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Photos by JIM LAYFIELDCatie Caplan, 9, St. Petersburg, right, blows the horn in a dump truck at the 17th annual city of Largo Touch-A-Truck and Florida Clown Day event in Central Park Jan. 28. Above, clowns take center stage at the event, which also featured rocket ship car rides, military vehicles and train rides along the Largo Central Railroad.Trucks and clowns aplenty City OKs recreation complex work By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Pinellas County commissioners are concerned that several years of cuts to code enforcements budget may have gone too far. Todd Myers, Code Enforcement Division director, told commissioners at a Jan. 26 work session, that his department is barely able to keep up with complaints. He attributed the problem to having a small staff with a large job. Code Enforcement now has a staff of 14 with only nine code enforcement officers and two senior officers. All told, the division has lost 19 positions in the past four years. Officials estimate it should take a staff of at least 24 to 30 to keep up with the job. Code enforcement has a broad mission that includes working to preserve the quality and value of public and private property and maintaining a high standard of living by eliminating conditions that threaten the health, safety and general welfare of the public, according to a staff report. The division is charged with enforcing a variety of county ordinances, including those that regulate minimum housing laws, inoperative vehicles, trash and debris, lot clearing, noise, prohibited vehicles and land development zoning. The division works to reduce neighborhood blight, eliminate unsafe property, cut down on yards with clutter and junk in an effort to preserve property values and maintain neighborhoods as desirable places to live. Myers said he is very proud of the work done by code enforcement despite severe cuts to staff. See COUNTY, page 4A Features Business . . . . . . . . .9-10A Classieds . . . . . . . . .4-7B Community . . . . . . . .13-15A County . . . . . . . . . .3,5-7A Entertainment . . . . . . .1,3,8B Health & tness . . . . . . . .12A Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . . .2A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . .8A Pet connection . . . . . . . .16A Police beat . . . . . . . . . .5A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .11A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising LARGOFirst Friday to have Renaissance flairFirst Friday will feature a Renaissance street fair, Feb. 3, 6 to 11 p.m., on First Avenue Southwest between ClearwaterLargo Road and Ridge Road. The event also will have fortunetellers, jewelry, arts and crafts, pony rides and live music provided by Noah Broe and the Groove Co and a drum circle. Food vendors also will be on hand. Tickets for the Bay Area Renaissance Festival will be on sale.ENTERTAINMENT COUNTYCoast Guard ship sinking markedThe Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn sank Jan. 28, 1980, after colliding with a tanker near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Only 27 of the 50-member crew survived. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg marked the 32nd anniversary of the tragic event with a ceremony at Blackthorn Memorial Park located off Interstate 275 on the north end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg. ... Page 7A.COMMUNITYAmputee excels on the dance floorSteve Mitchell lost his leg in 1990 in a boating accident, but he has won awards for his dancing ability. Page 15A. A community builderBar owner enjoys planning downtown events By TOM GERMONDLARGO When Jennifer Lantry worked at OHoustons on West Bay Drive, she planned theme parties that packed the bar. I really, really, enjoyed that, Lantry said. That led to her brainchild First Fridays, a monthly street party held on First Street Southwest, steps away from her bar, OShys Irish Tap House. From pirate invasions to an Oktoberfest, First Friday runs the gamut of themed parties for attendees, young and old. Its still doing good. We are working a Renaissance theme for Friday, she said. Its not going to be huge like the normal Renaissance Festival, but I just want to give the community a little taste of what they can expect in Tampa, she said. It is a lot of fun for the kids, too. Because of her efforts to establish First Friday in July and other downtown events, the city presented her with the citys Community Champions community building award. She said she got a little teary-eyed when she learned she received the award. I was overwhelmed with appreciation, she said. Lantry, who hails from Frankfort, Ill., lives in Belleair. When she moved down to the area about 14 years ago, she was originally in the automotive business. Encourged to get into the hospitality business, she worked at a variety of restaurants. Then I saw that bartenders were making more money, she said, laughing. She asked her boss if she could learn how to bartend on her days off, without getting paid. She loves the hospitality business, especially bartending. Im a social person. You never get bored at work. Constantly chit-chatting with everybody hearing everybodys problems and helping solve them. I think Im a psychologist now, too, she said. Her significant other, Eddie Houston, who was the owner of OHoustons, taught her how to run a bar. I was a pro at bartending but the whole background of how to run a bar, I learned it all from him, Lantry said. Then when he sold it (OHoustons), he See BUILDER, page 4APhoto by TOM GERMONDJennifer Lantry and Eddie Houston run OShys Irish Tap House.County takes detailed look at code enforcementRomney wins state Republican primary George Cretekos elected Clearwater mayor ... Page 4A. 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Creative Contractors Inc. is the construction manager on the project. The first phase includes the demolition of the existing tennis courts and associated parking areas, drainage facilities and site work. Two entrances will be provided to the site, the existing entrance off Highland Avenue and another off of Lake Avenue. Also included in this phase is the installation of a segment of a force main that will extend across the southern portion of the site from Highland Avenue to Lake Avenue and connect to a lift station on Lake Avenue. The second phase of the Highland Recreation Complex project will include construction of the building, aquatic center improvements, demolition of the existing buildings, site work and associated amenities not included in the first phase at a cost of $13.4 million. That phase is expected to begin in March. Assistant City Manager Henry Schubert said the project is being divided into two phases because city officials want to move forward with it; funding is available and the arrangements for borrowing have been completed. And we want to try to keep it on schedule as much as possible to meet some coordination issues with recreation and operation of the site, he said. He said the building slightly exceeds budget and so the design team and staff are working to bring that portion of the project within budget and we will, he said. Schubert said city officials want to establish the maximum price for the first phase so they can begin construction and stay on track. The first portion of the See CITY, page 4A
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Description: Are you interested in Square Dancing? Well, we have one of the best callers in the country right here at the Largo Community Center. Come dance the night away as our resident Caller Allen Snell leads you around our floor. Refreshments are available for purchase. The cost is $5 at the door. Call 518-3131. Stages Productions, Velveteen Rabbit, Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Description: Join the curious rabbit, the wise old Skin Horse and even the rappin Jack-in-de-box as they sing and dance their way into your heart. For more information or to purchase tickets call 587-6793 or visit LargoArts.com. The fees are $7.50, adult; $6.50, children; $6, schools; $22, family 4 Pack; season pass, $15 for three shows. Family 4 Packs and Season Passes are available through the box office only. Largo swing dance Saturdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25, 7 until 11 p.m., Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Description: Come enjoy an evening of dancing and socializing. Every Saturday night, enjoy a free lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. and a DJ dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Our resident DJ is Savoy Swing. Dont miss out on our 5,400-square-foot sprung hardwood floor. For more information, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. The fee is $7. Call 518-3131. Train Weekend, Feb. 4-5, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Description: Ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad on the first full weekend every month in sunny Largo Central Park. For a schedule of dates as well as pictures from this event, please go to the Special Events Train Weekend page at LargoEvents.com. Free; donations accepted. Call 587-6740, ext. 5014. Bay Area Singles Dance, Sundays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, 6 until 10 p.m., Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keen Road. Description: Since 1997, Bay Area Singles Dance has been the best place for area singles and friends to meet. 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You bring your photos and supplies, we will provide drinks and light snacks. The fee is $10. Call 518-3016. Natives for the Shaded Garden, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6:30 until 7:30 p.m., McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N. Description: Often times our yards are home to large, shady trees that provide many benefits to our families, but that also may make it difficult to grow Florida Native flowers and other plants. Join us as we discuss how to create a beautiful Florida landscape. The event is free. Call 518-304 Free genealogy/family history classes, February, Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive Description: More than 10 free classes this month including: Ancestry.com how to use this huge site, Organizing and managing your digital photos; Tracking your family through the census; and How to get started in genealogy. See the complete listing with details of classes and scheduled times at www.flpgs.org/classes.aspx. 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The seminar is open for anyone who has adopted a pet from Pinellas County Animal Services or from any other shelter. Owners are asked to leave their dog at home. Admission is free. For more information or to register for the seminar, visit www.pinellascountyTrolley provides rides from CMA to HarborviewCLEARWATER Thanks to the recent release and overwhelming popularity of the movie Dolphin Tale, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium has been hosting an increasing number of visitors from around the world. To help accommodate this increase in visitor traffic, the CMA partnered with the Clearwater Jolley Trolley and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to fund free public transit service between the CMA and its new Dolphin Tale Adventure exhibit, which is located on the second floor of Harborview Center in Downtown Clearwater. The Dolphin Tale exhibit showcases props and scenes from the iconic movie while also providing a behind the scenes look and the evolution of Winters prosthetic tail flukes. Theres also an entertaining interactive childrens area along with exhibits on local marine habitats and the environment. CMA officials encourage visitors to take advantage of the free parking at the Harborview Center and use the Jolley Trolley for transportation between the aquarium and Dolphin Tale Adventure. The free trolley service between the CMA and the Dolphin Tale Adventure exhibit runs continually between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays and is open until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. This new service saves customers the hassle of dealing with beach traffic and having to find a parking space. Plus, they get to enjoy the unparalleled views as they cross the scenic Clearwater Memorial Bridge and causeway, says Jolley Trolley Executive Director Bob Longenecker. The Trolleys pick up guests on Osceola Avenue at the entrance to the Dolphin Tale Adventure and at the main entrance to the CMA. To learn more about visiting the CMA and Dolphin Tale exhibit as well as how to take advantage of the new Jolley Trolley service, visit www.PSTA.net.PSTA announces all-time recordST. PETERSBURG Transit ridership in Pinellas County reached an all-time high of 1.1 million rides in December, which officials say is a jump of more than 9 percent over the same period in 2010. Part of the gain is attributed to the popularity of the new Central Avenue Trolley and new Jolley Trolley service for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Transit officials here and across the nation know that many factors affect ridership. In Pinellas County, those include the economy, fuel prices, tourism and changes in bus service. In the near future, PSTA is hoping to expand bus service, increasing access to public transit service to the community. An ongoing Alternatives Analysis study recently released a draft proposal that would introduce light rail service in Pinellas County. This too would vastly enhance public transit access and would spur economic development along the lines. Historically, public transit ridership in Pinellas County is always highest during the springtime peak of tourism season. So to see this record patronage in December shows how our community values and supports public transit, says PSTAs CEO Brad Miller. To learn how to plan a trip and ride PSTA you can visit the agency website at www.PSTA.net or you can call the PSTA InfoLine at 540-1900.
