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By ALEXANDRA LUNDAHLCLEARWATER The residents of Clearwater are about to welcome the opening of its only movie theater complex in the city. Cobb Theatres will open on Friday, Dec. 16, at Westfield Countryside Mall, just in time for the holiday blockbusters. The theater is far ahead of schedule it had originally been set to open in spring of 2012, but both mall representatives and the leaders at Cobb are thrilled for the earlier opening. Its almost four months early, so it was definitely a strong collaborative effort between the mall and Cobb, and especially coming out at the holidays with all the big holiday releases is great, said Kelly Edwards, marketing director for Westfield Countryside. The shoppers are already here and are excited. Everyone can enjoy and be entertained by it, and its also a great idea for gift-giving to give movie tickets as stocking stuffers. Jeremy Welman, chief operating office of Cobb Theatres is also thrilled by the early opening right at the holidays. Its our favorite time of year, Welman said. Its when all the major holiday blockbusters are out, so were excited to open with some major films. Some of the big films are Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: ChipWrecked, Welman said, and soon Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol will open as well. The theater will have a spacious lobby area with a self-serve concession area. There will be items such pizza, hamburgers, French fries, nachos, self-serve frozen yogurt with many toppings, and other items, Welman said. The theater has 12 screens, floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall screens that feature the latest digital projection, all with 3D capabilities and digital surround sound. There is extra leg room and the seats are wider than average, he said, but he thinks the public will appreciate the extra comfort, even if they cant fit as many bodies into the auditoriums. A unique feature that the theater has is one of the newest innovations in exhibition D-BOX MFX seats. There are 42 of these seats in one auditorium, and they are programmed to synchronize with the movie action See THEATER, page 4A Clearwater siblings Olympics-bound Zach and Paige Railey qualify for summer games ... Page 4A. Trio popular with PBS audiences and at concerts across the country ... Page 1B.Irish Tenors perform Monday, Dec. 19, at Ruth Eckerd Hall Volume XXXIV,No. 22 December 15, 2011 www.TBNweekly.com Features Business . . . . . . . . . . .7A Classieds . . . . . . . . .6-9B Community . . . . . . . . .11A County . . . . . . . . . . .5-6A Entertainment . . . . . .1-5,10B Faith & Family . . . . . . . .8A Just for Fun . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . .2-3A Pets of the Week . . . . . . .11A Police Beat . . . . . . . . . .5A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . .10A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .9A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising Sherlock Holmes opens in theatersRobert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams, Stephen Fry and Jared Harris star in action and advenutre film. ... Page 1B.COUNTYNew commission chairman named Pinellas County commissioners unanimously agreed Dec. 6 that John Morroni should serve as next years chair. Commissioner Ken Welch received the nod for the position of vice chair. Commissioners also thanked Commissioner Susan Latvala for her service as chair during the current year. Its been a challenging year for all of us, Welch said. Morroni commented that it had been seven years since he had served as chair. Im looking forward to the challenge, he said. Commissioner Norm Roche asked if there was a written procedure for the practice of electing the chair and vice chair. Latvala and Commissioner Karen Seel said there was not. Its informal and we like it this way, Seel said. A short debate ensued on the criteria used to select a chair before Latvala reminded commissioners that several items remained on the days agenda. She said the matter could be discussed at a future work session. Seel said if changes were going to be made, she would like to have it put on a meeting agenda. Morroni, who represents District 6 residents, has served on the County Commission since 2000. He served as chair in 2005. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1992 to 2000. Welch represents District 7 and also has served on the commission since 2000. 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 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: 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 By TOM GERMONDLARGO Some entity besides city government may get a shot at running the citys golf course. City commissioners took a step in that direction Dec. 13, giving staff the OK to seek proposals for private enterprise to operate the golf course. City officials plan to have the requests to proposals available for bidders for 30 days, review proposals from January to March and provide information on the results at the April 10 City Commission work session. At that same work session city officials will report on the results of the golf course operations for this fiscal year. With that commissioners may decide whether city personnel will continue to run the golf course in fiscal year 2013 or contract with a private operator. The commissions action comes after months of city officials scrutinizing the golf courses operations, which have received large city subsidies in recent years. Transfers from the city budget are expected in the next five years. The highest net loss for any normal year of operation was in fiscal year 2010, $307,000. The city has increased marketing efforts, reduced staffing and taken other measures to increase revenue in recent months. Under consideration is a lease for an initial term of five years with a possible extension of up to 20 years. The proposed operator must have at least five years of proven experience in operating and maintaining a public golf course. Commissioner Curtis Holmes was concerned that the proposal had too much minutia. My concern is, if we have so many Ts crossed and Is dotted here, are we going to get a qualified suitor that is even going to entertain us? he asked. We wont know that until we put it out, said Mayor Pat Gerard. City Recreation, Parks and Arts Director Joan Byrne said she gets weekly emails from companies interested in bidding on the operation. And I think its in the citys best interest to have as much information gathered. This is a huge asset that we just recently invested a lot of money in, and we want to make sure that we have the most qualified [operator], Byrne said. The Largo Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 62 executive course located on 46 acres on Vonn Road. The clubhouse includes a pro-shop, which offers golf attire and equipment and a snack area operated by a private concessionaire. The course was redesigned in 2006-2007, with new greens and tees, turf, new irrigation system, drainage improvements and an additional restroom.City to seek bids to run golf course Photo by JIM LAYFIELDA juvenile gopher turtle, approximately 5 inches in diameter, takes in some rays at Walsingham Park Nov. 13. The sand spur in his neck was removed after the photo was taken. The gopher tortoise is one of the few tortoises to actually make large burrows. The gopher tortoise is valuable to wildlife habitat because its burrows also provide homes for other animals.Getting some sun Photo by TOM GERMONDA mobile food vendor serves patrons on Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa at about 2:30 p.m. Such businesses are growing in popularity in the Tampa Bay area.A unique feature that the theater has is one of the newest innovations in exhibition D-BOX MFX seats. By TOM GERMONDLARGO After an hour of discussion on a proposed ordinance regulating mobile food vendors, city commissioners informally gave staff the go-ahead Dec. 13 to come up with a pilot program to allow them to operate in the city. Commissioners questioned how the mobile food vendors would affect existing restaurants and whether they will be just a passing fad. Commissioner Robert Murray said he couldnt support the adoption of an ordinance, noting all that the food trucks will provide competition with the established restaurants that have had to comply with several city regulations, such as sign codes. Charging somebody to come from outside and park here, for how many hours, at $200 per year just doesnt seem to be fair to the brick and mortar places that we have, Murray said. The proposed ordinance calls for a $200 permit fee for each mobile food vendor unit. Commissioners also took issue with staffs contention that food trucks may establish restaurants in the city. They also had mixed views on the proposed hours of operation for the food trucks, which are from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Commissioner Woody Brown said the commission is overthinking this. He said the city should offer an opportunity for food trucks to come into the city, take a look at the situation in a year and decide whether to continue allowing the vendors. Competition is good, so I say invite it, Brown said. Mayor Pat Gerard said she wouldnt mind giving the food trucks a chance but she wouldnt want them to be considered permanent. I think over time its going to go sour, she said. I think they are going to look tacky. We go to all this trouble to come up with design standards, and then were going to let food vendors just park in a parking lot. Its just sort of contradictory to what we have been working on all this time. The first food truck rally in Pinellas County was held Nov. 19. Since then Tarpon Springs and St. Petersburg have had similar events. Staff has been contacted by other cities to find out about its proposed ordinance.Food trucks get mixed reviewsENTERTAINMENT John MorroniVIEWPOINTSTom GermondColumnist has some issues with komodo dragons and legislators. Page 9A. Clearwater theater opening ahead of schedule
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Tarpon Springs and Clearwater also have provisions allowing them.City gets complaints about studentsLARGO City officials are addressing complaints about Largo Middle School students throwing rocks, trespassing on railroad tracks and causing other problems in the area. James Vawter complained at the City Commissions Dec. 6 meeting about kids throwing rocks along the railroad tracks east of Largo Middle School and playing chicken with the trains. Ive watched the kids act as if they were going to jump underneath the trains themselves between axles while they are moving, Vawter said. Ive seen them throwing rocks. Ive almost been hit by a rock myself standing in between two mobile homes where the kids had no clue I was even there. He said he has $500 to $1,000 worth of damage to his vehicle that was hit by a rock. Commissioner Harriet Crozier expressed concern about students activities near the tracks. I dont know what do you do. Do we have people walk these children home? You cant do that, she said. Its not the first time its been called to our attention, and somebody is going to get hurt. City Manager Mac Craig said addressing the problems are difficult because school resource officers are on the streets when the kids are getting out of school, and the officers cant leave their duty stations to monitor the kids activities. The officers warn the students to stay off the tracks, Craig said. But they (kids) will leave and get half way to the library and then they go get on the tracks, he said. They do just what (Vawter) talked about tonight. Craig said he would ask Largo Police Chief John Carroll to address the situation. Carroll said in an email today to city officials that Vawter has a valid complaint, and police will ensure that the problem is resolved. Largo Middle School Resource Officer Albin Soto asked a public works official to look into a fence opening that is creating a problem. Soto wrote in an email that he has been having some issues with many students taking a shortcut through a fence opening at the end of Sixth Avenue Southeast and Second Avenue that Soto was told is on city property. Several students go through the opening to go home instead of walking to the corner of Eighth Avenue and going down to Central Park Drive. Soto said he has received numerous complaints from CSX Corp. regarding students being on the railroad tracks. I have also received numerous complaints from citizens regarding students throwing rocks and causing mischief in that area, Soto wrote. He asked if there were a way to close the opening, adding that it may be CSXs property. He also said that his real concern are the trains that often pass through the area around 4 p.m., which coincides with the dismissal time of the school. Tom GermondCity offers curbside tree recyclingLARGO The City of Largo will offer a free Christmas tree and cardboard box recycling collection from Dec. 26 through Dec. 7. This service is available only to current city garbage collection customers. Decoration-free trees should be placed by the curb on their recycling day during the special two-week post-holiday collection. Trees should not be wrapped in a plastic bag for collection. Residents must remove ornaments, tinsel, lights, and tree stands, and place their decoration-free tree by the curb on their recycling day. Cardboard boxes should be flattened, free from packaging like foam, plastic wrap or paper, and placed underneath the citys curbside recycling bin. Residents who do not have a recycling bin or are unsure of their recycling day can call 587-6760 or visit LargoRecycles.com. Residents who do not receive the citys garbage and recycling services should inquire with their waste collection company about this tree recycling service. Cardboard boxes can be accepted at two 24-hour recycling centers in Largo, 1550 Starkey Road, and at Tri-City Plaza behind Office Depot. Trees and brush are not accepted at these locations.Drive-thrus may be allowed downtownLARGO City officials plan to allow drive-thru restaurants in the downtown area under some conditions. City commissioners informally authorized staff to prepare a comprehensive development code amendment to allow restaurants with drive-thrus as a conditional use in the West Bay Drive Community Redevelopment District. Mayor Pat Gerard asked if there were a particular reason for staff recommending a change in the codes to allow drive-thrus. Assistant Community Development Director Bob Klute said that McDonalds is considering demolishing its existing building at 125 West Bay Drive and building a more contemporary restaurant. If they remove the structures and site improvements that are on the site, they would have to comply with the current code which would not permit a drivethru, Klute said. The West Bay Drive plan approved in 2002 assumed that redevelopment of the downtown would be like a traditional downtown with storefronts, and drivethrus would be incompatible. The existing McDonalds, which has a drive-thru, was built before the 2002 West Bay Plan was adopted. Consequently, it has been allowed to operate because of grandfather provisions in the city codes. The current West Bay Drive plan foresees more variety of development. City officials said that if a restaurant drive-thru is well
