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VIEWPOINTSMary SanchezColumnist says jobs is the biggest challenge for 2012. ... Page 15A. Features Business . . . . . . . . .12-13A Classieds . . . . . . . . .6-9B Community . . . . . . . . .11A County . . . . . . . . . . .2-5A Entertainment . . . . . . .1, 3-5B Faith & family . . . . . . . .17A Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Outdoors . . . . . . . . . .14A Pets connection . . . . . . . .10A Police beat . . . . . . . . . .5A Sports . . . . . . . . . . .16A The beaches . . . . . . . . .8-9A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .15A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising COUNTYHistorical Society presents seriesThe Pinellas County Historical Society is sponsoring Pinellas by the Decades: A Centennial Celebration Speaking of History lecture series on second Sundays, 2 p.m., at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N. This month Pinellas County is celebrating 100 years of independence from Hillsborough County. As part of the centennial activities, the Pinellas County Historical Society is presenting an engaging, ongoing series of multidisciplinary lectures. ... Page 3A.POLICEMan charged with bank heistsPinellas County Sheriffs detectives arrested a 49-year-old St. Petersburg man Jan. 5 and charged him with the Jan. 4 robbery of the Cornerstone Bank, 7800 Seminole Blvd., and the Dec. 5 robbery of the Achieva Federal Credit Union in Largo. ... Page 5A.THE BEACHESOpposition raised to street mediansA former town commissioner expressed concerns to the Redington Beach Town Commission Jan. 3 about proposed pedestrian medians along Gulf Boulevard. ... Page 6A.Treasure Island eyes beach event The Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce is seeking city approval for a sand sculpting event on the beach in conjunction with the Republican National Convention in Tampa. The event would take place Aug. 24 to Sept. 2 behind Gulf Front Park next to the Bilmar Beach Resort and is projected to draw between 5,000 and 8,000 people per day. ... Page 8A. BUSINESSMinich to present marketing updateD.T. Minich of the Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Convention and Visitors Bureau will present an update on the countys marketing efforts at a Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce Learn at Lunch session Thursday, Jan. 26, 11:30 a.m., at the Don CeSar Beach House, 3860 Gulf Blvd. ... Page 12A.SPC plans series of forums on energyAlso this weekend, blues great Gregg Allman performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall ... See page 1B.Voxare String Quartet brings unique show to Capitol Theatre Volume XXXIII,No. 40 January 12, 2012 www.TBNweekly.com 010512727-725-1052 2547 Countryside Blvd. #5 www.CustomHairTampa.com Get a new look for the New Year!$50 OFF Any New WigCustom Hair & Wigs 13611 Park Blvd. Suite G, Seminole 369-8299010512Nadia ONeal, D.D.S., P.A.See our ad on Page 3 Where your changes your life. 122911 Sheriff: Prescription drug abuse has to be a local priority Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY SHERIFFs OFFICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says prescription drug abuse permeates our culture and it adversely affects peoples lives every day, either directly or indirectly.Editors note: This is the second segment of a three-part series on efforts to curtail prescription drug abuse in the county. The third and final part will be published next week. By SUZETTE PORTERLARGO The problem of prescription drug abuse is unlike any drug problem law enforcement has ever encountered. It is countywide and knows no boundaries. Its the most serious public safety issue and concern that we face as a community, says Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. Prescription drug abuse is a problem with no socio or economic boundaries. It affects people of all races and genders. Prescription drug abuse permeates our culture, Gualtieri said, and it adversely affects peoples lives every day either directly or indirectly. Addiction to prescription drugs, primarily pain medications, is responsible for an increase in a variety of problems mental health issues, domestic violence, thefts, burglaries, suicides and deaths. In 2010, Pinellas County was No. 1 in the state for the number of deaths due to an overdose from prescription drugs. The county also is No. 1 in the number of babies born with an addiction to opiates. Gualtieri worked narcotics at the Sheriffs Office from 1984-1998. Back then, the big problem was cocaine and crack cocaine. It was a different situation with people making a conscious decision to use an illegal drug. Today, law enforcement is dealing with what Gualtieri describes as unintended addicts: People who are prescribed pain medication by their doctor after an injury and become dependent before they realize what is happening to them. And, unlike cocaine addicts, who have to find a dealer or become part of the party crowd, access to prescription drugs is easy all you have to do is go to the local pharmacy. People addicted to pain medications, who can no longer get prescriptions from their doctor, actually have several ways to get their fix, Gualtieri said. They can go to a pill mill. They can go doctor shopping. They can use fraudulent or forged prescriptions. And if all else fails, they can steal, he said.Supply and demandGualtieri said pill mills are nothing more than a place where drug dealers in white coats set up shop and sell prescriptions for 250 to 300 pills at a time. Its a profitable business for the clinics and drug See GUALTIERI, page 4ATreasure Island detective blames doctors By BOB McCLURETREASURE ISLAND Police in Treasure Island arent immune from investigations involving prescription drugs. For a city with less than 8,000 residents, only one drug store and one licensed physician, the numbers are a bit staggering. According to Treasure Island Police Detective Trent Taylor, his office investigates two to three deaths per month related to drug overdoses and most of those cases are tied to illegal prescription drugs. Taylor blames the abuse of oxycodone, hydrocodone and other morphine derivatives on overprescribing by doctors. It (oxycodone) is supposed to be used for lifethreatening injuries, Taylor said. Some doctors prescribe it for a tweak in a knee. Its irresponsible. We need more laws to hold doctors accountable. Taylor said the state needs higher standards from medical boards regarding doctors, as well as better education and awareness for the public. You can become addicted to this stuff as early as three days, he said. Some people cant control themselves. As an example, Taylor tells the story of an attorney who lived in Sunset Beach and became addicted to oxycodone about 2 1/2 years ago. He lost his job, business and everything, he said. Then his home went into foreclosure and we ultimately found him dead in his home. Taylor said the most common investigation he sees involves doctor shopping the practice of seeing multiple physicians within a short period and not telling them about a previous prescription for the same controlled substance. Were seeing more and more fraudulent thefts being reported (by holders of prescriptions), he said. Then they try to get refills from their doctor. See LOCAL POLICE, page 4AUpward bound Above: Shawn Dubois of Palm Harbor demonstrates the maneuverability of his AJ Slick remote controlled airplane during a recent flight at the Largo Flying Club, located at 901 Eighth Ave. Left: A Foamy flies upside down. The club is open seven days a week and visitors are welcome.Photos by JIM LAYFIELDSVEC makes plans for 50th anniversarySEMINOLE Seminole Vocational Education Center, also known as the Ag Farm, plans a reunion Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Anyone who attended or worked at SVEC at any time during the past 50 years is invited. The public is also welcome. Instructors will be on hand to answer questions and classrooms will be available to tour. Video diary booths will be set up to record comments and well wishes. Hay rides and games will be going on throughout the day, as well as live music and a performance by The Voices of Jazz, a 22-piece swing band. Jotos Pizza, Moes Southwestern Grill and the Kiwanis Club of Seminole will provide food. The school dates back to 1961 when Seminole resident Bill Moore enacted a vision for agriculture education in Pinellas County by leasing one acre of property and helping found what would eventually become SVEC. Originally made up of nothing more than wilderness and pine scrubs, students and teachers were instrumental in helping clear the land and build the labs, classrooms and shops. Opening in 1961, the Ag Farm as it was then named, was attended by students from Largo and Seminole high schools. Even in its infancy, the Ag Farm was committed to more than agriculture. It wasnt long before the dedicated staff and their approximately 60 students had built a poultry house, a beef cattle barn, a large main building with two classrooms, a workshop and more. Land was cleared for vegetable farming and citrus and a pond was stocked with bass and a brim. Veterinary science courses were offered which gave students real-world experience raising horses, steers, goats, pigs and other livestock. Jesse Johnson, a prominent Seminole nursery operator, was not only influential in enlisting community support but also gave freely of his time and resources to helping the center prosper. Ambition in fact was a characteristic of all persons involved with the Ag Farm. Students in the Future Farmers of America organization were quick to earn recognition from the state. In 1964, FFA adviser Fred Body traveled with his officers to the annual state meeting and among his delegation was a young lady named Hadi Belle Timberlake, the first female member of SVECs FFA. Never before had there been a female in the Florida organization. The schools name was first changed to the Pinellas Vocational Agriculture Center and today is Seminole Vocational Education Center. For information, call 545-6405 or visit www.mysvec.com.First one deals with nuclear energy ... 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The first forum in the series, focusing on the future of nuclear energy, is planned Wednesday, Jan. 11, 6 to 8 p.m., in the Digitorium at the SPC Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N. The forum is titled Our Energy Future: Are Nukes Still Viable, and Do Lawmakers Get It on Energy? It is presented by SPCs Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions and co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, WUSF Public Media, Natures Food Patch and Covanta Energy. Is there a future for nuclear energy? Nukes have been the focus of heated debate over safety, cost and citing concerns since their inception. That debate got much hotter after the March tsunami in Japan caused the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Since then, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and Italy have announced plans to phase out nuclear plants. Not in Florida. The states two largest utilities are seeking permits to add nuclear capacity even as the debate rages over cost and need factors and the perennial concern for safety. Consumer advocates take issue with a state law that allows utilities to charge customers in advance for plants that are years down the road. They also question the need for new plants while per capita energy use is declining. The industry defends its safety record, efficiency factor, and non-polluting benefits. Debating these and other issues at the forum will be: Ellen Vancko, nuclear energy and climate change project manager, Union of Concerned Scientists. J.R. Kelly, public counsel, State of Florida. Jerry Paul, nuclear engineer and former member, U.S. Department of Energys Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee. Ivan Penn, staff writer for the St. Petersburg Times, who has written extensively about nuclear energy issues involving Florida utilities. The second forum in the series, scheduled in March, will focus on renewable energy and conservation efforts. The third, in April, will assess energy policy from the 2012 session of the Florida Legislature. The program is free, but advance registration is requested. To register, email spcollege.edu/solutions and click on Upcoming Programs. For more information, call 394-6933.Around Pinellas Citizens show interest in Biltmore debateBELLEAIR Even though the matter of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel was not on the agenda at Tuesday nights Town Commission meeting, that didnt stop residents from taking to the podium and offering their opinion. Those who spoke were, for the most part, against any move by the owners to demolish the resort and build townhouses on the site. Resident Virginia Donahue began by saying the Biltmore was becoming a thorn in everybodys side. Whatever happens, how are they going to remove debris from the site? she asked. Has anyone thought of that? Are they going to take it out on barges or by truck? I wonder if anybody has thought of the mess. Im glad Im not living in the RPD. Next up was Rae Claire Johnson who wondered if Mayor Gary Katica was dealing with the Biltmore out of the sunshine given that he was quoted as saying most of the commissioners are resigned to the fact that the Biltmore will be demolished. Dont go down that road, Katica said. My comments were based on just hearing sentiments expressed around this table at public meetings. Johnson then accused the mayor of encouraging the residents of the RPD to circulate a petition supporting the demolition of the Biltmore. Katica again denied it saying, Some people from the RPD came to me and asked about a petition. I told them to do what they wanted; it had nothing to do with me. Finally, resident Carman Hayes told the commission she was concerned about what she has been reading in the papers about the proposed townhouse development for the Biltmore property. I can tell you town homes are not feasible, she said. People cant get mortgages and money and nothing will be finished. Once zoning is secured who knows what will be thrown up there. The commission should study the real estate market before approving anything. There was no discussion or debate on the subject other than a hint of what might come from the commission itself. Commissioner Kevin Piccarreto, saying he has learned to hold his tongue on sensitive matters, said, The mayor doesnt speak for everybody on this subject. I was surprised to read his remarks, but I have learned caution and to bite my tongue. There could be some lively debate on the subject when it will be officially on the agenda at the next commission meeting Tuesday, Jan. 17. Brian GoffLargo officials may get flexibility to annex enclavesLARGO City commissioners took action Jan. 3 that may eventually allow properties in certain unincorporated areas that are not contiguous to the city to be annexed. If negotiations are successful, properties that are located in designated enclaves in unincorporated areas could be annexed voluntarily in other words, with the owners consent. An enclave is a territory whose geographical boundaries lie entirely within the boundaries of another territory. In 2006 the Florida Legislature adopted a provision in state laws as an alternative to existing annexation procedures through the Interlocal Service Boundary Agreement Act, which is intended to encourage local governments to jointly address potential issues associated with annexation. County commissioners Dec. 6 approved a resolution to initiate the negotiation process pertaining to a proposed interlocal agreement and the geographical areas to be included in the discussions. Given the highly urban character of Pinellas County, a more flexible process providing for municipalities to voluntary annex noncontiguous property within an enclave is appropriate and desirable within Pinellas County, the countys resolution says. The process strives to encourage intergovernmental coordination in planning and providing for services. It also is designed to reduce conflicts and litigation between governments. Under state law city commissioners are required to pass a resolution in response to the countys if they plan to proceed with negotiations. This proposed interlocal agreement would allow the city to go ahead and annex noncontiguous properties in order to close up those enclaves more quickly, said Community Development Director Carol Stricklin. Its exciting that we are going to sit down and talk about it anyway, Mayor Pat Gerard said. The commission voted 7-0 to approve the resolution. In other matters, commissioners agreed to apply for a federal Highway Administration grant of up to $3.1 million for four city projects. The state Department of Transportation is accepting projects for review on the statewide priority list as part of the application process. If the projects are selected, the availability of 80 percent funding would allow the city to accelerate the project schedules currently in the citys capital improvements program, city officials said. The four projects are improvements along the Rosery Road corridor, downtown transportation improvements along West and East Bay drives, the citywide sidewalks initiative and the Trotter Road project. City officials say that the intersection of West Bay Drive and Missouri Avenue is the highest ranked intersection safety improvement needed. The project includes the reconstruction of the intersection and approaches to include refuge islands, pedestrian crossings and warning signals and high visibility crosswalks on the north, south and east legs of the intersection. The citys sidewalk initiative implements strategic plan goals by connecting schools, neighborhoods, parks and civic attractions through a network of community streets. An analysis, scheduled to begin in the next 60 days, will include a prioritized project list. The Trotter Road project includes the installation of stormwater inlets and pipes along both sides of the road and the redesign of the road to include sidewalks, bike lanes, new pavement cross-sections and tree plantings. The Rosery Road Corridor advances objectives of community streets and parks, trails and greenways principles in city plans. Currently, $29 million is available for projects nationwide. Tom Germond
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Local relief, recovery and reform efforts did take place, along with a war declared on mosquitoes and plans for an international war also declared by the end of the 1930s. As developers reshaped the beach communities, agricultural development flourished in the largely rural areas north of St. Petersburg. On Sunday, Feb. 12, the lecture will be Distant war clouds, with clearing paths for development ahead. This lecture will cover the period 1942 to 1951. Although wartime tourism languished, frenzied activity covered Pinellas County during World War II. With the Maritime Service Training Station at Bayboro Harbor, Pinellas Army Airfield and the test site for the Roebling Alligator in and around Dunedin, Pinellas contributed to the fight against foreign fascism. Many young recruits of the U.S. Army Air Corps trained in the area. With the wars end in 1945, Pinellas Countys population expanded into new areas once occupied by citrus groves. The lectures are free but donations are encouraged. Donations support Heritage Village operations. Other upcoming Heritage Village events include: Historical writing workshop Friday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Award-winning author Angela T. Pisaturo returns to Heritage Village. This three-hour workshop is unique and covers aspects of writing historical novels, from research to setting the scene. Cost is $15 for adults and $13 for Pinellas County Historical Society members. Extensive handouts are provided. Advance registration is recommended. Call 582-2233 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/her itage. Pinellas Folk Festival Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dozens of the Tampa Bay areas premier folk musicians will be playing traditional folk, gospel, country and bluegrass music. There will be historical demonstrations, old-time games, storytelling, traditional craft demonstrations, fleece-toshawl activities and antique cars. The event is free to children 11 and younger. A minimum donation of $5 per adult is suggested. Shuttles to the event entrance will be located from the free parking area on 119th Street between Ulmerton and Walsingham roads. Handicapped parking and drop-off will be at 11211 Walsingham Road. Call 582-2123 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/heritage. Volunteer orientation Saturday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to noon. Attendees will discover fun ways to get involved at Heritage Village during this volunteer orientation. Volunteers can serve as a tour guide, museum greeter, historical house caretaker, receptionist, maintenance worker or grounds assistant. Call 582-2125 or email heritagevillage@pinellas county.org. Lighting the way Photo courtesy of JACK RIMKUSA lighted sky to the west silhouettes a line of holiday luminaries Dec. 24 along 115th Avenue in the Isle of Palms, Treasure Island. The luminaries are an annual tradition in the neighborhood.Here and there Social Security income seminar setCLEARWATER An informational seminar on how to get the most out of Social Security income is set for Wednesday, Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Recreation Center, 69 Bay Esplanade in Clearwater Beach. To RSVP, call 813-829-8472 and leave your name, the number of people in the party and which date you will be attending, or email info@p3finan cial.com.Miniature art show slatedDUNEDIN The Miniature Art Society of Floridas annual competition opens for exhibit at the Dunedin Fine Art Center on Sunday, Jan. 15 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 5. About 800 works of art will be shown, in addition to the societys permanent collection of more than 100 miniatures. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., at 1143 Michigan Blvd. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors age 65 and older, and youth ages 6 to 18 are $4. DFAC and MASF members and children age 5 and younger are free. Call 298-DFAC or visit www.dfac.org.Author talk plannedCLEARWATER Author Tim Dorsey will visit the Countryside Library for a book signing and lecture on Saturday, Jan. 29, 3 p.m., at 2741 S.R. 580. He is promoting his new novel, Pineapple Grenade. Dorsey moved to Florida at an early age, and in 1987 became a reporter for the Tampa Tribune. In 1999, he quit the paper to write full-time. He currently lives in Tampa with his wife and two daughters. All his novels feature anti-hero and main character, Serge Storms, who, in Pineapple Grenade, tries being a spy in Miami.Colonial Dames to meetDUNEDIN The Berkeley Plantation Chapter of National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century will hold its meeting on Friday, Jan. 13, noon, at Kally Ks Steakery Fishery, 1600 Main St. Member Devens Rose will speak on DNA in genealogy. 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4A Beacon, January 12, 2012dealers. Drug dealers purchase fake MRIs and use them to obtain prescriptions from pill mills or via doctor shopping. Then they sell the pills for a huge profit. Generic oxycodone sells for $1 a pill at the local pharmacy. The street price is $17 a pill and upwards to $30 a pill in other states, such as Kentucky. Some dealers even hire runners, Gualtieri said. Runners are people recruited to help get prescriptions. Dealers drive their runners to a doctors office where they each get a prescription for 250 pills or so. Then they go to a pharmacy, which in some cases may be located across the street from the doctor. Some of these pharmacies may even be in cahoots with the pill mill, Gualtieri said. The runners are paid money or a portion of the pills. The dealer ends up with thousands of pills to sell on the streets. People traveling to Pinellas from other states to buy pills add to the problem, Gualtieri said, and it causes a big crime issue. He said outof-town guests looking for pills check into a motel for two to three days and then visit doctors and clinics to get as many pills as they can to take back home to sell for $30 each. Its big business, he said. Gualtieri said it is difficult to shut down pill mills because law enforcement has to prove that the doctor is operating outside the standard of care and are not practicing medicine at all. You cant prosecute bad doctors without proving they committed a crime and thats hard to prove, he said. He said another doctor has to review the cases to determine if medications were prescribed without a medical reason. It is difficult to get a doctor to testify against another doctor. Gualtieri said sometimes even when a doctor questions another doctors methods that doesnt prove they did anything wrong. It could just be a difference of opinion and not something criminal. He said the same goes for pharmacies, which must adhere to Health Department regulations. Its a matter of proving pharmacists knew they were filling a fraudulent prescription, which Gualtieri said is next to impossible. Doctor shopping is another method used to get pills. Gualtieri said people go to a legitimate doctor, tell them their complaints, and get a prescription for pain medication. Three days later, they go to another doctor and dont talk about the first. Some people have been known to go to as many as four different doctors within five days time. Others participate in the buying and selling of fraudulent prescriptions, which they take to a legitimate pharmacy to have filled. And if that doesnt work, they resort to theft and burglary. Its the perfect storm, Gualtieri said. It has to be a priority from an enforcement standpoint.Working on the problemThe Sheriffs Office launched a Narcotics Strategic Diversion Unit in 2009. Diversion refers to legal prescription medicine that is redirected for illegal purposes. We saw the problem here (at the Sheriffs Office) before everyone knew there was a problem, Gualtieri said. So, he met with local law enforcement agencies St. Petersburg, Largo, Clearwater and others and asked them to join the diversion unit. He used to have only two detectives working on the problem; now has about 17 people. He said the unit also works with Pasco and Hillsborough counties when needed. The diversion unit provides proactive enforcement twice a month at specific locations in the county and again once a month countywide. Gualtieri said the operations target the consumers as well as the dealers. He said targeting consumers of the drugs helps provide a deterrent and allows law enforcement a chance to encourage them to get help. Pinellas County commissioners established a moratorium on new pain clinics in May 2010. The ordinance also requires clinics to register with the county and pay a fee, among other requirements. Commissioners revised the pain management ordinance in November 2011, changing the language to include high prescribing clinics those that write more than 34 prescriptions a day for specified classes of narcotics. Gualtieri said clinics had been circumventing the law by changing their name from a pain management clinic to a weight loss clinic or something else. The moratorium is helping with enforcement simply because it prevents new clinics from opening. And it makes it easier to shut down pill mills that havent followed the countys rules. But, it also adds to what Gualtieri describes as the balloon effect. He said if law enforcement cracks down on one method people use to get their pills, they just find another way. If law enforcement cracks down on pill mills and doctor shopping, the use of fraudulent prescriptions goes up. If they crack down on the doctor shopping and prescription fraud, theres an increase in theft and burglary.More help needed to solve the problemGualtieri encourages the public to help by being aware and looking for signs of illegal activities to help them out. People who see activities that may be an indicator of illegal prescription drug use should call the Sheriffs Office at 582-6200. Prescription drug addiction affects people of all ages from teenagers to senior citizens in their 80s. Gualtieri said when these addicts get the craving theyre willing to do whatever it takes to get their medicine, which is a big problem for law enforcement. These people come from all walks of life. Its not just a certain element in the community, he said. Kids are especially vulnerable. In the past when teenagers began to experiment with wine and beer and then illegal drugs, they had to make a choice to make that clandestine buy. Today, they just go to the medicine cabinet in their own home. There may be no organized drug buy involved, he said. Operation Medicine Cabinet aims at preventing easy access to drugs in the home. Oftentimes, people are prescribed pain medications and they dont take them all. They then sit in their medicine cabinet, providing easy access to children or other people who might come into the home. Operation Medicine Cabinet provides a safe, easy way for people to dispose of old, unused or unwanted medications no questions asked. The program has been so successful since its launch in 2009 that the Sheriffs Office opened two permanent locations. Drop-off containers are located in the lobbies of the Sheriffs Administration Building, 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo, and the North District Station, 737 Louden Ave. in Dunedin. A desk deputy is available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week to assist residents to dispose of their prescription drugs. Pet medications also are accepted. Gualtieri stresses that law enforcement cannot solve the problem. Were just slapping on a Band-Aid, reacting to crimes, he said. Education, prevention and treatment are the key to reducing the problem to a more manageable level. He said organizations such as Operation PAR and the local NOPE chapter, which has a solid program from kids in middle school and high school, are making a difference. We will not solve the problem by putting people in jail, he said. We deal with the consequences of an addiction problem. We dont deal with the root of the problem. GUALTIERI, from page 1AIf the information is not verifiable, we dont take the report. Its a judgment call by the officer, said Taylor. If (the victim) insists we take a report, we investigate the person and 90 percent of the time theyre in violation of the law for doctor shopping. Another recent case involved a Sunset Beach resident who reported a home invasion/robbery with only prescription medications stolen. Taylor said TIPD conducted an investigation and found the victim was actually doctor shopping for additional oxycodone. We later discovered he was using 14 providers in 12 pharmacies, Taylor said. We charged this person with 12 counts of doctor shopping and 12 counts of trafficking. He served six months and is on probation now. In another recent case, TIPD investigated the theft of a prescription medication during an auto burglary. Aspects of the case didnt seem right, Taylor said. Further investigation revealed multiple counts of doctor shopping and trafficking on the part of the auto owner. Cases such as this are becoming more frequent. We do pharmacy checks on about three people per week, Taylor said, but we usually turn those over to the Sheriffs Office because they involve violations all over the county. Taylor said the recent implementation of the states prescription drug monitoring program would be beneficial in the prevention of doctor shopping. State officials say the PDMP will allow physicians to determine if their patient is doctor shopping because the database will show recent prescriptions a person has obtained. Another new law that went into effect Oct. 1 includes a limitation on refills to a 72to 96-hour supply with no insurance. Another law, Taylor said, requires a licensed physician to be on site at all times at pain clinics, as opposed to previous years when clinics needed only an affiliation with a doctor. As an added incentive to keep unused or expired prescriptions drugs off the street, TIPD has a drop box in its lobby, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. TIPD does not accept liquids, needles or medical devices. But it still manages to collect 40 to 50 pounds of medications per month, which are turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for disposal. Other local law enforcement agencies reported numerous sad stories about prescription drug abuse. Among other resources, they say, the states drug monitoring program will be an effective tool in helping police combat the program.Pinellas ParkPINELLAS PARK Undercover Detective Barry Touart has had a front row seat to prescription drug trafficking in Pinellas Park. And it aint pretty. Theyre hiding these pills in places that you will not believe, he said. That to me was a shock: theres no shame. Theres no selfvalue. They let everything go so bad; its sad. Touart is fairly new as a detective, having joined the Pinellas Park Police Department three years ago. As a member of the vice and narcotics unit, his caseload can include prostitution, gambling, alcohol and any sort of drug. But these days, the unit tends to focus on prescription drugs. For us, it could be a full time job. You could just make any one of our jobs nothing but pills, Touart said. I dont know why or how it got so bad. The drug itself must be great (to) being so powerful and so possessive of them. And its not just the narcotics unit that is involved in combating the problem. The entire department is dealing with its effects, said Sgt. Tony Motley, who works with the criminal investigations unit, dealing with crimes against property and against people. Part of the problem is the accessibility of prescription drugs, a problem confounded by the fact that its so easy to doctor shop in Florida and obtain more prescription drugs than a patient should need, Touart said. Anybody with normal back problems can probably go in there and get them. Its just a matter of seeing the right doctor, he said. As a rule, prescription drugs are expensive. So addicts sometimes get what are called sponsors, someone who will front the $400 price tag for a bottle of pills, Touart said. In exchange for doctor shopping and filling the prescriptions at different pharmacies across the tri-county area, the addict gets to keep half of the pills for himself. The sponsor sells the other half at $20 to $30 a piece. After working his beat for several years, Touart said he knows which doctors are shady, just by recognizing the names that come up over and over, associated with too many patients caught with too many pills. By now, he has their cellphone numbers. In trying to track down the medical doctors involved in the illegal distribution of pills, Touart has noticed some trends. Most are very transient, moving their practices around often. Many were trained out of the country, but some received their medical doctorates atDoctors raise concerns over laws prohibiting prescription drugs By TOM GERMONDMedical professionals and their associations in Florida recognize the need to shut down pill mills and take action against unscrupulous doctors, but they also have concerns about laws and regulations that prohibit the use of prescription drugs when there is a legitimate need for them. Everyone is very cognizant of the problem, said Anissa Raiford, executive director of the Pinellas County Medical Association. Its beyond an epidemic. Of the 2,800 licensed physicians in Pinellas County, less than 1 percent operate pill mills, she said. I dont want them in Pinellas County, she said. If I get wind of them doing anything, I call [the Sheriffs Office]. Doctors have spoken to county commissioners in favor of a county moratorium on new pain clinics, but they also have expressed concerns about actions that will make it difficult for people with legitimate needs to get help. Some of the regulations pertaining to the doctors abilities to prescribe certain drugs are just absolutely insane, Raiford said. She said she was familiar with a case that involved a 70-year-old women who had been prescribed drugs for 20 years to help treat her restless legs syndrome. The woman was recently told she couldnt get the drug anymore. Another case involved a women who suffered from severe migrane headaches to the point that they were incapacitating her. And your doctor is saying hes not going to treat that? Raiford said. The Florida Medical Association has been an advocate of legislation and other efforts to crack down on pill mills, according to information on the associations website. The Florida Medical Association is appalled by the unscrupulous and deadly pill mill clinics, the vast majority of which are not owned by physicians. We are also saddened by and extremely concerned about the growing number of tragic deaths that continue to occur as a result of these clinics, said James B. Dolan, who was then the Florida Medical Associations president, in 2010. He took issue with any perception that the doctors arent policing their profession. To suggest that Floridas physicians are not doing enough to police their own not only misses the mark; it is blatantly untrue. Unlike the Florida Bar, the FMA does not have the authority to penalize or otherwise discipline physicians. That authority rests with the Board of Medicine, Dolan said. We look forward to continuing to work with the Florida Legislature and the Department of Health to assist local governments as they shut these clinics down, once and for all, he said.The prescription drug epidemic Photo courtesy of PCSOThis new drop-off box set up in the lobby of the Sheriffs Administration Building in Largo and a similar one at the Treasure Island Police Department is available for citizens to drop off unused and expired prescription drugs and animal medications.Florida universities. It just depends when they get a taste of the money, when they get the 70 grand, allegedly, that they clear a month, thats a lot of money, Touart said. Theres so much money involved, theyre willing to put their doctors licenses on the line, Forseth added. But in general, its very difficult to dole out any consequences to the doctors behind alleged pill mills. Back in April, Dr. Jacinta Gillis whose practice, the Dollar Medical Clinic, had a location in Pinellas Park was arrested in Lee County for racketeering, trafficking oxycodone and money laundering. But her arrest involved a two-year investigation the cooperation of the Pinellas and Lee county sheriffs offices, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Office of Attorney General Statewide Prosecutors Office Tampa Bureau and the Department of Health and Drug Enforcement Administration. Its really hard to take a doctors license from them, and they know that, Touart said. Sometimes, the police get accolades for their work. On Nov. 23, Pinellas Park police descended on a Lealman neighborhood to arrest a woman who had been dealing oxycodone in Pinellas Park. Touart, as an undercover detective, had his face covered for the arrest and, as usual, hoped to nab the suspect quickly and leave without too many waves. They found their target, Michelle Homick, at her home with a box of oxycodone in her hand. As Touart cuffed her and loaded her in his car, he witnessed a strange reaction from the neighborhood. I looked outside and literally, the people were coming out, holding their babies, clapping, he said. Hey! Hey, they finally got her, come outside! the neighbors hollered to one another. Thats good! Theres one more down the street you need to get. I honestly couldnt get over it. At first, I thought they were coming out to scream or get combative with us. Because thats usually what we get: Get out of here, pigs!, Touart said. I didnt expect a crowd, much less a cheering crowd. Juliana A. TorresLargoLARGO The city has a detective assigned full time to prescription drug cases. Certainly, we have seen the impact in Largo like any other community, said Largo police spokesman Lt. Mike Loux. About four years ago the detective, Bill Magnuson, came up with a system in investigations that Loux said has been effective. He has a list of group names of pharmacies, where he will send this John Smith out to all these pharmacies and request whether or not they have filled prescriptions, Loux said. If they have, they let him know that. That kind of gives him an indication that this person is filling multiple prescriptions for the same medications. Also, the process gives the detective an indication of which doctors are prescribing mass quantities of drugs. Pill mills in Largo we really dont have any. We have been pretty successful. I attribute some of that to the detective thats been enforcing that. Thats his soul job to work prescriptions. Hes done a really good job with that, Loux said. Pharmacies have been really responsive as far as replying to the detectives emails and sending the information out, Loux said. The pharmacies generally in the area are pretty good about looking up fraudulent prescriptions. Despite getting cooperation from doctors and pharmacies, there will still be the percent fringe operating illegally, Loux said. It will just come down to good old-fashioned police work in getting them, Loux said. Magnuson said though the problems of prescription drugs have been on the news, the average person doesnt recognize the extent of the problem. Its a epidemic, Magnuson said. I see it too much. Four years ago, I had no idea (of the magnitude), he said. Magnuson said he makes about 75 arrests a year involving a mixture of cases, such as addicts who are doctor shopping to get the drugs themselves and those who are obtaining drugs to resell them. He also has assistance from other investigators. No way I can do it all, he said. Prescription drug abuse affects many segments of the population. The big thing is with pills nowadays. Its effects are not like crack cocaine or heroin where you could typically segment that to a certain part of the population, Loux said. With pills and the abuse of prescription medications, it kind of runs the gamut from young to old and the whole economic spectrum. Its everywhere. Tom GermondClearwaterCLEARWATER They could be 80-somethings who fell and broke a hip. They could be 60-somethings who just had surgery. They could be 40-somethings who suffered nerve damage in an accident. They could be 20-somethings who were injured in a car crash. So often it starts off with legitimate pain. But prescription drug addiction can happen to anyone at any age, said Lt. George Koder of Special Investigations at the Clearwater Police Department. And its a big problem. It can affect all ages, so its something that really needs to be addressed, Koder said. The addictive side of these pills is harming a lot of people. And because they are legally issued from a doctor, people think its going to be safe. And theyre getting a lot of pills. I just saw an article in the AARP magazine talk about preventing over prescribing pain pills for older adults. You have a knee replacement, a car accident, and a doctor prescribes you something and all of a sudden you dont realize it and you want more of it. Some of the most problematic drugs the Clearwater Police Department is seeing are oxycodone, hydrocodone, Valium, methadone and others, Koder said. Because these pills can be obtained legally with a prescription, many people feel they are not dangerous, he said. Therefore, a lot of people who would never dream of doing crack, heroin, or maybe even marijuana, can still end up addicted to pain pills. You have people who start off as a good person, and then they get addicted, and you hear the stories of young women who get addicted (to pills) and then they turn to prostitution and live from hotel room to hotel room and sleeping with anyone just to get their next fix, Koder said. And unfortunately, you see that a lot more than you might think. The Hollywood version of prostitution, thats not what we see. We see people who are living in terrible conditions, theyre addicted to drugs, and they prostitute themselves to support their habit. And you look at the progression of their faces in their arrest records or their drivers licenses, and they age. A girl whos in her 20s will look like shes in her 50s in five years. Its really sad. Pain pill addiction often starts with a regular prescription, and it causes relief for real pain, and it makes a person feel good, Koder said. But then the doctor wants them to come off of the drug, and too often the person cant, he said. They find a means to get more drugs, Koder said. So the addiction is just like crack and cocaine. As people become dependent on the pills, they can start doing crimes to be able to get more of them. Clearwater started seeing prescription drug abuse take off in the 2000s, Koder said, and it has impacted the city with an increase of overdose deaths and a lot more prescription drugs on the street. The body gets used to having the drugs in its system, so it starts craving the pills. Police are excited that the Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is now live so it can be more apparent if people are doctor shopping. I think that the prescription monitoring plan will really make a difference, Koder said. The doctors can use it, and they monitor what is going on with their patients, and the increased enforcement of pill mills. And if people from out of state know they cant get pills in Florida, then they wont come here, and that will reduce the prescription drug problems. However, Koder realizes that even if the ease of obtaining prescription drugs goes down, that does not reduce the number of people who are addicted, and they will have to find another way to satisfy that problem. Alexandra Lundahl LOCAL POLICE, from page 1A