4A Leader, February 2, 2012 BUILDER, from page 1Aswore up and down he wasnt going to get back into the bar business. She mulled over her options and decided to open a bar downtown. I live close by. I have always loved the downtown corridor, she said. OShys opened March 5. Besides running the bar, Lantry is raising two children and taking care of her grandmother who was injured in a fall shortly after her business opened. Nevertheless, Lantry continues to come up with ideas to bring people to downtown Largo. I still love it, she said. Lots of local business owners around here know me personally, know my personal life and they have stepped up to help me. City officials, she said, have been awesome in their support of the events. Everybody down there the permit people and community development they have been so helpful, she said. Lantry and others plan to initiate top chef cookoffs, with food trucks and local restaurants battling it out among other events. My goal is to get Largo to be the most business friendly city, Lantry said. Theres been so much bad talk about Largo. My goal is to totally turn that around. I want all of us businesses to promote each other and all of us get together and get along, she said.Utility undergrounding not a cure-all, residents toldBELLEAIR BEACH Undergrounding of utilities in Belleair Beach would be a mixed benefit for residents. That message was delivered by utility representatives at a well-attended informational meeting on the subject Jan. 23 at city hall. A referendum vote calling for the city to look into undergrounding will take place on March 13. Nelson Eash, manager of Progress Energys Walsingham Road operation, addressed the pluses and minuses of converting overhead wires to underground. Undergrounding is costly, some 4to 5-times the expense of overhead lines, Eash said. Putting existing lines underground, as would be the case in Belleair Beach, is even more expensive. The cost would be paid by the city, and mostly passed on to the residents. The city also would be responsible for the reconstruction of sidewalks, streets, landscaping and other areas disrupted by the undergrounding process, Eash said. Eash spoke of other associated costs beyond the undergrounding itself, including procuring easements, restoration of sidewalks and landscaping, trenching to individual residences, and streetlights. Undergrounding projects take a lot of work to get done, Eash stressed. Repair time of an underground system would likely be longer because of the added difficulty of locating a problem, Eash said. We have a lot of specialized equipment to locate the problems, but it takes longer to fix than being able to see it on a pole, he said. Underground utilities are not necessarily safer, due to the hazards of digging underground, said Gail Simpson, Progress Energy manager of public policy and constituent relations. Simpson also said undergrounded utilities are very susceptible to damage by lightning and water. There is no data to show it is more reliable, she said. More than 90 percent of Verizon lines are already underground, said Raul Rivera, a lead engineer. Rivera estimated the cost of undergrounding Verizon lines to be about one-fourth to a tenth of Progress Energys expense. Scott Creasy of Bright House Networks said undergrounding is not an easy process. It requires a lot of coordination between the utilities, he said, and obstacles, such as pipes in the way, are often encountered. Creasy, like Eash, described undergrounding projects as a lot of work. City Councilor Wanda Schwerer wanted a comparison of the failure rates of underground vs. overhead systems. Eash declined to give specifics, but said problems underground take longer to detect. Undergrounding equipment in coastal areas has to be rated for saltwater contamination, adding to the cost, said Eash, responding to a question from Councilor Leslie Notaro. Vice Mayor David Dumville asked about the performance of transformers during storms. Eash said the transformers are meant to handle a certain amount of moisture, but they are not submersible and would be vulnerable in flood conditions. Residents attending the meeting had mixed comments on undergrounding. While some were concerned about the costs, others gave a more upbeat appraisal than the utility representatives. J.C. Emfeld asked for the undergrounding cost estimate when the issue was looked at several years ago. Told that the expense to underground Gulf Boulevard only was $8 million, Emfeld replied, I rest my case. This thing is just way out of bounds for costs, said Ed Soter. Roger Maul said undergrounding is safer for the community, a point later refuted by Simpson. Marvin Behm, a former councilor, said going underground is definitely a benefit. Its more costly, but the improved appearance increases the value of the homes, he said. You will get a big plus because people will be more interested in your home. Don Korte agreed with Behm, saying undergrounding adds an intrinsic value to a property. A show of hands poll of attendees taken at the end of the meeting showed the majority in favor of the city looking into an undergrounding plan. The vote was 26 in favor, 11 opposed, and some not voting. The referendum outcome does not authorize the city to proceed with undergrounding, and all yes votes were not necessarily supporters of undergrounding. Resident Jerry Smith voted in favor, but said the utilities presentations were terribly weak. Wayne AyersCity imposes littering fineINDIAN ROCKS BEACH What began several weeks ago as a discussion to limit the littering of cigarette butts on Indian Rocks Beach ended up as a heavy fine for any types of litter. The City Commission unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that would impose a $500 fine for anyone caught littering anywhere in the city. It equally punishes the smoker who discards a butt in the sand on the beach, and a child who drops a candy bar wrapper outside the corner store. It was that part of the ordinance that irked Commissioner Terry Hamilton-Wollin. She had previously spoken out against the cigarette litter on the beach and was hoping the new fine would apply only to people who dropped their butts. They are public enemy number one, she said. They just dont get it. No matter what we try to get people to stop leaving cigarette butts in the sand, they continue to do it.As for the child with the candy bar wrapper she felt the fine was a little harsh. It isnt the same kind of offense, HamiltonWollin said, hoping the ordinance would target only the smokers. Im not afraid of hurting someones feeling with this fine. My feelings are hurt every time a child, building a sand castle, picks up a chemically laden cigarette butt. My feelings are hurt every time a bird or a fish dies because they ingest a cigarette butt. Other commissioners felt all types of litter should be included. Litter is litter, said Vice Mayor Phil Hanna. Granted, cigarettes precipitated the issue, but there is litter everywhere and not just on the beach. Commissioner Cookie Kennedy agreed. I walked through the city the other day and saw all types of litter, especially broken glass and beer bottles. Even a bourbon bottle. Hamilton-Wollin was relentless however. The greatest offenders are the smokers. I dont think the fine will matter, but we have to get their attention, she said. Mayor R.B. Johnson weighed in on both sides of the argument. There are all kinds of litter, the cans and bottles, he said. But they are not as noticeable because people walking the beach or on the sidewalk stop and pick up those items. I do it myself. A lot of the stuff that gets tossed out gets picked up by local residents. Brian Goff COUNTY, from page 1AIn 2011, code enforcement responded to 3,371 complaints and opened 5,119 violation cases. Officers did 22,532 inspections and issued 640 citations. The average response time was seven working days. Each enforcement officer had an average caseload of 250. The majority of cases, 33 percent, involved trash and debris violations, 25 percent were zoning issues, 23 percent violations of minimum housing rules, 13 percent inoperative vehicles, 4 percent lot clearing, and 2 percent prohibited vehicles. Noise came in at 0 percent. In 2011, code enforcement made back nearly $800,000 of its $1.2 million budget through funds collected, citations, research fees, lot clearing charges and interest.Abandoned and foreclosed propertiesMyers said abandoned and foreclosed properties are a big problem, mainly because no one is taking care of them. There is no one to mow the lawn or maintain the property. Homes with swimming pools are an added burden. Many homeowners abandon their properties as soon as they get a notice of foreclosure, he said. However, until the foreclosure process is complete, they are still responsible. Banks that hold the mortgage rarely step in to maintain a home until they become the property owner. Some properties remain in limbo for years with no one taking responsibility for their care. In Florida, the average time to process a foreclosure case is 757 days. During that time, no one mows the lawn or trims the bushes. If wind blows the fence down, no one repairs it. Swimming pools go stagnant and become areas for mosquitoes to breed. Pools that are not fenced are a danger to children. Absentee property owners ignore citations and fines remain unpaid. Eventually a lien is placed on the property that may or not be paid when the property is sold at some unknown time in the future. Theres simply not enough money in the budget to pay to maintain the thousands of abandoned properties in unincorporated Pinellas, Myers said. He said some banks are more responsive to complaints of violations and some are inconsistent in their response. He said some hire property preservation companies and will do certain work before actually taking possession. Generally, much of the burden falls to code enforcement to take care of the complaints, and there is only so much that can be done, legally and due to budget constraints. County Attorney Jim Bennett said it is perfectly within their (banks) rights to refuse to maintain foreclosed properties because they dont own them. He said once the property goes through the foreclosure process and banks take possession, they fix it up to get it on the market. But until the bank owns it, the county must deal with absentee property owners. Myer said code enforcement had taken some property owners to court, which is a sad situation. The wife is crying, sometimes even the husband is crying, he said. In some cases, the owners are convinced to move back into the home, which Myers said is best because then there is someone to take care of the property. Its their home until the courts say they have to get out, he said.More money and different approach neededThe division has a budget of $30,000 for mowing and debris. Myers would like commissioners to increase it to $60,000. Only $10,000 is budgeted for securing property and demolition of unsafe structures. Myers requested a budget increase to $100,000. He said staff had identified three properties as candidates for demolition at an estimated cost of $40,000 plus at least another $500 for asbestos removal. Two additional properties are better suited for foreclosure due to the high cost of demolition. Another three locations are going through the process and could become candidates for demolition in the future. He also would like commissioners approval to hire additional enforcement officers. Myers said before the budget cuts, code enforcement had been making a significant progress in its mission through proactive enforcement. Today, staff is only able to act on complaints that come in from citizens. Response times are longer than they used to be. He estimates for each officer added to the division, code enforcement could conduct an additional 2,500 inspections, answer 350 more complaints and cite an extra 500 violations. He said average response time would be reduced. Cost per officer, minus transportation, would be $62,600 of which about 95 percent would be offset by fees collected. It also would cost an additional $100,000 in one-time money for vehicles. Commissioners agreed that more money was needed for code enforcement. Lets stop talking and allocate some money, said Commissioner Susan Latvala. Theres a clear consensus weve cut too far, Commissioner Ken Welch agreed, but cautioned it was important to find the most effective way to fund the need. Commissioner Norm Roche suggested hiring five more code enforcement officers, increasing the amount budgeted for mowing and debris to $85,000 and putting $300,000 in the demolition fund. He also advocates spending $100,000 ($20,000 each) for vehicles for the additional officers. The other commissioners werent so quick toward making an absolute dollar commitment. Commissioner Karen Seel and Nancy Bostock talked about possible ways to streamline operations and maybe collaborate with different municipalities to cut costs. Seel suggested looking to see if ordinance changes were needed. Commissioner Neil Brickfield asked staff to look into a program at least one other county has started that calls for adding cost of providing services mowing lawns, maintaining pools to the annual property tax bill. The commission also wants to look for ways to require banks to take better care of abandoned properties. County Administrator Bob LaSala suggested that the commission discuss the matter further on Feb. 14 as part of a greater conversation involving code enforcement, community development and health and human services. He suggested looking at code enforcement needs over a longer period before allocating any one-time money from the stabilization fund, which Roche recommends. There are a lot of things worthy of our attention, LaSala said. He agreed that foreclosures, abandoned and nuisance properties were a growing problem that calls for an aggressive approach. Were all in agreement that we want to act, Welch said. Im just not sure about the right numbers or the right mix. Myers said code enforcement was working to update and streamline the housing code. He also asks for the commissions endorsement to take a more integrated holistic approach to the job through strong neighborhood initiatives. Well do the best we can with what we have, he said. Everyone is spread thin and juggling. CITY, from page 1Aproject will take about 2 1/2 months. And that will not then slow us down while we make some tweaks to the remainder of the project so that we can deliver a project to you that will be within budget, Schubert said. Substantial cost-saving changes to the design will include relocating party rooms from the second floor to the first floor and eliminating the second floor deck area overlooking aquatics center, reducing roofing. Construction of the project is expected to take 18.5 months. The basic functionality of the building will definitely be there, Schubert said. The overall size of the building is not going to diminish the usable space. The second phase also will include the remainder of the sanitary sewer force main from the area included in the first phase westward to Highland Avenue. The contract cost will be determined later. The construction of a regional stormwater retention facility on the northern