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Photo by TOM GERMONDIts all to themselvesA couple of canoeists enjoy a quiet ride across Lake Walsingham at dusk on a recent evening. Besides boaters, Walsingham Park attracts visitors who enjoy picnics, hiking, jogging, cycling and other activities. Entrances to the park are off 102nd Avenue North and Walsingham Road. City plans long-term street needsCommission authorizes consulting firm to perform work, approves grant request By TOM GERMONDLARGO City commissioners have awarded $186,000 to a Tampa consulting firm as part of a project to develop a 20-year work program for improvements to the citys community streets network. Commissioners voted 5-2 Jan. 17 to authorize Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. to perform engineering services for the analysis, which affects more than 90 miles of streets, sidewalks, trails and unimproved rights of way in the city and in some of the unincorporated areas. Commissioners also authorized staff to form an agreement with the Pinellas County Health Department that will enable the city to receive a $90,000 grant for the study, which must be completed by Sept. 29. Community streets are designed to encourage bicycle and pedestrian activity. However, city officials said that many streets in the citys community streets network cant support bicycle and pedestrian activities because of a lack of sidewalks or bicycle lanes, gaps or obstacles along existing sidewalks, inadequate transit facilities, inadequate roadway crossings or safety hazards. Commissioner Robert Murray questioned why the work has to be done now. One thing it will open up for us is the opportunity to leverage availability of grant funds or negotiates improvements in the context of county or state projects, Community Development Director Carol Stricklin said. One example is the city recently spent a lot of time negotiating with the Florida Department of Transportation on Missouri Avenue improvements. The agency was doing resurfacing work and was proposing minor safety improvements. Had the city had the study and plan in place, Stricklin said, we would have been able to tell them specifically what pedestrian safety and transit improvements were needed, she said. See CITY, page 4A By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Pinellas County commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 24 to approve an interlocal agreement with the city of Largo on the construction of new public safety facilities and a centralized communications center. Commissioner Norm Roche praised the agreement, calling it an excellent example of the use of the countys new ordinance regulating properties of countywide importance within municipalities. Ordinance No. 11-42 adopted in October 2011 says that development of properties of countywide importance will be governed by county ordinances, permits or approvals, unless otherwise agreed to by the county by interlocal agreement. Largo is the first municipality the county has negotiated an agreement with since the new ordinance went into effect. The county plans to construct new public safety facilities and centralized communications center on property located within the city limits of Largo; however, prior to the new ordinance the two governments could not come to an agreement on permitting and other fees. Since October, staff from the county and Largo worked to negotiate an interlocal agreement that calls for the county to pay the city $309,557 to provide permitting and inspection services for three buildings the main building, vehicle maintenance building and the central energy plant. The county will pay its own building development review services department for permitting and inspection services for three other buildings included in the project See COUNTY, page 4A Features LARGOCity OKs leave plan for employeesCity commissioners on Jan. 17 approved leave benefit changes for nonunion employees, decreasing the maximum accrual of vacation from 640 to 320 hours. Other benefit changes include a reduction in the sick leave carryover from 1,440 hours to 720 hours. ... Page 2A.ENTERTAINMENTFolk festival slated for this SaturdayThe festival will feature some of the areas best folk artists performing traditional folk, gospel and bluegrass, such as Juniper, shown above. Attendees also will have an opportunity to see ethnic dance demonstrations, native-style flute circles and folk and bluegrass jams. There will be fleece-to-shawl activities and a fiber arts show. Antique cars will be on display. ... Page 1B. By SUZETTE PORTERIts a daily frustration, motorists stuck in traffic with a nearby car playing music so loud it rattles the dashboard. For others, its a nighttime problem as they are unable to sleep due to audio terrorists driving their neighborhood streets. Loud music blasting from car stereos is a nuisance and its illegal, says Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who is determined to do something about it. Operation Lower the Boom is a new community program designed to create awareness with the ultimate goal of getting offenders to turn down the volume. Launched by the Sheriffs Office on Jan. 13, in cooperation with Noise Free Florida, the program aims at getting the publics help with enforcing a county ordinance designed to keep the peace. Plenty of noise complaints come in to the Sheriffs Office on a regular basis, said Sgt. Tom Nestor with the sheriffs public information office. This is such an issue, and we (the Sheriffs Office) saw there was a need, Nestor said. The need the program fulfills is twofold. It makes it easier for the public to report nuisance vehicles and it gives law enforcement more ears on the streets to help find noisy offenders. Residents can now document noise problems using a form on the sheriffs website, www.pcsoweb.com/operations/programs-and-services/operationlower-the-boom. Complete the form, hit the submit button and deputies will take the next steps. Residents need to know the vehicles Florida tag number, vehicle color, street or intersection where the incident occurred and be able to give a description of the incident. They can include other information, such as vehicle make and model or information about the driver, if they desire. People without Internet access can call See BOOM, page 4ATouch-a-Truck, Florida Clown Day set for Jan. 28 County approves interlocal agreement with LargoCity officials honor community champions Businesses, residents recognized ... Page 3A. Folk Band known for Tom Dooley, Where Have All the Flowers Gone ... Page 1B.Kingston Trio comes to Largo Cultural Center Friday, Jan. 27 Volume XXXIV,No. 27 January 26, 2012 www.TBNweekly.comLARGO Touch-a-Truck and Florida Clown Day will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Largo Central Park. Bring the whole family out from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to climb, honk and play around in every vehicle you can imagine, including fire trucks, dump trucks, motorcycles, buses, military vehicles, a Bayflight helicopter, 18 wheeler, and more, a city news release said. Inflatables, train rides along Largo Central Railroad, rocket ship car rides around the block and a food court in the middle of the park, also will be featured. In conjunction with Touch-a-Truck, Florida Clown Day, brought to you by the Uptown Clown Alley, will feature more than 100 clowns from all across Florida. All ages are welcome to attend the free event. Limited on-site parking is available and free event shuttles will be offered from Largo High School. Individuals may park and walk from Largo Middle School. Call 587-6740, ext. 5014 or visit LargoEvents.com. 010512727-725-1052 2547 Countryside Blvd. #5 www.CustomHairTampa.com Get a new look for the New Year!$50 OFF Any New WigCustom Hair & Wigs We Pay Cash For Gold & Silver! We Pay Cash For Gold & Silver! 6206 54th Ave. N. St. Pete 544-6464 3209 Tampa Rd, Palm Harbor Shoppes at Cloverplace 727-785-6464 090111Visit Our New Location: 12046 Indian Rocks Road, Largo 727-595-1222 www.VONailsAndSpa.comFACIALS SPA THERAPY WAXING NAILS AND MORE Not available with other offers. Expires 2/15/12Full Set or Spa Mani-PediNot available with other offers. Exp. 2/15/12011212 We Offer SHELLAC for Natural Nails20% OFF All Services for New Clients.$500OFF INSIDE VIEWPOINTSCarl HiaasenColumnist reflects on Haitis two-year anniversary of its catastrophic earthquake. Page11A This is such an issue, and we saw there was a need.Tom Nester Pinellas Sheriffs OfficeSheriffs Office lowers boom on car stereos Business . . . . . . . . . .10A Classieds . . . . . . . . .4-7B Community . . . . . . . .13-14A County . . . . . . . . . . .5-6A Entertainment . . . . . . .1-3,8B Health & tness . . . . . . . .12A Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . .2-3A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . .8-9A Pets of the week . . . . . . . .14A Police beat . . . . . . . . . .6A Schools . . . . . . . . . . .7A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .11A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising


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The new plan includes an accelerated vacation schedule. Under the current schedule, employees who have worked for the city for up to four years get 10 days vacation. Under the new schedule, effective Oct. 1, they would get 11 days after two years of service. Employees with 19 years of experience get 20 days vacation under the current schedule. They would get 20 days after 10 years under the new schedule. Geoff Moakley, a Largo resident, took issue with the accelerated vacation schedule. He said the city is facing a $2.5 million budget cut in fiscal year 2013. Government is paying government employees not to work by increasing the vacation time that we are giving them, meaning the taxpayers pick up the bill, Moakley said. Commissioner Harriet Crozier asked Human Resources Director Susan Sinz why city officials are recommending the changes. To save money, Sinz said. 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Largo 3A Leader, January 26, 2012 120811 012612 Photo courtesy of the CITY OF LARGOJay Dingman, left, and Colleen Huffman, center, owners of the Barley Mow at 518 W. Bay Drive, receive their Community Champion beautification award from Mayor Pat Gerard. BRIEFS, from page 2Aapplication by Sunday, March 25, at LargoRecycles.com or by calling 586-7424. After the interest application is submitted, participants are required to send a digital photo, description of their design and an environmental fact to accompany their design by Sunday, April 1 for consideration in the Trashy Fashion Show. Students, adults, individuals and groups will compete for prizes and the best in Show title of the trashiest designer. Prizes will be awarded to the best designs in four age-categories: junior designer (grade-levels K-5), teen/tween designer (grades 6-8), high-end designer (grades 9-12), adult designer (Ages 18+). This entertaining and educational event would not be possible without the support of local sponsors. Past sponsors, Midori Salon and Spa and Creative Contractors, have already committed this year. Find more information on becoming a sponsor or a contestant at LargoRecycles .com or call 587-6760, ext. 4063.City of Largo Community Champions announcedLARGO The city presents the winners of the first annual Community Champion Recognition Program, a citywide initiative to honor residents, business owners and community organizations by celebrating the unique and significant contributions they make to the quality of life in Largo. The winners for 2011 are: Community building Jennifer Lantry is recognized for her efforts to establish the First Friday events in downtown Largo and provide a community meeting place and event. Community stewardship Pat Edmond is recognized for teaching people about the effects of pollutants in our waterways and for bringing people together to learn about the natural world around us. Community safety The Bal Harbour Neighborhood Crime Watch is recognized for their increased community involvement, which has created an effective crime deterrent. Community beautification The Barley Mow Brewing Company is recognized for its efforts to improve the curb appeal of their pub in downtown Largo and provide a beautiful outdoor area for the community to get together. Community preservation James and Lindsey Kasper are recognized for rehabilitating the 1925 bungalow on Ridge Road SW. Hilary Edenfield is also recognized for her continued restoration and care of the property. The development of this program was recommended by the action plan in Largos Strategic Plan and is an interdepartmental effort to highlight positive stories in the community. The city received 11 nominations for the Community Champion Award covering all five categories listed below. A Community Champion selection committee composed of staff from various city departments and a City Commission member met to review nominations and selected four recipients to be recognized as Community Champions in four categories: Community building, Community stewardship, Community safety and Community beautification. A subcommittee of the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee met with two members from the Largo Historical Society to select a recipient for their component of the Community Champion Recognition Program, the Community Preservation Award. To nominate a Community Champion visit Largo.com/champion or call 587-6749, ext. 7217. 2-1-1 seeks volunteers2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, a nonprofit organization that provides confidential assistance for people in need of health and human services, offers several opportunities for volunteers. To complete a volunteer registration form, visit www.211tampabay.org. 2-1-1 serves about 240 million Americans in 46 states and the District of Columbia. The following types of services are provided: Basic human needs resources, physical and mental health resources, employment support, support for older Americans and persons with disabilities, support for children, youth and families, volunteer opportunities and donations. Call 210-4233..


