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City officials expect to cut expenses during the budget discussions next year because revenues are projected to remain relatively for the next fiscal year. In 2012, again, we will be looking at millions of dollars in cuts to the budget, Mayor Pat Gerard said. We will work with the community to identify the services that they value most and to gather their input into how we can maintain those services with reduced funding. It may not be possible to keep the level of service that our residents are accustomed to, but we will do our best to be good stewards of the precious tax dollars that they give us. Among the cuts city officials made for the current fiscal year were closing an EMS rescue unit, closing the library on Sundays, reducing positions on city staff through reorganization, eliminating downtown special events and freezing salaries for city personnel. Commissioners also raised the tax rate by .25 mills, bringing it to 4.55 mills, equivalent to $4.55 per every $1,000 of assessed property value. In other city government news that made headlines last year, commissioners, hearing numerous complaints from business interests such as staff giving them the runaround, asked staff in January to come up with a business friendly initiative. Community development staff took a multi-faceted approach to the problem, such as providing a new planner in the economic development division to provide ombudsman services to assist new businesses locating in Largo. They looked to make changes in their development review process as well as making structural changes at Fill er up with electricityCharging station for vehicles unveiled in Pinellas Park By AMANDA SEBASTIANOPINELLAS PARK An airplane from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport roared overhead as officials made a presentation on an electric vehicle charging station at the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Councils office. The irony wasnt lost on Progress Energys Christopher Gillman, who laughed and cracked a joke. A perfect example of fossil fuel consumption, said Gillman, manager of alternative energy technology for the company, Progress Energy Florida, in partnership with Get Ready Tampa Bay, a movement encouraging the transition to electric transportation, introduced its first public electric vehicle charging station during the Dec. 12 gathering. The initiative is the first of 50 planned for Florida by spring of 2012. Pinellas Park was chosen after third party consultant Roland Berger evaluated various cities across the country and decided that both the Tampa Bay area and Central Florida are fast developers, making the area an ideal candidate for the state, said Progress Energys Lead Alternative Energy Strategist James Culp. Although Pinellas Park is not yet as educated about the new technology as other cities such as Austin, Portland or San Francisco, it is well on the way, Culp said. The station is part of a research project aimed at collecting data to answer questions about the electric vehicle, such as specific times patrons are charging up. The data collected from the one-year study will help better meet the needs of those interested in the new industry. There arent many electric vehicles right now to really do anything just yet, Culp said. But later, down the road, if there are, say, a million electric cars in the area, it will be beneficial to know how many people are charging and what points in the day. At the unveiling meeting, representatives stood beside the vehicles to take customers on test drives, teach them how to charge the vehicles and to answer questions. This demonstration and the ones to follow in upcoming months are designed to educate participants about the vehicles the way they work and the benefits of owning an electric vehicle as opposed to the cars they are currently driving. Culp demonstrated how to start the ignition-free vehicles and explained how an electric vehicle can run with less trips to the gas station. The motor pulls energy from See STATION, page 4A See BUDGET, page 4ACounty Commission renews Paramedics Plus contract New Years Eve celebrations include a ball drop in downtown Largo. ... Page 5B.Classic rock legend Pat Travers comes to Cultural Center Volume XXXIV,No. 23 December 29, 2011 www.TBNweekly.com Features Business . . . . . . . . . .11A Classieds . . . . . . . . .6-9B Community . . . . . . . . .12A County . . . . . . . . . . .5-7A Entertainment . . . . . .1-5,10B Health & Fitness . . . . . . .10A Just for Fun . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . .2-3A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . .8A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .9A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising Meryl Streep stars in The Iron LadyMeryl Streep stars as Margaret Thatcher in a film directed by Phyllida Lloyd. See Opening this Weekend. ... Page 2B.COUNTYLaw enforcement awards dinner set Pinellas County Commissioner John Morronis 17th annual Appreciation Dinner for Law Enforcement will be held Friday, Jan. 27, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. The event begins at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Proceeds from this years dinner will be donated to Childrens Burn Foundation of Florida. A donation also will be made to the family of fallen St. Petersburg police Officer David Crawford, who was killed in the line of duty just weeks after last years dinner. The dinner began in memory of Belleair police Officer Jeffery Tackett, 28, who died from a gunshot wound June 13, 1993, when he responded to a call alone. Morroni, who was a state representative, co-sponsored the Tackett bill with Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Treasure Island, in 1995. The state legislation requires two officers to be on duty at all times, unless mutual aid agreements with other law enforcement agencies are in place, so that law enforcement officers do not respond to calls alone. Morroni later expanded the dinner to include firefighters and EMS personnel. Special honorees have included Tacketts family and emergency personnel who helped in the rescue efforts following the 9/11 attack. Last years dinner was sadly overshadowed by the tragic deaths of St. Petersburg police Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz and Sergeant Tom Baitinger, who were killed in the line of duty the week of the dinner, a news release said. In their honor this year, the K-9 award will be named for Officer Yaslowitz, and the crisis intervention team award will be named for Baitinger. Public safety personnel, local elected officials and the public are invited to attend. The $75 ticket includes the dinner and donation to the charity. For information and to make reservations, call 791-3356. Reservations must be made by Jan. 23. Photo by TOM GERMONDMoment of solitudeA bicyclist takes in the scenery along the Intracoastal Waterway Dec. 17 from a pavilion at Largos John R. Bonner Park, which is located at 14444 143rd St. The park also features picnic facilities, nature trails and a playground. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily. By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER After more than two hours of debate Dec. 20, Pinellas County commissioners approved a contract extension with Paramedics Plus, giving the Texas company exclusive rights to transport service for at least two more years. According to the terms of the current contract, the commission had to inform Paramedics Plus of their intentions to renew by Jan. 1, 2012. The alternative was to find another service provider by Sept. 30, the date the current contract expires. County Administrator Bob LaSala and staff recommended approval of a three-year contract that included $10 million in savings over the life of the agreement. But commissioners were reluctant to tie their hands for that long in light of current proposals for changes in the countywide emergency medical service system. Outgoing commission chair Susan Latvala favored the three-year extension. Until we find a better, cheaper way to do something, this contract is cost-effective, she said. The other six commissioners werent so sure. The majority of the public favored letting the contract expire something that almost seemed a possibility after commissioners failed to agree on the first two votes. They had three options to consider. Option 1, a three-year extension with a savings of $10 million. Option 2, a two-year extension with the possibility for a third year, allowing six-month pilots to allow fire departments to do emergency and nonemergency transport. A third option, passed out to commissioners just before the meeting, prompted harsh words from CommisSee CONTRACT, page 4AENTERTAINMENT VIEWPOINTSMary SanchezTelevision show portrays reality about Muslims. Page 9A. Gas-guzzlers are the past; electric vehicles are the future. Bill Dodson, chair Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Photo by AMANDA SEBASTIANOThis charging station for electric vehicles was unveiled during a presentation at the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Councils office Dec. 12.
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Myers was unable to come to a complete stop and struck the rear bumper of Gail Hoffman, 44, of North Redington Beach, who was slowing to stop in her 2011 Toyota Prius. The impact sent Hoffman forward, and she struck the rear bumper of a 2000 Firebird driven by Amber Saltzman, 34, of Largo. Almost immediately after this first crash occurred, Robert Faughnan, 43, of Pinellas Park, who was traveling eastbound in the same lanes in his 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, was unable to come to a complete stop and struck the rear bumper of Myers cruiser. The impact sent Myers forward into the rear of Hoffmans Prius, causing a second crash. No one was injured in the crashes, which are currently under investigation.Three arrested in connection with home invasionLARGO Three men were taken into custody during an investigation of a home invasion on Green Acres Avenue. Largo police said that on Dec. 11, at about 5 p.m., two armed subjects entered the residence and ordered all the occupants on the floor. Two of the victims were battered during the commission of the crime. The case went to detectives for further follow up investigation. As a result, three individuals were located and subsequently confessed to the incident. Erick Minx, 28, of Pinellas Park, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on charges of home invasion robbery. Bond was set at $50,000. Marquese Teartt 21, of Seminole, was charged with dealing in stolen property and home invasion robbery. Bond was set at $60,000. Wayne Sawvell, 18, of Seminole, was charged with home invasion robbery. Bond was set at $50,000. Photo courtesy of the CITY OF LARGOLargo Assistant Fire Chief Josh Stefancic shops with kids during the sixth annual Shop With a Cop or Firefighter, Dec. 17, at Walmart, 1111 Missouri Ave. About 25 Largo families were selected to participate. Money donated from Walmart, the Walmart Neighborhood Store, and the St. Petersburg Times Turkey Trot Event was be split into $250 gift cards, one given to each family. The families designated a child as their shopper and then were partnered with a police officer or firefighter to aid them in their hunt to purchase gifts for themselves and their family members.Making spirits brightFree 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. 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Largo 3A Leader, December 29, 2011 120111 122211Since 1968, Orthopaedic Specialties has been providing a full spectrum of orthopaedic care in Pinellas County. Delivering quality health care remains our first concern. Our specialists are all board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Orthopaedic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. The following are just some of the services we provide:Orthopaedic Specialties Team of Physicians By THOMAS MICHALSKICLEARWATER Oliver is a standard poodle that tips the scales at roughly 60 pounds. But he and 48 other canines at Morton Plant Hospital are more than just family pets. They are part of a pet therapy program that has been credited with doing as much for patients and their loved ones as any medication. They ease the stress of people in waiting rooms and help patients cope with their medical issues, said Sally Nitka, Olivers owner. Launched in 1991 with a single dog, Sumi, owned by Mary Lou Warn, the dog therapy program at Morton Plant was one of the first in Pinellas County. At one point, 56 dogs were in the program. The highly skilled pooches have become friends with everyone from patients to nurses to janitors. Suzanne Scott, manager of volunteer services, said not just any dog can become a therapy canine. Some breeds, due to their aggressive behavior and history, are barred from the program. Breeds in the program range from toy poodles to German shepherds. All undergo intensive training and they must be certified before making their rounds at the hospital. Under the auspices of Project PUP or Pets Uplifting People, the dogs and their owners undergo 13 weeks of training that is outlined by Therapy Dogs International, a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating and testing dogs and their volunteer handlers. Founded in 1976, more than 24,000 dog/handler teams are now registered by TDI in the United States. Nitka said dogs play important roles in hospitals, nursing homes and even in Hospice centers where they uplift the spirits of pa-Dogs play major role in hospital wellness programs Photo by THOMAS MICHALSKISally Nitka and Oliver visit Robert Galise, a patient at Morton Plant Hospital.tients and help loved ones deal with the tragedies of terminal illnesses. But dogs are not the only critters certified as therapy animals. Some facilities use cats, birds and even horses. Everyone loves the idea of dogs visiting medical personnel and patients alike. Nurses provide them with gifts of treats, neckerchiefs and pats on the head. The first thing I do is ask a patient if he or she wants a fourlegged visitor, Nitka said. Then Oliver or one of his peers takes over. Dogs are known to provide unconditional love, regardless of a humans background, financial status or illness. Once Oliver was asked to visit a patient who was on deaths doorstep. He placed his head under the mans arm and stayed very quiet to provide comfort during the patients last living moments. Shortly thereafter the man died and his relatives were overcome with emotion. They could not thank Oliver enough for what he had done, Nitka said. Ruth Anne Achterhof, a volunteer coordinator, said dogs are known to lower blood pressure, calm people, help the lonely and put smiles on the faces of everyone who comes in contact with them. Some people call them furry children, Achterhof said. Sometimes they are treated like rock stars by patients and hospital staff. People interested in volunteering for the dog therapy project, or any other program at the hospital, are urged to call 953-6957. CLEARWATER Downtown Clearwaters signature exhibition of public artwork, Sculpture360: Art in the Cleveland Street District, is beginning its fourth season. The sculptures of artists, Cecilia Lueza of St. Petersburg; Hanna Jurban of Grimesland, N.C.; and Deedee Morrison of Birmingham, Ala. were installed in early December as part of the citys mission to bring low-cost, high-quality public artwork to the citizens and visitors of Clearwater. The sculpture program swaps displays annually and is funded through a partnership with the Downtown Development Board. The current sculptures will be on display through October 2012. A public opening and dedication of the new season will coincide with the January Blast Friday event and will feature docents along Cleveland Street to provide more information about the sculpture program.Sculpture returns to Clearwater
