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VIEWPOINTSCarl HiaasenLegislators are pushing the panic button, columnist says. ... Page 13A.County offices close for holidaysPinellas County government offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of Christmas and New Years Day. All county regional parks and preserves, with the exception of Fort De Soto Park, will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 25. No shelter reservations for any park can be made for Dec. 25. ... Page 3A. Waters ends bid for Senate seat By BOB McCLURESEMINOLE City Councilor Leslie Waters announced Dec. 13 that she has dropped her bid to run for the Florida Senate seat currently held by Dennis Jones, RTreasure Island. Waters, a Republican from Seminole, previously had filed to run for the District 13 seat, which Jones will term out in following the 2012 Legislative session. Her departure leaves Jim Frishe, R-St. Petersburg, and Darryl Rouson, DSt. Petersburg, who will face off in the Nov. 6 general election. Waters served in the state Legislature from 1998 to 2006, when she termed out. While in Tallahassee, she was chair of the House Insurance and Transportation and Economic Development committees, served as chair of several other joint select committees and was speaker pro-tempore, presiding over the House of Representatives when the speaker was unavailable. She has served as a city councilor in Seminole since March 2008. Waters said she came to the realization that my interest, passion, enthusiasm and experience to impact good government is at the local level of government, not the state level. So I have filed to run for re-election to the Seminole City Council. Waters said her ultimate goal is to work toward the possibility of running for mayor in 2013 when current Mayor Jimmy Johnsons term will be up. Johnson has been plagued with numerous health issues and has not made a decision to seek re-election. Serving on City Council is indeed an important undertaking, Waters said. I will continue to work on behalf of the citizens of Seminole to help assure (the city) continues to be a great place to live, work and raise families. In addition to the Seminole Council, Waters has been a delegate to the Suncoast League of Cities and teaches an urban politics/government class at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Through her consulting firm, she has done work with local parliament and council officials in the Sudan, Egypt, Jordan and Bosnia. I have decided that my national and international Features Business . . . . . . . . . .11A Classieds . . . . . . . . .6-9B Community . . . . . . . . . .6A County . . . . . . . . . . .2-3A Entertainment . . . . . .1-5, 10B Faith & Family . . . . . . .14-16A Health & Fitness . . . . . . .12A Just for Fun . . . . . . . . .2B Police Beat . . . . . . . . . .5A Schools . . . . . . . . . . .7A Sports . . . . . . . . . .8-10A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .13A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising ENTERTAINMENTNext edition of MI hits the big screenA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol. ... Page 1B.Comedy legends to perform in areaThanks to the steady stream of standup comics due to hit Tampa Bay area venues, there will be plenty to laugh about in the coming months. ... Page 1B.COUNTYIRB considers cigarette ordinanceWhat began as a discussion to try to find ways to limit or ban smoking in public parks and on the beach, ended up with a likely crackdown on people who improperly dispose of their cigarette butts. If a proposed ordinance is passed at the next City Commission meeting in January, smokers could face a $500 fine if they litter the beach with their cigarette butts. ... Page 2A. See WATERS, page 4A Also, the Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker can be seen ... See page 1B.Joshua Colley stars as Tiny Tim Cratchit in A Christmas Carol Volume XXXIII,No. 38 December 22, 2011 www.TBNweekly.com 11311727-725-1052 2547 Countryside Blvd. #5 www.CustomHairTampa.com Fighting Breast Cancer 1 step at a timeTrade-in sale $50 OFFAny New WigCustom Hair & Wigs 13611 Park Blvd. Suite G, Seminole 369-8299120811Nadia ONeal, D.D.S., P.A. Where your changes your life. Our Family Wishing Your Family Happy Holidays! 121511 Bob Newhart appears at Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 18.Former speaker pro-tempore to focus on local government Leslie Waters Welcome home Photo courtesy of REV. BOB WIERENGAU.S. Marine Corps sharp shooters Max and Jake Gauthier are welcomed home during a ceremony Dec. 18 at Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church. The twins are Marine snipers who were both wounded in Afghanistan. After extensive treatment, they are coming home to Seminole in time for Christmas. Their parents are Dave and Darlene Gauthier, center. New busA group of seniors pose for a photo in front of the city of Seminoles new 24-passenger bus before leaving Dec. 14 on a senior activities trip to the Show Palace Dinner Theater in Hudson. The city purchased the bus for $50,267 and spent an additional $800 for lettering, bringing the total to $51,427. The bus will be used primarily for senior trips in the Tampa Bay area.Photo courtesy of KRISTYN SABBAGCouncilors approve new city pool car By BOB McCLURESEMINOLE The city continued its efforts toward going green Dec. 13 when city councilors voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a new staff pool car. Councilors gave the thumbs-up to spending up to $14,900 for a 2012 Ford Focus, which will replace a 1999 Ford Taurus. The approved price is about $2,400 less than the manufacturers suggested retail price. Funding comes from the citys Capital Improvement Fund. The Focus was chosen because of its fuel economy and will be purchased from Walker Ford in Clearwater, which has matched the Florida Sheriffs Association state bid. According to EPA figures, the Focus averages 28 miles per gallon in the city and up to 40 miles per gallon on the highway. In other action, councilors: Passed an ordinance to voluntarily annex Learning Centers of America, 9270 Ridge Road, into the city limits. Passed an ordinance to annex the residence of Ed and Jacqueline Ditchcreek, 12077 97th Ave. N., into the city limits. Re-appointed Matthew Cusumano to a 2-year term on the citys Recreation Advisory Board. Re-appointed Ken Lipe to a 2-year term on the Recreation Advisory Board. The citys next council meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m.TBARTA outlines goals for 2012TAMPA At a recent workshop, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority Board agreed to support discussions at the state and local level about potential agency mergers as a means of saving taxpayer dollars. Are we supportive of these discussions? Yes. But we need to see something concrete first, said Board Chairman Ronnie Duncan, in a press release. Its important that we are a part of the conversation. The board also discussed offering TBARTA assistance with transportation planning during the Republican National Convention in August 2012; identifying and promoting new sources of revenue for transportation projects and developing short-term solutions to reduce traffic congestion as priorities for 2012. There is a transportation funding crisis in this country and we must address it, Duncan said. But crisis breeds opportunity an opportunity to do things differently. Specifically, the board discussed increasing private sector involvement in funding transportation projects, an effort TBARTAs Citizens Advisory Committee is actively pursuing. In addition, TBARTA will work to identify and implement inexpensive short-term solutions such as managed lanes, park and ride lots, express bus and shoulder bus operations to reduce traffic congestion. Leveraging local See TBARTA, page 4A


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Without realizing it, many families leave their home vulnerable to burglaries when they leave for their holiday vacations, said Angie LaPlant, AAA insurance spokesperson, the Auto Club Group. Homeowners should take every precaution possible to ensure their home looks lived-in while they are away and make an inventory of any big ticket items in case a theft occurs and they need to file an insurance claim. If anyone has questions about what is and isnt covered in the event of a home burglary, its recommended they contact their insurance agent. A standard homeowners insurance policy typically covers furniture, electronics, sports equipment, and other personal items if they are stolen. Most companies provide coverage up to 70 percent of the amount of insurance carried on the structure of a home. For example, someone with $100,000 worth of insurance on the structure of their home would have between $50,000 to $70,000 worth of coverage for their belongings. Its important to note that jewelry, fine art, firearms, and other high-value items may have limited amounts of coverage. Tips to protect your home from burglars this holiday season: Make your house look lived-in while on vacation. Put timers on a few lights at various times and set one up to a talk-radio station to make it seem as though people are in the house. Make sure to stop your newspaper and/or mail so it doesnt pile up. Ask a neighbor to pick up your mail and newspapers so they dont pile up in your front yard. If a neighbor is not an option, simply call the post office and/or newspaper and ask them to put a stop on delivery. Walk around your home and make sure all doors and windows are tightly secured. Check to see if there is any wiggle room that could allow a thief to pry open a window or door. Also make sure there is nothing around your home that can be used to climb to upper floors. Dont announce your vacation in a voice mail, email or a social media platform. While its important to let a neighbor know you will be away to keep an eye on your home, dont broadcast it online or in a voicemail where strangers will be able to learn when your away, making it easier for them to time a burglary. Dont put your home address on luggage tags. This gives a potential thief the address of your home and a confirmation you wont be there. Simply put your name, phone number, and/or email address on luggage tags for contact purposes. Contact your insurance agent prior to leaving for vacation. If anyone has questions about whats insured in their home, its best to contact your insurance agent before a trip to discuss deductibles and coverage limitations.Around Pinellas Food trucks get mixed reviewsLARGO After an hour of discussion on a proposed ordinance regulating mobile food vendors, city commissioners informally gave staff the go-ahead Dec. 13 to come up with a pilot program to allow them to operate in the city. Commissioners questioned how the mobile food vendors would affect existing restaurants and whether they will be just a passing fad. Commissioner Robert Murray said he couldnt support the adoption of an ordinance, noting all that the food trucks will provide is competition with the established restaurants that have had to comply with several city regulations, such as sign codes. Charging somebody to come from outside and park here, for how many hours, at $200 per year just doesnt seem to be fair to the brick and mortar places that we have, Murray said. The proposed ordinance calls for a $200 permit fee for each mobile food vendor unit. Commissioners also took issue with staffs contention that food trucks may establish restaurants in the city. They also had mixed views on the proposed hours of operation for the food trucks, which are from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Commissioner Woody Brown said the commission is overthinking this. He said the city should offer an opportunity for food trucks to come into the city, take a look at the situation in a year and decide whether to continue allowing the vendors. Competition is good, so I say invite it, Brown said. Mayor Pat Gerard said she wouldnt mind giving the food trucks a chance but she wouldnt want them to be considered permanent. I think over time its going to go sour, she said. I think they are going to look tacky. We go to all this trouble to come up with design standards, and then were going to let food vendors just park in a parking lot. Its just sort of contradictory to what we have been working on all this time. The first food truck rally in Pinellas County was held Nov. 19. Since then Tarpon Springs and St. Petersburg have had similar events. Staff has been contacted by other cities to find out about its proposed ordinance. The mobile food vendor ordinance is somewhat new territory for municipalities in Florida, said city Program Planner Karisa RojasNorton. But the concept is becoming more and more popular in urban centers such as Orlando, Miami, Tampa and now in Pinellas County. Tom GermondIRB considers cigarette butt crackdownINDIAN ROCKS BEACH What began as a discussion to try to find ways to limit or ban smoking in public parks and on the beach, ended up with a likely crackdown on people who improperly dispose of their cigarette butts. If a proposed ordinance is passed at the next City Commission meeting in January, smokers could face a $500 fine if they litter the beach with their cigarette butts. Commissioner Terry Hamilton-Wollin met with a number of citizens who want a smoke-free environment in the parks and beaches in IRB and she came away convinced that something had to be done. So in a special hour-long workshop Dec. 13, the commission heard a presentation from health professionals and an anti-smoking group as to the hazards of secondhand smoke in public places. Lucy Gonzalez-Barr of the Florida Department of Health told the commission that cigarette butts left on the beach are a health hazard in that they contain 165 different forms of chemicals, and they do not disintegrate. In fact, she said the butts pose a hazard to wildlife, thus upsetting Floridas eco-system. She said on one clean-up day in California recently 230,000 cigarette butts were recovered from the sand. In addition she said secondhand smoke causes 50,000 deaths a year in the United States. Deborah Shaffer of the Pinellas County Health Department echoed those sentiments and pointed out that 1 in 5 pieces of litter picked up on the beach is a cigarette butt. She said most butts are found within 10 feet of an ashtray. Like Gonzalez-Barr, Shaffer had statistics to support her claims. She said in the 2010 Intracoastal Waterway cleanup in Pinellas County, 205,000 cigarette butts were recovered; 13,000 cigar tips, 3,500 lighters and 5,700 empty packs all smoking-related trash. She said in a recent survey on Treasure Island and Madeira Beach, 96 percent of those surveyed said they didnt like the idea that a child could pick up a cigarette butt while playing in the sand. The third speaker in the group was Carolyn Smith of the Tobacco-Free Coalition in Pinellas County. She told the commissioners that several dozen towns and cities in Florida have passed some sort of resolution or ordinance limiting or banning smoking in parks or on beaches. She noted that the Florida legislature is considering two separate bills designed to toughen the laws against smoking in public places. But, the anti-smoking push of the guest experts was slowed somewhat by the commissioners who appeared reluctant to pass any laws restricting smokers. Vice Mayor Phil Hanna moved the discussion to the litter aspect of smoking. He recounted a story of watching a woman smoking on the beach, then disposed of her butt in the sand despite a receptacle being just a few feet away. Commissioner Cookie Kennedy said she grew up in Indian Rocks Beach and never once had a smoker sit down next to her on the beach. Mayor R.B. Johnson wondered just how much the town should involve itself in matters of civility. People have accepted smoking as a right, Johnson said. Im trying to keep an open mind in the face of strong opinions on both sides. Hamilton-Wollin continued the theme and noted that it is going to take a strong anti-litter ordinance to, Eliminate those filthy, disgusting cigarette butts, and seagulls that still see them as food and die horrible deaths, she said. We dont care if people smoke, we do care that little children pick up butts. Several residents expressed concern over more rules aimed at curbing smoking. All professed to be non-smokers. Resident David Martin said, Im getting tired of having my tax dollars used to pass more laws. Whats next, banning hot dogs because the meat isnt healthy for you? Bruce Sobut chimed in, We dont enforce the rules we have. Start enforcing what we have now. Jo Nocera added; Im appalled at the amount of trash. Bring in a $500 fine. Were just not all well behaved, she said. Thats just what the commissioners will consider. City Attorney Maura Kiefer was asked to draft an ordinance implementing a $500 fine for anyone caught littering with cigarette butts on the beach or in the parks. It will be dealt with at the next commission meeting on Jan. 10. As for tougher measures against smoking in those public places thats been put off for the time being. Brian GoffCity hall site is focus for new fire stationBELLEAIR BLUFFS With two properties on Indian Rocks Road having been rejected as possible Largo fire station sites, attention is now focused on the property behind Bluffs city hall. A feasibility study now under way will determine if the site is big enough and has the right amenities for a station, Mayor Chris Arbutine said. That study is due to be completed in January, said Largo Deputy Fire Chief Jim Warman. The Bluffs property on Bayway Avenue is the only site now being considered for the station, Warman said. Having a fire station nearby does not please Wanda Rusinowski, who lives on Los Gatos across from the proposed site. Rusinowski recommended the current Bluffs fire station on Indian Rocks Road be rebuilt. Warman said the existing station is quite restrictive and not suitable for current needs. Rusinowski said she is also concerned about the potential danger to children playing in or near the playground next to city hall if fire trucks are frequently traveling Bayway Avenue. Many other residents are also opposed to the fire station, Rusinowski said, although none has shown up at city hall to protest. Fire Commissioner Suzy Sofer told Rusinowski there was not even a deal on the property yet. A number of sites have been looked at and rejected so far, Sofer said. Arbutine also assured Rusinowski that residents concerns would be heard before the fire station becomes a reality. The citizens of Belleair Bluffs will have a voice, he said. Wayne Ayers


