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Volume 39, No. 42 December 21, 2017 Features Bridal Guide . . . . . . . . . .14A Classi eds . . . . . . . . . .4-7B Community . . . . . . .17-18A, 20A County . . . . . . . . . . . .6-8A Entertainment . . . . . . . .1-3, 8B Faith & Family . . . . . . . .10-11A Health & Fitness . . . . . . . .12A Just for Fun . . . . . . . . . . .2B Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . .16A Pets of the Week . . . . . . . . .19A Schools . . . . . . . . . . . .13A Seminole . . . . . . . . . . .3-4A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . . .15ACall 727-397-5563 For News & Advertising ENTERTAINMENT Jays spring training County reaf rms funding commitment to the Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin facility ... Page 7A.Read Lee Clark Zumpe's complete review of the latest Star Wars installment... Page 3B.‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is ‘a spectacular tour de force’ At the box of ce"The Greatest Showman," starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron, to open this week. "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" and "Father Figures" to hit theaters as well. ... Page 1B. SEMINOLE SPC to host former right wingerA former member of a violent rightwing extremist group who left that lifestyle and now promotes love will be the featured speaker at a dinner program on Jan. 25 sponsored by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College. ... Page 3A. By TIFFANY RAZZANO Tampa Bay NewspapersSEMINOLE City Council denied a rezoning request for property on Lake Seminole slated as the future home of an affordable senior housing development at its Dec. 12 meeting. In a 5 to 2 vote, councilors voted against allowing developers to build 22 additional units on the property. Vice Mayor Roger Edelman and Councilor Bob Matthews voted in favor of the development. The site, located at 9575 Seminole Blvd., was originally developed as a hospital in the 1970s and has been vacant for a number of years. The low-income housing development is a collaboration between the Pinellas County Housing Authority and Norstar Development. There's signi cant need for affordable housing in Seminole, said Brian Evjen, director of development for Norstar. If the project moved forward as planned, it would have targeted individuals 62 and older who are at or below 60 percent of the area's median income of $46,000 a year. One bedrooms would cost $600 per month, while two bedrooms would cost $700 per month to rent. There are around 1,900 Seminole residents at or below the poverty line, Evjen added. "We want to address that need," he said. The PCHA originally purchased the property for $1.375 million in 2013 with the intention of developing 100 units of affordable housing on 4.58 acres of the 13.12-acre site through a 33 percent density bonus permitted by the state. This density allowance has since changed, however, after a 2017 update to the property's Coastal High Hazard Line left PCHA with less developable land. City zoning only permits 65 units to be built on the site. The developers requested a city zoning variance for the property to Request deniedCity Council turns down rezoning request for low-income housing project Winterfest Christmas Tree LightingPhoto SUBMITTEDSenator Jeff Brandes, his wife, Natalie, and children joined the city of Seminole at its Dec. 16 Winterfest Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Seminole Recreation Center. Brandes and his family helped conduct the lighting. By SUZETTE PORTER Tampa Bay NewspapersThe best advice for those planning to take a trip over the holidays is to leave early and avoid peak travel times. AAA The Auto Club is forecasting that a record-breaking 107.3 million travelers plan to spend the holiday away from home, traveling at least 50 miles from Saturday, Dec. 23 to Monday, Jan. 1, which is the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase over last year. AAA says 2017 is the ninth year in a row that more people have planned to travel for the holidays with an increase of 21.6 million, or 25 percent, since 2005. Travel has increased for other major holidays this year Memorial Day, Independence Day and Thanksgiving. "Overall, our research shows that Americans are doing better than last year and want to go somewhere for the holidays," said Vicky Evans, assistant vice president for AAA Travel, in a press release. "Whether they are going home or visiting a new destination, Americans have more money to nance their travel plans, thanks to a stronger economy and growing consumer con dence." AAA predicts record holiday travelersSt. Pete-Clearwater International Airport issues parking advisorySeminole Lake Rotary celebrates 10-year Jamaican partnershipPhoto SUBMITTEDThe Poinciana tree planted in front of Operation Friendship in Kingston, Jamaica. The tree was planted 10 years ago when The Rotary Club of Seminole Lake and The Rotary Club of St. Andrew in Kingston created the employment training center. Both the center and the tree are thriving today. By TIFFANY RAZZANO Tampa Bay Newspapers SEMINOLE Ten years ago, Rotary Club International began encouraging partnerships between clubs in neighboring Caribbean nations. Rotary offered these clubs matching grants at district and international levels to enhance their efforts on joint projects. The Rotary Club of Seminole Lake found it had a personal connection with the Rotary Club of St. Andrew in Kingston, Jamaica one of the men in the Seminole Lake group had a daughter in Jamaica and a friendship quickly formed between the clubs, said George Bessler, Seminole Lake president. Dubbed Operation Friendship, the clubs quickly got to work to create a Kingston employment center and work training program geared towards young men ages 18 to 25. Crime was a significant issue among this demographic, Bessler explained. "I really loved the concept of this project," he said. "[This demographic was] causing so much of the crime in the city because they had no other options. They had no vocation."This training center provides them VIEWPOINTS Tom GermondToo much #*%! technology.... Page 15A. FAITH & FAMILY Mom 2 MomIt's not too often Florida kids get to play in freezing cold temperatures and throw snow balls. 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Seminole 3A Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017 The Beacon. A tradition in your neighborhood. Around SeminoleSPC hosts ex-hater now advocate for toleranceSEMINOLE A former member of a violent right-wing extremist group who left that lifestyle and now promotes love will be the featured speaker at a dinner program on Jan. 25 sponsored by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College. Titled "Full of Hate: The Toll of Violent Extremism," the forum will be from 6-8:15 p.m. in the Conference Center at the Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. N. Media co-sponsors are the Tampa Bay Times and WEDU Television. Tickets are $25, or $20 for students and educators. Angela King, a Florida native who turned to hate groups as a student to escape being bullied, will describe her journey from extremist hater to author, scholar and crusader against hate. She will be joined by a panel of experts representing groups most often targeted by hate groups: Jews, Muslims, blacks and LGBTs. Serving a six-year term for her part in a hate crime in 1998, King found kindness and respect in prison from some of the very people she had hated on the outside. That transformative experience led her to co-found Life After Hate, a non-profit organization dedicated to compassion and forgiveness that helps hate group members disengage from that lifestyle. Hate groups are on the rise as is the violence their members generate. Since the violent marches last August in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one woman dead and dozens injured, Americans are regularly confronted by white nationalists, neo-Nazis and "patriot" militias spewing messages of hate at political rallies, street marches, over the air waves and, most predominantly, on the internet. Since the presidential campaign of 2015-2016 and the populist movement sparked by President Trump, the hate industry has undergone a resurgence. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported 917 hate groups in 2016, a gure which includes a 197 percent increase in anti-Muslim groups, from 34 in 2015 to 101 currently. There were only ve such groups in 2010. That surge was accompanied by a spike in hate crimes, with almost 1,400 reported in the first three months of Trump's presidency and 6,121 reported in 2016, a 4.6 percent increase from 2015. The Anti-Defamation League reported an 86 percent spike in anti-Semitic incidents in the rst quarter of 2017. What prompts people to join violent hate groups? How do their actions affect the American political scene? How does the Trump administration's nationalistic bent broaden their appeal to mainstream America? And how do these groups impact the lives of the minority groups they despise? King and the panel will discuss their real-world experiences as they explore these questions in depth at the forum. Joining her in that discussion will be: Gina Duncan, director of Transgender Equality, Equality Florida; Hassan Shibly, chief executive of cer, Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida; and Jack Packer, professor of history, St. Petersburg College. The moderator will be Maura Sweeney, principal, Living Happy Inside Out. Advance registration is required at seeks basketball coachesSEMINOLE The city of Seminole Recreation Division is seeking volunteer coaches for its youth basketball league. Practices are held Monday/ Wednesday evenings, and games are played on Saturdays. Practice begins Dec. 11 and the season runs Jan. 6 through March 3. All basketball games are held at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex: 9100 113th St. N. For information, call 727-3918345 or visit Club meets weeklySEMINOLE The Scrabble Club meets at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N., Tuesday, 1 to 5 p.m. This is a free event. All skill levels are welcome. Attendees are requested to bring game boards if they have one at home. Call 727-394-6923 for more information.Business consultant to visit chamberSEMINOLE Yolanda Cowart with Pinellas County Economic Development will be at the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, 7777 131st St. N., Suites 7-8, the second and fourth Wednesday of each month or by appointment. Call 727-392-3245 for more information.Chess clubs meet at librarySEMINOLE Chess players of all ages (children, teens, and adults) and all levels of play (beginning, intermediate, or advanced) are invited to attend the Two Towers Chess Club (second and fourth Mondays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.) or the Seminole Chess Club (Wednesdays, 6:308:30 p.m.) at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. The Two Towers Chess Club is especially for beginners and youth, with chess coaches on hand to teach, encourage and critique. The Seminole Chess Club is for players who already know the rules and etiquette of the game. Boards and pieces are provided or feel free to bring your own. The clubs are free and open to the public, and no registration is required. Call 727-394-6923 for more information.Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets weeklySEMINOLE Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets Tuesdays, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. Guests ages 18 and older are welcome. This event is free and open to the public. This personal development program is ideal for supervisors and leaders or those aspiring to learn vital leadership and communication skills. Contact Dennis Hamel at 727374-2612 or visit guidance available at librarySEMINOLE Medicare bene ciaries, their caregivers, and family members who have questions or concerns about Medicare and related health insurance topics have a new place to turn to. 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4A Seminole Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017answer questions about Medicare, Medicaid, prescription assistance, long-term care planning and more. The new site at the Seminole Community Library will allow the program to reach more community members who may be unaware of SHINE and the bene ts the program offers. SHINE volunteer counselors can even assist eligible Medicare bene ciaries to nd programs that lower prescription drug costs or provide prescription drugs at no cost. Appointments are available monthly on the second and third Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 727-394-6909 to make an appointment. For more information, call 1-800-96ELDER (1-800-963-5337), or visit www. Junior WomanÂ’s Club meets monthlySEMINOLE The GFWC Seminole Junior Woman's Club meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N. The group is dedicated to serving the community, particularly through programs helping children. Club activities include providing dinner to families at the Ronald McDonald House in St. Petersburg and the SJWC's annual "Share Our Spirit" food drive, which helps feed Seminole children during the winter holiday break. Those interested in learning more about the SJWC are welcome to attend the meetings. Call 727-251-1037, email GFWCSeminole@ or visit for more information.Kiwanis Club meets weeklySEMINOLE The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N. All are welcome to attend. For more information, email kiwanisclub Rotary Club to meetSEMINOLE The Rotary Club of Seminole meets weekly on Wednesdays at noon at the Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Blvd. Email for more information.City collecting food donationsSEMINOLE Mayor Leslie Waters encourages citizens to help stock the shelves at the Interfaith Food Pantry. Drop-off locations are: City Hall, 9199 113th St. Interfaith Food Pantry at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 9530 Starkey Road Seminole Garden Apartments, 8275 113th St. Seminole Chamber of Commerce, 7777 131st St. N., Suites 7 and 8 Freedom Square, 7800 Liberty Lane Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church, 8505 113th St. Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd. Seminole First Baptist Church, 11045 Park Blvd. N. Vintage by Design, 5141 Seminole Blvd. Monetary contributions also are welcome and can be mailed to the Interfaith Food Pantry, P.O. Box 7071, Seminole, FL 33777. Donation pick-ups are available if necessary. Call 727-418-1204 for more information.Welsh Society to meet monthlySEMINOLE The Welsh Society of the Suncoast meets the third Tuesday of every month at noon at Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church, 8505 113th St. For more information, visit welsh Legion hosts weekly eventsSEMINOLE American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., holds a cookout every Sunday at the Tiki Bar from 1 to 5 p.m. The monthly spaghetti dinner is held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol. For more information, call 727-391-6324.Civil Air Patrol Oakhurst Cadet Squadron meets weeklySEMINOLE The Civil Air Patrol Oakhurst Cadet Squadron meets Tuesday nights at Oakhurst Methodist Church, 13400 Park Blvd. N. The cadet program, deisgned for youth ages 12 and up, focuses on aerospace and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) academic subjects as well as leadership, fitness and character development. For more information about the squadron, visit or www. West Coast Swing dance lessons offeredSEMINOLE Free West Coast Swing dance lessons are offered first and third Fridays, 8 p.m., at Crystal Blue Ballroom, 10527 Park Blvd. N. West Coast Swing is a six-count, slotted partner dance that uses a variety of music formats. Contact Tina Castle at for more information.Kiwanis Breakfast Club meets Tuesday morningsSEMINOLE The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets on the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 7:15 a.m., in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd. The group features speakers from different organizations. Visit or call 727-319-8343 for more information.GFWC Pinellas Seminole WomenÂ’s Club meets monthlySEMINOLE The GFWC Pinellas Seminole Women's Club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, 11 a.m., at Freedom Square, 7800 Liberty Ln., in the Roskamp Auditorium. Meetings include lunch and a guest speaker. The club is involved in the community through scholarships for local students, and donating funds to local charities, including Shepherd's Village and Honor Flight. Call 727-772-3803 for more information. Recreation complex offers woodcarving, woodburning classesSEMINOLE Woodcarving and woodburning classes are held Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St., N., Seminole. For more information, contact Robert and Carolyn Marek at 727-807-9454. AROUND, from page 3A with the skills they need to find work in Jamaica's tourism industry, Bessler said."Now they're able to contribute to their families," he said. "And there's been a decrease in crime and they provide better hospitality to tourists." Up front, each club put $7,000 towards the project, which became a $50,000 matching grant recipient. Since its creation, it's cost nearly $2.5 million to maintain the program. The Jamaican Ministry of Justice has assisted the Rotary with the costs of this project. At the beginning of this partnership, a Poinciana tree was planted at Operation Friendship as a symbol of the groups' relationship. Since 2007, 2,200 young men have graduated from the program, said Bessler, who was a part of the first four-person group from Seminole Lake to make the trip to Jamaica to work on this project. Graduates are certified by Jamaica's HEART Trust National Training Agency, which ensures the standards of the program. This year marked one decade since the friendship formed. Seminole Lake is less involved in the training center, which is now run by the Kingston club and the city's government, Bessler said. But the club still supports the St. Andrew's group's efforts. He was pleasantly surprised to find the Poinciana tree they planted 10 years ago thriving along with the Operation Friendship program. He said he was "completely shocked" by how well the tree is doing, considering how skinny it was when they planted it. More importantly, he's impressed by the impact Operation Friendship has had on the Kingston community. "I've done a lot of projects and this is probably one I'm most proud of being involved in," Bessler said. Floridians are no exception with 5.6 million planning to travel, a 3.3 percent increase over 2016. The majority will travel by automobile 97.4 Americans including 5 million Floridians. Another 6.4 million Americans are expected to y, including 306,000 from the Sunshine State. And 3.6 million Americans, including 211,000 Floridians, will travel by train, bus, rail or cruise ship. AAA says airfares are about 20 percent cheaper than last year and average $165 for a round-trip ight for the top 40 domestic routes, which is a ve-year low. St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport is expecting that parking may be a problem for holiday travelers with ights booked Dec. 18-29. Of cials say that over