4A Leader, December 29, 2011 Photo courtesy of DENISE ROACHEmma Olson, 5, a kindergarten student, spends a few moments with Santa Claus, who visited St. Jeromes Early Childhood Center Dec. 10. The students and staff enjoyed the 20th annual Breakfast with Santa.Breakfast with Santa By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER On Jan. 1, Pinellas County Utilities will stop adding fluoride to the drinking water provided to its retail and wholesale customers. Commission Chair Susan Latvala relinquished the gavel to her vice chair, John Morroni, so she could make a motion Dec. 20 the commissions last meeting date of 2011 and a final opportunity to reverse a decision made Oct. 4 to stop providing fluoride in the water supply. Please, please, please put fluoride back in the water, she said. Its absolutely amazing to me that were taking this big step backwards. I move we let the fluoride remain. Latvalas actions came after discussion of a plan by staff prepared on the request of the commission to serve the dental-health needs of lowincome, high-risk children. Gwendolyn Warren, bureau director for Health and Human Services, briefly outlined a plan prepared with the assistance of the county Health Department that would cost $532,000 in the first year and serve about 5,000 children. An annual cost in subsequent years was estimated at $232,339. Warren said the money would pay for a van, staff and supplies to apply dental sealants on the back teeth and fluoride varnish on all the teeth of targeted children in second and seventh grade. Audience members speaking on the matter were few compared to the numbers attending the Oct. 4 and 11 meetings; however, the passion on both sides those for and against fluoride in the drinking water had not changed. One thing they did agree on $500,000 was too much to spend to help 5,000. Dr. Michael Easley, dental coordinator for the states Public Health Dental Program, spoke on request of the Upper Pinellas Dental Association. He said the plan to help at-risk children wouldnt work. He asked commissioners to reconsider its vote on taking fluoride out of the water. The commissioners seemed surprised by the cost of the program. This is not what I asked for, Commissioner Nancy Bostock said. She said she wanted something that focused on public education about all aspects of dental health. She said money was not available to pay for the program Warren proposed. The rest of the commission agreed it was too expensive, which prompted Latvala to try one more time to convince the four who voted to remove the fluoride to change their minds. Commissioner Norm Roche, who made the motion Oct. 4 to remove the fluoride, protested, saying the matter was not on the agenda and had not been advertised. His protest was futile. When the vote was taken, Bostock, Roche, Morroni and Neil Brickfield voted the same as they did on Oct. 4 to remove the fluoride. Latvala, Welch and Seal voted to keep fluoride in the water. Fluoride supplements will be removed from water supplied by Utilities as of Jan. 1. Roche suggested the equipment to provide fluoridation remain in place in case something changed. He suggested the matter could be considered again in the future. The consensus was to leave the equipment in place. County Attorney Jim Bennett presented results of research into a possible referendum on fluoride as requested by some commissioners. He said a referendum targeting only Utilities customers was possible. He also suggested putting something in bill stuffers to customers to gauge public opinion. The majority of the commission, including Latvala, said they were not interested in holding a referendum. Morroni said local dental associations were split on the idea of a referendum. He asked Bennett about the possibility of making it a charter amendment. Bennett said a change to the charter would require a countywide vote. The matter died due to lack of interest. Utilities provides water to 436,186 retail customers, including residents of Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Largo, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, St. Pete Beach, Seminole, Treasure Island and unincorporated Pinellas County. Utilities also provide water to wholesale customers in Clearwater, Safety Harbor, Pinellas Park, Oldsmar and Tarpon Springs. St. Petersburg, Gulfport, South Pasadena, Dunedin and Belleair do not receive water from the county.Fluoride will be gone from the water supply by Jan. 1 Photo by AMANDA SEBASTIANOA full, overnight charge for an electric vehicle is expected to cost less than a dollar. Shown is a Chevy Volt.City Hall to accommodate the public all part of what Gerard referred to as a need for culture change. Months later, commissioners were receiving positive comments about the changes. Gerard said that the businessfriendly initiative was one of our biggest accomplishments this year. I think that the new attitude and way of working with the public has helped to make Largo the best place in Pinellas County to relocate or open a new business, she said. During this fiscal year, City Manager Mac Craig said in a recent budget message, a major rewrite of the comprehensive development code will support the business friendly initiative, proving an improved review process and development standards that are clearer. The city also will focus on the disposition of city-owned properties along West Bay Drive in conjunction with the citys Downtown Redevelopment Plan. The redevelopment of the properties expected to provide a catalyst for other private development projects in the district. City officials are projecting a 13 percent increase in stormwater fees for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. Besides dealing with budget issues last year, city officials had a lot of discussions on the Largo Golf Course, which continually has received city subsidies. The economic downturn and inclement weather during the peak season in fiscal year 2010 took its toll on the golf course. The highest net loss for any normal year of operation was in that year, $307,000, a city report said. City commissioners decided at their Dec. 13 meeting to seek proposals for private enterprise to run the golf course. The results of those proposals will be discussed at a City Commission work session April 10. Commissioners are expected to decide whether city personnel will continue to run the golf course or whether it will be turned over to private enterprise. The Largo Golf Course is an 18hole, par 62 executive golf course located on 46 acres on Vonn road. Another topic that commissioners discussed often in 2011 was the Highland Recreation Center project. City officials plan to start construction on the new center in January. The 40,000-square-foot complex is expected to be built on the existing site off Highland Avenue. Fromer Commissioner Mary Black and Commissioner Curtis Holmes, were opposed to borrowing $17 million for construction of the project, arguing that the city shouldnt be seeking loans during tough economic times to finance recreation projects. But other commissioners said that the time is right to build the center, when interest rates are low and when construction costs are down. Also starting this year, commissioners terms of office will increase to four years. Seat 3, held by Curtis Holmes; Seat 4, held by Gigi Arntzen; and the mayors race will be on the ballot in this years election. City officials also received some good business news; development plans for an outlet mall at U.S. 19 and Roosevelt Boulevard were approved. The proposed development includes 646,460 square feet of retail space, 30,000 square feet of office space and 258 apartment or condominium units. The site is proposed on the site of the former Crossroads Mall. The developer is the Sembler Co. of St. Petersburg. sioner Ken Welch, who asked why it was received at the last minute. LaSala explained that the county didnt receive the offer until late Monday. Then it went to the county attorneys office for review. Personally, I think the contractor dropped the ball, Welch said. LaSala said Paramedics Plus had presented the third alternative at the countys request. Welch still wasnt satisfied. I havent read it, he said. Are we going to take a break and let me read it?Later in the discussion, Commissioner John Morroni said he was responsible for the last-minute addition. He explained that he had been talking on the phone with Ed Armstrong, a local attorney representing Paramedics Plus, on another matter Dec. 16 when he mentioned he wasnt happy with either contract proposal. Morroni outlined what he would like to have in a contract, and Armstrong ran it by his client, who agreed to work on a third option, which was presented to the county on Monday. This option provided $2 million in savings in the second and third years of the agreement, but does not allow for pilot programs something Welch and Commissioner Neil Brickfield wanted. Commissioner Norm Roche pushed for a fourth option three oneyear extensions, which he said gave the county the most flexibility to move forward on potential changes. He said he couldnt believe Paramedics Plus would walk away from $37 million. Armstrong said his client would not accept a contract extension for only one year. I have no authority to give a one-year extension, he said. Im trying to be responsive. But after a lengthy dialogue and observing the commission, were unable to determine which way the commission wants to go. He said his client had provided three options. We cant make the numbers work for us with a one-year extension, he said. Commissioners made a number of suggestions and questioned details of all the options before Latvala attempted to shut them down.This is really, really inappropriate, she said. We dont negotiate at the board table. I respectfully disagree, Brickfield responded. It is not my job as a commissioner to just sit here and pick from a menu. We as a board have this assignment. Roche agreed with Brickfield, saying he understood the frustration everyone was feeling after a matter of public health and safety had turned political. He blamed state officials for some of the problem due to the restrictions of a special act that controls the actions commissioners, acting as the EMS Authority could make. He had a message for the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation. Either lead, follow or get out of the way, he said. Robert Polk, chief of the Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District and president of the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs Association, joined the more than a dozen speakers urging commissioners not to renew the contract at all. There is a fourth option, he said, explaining that extending a long-term relationship with a third party for transport would remove the urgency thats been building the past few months. The fire chiefs are ready to turn this thing on, he said. Polk said he had polled every department and we can do this. He said the switch to using fire department transport for emergency and nonemergency situations could happen in about seven months. But, the commission still isnt ready to embrace EMS transport by the 18 providers of first responder service. There was no argument that firefighter-paramedics were capable of doing the job. Commissioners say there are just too many unknowns, including cost. Firefighters say they can provide the service for less money. County staff says it will cost more. A committee began work Dec. 22 on the scope of services for a request for proposal from businesses capable of making operational both the plan from the countys consultant and that of Capt. Jim Millican with Lealman Fire Rescue and Lt. Scott Sanford, firefighter and paramedic with Palm Harbor Rescue. A separate firm will be selected by a request for proposals to provide a financial review of the plans. The Pinellas County Legislative Delegation gave a deadline of July 1 to get a financial review completed. LaSala said the county would do its best to get it done by then; however, he stressed that all standard procedures for proposals would be followed. In the end, the majority of commissioners went along with a suggestion by Commissioner Karen Seel to amend option 3, which does not allow for pilot programs and maintains Paramedics Plus exclusive rights to all transport services. She asked if Paramedics Plus would be willing to add an additional $2 million in savings for the current year, added to the $2 million in years two and three of the extension it would bring the cost down by $6 million. Seels offer won the favor of Brickfield, Morroni and Latvala. Bostock, Roche and Welch voted no. Commissioners debated the matter of creating EMS districts to allow them to set different tax rates instead of one countywide EMS millage rate while Armstrong made a phone call to Texas to talk to decision makers with Paramedics Plus. After a unanimous decision not to take action of separate taxing districts, Armstrong informed the commission that Paramedics Plus had accepted the proposed changes. The county attorneys office will finalize the legal terms and commissioners gave the responsibility of signing the contract to Latvala. The deal means Paramedics Plus will continue to be the sole provider of ambulance service in Pinellas for two years plus nine months, the time remaining on the current contract, with an option for an additional year. The decision on the taxing districts means the commission will have to continue to charge one countywide EMS millage rate for at least another year. In other business, the commissioners appointed their representatives to the committee charged with finding a financial firm to review the two proposals for changes to the EMS system. Morroni, who will be commission chair in 2012, agreed to serve. The commissioners other two appointees are Jay Ravens, director of finance for the city of Clearwater, and Kelly Triolo, who sits on the EMS Advisory Board and is director of nursing at Morton Plant Mease. CONTRACT, from page 1A BUDGET, from page 1A STATION, from page 1Athe battery, and after that is gone, the car runs from the gasoline generator, Culp said. So youre not just getting the miles shown on the battery marker, youre getting those plus the miles on the generator which is competitive with the mileage many of the cars on the road receive. Enterprise car rentals was on site as well, as the company offers electric cars for rent, such as the Nissan Leaf a green vehicle from the inside out, with an interior made out of recycled plastic. The company hopes to help educate patrons by giving them the opportunity to drive and learn about the vehicles prior to purchasing them. Bill Dodson, chair of Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, expects positive feedback from the public and hopes the station will help put Pinellas Park on the electric vehicle grid, he said. He also hopes that the expansion of the stations will help alleviate range anxiety: the drivers fear of running out of a charge while out on the road. Other organizations across the state have developed charging stations, such as a Buffalo Wild Wings outside of Walt Disney World in Orlando. Patrons are allowed to charge vehicles for free. During the presentation, Gillman compared the vehicles behind him to other types of less eco-friendly forms of transportation, including hybrids. Cost efficiency, environmental consciousness and the increase of local jobs were a few of his selling points for the vehicles. A full, overnight charge would cost less than a dollar, Gillman promised, and is 50 to 75 percent cheaper than filling up at the pump. He also predicts that the utilization of the station and others like it will help reduce the countries current dependency on foreign oil. Gillman predicts a decrease of 450 metric tons of greenhouse gases by 2050 if the plan is adopted globally. Pinellas Park City Planner Joe Incorvia doesnt think a better city could have been chosen for the project, defining Pinellas Park as the most progressive city in the county. A week after the meeting, Planning Director Avera Wynne said he hadnt seen anyone using the station just yet but has heard positive feedback so far. Wynne partially blames the poor turnout on not having enough larger meetings to introduce it to the public. He expects bigger crowds after some of the bigger meetings in the spring of next year. We arent terribly concerned about the usage in the first few weeks, Wynne said. Probably about 80 percent of charging is done at home anyway, but I anticipate more will come around between March and May. Future, potential sites are rumored to be at universities, shopping malls and other high-traffic locations throughout the state. Gas-guzzlers are the past, electric vehicles are .the future, Dodson said. For more information on the Pinellas Park station and others, visit www.progress-energy.com/ plugin
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Call Pinellas: 727-446-3550 ; Hillsb orough: 813-273-0623; Pasco: 727-862-3737 FOR YOUR FREE ESTIMATE. Visit www.qualityceiling.com Whatever your home management needs are they can be met by Quality Ceiling Refinishing. Members of Angies List and Accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Lic. # CRC1326471. They will arrive in a well-equipped Quality Ceiling truck. Men are in uniform.Quality Ceiling Refinishing is Expanding Their Services to Include all Home Management Needs. By LIBBY BOLLINGThe exterior of the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum is inviting with its gray stone porch, peaked rooflines and steeple on top reaching up to the cloudless sky. Situated right across the street from the sandy dunes of St. Pete Beach and the historic Hurricane restaurant, the small church-turned-museum houses a generous memorabilia collection of a by-gone era on the gulf beaches. Today, a cherry-red scooter is parked outside, hinting at the mode of travel favored by many beach residents. Its owner, 71-year-old Lance Peterson, has been making his way by scooter, or other means, to volunteer for the museum since 2003. He and his wife of 36 years, Kay, not only volunteer with the Pinellas County-owned facility, they have managed every aspect of the completely volunteer-run operation since 2004. I do think history is important, Peterson said. Were very proud of what we have here. And, we brag about it a lot. Peterson moved to Pass-A-Grille in 1955 when he was 15 with his mother and two brothers from western New York State. For a teenager new to life near the water, the lure of fishing boats was just too much to resist. He landed a job working on the Hubbard fleet, which he kept all through his years at Boca Ciega High School. The fishing, of course, back then was wonderful. And, working on the boats was probably the most fun I ever had, Peterson said. We worked seven days a week. Worked long, hard days. We took people fishing showed them how to catch fish. It was great fun. After graduating high school in 1958, Peterson joined the Air Force and served as a Russian linguist while stationed at listening posts in Europe just as the Iron Curtain fell, the Berlin Wall went up and the Cuban Missile Crisis transfixed the entire planet with its lethal potential. I was stationed where the Czech-East German borders came together and if the Russians ever decided to come in we would be the first thing they ran over, he said. Things were pretty tense. Peterson ultimately left the military and returned home to find a lot had changed, not only with world politics, but also with his beloved beach community. Right before he left in 1959 construction of the Pinellas Bayway had begun filling in between Cabbage and Pine keys and creating todays Tierra Verde. When I came home in 1963 they had finished the Bayway and the road out to Fort De Soto. None of that had existed before, Peterson said. And, much like the place he called home, Peterson changed and grew too, earning his undergraduate degree in industrial management at the University of South Florida, then a masters degree in business, ultimately taking a job with the Veterans Administration in Waco, Texas. That path took him to San Diego, where he met and married Kay, then Houston, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, raising two stepsons along the way. Peterson retired from the VA in 2001 and returned to the beaches of Pinellas County to care for his ailing mother. After her death in 2003 and with the children married with children of their own, Peterson decided to come back to his roots and volunteer for the museum. This is probably an experience I had never counted on. When we came to volunteer here it was just to ... greet people and talk about the museum. I never planned to get involved, Peterson