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Briefs4A Leader, December 15, 2011 Photo courtesy of ALISHA DOS SANTOSAn artists rendering shows what the Cobb Theatres at Westfield Countryside Mall is set to look like.There will be signature pizza and calzones, antipasto with fresh mozzarella, fresh baked bread, and salads and desserts. In March, BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse is set to open on the bottom floor of the addition as well. It is a family-friendly atmosphere with a wide array of food, desserts and brews. The first floor also will be home to four or five additional restaurants, Edwards said, a few of which are set to be announced. Westfield Countryside is located on U.S. 19 between Countryside Boulevard and State Road 580. THEATER, from page 1Aon the screen. Each seat has individual intensity controls. Movies like Sherlock Holmes will be available in that format, Welman said. So when theres action on the screen, you too will be moving with that. There is a lever on the chair to allow to increase or decrease movement. Its not a ride. Its not a roller coaster, but its fun, and its a great experience for someone who is looking for something like that. There also will be special amenities for hearing and visionimpaired patrons. The USL Closed Captioned System is a single infrared emitter that broadcasts closed captioned text into the auditorium, which is picked up by a display that can be flexibly positioned in front of the patron for the hearing impaired. Descriptive audio is also available for vision-impaired moviegoers. Films will play on multiple screens with multiple show times for the publics convenience. Thats what we try to base our philosophy on giving our customers choices, Welman said. Welman is also pleased with Cobbs partnership with Westfield and that the theater will be located in Clearwater. Were excited about it, Welman said. Its the first theater to be built in Clearwater in a very long time. We have a great partnership with Westfield, and its been a perennial shopping area in the area for a long time. I think it will really reinvigorate the mall for decades to come. Edwards said that a movie theater at Westfield Countryside is long overdue. Our shoppers have been asking for years for a theater, and the feedback weve gotten has been amazing, Edwards said. People are completely excited about it. The majority of theaters in the area are older, and I think with the technology thats out there now, (this one is) new. Its needed. And other areas, both from going there personally and from hearing from shoppers as well, they think there is a need for that. And movies are inexpensive enough entertainment where you can take the whole family and have a nice night out of entertainment. Both Edwards and Welman agree that the theater coupled with the recent $12-million renovation of the mall gives a refreshed, exciting look and feel to the mall, and that will not only benefit mall regulars, but they feel it will bring new patrons to Westfield Countryside. I think were going to have some people who may not make this as their full-time shopping area shop here more, Edwards said. We may see some customers who we havent seen in a while or start to cross-shop at our destinations. But its also something that will be good for our regular shoppers. The theater takes up the top floor of the new addition, and restaurants are going in on the bottom floor. The first to open will be Grimaldis Pizza, which is set to open later this month, Edwards said. Its great that its opening around the same timeframe as the theater, and from there you can catapult into the other dining areas opening, Edwards said. Right now, we only have Ruby Tuesdays and the food court. (Grimaldis) is new in the market, so this is something new and fresh and exciting. And everyone loves pizza, right? According to a Westfield press release, Grimaldis is renowned for its handcrafted, coal brick oven pizza. Fresh ingredients, handmade mozzarella, secret recipe sauce and hand tossed dough have made Grimaldis the most award-winning pizza in the United States. By BOB COSTIGAN Anyone who has visited the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo may have run into Emma Eshbaugh. Over the past few years Emma has become a fixture around the gardens. She is not only a member of the volunteer Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation, but spends much of her time planting, propagating, weeding, mulching and tending to the gardens to make sure everything looks just right for those who visit. She is co-chair of the Holiday Lights at the Gardens this year, which is a spectacular holiday lights and decorations display that is open to the public 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. every evening through Jan. 1. As if that wasnt enough, twice a month she works at the diagnostic desk at the Extension offices helping solve problems people have with their plants. Born and raised in Tallahassee, Emma moved to St. Petersburg as a teenager and for 40 years worked at an international electronics company located in the area. It wasnt until she retired and moved to Largo with her husband three years ago that she became aware of the gardens through a neighbor. It was what you might call love at first sight. Emma said shes always had an interest in gardening. Her mother loved gardening and her husband does as well, so it was a natural that she soon found herself taking a master gardening class to become a Master Gardener. That led to volunteering at the gardens, which in turn led to her joining the foundation. Before long she was asked to become a board member. Theres nothing out here (at the gardens) that I havent enjoyed yet, said Eshbaugh, between the holiday lights and working in the dirt. Emma admits that at times she may volunteer too much, but said when something comes up, Ill say, Yes Ill do that, because I find it a lot of fun and enjoy it. Her latest project is helping with smart phone QR (quick response) codes for the various signs that identify the plants. Visitors will be able to scan the code and have it bring up a fact sheet from the University of Florida that explains about that particular plant. She said a special committee has just begun working on the project and members are taking baby steps, just learning about it themselves. They hope to implement the codes sometime next year. With budget restraints, Eshbaugh said, It is the volunteers that make a big difference. We have such a great time with each other. She noted the volunteers come from all walks of life and she works alongside doctors, teachers and others, many of whom are retired. A number of younger unemployed people volunteer as well, just to keep busy while they look for work. Eshbaugh recalled last year when a young man who was homeless and had no schooling volunteered. He was a great asset to us and we enjoyed having him out here, she said. She noted several Master Gardeners took him under their wings and helped him through a tough period in his life until he finally found a job and was able to move on with his life. Eshbaugh believes a person doesnt have to have a college degree or any special skills to volunteer at the Botanical Gardens. If you enjoy plants and just being with a lot of nice friendly people, then come on out. Wed love to have you, she said with a genuine warm smile. Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation president and volunteer coordinator Chuck Scaffidi said Esbaugh is very talented and multi-functional and very valuable to the foundation and the gardens, adding she is dedicated and meticulous in what she does. Scaffidi believes, with the tough economic times the county is depending on people like Eshbaugh and the more than 200 other volunteers the foundation relies on become more and more critical to their success. While the Florida Botanical Gardens takes up much of her time, Eshbaugh still finds time for other activities, including traveling and golfing with her husband, who also does volunteer work at the gardens. She said she was supposed to sky dive recently with her grand-County volunteer puts her green thumb to good use Photo Courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY COMMUNICATIONSEmma Eshbaugh spends much of her time at the Florida Botanical Gardens as a volunteer.son on his 18th birthday but circumstances prevented that from happening. She still hopes to do that though and it is on her bucket list. Eshbaugh is proof that life doesnt stop after one retires. She is able to stay active, help out in her community and do things she truly enjoys. It doesnt get much better than that. 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 voluntee firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 464-VIPS(8477).Editors note: This article was submitted by Pinellas County Communications.Clearwater Beach post office to closeTAMPA The U.S. Postal Service will close the Clearwater Beach Station, located at 45 Causeway Blvd. in Clearwater, on Jan. 20, 2012. The station will close due to an emergency suspension because of a lease expiration. The lease agreement expires on Jan. 31 and will not be renewed. All retail and PO Box services will be moved to the Postal Services Clearwater Cleveland Station, 650 Cleveland St. in Clearwater, effective Jan. 23. Customers with PO Boxes will keep the same PO Box addresses they had at the Clearwater Beach Station. PO Box fees will remain the same. Hours of operation at the Cleveland Station are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Lobby hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mail delivery to customers residences and businesses will not change. Customers with notices to pick up mail or packages will pick up their mail at the Cleveland Station location beginning Jan. 23. First-class mail has dropped 27 percent and the Postal Service lost nearly $6 billion in fiscal year 2010. The Postal Service is reviewing post offices for possible consolidations and closings to reduce the size of its national retail network. The Clearwater Beach Station was under review for possible closure, as part of the Postal Services retail optimization initiative. The lease expiration resulted in an emergency suspension and the need to close the facility. Customers in Clearwater Beach may purchase stamps, mail packages and conduct other Postal Service business at the Beach Print Shack Contract Postal Unit, 241 Windward Passage, Suite A in Clearwater Beach, without crossing the causeway. The CPU sells stamps and services at the same prices available at the Post Office. The CPU is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon. Customers also can mail packages, purchase stamps and conduct other Postal business online at www.usps.com. Stamps are also available at many local retail stores. Clearwater Beach Station PO Box customers will receive notifications of the closing and a notice will be posted in the lobby.Annual produce giveaway scheduledST. PETERSBURG Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, is partnering with other members of the Pinellas Legislative Delegation and Farm Share to give away fresh produce on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at two Pinellas County locations. Scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Latvala will be at the England Brothers Park in Pinellas Park, 5121 80th Ave. N. The second site is Oldsmar Cares at the Community United Methodist Church, 207 Buckingham Ave. E. in Oldsmar, noon to 1:30 p.m. Free produce is available to the public while supplies last at both locations. Farm Share is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the distribution of nutritious foods to those in need. It serves as a link between farmers with surplus produce and social service agencies in Florida and the southeastern United States. Helping Helping hands handsOutstanding volunteers By BEV DOLEZALCLEARWATER BEACH Years of sailing in all types of weather, hours of training to hone their skills and endless exercising to be in the best possible physical shape, have come to fruition for siblings Zach and Paige Railey of Clearwater. They are headed for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Older brother Zach, 27, who was a silver medalist from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and sister Paige, 24, the 2006 Rolex Sailor of the Year and US Sailings Yachtswoman of the Year, just competed in the ISAF Worlds in Perth, Australia. The two weeks of competition, which brought together 1,200 sailors from 79 nations, ended up with 39 nations qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. It was the second and final U.S. Olympic Team Selection event in 10 Olympic fleet racing events. The Clearwater siblings successfully out sailed all other US competitors in their fleets (Zach in the Finn and Paige in the Laser Radial) and made it into the final Gold Medals round on Dec. 11, which highlighted the top 10 international sailors battling it out for a spot on the podium. When it was all over, Paige had secured a bronze medal for the United States behind Netherlands sailor Marit Bouwmeester and Belgian sailor Evi van Acker in a 102-boat fleet. Zach brought in a 9th place finish in a 72-boat Finn class with some tight competition on the shortened medal round course, but still came away knowing that both he and his sister were heading to next summers Olympics in England to represent the United States. The venue in Perth, where it is now summertime, is well known for being one of the windiest cities in the world. The stiff southwest afternoon breezes are fondly called the Fremantle Doctor or just simply the Doctor. This phenomenon occurs because of the extreme temperature difference between the land and the sea. The afternoon sea breezes pick up to cool Perth after the long, hot summer days. These conditions, along with the fact that shark patrols increased after a large shark had been spotted in the area, added to intense competition among the worlds best sailors and certainly contributed to exciting and adrenalin packed sailing. The entire Railey family, including parents Dan and Ann, and sister Brooke, traveled to Australia to support Zach and Paige in their Olympic qualifying quest. The dream has come true. Paige and Zach are going to the 2012 Olympic games together, an ecstatic Ann Railey said. There had been many highs and lows but we wanted to thank everyone for their support and best wishes throughout the process. Zach said, it was huge to have my parents and Brooke here and to have an opportunity to celebrate with us as a family. Theyve been there from the beginning for us and this is not only a dream for Paige and I, but its also a dream for them, and for all of us to realize that together is just a huge moment for everybody. Zach said that they had been working very hard over the winter to get ready for Western Australia, which has conditions somewhat similar to windy Weymouth, England, where the Olympics will be held. I put on almost 15 pounds getting ready for the conditions, and were looking forward to getting back home and working hard on techniques and making adjustments for the next six months. Paiges excitement for her first ever trip to the Olympics is evident. Im extremely proud to be going to the Olympics, its a long time coming, and to have my brother there by my side will make it that much more special, she said. Asked about the difficulty of getting boats and equipment to Perth (more than 10,000 miles away) Zach said, That is a logistical nightmare and one of the toughest sides of the sport. I actually have three boats that will be traveling around the world this year and have to give a lot of credit to the AlphaGraphics team and staff that coordinates where the containers will go, loading and unloading, and getting passports for the boats. Zach added that working as a team on transport side has certainly helped make this whole process run more smoothly. Adding to the excitement of qualifying was the deluge of emails and congratulatory wishes Zach and Paige received from all parts of the world, but especially from friends back in Florida. Its huge! Zach said of the local support.Clearwater sailing siblings qualify for 2012 Summer Olympics Clearwater Yacht Club Commodore Robert de Vos commented, The membership of the Clearwater Yacht Club is absolutely elated to have two graduates from its youth sailing program chosen to represent the entire U.S. at the London Olympics next year. Zach and Paige have worked incredibly hard all these years. Their skills, focus and dedication have earned them the reward others can only dream of. Congratulations to them and the entire Railey family. Tom Brusini, CYC manager, commented, this is awesome! Along with Paige and Zach, three other members in other boat classes were nominated to represent the United States in the Olympics. Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman Dean Brenner of Connecticut remarked, All five athletes have demonstrated determination, drive and the commitment required to win Olympic medals. They worked full-time to earn the right to represent the USA at the 2012 Olympic games. I can speak on behalf of the OSC, US Sailings Board of Directors when I say how proud I am of each and every one of them. For more info and to follow both sailors, visit www.paigerailey.com and www.zach2012.com. Photo by MICK ANDERSON Zach Railey focuses on deep wave troughs in the choppy waters off of Perth, Australia, in the ISAF World Championships. Railey was the top sailor for the United States and will sail for the U.S. in next summers Olympics.