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While searching a dumpster behind the Treasure Island Fun Center, located near the bank, detectives found an orange jacket and baseball cap worn by Schaeffer during the hold-up. Detectives then discovered the note he handed the teller inside one of the pockets of the jacket. Fingerprints lifted from the note by Pinellas County Sheriffs Office forensic science specialists matched those of Schaeffer. Detectives identified several different addresses Schaeffer had used in the past as they tried to locate him. One address was the West Care Facility, where he was eventually found. As deputies were taking Schaeffer into custody he told them he robbed the bank to get money to pay his girlfriends rent. The same detectives also were investigating the unsolved robbery of the Achieva Federal Credit Union. They noticed Schaeffer matched the description of the suspect responsible for that robbery, and a similar note was passed to the teller. When detectives pointed out the similarities and showed Schaeffer a picture of the suspect committing the robbery, he admitted it was he. Again he claimed he committed this robbery as well to pay his girlfriends rent. Schaeffer was charged with two counts of armed robbery and booked into the Pinellas County Jail.Wooden cane stolen from carTREASURE ISLAND Police are investigating the Dec. 25 burglary of a 1999 Nissan in the 10200 block of Third Street East. According to a police report, the vehicle was burglarized earlier in the day. A wooden cane valued at $100 was stolen. The investigation continues.Police seek shooting suspectsCLEARWATER Clearwater police seek information about a shooting that happened at the Coachman Creek Apartments, 2625 S.R. 590 on Dec. 29. Police got the 911 call at 7:08 a.m., according to a police Facebook update. The victim is an adult male, and his injuries were deemed potentially serious. He made it to a gas station down the road, and from there he was taken to a local hospital. Detectives do not believe this was a random act. The suspects have been identified as Timothy Miller and Emily Burgos, the police Facebook post said. Within the first 24 hours of the shooting, police had received several tips of sightings of the suspects, but there was a delay in the reporting, so they remained at large. They are considered armed and dangerous, the post said Miller has an extensive criminal history for felony charges, including aggravated battery on a law enforcement/fire/EMS person. He was released from prison in July. His last known address was in Blounttown, though he had been recently staying in Clearwater with friends. Anyone who sees the suspects is asked to immediately call police at 562-4242. To remain anonymous, text CWPD and the tip information to TIP411. Anonymous Web tips also can be submitted at www.clearwaterpolice.org or at the departments Facebook page.Robbery suspect gets more chargesLARGO A Largo man arrested for robbery Dec. 30 now has an additional charge of introducing contraband into a county detention facility. According to a post on the Largo Police Departments new Facebook page, Jesse T. Carlisle, 29, attempted to conceal 46 Oxycodone, 30mg pills on his person when he was being booked into the Pinellas County Jail on robbery charges. Police report that Carlisle approached a 68year-old female Dec. 30 in the parking lot of Publix, 12022 Indian Rocks Road and demanded her purse. It was about 7:30 p.m. and the woman was pushing her grocery cart from the store to her car. The woman refused to give up her purse, so Carlisle forcibly pulled it from the cart and fled the area. He then returned about an hour later and attempted to access the victims bank account with her stolen debit card. He also returned to Publix the next day and used the victims stolen Publix gift card to buy food for himself. Largo police were able to identify, locate and arrest Carlisle on Jan. 5. Officers noted that Carlisle had been booked into the county jail 15 days prior to the robbery for failure to appear for carrying a concealed weapon. Carlisle remains in jail on charges of fraudulent use of a credit card, strong-arm robbery and introduction and possession of contraband in a county detention facility. Bond was set at $17,000.Largo PD requests publics helpLARGO The Largo Police Department is asking for help from the community to find a subject caught on video Dec. 28 stealing catalytic converters from vehicles parked at Rogers Business Park, 2101 Starkey Road, Largo. A compact sedan, possibly a Lincoln LS, appeared on the video, police said in a post on the department Facebook page. Although the vehicle looks to be white in the video, police believe the color is actually red. A similar vehicle with two black male suspects was observed stealing a vehicles catalytic converter from the ACE Hardware at 1015 West Bay Drive about 3:45 p.m. Dec. 29. Any person with knowledge or insight into these crimes is asked to contact the Largo Police Department at 586-7325.Law enforcement appreciation dinner set for Jan. 27Pinellas County Commissioner John Morronis 17th annual Appreciation Dinner for Law Enforcement will be held Friday, Jan. 27, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. The event begins at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Proceeds from this years dinner will be donated to Childrens Burn Foundation of Florida. A donaRaymond SchaefferPhoto courtesy LARGO POLICEThis vehicle is believed to have been used by suspects stealing catalytic converters from Rogers Business Park on Starkey Road. Largo police say although the car appears white, it may actually be red in color. tion also will be made to the family of fallen St. Petersburg police Officer David Crawford, who was killed in the line of duty just weeks after last years dinner. The dinner began in memory of Belleair police Officer Jeffery Tackett, 28, who died from a gunshot wound June 13, 1993, when he responded to a call alone. Morroni, who was a state representative, cosponsored the Tackett bill with Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Treasure Island, in 1995. The state legislation requires two officers to be on duty at all times, unless mutual aid agreements with other law enforcement agencies are in place, so that law enforcement officers do not respond to calls alone. Morroni later expanded the dinner to include firefighters and EMS personnel. Special honorees have included Tacketts family and emergency personnel who helped in the rescue efforts following the 9/11 attack. Last years dinner was sadly overshadowed by the tragic deaths of St. Petersburg police Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz and Sergeant Tom Baitinger, who were killed in the line of duty the week of the dinner, a news release said. In their honor this year, the K-9 award will be named for Officer Yaslowitz, and the crisis intervention team award will be named for Baitinger. Public safety personnel, local elected officials and the public are invited to attend. The $75 ticket includes the dinner and donation to the charity. For information and to make reservations, call 791-3356. Reservations must be made by Jan. 23.DHSMV warns customers about deceptive websitesTALLAHASSEE The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issued a warning to its customers about deceptive websites that lure people into paying a fee to access DHSMVs online motorist services. The official-looking websites require their customers to pay a surcharge for their assistance. DHSMV does not require a surcharge for any of its websites www.GoRenew.com and www.flhsmv.gov and others. The Department posts fees on www.flhsmv.gov. The way the scheme works is quite simple: the owners or creators of the misleading websites have paid a fee to search engine companies to ensure their links are at the top of the webpage when Internet users search for DHSMVs online services website, www.GoRenew.com. When customers go to the websites, they are asked for a name, contact information and credit card information, and then are charged just to get to DHSMVs websites. To say the websites are misleading is an understatement, said DHSMV Executive Director Julie Jones. They provide small disclaimers that state they are not affiliated with the Department and then proceed to charge customers anywhere from $25 to $50. It is an unbelievable racket. DHSMV officials say they are disappointed and disgusted that any entity would attempt such a scheme. However, the websites add a disclaimer that they are not affiliated with the Department or government of any kind, so what they are doing technically is legal. The Department wants to arm our customers with information about these illusive websites so they are not duped into paying unnecessary fees of any kind, Jones added. The websites are legal, but unethical. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles core mission is the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV, visit www.flhsmv.gov.
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But the crossings could be dangerous in Redington Beach, she said. Our greatest danger for pedestrians is not the center lane but rather when one lane of traffic stops and another does not realize someone is crossing because their view is blocked by the stopped traffic in the other lane. Pedestrian islands would not stop this hazard, OConnor said. These medians would necessitate many residents making u-turns to gain access to their driveways. This is an extremely dangerous maneuver at any time but almost impossible on our road which has only two lanes to make this u-turn. OConnor also voiced concerns about access for emergency vehicles and space for delivery vehicles, since they often make deliveries from the center lane due to limited space. Plus, she expressed concerns over visibility at night when Gulf Boulevards lights are dimmed during turtle season and motorists may not be able to see pedestrians in the center lane. The commission discussed the pedestrian safety improvement project and said while consistent signage and lighting along Gulf Boulevard would be good, they also had concerns about the proposed raised medians. I just dont think the medians work in a residential community, said Commissioner Tom Dorgan. The commission asked Dorgan, who oversees public safety for the board, to draft a letter to the state expressing safety concerns with the proposed medians. The town also will ask the state to consider keeping the crossings straight. Current state plans put a slight jog in the crosswalks to give space for the safety median. The commission also will ask the state to keep crosswalks close to beach access points, because they thought people would end up crossing at the closest point and not use the crosswalks. The state planned to get resident input at a virtual public hearing on Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. The public is still welcome to submit written comments to the state by Jan. 20 to firstname.lastname@example.org or send mail to Florida Department of Transportation, District 7, 11201 N. McKinley Drive, MS-7600, Tampa, FL 33617, Attention: VPH #254677-2.Park board updateMembers of the towns Parks and Recreation Board, including chairman Bob Fay, attended the Jan. 3 commission meeting. Fay requested monies to trim the oak trees in town, saying there was not enough money in the boards regular budget. We have beautiful oak trees planted around town over the last 25 years, he said. They are so full now. If we had a serious storm we would have a lot of breakage. We would like to invest money in pruning all of the oak trees in town. The Town Commission tentatively approved $5,800 for pruning and hauling away branches from the towns oak trees. The approval was subject to confirming the town could utilize monies from the park board reserve fund. The park board added a mural this fall to the towns beach access parking lot. The board hopes to add seven more murals to the project, so the sea-themed paintings would extend to Gulf Boulevard. The cost would be $5,700. The commission liked the idea but suggested fundraising or private sources to cover the expenses of the painting project with the possibility of partial town funding. The park board will look into fundraising and private funding. The park board gave the commission a heads-up about a couple of upcoming projects. Fay said some of the towns playground equipment would most likely need to be replaced within the next 12 to 18 months. The need for new equipment would be because of heavy usage, not vandalism, Fay said. A beach access ramp shared with Madeira Beach around 155th Avenue is also in need of repair, Fay said. The commission said they would need to work with Madeira Beach on any repairs or updates.Other matters The Redington Beach Town Commission adopted its 2012 regular meeting calendar and Town Hall holiday closing schedule. The commission will continue to meet on the first and third Tuesdays. Town offices will be closed for holidays on: Jan. 16, May 28, July 4, Sept. 3, Nov. 12, Nov. 22, Nov. 23, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. In a workshop session before the regular meeting, the commission reviewed proposed job tracking logs for the towns public works department. The town commission is trying to get a grasp on the various activities performed by longtime Public Works director and code enforcement officer Mark Davis who is set to retire within the next couple of years. Davis is creating a calendar of routine maintenance projects.Treasure Island outlines capital improvements By BOB McCLURETREASURE ISLAND City Commissioners passed an ordinance Jan. 3 on second reading updating the citys five-year schedule of capital improvement projects. The $13 million list includes $8.6 million in projects in the current budget. Of that total $4 million is targeted for the Isle of Capri and Palms bridge replacements, $1.5 million for improvements to the Central Beach Trail and $2.1 million for lift station repairs. The projects include $313,967 for Gulf Boulevard drainage upgrades in 2012-13, $600,000 for the purchase of Isle of Palms Park in 2013-14 and $220,280 for expansion of the marina at City Hall in 2015-16. Other improvements include street end improvements, $60,000, 2012-16; sewer main relining, $1.5 million, 2012-16; manhole relining, $152,000, 2012-14; and stormwater drainage improvements, $300,000, 2012-16. All of the projects are funded with the exception of the Isle of Palms Park land purchase and the marina expansion. In other action, commissioners: Passed an ordinance eliminating an easement between 465 and 485 Capri Blvd., allowing the homeowners at 465 Capri Blvd. to enlarge their home. Passed a resolution to fund $407,846 for E.C. Driver and Associates to get under way as owners engineer on the design-build projects of the Isle of Capri and Palms bridges. Passed a resolution, extending for five years the citys interlocal agreement with Pinellas County providing joint control of pollutants. Each party agrees to manage and control discharges from their respective storm water systems. Approved $43,822 from the citys federal bridge funds for the replacement of a small seagrass bed that was damaged during the construction of the bascule bridges on the Treasure Island Causeway.
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Most would be delegates and their families who would be shuttled to Treasure Island from Tampa. More importantly, chamber officials are looking at the national and international exposure the city could receive if only a handful of the anticipated 15,000 media members in Tampa happen to produce stories involving Treasure Island. We have a town that we need people to come here and see, said Bill Edwards, chairman of the Treasure Island chamber at a Jan. 3 city workshop. If we get 1 percent of the press to write about this event, thats a home run. If we get 4,000 to 5,000 people per day, thats a home run. The sand sculpture, which would be about 40 feet tall and produced under a pair of 100-foot by 150-foot tents, would depict government buildings and monuments in Washington, D.C. It would be produced by Sanding Ovations Inc. City leaders expressed interest in the concept but Police Chief Tim Casey said his staff would be unable to provide event security due to manpower shortages related to other security commitments. My responsibility to this city is public safety, Casey said. If I had the officers available, Id stand up and be the first in line to support this event. Casey said about 15 additional officers would be necessary around the clock for adequate security. Vice Mayor Carol Coward asked Casey to see if other law enforcement agencies could provide additional officers on a contract basis and what the cost would be. Obviously, it all boils down to money and whos paying for it, said City Manager Reid Silverboard. Im concerned were worrying about something more than we should over drawing people to our community, said Coward. Commissioner Phil Collins said funding would be a tougher issue than finding the officers. Our first hurdle is how are we going to fund this, said Collins. We need to know how much its going to cost. This is something great for Treasure Island, said Coward. I dont see anything insurmountable if we all work together. Harry Black, general manager of the Island Inn and a member of the chambers executive committee, said the chamber would hire 18 to 20 private, licensed security officers for the nine-day period, provide bus transportation to and from Tampa for those attending and would have beach parking available at $10 per car, which would produce additional revenue for the city. We expect parking to turn twice per day, which should help pay for any additional cost to the city, said Black. We estimate it will raise about $24,000 per day. Black said the chamber would provide an electrician to deal with all on-site electrical issues and would work with the city for all permits necessary through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Plans call for the sand sculpture to remain in place for public viewing from Sept. 3 to Oct. 1. Further discussion on the proposed event is expected at the Jan. 17 City Commission meeting. In other workshop action, commissioners: Set a Jan. 17 hearing date in a variance case regarding the expansion of The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. Moved forward on a request by Brent Palmer of Ocean Slides LLC to allow use of an inflatable rock climbing wall and mobile air jumper in conjunction with its water slide on the beach behind Gulf Front Park. Moved forward on a request by the police department for $11,990 from the Police Forfeiture Fund to purchase a Sokkia 650 Rx Reflectorless Total Station and a TDS Recon Data Collector. Both pieces work together and are used in traffic homicide investigations. Moved forward on a request by the police department for $50,540 to purchase two new 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles from Bartow Ford. The two vehicles are all-wheel drive and use flex-fuel engines for better fuel economy. The city is receiving an $18,500 trade-in on two 2007 Ford Expeditions. The new vehicles go into production this month and will be delivered some time in April. Santas Angels Photo courtesy of PAUL WARRENMembers of Santas Angels recently organized a food and gift distribution at the Seminole Mall for needy children in Pinellas County. From left are Burt Cormier, Santas Angels president; Redington Beach Commissioner Mark Deighton, treasurer; Redington Beach Commissioner Fred Steiermann and Paul Warren, publicity director. Mall space was donated by RMC Corp., the malls management company. Gifts and food were delivered to needy families through the Salvation Army, the Kids Planet Day Care Center in St. Petersburg and the Guardian ad Litem program of the Pinellas County Judicial System.