said, and then added with a chuckle, Best laid plans, right? Another detour in their plans has been Kays second cancer diagnosis. Shes been in chemo since January and its kind of wearing her out, Peterson said. The museum has been a seven-day-aweek job for both of the Petersons over the last seven years. Peterson said they wouldnt be able to continue the management role that is needed to run the facility, though they intend to stay active. We arent without plans. We take what we call day trips now. We cant be gone long periods of time due to (Kays) chemo schedule, Peterson said. Theres a lot of the state we havent seen. So, were going to poke around and do what we do. But, Peterson says they will both be back to the inviting little museum with the steeple on top to help out when they can. Theres some sadness, I suppose. But, like I say, Ill still volunteer out there when they need some help, Peterson said with a smile. Ill brag about growing up here one more time. Pinellas County volunteers can expect to make a difference in the life of their community, while exploring interests, sharing knowledge, assisting others and making friends. For more information, visit www.pinellascounty.org/volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 464VIPS (8477).Volunteer scoots on to new life Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY COMMUNICATIONSPinellas County Volunteer Lance Peterson on his scooter in front of the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum in Pass-A-Grille. Helping Helping hands handsOutstanding volunteers Biltmore demolition fearedAt the Dec. 20 Town Commission meeting, several residents of Belleair, saying they had heard of the possibility that the owners of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel might seek a demolition permit, urged the commission not to grant the permit. Resident Steve Johnson suggested the commission not approve a demolition permit until it sees a permit for redevelopment plans for the property. Resident Sam Casella also suggested the commission not approve a demolition permit. As we enter the centenary for Pinellas County, it would be a shame to allow the hotel to be destroyed, he said. We witnessed some plans for the rebirth of the hotel a few years ago, but then the economy struck that down. It is only a matter of time before that changes. You should not consider issuing a demolition permit; rather we all should put our shoulders to the wheel, collectively, to find a way to save the property. Neither the commissioners nor the mayor responded to those comments that no doubt serve as a precursor to the debate, which will occur when a demolition permit is discussed at a future commission meeting. The hotel owners have indicated they intend to apply for a permit sometime in January.Seaside Marina resurfacesMore than a month ago commissioners felt they had dealt with the controversy over the Seaside Marina for the last time. RPD residents had been complaining that the boat slips in the marina should be sold exclusively to them, and they came to the commission looking for support. They were told, however, to deal with the matter themselves and the commission removed an ordinance that relieved them of any obligation over the property. However RPD Homeowners Association President Jim White said there were unintended consequences as a result of that. He said he was informed by the marina association that they were no longer going to pay their share of the costs of security and road upkeep inside the gated community where they are both located. The marina group indicated that if they were not going to be given a vote as a full member of the condominium association, then they were going to stop paying. White said such a membership was on the table but no discussion took place. In the end Town Attorney David Ottinger said he would look into it and try to broker a deal to get the marina association to pay their share of the costs. Brian GoffVote will wait until next NovemberBELLEAIR BLUFFS A referendum vote will be held late next year to decide whether terms of the mayor and city commissioners will be lengthened to three years. Currently, the commission members serve for two years. The commission unanimously passed an ordinance at its Dec. 19 meeting that places the term extension issue on the ballot next November. If it passes, the city charter will be amended to implement the change. City Clerk Debra Sullivan has said longer commission terms will save the city money because fewer elections would be needed. Residents will have nearly a year to decide whether they want to extend the commission terms. The issue will not be on the ballot until Nov. 6, at the time of the presidential election. No election will be held in the city next March, as the incumbents are unopposed for reelection. The commission decided not to spend the money to hold an extra election solely on the term extension issue. The term extensions, if approved, will take effect on the election following the decision. A previous attempt to lengthen the commission terms to three years was soundly defeated in 2005. Some have speculated the heavy no vote occurred because of strong opposition to several other issues on the ballot that year. Wayne AyersBriefs
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Todas airplane was listed as TIME magazines 50 Best Inventions of 2009. On the day of Marras record attempt, he began warming up at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of The Trop. The entire time he was nervous and ecstatic about the opportunity he had been given. He wanted to set a flight time record of 30 seconds. I really didnt expect to get the chance, Marra said. I hadnt been indoors in over a year and a half, and my first thought was that after all these years Im finally getting it. Thats all I really wanted was a chance. Its extremely difficult to find any venue sizable enough to attempt the record. Once inside, he continued to warm up before doing test flights with over 200 different paper airplane designs, all approved with the specifications. The hardest part was getting my plan together and not being too distracted by the moment, Marra said. Its an awkward throwing position, and it requires a lot of training to get right, and because Im throwing as hard as I can vertically, its easy to break down. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., he continuously threw paper airplanes toward the 225-foot ceiling of The Trop. He was able to gain a top throwing height of 65 feet, but only achieved a topflight time of 23.5 seconds. Throughout the hours, many of the stadium employees viewed his efforts from the press box and party deck watching and cheering him on. Although he was unable to break the record, he said he would make changes next time to make the planes fly longer. Mara wanted to break the record for his family, especially for his son Sam who is diagnosed with autism. Being an advocate for autism research, he hoped breaking this record would be a reminder his son could look at for many years.Attempt at Guinness world record comes up shortI want him to know that there is nothing he cant do, Marra said. He will grow up knowing that he has no limitations, despite his challenges. The paper airplane thing is just a small example. His goal-setting ambition started when he was a child. Im not the most athletic person but like most kids back then, we didnt have the same distractions kids have today and so planes along with chasing each other around the neighborhood seemed like a fun thing to do, Marra said. I just stuck with it long after they gave it up. Many of his paper airplane designs were modified from past record holders and other designs of his own. He continued to practice, design and throw them until it began to put strains on his arms and shoulders. I just worked around the injuries, Marra said. I never thought for a minute that any of the injuries would keep me from continuing. It just made me work harder. Where theres a will, theres a way. According to Marra, it takes at least one hour to make each of the paper airplanes that will fly the height and distance needed to achieve the desired flight time. His planes are a glider design with specific folding techniques similar to origami. They have no tares, tape or glue, which he said, could ruin aerodynamics and paper. The specifications for the paper plane flight and location are laid out in the Guinness Book of World Records guidelines. It must be launched in an area where all doors are closed and must be launched at ground level. He is allowed 10 official throws, which must be documented with two timers, a photographer and cameraman. To see footage of Marras most recent attempt, visit his You Tube channel page under the screen name of SMLEFGFJB. Photos by BRAD RICHARDSONBill Marra of Seminole takes aim at the ceiling of Tropicana Field Dec. 2 during his attempt at breaking a Guinness World Record for the longest indoor flight of a paper airplane. 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Your care is directed by physicians, not hospital health systems or insurers. Christmas tree recycling availablePinellas County Utilities reminds residents to recycle their Christmas trees. Trees are chopped and processed into mulch and then made available at 20 free mulch sites. The following cities have Christmas tree recycling programs: Belleair curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. Call 588-3769, ext. 401. Clearwater curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. Call 562-4920. Dunedin curbside collection with yard waste on regular day through Jan. 6. Residents without curbside yard waste pickup can plan a pickup day with their association. Call 298-3215. Gulfport curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. Call 893-1089. Indian Rocks Beach curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. Call 595-6889. Largo curbside collection with yard waste on regular day through Jan. 9. Call 587-6760. Madeira Beach Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. Call 391-1611. Oldsmar drop off at 107 Shore Drive W., across from Park Boulevard. Open through Jan. 13. Call 813-749-1262. Pinellas Park drop off at 12950 40th St. (residents only). For more information, call 541-0711. Safety Harbor Curbside collection with yard waste on Wednesdays. For more information, call 724-1550. St. Petersburg drop off at the St. Petersburg brush sites: 1000 62nd Ave. N.E.; 7750 26th Ave. N.; 2500 26th Ave. S.; 4015 Dr. MLK Jr. St. S.; 2453 20th Ave. N. or put your tree out for curbside collection by Friday, Jan. 6, for pickup on Saturday, Jan. 7. If your tree has not been picked up by Jan. 10, call 893-7398. Tarpon Springs drop off at yard waste facility, 898 S. Levis Ave. for a fee, or put out for curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. Call 943-4837. Treasure Island curbside collection with yard waste on regular day. Call 547-4575, ext. 253. Unincorporated Pinellas drop off at Pinellas County Solid Waste, 3095 114th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Cost is $3 per load for a maximum of five trees. Call 464-7500.How to prepare your tree for recyclingRemove all decorations, including hooks, garland, tinsel and lights from trees. Tree should be loose. Do not use a bag or a trash can. For apartments or condominiums, place a tree near the dumpster without blocking access to it The following cities do not have Christmas tree recycling programs. Residents in these municipalities are advised to put their tree at curbside on their regular trash day. Although the tree will not be recycled, it will be collected and disposed of. Belleair Beach, call 595-4646, ext. 120. Belleair Bluffs, call 584-2151. Belleair Shore, call 595-7548. Indian Shores, call 595-4020. Kenneth City, call 544-6655. North Redington Beach, call 391-4848. Redington Beach, call 391-3875. Redington Shores, call 397-5538. Seminole, call 397-6383. South Pasadena, call 384-0701. St. Pete Beach, call 363-9248. Any Pinellas County resident can recycle their Christmas tree by dropping it off at the Pinellas County Solid Waste facility, 3095 114th Ave. N., St. Petersburg. The trees will be recycled into mulch to be given away free to the public. The cost is $3 per load for a maximum of five trees. The cost for six or more trees is $37.50 per ton. Hours are Monday through Friday. 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5.Jan. 31 election registration deadline is Jan. 3Tuesday, Jan. 3 is the deadline to register to vote or change political party affiliation for the Jan. 31 Presidential Preference Primary. Only the Republican Party is having a presidential primary, because the Democratic Party selected President Barack Obama as their nominee. Since Florida is a closed primary state, only registered Republicans are eligible to vote for the Republican presidential nominee. In addition, five municipalities will have elections on Jan. 31: Clearwater, Kenneth City, Safety Harbor, St. Pete Beach (Districts 1 and 3) and Tarpon Springs. The city elections are nonpartisan, so all voters in those cities or districts are eligible to vote. Voters who are already registered to vote in Florida do not need to re-register. A change in election law now requires that address changes from another county that are made at the polls will require the voter to vote a provisional ballot, except for active military voters and their families. Address changes can be made by calling 464VOTE or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with date of birth included. Name and party changes may be made by sending a signed, written statement to the Supervisor of Elections and including date of birth or voter ID number. Any updates, including signatures, can be made by completing and signing a voter registration application and returning it to the Supervisor of Elections. All new applications or party changes received by mail must be postmarked by Jan. 3 in order to be eligible for this election. Residents may register to vote or update their voter information at any Supervisor of Elections office, public library, driver license office or government office handling social services. Some public libraries have evening and weekend hours. In addition, Clarks staff has scheduled the following voter registration events and demonstrations of the optical scan voting system prior to the Jan. 3 registration deadline: Dec. 28 Voter Registration and Voting System Demonstration, Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor, 5:30 8 p.m. Dec. 29 Voter Registration and Education, Clearwater North Greenwood Library, 905 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater, 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Voter Registration and Education, Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., Clearwater, 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Dec. 30 Voter Registration and Voting System Demonstration, St. Pete Beach Library, 365 73rd Ave., St. Pete Beach, 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Jan. 1 Voter Registration and Education, Countryside Christian Center, 1850 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, 8:15 11 a.m. To request a mail ballot, visit www.votepinellas. com, call 464-VOTE (464-8683), or email email@example.com. Ballots also are available to be picked up at any Elections Office. Briefs e-Editionse-edition.tbnweekly.com
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This not only slows your drift on breezy days, but also keeps the bow of your boat pointing downwind, allowing you to present your lures better. Fan cast soft plastic jigs like Pumpkin Jigs Slammers in avocado red glitter or motor oil, or try hard baits like Mirro-dines and Catch 2000s by Mirro-Lure. Scaled sardines cant be found in the huge schools like a few weeks ago but can still be chummed up and cast netted over the grass flats (usually near the passes), making live shrimp a great choice for those using live bait. Free-lining a tail hooked shrimp with an up-current cast would be the preferred presentation, but the current and wind can often be too strong to allow your bait to reach the depth necessary to catch the trout so a small split shot can be added to get the bait down. When fishing shallower flats the use of a float will help to keep the bait up and out of the grass, making sure that youre still making up-current casts. Trout (especially big trout) like the bait to be moving naturally with the tide. Offshore fishing has been a challenge lately considering all the wind weve been having. White Grunts, trigger fish, porgies and the occasional hogfish have all been consistent catches for those fishing inside of 10 miles. Target ledges and the surrounding hard bottom with pieces of squid and or fresh shrimp. Those that have been taking live shrimp offshore are catching enough hogfish on them to make it worthwhile. Further offshore, the red grouper fishing is good from 80 feet on out. Live pinfish and frozen sardines should account for some good catches for those willing to make the run. Happy New Year and get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hot mail.com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editori al@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.Stage set for trout season in the Intracoastal Waterway Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein FHS to meetCLEARWATER The Florida Herb Society will meet Tuesday, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St. Deserie Valloreo, a natural health adviser with HerbalWise, will present a program on using herbs as medicine. Valloreo will provide valuable tips and insights on how to use common herbs for health and healing. Members will create their own herb blend. Materials will be provided. The goal of the FHS is to educate members and the general public in the growing and preservation of herbs for use in culinary, medicinal and decorative purposes. Refreshments and herbal swaps will begin at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. The first meeting is free. Cost to join is $25 a year. Call Emily Wenzel at 3658574 or email emily@florida herbsociety.org.Bromeliad society to meetCLEARWATER The Florida West Coast Bromeliad Society will meet Tuesday, Jan. 3, 7 p.m., at Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 S. Belcher Road. FWCBS member Tom Crocker, with over 35 years of experience in growing bromeliads, will discuss the basics of bromeliad breeding, including the topic of tissue culture. Bromeliads will be available for sale. Call 504-4642.Extension to host tree programLARGO Roots to Shoots, the second annual commercial horticultural tree program, will be presented Friday, Jan. 