minute faster than the countys mandated standard. Sen. Latvala asked county officials how local response times compared to other areas that use firebased transport and the county had no answer. The legislators then asked Bill Nesmith, a retired Hillsborough County fire chief, who happened to be in the audience, for the answer. Nesmith worked with Tampa Rescue for 24 years and retired as division chief in 1994. He accepted the position of assistant chief with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue that same year and was promoted to chief in 1996. Nesmith is credited with merging the Hillsborough County Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services. Nesmith said response time goals in Hillsborough were 6 minutes 90 percent of the time in urban areas, 7 minutes 90 percent of the time in the suburbs, and 10 minutes 90 percent of the time in rural areas, which Pinellas does not have. Only the rural areas had a response time greater than Pinellas Countys standard of 7.5 minutes. Nesmith said when Hillsborough merged its two departments no paramedics lost their jobs unless they wanted to go. He said paramedics who wanted to do so were cross-trained as firefighters. Others were placed on ALS engines as paramedics. He said he was concerned about delays in ambulance response, which was the complaint of some of the public, who talked about receiving quick response from the fire department only to end up waiting for an ambulance. Another complaint from the public was the cost of ambulance transport via Sunstar. Large said the countys plan would not really increase the number of units on the streets. He said while it did increase the number of Advanced Life Support units, it decreased the number of units overall. The countys consultant recommends removing smaller rescue units in favor of the larger ALS engines. Large said if that happened, it would mean a reduction of 23 rescue units and 13 paramedics, which could lower response times.Support for fire-based transportThe tide seems to be turning in favor of fire-based transport if it proves to be as affordable as some firefighters believe. The majority of people speaking at the Wednesday afternoon public hearing supported at least exploring the option of fire-based transport. No one spoke in support of the countys plan. St. Petersburg Mayor Foster said up until Nov. 28, the county had refused to discuss fire-based transport, which he also supports. He said his city, the largest in the county, responds to 33 percent of the first responder calls in the county, which explains why it employs the most paramedics and has the highest cost of any provider in the system. Foster objects to the proposed new funding formula that he says would shift the costs to the cities. He said the situation was much like the 1980s when the county tried to change how it paid its providers and lost a lawsuit against St. Petersburg. He warned of more legal action if the county proThis chart shows a decline in the historical EMS millage rates from the years 1981 to 2009. STATE, from page 1AGradually, I learned the nuts and bolts of the piano. Thirty years and a divorce later, he is still performing the same service as a sole proprietor. He admits his income is minimal, but thats not an issue. Money is not everything, Marshall said. I feel like (if you own a piano) you need my service and that makes me feel good. That means a lot. So Ill never be rich. Thanks to the support of his new wife of four years, Laurrain, his musical interests continue to soar. The smile on his face says it all. Its a ride hes enjoying. Ho ho ho!Santa Claus keeps popping up at a variety of locations around Seminole. Most recently he appeared unexpectedly at First Home Bank, 9190 Seminole Blvd., where the jolly old guy was seen dishing out cash. Where will he be seen next? Its anybodys guess.Photo courtesy of FIRST HOME BANK MARSHALL, from page 1ABriey City food drive continuesSEMINOLE The Seminole City Council, Seminole Firefighters, Seminole Teen Board and the Boy Scouts/West Central Council are coordinating their third annual canned goods drive through Dec. 15. All products will be donated to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, which will distribute goods to local residents and church food pantries. Drop off points are: Seminole City Hall, 9199 113th St. N. Seminole Chamber of Commerce, 8400 113th St. N. Seminole Garden Florist and Party Store, 13030 Park Blvd. Barnhorn Financials, 8338 Seminole Blvd. Seminole Gardens Apartments, 8324 112th St. Hottins Trophies, 9275 Park Blvd. The dental office of Dr. Sandra Lilo, 8300 113th St. Ambrosia Spa and Salon, 10333 Seminole Blvd.Students, deputies collect clothes for kidsSEMINOLE Pinellas County Sheriffs Office School Resource deputies, along with students from Seminole High School Students Against Destructive Decisions, K-Kids of Bauder Elementary, and Builders Club of Seminole Middle School, are collecting clothes for children between the ages of newborn to teen. The goal of the drive is to help children in need who might not otherwise receive proper clothing. The event also is a good lesson for the students by teaching them the importance of giving back to the community, and building character for the future. Students and deputies hope to collect enough clothes to make a difference in many childrens lives. At the end of the event, the clothes will be given to Clothes To Kids Inc. The organization provides new and quality used clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County, free of charge. The clothing drive continues through Dec. 12, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Boxes are placed within each school office during normal school hours of operation. There will be no after-hours drop-off locations. Drop-off locations in Seminole are: Seminole High School, 8401 131st St. N. Seminole Middle School, 8701 131st St. N. Bauder Elementary School, 12755 86th Ave. N. For more information, call Pinellas County Sheriffs Office Deputies Rodney Robinson or Charles E. Wincelowicz Jr. at 5477887.


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When Bock asked her for her identification, she produced her drivers license and was later issued a citation for not having her current Safety Harbor address on the license. Taylor was given a warning for stealing the crossing flag.Man charged with attempted murderDUNEDIN A Palm Harbor man is facing multiple charges including attempted murder of a law enforcement officer after a hit-and-run crash Nov. 30 in Dunedin. John Michael Lyons, 33, also was charged with aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer; fleeing and eluding with wanton disregard; aggravated assault with a motor vehicle; leaving the scene of an accident with property damage; possession of hydrocodone, diazepam, methadone and morphine. He remains in the Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater on bonds in excess of $160,000. The incident started when the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office responded to a hit-and-run traffic crash about 6:46 a.m. Wednesday on the Dunedin Causeway Bridge. The victim, Avria Travelsead, 46, of Largo was parked off the roadway of Causeway Boulevard near the drawbridge doing paperwork as part of his job as foreman for Roland Inc. Lyons was driving a red 2006 Hummer SUV on Causeway Boulevard when he left the roadway and crashed into the rear end of Travelseads 2006 Ford pickup truck. Lyons then backed up and fled the scene. Travelsead immediately called the Sheriffs Office and reported the crash with a description of the suspect vehicle. Deputies spotted the suspect vehicle not far from the scene traveling southbound on U.S. Alt. 19 near San Jose Boulevard in Dunedin. They attempted to make a traffic stop but the suspect refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit continued through the Dunedin area onto Hancock Street eastbound from U.S. Alt. 19. The suspect drove over bushes of residences and then back onto Alt. 19 at speeds of 45 mph. Deputies tried to use stop sticks to disable the Hummer at several points in the pursuit, but the suspect was able to see them in the roadway and drove around them. At one point, Lyons saw a deputy deploying stop sticks in the area of Curlew Road and County Road 1, and he drove off the road onto the median at the deputy. The deputy was able to get out of the way. Lyons also attempted to ram and force pursuing deputies off the road several times during the chase. The chase eventually ended back onto Causeway Boulevard as Lyons began driving at speeds exceeding 55 mph not stopping for deputies. At the western end of the causeway is the entrance to Honeymoon Island Park, which was closed. Lyons crashed through the gate into the park continuing westbound. There are no other entrances in or out of the park, which is surrounded by water. Lyons tried to go eastbound back through the entrance but deputies were waiting with stop sticks. Lyons was unable to avoid the sticks and ran over them flattening the tires of the Hummer. He attempted to continue driving but was rammed by a deputy, forcing the Hummer off the road into a power pole at Elgin Place and Causeway Boulevard. When deputies pulled Lyons from the vehicle, he was only wearing a T-shirt and boxer shorts. Deputies found several different types of prescription drugs in his vehicle, including oxycodone, morphine, and eight syringes. Lyons told deputies he was planning on fishing from the causeway when for unknown reasons he went off the road and crashed into Travelsead. Deputies did not find any fishing tackle in his vehicle.Car burglars prey on unlocked doorsCLEARWATER The Clearwater Police Department reminds the public to always lock their cars. Over the weekend of Dec. 3 and 4, there were eight burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the area of Hibiscus Street and Admiral Woodson Lane during the early morning hours, according to a police post on the departments Facebook page. Stolen were GPS devices, a wallet with credit cards and other valuables. Three of the incidents were reported by the victims, and the rest were discovered by police officers while they conducted a neighborhood canvas.Armed robber arrestedCLEARWATER Clearwater Police arrested a suspect after a pursuit on Dec. 3. Clearwater Police received an alert at 11:20 p.m. from Largo Police for an armed home invasion robbery and carjacking, according to a Clearwater Facebook announcement. At 11:28 p.m., Clearwater Police officers located the stolen vehicle in the area of Belcher Road and Logan Street. The suspect quickly accelerated as he saw cruisers preparing to make a stop, the report said. Officers engaged in a pursuit based on the Largo Polices violent felony charges. The suspect eventually stopped and surrendered on Belcher Road south of Gulf to Bay Boulevard. While the suspect was being removed from the vehicle, his vehicle coasted into a cruiser, causing minor damage. The suspect, Aaron Joseph Wilson, 18, of Largo was charged with home invasion robbery, grand theft of a motor vehicle, delinquent felon in possession of a weapon, fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer, and non-valid drivers license call of court. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $140,250 bond.Reverse drug sting yields seven arrestsCLEARWATER A reverse drug sting yielded seven arrests by the Clearwater Police Department on Dec. 2, according to a police Facebook announcement. Officers acted as undercover decoys targeting drug dealers and buyers in the 1300 block of Cleveland Street, 1400 block of Gulf to Bay Boulevard, and 1100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. The following suspects were arrested during this operation: Antonio M. Scott, 28, of Clearwater was charged with convicted felon in possession of a weapon. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail on a $10,000 bond. Edgar L. Battle, 38, of Clearwater was charged with three counts sale of crack cocaine, violation of parole for obtaining roxicodone by fraud, and three counts of possession of crack cocaine. No bond was available for his violation for parole. Bond for the rest of his charges was set at $36,000. Akeem Zellner, 20 of Clearwater was charged with three counts of possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana, sale or delivery of crack cocaine, possession of oxycodone, and sale or delivery of crack cocaine. Bond was set at $19,150. Jennifer Russo, 36, of Clearwater was charged with two counts of possession of crack cocaine, and possession of paraphernalia. No bond was allowed for two of her charges, and the other was set at $2,000. Heather Ball, 31, of Clearwater was charged with violation of parole for driving with license suspended or restricted, and possession of a controlled substance. She was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bond. Delores Croskey, 54, of Clearwater was charged with possession of paraphernalia and possession of cocaine. She was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bond. Jesse James Jackson, 27 of Clearwater is charged with sale or delivery of crack cocaine and possession of crack cocaine. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail on a $12,000 bond.Car seat safety classes to be offered in SpanishCLEARWATER AmeriCorps Clearwater, through a partnership with the Safe Kids Coalition and All Childrens Hospital, will begin offering car seat classes in Spanish. AmeriCorps currently offers monthly car seat classes for low-income parents, according to a Clearwater Police Department Facebook Post. The class includes instruction, installation assistance and a convertible car seat. Beginning in February, they will begin offering this same service in Spanish. Parents must receive Medicaid or WIC to qualify, and there is a $20 registration fee. Visit www.allkids.org/carseats or call 562-4142.Man arrested for sexual battery of teenCLEARWATER The Clearwater Police responded to Morton Plant Hospital on the night of Nov. 28 to begin investigating the sexual battery of a 15-yearold girl, according to a Clearwater Police Facebook post. Through the course of investigation, officers and detectives determined that the victim ran away from home on Nov. 11 through 14, and during that time, she met Theodore Littlejohn, 60, of Clearwater, and stayed at his home in Clearwater. During her stay, she allegedly smoked crack cocaine, which was provided to her by Littlejohn, and she also was sexually battered by him three or four times while staying in his home, the report said. Littlejohn was arrested at 4:33 a.m. on Nov. 29 and charged with possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, contributing to the delinquency/dependency of a child, and sexual battery of a person under age 18. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $102,450 bond.Operation Safe Holiday gets resultsCLEARWATER Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Clearwater Police Department underwent Operation Safe Holiday. The results are as follows: On day one police issued 69 warnings for moving infractions; 29 warnings for non-moving infractions; four non-moving citations; two moving citations; three criminal citations; one felony arrest for driving with a suspended or revoked license; and one vehicle seizure of a 2004 Chevrolet. On day two police issued 61 verbal warnings for moving infractions; 27 verbal warnings for non-moving infractions; three citations for moving violations; one criminal citation; two medical assists; four directed patrols; and one assist other units. Police beat Police beat


