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VIEWPOINTSJonah GoldbergAmerica loses a fearless provocateur, columnist says.. ... Page 19A. Council OKs apartment complex By BOB McCLURESEMINOLE Developers of a proposed apartment complex on the site of the former Bay Pines Mobile Home Park got the final approval Feb. 28 from the City Council to move forward. Councilors voted 6-1 on second reading to approve a development agreement for a gated 330-unit apartment complex that will be called The Courtney at Bay Pines. Councilor Patricia Plantamura was the lone dissenting vote. The approval is for the first phase of a multi-phase project on the 60-acre site, which is being developed by KE Bay Pines Properties LLC, a subsidiary of Palm Beach Gardens-based Kitson and Partners. After the necessary infrastructure is added to the apartment site, KE Bay Pines Properties will sell it to Orlando-based Contravest Management Co., which will build the apartments. Construction is expected to take 18 months. The final approval didnt come without a number of concerns expressed by residents of Woodland Drive to the west of the apartment site. Residents, whose back yard will be about 100 feet from the apartments, requested the developers build a privacy fence but Mark Ely, the citys community development director, said that wouldnt be possible under state regulations. Ely explained that a fence would have to be built on a wetlands area and under terms of the Florida Administrative Code, which the Southwest Florida Water Management District uses, only a wire fence could be constructed. Most everyone in the audience gasped at the thought. Features Business . . . . . . . . .16-17A Classieds . . . . . . . . .6-9B Community . . . . . .14, 18, 21A County . . . . . . . . .2-5, 8-9A Entertainment . . . . . . .1, 3-5B Health & tness . . . . . . . .20A Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Outdoors . . . . . . . . . .10A Pets of the week . . . . . . . .15A Sports . . . . . . . . . .12-13A The Beaches . . . . . . . . .7A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .19A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising COUNTYBiltmore owners negotiating saleSerious negotiations have begun for the sale of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel, and those negotiations are with two separate potential buyers. Saying he cannot disclose names, Raphael Ades, owner of the hotel, confirmed Feb. 28 that there are two interested buyers and negotiations for the sale of the resort are under way. ... Page 2A. Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 11, 2 a.m., and ends Sunday, Nov. 4, 2 a.m.TIME CHANGECounty considers relocating courtsPlans to save money and improve conditions for people using the countys judiciary system involve relocating a number of courts and support services to the Criminal Justice Center in Clearwater. ... Page 9A.Couple helps to keep park pristineOn any given day, amid the natural habitat, wetlands and large variety of animals at Pinellas Countys Eagle Lake Park, Art and Wanda McKay are likely to be found. For the last six months, the husband and wife team have been volunteers at the Keene Road Park in Largo. ... Page 3A. The annual Readers Choice ballot is here. ... See page 4B. See APARTMENTS, page 4AMoody Blues return to Ruth Eckerd HallTaylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins fight for the future of Barsoom in John Carter. ... See page 1B.Disney brings action story by Burroughs to the big screen Volume XXXIII,No. 48 March 8, 2012 www.TBNweekly.com 030812 13611 Park Blvd. Suite G, Seminole 369-8299020212Nadia ONeal, D.D.S., P.A.See our ad on page 3 Where your changes your life. 012612Lowest Mortgages In Fifty Years!727-394-2265Theres No Place Like Home. Tour stop set for Tuesday, March 13 ... See page 3B.Construction is expected to start soon on The Courtney at Bay Pines Pow Wow fun Photo by BOB McCLURERiders get their thrills and chills on the Trabant during last years Pow Wow Festival. The 44th edition of the popular city event kicks off Friday, March 9 at the Seminole Recreation Center and continues through Sunday, March 11. For more information, see the special section inside. Illustration courtesy of CITY OF SEMINOLEThis is an artists rendition of the proposed front side of a reconstructed McDonalds restaurant at 7003 Seminole Blvd.City gives initial OK to upgrades at McDonalds By BOB McCLURESEMINOLE City residents who feel they deserve a break today will soon see it at the McDonalds restaurant at 7003 Seminole Blvd. The City Council voted unanimously Feb. 28 to give preliminary approval to a proposed development agreement for the 1.18-acre site on the northwest corner of Seminole Boulevard and 70th Avenue. The proposal, if passed on second reading on March 13, will grant approval for expansion, renovation and partial redevelopment of the site. The renovated building will follow the new corporate model like the recently constructed restaurant at 12976 Seminole Blvd., across from the Largo Mall.The expansion includes See McDONALDS, page 4AMadeira Beach government complex put on hold By WAYNE AYERSMADEIRA BEACH Construction of a planned multimillion dollar government center complex on the present city hall/fire station property will not be happening soon. The City Commission at the direction of City Manager Shane Crawford put the project, which involves the building of a new city hall, fire station and public works facility, on hold. Crawford told the commission at its Feb. 28 meeting that the city needs to discard a previous decision to put the project out for construction bids, and instead seek an architect who would look at and walk us through the options available. Before we spend millions on buildings, we need to see options and facts, he said. We need to have an architect guide us through the process and walk us through what we need. Crawford termed the commissions agreement in January to seek bids for building a new public works facility on the city hall property a recipe for disaster right out of the gate. He said city staff members had witnessed an outpouring of citizens very upset at the decision, especially that the move was being done to make room for a highand-dry at the marina. Crawford said the city had detailed architectural drawings of the planned buildings, but he questioned, Is it what we need, and can we afford it? The community is confused over the issue, Crawford said, and he promised citizen involvement in the future. Were going to come up with options, and get the community to buy into the decisions made, he said. Crawford stressed he was not ruling out plans to move public works from the city marina to the city hall property. Im not undoing (that decision), he said. The building could be put here (at city hall), but we need to see options. There are many questions that need to be answered before any construction is started on the city center complex buildings, Crawford said. For example, If we have poor soil, we may not be able to build at all. And, how do we disguise the garbage trucks if public works is moved to the site. The architect does not need to make recommendations, but the city needs to be informed and educated as to what is possible. See MADEIRA BEACH, page 4A


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That event will take place on March 11, too soon to allow for advertising and preparation of the garage sale, said Commissioner Taylour Shimkus. Shimkus, who plans the citys events, proposed the April date, saying it fell after Easter and will allow us plenty of time to prepare. The fall garage sale will be on Saturday, Nov. 10, just before the Antique Alley show on the 11th. In a later interview, Shimkus said the April date is being added due to the garage sales increasing popularity. In November 2010, 38 homes held garage sales, a participation level Shimkus had then termed very successful. Last fall, the number of participants nearly doubled to 65. There was a constant flow of buyers, she said. Shimkus attributes the rising level of interest and participation partially to the state of the economy, but also to the citys support and residents creative handling of the events. The city spent more than $1,500 on advertising and signage to promote last falls sale, she said. Residents added their own unique approaches, such as combining their sale items into a single large display area and holding street parties connected to the event. The garage sales were made a part of community life, getting everyone out on the streets, Shimkus said. If both the spring and fall sales work out this year, the city will try to tie-in both with the Antique Alley shows next time, she promised. Planning of the other city events is also moving forward, Shimkus said at the meeting. The idea of a Fourth of July breakfast in place of a barbeque will be discussed further at the next commission workshop on March 12. Pancake breakfasts are pretty big, Shimkus said. She will have a cost comparison with the traditional BBQ lunch to present at next months workshop. The citys Fourth of July plans have not been finalized, Shimkus stressed. We are taking suggestions and want to see what our options are financially, she said. Wayne AyersBiltmore owners negotiating saleBELLEAIR Serious negotiations have begun for the sale of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel, and those negotiations are with two separate potential buyers. Saying he cannot disclose names, Raphael Ades, owner of the hotel, confirmed Feb. 28 that there are two interested buyers and negotiations for the sale of the resort are under way. Ades said the negotiations have just begun. They are very initial. There is no time frame as to when a deal will be done, he said. But, he added that he is sticking with his plan that the fate of the property will be known before this year is out. Talking about the pending negotiations, Ades disclosed that his plans have changed somewhat in terms of a potential buyer. My preference is to sell to somebody who wants to keep it as a hotel, but I will sell it to anybody no matter what their intentions, he said. All along Ades and his representative, Matt Cummings, have said they only intended to sell the hotel to someone who would keep it as a hotel, otherwise they would develop the property themselves. Of the two potential buyers Ades is dealing with, one wants to keep it as a hotel, the other wants to turn the property into town homes, he said. It will depend on the negotiations and the final offer. Either I make a lot of money selling it or Ill be developing it, he said. Ades also disclosed there is more to the deal than just the hotel property. His company also owns the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club on Indian Rocks Road and the Cabana Club on Sand Key. They are part of the negotiations with both parties. All the properties are on the table, he said. Well hold the management rights to the golf club up to one year before the hotel or the new property is ready. Recently, the town of Belleair rejected Ades application for a demolition permit for the hotel because it wasnt complete. Ades says they will not be proceeding with that for now. I cant tell you right now what well be doing in the future, no decision has been made, but everything is on hold for the moment, he said. Ades and his brother, Daniel, bought the hotel, the golf club and the Cabana Club for $8 million in December of 2012. Since then controversy has swirled around the hotel because of the deterioration of the roof and the building in general. Fines in excess of $200,000 have been racked up because of the condition of the property. In a letter to Town Manager Micah Maxwell on Feb. 27, Ades asked that the Cabana Club be excluded from the liens against the properties. The letter called it an act of good faith on behalf of the town for the companys restoration of the golf club and money spent on upkeep of the Biltmore. The town has not responded to the request, but it is an indication that the sale of the club is under negotiation. In the past several months anytime the Biltmore is mentioned on the agenda of the Town Commission, Town Hall is crowded to overflowing with residents with something to say about the fate of the property. That is not something lost on Raphael Ades. Will he breathe a sigh of relief if the property is sold and the controversy is behind him? Not really. Ill tell you I like complex projects, and this one is very complex, he said. It is a big challenge to try to please everybody, every stakeholder, the neighbors, the preservationists, the tax collector and the city. Ill probably be depressed once it is resolved. Ill have to go look for something else, he said. Mayor Gary Katica said his reaction to the potential sale is as it has always been. There is nothing I would like to see more than to see it be the hotel that it was, he said. That would be number one to me. Everything is in the final outcome. In 30 years of living here Ive seen the hotel go through six owners, five of them have lost their shirts. But Im anxious to see this be successful. I dont have any control over this so it is no use to get worked up. Brian GoffPartnership with Largo goes forwardPINELLAS PARK The Pinellas Park City Council unanimously approved an agreement with the city of Largo Feb. 23 that will allow the residents of both cities to share access to recreation programs and facilities at a reduced rate. Largo commissioners passed a similar resolution with a 5-1 vote Feb. 21. Effective March 5, Pinellas Park residents are now able to purchase a Largo recreation annual membership at the residential rate of $10. Similarly, Largo residents will be able to purchase a Pinellas Park recreational ID card for the residential rate of $5. Residents are now able to register for classes and programs hosted by either city, said Debra Rose, Pinellas Park library and recreation services administrator. This proposed agreement we feel would offer the residents of both cities really a much broader range of recreational opportunities, she told the Pinellas Park council Feb. 23. Both cities tend to have a little bit different focus in our classes and programs, so this would allow people to move back and forth fairly freely between the two programs. Council members spoke favorably of the deal, agreeing that it could benefit Pinellas Park residents who work in Largo and vice versa. Councilman Jerry Mullins asked if Largo had a splash park They do. As it happens, one of their main facilities will be under construction this year, so we might expect a little bit of influx (of) customers for our Skyview pool facility, Rose said. Rose went on to explain that the new citys recreation software system RecTrac would help Pinellas Park track the success of the program, using a separate code set up just for Largo residents who are registering at the resident rate. RecTrac is a comprehensive program that helps the department to maintain electronic membership files, print and scan passes, register for classes, maintain rosters, receive and track payments and allow online registration, Rose said. Last week, Largo went live with the software system, she said. Pinellas Park didnt anticipate adding any new staff or programs to accommodate the potential increase in participants. Its very common in a recreation program that we would not fill to completely 100 percent, Rose said. For most programs, a little bit excess capacity there. What were hoping is that by facilitating this movement both cities draw more customers. The cities of Safety Harbor and Oldsmar have a similar shared recreation program, Rose said. They have found it very successful, and right now theyre in the process of enlarging it to include Tarpon Springs and Dunedin, she said. The city of Largo currently charges nonresidents $55 for an annual recreation card. Pinellas Park charges a nonresidential fee of $25 for seniors or $85 for youth and adults to obtain their similar card. Now Pinellas Park and Largo residents will be able to obtain an annual membership to the other citys recreation program for $10 and $5, respectively. Each city will retain the ability to allow its residents the first opportunity to register for popular programs, a Pinellas Park press release about the agreement later stated. To start, Pinellas Park is extending its early resident summer camp registration period from one week to two weeks. It also will initiate a residential preregistration period for the 2012-2013 afterschool Open Rec program. Were very excited about this possible partnership between the two cities, Rose said. The Pinellas Park vote in favor of the agreement was unanimous. Later, Rose said the joint recreation program could be a starting point for future partnerships. This has helped to stimulate dialogue and cooperation between the two recreation programs, and we are already working with Largo on other ideas for partnerships, she stated in a release. Juliana A. TorresCity moves toward regulating beach pedicabsCLEARWATER Three years ago, skateboarders were considered a menace to pedestrians on Clearwater Beach, so after several contentious meetings, the city banned skateboards from the sidewalks on both sides of South Gulfview Boulevard. But a short time later, the City Council realized that it may have made the ordinance too strict and dropped the skateboard ban on the western side of South Gulfview while keeping it for the eastern side. Pedicabs, surrey bicycles, Segway scooters, golf carts and other low-speed vehicles (LSVs) have now replaced sidewalk surfers as the biggest menace to beach pedestrians. The only question is how far the proposed ordinance will go in regulating LSVs. LSVs are divided into two categories: Those that are rented to tourists for their own use and those, such as the rickshaw-like pedicabs, which are operated by a professional driver. So far, they have only been a problem on Clearwater B each, but the council will have to decide whether to apply restrictions only to the beach or make them citywide. Lester R. Dailey


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For the last six months, the husband and wife team have been volunteers at the Keene Road Park in Largo. They have generously given their time and energy to ensure the 163-acre park is clean and well kept for all who visit. According to Art, he and his wife both enjoyed walking around their subdivision, located nearby, but they became tired of walking on the hard concrete and seeing the same homes day after day. When the county opened the park last year they were overjoyed at the idea of being able to walk amongst the natural surroundings and beauty the park had to offer. Wanda had worked for an insurance agency for a number of years while Art worked for Pinellas Countys building inspection department. Since both had retired and had some free time on their hands, they decided to volunteer at the park. Wanda said theyre there two or three times a week and both love it. She may be a bit bias but believes Eagle Lake is one the prettiest parks around. Art calls it an oasis in the asphalt, with all the greenery, the little ponds, all the critters and birds and snakes that makes Eagle Lake Park their home. They are both involved in all aspects of maintaining the park. One project is cutting back the greenery that grows over and onto the asphalt walkways and cement sidewalks to make it safer for those who use them including walkers and bicyclists. They are also helping to eradicate an invasive plant known as the Caesar weed that has started growing in the park. Wanda said while its pretty with dark green leaves and pink flowers, it gets stickers on them after blooming. Animals then get the stickers on their paws and spread the weeds throughout the park as they walk. To date they have taken out almost 200 large trash bags full of weeds and trimmings. The McKays arent the only ones who like the park. Hundreds of others visit the park each week. Some come to enjoy walking, roller-skating or bicycling amid all the natural beauty. Others come with their pets to one of the three dog parks. Still others enjoy a family gathering at one of the six picnic shelters available for rent. The land originally belonged to the Taylor family, one of the original settlers in Pinellas County. They used the land as a citrus grove and for cattle grazing. The county purchased two parcels of land that comprises the park in 1998 and 2006. They have tried to keep much of the development of the park with a citrus grove theme. Wanda enjoys the volunteer work she does at the park, noting its great exercise, being outside in the beautiful fresh air. She encourages others to get off the couch and get outside as well and enjoy all there is to see and do. Art is equally happy volunteering, noting that you can set your own schedule and what you would like to do and all of the tools and equipment you need are provided. Park visitors have stopped both to ask how they can volunteer and they direct them to www.pinellascounty.org for more information. They have also seen other people that arent volunteers in the park picking up trash and trying to help keep the park nice and clean. Thanks to the hard work and effort of people like Art and Wanda McKay the public is able to enjoy all the natural beauty that Pinellas County has to offer.This article was provided by Pinellas County Communications.Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY COMMUNICATIONSArt and Wanda MacKay of Largo love helping in Eagle Lake Park. Helping Helping hands handsOutstanding volunteers