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Edward Gilman, professor at the University of Florida, will present this ISA class on arboricultural understanding, tree root management and soil mixtures. Cost is $85.36, but the class is free to employees of Pinellas County and the Pinellas County School Board and Pinellas County Master Gardener Volunteers. Identification must be provided on the day of the class. Advance registration is required. Call 582-2100 or visit pce-commercialhort.eventbrite .com.Rain harvesting workshop setSAFETY HARBOR A free program on rain harvesting will be offered Thursday, Jan. 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N. Attendees will learn how to save rainwater in a recycled plastic barrel. The program will be hosted by Pinellas County Extension. One or two rain barrels may be purchased at the time of registration. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.pinellascountyextension .org.Weedon to host gardening workshopST. PETERSBURG From the Garden to the Table will be presented Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to noon, at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. For those interested in vegetable gardening and nutrition, this free workshop will provide an introduction to vegetable gardening, composting and the preparation of fresh vegetables for eating. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Rain harvesting program plannedLARGO A free program on rain harvesting will be offered Saturday, Jan. 21, noon to 12:45 p.m. Attendees will learn how to save rainwater in a recycled plastic barrel. The program will be hosted by Pinellas County Extension. One or two rain barrels may be purchased at the time of registration. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.pinellascountyextension .org.Brooker to host gardening workshopTARPON SPRINGS From the Garden to the Table will be presented Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m. to noon, at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. This free workshop is an introduction for all interested in vegetable gardening and nutrition. Topics to be covered will include everything from composting to preparation of fresh garden vegetables. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org.Vegetable gardening class setLARGO A vegetable gardening class will be presented Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to noon, at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N. Sponsored by the Pinellas County Historical Society, this class will include planting, growing tips and information on treating and preventing garden pests. Advance registration is required. Cost is $5 each or $8 for a two-person family. Call 582-2233 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/heri tage.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 one-hour nature walk great for the entire family. A guided walk on the beach trail is planned. 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Viewpoints 9A Leader, December 29, 2011In any given year, media outlets can report only a limited number of news stories. Following are several small but memorable happenings of 2011 that escaped coverage by mainstream publications. I think they deserve to be preserved for posterity or whatever else awaits us. THE WANDERING CAT. On a Monday night in Foskins, Mo., a calico cat belonging to Judith Finsterbut ventured into nearby thickets in search of mice and unsuspecting finches. The cat, whose name was Kim Jing Awl, emerged from the trees and prepared to cross over railroad tracks owned by the Murchison, Paprika and Santa Sleigh Co. Just then a freight train passed through, frightening the cat and causing it to leap aboard the train, which was bound for Mulloy, Kan., famed for its corn pudding. Halfway there, the train slowed, allowing Kim Jing Awl to jump off the train and find shelter in a nearby Christian Science Reading room. A humanist named Sam soon adopted the cat. Back in Foskins, Judith Finsterbut pined for her missing cat, but was consoled by a neighbor, Ronald Egolf. They soon married and moved to Zelienople, Pa., where polo was once played. THE ROOKIE ADVERTISING MAN. Jerry Loman, fresh out of college, was hired by the Los Angeles advertising agency Caniff, Gonif and Moore, to come up with new ideas for TV commercials. Within two days Loman submitted the following suggestion: Lets do an ad that (A) has no blonde women, (B) does not make the husband appear to be a dork, dolt or nerd, and (C) does not require any of the participants to act silly. Loman was summoned to the creative directors office and was fired, after being told, No agency worthy of the name has attempted such an advertisement in the past 40 years. THE EROTIC ROCKING CHAIRS. Last April in the Rickety Acres nursing home (situated in Garamond, Manitoba) a rare virus infected the aged residents, causing them to become sexually stimulated whenever they sat in any of the homes six rocking chairs. The 30 residents (both male and female) began to compete for use of the chairs, until violence finally broke out, resulting in concussions and four broken bones. Police were called, and assault charges were filed against three women and two men. But the charges were dropped when Garamond district attorney Arthur Bass asked, How in Gods name can I ethically prosecute five horny octogenarians for fighting over the occupancy of magical rocking chairs? Will someone please show me the statute covering this situation? Nobody could. The odd virus soon disappeared, and life returned to normal. But the nursing home residents still fondly recall the episode, and yearn for a repeat. THE CHEVY TRUCK AND THE BLACK HOLE. The Mt. Palomar Observatory in California is approached via a winding macadam road that climbs slowly through sawgrass, stunted palm trees and Mehoopany cactus. Harold Flim, a Cal-Tech graduate student, was driving a 1998 Chevy pickup truck upward on County Road S-6 toward the observatory one night last July. On the seat beside him was a box filled with coffee and fast food purchased at a convenience store in nearby Palomar Mountain. As Flim neared the base of Palomars main viewing station he flicked the bright switch of the trucks headlights to let his research partner, Julie Jordan, know that he had arrived with food for the midwatch. Instead of welcoming Flim, Julie opened a laboratory door and screamed, Your stupid trucks headlights just scrambled our view of a new black hole in Centaurus-244. Flim said, Im sorry. Julie said, Did you get me a hoagie, and a coffee with two creams? Flim said, Yes. Julie said, Then youre forgiven. THE ERRANT CADENZA. Rolf Tingle, a bassoonist for the Kowloon, Md., Symphony Orchestra, told his conductor, Elissa Schtick, I am having a mental lapse. I cannot recall the passage in which the primary cadenza occurs while we are playing the third movement of Poes Gold Bug Variations. Shall I seek counseling? Maestro Schtick said, That wont be necessary. I used to date a private eye for the Julliard School. Ill ask him to find the errant cadenza. The private investigator, Hinky Parleyvoo, soon arrived in Kowloon to interview Rolf Tingle. What brand of whiskey do you drink, sir? Tingle said, Athen Rye Black Label. Parleyvoo said, Theres your answer. Recent research has revealed that the congeners in Athen Rye often attack the musical synapses in the brains of male bassoonists, causing them to entirely forget cadenzas and even arpeggios. Switch your booze and your problem is solved. And so it came to pass. Elissa Schtick said to Parleyvoo, Former sweetheart, what can I do to repay you? He said, Fuhgettabout it, babe. Heres looking at you. Well always have Kowloon.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.Many people ask what is the meaning of Chanukah? Who invented this holiday? Well the answer is that Chanukah is actually one of the oldest biblical holidays dating back over 2200 years. The story goes like this: In ancient Israel during the time of the second Holy Temple built in Jerusalem by the prophet Ezra, an Assyrian-Greek oppressor named Antiochus invaded Israel. He desecrated and ruined the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, and forbade the Jews from practicing their faith. It was simply his way of maintaining his dictatorship. There was an epic cultural war; whoever won the cultural war won the physical war. Most of the Jews at the time became Hellenists; they adopted Greek culture and assimilated into Greek society. Why fight back they said! Enjoy life! Only a small group of Jews who were a family of priests that served in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem called the Macabees decided to fight back against this enormous empire. Fight for whats right they said. Although they were greatly outnumbered since most of their own people had betrayed them, and with no financial or military resources, they emerged victorious due to their faith and unity. They restored the Holy Temple in Jerusalem to its beauty and resumed their holy service there. When they entered the Holy Temple they found only one small bottle of pure olive oil, which wasnt defiled. They used it to light the Menorah the most sacred item in the Holy Temple and miraculously this small bottle of pure olive oil lasted for eight days giving them enough time to press new pure olive oil. This story has a very powerful message for our times. America is the greatest country in the history of mankind because America was founded on the principal of religious freedom. The dollar bill reads In God We Trust. This is why America has been so successful in a relatively short period of time. In these difficult times when countless millions of Americans are in pain, and every day we read about crazier and crazier things occurring throughout society, we must make every effort to help each other by increasing in random acts of goodness and kindness. Chanukah teaches us that even a little bit of light can dispel a disproportionate amount of darkness. One candle at a time, every day we increase just a little bit of light, and thats what brings about the ultimate miracle. We need redemption. America needs redemption. The world needs redemption. All of us together will make it happen one good deed at a time!Rabbi Shmuel Reich is with the Jewish Enrichment Center, Clearwater. Volunteer and have the time of your lifeEditor: Once again, Pinellas County is enjoying another beautiful winter season, served up with sunny and mild days and beautiful evenings to be out and about. No wonder so many of us in the retiree ranks call Pinellas County our winter homes, far from the ice and snow. My wife and I were fortunate to have our careers here in Pinellas County. We have always loved the Appalachian Mountains as well and maintain a spot there for seasonal sojourns, but we keep coming back to the lovely sand and surf. One of the ways I have discovered to give back to our local community is to volunteer some of my time as a Pinellas County volunteer. I love to ride the Pinellas Trail and through adjoining parks like Taylor Park in Largo and Wall Springs Park north of Dunedin. I have turned my love of our trail system and parks into a volunteer position by becoming a volunteer auxiliary ranger. In my job as a volunteer ranger, I am the eyes and the ears of the trail. I look for unsafe conditions caused by downed limbs or debris on the trail surfaces and also serve as an ambassador of the trail and parks by providing information to patrons about amenities and stopping spots. My time spent as an auxiliary ranger is appreciated and needed by regular park staff, especially during these lean times for government agencies. I know that my time spent on the trail is freeing up regular rangers to patrol our park facilities by vehicle, greatly expanding their coverage area and patrol frequency. I would like to encourage other winter residents to volunteer here in Pinellas County as a seasonal volunteer. There are positions to be filled in our parks and preserves, Heritage Village and Florida Botanical Gardens as well as at the Cooperative Extension Service. Please visit the Pinellas County Volunteer Services website at www.pinellascounty.org or give them a call at 464-8477. I promise that you too will not only be challenged by the work, but that you will have the time of your life enjoying all the beauty Pinellas County has to offer from the front seat of the theatre. Fred Bruder SeminoleWhere is Archie Bunker when you need him? The reactionary, bigoted curmudgeon of the hit sitcom All in the Family was one of the key cultural touchstones of the 1970s. A buffoon, to be sure, Archie was also a readily identifiable American type, the self-pitying white man ill at ease with recent changes in the social order. But because Archie was also portrayed with depth and sympathy, the laughs at his expense helped the audience come to grips with the turmoil they felt wrestling with their own biases and those of family members. Perhaps an updated version of that character could illuminate the trend of bashing American Muslims, most recently on view in the activism of the Florida Family Association. This evangelical Christian group is riled that a new television show, All-American Muslim, portrays its subjects a little too benignly. Where are jihadists? the association demands to know. Why hasnt the program featured terrorists, bomb-throwers or violence against women? All-American Muslim, which airs on TLC, chronicles the lives of five families in ArabAmerican communities in Dearborn, Mich., a Detroit suburb with a generations-long history as a home to Arabs, both Muslim and Christian. Its a reality show and not a particularly entertaining one in the Snooki/Kardashian/toddlers-in-tiaras kind of way. The pace is slow and very, very explanatory. Zzzzzzz. Perhaps that is because All-American Muslim is portraying reality, and TLC (formerly known as The Learning Channel) recognizes some value in Americans, well, learning something on TV. What viewers might gather from the show is that the vast majority of Muslims in America lead lives that are as mundane and ordinary as their own. Lives filled with work, faith and home. The episodes aired so far have been unapologetic about highlighting that fact. The Florida Family Association calls this propaganda. It complains that the show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks. How deplorable. Imagine, a reality show highlighting a broad reality. There is a Muslim sheriffs deputy, a head football coach at the local high school, a single mom and an adult daughter living with her somewhat overprotective mother. Some of the characters are traditional, very focused on their faith, such as the couple who are new parents. Others are less so, like the ultra-hip mom who wants to open a nightclub. Some of the women wear the hijab and many do not. And they gasp! speak Midwestern English. In an effort to protect innocent Americans from this shocking truth, the Florida Family Association has pressured advertisers, most notably the hardware company Lowes, to withdraw their advertising. Weve seen this kind of thing before. Rightwing Christian groups love to target TV shows and movies that portray gays and lesbians in a positive light. Right now, the Florida Family Association is also fretting that a new SpiderMan character is going to turn out to be gay. Theyre campaigning against Marvel and Disney to keep him in the closet. The more this activism succeeds, the more it fails. Ask Lowes how happy it is to be in the middle of this. The company has pulled a thread from its Facebook page on its decision to pull advertising from All-American Muslim. The company became alarmed at the rising hatred posted in comments. Thats all the more evidence that shows like All-American Muslim is needed. Recall what The Cosby Show did for Americans perception of race yes, blacks can be affluent and upper-middle class and funny. Then there was Ellen for gay Americans, which laid the groundwork for the portrayal of gay parenting in ABCs Modern Family. The show doesnt shy from the often-effeminate characteristics of its popular co-stars. Most viewers get the humor, and are willing to live and let live. In a sense, such programs dont change opinions on a given social issue so much as reflect the ways in which American opinions have already changed. In the 1970s, the time was ripe for a character like Archie Bunker. America was ready to acknowledge and laugh at the ignorance that lived on in his resentful heart. Such a character wouldnt have been possible a generation earlier, when the struggle for civil rights was still very much a matter of life and death. These days, anti-Muslim activism in America is a fringe phenomenon, the province of opportunists on the right. Yet the fears it appeals to cannot be denied. A healthy dose of perspective is needed, and, strange as it is to say, a sitcom or a reality show might just be the ticket.Mary Sanchez is an opinion-page columnist for The Kansas City Star. 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10A Health & Fitness Leader, December 29, 2011 100611 111711 Providing quality healthcare to the Seminole/Largo communities for over 35 years. A 2nd generation of physicians, Dr.s Todd Clarkson and Donald Collins remain committed to maintaining the standards and traditions of excellence their patients expect and deserve.our physicians and three Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners work out of 2 office locations. Our East Bay Medical Center offers visits during Lunchtime hours to better meet your scheduling needs.F F2 Convenient Locations to Better Serve You. Oakhurst Medical Clinic13020 Park Blvd., Seminole, FL 33776 727-393-3404East Bay Medical Center3800 East Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33771 727-539-0505 www.oakmed.comMedicare, Humana Medicare Advantage Plan, and most other insurance plans accepted. 