portion of the complex site is substantially complete at a cost of $1.26 million.City officials are financing construction of the 40,000-square-foot recreation complex through bank loans backed by proceeds from the Penny for Pinellas. Around Pinellas Around Pinellas By SUZETTE PORTERMitt Romney was the clear favorite among Pinellas Countys registered Republicans with close to 49 percent giving him their vote during the Jan. 31 presidential preference primary. Early results from the Florida Department of State Division of Elections show Romney on top among the states Republicans, capturing nearly 47 percent of the vote. Newt Gingrich came in second with 24 percent in Pinellas, according to unofficial results posted at the Supervisor of Elections website. He received about 32 percent of the statewide vote. Rick Santorum came in third in the county with 15 percent. He received 13 percent of the states total. Ten percent of Pinellas County Republicans cast ballots for Ron Paul and almost 7 percent of the states party members voted for Paul. The rest of the candidates received less than 1 percent. According to the countys elections office, 220,024 Republicans were eligible to take part in the election. The unofficial total showed 103,186 ballots were cast about 47 percent of those eligible to vote. Florida is a closed primary state, so only registered Republicans were allowed to take part in this election. Unofficial results do not include provisional ballots.Clearwater electionAll of Clearwaters 66,599 registered voters were eligible to take part in the nonpartisan election to choose a new mayor. George N. Cretekos, who currently serves as vice mayor, received overwhelming approval with nearly 71 percent of the vote. Voter turnout at 25.5 percent was comparable to past years with 16,987 of Clearwaters registered voters casting a ballot in the mayors race. The highest turnout at a Clearwater municipal election was 41.97 percent in 2008 and the lowest was March 10, 2010 with 13 percent. Voters said no by 56 percent to a charter amendment to change the appointment of a charter review advisory committee from every five years to every six years. Voters were clear in their disapproval with more than 72 percent saying no to a proposed charter change to extend term limits for the mayor and council members from two terms to three terms, effective Jan. 31, 2012. However, they did say yes to the citys request for a charter amendment to require publication of a notice of the annual audits availability.Kenneth CityVoters in Kenneth City decided to keep the citys mayor for another term. Teresa Zemaitis received nearly 57 percent of the 901 ballots cast in the mayors race Jan. 31 to defeat challenger Joanne DeSimone, who received 389 votes. Kenneth City voters also said yes to a charter amendment to allow the city to appoint a charter review committee every five years instead of 10 years commencing in 2012.Safety HarborIncumbent Mary Lynda Williams was defeated by challenger Cliff Merz for Seat 2 on the Safety Harbor Commission. Merz received nearly 59 percent of the 3,504 ballots cast in the Jan. 31 municipal election. Incumbent Nancy J. Besore was successful in her bid to keep Seat 3 on the city commission. Besore received almost 66 percent of the 3,378 votes in the race against challenger Elise Vinson.St. Pete BeachIn the race for St. Pete Beach Commission District 1, incumbent Al Halpern came in behind challenger Lorraine Huhn with unofficial results showing Huhn with nearly 40 percent of the vote to Halperns 31 percent. Deb Edney was in third place with 28 percent of the 795 ballots cast. Incumbent Marvin Shavlan had a clear lead against challenger Brooke M. Anderson for the District 3 seat. Shavlan had almost 54 percent of the 948 votes cast to Andersons 46 percent.Tarpon SpringsTarpon Springs voters said yes by more than 86 percent to the citys proposal to amend its lease with Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital to the Tarpon Springs Hospital Foundation to allow the foundation to sell 0.62 acres that the hospital has decided is unnecessary to hospital operations. The hospital will be paid $500,000 and the developer will improve the existing parking lot in front of the hospital.Minor glitchesOnly a few glitches were reported during the Tuesday election. According to Nancy Whitlock, elections administrator, there was a problem with a modem upload at a precinct in Dunedin delaying final unofficial results for the Republican primary and Clearwaters municipal election. In addition, there was an error on the memory card. The 688 ballots were being driven to the elections office in Clearwater where 10 scanners were waiting to process the results. Two other memory sticks had to be driven to the elections office and one memory stick was uploaded from a backup site.Early voting and mail ballotsThe elections office reported that only 2,057 ballots were cast during early voting Jan. 21-28; however, mail ballots are continuing to prove popular with Pinellas County residents. As of Jan. 30, 52 percent, 62,294, of the 119,567 requested ballots had been returned to the Supervisor of Elections Office. Voter turnout overall was just over 40 percent. Complete results can be viewed at www.votepinel las.com. For other election-related questions, call the Elections Office at 464-VOTE (8683).Juliana A. Torres contributed to this report.Pinellas Republicans prefer Mitt Romney in primaryPhoto by KEVIN BARTHMitt Romney campaigns at Pioneer Park in Dunedin Jan. 30. A large crowd turned out at the rally to pitch support for the Republican presidential candidate.
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Deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriffs Marine Unit responded to a report of the crash about 9:14 a.m. Jan. 28. According to their report, Richard Bosman, 65, of Largo and his friend, Samuel Roback, 65, of Indian Rocks Beach, were out in Bosmans 28-foot 2011 Pursuit fiberglass boat with twin 250-horsepower Yamaha motors. Bosman told deputies he was only going about 25 mph when he momentarily reached down to pick up a cup of coffee. Deputies said the minor distraction caused Bosman to crash into a dock behind 526 20th Ave. N. The impact then caused Bosman to hit the throttle fully open as he was ejected from the vessel into shallow water. Roback fell back into the vessel and was reaching for the kill switch, when the vessel circled out of control and struck the seawall behind 536 20th Ave. N. where it stopped. Bosman was standing in waist-deep water when paramedics arrived and helped him to shore. 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The National Transportation Safety Board will conduct the investigation.Man arrested for concealed weaponCLEARWATER An Indiana man was arrested Jan. 26 for carrying a concealed firearm through security at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. Pinellas County sheriffs deputies were called to the airport about 4:17 p.m. after TSA agents identified an item in a bag as a firearm. Michael Shelton, 57, of Fort Wayne, who was headed home on Allegiant Flight 890, told deputies he had forgotten his Smith and Wesson 9mm, model 59 handgun was in his brown leather, duffel-type bag.Shelton was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on one count of carrying a concealed firearm. He was released the next day on $5,000 bond.Brothers get additional murder chargeCLEARWATER Clearwater police have charged brothers Isidro and Carlos Jones for the shooting death of Zorana Lebedic that happened on Sept. 25, according to a Clearwater Facebook report. 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Registration starts at 8 a.m. with kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. The ride ends at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. in Clearwater, where Jen Holloway from Bright House Networks will announce the winner of a 2012 FXDC Harley-Davidson, valued at $12,000. Other activities scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. include music by Up the Creek. Food and beer will be available. Were hoping for wonderful weather, said Deb Martino, program administrator for Pinellas County Crime Stoppers. This is a chance for avid motorcyclists to come out and have a good time for a good cause. This is a new fundraiser for Crime Stoppers, something organizers hope will supplement the golf tournament that has taken place in October for the past 10 years. Martino said the event was well-thought through with support by sponsors, including the Post Card Inn, which is offering room specials so participants can enjoy the pre-eventCrime Stoppers announces new fundraising initiativeparty with no worries about drinking and driving. She said the inn has a huge parking lot where participants could lock up their bikes, so they wont have to worry about their safety. The cost is $25 per rider and $10 for a passenger. Passengers on bikes registered by veterans or law enforcement personnel can ride free. Helmets are required. Chances to win the Harley cost an additional $20 and are limited to 1,000, Martino said. You need not be present at the Coachman Park event to win. Additional sponsors are needed, especially one that will be willing to serve breakfast before the ride starts on Feb. 11. Businesses and organizations also are welcome to set up informational booths at the after-party in Coachman Park. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, call Laurie Stogniew at 744-5992. Organizers of the Feb. 11 Coast Riders Motorcycle Run are hopeful it will be a successful start to a new annual fundraiser. Bikers are quite benevolent, Martino said. Theyre a good example of why we shouldnt judge a book by its cover. Theyre a good bunch of people who sponsor noble organizations and causes. Sgt. Thomas Nestor with the Pinellas County sheriffs public information office said law enforcement from several jurisdictions would be involved in escorting the motorcyclists on their run to keep the bikers and the public safe. It will be strictly monitored by law enforcement, he said. It will not be a wild party. He said everyone is hopeful the event will be a success. It is another way to generate money for Crime Stoppers and involve all the many people who like to ride bikes.About Crime StoppersCrime Stoppers Pinellas is a nonprofit organization formed in January 2001. No taxpayer funds are used in its operations, which is why fundraisers such as the motorcycle run and golf tournament are so important. Money used to pay rewards to citizens who provide tips leading to an arrest or recovery of money or property taken during a crime comes from a grant from the state attorney general, called the Crime Stopper Trust Fund. Other monies come from sentenced criminals who pay into the fund. However, Martino said, trust fund money must be used only for specified programs, such as reward payments. It cannot be used to support programs such as those for elementary school children. The money we get from fundraisers gives us the freedom to do other things in the community, Martino said. Sponsors also help. For example, Target and the Clearwater Threshers pay for an activity book used in the program for elementary school children. Crime Stoppers is probably best known for its tip line that allows people to report crimes without giving their name, or in some cases, endangering themselves. All they have to do is call 1-800873-TIPS (8477) or fill out a form at crimestoppersofpinellas.org. Martino reads the reports and then sends them to the appropriate detective or law enforcement unit. She explained how the process works. People giving a tip, who want to be eligible for a reward, are given an ID. If their tip results in an arrest or recovery of property, Martino follows up to let people know when they call in to check on the status of a tip. The reward is calculated using a sliding scale with the amount appropriate to the nature of the crime. In most cases, the maximum is $1,000, which is what a person most likely would receive in a case such as a fugitive murder, Martino said. Reward amounts are approved by the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors, which is made up of citizens and meets monthly. After a reward amount is approved, a check is cut by a local bank made out to the ID number given when the tip was submitted. The person goes to the bank, provides their ID. The teller cashes the check and gives the person their reward. Everything is anonymous to assure the tipster remains protected. She said not every tip results in a monetary reward. We have to weigh it out (the importance of the information), she said. Sometimes it is not crucial information. But it could be helpful to the detectives, so it is all important. She said people could call 911 in cases where there is an immediate danger and ask to remain anonymous. Examples of times it might be more appropriate to call 911 include when a motorist is in traffic with a drunk driver or in a situation where guns are involved. People should never call 911 unless it is an emergency. Use the tip line or website form instead. Lately the majority of tips coming in are drug-related, Martino said. Every day they come in and most involve prescription drug abuse. She said thanks to the tip line people can report suspicious activity and not be afraid. Also, since the tips are made anonymously, everyone reporting something is on an even playing field, in other words not judged by appearances or background. Martino talked about an amazing program going on in the schools Campus Crime Stoppers, which allows students to report bullying, drugs or other crime on campus or in the community using a 24-hour tip line or by texting on their cell phone. All they have to do is text the keyword TIP144 plus the tip information to CRIMES (274637). Message and data rates may apply. The information is forwarded to school resource officers for investigation or action by school administration. The information remains anonymous the same as other Crime Stoppers programs. Student callers are assigned an ID number, which they will use to contact Crime Stoppers about their tip or to collect a reward. It the tip results in an arrest, recovery of drugs or stolen property or disciplinary action, such as a suspension or expulsion, the student may be eligible for a reward up to $100. If the tip results in the recovery of a firearm, they may be eligible for a reward up to $250. Students are required to contact the tip line with their assigned ID to find out if they have been approved for a reward. If they have, the same procedure is used for the non-student program. They will be given the name of the bank where they use their ID to collect their reward. They do not have to give their name ever. Crime Stoppers also is working with detectives trying to solve cold cases and has erected billboards with information about those cases in areas where the crimes occurred. The organization sponsors the St. Petersburg Police Departments Gun Bounty Program, which offers a $1,500 reward for assault weapons and $1,000 for all other firearms. To participate in the gun bounty program, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477. The 2012 Crime Stoppers Coast Riders Motorcycle Run is Saturday, Feb. 11.