the Thanksgiving holiday, the airport had its highest demand for parking and almost ran out of space. A parking advisory has been issued due to the potential to run out of space in December. Passengers are advised to arrange to be dropped off and picked-up at the airport rather than planning on parking. Passengers also are advised to arrive two hours prior to departure time, which is a recommendation for those ying from any airport during the holidays. Motorists also are advised to allow plenty of time to arrive at their destination. INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, and AAA are predicting that travel times during the holiday week could be up to three times more than normal. Drivers will likely encounter most road congestion in the late afternoons on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 2021. "With record-level travelers hitting the road this holiday, drivers must be prepared for delays in major metros," said Graham Cookson, chief economist and head of research at INRIX. "Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak times altogether or consider alternative routes." Gas prices shouldn't be an issue, with costs about the same as last year. In Florida and the Tampa Bay area, the average cost of a gallon of unleaded on Christmas Day 2016 was $2.32. On Dec. 15, the average cost was $2.39. The national average was $2.45. But AAA says pump prices could go down before the end of the year by as much as 10 cents due to strong gasoline production and supply levels. For those seeking lodging on the way to their destination or at their destination, expect to save about 2 percent on rates compared to last year. A AAA Three Diamond hotel nightly rate is $156 and a stay at a Two Diamond hotel is $121, 5 percent cheaper than 2016. Rental cars are still more expensive, going for an average of $74 a day, up about 11 percent, which won't be a concern for those who take their own vehicles. AAA recommends making sure your vehicle is in good shape before hitting the road. Check the tires and batteries, which are among the most common reasons motorists call AAA for roadside assistance. AAA advises motorist to get plenty of rest before setting out and to schedule breaks every two hours or 100 miles to stay alert. Also, don't drive distracted. Designate a passenger to serve as navigator and to send or answer text messages. "No matter where you're headed for the holidays, it is important to make safety a priority," said Amy Stracke, executive director of the Auto Club Group's Traf c Safety Foundation and managing director of Traf c Safety Advocacy. "Always buckle up and make sure everyone in the vehicle does the same. Also leave early so there's no need to rush and avoid distracted and impaired driving." Suzette Porter is TBNÂ’s Pinellas County editor. She can be reached at courtesy of ST. PETE-CLEARWATER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTPlanes will be arriving and taking off at a record pace as holiday travelers ock to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport the last two weeks in December. There is a parking advisory in place and passengers are advised to have someone drop them off and pick them up to avoid overcrowded parking lots. change it from residential low medium to residential medium from 10 units per acre to 15 units per acre, Ely said. This zoning change would allow an additional 22 units 87 total to be built on the property. "We'd like to believe this would create very little impact for the surrounding area," Evjen said. City staff recommended councilors deny the request to permit these additional units, because it doesn't meet city code, Ely said. He noted that in October the city's Development Review Board also unanimously voted against the project because of inconsistencies with city planning. "At the end of the day, this is a legislative policy decision," Ely said. "Ultimately, the buck starts with you all, and you all are policy makers for the city of Seminole." PCHA put the property on the market prior to the Dec. 12 meeting, said Debra Johnson, executive director. Anticipating that the council might not approve rezoning the property, the PCHA "wanted to see what the options would be," They have received interest from developers who want to build apartments on the property. Several Seminole residents spoke out against granting the rezoning request, including former City Councilor Dan Hester. He felt that granting the request would open "Pandora's box." He also maintained that there "is a sufficient amount of affordable housing in the city," nodding to Seminole Gardens Apartments and similar developments. "It's not needed in Seminole," he said. "I can think of a number of different areas in our county that desperately needs this product." Councilor Jim Quinn said he had "no problem" with the development. However, he didn't want to go against the recommendations of the city's staff or DRB. "If we do that now on waterfront property, everybody and his uncle are going to come with something else down the road," he said. Opportunity for us to take care of something for the elderly. Photo SUBMITTEDSeminole Professional Fire ghters Local 2896 collected more than $10,000 in toys, games, bicycles and cash donations Dec. 16 while standing outside the B ay Pines Walmart. These toys and funds will bene t underprivileged children supported by the Saint Vincent DePaul Society homeless program. Pictured with the re boat and toy donations is Seminole Fire Rescue District Chief Lance Volpe.Fill the Boat Macedonia Delegation DayPhoto SUBMITTEDThrough the American Council of Youn Political Leaders in Washington, D.C., a delegation of eight Macedonian political leaders, including three members of Parliament, visited the city of Seminole earlier this month. The group attended the Dec. 12 City Council business meeting and met with city leaders the next day. ROTARY, from page 1A TRAVELERS, from page 1A HOUSING, from page 1A


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6A County Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017Pinellas commits TDC funding for Jays spring training facility By SUZETTE PORTER Tampa Bay NewspapersCLEARWATER Pinellas County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Dec. 12 reaffirming the commission's commitment of Tourist Development Tax funds to the city of Dunedin for its spring training facility capital project. However, agreement may not be unanimous when the negotiated deal comes back probably sometime in January. Some commissioners would like to see the county's share reduced with the Toronto Blue Jays taking on more of the funding. In April, commissioners voted unanimously to support up to $46.5 million to construct a new spring training facility for the Jays. At that time, some expressed the desire to reduce that amount of the county's share. After staff negotiations, the amount now being requested is $41.7 million. The estimated cost for the entire project is just over $81 million with the Jays funding about 25 percent. The remainder would come from the city, which is applying to the state for additional funds. Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski talked about the many benefits to the city and the county from the relationship with the Jays since 1977. She said she was excited about the agreement with the Jays for 25 more years. The city approved and executed a new license with the team Nov. 2 agreeing to maintain the Dunedin spring training facilities following the renovation, remodeling and/or re-construction of improvements. Representatives from the Americans for Prosperity spoke in opposition to using public funding for the spring training facility. "AFP-FL opposes corporate welfare and taxpayer handouts to professional sports teams because it is not the role of the government to take money from taxpayers and redistribute those funds to private business ventures, and it has been proven that when these incentives are deployed taxpayers see a poor to negative return on investment," the group said in a letter. Another 20 people sent in comment cards opposing funding of the Blue Jays' facility. Commissioner Ken Welch explained that the money to fund the facility is coming from the TDC tax, aka bed tax money, and cannot be spent on public safety, housing, sewers, education or anything other than what state law allows. State law allows the money to be spent on sporting venues and other expenditures that promote or benefit the tourism industry. Welch said he would like to see the county pay a smaller share, but pointed out that Dunedin is a small city compared to St. Petersburg or Clearwater, so the county has to pay more. "Toronto has never been anywhere other than Dunedin," he said. He said the team provides benefit to the county, adding that if Pinellas lost a baseball team, it would reduce the chances of getting others. Commissioner Dave Eggers added that the state had made a commitment to spring training decades ago. He said it was part of the fabric of the county and the state. "Since 1977, Toronto has been a good partner," he said. "They want to be here. They love the county and the city." Commissioner John Morroni said if funding the training facility increased sales tax or any local tax, he would oppose it. But since the money comes from the bed tax paid by those who stay at the county's hotels and motels, he supports providing the funding. He suggested to those that don't want to pay not to stay at local hotels or motels. Commission Chair Janet Long thanked staff for the hard work done to negotiate the county's share, reducing it by $5 million. She said she would support the resolution to move it forward. "But I won't support it when it comes back," she said. "There's a finite number that we can and can't afford." She suggests cutting the cost of the entire project down or asking the Blue Jays to pay more. "It's a great deal for the club and for Dunedin, but I think there is a better deal for Pinellas County," she said. Commissioner Karen Seel agreed with Long, adding that a training facility is more privately used than a public stadium. In other business related to the Tourist Development Council, the commission unanimously approved revisions to the elite event funding guidelines and the capital projects funding program guidelines. The Blue Jays spring training facility is being funded through the TDC's capital projects program. Suzette Porter is TBN’s Pinellas County editor. 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County 7A Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017 County newsPinellas County employees share holiday cheerCLEARWATER Pinellas County employees rolled 126 new bicycles down the hall and steps of the County Courthouse, 315 Court St. in Clearwater, Dec. 14. The bikes were moved from their in-lobby display, loaded onto county trucks and transported to Pinellas County Human Services offices in St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The bikes will go to deserving families that have been identified through the county's Human Services department, including customers of the Family Housing Assistance Program, the Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services Holiday Lane Market Place Program, and Duval Park, a community for veterans with disabilities and their families. Now in its 31st year, the bicycle drive is a team project led by the Pinellas County Real Estate Management department and supported through donations made by Pinellas County government employees. This year, more than $11,000 was donated. County employees have also joined together to spread holiday cheer this season by ful lling wish Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONSBikes donated by Pinellas County employees displayed in the courthouse in downtown Clearwater before employees roll them out and onto County trucks for distribution Dec. 14. COMPLEXITY, MEET SIMPLICITY. When retirement can stretch on for decades, even the most educated among us can nd themselves lost in planning for it. That's where our nancial advisors come in. With a client- rst commitment and the resources of a leading independent nancial services rm behind us, we can help bring order to your nancial life so you're free to focus on what matters most. See what a team of Raymond James advisors can do for you. LIFE WELL PLANNED. JIM CONLIN, CFPSenior Vice President, Wealth Management Branch Complex Manager // Belleair, Clearwater, Trinity 2401 West Bay Drive // Largo, FL 33770 T 727.584.8615 // T 800. 237.0153 // F 727.587.0196 // Board owns the CFP¨ marks in the United States2016 Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC. Raymond James¨ is a registered trademark of Raymond James Financial, Inc. 16-BR32D-0060 Complexity EG 7/16012617-S 121417 I f y o u h a v e b e e n s t r u g g l i n g t o h e a r c o n v e r s a t i o n s o r t e l e v i s i o n i n If you have been struggling to hear conversations or television in a n y e n v i r o n m e n t C A L L U S T O D A Y W E C A N D O M O R E F O R L E S S any environment CALL US TODAY! WE CAN DO MORE FOR LESS H e a r i n g A i d s I t ’ s W h o W e A r e I t ’ s W h a t W e D o Hearing Aids It’s Who We Are. It’s What We Do. H a p p y H o l i d a y s Happy Holidays f r o m o u r f a m i l y t o y o u r s from our family to yours! F R E E I N H O U S E FREE IN-HOUSE R E P A I R S REPAIRS For over 77 years, Beltone is the most trusted name in hearing care among seniors With 1,500 locations nationwide, Beltone is the largest hearing care network in the USA! Expires 12-30-17 Expires 12-30-17 See NEWS, page 8A


8A County Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017 NEWS, from page 7A lists for seniors, holding food drives for those in most need and collecting toys for children and teens.Community policing deputies, Home Depot provide Christmas treesSEMINOLE For the third consecutive year, deputies assigned to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Of ce Community Policing Unit have partnered with a local Home Depot store to donate and help deliver Christmas trees to families in need. The Home Depot store at 10550 Park Blvd. in Seminole donated 13 Christmas trees along with ornaments and lights to reach out and help families who could not afford a Christmas tree this holiday. Deputies met at the Home Depot store Dec. 15 where deputies and Home Depot staff loaded up trucks and then traveled to homes in the Lealman, Highpoint and Ridgecrest neighborhoods to deliver the trees. Deputies with the Community Policing Unit identi ed the families in need through their daily work in the community.Youth discount available for Florida resident sportsman’s licensesCLEARWATER The Pinellas County Tax Collector's Of ce is offering sportsman's licenses for youth at a reduced cost. Gov. Rick Scott issued a proclamation discounting Florida Resident Sportsman's License fees by 25 percent for residents ages 17 and younger. The discount is in effect through Dec. 31. The lifetime license covers freshwater and saltwater recreational shing, hunting, and most of the associated permits. The license usually costs up to $1,000. With the discount, a lifetime sportsman license for ages 0-4 is $300, for ages 4-12, $525, and for ages 1317, $750. Sportsman's licenses may be purchased in person at Pinellas County Tax Collector branch of ces and online at Residency must be veri ed. In addition, drivers may elect to have their lifetime sportsman's designation added to an original or renewed driver license for a $1 fee. According to the governor's proclamation, "hunting and fishing have a celebrated history in Florida, including Florida's recognition as the Fishing Capital of the World ... It is important to introduce Florida's youth to outdoor activities that instill conservation values." For more information about Florida hunting and shing licenses, visit shinglicenses/.PSTA chooses Transit as of cial appST. PETERSBURG The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority has chosen Transit as its official app, naming it the best smartphone application for getting around Pinellas County. Transit is the most popular public transit app in North America, counting millions of active users in over 140 cities, including the Tampa Bay area. Transit has an easy-to-use interface that features PSTA's realtime arrival information, a trip planner, and stop-bystop directions. Its home screen displays nearby transport options and departure times in big text and bright colors. Transit users can also see real-time availability for Coast bikeshare and request Uber rides from within the app. By partnering with Transit, PSTA is building upon existing public schedule information to create a seamless experience for transit riders in Pinellas County. The endorsement comes at no cost to the agency. "There are multiple trip-planning apps on the market right now, but what makes Transit the of cial app of PSTA is its ability to encompass multiple modes of transportation as part of the trip-planning process," said PSTA CEO Brad Miller. "PSTA has poised itself towards becoming a regional mobility manager for the Tampa Bay area and endorsing an app that integrates multiple modes of transportation is a major part of that forward-thinking shift." As part of the agreement with Transit, PSTA will have access to new data about how its riders are using the app and planning trips. Transit will also be advertised as PSTA's of cial app via social media, as well as onboard buses and trolleys throughout Pinellas County. "Partnering with a single app makes it clear to riders where they can go for information," said Sophie Le Blanc, Business Development manager for Transit. "What's more, some anonymous user data we receive from riders will be shared with PSTA to help support its planning and operations." Transit is available to download for iPhone and Android at and nears for free disposal of used sandbagsAfter distributing more than 445,400 sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Irma, Pinellas County is asking residents to dispose of sandbags that have come in contact with floodwaters at the Pinellas County Solid Waste Disposal Facility, free of charge, by 6 p.m. Jan. 6, 2018. Sandbags must be separated from other waste. After Jan. 6, the standard disposal rate of $37.50 per ton will apply. The sand brought to Solid Waste will be stockpiled, tested and analyzed. All non-contaminated sand will be recovered and reused for future county projects and/or sandbag issuance. For sandbags that have not come in contact with floodwaters, residents are encouraged to keep the sandbags and store them for reuse. The sand can be spread on lawns or used in landscape beds. If residents choose to dispose of sandbags, they are asked to place empty bags in their garbage for disposal and not in the recycling bin. Residents are asked to not dispose of full sandbags or sand with their regular curbside trash or yard debris. Sand does not burn and will not convert to energy in the county's Waste-to-Energy Facility. Sand is also abrasive and will damage equipment used to grind yard debris into mulch. The Pinellas County Solid Waste Disposal Facility is located at 3095 114th Ave. N., in St. Petersburg. For more information, please call Pinellas County Solid Waste at 727-464-7500.Vacancies announced for Lealman Citizen Advisory CommitteeApplications are now being accepted for three appointments to the Citizen Advisory Committee for the Lealman Community Redevelopment Area. Mandatory applications can be found at www. and must be received no later than Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at noon. The purpose of the Citizen Advisory Committee is to advise the Community Redevelopment Agency for the Lealman CRA on the community redevelopment plan and any amendments thereto, and on issues and policies with the Lealman CRA. The committee was created to set up the framework for establishing and administering the Lealman Community Redevelopment Area. The committee has nine members who are appointed by the Pinellas County Commissioners. Applicants must be residents, business and/or property owners or other stakeholders from within the Lealman Community Redevelopment Area. The by-laws of the Lealman Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Committee are available online at www. Presently the committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month; however, meeting dates may be canceled or adjusted as needed. The Board of County Commissioners will review applications and make its selections at an upcoming meeting. Please note: All materials submitted to Pinellas County government are subject to the public records law of the State of Florida. Tampa Bay Newspapers Bridal Guide A monthly feature showcasing weddings across Tampa Bay. 