060211Todd Clarkson, D.O. Donald Collins, D.O. Ronald Mall, D.O. Roger Schwartzberg, D.O.,F.A.A.I.M. Betsy Parker, A.R.N.P Gail Quail MSN, A.R.N.P.C. John Jarboe A.R.N.P. Marianne Fisher CEO FAMILY PRACTICE &INTERNAL MEDICINE 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 Oral cancer are you at risk?With Michael Douglass diagnosis of stage IV oral cancer it has become widely known that cancer of the throat and tongue is now a serious concern. This type of cancer has traditionally been found only in those who smoked or drank heavily. However, today there are increased incidences of throat and tongue cancer caused by the human papillomavirus. Up to 50 percent of the 34,000 cases of oral cancer diagnosed each year are caused by HPV. You may wonder how Michael Douglass cancer progressed so far without being detected. When a tumor is located far down the throat it is very difficult to be seen with the naked eye. Fortunately, HPV positive throat cancer has a higher survival rate and now with the new OraRisk Test the infection can now be detected long before physical symptoms occur. According to the New England Journal of Medicine HPV squamous cell carcinomas respond more favorably to traditional chemo and radiation treatment. Your dentist is the first line of defense in early detection of HPV positive throat cancer. They now have available to them a noninvasive, easy-to-use screening tool for identifying the various levels and types of oral HPV infection. If you are concerned that you may be at risk do a quick assessment of the following: Do you smoke or chew tobacco? Do you frequently drink alcohol? Do you have an occasional cough, sore throat or earache? Are you sexually active? Do you have a family history of oral cancer? If you answered yes to some of these questions then you may be a candidate for the OraRisk salivary test developed by Oral DNA lab. If the test comes back positive but there are no visible lesions then it would be monitored over the next six months. Very often the HPV infection can be eliminated by the patients immune system. If the test is positive and there are lesions present the dentist would refer you to an ENT Medical specialist. If you have reason for concern talk to your dentist or you can find out more about this simple test by visiting www.OralDNA.com or www.myclearwaterfamilydental.com.Dr. Paul Rodeghero, a 1983 graduate of Ohio State University Dental School, practices at Clearwater Family Dental, 706 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. Dental mattersDr. Paul Rodeghero Morton Plant programs The Morton Plant Mease BayCare Health System will offer a number of programs in January at various locations. For information on upcoming programs, call 953-6877. Participating locations include: Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo Bardmoor Outpatient and Surgery Center, 8787 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor Mease Countryside Hospital Medical Arts Building, 1840 Mease Drive, Safety Harbor Mease Dunedin Hospital, 601 Main St., Dunedin Morton Plant Hospital, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater Morton Plant Mease Outpatient Center, 2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd., Trinity Powell Cancer Center, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant Street, Clearwater Sarah Walker Womens Center, 300 Pinellas Street, ClearwaterFollowing is a list of Januarysupport groups and presentations:Wellness cancer Cancer Patients Hope Group Tuesday, Jan. 3, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, fourth floor, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library. Cancer Support Group (Caregivers) Tuesday, Jan. 3, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, fourth floor, Family Waiting Room (across from patient room 4115). Cancer Support Group (Women) Monday, Jan. 16, 6 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, Community Room. Cancer Support Group (Women) Tuesdays, Jan. 10 and 24, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital Shaffer Tower, fourth floor, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library. Coping With Cancer Diagnosis: Toolkit for Patients, Families and Caregivers Wednesdays, Jan. 11 and 25, 4 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, CaPSS Library. Head and Neck Cancer Support Group Monday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Lansky Pavilion at Bardmoor Outpatient Center, Administrative Conference Room. Look Good, Feel Better Monday, Jan. 9, 10 a.m., Powell Cancer Center, Community Room. Luna De Pinellas Tuesday, Jan. 10, 6 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, Community Room. Multiple Myeloma Educational Group Saturday, Jan. 7, 10:30 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 3. Prostate Cancer Discussion Group Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital Shaffer Tower, fourth floor, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library. Thyroid Cancer Support Group Saturday, Jan. 14, 10:30 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditorium D. Wellness cardiac/circulation Womens Heart Support Group Tuesday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Suite 105. Womens Heart Support Group Thursday, Jan. 5, noon, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Morton Plant Hospital, Community Room A. ICD Support Group Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m., Mease Dunedin Hospital. Meeting room 3.Wellness caregivers Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group Mondays, Jan. 9 and 23, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Room 114. Early Stage Alzheimers Support Group for Patients Monday, Jan. 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Room 114. Wellness parenting Big Brothers/Big Sisters Thursday, Jan. 12, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, fifth floor Conference Room. Big Brothers/Big Sisters Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor Conference Room. Birth Center Tour Wednesday, Jan. 4, 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital. Birth Center Tour Wednesday, Jan. 11, 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor Conference Room. Birth Center Tour Sunday, Jan. 15, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor Conference Room. Birth Center Tour Sunday, Jan. 22, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital. Bootcamp For New Dads Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditoriums A and B. Breastfeeding Part 1 Saturday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor Conference Room: Fee. Breastfeeding Part 1 Monday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Breastfeeding Part 1 Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor Conference Room: Fee. Breastfeeding Part 1 Sunday, Jan. 22, 1 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Breastfeeding Mothers Group Wednesdays, Jan. 11 and 25, 10 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital Shaffer Tower, fifth floor classroom. Car Seat Safety Tuesdays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital: Fee. Car Seat Safety Saturday, Jan. 14, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital: Fee. Car Seat Safety Saturday, Jan. 21, 1:30 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital: Fee. Childbirth Preparation half day intensive Sunday, Jan. 8, 1 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor Conference Room: Fee. Childbirth Preparation half day intensive Sunday, Jan. 15, 1 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Childbirth Preparation half day intensive Saturday, Jan. 28, 9 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Childbirth Preparation half day intensive Saturday, Jan. 28, 9 a.m. Powell Cancer Center, first floor Conference Room: Fee. Childbirth Preparation 2 week series Monday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditorium A and B: Fee. Childbirth Preparation 2 week series Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Childbirth Preparation Natural Thursday, Jan. 5, 7 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor Conference Room: Fee. Infant/Child CPR Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle A and B. Newborn Care Wednesday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor Conference Room: Fee. Newborn Care Saturday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Newborn Care Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Newborn Care Monday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor Conference Room: Fee. Water Birth Tuesday, Jan. 3, 7 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditorium A and B. Baby Boot Camp Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m., Dunedin Community Center: Fee.Wellness stroke 2 Timers Stroke Survivor Caregiver Support Group Wednesday, Jan. 11, 11:30 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1 and 2. Wellness other AWAKE: Sleep Disorder Support Group for Apnea Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 3. Bariatric Support Group Tuesday, Jan. 3, 6 p.m., Mease Dunedin Hospital, Meeting Room 2. CPAP / BI-PAP Clinic Tuesday, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 10 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital Medical Arts Building. CPAP / BI-PAP Clinic Wednesdays, Jan. 4, 11, 18, and 25, 9 a.m., Bardmoor Medical Arts Building. Suite 210. 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, a nonprofit organization that provides confidential assistance for people in need of health and human services, offers several opportunities for volunteers. The most critical needs are: Research volunteer to assist the contact center supervisor by researching and gathering outreach information on events in Citrus, Hernando, Lake and Sumter counties. Contact center statistics volunteer to assist the contact center manager on reports generation, updating indicators board and analyzing data relative to contact center calls. They also will extract data and generate trend charts using several sources of information. Follow up volunteer to place follow up calls to callers from Citrus, Hernando, Lake and Sumter counties with the objective of collecting data about effectiveness of services in these counties. Using a database, the volunteer calls clients who agree to receive a follow-up call. A variety of other opportunities are available for volunteers. People interested in volunteering must complete an application and comprehensive training for all positions and must be at least 18 years old. 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Business 11A Leader, December 29, 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 ObituariesRecognizing that some readers wish to share the life and loss of a loved one with the community, Tampa Bay Newspapers publishes paid obituaries in our weekly papers. The deadline for submitting obituary information is 9 a.m. on Monday, for that weeks papers. Obituaries will publish in all six of our papers. Obituary information should include: full name, age, city and date of death. You may also choose to include the names of living and/or predeceased relatives, work history, clubs and/or activities that they participated in. If you wish to include the name of the funeral home handling arrangements keep in mind that we are a weekly publication and the paper may publish after the services have taken place. For further information, including cost, please call Tampa Bay Newspapers at 727-397-5563, or you can submit your information through our Web site, www.TBNweekly.com, or by e-mail at: obits@TBNweekly.com.80510 Obituaries James Jim L. PENDLETON84, passed away December 5, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Fla. For 35 years, he was the owner of the family-operated Sapphire Signs in Seminole, Fla. 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Curves celebrates anniversary La Chic Salon & Spa, at 301 West Bay Drive, celebrates its grand opening with a Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting.Salon opens LARGO The Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will present Focus on 2012: A Tampa Bay Economic Forecast, on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd. Coffee and registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and program from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The program will feature business experts who will share predictions and will provide insight on significant global, national and regional issues destined to impact the Tampa Bay economy. Stacie Schaible, News Channel 8 anchor will moderate the panel. Panelists will include: Susan MacManus, Ph.D., distinguished university professor of public administration and political science in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida and political analyst on WFLA-TV8 in Tampa. Sean Snaith, Ph.D., director of the University of Central Floridas Institute for Economic Competitiveness and a nationally recognized economist in the field of business and economic forecasting. He has served as a consultant for governments and multi-national corporations such as Compaq, Dell and IBM. Geary A. Havran, president of NDH Medical in St. Petersburg, a major medical device manufacturer, and past chairman of the Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium. The medical manufacturing industry employs more than 37,000 people in Florida at an average wage of $50,000 a year. Heather Kenyon, president and CEO, Tampa Bay Technology Forum, a nonprofit membership association thats mission is to transform this region into a world-class center for technology entrepreneurship, business innovation and educational excellence. Cost to attend, which includes breakfast, is $30 a person with reserved tables of eight for $250. Tickets can be purchased at the chamber, 151 Third St. NW, Largo; or by calling 584-2321.Central Pinellas Chamber hosts economic forecast event Jan. 10 Sean Snaith Susan MacManusNetworking 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. 30 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. 30 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Friday, Dec. 30 Professional Leads Network, Upper Pinellas Chapter, 8 a.m., at Daddys Grill, 3682 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Friday, Dec. 30 Professional Leads Network, Bay Area Executives Chapter, 11:45 a.m., at Tum Rub Thai, 32716 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor. Visit www.proleads.net. Monday, Jan. 2 Network Professionals Inc., 7:30 a.m., at Perkins Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Monday, Jan. 2 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, Jan. 2 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@freenetworkinginternatio national.com. Monday, Jan. 2 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@freenet workinginternational.com or visit twocupsconnect.com. Tuesday, Jan. 3 Professional Leads Network, First Watch Chapter, 7:30 a.m., First Watch, 2569 Village Drive, Clearwater. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Tuesday, Jan. 3 The Board, Network Professionals, 7:30 a.m., at Panera Bread, Bardmoor Shopping Center, corner of Bryan Dairy and Starkey roads, Largo. Call 742-6343. Tuesday, Jan. 3 Business Network International, Winners Circle, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Call Dave Proffitt at 230-9240. Tuesday, Jan. 3 Network Professionals Inc., Seminole Chapter, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 3673737. Tuesday, Jan. 3 Yacht Club Breakfast, sponsored by Creative Business Connections, 7:30 a.m., St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call Darrell Baker, area director, at 586-4999 or visit www.cbc net.biz. Tuesday, Jan. 3 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, Jan. 3 Free Networking International, Bayside Group, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bay Pines Sports Bar, 9685 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. Call Janet Landt at 455-7510, email email@example.com or visit www.freenetworkinginterna tional.com. Tuesday, Jan. 3 Network Professionals Inc., St. Pete Lunch Chapter, 11:45 a.m., Red Lobster, 2773 66th St. N., St. Petersburg. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, Jan. 3 Network Professionals Inc., ICOT Lunch Chapter, 11:45 a.m., at Tucsons Southwest Grill, 13563 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Call Eddie Montoya at 813-477-3533. Tuesday, Jan. 3 Tri-City Network Professionals, 11:45 a.m., at Applebees Restaurant, 5110 East Bay Drive, Clearwater. First visit is free. Call 492-7921. Wednesday, Jan. 4 Business Network International, Financial Freedom, 7:15 a.m., atNetworking clubs follow the leadsBardmoor Country Club, 8001 Cumberland Road, Largo. Call Phil at 409-1609 or visit www.BNIFinancialFreedom.com. Wednesday, Jan. 4 Pinellas Executives Association, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., at Cove Cay Country Club, 2612 Cove Cay Drive, Clearwater. Call Donna Perry at 784-6507 or visit www.peafl.com. Wednesday, Jan. 4 BNI Business Connections Countryside, 7:30 a.m., at Grillsmith, 2539 Countryside Blvd., Suite 6, Clearwater. Cost is $11. Call Renee Jones at 813-749-2780, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bnibusinessconnections.co m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 Local Business Network Seminole, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call 804-6359. Wednesday, Jan. 4 BNI Wealth Builders, 7:30 a.m., Palm Harbor Community Center Parks and Drew Valk Recreation, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Visit www.bni.com. Wednesday, Jan. 4 BNI Power Team, 7:30 a.m., East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Pkwy., Oldsmar. Visit www.bni.com. Wednesday, Jan. 4 Network Professionals Inc., Downtown Clearwater Breakfast Chapter, 7:30 a.m., at the Residence Inn, 940 Court St., Clearwater. Call Kim Anton at 539-7110. Wednesday, Jan. 4 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Wednesday, Jan. 4 Free Networking International, Seminole Christian Hope Team, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Palace of the Orient, 10425 Park Blvd., Seminole. Call Dave Harden at 4586890 or email daveh@freenet workinginternational.com. Wednesday, Jan. 4 Free Networking International, Oldsmar Group, 11:30 a.m., at Twisted Bamboo Bar and Bistro, 3687 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Call Nova Montgomery at 942-0444.