4A Leader, January 26, 2012 Photo courtesy of PCSOThe Pinellas County Sheriffs Office and its partner Noise Free Florida is lowering the boom on excessively loud car stereos.and the third offense $500. Noise Free Florida has about 40 members scattered through Pinellas County, Ellis said. All are committed to working toward creating a peaceful, quieter atmosphere for residents to enjoy. They want to put a stop to the rolling PA systems that travel the highways and residential areas. She said there has been some talk on the federal level of banning some of the equipment installed in vehicles that some label as auditory weapons. Meanwhile, Ellis and other members of Noise Free Florida are pleased with the work Gualtieri has started with Operation Lower the Boom. The beauty of it is that is only takes a 44 cent stamp. Its not labor intensive. Its easy for the deputies to run tags. It doesnt take a lot of research or a lot of staff time. And, if it becomes widely known and used, we will see a change in the number of incidents, she said. Ellis praised Sheriff Gs response to Noise Free Floridas request for help. She said he gave them everything they asked for including assigning a noise guru to take charge of the program. That guru is Lt. Joe Garret, who was on the job and responding to complaints the day after the program was announced, she said. Some municipalities have programs aimed at loud car stereos, including Clearwater and Largo, but Operation Lower the Boom is countywide, which makes Ellis very happy. No matter where you are in the county, you can call the sheriff for help, she said. The groups short-term goal for the new program is to cut down the noise in some areas so people can get a good nights sleep, she said as she described Sumners efforts to block the noise coming into her house attributed to vehicles with excessively loud stereos. Long-term, Ellis realizes boom cars will always be around. Its generational, she said. Kids grow up and stop doing it, and the next group comes along. Education will help. Really, this is serious stuff. BOOM, from page 1Athe sheriffs nonemergency number, 582-6200, and a dispatcher will take the information and pass it on to deputies. Deputies will run the vehicles tag given in the report and, if everything checks out, the owner will be sent a warning letter informing them of the countys ordinance and the potential for fines. The next time the same person is reported, a communitypolicing officer will be sent to their home to talk to them. Nestor said the sheriff is committed to getting the message out to people with excessively loud car stereos to turn it down; however, that doesnt mean the sheriffs office is making its other duties less of a priority. Operation Lower the Boom is just one of many programs in which the Sheriffs Office is involved, Nestor said. It isnt replacing deputies current duties. Weve not stopped responding to law enforcement calls, he said. Were not shutting down the narcotics squad or robberyhomicide. Well still be looking for the bad guys. But, with the publics help, deputies will be more aggressively tackling the problem of excessive noise. Thats good news for Judy Ellis and Heidi Sumner, members of Noise Free Florida, who worked with Sheriff Gualtieri to start the Lower the Boom program. Ellis, who labels drivers of socalled boom cars as audio terrorists, offered a number of statistics showing how motorists with excessively loud car stereos are a threat to others. For example, according to Ellis, one in four cars stopped by law enforcement for an excessively loud stereo has drugs or guns in the vehicle, or theyre wanted on warrants. Criminals are criminals, she said. These are the same people who run red lights. They have criminal behavior problems. Boom cars also can be attributed to the alarming rate of hearing loss among Americas youth. In 2006, 15 to 17 percent of U.S. children in middle school had a hearing impairment. Today, that number has grown to 17 to 20 percent. And it only gets worse as they go on to high school, Ellis said. What are we going to do? Segregate kids by who can hear and who cant? She talked about latest medical findings about babies and young children who are strapped into carriers located in the back seat of vehicles with loud stereos. The noise and vibrations are affecting their brains, she said. People driving around with loud stereos make it more dangerous for emergency workers to do their jobs. They (motorists) cant hear the sirens, she said. She told a story about a 16 year old in Colorado who pulled into the path of an ambulance. She didnt hear the sirens. She died in the crash. The emergency medical technicians and the patient were severely injured. Ellis blames an excessive sound level for the tragedy. Loud noise also is unhealthy, Ellis said. From a pure health standpoint, about 10 percent of Americans suffer from illness caused by high decibels (loud sounds) and vibrations, she said. For many the noise makes them feel angry. They want to hurt someone. And 10 percent get physically sick. Its a toxic combination. She talked about how the body processes loud noises. First, they think how can I hurt somebody, she said. Second, they become nauseated. They sweat and feel terrible. The noise causes accelerated heart rate and a rise in blood pressure. People become uncharacteristically violent. She said it is frustrating that people who have the loud stereos believe they have an entitlement. But, your right to make noise stops at my ear drums, she said. The state of Florida has no valid noise law. The previous law was challenged in court and was found to be unconstitutional. However, most municipalities and counties do have ordinances that law enforcement can use, if they choose to do so. Gualtieri chose to begin a program to step up enforcement of a county ordinance that Ellis said would stand up in court. The ordinance says no person shall make, continue, permit or cause to be made or continued:1. Any unreasonably loud and raucous noise 2. Any noise which unreasonably disturbs, injures, or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace, or safety of reasonable persons of ordinary sensitivity 3. Any noise that exceeds the maximum allowable limits set by ordinance Factors to be considered in determining whether a violation of the law exists include: 1. The volume of the noise 2. The intensity of the noise 3. The volume and intensity of the background noise, if any 4. The nature and zoning of the area from which the sound emanates and the area where it is received or perceived 5. The duration of the noise 6. The time of the day or night the noise occurs 7. Whether the noise is recurrent, intermittent or constant 8. Whether a noise complaint has been received by the county If deputies can prove a violation of the ordinance, civil penalties will be imposed. The first fine is $218, the second offense $418 COUNTY, from page 1A the radio equipment building, parking structures and building 400 renovations. Largo will provide the fire plan service and inspection for all six buildings. Generally, the project development will be governed by city (of Largo) ordinances, staff said in a report to commissioners. As contemplated in County Ordinance No. 11-42, the parties intend that the interlocal agreement establish a conceptual approach for how building inspection, plan review, development review and fire plan review and inspections may be handled for future projects on properties of countywide importance within the city of Largo's boundaries, the staff report said. The interlocal agreement does not change opinions by the county or the city as to the validity of the countys ordinance. Largo and the city of St. Petersburg voiced strong objections to the countys take over of development of property within their boundaries. County Administrator Bob LaSala reported that progress had been made working with the city of St. Petersburg on its objections to the ordinance. He said work would continue to resolve the issues. This tool (the ordinance) is good to have for efforts to make interlocal agreements work, Roche said. By TOM GERMONDLinda Delorme of Seminole rides her bicycle every day along the Pinellas Trail, taking in the scenery. She was horrified before Christmas to see that a work crew was removing large trees and other vegetation near the KOA campground off 95th Street North near Boca Ciega Bay, calling it a mangled mess. It looks like a tornado went through there. All man wants to do is destroy everything. It will mean no shade in the summertime, she said. A spokesman for Progress Energy said the company is removing certain trees with the countys permission along a transmission line that follows the trail from Seminole down to a substation near First Avenue. We are moving hundreds of invasive exotic trees that will help ensure the safe reliable delivery of power to our customers, also preventing the county from removing these exotic species at the countys expense, Progress Energys Tim Leljedal said. The utility only had authority to trim trees in the area, as opposed to removing them, without additional permission. Progress Energy approached the county and offered to remove the invasive exotic species, such as Australian pines, melaleuca trees, Brazilian peppers, and chinaberry trees, which were growing near power lines in the area. The county agreed to let Progress do the work, which will continue for about two more months, Leljedal said. Oaks and other trees that are not of that type, we are leaving those as we perform this work, he said. The Florida Exotic Plant Council and other critics of non-native invasive plants contend that they can cause ecological damage, displacing native plants, diminishing animal habitat and providing little food for wildlife. Its important to note that we are only removing exotic invasive species along that trail, Leljedal said. Trees are the leading cause of power outages, Leljedal said. When you look at trees near the lines the other thing to take into consideration is while the tree may appear to be far away from the line when there is increased demand and there is more electricity flowing through the lines, the lines have a tendency to sag, so it can decrease the amount of space between the power lines and the trees, leading to the potential for arcing or other issues that we may run into, Leljedal said. Another reason the utility needs to keep its rights of way clear is the equipment that employees use to maintain the lines, especially along high voltage transmission lines, is large and has a large footprint. In order for us to safely operate in that area, we need to have a clear space for our crews to work, Leljedal said. A blackout in the Northeast in 2003 left a large portion of the area without power. Consequently, federal standards were put in place that can lead to increased fines for utilities responsible for outages on transmission lines caused by vegetation. If there is a vegetation-related outage on a Progress Energy line, we can actually be fined up to $1 million a day per occurrence, he said. Transmission lines are Progress Energy Floridas highest voltage lines. Progress says the lines are comparable to the interstates of a road system, carrying electricity from power plants across great distances to the towns and communities that we serve. Each transmission line serves thousands of customers. Others remain unconvinced. Another bicyclist, Seminole resident Bob Sheilds, also is upset. He agreed that the utility company needs to provide protection for people from dangerous situations However, I wonder why they are removing 4-foot trees from the opposite side of the trail from the power lines, he said. The lines are mounted high, Sheilds said. Yes, there is some sagging under heavy electrical loads but this is very slight. It would take at least a decade for some of those trees to become an issue not only to the power lines but to interfereProgress Energy removes hundreds of exotic trees from trail with their maintenance vehicles, he said. He said he couldnt imagine Progress Energy asking for the level of removal undertaken. It makes me wonder if a company representative has been out there to monitor the contractor, he said. Just wanted to let you know that I am another person who is disgusted with what they are doing on the trail, said Gale Etling. My husband and I have been biking on the trail for seven years and enjoying the beauty and now it is being destroyed and ruining the environment.Photo by TOM GERMONDWorkers remove exotic trees along the Pinellas Trail just east of Seminole Lake Blossom Park. Progress Energy said the work is being done to ensure the trees dont interfere with electricity provided by high-voltage transmission power lines, shown in the photo. CITY, from page 1ASo this lets us prioritize what our needs are, and be ready when funding becomes available for when other projects are in the pipeline, Stricklin said. Murray said his concern is that the money provided by the city is coming out of its operating budget for a consultants study. Two years down the road, three years down the road when things are better, I might be more inclined to support this. At this particular time because its coming out of the general fund I have a concern with that, Murray said. Holmes shared Murrays concerns and asked why the city is outsourcing the work instead of doing it in house. City Engineer Leland Dicus said the city doesnt have the necessary software programs in house to do the work or have had the experience in performing those evaluations. I feel that city staff could conduct the evaluation but not nearly over this same time, he said. Our work program does not currently accommodate allocating this level of effort in this fiscal year and next fiscal year, Dicus said. Mayor Pat Gerard strongly supported the study. I think this is a great opportunity to get somebody else to pay for what we want to do, Gerard said, and put us in a really good position to have a plan in place and a lot of information in place to go after those other funding sources. She said that St. Petersburg bicycle and master plan netted the city a lot of money from the county Metropolitan Planning Organization because the city had a plan in place. Money which the city didnt receive, Gerard said. The MPO prioritizes capital improvements to address the countys travel needs and allocates federal funding to implement certain projects. The evaluation will be done in three phases. Among the work that will be conducted is establishing levels of service standards and design guidelines for each mode of travel, such as bicycle, pedestrian and transit, specific to each community street. In the second phase, city officials will hold a community-wide workshop to get feedback for proposed improvements as well as workshops with agencies that may be partners in projects, such as the county and FDOT. In the third phase a prioritized list of improvements will be prepared as well as a phased implementation schedule. A feasibility study of top-ranked projects will be conducted and maps will be developed. The grant is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control through the Communities Putting Prevention to Work program, which addresses physical activity and nutrition. Save the Belleview Biltmore, supporters pleaBELLEAIR It was standing room only at the Town Commission meeting on Jan. 17 as those interested in the fate of the Belleview Biltmore showed up to voice their objection to the idea that the historic hotel might be demolished. The Biltmore owners have applied for a demolition permit and many people are not happy about it. In the absence of Mayor Gary Katica, who was away on vacation, the meeting was chaired by Vice Mayor Stephen Fowler, who reminded the crowd that the meeting was to deal only with the process involved in getting a demolition permit for the hotel. After a short presentation by Mark Perry, a consultant acting as the town planner, residents and others lined up to speak, not about the process, but about the potential demolition. The first speaker was Jim White, the president of the RPD Homeowners Association and a candidate in the upcoming municipal election. He felt the town had moved too quickly. I believe you have jumped the gun on the process. What we need is an independent analysis, he said. We need a study of more potential uses for the property. And remember the roads around the hotel are the property of the RPD and we should be involved in any decisions regarding their use. Resident Rae Clair Johnson suggested the owners of the hotel have changed their plans, first suggesting there would be 80 townhouses on the site then as many as 300. She opined that they really want to get their hands on the 178 acres of the golf course in order to develop that. Resident Al Varga said he felt the owners never intended to save the hotel. They are Johnny-come-lately operators who closed it down then said it wasnt viable. If the Coliseum in Rome stood for 2,000 years, then this hotel can stand for another 100 years. For that he got a round of applause from the crowd. Sandy Fister suggested the town should value its old things. In Europe they treasure old stuff and we go over there to see it. We should have respect for what we do have, she said. Lori Adams reminded commissioners that this is the bicentennial year of Pinellas County. The idea that we are talking about the demolition of the hotel distresses me, she said. She challenged every commissioner to make sure his name was on the demolition permit, either for or against, because the names on that permit will go down in history. Resident Will Johnson said he was shocked and appalled that anyone wants to tear down the hotel and he reminded the crowd of what he called an old adage, You will never ever make a new old friend. Resident Norwin Schoenherr said the owners cannot claim economic hardship. That can hardly be the case, he said. They came in here with wide open eyes. This is neglect by intention. Before there is any demolition permit issued there should be a plan, a plan for approval by the town and the RPD. Town Manager Micah Maxwell indicated that there will have to be a plan produced before the process is complete. The idea of demolition by neglect was one brought up by several residents. The demolition request has a long way to go before any decision is made. There has to be public hearings of a quasi-judicial nature before the Historic Preservation Committee and the Planning and Zoning Committee, and then before the commission itself. Brian Goff