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The courts of the Sixth Judicial Circuit (Pinellas and Pasco) will not be in session Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2, except for first-appearance advisory hearings and emergency situations. Animal Services will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2, with the outside animal drop-off area remaining open. The Solid Waste Administration Building and HEC3 will be closed Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2. The scalehouse/landfill will be open normal hours (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) on both Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2. Heritage Village will be closed Sunday and Monday, Dec. 25 and Dec. 26, and will be open Wednesday, Dec. 28 to Saturday, Dec. 31. It will be closed Sunday and Monday, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, and will be open on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Regular hours of operation are Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The Florida Botanical Gardens will be closed Sunday, Dec. 25 during the day, and will be open for Holiday Lights in the Gardens from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. It will be open on Sunday, Jan. 1. The Environmental Education Center at Brooker Creek Preserve and the Cultural and Natural History Center at Weedon Island Preserve will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 24 to 26, and Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 31 to Jan. 2. Regular hours of operation at the centers are Thursday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All county regional parks and preserves, with the exception of Fort De Soto Park, will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 25. No shelter reservations for any park can be made for Dec. 25. Belleair, Park Boulevard and War Veterans Memorial Park boat ramps and all county beach accesses will remain open. For more information on Pinellas County services and programs, visit www.pinellascounty.org The Pinellas County Health Department will be closed from Friday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Dec. 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday. All centers will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 27. The normal holiday closing would have been on Dec. 26 only, but a directive from Gov. Rick Scott Dec, 16, extended the holiday time off to the Friday before Christmas Day also. For information about the Pinellas County Health Department, visit to www.Pinellas Health.com. County offers Teens Behind the ScenesCLEARWATER Teens Behind the Scenes is a new program that takes an exclusive look at the inner workings of Pinellas County government. Once a month from January to April, teens will go behind the scenes to experience first-hand what goes into keeping the county running. Presented by the countys Youth Advisory Committee, Teens Behind the Scenes was created by students for students and is modeled after the popular Pinellas Citizens University. The sessions will meet the fourth Wednesday of the month from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the site of the featured department. Program Line-Up Survivor Public Works, Jan. 25. Take a trip to the public works building and explore traffic control, engineering and more. Law & Order, Feb. 22. Investigate the roles of law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys and the judge. Most Wanted!, March 21. Take a tour of the Pinellas County Jail. Learn about intake, maximum security, and direct supervision. (Parental release required to participate.) 911 101, April 18. Get an up-close look at the Pinellas County EMS system and get the chance to participate in a first responders demonstration. Awards Night, April 24, 6 p.m. Teens will appear on PCCTV with county commissioners to receive their certificate. This free program is open to high school students who are at least 14 years old. The registration deadline for each session is two weeks before the program date. Class size is limited. To register, go to www.pinellas county.org/yac. For more information, call 582-2656. The Pinellas County Youth Advisory Committee is comprised of high school students who provide input and assistance to the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. Membership is open to high school students who reside in Pinellas County.For more information on Pinellas County services andprograms, visit www.pinellas county.org.MPO elects officers to serve in 2012CLEARWATER The Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization elected officers for 2012 Dec. 14. Dunedin Mayor Dave Eggers will serve as chair. Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Seel will serve as vice-chair, and St. Petersburg Councilman Jeff Danner will be secretary/treasurer. The MPO meets the second Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. Offices are located at 600 Cleveland St., Suite 750, Clearwater. Call 464-8200 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/mpo.Mail ballots going out for Jan. 31 electionsCLEARWATER Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announced Dec. 13 that ballot mailings for the Jan. 31 Republican Presidential Preference Primary are tentatively scheduled for Pinellas County voters registered with the Republican Party and for voters residing in Clearwater, Kenneth City, Safety Harbor, St. Pete Beach and Tarpon Springs. The office mailed nearly 1,000 ballots Dec. 16 to absent military and overseas voters requested to date. State law requires ballots for absent military and overseas voters to be mailed at least 45 days prior to an election. Jan. 3 The office will mail approximately 108,000 domestic ballots requested to date. State law now requires domestic ballots to be mailed beginning between the 35th and 28th days prior to an election. The deadline to register to vote in the Jan. 31 election is Jan. 2. Early voting is scheduled for Jan. 21-28. Florida has closed primaries; only voters registered with a political party may vote in that partys primary. There is no Democratic presidential preference primary, because there is only one nominee, President Barack Obama. All registered voters residing in Clearwater, Kenneth City, Safety Harbor, St. Pete Beach and Tarpon Springs may vote in their nonpartisan municipal elections on Jan. 31. Additional mail ballot requests will be fulfilled daily as received. To request a mail ballot, visit www.votepinellas.com, call 4648683.


4A SEB Beacon, December 22, 2011government relations consulting and USFSP teaching schedules have become too busy to run a viable Senate campaign, said Waters. Upon a hopeful victorious outcome, my schedule would not be commensurate with time needed to serve as a state senator. She said she intends to use her experience as a legislator to advocate The Florida Legislature on behalf of constructive legislation impacting Florida cities. The overwhelming show of grassroots support from friends and colleagues toward my Florida Senate bid has been most appreciated, Waters said. Rest assured, that my community, business and government experience will continue to be put toward good government for the citizens of our city. Waters and fellow councilor Patricia Plantamura have qualified for the March 13 election when both will be seeking re-election. Prior to public life, Waters graduated from Boca Ciega High School, St. Petersburg Junior College and received bachelors and masters degrees from Florida State University. She has 29 years of corporate business experience with Allstate Insurance Co. She has been married 35 years to her husband Al. WATERS, from page 1Adollars also can help the Tampa Bay region draw down more state and federal funds, the board said. There are no easy solutions; there is no panacea; it must be a combination of all of these approaches, Duncan said. But it is our responsibility to have honest and frank discussions about these difficult issues. The TBARTA board reviewed the agencys progress and discussed goals for the coming year during a daylong workshop last week. TBARTA Executive Director Bob Clifford shared some statistics with the board that demonstrate the state of transportation funding in the U.S. and Florida. An estimated $2 billion is needed to repair the nations crumbling infrastructure. At current spending levels, the state of Florida is expected to have $136 billion in unfunded transportation needs by 2040. Florida faces a $5 billion decrease in gas tax revenue by 2020. The state has had $10 billion in transportation revenue reductions since 2004. More than $3 billion in state transportation funds have been diverted to nontransportation uses in the past decade. Based on these facts, our goal is to continue to focus on small, incremental steps that will improve transportation in the region today, Clifford said. For the Republican National Convention, which is expected to bring an estimated 50,000 people to the region over several days, Clifford said it is essential that local leaders work with the host committee to help move people efficiently. With the national spotlight on Tampa Bay, transportation could become a focus if sufficient planning does not take place. With the Florida Department of Transportation, we are looking at how to move people across the bridge between Pinellas and Hillsborough counties in an effective and efficient way, Clifford said. That could include express bus services in exclusive lanes or some type of shoulder bus operation to bypass congestion. A successful demonstration project during the convention could continue beyond the event, he said. It is important from an economic development perspective that we seek to provide residents and visitors with transportation options, Clifford said. Decreased revenue at all levels has led to increased discussion about consolidation of public entities such as the Hillsborough Area Transit Authority and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, as well as proposals to merge the states expressway authorities. The TBARTA board indicated that the proposals may have merit but need to be carefully reviewed. Consolidation is being discussed and we are being asked our opinion on these issues, Clifford said. We want to get all the facts and be of assistance in any way we can. The TBARTA board reviewed its successes over the past year, including updating the Regional Transportation Master Plan to include all modes of transportation, such as airports, seaports and freight. Other achievements include: A reduction in expenses of more than 25 percent Increased participation in TBARTAs Commuter Services programs by more than 20 percent A $1 million Federal Transit Administration grant to fund a regional transportation information center Overall, we have managed to do more with less and continue providing essential services to the public, said Clifford. These are challenging times but we are making progress and moving forward. For the 2012 year, the TBARTA board elected the following officers: Ronnie Duncan, chairman; Pasco County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand, vice chairman; Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Seel, secretary; and Hugh McGuire, treasurer TBARTA, from page 1A Naughty or nice?Photo courtesy of WILDA WHITTLESanta Claus prepares to take a spin in a sports car with Jim DePergola of Jims Body Shop, 10974 70th Ave., before heading back to the North Pole for the start of his big night on Dec. 24. Santa has made a number of unscheduled appearances in Seminole over the last few weeks, including this stop at Jims Body Shop for some customized work on his sleigh. Following some much-needed rest after Christmas he intends to start putting together his list of good kids for 2012.County agencies make holidays bright for local families in need By SUZETTE PORTEREmployees at Pinellas County governmental agencies have been working overtime lately, making sure that local children and families have something special for Christmas. For nearly two decades, the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office has spearheaded a Christmas Sharing Project, using money raised during the annual Ride & Run with the Stars and other donations. This year nearly 100 deputies and agency members shopped for Santa, purchasing as many items as they could with the $25,000 raised at this years Ride & Run. The goal is to fill the wish lists of almost 500 children and their families who qualified to participate in the Christmas Sharing program. Employees of the sheriffs office submit the names of children and families, who are screened to determine their level of need. Most wish lists include basic needs underwear, socks, jackets or school clothes. Deputies also purchase toys and other gifts to help make the holidays brighter for good little boys and girls. Deputies get help from two local businesses, including Bechtel Financial and AMSCOT. This year, the Bechtel family is donating almost 80 bicycles and AMSCOT is providing the helmets. Deputies loaded their cruisers with gifts Dec. 15 and personally delivered the gifts to area families. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri sends his appreciation to all the community partners who donated to this years event. Pinellas Countys employees have been giving back to the community for 25 years now with their holiday bicycle drive, which is a team project, according to the countys Communications Department. Employees donate money throughout the year for the bicycle fund. On Dec. 16, employees loaded 56 new bicycles, which had been on display in the Courthouse lobby, for delivery to the Department of Health and Human Services in Clearwater and St. Petersburg. County social workers will distribute the bikes to eligible families who received benefits from the countys Health and Human Services Department this past year. County employees also donated items to fulfill wish lists offered to eligible clients of Health and Human Services. The wish lists included personal products, household goods and linens. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority employees also are doing their part to spread holiday cheer this season. Boxes and bags filled with toys have been flowing into PSTAs administrative offices over the past several weeks thanks to the generosity of the agencys employees, according to Bob Lasher, manager of community relations. PSTA employees have collaborated with Lutheran Services of Florida and Eckerd Youth Alternatives for the past several years to supply toys to needy children. We have a longstanding tradition of collecting gifts for the needy during the holidays. With so many people struggling with the economy, we werent sure it would be appropriate to ask for donations this year, said PSTA director of Transportation and Gift Drive coordinator Denise Skinner. However, before we could even make a decision, our staff asked us if they could hold a gift drive for the needy. As far as Im concerned, their generosity and kindness are the perfect embodiment of the holiday spirit. PSTA asked their partners for a list of children and their holiday wish lists. PSTA staff was so responsive that organizers had to ask for more names and wish lists because the initial group was taken so quickly, Lasher said. As of Dec. 15, employees had fulfilled the lists of more than 50 children and employees were still bringing in gifts. PSTA employees loaded up a special holiday express, aka a hybrid SmartBus, on Dec. 16, to deliver the gifts to Lutheran Services in Largo. Staff from Lutheran Services and Eckerd Youth Alternatives will finish the project, making sure the gifts arrive to the children in time to make this years holidays something to remember.Employment prospects looking better for 2012 By SUZETTE PORTERState officials are touting the news: Novembers unemployment rate was the lowest since May 2009. A report released from the state Department of Economic Opportunity Dec. 16 shows Floridas not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November was 9.8 percent down from 10.1 percent in October and 12.1 percent a year ago. The comparable national rate was 8.2 percent, down from 8.5 percent last month and 9.3 percent a year ago. Pinellas Countys unemployment rate remains unchanged from October, standing at 10 percent compared to 12.4 percent in November 2010. Unemployment in the Tampa-St. PetersburgClearwater statistical metropolitan area dropped from 10.4 percent in October to 10.3 percent in November and was 2.3 percent lower than the same month last year. The local metro area, which includes Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas, continues to have the largest over-the-year job gains of 26,900 or 2.4 percent, despite Hernando County having the third highest unemployment rate in the state of 13.1 percent. Pasco County is in 12th place out of 67 counties with 11.4 percent unemployment. Hillsborough County has the lowest rate in the local MSA of 9.8 percent, followed by Pinellas at 10 percent. Results of a Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released Dec. 13 shows employers in the local MSA plan to hire at a solid pace in the first quarter of 2012. Among survey participants, the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. MSA employment outlook is the fourth best in the nation, according to a release from the Manpower. Eighteen percent of companies interviewed say they plan to hire more employees January through March of 2012. Six percent plan to reduce staff. The majority, 69 percent, plans to keep their current workforce levels. Seven percent were unsure of their hiring plans. Hiring activity is expected to increase during the first quarter of 2012 compared to Quarter 4 2011 when the Net Employment Outlook was 5 percent, said Manpower spokesperson Judy Leppla. Employers expect significantly improved employment prospects compared with one year ago when the Net Employment Outlook was 2 percent. The Net Employment Outlook for the first quarter of 2012 is 12 percent. The Net Employment Outlook is calculated by taking the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in hiring activity and subtracting from this the percentage of employers expecting a decrease in hiring activity. Job prospects seem best in construction, manufacturingnondurable, wholesale/retail trade, financial activities, professional and business services, education and health Services, leisure and hospitality, and government. Employers in manufacturingdurable say they most likely will reduce staffing levels. Hiring in transportation and utilities, Information and other services probably will remain unchanged. The employment outlook also is up nationwide. Manpower surveyed more than 18,000 employers in the United States. Fourteen percent of those interviewed expect to hire in the first quarter of 2012. Nine percent plan to reduce their workforce. Seventy percent will keep staffing levels as is. Seven percent were undecided. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Dec. 16 that 8,500 jobs were added statewide in November, bringing the total net new jobs for 2011 to more than 120,000. Department of Economic Opportunity officials say job growth for the past three months was the strongest since March 2007. November was the 14th consecutive month of positive annual job growth, the DEO said. Trade, transportation and utilities added the most jobs, followed by private education, health services, and leisure and hospitality. We are continuing to move Florida in the right direction by streamlining government, eliminating burdensome regulations, identifying economic development opportunities and prioritizing education, Scott said. I am hopeful that we will see Floridas unemployment rate continue to decline as jobs grow and more Floridians find work. Manpowers survey shows that Floridas employers plan to hire at a healthy pace January through March 2012, the survey shows. Seventeen percent say they will hire employees. Six percent say employees will be let go. Seventy percent will maintain current staffing levels. The Quarter 1 2012 survey results show more optimistic hiring plans compared to Quarter 4 2011 when the Net Employment Outlook was 4 percent, said Manpower spokesperson Michael Doyle. Compared to one year ago when the Net Employment Outlook was 5 percent, employers are more confident about their staffing plans.This chart from the National Bureau of Labor Statistics shows private sector jobs are growing while government hiring continues at a downward trend.AAA predicts high volume of travel By SUZETTE PORTERThose planning holiday trips should expect the roadways to be busier than last year. AAA predicts travel volume for the 2011 winter holiday season will be the second highest in the past 10 years. Nearly 92 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2 a 1.4 percent increase over 2010. Nearly 4.8 million Floridians are expected to take trips a 1.2 percent increase over last year. AAAs projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight, a Bostonbased economic research and consulting firm, which teamed with AAA in 2009 to analyze travel trends during the major holidays. AAA is happy to learn so many Americans plan to travel this holiday season, contributing to the second-highest year-end holiday travel volume in the past decade. This years travel forecast is second to the 2006-07 holiday season when more than 93.6 million Americans traveled, said Brent Hubele, vice president, AAA Travel, the Auto Club Group. This represents healthy growth following the 1.3 percent increase in 2010 holiday travel and is a notable milestone in the travel industrys recovery. The automobile continues to be the preferred mode of travel with 91 percent expected to travel the nations roadways this season a 2.1 percent increase over last year. If AAAs predictions come true, 2011s automobile travel numbers will be the second highest in the past decade. Neither gas prices nor the economy seem to be a big factor in travel plans this year with almost three in five surveyed by AAA saying that the economy has no impact on their plans or that their personal economic situation has improved. Gas prices nationwide are only about 25 cents higher than last year, according to AAAs Fuel Gauge Report. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Dec. 14 that the national average gasoline price has fallen in 12 of the last 14 weeks. The average price for a gallon of unleaded in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area was $3.20 Dec. 18, about 26 cents higher than last year. The average for the state was slightly higher at $3.28, 28 cents higher than last year. The average price nationwide was $3.24. The airlines can expect fewer passengers on their planes for the holidays. AAAs projects 10 percent fewer travelers will fly this holiday season. It is the seventh lowest number of air travelers in the past 10 years. According to AAAs Leisure Travel Index, year-end holiday airfares are expected to be 21 percent higher than last year with an average lowest round-trip rate of $210 for the top 40 U.S. air routes. Travelers planning to stay in hotels along the way, or when they reach their final destination, will pay about $1 more per night at mid-range hotels. Those choosing more modest-priced rooms can expect a 4 percent increase, $92 a night compared to $88 last year. Good news is that car rental prices are the lowest theyve been in five years, averaging about $40 a day, a 21 percent decrease. Travelers are staying closer to home this year with the average trip at 726 miles, compared to 1,052 last year. Travelers also are planning to spend about 3 percent more with an average trip cost of $718. Most of the expenses are expected to come from transportation and fuel, followed by shopping, food and beverages, accommodations, entertainment and recreation. AAA offers some travel tips to help everyone have an enjoyable and safe year-end holiday season: Plan ahead. Use a travel-planning tool to help identify the best driving routes, rest stops, and shop the latest gas prices. Continuously monitor weather conditions along your route and be prepared with contingency plans. Arrive early. Airports will be crowded and security steps may be intensified so allow additional time at your departure airport. For domestic flights, arrive at least two hours prior to your departure and arrive at least three hours early for international flights. Busier airports may require even earlier arrival times. Monitor weather conditions closely, and before leaving home, visit your airlines website for updates about the status of your flight. Avoid the three Deadly Ds of Driving: Drunk or Drugged Driving. Remember that impairment begins with the first sip of alcohol. A designated driver should be alcohol-free, not merely the person in your party who has consumed the least amount of alcohol. Many medications have side effects that cause impairment, so read medication labels thoroughly. Drowsy Driving. Get seven to nine hours of sleep before driving. Take a break every 100 miles or two hours. Do not drive during hours when you routinely sleep. If you feel tired while driving, pull over to a safe location and take a 20to 30-minute nap. Distracted Driving. It is the drivers responsibility to keep eyes, mind and body fully focused on the task of driving. Assign a passenger to be the designated texter, talker, and navigator. If traveling alone, pull over to a safe location to use your cell phone or adjust your navigation device, then proceed on your trip distraction free. Child and pet passengers can be distractions to drivers, so allow another adult passenger to interact with these family members. For more information, visit AAA.com. SEMINOLE Five candidates have qualified for two City Council seats in the city election set March 13. Incumbents Patricia Plantamura and Leslie Waters lead a cast that includes newcomer Sheryl Goff, along with Tom Christy and Chris Burke who ran a year ago. The term is for three years, seven months as the city makes a transition to a November election date beginning in 2014. Councilors earn $5,562 per year.5 candidates qualify for city election