4A SEB Beacon, March 8, 2012Others expressed concerns over traffic. Among them was Dennis Phillips of Woodland Drive who was worried about traffic at Frontage Road and 100th Way. Plans call for Frontage Road to be moved about 100 feet north from where it currently exists. The setback, its just not enough, he said. I see that intersection becoming more dangerous. Eric Oswald of 10016 48th Ave., expressed concerns as well. The intersection of 48th Avenue and 100th Way is going to be a very busy intersection, Oswald said. Also, were hearing there wont be as much traffic because this is 330 apartments as opposed to 500 mobile homes that were there previously. But those (mobile home residents) were retired and didnt make as many trips in and out as the residents of the apartments will. Future phases of the development site include, retail stores, restaurant and a hotel. A location on the northeast corner of the site has been designated for a future fire station. APARTMENTS, from page 1Aadditional seating in the front of the building, more storage space in the rear, beefed-up handicapped access and the addition of a stormwater run-off area in the rear of the property. But most noticeable will be the addition of a second drive-through lane to make the drive-through process go more quickly for hungry motorists during peak hours. A tree and some shrubs in the front of the building near Seminole Boulevard will be removed to make room for a drive-through waiting area. There will be an entrance and exit for car traffic off Seminole Boulevard, as well as two locations off 70th Avenue. Ken Hill, a resident of Gulfcrest Mobile Home Park to the east, suggested the two cut-ins off 70th Avenue would create traffic problems at the intersection of 70th Avenue and Seminole Boulevard. Hill suggested widening 70th Avenue, closing off one of the openings to 70th Avenue and setting up the timing of the traffic light at Seminole Boulevard to work more quickly so traffic doesnt back up onto 70th Avenue. I can concur with him (Hill) with the intersection being limited, said Councilor Bob Matthews. We need to look at that. Also, the drive-through wait area needs to be moved further west (to not conflict with pedestrians leaving through the front of the building and walking toward Seminole Boulevard). The site plan calls for 32 regular parking spaces and three handicapped spaces measuring 12 feet wide by 20 feet deep. The restaurants sign will be placed at the corner of 70th Avenue and Seminole Boulevard. In order to meet the citys new sign ordinance, it will be only 20 feet high and 100 square feet in size. McDONALDS, from page 1ACommission members supported Crawfords plan and voted unanimously to seek an architect to help guide them through the options available on the city center project. Residents had questions about the projects direction, which Crawford answered. When Robin Stach said moving public works from its present prime waterfront location was the best thing you can do, Crawford pointed out the city hall property is also on the water. Former Commissioner Steve Kochick, who has been a frequent critic of the current commission, said he supported Crawford completely on the issue. Give us our options, thats the strategic way, Kochick said, adding a comment to the city manager, I hope the community stands behind you and supports you.Archibald Park study requestedCrawford also recommended the city hold off upgrades to Archibald Park and bring in an architect or engineer who can put together some options and give us some hard numbers on the costs. The commission eventually agreed to go along with that idea. But some commission members and residents had objected at first, wanting to move ahead with long-delayed park improvements. That park has been neglected for the past 10 years, said Commissioner Nancy Oakley. If the cost ran over budget, the excess could be paid out of profits from the parking meters, she said. Brian Bornemann, chairman of the Parks Improvement Committee, said his group would like to move forward with paving, planters, parking meters, lighting, and improvements to the Snack Shack cabin. Crawford said the city needs to price out the options of what youre thinking about and wanting to do. Lets not study this to death, resident June Mohns urged. She said the residents have waited a long time for somebody to get going on Archibald Park, and the city staff needs to work out a way to get some work done. Commissioner Terry Lister said a citywide plan for all the parks is needed.Playground upgrades OKdThe city will spend $17,000 for new play-friendly equipment at Rex Park. Central Services Director Dave Marsicano said the job should be finished by the time school is out for summer activities at the park. Resident Dick Lewis objected to the purchase of a Stanley Stegosaurus, a climbing device which the manufacturer states may result in serious injury from falls. That disclaimer is made for all the equipment being considered, Commissioner Robin Vander Velde pointed out. MADEIRA BEACH, from page 1AStudent volunteers receive top honorSEMINOLE Seminole Vocational Education Center students Justin Gearheart, 18, of Pinellas Park and Alexandra Matthews, 18, of Seminole have been honored for their exemplary volunteer service with a Presidents Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Justin and Alexandra participated in the Spirit of Community program this year as representatives of SVEC. Justin earned his award by completing over 150 volunteer hours at Pinellas County parks over the past three years. Alexandra earned her award by completing over 350 volunteer hours at the Seminole Recreation Center the past two summers. Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program recognizes young people across America for outstanding community service activities. More than 345,000 young people across America have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995. The recipients of these awards vividly demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities, said John R. Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. In recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer service activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they also can contribute to their community. Demonstrating civic responsibility through community volunteerism is an important part of life, said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate. Program applications were distributed last September through all public and private middle level and high school, Girl Scout councils, county 4H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs, and affiliates of HandsOn Network. After local honorees were named, state-level judges selected state honorees, finalists and certificate of excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact, and personal growth.SVEC news Visitor from Down Under Photo courtesy of VICKI WESTERGARDLisa Reyes, center, of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, visited the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College Feb. 27 to learn more about SPCs online programs. Reyes serves as egrad school coordinator at Queensland. Her program is an initiative of the Australian Technology Network of Universities, which provides postgraduate studies in research management and commercialization for postgraduate students, doctoral fellows, research managers, administrators and researchers across Australia. The purpose of Reyes visit was to learn more about how SPC approaches course development and review, the technologies utilized, how faculty are supported and introduced to various technologies. From left are Alan Shapiro, instructional technologist, Web and instructional technology at SPC; Reyes and Vicki Westergard, executive director, Web and instructional technology at SPC.Beach towns get closer to Gulf Boulevard funds By BOB McCLURENORTH REDINGTON BEACH The final step for 11 beach communities to receive $35 million in Penny for Pinellas funds for Gulf Boulevard improvements is getting closer. Peter Yauch, division director for transportation and stormwater for the Pinellas County Department of Environment and Infrastructure, told members of the Barrier Islands Governmental Council Feb. 29 that approval of an interlocal agreement between the county and the beach communities would be the last step. The Pinellas County Commission will consider the agreement Tuesday, March 27, 2 p.m., at the County Courthouse in Clearwater. If approved, the funds will be dispersed to the beach towns over a seven-year period beginning in fiscal 2013. The county will hand out $3.5 million per year from 2013 to 2016 and $7 million per year in fiscal years 2017 to 2019. Funding to each town is based upon beach frontage. Clearwater will receive the largest amount, $6.7 million, followed by St. Pete Beach, $5.7 million; Indian Rocks Beach, $4.1 million; Indian Shores, $4 million; Treasure Island, $3.8 million; Madeira Beach $3.3 million; Belleair Beach, $2.1 million; Redington Shores, $1.7 million; Redington Beach, $1.6 million; North Redington Beach, $1.2 million; and Belleair Shore, $800,000. Funds must be used for infrastructure improvements to Gulf Boulevard and it all must be spent. Anything not spent stays with the county, said Yauch. So spend the money. A committee of three BIG-C members will evaluate each project on its merits. Making up the committee will be Redington Beach Mayor Nick Simons, Belleair Beach Mayor Kathy Mortensen and St. Pete Beach Commission Jim Parent. The committee will review proposed projects by the beach towns and develop project schedules to match funding availability. Cities will be responsible to present project invoices to the county for reimbursement by the county. The process began 11 years ago with the adoption by the County Commission of the Gulf Boulevard Improvements Project. The program included undergrounding of utilities, streetscape enhancements and pedestrian safety improvements at a projected cost of $106 million. However, it was never funded. By 2007, the cost estimates had morphed to $198 million and an estimated $228 million by 2010. The full project was deemed unfeasible. Later the same year (2007), the Penny For Pinellas was renewed by voters and included in the package was $35 million for Gulf Boulevard improvements. Former Commissioner Bob Stewart led efforts for a reduced-scale project. However, economic conditions and a slow Penny cash flow caused a delay in the implementation. Efforts led by Indian Shores Mayor Jim Lawrence and other BIG-C members resulted in the writing of a successful interlocal agreement. Photo by BOB McCLUREPeter Yauch, division director for transportation and stormwater for the Pinellas County Department of Environment and Infrastructure, was a speaker Feb. 29 at the Barrier Island Governmental Council meeting at North Redington Beach.In other action: County Commission vice chairman Ken Welch said use of the countys Stabilization Fund, which currently has more than $26 million, might be an option to counter a projected $12 million deficit in the county general fund in fiscal 2013. He also said real estate values are estimated to drop another 4 percent in fiscal 2013 and 2 percent more in 2014. Im not sure the Stabilization Fund will cover us, he said. So there could be more cuts in services at that point. He also noted that the countys Transportation Maintenance Fund would be depleted by 2019 because gasoline taxes are not large enough to maintain it. But Im confident we can address these issues with more consolidation and other measures to accomplish this, Welch said. Indian Shores Councilor Bill Smith said deployment of equipment for the Sand Key nourishment project would get under way this week and the actual laying of sand would begin in late April or early May. It is expected to be complete in 220 days. The project starts at Sand Key and goes south to North Redington Beach. A public meeting to discuss the project is set for Thursday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., at the Belleair Beach Community Center, 444 Causeway Blvd.Meeting fails to heal rift over RNC event Skimmerville Photo by TOM GERMONDBlack skimmers congregate along the beach at Redington Shores. As their name implies, the birds fly low over the water, their lower bills cutting the surface in search of fish. The birds usually feed and breed in flocks, as shown in the photo. By BOB McCLURETREASURE ISLAND A meeting Feb. 29 between Treasure Island Mayor Bob Minning and Bill Edwards, chairman of the Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce, failed to open the door for a sand sculpting event previously proposed by the chamber during the Republican National Convention. To tell you the truth, we didnt even discuss the RNC event, said Minning. The focus was on the future of Treasure Island and the role his (Edwards) companies would play. The on-again, off-again saga of the proposed sand sculpture event came to a screeching halt Feb. 24, less than three days after the City Commission passed a resolution supporting the effort. The chamber canceled its plans, blaming Treasure Island Police Chief Tim Casey for putting up too many roadblocks for it to happen. Casey said the city would need an additional 10 to 15 contract police officers from other police departments to provide security for the event. In a letter from David King, first vice president of the chamber, city commissioners were notified that the chamber had no plans to continue on with the event. City commissioners voted unanimously to support it in the resolution less than 72 hours earlier, but added a paragraph requesting the chamber to reimburse the city for any financial loss in the event the chamber made a profit. The event was tentatively scheduled to take place Aug. 24 to Sept. 2 behind Gulf Front Park next to the Bilmar Beach Resort. It was projected to draw between 5,000 and 8,000 people per day. The chamber had planned to charge admission to view the sculptures but the amount had not been set. After the RNC is over, the sculptures would have remained on the beach for free viewing by the public through the end of September. Those attending during the RNC would have been mostly convention delegates and their families who would have been shuttled to Treasure Island from Tampa on buses provided by Edwards, who had previously committed $600,000 for the project. The overall goal was national and international television exposure the city would have possibly received from a portion of the estimated 15,000 visiting media members that will attend the convention. The sand sculptures, which were planned to be 40 feet tall and produced under a pair of 100-foot by 150-foot tents, would have depicted government buildings and monuments in Washington, D.C. It would have been produced by Sanding Ovations Inc., which would use sand sculptors from around the world. Among the obstacles were approval by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to use the beach for the event, finding about 10 to 15 contract police officers for additional security in the city and the cost to the city. The contract police officers would have been in addition to about 20 state-certified security officers that Edwards would have provided.


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The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, comprised of the 67 county supervisors, will award a $1,200 scholarship this year to an eligible student. I encourage students to apply for this scholarship and take advantage of this opportunity to help with their college costs, said Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark. Applicants must be registered voters who have lived in Florida at least two years and must have maintained a C average or above during the past year. Other requirements such as letters of recommendation and financial information are listed on the scholarship application and in the scholarship guidelines, which are available for download at www.votepinellas.com. Applications should be submitted in the county in which the student is registered to vote. Scholarship applications must be received by 5 p.m. March 19 in any Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office: 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater; 13001 Starkey Road, Largo; or 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. For a mailed application or additional information, please call the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office at 727-464-6108.Tax collector selling ads via Motor Vehicle NetworkCLEARWATER Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson announced that local businesses would soon be able to advertise directly to customers at the tax collectors office, through a partnership with a Connecticutbased company called Motor Vehicle Network. MVN works with highway safety and motor vehicle offices throughout the U.S. to offer news and advertising content while customers are waiting. The company is installing flat screen displays in each office in Pinellas County, which also allows the tax collector to broadcast driver license and motor vehicle updates and other public information. We had more than 2,000 customers a day, on average, visit our office last year, Tax Collector Diane Nelson said. With our partnership with Motor Vehicle Network, its not only an opportunity for businesses here in Pinellas County to reach a lot of people, but its a great way for us to get information to the public. The displays were installed at no cost to the taxpayer, and all advertising sponsorships and revenues are handled by MVN. Businesses can request sponsorship opportunities by visiting mvnetwork.com or calling 1-800-922-9933. Advertising content can be tailored to a specific office location, with tax collector offices in Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, Largo and St. Petersburg. 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Top Osceola students Osceola High School Principal Michael Bohnet, center, stands next to February students of the month Jakob Fritz, left, and Arlia Delphonse. Fritz has a 4.4 grade-point average and has been on the honor roll throughout his high school career. He has lettered on the track and cross country teams for four years, volunteers at the RClub and attained Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. Delphonse, who has a 4.6 grade-point average, is a writer for the award-winning Osceola High Oracle literary magazine. She also volunteers at her church and will attend Notre Dame University. Around Seminole Around SeminoleBlessed Sacrament carnival slatedSEMINOLE Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, 11501 66th Ave., plans its annual carnival Friday, March 16 to Sunday, March 18. The event features midway rides, food and entertainment. The entertainment lineup is: March 16, Aqua Groove, 7 to 11 p.m.; March 17, Erica DiCeglie and The Way Here, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, the rock group Gulf Boulevard, 2 to 4 p.m. Also performing during the festival will be Drake Entertainment Live. Three-day armbands for midway rides are $50 in advance. Daily armbands will sell for $25. To purchase an armband in advance, stop by the school office or call 391-4060.Signups continue for Fire Truck PullSEMINOLE The Kiwanis Club of Seminole plans its annual Fire Truck Pull on Sunday, March 11, 1 to 3 p.m., during the Seminole Pow Wow celebration. The competition will take place in the parking lot of the Seminole Community Library. The club is seeking teams and sponsors for the event. Each participant gets a free T-shirt with the fire truck logo on the front and sponsors names on the back. For questions or more information, contact Dave Kinsey at 3918267.Grayson to speak at Demos gatheringSEMINOLE Former Florida Congressman Alan Grayson will be the speaker at the March 10 fundraiser for the Pinellas County Democratic Victory 2012 campaign. The progressive firebrand, who earned a reputation for colorful and controversial speeches during his term in Washington, is seeking a congressional comeback. Due to redistricting, it is still not known if he will be running for the same 8th Congressional District seat or a newly-created seat in the Orlando area. The Kennedy/King Dinner, honoring President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is sponsored by the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee and hosted by State Reps. Rick Kriseman and Darryl Rouson and County Commissioner Ken Welch. The dinner will be held at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., beginning with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 and available online at pinellas democrats.org or by mailing a check to Pinellas Democratic Headquarters, 2250 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33713.Pancake breakfast set at Pow WowSEMINOLE The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole will hold its 31st annual Pancake Day on Saturday, March 10, 7 to 11 a.m., during the citys 44th annual Pow Wow Festival. Since the group started the pancake tradition, approximately 27,000 pancakes have been served. Breakfast will include all the delicious pancakes you can eat, a choice of toppings, sausage and beverage (fresh orange juice, coffee, or milk). Guests will enjoy harp music performed on stage while they dine. Free books for all ages will also be distributed. The fundraiser will be held in the auditorium at the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 5 to 10 years old. Children 4 and under eat for free. Tickets can be purchased at First Home Bank in Seminole by contacting Charlene Jasmin, 3995602, or at the door. Parking for the event is free and available at the adjacent St. Petersburg College and Seminole library. A golf cart shuttle service to the main entrance will be provided. All proceeds from the event will be used to help support the Kiwanis Breakfast Clubs Just One Book and Reading is Fun-damental programs, as well as its other community service projects through its 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation. We could not provide the reading program and the host of other projects in the community without the support of our sponsors, said David Green, Kiwanis pancake chairman. They, along with the community who attend the annual event, are making a huge difference in the lives of children and the families we serve. Gold level corporate sponsors include First Home Bank, Fairway Golf Carts, Mamas Kitchen, McDonalds and Harvest Meat Co. For additional information, call Green at 639-5209.Seminole Preschool accepting studentsSEMINOLE Space is currently available for preschool age children ages 3 to 5 in the Seminole Recreation Preschool. The citys licensed preschool program is designed to prepare children for kindergarten. Children will learn science, math, letter recognition, music and art. Time will be spent each day in our outdoor playground. Full and half day, as well as partial week spots are available. The full-time cost, Monday through Friday, is $280 per month. Half day and partial weeks are prorated. The preschool is under the direction of Bonnie Spatafora, Pinellas County license CO70933.For more information, call 3918345.SHS Winterguard needs donationsSEMINOLE The Seminole High School indoor Winterguard team is seeking donations from the community in an effort to attend the annual national Winter Guard International competition in April at Dayton, Ohio. Due to family hardships and increased transportation costs, this years trip is in jeopardy for the group of 25 female members, Organizers still need about $10,000, according to band spokesman Roger Fox. Anyone interested in helping out should call Tracey Lannigan at 409-3298.Students, deputies seek clothes for kidsSEMINOLE Pinellas County Sheriffs Office School Resource deputies, along with students from Seminole High School Students Against Destructive Decisions, K-Kids of Bauder Elementary, and Builders Club of Seminole Middle School, are collecting clothes for children between the ages of newborn to teen. The goal of the drive is to help children in need who might not otherwise receive proper clothing. The event is also a good lesson for the students by teaching them the importance of giving back to the community, and building character for the future. Students and deputies hope to collect enough clothes to make a difference in many childrens lives. At the end of the event, the clothes will to given to Clothes To Kids Inc. The organization provides new and quality used clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County, free of charge. Boxes are placed within each school office during normal school hours of operation. There will be no after-hours drop-off locations. Drop-off locations in Seminole are: Seminole High School, 8401 131st St. N. Seminole Middle School, 8701 131st St. N. Bauder Elementary School, 12755 86th Ave. N. For more information, call Pinellas County Sheriffs Office Deputies Rodney Robinson or Charles E. Wincelowicz Jr. at 5477887.Silverliners to meetThe members of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Eastern Airlines Silverliners International will host a luncheon and meeting Thursday, April 19, 1 p.m., at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant, 2425 Rocky Point Drive N., Tampa. Silverliners is an organization composed of former flight attendants for Eastern Airlines. The group also welcomes former flight attendants of other airlines to join. Several members will be attending the biennial convention May 20-23 in Charleston, S.C. They include Barbara Bukata, Sharon Campo, Barbara Frascella, Janice Henry, Helen Karpas, Shawn Mills, Barbara Reed and Trish Schwarzkopf. For membership information, call Barbara Bukata at 785-3546 or Sally Painter at 785-5053.


