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By SUZETTE PORTERTALLAHASSEE Continued good news for Pinellas County as the local unemployment rate continues to fall. Octobers rate is 9.9 percent down 1.4 percent from the 11.3 percent reported in 2010 and 0.4 percent less than last month, according to a recent report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. In addition, Tampa-St. PetersburgClearwater metro area continues to lead with over-the-year job gains. The local area added 24,100 jobs from January through October for a 2.2 percent growth rate. The unemployment rate for the metro area, which includes Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties, was 10.3 in October, ranking it No. 11 of 23 MSAs. Pinellas has the lowest unemployment rate in the local MSA. Hernando has the highest with 13 percent and ranks No. 3 in the state. Pasco ranks No. 13 with 11.3 percent. Hillsborough ties with Duval County for the No. 33 spot with 10 percent unemployment. Pinellas with 9.9 percent ranks No. 35 and ties with Escambia, Baker and Gadsden counties. Octobers unemployment report also brought good news for the state of Florida with the not seasonally adjusted rate at 10.1 percent, down from 10.6 percent in September and 11.6 in October 2010. The nationwide unemployment rate for October fell to 8.5 percent, down from 8.8 percent in September and 9 percent a year ago. October is the 13th consecutive month of job gains in the state after three years of job losses. The industry gaining the most jobs is leisure and hospitality, followed by private education and health services. Construction continues as the industry losing the most jobs, followed by government and information. Pinellas County Economic Developments website reports a number of success stories for local job growth thanks in part to incentives offered by the state, county and municipalities. Dynamet Florida started work on an expansion project in September that creates jobs for 15 more people in Pinellas. An expansion by Nautical Structures in See NEWS, page 4A By AMANDA SEBASTIANOCLEARWATER Projectors set up in parking lots showed the latest Harry Potter movie to anxious shoppers waiting in mile-long lines. Parking lots were packed, and portable beds lined the pavement. And shoppers and retailers geared up for the frenzy of Black Friday, Nov. 25 throughout Pinellas County. The day after Thanksgiving, customers waited some just a few hours, while others had been patiently camping outside of their favorite stores for almost a week. The first customer lined up outside of Best Buy at 21415 U.S. 19 was Tracy Hegwood, who waited six days and nights outside. Hegwood, along with her sister and a few other family members and friends, had a cot, pillows and blankets onhand as she waited for midnight so she could purchase her 42-inch, $199 flat screen television. Hegwoods sister, Susie Thomas, and a few other group members took turns bringing her coffee and food during her shift and relieved her when she needed to shower or just take a break. I can say that I did it and can scratch it off my bucket list now, Hegwood said. I can safely say I will never do this again, but it was a piece of cake for me. An army veteran, Hegwood said sleeping outside didnt bother her too much, although the bright parking lot lights made sleeping difficult. Police See STORES, page 4ASheriffs detectives solve 2006 homicide Suspect is a former Largo resident ... Page 5A. Also opening this weekend is Answers to Nothing, a drama, thriller ... Page 1B.Coriolanus, about a feared Roman general, comes to the theaters Volume XXXIV,No. 20 December 1, 2011 www.TBNweekly.com LARGOCity announces contest winnersTwenty-one participants entered their eco-innovations in the city of Largos 3rd annual Recycled Innovations Contest. This online contest, in celebration of America Recycles Day, gave children and adults alike the opportunity to create something useful out of their trash. ... Page 3A. Features Business . . . . . . . . . .12A Classieds . . . . . . . . .5-7B Entertainment . . . . . . . .1,3B Health & tness . . . . . . .8-9A Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Outdoors . . . . . . . . . .14A Pets of the week . . . . . . . .13A Police beat . . . . . . . . . .5A Schools . . . . . . . . . . .10A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .11A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising Paul Simon plays at REH Dec. 5Tickets range from $62.50 to $128. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerd hall.com. The set list will draw from Simons iconic career, including several songs that havent been performed live in many years. ... Page 1B.COUNTYShare the spiritOrganizations are welcome to send information about charitable events to help people in Pinellas County to webmas firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we can make the holidays brighter for everyone. ... Page 6A.BUSINESSShopping records set over weekendAccording to a survey conducted by BIGresearch for the National Retail Federation, a record 226 million people visited stores and websites over the Black Friday weekend, up from 212 million in 2010. Shoppers also spent more, an average of $398.62, compared to $364.34 last year. Online shoppers spent an average of $150.53 37.8 percent of their weekend spending. ... Page 12A. 11311727-725-1052 2547 Countryside Blvd. #5 www.CustomHairTampa.com Fighting Breast Cancer 1 step at a timeTrade-in sale $50 OFFAny New WigCustom Hair & Wigs 12046 Indian Rocks Road, Largo 727-595-1222 www.VONailsAndSpa.comFACIALS SPA THERAPY WAXING NAILS AND MORE Not available with other offers. Expires 12/31/11Full Set or Spa Mani-PediNot available with other offers. Exp. 12/31/11111711 We Offer SHELLAC for Natural Nails20% OFF All Services for New Clients.$500OFF We Pay Cash For Gold & Silver! We Pay Cash For Gold & Silver! 6206 54th Ave. N. St. Pete 544-6464 3209 Tampa Rd, Palm Harbor Shoppes at Cloverplace 727-785-6464 090111Visit Our New Location: Largo events filled with holiday spiritCity employee honored for work with children Photo by TOM GERMONDZack Pursley, 6, of Clearwater hangs upside down from a piece of playground equipment Nov. 26 at Largo Central Park. Numerous area residents came to the park over the holiday weekend.Topsy-turvy Black Friday traditions continue long waits of the after-school program at Mildred Helms Elementary, nominated Mai. He received a phone call saying that Fawcett had been injured, so he hurried to the school and was met by a burst of confetti and a room full of his family, friends and Mildred Helms students. Its really mind blowing to get this award, Mai said. Im passionate about See MAI, page 4ALARGO Need a little Christmas? There are plenty of holiday events planned for this weekend in Largo, including a street party, Christmas parade, holiday stroll and a fundraiser that chocolate lovers find irresistible. First Friday First Friday will be held Dec. 2, 6 to 11 p.m., on First Avenue Southwest in downtown Largo between Clearwater-Largo Road and Ridge Road. This months theme will be Largos Winter Wonderland Festival. Attendees will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa and dance to live rock n roll and Christmas music. The event will feature food, art and craft vendors as well as magic performers, Christmas carolers and other street performers. Christmas parade The downtown largo Christmas parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 to 4 p.m. The parade begins at Pinellas County Schools Offices at 301 Fourth St. SW. and ends in Ulmer Park, located at 301 West Bay Drive. Parking is available at the Pinellas County Schools Offices. Cost per organization/business to participate is $25. Net proceeds from the parade are being donated to a nonprofit organization that raises money for local breast cancer survivors, BRA Bikers Raising Awareness. For details, visit www.discoverlargo.com or contact Paula Hochman at 723-3645. Holiday stroll Largos Annual Holiday Stroll will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, 5 to 9 p.m. More than a million lights and entertainment will fill Largo Central Park. Each shelter throughout the park will feature a different holiday story, and activity or craft for the children. A new event this year features photos with Santa inside a snow globe for $5. The holiday tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m. in the center of Central Park. Entertainment will feature aerial acroSee LARGO, page 4A Photo by AMANDA SEBASTIANOCustomers wait at Best Buys midnight opening on Black Friday, Nov. 25, at 21415 U.S. 19.ENTERTAINMENTThe Juvenile Welfare Board recognized Brandon Mai for his efforts in working with children. By AMANDA SEBASTIANOLARGO Coach, counselor, friend, and teacher Brandon Mai, 28, wears a variety of hats when he goes to work. Mai works with children at the Southwest Recreation Complex and helps run the after-school program at Mildred Helms Elementary School. Mai was recognized Nov. 3 by the Juvenile Welfare Boards Childrens Services Council and received the Cooperman-Bogue KidsFirst Award for the third quarter of 2011. The award was created 17 years ago by Leonard Cooperman, an attorney, and Judge Lincoln Bogue, two men who were actively involved in creating the Juvenile Welfare Board. Individuals who work with children and go above and beyond their job descriptions are recognized quarterly and one overall winner will be chosen in the spring of 2012. Three community councils, each representing a section of Pinellas County, and two previous winners of the award met to evaluate nominees and choose a winner for each quarter. The four winners for the year will each receive $500, and the annual winner will be given a $2,000 reward. Co-worker, Jennifer Fawcett, directorVIEWPOINTSCarl HiaasenLittle outfit in Orlando doesnt like casino plan one bit, columnist says. Page 11A. County gets good news on job frontPinellas County Economic Developments website reports a number of success stories for local job growth thanks in part to incentives offered by the state, county and municipalities.
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Seidl, M.D.2770 East Bay Drive, Largo 727-530-1425 1109 US 19N., Holiday 727-934-5705 www.lazenbyeyecare.com111011 Chapel On The Hill is proud to present an organ concert featuring Dr. Philip PrattSunday, December 4th, 4pmFREE Admission But a Free-Will Offering will be taken. A reception with light refreshments, will follow in Evans Hall. Fresh baked holiday cookies will be available to take home.CDs will be available for PurchaseAll Proceeds Benet Church Building FundCHAPEL ON THE HILL, UCC 12601 Park Blvd. in Seminole 727-391-2919 www.coth.org120111 Description: Santas Sleigh Day will include themed games, crafts and exciting activities especially prepared for pre-school aged children. Parents are encouraged to stay and enjoy the experience. Preregistration is required. The fee is $5 per child Call 518-3125. Tai Chi, Friday, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 8:30 until 9:30 a.m., John R. Bonner Natures Park, 14444 143rd St. N. Description: Experience this energizing yet flowing rhythmic exercise out in nature, surrounded by tranquil water and mangrove trees. Our group emphasizes inner well-being and physical health. Bring a water bottle. Call 518-3047 for more details. The fees are $5 resident, $6.25 nonresident, $8.25 guest. Winter Wonderland, Dec. 2, 6 until 8 p.m., George C. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th Street N. Description: Join us and the amazing Southwest Recreation staff as we have a blast throwing snow balls with real ice shavings, making winter crafts, going on night hikes, and roasting smores by the campfirewere talking some serious fun for the whole family! The fee is 5 per person, children 2 and under free. Call 518-3047 to pre-register. Largo Square Dancing, Fridays, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 7:30 until 9:45 p.m., Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Description: Are you interested in square dancing? Well, we have one of the best callers in the country right here at the Largo Community Center. Come dance the night away as our resident caller Allen Snell leads you around our floor. Refreshments available for purchase.$5 at the door. Call 518-3131. Santas Holiday Revue, Dec. 3, 11 a.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Description: Santas Holiday Revue is a fast paced rollicking musical that takes a joyous round-the-world tour of dances, songs and stories Free genealogy/family history classes, December, Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Description: Free classes this month include: How to use the huge ancestry.com genealogy collection; details of the 1940 census records to be released in April 2012; How to overcome brick walls in your genealogy research and more. See the complete listing with details of classes and scheduled times at www.flpgs.org/classes.aspx. Email Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com or call at (595-4521 for more information. The event is free. Tiny Tot Theme Parties, Dec. 1, 11 until noon, Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. Around Around Largo LargoCity events City events from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and many more. The audience will sing, clap and tap along as they learn new and old traditions, customs and folklore that instills the magic of the season. Fees are $7.50 adult, $6.50 children, $6 Schools and $22 Family 4 Pack. The season pass starts at $15 for three shows. Family 4 Packs and Season Passes are available through the Box Office only. Call the box office at 587-6793. Largo Swing Dance, Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 31, 7 until 11 p.m., Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Description: Come enjoy an evening of dancing and socializing. Every Saturday night, enjoy a free lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. and a DJ dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Our resident DJ is Savoy Swing. Dont miss out on our 5,400-square-foot sprung hardwood floor. For more information, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. The fee is $7. Call 518-3131. Train weekend, Dec. 3-4, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Largo Central Park. Description: Ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad on the first full weekend every month in sunny Largo Central Park. For a schedule of dates as well as pictures from this event, please go to the Special Events Train Weekend page. For more information please visit LargoEvents.com. The event is free; donations are accepted. Very Merry Christmas Party, Dec. 6, 5 until 8:30 p.m., Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Description: Get into the holiday spirit with our 7th Annual Verry Merry Christmas Party. Eileen and friends will be cooking up a delicious meal. After dinner, enjoy a lively holiday show. During the show, we will be loading up the golf carts for a tour of the lights in Largo Central Park. I hear Santa has added us to his good list and plans to make an appearance. Hurry, tickets are limited. Fees are $15. Call 518-3131. Afternoon Ballroom Dance, Dec. 8, 1:30 until 3:30 p.m., Largo Community Center. Description: Enjoy an afternoon filled with dancing and listening to the sounds of The Ellis Hale Combo. Casual dress accepted. Refreshments will be available. Visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call 5183131 for more information. See EVENTS, page 3A
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(727) 367-9655 COAST THERAPEUTICS SERVICES, INC. 102711 LARGO Twenty-one participants entered their eco-innovations in the city of Largos 3rd annual Recycled Innovations Contest. This online contest, in celebration of America Recycles Day, gave children and adults alike the opportunity to create something useful out of their trash. All entries were required to be constructed of 75 percent materials that would have otherwise been discarded. In the Junior Innovator category the winner was Dylan Neter, 10, from Country Day School in Largo. Neter found a clever use for an old telephone directory by converting it into a secret hideaway for valuables. Tyson Plumlee, 10, of Largo and his dad were the winners in the Macgyver category. The pair teamed up to make an innovative go-cart fashioned from an old jogging stroller, discarded pipes, a bicycle bar and wheels. We were so impressed with this years innovations. Everything from a pet water dispenser to a table made of aluminum cans were submitted, said Marissa Segundo, Largo recycling coordinator, in a press release. The overwhelming voting response also was unprecedented for this contest, said Segundo. We were glad to see the community come together to support this contest. More than 1,000 votes were cast via the citys online voting system to determine the winners in each age category. Innovative prizes like solar/wind powered chargers for cell phones, small electronics and MP3 players were awarded. The city partnered with CBSs program Studio 10 to announce the winners on America Recycles Day, Nov. 15. Photos of the winning creations can be viewed at www.LargoRecycles.com.City announces recycling contest winners EVENTS, from page 2AThe fee is $5. Character storytime, Dec. 9, 9 a.m.,Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. Description: Children ages 2-8 will enjoy a morning of storytime with their favorite book characters at Highlands new Character Storytime program. A popular childrens story will be read, snacks will be served and all children will make a craft based around the featured character. Decembers event will feature Cinderella. Call 518-3016. Fees are$5 for residents, $6.25 for nonresidents and $9.25 for guests. Holiday showcase, Dec. 10, 2 until 4 p.m., Largo Community Center. Description: Enjoy an afternoon filled with dancing and singing. Entertainment includes the Tutterow Dancers, Pizazz and Talent Show Stars. This special seasonal showcase supports the Largo Community Center. Fees are $10. Storytime with Mrs. Claus, Dec. 10, 9:30 until 11 a.m., Southwest Recreation Complex. Description: Join Mrs. Claus for storytime, crafts and a holiday snack. Time will be set aside for your little one to take a picture with Mrs. Claus, so dont forget to bring your camera. Registration is required by Tuesday, Dec. 6. For more information call 518-3125. The fee is $5 per child. Happy Holidays Car Show, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Description: Enjoy a wonderful afternoon of classic and beautiful cars and see some of the areas nicest cars. Call 518-3146. Free to attend. Entry into car show is $10. Habitat Cleanup Day, Dec. 12, 9 to 11:30 a.m., George C. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N. Description: Help us protect our Largo nature parks from offshore debris and invasive/exotic plants that choke out our native vegetation. We will be working to remove trash and waste from our two nature parks. Participants also will help to remove invasive air potato and Brazilian pepper from the native habitats. Water and gloves will be provided but please remember to wear closed-toed shoes! Tyson Plumlee, 10, above, and his dad entered this innovative go-cart made from an old jogging stroller to win in the MacGyver (Adult) Category. Dylan Neter, 10, right, created a secret hideaway for valuables out of an old telephone directory. Neter received the most votes in the Junior Innovator Category.
