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VIEWPOINTSCarl HiaasenBan on Burmese pythons? Might as well try to ban eas, columnist says. ... Page 15A. 5 candidates seek 2 Council seats By BOB McCLURESEMINOLE Over the next few weeks, Seminole residents will vote via mail-in ballots or at the polls March 13 to elect two city councilors. A field of five candidates Chris Burke, Tom Christy, Sheryl Goff, Patricia Plantamura and Leslie Waters will be seeking the two non-partisan, at-large seats for a term of three years, eight months. Today, the Beacon takes a look at the candidates with a series of questions designed to help voters make a better decision on Election Day. The candidates:Chris BurkeMarital status: Married 19 years to Maureen; 2 daughters, ages 14 and 12. Age: 47. Activities/Employment: Employed as a sergeant with the Largo Police Department coach of the Seminole under-16 girls soccer team member of the pastoral council at St. Jerome Catholic Church past president of the Quail Ridge Homeowners Association past chairman of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic School board 32-year Seminole resident. Bio: Native of Hopkinton, Mass. Moved to Pinellas County in 1979 and graduated from Seminole High School in 1982 Decorated U.S. Army veteran and Gulf War veteran nominated for the Bronze Star during the first Gulf War started with the city of Largo in 1989 as a police dispatcher and later as a dispatch supervisor served on the Largo Police Department for 17 years graduated magna cum laude from both St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida where he earned a bachelors degree in history Has applied to the masters program at USF where he hopes to earn a degree in humanities. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: none.Tom ChristyMarital status: Single. Age: 60. Activities/employment: Retired. Bio: Native of Tonawanda, N.Y. 1975 graduate of Bryant & Stratton College Served twice on the Tonawanda City Council worked 30 years for childrens book publisher Carton-Craft Corp. in Buffalo, N.Y. Lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Moved to Seminole in 2005 resident of Seminole Gardens member of the Seminole Gardens Mens Club served on the board of directors of Seminole Gardens member of St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church served on the city of Seminole Charter Revision Committee in 2009-10. 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Page 2A.Holiday Lights attendance is upPinellas Countys Holiday Lights in the Gardens recently completed its 11th anniversary and attendance numbers show the 2011 exhibition far exceeded expectations. During the 38 days of Holiday Lights, more than 60,000 people visited displays throughout the gardens nearly 18,000 more than in 2010. ... Page 3A.Weedon Island celebrates pastFor the Love of Weedon on Saturday, Feb. 11, is a celebration of Weedon Island, from its rich prehistoric and historic heritage to its present day use as a coastal preserve for education and outdoor activities. ... Page 4A.POLICEBoat crashes into IRB dockTwo men were injured last weekend when their boat crashed into a dock and seawall in the Intracoastal Waterway behind residences at 526 and 536 20th Ave. N. in Indian Rocks Beach. The injuries were not life-thtreatening. ... Page 5A.SEMINOLECity passes pension resolutionThe city has joined an increasing effort by the Florida League of Cities to send a nonbinding message to the Florida Legislature concerning firefighter pension reforms. City councilors voted 5-1 on Jan. 24 to pass a resolution asking state lawmakers to consider removing mandates that establish minimum standards for firefighter pensions, remove the requirements for additional pension benefits and allow the city to use insurance premium tax revenues to pay for pension benefits. ... Page 6A.No ifs, ands or butts in Indian Rocks BeachAlso opening this week is Drew Barrymore in the family drama Big Miracle ... 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Tom Christy Chris Burke See CANDIDATES, page 4A By BOB McCLUREREDINGTON SHORES The lease is complete and construction is expected to begin soon on the $5 million Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center at Johns Pass Village in Madeira Beach. E. Howard Rutherford, president and CEO of the facility, told members of the Barrier Island Governmental Council Jan. 25 that plans are moving along to close The Pier Aquarium and open the new 12,500square-foot attraction on Dec. 12. Rutherford said a $1 million endowment for the sustainability of the project has been received and efforts to raise the remainder of the necessary funding are about half complete. This is an attraction that will not just attract people but will educate as well, said Patty Hubbard, chief financial officer of Hubbard Properties. It will enhance our community and put us on the world map as far as what we can provide our visitors. Plans call for the L-shaped building to use space on the north and west sides of the JPV building. Unlike most other aquariums, the new facility will showcase marine research and technology of the St. Petersburg Ocean Team to give the public a better understanding of what lies beneath the surface of the sea. Members of the Ocean Team, which will add substance to the interactive attraction, include the USF College of Marine Science, SRI International, International Ocean Institute, USF Research and Innovation, Florida Institute of Oceanography, City of St. Petersburg, Eckerd College Marine Science Department, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg and USF St. Petersburg. According to Rutherford, the ocean will be presented through a series of mystery stations. They include a moon jellyfish jewel tank, a satellite imagery station, a tank that focuses on the impact of acid on coral, a See AQUARIUM, page 4A By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Pinellas County commissioners are concerned that several years of cuts to code enforcements budget may have gone too far. Todd Myers, Code Enforcement Division director, told commissioners at a Jan. 26 work session, that his department is barely able to keep up with complaints. He attributed the problem to having a small staff with a large job. Code Enforcement now has a staff of 14 with only nine code enforcement officers and two senior officers. All told, the division has lost 19 positions in the past four years. Officials estimate it should take a staff of at least 24 to 30 to keep up with the job. Code enforcement has a broad mission that includes working to preserve the quality and value of public and private property and maintaining a high standard of living by eliminating conditions that threaten the health, safety and general welfare of the public, according to a staff report. The division is charged with enforcing a variety of county ordinances, including those that regulate minimum housing laws, inoperative vehicles, trash and debris, lot clearing, noise, prohibited vehicles and land development zoning. The division works to reduce neighborhood blight, eliminate unsafe property, cut down on yards with clutter and junk in an effort to preserve property values and maintain neighborhoods as desirable places to live. Myers said he is very proud of the work done by code enforcement despite severe cuts to staff. In 2011, code enforcement responded to 3,371 complaints and opened 5,119 violation cases. Officers did 22,532 inspections and issued 640 citations. The average response time was seven working days. Each enforcement officer had an average caseload of 250. The majority of cases, 33 percent, involved trash and debris violations, 25 percent were zoning issues, 23 percent violations of minimum housing rules, 13 percent inoperative vehicles, 4 percent lot clearing, and 2 percent prohibited vehicles. Noise came in at 0 percent. In 2011, code enforcement made back nearly $800,000 of its $1.2 million budget through funds collected, citations, research fees, lot clearing charges and interest.Abandoned and foreclosed propertiesMyers said abandoned and foreclosed properties are a big problem, mainly because no one is taking care of them. There is no one to mow the lawn or maintain the property. Homes with swimming pools are an added burden. Many homeowners abandon their properties as soon as they get a notice of foreclosure, he said. However, until the foreclosure process is complete, they are still responsible. Banks that hold the mortgage rarely step in to maintain a home until they become the property owner. Some properties remain in limbo for years with no one taking responsibility for their care. In Florida, the average time to process a foreclosure case is 757 days. During that time, no one mows the lawn or trims the bushes. If wind blows the fence down, no one repairs it. Swimming pools go stagnant and become areas for mosquitoes to breed. Pools that are not fenced are a danger to children. Absentee property owners ignore citations and fines remain unpaid. Eventually a lien is placed on the property that may or not be paid when the property is sold at some unknown time in the future. Theres simply not enough money in the budget to pay to maintain the thousands of abandoned properties in unincorporated Pinellas, Myers said. He said some banks are more responsive to complaints of violations and some are inconsistent in their response. He said some hire property preservation companies and will do certain work before actually taking possession. Generally, much of the burden falls to code enforcement to take care of the complaints, and there is only so much that can be done, legally and due to budget constraints. County Attorney Jim Bennett said it is perfectly within their (banks) rights to refuse to maintain foreclosed properties because they dont own them. He said once the property goes through the foreclosure process and banks take possession, they fix it up to get it on the market. But until the bank owns it, the county must deal with absentee property owners. Myer said code enforcement had taken some property owners to court, which is a See CODE ENFORCEMENT, page 4A
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That message was delivered by utility representatives at a well-attended informational meeting on the subject Jan. 23 at city hall. A referendum vote calling for the city to look into undergrounding will take place on March 13. Nelson Eash, manager of Progress Energys Walsingham Road operation, addressed the pluses and minuses of converting overhead wires to underground. Undergrounding is costly, some 4to 5-times the expense of overhead lines, Eash said. Putting existing lines underground, as would be the case in Belleair Beach, is even more expensive. The cost would be paid by the city, and mostly passed on to the residents. The city also would be responsible for the reconstruction of sidewalks, streets, landscaping and other areas disrupted by the undergrounding process, Eash said. Eash spoke of other associated costs beyond the undergrounding itself, including procuring easements, restoration of sidewalks and landscaping, trenching to individual residences, and streetlights. Undergrounding projects take a lot of work to get done, Eash stressed. Repair time of an underground system would likely be longer because of the added difficulty of locating a problem, Eash said. We have a lot of specialized equipment to locate the problems, but it takes longer to fix than being able to see it on a pole, he said. Underground utilities are not necessarily safer, due to the hazards of digging underground, said Gail Simpson, Progress Energy manager of public policy and constituent relations. Simpson also said undergrounded utilities are very susceptible to damage by lightning and water. There is no data to show it is more reliable, she said. More than 90 percent of Verizon lines are already underground, said Raul Rivera, a lead engineer. Rivera estimated the cost of undergrounding Verizon lines to be about one-fourth to a tenth of Progress Energys expense. Scott Creasy of Bright House Networks said undergrounding is not an easy process. It requires a lot of coordination between the utilities, he said, and obstacles, such as pipes in the way, are often encountered. Creasy, like Eash, described undergrounding projects as a lot of work. City Councilor Wanda Schwerer wanted a comparison of the failure rates of underground vs. overhead systems. Eash declined to give specifics, but said problems underground take longer to detect. Undergrounding equipment in coastal areas has to be rated for saltwater contamination, adding to the cost, said Eash, responding to a question from Councilor Leslie Notaro. Vice Mayor David Dumville asked about the performance of transformers during storms. Eash said the transformers are meant to handle a certain amount of moisture, but they are not submersible and would be vulnerable in flood conditions. Residents attending the meeting had mixed comments on undergrounding. While some were concerned about the costs, others gave a more upbeat appraisal than the utility representatives. J.C. Emfeld asked for the undergrounding cost estimate when the issue was looked at several years ago. Told that the expense to underground Gulf Boulevard only was $8 million, Emfeld replied, I rest my case. This thing is just way out of bounds for costs, said Ed Soter. Roger Maul said undergrounding is safer for the community, a point later refuted by Simpson. Marvin Behm, a former councilor, said going underground is definitely a benefit. Its more costly, but the improved appearance increases the value of the homes, he said. You will get a big plus because people will be more interested in your home. Don Korte agreed with Behm, saying undergrounding adds an intrinsic value to a property. A show of hands poll of attendees taken at the end of the meeting showed the majority in favor of the city looking into an undergrounding plan. The vote was 26 in favor, 11 opposed, and some not voting. The referendum outcome does not authorize the city to proceed with undergrounding, and all yes votes were not necessarily supporters of undergrounding. Resident Jerry Smith voted in favor, but said the utilities presentations were terribly weak. Wayne AyersIndian Rocks Beach imposes littering fineINDIAN ROCKS BEACH What began several weeks ago as a discussion to limit the littering of cigarette butts on Indian Rocks Beach ended up as a heavy fine for any types of litter. The City Commission unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that would impose a $500 fine for anyone caught littering anywhere in the city. It equally punishes the smoker who discards a butt in the sand on the beach, and a child who drops a candy bar wrapper outside the corner store. It was that part of the ordinance that irked Commissioner Terry Hamilton-Wollin. She had previously spoken out against the cigarette litter on the beach and was hoping the new fine would apply only to people who dropped their butts. They are public enemy number one, she said. They just dont get it. No matter what we try to get people to stop leaving cigarette butts in the sand, they continue to do it. As for the child with the candy bar wrapper she felt the fine was a little harsh. It isnt the same kind of offense, Hamilton-Wollin said, hoping the ordinance would target only the smokers. Im not afraid of hurting someones feeling with this fine. My feelings are hurt every time a child, building a sand castle, picks up a chemically laden cigarette butt. My feelings are hurt every time a bird or a fish dies because they ingest a cigarette butt. Other commissioners felt all types of litter should be included. Litter is litter, said Vice Mayor Phil Hanna. Granted, cigarettes precipitated the issue, but there is litter everywhere and not just on the beach. Commissioner Cookie Kennedy agreed. I walked through the city the other day and saw all types of litter, especially broken glass and beer bottles. Even a bourbon bottle. Hamilton-Wollin was relentless however. The greatest offenders are the smokers. I dont think the fine will matter, but we have to get their attention, she said. Mayor R.B. Johnson weighed in on both sides of the argument. There are all kinds of litter, the cans and bottles, he said. But they are not as noticeable because people walking the beach or on the sidewalk stop and pick up those items. I do it myself. A lot of the stuff that gets tossed out gets picked up by local residents. But not cigarette butts. They are so inherently disgusting that no one wants to pick them up, he said. The fact that they have been in somebodys mouth and contain all those chemicals, and they take decades to disintegrate, he said. The mayor said the only time people pick up discarded butts is on special clean-up days and then they are outfitted with gloves so they dont actually have to touch them. Commissioner-elect Jim Labadie implored the commission to get more aggressive in policing the issue. I dont see the Sheriffs Office out writing citations for cigarette butts. The harder we are in the beginning the better it will be, he said. As the debate wound down, Hamilton-Wollin said, We have an opportunity to take a bold step here and make a statement. Then the commission passed the resolution imposing a $500 fine for any type of littering anywhere in the city. Signs, which will be erected indicating the penalty, will likely stress smoking material as litter. In fact cigarette butts and other smoking-related items are specifically mentioned in the new ordinance. The second and final reading of the ordinance will be at the next regular meeting of the commission on Feb. 28. Brian GoffLargo plans to study long-term street needsLARGO City commissioners have awarded $186,000 to a Tampa consulting firm as part of a project to develop a 20-year work program for improvements to the citys community streets network. Commissioners voted 5-2 Jan. 17 to authorize Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. to perform the work, which affects more than 90 miles of streets, sidewalks, trails and unimproved rights of way in the city and in some of the unincorporated areas. Commissioners also authorized staff to form an agreement with the Pinellas County Health Department that will enable the city to receive a $90,000 grant for the study, which must be completed by Sept. 29. Community streets are designed to encourage bicycle and pedestrian activity. However, city officials said that many streets in the citys community streets network cant support bicycle and pedestrian activities because of a lack of sidewalks or bicycle lanes, gaps or obstacles along existing sidewalks, inadequate transit facilities, inadequate roadway crossings or safety hazards. Commissioner Robert Murray questioned why the work has to be done now. One thing it will open up for us is the opportunity to leverage availability of grant funds or negotiates improvements in the context of county or state projects, Community Development Director Carol Stricklin said. One example is the city recently spent a lot of time negotiating with the Florida Department of Transportation on Missouri Avenue improvements. The agency was doing resurfacing work and was proposing minor safety improvements. Had the city had the study and plan in place, Stricklin said, we would have been able to tell them specifically what pedestrian safety and transit improvements were needed, she said. So this lets us prioritize what our needs are, and be ready when funding becomes available for when other projects are in the pipeline, Stricklin said. Murray said his concern is that the money provided by the city is coming out of its operating budget for a consultants study. Two years down the road, three years down the road when things are better, I might be more inclined to support this. At this particular time because its coming out of the general fund I have a concern with that, Murray said. Holmes shared Murrays concerns and asked why the city is outsourcing the work instead of doing it in house. City Engineer Leland Dicus said the city doesnt have the necessary software programs in house to do the work or have had the experience in performing those evaluations. I feel that city staff could conduct the evaluation but not nearly over this same time, he said. Our work program does not currently accommodate allocating this level of effort in this fiscal year and next fiscal year, Dicus said. Mayor Pat Gerard strongly supported the study. I think this is a great opportunity to get somebody else to pay for what we want to do, Gerard said, and put us in a really good position to have a plan in place and a lot of information in place to go after those other funding sources. She said that St. Petersburg bicycle and master plan netted the city a lot of money from the county Metropolitan Planning Organization because the city had a plan in place. Money which the city didnt receive, Gerard said. The MPO prioritizes capital improvements to address the countys travel needs and allocates federal funding to implement certain projects. The evaluation will be done in three phases. Among the work that will be conducted is establishing levels of service standards and design guidelines for each mode of travel, such as bicycle, pedestrian and transit, specific to each community street. In the second phase, city officials will hold a community-wide workshop to get feedback for proposed improvements as well as workshops with agencies that may be partners in projects, such as the county and FDOT. In the third phase a prioritized list of improvements will be prepared as well as a phased implementation schedule. A feasibility study of top-ranked projects will be conducted and maps will be developed. The grant is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control through the Communities Putting Prevention to Work program, which addresses physical activity and nutrition. Tom GermondFluoride to go back in Pinellas Park waterPINELLAS PARK After hearing arguments from both sides Jan. 24, the Pinellas Park City Council unanimously agreed that fluoride should be added back to city water. The city will be applying for state funding to help cover the capital expenditure and could begin building the new infrastructure at its water pumping stations in July. Once new storage tanks and other equipment are installed, annual personnel and maintenance costs would work out to about $1.40 per resident, Public Utilities Director Keith Sabiel said. The councils decision to go forward with the plan came out of the informal setting of a workshop, attended only by a small audience. Mayor Bill Mischler asked for both proponents and opponents of the fluoride debate to present their case before the council weighed in on the issue. Many of those who spoke also had argued their viewpoint in front of county commissioners, who voted 4-3 to stop adding fluoride to the water as of Jan. 1. Pinellas Park, which buys wholesale water from the county, was affected by that decision. In general, the dental community had advocated the presence of fluoride in the public water supply, arguing that the chemical makes teeth more resistant to decay, resulting in fewer cavities. Dick Tomlin, who has been a dentist in Pinellas Park for 42 years, said fluoride accounted for a direct improvement in his patients teeth. Dr. Haychell Saraydar, senior dentist for the Pinellas County Health Department, also spoke in favor of fluoride implementation. Opponents, however argue that fluoride can be harmful. Tom Nocera of Clearwater called dental fluorosis a condition due to overexposure to fluoride during tooth development characterized by white spots or streaks on the teeth a disfiguring condition. He also said that fluoride could interfere with endocrine levels in the body and could affect those with impaired kidneys, thyroid conditions or an allergy to fluoride. Juliana A. Torres