County 7A Leader, February 2, 2012 LIQUOR STORE CLOSEOUTHUGE DISCOUNTS! PRICES BELOW WHOLESALE!!LIQUORS WINES CORDIALSRockwells Liquor StoreBardmoor Shopping Center Bryan Dairy & Starkey Road Largo 398-1055 Mon.Sat. 9am-9pm020212 120811 020212 Telling our readers about local business since 1977.Phone Don Minie at 727-409-5252 or e-mail mminie firstname.lastname@example.org Q.WHAT IS BUNDLE PRICING?A.Example: Bring in your computer for a repair and while there you decide to have some other features added or fixed, Mark Evans will perform these extra services at up to the original cost. Ph: 727-455-84502212 This is a family owned and operated business since 2008, licensed, bonded and insured. The owners of Tropical Scooters, Mark and Michele Stanley, enjoy helping others have the fun and benefits of scooter riding. This summer gas prices are predicted to hit an all time high and with 100+ mpg, this green business is the way to go. Instead of spending $50 to $100 a week driving a gas guzzler, you could be putting that money into the ownership of a scooter and spending only $4 per week on gas!. Tropical Scooters is a full service shop, selling such name brands as SYM, Adly, Keeway, Benelli, Baccio and Jonway, some starting as low as $799. These scooters are street legal, fun and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, from 49cc to 300cc. Tropical Scooters offers a large range of performance parts, helmets, scooter covers, and accessories. Most of the scooters come with a Two-Year Limited Warranty, 100 plus mpg, and satisfaction guaranteed. Youll find their full time mechanic staff extremely knowledgeable, servicing your scooter from oil changes to complete engine overhauls. BUY HERE/PAY HEREIN-HOUSE FINANCING available at $500/DOWN $50/WEEK. Accepting M.C., Visa, Discover & AmEX. Phone: 727-397-6400 of view on line: www.tropicalscooter.com Shop at TROPICAL SCOOTERS: The money you save on gas will pay for your scooter! Open Monday Saturday 10 Am 6 PM at 11610 Seminole Blvd. in Largo.Dawn Shannon s Intu ition Salon & Spa is a full service salon and day spa located at 16 N. Fort Harrison Ave. in Clearwater. Services include the latest techniques and styles to create the perfect look. Their main goal is To Treat, Pamper and Beautify. Its what they love to do and it shows in their excellent customer service. Appointments are recommended, but Walk-Ins are always welcome! Dont be surprised if you see someone you feel you know; this salon caters to a wide variety of local and visiting celebrities and VIPs. These stylists can create a look for you to call your own. Why would you go anywhere else when we have the best right here in Clearwater. Hair, (special wedding hairdos), Nail Services, Spa Services-its all here for you. Go to their informative website to see: Services, products and prices:. www.intuitionsalonandspa.com (The Queen for a Day is a great treat at only $155). Gift Certificates are available in any denomination. Call 727-443-2927 AND BE PREPARED T O BE PAMPERED AND BEAU T IFIED.People and Hello Magazine choose INTUITION SALON & SPAS hair color and styling. You can too! Owner and Master Stylist/Master Colorist Dawn Shannon has been a hair stylist for over 15 years. You can see her work featured on the cover and all the main articles of People and Hello magazines from February 2011Did you know that Valentines Day is the best day to catch a cheating spouse? No one likes to think the worst; that yours truly really isnt. But the sad truth is that most marriages end in divorce and a leading cause of those break ups is infidelity. When the stakes are high, your financial security, the welfare of your children, your dignity, your sanity and even your medical safety (STDs) are on the line, Apex Surveillance and Investigation is there for you. As the clich states, let ASI find out if you are truly your Valentines one and only. Apex Surveillance and Investigations is a full service private investigation agency, which in conjunction with its expertise in covert observation and recording, can also provide many other useful services. Is your new best friend or lover really who he or she says? ASI can help. Need to find and old schoolmate, friend or business partner? ASI can help. Have an unusual or specialty problem? ASI can help! Visit the ASI website at: www.tythespy.com CONTACT THE OFFICE FOR A FREE CONSULTATION 727-573-4070 Take advantage of this Valentines Day offer. Mention this article and receive $50 OFF any service! APEX SURVEILLANCE & INVESTIGATION. 727-573-4070 Licensed and insured. License # A2400069. Discover the Truth! Only the truth can set you free.Gu lf Coast Christian Schools has been educating students in Pinellas County for 32 years. Founded in 1979 for the purpose of providing parents with a quality day-care in a Christian environment program for children from age 2 through 8th grade. Today they provide academic and Christian Education using the best educational practices. Blessed with an innovative and caring principal and teachers whose goal is to teach in a fun yet structured and organized atmosphere. They work at balancing recess, PE, music, Spanish, art and academics while cultivating the students appreciation of their own talents and abilities. For those wishing to learn about their work first hand, they have regular Campu s Life Tou rs. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Noon-1 pm. Students and Parents are Invited to an OPEN HOUSE Febr u ary 23, at 6:30 pm. Hot dogs, chips, beverage, an d ice cream all available at no charge. Students will visit with the next grade up teacher while the parents meet with the principal. Those that register that evening will get a 2012-13 GCCS tee shirt and $75 OFF. For information phone: 727-345-344 8.Gulf Coast Christian Schools to hold OPEN HOUSE-February 23, 6:30 pm. If youre in the market for a Rolex we recommend you Buy From The Man Who Wrote the Book! The Professionals Handbook to Pre-Owned Rolex Watches. (Over 15,000 copies sold) written by Gary Zumbaugh. After reading his book No counterfeit watches will pass the test illustrated in this book! Zimbals is the nations leading specialists in Pre-owned Rolex watches. The beautiful showroom located at Fifth Third Bank building, 1150 Cleveland St. Suite 310 in Clearwater, has a wide array of mens & womens refinished watches; all meticulously restored and all come with certification papers and a full two-year warranty. As the industrys leading authority of Rolex watches, Zimbals handles the repair work for over 500 businesses across the U.S. and stay up-dated with continuing education programs. They can customize your watch while you wait. If your Rolex needs a tune-up, this is the place to take it. IF ITS ROLEX, T HEY DO IT : SELL-BUY-T RADE & SERVICE. Phone: 727-442-7913. A Rolex would make a great Valentines Day gift! Accepting all major credit cards.Get the Rolex Watch you always wanted at a price you can afford at Zimbals Zimbals Pre-Owned Rolex Specialists is a privately owned company led by husband & wife team Gary Zumbaugh and Barbara Phillips, Master watch makers and repair specialists.The Habitat Pinellas Restore has an ever-changing assortment of gently used (and some new) construction items, home improvement products and furniture. Everything from kitchen cabinetry, appliances, sinks, toilets, tubs, lighting fixtures, doors and windows, to living room furniture, dining room sets, buffets, armoires and TVs can be found at the spacious 20,000 sq. ft. ReStore-all at prices 50-75% off retail! ALL proceeds from ReStore sales benefit Habitat Pinellas, when you shop or donate you will be helping to build homes for families in our community. So, if you are renovating your home or office, recycle the items by donating them to the ReStore. If your house is to be demolished, and you want to donate construction material, have your contractor deconstruct the reusable items and ReStore will pick them up for FREE. Buyers save money, donors get tax deductions while going green, and helping Habitat build more homes in Pinellas County! The ReStore is at 13355 49th St. N. (at the corner of Ulmerton Rd.), Clearwater. Open to the public: M-F 9-5, Sat. 9-4. Phone 727-209-2199 Go to: www.habitatpinellas.org to see how to donate, become a volunteer, or to learn more. DONT DUMP IT DONAT E IT!When You DONATE and SHOP at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Everybody Wins! Supervisor, Glenn Cooperman and Manager, Doug DuPont, manage a wide range of Home Improvement Items and Home Furnishings at Deep Discounts. Gulf Coast Christian Schools is located at 6355 38th Ave. N. in St, Petersburg. By SUZETTE PORTERST. PETERSBURG The Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn sank Jan. 28, 1980, after colliding with a tanker near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Only 27 of the 50-member crew survived. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg marked the 32nd anniversary of the tragic event with a ceremony at Blackthorn Memorial Park located off Interstate 275 on the north end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg. The state Legislature named the wayside parks at each end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Blackthorn Memorial Park in June 1980. A memorial inscribed with the names of the 23-crew members that died was dedicated in 1981. It stands two miles north of the accident site. Saturday mornings ceremony included a presentation of wreaths at the memorial and a fly-over by a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules and two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters from Air Station Clearwater. Crewmembers from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg and tenant units placed roses in memory of the 23 who lost their lives in front of the memorial marker. The Coast Guard Pipe Band also participated.About the collisionAccording to written reports, the accident was the Coast Guards worst peacetime disaster. The Blackthorn was a 180foot buoy tender home-ported in Galveston, Texas, from 1976 to 1980. Its primary mission was to set and repair aids to navigation on navigable waterways along the Texas and Louisiana coast. The vessel had just completed an extensive overhaul in a shipyard in Tampa. About 7:20 p.m., Jan. 28, 1980, as the Blackthorn was departing Tampa Bay to return to Galveston, it collided with the 605-foot oil tanker Capricorn, near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Reports say both vessels were maneuvering to allow a passenger ship to pass through the channel. Mixed signals resulted in the two vessels colliding head-on. During the collision, the cutter became entangled in Capricorns seven-ton anchor. The anchor imbedded in the cutters hull, ripped open the port side, and as the 990-foot anchor chain became taut, the Capricorn pulled the Blackthorn through the water causing it to capsize. The Blackthorn sank in less than five minutes in 40 feet of water. A marine board of investigation found evidence of violation of various navigation laws on the parts of the master and pilot of the Capricorn. There were similar findings on the part of the commanding officer and officer of the deck of the Blackthorn. Consequently, the Coast Guard developed new training requirements and made changes to navigational aids in and around Tampa Bay. In addition, the Coast Guard established the Command and Operations School at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. The school offers courses to prepare command-level officers and senior enlisted members for command duty afloat. Commanding officers are now required to formally assess risks such as transiting an unfamiliar port at night, are given full discretion, and encouraged to say no if they feel the risks involved are unnecessary.Second tragedyThe Sunshine Skyway Bridge was involved in another tragedy that same year in which 35 people were killed on May 9. The southbound span of the original bridge was destroyed at 7:30 a.m. when the freighter MV Summit Venture collided with a pier during a storm. A 1,200foot section of the bridge fell into Tampa Bay. Ten cars and a Greyhound bus fell 150 feet into the water.U.S. Coast Guard marks Blackthorns 1980 sinking Crewmembers from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg and tenant units hold roses and stand in formation during the ceremony for the 32nd anniversary of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn memorial Jan. 28, 2012. Each rose represents an individual Coast Guardsman that lost their life after the Blackthorn sank after colliding with the tanker Capricorn near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, in St. Petersburg, Jan. 28, 1980.U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class TARA MOLLE
