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By TOM GERMONDLARGO City and county officials have nailed down a compromise in a dispute over the permitting and review of plans for a proposed county $82 million communications center on Ulmerton Road. City commissioners Jan. 17 unanimously approved an interlocal agreement between the city and county, stipulating that the city will provide development and fire plans review and inspections for the entire project, which is located in the city limits. City officials expect the County Commission to approve the agreement at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 24. The agreement stems from the County Commissions approval of an ordinance Oct. 25 that says significant county owned properties will be governed by county ordinances and permitting procedures as opposed to complying with city regulations. City commissioners contended that the countys ordinance usurped the citys permitting authority and considered initiating a formal conflict resolution process with the county. However, they refrained from taking such action while city and county officials tried to come to an agreement on the issue. City Attorney Alan Zimmet said the interlocal agreement is consistent with what city staff had proposed to the county prior to the County Commissions adoption of the ordinance. Under the proposed agreement, the city will conduct the building plans review, permitting and inspection services for three new buildings: the main building, vehicle maintenance building and the central energy plant. The county would pay the city at the rate that the county charges for those services. The total estimate is $309,557 for the three buildings, Zimmet said. The county would perform those services for the parking structure, the new radio equipment building and renovations to an existing building. The city would conduct fire plan review inspections for the entire project, Zimmet said, and the county will compensate the citys rates. We did include language in the interlocal agreement that indicates this is intended to be the concept that will be utilized in any future development that the county has within the city limits, Zimmet said. Mayor Pat Gerard said she was pleased with staffs efforts to come to an agreement. Well I just want to thank you all for working through this. I know we wanted to go to negotiation right away or mediation right away. I appreciate working through it and coming to what looks like a pretty satisfactory conclusion for both of us (city and county), Gerard said. Photo by JIM LAYFIELDA western palm warbler, one of several migrating species, spends its winter in the Largo Central Park Nature Preserve, portions of which were opened recently after being closed temporarily. The preserve, located at the intersection of Highland Avenue and East Bay Drive in Largo, includes over 130 species of birds, a three-acre pond with boardwalk, nature trail, informational kiosks and restrooms. The Largo Parks Department is seeking volunteers to help with opening the park. Call 586-7415 or email parks@largo.com. Nature Preserve reopened Permitting rift expected to endCity Commission approves proposed interlocal agreement with county Features Business . . . . . . . . . .12A Classieds . . . . . . . . .4-7B County . . . . . . . . . .5, 8-9A Community . . . . . . . . .16A Entertainment . . . . . . .1-3, 8B Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . .2-4A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . .11A Pets of the week . . . . . . . .16A Police beat . . . . . . . . . .5A Schools . . . . . . . . . . .10A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .13A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising At the box officeTom Hanks, Sandra Bullock star in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, a drama adopted from the acclaimed bestseller by Jonathan Safran. ... Page 1B.ENTERTAINMENT COUNTYCity officials may put fluoride in waterResidents within the Pinellas Park water service district could have fluoride added back into their water supply, despite a recent decision to stop the practice at the county level. The city would have to spend about $108,000 for one-time infrastructure costs and about $71,000 annually to supplement its water with fluoride, Public Works Administrator Tom Nicholls said. City staff has been researching the cost and feasibility of the project at the direction of the Pinellas Park council. Its very doable, Nicholls said. Its really not that expensive. County commissioners voted 4-3 to stop adding fluoride to the water in October, a decision that became effective Jan. 1. Pinellas Park is a wholesale customer of Pinellas County Utilities and therefore affected by the decision. But fluorinating the water at the city level is just a matter of adding extra tanks in the citys two pumping stations at 7301 Belcher Road and 7650 Bryan Dairy Road and the equipment to inject the fluoride into the water supply, Utilities Director Keith Sabiel said. Maintenance would include monitoring fluoride levels on a daily basis. Staff is still investigating whether that would involve hiring a new position or whether existing staff could be shifted to fill the responsibility, Sabiel said. City staff will give a full presentation on the issue during the next workshop Jan. 24. The council, which has largely spoken out against the countys decision, will weigh in on any changes to city water based on staff findings.LARGOOne man arrested in home invasionAccording to deputies, this was not a random home invasion and robbery. The suspects appeared to know the victims, and deputies believe the target of the home invasion was drugs and money. ... 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Meltons mission is enforcement of the countys prescription management ordinance, which includes regulation of clinics that prescribe pain medications, as well as education and prevention measures. He says he spends much of his time out in the community, either inspecting registered clinics to make sure they are following the countys laws or speaking to groups and organizations on the topic of prescription drug abuse and addiction. Meltons position is new and funded by fees paid by clinics required to register per the countywide prescription management ordinance. He was in his office Jan. 4 processing 2012 applications from pain management clinics and clinics described as high prescribing in a Nov. 8 revision of the countys ordinance. Melton sent a letter to physicians and pain management professionals Nov. 30, informing them of changes to the ordinance and the commissioners decision to extend the moratorium on new clinics until 60 days after the 2012 state legislative session. Pinellas County enacted a moratorium on new pain management clinics and regulation requirements for existing clinics in May 2010 after the state failed to fund legislation that commissioners had counted on to help get a handle on a problem. To operate in the county, pain management clinics were required to register with the state, except when exempt, and apply for a permit from the county. While it was a good start, the ordinance focused only on pain management clinics instead of all doctors who prescribe pain medications. Some doctors stayed under the radar until their patients showed up at the medical examiners office, Melton said. County leaders then realized they had missed a group contributing to the problem and amended the ordinance to include high prescribers, Melton said. In 2011, registrations for 27 pain management clinics were approved. Melton anticipates more applications for permits in 2012 due to the new requirement for any health care facility with a high-prescribing physician to register. A high-prescribing physician is one that writes 34 or more prescriptions in a single day for Class II and Class III narcotics. Melton said the number of prescriptions a day was calculated using a five-day workweek, hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a break for lunch. Assuming doctors see one patient every 15 minutes, they could see 32 in one day. We added two extra, Melton said, to come up with the figure of 34 prescriptions a day. He said doctors dont normally write a prescription for Class II or Class III narcotics for every patient. Even those who deal with patients in pain try alternative treatments. Its easy to medicate, he said. However, some doctors find themselves in a situation with a confrontational patient who demands drugs. He said the patients might resort to name-calling or make threats. And the doctor will write the script, he said. The problem is the addiction, he said. Melton said his job as regulator causes him to have to look at the spirit of their business. What is their usual, customary practice. He makes sure all the information submitted on the clinics notarized applications are complete and accurate. Applicants pay a $250 nonrefundable application fee and $1,500 annual permit fee. Applications must include proof of registration with the state Department of Health and a copy of a valid pain management registration certificate. Applicants must list all persons who work at the clinic along with a photocopy of their drivers licenses and fingerprint See INVESTIGATOR, page 4ACounty investigator keeps tabs on pain management clinics Pinellas County is No. 1 in the number of babies born addicted to opiates. Treatment takes three months and costs $15,000.We all know someone friend, parent, friends parent everyone knows someone affected by prescription drugs.Paul Melton, investigator county Deparatment of Justice and Consumer Services CLEARWATER For Pinellas County voters, early voting for the Jan. 31 presidential preference primary and municipal elections begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. A new state law changed the dates for early voting, which will now begin 10 days prior and end three days prior to an election. The new law affects all but five Florida counties, which are bound by a U.S. Department of Justice pre-clearance order and cannot implement the new law until it is pre-cleared by a federal court. We want to emphasize to Pinellas voters that our early voting dates are different than those for our friends in Hillsborough County, Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark said, and the hours also will vary from county to county throughout the state, as they did in the past. In Pinellas County, early voting will be conducted Jan. 21-28 in all three Supervisor of Elections offices. Hours will be MondayFriday, 10 a.m. 6 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Per state law, the last day for early voting is Jan. 29. Registered voters can vote early at the Election Service Center, Starkey Lakes Corporate Center, 13001 Starkey Road, Largo; Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater; or County Building (Annex Conference Room), 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Voters can check early voting wait times online at www.votepi nellas.com. See VOTING, page 4AEarly voting to start Jan. 21 for Jan. 31 electionsVIEWPOINTSHeart of the MatterColumnist mourns the end of two long-running daytime dramas. ... Page 13A.