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The SYFC is comprised of 10 competing organizations in Pinellas County. In front, from left, are Brittany Domiano, Sienna Hillmon, Christyn Milnes, Rachel Sweat, Delany Tolliver, Brooke Slaughter, Anastasia Gatons, Paige Lawson and Elizabeth Hunter. In the middle row are Maria Pellegrino, Tori Wateska, Meg Hollingsworth, Mikayla Tolliver, Allison Conchigila, Megan Spica, Amy Proios, Tori Rifenburg and Sydney Cristiano. In the back row are coach Mary Kaufman, Hannah Kapper, instructor Kaylan Loudy, team mom Tracy Tolliver and Taylor Loudy.Sax Quartet to performSEMINOLE The Tampa Bay Sax Quartet will appear in concert during a Sunday Musicale Dec. 11, 3 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library. The four female saxophonists have made a musical name for themselves in the Tampa Bay area playing pop, jazz, classical and ragtime tunes. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Seminole Library.Relay For Life seeks volunteers, teamsSEMINOLE The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers and teams to participate in the Seminole Relay For Life event April 27 at Osceola High School. A team meeting is planned Thursday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., at the Seminole Recreation Center. Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer. Volunteers are needed to organize and recruit teams, seek community support and sponsorship, coordinate logistics, obtain refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend their support in any way. Relay For Life raises awareness about the progress against cancer while also raising funds to fight the disease, said Dorie Michalik, event chair for the Seminole Relay. Individuals who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event, as a volunteer or participant, have made a commitment to fight back against cancer and let the community know that cancer can be beat. Teams of 10 to 15 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in Relay For Life, the largest fundraising walk in the nation. Teams are asked to raise funds prior to the relay, all with the goal of supporting a cure for cancer. To reserve a seat for the Dec. 8 meeting, volunteer on the event committee or serve as a team captain, call Michalik at 455-6053 or email Dorie Michalik@gmail.com. For more information on programs and services, call the American Cancer Societys 24-hour help line at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.Chamber plans open houseSEMINOLE The Seminole Chamber of Commerce plans an open house on Friday, Dec. 16, 5 to 7 p.m., at its new office, 7985 113th St., Suite 208. The public and chamber members are invited. For additional details, call 392-3245.ISPOA brick sale continuesINDIAN SHORES The Indian Shores Property Owners Association in conjunction with the Town of Indian Shores has begun a personalized engraved brick program for the walkway and around the flagpole area of the towns new municipal center. Prices are $100 for a 4-inch by 8-inch brick and $200 for an 8-inch square brick. Up to three lines can be inscribed on the smaller brick and up to six lines on the larger one. For more information, call Neil Rode at 596-5020 or Art Newsome at 517-9571.City plans reception for retiring fire chiefTREASURE ISLAND The public is invited to attend a retirement reception for Fire Chief Charles Fant on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2 to 5 p.m., in the City Hall auditorium, 120 108th Ave. Fant has served the city for 41 years and will retire Jan. 3. For additional information, call the Treasure Island Personnel Department at 547-4575, ext. 236.Indian Shores POA plans happy hourINDIAN SHORES The Indian Shores Property Owners Association invites Indian Shores residents to its monthly happy hour gathering Thursday, Dec. 15, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Indian Shores Town Hall. For questions call Art Newsome at 517-9571.Boat parade set in Treasure IslandTREASURE ISLAND The citys annual Christmas boat parade is Saturday, Dec. 10, at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. The celebration begins at 4:30 p.m. with the boat parade leaving The Club at 6:20 p.m. Bring one unwrapped new toy for The Edwards Family Foundation to receive a pass to watch the parade from the club and to participate in events there. Bring the toy or cash donation to City Hall, 120 108th Ave.; Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd.; or The Club at Treasure Island by Dec. 9 for a family admission ticket. Live entertainment, a visit by Santa Claus, complimentary hot dogs, chowder, Christmas cake and hot cider coffee will be served poolside. The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 11. For additional information, call 367-4511. 12811


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For more information, email queenofrecycle@hotmail.com. Social Security lecture setPeople who are considering starting social security benefits soon or have begun benefits within the past 12 months are invited to attend an educational seminar. The lecture will discuss maximizing ones benefits, which involves planning that may include a rarely used option that most people are not aware of. The complimentary seminars are offered on the following dates: Tuesday, Dec. 13 or Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Keene Road, Largo Wednesday, Dec. 14 or Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m., at Clearwater Recreation Center, 69 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach The seminar will be presented by Sylvester Thomas and Dan DeMarco of P3 Financial. To RSVP, email info@p3financial.com or call 813829-8472 and leave a name, number in your party, and which date you will be attending.Holiday kids camps slatedST. PETE BEACH The city of St. Pete Beach plans holiday camps for kids Dec. 19-23 and Dec. 27-30 at the Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Camp runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except Friday, Dec. 23 when camp ends at 12:30 p.m. Camp activities include gym games, arts and crafts, park play and a field trip each week. Campers enrolled on Wednesday, Dec. 21 will attend a Breakfast with Santa event at no extra charge. Cost for the camp is $100 per week or $30 a day for St. Pete Beach residents and $150 per week or $50 a day for nonresidents. Enrollment is limited. Call 363-9245 or drop by the Community Center to reserve a spot.Cousteau to speak at chamber dinnerST. PETE BEACH Pierre-Yves Cousteau, the youngest son of Jacques Cousteau, will be the speaker at the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerces annual dinner Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach. Cousteau is exploring partnership opportunities in Pinellas County, specifically with the University of South Florida. The chamber also will announce its Business of the Year recipients and upcoming programs in 2012. Those attending should email RSVP@TampaBay Beaches.com or call 360-6957.Kiwanis Club plans prayer breakfastST. PETE BEACH The Kiwanis Club of Gulf Beaches plans its annual Leadership Prayer Breakfast Friday, Dec. 9, 8 to 10 a.m., at St. John Vianney Church, 445 82nd Ave. The guest speaker will be former Kiwanis Florida Governor Mark Taylor. Also expected is current Kiwanis Florida Governor Eddie Lee, a member of the Gulf Beaches club. Those planning to attend should RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 7, to Leo Hetzendorfer at 4106704.SPB boat parade sails on Dec. 9ST. PETE BEACH The St. Pete Beach/South Pasadena Holiday Lighted Boat Parade will be lighting up the waters of Boca Ciega Bay on Friday, Dec. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. in South Pasadena and traveling south toward Pass-a-Grille. A viewing party, tree lighting and concert are scheduled in Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, as the boat parade passes by the Community Center. Locally renowned band De Leied Parrots will perform and the MADD Festival of Trees will be on display. Other activities include childrens holiday craft projects, bounce house, local food vendors, and the arrival of Santa by boat. Residents can wrap up the weekend by attending the St. Pete Beach Holiday Land Parade on Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. The parade will feature festive floats, city vehicles, cheerleaders, marching bands, parading puppies and Santa riding high atop a shiny fire truck. Parade-goers are invited to come enjoy breakfast in front of Wells Fargo Bank on Corey Avenue for a nominal fee. For more information, call 363-9245 or visit www.spbrec.com.Lifeguard class set in St. Pete BeachST. PETE BEACH The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center will be offering its lifeguard certification course in December. Students must be at least 15 years old and complete a pre-course swimming and diving test. Classes will be held Dec. 19-22, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The class fee is $125 for residents and $150 for nonresidents, books not included. Classes are located at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, and all interested participants can stop by to register in person. Reserve a space now. Contact the pool at 3639264 for more information.Treasure Island plans holiday celebrationTREASURE ISLAND Residents can spend an afternoon at the North Pole on Saturday, Dec. 17, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Treasure Island Community Center, 106th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard. The event will include a visit from Santa Claus, cookie decorating, arts and crafts, interactive entertainers and activities for children. Admission is free. Call 547-4575, ext. 237 for more information.Library to offer rooftop sunset viewsCLEARWATER The Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., will open its rooftop terrace every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., weather permitting, for those who wish to get a better view of Clearwaters sunsets. Sunset watchers are requested to arrive at the library a few minutes early and gather at the foot of the grand staircase on the first floor before proceeding to the roof. Call 562-4970.Fundraiser supports community gardenDUNEDIN A fundraiser to support the Dunedin Community Garden will be held Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 to 8 p.m., at Jolli Mons Grille, 941 Huntley Ave. There will be live music. A portion of the food and beer sales will benefit the garden. Call 735-0498.Senior holiday dance setCLEARWATER Clearwaters Aging Well Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road will host a holiday dance on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Grand Room. Swing into the holiday spirit with music of the s, s and s. There will be a DJ and refreshments. Cost is $5. Call 724-3070 or visit www.myclearwater. com/agingwell.Officials looking to lease Sunshine Speedway propertyCLEARWATER Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, announced that at his suggestion District 7 of the Florida Department of Transportation has begun the process of determining if an underutilized state asset can be put back to work to help create jobs and new economic activity in central Pinellas County. The old Sunshine Speedway not only generated family-oriented entertainment, but also fostered a number of small auto repair businesses in the corridor between Ulmerton Road and 118th Avenue North. This property was purchased by the state for the Roosevelt Boulevard connector, which has been postponed. Constituents of the senator have suggested reopening the speedway in the interim, which he then discussed with FDOT. Officials have now agreed to advertise for bids on leasing the property. This is a win-win situation for the state, which will receive rent until it is used for road construction, and for the community, which will benefit from jobs at the facility and in the collateral auto repair businesses related to the track, Latvala said. For more information, call Latvalas office at 5566500.Center collecting holiday donationsPINELLAS PARK The Pinellas PACE Center for Girls is requesting donations to help make the holiday season memorable for its students. The center is collecting gift items such as gift certificates, cosmetics and beauty products as well as monetary donations to help pay for holiday activities.