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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B December 29, 2011Visit www.TBNweekly.com Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEOut with the old, in with the new: Area residents will soon be counting down the final moments of 2011 and greeting 2012. New Years Eve has become the biggest party night of the year. Tampa Bay area revelers will find several ways to ring in the new year at venues in Pinellas and Hillsborough. One of this years most exciting New Years Eve extravaganzas will take place beneath the island moonlight in one of Pinellas Countys beach communities.Isley Brothers play The Club at TIThe Isley Brothers will perform their greatest hits in a private, outdoor New Years Eve concert under the stars on Saturday, Dec. 31, at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. The largest pool in Treasure Island will be completely covered with a custom-built, see-through floor cover, allowing partygoers to literally dance on the water by Boca Ciega Bay. Ice sculptures, a temporary tattoo parlor, free-flowing champagne and dazzling, multicolored light shows will add to the ultra-VIP ambiance. The Club at Treasure Island is no stranger to big New Years Eve gala events. Our 2009 extravaganza featured Jon Secada and really set the standard for New Years Eve parties in Tampa Bay, said Jeff Thomas in a press release. Thomas is The Club at Treasure Islands general manager and executive director. And last years celebration with KC & The Sunshine Band raised the bar even higher. Well, this year we challenged ourselves to blow all of our previous parties completely out of the water. Weve spared no expense in creating the biggest, most spectacular New Years Eve party in club history. I promise you, this party will be legendary! This years headliners, the Grammy-winning Isley Brothers, are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the only band in history to record at least one Hot 100 hit in six consecutive decades. The Isley Brothers boast nine No. 1 albums on the R&B charts plus eight No. 1 smash-hit singles such as Its Your Thing, Fight the Power, The Pride, Livin the Life, Dont Say Goodnight and Down Low (Nobody Has to Know) with R. Kelly. The Isley Brothers first millionselling hit record was the classic Shout followed three years later byNew Years EveVenues around the Tampa Bay area are set to ring in the new year Photo courtesy of THE CLUB AT TREASURE ISLANDThe Club at Treasure Island intends to throw the biggest New Years Eve celebration in Pinellas. the timeless Twist and Shout. Also performing will be Pentatonix, a futuristic a cappella band who was the season three champions on NBCs The Sing-Off. Kristie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying three Arlington, Texas, high school students arranged an a cappella version of Telephone and entered a competition to meet the cast of Glee. Though they didnt win the competition, a YouTube video of their performance sparked attention and led to more songs and eventually, an opportunity to audition for The Sing-off. The original three members added Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola to their ranks and Pentatonix was born. The five-member a cappella band is known for putting their ownPhoto courtesy of THE CLUB AT TREASURE ISLANDThe Grammy-winning Isley Brothers take the stage for a New Years Eve extravaganza at The Club at Treasure Island. www.SandyHartmann.comProperties@Sandysofce.comHappy New Year! Sandy Hartmann & Associates has been providing exceptional real estate services to their clients for over 31 years and is consistently ranked in the top 1% of Real Estate agents across the United States. 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Singing with a passion and fervor directly influenced by his classic soul heroes, Greys deeply personal songs are steeped in the rhythms of his native home outside of Jacksonville. He comes from a long tradition of southern storytellers and, in that spirit, he fills his songs with details that are at once vivid, personal and universal. Opening for Grey and Mofro will be the Honey Island Swamp Band. New Years Eve celebrations around the Tampa Bay area, including The Isley Brothers at The Club at Treasure Island; the Disco Eve Extravaganza at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg; Salute to Vienna at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater; Pat Travers at the Largo Cultural Center, and Cheap Trick at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. Matisyahu with special guest Tea Leaf Green, Saturday, Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m., in the Carol Morsani Hall at the David A Straz Jr. Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets are $34.50. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org. In April 2005, Matisyahu released Live at Stubbs, which spawned the hit single King Without a Crown and has to date sold nearly 700,000 copies in the United States. Six years later, Matisyahu returns to the renowned Austin venue that helped to launch his career with Live at Stubbs Vol. II, a new CD-DVD package that demonstrates the continued originality and increasing depth of this longtime New Yorkers craft. Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 4-8, at the St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets range from $12 to $85. Call 813301-2500 or visit www.sptimesforum.com. Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey is presenting Dragons! For the first time in circus history, myth and majesty will share the arena during this must-see family event that can only be witnessed at The Greatest Show On Earth. Attendees will experience incredible circus spectacles that make the unbelievable seem possible. Dragon tribes from the far reaches of the earth are brought together in a single performance, displaying their breathtaking skills in a circus tournament of champions. Each tribe must prove that they have virtues of Courage, Strength, Wisdom and Heart to arouse dragons, which appear right before the eyes of the audience. Howie Mandel, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets range from $69 to $85. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. Mandel has been in show business for more than 30 years. Known for such television gigs as being a judge on Americas Got Talent, hes also received an Emmy-Award nomination for his role as the host on Deal or No Deal. Among many other shows, the Toronto-born entertainer also is recognizable as being the starring voice on the childrens cartoon Bobbys World, a show he created. The stand-up comic came to the attention of the American television viewers during the six-year run, in the s, of the medical drama television show, St. Elsewhere, on which he played Dr. Wayne Fiscus. Five top diversions Five top diversions Photo courtesy of PRESS HERE PUBLICITYMatisyahu performs Dec. 31 at the Straz Center in Tampa. See NEW YEARS, page 4B
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It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.PariahGenre: Drama Cast: Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Charles Parnell and Sahra Mellesse Director: Diandra Rees and Dee Rees Rated: R Adepero Oduye, who had earlier starred in the short film, portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyns Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes-boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura (Pernell Walker), Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents marriage is strained and there is further tension in the household whenever Alikes development becomes a topic of discussion. Pressed by her mother into making the acquaintance of a colleagues daughter, Bina (Aasha Davis), Alike finds Bina to be unexpectedly refreshing to socialize with. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.The Iron LadyGenre: Drama and biopic Cast: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Alexandra Roach, Olivia Colman and Anthony Head Director: Phyllida Lloyd Rated: PG-13 The Iron Lady is a surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom. One of the 20th centurys most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male dominated world.A SeparationGenre: Foreign and drama Cast: Leila Hatami, Peyman Moadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat and Sarina Farhadi Director: Asghar Farhadi Rated: PG-13 Set in contemporary Iran, A Separation is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wifes absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage.Opening this weekendMeryl Streep portrays Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, opening in limited release Photo by ALEX BAILEY/PATHE PRODUCTIONS/THE WEINSTEIN COMPANYMeryl Streep stars as Margaret Thatcher and Jim Broadbent as Dennis Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyds film The Iron Lady. 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. Bandy words 5. ___ four 10. Order taker 14. Decline 15. "Home ___" 16. 100 cents 17. Song and dance, e.g. 18. Catalogs 19. Ballet move 20. Restaurant host, French (2 wds) 23. Baptism, for one 24. Conceit 28. Buttonhole 31. "Fantasy Island" prop 32. "Comprende?" 33. Twisted shape 36. Mozart's "L'___ del Cairo" 37. Enlarge, as a hole 38. Dust remover 39. Like a stuffed shirt 40. ___ grass 41. Region surrounding Earth where clouds form 45. Schuss, e.g. 46. Accident 47. Coffee server 48. Modus operandi 50. Dirty coat 51. Impossible to enter 57. Bowed 60. In pieces 61. Bounced checks, hangnails, etc. 62. Face-to-face exam 63. Plunder 64. "The ___ have it" 65. Characteristic carrier 66. Andrea Bocelli, for one 67. Bind Down 1. Did laps, say 2. Legal prefix 3. The "A" of ABM 4. Comfort station 5. Atelier item 6. Say "Li'l Abner," say 7. Brit's "Baloney!" 8. "What's gotten ___ you?" 9. Exam takers 10. Quartet member 11. Cast 12. Victorian, for one 13. Coxcomb 21. Classic board game 22. Auspices 25. Chemical cousin 26. Safe 27. Inadequate 28. Down's opposite 29. Decrepit 30. Omnivorous mammals resembling racoons 31. ___-mutton (2 wds) 34. Discontinue 35. 40 winks 39. In a place where something cannot be removed (2 wds) 41. Not us 42. Barricade 43. Military lookout 44. "D" 49. Deed 50. Self-regulating feedback mechanism 52. Fencing sword with blunt point 53. Indian bread 54. British term for young man 55. Onion relative 56. "___ quam videri" (North Carolina's motto) 57. Impede, with "down" 58. "... ___ he drove out of sight" 59. Masefield play "The Tragedy of ___"HoroscopesDecember 29, 2011CapricornDecember 22 January 19This week is all about celebration, Capricorn. Invite over everyone you know, go to as many functions as you can and let the good times roll.AquariusJanuary 20 February 18Get a grip, Aquarius. The festivities are nearly over and you will soon be able to breathe again. In the meantime, try to catch a few winks when you can.PiscesFebruary 19 March 20Winging it is not your style, but youre about to become good at it with the arrival of unexpected guests, Pisces. A test in patience persists at work.AriesMarch 21 April 19Household chores stack up, but theres no need for you to attack them now. Enjoy yourself while you can, Aries. There will be time later to attend to all of the details.TaurusApril 20 May 20Frequent visitors keep the mood light all week long. A package arrives with a sweet surprise tucked inside. Savor it, Taurus. An auto gets a makeover.GeminiMay 21 June 21A personal matter takes precedence above all else. Address it swiftly, Gemini. A gift makes a dreaded task a snap. Make sure you say thanks.CancerJune 22 July 22Good food among good friends. What more could you ask for this week, Cancer? Well, there is one more thing, and guess what, its yoursLeoJuly 23 August 22The scope of a project broadens, and youre pulled into the fray. Heed the call, Leo, and there will be big rewards. An art project shapes up with help of friends.VirgoAugust 23 September 22Trying times are finally behind you. Thank goodness, Virgo. A mixup at work puts everyone in stitches. A young friend surprises you. Be receptive.LibraSeptember 23 October 22Youve made your resolutions. Now you need to determine how youre going to get there. Planning is key to success, Libra. Dont overlook that fact.ScorpioOctober 23 November 21Changes are coming, but theres nothing for you to fear, Scorpio. The outcome will be better for everyone involved. The festivities kick into high gear at home.SagittariusNovember 22 December 21A gathering bears many surprises, including one for you. Enjoy, Sagittarius. Romantic gestures are returned, and gifts are exchanged.