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10A Faith & Family Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017Making memories in the Florida cold!It's not too often Florida kids get to play in freezing cold temperatures and throw snow balls. Even though we've felt some bitterly cold temperatures lately, it's nothing like the 9-degree temperatures in Orlando at Gaylord Palms Resort's ICE! This year the theme is Christmas Around the World. Recently my family was invited to experience ICE! It is in its 15th season and is a self-guided walkthrough experience of a winter wonderland, where 2 million pounds of colorful ice have been carved into larger-than-life ice sculptures by some of the nest artisans from Harbin, China. This year the sculptures represent holiday scenes from various nations, including a two-story ice sculpture with slides visitors can go down. There's also ice sculptures of the traditional Santa's North Pole and a beautiful nativity scene created with crystal clear ice. The nativity is my favorite part because it brings in the true meaning of Christmas. My two daughters Randi (13) and Graci (11) are Florida girls, so feeling the freezing cold temperatures and seeing ice sculptures isn't something they experience too often. Even though their teeth were chattering at times, they loved it! They could only stand the freezing temperatures for about a half an hour; still it was plenty of time to see everything and go down the slides, which probably was their favorite part. It truly is fascinating to look at the details in the sculptures. Besides ICE! the resort has a bunch of other things you can do and see while you are there, and you don't have to be a guest of the hotel to enjoy all the festivities. You can just come for the day. Most of the activities you need to purchase a ticket for, but there are some that are free. Right outside of ICE! is what they call Alpine Village. This is where you can do photos with Santa, meet Mrs. Claus who does a half hour interactive show and sing-a-long, have hot chocolate or other desserts, make a gingerbread house or shop for holiday items. There's also an area for snow tubing. This was a favorite of my two girls. They kept getting in line to race each other down the tubing hill, which is covered in real snow. My husband and I enjoyed racing each other too. There are eight lanes of tubing, so it wasn't too long of a wait. They also enjoyed throwing snowballs at the interactive targets trying to hit a bullseye to make it snow. And if kids have their wish list ready, they can enjoy for free the Reindeer Express Post Of ce. This is where they ll out a postcard and enter a special facility to submit their postcard and receive a stamp on their card as a special keepsake. On the other side of the resort is the beautiful atrium, decorated with millions of lights and includes a six-story Christmas tree. At night, there are several 12-minute shows of dancing lights to holiday songs. It's called the Joyful Atrium Light Show. This is free to view along with the daily performances of the Cirque Dreams Unwrapped, which is a 25-minute show performed in the atrium featuring incredible performers who do amazing acts on stage and in the air. You won't want to miss seeing this show. Seats are free to this, so you will want to get there early. You can also purchase VIP seats if you want or tickets for the dessert party on the fourth oor where you can eat and view the show. The talent in this show is phenomenal! Sunday through Friday, there are two shows, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday there are three shows, 1, 6:30 and 8 p.m.They also have the Sounds of the Season Concert Series, which are on several days during the festivities. You do need to purchase a ticket for this and the ticket includes admission to ICE! While you are in the atrium, make sure you walk the Christmas Tree Trail, where you can look at nine Christmas trees decorated to honor the culture and traditions of various countries. My favorite is the United States tree decorated with U.S. ags. If you are there in the morning, you and your kids can enjoy breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends. We enjoyed the wonderful buffet and taking pictures with the Peanuts gang! 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Thomas Morgan, Pastor 727-595-4610Christmas Eve MassesSunday, Dec. 244pm Mass & Nativity in the Church 4pm Mass only in the Parish Center 6pm Mass  11:00pm Christmas Eve Concert 12am Midnight Mass Christmas Day Masses Monday, Dec. 25 7:30am Mass  9am Mass 10:45am Mass  12:30pm Mass 10895 Hamlin Blvd. Largo, FL 33774 122117 Christ Presbyterian Church3115 Dryer Avenue  Largo, FL 33770(Off Indian Rocks Road) Join Us Christmas Eve, Dec. 24th @ 5;50pm Candle Light Service of Lessons and Carols January 12, 2018  The King’s Brass  Dinner 5:30pm Concert 7:30pm  For Tickets Call 727-584-8695 122117 Lutheran Church of the Good ShepherdCANDLELIGHT SERVICE7pm Christmas Eve 10891 102nd Ave. N., Seminole 122117 1221 17 Oakhurst United Methodist Church CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES10:00 a.m. Morning Service 5:00 p.m. Family Service & Candle Lighting 6:00 p.m. Refreshments in the Foundry 6:30 p.m. Contemporary Worship & Candle Lighting in Foundry 8:00 p.m. Traditional Service with Communion & Candle Lighting13400 Park Blvd. Seminole (727) 121417 C o m e W o r s h i p W i t h U s Come Worship With Us See MOM 2 MOM, page 11A


Faith & Family 11A Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017What I love about being in Florida is one minute the girls were outside swimming in the pool and sliding down the waterslides and the next minute they were in jackets bundled up seeing the ice sculptures and throwing snow balls. Only in Florida!! Tips if you plan on going. Make sure you bring gloves and wear winter clothes for ICE! They give you a huge jacket to wear, but it's still cold. This holiday experience goes until Jan. 7, 2018. There are lots of deals you can look for online. Before you go it's a good idea to know what you want to do so you can purchase your tickets in advance. You can purchase at the door, but you will pay a little more. You can also get discounts by combining some of the activities. There's even a Florida resident discount that saves you $4 on your ticket to ICE! Use code FLR17. For more information go to or call 407-586-4423. Church to co-sponsor caroling event CLEARWATER Chapel-by-the-Sea and the Clearwater Beach Association will co-sponsor the Clearwater Beach Community Christmas Caroling in the Park event on Thursday, Dec. 21, 532 N. Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach. Caroling will take place in the park beside the re station on Mandalay Avenue. Attendees should bring ashlights and chairs. Church to host Blue Christmas serviceSEMINOLE A Blue Christmas worship service will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 21, 6 p.m., at Lake Seminole Presbyterian Church, 8505 113th St., Seminole. This is a meditation, music, and prayerful time for renewal and hope. This season that is festive for so many is bittersweet for some. Winter solstice, the longest evening of the year, symbolizes the dark night of the soul that often accompanies disappointment, doubt, and loss of various kinds. The good thing about the longest night is that with its passing, light shines forth more and more. The Blue Christmas celebration, on or near The Longest Night, acknowledges pain and loss and points to a renewal of hope. Batts joins Allegany Franciscan MinistriesPALM HARBOR Allegany Franciscan Ministries recently announced that Carla Batts joined its team Dec. 4 as the community investment specialist. Batts has an extensive background in the nonpro t arena, working with youth, teenagers and their families as well as experience providing key support in a statewide philanthropic organization. Her passion is to advocate for those who are most vulnerable and to work with others to increase positive community change. She joins Allegany Franciscan Ministries after over ve years as of ce manager at the Florida Philanthropic Network in Tampa, a highly respected statewide membership network of philanthropic organizations working to build philanthropy to shape a better Florida. Batts has a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of South Florida, was a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's List of Scholars and was a Conn Social Work Scholar. As community investment specialist, Batts supports the administration of Major, Tau, Common Good Initiative and other grant/community investment programs, and serves as the initial point of contact for grant applicants, providing information and guidance to grant seekers and grant partners regarding Allegany goals and priorities, and the application process. "Allegany Franciscan Ministries is excited to welcome Carla to our team. Her dedication to improving lives, her administrative skills, and her joyful personality will bene t Allegany and our community partners." said Eileen Coogan, Allegany Franciscan Ministries' president and CEO. Allegany Franciscan Ministries is rooted in the tradition and vision of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, providing grants and working with community partners in three regions of Florida formerly served by the Sisters' hospitals: Miami Dade County, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties, and the Tampa Bay area of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Visit www.afm .org. Worship calendar C H R I S T M A S E V E CHRISTMAS EVE at Aldersgate United Methodist Church Sunday, December 24 Christmas Eve10:00am Traditional Worship Service in our Sanctuary 3:30pm Family Worship Service with candle lighting in our Family Life Center 5:30pm Contemporary Worship Service with candle lighting in our Family Life Center 7:30pm Traditional Worship Service with candle lighting in our Sanctuary**Nursery care available at all four worship servicesPlease Join Us... Sunday, December 31 New Year’s Eve 10:00am Contemporary Worship Service in our Family Life Center**Nursery care available Aldersgate UMC 9530 Starkey Rd, Seminole, FL (727) 391-0218 122117 CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCHOur Mission is “To know Christ and to make him known.” 1615 1st Street  Indian Rocks Beach, FLorida 727-595-2374  Visit us on CHRISTMAS EVE Sunday, December 24, 2017 4:30PM Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist 9:00PM Candlelight Lessons & Carols with Holy Eucharist CHRISTMAS DAY Monday, December 25, 2017 11AM Holy Eucharist Christmas Services Church by the Sea 727-391-7706 137th Ave. Circle, Madeira Beach, FL 121417 Christmas Eve9:30AM Traditional Service 11:00AM Contemporary Service 11:00PM Candlelight Service 9398 Oakhurst Road, Seminole 727-230-9723  c2cchurch.comConnect2Christ Church Connects to Christmas 122117 Sunday, December 24 at 4:00pm R e a c h i n g O u r C i t y b y T o u c h i n g Y o u r W o r l d "Reaching Our City, by Touching Your World a n d T e a c h i n g G o d s W o r d and Teaching God's Word " I n v i t e s Y o u T o J o i n U s Invites You To Join Us C h r i s t m a s E v e a t 1 0 A M T o C e l e b r a t e Christmas Eve at 10AM To Celebrate H i s B i r t h I n O u r N e w L o c a t i o n . His Birth In Our New Location ... G a t e w a y Gateway C h r i s t i a n C e n t e r Christian Center 6 7 4 0 P a r k S t r e e t S P a s a d e n a F L 7 2 7 3 2 7 0 7 7 1 6740 Park Street S, Pasadena, FL 727-327-0771 ( F o r m e r l y T r a d e w i n d s C h u r c h ) (Formerly Tradewinds Church)121417 PEACE MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 121417 Christmas Eve Service 7:00 p.m.Reader's Theatre "Million Dollar Christmas" Candlelight Service "Allowing the Spirit of Love" Rev. LeRoy Zemke 1950 Second Avenue North, St. 727-822-8628  727-822-3157 122117 Everyone is Welcome to join us on December 24th for 10am Worship, Sunday School and Child Care. 7pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. So whether you’re old or new or just vacationing in the Indian Rocks Beach area, allow us to extend a genuine invitation to come worship with us. p ju st s 122117 “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey or your faith journey, you’re welcome here.” CHURCH OF THE ISLESUNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 200 24th Ave., Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785 727-595-1038  www.churchoftheisles.orgFollow us on Facebook of the Isles Lake Seminole Presbyterian ChurchChristmas Eve Candlelight ServiceYou are invited to attend the annual candlelight Communion Service. Celebrate the birth of the Christ Child through the presentation of a live Nativity and participate in the singing of Christmas carols. Join us at 8505 113th St. Seminole, FL Dec. 24th at 6pmFor more information, 122117 For Those Seeking A Return and Renewal of their Catholic FaithThis Christmas Come to a Seeker Friendly Roman Catholic Parish 10851 Ridge Road, Seminole  www.stjustinmartyr.netMass Times: Sat. Vigil 4pm, 6pm-Misa en Espanol Sun. 8:30am & 10:45am 7pm Missa em Portugues Learn more about our Women’s Retreat and January Bible Study classes call 727-397-3312, ext. 311Pastoral Administrator Father Gerald Hendry All Are Welcome! P 121417 Join us for Christmas Services December 24th ~ Christmas Eve 4:00pm, 6:00pm (Misa en Espanol)7:00pm (Missa em Portugues) and 10:00pm Candlelight Mass December 25th ~ Christmas Day 8:30am & 10:00am Sunday, Dec. 24th Christmas Eve 4:30 pm Vigil Mass ~ 7:00 pm Mass Midnight Mass S t P a t r i c k C a t h o l i c C h u r c h St Patrick Catholic Church 1 5 0 7 T r o t t e r R o a d L a r g o  7 2 7 5 8 4 2 3 1 8 1507 Trotter Road, Largo  727-584-2318 CHRISTMAS 2017 MASS SCHEDULE 8th AVE. S.W.DRYER RD.(Corner of Trotter & Dryer Rd.)1507 Trotter Rd., LargoINDIAN ROCKS RD. CLEARWATER/LARGO RD. TROTTER RD. Monday, Dec. 25th Christmas Day 9:00 am Mass ~ 11:00 am Mass www.stpatricklargo.org122117 C o m e W o r s h i p W i t h U s Come Worship With Us MOM 2 MOM, from page 10A


12A Health & Fitness Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017ER docs offer tips for safe, healthy holidaysWASHINGTON, D.C. Nobody wants to spend the holiday season in the emergency room. But, the nation's emergency physicians will be there when you need them anytime. "There is typically an uptick of visits to the ER during the holidays related to u, pneumonia, falls or hypothermia, particularly among children and seniors," said Dr. Paul Kivela, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "A little bit of planning and preparation can help you avoid spending the most wonderful time of the year in the ER."Prepare for cold weather. The chill in the air can add to health risks whether you are inside or outside. If you are enjoying an outdoor activity or playing in the snow, it is important to dress appropriately for the weather and monitor the amount of time spent outside. Early signs of frostbite include numbness or burning, or cold skin that turns hard and pale. Hypothermia or dehydration risks increase the longer you spend exposed to the elements, particularly at high altitude. If you are driving, make sure your car is equipped with a full emergency kit that includes a warm blanket, roadside ares and other necessities. For those who stay inside more frequently in inclement weather, check to make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Respiratory issues are among the leading causes of winter ER visits. While a normal cough or cold is likely better addressed by a primary care physician, if an illness comes with complications, such as dif culty breathing, it could be appropriate to go to the emergency room. Get a u shot. Experts note that this u season could be particularly severe and say that a u vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick. Vaccines are important and so are annual check-ups. Pinning an annual check-up to a calendar event such as a holiday or birthday is an easy way to make it part of your health routine. Beyond winter weather, preventable accidents or health emergencies can happen during holiday preparation and celebration, too. Indulge in moderation. Rich holiday meals and snacks are delicious but typically are high in salt, sugar, cholesterol or fat content. Too much of any festive food or drink can complicate existing health conditions, like diabetes. Eating slowly is one way to avoid choking, and it is important to make smart choices such as monitoring or limiting your alcohol intake. "One important safety tip is pretty simple and could save your life don't drink and drive," said Kivela. "Arrange for a designated driver in advance or call a taxi. Far too many accidents happen when people are inebriated and decide to get behind the wheel." Go slowly, go safely. Accidents and back injuries are common around the holidays from lifting heavy objects and decorations to injuries from hanging lights or slipping on ice. Around 2.8 million people go to the ER annually from falls and, among seniors, falling is the leading cause of injury. Slow down to avoid slipping or falling in snow, ice or wet conditions. Make a schedule to tackle your holiday shopping, entertaining, commuting or other tasks methodically and avoid the last-minute holiday scramble. "Holiday heart," cardiac issues that arise in otherwise healthy individuals, is a condition that can arise from the added pressures of holiday duties. Planning, entertaining, family stress or any number of factors can contribute to emergency visits relating to depression or anxiety seen around this time of year. "To reduce your risk, reduce your stress," said Kivela. "One of the best gifts you can give yourself this holiday season is to commit to taking better care of your physical and mental health all year-round." Health newsBay Pines VA to host art festivalST. PETERSBURG The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System's C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center will host the annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival local competition on Thursday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the JC Cobb room located on the rst oor of the main medical center building. Held in conjunction with VA's National Salute to Veteran Patients Week a week designated to pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans the competition includes 51 categories in the visual arts division that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are 100 categories in the performing arts pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama and creative writing. Veterans, family members, VA staff, volunteers and the general public are encouraged to attend the event to enjoy art displays, performances and more. "The Creative Arts Competition gives Veterans an outlet to express themselves through various forms of art," said Suzanne M. Klinker in a press release. Klinker is director of Bay Pines VAHCS. "Often, this form of therapy is the life-saving tool Veterans need for rehabilitation." Nationwide, medical facilities like the Bay Pines VAHCS use creative arts as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help Veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. Across the country each year, Veterans enrolled at VA health care facilities compete in a local creative arts competition. Through a national judging process, rst, second and third place entries in each category are determined. Select winners will be invited to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in October 2018. To learn more about the Veterans Creative Arts Festival local competition or to obtain an application for entry, call Erin Todd at 727398-6661, ext. 15884, or Jenny Campbell at 727-398-6661, ext. 12793. To learn more about the national program, visit speceven/caf.OneBlood seeks holiday donorsThose who donate blood or platelets at any OneBlood Donor Center between now and Sunday, Dec. 31 will receive a OneBlood holiday ornament and a $10 e-gift card. For a list of locations and hours or to make an appointment, visit or call 888-936-6283. Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome. Donors also will receive a wellness check-up, including a cholesterol screening. Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit event to help seniors to live healthier livesST. PETERSBURG Senior citizens and Baby Boomers are invited to attend a health and wellness event that is designed to show that smart living equals better living. The health fair will take place on Thursday, Jan. 25, 1 to 6 p.m., in the Magnolia Auditorium at Five Towns, a 55+ retirement condo community, at 7950 58th Ave. N., St Petersburg. Smart Healthy Living, a local health and wellness company that specializes in being healthy in mind, body and faith, is spearheading the event. Compassionate Care Clinic of Pinellas will be on hand to answer questions of the public. Smart Healthy Living is looking for companies who would like to sponsor the event and those who would like to be vendors during the event. Participants will be able to have health screenings, see demonstrations of products and have fun. Vendors will be available to answer questions for people who are older than 50. The event will feature natural products for the home and people's health and products that are geared for the elderly. "I believe living a whole, healthy life is important for older people who want to live longer and stronger, but young people who start living healthy early would benefit too," said Sara Im, president of Smart Healthy Living, in a press release. The health fair is open to Five Towns residents and nonresidents. Participants will not have to pay an entrance fee. Smart Healthy Living is accepting additional vendors for the event. To promote products or services at the fair, call Im at 727-512-3017.Senior Empowerment Day setLARGO Largo City Police Department Senior Services Division will partner with Aging in America Advocacy Conferences to offer the third annual Senior Empowerment Day on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 S. Highland Ave., Largo. The event is free and open to the public. It will include speakers on avoiding fraud, abuse and successful aging issues as well as vendor tables, door prizes and a complimentary lunch. Car Fit also will be on site offering free car safety evaluations. Registration is required. Visit or www. or call 800-530-7047. Karyn Rizzo, author of "Aging in America: Navigating our Healthcare System" is working with the Largo City Police Department's Senior Services Division to offer free education to the elder population and their families. Of cer Joel Quattlebaum Senior Services Of cer with the Largo City Police Department will be discussing the current frauds and scams that are being aimed at targeting vulnerable older adults. The Pinellas County Consumer Protection department will be on sight to address any potential fraud as well as the protections available. Our "Panel Extraordinaire" discussion will be outlining "best practices" for aging proud and in charge. St. Paul United Methodist Church will be featuring its Joy and Handicapable Ministries, highlighting the spiritual opportunities available. Aging in America Advocacy Conferences are being held and hosted throughout the Tampa Bay Region and offer realistic information to all older adults and their families to age with dignity and wisdom.Highland Rec announces Fun Run SeriesLARGO The city of Largo's Highland Recreation Complex will sponsor the 2018 Fun Run Series. Highland Recreation's family-friendly fun run series is based on fun themes encouraging families to dress up, get silly and have fun exercising. The 2018 Fun Run schedule is as follows: Jan. 6 New Year, New You Feb. 3 Sweethearts Fun Run March 19 Hair of the Dog Fun Run/Dog Swim April 14 McGough's Nature Trail Fun Run at McGough's Nature Park Each fun run will begin at 9:30 a.m. along the landscaped grounds of Highland Recreation Complex and will feature a special theme to keep attendees engaged. A light pancake breakfast will be served after each fun run for attendees. Cost is $10 per person or $20 per family. Preregistration is strongly recommended to reserve a spot. The Highland Recreation Complex is at 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. For information, call 727-518-3016.Church to host health fairLARGO A health fair will take place Friday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo. The free event will feature health care services and education. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet neighborhood doctors and health care professionals. Health screenings will be provided by Morton Plant Faith Community Nursing. Oak Manor will offer a healthy cooking demonstration. There also will be u vaccines and stress management information. Screenings for glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol will be available. 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Schools 13A Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017 NotebookUSF named the top public university for Latino student success TAMPA The University of South Florida Tampa has been recognized as a top performing university fourth in the nation overall and the number one public university for eliminating the completion gap between Latino and white students, according to a report by The Education Trust, a non-pro t advocacy organization.The report examines graduation rates and completion gap data between Latino and white full-time, bachelor's degree-seeking students at 613 public and non-pro t private colleges and universities across the United States. The publication reveals that nationally 53.6 percent of Latino students graduate within six years, compared to 63.3 percent of white students (as of 2015). This represents a marked improvement over 2002 when only 45.7 percent of Latinos graduated versus 58.1 percent of white students. In comparison, the USF graduation rate for Latino students in 2015 was 66.2 percent (a three-year weighted average of 2013, 2014 and 2015), exceeding the national average by 13 percent. Current USF data indicates its six-year graduation rate for the 2011 cohort of Latino students has increased to 71.3 percent. "USF's successes in closing the graduation rate gap can be attributed to the fundamental principle of our student success movement. We believe that all students, regardless of race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, can and will succeed if given the opportunity to do so," Paul Dosal, USF vice president for student success & student affairs, said. "Our most recent initiatives have contributed to a 3-point improvement in the achievement gap for Hispanic students in the past academic year." Since 2009, USF has transformed its approach to student success and the student experience by developing a focused and deliberate change in institutional culture, embedding not only the belief that every student will succeed but also that student success is everyone's responsibility. Combined with supporting programs, policy changes and most recently predictive analytics and a case management approach identifying and targeting at-risk students, USF's six-year graduation rate for all students has dramatically improved from 47 percent in 2009 to 70 percent today. Through these efforts, the university has closed the graduation rate gap by race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status."USF is proud to serve a high-achieving, culturally and ethnically diverse student population from across the nation and around the world," Ralph Wilcox, provost and executive vice president for the USF System, said. "It is most rewarding to know the innovative work of our faculty and staff is being recognized by prestigious organizations like The Education Trust." USF has recently received several national accolades for student success. Earlier this year, the Education Trust ranked the university as one of the nation's top performers in black student success (No. 6). In 2015, the same publication noted USF's success among students who receive Pell Grants (No. 5). USF's national recognition also includes Education Dive's award for Institution of the Year, the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Retention Excellence Award, the Eduventures 2016 Innovation Award, the selection by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems as a national mentor university for black and Latino student success and the Center for American Progress for "promoting access and success for all" students. The Education Trust is a national non-pro t advocacy organization, established in the early 1990s, to promote high academic achievement "for all students at all levels, particularly for students of color and low-income students." Elementary students earn industry certi cations to get a head start on career planningThrough a partnership between the district's Career Technical and Adult Education department and Elementary Education, 10 elementary schools will offer digital literacy industry certifications to elementaryaged students. Students can earn a computer skills certification, that is focused on word processing, spreadsheets, sound, motion, color presentations, digital arts, cybersecurity and coding. Participating schools will host an after-school enrichment opportunity for approximately 15 students who would work toward the certi cation. Leila Davis Elementary piloted the effort, and the program is expanding to additional schools: Bay Point Elementary, Brooker Creek Elementary, Curlew Creek Elementary, Curtis Fundamental, Cypress Woods Elementary, Forest Lakes Elementary, Oldsmar Elementary, and James B. Sanderlin K-8 IB World School. 2017-18 Outstanding Educator nalists announcedThe 10 finalists for Outstanding Educator are in Pinellas County Schools are: Jessica Black, a fourth-grade teacher at Bear Creek Elementary School Jessie Boyce, a mathematics teacher at Tyrone Middle School Jennifer Denmon, language arts at Boca Ciega High School Sarah Deturk, a social studies teacher at East Lake Middle School Academy Jenni Herman, a second-grade teacher at Pinellas Central Elementary School Ann McNicol, a science teacher at Countryside High School Jason Obara, a music teacher at Carwise Middle School Katie Swango, a mathematics teacher at Bay Point Middle School Jeanne Wellings, a gifted teacher at Ridgecrest Elementary School Heather Wiseman, a language arts teacher at East Lake High School All of the nominees and nalists will be honored, and the Outstanding Educator of the Year will be announced at the annual Evening of Excellence on Jan. 31. The nalists received the news during surprise visits to their classrooms this week. See a video featuring the visits. Learn about Pinellas County Schools Choice ProgramsPinellas County Schools Discovery Nights are underway. Learn about programs, ask questions, explore schools and learning environments Each program is holding its own Discovery Night. To view the Choice Program brochure and a link to the Discovery Night schedule, visit Parents can also contact schools to schedule a tour. High schools will offer opportunities for students to shadow other students in their programs. The application period for next school year is Jan 10-19. If you have questions, please call the Student Assignment of ce at 727-588-6210. Start your child’s education with a strong foundationBeginning Jan. 10, families of children entering kindergarten next year can register their children at elementary schools across the district. To kick off registration, Ready, Set Kindergarten events will be held at elementary schools Jan. 10 and 11. At the schools, families will have opportunities to register for kindergarten, explore classrooms, meet teachers and learn about opportunities for family involvement with their child's school. Families can learn about the great programs available, such as art, music, gifted programs, science labs, STEM academies, physical education and other enrichment programs. Learn more and see a schedule of events at www.pcsb. org/KG. Pinellas County Schools application period for prekindergarten programs opens in January Pinellas County Schools is updating its online application process for Prekindergarten for 3 year olds and Voluntary Prekindergarten. Jan. 22 to Feb. 2, parents will be able to apply online for Pre-K 3 and VPK for the 2018-19 school year. 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14A Bridal Guide Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017 The perfect gift for the couple TO HAVE AND TO HOLD Tampa Bay Newspapers Bridal GuideEspecially for you Rebecca Gresh-Cooper and James Hamilton  April 29, 2017  Brookdale Becket Lake  Largo Lauren and Ryan Razook  May 21, 2016  Boca Grande  Hunter Ryan Photography Many people rely on bridal registries when buying wedding gifts for their loved ones. But for those who put off buying wedding gifts until registries have been picked clean, nding the right gift can sometimes be dif cult. Even if men and women do not intend to buy wedding gifts directly off a couple's registry, it's best to rst visit that registry to ensure that the gift that is ultimately purchased is not a duplicate gift. Shoppers who do know what to get the happy couple can consider the following gift ideas. Luggage: Many couples put luggage on their wedding registries, so shoppers should double check before purchasing any luggage for the happy couple. Couples about to go on their honeymoons may love a new set of sturdy luggage for their travels, while others with a love of travel may appreciate being able to replace luggage that's borne the brunt of their globetrotting in recent years. Airline miles: Though it might be unconventional, gifting airline miles to the happy couple may save them hundreds of dollars. Men and women with ample airline miles should determine if their agreement allows them to transfer those miles to a loved one. If so, transferring the miles won't cost the person doing the gifting any money out of pocket, but it can save couples substantial amounts of money on their next trip, including their honeymoon if they have yet to book one. Experience: Many people have embraced gifting an experience instead of an item to their loved ones. Some companies even facilitate such gifts to newlyweds. Websites like Traveler's Joy allow couples to establish honeymoon registries, building them with activities and experiences they hope to enjoy on their trips. Loved ones can then gift money toward those activities, providing a win-win situation for people who would prefer to gift an experience and ensuring couples' honeymoons will be that much more memorable. Cash: Cash may seem impersonal, but couples tying the knot will no doubt appreciate an infusion of cash after saying "I do." According to The Knot, the average wedding cost more than $35,000 in 2016. Even couples whose parents foot the bill for their weddings will appreciate having some extra money on hand that they can use on their honeymoons or put toward a home.  All wedding photos submitted for consideration must have taken place from Jan. 1, 2016 to present day.  Couples must reside in Pinellas or Pasco counties.  All photos submitted must be high resolution, at least 300dpi.  Submissions can include up to 10 photos for consideration.  Submissions must include the couple’s rst and last names, wedding date, location and name of the photographer.  All submissions must be emailed to lmosby@tbnweekly. com. For submissions with more than one photo, compressed les are recommended.  There is no cost to submitted photos but all photos may not be published. Please note that the photos selected are at the discretion of Tampa Bay Newspapers editors.Tampa Bay Newspaper Bridal GuideFor more information, contact Logan Mosby at 727-397-5563 or CALL To Place Your Bridal Ad Here!727-397-5563 L o o k F o r O u r N e x t B r i d a l G u i d e J a n u a r y 1 8 2 0 1 8 Look For Our Next Bridal Guide January 18, 2018 BAYSIDE EVENT RENTALS Garden To Chiavari Chairs. Tents, Tables, Chairs, Linens, and more. 727-522-8368 MINUTEMAN PRESS PRINTING & DESIGN Wedding Invitations, Napkins, Save the Date Cards, 727-535-3800  BON APPETIT RESTAURANT Plan your dream waterfront wedding complete with extraordinary views and stunning sunsets! 727-733-2151 BESO DEL SOL RESORT Waterfront Wedding & Event Venue Sale-50% OFF! $500 for August and September 2017. 727-734-8851 WEDDINGS ON SAND KEY BEACH Picture This: White Sand, Crashing Waves, A Perfect Day. Start planning your dream beach wedding today! 727-260-5503 ROMANTIC HONEYMOON ISLAND Get married with your toes in the sand! Award-winning beachfront, perfect for weddings & 727-260-5503 BLOOMTOWN FLORIST Flowers, Plants and Gifts for all Occasions. We Deliver!www.bloomtown orist .com 727-559-7177 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 oco p p p p p p p p p p p p WEDDINGS ON A WHIM $250 Beach, Park or Indoor Weddings Ready on a Whim or Ready when you are.2017 Couple’s Choice Award WeddingsOnaWhim.com727-581-3446 Bridal Guide BL OO 122117 Call: Wendy, Terry, Ann or Kelly at 727-397-5563 To Place Your Bridal AD Here!