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Call Pat at Second Chance For Strays at 5359154. Visit www.secondchanceforstrays.petfinder.com. EloiseEloise is a 10-month-old pit bull terrier mix who tips the scales at 45 pounds. She is full of energy and looking for a loving family. If you bring this article with you to Pinellas County Animal Services, Eloise can be yours for the low fee of $25. Meet Eloise and the other cats, dogs, puppies and kittens up for adoption at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Call 582-2600 or visit www. pinellascounty.org/animalser vices/petfind.htm.Pets and poisonous holiday plantsThe holiday season is upon us once again. Decorating for the holidays most always includes using plants and flowers to beautify our environment. There are many plants and flowers that are toxic to pets but only a few of the most popular holiday plants will be discussed here. It is important to know what parts of the plant or flower are toxic and what symptoms your pet may experience. Holly is used in making wreaths or decorating mantles. It is the berries that are toxic. The severity of the symptoms usually correlates with how many berries are eaten. The symptoms seen after ingestion are vomiting, diarrhea, and depression. Mistletoe is customarily hung in doorways so that when two people are under the mistletoe at the same time they are obliged to kiss. The berries are toxic but some sources say that the leaves and stem are more toxic than the berries. Either way, it is important to make sure that these are not ingested. This plant can cause significant vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, decreased heart rate, erratic behavior, sudden collapse and even death. Amaryllis (with red or red and white flowers) is very popular during the holiday season. It is the flower that is most toxic. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, depressed appetite, excessive salivation, tremors, and sometimes abdominal pain. Poinsettia is probably the most frequently seen holiday plant. It is the sap from the leaves (not the flower) that can be irritating if ingested. If enough is eaten it can cause vomiting but it is basically nontoxic. Christmas cactus only blooms around Christmas time and is generally used for center pieces. This plant is mainly toxic only in large quantities. Vomiting and diarrhea sometimes with blood, and depression are the typical symptoms. Christmas rose is a plant with a white flower. The entire plant is toxic. The most commonly seen symptoms are diarrhea with blood, abdominal pain, vomiting, and delirium. Jerusalem cherry is a plant that has orange and red berries and is typically used as a centerpiece. These berries are extremely toxic especially in the green and yellow states. Ingestion results in vomiting, diarrhea, depression, mouth ulcers, shock, and even death. It is extremely important to contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency clinic if you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic plant. The more information you can give your veterinarian the better. Knowing what type of plant was ingested, how much was ingested, the time of ingestion, and what symptoms your pet is showing will help your veterinarian take appropriate action. Kim Donovan, D.V.M., is an associate veterinarian and medical director at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in Seminole with 13 years of experience and a special interest in feline medicine and dermatology. Ike Smart and playful, quirky and affectionate, Ike would make a great best friend for someone lucky enough to choose him. He is a gorgeous 1 1/2-year-old boy with an orange coat and golden eyes. He would prefer to be an only pet in an adult home. Adopt Ike at Friends of Strays, 2911 47th Ave. N. in St Petersburg. Call 522-6566. Speaking of PetsKim Donovan, D.V.M. Dig thisPet Supplies Plus opens new storeCLEARWATER A new Pet Supplies Plus store will celebrate its grand opening Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11, at 1500 N. McMullen Booth Road. Pets and their human companions will be fed, entertained, and otherwise pampered during the grand opening celebration. The 9,750-square-foot store will feature a wide variety of pet services and products, including aquatics, small animal departments, fullservice grooming, many different brands of natural pet foods and both fresh-frozen and raw pet foods. Were ecstatic to open our doors, meet our new two-legged and four-legged neighbors, and show them all we have to offer, said Dave Oser, new store coowner, in a press release. And were pulling out all the stops to make sure that every visitor has a great time during our grand opening celebration. Call 726-5544 or visit www.petsuppliesplusfl.com.Pet Pal and Moscow Ballet team upST. PETERSBURG Pet Pal Animal Shelter and the Moscow Ballet are partnering to raise money for homeless animals. For every ticket purchased to the Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker performances on Dec. 26 and 27 at Mahaffey Theater, a $5 donation will be made to Pet Pal Animal Shelter. Andy Duguay of the Moscow Ballet learned of Pet Pal Animal Shelter when he saw the story of Lotus, a sickly puppy rescued from a St. Petersburg canal now being cared for at Pet Pal Animal Shelter. While guests are enjoying the award-winning performance of a family Christmas favorite, they also will be giving to a great cause. We hope to raise more than $10,000 to save more homeless animals lives, Duguay said. To purchase tickets, call 800320-1733, ext. 15 or visit www.nutcracker.com/petpal. To donate to Pet Pal Animal Shelter, call 328-7738. Christmas catWolfie, 2, couldnt resist thetemptation to climb theChristmas tree at the Erbshouse in Seminole lastChristmas. 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Frank Boullosa and Elliott Ross, CCIM of The Ross Realty Group Inc., represented the seller in this transaction, Quality Properties Asset Management Company. Don Russell of Russell Real Estate represented the buyer.RE/MAX announces top agentsBELLEAIR RE/MAX ACR Elite Group Inc. recently recognized the top agents in the Belleair office in closed sales for the month of November. The No. 1 agent was Linda Jakobsen. The No. 2 agent was Joanne Wood and the No. 3 agent was Fred and Burt Rushing. Adamo names top agentsSEMINOLE Realty Executives Adamo and Associates recently recognized its top agents for the month of November. Mary Butler was recognized as the top listing associate for the month of November. Caroleanne Vorac was recognized as the top sales associate. Sandy Hartmann and Associates was recognized as the top listing and top sales team.Coldwell Banker recognizes top agentsST. PETERSBURG Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estates 66th Street office recently announced its top associates for November. Deodoro Ted Tomas was the listings leader. Gayle Roffis was sales leader. Kevin Gallagher was closed leader.Beaches Chamber seeks items for PARCST. PETE BEACH The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce is collecting various items to donate to PARC. Caroleanne Vorac Mary Butler The items include construction paper, color pencils, crayons, PlayDoh and diapers. Donations can be dropped at the chamber office, 6990 Gulf Blvd., or at the holiday mixer on Dec. 13. Also, the chamber plans a special holiday shopping e-blast. There are 12 spots available to advertise with the ability to link to a coupon or Web page. The cost is $50. For more information, call 360-6957.Beaches Chamber plans holiday mixerST. PETE BEACH The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce plans its annual holiday mixer at the Hurricane Restaurant, 809 Gulf Way, Pass-a-Grille, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. This year the chamber is seeking donations to support PARCs wish list. The Rocketship Car will be parked out in front of the Hurricane collecting donations. Donations can be dropped off at the Chamber headquarters and will be accepted until Monday, Dec. 12. For more information or to register, call Amanda Page at 360-6957 or email RSVP@tampabaybeaches.com.Sollie receives FACP appointmentST. PETE BEACH Robin Sollie, president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed the 2012 treasurer for Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, making her chair-elect for 2013. The FACP is now in its 90th year and serves nearly 500 chamber professionals across the state. The FACP provides chamber of commerce professionals with the information, learning and communications skills to carry out the mission of their chambers.Please the Senses opensMADEIRA BEACH Please the Senses opened its doors Nov. 11 at 15004 Madeira Way. The shop offers essential oils, aromatherapy, organic cosmetics, teas, local honey, handmade soaps, soy based candles, accessories and gifts. Wines also are available. According to owner Katy Brown, the shop promotes and uses local vendors and small businesses. Emphasis is given to natural and organic products. The essential oils, teas, and handmade soaps are available by the ounce.


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The Chiefs defeated Clearwater and first-seeded Lakewood to meet Northeast in the championship game. The team was led by head coach Eric Blanchard, assistance coach Keith Lyle, formerly of the St. Louis Rams; and Cato Catia. Members of the team are Demetrius Dalton, Ethan Blanchard, C.J. Catia, James Lee, Jamar Johnson, Isaac Gibbs, Jayion McCluster, Keshaun McCluster, Sanchez Maultsby, Toree Goins, James Ingram, Jake Annand, Nick Quinn, Adam Bauerlein, Jason OMeila, Mike Zimmerman, Mark Jackson, Steven Cobb, Alex Pollard, Jackson Witten, J.J. Howard and Kobe Hepburn. Top athlete Mike Urbanski, second from left, a member of the Seminole High School cross-country team, was recently named a Beef OBradys Athlete of the Week. Urbanksi recently finished 11th in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet and has accepted an offer to attend Nova Southeastern University. Standing next to him, from left, are coaches Michael Homme, Tony Nicolosi and Bruce Calhoun.Roundup Madeira Beach recreation soccerMADEIRA BEACH Madeira Beach youth soccer standings: 7-9 Division Hatfield Enterprises (Green) 8-0, (Red) 6-2, Countryside Dental Group (Silver) 5-3, Exceptional Dental (Carolina Blue) 3-5, Fresh Vitality (Orange) 1-7, Logical Choice Learning Center (Purple) 1-7. Leading goal scorers Justin Turner, 18; Jack Galka, 14; Jerad Sharpe, 11; Kait Helton, 7; Alexis Gold, 6; Ilisha Hartwell, 5. 10-Up Division Mountain Dew (Green) 6-2, (Pink) 6-2, Delosas Pizza (Purple) 4-4, (Lime) 4-4, Tyrone Square Mazda (Orange) 4-4, O2 Solutions (Silver) 4-4, (Red) 3-5, (Carolina Blue) 0-8. Leading goal scorers Matthew Olsen, 18; Cody Carpenter, 15; Josh King, 10; Chris Baldwin, Konrad Krug, Josh Taylor and Brandon Behring, 9.Madeira hoops league plans registrationMADEIRA BEACH The city of Madeira Beach plans registration for its youth basketball league Dec. 10, noon to 2 p.m. Sign-ups are at the Madeira Beach Recreation Center, 200 Rex Place. The cost is $70 for residents and $85 for non-residents. The league has two divisions grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. League play begins in January and ends in early March. Plans call for a 10-game schedule with games twice a week, Monday through Thursday, at Madeira Beach Fundamental School. Coaches, referees, and sponsors are needed too. For information, call Colin Shaw at 392-0665.Rays release spring training schedule, pricesST. PETERSBURG The Tampa Bay Rays will play 16 spring training home games at Charlotte Sports Park against major league opponents in 2012, matching the most in the teams history. Pitchers and catchers will report Monday, Feb. 20 and the Rays will begin their home schedule on Sunday, March 4 against the Minnesota Twins.The schedule includes games against all four American League East opponents, as well as games against the Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins.The Rays will open the regular season at Tropicana Field on Friday, April 6 against the New York Yankees. Single-game spring training ticket prices for games at Charlotte Sports Park range from $9 to $27, and will go on sale in January with a specific date to be announced. Fixed seat prices in each category are the same as those in 2011, and Monday, March 5 vs. the Baltimore Orioles and Monday, April 2 vs. the Twins are value games, offering a $2 discount off the regular single game ticket price for all seating categories. Spring training season ticket prices for the 16game spring schedule at Charlotte Sports Park are also the same per game in each seating category as those in 2011. Fans interested in placing a $50 deposit for spring training season tickets can do so by visiting raysbaseball.com/springtraining or by calling 888FAN-RAYS. All individuals who have placed a deposit will be contacted in January to select their seats. Benefits of being a 2012 spring training season ticket holder include discounts on Rays merchandise and an exclusive pre-spring training kick-off event at Charlotte Sports Park. The schedule: Saturday, March 3, at Minnesota (Fort Myers), 1:05 p.m.; Sunday, March 4, MINNESOTA, 1:05 p.m.;Monday, March 5, BALTIMORE, 1:05 p.m.; Tuesday, March 6, MINNESOTA, 1:05 p.m.; Wednesday, March 7, at New York Yankees (Tampa), 1:05 p.m.; Thursday, March 8, DETROIT (ss), 1:05 p.m.; Friday, March 9, BALTIMORE, 1:05 p.m.; Saturday, March 10, at Boston (Fort Myers), 1:05 p.m.; Sunday, March 11, PITTSBURGH, 1:05 p.m.; Monday, March 12, MINNESOTA, 1:05 p.m.; Tuesday, March 13, at Baltimore (Sarasota), 1:05 p.m.; Wednesday, March 14, MIAMI, 1:05 p.m.; Thursday, March 15, PHILADELPHIA, 1:05 p.m.; Friday, March 16, at Toronto (Dunedin), 1:05 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, at Pittsburgh (Bradenton), 1:05 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, BOSTON, 1:05 p.m.; Monday, March 19, off; Tuesday, March 20, at Miami(Jupiter), 1:05 p.m.; Wednesday, March 21, NEW YORK YANKEES, 1:05 p.m.; Thursday, March 22, at Pittsburgh (Bradenton), 1:05 p.m.; Friday, March 23, TORONTO, 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, March 24, at Minnesota (Fort Myers), 3:05 p.m.; Sunday, March 25, MIAMI, 1:05 p.m.; Monday, March 26, at Minnesota (Fort Myers), 1:05 p.m.; Tuesday, March 27, at Boston (Fort Myers), 7:05 p.m.; Wednesday, March 28, PITTSBURGH, 7:05 p.m.; Thursday, March 29, at Philadelphia (Clearwater), 1:05 p.m.; Friday, March 30, at Pittsburgh (Bradenton), 1:05 p.m.; Saturday, March 31, BOSTON, 1:05 p.m.; Sunday, April 1, at Baltimore (Sarasota), 1:05 p.m.; Monday, April 2, MINNESOTA, 1:05 p.m.; Tuesday, April 3, at Minnesota (Fort Myers), 1:05 p.m. Home games at Charlotte Sports Park are in bold caps.Glow golf event plannedTREASURE ISLAND The city plans a glow golf event Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis, 10315 Paradise Blvd. Registration and food will be available from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The format is a scramble, which will begin at 6:45 p.m. Golfers may sign up as a single, twosome or foursome. Hot dogs, chips and soft drinks will be provided free of charge. Prizes will be awarded for the winners of the golf scramble. The fee is $25 per player or $40 per twosome. Preregistration and payment at time of registration is required. Call 360-6062 for additional information or to register.Tides WGA resultsSEMINOLE Results of The Tides Womens Golf Associations low net cart event Nov. 15 at The Tides Golf Club: First place Joyce Cooney and Jeannie Pichee, 145. Second place Dolores DenOtter and Jessica McCarty, 147.