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PLUS GIVEAWAYS, GAMES & PRIZES, GREAT FOOD & DINK SPECIALS! 80 S. Clearwater-Largo Road, Largo727-588-4444Like Us on for Daily Discounts FREEParty Favors Food Vendors Street Performers Live Music 122911 40 ft. Ball Drop at MidnightParty Starts at 8:30 p.m. By LEE CLARK ZUMPEThe first month of the New Year will feature performances by legendary musicians as well as new and emerging artists. We Can Be Heroes: David Bowies 65th Birthday Tribute, presented by WMNF 88.5, will take place Saturday, Jan. 7, 6 p.m., at Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 813-238-8001or visit www.wmnf.org/events. The tribute concert will feature a variety of Tampa Bay bands performing a treasure trove of Bowie songs with the evening capped of by power-pop legends Barely Pink reuniting to perform The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in its entirety. Tony Michaelidies, David Bowies publicist, will kick off the show with stories, pictures and neverbefore-seen video clips from his time working and touring with Bowie. Scheduled performers, subject to change, include: Al Torchia & The Tattered Saints, Barely Pink, Flash Gordon, Florida Kilos, FunkN8, Glitter Guns, Jeremy Gloff, Magadog, Sons of Hippies, The Jillian Stein Band and Voltaic Combo. The Pinellas County Historical Society will sponsor the Pinellas Folk Festival on Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N., Largo. The festival will feature dozens of the Tampa Bay areas premier folk musicians performing traditional folk, gospel, country and bluegrass music on stages throughout the village. Attendees also will enjoy historical demonstrations, a food court, old-time games, storytelling, traditional craft demonstrations, traditional fiber arts show, fleece to shawl activities and antique cars. Free parking and shuttle to event entrance will be available on 119th Street between Ulmerton and Walsingham roads. Handicapped parking and dropoff will be found at the former Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road. A suggested contribution of $5 or more is greatly appreciated and will help support this festival. The event is free for children age 11 and younger. Call 582-2123 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/heritage.Following is a list of other music scene events in the coming weeks:1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre Zac Brown Band, Saturday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m. The Amphitheatre is at 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Call 813-740-2446 or visit www.livenation.com.Capitol Theatre Voxare String Quartet, Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m. Tom Rush, Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre is at 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.The Club at Treasure Island Jefferson Starship, Saturday, Jan. 7, 9 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Principal Winds Quartet; Friday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island is at 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. Call 367-4511 or visit www.theclubti.com.Dunedin Brewery The Dropa Stone, Friday, Jan. 6, 9 p.m. Geoff Abraham and the Stone City, Saturday, Jan. 7, 9 p.m. Gypsy Wind, Thursday, Jan. 12, 8 p.m. Swamp Logic, Friday, Jan. 13, 9 p.m. The Transfers, Saturday, Jan. 14, 9 p.m. Pasadena, Thursday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m. Skull and Bone Band, Friday, Jan. 20, 9 p.m. Hindu Cowboys, Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery is at 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Call 736-0606 or visit dunedin brewery.com.Jannus Live Doug E. Fresh, Friday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m. The Supervillains, Friday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m. G. Love and Special Sauce, Friday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m. Jannus Live is at 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. Call 565-0550 or visit www.jannuslive.com.Jolli Mons Grill Scotty Lee, Saturday, Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m. Jimmy Griswold, Friday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m. Brian Caudill, Friday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m. Noah Broe and the Groove Co., Friday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. 3 Pint Harmony, Saturday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m. Jolli Mons Grill is at 941 Huntley Ave., Dunedin. Visit www.jollimonsgrill.com. Largo Cultural Center Bill The Sauce Boss Wharton, Friday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m. The Nowhere Band (Beatles tribute band), Saturday, Jan. 14, 3 and 8 p.m. A Night on the Town with the Rat Pack (tribute to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin), Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m. The Letterman, Sunday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. CJ Harding (Patsy Cline tribute), Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m. The Kingston Trio, Friday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m. The Largo Cultural Center is at 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.The Local 662 Andy Matchett and the Minks, Friday, Jan. 13, 9 p.m. The Features, Friday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m. Me Talk Pretty, Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m. Death Fest B-day, Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m. The Local 662 is at 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 258-4829.The Mahaffey The Florida Orchestra: Celebrate Delius; Friday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m. The Florida Orchestra: Celebrate Delius; Saturday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m. The OJays, Thursday, Jan. 12, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Pictures At an Exhibition; Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m. Shirley Jones, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: The Sounds of Nature; Thursday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. The Florida Orchestra: Music for Lovers; Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m. Hal Linden, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Tchaikovskys Swan Lake Suite; Friday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m. The Florida Orchestra: Tchaikovskys Swan Lake Suite; Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m. Roberta Flack, Sunday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. The Mahaffey is at 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com.Palladium at St. Petersburg College Damon Fowler Group, Friday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m. Damon Fowler Group, Saturday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m. Jackie Bristow with Shaun Hopper, Sunday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m. Musicians of The Florida Orchestra, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. The Vogues, Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m. Hahn-Bin, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Friday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m. Boogie Woogie/Blues Piano Stomp, Saturday, Music sceneJanuary headliners include Jefferson Starship, Roberta Flack, B.B. King Photo courtesy of RUTH ECKERD HALLClearwaters Ruth Eckerd Hall welcomes B.B. King Jan. 7.Photo by PHILIP GOULD/CONCORD MUSIC GROUPTab Benoit plays Skippers Smokehouse in Tampa Jan. 13. Photo courtesy of WME ENTERTAINMENTLiza Minnelli is set to play Ruth Eckerd Hall Jan. 17. See MUSIC SCENE, page 10B
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Grill & Sports BarGo Steelers!www.LouiesofLargo.comMAKEYOURNEWYEARSEVERESERVATIONS! 122911 LUNCH OR DINNERBuy One, Get One Half OFF(Of equal or lesser value). Dine in only. Coupon cannot be combined with any other offer.Pop Quiz TriviaEvery Thurs. 7-9pm Saturday, Dec. 31New Years Eve PartyLive Music starts at 9pm-3am signature upbeat spin on music and derives influences from pop, dubstep, electro and hip-hop. Rounding out the party at The Club at Treasure Island will be one of Floridas favorite party bands, Stormbringer. For more than two decades, Stormbringer has playing corporate events, clubs, and concerts, delivering their own style of classic concert rock and originals. The band has recorded four CDs since 1990 and has worked on many other recording projects, including two with violin/vocalist Robby Steinhardt from the band Kansas. Stormbringer song list is extensive, doing classic rock pieces that no other band would attempt. Stormbringer has developed a name for being unique and versatile. Limited tickets for the New Years Gala at The Club at Treasure Island are available to the general public. Cost is $150 each. Nonmembers may call 888-695-0888 or visit www.theclubti.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit All Childrens Hospital, the clubs official community partner. The Club at Treasure Island is a private, members-only club that has recently showcased a slew of top-tier entertainers, including Jon Secada, Wayne Brady, Emeril Lagasse, KC & The Sunshine Band, Richard Lewis and Lou Gramm of Foreigner.Mahaffey to present Disco EveDisco is not dead. In fact, a handful of disco legends will help welcome the new year in St. Petersburg. Guests can dance the night away at the Disco Eve Extravaganza on Saturday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m., at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Gloria Gaynor, Sister Sledge and Maxine Nightingale are set to perform their classic hits as the clock counts down to 2012. Gaynor was only 19 when she signed her first record contract. In 1973, she made history as Billboard gave birth to the Disco Action Charts. Never Can Say Good-Bye hit No. 1 on the charts and became the first Dance Song to reach No. 1 status in dance music. Gaynors disco anthem I Will Survive was released in 1978. The song received heavy airplay and topped the Hot 100 chart in 1979. Ever since that time, for more than 30 years, the songstress keeps setting the standard. In March of 2001, her single Just Keep Thinkin About You topped the Billboard Dance Club charts at No. 1, while her international hit Last Night with Giorgio Moroder debuted at No. 1 throughout Europe. Formed in 1972, Sister Sledge includes sisters Debbie Sledge, Joni Sledge, Kim Sledge and Kathy Sledge. The group hails from Philadelphia. The groups professional career began when their song Mama Never Told Me surfaced on the UK Singles Chart in 1975. Capitalizing on their international success, the sisters released the albums Circle of Love (1975) and Together (1977). An association with the production team of Niles Rodgers and Bernard Edwards led to their biggest successes, including 1979s We Are Family and Hes the Greatest Dancer. Sister Sledge continued to perform and record after the disco era, achieving an international No. 1 selling song with Frankie in 1985. More recently, the sisters headlined the International Food and Wine Festival at the Epcot theme park in 2004. Nightingale released, Right Back Where We Started From on United Artists Records in 1975. The song topped out at No. 8 in the UK. When it was released in the United States the following year, it reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The following year, Nightingale reached No. 11 in the UK with Love Hit Me the title cut from her second album (aka Night Life). Nightingales third album Love Lines was a 1978 release in the UK and Europe. The U.S. release of Lead Me On reached No. 1 on Billboards Easy Listening chart July 1979 as well as No. 5 on the Hot 100 that September. After reaching the Top 20 on Billboards R&B chart in 1982 with Turn to Me, a duet with Jimmy Ruffin, Nightingale dropped out of the pop mainstream. For two decades, she focused on jazz-orientated live performances. Tickets for the Mahaffeys Disco Eve Extravaganza range from $75 to $150. Call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com. For venue information, call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com.Downtown Clearwater hosts Blast FridayWhy not start the party a day early? Casanovas Blast Friday will kick off the weekends New Years Eve festivities with a live performance by Marty Balin on Friday, Dec. 30, 5:30 p.m., on the St. Petersburg Times Cleveland Street Stage Theatre, directly in front of the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. This free street festival will feature a variety of vendors, as well as food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. The street fair begins at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment outside until 10 p.m. Balin is best known for his contributions to the pioneering San Francisco psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane. His very distinctive, soulful voice became one of the hallmarks of the Airplanes sound, and he composed many of the bands most memorable songs. Balin also enjoyed a successful solo career, scoring a Top Ten hit in 1981 with Hearts. Balins latest release, The Witcher, continues his legacy as a powerful songwriter with 11 new original tracks. Following the event will be a special screening of the cult classic Trading Places at the Capitol Theatre. Trading Places, the hit comedy starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy, will be presented at the Capitol Theatre at 10 p.m. The film is the story of a snobbish investor and a wily street con artist who find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. Blast Friday is produced by Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road Presents and sponsored by Casanova Restaurant and Lounge, by Bright House Networks, the St. Petersburg Times, The Eagle 107.3, the Hyatt Regency of Clearwater Beach and is supported by the City of Clearwater, the Cleveland Street District and the Downtown Development Board. Admission to Blast Friday is free and tickets to Trading Places are $5. For information, call 7917400 or visit www.atthecap.com.REH presents Salute to ViennaLooking to add a touch of Old World elegance to your New Years Eve celebration? Salute to Vienna, a concert like no other, will return to Pinellas County Saturday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Over the last 15 years, Salute to Vienna has established itself as the must see New Years performance of the holiday season. Inspired by Viennas world-famous Neujahrskonzert, Salute to Vienna brings the same splendor, charm and beauty to North America. This season, New Years Concert 2012 showcases Salute to Vienna in 16 cities from coast to coast on both sides of the border, including Clearwater. Artistic directors Attila and Marion Glatz devote a lot of time to selecting the right artists for the productions, travelling frequently to Vienna and other major European cultural centers, to ensure musical perfection. The 15th anniversary of this lavish concert offers a fresh new program featuring a brilliant cast of more than 75 musicians, stellar European singers, and dancers in beautiful costumes. The glorious music of Johann Strauss Jr. and his contemporaries delights and inspires. Popular operetta excerpts, favorite waltzes and polkas create an ambiance of refinement and charm. Tickets range from $46 to $72. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Seven Nations to perform Seven Nations will perform on New Years Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m., at Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Seven Nations is known for a passionate, tender and rollicking style that encompasses everything from roots and traditional folk to dance and fusionrock. The band is also famous for a relentless touring schedule, sometimes spending more than 300 days a year on the road. Touring full-time since 1994, Seven Nations has performed in Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico, and virtually every state in the United States. They performed an entire show with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at the Dublin Irish Festival as well as performing at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, a New Years Eve concert at Scotlands Royal Mile and at the New York City Marathon. The name Seven Nations refers to the seven nations of the Celtic world, now known as Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, the Isle of Man and Gallaecia. Cost is $10 which includes a midnight toast. Call 736-0606 or visit dunedinbrewery.com.Pat Travers to play LCC Classic rock legend Pat Travers will perform Saturday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Hailing from Canada, Travers is known as one of the few guitar gods that came to light in 1970s and 1980s. He is an innovator in the rock and blues genre and his trademark vocal and guitar sound is still heard on classic rock radio today. Travers first album, Pat Travers, was released in 1976. In 1978, the Pat Travers Band included in its ranks drummer Tommy Aldridge and guitarist Pat Thrall. The band recorded the album Heat in the Street, a hard rock release boasting twin guitars. Highlights include the title track and the blistering instrumental Hammerhead. In 1980, the band followed up with the album Crash and Burn. The album produced classics such as Snortin Whiskey, Love Will Make You Strong and the title track. Travers went on to deliver melodic s rock, a blues period throughout most of the s and noted performances with various power trios since 2000. Also performing will be special guest Sean Chambers and local favorite The Jimmy Griswold Band. NEW YEARS, from page 1B Photo courtesy of THE MAHAFFEY THEATERGloria Gaynor is one of the featured headliners at the Disco Eve Extravaganza at The Mahaffey Theater.Photo courtesy of THE MAHAFFEY THEATERSister Sledge takes the stage at the Disco Eve Extravaganza Dec. 31 at The Mahaffey Theater.Photo by JIM GAVENUSDonna The Buffalo plays Skippers Smokehouse on New Years Eve. See NEW YEARS, page 5B