4A Leader, December 1, 2011 LARGO, from page 1Abatics, dancing, singing, and puppets! Performers will include Dance & Circus Acts of Tampa Bay, LHS Madrigal Singers, LHS Band of Gold, Tutterow Dancers. Tijuana Flats and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church sponsor Holiday Stroll. This family-friendly event is free for all ages and concessions will be available. Limited on-site parking will be offered, along with free shuttles from Largo High School. Largo Central Park is located at 101 Central Park Drive. For more information, call 587-6740, ext. 5014 or visit LargoEvents.com. Death by ChocolateThe 16th annual Death by Chocolate will be held Friday, Dec. 2, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. The annual Rotary Club of Largo fundraiser attracts thousands of chocolate lovers from the Tampa Bay area. Death by Chocolate is the main fundraiser of the Rotary Club of Largo. The funds raised support youth programs such as Largo Public Library Childrens Services, Largo Central Park Playground, Largo Little League, and Largo summer camps. Tickets are $25 each. To obtain more information about Death by Chocolate visit www.largodeathbychocolate.com. NEWS, from page 1APinellas Park increases that companys labor force by 30. Medicos recent acquisition of Solamatrix in St. Petersburg means 60 new, high-paying jobs for local residents. An expansion by Ceridian, also located in St. Petersburg, creates 200 high-wage jobs in the near future. The Fire and Emergency segment of Oshkosh Corporation recently relocated Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles and merged with Frontline Communications in Clearwater to create 50 new manufacturing and office positions. The Florida Retail Federation estimates that retail employers will hire as many as 35,000 during November and December. Rick McAllister, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation, says thats a good sign for future job growth. For the past two years now, retail sales have been trending up, he said. Thats a sign that were getting back to a normal growth cycle, and that has made retailers more confident in their hiring. Manpowers Employment Outlook Survey of employers hiring plans for the remainder of 2011 isnt quite as positive as McAllisters assessment for the state of Florida still the outlook is encouraging. The Quarter 4 2011 survey results show slightly weaker hiring plans compared to Quarter 3 2011 when the net employment outlook was 7 percent, said Manpower spokesperson Michael Doyle. Compared to one year ago when the net employment outlook was 3 percent, employers are similarly optimistic about their staffing plans. The net employment outlook is the difference between employers expecting to hire and those expecting to decrease their workforce. Nineteen percent of employers surveyed by Manpower in the local metro area expect to hire additional employees and 14 percent plan to reduce staff. Sixty-four percent say theyll keep the status quo and 3 percent were uncertain. Hiring activity is expected to stay the same during the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to Quarter 3 when the net employment outlook was 5 percent, said Judy Leppla, Manpower spokesperson. Employers expect slightly stronger employment prospects compared to one year ago when net employment outlook was 4 percent. MAI, from page 1Amy job and I know we are appreciated, but its something extra to be recognized; it feels good. Fawcett and Mai have worked together for six years, over which she continues to admire the work Mai does with the children in the programs. His efforts vary from helping children with their homework and teaching them how to throw a football, to talking them through problems they are having at home. Several of the children that Mai meets are from low-income, single-parent homes and maybe arent getting that extra attention they need, Fawcett said. Its amazing to see all the different levels that Brandon is able to reach these kids, Fawcett said. Its rare in this day and age to find young, male role models that kids can really look up to. They need someone who is empathetic, sympathetic and caring; hes everything a father-figure should be, he just isnt in their homes. Aside from his commitment to the students, Mai has a special place in his heart for the programs he participates in. He has been involved in the after-school and summer camp programs in Largo since he was 8 years old. He started as a camper, then became a recreation aide at 16, decided to become a full-time staff member when he was 18 and has been in his position ever since. This is his first and only job hes ever had, Mai said. Mai fell into his work at the Southwest Recreation Complex and the elementary school after tearing his groin playing football in high school. Mai was getting attention from college sport scouts and had various scholarship offers prior to his injury. What started out as temporary work turned into something bigger for Mai. At first, I may have felt like I was stuck, but now I know this is what Im supposed to do, Mai said. He has been attending college sporadically over the last 10 years, but hasnt decided what he wants to study just yet. He knows that whatever he decides on will involve children. During the school year, Mai meets with the children before school at the before-care program, at the after-school program at the school and also at the recreation complex as well. When summer comes, Mai leads one of Largos largest summer camps, with 290 campers in attendance. He spends the majority at his time working, joking that he should just pay rent to his employers, but he loves what he does. Making the children happy and letting them be kids and have fun are his biggest rewards of the job, he said. Mai was also a recent recipient of the City of Largos Employee of the Quarter Award, Having programs for kids to turn to, especially those that have factors in their lives that may lead them to crime and getting into trouble, is something Mai feels strongly about and can relate to. I was a very curious kid growing up, Mai said. Not that the curiosity would have led me to trouble, but you never know. If I didnt have recreational programs to keep me busy, I may have wound up like some of my peers, in trouble or in jail. Were trying to do the same thing with these kids today show them there are alternatives to crime. Photo by TOM GERMONDBrandon Mai coaches a flag football team at Southwest Recreation Center.Mural creator enjoys giving back to the communityBluffs sign law changed to aid businessesBELLEAIR BLUFFS Local business owners were polled recently on ways the city could assist them during tough economic times. Help us, they said, by allowing promotional banner signs to be put up more often and left up longer. The City Commission answered that request at its Nov. 21 meeting by unanimously passing a resolution loosening the current sign code. The changes permit banner signs from 15 to 32 square feet to be displayed up to 30 days per three-month period. Currently a 15-day display period is allowed. Permits must be obtained for the signs. One temporary banner sign permit per three-month period, and no more than four permits a year are allowed. We are extending the time period the businesses can keep the banner signs up to advertise the specials they have going, said Mayor Chris Arbutine, in explaining the change. The intent is that shoppers will benefit by being more aware of sales and special deals, and the businesses will see more customer traffic and higher sales. The city is planning to offer A-frame signs for rent that can be customized by the businesses. The polling results showed the business owners liked that idea. Commissioner Suzy Sofer, who owns Codys Roadhouse restaurant, said the businesses are looking for something extra to attract attention. The commission had been planning to make the sign code even stricter in an attempt to beautify the city, but economic conditions forced a two-year postponement of that effort, from 2013 to 2015. A step in the opposite direction, relaxing the sign regulations, is needed now to get the businesses over this economic hump and show that the commission is supporting them, Sofer said following the meeting. The sign code change shows that we understand what everybody is going through right now, she said. Paul Kuykendall, who headed the Charter Review Committee that includes sign regulations, said he is confident the changes will be a boon to the businesses. Weve got nice shops, and this will definitely help, he said. Permits for the signs must show dimensions and elevations, drawn to scale, with maximum and minimum height of the sign, and the proposed wording and illustrations. The resolution says the city will act on the permit applications within 10 days, rather than 45 days as before. Wayne AyersClearwater institutes economic development planCLEARWATER In October of last year, Clearwater officials hired the Texas-based consulting firm TIP Strategies Inc. to prepare what they called a blueprint for positioning Clearwater for sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the future. At the Aug. 1 Clearwater City Council meeting, TIP executives Jon Roberts and Alex Cooke spent two and a half hours explaining the details of their plan to the council. And at the Nov. 15 council meeting, the council set aside $100,123 to fund the implementation of that plan. But the council members let Geri Campos Lopez, the citys director of economic development and housing, know that for that kind of money they expect good results. I expect a lot and were going to be watching this very closely, said Councilman Bill Jonson. A full-time economic development specialist will be hired, at a cost of $52,746, to conduct research and to generate and analyze data, support business retention and expansion efforts, and implement other aspects of the TIP plan. Lopez said that applicants with business experience are currently being interviewed for the job. The salary of the assistant director of economic development and housing, which had been entirely paid from a federal grant to the housing division, will now be paid half from housing and half from economic development, at an estimated cost of $47,359. The downtown manager, who is paid by the Community Redevelopment Agency to promote retail businesses, will now spend half of his or her time implementing a technology district downtown, an arrangement that must be approved by the CRA Board of Directors. Lopez said that other aspects of the plan can be accomplished with the current staff and funding. The TIP plan envisions an employment center overlay district, a technology district in the Cleveland Street corridor and a medical overlay district near Morton Plant Hospital. TIP believes that the goals of its plan can be accomplished through business-friendly initiatives, a formal incentives policy, and a business retention and expansion program, as well as by leveraging tourism marketing for economic development. The council members liked the idea of using tourism marketing to create other business opportunities. We cant continue to live off the beach, said Councilman Paul Gibson, who sells beach real estate for a living. Its time we develop all of Clearwater. We need to think about diversifying the economy, and this is a good step, Vice Mayor George Cretekos agreed. Go for it. A first-quarter budget amendment will make $100,123 of general fund money available to fund the first year of the TIP plan. Lopez said that officials will have to decide what to eliminate from next years budget to fund the plan for another year, but that didnt bother Mayor Frank Hibbard. I support (the TIP plan) because I think we can get a return on investment that far outweighs the cost, Hibbard said as he joined his colleagues in casting his vote to approve the plan. Lester R. Dailey By BOB COSTIGANMany people dont like drastic changes. They like the security that comes from always living in the same community, having the same job and having no major surprises in their lives. Moving to another part of the country and starting a new career is simply not for them. Local Florida artist Heather Anderson has always had a different outlook on life. Over the years, Anderson has lived all over the United States and not allowed herself to get into a boring day-to-day routine. That has given the Pinellas County resident and county volunteer an interesting and varied career. Anderson, who was born in Canada, first received a degree in finance from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. That was followed with a degree in computer science from Eastern Washington University. For some that would be enough. But not for Anderson as she has also worked in real estate and attended the New York School of Interior Design, which gave her the opportunity to work with interior and exterior design. In her quest to try something new and different, she has also lived in Connecticut, New York City, New Jersey and in the Chicago area (twice) before moving here in 2010, During her stay in New York, Anderson decided to try her hand as an artist, although at the time she never had any formal training, just a strong desire. This led her to take several classes in drawing and painting and really immerse herself in the subject full time. Anderson eventually moved back to Illinois, but the cold temperatures and snow in the windy city made her decide to move again, this time to Clearwater. While she may have grown weary of the mid west winter weather, one thing she had not tired of was being an artist. Soon after moving to the Sunshine state, she decided to become a volunteer at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. I have a life-long love for botanical gardens and a desire to give back to the community, so becoming a volunteer was a natural. When she started volunteering at the gardens, Anderson was disheartened to learn that the Wedding Garden fountains, a popular attraction, had been shut down. Due to the economic hard times the county was facing, it was deemed too costly to continue to operate and maintain. Perhaps when times got better again they could reopen the fountains, but for now they would remain boarded up. Viewing the fountains gave her the idea that something should be done with them. But what? Soon she had visions of a large glass mosaic with fish, frogs, lilies and the like to go around the outside of it. Anderson faced one major obstacle: she had never done a glass mosaic before. That didnt stop her from going ahead and creating the Aquatic Reflections glass mosaic that surrounds fountains. It would become as she calls it a fun, feel good project. Once she had the idea, Anderson was able to go through all the steps necessary to get approval from all the entities involved, including the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation, of which she is a member, and the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners. Always resourceful, Anderson was also able to not only find several companies to help by donating materials and supplies, but also more than 30 volunteers to help construct the mosaic. Good fortune struck again as they were able to utilize part of a house in Largo owned by the 4-H, to work on and store the mosaics prior to being permanently installed at the gardens. It took three and a half months of working three hours a day, three days a week and at times resembled an efficient assembly line, she said. The project consisted of 84 2-by-4 foot sections, measuring a total of 170 feet long. Anderson was thrilled to see the finished project. It couldnt have been done without the help of so many volunteers and businesses, she said. This project has led her to other volunteer projects in the area. Working with kids 9 to 13 years old from the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, she helped them create individual glass mosaic tiles for the Palm Gardens section of the botanical gardens. She has also created mosaics for the USF Botanical Gardens. Anderson, always looking forward to her next endeavor, encourages others to volunteer their time and expertise to their community. People shouldnt be afraid to try and tackle something new and challenging, said Anderson. The rewards are well worth it. Pinellas County volunteers can expect to make a difference in the life of their community, while exploring interests, sharing knowledge, assisting others and making friends. For more information, visit www.pinellascounty.org/volunteer, email email@example.com or call 464-VIPS (8477).Editors note: This article and photograph was provided by Pinellas County Communications. Heather Anderson has a life-long love of botanical gardens. Around Pinellas Around Pinellas STORES, from page 1Aofficers patrolled the area nightly, so she wasnt completely alone very often, which she said was a plus. Best Buy Manager Shannon Boyce estimated about eight campers outside as of two days before Black Friday on Nov. 23. The Best Buy team was prepared for the crowds, as they planned for the madness. A specific amount of employees were assigned to various zones of the store, Boyce said. Certain items were color0coded to match the tickets the customers had. After receiving their tickets, customers were directed to the matching balloons stationed around the store to keep everything running smoothly. With no major incidents, and only allowing one group into the store at a time, Boyce said the normally chaotic day went well. Largo Malls Target had a similar tactic. Shoppers waited behind steel posts to keep them in order as they bundled up in sweaters and sipped their coffee in the 60-degree weather. The closest customers to the door, Tracy Plant and her daughters Mia Plant and Aschley Heath, however, didnt have comforters or beds to show their dedication; they started waiting at 1:30 p.m. that afternoon. Heath brought food and drinks to her mother earlier in the day, Thanksgiving, as she held her spot in hopes of scoring a $298, flatscreen television. Thirty people were let into the store at a time once they opened at midnight. The news of sectioned entrances wasnt welcomed to the latecomers but pleased the front of the line, like couple Ashleigh English and Steven Croy. They were second in position after the Plants and were anxious to get their hands on a Playstation 3, new television and anything else that caught their attention. We went to the Target on U.S. 19 last year and it was just too crazy, English said. But we decided to try again with Target this year and it was alright, actually. We have our Cappuccinos and are good to go; its been really fun. Teri Bothwell, assistant manager at K-Mart, 1000 Missouri Ave., noticed a definite increase in the amount of people out this year as opposed to last year. In anticipation for the event, Bothwell said that every employee was required to work and tickets were passed out for the highest demand items, such as tablet computers and buy one get one free Black Friday is always the busiest day of the year and plays an important role in the annual income of the store, Bothwell said. Boyce agreed that the shoppers holiday is a huge moneymaker for a number of retail businesses in Clearwater but doesnt think that it is a make-or-break deal for Best Buy. Other busy times for the store, such as the week before Christmas, bring in the same or more money for the store than Black Friday, Boyce said. I think its more about tradition than anything else, Boyce said. People look forward to and save up for this day all year; its more of a line in the sand that marks the beginning of the holiday season, which is the craziest time of the year for us. Televisions, gaming systems and tablets were snatched up sold out within minutes of the doors opening at electronic carriers, such as Target and Best Buy. But as the night and morning progressed, checkout lines grew longer and some customers found themselves waiting for hours to purchase their items. Sherri Rivera, a self-described coupon and shopping fanatic, had been in line about an hour and a half by the time 3 a.m. rolled around at Kohls Department Store, 2514 State Road 580. It was Bones fourth Black Friday experience, but she doesnt think shell be back to fight the crowds next year. I miss the stores opening a bit later, Rivera said. I got out of work at 11 p.m., so rushing to the stores for a midnight opening was just too tiring. The sales continued throughout the weekend and into Cyber Monday, the online worlds discount day for the holidays.