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Depths of 25 to 30 foot have been most productive for the grunts and porgies and shallower ledges in 15 to 20 foot have been best for sea bass. Squid will work for all three species, but a piece of sardine or small white bait works best for the sea bass. Inshore fishing has been tough over the past week; a major cool down followed by strong winds will usually put fish off for a few days. With any luck this weeks front wont be nearly as dramatic. Full moon tides will hopefully have fish on the feed. Morning negative low tides will give you a chance to stalk tailing redfish if the winds arent too strong. A live select shrimp will get the job done. If the winds blowin anchor up and fish with cut ladyfish or pinfish on the bottom. Morning mid-level high tides this week will have redfish, gator trout and sheepshead cruising the flats searching for crustaceans and bait fish before this next front comes through. If the winds stay light and the skies are clear, sight fishing can be excellent. Drifting, poling or running the trolling motor on low will allow you to get close enough to the fish for an accurate shot. Once a productive area is found stake off and patiently wait for fish to come within range. A live select shrimp tail hooked is the bait of choice; however a weed-less rigged soft plastic jerk bait in watermelon/red flake works quite well. Sheepshead are all over the flats and are pretty tricky to catch when theyre that shallow. As the water continues to cool off and we get on these big moon phases, look for the sheepshead to school up around the bridges and jetties. Fresh pieces of shrimp or live fiddler crabs work great for sheepshead. Just be sure to use a small enough hook so that you stand a better chance for hookups.Send us your fishing photosSEMINOLE Got a trophy catch youd like the world to see? Send us your fishing photos and they will be used in the outdoors pages of Tampa Bay Newspapers publications. Include the names of all people in the photos, home town and what type of fish it is. Email to bmcclure@TBNweekly.com. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein Fishing notebook State moves to protect sharksThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission moved Nov. 16 to prohibit the harvest of tiger sharks and three species of hammerheads from state waters in an effort to further protect the predators that rely on Florida waters to survive. The new measures, which also prohibit the possession, sale and exchange of tiger sharks and great, scalloped and smooth hammerhead sharks harvested from state waters, will go into effect Jan. 1. These sharks can still be caught and released in state waters and can be taken in adjacent federal waters. The change got its start in 2010, after concerned citizens, shark researchers and shark anglers expressed a desire for increased protections for sharks. Florida waters offer essential habitat for young sharks, which is important for species such as the slow-to-reproduce tiger shark, which takes about 15 years to reach maturity. Sharks have been strictly regulated in Florida since 1992, with a one-shark-per-person, twosharks-per-vessel daily bag limit for all recreational and commercial harvesters and a ban on shark finning. Roughly two-dozen overfished, vulnerable or rare shark species are catch-and-release only in Florida waters. The FWC is also working on an educational campaign highlighting fishing and handling techniques that increase the survival rate of sharks that are caught and released while ensuring the safety of the anglers targeting them. For more information on shark fishing visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on Saltwater Fishing and either Recreational Regulations or Commercial.FWC suggests life-saving holiday gift for boatersThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a suggestion for anyone shopping for a boater this holiday. A new, comfortable life jacket makes an ideal gift, and it could save someones life. A lot of people dont wear life jackets because they feel theyre uncomfortable, said Capt. Tom Shipp of the FWCs Boating and Waterways Section. However, with newer models, such as belt packs or suspenders, you hardly feel them. Replacing an old, bulky life jacket with a newer model makes a great gift. Belt-pack and suspender life jackets are inflatable. Some inflate automatically when a person falls into the water, while others inflate after the wearer pulls a cord. Prices of the belt-pack and suspender life jackets start at approximately $60. Frequently, a life jacket can save a life during a boating accident, Shipp said. One of the main responsibilities for FWC officers is helping residents and visitors boat safely. They often check boaters for adherence to safety regulations and educate them about safe boating practices. Unfortunately, at other times, FWC officers are called to the scene of boating accidents. Many of the boating accidents the FWC investigates involve drowning deaths. Last year, there were 79 boating fatalities 49 of them by drowning. The FWC confirms that life jackets may have saved those lives and recommends boaters wear one at all times on the water. Bottom line: If you fall overboard with a life jacket on, your chances of survival are greatly enhanced. This holiday season, the gift of a life jacket could be a gift of life. For more boating safety information visit MyFWC.com/Boating or call 850-488-5600. The Beacon. A tradition in your neighborhood.


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Pinellas Internal Medicine Associates 727-544-83008130 66th Street North, Suite 1 Pinellas Park112411 120811 Health notes Largo Medical introduces new technologyLARGO Largo Medical Center recently began using a new piece of equipment in the treatment of Peripheral Arterial Disease. Peripheral Arterial Disease occurs when cholesterol causes blockages in the leg, which impede blood flow to the lower extremities. Getting that blood pumping the way it should is getting easier thanks to new technology call Stealth. Stealth is used to restore blood flow to extremities in an effort to avoid amputation. The device uses a diamond coated burr to cut through plaque in the small vessels in the leg, said Merrill Krolick, D.O., and interventional cardiologist, in a press release. The procedure is done without a surgical incision. Dr. Krolick is one of the first in the area to use the Stealth at Largo Medical Center, said Janet Morra, vice president of cardiovascular services at Largo Medical Center. Patients can often have their procedure done early in the morning and are discharged later the same day. It is estimated that 12 million Americans suffer from PAD. It will often present with symptoms including: tired legs, heaviness in the legs, non-healing ulcers, and pain while walking. People who have this disorder may have underlying coronary artery disease and can die of a heart attack. PAD is a serious condition that if not treated can lead to painful legs, gangrene, and removal of toes or even removal of a limb. It is important that an evaluation of the peripheral circulation be done and to make every effort to restore any impaired blood flow to the limb. Krolick says patients who may not be well enough for an open surgical procedure to restore circulation, can be treated safely with this technique.Mease Dunedin Hospital earns second Energy Star DUNEDIN Mease Dunedin Hospital continues to rank among leading facilities nationwide recognized for superior energy efficiency, earning it the prestigious Energy Star for the second consecutive year. Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that is designed to minimize energy consumption, cut costs and reduce impact on the environment through voluntary energy-efficient products and practices. Energy Stars ability to help businesses, organizations and consumers across the country reduces energy consumption and costs in 2010 were estimated at $18 billion. Earning a second Energy Star rating is a significant achievement because it validates that these efforts are successfully in helping to manage our resources, while also benefiting the environment through better conservation practices, said Lou Galdieri, chief operating officer for Mease Dunedin, in a press release. We are committed to continuing these efforts while also maintaining the highest quality of patient care possible. To earn the Energy Star, Mease Dunedin took the following actions: Installed Power Logic electric sub meters, which allow staff to monitor, analyze and react to energy consumption Created custom programs in the building automation system to optimize the heating and cooling equipment while providing a comfortable environment Educated team members to be aware and diligent about turning off computers, printers and nonessential equipment when not in use Maintaining and improving operation of energy plant equipment including a preventative maintenance program. Energy Star was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.Atkinson elected to serve APCCLEARWATER The Rev. Mary Margaret Atkinson, Morton Plant Meases director of pastoral care, has been elected board member and secretary of the Association of Professional Chaplains, a multifaith association established to promote quality chaplaincy care through advocacy, education, professional standards and services to more than 4,000 members. Atkinson has been Morton Plant Meases director of pastoral care since 2005. She has developed and established the clinical pastoral education program at Morton Plant Mease, a partnership with Suncoast Hospice to offer clinical training for ministers to serve in a health care environment and implemented a bereavement follow-up program that provides grief support groups and annual memorial services for family members.


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I get my regular oil changes and have the tires rotated. Im really not mechanically savvy (or would want to be for that matter), but I do want to know if I take my vehicle in to a shop or mechanic that I wont be ripped off. Ive been to places where they will up-sell you on services that you really dont need. Why do they do that? In my mind, I think they want to make more money and know most women dont know too much about cars. If youre like me, we moms want to have our vehicles safe because we have our children in the car and dont want anything to happen because we didnt have something fixed. I am so fortunate to have found a great mechanic in town that I can go to and have look at my van whenever I have a problem. He usually checks it out right on the spot and tells me whats wrong and how much to fix it. A few years ago, I remember taking my van in for something that needed to be fixed, and first I had it checked out by the dealership to get an estimate. I had my two little girls with me when I went. We had to wait in the lobby for two hours for the dealership to give me an estimate that was pretty costly. I called my husband to see if he wanted me to go ahead with getting the van fixed after the estimate. He thought it was high and said to take the van to our local mechanic, Craig at Honest Engine, to see what he said. When I took it there, the estimate was half the price, and it took 30 minutes to fix. I was so impressed. He was so nice and didnt make me wait. Since then, I have had a flat tire and within minutes, he fixed it. The other good thing is it is usually half the price of other places I have gone to in the past. I just feel like Im not being taken advantage. His oil changes are a little more than some of the places around town with discounts, but I dont mind paying a little more, because I dont get harassed about all the things that really dont need to be fixed. I know if Craig tells me something needs to be fixed, it needs to be fixed. Its nice to be able to find a local mechanic who you trust and who cares about people rather than making a few extra bucks. I think thats why his shop stays pretty busy. People like the way he does business. I also have to tell you about another recent experience I had, which I found to be amazing. I had one of my front headlights go out. I thought, I am going to be proactive and go to one of the auto part stores and get the bulb for my husband to fix. I dont know why, but going into an auto parts store is out of my realm. Probably the experience is similar to how a man feels if he had to buy makeup. Anyway, I went in and told the man that I had a headlight out and needed a new bulb. He said, OK, we have it. The next part of this experience is what caught me off guard. He said, Would you like me to put it in for you? I agreed. At that moment, I really didnt know if he was just being nice or if I was going to be charged to put the headlight in. I didnt ask and thought I might as well get it done because it was dark outside and I thought I could get a ticket if I didnt get it fixed. A man named Jerry put the light in. He didnt charge me anything. I asked him if he could take a tip. He said they didnt take tips. I then asked him if they did this for everybody. He said, We try as long as its not too extensive of a job to do. I was so excited to go home and tell my husband that I actually had the light fixed and that they do it for free at the Pinellas Park Auto Zone when you buy the parts there. People like Craig and Jerry make me feel so much better about going to get my vehicle fixed. They make me believe there really are nice people who care and are helpful, especially to moms like me who just want their vehicle in good running condition. Thanks!Kadi Hendricks Tubbs, mother of two girls ages 5 and 7, lives in Seminole. Visit her blog at Mom2MomFamilyFun.blogspot.com. Mom 2 MomKadi Hendricks Tubbs Military news Eric WoodSEMINOLE Coast Guard Seaman Eric Wood recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J. Wood is the son of Linda OKeefe-Wood of Seminole. He is a 2009 graduate of Osceola High School.David McClintockSEMINOLE Navy Seaman Recruit David McClintock and fellow sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans, home ported in San Diego, Calif., recently participated in detainee handling training while conducting a two-week certification exercise off the coast of Southern California. McClintock is a 2009 graduate of Seminole High School. He joined the Navy in October 2009. The training ensured the ships visit, board, search and seizure team with and members of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Units Maritime Raid Force that all personnel on the ship are capable of properly handling a detainee in the event the ships VBSS or MRF team was to apprehend one during a mission. New Orleans is the second of the San Antonioclass transport dock ships. Its warfighting capabilities include a state-of-the-art command and control suite, substantially increased vehicle lift capacity, a large flight deck, and advanced ship survivability features that enhance its ability to operate in the littoral environment. Mary HallSEMINOLE Navy Midshipman Mary Hall and more than 900 other freshmen recently completed Plebe summer while attending the United States Naval Academy. Hall is the daughter of Sherry and David Hall of Seminole. She is a 2011 graduate of Seminole High School.Jessica Rix REDINGTON SHORES Army Reserve Pvt. Jessica Rix recently graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. Rix is the daughter of Brandy Haney of Brooksville, and Micheal Rix of Redington Shores. She is currently attending Hernando High School, Brooksville. Rix graduated from the split option enlistment program that allows high school students to attend basic training between their junior and senior years. They will be assigned to their reserve or national guard units during their senior year and attend their advanced individual training upon graduation from high school.Ian GlowaSEMINOLE Navy Seaman Ian Glowa recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. He is the son of Desiree Glowa of Seminole, and Michael Glowa of Coarsegold, Calif. He is a 2010 graduate of Seminole High School of Seminole.Sarah FowlerMADEIRA BEACH Navy Seaman Recruit Sarah Fowler recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Fowler is the daughter of Lance Fowler of Madeira Beach. She is a 2011 graduate of Wiregrass Ranch High School of Wesley Chapel. Joshua ShafferSEMINOLE Fireman Joshua Shaffer recently was cited for superior performance of duty while serving on board Coast Guard Station/Aids to Navigation Team St. Ignance, Mich. Shaffer is the grandson of Bonnie and Robert Guerin of Seminole. He grew up in Seminole and graduated from Osceola High School. He joined the Coast Guard in 2009. As a crewman responding to two major search and rescue cases, Shaffers exceptional seamanship and technical competency during two demanding events resulted in saving three lives. On the evening of July 6, Shaffer responded to a report of a person in the water clinging to a capsized vessel east of Bois Blanc Island. Shortly after arriving on scene, the Coast Guard crew spotted the individual struggling to stay afloat 50 feet from the capsized vessel. Without hesitation and displaying exceptional seamanship, Shaffer assisted in recovering the man moments after he sank below the surface in 63-degree water.