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Eleven were arrested at the first checkpoint set up between 8 and 11 p.m. at Berea Baptist Church, 370 Alt. U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor. A total of 690 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 230 drivers diverted for assessment. The average intrusion time for non-impaired drivers diverted for assessment was 1 minute and 42 seconds. Six were arrested for DUI, three for possession of marijuana, one for battery on a law enforcement officer, one for driving with a suspended/revoked license and one for failing to obey a lawful command. Ten citations were issued, and seven vehicles were impounded. In an effort to reduce DUI related injuries and save lives this holiday season, Pinellas County deputies conducted DUI checkpoints at two locations over the weekend. Results at each of the locations are listed below: Fourteen were arrested at a second sobriety checkpoint set up between 12:30 and 3:30 a.m. at Kmart, 26996 U.S. 19 N. in Clearwater. A total of 239 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 79 drivers diverted for assessment. The average intrusion time for non-impaired drivers diverted for assessment was 1 minute and 46 seconds. Four were arrested for DUI, two for not having a valid drivers license, three for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, two for possession of drug paraphernalia, one for habitual driving on a suspended license, one for felony in violation of probation and five for felony possession of a controlled substance. Fourteen citations were issued, and eight vehicles were impounded. The goal of the sobriety checkpoints was to raise awareness that will help reduce injuries and save lives this holiday season; as well as enforce the sheriffs office zero-tolerance for drinking or consumption of drugs and driving.Trio arrested for burglary, firearms theftCLEARWATER Two juveniles and one adult were arrested at a Clearwater home about 5 p.m. Dec. 16 in connection with a residential burglary in Manatee County and theft of firearms. Tory Foster, 17, of Seminole was arrested on a warrant out of Manatee County and unrelated charges of dealing with stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. Codey Harper, 18, also of Seminole and Jacob McClamma, 17, of Clearwater, were arrested for grand theft firearm. Foster and McClamma were taken to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center and Foster was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. According to the report from the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office, the investigation began following a Dec. 12 residential burglary in Manatee County. On Dec. 17, deputies received information that a suspect involved in the burglary might be at a private home in Clearwater. Deputies responded to McClammas Clearwater home, located Foster and arrested him without incident. Detectives from the Burglary and Pawn Unit responded, and as they interviewed the suspect and other witnesses, they received additional information that led them to locate various firearms, seven handguns and one riffle, in the home. McClamma and Harper were identified as additional suspects. McClamma was arrested, but Harper attempted to flee and was tracked and apprehended by a K-9 unit. According to the jail report, Harper faces additional charges including resisting an officer without violence, three counts violation of parole for burglary and violation of parole possession of marijuana. Detectives say they are still working on sorting out the details and the involvement of the suspects in this case. The investigation continues.Man dies from injuries in Oldsmar crashOLDSMAR Pinellas County Sheriffs Office announced Dec. 16 that a man injured in a two-car crash on Tampa Road in Oldsmar Dec. 11 has died. Joshua J. Williams, 30, died at 2:14 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. Josephs Hospital in Tampa. According to the report from the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office, Williams girlfriend Raina Brown, 29, was waiting in a line of traffic headed eastbound on Tampa Road just west of the intersection with Forest Lakes Boulevard about 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11 when she was rear-ended by a car driven by Akaterina Sines, 41. Williams and their 3-month-old son, who was in a child safety seat, were riding in the back seat of Browns vehicle. Williams suffered very serious injuries. The child also was treated for injuries, but his outcome is reportedly favorable. The infants mother, Brown, was not injured. Sines suffered minor bruising, and her three children ages 7 to 12, were not injured. Preliminarily, deputies say that alcohol and excessive speed appear not to be factors in this crash. The investigation continues. No charges have been filed yet.Drug robbery reported at Walgreens in the Park PINELLAS PARK Pinellas Park police are looking for a suspect who reportedly jumped over the counter of a Walgreens pharmacy with a gun and stole prescription drugs Dec. 11. The robbery occurred at around 2:10 p.m. at the Walgreens at 7751 49th St. N., police said. The suspect described as a white male, about 19 or 20 years old, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 175 pounds was able to steal the drugs and escape out the back door. A police K-9 unit searched the area, but did not find the man. Witnesses said he was wearing a green hoodie, jeans and a baseball cap. No one was injured during the robbery. Anyone who witnessed the suspect in the area near the time of the robbery or may have information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the Pinellas Park Police Departments criminal investigations at 541-0758. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas at 800-873-TIPS or at www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.Car crashes into house during holiday paradePINELLAS PARK A vehicle making a U-turn to avoid traffic caused by the holiday parade crashed into a house on 70th Avenue North, Dec. 10, according to Pinellas Park police. A resident flagged down an officer working the Pinellas Park Holiday Parade detail at around 8:53 p.m. A 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis had crashed through the front living room of the house at 4280 70th Ave. N., the officer reported. The driver, William Shemela, and a passenger, Barbara Shemela, both 75-year-old residents of Pinellas Park, were still in the vehicle, but not seriously injured. The house is in the process of being renovated; no one was inside during the crash. William Shemela was driving west on 70th Avenue and tried to make a U-turn due to the traffic congestion, investigating police reported. He accelerated and lost control of the vehicle. The car jumped the curb, drove through the yard and struck the house. Pinellas Park firefighters responded. The Shemelas were treated at the scene and taken to a local hospital for what are believed to be minor injuries. The house was about four blocks away from the parade route. Until repairs are made, the building was declared uninhabitable due to significant structural damage. The crash remains under investigation.Woman arrested after bank robbery attemptPINELLAS PARK A Pinellas Park woman was charged with attempted robbery of the Fifth Third Bank at 7770 66th St. N. on Nov. 25. Pinellas Park police report that Barbara Pickett, 45, demanded money from a bank teller, claiming that her male accomplice was holding a female bank employee at gunpoint. The man would harm the captured bank employee, held at another location, unless the teller gave her the money, she said. Pickett left the bank without any money. Police responded to the robbery attempt at about 8:11 a.m. They found Pickett walking several blocks away from the bank. After an investigation, she was taken into custody. Police determined that Pickett didnt have an accomplice and her threats to the bank employee, who was never identified, were false. She was transported to the Pinellas County Jail and held on a $10,000 bond.


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In the back row are head coach Donna McMann, Trinity Saxon, Courtney Tran, Caroline DeMuth, Emily Moore, Brooke Weber, Trinity Bylock, Hayleigh Cottrell and team mom Cindy Joyce.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.Students and 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 is also 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 to 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. 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 547-7887.Second Infantry Division reunion slatedThe Second (Indianhead) Division Association is conducting a nationwide search for anyone who served in the Armys Second Infantry Division. There is an upcoming union on Aug. 23-27, 2012 in Reno, Nev., and everyone who has ever served in the Second Infantry Division at any time is invited. Visit www.2ida.org or contact Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net or call 224-225-1202.Foster parents neededFoster homes are needed for many children in Pinellas and Pasco counties. There are more than 3,500 dependent children in these two counties due to child abuse, neglect or abandonment, and many of them need loving foster parents. For more information, call Eckerd Community Alternatives Recruitment Line at 866-233-0790.Garden club to meetBELLEAIR BEACH The Belleair Beach Island Garden Club will meet Wednesday, Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m., at the Belleair Beach Community Center, 444 Causeway Blvd. Rita Taylor of Briarwood Farms will present the program All About Herbs. The event will include a salad luncheon. Cost is $5 for guests. For reservations, call Ruth Manning at 517-8209 or email ruthmanning@hotmail.com.Yard sale slated in St. Pete BeachST. PETE BEACH The city of St. Pete Beach plans its next yard sale on Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 a.m. to noon, at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. There are both 10-foot by 10-foot indoor and outdoor spaces available on a first-come basis. The cost is $15 for SPB residents and $17.50 for nonresidents. Call 363-9245 to reserve a space. There is no fee for shoppers.A call for drummersA volunteer nonprofit Celtic pipe and drums band needs drummers. The St. Andrews Pipes & Drums of Tampa Bay plays at many local events and most Celtic festivals.Visit www.standrewsband.com or call Pat at 422-0276.SWFWMD advises to skip a week of irrigationThe Southwest Florida Water Management District is reminding residents who irrigate their lawns to Skip a Week or more of watering during the cooler months of December, January and February. According to research by the University of Florida, grass doesnt need to be watered as often during the cooler months. About one-half to three-fourths of an inch of water every 10 to 14 days is sufficient. In fact, if your lawn has received any significant rainfall, then you can turn off your irrigation system and operate it manually as needed. Overwatering can encourage pests and disease in your lawn, said Sylvia Durell, FloridaFriendly Landscaping project manager. Too much irrigation can also make lawns less able to survive droughts. Skipping a week of watering is as easy as off for residents with irrigation timers. Turn the timer to off for the week that you want to skip, and on for the week that you want to water, said Durell. You can determine when your grass needs water when: Grass blades are folded in half lengthwise on at least one-third of your yard. Grass blades appear blue-gray. Grass blades do not spring back, leaving footprints on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it. Watering only every other week at most during the winter will help conserve drinking water supplies that the public needs for critical uses during the dry season. In fact, if everyone skipped one week of irrigation this season, it could save an estimated 1.9 billion gallons of water. Most of the region experienced a disappointing summer rainy season. In addition to entering the dry season, drier-than-normal conditions are expected to continue through next spring. All 16 counties within the District are under a Phase I water shortage alert. For additional information about water restrictions and water conservation, contact your local utility or visit the Districts website at www.Wa terMatters.org/SkipAWeek.