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If it were to drop a few degrees it probably would bunch the trout up even better. Whether your fishing up north or down south the tide is crucial when targeting the big trout. In the northern county the spoil islands north of Dunedin causeway are no secret this time of year, a scene often made obvious by the barrage of boats anchored around every island. Its true that these islands hold good fish and most often the best bite occurs just after the tide starts to come in. Well usually start out bouncing soft-plastic jigs until we locate the fish and then switch to live free-lined select shrimp. If fighting the crowds isnt your idea of a good time then move around a bit. All the spoil islands hold trout to some capacity as well as the miles of grass flats that line the eastern shoreline in this part of the region. In the southern part of the region the big trout tend to bunch up around deep potholes. Low tides are the key and wade fishing is often your best approach. These deep holes can actually be located at home on your computer, or on the go, via your smart phone; satellite imagery Web sites can clearly show the angler the lay of the land and these deep holes are easy to spot. Again, softplastic jigs are the lure of choice and a free-lined shrimp is seldom refused. Silver trout remain abundant off area beaches and with an easterly wind this week fishing for them should be good. Unless youve been fishing for them recently and have a rough idea were theyve been holding, plan on spending some time either fan casting as you probe the waters for a school or driving around while looking at your bottom machine. Once you find them its not uncommon to pick up a fish every cast. Good places to start looking would be Indian Shores all the way south past Redington Pier. This stretch seems to attract the silver trout year after year. Until next week get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hotmail .com.Weather conditions improve trout fishing countywideShooting Stars plan registrationSEMINOLE The Seminole Shooting Stars youth soccer organization plans registration for players Feb. 7-28 at the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. Co-ed age groups are Under 6 (U6), U8, U10 and U12 for children born between March 1, 2000 and March 1, 2008. The season is March 13 to May 10. Practices and games are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration is $70 with a $10 sibling discount. All players must have a valid Seminole Recreation card, which is free for city residents and $120 for nonresidents. For more information, call 391-8345, email seminoleshoot email@example.com or text 342-0762.Rays Fan Fest set at The TropST. PETERSBURG The 2012 Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest is scheduled Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Tropicana Field. Admission and parking are free. This years Fan Fest will include a large number of activities for kids. Sports news?Tampa Bay Newspapers prints pictures of Little League, baseball, football, soccer and sports teams as a community service. The newspapers also print announcements about upcoming golf tournaments for charities. Tampa Bay Newspapers is located at 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Email editorial@TBN weekly.com. Youth stations include clinics by Rays coaches, A donation to the ALS Association will allow fans to receive a wristband, which grants the opportunity to get autographs from Rays players and coaches. Rays TV and radio broadcasters and more than 25 former major league players also will sign autographs for free throughout the day. Rays ticket sales personnel will be available to assist fans throughout the day in the purchase of season tickets, Opening Day tickets, single game tickets and a special Fan Fest pack offer. Fans can call 888-FAN-RAYS or log on to raysbaseball.com for more information about 2012 Rays Fan Fest.Belleair Sunset 5K and Fun Run set for Feb. 18BELLEAIR The Belleair Sunset 5K and Fun Run will be Saturday, Feb. 18. The flat, fast course runs through the heart of Belleair, with the 5K beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Fun Run begins at 5:45 pm. The post party immediately following the race is bigger and better than ever with beer and wine, live music, food, cookie bar, fresh fruit, protein drinks, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and much more. Registration for ages 13 and older is $30; 12 and younger is $20. Registration includes a long-sleeved tech shirt for participants ages 13 and older and a long-sleeved cotton T-shirt for ages 12 and under. The fee to attend the post race party only is $15. Awards will be given to top three finishers in the 5K, male and female in each group. Register online at IM Athlete.com or at the Dimmitt Community Center, 918 Osceola Road in Belleair. Call 518-3728.Blue Jays spring tickets go on saleDUNEDIN Tickets to the Toronto Blue Jays home spring training games are now on sale. Season tickets, group tickets, flex packs (3 games or more) and single game tickets will be available for 17 home games, which include matchups with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, and Philadelphia Phillies. Tickets are available online, by phone, and at the box office at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin. The box office, located at 373 Douglas Avenue, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets can also be ordered by phone by calling 733-9302, 733-0429 or toll free at 888-525-JAYS. Tickets are also available online at www.bluejays.com. Pinellas County Gator Club plans tailgate partyST. PETERSBURG Marty Cohen, founder and editor of Gator Bait, will be the guest speaker at the Pinellas County Gator Clubs 2012 post-signing day tailgate party Thursday, Feb. 9, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Fergs, 1320 Central Ave. Tickets for UFAA members are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets for non-UFAA members are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Children 5 and up are $10 in advance and at the door. Tickets include a buffet with hamburgers/cheeseburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, french fries, coleslaw, wings, chips and salsa, and sodas. There also will be a cash bar, raffle donations and Gator merchandise vendors. Registration prepayment must be received by Monday, Feb. 6, for discount price. Check in at door; no tickets mailed. Sorry, no refunds. You also can register and pay online at www.pinellasgators.com. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein Let freedom ring.In a letter to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson wrote:No government ought to be without censors & where the press is free, no one ever will.Your free community paper works hard each issue to provide you with great value. That value comes to you, our readers, at no cost. To some, freedom of the press means freedom from interference from others. We believe freedom of the press means that connection to our community should not cost the reader. Thats why were free.
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Desserts: Pan Fried Wonton Bananas Foster Classic Tiramisu Cheesecake spring rolls & more!$26.95Adults $13.95Children 3-10Reservations Strongly Recommended020212Menu items subject to change. Valentines DayDinner Dance 5:30-9:00pmClearwater Country Club 525 N. Betty Lane Located in the Heart of ClearwaterElegant Buffetincluding Prime Rib Station Appetizer and Dessert Stations$1995 Live Music!PPReserve Today 727-446-9501020212Open to the public *Offer valid at participating locations. Offer expires 2/29/12. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Offer code must be used when placing order. Containers may vary. EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS, the Fruit Basket Logo Design and Berry Chocolate Bouquet are registered trademarks of Edible Arrangements, LLC. Edible Ar rangements, LLC. All rights reserved. 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Organo Gold is being billed as a coffee with benefits due to its magic ingredient known as Ganoderma lucidim, a 2,000-year-old medicinal herb. This Chinese mushroom has been used medicinally in the old China dynasties. Ganoderma lucidum has been reported to aid in lowering blood pressure, balancing cholesterol levels, reducing symptoms of bronchitis and asthma and improving skin conditions from acne to age spots. Organo Gold beverages are available in several gourmet drinks such as black coffee, latte, mocha latte, green tea and hot chocolate. The Witchs Brew is a magickally-themed caf featuring coffee with benefits and all-natural locally-made ice cream as well as beer and wine. The owner, Lesley Klein, brainstormed this unique eclectic coffeehouse that is themed after witchy paraphernalia. European Wax Center Largo to openLARGO European Wax Center Largo will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Largo Mall, 10500 Ulmerton Road, Suite 676. The ceremony will celebrate European Wax Center Largo as a new addition to the Largo business community. Largo Mayor Pat Gerard will be in attendance. There will be a raffle as well as deals and discounts. All Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce members and employees in the Largo Mall will receive 10 percent off of all services, and all first-time guests may take advantage of a free wax offer. Call 581-3700.StarLite Cruises celebrates 25 yearsStarLite Cruises is celebrating 25 years in business in the Tampa Bay area. To celebrate the 25th anniversary, StarLite Cruises will offer a discount Feb. 1-12 on the StarLite Princess Riverboat and StarLite Majesty Dining Yacht evening dinner cruises. Phil Henderson Jr., moved to Florida in 1982 to join his familys business in the passenger vessel industry. He quickly developed a passion for the excursion boat business and, at age 25, was charged with the task of revolutionizing the dining cruise industry. Henderson designed and built the StarLite Princess Riverboat 25 years ago and with it he pioneered the concept of fine dining while cruising on smooth and scenic inland waters. The success of the Princess led to the addition of the StarLite Majesty Dining Yacht in 1996, and other vessels offering a variety of services were added in the years to follow. StarLite Dining Cruises features fine dining, elegant dcor, and an ever-changing water view are featured aboard the StarLite Princess Riverboat departing from the Corey Causeway in the St. Pete Beach area; and aboard the StarLite Majesty Dining Yacht, sailing from the Clearwater Beach Marina. StarLite Cruises also operates Sea Life Safari, Dolphin Racer and Calypso Queen. All vessels are available for individual reservations.Last six Sawgrass townhomes under constructionPINELLAS PARK Beazer Homes recently started construction of the last six town homes at Sawgrass Village in Pinellas Park. Ed Suchora, market manager for Beazer Homes in the Tampa Bay area, said the twoand three-bedroom townhomes are priced from the $140s. Beazer Homes began building new homes at Sawgrass Village in 2005. When the last townhomes are completed, Beazer will have built and sold 308 townhomes there, Suchora said in a press release. Sawgrass Village features a resort-style community swimming pool with a covered cabana.PODS is hiring CLEARWATER PODS Enterprises Inc., headquartered in Clearwater, is currently hiring. The company recently announced that over the next six months, it will fill 150 new positions at the companys customer service center. A leader in the moving and storage industry, PODS says it plans to hire nearly 150 inside sales consultants and customer service representatives at its corporate headquarters in Florida. The 20 to 40 new employees hired each month between now and July 2012 will work in PODS expanded and remodeled call center, assisting current and potential customers with their moving and storage needs. The company will begin filling open positions in February. The seasonal demand for PODS moving and storage services requires us to increase our staffing levels and were thrilled to be in the position to add new employees, said Lisa Goettel in a press release. Goettel is senior vice president of PODS Human Resources division. We offer outstanding benefits, training and growth programs to attract the best possible candidates. We attribute our customer appeal to the unique flexibility we offer commercial and residential customers, said Thomas A. Ryan Jr., president and chief executive officer of PODS. Our success has come from incredibly high customer satisfaction. People love working here and helping customers have an easier and less stressful moving experience with PODS. For information, visit PODS.com/careeropportu nities.asp.Chamber announces Business of the Year winnersCLEARWATER The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual dinner and installation of the 2012 board of directors Jan. 19, at the Hilton Clearwater Beach. The following are the 2011 Businesses of the Year in their respective categories: Nonprofit Tampa Bay Watch Women/Minority Owned Solutions Insurance Small Digital Eel Medium Kahwa Coffee Roasting Large Progress Energy The event was a huge success and all participants enjoyed our Keynote Speaker, Pierre-Yves Cousteau. Pierre-Yves Cousteau, son of the late ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, named Canterbury School of Florida as the first Cousteau Divers School in the United States. Cousteau Divers is an international not-for-profit organization promoting scientific programs that monitor and conserve marine biodiversity.Natures Food Patch receives awardCLEARWATER Natures Food Patch recently was selected as the winner of the 2012 Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year Award. The awards were given out at the CRCCs annual meeting. Natures Food Patch Market & Caf, established in 1987, is a community grocery store on Cleveland Street in Clearwater. It is dedicated to offering a Photo by BONNIE TREMBULAKMain Street Chiropractic celebrates the grand opening of its new office at 520 First Ave. SW.complete selection of quality organic and natural products. According to a press release, Natures Food Patch is pleased to be recognized by the chamber and its members and is honored to receive this award in 2012, which is the year the store celebrates its 25th anniversary. Established in 