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The groups next meeting is Monday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m., at the library when Karen Fraley of Florida West Coast Resource Conservation and Development, will discuss sustainable community development through small-scale farms and local food. Recycling meetingNotebook Holiday Lights achieves remarkable successLARGO Pinellas Countys Holiday Lights in the Gardens recently completed its 11th anniversary and attendance numbers show the 2011 exhibition far exceeded expectations. During the 38 days of Holiday Lights, more than 60,000 people visited displays throughout the gardens nearly 18,000 more than in 2010. The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation paid for the lights and accepted donations throughout the event. Volunteers collected a total of $96,000, exceeding 2010s totals by more than $28,000. Proceeds are used to pay for the light displays, entertainment and to maintain the gardens. Holiday Lights in the Gardens transformed the Florida Botanical Gardens into a holiday wonderland with more than 500,000 twinkling, environmentally friendly LED lights. Two well-attended associated events were the Florida Botanical Garden foundations plant sale on Dec. 11 and the New Years Eve dog parade. Additionally, a total of 41 entertainment acts performed at different times throughout the event, adding to the festivities. Plans are already under way for the 2012 Holiday Lights in the Gardens. The Florida Botanical Gardens display formal gardens, scenic landscapes and natural habitats that unfold across 150 acres in the heart of Pinellas County. More than 25 gardens and display areas showcase flora, fauna and natural resources to delight nature enthusiasts. Some of the gardens offer tropical plants, roses, fruits, herbs, hibiscus, bromeliads and more. LOCAL NEWSwww.TBNweekly.com
4A SEB Beacon, February 2, 2012Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.tchristy2011.webs.com. Sheryl GoffMarital status: Single, two sons, ages 24 and 19. Age: 53. Activties/employment: Full-time student at St. Petersburg College, majoring in public policy administration. Bio: Native of Detroit Moved to Seminole with her ex-husband in 1987 attended Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills, Mich. worked as a medical assistant and a real estate agent in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. worked in sales for MCI before it became WorldCom worked for a Century 21 real estate office in St. Petersburg Set up and operated her exhusbands physician office. a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society at St. Petersburg College daughter of Madelyn Liss, president of the Friends of the Seminole Library Oldest son is working on a Ph.D. in bio medical engineering at Cornell University and her youngest son is a student at the University of Florida. Email: email@example.com Website: none.Patricia PlantamuraMarital status: Married to Greg; one daughter, age 29. Age: 54. Activities/employmen t: Student at the University of South Florida pursuing a masters degree in comparative government/international relations. Bio: Native of Nebraska earned a bachelors degree in international relations and Spanish from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln earned an associate degree in environmental technology worked as a police officer in Lincoln, Neb. Worked in private business for a company that exported hand tools taught Spanish at Washington Middle School in Tampa taught at Bardmoor, Starkey and Sacred Heart elementary schools in Pinellas. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.patplant.blogspot.com.Leslie WatersMarital status: Married to Al 35 years, no children. Age: 64. Activities/employment: Adjunct political science instructor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, operates Leslie Waters Government Relations. Bio: Born and raised in Pinellas County graduate of Florida State University a court-certified mediator member of Pasadena Community Church past president of the Seminole Lake Country Club Homeowners Association worked 29 years at the corporate level of Allstate Insurance Co. served from 1998 to 2006 in the Florida House of Representatives served her final year as Speaker Pro-Tempore elected to Seminole City Council in 2009 and served one term as vice mayor. former co-chair of the Seminole Relay For Life event lifetime member of the Seminole Historical Society member of Pinellas Farm Bureau board served 13 years on the Personal Enrichment Through Mental Health Services board served eight years on the board of the Pinellas County Urban League member of the Pinellas County Sheriff Advisory Board. Email: email@example.com. Website: www.electwaters.com Why should the voters elect you to the City Council? BURKE: The voters in Seminole desire their City Council to be a productive body that works together to accomplish the goals of the city. If elected, I would ensure that goal is met.CHRISTY: My accomplishments as a concerned citizen probably are more than the two incumbents. Im committed to improving the area around the Seminole Mall, obtaining the gas station property and turning it into a park. We need to try to do our part as being good citizen hosts. Thats why folks should gravitate toward our campaign.GOFF: I have some fresh ideas to enhance the city. Through my classes at St. Petersburg College, I have a lot to offer and bring a financial piece to the city. The program (at SPC) teaches the art of negotiation, which is my strong suit. PLANTAMURA: The city budget has gone down $3 million since my first year in office. Weve tried very hard to keep the level of service where it was before and I think weve been successful. Weve maintained the 2.4794 millage rate and kept the tax rate constant. Im very pleased under my leadership we have not raised taxes. WATERS: Ive lived my lifetime in the area. I have business, political and government experience, and knowledge of the challenges facing the city of Seminole. What are the biggest issues facing Seminole? BURKE: The biggest issue is the firefighters pension fund. The city is looking at a huge deficit to keep it fully funded. CHRISTY: Economic development and retention of places like the mall. Annexation remains large and fiscal accountability remains important. Were falling behind. Weve made fiscal mistakes and because of that we wont be able to keep up with our pension responsibility this year. GOFF: The firefighters pension fund. Its huge. I certainly dont want to raise the millage rate but as it stands now, without a millage rate increase there may be no way to fund it. PLANTAMURA: Maintaining services as property values still go down. The full impact of the devaluation of property has not been felt. I dont think its over and it could impact our city more. WATERS: The budget and declining reserves. Part of the budget is the firefighters pension. Thats major. Also, economic development projects such as the Kitson property (former Bay Pines Mobile Home Park) and the old city hall being renovated. We also must maintain city services. How would you improve Seminole? BURKE: I would encourage the development of the Seminole Mall as much as we can from a city standpoint. I would also favor a city resident ID card that we could produce at no cost to the city because we already have the camera at the Recreation Center. That way, city merchants could offer discounts to city residents and merchants could increase their business. CHRISTY: Im for growth and the future of our city. Im committed to important issues, such as economic development. I would improve the city through annexation and grow the city. We need to move the city forward. We spend too much time mired in the past. Weve been status quo too long. We dont have that luster any more. GOFF: My first goal would be to obtain grants. Id like to revamp the Seminole Mall because geographically that should be our downtown. I envision a Memorial Park where the gas station was once located because thats where Seminole started. When the (foreclosure) litigation issues are resolved, training co-op center, similar to the St. Petersburg College EpiCenter, could be created on the present land site. There are beautification funds available through state grants (for the commemorative park), such as the one used by our neighboring city, Safety Harbor. The greenery and blossoms growing on our historical corner would embrace both beauty and remembrance. PLANTAMURA: More community involvement. I want to get more people involved in community activism and city committees. WATERS: I would give credence to the Seminole Historical Society to help them find a home (in the former city hall building at Seminole City Park). I would be part of a respectful and positive City Council that works with city management on issues of importance, such as economic development, resurfacing of roads, drainage and fire safety services. If budget cuts are necessary in fiscal 2013, what would you favor cutting? BURKE: The Seminole budget has been cut about as far as it can go. Its very lean and the city manager has done an outstanding job. The city should explore other revenue streams other than the rollback rate. CHRISTY: Due to the financial crisis related to the pension fiasco, I would hope everything is on the table whether its a small tool or the way we pay benefits. This is a category 5 storm and unfortunately we didnt take the measures to put away for a rainy day. We need to be more fiscally responsible in the future. GOFF: I would renegotiate and come up with another form of the firefighters pension. PLANTAMURA: Without the results of the actuarial study requested by the city on the firefighters pension fund and the options available to the city, its difficult to say. We need to wait for the results and react from that. WATERS: Membership in the National League of Cities. It would impact Council travel and training expenses. A city the size of Seminole should focus on the Suncoast League (of Cities) and the Florida League (of Cities). Would you be in favor of a tax increase? BURKE: I would consider any measures proposed by the city manager to keep the city on a sound financial platform. It (tax increase) is probably unavoidable. The city tax rate is so low now. Its the lowest on the mainland. Residents are getting a tremendous value. CHRISTY: Only as a last resort. Id rather see us do all the things mentioned in the last question. We need to go through the entire budget and improve it as much as we can. Its incumbent on us before we consider any increase. GOFF: As a citizen, no. As a member of the City Council, I dont see a way we can avoid it. I will work hard to prevent that from happening. PLANTAMURA: Im not in favor of it. If we go to the rollback rate, which would maintain the same revenue as the previous year, that would not be a tax increase by definition. WATERS: No. I would work very hard against a tax increase. I think we can compromise and negotiate before we go down that route. There are other ways we can handle the issue other than a tax increase. Closing remarks BURKE: Seminole is a well-run city and not one that accepts drama or discord. Weve seen that recently in our election process. Its something we should avoid and continue to avoid. A level head is what is needed on the City Council and I can certainly offer that. CHRISTY: I think folks will be attracted to my campaign because were citizen activists. Were back and forth with the merchants. Also, I believe there should be three standing committees on the City Council. They would be for economic development, budget and annexation and growth. We need more accountability and responsibility on the City Council. Theres no accountability now. They (current councilors) expect the city staff to do everything for them now. Whenever they talk, all they talk about is the latest bake sale theyve attended. GOFF: Im very proud to be a resident of Seminole and plan to be a resident for a long time. My mother is heavily involved with the library and that is something I would like to do as well. PLANTAMURA: Im extremely pleased with the work Ive done on the energy-environmental steering committee for the National League of Cities. Its an advocacy group on a national level. I consider this extremely important. Locally, were doing a lot of things people dont recognize. Were saving money and helping the environment at the same time. You cant beat that. This is Seminoles future. On council or off council, I will always want to showcase what the city has done (environmentally, with the EOC and Public Works buildings). Seminole is an exceptional city. Im delighted to have lived here for 11 years. WATERS: My candidacy and incumbency stand out. Ive worked hard in three different areas. I initiated a citywide canned food drive, conducted town hall meetings that are accessible to our citizens and have been financially conservative and conscious of expenses. Sheryl Goff Patricia Plantamura Leslie Waters CANDIDATES, from page 1Alook at coral cat sharks, sea critters through a video light microscope, a touch tank, large predator fish, a tank with sport fishing species and an exhibit called Science on a Sphere. It also will include exhibits on estuaries, future research options and Tampa Bay. There also will be a living lab committed to community education. This is an outstanding venture and opportunity to expand awareness about the sea, said Redington Beach Mayor Nick Simons. Im very glad for Madeira Beach and the addition to Johns Pass Village. Howard estimated the aquarium would have an annual economic impact of $8 million based on 250,000 visitors per year. AQUARIUM, from page 1Asad situation. The wife is crying, sometimes even the husband is crying, he said. In some cases, the owners are convinced to move back into the home, which Myers said is best because then there is someone to take care of the property. Its their home until the courts say they have to get out, he said.More money and a different approach neededThe division has a budget of $30,000 for mowing and debris. Myers would like commissioners to increase it to $60,000. Only $10,000 is budgeted for securing property and demolition of unsafe structures. Myers requested a budget increase to $100,000. He said staff had identified three properties as candidates for demolition at an estimated cost of $40,000 plus at least another $500 for asbestos removal. Two additional properties are better suited for foreclosure due to the high cost of demolition. Another three locations are going through the process and could become candidates for demolition in the future. He also would like commissioners approval to hire additional enforcement officers. Myers said before the budget cuts, code enforcement had been making a significant progress in its mission through proactive enforcement. Today, staff is only able to act on complaints that come in from citizens. Response times are longer than they used to be. He estimates for each officer added to the division, code enforcement could conduct an additional 2,500 inspections, answer 350 more complaints and cite an extra 500 violations. He said average response time would be reduced. Cost per officer, minus transportation, would be $62,600 of which about 95 percent would be offset by fees collected. It also would cost an additional $100,000 in one-time money for vehicles. Commissioners agreed that more money was needed for code enforcement. Lets stop talking and allocate some money, said Commissioner Susan Latvala. Theres a clear consensus weve cut too far, Commissioner Ken Welch agreed, but cautioned it was important to find the most effective way to fund the need. Commissioner Norm Roche suggested hiring five more code enforcement officers, increasing the amount budgeted for mowing and debris to $85,000 and putting $300,000 in the demolition fund. He also advocates spending $100,000 ($20,000 each) for vehicles for the additional officers. The other commissioners werent so quick toward making an absolute dollar commitment. Commissioner Karen Seel and Nancy Bostock talked about possible ways to streamline operations and maybe collaborate with different municipalities to cut costs. Seel suggested looking to see if ordinance changes were needed. Commissioner Neil Brickfield asked staff to look into a program at least one other county has started that calls for adding cost of providing services mowing lawns, maintaining pools to the annual property tax bill. The commission also wants to look for ways to require banks to take better care of abandoned properties. County Administrator Bob LaSala suggested that the commission discuss the matter further on Feb. 14 as part of a greater conversation involving code enforcement, community development and health and human services. He suggested looking at code enforcement needs over a longer period before allocating any one-time money from the stabilization fund, which Roche recommends. There are a lot of things worthy of our attention, LaSala said. He agreed that foreclosures, abandoned and nuisance properties were a growing problem that calls for an aggressive approach. Were all in agreement that we want to act, Welch said. Im just not sure about the right numbers or the right mix. Myers said code enforcement was working to update and streamline the housing code. He also asks for the commissions endorsement to take a more integrated holistic approach to the job through strong neighborhood initiatives. Well do the best we can with what we have, he said. Everyone is spread thin and juggling. CODE ENFORCEMENT, from page 1AST. PETERSBURG For the Love of Weedon on Saturday, Feb. 11, is a celebration of Weedon Island, from its rich prehistoric and historic heritage to its present day use as a coastal preserve for education and outdoor activities. This special event is an opportunity to share and to capture the many stories about Weedon Island, talk about the present and look forward to the future. A panel discussion is planned with open mike audience participation about this very significant piece of land on Old Tampa Bay. The known recent history of Weedon Island spans nearly 150 years with many significant changes from homesteads and citrus groves to airport runways and movie studios. The prehistory dates back to 400 A.D. and beyond with numerous Indian mounds and the first identified site of the Weeden Island culture with its beautiful pottery. Used as a getaway by generations of residents, Weedon Island has been a playground and a lovers lane, a fishing delight and shell fishing paradise, a dump and a treasure site. No doubt many residents can add their own chapters to the many tales to tell. Everyone is invited to join this special occasion and share stories and memories in this collaborative project to record the history and experiences of Weedon Island Preserve and talk about visions of the future. Registration with refreshments and a social will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. with program to follow. For more information, call 453-6500 or go to www.weedonislandpreserve.org to make a reservation. There is no charge for this program. Weedon Island Preserve protects more than 3,700 acres of natural ecosystems and is located at 1800 Weedon Drive NE. in St. Petersburg. The preserve is operated under the Parks and Conservation Resources Department and is open to the public seven days a week, including holidays, from 7 a.m. to 15 minutes before sunset. Its many outdoor activities include walking trails, a fishing pier and a canoe/kayak launch. The Cultural and Natural History Center in the preserve welcomes visitors Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is closed Sunday through Wednesday and all Pinellas County holidays. The center features the permanent exhibit, Connecting People and Place, which is an art-inspired, hands-on educational approach to the areas history, ecology and people. To learn more about Weedon Island Preserve and its upcoming programs and events, call 453-6500. To register for programs and events visit www.weedonislandpre serve.org.Weedon Island plans celebration of its past Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY COMMUNICATIONSOyster mounds, such as this one, were common on Weedon Island back in the old days.