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The third was about the future of projects at Treasure Island.Upham BeachUpham Beach, on the north end of St. Pete Beach, is Pinellas Countys most rapidly eroding beach, according to staff notes. In 20052006, the county built five temporary geotextile T-head groins (geotubes) in an effort to slow erosion nourishment projects. Due to the success of those structures, the county now proposes to replace the temporary structures with permanent rock T-head groin structures in 2013. Commissioners on Jan. 10 approved an agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to fund a feasibility study on erosion control structures proposed for Upham Beach. The cost of the $1.3 million project will be split between the U.S. Department of Engineers, scheduled to pay 50 percent, with the remaining balance split between the county and the state. Pinellas Countys share is $339,600 to be paid from the coastal management section of the capital improvement budget. The study must be done as a requirement by the federal government to determine its level of funding for construction of the permanent structures. Upham Beach is considered a feeder beach by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Nourishment projects benefit not only the area where new sand is added, but also benefit beaches to the south as the sand that erodes is transported south feeding beaches on the rest of the island. Construction of the temporary T-head groin structures was considered an experiment by the state, which required the county to prove the effectiveness in slowing down the erosion before permits would be given for a permanent solution. County staff and a consultant believe the structures have done their job and the FDEP is supportive of the structures. Thirty months after the 2006 nourishment project, the public beach was 100 feet wider than it would have been without the structures. The geotubes significantly slowed the loss of nourished sand, staff said in its report. The temporary structures have been repaired several times since the initial installation. They were repaired each year from 2008 to 2010. Staff says the structures are now fully functional with no apparent damage. Not everyone approves of the construction of erosion-control structures, including the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit group for the protection and enjoyment of oceans, beaches and waves. A consultant employed by Surfrider said in a 2011 report that the structures have been somewhat successful in retaining sand but had not met the design goal of nourishment at six-year intervals, as opposed to every four years as has long been the schedule for Upham Beach. The design of the permanent rock structures was completed in 2011 and a permit application has been submitted. County staff expects the permit to be approved in 2012 or 2013 in time to be constructed during the next nourishment project for Treasure Island and Long Key in 2013.Sand KeyCommissioners also approved an amendment to an agreement with FDEP for the 2012 Sand Key Beach project, currently scheduled to begin in March. The project will bring in new sand for 8.7 miles of Sand Key Beach, from Clearwater to North Redington Beach, excluding Belleair Shore, which does not have public beach access. The project will include Belleair Beach, despite concerns that the city may not have sufficient public parking to qualify for state funding in the future. The cost of the $21 million project will be shared between the county, state and federal government with Pinellas Countys share coming in at just over $4 million. The federal government is expected to pay nearly $13 million. The original agreement with FDEP was approved in 2007 and has been amended twice. 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Flor was critically injured, Pinellas Park police reported. He was transported to Bayfront Medical Center. The driver of the Camry Jachaelle Ladouceur, age 22, of St. Petersburg pulled out of a retail parking lot on the north side of Park Boulevard, near 73rd Street, crossing traffic in an attempt to go east on Park Boulevard. Flor was headed west on his motorcycle when the Camry crashed into him, police said. Ladouceur did not suffer any injuries and refused medical transport. Police said they dont expect to file any charges, though the investigation is ongoing.Osmakac was banned from local Islamic societyPINELLAS PARK Sami Osmakac, the Pinellas Park resident who was arrested Jan. 7 for trying to use a weapon of mass destruction, had been banned from the Islamic society in his hometown a year before he began gathering weapons to unleash destruction in Tampa. Osmakac, 25, attended Pinellas Park High School and was living with his parents in a quiet Pinellas Park neighborhood when he was arrested earlier this month. Members of the Muslim community reported to the FBI his schemes for a violent attack on the Tampa Bay area, which eventually led to his arrest, according to his arrest affidavit. Osmakac told the FBI undercover agent, who supplied him with nonfunctional weapons for Osmakacs planned attacks, that he had tried to recruit more people to help him carry out more elaborate schemes, but to no avail. In November 2010, the Islamic Society of Pinellas County had a trespass order filed against Osmakac and two others. An employee of the society, which is based in Pinellas Park, said the three were intimidating other members, according to Pinellas Park police reports. Osmakac and two other men, then ages 23 and 29, were warned that they could be arrested if they returned to the property. As a high school student, Osmakac was arrested for battery on a teacher after he got into a fight with a fellow student in 2003, according to police reports. Osmakac was in ninth grade when police were called to his gym class. Everyone was getting in my face, he told the officer. He traded punches with another student during a basketball game. Police determined from eyewitness accounts that Osmakac had thrown the first punch. He was charged with battery on the teacher as well as simple battery. Osmakac was not arrested again in Pinellas County, according to jail records. In Hillsborough County, he was charged with battery on Sept. 8, at the intersection of Bearss Avenue and Interstate 275. Osmakac planned his attacks on nightclubs in Ybor City, wanting to target somewhere real busy. I know a lot of places where it gets real crowded, he told the FBI employee, working with him undercover on Jan. 1. I want to do something, something terrifying. Osmakac was released into federal custody on Jan. 9, according to Hillsborough County jail records. Juliana A. Torres Police beat Police beat Lamar Dion Jones Samantha Brownlee


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Alex Silversmiths 442-7333010512SILVER & Stewart may remain superintendent through 2012-13The Pinellas County School Board showed support at a recent board meeting for negotiating a contract with Superintendent John A. Steward through the 2012-13 school year. The board hired Stewart, 68, as interim superintendent in September after firing former superintendent, Julie Janssen. Stewart has pledged to stay through December of this year but recently said hed decided he would like to stay longer, according to a district press release. During the winter break I spent much time in reflection of what we have been doing and what we have in progress in the district, Stewart wrote board members in an email. I have decided to ask you for the privilege of negotiating with you for a contract that will allow me to stay in the district until July 2013. Board member Terry Krassner said at the board meeting that she would favor opening contract negoatiations with Stewart at a February workshop. This is something I feel great about, that we do have a superintendent and a board that really does want to make things better all in the name of our students, Krassner said. I feel just great about the momentum. I want to keep that momentum going. In the four months since the board hired him, Stewart has spearheaded many projects, including a middle school reform initiative and a program to assist disruptive students, the press release said. He also launched an early childhood initiative in honor of board member Lew Williams, who died in December. The former Polk County school superintendent has gotten support from many stakeholders, the release said, including the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association and the Pinellas Education Foundation. His recent decision to conduct an organization and management study to determine if the district can cut costs while raising the bar on quality has particularly endeared him to school board members, the release said. Under his current contract, Stewart makes $12,000 a month. A new amount could be negotiated if board members agree they want him to stay in the district.Open house setCLEARWATER St. Cecelia Catholic School is having an open house on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1350 Court St. There will be a presentation, and tours will be available all day. The school is accepting students for prekindergarten through grade 8. RSVP by calling 461-1207.Pinellas high schools score wellPinellas County high schools scored higher than other Florida districts on the 2010-11 FCAT letter grades, according to a Florida Department of Education report. Pinellas County had 14 of its 16 high schools (88 percent) earning As or Bs, compared with a statewide average being 78 percent. Two Pinellas schools received Cs, and none scored a D or an F. If you put stock in A, B, C, D, F grades, which the public certainly does, were very pleased, said Dr. John Steward, superintendent of Pinellas County Schools. But we have to continue to ensure that all students are reading at grade level. You do that in the earliest grades. You do not teach students to read in high school. The district also will continue to emphasize the math skills which are extremely important as well, he said. The letter grades are based on a formula that was used for the first time in the 2009-10 school year. Statewide, the greatest average increase in high school grade component points earned was for student performance on accelerated coursework on industry certification examinations, as well as dual enrollment courses. The district put more kids into more rigorous courses, and they do better overall as a district, said Kevin Hendrick, director of high school education. Were happy. No more Ds or Fs for the first time since 2002.Governor invites students to apply for fellows programTALLAHASSEE Gov. Rick Scott invites college and university students to apply for the 2012-13 Gubernatorial Fellows Program. Participation in the program provides Florida college and university students with firsthand, highlevel experience and insight into how state government operates. Established in 2004, and endowed by Al and Dawn Hoffman in 2005, the program gives Florida college and university students the unique opportunity to work alongside state governments top staff for two semesters. Gubernatorial Fellows are assigned to the executive office of the Governor and the Governors agencies, based on their major or area of concentration. Fellows work a minimum of 20 hours per week and are paid for their time on the job. Fellows also participate in a weekly lecture series, where they meet face-to-face with prominent leaders, including Scott, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll, Cabinet officers, agency heads and other top government officials. Fellows also participate in policy study trips throughout Florida and in Washington, D.C. These additional commitments are designed to broaden the Fellows exposure to state government and enhance the experience of all participants. Volunteer buildersMembers of the Largo High School Key Club spent their Saturday, Jan. 14, helping to construct the roof framing for the house Habitat For Humanity is building at 420 Ridge Road NW. By the end of the day all but a few pieces of the roof framing were installed. These students volunteered even while in the middle of semester exams, which occur the week before and the week after the project. From left are Aaron Pleasant, Rachael Walsh, Genea Hamill, Christian Spoor, who, along with dad Mike and sister Carly, are vacationing here from the Boston area, Hannah Stephenson, faculty adviser Rich Rippetoe, and Kiwanis Key Club Chairman Dr. Regina Bennett.To be eligible for a fellowship, candidates should be enrolled at a Florida college or university as an upperclassman (junior or senior) or a graduate student. Applicants should exhibit strong leadership, written and oral communication skills, community activism and a desire to serve the people of Florida. Approximately 12 students from around the state will be selected based on a competitive application process. Students can visit www.FloridaFellows.com to learn about the expectations and requirements of the program, as well as read testimonials from alumni. Interested students must apply online, and the site includes complete information about the recruitment process. Applications are due by Friday, March 2. The Fellowship will follow the university calendar starting in August 2012 and ending in May 2013. The Governors screening and selection committee will announce the program participants in June 2012. For more information, visit www.FloridaFellows .com.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. Notepad Notepad