1922, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce set out with the vision to be the premier Voice of Business in the Clearwater region and now represents more than 1,000 member businesses. Main Street Chiropractic opensLARGO Dr. Woody Brown and the staff of Main Street Chiropractic recently celebrated the grand opening of a new office at 520 First Ave. SW. The Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony which was attended by Browns patients, friends, business associates, Largo Mayor Pat Gerard and several Largo city commissioners.St. Pete Bagel Co. to celebrate National Bagel Day ST. PETERSBURG St. Pete Bagel Co. will celebrate National Bagel Day Thursday, Feb. 9. Customers who present a valid coupon at the companys new store in Largo or the original St. Petersburg location between 7 and 10 a.m. on Feb. 9 will receive one free bagel any flavor with plain cream cheese. Customers must present either a printed coupon or one presented electronically on a smart phone or other device. To get the coupon, visit St. Pete Bagel Co.s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stpetebagel and click on Bagel Day on the lefthand menu. Then simply like the page, enter name and email address on the form that appears, and a coupon will be emailed. Customers also may visit the companys website at www.stpetebagelco.com/bagelday, where they will be linked to the form on the St. Pete Bagel Facebook page. Customers are permitted only one free bagel and coupons cannot be combined with any other offers or special promotions. Coupons may be redeemed at the following locations: St. Pete Bagel Co., 7043 Fouth St. N., St. Petersburg St. Pete Bagel Co., 11987 Indian Rocks Road, Largo We have a lot of fun celebrating National Bagel Day every year, said Oldrich Pleva, St. Pete Bagels owner and founder, in a press release. This year, were especially excited to include our new customers who are making our Largo location such an immediate success, as well as old friends who have been enjoying our food for many years.Eye Shop receives grantCLEARWATER The Eye Shop, 432 Cleveland St., is the first recipient of the Downtown Development Board Retail and Restaurant Recruitment Grant. It received a grant for $35,000 for interior improvements. The board is offering the grant program in an effort to encourage the establishment of new businesses in the downtown core. Qualifying merchants and business owners may apply for up to $35,000 matching the amount and using the total for premises interior build-out. Visit www.clevelandstreetdistrict.com.New award honors local bankerKENNETH CITY First Bank gave out its first award named in honor of a late employee, Dick Hillier, who was manager of the Pinellas Park and Kenneth City branches. Sherry Harris, a branch manger in Bradenton, is the first recipient of the Dick Hillier Spirit Award. The award recognizes a First Bank employee who displays extraordinary optimism, caring, teamwork and leadership. Hillier, who passed away in early 2011, was in banking for more than 40 years. He was known for his outstanding customer service, even baking homemade cakes for longtime customers. He also baked cakes for charities including the Salvation Army every November. On hand for the award presentation were Carol Hillier, Dicks wife, and their two children, Rick and Tammy. Biz notes Biz notes
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Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563Those big snakes are here to stayNow that federal regulators have outlawed the importation of humongous, gator-eating pythons, all Floridians can breathe a grateful sigh of relief. Finally, we are saved from this insidious reptilian plague! Sorry, but no. We might as well try to ban fleas. As anybody who knows anything about the Everglades will tell you, the giant Burmese python is here to stay. If last years hard freeze didnt kill off the tropical snakes, nothing short of a nuclear disaster will do it. The import ban on the Burmese and three other species of constrictors which was announced last week is being hailed by the Obama administration as a victory for Floridas native environment. In reality, its just a classic lesson of how Washington mulls and stalls until things are out of hand. That there was an actual debate about the invasive snake crisis is incredible to the point of satire. Some reptile dealers and breeders, joined by a few clueless Republican lawmakers (none of whom had experienced a 15-foot python in their swimming pool), claimed that a ban on imports and interstate sales would be job killing. As one who once collected and bred snakes, I cannot overstate how laughably bogus that position was. The realm of commercial reptile dealing, which has always had a sketchy element, is full of clever folks who always find ways to market different exotic species when one becomes unavailable. Not one real job would have been lost. Still, the herp industry wholesale and retail herpetology enthusiasts hired lobbyists to fight the proposed ban, and the bigsnake argument dragged on for six ridiculous years. During that period, untold thousands of baby pythons were hatched in the wilds of South Florida and dutifully commenced to devour the local fauna. By the time the ban was approved, the governments original list of injurious snake species had been politically pared to four the Burmese python, the yellow anaconda and two species of African pythons. Spared from the blacklist was the common boa constrictor, one of the most popular species among pet owners, and one of the most likely to be turned free when it becomes a little too interested in the family poodle. Boas dont grow as hefty as pythons, but they are equally fond of our sunny climate and tasty bird population. The fact is, there are already so many of these snakes being captive-bred in this country that a ban on imports is essentially meaningless. Most serious reptile dealers buy from U.S. breeders who specialize in extravagantly hued strains, the product of years of genetic tinkering. Its true that certain exotic species wont mate in captivity, and must be caught in the wild and then shipped here. However, thats not the case with the four snakes named in the new federal ban. Pythons and yellow anacondas reproduce exuberantly, with no shyness, in robust, rat-like numbers. The time is long past when their importation is necessary to the trade. The significant part of the federal ban, which takes effect in March, is the illegalizing of interstate sales of Burmese pythons, their eggs and hybrids. That will surely impact the sales of some reptile dealers, but theres nothing to prevent a customer from purchasing as many snakes as they want from an in-state breeder. And it doesnt matter if youre a reptile fancier in South Florida or North Dakota. If youve got a nice warm room in your house and a lovestruck pair of pythons, you will have bushels of fertile python eggs. The snakes that now roam the Everglades are most likely descended from those set loose when Hurricane Andrew flattened rural reptile farms in the summer of 1992. The jumbo specimens might well be original refugees from that storm, their love lives spiced by chance encounters with ex-pet pythons whose owners had lost (or purposely ditched) them. So ubiquitous is the python presence that the notoriously sluglike Florida Wildlife Commission last year took steps that practically bans private ownership of the Burmese and seven other species, for new collectors. Herp lovers who already owned the snakes could keep them if they bought a permit and agreed to implant microchips before July 2010. When it comes to environmental protections, rarely does the state of Florida take a leading role over the feds. The delay speaks to the embarrassing gridlock in the nations capital, where even a pernicious snake infestation generates pious, ideological fuming. Sen. Bill Nelson and others worked long and hard to get the Department of Interior to do something, and a ban is probably a good thing to have on the books as a precedent before the next invasive species settles in. But as a way of containing the Burmese python, its way too little, way too late. Theyre here, theyre hungry, theyre happy and theyre getting it on.Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald. Readers may write to him at: 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, FL 33132.LETTERSGas stations guilty of price gougingEditor: How can gas stations get away with jacking up their price on gas as soon as there is even a rumor or hint of an import or export problem, local or overseas? I can see where they could rationalize raising the price once they receive a new shipment, but as it stands now, they immediately raise the price of gas they have already received and have had in their tanks for some time. This is price gouging and should be against the law. Too bad we are so dependent on our cars (and gas) for our transportation. Otherwise, we could just thumb our noses and pass these gas stations by. Jean Sklenar SeminoleBan on ice cream trucks kills jobsEditor: Largos city hall job killers strike again? The recent ban on ice cream truck music in Largo is another example of the Largo commissions over reaching regulations that kill jobs. Studies indicate that over 56,000 jobs have been lost in Pinellas County in the last two years. No doubt a high percentage of those job loses were the result of businesses closing after being annexed by Largo and other cities. The citys sky high permit fees, license fees and taxes and franchise fees on electricity (16 percent county businesses pay zero) cause companies to leave the county or close. Clearly, the municipal corporation of Largo has become a cancer on the political face of Pinellas County and should be removed before it spreads any further. Bob Snow ClearwaterPreserve the BiltmoreEditor: If the town of Belleair is to maintain its historic status, then the coliseum of Belleair (Belleview Biltmore Hotel) must be preserved and restored at all costs. You, the citizens of Belleair, must be vigilant and stern in your perseverance to thwart all attempts to alter the historic designation of the hotel and its grounds. It is the Belleview Biltmore site that makes the town unique an outstanding location to reside in and retain its place among all the historic sites throughout the United States of America. Citizens of Belleair, it is your duty to maintain Belleairs place in the historical archives of our county, state and country. Your voice must be heard and adhered to by the towns officials who are elected to do your bidding. A. Vacca Belleair The joy, simplicity of feeling stupidDear Dumb-Dumb: Our research shows that you are one of the most ignorant people on earth. Therefore, the Great Courses company of Chantilly, Va., is sending you the enclosed catalog of CDs and DVDs. Buy some of these Great Courses, study them and maybe you will one day have enough smarts to be fit company for educated folks. The above statement (which I made up a few minutes ago) is how I feel Im being talked to each time a catalog of brilliant college lectures lands in my mailbox. I received another one yesterday, which means I will feel stupid as Adams off-ox for the next six weeks. On most days Im willing to match my 108 I.Q. against anybody elses. But my intellectual confidence is blown to pieces when I thumb through the Great Courses catalog. Each page is filled with stuff I know almost nothing about. Such as the Joy of Mathematics. Thats the actual name of the course. And each separate lecture is another joy, to wit: The Joy of Pascals Triangle, The Joy of Pi, and The Joy of Fibonacci Numbers. Does that sound joyful to you? Everyone knows that math should not be joyful. It should be a miserable experience. If its not, then its probably a scam. Im especially bewildered by the writing courses offered. Such as Building Great Sentences Exploring the Writers Craft. The lecture topics include adjectival steps, prompts of comparison and degrees of suspensiveness. With such a listing, my self-esteem plunges. After 50-odd years as a newsman and public relations flack, I wouldnt know an adjectival step if it bit me on the kneecap. I am mired in the cockeyed idea that you dont build great sentences; you write clear ones. I can just picture Hemingway or Stephen King at their desks, saying, Today, by jiminy, Im going to build some great sentences, each one with a high degree of suspensiveness. I once worked with a news reporter who, with deadline 20 minutes away, told his city editor, I need more time to give this story an ironic twist and an O.Henry ending. A week later he was selling pipe joints to plumbing contractors. Another trait of Great Courses is their emphasis on simplicity. Not only should learning be joyful, it should also be simple. The genius of calculus is simple says the brochure. But then you read the lecture titles in the calculus course. They include Archimedes and the Tractix and Abstracting the Derivative Circles and Belts. Just the sort of basic stuff you chat about with your buddies during lunch. I dont dispute the inherent value of the Great Courses or any other self-improvement effort. As a rule, the more we learn about life the more we enjoy it. Still, troublesome questions lie buried on every page of these lift-yourself-by-your-own-bootstraps catalogs. Such as: Do I really want to listen to 36 lectures on the Vikings? After submitting myself to 24 lectures on Einsteins Relativity and the Quantum Revolution, will I be better equipped to serve myself and humankind? After subscribers patiently plod through two dozen lectures on The Dead Sea Scrolls, are they any more likely to be better parents or more competent account managers? Cynic that I sometimes am, I fix my attention on the marketing details of the Great Courses. The prices of the courses have been radically slashed; no one can accuse entrepreneurs of gouging subscribers. The latest list price for The Foundations of Western Civilization is only $44.95 for all 48 lectures. But when you check the original price $359.95 you automatically ask Why the 88 percent markdown? Wasnt the course worth the original cost? I confess: Im overly suspicious. I should be jailed for being an obstacle to education, and for looking a gift horse in the mouth. Furthermore, every course comes with a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. If while you are still alive you become unhappy with a course, your money will be refunded, or another course will be substituted. Possibly the most practical course offered is How to Become a SuperStar Student. If I were a 16-year-old high school sophomore, Id snap up that course in a New York minute. Ive thought of buying the course for my four grandchildren, but theyre already on-track for superstar status and I dont want to bungle the deal. My own hope is that one day the Great Courses people will include such pedestrian topics as Finding work during a recession, How to detect baloney in political speeches and writings, and A quick repair guide for leaking faucets. Even Einstein might have signed up for one of those offerings.