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I think 2012 is our new runway, and when we get to 2013, we should begin to take off again, said Sean Snaith, director of the University of Central Floridas Institute for Economic Competitiveness, at a Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce event Jan. 10. He told area business leaders during the economic forecast session at Sheraton Sand Key that he thinks Floridas housing market has a long way to go, but added that the current real estate downturn is an once-in-a-lifetime event. Unemployment, he said, though above the national rate, continues to decline as well. Job growth. You know I think Orlando, Tampa, Tamppando, Orlampa, whatever you want to call it I think that region is the new breadbasket for Florida as far as growth rates are concerned, he said. The Miami metro area is huge but hemmed in; it doesnt have space to grow, Snaith said. We dont have those things in Central Florida. Snaith said the area between Tampa and Orlando has room to grow and the two metropolitan areas will interact with each other. I think this is where the job growth is likely to be the highest in the state going forward, he said. I think we are in a good position. Its been long, its been difficult. Its a cycle, but it was a heck of a cycle. And as we come out of the cycle cycles always reverse themselves I think well see prosperity return to the area. Snaith said he doesnt think the country is slipping back into a recession. I think we are going to continue to see a recovery that is slower, he said, However, lost wealth and the labor market are taking their toll on the economic recovery. After a long and deep recession such as the one the county has been through, there is a lot of pent-up demand; consumers are afraid to spend, he said. Ninety percent of us were fortunate enough to remain employed during the Great Recession, but that doesnt mean we werent scared, and we held back on spending. Once the pent-up demand is released and consumers start spending more, Americans can expect a robust economy, Snaith said. One of the problems is the country hasnt recovered an iota nationally of the lost home equity caused by the housing crisis. For a lot of people, their home is their nest egg. Now this nest egg is Humpty Dumpty on the ground, he said. To fix the shattered nest egg people must save more. But if people save more, then, naturally, they are spending less. So you have 70 percent of the economy dealing with this lost wealth, and that I think is a burden that is going to persist, he said. Speakers also included Susan McManus, a professor of public administration and political science at the University of South Florida and a political analyst for WFLA-TV8. Looking at recent polls, McManus said, the economy weighs heavy on Americans. Politicians on the campaign trail arent doing a very good job of creating a more optimistic outlook for this country, she said. And I think you are going to see the fourth wave election in recent history, and that is where people get washed out and bring somebody new in because they are simply impatient when they cant see any hope in Washington of resolving things, McManus said. A question asked in December was, is government the problem or the solution to the countrys economic woes. Sixty percent answered it was the problem, McManus said. We are seeing a shaking of confidence in our whole election system of democracy, she said, calling such numbers troubling. People hate Congress, McManus said, pointing to a poll showing a 13 percent approval rating for Congress. We have never ever seen that kind of feeling among the constituents, she said. The disconnect begins over the wealth difference between Congress members and the average American. Are our Congress members corrupt? More people say yes than no by far, she said. Polls show a large number of people say the tax system is so bad that Congress should start a new system, she said. People dont like taxes, either. They feel that tax cuts help the economy more than they hurt the economy, she said. This year is shaking up to be an us versus them kind of election, McManus said. Polls also show that candidates have failed to come up with good ideas, especially compared to those running in 2008. They also dont feel that campaigns are working as the election process should. The presidents job approval has never been as bad as Congress its on the upswing lately but it is neck and neck, even, she said. He doesnt start from the same negative landscape as does Congress. If the economy gets better, Obamas going to be re-elected, she said. See ECONOMIST, page 3AEconomist says area positioned well for growth Sean Snaith Susan McManus Geary Havran


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4A Largo Leader, January 19, 2012 INVESTIGATOR, from page 1Acards. The applicants signature authorizes law or code enforcement officers access for inspection at any reasonable hour without notice. Melton inspects clinics to make sure theyre complying with the ordinance and he investigates when people make allegations or complaints. He runs background checks looking for prior drug arrests or problems with medical licenses something applicants are required to disclose. The moratorium helps with control of prescription drug epidemics because it prevents new clinics from opening, but it is not designed to shut down existing facilities, Melton said. However, the ordinance does allow the county to seek an injunction against clinics that violate county laws. The clinics can appeal the decision to the courts. The health department also has an inspector that checks to make sure clinics follow state law. Melton said those inspectors could issue emergency suspension orders if they find improper prescribing. He shares information with law enforcement and the health department and vice versa. We have a great relationship, he said. In fact, many relationships are involved in the fight against prescription drug abuse. The county has an advisory council that includes attorneys, physicians and representatives from anti-drug and treatment organizations. The council includes county leaders, representatives from the judiciary and law enforcement. Its not any one particular groups effort, he said. Were united on our front and desire to stop prescription drug abuse. The Sheriffs Office spearheads a countywide prescription drug diversion task force that concentrates on enforcement designed to slow the supply of pills and deter addicts from visiting pill mills, doctor shopping and using fraudulent prescriptions. Law enforcement also keeps busy responding to thefts, burglaries and other crimes tied to prescription drug addiction. However, law enforcements action is just a response to the consequences of the problem. Law enforcement is not the solution, Melton said. By the time they become involved with law enforcement theyre already an addict.The cost of addictionMelton said prescription drug addiction affects people of all income groups, race, gender and professions. It affects everyone from doctors to the unemployed, he said. The real cost is the addiction. Pinellas is No. 1 in the state in the number of babies born addicted to opiates. A huge cost to the health care system since many of the parents cant afford the treatment for these babies. Treatment for newborns addicted to opiates takes three months and costs about $15,000. Treatment for crack babies takes seven to 14 days. Folks dont have the resources to pay for it, so taxpayers pay, he said. In Pinellas County, the rate of drug-addicted newborns went up by nearly 600 percent from 2005 through 2010. This disturbing trend shows 22 newborns in 2005 compared to 153 newborns in 2010, Melton said. Pinellas made up 11.8 percent of the statewide total of drug-addicted newborns. Recent discussions and articles have referenced cost estimates of neonatal intensive care at $15,000 to $20,000. In another example, the U.S. Department of Justice estimated the cost of a drug-addicted newborn in the first few years of their lives at $250,000 for care and treatment. Looking at neonatal cost estimates only, in 2010, addicted newborns in Pinellas cost upwards of $3 million. Taxpayers also are paying to take care of the children abandoned when their parent goes to jail for prescription drug problems. From September 2010 to November 2011, 364 children were removed from their homes due to prescription drug abuse, and 127 were placed into licensed foster care. The cost was $12.5 million. The problem affects the judiciary system, increasing the workload and costs. Health care is impacted. One person overdoses on prescription pain medicines every 36 hours in Pinellas, and seven people a day die in the state of Florida. Education and preventionMelton often speaks at organizations such as Operation Par, Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Celebrate Recovery, Narcotics, Overdose, Prevention & Education Task Force and others. He said teens have a misconception that because prescription drugs are legitimate drugs doctor prescribed and available from a drug company theyre OK. He applauds Operation Medicine Cabinet that aims to remove drugs from the home. According to a survey in 2009, 64 percent of teens between ages of 12 and 17 say they obtain their prescription drugs from their homes or the home of a relative or friend. He said teens dont realize that often the drugs they get may not be appropriate for their body weight and, most importantly, should not be used with alcohol. He recalled the Palm Harbor teens that died last year after popping pills and drinking. Pain medications also may be time-release, which is a bigger danger for people who dont take them by mouth as intended. Folks crush and mix them. Put it (the mix) in water. Heat it up and inject it, he said. Its for the rush. A problem that has state Sen. Mike Fasano considering state legislation that would make it illegal to take drugs in pill form in any other way than swallowing them. Melton says much could be done on the front end to prevent addiction, especially the problem of unintended addicts that become dependent after receiving pain medications after an injury. He said physicians could screen better to look for addictive personalities. He said people needed to be made aware of treatment alternatives and the risks of addiction. The state could pass laws to better regulate health clinics. Melton said attorneys have to go to school get a degree and pass the bar exam before they can practice law. But you dont have to be a doctor to open a health clinic, he said. Private citizens, people in their late-20s, who used to be telemarketers, are opening clinics. Theyre not medical doctors. You have to wonder why theyre in business. Do they want to help people or make money? Melton works in many directions to do his job, which he says is about 50 percent regulation and enforcement and 50 percent education and prevention. I attack the problem with the tools available to me, he said.Fast factsPrescription drugs have now seen more accidental overdoses than heroin and crack cocaine in the 1970s and 1980s Drug deaths outnumbered traffic fatalities across the United States in 2009, killing 37,485 people nationwide, equivalent to one death every 14 minutes. Florida continues to be the primary area of concern, known as the OxyExpress, with one report showing more oxycodone distributed in Florida than all other states combined According to the U.S. Department of Drug Enforcement Administration, Florida doctors and pharmacies purchased 1.1 billion pills of oxycodone in the past two years. In 2010, the Florida Medical Examiner found that 2,710 deaths in the state were caused by prescription drugs, which is an increase of 8.9 percent from 2009. Many states point to Florida as a primary supplier of drugs in their area Pinellas County leads the state in deaths from oxycodone, alprazolam (Xanax), methadone, hydrocodone, morphine and diazepam (Valium). Pinellas County had 249 prescription-related deaths in 2010, up form 218 in 2009. Drug addicted newborns in Pinellas have increased by almost 600 percent since 2005. From December 2010 to September 2011, 229 youths were removed from their homes due to prescription drug abuse in the home. From January 2011 to October 2011, Pinellas emergency medical services had 2,055 reports of overdoses. From July 2010 to June 2011, 1,507 individuals were treated for prescription drugs from Pinellas and Pasco counties, and 1,157 were treated specifically for oxycodone.Report from Pinellas Countys Department of Justice and Consumer Services, November 2011. One method of prescription drug abuse involves crushing different medications together, mixing with water and injecting. VOTING, from page 1AOnly the Republican Party is having a presidential primary. Florida is a closed primary state; only registered Republicans are eligible to vote for the Republican presidential nominee. Five municipalities also will have elections on Jan. 31. All registered voters in Clearwater, Kenneth City, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs, and St. Pete Beach Districts 1 and 3 may vote in their respective nonpartisan municipal elections. All eligible voters also may vote by mail or at a precinct on Election Day. To request a mail ballot, call 464-VOTE (8683) or visit www.votepinellas.com. Mail ballots can be dropped off at any of the three Elections Offices or 11 remote ballot drop-off locations. Mail ballots are very popular with our voters, and we will continue to provide 14 ballot drop-off sites for countywide elections. Clark said. All Florida voters are eligible to request mail ballots. Voted ballots also may be mailed to the Supervisor of Elections with a first-class stamp. All mail ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Election Day. Drop-off locations include: Supervisor of Elections Offices are located in: County Courthouse, Room 117, 315 Court St., Clearwater Starkey Lakes Corporate Center, 13001 Starkey Road, Largo (Drive-thru at this location) County Building, 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Offices hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with the following exceptions: Jan. 21-22: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 23-27: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 28: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 31, Election Day: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Remote ballot drop-off sites include five of the Tax Collector Offices: 743 Pinellas Ave. S., Tarpon Springs; 