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Check in at door; no tickets mailed. Sorry, no refunds. You also can register and pay online at www.pinellasgators.com All proceeds go to the PCGC scholarship fund.Bird walk setCLEARWATER A bird walk with the Clearwater Audubon Society is set for Saturday, Feb. 4, 8 a.m., at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane. The group will walk along the easy 3/4-mile trail and look for songbirds, water birds, raptors and migratory birds in the oak hammock. There are two large ponds, a stream and a nature center that houses turtles and injured birds. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them.Sparrow outing setSPRING HILL The Clearwater Audubon Society will hold a day trip on Saturday, Feb. 4, to Weekiwachee Preserve Winter Sparrow Drive, 2345 Osowaw Blvd. This is an opportunity to get up close to Henslows, Le Contes, grasshopper and other winter sparrows during the banding process. Be ready for active walking over uneven terrain as the group learns about this special group of birds. The event is free. For times and details, contact Marianne at 772-7584 or mkorosy@gmail.com.Birding trip to Sarasota setThe Clearwater Audubon Society is hosting a day trip to Sarasota Celery Fields and Sunshine Skyway to look for birds on Saturday, Feb. 11. The group will meet at 7 a.m. at the Tri-City Mall parking lot in front of Party City at East Bay Drive and U.S. 19 in Largo. Celery Fields of Sarasota has 300 acres of diverse habitat, from ducks to wading birds and songbirds. The group also will stop along areas leading to the Skyway Bridge to look for shorebirds. Call Mike at 409-0459.Audubon meeting setThe Clearwater Audubon Society will host its monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m., at the Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane. 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Narrated by local captains sharing historys secret stories of the area.2 for 1** Expires Feb. 15, 2012 with this ad. Some restrictions apply. ConsumerBANKRUPTCYBusinessNATIONALLY BOARD CERTIFIEDFor Over 20 Years in BOTH American Board of Certification 30 Years continuous practice at local Bankruptcy Court from Same Office LocationTHOUSANDS of Pinellas Residents Counseled and/or RepresentedDaniel J. Herman, Attorney at LawVisit www.bankruptcydan.comWe are a debt relief agency. We help people file for Bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code. 102011727-584-8161200 Clearwater Largo Rd. So., Largo Professional Compassionate Whats the first thing you notice about someone? Subconsciously, you probably notice how old they are and what gender they are. You probably also do a quick read on what theyre wearing; animal behaviorists would call this an appraisal of how well theyre groomed. Once you know someones age, gender and grooming level, you have a pretty good idea how to treat them. With free-ranging dolphins, forget age and gender unless youve got a lot of time to spend. For age, the only data we have are for calves that were born during our study. For the rest, theres no way to determine age through observation. For gender, we identify adult females as those in the steady company of calves. With all the other dolphins, we identify gender the old-fashioned way: they have to show us their stomach, we have to have the camera ready and take the pictures, and then they have to immediately flip over and show us their dorsal fin.Otherwise, because they typically show their stomachs when in wild romping groups, you have no idea whose stomach you just took a picture of. Dolphin Watch has mentioned that it can take years to determine the gender of a free-ranging dolphin like big beautiful Schnoz (Dolphin Watchs Raiment for a king). For grooming, a well-groomed dolphin has smooth skin of uniform color with few or no marks, like Jennifer Lopez. But information about how well groomed a dolphin is doesnt take you nearly as far as it does with a person. I never imagined I would know the age of any dolphin that wasnt born during my study. But that changed when I recently began comparing notes with colleague Shannon Gowans, Ph.D., associate professor of Biology and Marine Science at Eckerd College, to see how many dolphins our mutual databases have in common. Her project and study area is different from ours. Capt. John Heidemann and I survey a small local area to look for changes in dolphin abundance, distribution or behavior correspondent to the construction of our new Johns Pass Bridge. Dr. Gowans and her team spend their summers surveying a staggeringly immense area that stretches from that complex labyrinth of waterways known as southern Boca Ciega Bay, to Fort DeSoto, Egmont Key, the Skyway and finally all of Tampa Bay. These noble efforts began over two decades ago, which meant the Eckerd database potentially included data on Johns Pass dolphins before we started the bridge construction analysis. Our first comparison of the Eckerd College and Johns Pass databases was brief, and we only compared the dolphins with the most obvious dorsal fin patterns. So the following is strictly preliminary. But its exciting. We found two-dozen dolphins in common. The big bulls with the gnarliest dorsal fins are, conservatively, in their 20s or 30s! The bulls we consider to be Johns Pass residents only venture south occasionally. Bowery Boy DD2 was first recorded in 1995. His bonded bull buddy BB was first recorded in 1998. The bulls we consider to be seasonal visitors to the Johns Pass area probably work a long sea circuit that includes our local waters. The biggest bull out there, a dolphin we call Grin for the dorsal fin pattern that creates a beaming smile at a distance,Grin as the years roll on Photo by ANN WEAVERhas been seen since 1993. Grin and his bonded buddy Twin Dip undoubtedly know, and have perhaps grappled with, two other seasonally visiting bulls seen over the same period (Ouch and Fish Lips, 1994 and 1997, respectively). Dolphin Watch recently wrote about both these bonded bull pairs (Who elses present? and Dolphins show new focus on feeding first). Theyre still out there and kickin. The females who have thus far emerged as common to our two databases venture into our study area rarely. One cloudy summer day 2009, mom dolphin Jelly shepherded a brand new baby around the Johns Pass islands while her friend Inga got in a big fight with local bulls DD2 and BB. Why would our local boys fight strange new females? Jelly was first seen in 1988! Inga was first seen in 1997. These dolphins common to our databases were adults when pictures were first taken. If we conservatively add 8 years to the females and 12 years to the bulls to account for their years spent as youths, some of the dolphins we see swimming could be in their 40s. In captivity, elderly dolphins make it into their 50s. In the wild, dolphins rarely make it past their 20s. If that statistic holds true in general, some of our local dolphins have hit a grand old age for free-ranging bottlenose dolphins. I cant wait to find out more about our local dolphins and compare their impressive longevity to that of some of the other creatures with whom they share our waterways. How do you tell how old a shark is?Dr. Weaver studies wild dolphins under federal permit 16299, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Send her an email at dazzled@tampabay.rr.com or visit her website www.d olphinsuperstore.com. Read her Dolphin Watch column weekly at www. TBNweekly.com. NOAA advises anyone who sees a stranded dolphin in the Gulf of Mexico to call 877-942-5343 or 877-433-8299.This close-up picture shows the details of the dorsal fin pattern belonging to a big bottlenose dolphin bull we call Grin. The white parallel marks are called toothrakes, made by other dolphins during battles or in play. At his age, Grin is no stranger to toothrakes. What a beautiful January weve had so far. Its truly hard to believe that when you watch the news and see the weather what the rest of the country is experiencing. With snow up north and hail and tornadoes down south, theres no question that this is the place to be. Our water temperature remains warm for this time of year as it lingers around the low 60-degree mark and fish are active both inshore and offshore. Trout and redfish have been feeding well on the incoming tide this week; low tides in the morning have had us bouncing jigs through the schools of mullet that are hanging on the far outer edge of the flat where the water drops off into the channel. Typically if youre working the jig up shallow, right in the mullet you stand a good chance at hooking into a redfish and if you cast to the deep side of the edge you have a good chance at scoring some quality sized trout. The mullet are the key, find them and at least as far as the redfish are concerned youre in the game. Offshore fishing has also been good, with red grouper and amberjack being the key targets. On Sunday I had a great opportunity to get offshore; seas were flat and made the run out 130 feet of water a piece of cake. Targeting sandy roll-offs we were in search of red grouper. Fishing exclusively for red grouper was something new to me and was really an eye opening experience. Red grouper, unlike gag grouper, seem to prefer a much softer bottom with less relief than the typical limestone ledges that make perfect habitat for the gags. With light winds drift fishing is a great option. One, it lets you cover some water in order to best locate the schools of baitfish and in turn the red grouper. But two, I definitely noticed a big difference in the strike or lack thereof from the red grouper versus the gags Im used to fishing for. The reds will often pick up the bait and very slowly move off with it, very similar to a bass strike. So what this breaks down to is that if you are adrift you have a much better chance at detecting the bite as the boat is drifting away from the fish than if you are anchored. Amberjack fishing was phenomenal that day. We targeted a wreck in 100 feet of water and were met with a school of hungry amberjacks. Chumming with live pinfish kept the jacks around the boat for as long as we wanted, it didnt take long to secure a limit of one per person and to catch and release a few more for fun. Until next week, get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hotmail .com.Trout, redfish good inshore; amberjack strong offshore Dolphin WatchAnn Weaver Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein


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Marianne Fisher CEO FAMILY PRACTICE &INTERNAL MEDICINE 012612FREE Medicaid Seminars Largo Library Friday, February 3, 2012 at 2 pm 120 Central Park Drive, Largo (Jenkins Room) (Just across from the Largo Cultural Center) Seminole Library Monday, February 6, 2012 at 2 pm 9200 113th Street North, Seminole (St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus) Palm Harbor Library Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 2 pm 2330 Nebraska Avenue, Palm Harbor (One block West of U.S.19 North) New Port Richey Main Library Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 2 pm 5939 Main Street, New Port Richey (Located near City Hall) Arbor Oaks Assisted Living Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 2 pm 1701 68th Street North, St. Petersburg (Near Tyrone Mall behind Chilis) South Shore Regional Library Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 2 pm 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, FL 33573 (Off 19th Avenue NE) (813-273-3652) Free Senior Education Symposium Wed. Feb. 15th Registration 8:30 am Symposium 9 am-4 pm Harbor Chase Assisted Living Community 2960 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor, Florida 34684 Continental Breakfast and Light Lunch provided The Hale CenterTuesday, February 21, 2012 from 10am to Noon330 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL 34698 (Across from Blue Jays Stadium) (727-298-3299) Iorio to address chamber ST. PETE BEACH The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host Mayor Pam Iorio Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Tradewinds Sandpiper Resort, 6000 Gulf Blvd. The event will begin with check-in at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program from noon to 1 p.m. Iorio, author of Straightforward, offers her many talents helping organizations build strong and effective leaders. Her fresh, straightforward approach to leadership not only inspires and motivates, but also provides immediate actionable methods and ideas that will help professionals at all levels lead with integrity and achieves optimal results. Cost is $30 for members or $35 for nonmembers. Cost includes the program and a full lunch. The first 100 registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Straightforward. For information or to register, call Amanda Page at 360-6957 or email RSVP@tampabaybeaches.com. Iconic Women of St. Petersburg celebrates businesswomenST. PETERSBURG The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 13th annual Womens Symposium/Women of Distinction Awards event honoring women in Pinellas County who have made a significant impact in the community. The luncheon and ceremony has a new moniker Iconic Women of St. Petersburg celebrating the Women with Vision Awards. The event is set for Wednesday, March 28, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S. Event doors will open at 10:30 a.m. The luncheon and awards ceremony will conclude by 2 p.m. This occasion, taking place during national Womens History month at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, not only raises funding and awareness for the chamber which supports the development of the St. Petersburg business community, but also honors women who have become leaders in a variety of areas. For the 2012 event, five new awards have been added to recognize the important role of women in various areas of business and community outreach. Categories include: Community Service Woman of the Year Nonprofit Woman of the Year International Woman of the Year Woman to Watch Entrepreneur Woman of the Year Business Woman of the Year (less than 50 employees) Business Woman of the Year (50 or more employees) Tickets are $50 a person for chamber members and $60 a person for nonmembers. Tables of 12 are $600 for chamber members and $720 for nonmembers. Corporate and sponsorship tables are available and range from $1,500 to $2,500. For information, call 388-2914 or visit stpete.com.Chamber to host Women in Business ExpoLARGO The Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will host the Women in Business Expo/After Hours on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 4 to 7:30 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. More than 40 regional businesses will be featured at the event. A limited number of showcase tables are still available as well as sponsorship opportunities. An early bird price of $200 will be offered through Feb. 3 and $225 following that date. Admission to the event is free. The chambers Women In Business Council coordinates the expo. Attendees are welcome to bring business cards for networking. Festivities will include door prizes, giveaways, presentations and free food sampling. For information, call 584-2321.AmeriLife to offer workshopsLARGO AmeriLife Direct LLC, a division of Amerilife, will conduct a free retirement-oriented workshop Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. The workshop is designed to help federal employees navigate and overcome the many challenges associated with retirement. AmeriLife Direct has combined its scope of expertise to create a process designed to teach federal employees how to avoid the three common retirement mistakes all too often made by federal employees. The informational meeting will address issues that federal employees start to face when they are within five years or less of retirement. Common issues range from retirement goal-planning and professional analysis of a retirees needs to the savings requirements that will help prepare federal employees for years of retirement. Registration is limited. To reserve a seat, call 800-495-1231.Whitaker joins Endorphin CorporationPINELLAS PARK The Endorphin Corporation recently announced that Kristopher Whitaker has joined its staff as the independence specialist for the Independence Exercise Chair. Whitaker is originally from Indiana and an alumnus of Indiana University. He most recently worked as an administrator in the home care industry and has extensive experience in marketing, finance and banking. He also is a member of Better Living for Seniors, and the Guardian Association of Pinellas County. Endorphin Corporation has been in business for more than 20 years and has recently introduced the Independence Chair as an exercise product that helps people maintain their independence. Networking groups, also known as leads groups, meet on a regular basis at various locations in the area. Some groups charge a fee to attend, and most require reservations. Persons considering attending any group for the first time are encouraged to make contact in advance. The upcoming schedule is as follows: Friday, Jan. 27 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. 27 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 3673737. Friday, Jan. 27 Professional Leads Network, Upper Pinellas Chapter, 8 a.m., at Daddys Grill, 3682 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Friday, Jan. 27 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. 30 Network Professionals Inc., 7:30 a.m., at Perkins Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Monday, Jan. 30 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. 30 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@freenet workinginternational.com. Monday, Jan. 30 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 6426173, email waynep@freenetworkinginternational.com or visit twocupsconnect.com. Tuesday, Jan. 31 Professional Leads Network, First Watch Chapter, 7:30 a.m., First Watch, 2569 Village Drive, Clearwater. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Tuesday, Jan. 31 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. 31 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. 31 Network Professionals Inc., Seminole Chapter, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, Jan. 31 Yacht Club Breakfast, sponsored by Creative Business Connections, 7:30 a.m., St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call Darrell Baker, area director, at 586-4999 or visit www.cbcnet.biz. Tuesday, Jan. 31 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 3673737. Tuesday, Jan. 31 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. Biz notes Biz notes