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Drivers SeatBob Driver Troublesome questions lie buried on every page of these lift-yourself-by-yourown-bootstraps catalogs. Such as: Do I really want to listen to 36 lectures on the Vikings?The Bag, the Bear and the war clubIn the past year, I avoided going to the closet to pick up The Bag. Im afraid to because it might unleash memories that will persuade me to engage in an activity that will cause bodily harm to others and myself. The Bag, you see, contains precious sports equipment rotting racquetball gloves, balls that have lost their bounce, a headband, sweat bands and my war club. Im referring to my lightweight titanium racquet. Though scarred and aging, it is still reliable and, in the right hands, capable of hitting a racquetball so that it explodes against the wall. Notice that I said the right hands. Problem is, I dont have the right legs. About a year ago, while visiting my doctor for my annual routine checkup, I asked him whether I should take up racquetball again though I hadnt played in 18 months and had just recovered from a hammertoe and bunion surgery. I also advised my doctor that Ive had surgery on both knees and my left foot in the past several years. He looked at me quizzically. How much do you like playing the game, Tom? Do you really love it? Yes, I believe I still do, I said, not mentioning that The Bag calls my name in my sleep. Then just try hitting the ball a little and see how it feels, he said. Start slowly. I love my doctor almost as much as I love The Bag. My friends Randy and Larry invited me to play with them at the citys indoor courts in Seminole. I played ball with them for years until my podiatrist operated on my mangled foot. Well take it easy on you, old man, Larry said. Warm-up was successful; I didnt throw my back out. But from then on, I was as helpless as a rabbit running from a pair of hawks in an open field. My timing was off when I tried to return serves with my backhand, and I seemed to be five seconds too late in getting to the ball. See you next week, Tom? Larry asked. Ill let you know, I said, limping off the court. About a day later, my knees swelled. My elbow hurt when I tried to extend my arm. My foot throbbed, especially after I kicked The Bag. In my heyday, I could play for hours, even stealing a game from the great and feared Bear occasionally. The Bear is an A-level player, winning numerous medals in Police Olympics and other events. His favorite line when I made an appointment to play him? Bring your crying towel. I remember the years several of us used to play outdoors in Central Florida, cursing at the afternoon rain and scraping mole crickets off the courts with our rackets. I remember Cooter, who played five nights a week and once dug a trench alongside of the courts to drain the water from them. I remember playing with a sore knee, not realizing that I had torn a meniscus. I remember the bill for the surgery. The camaraderie, the exercise, the laughs, the heartache of losing, the high-fives, the aprsracquetball, chicken wings and beers. The Bag. On my birthday, Bear called me from Blairsville, Ga., to wish me well. I told him that my racquetball days appeared to be over because of my frustration of not being able to get to the ball effectively. Thats because youre slower than a bowling ball going uphill, Bear said. Thanks for the call, Bear. Dont fall down a mountain in Georgia. So what should I do with The Bag? I doubt if I can get much money for my war club, and I dont need it to scrape mole crickets off my porch. I guess it will remain in my closet along with other assorted reminders of yesteryear. I should throw away the rotting smelly gloves, but I prefer that somebody else get some use out of them. Im going to send them to Bear, just for old times sake, with the note: Hope you can get some use out of these. Via certified mail, of course. Tom Germond The bag Carl Hiaasen
Briefs12A Health & Fitness Leader, February 2, 2012 Providing quality healthcare to the Seminole/Largo communities for over 35 years. A 2nd generation of physicians, Dr.s Todd Clarkson and Donald Collins remain committed to maintaining the standards and traditions of excellence their patients expect and deserve.our physicians and three Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners work out of 2 office locations. Our East Bay Medical Center offers visits during Lunchtime hours to better meet your scheduling needs.F F2 Convenient Locations to Better Serve You. Oakhurst Medical Clinic13020 Park Blvd., Seminole, FL 33776 727-393-3404East Bay Medical Center3800 East Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33771 727-539-0505 www.oakmed.comMedicare, Humana Medicare Advantage Plan, and most other insurance plans accepted. 060211Todd Clarkson, D.O. Donald Collins, D.O. Ronald Mall, D.O. Roger Schwartzberg, D.O.,F.A.A.I.M. Betsy Parker, A.R.N.P Gail Quail MSN, A.R.N.P.C. John Jarboe A.R.N.P. 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In addition to the seminars, free health screenings will be offered at the heart health fair including blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), cholesterol and glucose screenings. Health screenings will be offered 10 a.m. to noon. Space is limited. Registration is required. Seminars will include: Know Your Number: Achieving and Maintaining Cardiovascular Health, noon to 1 p.m. Vanessa Lucarella, M.D., cardiologist, will speak on the risks factors for cardiovascular disease, the latest treatment options and strategies for prevention. What to Look for in a Heart Hospital, 1 to 2 p.m. Robert Teele, R.N., patient navigator, will speak about the patient experience at Morgan Heart Hospital and what patients should look for when choosing a heart hospital. Space for the free health fairs and screenings are limited. For information, or reservations, call 9536877 or visit www.BayCareEvents.org.Moffitt partners with Swim Across America CLEARWATER Swim Across America, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events, will host its first open water fundraising swim in Florida, and funds will benefit Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. The event will include former Olympians Honorary Chair Brooke Bennett and Janel Jorgensen, and will take place Saturday, May 5, 8:30 a.m., at Clearwater Beachs Pier 60. Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to participate as fundraisers in the one mile or half mile course. They can swim as individuals or as part of a team in honor of friends and loved ones who have fought, or are fighting, a battle with cancer. Participants pledge to raise a minimum of $500 (adults 18 and older), or $250 in donations. The pledges collected by the swimmers, corporate sponsors and online donations will benefit metastatic melanoma research led by Shari PilonThomas, Ph.D., at Moffitt Cancer Center. Florida has one of the highest incidence rates of melanoma in the country, and new therapies are desperately needed for the treatment of metastatic melanoma, said Pilon-Thomas in a press release. Moffitt Cancer Center is a leader in offering novel therapies for patients who have no other treatment options. Funding from Swim Across America would support a clinical trial combining multiple cutting-edge strategies to use the immune system to fight metastatic melanoma.I am thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Swim Across America in Moffitts mission to contribute to the cure of cancer, Pilon-Thomas said. Following the swims, there will be a celebration and awards ceremony for swimmers, their families and friends. Researchers and medical staff from Moffitt Cancer Center are scheduled to be on hand to discuss how the money raised will be used by their laboratories in the fight against cancer. SAA hopes that members of the Tampa Bay community will participate as swimmers, donors or volunteers in hopes that the community will join together furthering the goal of conquering cancer.Pedaling for Pink setLARGO Pedaling for Pink will take place Saturday, March 17, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., at John Taylor Park, 1100 Eighth Ave. SW. Viva Las Chicas will launch their inaugural bike ride, Pedaling for Pink, on March 17. The one-day bike ride through Pinellas County will include four ride options and will raise money to help Tampa Bay families affected by a breast cancer diagnosis. This bicycling event is designed for families and diehard riders alike, with something for everyone. Formed as a grass-roots organization in 2002, Viva Las Chicas became a nonprofit in 2006. As the organization has grown, so has the need to fund the various aspects of the mission, specifically assisting individuals and families after a breast cancer diagnosis. Cost ranges between $35 and $65. To register to ride or volunteer, visit www.vivalaschicas.org.Give Kids A Smile program setGive Kids A Smile will offer free, desperatelyneeded dental services to local qualifying children from low-income families on Friday, Feb. 3, 8 a.m., at various locations throughout Pinellas County. This event is part of the American Dental Associations Give Kids A Smile Program. Last year, more than 46,000 dental team members nationwide participated in Give Kids A Smile. More than 125 dentists, hygienists and assistants, along with corporate sponsors will come together to answer the need for dental services. Many children reside in Pinellas County without any access to dental care. Give Kids A Smile is presented annually to provide free dental services to local, qualifying children from low-income families; to raise awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease occurring here and across the country; and to raise awareness of the need to build local public and private partnerships to increase access to oral health care to solve this crisis. Due to the need for signed parental permission and other documentation, this Give Kids A Smile event can only see children who are registered in advance, in most cases through schools and social service clubs and agencies. For information or to register, visit www.GKASpinellas.com.Participating locations include: SPC Dental Hygiene Clinic, 7200 66th St. N., Pinellas Park. Department of Health Clinic, 205 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg Johnnie Ruth Clark Clinic, 1344 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg Department of Health Clinic, 6350 76th Ave. N., Pinellas Park Department of Health Clinic, 12420 130th Ave. N., Largo Department of Health Clinic, 310 North Myrtle Ave., Clearwater PTEC, 901 34th St. S., St. Petersburg UFCD Seminole Satellite Clinic, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole Department of Health Clinic, 901 S. Disston Ave., Tarpon SpringsHealth fair seeks vendorsST. PETERSBURG Vendor and exhibitor tables are still available for the Smart Living Health Fair, a free health and lifestyle fair scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Magnolia Auditorium at Five Towns/Terrace Park, 8141 54th Ave. N. Display space is limited to 45 vendors at a cost of $50 per exhibit. An 8-foot exhibit table and two chairs are provided for each reserved space, and a limited number include access to electricity. Proceeds from the fair will benefit the Family Resources Foundation, a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families and building better communities. Services include prevention, support, and counseling for children, teens, and families. Health screenings, home health products and services, pet and personal products and services, financial planning, assistive devices, weight management, nutrition counseling, medical and wellness services, and general services for home and car are among the categories offered at the Smart Living Health Fair. No more than two vendors will be accepted in any one category. Health and lifestyle talks will be offered throughout the day. For information or to reserve display, call Sara Im at 512-3017, or email HealthyTeam@WeDeliver Wellness.com.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 9536877 or visit www.BayCareEvents.org.