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For more information, call Art Newsome at 418-0220.Beach Art Center to showcase worksINDIAN ROCKS BEACH The Beach Art Centers 2012 Student/Faculty Exhibition, an event that showcases the works of the centers instructors and students, will be open to the public through Friday, March 23. Students who are currently enrolled in a class at the center or have been in the past year are eligible to enter. Admission is free. The Beach Art Center offers classes in watercolor, water media, oil, acrylic, sumi-e and portrait painting, pottery, photography and jewelry making. The show judge is Frank Saso, a nationally known, award-winning artist whose works hang in many corporations, homes, galleries and the Pentagon. Ribbons will be presented to the best of exhibiting students. For more information, call 596-4331 or visit the art center at 1515 Bay Palm Blvd. Visit www.beachartcenter.org.St. Patricks Festival set in Indian ShoresINDIAN SHORES The Town of Indian Shores will host a St. Patricks Day Street Fest on Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held behind the new Indian Shores Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd. It is co-sponsored by the Salt Rock Grill restaurant. Plans call for street vendors specializing in Irish and other food options, beverages, arts and crafts, clothing and many other vendors with varied products. The town will sponsor beer and beverage sales, sharing the proceeds with the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue Districts 9/11 memorial construction fund. Admission and parking are free. Booth spaces are $60 for non-food vendors and $100 for food vendors. Contact Detective Jeffrey Rawson at 474-7738 for information and booth rental details.Beach Trail designs to be unveiledTREASURE ISLAND Completed plans for the Central Beach Trail overhaul project will be unveiled at a City Commission workshop on Thursday, March 8, 6 p.m., in Treasure Island City Hall, 120 108th Ave. The trail plans, developed by Graham Booth Landscape Architects of St. Petersburg, feature a winding concrete sidewalk that spans the entire length of the current trail, connecting a series of beach access points, from 119th Avenue southward to 104th Avenue. Along the trail, showers, native landscaping, trash receptacles, environmental signs and turtle-friendly lighting will mark beach access points. Built in the mid-1960s along the citys Miracle Mile of hotels and motels, the Treasure Island Beach Trail has remained almost unchanged for over 40 years. An additional lane was added in 1998. After plans are reviewed March 8, the city will seek bids, select a contractor and construct the trail. Construction is planned to begin in late May or early June, with completion targeted for September.Isle of Palms yard sale setTREASURE ISLAND The annual Isle of Palms yard sale is Saturday, March 10, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., throughout the community. A food court will be set up at the corner of Seventh Street and 115th Avenue. All residents of the Isle of Palms are invited to participate and sell items at a cost of $5 per household. The Isle of Palms Civic Association sponsors the event. Proceeds are used for civic projects. For additional information, call Millie Fant at 367-1301.Rotary Spring Fling set at Treasure Island TREASURE ISLAND The Gulf Beaches Rotary Club in partnership with city of Treasure Island and the Edwards Family Foundation plans its second annual Spring Fling, Thursday, March 15 to Sunday, March 18 at the Treasure Island Community Center and Park, located at Gulf Boulevard and 106th Avenue. Hours are Thursday, 3 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. The four-day event will provide a collection of carnival rides provided by Wade Show Productions, live entertainment with both local and national acts provided by Bill Edwards Family Foundation, and some awesome food and craft vendors. American Idol Finalist Michael Big Mike Lynche will headline on Saturday night at 8:30. Admission is free. The proceeds from the event will benefit local charities and other non-profit organizations. Ride-All-Day wristbands for the carnival rides can be purchased in advance at a discounted rate at www.wadeshows.com. Event parking is available for $5 at TI Gulf Front Park, 10400 Gulf Blvd., or on the beach directly behind TI Gulf Front Park. The entrance to the beach is located at the St. Petersburg Municipal Lot located at 112th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard. For more information, call the Treasure Island Recreation Department at 547-4575, ext 237.ROWC to meetST. PETE BEACH The Retired Officers Wives Club of St. Petersburg will meet for a luncheon on Tuesday, March 13, at The Dolphin Inn, 4900 Gulf Blvd. The social hour will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at 12:15 p.m. The program will be a fashion show by Christopher Banks. All retired or active duty military spouses, their widows and retired or active duty female officers are invited to attend. Reservations are necessary. Call 399-1272.Lifeguard classes offered at SPBST. PETE BEACH The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center is offering its lifeguard certification programs several times this spring. Available sessions are March 13-24, April 10-21, April 24-May 5, and May 8-19. Classes are held Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of each session. Students must be at least 15 years old and complete a precourse swimming and diving test. The class fee is $150 for St. Pete Beach residents and $175 for nonresidents, books and CPR mask not included. Classes are located at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. All interested participants should stop by to register in person. For more information, call 363-9264.Friday Morning Market continuesTREASURE ISLAND The weekly Friday Morning Market continues through April 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place and 106th Avenue. 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.Chillounge Night planned at parkTREASURE ISLAND The citys inaugural Treasure Island Chillounge Night is set Saturday, March 31, at Treasure Island Community Center Park from 6 to 11 p.m. Hundreds of chic daybeds and other outdoor furnishings will be set up to create a comfortable setting for an evening of food, drink and entertainment. Admission to the event, which will feature a stage filled with musical entertainment, dance performances and fashion models, is $25 per person at the door. Advance tickets are on sale for $20 at www.chilloungenight.com and also at the offices of the Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce, 144 107th Ave. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Motown sound of Act III and the hip-hop group Hunks of Funk. There also will be a fashion show organized by Benjamins Studios, a daybed parade, fireworks display and a Brazilian Samba parade. The upscale event is the creation of founder Rainer Scheer. Since the first Chillounge Night was held in Sarasota in 2008, the club-like concept has expanded to Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Delray Beach and Fort Myers. The Treasure Island event will be the 17th Chillounge Night production. We create a beautiful atmosphere and provide an experience that combines music, fashion, dance and great food, all within an elegant setting that offers a perfect place to have fun, meet people and chill, said Scheer. For additional information, contact Scheer at rainerscheer@ yahoo.com or call 941-448-0995.Free tax help offered at chamberST. PETE BEACH The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce is offering free tax assistance this year through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Tax help is available at the chamber headquarters, 6990 Gulf Blvd., on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesdays, 1 to 5 p.m. For further information, call 360-6957.Santas Angels fundraiser setREDINGTON BEACH Santas Angels, a local charity that benefits needy Pinellas County children at Christmas, will host a fundraising party called Rock n Roll Mania Saturday, March 24, 6:30 to 10 p.m., at Redington Beach Town Park. Town Park is located at Gulf Boulevard and 164th Avenue. The event will feature a performance by Dave Smith The Man in Black, a Johnny Cash tribute performer, who will perform such Johnny Cash standards as Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line, and A Boy Named Sue. In addition, DJ Rick Parker will spin tunes from 1950s, s and s. There also will be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Seating in the park is limited, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Food, beer and wine are included in the price of admission. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 per person after March 21. Tickets are available by calling 394-1494, 393-0100 or 813-2635778. Additional information can be obtained by e-mailing santasangels @tampabay.rr.com or visiting www.santasangels.us.Applications available for RBPOA scholarshipsREDINGTON BEACH The Redington Beach Property Owners Association is accepting applications for its annual scholarship contest.High school students who live in Redington Beach are eligible. The application, which also includes the entire entry guidelines, is available at Redington Beach Town Hall, 105 164th Ave. It is also available via email at rbpoa@tampabay.rr.com. Deadline for applications is April 11. A first-place prize of $2,000 and a second-place of $1,000 will be awarded. All entrants will receive a gift. The awards ceremony will be held at the Town Hall assembly room April 26 at 6 p.m. Pizza and drinks will be provided by the RBPOA for the celebration. For more information, contact Fatima Rapuano at 742-2955.Redington plans townwide yard saleREDINGTON BEACH The town will conduct its annual townwide yard sale Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24. For more details, call town hall at 391-3875.Boca Ciega hosts reunionBoca Ciega High Schools class of 1965 is celebrating its 47th reunion on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21. The Friday event is 7 to 11 p.m. at Silas Dents Bayside Banquet Hall, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Cost is $30 for the appetizers. The Saturday event is 7 to 11 p.m. at Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport for a loaded dinner buffet and dancing. Cost is $50. Cost for both nights is $75 plus a cash bar. There is also a breakfast buffet on Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Blvd., Seminole. Cost is $16. If people want to play golf or tennis, reserve a time by Monday, April 16 for Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday at Seminole Lake Country Club. Just mention the reunion and golf is $55 a day and tennis is $10 a day. Call 391-6255 for golf or 394-1733 for tennis. For reunion costs, make checks out to BCHS and send them to Becky Greenwald Falzone, P.O. Box 40214, St. Petersburg, FL 33743. Hotel discounts are available at Alden Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach. Room rates are $99 to $159. Call 360-7081. For questions, call Suzi Anderson Fischer at jfischer43@tampa bay.rr.com or call 823-6870.Second Infantry Division reunion setThe Second (Indianhead) Division Association is conducting a nationwide search for anyone who served in the Armys Second Infantry Division. There is an upcoming union on Aug. 23-27, 2012 in Reno, Nev., and everyone who has ever served in the Second Infantry Division at any time is invited. Visit www.2ida.org or contact Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net or call 224-225-1202.Senior social group meets monthlySolos Singles, a group for singles ages 50 and older, welcomes Whistling Tom during its potluck lunch on Monday, March 12, 1:30 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Recreation Center, 7625 59th St. N. To participate, bring a dish to share and $2 or come without a dish for $5. Meet new friends at the nonprofit clubs monthly potluck lunch on second Mondays at 1:30 p.m. Membership is free. The scheduled entertainment for April 9 is a fashion show. Call president Pat Carta at 520-8797.


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Morronis memo lists three main points he suggested become policy, including that the use be restricted to travel-related expenditures, making all other uses prohibited. In addition, commissioners who violate the policy could risk the loss of purchasing card privileges and be subject to the same provisions as all other county employees including reimbursing the county for the transaction from their personal funds. Morroni wasnt at a recent work session meeting due to health concerns. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy, which has weakened his immune system putting him at risk for infection. His treatment is going well, commission Vice Chair Ken Welch said. But there are lots of sick people on the fifth floor (of the county courthouse), so he stayed home. Hell be watching (on TV) though. After considerable discussion and some minor amendments, the commission voted 5-1 to approve a credit card policy. Commissioner Norm Roche voted no. Commissioner Nancy Bostock suggested that paying for online training fees and registration fees be added to the list of allowable purchases, and the others agreed. Roche said there was no need for the policy to state that all other uses were prohibited since a list of what is allowed was spelled out. The others agreed. He also suggested deleting the part that specifies the punishment for commissioners who abuse the policy. We have no ability to judge each others activities, he said. We would need to appoint a board to investigate and recommend actions. Were not county employees, were elected officials. This is your policy, said County Attorney Jim Bennett. It should be clear as appropriate. He said it would be enforceable by the board through the attorneys office. So four of us could vote to shut down the use of someones credit card? asked Commissioner Neil Brickfield. Only if the spending is inappropriate per policy, Welch said. Bostock said the language was ambiguous. We should add as determined and enforceable by the majority of the board, she said. The intent is to align us with county staff we need to be honest and straightforward for commissions coming in the future. She also said it was unfair to put staff in the position of monitoring credit card use by commission members. County Administrator Bob LaSala said credit card use is monitored by purchasing and the Clerk of the Courts finance department, according to standard procedures. Welch asked if the credit cards could be coded so they cant be used outside the allowable categories. Purchasing Director Joe Lauro said it was possible to code the cards, but it would make using them for travel more difficult due to hotels with strange codes. He said purchasing and the clerks office determine if staff makes an inappropriate purchase with a credit card. They also determine if the money should be reimbursed. That process does not exist for the commission. The proposed policy adds monitoring commissioners purchases to standard procedures. Roche asked why the change was necessary. Why are we doing this, he asked. Is it because I spent 250 bucks on clearing a right of way when it had never been done before? Now, we start judging ourselves. We just had a big discussion yesterday on trust. He suggested approving a policy that includes allowable uses of a credit card and thats all. We should not establish policy on one incident that has been worked out. With all due respect, we wouldnt be going down this path if we were subject to the same standards as our employees, Commissioner Karen Seel said. Roche said he agreed except employees were not allowed to work under a seniority structure as is allowed on the commission. Our bosses are the citizens of this county, Roche said. They sit in judgment of us. I dont think we should be judging each other. I spent that money, but I didnt violate the charter. Seel said commissioners could all turn in their county-issued credit cards, use their personal credit cards, and then submit the paperwork needed to be reimbursed. Id be happy to turn mine in, she said. Commissioner Susan Latvala said it is easier on staff to process credit card bills than to deal with the paperwork that surrounds reimbursements. This is not about today, Latvala said. I think Commissioner Roche probably learned his lesson and wont do it again. This is for the future, so were careful about how we spend the taxpayers money and that we have the same rules for us that we have for our employees. This is a lesson learned not just for a single commissioner, but for the commission going forward, Bostock concurred. Roche continued to argue against the monitoring provision. I took action to clear a right of way that was a public hazard, Roche said. I spent $250. I didnt lie about it. I didnt violate the charter. I didnt violate policy. But because of what I did, weve had three meetings including a special meeting just to hammer on me. The $250 expense was not frivolous it was needed. I wont support this. I dont want to sit here in judgment about how another commissioner runs their office. This is overkill. Lets just establish the policy, not the watchdog. Welch said he would support the policy minus the redundant language and rewording of the monitoring language. Lack of specific procedures led us to where we are today, he said. Two citizens spoke against adding the monitoring provision, including Bill Thomas of Clearwater who said the board should issue an internal memo on what county credit cards could be used for and let it die there. Latvala said the point is not about violation of purchasing code, but the violation of the charter that states commissioners cannot interfere with county operations. We dont direct staff to do work or make it happen without going through proper channels, she said. Ill make the motion right now to convene a grand jury, Roche said. I did not violate the law or the charter. Stop slandering me. Commissioner Neil Brickfield said he would support the proposed policy.


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Sheriff Bob Gualtieri also told commissioners that staffs figures on savings for the Sheriffs Office had not been vetted by me. Voters approved spending $225 million from collections of 2010-2020 Penny for Pinellas sales tax on jails and courts. Commissioners gave staff approval to continue work on plans for improved jail and court services in November 2011. Paul Sacco, director of real estate management, updated commissioners Feb. 28 on the latest plans, including courts and service center consolidation. Sacco said consolidations would allow the county to reduce the use of leased space, reduce operating costs and better utilize countyowned facilities. He said if plans were approved, there would be an estimated annual savings of $962,000. Chief Judge Thomas McGrady summed up the proposal for consolidation and changes to the judiciary system, which include: Moving all traffic courts to the Criminal Justice Center in Clearwater Moving family law judges, staff and related functions from court facilities in St. Petersburg and Clearwater to the CJC Moving guardianship magistrates and staff to the 545 Judicial Building in St. Petersburg Moving remaining support staff, including court technology, staff attorney, fiscal assistant, to the 545 Judicial Building Vacating court-assigned areas of the 501 Building Staff recommends selling the 501 Building to save money on operating expenses and generate capital revenue. Functions to be relocated to the CJC include family law proceedings, child support enforcement, domestic, sexual and dating violence return hearings, administration, case management, court reporting, court counsel, juvenile diversion, mediation, pro se assistance and traffic. Several things need to happen first to make court consolidation successful with parking the biggest concern, staff says. An expanded entry at CJC is needed as well as new space to handle additional court activities. In January, 48,521 people came in through the front entry of the CJC. The second highest count at a court facility was at the 545 Building with 16,117. The fewest people entered the 501 Building, 1,816. More space also would be needed at the CJC for judicial functions. Staff recommended adding new space for the clerk of the court and utilizing current space occupied by the clerk to create more courtrooms and hearing rooms on the second floor. A number of challenges exist, including dealing with parking requirements. Staff says more parking is needed at the CJC regardless of any expansion plans. Currently there are 1,300 public spaces. There are 1,352 people assigned to CJC who work for the courts, the state attorney, public defender, in the clerks office and sheriffs office, department of corrections, Guardian ad Litem and real estate management. In January 2012, almost 5,000 jurors were summoned to the CJC. The recommendation is to build a parking garage, but cost is a problem. The strategic plan for creation of service centers is dependent on consolidation of court facilities. The plan calls for housing the property appraiser, supervisor of elections and tax collector together in northand southcounty locations. Staff recommends consideration of county-owned facilities at 29582 U.S. 19 in Clearwater and 1800 66th St. N. in St. Petersburg. However, to create the centers in the recommended locations, all traffic courts, the clerk of the courts operations and the state attorneys office have to move to the CJC. The clerk of the courts accounting department would move to 315 Court St. into space vacated by the supervisor of elections. Staff timetable for changes calls for the clerks accounting office to be moved by late 2012 or early 2013, which the same schedule is proposed for centralizing traffic courts. Service center facilities could then be renovated in early fiscal year 2013 with the relocation of the property appraiser, tax collector and supervisor of election later that year. Not everyone is on board with staffs plans, especially Burke who listed a number of reasons why the operations of his office would be adversely affected. Hes also not sure staffs estimates for savings from the consolidations and relocations are accurate. Burke said the judiciary would be well served by the proposed changes, but the plans are not workable for the clerks office. He said he was unhappy that he was not included in prior discussions of plans that have a drastic impact on the clerks office. Commissioner Susan Latvala said it was still very early in the process. Were in a bind, looking to stretch a pot of money inconvenience versus saving a million dollars or more a year. Burke said he was all for saving money where it is practical and efficient. He suggested that staffs plan needed more work. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri expressed concern that staff had estimated savings to his offices operations without ever talking to him. He said he did not have enough information to know what effect staffs proposals might have. It (court consolidations) could increase personnel needed at CJC, he said. Commissioner Ken Welch asked Sacco if he intended to bring all the stakeholders into future discussions. Sacco replied that he did and pointed out that nothing of substance had been done since November. He said staff was hoping commissioners would give more direction after hearing the latest information. Real estate took the information (guidance given in November) and did what we were asked to do, Sacco said. This meeting was meant to give us direction. Then we would bring in the stakeholders. McGrady, who was involved with the plans for the judiciary, said he was willing to work with anybody at any time, adding that if it stays the same (no consolidations or relocations) it will be OK the lawyers will be happy. We did a lot to reach out to those who operate the courts, County Administrator Bob LaSala said in defense of his staff. LaSala said the chief judge had been very cooperative and had exercised a willingness to be a proactive leader. He also said staff would make every effort to reach out and communicate. We cant ignore statements from a major stakeholder, Welch said, adding, Something was missed along the way. Lets correct it and move forward. Two local attorneys voiced concerns about moving family courts. They said the current system worked well and there was no reason to change it. LaSala asked the board to give staff direction on how to proceed. Commissioners agreed to go forward with plans for a parking garage at the CJC; however, they balked at giving the go ahead to consolidation of traffic courts and family courts. We need better numbers on savings before we can commit, Commissioner Nancy Bostock said. Sacco said he couldnt provide better savings estimates without better information on what was required. The design of a buildings function has to drive the design to some degree, he said. Commissioner Neil Brickfield said he was all for moving traffic courts to the CJC at least temporarily. He also supports the sale of the 501 Building. Thats a dog we want to get out of, he said. Latvala said the county needed to save operational costs any way we can. The 501 Building is a money pit, she said. We need to get out of it and sell it. Welch said he had some concerns about moving family courts. He said hed like to know what impact it would have on people using it. Im not totally sold on selling the 501 Building, he said, citing the fact that it was an early voting location for the supervisor of elections. I think we need a (county) presence in the largest city, he said.Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY COMMUNICATIONSPlans to save money and improve conditions for people using the countys judiciary system involve relocating a number of courts and support services to the Criminal Justice Center in Clearwater.


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Looking back two weeks when we had the good new moon tides we also had some pretty good fishing and with some big tides on tap for the end of the week, hopefully history will repeat itself. Afternoon high tides should produce good catches of redfish as they make their way with the tide from the outer edges of the flats up to the mangrove shorelines and the small oyster mounds that collect on the points. On a high tide move from point to point casting soft plastic jigs or live shrimp under a cork. With water temperatures hanging around 70 degrees, speckled trout should be ready to spawn or at least in a pre-spawn situation on this full moon. Afternoon high outgoing tides have been the better tides for targeting the big fish. Targeting spoil island drop-offs with either a freelined select shrimp or a soft-plastic jig bounced along the bottom should let you know pretty quickly if theres a school of trout on the island. Once a school is located a limit of fish can come in pretty short order, release the big females so that they can make more trout and keep only the smaller males. Spanish mackerel, kingfish and cobia will be making their way along our beaches starting any day now. With an easterly wind flow in place, look for this weekend to present some good opportunities for targeting these seasonal visitors. Those willing to slow troll live shad, ladyfish or mullet around near-shore bird activity should get bit. Until next week get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hotmail.com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Fish TalesCapt. 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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. An adult must accompany children. To register, call 669-1947 or e-mail dickestes76@yahoo.com.Weedon to host exhibitST. PETERSBURG The Discovery Reef exhibit will be on display through March 31, at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. This special traveling exhibit will promote understanding of Floridas coastal and marine environments. The Mote Marine traveling interactive exhibit, Discovery Reef, presents to visitors an opportunity to discover amazing life forms. Call 453-6500.