14A Viewpoints Beacon, December 8, 2011The Clearwater City Council has set aside $100,123 to fund a plan that has much potential for economic development in the city. Despite the costs involved, the council needs to take such steps to lay the groundwork to improve the business climate in the city. Along those lines, an economic development specialist will be hired at a cost of $52,746 to conduct research, support business retention and expansion efforts and implement other aspects of the plan. The plan prepared by TIP Strategies Inc., a Texas consulting firm, envisions an employment center overlay district, a technology district in the Cleveland Street corridor and medical overlay district near Morton Plant Hospital. The idea is to accomplish the goals through business friendly initiatives, a formal incentive policy and a business retention and expansion program as well as using tourism marketing to create business opportunities. Such goals mirror some of the recommendations in the Clearwater Business Task Forces final report, issued in August. During its review, the task force found that the citys process is viewed by the general public and business community as too complicated, time-consuming and expensive. The task force recommended that the city should adopt a culture of becoming customer-centric, requiring that services be designed around customers needs. The city should have a proactive strategy if it wishes to be recognized as the premier place to do business in the Tampa Bay region among surrounding municipalities that have adopted more user-friendly codes and services, the task force said. City of Largo officials also have embraced more business-friendly practices, and officials say they are hearing positive comments from the business community, after years of hearing complaints. Certainly, improving business opportunities in any city takes time, especially in a sputtering economy. A multi-faceted approach, looking at the array of city community development services and regulation, often is needed. But if Clearwater officials continue to make economic development and business-friendly incentives a priority, they should see results. The costs to achieve the necessary goals may raise eyebrows, but major changes in communities often require a solid commitment from the pocketbooks as well as the lips. A newspapers obituary page is a thing of great comfort, if you regard it the right way. Its the most democratic part of the paper, in that it focuses on one of the few things that happens to us all dying. Its where we average blokes are finally able to stand eye-to-eye with the captains and the kings of the world. Some obituaries are grandiose and gassy; others are so brief they make you wonder how and why an entire life can be reduced to a few lines. Many obits do not completely or accurately reflect the life of the deceased. Rather, they state only what the survivors wish to have the public believe. The numbers of dead folks who die surrounded by a devoted spouse and children are roughly ten times more numerous than the totals of genuinely happy families. Or so I have suspected over the years. Some obits list cause of death; others do not. Im astounded and alarmed by the number of women who succumb to breast cancer. I hear that progress is being made against cancer (and it surely should be, if the number of fundraising road races, marches and dinners are any indication), but the obit pages dont seem to show it. When the cause of death is not stated, readers are left to wonder why. Possibly (although by no means necessarily) the death is the result of alcoholism, drug use, HIV infection or suicide. Even when the alcoholic or drug addict has been sober and straight for the final years of his/her life, its rare to see that triumph mentioned in the obit. Each time I read an obit page Im relieved to find no mention of my name or that of my friends. Im fascinated by the varying eternal destinations of the departed. Some go to a final resting-place. Others to the waiting arms of Jesus or the Lord God Jehovah. Still others go to rejoin their predeceased family members or poker buddies. Many simply die. Its nice that we all have these choices. If a family wanted an obit to read Harry kicked the bucket or Julie finally bought the farm, would a newspaper allow such colloquial references? I dont see why not. Such offhand phrasing would in no way demean the other obits on the page. If you think you stay well-informed about whos who in the world, reading the obit pages will quickly persuade you otherwise. Each week Ill encounter the obits of geniuses and titans of science, finance, literature, government and entertainment none of whom Ill have heard of until the day they die. A similar reaction occurs when I read the obit of someone I thought had died years ago. A recent example was the death of the New York Times political reporter Tom Wicker. I had thought he cashed in his chips years ago. Turns out he was only retired. Maybe thats why some folks refuse to retire. They equate retirement with death. I suppose there are some similarities. I own a marvelous paperback book titled The Portable Obituary How the Famous, Rich and Powerful Really Died. The author is Michael Largo, who must have spent several years digging through obits and news reports following the deaths of hundreds of well-known and less known public figures. The entries in this book tell as much or more about the subjects lives as about their deaths. Example: Stephen Foster, Americas first composer of popular songs (Beautiful Dreamer, Oh, Susanna, and Old Folks at Home) earned only $15,091 for his entire lifetimes work. Music companies and other thieves stole his royalties, and Foster drank away what little was left. At his death in 1864, he had 38 cents in his pocket. If you ask a thousand people, What are your thoughts about death? youll get a thousand different answers. Pianist Oscar Levant was so afraid of death he refused to allow its mention by anyone in his presence. I feel sorry for anyone like that. I especially am saddened by people who believe in hell, and who therefore fear going there. Comedian Woody Allens most famous quote about death: Im not afraid of dying. I just dont want to be there when it happens. Actress Katharine Hepburn said Death will be a great relief no more interviews. Playwright August Wilson: Death aint nothing but a fastball on the outside corner. Philosopher and atheist Richard Dawkins: Being dead will be no different from being unborn I shall be just as I was in the time of William the Conqueror or the dinosaurs or the trilobites. There is nothing to fear in that. Perhaps the healthiest attitude toward death was expressed by J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan. He said, To die will be an awfully big adventure.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at tralee71@comcast.net.An examination of the obituary pageKudos for Rep. YoungEditor: I would like to recognize U.S. Rep. Bill Young for his leadership that has resulted in outstanding benefits for our deserving elders. I was pleased to help honor him with the 2011 RetireSafe Standing Up For Americas Seniors Award in his district office on Nov. 28. During Youngs many decades of service, he has championed legislation that helps seniors. During the 111th Congress he supported many bills, including the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act; the Medicare Patient IVIG Access Act; and the Medicare Access to Rural Anesthesiology Act, all serving to increase access to care. He also founded the Congressional Social Security Caucus, which is dedicated to protecting and preserving the Social Security system. He genuinely cares about seniors. RetireSafe, who led the award, is recognizing a bipartisan group of U.S. representatives across the country that put seniors first, and it is only fitting that Rep. Bill Young is among them. Austin Curry Executive director Elder Care Advocacy of FloridaThanks for the donationsEditor: On behalf of the staff, teachers and students of Largo High School, we want to thank you for the donations of flowers, shrubbery and plants that you have given us over the past year. Last year we asked that you donate your poinsettias instead of trashing them. Wow, you sure did. Unfortunately, as you know, not everything you plant makes it. The ones that did survive look wonderful. We have our finest plant next to the administration. Its about 4 feet high and doing well. Ive had people ask why Im spending money on plants when the school is needing tighter spending. I hope this will explain where we get our plant supplies. We ask people at garage sales, landscapers who have over ordered and they have been generous. I bring many things from my own yard. Ive traded other folks for what I have for something they have. Also, I am a volunteer. Happily many of our students help us out in keeping the campus looking good. So I hope this answers your questions. Now, if you have a plant or etc. that you dont want, please call me. Ill help you extract it from the ground and I will plant it on the grounds. Thank you all for mentoring our school. I must confess I graduated from LHS class of 1959. Yes, thats right, Im older than mud. We work at LHS with all of our employees; our maintenance team is the best in the county. Our teachers and coaches are the best. Just look at our athletic teams. Far above the rest of the county. Well, thats my personal opinion. So before you throw away your Thanksgiving and Christmas flowers, please consider dropping them off to LHS. We thank you in advance. Marie F. Hoke-Singer Master gardener Largo In 2008, I wrote a book called Liberal Fascism. That title came from H.G. Wells, one of the most important socialist writers in the English language. He believed, as did his fellow Fabian socialists, that Western democratic capitalism had outlived its usefulness. What was needed was a new, bold, forward-thinking system run by experts with access to the most modern techniques. For Wells, the label for such a system mattered less than the imperative that we implement a revolution-from-above. He admired how the Germans, Italians and Russians were getting things done. In 1932 he proposed calling his revolutionary movement enlightened Nazism or liberal fascism. Wells was hardly alone. Such arguments were being made in all the Western democracies, under a thousand different banners. Most progressives rejected terms like fascist or Communist, but they still touted foreign tyrannies as superior to the outmoded democratic capitalism of the 19th century. Lincoln Steffens, the muckraking journalist, was a great fan of both Italian fascism and Soviet communism. He returned from a trip to Russia to proclaim, I have seen the future, and it works! Some things never change. Andy Stern announced recently that hes been to the future, and it works. In this case, the future resides in China, which he says has a superior economic system. The conservative-preferred, free-market fundamentalist, shareholder-only model so successful in the 20th century is being thrown onto the trash heap of history in the 21st century. Whos Andy Stern? Hes just the guy who, until last year, ran the Service Employees International Union, which under his leadership spent more than any organization to get Obama elected in 2008, some $28 million. Comparatively, Sterns influence in the Democratic Party eclipses that of, say, the allegedly sinister Koch brothers or anti-tax activist Grover Norquist among Republicans. Stern himself visited the White House more than any other person during Obamas first year in office (53 times). Stern sees the Chinese governments allegedly keen ability to plan its way to prosperity as the new model for America. It is an argument of profound asininity. China had five-year plans before it started getting rich. Under the old five-year plans, China killed tens of millions of its own people and remained mired in poverty. What made China rich wasnt planning, it was the decision to switch to markets (albeit corrupt ones). The planners were merely in charge of distributing the wealth that markets created. Indeed, rapid economic growth always makes government planners look like geniuses when the reality is that the planners are more like self-proclaimed rainmakers who started dancing only after it started raining. When the rain stops, which it will, theyll have much to answer for. Oh, and what about labor? Theres one labor union in China, and its run by the government. (The Nazis had pretty much the same system.) Stern doesnt seem to care. More intriguingly, SEIU is a huge supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which, taken at its word, is most concerned with income inequality and the back-room corruption that comes from crony capitalism. And Stern touts China as the model for how to fix things? China has 115 billionaires and at least 115 million people living on a dollar a day or less. Nearly all of those billionaires got rich gaming a corrupt political system. Obviously, the core problem with China envy is not economic but moral. To the extent that Chinas economic planning works, it does so because China is an authoritarian country. (Japan has been planning its economy within democratic restraints and has been dying on the economic vine for nearly 20 years.) You can hit your building quota a lot more easily when you can shoot inconvenient people and trample property rights at will. The Three Gorges Dam displaced more than a million people who were given three choices: move, jail, death. Stern joins a long list of liberals whove seen China embrace authoritarian capitalism and conclude that the secret to that success had to be the authoritarianism. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, my usual whipping boy in this department, has written thousands of words rhapsodizing about his envy of China. President Obama himself has said hes envious of Chinas president and has touted Chinas infrastructure spending as something to emulate. If you want to copy China because its authoritarian capitalism is better than our democratic capitalism, it seems pretty obvious that what you envy is the authoritarianism. H.G. Wells had a phrase for that.Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. 