Viewpoints 15A Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017Throughout my professional career, I have been dedicated to the continued growth and enhancement of quality long-term care in Florida. A key element of quality care is maintaining a sense of independence among the elders we serve, a priority that is fostered by Florida's long-standing commitment to helping them remain in the least restrictive setting possible. However, I believe a proposal now before the Constitution Revision Commission would undermine that goal and threaten the continued independence of countless older Floridians. The proposed amendment to our state constitution would eliminate the certi cate of need process for nursing homes, among others, and change that would disrupt the mission of continuing quality care in skilled nursing care centers. The CON process requires Florida's Health Planning Councils to identify areas which have a need for additional beds. Facilities must document how they will meet those needs, either through new development or adding on to an existing center. Beds are awarded based on several factors, including a center's quality outcomes and nancial stability. The intent is to prevent an oversaturation of care facilities, so the taxpayers don't end up subsidizing unused beds. Florida has the nation's highest share of seniors, and elimination of the nursing home CON requirement would y in the face of the state's ongoing support of home and community-based care a policy that allows elders to remain in their own homes as long as possible. If additional nursing center beds are allowed without the careful scrutiny of the CON process, the new facilities will need residents to ll their beds and the rst place they will look is the ranks of those currently enjoying the bene ts of home and community-based care. It's no secret that Florida is experiencing a nursing shortage, with more than 12,000 vacant nursing positions around our state. The problem is particularly challenging for skilled nursing centers. Elimination of CON would lead to additional facilities competing for the same limited pool of registered nurses and certi ed nursing assistants, thus spreading already limited resources even thinner. If the CON repeal is enacted, it seems unavoidable that more seniors will be moved from home settings and into skilled nursing centers a setting that is necessary for our most frail elders, but certainly not for everyone currently living in the less restrictive environment offered by home and community-based care. If it was your mother or grandmother, would you want her living in even the best nursing home before it was really necessary? The Legislature has seen the value in allowing the nursing home CON process to remain in place, so why does the Constitution Revision Commission want to circumvent their authority by using our State Constitution to repeal CON? Because of today's CON laws, nursing care centers are able to continue to provide quality care at a level that is among the best in the nation. Existing centers are able to focus on recruiting dedicated more health care professionals to the eld, to serve residents who truly need the care they offer. Every Florida resident should take a signi cant interest in this issue, for the sake of their elderly relatives and, someday, for themselves. I hope every member of the Constitution Revision Commission recognizes the need to protect our senior citizens by leaving the nursing home CON process in place. Deborah Franklin is senior director of quality affairs for Florida Health Care Association. She can be reached at LETTERS I'm glad that Jesus Christ was born thousands of years ago, instead of today. Today's news media and other modern inventions would have screwed up the story so badly. As is, the beautiful tale of the Nativity has survived mostly unchanged for, lo, these many years. And what a story it is. A modern writer would be hard-pressed to come up with a better script than this: A long-rumored prophecy, three wise men following an unknown star, a messengerangel descending on bewildered shepherds, a young, pregnant couple searching for a decent place in which to become parents, and nally in a non-descript outbuilding for domestic animals the birth of a child destined to rule the minds and hearts of billions. Could such a magni cent story be mangled if it happened in today's world? Of course it could. And I'll tell you how. First of all, Mary and Joseph didn't have a hotel reservation waiting for them as they trekked down the trail from Nazareth to check in with the census bean-counters waiting for them in Bethlehem. In fact, those two youngsters didn't even own a single credit card. Today, CNN and Fox News would have crucified Joseph (pardon the expression) for allowing his expectant wife to travel even half a mile aboard a donkey. To make things worse, Mary (as far as we know) didn't have a qualified obstetrician standing by. And no Medicaid available. As for available midwives on hand to assist Mary? Forget about it. Can you imagine what the tearjerking hand-wringers in today's media would do with that scenario? Then there was that strange star in the east, moving slowly toward the sky over Bethlehem. Just picture that happening today. NASA, the Pentagon, astronomers, astrologers and worldwide weather reporters would be foaming at the mouth with analyses and predictions of what the heavenly interloper might mean. Advertising agencies would offer enormous cash prizes to winners of "NAME THAT STAR!" contests. Then when the star finally came to rest, Hollywood producers would go mad with frustration. "Don't tell me the !!%#-ing star has stopped right over a two-bit manger!! We can't win Oscars with a story that has the three lead actors sharing credit lines with sheep, cows and jackasses. And where is the sex angle? And some violence?!!" In today's world, the fabled three wise men from the East would present other problems. To start with, who are these guys? Are they Muslims? If so, are they Sunnis or Shiites? Are their passports valid? And where do they get off, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to a newborn child? Sounds like some sort of bribery to me. I'll bet the Russians are behind it. And in a modern version of Christ's birth, who would ll the role of Herod? As you know, he was the Judean king who ordered the slaughter of all the newborns, because of the rumor that in Bethlehem was born a new king, destined to light up the world with love. Can you think of anyone on today's stage who would be evil enough to portray Herod? I can. The line forms at the right, folks. One reason the Nativity story has remained beloved and largely intact during these many years is that it captures what was probably the happiest few days in the lives of Joseph, Mary and the Christ Child. Herod's edict had not yet reached them. They would return to Nazareth and spend peaceful years. Mary would have other children. Jesus would become a carpenter like his old man. But as he reached age 30 or thereabouts, Jesus began to speak out. And then came the final few years of tumult under the growing shadow of the cross, followed by the wondrous revelation of the empty tomb. That's the main story a mixture of suffering and salvation. Nobody can blame Christians, if at this time of year, they focus on the beauty and peace of that night divine, the manger and the slumbering, long-promised child. However, if I were doing a rewrite, I'd add a dog and cat to the manger crew. The dog would assume 24-hour guard duty and growl low at anyone who looked suspicious. The cat would sniff the baby's cheek and then set up purring headquarters close by. In a family-oriented story you can't go wrong with a dog and/or cat. Bob Driver’s email address is tralee71@, shift, end – $#%! Help!I guess it's unprofessional to say the hell with it when I can't gure out how to perform a function using a newspaper design program. Even more unprofessional is pretending to strangle the nerds who invented the program. I've done both. Several times throughout my career. Could be worse, such as actually running a sentence upside down in the newspaper. Don't know what button I pushed the other day, but I was enroute to making a photo caption resemble something on our game page. Luckily, I caught the error before the paper went to press. Pardon our dust. We've introduced a new software program that in the long run will make our design and production work more ef cient. So far, at least, I don't think we've offended the gods of journalism, but maybe made some minor boo-boos. Slowly but sloppily, I'm learning how to use the design program with a little help from my friends. "The good news is this is the last $#*%! design program I'll ever have to learn," I said, con ding to an editor in my age bracket. Now that I'm days away from my 64th birthday, I consider myself fortunate to remember where I put a document on my computer. Just hope I continue to have the patience to deal with the new tricks needed to make it resemble a newspaper page. The other day, a co-worker told me a short cut to remove excess copy from a story. "Command, shift, end, delete," he said. "Command shift N delete," I mumbled to myself. "Help!" "The $#*%! Thing didn't work," I yelled to my co-worker. "Command, shift, end, delete," he said again. "Oh. You said end' not "N," I replied. Time to get my hearing checked, too. Mission accomplished. I wrote the command function on my cheat sheet. Since it's a function we editors will use frequently, I tried to memorize it on the way home from work. "Command, shift, end, delete. Command, shift, end, delete. Command, shift, end, delete," I told myself. "What's next?" An old familiar earworm took charge again. It's been bugging me for months. When I get older, losing my hair many years from now – will I still be railing against technology …. It started when I took a typing test on an electric typewriter on day one of my first journalism class at the University of Florida. I made too many typos, and I was almost booted out of class. I told my dubious professor that I had used my dad's 1949 Underwood typewriter since I was in high school and it served me well. Guess my begging paid off; he let me stay in the class, as long as I agreed to only curse at the electronic typewriter under my breath. He also said there was no need to bring White Out to class. A few years later, at my rst reporting job, I had to use an electric typewriter again. Stories were then transmitted through an optical character reading system, which involved some type of scanner. A Ford Pinto was a better device. The $#*%! system wouldn't read your story if it had too many errors. Can't count how many stories I had to retype. Certainly, computers were a game changer. But in the 1980s, some of the machines were so big and bulky it took four out-of-shape newsroom employees to remove them from our building when they broke down. And one smarty-pants to take the picture, for laughs. I should consider myself fortunate. At least I didn't have to unravel and make sense out of all that tape that was spit out from the wire services machines in the early '80s. The only thing slower was my Chevette. Also won't miss the dark room. Thought I had taken some great photos during a severe storm in Vero Beach in '78. When I inquired about their status, an editor looked at me as if there had been a miscarriage. "I hate to break the news to you, Tom, but " Could have been worse. Famed wartime photographer Robert Capra had only 10 gripping photos to show from the numerous shots he took during D-Day landings on Omaha Beach. Most of his images were ruined because of a darkroom technician's error. Yay for digital photography. However, my biggest fear is that at my age I'm perfectly capable of losing my camera in my own house or tripping over it. If any reader out there is technology challenged and sympathizes with my disorder, please let me know. Better yet, send me a letter to the editor. I promise I won't run it upside down. Tom Germond is editor of the Dunedin Beacon. He can be reached at 727-397-5563, ext. 330, or by an email at We are proud to offer a forum to our readers. Please type letters to the editor (or print legibly) and include your name, town of residence, phone number and signature and mail to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Emails should include town of residence and telephone and be sent to We will not print the letter writer's phone number. Here are some more guidelines for letters: Letters are printed on a rst-come, rst-served basis. They may be edited to correct grammar, spelling and factual errors. They also may be edited for clarity. Please keep letters to editor to 700 words. Longer letters may be cut due to space limitations. Letters should address issues or current events. Please refrain from making unsubstantiated allegations. The newspaper will not print letters that contain slanderous or racial statements. Please do not use profanity. We do not publish poetry or songs in letters to the editor. Each writer may submit one letter per month. We can't return letters to the editor.What do you think? Driver’s SeatBob Driver Conjectures on the birth of Christ Protect elders by keeping rules on nursing homes 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772 727-397-5563  Fax: 727-397-5900  www.TBNweekly.comPublisher/President: Dan Autrey Accounting Manager: Andrea Marcarelli Advertising Director: Jay Rey Classi ed Advertising Manager: Wendy Edwards Executive Editor: Tom Germond tgermond@TBNweekly.comProduction Manager: David Brown Online editor: Suzette Porter Beach Beacon: Bob McClure Belleair/Beach Bee: Tom Germond Clearwater Beacon: Logan Mosby Dunedin Beacon: Tom Germond Largo Leader: Chris George Palm Harbor Beacon: Kathryn Williams Seminole Beacon: Tiffany Razzano Tarpon Springs Beacon: Kathryn Williams Entertainment Editor: Lee Zumpe General Editorial editorial@TBNweekly.comCirculation: L. Shi ett Phone: 727-397-5563 As I See ItDeborah Franklin Tom Germond The lights have shined on parkingEditor: As a Dunedin resident, I think the paid parking has been a lightning rod for the community. The last meeting shined light on parking revenue funding for 20 or so street projects and funding juice for up to two additional garages. The original use of Deepwater Horizon oil spill funds paid down the debt to not have to charge for parking. There was no agreement as to the need for expanded spaces among commissioners or paid consultants. I think the City commissioners and city planners heard the request of residents to remove paid parking for the good of the city. The lights have shined on parking. Will the city break the linkage of parking and their projects or listen to the citizens of Dunedin and honor the residents and guests with a welcoming free parking. Let's hope the City Commission and city planning staff trust the citizens and get their hands out of parking and the handy cookie jar for their interests outside the scope of parking. Jerry Cobb DunedinCommissioner defends controversial voteEditor: As your duly elected commissioner, I want all residents to know the facts. The recall petition falsely states actions taken by the Commission on May 9, 2017, violated the Charter. We voted to appoint, at the express direction of City Attorney [Tom] Trask. His legal opinion is we were obligated to hire a budget person to meet critical state deadlines. This was an extraordinary circumstance. The attorney advised that we must name a nance person to assist with formulating the budget. Without a city manager, we had to take extraordinary action to meet the deadline. The city attorney's opinion states it is not malfeasance to follow his advice. " the grounds for recall do not rise to the level of malfeasance and are not legally suf cient because in this case there has been no express or explicit violation of the Charter." The city retains an attorney to advise in interpreting the Florida statutes, our Charter and the law. When elected, I took an oath and I promised to uphold those Florida statutes, Madeira Beach Charter and laws. I ask you, which choice? Follow the attorney's direction as we did or refuse as two other commissioners did, jeopardizing obligations of the city. John Douthirt Madeira Beach


16A Outdoors Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017Beautiful weather heading into Christmas break What a difference in the weather from this week compared to last. It appeared to be all doom and gloom at the beginning of the month but that is no longer the case, at least for now. Water temperatures are slowly rising and the sh are much more willing to cooperate than a week ago. West Central Florida offers some of the best bottom shing found anywhere in the world. Its gradual depth change combined with an abundance of exposed limestone make for a perfect environment for a smorgasbord of resident bottom sh. Using medium sized tackle, anglers can speci cally target such species as hog sh, trigger sh, scamp grouper, mangrove snapper, blue porgies, and of course the offshore constant, the tasty white grunt. Heading offshore with nothing but shrimp for bait; live or fresh frozen is becoming the norm this time of year. The upsides of this trip are easy to see. The sh pull hard, they all taste great and are a snap to clean if you're using an electric knife, and everybody can do it; it's perfect for kids and may be a trip to plan on over Christmas break. Targeting all of those same spots that would normally be your go-to gag grouper spots will put you into the non-stop action and what a rush when you actually land one of those big sh on the light tackle. Use a 1 1/2-ounce egg sinker right to the hook when shing spots 60 feet and shallower. Use the same techniques out deeper in 80 to 100 feet, however, you may want to up your sinker size to a 2 or 3 ounce. Inshore, spotted sea trout remain top targets this week. Plenty of quality sized trout can be found cruising the shallow ats of Tampa Bay as well as the many spoil islands that dot the Intracoastal Waterway. For now, live bait can still be found holding around the bay bridges as well as the swash channel along area beaches. Live select shrimp will get the job done on windier days when bait is more dif cult to come by. Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at To get a sh photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein The great outdoorsWeedon to host walkaboutST. PETERSBURG A Weedon Walkabout will be offered Thursday, Dec. 21, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Participants will have an opportunity to hike through coastal mangrove and upland ecosystems of the preserve and learn about the coastal environment and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve. A hat, closed-toe shoes and water are also recommended. The free program is best for ages 6 years and older. Advance registration is required. To register, visit For information, call 727-453-6500.Weedon to host guided hikeST. 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PETERSBURG A guided hike will be offered Saturday, Jan. 6, 9 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the ecosystems and early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and the boardwalks through mangrove forests. The program is best for ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Visit www. Call 727-4536500 or visit Harbor Recreation to host Nerf WarsSAFETY HARBOR Nerf Wars will be presented Saturday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, at Waterfront Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor. The event is designed for children age 5 and older. Cost is $5 a person. Attendees should bring their Nerf blaster along with labeled darts. The event will feature a wide range of competitive activities to test the skill and aim of each participant. For information, call the community center at 727724-1530. For a list of additional events and classes, visit to host guided hikeST. 