29399 U.S. 19 N. (near Curlew), Clearwater; 1663 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater; 1800 66th St. N., St. Petersburg; and 1067 62nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Other locations include Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor, and public libraries in East Lake, Oldsmar, Seminole and Pinellas Park, and the James Weldon Johnson Branch Library in St. Petersburg Election employees are stationed with secure ballot boxes inside each location. I Voted stickers are available. Remote ballot drop-off sites will be open through Jan. 31 during specified hours; some locations are open Saturdays. A complete schedule is included in mail ballot kits and also available online at www.votepinellas.com under Ballots by Mail in the left menu. Ballots cannot be dropped off at a polling place, per state law. Voters may check their ballot status online at www.votepinellas.com to find out the date their ballot is mailed and the date their voted ballot is received by the Supervisor of Elections.ST. PETERSBURG To say Tonya Clark was excited is an understatement. As one of the future homeowners of a Habitat for Humanity home in St. Petersburg, Clark was absolutely ecstatic. She laughed, jumped up and down, and hugged nearly everyone that worked on her home. And there were a lot of people to hug approximately 80. The volunteers who arrived at 7:30 a.m. on Monday to help finish three Habitat homes in St. Petersburg included 60 Pinellas County employees. With county offices closed, they were able to participate in the Pinellas County Employee Service Day, a day that County Administrator Bob LaSala felt was important. In 1995 Congress established Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a National Day of Service, LaSala said, as he waited to pick up a paintbrush and get to work. I thought, Lets see if we can get our employees together to take the challenge to heart. He looked around and noted that, with everyone wearing blue Pinellas County T-shirts, one could not distinguish between elected officials, administration or the staff that serves in the various departments of the county. This is great, he said. As this becomes tradition, it will develop a spirit of camaraderie and a sense of teamwork and equality. And the spirit of service is already a part of county employees, who serve the public every day. That is part of the thrill for those in the Community Development department, where the staff works with community partners to make projects like Habitat a reality. They dont often get to see the personal side of their efforts: the house going up or families that are realizing a dream. And the families all have a story. Clark and her husband, Daniel, have four children between the ages of 3 and 7. They are moving from a cramped, twobedroom home, also in St. Petersburg, to a 1,500-square-foot home, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. One of the little girls already knows she wants her room painted pink. Mr. Clark is ready to do it before they even move in. My Dad built his own home and I always wanted my own home, said Mr. Clark, who is originally from Mississippi. This is a dream come true. With the 350 hours of sweat equity potential Habitat homeowners are required to work, and classes they must attend, the Clarks are already friends with their two other neighbors, who also have four children. Alfredo and Mary Jane Eborda, who currently live in Pinellas Park, will be moving into their seventh home in the seven years since they moved from the Philippines with their children. Their childrens education is a high priority for the Ebordas, who see this new five-bedroom house as the best chance to give their young students a peaceful place to study they will each have their own bedroom. It has been a strain moving so often, they said. This is a great blessing, said Mr. Eborda. We are very grateful. There will be seven people sharing the third home, with Jean F. and Ruth Geneus, their four children and Mrs. Geneus mother, Marie, a survivor of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In the United States for 17 years and a U.S. citizen, Mr. Geneus moved to Florida from New Jersey. He and Mrs. Geneus married and she moved from Haiti in 2004. When I came here I didnt expect one day I would have a house, he said. He met someone who told him about Habitat for Humanity and he decided to take a chance and apply. One day I got a big surprise. I was told I qualified, he said. Pinellas County Commissioner Nancy Bostock was speaking with Mr. Geneus, listening to his story. It all comes around, she said. Sometimes you need help, sometimes you give help. This is truly people helping each other, Mr. Geneus said. Then, the commissioner took her paint roller and continued to cover the side of the house with fresh paint. Even the homes themselves are a testament to service. Kathryn Fenton in California sponsors a total of six Habitat homes on 23rd Avenue in memo-Pinellas County marks MLK Jr. Day with service ry of her parents, George Arnold and June Marie Gerlach. For each house, the estate donated $50,000. Kathy Boucher, a radio operator for the countys 911 emergency center, said she always wanted to work on a Habitat project and she was glad for the opportunity that this day of service offered. This brings a lot of people together working for a good cause, said Peggy Rowe, who is the director of Human Resources. Thats what Martin Luther King Jr. was all about and we are doing our part. Its really a beautiful thing.Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY COMMUNICATIONSTonya and Daniel Clark, new homeowners of a Habitat for Humanity home, stand in the kitchen of their dreams as approximately 80 volunteers help finish up work on the house. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was a day of service for Pinellas County employees, with about 60 employees, families and friends working on three homes in St. Petersburg.The volunteers who arrived at 7:30 a.m. on Monday to help finish three Habitat homes in St. Petersburg included 60 Pinellas County employees. Where to get help and informationReport any suspected illegal drug activity by calling 1-877-792-2873 (RXABUSE). 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares Inc. This organization provides 2-1-1 telephone services to Pinellas, Citrus, Hernando, Lake and Sumter counties in Florida 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Among the many services offered is access to physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention, rehabilitation, health insurance programs, Medicaid and Medicare, maternal health and childrens health insurance programs. Call 2-1-1, email info@211tampabay.org, visit www.211tampabay.org, or connect via live chat on the website, available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Operation Parental Awareness and Responsibility This nonprofit organization provides integrated addiction and mental health services at sites in Broward, Pinellas, Pasco, Lee and Manatee counties and recently started an adult outpatient program to help with substance abuse and/or mental health issues, which focuses on recovery and preventing relapse. Operation Par Serves more than 13,000 individuals a year in intervention and treatment services and another 40,000 participate annually in Operation PARs messages of substance abuse awareness, education, prevention, research and information and referrals. Services are provided on a sliding fee scale based on income. Call the 24-hour hotline at 1-888-727-6398 or visit operationpar.org. NOPE, Pinellas Chapter Narcotic Overdose Prevention and Education Task Force, Pinellas County chapter. Headed up by parents who have lost children to unintentional drug overdose, members bring their message to schools and community groups. They also organize public events to heighten awareness and support family and friends who have lost loved ones to drug abuse. For more information, visit www.nopetaskforce.org/chapter-pinellas.php. LiveFree!, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Pinellas County LiveFree! addresses underage and binge drinking and other drug use among youth and young adults in Pinellas County. Call 813-503-5658, email livefree@operpar.org or visit www.pinellascoalition.com. Pinellas County Health Department Call 824-6900 or visit www.pinellashealth.com Florida Department of Health Visit www.floridashealth.com Ofce of National Drug Control Policy Call 1-800-788-2800 or visit www.theantidrug.com Lock Your Meds National multi-media campaign, with support materials for outreach Visit www.lockyourmeds.orgCompiled by Suzette Porter The prescription drug epidemic


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When the subject entered the store, with his black hoodie drawn over his face, he attempted to draw a firearm from his waist area. The storeowner was armed and challenged the subject who then fled on foot. The subject had been at large until Jan. 12. On that date, the same subject, from the previous Steves Qwik Mart attempted robbery, used a firearm and robbed the Quick Food Mart at 7149 Ulmerton Road. The two stores are close to each other in proximity. After this robbery, the suspect fled on foot toward an apartment complex on Ulmerton Road. Officers and detectives from the Largo Police Department as well as the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office helicopter and a K9 officer from Pinellas Park joined the hunt to locate the suspect. Conversations with witnesses and intelligence derived from the previous robbery led officers to David Lee Larry, 22, of Largo. Police charged Larry with two counts of armed robbery. 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Find your treasure at Design Furniture Outlet & Consignment PAIDADVERTISEMENT011912 For the right investors, municipal bonds can be an important part of an effective investment portfolio, according to Elizabeth (Liza, pronounced Lizza) Campa-Flanagan, Certified Financial Planner with Raymond James Financial Services Inc. Liza recently sat down and discussed the appeal of municipal bonds. Often exempt from federal taxation, municipal bonds also can be free of state and local taxes for investors residing in the state where the bonds were issued. Interest from certain municipal bonds are not subject to federal income tax but may be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax, state or local taxes. If you sell or redeem a municipal bond at a profit, investors may be subject to capital gains taxes. What I find is that for investors in relatively high tax brackets the yields of municipal bonds often exceed the after-tax yields of comparable quality corporate bonds, Liza explained. 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From Wisconsin to New Jersey to Florida, onceunthinkable spending cuts are in the works in many state capitols, occasionally accompanied by political brawling. As state and local governments shelve projects they can't afford, one byproduct of the new frugality is less borrowing, Liza explained. Less supply helps to bolster muni bond prices. Of course, state and local governments still vary widely in the scope of their budgetary discipline, with the markets tending to favor those who are actually reducing the size of their budgets. And while widespread defaults seem unlikely, an increase in municipal credit downgrades has been occurring, which means that investors need to work with a professional like Liza who can keep abreast of any changes in an issuers financial situation. All this simply underscores what has always been true but wasn't always quite so evident: The muni market includes many types of bonds with many levels of credit worthiness. For example, while some local general obligation bond issuers face continued pressure from weak real estate tax revenue and reduced state aid, issuers of revenue bonds in the same region with well-defined income streams could conceivably earn upgrades given balance sheet improvements that have already occurred, Liza said. For investors who cherish the tax advantages and relative stability of this asset class, the issue is how to find and hold the right munis the ones that offer rewards commensurate with the risks. I have continuously updated bond inventories of members of the BondDesk Electronic Communications Network, Liza said. Raymond James plays a significant role in Market Making operations and has traders that specialize in certain regions of the country and certain types of bonds. I can search for offerings, from a specific state, or within certain maturity ranges, or certain price ranges, as well as specific types of bonds of a specific quality. Liza also can offer a detailed analysis of an investor's existing bond portfolio. All investments involve risk, including possible loss of principal. Fixed income investments are subject to interest rate and credit risks. As interest rates rise, bond prices fall, reducing the value of fixed income securities. There is also a risk that an issuer will be unable to make principal and/or interest payments. Certain investors may be subject to the federal Alternative Minimum Tax, and state and local taxes will apply. Capital gains, if any, are fully taxable. It depends on the individual tax situation. Liza is focused on providing an integrated advice platform for all clients offering investments and capital markets solutions, as well as a full range of trust, banking and credit services accessible through the Raymond James Bank FSB, and Raymond James Trust Company. Through Raymond James she can offer an array of investment alternatives and services equivalent to almost anything Wall Street has to offer. The office of Elizabeth (Liza) Campa-Flanagan, Certified Financial Planner with Raymond James Financial Services Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, is at 645 N. Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs. She can be reached at 727-585-1212; or visit Lizas Web site at www.raymondjames.com/LizaCampaFlanagan. *Investments mentioned may not be suitable for all investors. Consult with your Advisor before investing. Any opinions are those of Liza Campa-Flanagan and not necessarily those of Raymond James Financial Services or Raymond James. Any information is not a complete summary or statement of all available data necessary for making an investment decision and does not constitute a recommendation. 