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Medicaid Certied.CNAs, HHAs, RNs, LPNs and HomemakersAccepting All Long Term Care Insurance Telling our readers about local business since 1977.Phone Don Minie at 727-409-5252 or e-mail mminie firstname.lastname@example.org Since 1991 The Perfume Shoppe has been selling their high quality products at the lowest possible prices. All their products are the same 100% authentic brands youll nd in department stores. There are over 3,000 fragrances in the store including the old favorites that are hard to nd. For example Masquerade by Bob Mackie. Cant nd your favorite? Ask and theyll try to nd it for you. Make your Christmas shopping easier with One-Stop-Shopping for men, women and children. Christmas Discounts are being offered by The Perfume Shoppe on Designer lotions, body washes, perfume, colognes and body products at both their online site: www.perfumexyz.com and their retail store. Come in the store and see a huge selection of Gift Sets for ONLY $25 or 2/$45. You can mix and match, mens & womens colognes. Any online order over $100 is shipped FREE. Youll nd high end products such as Annick, Goutal, Creed and Joy perfume. Be the rst to experience all the new trends and old classics that the fragrance industry has to offer from the most trusted perfume store in the industry. The store is open on Sunday, during the holidays from 11am5pm. FREE GIFT with a purchase of $25 or more! Your satisfaction is their N0.1 priority.Looking for your favorite fragrance? THE PERFUME SHOPPE can nd it for you at an amazing price! Q. Where can I get my files and programs from my old computer installed into my new computer? A. M.E.C.T. specializes in this and all aspects of computer needs. Call 727-455-8450 or email questions to:email@example.com 120111The Perfume Shoppe is located at 6195 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park. 727-547-1402.Ale xis Diamond H ouse has been serving the Tampa Bay Area for over 22 years. We nd them to be the one stop shop for diamonds and your trusted source for diamond rings, engagement rings and Pandora Jewelry. They also buy Gold & Diamonds and Pay Top Dollar for Estate Jewelry. No one else has access to over 65,000 certied diamonds worldwide and can guarantee you the lowest possible prices on all ne jewelry and gemstones. With a clear understanding that everyone has their very own personal style and air, their in house master jewelers and designers will help you create the most beautiful custom designed jewelry. They will accept nothing less than your complete satisfaction. Located at 13684 Walsingham Road in Largo. Open M-F 10am-7pm, Sat. 10am-4pm. The C hristm as P ar ty will b e in prog ress all day Dec emb er 2nd and 3r d. Jo in t hem for G ood F ood, & G reat C hristm as Mu sic. They will b e giving away a 1 car at Diamond Engagement Ring. They could give it to you if you stop in! See all they have to offer online: alexisdiamonds.com Alexis Diamond House will give away a 1 carat diamond at their Christmas Party! Alexis Diamonds have been bringing smiles to local faces for over 22 years. 727-518-6191.After a $1.25 million dollar renovation, the Clubhouse and golf course are the crown jewels of Belleair. With executive chef Paul Daubert on board they are capable of providing for any food and beverage event. Come experience our new menu and expanded hours of food and beverage service. Golf course superintendent, Jason Richards has the golf course in spectacular condition ready to challenge the expert but enjoyable for the novice. Come and play this Donald Ross classic. The Shiver Golf Academy has multiple programs to either sharpen your game or to just make it more enjoyable. Our professional staff is eager to service all your golf needs and ready to recommend the perfect gift for this holiday season. The Belleview Biltmore Golf Club is located at 1501 Indian Rocks Road., Belleair. Phon e 72 7-581 -5498.Experience the NEW BELLEVIEW BILTMORE GOLF CLUB! Come and experience the traditions of the past and make new memories for the future.John Pesce is the owner and operator of Qu ality Ce iling Re nish ing. This drywall and ceiling repair and retexturing business has been serving the Tampa Bay area including, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties since 1979. John is proud to announce that he is expanding his services to include all your home management needs, from painting, carpentry, crown molding, doors, oors, walls, etc. and John tells us that they are now taking orders to get homes ready for the holidays and the holiday guests that youll want to impress. A few simpl e ch anges and repairs can do wo nders t o update y our home. Call now and Qu ality Ce ilings will get it done. In P ine llas call: 72 7-446-3 550, Hillsborough: 8 13-273 -0623, P asco: 72 7-862-3737 FOR YOUR FREE E STI MAT E. Visit qualityceiling.com Whatever your home management needs are they can be met by Quality Ceiling Renishing. Members of Angies List and Accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Licensed/Bonded/Insured. Fla. State Lic. #CRC1326471. Quality Ceiling Renishing still specializes in all types of drywall repair and retexturing services. They can remove your Popcorn Ceilings in one day with little or no mess.Quality Ceiling Renishing is expanding their services just in time to up-date your home for the holidays Spruce up your home for Christmas with their Home Management Division. By SUZETTE PORTERLARGO Neal A. Pooh Lloyd is only 22 years old. He is serving a life sentence for the 2007 Valentines Day murder of a Clearwater man. Lloyd was 18 at the time of the murder. His victim was 25. Pinellas County sheriffs detectives announced Nov. 23 that Lloyd also is responsible for the 2006 homicide of Hoeschele Thomas, who was shot Oct. 29, 2006, outside a residence in Largo. Lloyd was a resident of Largo at the time of the shooting. Now he lives in a cell at the Taylor Correctional Institution in Perry. Thomas, also a resident of Largo, was 48 at the time of the shooting. According to the sheriffs report, he was walking home from work when a vehicle approached and the occupants offered to sell him drugs. Thomas refused, an argument ensued and a passenger in the vehicle shot and killed him. Sheriffs detectives found only a single bullet casing at the scene, which was submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for analysis. Detectives spent months investigating Thomas death. They talked to people, followed up leads and anonymous tips that came in at the time, but the case remained unsolved. Detective John Spoor began reviewing the case file once again in June of this year and was able to draw a connection between the weapon used in the Thomas homicide (a .380 caliber firearm) and the weapon used in a drive-by shooting that occurred in Clearwater Police Departments jurisdiction (just three weeks later) on Nov. 18, 2006. Through review of the FDLE submission on the two shooting cases, the detective learned that the casings found at both crime scenes were fired from the same gun. Spoor then interviewed multiple subjects associated with the drive-by shooting in Clearwater who revealed information that implicated Lloyd in both crimes. One source told Spoor that Lloyd had pointed toward a funeral flyer showing Thomas photo and said, He did that. Another source told Spoor that Lloyd had admitted to Thomas murder, and a third source said he had seen Lloyd shoot Thomas. Spoor worked with the Florida Department of Corrections to arrange several prison interviews. He worked with Hillsborough County State Attorneys Office, a Hillsborough County judge, and a private attorney on the arrest of a witness, who they later made a deal with in exchange for his cooperation. Spoor also coordinated interviews with other witnesses and worked closely with the Pinellas Pasco State Attorneys Office. On Nov. 18, the Sheriffs Office issued a warrant for Lloyd, who will be extradited to Pinellas County in the near future. Lloyd is currently serving four five year sentences for the crimes committed in 2006 and 2007, including grand theft, armed burglary, armed robbery, grand theft of a motor vehicle, as well as a life sentence for 2007 Valentines Day murder in Clearwater.Man accused of burglary, rapeCLEARWATER A Clearwater man spent Thanksgiving Day in the Pinellas County Jail after his arrest for burglary and sexual battery. A 49-year-old woman called 911 about 3:36 a.m. Nov. 24 after being woke up by a man she knows engaging her in sexual activity. The residence is located in unincorporated Clearwater. The womans name will not be released per state statute. Jordan Christopher Henry, 29, was arrested at his home and remains in the county jail on bonds of $20,000 each on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling and sexual battery.Detectives looking for marble shootersCLEARWATER Detectives are seeking the publics help to identify the suspect and/or suspects involved in 19 cases in the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office jurisdiction in which marbles were shot at business or vehicle windows. The Clearwater Police Department is also investigating a number of cases in the city. The incidents, which began on Aug. 5, occurred in various parts of the county to include Dunedin, Palm Harbor and unincorporated Clearwater. The most recent incident occurred overnight Nov. 19 to Nov. 20. According to detectives, all of the incidents occurred during the midnight shift hours. In most cases, a glass marble or marbles were found in the area of the broken glass. The suspect(s) may be using a slingshot or paintball type gun to shoot the marbles at the windows. Anyone with information that may assist detectives in this investigation is asked to contact Sgt. Charles Degenhardt of the North District Burglary and Pawn Unit at 582-6200; or to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.Pedestrian dies after crash with SUVPINELLAS PARK A 66-year-old Pinellas Park man died after he was struck by an SUV on 66th Street, Nov. 27, according to Pinellas Park police. Joseph Jonnet was walking across 66th Street, near the intersection of 102nd Avenue, when a 2000 Ford SUV struck him in the southbound lane. The driver of the SUV, Eric Casillo, 22, of Pinellas Park was turning from 102nd Avenue onto 66th Street. Pinellas Park police and firefighters responded to the serious crash at around 4:44 p.m. Jonnet was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries. His next-of-kin relatives were notified out of state. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, his death marks the 70th traffic fatality in Pinellas County this year. Police closed 66th Street during the investigation. It was reopened at 7:15 p.m. If you have witnessed the crash or have information about this crash please contact Officer Adam Geissenberger at 541-0861. Neal A. LloydSheriffs Office detectives solve 2006 homicide Police beat Police beat LOCAL NEWSwww.TBNweekly.com
6A County Leader, December 1, 2011 120111East Bay Country Club Now Featuring: The Wentwood Deli Custom-made HALF pound sandwiches, Cubans, reubens, burgers, wings and Nathans hot dogs 61611 $20EACH No appointment necessary1507 Gulf Blvd. #A Indian Rocks Beach727-596-9156111711Matt Facarazzo, D.V.M. 111711 Wednesday, Saturday & SundayMUSTANG FLEA & FARMERS MARKETOPEN 7 AM 1 PM 3 Days a Week! 8001 Park Blvd. Pinellas Park OPEN FRI. 12/23 & SAT. 12/24 Closed X-Mas DayOpen Sat. & Sun. New Years Weekend 120111 MountcastleVeinCenters.com52611 Open House SundayDecember 4th, 1-4pm112411Every day is a vacation in this unique 2 story Florida home, nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac in Harbor Hills4570 Clearwater Harbor Dr., Largo List Price $475,0002,687 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2baths, 2 car garage, oversized pantry and laundry room, pool with waterfall and Tiki Huts, lot size 9,373 sq. ft.For appointment call727-424-4964MLS#T2476041Maintained to the highest of standards. Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, walk-in pantry and marble countertops. Enjoy a tropical pool oasis with lush landscaping, two tiki huts and a cascading waterfall. Outside staircase leads to second story deck with views of intracoastal waters. A delightful place for outside entertaining.Grand Entrance Sweeping Staircase Tis the season for sharing and caring as many individuals and organizations begin their annual campaigns to ensure people in need around Pinellas are not forgotten amidst all the holiday hustle and bustle. There are lots of ways to get involved and the need is great. Organizations are welcome to send information about charitable events to help people in Pinellas County to firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we can make the holidays brighter for everyone.Elves for Elders programSeveral Pinellas businesses will participate in this years Elves for Elders program. The Elves for Elders program connects gift-givers with seniors who have no funds or family to provide them with basic necessities or to remember them with a gift at the holidays. To become an Elf, simply pick a tag off a tree containing the wish list of someone in need. Buy an item or two and return the gifts unwrapped to the location on the tag. No gift is too small. Trees are located at: Bealls, Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd., Seminole Bealls, Largo Mall, 10500 Ulmerton Road, Largo Bealls, Gateway Market Center, 7899 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Petersburg Bealls, 3140 Tampa Road, Oldsmar Big Lots, 1055 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg Walgreens, 5420 Ninth St. N., St. Petersburg An additional tree is located at the Pasadena office building at 1135 South Pasadena Ave. All gifts that have been dropped off at the stores are taken to the Sunshine Senior Center. There, Carol Radin, administrative assistant at the Office on Aging for the city of St. Petersburg, works with others who put the bags together. The bags then go to case managers and guardians of the needy seniors, who deliver them to the seniors. The deadline to drop off the gifts at the trees is Dec. 5. The list is long this year with over 500 needy seniors.Salvation Army St. PetersburgThe Salvation Army of St. Petersburg has several holiday volunteer opportunities. For more information, call Gail Stark at 727-550-8080, ext. 332, or email her at Gail_Stark@uss.salvationarmy.org. Ways to help include: Bell Ringing through Dec. 24 A special goal is to increase the number of Volunteer Bell Ringers this year. The annual Red Kettle Christmas fundraising campaign started in 1891 when a Salvation Army Captain in San Francisco set up a crab pot at Oakland Ferry Landing to collect donations to feed the poor at Christmas. The campaign has since become one of the longest-running and most recognizable fundraising efforts in the world. Be an ambassador to the community for The Salvation Army. Your club, group or company employees can ring bells at a community location to help us raise funds and give hope to families in our community. Priority for Volunteer Bell Ringers will be on Fridays and Saturdays at the Publix Stores, Walmart, and Tyrone Mall stations. Minimum shift is two hours. Angel Tree through Dec. 16Share the spirit of the season the needs are greatHost an Angel Tree in your office, lobby, store or church. Also, volunteers are needed at the Angel Tree Booth located inside Tyrone Square Mall by JCPenney. Christmas Eve Community Dinner Dec. 24 Come help prepare, set-up, serve and/or clean up after the Community Christmas Dinner. Christmas food sorting Through Dec. 9 Sort foods collected from the fall school food drives and prepare bags for needy families. Christmas toy sorting Dec. 12-16 Assist staff in sorting and packaging toys for needy children in the community. Christmas distribution Dec. 19-21 Distribution of food, toys and other assistance to more than 1,000 families from the community. After Christmas Jan. 3-13, 2012 Check dates and stock food donated to our Social Services Department in their pantry.Salvation Army ClearwaterThe Salvation Army offers special opportunities to give a hand up to our neighbors in need during the holidays. Whether you or your organization want to ring the bell at a Salvation Army Kettle, participate in or coordinate a food drive or volunteer to help in our Joy Center effort ... there is an opportunity suited just for you or your organization. For more details, contact Jo Ann Bruner, volunteer coordinator at 727-7259777, ext. 104. Volunteer bell ringers take to the streets of upper Pinellas County to ring the bell and take donations at 30 locations, including Belleair Bluffs, Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor and Tarpon Springs. Bell ringers will be located at Publix stores, Sams Club, Walmart and Walgreens.Holidays of Hope tentThe Holidays of Hope tent in Pinellas Park, hosted by Taking it to the Streets, has been set up at 7320 47th St. N. in Pinellas Park to distribute holiday meals and gifts to families in need for Christmas. Taking it to the Streets, along with Metropolitan Ministries and local churches are asking the community for donations of food and gifts for the tent this year. Last year, the tent served about 3,500 families for both holidays, but had to purchase a lot of the supplies. Organizers anticipate the number of families registered to receive donations to increase this year. The Holidays of Hope tent serves both as a drop-off site for donations as well as a registration site Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 546-5767. In addition, the public can drop off donations at several other locations in Pinellas County, including: Countryside Christian Center at 1850 North McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, Monday through Friday, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. First United Methodist Church at the corner