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To get Lowest Pricing, Highest Quality and Quick Turnaround Time, visit www.vdocs.org or Call 727-501-9800VDOCS turns your Documents, Photos, Blueprints into Digital Information. Time to go Paperless. This is a family owned and operated business, established in Pinellas County by the Orr family in 1972 servicing all species of trees. Graham H. Orr is an Internationally Certified Arborist and known as The Tree M.D. Graham tells it like it is when he says: We Know Florida Trees. Doing both Residential and Commercial work, they are: Hazardous Tree Experts and do Corrective Trimming, Tree Removal, Crane Service, Quality Pruning, Stump Grinding, Disease Diagnosis & Treatment, Deep Root Fertilization, Micro Injections, Plant Care Programs, Trees Installed & Guaranteed, and Root Pruning & Barriers. They also do Landscape Counseling and Planning, Landscape Services, Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services as well as Arborist Services. Call 727-392-2568 for Evaluation & Consultation. They are Licensed, and Insured. Put your trees in the trusted hands of The Palms Professional Tree Service. Call today for YOUR FREE ESTIMATE. They are on Angiess List and members of the BBB 727-392-2568. Accepting Visa, MasterCard, and giving Senior Discounts. Visit online www.thetreemd.com The Palms Tree Service, Inc. Since 1972 The Most Trusted Name In Tree Care Graham H. Orr, Internationally Certified Arborist The Tree MDSince 1980, Countryside Locksmith has helped many Tampa Bay homeowners, businesses, and organizations with innovative security solutions. Today CS Locksmith installs and services cutting-edge technology with a complete line of security products in a wide range of styles and finishes; they have what you need no matter how demanding your project. To see all they do: Go to www.cslock.com We found the Electronic Locks with Keypad Entry can simplify your life. No keys to lose, carry or forget, and you can add and delete user codes as needed. Feel safe today, where crooks use a method known as lock bumping. CS high quality locks withstand kicking, prying and meet the Grade 1 (highest level standard). A burglar cant get past a Medeco Maxum deadbolt. Countryside carries a full line of Electronic Locks and Access Control Systems for Residential and Commercial security applications. Need installation instructions or have trouble with your door lock? Come to 2788 Summerdale Dr. in Clearwater or Call 727-796-0292. Youre entitled to take $10 OFF TRIP CHARGE WITH THIS ARTICLE.COUNTRYSIDE LOCKSMITH can rekey your entire house for less than the cost of replacing locks. Doug the Bug was born into the exterminating business. With the name of Doug and a childhood spent tagging along with his Dad who started a termite and pest control business in 1982, the nickname of Doug the Bug has much meaning. After Dad passed on, Doug decided to share the knowledge he accumulated over the years working beside Dad and Uncle Dan. So, in 2007, he opened his Do it Yourself Pest Control Store, located at 4445 E. Bay Dr. in Clearwater. Come in and check out their unbeatable prices. Save money by doing it yourself or let Doug do it for you. Take him up on his onetime offer of: 10% OFF WITH THIS ARTICLE! (Either way you save)! They can advise you on the best solution for your predicament. This has always been a family owned and operated business and we believe this is what makes Doug the Bug Termite & Pest Control a more accountable and caring business. www.dougthebug.com Call 727-449-BUGS (2847) or apply for an appointment online.Attention Snow Birds! Let Doug the Bug Termite & Pest Control Spray before you leave.Royal Edger & Mower Co. has the largest showroom in Pinellas County from which they retail new zero turn mowers, walk behind mowers, and stand on mowers. The knowledgeable sales staff will assist you in your purchase of new equipment, used equipment and parts. With 35 plus years of business in Pinellas County, they dedicate excellent sales and service to their customers, with 4 full time certified experienced techs., a welding facility for on the spot repairs and a zero down time program available. Whether youre looking for a mower, backpack blower, hand held blower, string trimmer, stick edger, hedge trimmer, pole saw or a chainsaw, its all available here. They also carry Wright, Dixion, Bobcat and Exmark Mowers. Owners, Lesa McMillan and John McMillan, know the importance of keeping you up and running when the cutting season most demands it. From simple repairs to full overhauls, they can handle repairs on most brands of equipment. Call 727-573-1700 for an appointment or stop in today. Open M-F, 7:30am-5pm, Sat. 8am-1pm, at 10831 49th St. N. in Clearwater. Accepting all major credit cards. Great financing terms available.Since 1975 Royal Edger & Mower Co. has made Retail & Commercial Customer Service a top priority.3812 With an Electronic lock system, you never have to worry about losing your keys again! Just because youre leaving doesnt mean the bugs will. Dont let them multiply while youre gone. Call 727-449-BUGS (2847). Royal Edger & Mower has the largest selection of Stihl hand held equipment in Pinellas County. A Complete Hair Care Center For Your Entire Family! Classic & Trend-Setting Styles Keratin Treatments OPEN Mon.-Sat. Walk-Ins Welcome!14100 Walsingham Road, Largo 727-596-1763 Randy Roberts en Co.030812 2 2 4 4 Y Y e e a a r r s s o o f f E E x x c c e e l l l l e e n n c c e e Now Interviewing Talented Stylists Happy St. Patricks Day Pasadena Yacht & Country Club 030812Boat slipsLimited number of slips available $6 a foot plus electricCall 727-365-8279 Competitive team Photo by SCOTT KREMSERThe Gulf Coast United U13 girls competitive soccer team earned its way to the semifinals at the Disney Presidents Day Soccer tournament and qualified to play in the upcoming semifinals of the Region C Cup Division 1 at the end of March. Two of the three games were shutouts and 11 total goals were scored. The team is looking for sponsors for the upcoming year to help offset traveling costs, as well as a few quality players to add to the roster. If interested, call Coach Steve Rollo at 644-0136. Front row, from left, are Coach Dave Pecora, Bria Riancho and Coach Steve Rollo; middle row, Kathryn Mueller, Abigail Grantges, Keagan Fish, Leah Pecora, Gabrielle John, Brooke Kremser and Felicia Stevens; top row, Teagan Payne, Olivia Whitman, Sam OConnor, Olivia Rovin and Alysa Richmond. Not pictured: Coach Scott Mueller, Peninah Benjamin and Brooke Walter.Roundup Junior Warhawks seek playersSEMINOLE The Seminole Junior Warhawks Athletic Association is looking for additional players ages 13-14 to play competitive league baseball. Contact Coach Vinny Capitani at 254-8762 or Coach Joe Storts at 418-8404.Ex-Globetrotters to play in SHS band fundraiserSEMINOLE As part of its efforts to raise funds for the Seminole High School marching bands trip to the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade, the SHS band boosters have organized a charity basketball game involving former members of the Harlem Globetrotters. The Globetrotters alumni will play a team billed as the Tampa Bay Generals in a pair of games Saturday, March 24, at the St. Petersburg CollegeGibbs campus gym, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. Games tip off at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Among the well-known former Globetrotters expected to play are Matt Showbiz Jackson, Tyrone Hollywood Brown, Reggie Airman Dixon, Wayne Above and Beyond Clark, Sterling Smooth Forbes and others. Jackson, a former player at Savannah State, was recognized as the Clown Prince of basketball as the lead showman and longtime member of the Globetrotters from 1987 to 2007. He was known for his behind-the-back half-court trick shot. Dixon is also a basketball trick artist, while Clark is a 10-time Nike Slam Dunk champion. Forbes is a former basketball standout at Southwest Texas State University. The Seminole High School Marching Band is preparing for its second trip to Pasadena, Calif. The band will entertain an anticipated one million spectators and an international television audience of over 40 million on New Years Day. The two benefit basketball games are among many projects the students and band boosters are using to raise the needed funds to cover travel expenses for the 140-plus-piece band. At halftime, the band will perform. There will also be a pre-game foul shot contest for kids, raffles, concessions, basketballs for sale and autograph sessions. General admission is $15 in advance and $22 at the door. Premium VIP seating is available for $25. To purchase tickets or get additional information, call 254-9556 or visit www.shswarhawkband.com.GCU soccer offers small-sided leaguesLARGO Gulf Coast United soccer is offering two different small-sided soccer leagues this spring. The Achieva spring soccer rec division is a co-ed soccer league for recreational players ages 4 to 14. The format emphasizes small-sided games with smaller fields and goals. Games are played both at the Seminole Junior Warhawks complex and the Belleair Rec Center. The Achieva spring soccer plus division is a co-ed soccer league for advanced or competitive players ages 7 to 18. The 3-on-3 format is a fast, high-scoring game with no goalies. All games are played at the Seminole Junior Warhawks complex. The season runs from April 2 to May 17. Price is $90 per player. The registration deadline is March 17. Register at www.gcunited.com.SYAA soccer signups startSEMINOLE The Seminole Youth Athletic Association plans spring soccer registration through early April at the SYAA complex, 12100 90th Ave. The schedule is: Thursday, March 8, 6 to 8 p.m.; Thursday, March 22, 6 to 8 p.m.; and Thursday, April 5, 6 to 8 p.m. Boys and girls, ages 4 to 18, are eligible. The cost is $55. League play kicks off Thursday, April 12. Games and practices are on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The season ends Saturday, May 19. For more information, call Sherri McCarthy at 235-3378 or email andycap1@tampabay.rr.com.Registration starts for Stampede 5KSEMINOLE The Seminole Chamber of Commerce plans its annual Seminole Stampede 5K distance run Saturday, March 31, 7:30 a.m., at Walsingham Park. Awards will be presented to the top finishers in various age and gender divisions. The entry fee is $20 in advance for the 5K run and $10 for a 1-mile fun run. Groups of 10 or more will receive a discount. To register, go to www.active.com. An Easter egg hunt sponsored by Seminole First Baptist Church will follow the runs. For more details, call 392-3245.GCU U12 Girls win in OrlandoBELLEAIR The Gulf Coast United U12 Girls won the Presidents Day Disney Tournament Cup in Orlando. The team won all four games convincingly, 4-1, 81, 9-0 and 6-0. The winning continued Feb. 25-26 as the team won their Region C bracket and advances them to the final four in Region C, placing them in the top 16 in the State for U12 Girls Division 1.Tides WGA resultsSEMINOLE Results of the Tides Womens Golf Associations match play event played Feb. 7-28 at The Tides Golf Club: FLIGHT A Marie Costello, first place; Judy McNamee, second place. FLIGHT B Joyce Cooney, first place; Shirley Taylor, second place. FLIGHT C Jessica McCarty, first place; Edie Fotheringham, second place. FLIGHT E Betty Dziuba, first; Sharon Ebbeler, second; Sandy Bolen, third.


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All that remain are a limited number of scattered singles and obstructed view seats. Fans in attendance will receive a 2012 Rays schedule magnet presented by RE/MAX. Tickets remain available in nearly every price category for the two remaining games in the seasonopening series vs. the Yankees. On Sunday, April 8, the first 10,000 kids 14 and under will receive a Raymond Cowbell presented by Chick-fil-A as part of Family Fun Days presented by the Tampa Bay Times. Single game tickets for Rays 2012 regular season home games are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Rays Tampa Store, 400 N. Tampa St., and the Gate 1 Tropicana Field box office, as well as over the phone at 888-FAN-RAYS and 1-800-745-3000, or online at raysbaseball.com.Honda Grand Prix tickets on saleST. 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Meanwhile, general admission tickets on Sunday will cost adults $40 and juniors $15, while general admission on Friday and Saturday will range from $25 for adults and $10 for juniors. The events Pit Lane VIP suites are now sold out, but tickets to the Trackside Club are now available. The Club offers a suite experience trackside for individuals and small groups through a turnkey, economical hospitality option. The Acura Yacht Club is also selling out fast, with just a few boat slips still available to those wishing to dock their boat and enjoy the race from a unique vantage point.Harveys 5K set at N. Straub ParkST. PETERSBURG Registration is under way for the annual Harveys 5K and 1-Mile Run/Walk Saturday, March 17, on Bayshore Drive at North Straub Park. Proceeds from the race benefit art and music programs in Pinellas County Schools. Over the past 25 years, the runs have become a St. Petersburg tradition with local families, friends, neighbors, and student groups. 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MENS SHOE LIQUIDATION SALE50%OFF40%OFF Great Savings Good Selection924 West Bay Drive, Largo 727-584-7727Colonial Shoe Store022312 Belts Shoe Trees & Shoe AccessoriesEVANSSLIPPERS MADEIRA BEACH The following events are scheduled in March at the Gulf Beaches Public Library: AARP Assistance in filing taxes every Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Computer classes (Classes begin at 1 p.m.) Email class, Wednesday, March 14. Internet class, Wednesday, March 21. Open forum, Monday, March 19. Facebook, Monday, March 26 Adult programs Alcoholics Anonymous, Wednesdays, 8 to 9 p.m. This group meets on the grounds of the library in the back patio. Winter Film Series, Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. March 14, Joy Luck Club. March 21, Dead Poets Society. March 28, Perfect Storm. World of Humor Film, Tuesday, March 27, 4 p.m. Call 3912828 for more information. Investment Club, Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. Join a group of experienced investors in an exchange of ideas about the current market and investment opportunities. Scrabble, Fridays, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Exercise the circuitry of your gray matter. Writers Group, Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon. All writers welcome in an exchange of ideas and fellowship. Book groups: Great Books, Saturday, March 10, 1 to 3 p.m., Sonnys Blues by James Baldwin. Call 391-2828 for more information. Chatterbooks, Tuesday, March 20, 10:30 a.m., Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout. Childrens programs Baby and Me Storytime (Infant-2 years), Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Short stories, puppets, songs and fingerplay followed by a play session. Wild Things Storytime and Art Class (ages 2-4), Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Stories, puppets, songs, fingerplays, followed by an art/craft class at 11 a.m. Teen programs Anime Club (teen), Fridays, 4 p.m. Talk about the latest in manga; compare drawings, and then watch some anime.Gulf Beaches Library events Here and there NARFE to meetST. PETERSBURG National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1140 will meet Wednesday, March 28, 11:30 a.m., at Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Sun Coast Plaza, 1900 34th St. N. All federal retirees and active federal employees are encouraged to attend this upcoming meeting and luncheon. NARFE Chapter 1140 includes the Gulf Beaches and Southern Pinellas County. There will be a discussion of up-to-date issues particularly relevant for active and retired federal employees. Spouses and guests are encouraged to attend. For information and to RSVP, call 367-5256 or 329-8069.Womens Chamber slates luncheonNORTH REDINGTON BEACH The Womens Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Gulf Beaches, a not-for-profit organization since 1936, plans a luncheon Wednesday, April 4, at the Wine Cellar restaurant, 17307 Gulf Blvd. Social hour is from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch. The cost is $15 payable at the door by check only. A spokesman from Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc., will be the speaker. FTRI is a statewide not-for-profit organization that administers the specialized telecommunications equipment distribution program for citizens of Florida who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind and speech impaired. For a reservation, call Ruth at 343-0223.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.County to host mobile collection eventCLEARWATER Pinellas County Solid Waste will host a mobile collection event Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Clearwater Home Depot, 2495 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. Residents are encouraged to collect hazardous waste items from their home, office or garage, and properly dispose of them at the event. Pinellas County Solid Waste offers this service free to county households. Businesses should arrange for drop-off and payment by calling Creative Recycling at 813-621-2319 for electronics, or EQ Florida at 813-319-3400 for chemicals. Household electronics and chemicals such as TVs, cell phones, computers, paints, motor oil, fertilizers and batteries should never be dumped in the regular trash, drains, storm sewers or on the ground. These products can be harmful to the environment and to the people handling them if they are not disposed of properly. Electronics (e-waste) contain useful materials that can be extracted and recycled, such as aluminum, glass and plastic. As for chemicals, the average household can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of chemicals around the home over time. For more information on mobile collections, what to bring and what not to bring, or the permanent Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Center, call 464-7500 or visit www.pinellas county.org/utilities.Gift of Food features Plein Aire Cottage ArtistsINDIAN ROCKS BEACH The Plein Aire Cottage Artists are the selected artists this year for the Gift of Food RCS Helps. The Gift of Food is an all-volunteer, student-led group that raises funds to buy food for the Religious Community Services Food Bank. The RCS Food Bank feeds more than 5,000 people in the area every month, with the majority of these being children. Each year, they sell holiday cards featuring the work of a local artist for $20 each. When you purchase cards and give them to friends, relatives, and business associates, you are giving the Gift of Food, and your donation will help to feed the hungry in the community. Heres how to give the Gift of Food: Purchase a Gift of Food card, thereby donating a Gift of Food in honor of your colleague, customer, or friend instead of sending the annual fruit basket, wine, or gift certificate. Each card is only $20 and is tax deductible. The RCS/Gift of Food Endowment Fund within the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay will send tax receipts to you. For each $20 donation, you will receive a beautiful card (with envelope) that tells the recipient about the good you and they have done to help feed the hungry of our community. Donors should make the check payable to RCS/The Gift of Food Endowment Fund and send it to: The Gift of Food, 102 Harbor View Lane, Largo, FL 33770. For more information, call Sherry Sultenfuss, Gift of Food coordinator, at 586-6267.Sunday Scrabble setSAFETY HARBOR The Safety Harbor Public Library invites the public for Sunday Scrabble, held each week at 1 p.m. at 101 Second St. N. Bring your favorite board and enjoy playing the game with new friends. Call 724-1525, ext. 112.Community band plans free concertGULFPORT The South Pasadena Community Band will present a free concert Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., at the Gulfport Casino. Musical director Max Millspaugh plans an a little bit of Irish and brass. Selections include Fantasia on an Irish Hymn, Ireland, Tiptoe Through the Tubas, Frescobaldi Taccata, Concert for Trombone and Band, as well as Lassus Trombone. The casino provides adequate free parking and handicapped accessibility. The City of Gulfport and the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce sponsor the concerts. The South Pasadena Band is sponsored by the City of South Pasadena and community donations.Antique show, classic car show setDUNEDIN The city of Dunedin will host its spring antiques fair and classic car show on Saturday, March 24, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The car show is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Main Street will be closed east of Alt. U.S. 19 between Broadway and Douglas Avenue for antique dealers to display their antiques and collectibles on the roadway. There will be more than 75 dealers from throughout the state participating in the show. The car show will be on Broadway between Scotland Street and Main Street. Admission is free.Fish fry benefits churchCLEARWATER Wards Seafood Market will sponsor a fish fry fundraising event on Friday, March 16, at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1955 S. Belcher Road. The meal will include fried fish, hushpuppies, fries, coleslaw, drink and a cookie. Cost is $8. Those attending can drive up and receive the meal takeout style. Proceeds will benefit the building fund for the church. For advance tickets, call 531-7721.Foster parents neededThere are more than 3,500 dependent children in Pinellas and Pasco counties due to child abuse, neglect or abandonment. Many of them need loving foster parents. People interested in becoming foster parents need to be at least 21 years old, have appropriate housing and be able to pass a background screening. They will need to complete a home study and 30 hours of special training. They must have adequate space and be able to provide for a family now although they will receive financial assistance to help care for the child, they cannot rely on this to pay bills. For more information on becoming a foster parent, please call the Eckerd Recruitment Line toll-free at 1-866-233-0790.West Coast Orchid Society to meetLARGO The Florida West Coast Orchid Society will meet Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m., at the Pinellas County Extension Center, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Call Cheryl Finke at 420-7230.Cherokee basket weaving workshop setCLEARWATER The public is invited to discover Cherokee basket weaving with Feather Smith-Trevino on Sunday, March 18, 1 to 5 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane. Smith-Trevino is an artist from the Tahlequah area. She has been basket weaving since age 10 and will share her knowledge of a variety of cultural arts and crafts, most importantly, her basketry skills. Call 793-2976.