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Persons are advised that if they decide to appeal any decision made at these hearings, they will need a record of the proceedings and, for such purpose, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this event you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. At least seven days prior to the class, please contact the Office of Human Rights, 400 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Suite 500, Clearwater, FL 33756, or call 464-4062 (Voice/TDD).Law enforcement appreciation dinner set for Jan. 27Pinellas 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. 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.PSTAs new hybrid cars hit the streetsST. PETERSBURG In 2009, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority rolled out its first-ever diesel-electric hybrid vehicles, branded as SmartBuses. Agency leaders decided that investing in the environmentally friendly and fuel-saving hybrid technology was the best move for both PSTA and the community. With the first 10 hybrid buses (along with an additional 14 purchased with stimulus funds in 2010) showing a 40 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, PSTA leaders decided that it was time to take advantage of that hybrid technology for the agencys cars as well. So last September, the PSTA Board of Directors agreed to purchase 10 new Ford Fusion hybrid sedans to replace agency cars that have exceeded their useful life. Like their hybrid bus counterparts, the agency has branded its new hybrid sedans as SmartCars. We have a fleet of 36 sedans that are shared by staff for a multitude of purposes, said PSTA CEO Brad Miller. Staff cars are used by supervisors who are on the road throughout the day. They are also used to shuttle drivers to and from buses along the routes as well as getting staff to and from meetings throughout the region and state. Such vehicles are integral parts of all transit agencies and with gas prices expected to hit $4 a gallon by summer, PSTAs new hybrid cars are expected to really help cut the agencys annual gasoline costs. PSTA currently buys more than 41,000 gallons of gasoline a year and agency leaders are eager to see that number drop thanks to the new SmartCars, which are now hitting the streets. The hybrid SmartCars were purchased through a state consortium at a cost of just under $25,000 each and are projected to get a whopping 41 miles to the gallon in city driving. Thats nearly twice the average mileage of PSTAs most fuel-efficient standard cars. These cars are really something, said PSTA spokesperson Bob Lasher. The engines dont run at all when the car is at a stoplight or moving slowly. Its really easy to see why these cars save so much on fuel and significantly reduce emissions. If PSTAs new SmartCars are as successful as their hybrid bus counterparts, area residents should expect to see even more SmartCars on the road in the coming years.Photo courtesy of PSTAPinellas Suncoast Transit Authority leaders are anxious to see how much can be saved in fuel costs using its new SmartCar fleet. Give bloodOne blood donation can help save the lives of up to three patients. 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Some recent examples of career shadowing and internships include the following: Ashley Barber, who is considering a career in law enforcement, spent the day riding in a police car with a local patrol officer. Nadia Torres, initially shadowed a pediatrician thinking it was the career path for her. After spending a day as a hands-on participant in the medical field, she decided she might pursue a career in law instead. Last summer, she completed a paid internship with a judge, earning over $1,600 and establishing valuable contacts for future reference. Shelby Allen, who is considering becoming a teacher, spent the day in a first grade classroom teaching students through Junior Achievements Reading to First Graders program. Trae Hanie, who shadowed the CEO of Gatorland Zoo for a day. Trae got to see an insiders view of what goes into running an established business in our Florida tourism economy. There are not many school programs that actually give their students credit for having their picture taken on the back of a 12-foot alligator during the school day. But, this is what makes ExCEL different. The ExCEL curriculum is designed to develop leadership skills, confidence, creativity, and interpersonal skills that will be essential to any career choice. Rigorous courses such as honors, advanced placement, dual enrollment and early college are all offered through the program. ExCELs hands-on approach to education causes students to become very comfortable with public speaking and group presentations. This is not the kind of program that will keep students from having a social life. ExCEL students are involved in every sport, club, activity and organization on Largo High Schools campus. These students are really getting the most from their high school experience. ExCEL is currently seeking 8th or 9th grade students who have: 1.) A minimum 2.5 grade-point average 2.) Passing FCAT scores 3.) Acceptable attendance and discipline records To apply for this program, go to www.pcsb.org and click on the Student Reservation System link in the bottom right corner. If you have questions about the ExCEL program or the application process, please call us at 588-4622 or visit our website at www.excel.pcsb.org.LHS magnet program opens doors for studentsGraduation rates increaseThe Florida Department of Education released the 2010-11 graduation rates, and Pinellas showed an upward trend. Pinellas County matched the state graduation rate of 80.1 percent, up 2.4 percentage points from 77.7 percent in 2009-10. The county has increased its overall graduation rate by 8.68 percent since the 2007-08 school year. Overall, Im encouraged that the district is making progress, said Superintendent John Stewart. Specifically, Im pleased that several schools that have had difficulty gaining traction appear to be moving ahead. Of course, we still have a lot of work to do, but were heading in the right direction, and for that I credit the teachers and administrators who are working so hard to help our students be successful. Among the highest high school gains for 20102011 are: Dunedin High at 91.57 percent, up 8.11 percent from 83.46 in 2009-10 Largo High 82.92 percent, up 8.75 percent from 74.17 in 2009-10 Pinellas Park High 89.72 percent, up 10.95 percent from 78.77 in 2009-10 Associate Superintendent Bill Lawrence said, The transition to the seven-period day has created additional opportunities for students to earn and recover credits and allows them to be more engaged through elective courses. The National Governors Association graduation rate uses the same formula that includes standard and special diplomas as graduates but excludes all GEDS. The NGA rate replaces Floridas previous calculation method that included GEDS.Largo High plans 50th year reunionLARGO Largo High School class of 1962 will hold its 50th year class reunion Sept. 21-23 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. Plans include Friday registration and a mixer. A barbecue bonanza is planned for Sept. 22. Dinner and a dance will be held that evening. A brunch and goodbyes will end the weekend Sept. 23. The class of 1962 had 338 members; 228 have been located, 116 are still missing and, sadly, 46 are known to have passed on, a news release said. If anybody knows classmates who have not been contacted about the event, please urge them to contact Jim Kramer, 727-492-5393 or to visit www. classcreator.com/Largo-FL-1962/index.cfm.Outstanding Educator finalists announcedOutstanding Educator finalists recently received a surprise announcement at school by special public figures. The finalists are: Stephanie Whitaker, Dunedin Elementary Holly Del Duca, Sandy Lane Elementary Sarah Painter, Eisenhower Elementary Chad Guess, Seminole Middle Kathryn Rennie, Tomlinson Adult Learning Center Christina Vaughan, Nina Harris ESE CenterNew basketball players namedCLEARWATER Clearwater Christian College womens basketball team has announced its players for the 2011-2012 season. Charity Henry of Clearwater was named to the team and is expected to play forward. She is a graduate of Lakeside Christian School in Clearwater and is a freshman exercise sports science major. She is the daughter of Jonathan and Sharon Henry of Clearwater. Sarah Trill of Clearwater was also named to the team and is expected to play center. She is a graduate of Keswick Christian School in St. Petersburg and is a freshman music education major. She is the daughter of Matt and Mari-Beth Trill of Clearwater. Clearwater Christian College is home to more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a Christian education in a liberal arts environment.Miniature Art Society offers scholarshipsCLEARWATER The Miniature Art Society of Florida is accepting applications for up to six scholarships of $1,000 each. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 17. Applicants will be interviewed on Saturday, March 17 or 24. The primary purpose of MASF scholarships is to encourage aspiring young artists to pursue a career in the fine arts, whatever their creative goals may be. The society hopes that scholarship recipients will be motivated to create miniature art as well. The society encourages aspiring young artists who are seniors in high school to apply. Applications are available at www.miniatureart societyofflorida.com or by contacting Mike MacDonald at 409-0459 or at curmudgin37@gmail.com.Oakhurst wins NFL grantLARGO Oakhurst Elementary won the $10,000 NFL Play 60 Grant. The school got a special visit from a Buccaneers player and were presented with the $10,000 grant for being one of the schools in the NFL markets who especially work for health and wellness programming.SPC choral group headed to CarnegieThe Madrigalians, St. Petersburg Colleges music ambassadors, will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Sunday, March 11. The ensemble will perform a concert in collaboration with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and two other ensembles. The group was invited by Manhattan Concert Productions, said Vernon Taranto, director of choral activities at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. The Madrigalians, a select choral performance ensemble comprised primarily of music majors, has performed nationally and internationally. In 2008, the group performed in SPCs Musical Ambassadors Russia Tour in which the group traveled to Russia to perform for audiences in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Orenburg. This will be the Madrigalians first performance at Carnegie Hall. The groups performance is part of the production companys Masterworks Series that will take place March 8-12. Fifteen choral ensembles will rehearse and perform, and three of those groups will perform in each concert. The Madrigalians have been fundraising to pay for the trip by selling Christmas wreaths and collecting donations at performances. The Student Government Association at the St. Petersburg/ Gibbs Campus also helped by paying for the groups airfare.SPC math chair receives honorSEMINOLE Lisa Borzewski, the academic chair of mathematics at the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College, is one of 15 educators nationwide named a 2012 Distinguished Educator by the Instructional Technology Council. The ITC is an organization that advances distance education through leadership, professional development and advocating, collaborating, researching, and sharing exemplary, innovative practices and potential in learning technologies. Borzewski was nominated to receive the Outstanding eLearning Faculty Award and was chosen by SPC as an exemplary member of its learning community. In her classes, Borzewski has been working with a Livescribe Smartpen, which allows her to create a digital version of her lecture and notes called a pencast for her online students. The technology captures her lecture, shares the audio and records and shows what she writes, giving her students a near in-class experience. Im able to give a more personal touch to online math explanations, she said. It allows me to show them my writing while they hear my voice, so it feels a lot more personal than typing something out. School news?Has your son or daughter earned a scholarship? Tell us about it. 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The fish have moved in from offshore and are staged up right where they should be, spoil islands throughout the Intracoastal Waterway are good places to find these schools of trout. These fish normally hold on the deep side of the island adjacent to a point. Bouncing soft-plastic jigs, working with the current, will allow you to move around until you find them. Under most conditions these fish will eat a softplastic jig as well or better than a free-lined shrimp, however, the shrimp excel when the water gets too cold for the trout to be active enough to chase down a jig. Sheepshead fishing is also very good right now; schools of larger sized fish are staging up around the big bridges in Tampa Bay as well as pass bridges connecting to the Gulf and the nearby deep docks. Scraping the oysters and barnacles off the surrounding pilings will chum up the sheepshead and get them into a feeding frenzy. Small pieces of shrimp work great for bait, and veteran sheepshead hunters will tell you a free-lined fiddler crab around the docks will fool even the wariest sheepshead. Once the Gulf calms down a bit I would expect that the silver trout fishing will get good again. Hard-bottom areas around Redington pier and Johns Pass have been holding schools of silver trout ranging in size from 12 to 16 inches. Brightly colored soft plastic jigs work great on the silvers and many anglers will often use a tandem rig, the extra jig will help keep your rig vertical while drift fishing and once the school is located its not uncommon to catch two at a time. Until Next Week get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hotmail .com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.Largo Recreation offers family fishing classLARGO Largo Recreation will host a four-session family fishing class on Tuesdays, Jan. 24 through Feb. 