Beacon, February 2, 2012 020212 SUNSATION SHOW CHORUS PRESENTS "A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS." Sun., Feb. 12th, 3 p.m. Performing Arts Center 4951 78th Ave. N. Cost: Season Tickets $30 2 Shows $25 Single Tickets $15. Some of the great movie music that made it to the Oscars is performed by the inimitable Sunsation Show Chorus and delightful soloists. Piano accompaniment by Rena Massey and background music is supplied by Sunsation's own Professional Rhythm Section (bass, guitar and drums). Contact: (727) 541-4501 or visit www.sunsationshowchorus.com.22ND ANNUAL COUNTRY IN THE PARK. Sat., Mar. 17th, 10 a.m. 10 p.m. England Brothers Park 2010 81st Ave. N. Cost: Free admission. Come and enjoy the City of Pinellas Park's annual festival and trade show. The day's events include musical performances by nationally-known artist The Kentucky Headhunters and local musicians, arts & crafts show, pony rides, car show and children's activities. Food and beverages available for purchase. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the live entertainment, no coolers allowed. Contact: Joel Garren (727) 541-0805, ext. 3076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.WURLITZER THEATRE PIPE ORGAN PERFORMANCE. Every 3rd Tuesday of the Month. 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. City Auditorium 7690 59th St. N. Cost: Free. Relive the golden years of theatre as lovely melodies are played on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. The organ, lovingly restored by the Central Florida Theatre Organ Society, creates the sound of a full orchestra including a variety of percussion instruments and a bevy of sound effects. Performance is FREE to the public. Bring your lunch and enjoy the show. Contact: (727) 557-6087 or 504-7012.PINELLAS PARK CIVIC ORCHESTRA. October April, 1st Sunday of each month. 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center 4951 78th Ave. N. Cost: Free, donations accepted. 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The impact then caused Bosman to hit the throttle fully open as he was ejected from the vessel into shallow water. Roback fell back into the vessel and was reaching for the kill switch, when the vessel circled out of control and struck the seawall behind 536 20th Ave. N. where it stopped. Bosman was standing in waist-deep water when paramedics arrived and helped him to shore. He was transported by ambulance to Morton Plant Hospital with possible injuries to his left knee and right shoulder. Roback was pulled from the vessel and transported to Morton Plant Hospital with possible injuries to his lower left leg and torso. None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening, deputies said. The incident is still under investigation, but no citations have been issued and alcohol does not appear to be a factor.No injuries reported in plane crashCLEARWATER Pinellas County sheriffs deputies say no one was injured when a small single-engine plane crash-landed in a field near Highpoint Elementary School about 2:15 p.m. Jan. 28. Deputies were called out to assist in protecting the crash site in a field at 6100 150th Ave. N. in unincorporated Clearwater until federal authorities arrived to take over the investigation. No roads were blocked and the surrounding residences were not affected. The National Transportation Safety Board will conduct the investigation.Man arrested for concealed weaponCLEARWATER An Indiana man was arrested Jan. 26 for carrying a concealed firearm through security at the St. PetersburgClearwater International Airport. Pinellas County sheriffs deputies were called to the airport about 4:17 p.m. after TSA agents identified an item in a bag as a firearm. Michael Shelton, 57, of Fort Wayne, who was headed home on Allegiant Flight 890, told deputies he had forgotten his Smith and Wesson 9mm, model 59 handgun was in his brown leather, duffel-type bag. Shelton was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on one count of carrying a concealed firearm. He was released the next day on $5,000 bond.Briey Funding available for public hurricane sheltersCLEARWATER In an effort to create additional public shelter spaces, Pinellas County is offering capital funds to assist with certain construction features of new or refurbished existing structures to serve as public shelter spaces for a defined time. Businesses, private schools and other organizations are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. Pinellas County emergency management staff will assist with the identification of suitable structures based on American Red Cross shelter guidelines (ARC 4496). Some of the criteria looked for in buildings are: Built after 2002 Located in nonevacuation areas (Some facilities in evacuation levels D and E may be considered) Steep-pitched, hipped or heavy concrete roofs Interior corridors and rooms away from windows Adequate window protection (large-missile impact resistant glass or storm shutters/panels) Some of the criteria may or may not be factors in ruling out the use of buildings. For instance, buildings meeting roof and wall criteria without adequate window protection are still viable candidates, as are buildings built before 2002 meeting most of the criteria. Companies or organizations planning new construction make especially good candidates for new public shelter space. Those companies or organizations with facilities meeting some or all of the criteria that are willing to participate as community partners in sheltering may contact Jan Walker, emergency management specialist at 464-3235 or email@example.com for more information. 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Pinellas Medical DirectoryPublish Date: February 23 Deadline: February 7011212 Please Call727-397-5563. ext.312for more information Reach 140,000 Homes Also Appears on our Website Useful Year-Round Guide 120811 Seminole approves resolution on fire pension changes By BOB McCLURESEMINOLE The city has joined an increasing effort by the Florida League of Cities to send a nonbinding message to the Florida Legislature concerning firefighter pension reforms. City councilors voted 5-1 on Jan. 24 to pass a resolution asking state lawmakers to consider removing mandates that establish minimum standards for firefighter pensions, remove the requirements for additional pension benefits and allow the city to use insurance premium tax revenues to pay for pension benefits. The resolution also calls for legislators to prohibit Florida Division of Retirement from imposing administrative policies as they relate to disability presumptions that result in increased cost to city taxpayers. The Florida Division of Retirement now handles decisions regarding pension benefit eligibility. If successful, the Leagues efforts would allow local officials to make pension decisions involving local police and firemen pension funds. A major catalyst for the change came about when state officials declared an obese St. Petersburg law enforcement officer disabled and awarded him full pension benefits. The former officer then turned around and applied for a position as a code enforcement officer in a neighboring city. Councilor Bob Matthews pointed out that the resolution is not aimed at Seminole Fire Rescue. We have a good relationship, Matthews said. This is more about sending a message to Tallahassee regarding firefighter pension revisions. This supports legislation that returns some power to city councils regarding pension funds, said City Manager Frank Edmunds. I would submit reform on these issues would be positive for the city of Seminole. Seminole and other cities across the state are wrestling with ways to handle increasing pension benefit costs due to declining pension investment values. Under state law, cities are required to contribute any difference a pension loses to keep the fund current with its long-term goals. The city is contributing $943,901 to the firefighters pension fund this budget year and that figure is expected to increase sizably next fiscal year. Over the last five budget years, the city has contributed $4.7 million to the fund. Patricia Plantamura cast the lone no vote on the resolution. Councilor Thomas Barnhorn was absent. In other action, councilors: Passed an amendment to the building fee schedule requiring an additional $25 fee for secondary reviews of building plans following payment of the initial fee. The amendment will save contractors the expense of filing an application again when minor changes are made to the original application. Approved $550 from the Capital Improvement Fund for the purchase of two office chairs. Authorized Edmunds to execute a contract with Fantasia Productions for $1,200 to provide sound and lighting services at the 2012 Pow Wow Festival, March 9-11. Authorized Edmunds to enter into a contract with Tip Top Shows for carnival midway rides at the Pow Wow Festival. The agreement calls for a minimum of 20 midway rides, a maximum of 10 midway games and one popcorn concession wagon. Tip Top Shows will pay the city 30 percent of gross receipts up to $20,000 and 32 percent of all receipts over $20,000 received from rides. Tip Top also will pay the city $100 per game and $100 for the popcorn wagon. Approved $5,000 for fireworks by Fireworks by Santore Inc., at the 2012 Pow Wow Festival. Approved co-sponsorship of the Seminole Kiwanis Clubs 2012 Every Child a Swimmer program at the Seminole Family Aquatic Center. As per the citys 2009 collective bargaining agreement with the International Association of Firefighters Local 2896, councilors approved a one-time payment of $750 to all members not at the top of their respective pay range. Edmunds said it would cost the city about $39,000 from the existing fire budget. Appointed Nora Cusamano to the Recreation Advisory Board for a term that ends Dec. 12, 2013. Rotarians assist chamber Members of the Seminole Lake Rotary Club teamed up Jan. 19 to paint the interior of the former Seminole Chamber of Commerce building at 8400 113th St. The chamber, which is now in a new headquarters in the Seminole Office Center, 7985 113th St., hopes to rent the old building. In front, from left, are Gene Stern and Jennifer Reynolds. In the back are Marianne Fisher, Wayne Reynolds, Tom Krall, Chuck Oldanie, Mike Hendry and Roger Wilson.Photo courtesy of GENE STERNAround town 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 7093778.Freaky Friday set at Recreation CenterSEMINOLE The city of Seminole Recreation Division plans a supervised kids evening night out Friday, Feb. 3, at the Seminole Recreation Center. The 4-hour Freaky Friday program starts at 7 p.m. All children will get a slice of pizza and a drink. There is a $1 concession stand available for additional snacks and drinks. The February theme is extreme sports. Children will participate in a variety of activities, including kickball, soccer, relay races and Frisbee. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for guests. The following are upcoming dates and themes for Freaky Fridays: March 2, pirate carnival; April 6, Easter Eggstravaganza; May 4, Splash into summer pool party. For more information, call 391-8345.Candidates forum slated at City HallSEMINOLE City residents will have an opportunity to meet the five candidates for City Council during a candidates forum Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., at Seminole City Hall, 9199 113th St. The field includes challengers Christopher Burke, Tom Christy and Sheryl Goff, along with incumbents Patricia Plantamura and Leslie Waters. The top two vote getters will win terms of three years, seven months. A representative from the League of Women Voters will moderate the forum. Candidates will be given the opportunity for opening and closing statements. Written questions will be taken from the floor the evening of the forum or can be sent in advance to Seminole city clerk Rose Benoit at email@example.com. The forum will be televised live on Bright House Networks Channel 615 and rerun throughout the week. It also will be streamed live over the citys website at www.myseminole.com.Daddy-Daughter Dance plannedSEMINOLE Tickets are on sale for the city of Seminole Recreation Divisions 11th annual Daddy-Daughter Dance Saturday, Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m., at the Seminole Recreation Center. Tickets are $50 per couple and $15 per additional daughter. The theme is Candyland. Semiformal attire is required. Substitute fathers are welcome. Father or daughter must be a Seminole Recreation member. For more information, call 391-8345.Toastmasters plan contestSEMINOLE The Seminole-SPC Toastmasters Club plans its International Speech and Table Topics Contest Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:15 p.m., in the Seminole Community Library, Room C, 9200 113th St. The contest winners will advance to area and division contests. Admission is free. Toastmasters is a nonprofit educational organization that operates chapters worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication and leadership skills. For more information, call 688-3420.