Pets 15A Beacon, March 8, 2012 010512STORM PROTECTION IMPACT WINDOWSSLIDING GLASS DOORS & REPLACEMENT WINDOWS GLASS REPLACEMENTSteven Baker Windows37 Years in Pinellas CountyHonesty Quality Products & Services Free Estimates InsuredReferences398-7756License #C7273 Get Quotes Then Call Us! DENTURE COMFORT!Poor retention? Discomfort? Now theres something to do about it.Our office is now offering the acclaimed AtlasDenture ComfortSystem. A simple and effective treatment for adding retention and comfort to your existing or new denture. To learn about the affordable, one-hour procedure that can put an end to denture problems call our office at (727) 586-1955 for a complimentary consultation.I feel so wonderful and I am very happy with myself and the way others compliment the way I look. 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MARCH SPECIALRobellinis only $6while supplies last.We are also carrying new products: Mexican Pots, Garden Decor and Talavera PotteryDiscount Palms and PlantsCelebrating our 2NDYear Anniversary 9009 Seminole Boulevard Seminole, FL 33772Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 727-385-7851 Pet notes Veterinarian of the year contest slatedLARGO The Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid Pinellas is seeking nominations for the veterinarian of the year award in conjunction with the clubs annual fundraiser, Pawfest, April 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Largo Central Park. If you think your vet has done amazing work for pets outside of their call of duty, please nominate them, a club news release said. The nomination should include in 100 words or less an explanation of why the veterinarian should be honored. The nomination should include the name of the veterinarian, facility, address and phone number along with the explanation of why he or she should receive the award. Please include the name, address and phone number of the nominator. Send to: Kiwanis Club of Largo, P.O. Box 2043, Largo, FL 33779 or email to Linda@ lindabullerman.com by March 23. The winner will be announced at Pawfest.Brown Boxer to host pet eventMADEIRA BEACH Wise Wealth Management LLC and Helen Marie Lee, president of Helen Marie Lee Sanctuary, will present Prosperity Planning for People with Pets Saturday, March 31, 1 to 4 p.m., at the Brown Boxer Grille, 15000 Madeira Way. The event will showcase several pet organizations and rescues with animal ambassadors and pet adoptions outside. The seminar will include empowering information. Seating is limited. To RSVP, call 688-6826.Cat Colony set to openLARGO The SPCA Tampa Bays Cat Colony will celebrate its grand opening Thursday, March 15, 1 to 7 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. The SPCA Tampa Bays Feline Friends building has a new look aimed at getting cats adopted faster, and keeping them healthier while they await new homes. Visitors can check out the new digs on this special open house day. Four cat colony rooms give cats and kittens the luxury to roam free, play on towers or wind their way in and out of hidey holes and twisting tunnels. Potential adopters enter the colony rooms to sit and visit with the cats in a more natural get-acquainted environment. The friendly, and more comfortable, environment reduces feline stress and minimizes upper respiratory infections that afflict cats in caged shelter surroundings. The Cat Colony renovation was funded by donors interested in improving the environment for cats awaiting adoption. Call 586-3591 or visit www.SPCATampaBay.org. Pets of the week TonyaTonya is a 7-year-old female orange tabby cat. She is very sweet and loves attention. She will do well with other friendly cats. Tonya is spayed and current on her vaccinations. To adopt Tonya, call Pat at Second Chance for Strays at 535-9154. Visit www.secondchanceforstrays. petfinder.com.AthenaAthena is a very curious feline who seeks adventure. She can often be found exploring new hiding places and carefully watching what goes on in her surroundings. She came to the SPCA Tampa Bay as a stray and her new family will have fun getting to know her. Adopt Athena at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. in Largo. Call 586-3591. FIND PETS ONLINEwww.TBNweekly.com


Beacon, March 8, 2012 WE BUY G LDALEXISDIAMONDHOUSE13684 Walsingham Rd., Largo(Next to Five Guys and Starbucks)727-518-6191 www.alexisdiamonds.com012612 030812 For more info about me & my listings, scan this QR code or visit my website at www.MaryKSells.com.Century 21 Hall of Fame Member & Centurion Producer The Mary K Team Mary Kottich, Realtor727-398-7771 x1011727-510-5251MKottich@aol.comExperiencedKnowledgeableHard WorkingDependableDetail Oriented 8668 Park Blvd. Ste G Seminole, FL 33777 www.MaryKSells.com The Bayou Club5BR/4BA/3CG w/4,809 Sq. Ft. Custom Estate Home Gated Community Pool with Lake view $849,500 Seminole Gardens1BR/1BA w/874 Sq. Ft., First Floor w/pond view Some Updates 55+, no pets, 90 day lease $35,000 The Links2BR/2BA/1CG w/1,400 Sq. Ft., Golf Course View Updated Master Bathroom Pet & Leasing OK, Pool $110,000 House in Seminole2BR/1BA/2CG, 1,154 Sq. Ft. Remodeled Kitchen Fenced backyard Seminole Schools $99,900 Tara Cay Townhome3BR/4BA/1CG 2,437 Sq. Ft. Model Perfect Brand New 3.5 ton A/C Pets & Leasing OK, Pool $179,900 The Links3BR/2BA/1CG On Golf Course Furnished Pets & Leasing OK, Pool $145,000 CONTRACT PENDING CONTRACT PENDING Madeira Beach Residents Madeira Beach Residents Meet Commissioner Terry Lister Candidate for Re-election District 1 Refreshments Will Be ServedRemember to VOTE on March 13thRemember to VOTE on March 13thSaturday, March 10th 1-4pm Archibald Park Saturday, March 10th 1-4pm Archibald ParkPolitical Advertisement paid for and approved by Terry Lister for commissioner District 1, Madeira Beach030812 YOUR BUDGET? 2012 | All Rights Reserved. It doesnt take much for your mortgage to exceed what your budget can conceivably handle. THEN CONTACT ME TODAY! MORTGAGE LET ME LEVEL WITH YOU. OUT OF IS YOUR WITH BALANCE http://hosted.cdpe.com/pinellassaveyourhomeMichaelSaylorCell727-214-8146/msaylor2@tampabay.rr.comMichaelSaylor IMAPPRealtyGroup 13041ParkBlvd SeminoleFL33776 727-214-8146 http://hosted.cdpe.com/pinellassaveyourhome 030812Canterbury Chase When you cant afford to leave it to chance by hiring a family friend or neighborhood Realtor call real estate advocate Michael Saylor iMAPP Realty Group Dont wait ... Call Today!! 727-214-8146 msaylor2@tampabay.rr.com13041 Park Blvd., Seminole, Florida 33776 To Whom It May Concern: After the recent passing of my uncle, his house in Seminole, Florida had to be sold. Mr. Saylor did an excellent job of arranging for all of the preliminaries such as the appraisal, recommending changes that made the house more saleable, listing the house, and making a timely sale that was equitable to both buyer and seller. The house was under contract the first day on the market and closed within 30 days!!! All of the details and negotiations were executed professionally and as rapidly as possible. Mr. Saylor was quite patient with both buyer and seller during the entire sale. I would most certainly use his services again and recommend him highly. Sencerely, Robert M. White, Sr., Ph.D., D.A.B.C.C. (CC, TC &MoIDx), C.H.R.M., D.A.B.F.T. When you cant afford to leave it to chance by hiring a family friend or neighborhood Realtor call real estate advocate Michael Saylor iMAPP Realty Group.Dont wait ... Call Today!! 727-214-8146 msaylor2@tampabay.rr.com 727-214-8146 WHEN:Wednesday, March 14th 2012 11am-NoonWHERE:Seminole Library-9200 113th Street Seminole This seminar will be taught by Deputy Beverly Borland, Pinellas County Sheriffs Office Community Education and Programs Unit Please call VanDyk Mortgage 727-395-9095for additional info or to RSVP as seating is limited to the first 100 real estate agents.Lunch will be provided by Coastline Title of Pinellas 3812How To Sponsor A Neighborhood WatchFor Pinellas County Licensed Real Estate Agents Only 16A BusinessReal estate news Adamo names top agentsSEMINOLE Realty Executives Adamo and Associates recently announced its top agents for the month of February. Dottie Reynolds was recognized as the top-listing agent. Team Heather Pourchot was the top listing team. Mary Butler was recognized as the top sales associate. Sandy Hartmann and Associates was recognized as the top sales team. Sandy Hartmann Dottie Reynolds Heather Pourchot Mary ButlerRealtor Organization reports January statsThe Pinellas Realtor Organization recently released its Pinellas County Residential Real Estate Report for January 2012. According to the organization, the first month of 2012 saw a continued decline in active inventory. Compared to 2011, there was an overall decrease of 33 percent, a decrease of 27 percent on non-distressed properties, and a decrease of 48 percent on short sales and foreclosures. Foreclosures alone are down 56 percent from last January. The organization also reported that pending contracts are starting out strong, up 22 percent from last January. Even though 72 percent of those are for distressed properties, this can be attributed to the inordinate amount of time it takes to close a short sale, according to the organization. Of the 1,811 contracts written last month, 52 percent were nondistressed, 36 percent were short sales and 12 percent were bank owned. The report indicated that sales are on the rise by 2 percent from a year ago but 62 percent of them were non-distressed properties. A short sale is averaging 266 days on the market before closing while a non-distressed home is closing within 147 days, on average. Cash buyers are on the rise again. In December of 2011, cash buyers accounted for 59 percent of the market; this was one of the lowest rates of cash buyers all year. However, it looks as though cash buyers may be on the increase again, as it jumped 5 percent in January to 64 percent. Currently this is only month over month and not a long-term trend. Keep an eye on February and March numbers to see if the trend continues. Median sales prices are also starting to rise. With the severe decrease in listings over the last several months it is good to finally see prices rising as there is more competition in the market. Single-family median sales prices were up from $100,000 to $120,000 from January 2011 to January 2012. Condo median sales prices rose from $75,000 to $88,000 during that same time frame. The overall residential real estate market prices rose from $89,000 to $109,000 from January 2011 to January 2012.Klein & Heuchan sells Schiller campusLARGO Klein & Heuchan Inc. recently represented seller Learn International US Inc. in the sale of the former Schiller International University campus to Christian International School of Healthcare Professionals LLC. This high profile property is located at 300 East Bay Drive in Largo. The campus contains 32,936 square feet in two large buildings fronting Largos main east-west thoroughfare. The purchase price was $1.9 million. Chris Howell of Klein & Heuchan Inc. represented the seller in this transaction.Xena Vallone Realty opens Pinellas officeCLEARWATER Xena Vallone Realty, a Sarasota-based residential and commercial real estate firm, recently opened a Pinellas County office at 13575 58th St. N., Suite 200, Clearwater. The brokerage that opened three years ago with the belief that boutique firms offering personalized service would be the ones to emerge from the ruins of the housing collapse, is ahead of the curve once again with a solution to the declining inventory of affordable waterfront properties in the Sarasota area. Buyers who cannot find what they are looking for in Sarasota and Bradenton will often expand their search to areas north or south of us, said Xena Vallone, broker/owner of the agency, in a press release. We felt there was a need to expand our company to fill that void. In the last few years we have noticed that quite a lot of our Canadian and European buyers have not been able to find enough moderately priced homes near the water in Sarasota, and have been purchasing homes or condos in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, said David Vallone, vice president. We felt that rather than turn away potential buyers, we would offer our services up there.Keller Williams names top producersCLEARWATER Keller Williams Gulfside Realty recently announced its top producers for January.