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Community 17A Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017Brewery on tap?Indian Rocks Beach of cials change ordinance to allow micro breweries By BRIAN GOFF TBN CorrespondentINDIAN ROCKS BEACH By all accounts the emergence of microbreweries in Pinellas County beach communities is bringing a new source of economic bounty. Several communities have bene tted from having a micro brewery in town. However, not among them has been Indian Rocks Beach. That is about to change. Several weeks ago, City Manager Gregg Mims told the commissioners that even though he had been approached by someone interested in establishing a brewery in town he had to say no. Apparently a city ordinance only permits businesses that are actually named in the ordinance. When that law was written there likely was no such thing as a micro brewery. That is what Mims wanted to change. At the commission meeting on Dec. 12, he introduced an ordinance that named micro breweries as an allowable business for the community. "A majority of the cities have them," said Mims. He got no argument from any of the commissioners or from anyone in the audience. "They are a huge thing and they help bring people together," said resident Diane Daniel. "It is a fantastic idea, and it will encourage people to make this a destination point. It will encourage people to come; it is a great idea," said Commissioner Ed Hoofnagle. "Forward Pinellas saw a growth for micro-breweries that is just phenomenal," said Commissioner Cookie Kennedy. Commissioners unanimously tentatively passed the ordinance, which in effect welcomes micro breweries into their city. The second reading of the ordinance will be at the Jan. 9 commission meeting.Lock up!Pinellas County Sheriff's Corporal Terry Trautman told the commission of the consequences that await homeowners who don't lock their doors, either their car doors or house doors. Commissioners had complained about what seemed to be a rash of break-ins along Harbor Drive. Trautman said it is mostly a case of people not locking up their vehicles. He said there are actually organized groups of young people who come into a neighborhood and within minutes they go door to door checking the cars. When there is one not locked they ri e through it. He said they are gone quickly, and he said they usually don't bother to break into vehicles. "If they meet any resistance, such as a locked door, they move on," he said. He did say the exception to that rule is if something of value is left in plain sight inside the car. He said if they see a purse or a computer they will then break a window to get inside. If locking up is rule number one, hiding valuables is rule number two. Mims noted that the issue of vehicle break-ins was not exclusive to Indian Rocks Beach. "It is happening all over the county," he said. Trautman urged people who might see something unusual in their neighborhood to call the police right away. "Let us come and handle it," he said. "People should not worry that they might be bothering us, we want to come and deal with the problem."Chief welcomedThe new Chief of the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue, Mike Burton, was formally introduced to the commission by Mims. Burton is taking over the department, which is having nancial dif culty and lost a controversial referendum that would have allowed it to use property tax to fund the operation. He spoke of that in his remarks to the commission. "We are collaborating to form a task force of resident, elected of cials, business people and renters in all the communities that we serve to nd funding for the department," he said. Burton said he hopes the task force will be put together and in operation by February. "We are currently spending our reserves to stay a oat," he said. "It is dif cult to operate right now." Still Burton said he was happy to be here. He's a native of Pinellas County and lived the rst 42 years of his life in the county. He said he welcomes people getting in touch with him anytime but there are three instances when he would really like to hear from people. "If we are not meeting your expectations, then we want to hear from you," he said. "If you run into one of us and the encounter is bad, then we want to hear from you, and likewise if the encounter is good we want to hear from you as well." Hoofnagle, whose lawsuit led to the dismissal of the referendum, noted that the re district had a tough road ahead nding the funding it needed. He had previously said he would help to achieve that goal.Beach renourishmentMayor R.B. Johnson said the beach renourishment scheduled for this month in the area has been put off until March and later than that for Indian Rocks Beach. "It looks like the project will begin in Sand Key in March and likely won't get to us until, who knows, perhaps April," he said. However, Johnson expressed concern that beach renourishment might not happen after this time. He said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who do the renourishment, had asked people who own beach front property to sign over an easement so they could better do the job. Only 50 percent of the homeowners signed. "They want 100 percent of the homeowners to sign the easement," said Johnson. "If they don't get it then that might end the project as we know it." Johnson did say there could be some hope in that an old throughway known as Beach Drive was signed over to those homeowners many years ago. 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18A Community Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017BIG-C discusses latest renourishment roadblock By BOB McCLURE Tampa Bay NewspapersINDIAN SHORES Federal funding for beach renourishment projects is getting tougher to get. Andy Squires, division director of environmental sciences in the Pinellas County Public Works Department, told members of the Barrier Islands Governmental Council Dec. 6 that a recent letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers speci ed all property easements up and down the beaches would be necessary to gain federal funding for future renourishment projects. "They pretty much put us on notice now in terms of the next project," said Squires. "If we can't get the easements, they will likely do what they call the project benefits-to-cost ratio. They have a process to go through that if it doesn't get a 1 or higher, the federal funding would be lost. So this is kind of a wake-up notice that we need to get our act together and somehow make it (getting easements) work." Federal funding for renourishment projects is critical. Most Pinellas County projects cost between $30 million and $40 million. Typically, federal funding picks up 60 percent of the cost. State funds, through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, pay for about 20 percent and the other 20 percent comes from county funds. The Pinellas County portion of the funding comes from the tourist development tax. One-half of 1 percent of the 5 percent tax is set aside annually for beach projects, generating about $2 million per year. Without federal funding, other alternatives would be necessary to fund a typical beach project. Pinellas County Coastal Manager John Bishop said the Army Corps wants easements for the entire beach. That number is about 460, he said. The easements involve the area of the beach from the erosion control line eastward. The Corps wants the easements so it can move more quickly on future projects and there is no question about the public status of the area. "During this last go-around we looked for 120 easements and we got about 70," said Bishop. "So we're looking to ll the gaps." The Sand Key, Treasure Island and Long Key (Upham Beach) Nourishment Project, scheduled to start now in early March, will not be affected. "The Army Corps was very lenient with us," said Bishop. "They recognized it would be impossible to get all 460 easements." In an effort to get property owners along the beaches to cooperate with the easement requests, Bishop said his of ce would be notifying them shortly of the importance. "We're going to be putting together a letter that includes the Army Corps' letter about what the implications are without getting the easements," Bishop said. "This way people will recognize they can't just expect to get sand from their neighbors to the north." Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos said the BIG-C would also need to do its part in the effort. "We, as a council, as elected of cials, have to re-emphasize to our residents that if they don't give the easements, then the entire project from one end of the county to the other end of the county, could go away," Cretekos said. North Redington Beach Mayor Bill Queen suggested going to each condo association individually and explaining the situation. Redington Shores Mayor Bert Adams said there was one group in his town that is working against the effort "and that's a hard thing to ght." Indian Shores Mayor Pat Soranno was not optimistic about getting 460 easements. "We're never going to get all of them," he said. "There's an awful lot of suspicion about government these days. So what we need to do is nd another solution and I'm not sure what that is. "If the integrity of the project is jeopardized by one holdout, I guarantee you we're not going to get (federal funding)," Soranno added. "It's just not going to happen."R.B. Johnson stepping down as mayor in IRB By BRIAN GOFF TBN CorrespondentINDIAN ROCKS BEACH After 18 years on the City Commission, the last 10 of them as mayor, R.B. Johnson has decided he has had enough and will not be running in the March 13 election. City Commissioner Cookie Kennedy and longtime resident Donald House qualified to run for mayor. Incumbent Commissioner Ed Hoofnagle qualified to run again for his seat. Newcomers to City Commission races are Jude Bond and Nick Palomba. Johnson's decision was made official on Dec.11 as the deadline for qualifying for the election came to a close. Now there is no turning back. Johnson said his decision was made because it was time. "I think 10 years is probably good enough," he said. "I accomplished most of the things I wanted to do." Johnson said when he first became mayor the city was in a state of upheaval with various factions at odds with one another. He set out to change that and says things have calmed down considerably. "The city has been pretty calm politically for a while now and that is a good thing. I don't see it changing anytime in the near future," he said. "We found a way to take care of business without being vitriolic or treating each other badly. We were not divided into parties or anything like that." Johnson said he is particularly proud of getting the money to put the utilities along Gulf Boulevard underground. "The undergrounding is set to go for the south end of Gulf Boulevard in Indian Rocks Beach and with the reinstatement of the Penny for Pinellas. I'm confident we'll be able to finish the undergrounding all along Gulf Boulevard," he said. "It was a big deal getting the Penny for Pinellas extended. That is funding coming from the sales tax and a lot of that comes from tourists not just the citizens of IRB." Other projects Johnson said he is proud of include the renovation of City Hall, the installation of the floating docks at Keegan Clair Park, the completion of the make-over of the Walsingham and Gulf Boulevard intersection and the soon-to-be constructed community center on the site of the old solid waste facility in the Narrows. Johnson said any advice he might pass along to his successor would have to do with keeping things calm on the commission. "The best thing is not to make issues partisan. You are mayor of the entire city and you should try to keep people together as much as possible. It really is an important thing," he said. Johnson, 56, recently got married. He said that did not play into his decision to step down. He said he has some unfinished personal business to take care of including some writing, helping to get his late father's book on small arms design published and improving some family property. "I'll have plenty to keep myself involved," he said. Kennedy, 57, says she decided to run for mayor some time ago. Kennedy has been on the City Commission for the past nine years. "I felt it was time. I know the strengths in IRB and I want to work together with the people to find solutions to the things we don't like," she said. "I feel I have good leadership skills, I work well with the commissioners and I think we have a lot to offer in the future to make sure we go in the right direction." Kennedy discovered she would have an opponent at the last minute. That, she said, won't alter her plans at all. "You have to expect to have an opponent anytime you run for office." House filed his papers to run at the last minute on Monday. He said he decided to run because he doesn't think his opponent (Kennedy) has the leadership skills necessary for the job. "There are a couple of issues that are going to be very important for the city in the next couple of years," he said. "Beach renourishment is one of them, and I don't think the leadership is there to solve that problem." "Ninety-five percent of what the Commission does is o.k. but the other five percent is critical, and I think I can provide better leadership than my opponent." House, 66, said his family home has been in IRB for the past 20 years. He said he made it his permanent residence in 2000. The Kennedy/House race won't be the only one in IRB in the spring election. There are three candidates for the two openings on the Commission. Incumbent Ed Hoofnagle, 49, is one of those candidates. He said he is running again because of unfinished business. "I really think it takes a while to figure out how things work at City Hall," he said. "My experience will help get things done. Short-term rentals will always be on the front burner, and development is sure to come up over the next few years." One of his opponents in the election will be Bond, who has served on the city's Planning and Zoning Board. He owns his own marketing consultant firm. "I'm interested in development in IRB," he said. "There is a lot of undeveloped land, and I have an interest in how that land will be developed and the effect it will have on the community." The other candidate, Palomba, 48, works for the Microsoft Corp. and helps provide technology to various forms of government. He said he and his wife have had a long love affair with the city even before they moved there. "I want to keep IRB with the same feel and touch as it was when we first met," he said. "I just want to bring new and fresh ideas, ideas that I have seen in my job going around the country and around the world." Whoever wins the two seats will be joining incumbents Phil Hanna and Phil Wrobel. Their seats were not up for election next year. Commissioners serve two-year terms.Beach tness groups aid food drive TREASURE ISLAND When tness instructor Eileen Arsenault learned from one of her class members that local food banks were low on donations, she and her classes decided to step up and help. Classes were challenged to a month long "You Can Do It" food drive, bringing in nonperishable food items for donation. For the fun kickoff class, cans were used as weights for strength training. At the nal tally, 313 much needed food items were donated. Mary Spence, a volunteer at St. Jerome's Food Bank, said these weekly donations are going a long way to help keep the shelves well stocked for deserving Pinellas County residents. In addition to periodic fund raisers and community projects, Eileen's exercise groups are known for combining their workouts with celebrations and the formation of friendships. 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Pets of the Week 19A Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017 OscarOscar is thought to be a 14-pound, 2-year-old schnauzer mix. He is current on his shots, neutered, microchipped and on heartworm prevention. This little cutie is working on his house training skills, is good on a leash and OK with other dogs. To welcome Oscar to your heart and home, submit an application online at MoppyHappy Moppy, right, found his way to the Humane Society of Pinellas as a stray, with his best friend Lolita in tow. This adorable duo would love to nd a forever home where they can stay together. They enjoy snuggling, sharing meals, and walking together. Moppy is a 5-year-old Lhasa Apso/Shih Tzu mix. His adoption price is $150. Lolita is a 10-year-old Jack Russel terrier mix. Her adoption price is $50. To learn more about these best friends, visit or call 727-797-7722.Looking for a home Dig thisPetFest 2018 Tailgate Pawty setST. PETERSBURG The Humane Society of Pinellas' PetFest 2018 Tailgate Pawty and Puppy Bowl Adoption Event will take place Saturday, Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Catalina Marketing, 200 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg. Guests will get the chance to visit adoptable pets, shop vendors, see demonstrations and engage in activities. PetFest 2018 will feature a Puppy Bowl Adoption Arena lled with HSP's adoptable dogs, along with several other rescue groups and organizations eager to match homeless pets with loving families. With more than 50 vendors expected, attendees should plan to shop for both pet and human merchandise, explore local service vendors, and visit the Kids Zone presented by HSP's Deanna Marie Palestra Humane Education Program. Lure Coursing will be on hand for dogs to run the course and HSP's Pet Clinic team can check your pets microchip. Dogs can also have fun in the Pup-lympics Arena facilitated by HSP's Behavior Department. Additional activities will include demonstrations, interactive vendors and contests to be held at 11 a.m. Funds generated from the event will help thousands of homeless pets get the second chance they deserve and provide dollars for the HSP programs and services that help to keep pets and people together. For information or to get involved with PetFest 2018, email or visit Donations can be made online at ways-to-give/ or by calling the of ce at 727-797-7722, ext. 227.Drag Queen Bingo to benefit SPCA Tampa BayCLEARWATER Drag Queen Bingo will take place Wednesday, Dec. 27, 7 p.m., at Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille, 28910 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. SPCA Tampa Bay's Women's Giving Group will host its annual holiday Drag Queen Bingo event to raise money for the group's "kitty fund," which bene ts the animals at SPCA Tampa Bay. For $10, attendees will get 10 games of bingo and an evening of fun with hostess Melanie Minyon. There also will be a 50/50 chance drawing. Sitting is limited. Call 727-400-6996 to reserve your spot. SPCA Tampa Bay to host Winter CampLARGO SPCA Tampa Bay's Winter Camp will be offered Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 2-5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo. Children will meet shelter pets as they learn more about pet ownership, safety and wellness of animals. Grades K-5 are welcome. Cost is $50 a day or $150 for one week. To register, call Mercedes Wood at 727-586-3594, email MWood@spcatampabay. org or visit If your teen is interested in being a junior volunteer, call Mercedes Wood at 727-586-3594. We’re on your team! 