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These include pedestrian-activated flashing lights, raised landscaped medians, new signage and ADA-compliant curb ramps. Crosswalks getting improvements are at Gulf Boulevard and 129th, 150th and 155th avenues. A new walk will be constructed at 130th Avenue. The remainder of the citys Gulf Boulevard crosswalks will be getting upgrades in 2013, to coincide with a road repair project, Mayor Travis Palladeno said. The improvements will standardize all crosswalks on Gulf Boulevard from Pass-a-Grille to Clearwater Beach to make them safer for pedestrians attempting to cross the busy thoroughfare, Quevedo said. The FDOT will pay for all of the improvements except for the median landscaping, which is the citys responsibility, he said. Quevedo also said a long-awaited left turn lane from Gulf Boulevard into Archibald Park at Madeira Way will be done in connection with the crosswalk project. The ultimate goal of the improvements is pedestrian safety, he said. As for the turn lane, Quevedo said, We want to eliminate those crashes. Commission members were pleased to see the crosswalk project getting under way, but some residents and business owners had concerns. Adding a raised median island to the crosswalk at 129th will interfere with motorists turning into Johns Pass Village, said Doreen Moore, owner of TRS Realty at 13030 Gulf Blvd. Moore said she is concerned the island will block the center lane, limiting the amount of cars that can access the left turn lane into Johns Pass Villages main entrance. When the bridge is up, traffic would be stranded, she said. Emergency vehicles would also be limited in their access to the Village. Residents of the Surfside Tower Condominiums objected to the 155th Avenue crosswalk upgrades. Building up the median will make it more difficult to make a left turn into the parking lot, said Jim Everett. Also, emergency vehicles and garbage truck entry would be limited. Condo resident Gerald Van Puersem said he agreed with Everetts concerns. Palladeno said he would talk to FDOT officials about moving the crosswalk further south, an action the residents agreed would be an improvement. Movement of the walk near Johns Pass Village also will be addressed.Crystal Island speeders a dangerSome residents are urging placement of speed humps along Crystal Island Drive, a controversial issue in the past. Citing traffic studies done by the county, Dr. Tom De Navarra declared, speed humps are the only way to reduce speeds, 24/7, immediately. De Navarra said he and other residents living along Crystal Island Drive had been dealing with speeding motorists for the past 12 years. Vehicles routinely pass others observing the 25 mph posted speed, he noted. Young families are moving into the area, and the speeders are endangering their children, De Navarra said. A neighbor lost his daughter when a motorcyclist going too fast on Duhme Road struck her, he said. Palladeno said he understood the residents concerns, but pointed out residents living elsewhere on the island have objected to speed humps being placed on Crystal Island Drive. The road is the only route on or off the island. Interim Fire Chief Derryl ONeal said speed humps slow emergency vehicles and can damage equipment. Interim City Manager Jim Madden recommended the city try using a sign that flashes motorists speeds as they pass by. Grant money is available to purchase such a device, he said. Palladeno agreed the city should look at alternatives before placing speed humps in the area. Speed humps are the extreme, he said. Once we put them in, 200 people will be saying, Take it out. The commission agreed to immediately begin to get a count of the number of speeding motorists, using hose devices across the road. If the study determines speed enforcement is needed, Madden said the city would consider available options, including speed humps. These would likely be a portable version that could be put down and removed, as desired. The counting devices were installed Jan. 6, the mayor said. Commissioner Terry Lister said he would support installing speed humps if the count of speeders shows they are needed. If the study warrants speed humps, absolutely, well do it, he said.Briey Kite festival set at Treasure IslandTREASURE ISLAND The 15th annual Treasure Island Kite Festival is set Jan. 14-15 on the beach behind the Thunderbird Hotel. The Treasure Island Sport Kite Klub and the Eastern League of the American Kitefliers Association sponsor the event. Saturdays schedule will feature AHA-sanctioned competition and Sunday will be used as a fun flying day. Exhibitions of the four-line Revolution kites will take place all weekend. Admission is free. For more information, call 320-9463.Oil painting classes plannedINDIAN SHORES Beginning oil painting classes are being offered at the new Indian Shores Town Hall beginning Thursday, Feb. 2, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Classes are run on a continuous basis with a monthly registration fee. Students will learn about paints and brushes, color mixing, composition, all of the basics needed to form a foundation in traditional oil painting. The fee is $80 for each four weeks of instruction. Students must supply their own materials. The instructor is Betsy Schoepf of Indian Rocks Beach who has been painting for over 40 years. For additional information or to register, call Schoepf at 5951083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Indian Shores Town Hall is at 19305 Gulf Blvd.Cousteau to speak at Chamber dinnerST. 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Bring this article with you to Pinellas County Animal Services and Haley can be adopted for the low fee of $25. Animal Services is at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Call 5822600.LadyThis lovely 2-year-old beauty is Lady. She is sweet and talkative with a bit of cattitude. Lady has denite diva potential. One look and you can picture her curled up on a velvet pillow. For more information about adopting Lady, call Friends of Strays at 522-6566 or stop by the adoption center at 2911 47th Ave. N. in St. Petersburg. Visit www.friendsofstrays.com.CDS: the dog and cat Alzheimers disease Waiting for Santa pawsPrince is a 10-year-old golden retriever that was adopted from the SPCA after a car hit him nine years ago and his owners never claimed him. His owner, Kim Hastings, said, I dont know how anyone could leave him, as he is the most gentle, loving Prince. He already had his name and it suits him perfectly. 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Asthediseaseprogresses,the sleep-wakecyclebecomesmore disturbed,withsomepetssleepingmostofthedayandbeing awake,oftenbarking,yowlingand whining,duringthenight.They mayforgettheirnormalroutine, expectingmealsatrandomtimes andthennoteatingatmeal times.Somepetsbecomeexceptionallyclingywiththeirowners, whileothersbecomemorewithdrawnanddistant. ThesesymptomsarenotspecificonlyforCDS.Nighttimevocalizationincatsalsooccurswitha hyperthyroidism,causedbybenignthyroidtumors.Problems withbloodpressureorother braindiseasecanmimicthe symptomsofCDSaswell. TheendstageofCDSisdisheartening;petsmaybecomelost intheirownhouse.Oneofthe classicsymptomsindogsistogo tothewrongdoor,staringata closetthinkingitleadsoutside,or lookingatthehingesideofadoor andexpectingittoopen.Some petswillgettrappedincorners orbehindfurniture,andwillnot beabletofigureouthowtoback upandgetout.Affecteddogsand catsmaylosetheabilitytorecognizetheirownersorhousemates, andmaybebecomescaredof thesestrangers. Thecauseofthisbrainmalfunctionissimilar,butnotexactly,likeahumanwithAlzheimers. Aproteinknownasbeta-amyloid buildsupinthebrainandpreventstheneurons,orbraincells, fromcommunicatingproperly. Neurotransmitters,whicharethe chemicalsignalstheseneurons usetocommunicate,arelessened aswell.Theexactcausesofthese changesisnotknown. Thereareseveraldifferentways tomanageandtreatCDS.High levelsofpowerfulantioxidants havebeenshowntoreversesome ofthesymptoms.HillsScience Diethasdevelopedafoodcalled B/D(BrainDiet)thathelpsas well.TheFDAhasapproved Anipryl(selegiline)totreatCDSin dogs,andsomeotherdrugsmay helpaswell.Aswithpeoplewith dementia,environmentalenrichmentandexercisingthebrain alsomaybeofuse. Cognitivedysfunctioncanbea trulydishearteningdisease.No petownerwantstoseetheirfourleggedfriendfadeawayintoconfusionanddementia,Early interventioncanhelp,butpet ownersshouldwatchforthe symptoms,andnotjustassume theirpetsaregettingold.Dr.MichaelRumoreisthe ownerofLakeSeminoleAnimal Hospital. Speaking of PetsMichael J. Rumore, DVM
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The Suncoast Riders are all Freemasons who love riding their motorcycles, as well as organizing fundraisers to support charitable work in the community. From left are Derryl ONeal, Tom Doty, Buck Owens, Steve Nelson, John Anthony, Jeff Burger and Fernando Salazar.Notebook Vendors needed for wellness expoSEMINOLE The City of Seminole Recreation Division is seeking vendors for its 11th annual Fit Over 50 Health and Wellness Expo Thursday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m., at the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N. The event draws over 500 attendees and is limited to the first 50 vendors. Cost for vendors is $50 to $65. Call Duane Crandall at 391-8345 for application information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Teen Movie Night set at recreation centerSEMINOLE Seminole Recreation plans Teen Movie Night Friday, Jan. 13, 7 to 9 p.m., at the recreation center, 9100 113th St. Sixththrough 10th-graders are welcome. Concessions will be available. Admission is $1 for members and $2 for guests. For more information, call 391-8345.SPC plans digital arts open houseSEMINOLE The St. Petersburg College Department of Digital Arts, Media and Interactive Web Design plans a digital arts studio open house Thursday, Jan. 19, 12:30 to 6 p.m., in UP310 on the Seminole campus. The event will feature a green screen demonstration, new game lab, digital media projects from past students, a display of video cameras and digital media software exhibits. For addition information, email keefe.delynda @spcollege.edu.Kiwanis program on social services setSEMINOLE The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast will present a program about providing needed social services to needy children and families, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7:15 a.m., at the Seminole Family Restaurant, 6864 Seminole Blvd. The featured speaker is Kitty Carpenter, director of church and community relations for Cooperative Ministries who will discuss the organizations efforts to feed hungry children and literacy programs for immigrant and refugee families in Gulf Coast counties. The organization is mobilizing more than 4,000 volunteers to provide a wide variety of social service programs to individuals and families needing help with basic social, educational, and economic needs. Meetings are Tuesday mornings and feature informative guest speakers from local business, government and non-profit organizations on a wide-range of topics. New members are welcomed to join at any time. To reserve a guest spot at an upcoming meeting, contact Lee Walters, secretary of the club, at 3198343 or email@example.com.Teen Ping-Pong tourney slatedSEMINOLE The city plans its first teen PingPong tournament Wednesday, Jan. 25, 4 to 6 p.m., at the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. All Ping-Pong players in grades 6 to 10 are invited to participate. Prizes will be award to the top three finishers. For more information, call 391-8345.Womans Club plans scholarship fundraiserSEMINOLE The Pinellas Seminole Womans Club plans its annual scholarship fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m., at the Holiday Inn Harbourside, 401 Second St., Indian Rocks Beach. The event will carry a Mardi gras theme with door prizes, lunch and a fashion show. Tickets can be purchased for a $30 donation by calling Pat at 709-3778.Friday Morning Market returnsTREASURE ISLAND The weekly Friday Morning Market is again under way and will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place and 106th Avenue, through April 13. The event features over 40 vendors, live music, food, jewelry, and arts and crafts. Parking is free. The Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce sponsors the market.Safe boating classes plannedTREASURE ISLAND The Boca Ciega Sail and Power Squadron is offering a safe boating class on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Jan. 23 and ending Feb. 1. The course is designed for boaters using all types of watercraft and satisfies the Florida State Boating Law requirements. The course covers general information about boats, personal watercraft, maintenance, boating safety as well as boating laws and regulations. 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MUST SEE 4/4.5/3 WATERFRONT POOL HOMEHas in-law or Nanny quarters, office off garage ideal for in home business owner. Huge deck area with outdoor kitchen ideal for entertaining lots of guests outdoors! Dry sauna, docks for jet skis and boats, wired for sound system inside and out. 2 fireplaces, lead glass front door and window in master bath. Deck off master bedroom to view the morning sunrise. Many walk-in closets. Heated pool. Roof replaced in 2004. Amazing opportunity for someone to enjoy this waterfront lifestyle! MLS#U7527785. Enright & Sundell. $640,000. ROOM FOR A POOLThis block home is located in a desirable area, on a culde-sac near a park. Minutes to downtown St. Pete and easy access to Tampa. 3BR/2BA/2 Car Garage split plan. Master has its own bathroom, 2 living rooms and a nice fenced backyard. Split plan. Master has its own bathroom, 2 living rooms and a nice fenced backyard. MLS#U7528669. Jarnberg. $146,000. DEERWOOD GARDENSThis 2BR/2BA condo was newly updated in the fall of 2010 with kitchen cabinets, breakfast bar, bathroom vanities, ceramic tile throughout. Great closet space! Community is pet friendly (1 pet, 25 lbs max.) and offers a pool, tennis courts, shuffleboard and clubhouse. Shopping is close by and the beaches are just minutes away. So whether youre looking for a winter oasis or year-round residence, this condo is a must see! MLS#U7532324. Levittino. $69,000. AFFORDABLE 3 BEDROOM CONDOSmart buy for year-round living, winter resident or investor who likes 30 day minimal rental. This affordable, rarely available 3 bedroom home is neat, clean and fully furnished. Open kitchen design with snack bar. Cabinets and counters new in 2005. New sink and faucets 2006. Two full baths with tubs resurfaced in Jan. 2012. New screen door and regular A/C maintenance. This popular 55+ community has 2 heated pools, 2 tennis courts and many activities to enjoy. Walk to shopping and bus stop. Minutes to Lake Seminole Park and white sand beaches. All this and a one-year home warranty, too. Grab it before its gone. MLS#U7534759. Schroeder. $71,000. A SEMINOLE GEM 2/2/2Seminole home with 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2-car garage offers lots of room to roam with an open floor plan, enclosed backroom is not included in the heated square footage and a screened enclosed back porch. Lots of backyard with room for a pool. The roof is less than 8 years old. Circular driveway offers easy in/out access to 102nd Ave. Walk to Sweet Bay, CVS, Walgreens, Subway, Pizza shop or hair salon. Just a quick drive to the library, rec. center, post office, mall and some of Floridas finest beaches and restaurants! MLS#U75334795. McEntire. $125,000. 2/2 & STUNNING WATER VIEWSFrom the large private balcony/sunroom area of this condo, that also overlooks the heated swimming pool. Only 4 units in the very well maintained building located in a quiet and serene area of Treasure Island. Unit is bright and clean and features an open living plan with beautiful tile flooring throughout the main living area and Berber carpeting in neutral colors in the bedrooms. Convenient under building parking and guest parking. Large extra storage space for each resident located under building with plenty of room to hold bicycles, kayaks, etc. Maintenance fees include use of boat slip and lift. Unit is being sold completely furnished. Come enjoy the refreshing breezes off the water and spectacular sunsets at the beach. Perfect location for entertaining family and friends or just getting away. MLS#U7534599. Carhart. 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Mike Murphy was recognized as the top listing associate. Team Heart and Sold including Beth Ann Ackerman, Anne Martello and Joanie Parker was the top listing team. Mary Butler was recognized as the top sales associate. Sandy Hartmann and Associates was recognized as the top listing and top sales team for the month of November. Shulman earns CDPE designationSEMINOLE Luda Shulman recently earned the Certified Distressed Property Expert designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance, with a particular emphasis on short sales. Shulman is a real estate solution provider with Prudential Tropical Realtys Seminole office. The CDPE designation has been invaluable as I work with homeowners and lenders on complicated short sales, said Shulman in a press release. It is so rewarding to be able to help families save their homes from foreclosure. Alex Charfen, co-founder and CEO of the Distressed Property Institute in Austin, Texas, said that agents such as Shulman with the CDPE Designation have valuable perspective on the market, and training in short sales that can offer homeowners real alternatives to foreclosure, which can be devastating to credit ratings. The Distressed Property Institute provides live and online courses to train real estate professionals how to help homeowners in distress, with a strong focus on handling short sales.Harper joins Thorn CollectionBELLEAIR Donna Harper, a longtime resident of Belleair, recently joined The Thorn Collection, Coldwell Banker. Harper will be joining as a buyer specialist. She brings a great deal of knowledge of the area. A graduate of University of Tennessee, she has worked in the area for 36 years as a dental hygienist. She has most recently served as staffing director for Easy Living, a local home health agency. RE/MAX ACR names top 2011 Realtors BELLEAIR RE/MAX ACR Elite Group Inc. recently honored its top Realtors for 2011. Brenda Wooldridge was the top agent in the office with the highest sales volume in 2011. Linda Jakobsen had the second highest sales volume for the year and Joanne Wood had the third highest.RE/MAX ACR honors top agentsBELLEAIR RE/MAX ACR Elite Group Inc. recently acknowledged its top agents in the Belleair office in closed sales for December. The No. 1 agent was Brenda Wooldridge. The No. 2 was Linda Jakobsen and No. 3 was Joanne Wood.Coldwell Banker announces top associatesST. PETERSBURG Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estates 66th Street office recently named its top associates for December. Gayle Roffis was the listings leader. Shelly Nadler was the sales leader. Richard McCall was the closed leader.Foundation to host seminarLARGO The Community Service Foundation Inc. will host a free, two-part household budgeting seminar on Thursdays, Feb. 16 and 23, 6 to 9 p.m., at Pinellas County Housing Authority, 11479 Ulmerton Road. The seminar is designed for people who want to live better on less and/or to save to buy a home. Attendees must attend both sessions for a certificate. To register, call 461-0618, ext. 3; or visit www.csfhome.org. Mike Murphy Mary Butler Luda ShulmanBiz notes Minich to present marketing updateST. PETE BEACH D.T. Minich of the Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Convention and Visitors Bureau will present an update on the countys marketing efforts at a Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce Learn at Lunch session Thursday, Jan. 26, 11:30 a.m., at the Don CeSar Beach House, 3860 Gulf Blvd. The cost is $15 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. For further information or details, call 360-6957.Chambers plans referral groupST. PETE BEACH The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce is starting a morning beaches referral group designed to be a motivational and revenue generating meeting for members looking to gain business through leads. The group will meet the third Tuesday of the month. An introductory meeting is planned Tuesday, Jan. 17, 8 a.m., in the Copper Cove Lounge of the Doubletree Beach Resort, 17120 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach. To register, contact Mike McElvogue at mikemcelvogue @tampabaybeaches.com or call 360-6957, ext. 29.Job fair set at The ColiseumThe Tampa Bay Job and Career Fair is set Thursday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Admission and parking is free. No preregistration is required. The event will include 60 local companies with immediate employment needs, from entry-level positions to skilled trade, health care jobs and managerial positions. On-site testing and screening is planned. For additional information, call Dave LaBell at 893-8523.Arden Courts to host networking breakfastSEMINOLE There will be a professional networking breakfast Wednesday, Jan. 25, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at Arden Courts Seminole, 9300 137th St. N. The networking breakfast is presented last Wednesdays each month. To RSVP, call 517-7800 or email Bernadette Homan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cate McCarty at 371-mktg@hcr -manorcare.com.Dance studio offers taste of ballroomPALM HARBOR A complimentary group class will be offered Friday, Jan. 20, 7:45 p.m., at Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 34930 U.S. 19 N. For details or reservations, call 786-2224.