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From left are principal Michael Bohnet, Phelps, Mulroy and Elks Club rep Ken Yugoda.Photos by LAURA LaLANDEAlexis Irwin and Jordan Ramsey were recently named Elks Students if the Month for November at Osceola High School. From left are Elks Club rep Ken Yugoda, Irwin, Ramsey and principal Michael Bohnet.Notebook SPC ethics team reaches nationalsLARGO The St. Petersburg College ethics team finished fourth out of 26 teams in the Southern Regional Ethics Bowl at the EpiCenter Saturday, Nov. 12 to qualify for the national tournament March 1 in Cincinnati. The region is among the largest in the country. Team members Nick Pizanias, Michele Grice, Sarah Pemberton, Kevin Healy and Dylan Lunsford, led by coaches Eric Carver and Maureen Mahoney, stood up to competition from schools such as Wake Forest, University of Alabama-Birmingham, The Citadel, Florida and more. The team really stepped up with an outstanding performance, said Mahoney, an academic chair in SPCs Applied Ethics Institute. 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The water is clean and the bottom is diverse, laden with grass, hard-bottom and rocks. Drift fishing around these islands is an effective way to cover water and find the schools of fish. Soft-plastic jigs are easy to fish and work as good as live bait for the trout. Using a quarter ounce jig-head will help you get your jig down quick. The color is up to you; I prefer dark colors for the most part, but I know plenty of people who fish with white and other bright colors. In the southern part of the region spoil islands give way to lush grass, peppered with potholes that make great ambush stations for trout. Fort De Soto Park is a great place for boaters and nonboaters alike to enjoy the expansive grass flats. Cast live or artificial shrimp in any of the sand holes and youre likely to get bit. East winds have made it possible to fish the beach for silver trout and flounder. Target near-shore artificial reefs and jetties for flounder that are lying on the bottom waiting to pounce a live shrimp or white bait rigged on a drop-shot. Silver trout are schooled up along the beach, the schools can be found as close as the swim buoys and as far out as a half-a-mile or so. Look for diving birds to help narrow the search for the trout. If there are no birds around you can simply drift with the wind and tide as you cast soft plastic jigs. Until vext week get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hotmail.com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein Tides WGA resultsSEMINOLE Results of the Tides Womens Golf Associations Christmas scramble on Dec. 13: First place Linda Bullerman, Sandy Hartmann and Marilyn Wentzel, 80. Second place (3-way tie) Marilyn Barber, Joyce Cooney, Marie Costello and Jessica McCarty; Doris Carpenter, Dolores DenOtter, Karen Galinowski and Joyce Gianetti; Kathy Davis, Ruth Hazel, Carol Massarelli and Lorraine Taylor, 81. Nine-hole league, first place Jill Dodge, Lola Dunn, Sybil Enfeld and Peggy Wyatt, 41.Tampa Bay Downs sets holiday scheduleOLDSMAR Thoroughbred racing fans looking for a respite from the holiday whirlwind have two more opportunities to enjoy live racing at Tampa Bay Downs before a four-day break to allow horsemen and racing officials time to celebrate the season. Live racing also will be offered Thursday, Dec. 22 and Friday, Dec. 23, then resume Dec. 28-31. When January rolls around, Tampa Bay Downs will race five days a week from Wednesday through Sunday, with the exception of a pair of dark Thursdays Jan. 5 and Jan. 12. During the holiday season, the Downs will remain open every day except Dec. 25 for simulcast wagering from tracks across the country. In addition, TBD offers exciting no-limit card games and tournaments in its Silks Poker Room and golf fun and top-notch instruction at the Downs golf practice facilityOfficials want to lease 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 re-opening 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 556-6500.Youth hoops registration startsSEMINOLE Registration begins Monday, Jan. 3 for the citys 10th annual youth basketball league at the Seminole Recreation Center. The league is open to boys and girls born between 1997 and 2002. The season runs from February through May. The fee is $85 per child with a recreation card. A non-competitive instructional basketball program for children born in 2003 and 2004 will also be available. The fee for this program is $40 per child with a recreation card. The league is also looking for volunteer coaches. Coaches are required to have past playing experience or a working knowledge of basketball. All coaches will complete a volunteer coachs application and receive a background screening. The city also seeks team sponsors. All contributions are tax deductible. For more information, call Keith Tickner at 397-6085.Guild tournament raises $31,000 for hospitalSixty-three members of the Seminole/Largo branch of the All Childrens Hospital Guild held the 18th annual All Childrens Hospital Charity Golf Classic Oct. 29 at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club under the leadership of PGA teaching pro and guild member Pat McClanan Shriver. Nearly 190 local golfers attended the double shotgun tournament and participated in a variety of fund-raising special events throughout the day. Perhaps the most special event of the day was a visit by Shrivers prior student LPGA Pro Brittany Lincicome who stopped by to assist the guild efforts and mingle with the players. The day concluded with a dinner banquet and with proceeds exceeding $31,000 for All Childrens Hospital. Thanks to all in the community who helped to ensure the success of this event. For more information about the guild branches or the tournament please visit www.allkids.org.State boosts limit on red grouperThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted last month to change how gag and red grouper are managed in Gulf of Mexico state waters. The changes, which include additional protections for gag grouper while increasing the bag limit for red grouper, will make state protections consistent with gag and red grouper federal rules in the Gulf of Mexico. Changes for red grouper will take effect Dec. 23 in Gulf of Mexico state waters (excluding Monroe County) and will include increasing the recreational bag limit from two to four fish. Commissioners also voted to continue the current gag grouper closure in Gulf of Mexico state waters (excluding Monroe County) into 2012. 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TWIN OAKS FURNISHED CONDO 2/2Lovely furnished end unit with 2 large bedrooms with walk-in closets. This unit is the biggest floor plan in this complex. Beautiful new bamboo flooring and freshly painted. Lots of room to roam with lots of storage. Short drive to beaches, shopping, banking, restaurants, doctors and entertainment. MLS#U7528988. McEntire. $62,000. THE LAKESThis well maintained 2/2/2 home shows Pride of Ownership throughout. The spacious living area features volume ceilings with skylight, a split bedroom design, walk-in closet in master bedroom, formal dining area, and large ceramic tiles everywhere except for the carpeted bedrooms. Newer items include: double pane windows, all appliances, dimensional fiberglass shingles, a large Florida Room and a screened porch. This one will please the most particular buyers. Carefree living includes clubhouse, heated pool, lawn care and basic cable for only $109 per month. Bring your swimsuit and leave your lawnmower behind! MLS#U7530714. Ruhland and Lofgren. $145,000. ON BRICK STREETS IN THE HEART OF THE CITY3 bedroom, 1 & 1/2 bath home features brand new bamboo flooring throughout all three debrooms and the large living room and brand new windows. Large utility room off kitchen offers a separate, indoor space for the laundry. Built in 1988, this home is solid block. Best of all two separate garages one car garage attached tot he home, and an additional garage/workspace with alley access perfect for a workshop! This home is ready for an offer, and is move-in ready! Not a short sale! MLS#U7532522. Enright & Sundell. $95,000. FIVE TOWNS CONDO ON POND!Spacious 2BR/2BA inside corner unit in Shoreview West Building. Move-in condition. Family room. Screened balcony. Carport. Smal pet OK. 55+ complex with pools, clubhouses, tennis, fitness center, activities & much more. Short drive to Madeira Beach, Tyrone Square Mall, Target, Wal-Mart and Publix. MLS#U7532779. Bremer. $69,900. WATERFRONT PROPERTY AT SEA HORSE MHPWOW, waterfront property at this price! 2BR mobile home on a short canal to open Intracoastal water and only minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. 32 foot boat dock in your backyard. Inside laundry, private driveway, huge deck in a 55+ community and you own your own lot! Near VA hospital, restaurants and shopping. Community pool just across the street! Must be 55+ to reside but not to purchase. Inexpensive paradise! MLS#U7532876. Axley. $89,900. THE GARDENSBright, spacious first floor condo in a very private community. Remodeled, cabinets finished with Electroglo. Kitchen opens to great room plan & Florida room and all overlooks pool. Large bedroom with walk-in closets. New A/C 2009, tile floors throughout, replaced windows. 2 covered parking places. Amenities include: heated pool, clubhouse and tennis courts. Tropical setting. Great place to live. Located next to Seminole Park. Walk to shopping. Easy access to interstate and beaches. MLS#U7533204. Clark. $59,900. BOATERS & BEACH LOVERSDock your boat behind your gorgeous 2BR/2BA villa! 1 car garage. All just steps away to pool, tennis, golf and minutes to the beautiful sandy beaches, restaurants and fun! Maintenance-free living. Gated sought after Boca Ciega Point. 2 small pets allowed. Make this villa a must see! MLS#U7533372. Adam. $279,900. Advanced Bay Area Medical Associates Internal Medicine & Infectious Disease Primary Care Adult and Womens HealthSeminole 8207 113thStreet 397-3991 St. Petersburg 1700 66thStreet N. 384-2479 Accepting Medicare and most Major Insurance Plans New Patients Welcome Hablamos Espaol82511Jeffrey R. Levenson, MD, PA Elisa Icaza, MSN, ARNP Denisse Balcacer, MD Coldwell Banker recognizes top associateSEMINOLE The Bayou/Bardmoor office of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate recently announced the top associate in its office for the month of November. Gary Coe was recognized as the top listing associate and top sales associate.Borhams join Keller WilliamsPALM HARBOR Jeff and Bill Borham, formerly a successful real estate team at Shasteen-Sizemore in Tampa, recently joined the Keller Williams Realty office in Palm Harbor. Jeff and Bill were born and raised in Palm Harbor. Jeff has believed in giving back to the community since his days as a Boy Scout, where he became an Eagle Scout. He graduated from St. Petersburg College with a degree in management and organizational leadership. He started working in real estate in 2004. Jeff has continued to expand his real estate knowledge with college level courses, becoming a licensed real estate broker, and becoming a short sales and foreclosure resource as well as a Certified HAFA specialist. Bill attended Palm Harbor University High School and after graduating went to St. Petersburg College where he got his degree in management and organizational leadership. Coldwell Banker announces top agentsBELLEAIR BLUFFS The Coldwell Banker Belleair Bluffs office recently named its top agents for November. Julie Folden was named the top selling agent, with over $14 million in individual sales so far this year. Tricia J. Priest was named the top listing agent. Clearwater Coldwell names listing, sales leadersCLEARWATER The Coldwell Banker office in Clearwater recently announced its top associates for November. Jerry Smektala was the top sales associate. The Marcy Daniels Team was the top listing associate. Gary CoeReal estate news Top producers Keller Williams Gulfside Realtys top producers for November are, front row, from left, Anna Darring, Karin Johnson, Fayola Goldstone, Becky Hencoski and Andy Burwell; back row, Tom Smith, Vivian Smith, Jackie Diaz, Tom Cato and Joe Hencoski. Island Audiology to openMADEIRA BEACH Island Audiology LLC, will open its doors Monday, Jan. 9, 9 a.m., at 13999 Gulf Blvd., Suite C-4. The staff of Island Audiology wants the center to be a community resource for both patients and physicians with hearing healthcare needs and to provide solutions to the communication challenges of the hearing impaired through expert diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Heidi Roberts, resident audiologist and owner of Island Audiology, received her doctorate degree from the University of South Florida. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Audiology and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. Engarde Catering collects giftsBELLEAIR BLUFFS Engarde Catering and Gourmet Services, at 432 Indian Rocks Road, recently sponsored a gift benefit for Community Pride whose mission is to provide quality child development and supportive services to low income, at risk and homeless children and families while encouraging healthy family practices. Customers visiting Engarde were encouraged to pick a tag off the Christmas tree, which indicated the childs wish. Through their generous donations, many children will get their wish this Christmas season. Funds raised for Alstott FoundationBELLEAIR BLUFFS Throughout the month of December, everyone who got a haircut at Stefanecs South Barber Shop, 772 Indian Rocks Road N., was included in a drawing to win one of six footballs autographed by Mike Alstott. Six winners, including Jayson Asbury, were drawn on Dec. 15 when Alstott visited the shop. Stefanecs donated $1 from every haircut to the Mike Alstott Family Foundation. To make a donation, go to www.mikealstot tfamilyfoundation.org.St. Pete Bagel opens 2nd Largo location LARGO St. Pete Bagel Co. opened the doors of a new Largo location on Dec. 10. The new location, at 11987 Indian Rocks Road, will offer several amenities including seating for up to 40 customers, a largescreen LCD television and highspeed wireless Internet access to enable customers to work or surf the Web while enjoying breakfast, lunch or a coffee break. The new store features the same New York-style Kosher bagels that have made the original shop a fixture for St. Petersburg residents and tourists alike. The menu will include oldfashioned donuts, which are also being added to the offerings at the St. Pete store.Notebook Hang out with the Beacon this winter


12A Health & Fitness Beacon, December 22, 2011 122211 For more info about me & my listings, scan this QR code or visit my website at www.MaryKSells.com.Century 21 Hall of Fame Member & Centurion Producer The Mary K Team Mary Kottich, Realtor727-398-7771 x1011727-510-5251MKottich@aol.com Experienced Knowledgeable Hard Working Dependable Detail Oriented 8668 Park Blvd. Ste G Seminole, FL 33777 www.MaryKSells.com Bardmoor Villa2BR/2BA/1CG w/1,600 Sq. Ft. Well Maintained Golf Available 55+, Pet OK, Pool $109,900 The Links3BR/2BA/1CG On Golf Course Furnished Pets & Leasing OK, Pool $145,000 House in Clearwater2BR/1BA/1CP w/1,101 Sq. Ft. Lake Front w/Fenced Yard Well Maintained Inside Utility & Workshop $99,000 REDUCED Contract Pending Tara Cay Townhome3BR/4BA/1CG 2,437 Sq. Ft. Model Perfect Brand New 3.5 ton A/C Pets & Leasing OK, Pool $183,900 House in Seminole2BR/1BA/2CG, 1,154 Sq. Ft. Remodeled Kitchen Fenced backyard Seminole Schools $107,500 The Bayou Club5BR/4BA/3CG w/4,809 Sq. Ft. Custom Estate Home Gated Community Pool with Lake view $849,500 Christian International School of Healthcare Professions Certified Nursing Assistant Program offered at CISHP beginning January 2012 For more information about our Nursing Programs contact Admissions at 727.498.8200 or visit www.cishp.org CISHP 7633 131st Street N. Seminole, FL 33776 Subject to individual students passing state licensure examinations. 122211 111011 ObituariesRecognizing that some readers wish to share the life and loss of a loved one with the community, Tampa Bay Newspapers publishes paid obituaries in our weekly papers. The deadline for submitting obituary information is 9 a.m. on Monday, for that weeks papers. Obituaries will publish in all six of our papers. Obituary information should include: full name, age, city and date of death. You may also choose to include the names of living and/or predeceased relatives, work history, clubs and/or activities that they participated in. If you wish to include the name of the funeral home handling arrangements keep in mind that we are a weekly publication and the paper may publish after the services have taken place. For further information, including cost, please call Tampa Bay Newspapers at 727-397-5563, or you can submit your information through our Web site, www.TBNweekly.com, or by e-mail at: obits@TBNweekly.com.80510 Providing quality healthcare to the Seminole/Largo communities for over 35 years. A 2nd generation of physicians, Dr.s Todd Clarkson and Donald Collins remain committed to maintaining the standards and traditions of excellence their patients expect and deserve.our physicians and three Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners work out of 2 office locations. Our East Bay Medical Center offers visits during Lunchtime hours to better meet your scheduling needs.F F2 Convenient Locations to Better Serve You. Oakhurst Medical Clinic13020 Park Blvd., Seminole, FL 33776 727-393-3404East Bay Medical Center3800 East Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33771 727-539-0505 www.oakmed.comMedicare, Humana Medicare Advantage Plan, and most other insurance plans accepted. 060211Todd Clarkson, D.O. Donald Collins, D.O. Ronald Mall, D.O. Roger Schwartzberg, D.O.,F.A.A.I.M. Betsy Parker, A.R.N.P Gail Quail MSN, A.R.N.P.C. John Jarboe A.R.N.P. Marianne Fisher CEO FAMILY PRACTICE &INTERNAL MEDICINE Pinellas Internal Medicine Associatesis proud to WelcomeDr. Sarah Digby, D.O.Providing personal and professional care, Specializing in Adult Medicine for patients age 18 and older.Now Accepting New PatientsWe accept Medicare, Preferred Care, Universal and All Major Insurances. Affiliated with Morton Plant, Largo Medical and Northside Hospitals. Pinellas Internal Medicine Associates 727-544-83008130 66th Street North, Suite 1 Pinellas Park112411 T T h h e e A A m m b b r r o o s s i i o o T T e e a a m mC C C C I I M M , G G R R I I727-433-0372www.WaterfrontTampaBay.com1501 Gulf Blvd. Indian Rocks Beach122211 Luxury Gulf FrontFabulous NW corner unit on the 3rd floor overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. This residence has 3BR + Den/2.5BA, 2,660 sq. ft., large balconies, and fully furnished. $980,000Frank Ambrosio 727-433-0372 Golf Course CommunitySpacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath completely updated condo with large balcony overlooking golf course. Low monthly maintenance. $118,000 Laura Scott 727-458-4868 Gulf Front under $300,000This Gulf front Indian Shores Condo is not a short sale! Beautifully furnished with 2BR/2BA, has a Master Bedroom on the water and has 2012 rental income booked. Frank Ambrosio 727-433-0372 Redington Shores LuxuryBuilt in 2007. 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath with views of the Intracoastal, 3,020 sq. ft. beautifully decorated model with full furniture package. $700,000Marissa Barrow 813-300-4255 Remodeled Intracoastal HomeTotally remodeled 3BR/2BA waterfront home for $350,000. Open floor plan, polished marble floors, new kitchen and baths, only minutes to the Gulf by boat. Frank Ambrosio 727-433-0372 Sunset Beach CottageJUST REDUCED!! Newly remodeled 2BR/1BA with a view of the Intracoastal is perfect. Done to perfection, located on Sunset Beach. Steps away from white, pristine, sand beaches of Treasure Island.Marissa Barrow 813-300-4255 Health notes St. Michaels offers laser cataract repairLARGO John M. Michaleos, M.D., of St. Michaels Eye and Laser Institute recently announced the practice now offers the latest advancement in cataract surgery, the LenSx laser for the treatment of cataracts. St. Michaels Eye and Laser Institute is the first practice in central Florida to offer the procedure. The LenSx laser is an advanced, precision-based technology that operates with unmatched accuracy and computer control, allowing the surgeon to customize the Lifestyle Lens cataract procedure to each patients unique vision needs. Guided by the operating surgeon, the LenSx Custom Cataract System uses two new technologies that together create controlled accuracy. With optical coherence tomography, the surgeon is able to view the eyes 3-D anatomy. OCT enables the surgeon to program and perform a comprehensive, computer-controlled surgical procedure. Morton Plant Mease to host health fairCLEARWATER Morton Plant Mease will host a health and wellness fair Wednesday, Jan. 18, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Aging Well Center at the Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road. The fair will include free health screenings, refreshments, giveaways and wellness information. Health information on breast health, diabetes, heart disease, lung cancer, orthopedics, stroke, memory disorders, sports medicine, weight loss and more will be offered. Free health screenings will include blood pressure, body mass index, prostate cancer, pulmonary function, skin cancer, sleep disorders and vision and glaucoma. To preregister, call 253-4252 or visit www.mpmhealth.com.Largo Medical receives awardLARGO Largo Medical Center recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Largo Medical Centers commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. To receive the award, Largo Medical Center achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and achieved at least 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 quality measures during that same period of time, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates that our staff is committed to providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidencebased protocols, said Ann Skilton, R.N., in a press release. Skilton is director of intensive and progressive care at Largo Medical Center. Largo Medical Center is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients, said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients. The time is right for Largo Medical Center to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing Get With The GuidelinesStroke. The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population, said Connie Boudreaux, R.N., chief nursing officer, at Largo Medical Center.Womens Wellness Day plannedCLEARWATER Morton Plant Mease will host Womens Wellness Day: New Year, New You, on Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Cheek-Powell Wellness Center, 455 Pinellas St. The day will be dedicated to womens health and will feature free health screenings, lifecoaching tips, chair massages and health presentations. To preregister for the event, call 940-2776.