Viewpoints 11A Leader, January 26, 2012The news of the day is burning with big questions: Wholl be the next head coach of the Miami Dolphins? Why is Rosie ODonnell killing hammerhead sharks? Is Khloe Kardashian really a Kardashian? And each of those stories is being devoured and debated by many thousands of readers, far more than are looking at the sober bylined reports from Haiti, which last week marked the two-year anniversary of its catastrophic earthquake. Even before that disaster, Haiti was a place of such hellish poverty and corruption that people on the outside often turned away because it was all too much, too sad, too hopeless. And too close to home. The 7.0 earthquake was freakishly fierce for that part of the Caribbean, and it seemed to be almost a preternatural act of cruelty. No country in the hemisphere was more vulnerable and ill prepared. Still the devastation was shocking. Eventually the number of fatalities surpassed 300,000, a mind-blowing figure, almost 20 times higher than the death toll from last years Japanese earthquake and tsunami. For a few weeks the world took notice volunteers arrived by the planeload in Port-auPrince, and supplies poured in along with money. Two years later, the question is: How is Haiti? Of course its still poor, still in desperate need of jobs, competent political leadership and decent housing. More than half a million Haitians left homeless by the quake still live in tent cities, and a cholera outbreak a year ago killed more than 4,000, including many children. Last week brought peaceful street demonstrations by those exasperated with the slow pace of rebuilding and the lack of work. Sadly, Haiti has no history of efficient governance and no template to work from. The Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, formed with international support to rebuild the country, is in limbo because the Haitian Parliament has balked at extending its legal mandate. More than $2 billion in aid committed by other nations remains uncollected and unspent. Not surprisingly, donor nations are directing most funds toward established relief agencies and private contractors rather than the government ministries, which have a notorious legacy of waste, neglect and outright theft. Throughout the long recovery, celebrities (including one of the genetically verified Kardashians) have popped in and out of the country. If nothing else, such fleeting though well-publicized appearances serve to remind distracted segments of the world public that Haiti is still there, still hanging on. Others are in it for the long haul. A musician who is a friend of mine has quietly funded a new grade school in the countryside. The actor Sean Penn arrived in Port-au-Prince shortly after the earthquake and was so overwhelmed that he has been a fixture ever since. He manages a tent camp for 55,000 persons who lost their homes in the disaster. Dr. Paul Farmer, whose intrepid Partners in Health organization has been operating medical clinics for years in Haiti, last week described plans for a 320-bed teaching hospital the countrys largest. It is being built with private funds in the city of Mirebalais. When finished, the earthquake-proof facility will treat about 500 patients a day. Given the scarcity of good healthcare in Haiti, this is nothing short of a Godsend. Then theres former President Bill Clinton, whose interest in Haiti also predates the earthquake, and who has surely spent more street time there than any American political figure past or present. He returned again last week to mark the anniversary of the tragedy by visiting a Timberland shoe factory in an industrial park where about 7,000 Haitians are employed. Clinton has been relentlessly pushing for more foreign investment in Haitis private sector, which is its only true hope for moving forward. While the earthquake brought a gusher of humanitarian funds from the United States, Canada, Brazil and other nations, the long-term prospects depend on firms like the Korean garment company thats sinking serious money into a Haiti-based manufacturing operation. Two years is hardly enough time to erase a century of ruinous policies, violent politics and graft, but there is something happening that resembles progress. For example, more people in Port-au-Prince can now get clean water than before the quake. A new hospital here, a new factory there these are small miracles but must be multiplied for Haiti to lift itself from the rubble of 2010. It wont happen without the likes of Farmer, Clinton and others who are keeping this important story alive.Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald. 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Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563By now you may have seen the TV programs that deal with hoarders. A hoarder is someone who refuses to discard anything of value. Such as a wrapper from a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup. I dont blame such persons. When I was 11 I tossed away a Reese wrapper and later learned it had half an ounce of candy still stuck to it. I have mourned its loss ever since. The hoarders shown on TV are extreme cases. Most of them are mentally disarrayed, although some of them wont admit it. They also resist letting you enter their homes. One reason for that is that theres no room left. Every available inch of space is filled with cherished belongings, such as a turkey bone from Thanksgiving 1957. You and I may toss such items into the trashcan, but a hoarder imbues them with meaning. That lipsticked cigarette butt on the parlor shelf was left there by Charlene, my favorite girl friend, the night she told me she was deserting me for Harold Elfin, a proofreader at the St. Pete Independent. Some nights I just stare at the cigarette butt and listen to my Bessie Smith records, and weep. Hoarding starts slowly. Shes just messy. Thats what Mrs. R.s daughters said about their mother in 1982. Next thing they knew they couldnt even find their mother. She was discovered, barely breathing, in a pile of newspapers announcing the collapse of the Berlin Wall. A trait of many hoarders are that they lack a sense of smell. This is especially true if the hoarder collects pets, many of which die in the house and remain there. The odors that then arise are detectable by spacecraft circling Mars. But hoarders dont seem to mind. Hoarding comes in various shapes and sizes. It doesnt always involve a home bursting with detritus. How about people who hoard insults and slights? I once knew a man who hadnt forgotten (or forgiven) putdowns of 50 years ago. He could tell you of affronts dealt him when he was 6 years old. At age 67, he came close to attacking a woman who had refused to be his date for a high school prom. His collection of snubs, if printed, would have filled a hundred pages. I prefer to hoard compliments. Relatively few have come my way, but I think I can recall every one of them. In 1937 Eleanor Schoonover of New Brighton, Pa., said, Bobby, youre cute. Her remark stayed with me long after any semblance of cuteness faded. One night in college a professor chaperoning a fraternity party told me, Driver, youre a hopeless drunk, but at least youre sometimes witty. Only a few weeks ago a local reader emailed me to praise my modest erudition. Man, for a writer things dont get much better than that. No one has defined exactly when appreciation crosses over into hoarding. Example: womens shoes. Women tend to appreciate the living daylights out of shoes; the average collection, Id guess, totals about 300 pairs. Then the day comes when a 6-year-old child goes missing, only to be found buried but still breathing in his mothers shoe closet beneath a collapsed shelf of loafers, boots, peep-toe pumps and ballerina flats. In such cases, hoarding is suspected. Many book lovers show signs of delusional hoarding, but its usually not life-threatening. Impulsiveness rather than compulsiveness is the root of most excessive book buying. A borderline book fanatic can resemble a child in a candy store. A true bibliophile looks on books as friends and lifelong companions. When life gets gloomy, a book lover need only let her eyes sweep around her home to find dozens or hundreds of faithful literary comrades, always ready to entertain, amuse, console and guide. To return to the TV programs on hoarding: They are yet another reminder of the unknown, often tragic worlds that may exist behind the closed doors of the homes we pass on quiet side streets. An estimated 2 to 5 percent of the population is subject to pathological hoarding. Medical science has developed a few lines of treatment, but few are guaranteed to work. Probably the most beneficial kind of hoarding we can do is the mental variety. It is the conscious, sustained attempt we can make to collect good thoughts and ideas, and then to stash them away in a permanent collection within our minds. Happy memories tend to tuck themselves into the pile of their own accord, but we can add to that happy haystack by exposing our lives to upbeat people, enduring music, tales of greatness and mercy, ageless poetry and the notion that life can be studded with glory, if only we are open to it.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at tralee71@comcast.net.Behind front doors of quiet homesTaxpayers shouldnt subsidize sports businessesEditor: Pinellas County commissioners have the ability to stop the tax dollars paying for private sports corporations stadium and facilities. The average taxpaying citizens do not know or realize whats going on against their welfare. The news medias are glazing over the realities of these sports projects. The citizens are generally told how much it will cost but not told who will be paying and how much it will cost each citizen or household. They are also not told the funds will come from cuts in city and county services, schools, law enforcement, etc. Or, it will require 20 to 30 years to pay the sports projects off. Plus, it will require requesting state and county tax dollars and fees subsidizing to fund it, involving each taxpayer in Florida. This is not an economical way to run state, county and city governments. The county and state citizens are not even able to vote in a state or county referendum. Only the citizens of the city or municipality are allowed to vote in a city referendum. Why do the citizen taxpayers allow the politicians and the owners of the sports businesses to scheme and manipulate the cost of stadiums on to the citizen taxpayers? All of Floridas taxpayers, especially Pinellas Countys, should not pay for any private sports corporation business stadium or facility. The Pinellas County commissioners have the ability to stop such arrangements at the county level, if each of the Commissioners would not support the subsidizing of these private business projects with Pinellas County tax dollars and fees. The private sports corporations should be paying for these private business projects. It is their sports business, not the cities, the counties or the state of Floridas. These team owners are just trying to keep up with Jones with the other team owners stadiums and facilities. Who has the latest and greatest stadium. The taxpayers only return is watching and the private sports corporations receives all the money collected by the sports corporations sporting events. The taxpayers do not receive any return for their tax dollars spent on furnishing the sports corporations, their business facilities and stadiums, plus up-keep, improvements and taxes. Plus the liability to pay off the debt on the stadium and facilities. One other thing that should be watched for is the revenue gained by the $5 park fees which is not tax dollars. If the fees are needed so much, why do they request volunteers (free labor) to help with the parks? The friends, VIPs, etc. If the fee is collected for the parks all of the fee revenues should be used on the parks. Why doesnt the County Commission sell the Howard Park back to the city of Tarpon Springs? Tarpon Springs donated it to Pinellas Country several years ago. If the Pinellas County cannot afford the upkeep of the Howard Park without the $5 fees, the city of Tarpon Springs can and are willing. This has been requested by city of Tarpon Springs several times. Walter Gay DunedinPlease recycle, IRB residentsEditor: This is the first anniversary of our recycle program in IRB. This morning Punki Maney and I used the above streets as our first drive-by and count. To my horror 80 homes on 20th and 28 homes on Parkway do not recycle (an overwhelming majority of existing homes.) Lets assume that some of the homes are unoccupied or that some of the houses recycle but had not yet put out their bins. We can figure 10 percent are guiltfree but that still leaves an outrageous amount of folks who do not recycle. The city of IRB pays $1.54 per house to WSI to recycle our waste. The city pays for the bins (approx $4 each) and supplies them free. We have made it as easy as possible by opting in to a program that does not require sorting. There are cities that charge residents who do not recycle on a monthly basis. The money paid for our recycling comes from taxpayer funds and is charged per house whether that house recycles or not. Neighbors need to point out to neighbors that they need to do their fair share. Owners need to take responsibility for educating their renters. Some streets do a lot better than others (yes, we know who they are.) We will continue to do counts starting at the south end of town. Terry Hamilto-Wollin City commissioner Indian Rocks BeachApathy in the neighborhoodDear Editor: I felt joy in anticipation of a good friend and mentor, Eddie Kosinski, running for a well-deserved seat for Pinellas Park City Council. Eddie and I have spent many hours going to council meetings together and watching the wheels of our local government grind out the business that all organizations and especially cities must perform to function. We have left most meetings without making one comment for the record, but later discussed between ourselves how things ought to work. We both agree that the day-to-day senior staff of the city (i.e., city manager, police chief, fire chief and public works director) performs their jobs to the best of their abilities with the resources given to them by the city council. My friend and I dont always see eye to eye on every subject, but we respect each others opinions. As a French philosopher once said I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. A lot of my buddies died in an unwanted and needless war in Vietnam just to preserve this right. I hope it was worth it. Only two people in four races are actually going to run against each other for a publicly elected office. There is just something morally wrong about that in my mind. I dont blame the sitting politicians that are running unopposed; they must be very happy to avoid the expense and the time that it takes to properly run a campaign. The real losers here are the people. Why has there been no controversy? If youre doing something, youre going to tick someone off and break some china here and there. That just isnt happening here and it makes me wonder what is going on that I am not aware of. It scares me too, because I have lived in this town a long time, and I care about what goes on. In most cases, these council politicians must be, shall we say, set up, before they can even consider running because the councilmans job only pays about $16,000 a