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. Adults and youth, ages 8 and older, will learn fish identification, angler etiquette, knot tying, casting, fishing rules and regulations and lures and baits. Following the conclusion of the class, all participants will meet Saturday, Feb. 18 for a four-hour deep sea fishing excursion on the boat, Double Eagle off of Clearwater Beach. The first 10 children to register will receive a free fishing pole and tackle. Additional giveaways including fishing gear, lures and more have been generously provided by L&S Bait Company. An adult must accompany children during class and trip. The cost per participant is $56 for residents and $70 for nonresidents. Rate covers everything for the class and deep sea fishing trip, including bait, poles and rigging. Spots are limited. Registration ends Friday, Jan. 20. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 587-6740, ext 5008.Suncoast Sierra Club to meetCLEARWATER The Suncoast Sierra Club of Pinellas will meet Thursday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane. Richard Smith will share his adventures of hiking the three longest trails in the United States: the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest and the Continental Divide. At the time he completed The Triple Crown of hiking in 2007, less than 100 people had done so. All three hikes combined for almost 8,000 miles from border to border through 22 states. Smith has continued hiking in Camino de Santiago in Spain and climbed the 19, 340 feet Killmanjaro Mountain in Africa. The public is welcome. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Joyce at 526-5065.Weedon to present tourism programST. PETERSBURG A free program on the archeology of Florida tourism will be offered Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 to 8 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Archaeologist Jason Wentzel, M.A., will examine the history and evolvement of the tourism industry in Florida. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.wee donislandpreserve.org.Weedon to host photography hikeST. PETERSBURG A photography hike will be offered Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The free event will offer participants the perfect opportunity to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, highlighting specific wildlife behaviors, guides will assist participants in capturing the natural beauty in photos. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Weedon to host guided hikesST. PETERSBURG Guided hikes will be offered Saturdays, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, 11, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Attendees will learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while going along on this free guided hike. Participants should bring water and a snack. A hat and closed-toe shoes also are recommended. The hike is best for ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonis landpreserve.org.Weedon to host Wee-TimeST. PETERSBURG Wee-Time at Weedon will be presented Thursdays, Jan. 26, Feb. 9, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. This free program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fourth Thursday of each month, children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. Preregistration is required. To register, call 582-2100 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. For information, call 453-6500.Weedon to host bird walkST. PETERSBURG A bird walk will be offered Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Many of Floridas colonial water birds can be spotted at Weedon Island Preserve during the winter months. Trained volunteers will assist participants in documenting the variety of wading birds that frequent the coastal shores as well as the many birds of prey and other species. Binoculars will be available. The event is recommended for adults. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Weedon to present fossil programST. PETERSBURG A free program on the Millennium Park fossils will be offered Saturday, Jan. 28, 2 to 3 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Richard Hulbert, paleontologist from the Florida Museum of Natural History, will discuss his present projects and his study of the fossils found at Boca Ciega Millennium Park in Seminole. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.wee donislandpreserve.org.Great Weedon Bird Quest setST. PETERSBURG The Great Weedon Bird Quest will be Friday, Feb. 10, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Guests will learn to identify marks and behaviors of the island birds while taking advantage of this free guided hike. Binoculars will be available. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.wee donislandpreserve.org.For the Love of Weedon setST. PETERSBURG For the Love of Weedon will be presented Saturday, Feb. 11, 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The free event will be a celebration of Weedon Island, from its rich prehistoric and historic heritage to its present day use as a coastal preserve for the countys education and outdoor activities. Attendees will discover all that this special place means to the many diverse groups that have walked its land. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Brooker to present Book TimesTARPON SPRINGS Book Time at Brooker will be offered Thursdays, Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Designed for children ages 3 to 5, this free program connects attendees to the wonders of the natural world. In addition to hearing a great story, children will participate in a craft, game or other handson activity related to the story that is read. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Call 582-2100 or visit www.brooker creekpreserve.org. Fish TalesCapt. 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Joseph Stefko hosted the meeting of local business owners and neighborhood residents.Old Northwest meetskeeping their cars in good running condition, said Hope Peterson, owner of New Hope Auto and Truck Services, in a press release. Its even worse when they need to have their cars serviced: theyre never sure theyre getting a fair deal, or that the repairs theyre sold are really necessary. Participants should plan to get their hands dirty: Only half the clinic is spent in the classroom, with handouts provided by the National Car Care Council. The other half is spent under the hoods of participants vehicles. There will be giveaways and door prizes. To register, call 572-8877 or visit online at www.newhopeau toandtruck.com.Trejo wins Hispanic History Maker campaignCLEARWATER Fifth Third Bank recently announced that Marisol Trejo of Tampa was the winning caller on La Ley 760 Tampa during Fifth Thirds Hispanic History Maker campaign. Trejo was one of 20 $50 MasterCard gift card winners who called into the station after listening to a vignette featuring a Hispanic history maker during Hispanic Heritage Month. Trejo also was the $1,000 grand prize winner chosen at the conclusion of the month. Additionally, she had the honor of choosing the InterCultural Advocacy Institute to receive $5,300 from Fifth Third Bank. Founded in partnership with the Clearwater Police Department in 2000, the InterCultural Advocacy Institute is a nonprofit organization based in Clearwater that provides local Spanish-speaking families a full spectrum of services, including interpreter and victim advocacy, youth programs, counseling and immigration law clinics. Filiberto Valero, Fifth Third Banks banking center manager, presented the $1,000 check to Trejo. Trejo also joined Fifth Third Bank as they presented a $5,300 check to the InterCultural Advocacy Institute Jan. 10, at the Cleveland Street Banking Center in Clearwater.First Bank participates in annual Mayors BreakfastFirst Bank was among several businesses and organizations that participated in the Oldsmar and Safety Harbor annual Mayors Breakfast in December at the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Donning aprons and helping serve coffee were Oldsmar Mayor Jim Ronecker and Safety Harbor Mayor Andy Steingold. The event is called the Mayors Breakfast because it is the one time each year the mayors of the two communities are truly public servants, waiting on guests and serving coffee. Through ticket sales, table sponsorships and other monetary gift donations, participants helped provide basic needs, holiday means and gifts to needy children in Oldsmar, Safety Harbor and the surrounding communities. First Bank is one of the largest privately owned banks in the country with more than $6.92 billion in assets and 149 locations in Florida, Illinois, California, and Missouri. MarineMax to host seminarsCLEARWATER MarineMax of Clearwater will offer free seminars to the public on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 18025 U.S. 19 N. Each of the seminars will be conducted in different groups. Each 45-minute seminar is presented on the hour between 1 and 4 p.m. Topics will include knot tying, an introduction to boating, cooking on board, electronics and preventive maintenance. From 4 to 5 p.m., there will be an open forum, allowing attendees to speak to vendors and seminar leaders. For kids of all ages, there will be a screening of the film Dolphin Tale. To sign up and for information, call 536-2628. Visit www.marinemax.com.BPW to present Working Womens ForumST. PETERSBURG The St. Petersburg/Pinellas local organization of Business and Professional Women will host a panel discussion on elections on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m., at the Marriott St. PetersburgClearwater, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd. A panel of distinguished women will address the question Why do state and federal elections matter to working women? Well-known political consultant Susan MacManus, USF, will moderate the event which includes three panelists: Deborah Clark, Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections; Democrat Nina Hayden, former Pinellas County School Board member and current attorney and assistant director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation Services at Stetson School of Law; and Republican Karen Williams Seel, Pinellas County Commissioner. The format of the program will include networking opportunities, a panel forum and discussion, and one-on-one interaction with the panelists. Attendance will be limited. Cost is $15. Tickets are available online at www.bpwstpetepinellas.org. For more information, call Kristine Ketcham-Szerenyi at 366-3439 or email kristine@kristineketcham.com.New Hope Auto to host car care clinicPINELLAS PARK New Hope Auto and Truck Services will host a free car care clinic on Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 to 11 a.m., at Sonic, 7725 49th St. N. Designed for women and teens who want to know more about keeping their vehicles in good running order, this two-hour program will cover topics such as how to check fluids, belts, hoses, and tires; how to keep a vehicles maintenance log; when to schedule regular services like oil changes and tune-ups; and what to do when a vehicle breaks down. Too many women and teens feel out of their depth when it comes toNetworking groups, aka leads groups, meet on a regular basis at various locations in the area. Some groups charge a fee to attend, and most require reservations. Persons considering attending any group for the first time are encouraged to make contact in advance. The upcoming schedule is as follows: Friday, Jan. 20 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, Jan. 20 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Friday, Jan. 20 Professional Leads Network, Upper Pinellas Chapter, 8 a.m., at Daddys Grill, 3682 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Friday, Jan. 20 Professional Leads Network, Bay Area Executives Chapter, 11:45 a.m., at Tum Rub Thai, 32716 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Monday, Jan. 23 Network Professionals Inc., 7:30 a.m., at Perkins Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Monday, Jan. 23 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. 23 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@freenetworkingin ternational.com. Monday, Jan. 23 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@freenetworkinginternational.com or visit twocupscon nect.com. Tuesday, Jan. 24 Professional Leads Network, First Watch Chapter, 7:30 a.m., First Watch, 2569 Village Drive, Clearwater. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Tuesday, Jan. 24 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. 24 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. 24 Network Professionals Inc., Seminole Chapter, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, Jan. 24 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 5864999 or visit www.cbcnet.biz. Tuesday, Jan. 24 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 3673737. Tuesday, Jan. 24 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 jplady1 @hotmail.com or visit www.freenetworkinginternational.com. Tuesday, Jan. 24 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. 24 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. 25 Business Network International, Financial Freedom, 7:15 a.m., at Bardmoor Country Club, 8001 Cumberland Road, Largo. Call Phil at 409-1609 or visit www.BNIFinancialFree dom.com. Biz notes Biz notes