of Third Street North and Third Avenue North, St Petersburg. Through Dec. 18, Tuesday and Friday, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 412-5566. Pasadena Presbyterian Church at 100 Pasadena Ave. N., St. Petersburg, through Dec. 23, Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 698-3064. Pinellas County families who want to register for the meals and gifts can go to the following sites: Helping Hands at 2565 Blackburn St., Clearwater, Monday through Friday, noon to 3:30 p.m. Call 724-1290. St. Pete Dream Center at 1360 16th St. S., St. Petersburg, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 5201909. Pasadena Presbyterian Church at 123 Pinellas Way N., St. Petersburg, Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gateway Christian Center at 4355 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 327-7027. For more information, visit www.takingittothestreets.org or www.metromin.org.Senior SantaThe Shepherd Center is trying to provide holiday cheer for 30 seniors, 25 women and five men. The following are needed. Purchase $25 gift cards from a supermarket or Dollar General that we can include in their gifts. Gift ideas include gloves, hats, a box of candy, warm socks or slippers that would fit a range of feet, reusable grocery bags and a Christmas card. For more information, call Lisa Hughes at 727-939-1400, ext 403.Project Thanks Volunteers are needed to help create the turkey baskets before each holiday, on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 7:30 a.m. until noon. Any amount of time will be a blessing. The distribution is at the Fellowship Hall of St. Nicholas Greek Cathedral on Alt. U.S. 19 next door to the Cathedral. The best entrance for volunteers is in the back off of Hibiscus Avenue. Since Mondays are the usual day for the soup kitchen at St. Nicholas, we will be serving a bag lunch from the center. Donations of money to support Project Thanks as well as the canned goods also are needed. Help also is needed with supplying one food item from the list for the baskets.Haircuts to benefit Mike Alstott Family FoundationThroughout the month of December, $1 from every haircut at Stefanecs South Barber Shop will be donated to the Mike Alstott Family Foundation. See SPIRIT, page 7A Give bloodOne blood donation can help save the lives of up to three patients. In the Tampa Bay area, 38 hospitals and 80 ambulatory care centers count on us for whole blood, blood products and services, and we must collect more than 750 pints of this gift of life every day, just to meet the needs of our neighbors in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Manatee counties. Visit www.fbsblood.org Let Them Know You Appreciate it.
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Christopher Ballard, MD Dermatology Mohit Bansal, MD Orthopaedic Surgery Joseph Dryer, DO Internal Medicine Oscar Jerkins, MD Family Medicine Alison Lewis, MD Internal Medicine Rachel Pandit, MD Family Medicine Matthew Smith, MD Pulmonary Medicine Diagnostic Clinic has over 100 physicians & providers dedicated to keeping your family healthy! We are a physician-owned and operated medical group (42 years!) Onsite state-of-the-art laboratory testing and digital imaging. All providers linked by a single electronic medical record. Your care is directed by physicians, not hospitals or insurance co. FLU SEASON IS UPON US, CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR FLU SHOT SPIRIT, from page 6AIn addition, everyone who gets a haircut will be included in a drawing to win one of six footballs autographed by Mike Alstott. On Thursday, Dec. 15, from 6-7 p.m., Alstott will be at the shop to draw the winning names and to have photographs taken. Stefanecs South Barber Shop is at 772 Indian Rocks Road N. Call 518-0500.Adopt a Family about 400 childrenHave an angel tree with children in need. The center provides you with the childs name, age, clothing sizes and other wishes. You create the angels and ask the congregation to take one and fill a few of their wishes. The Shepherd Center will arrange pick-up of the unwrapped gifts. Do a toy drive to ensure that all children in need will receive a gift. Each year, center officials say they are challenged to always have enough sponsors for all of the children, so these toys will allow them to fill all of the last minute requests we receive. Purchase $25 gift cards for the families from a supermarket or Dollar General that we can include in their gifts. Food stamps do not cover laundry and cleaning materials and a gift card will allow them to purchase these other items.Firefighter toy driveThe Pinellas Park firefighters are accepting toy donations at collection boxes in most city buildings and every Pinellas Park fire station. Every year, the firefighters give more than 150 needy children toys for Christmas. In addition, the firefighters will visit Nina Harris School with Santa Claus on Dec. 13 and give each of the 267 students a small gift as well. The exact number that we can help all depends upon the donations we receive. Along with city buildings, collection boxes will be placed in various businesses. Look for the Toys for Pinellas Kids logo. Jim Rosenkrans Memorial Toy Run The streets will rumble on Sunday, Dec. 4, as thousands of motorcycles will parade through Pinellas County to raise money, food and toys for Pinellas County Elementary schools. Jims Harley-Davidson of St. Petersburg continues the tradition started 24 years ago, the Jim Rosenkrans Memorial Toy Run. With over $1 million raised over the years, the event has become a major vehicle for delivering muchneeded items for our local community. In 1979, a teacher at Rio Vista Elementary, and Jim Rosenkrans, a retired St. Petersburg firefighter and owner of Jims Harley-Davidson, collaborated to find a way to help children in need at Pinellas Countys schools. They decided that no child should be without a toy during Christmas. Rosenkrans passed away in 1988, the event was renamed the Jim Rosenkrans Memorial Toy Run. Participants in the annual event are asked to give a $15 donation or provide a new, unwrapped toy. Riders will receive a commemorative pin, free lunch and the chance to ride in the parade as well as the opportunity to help the local community and put a smile on a childs face. Register at the store or online at www.jimshd.com. Kickstands are up at 10 a.m. for the parade. The parade route includes a scenic tour through St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island and PassA-Grill. The after-party begins at noon, featuring musical entertainment by The Farm, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, cold beer, great food and fun. For more information, visit www.jimshd.com, email email@example.com or call 527-9672.Ice Cold Air drive for Toys for TotsIce Cold Air Discount Auto Repair, a Pinellasbased auto repair franchise with 16 locations in five bay area counties, is trading free oil changes and tire rotations or $20 in auto repair service to any customer who brings in a new, unwrapped toy for the Marines Toys for Tots program through Dec. 15. The donations will be accepted at all 16 Ice Cold Air locations.
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Children accompanied by a registered adult are free. Contacts:For Ride & Run With The Stars sponsorship opportunities, registration, and giveaway information, call Captain Teri Dioquino at (727) 582-6301.For information on the Sheriffs Christmas Sharing Project or to adopt a family, call Sandra GarciaOlivares at (727) 582-6465. Ride & Run With The Stars entry forms are a v ailable through the Pinellas County Sheriffs "Ride & Run With The Stars" December 3, 2011 Prizes Climbing Wall Giveaways Silent Auction An event to help families and crime victims through the Project. 111711 Ask for Cathy or LindaHoliday SpecialsSHAMPOO, CUT & BLOW DRY $1299Freds Hair Expectations879 West Bay Drive Largo(Publix Shopping Center)727-585-0678112411New Clients only Exp. 12-30-11 Reg. $65 New Clients only Exp. 12-30-11 Reg. $22 & up New Clients only Exp. 12-30-11 Reg. $60COLOR $3599PERM $3999 People who werent yet born when AIDS first emerged are today most at risk for becoming HIV positive an alarming development that underscores how essential awareness is, especially as we approach World AIDS Day Dec. 1. From 2006 to 2009, the CDC reported that the HIV incidence rate for Americans between 13 and 29 years old increased by about 21 percent. In fact, most of the new HIV infections reported in this country involve people under 30. Americans under 30 have never known a world without AIDS. At the same time, theyve never really known a time when effective treatment for HIV and AIDS wasnt available. This hasnt always been the case. As this disease turns 30, we need to ensure people especially younger people remain aware of AIDS and how to prevent it. AIDS awareness is one of the biggest challenges we face when trying to prevent it. After 30 years of addressing what was once considered one of Americas most pressing health problems, AIDS is no longer front-page news. On this World AIDS Day, lets not forget that about 56,000 Americans become infected with HIV each year, according to the CDC, and that more than 14,000 Americans with AIDS die each year. Thanks to more effective and more available treatments, more Americans who have HIV and AIDS are able to live. The CDC estimates this number at more than 1 million nationwide. Regularly testing people most at risk for HIV and then providing antiretroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS patients dramatically reduces the number of new infections. Preventing HIV is not complicated. If youre sexually active, get tested. Dont use IV drugs or share needles. Abstain or practice safer sex. With preventive care, patients and their health care providers can fight and manage this disease and slow its spread. But we cant allow todays more effective treatments to make us complacent or ambivalent, or to lessen our resolve to find a cure. To learn more or to find a place near you to get tested, visit www.actagainstaids.org.Dr. Lawrence D. Mullany is the medical director of UnitedHealthcare of Central and North Florida.Alzheimers caregivers program setPALM HARBOR The USF Health Byrd Alzheimers Institute will sponsor the free community program Alzheimers Disease: What Caregivers Need to Know on Friday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St.The program is designed for individuals caring for a family member or friend with Alzheimers disease. Topics will include understanding Alzheimers disease, progress in treatment, communication strategies and managing troublesome behaviors.Lunch will be provided. The program is free but advanced registration is requested to reserve a seat. For information or to register, call 813-974-4357 or toll free in Florida 800-6334563.Hospital celebrates 25th anniversary SAFETY HARBOR In 1986, Mease Countryside Hospital opened as a 100-bed hospital. Today, Mease Countryside Hospital is a 300-bed acute care hospital with more than 1,600 employees. Mease Countryside is celebrating 25 years of improving the health of the community. What began as a satellite clinic of Mease Dunedin Hospital is now a growing medical center that provides inpatient and outpatient services from birth to throughout life, said Lou Galdieri, chief operating officer of Mease Countryside and Mease Dunedin hospitals, in a press release. Reaching out beyond Dunedin to a newly growing area to create Mease Countryside Hospital is a reflection of the vision and commitment of Dr. Jack Mease, founder of Mease Dunedin Hospital, Galdieri said. Over the past few years, Mease Countryside has enhanced its services by: See BRIEFS, page 9A DAVID P. CARTERATTORNEY AT LAWOver 38 Years of Experience Former Judge7985 113th Street, Suite 108 Seminole, FL 33772 727-397-4555 FAX: 727-397-4405 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Wills, Trusts, Estates General Civil Bankruptcy Accident/Personal Injury Auto/Slip-Fall Product DefectFREE CONSULTATION090111 Health mattersDr. Lawrence Mullany AIDS awareness remains challenging
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So., Largo Professional Compassionate 62311 LOW COST AUTO INSURANCECall For A Quote Today! 727-541-66037132 49th Street N., Pinellas Parkwww.thelowcostinsurance.com E-mail: email@example.com Cell Phone: 727-403-4080Auto Home Owners Life Health Insurances Instant TAX Services70711 BRIEFS, from page 8A Opening the Cardiac Center to treat emergency and elective patients Adding minimally invasive robotic surgical technology Opening the Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center to aid in diagnosis of breast cancer Partnering with St. Josephs Childrens Hospital to provide specialty inpatient and outpatient care Earning Baby-Friendly hospital from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Childrens Fund and the Care Award from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and the International Lactation Consultant Association In 2005, Mease Countryside completed a $99 million expansion that included more operating rooms, a new womens and childrens center, pediatric units, neonatal intensive care units, more inpatient beds and new emergency room.Mease Countryside commemorated its 25 years of serving the community recently with a celebration for its staff members featuring 1980s themed events. The Morton Plant Mease Foundation also sponsored a 25th anniversary celebration for foundation members and invited guests.Morton Plant named to Thomson ReutersCLEARWATER Morton Plant Hospital is the only U.S. hospital named in the Thomson Reuters 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study for all 13 years the study has been conducted. The study identifies the top 50 U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services. To achieve this data-driven national ranking year after year is a considerable accomplishment, said Mahesh Amin, M.D., FACC, cardiologist and Morton Plant Mease cardiology section chairman, in a press release. It can be directly attributed to the collaborative culture developed and maintained by our physicians, nurses and hospital staff. The Thomson Reuters 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals is an annual, quantitative study of more than 1,000 hospitals that identifies the nations best providers of cardiovascular services. Our collaborative culture is completely focused on what is best for our patients, said John Ofenloch, M.D., FACS cardiotho-With turkey leftovers weighing you down and the holiday season in full gear, you still can find the fun and keep the extra gobble gobble off your waistline. Thanksgivings aftermath doesnt have to be all about leftovers, shopping and watching football. Heres some easy ways to stay active. Touchdown. Turn off the television and create your own nail-biting football game in the backyard or at a nearby park. You will be creating everlasting memories and you wont even realize you are getting a full cardiovascular workout. And neither will your loved ones! To be, or not to be. After watching your favorite holiday movies, let your family take the stage by hosting a game of charades. Pantomime, acting out words without speaking is fun to play and fun to watch. Especially as others try in vain to guess whats being communicated. Creativity abounds as calories are burned through laughter and movement and better yet, friends are thoroughly entertained. Shop til you drop! The holiday season inevitably means braving the malls. Turn your next shopping excursion into one that helps your waste line. Maintain a brisk walking pace while you check off your list, and burn off some of those holiday cookies. Healthy party host. Turn your annual holiday party into a danceoff for the ages. Celebrate the season with some of your favorite tunes and dance the night away. Grooving through the holidays with family and friends is a sure way to keep Grandmas pumpkin pie from making an appearance around your waistline in the New Year. Work up a hunger. Too busy becoming the next top chef? Cant miss the lucrative deal at your favorite retailer? Luckily, you can now incorporate some active fun while enjoying your traditional holiday activities. The new Go4Life website recently created by the National Institute on Aging provides a few easy in-home exercises (go4life.niapublications.org). With pictures and video demos, you can do these exercises while waiting in line to buy your holiday gifts. Looking for other creative ways to work off those turkey leftovers? wwwfindthefundnow.com provides a database of active fun ideas that can be done from the comfort of your home. Find the Fun Now is part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work program being funded by the CDC in Pinellas County and 49 other communities across the United States to address the nations two leading causes of death and chronic disease: obesity and tobacco. The obesity prevention campaign is built around a web-based application that helps area residents find active fun and healthy food options. FindTheFunNow .com includes a database of hundreds of local activities as well information about local farmers markets and other places to find fresh produce. Grab your loved ones and have some fun! You are living in the Capital of Fun for a reason.This article was provided by the Pinellas County Health Department.racic surgeon and medical director of cardiac surgery for Morton Plant Hospital. We all work together to bring quality care to our patients. One example of Morton Plant Hospitals commitment to patient-centered care is its callback program for heart surgery patients. After patients have gone home, an RN calls patients to help evaluate the progress of their recovery. Our goal is to help reduce readmissions by checking to see if patients are taking their medications and following other care instructions, said Ofenloch. Often, patients have questions that can be answered right on the phone. Morton Plant Hospital also is exploring a newly FDA-approved transcatheter aortic valve developed by Edwards Lifesciences for patients considered to be too high-risk for traditional valve replacements For your health Say goodbye to the gobble gobble around your waist ENTERTAINMENTNEWSwww.TBNweekly.com