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The goal of the enforcement activities is to raise awareness that will help reduce injuries and save lives this holiday season; as well as enforce the sheriffs office zero-tolerance for drinking and driving, as well as drug consumption and driving. The first sobriety checkpoint was conducted between 8 and 11 p.m. Dec. 9 at Church By The Sea, 495 137th Ave. Circle in Madeira Beach. A total of 898 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 227 drivers diverted for assessment. The average time for non-impaired drivers diverted for assessment was 1 minute and 25 seconds. Six were arrested for DUI. One was arrested for driving with a suspended/revoked drivers license and one was arrested for driving without a valid drivers license. The ninth arrest was for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. In addition, 16 citations were issued. Four hundred and eight vehicles passed through the checkpoint at the National Aviation Academy, 6225 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater, between 12:30 and 3:30 a.m. Dec. 10. One hundred and two drivers were diverted for assessment. Deputies reported an average intrusion time for non-impaired drivers diverted was 1 minute and 49 seconds. Twelve were arrested, including seven for DUI, two for driving with a suspended/revoked license, one for driving without a valid drivers license and one for driving while restricted to business purposes only. Fifteen citations were issued. Additional sobriety checkpoints are planned for Friday, Dec. 16, 8 to 11 p.m., at Berea Baptist Church, 370 Alt. U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor; and Saturday, Dec. 17, 12:30 to 3:30 a.m. at Kmart, 26996 U.S. 19 N. in Clearwater.Skinny dipper arrestedCLEARWATER An intoxicated skinny dipper was arrested at 12:56 p.m. on Dec. 9, according to a Clearwater Police Facebook posting. Michelle Meddock, 37, of Hillsboro, Ohio, was charged with exposure of sexual organs for swimming naked in Clearwater Beach. Officers ordered her to get out of the water and wrapped her in a blanket, the report said. Her bond at the Pinellas County Jail was for $150.Police seek armed robberCLEARWATER Clearwater police are looking for a suspect who was involved in an armed robbery the night of Dec. 8 around 9 p.m., according to the police departments Facebook page. An unknown suspect approached two people as they left the Amscot at 1874 N. Highland Ave. and he demanded money. As he made the demand, he lifted his shirt to expose a handgun tucked into his waist, the report said. He took money and a few personal items and ran away. The suspect is described as a black male between 5 7 and 5 9, stocky build, last seen wearing a black tank top with black baggy cargo shorts. He had a short Afro haircut and used a black T-shirt to cover part of his face. Clearwater Police is asking anyone with information to call the robbery hotline at 5624466. To remain anonymous, text CWPD and the tip information to tip411. Anonymous Web tips also can be submitted at www.clearwaterpolice.org or on the Clearwater Police Department Facebook page.Man charged with assault on officersCLEARWATER A Clearwater man was arrested Dec. 5 after an aggravated assault on law enforcement officers, according to a Clearwater Police Facebook report. Around 8 p.m., Aurelian Frumosu, 30, allegedly accelerated his car in an attempt to hit several Clearwater Police Officers on the 1200 block of S. San Remo Avenue as they were returning to their vehicles, the report said. The officers had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. Frumosu fled the area and abandoned the car a few blocks away. He was located and taken into custody without incident. He was charged with four counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, felony driving with license suspended or restricted habitual offender, and fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail on $50,000 bond.Man, child injured in two-car crashOLDSMAR A man and his son were injured Dec. 11 when the car they were riding in was rear-ended on Tampa Road about 8:30 a.m. According to the report from the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office, Raina Brown, 29, was waiting in a line of traffic headed eastbound on Tampa Road just west of the intersection with Forest Lakes Boulevard when she was rear-ended by a car driven by Akaterina Sines, 41. Browns boyfriend, Joshua Williams, 30, and their 3month-old son, who was in a child safety seat, were riding in the back seat. Williams suffered very serious injuries and transported to St. Josephs Hospital in Tampa, where he is in critical condition, the report said. The child is also being treated for injuries, but his outcome is reportedly favorable. The infants mother, Brown, was not injured. Sines and her three children ages 7 to 12, were not injured. Preliminarily, deputies say that alcohol and excessive speed appear not to be factors in this crash. The affected roadways were closed for 3 1/2 hours during the investigation at the scene. No charges have been filed yet.Son arrested after stabbing parentsSEMINOLE A Seminole man is under guard in a local hospital after allegedly stabbing his parents and himself just after midnight Dec. 8 in their home in unincorporated Seminole. Pinellas County sheriffs patrol deputies responded to the report of a stabbing at a home on Neptune Road and found three people injured in a bedroom. All three were transported to Bayfront Hospital with what appeared to be life-threatening injuries. According to Pinellas County sheriffs robbery/homicide detectives, Phillip Miller, 63, and Nancy Miller, 61, told detectives they were sleeping when their son, Jason Alan Miller, 34, entered their bedroom and began to stab them. Nancy Miller was able to escape the attack long enough to call 911 from her cell phone. Phillip and Nancy suffered multiple stab wounds to the upper torsos. They underwent surgery and are now reportedly in stable condition. Their son, Jason, suffered a single stab wound to his upper torso, which detectives say was possibly self-inflicted, and is expected to recover. He was arrested for two counts of attempted first-degree murder. According to the victims, the motive for the attack is still undetermined. The investigation continues. Two arrested for burglariesDUNEDIN Two men were arrested Dec. 6 in connection with recent burglaries of more than 100 storage units in Clearwater and Dunedin. Noah Andrew Dutton, 30, a transient, was arrested for one count of burglary, one count of grand theft and one count of dealing in stolen property. Carlton Strawderman, 28, was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, three counts of grand theft auto and violation of probation from a carjacking in Virginia. Additional charges are pending for both men. According to Pinellas County sheriffs detectives, between late November and December, there have been 123 burglaries to storage units at the Main Street Storage in Dunedin and the Tropicana Storage complex in Clearwater. Working with one of the victims in the investigation, Sheila Annel, 40, of Dunedin, detectives were able to track a rare and valuable 1800s large Music Box to a local antique shop where Dutton had recently attempted to sell the box. Detectives then began to watch Dutton and, on Dec. 6, pulled him over in traffic and found a music box in the back seat of his vehicle. 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The proposed ordinance would allow residents living in residential zoning districts R-1 through R-6 to have backyard chickens as well. Chickens would not be allowed in multi-family districts. Residents flocks would be limited to four and all have to be hens (females), which arent as noisy as the males roosters. The hens must be kept in a coop in the backyard at all times. The coop must be enclosed and screened from the view of neighbors. Onsite slaughtering is not allowed. The Local Planning Agency reviewed the proposed ordinance Nov. 10 and recommended its approval. Freeman said staff is confident limiting the number of hens to four, as well as other requirements for backyard poultry growers would address concerns about odors, noise and accumulated waste. Commissioner Karen Seel asked whom residents would call if chickens got loose. Code enforcement was the answer. Violators of the chicken ordinance could be fined from $125 to $500. Commissioner John Morroni also worried approval of the ordinance would put a greater burden on code enforcement, already stretched thin due to budget cuts. Im really concerned about staff time, Morroni said. Commissioner Nancy Bostock complained about how the ordinance was written. Why passive, she asked. Its very poorly worded. You know Im a city boy, Commissioner Ken Welch before asking the question, Roosters make noise right? Commission Chair Susan Latvala suggested the ordinance be renamed to hen ordinance to clear up any confusion. She said 30 percent of the countys population currently was allowed to keep backyard chickens. Welch said until this ordinance came up he didnt know St. Petersburg, where he lives, allows chickens. I now know they are in my neighborhood, he said. Warren said the only problems shed heard about from the cities was from Gulfport where people had let their chickens go free when they got tired of them. Lisa McBride, local 4H leader and organizer of Pinellas Citizens 4 Backyard Poultry let some of her students tell commissioners about the benefits of raising chickens. One 10-year-old boy told commissioners chickens were pets with benefits. Hens produce eggs that can feed local families. They reduce the need for pesticides by eating insects. Their manure can be used to fertilize gardens. McBride said hens were quiet and only made noise cackled when they laid eggs or were frightened. She said smell is no problem as long as the number of hens is limited to four. She said the hens would produce fewer droppings in a day than a mid-size dog. She said allowing backyard chickens in more areas should not increase the workload for code enforcement. She said Animal Services would probably deal with chicken problems. She said unwanted chickens now were taken to the Seabird Sanctuary, the Humane Society or SPCA. They can be adopted or placed easily if people dont want them, she said. McBride addressed other concerns, saying backyard chickens should not worsen the coyote problem and would not spread disease. She also said homegrown eggs were less likely to carry Salmonella. Its our constitutional right to defend ourselves, but not feed ourselves, she said. Several other residents also spoke in favor of the ordinance. One woman said keeping chickens helped her feed her family. Another said she had to drive to Pasco County to get the eggs from her chickens now, but would like to have them here. I would like to not have to drive 37 miles to get my eggs, she said. Welch said he would support the ordinance, as did Commissioner Norm Roche. Latvala said she supported the ordinance very much. Seel seemed hesitant. We wont pick up coyotes, raccoons or snakes, she said. 