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So., Largo Professional Compassionate Along Gulf Boulevard Womens chamber plans card partyNORTH REDINGTON BEACH The Womens Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Gulf Beaches, a not-for-profit organization since 1936, plans its annual card party and luncheon Wednesday, March 14, at the Wine Cellar, 17307 Gulf Blvd. The group plans to play cards from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with lunch at noon. Cost is $20, payable at the door with a reservation. This includes a raffle. For reservations, call Mary Alice at 866-2688. All money collected will go to the groups Angels Against Abuse campaign.ISPOA slates monthly gatheringINDIAN SHORES The Indian Shores Property Owners Association plans its monthly happy hour gathering Wednesday, Feb. 8, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Tapas Garden, 321 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. All Indian Shores residents are invited. For additional information, call Art Newsome at 517-9571.Bike, pedestrian safety program setTREASURE ISLAND The Florida Department of Transportation is offering free bicycle and pedestrian safety educational classes through its WalkWise Tampa Bay campaign at the Treasure Island Community Center, One Park Place. A 30-minute WalkWise BikeSmart program will be offered on Friday, Feb. 3, 5 p.m. The program covers WalkWise pedestrian information, as well as Florida bicycle laws, traffic crash statistics and demographics for bicyclists, and important safety tips for riding in the roadway and on the sidewalk. Those attending will receive a reflective slap bracelet or reflective backpack, bike/pedestrian law enforcement guide and safety tip bookmarks. A 15-minute WalkWise Pedestrian Safety and 90minute BikeSmart program will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9, 9 to 11 a.m. The BikeSmart Class covers important information for riding a bicycle in the roadway as a legal vehicle. 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The course includes five Wednesday evening classes and four weekend sailing sessions. Students will put classroom theories into practice sailing the clubs Catalina 16.5-foot keelboats. The cost is $250 per person including all classroom materials and the U.S. Sailing Associations Basic Keelboat manual. Participants receive a complimentary three-month club membership. For registration information, visit www.sailbcyc .org or call Jennifer Rogers at 345-7544. Preregistration is required.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 595-1083 or email bschoepf1@tam pabay.rr.com. Indian Shores Town Hall is at 19305 Gulf Blvd.Annual card, game party setST. PETE BEACH The St. Pete Beach Community Club plans its annual card and game party Saturday, Feb. 4, 1 to 4 p.m., at the Warren Webster Building, 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon playing games and cards and supporting a local philanthropic cause. The event will feature door prizes as well as coffee and desserts. A donation of $4 to the club will be collected at the door. The party is open to the public. For more information, call 360-8216.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.Free tax help offered at chamberST. PETE BEACH The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will be offering free tax assistance this year through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Tax help will be available at the chamber headquarters, 6990 Gulf Blvd., on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesdays, 1 to 5 p.m., beginning Feb. 29. For further information, call 360-6957.Tai chi classes offered at community centerST. PETE BEACH The St. Pete Beach Community Center and Aquatic Complex is now offering tai chi and qigong classes for those of every age and fitness level. As seen on Oprah and Dr. Oz, tai chi and qigong have been used for centuries to combat aging as well as helping to reduce stress, improve flexibility and balance, and increase stamina and energy. The Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical and the National Institute of Health have endorsed these lifelong forms of meditative movement and controlled breathing to significantly impact health and wellbeing. Two certified instructors, Gary Israel and Natalie Flank, will teach each class. Classes are offered Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to noon and Thursday evenings from 6 to 7:30 atthe St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Classes are $10 each. A 10-class pass is available for $69. The first class is free. For additional information, visit www.taichi easyforlife.com. To register for classes, contact instructor Gary Israel at 609-432-4243.Kiwanis plans benefit poker runST. PETE BEACH The Gulf Beaches Kiwanis Club plans its annual Miracle League Motorcycle Poker Run Saturday, Feb. 18. Registration will be between 8 and 10 a.m. on the day of the run at the Friendly Fisherman Restaurant, 150 Johns Pass Boardwalk. Stops will include The Rockaway Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings, Wing House, Dog House and Gulfport on the Rocks. Each hand is $10 or three hands for $25. The seven-stop run will be last bike out (kickstands up) by 10 a.m. from the Friendly Fisherman. During the course of the run, 50/50 chance drawings and door prizes will be up for grabs. The run ends at Alden Beach Resort, 5900 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. For additional details or more information, folks should contact Dave Romine at 423-5953, or visit www.KiwanisGulfBeaches.com/PokerRun.
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By ALEXANDRA LUNDAHLCLEARWATER Steve Mitchell was all nerves. He glanced at his competitors. Hed overheard his instructor complaining that it looked like they had been dancing definitely more than a year so shouldnt be allowed to compete in the Newcomer division. But now there was nothing to do but dance his best. The Tampa Bay Classic was a whole day event, starting with the smooth ballroom dances in the morning, such as the waltz, tango and foxtrot. After about the first two or three dances, he was finally loosened up. Later in the afternoon it was time for the Latin dances, such as the chacha and the rumba. He had only begun ballroom dancing in August 2010 only 13 months earlier. But when it was all over, he had achieved first place in the Newcomer division. The judges hadnt even noticed that Mitchell has a prosthetic right leg. Mitchell lives in Seminole, works in Clearwater, and takes ballroom dancing lessons from Marina Laca, following her to studios in Clearwater, Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg. Mitchells oldest daughter, Stephanie, dances, and his wife, Debbie, wanted to start. And that meant Mitchell had to come, too. At first he really wasnt into it. The moves felt funny. Hed look at the clock, wondering when the hour would be over. But one day, it all clicked. And he was hooked. Neither Marina nor her husband, Martin, had ever had an amputee student before. She has been teaching for 10 years in the Tampa Bay area, and she has never seen anything like it. The studio had warned her and Martin not to say anything about his leg, but after they all met, it became a nonissue. They discussed it, but it didnt get in the way of dancing. Occasionally there are technical challenges with the prosthesis, but more often than not, everyone forgets that Steve doesnt have two regular legs. I teach exactly the same, Marina said. And I would tell him, Point your foot without even realizing it was his prosthetic leg. But I say do as much as you can with your other leg. And usually what we try to do is find where the other thigh is by connecting both thighs, working toward one another instead of trying to find the foot because I think that has a little more connection because if the thighs are close then your feet are close. Mitchell said some techniques are more difficult with the artificial leg, such as compression rotation moves where you have to compress, rotate and move across the floor in smooth dances. Also, pushing off the floor in certain dances like foxtrot or rumba are challenging because he cannot feel the ground beneath his prosthesis. In Latin rumba, youre taking a step, extending the leg out and then the other leg comes over, but its the back step that gives me problems because now I have to move (my prosthetic leg) and push it back and feel the floor before you go onto it, and thats a little more difficult because there Im off balance. So I have to still See MITCHELL, page 9A
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But with anything, if someone tells Mitchell that he cant do something that makes him determined to do it anyway. Mitchell lost his leg in 1990 in a boating accident. The boat he was on was in Lake Kissimmee and it steered out of control in what is called bow steering, and the boat did a quick 360-degree turn in what felt like a split second, Mitchell said. There was a younger boy in the boat who began to fall out. Mitchell reached to grab him, but he was off balance and both of them ended up falling into the water. I just felt that something very bad was getting ready to happen because when I fell out, I knew the back of the boat was steering over the top of us because it was spinning out to the right, Mitchell said. So I moved down as soon as I hit the water, trying to get below the engine. Of course when youre diving down, the last thing to go down is your feet. So it did catch my right foot and it got caught in the prop, but luckily the motor cut off and I was able to sort of get the prop and turn it back to the left and get my foot out and jump back in the boat, pulling the boy back into the boat as well. Another boat had seen the whole thing happen and came over to help. Mitchell went aboard the boat, and as it was bringing him to the marina, Mitchell took off his shirt, tied it around his leg and used an oar to tighten it into a tourniquet. The paramedics wanted to air lift him to Tampa General, but it was summer and there were too many thunderstorms along the way. So Mitchell was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Winter Haven. The prop had been so sharp, it took a while for him to feel the pain. I didnt even really feel it, Mitchell said. You know when you cut yourself with a razor and its such a sharp split second cut that you dont even feel it and then you see the wound open up and the blood start pouring out? It was like that. I didnt really feel it until 15, 20 minutes later. His leg went into shock so it helped cut off its own blood supply, Mitchell said. They took me to the ER, and if you want to make light of anything, you know how going to the ER and there are always 150 people sitting around? Well I didnt wait thatday, Mitchell said. I went straight into the operating room. From that point, he doesnt remember much because he was pretty drugged up, he said, but Mitchell remembers the young surgeon who told him he would have to lose his leg. I asked if there was any way to save it, Mitchell said. I said, If you cant do it, is there anybody on the planet who has the capability and knowledge to do it? Could you ship me to New York or something? And he goes, No, and I said, okay, where do I sign? As soon as he said no, I was like, lets get it done. For Mitchell, that was it. He made his decision because that is what needed to be done and he accepted that. Robert Dixon Jr., Mitchells current licensed prosthetist who works at Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics in Clearwater, said it is crucial to amputate when necessary as soon as possible. If you dont, you could possibly run into gangrenous issues, Dixon said. Gangrene, infections, it could affect him in other areas. Mitchell was in the hospital for two and a half more weeks. His leg had been raw and exposed in a lake, with all the algae, bacteria and other stuff in the water getting into his open wound, so it took a while to make sure it was all cleaned out and there was not going to be any problems with infection. Unlike many people, Mitchell did not have a hard time emotionally dealing with the loss of his leg. I guess I am a people pleaser, so I knew how upsetting it was for my wife and my parents and friends, so I was more concerned about them than myself, Mitchell said. I wanted to reassure them that Im okay. And of course they want to reassure me that Im okay. And then we made fun and joked about it that Im in denial. Steve lost his foot. What foot? What are you talking about? I still have a foot. You just do what you have to do to survive. And you can take self-pity on yourself. You can use it as excuses. But I didnt want to do that. It really depends on how you want to handle that mentally for how you live the rest of your life. Dixon smiled at Mitchell and said he wished he could bottle that attitude and give it to some of his other patients who need an extra boost. Fitting someone with a prosthesis is a very personal task. The professionals ask the client many questions about their lifestyle to find the exact right one for them. For Mitchell, he has a very active lifestyle, playing golf regularly, working out a few times a week, and now dancing. He came to Dixon in about 2006 to refit him with a prosthetic leg. He had shrunk out of the socket, so Dixon gave him a more snug fit and they shopped around for a more dynamic foot that would give him more options with his active lifestyle. Someone who is going to demand a lot out of a prosthesis, they need a very intimate fit, Dixon said. If its not snug and tight fitting, you dont control it well. Its a loose appendage. You want this thing to be extremely snug and tight, contoured to his anatomy. And you dont want pressures in areas that are uncomfortable. Bony landmarks. You have to touch them but not apply pressures there. But the bigger issue was what he needed to do with his activities, so the foot was crucial. Hanger makes the sockets but buys the feet. Dixon explained many options of feet to Mitchell to best fit his needs at the time. Now that he has heard Mitchell, Marina and Martin talk about the specific dance needs, Dixon has new ideas for how a foot could give him even more swiveland could help do more dance moves. His current foot is designed to be conducive with his activity level. Its called energy return, so when he steps down on it and loads it with his body weight, the design of the foot coils, and as he rolls over it and gets to a certain part of his stance phase and is walking, it returns that energy, Dixon said. Essentially, the foots mechanics work like the muscles in ones foot and calf and the toe levers. Dixon and the others at Hanger stay on top of the science and resources that are always coming out and are changing in prosthetics and orthotics. New metals, designs and carbons help offer clients even more ways to live a dynamic life. Hanger and two of its prosthetists, Kevin Carroll, out of the Clearwater office, and Daniel Strzempka, out of the Sarasota office, are the ones who designed the prosthetic tail for Winter the dolphin. They even designed a new kind of gel to cushion the tail that now human patients are using, Dixon said. That fact that the industry is always changing and working with each client is so unique is what keeps Dixon excited and engaged in his work, even after 16 years. And people like Mitchell make it exciting, too. With high activity patients like Steve, they allow us to use a lot of the technologies that are presented to us, Dixon said. You cherish and enjoy every patient you work with, but its nice to be able to utilize some of those higher, advance technologies with patients. Mitchell takes dance lessons two or three times a week and also attends a Friday night social dance where he dances consistently from 8:30 to 11 p.m. He primarily dances at First Dance Studio in St. Petersburg, and Dancers Co-Op and Dance America Dance Studio, which are both in Clearwater. Marina and Martin are now private, independent instructors, so he goes wherever they are teaching. He dances at the bronze level now, though Marinas goal is to have him learning silver moves soon. Mitchell focuses on the whole ballroom spectrum, which is a total of nine dances. There are nine dances he had to learn five in rhythm, which is American-style Latin, and four in smooth. The students have to learn different postures, positions, poise, frames, and also the biggest responsibility for the guy is to learn how to lead, Marina said. And of course the different dances require a different hold, a different feel. They have different characters. Mitchells favorite dances rotate, but currently he enjoys waltz and the other smooth dances the most, like tango and foxtrot. But a few months ago his favorites were some of the Latin dances, like cha-cha and rumba. But his best dance by far I have to brag about him are swing and hustle, Marina said. Those dances he just knocks out of the park. Mitchells family always joke with each other, and that extends to dancing as well. When I started dancing and went to the social dances on Friday nights, my wife would say, Have they asked you to leave the studio yet? Mitchell said. Because I cant feel the bottom of my foot. So I could step on your foot and I wouldnt know it. So when they do a mixer and you get up and dance with one after another after another, she felt the owner of the studio would have to come over to me and say, Steve, were going to have to ask you to leave. Since he began dancing, Mitchell has competed in a team match where studios went up against studios. His team won the trophy in that competition. He also competed in the Tampa Bay Classic where he won the newcomer division for males, and he also recently danced in the Holiday Extravaganza Magic Dance Club Showcase in December. There he danced in front of world-class judges who give all the dancers detailed notes that can help them improve their dancing. Mitchell has always worked out, both before and after the accident, but since dancing, he has shifted from doing primarily weight training to cross training to get more cardio to build up his endurance for dance. Mitchells goals for dance are just to keep improving and reaching higher levels. Marina has even more specific goals for him. Getting him more confidence and believing when he goes on the floor that its his, Marina said. And when there are people around him that he can just pass right through them. She wants to work with him even more on his posture, artistry, arms, presentation, and becoming an even more confident lead. And the silver level is in his near future, she added. But overall, she is very impressed with Mitchell. Through it all, Mitchell maintains a positive attitude. Everyone is dealt a hand of cards in life, Mitchell said. And it doesnt matter if your hand is a physical disability, a mental disability, somebody in your family going through something. It doesnt matter. Everybody is dealt cards, and you have to take the cards youre dealt with and use them to the best of your ability. Steve lives in Seminole with his wife, Debbie, and daughters, Stephanie, 19, and Courtney, 17.Steve Mitchell competed in the Pro-Am Newcomer Division of the Tampa Bay Classic with his dance instructor, Marina Laca and placed first. Photo courtesy of STEVE MITCHELL MITCHELL, from page 8A