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Faith and family 15A Beacon, December 8, 2011 CAMP FREEDOM HOLINESS CHURCH Matt. 11:28 6980 54th Ave. North, St. PetersburgTraditional Worship in a family atmosphere and all are welcome to attend!Sunday 10am and 6pmWednesday Bible Study &Youth Service 7:30pmPastor Randy Tolley 727-545-3690 112411 Church And Temple DirectoryS120811 Friday Sabbath services 7pm17th St. & 29th Ave., St. Pete. 345-7777 www.jewishheritage.net/Email: rabbi@jewishheritage.net Beth-El ShalomMessianic Congregation 71411 FRIENDSHIP COMMUNITY CHURCHA Congregational Christian Church, everyone welcome 152 TreasureIsland Causeway Treasure IslandNorth of ClockTower 398-6342 Bible Study Wednesday 6:30 p.m.Celebrate The HolidaySunday School 9:15 a.m. WORSHIP 10:00 a.m.Pastor J. Michael Hargrave1124118771 Park Blvd. SeminoleCorner of Park Blvd. & Starkey Rd. next to Save-a-LotHeirs of Promise ChurchPastor Jim & April Licensed & Ordained Through Rhema Bible A Non Denominational / Spirit Filled Church397-0806 www.heirsofpromise.com Bible Foundations Class Nursery Contemporary Worship PrayerSunday Service................................................10:30 AM Childrens Church...........................................10:30 AM Thursday Midweek Service...............................7:00 PM80510 FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST6245 Seminole Blvd., (Alt. 19), Seminole 392-1406Reading Room Sunday 10 A.M. Wed. 7 P.M.SUNDAY SERVICE..........................................10:30 A.M. SUNDAY SCHOOL...........................................10:30 A.M. WEDNESDAY TESTIMONY MEETING.............7:30 P.M.80510 The Church by the Sea137th Avenue at Gulf Boulevard Madeira Beach Call: 391-7706Rev. Dr. Armand L. Weller, Senior Pastor Come and worship. 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Admission is FREE Nursery provided for age 2 and under.December 11th & 18th at 6:00pm, December 14th & 19th at 7:00pm, December 16th at 7:30pm Park Place Wesleyan Church 4400 70th Ave N, Pinellas Park 526-3674 www.ppwc.org120811 391-0596Walker Ave. 11501 SeminolePark Blvd.113th St. (Duhme Rd.) 1.2 miles Seminole Blvd. (Alt. 19)54th AvenueN A Christmas Cantataunder the direction ofDavid Lawhead God is with Us by Tom FettkeJoin the Choir and Orchestra ofFAITHPRESBYTERIANCHURCHSUNDAY, DECEMBER11, 2011 9:20 & 11:00 A.M.FOR120811 Parbawatiya Buddhist Center Parbawatiya Buddhist Center will host two events in the coming days. A class on Buddhism and meditation will be presented Friday, Dec. 16, 7 to 8:15 p.m., at Yoga 4 All, 8824 Seminole Blvd., Seminole The class will include two guided meditations and a teaching. It is designed for those with an interest in Buddhism and meditation. Another class will be offered Sunday, Dec. 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Parbawatiya Buddhist Center, 201 Sixth Ave. S., Safety Harbor. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students and those on a limited income. Parbawatiya Buddhist Center is a nonprofit organization. Call 7979770 or visit www.MeditationInTampaBay.org.First Baptist Church of Indian RocksLARGO Moms at Heart will meet Monday, Dec. 12, 9 to 11:30 a.m., in Education Center Room EC252 at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road. The group also will meet Wednesday, Dec. 14, 6:45 to 8 p.m., in the Fellowship Center. Light food and drinks will be available. Attendees will decorate Christmas cookies for a special craft. Speaker Amy Bonham will be describe A Peace that Passes All Understanding. Moms at Heart offers an environment of encouragement and support, a place to make new friends, access to parenting help and an opportunity to learn new skills. Every mother including expectant moms, single moms, married moms, working moms, stay-at-home moms and grand moms is welcome to attend. To register, visit www.indianrocks.org. Children who need childcare must be preregistered. For general information about First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, call 595-3421 or visit www.indianrocks.org.First Baptist Church of Indian RocksLARGO The Gift of Christmas, a Christmas program, will be presented Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 and 6 p.m., in the worship center at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road. The music departments Sounds of Praise Choir and Orchestra, along with Indian Rocks Christian Schools Golden Eagle Regiment Band, and elementary, middle school and high school choirs, will join forces for the program. This presentation will feature some familiar Christmas carols as well as worship songs. Admission is free and open to the public. Childcare will be available for children and infants to 4 years of age. For general information about First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, call 595-3421 or visit www.indianrocks.org.First Baptist Church of Indian RocksLARGO Celebrate Recovery meets Mondays in the Indian Rocks Youth Center at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. followed by worship at 7 p.m. After worship, small groups meet at 8 p.m. The caf opens at 9 p.m. for coffee and desserts. The program is designed for those struggling with hurts, habits, hang-ups, addictions or life issues. Free childcare is available from 6:50 to 9 p.m. for infants through age 11. Meetings will continue through the holiday season. Call 595-3421 or visit www.indianrocks.org.First Methodist ChurchCLEARWATER The Largo High Madrigal Dinner will take place Saturday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m., at First Methodist Church, 411 Turner St. The event will include a meal and the program entitled Magic of Medieval Melodies presented by the Madrigal Singers of Largo High School. The performers will be dressed in authentic 15th century attire. Cost is $25. Reservations are required by Dec. 9. For reservations, call 871-1940.Church news Weddings Weddings MilsteadHines Mandy Milstead and Kevin Hines were married on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, on the beach in Melbourne. Pastor Chris White officiated. The bride is the daughter of Kathy and Jim Frederick of Spring Hill. She earned a bachelors degree from Florida State University and a masters degree from the University of South Florida. The groom is the son of Cindy and Bill Hines of Melbourne. He attended the University of North Florida. Sarah McMinn served as flower girl at the wedding ceremony. A reception followed the ceremony in the Sunset Room at Radisson Oceanfront, Melbourne. The couple resides in Seminole. Mandy and Kevin Hines ParhaloPereiraMadeline Parhalo and Richard Pereira were married on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at the Chapel at St. Judes Cathedral, St. Petersburg. Monsignor Brendan Muldoon officiated. The bride is the daughter of David and Becky Parhalo of Seminole. After graduating from Seminole High School in 2004, she attended the University of North Florida before she earned her PharmD from the University of Florida. She is currently a first year pharmacy resident at St. Vincents Catholic Hospital in Jacksonville. The groom is the son of Luis and Vera Pereira of Winter Park. After graduating from Bishop Moore High School in Winter Park, he received a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida. He was employed by McCorkle Construction of Orlando and is currently employed by Glass Specialist of Jacksonville. The wedding party included Corey Beth Franzen and Amanda Forsman, maids of honor; Mark Pereira, best man; Jessica Aitchison, Meagan Giesa, Brittany Jonap, Mary Magee, Krysta Nymark, Carly Stransky, Lauren Vogel and Lindsey Walker, bridesmaids; John Bruno, Drew Byrnes, Joshua Davis and Mat Henderson, groomsmen; Savannah Joy Franzen, flower girl; and Sophie Davis and Tyler Parhalo, lectors. A sunset reception took place at The Club at Treasure Island. The couple resides in Jacksonville.Madeline and Richard Pereira


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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesBeacon Section B December 8, 2011Visit www.TBNweekly.com This weeks top five Top 5 diversions Tierney Sutton Band Friday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. The band is currently celebrating its third consecutive Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Jazz Album. During a collaboration that has spanned 17 years, they have garnered praise throughout the world, leading to a JazzWeek Award for Vocalist of the Year, as well as consecutive nominations for Jazz Journalist Association Awards. The Florida Orchestra: Christmas at the Pops!; Friday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m., at the Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org. The performance will be repeated Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m., at Progress Energy Centers Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.mahaffeytheater.com. A final performance will be presented Sunday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The 130 voices of The Master Chorale will join the orchestra in this Yuletide celebration for the entire family with everyones favorite Christmas carols along with such beloved musical chestnuts as Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. Nate Najars Holiday Show Friday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m., at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets range from $25 to $35. Call 822-3590 or visit www.spcollege.edu/palladium. Najar is back by popular demand. The guitarist will lead an all-star band in a special holiday music show. The show will feature two great New York City jazz artists: Harry Allen on tenor sax and Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet, plus John Lamb on bass, Stephen Bucholtz on drums and a female vocalist. A portion of the concert will include Ellingtons Jazz Nutcracker. Michael McDonald and America, Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $48 to $95. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. McDonald, a five-time Grammy winning singer-songwriter, is best known for hits such as What a Fool Believes, Takin It to the Streets and Sweet Freedom. McDonald has contributed to American pop music for more than three decades. His instantly recognizable voice reaches beyond just one genre. For this show, McDonald will team with Grammy-winning America, who skyrocketed to fame with hits A Horse With No Name, Ventura Highway, Sister Golden Hair and Tin Man. For 40 years, America has delivered timeless, uplifting songs and lush harmonies. The concert will feature both classic hits and Christmas songs. Livingston Taylor Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets are $28 for adults and $24 for members and students. Call 942-5605 or visit www.tarponarts.org. Livingston, an award-winning singer-songwriter, will bring together the pure joy of performance with a professionalism gained from 40 years of experience. Livingstons ease in the presence of his audience makes the musical ride an exhilarating journey showcasing a diverse repertoire that includes country, Broadway, bluegrass and blues. From Top 40 hits such as I Will Be in Love with You and Ill Come Running, to I Can Dream of You and Boatman both recorded by his brother James Taylor, Livingstons creative output has continued unabated. Other events scheduled include:Seminole Classic Movie Matinee Friday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. The feature film will be The Shop Around the Corner. Free popcorn and soda will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Call 394-6905. Family Movie Matinee, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. The feature film will be Looking ahead Looking aheadWhen attending a performance of Alan Ayckbourns 1994 dramacomedy Communicating Doors, the first thing that comes to mind is how much Rod Serling (of Twilight Zone fame) would have enjoyed the play. Ayckbourn, a prolific English playwright, uses a device straight out of the golden age of science fiction to set up this drama that is at times wildly comic and at times splendidly suspenseful. West Coast Players thoroughly engaging production of Communicating Doors runs through Dec. 18 at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. What is Ayckbourns clever device? The Communicating Doors of the plays title are in fact a set of doors found in a sixth-floor suite in the five-star Regal Hotel. The doors dont lead to a run-of-the-mill broom closet, though: They allow characters to travel through time with some restrictions. The play opens in 2014. Julian, a clearly cold-blooded businessman and apparent caregiver, has negotiated the services of Poopay, a prostitute/dominatrix, for his lifelong business partner Reece, a frail and elderly man. When Julian leaves the two alone, Reece reveals he isnt interested in her professional services. Reece wants her to sign a document as witness to his confession of a lifetime of transgressions and wrongdoing. Once she has signed it, Reece beseeches her to deliver it to a specific attorney. It is revealed that while Reece has enjoyed a prosperous life, his success came at a high price: He admits to a string of atrocious acts and admits Julian murdered two of his wives. Before Poopay can leave the hotel suite, Julian realizes Reece has spilled the beans and that he cant allow the prostitute to escape. Escape she does, however, through the time-warping doors delivering her back 20 years to the same room and introducing her to Reeces second wife, Ruella. Of course, Poopay doesnt immediately realize what has happened and its fun to watch the two women try to reason things out. Eventually, Ruella has a go at the doors, too. Heres where those time-traveling restrictions come into play. Poopay can only travel back and forth between 2014 and 1994; Ruella can only travel back and forth between 1994 and 1974. Fortunately, each accessible point in time happens to be a crucialOn stage Photos by DANIEL HAMMERBERGFrom left, Julia Rudgers stars as Poopay, Janice Creneti as Ruella and Tara Fuller as Jessica in West Coast Players production of Communicating Doors, running through Dec. 18. moment in Reeces life. Ruella, for instance, stumbles into the room in 1974 interrupting Reeces honeymoon with his first wife, Jessica. 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Sirloin Steak & Stuffed Shrimp Fish & Chips Flounder Francese Beef Tips over Garlic Mashed120811FROM Buy 1 dinner get 2nd 1/2 Offw/purchase of 2 beverages. Max value $10. Excludes early birds, holidays, specials or any other offer. Exp. 12-24-11. Coupon required.