Viewpoints 13A Beacon, December 22, 2011 Please type letters to the editor (or print legibly) and include your name, town of residence, phone number and signature and mail to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Emails should include town of residence and telephone and be sent to tgermond@TBNweekly.com. We will not print the letter writers phone number. Here are some more guidelines for letters: Letters are printed on a rst-come, rst-served basis. They may be edited to correct grammar, spelling and factual errors. They also may be edited for clarity. Please keep letters to editor to 500 words. Longer letters may be cut due to space limitations. Letters should address issues or current events. Please refrain from making unsubstantiated allegations. The newspaper will not print letters that contain slanderous or racial statements. Please do not use profanity. We do not publish poetry or songs in letters to the editor. Each writer may submit one letter per month. We cant return letters to the editor. So you finally get a chance to relax on the beach. You put up your umbrella, plop down in your lounge chair and put your toes on a cigarette butt. Yuk. Thats reason enough for the Indian Rocks Beach City Commission to adopt an ordinance calling for fines imposed on people who improperly dispose of their cigarette butts at IRB beaches and parks. Not surprisingly, the proposal is controversial because some residents dont want more laws on the books and have to pay to enforce them. The argument can be made that such measures smack of Big Brother. But those arguments dont measure up to those for a smoke-free environment. A Florida Department of Health official told city commissioners that cigarette butts left on the beach are health hazards because they contain 165 different forms of chemicals that dont disintegrate, posing a hazard to wildlife. In one clean-up day in California, 230,000 cigarette butts were recovered from the sand. Secondhand smoke causes 50,000 deaths a year in the United States. A Pinellas County Health Department official said in the 2010 Intracoastal Waterway in Pinellas County, 205,000 cigarette butts were recovered, 13,000 cigar tips, 3,500 lighters and 5,700 empty packs. Several municipalities in Florida have passed laws or resolutions limiting or banning smoking on the beaches. Similar laws have been adopted in jurisdictions all across the country. In New York City, effective May 23, 2011, smoking was banned in all parks, boardwalks, beaches, recreation centers, swimming pools and pedestrian plazas. Numerous governments and businesses are cracking down on smoking in public places and have established smoke-free hiring policies, hoping to reduce health insurance costs. City Attorney Maura Kiefer has been asked to draft an ordinance establishing a $500 fine for anyone caught discarding cigarette butts on the citys beaches or in the parks. The City Commission should adopt the ordinance at its Jan. 10 meeting and then launch a public awareness campaign about the law before they begin to enforce it. Of course, signage is needed at the places affected by the law. Most visitors to the beach will adjust to the new restrictions, just as patrons of restaurants and other establishments where smoking is banned around the world. Feb. 15, 2012 NEW YORK, N.Y. The National Football League today announced a new, open-religion policy for all its games, beginning in September 2012. NFL spokesman Roscoe Belasco said that when the new season begins, players who belong to any major or minor religion will be permitted to express their devoutness as they wish during each game, provided that such expression does not impede the game or result in on-the-field violence between the players. The surprise NFL move came after recent controversy over the actions of Denver Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow, who occasionally kneels in prayer during Bronco games. While many fellow Christians have praised Tebow for demonstrating his religious feeling in public, other observers have said that religion has no place in the NFL, whose primary goal is achieving huge profits for team owners and players. A recent Time magazine headline asked, Does Jesus belong in the huddle? Because of Tebow's athletic success and his religious zeal, many people have imitated his kneeling in prayer. It is called "tebowing." Tebow has also received notoriety for being (by his own admission) a virgin. Although no research has been undertaken up to now, it is believed that very few talented football players retain their virginity past age 16, because of the availability of high school and college women who lust after muscular, energetic athletes who can run faster than most young women. By remaining a virgin at age 24, Tebow violates NFL norms. The NFL does not like its players to violate norms, especially the one that says, "Thou shalt not be gay, which is even worse than being a virgin." Getting back to the religion issue: Belasco said the NFL chose to adopt an open-religion policy in order to head off any further arguments about the appropriateness of religious acts on the NFL gridirons. We're declaring a laissez-faire attitude toward God, Jehovah, Allah, Buddha, Vishnu, and all other cosmic entities, Belasco said. Its come one, come all. He stressed that the new policy will be entirely voluntary. No one will be pressured to show his religious inclinations, but everyone will be free to do so. Some NFL fans are suggesting that Christian-oriented songs such as Amazing Grace or How Great Thou Art may now be substituted for the national anthem at the beginning of each football game. This is unlikely, said one fan. Hell, we can barely find singers who know all the words to The Star-Spangled Banner, let alone the lyrics of hymns. Belasco predicted that the various faiths will choose their own individual methods of expression during NFL games. For instance, Roman Catholic players will be permitted to cross themselves or wear rosaries around their necks. Jewish players will be allowed to glue yarmulkes (a cloth skullcap) on top of their helmets. For Muslims, special secluded areas near the end zones would be set aside for prayer rugs and attendant prayers. Buddhist players would require a small space for the storage and use of prayer wheels. During time-outs, Hindu players may routinely chant mantras. What about atheists? Will they be encouraged to practice their beliefs during NFL games? Belasco said, We talked at length about that. We finally concluded that most atheists do not hold traditional religious beliefs, so its unlikely they will want any special favors from the NFL. In fact, were hoping that atheist players will remain anonymous, to avoid getting roughed up by Southern Baptists who regard atheists as devil-worshippers. Most NFL games take place on Sunday, which in olden times was regarded as a sacred day of rest. Belasco was asked how many Christian football players would refuse to take part in Sunday games. He said, Very few. Most of them are screened out while theyre still in college, and those who make it to the NFL draft are quickly identified and eliminated as potential troublemakers. Given the choice of Christ or Sunday football, almost every player will choose football. They know that religion will be around forever, but peak playing years can disappear overnight. Despite the NFLs new open-religion policy, the league has no plans to allow players to paint their faces with Biblical verse references, such as John 3:16. This practice was tolerated for a time, but was banned after players began confusing the Bible verses with the quarterbacks signal-calling and the time remaining on the game clock. Tebow has led the Broncos to several dramatic fourth-quarter victories this fall, giving rise to comments about his being a miracleworker in league with God. Others dismiss the likelihood of divine assistance, pointing out that Tebows versatility (he runs the football as well as he passes it), his athleticism, courage and unpredictable movements on the field are formidable assets even without Gods help. Whoever and whatever he may be, Tebow lights up the field.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an e-mail at tralee71@comcast.net.NFL opens its arms to all religionsKeep the money in FloridaEditor: I read Carl Hiaasens article on gambling in Florida. As I understand, Disney is against gambling. With that understood, what about their pricing $85 for adults, $79 for kids. I am a native and to see the money going to Vegas, Biloxi, Atlantic City, and the islands is a shame. These are people who live here going elsewhere to gamble. Whats wrong with keeping the monies here in our own state? Nancy Mendel Pinellas ParkHealth hazardEditor: There can be no doubt that second hand smoke and improperly discarded butts are a health hazard to humans and wildlife. Not sure what eminent domain has to do with this issue; no one is suggesting banning smoking on private property. Just keep your smoke to yourself; I dont need to breathe it on my beach. Carl Muller Indian Rocks BeachThis is madness, periodEditor: They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. In Pinellas County we do things different and we still get bad results. Face it now or you will be paying big time, everyone except the 1 percent. If we dont change this ridiculous and costly way of living the time for new county government is here, period. The concept is so simple and efficient. Thats why no elected official or government agency will do it. We have to, soon, like next election. If I read or hear another council or commission or committee, etc. say we have hired an outside source to help us Help us? See above statement. What have all the past and recent investments in our best interests do us. Uh Oh more expenses, wasted money and a heck of a broken down economy. Consolidate this county before its totally bankrupt and beyond repair. If you need pictures, diagrams, graphs, charts, etc. My consulting fee is free. We have all paid already more than enough for this madness. Al Neuman Largo An absolutely true news item: Having passed a law allowing gun owners to bring their weapons inside the state Capitol building, the Florida Senate has hastily installed panic buttons on the office phone of every senator and staff member. This is an open letter from concerned members of the Florida House of Representatives to the Sergeant at Arms: We couldnt help but notice that our colleagues in the Senate were provided with enhanced security measures as a result of our controversial but patriotic! decision to allow licensed owners of concealed weapons to carry their loaded guns through the corridors of the Capitol. As everybody knows, the legislation wasnt our idea. It was written by lobbyists for the National Rifle Association, a fine organization that isnt nearly as crazed and paranoid as some people make it out to be. Also, the NRA contributes generously to most of our political campaigns, which is why we blindly do whatever it tells us to do. Up until a few months ago, law-enforcement officers asked all pistol-packing constituents to leave their weapons in a lock box before entering the Capitol. That system worked pretty darn well, in our humble opinion, but then we learned of the NRAs desire to further broaden the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. So we went ahead and passed this new law that prevents local governments from regulating firearms, except in a few places where the state specifically says guns dont belong hospitals, schools and courthouses. Wed be fibbing if we said every single member of the House actually read this bill and comprehended all its ramifications. Basically, we took the NRAs word that it was no biggie. Ever since Oct. 1, anybody with a concealed-weapons permit can bring their favorite pistol to beaches, parks, even public libraries. Most legislators werent too worried because, seriously, who the heck still goes to a library? Not us! Beaches didnt seem like a problem area, either. Everybodys wearing bathing suits, so where would you even conceal a weapon? If some guys got a .357 sticking out of his Speedo, little kids should have enough common sense not to mess with his sand castle. Right? Then we come to find out that the new law also allows loaded handguns inside government buildings such as school board headquarters, city halls, county halls and even the venerable state Capitol here in Tallahassee, where we the undersigned happened to work. Bearing in mind that citizens occasionally get angry at their politicians, and also bearing in mind that even a normally sober firearms owner can have a bad day, the NRA kindly allowed us to bar gun toters from the legislative chambers and committee rooms, where we conduct the important business of selling out to special interests. However, the law doesnt prevent armed voters from freely walking the hallways of the Capitol, or visiting the offices of we the undersigned. Consequently, we were intrigued by media reports about the so-called panic buttons that have been given to members of the Senate, even to the Democrats who voted against the darn law. Not that we have an inferiority complex, but we who serve in the House are curious to know why our phones werent also equipped with emergency devices. Its true that there are only 40 state senators while there are 120 representatives. And its also true that Florida is in a severe budget crisis, and that government needs to shave expenses wherever possible. But, seriously, how much money can these stupid little gizmos possibly cost? Dont we have any pull at Radio Shack? After consulting the House leadership, weve decided to take the high road and assume that the absence of panic buttons isnt a snub, but rather the result of clerical oversight or perhaps assembly-line problems at the panic-button factory in Taiwan. This temporary disparity in the level of safety precautions doesnt mean that the life of a House member is somehow less valued than that of a senator. In truth, all of us in the legislative branch stand equal in the eyes of those who are seeking to buy our favor. Therefore, as Sergeant at Arms, you are hereby instructed to promptly obtain and install the proper quantity of panic buttons in the offices of the House of Representatives. Said buttons should be connected to an emergency command center, and should ring at an ear-splitting pitch when activated by the user. Upon hearing such an alarm, Capitol police should assume that a House member is facing a gun-wielding Floridian who is disgruntled, deranged or possibly both. At this point, Second Amendment concerns should be set aside and all diligent efforts should be aimed at stopping this nut job by whatever means necessary (and were not talking about Tasering his butt, OK?). Also, we wish to formally inquire about the availability of body armor. Does it come with pockets?Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald. Readers may write to him at: 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, FL 33132.Why some legislators are in a panic EDITORIALThose nasty cigarette buttsIRB takes right approach through proposed ordinance 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772 727-397-5563 Fax: 727-397-5900 www.TBNweekly.com Publisher/President: Dan Autrey dautrey@tbnweekly.com Accounting Manager: Andrea Marcarelli tbniandy@yahoo.com Retail Advertising Manager: Jay Rey jrey@tbnweekly.com Classied Advertising Manager: Shelly Fournier sfournier@tbnweekly.com Executive Editor: Tom Germond tgermond@tbnweekly.comProduction Manager: David Brown production@tbnweekly.com Internet Services Manager: Suzette Porter webmaster@tbnweekly.com Seminole/Beach Beacon: Bob McClure bmcclure@tbnweekly.com Largo Leader/Dunedin Beacon: Tom Germond tgermond@tbnweekly.com Belleair/Beach Bee: Chary Southmayd csouthmayd@tbnweekly.com Clearwater Beacon: Alexandra Lundahl alundahl@tbnweekly.com Pinellas Park Beacon: Juliana A. Torres jtorres@tbnweekly.com General Editorial editorial@tbnweekly.comCirculation: L. Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563What do you think?LETTERS Drivers SeatBob Driver How to contribute All press releases are published on a space available basis. They are subject to editing for grammar, length and general newspaper style. We are not able to predict exactly the issue it will be printed or even guarantee that it will be used. The deadline for all copy is Friday, noon, preceding publication date. The newspapers are published Thursdays. For upcoming events, please send in your announcement two weeks in advance, if possible. All submissions can be dropped off at the office or mailed to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772, emailed to editorial@TBNweekly.com or faxed to 3975900. Questions? Call 397-5563 or send an email. Please include a contact name and number on all submissions. Carl Hiaasen