year. Watching from the sidelines, I suspect it takes well over 30 hours a week to perform the job properly. There is obviously no monetary benefit to this position, and why would someone spend $55,000 to win a position like this? It has been done and it leaves me flabbergasted. I wont even speculate as to why this has happened in the past and I will leave it to your imagination for consideration. Has our recent city government in Pinellas Park been so bland and non-confrontational as to be apathy-inspiring and uninteresting to the people? Or, has everyone just given up, feeling powerless and apathetic about how multimillions of their tax dollars are spent and how their codes and laws are being decided by a very few elite politicians? Please go out and vote on March 13 for one of the two people that have the guts to run for council. I hope you will choose Eddie Kosinski. Believe me when I say, he does it not for himself, but for you, the citizen, because, unless you are crooked as hell, there sure isnt any money in it. Ill vote on March 13 for Eddie Kosinski, the honest candidate. And maybe someday Ill grow up and have the kind of courage that it takes to stand up and say, That just isnt right. Mike Silcott Pinellas ParkWhat about alcohol?Editor: I am writing about the graph that appeared on the front page of January 5, 2012, paper with the title Drugs found in death investigations in Pinellas. I am glad that people are concerned about the affect that drug use has played in people dying and I am glad this weeks paper continued with the subject. But as I looked at the graph, I noticed the pink line at the top of the graph, the line that represented alcohol. I saw that from 2002 to present, alcohol is way above the others. Some other drugs peaked and then fell, but alcohol remained at the top in contributing to peoples death. Now what do we do with this drug that so contributes to people dying. We pass laws that allow bars to stay open until 3 a.m. We permit gas stations to sell alcohol to drivers of cars. We advertise the greatness of our entertainment by showing people enjoying getting intoxicated. We have outlawed cigarette advertisements on TV, but we cannot watch an athletic event without seeing the joys of drinking. While we come down on pill factories and outlets, we do nothing about the greatest drug contributor to people dying in this county. Until we do, we are blowing in the wind. Doris Troop LargoLETTERS A trait of many hoarders ar e that they lack a sense of smell. This is especially true if the hoar der collects pets, many of which die in the house and remain there. Drivers SeatBob Driver Carl Hiaasen


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The new Mease Countryside Wound Care Center is at 3890 Tampa Road, Suite 201, in Palm Harbor. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Patients who have slowor non-healing wounds will be able to have the problem assessed and undergo treatment at the new location. The center utilizes the latest advanced equipment and procedures with the goal of providing a comfortable tranquil environment. Among the types of wounds and conditions that can be treated at the Mease Countryside Wound Care Center are arterial, diabetic and venous stasis ulcers and pressure wounds. Patients receiving treatment for chronic wounds usually have multiple appointments, so finding quality care in a convenient location can be significant to their recovery, said Charles Boothby, D.O., in a press release. Boothby is the medical director at Mease Countryside Wound Care Center. Whether a wound requires specialized therapeutic treatments or hyperbaric oxygen therapy, our medical team has the ability to provide individualized medical care using advanced technology.Morton Plant to host life coaching workshopCLEARWATER Morton Plant Mease will present the Creating Your Blueprint for Success workshop Saturday, Feb. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Cancer Center, first floor conference room, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater. Certified life and wellness coach Elizabeth Nelson, M.A., COL Wellness Coach, will offer a life coach assessment and will create a plan to prioritize life goals and implement results during 2012. The interactive workshop will focus on creating a blueprint that serves as a roadmap to identify potential challenges that conflict with personal, professional, or physical goals and ways to overcome and take action to successfully manage change. Participants will leave with a completed blueprint for successfully implementing change in at least one life area. Cost is $20 a person. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited and preregistration is required. For information or preregistration, call 953-6877 or visit www. BayCareEvents.org.The Morton Plant Mease BayCare Health System will offer a number of programs in February at various locations. For information on upcoming programs, call 953-6877. Participating locations include: Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo Bardmoor Outpatient and Surgery Center, 8787 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor Mease Countryside Hospital Medical Arts Building, 1840 Mease Drive, Safety Harbor Mease Dunedin Hospital, 601 Main St., Dunedin Morton Plant Hospital, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater Morton Plant Mease Outpatient Center, 2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd., Trinity Powell Cancer Center, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant Street, Clearwater Sarah Walker Womens Center, 300 Pinellas Street, ClearwaterFollowing is a list of February support groups and presentations:Wellness Cancer Cancer Patients Hope Group Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, fourth floor, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library. Vascular Pavilion, Morton Plant Hospital, Community Room A. ICD Support Group Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Mease Dunedin Hospital. Meeting Room 3. Wellness Caregivers Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group Monday, Feb. 13 and 27, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Room 114. Early Stage Alzheimers Support Group for Patients Monday, Feb. 6 and 20, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Room 114. Wellness Parenting Big Brothers/Big Sisters Thursday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, fifth floor conference room. Big Brothers/Big Sisters Thursday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor conference room. Birth Center Tour Wednesday, Feb. 1, 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital. Birth Center Tour Wednesday, Feb. 15, 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m., Sarah Walker Womens Center. Birth Center Tour Sunday, Feb. 26, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., Sarah Walker Womens Center. Birth Center Tour Sunday, Feb. 26, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital. Bootcamp for New Dads Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditoriums A and B. Breastfeeding Part 1 Monday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5; fee. Breastfeeding Part 1 Sunday, Feb. 12, 1 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor conference room; fee. Breastfeeding Part 1 Sunday, Feb. 26, 1 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5; fee. Breastfeeding Mothers Group Wednesday, Feb. 8 and 22, 10 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital Shaffer Tower, fifth floor classroom. Car Seat Safety Tuesday, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital; fee. Car Seat Safety Saturday, Feb. 25, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Sarah Walker Womens Center; fee. Childbirth Preparation (two week series) Monday, Feb. 6 and 13, 7 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditorium A and B; fee. Childbirth Preparation (natural) Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor conference room; fee. Childbirth Preparation (half day intensive) Sunday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor conference room; fee. Childbirth Preparation (half day intensive) Sunday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5; fee. Childbirth Preparation (half day intensive) Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5; fee. Infant/Child CPR Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditoriums A and B. Newborn Care Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor conference room; fee. Newborn Care Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5; fee. Newborn Care Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5; fee. Newborn Care Monday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor conference room; fee. Pelican Club Coffee: For Expectant Parents Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditorium. Pelican Club Coffee: For Expectant Parents Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1 through 5. Waterbirth Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditorium A and B. Baby Boot Camp Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m., Dunedin Community Center; fee.Wellness Stroke Two-timers Stroke Survivor Caregiver Support Group Wednesday, Feb. 8, 11:30 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1 and 2. Wellness Other AWAKE: Sleep Disorder Support Group for Apnea Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 3. Bariatric Support Group Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m., Mease Dunedin Hospital, Meeting Room 2. CPAP/BIPAP ClinicMondays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 10 a.m. Noon, BayCare Outpatient Sleep Disorders Center, Suite 115. CPAP/BIPAP Clinic Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital Medical Arts Building, Suite 120. CPAP/BIPAP Clinic Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 9 a.m. to noon, Bardmoor Medical Arts Building. Suite 210. Cancer Support Group (Caregivers) Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, fourth floor, Family Waiting Room. Cancer Support Group (Women) Monday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Axelrod Pavilion. Cancer Support Group (Women) Tuesday, Feb. 14 and 28, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital Shaffer Tower, fourth floor, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library. Coping With Cancer Diagnosis: Toolkit for Patients, Families and Caregivers Wednesdays, Feb. 8 and 22, 4 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Axelrod Pavilion. Head and Neck Cancer Support Group Monday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Lansky Pavilion at Bardmoor Outpatient Center, Administration Conference Room. Look Good, Feel Better Monday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1 and 2. Luna De Pinellas Tuesday, Feb. 14, 6 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Axelrod Pavilion. 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Located on the white sandy beaches of Clearwater Beach, this wonderful unit sold in January for $850,000 by Rich Rippetoe.Rich RippetoeColdwell Banker Sun Vista Realty Seminole $90,000 2 Bedrooms/2 Baths Seminole $475,000 5BR/3.5BA/2CG Clearwater Beach $850,000 3 Bedrooms/2.5 Baths SOLD SOLD SOLD012612 Heritage Village events setLARGO The Pinellas County Historical Society is sponsoring Pinellas by the Decades: A Centennial Celebration Speaking of History Lecture Series on second Sundays, 2 p.m., at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N. As Pinellas County continues to celebrate 100 years of independence from Hillsborough County, the Pinellas County Historical Society is presenting an engaging, ongoing series of multidisciplinary lectures. On Sunday, Feb. 12, the lecture will be Distant war clouds, with clearing paths for development ahead. This lecture will cover the period 1942 to 1951. Although wartime tourism languished, frenzied activity covered Pinellas County during World War II. With the Maritime Service Training Station at Bayboro Harbor, Pinellas Army Airfield and the test site for the Roebling Alligator in and around Dunedin, Pinellas contributed to the fight against foreign fascism. Many young recruits of the U.S. Army Air Corps trained in the area. With the wars end in 1945, Pinellas Countys population expanded into new areas once occupied by citrus groves. The lectures are free but donations are encouraged. Donations support Heritage Village operations. Other upcoming Heritage Village events include: Getting Started in Genealogy Friday, Feb. 3, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Family history is a popular subject and hobby. Bob Bryan of the Pinellas Genealogy Society will present a class featuring how to discover ancestors and learn about where they lived, what they did and what their life was like. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for Pinellas County Historical Society members. Advance registration is recommended. For information or to register, call 582-2233. Volunteer orientation Saturday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to noon. Attendees will discover fun ways to get involved at Heritage Village during this volunteer orientation. Volunteers can serve as a tour guide, museum greeter, historical house caretaker, receptionist, maintenance worker or grounds assistant. Call 582-2125 or email heritagevillage@pinellascounty.org. Heritage Village Vegetable Gardening Workshop Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to noon. Experienced and novice gardeners are invited to attend a three-hour workshop which will take place in the Pinellas Room and the 1890s garden at Heritage Village. The workshop will feature planting and growing tips and information on garden pests. Advance registration is required. Cost is $5 a person or $8 for two family members. For information or to register, call 582-2233.Friends of the Library to hold book saleLARGO The Friends of the Largo Library will host its winter book sale Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Jenkins Room of the Largo Library. All books are 50 cents each. Buy two and get one free. Proceeds will benefit the library, located at 120 Central Park Drive. Call 586-7392.Sweatheart dance set for Feb. 18LARGO The Lady in Red sweatheart dance will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. The dance is a fundraiser for the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund, a 501c3 charity providing healthcare grants to women throughout the Tampa Bay community for 14 years. Tickets are $25 before Feb. 12 and $30 at the door if any are available. The dress is business casual to formal. Professional photographer, jewelry sales, DJ and a nice buffet are offered. All proceeds benefit the health fund. Call 518-3416.Valentine dinner dance plannedThe Italian-American Society of St. Petersburg will hold its third annual Valentine dinner-dance Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Treasure Island Community Center, One Park Place at 106th Ave., Treasure Island. There will be music by Bobby Tess and his four-piece band; hors doeuvres; a gourmet buffet dinner; free wine, soft drinks, and coffee and dance hosts for unescorted guests. You also may bring your own bottle. The price of tickets is $30 per person. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with hors doeuvres at 7, dinner at 7:30 and music from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Mail checks (made out to Italian American Society) to IAS, c/o Steve Dante, vice president, 17167 Second St. E., North Redington Beach, FL 33708. Please include a phone number. Call Steve at 224-8731.Pinellas Opera League, meets first Wednesdays, October through June, 11 a.m., at the Dunedin Country Club, 1050 Palm Blvd., Dunedin. Cost for luncheon and performance is $20. For reservations, call Nancy at 738-4007. Pinellas Parent Educators Association, meets first Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at Suncoast Community Church, 12855 110th Ave. N., Largo; and second Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at Glad Tidings Church, 4200 17th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Email strouseacade my@yahoo.com or sarnold17@tampabay.rr.com. Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra, rehearses on Mondays, 7:30 p.m., September through March, at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center. Concerts are held first Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Call 415-9650. Pinellas Park Photography Society, meets first Mondays, 7 p.m., at the Train Station, 5851A Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Call Steve Daniels at 391-3134. Pinellas Park Rug Hooking Group, meets Mondays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Clark Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N, Pinellas Park. Email lschulz1@tampabay.rr.com. Pinellas Weavers Guild, meets third Saturdays from September to May, 10 a.m., at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N, Largo, FL 33542. Polish American Society, meets Sundays from September to May, at 1343 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg 2:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner 3 to 4 p.m. and dancing 4 to 5 p.m. Members pay $5 and guests $7. Call Beverly at 526-6835 or Randy at 525-8255. Promenade Squares, meets for square dancing on Thursdays at the Pinellas Park Senior Citizens Center, 7625 59th St. N. Lessons are from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m., pre-rounds are from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. and the dance is from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. Call 7993068. Recovery Inc., a support group for anxiety and depression, meets Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N. Highland Ave., Clearwater. Call 525-1749. Redington Beach Garden Club, meets monthly at various locations. Call Zoe Roseman at 515-6804. Renaissance Speakers Club, meets Mondays, 6 p.m., at Chic Realty, 28 N. Fort Harrison Road, Clearwater. Guests learn about public speaking in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Call Rebecca at 585-3211. Rhode Island Club, meets monthly, October to April, on different dates at different locations. Call Art Hebert at 595-6834 or Carol Barney at 596-8284. Rotary Clubs: Belleair meets Thursdays, noon, at the Belleair Country Club, One Country Club Lane. Visit www.belleairrotary.org. Indian Rocks Beach, meets Wednesdays, 7:15 a.m., at Holiday Inn Harborside. Visit www.indian-rocks-rotary.org. Pinellas Feather Sound meets Tuesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Tucsons Grill and Cantina, 13563 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Call 365-6406. Pinellas Park, meets Thursdays, 12:15 p.m., at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. Visit www.rotarypinellaspark.org. Seminole, meets Wednesdays, noon, in the Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Blvd. Visit www.seminolerotary.org. Seminole Lake, meets Fridays, 7:15 a.m., at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. Call Gene Stern at 578-4000, ext. 142. Rutgers Club of Tampa Bay, meets first Thursdays, 11:30 a.m., at King Buffet, 7610 49th St. N, Pinellas Park. Call 3441944. Sabal Palms Nursing Centers Arthritis Support Group, meets fourth Tuesdays, noon, at Cypress Palms Auditorium, 400 Lake Ave. NE, Largo. Refreshments are served. To RSVP, call 437-1639. St. Anthonys Knitters, meets first and third Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, in the cafeteria on the ground floor of St. Anthonys Hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. New and experienced knitters welcome. Email stanthonysknitters @yahoo.com. St. Petersburg Accordion Association, meets third Wednesdays, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., at American Legion Post 305, 6999 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Email Bill Carrozza at billclaccordion@veri zon.net. St. Petersburg China Painters Guild, meets second Thursdays, September through May, 9 a.m., at the Pinellas Park Art Society, 5851A Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Email Laurie Farthing at lbf2417@mac.com. St. Petersburg Watch, Clock and Collectibles Club, meets second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Disabled American Veterans, 4801 37th St. N. Call 327-1200. St. Petersburg Preservation leads a walking tour of historic downtown St. Petersburg on first Saturdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., November through April, starting at Williams Park, Fourth Street N, at First Avenue. Call 824-7802. St. Petersburg Republican Club, meets second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Piccadilly Restaurant, 1900 34th St. N. Local civic leaders present topics of current interest to all citizens. Call 5262492. St. Petersburg Writers Club, meets first and third Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., in Room 121 of the West St. Petersburg Community Library, on the corner of Eighth Avenue North and 67th Street North, St. Petersburg. All writers and would-be writers are invited. Call Martha Dupes at 736-3355 or Pat First at 397-8833. Safety Harbor American Legion Post 238, meets second and fourth Tuesdays, 8 p.m. The ladies auxiliary meets first Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at 900 Main St., Safety Harbor. Safety Harbor Bonsai Club, meets third Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at the Rigsby Recreation Center. Safety Harbor Garden Club, meets third Wednesdays, refreshments at 9:30 and meeting at 10 a.m., at the Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N. Call Sandy Huff at 725-1015. Safety Harbor Lions Club, meets second and fourth Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at Sunset Point Family Restaurant, 2328 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater. SCORE Chapter 115 of Pinellas, an all volunteer organization offering free counseling to small businesses, meets third Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., at Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1130 Cleveland St., Clearwater. The chapters focus is helping people develop and grow their business. Call 532-6800 or email score115@ij.net. Scottish American Society of Dunedin, meets second Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., at 917 Louden St., Dunedin. The society also hosts Ceileidh dancing Fridays, 7 to 10 p.m., at the hall. Cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Call 586-4188. Seminole Area Business Builders, meets Wednesdays, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Palace of the Orient, 10425 Park Blvd., Seminole. Call 391-3065. Seminole Civitan Club, meets first and third Thursdays, 6 p.m. for fellowship and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the meeting, at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. The clubs focus is on helping people with mental and developmental difficulties in our community. It is a member club of Civitan International. Call Steve Steenberge at 391-4400 or email steve.steen berge@earthlink.net. Seminole Networking Group, meets Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m., at the Palace of the Orient, 10425 Park Blvd., Call David Doerges at 542-8686. Senior Citizens, meet to play double pinochle and canasta on Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Joffreys Cafe, Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave. Senior Singles Friendship Club, meets Mondays at 4:30 p.m., order food at 5 p.m. Call 548-9181 or 391-3497 for locations. Silver and Gold Friends Network, meets daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St. NW. For adults and seniors in need of a friend or new to the area, the network offers an introduction to the centers programs. Call Eileen at 518-3131. Single Seniors, meets the second Monday of the month, 1:30 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N. Call 515-4111, 392-2438 or 736-4623. Singles Dance by DJ Mike is offered Saturdays, 8 p.m. to midnight, at the Jasmine Park Center, 7137 Jasmine Blvd., Clearwater. Call 459-2076. Society for Creative Anachronism, Barony of Marcaster, meets second and fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Email Earl Thomas the Incomplete at incomplete@ij.net. Society for Creative Anachronism, meets Saturdays, noon, at Largo Central Park Drive. Email Earl Thomas the Incomplete at incomplete@ij.net. Solos Singles, meets the second Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. for a potluck lunch. Bring a dish to share and $2. Activities are designed for singles 55+ to socialize. Membership is free and reservations are not necessary. Call 520-8797. Sons of Norway, Suncoast Lodge 562, has events for everyone. Social meetings with entertainment, Chris Taylor, 510-3195 or rowing the Viking boat, bowling, Mark Berg, 224-5371. Visit www.suncoastlodge,com/meetings/ for details. Soroptimist International Holiday Isles, meets second Fridays, 11 a.m., at Groupers Seafood Grill, 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Call 397-3688. Largo Mid-Pinellas, meets first Thursdays, 6 to 6:30 p.m., networking; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., meeting; in the rehab center, Palm Garden of Pinellas, 200 16th Ave. SE, Largo. Call 4329819. Upper Pinellas, meets fourth Tuesdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Ballas Steak House, 776 Missouri Ave., Largo. Call Betsi at 7343730.Announcements are submitted by the public; information is subject to change. 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There also will be a pet float contest, the Fido Idol dog singing contest, Doggie Project Runway costume contest, Dancing with the Paws contest, pet-themed vendors, breed rescue groups, adoptable dogs and puppies, live and silent auctions, Tampa Bay Rays tickets, kids area, pup art, doggie glamour shots, beer, food court with vegetarian and vegan selections and the Ride 4 the Animals Cycling event beginning at 8 a.m. For information, call the Suncoast Animal League at 786-1330 or visit www.suncoastanimalleague.org or www.muttmarch.info.Dog training class setLARGO A dog training class will be offered Saturday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m., at Pinellas County Animal Services, 12450 Ulmerton Road. The free class will cover the basics of dog training in a seminar for all who have adopted dogs from Pinellas County Animal Services or other shelters in the county. Attendees will learn about housetraining, loose-leash walking and dealing with challenging dog behaviors. Dogs are not permitted at the class. Call 582-2600 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices. Pet Expo seeks vendors, speakersTAMPA The Tampa Bay Pet Expo will be Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N. The expo is seeking Tampa Bay area pet-related organizations to exhibit, publicity partners and local experts and trainers to provide demonstrations on the event stage. Those who attend this free event will find more than 125 exhibitors of pet-related products, information, and services to help them care for their four-legged family members or adopt a pet responsibly. Attendees and their pets also will be able to see special guests and speakers at the 2012 Tampa Bay Pet Expo including trainers, groomers, and other special demonstrations including pet first aid. Shorty Rossi, star of the hit series Pit Boss on Animal Planet, is the official spokesperson and featured guest at this event. 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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B January 26, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com Casanovas Blast Friday, Friday, Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m., on Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. The free monthly street festival features a variety of vendors as well as beer, food, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. The first event of the new year will feature a performance by Rare Earth on the Tampa Bay Times Cleveland Street Stage just steps from the Capitol Theatre. Rare Earth has been an established name in the music industry since the 1960s, with an impressive track record of more than 3,000 concerts and live television performances. Fronted by original founding member Gil Bridges, Rare Earth has had two albums reach Double Platinum status along with one Platinum and three Gold selling albums over the course of the bands career. Rare Earths classic chart-topping singles include Get Ready, I just Want to Celebrate and (I Know) Im Losing You. The street fair kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment outside until 10 p.m. The city of Clearwater also will be honored during the event by being designated as a Coast Guard City. Tom Rush, Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $22. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. Rush helped usher in the singer/songwriter era and has had a profound impact on American music, Rush was instrumental in shaping the folk revival of the s and the renaissance of the s and s. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor, warm, expressive voice and engaging storytelling have universal appeal and have made his songs hits with folk, country, heavy metal and rap audiences. The Kingston Trio, Friday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $23 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. In 1957, The Kingston Trio emerged from San Franciscos club scene to take the country by storm, bringing the rich tradition of American folk music into the mainstream for the first time. Now the trio is bringing back all the great memories and making new ones. The trio is known for hits such as Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Tom Dooley and Goodnight Irene. Ron White: Moral Compass Tour, Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $46.75. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. White is probably best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy phenomenon. With two Grammy nominations, a gold record, two of the top-rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central history and a bestselling book, White has established himself as a star in his own right. An accomplished storyteller, White regularly performs in sold-out theaters and arenas nationwide as a headlining comedian. This show is for a mature audience and should be considered PG13. Pinellas County Folk Festival, Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m,, at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N., Largo. A $5 donation is requested; the event is free for children age 11 and younger. Free event parking will be available. The festival will feature some of the areas best folk artists performing traditional folk, gospel and bluegrass. Attendees also will have an opportunity to see ethnic dance demonstrations, native-style flute circles and folk and bluegrass jams. There will be fleece-to-shawl activities and a fiber arts show. Antique cars will be on display. This years entertainment lineup will include performances by Juniper, Gator Grass, Leigh and Steve Humes, Simple Gifts, Frank Thomas, Cracker Billy Band, Key of Life, Susan Boyer Haley, Sweetwater Sisters, Carl Wade and Something Special and Charley Groth with Ron Spencer. 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Juniper Floridas eclectic blend of Celtic and alternative folk music performs Jan. 28 at Heritage Village. Top ve diversions Top ve diversions Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:The GreyGenre: Action, adventure and thriller Cast: Liam Neeson, Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney and Frank Grillo Director: Joe Carnahan Rated: R In The Grey, Liam Neeson leads an unruly group of oilrig roughnecks when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, the survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt before their time runs out. Man on a LedgeGenre: Action, adventure, romance and thriller Cast: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Anthony Mackie, Jamie Bell and Ed Harris Director: Asger Leth Rated: PG-13 An ex-cop and now wanted fugitive (Sam Worthington) stands on the ledge of a high-rise building while a hard-living New York Police Department negotiator (Elizabeth Banks) tries to talk him down. The longer they are on the ledge, the more she realizes that he might have an ulterior objective.One for the MoneyGenre: Action, adventure, comedy and crime Cast: Katherine Heigl, Jason OMara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo and Sherri Shepherd Director: Julie Anne Robinson Rated: PG-13 A proud, born-and-bred Jersey girl, Stephanie Plums got plenty of attitude, even if shes been out of work for the last six months and just lost her car to a debt collector. Desperate for some fast cash, Stephanie turns to her last resort: convincing her sleazy cousin to give her a job at his bail bonding company ... as a recovery agent. 