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Michaelos, M.D. & Dr. Melinda Gruszka, O.D.120111 Robin L. Wikle was elected chairperson of the Pinellas County School Board at an organizational meeting this morning in the conference hall of the administration building, 301 Fourth St. SW, Largo. Board members elected Carol J. Cook vice chairperson. Wikle was elected to the school board in November 2008. Mrs. Wikle is a native Floridian, born in Tampa and relocated to Pinellas County in 1977. She graduated from Pinellas County Schools and received her masters degree in Special Education from Florida State University. Mrs. Wikle taught Special Education in Pinellas County Schools for five years and then worked as a parttime staffing clerk for Special Education. She has been involved with numerous community and school committees, serving as president of the Tarpon Springs for Youth Inc. for three years and President of Ozona Elementary Parent Teacher Association and the School Advisory Committee. As a Rotarian, Mrs. Wikle represents the Doorways mentors in her club and sits on the Pinellas Education Foundation Doorways Committee. Cook was elected to the school board in 2000 and re-elected in 2004 and 2008. A graduate of the University of South Florida, she taught school in Pinellas County for 10 years. Mrs. Cook served on the Florida PTA Board of Directors for nine years, during which her service included vice president for region and councils andWikle elected School Board chairperson Jessica Fabrizio, 4, is one of the preschoolers at St. Jerome Early Childhood Center who collect food each Thanksgiving. The food is distributed through our parishs Lifeline Ministries to families in need in our community. The children, ages 2-5, collect, sort and count their contributions and today we presented our collection to Lifeline Ministries. They collected more than 400 items.St. Jerome food drive Robin Wiklevice president for leadership. Mrs. Cook is a former president of the Pinellas County Council of PTAs. She served on the Florida School Boards Association Board of Directors and has served on several task forces for the Florida Department of Education.. Janet R. Clark was named as Florida School Board Association Legislative Liaison and Peggy L. OShea will serve as Alternate.
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We cant return letters to the editor. The multi-purpose room at Ridgecrest Elementary School in the Largo area may have been mistaken for the scene of a costume party; there was a Civil War re-enactor, an officer in the Armed Forces and a woman holding a big lizard. And then there was me, kind of nondescript, toting a stack of newspapers and wolfing down a doughnut as I prepared to go to a classroom. I was one of several individuals who volunteered to speak to students during the Great American Teach-In, Nov. 17. The purpose of this day is to encourage parents, volunteers, community leaders, and retirees to share their work and life experiences with students. My purpose was to just keep the kids awake. Wasnt sure that rambling on about newspapers for 30 minutes would do the trick. So I decided after about 10 minutes to engage a group of fifth-graders in the discussion. Whats a proofreader? Several hands were raised. Somebody who looks for mistakes, a student said. And why is that important? More hands in the air. Because if you have too many mistakes, you can be sued. I laughed. The child has a great future as a lawyer. Could have been that class, maybe another I talked to five that day where I was asked about Taylor Park being messy. Why dont they clean up around the lake? What do you think of Fox News? What would you do if you werent a journalist? That one was easy. Starve. How old are you? The teacher intervened. Thats not nice, she said, cutting him off. A student in another class took special interest in pictures in our papers of dogs and cats that need homes. How much does it cost to take a dog home? Are they vaccinated? After the first half hour of talking to the students, any fears I had that I would send them to their dream worlds vanished. They kept asking me questions. I could see their eagerness to get their hands on the newspapers that I had brought to class. Wish I had more to distribute to them. I dont know any of the kids what their lives are outside the schools, what they do for fun, what their troubles are. And as I saw the interest in their eyes, I knew that at least in this environ, they seemed whole and protected. Attentive and intrigued. A little girl asked for a hug. Dont know if that were good or bad, but I obliged her. I was encouraged by my experience at Ridgecrest, and I was also so glad to see so many other volunteers reaching out. I wished I had more than half of a day to talk to classes. Its the way of my business. Deadlines always seem to loom. And weighing in on a recent controversy, involving a Hooters waitress who talked to a class, Im glad that school officials lean on the side of openmindedness when making arrangements for speakers. In an odd way the flap reminds me of a great line from the American classic Moby Dick, by Herman Melville. Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian, he wrote. Touch. Its also better to hear a speech from an honest waitress than a sleazy politician. Ill be glad to participate in the Teach-In again. It was a good day. Were also available to speak to classes at other times during the year, particularly on Thursdays and Fridays, after the papers have gone to bed. What year were you born? the student who was admonished asked. Again, the teacher cut him off. I have to give him credit. Hes got moxie and potential knows how to rephrase a question in an attempt to get an answer. Should have gotten his name. One day hell make a fine editor. I went to college at Bucknell, about 60 miles away from Penn State. We heard Penn State was a great party school, and on some weekends a few carloads of Bucknellians would head down the road to State College, Pa., to confirm the rumor. On the way theyd pass Penn State students headed for Bucknell, which had its own minor reputation as a party school. Over the years my awareness of Penn State was about the same as yours. I knew it was a big school that had some fearsome football teams, coached by a respected, horn-rimmed little guy named Joe Paterno. Penn State was JoePa and vice versa. That was all I knew or needed to know. No more. Today the whole world is getting a bellyful of learning about Penn State, Paterno, the assistant coach named Sandusky, and the sad and frightening ease by which a universitys reputation can be demolished. The months ahead will, I hope, give us the full truth and scope of what appears to be a shameful tragedy. Are there any lessons that we can pull out of the wreckage? Lets hope so. For example: if youre a young athlete, steer clear of coaches or any other adults who want to shower with the players. Or for that matter, who want to do anything with the players after practice sessions are finished. When I was in high school, we didnt have any fancypants hokum about the importance of bonding between coaches and players. The coach was simply the boss. During the game, you did what he told you to do. Whether he liked you, or you liked him, didnt matter. His wife didnt hold pizza parties for the team. And if any coach, naked or otherwise, had entered the shower room when the players were cleaning up, we would have had the same response: What is that creepy guy doing in here? In the old days, mistrust of adults was pervasive among kids. It probably saved millions of us from the kind of bonding that Jerry Sandusky allegedly practiced with his boys. If a coach or adult counselor put his arm around you or slapped you on your butt as he said, Good work, Charlie!, alarm bells went off in our heads. Grown-ups were, in many ways, the enemy. We tried to respect them, but we didnt want them as buddies or confidantes. Hugging was suspect. Hands-off was the default mode. Obviously that has changed over the years. Maybe I lived in a dream world, but my memory of my early years was that if you saw anyone adult or otherwise making unwanted sexual advances on another person (male or female), the only acceptable response was to assault the aggressor, maim him, or at the very least raise such a noise that half the town would come running. To me, the most horrible aspect of the Penn State scandal is the failure of eyewitnesses to do anything like that when they saw Sandusky molesting young boys. But that didnt happen at Penn State. If Sandusky had been a nobody, hed have been in jail or crucified within hours. But he was a coach, a well-known part of Penn States idolized and profitable football machine. Anyone (including Joe Paterno and the universitys president) pointing a finger at Sandusky would have been taking a huge risk. The last thing anyone seemed to care about was whether a powerful pedophile was loose on campus. Much higher on the priority list was the $106 million in revenue the football program had brought in during 2010. Today it looks as if Penn State may need every dollar of that income to settle the lawsuits likely to be filed by Sanduskys victims and their families. The Penn State story is a dirty one. You read all the angles to it and you want to take a shower (preferably alone). It has all the ingredients for a sensational movie, or several movies. It has cowardice, sexual perversion, cover-ups, wealth, ambition and the fall from grace of a much-loved man. Ill bet that jockeying for the publishing and screen rights has already begun. Will Penn State survive this chapter? Of course; its still an important center of learning. Will Joe Paternos legend survive? Not likely. Will Penn State reform its football program? Never. Would you send your son or daughter to Penn State? Thats the question thousands of parents will ask themselves inthe years ahead. The universitys admissions office is pondering it right now. Nervously. Bob Driver was a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at email@example.com.Reviewing wreckage of Penn StateCameras increase accidentsEditor: Clearwaters traffic nightmare continues. Just when you thought the poorly designed intersection of Gulf-to-Bay and Belcher Road couldnt get any worse, the City Council has now voted to put red light cameras there. This even though study after study has proved the cameras increase accidents. Even worse, this intersection has left turn lanes with green arrows but no red arrows. That means cars are permitted to turn left after the left turn arrow goes out and usually creep into the intersection on caution when the cars that are going straight are racing through. This Mexican stand off during the caution light is what causes most accidents in Clearwater. Red light cameras at the most dangerous intersections in Clearwater will make a bad situation deadly and are clearly just another scheme by the city council to rob motorists. Bob Snow ClearwaterLet the marketplace workEditor: Recently we have been seeing stories on the news and in our papers about the rising cost and lengthened wait times for emergency medical services in our local communities in Pinellas County. Perhaps the county should consider letting smaller private companies compete for the work, instead of using a large, county backed ambulance service. We have heard the concerns about the possibility of service being affected in the negative, but it is our assertion that competition would drive companies to provide superior service. Anyone who goes into the paramedic or nursing field has to have compassion and empathy for their fellow citizens. Companies that choose to follow that business model would by their very definition strive to give good, timely service. For many years, in the northeast I served on a volunteer fire/ambulance operation. Not once did we lack a full crew to respond to any emergency, be it fire, accident or illness. Pinellas County officials should realize that in this current economic climate, local homeowners cant continue to have their taxes raised to fund everything. Let the marketplace work and all will be advantaged. David and Tricia Newman Pinellas Park An international resort company wants to build a huge casino on the shore of Biscayne Bay, where the Miami Herald now stands. Journalists arent sentimental but they do appreciate irony. Having editorially crusaded for decades against opening South Florida to Vegas-style gaming, the Herald will soon be humbly relocated to make way for an extravagant $2 billion palace of wagering. Given the wheezing state of the newspaper industry, we should have negotiated with the buyers to save a little corner of their casino for our newsroom. The weekly take from one row of slot machines would probably cover the payroll for a dozen first-rate reporters and editors. The casino project by Genting Americas would be one of three mega-resorts permitted in Florida under a bill filed in the Legislature. The deal is no slam-dunk, even though the gambling industry has enough dough to paper the halls of the state capitol. Heres the glitch. Theres this little outfit up in Orlando that doesnt like the casino plan one bit. Disney is the name, and it has the money, the lobbyists and the insider connections to fight back and win. Disney sees big-time gambling as big-time competition. One argument is demographic the people whod fly all the way to Miami just to play craps arent necessarily the same people whod shlep their kids up to the Magic Kingdom. At least, they wont do it on the same trip. The counter argument is that, like the major resorts in Vegas and Nassau, South Florida mega-casinos would market heavily toward a wholesome family experience. All sorts of cool distractions would be available for Mom and the kids, while Dad fritters away their college fund at the roulette wheel. Its a free country, and people can spend their money however wisely or stupidly they choose. Gamblers inevitably lose, which is why casino companies are so rich and Disney is worried. A tourist who checks out of Gentings resort after a few days of recreational wagering might not have much left in his pockets or on his Visa card to take the family on an Epcot adventure. Ditto for that broom ride through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal. Every dollar spent in the casino is a dollar unspent elsewhere. Thats why opposition to the casinos now includes the Florida Retail Federation, the Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and basically the entire theme-park industry. Gamblings top political ally, state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, recently said: It blows my mind that a business group would say competition is a bad thing. Apparently, the Fort Lauderdale Republican dwells in some weird parallel universe where Ford salesmen are elated to see Honda open a dealership down the street. Last week, Genting Americas traveled to Tallahassee to wow lawmakers with its plans for Resorts World Miami. A top executive from the firm made the kind of sky-high promises that might charitably be described as fanciful. The president, Colin Au, predicted the casino bill would produce $1.7 billion in state revenues, along with 100,000 permanent jobs. A study commissioned by Genting said income from the combined three gambling resorts could be as high as $6 billion annually more than all the joints on the Vegas strip put together. Floridians accustomed to preposterous hype will hoot at these numbers. Even Bogdanoff cautioned the gaming company not to go overboard with its pitch. The gap between reason and whimsy is vast. A recent report by state economists projected that the new casinos might generate $980 million in gaming revenues, which is only about $5.1 billion shy of Gentings sunny forecast. Anticipating pushback from the theme parks, Au also guaranteed nonstop airline service to Miami from Asia, where the company is based and where much of the gambling business is expected to come from. He added: Im even prepared to guarantee Disney 100,000 tickets that we will sell for them in our resort. What Au didnt say, and will never say, is that Gentings casinos have the same basic mission as Disney World and Universal: to separate tourists from as much of their money as possible before they go anyplace else. By the time they get to Orlando, Dad might have a theme-park ticket in his wallet but little else. On the bright side, spending the night in a minivan at the Simba parking lot will be an unforgettable bonding experience for the whole family.Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald. Readers may write to him at: 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, FL 33132.In Fla. casino fight, all bets are off Mingling with the kids a good day 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772 727-397-5563 Fax: 727-397-5900 www.TBNweekly.com Publisher/President: Dan Autrey firstname.lastname@example.org Accounting Manager: Andrea Marcarelli email@example.com Retail Advertising Manager: Jay Rey firstname.lastname@example.org Classied Advertising Manager: Shelly Fournier email@example.com Executive Editor: Tom Germond firstname.lastname@example.orgProduction Manager: David Brown email@example.com Internet Services Manager: Suzette Porter firstname.lastname@example.org Seminole/Beach Beacon: Bob McClure email@example.com Largo Leader/Dunedin Beacon: Tom Germond firstname.lastname@example.org Belleair/Beach Bee: Chary Southmayd email@example.com Clearwater Beacon: Alexandra Lundahl firstname.lastname@example.org Pinellas Park Beacon: Juliana A. 