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WHEN YOU PRESENT THIS ARTICLE: GET A FREE COMPUTER SCAN & TRANSMISSION INSPECTION (includes Road Test, Pan, Exam, Minor Adjustment, Diagnosis, and Fluid Check (this is an $80 Value.) TRANSMISSION SERVICE 50% OFF: (Includes uid pan gasket and adjustments. (Regular $119.99 Value). American Transmission & Air makes it easy and affordable to keep your auto in good shape; doing Tune-ups, Water Pumps and General Repairs as well as the installation of New Motors. Visit them at 36901 Tyrone Blvd. or call Mark, the owner (727-344-5900). He promises to beat any auto repair or transmission estimate. Call 727-344-5900 for an appointment for your FREE ESTI MATE. Fully trained technicians will provide expert repairs.For the highest quality Christian education in Pinellas County, these two partner schools stand out: Skycrest Christian School (129 N. Belcher Road) and Calvary Christian High School (110 N. McMullen Booth Road) Each school is hosting an OPEN HOUSE on January 19, 2012, from 9am6pm. Skycrest, founded in 1971 currently has 430 students (K4-8), with an average class size of 22. Calvary, which opened in August 2000, has an enrollment of 266 students (9-12), with an average class size of 20. Check out their websites: www.skycrest.us and www.cchs.us For more information, or to schedule a tour, call J eannie Fuller at Sk ycrest, 727-79 7-1186 or Donella W oodb ury at Calvary, 727-449 -2247. Dont miss the OPEN H OUSE on J anuary 19 th. You will be impressed! These schools inspire excellence in mind, body and spirit. Networking groups Networking groupsNetworking groups, also known as leads groups, meet on a regular basis at various locations in the area. Some groups charge a fee to attend, and most require reservations. Persons considering attending any group for the first time are encouraged to make contact in advance. The upcoming schedule is as follows: Thursday, Jan. 12 Network Professionals Inc. Networking Leads Club, 7:30 a.m., RGs Restaurant, 1565 S. Highland Ave., Clearwater. Call Liz at 4248995. Thursday, Jan. 12 Seminole Business Masters, 7:30 a.m., Mamas Kitchen, 5885 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. Call Thom Barnhorn at 623-9955. Thursday, Jan. 12 Network Professionals Inc. Networking Leads Club, 7:30 a.m., Panera Bread in the Bardmoor Shopping Center on the corner of Bryan Dairy and Starkey roads, Largo. Call Barbara at 573-1935, ext. 402. Thursday, Jan. 12 Executive Business Network, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. For reservations, call Mike Moore at 586-1111 or visit www.execbusnet.com. Thursday, Jan. 12 BNI Grand Slam Network Exchange, 7:30 a.m., Heritage Holiday Inn, 234 Third Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Visit www.bni.com. Thursday, Jan. 12 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Thursday, Jan. 12 Referral Exchange BNI, 7:30 a.m., at Holiday Inn Express, 2580 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Networking meeting includes continental breakfast. Cost is $10. Call Denise Murphy at 725-8101 or email email@example.com. Thursday, Jan. 12 Professional Leads Network, Patriots Chapter, 8 a.m., Boris Family Restaurant, 11411 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Thursday, Jan. 12 Suncoast Free Networking International, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at Park Station Building, 5851 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. This networking meeting includes brainstorming a business, a gratitude session and networking tips. Call Walt Morey at 647-8242. Thursday, Jan. 12 Gulf Beaches Power Lunch Group, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Sports Bar and Grill, 9685 Bay Pines Blvd., Seminole. Call Sandy Schell at 415-4772 Thursday, Jan. 12 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 11:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Friday, Jan. 13 BNI Referral Masters, 7 a.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call Bill Mantooth at 639-6690 or visit www.bnireferralmasters.com. Friday, Jan. 13 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Friday, Jan. 13 Professional Leads Network, Upper Pinellas Chapter, 8 a.m., at Daddys Grill, 3682 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Visit www.proleads.net. Friday, Jan. 13 Professional Leads Network, Bay Area Executives Chapter, 11:45 a.m., at Tum Rub Thai, 32716 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Monday, Jan. 16 Network Professionals Inc., 7:30 a.m., at Perkins Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Monday, Jan. 16 Professional Leads Network, St. Petersburg Chapter, 7:45 a.m., at Ricky Ps, 6521 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. Visit www.proleads.net. Monday, Jan. 16 Ready Set Grow Group, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at Hometown Family Restaurant, 10395 Seminole Blvd., Largo. Call Jamie Limbaugh at 831-2450 or email jamieL@freenetworkinginternational.com. Monday, Jan. 16 Free Networking International, Clearwater Two Cups Connect Group, 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Bay Coast Coffee Market, 2525 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Call Wayne Porter at 642-6173, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit twocupsconnect.com. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Professional Leads Network, First Watch Chapter, 7:30 a.m., First Watch, 2569 Village Drive, Clearwater. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Tuesday, Jan. 17 The Board, Network Professionals, 7:30 a.m., at Panera Bread, Bardmoor Shopping Center, corner of Bryan Dairy and Starkey roads, Largo. Call 742-6343. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Business Network International, Winners Circle, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Call Dave Proffitt at 230-9240. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Network Professionals Inc., Seminole Chapter, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Yacht Club Breakfast, sponsored by Creative Business Connections, 7:30 a.m., St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call Darrell Baker, area director, at 5864999 or visit www.cbcnet.biz. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Free Networking International, Bayside Group, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bay Pines Sports Bar, 9685 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. Call Janet Landt at 455-7510, email jpla email@example.com or visit www.freenetworking international.com. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Network Professionals Inc., ICOT Lunch Chapter, 11:45 a.m., at Tucsons Southwest Grill, 13563 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Call Eddie Montoya at 813-477-3533. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Tri-City Network Professionals, 11:45 a.m., at Applebees Restaurant, 5110 East Bay Drive, Clearwater. First visit is free. Call 492-7921. Wednesday, Jan. 18 Business Network International, Financial Freedom, 7:15 a.m., at Bardmoor Country Club, 8001 Cumberland Road, Largo. Call Phil at 409-1609 or visit www.BNIFinancialFreedom.com. Wednesday, Jan. 18 Pinellas Executives Association, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., at Cove Cay Country Club, 2612 Cove Cay Drive, Clearwater. Call Donna Perry at 784-6507 or visit www.peafl.com. Wednesday, Jan. 18 BNI Business Connections Countryside, 7:30 a.m., at Grillsmith, 2539 Countryside Blvd., Suite 6, Clearwater. Cost is $11. Call Renee Jones at 813-749-2780, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bnibusinesscon nections.com. Wednesday, Jan. 18 Network Professionals Inc., East Lake Breakfast Chapter, 7:30 a.m., at Daddys Grill, 3682 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Call Jenny Stone at 776-2829. Wednesday, Jan. 18 Local Business Network Seminole, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call 8046359. Wednesday, Jan. 18 BNI Wealth Builders, 7:30 a.m., Palm Harbor Community Center Parks and Drew Valk Recreation, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Visit www.bni.com. Wednesday, Jan. 18 BNI Power Team, 7:30 a.m., East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Pkwy., Oldsmar. Visit www.bni.com. Wednesday, Jan. 18 Network Professionals Inc., Downtown Clearwater Breakfast Chapter, 7:30 a.m., at the Residence Inn, 940 Court St., Clearwater. Call Kim Anton at 539-7110. Wednesday, Jan. 18 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Wednesday, Jan. 18 Free Networking International, Seminole Christian Hope Team, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Palace of the Orient, 10425 Park Blvd., Seminole. Call Dave Harden at 4586890 or email daveh@freenetworkinginternation al.com. Wednesday, Jan. 18 Free Networking International, Oldsmar Group, 11:30 a.m., at Twisted Bamboo Bar and Bistro, 3687 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Call Nova Montgomery at 942-0444 or email email@example.com. Wednesday, Jan. 18, Professional Leads Network, 11:45 a.m., at Thirsty Marlin, 351 West Bay Drive, Largo. Call Woody Brown at 518-1967 or visit www.pro-leads.net. Wednesday, Jan. 18 Professional Leads Network, Foxys Chapter, 11:45 a.m., Staceys Buffet 1451 N. Missouri Ave., Largo. Visit www.proleads.net. Wednesday, Jan. 18 St. Pete Professional Chapter of Ali Lassens Leads Club, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hilton Hotel, 333 First St. S., St. Petersburg. For reservations, call 813-221-1441 or visit www.LeadsFL.com. Wednesday, Jan. 18 Network Professionals Inc., Pasadena Chapter, 11:45 a.m., GiGis Italian Restaurant, 6852 Gulfport Blvd., South Pasadena. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Wednesday, Jan. 18 Network Professionals Inc., Dunedin Lunch Chapter, 11:45, at the Countryside Country Club, 3001 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater. Call Jim Lampanthakis at 7362000. Wednesday, Jan. 18 Beach Team Connections Group, noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Blue Parrot, 85 Corey Circle, St. Pete Beach. For information, call Leslee Moore at 363-7573. Thursday, Jan. 19 BNI Success Masters Seminole Chapter, 7:25 a.m., at the Barrington, 901 Seminole Blvd., Largo. The meeting includes breakfast. Cost to attend is $8. Call Cindy Durant at 560-9750. Thursday, Jan. 19 Referral Exchange BNI, 7:30 a.m., at Holiday Inn Express, 2580 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Networking meeting includes continental breakfast. Cost is $10. Call Denise Murphy at 725-8101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thursday, Jan. 19 Network Professionals Inc. Clearwater-Largo Chapter, 7:30 a.m., RGs Restaurant, 1565 S. Highland Ave., Clearwater. Call Liz at 424-8995.