14A Faith & Family Beacon, December 22, 2011 122211 122211 Christ Presbyterian ChurchChristmas Eve Candlelight Service & Live Nativity 5:30pmLocated two blocks east of Indian Rocks Road at: 3115 Dryer Ave., LargoPhone (727) 584-8695 Nursery Available Bus Transportation Available121511 Sunday, December 18 at 7pm Christmas Eve at 11pm Christmas Day 11am Presented By Worship Arts at Church By The Sea 495 137th Ave. Circle Madeira Beach, Florida 727-391-7706 200 24th Avenue Indian Rocks Beach 595-1038 www .churchoftheisles.orgChurch of the Isles(United Church of Christ)Christmas Eve Services5pm Family Service 7pm Carols & Candlelight 11pm Communion & CandlelightRev. James D. Rapp, Pastor 122211 122211 121511 Oakhurst United Methodist ChurchCHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES5:00pm Family Service with Christmas Pageant & Candle Lighting 6:00pm Hors doeuvres & Desserts 6:30pm Contemporary Worship led by the Transcend Team & Candle Lighting 8:00pm Traditional Service with Candle LightingCHRISTMAS DAY11:00am Traditional Service13400 Park Blvd. Seminole (727) 391-4769 www.oakhurstumc.com121511 Join us this Christmasat Prince of Peace Lutheran Church121511A Night in Bethleham Sat. Dec. 17th and Sun. Dec. 18th6:00 pm 8:00 pm Stroll through the ancient city of Bethlehem while you enjoy storytellers, music, crafts and more. Plus you can interact with a weary Mary and Joseph and greet baby Jesus. Please Join us... All are welcome! *Childcare availableChristmas Eve Candlelight ServiceFestival Eucharist Saturday, Dec. 24th5:00pmWorshipwith Childrens Choir and Youth Bells7:10pmPre-Service Music 7:30pmWorshipwith Choir, Pipe Organ, Bells, Brass and Timpani*Childcare available at 5:00 and 7:30 Services9:40pmPre-Service Music 10:00pmWorshipwithChoir, Pipe Organ, Bells, Brass and TimpaniChristmas Day ServiceSunday, Dec. 25th 10:00am *Childcare available.PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH455 Missouri Avenue(across from Largo High School)727-585-9969 www.poplargo.org Come Join Us at122211 Ulmerton Rd102nd Ave N Johnson BlvdPark BlvdSeminole Blvd 113th St N Seminole Mall CHRISTMAS MORNING WORSHIP AT 10:30AMChristmas Eve Candlelight Serviceat 6:00 PM11045 Park Boulevard Seminole, Florida 33772(727) 392-7729Seminole First Baptist ChurchSaturday, December 24in the Worship Center SEMINOLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCHInvites you to experience The Real Christmaspresented by our Children & Youth and to hear the music of our choir!Christmas Eve December 24that7:00pm Christmas Day December 25that 10:00am Come as You Are Worship 5400 Seminole Boulevard 727-391-9781(Parking entrance at 54th Avenue)122211 Christmas Schedule122211 St. Dunstans Anglican Church403 First Ave. SW, Largo727-581-1435 www.stdunstansfl.com Christmas Eve., Dec. 24, 20113:30pmChristmas Carols 4:00pmHoly Communion 7:30pmChristmas Carols 8:00pmHoly Communion 10:30pmChristmas Carols 11:00pmHoly CommunionChristmas Day, Dec. 25, 201110:15amHoly CommunionNew Years Day, Jan. 1, 20127:30amHoly Communion 10:15amHoly Communion 12601 Park Blvd. in Seminole 727-391-2919 www.coth.orgCHAPEL ON THE HILLUnited Church of ChristChristmas Eve Candlelight Service7pm & 11pm Lessons and CarolsPlease Join Us For Our Hallelujah Chorus Sing Along122211 8th AVE. S.W.DRYER RD.(Corner of Trotter & Dryer Rd.)1507 Trotter Rd., LargoINDIAN ROCKS RD. CLEARWATER/LARGO RD. TROTTER RD. CHRISTMAS 2011Mass ScheduleSaturday, Dec. 24th4:30 PM Midnight MassSunday, Dec. 25th7:30 AM, 9 AM & 11 AMSt. Patrick Catholic Church 1507 Trotter Rd., Largo727-584-2318NEW YEARS Mass ScheduleSaturday, Dec. 31st4:30 PM VigilSunday, Jan. 1st7:30 AM, 9 AM & 11 AM & 5:30 PM122211 Saturday Evening, December 24thCandlelight Service 6pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Services On Treasure IslandFriendship Community Church152 Treasure Island Causeway(N. of Clock Tower, next to Foxys)(727) 398-6342121511Everyone Welcome ~ Pastor Michael Hargrave Make Room for Him 9pmYouth Leader, Danielle Jackson Holiday Services Holiday Services Holiday Services Holiday Services See SERVICES, page 15AFollowing is a listing of some holiday services scheduled at places of worship throughout Pinellas County.Christ the King Presbyterian ChurchSEMINOLE Christ the King Presbyterian Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd. On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, the church will present a Festival of Lessons and Carols, 6 p.m. On Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, worship will be at 9:25 a.m. Call 394-0787.


Faith & Family 15A Beacon, December 22, 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 DirectoryS121511 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 Hargrave112411 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. Go and serve.Contemporary Worship(Fellowship Hall)8:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Traditional Worship(Sanctuary) 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.Nursery providedSunday School 9:30 a.m.110311Bible Study Monday at 7 p.m. & Friday at 9:30 a.m.Tell the Public About Your Services Call 397-5563 PATHWAYSCOMMUNITY CHURCHFRIDAY 7:15pm SATURDAY 7pm SUNDAY 9am & 10:30am MONDAY Celebrate Recovery 7pmWWW.PATHWAYSCC.COM801SEMINOLEBLVD.LARGO, FL33770727-397-4707090811 Ministries and Services for Children, Youth, Young Adults, Seniors, Deaf and Hurts of All Kinds PATHWAYSCOMMUNITY CHURCHFRIDAY 7:15pm SATURDAY 7pm SUNDAY 9am & 10:30am MONDAY Celebrate Recovery 7pmWWW.PATHWAYSCC.COM801SEMINOLEBLVD.LARGO, FL33770727-397-4707090811 Ministries and Services for Children, Youth, Young Adults, Seniors, Deaf and Hurts of All Kinds 120811 8771 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 PM121511 122211 Saturday, December 24 122211 Temple of the Living God1950 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg 727-822-8628 727-822-3157Christmas Eve Readers Theater Kings in Judaea 7pm Christmas Day Service 11am www.TempleoftheLivingGod.org Metaphysical Community Church122211 122211 Find the heart of Christmas at St. Anne of Grace Episcopal ChurchSATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 6:30 PM Family Christmas Service with Eucharist, Pageant and Praise Band 9:30 PM Christmas Carols 10:00 PM Rite II Service with Eucharist, Incense and Soloist SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 9:00 AM Rite I Service with EucharistSt. Anne of Grace6650 113th Street North Seminole 727-392-4483 www.stanneofgrace.com 122211 Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Ave. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include worship with childrens choir and youth bells, 5 p.m.; and worship with pre-service music beginning at 7:10 p.m. and at 9:40 p.m. Child care will be available at the 5 and 7:10 services. The Christmas Day service will be presented Sunday, Dec. 25, 10 a.m. Childcare will be available. Call 585-9969 or visit www. poplargo.org.St. Justin Martyr Roman CatholicLARGO St. Justin Martyr Roman Catholic Church, 10851 Ridge Road. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a mass, 4:30 p.m.; a family mass, 6:30 p.m.; and a candlelight mass, 10 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, will be 10 a.m. Call 397-3312 or visit www.stjustin martyr.net.Beth-El Shalom New Port RicheyNEW PORT RICHEY BethEl Shalom Messianic Congregation, 6209 Congress St. A Chanukah Celebration will be presented on the fifth night of Chanukah, Saturday, Dec. 24, 5 p.m.St. PatrickCatholic Church St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1507 Trotter Road, Largo. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a mass at 4:30 p.m.; and a midnight mass. Christmas Day services, on Sunday, Dec. 25, will include mass at 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. On New Years Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, there will be a mass at 4:30 p.m. and a vigil. Call 584-2318.St. Dunstans Episcopal ChurchLARGO St. Dunstans Episcopal Church, 10888 126th Ave.A Christmas Eve service will be presented Saturday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m. The Christmas Day service will be presented Sunday, Dec. 25, 10:15 a.m. The New Years Day service will be presented Sunday, Jan. 1. Call 586-6968 or visit www.episcopalswfl.org. ringers, childrens choir, Crosswind Praise Team and candle lighting. The Christmas Day service, on Sunday, Dec. 25, will be presented at 10:30 a.m. Call 446-5955 or visit www. fumc-clw.com.New Thought Center for Creative Living CLEARWATER New Thought Center for Creative Living, Unity Peace Cottage, 2465 Nursery Road. The center will conduct a burning bowl service on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 7 to 8 p.m.The Burning Bowl ceremony is a symbolic letting go of ideas and attitudes that are no longer constructive. Participants write what they want to release on a card and then literally burn it. Call the Rev. Marla Sanderson at 475-8991.Calvary EpiscopalINDIAN ROCKS BEACH Calvary Episcopal Church, 1615 First St. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a service especially for children and families, 5 p.m.; a traditional, old English service, 7 p.m.; and a candlelight mass, 9 p.m. Christmas Day services, on Sunday, Dec. 25, will be a Holy Eucharist, at 8 and 10 a.m. Call 595-2374.Christ PresbyterianLARGO Christ Presbyterian Church, 3115 Dryer Ave. A candlelight service with live Nativity will be presented on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, 5:30 p.m. Call 584-8695.Prince of Peace Lutheran ChurchLARGO Prince of PeaceConnect2Christ ChurchSEMINOLE Connect2Christ Church, in Freedom Square Roskamp Auditorium, 7800 Liberty Lane. Carols, candles and Communion will be offered Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m. Visit c2church.com.Seminole First Baptist ChurchSEMINOLE Seminole First Baptist Church, 11045 Park Blvd. A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be presented Saturday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m. A Christmas morning service will be presented Sunday, Dec. 25, 10:30 a.m. Call 392-7729.St. Anne of Grace Episcopal ChurchSEMINOLE St. Anne of Grace Episcopal Church, 6650 113th St. N. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a family service at 6:30 p.m. with Eucharist, Christmas pageant and praise band; Christmas carols at 9:30 p.m.; and Rite II service with Eucharist, incense and soloist at 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, there will be a Rite I Eucharist service at 9 a.m. Call 392-4483 or visit www.stan neofgrace.com.Faith Presbyterian ChurchSEMINOLE Faith Presbyterian Church, 11501 Walker Ave. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a service especially for families with younger children, 4 p.m.; a service with chancel choir, 8 p.m.; and candles, carols and communion, 11 p.m. Call 391-0596.Holy Trinity Episcopal ChurchCLEARWATER Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 3200 McMullen Booth Road. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a Christmas pageant and Eucharist, 5 p.m.; and candlelight mass, 11 p.m. On Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, a Christmas Eucharist will be presented at 10 a.m.Call 796-5514 or visit www. holytrinityclw.org.St. Catherine of Siena Parish CatholicCLEARWATER St. Catherine of Siena Parish Catholic Church, 1955 S. Belcher Road. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a childrens mass, at 4 and 6 p.m.; a midnight string quartet, from 11:15 to midnight; and a midnight mass. Christmas Day masses, on Sunday, Dec. 25, will be presented at 7, 9 and 11 a.m. Call 531-7721 or visit www. scosparish.org.St. Pauls LutheranCLEARWATER St. Pauls Lutheran Church, 407 S. Saturn Ave. On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, a candlelight service will be presented at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. The service will feature musicians such as the Pinellas String Quartet and members of the Tampa Bay Symphony. Call 446-7718 or visit www. stpaulsclearwater.org.Episcopal Church of the Good SamaritanCLEARWATER The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 2165 NE Coachman Road. On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, the church will present O Come Let Us Adore Him, a family liturgy. The choral prelude will be at 7 p.m. followed by the Eucharist at 7:30 p.m. On Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, the church will present liturgy at 8 a.m. Call 461-1717.St. Johns Episcopal CLEARWATER St. Johns Episcopal Church, 1676 S. Belcher Road. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a family Eucharist, 5 p.m.; Ye Olde Victorian Christmas, 9 p.m.; and candlelight choral Eucharist, 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, the holy Eucharist with carols will be presented at 10 a.m. Call 531-6020 or visit www. stjohnsclearwater.org.First United MethodistCLEARWATER First United Methodist Church, 411 Turner St. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will be presented at 5:30 p.m. and will include chancel choir, tower SERVICES, from page 14A