Business 17A Beacon, March 8, 2012 Hear What Youre Missing!The Deaf & Hearing Connection (DHC), Tampa Bays only nonprofit hearing center, is offering free hearing screenings by appointment; low cost hearing aids, cleaning and repairs, as well as sign language classes & programs for adult Deaf and hard of hearing residents. DHC also provides free amplified phones for FL residents with hearing loss through the FTRI program. To find out about phone distribution locations or to schedule an appointment, call 727-399-9983.Deaf & Hearing Connection7821 Seminole Blvd., Seminole 399-9983Open Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pmPaid Advertisement22312 Gulf Coast Realty Chris Coston418-224413800 Park Blvd. Seminole 0301123BR/2.5BA, 2,477 sq. ft. with new A/C, huge game room and spacious yard for a growing family.OPEN HOUSE March 11 1-3pm P P r r i i v v a a t t e e C C u u l l d d e e S S a a c c S S e e t t t t i i n n g g 1 1 2 2 4 4 0 0 4 4 S S h h a a w w n n e e e e T T r r a a i i l l Short Sales Residential/Commercial Closings 1031 Exchanges Reverse Mortgages For Sale By Owner Packages Available 8640 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772 Seminole Title Company 392-5906011212 Updated waterfront home in Harbor Bluffs offering 3/3 with office/den. Protected deep water dock/lift. Pebble-Tec Pool.Will WiardCoastal Collection Prudential Tropical Realty Harbor Bluffs $599,900 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath Whats Sellingin Pinellas County SOLD $50,000 in upgrades. Open floor plan great for entertaining. Kitchen has top of the line maple cabinets, pantry, GE Profile appliances & Wilsonart counter tops. Lush landscaping, sprinkler system, alarm system, close to the beach and much more.Linda StoneCentury 21 Real Estate Champions Largo $191,500 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2CG SOLD Updated 3 bedroom, 1 bath home located in desirable Bay Pines area. Home features new shingle roof, new windows throughout, new interior doors, remodeled kitchen with eat in space. Updated bath, fresh paint and new flooring.Sandy HartmannRealty Executives Adamo & Associates St. Petersburg $85,000 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 1CG SOLD 1BR/1.5BA corner unit condo located in highly desirable Five Towns. Close to everything.Darrell BiggsRealty Executives Adamo & Associates St. Petersburg $30,000 1 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath SOLD030812 Real Estate Champions 4350 Duhme Rd., Madeira Beach, FL 33708For more details visit C21champs.com/MLS.Ad030812 EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY www.c21champs.comEach Ofce Independently owned & operated727-398-2774 WOW! WHAT A VIEWfrom this 2BR/2BA second floor furnished condo with a chair lift. Great condition with large eat-in kitchen, inside laundry. Living and dining room flows to the enclosed porch. Lots of privacy. Complex is located on 16 acres. Offers heated pool, tennis and clubhouse, bike or walk to Lake Seminole Park. Enjoy fishing and relaxing. Easy access to I-275, beaches and shopping. Covered and guest parking, motorcycle allowed. No age limits. 2 pets allowed any size (restricted breeds). People friendly! MLS#U7440395. Clark & Hamilton. $69,000. CONDOMINIUMS (55+)FIVE TOWNS (NW St. Pete) 2BR/2BA Madison (MLS#U7504074) SOLD 2BR/2BA Shoreview West (MLS#U7532779) $62,900 SEA TOWERS (Waterfront) 2BR/2BA (MLS#U7525005) $149,900 HARBOR CREST (PUD) (Largo) 2BR/1BA (MLS#U7537384) $39,900 Three well-maintained 55+ complexes with pools, clubhouses, social activities & more. Bremer. IMMACULATE RETIREMENT BUNGALOWArtistic flair makes this immaculate, fully furnished 2BR/2BA home stand out from all the rest. The A/C with heat pump, new Nov., 2010. Most of the windows are double pane and within 5 years new. Walk-in shower in the Master Bedroom. The roof is tile and Perma-Guard. Maintenance fee includes cleaning the roof and insurance on the exterior of the home, as well as, Olympic-size heated pool, clubhouse, fitness room and shuffleboard. Convenient to airports, beaches, shopping and there is also a golf course nearby. MLS#U7501475. Schroeder. $79,000. 3BR/2BA POOL HOME ON CORNER LOT!Home features a formal foyer and spacious living room with an office to the side, eat-in kitchen with an open view of the large family room that overlooks the sparkling screened-in pool (15 x 30,) which was re-marcited just two years ago. Master bedroom has bathroom with separate shower and a walk-in closet. Some of the many benefits include updated electric, alarm system, sprinkler system with well, privacy fence, storage shed, newer zoned A/C units, large tiles throughout, and a three-yearold fiberglass tile roof with a lifetime transferable warranty! Open floor plan that is great for family or entertaining. MLS#U7523658. Lofgren & Ruhland. $185,000. DEERWOOD GARDENSThis 2BR/2BA condo was newly updated in the fall of 2010 with kitchen cabinets, breakfast bar, bathroom vanities, ceramic tile throughout. Great closet space! Community is pet friendly (1 pet, 25 lbs max.) and offers a pool, tennis courts, shuffleboard and clubhouse. Shopping is close by and the beaches are just minutes away. So whether youre looking for a winter oasis or year-round residence, this condo is a must see! MLS#U7532324. Levittino. $67,900. BRIGHT AND AIRY FIRST FLOOR CONDOVery well maintained unit and quiet neighbors. Bedroom looks over large yard and pond. Neutral, clean carpet and updated kitchen. Offering many social opportunities, heated pool and spa, shuffleboard, pool tables and laundry facilities. Great layout with dining off kitchen. Ceilling fans in all rooms. Property tax and land lease included in monthly maintenance fee. Convenient to beach and walk to Seminole Mall. MLS#U7533520. Dow. $22,000. CENTRALLY LOCATED BAY PINES CONDOUpdated kitchen with newer appliances and hot water heater. Open, airy, bright unit with walk-in closet and inside laundry room. Active community center and pool area. Easy access to Bay Pines Medical Center, Pinellas Trail, park, shopping and our beautiful beaches. MLS#U7536518. Robertson. $40,000. TYRONE AREA FIXER UPPERNice 3 bedroom home that needs some TLC. Tile floors in most of the home. Nice backyard with deck. Roof approx. 1 year new. ML#U7539688. Osborne. $73,600. UPDATED & GREAT DEAL!Only $33,900. Mission Oaks Villa. Ground floor 2 bedrooms with modern updates. Park under your carport, next to the pool and relax in your backyard. Nothing to fix, just enjoy the beaches nearby. No pets, sorry! Call quickly. MLS#U7540079. Jarnberg. $33,900. QUIET, WELL-KEPT UNITFurnished 2/2, 1,100 sq. ft. condo with carport just outside your backdoor. Price is right and condo is a very good value. Come see. Conveneint location. Nice community with friendly people. Amenities include clubhouse, lots of activities, water aerobics, fitness room, library, card room, marina, walking trail around lagoon and throughout the complex. MLS#U7540209. Riskin. $110,000. Bobbie KahlerHorse Heaven! 2.28 acres, spring fed pond, great 3 bedroom, 3 bath home at 10495 131st St., Largo, near 102nd Ave. $529,000. Motivated seller! 3812 727-460-9068727-581-9411 575 Indian Rocks Road N. Belleair Bluffs, Fla. Professional ServiceWITH RESULTS! Previews InternationalLuxury Home Specialist 625 Pinellas St., Clearwater Quality Service for 31 Years BRASSPOLISHINGProtective NO Tarnish Coatings SILVER-GOLD-BRASS-COPPER-PEWTERRobert P. Alex Silversmiths 442-7333010512SILVER & Biz notes Biz notesBeaches Chamber plans mixerST. PETE BEACH The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce plans its March mixer at the Synovus Bank, 6500 Gulf Blvd., on Tuesday, March 13, 5:30 to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, contact Amanda Page at 3606957 or email RSVP@tampabaybeaches.com.Boat show set at The TropST. PETERSBURG The Tampa Bay Boat Show is set for March 9-11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Tropicana Field. Admission is free. Parking is $5. The show will showcase area boat dealers and manufacturers, the latest in boating and fishing supplies, and accessories. Tropicana Field will be filled with new boats, watercraft and exhibits. For more information, call Dave LaBell at 893-8523.Publix district manager receives diversity awardLAKELAND Publix district manager Jeffrey Stilwell received one of the companys 2011 Presidents Awards at Publixs recent Lakeland Division meeting. Each year, the Presidents Award is given to one district manager from each of Publixs retail divisions and one support manager who has demonstrated success in meeting equal opportunity goals, displayed dedication to the dignity, value and employment security of Publix associates, and maintained a work environment that values diversity and is free from discrimination. Stilwell began his Publix career in 1985 as a front-service clerk in St. Petersburg. He worked his way through various positions before being promoted to store manager in 1996. A district manager since 2008, Stilwell oversees 10 Florida stores located in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Beach, South Pasadena and Treasure Island. Publix president Todd Jones presented the award. Jeffrey delivers the difference in his district with everything he does, said Jones. He believes in working closely with associates because they work closest with our customers. Throughout his district, associates at all levels work with instead of for him. Stilwell joins Atlanta Division district manager John Gehring, Jacksonville Division district manager Dwayne Bryant, Miami Division district manager Modesto Blanco, and senior manager of business analysis and reporting Ken Stanger as this years Presidents Award winners. Publix is privately owned and operated by its 151,000 employees, with 2010 sales of $25.1 billion. Currently Publix has 1,049 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of Fortunes Best Companies to Work For in America for 15 consecutive years. In addition, Publixs dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit www.publix.com.Lockheed Martin expands Pinellas Park facilityPINELLAS PARK Lockheed Martins operation in Pinellas Park officially opened a new 57,000-square-foot manufacturing facility Feb. 22 that will produce aircraft canopy components for the F-35 Lightning II fighter. Their new expansion is specifically for the F-35 canopies, Pinellas Park Mayor Bill Mischler later said. It is the only place in the United States that will build the canopies for the F-35, and I think we ought to be really proud of that. The new facility, 9300 28th Street N., is an annex to Lockheed Martins existing 197,000-square-foot building that has been producing structural components for more than 10 different types of aircraft since 1997. The operation began with 80 employees and has since grown to its current workforce of 250, with additional jobs expected as the F-35 program moves toward peak production. The expanded facility can support production of up to 20 F-35 canopy units a month. The Lockheed Martin Pinellas facility has distinguished itself with its quality, safety and efficiency and has become a center of excellence for the manufacturing of F-35 canopies, Harry Glenn, chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Bill Young, chair of the House Appropriations subcommittee on defense, said at the ribbon-cutting event Feb. 22. Aircraft canopy components include the windshield of the aircraft a clear plastic bubble and the frame, ejection pyrotechnics and other structures that support it. The building used in the expansion used to be a warehouse for another company in the Gateway Centre industrial park, said company spokesman Joe Stout. The building was under renovation to make it suitable for its new purpose since the summer until January. The first canopy work will move into the building around April and will ramp up in the (coming) months, Stout said. Ultimately the operation could add up to 100 jobs, depending on government orders for the new F-35 fighter. The F-35 is expected to be one of the largest military aircraft programs in history, including thousands of aircraft to be produced for world air forces over several decades. The F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. Core competencies at the Pinellas Park facility include sheet metal and extrusion fabrication and structural subassembly. To date the facility has produced components for the C-130J, F-22, F-16, C-5 and P-3, in addition to the F-35. Besides supporting Lockheed Martin aircraft programs, the facility does work for several other companies. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 123,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporations net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.ABWA to host luncheon, fashion showNORTH REDINGTON BEACH The Sunshine City Charter Chapter of the American Business Womens Association will host the Walking the Red Carpet Luncheon and Fashion Show Saturday, March 31, 11:15 a.m., at The Wine Cellar Restaurant, 17307 Gulf Blvd. Artist Marc De Waele will attend the event. Three of his prints will be part of a silent auction. Other items will include valuable gift baskets and money trees. Fashions will be by Bo-Tiki of Gulfport. The menu selection will include sirloin steak, potato crusted tilapia or chicken picata. Cost is $25. Seats must be reserved and payment and menu selection must be received one week prior to the event. Checks payable to Sunshine City ABWA may be sent to P.O. Box 1945, Pinellas Park, FL 33780. All proceeds will benefit the ABWA education/scholarship fund. Call 403-2445.Mary Kay rep earns 14th career carCLEARWATER Betty Furniss of Clearwater Beach, an independent sales rep for Mary Kay Inc., recently earned the use of a new Chevy Malibu sedan as a result of her outstanding achievements in operating her independent Mary Kay business. The Chevy Malibu sedan is offered in a fresh white color. In addition to the Chevy Malibu sedan, the Mary Kay Career Car Program includes the Chevy Equinox crossover in black, the Toyota Camry sedan in black and the exclusive pink Cadillac. Since the programs inception in 1969, more than 120,000 independent sales force members have either qualified or re-qualified to earn the use of a Mary Kay career car. Currently, more than 5,600 Mary Kay career cars are on the road nationwide. The Career Car Program provides the independent sales force the opportunity to earn the use of a visible symbol of their success, said Darrell Overcash, president of Mary Kay Inc. U.S., in a press release. Each car obtained through this exciting program reflects the hard work, determination and professionalism of the independent sales force. Furniss will take delivery of the new Chevy Malibu her 14th Mary Kay career car at Dimmitt Chevrolet in Clearwater.Island Audiology opensMADEIRA BEACH The Pinellas County beach business community will welcome Island Audiology in March. The business is located at 13999 Gulf Blvd. Suite C-4, is an audiology center serving the hearing impaired of Pinellas county beaches and surrounding communities. Island Audiologys goal is to help patients maximize their hearing potential and improve their quality of life. This is accomplished through expert diagnostic services and cutting-edge hearing technology assistance. Many people struggle with hearing loss for several years before seeking help, said owner Dr. Heidi Roberts, in a press release. I have a passion for working with the hearing impaired and am excited to share todays hearing technology with my patients to help improve their quality of life. The staff of Island Audiology wants the center to be community resource for both patients and physicians with hearing healthcare needs and provide solutions to the communication challenges of the hearing impaired through expert diagnosis and treatment. Roberts received a doctorate degree from the University of South Florida. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and Florida Academy of Audiology. Roberts has extensive experience and training in her field and is experienced with a variety of amplification and assistive listening product manufacturers and aural rehabilitation counseling.


18A Community Beacon, March 8, 2012 Beauty Salon Hair by: Dolly, Dawn, Socorro, Terri, Grace, JoAnn, Pam, Isabel, Barbara, DonnaRendezvous9120 Seminole Blvd.(Between Jim Graden & Susie Q Diner)392-2626 030812 Antique AlleysSpring Antique ShowRain Date Sunday, March 18Parking in Designated AreasAntique Alley580 N. Indian Rocks Road, Belleair BluffsFor info call 727-581-6585 ... 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Keeping landscape plants healthy will thwart pest bugs. By JANE MORSEThe good news is that Florida enjoyed an exceptionally warm winter. The bad news is that this means bugs of all kinds will be abundant this spring and summer. Mosquitoes, termites, roaches, ants, bees, aphids and mealy bugs will all be out in force. What can a person do about this potential onslaught of insects? Most of the pesky indoor bugs can be kept outside by making your home hard to get into. Caulk cracks. Check screens optimally 16-18 mesh to ensure they fit and are free of holes or tears. Trim bushes so they are not touching the building. Make sure doors and windows have good weather stripping. Screen the chimney and other vent flues during mosquito season. Two keys to controlling cockroaches one of Floridas most common household pests are prevention and sanitation. The highest concentration of cockroaches is usually around garbage cans and refrigerators, so keep these areas clean and seal up garbage so they cant get to food. Remove their living areas by sealing all cracks and crevices with caulk. Keep mulch and woodpiles away from the house. Grocery bags and corrugated cardboard are favorite breeding sites for cockroaches, so store them outside or put them in the trash. Most insects require a certain amount of moisture to survive. Get rid of sources of water both inside and out. Tighten or patch leaky pipes, drain sinks immediately after use, and empty the pans under refrigerators. Replace the water in pet dishes daily, change the water in bird baths and wading pools every few days, check roof gutters and remove any plugs so they drain well, and eliminate any kind of standing water. A half-cup of water can produce enough mosquitoes to cause a problem. Stock ornamental ponds with Gambusia fish that feed on mosquito larvae and promote good insects such as dragonflies. Keeping landscape plants healthy will thwart pest bugs. Watering and fertilizing only when needed can accomplish reducing the growth flushes that attract pest insects. Watering should be adapted to the weather (temperature and day length) and how much rain has fallen. Identify bugs before beginning any control measures. There are some beneficial insects that can help take care of pest problems, but only if you dont kill them. Many times the worst pest infestations can be cured by beneficial insects or by removing highly infested branch tips. If insecticides are warranted, try using those that are less toxic to humans, such as insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils and Bacillus thuringiensis. If insect pests continually plague plants, consider replacing them with a different kind of plant. Plants that are located in the wrong place or not cared for properly are generally sickly and pest-prone. Choosing the right plant for the site goes a long way toward having a healthy, lower maintenance landscape. If you feel you must use chemicals as a last resort, try baits to treat indoor pests such as ants and roaches. They generally offer better control than sprays and, in addition, cause less exposure to harmful chemicals. Bug proofing a Florida home completely isnt easy or even possible. But when do-it-yourselfers use a combination of these methods, most pests can be controlled. For more information on identifying, preventing or treating pests, contact your local University of Florida Extension. Our Lawn and Garden Help Desk is located at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, and is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We also have a Lawn and Garden Help Line which can be contacted at 727-582-2110 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. You also can visit our websites at www.AskEx tension.org or www.PinellasCountyExtension.org for more information. Jane Morse is a University of Florida/IFAS extension agent, Pinellas County. Growing WiseJane Morse


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We cant return letters to the editor. Picture this: A powerful Muslim nation, intending to wipe out a ruthless band of terrorists, invades the United States. During the next 10 years, the Muslims overrun the USA and, to a large degree, eliminate the terrorists. However, in the process, the avenging Muslims kill thousands of innocent Americans and turn much of the countrys landscape into a hellish shambles. After a decade of chaos, the Muslims begin to withdraw. One day, a small band of Muslim soldiers acting on the orders of superiors who wouldnt know their ears from their elbows burn a collection of Holy Bibles, just to get them out of the way. Hearing of this, outraged American Christians rise up and try to destroy as many Muslims as they can get their hands on. Query, would you blame them? Answer: Of course not. The foregoing scenario is pretty much what has taken place in Afghanistan during the past three weeks, except that (A) the books burned were copies of the Koran, (B) the offending soldiers were Americans, and (C) the protesters were Muslim civilians who, quite understandably, dont enjoy seeing foreign invaders of another faith burn the writings of Mohammed. Long after the U.S. military has courtmartialed the persons responsible for ordering the burning of the Koran, this colossal stupidity will fuel violent attacks on American troops and NATO advisory groups. The Koran-burning is the latest in a series of ominous wake-up calls that have bombarded the White House and the Pentagon. Separately or together, recent events from Afghanistan add up to one unmistakable message: its time for the United States (and all NATO forces) to get out of Afghanistan. Not in 2014. Not next year. Not at the end of 2012. Now. Right now. As fast as a withdrawal can be performed. The U.S. sent forces into Afghanistan for one reason: to find and kill members of Al Qaeda, the terrorist organization responsible for the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. During the ensuing years, much of the Al Qaeda force in Afghanistan has been destroyed. Unfortunately, two other developments have come into play. One, Al Qaeda has moved to other convenient regions, such as Pakistan and Yemen, from which they can easily plan and direct attacks on the West Two, the U.S. government and people somehow deluded ourselves that we could rebuild Afghanistan into something resembling a democracy. That idea is madness. In its long and bloody history, Afghanistan has never been a democracy or any other form of stable, organized government. The nation is a tangled nightmare of warring tribes with no common purpose beyond survival and victory over whoever strays within a tribes gunsights. Added to the tribal conflicts has been the ancient loathing that the Sunni and Shiite branches of the Muslim faith display toward each other. During the Wests occupation of Afghanistan, a degree of progress has been made toward developing a representative and independent government. But the news emerging from Kabul these days strongly suggests that nothing but trouble lies ahead for Afghanistan and any other nation stupid or unlucky enough to be mired in the Afghan swamp. Political corruption is rampant. The nations president, Hamid Karzai, is believed by most observers to be little more than a self-serving crook. Insurgents of various stripes carry out weekly or daily bombings that NATO forces seem unable to prevent. Recent polls show that most Americans are sick of the Afghan war and its toll in our soldiers lives, as well as on U.S. taxpayers dwindling available cash. So why is the U.S. so slow in ringing down the nowbloodstained curtain that George Bush & Co. so fervently raised after the 9/11 attacks? Possible or probable reasons include these: No sitting administration wants to be tagged a cut-and-run gang, especially with a presidential election coming up. The U.S. military-industrial complex, which to a large degree runs our country, doesnt want our Mideast involvements to end before another nation-building effort (i.e., war) can be started. For the Pentagon and its affiliates, wars are good and, indeed, necessary. In wartime, money flows; generals are promoted; new careers are launched. A more lofty rationale for a slow western withdrawal from Afghanistan is that a sudden departure of troops and advisers would cause an abrupt collapse of the admittedly shaky infrastructure that occupying forces have thus far built. This could very well happen. So what? The disintegration of Afghanistan is likely no matter when it occurs. A curious feature of the current political campaigning is that few of the candidates have taken a strong position for or against our Mideast fighting. The candidates may not care, but millions of thinking Americans do.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at tralee71@comcast.net.Afghan pullout should be immediateAndrew Breitbarts heart was too big to fail, but it did anyway If you dont know who Breitbart was, you havent been paying attention. A conservative activist, entrepreneur, author, muckraker, media pioneer and performance artist of sorts, in his heart he was a radical. His friends saw him as a fearless truthteller and provocateur. (The word fearless will have to be retired from overuse when all of his obituaries have been written.) His enemies, and they are legion even in death, saw him as the vilest creature who ever slithered upon the earth. Within hours of the news, Twitter lit up with repugnant and ghoulish statements from left-wingers celebrating the premature death of a man with four small children. I wont repeat them because the ones printable in a family newspaper arent representative, and the ones that are representative arent printable. Andrew relished such attacks, truly, because they proved to him that he was having great effect in his work and that his opponents had run out of serious arguments. This is not to say that Andrew was beyond criticism. He made mistakes. He took full swings at some pitches he should have just let go. He overstated some things that needed to be said, and said some things that didnt need to be said at all. He was a human run-on sentence who showed deference to no punctuation mark save the exclamation point, a conservative Tasmanian Devil from the Bugs Bunny cartoons we both grew up on, whirling and whizzing through anything in his path. Giving him a dose of Ritalin to treat his hyperactivity would be like throwing a glass of water on a five-alarm fire. But the hatred his enemies had for him overshot his faults like a dart thrown past the board and over the moon. Others will talk of his accomplishments: working for the Drudge Report in its infancy, creating websites and businesses, pioneering new forms of media and exploiting the inherent weaknesses and pieties of the old media. And many who knew him will talk of his personal kindness: how the only times he slowed down were when he needed to lend an ear, do a favor or talk about how much he loved his family. Those things matter more than the politics, but they are not what made him a public figure. If being kind and loving your family made you famous, countless plumbers, carpenters and accountants would be famous too. No, what made him a public figure is what drove him to leap into battle day after day. Andrew had profound contempt for those on the left who claimed a birthright to a monopoly on virtue and tolerance. He rejected in the marrow of his bones the idea that conservatives needed to apologize for being conservative or that liberals had any special authority to pronounce on the political decency and honesty of others. Indeed, when liberals called him (or his heroes) racist, Andrew paid them the compliment of taking them seriously. He truly felt that to call someone a racist was as profound an insult as could be leveled. To do so without evidence or logic was a sin. He believed, rightly, that much of establishment liberalism hurls such charges as a way to bully opponents into silence, and he would not be bullied. That was why, for instance, he offered a reward of $100,000 (payable to the United Negro College Fund) to anybody who could prove tea partiers hurled racial epithets over and over at black congressmen walking past them to vote on ObamaCare, as several alleged. No one got paid because the charge recycled over and over by the media was a lie. The Internet was a boon to Andrew because it exposed liberalisms undeserved monopoly on the narrative one of his favorite words. Minutes won awards for hidden cameras, but when he used the same technique to embarrass liberals, such tactics were suddenly proclaimed ethically beyond the pale. The joke was on the scolds because they had to cover the stories anyway. And the stories got results. Congress defunded ACORN. Heads rolled at NPR. Andrew understood that news and arguments change politics if you can get the news and arguments to the people and if you dont let those who dont like what you say define you. Whatever his faults, that was my friends great and remarkable strength: He never let the bastards get him down. That took away his enemies greatest power, and they hated him all the more for it.Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of the forthcoming book The Tyranny of Clichs. 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Lean on that horn and siren at the same time, Clyde, as they roll through that intersection that hasnt seen a car come through it for 10 minutes. These are the same idiots who jump medians and drive in the wrong direction on East Bay Drive only to go two more blocks, shut down their lights and sirens, and slink into a parking lot. Guess some other cowboy beat them to that fender bender where they were not needed anyway, but some stupid policy says that the dispatcher cannot call them off even when the police are on the scene and report that there are no injuries. They have to see it with their own eyes. Of course, in doing so, they have to run everyone off the road behind them for miles. Now they block two lanes of traffic while they find out they are not needed. Well, no sense rushing off, lets catch up on whats new with the FD boys and girls who are also not needed here and have decided to block the one remaining lane of open traffic. Google Americas noisiest cities and lets keep up the good work; there is always next year to capture this coveted title the Realtors will love you for doing so. James Precious LargoCongress easily fooled by U.N.Editor: The United Nations was formed after World War II as a vehicle for world leaders to promote world peace, human rights and economic development. Tragically today, the U.N. has evolved into a corrupt and propaganda machine. For example, let us consider the U.N. budgeting progress. The U.S. taxpayers hard-working money has been the largest contributor of the U.N. budget. From my perspective, this is an outrage. Furthermore, the U.N. has descended into anti-American and anti-Israeli extremism. Morever, the U.N. General Assembly and Security Counsel are hamstrung by China, Russia and Syria. Additionally, they turn a blind eye to terrorism. Shamefully, the U.N. ignores the fact that approximately two years ago Irans leaders had the audacity to announce their nuclear weapons are complete. Iran threatened to first use them on Israel and parts of Europe. Nonetheless the U.S. Congress is easily fooled by the U.N. I suggest they get to work and defund the U.N. population dues, which will ultimately reward the United States taxpayer. Joan Atkins Palm HarborJeffersons statement misconstruedEditor: There is no such language separation of church and state in the Constitution. The wording of the Amendment is Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The intent of the Constitutions framers was to prevent a state-run religion, such as Englands Anglicanism, headed by the king. In a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802, Thomas Jefferson assured them the Constitution would not ever limit an individuals free expression of religion, reiterating the Constitutions intent. Jeffersons statement was turned around by an activist court in the 1947 case, Everson vs. Board of Education, to mean that the framers of the constitution meant to keep religion out of government. This ruling has become one of the greatest enemies of religious freedom in our nation. Nancy Davis SeminoleView of bailout shortsightedEditor: Republican criticism of the decision to bail out the American automobile industry indicates a collective failure on their part to take into consideration some vital extenuating circumstances. The first of these is that, in spite of the fact the industries mismanagement and shortsighted business models contributed to the problems, there were many well run and operated businesses dependent on their survival. Had General Motors and Chrysler entered into bankruptcy, millions of jobs and thousands of companies would have failed, resulting in economic disaster for the nation. Would Ford have been far behind? The second problem is more long term but we cannot overlook the effect the failure of this segment of our manufacturing industry would have in regard to our national defense. Think if you will where we would have been on Dec. 8, 1941, had there been no automobile industry and no automotive plants with skilled workers, engineers and managers to mobilize for national defense. Where else would we have produced so quickly and so efficiently the planes, tanks and trucks necessary to win World War II? Perhaps the Republicans feel we could order them from China and Russia, the worlds other major arms manufacturers. Robert Shaw Madeira BeachHelp businesses surviveEditor: Recently on a visit to Redington Beach and Madeira, both beautiful beaches, I noticed a couple of small shops, and I could hardly see them. No big signs or arrows showing the way to lets say Joes Shop. I was told they were not allowed to have signs on Gulf Boulevard pointing to their shops. Being very much in favor of small businesses, I think some new ideas should be brought to your boards and rethink this distress to small business. Twenty-five years ago I ran two motels. Mom and pops, so to say. Sunset view. As long as a business is clean, sticks to the laws and pays for his license, why not help him make a living? I am too disgusted with the cities catering to the rich. Lets do a turnaround now. Darlene Lentis Sun City Center Jonah Goldberg