14A Outdoors Beacon, January 12, 2012 ConsumerBANKRUPTCYBusinessNATIONALLY BOARD CERTIFIEDFor Over 20 Years in BOTH American Board of Certification 30 Years continuous practice at local Bankruptcy Court from Same Office LocationTHOUSANDS of Pinellas Residents Counseled and/or RepresentedDaniel J. Herman, Attorney at LawVisit www.bankruptcydan.comWe are a debt relief agency. We help people file for Bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code. 102011727-584-8161200 Clearwater Largo Rd. So., Largo Professional Compassionate Rock n Roll with the Wildlife170 Johns Pass Boardwalk Madeira Beach, FL 33708 Reservations:(727) 398-65771 Hr. Dolphin Watching Nature and Sights 011212Hubbardsmarina.comYoull see the dolphins Ann Weaver is researching, you may even see her in action as we watch. Narrated by local captains sharing historys secret stories of the area. 011212 3 CONVENIENTLOCATIONSTOSERVEYOU 1301 2nd Ave. SW Largo, FL 33770 3131 N. McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL 33761 3820 Tampa Rd., Suite 101 Palm Harbor, FL 34684SAMEDAYAPPOINTMENTS(727) 584-7706 www.dc-fl.com 011212How Are We Different?Technology, Convenience, and Teamwork Combined with Compassion, Skill, and Service! Primary care, specialists, and surgeons working together for you as a team! Onsite laboratory, x-ray, and imaging. Your medical information and test results in a single shared electronic record. Physician owned and operated. Your care is directed by physicians, not hospital health systems or insurers. 011212 Wednesday, January 18thSeminole Recreation Center 9100 113th Street, Seminole andThursday, January 19thChrist Presbyterian Church 3115 Dryer Avenue, Largo Area dolphins show new focus on feeding firstNow that weve eaten our way through the holidays, its comforting to know theyre doing the same thing at sea. Winter compels animals that do not sleep through it to eat as much as possible to accumulate sufficient reserves to survive to spring. Although winter waited until January this year, the dolphins have been slowly turning their attention to feeding first; anything else has become secondary. This Christmas season, the dolphins played out their ancient ritual on seas of utter bliss. Without winds, the sea became a mirror. Without clouds, the early morning light was soft to the touch. When it chanced to dance across tiny mounds of water (barely tugged into being by the silk of dolphin skin gliding past), it pierced the scene with the dazzle of diamonds winking at the sun. On such a stage, here was the eating scene. Small groups of dolphins scattered across a broad L-shaped waterway north of a delicate green and white bridge, aware of but independent of each other like Christmas Eve shoppers. Two of the groups were each composed of two bulls and a babe. Big bulls Ouch and Fishlips focused on feeding around Q. In an adjacent bay, bulls N and Riptab focused on feeding around Face. Both bull-babe groups also showed the same pattern: The individual dolphins alternated between dispersing from the others to hunt alone and returning to mingle with them briefly. Their dispersing and converging had the look of humans at a party in a room dotted with hors doeuvre-covered tables, among which each person wandered freely but periodically checked back in with friends. Just as lingering over one hors doeuvre-covered table can attract other partygoers, the dolphins sometimes joined a dolphin that had just found food. A hunting dolphin would suddenly accelerate just under the mirrored surface, creating a wavelet off the front of its rounded head, and then spin to encircle a fish. Thats when the other dolphins sped over to check it out. Why did they converge like that? One explanation was simple: The dolphins sped over because food had been found there. Were they all that hungry? Another explanation was complex: The dolphins sped over to potentially share the food. At one point near the boat, Q spun around a fish sandwich. But the fish was quicker and it took a couple of more splashy lunges for Q to secure her snack. She bobbed vertically with it at the surface, jaw clapped to reposition it for swallowing, and eyed the camera quite frankly as she did. The dolphins dont have to pay any attention to us; eying us is unnecessary. Eying us was as if Q was asking, Hey, did ya catch that? Yes, Q, we caught that. Were still watching you fish. (Do it again!) The next question is how much they were eying each other (not unlike some human Christmas parties). The dolphins focus on feeding was obvious. But the behaviors they used were also obvious. Did they use them to attract attention to themselves? Both the bulls and the babes repeatedly used two conspicuously showy aerial behaviors that created big noisy splashes. In an arched dive, a dolphin rears up out of the water, tucks tightly and flips forward as if in a somersault, diving nearly where it surfaced. In a skimming dive, dolphins leap through the water, creating a rooster tail that springs off to either side of its body. I thought it was interesting that none of the other dolphins found it necessary to use those showy behaviors that blissful morning. Was all that showy athleticism really necessary to get breakfast or were the dolphins displaying for each other too? Speaking of displays, something that was definitely and unfortunately displayed in those aerial behaviors was the bulk of each dolphins body. Unhappily, several dolphins have obvious dents along the sides of their bodies where nice thick padding ought to be. Winter is not a good time to be thin. In addition to dolphins, we see a lot of cormorants and osprey on our surveys as well. Like the dolphins, theyre usually eating too. Would thatLocal lady Q eyes the camera after gulping down a fish during a recent morning wholly focused on feeding. Winter is a bad time for animals in nature to be thin.they could all gorge through the winter the way we gorged through the holidays.Dr. Weaver studies wild dolphins under federal permit 16299, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Send her an email at dazzled@tam pabay.rr.com or visit her website www.dolphinsu perstore.com. Read her Dolphin Watch column weekly at www.TBNweekly.com. NOAA advises anyone who sees a stranded dolphin in the Gulf of Mexico to call 877-942-5343 or 877-433-8299. Dolphin WatchAnn Weaver
Viewpoints 15A Beacon, January 12, 2012 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. We will not publish letters on candidates for office that are submitted within two weeks of the election pertaining to the seats for which they are running. We will not print letters that are submitted to promote a business. We will print thank you letters.When dealing with lifes daily demands, people need a place to go to where they can feel supported. Adults need help finding balance in life and motivation in managing their health. Children need safe environments where theyre nurtured and inspired to reach their full potential. Seniors need a place where they can be active and find camaraderie. And, families need opportunities and places to connect and strengthen relationships with one another. I believe the YMCA of the Suncoast a leading nonprofit that strengthens community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility offers this support and more, and during its annual new year campaign is encouraging community members in Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, and Pinellas counties to join the Y. At the Y, youre not only part of an organization, but part of a community and a cause that benefits you and your neighbors, says G. Scott Goyer, president and CEO of the YMCA of the Suncoast. Here, a membership means more its an opportunity to feel good while being part of a cause that helps make positive changes in peoples lives. The YMCA of the Suncoasts 10 Y locations offer a variety of programs to the community, with something for everyone, including health and fitness classes like yoga, Zumba, cycling, and strength training that nurture your spirit, mind, and body; youth sports like basketball, soccer, and flag football that build skill while building confidence; art programs like karate and tae kwon do to jewelry making and dance lessons that foster creativity and expression; aquatics programs with swim lessons for all ages, water exercise, and swim and dive teams that teach people to overcome fear and accomplish lifelong skills and safety; and senior programs like SilverSneakers wellness classes and social outings that build relationships and camaraderie while maintaining health.Last year, our Y helped 84,000 individuals and adults experience something special. From our LiveSTRONG at the YMCA program where cancer survivors have the opportunity to take free classes that support them in their return to wellness; to our Teen Leaders programs where hundreds of teens learn leadership and responsibility through Youth and Government programs, and education through international YMCA partnerships that teach teens about the world around them and how they can make a difference.To learn more about how you can support the YMCA of the Suncoast charity and get involved, contact the Y at 727-467-9622 or email@example.com or visit ymcasuncoast.org for more information. I invite everyone to join our cause to strengthen community in 2012!David Brandon is board chair of YMCA of the Suncoast, which has 12 locations in the Tampa Bay area. Visit ymcasuncoast.org for more information. As we go through life we inevitably meet circumstances that push us to the outer limits of our self-control and good nature. How we grapple with these episodes will determine such things as whether we stay out of prison, avoid getting our jaws broken, circumvent a doomed marriage, or merely seize a home computer, rip its connections from the wall and then hurl the computer with such manic force that it breaks through the brick and plaster and lands in an adjoining bedroom closet, mangling onethird of your wardrobe. I was faced with such a test of character this morning. Im fed up with my computer. Its not doing right. It has not been doing very well for a couple of years, ever since I entrusted its upkeep to a local alleged repair shop that promised to clear out all of my digital debris and make the computer run as smooth as a babys keister newly dipped in a bowl of lanolin. The repair shop lied. They took a couple of hundred bucks from me and left me with a computer shot through with more neuroses than Freud, Jung and Adler ever juggled. Somehow I worked around these glitches, or cleared them up myself. I also added to them by not performing some of the recommended chores, such as defragging the system every 16 minutes and adding the updates that showed up on my screen eight times a week. Persons near and dear to me have grown hoarse urging me, in loving tones, Buy a new computer, you dolt. The one you own was used by Eisenhower when he planned the Normandy invasion. Thats not quite true, but almost. Im sure 2012 will bring me a new computer. A laptop, even, although I dread learning to type on a flat keyboard with no slant to it. This morning I opened up my computer, intending to finish a column I began a few days ago in Gulfport. Now Im back home in New England, where the overnight temperature was 15. If that wasnt bad enough, I began the day listening to Michelle Bachmans whining as she dropped out of the political race. The final blow was dealt me by my crippled computer, forcing me to scrap my original column and begin a new one. But my initial rage has subsided. I have passed the test of my character. Big deal. Should we be proud of ourselves each time we overcome anger, jealousy, ego and other deadly sins? Sure, lets go ahead. Lets pat ourselves on the back and enjoy the feeling. But lets not kid ourselves that were somehow superior. Were not. All we need to do is remember the times when we faced tests of character and flunked them, big time. Americans today experience many tests of character. One of the worst is the political primary season. How should we endure it? A common solution, practiced by millions, is to ignore it. You think thats impossible? Not at all. I know people who ignored most of the 20th century without half trying. Today we need only stop watching TV and reading newspapers to blot out most political news. Another group chooses to be entertained by the current candidates. Ive heard of a parlor game called, Rank the liars. The contest consists of counting the greatest number of lies told by any one candidate in any debate or TV appearance. A reverse of this game asks observers to identify the candidate who, while speaking for two minutes or more, does NOT tell a single untruth. If it were possible, pro-Obama Americans would wish for the GOP primaries to go on forever. As the Republican candidates libel, slander and insult one another, Obama supporters are recording each comment for use next summer and fall as Election Day nears. Democrats wont have to think of negative stuff to use against the GOP candidate; theyll just play back what his fellow Republicans said about him during the primaries. To move on to other tests of character: Is there anything more irritating or disappointing than to lose 10 or 15 pounds and not have anyone notice it? You suffer for weeks, depriving yourself of salt, fat, sugar, pasta and alcohol. You begin to admire yourself in the mirror; your old clothes begin to fit you again. You look like a million bucks, and then ... nothing. Your spouse, children and friends dont say a word. They ignore your achievement like the dunces they are. How do you respond? A shotgun is useful, but unwise. A six-day binge on Breyers butter pecan is allowed. Or you can simply not say a word, and continue your diet until you collapse and die. That will teach them. Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Coping with the tests of characterObama an impractical idealistEditor: In 2008 the American people thought they wee electing a young forward looking president who would lead us to a prosperous future. Unfortunately, President Obama has become an impractical idealist. i.e.: he has refused to apologize to millions of taxpayers for bailing out many European countries. Under these circumstances the problem is Europes collectiveness government that is in shambles. If President Obamas administration continues to mint European socialist policies abroad, the U.S. will fall to pieces also. Moreover, still today, President Obama refuses to learn from his mistakes. He seems to like stimulus bills because he gets to use big government to allocate massive sums of money to their favorite projects. This list is endless. We can only hope that our upcoming election delivers us a leader who will embrace Reagan economic policies. Joan Atkins Palm HarborA great leap backwardEditor: So ... weve taken a substantial step backward, again. Now, about a half million local residents will return to those thrilling days of yesteryear, as in the early 1950s, as we eliminate the fluoridation of our water. Great idea! Why not eliminate polio vaccines too? They came along about the same time, and are just as dangerous as fluoride. For that matter, lets eliminate jet aircraft, microwave ovens, open-heart surgery, computers, color TV, and interstate highways! Theyre all part of that same, crazy era that produced our current sad state of affairs. Heck: lets go back to believing that the solar system revolves around the earth ... the flat earth. Nothing is much more cute than children with bad teeth, and 70 years of preventing that doesnt mean much to people with no credentials to make decisions like this. I dont mind being part of this great leap backward: its pretty thrilling to bring back a debate settled 60 years ago. Sure, well be the subject of derision by people who are high school graduates, but they aint tellin us what to do! A dedicated person doesnt need to think about a decision like this: just shout slogans and stonewall scientific evidence! One dunce with good volume can defeat two rational people any time. Look at our Congress, for instance. But, my congratulations to the dunces: theyve come up with a plan that is profoundly embarrassing, backward and stupid. Why not put hamsters in charge of making decisions about our health? Theyll work for Hartz Mountain pellets and fresh cedar shavings, and make decisions that are just as intelligent as our commissioners have. We wouldnt have to be embarrassed about their decisions, because theyre just dull-witted rodents: the hamsters, I mean. 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Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563What do you think?LETTERS Drivers SeatBob Driver To move on to other tests of character: Is there anything more irritating or disappointing than to lose 10 or 15 pounds and not have anyone notice it? As I See ItDavid BrandonThe Y a cause for community2011 will be remembered as the year Americans woke up to the harm that growing disparities in wealth and income have done to our society and our economy. For decades, the rich have claimed a far larger share of the nations bounty than the rest of us, and now we see the consequences. Americans have funded their consumption not just of widescreen TVs and vacations but also of homes, educations and health care by taking on more and more debt. In 2008, the bottom fell out for a lot of households, and things havent improved much since. The challenge of the coming year, 2012, is to begin doing something constructive to reverse the trend of inequality. This isnt a call for class warfare, but rather an alarm to the middle class that it needs to look after its own interests. Occupy Wall Street certainly deserves credit for ingraining the concept of the top percent into public debate. The very richest Americans have accumulated wealth and income at staggering rates in recent decades, as the fortunes of the middle and lower classes have stagnated or dropped. The cleavage between the rich and the rest of us hasnt been greater since before the Great Depression. In recent weeks, there has also been a fresh onslaught of data about the wealth of the Congress. The median net worth of all U.S. representatives and senators is $513,000 a figure that doesnt include home equity or other real estate holdings, and thus is certainly a low estimate. Compare that to the median U.S. household wealth of an estimated $100,000, as reported by Roll Call a figure that, when adjusted for inflation, has declined in recent years. What can we do to restore the earning power and build the wealth of average American? Well, 2012 being an election year, we can begin by rejecting incumbents and candidates who dont seem to understand what things are like for the common man and woman. A typical case is Newt Gingrich, who opined that the poor dont know how to work. Apparently, hes never seen a single working mother multi-task. So much of the national debate about our dismal economy amounts to thoughtless moralizing. The unemployed are lazy. The poor dont want to improve themselves. Those who complain about inequality are just envious. This kind of rhetoric appeals to many voters, but there are signs that more are seeing through it. More insidious are the discredited economic doctrines that live on, zombie-like, in Congress and in polite circles in Washington, which have had the effect of obstructing useful government action. A prime example: the notion that raising taxes on the rich, even moderately and for the purpose of shrinking budget deficits, will stifle the economy. To make the point, Republicans take care to refer to the rich as job creators. The point needs to be made that the greatest job creators are not the rich but the American consumer. You, me and everybody else from the poorest to the topmost of the 99 percent. We create jobs by demanding goods and services and we cant do it without income. The economic policy we need now can be summed up in three words: Get Americans working. Americans are a resilient, hard-working, forward-focused group. However, the private sector is not creating jobs in meaningful numbers. The public sector has been shrinking, thanks to revenue shortfalls and tea party resistance in Congress and state legislatures. What we need more of right now is federal spending on infrastructure and other worthwhile investments the stimulus that conservatives like to mock. The fact is that the costs of federal borrowing are at historical lows, and the deficit crisis that so many point to in horror was largely created by the tax cuts (and wars) of the past decade and the recession. (If you arent making income and spending it, you arent generating tax revenue.) We also need to do more to prepare our workforce. Far more than during previous generations, successful workers will need advanced skills in math, science, engineering and technology. And this shift is occurring as college tuition costs have skyrocketed compared to wages. That suggests some areas for Congress to focus in 2012: student loan relief, incentives for students to enter the sciences and for startup investment in technology fields. Meanwhile, we need tax reform to close loopholes and to increase relative tax rates on the very rich. The point is not to denounce the rich. In any capitalistic society, inequality will always exist. The challenge of 2012 and beyond will be to restore opportunity to a greater swath of Americans so more people, at all economic levels, prosper. That would make for a happy new year, indeed.Mary Sanchez is an opinion-page columnist for The Kansas City Star. Readers may write to her at: Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108-1413, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mary Sanchez
16A Sports Beacon, January 12, 2012 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 111011 011212 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 Our Mission is Keeping You HealthyNew Patients WelcomeFAMILY PRACTICE & INTERNAL MEDICINE2 Locations to Better Serve YouHumana, Medicare & Most Insurance AcceptedOakhurst Medical Clinic 13020 Park Blvd. Seminole, FL 33776 (727) 393-3404 East Bay Medical Center 3800 East Bay Dr. Largo, FL 33771 (727) 539-0505 oakmed.com102011Todd Clarkson, D.O. Donald Collins, D.O. Ronald Mall, D.O. Roger Schwartzberg, D.O., FAAIM John Jarboe, A.R.N.P. Betsy Parker, A.R.N.P. Gail Quail, MSN, A.R.N.P.-C 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 A big shot of cold air this week really dropped our water temperature both in the Gulf as well as the Intracoastal Waterway. These cold fronts, as long as their not too dramatic, and we get a quick warm-up afterword, are all part of the natural migration habits of many of our local fish, namely silver and speckled trout. Speckled trout seem to thrive in high 50to low 60-degree water. Right on cue, last weeks cold snap followed by a warming trend has brought an insurgence of big speckled trout into our backwaters. Trout up to 24 inches can be found around spoil islands, as well as the many checkered bottom grass flats that line the mainland side of the Intracoastal Waterway. The one common denominator seems to be that the most productive spots have a significant amount of hard shell bottom nearby. Bouncing dark red jigs along the bottom on the deep side of these shell bottom dropoffs has been producing awesome catches of trout, especially in the evening hours. Trout might be the highlight but redfish are still a good bet right now. Most of the reds that weve been getting have been by catch while targeting trout in the super-shallows. Weighted weedless rigged jerk baits are extremely effective in depths less than 2 feet. Most of the reds have been on the lower end of the slot, anywhere from 16 to 24 inches. The key to the super shallows is locating the big schools of mullet. The reds and the trout will intermingle with mullet as they search for prey to be kicked up and disoriented by the heard of mullet. Sheepshead have been hanging around deep docks throughought the Intracoastal Waterway. Small pieces of shrimp, a split shot and a small hook are all you should need. As we continue to get cold shots from the north look for the many bridges in the bay as well as the Intracoastal Waterway to get loaded up with sheepshead. Until next week get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at email@example.com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to edito rial@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.Speckled trout a hot bite Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein Roundup Little League signups continueLittle Leagues in Florida District 5 are currently conducting registration for the 2012 season. Leagues in District 5 are Seminole, Cross Bayou, Madeira Beach, Pinellas Park, Azalea, Northeast, Baypoint, Gulfport and Southwest. Deadline for registration is Jan. 31. District 5 leagues offer baseball, softball and challenger divisions for ages 4 to 18. For further information, go to www.eteamz.com/fldistruict5.Madeira slates T-ball registrationMADEIRA BEACH The Madeira Beach T-ball League plans open registration for children ages 4-7 at Madeira Beach Recreation Center, 200 Rex Place. Registration dates are Saturday, Jan. 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 19, 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children will learn the basic skills and a better understanding of baseball. The cost is $70 for Madeira Beach residents and $85 for nonresidents. Coaches and sponsors are needed for the teams. For further information, call Colin Shaw at 392-0665.Registration starts for volleyball leagueSEMINOLE Registration is under way for the citys adult co-ed volleyball league, which begins play Feb. 9 at the Seminole Recreation Center. Players 16 and older are eligible. Teams will consist of 12 players. Games will be played on Thursday nights. For more information, call Keith at 397-6085.Karate lessons set at rec centerSEMINOLE The DoJo Martial Arts Academy plans karate lessons at the Seminole Recreation Center in January. Classes for ages 5-7 are Mondays 6 to 6:40 p.m., and 6:45 to 7:20 p.m. for ages 8-12. Classes begin Jan. 9. The cost is $39 before Jan. 8 and $45 afterward. For more information, call Kelly Schwegel at 391-8345.Youth hoops registration startsSEMINOLE Registration is under way 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. The league is also looking for volunteer coaches. The city also seeks team sponsors. All contributions are tax deductible. For more information, call Keith Tickner at 397-6085.