16A Faith & Family Beacon, December 22, 2011 Casual California CuisineFive BIGscreenTVsand outdoor dining available. Open 7 Days: 11:30am til Late FEATURING:Tacos, Burgers, Wraps, Salads, Appetizers, Fruit Smoothies and a Full Bar with a Surfs Vibe! RESTAURANT 8595 Seminole Blvd., Seminole727-399-1800www.calishack.com122211Daily Food & Drink Specials. One FREE Domestic Draft Beer or FREE Glass of House Wine w/coupon Exp. 12/30/11 Hannah, Libby & Sunshine Our ReceptionistsHappy HolidaysCare Animal Hospital of SeminoleKenneth Newman, DVM 13017 Park Boulevard(in Portobello Square)727-954-3994121511Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-6pm Sat. 8am-1pm Emergencies seen up to 9pmCareAHofSeminole.comCompassionate Care at Affordable Prices!From Annual Vaccines: Dogs $89 Cats $79 by HerbsByMerlin.com18117 Gulf Blvd.Redington ShoresNext to Beach PizzaFlorida 33708HERBAL/GIFT SHOP 727-575-9952Monday Saturday 11am-9pm Sunday 11am-7pm. WWW.HERBSBYMERLIN.COMHerbs by Merlin Enterprises LLC. Give the Gift of Health!120111HERBS VEGETABLE PLANTS RAW HONEY HERBAL TEAHERBAL SOAPS SPICES ESSENTIAL OILSSPECIAL BLENDED TEAS TINCTURESHEALTH PRODUCTS CULINARY HERBS SPIRITUAL HERBS All Occasion Gifts Available STUN GUNS150,000 VoltsLimited Time Only Unusual Holiday Gifts Available!Storewide 20% Off Everything Microdermabrasion Vitamin-C Facial Radiance Peel Enzyme Peel Eyebrow or Lip Wax Collagen Treatment Paraffin Hand Treatment 6638 Central AvenueSt. Petersburgwww.JenSpa.com**Must use all 3 services on same visit. Not valid with any other promotions. Can not be divided or shared between guests. 20% OFFPermanent Makeup and All Body Waxing We carry a complete line of Image Skin Care ProductsPick 3for $99Pick 3for $99 727-343-5772 122211 6 8 6 4 S e m i n o l e B l v d S e m i n o l e 3 9 2 5 9 5 0 6 a.m. 8 p.m. Traditional Christmas DinnerReservations Recommended All You Can Eat Breakfast BuffetSat. and Sun. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 122211 Dons Barber Shop Offering 50 yrs Experience Celebrating our 1 year Anniversary!(In This Location)Hours 7:30am-1pm Children Welcome Regular Hair Cuts$10$25TREAT HIMto aHaircut and ShaveCall for Appointment. Available times:1pm-4pm 122211 7509 46th Ave. N., St. Petersburg 727-686-6380(Go East on 46th Ave. off of Park Street) 121511 BACK PAIN? SCIATICA? ONE HOUR MASSAGES 727.398-8844NO Contracts Independently OwnedMon.-Sat. 9am-6pm 18 Years Exp.9410 Seminole Blvd., Seminole (Oxford Sq. Plaza)Per Visit for First 30 Days New Client Special!Expires 1/15/12 Includes Warm Foot Treatment Deep Tissue Hot Stone Relaxation BambooYOUR CHOICE!122211MM27161 GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE Church news First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks LARGO Financial Peace University, as taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey, will be offered at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road. This program teaches participants how to make the right decisions with money. An informational class will be presented Wednesday, Jan. 11, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., on the second floor of the Fellowship Center Room FC-223. Classes will be presented Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m., for 13 weeks in the same room. The cost of the course is $100 a family, which is merely the cost of the class materials. Materials are available at the Charis Christian Bookstore located on the Indian Rocks campus. Call 595-3421 or visit www.indianrocks.org.Celebrate RecoveryLARGO 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 any number of 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. For further information or details, call 5953421 or visit www.indianrocks.org.The Octagon Arts Center at Unitarian UniversalistsCLEARWATER Festivals of Light will be presented Thursday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m., at the Octagon Arts Center at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road. The event will celebrate Festivals of Light from across the world Diwali, Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. This program is part of a series of monthly gatherings called Festival Ruah: A Multicultural Spirit Experience. Ruah means spirit or wind in Hebrew. Festival Ruah is a celebration of the spirit as it is manifest in creation across cultures, traditions and faiths. This event will be an improvisational and devotion-filled evening of song, sonnet and celebration. Drawing from the rich traditions of jazz, global fusion, and sacred chant, and following the tradition of the great Duke Ellington and his famed Jazz Vespers services in New Yorks historic Harlem, these programs will weave an experience of joy, faith, spirituality and community. Fred Johnson, long-time resident artist and ambassador for arts and the heart in Tampa Bay, serves as artistic director and host for the festival series and describes it as Jazzing the Spirit. This family-friendly experience is meant to inspire all to feel the power and wonder of being together celebrating the many gifts of the holiday season. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the evening celebration. The event is free and open to the public. Childcare will be provided. Call Abhi Janamanchi at 5317704.


Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesBeacon Section B December 22, 2011Visit www.TBNweekly.com GRnc This weeks top 5 Holiday Lights in the Gardens, nightly, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., through Jan. 1, at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Visitors to the Holiday Lights in the Gardens can delight in more than 500,000 twinkling LED lights. From the bridge to the walkways to the Wedding Garden and tropical palms, shimmering lights will guide visitors through a Floridian wonderland. They also can see the completed mosaic titled Aquatic Reflections in the Wedding Garden. Sponsored by the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation, the celebration is free to children under 12, with a suggested donation of $2 per adult. Donations from last years event made this years event possible. For information, call 5822247 or visit www.flbg.org. A Christmas Carol: A New Musical, with book and lyrics by Keith Ferguson and music byBruce Greer; presented by freeFall Theatre Company, through Dec. 30, at freeFall, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. There is no show scheduled for Christmas Day. Ticket prices vary according to performance date and time. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com. This enchanting new musical adaptation of the Dickens classic is destined to become a Tampa Bay area holiday tradition. With a soaring and inspirational score, and faithful incarnations of all of the memorable characters, Dickens ghost story leaps from the page and delights with stunning theatricality, lush scenery and costumes, and surprising special effects. Straight No Chaser Friday, Dec. 23, 8 p.m., at The David A Straz Jr. Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $29.50. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org. If the phrase male a cappella group conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses think again. Straight No Chaser are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They are reinventing the idea of a cappella on the modern pop landscape. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act. Following their popular Christmas show last year, Straight No Chaser returns to Carol Morsani Hall with an all new show. Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker 2011 Dec. 2627, 7:30 p.m., at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets range from $28.50 to $88.50. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. Moscow Ballet is celebrating its 19th annual tour, visiting more than 60 cities across North America in 2011 with top award-winning dancers. These impeccably trained Russian dancers perform the Great Russian Nutcracker, the beloved Christmas story, with amazing leaps, spins, and lunges. Set to Tchaikovskys famous score, this production features lavish costumes, charming larger-than-life Russian puppets and nine fanciful backdrops, that are hand-painted and embellished with 3-D effects. The Moscow Classical Ballet 2011 Nutcracker Tour Dec. 27-28, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Looking ahead Looking ahead Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:Mission: Impossible Ghost ProtocolGenre: Action, adventure and thriller Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton and Ving Rhames Director: Brad Bird Rated: PG-13 Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative Ethan Hunt is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the president initiates Ghost Protocol. Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agencys name and prevent another attack. To complicate matters further, Ethan is forced to embark on this mission with a team of fellow IMF fugitives whose personal motives he does not fully know. The Adventures of TintinGenre: Family, action and adventure Cast: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Director: Steven Spielberg Rated: PG The Adventures of Tintin stars Jamie Bell as Tintin, a young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure. Daniel Craig stars as the nefarious Red Rackham. Based on the series of books The Adventures of Tintin by Herg, the film is produced by Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy.The Girl with the Dragon TattooGenre: Drama and thriller Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgrd, Elodie Yung and Christopher Plummer Director: David Fincher Rated: ROpening this week Photo by DAVID JAMESFrom left, Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt, Paula Patton plays Jane, Simon Pegg plays Benji, and Jeremy Renner plays Brandt in Mis sion: Impossible Ghost Protocol, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. A journalist-turned-detective and his female associate get tangled up in the underworld when he is hired to write the saga of a powerful family. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larssons literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy. Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 65 million copies in 46 countries and become a worldwide phenomenon. The screenplay is by Steven Zaillian.We Bought a ZooGenre: Drama Cast: Matt Damon, Thomas Haden Church, Scarlett Johansson, Photo by MERRICK MORTONRooney Mara, left, and Daniel Craig star in Columbia Pictures' The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. See LOOKING AHEAD, page 2B 121511 1-888-HEAR-CLEAR 122211BL www.SandyHartmann.comProperties@Sandysofce.comMerry Christmas! Sandy Hartmann & Associates has been providing exceptional real estate services to their clients for over 31 years and is consistently ranked in the top 1% of Real Estate agents across the United States. So, before you buy or sell ... get your facts from a professional. 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FREE DESSERT: Pumpkin or Pecan Pie or rice pudding Christmas DayOpen 7am-4pmDinner Served Noon to 4pm122211 *Daily Specials not valid on Holidays. Clearwater. Performances are Tuesday, 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $59. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerd hall.com. Tchaikovsky masterfully transformed E.T.A. Hoffmanns The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, a classic coming-of-age tale, into The Nutcracker, one of the most beloved ballets and a treasured holiday tradition. Live music, the talent and grace of the dancers, and stunning costumes bring this story to life. This production draws its inspiration from the original choreography presented in St. Petersburg, Russia more than 100 years ago. The Moscow Classical Ballet came into existence as the Young Ballet, the USSR State Choreographic Company, in 1966. It was established by the USSR Ministry of Culture as a ballet troupe whose role was to tour the Soviet Union and foreign countries performing Russian classical ballet in its traditional form. The company, under the artistic direction of Igor Moiseyev, gave its first performance in 1968. Its repertoire consisted of excerpts from classical ballets and choreographic miniatures produced by such choreographers as Vinogradov, Goleizovsky, Messerer and Moiseyev himself.Seminole 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. Family Movie Matinee, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. The feature film will be Kung Fu Panda 2. Free popcorn and soda will be provided by the Friends of the Seminole Library. Call 394-6905. Proud to be an American performed by the Suncoast Singers of Florida, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 11501 Walker Ave. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. by the Honduras Mission team with a portion of the proceeds going to their cause. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each for dinner and concert or $16 each for the concert only. Advance reservations available through Jan. 24 for dinner and concert; and through Jan. 28 for concert only. Call 3990599. Visit www.suncoastsingers.com.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 4465898. 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. 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-wife team 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.atthecap.com. Mandel has been in show business for more than 30 years. 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 the 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 LOOKING AHEAD, from page 1B See LOOKING AHEAD, page 4BDecember 22, 2011CapricornDecember 22 January 19The gift giving gets out of control, but who cares, Capricorn. Go with the flow and have fun. Dinner plans get even better with the arrival of unexpected guests.AquariusJanuary 20 February 18Family members go all out to make this week special for you. Your presence is the only thanks needed, Aquarius. A colleague achieves the impossible. Congratulate them.PiscesFebruary 19 March 20Cash flows increase considerably, giving you the funds you need to finish a project at home. Go ahead, Pisces, and bring in a pro. You wont regret it.AriesMarch 21 April 19Out with the old and in with the new, Aries. There is no time like the present to clear away the clutter and learn how to do more with less.TaurusApril 20 May 20Your calendar begins to open up, and thats fine by you, Taurus. You had more than your fair share of fun, and now its time to get back down to business.GeminiMay 21 June 21Hold on to your hat, Gemini. A blast from the past returns with surprises in tow for everyone. Mark the occasion with plenty of food and fun.CancerJune 22 July 22One celebration ends and another one begins. Play your cards right, Cancer, and you may have something worthwhile to celebrate. A relative needs your help.LeoJuly 23 August 22Youre inching closer to your dream, but youre not there yet. Dont give up, Leo. Plunge ahead and use every resource to make it happen. A memo sends a message.VirgoAugust 23 September 22At last, you complete your todo list and get ahead in several other areas of your life. Do something fun to celebrate, Virgo. Go dancing or see a movie.LibraSeptember 23 October 22The calm settles in after the storm. Take time out to smell the roses, Libra. A project at work wraps up just in time for another one to begin.ScorpioOctober 23 November 21Startling revelations at a holiday function put everyone on edge. Its up to you to work your magic and get the party back on track, Scorpio.SagittariusNovember 22 December 21A slip-up gets your heart pounding, but lucky for you, Sagittarius, few notice it or take you seriously. A junk find has serious hidden potential. Across1. "Not only that..." 5. Anatomical cavities 11. Bit of a draft 14. Cost of living? 15. Bad blood 16. Victorian, for one 17. Rude 19. Little bird 20. Wavelike design 21. "___ does it!" 22. "___ on Down the Road" 23. Temper, as metal 25. Iranian money 27. Welfare work (2 wds) 32. Container weight 33. Chest material 34. All there 38. Camelot, to Arthur 41. Arid 42. Nuclear weapon (2 wds) 44. Escape, in a way 46. Rubella (2 wds) 51. "Ditto" (2 wds) 52. Kind of seat 55. Bandy words 57. Come together 60. Nobleman 61. Moray, e.g. 62. Egg-laying subclass of Mammalia 64. "Silent" prez 65. Accumulation in the blood of nitrogenous waste products 66. Crude group? (acronym) 67. "Don't give up!" 68. Actor Depardieu 69. Medical advice, oftenDown1. ___ donna 2. Sprite flavor 3. Frees 4. Dorm room staple 5. ___ Tuesday (Mardi Gras) 6. "Don't bet ___!" (2 wds) 7. Hyperbolic sine, abbrev. 8. Maybelline mishaps 9. Mame, for one 10. "C'___ la vie!" 11. Reserved (2 wds) 12. Western blue flag, e.g. 13. Cracker spread 18. Change, chemically 22. Little people 24. Pinocchio, at times 26. Parenthesis, essentially 28. "___ we having fun yet?" 29. Car dealer's offering 30. "Wheels" 31. "... ___ he drove out of sight" 34. Decline 35. "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" librettist Burrows 36. Usually 37. Eurasian wheat 39. Grassland 40. Bungle, with "up" 43. Dracula, at times 45. Newbie, of sorts 47. "Enough already!" (2 wds) 48. Excessive complainer 49. Bewitch 50. Mexican shawl 53. Carries 54. Legislate 55. The Amish, e.g. 56. Brandy flavor 58. "Brave New World" drug 59. Ado 62. Kind of shot 63. "Awesome!" 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


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Find us on 120811 Photo by ANDREW COOPERAlbert (Jeremy Irvine) and his horse Joey are featured in this scene from DreamWorks Pictures' "War Horse," director Steven Spielberg's epic adventure and an unforgettable odyssey through courage, friendship, discovery and wonder.Angus MacFadyen and John Michael Higgins Director: Cameron Crowe Rated: PG This holiday season, acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe directs an amazing and true story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory. The Darkest HourGenre: Thriller, science fiction and action Cast: Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby, Joel Kinnaman and Rachael Taylor Director: Chris Gorak Rated: PG-13 This film opens Dec. 25. The Darkest Hour is the story of five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. War HorseGenre: Action, adventure and drama Cast: Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Niels Aresrup, David Kross, Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irvine Director: Steven Spielberg Rated: PG-13 This film opens Dec. 25. DreamWorks Pictures War Horse, director Steven Spielbergs epic adventure, is a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War. War Horse begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Mans Land. The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. War Horse is one of the great stories of friendship and war a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is currently on Broadway. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.In the Land of Blood and HoneyGenre: Drama and romance Cast: Rade Serbedzija, Goran Kostic and Zana Marjanovic Director: Angelina Jolie Rated: R In the Land of Blood and Honey is an upcoming film marking the directorial debut of actress Angelina Jolie. It is a love story set during the Bosnian War. The film was shot in October 2010 using local actors. It was also shot in two versions one in English, the other in the Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian language known as BCS. Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseGenre: Drama Cast: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, John Goodman, Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright Rated: PG-13 Adapted from the acclaimed bestseller by Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a story that unfolds from inside the young mind of Oskar Schell, an inventive 11-yearold New Yorker whose discovery of a key in his deceased fathers belongings sets him off on an urgent search across the city for the lock it will open. OPENING, from page 1B The Beacon. A tradition in your neighborhood.