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20A Community Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017CMA presents Winter’s WonderlandCLEARWATER This Christmas season, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is hosting Winter's Wonderland running through Saturday, Dec. 23, at 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. The aquarium will transform into a Winter Wonderland, featuring photo opportunities with "Winter Claus," special Santa dive presentations, and lights and decorations galore. On exclusive nights Dec. 22-23 CMA will be open until 9 p.m. for a special Sea of Lights experience. After 4 p.m., admission will be only $9.99 on these select nights. For an additional $9.99, guests can board the Sea of Lights Boat Cruise to view the holiday lights around Clearwater Bay. Complimentary holiday cookies and a holiday gift for children age 10 and younger will be available while supplies last. For information, visit host 25th Winter WonderlandCLEARWATER Hundreds celebrated the Silver Jubilee of Downtown Clearwater's Winter Wonderland when it opened Dec. 2. The Clearwater Community Volunteers and the Church of Scientology lit up Osceola Park on the corner of Drew Street and North Fort Harrison Avenue, the site of Winter Wonderland. The festival will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m., until Dec. 22. For more information, visit Entrance to Winter Wonderland is free; however, there is a small charge for some activities and the food items in the Hot Chocolate Shop (cash-only transactions). "For the past 25 years, our Winter Wonderland has had an unbroken record as a safe, family holiday festival," said Pam Ryan Anderson, chairman of CCV. "This holiday village' is every child's magical playground where they can decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus; visit with Santa and his elves; pet baby animals; ride ponies and the Winter Wonderland train; slide down the 20-foot slide; jump enthusiastically in Winter Wonderland's bouncy house; and take a spin on the human gyroscope. This year there will be snow, nightly entertainment on the stage and there may even be surprise visits from the Grinch." Clearwater's Winter Wonderland is also a food and toy drive for needy children and families. Visitors are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food for Santa's sleigh to be donated to the charities Nourish to Flourish and the Pinellas Police Athletic League.Capitol Theatre to welcome Rockapella ChristmasCLEARWATER The Rockapella Christmas show will roll into town a few days before Santa Claus, performing Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $30. Call 727-791-7400 or visit They've become one of the world's most sophisticated, lasting, and imitated vocal groups around today. Rockapella is possibly the most influential group out there in this new era of network television a cappella shows such as NBC's "The SingOff," movies like "Pitch Perfect," and innumerable college vocal groups that own the corner of cool on campuses everywhere.Since the early '90s when they first achieved national television fame on PBS's "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?," they've toured the globe and provided a funky powerful soundtrack to several generations of vocal music fans, while keeping it all fresh along the way. With buckets of catchy original pop songs, and complete contemporary revisions of sparkling Motown, pop, and soul classics, this group has always been the one to watch. The phrase "often imitated never duplicated" applies here.The current Rockapella lineup features Scott Leonard (since 1991, high tenor), Jeff Thacher (1993, vocal percussionist), Calvin Jones (2013, tenor), Mitchell Rains (2016, tenor) and Bryant Vance (2016, bass). This lineup marks a new generation of Rockapella, who remain keenly focused on musical excellence. REH to present ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’CLEARWATER "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" will be presented Friday, Dec. 22, 3 and 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www. The beloved TV classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Audience members will see all of their favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in this musical. The show is an adventure that teaches audiences that what makes someone different can be what makes them special. It's a charming tale and a wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. The show is based on the animated television special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage. Script adaptation was provided by Robert Penola. The show features arrangements by Timothy Splain and orchestrations by William C. White.Capitol to present Sister’s Christmas Catechism CLEARWATER Sister's Christmas Catechism will present "The Mystery of the Magi's Gold" on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2 and 7 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap. com. It's "CSI: Bethlehem" in this holiday mystery extravaganza from the author of "Late Nite Catechism," as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages whatever happened to the Magi's gold? Retelling the story of the Nativity as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production is bound to become a yearly classic. Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you've ever seen. With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, Sister's Christmas Catechism is sure to become the newest addition to your holiday traditions.Horse-drawn wagons added to Largo Central Park holiday attractionLARGO Most people know and love the amazing light display of over one million LED lights in Largo Central Park. To many it is a tradition to stroll through the park and see the dazzling displays of trains, toy bears, carolers, toy soldiers and many more at no cost. Again this year, each night you can take a ride on the carousel or the seven-story Ferris wheel where you will be able to enjoy the beautiful lights from above the park now through Jan. 1. Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts recently announced a new feature to be added to the holiday festivities this year. On Thursday, Dec. 21 through Sunday, Dec. 24; and Thursday, Dec. 28 through Saturday, Dec. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m., a wagon pulled by Clydesdale horses will offer carriage rides allowing guests a different holiday light viewing experience. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased on site at Shelter 7 in the northwest corner of the park. Also new in 2017, visitors can purchase a pair of Holiday Specs, similar to 3D glasses, to transform holiday lights into magical snowmen, candy canes, snow flakes or Santa images. The glasses can be purchased every night now through Monday, Jan. 1 while supplies last. Cost is $2. Concessions will be available for purchase most nights. Largo Central Park is at 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. For more information, call 727-587-6720 or visit Christmas Light Display ST. PETERSBURG The Oakdale Christmas Light Display will be presented nightly, 6 to 10 p.m., through Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Oakdale Christmas house, 2719 Oakdale St. S., St. Petersburg. There is a walking yard tour featuring a small pond, several waterfalls and fountains and an 18-train HO scale railroad. The display includes animated and lit-up figures and inflatables. The house is covered with lights and window cabinet displays. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For information, visit Ten Tenors to perform seasonal favorites at MahaffeyST. PETERSBURG The Ten Tenors, Australia's rock stars of the opera, will present a unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites on Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., at 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $47.50. Call 727-893-7832 or visit themahaffey. com. With soaring versions of "Joy to the World," "White Christmas," "Amazing Grace," "Winter Wonderland," "Feliz Navidad" and more, the Ten Tenors Home for the Holidays is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season. The Ten Tenors are one of Australia's greatest entertainment success stories, with more than 90 million people worldwide witnessing their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power. Following 16 years of sell-out performances across the globe, including more than 2,000 of their own headline concerts, The Ten Tenors have cemented their place as Australia's premier classical-crossover group. According to their website, The Ten Tenors are celebrated for their colorful repertoire, breathtaking arrangements and powerful live performances. They tip their hats not only to the great classical composers, but to contemporary music's most popular artists. From Buckley to Bocelli, an evening with The Ten Tenors is guaranteed to surprise and delight in equal measure. Amidst their own explosive live concert experiences and remarkable achievements including six platinum and gold records and over 3.5 million concert tickets sold, The Ten Tenors have also performed alongside countless music legends including Andrea Bocelli, AndrŽ Rieu, John Travolta, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Keith Urban, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, Sarah Brightman, Willie Nelson, Katherine Jenkins and Christina Aguilera. "So many people, particularly men, turn up to a show, having been dragged by their wives, arms folded, thinking they're going to watch us croon to the ladies and serve up yet another watery classical crossover show," said Scott Muller, long serving member of The Ten Tenors. "Not too far into the show they realize we are a group of down-to-earth Aussie blokes, that have power and guts in our performance and they leave not only pleasantly surprised, but fans themselves." For information about The Ten Tenors, visit For venue information, visit Center’s NGB to perform ‘Nutcracker’ TAMPA The Straz Center for the Performing Arts' Next Generation Ballet will present "Nutcracker," running Dec. 21-23, in Morsani Hall at the Straz Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, 7 p.m. One matinee will be presented on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets for the show start at $30. Call 813-229-7827 or visit The performance is sponsored by Chick-fil-A. New York City Ballet principals Sara Mearns and Amar Ramasar will perform the roles of Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier on Friday and Saturday. Miami City Ballet former principal Patricia Delgado and New York City Ballet principal Gonzalo Garcia will perform Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier on Thursday. The production also features the award-winning dancers of Next Generation Ballet and a cast of nearly 175 dancers, gymnasts and other guest artists in this spectacular holiday extravaganza. "Nutcracker" was choreographed by Peter Stark, former NGB artistic director, with a few new additions by Philip Neal, the current NGB artistic director. Sets, props and costumes are designed by Thom J. Peterson. A stepping stone for great dance talent, NGB prepares dancers for professional employment through instruction, coaching and performance opportunities. The company is committed to the artistic, personal and professional development of outstanding young dancers. Performers in NGB have been awarded scholarship opportunities at the leading ballet schools worldwide and have received employment with ballet companies including New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and Hamburg Ballet. They have also placed first in prestigious competitions including Youth America Grand Prix, Prix de Lausanne and the World Ballet Competition. Pre-show activities will include family photos with Santa Claus and live caroling.Cirque Musica to bring holiday show to AmalieTAMPA Cirque Musica Holiday presents Believe will come to Tampa Friday, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m., at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start at $25. Visit or call 800-7453000. Tickets also are available at Ticketmaster outlets and at the McDonald's ticket office at Amalie Arena. This all-new show will be performed with a live symphony orchestra. Cirque Musica Holiday presents Believe, an all-new concert experience, is a fun-filled family holiday event featuring the cast of Cirque Musica together with all-time favorite holiday songs performed by a live orchestra. Cirque Musica is a concert and visual experience where audience members journey into a world of high-flying adventure with amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious high jinks and holiday cheer. The show blends the spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism of today's greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of the greatest holiday music of all time. Produced by TCG Entertainment, Cirque Musica has multiple productions touring the world. A Cirque Musica production takes audiences on a musical journey to a faraway land of dazzling beauty and mystery. Cirque Musica blends the grace and thrills of the world's greatest cirque performers with stunning symphonic music. Audiences are treated to a full sensory experience that will have them on the edge of their seats and in awe of the beauty, thrills, and majesty. 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Events  Movies  Classi eds Diversions Seminole Beacon, Section B, December 21, 2017  Visit “Nutcracker,” presented by The Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ Next Generation Ballet; running Dec. 21-23, in Morsani Hall at the Straz Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, 7 p.m. One matinee will be presented on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets for the show start at $30. Call 813-2297827 or visit The performance is sponsored by Chickl-A. New York City Ballet principals Sara Mearns and Amar Ramasar will perform the roles of Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier on Friday and Saturday. Miami City Ballet former principal Patricia Delgado and New York City Ballet principal Gonzalo Garcia will perform Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier on Thursday. The production also features the award-winning dancers of Next Generation Ballet and a cast of nearly 175 dancers, gymnasts and other guest artists in this spectacular holiday extravaganza. Pre-show activities will include family photos with Santa Claus and live caroling.  “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” Friday, Dec. 22, 3 and 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit The beloved TV classic “Rudolph The RedNosed Reindeer” soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in “Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer: The Musical.”  The Florida Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah; Friday, Dec. 22, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $15. Call 727-893-7832 or visit George Frideric Handel’s Messiah has mesmerized audiences since its debut in 1742 in Dublin. The oratorio based on scripture is in English and was originally an Easter offering. Now it’s a xture at Christmastime in churches and concert halls around the world. Messiah is also Handel’s most famous work, though it didn’t take long to compose, only about three or four weeks in the summer of 1741. Michael Francis will conduct.  Gabriel Iglesias: FluffyMania Tour; Friday, Dec. 22, 8 p.m., at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. Tickets start at $37.75. Call 813-974-3004. Iglesias is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians and he performs in sold-out venues across the United States and internationally. His stand-up comedy is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters, and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to life. His unique and animated style of comedy has made him popular among fans of all ages.  Sister’s Christmas Catechism, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2 and 7 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 727-791-7400 or visit Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? Retelling the story of the nativity as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production is bound to become a yearly classic. Employing her own scienti c tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you’ve ever seen. Top ve diversions Photo by NIKO TAVERNISE/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOXHugh Jackman, right, stars as P.T. Barnum and Zac Efron as Philip Carlisle in Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Greatest Showman.” Opening this weekend ‘The Greatest Showman,’ starring Hugh Jackman, explores the imagination of P.T. Barnum Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPE Tampa Bay NewspapersA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following lms opening in wide release:‘The Greatest Showman’Genre: Musical and biography Cast: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya Coleman and Rebecca Ferguson Director: Michael Gracey Rated: PG “The Greatest Showman” is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’Genre: Action, fantasy and adventure Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Rhys Darby, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman and Alex Wolff Director: Jake Kasdan Rated: PG-13 In the brand new adventure “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.‘Downsizing’Genre: Comedy and science ction Cast: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig Director: Alexander Payne Rated: R “Downsizing” imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to 5 inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small. People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized Photo by FRANK MASI/SONY PICTURESFrom left, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Dwayne Johnson star in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” See OPENING, page 3B Photo courtesy of THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRAMichael Francis conducts The Florida Orchestra as it performs Handel’s Messiah Dec. 22 at The Mahaffey. 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2B Just for Fun Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017A&E newsVentriloquist/comedienne to perform at CPPACLARGO – Lynn Trefzger will take the stage Saturday, Jan. 6, 2 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $19.50 in advance. The performance will feature cabaret seating. Call 727-587-6793 or visit Trefzger is a ventriloquist/comedienne with a trunk full of zany characters that have accompanied her to stages throughout the country. Her offthe-wall audience interplay is riotously funny, and her performances are tailored for family audiences. She appeared on TV’s original talent show “Star Search.” Since then she has performed on Comedy Central, TNN, Lifetime, A&E and ABC. Trefzger was recently featured in “I’m No Dummy,” a comedy/documentary about the art of ventriloquism with Jay Johnson and Jeff Dunham.Show to bring ‘Candid Camera’ clips to Central Park Performing Arts CenterLARGO – “Candid Camera’s 8 Decade of Smiles Starring Peter Funt” will be presented Sunday, Jan. 7, 2 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $29.50 in advance. The performance will feature cabaret seating. Call 727-587-6793 or visit Funt’s hilarious stage comedy is blended with clips, quips and behindthe-scenes tales from the show’s funniest moments. “Candid Camera” holds a unique place in entertainment history as the only show to have produced new episodes in each of the last eight decades. The stage show incorporates the best “Candid Camera” clips in a fast-paced, laughlled romp through the decades. Funt’s topical humor is blended with audience participation and special surprises to make the show a great night of fun. Aquila Theatre to stage ‘Sense & Sensibility’TARPON SPRINGS – Aquila Theatre will present Jane Austen’s “Sense & Sensibility” on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $40 for adults and $35 for Tarpon Arts members. Call 727942-5605 or visit Seduction, courtship, love, heartbreak and surprise abound in this classic romantic comedy based on one of Jane Austen’s most popular novels. New York City-based Aquila Theatre adapts this story in a bold and exciting new production featuring an innovative use of space, movement, design, and sound. Paid ticket holders are invited to come to the Performing Arts Center at 1 p.m. before the show for a fascinating live Talk Back with the cast, to gain a deeper appreciation for the story and its cast of characters. Well-Strung to perform at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts CenterTARPON SPRINGS – Well-Strung, the singing string quartet, will perform Sunday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for Tarpon Arts members. Call 727942-5605 or visit Well-Strung, a New York City-based string quartet, derives their unique blend of vocals and strings by fusing classical music with the pop music of today. Members Edmund Bagnell (1st violin), Chris Marchant (2nd violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello), and Trevor Wadleigh (viola) spend their time making new music and touring