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We help people file for Bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code. 102011727-584-8161200 Clearwater Largo Rd. So., Largo Professional Compassionate The Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce welcomes the Golden Glow Medical Spa, 150 ClearwaterLargo Road, Largo, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Belleair Bluffs Mayor Chris Arbutine and Largo Mayor Pat Gerard were on hand to congratulate Dr. Ranjan Mahajan and Dr. Mira Mahajan on their new medical facility.Golden Glow Medical Spa opensUnited Van Lines honors Suddath ST. PETERSBURG Suddath Relocation Systems of St. Petersburg, agent of United Van Lines, recently was honored by the worldwide transportation company for exceptional professional achievement. Announcement of the recognition, conferred as part of van lines annual awards program, was made by United CEO Richard H. McClure during Uniteds 2011 Convention, in Orlando, with more than 500 United representatives in attendance. Suddath Relocation Systems received the Presidents Club Award, $1 million level, honoring agents who have generated at least $1 million in sales for the United system during the past year.St. Pete Bagel opens second Largo location LARGO St. Pete Bagel Co. opened the doors of a new Largo location on Dec. 10. The new location, at 11987 Indian Rocks Road, will offer several amenities including seating for up to 40 customers, a large-screen LCD television and high-speed wireless Internet access to enable customers to work or surf the Web while enjoying breakfast, lunch or a coffee break. The new store features the same New Yorkstyle Kosher bagels that have made the original shop a fixture for St. Petersburg residents and tourists alike. The menu will include old-fashioned donuts, which are also being added to the offerings at the St. Pete store.Jazzercise classes move to new locationCLEARWATER Jazzercise dance-fitness classes will move to a new location in the Clearwater/Largo area the week of Jan. 1. Jazzercise instructor Laura Price has moved the classes to accommodate new participants and to provide current participants with a more convenient location. The new location is at Dance America Dance Studio, 4445 East Bay Drive. Classes will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 to 6 p.m. Classes were formerly presented at St. Pauls United Methodist Church. Im excited about the new location for Jazzercise classes, said Price in a press release. Jazzercise offers a unique blend of fitness and jazz dance that Clearwater and Largo residents have discovered is a lot of fun. The new location will just make it easier for participants to enjoy a workout where and when its convenient for them.Carmel Caf and Wine Bar introduces brunch menuCLEARWATER A brand new brunch service at the Carmel Caf and Wine Bar features traditional favorites plus new signature brunch dishes that are only available Saturdays and Sundays. Weekends offer the perfect opportunity to leisurely enjoy a selection of hot and cold dishes that range from soups, salads and sandwiches to frittatas, stuffed French toast and steak and egg sliders. The new brunch menu combines Carmel Caf and Wine Bar favorites like Steak Frites with what are sure to become crowd-pleasers. Short rib hash, seasonal veggie tartines (open-faced sandwiches), frittatas featuring egg whites, port mushrooms, goat cheese and asparagus and French toast stuffed with fontina, provolone and ham are among the new brunch specialties exclusively available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends. Carmel Caf and Wine Bar is at 2548 N. 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8A Faith & FamilyLeader, December 15, 2011 Christ Presbyterian ChurchChristmas Eve Candlelight Service & Live Nativity 5:30pmLocated two blocks east of Indian Rocks Road at: 3115 Dryer Ave., LargoPhone (727) 584-8695 Nursery Available Bus Transportation Available121511 Celebrate Christmas this year at...First United Methodist Church411 Turner St.Corner Ft. Harrison & TurnerDowntown Clearwater 446-5955CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES 5:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Tower Ringers Childrens Choir Crosswind Praise Team Candle LightingCHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE 10:30 a.m.121511 121511 12151111045 Park Boulevard, Seminole, FL(727) 392-7729for A Christmas Celebrationa Christmas Musical presented by the SFBC Adult Choir(admission is free)Sunday, December 18 at 6:00 pmCome Join Us atSeminole First Baptist Church for 121511 Join us this Christmasat Prince of Peace Lutheran Church121511A Night in Bethleham Sat. Dec. 17th and Sun. Dec. 18th6:00 pm 8:00 pm Stroll through the ancient city of Bethlehem while you enjoy storytellers, music, crafts and more. Plus you can interact with a weary Mary and Joseph and greet baby Jesus. Please Join us... All are welcome! *Childcare availableChristmas Eve Candlelight ServiceFestival Eucharist Saturday, Dec. 24th5:00pmWorshipwith Childrens Choir and Youth Bells7:10pmPre-Service Music 7:30pmWorshipwith Choir, Pipe Organ, Bells, Brass and Timpani*Childcare available at 5:00 and 7:30 Services9:40pmPre-Service Music 10:00pmWorshipwithChoir, Pipe Organ, Bells, Brass and TimpaniChristmas Day ServiceSunday, Dec. 25th 10:00am *Childcare available.PRINCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH455 Missouri Avenue(across from Largo High School)727-585-9969 www.poplargo.org St. Johns Episcopal ChurchChristmas Eve 5pm-Family Eucharist 9pm-Ye Olde Victorian Christmas 10pm-Candlelight Choral EucharistChristmas Day 10am-Holy Eucharist with Carols 1215111676 S. Belcher Road,(south of Belleair Rd.) Clearwater (727) 531-6020 www.stjohnsclearwater.org 121511 Chapel On The HillChristmas CantataStarry NightDecember 18 @10 amA special holiday performance by Tampa Bays Dance FX in Evans Hall immediately following the service. Refreshments will be served.12601 Park Boulevard, Seminole email@example.com tbdFX.com121511 Highland Presbyterian ChurchSmall Enough to Care, Friendliest Church in Town 1885 S. Highland Ave. (Above Rosery) (727) 584-1191 Rev. D. Lindsay Frame, Pastor 121511Welcomes Back Northern Friends and New Neighbors seeking a caring place to worship.Join UsSaturday, December 24th @ 4pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Music ServiceTraditional Services Sunday, Christmas Day 10am Scottish Minister, Great Fellowship Sunday Sermon and Calendar Available on Websitewww.highlandpcusa.orgBible Study, Tuesday 11:30am Monthly Book Review Holiday Services Holiday Services Holiday Services Holiday Services will be presented at 10 a.m. Call 796-5514 or visit www.ho lytrinityclw.org.St. Catherine of Siena Parish Catholic ChurchCLEARWATER St. Catherine of Siena Parish Catholic Church, 1955 S. Belcher Road. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a childrens mass, at 4 and 6 p.m.; a midnight string quartet, from 11:15 to midnight; and a midnight mass. Christmas Day masses, on Sunday, Dec. 25, will be presented at 7, 9 and 11 a.m. Call 531-7721 or visit www.sco sparish.org.St. Johns Episcopal ChurchCLEARWATER St. Johns Episcopal Church, 1676 S. Belcher Road. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a family Eucharist, 5 p.m.; Ye Olde Victorian Christmas, 9 p.m.; and Following is a listing of some holiday services scheduled at places of worship throughout Pinellas County.Holy Trinity Episcopal ChurchCLEARWATER Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 3200 McMullen Booth Road. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a Christmas pageant and Eucharist, 5 p.m.; and candlelight mass, 11 p.m. On Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, a Christmas Eucharist candlelight choral Eucharist, 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, the holy Eucharist with carols will be presented at 10 a.m. Call 531-6020 or visit www.st johnsclearwater.org.First United Methodist ChurchCLEARWATER First United Methodist Church, 411 Turner St. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will be presented at 5:30 p.m. and will include chancel choir, tower ringers, childrens choir, Crosswind Praise Team and candle lighting. The Christmas Day service, on Sunday, Dec. 25, will be presented at 10:30 a.m. Call 446-5955 or visit www.fu mc-clw.com.Faith United Church of ChristDUNEDIN Faith United Church of Christ, 1650 Pinehurst Road. The Christmas Eve service will be presented Saturday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m. The service will be followed by refreshments. Call 539-7737.Calvary Episcopal ChurchINDIAN ROCKS BEACH Calvary Episcopal Church, 1615 First St. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a service especially for children and families, 5 p.m.; a traditional, old English service, 7 p.m.; and a candlelight mass, 9 p.m. Christmas Day services, on Sunday, Dec. 25, will be a Holy Eucharist, at 8 and 10 a.m. Call 595-2374.Christ Presbyterian ChurchLARGO Christ Presbyterian Church, 3115 Dryer Ave. A candlelight service with live Nativity will be presented on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, 5:30 p.m. Call 584-8695.Holy Spirit Ecumenical Catholic ChurchLARGO Holy Spirit Ecumenical Catholic Church, 6152 126th Ave. Candlelight mass will be presented on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, 8 p.m. On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, Sunday mass will be presented at 10:30 a.m. Call 232-3918 or visit holyspir itecc.org.Prince of Peace Lutheran ChurchLARGO Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Ave. A Night in Bethlehem will be presented Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17-18, 6 to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include worship with childrens choir and youth bells, 5 p.m.; and worship with pre-service music beginning at 7:10 p.m. and at 9:40 p.m. Child care will be available at the 5 and 7:10 services. The Christmas Day service will be presented Sunday, Dec. 25, 10 a.m. Child care will be available. Call 585-9969 or visit www. poplargo.org.St. Justin Martyr Roman Catholic ChurchLARGO St. Justin Martyr Roman Catholic Church, 10851 Ridge Road. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a mass, 4:30 p.m.; a family mass, 6:30 p.m.; and a candlelight mass, 10 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, will be 10 a.m. Call 397-3312 or visit www.stjustin martyr.net.St. Dunstans Episcopal ChurchLARGO St. Dunstans Episcopal Church, 10888 126th Ave. A Christmas Eve service will be presented Saturday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m. The Christmas Day service will be presented Sunday, Dec. 25, 10:15 a.m. The New Years Day service will be presented Sunday, Jan. 1. Call 586-6968 or visit www.epi scopalswfl.org.Church By The SeaMADEIRA BEACH Church By The Sea, 13701 Gulf Blvd. Hope Is Born Emmanuel will be presented by the choir Sunday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 24, 11 p.m. Call 391-7706 or visit www. churchbythesea.com. Beth-El Shalom New Port RicheyNEW PORT RICHEY Beth-El Shalom Messianic Congregation, 6209 Congress St. A Chanukah Celebration will be presented on the fifth night of Chanukah, Saturday, Dec. 24, 5 p.m. The event will include the lighting a gigantic 10-foot menorah, potato latkes, Chanukah songs, dancing and games. All are welcome and admission is free. Call 375-7502 or visit www.Jewishheritage.net.Palm Harbor United Methodist ChurchPALM HARBOR Palm Harbor United Methodist Church, 1551 Belcher Road. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include family worship, 4 p.m.; candlelight service, 7 p.m.; and candlelight and Communion service, 11 p.m. Call 785-7487.New Journey FellowshipPINELLAS PARK New Journey Fellowship, 4090 78th Ave. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will be presented at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Cookies, coffee and hot chocolate will be served in the caf before and after the services. On Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, free breakfast will be served at 10:15 a.m. in the caf. The service will be presented at 11 a.m. Call 344-1063 or visit newjour neyfellowship.com.Good Samaritan ChurchPINELLAS PARK Good Samaritan Church, 6085 Park Blvd. The Christmas Eve service will be presented Saturday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m., and will be an intergenerational service with drama, scripture, carols and candlelight Communion. Christmas Day services, on Sunday, Dec. 25, will include a light holiday breakfast, 9 a.m.; and worship and song, 9:30 a.m. Visit www.goodsam-church .org.First Baptist Church Pinellas Park PINELLAS PARK First Baptist Church Pinellas Park, 5495 Park Blvd. Mary Did You Know?, a Christmas cantata, will be presented Sunday, Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m. Call 546-9870.Beth-El Shalom St. PetersburgST. PETERSBURG Beth-El Shalom Messianic Congregation, 1701 29th Ave. N. A Chanukah Celebration will be presented on the fourth night of Chanukah, Friday, Dec. 23, 7 p.m. The event will include the lighting a gigantic 10-foot menorah, potato latkes, Chanukah songs, dancing and games. All are welcome and admission is free. Call 345-7777 or visit www.Jewishheritage.net. WEATHERwww.TBNweekly.com Todays Paper Delivered FREE To You Courtesy of the Advertisers in Todays Paper Let Them Know You Appreciate it.
Viewpoints 9A Leader, December 15, 2011 Please type letters to the editor (or print legibly) and include your name, town of residence, phone number and signature and mail to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Emails should include town of residence and telephone and be sent to tgermond@TBNweekly.com. We will not print the letter writers phone number. Here are some more guidelines for letters: Letters are printed on a rst-come, rst-served basis. They may be edited to correct grammar, spelling and factual errors. They also may be edited for clarity. Please keep letters to editor to 500 words. Longer letters may be cut due to space limitations. Letters should address issues or current events. Please refrain from making unsubstantiated allegations. The newspaper will not print letters that contain slanderous or racial statements. Please do not use profanity. We do not publish poetry or songs in letters to the editor. Each writer may submit one letter per month. We cant return letters to the editor. The woman said, I hate all this talk about the middle class, and how were being wiped out or cheated. If theres an upper class and a middle class, then there must be a lower class. And I dont think anyone should be considered low class. I forget who the woman was. Was she correct in her thinking? Perhaps. She was stating one opinion of the American class system. Other opinions and approaches exist. Do you know which class you belong to? If so, on what do you base your conclusion? Here are some possibilities: Your income; your net worth; the size and value of your home; its location; your occupation or profession; your education; the car you drive; the clothes you wear; the books you read, if any; your behavior in public; your behavior in private; how loudly you speak; your grammar; your police record, if any; your religious beliefs, if any; whether you chew gum in public; whether you refer to your spouse by name or by pronoun; how you treat servers in restaurants; your policy on tattoos. Feel free to add your own criteria. The conventional wisdom is that America has no class system. Thats true only if youre comparing us to the layered, complex British system containing a mixture of peers, knights, barons, yeomen, laborers, royals, tradesmen, professionals, skilled workers and other sub-groups. In 2001 the British Office of National Statistics published socio-economic classifications that spelled out the classes each person might belong to. Im not sure what good it did. Here in the good old U.S.A. nobody, public or private, can authoritatively decree whos in which class and why. Were all over the lot. The current debate over the disappearing middle class centers mostly on money whos got it, who doesnt, and how wealth should be distributed. The government has established poverty-level guidelines, taxation levels and other financial boundaries. But theyre not of much use when youre at a party and someone says, Joe Blow is a really high-class guy and someone else replies, Are you kidding? Hes a bum. At that point we start to see just how differently class can be defined. Within the three major groups (high, middle and low) are many socio-economic subcategories. Examples: lace curtain Irish vs. shanty Irish. Could you line up a hundred Irish people and accurately separate them into the appropriate group? I couldnt. Whether we realize it or not, each of us carries around within us our own classification system. Its partly a product of our upbringing what our parents taught us. Another factor is where we live old people in rural Alabama are likely to think differently than Connecticut suburbanites do. Every time I hear someone classify a group as white trash or trailer-park trash, I want to stop him and say, Could you define that term, please? And dont generalize be specific. Charlies father was a school bus driver. His family lived from paycheck to paycheck. Somehow Charlie got a scholarship and a college degree. Today he teaches high-school chemistry; he owns a small home, drives a Ford, and has $3,600 in savings. He speaks beautiful English, is pro-life, and despises racism. Can you tell me which class Charlie belongs to? Is he working-class, like his father? I dont think so. Hes not rich enough to be called upper-class. The fact that his grammar is faultless lifts him above most middleclass Americans. See how confusing this class business becomes? Useful exercise: ask your friends to describe a typical lower-class, middle-class and upper-class person. Then compare their notes. Better yet: ask them to list the things that an upper-class member would never or seldom do. Possible entries: chew gum in public; be rude to waitresses; make disparaging remarks to overweight people; vote a straight Democratic ticket. In the musical My Fair Lady speech expert Henry Higgins contends that a persons accent and manner of speaking are the chief determinants of where he/she finally lands on the lower-class/upper-class ladder. This notion was only partly true in England, and is even less so in America. Here, Texas billionaires may sound like mule-skinners, while the speech of bank clerks and elementary school teachers may be near-perfect. So what are we to conclude from all this? (1) When trying to make sense of our class system, we should stick to the dollars-andcents aspect. Attempting to categorize people by their behavior, speech, dress, education and background will only lead us into a foggy swampland where all the road signs are missing. (2) Whatever our individual class may be, we shouldnt regard it as permanent. A phone call, a casual conversation or a simple piece of luck (either good or bad) can pitch us from one class to another in the blink of an eye.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.High-class, low-class and confusedDrivers cause accidents, not red light camerasEditor: This letter is regarding a letter by Bob Snow in the Dec. 1 issue about cameras increasing the amount of accidents. I personally dont know anyone against red light cameras, except those that are running red lights. As far as causing accidents, the said accidents are caused by drivers who violate traffic laws. First, a driver must have his/her vehicle under control at all times. Second, a driver must have a safe stopping distance between his/her own vehicle. Third, when approaching a controlled intersection, a driver must reduce speed. These are all state laws that should be abided by. If they were, there would be no red camera accidents. Also, anyone with a drivers license should know that drivers have to yield to oncoming traffic. It appears to me that someone should read their drivers manual or be retested. The problem in Pinellas County is a lack of traffic enforcement. Last I heard, the Sheriffs Office had six deputies assigned to traffic. That is ridiculous. The only way to stop the carnage is better enforcement of existing traffic laws, one ticket at a time. Lawrence Stephany LargoCity spending out of controlEditor: I am a resident of Largo and read your article regarding the $17 million construction loans for the Highland Avenue Recreation Center. This spending, which our children are responsible for, should be stopped by residents of Largo. We already have plenty of facilities in this area. For example, city officials have already spent millions, on the Largo Community Center on Alternate Keene Road, including a gym. The expense of this building became increasingly costly by participating in LEED certification. The nasty little secret in Largo is they are spending much more than necessary to compete for awards. In fact, our Largo Library standards were based on competing for an architectural award. Who I ask is benefiting from this? Our commissioners are not representing the people. Why arent taxpayers (the ones who are paying) being allowed to vote on this directly? Dont our representatives care about debt? Largo Commission spending is out of control with seemingly no checks or balances. For Christmas I am happy to share a quote from our founder regarding debt. Thomas Jefferson said, Do not let your government enslave you with perpetual debt. The only way to ensure a sound government is for good citizens to hold these governments accountable. Mary McCarthy LargoSay no to butt buster patrolEditor: While I would go along with tobacco free parks; I would not support the same for the beaches. Why the difference? Because the parks here are owned by Indian Rocks Beach. The beaches are a different matter. Some properties here run to the waters edge. How can IRB make laws over private property, let alone enforce them. How would you stop one of these landowners from smoking on his/her own property outside? Are you contemplating seizing air rights under eminent domain and writing laws about those air rights? Lastly doesnt our contract law enforcement department have enough law enforcement duties here to keep them busy? If not, lets reduce the force, and the fees. These are tough recessionary years; I think it is time to give up thoughts of a butt buster patrol in IRB. Lets continue to find ways to do more needed things for less money. Victor Wood Indian Rocks BeachChristmas is what we should be celebratingEditor:Today while I was shopping at one of the various dollar stores we see in the shopping centers, I was appalled at what I saw. Every place I looked, there was some sort of holiday item decorations, dishes, balloons, gifts, you name it. Its not only at the dollar store, though, its infested in all of our stores. They are all putting Holiday greetings on their merchandise and saying happy holidays to each other. Now, I know of one holiday, New Years. What is the other? No one seems to really know or give it a name. Let me tell you about a holiday we had when I was growing up. It was a huge birthday party for someone very, very special. Gifts were given. If you didnt have the money to purchase a gift, then you made one. Carols were played in stores while we were shopping, and the television and radio were full of them as well. We were all in accord about whose birthday it was. We knew him personally. We also celebrated his birthday further by gathering together the evening before Christmas at a very special place to honor him, our church. It was always a reverent gathering, because the person whose birthday we were celebrating was responsible for our day-today living. He was like a father and we were his children. We loved him and his birthday celebration was a way of showing it to the world. Now, of course, the holiday was Christmas and the birthday was for Jesus. I wonder so many times how Jesus feels when his birthday comes around and so many people ignore it, but still get in on the festivities associated with Christmas. Happy holidays? Keep them, but give me back my holiday Christmas. He is my savior and I hope to be with him some day, maybe soon, and I want to honor the birth of the one who loved me enough to die. Jean GlickLargoLocal talent pricelessEditor: Who needs Andre Bocelli, Van Cliburn or Kiri when we have some amazing talent right here in Belleair? At the annual Christmas concert in tastefully decorated town hall, residents and neighbors alike were regaled by a musical program ranging from classical to whimsical. Miss Victoria showcased her virtuoso talent by playing Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue following up with a medley of unique Christmas variations. Melody AristoKielisch and Giorgio Aristo, both of International Opera fame, delighted the audience with carols as varied as their octave ranges. Nolan Marshall, a local piano tuner (and Largo firefighter), teamed up with Aristo singing an electrifying rendition of Ave Maria. Local ophthalmologist, Dr. Scott Behler, capably accompanied on piano. Other surprise performers graced the stage throughout the program bringing smiles followed by thunderous applause. A concert of this caliber would command ticket prices in the $50 to $75 range. But because of the generous spirit of our local talent as well as the concentrated efforts of the staff of Belleair, this was a free event. What a great place to live! Merry Christmas. Lil Cromer Belleair On most days I like living in Florida. Im certainly not going to move back to the town of my birth, Superior, Wis., because Im too old to make snow angels five months out of the year, and too young to sit around the house and play cribbage, canasta, pickup sticks or some other game when the weather is bad. Lost my Midwestern accent decades ago. Dont want to learn how to talk funny again. Ive lived in Florida since I was 8 years old, moving to Ocala from Wisconsin at a time when orange grove was a place where you picked fruit instead of being the name of a subdivision. We felt safe, too, and nobody offered us drugs, except cherry cough drops. The only shootings that occurred were at Six Gun Territory, a great tourist attraction that was much less expensive than Disney World. There were a lot of interesting attractions in that era, and monkeys were in zoos instead of on the loose. All in all, I cant complain. But I could be motivated to leave the Sunshine State if I felt my life, liberty, sanity and digestive system were at risk due to circumstances beyond my control, such as: 1. If the Church of Scientology ever seeks and obtains the naming rights to the Harborview Center. 2. If hurricane season is extended to Jan. 1. 3. If Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen refrains from making disparaging remarks about the Legislature. Oh, lest I forget, and Gov. Spaceman, aka Rick Scott. 4. If I continue to see exotic wildlife in our parks. I can tolerate iguanas, but Im not too keen on monitors and tegu lizards. One glimpse at a komodo dragon, and Im out of here. 5. If the University of Florida football team continues its downslide. We cant have that. Might be time to add some more Furmans to the schedule. 6. If the distribution and use of prescription drugs continue to wreak havoc, affecting all walks of life. I hope that all government agencies, from municipal governments, to state legislators, to judges, continue to be vigilant in their efforts to deal with this problem. Speaking of judges, what drug was 1st District Court Judge Paul Hawkes on when he helped get the Taj Mahal built in Tallahassee? 7. If a monkey steals the morning newspaper on my doorstep. 8. If on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, a new category is created for storms 6. 9. If Madeira Beach fails for one month to give us something to write about. 10. If the Democratic Party serves up another candidate for governor who lacks charisma. Dear Dems: Find somebody who can hold my attention longer than a game of pickup sticks. 11. If state officials decide to give coyotes protected species status. Not to worry, I would never think of shooting a coyote. Same goes for legislators. 12. If it takes longer to drive to Central Florida from here than it does to walk there. At least there ought to be an I-4 bike path. Rickshaws anyone? 13. If The Tampa Bay Rays move to Orlando see 12. 14. If Walmart ever opens a store along Gulf Boulevard. 15. If it costs more to take a ride in an ambulance than to buy one. 16. If the new St. Petersburg Pier resembles a Ferris Wheel. Id rather the city keep the old pier and build a Ferris Wheel on it. 17. If Haslams Book Store in St. Petersburg closes. Love how some mom and pops have endured the ages and have survived the stagnant economy despite the Walmarts. 18. If another drawbridge is built in Pinellas County. 19. If The Bucs sign Brett Favre. 20. If my uncle, a citrus grower who lives in Lake County, retires and sells his groves and some developer names a subdivision after it.When its time to leave Florida 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772 727-397-5563 Fax: 727-397-5900 www.TBNweekly.com Publisher/President: Dan Autrey email@example.com Accounting Manager: Andrea Marcarelli firstname.lastname@example.org Retail Advertising Manager: Jay Rey email@example.com Classied Advertising Manager: Shelly Fournier firstname.lastname@example.org Executive Editor: Tom Germond email@example.comProduction Manager: David Brown firstname.lastname@example.org Internet Services Manager: Suzette Porter email@example.com Seminole/Beach Beacon: Bob McClure firstname.lastname@example.org Largo Leader/Dunedin Beacon: Tom Germond email@example.com Belleair/Beach Bee: Chary Southmayd firstname.lastname@example.org Clearwater Beacon: Alexandra Lundahl email@example.com Pinellas Park Beacon: Juliana A. 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Pinellas Internal Medicine Associates 727-544-83008130 66th Street North, Suite 1 Pinellas Park112411 Parenting advice abounds, but presumably, most parents make it up as they go along. Recent generations, however, seem somewhat confused about whether mother serves as a friend and playmate to her children or as a firm but gentle disciplinarian and authority figure. In the animal kingdom, theres no doubt about mothers role. Animal kids play a lot all through childhood, in fact with everyone but their moms. Animal moms serve as role models on how to survive and prosper. However, the exception always informs the rule. We were in the broadest bay of our dolphin study area when we spied three dolphins in the distance. Teen female Slight Twin poked along the edges of submerged islets, searching their Lilliputian shorelines for snacks. A hundred yard away, a new dolphin mother named Bet meandered with her tiny calf. The calf, having successfully reached it four-month-old mark, needed a name. As we approached, I named the baby Ballou. It initially appeared as if the teen and mother-calf pair was two separate groups. But their movements were obviously coordinated in a classic example of separately together behavior. By and by, undoubtedly medi-Dolphins show some striking parental peculiaritiesated by a vocal signal unheard by us, they converged. Shoulder to shoulder, they entered a narrow passage of water between two mangrove islands. Teen Slight Twin began to play with baby Ballou. Dolphin Watch has often described the social interaction of traveling dolphins as a mobile wrestling match. But the tactile exchange between Slight Twin and baby Ballou was too delicate to be called wrestling. Their rolling and sliding contact was more like two long scarves weaving around each other on a gentle breeze. For a while, mom Bet monitored the playing pair by swimming close behind them. This was noteworthy because Bet is a first time mother known as a primipare. Maternal naivet among primipares is legendary in the animal kingdom, leading to innocently cavalier mothering that explains a proportion of babies who perish. Then Bet did something even more remarkable. She joined in the play. Now, the wiggly Ballou had two nice big dolphin bodies to lean, roll, and rub against. Heaven! Sometimes, Slight Twin and Bet would surface together, propping the tiny baby Ballou between them at the surface. Being four months old, this sent Ballou into spasms of squirms. But Ballou was also host to a tickly remora, which occasioned periodic rocketing out from the adults only to bank steeply and dash back into their collective caresses. The tenderness of the dolphins exchange matched the placid warmth of the mid-fall day. Overhead, 42 giant white pelicans with black flight feathers flew towards the Keys in a classic V formation. It was a becoming a remarkable day. Upon reflection, however, I submit that Bet herself is remarkable. Consider the time I saw her hunting while holding a grapefruit in her mouth. Was she using the grapefruit as a tool to avoid the stabbing spines of sea urchins while she searched the sea floor as Australian dolphins do? It was also Bet who has provided the best example of potential altruism to date. Two years ago, she put herself in clear danger from two aggressive bulls to rescue calf Qball from them. Curiously, Qballs mom Q hunted nearby without aiding her daughter. Bet is further remarkable by being among dolphins that give the clearest signals of recognition after a separation. When we find a dolphin who is familiar to us that we havent seen in a while, the dolphin often makes some particularly conspicuous gesture, like obvious leaps into the air near the boat, that are otherwise out of context with the rest of the dolphins behavior. I interpret these gestures as greeting or acknowledgment. Bet not only leaps repeatedly near the boat on such occasions; our photos show that she eyes us frankly as well. Finally, consider how Bet responded when we changed outboard engines. Presumably, local dolphins recognize us primarily by the acoustic signature created from the sound of our outboard engine in conjunction with our boat hull design. When we replaced the previous engine, I was concerned that wed have to get the dolphins used to us all over again. Yet Bet came over and repeatedly snorted the engine: She faced the engine directly from 3 feet away as if echolocating on the new engine (the throttle was in neutral). She even threw in a few chuffs (vocalizations that sound like coughs) for good measure. This behavior asks if Bet understood (and maybe even attempted to acknowledge) that something was new about the boat. Okay, maybe theres more maternal role confusion than Ive admitted, though we wont solve the maternal issue of serving as playmate or authority figure today. Luckily, there isnt any role confusion among grandparents: Its play all the way!Dr. Weaver studies wild dolphins under federal permit 16299, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.dolphinsuperstore.com. Read her Dolphin Watch column weekly at www. TBNweekly.com.Although our water temperature remains in the low 60s and most inshore fish are willing to feed throughout the day, high winds have made it difficult to do much flats fishing. Instead, wintertime game plans have already been pulled out of the playbook. Bridges, docks and deep cuts offer a variety of fish as well as protection from the wind. Bridges all along the Intracoastal Waterway have fish of some kind hanging around them; usually we start thinking about sheepshead this time of year, however, with the warmer water temperatures weve yet to see those big schools of sheepshead show up on the bridges. But what the bridges may lack in sheepshead numbers they make up for in an assortment of other fish. Everything from black drum to key west grunts and a ton of undersized sea bass, with the occasional keeper mixed in, can be caught on a piece of shrimp fished on the bottom. These may not be the most glamorous catches but they all offer a good fight on 10-pound test and make excellent table fare. This is the time of year when residential dock fishing can be very good. Long dead end canals hold heat and the fish know that. Finding a string of productive docks can yield redfish, black drum and sheepshead time and time again. Think of it as an inshore anglers version of offshore grouper fishing. Places to start looking would be canals that dead end to the north because they get more sunlight this time of year as well as east facing sea walls. Water thats a degree or two warmer can be all you need to find some good fish. Pitch live shrimp on a small hook with a split shot or a small egg sinker to hold bottom, underneath the docks and along the seawalls. Silver trout are schooled up along the beaches and at times fishing for them has been excellent. However, given the strong north winds weve been having, getting off the beach hasnt been an option. Silver trout also will school up in our inshore waters. Look for channel edges in 6to 10-feet of water to be potential holding spots. Cast brightly colored soft-plastic jigs or Gulp! Baits rigged on a quarter-ounce jig head if a school of silver are located, it might not be a bad idea to throw out a marker buoy so you can keep track of them. Until next week get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hotmail. com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.Wintertime patterns have been successful Dolphin WatchAnn Weaver Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein
Church newsCommunity 11A Leader, December 15, 2011 Church And Temple DirectoryL121511 St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church 1955 S. Belcher Road ClearwaterParish Administration Ofce 727-531-7721 www.SCOSParish.orgDAILY MASS: Monday Friday 7:00am Monday & Wednesday 11:00 am Saturday 8:00 am CONFESSION SCHEDULE: Monday & Wednesday 10:30 am 10:50 am Saturday 3:00 pm 3:50 pm WEEKEND MASS: Saturday Vigil 4:00 pm Sunday 7:00 am & 9:00 am(Family Mass)11:00 am(Traditional Choir) 6:00 pm(Contemporary Choir)80510 PATHWAYSCOMMUNITY CHURCHFRIDAY 7:15pm SATURDAY 7pm SUNDAY 9am & 10:30am MONDAY Celebrate Recovery 7pmWWW.PATHWAYSCC.COM801SEMINOLEBLVD.LARGO, FL33770727-397-4707090811 Ministries and Services for Children, Youth, Young Adults, Seniors, Deaf and Hurts of All Kinds 120811Tell the Public About Your Services Call 397-5563 8771 Park Blvd. SeminoleCorner of Park Blvd. & Starkey Rd. next to Save-a-LotHeirs of Promise ChurchPastor Jim & April Licensed & Ordained Through Rhema Bible A Non Denominational / Spirit Filled Church397-0806 www.heirsofpromise.com Bible Foundations Class Nursery Contemporary Worship PrayerSunday Service................................................10:30 AM Childrens Church...........................................10:30 AM Thursday Midweek Service...............................7:00 PM121511 Buy Sell Loan727-545-CASH(2274)6715 66th St. N., Pinellas ParkSAVE 50% OR MORE Off Retail! 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Remodeled Kitchen Screened Patio Fenced Backyard $64,900 REDUCED 9399 Commodore Dr. Seminole 595-2095DECEMBERGOLFSPECIAL 18 HOLES December Rates$17Walk$25Ride Every Day$12Walk$20Ride After 1:30pmExpires 12/24/11 18 Hole Par 61 121511 DECEMBERGOLFSPECIAL18 HOLES w/CART PER PERSON WEEKDAYSWEEKENDS & HOLIDAYSCHAMPIONSHIP PAR 71 PROSHOT GPS YARDAGECOUNTRY CLUB DR., LARGO2.5 Miles W. of U.S. 19 off 686581-3333Course in Great Condition121511 Expires 12/24/11 $32Before 1 PM$27After 1 PM$37Before 10 AM$32After 10 AM PINECRESTGOLFCLUB18 Hole Exec Course Par 551200 8th Ave. S.W., LargoTee Times (727)584-6497New Ownership/Leagues Ten Play Tickets/MembershipsLargos best kept secret. December Rates$15 Walk $21 Ride Every Day 121511Exp. 12/24/11$10 Walk $16 Ride After 1:30pm Pets get homes at Pinellas Paws CauseLARGO Jacob Aunspaugh came to the Pinellas Paws Cause Saturday with his family. His dad runs the Fire Monkey food truck and they were there as part of the rally. He ended up going home with an early birthday present: a puppy. I couldnt pass it up, said Jacob, who turns 12 on Tuesday. I fell in love. Definitely. His father agreed. There were 20 families who felt the same way, which organizers said was the best measure of the Dec. 10 events success. In addition to the adoptions, animal lovers came to Pinellas County Animal Services to have fun, get photos with Santa Paws and to enjoy the truck rally, live music and vendors. Artist Anna Hamilton of Murals for Mutts completed an additional pet portrait to add to the growing mural at Animal Services. This event is a great success and would not have been possible without our volunteers, vendors and community partners, said Will Davis, interim director of Animal Services. We had 20 adoptions. Thats a home run. The Pinellas Paws Cause was recently created to raise awareness about the Animal Welfare Trust Fund, through which many needs of the shelter animals are met thanks to the general donations of the supporters of Pinellas County Animal Services. The medicine, food, toys and improvements to the facility make the animals more comfortable while they wait to be adopted. In addition to raising money for the Trust Fund, events such as the painting of the pet mural and the holiday event bring awareness to the need for pet adoptions. The animals that went home with a new family Dec. 10 tell the ultimate success story. It also is a chance for the public to learn more about the shelter, its adoptions and its responsibilities, as well as the people who work and volunteer there. The concept behind Animal Services and the Pinellas Paws Cause is to bring the Pinellas County community and Pinellas County government together, said Mary Kvam, outreach coordinator with Pinellas County Volunteer Services. We have good things happening here. So we want to tell people about it and ask them to join us and put your paw in. Adopt. Donate. Volunteer. Pinellas County Animal Services is located at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Normal hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the adoption center closing at 4:40 p.m. To reclaim a lost pet, visit the shelter between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Special Saturday hours to reclaim a lost pet or to drop off a pet are 9 a.m. to noon. The facility is closed Sunday and holidays, with the outside animal drop-off open on days that the shelter is closed. A video on the Pinellas Paws Cause mural can be viewed at www.youtube.com/pcctv1. For news on how to adopt, donate or volunteer, join Pinellas County Animal Services on Facebook. To learn more about the shelter, visit www.pinellascounty .org/animalservices or call 5822600. The lost or found pets hotline is 582-2604.Bikers toy run setCLEARWATER The Suncoast Brotherhood will host its 31st annual Toy Run on Sunday, Dec. 18, beginning at noon from the Kmart parking lot at U.S. 19 and State Road 580 in Dunedin. The police-escorted motorcycle toy run will proceed along Main Street to celebrate gift giving at the American Legion Post 275 at 360 Wilson St., Dunedin. Bikers are asked to bring a $5 donation and an unwrapped toy per person for area foster children. Suncoast Brotherhood is a bikers rights group. Visit www.sun coastbrotherhood.org.Seminole First Baptist ChurchSEMINOLE The Largo-Seminole Womens Bible Study Spring Coffee will begin Thursday, Jan. 12, 9:25 to 11 a.m., at Seminole First Baptist Church, 11045 Park Blvd. The opening coffee will kick off the new spring study in the book of Acts. Acts tells the story of the beginning of the Christian church, and is the only book of history in the New Testament. The group is nondenominational, and has been involving Pinellas County women since 1968, typically numbering over 150 participants. The group meets Thursdays through the school year. Childcare is provided. Call Carol at 398-1254 or Marguerite at 4747139, or visit www.largoseminole womensbiblestudy.com.Christ Presbyterian Church LARGO A free basic computer class will begin Thursday, Jan. 5, 6:30 p.m., at Christ Presbyterian Church, 3115 Dryer Ave. Classes are presented in the Geneva Room. The session runs approximately eight weeks. Call 584-8695.Calvary Episcopal ChurchINDIAN ROCKS BEACH The second annual Kids Helping Kids student recital will be Sunday, Dec. 18, 4 p.m., at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1615 First St. The student recital will feature joyful and eclectic Christmas music on a tropical theme. All students participating are musicians and dancers currently attending local schools and Florida universities. A free will offering will be taken in support of the student choral section leader program at Calvary. A light reception will follow the concert. For information, call 595-2374 or visit www.calvary irb.org. Here and there Here and there ZiggyZiggy is a handsome boy with dark tabby markings that contrast his snowwhite coat. He was born April 2010 and adopted as a kitten. His adopter abandoned him in August but hes now safe in a Save Our Strays foster home, waiting for his forever home. Sweet and playful, this wonderful cat is ready to keep you company and make you laugh. Ziggy is cool with other cats, neutered, current on his shots and microchipped. Call Save Our Strays Inc. at 4815262. SophiaSophia is a shy 3-month-old female pug mix. Once she warms up to you, Sophias sweet, playful personality can lighten up any room or human heart with love and humor. She is spayed, current on vaccinations and microchipped. She would do best in a home without small children. 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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B December 15, 2011Visit www.TBNweekly.com Shrek the Musical, Friday, Dec. 16, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets range from $42.50 to $62.50. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyones favorite ogre to life on stage. Shrek the Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone. The Chocolate Nutcracker, presented by Life Force, Saturday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets range from $42.50 to $62.50. Call 8925767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. Now in its 12th year, The Chocolate Nutcracker has been a community project consisting of over 200 children from the Tampa Bay area. As one of the most talked about productions, Life Force has presented and produced the show three years. The production will again be a spin on Tchiakovskys classic, beginning with a Harlem Renaissance swing setting and then taking the audience to Jazzland, Gospeland, Land of Funk, Africa, Brazil and many more experiences. My Mothers Italian, My Fathers Jewish and Im Home for the Holidays, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17-18, at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Show times are Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $39.75 to $49.75. Steve Solomon is back with more outrageously funny stories of the eccentric characters in his family. The award-winning writer and comedian continues his standup series by bringing the audience home to Grandmas for a holiday dinner. Its another laugh-filled performance featuring family chaos during the holidays: a time of peace, a time of joy, a time of loving and giving a time of remembering why you left home in the first place. Laurie Berkner Band, Sunday, Dec. 18, 1 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $28 to $38. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Berkner has been a professional musician since 1992, but her success as a childrens recording artist came as a relatively recent surprise to her. Critics widely acknowledge Berkners major contribution toward launching what is now dubbed the progressive kindie rock movement that is less saccharine, more rocking music that is not dumbed down for children. Her ability to gain parents enthusiasm for the songs helped assure her position as the queen of childrens music. Irish Tenors Christmas, Monday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $33 to $68. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerd hall.com. After a five-year hiatus, Ronan Tynan rejoins Finbar Wright and Anthony Kearns for special December dates only. One of the most successful Irish acts ever to tour the United States, The Irish Tenors will be accompanied by a live orchestra. This trio has been wildly popular with PBS audiences and at concerts across the country. Their groundbreaking Ellis Island Project album and DVD sold more than two million copies. The Irish are masters at expressing in song their love of country, family, and those entrancing Irish lasses. These tenors are known for rich, clear, heartfelt renditions of the best of traditional Irish music. Opening this weekendRobert Downey Jr. returns for Sherlock Holmes sequel Photo by DANIEL SMITHRorbert Downey Jr., left, stars as Sherlock Holmes, Jude Law as Dr. James Watson and Noomi Rapace as Madam Simza Heron in Warner Bros. 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Five top diversions Five top diversions Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:Sherlock Holmes: A Game of ShadowsGenre: Action and adventure Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams, Stephen Fry and Jared Harris Director: Guy Ritchie Rated: PG-13 Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room ... until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large Professor James Moriarty (Jared Harris) and not only is he Holmes intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may give him an advantage over the renowned detective. Around the globe, headlines break the news: a scandal takes down an Indian cotton tycoon; a Chinese opium trader dies of an apparent overdose; bombings in Strasbourg and Vienna; the death of an American steel magnate... No one sees the connective thread between these seemingly random events no one, that is, except the great Sherlock Holmes, who has discerned a deliberate web of death and destruction. At its center sits a singularly sinister spider: Moriarty. Holmes investigation into Moriartys plot becomes more dangerous as it leads him and Watson out of London to France, Germany and finally Switzerland. But the cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead, and moving perilously close to completing his ominous plan. If he succeeds, it will not only bring him immense wealth and power but also alter the course of history.Alvin and the Chipmunks: ChipwreckedGenre: Animation, family and comedy Cast: Anna Faris, Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney Director: Mike Mitchell Rated: G The vacationing Chipmunks and Chipettes are turning a luxury cruise liner into their personal playground, until they become chipwrecked on a remote island. As the Munks and Chipettes try various schemes to find their way home, they accidentally discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.CarnageGenre: Drama, foreign and comedy Cast: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly and Elvis Polanski Director: Roman Polanski Rated: R Carnage is a razor sharp, biting comedy centered on parental differences. See OPENING, page 2B
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Not valid with any other offer. 776 Missouri Ave. N., Largo 727-584-5888 BallasSTEAK HOUSE Open at noon Christmas DayOpen Christmas Eve New Years Eve New Years Day Make Your Reservation TodayMerry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Ballas and the Staff121511Happy Hour All Day All Day Specials Sylvester Stallone stars in the 1975 cult action film Death Race 2000, produced by Roger Corman. The documentary Cormans Wo rld, from Anchor Bay Entertainment, explores the bygone age of low-budget B movies and exploitation films and shows how Corman became a mentor of directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard and James Cameron. OPENING, from page 1BAfter two boys duke it out on a playground, the parents of the victim invite the parents of the bully over to work out their issues. A polite discussion of childrearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with all four parents revealing their true colors. None of them will escape the carnage.Cormans WorldGenre: Documentary and biopic Cast: Roger Corman, Paul W.S. Anderson, Allan Arkush, Eric Balfour and Timur Bekmambetov Director: Alex Stapleton Rated: R Blue jeans, sock-hops and drive-in movies: The s were Americas age of innocence. But stalking the depths of its post-nuclear bliss, mass paranoia became fuel for Joseph McCarthys brand of Red Scare terror propaganda. Bomb shelters were a deluxe feature in every American home, government-sponsored educational reels promised an imminent nuclear threat from across the Atlantic, and Hollywood Babylon of the western world hung on the brink of collapse. It was here, in the last-ditch machinations of a dying juggernaut, that a mild-mannered, civil engineers son would become the most influential force in modern moviemaking. Cormans World tracks the triumphant rise of Hollywoods most prolific writer-director-producers, the true godfather of independent filmmaking.For more movie news including whats playing at local theaters, trailers and an opportunity to purchase tickets online, visit www.TBNweekly.com. Click on the Movie News & Reviews link on the leftside menu. Place a Number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.Crossword SudokuSudoku answers from last weekCrossword answers from last week Across 1. Door feature 5. Christian Science founder 9. New moon, e.g. 14. Control freak 15. Achy 16. Horse opera 17. Aroma 18. Checked item 19. Contemptuous look 20. Energy converters (2 wds) 23. Bridge play (pl.) 24. Map line 28. "Give it ___!" (2 wds) 29. Big ___ Conference 31. French Sudan, today 32. Lawn mower's path 35. Sits tight 37. End 38. Hit by thunderstorm's electrical discharge (2 wds) 41. "Is that ___?" 42. Bulrush, e.g. 43. Like some buckets 44. Clickable image 46. ___ bit 47. "Wheel of Fortune" buy (2 wds) 48. Not at all 50. Makes right 53. January 1 to December 31 (2 wds) 57. Strikes with beak 60. Cameron ___, actress 61. Plunge headfirst 62. Fits 63. #1 spot 64. Battery contents 65. Regretful 66. Bungle, with "up" 67. Cravings Down 1. Comprehend 2. Low point 3. Kind of layer 4. Robin's tidying spot 5. Former Portugese monetary unit 6. Opportunities, so to speak 7. Blah 8. Abominable Snowman 9. Presents, as a threat 10. Two-wheeled covered carriage 11. Absorbed, as a cost 12. "Comprende?" 13. "To ___ is human ..." 21. Acrobat's garb 22. Dressed to the ___ 25. Dye with wax 26. Similar 27. Turn red or yellow, say 29. Bit of color 30. Halftime lead, e.g. 32. Assassinated 33. Ham radio response 34. Burning 35. Dwell 36. Habitual drug user 39. Handrail support 40. Time of financial need (2 wds) 45. Neigh softly 47. Blows away 49. Flip, in a way 50. Monroe's successor 51. Prepare for winter takeoff 52. Small spreading juniper bush 54. ___ cheese 55. "Good going!" 56. 1990 World Series champs 57. ___ de deux 58. "I" problem 59. BlackguardHoroscopesDecember 15, 2011CapricornDecember 22 January 19The countdown begins. Make sure you cross all your Ts and dot all your Is, Capricorn. An organization makes a plea. Heed the call only if you can.AquariusJanuary 20 February 18Passion ignites, and you whisk that special someone off on an adventure. Pick your battles at work carefully, Aquarius. Not everything is worth fighting for.PiscesFebruary 19 March 20Youre playing your cards too tight. Open up, Pisces, and let others in. You wont believe the difference it makes. A plan comes full circle.AriesMarch 21 April 19Uh-uh-uh, Aries. The report is not finished yet. Give it one more review. Something is amiss. Music lightens the mood at home and gets everyone into the spirit.TaurusApril 20 May 20Plans must be altered quickly in order to attend a last-minute holiday function. All will not be for naught, as you will have more fun than you expected, Taurus.GeminiMay 21 June 21Volunteerism is a gift in and of itself. Dont be afraid to partake of it and bestow it on another, Gemini. Something thought long gone reappears.CancerJune 22 July 22Keep your eye on the ball, Cancer. Distractions beckon at every turn. The whirlwind of activity at home comes to an abrupt end, thanks to some savvy thinking.LeoJuly 23 August 22The key to good times lies in friends and family. Make sure youre surrounded by many, Leo. A gift from the heart warms a friends heart.VirgoAugust 23 September 22Lines grow longer every day, but you manage the hassle with ease with a young friend by your side, Virgo. A short road trip does you a world of good.LibraSeptember 23 October 22Health crises cease, giving a relative a new lease on life. Invite them over to celebrate, Libra, and let this be a lesson to you that changes in lifestyle do matter.ScorpioOctober 23 November 21Rest finally comes after a whirlwind of activity. Savor the moment, Scorpio. It may be a while before you have time to yourself again.SagittariusNovember 22 December 21Your finances take a beating, but you manage to bounce back quickly. Childcare issues are not as complicated as they seem. Think, Sagittarius, think.
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EXP. 12-22-11$799 Clearwater The Sensuous Senator, by Michael Parker, presented by Early Bird Dinner Theatre, through Dec. 23, at the Italian-American Club, 200 S. McMullen Booth Road. 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 4465898. Visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com. Senator Douglas is running for president on a morality platform, but when his wife Lois leaves to attend a conference in Chicago, he does not hesitate to invite Veronica, his secretary and lover, over. Finding her unavailable, he has an escort agency send voluptuous Fiona. All seems well until his elderly Congressional colleague and neighbor locks himself out and asks to spend the night. Then Congressman Jack Maquire drops in unexpectedly and Fiona, unsure who her client is, zeros in on him. The Exhibiting Society of Artists exhibit, 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, through Dec. 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, through Dec. 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 4372363 or visit www.wcplayers.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. Singles 50+ Dance, Saturday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m., at Colreavy Hall, 820 Jasmine Way. Sponsored by SCIPS, cost is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. Live music will be provided by the Sincerely Yours band. Door prizes will be awarded. No reservations are necessary. Attendees may bring their own snacks and beverages. Cups and ice are furnished, and sodas are available. Monthly dances, featuring live music, are scheduled for third Saturdays. Other scheduled activities include dining out, theater, movies, picnics, sporting events and visits to museums. Call 446-1619 or 461-7104 or visit scips.tripod.com. 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.rutheckerdhall.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 7917400 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 BlueEntertainment 3BBland, 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. Bus Stop, by William Inge, presented by Francis Wilson Playhouse, Jan. 19-29, 2012, at the playhouse, 302 Seminole St. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults and $11 for students. Call 446-1360 or visit www.francis wilsonplayhouse.org. This 1956 Broadway hit tells the story of a misfit group stranded in an isolated western bus stop during a snowstorm. Marilyn Monroe embodied the role of Cherry in the Hollywood version of this comedy/drama. Lie, Cheat and Genuect, by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, presented by Early Bird Dinner Theatre, Jan. 5 through Feb. 26, 2012, at the Italian-American Club, 200 S. McMullen Booth Road. Seating for performances is Thursday through Sunday, 4 p.m. Seating for matinees is Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Cost is $29.90 a person. For reservations, call 446-5898. Visit www. earlybirddinnertheatre.com. The Buckle brothers, Billy and Tom, are in big trouble: Toms infallible eye for slow horses has drained away all of Billys savings and he has borrowed from loan shark Pizza Face Petrillo, who now wants his money back or else. Theres plenty of money in grandfather Buckles will, but these two black sheep are pretty sure theyll never see any of that. What else to do but dress Billy up as a nun and have him pose as their cousin who is to inherit the entire fortune? Gregg Allman, Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $35 to $69.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. On tour in support of his critically acclaimed Rounder Records release Low Country Blues, Allman will make an exclusive Tampa Bay area stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall with special guest Jaimoes Jasssz Band. As a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and in his own storied solo career, Allman has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, his soulful and distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. Low Country Blues marks the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers seventh solo recording and first in more than 13 years. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album finds Allman putting his own stamp on songs by some of the blues giants whose work has long informed his own, from Muddy Waters and B.B. King to Buddy Guy and Magic Sam. Seconds from Broadway, by Neil Simon, presented by West Coast Players, Jan. 20 through Feb. 5, 2012, 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. Simons clever wit is at work again in the dialogue among the characters who gather in the Polish Tea Room, 45 seconds from the heart of Broadway. These entertainment personalities offer a glimpse into those who have a connection, in one way or another, to one of the most famous areas of New York City. Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx with The Florida Orchestra; Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $45 to $85. Call 892-3337 or 800-662-7286 or visit www.floridaorchestra.org. DeYoung, a founding member of Styx, will showcase the bands greatest hits spanning the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s with his six-member band and The Florida Orchestra. This symphonic rock spectacular includes top hits such as Lady, Babe, Come Sail Away, Too Much Time On My Hands, Grand Illusion, Renegade, Blue Collar Man, Suite Madame Blue and Rockin The Paradise. DeYoung wrote and sang lead on seven of the bands eight top ten hits. With one of the most recognizable voices in the music world today, in addition to being a legendary singer, he also is recognized as a songwriter, keyboardist, composer and record producer with a career spanning over 40 years. DeYoungs rock band members include Suzanne DeYoung on vocals, Tom Sharpe on drums, August Zadra on lead guitar and vocals, Jimmy Leahey on lead guitar and vocals, John Blasucci on keyboards and Craig Carter on bass and vocals. See LOOKING AHEAD, page 4B Looking ahead Looking ahead
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Winner of three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards in 1978, the show tells the true story of the Chicken Ranch, a Texas brothel caught in the middle of a television crusaders campaign. Filled with colorful characters, the production contains adult situations and language. Roger McGuinn, Thursday, March 17, 2012, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets range from $39 to $49. Call 791-7400 or visit www. atthecap.com. McGuinn, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, was already a veteran of the New York and Los Angeles music scene when he co-founded the group that would become the Byrds with Gene Clark and David Crosby in 1964. Their songs, Mr. Tambourine Man and Turn! Turn! Turn! (For Everything There Is a Season) went to No. 1 on the music charts in 1965 and spoke to an entire generation. Eight Miles High also is a guitar-line classic. McGuinn disbanded the Byrds in 1973 to pursue his dream of a solo career. He made five solo albums on Columbia Records. Arista records released Back From Rio in 1991, a rock album that included his friends, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Michael Penn and John Jorgensen. What is Susans Secret, by Michael and Susan Parker, presented by Early Bird Dinner Theatre, March 1 through April 22, 2012, at the Italian-American Club, 200 S. McMullen Booth Road. 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.earlybirddinnerthea tre.com. The Cider Mill Inn, a rustic and somewhat run down country guest house is run by an elderly couple, Michael and Susan Edwards. While they are endearing characters, they are in fact con artists. With a complicated check-in form, they manage to get various tradesmen to sign work contracts for improvements needed at the inn. Radium Girls, by D.W. Gregory, presented by West Coast Players, March 9-25, 2012, 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. Set in 1926, the play examines a group of women working in a factory painting radium on watches. When the women come down with a mysterious disease, they battle with their employer for justice. Roger McGuinn, Thursday, March 17, 2012, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets range from $39 to $49. Call 791-7400 or visit www. atthecap.com. McGuinn, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, was already a veteran of the New York and Los Angeles music scene when he co-founded the group that would become the Byrds with Gene Clark and David Crosby in 1964. Their songs, Mr. Tambourine Man and Turn! Turn! Turn! (For Everything There Is a Season) went to No. 1 on the music charts in 1965 and spoke to an entire generation. Eight Miles High also is a guitar-line classic. McGuinn disbanded the Byrds in 1973 to pursue his dream of a solo career. He made five solo albums on Columbia Records. Arista records released Back From Rio in 1991, a rock album that included his friends, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Michael Penn and John Jorgensen. Moonlight and Magnolias, by Ron Hutchinson, presented by Francis Wilson Playhouse, April 5-15, 2012, at the playhouse, 302 Seminole St. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults and $11 for students. Call 446-1360 or visitwww.franciswilsonplayhouse.org. Based on the true story, this hilarious fast-paced farce centers on the creation of the film Gone With The Wind. As the hours tick by, three Hollywood writers race the clock to deliver a wouldbe successful screenplay portraying the various characters of the novel. Beckys New Car, by Steven Deitz, presented by West Coast Players, April 27 through May 13, 2012, 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. Dietzs heroine Becky Foster doesnt have a half-bad life; it has just become predictable and mundane. She has a solid yet dull marriage to her roofer hubby Joe. Together they have a son: a goofy college psychology major named Chris. Becky devotes herself to a decent job with a car dealership. However, her day-to-day routine is flipped upside down when Walter Flood, a charmingly quirky millionaire, comes into the dealership late one night. 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 298-3322 or visit www.dfac .org.Gulfport 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. USA Dance, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, 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. For information, call 397-5754. USA Dance, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, 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. For information, call 397-5754.Largo Saturday Afternoon Movie, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be Finding Nemo. Call 5876715. Monday Matinee, Monday, Dec. 19, 12:30 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be A Christmas Story. Call 5876715. Saturday Afternoon Movie, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be The Jungle Book. Call 587-6715. Saturday Afternoon Movie, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be Toy Story 2. Call 5876715. 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. Monday Matinee, Monday, Jan. 9, 12:30 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be Body Heat. Call 587-6715. Saturday Afternoon Movie, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be Toy Story 3. Call 5876715. Saturday Afternoon Movie, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be Winnie the Pooh. Call 587-6715. Monday Matinee, Monday, Jan. 23, 12:30 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be Apollo 13. Call 587-6715. Monday Matinee, Monday, Jan. 28, 12:30 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The feature film will be Happy Feet. Call 587-6715. 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 LargoCommunityCen ter.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 518-3131 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 LargoCommunityCenter.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.eighto clocktheatre.com. The wellknown dynamic creative team of Rocco Morabito (director) and Ronnie DeMarco (choreographer) have designed their dream show: a revue combining favorite ballads, laments and show-stoppers from Broadways best. The lineup includes gems from musicals such as Cabaret, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Damn Yankees, Gypsy, Godspell, Guys & Dolls and Mame. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. The featured entertainment will be Mothers Favorite with the Sunsation Show Chorus. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter .com. Nunsense II, with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, July 13-20, 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.eighto clocktheatre.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.Pinellas Park 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 8226194 or visit www.venueactor studio.org.
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FREE DESSERT: Pumpkin or Pecan Pie or rice pudding Christmas DayOpen 7am-4pmDinner Served Noon to 4pm121511 *Daily Specials not valid on Holidays. By LEE CLARK ZUMPEThe year is almost over, and film movie-lovers are already trying to get a glimpse at what next years cavalcade of films will bring to local cinema houses. Hollywood studios are busily hyping next years feature film lineup with teasers and Internet trailers. Meanwhile, speculation is rife as armchair critics make predictions on which selections will succeed and which flicks will flop. First ... what were the best movies of 2011? To date, the top box office moneymaker is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. As of Dec. 11, the film had taken in $1.3 billion worldwide. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a relatively close second with $1.1 billion worldwide. Walt Disneys Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides rounds out the top three having earned a little over $1 billion worldwide. Theres a demographic trend Hollywood should be following: Family films did well in 2011. Four of the top 10 highest-grossing films of 2011 were rated PG or lower, including Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG), The Smurfs (PG), Cars 2 (G) and Rio PG. Sequels faired better than standalone films in 2011 with eight out of 10 of the biggest blockbusters being a second, third, fourth or eighth installment in a successful franchise. The year had its share of flops, too. The list of 2011 underachievers includes Green Lantern, Cowboys and Aliens, Larry Crowne and Conan the Barbarian. While Green Lantern earned more than its estimated budget, its release was met by unfavorable reviews. Cowboys and Aliens, too, made money but not nearly as much as Hollywood had expected. Moreover, the summer escapist flick starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig barely beat The Smurfs for the top spot on its opening weekend. So, whats around the corner? Following is a list of 20 of the most anticipated films of 2012.Sensational superheroes The Avengers Set to open May 4. Directed by Joss Whedon, this may be Marvels biggest risk yet as a team of heroes most already showcased in standalone films forms to take on an unexpected enemy that threatens global safety and security. Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner are among the stars in this ambitious project. The Amazing Spider-Man Set to open July 3. It doesnt really seem like the Spider-Man franchise needed a reboot, but thats exactly whats happening. Directed by Marc Webb, the film stars Andrew Garfield as the outcast web-spinner, Rhys Ifans as The Lizard and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. Playing Peter Parkers uncle and aunt are Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The Dark Knight Rises Set to open July 20. Christian Bale reprises his role as Gothams champion against criminals, facing both Catwoman and Bane in the third installment of the franchise directed by Christopher Nolan. It wont be easy to top 2008s The Dark Knight which featured Heath Ledger as The Joker.Stunning sci-fi The Hunger Games Set to open March 23. Based on Suzanne Collins young adult science fiction novel of same name, the film follows 16-yearold Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) who lives in a post-apocalyptic and is forced to compete in a series of cruel games the government uses to intimidate its citizens. Prometheus Set to open June 8. Ridley Scott is revisiting his legendary 1979 science fiction horror masterpiece Alien. What precisely Prometheus will be, however, is a little vague: Scott and his cast have offered contradictory statements suggesting the film is possibly a prequel, possibly a sequel and possibly a completely new storyline using Alien as a jumping-off point. Total Recall Set to open Aug. 3. Total Recall is based on the Philip K. Dick story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. The 1990 adaptation starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone. This time around, director Len Wiseman directs Colin Farrell as Doug Quaid, Kate Beckinsale as his wife and Bill Nighy as Kuato.Fanciful fantasy John Carter Set to open March 9. Yes, Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote books other than Tarzan. John Carter is based on Burroughs 11volume Barssom series about a former Confederate soldier who is transported to Mars where he becomes involved in global conflict. The film stars Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe and Lynn Collins. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Set to open Dec. 14. Probably the most anticipated film of the year, Peter Jackson directs Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom in J.R.R. Tolkiens classic epic fantasy.Stirring suspense The Bourne Legacy Set to open summer 2012. The fourth film in the Jason Bourne film franchise, this installment will be directed by Tony Gilroy, the screenwriter on the first three films. The cast includes Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Albert Finney and Stacy Keach. Matt Damon will not return for this film. Skyfall Set to open Nov. 9. Daniel Craig and Judi Dench return for a new James Bond film. This time, Bonds nemesis will be played by Javier Bardem.Historical drama Lincoln Set to open in the fourth quarter of 2012. This biographical drama is helmed by Steven Spielberg. Daniel Day-Lewis will play the role of the president with Sally Field portraying Mary Todd Lincoln. Django Unchained Set to open Dec. 25. A little less historical fact and a little more spaghetti western in content, Django Unchained is the current project of Quentin Tarantino. Inspired by the 1966 film Django, this movie will star Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, with supporting roles by Kurt Russell, M.C. Gainey, Sacha Baron Cohen and Tom Savini.Wonderful weirdness The Raven Set to open March 9. John Cusack portrays Edgar Allen Poe. Poe joins forces with a detective to hunt down a mad serial killer whos using Poes own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. Dark Shadows Set to open May 11. Tim Burton directs Johnny Depp who takes on the iconic role of Barnabas Collins, an 18th century vampire who awakens in 1972 and finds his manor occupied by his dysfunctional descendants. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Set to open June 22. Who would have thought there would be two movies about Lincoln in 2012? Or that he would be a vampire hunter in one of them? Which film will provide a more accurate portrayal of the 16th president? Time will tell.Fun for the family The Lorax Set to open March 2. Danny DeVito will provide the voice of The Lorax in this new 3D computer-animated adaptation of the classic 1971 Dr. Seuss tale. Ted (Zac Efron) lives in a city without trees. When he learns the girl of his dreamsBond, Batman return for new years movie lineup wishes only to see a real tree, he enlists the help of The Lorax. Brave Set to open June 22. In this new 3D computer-animated film from Pixar, Merida (Kelly Macdonald) is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord MacIntosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane).Vampires, werewolves and zombies Underworld: Awakening Set to open Jan. 20. Kate Beckinsale returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Set to open Nov. 16. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner reprise their roles in the final installment of the franchise. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 easily secured its place in the top ten highest-grossing films of 2011, so its a safe bet that the conclusion will do well at the box office, too. World War Z Set to open Dec. 21. Based on the post-apocalyptic book by Max Brooks, the film stars Brad Pitt as worker with the United Nations who travels the world interviewing survivors following a war against zombies.Photo by JOHN SCHWARTZMANAndrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man.
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