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The trout fishing has been good countywide; there are a lot of big trout in the northern region around the spoil islands, and theres plenty of gator-sized trout to be caught down south as well, in and among the many potholes of Fort De Soto. Our water temperature was close to 65 degrees before this last small front came through. If it were to drop a few degrees it probably would bunch the trout up even better. Whether your fishing up north or down south the tide is crucial when targeting the big trout. In the northern county the spoil islands north of Dunedin causeway are no secret this time of year, a scene often made obvious by the barrage of boats anchored around every island. Its true that these islands hold good fish and most often the best bite occurs just after the tide starts to come in. Well usually start out bouncing soft-plastic jigs until we locate the fish and then switch to live free-lined select shrimp. If fighting the crowds isnt your idea of a good time then move around a bit. All the spoil islands hold trout to some capacity as well as the miles of grass flats that line the eastern shoreline in this part of the region. In the southern part of the region the big trout tend to bunch up around deep potholes. Low tides are the key and wade fishing is often your best approach. These deep holes can actually be located at home on your computer, or on the go, via your smart phone; satellite imagery websites can clearly show the angler the lay of the land and these deep holes are easy to spot. Again, soft-plastic jigs are the lure of choice and a freelined shrimp is seldom refused. Silver trout remain abundant off area beaches and with an easterly wind this week fishing for them should be good. Unless youve been fishing for them recently and have a rough idea were theyve been holding, plan on spending some time either fan casting as you probe the waters for a school or driving around while looking at your bottom machine. Once you find them its not uncommon to pick up a fish every cast. Good places to start looking would be Indian Shores all the way south past Redington Pier. This stretch seems to attract the silver trout year after year. Until next week get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at email@example.com. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein Outdoor notes Safe boating classes slatedMADEIRA BEACH The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-3 plans monthly safe boating classes through the end of the year at its headquarters at 299 Boca Ciega Drive. Classes meet the first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. The next class meets Feb. 4. Other classes are set for March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. The classes are open to the public and recommended for anyone who owns a boat, a personal watercraft, anyone interested in purchasing a boat or anyone who wants to learn safe boating practices. Classes cover subjects such as navigating the waterways, operating a boat safely, legal regulations, what to do in an emergency, getting to know your boat and information you need to know before getting underway. Anyone born after January 1989 must take a boating safety course and have a valid boating certificate and a photo ID while operating a vessel. Experienced U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors teach all classes. For more information, visit www.a0701103 .uscgaux.info/.Gulf grouper season closesSeveral species of grouper, including black, red, yellowfin, scamp, yellowmouth, rock hind and red hind have closed to recreational harvest through March 31 in Gulf of Mexico state waters excluding Monroe County. The closure took effect Feb. 1. Gag grouper, which has been closed in Gulf state waters since Nov. 16, is also included in the seasonal closure through March 31. The gag grouper population is considered too low, and too many are being caught for the population to be sustainable. Federal fishery managers are working to rebuild the gag grouper population. Changes in federal management efforts include setting the gag grouper recreational harvest season from July 1 to Oct. 31, although the new management changes will not be implemented until the final rule is printed in the Federal Register. FWC Commissioners, at their February commission meeting in Havana, will consider whether to adopt similar standards for Gulf of Mexico state waters. The upcoming two-month recreational harvest closure of all eight grouper species, often referred to as shallow-water grouper, is also intended to help rebuild the gag grouper fishery. Gag grouper spawn during the February and March closure, so limiting the harvest of other grouper helps reduce the number of gag grouper that are caught unintentionally and die after being released.Prohibitions start on shark harvestsThe recreational and commercial harvest of tiger sharks and certain hammerhead sharks is now prohibited in Florida state waters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved the management change at its Nov. 16 commission meeting in an effort to further protect the predators. The new measures, which went into effect Jan. 1, also prohibit the possession, sale and exchange of tiger sharks and great, scalloped and smooth hammerhead sharks harvested from state waters. These sharks can still be caught and released in state waters and can be taken in adjacent federal waters. Prohibited species that die while on the line after being caught in state waters should be returned to the water immediately. The FWC is also working on an educational campaign highlighting fishing and handling techniques that increase the survival rate of sharks that are caught and released while ensuring the safety of the anglers targeting them. These techniques include: Use tackle heavy enough to land a fish quickly, reducing exhaustion. Release the fish while it is in the water when possible. Use a de-hooking device to remove hooks safely. Use non-stainless steel hooks that can dissolve if they remain in a fish. Use non-offset circle hooks to avoid gut-hooking a fish. Florida waters are considered essential habitat for these and other species of shark, especially juveniles and pregnant females. Shark fishing has been strictly regulated in Florida since 1992, with a one-shark-per-person, twosharks-per-vessel daily bag limit for all recreational and commercial harvesters and a ban on shark finning. Roughly two dozen overfished, vulnerable or rare shark species are catch-and-release only in Florida waters. For more information on shark fishing visit www.myfwc.com.Philippe to host nature walkSAFETY HARBOR A guided nature walk will be offered Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway. The hike is limited to 12 participants. Attendees will learn park history while exploring nature. Participants should meet at the Philippe gravesite at 9 a.m. Closed-toe shoes, water, sunscreen a hat and insect repellant are recommended. Reservations will be accepted through the Friday prior to the hike. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call 669-1947 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Weedon plans guided hikesST. PETERSBURG Guided hikes will be offered Saturdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, March 10, 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 closedtoe shoes also are recommended. The hike is best for ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Weedon slates Wee-TimeST. PETERSBURG Wee-Time at Weedon will be presented Thursdays, Feb. 9, 23, March 8, 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 5822100 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. For information, call 453-6500.Great Weedon Bird Quest setST. PETERSBURG The Great Weedon Bird Quest will be Fridays, Feb. 10, March 9, 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 visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.For the Love of Weedon setST. PETERSBURG For the Love of Weedon will be presented Saturday, Feb. 11, 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The free event will be a celebration of Weedon Island, from its rich prehistoric and historic heritage to its present day use as a coastal preserve for the countys education and outdoor activities. Attendees will discover all that this special place means to the many diverse groups that have walked its land. Advance registration is required. Call 4536500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Archaeology lecture setST. PETERSBURG The Archaeology Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 to 8 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Lawrence Clayton will present the Other Face of the Conquest: Bartolome de las Casas, Protector of the American Indians. The face of the conquest in this part of the world is one of greed and unsavory characters such as Conquistadors Narvaez, de Soto and Ponce de Leon. Clayton will explain how one man, a Dominican friar, stood up for justice and became the universal protector of the Indians during the early 1500s. Advance registration is requested. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.
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Members of the team are, front row, from left, Dani Morris, Nicci Palumbo, Kayla Sanchez, Emily Hollenbeck and Savanna Rumore; middle row, Carolyn ONeal, Kourtney Gracie, Brittney Pressler, Brooke McEntire, Sammi Grat and Elizabeth Mason; back row, Coach Diane Gracie, Coach John Pressler, Manager Karl Mason and Coach Rick ONeal.RoundupShooting Stars plan registrationSEMINOLE The Seminole Shooting Stars youth soccer organization plans registration for players Feb. 7-28 at the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. Co-ed age groups are Under 6 (U6), U8, U10 and U12 for children born between March 1, 2000 and March 1, 2008. The season is March 13 to May 10. Practices and games are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration is $70 with a $10 sibling discount. All players must have a valid Seminole Recreation card, which is free for city residents and $120 for nonresidents. For more information, call 391-8345, email email@example.com or text 3420762.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. A non-competitive instructional basketball program for children born in 2003 and 2004 also will be available. The fee for this program is $40 per child with a recreation card. The league is also looking for volunteer coaches. Coaches are required to have past playing experience or a working knowledge of basketball. All coaches will complete a volunteer coachs application and receive a background screening. The city also seeks team sponsors. All contributions are tax deductible. For more information, call Keith Tickner at 3976085.Trever Miller 5K set at Roselli ParkTREASURE ISLAND The Kiwanis Club of the Gulf Beaches plans its annual Trever Miller Mob 5K/1Mile Run Saturday, Feb. 4, beginning at Rosselli Park on Isle of Capri to benefit the Trever Miller Foundation. The 5K run begins at 8 a.m. and the 1-mile run an hour later. The 5K entry fee is $25. Registrants for the 1-mile fun run pay $10. Awards will be presented to overall male and female winners, top three in various age groups, along with masters and grand masters. Registration forms are available at www.Kiwanis GulfBeaches.com or through Pamela McCann at 430-9398. Walk-up entries are welcome beginning at 7 a.m. the day of the run. Rosselli Park is located at Second Street East and Capri Circle South off 116th Avenue.Rays Fan Fest set at The TropST. PETERSBURG The 2012 Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest is scheduled Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Tropicana Field. Admission and parking are free. This years Fan Fest will include a large number of activities for kids. Youth stations include clinics by Rays coaches, Reading with the Rays, kids running the bases, high-five stations with Rays players, photos with Rays mascot Raymond, as well as appearances by Rays players and coaches at various stations throughout the day. A donation to the ALS Association will allow fans to receive a wristband, which grants the opportunity to get autographs from Rays players and coaches. Rays TV and radio broadcasters and more than 25 former major league players also will sign autographs for free throughout the day.Warhawks hope to reverse their fortunes from a year ago By BRAD RICHARDSONSEMINOLE With a strong core of returning players and a new coaching staff, the Seminole Warhawks are set to start another high school baseball season. Last season, the Warhawks were favored to win a district title but their season was cut short following a shutout at the hands of Tarpon Springs in the first round of the tournament. Seminole finished the season 19-7. Hopefully this year you will see a big difference and everyone will get a chance to shine, said senior Brett Phillips, who recently signed with North Carolina State. Seminole has always been prime with baseball and even though we have talked about winning a championship in the past, this year we are going to have to really work at it. Of the 15 returning players, eight new faces were added to the roster for a total of 23 players. Among the newcomers are freshmen Chris Berry, Jacob Silverstein, Tyler Koser and Austin Lamoreux. Its very cool and exciting to be a part of this team, said Berry. Im hoping with this season I can get a lot of times up to bat and field time to improve and help me move my way up. Many of the returning players hope last years early season success will continue with the hard work ethic and determination to win. Returning player development coach Tom Beck said the Warhawks have a long road ahead. The enthusiasm is still there from last year and that in itself means everything, said Beck. That, combined with our veteran players, plus new players help round out what we already have as an established core on and off the field. In addition to Phillips, other seniors who have made commitments to college include pitcher Jordan Doyle, who is headed to Polk Community College, and infielder Barrett Pluskat, who will attend Florida State. Returning coaches include SHS alumni Keith Stegbauer and strength conditioning coach J.J. Johnson. New coaches include Ira and Joel Berman and Richard Fabrizi. This is a completely new coaching staff with a different philosophy on how a team can be managed, said first-year head coach Jeff Pincus. We have a number of very highly qualified coaches to make the decisions on the talented group of players which we want to see come out and enjoy playing the game. Seminoles first regular-season game is at the Diamond Classic at Tampa Berkley Prep on Feb. 9. For a full listing of games and roster, visit eteamz.com/seminolewarhawksbaseball.2012 ScheduleFeb. 7 Hillsborough at Berkeley Prep, 4 p.m.; Feb. 9 at Berkeley Prep, 7 p.m.; Feb. 13 at Naples Baron Collier; Feb. 16 TAMPA CATHOLIC, 7 p.m.; Feb. 22 at Palm Harbor, 4 p.m.; Feb. 23 ST. PETERSBURG, 7 p.m.; Feb. 24 TARPON SPRINGS, 7 p.m.; March 2 at Pinellas Park, 7 p.m.; March 6 OSCEOLA, 7 p.m.; March 9 Clearwater, 7 p.m.; March 10 GRAYSON HIGH SCHOOL, noon; March 13 at Dunedin (Engelbert Field), 7 p.m.; March 15 LARGO, 7 p.m.; March 16 NORTHEAST, 7 p.m.; March 20 at Countryside, 7 p.m.; March 21 WEST BOCA COMMUNITY, 7 p.m.; March 23 PALM COAST, 7 p.m.; March 26March 31, STEVE GEORGIADIS TOURNAMENT 4 p.m./7 p.m. April 3 at St. Petersburg, TBA.; April 5 COUNTRYSIDE, 7 p.m.; April 20 PCAC Championship, site TBA, 7 p.m.; April 21 EAST LAKE, noon; April 23-28 District Tournament, TBA; May 2-11 Regional Playoff Games; May 17-24 State Tournament, TBA. Home Games in caps.