Leader, January 19, 2012Viewpoints 13A 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. E-mails 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. With Super Bowl 46 just around the corner, its time to line up a few football experts and get their comments. As you may know, Ive always suspected the real mission of athletes and coaches is to keep from saying anything distinctive, anything that an average person couldnt surmise just from reading newspapers or watching a few games on TV. By speaking in clichs, these highly-paid men and women keep you and me the fans from learning things that might somehow cost them money. But I could be wrong. Im always hoping to interview a jock that isnt afraid to speak up and be different. Our three experts today are head football coach Ron Swolp of Nebraska Tech, quarterback Gitchey Gooma of Honolulu State, and linebacker Morris Chunck of Holy Mother of God College in Lemming, Mass. Q. Coach Swolp, Ill start with you. Give us your thoughts on the first principles of football. A. The most important one is baw control. Q. What kind of control? A. Baw control. Forgive my speech impediment I have trouble pronouncing Ls. To have any hope of winning, a team has to get the baw, grab that baw, squeeze that baw, and keep that baw. If you dont control the baw you cant win the baw game. Q. And how do you get control of the baw, coach? A. You jump on the opposing team, even when theyre down, scream and curse and bend their fingers back until they release the baw. Then you keep that baw for the rest of the game. Q. But isnt that illegal? A. Who cares? The name of the game, the bottom line at the end of the day, is WINNING! And winning comes from one thing: baw control! Q. Thank you, coach. Quarterback Gooma, in your opinion, who had the best college football team this year? A. Arguably, it was Alabama. Q. What does the word arguably mean, Gitchey? A. I havent the faintest idea, but I keep reading it in the sports columns. At first I thought it meant some new way to gargle, but I was wrong. I gotta tell ya, I have to admit it makes me feel smart when I use it. At this point Morris Chunck, the linebacker, breaks in and says, Thass whats wrong with modern football, man too many smart alecks usin their brains instead of their muscles. Q. Give us your thinking, Morris. A. In the old days, football was a mans game, knowummean? They didnt have all this padding and protection. You came on the field with a jersey and a helmet, and not much else, you feel me? Our daddies and granddaddies didnt have no rat cage built around their faces, and gloves everywhere. And all these new rules about not roughing the quarterback or the kicker? Heck, man, if those guys were scared of getting hurt they should have gone out for the debate team, not the football team. Getting hurt was what you was SUPPOSED to do, knowummean? In the old days they didnt have no pass interference rules. If somebody tried to stop a receiver from catching a pass, his teammates just jumped the defender and interfered with his breathing and walking for the next couple of weeks. Coach Swolp joins in. Thass right, thass right. The name of the game was gettin the baw, no matter how you did it. Q. Let me ask all three of you: What does every team need to do in order to win at todays football? Coach Swolp exclaims Wasnt you listening? Jimsus cross, I just gave you the Golden Rule: get the #%!! footbaw and hang on to it! Gitchey Gooma says, Every team has to find a go-to guy who steps up and makes plays and has his game face on and takes care of the football and gives 110 percent for sixty minutes of every game. Thats all there is to it. As Knute Rockne once said to Ernie Lombardi, or maybe it was the other way around, you gotta have players who are always willing to win one for the Gipper. Morris Chunck chimes in, Smash-mouth football is what Im talking about, you hear me? Smash-mouth, knowummean? Q. Final question: New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is famous for answering sportswriters questions by saying, It is what it is. What do you think he means by that? A. Morris Chunck: He means the answer is obvious. Case closed. Gitchey Gooma: He means further speculation is useless. Hes employing Wittgensteins theory of infinite rainbow chasing. Coach Swolp: He means hes fed up with dumb questions from unimaginative sportswriters. Q. Do you think most interviewers ask dumb questions? A. Coach Swolp: Just check the transcript of this interview, pal. Theres your answer.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an e-mail at tralee71@comcast.net.Three experts talk about footbawRun the bad guys out of city hallEditor: I am a past Madeira Beach City commissioner and I am angry! I am angry because my city is going down the toilet and many of our apathetic citizens are letting it happen, for the second time. Approximately 8 years ago, the same cast of characters that are in control now were in control of the Board of Commissioners and others in city government. Fortunately, a number of concerned citizens recognized the need to take action then, and did. We got up out of our chairs and took appropriate actions to get the bums out. Unfortunately, over time, they managed to wrangle their way back under the same direction of unscrupulous individuals that previously sought to control City operations. Today the citizens of Madeira Beach face the same dilemma. Some of the same people are back and more are being postured to return. The City is in a state of disarray. The mayor and the commissioners elected in March have been responsible for the intimidation, firing or creating conditions leading to the removal of all but one of the senior staff that existed before March. Of course, they touted how much money was saved since March. Duh! No key employees money saved. They have been fumbling for months to get interim or permanent staff to attend to the running of the city and are failing miserably at that. Even the press has identified how exceptionally screwed up the city has been since March. It has also been noted by many that we have become the laughing stock of the county, and probably the state. To further emphasize this lunacy, the March Gang of 3 voted to hire past city manager, James M. Madden, as interim city manager, a former Madeira Beach City Manager. By the way, he had been fired from Pinellas Park before coming to Madeira Beach. He sued the city before he became Madeira Beachs interim city manager, and the suit is still open with the next hearing on Feb. 14. He now has the audacity to register to run for District 2 city commissioner while still employed as interim city manager. Hello! Does that mean he would be suing the city even after he might be miraculously elected? As soon as he became interim city manager, Madden clashed with the permanent fire chief, Bill Mallory, who served as interim city manager prior to him. He then hired a previous fire chief, Darryl ONeal as interim fire chief. Wouldnt you know it; Mr. ONeal had also been fired from Madeira Beach. Is your head spinning yet? And there is more! Well, I and other concerned citizens have had it. We have rounded up a posse of Madeira Beach citizens and we are going to be working pretty hard to run the bad guys out of City Hall. My plea to the citizens of Madeira Beach is to get up out of your chairs and do something to save your city. Start with a commitment to vote this March. Do some research and vote for the candidate you feel will best serve the citizens of Madeira Beach and not their own interests or the interests of others. Lets get our city back on track. Len Piotti Madeira BeachPraise for article on drug monitoring programEditor: Thank you very much for the wonderful profile you (Tom Germond) did on the development of Floridas Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Both Greg Giordano (chief legislative assistant) and myself truly appreciate the excellent work you did detailing the ups and downs and finally the victory of creating the PDMP and the subsequent crackdown on pill mills that followed. I am sure that Greg would agree with me that this is one of my top personal accomplishments as a legislator. Your willingness to bring attention to the scourge of prescription drug abuse, and the states efforts to combat it, has helped make more people in our community aware of the problem and the solution. I look forward to reading more chapters in your series. Again, thank you for your good work on this extremely important issue. Please know that if there is anything I can ever do to assist you I am only a phone call away. Mike Fasano State senator, District 11 New Port RicheyKeep the Clearwater Airpark smallEditor: On Tuesday, Jan. 10, I attended the informational meeting to expand the runway of the Clearwater Airpark by up to 800 feet. The room was full and both sides were very passionate about their views. The airpark is not a bad thing; its a nice small airpark in a nice small residential area. But that is what it needs to stay. The person who stated with venom and arrogance you knew you bought a house near an airport so if you dont like it move was, well, really arrogant. As a matter of fact there was a lot of that going around. But the correct statement would be the houses were bought near a small airpark. One that needs to stay small. Its an airpark, not an airport. The airpark needs to be self-sustaining, so the expansion is driven by money. If they make the runway bigger they then can attract more planes and bigger planes. Which is exactly what the residents dont want can you blame them? Since the 1990s to my knowledge two planes went down, and it had nothing to do with the safety of the runway or the size of the runway. But the residents have valid points. If the runway gets bigger the airpark will be advertising itself as new and improved with a great safe runway come to us when visiting Tampa Bay! That air traffic will affect the quality of life and safety of the citizens. Noise, fumes and if one of those bigger planes goes down lets not even go there. Now I have heard that bigger planes cant land because they are too heavy even if there was an extra 800 feet. And that, my friends, is exactly the problem. Because in my heart I know there will be another meeting in five to 10 years that says we have the runway for these planes but lets get a grant to get the runway strengthened; we need the revenue these bigger planes bring in. Its what politics does crack the door open a bit. Get 10 to 20 percent of what we want now and then down the road we can blow that door full open. But its really simple. Its a small airpark, in a residential neighborhood; keep it small. Maintained, safe and small. If anyone wants a bigger airport just a few miles away you have the St. Pete Clearwater Airport. Its that simple. Now, the small airpark does have nice benefits. The airpark is way above sea level and if we had a major storm, supplies could be dropped. The airpark hosts JAARS every year. On the grounds is Civil Air Patrol a great organization run by great people. The Young Eagles program is terrific and I intend to take advantage of their wonderful flight event in March. Clearwaters vision statement includes the words a wonderful place to live and play. Keeping the airpark small will enable the residents to have a wonderful place to live and the pilots a place to play. Sounds like a great compromise. Vonabell Sherman ClearwaterObama an impractical idealistEditor: In 2008 the American people thought they wee electing a young forward looking president who would lead us to a prosperous future. Unfortunately, President Obama has become an impractical idealist. i.e.: he has refused to apologize to millions of taxpayers for bailing out many European countries. Under these circumstances the problem is Europes collectiveness government that is in shambles. If President Obamas administration continues to mint European socialist policies abroad, the U.S. will fall to pieces also. Moreover, still today, President Obama refuses to learn from his mistakes. He seems to like stimulus bills because he gets to use big government to allocate massive sums of money to their favorite projects. This list is endless. We can only hope that our upcoming election delivers us a leader who will embrace Reagan economic policies. Joan Atkins Palm Harbor There is a certain sappiness and intrigue about soap operas that Ive never been able to resist. So, it is with a heavy heart that I lament the recent endings of two of my favorite stories as my mother used to call them. First, All My Children bit the dust and then just last week I tearfully watched the final episodes of One Life to Live. Seriously, it made me cry. How crazy is that? Actually, its not half as crazy as the infinite storylines over the years that featured every conceivable, and sometimes inconceivable, twist and turn the very talented teams of writers could dream up involving love, loss, death, rebirth, success, failure, power, helplessness, humor and tragedy. The actors understandably get the accolades from soap operas adoring fans, but it is the writers who made it all come to life. It has always been their words that drew me and so many other devotees to life in Pine Valley and Llanview. I worry about their fate after what is sadly becoming a dying art form the daytime drama. I never would have believed that could happen. In the insanity that seems to have overtaken daytime television, the made-up lives of dozens of interesting made-up people have been replaced by boring cooking and self-improvement shows featuring obnoxiously perky people. I vow to never watch The Chew or The Revolution. The promos alone make me gag. Perhaps its a generational thing that had me shaking my head at this despicable programming decision made by the managerial types at ABC. Theyre probably too young or too focused on the bottom line to appreciate what soap operas have always meant to us aging baby boomers. My addiction started as a young girl when Mom and I would often watch All My Children together. She would fill me in on episodes I missed in those days before DVRs and the Internet. Erica Kane was in high school when we watched together and Phoebe Wallingford was the woman you loved to hate as she schemed and connived. Everyone wanted their parents to be like Joe and Ruth Martin. Tad the cad was irresistible. Those were the days! Sigh Contrary to those who think soap operas are just silly romantic yarns, the storylines through the years often have been the first to mirror real societal struggles involving issues such as addiction, rape, homosexuality, HIV, and the loss of a child. I am 100 percent confident such catharsis has helped thousands of people over the years. Bidding farewell to two of my favorite soaps really was like losing friends Ive known for years. No matter how bad my day was going, somehow it was always comforting to tune in and know that even if things werent all right that day, sooner or later they would work out. There would typically be healing. Plus, as an added perk, dead is never really dead in the soaps! As long as there is a good story to tell, people come back to life all the time and it makes perfect sense. It is on that note, in fact, that One Life to Live ended last Friday. So, Victor is alive? How can that be? (Cue the organ music.) My only consolation is that General Hospital lives on at least for now. I hear some of the Llanview folks will surface in Port Charles. 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I have to admit that Im an incurable list maker, and for that reason New Years resolutions are rather second nature to me. In fact, I heartily endorse any opportunity (New Years being only one of them) to participate in the idea of fresh starts, turning over new leaves, learning new tricks as an old dog, and so forth. So even though New Years Eve has passed, it is not so far in the past that we still cant become genearesolutionaries. In an effort to help, I have compiled a short list that in the world of genealogy, will probably strike a chord with most. Here it is: 1. Read at least three how-to books in genealogy. I put this on the list because I found that as I get caught up in doing my genealogy, I lose sight of some of the basics. Reading a how-to book every once in a while centers me, introduces me to new ideas, and refines my basic research skills. 