20A Health and tness Beacon, March 8, 2012 ObituariesRecognizing that some readers wish to share the life and loss of a loved one with the community, Tampa Bay Newspapers publishes paid obituaries in our weekly papers. The deadline for submitting obituary information is 9 a.m. on Monday, for that weeks papers. Obituaries will publish in all six of our papers. Obituary information should include: full name, age, city and date of death. You may also choose to include the names of living and/or predeceased relatives, work history, clubs and/or activities that they participated in. If you wish to include the name of the funeral home handling arrangements keep in mind that we are a weekly publication and the paper may publish after the services have taken place. For further information, including cost, please call Tampa Bay Newspapers at 727-397-5563, or you can submit your information through our Web site, www.TBNweekly.com, or by e-mail at: obits@TBNweekly.com.80510 030112 112411 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. 021612Todd Clarkson, D.O. Donald Collins, D.O. Ronald Mall, D.O. Roger Schwartzberg, D.O.,F.A.A.I.M. Betsy Parker, A.R.N.P Gail Quail MSN, A.R.N.P.C. John Jarboe A.R.N.P. Marianne Fisher CEO FAMILY PRACTICE &INTERNAL MEDICINE Our Mission is Keeping You HealthyNew Patients WelcomeFAMILY PRACTICE & INTERNAL MEDICINE2 Locations to Better Serve YouHumana, Medicare & Most Insurance AcceptedOakhurst Medical Clinic 13020 Park Blvd. Seminole, FL 33776 (727) 393-3404 East Bay Medical Center 3800 East Bay Dr. Largo, FL 33771 (727) 539-0505 oakmed.com021612Todd 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 Monica Doyle D.M.D., P.A.11240 Park Blvd. The Park Collection, next to Einstein Brothers Bagels727-398-0085 You Too Can Have A Beautiful Smile! 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The laser nail fungus procedure only takes 15-20 minutes. Shoes and nail polish can be worn immediately after the treatment.Dr. Dale R. MonastPodiatric Physician & Surgeon Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgeons CARD OF THANKSMay the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world, now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer nine times a day. By the 8th day your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. Thank you and God bless you, St. Jude.D.H.030812 Hearing loss? It may be time for an audiologistIt is estimated that 31.5 million people report having hearing difficulty that is approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population. Did you know that: 15 percent of baby-boomers (ages 45-64) have hearing loss, 29 percent of people over age 65 have hearing loss, the majority (65 percent) of people with hearing loss are below retirement age, and at least 1.4 million children have hearing problems. These statistics are sometimes startling because of the common myths that surround hearing loss; such as: hearing loss affects only elderly and if I had a hearing loss, my family doctor would have told me. Research by the National Council on the Aging on more than 2,000 people with hearing loss as well as their significant others demonstrated that hearing aids clearly are associated with impressive improvements in the social, emotional, psychological, and physical well-being of people with hearing loss in all hearing loss categories from mild to severe. Hearing loss treatment was shown to improve: earning power, communication in relationships, intimacy and warmth in family relationships, ease in communication, emotional stability, sense of control over life events, perception of mental functioning, and physical health. Continued research in the field of hearing loss coupled with technological advancements has created breakthroughs in the identification of how we hear. This greater understanding has led to audiological advances for hearing loss treatment making help available for almost anyone with hearing loss. Your audiologist can help determine the type and degree of your hearing loss, as well as the style and type of hearing aid that would most appropriately fit your hearing loss. Common signs of hearing loss include: Require frequent repetition. Have difficulty following conversations involving more than two people. Think that other people sound muffled or like theyre mumbling. Have difficulty hearing in noisy situations, like conferences, restaurants, malls, or crowded meeting rooms. Have trouble hearing children and women. Have your TV or radio turned up to a high volume. Answer or respond inappropriately in conversations. Have ringing in your ears. Read lips or more intently watch peoples faces when they speak with you. If any of the situations above apply to you, you might have a hearing loss and it is time to have your hearing tested. Hearing problems can get worse if left untreated. To find out if you have a hearing loss, contact your local Audiologist for an evaluation. Private Health Insurances, Medicare, and Medicaid will cover the cost of the hearing test.Dr. Heidi Roberts is an audiologist and owner of Island Audiology, 13999 Gulf Blvd., Suite C-4, Madeira Beach. Health mattersDr. Heidi Roberts Health notes Library to host health discussionSAFETY HARBOR Dr. Melo Ramirez will present a program on wellness and health on Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N. Ramirez, chiropractor and wellness expert will discuss steps to achieve a healthy lifestyle while increasing energy naturally. Call 724-1525, ext. 112.Chicago, ACS team up CLEARWATER Chicago has teamed up with the American Cancer Society for the third year in a row to give fans a chance to bid to sing with the legendary rock and roll band with horns during their tour across the United States. Fans across the country will be able to bid on a package that includes a meet-and-greet with Chicago, two premium tickets, backstage passes and a special opportunity to sing the classic hit song If You Leave Me Now onstage with the band during the concert. Fans can bid in the auction at www.cancer.org/singwith chicago. All proceeds directly benefit the American Cancer Societys fight against breast cancer. In 2010, the band joined forces with the American Cancer Society, the Official Sponsor of Birthdays, to create Sing With Chicago, a highly successful promotion that has raised more than $130,000 to fight breast cancer.


Community 21A Beacon, March 8, 2012 Obituaries Nancy Ann BAKER90, passed away on February 27, 2012 in Seminole, Fla. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, and was a Legacy member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Nancy retired to Florida after 35 years as a teacher-librarian. She promptly launched into over 12 years of civic service; to include homeowners associations, Crime Watch programs and U.S. Census surveys. She served as a Kenneth City, Fla. Councilwoman for six years, and two years as the citys first female Vice-Mayor. She was named their Citizen of the Year. She is survived by her sister-in-law; two nieces; two nephews and great aunt to their 11 children. She is predeceased by her parents and brother. Nancy loved the concept of angels and emulated their cheerfulness and kindheartedness. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Freedom Squares Town Hall in Seminole. Arrangements are entrusted to A Life Tribute Funeral Care with interment in Pittsburgh, Pa. Church And Temple DirectoryS022312 Friday Sabbath services 7pm17th St. & 29th Ave., St. Pete. 345-7777 www.jewishheritage.net/Email: rabbi@jewishheritage.net Beth-El ShalomMessianic Congregation 71411 FRIENDSHIP COMMUNITY CHURCHA Congregational Christian Church, everyone welcome 152 TreasureIsland Causeway Treasure IslandNorth of ClockTower 398-6342 Bible Study Wednesday 6:30 p.m.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. 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I may go a little overboard, but I am very careful where I let my kids go. I have two little girls ages 6 and 7. They are still pretty young, so I really dont let them out of my sight. We live on a really nice street. Our neighbors seem good. I have known a lot of them for years. I like talking to the neighbors when I walk around the block, but I dont know everyone. I know you cant prevent everything, but I sure try to at least be aware of my surroundings. I have found several law enforcement and county websites that are a great source of information to find out about sexual offenders and predators as well as crimes in your neighborhoods. You can do the research yourself for free. I even signed up for email alerts from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and crime reports, so I dont have to remember to check the sites. If you havent done a website search with the FDLE around your home, you should. It is pretty simple to do. You just log into the www.FDLE.state.fl.us and go to the Offender Alert System. There, you can sign up for emails to be sent to you if an offender or predator moves into your area. You also can check and see how close an offender may live to you. I want to know, so I can be aware. I am fortunate that I dont have any sexual predators or offenders in my neighborhood. I not only check my own home, but the area around my childrens school and the homes of my immediate family. I let them know when I get any alerts, so they can be aware too. The crime report for your neighborhood is on the Pinellas County government website. You log into www.pinellascounty.org and click on the Crime Viewer tab. You then put in your address and crimes in your area pop up. You also can get email alerts for crimes that happen in your area. Im not sharing this information with you to scare you, but to inform you and make you think before you leave your child at someones home for a birthday party, play date or a sleepover. You also want to be careful who you let babysit your children. You really need to make sure the person you are leaving your child with doesnt have a criminal background. Arent your kids worth going the extra step and making sure that where they are hanging out is a safe place? To me, my children are my pride and joy. I want to make sure I am doing everything I can to protect my children. Kadi Hendricks Tubbs, mother of two girls ages 6 and 7, lives in Seminole. Church news First Baptist Church of Indian RocksLARGO Moms at Heart will meet Monday, March 12, 9 to 11:30 a.m.; and Wednesday, March 14, 6:45 to 8 p.m., in the Education Center, Room EC252, at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road. The group meets monthly. Moms at Heart offers an environment of encouragement and support, a place to make new friends, find parenting help and learn new skills. Expectant moms, single moms, married moms, working moms, stay-at-home moms and grand moms are welcome. Register online at www.indianrocks.org. For general information about First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, call 595-3421 or visit www.indianrocks.org.St. Catherine of Siena ChurchCLEARWATER Wards Seafood Market will sponsor a fish fry fundraising event Friday, March 16, at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1955 S. Belcher Road. Cost is $8. For advance tickets, call 531-7721.Briey Weedon to host Wee-TimesST. PETERSBURG Wee-Time at Weedon will be presented Thursdays, March 8 and 22, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. This free program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fourth Thursday of each month, children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. Preregistration is required. To register, call 582-2100 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. For information, call 453-6500.Great Weedon Bird Quest setST. PETERSBURG The Great Weedon Bird Quest will be Friday, 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.wee donislandpreserve.org.Weedon to host guided hikesST. PETERSBURG Guided hikes will be offered Saturdays, March 10, 17, 24, 31, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Attendees will learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while going along on this free guided hike. Participants should bring water and a snack. A hat and closed-toe shoes also are recommended. The hike is best for ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonis landpreserve.org.Weedon to host photography hikeST. PETERSBURG A wildflower photography hike will be offered Saturday, March 24, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The free event will offer participants the perfect opportunity to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, highlighting specific wildlife behaviors, guides will assist participants in capturing the natural beauty in photos. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Brooker to present Book TimesTARPON SPRINGS Book Time at Brooker will be offered Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Designed for children ages 3 to 5, this free program connects attendees to the wonders of the natural world. In addition to hearing a great story, children will participate in a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story that is read. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Call 582-2100 or visit www.brooker creekpreserve.org.Brooker to host bird hikeTARPON SPRINGS The Birds of Brooker hike will be offered Saturday, March 10, 8 to 10:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Attendees will hike to observe and collect data on the fall migratory songbirds flocking to the preserve. Closed-toe shoes, water and a hat are recommended. Attendees also may bring binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras. The free hike is best suited for adults. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit www.brook ercreekpreserve.org.Brooker to host plant hikeTARPON SPRINGS The Native Plants of Brooker Creek Hike will be offered Saturday, March 17, 8 to 10:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Attendees will hike to learn about the diverse native plant life found in the preserve and the natural communities they inhabit. Closed-toe shoes, water and a hat are recommended. The free hike is best for ages 6 and older. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit www.brook ercreekpreserve.org.Brooker to host guided hikeTARPON SPRINGS A guided hike will be offered Saturday, March 24, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Attendees will take a walk through time on a guided hike. Participants will have an opportunity to look at how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. All ages are welcome, although children 5 and younger may find this hike challenging. Preregistration is required. Visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org or call 453-6800.Fort De Soto to offer guided walksTIERRA VERDE Free, guided nature walks will be offered on the following days at 10 to 11 a.m., at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S.: Saturday, March 10 A guided walk on the beach trail is planned. Sunday, March 11 A guided walk on the arrowhead trail is planned. Saturday, March 17 A guided walk on the campground trail is planned. Saturday, March 24 A guided walk on the soldiers hole trail is planned. Sunday, March 25 A guided bird tour is planned. Saturday, March 31 A guided walk on the beach trail is planned. Guests will enjoy the beauty of Fort De Soto Park with a one-hour nature walk great for the entire family. To register and for tour information and meeting locations, call 5521862. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/park.Book club to meetSAFETY HARBOR The Safety Harbor Public Librarys Pickwick Book Club will meet on Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m., at 101 Second St. N. The club members will discuss The Sun Also Risesby Earnest Hemingway. Light refreshments will be served. Visit pickwickbookclub.weebly.com.Computer classes offered for seniorsCLEARWATER Clearwaters Senior Citizens Services offers basic computer classes each week at 1204 Rogers St. The basics class is Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and the beyond the basics class is Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon. Classes are limited to 8 to 10 people. Reserve a spot by calling 4428104. Cost is $25 for the course.Drivers class offeredPINELLAS PARK The Pinellas Park Elks Lodge No. 2217 has partnered with AARP to provide a safety drivers class on Thursday, March 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the lodge, 7550 40th St. N. The cost is $14 for lodge members or $12 for AARP members. Call 544-2325. Mom 2 MomKadi Hendricks Tubbs