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It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.Declaration of WarGenre: Foreign and drama Cast: Jeremie Elkaim, Valrie Donzelli, Cesar Desseix, Gabriel Elkam and Elina Lowensohn Director: Valrie Donzelli Not rated This exuberant and deeply moving film follows a new couple, Romeo (Jrmie Elkam) and Juliette (Valrie Donzelli), who must face the ultimate test when they discover their newborn child is very ill. Gathering their friends and family together, they confront the ordeal together as a form of warfare. Donzelli infuses the story with unexpected verve using a host of cinematic techniques, music and heartbreaking performances that results in a film about a contemporary couple who surprises even themselves with their ability to fight not only for the life of their child but for each other. Declaration of War draws on the real life experiences of Donzelli and co-star/co-writer Elkam and what they went through when their own son fell ill. Albert NobbsGenre: Foreign, drama and biopic Cast: Glenn Close, Janet McTeer, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson and Pauline Collins Director: Rodrigo Garcia Rated: R Award winning actress Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) plays a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some 30 years after donning mens clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making. Mia Wasikowska (Helen), Aaron Johnson (Joe) and Brendan Gleeson (Dr. Holloran) join a prestigious, international cast that includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Janet McTeer, Brenda Fricker and Pauline Collins.The Wicker TreeGenre: Thriller, suspense and horror Cast: Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett, Graham McTavish, Honeysuckle Weeks and Jacqueline Leonard Director: Robin Hardy Rated: R When two young missionaries (Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett) head to Scotland, they are initially charmed by the local in the town of Tressock, and agree to become the local Queen of the May and Laddie for the annual town festival. But the couple is not prepared for the frightening consequences of their decision, and the very disturbing secrets they are about to discover about Tressocks seemingly friendly townspeople.For more movie news including whats playing at local theaters, trailers and an opportunity to purchase tickets online, visit www.TBNweekly.com. 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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. Seconds from Broadway, by Neil Simon, presented by West Coast Players, 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 that 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. King Creole, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 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. Presley stars as Danny Fisher, a young man forced to drop out of school and work to support his father. He is saved from a jail sentence when he is given a job as a club singer at the King Creole Club. The film features the number one chart-topping hit Hard Headed Women. A Raisin in the Sun, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 3 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.ruth eckerdhall.com. Part of the Capitol Classics film series, Daniel Petrie directs Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil and Ruby Dee in this 1961 adaptation of Lorraine Hansberrys play. In 2005, A Raisin in the Sun was selected for preservation in the United States of America National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. Jungle Fever, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 3 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.ruth eckerdhall.com. Part of the Capitol Classics film series, the 1991 drama was directed by Spike Lee and stars Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra. Rodney Carrington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $33 to $53. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. A multitalented comedian, actor, and writer, Carrington has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over two million copies. Two of these albums have been certified gold by the RIAA. He also starred in his own TV sitcom, Rodney, which ran for two seasons on ABC. He co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film Beer for My Horses. According to Pollstar, Carrington was the fourth highest grossing touring comedian in 2009. He regularly performs to sold out crowds across the United States and Canada. Brandi Carlile Acoustic Trio, Friday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $36. Call 791-7400 or visit www. attheca.com. Carlile, a Columbia Records recording artist, will return to the intimate setting at the Capitol Theatre in the Cleveland Street District in Downtown Clearwater in support of her latest release Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony. The release of Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony marks the realization of two dreams for the acclaimed singer/ songwriter: She got to work with a world class symphony and record in the legendary venue in her hometown. It is the follow up to the critically acclaimed album, Give Up The Ghost, produced by Grammy Award winner Rick Rubin. Not only did it showcase her talents in their truest form, it also offered her new experiences including working with the likes of Elton John. In 2007, Carlile released The Story and the title single debut on the Billboard magazine Hot 100 singles chart. Shortly after releasing her self-titled debut album in 2005, she was named one of the 10 Artists to Watch by Rolling Stone Magazine. Her songs, Tragedy, What Can I Say and Throw It All Away have been featured in the hit TV-series Greys Anatomy. Carliles concerts are near legendary in their perfect communion between performer and audience. Whether she is rocking out with her full band or standing quietly, tantalizingly close to the edge of the stage singing a cappella, Carlile brings a riveting intensity to her shows. To Kill a Mockingbird, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 3 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www. rutheckerdhall.com. To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lees novel of the same name. Robert Mulligan directs Mary Badham in the role of Scout and Gregory Peck in the role of Atticus Finch. Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx with The Florida Orchestra; Friday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $45 to $85. Call 892-3337 or 800-6627286 or visit www.floridaorches tra.org. DeYoung, a founding member of Styx, will showcase the bands greatest hits spanning the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s with his six-member band and The Florida Orchestra. This symphonic rock spectacular includes top hits such as Lady, Babe, Come Sail Away, Too Much Time On My Hands, Grand Illusion, Renegade, Blue Collar Man, Suite Madame Blue and Rockin The Paradise. DeYoung wrote and sang lead on seven of the bands eight top ten hits. With one of the most recognizable voices in the music world today, in addition to being a legendary singer, he also is recognized as a songwriter, keyboardist, composer and record producer with a career spanning over 40 years. DeYoungs rock band members include Suzanne DeYoung on vocals, Tom Sharpe on drums, August Zadra on lead guitar and vocals, Jimmy Leahey on lead guitar and vocals, John Blasucci on keyboards and Craig Carter on bass and vocals. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, with music and lyrics by Carol Hall and book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson; presented by Francis Wilson Playhouse, Feb. 23 through March 11, at the playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13 for students. Call 446-1360 or visit www.fran ciswilsonplayhouse.org. Winner of three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards in 1978, the show tells the true story of the Chicken Ranch, a Texas brothel caught in the middle of a television crusaders campaign. Filled with colorful characters, the production contains adult situations and language.Largo The Kingston Trio, Friday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $23 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. In 1957, The Kingston Trio emerged from San Franciscos club scene to take the country by storm, bringing the rich tradition of American folk music into the mainstream for the first time. Now the trio is bringing back all the great memories and making new ones. The trio is known for hits such as Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Tom Dooley and Goodnight Irene. Saturday Afternoon Movies, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo. The featured film will be Happy Feet. Call 587-6715. Monday Matinee, Monday, Jan. 30, 12:30 p.m., at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo. In January, the library will present movies filmed in Florida. This weeks featured film will be Key Largo. Call 5876715. Music of the Night: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Songbook, presented by Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation; Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 29, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. A cast of Tampa Bays best performers sings the tunes from Broadways legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Accompanied by live musicians, the cast will sing and dance to notable tunes from The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Proceeds will benefit the Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, Feb. 12, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The featured entertainment will be a Valentine Spectacular with the Four Tune Nuts Barbershop Quartet. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter .com. Funny Girl, with book by Isobel Lannart, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, Feb. 24 through March 11, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eightoclocktheatre.com. Funny Girl is the semi-autobiographical tale of Fanny Brices meteoric rise to fame and her stormy relationship with Nick See LOOKING AHEAD, page 8B Looking ahead Looking ahead


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Part of the Largo Lions Spotlight Series, the show will feature some of Americas top artists performing the music of Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. The show will feature great songs the artists made famous, such as She Believes in Me, Lady, Man in Black, Walk the Line, Always on My Mind and On the Road Again. All proceeds from these events go directly to Lions volunteer projects, such as sight conservation, eye operation and glasses. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, March 11, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The featured entertainment will be a tribute to the Irish with the Heedless Horsemen from Ranchero Village. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter .com. Doo Wop with at Twist, Monday, March 19. 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $22. Call 587-6793. Part of the Largo Lions Spotlight Series, attendees will stroll down memory lane with Joey Dee and Tommy Mara. These great rock n roll entertainers will perform some of their great hits, including Peppermint Twist, Shout, Candles and Step by Step. All proceeds from these events go directly to Lions volunteer projects, such as sight conservation, eye operation and glasses. Tonights the Night Rod Stewart Tribute, Monday, April 2, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $22. Call 587-6793. Part of the Largo Lions Spotlight Series, this show features Bob Stewart, a third cousin to Rod Stewart. Attendees will enjoy a high-energy show with Bob singing favorites such as Maggie Mae, Hot Legs and Do ya! Think Im Sexy. All proceeds from these events go directly to Lions volunteer projects, such as sight conservation, eye operation and glasses. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, April 22, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The featured entertainment will be a New Orleans Special Treat with Cabaret Unlimited. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. Broadways Best, presented by Eight OClock Theatre, May 413, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eightoclock theatre.com. The well-known dynamic creative team of Rocco Morabito (director) and Ronnie DeMarco (choreographer) have designed their dream show: a revue combining favorite ballads, laments and show-stoppers from Broadways best. The lineup includes gems from musicals such as Cabaret, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Damn Yankees, Gypsy, Godspell, Guys & Dolls and Mame. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, May 6, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The featured entertainment will be Mothers Favorite with the Sunsation Show Chorus. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. Nunsense II, with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, July 13-20, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eightoclocktheatre.com. This sequel takes place six weeks after the Little Sisters of Hobokens first benefit show, and now they are back with a big Thank You show. Theyre a bit slicker, having been bitten by the theater bug. Things get to off to a rousing start, and before long chaos erupts. Two Franciscans come to claim Sister Mary Amnesia (who has won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes). The nuns hear that a talent scout is in the audience.Pinellas Park Passengers, by Sam Bobrick, through Jan. 29, 2012; at Venue Ensemble Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. A portion of ticket sales from each show is donated to a benefit organization. Call 822-6194 or visit www.venueactorstudio.org. Opera in the Park, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m., at Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. The complimentary performance by the Matinee Opera Players of Tampa Bay will feature favorite scenes from grand operas. Maestro Mario Laurenti will serve as artistic director. Call 547-0396 or visit www.tampabayopera.com.St. Petersburg Seven Guitars, by August Wilson, presented by American Stage Theatre Company, 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 8237529 or visit www.americanstage.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. Hairspray, with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, and book by Mark ODonnell and Thomas Meehan; through Feb. 5, at St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees will be Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $24 for adults and $10 for students. Call 866-1973 or visit www.splt.org. Hairspray has made the journey from motion picture to Broadway musical to movie musical phenomenon. City Theatre will serve up the eight-time Tony award-winning Broadway sensation as its third offering of the season. The pace is nonstop with songs like Good Morning Baltimore and Cant Stop the Beat. As 1962 Baltimore is marching literally toward racial integration, Tracy Turnblad pursues her dream to be famous and dance on the Corny Collins show. Shes in for an education when she finds that some see size and color as ways to hold you back. But, teaming up with the likes of Motormouth Maybell and Seaweed J. Stubbs, theres no holding these kids back. Ron White: Moral Compass Tour, Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $46.75. Call 892-5767 or visit www.thema haffey.com. White is probably best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy phenomenon. With two Grammy nominations, a gold record, two of the top-rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central history and a bestselling book, White has established himself as a star in his own right. An accomplished storyteller, White regularly performs in sold-out theaters and arenas nationwide as a headlining comedian. He also has appeared on such late-night talk shows as The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. This show is for a mature audience and should be considered PG-13. Becky Shaw, by Gina Gionfriddo, presented by freeFall Theatre Company, Feb. 2-19, at freeFall, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Ticket prices vary according to performance date and time. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com. Starting with a fateful blind date, Becky and Max are subjected to a series of comically unfortunate events. Red, by Jonathan Logan, presented by American Stage Theatre Company, March 16 through May 6, 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 8237529 or visit www.americanstage.org.