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The community is now more than 75 percent sold, with just 35 of the buildings 153 residences available for purchase. Sales projections have the community sold out by mid-2012. Rising 26 stories above Clearwater Harbor, Waters Edge is quickly becoming home to residents eager to enjoy the incredible views of Floridas Gulf Coast, the world-famous Clearwater Beach, and the active lifestyle surrounding them. With many nearby condominium towers already sold out, Waters Edge is one of the last opportunities to purchase a new construction home in a high-rise community in Pinellas County.Bark Life honored by Angies ListSEMINOLE Bark Life, a pet grooming service at 11220 Park Blvd., was recently awarded the 2011 Angies List Super Service Award. The honor is given annually to about 5 percent of the businesses rated by Angies List. 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Viewpoints 15A Beacon, February 2, 2012In the past year, I avoided going to the closet to pick up The Bag. Im afraid to because it might unleash memories that will persuade me to engage in an activity that will cause bodily harm to others and myself. The Bag, you see, contains precious sports equipment rotting racquetball gloves, balls that have lost their bounce, a headband, sweat bands and my war club. Im referring to my lightweight titanium racquet. Though scarred and aging, it is still reliable and, in the right hands, capable of hitting a racquetball so that it explodes against the wall. Notice that I said the right hands. Problem is, I dont have the right legs. About a year ago, while visiting my doctor for my annual routine checkup, I asked him whether I should take up racquetball again though I hadnt played in 18 months and had just recovered from a hammertoe and bunion surgery. I also advised my doctor that Ive had surgery on both knees and my left foot in the past several years. He looked at me quizzically. How much do you like playing the game, Tom? Do you really love it? Yes, I believe I still do, I said, not mentioning that The Bag calls my name in my sleep. Then just try hitting the ball a little and see how it feels, he said. Start slowly. I love my doctor almost as much as I love The Bag. My friends Randy and Larry invited me to play with them at the citys indoor courts in Seminole. I played ball with them for years until my podiatrist operated on my mangled foot. Well take it easy on you, old man, Larry said. Warm-up was successful; I didnt throw my back out. But from then on, I was as helpless as a rabbit running from a pair of hawks in an open field. My timing was off when I tried to return serves with my backhand, and I seemed to be five seconds too late in getting to the ball. See you next week, Tom? Larry asked. Ill let you know, I said, limping off the court. About a day later, my knees swelled. My elbow hurt when I tried to extend my arm. My foot throbbed, especially after I kicked The Bag. In my heyday, I could play for hours, even stealing a game from the great and feared Bear occasionally. The Bear is an A-level player, winning numerous medals in Police Olympics and other events. His favorite line when I made an appointment to play him? Bring your crying towel. I remember the years several of us used to play outdoors in Central Florida, cursing at the afternoon rain and scraping mole crickets off the courts with our rackets. I remember Cooter, who played five nights a week and once dug a trench alongside of the courts to drain the water from them. I remember playing with a sore knee, not realizing that I had torn a meniscus. I remember the bill for the surgery. The camaraderie, the exercise, the laughs, the heartache of losing, the high-fives, the aprsracquetball, chicken wings and beers. The Bag. On my birthday, Bear called me from Blairsville, Ga., to wish me well. I told him that my racquetball days appeared to be over because of my frustration of not being able to get to the ball effectively. Thats because youre slower than a bowling ball going uphill, Bear said. Thanks for the call, Bear. Dont fall down a mountain in Georgia. So what should I do with The Bag? I doubt if I can get much money for my war club, and I dont need it to scrape mole crickets off my porch. I guess it will remain in my closet along with other assorted reminders of yesteryear. I should throw away the rotting smelly gloves, but I prefer that somebody else get some use out of them. Im going to send them to Bear, just for old times sake, with the note: Hope you can get some use out of these. Via certified mail, of course. Now that federal regulators have outlawed the importation of humongous, gator-eating pythons, all Floridians can breathe a grateful sigh of relief. Finally, we are saved from this insidious reptilian plague! Sorry, but no. We might as well try to ban fleas. As anybody who knows anything about the Everglades will tell you, the giant Burmese python is here to stay. If last years hard freeze didnt kill off the tropical snakes, nothing short of a nuclear disaster will do it. The import ban on the Burmese and three other species of constrictors which was announced last week is being hailed by the Obama administration as a victory for Floridas native environment. In reality, its just a classic lesson of how Washington mulls and stalls until things are out of hand. That there was an actual debate about the invasive snake crisis is incredible to the point of satire. Some reptile dealers and breeders, joined by a few clueless Republican lawmakers (none of whom had experienced a 15-foot python in their swimming pool), claimed that a ban on imports and interstate sales would be job killing. As one who once collected and bred snakes, I cannot overstate how laughably bogus that position was. The realm of commercial reptile dealing, which has always had a sketchy element, is full of clever folks who always find ways to market different exotic species when one becomes unavailable. Not one real job would have been lost. Still, the herp industry wholesale and retail herpetology enthusiasts hired lobbyists to fight the proposed ban, and the big-snake argument dragged on for six ridiculous years. During that period, untold thousands of baby pythons were hatched in the wilds of South Florida and dutifully commenced to devour the local fauna. By the time the ban was approved, the governments original list of injurious snake species had been politically pared to four the Burmese python, the yellow anaconda and two species of African pythons. Spared from the blacklist was the common boa constrictor, one of the most popular species among pet owners, and one of the most likely to be turned free when it becomes a little too interested in the family poodle. Boas dont grow as hefty as pythons, but they are equally fond of our sunny climate and tasty bird population. The fact is, there are already so many of these snakes being captive-bred in this country that a ban on imports is essentially meaningless. Most serious reptile dealers buy from U.S. breeders who specialize in extravagantly hued strains, the product of years of genetic tinkering. Its true that certain exotic species wont mate in captivity, and must be caught in the wild and then shipped here. However, thats not the case with the four snakes named in the new federal ban. Pythons and yellow anacondas reproduce exuberantly, with no shyness, in robust, rat-like numbers. The time is long past when their importation is necessary to the trade. The significant part of the federal ban, which takes effect in March, is the illegalizing of interstate sales of Burmese pythons, their eggs and hybrids. That will surely impact the sales of some reptile dealers, but theres nothing to prevent a customer from purchasing as many snakes as they want from an in-state breeder. And it doesnt matter if youre a reptile fancier in South Florida or North Dakota. If youve got a nice warm room in your house and a lovestruck pair of pythons, you will have bushels of fertile python eggs. The snakes that now roam the Everglades are most likely descended from those set loose when Hurricane Andrew flattened rural reptile farms in the summer of 1992. The jumbo specimens might well be original refugees from that storm, their love lives spiced by chance encounters with ex-pet pythons whose owners had lost (or purposely ditched) them. So ubiquitous is the python presence that the notoriously slug-like Florida Wildlife Commission last year took steps that practically bans private ownership of the Burmese and seven other species, for new collectors. Herp lovers who already owned the snakes could keep them if they bought a permit and agreed to implant microchips before July 2010. When it comes to environmental protections, rarely does the state of Florida take a leading role over the feds. The delay speaks to the embarrassing gridlock in the nations capital, where even a pernicious snake infestation generates pious, ideological fuming. Sen. Bill Nelson and others worked long and hard to get the Department of Interior to do something, and a ban is probably a good thing to have on the books as a precedent before the next invasive species settles in. But as a way of containing the Burmese python, its way too little, way too late. Theyre here, theyre hungry, theyre happy and theyre getting it on.Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald. Readers may write to him at: 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, FL 33132. Dear Dumb-Dumb: Our research shows that you are one of the most ignorant people on earth. Therefore, the Great Courses company of Chantilly, Va., is sending you the enclosed catalog of CDs and DVDs. Buy some of these Great Courses, study them and maybe you will one day have enough smarts to be fit company for educated folks. The above statement (which I made up a few minutes ago) is how I feel Im being talked to each time a catalog of brilliant college lectures lands in my mailbox. I received another one yesterday, which means I will feel stupid as Adams off-ox for the next six weeks. On most days Im willing to match my 108 I.Q. against anybody elses. But my intellectual confidence is blown to pieces when I thumb through the Great Courses catalog. Each page is filled with stuff I know almost nothing about. Such as the Joy of Mathematics. Thats the actual name of the course. And each separate lecture is another joy, to wit: The Joy of Pascals Triangle, The Joy of Pi, and The Joy of Fibonacci Numbers. Does that sound joyful to you? Everyone knows that math should not be joyful. It should be a miserable experience. If its not, then its probably a scam. Im especially bewildered by the writing courses offered. Such as Building Great Sentences Exploring the Writers Craft. The lecture topics include adjectival steps, prompts of comparison and degrees of suspensiveness. With such a listing, my self-esteem plunges. After 50-odd years as a newsman and public relations flack, I wouldnt know an adjectival step if it bit me on the kneecap. I am mired in the cockeyed idea that you dont build great sentences; you write clear ones. I can just picture Hemingway or Stephen King at their desks, saying, Today, by jiminy, Im going to build some great sentences, each one with a high degree of suspensiveness. I once worked with a news reporter who, with deadline 20 minutes away, told his city editor, I need more time to give this story an ironic twist and an O.Henry ending. A week later he was selling pipe joints to plumbing contractors. Another trait of Great Courses is their emphasis on simplicity. Not only should learning be joyful, it should also be simple. The genius of calculus is simple says the brochure. But then you read the lecture titles in the calculus course. They include Archimedes and the Tractix and Abstracting the Derivative Circles and Belts. Just the sort of basic stuff you chat about with your buddies during lunch. I dont dispute the inherent value of the Great Courses or any other self-improvement effort. As a rule, the more we learn about life the more we enjoy it. Still, troublesome questions lie buried on every page of these liftyourself-by-your-own-bootstraps catalogs. Such as: Do I really want to listen to 36 lectures on the Vikings? After submitting myself to 24 lectures on Einsteins Relativity and the Quantum Revolution, will I be better equipped to serve myself and humankind? After subscribers patiently plod through two dozen lectures on The Dead Sea Scrolls, are they any more likely to be better parents or more competent account managers? Cynic that I sometimes am, I fix my attention on the marketing details of the Great Courses. The prices of the courses have been radically slashed; no one can accuse entrepreneurs of gouging subscribers. The latest list price for The Foundations of Western Civilization is only $44.95 for all 48 lectures. But when you check the original price $359.95 you automatically ask Why the 88 percent markdown? Wasnt the course worth the original cost? I confess: Im overly suspicious. I should be jailed for being an obstacle to education, and for looking a gift horse in the mouth. Furthermore, every course comes with a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. If while you are still alive you become unhappy with a course, your money will be refunded, or another course will be substituted. Possibly the most practical course offered is How to Become a SuperStar Student. If I were a 16-year-old high school sophomore, Id snap up that course in a New York minute. Ive thought of buying the course for my four grandchildren, but theyre already on-track for superstar status and I dont want to bungle the deal. My own hope is that one day the Great Courses people will include such pedestrian topics as Finding work during a recession, How to detect baloney in political speeches and writings, and A quick repair guide for leaking faucets. Even Einstein might have signed up for one of those offerings.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at email@example.com.The joy, simplicity of feeling stupid The Bag, the Bear and the war club 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772 727-397-5563 Fax: 727-397-5900 www.TBNweekly.com Publisher/President: Dan Autrey firstname.lastname@example.org Accounting Manager: Andrea Marcarelli email@example.com Retail Advertising Manager: Jay Rey firstname.lastname@example.org Classied Advertising Manager: Shelly Fournier email@example.com Executive Editor: Tom Germond firstname.lastname@example.orgProduction Manager: David Brown email@example.com Internet Services Manager: Suzette Porter firstname.lastname@example.org Seminole/Beach Beacon: Bob McClure email@example.com Largo Leader/Dunedin Beacon: Tom Germond firstname.lastname@example.org Belleair/Beach Bee: Chary Southmayd email@example.com Clearwater Beacon: Alexandra Lundahl firstname.lastname@example.org Pinellas Park Beacon: Juliana A. Torres email@example.com General Editorial firstname.lastname@example.orgCirculation: L. Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563 Drivers SeatBob Driver Troublesome questions lie buried on every page of these lift-yourself-by-yourown-bootstraps catalogs. Such as: Do I really want to listen to 36 lectures on the Vikings? Tom Germond Carl HiaasenThose big snakes are here to stayLETTERSGas stations guilty of price gougingEditor: How can gas stations get away with jacking up their price on gas as soon as there is even a rumor or hint of an import or export problem, local or overseas? I can see where they could rationalize raising the price once they receive a new shipment, but as it stands now, they immediately raise the price of gas they have already received and have had in their tanks for some time. This is price gouging and should be against the law. Too bad we are so dependent on our cars (and gas) for our transportation. Otherwise, we could just thumb our noses and pass these gas stations by. Jean Sklenar SeminoleBan on ice cream trucks kills jobsEditor: Largos city hall job killers strike again? The recent ban on ice cream truck music in Largo is another example of the Largo commissions over reaching regulations that kill jobs. Studies indicate that over 56,000 jobs have been lost in Pinellas County in the last two years. No doubt a high percentage of those job loses were the result of businesses closing after being annexed by Largo and other cities. The citys sky high permit fees, license fees and taxes and franchise fees on electricity (16 percent county businesses pay zero) cause companies to leave the county or close. Clearly, the municipal corporation of Largo has become a cancer on the political face of Pinellas County and should be removed before it spreads any further. Bob Snow ClearwaterPreserve the BiltmoreEditor: If the town of Belleair is to maintain its historic status, then the coliseum of Belleair (Belleview Biltmore Hotel) must be preserved and restored at all costs. You, the citizens of Belleair, must be vigilant and stern in your perseverance to thwart all attempts to alter the historic designation of the hotel and its grounds. It is the Belleview Biltmore site that makes the town unique an outstanding location to reside in and retain its place among all the historic sites throughout the United States of America. Citizens of Belleair, it is your duty to maintain Belleairs place in the historical archives of our county, state and country. Your voice must be heard and adhered to by the towns officials who are elected to do your bidding. A. Vacca Belleair The bag
16A Health & Fitness Beacon, February 2, 2012 020212 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. 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In addition to the seminars, free health screenings will be offered at the heart health fair including blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), cholesterol and glucose screenings. Health screenings will be offered 10 a.m. to noon. Space is limited. Registration is required. Seminars will include: Know Your Number: Achieving and Maintaining Cardiovascular Health, noon to 1 p.m. Vanessa Lucarella, M.D., cardiologist, will speak on the risks factors for cardiovascular disease, the latest treatment options and strategies for prevention. What to Look for in a Heart Hospital, 1 to 2 p.m. Robert Teele, R.N., patient navigator, will speak about the patient experience at Morgan Heart Hospital and what patients should look for when choosing a heart hospital. Space for the free health fairs and screenings are limited. For information, or reservations, call 9536877 or visit www.BayCareEvents.org.Moffitt partners with Swim Across America CLEARWATER Swim Across America, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events, will host its first open water fundraising swim in Florida, and funds will benefit Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. The event will include former Olympians Honorary Chair BrookeBennett and Janel Jorgensen, and will take place Saturday, May 5, 8:30 a.m., at Clearwater Beachs Pier 60. Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate as fundraisers in the one mile or half mile course. They can swim as individuals or as part of a team in honor of friends and loved ones who have fought, or are fighting, a battle with cancer. Participants pledge to raise a minimum of $500 (adults 18 and older), or $250 in donations. The pledges collected by the swimmers, corporate sponsors and online donations will benefit metastatic melanoma research led by Shari PilonThomas, Ph.D., at Moffitt Cancer Center. Florida has one of the highest incidence rates of melanoma in the country, and new therapies are desperately needed for the treatment of metastatic melanoma, said Pilon-Thomas in a press release. Moffitt Cancer Center is a leader in offering novel therapies for patients who have no other treatment options. Funding from Swim Across America would support a clinical trial combining multiple cuttingedge strategies to use the immune system to fight metastatic melanoma. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Swim Across America in Moffitts mission to contribute to the cure of cancer, Pilon-Thomas said. Following the swims, there will be a celebration and awards ceremony for swimmers, their families and friends. Researchers and medical staff from Moffitt Cancer Center are scheduled to be on hand to discuss how the money raised will be used by their laboratories in the fight against cancer. SAA hopes that members of the Tampa Bay community will participate as swimmers, donors or volunteers in hopes that the community will join together furthering the goal of conquering cancer.Pedaling for Pink setLARGO Pedaling for Pink will take place Saturday, March 17, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., at John Taylor Park, 1100 Eighth Ave. SW. Viva Las Chicas will launch their inaugural bike ride, Pedaling for Pink, on March 17. The one-day bike ride through Pinellas County will include four ride options and will raise money to help Tampa Bay families affected by a breast cancer diagnosis. This bicycling event is designed for families and diehard riders alike, with something for everyone. Formed as a grass-roots organization in 2002, Viva Las Chicas became a nonprofit in 2006. As the organization has grown, so has the need to fund the various aspects of the mission, specifically assisting individuals and families after a breast cancer diagnosis. Cost ranges between $35 and $65. To register to ride or volunteer, visit www.vivalaschicas.org.Give Kids A Smile program setGive Kids A Smile will offer free, desperatelyneeded dental services to local qualifying children from low-income families on Friday, Feb. 3, 8 a.m., at various locations throughout Pinellas County. This event is part of the American Dental Associations Give Kids A Smile Program. Last year, more than 46,000 dental team members nationwide participated in Give Kids A Smile. More than 125 dentists, hygienists and assistants, along with corporate sponsors will come together to answer the need for dental services. Many children reside in Pinellas County without any access to dental care. Give Kids A Smile is presented annually to provide free dental services to local, qualifying children from low-income families; to raise awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease occurring here and across the country; and to raise awareness of the need to build local public and private partnerships to increase access to oral health care to solve this crisis. Due to the need for signed parental permission and other documentation, this Give Kids A Smile event can only see children who are registered in advance, in most cases through schools and social service clubs and agencies. For information or to register, visit www.GKASpinellas.com. Participating locations include: SPC Dental Hygiene Clinic, 7200 66th St. N., Pinellas Park. Department of Health Clinic, 205 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg Johnnie Ruth Clark Clinic, 1344 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg.