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Breakfast Served All Day Everyday!122911Piglet House SpecialFresh Breaded Pork Tenderloin topped w/Sausage Gravy 2 Eggs, Potatoes or Grits & Toast or Biscuit Midwest Style$5.95 Throughout the night, guests will enjoy great entertainers, holiday lights in Largo Center Park, live broadcast of New York City Times Square on big screen in the lounge area, party favors and cash bars. A midnight champagne toast also will be provided. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 the day of show. Hotels within walking distance also are available at a special room rate for event patrons. For tickets or more information, call 587-6793 or visit LargoArts.com.New Years Eve party features ball dropOShys Irish Tap House, 80 Clearwater-Largo Road S., will host a New Years Eve celebration Saturday, Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m., First Avenue Southwest, Largo. The event will feature a 40foot ball drop and a large inflatable movie screen with live footage of activities at Time Square in New York City. The structure is also designed to shape like a Christmas tree with lights, said Jennifer Lantry, owner of OShys. So the ball will drop from the upper tip to the base. At the last second of the drop there is also an explosion of confetti. Lantry obtained the help of Largo Auto Center for the design of the ball drop structure.New Years Eve benefit setA New Years Eve benefit will take place Saturday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. to midnight, at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N. Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor. Attendees will enjoy a concert, dinner and dancing as they bring in the new year. Shawn Brown Entertainment will provide the entertainment. There also will be a poolside fashion show by Bella Moda. Brown is the Blues Entertainer of the Year, cancer survivor and ambassador for the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. He will be giving special recognition to Dr. Peter Park and Dr. Anthony Barron. Cost is $125 a person. Proceeds will assist cancer patients with non-medical financial assistance. For reservations, call 8210017, ext. 2264. Special room rates are available at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa. For reservations, call 724-7725, ext. 7100. Callers should ask for the FCSF New Years Eve event rate.Coliseum to host Swingin the New YearSwing Time and Swing Gang will present Swingin the New Year on Saturday, Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., at the St. Petersburg, Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., St Petersburg. This all-ages celebration will feature music and dancing as well as a midnight countdown and balloon drop. Swing dance lessons will be offered from 8 to 9 p.m. The spectacular St. Petersburg Coliseum provides historic swing-era ambiance and an unparalleled 15,000-square-foot oak dance floor. Also included will be a vintage fashion photo shoot and contest, party favors, noisemakers, chocolates, prize giveaways, full cash bar with champagne bottles and toasts available. NEW YEARS, from page 4B Photo courtesy of LARGO CULTURAL CENTERPat Travers helps ring in the new year with a performance at Largo Cultural Center Dec. 31. CLEARWATER Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform Thursday, Dec. 29, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $29.50 to $75. Call 7917400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. As husband-wife couples go in the world of music, it is a challenge to find a duo as well-fitted and naturally prolific as that of singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks. They are both heavily steeped in the blues tradition, yet open to far-ranging influences including rock, gospel, jazz and world music. Each has produced recordings that share a sensibility best described as a swampy mix of rootsy, rockin American music. In the past, the two have appeared as guests on each others albums and toured together intermittently. The two often perform together with the Allman Brothers Band with whom Trucks continues to play as co-lead guitarist. They each received individual Grammy nominations in the category of Best Contemporary Blues Album for their 2009 albums Tedeschi for Back To The River and Trucks for Already Free. Trucks ended up taking the Grammy home. Now, Trucks and Tedeschi have joined forces to form a new band. Touring in support of their first studio album, Revelator, the husband-and-wife team appeared in the first generation of this new lineup 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. Trucks and Tedeschi also 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. But for most of 2010, the couple remained focused assembling their new band, writing new material and recording an album of performances that reflect their musical approach. We spent a whole year putting a band together with different lineups, different approaches, different mindsets, and during the same time began songwriting, said Trucks in notes online at Entourage Talent Associates. After about six months we had over 30 songs to choose from. A Jacksonville native, Trucks describes his musical partnership with his wife as a collective that will allow everyone in the band a chance to shine. Were not sure yet what it will sound like exactly were just going to let it come together and not force a vision on it. The Tedeschi Trucks Band released its debut recording, Revelator, in June. The album has earned a Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album. This album is an evolution of what weve all been doing before, said Trucks. Before with what Susan and I were doing, those were live bands that charged down the road, playing constantly and occasionally finding time to record. Now with this album, everythings been thought out a little deeper, figuring out the music and what the tunes mean more time given to the whole process. Revelator features the newly formed Tedeschi Trucks Band, an 11-member ensemble including harmony singers Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers, brothers Oteil Burbridge and Kofi Burbridge, drummers J. J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams and trombonist Saunders Sermons. Additionally, Ryan Shaw and David Ryan Harris supply harmony vocals to various tracks on the album, and Alam Khan adds his masterful sarod playing to These Walls. Tedeschi and Trucks are touring the United States, performing the music from the Revelator as well as old favorites. Trucks admits to an overwhelming sense of anticipation and pride in their new collective. Im really looking forward to hitting the road and letting things grow until each show feels like an event, Trucks said. Its nice having all these new songs but also having that looseness and spontaneity that comes with a great group of musicians. There are few bands that do that hold on to that element of surprise.Tedeschi Trucks Band to play Dec. 29 at REHHusband-and-wife team make beautiful music together ENTERTAINMENT NEWSwww.TBNweekly.com Photo by JAMES MINCHINRuth Eckerd Hall welcomes Tedeschi Trucks Band Dec. 29.Reserved seating tickets are $18.99 in advance or $23 the day of the event. General admission tickets are $18 in advance or $22 the day of the event. Call 669-7830 or 773-0064 or visit www.TampaBaySwing.com.First Night St. PetersburgFirst Night St. Petersburg will host its 17th annual New Years Eve celebration of the arts on Saturday, Dec. 31, 5 p.m. to midnight, at multiple venues in downtown St. Petersburg. More than 28 venues, all across downtown St. Petersburg, will collaborate for First Night to create a family-friendly celebration of epic and artful proportions rife with fireworks, live music, entertainment, dance, games and art. Attendees can kick off First Night activities with First Kids at The Pier at 5 p.m. The annual Musical Petting Zoo, sponsored by the 2nd Time Arounders Band, will be in the Community Room of the Pier, located on the first floor near the food court. There will be a wide variety of kids activities. Attendees can watch a dazzling fireworks display over the water at 9 p.m. and again at midnight. Musical entertainment will include a performance by 14-year-old local resident Suite Caroline at 8 p.m.; and the Vodkanauts at 10:30 p.m., on the main stage in North Straub Park. First Night venues are all within walking distance in the core of downtown St. Petersburg and along the waterfront. Walking shoes are recommended. Visit www.firstnightstpete. com.Cheap Trick performs Dream Police Cheap Trick will perform a lavish production of their classic Dream Police on Saturday, Dec. 31, at Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. Jannus Live is the place to be to bring in a rockin 2012. The band, accompanied by an 18piece orchestra and choir, will perform Dream Police as well as a generous portion of their rich, platinum-selling catalog, including hits I Want You to Want Me, Surrender and The Flame. The event will require Jannus Live to reconfigure its alreadyexpansive stage to accommodate the bands truckloads of sound, lights and effects. The result will be a multi-sensory spectacle. In 1979, after a string of four platinum albums, Cheap Trick closed out the decade with the masterful Dream Police, which pumped up its bedrock catchy power-pop with ambitious orchestrations. Bringing it to the stage is no small feat, but on that the band has embraced and turned into a truly stunning experience. Tickets range from $100 to $200. Call 565-0550 or visit www.jannuslive.com.Donna the Buffalo to perform Donna The Buffalo will perform Saturday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m., at Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. The evening will be filled to bursting with zydeco, jamming, folk-rock, country rock, reggae and bluegrass. Donna the Buffalos music is often sociopolitical in nature, calling for peace and justice, balanced by other songs that touch on timeless themes such as love, birth and death. Over the years Donna the Buffalo has had the opportunity to collaborate and/or record with musicians such as Jim Lauderdale, Preston and Keith Frank, Bela Fleck, Mamadou Diabate, Claire Lynch, David Hidalgo, The Duhks and Amy Helm. The show will include party favors, champagne toast and a breakfast buffet at midnight. Cost is $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Call 813-971-0666 or visit www.skipperssmokehouse.com.Lowry Park to host Noon Years EveThe annual Noon Years Eve daytime celebration will take place Saturday, Dec. 31, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Tampas Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa. Guests can ring in the New Year family style at the event hosted by the zoo and Radio Disney AM 1380. The party begins when the zoo opens with games, arts and crafts, live entertainment and educational displays. Families can ring in the New Year with noisemakers, hats and a juice toast as they watch a giant clock strike noon. Activities are included free-ofcharge with zoo admission. Admission is $23.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors 60 and older and $18.95 for children 3 to 11. Parking is free. Call 813-935-8552 or visit www.LowryParkZoo.com.
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10B Entertainment Leader, December 29, 2011 Jan. 28, 8 p.m. The Palladium at St. Petersburg College is at 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Call 8223590 or visit www.mypalladium.org.Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center Bobby Darin Tribute Concert, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 15, 3 p.m. The Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center is at 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Call 541-0895.The Ritz Ybor In Flames, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. August Burns Red, Sunday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m. Rebelution, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m. Mat Kearney, Thursday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m. The Kills, Monday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m. The Ritz Ybor is at 1503 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa. Call 813247-2518.Ruth Eckerd Hall B.B. King, Saturday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Celebrate Delius; Sunday, Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m. Gregg Allman Band, Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Pictures At an Exhibition; Sunday, Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m. Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1 p.m. Liza Minnelli, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: The Sounds of Nature; Wednesday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m. Stan Hunter and Jazz Combo, Friday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m., in the Murray Studio Theater Gordon Lightfoot, Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Music for Lovers; Sunday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. Danny Aiello, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1 p.m. ABBA The Concert, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m. Temptations and Four Tops, Friday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Tchaikovskys Swan Lake Suite; Sunday, Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall is at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.Skippers Smokehouse Donna the Buffalo, Sunday, Jan. 1, 5 p.m. Marcia Ball, Friday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m. We Can Be Heroes: David Bowies 65th Birthday Tribute; Saturday, Jan. 7, 6 p.m. The Walker Brothers, Sunday, Jan. 8, 5 p.m. Annie Wenz, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m. Tab Benoit, Friday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m. The Blind Boys of Alabama, Saturday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m. Alias Julius Trio, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. Cope, Friday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m. The Bright Light Social Hour, Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m. The Ditchflowers, Sunday, Jan. 29, 5 p.m. Skippers Smokehouse is at 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Call 813-971-0666 or visit www.skipperssmokehouse.com.State Theatre Anberlin, Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. Falling in Reverse, Friday, Jan. 20, 6:30 p.m. Old 97s, Sunday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Anthony Green, Friday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. State Theatre is at 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 895-3045 or visit www.statetheatreconcerts.com.St. Pete Times Forum Red Hot Chili Peppers, Monday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum is at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Call 813-301-2500 or visit www.sptimesforum.com.Straz Center for the Performing Arts Marsha Ambrosius, Thursday, Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m., in Ferguson Hall The Florida Orchestra: Pictures At an Exhibition; Friday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall Black Violin, Friday, Jan. 13, 8:30 p.m., in Ferguson Hall Evanescence, Monday, Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall Meg Hutchinson, Monday, Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m., in Jaeb Theater The Florida Orchestra: Music for Lovers; Friday, Jan. 20, 8 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.Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center Alex de Grassi, Saturday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m. Cherish the Ladies, Friday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m. Joseph Schwartz, Sunday, Jan. 29, 3 p.m. The center is at 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. Call 942-5605 or visit www.tarponarts.org.For more music and concert information, visit TBNweekly.com. MUSIC SCENE, from page 3B Looking ahead Looking aheadLargo 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 5876715. 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, 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 LargoCommunityCen ter.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 5876793 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 5876715. 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.Clearwater The Exhibiting Society of Artists exhibit, through Feb. 29, 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 allmedia 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, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets range from $69 to $85. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. Mandel has been in show business for more than 30 years. Known for such television gigs as being a judge on Americas Got Talent, hes also received an Emmy-Award nomination for his role as the host on Deal or No Deal. Among many other shows, the Toronto-born entertainer also is recognizable as being the starring voice on the childrens cartoon Bobbys World, a show he created. The stand-up comic came to the attention of the American television viewers during the the six-year run, in the s, of the medical drama television show, St. Elsewhere, on which he played Dr. Wayne Fiscus. B.B. King, Saturday, Jan. 7, 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, 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. 122211 TWO GREAT BANDS! TWO AWESOME DJS! THREE HUGE PARTIES!Party starts at 9pm. Doors open at 8:45pm. Food available for purchase until 2:00am. CHOOSE FROM THESE GREAT PARTY PACKAGES:www.shephards.com | 727-442-5107 | 619 S. Gulfview Blvd. | Clearwater Beach OPEN PREMIUM BAR ALL NIGHT (9pm 2am) 2 GREAT BANDS, 2 DJS, 3 HUGE PAR TYS LAS VEGAS STYLE GAMING T ABLES (f or entertainment only) CHAMPAGNE TOAST AT MIDNIGHT PARTY FAVORSAdvance Tickets $69/person* thru Chirstmas. 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