internationally. They have garnered many national mentions and appearances, including Huf ngton Post, CBS News, and The Today Show. Central Park Performing Arts Center to present Rat Pack Together Again LARGO – The Rat Pack Together Again will perform Thursday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., at Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 727-587-6793 or visit This Tony Sands production serves as a tribute to the legendary performers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. These famous superstars came together in the 1960s at the Sands Casino in Las Vegas. This show will recreate their magic once again. The performance captures the onstage banter that made the Rat Pack act a huge hit in Vegas. Even though all have since died, their legacy lives on through three sensational tribute artists who assume the roles of the talented singers during their glory days. Tony Sands stars as Sinatra, Johnny Petillo will be playing Dean Martin, and Geno Monroe portrays Sammy. Together, they bring audiences the best of the Rat Pack songs, comedy, skits, and of course, all their individual hits. LRMA launches new art classes in 2018TARPON SPRINGS – The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is pleased to announce that the new year will ring in a new offering of art classes and workshops for adults in January through March. Class topics will include Paper Mache Mixed Media Techniques, The Wonder of Watercolor (two series), and Connections: Poetry, Prose & Painting, Surface Design Techniques for Polymer, and Sumi-e Painting Workshop for adult learners. Class duration and fees vary per program.Mahaffey to welcome Ten Tenors Dec. 21ST. PETERSBURG – The Ten Tenors, Australia’s rock stars of the opera, will present a unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites on Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., at 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $47.50. Call 727-893-7832 or visit With soaring versions of “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,” “Amazing Grace,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Feliz Navidad” and more, the Ten Tenors Home for the Holidays is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season. The Ten Tenors are one of Australia’s greatest entertainment success stories, with more than 90 million people worldwide witnessing their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power. Following 16 years of sell-out performances across the globe, including more than 2,000 of their own headline concerts, The Ten Tenors have cemented their place as Australia’s premier classical-crossover group. According to their website, The Ten Tenors are celebrated for their colorful repertoire, breathtaking arrangements and powerful live performances. They tip their hats not only to the great classical composers, but to contemporary music’s most popular artists. From Buckley to Bocelli, an evening with The Ten Tenors is guaranteed to surprise and delight in equal measure. Amidst their own explosive live concert experiences and remarkable achievements including six platinum and gold records and over 3.5 million concert tickets sold, The Ten Tenors have also performed alongside countless music legends including Andrea Bocelli, Andr Rieu, John Travolta, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Keith Urban, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, Sarah Brightman, Willie Nelson, Katherine Jenkins and Christina Aguilera. “So many people, particularly men, turn up to a show, having been dragged by their wives, arms folded, thinking they’re going to watch us croon to the ladies and serve up yet another watery classical crossover show,” said Scott Muller, long serving member of The Ten Tenors. “Not too far into the show they realize we are a group of down-to-earth Aussie blokes, that have power and guts in our performance and they leave not only pleasantly surprised, but fans themselves.” For information about The Ten Tenors, visit For venue information, visit Photo courtesy of THE MAHAFFEYThe Ten Tenors perform Dec. 21 at The Mahaffey. 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Oh boy. Even before “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hit theaters, the contempt and condemnation had already begun. Though many were eagerly awaiting the release of the next chapter in this beloved space fantasy saga, a faction of moviegoers started tearing it apart – without having actually viewed the lm – because they believe that nothing produced by Walt Disney Studios can possibly compare to their favorite franchise installment (which, among these old-school fans, is usually either “A New Hope” or “The Empire Strikes Back”). Were the naysayers correct? Is “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” a defective and deficient film worthy of their sneering derision? Well, “The Last Jedi” de nitely isn’t Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru’s Star Wars. It is, however, a spectacular tour de force, brimming with action and humor as well as complex subplots and not-so-obvious series allusions. Working from a solid script, director Rian Johnson delivers both stunning spectacle as well as well-developed, compelling characters. “The Last Jedi” picks up shortly after the events depicted in “The Force Awakens” in which the protagonists destroyed the Starkiller Base. Even with that recent victory, Resistance forces – led by General Leia Organa (the late Carrie Fisher) are on the run from the First Order eet. The outlook seems bleak: The good guys are facing overwhelming odds. There are exceptional performances from the primary cast, including Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver and John Boyega. Standouts in supporting roles are Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux and Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico. Anthony Daniels, reprising his role as C-3PO, seems sadly under-utilized. The cast also includes Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro in small but crucial roles. It’s almost impossible to review the film without revealing spoilers. Instead of discussing speci c plot points, let’s take a look at 10 reasons why “The Last Jedi” is such a remarkable lm. 1. It is not a remake of “The Empire Strikes Back.” “The Force Awakens,” the previous chapter in the saga, was entertaining but suffered from a lack of originality. The plot too closely re ected “A New Hope.” With “The Last Jedi,” Johnson doesn’t make that mistake. While the tone is similar, the story is original. 2. “The Last Jedi” reinforces core components of the saga. Johnson clearly respects the mythological framework George Lucas established with “A New Hope.” It’s evident in frequent visual callbacks as well as the overriding theme of light against dark, free will against imposed order. Upon close inspection, the story embraces a few key elements of the saga – particularly hope. 3. “The Last Jedi” introduces new mythic elements to the story arc. This is a point of contention with some fans who see this as a betrayal of canon. Johnson seeks to expand the boundaries of franchise, which will give rise to new storylines and keep future installments from becoming lackluster, repetitive facsimiles. 4. Character revelations offer a new perspective on earlier chapters, providing deeper meaning. Through one such revelation, Johnson cleverly makes an argument against fundamentalism and organized religion without disparaging the underlying spirituality. 5. Mark Hamill gives the best performance of his career to date. As the older-and-wiser Luke, Hamill gives us a repentant master living in exile, haunted by his own de ciencies as well as the repercussions of Shakespearian hubris. 6. The lm boasts awesome, drawn-out space battles that involve heartrending sacri ces. 7. Johnson understands that sometimes a puppet works better than CGI. 8. Where previous franchise installments generally focus on the inevitability of a victory for the forces of good, “The Last Jedi” posits that the struggle between the light and the dark is an unending progression. This long-term cyclicality may be the only form of balance possible. It is a tragic, realistic admission. 9. Porgs are not as annoying as Ewoks. Sure, they are cute and provide a marketable product for the merchandising gurus – but they aren’t important to the plot. Thankfully, Johnson doesn’t overdo it. Many were expecting the Millennium Falcon to be overrun with them by the end of the movie, as if they were the Star Wars equivalent of Tribbles. 10. “The Last Jedi” leaves unanswered questions. Wait – some fans seem to have issues with this. Apparently, they aren’t familiar with cliffhangers having spent the last few years binge-watching everything in weeklong marathons. The Star Wars franchise was originally conceived as a throwback to matinee serials. Get used to having to wait a few years for the next chapter! To be fair, “The Last Jedi” is not without aws. In developing some subplots, Johnson takes the audience on unnecessary tangents. One such digression sends two characters to a posh planet populated by the extremely af uent. This thinly-veiled commentary on wealth inequality adds 20 minutes to the lm’s running time. Those 20 minutes might have been used to ll in a few plot holes in the nal act that were instead clumsily explained in throwaway dialog. The imperfections are minor and cannot diminish the impact of Johnson’s achievement with “The Last Jedi.” Most critics agree, apparently. As of Dec. 17, the lm boasts a 93 percent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregation website for lm and television. Box Of ce Mojo, the online box-of ce reporting service, is projecting the lm had already made $220 million, making it the second largest opening weekend ever behind only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which debuted with $247.9 million back in 2015. Meanwhile, the naysayers continue to squawk on social media. The scuttlebutt, as reported at various outlets including Vanity Fair and Deadline, is that there may be an active trolling campaign intent upon dragging down audience review scores at sites such as Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. Scanning their reviews, they mostly seem angry with producer J.J. Abrams and the Walt Disney Company (which acquired Lucas lm in 2012) for ruining their childhood by continuing the saga and taking the story into uncharted territory. They cling to the original trilogy and its heroes and want nothing to do with a passing of the baton. They are entitled to their opinion. I am also an old-school fan of the franchise, having watched its debut with my parents in theaters in 1977 as a wide-eyed kid. I am delighted to have the opportunity to share each new franchise lm with my family. I am impressed with “The Last Jedi,” and I look forward to seeing it a few more times in the coming weeks. Let the naysayers keep shaking their sts at clouds shaped like Death Stars with Mickey Mouse ears.Entertainment 3B Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017world, and with the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha in order to get small and move to a new downsized community – a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.‘Father Figures’Genre: Comedy Cast: Ed Helms, Owen Wilson, Ving Rhames, J.K. Simmons, Terry Bradshaw, Katt Williams and Glenn Close Director: Lawrence Sher Rated: R In the Alcon Entertainment comedy “Father Figures,” Owen Wilson and Ed Helms star as fraternal twins Kyle and Peter who accidentally discover they’ve been living with a lie all their lives. The kindly man in the photo on their mantle isn’t their father after all, but an invention their mother (Glenn Close) concocted to conceal the truth: that she actually doesn’t know who their real father is. See, it was the 1970s, and things were crazy, and … well, you know. Armed with only a handful of clues, the brothers resolve to nd the mystery man in what results in a wild road trip of discovery and revelations – about their mother, themselves and each other. ‘Pitch Perfect 3’Genre: Musical Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Ruby Rose, John Lithgow, Ester Dean, Kelley Jakle, Hana Mae Lee, Chrissie Fit, Anna Camp, Shelley Regner and DJ Khaled Director: Trish Sie Rated: PG-13 Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box of ce. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas nd themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time. ‘All the Money in the World’Genre: Drama and thriller Cast: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris, Charlie Plummer and Timothy Hutton Director: Ridley Scott Rated: R “All the Money in the World” follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money. The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.‘Hostiles’Genre: Drama and western Cast: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Jesse Plemons, Ben Foster and Adam Beach Director: Scott Cooper Rated: R Set in 1892, “Hostiles” tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche and vicious outliers that they encounter along the way. For more movie news, visit www. Lee Clark Zumpe is TBN entertainment editor. Call 727397-5563, ext. 341, or by email at OPENING, from page 1B Photo by FABIO LOVINO/TRISTAR PICTURESFrom left, Maurizio Lombardi, Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg star in TriStar Pictures’ “All the Money in the World.” Reel TimeLee Clark Zumpe Movie reviewNo, director Rian Johnson did not ruin my childhood with game-changing ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Photo courtesy of LUCASFILM/WALT DISNEY STUDIOSMark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, a former Jedi Master, in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Photo courtesy of PARAMOUNT PICTURESMatt Damon plays Paul Safranek and Jason Sudeikis plays Dave Johnson in “Downsizing” from Paramount Pictures. 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8B Entertainment Seminole Beacon, December 21, 2017New year, new voicesAmerican Stage Theatre announces 2018 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival, running Jan. 11-14 ST. PETERSBURG – American Stage Theatre will present 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival, running Jan. 11-14, at 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Individual tickets are $10 per reading. An all-access pass is available for $40 to the general public and $30 to American Stage subscribers and Act 1 Club members. Call 727-823-7529, email BoxOf or visit In the support of the next generation of American playwrights, this American Stage program features new plays in development. A committee of 26 play readers comprised of a diverse cross-section of community members work with Stephanie Gularte, American Stage’s producing artistic director, to read, evaluate and discuss hundreds of new play submissions from all over the United States. The ve selected works will be featured in staged readings and workshops and will provide audiences the opportunity to contribute to the plays’ development through audience talkbacks following each play reading. Last season’s New Play Festival hit “Strait of Gibraltar” was selected for a fully produced mainstage production in American Stage’s 2017-18 season. Andrea Lepcio, the playwright, will be in residence during the play’s rehearsal process to be involved with the director and the actors on the play’s continued development. “It is our hope that our 21st Century Voices will develop into an impactful resource for playwrights and their new works to not only continue their development but to nd an audience through quality readings and fully produced premieres,” said Gularte in a press release. The staged readings will be directed by local talents and will feature performers from throughout greater Tampa Bay. Each playwright will be in residence during the rehearsal and reading process and will have the opportunity to discuss their work with audiences. Following is the 21st Century Voices: 2018 New Play Festival schedule:  Thursday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m. – “Leni & Joseph,” by Jacob Marx Rice  Friday, Jan. 12, 8 p.m. – “If Now Were Hence,” by Tess Light  Saturday, Jan. 13, 3 p.m. – “Postlingual,” by Brooke Downs  Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m. – “Group,” by Alex Rubin  Sunday, Jan. 14, 3 p.m. – “Good Bad People,” by Rachel Lynett About the playwrightsJacob Marx Rice’s work has been produced and developed at The Flea Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The New Ohio, Atlantic Theatre Stage 2, and others. His play series “The Suicidal Comedies” – consisting of “Chemistry,” “Coping” and “Cracks” – has been produced around the country and has won the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, the Excellence in Playwriting Award and FringeFAVE at the NY Fringe Festival, Producer’s Pick at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and Producer’s Encore Pick at the Hollywood Fringe. Rice is a 2017 Playwright Observer at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, a member of The Shelter, and an MFA candidate at NYU for Dramatic Writing. Playwright Tess Light lives and works in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Distinctions include winner of the 2017 Julie Harris Playwriting Award, seminalist for the 2015 Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Playwrights Conference, Winner of the 2015 Arts & Letters prize for Drama, and Winner of the 2012 New Play Contest at Theatre Conspiracy. Brooke Downs has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brigham Young University. She now teaches a variety of writing and literature courses there. Alex Rubin is a New York-based writer for stage, TV, and lm. Rubin’s plays and songs have been produced in readings and concerts at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Theater for the New City, Primary Stages, The Steinhardt School at NYU, Temple University, Hofstra University, 54 Below, The Davenport Theater, Peter Schneider Productions, Wide Eyed Productions, The Rep Group, Little Black Dress INK, Acadia University, Lama Theater Co.’s Fest of the Best, Samuel French OOB Festival, Renegade Theatre Festival, and more. Rachel Lynett holds an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Arkansas and a BA from the University of Notre Dame where she studied Theatre and Gender Studies. Her recent playwriting credits include Downstage Left Residency with Stage Left for her play “Well-Intentioned White People,” “Well-Intentioned White People” as a part of 2017 Orlando Shakespeare New Play Festival, honorable mention for the 2017 Kilroys for her play “Well-Intentioned White People,” and a workshop production of “Abortion Road Trip” produced by Theatre Prometheus as part of Capital Fringe where it won Best Comedy. For more information, visit The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is at 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. For information, call 727-712-5762 or visit Jazz Society announces concertsThe Suncoast Jazz Society will sponsor two concerts in January. Bobby Tess and the Dixie Chaps will perform Thursday, Jan. 18, 7 to 9:30 p.m., in the Crystal Sands Ballroom at the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Admission is $20. For reservations, call 727-522-6877. Bill Allred and Rosie O’Grady’s Goodtime Jazz Band will perform Sunday, Jan. 21, 2 to 5 p.m., at Kapok Events Pavilion, 923 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Admission is $15 for society members and $20 for nonmembers. For reservations, call 727-215-2938.DFAC to kick off new session of art classes Jan. 8DUNEDIN – A new session of art classes will get underway the week of Jan. 8 at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. Imagine a blank sheet of paper, a ball of clay and a world of possibilities. Those possibilities dwell within each person. The Dunedin Fine Art Center just wants to help students realize them this winter. There are no grades in these classes, and no failure either. Students earn the reward of freeing their creativity. 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