$3 Happy Hour All DayAt Bar Only Wells, House Wine16oz Drafts $2.50 Bud Lite, Miller Lite, Ballas Red OPEN 3:30pm Everyday50%OFFFREE APPETIZERBuy 1 Get 1 FREE w/2 dinner purchase in dining room or 2 beverages in the barNot valid on HolidaysCoupon required. Exp. 12-24-11 Photo courtesy of TARPON SPRINGS PERFORMING ARTS CENTERThe Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center welcomes Cherish the Ladies Jan. 27. Mr. Poppers Penguins. Free popcorn and soda will be provided by the Friends of the Seminole Library. Call 394-6905. Classic Movie Matinee Friday, Dec. 16, 1 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. The feature film will be The Lion in Winter. Free popcorn and soda will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Call 394-6905. Family Movie Matinee, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. The feature film will be The Santa Clause. Free popcorn and soda will be provided by the Friends of the Seminole Library. Call 394-6905. Classic Movie Matinee Friday, Dec. 23, 1 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. The feature film will be Scrooge. Free popcorn and soda will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Call 394-6905. Family Movie Matinee, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. The feature film will be The Christmas Star. Free popcorn and soda will be provided by the Friends of the Seminole Library. Call 394-6905. Classic Movie Matinee Friday, Dec. 30, 1 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. The feature film will be The Frisco Kid. Free popcorn and soda will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Call 394-6905.Treasure Island Bobby Tess and the Dixie Chaps Thursday, Dec. 15, 7 to 9:30 p.m., at the Bilmar Beach Resort. Sponsored by the Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society, admission costs $7. For information, call 522-9877.Clearwater The Sensuous Senator, by Michael Parker, presented by Early Bird Dinner Theatre, through Dec. 23, at the Italian-American Club, 200 S. McMullen Booth Road. Seating for performances is Thursday through Sunday, 4 p.m. Seating for matinees is Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Cost is $29.90 a person. For reservations, call 446-5898. Visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com. Senator Douglas is running for president on a morality platform, but when his wife Lois leaves to attend a conference in Chicago, he does not hesitate to invite Veronica, his secretary and lover, over. Finding her unavailable, he has an escort agency send voluptuous Fiona. All seems well until his elderly Congressional colleague and neighbor locks himself out and asks to spend the night. Then Congressman Jack Maquire drops in unexpectedly and Fiona, unsure who her client is, zeros in on him. The Exhibiting Society of Artists exhibit, through Feb. 29, 2012, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. TESA will be exhibiting this winter season for three full months at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Artwork by TESAs 50 professional artist members, most of whom reside in and around Pinellas County, includes all-media works available for purchase. TESA has been exhibiting at Ruth Eckerd Hall for nearly 10 years, in the East and West Galleries located on the upper level of the main theater area. The galleries are open for viewing by Ruth Eckerd Hall ticket holders during scheduled performances. For information, call Gayle DeCoste at 474-3386. Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan; presented by Francis Wilson Playhouse, through Dec. 18, at the playhouse, 302 Seminole St. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13 for students. Call 446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org. Winner of seven Tony and Drama Desk Awards in 1977, Annie tells the story of Little Orphan Annie and how she came to meet Oliver Daddy Warbucks. This Depression-era family musical features such tunes as Tomorrow, NYC and Youre Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile. Communicating Doors, by Alan Ayckbourn, presented by West Coast Players, through Dec. 18, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Call 4372363 or visit www.wcplayers.org. A bit of time travel courtesy of a set of hotel doors transports a group of characters between past and present in an effort to rewrite history. Wanda Sykes Monday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $42.50 to $59.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Sykes, comedian and actress, is known for her late night talk show The Wanda Sykes Show on Fox and the CBS show The New Adventures of Old Christine. She has had two standup specials air on HBO, both of which were nominated for primetime Emmys for LOOKING AHEAD, from page 1B See LOOKING AHEAD, page 4BDecember 8, 2011CapricornDecember 22 January 19Teen angst makes for trying times at home. Be patient, Capricorn. It will work itself out well before the festivities begin. A change in venue is welcomed.AquariusJanuary 20 February 18Warm wishes add gaiety to your week, Aquarius. A shopping trip with friends turns up some great finds and makes for a very merry time.PiscesFebruary 19 March 20The wishing well is not dried up. Reveal what it is that you want and watch what happens. Travel plans get ironed out. Get ready to pack your bags, Pisces.AriesMarch 21 April 19Ties with family grow stronger with a string of events at each others homes. A letter finally makes its way to you, and boy, Aries, are you surprised by whats inside.TaurusApril 20 May 20Avenues open up, and youre on the way to financial freedom. A change in dates sends everyone scurrying at the office. Take it in stride, Taurus.GeminiMay 21 June 21Gift exchanges at home call for different rules than gift exchanges at the office, Gemini. Be aware of the differences and plan accordingly. A new recipe hits the spot.CancerJune 22 July 22Doubt creeps in, and you begin to rethink your plans. Relax, Cancer. Some minor adjustments will make everything right. A fitness goal is reached.LeoJuly 23 August 22Boredom sets in at work, but not for long, as the mad dash begins to get things out the door. Dont worry, Leo. It wont be easy, but you will finish on time.VirgoAugust 23 September 22Financial concerns take precedence this week, Virgo. Find ways to cut back and create a budget you can live with. An evening of conversation turns you onto a new pastime.LibraSeptember 23 October 22Think youre finished shopping, Libra? Think again, as a new round of party invites arrive. Consider gifts that give back for those hard to buy for.ScorpioOctober 23 November 21Change is in the air. Embrace it, Scorpio. There are good times to be had. Colleagues go gaga over your report. Give yourself a pat on the back.SagittariusNovember 22 December 21The gossip mill kicks into high gear with an announcement. Dont add fuel to the fire. Say what you know and leave it at that, Sagittarius. Across1. Aroma 5. Phi Delta, e.g. 9. Little devils 13. Venetian gondolier's songs 16. Rake 17. Betrothal gift (pl.) 19. Cloak-and-dagger org. (acronym) 20. Clairvoyance, e.g. (acronym) 21. Not dispatched 22. Cluckers 24. Wife of King Prium of Troy 27. "For shame!" 28. Carry away, in a way 30. Amscrayed 31. Actors 32. "Go on ..." 34. Height (pl.) 37. Offensively 39. Odd-jobber 41. Gangster's gun 42. "What are the ___?" 43. "Bleah!" 45. Short series of chords (pl.) 49. "___ to Billie Joe" 50. Group within a larger group 53. Hoof sound 54. Submit (2 wds) 56. Lent's start, e.g.: Abbr. 58. Anger 59. Reciprocal relation 63. "Our Time in ___" (10,000 Maniacs album) 64. Exaggerated 65. Physics units 66. "___ on Down the Road" 67. ApprenticeDown1. African veneer 2. 1973 Elton John hit 3. System of scientific rules (pl.) 4. ___ Victor (acronym) 5. Mouthing off 6. Kind of room 7. A pint, maybe 8. Big ___ Conference 9. Western blue flag, e.g. 10. Pecuniary 11. Short, upturned facial feature 12. Some stanzas 14. "Act your ___!" 15. Blunted end 18. Biochemistry abbr. (acronym) 23. Rises upright onto feet 25. Dried dung fuel 26. "Do ___ others as..." 29. "Men always hate most what they ___ most": Mencken 31. Sectarian 33. Faint 35. Calendar abbr. 36. Boris Godunov, for one 37. Set in from the margin 38. Slap on 39. Indiana, The ___ State 40. Extras 44. Lumberjacks 46. Extremely hard 47. Coffer 48. Men's form-fitting swim briefs 50. "Dear" one 51. Annul 52. Perfect, e.g. 55. Animal shelters 57. "Silent Spring" subject (acronym) 60. "The Three Faces of ___" 61. ___ green 62. "Dig in!" Place a Number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.Sudoku answers from last weekSudokuCrosswordHoroscopesCrossword answers from last week


Entertainment 3B Beacon, December 8, 2011 5800 Seminole Blvd. Seminole We Ship We Ship Open Mon.-Sat. 8:30-5:30Now Open in Seminole Come Enjoy Our Famous Ice Cream Navel Oranges Tangerines Ruby Red Grapefruit All Your Favorites Are Back!120111With this ad. Expires 12-31-11Dec. SpecialFREE 4 Lb. Bag Navels with any Gift Order 111711 No Cover No MinimumHoliday Party Catering: Party Salads, Appetizers, Entrees & European Dessert Trays For All Your Holiday Needs!Again Now Taking New Party Room Reservations 2ndFriday, Saturday & Sunday every monthFri., Sat., Sun. Dec. 9th11th120811Friday & Saturday 10:00 am 4:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am 4:00 pmSports Card ShowVendors Wanted Call for info1901 West Bay Dr. #15, Largo, FL727-581-2974 C:418-1718 Ask about our new PSA Grading Service Great Christmas Gifts! Live Music Nightly Full Menu Served Till 2am 40 TVs All Direct TV Sports Hours: 11am 3am Visit our sister location on Clearwater Beach15000 Madeira Way Madeira Beach, FL 727.391.1704 NOW OPEN NOW OPEN111711 112411New Years Eve GalaSaturday, Dec., 31, 2011Seminole Elks #251910717 Seminole Blvd. Largo 727-397-7253Cocktails/Hors Doeuvres @ 6pmPrime Rib Dinner @ 7pm Music and Dancing 8pmChampagne Toast and Lite Breakfast at Midnight $40per personOpen Bar 8-11pm Music 8pm until Midnight Reservations by Dec. 15 120811 120811 Opening this weekKutcher celebrates New Years Eve while Oldman, Firth, Hurt star in spy thriller Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:New Years EveGenre: Romance and comedy Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Hillary Swank, Katherine Heigl, Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfierffer and Lea Michele Director: Garry Marshall Rated: PG-13 Director/producer Garry Marshall is joined by a stellar ensemble cast to ring in the 2011 holiday season with the romantic comedy New Years Eve. New Years Eve celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, with intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year. The SitterGenre: Comedy Cast: Jonah Hill, Ari Graynor, Max Records, Kevin Hernandez and J.B. Smoove Director: David Gordon Green Rated: RWhen the worlds most irresponsible babysitter takes three of the worlds worst kids on an unforgettable overnight adventure through the streets of New York City, its anyones guess whos going to make it home in one piece. The Sitter is a new level of twisted and debauched hilarity from the director of Pineapple Express, starring Jonah Hill.Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, SpyGenre: Adaptation and thriller Cast: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy and John Hurt Director: Tomas Alfredson Rated: R The time is 1973. The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britains Secret Intelligence Service, aka MI6 and code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure. The head of the Circus, known as Control (John Hurt), personally sends dedicated operative Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) into Hungary. But Jims mission goes bloodily awry, and Control is forced out of the Circus as is his top lieutenant, George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a career spy with razorsharp senses. Estranged from his absent wife Ann, Smiley is soon called in to see undersecretary Oliver Lacon (Simon McBurney); he is to be rehired in secret at the governments behest, as there is a gnawing fear that the Circus has long been compromised by a double agent, or mole, working for the Soviets and jeopardizing England. Supported by younger agent Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch), Smiley parses Circus activities past and present. In trying to track and identify the mole, Smiley is haunted by his decades-earlier interaction with the shadowy Russian spymaster Karla. The moles trail remains cold until maverick field agent Ricki Tarr (Tom Hardy) unexpectedly contacts Lacon. While undercover in Turkey, Ricki has fallen for a betrayed married woman, Irina (Svetlana Khodchenkova), who claims to possess crucial intelligence. Separately, Smiley learns that Control narrowed down the list of mole suspects to five men. They are the ambitious Percy Alleline (Toby Jones), whom he had code-named Tinker; suavely confident Bill Haydon (Colin Firth), dubbed Tailor; stalwart Roy Bland (Ciaran Hinds), called Soldier; officious Toby Esterhase (David Dencik), dubbed Poor Man; and Smiley himself. Even before the startling truth is revealed, the emotional and physical tolls on the players enmeshed in the deadly international spy game will escalate.The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.I Melt With YouGenre: Thriller and drama Cast: Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe, Christian McKay and Carla Gugino Director: Mark Pellington Rated: R Richard (Thomas Jane), Ron (Jeremy Piven), Tim (Christian McKay), and Jonathan (Rob Lowe) are friends from college who gather for a weekend each year to celebrate their friendship and catch up with each other. On the surface, they look like other men going through life: They have careers and families and responsibilities. But as with many people, there is more to them than meets the eye. As the weekend progresses, they go down the rabbit hole of excess. Fueled by sex, drugs, and rock n roll, their bacchanalian reunion drives them to an unexpected place where they are forced to confront themselves and the choices theyve made.Young AdultGenre: Comedy Cast: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser and Collette Wolfe Director: Jason Reitman Rated: R Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasnt quite gotten over high school, either. Above: Ashton Kutcher stars as Randy and Lea Michele as Elise in New Line Cinema's romantic comedy New Years Eve, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Left: Gary Oldman, left, stars as George Smiley and John Hurt as Control in Focus Features release of Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.Photo by JACK ENGLISH Photo by ANDREW SCHWARTZ