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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesBeacon Section B March 8, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com GRnc This weeks top 5 Pow Wow Festival March 9-11, at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N., Seminole. The festival gets under way March 9 at 5 p.m. and continues to 11. Exit 28 will provide music. Armbands, allowing unlimited midway rides, cost $20. The second day starts with the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m. The midway will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Armbands are $20. On stage entertainment will feature Jessica Reavis, 1 to 3 p.m.; Troy Duncan Band, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and the Impacs, 7:30 to 11 p.m. There will be a fireworks display from 8:30 to 9 p.m. On Sunday, the midway will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Armbands will sell for $15. The annual Childrens Extravaganza will be presented from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Kiwanis Truck is set from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Seminole Community Library. The Florida Orchestra: Rock On Broadway part of the Pops Series, Friday, March 9, 8 p.m., at the Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org. The performance will be repeated Saturday, March 10, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. A final performance will be presented Sunday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Its a rockin night on the Great White Way with peace, love and electric guitars. The concert will feature music from the best rock musicals of the s, s and s, such as Rent, Chess, Hair, Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Godspell. The concert will feature Stuart Malina, conductor; Andra Burns, vocalist; and Ron Bohmer, vocalist. 1964 The Tribute, Friday, March 9, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets range from $35 to $45. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. The Tribute has perfected the illusion of The Fab Four in concert. Hot on the heels of their 11th concert at Carnegie Hall, The Tribute will once again dazzle a whole new generation of fans while staying true to the memories many have held dear for over 40 years. Like actors, these master musicians cast a spell as they step into the characters of the originals members of The Beatles. For more than 26 years, this group of performers has successfully recreated every sensation of being at a Beatles concert circa 1964 through 1966 from wardrobe to hairstyles, Liverpool accents and singing nuances, and vintage instruments. Radium Girls, by D.W. Gregory, presented by West Coast Players, March 9-25, 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. Set in 1926, the play examines a group of women working in a factory painting radium on watches. When the women come down with a mysterious disease, they battle with their employer for justice. Henry Rollins Saturday, March 10, 8 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets range from $29.50 to $36.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Rollins is on The Long March tour. While economic uncertainty and political upheaval define the global landscape on a broad scale, expect Rollins to bring the human (and often humorous) side to light during The Long March as he shares stories from the road less traveled including recent visits to North Korea, Mongolia, Bhutan, Vietnam, India, Tibet, Sudan, Uganda, Haiti and Cuba. Henrys relentless globetrotting to far-flung and often misunderstood corners of the globe is also the focus of his latest book, Occupants, his first book of photos from his travels. Penetrating observations and incisive essays accompany the photos as Rollins juxtaposes the disturbing legacy of war and conflict with the hope, bravery, and kindness of humans around the world; the tragic effects of hunger and poverty with the strength and beauty of those living in dire circumstances. Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:John CarterGenre: Action, adventure and science fiction Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe Director: Andrew Stanton Rated: PG-13 Based on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter is an action/adventure set on the wild and mysterious planet of Barsoom (Mars) with its unfamiliar inhabitants: the warring Red Men of Zodanga and Helium, the savage Tharks and the manipulative and all-powerful Therns. Once a world rich with life and civilization, Barsoom is now a dying planet, devastated by conflicts that have raged for more than 10,000 years. The Zodangans, lead by Sab Than, battle with the Heliumites, whose beautiful Princess Dejah Thoris strives to find a solution that will end the fighting and save her beloved planet. When war-weary American Civil War veteran John Carter is unexpectedly transported from a remote cave in Arizona to the red planet, the balance of power is tipped. The change in gravity gives Carter extraordinary abilities. His apparent super powers flummox the warring tribes and make him a powerful asset to any who can capture him. He is initially found and enslaved by the Tharks, but Carter wins the respect of their leader, Tars Tarkas, who risks everything to help him escape the fearsome tribe so that he may find a way back home. With the assistance of Dejah Thoris and Sola, a Thark woman who is entrusted with his care, Carter embarks on the perilous journey to the sacred Gates of Iss in the hope of returning to Earth. 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St. Patricks Day Feature $15.90Potato-Leek Soup or Garden Salad w/Green Goddess Dressing Moist-sliced Corned Beef Spicy horseradish mustard Cabbage, Potatoes & Sweet Carrots Warm Bread & Butter 030812 St. Pete Bagel Co.Since 1987 Featuring Kosher, N.Y. Style Bagels, Bialys, Doughnuts, Gourmet Coffee, Grilled & Deli Sandwiches11987 Indian Rocks Road Largo 727.286.6145FREE1/2 lb. of Cream Cheese w/purchase of 6 BagelsVALIDLARGOLOCATIONONLY EXPIRES3/29/12.www.StPeteBagelCo.com BAGELS ARE BOILED FRESH EVERY DAY! 030812 Then one day, the tables turn. When Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honor for scholarship in the country, his vanity and desperate need for validation are exposed. His son, Uriel, is thrilled to see his fathers achievements finally recognized but, in a darkly funny twist, is forced to choose between the advancement of his own career and his fathers. Will he sabotage his fathers glory? Footnote is the story of insane academic competition, the dichotomy between admiration and envy for a role model, and the very complicated relationship between a father and son.Moody Blues celebrate Days of Future Passed at REHCLEARWATER The Moody Blues will celebrate the 45th anniversary of their landmark Days of Future Passed album with a performance Tuesday, March 13, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $45 to $95. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The Ruth Eckerd show is the bands third stop on its 32-city 2012 U.S. tour titled The Moody Blues: The Voyage Continues Highway 45. The tour continues through April 21, ending in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The band will head to South Africa immediately following the U.S. tour for two dates in Capetown and Johannesburg. The band, whose legacy spans four decades of hit-making and sell-out tours, continues to entertain audiences with their timeless music. The Moody Blues No. 1, Top 5, Top 10, Top 20, Top 40, Multi-Platinum, Platinum and Gold albums and singles have generated sold-out tours on a consistent basis over the course of several decades, making them one of the top-grossing album and touring bands in existence. The band has sold in excess of 70 million albums worldwide and has been awarded 14 platinum and gold discs. Their vast roster of hits includes songs such as Nights In White Satin, Tuesday Afternoon, Ride My See Saw, The Story In Your Eyes, Isnt Life Strange, Question, Im Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band), Your Wildest Dreams, and I Know Youre Out There Somewhere. The Moody Blues released their first full studio album, Days Of Future Passed, in 1967; however, another album, The Magnificent Moodies, was recorded in 1964 and released in 1965. It was Days of Future Passed, though, that brought the band into the spotlight. A concept album, Days of Future Passed was recorded with the London Festival Orchestra and spent more than two years on the Billboard charts. The album established The Moody Blues as pioneers in progressive and classical rock and spawned two singles that would become rock classics, Tuesday Afternoon and Nights in White Satin. The bands subsequent discography includes In Search of the Lost Chord, 1968; On the Threshold of a Dream, 1969; To Our Childrens Childrens Children, 1969; A Question of Balance, 1970; Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, 1971; Seventh Sojourn, 1972; Octave, 1978; Long Distance Voyager, 1981; The Present, 1983; The Other Side of Life, 1986; Sur la Mer, 1988; Keys of the Kingdom, 1991; Strange Times, 1999; and December, 2003. Universal Music Enterprises recently released a new Moody Blues greatest hits collection in two editions titled Icon and Icon 2 single disc and double disc formats. The releases include The Moody Blues legendary hits and fan favorites from their 14 studio albums that have spanned more than 35 years of groundbreaking music. With their 2012 tour, the legacy of The Moody Blues continues to live on.The Moody Blues take the stage March 13 at Ruth Eckerd Hall.Photo courtesy of ROGERS & COWANFrom the beloved director of Chocolat and the screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire comes the inspirational comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. A visionary sheik (Amr Waked) believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, and he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative (Emily Blunt) to turn the dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britains leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Ministers overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on to it as a good will story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.A Thousand WordsGenre: Comedy Cast: Eddie Murphy, Clark Duke, Kerry Washington and Justina Machado Director: Brian Robbins Rated: PG-13 If you only had a thousand words to say before you die, how would you use them? Thats what Jack McCall (Eddie Murphy), a selfish, fast-talking literary agent must now learn to do live without words. Brian Robbins film A Thousand Words tells the story of how one man is forced to stop talking in order to learn how to truly communicate with his wife (Kerry Washington), family and friends.Silent HouseGenre: Horror and thriller Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Haley Murphy and Adam Barnett Director: Chris Kentis and Laura Lau Rated: R Studio: Open Road FilmsThe following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.The Decoy BrideGenre: Comedy and drama Cast: Alice Eve, Kelly Macdonald and David Tennant Director: Sheree Folkson Not rated When the wedding of internationally famous film star Lara Tyler (Alice Eve) to tweedy English author James Arber (David Tennant) is sabotaged by a paparazzo, they decide to relocate the event to the one place where the worlds press wont find them: the sleepy Island of Hegg, as featured in James bestselling novel The Ornithologists Wife. But to the shock of Laras P.A Steve Korbitz (Michael Urie), the reality of the island is different from the romanticized picture James has created (without ever visiting), and he has to transform this fantasy world before the superstar arrives. However, dilapidated buildings and greedy islanders are the least of the problems that the wedding party and their Hollywood entourage have to deal with, as Marco (Federico Castelluccio) the ingenious paparazzo tracks them down in his mission to photograph the celebrity wedding of the year. Steve and his assistant Emma (Sally Phillips) must find a decoy bride and think that local girl Katie (Kelly MacDonald) will be an ideal replacement. But when Katie meets James, sparks fly, dresses get ruined and love gets complicated. Will Katie be able to fool the awaiting media and live up to being a stand-in for the worlds most famous movie star? Can an ordinary girl fill the most famous Manolos on the planet? And whatever will happen to her pledge never, under any circumstances, to fall in love again? FootnoteGenre: Drama Cast: Shlomo Bar Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Alisa Rosen, Alma Zak, Daniel Markovich, Micah Lewesohn, Yuval Scharf and Nevo Kimchi Director: Joseph Cedar Not rated Footnote is the tale of a great rivalry between a father and son. Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. Meanwhile his son, Uriel, is an upand-coming star in the field, who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition. OPENING, from page 1B


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Expires 3/31/121280 Missouri Ave., Clearwater441-1650030812 Voted Best Sushi in PinellasRoyal Thai CuisineVoted Best Thai Restaurant in U.S.A. Casual Fine Dining Continental and Mediterranean Cuisine163 Treasure Island Causeway Treasure Island727-360-9151 030812 9395 BAYPINESBOULEVARD Breakfast & Lunch NEW LUNCH ITEMSCUBAN GYROGREEKSALAD030812 no, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. Admission is $7 and includes a dance workshop, professional and amateur exhibitions, dance hosts and snacks. For information, call 397-5754. USA Dance Monday, April 30, 7 to 10:15 p.m., at Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. Admission is $7 and includes a dance workshop, professional and amateur exhibitions, dance hosts and snacks. For information, call 397-5754.Largo Funny Girl, with book by Isobel Lannart, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, 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.eighto clocktheatre.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. 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. Tomaseen Foleys Irish Times Saturday, March 17, 4 and 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. Call 5876793. Just in time to help celebrate St. Patricks Day, Foleys Irish Times will perform some traditional Irish music, song, dancing, and stories drawn from rural Ireland in 1940s live on stage. Following up on the success of Tomaseen Foleys A Celtic Christmas on national tour every Christmas season for the past decade Tomaseen now introduces his new show, Irish Times. It features some of the finest Celtic artists performing today, including Grammy-Award winning Celtic guitarist William Coulter, World Champion level traditional Irish dancers, and of course native Irish storyteller Tomaseen Foley. 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. Yesterday and Today Friday, March 30, 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $27 in advance and $32 the day of the show. Call 587-6793. The national touring sensation, Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience, is unique, standing apart from any other Beatles tribute out there. The band does away with the wigs and the accents and just concentrates on the Beatles music. The audience is encouraged to fill out a request form with their favorite Beatles song and reason why they chose the song. Those requests are organized five minutes before show time. The audiences requests make the set list for the evening and their stories provide the evenings narrative. Oldsmar The 51st annual Oldsmar Days and Nights Festival Friday through Sunday, March 23-25, at R.E Olds Park on the shores of Old Tampa Bay in Oldsmar. The theme of the event will be Classic Cars, Classic Rock, Classic Florida. Sponsored by the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, this three-day festival will include Oldsmars only annual parade, a full slate of music by some of the Tampa Bay areas top bands, a large carnival, car shows and a wide array of vendors. For vendor information, call Mark Howe at 813-855-4233.Pinellas Park Beyond the Rainbow, Friday through Sunday, March 9-11, at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors age 65 and older. Call 275-7050 or visit www.salernotheatre.com. Salerno Theatre will present this Judy Garland tribute featuring the songs and music that made Garland famous. We Three Plus One Sunday, March 11, 1 to 4 p.m., at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Sponsored by the Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society, admission is $20 for guests and $15 for society members. For reservations, call 397-1875. We Three Kings Plus One features Bob Draga on clarinet.St. Petersburg Florida Focus Exhibition: A Celebration of Contemporary Florida Art ; through March 17, at Studio @ 620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Retired art museum director, Ken Rollins, turns 70 years of age in March. In celebration of this occasion, he has curated an exhibition of the work of many artists with whom he worked over a 30year art museum career. The exhibition features 32 artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, glass, metal, performance and installation. The artists hail from Miami to Jacksonville, Tallahassee to Orlando and throughout Tampa Bay. The exhibition will be on display during gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Call Admission is free. Call 895-6620 or visit www.studio620.org. 1964 The Tribute, Friday, March 9, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets range from $35 to $45. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. The Tribute has perfected the illusion of The Fab Four in concert. Hot on the heels of their 11th concert at Carnegie Hall, The Tribute will once again dazzle a whole new generation of fans while staying true to the memories many have held dear for over 40 years. Like actors, these master musicians cast a spell as they step into the characters of the originals members of The Beatles. For more than 26 years, this group of performers has successfully recreated every sensation of being at a Beatles concert circa 1964 through 1966 from wardrobe to hairstyles, Liverpool accents and singing nuances, and vintage instruments. Tommy Tune, Sunday, March 11, 7 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets range from $35 to $45. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. Tune Broadways legendary song and dance man will hit the stage high-stepping through his nine-time Tony Award winning career. Tune will celebrate 50 years on the Great White Way. In his show Steps in Time, he sings, dances and laughs his way through those glorious musical moments that made him a theater legend. This Broadway biography in song and dance features the Manhattan Rhythm Kings. Red, by Jonathan Logan, presented by American Stage Theatre Company, March 16 through May 6, 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. Winner of six 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Play, Red follows Mark Rothko in his New York studio in the late s, painting a group of murals for the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. He gives orders to his young assistant, Ken, as he mixes the paints, makes the frames, and paints the canvases. Ken, however, questions Rothkos theories of art and why he accepted such a commercial commission.Treasure Island Bobby Tess and the Dixie Chaps, Thursdays, March 8 and March 22, 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. Chita Rivera, Saturday, March 17, 9 p.m., at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. Tickets are $45. Call 367-4511 or visit www.theclubti.com. The legendary performer is a two-time Tony Award-winner, a nine-time Tony Awardnominee, and a 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The renowned Broadway star of West Side Story, Chicago, CanCan, Guys and Dolls and Kiss of the Spider Woman, Rivera will perform the greatest hits of her illustrious career at The Club at Treasure Island.Clearwater Red Hot Show, through March 24, 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. Admission is free. The studio is open Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 446-4566 or visit www.studio1212.org. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, with music and lyrics by Carol Hall and book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson; presented by Francis Wilson Playhouse, through March 11, at the playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13 for students. Call 446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org. Winner of three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards in 1978, the show tells the true story of the Chicken Ranch, a Texas brothel caught in the middle of a television crusaders campaign. Filled with colorful characters, the production contains adult situations and language. What is Susans Secret, by Michael and Susan Parker, presented by Early Bird Dinner Theatre, through April 22, 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. An elderly couple, Michael and Susan Edwards, runs the Cider Mill Inn, a rustic and somewhat run down country guesthouse. While they are endearing characters, they are in fact con artists. With a complicated check-in form, they manage to get various tradesmen to sign work contracts for improvements needed at the inn. Field of Dreams, Tuesday, March 13, 3 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $5. Call 7917400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, and Burt Lancaster in his final motion picture, Field of Dreams is widely considered one of the quintessential baseball films of all time. The film follows an Iowa corn farmer who, upon hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards. Roger McGuinn, Thursday, March 17, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets range from $39 to $49. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. McGuinn, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, was already a veteran of the New York and Los Angeles music scene when he co-founded the group that would become the Byrds with Gene Clark and David Crosby in 1964. Their songs, Mr. Tambourine Man and Turn! Turn! Turn! (For Everything There Is a Season) went to No. 1 on the music charts in 1965 and spoke to an entire generation. Eight Miles High also is a guitar-line classic. McGuinn disbanded the Byrds in 1973 to pursue his dream of a solo career. He made five solo albums on Columbia Records. Arista records released Back From Rio in 1991, a rock album that included his friends, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Michael Penn and John Jorgensen. Bob Newhart, Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $35.50 to $70. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Newharts career has spanned two successful television shows and 14 feature films. He has sold millions of albums worldwide and still performs to sell-out crowds all over the country. Fans flock to Newharts live performances to hear such standards as The Driving Instructor, Sir Walter Raleigh and The Submarine Commander. These timeless classics are enjoyed by young and old alike in sold-out concert halls across America. Joining Newhart will be accomplished film and stage actor, recording artist, radio personality and author Deana Martin, who carries on the legacy of her famous Rat Pack father, Dean Martin. Dunedin Black Honkeys Thursday, April 5, following the Dunedin Blue Jays season-opener at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. The Black Honkeys will play a concert on the field immediately following the Blue Jays game against the Clearwater Threshers. The cross-town rivals will open the season with a 6:30 p.m. on April 5. The Black Honkeys have been voted Best of the Bay in Creative Loafing magazine as the Best Local Soul/R&B/Funk Act in the Tampa Bay area, and they consistently sell out venues throughout the area. 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Indian Rocks Beach location only. Must present coupon. Expires 3-31-12Not valid with any other coupon or offer. Indian Rocks Beach location only. Must present coupon. Expires 3-31-12Indoor & Outdoor Drinking & Dining F F R R E E E E !$ $5 5 O O F F F F Fresh Fried Onion Rings AppetizerPurchase of $20 or more. Lenten Special Fried Flounder Dinner $10.99 What would Dr. Seuss think of Hollywoods take on The Lorax?I am the Lorax! I speak for the trees, Which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please Dr. Seuss, The LoraxWhen the creators of Despicable Me announced that they would harvest the fruitful literary imagination of 20th century childrens book author and cartoonist Dr. Seuss to adapt The Lorax, fans of Seuss gave a reluctant shudder. Recent cinematic adaptations have been woefully subpar, bordering on banal, bloated and basically bizarre. The new film, produced by Illumination Entertainment and released by Universal Pictures, employs dazzling computer animation to bring to life the rich visuals of Seuss book, offering vibrant imagery and slick action sequences. Where it succeeds in capturing the feel of the book, however, it muddles Seuss primary message and abandons much of the linguistic charm of his original work. In its original form, The Lorax is a classic tale about a forest guardian a fable offering a warning about the potential pitfalls of an industrialized society and the dangers it poses for the environment. It also includes a strong but subtle argument against uncontrolled consumerism. The animated adventure follows the journey of 12-year-old Ted who searches for a real Truffula Tree not because hes a zany tree-hugger, but because it happens to be the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams, Audrey. To get a Truffula Tree, Ted must find the enigmatic Once-ler and learn the story of the Lorax, an acerbic yet charming character who fights to protect his world. The Lorax features the vocal talents of Danny DeVito as the Lorax, Ed Helms as the Once-ler, Zac Efron as Ted, Taylor Swift as Audrey, Rob Riggle as OHare, Jenny Slate as Teds protective mother and Betty White as Teds wise Grammy Norma. Seuss style his penchant for eccentric characters and whimsical speech is missing from The Lorax. Instead, Ted, the protagonist, is a relatively generic teen hero who sets out to impress a girl by going on an adventure. Other characters suffer from the same lack of depth. The films musical numbers are engaging, but they reverberate with the sound of Broadway, not the voice of Seuss. OHare stands as the films primary villain, an odious personification of greed. The film fails to make the connection between the citizens of Thneedville and OHare clear, however, particularly from a childs perspective. Younger audiences most likely wont realize that OHare only exists through the complicity and selfish consumerism of people of Thneedville. While it lacks the profundity and charm of Seuss book, The Lorax is still an enjoyable childrens film. It just falls short of the original and when adapting Dr. Seuss, it isnt easy to match his genius. The Lorax does a better job than most. The Lorax does manage to successfully convey Seuss timeless message about environmentalism and the need to conserve resources. Though it is littered with conventional Hollywood plot points and two-dimensional characters, it plants a seed of hopefulness and promotes the idea that even one person can make a difference: Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. Its not. As to what reaction one might expect from Theodor Seuss Reel TimeLee Clark Zumpe Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss hed probably offer a mixed review of wonderment and disappointment. On the other hand, the endless parade of toys the film will inevitably spawn and the fact that the Lorax is currently hawking SUVs would almost certainly horrify Dr. Seuss, who passed away at age 87 in 1991. The Lorax (Danny DeVito) stands with the Bar-ba-loots, SwomeeSwans and Humming-Fish.


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