4B Entertainment Beacon, December 22, 2011 Monday Dance 1:30-4:30pm Friday, Dec. 23, 7pm Chuck Cobb Saturday, Dec. 24, 7pm Karaoke Bill Friday Fish Fry 4:30 till 7:00pm $7.00 Fried, Blackened, Grilled with fries, slaw & dinner roll Lunch Tues.-Fri. 11:30am 2:30pm Wed. Special-Meatloaf Dinner-$5.50HAPPY HOLIDAYS from POST 252Sundays: River City Banjo Band, 7-9:30pm Legion Membership Required For AlcoholSaturday Christmas Dinner Dance, Donation: $13.00 Dinner 6:00-8:00pm Dance 7:30pm-10:30pm122211 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 The Comedy Hall Of FamePresents: *The Comedy Time-Tunnel*The most unusual entertainment available!A journey from Vaudeville to the early days of T.V. 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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. Bus Stop, by William Inge, presented by Francis Wilson Playhouse, Jan. 19-29, 2012, at the playhouse, 302 Seminole St. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults and $11 for students. Call 446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org. This 1956 Broadway hit tells the story of a misfit group stranded in an isolated western bus stop during a snowstorm. Marilyn Monroe embodied the role of Cherry in the Hollywood version of this comedy/drama. Lie, Cheat and Genuflect, by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, presented by Early Bird Dinner Theatre, Jan. 5 through Feb. 26, 2012, 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. The Buckle brothers, Billy and Tom, are in big trouble: Toms infallible eye for slow horses has drained away all of Billys savings and he has borrowed from loan shark Pizza Face Petrillo, who now wants his money back or else. Theres plenty of money in grandfather Buckles will, but these two black sheep are pretty sure theyll never see any of that. What else to do but dress Billy up as a nun and have him pose as their cousin who is to inherit the entire fortune? 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 own storied 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. Seconds from Broadway, by Neil Simon, presented by West Coast Players, Jan. 20 through Feb. 5, 2012, 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 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org. Simons clever wit is at work again in the dialogue among the characters who gather in the Polish Tea Room, 45 seconds from the heart of Broadway. These entertainment personalities offer a glimpse into those who have a connection, in one way or another, to one of the most famous areas of New York City.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 tree. 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 & 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. Annual All-Media Members Awards Art Show Jan. 2-31, at Stirling Art Studio and Gallery, 730 Broadway, second floor. The show is presented by The Exhibiting Society of Artists. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. Call 474-3386. Artists reception, Friday, Jan. 13, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Stirling Art Studio and Gallery, 730 Broadway, second floor. The reception, for TESAs annual All-Media Members Awards Art Show, will coincide with Dunedins Second Friday Wine and Art event. The reception will feature entertainment and refreshments. The public is welcome to attend. Call 474-3386. Downtown Dunedin Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Main Street in downtown Dunedin. Presented by Howard Alan Events, the show is free and open to the public. The countrys top artists will converge upon Main Street in Downtown Dunedin for a celebration of the arts. These talented artists, selected among hundreds of applicants, will be displaying their finest work including their newest creations. Attendees will have the opportunity to stroll through isles of unique, handmade art representing a broad range of artistic mediums. Largo 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 587-6715. Bill The Sauce Boss Wharton Friday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $23 in advance and $28 the day of the show. Call 587-6793. Wharton is known both for his smokin blues and his spicy gumbo. The Sauce Boss mixes his own Florida blues and hot sauce right into the gumbo on stage, and at the end of the show, everyone eats for free. Saturday Afternoon Movie Saturday, Jan. 7, 2 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be Toy Story 2. Call 587-6715. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. The featured entertainment will be The Knockouts presented by Tony Belmont. 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 LargoCom munityCenter.com. Elvis Birthday Bash, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Back by popular demand, attendees will celebrate the Kings birthday with a number of talented Elvis tribute artists as they shake, rattle and roll and provide a wonderful nostalgic afternoon of entertainment and fun. The show also will feature a complimentary birthday cake and photo opportunity. Monday Matinee, Monday, Jan. 9, 12:30 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be Body Heat. Call 587-6715. Saturday Afternoon Movie, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be Toy Story 3. Call 587-6715. The Nowhere Band Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Covering the full spectrum of The Beatles long and varied career, The Nowhere Band creates an unparalleled, entirely live reproduction of s Beatles performances, blending period costumes and authentic instruments with modern lighting and an abundantly talented quartet to create an experience any true Beatles fan simply cant afford to miss. A Night on the Town with the Rat Pack Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $32 in advance and $37 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. This tribute to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin will give attendees an opportunity to relive the swing, swagger and sophisticated fun of those ring-a-ding-ding days. The Rat Pack Trio has perfected the voices, the mannerisms and the banter that kept crowds enthralled until the wee hours of the morning back in the s. For todays theater-going audiences, theyre hip, cool as so very NOW. Appealing equally to folks who remember them from back in the day and to younger audiences who love the music of the era as sung by Michael Bubl and the booze and broads glamour and imagery of the era from TVs award-winning Mad Men. This top-notch tribute show has played to standing ovations at theaters across the country, selling out at Feinsteins at the Regency on Park Avenue in New York City and making it to the semi-finals of NBC hit show Americans Got Talent. Saturday Afternoon Movie, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be Winnie the Pooh. Call 587-6715. The Lettermen Sunday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $43 in advance and $48 the day of the show. Call 587-6793. One of the defining vocal groups of the s and members of The Vocal Group Hall of Fame, The Lettermen harmony is nonstop. From their first hit in 1961, The Way You Look Tonight, to Goin' Out of My Head, Can't Take My Eyes Off of You, Hurt So Bad, the sound is undeniably Lettermen. Monday Matinee, Monday, Jan. 23, 12:30 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be Apollo 13. Call 587-6715. Women Fully Clothed, Monday, Jan. 23, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $22. Call 587-6793. Part of the Largo Lions Spotlight Series, this show features four of Canadas most celebrated and talented comediennes, Robin Duke, Jayne Eastwood, Kathryn Greenwood and Teresa Pavlinek. The group tackles all sorts of topics from mother/daughter relationships to career responsibilities and the environment. These ladies stories and songs are guaranteed to have both men and women alike laughing with them. All proceeds from these events go directly to Lions volunteer projects, such as sight conservation, eye operation and glasses. Patsy Cline the Concert featuring CJ Harding, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $23 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Harding recreates the sentimental sound, style, mannerisms and personality of the legendary Patsy Cline. The Kingston Trio, Friday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $23 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. In 1957, The Kingston Trio emerged from San Francisco's club scene to take the country by storm, bringing the rich tradition of American folk music into the mainstream for the first time. Now the trio is bringing back all the great memories and making new ones. The trio is known for hits such as Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Tom Dooley and Goodnight Irene. Monday Matinee, Monday, Jan. 28, 12:30 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be Happy Feet. Call 587-6715. Music of the Night: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Songbook, presented by Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation; Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 29, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. A cast of Tampa Bay's best performers sing the tunes from Broadway's legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Accompanied by live musicians, the cast will sing and dance to notable tunes from The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Proceeds will benefit the Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. The featured entertainment will be a Valentine Spectacular with the Four Tune Nuts Barbershop Quartet. 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. Funny Girl, with book by Isobel Lannart, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, Feb. 24 through March 11, 2012, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eighto clocktheatre.com. Funny Girl is the semi-autobiographical tale of Fanny Brice's meteoric rise to fame and her stormy relationship with Nick Arnstein, a wealthy and charming gambler. From her start as a gawky Brooklyn teen fast-talking her way into show business to becoming the toast of New York to the unraveling of her personal life, Funny Girl is a stunning, richly told tour de force about one of Broadway's biggest stars. Kings of Country, Monday, Feb. 27, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $22. Call 5876793. Part of the Largo Lions Spotlight Series, the show will feature some of Americas top artists performing the music of Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. The show will feature great songs the artists made famous, such as She Believes in Me, Lady, Man in Black, Walk the Line, Always on My Mind and On the Road Again. All proceeds from these events go directly to Lions volunteer projects, such as sight conservation, eye operation and glasses. Pinellas Park Passengers, by Sam Bobrick, Jan. 12-29, 2012; at Venue Ensemble Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. A portion of ticket sales from each show is donated to a benefit organization. Call 822-6194 or visit www.venueactorstudio.org. Bobby Darin Tribute Concert Jan. 13-15, at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m. Cost is $18 through Jan. 6, $22 seniors 65 and older and $25 general admission. In an era of cool, Bobby Darin was the soundtrack. Darin was one of the most popular rock and roll teen idols of the late s, being one of the premier song stylists of the 1950s. His career took off in 1958 when he wrote and recorded Splish Splash. This song was an instant hit selling more than a million copies. In 1959, Darin recorded Dream Lover, a ballad that became a multi-million seller with many more hits to follow. The Legendary Bobby Darin also features rare video footage and interviews of Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee. Call 541-0895. A Night at the Oscars, presented by Sunsation Show Chorus, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, 3 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N. Cost is $15. Call 541-4501 or visit www.sunsationshowchorus.com. The production will feature some of the greatest movie music that made it to the Oscars performed by the Sunsation Show Chorus. Rena Massey will provide piano accompaniment. The Love List, by Norm Foster, Feb. 16 through March 4, 2012; at Venue Ensemble Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. A portion of ticket sales from each show is donated to a benefit organization. Call 822-6194 or visit www.venueactorstudio.org. The 22nd annual Country in the Park, Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at England Brothers Park, 2010 81st Ave. N. Admission is free. The city of Pinellas Parks annual festival and trade show will feature musical performances by nationally-known and local musicians, arts and crafts show, pony rides, car show and childrens activities. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees may bring a lawn chair. Coolers will not be permitted. Call Joel Garren at 541-0805, ext. 3076 or email jgarren@pinellas-park.com. The Property Known as Garland, by Billy Van Zandt, March 22 through April 1, 2012; at Venue Ensemble Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. A portion of ticket sales from each show is donated to a benefit organization. Call 822-6194 or visit www.venueac torstudio.org. Do You Remember Radio?, April 12-22, 2012; at Venue Ensemble Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. A portion of ticket sales from each show is donated to a benefit organization. Call 822-6194 or visit www.venueactorstudio.org. Put on a Happy Face, presented by Sunsation Show Chorus, Sunday, April 15, 3 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N. Cost is $15. Call 541-4501 or visit www.sunsation showchorus.com. Sunsation Show Chorus carefully selected only uplifting, joyful music for this production no frowns allowed. The happy tunes will be supplied by the chorus and specialty soloists. Rena Massey will provide piano accompaniment. St. Petersburg An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde, presented by American Stage Theatre Company, through Dec. 24, in the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org. In An Ideal Husband, fate catches up to Government Minister Sir Robert Chiltern when a mysterious woman produces a letter which reveals a past misdeed and a choice must be made between public scandal and the private shame of his wife. This work is a perfect mix of Wilde wit and intrigue and resonates amazingly with our modern point and click scandal of the moment culture. 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Now more popular than ever, Mason combines pungent political satire, insightful observations on the foibles of modern life and impeccable timing to create material that leaves audiences laughing until they cry and critics raving show after show. Greg Proops improv master, will appear Friday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m., at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. Tickets are $35 plus service charge. Call 367-4511 or visit the clubti.com. Proops is best known for his participation in the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway. He also has appeared on Drew Careys Green Screen Show and Drew Careys Improv-A-Ganza. He has established himself as a lightning-witted comedic sharpshooter. In addition to improv, Proops also has lent his voice to a number of films and television shows such as Tim Burtons The Nightmare before Christmas, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Bob the Builder and Nickelodeons True Jackson, VP. Described as unpredictable and utterly unorthodox, Proops will bring his show off his improv skills in the clubs intimate setting for one night only. Rodney Carrington will perform Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $33 to $53. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheck erdhall.com. A multitalented comedian, actor, and writer, Carrington has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over two million copies. Two of these albums have been certified gold by the RIAA. He also starred in his own TV sitcom, Rodney, which ran for two seasons on ABC. He co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film Beer for My Horses. According to Pollstar, Rodney was the fourth highest grossing touring comedian in 2009. He regularly performs to sold out crowds across the United States and Canada. John Leguizamo will bring his Ghetto Klown show to the area Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall at The David A Straz Jr. Center. Tickets start at $32.50. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcen ter.org. Leguizamo conceived of and performs Ghetto Klown, the next chapter in his popular personal and professional story. It is his fifth oneman play, his third on Broadway, and follows in the uninhibited tradition of his Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak, and Sexaholix a Love Story. In Leguizamos trademark style, the piece explodes with energy, heating up the stage with vivid accounts of the colorful characters that have populated his life. He takes audiences from his adolescent memories in Queens to the early days of his acting career and on to the sets of major motion pictures and his roles opposite some of Hollywoods biggest stars. Leguizamo has been recognized with an Emmy Award as well as an Obie Award. Ghetto Klown is all the things I say to my therapist and my manager, but would never want the general public to know, Leguizamo says in a press release promoting the show. Its cheaper than a lawsuit and I get to take a bow at the end. Its like Wikileaks but with no international manhunt. Yet. Bob Newhart will make a stop in Pinellas on Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $35.50 to $70. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Newharts career has spanned two successful television shows and 14 feature films. He has sold millions of albums worldwide and stillPhoto courtesy of WILLIAM MORRIS ENDEAVOR ENTERTAINMENT LLC.Penn & Teller perform Feb. 10 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.performs to sell-out crowds all over the country. Fans flock to Newharts live performances to hear such standards as The Driving Instructor, Sir Walter Raleigh and The Submarine Commander. These timeless classics are enjoyed by young and old alike in sold-out concert halls across America. Joining Newhart will be accomplished film and stage actor, recording artist, radio personality and author Deana Martin, who carries on the legacy of her famous Rat Pack father, Dean Martin. Capitol Theatre Howie Mandel, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m. Jackie Mason, Saturday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m. Christine Lavin, Sunday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Capitol Theatre is at 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.The Club at Treasure Island Greg Proops, Friday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island is at 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. Call 367-4511 or visit www.theclubti.com.The Mahaffey Colin Quinn, Friday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m. Ron White: Moral Compas Tour; Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Penn & Teller, Friday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Jay Mohr, Thursday, March 15, 8 p.m. The Mahaffey is at 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com.Ruth Eckerd Hall Jim Stafford, Sunday, Jan. 8, 1 p.m. Tim Conway and Friends, Saturday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m. Rodney Carrington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. Vicki Lawrence and Mama, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m. Bob Newhart and Deana Martin, Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m. Martin Short, Thursday, March 29, 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall is at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.Snappers Grill and Comedy Club Danny Johnson, Jan. 6-7. Show times vary. Ron Feingold, Jan. 13-14. Show times vary. Michael Winslow, Jan. 20-21. Show times vary. Rich Vos, Jan. 27-28. Show times vary. Snappers Grill and Comedy Club is at 36657 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor. Call 938-2027 or visit www.snappersgrille.com.Tampa Improv Kevin Hart, Jan. 5-7. Show times vary. Alex Scott, Wednesday, Jan. 11. 8 p.m. Tampa Improv is at 1600 E. Eighth Ave., No. C112, Tampa. Call 813-864-4000 or visit www.improvtampa.com.


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