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Winter Rates$16 Walk $22 Ride Every Day 012612Exp. 2/28/12$10 Walk $16 Ride After 2pm 010512 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.Elks to hold flea marketLARGO The Elks of Largo will hold a flea market Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 810 16th Ave. SE. The market will consist of old and new items, along with arts and crafts and will be open to Elks members as well as outside vendors. The club will set up the market outside in the shady park area. There will be a table space rental fee of $20. Participants are welcome to bring additional tables or a tent. The lodge will accept donations for Elks tables for the reselling of items. Please do not bring clothing, and make sure that all items are clean and in good working order. There will be a rain date of Feb. 25. Call Debbie at 559-0035 to reserve space, volunteer to help or to advise of a donation.Support group for widows meets Feb. 4LARGO New Horizons for Widowed People will meet Saturday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m., at west clubhouse of Imperial Palms Apartments, 101 Imperial Palms Drive. Dinner at a local restaurant will follow. Call Dolores Ruskin at 5840958.Knights hold Roaring Twenties NightLARGO The Knights of Columbus celebrates its second annual Roaring Twenties Night Saturday, Feb. 18, 6 to 11 p.m., at St. Patricks Catholic Church, 2121 16th Ave. SW. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7. Each dinner includes a salad, garlic bread and sausage. The music of the 1920s will be provided. For tickets, call Ron Klemm at 8044804 or John Scozzafva at 4223753.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 nice buffet are offered. All proceeds benefit the health fund. Call 518-3416.Pinellas Genealogy Society meets Feb. 12LARGO The Pinellas Genealogy Society will meet Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Colleen Fitzpatrick, internationally known speaker and author, will be the guest speaker. Registration will kick off at 8 a.m. The talk will begin at 8:40 and the presentation will run through 4 p.m. Fitzpatrick will discuss several topics including forensic genealogy, dealing with ancestors who leave few clues, the dead horse investigation, old photo analysis and how to look at data. There will be three breakout sessions to choose from, including researching funeral home, grave site and cemetery records; how and why of migration; and newspaper research. Through Feb. 4, registration cost is $42 for PGS members and $47 for nonmembers. Registration cost is $50 after Feb. 4. Registration includes beverages, continental breakfast and lunch. To register, visit www. rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flpgs. For more information about the Pinellas Genealogy Society or the February presentation, call David Dellinger at 8348774 or email thepeasantking @gmail.com.AARP provides tax helpFree AARP tax preparation and assistance is available beginning Feb. 1 to April 15 for those households with low to moderate incomes for taxpayers of all ages but with an emphasis on those over 60 years of age. Taxpayers must bring social security cards for all persons listed on their tax returns, a picture I.D., and all pertinent records such as W-2s 1099s, other income and credits and a copy of last years return if available. Free Electronic filing is available at all sites. St. Petersburg St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday beginning Feb. 1 Bank of America 8181 54th Ave N. Hours: 9:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Tues, Wed & Thurs Riviera United Methodist Church, 175 62nd Ave. N. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday Gulfport and the beaches Gulf Beaches Public Library 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach Hours: 10 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, beginning Feb. 7 Gulfport Public Library 5501 28th Ave. S. Hours: 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Monday and Friday, beginning Feb. 10 Pinellas Park Pinellas Park Public Library 7770 52nd St. N. Hours: 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 2:30 6:30 p.m. Thursday; 11:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Saturday Largo Largo Library 120 Central Park Drive, beginning Feb. 1 Hours: 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday (closed Feb. 20); 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday; Sat. 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Seminole Seminole Library at St. Pete College, Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. N. Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Thursday Clearwater St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Colreavy Hall 820 Jasmine Way Hours: 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Tuesday Top of The World Recreation Center, 2069 World Parkway Blvd. Hours: 8:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St. Noon to 4 p.m., Monday and Friday Dunedin Dunedin Community Center 1920 Pinehurst Road Hours: 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Palm Harbor Palm Harbor Community Center 1500 16th St. Hours: 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Tuesday and Friday St. Mark Village 2655 Nebraska Ave. Hours: 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Friday By appointment only. Call 785-2577, ext. 743 Highland Lakes, 3300 McGregor Drive Hours: 8:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Thursday Safety Harbor Safety Harbor Library 101 Second St. N. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday Oldsmar Oldsmar Library 400 St. Petersburg Drive Hours: 3 7 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Wednesday Tarpon springs Tarpon Springs Library E. Lemon St. 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Monday and TuesdayQuartets deliver singing valentinesThe Barbershop Quartets will deliver old-fashioned love songs such as I Love You Truly and Let Me Call You Sweetheart in four-part harmony to homes, offices, hospitals or wherever that special sweetheart may be on Saturday, Feb. 11, through Tuesday, Feb. 14. A real, live, genuine Barbershop Quartet will present your sweetheart with beautiful love songs from you along with a red rose and a parchment scroll to commemorate this wonderful occasion. How can you better enhance your romance for as little as $50? a Barbershoppers news release said. The Quartets is a nonprofit organization, and charities will benefit from this effort. Deliveries can be made anywhere in Pinellas and Pasco counties. To assure delivery of a singing valentine, call 942-1991.Saints and Sinners Ball setDUNEDIN The steering committee of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Communitys Saints and Sinners Ball announces its seventh annual Saints and Sinners Mardi Gras Ball, Moulin Rouge. The black tie affair is set for Saturday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m., at the Conmey Center of Our Lady of Lourdes, 750 San Salvador Drive. There will be a gourmet buffet, bars, and decorated to look like Moulin Rouge in Paris. There will be gaming tables with live and silent auctions, a 50/50 drawing and entertainment by The Black Honkeys. For ticket reservations, call the Conmy Center Office at 738-6159 or visit www.the saintsandsinners.com. Here and there Here and there
Calendar of events14A Community Leader, February 2, 2012 020212 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 799-3068. 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 email@example.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@ verizon.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 8247802. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.steenberge@earth link.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 7364623. 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 email@example.com.Announcements are submitted by the public; information is subject to change. To place an item in the ongoing calendar or networking leads, send it at least two weeks in advance to Calendar Leads, Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772, or e-mail editorial@TBN weekly.com. Please include date, time, place and phone number and dont forget to send a notification when the information changes, or the group stops meeting.
Community 15A Leader, February 2, 2012 Obituaries Jeanne Marion Crossley PUGH87, of Seminole, Fla., passed away January 27, 2012 at Lake Seminole Square. She was educated at State University of New York at Brockport and worked previously for the Jamestown Post Journal as a reporter and columnist. Jeanne retired from The St. Petersburg Times, where she worked as a reporter, feature writer, columnist, and writer/editor of the Religion section. She was granted one of six seats for U.S. reporters on Pope John Paul IIs press plan during his 10-city tour of Canada. She was awarded the Best Writer award from the National Religion Newswriters Association. She served in various capacities for American United for Separation of Church and State, and spoke on such issues before numerous church and civic groups. She is survived by her son, R. Scott Pugh; grandchildren, Mary Lisa Clore, Courtney Boyle and Theodore Clifford Pugh; and her beloved niece and namesake, Jeanne Bussiere. She is predeceased by her husband, H. Theodore Pugh, and sons, Dr. Steven T. Pugh and Howard F. Pugh. Memorial services were held January 31, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with arrangements entrusted to Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. (727)391-0500. Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to: Chapel on the Hill, 12601 Park Blvd., Seminole, FL 33776, or to Suncoast Hospice Foundation at: www.thehospicefoundation.org. ObituariesRecognizing that some readers wish to share the life and loss of a loved one with the community, Tampa Bay Newspapers publishes paid obituaries in our weekly papers. The deadline for submitting obituary information is 9 a.m. on Monday, for that weeks papers. Obituaries will publish in all six of our papers. Obituary information should include: full name, age, city and date of death. You may also choose to include the names of living and/or predeceased relatives, work history, clubs and/or activities that they participated in. 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He glanced at his competitors. Hed overheard his instructor complaining that it looked like they had been dancing definitely more than a year so he shouldnt be allowed to compete in the Newcomer division. But now there was nothing to do but dance his best. The Tampa Bay Classic was a whole day event, starting with the smooth ballroom dances in the morning, such as the waltz, tango and foxtrot. After about the first two or three dances, he was finally loosened up. Later in the afternoon it was time for the Latin dances, such as the cha-cha and the rumba. He had only begun ballroom dancing in August 2010 only 13 months earlier. But when it was all over, he had achieved first place in the Newcomer division. The judges hadnt even noticed that Mitchell has a prosthetic right leg. Mitchell lives in Seminole, works in Clearwater, and takes ballroom dancing lessons from Marina Laca, following her to studios in Clearwater, Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg. Mitchells oldest daughter, Stephanie, dances, and his wife, Debbie, wanted to start. And that meant Mitchell had to come, too. At first he really wasnt into it. The moves felt funny. Hed look at the clock, wondering when the hour would be over. But one day, it all clicked. And he was hooked. Neither Marina nor her husband, Martin, had ever had an amputee student before. She has been teaching for 10 years in the Tampa Bay area, and she has never seen anything like it. The studio had warned her and Martin not to say anything about his leg, but after they all met, it became a nonissue. They discussed it, but it didnt get in the way of dancing. Occasionally there are technical challenges with the prosthesis, but more often than not, everyone forgets that Steve doesnt have two regular legs. I teach exactly the same, