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All about mobilityWork continues on mass transit alternatives that affect Largo By TOM GERMONDLARGO The latest draft of a mass transit plan shows a light rail line running through the heart of the city, but the process of getting the project off the ground is still in its infancy. Scott Pringle, a project manager for Jacobs Engineering, gave an update to city commissioners Dec. 13 on a study for developing a regional transit system. Basically, the rail line follows the CSX corridor between Clearwater and Largo, continues along East Bay Drive toward the Clearwater-St. Petersburg Airport, along Ulmerton Road, Roosevelt Boulevard and Interstate 275 with a connection to Pinellas Park and to downtown St. Petersburg. There is also a regional connection to Tampa across Howard Frankland Bridge. Jacobs was speaking about a draft of the preferred local alternative in the Pinellas Alternatives Analysis, a study that is considered a key step in developing a regional transit system in West Central Florida. Im really pleased that a good portion is coming right through Largo, and I think economically it will be a good thing for us, said city Commissioner Harriet Crozier, vice chair of the Project Advisory Committee, which endorsed the draft alternative. She said that the plan presents development opportunities in Largo, noting that once a proposed transit station is built on Roosevelt Boulevard, everything will grow around it. The study started in August 2010 and officials are hoping to wrap it up in 2012. More than 67 different public outreach events have been conducted. A questionnaire to the public generated 1,200 respondents. One of the things we heard back from the public was a resounding support for an interest in this rail technology or rail investment in Pinellas County, Pringle said. Under consideration is a $1.5 billion to $1.7 billion project. The projected costs for the 24mile corridor in Pinellas County is between $61 million and $71 million per mile, Pringle said. When we look at how we stack up against other cities across the country, were really well aligned with what other jurisdictions and cities have experienced over the last decade, he said. Phoenix implemented a light rail system at about $85 million to $95 million per mile, Pringle said. Officials are considering a 50 percent local funding commitment financed over 30 years, and looking for federal, state and public-private partnerships to pay the remaining balance of 50 percent on the project. We have been looking at the potential for a local funding source, a 1 percent sales tax, that could implement this type of project, he said. Plans call for an expanded countywide bus service to support the rail project. In addition to relieving traffic congestion, the project is expected to provide economic development benefits. When we look at light rail, its forecasted we could possibly create up to 67,000 new jobs just by what were investing in new technologies, Pringle said. For every $1 spent on light rail, what we anticipate is a return of about two and a half dollars on that original investment, he said. Pringle said analysis is just one part in a very long federal process. So were still really at the beginning of the process Crozier was optimistic about receiving federal government support. Once this is all finalized, and it goes to the federal government, the nice thing is our consultants have been going up to Atlanta to the federal government, who is saying I like what you are doing. They are kind of saying we have a good shot here. Commissioner Curtis Holmes expressed reservations about the project. He said that in the examples of the successful light rail projects Pringle pointed out, communities were vertical. The Bay area is horizontal. Thats been a big problem with mass transit here all along. You really dont have concentrations of people that you get in downtown St. Petersburg. You have it on the beaches, but this isnt going to the beaches, Holmes said. Commissioner Woody Brown disagreed, saying that Atlanta is flat, with the exception of its downtown, and it has a rail See MOBILITY, page 4A Employment prospects looking good for 2012 Jamie Bell stars as a young reporter in family, action, adventure film ... Page 2B.The Adventures of Tintin opens this weekend in theaters Volume XXXIV,No. 23 December 22, 2011 www.TBNweekly.com By SUZETTE PORTERState officials are touting the news: Novembers unemployment rate was the lowest since May 2009. A report released from the state Department of Economic Opportunity Dec. 16 shows Floridas not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November was 9.8 percent down from 10.1 percent in October and 12.1 percent a year ago. The comparable national rate was 8.2 percent, down from 8.5 percent last month and 9.3 percent a year ago. Pinellas Countys unemployment rate remains unchanged from October, standing at 10 percent compared to 12.4 percent in November 2010. Unemployment in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater statistical metropolitan area dropped from 10.4 percent in October to 10.3 percent in November and was 2.3 percent lower than the same month last year. The local metro area, which includes Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas, continues to have the largest over-the-year job gains of 26,900 or 2.4 percent, despite Hernando County having the third highest unemployment rate in the state of 13.1 percent. Pasco County is in 12th place out of 67 counties with 11.4 percent unemployment. Hillsborough County has the lowest rate in the local MSA of 9.8 percent, followed by Pinellas at 10 percent. Results of a Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released Dec. 13 shows employers in the local MSA plan to hire at a solid pace in the first quarter of 2012. See EMPLOYMENT, page 4A Features Business . . . . . . . . . . .9A Classieds . . . . . . . . .6-9B Community . . . . . . . . .14A County . . . . . . . . . . .6-7A Entertainment . . . . . .1-5,10B Faith & Family . . . . . . .12-13A Health & Fitness . . . . . . .10A Just for Fun . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . .2-3A Looking for a Home . . . . . .14A Police Beat . . . . . . . . . .5A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . .8A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .11A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising Tickets on sale for The NutcrackerMoscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker 2011 will be performed Dec. 26-27, 7:30 p.m., at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets range from $28.50 to $88.50. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaf fey.com. See the top five diversions. ... Page 4B.Drug trafficker gets 12-year sentenceA man who police call a violent drug trafficker was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison Dec. 9 to be followed by three years of supervised release. This was a real win for us, said Largo Police Sgt. John Trebino, special operations unit, in an email. For years, Trebino said, Thomas Beasley has been a large thorn in Pinellas County law enforcements side. Beasley had worked as a confidential informant in the past, so he was acutely aware of the way police operated and used that to his advantage, Trebino said. Back in April of 2010, Special Operations was able to conduct a successful operation involving the sale of a fully automatic firearm by Beasley. Because of Beasleys history, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives agreed to take the case in the federal court system, Trebino said. Largo police has been dealing with Beasley for years and getting him put away for any significant amount of time was proving difficult. Beasley was the subject of multiple tips received by Largo police and the Pinellas Sheriffs Office in reference to narcotics. Beasley was convicted of possession of a firearm. He was sentenced as an armed career criminal. Our intelligence also indicated that he planned on shooting it out with police if we ever tried to arrest him. There is also at least one domestic battery victim here in Largo that is breathing a sigh of relief because of the sentence. Thomas has violated an injunction in place to protect this victim multiple times and her fear was palpable, Trebino said. 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 1/31/12Full Set or Spa Mani-PediNot available with other offers. Exp. 1/31/12122211 We Offer SHELLAC for Natural Nails20% OFF All Services for New Clients.$500OFF The map above shows a proposed light rail line, in blue, that was endorsed by the Project Advisory Committee on Dec. 12 as part of an analysis. Photo by TERRE PORTERThis years display at Florida Botanical Gardens features more than 500,000 lights. The spectacle is open from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Jan. 1. Shown right is a hummingbird sipping from a flower. See the story about the gardens and other holiday light displays on page 1B.Holiday glowIm really pleased that a good portion is coming right through Largo, and I think economically it will be a good thing for us.Harriet Crozier, Largo city commissionerENTERTAINMENT VIEWPOINTCarl HiaasenLegislators are pushing the panic button, columnist says. ... Page 11A.


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However, the Highland Complex project budget includes $150,000 for the relocation of the skate park. The skate park equipment is in good condition and is designed to be moved. City commissioners evaluated three options for moving the park, including two at the Bayhead Complex property, just south of West Bay Drive and west of Seminole Boulevard. A third option would be to relocate the skate park to the northeast corner of the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, in an area that is currently a shell parking lot. Commissioners decided Dec. 13 to move the skate park to the north side of the basketball courts at the Bayhead Complex. The citys Recreation, Parks and Arts Advisory Board recommended the location, saying it has high visibility, is located near Largo Middle and Largo High schools and is compatible with adjacent uses.Loan approved for recreation complex project.LARGO City commissioners gave final approval Dec. 13 to obtain a loan of $10 million to finance the design and construction of the Highland Recreation Complex project and to refinance existing debt. The interest rate is projected to be about 1.71 percent for the loan. A second loan resolution will be presented to the City Commission in January for $10 million with a projected interest rate of 1.72 percent. There is a $10 million limit on bank-qualified borrowing in any calendar year, city Finance Director Kim Adams said. At their meeting Dec. 6, commissioners agreed to award a proposal to Morgan Chase Bank for borrowing $20 million, with $17 million for the Highland Recreation Complex construction and $3 million for a wastewater fund refinancing. Construction is expected to begin in January on the 40,000-squarefoot project.City agrees to settle lawsuitLARGO City commissioners Dec. 13 authorized $95,000 settlement for a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges that she was fired from her city position in retaliation for using leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. Crystal Lynch, a fire inspector, filed suit in federal court against the city. She used FMLA leave on several occasions during her employment because of a medical condition and later because of side effects from her medications intended to control her medical condition, city officials said. She had been absent on FMLA intermittent leave on two occasions immediately before the date on which she was fired. City officials denied her allegations and argued that Lynch had falsified her time records, which justified her termination. Lynch alleges that the adjustments she made to her time card were mistakes she made while she was attempting to correct the leave designations for those days to show the leave as being covered by the FMLA. She denies intentionally falsifying her time records, city officials said. The city was unsuccessful in moving to have the case dismissed. Under direction of a U.S. district judge, both parties participated in mediation. If Lynch were to prevail, the city would be liable for about $235,000 in Lynchs back wages and attorneys fees. The city could also be liable for additional amounts. The total potential liability could come to $440,000, city officials said.City offers curbside tree recyclingLARGO The City of Largo will offer a free Christmas tree and cardboard box recycling collection from Dec. 26 through Jan. 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. Christmas trees are biodegradable and compostable; their branches may be removed, chipped, and used as mulch in the garden. Christmas trees should never be burned in a fireplace or wood stove. Pines, firs and other evergreens have a high content of flammable turpentine oils. Free genealogy/family history classes, January, Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Description: More than 10 free classes this month including: Introduction to Genealogy, Using Maps in Genealogy, The 1940 census and how to use it, Tracing female ancestors, Organizing your files, and more. See the complete listing with details of classes and scheduled times at www.flpgs.org/classes.aspx. Email Bob Bryan at BBryan84@ gmail.com or call at 595-4521. Move It 2 Lose It, Jan. 3, 8 a.m. through Jan. 10, 8:30 p.m. Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave.; Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road; Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. Description: Buy your January monthly fitness pass and get February for 50 percent off. We also will have a wide variety of free fitness classes, healthy recipes and motivation for the New Year. The more you participate, the better prize you can win. Get your Play Pass to track your participation at the front desk. Start off the New Year on the right track by making the commitment to get healthy and fit. Ages 16 and up are welcome to participate. For a complete schedule of free classes offered, visit the PlayLargo.com. Call 518-3016 Tiny Tot Theme Parties, Jan. 5, 11 a.m. until noon, Southwest Recreation Complex. Description: Themed games, crafts and exciting activities especially prepared for preschool-aged children. This months theme is Down on the Farm. Parents are encouraged to stay and enjoy the experience. Preregistration is required. The fee is $5 per child. Call 518-3125. The Sauce Boss Bill Wharton, Jan. 6, 8 p.m., Largo Cultural Center. Description: Bill Wharton, The Sauce Boss, mixes his own spicy Florida Blues and hot sauce right into the gumbo on stage, and at the end of the show, everyone eats for free. Cabaret seating. Tickets are $23 in advance; $28 day of show. Call 587-6793. Largo Square Dancing, Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 7:30 p.m. until 9:45 p.m. Largo Community Center. Description: Are you interested in Square Dancing? Well, we have one of the best callers in the country right here at the Largo Community Center. Come dance the night away as our resident Caller Allen Snell leads you around our floor. Refreshments available for purchase. Admission is $5 at the door. Call 518-3131. Stages Productions, School House Rock, Jan. 7, 11 a.m., Largo Cultural Center. Description: The Emmy Award winning 1970s pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage! For more information or to purchase tickets call 587-6793 or visit LargoArts.com. Tickets are $7.50, adult; $6.50, children; $6, schools;, $22 family 4 pack; season pass, $15 for three shows; family 4 packs and season passes are available through the Box Office only. Call 587-6793. Train Weekend, Jan. 7 and 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Largo Central Park. 101 Central Park Drive. Description: Ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad on the first full weekend every month in sunny Largo Central Park. For a schedule of dates as well as pictures from this event, please go to the Special Events Train Weekend page. For more information visit Largo Events.com. Free; donations accepted. Call 587-6740, ext. 5014. Largo Swing Dance Saturdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21, and 28, 7 until 11 p.m., Largo Community Center. Description: Come enjoy an evening of dancing and socializing. Every Saturday night, enjoy a free lesson from 7-8 p.m. and a DJ dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Our resident DJ is Savoy Swing. Don't miss out on our 5,400-square-foot sprung hardwood floor. For more information, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. The fee is $7. Call 518-3131. Elvis Birthday Bash, celebrating the movies of Elvis Presley, Jan. 8, 2 p.m., Largo Cultural Center. Description: Back by popular demand! Celebrate the King's birthday with a number of talented Elvis tribute artists as they shake, rattle and roll and provide a wonderful nostalgic afternoon of entertainment and fun. Join us for complimentary birthday cake and photo opportunity after the show. For more information or to purchase tickets call 587-6793 or visit LargoArts.com. Tickets are $25 VIP, $20 advance, $25 day of show Call 587-6793. Sunday Matinee Music Series, Jan. 8, 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., Largo Community Center. Description: Enjoy an afternoon of live music and wonderful food. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased for $12 in advance for the dinner and show. Get your tickets early, shows sell out quickly. Each month has a different show. 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EMPLOYMENT, from page 1AAmong survey participants, the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. MSA employment outlook is the fourth best in the nation, according to a release from the Manpower. Eighteen percent of companies interviewed say they plan to hire more employees January through March of 2012. Six percent plan to reduce staff. The majority, 69 percent, plans to keep their current workforce levels. Seven percent were unsure of their hiring plans. Hiring activity is expected to increase during the first quarter of 2012 compared to Quarter 4 2011 when the Net Employment Outlook was 5 percent, said Manpower spokesperson Judy Leppla. Employers expect significantly improved employment prospects compared with one year ago when the Net Employment Outlook was 2 percent. The Net Employment Outlook for the first quarter of 2012 is 12 percent. The Net Employment Outlook is calculated by taking the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in hiring activity and subtracting from this the percentage of employers expecting a decrease in hiring activity. Job prospects seem best in construction, manufacturing-nondurable, wholesale/retail trade, financial activities, professional and business services, education and health Services, leisure and hospitality, and government. Employers in manufacturing-durable say they most likely will reduce staffing levels. Hiring in transportation and utilities, Information and other services probably will remain unchanged. The employment outlook also is up nationwide. Manpower surveyed more than 18,000 employers in the United States. Fourteen percent of those interviewed expect to hire in the first quarter of 2012. Nine percent plan to reduce their workforce. Seventy percent will keep staffing levels as is. Seven percent were undecided. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Dec. 16 that 8,500 jobs were added statewide in November, bringing the total net new jobs for 2011 to more than 120,000. Department of Economic Opportunity officials say job growth for the past three months was the strongest since March 2007. November was the 14th consecutive month of positive annual job growth, the DEO said. Trade, transportation and utilities added the most jobs, followed by private education, health services, and leisure and hospitality. We are continuing to move Florida in the right direction by streamlining government, eliminating burdensome regulations, identifying economic development opportunities and prioritizing education, Scott said. I am hopeful that we will see Floridas unemployment rate continue to decline as jobs grow and more Floridians find work. Manpowers survey shows that Floridas employers plan to hire at a healthy pace January through March 2012, the survey shows. Seventeen percent say they will hire employees. Six percent say employees will be let go. Seventy percent will maintain current staffing levels. The Quarter 1 2012 survey results show more optimistic hiring plans compared to Quarter 4 2011 when the Net Employment Outlook was 4 percent, said Manpower spokesperson Michael Doyle. Compared to one year ago when the Net Employment Outlook was 5 percent, employers are more confident about their staffing plans.4A Leader, December 22, 2011 The student volunteers at Southwest Recreational Center in Largo wanted Clearwater Beach to be a little cleaner for residents a nd tourists. The after-school students along with their group leader, Andre Jones, coordinated a beach cleanup on Dec. 10 as a way to give back to our community. From left are Amanda Michas, Julisa Garcia, Amy Hawthorne, Jeffrey Torres, Jones, Alex Deleon, Joe Bryan Caldero, and Joseph Torres. As part of the after-school program at Southwest, Andre encourages the students to be positive influences in the community and help out whenever they can. The students cleaned the Pier 60 area of Clearwater Beach for three hours and after their hard work they enjoyed the playground area with a game of flag football. The students were very excited about the volunteer project and will continue to l ook for ways to give back to the community.Volunteer spiritRedington Beach makes changes to Public WorksREDINGTON BEACH The Town Commission approved some preliminary changes to its Public Works and Code Enforcement departments at its Dec. 6 meeting with the pending retirement within a few years of its longtime director. Written work orders will now be tracked from the time a resident calls through resolution. The town offices will keep a daily report, which will then become part of a weekly report of code complaints and Public Works requests. The weekly reports will become a part of the commissions consent agenda. (The process will) let us know whats going on day to day and help us prepare for (Public Works Director and Code Enforcement Officer Mark Davis) retirement, said Vice Mayor Fred Steiermann. The Public Works office hours will now match town office hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Davis also will attend commission meetings. The commission plans to formalize the changes into the towns policy and procedures at an upcoming meeting. The town also plans to put its routine maintenance schedule into a calendar system. The town is considering outsourcing code enforcement and environmental reporting like other towns around them do, once Davis retires. Davis has worked for the town for more than 30 years. In other action, the town decided not to renew its membership with the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association. The town will continue to support the organization, which lobbies for beach nourishment, through its membership in the Barrier Islands Governmental Council. About $500 of the towns membership to the BIG-C goes to the lobbying organization. The town does not qualify for beach nourishment because of the lack of public parking along its beachfront. The commission decided on this approach in an effort to save money because the town gets the indirect benefit of sand nourishment from neighboring towns qualifying for beach nourishment. Melissa LattmanIRB considers cigarette butt crackdownINDIAN ROCKS BEACH What began as a discussion to try to find ways to limit or ban smoking in public parks and on the beach, ended up with a likely crackdown on people who improperly dispose of their cigarette butts. If a proposed ordinance is passed at the next City Commission meeting in January, smokers could face a $500 fine if they litter the beach with their cigarette butts. Commissioner Terry Hamilton-Wollin met with a number of citizens who want a smoke-free environment in the parks and beaches in IRB and she came away convinced that something had to be done. So in a special hour-long workshop Dec. 13, the commission heard a presentation from health professionals and an anti-smoking group as to the hazards of secondhand smoke in public places. Lucy Gonzalez-Barr of the Florida Department of Health told the commission that cigarette butts left on the beach are a health hazard in that they contain 165 different forms of chemicals, and they do not disintegrate. In fact, she said the butts pose a hazard to wildlife, thus upsetting Floridas eco-system. She said on one clean-up day in California recently 230,000 cigarette butts were recovered from the sand. In addition she said secondhand smoke causes 50,000 deaths a year in the United States. Deborah Shaffer of the Pinellas County Health Department echoed those sentiments and pointed out that 1 in 5 pieces of litter picked up on the beach is a cigarette butt. She said most butts are found within 10 feet of an ashtray. Like Gonzalez-Barr, Shaffer had statistics to support her claims. She said in the 2010 Intracoastal Waterway cleanup in Pinellas County, 205,000 cigarette butts were recovered; 13,000 cigar tips, 3,500 lighters and 5,700 empty packs all smokingrelated trash. She said in a recent survey on Treasure Island and Madeira Beach, 96 percent of those surveyed said they didnt like the idea that a child could pick up a cigarette butt while playing in the sand. The third speaker in the group was Carolyn Smith of the TobaccoFree Coalition in Pinellas County. She told the commissioners that several dozen towns and cities in Florida have passed some sort of resolution or ordinance limiting or banning smoking in parks or on beaches. She noted that the Florida legislature is considering two separate bills designed to toughen the laws against smoking in public places. But, the anti-smoking push of the guest experts was slowed somewhat by the commissioners who appeared reluctant to pass any laws restricting smokers. Vice Mayor Phil Hanna moved the discussion to the litter aspect of smoking. He recounted a story of watching a woman smoking on the beach, then disposed of her butt in the sand despite a receptacle being just a few feet away. Commissioner Cookie Kennedy said she grew up in Indian Rocks Beach and never once had a smoker sit down next to her on the beach. Mayor R.B. Johnson wondered just how much the town should involve itself in matters of civility. People have accepted smoking as a right, Johnson said. Im trying to keep an open mind in the face of strong opinions on both sides. Hamilton-Wollin continued the theme and noted that it is going to take a strong anti-litter ordinance to, Eliminate those filthy, disgusting cigarette butts, and seagulls that still see them as food and die horrible deaths, she said. We dont care if people smoke, we do care that little children pick up butts. Several residents expressed concern over more rules aimed at curbing smoking. All professed to be non-smokers. Resident David Martin said, Im getting tired of having my tax dollars used to pass more laws. Whats next, banning hot dogs because the meat isnt healthy for you? Bruce Sobut chimed in, We dont enforce the rules we have. Start enforcing what we have now. Jo Nocera added; Im appalled at the amount of trash. Bring in a $500 fine. Were just not all well behaved, she said. Thats just what the commissioners will consider. City Attorney Maura Kiefer was asked to draft an ordinance implementing a $500 fine for anyone caught littering with cigarette butts on the beach or in the parks. It will be dealt with at the next commission meeting on Jan. 10. As for tougher measures against smoking in those public places thats been put off for the time being. Brian GoffCity hall site is focus for new fire stationBELLEAIR BLUFFS With two properties on Indian Rocks Road having been rejected as possible Largo fire station sites, attention is now focused on the property behind Bluffs city hall. A feasibility study now under way will determine if the site is big enough and has the right amenities for a station, Mayor Chris Arbutine said. That study is due to be completed in January, said Largo Deputy Fire Chief Jim Warman. The Bluffs property on Bayway Avenue is the only site now being considered for the station, Warman said. Having a fire station nearby does not please Wanda Rusinowski, who lives on Los Gatos across from the proposed site. Rusinowski recommended the current Bluffs fire station on Indian Rocks Road be rebuilt. Warman said the existing station is quite restrictive and not suitable for current needs. Rusinowski said she is also concerned about the potential danger to children playing in or near the playground next to city hall if fire trucks are frequently traveling Bayway Avenue. Many other residents are also opposed to the fire station, Rusinowski said, although none has shown up at city hall to protest. Fire Commissioner Suzy Sofer told Rusinowski there was not even a deal on the property yet. A number of sites have been looked at and rejected so far, Sofer said. Arbutine also assured Rusinowski that residents concerns would be heard before the fire station becomes a reality. The citizens of Belleair Bluffs will have a voice, he said. Wayne AyersCity adopts Clearwater GreenprintCLEARWATER By a unanimous vote on Dec. 15, the City Council adopted an environmental plan that is voluntary for now but could be made mandatory in the future. Clearwater Greenprint, A Framework for a Competitive, Vibrant Green Future, is a community plan and vision that looks beyond municipal functions to identify a series of strategies that can be implemented by residents, businesses, the industrial sector and the municipal government, a staff memo read. These strategies have the potential to reduce energy consumption, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions while reducing energy and other costs for residents and businesses, supporting a variety of housing choices for renters and owners of all ages, and improving the health and quality of life for the citys residents. The program, which is funded through the Department of Energys Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, promotes education and awareness, green energy and buildings, nonpolluting transportation, better land use, water conservation, waste management, local food production, and green businesses and jobs. We really do have limited resources on this planet, Mayor Frank Hibbard said. Whether youre a tree-hugger or not, less pollution is a good thing. But conservative activist and former City Council candidate, Joe Paige, disagreed. Greenprint is a job killer, Paige told the council. Economic suicide.City OKs water run-off agreementSEMINOLE The boundaries of responsibility for cleaning up storm water run-off into Lake Seminole will be defined more closely in an interlocal agreement between the city and Pinellas County. City councilors voted unanimously Dec. 13 to approve the agreement, which specifies joint control of pollutants in accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program. City Manager Frank Edmunds explained that the city has been involved in NPDES issues for some time and federal regulations will require more governmental involvement in years to come. Edmunds said all but one of the municipalities in Pinellas County is a co-holder for a discharge permit with Pinellas County and the Florida Department of Transportation. Weve all come together to try to address the pollutant discharge into our waterways, said Edmunds. This particular agreement points out each party and we will be responsible for our own discharge points. Edmunds said because Seminole Boulevard is a FDOT roadway, catch basins that discharge into Lake Seminole would be the responsibility of the state. Whereas, a side street where we may have catch basins that gather up rain water and discharge it into a body of water, we will be responsible for the pollutants in those systems, Edmunds said. The bad news is in the future its going to be rather costly to do what is expected of us. But in order to have clean, clear waterways, its our responsibility to make sure discharges meet federal standards. An alum treatment facility is currently under construction by the county on the west side of Lake Seminole. Catch basins from the west side of the lake will drain into it before the water is reclaimed into the lake, Edmunds said. In other action, councilors: Passed a resolution supporting the efforts of Pinellas County to provide a future EMS system that is effective, efficient, provides equity to all service providers and is more accountable to the taxpayers of Pinellas County. Councilor Leslie Waters said the resolution is important. Im glad we put it together, she said. It sends a message of our support for dual service (using Sunstar Paramedics for transportation and fire rescue personnel for first response). Approved the sale of beer and wine by a Seminole-based nonprofit group during the 2012 Pow Wow Festival. Bob McClure MOBILITY, from page 1Aservice provided by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. In the late s, shortly after the Olympics happened in Atlanta the ridership, really changed from people who have to use public transit to people who desire to use public transit Theres areas that kind of opted out of MARTA when they first came, and now they are really kicking themselves. Pringle said Phoenix, which recently built a rail system, is decentralized and doesnt have a strong downtown area. They have a lot of activities centers, but they are spread out, he said. Officials projected 26,000 riders per day for that system, he said. Opening day far exceeded their forecasts, he said. They are moving 39,000 people per day. Regarding Atlanta, Holmes said the population of Atlanta has a much larger population than the Tampa Bay area. So you have a greater concentration of people there, he said. The next Project Advisory Committee meeting is Monday, Jan. 30, 3 to 5 p.m., at Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, 3201 Scherer Drive, St. Petersburg.This chart from the National Bureau of Labor Statistics shows private sector jobs are growing while government hiring continues at a downward trend. Around Pinellas Around Pinellas


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The average intrusion time for non-impaired drivers diverted for assessment was 1 minute and 42 seconds. Six were arrested for DUI, three for possession of marijuana, one for battery on a law enforcement officer, one for driving with a suspended/revoked license and one for failing to obey a lawful command. Ten citations were issued, and seven vehicles were impounded. What: In an effort to reduce DUI related injuries and save lives this holiday season, Pinellas County deputies conducted DUI checkpoints at two locations over the weekend. Results at each of the locations are listed below: Fourteen were arrested at a second sobriety checkpoint set up between 12:30 and 3:30 a.m. at Kmart, 26996 U.S. 19 N. in Clearwater. A total of 239 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 79 drivers diverted for assessment. The average intrusion time for non-impaired drivers diverted for assessment was 1 minute and 46 seconds. Four were arrested for DUI, two for not having a valid drivers license, three for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, two for possession of drug paraphernalia, one for habitual driving on a suspended license, one for felony in violation of probation and five for felony possession of a controlled substance. Fourteen citations were issued, and eight vehicles were impounded. The goal of the sobriety checkpoints was 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 or consumption of drugs and driving.Three arrested for burglary, firearms theftCLEARWATER Two juveniles and one adult were arrested at a Clearwater home about 5 p.m. Dec. 16 in connection with a residential burglary in Manatee County and theft of firearms. Tory Foster, 17, of Seminole was arrested on a warrant out of Manatee County and unrelated charges of dealing with stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. Codey Harper, 18, also of Seminole and Jacob McClamma, 17, of Clearwater, were arrested for grand theft firearm. Foster and McClamma were taken to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center and Foster was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. According to the report from the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office, the investigation began following a Dec. 12 residential burglary in Manatee County. On Dec. 17, deputies received information that a suspect involved in the burglary might be at a private home in Clearwater. Deputies responded to McClammas Clearwater home, located Foster and arrested him without incident. Detectives from the Burglary and Pawn Unit responded, and as they interviewed the suspect and other witnesses, they received additional information that led them to locate various firearms, seven handguns and one riffle, in the home. McClamma and Harper were identified as additional suspects. McClamma was arrested, but Harper attempted to flee and was tracked and apprehended by a K-9 unit. According to the jail report, Harper faces additional charges including resisting an officer without violence, three counts violation of parole for burglary and violation of parole possession of marijuana. Detectives say they are still working on sorting out the details and the involvement of the suspects in this case. The investigation continues.Man dies from injuries in Oldsmar crashOLDSMAR Pinellas County Sheriffs Office announced Dec. 16 that a man injured in a two-car crash on Tampa Road in Oldsmar Dec. 11 has died. Joshua J. Williams, 30, died at 2:14 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. Josephs Hospital in Tampa. According to the report from the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office, Williams girlfriend Raina Brown, 29, was waiting in a line of traffic headed eastbound on Tampa Road just west of the intersection with Forest Lakes Boulevard about 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11 when she was rear-ended by a car driven by Akaterina Sines, 41. Williams and their 3-month-old son, who was in a child safety seat, were riding in the back seat of Browns vehicle. Williams suffered very serious injuries. The child also was treated for injuries, but his outcome is reportedly favorable. The infants mother, Brown, was not injured. Sines suffered minor bruising, 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 investigation continues. No charges have been filed yet.Child left two hours inside unlocked carPINELLAS PARK Pinellas Park police found a 22-month-old child left for almost two hours inside an unlocked car the afternoon of Dec. 15, according to a department press release. Officers were called to 8800 49th St. at around 1:55 p.m. The female toddler was inside a 2004 Jeep that had its windows rolled up. Police were able to get into the unlocked car. The child was not in distress and appeared unharmed, the department reported. The childs mother, Heather Chapman, 33, of Tampa was inside of an office in the complex taking a job-training class. The child, officers discovered, had been left in the vehicle at around noon so Chapman could attend the class. She was unattended for almost two hours. Chapman was arrested for child abuse and taken to the Pinellas County Jail. The Department of Children and Family Services took the child into custody. By WAYNE AYERSMADEIRA BEACH The citys fourth attempt to hire a new manager has been successful. Final negotiations with Shane Crawford, currently deputy administrator of Walworth County, Wis., were held by telephone at a special commission meeting on Dec. 7, with Crawford agreeing to begin work on Jan. 16. Crawford will be paid $117,000 a year, the same as he is making on his current job. His salary will be somewhat more than the $100,000 offered to Scott Sundermeier, the last candidate the commission had sought to hire. Former City Manager W.D. Higginbotham was paid $92,000 a year. With Crawford filling the dual position of city manager/public works director, the city will be saving $65,000 compared to the combined salaries paid Higginbotham and former public works director Michael Maxemow ($90,000). Mayor Travis Palladeno said in an interview following Crawfords hire that he felt the new city manager was worth the wait, and added the bringing in of an outside recruiter paid off. Crawford was hired with the assistance of recruiter Colin Baenziger and Associates, a service that cost the city an additional $20,000. The previous candidates were located by commission members and then-Human Resources Manager Deborah Cline. Palladeno said he spent a day with Crawford recently, showing him around Madeira Beach and talking over issues facing the city. I found his excitement for the city, and his fresh ideas for making government more effective, to be outstanding, Palladeno said. He praised Crawford for offering approaches that will make us more efficient and save the city money. Palladeno said he views Crawford as a leader with qualities similar to city attorney Thomas Trask. He will tell us what we need to hear, not what we want to hear, Palladeno said. Crawfords first priorities when he begins work in January will be evaluating the city employees and getting major infrastructure projects under way, he said. We need to know where everybody is going to fit in the plan to take Madeira Beach to the next level, and to get started with our street resurfacing, stormwater and other capital improvement projects, Palladeno said. The new manager is due to play a much larger than usual role in shaping city government. The finance director, community services director, human resources manager, city clerk, and fire chief have left in recent months. Various combinations of jobs have been mentioned. Crawford will have the opportunity to make a number of personnel and job classification decisions not normally available to incoming city managers. City Clerk Ginger Stilton was hired several months ago, and Palladeno indicated the new finance director will be Wayne Shirley, who has been assisting the city with financial issues. The other positions remain open. The opportunities also come with challenges. In turning down the city manager position in August, Sundermeier cited the significant challenges and scope of work the position will require. That is, essentially rebuilding the professional infrastructure of the organization, managing needs and priorities of the commission and community, working closely with the commission to establish positive direction, rebuilding employee morale, and directing the public works department. Though the current City Commission appears enthusiastic and supportive of Crawfords hiring, a move to possibly recall two city commissioners was recently announced by a group of citizens. The chairman of the group seeking the recall claims all the good people have left the city administration and taxes may have to be raised because of bad decisions. Crawford, according to the recruiter, sees the Madeira Beach job as an opportunity to tackle new and exciting challenges. (Crawford) realizes much is expected and that he will have a very small staff but that is what excites him. He feels some structural change will be necessary and some streamlining will need to take place, but he is ready to do that, an associate of the recruiting firm said in evaluating Crawford. Palladeno said the city is getting on the right track, going in the right direction, and Crawford is the perfect leader to take us there.Contract for Madeira Beach city manager finalized Police beat Police beat FINANCIAL NEWSwww.TBNweekly.com


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The courts of the Sixth Judicial Circuit (Pinellas and Pasco) will not be in session Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2, except for firstappearance advisory hearings and emergency situations. Animal Services will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2, with the outside animal drop-off area remaining open. The Solid Waste Administration Building and HEC3 will be closed Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2. The scalehouse/landfill will be open normal hours (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) on both Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2. Heritage Village will be closed Sunday and Monday, Dec. 25 and Dec. 26, and will be open Wednesday, Dec. 28 to Saturday, Dec. 31. It will be closed Sunday and Monday, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, and will be open on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Regular hours of operation are Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The Florida Botanical Gardens will be closed Sunday, Dec. 25 during the day, and will be open for Holiday Lights in the Gardens from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. It will be open on Sunday, Jan. 1. The Environmental Education Center at Brooker Creek Preserve and the Cultural and Natural History Center at Weedon Island Preserve will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 24 to 26, and Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 31 to Jan. 2. Regular hours of operation at the centers are Thursday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All county regional parks and preserves, with the exception of Fort De Soto Park, will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 25. No shelter reservations for any park can be made for Dec. 25. Belleair, Park Boulevard and War Veterans Memorial Park boat ramps and all county beach accesses will remain open. For more information on Pinellas County services and programs, visit www.pinellascounty.org The Pinellas County Health Department will be closed from Friday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Dec. 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday. All centers will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 27. The normal holiday closing would have been on Dec. 26 only, but a directive from Gov. Rick Scott Dec, 16, extended the holiday time off to the Friday before Christmas Day also. For information about the Pinellas County Health Department, visit to www.PinellasHealth.com. County offers Teens Behind the ScenesCLEARWATER Teens Behind the Scenes is a new program that takes an exclusive look at the inner workings of Pinellas County government. Once a month from January to April, teens will go behind the scenes to experience first-hand what goes into keeping the county running. Presented by the countys Youth Advisory Committee, Teens Behind the Scenes was created by students for students and is modeled after the popular Pinellas Citizens University. The sessions will meet the fourth Wednesday of the month from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the site of the featured department. Program Line-Up Survivor Public Works, Jan. 25. Take a trip to the public works building and explore traffic control, engineering and more. Law & Order, Feb. 22. Investigate the roles of law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys and the judge. Most Wanted!, March 21. Take a tour of the Pinellas County Jail. Learn about intake, maximum security, and direct supervision. (Parental release required to participate.) 911 101, April 18. Get an up-close look at the Pinellas County EMS system and get the chance to participate in a first responders demonstration. Awards Night, April 24, 6 p.m. Teens will appear on PCC-TV with county commissioners to receive their certificate. This free program is open to high school students who are at least 14 years old. The registration deadline for each session is two weeks before the program date. Class size is limited. To register, go to www.pinellascounty.org/yac. For more information, call 582-2656. The Pinellas County Youth Advisory Committee is comprised of high school students who provide input and assistance to the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. Membership is open to high school students who reside in Pinellas County. For more information on Pinellas County services and programs, visit www.pinellascounty.org.MPO elects officers to serve in 2012CLEARWATER The Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization elected officers for 2012 Dec. 14. Dunedin Mayor Dave Eggers will serve as chair. Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Seel will serve as vice-chair, and St. Petersburg Councilman Jeff Danner will be secretary/treasurer. The MPO meets the second Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. Offices are located at 600 Cleveland St., Suite 750, Clearwater. Call 4648200 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/mpo.Mail ballots going out for Jan. 31 electionsCLEARWATER Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announced Dec. 13 that ballot mailings for the Jan. 31 Republican Presidential Preference Primary are tentatively scheduled for Pinellas County voters registered with the Republican Party and for voters residing in Clearwater, Kenneth City, Safety Harbor, St. Pete Beach and Tarpon Springs: Dec. 16 Mailed nearly 1,000 ballots to absent military and overseas voters requested to date. State law requires ballots for absent military and overseas voters to be mailed at least 45 days prior to an election. Jan. 3 Mail approximately 108,000 domestic ballots requested to date. State law now requires domestic ballots to be mailed beginning between the 35th and 28th days prior to an election. The deadline to register to vote in the Jan. 31 election is Jan. 2. Early voting is scheduled for Jan. 21-28. Florida has closed primaries; only voters registered with a political party may vote in that partys primary. There is no Democratic presidential preference primary, because there is only one nominee, President Barack Obama. All registered voters residing in Clearwater, Kenneth City, Safety Harbor, St. Pete Beach and Tarpon Springs may vote in their nonpartisan municipal elections on Jan. 31. Additional mail ballot requests will be fulfilled daily as received. To request a mail ballot, visit www.votepinellas.com, call 464-8683 or email absentee@votepinellas.com. Daily ballot requests and ballot mailing updates are posted to the Supervisor of Elections website, www.votepinellas.com, under the Current Elections tab, once mailings begin.Local FHP troops get new leaderTAMPA Florida Highway Patrol Director Col. David Brierton promoted Michael Thomas to rank of major and assigned him to lead field operations in the Tampa Bay area, effective Dec. 16. Troop C comprises seven counties, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Pasco, Hernando, Sumter and Citrus. Throughout his career, Major Thomas has served the residents and visitors of our state with great dedication and exhibited excellent leadership capabilities, Brierton said. I have full confidence in his abilities to lead the troop that enforces the laws related to highway safety and security in the Tampa Bay area. Thomas began his FHP career in 1987 as a member of the 79th recruit class. He has served in Broward County as a K-9 officer, in Marion County as a district lieutenant and in his current assignment as district captain in Orange and Osceola counties. Thomas is a U.S. Navy veteran and holds a bachelors degree in public administration from Barry University in Fort Lauderdale. He is also a recent graduate of the Leadership in Police Organizations Program, which the U.S. Military Academy and the International Association of Chiefs of Police developed.DHSMV warns customers about deceptive websitesTALLAHASSEE The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issued a warning to its customers about deceptive websites that lure people into paying a fee to access DHSMVs online motorist services. The official-looking websites require their customers to pay a surcharge for their assistance. DHSMV does not require a surcharge for any of its websites www.GoRenew.com and www.flhsmv.gov and others. The Department posts fees on www.flhsmv.gov. The way the scheme works is quite simple: the owners or creators of the misleading websites have paid a fee to search engine companies to ensure their links are at the top of the webpage when Internet users search for DHSMVs online services website, www.GoRenew.com. When customers go to the websites, they are asked to for a name, contact information and credit card information, and then are charged just to get to DHSMVs websites. To say the websites are misleading is an understatement, said DHSMV Executive Director Julie Jones. They provide small disclaimers that state they are not affiliated with the Department and then proceed to charge customers anywhere from $25 to $50. It is an unbelievable racket. DHSMV officials say they are disappointed and disgusted that any entity would attempt such a scheme. However, the websites add a disclaimer that they are not affiliated with the Department or government of any kind, so what they are doing technically is legal. The Department wants to arm our customers with information about these illusive websites so they are not duped into paying unnecessary fees of any kind, Jones added. The websites are legal, but unethical. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles core mission is the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV, visit www.flhsmv.gov. Maj. Michael Thomas


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AAAs projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight, a Boston-based economic research and consulting firm, which teamed with AAA in 2009 to analyze travel trends during the major holidays. AAA is happy to learn so many Americans plan to travel this holiday season, contributing to the second-highest year-end holiday travel volume in the past decade. This years travel forecast is second to the 2006-07 holiday season when more than 93.6 million Americans traveled, said Brent Hubele, vice president, AAA Travel, the Auto Club Group. This represents healthy growth following the 1.3 percent increase in 2010 holiday travel and is a notable milestone in the travel industrys recovery. The automobile continues to be the preferred mode of travel with 91 percent expected to travel the nations roadways this season a 2.1 percent increase over last year. If AAAs predictions come true, 2011s automobile travel numbers will be the second highest in the past decade. Neither gas prices nor the economy seem to be a big factor in travel plans this year with almost three in five surveyed by AAA saying that the economy has no impact on their plans or that their personal economic situation has improved. Gas prices nationwide are only about 25 cents higher than last year, according to AAAs Fuel Gauge Report. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Dec. 14 that the national average gasoline price has fallen in 12 of the last 14 weeks. The average price for a gallon of unleaded in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area was $3.20 Dec. 18, about 26 cents higher than last year. The average for the state was slightly higher at $3.28, 28 cents higher than last year. The average price nationwide was $3.24. The airlines can expect fewer passengers on their planes for the holidays. AAAs projects 10 percent fewer travelers will fly this holiday season. It is the seventh lowest number of air travelers in the past 10 years. According to AAAs Leisure Travel Index, year-end holiday airfares are expected to be 21 percent higher than last year with an average lowest round-trip rate of $210 for the top 40 U.S. air routes. Travelers planning to stay in hotels along the way, or when they reach their final destination, will pay about $1 more per night at mid-range hotels. Those choosing more modest-priced rooms can expect a 4 percent increase, $92 a night compared to $88 last year. Good news is that car rental prices are the lowest theyve been in five years, averaging about $40 a day, a 21 percent decrease. Travelers are staying closer to home this year with the average trip at 726 miles, compared to 1,052 last year. Travelers also are planning to spend about 3 percent more with an average trip cost of $718. Most of the expenses are expected to come from transportation and fuel, followed by shopping, food and beverages, accommodations, entertainment and recreation. AAA offers some travel tips to help everyone have an enjoyable and safe year-end holiday season: Plan ahead. Use a travelplanning tool to help identify the best driving routes, rest stops, and shop the latest gas prices. Continuously monitor weather conditions along your route and be prepared with contingency plans. Arrive early. Airports will be crowded and security steps may be intensified so allow additional time at your departure airport. For domestic flights, arrive at least two hours prior to your departure and arrive at least three hours early for international flights. Busier airports may require even earlier arrival times. Monitor weather conditions closely, and before leaving home, visit your airlines website for updates about the status of your flight. Avoid the three Deadly Ds of Driving: Drunk or Drugged Driving. Remember that impairment begins with the first sip of alcohol. 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For more information, visit AAA.com.Americansexpectedtotravelmorethisholidayseason By SUZETTE PORTEREmployees at Pinellas County governmental agencies have been working overtime lately, making sure that local children and families have something special for Christmas. For nearly two decades, the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office has spearheaded a Christmas Sharing Project, using money raised during the annual Ride & Run with the Stars and other donations. This year nearly 100 deputies and agency members shopped for Santa, purchasing as many items as they could with the $25,000 raised at this years Ride & Run. The goal is to fill the wish lists of almost 500 children and their families who qualified to participate in the Christmas Sharing program.Employees of the sheriffs office submit the names of children and families, who are screened to determine their level of need. Most wish lists include basic needs underwear, socks, jackets or school clothes. Deputies also purchase toys and other gifts to help make the holidays brighter for good little boys and girls. Deputies get help from two local businesses, including Bechtel Financial and AMSCOT. This year, the Bechtel family is donating almost 80 bicycles and AMSCOT is providing the helmets. Deputies loaded their cruisers with gifts Dec. 15 and personally delivered the gifts to area families. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri sends his appreciation to all the community partners who donated to this years event. Pinellas Countys employees have been giving back to the community for 25 years now with their holiday bicycle drive, which is a team project, according to the countys Communications Department. Employees donate money throughout the year for the bicycle fund.On Dec. 16, employees loaded 56 new bicycles, which had been on display in the Courthouse lobby, for delivery to the Department of Health and Human Services in Clearwater and St. Petersburg. County social workers will distribute the bikes to eligible families who received benefits from the countys Health and Human Services Department this past year. County employees also donated items to fulfill wish lists offered to eligible clients of Health and Human Services. The wish lists included personal products, household goods and linens. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority employees also are doing their part to spread holiday cheer this season. Boxes and bags filled with toys have been flowing into PSTAs administrative offices over the past several weeks thanks to the generosity of the agencys employees, according to Bob Lasher, manager of community relations. PSTA employees have collaborated with Lutheran Services of Florida and Eckerd Youth Alternatives for the past several years to supply toys to needy children. We have a longstanding tradition of collecting gifts for the needy during the holidays. With so many people struggling with the economy, we werent sure it would be appropriate to ask for donations this year, said PSTA director of Transportation and Gift Drive coordinator Denise Skinner. However, before we could even make a decision, our staff asked us if they could hold a gift drive for the needy. As far as Im concerned, their generosity and kindness are the perfect embodiment of the holiday spirit. PSTA asked their partners for a list of children and their holiday wish lists. PSTA staff was so responsive that organizers had to ask for more names and wish lists because the initial group was taken so quickly, Lasher said. As of Dec. 15, employees had fulfilled the lists of more than 50 children and employees were still bringing in gifts. PSTA employees loaded up a special holiday express, aka a hybrid SmartBus, on Dec. 16, to deliver the gifts to Lutheran Services in Largo. Staff from Lutheran Services and Eckerd Youth Alternatives will finish the project, making sure the gifts arrive to the children in time to make this years holidays something to remember.Agencies make holidays bright for familiesTAMPA Millions of Americans will leave their home in the coming weeks to spend the holiday with friends and family. Burglars look forward to this time of year as much as anyone else, since they know more homes will be vacant than any other time of the year. Without realizing it, many families leave their home vulnerable to burglaries when they leave for their holiday vacations, said Angie LaPlant, AAA insurance spokesperson, the Auto Club Group. Homeowners should take every precaution possible to ensure their home looks lived-in while they are away and make an inventory of any big ticket items in case a theft occurs and they need to file an insurance claim. 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Using a quarter ounce jig-head will help you get your jig down quick. The color is up to you; I prefer dark colors for the most part, but I know plenty of people who fish with white and other bright colors. In the southern part of the region spoil islands give way to lush grass, peppered with potholes that make great ambush stations for trout. Fort De Soto Park is a great place for boaters and nonboaters alike to enjoy the expansive grass flats. Cast live or artificial shrimp in any of the sand holes and youre likely to get bit. East winds have made it possible to fish the beach for silver trout and flounder. Target nearshore artificial reefs and jetties for flounder that are lying on the bottom waiting to pounce a live shrimp or white bait rigged on a drop-shot. Silver trout are schooled up along the beach, the schools can be found as close as the swim buoys and as far out as a half-a-mile or so. Look for diving birds to help narrow the search for the trout. If there are no birds around you can simply drift with the wind and tide as you cast soft plastic jigs. Until vext 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.Tampa Bay Downs sets holiday scheduleOLDSMAR Thoroughbred racing fans looking for a respite from the holiday whirlwind have two more opportunities to enjoy live racing at Tampa Bay Downs before a four-day break to allow horsemen and racing officials time to celebrate the season. Live racing also will be offered Thursday, Dec. 22 and Friday, Dec. 23, then resume Dec. 28-31. When January rolls around, Tampa Bay Downs will race five days a week from Wednesday through Sunday, with the exception of a pair of dark Thursdays Jan. 5 and Jan. 12. During the holiday season, the Downs will remain open every day except Dec. 25 for simulcast wagering from tracks across the country. In addition, TBD offers exciting no-limit card games and tournaments in its Silks Poker Room and golf fun and top-notch instruction at the Downs golf practice facility.Honda Grand Prix tickets go on saleST. PETERSBURG Tickets to the 2012 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, scheduled March 2325, have gone on sale. Tickets for the event range in price from $20 to $125. Paddock passes also are available starting at $40 for an adult single day pass. Reduced rate tickets are offered to juniors, ages 12 and under, in certain ticket categories. Tickets can be purchased online at www.gpstpete.com or by phone at 877-283-5385. Three-day reserved tickets purchased before Dec. 31 will receive a free weekend IZOD IndyCar Series Paddock Pass, a $65 value. The event will mark the start of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season for the second year in a row, ushering in the global debut of the new IndyCar chassis and the much-anticipated return of competition among engine manufacturers. The marquee race will continue to be the IZOD IndyCar Series and will mark the eighth year of racing on the streets of St. Petersburg. The event will serve as home race to a number of Florida residents including Ryan HunterReay, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves, who is the only twotime winner in St. Petersburg. Other drivers to compete include former winners Dario Franchitti, Will Power, Ryan Briscoe and Graham Rahal, along with fierce competitors Marco Andretti and Scott Dixon, among others. This season, our event will have the privilege of experiencing yet again a number of historic firsts for IndyCar racing, said Tim Ramsberger, vice president and general manager of the Honda Grand Prix. In 2012, we will see a lot more competition, and the competition starts right here in St. Petersburg. The 2012 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg also will hold a special tribute for the late Dan Wheldon, who was a local resident and won the events inaugural race in 2005. Organizers have established a committee consisting of city, IndyCar, race officials and other stakeholders to determine memorial plans and will announce details in the new year. The new IndyCar chassis, designed by Dallara Automobili, will make its first appearance of the season during the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. In honor of Dan Wheldon and his efforts in testing the car during the 2011 season, the new chassis will be labeled DW12. The 2012 season also will showcase three engine manufacturers, creating room for more competition than ever before. Honda, the sole engine supplier of the series since 2006, will be joined by Chevrolet and Lotus to provide turbocharged V-6 engines to competing teams, a move from last years V-8 engine.In addition to world-class racing, the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will keep race fans entertained with interactive activities in the Brighthouse Speed Zone, live music, exhibits, great food concessions and beer gardens, and much more. The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is run on a 1.8-mile, 14-turn waterfront circuit that includes a combination of adjacent downtown streets circling Pioneer Park, the Progress Energy Center for the Arts, the Salvador Dali Museum and extending onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport.Weedon to host Wee-TimeST. PETERSBURG Wee-Time at Weedon will be presented Thursdays, Dec. 22, Jan. 12, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. This free program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fourth Thursday of each month, children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. Preregistration is required. To register, call 582-2100 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. For information, call 4536500.Weedon to host guided hikesST. PETERSBURG Guided hikes will be offered Saturdays, Jan. 7, 14, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Attendees will learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while going along on this free guided hike. Participants should bring water and a snack. A hat and closed-toe shoes also are recommended. The hike is best for ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonis landpreserve.org.Great Weedon Bird Quest setST. PETERSBURG The Great Weedon Bird Quest will be Friday, Jan. 13, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Guests will learn to identify marks and behaviors of the island birds while taking advantage of this free guided hike. Binoculars will be available. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Brooker to present Book TimeTARPON SPRINGS Book Time at Brooker will be offered Thursdays, Dec. 22, 29, Jan. 5, 12, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Designed for children ages 3 to 5, this free program connects attendees to the wonders of the natural world. In addition to hearing a great story, children will participate in a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story that is read. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Call 582-2100 or visit www.brooker creekpreserve.org.Brooker to host guided hikeTARPON SPRINGS A guided hike will be offered Saturday, Jan. 7, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Attendees will take a walk through time on a guided hike. Participants will have an opportunity to look at how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. All ages are welcomed, although children 5 and younger may find this hike challenging. Preregistration is required. Visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org or call 453-6800.Brooker to host bird hikeTARPON SPRINGS The Birds of Brooker hike will be offered Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 to 10:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Attendees will hike to observe and collect data on the fall migratory songbirds flocking to the preserve. Closed-toe shoes, water and a hat are recommended. Attendees also may bring binoculars, spotti ng scopes and cameras. The free hike is best suited for adults. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org.Fort De Soto to offer guided walkTIERRA VERDE A free, guided nature walk will be offered Saturday, Dec. 31, 10 to 11 a.m., at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. Guests will enjoy the beauty of Fort De Soto Park with a onehour nature walk great for the entire family. A guided walk on the beach trail is planned. To register and for tour information and meeting locations, call 552-1862.Garden club to meetBELLEAIR BEACH The Belleair Beach Island Garden Club will meet Wednesday, Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m., at the Belleair Beach Community Center, 444 Causeway Blvd. Rita Taylor of Briarwood Farms will present the program All About Herbs. The event will include a salad luncheon. Cost is $5 for guests. For reservations, call Ruth Manning at 517-8209 or email ruthmanning@hotmail .com. Photo courtesy of RANA BECKERThe Pinellas Park Thunderbirds JV Pee Wee Cheerleaders won first places in all four of the cheer competitions they participated in this year, including the Best of the Bay Youth Recreation Cheerleading Championship held at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Oct. 23, the Gulf Coast Cheer Classic on Oct. 30, the Cheer Champions Express Florida Invitational at the Tampa Convention Center on Nov. 6 and the Suncoast Youth Football Conference cheer competition at Osceola High School on Nov. 20. The Tbirds peewee group is for ages 11-12.Cheerleaders win competitions Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein


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Engarde Catering collects giftsBELLEAIR BLUFFS Engarde Catering and Gourmet Services, at 432 Indian Rocks Road, recently sponsored a gift benefit for Community Pride whose mission is to provide quality child development and supportive services to low income, at risk and homeless children and families while encouraging healthy family practices. Customers visiting Engarde were encouraged to pick a tag off the Christmas tree, which indicated the childs wish. Through their generous donations, many children will get their wish this Christmas season. Stefanecs raises funds for Alstott FoundationBELLEAIR BLUFFS Throughout the month of December, everyone who got a haircut at Stefanecs South Barber Shop, 772 Indian Rocks Road N., was included in a drawing to win one of six footballs autographed by Mike Alstott. Six winners, including Jayson Asbury, were drawn on Dec. 15 when Alstott visited the shop. Stefanecs donated $1 from every haircut to the Mike Alstott Family Foundation. To make a donation, go to www.mikealstottfamilyfoundation.orgEngarde Catering and Gourmet Services gather gifts to provide to low income, at risk and homeless children through Community Pride. Networking groups, also known as leads groups, meet on a regular basis at various locations in the area. Some groups charge a fee to attend, and most require reservations. Persons considering attending any group for the first time are encouraged to make contact in advance. The upcoming schedule is as follows: Friday, Dec. 23 BNI Referral Masters, 7 a.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call Bill Mantooth at 639-6690 or visit www.bnireferralmasters .com. Friday, Dec. 23 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Friday, Dec. 23 Professional Leads Network, Upper Pinellas Chapter, 8 a.m., at Daddys Grill, 3682 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Friday, Dec. 23 Professional Leads Network, Bay Area Executives Chapter, 11:45 a.m., at Tum Rub Thai, 32716 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor. Visit www. pro-leads.net. Monday, Dec. 26 Network Professionals Inc., 7:30 a.m., at Perkins Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Monday, Dec. 26 Professional Leads Network, St. Petersburg Chapter, 7:45 a.m., at Ricky Ps, 6521 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. Visit www. pro-leads.net. Monday, Dec. 26 Ready Set Grow Group, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at Hometown Family Restaurant, 10395 Seminole Blvd., Largo. Call Jamie Limbaugh at 831-2450 or email jamieL@freenetworkinginterna tional.com. Monday, Dec. 26 Free Networking International, Clearwater Two Cups Connect Group, 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Bay Coast Coffee Market, 2525 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Call Wayne Porter at 642-6173, email waynep@freenetworkinginterna tional.com or visit twocupscon nect.com. 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John Jarboe A.R.N.P. Marianne Fisher CEO FAMILY PRACTICE &INTERNAL MEDICINE Pinellas Internal Medicine Associatesis proud to WelcomeDr. Sarah Digby, D.O.Providing personal and professional care, Specializing in Adult Medicine for patients age 18 and older.Now Accepting New PatientsWe accept Medicare, Preferred Care, Universal and All Major Insurances. Affiliated with Morton Plant, Largo Medical and Northside Hospitals. Pinellas Internal Medicine Associates 727-544-83008130 66th Street North, Suite 1 Pinellas Park112411 112411Includes: Nutritional Counseling & One Week Supply of Appetite Suppressants Phendimetrazine Available Call For Details! This Christmas leave the status of big and jolly up to good old St. Nick. Celebrate this Christmas with active fun and good-for-you food. Skip the calorie laden treats for a delicious crudit (sounds fancy!), or engage in some fun activities to shake up your holiday traditions. Besides, no one likes being mistaken for the big guy. Jingle Bell Rock What a bright time, its the right time to rock the night away. Spend Christmas rocking with your family by playing some Christmas-inspired games. Its even possible to incorporate some active fun while ripping open the presents under the Christmas tree. When wrapping your holiday gifts use your normal wrapping paper, but in between layers of the paper include a small card with some exercise instructions on it for each person who takes off a wrapper (i.e. hop on one leg for three minutes, then run up and down the stairs). The anticipation will put an even bigger smile on your loved ones faces when they reach their gift. Dear Santa Use the holiday spirit to encourage yourself and loved ones to stay fit and healthy all year long. Top your Christmas wish list with that gym membership to the local YMCA, or sign up for classes at a local recreational center. Recreational center classes are a great opportunity to try a new activity at a low cost kick some butt with Tae Kwon Do or groove into health with Zumba. Lighten Up the Christmas Cookies Take the Christmas season as the opportunity to add some new recipes to your family cookbook. Santa will appreciate the lighter Christmas treats; after all he has a lot of cookies to eat on Christmas Eve. Try making Chewy chocolate brownies with only 2 grams of fat, or whip up a pumpkin pie with only 193 calories per slice. Delish.com offers recipes that provide healthier versions of all your favorite pies, cakes, and more. Miracle on the Court Christmas Day brings an additional celebration this year the end of the NBA lockout. Celebrate the start of the basketball season with some holiday cheer. Elves versus reindeers in a neighborhood pick-up game! Dinner Delights After the gift giving ends, the real holiday cheer begins at the dinner table. For some Christmas dinnertime classics, substitutions just wont do. This is when portion control comes into play. Rather than taking a giant scoop of mashed potatoes, cut that portion in half and save yourself the extra calories. Remember, make sure your plate is packed with a variety of colors. This will ensure youre getting your key nutrients. Enjoy! Looking for more ways to incorporate active fun and feel good foods into your holiday season? Santa has given Pinellas County the gift of the season Findthefunnow.com. Find the Fun Now is part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work program being funded by the CDC in Pinellas County and 49 other communities across the U.S. to address the nations two leading causes of death and chronic disease: obesity and tobacco. The obesity prevention campaign is built around a web-based application that helps area residents find active fun and healthy food options. FindTheFunNow.com includes a database of hundreds of local activities as well information about local farmers markets and other places to find fresh produce. Dont leave Christmas looking like jolly ole Santa and his belly, find some fun now! This article was provided by the Pinellas County Health Department.Leave the jolliness up to SantaLaser cataract procedures offeredLARGO John M. Michaleos, M.D., of St. Michaels Eye and Laser Institute recently announced the practice now offers the latest advancement in cataract surgery, the LenSx laser for the treatment of cataracts. St. Michaels Eye and Laser Institute is the first practice in central Florida to offer the procedure. The LenSx laser is an advanced, precision-based technology that operates with unmatched accuracy and computer control, allowing the surgeon to customize the Lifestyle Lens cataract procedure to each patients unique vision needs. Guided by the operating surgeon, the LenSx Custom Cataract System uses two new technologies that together create controlled accuracy. With optical coherence tomography, the surgeon is able to view the eyes 3-D anatomy. OCT enables the surgeon to program and perform a comprehensive, computer-controlled surgical procedure. Morton Plant Mease to host health fairCLEARWATER Morton Plant Mease will host a health and wellness fair Wednesday, Jan. 18, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Aging Well Center at the Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road. The fair will include free health screenings, refreshments, giveaways and wellness information. Health information on breast health, diabetes, heart disease, lung cancer, orthopedics, stroke, memory disorders, sports medicine, weight loss and more will be offered. Free health screenings will include blood pressure, body mass index, prostate cancer, pulmonary function, skin cancer, sleep disorders and vision and glaucoma. To preregister, call 253-4252 or visit www.mpmhealth.com.Largo Medical receives awardLARGO Largo Medical Center recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Largo Medical Centers commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. To receive the award, Largo Medical Center achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and achieved at least 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 quality measures during that same period of time, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates that our staff is committed to providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols, said Ann Skilton, R.N., in a press release. Skilton is director of intensive and progressive care at Largo Medical Center. Largo Medical Center is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients, said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients. The time is right for Largo Medical Center to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing Get With The Guidelines-Stroke. The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population, said Connie Boudreaux, R.N., chief nursing officer, at Largo Medical Center.Womens Wellness Day plannedCLEARWATER Morton Plant Mease will host Womens Wellness Day: New Year, New You, on Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Cheek-Powell Wellness Center, 455 Pinellas St. The day will be dedicated to womens health and will feature free health screenings, life-coaching tips, chair massages and health presentations. The event schedule follows: 8 to 9:15 a.m. Registration and free health screenings, including body mass index and blood pressure 9:15 to 10 a.m. For Your Mind: Set a New Years Resolution and Stick to It, presented by Elizabeth Nelson, M.A., certified life coach 10:15 to 11 a.m. For Your Body: Make Getting Fit, Fit Into Your Life, presented by JeanMarie Scordino, M, Ed, ACSM, certified personal trainer 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For Your Body: Get Informed at Lunch with the Doctors with Barbara Bourland, M.D., radiologist (womens breast health); Vanessa Lucarella, M.D., cardiologist (womens heart care); Michelle Zetoony, D.O., pulmonologist (sleep disorders and women); and Kathleen Allen, M.D., surgical oncologist (breast cancer prevention and treatments) 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. For Your Spirit: Empower the New You, Julia Balzer Riley, R.N., M.N., AHN-BC, REACE 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. For Your Spirit: Breathe and Meditate Your Way to Change with Chair Yoga, Marcia Albanese, RN, MPH, HN-BC, yoga teacher To preregister for the event, call 940-2776.Largo blood donor center closingST. PETERSBURG Florida Blood Services Largo Donor Center, located at 11401 Belcher Road, will close permanently at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22. The Baxter Healthcare facility, which has generously sponsored this location for 14 years, is moving their staff and facilities out of this building. Over these many years, we have had a great family of donors visit us regularly at this center, said Jackie Frawley, center charge. We will miss them, but hope they will come and donate at these other two donor center locations where we will be relocating our staff to, said Frawley. They are: Clearwater Donor Center, 1680 South Missouri Ave., south of Belleair, by Office Depot. Call 582-9500. Tyrone Donor Center, 1700 66th St. N., at 18th Avenue North. Call 384-4145. Florida Blood Services is a nonprofit, community-based provider for the blood needs of patients at 46 hospitals in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties, through the generosity of volunteer blood donors. Almost 1,000 donations are required daily, due to the high quality of medical care in Tampa Bay that serves the most critically ill patients throughout West Central Florida. For your health


Viewpoints 11A Leader, December 22, 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. So you finally get a chance to relax on the beach. You put up your umbrella, plop down in your lounge chair and put your toes on a cigarette butt. Yuk. Thats reason enough for the Indian Rocks Beach City Commission to adopt an ordinance calling for fines imposed on people who improperly dispose of their cigarette butts at IRB beaches and parks. Not surprisingly, the proposal is controversial because some residents dont want more laws on the books and have to pay to enforce them. The argument can be made that such measures smack of Big Brother. But those arguments dont measure up to those for a smoke-free environment. A Florida Department of Health official told city commissioners that cigarette butts left on the beach are health hazards because they contain 165 different forms of chemicals that dont disintegrate, posing a hazard to wildlife. In one clean-up day in California, 230,000 cigarette butts were recovered from the sand. Secondhand smoke causes 50,000 deaths a year in the United States. A Pinellas County Health Department official said in the 2010 Intracoastal Waterway in Pinellas County, 205,000 cigarette butts were recovered, 13,000 cigar tips, 3,500 lighters and 5,700 empty packs. Several municipalities in Florida have passed laws or resolutions limiting or banning smoking on the beaches. Similar laws have been adopted in jurisdictions all across the country. In New York City, effective May 23, 2011, smoking was banned in all parks, boardwalks, beaches, recreation centers, swimming pools and pedestrian plazas. Numerous governments and businesses are cracking down on smoking in public places and have established smoke-free hiring policies, hoping to reduce health insurance costs. City Attorney Maura Kiefer has been asked to draft an ordinance establishing a $500 fine for anyone caught discarding cigarette butts on the citys beaches or in the parks. The City Commission should adopt the ordinance at its Jan. 10 meeting and then launch a public awareness campaign about the law before they begin to enforce it. Of course, signage is needed at the places affected by the law. Most visitors to the beach will adjust to the new restrictions, just as patrons of restaurants and other establishments where smoking is banned around the world. Feb. 15, 2012 NEW YORK, N.Y. The National Football League today announced a new, open-religion policy for all its games, beginning in September 2012. NFL spokesman Roscoe Belasco said that when the new season begins, players who belong to any major or minor religion will be permitted to express their devoutness as they wish during each game, provided that such expression does not impede the game or result in on-the-field violence between the players. The surprise NFL move came after recent controversy over the actions of Denver Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow, who occasionally kneels in prayer during Bronco games. While many fellow Christians have praised Tebow for demonstrating his religious feeling in public, other observers have said that religion has no place in the NFL, whose primary goal is achieving huge profits for team owners and players. A recent Time magazine headline asked, Does Jesus belong in the huddle? Because of Tebow's athletic success and his religious zeal, many people have imitated his kneeling in prayer. It is called "tebowing." Tebow has also received notoriety for being (by his own admission) a virgin. Although no research has been undertaken up to now, it is believed that very few talented football players retain their virginity past age 16, because of the availability of high school and college women who lust after muscular, energetic athletes who can run faster than most young women. By remaining a virgin at age 24, Tebow violates NFL norms. The NFL does not like its players to violate norms, especially the one that says, "Thou shalt not be gay, which is even worse than being a virgin." Getting back to the religion issue: Belasco said the NFL chose to adopt an open-religion policy in order to head off any further arguments about the appropriateness of religious acts on the NFL gridirons. We're declaring a laissez-faire attitude toward God, Jehovah, Allah, Buddha, Vishnu, and all other cosmic entities, Belasco said. Its come one, come all. He stressed that the new policy will be entirely voluntary. No one will be pressured to show his religious inclinations, but everyone will be free to do so. Some NFL fans are suggesting that Christian-oriented songs such as Amazing Grace or How Great Thou Art may now be substituted for the national anthem at the beginning of each football game. This is unlikely, said one fan. Hell, we can barely find singers who know all the words to The Star-Spangled Banner, let alone the lyrics of hymns. Belasco predicted that the various faiths will choose their own individual methods of expression during NFL games. For instance, Roman Catholic players will be permitted to cross themselves or wear rosaries around their necks. Jewish players will be allowed to glue yarmulkes (a cloth skullcap) on top of their helmets. For Muslims, special secluded areas near the end zones would be set aside for prayer rugs and attendant prayers. Buddhist players would require a small space for the storage and use of prayer wheels. During time-outs, Hindu players may routinely chant mantras. What about atheists? Will they be encouraged to practice their beliefs during NFL games? Belasco said, We talked at length about that. We finally concluded that most atheists do not hold traditional religious beliefs, so its unlikely they will want any special favors from the NFL. In fact, were hoping that atheist players will remain anonymous, to avoid getting roughed up by Southern Baptists who regard atheists as devil-worshippers. Most NFL games take place on Sunday, which in olden times was regarded as a sacred day of rest. Belasco was asked how many Christian football players would refuse to take part in Sunday games. He said, Very few. Most of them are screened out while theyre still in college, and those who make it to the NFL draft are quickly identified and eliminated as potential troublemakers. Given the choice of Christ or Sunday football, almost every player will choose football. They know that religion will be around forever, but peak playing years can disappear overnight. Despite the NFLs new open-religion policy, the league has no plans to allow players to paint their faces with Biblical verse references, such as John 3:16. This practice was tolerated for a time, but was banned after players began confusing the Bible verses with the quarterbacks signal-calling and the time remaining on the game clock. Tebow has led the Broncos to several dramatic fourth-quarter victories this fall, giving rise to comments about his being a miracleworker in league with God. Others dismiss the likelihood of divine assistance, pointing out that Tebows versatility (he runs the football as well as he passes it), his athleticism, courage and unpredictable movements on the field are formidable assets even without Gods help. Whoever and whatever he may be, Tebow lights up the field.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an e-mail at tralee71@comcast.net.NFL opens its arms to all religionsKeep the money in FloridaEditor: I read Carl Hiaasens article on gambling in Florida. As I understand, Disney is against gambling. With that understood, what about their pricing $85 for adults, $79 for kids. I am a native and to see the money going to Vegas, Biloxi, Atlantic City, and the islands is a shame. These are people who live here going elsewhere to gamble. Whats wrong with keeping the monies here in our own state? Nancy Mendel Pinellas ParkHealth hazardEditor: There can be no doubt that second hand smoke and improperly discarded butts are a health hazard to humans and wildlife. Not sure what eminent domain has to do with this issue; no one is suggesting banning smoking on private property. Just keep your smoke to yourself; I dont need to breathe it on my beach. Carl Muller Indian Rocks BeachThis is madness, periodEditor: They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. In Pinellas County we do things different and we still get bad results. Face it now or you will be paying big time, everyone except the 1 percent. If we dont change this ridiculous and costly way of living the time for new county government is here, period. The concept is so simple and efficient. Thats why no elected official or government agency will do it. We have to, soon, like next election. If I read or hear another council or commission or committee, etc. say we have hired an outside source to help us Help us? See above statement. What have all the past and recent investments in our best interests do us. Uh Oh more expenses, wasted money and a heck of a broken down economy. Consolidate this county before its totally bankrupt and beyond repair. If you need pictures, diagrams, graphs, charts, etc. My consulting fee is free. We have all paid already more than enough for this madness. Al Neuman Largo An absolutely true news item: Having passed a law allowing gun owners to bring their weapons inside the state Capitol building, the Florida Senate has hastily installed panic buttons on the office phone of every senator and staff member. This is an open letter from concerned members of the Florida House of Representatives to the Sergeant at Arms: We couldnt help but notice that our colleagues in the Senate were provided with enhanced security measures as a result of our controversial but patriotic! decision to allow licensed owners of concealed weapons to carry their loaded guns through the corridors of the Capitol. As everybody knows, the legislation wasnt our idea. It was written by lobbyists for the National Rifle Association, a fine organization that isnt nearly as crazed and paranoid as some people make it out to be. Also, the NRA contributes generously to most of our political campaigns, which is why we blindly do whatever it tells us to do. Up until a few months ago, law-enforcement officers asked all pistol-packing constituents to leave their weapons in a lock box before entering the Capitol. That system worked pretty darn well, in our humble opinion, but then we learned of the NRAs desire to further broaden the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. So we went ahead and passed this new law that prevents local governments from regulating firearms, except in a few places where the state specifically says guns dont belong hospitals, schools and courthouses. Wed be fibbing if we said every single member of the House actually read this bill and comprehended all its ramifications. Basically, we took the NRAs word that it was no biggie. Ever since Oct. 1, anybody with a concealed-weapons permit can bring their favorite pistol to beaches, parks, even public libraries. Most legislators werent too worried because, seriously, who the heck still goes to a library? Not us! Beaches didnt seem like a problem area, either. Everybodys wearing bathing suits, so where would you even conceal a weapon? If some guys got a .357 sticking out of his Speedo, little kids should have enough common sense not to mess with his sand castle. Right? Then we come to find out that the new law also allows loaded handguns inside government buildings such as school board headquarters, city halls, county halls and even the venerable state Capitol here in Tallahassee, where we the undersigned happened to work. Bearing in mind that citizens occasionally get angry at their politicians, and also bearing in mind that even a normally sober firearms owner can have a bad day, the NRA kindly allowed us to bar gun toters from the legislative chambers and committee rooms, where we conduct the important business of selling out to special interests. However, the law doesnt prevent armed voters from freely walking the hallways of the Capitol, or visiting the offices of we the undersigned. Consequently, we were intrigued by media reports about the so-called panic buttons that have been given to members of the Senate, even to the Democrats who voted against the darn law. Not that we have an inferiority complex, but we who serve in the House are curious to know why our phones werent also equipped with emergency devices. Its true that there are only 40 state senators while there are 120 representatives. And its also true that Florida is in a severe budget crisis, and that government needs to shave expenses wherever possible. But, seriously, how much money can these stupid little gizmos possibly cost? Dont we have any pull at Radio Shack? After consulting the House leadership, weve decided to take the high road and assume that the absence of panic buttons isnt a snub, but rather the result of clerical oversight or perhaps assembly-line problems at the panic-button factory in Taiwan. This temporary disparity in the level of safety precautions doesnt mean that the life of a House member is somehow less valued than that of a senator. In truth, all of us in the legislative branch stand equal in the eyes of those who are seeking to buy our favor. Therefore, as Sergeant at Arms, you are hereby instructed to promptly obtain and install the proper quantity of panic buttons in the offices of the House of Representatives. Said buttons should be connected to an emergency command center, and should ring at an ear-splitting pitch when activated by the user. Upon hearing such an alarm, Capitol police should assume that a House member is facing a gun-wielding Floridian who is disgruntled, deranged or possibly both. At this point, Second Amendment concerns should be set aside and all diligent efforts should be aimed at stopping this nut job by whatever means necessary (and were not talking about Tasering his butt, OK?). Also, we wish to formally inquire about the availability of body armor. Does it come with pockets?Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald. Readers may write to him at: 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, FL 33132.Why some legislators are in a panic EDITORIALThose nasty cigarette buttsIRB takes right approach through proposed ordinance 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772 727-397-5563 Fax: 727-397-5900 www.TBNweekly.com Publisher/President: Dan Autrey dautrey@tbnweekly.com Accounting Manager: Andrea Marcarelli tbniandy@yahoo.com Retail Advertising Manager: Jay Rey jrey@tbnweekly.com Classied Advertising Manager: Shelly Fournier sfournier@tbnweekly.com Executive Editor: Tom Germond tgermond@tbnweekly.comProduction Manager: David Brown production@tbnweekly.com Internet Services Manager: Suzette Porter webmaster@tbnweekly.com Seminole/Beach Beacon: Bob McClure bmcclure@tbnweekly.com Largo Leader/Dunedin Beacon: Tom Germond tgermond@tbnweekly.com Belleair/Beach Bee: Chary Southmayd csouthmayd@tbnweekly.com Clearwater Beacon: Alexandra Lundahl alundahl@tbnweekly.com Pinellas Park Beacon: Juliana A. 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12A Faith & Family Leader, December 22, 2011 122211 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 200 24th Avenue Indian Rocks Beach 595-1038 www.churchoftheisles.orgChurch of the Isles(United Church of Christ)Christmas Eve Services5pm Family Service 7pm Carols & Candlelight 11pm Communion & CandlelightRev. James D. Rapp, Pastor 122211 122211 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 Come Join Us at122211 CHRISTMAS MORNING WORSHIP AT 10:30AMChristmas Eve Candlelight Serviceat 6:00 PM11045 Park Boulevard Seminole, Florida 33772(727) 392-7729Seminole First Baptist ChurchSaturday, December 24in the Worship Center 122211 Christmas Schedule122211 St. Dunstans Anglican Church403 First Ave. SW, Largo727-581-1435 www.stdunstansfl.com Christmas Eve., Dec. 24, 20113:30pmChristmas Carols 4:00pmHoly Communion 7:30pmChristmas Carols 8:00pmHoly Communion 10:30pmChristmas Carols 11:00pmHoly CommunionChristmas Day, Dec. 25, 201110:15amHoly CommunionNew Years Day, Jan. 1, 20127:30amHoly Communion 10:15amHoly Communion 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 Good SamaritanTHEEPISCOPALCHURCHOFTHE 122211WWW.GOODSAMARITAN-SWFLA.ORG 2165 N.E. Coachman Road Clearwater 727-461-1717O Come Let Us Adore HimChristmas EveFamily Liturgy7:00 p.m. Choral Prelude 7:30 p.m. EucharistChristmas DayLiturgy8:00 a.m. 12601 Park Blvd. in Seminole 727-391-2919 www.coth.orgCHAPEL ON THE HILLUnited Church of ChristChristmas Eve Candlelight Service7pm & 11pm Lessons and CarolsPlease Join Us For Our Hallelujah Chorus Sing Along122211 Holiday Services Holiday Services Holiday Services Holiday Services 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 will be presented at 10 a.m. Call 796-5514 or visit www.holytrinityclw.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.scosparish.org.St. Pauls Lutheran ChurchCLEARWATER St. Pauls Lutheran Church, 407 S. Saturn Ave. On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, a candlelight service will be presented at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. The service will feature musicians such as the Pinellas String Quartet and members of the Tampa Bay Symphony. Call 446-7718 or visit www.stpaulsclearwater.org.The Episcopal Church of the Good SamaritanCLEARWATER The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 2165 NE Coachman Road. On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, the church will present O Come Let Us Adore Him, a family liturgy. The choral prelude will be at 7 p.m. followed by the Eucharist at 7:30 p.m. On Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, the church will present liturgy at 8 a.m. Call 461-1717.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 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.stjohnsclearwater.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.fumc-clw.com.New Thought Center for Creative Living CLEARWATER New Thought Center for Creative Living, Unity Peace Cottage, 2465 Nursery Road. The center will conduct a burning bowl service on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 7 to 8 p.m. The Burning Bowl ceremony is a symbolic letting go of ideas and attitudes that are no longer constructive. Participants write what they want to release on a card and then literally burn it. Call the Rev. Marla Sanderson at 475-8991.Union Street United Methodist ChurchCLEARWATER Union Street United Methodist Church, 1625 Union St. On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, a candlelight family worship service will be presented at 5:30 p.m. The Christmas Day service will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 25, 10:15 a.m. and will include a blessing of the toys. Attendees may bring a favorite toy to be blessed. Call 442-9300.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. Refreshments will follow the service. Call 539-7737.Calvary Episcopal ChurchINDIAN ROCKS BEACH Calvary Episcopal Church, 1615 First St. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a See SERVICES, page 13A


Faith & Family 13A Leader, December 22, 2011 Church And Temple DirectoryL122911 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 Tell the Public About Your ServicesCall397-5563 120811 8771 Park Blvd. SeminoleCorner of Park Blvd. & Starkey Rd. next to Save-a-LotHeirs of Promise ChurchPastor Jim & April Licensed & Ordained Through Rhema Bible A Non Denominational / Spirit Filled Church397-0806 www.heirsofpromise.com Bible Foundations Class Nursery Contemporary Worship PrayerSunday Service................................................10:30 AM Childrens Church...........................................10:30 AM Thursday Midweek Service...............................7:00 PM121511 122211 Saturday, December 24 122211 Temple of the Living God1950 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg 727-822-8628 727-822-3157Christmas Eve Readers Theater Kings in Judaea 7pm Christmas Day Service 11am www.TempleoftheLivingGod.org Metaphysical Community Church122211 Find the heart of Christmas at St. Anne of Grace Episcopal ChurchSATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 6:30 PM Family Christmas Service with Eucharist, Pageant and Praise Band 9:30 PM Christmas Carols 10:00 PM Rite II Service with Eucharist, Incense and Soloist SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 9:00 AM Rite I Service with EucharistSt. Anne of Grace6650 113th Street North Seminole 727-392-4483 www.stanneofgrace.com 122211 8th AVE. S.W.DRYER RD.(Corner of Trotter & Dryer Rd.)1507 Trotter Rd., LargoINDIAN ROCKS RD. CLEARWATER/LARGO RD. TROTTER RD. CHRISTMAS 2011Mass ScheduleSaturday, Dec. 24th4:30 PM Midnight MassSunday, Dec. 25th7:30 AM, 9 AM & 11 AMSt. Patrick Catholic Church 1507 Trotter Rd., Largo727-584-2318NEW YEARS Mass ScheduleSaturday, Dec. 31st4:30 PM VigilSunday, Jan. 1st7:30 AM, 9 AM & 11 AM & 5:30 PM122211 SERVICES, from page 12Aservice 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 holyspiritecc.org.Prince of Peace Lutheran ChurchLARGO Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Missouri Ave. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include worship with childrens choir and youth bells, 5 p.m.; and worship with preservice 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. Childcare 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 3973312 or visit www.stjustinmartyr.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.episcopalswfl.org.St. Patrick Catholic Church LARGO St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1507 Trotter Road, Largo. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a mass at 4:30 p.m.; and a midnight mass. Christmas Day services, on Sunday, Dec. 25, will include mass at 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. On New Years Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, there will be a mass at 4:30 p.m. and a vigil. New Years Day services, on Sunday, Jan. 1, will include mass at 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. Call 584-2318.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 newjourneyfellowship.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.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.Temple of the Living GodST. PETERSBURG Temple of the Living God Metaphysical Community Church, 1950 Second Ave. N. On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, the church will present Kings in Judaea, 7 p.m. The Christmas Day service will be Sunday, Dec. 25, 11 a.m. Call 822-3157.Christ the King Presbyterian ChurchSEMINOLE Christ the King Presbyterian Church, 5400 Seminole Blvd. On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, the church will present a Festival of Lessons and Carols, 6 p.m. On Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, worship will be at 9:25 a.m. Call 394-0787.Connect2Christ ChurchSEMINOLE Connect2Christ Church, in Freedom Square Roskamp Auditorium, 7800 Liberty Lane. Carols, candles and Communion will be offered Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m. Visit c2church.com.Seminole First Baptist ChurchSEMINOLE Seminole First Baptist Church, 11045 Park Blvd. A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be presented Saturday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m. A Christmas morning service will be presented Sunday, Dec. 25, 10:30 a.m. Call 392-7729.St. Anne of Grace Episcopal ChurchSEMINOLE St. Anne of Grace Episcopal Church, 6650 113th St. N. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a family service at 6:30 p.m. with Eucharist, Christmas pageant and praise band; Christmas carols at 9:30 p.m.; and Rite II service with Eucharist, incense and soloist at 10 p.m. On Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, there will be a Rite I Eucharist service at 9 a.m. Call 392-4483 or visit www.stanneofgrace.com.Faith Presbyterian ChurchSEMINOLE Faith Presbyterian Church, 11501 Walker Ave. Christmas Eve services, on Saturday, Dec. 24, will include a service especially for families with younger children, 4 p.m.; a service with chancel choir, 8 p.m.; and candles, carols and communion, 11 p.m. Call 391-0596.The Octagon Arts Center at Unitarian Universalists of ClearwaterCLEARWATER Festivals of Light will be presented Thursday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m., at the Octagon Arts Center at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road. The event will celebrate Festivals of Light from across the world Diwali, Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. This program is part of a series of monthly gatherings called Festival Ruah: A Multicultural Spirit Experience. Ruah means spirit or wind in Hebrew. Festival Ruah is a celebration of the spirit as it is manifest in creation across cultures, traditions and faiths. This event will be an improvisational and devotion-filled evening of song, sonnet and celebration. Drawing from the rich traditions of jazz, global fusion, and sacred chant, and following the tradition of the great Duke Ellington and his famed Jazz Vespers services in New York's historic Harlem, these programs will weave an experience of joy, faith, spirituality and community. Fred Johnson, long-time resident artist and ambassador for arts and the heart in Tampa Bay, serves as artistic director and host for the festival series and describes it as "Jazzing the Spirit. This family-friendly experience is meant to inspire all to feel the power and wonder of being together celebrating the many gifts of the holiday season. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the evening celebration. The event is free and open to the public. Childcare will be provided. Call Abhi Janamanchi at 531-7704 or email abhij@uuclearwa ter.org; or email Fred Johnson at quietcallings@gmail.com. CLASSIFIEDSwww.TBNweekly.com


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She will be shy at first, but she is a very sweet and friendly cat and loves attention. She will do fine with other friendly cats. Call Pat at Second Chance for Strays at 535-9154 to meet Jeana. Visit www.secondchanceforstrays.pet finder.com.Looking for a homeAbout once a year in this column I write something about supporting your genealogy society. I usually do it around this time, too. That is because it is typically at the end of each year that societies scramble to encourage their members to renew their dues for another year. Take it from me, a society president who takes membership renewals as a personal challenge this can be a dicey time. Although membership renewals are in the forefront of a presidents mind, they are not as prominent in the minds of the members. From their point of view there are holidays to prepare for, food to fix, travel arrangements to make, gifts to buy and wrap, in-laws to worry about, and well, you get the idea. Members dont necessarily want their society memberships to lapse; they just have a lot of other stuff on their minds. So I want to remind you here and now: renew that membership. Membership renewal is not a subject to be taken lightly. There is a lot riding on the retention of members. Programs and projects and classes and seminars and research collections are but a few of the things that societies undertake which are driven by an active and faithful membership. If travel is on your mind at this time of year, getting future program speakers is on the minds of your society leadership. If cooking turkey and ham is consuming your time right now, scheduling classes is consuming your society planners. So you have to forgive your society officers if they bombard you during the holiday season with reminders about membership dues. In spite of the other demands on our time, it does not take long to put that check in the mail. And that short bit of time so taken goes a long way to ensuring the continued level of activity from your society that you expect after the holidays when life has returned to its normal level of activity. You see, your society does not take a break. If anything, society leadership, because of their responsibilities to their members, have to manage not only their own holiday chaos, but also have to keep their society responsibilities fully in mind the planning does not stop, the programs do not stop, and certainly the concern about a paid up membership to continue operations and services does not stop. So again take a minute pay those dues now. Consider it a holiday gift to both your society and to yourself. And speaking of holiday gifts to yourself. If you are not a member of a society, this holiday would be a great time to join one. A simple Internet search on genealogy societies near XXX (you fill in the town or county) should get you connected. Societies pretty much universally now have websites that will give you all the information about what they have to offer that you could ask for. If you are wondering why you should join a society, or for that matter, why you should get involved with genealogy in the first place, consider this: Aside from the obvious answer of learning about your ancestors, the study of genealogy incorporates so many other activities that you have to get excited about it. For instance, when you study genealogy you get involved in reading, libraries, antiquing, mysteries, family lore, scrapbooking, history, travel, writing, learning, and helping others. What is there not to like? My list is only a partial one, and the best part is that whatever the payoff to you in pursuing your genealogy, associating with a society will intensify it. So whether you are an old hand or new to the hobby, there are a host of reasons to support your genealogy society. What I am asking is that you do it now.Peter Summers is an amateur genealogist who has been working on his family history since 1972. He is currently the president of the Pinellas Genealogy Society.Please support your genealogy societyHealth Department reminds about dangers of rabiesThe Pinellas County Health Department and Pinellas County Animal Services are reminding county residents that a bite, scratch or contact with the paws or saliva of an infected animal can transmit rabies. This disease is nearly always fatal, but can be prevented if an exposed person is treated early with a vaccine regimen. Pinellas children and adults who handled a bat recently were given a series of vaccines as a precaution. Bats, raccoons and coyotes are frequent carriers of rabies and should never be touched by anyone other than trained handlers. Prevention is the best protection from rabies. To control the spread of rabies, follow these Genealogy exposedPeter Summers guidelines: Keep your pets rabies vaccinations current to protect them from contact with wild animals that may be carriers. Your pets vet or Pinellas County Animal Services can provide the vaccinations. Never feed, pet or interact with wildlife or strays. Do not leave food outdoors for pets or wildlife. Report animal bites or scratches to Animal Services. Keep pets at home in a fenced yard or on a leash. If a stray or wild animal bites your pet, seek veterinary assistance for your pet immediately. Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick animals to health. Call Pinellas County Animal Services, (727) 582-2600, or an animal rescue agency for assistance.Feline adopters neededLARGO SPCA Tampa Bay is bringing back its free adult cat (1 year old or older) adoption special this holiday season. Adopters pay only a $10 microchip fee. Kittens are adoptone-get-one for the regular $45 fee. Typically by December there are fewer felines awaiting new homes at the shelter. Kitten season has expanded this year due to warmer weather. Changing economic factors have left more owners with fewer options. Whatever the reasons, more than 150 cats and kittens are seeking a second chance at life. To see some cats currently in need of new homes, visit www. SPCATampaBay.org Todays Paper Delivered FREE To You Cour tesy of the Adver tisers in Todays Paper Let Them Know You Appreciate it. Pawprints Pawprints


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As of Dec. 13, 19 days after the opening of this years Holiday Lights in the Gardens, 20,376 people had enjoyed one of Pinellas Countys most exciting seasonal attractions. And the seasons just getting started, said Chuck Scaffidi, Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation president and volunteer coordinator at the countys Extension Services. Scaffidi also is co-chair of the lights team and along with fellow co-chair Erhan Ozey, foundation treasurer, leads a group of five who are the creators of the nightly show. Florida Botanical Gardens is located at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo inside Pinewood Cultural Park. Its sandwiched between Ulmerton and Walsingham roads with entrances on both sides. Visitors can enjoy more than 30 acres of cultivated gardens and 90 acres of natural areas, lovingly maintained by foundation volunteers year-round. But, during the holidays, the gardens come to light, transforming into a fairyland of color and shapes. This years display includes more than 500,000 LED lights winding along paths, outlining shrubs and walls and climbing tree trunks and branches. The spectacle is open from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Jan. 1. A donation of $2 pays for the show and helps volunteers maintain the gardens throughout the year. Children under 12 are admitted free. You cant find a better bargain, Scaffidi said. You dont have to pay to get into the park or for parking. Residents and visitors seem to agree as parents and children, some in strollers, mingled with teenagers and seniors. Compliments were heard often as people moved from area to area of special displays. The lights team meets weekly throughout the year to design the display and work begins in October to prepare for the Nov. 25 opening. For the second year, the foundation hired Luminous Dcor from Miami to install the lights and displays. Its a lot of work, Scaffidi said. They bring in a lift to get to the areas up high in the trees. Florida Botanical Gardens opened in December 2000. Back then, Pinellas County had money to fund a team of horticulturists and staff members headed by director Judy Yates. Lighting the gardens was the brainchild of one of Yates horticulturalist, Brenan Bryant, who formerly worked at the Chicago Botanical Gardens. Bryant managed the light display in those first years, Scaffidi said, and Pinellas County government hosted the show. Then in 2008, the county cut funding to the gardens and there wasnt enough staff or money to put on the annual show. Thats when the foundation took over. This is the fourth year, volunteers have run the show, and not only have they maintained what they inherited, theyve made it better. The nonprofit organization converted all the incandescent bulbs to LEDs, even replacing the incandescent lights with LEDs on existing frameworks of owls, turtles, butterflies, ladybugs and the other special wildlife displays that inhabit the gardens for the holidays.Botanical Gardens bring holiday glow to Pinellas People point to the little things as they walk the paths, such as this little family of deer tucked into some trees. Photos by TERRE PORTERA lighted bridge serves as the entryway for visitors coming in from the parking lot off Ulmerton Road in Largo. Admission is a $2 donation.Scaffidi said donations more than pay for operations. Last year, the nonprofit organization brought in 50 percent more than it spent, allowing Scaffidis team to make a few new purchases, as well as pay for maintenance of the existing display. Although the energy-efficient LED lights last much longer than incandescent lights, they dont last forever. And theres damage to deal with, such as squirrels chewing the wires. Some of the new things people will see this year include a display of lighted flamingos, which is a favorite spot for people to take pictures. A new family of deer is tucked in along the pathway and trio of waterfowl are tucked into the foliage beside a bridge. New butterflies join the trio that has been part of the display since 2001, creating an official butterfly display. The crowd on Dec. 11 seemed to like the new touches, with lots of words of praise for the new and the old. Many took time from photo taking in the gazebo of the Wedding Garden to rave over the recently completed mosaic, Aquatic Reflections, which also was created by volunteers. Another improvement to this years event is the security team that the foundation hired to help with traffic management on the Ulmerton entrance on the weekends. A park ranger also is on the foundations payroll. A cleaning crew on contract with the county is paid to come in each night and help with the cleanup. More than 200 people volunteer their time to make the show a success. Teams of two work the entryway tables at the three entrances each night, welcoming the visitors and collecting donations. One volunteer serves as the nightly supervisor. Scaffidi and Ozey work as floaters, stepping in to do whatever needs done. Another volunteer sets up the audio for the nightly performances, All the performers also are volunteers recruited by volunteer Barbara Goss. Visitors can enjoy music by church choirs, bluegrass bands and other entertainers, including crowd favorite 18-year-old juggler USF student Dan Brown. Kids love him, Scaffidi said. The kids love Santa, too, who takes up residence in the wedding garden each night. Another popular item is the blue star necklaces with the FBGFs logo sold by volunteers. Of the 5,000 purchased to sell at the event, 3,000 have already been sold. Proceeds go to the foundation and helps maintain the gardens year-round. The foundation can always use more volunteers. Anyone who wants to get involved is welcome to attend a meeting to document, review this years event, and talk about ways to improve it. The meeting is Jan. 11, 9 a.m., in the conference room of the Extension building also located in Pinewood Cultural Park. For more information, call Scaffidi at 5822117 or email cscaffidi@co.pinellas.fl.us. Meanwhile, Scaffidi encourages everyone to come out and enjoy the display. Weekends are most popular times, and Scaffidis favorite nights. I love people and the crowds, he said. Weeknights are less crowded for those who want a quieter walk though. However, Scaffidi said more people were showing up even mid-week, as it gets closer to Christmas. See HOLIDAY GLOW, page 10B


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The screenplay is by Steven Zaillian.Mission: Impossible Ghost ProtocolGenre: Action, adventure and thriller Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton and Ving Rhames Director: Brad Bird Rated: PG-13 Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative Ethan Hunt is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the president initiates Ghost Protocol. Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agencys name and prevent another attack. To complicate matters further, Ethan is forced to embark on this mission with a team of fellow IMF fugitives whose personal motives he does not fully know. We Bought a ZooGenre: Drama Cast: Matt Damon, Thomas Haden Church, Scarlett Johansson, Angus MacFadyen and John Michael Higgins Director: Cameron Crowe Rated: PG This holiday season, acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe directs an amazing and true story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventuresOpening this weekendSpielberg helms Tintin; Craig stars in Girl with the Dragon Tattooalong the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory. The Darkest HourGenre: Thriller, science fiction and action Cast: Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby, Joel Kinnaman and Rachael Taylor Director: Chris Gorak Rated: PG-13 This film opens Dec. 25. The Darkest Hour is the story of five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. The 3-D thriller highlights the classic beauty of Moscow alongside mind-blowing special effects.War HorseGenre: Action, adventure and drama Cast: Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Niels Aresrup, David Kross, Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irvine Director: Steven Spielberg Rated: PG-13 This film opens Dec. 25. DreamWorks Pictures War Horse, director Steven Spielbergs epic adventure, is a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War. War Horse begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Mans Land. The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. War Horse is one of the great stories of friendship and war a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is currently on Broadway. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.In the Land of Blood and HoneyGenre: Drama and romance Cast: Rade Serbedzija, Goran Kostic and Zana Marjanovic Director: Angelina Jolie Rated: R In the Land of Blood and Honey is an upcoming film marking the directorial debut of actress Angelina Jolie. It is a love story set during the Bosnian War. The film was shot in October 2010 using local actors. It was also shot in two versions one in English, the other in the Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian language known as BCS. This bold new film illustrates the consequences of the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken with conflict. It features a completely local cast, most of whom were children of the war.Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseGenre: Drama Cast: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, John Goodman, Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright Director: Stephen Daldry Rated: PG-13 This film opens Dec. 25. Adapted from the acclaimed bestseller by Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a story that unfolds from inside the young mind of Oskar Schell, an inventive 11-year-old New Yorker whose discovery of a key in his deceased fathers belongings sets him off on an urgent search across the city for the lock it will open. A year after his father died in the World Trade Center on what Oskar calls The Worst Day, he is determined to keep his vital connection to the man who playfully cajoled him into confronting his wildest fears. Now, as Oskar crosses the five New York boroughs in quest of the missing lock encountering an eclectic assortment of people who are each survivors in their own way he begins to uncover unseen links to the father he misses, to the mother who seems so far away from him and to the whole noisy, dangerous, discombobulating world around him.For more movie news including whats playing at local theaters, trailers and an opportunity to purchase tickets online, visit www.TBNweek ly.com. Click on the Movie News & Reviews link on the left-side menu. Photo courtesy of WETA DIGITAL LTD.Captain Haddock, voiced by Andy Serkis, and Tintin, voiced by Jamie Bell, embark on a quest in The Adventures of Tintin, from Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures in association with Hemisphere Media Capital. 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. "Not only that..." 5. Anatomical cavities 11. Bit of a draft 14. Cost of living? 15. Bad blood 16. Victorian, for one 17. Rude 19. Little bird 20. Wavelike design 21. "___ does it!" 22. "___ on Down the Road" 23. Temper, as metal 25. Iranian money 27. Welfare work (2 wds) 32. Container weight 33. Chest material 34. All there 38. Camelot, to Arthur 41. Arid 42. Nuclear weapon (2 wds) 44. Escape, in a way 46. Rubella (2 wds) 51. "Ditto" (2 wds) 52. Kind of seat 55. Bandy words 57. Come together 60. Nobleman 61. Moray, e.g. 62. Egg-laying subclass of Mammalia 64. "Silent" prez 65. Accumulation in the blood of nitrogenous waste products 66. Crude group? (acronym) 67. "Don't give up!" 68. Actor Depardieu 69. Medical advice, often Down 1. ___ donna 2. Sprite flavor 3. Frees 4. Dorm room staple 5. ___ Tuesday (Mardi Gras) 6. "Don't bet ___!" (2 wds) 7. Hyperbolic sine, abbrev. 8. Maybelline mishaps 9. Mame, for one 10. "C'___ la vie!" 11. Reserved (2 wds) 12. Western blue flag, e.g. 13. Cracker spread 18. Change, chemically 22. Little people 24. Pinocchio, at times 26. Parenthesis, essentially 28. "___ we having fun yet?" 29. Car dealer's offering 30. "Wheels" 31. "... ___ he drove out of sight" 34. Decline 35. "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" librettist Burrows 36. Usually 37. Eurasian wheat 39. Grassland 40. Bungle, with "up" 43. Dracula, at times 45. Newbie, of sorts 47. "Enough already!" (2 wds) 48. Excessive complainer 49. Bewitch 50. Mexican shawl 53. Carries 54. Legislate 55. The Amish, e.g. 56. Brandy flavor 58. "Brave New World" drug 59. Ado 62. Kind of shot 63. "Awesome!"HoroscopesDecember 22, 2011CapricornDecember 22 January 19The gift giving gets out of control, but who cares, Capricorn. Go with the flow and have fun. Dinner plans get even better with the arrival of unexpected guests.AquariusJanuary 20 February 18Family members go all out to make this week special for you. Your presence is the only thanks needed, Aquarius. A colleague achieves the impossible. Congratulate them.PiscesFebruary 19 March 20Cash flows increase considerably, giving you the funds you need to finish a project at home. Go ahead, Pisces, and bring in a pro. You wont regret it.AriesMarch 21 April 19Out with the old and in with the new, Aries. There is no time like the present to clear away the clutter and learn how to do more with less.TaurusApril 20 May 20Your calendar begins to open up, and thats fine by you, Taurus. You had more than your fair share of fun, and now its time to get back down to business.GeminiMay 21 June 21Hold on to your hat, Gemini. A blast from the past returns with surprises in tow for everyone. Mark the occasion with plenty of food and fun.CancerJune 22 July 22One celebration ends and another one begins. Play your cards right, Cancer, and you may have something worthwhile to celebrate. A relative needs your help.LeoJuly 23 August 22Youre inching closer to your dream, but youre not there yet. Dont give up, Leo. Plunge ahead and use every resource to make it happen. A memo sends a message.VirgoAugust 23 September 22At last, you complete your todo list and get ahead in several other areas of your life. Do something fun to celebrate, Virgo. Go dancing or see a movie.LibraSeptember 23 October 22The calm settles in after the storm. Take time out to smell the roses, Libra. A project at work wraps up just in time for another one to begin.ScorpioOctober 23 November 21Startling revelations at a holiday function put everyone on edge. Its up to you to work your magic and get the party back on track, Scorpio.SagittariusNovember 22 December 21A slip-up gets your heart pounding, but lucky for you, Sagittarius, few notice it or take you seriously. A junk find has serious hidden potential.


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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. 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 791-7400 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 7917400 or visit www.atthecap.com. Mandel has been in show business for more than 30 years. Known for such television gigs as being a judge on Americas Got Talent, hes also received an Emmy-Award nomination for his role as the host on Deal or No Deal. Among many other shows, the Toronto-born entertainer also is recognizable as being the starring voice on the childrens cartoon Bobbys World, a show he created. The stand-up comic came to the attention of the American television viewers during the the six-year run, in the s, of the medical drama television show, St. Elsewhere, on which he played Dr. Wayne Fiscus. B.B. King, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $39.50 to $79.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The Grammy Award winner will return to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since his sold-out show in February 2010. Since the 1950s, there has been only one King of the Blues Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King. Since King started recording in the late 1940s, he has released more than 60 albums many considered blues classics, like 1965s definitive live blues album Live At The Regal, and 1976s collaboration with Bobby Blue Bland, Together For The First Time. Over the years, King has had two No. 1 R&B hits, Three Oclock Blues in 1951 and You Dont Know Me in 1952. He has had four No. 2 R&B hits including Please Love Me in 1953, You Upset Me Baby in 1954, Sweet Sixteen, Part I in 1960 and Dont Answer The Door, Part I in 1966. Kings most popular crossover hit, 1970s The Thrill Is Gone, went to No. 15 on the pop charts. A winner of multiple Grammy Awards, King has received seven honorary doctorates, numerous gold and platinum record awards, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1995 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. 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.franciswilsonplayhouse.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 800662-7286 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 See LOOKING AHEAD, page 4B Looking ahead Looking ahead


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FREE DESSERT: Pumpkin or Pecan Pie or rice pudding Christmas DayOpen 7am-4pmDinner Served Noon to 4pm122211 *Daily Specials not valid on Holidays. Holiday Lights in the Gardens, nightly, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., through Jan. 1, at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Visitors to the Holiday Lights in the Gardens can delight in more than 500,000 twinkling LED lights. From the bridge to the walkways to the Wedding Garden and tropical palms, shimmering lights will guide visitors through a Floridian wonderland. They also can see the completed mosaic titled Aquatic Reflections in the Wedding Garden. Sponsored by the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation, the celebration is free to children under 12, with a suggested donation of $2 per adult. Donations from last years event made this years event possible. For information, call 582-2247 or visit www.flbg.org. A Christmas Carol: A New Musical, with book and lyrics by Keith Ferguson and music by Bruce Greer; presented by freeFall Theatre Company, through Dec. 30, at freeFall, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. There is no show scheduled for Christmas Day. Ticket prices vary according to performance date and time. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com. This enchanting new musical adaptation of the Dickens classic is destined to become a Tampa Bay area holiday tradition. With a soaring and inspirational score, and faithful incarnations of all of the memorable characters, Dickens ghost story leaps from the page and delights with stunning theatricality, lush scenery and costumes, and surprising special effects. Straight No Chaser, Friday, Dec. 23, 8 p.m., at The David A Straz Jr. Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $29.50. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org. If the phrase male a cappella group conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses think again. Straight No Chaser are neither straitlaced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They are reinventing the idea of a cappella on the modern pop landscape. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act. Following their popular Christmas show last year, Straight No Chaser returns to Carol Morsani Hall with an all new show. Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker 2011, Dec. 26-27, 7:30 p.m., at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets range from $28.50 to $88.50. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. Moscow Ballet is celebrating its 19th annual tour, visiting more than 60 cities across North America in 2011 with top award-winning dancers. These impeccably trained Russian dancers perform the Great Russian Nutcracker, the beloved Christmas story, with amazing leaps, spins, and lunges. Set to Tchaikovskys famous score, this production features lavish costumes, charming larger-than-life Russian puppets and nine fanciful backdrops, that are hand-painted and embellished with 3-D effects. The Moscow Classical Ballet 2011 Nutcracker Tour, Dec. 2728, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Performances are Tuesday, 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $59. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheck erdhall.com. Tchaikovsky masterfully transformed E.T.A. Hoffmanns The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, a classic coming-of-age tale, into The Nutcracker, one of the most beloved ballets and a treasured holiday tradition. Live music, the talent and grace of the dancers, and stunning costumes bring this story to life. This production draws its inspiration from the original choreography presented in St. Petersburg, Russia more than 100 years ago. The Moscow Classical Ballet came into existence as the Young Ballet, the USSR State Choreographic Company, in 1966. It was established by the USSR Ministry of Culture as a ballet troupe whose role was to tour the Soviet Union and foreign countries performing Russian classical ballet in its traditional form. The company, under the artistic direction of Igor Moiseyev, gave its first performance in 1968. Its repertoire consisted of excerpts from classical ballets and choreographic miniatures produced by such choreographers as Vinogradov, Goleizovsky, Messerer and Moiseyev himself. Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker comes to the Mahaffey Theater Dec. 26-27.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. Imagination Movers, Saturday, March 3, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Tickets range from $25 to $35. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The Imagination Movers 2012 Rock-O-Matic Tour will make an exclusive stop in Clearwater at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty of the Emmy-winning Disney Channel TV series Imagination Movers will be bringing their high-octane rock concert and its an event the whole family can enjoy. The Imagination Movers were the highestrated and most popular live family act of 2011. The key to the Movers appeal is they combine danceable power pop songs with extremely catchy choruses and a knack for inspiring audience participation. Throw in a heaping helping of onstage silliness and youve got a recipe for a live musical event that will truly engage the littlest of kids along with their older siblings, parents and grandparents. It doesnt hurt that the they pepper their live shows with musical references to their many inspirations, including U2, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, the Beastie Boys and all sorts of classic and modern rockers. On the Rock-O-Matic tour, the guys will be playing all their favorite songs from their TV series as well as debuting new material from their brand-new Rock-O-Matic CD/DVD. 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 gift-giving 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. Annual All-Media Members Awards Art Show, Jan. 2-31, at Stirling Art Studio and Gallery, 730 Broadway, second floor. The show is presented by The Exhibiting Society of Artists. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. Call 474-3386. Artists reception, Friday, Jan. 13, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Stirling Art Studio and Gallery, 730 Broadway, second floor. The reception, for TESAs annual All-Media Members Awards Art Show, will coincide with Dunedins Second Friday Wine and Art event. The reception will feature entertainment and refreshments. The public is welcome to attend. Call 474-3386. Downtown Dunedin Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Main Street in downtown Dunedin. Presented by Howard Alan Events, the show is free and open to the public. The countrys top artists will converge upon Main Street in Downtown Dunedin for a celebration of the arts. These talented artists, selected among hundreds of applicants, will be displaying their finest work including their newest creations. Attendees will have the opportunity to stroll through isles of unique, handmade art representing a broad range of artistic mediums. Largo 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. Bill The Sauce Boss Wharton, Friday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $23 in advance and $28 the day of the show. Call 587-6793. Wharton is known both for his smokin blues and his spicy gumbo. The Sauce Boss mixes his own Florida blues and hot sauce right into the gumbo on stage, and at the end of the show, everyone eats for free. 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 587-6715. 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 LargoCom munityCenter.com. Elvis Birthday Bash, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Back by popular demand, attendees will celebrate the Kings birthday with a number of talented Elvis tribute artists as they shake, rattle and roll and provide a wonderful nostalgic afternoon of entertainment and fun. The show also will feature a complimentary birthday cake and photo opportunity. 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 587-6715. The Nowhere Band, Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Covering the full spectrum of The Beatles long and varied career, The Nowhere Band creates an unparalleled, entirely live reproduction of s Beatles performances, blending period costumes and authentic instruments with modern lighting and an abundantly talented quartet to create an experience any true Beatles fan simply cant afford to miss. A Night on the Town with the Rat Pack, Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $32 in advance and $37 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. This tribute to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin will give attendees an opportunity to relive the swing, swagger and sophisticated fun of those ring-a-ding-ding days. The Rat Pack Trio has perfected the voices, the mannerisms and the banter that kept crowds enthralled until the wee hours of the morning back in the s. For todays theater-going audiences, theyre hip, cool as so very NOW. Appealing equally to folks who remember them from back in the day and to younger audiences who love the music of the era as sung by Michael Bubl and the booze and broads glamour and imagery of the era from TVs award-winning Mad Men. This top-notch tribute show has played to standing ovations at theaters across the country, selling out at Feinsteins at the Regency on Park Avenue in New York City and making it to the semi-finals of NBC hit show Americans Got Talent. 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. The Lettermen, Sunday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $43 in advance and $48 the day of the show. Call 587-6793. One of the defining vocal groups of the s and members of The Vocal Group Hall of Fame, The Lettermen harmony is nonstop. From their first hit in 1961, The Way You Look Tonight, to Goin Out of My Head, Cant Take My Eyes Off of You, Hurt So Bad, the sound is undeniably Lettermen. 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. Women Fully Clothed, Monday, Jan. 23, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $22. Call 587-6793. Part of the Largo Lions Spotlight Series, this show features four of Canadas most celebrated and talented comediennes, Robin Duke, Jayne Eastwood, Kathryn Greenwood and Teresa Pavlinek. The group tackles all sorts of topics from mother/daughter relationships to career responsibilities and the environment. These ladies stories and songs are guaranteed to have both men and women alike laughing with them. All proceeds from these events go directly to Lions volunteer projects, such as sight conservation, eye operation and glasses. LOOKING AHEAD, from page 3BOrchestra. 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. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, with music and lyrics by Carol Hall and book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson; presented by Francis Wilson Playhouse, Feb. 23 through March 11, 2012, 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 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 7917400 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.earlybirddinnertheatre.com. The Cider Mill Inn, a rustic and somewhat run down country guest Top ve diversions Top ve diversions


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EXP. 12-29-11$799 Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEThanks to the steady stream of stand-up comics due to hit Tampa Bay area venues, there will be plenty to laugh about in the coming months. Jackie Mason returns to the Tampa Bay area with a performance Saturday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $45. Call 791-7400 or visit www.ruth eckerdhall.com. Once in a generation, a performer emerges who is so extraordinary, so brilliant, that he or she become the standard to whom all others are compared. Mason is such a performer, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time. Now more popular than ever, Mason combines pungent political satire, insightful observations on the foibles of modern life and impeccable timing to create material that leaves audiences laughing until they cry and critics raving show after show. Greg Proops, improv master, will appear Friday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m., at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. Tickets are $35 plus service charge. Call 3674511 or visit theclubti.com. Proops is best known for his participation in the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway. He also has appeared on Drew Careys Green Screen Show and Drew Careys Improv-A-Ganza. He has established himself as a lightning-witted comedic sharpshooter. In addition to improv, Proops also has lent his voice to a number of films and television shows such as Tim Burtons The Nightmare before Christmas, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Bob the Builder and Nickelodeons True Jackson, VP. Described as unpredictable and utterly unorthodox, Proops will bring his show off his improv skills in the clubs intimate setting for one night only. Rodney Carrington will perform Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $33 to $53. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. A multitalented comedian, actor, and writer, Carrington has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over two million copies. Two of these albums have been certified gold by the RIAA. He also starred in his own TV sitcom, Rodney, which ran for two seasons on ABC. He co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film Beer for My Horses. According to Pollstar, Rodney was the fourth highest grossing touring comedian in 2009. He regularly performs to sold out crowds across the United States and Canada. John Leguizamo will bring his Ghetto Klown show to the area Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall at The David A Straz Jr. Center. Tickets start at $32.50. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org. Leguizamo conceived of and performs Ghetto Klown, the next chapter in his popular personal and professional story. It is his fifth one-man play, his third on Broadway, and follows in the uninhibited tradition of his Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak, and Sexaholixa Love Story. In Leguizamos trademark style, the piece explodes with energy, heating up the stage with vivid accounts of the colorful characters that have populated his life. He takes audiences from his adolescent memories in Queens to the early days of his acting career and on to the sets of major motion pictures and his roles opposite some of Hollywoods biggest stars. Leguizamo has been recognized with an Emmy Award as well as an Obie Award. Ghetto Klown is all the things I say to my therapist and my manager, but would never want the general public to know, Leguizamo says in a press release promoting the show. Its cheaper than a lawsuit and I get to take a bow at the end. Its like Wikileaks but with no international manhunt. Yet. Bob Newhart will make a stop in Pinellas on Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $35.50 to $70. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Newharts career has spanned two successful television shows and 14 feature films. He has sold millions of albums worldwide and still performs to sell-out crowds all over the country. Fans flock to Newharts live performances to hear such standards as The Driving Instructor, Sir Walter Raleigh and The Submarine Commander. These timeless classics are enjoyed by young and old alike in sold-out concert halls across America. Joining Newhart will be accomplished film and stage actor, recording artist, radio personality and author Deana Martin, who carries on the legacy of her famous Rat Pack father, Dean Martin. Capitol Theatre Howie Mandel, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m. Jackie Mason, Saturday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m. Christine Lavin, Sunday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Capitol Theatre is at 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.The Club at Treasure Island Greg Proops, Friday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island is at 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. Call 367-4511 or visit www.theclubti.com.The Mahaffey Colin Quinn, Friday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m. Ron White: Moral Compas Tour; Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Penn & Teller, Friday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Jay Mohr, Thursday, March 15, 8 p.m. The Mahaffey is at 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com.Ruth Eckerd Hall Jim Stafford, Sunday, Jan. 8, 1 p.m. Tim Conway and Friends, Saturday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m. Rodney Carrington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. Vicki Lawrence and Mama, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m. Bob Newhart and Deana Martin, Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m. Martin Short, Thursday, March 29, 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall is at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.Straz Center for the Performing Arts The Irish Comedy Tour, Friday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m., in the Jaeb Theater The Royal Comedy Tour, Sunday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall John Leguizamo, Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall The David A Straz Jr. Center formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.Side Splitters Comedy Club Spanky Brown, Jan. 5-8. Show times vary. Jimmy Shubert, Jan. 12-15. Show times vary. Dom Irrera, Jan. 20-21. Show times vary. Brad Williams, Jan. 26-29. Show times vary. Frankie Paul, Feb. 2-5. Show times vary. Larry Miller, Feb. 17-18. Show times vary. Side Splitters Comedy Club is at 12938 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Call 813-960-1197 or visit www.sidesplitterscomedy.com.Snappers Grill and Comedy Club Danny Johnson, Jan. 6-7. Show times vary. Ron Feingold, Jan. 13-14. Show times vary. Michael Winslow, Jan. 20-21. Show times vary. Rich Vos, Jan. 27-28. Show times vary. Snappers Grill and Comedy Club is at 36657 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor. Call 938-2027 or visit www.snappersgrille.com.Tampa Improv Kevin Hart, Jan. 5-7. Show times vary. Alex Scott, Wednesday, Jan. 11. 8 p.m. Gary Valentine, Jan. 12-15. Show times vary. Big Sean Larkins, Sunday, Jan. 15, 9:30 p.m. Arles Spears, Jan. 19-22. Show times vary. Carlos Alazraqui, Jan. 26-28. Show times vary. Adam Ferrara, Feb. 1-4. Show times vary. Pete Correale, Feb. 9-12. Show times vary. Dean Edwards, Feb. 16-19. Show times vary. Tampa Improv is at 1600 E. Eighth Ave., No. C112, Tampa. Call 813-864-4000 or visit www.im provtampa.com.Tampa Theatre John Pinette, Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m. Tampa Theatre is at 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa. Call 813-274-8982 or visit www.tampatheatre.org.Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center Suzanne Ruley, Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m. The center is at 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. Call 942-5605 or visit www.tarponarts.org. Just for laughsComedy legends bring laughs to Tampa Bay areaPhoto courtesy of WILLIAM MORRIS ENDEAVOR ENTERTAINMENT LLC.Rodney Carrington performs Feb. 16 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.


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