2. Organize, catalog, and store my collection of photographs. Like most everyone, I have a box of photographs that are badly in need of some TLC. I have to identify the photos, scan them into my computer, incorporate them into my genealogy computer program, and then take appropriate steps to preserve the originals. (You know, I could probably make some headway on resolution number 1 by reading a how-to book on analyzing and preserving old photographs!) 3. Attend a genealogy seminar. This goes on the list because it is so easy NOT to do, even though I know that I enjoy them and learn a lot when I attend one. In addition to learning new things, there is no better way to get your research batteries recharged than to associate for a day with an enthusiastic group of like-minded genealogists. So there you have my suggestions on a starter-list for all you genea-resolutionaries. You might consider adding to the list with some resolutions of your own, whether they are tied to New Years or to some other point in time of some significance to you. Now I want to leave you with a tip that can get you started in fine fashion on the list I proposed: without delay, register for the Pinellas Genealogy Society Annual Seminar being held on February 11, 2012. The guest speaker is Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick, who has written a book titled The Dead Horse Investigation, which deals with the topic of analyzing and interpreting old photographs. Two of her four presentations during the day will be about that topic. So you can attend a seminar, buy a book on the topic of photo analysis (which Dr. Fitzpatrick will sign for you), and get some immediate pointers on analyzing, organizing, and preserving your old photos all at one place and time! She also will talk about techniques for effectively hunting through databases and for finding clues about ancestors who seemingly left but a very faint paper trail. In addition to Dr. Fitzpatricks presentations, three other presenters will talk on the topics of newspaper research, using funeral home, grave site, and cemetery records, and understanding the why and how of migration. A continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages throughout the day are included in the registration; and you can browse a huge book sale during the breaks. What better way to get a running start on all of those resolutions I listed than by attending this annual local event, which over the years has developed a reputation for excellence. You can get more information on the seminar schedule and download a registration form from the PGS website at www.rootsweb.ancestry .com/~flpgs.Peter Summers is an amateur genealogist who has been working on his family history since 1972. He is past president of the Pinellas Genealogy Society. Porch, which is for locals serving Crockpot style chili. First prize is $150. Street, which is the battle of restaurants and food trucks. First prize is $400. Call Jennifer at 517-6821 for rules and to sign up. Deadline to sign up is Friday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m.Rally to commemorate Roe vs. WadeST. PETERSBURG Pinellas NOW, a Pinellas County chapter of the National Organization for Women, will hold its annual Roe vs. Wade commemoration rally on Jan. 20, noon to 1 p.m., at the corner of Central Avenue and Third Street North in St. Petersburg, near the Lucky Dill deli. The group invites pro-choice people who want to protect a womans right to reproductive freedom to join the rally and bring signs. Planned Parenthood will participate in the rally. Roe vs. Wade was a U.S. Supreme Court case in which a Texas statute banning abortion was declared unconstitutional. For more information about the rally, email Pinellas NOWs president, Linda Darin, at ldarin@tampabay.rr.com, and secretary Jennifer Robinson at membership@flnow.org. For information and pictures from past years rallies, visit pinellasnow.weebly.com.Author to speak on U.S. Constitution PINELLAS PARK The South Pinellas 912 Patriots welcomes KrisAnne Hall to speak at a free event on Feb. 26, 2 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Public Library conference room, 7770 52nd St. Hall, a former prosecutor and constitutional attorney, is author of Not a Living Breathing Document: Reclaiming our Constitution. As a disabled veteran of the U.S. Army, a Russian linguist, a mother and a pastors wife, she travels the country speaking on the U.S. Constitution and the history of the countrys founding documents. Seating is limited. Hall was first scheduled to speak in September, but had to cancel. For more information or to join the South Pinellas 912 Patriots, a Tea Party group, visit www912Pinellas.org.Foster parents neededThere are more than 3,500 dependent children in Pinellas and Pasco counties due to child abuse, neglect or abandonment. For more information on becoming a foster parent, please call the Eckerd Recruitment Line toll-free at 1-866-233-0790. The Florida Botanical Gardens Holiday Lights celebration wrapped up its season with a New Years Eve parade of 99 dogs, from well-dressed Chihuahuas to Newfoundlands. The contestants were judged in six categories: prettiest pooch, handsomest hound, best costume, fetch and drop, sit and stay and best trick. Shown is Randall Durham of Largo and Shiloh Shepherd Jazmine, winners in the sit and stay category. Looking on is Dog Parade Coordinator Barbara Gross. The dog parade registration raised $700 for garden.Pooches on paradeTrain show set for Jan. 28LARGO The Train Collectors Association, Southern Division, is having its annual Tampa Bay area train show on Saturday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Minnreg Hall, 6340 126th Ave. The event is open to the public. The Train Collectors Association is a nonprofit charitable and educational corporation. Part of its mission is to promote the enjoyment of collecting and operating toy and model trains. A portion of the profits of our Southern Division go to supporting worthwhile causes, for example, building and maintaining an operating train layout at the Ronald McDonald house in Orlando. The cost is $5 for adults; children under 12 are admitted free. The Minnreg building is located just off U.S. 19 in Clearwater/Largo. The building is just east of 66th Street on 126th Avenue. Knights hold Roaring Twenties NightLARGO The Knights of Columbus celebrates its second annual Roaring Twenties Night Saturday, Feb. 18, 6 to 11 p.m., at St. Patricks Catholic Church, 2121 16th Ave. SW. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7. Each dinner includes a salad, garlic bread and sausage. The music of the 1920s will be provided. For tickets, call Ron Klemm at 804-4804 or John Scozzafva at 4223753.Chili cookoff plannedLARGO The citys first top chef chili cookoff will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, 7 to 11 p.m. on First Avenue Southwest. Food trucks, restaurants and local chefs are welcome to sign up, said Jennifer Lantry, the owner of OShys Irish Tap House. The event will feature two divisions: Genealogy exposedPeter Summers Here and there Here and there


Church briefsCommunity 15A Leader, January 19, 2012 Get The NewsALL FORFREE!Sign Up Today! www.TBNweekly.com e-E d itions80510 Obituaries Barbara Ann STOCK97, passed away January 11, 2012. She was born June 25, 1914. She is survived by her brother, John Steir of Illinois; her daughter, Roberta Ann Brooker of Seminole, Fla., and son, Ronald (Judy) Stock of Wisconsin; 5 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren and 4 step-great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Christ The King Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.; 11220 Oakhurst Road, Largo, Fla. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33760 or Christ The King Lutheran Church. 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 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 (866) 224-9233Tampa Bay Newspapers091511 91511 010512Celebrating 30 Years of Professional Danielle Douglass and Stephen Hoffman, both of St. Petersburg, will be married on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at Cross Creek Ranch, Dover.Douglass-Hoffmanpresented Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Conmy Center on the Our Lady Of Lourdes campus, 750 San Salvador Drive. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature an eight-piece band of professional musicians presenting the timeless classics of Karen and Richard Carpenter, the No. 1 selling musical act of the 1970s. The event will include hors doeuvres before the performance and coffee and dessert at intermission. Tickets are $25. Proceeds will benefit the Sisters of St. Clare. Call 593-8195 or email sstclare@aol.com.Tyler Lowe ST. PETERSBURG Air Force Airman Tyler Lowe recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Lowe earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Brenda and Charlie Lowe of St. Petersburg. He is a 2011 graduate of Dixie Hollins High School.Jacob Fort DUNEDIN Air Force Airman Jacob Fort recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Fort is a 2010 graduate of Dunedin High School.Dustin Mendez LARGO Air Force Airman Dustin Mendez recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Mendez is the son of Frank and Susan Mendez of Largo. He is a 2010 graduate of Osceola Fundamental High School.Clayton Gledhill LARGO Air Force Reserve Airman Clayton Gledhill recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Gledhill is the son of Marvin and Cynthia Gledhill of Largo. He is a 2001 graduate of Osceola High School.Robert Lee PINELLAS PARK Air Force Airman Robert Lee recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Lee is the son of Angelika Lee of Pinellas Park. He is a 2009 graduate of Dixie Hollins High School.Jalesa Wyatt DUNEDIN Air Force Reserve Airman Jalesa Wyatt recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Wyatt is the daughter of Willie Wyatt of Chatham, La. She is a 2010 graduate of Dunedin High School.Ryan Short PALM HARBOR Army Spec. Ryan Short recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Short is the son of Joan Short and Michael Short, both of Palm Harbor. He is a 2007 graduate of Palm Harbor University High School. He earned a bachelors degree in 2010 from Florida State University.Northside Baptist ChurchST. PETERSBURG The Kingdom Heirs will perform Monday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., in the sanctuary at Northside Baptist Church, 6000 38th Ave. N. The Kingdom Heirs is one of Southern gospel musics top male quartets. This award-winning group spends nine months out of the year performing before thousands of people at Dollywood and has been the resident gospel group there for the past 27 years. Doors will open at 6 p.m. A love offering will be taken. There will be a dinner prior to the concert, but tickets are required. A dinner ticket includes a reserved seat for the concert. For information, call 381-3642.Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg ST. PETERSBURG The Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg will host its third annual gala, In Perfect Harmony, on Sunday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., at the Nova 535 Art Lounge, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. In addition to live and silent auctions and a lavish buffet, entertainment will be provided by internationally acclaimed Israeli musician, Yoel Sharabi. Sharabi, a sabra who grew up in Tel Aviv and currently resides in Queens, New York, plays drums, piano, guitar and the recorder. However, it is his dynamic tenor voice and warm personality that have dazzled audiences in Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland Russia and the United States. Closer to home, Sharabai has performed at the Garden State Arts Center in New Jersey, Place Des Arts in Montreal and New York Citys Carnegie Hall. He often involves the audience in his performances, which include songs ranging from Israeli folk tunes to Yiddish and Middle Eastern songs to Broadway musicals. Tickets for the gala are $65 a person and sponsorship opportunities range from $750 to $18,000. For information on becoming a sponsor, donating auction items or the event in general, call Rabbi Alter Korf at 344-4900 or visit www.chabadSP.com.Pasadena Presbyterian ChurchST. PETERSBURG A Trash and Treasures Sale will take place Saturday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 100 Pasadena Ave. N. Attendees should use the entrance on Pinellas Way. Signs will be posted. A light lunch including hot dog, chips and soda will be available for $3 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 345-0148.Temple Beth-ElST. PETERSBURG The 39th annual Art Festival Beth-El will run Saturday through Monday, Jan. 28-30 at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S. The annual fine art exhibition and sale started in 1973 with only 20 artists. Art Festival Beth-El now showcases more than 150 national and international award-winning artists. This highly acclaimed fine art exhibit and sale is well known as one of the premier shows in the Southeastern United States. Space has grown from one gallery to six galleries throughout the facility featuring original paintings, wood, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and jewelry. This years judge, Matthew McLendon, will be awarding more than $7,000 in prize money to the outstanding artists in the show. The festival also offers a large selection of signed, framed, limited edition prints from Syd Entel Galleries of Safety Harbor. A large outdoor sculpture garden will feature a variety of fun and unusual pieces for gardens, offices or large buildings. The boutique gallery will offer fine art and craft at moderate prices. An elegant preview cocktail reception will be presented Saturday, Jan. 28, 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $25, which can be purchased at the door. Art Festival Beth-El is free and open to the public on Sunday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with light lunches and snacks available to purchase. The Avenue of the Shops, a one-day sale of fun art, jewelry and crafts, will be free and open to the public Monday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 347-6136.Calvary Episcopal ChurchINDIAN ROCKS BEACH Amy Hartsough and Nichole Annis will present a program of opera arias and duets featuring music by Barber, Faur, Offenbach, Satie, Strauss and Sondheim on Sunday, Jan. 22, 4 p.m., at Calvary Episcopal Church, 1615 First St. Hartsough and Annis are two emerging artists on the national scene. Hartsough was recently voted the 2012 Opera Idol of St. Petersburg. A free-will offering will be taken in support of the student choral section leader program at Calvary. A light reception will follow the concert. Call 595-2374 or visit www.calvaryirb.org.Our Lady Of LourdesDUNEDIN A Carpenters tribute show will be Military news Military news