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Mansour, M.D., P.A.Board Certied in Family Practicewww.mansourfamilypractice.com We accept most insurance plansFamily Practice Preventive Medicine Minor Emergencies Well Woman Programs Now Accepting New Patients Voted Most Caring Physician By SUZETTE PORTERRetailers are reaping the rewards of a successful start to the Christmas shopping season. Shoppers turned out in droves over the Thanksgiving weekend setting records for numbers and money spent. According to a survey conducted by BIGresearch for the National Retail Federation, a record 226 million people visited stores and websites over the Black Friday weekend, up from 212 million in 2010. Shoppers also spent more, an average of $398.62, compared to $364.34 last year. Online shoppers spent an average of $150.53 37.8 percent of their weekend spending. Stuffed to the brim from their holiday meals and eager to shop, more consumers than ever turned out for retailers Black Friday promotions, a promising sign for the economic recovery, said Matthew Shay, NRF president and CEO. After an historic holiday weekend, retailers know the holiday season is far from over and will continue to look for ways to excite holiday shoppers and build on the momentum weve seen thus far. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed shopped Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, up from 53 percent in 2010 and 52 percent in 2009. And more Americans shopped on Thanksgiving Day 28.7 million, compared to 22.2 million last year. Stores that opened their doors early took advantage of shoppers desires to start Black Friday early with 24 percent arriving at midnight. Only 9.5 percent arrived by midnight in 2010 and 3.3 percent in 2009. The appetite for these early openings is only getting stronger among holiday shoppers, and retailers did a great job providing Americans just what they wanted this weekend the ability to shop on Black Friday without having to get out of bed before dawn, sid Phil Rist, executive vice president of BIGresearch.Online shopping grows in popularityThe experts expect online retailers will set additional records on Cyber Monday. According to BIGresearchs survey, 122.9 million planned to shop online Nov. 28, up from the 106.9 million who shopped on Cyber Monday in 2010. More than half of those surveyed, 52.2 percent said theyll shop Cyber Monday, as compared to 46 percent last year, 42 percent in 2009, 37 percent in 2008, 32 percent in 2007 and 27 percent in 2006 and 2005.Black Friday shoppers establish historical recordsNetworking groups, aka leads groups, meet on a regular basis at various locations in the area. Some groups charge a fee to attend, and most require reservations. Persons considering attending any group for the first time are encouraged to make contact in advance. The upcoming schedule is as follows: Friday, Dec. 2 BNI Referral Masters, 7 a.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call Bill Mantooth at 639-6690 or visit www.bnireferralmasters .com. Friday, Dec. 2 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Friday, Dec. 2 Professional Leads Network, Upper Pinellas Chapter, 8 a.m., at Daddys Grill, 3682 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Friday, Dec. 2 Professional Leads Network, Bay Area Executives Chapter, 11:45 a.m., at Tum Rub Thai, 32716 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor. Visit www.proleads.net. Monday, Dec. 5 Network Professionals Inc., 7:30 a.m., at Perkins Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Monday, Dec. 5 Ready Set Grow Group, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at Hometown Family Restaurant, 10395 Seminole Blvd., Largo. Call Jamie Limbaugh at 831-2450 or email jamieL@freenetworkinginterna tional.com. Monday, Dec. 5 Free Networking International, Clearwater Two Cups Connect Group, 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Bay Coast Coffee Market, 2525 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Call Wayne Porter at 642-6173, email wayn ep@freenetworkinginternational .com or visit twocupsconnect .com. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Professional Leads Network, First Watch Chapter, 7:30 a.m., First Watch, 2569 Village Drive, Clearwater. Visit www.pro-leads .net. Tuesday, Dec. 6 The Board, Network Professionals, 7:30 a.m., at Panera Bread, Bardmoor Shopping Center, corner of Bryan Dairy and Starkey roads, Largo. Call 7426343. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Business Network International, Winners Circle, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Call Dave Proffitt at 230-9240. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Network Professionals Inc., Seminole Chapter, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Yacht Club Breakfast, sponsored by Creative Business Connections, 7:30 a.m., St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call Darrell Baker, area director, at 586-4999 or visit www.cbcnet.biz. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Free Networking International, Bayside Group, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bay Pines Sports Bar, 9685 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. Call Janet Landt at 455-7510, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.freenetworkinginter national.com. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Network Professionals Inc., St. Pete Lunch Chapter, 11:45 a.m., Red Lobster, 2773 66th St. N., St. Petersburg. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Network Professionals Inc., ICOT Lunch Chapter, 11:45 a.m., at Tucsons Southwest Grill, 13563 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Call Eddie Montoya at 813-4773533. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Tri-City Network Professionals, 11:45 a.m., at Applebees Restaurant, 5110 East Bay Drive, Clearwater. First visit is free. Call 4927921. Wednesday, Dec. 7 Business Network International, Financial Freedom, 7:15 a.m., at Bardmoor Country Club, 8001 Cumberland Road, Largo. Call Phil at 409-1609 or visit www. BNIFinancialFreedom.com. Wednesday, Dec. 7 Pinellas Executives Association, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., at Cove Cay Country Club, 2612 Cove Cay Drive, Clearwater. Call Donna Perry at 784-6507 or visit www. peafl.com. Wednesday, Dec. 7 BNI Business Connections Countryside, 7:30 a.m., at Grillsmith, 2539 Countryside Blvd., Suite 6, Clearwater. Cost is $11. Call Renee Jones at 813749-2780, email bniwcf@ gmail.com or visit www.bnibus inessconnections.com. Wednesday, Dec. 7 Local Business Network Seminole, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call 804-6359. Wednesday, Dec. 7 BNI Wealth Builders, 7:30 a.m., Palm Harbor Community Center Parks and Drew Valk Recreation, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Visit www.bni.com. Wednesday, Dec. 7 BNI Power Team, 7:30 a.m., East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Pkwy., Oldsmar. Visit www.bni .com.
Community 13A Leader, December 1, 2011 Church And Temple DirectoryL908118771 Park Blvd. SeminoleCorner of Park Blvd. & Starkey Rd. next to Save-a-LotHeirs of Promise ChurchPastor Jim & April Licensed & Ordained Through Rhema Bible A Non Denominational / Spirit Filled Church397-0806 www.heirsofpromise.com Bible Foundations Class Nursery Contemporary Worship PrayerSunday Service................................................10:30 AM Childrens Church...........................................10:30 AM Thursday Midweek Service...............................7:00 PM80510 St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church 1955 S. 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Seminole Title Company 392-5906 Short Sales Residential/Commercial Closings 1031 Exchanges Reverse Mortgages For Sale By Owner Packages Available 8640 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772120111Happy Holidays Get The NewsALL FORFREE!Sign Up Today! www.TBNweekly.com e-E d itions80510 120111 90811 Whats Sellingin Pinellas County Belleair Bluffs 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom $255,000This family sized home features many updates. The oversized lot has plenty of room to add a pool. Walk to the best area dining and shopping locations. Just across the bridge to the beaches.Joanne WoodRE/MAX ACR Elite Group Clearwater 4 Bed, 2 Bath, 2 Car Garage $295,000Wonderfully updated 4 bedroom pool home in Feather Sound! Great community with clubhouse, golf course, tennis, playground and more!! Over 2,200 sq. ft. with formal living and dining rooms. Fenced yard and lap pool.Realty Executives AdamoSandy Hartmann and Associates Seminole 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom $62,000Villa in Bardmoor with fenced patio and private backyard. Great two bedroom floor plan offers kitchen with pass through, living/dining room combo and large guest suite. Master suite offers a dressing area, walk-in closet and full bath. Great community with heated pool and spa. Located within walking distance of two, championship golf courses. Close to Bardmoor shopping center and just a short drive to Gulf Beaches.Century 21 Top SalesMary K Kottich120111 SOLD SOLD SOLD HandelsTHE MESSIAHPart 1Sunday, December 4, 3 p.m.Free Will Offering Reception FollowsGrace Lutheran Church4301 16th St. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33703 www.grace-lutheran.com 727-527-1168120111The Pinellas Lutheran ChoirDirector Robert Drick Soloist Instrumentalist26th Year Auction to benefit Tampa Bay Cat AllianceCLEARWATER A charity Chinese auction will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, 4 to 8 p.m., at the American Legion, 1760 Turner St. The auction will feature baskets, trays and large items. Attendees may purchase tickets with prices starting at $1. Tickets are then placed into cups of prizes desired for a chance to win. The grand prize is worth $5,500. Sandwiches, sodas, coffee and desserts will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit Tampa Bay Cat Alliance Inc., a nonprofit cat rescue and adoption organization. The alliance is trying to raise money to secure a new cat shelter for the community. Admission is free. Call 859-2208.Pet Supplies Plus opens new storeCLEARWATER A new Pet Supplies Plus store will celebrate its grand opening Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11, at 1500 N. McMullen Booth Road. Pets and their human companions will be fed, entertained, and otherwise pampered during the grand opening celebration. The 9,750square-foot store will feature a wide variety of pet services and products, including aquatics, small animal departments, full-service grooming, many different brands of natural pet foods and both freshfrozen and raw pet foods. Were ecstatic to open our doors, meet our new two-legged and four-legged neighbors, and show them all we have to offer, said Dave Oser, new store co-owner, in a press release. And were pulling out all the stops to make sure that every visitor has a great time during our grand opening celebration. Call 726-5544 or visit www.petsuppliesplusfl.com.Humane Society seeks volunteersCLEARWATER The Humane Society of Pinellas Inc. currently has volunteer opportunities for teens ages 16 to 18 seeking documented volunteer hours for Bright Futures, NHS, magnet programs or want exposure to the animal welfare field for the winter-spring term. Current needs for the term include support in adoptable cats, adoption center and volunteer services. Those selected will be responsible for a specific role with a standard shift, which occurs twice per month as well as responsibilities for the Mutt Strut in March. The selection process kicks off with an information session. Two sessions are available in December, including Thursday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 3. To RSVP, call Bobbie at 797-7722, ext. 237 or email bobbieb@hu manesocietyofpinellas.org. The Humane Society of Pinellas Inc. is a 501C3 organization dedicated to serving the community through the compassionate care of all animals. Murals for Mutts artist set to paint 100th petST. PETERSBURG Anna Hamilton will paint the 100th pet on the St. Pete Pet Project mural on Saturday, Dec. 3. The St. Pete Pet Project mural is on the side of the Gas Plant Antique Arcade at 1246 Central Ave., across from Fergs Sports Bar and Grill. The mural is one of many by Hamilton, creative director of Murals for Mutts Inc. Since she started painting, the wall has transformed into a colorful mural and loving tribute to the lives of almost 100 animals. Eleven of those animals are the pets of Brenda Bowen. When she learned about the project, she made a beeline to the computer to sign up. I wish I had the words to express what it means to me to have so many of my pets on there both living and those on Rainbow Bridge, Bowen said. It gives me joy and happiness and fulfillment. As one of Murals for Mutts biggest supporters, when Bowen learned that Hamilton was looking for the 100th pet to paint on the mural, she knew she wanted her newest dog, Big Mac, to be it. Big Mac was found in Sarasota on Nov. 1 eating garbage out of trash bins. Murals for Mutts Inc. raises money for animal welfare by painting pet portraits and pet murals in communities around the country. The mural benefits Friends of Strays and Pet Pal Animal Shelter. Visit www.muralsformutts.com.County to offer dog trainingLARGO A free dog-training seminar will be presented Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m., at Pinellas County Animal Services, 12450 Ulmerton Road. Attendees will learn the basics of dog training. The seminar is for all who have adopted dogs from Pinellas County Animal Services or other shelters in the county. Topics to be covered will include housetraining, loose-leash walking and dealing with challenging dog behaviors. No dogs are allowed at the class. For information, call 582-2600 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/ani malservices. Pawprints Pawprints MonkeyMonkey is an 8-month-old female cat. She participated in the International Cat Association cat show in November and won Best Household Pet Kitten. She has a wonderful outgoing personality. Monkey is in a foster home with other cats and two small dogs. She has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. Call Save Our Strays Inc. at 4815262 for information on adopting Monkey. Visit www.saveourstraysinc.com. Miss BMiss B is a very pretty 5year-old kitty. She is a sweet girl who loves being talked to, petted, and just being with people. Shed make a great lap cat and a wonderful addition to any family. Stop by the Suncoast Animal League, 1030 Pennsylvania Ave. in Palm Harbor or call 7861330 to meet her.Looking for a home
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Clearwater Largo Rd., Largo 727-588-4444 Biggest New Years Eve Party in Largo! 120111Join Us On For Daily DiscountsFirst Ever 40-Foot BALL DROP! 63011 120111 Presented by Old NorthwestSaturday, December 3, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Live Christmas Parade 120111 Colder temperatures are now upon us. With that said, changes are under way. Back-to-back hard winters have made it difficult to get excited about what should be a good time of year for fishing. It might be premature to be worrying about the adverse effects extreme drops in the water temperature has on our fishery and with any luck at all we will be spared and get to experience some of the fantastic trout, redfish, black drum and sheepshead fishing that we get this time of year. Flats fishing have been hot and cold depending on the day lately. Redfish have been the top target and plenty of fish in the 23to 25inch range can be caught on the flats right now. Extreme low tides have had the flats totally exposed for most of the morning lately. The redfish can be found shadowing the schools of mullet as they move up and down the edge. Working a top-water plug on the outside edge of the mullet schools will allow you to find where the reds are holding. Those blue-bird days a couple of days after a front moves thru might seem like beautiful fishing days, however, this is not the case. High pressure after a front will have the fish more or less lying on the bottom unwilling to move for bait. In this situation sometimes the only thing that will entice the reds into biting is fresh chunk bait on the bottom. As the wind blows and the redfishing slows, sheepsheads are starting to look more and more inviting. The stage is set as bridge pilings and fenders are loaded with oyster clusters that are just begging to be scraped off and chum the water for the tasty sheepshead. Use a piece of fresh shrimp (the frozen stuff just seems to fall off the hook) for bait on small No. 2 or 4 offset hook. Until next week get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hotmail .com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@TBNweek ly.com Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein Hoping this month is better than two previous Decembers
Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B December 1, 2011Visit www.TBNweekly.com Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan; presented by Francis Wilson Playhouse, Dec. 1-18, at the playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13 for students. Call 4461360 or visit www.fran ciswilsonplayhouse.org. Winner of seven Tony and Drama Desk Awards in 1977, Annie tells the story of Little Orphan Annie and how she came to meet Oliver Daddy Warbucks. This Depression-era family musical features such tunes as Tomorrow, NYC and Youre Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile. Communicating Doors, by Alan Ayckbourn, presented by West Coast Players, Dec. 2-18, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org. Ashlie Mohney directs this production of Ayckbourns 1994 play that involves a bit of time travel courtesy of a set of hotel doors. Characters move between past and present in an effort to rewrite history. First Friday, Friday, Dec. 2, 6 to 11 p.m., on First Avenue Southwest in downtown Largo between Clearwater-Largo Road and Ridge Road. This months theme will be Largos Winter Wonderland Festival. Attendees will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa and dance to live rock n roll and Christmas music. The event will feature food, art and craft vendors as well as magic performers, Christmas carolers and other street performers. 17th annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Corey Avenue in downtown St. Pete Beach. This juried outdoor craft event will showcase original and affordable crafts handmade in America created by leading local and national crafters. Attendees will find an extensive array of crafts such as folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry and paintings. Also featured at the festival will be a selection of personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products. The craft festival comes at the perfect time in the run-up to the holiday season. Attendees will find the two-day event an attractive alternative to mall shopping. Visit www.artfestival.com. Paul Simon, Monday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $62.50 to $128. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The set list will draw from Simons iconic career, including several songs that havent been performed live in many years. Also included will be tracks from So Beautiful or So What, his first new record in five years, released by Hear Music/Concord Music Group in April to critical acclaim. Simon earned rave reviews on the spring leg of his U.S. tour. Joining him once again on the road is a stellar band of musicians including Cameroonian guitarist Vincent Nguini, guitarist/drummer Jim Oblon, pianist Mick Rossi, saxophonist/keyboardist Andrew Snitzer, bassist Bakithi Kumalo, guitarist Mark Stewart, master percussionist Jamey Haddad and multi-instrumentalist Tony Cedras. Produced by Phil Ramone and Paul Simon, with liner notes written by Elvis Costello, So Beautiful or So What is one of the most well reviewed albums of the yearOpening this weekendRalph Fiennes directs, stars in Shakespeares Coriolanus, a drama Photo by LARRY D. 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Top ve diversions Top ve diversions Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPESurprisingly, no new movies will hit theaters in wide release this week. Still, a veritable parade of films will open in limited release as both American and international filmmakers rush to get potential Oscar contenders on the big screen before the end of the year. Following is a look at some of these limited release features. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.Answers to NothingGenre: Drama and thriller Cast: Dane Cook, Mark Kelly, Erik Palladino, Kali Hawk and Barbara Hershey Director: Matt Leutwyler Rated: R Against the backdrop of a missing girl case, lost souls throughout Los Angeles search for meaning and redemption and affect each other in ways they dont always see. Ryan and Kate are in a strained marriage. They are trying to have a baby, but instead of bringing them closer together the difficulties are tearing them apart. Two strangers, sharing a home, they each lead private lives unbeknownst to each other. Ryan, grew up listening to the impossible romantic story of his grandparents courtship, but isnt even sure he believes in love. He hates his mother for believing that his father is coming back, even though he left her 10 years ago, and he hates himself for following in his fathers steps of infidelity. Tara is a young singer at the center of Ryans infidelity who despite all her ferocious self-confidence on stage cant seem to stand up for herself when it comes to Ryan. Despite his inability to take care of his own personal life, Ryan is a therapist who tries to help others find their way. Allegra is his patient who is trying to understand her own type of self-hatred the resentment of her own race. Uncomfortable in her own skin, shes the only black staff writer on the first-season TV show Labor Pains. She sees Ryan to try to come to terms with her inner struggles but ultimately finds what shes looking for when she meets Evan, the manager at the club where Tara regularly performs. Evan is a distracted daydreamer and a hopeless romantic who has seemingly been preparing for years to be the ideal boyfriend for the girl he finally meets. He meets Allegra while posting signs about a lost dog he found. Meanwhile Kate carries the burden of desperately wanting a child in ways she cant express to Ryan or her best friend Frankie. She secretly buys baby clothes and hides them away. As a lawyer, she tries to throw herself into a particularly hard case involving Drew, a recovering alcoholic battling her parents for custody of her severely disabled brother, a former marathon runner. As the court date approaches Drew is determined to run the only major race her brother never ran, the LA Marathon, and push him in his wheelchair across the finish line. Meanwhile the case of a missing 11-year-old girl continues to play out on television and Frankie, the lead detective, is taking this one personally. A single, divorced mom of a girl the same age, she has a hard time separating the personal and the professional. And she isnt the only one. Carter is a teacher at Frankies daughters school. Carter feels like a doormat in much of his life and the missing girl case makes him feel even more helpless. Soon the heroic deeds he engages in at night in the virtual world of his online video game begin to inspire him to do the same in the real world. Fantasy and reality begin to blur leading him to confront his neighbor living down the hallway of his apartment building. Jerry is a beat cop and recent widower who spends much of his day visiting random wakes of others who have lost someone just to listen to the eulogies. Carter wants to know why the man who appears to be a prime suspect has not been taken into custody. Jerry tries to explain that there are legal procedures that need to be considered but all this does is lead Carter to attempt to take the law into his own hands.CoriolanusGenre: Drama Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain, John Kani, James Nesbitt, Lubna Azabal and Ashraf Barhom Director: Ralph Fiennes Rated: R Caius Martius Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is See OPENING, page 8B
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"___ Brockovich" 16. O. Henry's "The Gift of the ___" 17. "Die Lorelei" poet 18. Angry, with "off" 19. Actuarial chart 22. Goddess of the hunt 23. Narrow parallel grooves 24. Jail, slangily 26. "Coriolanus" setting 28. Bleed 29. "Act your ___!" 30. Facial contours 35. ___-Japanese War 38. Masefield play "The Tragedy of ___" 39. Be exultant 40. Returns to life 43. ___ jacket 44. "___, humbug!" 45. Be a snitch 47. Priestly garb 48. Nasal partition 51. Fowl place 53. Execution of a plan 56. "I, Claudius" role 57. ___ Wilson of The Beach Boys 58. June 6, 1944 (2 wds) 60. Coagulate 61. Heavy drinker, slang 62. ___-mutton (2 wds) 63. "___ for the poor" 64. Caught in the act 65. Biblical birthright seller Down 1. Child's stomach 2. Face-to-face exam 3. Inflexibility 4. Video store section, shortened (2 wds) 5. Scrutinize again 6. Barber's motion 7. Windmill parts 8. Stringed instrument pluckers 9. Orthodontic appliance 10. "Gladiator" setting 11. Bridget Fonda, to Jane 12. Memorial Day race 14. Carbolic acid 20. Ring bearer, maybe 21. The Donald 24. "The Alienist" author 25. Chill 27. Legislate 31. Amuse 32. Roundworms 33. Blue hue 34. High-hatter 36. Secondary storylines 37. Be bombastic 41. Cuban dance (pl.) 42. "Citizen Kane" actor Everett ___ 46. Auction offering 48. Common sense? 49. Erasable programmable read-only memory (acronym) 50. Actress Oberon 52. Edge 53. Ancient Andean 54. Big name in sneakers 55. Head-hunters of NE India 59. "___ rang?"HoroscopesDecember 1, 2011CapricornDecember 22 January 19The holiday season is in full swing, and your to-do list is growing. Take steps to be more efficient and reduce the load wherever possible, Capricorn.AquariusJanuary 20 February 18Requests for time and money increase. Pick the best and leave the rest. Youre only human, Aquarius. An elderly friend makes a speedy recovery.PiscesFebruary 19 March 20Time to switch gears, Pisces. You finished what you signed up for, and even though much remains to be done, its time you bowed out. A gift has an added surprise.AriesMarch 21 April 19A friend wrestles with a personal demon. Be there for them throughout the long recovery process. A coworker pitches a fit. Ignore it, Aries.TaurusApril 20 May 20Party invites arrive by the handful. You cant possibly attend them all, Taurus, and no one expects you to. The plans for holiday travel begin to unfold.GeminiMay 21 June 21An announcement catches you off guard. Hide your surprise, Gemini, and offer up your congratulations. You can fuss about it later. Destiny calls.CancerJune 22 July 22Where will you be spending the holidays, Cancer? Let the ruckus begin. A financial review turns up rosy. Way to go! A relative returns a favor.LeoJuly 23 August 22Tirades at home turn into a full-blown battle for control. Escape the madness with a road trip to someplace special, Leo. A repair is completed.VirgoAugust 23 September 22Youre on the hunt for the perfect gift. Start in places you wouldnt look otherwise, Virgo. A film inspires you to lend an organization a hand.LibraSeptember 23 October 22A project ends with a flourish. Take a few days off to unwind and catch up on stuff at home, Libra. Time to get cracking on the decorating.ScorpioOctober 23 November 21Solitude is a welcome friend at this hectic time of year. Enjoy it, Scorpio, and do something fun for yourself. A book puts a new spin on an old topic.SagittariusNovember 22 December 21Twinkling lights dredge up a feud long forgotten. Its not too late to make amends, Sagittarius. Cooler weather makes for fun weekend activities. Sudoku
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Then Congressman Jack Maquire drops in unexpectedly and Fiona, unsure who her client is, zeros in on him. The Exhibiting Society of Artists exhibit, Dec. 1 through Feb. 29, 2012, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. TESA will be exhibiting this winter season for three full months at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Artwork by TESAs 50 professional artist members, most of whom reside in and around Pinellas County, includes all-media works available for purchase. TESA has been exhibiting at Ruth Eckerd Hall for nearly 10 years, in the East and West Galleries located on the upper level of the main theater area. The galleries are open for viewing by Ruth Eckerd Hall ticket holders during scheduled performances. For information, call Gayle DeCoste at 474-3386. Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan; presented by Francis Wilson Playhouse, Dec. 1-18, at the playhouse, 302 Seminole St. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13 for students. Call 446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org. Winner of seven Tony and Drama Desk Awards in 1977, Annie tells the story of Little Orphan Annie and how she came to meet Oliver Daddy Warbucks. This Depression-era family musical features such tunes as Tomorrow, NYC and Youre Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile. Communicating Doors, by Alan Ayckbourn, presented by West Coast Players, Dec. 2-18, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplay ers.org. A bit of time travel courtesy of a set of hotel doors transports a group of characters between past and present in an effort to rewrite history. Masters of Illusion: Impossible Magic, Saturday, Dec. 3, 3 and 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $28 to $48. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Nothing can match the experience of seeing a live magic show. This amazing extravaganza brings the hit television show Masters of Illusion: Impossible Magic to the stage, complete with exotic animals, beautiful dancers, escapologists, comedy magic, quick change artists, mentalists and sleight of hand. Audience participation adds to the fun and suspense. This spectacular, colorful show is sure to provide thrills, awe and smiles for the entire family. Daryl Hall and John Oates, Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $49.50 to $100. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Hall and Oates, the No. 1 selling duo in music history, return to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since 2009. Starting out as two devoted disciples of earlier soul greats, Hall and Oates are soul survivors in their own right. Their artistic fan base includes Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Brandon Flowers of the Killers, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and Gym Class Heroes. Signed to Atlantic by Ahmet Ertegan in the 1970s, Hall and Oates have sold more albums than any other duo in music history. Their 1973 debut album, Abandoned Luncheonette, produced by Arif Mardin, yielded the Top 10 single, Shes Gone, which also went to No. 1 on the R&B charts when it was covered by Taveras. The duo recorded one more album with Atlantic, War Babies, before they were dropped and promptly signed to RCA. Their tenure at RCA would catapult the duo to international superstardom. From the mid-s to the mids, the duo would score six No. 1 singles, including Rich Girl, Kiss on My List, Private Eyes, I Cant Go For That (No Can Do), Maneater and Out of Touch. Hall and Oates recently released their first box set, Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall & John Oates. The box set marks the first comprehensive multiCD, multi-label deluxe box set compilation ever assembled from their entire careers work, four CDs containing 74 tracks, including 16 previously unreleased tracks. Paul Simon, Monday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $62.50 to $128. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The set list will draw from Simons iconic career, including several songs that havent been performed live in many years. Also included will be tracks from So Beautiful or So What, his first new record in five years, released by Hear Music/Concord Music Group in April to critical acclaim. Simon earned rave reviews on the spring leg of his U.S. tour. Joining him once again on the road is a stellar band of musicians including Cameroonian guitarist Vincent Nguini, guitarist/drummer Jim Oblon, pianist Mick Rossi, saxophonist/keyboardist Andrew Snitzer, bassist Bakithi Kumalo, guitarist Mark Stewart, master percussionist Jamey Haddad and multi-instrumentalist Tony Cedras. Produced by Phil Ramone and Paul Simon, with liner notes written by Elvis Costello, So Beautiful or So What is one of the most well reviewed albums of the year. Wanda Sykes, Monday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $42.50 to $59.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Sykes, comedian and actress, is known for her late night talk show The Wanda Sykes Show on Fox and the CBS show The New Adventures of Old Christine. She has had two standup specials air on HBO, both of which were nominated for primetime Emmys for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special and for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Sykes also has been in feature films such as Evan Almighty and Monster-In-Law as well as the animated films Over the Hedge and The Barnyard. Flavor of Jazz VI: Peter White Christmas, Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $55 to $93. Tasings will begin at 6 p.m. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Call 7917400 or visit www.rutheckerd hall.com. Attendees will celebrate the season and indulge themselves with luscious culinary delights from some of the areas finest restaurants. The concert will feature the music of guitarist Peter White and saxophonists Kirk Whalum and St. Petersburgs own Mindi Abair. Proceeds from the show will benefit of The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute and Clearwater Jazz Holiday jazz education programs. The Ruth Eckerd Hall/ Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Band opens the show for this festive evening.Sensuous Senator parodies private lives of politiciansAs the country hurtles toward the primary season and Republican candidates vying for the presidential nomination perform Punch-and-Judy antics in a series of televised debates, accusations and insults are flying and at least one former frontrunner has been undermined by scandal. The timing couldnt be any better for Early Bird Dinner Theatres production of Michael Parkers The Sensuous Senator, running through Dec. 23, at the Italian American Club, 200 S. McMullen Booth Road. The Sensuous Senator takes place in the 1990s and was probably at least partially inspired by that decades many alleged indignities which besmirched politicians and public servants in every branch of government and on either side of the aisle. As the farce opens, Parker introduces Senator Harry Douglas. In Harry, the playwright has crafted a smooth-talking presidential candidate who has based his campaign on morality and family values. In announcing his candidacy, Harry boasts about his fidelity, his moral fiber and his integrity and protests vehemently when a reporter from the National Intruder questions him about his relationship with his secretary. A short while later, after his wife leaves for an engagement in Chicago, Harry finds himself alone and immediately phones his secretary, Veronica, and invites her to spend the night. When she reports that she has other plans, Harry immediately calls an escort agency and arranges for an escort. Of course, this is a farce so everything that can go wrong with Harrys scheme does, leading to nonstop amusement. Toby Manion stars as Harry in one of his best performances to date. In the opening scene, when Harry is announcing his intention to run for president, Manion projects the perfect mixture of charisma and bluster. Suave and silver-tongued one minute and impishly libidinous the next, Manions possesses an ability to maintain an aura of plausible deniability as the situation he created through his own deceit and disloyalty quickly spirals out of control. Its that overconfidence on the part of the main character that Harry can still control the outcome that makes the endless improbabilities so much more hilarious. Equally talented in this production is Rick Kistner who plays a senior Congressman and friend of Harry, Clyde Salt. Clydes illtimed arrival at Harrys house sets into motion the series of events that thwart the intended tryst. Its unfair to categorize The Sensuous Senator strictly as a bedroom farce because a significant number of laughs are generated not by classic farce moments but by political satire. Clydes mocking commentary on modern politics will keep this play topical for decades to come, and Kistner injects an understated cynicism to his character to underscore the sardonic observations. Ian MacCallum plays Harrys nephew, Jack Maguire, a firstterm Congressman. After he drinks a brandy laced with sleeping powder intended for Clyde poor novice Jack finds himself pursued by Harrys persistent escort. MacCallum does a great job of making the character institutionally ignorant and terminally gullible. Barbara Anthony is excellent as Fiona, the escort trying to keep Jack from nodding off; and Tracy Borgattis rendition of the imposing Veronica is outstanding whether shes scolding Harry for botching their rendezvous or playing hide-and-seek above and beneath the bed. Solid performances also are given by Francine Wolf as Lois Douglas, Susan Dearden as the reporter Miss Morrison and Brent Ballard as the Policeman. The satire never overwhelms the inherent silliness of The Sensuous Senator. Parkers farce is a gift to those already growing weary of election-year politics: Its enjoyable escapist fun that elicits lots of laughter with well-crafted political caricatures. Seating for performances is Thursday through Sunday, 4 p.m. Seating for matinees is Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Cost is $29.90 a person. For reservations, call 446-5898. Visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com. Tony Orlandos Great American Christmas, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $35 to $43. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. One of Americas most endearing and enduring stars, Orlando is known for his warmth, his energy, a host of hits including five that made it to No. 1, a successful television variety show, roles in movies and on Broadway, and as a popular casino entertainer. It all began with the surprise hit Candida, followed by Knock Three Times, Sweet Gypsy Rose, Cupid, He Dont Love You and his signature song of 1973 Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree, now an ongoing American anthem of hope, homecoming, reunion and renewal. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Thursday, Dec. 29, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $29.50 to $75. Call 7917400 or visit www.rutheckerd hall.com. Husband-and-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have put together a new band. Theyre now out on the road in support of their studio album Revelator. The first generation of this new lineup made appearances at some of the most prestigious festivals of last year including New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Fest, Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, and Japans Fuji Rock Fest. In addition, Derek and Susan collaborated with Herbie Hancock on his Imagine Project, performing with the jazz master at high profile events such as Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as both of his 70th birthday parties held at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Howie Mandel, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets range from $69 to $85. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. Mandel has been in show business for more than 30 years. Known for such television gigs as being a judge on Americas Got Talent, hes also received an Emmy-Award nomination for his role as the host on Deal or No Deal. Among many other shows, the Toronto-born entertainer also is recognizable as being the starring voice on the childrens cartoon Bobbys World, a show he created. The stand-up comic came to the attention of the American television viewers during the the six-year run, in the s, of the medical drama television show, St. Elsewhere, on which he played Dr. Wayne Fiscus. B.B. King, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $39.50 to $79.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The Grammy Award winner will return to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since his sold-out show in February 2010. Since the 1950s, there has been only one King of the Blues Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King. Since King started recording in the late 1940s, he has released more than 60 albums many considered blues classics, like 1965s definitive live blues album Live At The Regal, and 1976s collaboration with Bobby Blue Bland, Together For The First Time. Over the years, King has had two No. 1 R&B hits, Three Oclock Blues in 1951 and You Dont Know Me in 1952. He has had four No. 2 R&B hits including Please Love Me in 1953, You Upset Me Baby in 1954, Sweet Sixteen, Part I in 1960 and Dont Answer The Door, Part I in 1966. Kings most popular crossover hit, 1970s The Thrill Is Gone, went to No. 15 on the pop charts. A winner of multiple Grammy Awards, King has received seven honorary doctorates, numerous gold and platinum record awards, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1995 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006.Dunedin The Greatest Holiday Show on Earth, through Dec. 23, at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. On a yearly basis, DFAC curators look to put together the best art, with a giftgiving perspective in mind. The result is a collection of works from around the country that any of your friends or relatives would be delighted to find under their tree. This festival holiday show features work by more than 100 artists such as Brooke Allison, Rocky and Kathleen Bridges, Nancy Cervenka, Elizabeth Coachman, Brngt Hokanson and Trefny Dix, Lisa Ward Landsman, Susan Maxon, Melissa Miller Nece, Steve Pawloski, Stacy Perry, Wendy Thurlow, Markissia Touliatos, Aimee Trachtenberg, Glenn Woods, Gail Wynne & Kreg Yingst. Also on display are a dozen exceptionally decorated themed trees and a selection of hard-to-find gifts. Tradition has it, for this exhibit only, that purchases can go home with buyers. Gallery and gift shop hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Call 2983322 or visit www.dfac.org.Gulfport First Friday Art Walk, Friday, Dec. 2, 6 to 10 p.m., along Beach Boulevard. Attendees can preview and purchase the work of more than 50 artists and crafters. Also taking part in the event will be authors, antique dealers and entertainers. The districts shops, boutiques and galleries also will be open. Live entertainment often includes performances by artists such as Mile Marker Zero, Double M Band, Paul Anthony Band and New Horizons Band. The Industrial Art Center will offer miniclasses with master glass blower Jackie Ballard and the IAC team. For information, visit www.gulf portma.com. Third Saturday Art Walk, Saturday, Dec. 17, 6 to 10 p.m., along Beach Boulevard. Attendees can preview and purchase the work of more than 50 artists and crafters. Also taking part in the event will be authors, antique dealers and entertainers. The districts shops, boutiques and galleries also will be open. Live entertainment often includes performances by artists such as Mile Marker Zero, Double M Band, Paul Anthony Band and New Horizons Band. The Industrial Art Center will offer mini-classes with master glass blower Jackie Ballard and the IAC team. For information, visit www.gulfportma .com. USA Dance, Monday, Dec. 19, 7 to 10:15 p.m., at Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. Admission is $7 and includes a dance workshop, professional and amateur exhibitions, dance hosts and snacks. Beverages are available for purchase. For information, call 397-5754.Largo First Friday, Friday, Dec. 2, 6 to 11 p.m., on First Avenue Southwest in downtown Largo between Clearwater-Largo Road and Ridge Road. This months theme will be Largos Winter Wonderland Festival. Attendees will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa and dance to live rock n roll and Christmas music. The event will feature food, art and craft vendors as well as magic performers, Christmas carolers and other street performers. Peace Frog, Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. See LOOKING AHEAD, page 4B Curtain CallLee Clark Zumpe Looking ahead Looking ahead
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Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eightoclocktheatre.com. This sequel takes place six weeks after the Little Sisters of Hobokens first benefit show, and now they are back with a big Thank You show. Theyre a bit slicker, having been bitten by the theater bug. Things get to off to a rousing start, and before long chaos erupts. Two Franciscans come to claim Sister Mary Amnesia (who has won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes). The nuns hear that a talent scout is in the audience.Palm Harbor The 37th annual Harbor Art, a fine arts and crafts festival, Dec. 3-4, on Florida Avenue in historic Palm Harbor. Presented by the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, the festival will feature master woodworkers; jewelry makers, stained glass artisans and pastel, oil and acrylic painters. Hours will be Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www. palmharborcc.org.Pinellas Park Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, based on the original story by Roald Dahl and presented by Venue Young Stars, Dec. 2-11, at Venue Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N. Performances will be Friday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and younger. Call 822-6194 or email Venue ActorStudio@gmail.com. The production is adapted for the stage and directed by Tiffany Coryell. The story follows a young boy as he wins one of several golden tickets to explore the wonderful Chocolate Factory of Willy Wonka. Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra, Sunday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N. Admission is free but donations are accepted. The orchestra performs music selections including light classical, show tunes and pop. The orchestras season runs October through April. Call 415-9650 or visit www.pinel lasparkorchestra.com. Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ Performance, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the City Auditorium, 7690 59th St. N. The free concert offers attendees an opportunity to relive the golden years of theater as lovely melodies are played on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. The organ, lovingly restored by the Central Florida Theatre Organ Society, creates the sound of a full orchestra including a variety of percussion instruments and a bevy of sound effects. Attendees may bring a lunch and enjoy the show. Passengers, by Sam Bobrick, Jan. 12-29, 2012; at Venue Ensemble Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. A portion of ticket sales from each show is donated to a benefit organization. Call 822-6194 or visit www.venueactorstudio.org. A Night at the Oscars, presented by Sunsation Show Chorus, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, 3 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N. Cost is $15. Call 541-4501 or visit www.sunsationshowchorus.com. The production will feature some of the greatest movie music that made it to the Oscars performed by the Sunsation Show Chorus. Rena Massey will provide piano accompaniment. St. Pete Beach 17th annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Corey Avenue in downtown St. Pete Beach. The show will feature a wide variety of crafts such as finely hand-crafted jewelry and pet and spa products. Visit www.artfestival.com.St. Petersburg An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde, presented by American Stage Theatre Company, through Dec. 24, in the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org. In An Ideal Husband, fate catches up to Government Minister Sir Robert Chiltern when a mysterious woman produces a letter which reveals a past misdeed and a choice must be made between public scandal and the private shame of his wife. This work is a perfect mix of Wilde wit and intrigue and resonates amazingly with our modern point and click scandal of the moment culture. A Christmas Carol: The Musical, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Mike Ockrent; presented by freeFall Theatre Company, Dec. 15 through Jan. 1, 2012, at freeFall, 6099 Central Ave. Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Ticket prices vary according to performance date and time. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com. Originally commissioned for Madison Square Gardens in New York, this charming adaptation of the perennial holiday classic features a soaring and inspirational score. Seminole Proud to be an American, performed by the Suncoast Singers of Florida, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2012, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 11501 Walker Ave. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. by the Honduras Mission team with a portion of the proceeds going to their cause. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each for dinner and concert or $16 each for the concert only. Advance reservations available through Jan. 24 for dinner and concert; and through Jan. 28 for concert only. Call 399-0599. Visit www.suncoastsingers.com.Tarpon Springs Mozarts Titus, presented by New Century Opera Company, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, 7:30 p.m., at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Reserved seating tickets are $22 for adults and $18 for members and students. Call 942-5605 or visit www.tarponarts.org. Under the direction of Constantine Grame, the New Century Opera Company will present Mozarts final opera, Titus (La clemenza di Tito). The opera recounts the story of a plot to assassinate the Roman Emperor Titus by a woman who thinks she should have been his wife. This exciting story of love, power and revenge in ancient Rome, set to Mozarts glorious music features Rex Tabor, Linda L. Hines, Maria Moon, Caroline Ogle, Lauren M. Grame and Bruce P. Taylor. LOOKING AHEAD, from page 3BTickets are $24 in advance and $29 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. Peace Frog, the ultimate Doors tribute band, recreates the primal, poetic atmosphere of a vintage Doors concert. The band also will celebrate the first anniversary of Morrisons pardon requested by Governor Charlie Crist. Crist suggested the possibility of a posthumous pardon for Morrison, which was approved unanimously by the state clemency board on Dec. 9, 2010. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, Dec. 11, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. The featured entertainment will be a Holiday Show with the Florida Suncoast Barbershop Chorus. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCen ter.com. The Four Freshmen, Sunday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $33 in advance and $38 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. The Four Freshmen, member of The Vocal Group Hall of Fame, will return to the Largo Cultural Center with a stunning holiday show. The quartet will perform favorite holiday tunes plus their many hits such as Its a Blue World, Mood Indigo, Day by Day and Graduation Day. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. The featured entertainment will be The Knockouts presented by Tony Belmont. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. The featured entertainment will be a Valentine Spectacular with the Four Tune Nuts Barbershop Quartet. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit Largo CommunityCenter.com. Funny Girl, with book by Isobel Lannart, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, Feb. 24 through March 11, 2012, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eightoclocktheatre.com. Funny Girl is the semi-autobiographical tale of Fanny Brices meteoric rise to fame and her stormy relationship with Nick Arnstein, a wealthy and charming gambler. From her start as a gawky Brooklyn teen fast-talking her way into show business to becoming the toast of New York to the unraveling of her personal life, Funny Girl is a stunning, richly told tour de force about one of Broadways biggest stars. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. The featured entertainment will be a tribute to the Irish with the Heedless Horsemen from Ranchero Village. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 5183131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. The featured entertainment will be a New Orleans Special Treat with Cabaret Unlimited. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCen ter.com. Broadways Best, presented by Eight OClock Theatre, May 4-13, 2012, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eightoclockthe atre.com. The well-known dynamic creative team of Rocco Morabito (director) and Ronnie DeMarco (choreographer) have designed their dream show: a revue combining favorite ballads, laments and show-stoppers from Broadways best. The lineup includes gems from musicals such as Cabaret,
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