Faith & Family 17A Beacon, February 2, 2012 Obituaries Jeanne Marion Crossley PUGH87, of Seminole, Fla., passed away January 27, 2012 at Lake Seminole Square. She was educated at State University of New York at Brockport and worked previously for the Jamestown Post Journal as a reporter and columnist. Jeanne retired from The St. Petersburg Times, where she worked as a reporter, feature writer, columnist, and writer/editor of the Religion section. She was granted one of six seats for U.S. reporters on Pope John Paul IIs press plan during his 10-city tour of Canada. She was awarded the Best Writer award from the National Religion Newswriters Association. She served in various capacities for American United for Separation of Church and State, and spoke on such issues before numerous church and civic groups. She is survived by her son, R. Scott Pugh; grandchildren, Mary Lisa Clore, Courtney Boyle and Theodore Clifford Pugh; and her beloved niece and namesake, Jeanne Bussiere. She is predeceased by her husband, H. Theodore Pugh, and sons, Dr. Steven T. Pugh and Howard F. Pugh. Memorial services were held January 31, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with arrangements entrusted to Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. (727)391-0500. Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to: Chapel on the Hill, 12601 Park Blvd., Seminole, FL 33776, or to Suncoast Hospice Foundation at: www.thehospitalfoundtion.org. 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: email@example.com 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 FREE Vein Screening!727-871-VEIN(8346)813-258-CARE (2273) All procedures performed by a Board Certi ed Vascular Surgeon. Ultrasound by registered vascular technician. 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No HealthINSURANCE ?As seen on CNN, Bay News 9 & 10 NewsDr. George KamajianLargo Clinic: 727-518-1000 Indian Shores Clinic: 727-517-1500= Unlimited Medical Visits For One Year!+ One EKG FREE + Panel of labs FREE No Problem No Gimmicks No Fine Print12612$500 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 020212 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. Levenson, MD, PA Elisa Icaza, MSN, ARNP Denisse Balcacer, MD Church news First Baptist Church of Indian RocksLARGO Moms at Heart will meet Monday, Feb. 13, 9 to 11:30 a.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6:45 to 8 p.m., in Room EC-252 of the education center at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road. Moms at Heart recognize that every mom is precious to Christ. The group offers an environment of encouragement and support, a place to make new friends, find parenting help, and learn new skills. Light food and drinks will be available. Pastor Scott and his wife Cyndi Harris will speak on how to grow in the difficult times. There also will be a craft. Expectant moms, single moms, married moms, working moms, stay-at-home moms and grand moms are welcome to attend. To register, visit www.indianrocks.org. Childcare is available but preregistration is required. Call 595-3421.Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic ChurchSEMINOLE An annual fundraising auction will take place Saturday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m., at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, 11501 66th Ave. N. The auction will help raise funds to support classroom education. Cost is $25 a person. Call 391-4060.Peace Memorial Presbyterian ChurchCLEARWATER Violinist Olga Caceanova will be joined by pianist Michael Bukhman for a concert on Sunday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m., at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S. Fort Harrison Ave. The fifth concert in the Peace Memorial Concert Series, Romance in the Air will feature a program of romantic duos and solos, including works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Massenet and other romantic era composers. Caceanova is a past winner of the Kiev Violin Competition and has toured extensively with the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra. She currently resides in the Boston area and is furthering her violin studies at the New England Conservatory. Bukhman received his bachelors degree in music from Oberlin College and his masters in music from Juilliard where he is currently pursuing his doctorate in musical Arts. No tickets are required and seating is first come, first served. An offering will be taken with a $5 minimum suggested. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. Following the concert, there will be a light reception in the fellowship hall. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet, greet and thank the musicians. Call 446-3001 or visit www.PeaceMemorial.org.Calvary Episcopal ChurchINDIAN ROCKS BEACH Oba Oba Bossa Nova! will perform Sunday, Feb. 12, 4 p.m., at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1615 First St. The concert will feature Brazilian Bossa Nova and samba-jazz performed by the acclaimed Brazilian group O Som Do Jazz featuring Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson and five Musicians skilled in Brazilian music. Music will include Brazilian songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell and Edu Lobo. A free will offering will be taken in support of the student choral section leader program at Calvary. A light reception will follow the concert. This is the fifth event of the 2011-12 Calvary Concert Series. For information, call 595-2374 or visit www.cal varyirb.org.St. John Vianney Catholic ParishST. PETE BEACH A series for Catholics wanting to reconnect with the church will be presented Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Feb. 27, at St. John Vianney Catholic Parish, 445 82nd Ave. The series seeks to awaken Catholic faith among attendees. Awakening Faith is a six-session series for those seeking to reconnect with the Catholic church. For information, call 388-7628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Here and there American Legion hosts fashion showCLEARWATER A Valentines Day fashion show is set for Tuesday, Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m., at the American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St. All that Glitters will present the clothes. There will be custom-made jewelry from Susies Boutique, and there will be an auction and lunch. Cost is $12. Tickets may be purchased by calling 215-1105 or they will be available at the door. All proceeds go to veterans and their families.Foster parents neededFoster homes are needed for many children in Pinellas and Pasco counties. There are more than 3,500 dependent children in these two counties due to child abuse, neglect or abandonment, and many of them need loving foster parents. For more information, call Eckerd Community Alternatives Recruitment Line at 866-233-0790.First Friday set in LargoLARGO First Friday will feature a Renaissance street fair, Feb. 3, 6 to 11 p.m., on First Avenue Southwest between Clearwater-Largo Road and Ridge Road. The event features fortunetellers, pony rides, live music and a drum circle.Friends to hold book saleLARGO The Friends of the Largo Library will host its winter book sale Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Jenkins Room of the Largo Library. All books are 50-cents each. Buy two and get one free.
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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesBeacon Section B February 2, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com This weeks Top 5 Richard Thompson Electric Trio Friday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m., at Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa. Tickets start at $26. Call 813-274-8981 or visit tampatheatre.org. Thompsons trio includes Michael Jerome and Taras Prodaniuk. Thompson is a critically acclaimed, prolific songwriter and recipient of BBCs Lifetime Achievement Award. He was named one of Rolling Stone Magazines Top 20 Guitarist of All Time for his acoustic and electric virtuosity. Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, David Byrne, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, and many others have recorded his work. Consistently extolled as a dazzling live performer, Thompsons live tour CD Dream Attic received a 2011 Grammy nod. Becky Shaw, by Gina Gionfriddo, presented by freeFall Theatre Company, Feb. 2-19, at freeFall, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Ticket prices vary according to performance date and time. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com. Starting with a fateful blind date, Becky and Max are subjected to a series of comically unfortunate events. Keb Mo, Friday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $35 to $45. Call 791-7400. The Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter /guitarist is touring in support of his widely praised new album, The Reflection. The highly-anticipated collection is his first studio release since his 2006 album, Suitcase, and features duets with India.Arie and Vince Gill, as well as performances by Dave Koz, Marcus Miller, Mindi Abair and world-renowned studio musician David T. Walker. The artists trademark honest, unadorned vocal style and his deceptively simple, sublime guitar work will be showcased in this performance. Anders Osborne will open the show. The Florida Orchestra: Vivaldis Four Seasons part of the Masterworks series, Friday, Feb. 3, 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 Sunday, Feb. 5, 2 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. In the tradition of a chamber orchestra with the concertmaster giving direction to the orchestra musicians, attendees will enjoy the intimate sounds of Vivaldis ever-popular Four Seasons, together with the string orchestra version of Bartoks charming Rumanian Folk Dances and J.S. Bachs elegant Orchestral Suite No. 3. The Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers Saturday, Feb. 4, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets range from $34 to $54. Call 892-5767 or visit www.thema haffey.com. Theyre back the legendary Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers. The show that started it all has been selling out all over the globe. No one does it like these brothers and theyre back to show you just why they are the best. Others events scheduled include:Treasure Island Bobby Tess and the Dixie Chaps Thursday, Feb. 9, 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 Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:The Woman in BlackGenre: Science fiction, fantasy, suspense and horror Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer, Liz White and Alisa Khazanova Director: James Watkins Rated: PG-13 In this supernatural thriller, Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a widowed lawyer whose grief has put his career in jeopardy, is sent to a remote village to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased eccentric. But upon his arrival, it soon becomes clear that everyone in the town is keeping a deadly secret. Although the townspeople try to keep Kipps from learning their tragic history, he soon discovers that the house belonging to his client is haunted by the ghost of a woman who is determined to find someone and something she lost ... and no one, not even the children, are safe from her vengeance.Big MiracleGenre: Drama and family Cast: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Dermot Mulroney, Kristen Bell and Tim Blake Nelson Director: Ken Kwapis Rated: PG Based on the inspiring incredible true story that united the world, the rescue adventure Big Miracle tells the amazing tale of a small town news reporter (John Krasinski) and an animal-loving volunteer (Drew Barrymore) who are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Local newsman Adam Carlson (Krasinski) cant wait to escape the northern tip of Alaska for a bigger market. But just when the story of his career breaks, the world comes chasing it, too. 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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? Seconds from Broadway, by Neil Simon, presented by West Coast Players, through Feb. 5, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org. Simons clever wit is at work again in the dialogue among the characters who gather in the Polish Tea Room, 45 seconds from the heart of Broadway. These entertainment personalities offer a glimpse into those who have a connection, in one way or another, to one of the most famous areas of New York City. Keb Mo, Friday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $35 to $45. Call 791-7400. The Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter/guitarist is touring in support of his widely praised new album, The Reflection. The highly-anticipated collection is his first studio release since his 2006 album, Suitcase, and features duets with India.Arie and Vince Gill, as well as performances by Dave Koz, Marcus Miller, Mindi Abair and world-renowned studio musician David T. Walker. The artists trademark honest, unadorned vocal style and his deceptively simple, sublime guitar work will be showcased in this performance. Anders Osborne will open the show. A Raisin in the Sun, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 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, Daniel Petrie directs Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil and Ruby Dee in this 1961 adaptation of Lorraine Hansberrys play. In 2005, A Raisin in the Sun was selected for preservation in the United States of America National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. Opening reception Red Hot Show Sunday, Feb. 12, noon to 4 p.m., at Studio 1212 Art Gallery, 1405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. The artists of Studio 1212 will host a Red Hot Show featuring power and passion in contemporary art, jewelry and pottery. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. The show will continue through March 24. The studio is open Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 4464566 or visit www.studio1212.org. Jungle Fever, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 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 1991 drama was directed by Spike Lee and stars Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra. Dunedin contain it!, Trashy Treasures and Eat This!, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11, at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. The DFAC will host a triple-header of events including contain it!, in which hand-selected artists rework the interior of PODS containers; and Trashy Treasures, a fabulous art garage sale. New this year is Eat This!, featuring a variety of food trucks selling enticing cuisine. Participating in the food truck rally will be Ballers Traveling Bistro, FoodeeZ Mobile Catering, La Creperia Caf with crepes to go, Michelle Faedos On The Go, Tamales and South Of The Border and Wicked Wiches. The annual fringe arts festival will will kick off Friday, Feb. 10, with a party and silent auction, at the center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. Admission is $5. The exhibition will be open to the public Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. For event information, call 2983322 or visit www.dfac.org. The seventh annualSaints and Sinners Ball Saturday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m., at the Conmy Center, Our Lady Of Lourdes Church, 750 San Salvador Drive, Dunedin. This years theme will be Moulin Rouge. The event will feature a gourmet buffet, top-shelf bars and a richly decorated atmosphere that aims to depict the ever-famous Moulin Rouge. Attendees also may indulge in gaming tables or participate in live and silent auctions as well as a 50/50 raffle. Entertainment will include the swanky sounds of Clearwaters own The Black Honkeys. Individual tables start at $1,250. Individual seating is available for $125. For ticket reservations or more information, call 738 6159 or visit www.thesaintsandsinners.com. 20th annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Main Street in Downtown Dunedin. The event is free and open to the public. This juried outdoor craft showcase will feature original crafts, handmade in America. Attendees will find unique and affordable gift items and a vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, paintings, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products. The show will host 100 crafters from 30 different states and all crafters will be on site for the duration of the festival. For information, visit www.artfestival.com. The 21st annual Mardi Gras in Dunedin Tuesday, Feb. 21, 5 to 11 p.m., in downtown Dunedin between Louden Avenue and Broadway. Presented by the city and the Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association, the free annual event celebrates the Carnival tradition and falls on Fat Tuesday, the last opportunity for revelers to indulge in culinary delights before the fasting of Lenten season. There will be a variety of foods from local restaurants as well as beer, wine and spirits. The event also will showcase art and craft vendors along Main Street and will feature live entertainment. The parade will begin at 7:30 p.m. This years theme will be Big Mamas Jambalaya Jive. Cyril Neville has been selected as the musical headliner for the event and The Vodkanauts will open. Visit www.dunedinmardigras.com.Gulfport Ars Erotica art event, Sunday, Feb. 12, noon, in Gulfports Artists Alley off 29th Avenue South at Beach Boulevard. The SchorkMunsell Studio will celebrate St. Valentines Day with its first group show, Ars Erotica. In collaboration with neighboring artists Owen Pach Glass and Victory Body Art, Jonathan Schork and Ciara Carinci will transform their end of Gulfports Artists Alley into a complete arts event. Starting at noon, the Artists Alley Cooperative will be offering foundry and smithing demonstrations as well as a full inventory of blown glass at Owen Pach Glass; a collection of erotic and romantic art in photographs, paintings, jewelry, sculpture and other media by a varied stable of participating artists. There also will be body painting by Victoria Wenner. Live music is expected in the evening, and light snacks and refreshments will be offered until supplies run out. Even though the theme is erotic, the studio states that all work and events are tasteful and absolutely familyand kidfriendly. Call Jonathan Schork at 305-304-3018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mardi Gras Ball Saturday, Feb. 18, 7 to 11 p.m., at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport. This flamboyant Mardi Gras charity event will bring Big Easy style fun to Pinellas. The event will feature Louisiana cuisine courtesy of Bayou Catering, door prizes, dancing and live music. Party-goers will enjoy authentic Cajun, Zydeco, blues and jazz music. Colorful masks and elegant costumes are optional. Tickets are $25. For tickets and information, call Carol Reynolds at 647-1014. Proceeds will benefit Kiwanis childrens charities. 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 Sunday Matinee Music Program Series Sunday, Feb. 12, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The featured entertainment will be a Valentine Spectacular with the Four Tune Nuts Barbershop Quartet. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter .com. Funny Girl, with book by Isobel Lannart, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, Feb. 24 through March 11, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eightoclocktheatre.com. Funny Girl is the semi-autobiographical tale of Fanny Brices meteoric rise to fame and her stormy relationship with Nick Arnstein, a wealthy and charming gambler. From her start as a gawky Brooklyn teen fast-talking her way into show business to becoming the toast of New York to the unraveling of her personal life, Funny Girl is a stunning, richly told tour de force about one of Broadways biggest stars. Kings of Country, Monday, Feb. 27, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $22. Call 587-6793. Part of the Largo Lions Spotlight Series, the show will feature some of Americas top artists performing the music of Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. The show will feature great songs the artists made famous, such as She Believes in Me, Lady, Man in Black, Walk the Line, Always on My Mind and On the Road Again. All proceeds from these events go directly to Lions volunteer projects, such as sight conservation, eye operation and glasses. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series Sunday, March 11, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The featured entertainment will be a tribute to the Irish with the Heedless Horsemen from Ranchero Village. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. Doo Wop with a Twist Monday, March 19. 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $22. Call 587-6793. Part of the Largo Lions Spotlight Series, attendees will stroll down memory lane with Joey Dee and Tommy Mara. These great rock n roll entertainers will perform some of their great hits, including Peppermint Twist, Shout, Candles and Step by Step. All proceeds from these events go directly to Lions volunteer projects, such as sight conservation, eye operation and glasses. Tonights the Night Rod Stewart Tribute Monday, April 2, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $22. Call 587-6793. Part of the Largo Lions Spotlight Series, this show features Bob Stewart, a third cousin to Rod Stewart. Attendees will enjoy a high-energy show with Bob singing favorites such as Maggie Mae, Hot Legs and Do ya! Think Im Sexy. All proceeds from these events go directly to Lions volunteer projects, such as sight conservation, eye operation and glasses. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series Sunday, April 22, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The featured entertainment will be a New Orleans Special Treat with Cabaret Unlimited. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. Broadways Best, presented by Eight OClock Theatre, May 413, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eightoclocktheatre.com. The well-known dynamic creative team of Rocco Morabito (director) and Ronnie DeMarco (choreographer) have designed their dream show: a revue combining favorite ballads, laments and show-stoppers from Broadways best. The lineup includes gems from musicals such as Cabaret, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Damn Yankees, Gypsy, Godspell, Guys & Dolls and Mame. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series Sunday, May 6, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The featured entertainment will be Mothers Favorite with the Sunsation Show Chorus. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 5183131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. Nunsense II, with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, July 13-20, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eightoclocktheatre.com. This sequel takes LOOKING AHEAD, from page 1B See LOOKING AHEAD, page 4B
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Coupon cannot be combined with any other offer.Pop Quiz TriviaEvery Thurs. 7-9pm Tuesday, Feb. 7Hospitality NightCALLFORRESERVATIONSTODAY!727-538-8915 Trappmans Fresh Florida Lobster Tails$17.99 lb. Fla. Fresh Large Shrimp$10.99 lb. Large Stone Crab$18.99 lb. Fla. Fresh Jumbo Shrimp$13.99 lb. Medium Stone Crab$12.99 lb.11055 Seminole Blvd. 392-2700 OPEN 9am-6pm Mon.-Sat. 020212J&KSEAFOOD SHACK Fla. Fresh Grouper$15.99lb. 0202121 per customer. EXP. 2-9-12$799 place six weeks after the Little Sisters of Hobokens first benefit show, and now they are back with a big Thank You show. Theyre a bit slicker, having been bitten by the theater bug. Things get to off to a rousing start, and before long chaos erupts. Two Franciscans come to claim Sister Mary Amnesia (who has won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes). The nuns hear that a talent scout is in the audience.Pinellas Park The Local Revolt Music Series Saturday, Feb. 11, noon to 10 p.m., at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. and the music will start at noon. The rain-or-shine outdoor event will include performances by 10 local bands including The Surfin Raccoons, Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso, UNRB, Rock n Chair Band, Santino, 10th Concession, The Jeremy Thomas Band, Consinity, Khora and The August Name. Between sets, DJ XL and comedian Lou Angelwolf will keep the audience entertained. Admission costs $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Suncoast Hospice. Tickets are available online at www.ticketweb,com and www.ticketmaster.com. For event information, visit www.thelocalrevolt.net. A Night at the Oscars, presented by Sunsation Show Chorus, Sunday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Cost is $15. Call 541-4501 or visit www.sunsationshowchorus.com. The production will feature some of the greatest movie music that made it to the Oscars performed by the Sunsation Show Chorus. Carolyn Wong-Stark will provide piano accompaniment. The Love List, by Norm Foster, Feb. 16 through March 4, 2012; at Venue Ensemble Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. A portion of ticket sales from each show is donated to a benefit organization. Call 822-6194 or visit www.venueactorstudio.org. Tom Hook and the Original Black Dogs Sunday, Feb. 19, 6 to 9:30 p.m., at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. The event will be a Mardi Gras dinner and dance. Sponsored by the Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society, admission is $35 for members and $40 for guests. Call 397-1875. The 22nd annual Country in the Park Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at England Brothers Park, 2010 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Admission is free. The city of Pinellas Parks annual festival and trade show will feature musical performances by nationally-known and local musicians, arts and crafts show, pony rides, car show and childrens activities. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees may bring a lawn chair. Coolers will not be permitted. Call Joel Garren at 541-0805, ext. 3076 or email email@example.com. The Property Known as Garland, by Billy Van Zandt, March 22 through April 1, 2012; at Venue Ensemble Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. A portion of ticket sales from each show is donated to a benefit organization. Call 822-6194 or visit www.venueactorstudio.org.Safety Harbor Safety Harbor Touch-A-Truck Saturday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Safety Harbor City Park, 940 Seventh St. S. Admission and parking are free. Attendees will have the opportunity to touch and climb inside vehicles they see on a daily basis including a fire engine, dump truck, garbage truck and front loader. Vehicle operators will be on hand to explain what the vehicles are used for, how they operate and what makes them unique. The Safety Harbor Public Works Department, The Safety Harbor Fire Department, and Pinellas County Sheriffs Department will have vehicles on site for little kids and big kids to explore. To add to the excitement of the day, a Bayflite helicopter will be landing and taking off at the event and families can ride the famous Rocketship Car for a nominal fee. Families also will learn about safety from Pinellas County 911 and SafeKids. For information, call Kimberly Armitage at 724-1572.St. Petersburg Seven Guitars, by August Wilson, presented by American Stage Theatre Company, through Feb. 26, in the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org. Floyd Barton is a natural musician with a hit song and, in the expansive atmosphere after World War II, he dreams of the big time. But as the play begins, his wife and friends mourn his death. In Wilsons only play constructed in flashback, Seven Guitars takes us back to explore what happened. Who killed Floyd Barton, but more importantly, why? This play contains mature subject matter and language. Hairspray, with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, and book by Mark ODonnell and Thomas Meehan; through Feb. 5, at St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees will be Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $24 for adults and $10 for students. Call 866-1973 or visit www.splt.org. Hairspray has made the journey from motion picture to Broadway musical to movie musical phenomenon. City Theatre will serve up the eight-time Tony award-winning Broadway sensation as its third offering of the season. The pace is nonstop with songs like Good Morning Baltimore and Cant Stop the Beat. As 1962 Baltimore is marching literally toward racial integration, Tracy Turnblad pursues her dream to be famous and dance on the Corny Collins show. Shes in for an education when she finds that some see size and color as ways to hold you back. But, teaming up with the likes of Motormouth Maybell and Seaweed J. Stubbs, theres no holding these kids back. Becky Shaw, by Gina Gionfriddo, presented by freeFall Theatre Company, Feb. 2-19, at freeFall, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Ticket prices vary according to performance date and time. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com. Starting with a fateful blind date, Becky and Max are subjected to a series of comically unfortunate events. Sunday Comedy Series Sunday, Feb. 5, 8 p.m., an After Hours event at American Stage Theatre Company in the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets are Pay-WhatYou-Can, with a suggested donation $10 to $20; or $15 in advance to purchase VIP seating. Call 8237529 or visit www.americanstage.org. The Sunday Comedy Series show will be Hawk and Waynes The Memory Superbowl Edition. Back for their third year after successful runs of their original long form shows, The Dumb Show and , Hawk and Wayne present The Memory. This new long form of improvisation is based on the audiences suggestion of a certain memory or event in their life that comes right off the top of their heads. With the audience suggestion, Ricky and Gavin tell a story of their own, weaving in some personal details, and then create a short one-act play. Slipping, by Daniel Talbott, Feb. 9-19, at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. All performances are at 7 p.m. except Saturday, February 18, which will be a 3 p.m. matinee. For tickets, call 895-6620 or visit studio620.org. The Studio@620 is producing the Florida premiere of Talbotts controversial drama about teen gay bullying. Alone, numb and friendless after the violent death of his father and being dumped by his abusive boyfriend, openly gay high school senior Eli moves with his mom from San Francisco for a fresh start in Iowa. A possible relationship with a boy named Jake at school exposes Eli again to the possibility of closeness and the danger of being swallowed by it. Slipping is being directed by Bob Devin Jones and stars Bonnie Agan, Drew Smith, Vincent Stalba and Ian Muentener. Sunday Comedy Series, Sunday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m., an After Hours event at American Stage Theatre Company in the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets are Pay-WhatYou-Can, with a suggested donation $10 to $20; or $15 in advance to purchase VIP seating. Call 8237529 or visit www.americanstage.org. The Sunday Comedy Series show will be One Man Cho, a oneman song parody comedy extravaganza starring Jonathan Cho. Cho will bring his guitar to American Stage and play some of the songs he has written. In the style of the music comedy of Zack Galifianakis, Andy Samberg and Bo Burnham, Tampa Bay actor, songwriter, and all around funny man, Cho, brings his unique brand of acoustic comedy to our Sunday Comedy Series. Cho has a knack for taking pop and alternative songs and turning them on their ear using a style all his own. The show also is peppered with some original songs about pop culture, politics and maybe what its like to be human. The Vagina Monologues, by Eve Ensler, Sunday, Feb. 19, 6 p.m., an After Hours event at American Stage Theatre Company in the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can, with a suggested donation $10 to $20; or $15 in advance to purchase VIP seating. Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org. The Cabaret Drama Series will feature a return of Enslers hit with new cast members. Ensler delivers a whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone: The Vagina Monologues introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-yearold girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, and a feminist happy to have found a man who liked to look at it. Ugly Step Children, Sunday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m., an After Hours event at American Stage Theatre Company in the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets are Pay-WhatYou-Can, with a suggested donation $10 to $20; or $15 in advance to purchase VIP seating. Call 8237529 or visit www.americanstage.org. A Sunday Comedy Series show, these kids were born out of friendship and boredom the two indicators of all things great. They experienced some short-lived comedy fame with the local Tampa comedy troupe, On The Brink. Some of the members went to the University of Florida and wanted to keep the magic going; so they formed the alternative troupe to UFs Theatre Strike Force and the magic exploded. This show can involve short-form improv, long-form improv and/or sketch comedy. Forbidden Tampa Bay, Feb. 24-26, an After Hours event at American Stage Theatre Company in the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 6 p.m. Tickets are Pay-WhatYou-Can, with a suggested donation $10 to $20; or $15 in advance to purchase VIP seating. Call 8237529 or visit www.americanstage.org. The Tampa Bay areas most irreverent new comedy tradition is here, and its all about the weird things we love and hate about living in Tampa Bay. Florida makes national news weekly, and has some of the oddest people, places, and events in the country. A satirical and irreverent look at the Second Chance State, Forbidden Tampa Bay lampoons the news of the day with sketches, songs, and a generous helping of tongue-in-cheek. WIT Improv Sunday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m., an After Hours event at American Stage Theatre Company in the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can, with a suggested donation $10 to $20; or $15 in advance to purchase VIP seating. Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org. This 2007 Best of the Bay finalist has been making people laugh with 100 percent improvised comedy since January of 2005. Founding members Billy Martinez, Vinnie Natale, and Scott Swenson continue to perform with the group and bring down the house. Alex Crow, Jill Revelle, Eric Hughes and Seth Keith are the most recent additions to the WIT Improv family. This messed up mix of seven share experiences from many different styles of theater, music and comedy to create unique and outlandish performances. 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Find us on 020212 Super Ball Party Feb. 5th, 3pm til ... Private Party $20 per person $2 Wines & $1 Bottles Complimentary Food & Live Music MyAnna Buring stars as Shel in Ben Wheatleys Kill List, an IFC Midnight release.ChronicleGenre: Science fiction, fantasy and thriller Cast: Dane Dehaan, Michael B. Jordan, Ashley Hinshaw and Michael Kelly Director: Joshua Trank Rated: PG-13 Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.The InnkeepersGenre: Thriller and horror Cast: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Alison Bartlett, Jake Schlueter and Kelly McGillis Director: Ti West Rated: R From director Ti West comes The Innkeepers, set in the venerable Yankee Pedlar Inn, which is about to shut its doors for good after over a century of service. Believed by many to be one of New Englands most haunted hotels, the last remaining employees Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) are determined to uncover proof before it shuts down for good. As the Inns final days draw near, odd guests check in as the pair of minimum wage ghost hunters begin to experience strange and alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotels long unexplained history.Kill ListGenre: Foreign, suspense and horror Cast: Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley and MyAnna Buring Director: Ben Wheatley Not rated Eight months after a botched job in Kiev, Jay (Neil Maskell) is an out-of-work hitman with no job, money, health insurance and a wife constantly on his case. But when his business partner Gal (Michael Smiley) comes over for dinner and pressures Jay into taking a new assignment, Jay quickly finds himself back in the game with the promise of a big payoff after three assassinations. Although the hits start off without incident, soon things begin to unravel and Jays paranoia reveals itself as he is plunged into the heart of darkness. Perfect SenseGenre: Drama and romance Cast: Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Connie Neilsen Stephen Dillane and Ewen Bremner Director: David MacKenzie Not yet rated A virus is spreading. People around the world are being infected. First the grief, then smell is gone. As loss of one sense leads to another, people are stripped of the lives that they once knew. Chaos ensues whilst a young couple try to begin a relationship. Michael (Ewan McGregor), a chef and Susan (Eva Green), a scientist, discover their budding relationship must evolve around the virus before it takes them and everyone else over.W.E.Genre: Biopic, romance and drama Cast: Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, James DArcy, Andrea Riseborough and James Fox Director: Madonna Not yet rated Madonnas W.E. is a beautifully crafted, passionate tale about the search for true love in the modern world, viewed through the prism of one of historys most fabled romances. The year is 1998, and Manhattan is abuzz with anticipation about the upcoming auction of the estate of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. But the auction is far more than a diversion for Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish), a transplanted Southerner trapped in an unhappy and abusive marriage. Transfixed by the exquisite artifacts of the Windsors lives, Wally becomes obsessed with the love story of Wallis Simspon (Andrea Riseborough), the chic, charismatic American who captured the heart of King Edward VIII (James DArcy). As she learns more about the sacrifices Wallis made in choosing to be with Edward, Wally finds the courage to follow her own heart and create her own happiness. 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 courtesy of IFC FILMS OPENING, from page 1B
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