4B Entertainment Beacon, December 8, 2011 10799 PARKBLVD., SEMINOLESEMINOLEBONELESSWINGSNLB LIVEVIA SATELLITE HAPPYHOURMON.-SAT. 4-7New Angus Burger New Lunch Menu Starting at $4.99 Kids Game Room Kids Eat Free All Day Tuesday with Adult120811 Join us for football. All new high def. flat screen TVs. Every Wednesday in December Seminole Beefs will Give Back to a Local Charity! Seminole Fireghters & KiwanisEvery Wednesday $25 Rafe Toys for Tots Drop Off Center Doors open at 11:00, Early Bird games begin at NoonBright, clean, friendly environment!! Prices for paper packs are low!! Prizes are high!!Free donut and coffee with entry! Every Wednesday.CHAPEL ON THE HILL, UCC12601 Park Blvd. in Seminole727-391-2919 www.coth.org Lunch available82511Chapel Bingo Reach Nearly 120,000 Households with your Holiday Dining Message in our P P u u b b l l i i c c a a t t i i o o n n D D a a t t e e s s : :D D e e c c e e m m b b e e r r 8 8 t t h h , 1 1 5 5 t t h h & & 2 2 2 2 n n d dC C a a l l l l u u s s a a t t ( ( 7 7 2 2 7 7 ) ) 3 3 9 9 7 7 5 5 5 5 6 6 3 3 E E X X T T . 3 3 1 1 2 2 t t o o r r e e s s e e r r v v e e y y o o u u r r s s p p a a c c e e n n o o w w ! BEACON LEADER BEE CLEARWATER PINELLASPARK112411 1208111 per customer. EXP. 12-15-11$799 FOOD FUN COCKTAILS GAMESTOWNS BEST SPORTS COVERAGEBURGERS WINGS SEAFOODPOOL DARTS VIDEO GAMES 9685 Bay Pines Blvd.SEMINOLE(Across from VA Hospital) Import & Domestic HH Buckets Sat. & Sun. Noon-8393-9110 HAPPY HOUR DAILY MON. FRI. 11am 7pmNEW MENU!EVERY FRIDAY 45 WINGS 4-7pmCHRISTMASPARTY FRI. 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Dec. 10 9pm R R o o b b e e r r t t W W .5 5 8 8 0 0 4 4 1 1 0 0 8 8 St. Pete Coin Club ShowSat., Dec. 10 9am-2pmLocation:Disabled American Veterans Building4801 37th Street N., St. PetersburgFREE Admission FREE Grading & Appraisal120111 A Tradition For 45 YearsCASUAL INDOOR/OUTDOOR DININGFRESH SEAFOOD, STEAKS, SALADS, BURGERS & MORE!LUNCH EARLY SPECIALS DINNERNew Home of Island Marine Boat Rentals Boat Slips OPEN ALL DAY NEW YEARS EVE and NEW YEARS DAY120811New Years Eve Dining:Early Seating $2495before 6 p.m., Late Seating $3995after 6 p.m. Party Hats, Favors, Champagne Toast at Midnight Entertainment: JC Unger 8:30-12:30 Holiday BOAT PARADE Dec. 11 CLOSED Christmas Day 120111 Restaurant & LoungeCelebrating26 Years!FULL BreakfastMenu 8am Tues.-Sun. 125 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach727-595-1320 www .jdsrestaurant.com120111New Years Eve Chello & Steve from the Bus Stop Band & Phil Tolotta at the piano bar insideLIVE ENTERTAINMENT ON THE PORCHTuesday-Sunday@ 1PM Every Night Inside & Out 8am-6pm Cheap Drinks Piano Bar Tiki Bar 16 Dinnersw/Soup or Salad & Choice of Side$925 TUESDAY All Wings 1/2 Price$1Draft Beer WEDNESDAY Tacos and Hot Dogs$100 THURSDAY $5 DAY5 oz. Steak w/Mashed & Gravyor 1 Doz. Raw Oysters THURSDAYand underHAPPY HOUR ALL DAYIN LOUNGE NOON-4 PM Home of the All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry LanoresNifty 50s Caf817 Clearwater-Largo Rd. S., Largo(Just south of West Bay at 8th Ave. SW in the Stop n Karry Plaza)727-581-7962 Open 7:30-2:30 7 Days a weekFRIED PORK TENDERLOIN SANDWICH Christmas Shopping? Stop and Treat Yourself to Breakfast or Lunch1208011Piglet House SpecialFresh Breaded Pork Tenderloin topped w/Sausage Gravy 2 Eggs, Potatoes or Grits & Toast or Biscuit Midwest Style$5.95 Photo courtesy of TARPON SPRINGS PERFORMING ARTS CENTERLil Rev brings his Jews N Blues show to Tarpon Springs Cultural Center Jan. 4 and 5.Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special and for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Sykes also has been in feature films such as Evan Almighty and Monster-In-Law as well as the animated films Over the Hedge and The Barnyard. Flavor of Jazz VI: Peter White Christmas, Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $55 to $93. Tastings will begin at 6 p.m. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Call 7917400 or visit www.rutheckerd hall.com. Attendees will celebrate the season and indulge themselves with luscious culinary delights from some of the areas finest restaurants. The concert will feature the music of guitarist Peter White and saxophonists Kirk Whalum and St. Petersburgs own Mindi Abair. Proceeds from the show will benefit of The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute and Clearwater Jazz Holiday jazz education programs. The Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Band opens the show for this festive evening. Tony Orlandos Great American Christmas, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $35 to $43. Call 791-7400 or visit www.ruth eckerdhall.com. One of Americas most endearing and enduring stars, Orlando is known for his warmth, his energy, a host of hits including five that made it to No. 1, a successful television variety show, roles in movies and on Broadway, and as a popular casino entertainer. It all began with the surprise hit Candida, followed by Knock Three Times, Sweet Gypsy Rose, Cupid, He Dont Love You and his signature song of 1973 Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree, now an ongoing American anthem of hope, homecoming, reunion and renewal. Singles 50+ Dance Saturday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m., at Colreavy Hall, 820 Jasmine Way. Sponsored by SCIPS, cost is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. Live music will be provided by the Sincerely Yours band. Door prizes will be awarded. No reservations are necessary. Attendees may bring their own snacks and beverages. Cups and ice are furnished, and sodas are available. Monthly dances, featuring live music, are scheduled for third Saturdays. Other scheduled activities include dining out, theater, movies, picnics, sporting events and visits to museums. Call 446-1619 or 461-7104 or visit scips.tripod.com. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Thursday, Dec. 29, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $29.50 to $75. Call 7917400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Husband-and-wifeteam Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have put together a new band. Theyre now out on the road in support of their studio album Revelator. The first generation of this new lineup made appearances at some of the most prestigious festivals of last year including New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Fest, Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, and Japans Fuji Rock Fest. In addition, Derek and Susan collaborated with Herbie Hancock on his Imagine Project, performing with the jazz master at high profile events such as Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as both of his 70th birthday parties held at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Howie Mandel Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets range from $69 to $85. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthe cap.com. Mandel has been in show business for more than 30years. Known for such television gigs as being a judge on Americas Got Talent, hes also received an Emmy-Award nomination for his role as the host on Deal or No Deal. Among many other shows, the Toronto-born entertainer also is recognizable as being the starring voice on the childrens cartoon Bobbys World, a show he created. The stand-up comic came to the attention of American television viewers during the the six-year run, in the s, of the medical drama television show, St. Elsewhere, on which he played Dr. Wayne Fiscus. B.B. King Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $39.50 to $79.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The Grammy Award winner will return to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since his sold-out show in February 2010. Since the 1950s, there has been only one King of the Blues Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King. Since King started recording in the late 1940s, he has released more than 60 albums many considered blues classics, like 1965s definitive live blues album Live At The Regal, and 1976s collaboration with Bobby Blue Bland, Together For The First Time. Over the years, King has had two No. 1 R&B hits, Three Oclock Blues in 1951 and You Dont Know Me in 1952. He has had four No. 2 R&B hits including Please Love Me in 1953, You Upset Me Baby in 1954, Sweet Sixteen, Part I in 1960 and Dont Answer The Door, Part I in 1966. Kings most popular crossover hit, 1970s The Thrill Is Gone, went to No. 15 on the pop charts. A winner of multiple Grammy Awards, King has received seven honorary doctorates, numerous gold and platinum record awards, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1995 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. Gregg Allman Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $35 to $69.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. On tour in support of his critically acclaimed Rounder Records release Low Country Blues, Allman will make an exclusive Tampa Bay area stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall with special guest Jaimoes Jasssz Band. As a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and in his ownstoried solo career, Allman has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, his soulful and distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. Low Country Blues marks the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers seventh solo recording and first in more than 13 years. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album finds Allman putting his own stamp on songs by some of the blues giants whose work has long informed his own, from Muddy Waters and B.B. King to Buddy Guy and Magic Sam. Dunedin The Greatest Holiday Show on Earth, through Dec. 23, at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. On a yearly basis, DFAC curators look to put together the best art, with a gift-giving perspective in mind. The result is a collection of works from around the country that any of your friends or relatives would be delighted to find under their LOOKING AHEAD, from page 2B See LOOKING AHEAD, page 5B


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This festival holiday show features work by more than 100 artists such as Brooke Allison, Rocky and Kathleen Bridges, Nancy Cervenka, Elizabeth Coachman, Brngt Hokanson and Trefny Dix, Lisa Ward Landsman, Susan Maxon, Melissa Miller Nece, Steve Pawloski, Stacy Perry, Wendy Thurlow, Markissia Touliatos, Aimee Trachtenberg, Glenn Woods, Gail Wynne and Kreg Yingst. Also on display are a dozen exceptionally decorated themed trees and a selection of hard-to-find gifts. Tradition has it, for this exhibit only, that purchases can go home with buyers. Gallery and gift shop hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Call 298-3322 or visit www.dfac.org.Gulfport Third Saturday Art Walk Saturday, Dec. 17, 6 to 10 p.m., along Beach Boulevard. Attendees can preview and purchase the work of more than 50 artists and crafters. Also taking part in the event will be authors, antique dealers and entertainers. The districts shops, boutiques and galleries also will be open. Live entertainment often includes performances by artists such as Mile Marker Zero, Double M Band, Paul Anthony Band and New Horizons Band. The Industrial Art Center will offer miniclasses with master glass blower Jackie Ballard and the IAC team. For information, visit www.gulfport ma.com.Indian Rocks Beach Opening reception for Home for the Holidays exhibit and sale, Friday, Dec. 9, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd. The holiday show and sale will run through Jan. 6. Works will be in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pottery and jewelry. The opening reception will include a cookout. David Shankweiler, the centers executive director, will be smoking chicken wings and drumsticks. Attendees are invited to bring a dish to share. For information, call 596-4331, email at arts1515@aol.com or visit www.beachartcenter.org.Largo Peace Frog Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $24 in advance and $29 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. Peace Frog, the ultimate Doors tribute band, recreates the primal, poetic atmosphere of a vintage Doors concert. The band also will celebrate the first anniversary of Morrisons pardon requested by Governor Charlie Crist. Crist suggested the possibility of a posthumous pardon for Morrison, which was approved unanimously by the state clemency board on Dec. 9, 2010. Saturday Afternoon Movie Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be The Smurfs. Call 587-6715. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, Dec. 11, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. The featured entertainment will be a Holiday Show with the Florida Suncoast Barbershop Chorus. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. The Four Freshman, Sunday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $33 in advance and $38 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. The Four Freshmen, member of The Vocal Group Hall of Fame, will return to the Largo Cultural Center with a stunning holiday show. The quartet will performfavorite holiday tunes plus their many hits such as Its a Blue World, Mood Indigo, Day by Day and Graduation Day. Monday Matinee, Monday, Dec. 12, 12:30 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be Four Christmases. Call 587-6715. Saturday Afternoon Movie, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be Finding Nemo. Call 587-6715. Monday Matinee, Monday, Dec. 19, 12:30 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be A Christmas Story. Call 587-6715. Saturday Afternoon Movie, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be The Jungle Book. Call 5876715.Tarpon Springs Charles and Catherine Dickens at Christmas, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 4 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Library, 138 East Lemon St. In this live performance by Deanna and Tom Bennett, attendees will learn about Victorian Christmas traditions while enjoying a Christmas carol sing-along. The event is open to all ages. Refreshments will be served. Call 943-4922. Lunch and Learn with artist Christopher Still, Thursday, Dec. 15, 11:30 to 1 p.m., at Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane. Admission is $15 which includes talk, catered box lunch and soft drink. Advance tickets are required. Call 942-5605 or visit Tarponarts.org. Lil Rev: Jews N Blues; Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 4-5, 7:30 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for members and students. Call 9370686 or visit www.tarponarts.org. Jewish folksinger Lil Rev will perform a heartfelt evening of songs, stories, humor and instrumental magic. This one-man show celebrates the Jewish contribution to American roots and blues music. From ragtime and jazz to rock and roll, Jews have made major creative contributions. Lil Rev weaves an amazing tale of Jews whose passion, persistence and creativity has helped to paint the American popular landscape with an unforgettable vocabulary of poetic lyric and melody. Singing his own compositions, historical anecdotes, a few choice covers and playing some romping blues instrumentals, Lil Rev strikes at the heart of American music and like the classic blues of long ago brings forth joy, sorrow and utter determination. Golden Dragon Acrobats, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets are $28 for adults and $24 for members and students. Call 937-0686 or visit www.tarponarts.org. The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. Alex DeGrassi: Story of the Floating Weeds silent film and concert, Saturday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets are $22 for adults and $18 for members and students. Call 937-0686 or visit www.tarponarts.org. Often cited as one of the worlds top finger-style, steel-string acoustic guitarists, the Grammy nominee will perform his original music score of the silent film A Story of F loating Weeds by Yasujiro Ozu which will be projected for the audience to watch. Cherish the Ladies Friday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets are $28 for adults and $24 for members and students. Call 937-0686 or visit www.tarponarts.org. With their unique spectacular blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse female group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture and puts it forth in an immensely humorous and entertaining concert. Joseph Schwartz, Sunday, Jan. 29, 3 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets are $24 for adults and $19 for members and students. Call 937-0686 or visit www.tarponarts.org. 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