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National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Clearwater Chapter 259, meets for refreshments and socializing first Wednesdays (except July and August), 1 p.m., at the Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St. Meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. Blue Cross/Blue Shield Rep will cover FEHBP changes. Call 599-2031. National Association of Retired Federal Employees, LargoSeminole Chapter 845, meets first Tuesdays, at different venues each month. Speakers begin at 12:15 p.m., followed by a business meeting. Guests may eat lunch before or after the meeting. Call Susan at 397-8232 for locations. Native New Yorkers of Tampa Bay, meets monthly on different Sundays at various locations. Call Arlyne Popick at 585-0992 or email ATP1946@yahoo.com. New Neighbors, meets first Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at Kissin Cuzzins Restaurant, 28910 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. This is a womans group for meeting new friends, social activities and informative programs. Cost is $4.50 and includes dessert, beverage and program. Call 7962006. Newcomers Club of Greater Dunedin, meets second Thursdays, 11:30 a.m., at the Dunedin Golf Club. For information on the next meeting, call Sylvia Bock at 736-3253. North Pinellas All Childrens Hospital Guild, meets third Mondays, 7 p.m., at various locations. Call Joyce at 943-2464. North Pinellas County Democratic Club, meets second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Clearwater Countryside Library. Call Joyce at 538-0043. Overeaters Anonymous, meets Mondays, 7 p.m., at Friendship United Methodist Church, 2039 East Druid Road, Clearwater; and Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., at Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. Call 800-544-6353. Palm Harbor Mens Barbershop Chorus, meets Mondays, 6:45 p.m., at the Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St. The 60-man chorus seeks tenors, leads, baritones and basses. Call 7730049. Palm Harbor Newcomers Alumnae and Friends Club, meets first Thursdays, 11 a.m., at East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 300 East Lake Fairway, Oldsmar. For reservations, call Pat at 786-2110. Parkinsons Support Group, meets third Tuesdays, noon, at Cypress Palms, 400 Lake Ave. NE, Largo. Roni Hellwig, a registered nurse, acts as facilitator. A light lunch is served. To RSVP, call 4371639. Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, meets third Mondays, every other month, 1 to 3 p.m., at Paneras in Bardmoor Shopping Center at the intersection of Starkey and Bryan Dairy roads. Coffee, tea and lunch will be available for purchase. Call Patricia Albrecht at 578-5526. Peoples Spiritualist Church Healing and Peace Meditation, meets Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., at Peoples Spiritualist Church, 1011 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Program includes discussion, healing, peace meditation and chakra balancing. Email dsg@tampabay. rr.com. Pet loss support group, meets second Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Pinellas Animal Foundation, 10825 Seminole Blvd., Building A, Unit 3, Seminole. Call 347-PETS. PINAWOR writers group, meets Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 N. Highland Ave., Largo. Members read their work and receive helpful critiquing from the other writers. Go to Pinawor.org. Pinellas Genealogy Society, family history workshops, meets the third Saturday of each month at 11 a.m., Largo Library, Jenkins Room. All visitors welcome. Phone 586-7410, or go to www.rootsweb .ancestry.com/~flpgs/ Pinellas Homeschool LEGO Club, meets second and fourth Fridays, 2:30 p.m., at Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park. Email jknsm@hotmail.com.Announcements are submitted by the public; information is subject to change. 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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B January 19, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com Bus Stop, by William Inge, presented by Francis Wilson Playhouse, Jan. 19-29, at the playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. 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.franciswilsonplay house.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. The Florida Orchestra: Music for Lovers, part of the Pops Series; Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., at the Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.straz center.org. The performance will be repeated Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. A final performance will be presented Sunday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The orchestra will celebrate romance with sizzling torch songs, beautiful ballads, luscious love themes and more by Richard Rodgers, Barry White, Cole Porter, Dolly Parton, Henry Mancini, Barry Manilow, Ennio Morricone, Barry Gordy and others. The concert will feature guest conductor Steven Reineke as well as vocalists Mike Eldred and Betsy Wolfe. Seven Guitars, by August Wilson, presented by American Stage Theatre Company, Jan. 20 through Feb. 26, in the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Call 823-7529 or visit www.america nstage.org. Floyd Barton is a natural musician with a hit song and, in the expansive atmosphere after World War II, he dreams of the big time. But as the play begins, his wife and friends mourn his death. In Wilsons only play constructed in flashback, Seven Guitars takes us back to explore what happened. Who killed Floyd Barton, but more importantly, why? This play contains mature subject matter and language. Seconds from Broadway, by Neil Simon, presented by West Coast Players, Jan. 20 through Feb. 5, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org. Simons clever wit is at work again in the dialogue among the characters who gather in the Polish Tea Room, 45 seconds from the heart of Broadway. These entertainment personalities offer a glimpse into those who have a connection, in one way or another, to one of the most famous areas of New York City. Gordon Lightfoot, Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $42.50 to $79. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The master songwriter who penned If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald loves both writing and touring. Since his emergence from the Toronto folk club scene in the s, Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums including his latest, Harmony. Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseGenre: Drama Cast: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Max von Sydow and Viola Davis Director: Stephen Daldry Rated: PG-13 Adapted from the acclaimed bestseller by Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a story that unfolds from inside the young mind of Oskar Schell, an inventive 11-year-old New Yorker whose discovery of a key in his deceased fathers belongings sets him off on an urgent search across the city for the lock it will open. A year after his father died in the World Trade Center on what Oskar calls The Worst Day, he is determined to keep his vital connection to the man who playfully cajoled him into confronting his wildest fears. Now, as Oskar crosses the five New York boroughs in quest of the missing lock encountering an eclectic assortment of people who are each survivors in their own way he begins to uncover unseen links to the father he misses, to the mother who seems so far away from him and to the whole noisy, dangerous, discombobulating world around him. HaywireGenre: Action, adventure and thriller Cast: Gina Carano, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender Director: Steven Soderbergh Rated: R In the gripping new spy thriller from director Steven Soderbergh, a female covert ops specialist goes rogue when she discovers that the very people she has trusted with her life have double-crossed her, putting her and everything she values in jeopardy. Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) is a highly trained operative working for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. 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Trapped by marauding soldiers, over the next few days the prejudices and divides between them will fall away as they unite around a last-ditch plan to protect the children from impending catastrophe. For more movie news including whats playing at local theaters, trailers and an opportunity to purchase tickets online, visit www.TBNweekly.com. Click on the Movie News & Reviews link on the left-side menu. Place a Number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.Crossword SudokuSudoku answers from last weekCrossword answers from last week Across 1. Malleable 8. Linked sequentially 15. Inability to use spoken or written language 16. Beat, in a way 17. Hollywood hopeful 18. Have an inspiration? 19. Played (around) 20. ___ cry 21. Call for 22. Functioned as 23. Air freshener option 25. Arid 26. "American ___" 28. Wild pig 30. Nancy, in Nancy comic strip 31. Characteristic carrier 32. 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The compact theater draws audience members into the minimalist set: Viewers may as well be waiting for their own bus departure as they watch each episode unfold. Bobricks eight scenes segue sinuously. The playwright got his start writing for Captain Kangaroo and went on to a successful career in television, working on titles such as The Andy Griffith Show, Get Smart, The Flintstones, Bewitched and Gomer Pyle, USMC. Bobrick eventually became involved in theater, cowriting Norman, Is That You? in the early 1970s. Since then, he has written more than 30 plays, including The Psychic, winner of the 2011 Edgar Award. Passengers brings to mind Bobricks television background with its skit-like sequences. The scenes range from amusing to touching as travelers interact in the bus station. In the opening scene, a restless salesman convinces an armchair poet that they have both died and are waiting on a bus to transport them to the afterlife while a third party grows increasingly agitated at their ravings. While Walter and Jane each acknowledges living an unfulfilled life and welcomes death, reality eventually spoils their morbid fantasy. The next scene involves a would-be robber and his unrelenting wife. Clara wants Frank to succeed at something in life, even if he has to become a criminal to do it. Frank, however, proves to be an eternal loser. The first act reaches its humorous peak in a scene involving a man who regrettably chooses not to help a woman feigning distress. She, her mother and her husband react violently to the mans apathy bullying him into embracing the Good Samaritan sense of public duty in a wonderfully absurdist vignette. Because of the plays format, each character in Passengers has to bloom promptly. Cyrus has chosen her cast wisely. Gayl Hardeman masterfully animates each of the characters shes tasked with portraying. As Jane the poet, she is a timid introvert eagerly clawing her way out of her shell. As Maureen a bad lady she is wonderfully upbeat and bubbly. In the second act, she plays Mrs. Evans, a recent widow whose capacity to forgive seems boundless. Owen Robertson makes his acting debut at Venue Ensemble Theatre in Passengers. Robertson renders meticulously convincing characters such as Walter, the disillusioned salesman ready for death to liberate him; Mr. Wade, a funeral home director who must deliver the ashes of a man killed at a circus when the fat lady fell off the high wire and landed on him; and Mace, a bus driver who is about to be unemployed because the bus station is closing. Devin ONeill also is working with Venue Ensemble Theatre for this first time. She plays four separate characters, including June, a somewhat ditzy, fickle bride-to-be. Most of ONeills characters are unlikeable: Two are domineering wives and one is a sadistic bully with lofty ideals. Her take on June, though, is different: She instills the character with just the right amount of navet to make her unpredictability blameless. Daniel Rosenstrauch recently graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in theater performance. Rosenstrauch plays four characters, including Howard, Frank, Al and Bobby. As Frank, hes convincingly irresolute and insecure. As Bobby, its amusing to watch his passion for June evaporate when reality intrudes. In the final scene, Bobrick tidily wraps up Passengers by revisiting four of the plays characters meeting at the station for a final journey. Punctuated by madcap scenarios, ironic twists and an occasional zinger, Passengers is surprisingly insightful. Venue Ensemble Theatres cast successfully breathes life into this cavalcade of true-to-life characters. 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Seconds from Broadway, by Neil Simon, presented by West Coast Players, Jan. 20 through Feb. 5, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplay ers.org. Simons clever wit is at work again in the dialogue among the characters who gather in the Polish Tea Room, 45 seconds from the heart of Broadway. These entertainment personalities offer a glimpse into those who have a connection, in one way or another, to one of the most famous areas of New York City. Clambake, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 3 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $5. Call 7917400 or visit www.rutheckerd hall.com. Part of the Capitol Classics film series, the screening continues a month-long celebration of Elvis Presleys films. Scott Heyward, played by Presley, looks like he has everything as the son of a Texas oil millionaire in this 1967 film. Although hes never short on money or women, Scott See LOOKING AHEAD, page 8B Looking ahead Looking ahead


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