Faith & Family 17A Beacon, January 12, 2012 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 DirectoryS010512 Friday Sabbath services 7pm17th St. & 29th Ave., St. Pete. 345-7777 www.jewishheritage.net/Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.Come Back to ChurchSunday School 9:15 a.m. WORSHIP 10:00 a.m.Pastor J. Michael Hargrave010512 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. 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 Tell the Public About Your Services Call 397-5563 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 Espaol010512Jeffrey R. 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Wordsower has almost single-handedly created an uprising in the field of Bible memorization. Meyer has revolutionized the oneman dramatic presentation and the way it is performed to create a feast for the ears. For additional information on Meyer, visit www.thescripturecan notbebroken.com.Calvary Episcopal ChurchINDIAN ROCKS BEACH A computer class on how to use Skype will be offered Saturdays, Jan. 14 and 21, 11 a.m. to noon, in the learning center at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1615 First St. This class will provide a basic understanding of how to use the popular software application Skype. Skype allows users to make voice calls over the Internet. Attendees will learn how to download the software and make free Internet calls to family and friends. Cost is $30 for both classes. Each student will be given a folder with information covered in the class in order to take the newly learned skills with them. To register, call 595-2374. Visit www.calvaryirb.org.Christ Presbyterian ChurchLARGO The Manatee Opera Players will perform Sunday, Jan. 22, 3 p.m., at Christ Presbyterian Church, 3115 Dryer Ave. The performance will feature light opera, jazz and old favorites. For additional information or details, call 584-8695.Suncoast Sierra Club plans meetingCLEARWATER The Suncoast Sierra Club of Pinellas will meet Thursday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane.Richard Smith will share his adventures of hiking the three longest trails in the United States: the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest and the Continental Divide. At the time he completed The Triple Crown of hiking in 2007, less than 100 people had done so. All three hikes combined for almost 8,000 miles from border to border through 22 states. Smith has continued hiking in Camino de Santiago in Spain and climbed the 19, 340 feet Killmanjaro Mountain in Africa. The public is welcome. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Joyce at 5265065.Family fishing class offeredLARGO Largo Recreation will host a four-session family fishing class on Tuesdays, Jan. 24 through Feb. 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. Adults and youth, ages 8 and older, will learn fish identification, angler etiquette, knottying, casting, fishing rules and regulations and lures and baits.Following the conclusion of the class, all participants will meet Saturday, Feb. 18 for a four-hour deep sea fishing excursion on the boat, Double Eagle off of Clearwater Beach. The first 10 children to register will receive a free fishing pole and tackle. Additional giveaways including fishing gear, lures and more have been generously provided by L&S Bait Company. An adult must accompany children during class and trip. The cost per participant is $56 for residents and $70 for nonresidents. Rate covers everything for the class and deep sea fishing trip, including bait, poles and rigging. Spots are limited. Registration ends Friday, Jan. 20. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 587-6740, ext 5008.Great Weedon Bird Quest setST. PETERSBURG The Great Weedon Bird Quest will be Friday, Jan. 13, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Guests will learn to identify marks and behaviors of the island birds while taking advantage of this free guided hike. Binoculars will be available. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visitwww.weedonislandpreserve.org.Weedon to host guided hikesST. PETERSBURG Guided hikes will be offered Saturdays, Jan. 14, 21, Feb. 4, 11, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Attendees will learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while going along on this free guided hike. Participants should bring water and a snack. A hat and closed-toe shoes also are recommended. The hike is best for ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6500 or visitwww.weedonislandpreserve.org.Weedon to host osprey programST. PETERSBURG A free program on Amazing Ospreys will be offered Saturday, Jan. 14, 2 to 3 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. As residents all along Floridas coastal areas, these fishhawks thrive on Pinellas Countys shallow coastal water resources. Barbara Walker from Clearwater Audubon will talk about the different challenges of these special birds. Attendees also will learn the tale of a pair of these amazing ospreys that have taken up a residence at Weedon Island Preserve. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. Weedon to present tourism programST. PETERSBURG A free program on the archeology of Florida tourism will be offered Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 to 8 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Archaeologist Jason Wentzel, M.A., will examine the history and evolvement of the tourism industry in Florida. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visitwww.weedonislandpreserve.org.Weedon to host photography hikeST. PETERSBURG A photography hike will be offered Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The free event will offer participants the perfect opportunity to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, highlighting specific wildlife behaviors, guides will assist participants in capturing the natural beauty in photos. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visitwww.weedonislandpreserve.org.Weedon slates Wee-TimesST. PETERSBURG WeeTime at Weedon will be presented Thursdays, Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. This free program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fourth Thursday of each month, children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. Preregistration is required. To register, call 582-2100 or visit www.weedonislandpre serve.org. For information, call 453-6500.Weedon to host bird walkST. PETERSBURG A bird walk will be offered Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Many of Floridas colonial water birds can be spotted at Weedon Island Preserve during the winter months. Trained volunteers will assist participants in documenting the variety of wading birds that frequent the coastal shores as well as the many birds of prey and other species. Binoculars will be available. The event is recommended for adults. Call 453-6500 or visitwww.weedonislandpreserve.org.Nature notes LOCAL NEWSwww.TBNweekly.com
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Beacon, January 12, 2012 ST. PETERSBURG McNeal Antiques, Jewelry and Coins is a family owned and operated business started in 1980. "We were in the coin and jewelry business in Indiana until we moved to Florida in 1992," says John McNeal. John and his wife, Laura, opened the 4th Street Antique Alley in 1993 with 50 dealers in a 10,000-square-foot showroom. They moved to the current location in January 2008. They do total Estate Liquidation, including autos and real property. "Our staff consists of a licensed auctioneer, a Realtor, a certified gemologist, jeweler, and a certified appraiser for general antiques, an art appraiser, sports memorabilia specialist, coins and stamps." According to John, "If it's an antique or collectible, we buy and sell it with honesty and integrity!"Selling to McNeal Antiques, Jewelry and Coins:McNeal Antiques, Jewelry and Coins is not a pawn shop, but they still have the same government licensing. The atmosphere is entirely different from conventional pawn shops. Its more of a comfortable waiting area with television, magazines, cookies, etc. You may have heard their slogans throughout the years of advertising: Come and meet the McNeals. The coffee is always on! You've heard the advertising campaigns: Whats in your jewelry box? or, Whats in your safety deposit box? McNeal Antiques, Jewelry and Coins offers evaluations and appraisals by professional and courteous staff in a comfortable setting. Our services are always FREE without pressure or obligation. The appraisers will display the items you bring in a tray, test or research the items, then evaluate and explain what you have. Its lots of fun! They pay by cash or check, your choice. Bring in your Jewelry, Stamps and Coins, Antiques and Collectibles with confidence. They have armed security real police officers, for your protection. Other services include a full service jeweler and a watchmaker for anything from a watch battery, custom bridal set, to overhaul a clock or Rolex. They have an art expert, an auctioneer, estate sale specialist, sports memorabilia expert, weapons, military items and artifacts appraiser to give you the best price. As John explains, We love our jobs. In the current economic climate, with gold prices continuing to surge, a number of businesses have sprung up trying to take advantage of the situation. For the average consumer, it is very confusing with all of the We Buy Gold for Cash stores and pawn shops. "They need to watch out for the 'out of town hotel buyers' popping up everywhere," says Jim Bartlett, Certified Appraiser. Jim explains, "They have no long term interest or concern for a customers' past, present or future business. We dont even know if they are qualified or licensed. Who verifies they are licensed or certified? They do a 'get rich quick' session and only come back again when things cool off." Enjoy a comfortable lounge with antique, decorator and coin magazines and television to watch if they get a little backed up. Wait time is usually 15 minutes or less. A water cooler with fresh hot coffee, tea or hot chocolate, cookies and candy. Laura McNeal says, "Come in and meet The McNeals!" They buy antiques, collectibles, Genuine 10K, 14K, 18K, 21K and 24-karat and costume jewelry. The bigger and glitzier or designer signed the better. They buy coins and currency, U.S. or foreign. Bring in your wind-up watches, working or not, sterling silver jewelry, flatware, holloware, scrap gold, broken or tangled, single earrings, gold fillings, etc. "Come in and browse around," Jim says. McNeal Antiques, Jewelry and Coins is bursting with rare, valuable and coveted items something for everyone, from the casual collector to the serious connoisseur. "You're going to like it here."Buying from McNeal Antiques, Jewelry and Coins: ATTENTION INVESTORS: They have 90 percent U.S. circulated silver coins, pre-1964 or older. There is an inventory of gold modern bullion and large selection of pre-1933 gold coins. Eagle and Double Eagle, Liberties and St. Gaudens, Half Eagle Liberty and Indian, Quarter Eagle Liberty and Indian, etc. If you collect coins, they offer bullion coins for sale all the way up to PCGS slabbed investment coins. They offer gold bars, Krugerrands, maple leaf and foreign and rare U.S. gold coins, mint sets, Morgan, Peace dollars, books and supplies. Come in and browse around, Jim says. You'll be glad you came!McNeal Antiques offers other services:WRITTEN CERTIFIED APPRAISALS: For Insurance purposes, tax and probate, inheritance distribution or divorce settlement. ESTATE SALES: They will bid to buy one item or entire estates from your lawyer, bankers, powers of attorney and the general public for on site sales, liquidation or removal. HOUSE CALLS: At no cost or obligation to you, McNeal Antiques representatives will meet you or your family at your home, storage or bank to discuss and evaluate your items for sale. You may not know what you have, so do not throw anything away. Instead, call for an appointment today! You also may email a photo of your item using the subject line, "I need an appraisal" to email@example.com. For more information and market quotes visit www.mcnealantiques.com. Stop in, Jim says. The coffee is always on! There are now two locations to serve you: Central Pinellas location 6206 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Call 727-544-6464 NEW N. Pinellas location 3209 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor in the Shoppes at Cloverplace. Call 727-785-6464. PAIDADVERTISEMENTMeet the McNeals: Deals made with Honesty and IntegrityMcNeal Antiques, Jewelry & Coins buys and sells all kinds of antiques and collectibles, jewelry and coins now with two showrooms full of interesting items in every collectible area.Back Row L-R: Steven Kozenieski, Ron Burchard, John McNeal, Dan DeGregorio Front Row L-R: Jim Bartlett holding Bronco, Christy Capps holding Charlotte, Scott Capps holding Hazel, Laura McNeal holding Chloe. McNeal Antiques Jewelry Coinswww.mcnealantiques.com St. Pete Store Jim with customer John McNeal, Owner, with customer Dan with customers Palm Harbor StoreRon, Store Manager, Palm Harbor6206 54th Ave. N. Call 727-544-6464 3209 Tampa Road, Shoppes at Cloverplace 727-785-6464 011212
Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesBeacon Section B January 12, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com This weeks top five Top 5 this weekend Passengers, by Sam Bobrick, Jan. 12-29, 2012; at Venue Ensemble Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 822-6194 or visit www.venueactorstudio.org. Gayl Hardeman, Devin ONeill, Owen Robertson and Daniel Rosenstrauch portray at least 17 zany and diverse characters at the ticket counter of a small Midwestern bus station. The production is directed by Mary Kay Cyrus. A portion of ticket sales from each show is donated to a benefit organization. Homeless Emergency Project will be the designated benefit organization for this production. The Florida Orchestra: Pictures at an Exhibition part of the Masterworks series, Friday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m., at the Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org. The performance will be repeated Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. A final performance will be presented Sunday, Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 7917400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. From carefree and spirited to almost overwhelming, it is a night of musical impressions inspired by great art: Botticelli in Respighis Trittico Botticelliano, Matthias Grnewald in Hindemiths Mathis der Maler and Victor Hartmann in Ravels orchestration of Mussorgskys Pictures at an Exhibition. Tickets range from $15 to $45. Voxare String Quartet, Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets range from $37 to $45. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The concert will feature a new score played to Dziga Vertovs groundbreaking, avant-garde 1929 silent film The Man with the Movie Camera. Voxare has methodically selected music of Soviet-era Modernist Russian composers to accompany the screening of the film. The playlist includes work from Mosolov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Stravinsky. Known for inventive programming, technical prowess, attention to detail and passionate performances Voxare String Quartet received Chamber Music Americas 2010 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Gregg Allman, Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $35 to $69.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. On tour in support of his critically acclaimed Rounder Records release Low Country Blues, Allman will make an exclusive Tampa Bay area stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall with special guest Jaimoes Jasssz Band. As a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and in his ownstoried solo career, Allman has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, his soulful and distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. Low Country Blues marks the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers seventh solo recording and first in more than 13 years. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album finds Allman putting his own stamp on songs by some of the blues giants whose work has long informed his own, from Muddy Waters and B.B. King to Buddy Guy and Magic Sam. 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. Other events in the area:Seminole Classic Movie Matinee, Friday, Jan. 13, 1 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole. The featured Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy isnt laden with pulse-pounding chase sequences, fiery earth-shattering explosions or protracted shoot-outs. Its divergence from all the deep-seated conventions of Hollywood blockbusters makes this low-key, cerebral film appealing and distinctive. The films distributor, Focus Features, hasnt exactly gone out of its way to hype it, but Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is getting noticed for good reason. It is one of the smartest, most multifaceted narratives to hit the big screen in some time. A clever espionage thriller, it is based on the 1974 novel of the same name by John le Carr. Set in 1973 at the height of the Cold War, the story opens with a shake-up within Britains Secret Intelligence Service, code-named the Circus. The head of the agency, referred to only as Control (John Hurt), suspects a mole has infiltrated the Circus. He sends agent Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong) to Hungary on a fact-finding job. The mission goes violently awry and, as a result, Control is forced into retirement along with his right-hand-man, George Smiley (Gary Oldman). Smiley, a reticent, insightful intelligence officer is soon recalled rehired in secret at the governments request and tasked with tracking down a Soviet double agent. The film begins in medias res. Background information is supplied by sporadic flashbacks. Aided by younger agent Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch), and assisted by rogue field Ricki Tarr (Tom Hardy), Smiley eventually establishes a connection to longtime nemesis a Russian spymaster known only as Karla and narrows down the list of potential moles to five men. The suspects codenames include Tinker, Tailor, Soldier and Poor Man. Oldmans Smiley is taciturn and somber. The actor makes it clear, though, behind every silent scowl, the gears are spinning as he works to solve the puzzle. His performance is beautifully restrained as he portrays a man who symbolizes firm determination and loyalty. Oldman doesnt leave much doubt that Smileys motive for identifying the mole has more to do with validating his mentors seeming paranoia and absolving himself as it does with protecting national interests. Hardy gives an exemplary supporting performance as Tarr, an agent betrayed by his own countrys secret service. Hardys Tarr may beAppealing and distinctive Photos by JACK ENGLISH/FOCUS FEATURESGary Oldman stars as George Smiley in Focus Features release of Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. seething with vengefulness, but hes equally patient and methodical. Cumberbatchs Guillam is the perfect blend of courage and trepidation. Compared to the veterans Smiley is investigating, Guillam is little more than a rookie, yet his sense of constancy and allegiance are unwavering. Cumberbatchs nuanced performance wonderfully expresses the characters inner turmoil as he helps Smiley spy on fellow spies. Other key players include the ambitious Percy Alleline, played by Toby Jones; Bill Haydon, played by Colin Firth; Roy Bland, played by Ciaran Hinds; and Toby Esterhase, played by David Dencik.Benedict Cumberbatch plays Peter Guillam in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. See REEL TIME, page 5B Looking ahead Looking ahead RIC only RIC only RIC only *With purchase. Prices above are per hearing aid. 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The festival will showcase both local and nationally recognized artists. This art affair will once again transform downtown Main Street into a first-class outdoor art gallery. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Dunedins village-like atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for this popular two-day art showcase. Festival-goers will find all kinds of unique masterpieces, from life-size sculptures and spectacular paintings to one-of-a-kind jewels, photography and ceramics. Attracting some of the countrys top artists, the Dunedin tradition is a celebration of the arts. The event will include the work of 100 artists from 30 different states who have been selected from hundreds of applicants. We have a very selective jury process and choose only the finest artists providing an extraordinary experience defined by the sounds, colors and drama of the works of art on display and for sale, said festival promoter Howard Alan in a press release. The artists will converge upon Main Street in downtown Dunedin, showcasing their finest work including their newest creations. The artists will be on site for the duration of the festival, allowing attendees an opportunity to learn more about their art. Following is a list of artists scheduled to participate in the Downtown Dunedin Art Festival: Arlene Alldredge, pottery Mike Awalt, copper David Berger, oils Betsy Bohrer, mixed media Kevan Breitinger, mosaics Dale Cantrell, stone/wood Bill Colby, pottery Mary Anne Collins, whimsical Jim Dee, painting Allen Demichele and Kelly Zimmer, sand castings Kirk Ellison, mixed media/photography Sherry Fennessy, glass jewelry Jack and AJ Ferrell, mixed media and tiles Michelle Frappier, Jewelry John Furches, etchings Carol T. Glazer, photography Julie Goodin, mixed media Christine and David Goshorn, jewelry Valery Guignon, fiber Jonathan Harvey, fiber Elizabeth Haughton and Michel Tsouris, jewelry Mimi Hay, clothing Barbara Holloway, handwoven artwear Barry Hollritt, photography Lorri Honeycutt, photography Marcy and Adrian Johannes, jewelry Anthony Joneck, jewelry Annette and Gerry Kapfer, jewelry Lawrence Kearns, pottery Byron and Georgia Knight, pottery Steven Koester, jewelry Dianne Krumel, etchings Erik Laffer, paintings Zenia Lis, jewelry Charlotte Lodico, jewelry Susan Loy and Ron Ayers, calligraphy Glenda and Eric Lundgren, jewelry Melissa Luoma, jewelry Brian Mace, sculpture Sarena Mann, mixed media fabrics Susan McCubbin, watercolor Brenda McMahon, pottery Candyce Moreland, jewelry Jeanne Murphy, potography Eddie Myers, digital Merrianne Nichols, leather bags Lori Kay Olling, jewelry Arleen and Michael Parker, jewelry Ricardo Perez Messina, painting Sally Phillips, jewelry Patrick Reynolds, oils and watercolors Eugene Rizzo, watercolor Angela Roberts and Chelsea Pavloff, glass jewelry Page Rozelle, jewelry Gerald Sanders, metal trees Edward Sanderson, paintings Carl Schneider, jewelry Inna Schoeler, clothing and wraps Linda Soderquist, painting Sharon and Bob Spry, jewelry Michael Stewart, jewelry Thomas Styczynski, photography Linda Thursby, photography Doretha Truesdell, painting Mark and Karen Tuttle, jewelry Steve Vaughn, photography Patrick Whalen, photography Skip and Moonstone White, jewelry Jacqueline Wides, beaded jewelry Mike Williams, pen and ink graphics Xiao Xia Zhang, silk embroidery Participating Tampa Bay artists include Safety Harbor artist Arlene Alldredge, whose clay wall hangings were exhibited the South Hall Gallery of the Safety Harbor Public Library last year; Ozona artist Susan McCubbin, watercolorist; and Sherry Fennessy, glass artist. Using primarily Italian Murano glass, Fennessy makes all the glass beads used in her creations. She completes the the jewelry with Swarovski crystals and sterling silver made in Bali. My inspiration for color combinations comes from continual observance of the world around me, Fennessy says on her website. Im blessed to be able to pursue my passion for art. North Carolina artist John Furches has developed a knack for depicting the relationships of color and nature in rural landscapes and nostalgic still lifes. The subject matter for his etchings include botanicals, wildlife, landscapes and historical scenes. A lot of his pieces of work are very detailed because he enjoys the challenge of realism, the artists biography states on his website. Capturing the different colors and textures can be time-consuming. Carol Glazer combined her two great passions in life: wildlife and photography. Glazer has traveled the world to observe animals in their natural environs and has captured both the behaviors as well as the emotions of her wild subjects. Her image inventory includes photos of everything from deer, elk, bison, lynx and coyote to grizzly bears, bobcats, cougars, moose and mountain goats. Of particular interest to Floridians, Glazer has a number of images of alligators from the swamp lands of the Sunshine State. According to her website, Glazer has been pursued her passion for photography for more than 30 years. An award-winning photographer, Glazer is an active member of the North American Nature Photographers Association, Florida Professional Photographers, the Yellowstone Association and the National Wildlife Federation. Orlando-based contemporary impressionist painter Edward Sanderson paints with bold, vivid hues portraying a carefree world full of color and light. My paintings invite the viewer to relate to everyday life and cemotions through the use of saturated colors and identifiable objects that co-exist in natural environments, Sanderson says in his artist biography on his website. Each painting is designed to capture lifes fleeting moments while evoking emotions through its striking compositions and vivid hues. Gerald Sanders began creating wire trees in 1973. The artist fashions trees from hundreds of pieces of straight 23 gauge steel wire, using vise grips and pliers to twists limbs and form delicate branches. Once completed, Sanders trees resemble miniature leafless trees in winter. What was once a hobby has become full-time vocation and Sanders admits it all began quite accidentally. My mother saves everything and had some wire and suggested I make something with it, Sanders says in his artist biography on his website. I made a small tree and took it to work with me to show some of the people at the restaurant and a lady wanted to buy it. I sold it for a dollar or two, and another co-worker asked me to make her one. Since then, Sanders has crafted and sold more than 80,000 wire trees. The annual Downtown Dunedin Art Festival is free and open to the public and it helps support both the arts community and the local economy. Howard Alan Events will host additional shows in the coming months in the Tampa Bay area, including: Fifth annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival, Jan. 14-15, Venice Ninth annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival, Jan. 28-29, Sarasota 18th annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival, Jan. 28-29, St. Pete Beach 18th annual Siesta Key Craft Festival, Feb. 4-5, Sarasota Third annual Downtown Bradenton Craft Festival, Feb. 11-12, Bradenton 24th annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts, Feb. 18-19, Sarasota 20th anniversary Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival, Feb. 18-19, Dunedin For information, visit www.artfestival.com.
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Call 394-6905. Family Movie Matinee, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole. The featured film will be Winnie the Pooh Movie. Free popcorn and soda will be provided by the Friends of the Seminole Library. Call 394-6905. Author talk and book signing Monday, Jan. 23, 6 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole. Kathryne Arnold, author of The Resurrection of Hannah, will visit the library. Call 394-6905. Classic Movie Matinee, Friday, Jan. 27, 1 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole. The featured film will be The Rainmaker. Free popcorn and soda will be provided by the Friends of the Seminole Library. Call 394-6905. Family Movie Matinee, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole. The featured film will be The Borrowers. 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, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 11501 Walker Ave., Seminole. 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 399-0599. Visit www.suncoastsingers.com.Treasure Island Bobby Tess and the Dixie Chaps Thursdays, Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, 23, at 7 to 9:30 p.m., at the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Sponsored by the Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society, admission is $7. Call 522-6877. Greg Proops, Friday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m., at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. Tickets are $35 plus service charge. Call 367-4511 or visit theclubti.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.St. Pete Beach Author talk and book signing Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m., at St. Pete Beach Public Library, 365 73rd Ave., St. Pete Beach. Young adult author Calley Weaver will visit the library. Call 363-9238. Author talk and book signing Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., at St. Pete Beach Public Library, 365 73rd Ave., St. Pete Beach. New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey will visit the library as he continues his tour in support of his most recent novel, Pineapple Grenade. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Call 3639238.Clearwater The Exhibiting Society of Artists exhibit through Feb. 29, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. TESA will be exhibiting this winter season for three full months at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Artwork by TESAs 50 professional artist members, most of who 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. Lie, Cheat and Genuflect, by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, presented by Early Bird Dinner Theatre, through Feb. 26, at the Italian-American Club, 200 S. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. 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, Clearwater. 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. Voxare String Quartet Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets range from $37 to $45. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The concert will feature a new score played to Dziga Vertovs groundbreaking, avant-garde 1929 silent film The Man with the Movie Camera. Voxare has methodically selected music of Soviet-era Modernist Russian composers to accompany the screening of the film. The playlist includes work from Mosolov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Stravinsky. Known for inventive programming, technical prowess, attention to detail and passionate performances Voxare String Quartet received Chamber Music Americas 2010 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Spencers: Theatre of Illusion ; Sunday, Jan. 15, 1 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $18 to $25. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The show will showcase breathtaking illusions, dazzling special effects, drama, comedy, danger and magnificent set design. Like modern-day Houdinis, Kevin and Cindy Spencer have created a high-tech wonder that is one of the largest touring illusion productions today. The Spencers have been named International Magicians of the Year and six times Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year. Artistry and theater converge in this production as this engaging duo offers an unforgettable theatrical experience. Jailhouse Rock, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 3 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Part of the Capitol Classics film series, the screening continues a month-long celebration of Elvis Presleys films. In Jailhouse Rock, Presley stars as Vince Everett, a criminal who discovers his musical talent while doing time. Upon his release, Vince meets a music scout who raises him to recording success. Watch the dark and dangerous Vince climb back up the charts in this compelling musical hit where everybody in the whole cell block, was dancing to the jailhouse rock. The Florida Orchestra: The Sounds of Nature ; Wednesday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $26.50 to $44.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Featuring Debussys Clair de lune, Vivaldis Spring from The Four Seasons, and Beethovens Symphony No. 6, Pastorale, Stuart Malina conducts the morning Coffee Concert featuring Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer, with complimentary coffee and doughnuts served before the performance. Bus Stop, by William Inge, presented by Francis Wilson Playhouse, Jan. 19-29, at the playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. 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. Stan Hunter and the Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Jazz Combo, Friday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m., in the Murray Studio Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Hunter is a world-class pianist, organist and composer. He has performed with many jazz greats including John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Sonny Stitt and Dexter Gordon. He can be found on recordings with Jimmy Paxton, Chris Columbo, Sonny Fortune, Gil Askey and Al Grey. Hunter is originally from Philadelphia but currently resides in St. Petersburg when not playing the international jazz festival circuit. Gordon Lightfoot, Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $42.50 to $79. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The master songwriter who penned If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald loves both writing and touring. Since his emergence from the Toronto folk club scene in the s, Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums including his latest, Harmony. He also has composed hits for artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Harry Belafonte and Nina Mouskouri. Dunedin Annual All-Media Members Awards Art Show through Jan. 31, at Stirling Art Studio and Gallery, 730 Broadway, second floor, Dunedin. 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. 2nd Friday Dunedin Wine and Art Walk Friday, Jan. 13, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., in downtown Dunedin. More than 40 merchants will participate with discounts and giveaways. Entertainment will be provided by Pat Barmore and Friends in Pioneer Park. Attendees may purchase a $10 wristband for merchant discounts and will be eligible for a drawing in the park at 8:30 p.m. For information, call 734-8671 or visit www.2ndFridayDunedin.com. Artists reception Friday, Jan. 13, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Stirling Art Studio and Gallery, 730 Broadway, second floor, Dunedin. 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.Gulfport USA Dance Monday, Jan. 30, 7 to 10:15 p.m., at Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. Admission is $7 and includes a dance workshop, professional and amateur exhibitions, dance hosts and snacks. For information, call 397-5754. USA Dance Monday, Feb. 27, 7 to 10:15 p.m., at Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. Admission is $7 and includes a dance workshop, professional and amateur exhibitions, dance hosts and snacks. For information, call 397-5754.Largo The Nowhere Band Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. 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, Largo. 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. The Lettermen Sunday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. 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, Cant Take My Eyes Off of You, Hurt So Bad, the sound is undeniably Lettermen. LOOKING AHEAD, from page 1B
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Bland is just that: chronically featureless, predominantly uncommunicative and unrelenting. While Oldmans Smiley is quiet because he is observant and contemplative, Hinds rendition of Bland goes the opposite direction, depicting an agent who is single-minded and dutifully obedient. Control apparently saved Esterhases life and recruited him into the Circus, but the agent abandoned him in favor of the new guard. Denciks Esterhase is appropriately capricious, erratic and visibly nervous. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is inescapably a period piece the storyline simply cant be transplanted in time. It is a world of nicotine-heavy conference rooms populated by chain-smokers, office girls unconcerned with sexist comments, bulky file folders overflowing with paper documents and jammed onto shelves in endless library archives and sullen espionage agents prone to wearing trench coats and speaking in hushed voices in bleak wintry venues across Europe. The attention to detail in recreating the 1970s milieu adds to the authenticity and the allure of the film as does the realism that separates it from contemporary spy thrillers. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has little in common with the fantasy spy worlds of the James Bond franchise, the Mission Impossible franchise and the Bourne franchise. Director Tomas Alfredson and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema deliberately underscored the fact that the espionage games played by the Circus are neither fast-paced nor adrenaline-laced; the secret agents are not dashing and debonair; and the principles each side values are at best morally ambiguous. The films themes of ethical ambiguities, soulnumbing bureaucracy and partisan disillusionment are as meaningful today as they were when the book was written. The author, incidentally, wrote two additional installments in what became known as the Karla Trilogy. The other books are The Honourable Schoolboy and Smileys People. While this film can stand on its own perfectly well, it would be interesting to see Oldman reprise his role as Smiley should Alfredson decide to adapt le Carrs other novels. While its drab realism and brooding protagonist dont fit Hollywoods current genre paradigm, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy delivers a surprisingly forceful dramatic impact right down to its anti-climatic final frames. One warning: The film is labyrinthine in its scope. It is a film that demands and rewards focused viewing. Miss a few minutes and the thousand-piece puzzle will be peppered by annoying gaps. REEL TIME, from page 1BOpening this weekWahlberg leads cast in thriller Contraband; Disney releases Beauty & the Beast in 3-D Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:Beauty and the Beast 3-DGenre: Family, animation, comedy and romance Cast: Paige OHara, Robby Benson, Rex Everhart, Richard White and Jesse Corti Director: Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale Rated: G Walt Disney Animation Studios magical classic Beauty and the Beast returns to the big screen in Disney Digital 3-D, introducing a whole new generation to the Disney classic with stunning new 3-D imagery. The film captures the fantastic journey of Belle (voice of Paige OHara), a bright and beautiful young woman whos taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of Robby Benson) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castles enchanted staff a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beasts exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince. Featuring unforgettable music by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, and an enormously talented vocal ensemble, Beauty and the Beast was the first animated feature to receive a Best Picture nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.ContrabandGenre: Action, adventure and thriller Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi and Lukas Haas Director: Baltasar Kormkur Rated: R Mark Wahlberg leads the cast of Contraband, a white-knuckle action-thriller about a man trying to stay out of a world he worked hard to leave behind and the family hell do anything to protect. Set in New Orleans, the film explores the cutthroat underground world of international smuggling full of desperate criminals and corrupt officials, high-stakes and big payoffs where loyalty rarely exists and death is one wrong turn away. Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy (Caleb Landry Jones), botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi), Chris is forced back into doing what he does best running contraband to settle Andys debt. Chris is a legendary smuggler and quickly assembles a crew with the help of his best friend, Sebastian (Ben Foster), to head to Panama and return with millions in counterfeit bills. Things quickly fall apart and with only hours to reach the cash, Chris must use his rusty skills to successfully navigate a treacherous criminal network of brutal drug lords, cops and hit men before his wife, Kate (Kate Beckinsale), and sons become their target.Joyful NoiseGenre: Musical, performing arts and drama Cast: Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, Courtney B. Vance and Jeremy Jordan Director: Todd Graff Rated: PG-13 The small town of Pacashau, Ga., has fallen on hard times, but the people are counting on the Divinity Church Choir to lift their spirits by winning the National Joyful Noise Competition. The choir has always known how to sing in harmony, but the discord between its two leading ladies now threatens to tear them apart. Their newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill (Latifah), stubbornly wants to stick with their tried-and-true traditional style, while the fiery G.G. Sparrow (Parton) thinks tried-and-true translates to tired-and-old. Shaking things up even more is the arrival of G.G.s rebellious grandson, Randy (Jeremy Jordan). Randy has an ear for music, but he also has an eye for Vi Roses beautiful and talented daughter, Olivia (Keke Palmer), and the sparks between the two teenagers are causing even more friction between G.G. and Vi Rose. If these two strong-willed women can put aside their differences for the good of the people in their town, they and their choir may make the most joyful noise of all.The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.The DivideGenre: Suspense and horror Cast: Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn, Rosanna Arquette, Courtney B. Vance, Lauren German Director: Xavier Gens Not yet rated In this graphic and violent post-apocalyptic thriller, nine strangers all tenants of a New York high-rise apartment escape a nuclear attack by hiding out in the buildings bunker-like basement. Trapped for days underground with no hope for rescue, and only unspeakable horrors awaiting them on the other side of the bunker door, the group begins to descend into madness, each turning on one another with physical and psycho-sexual torment. As supplies dwindle, and tensions flare, and they grow increasingly unhinged by their close quarters and hopelessness, each act against one another becomes more depraved than the next. While everyone in the bunker allows themselves to be overcome by desperation and lose their humanity, one survivor holds onto a thin chance for escape even with no promise of salvation on the outside.For more movie news including whats playing at local theaters, trailers and an opportunity to purchase tickets online, visit www.TBNweekly.com. Click on the Movie News & Reviews link on the leftside menu. Photo by VAN REDINFrom left, Dolly Parton stars as G.G. Sparrow and Queen Latifah as Vi Rose Hill in Alcon Entertainment's "Joyful Noise, a Warner Bros. 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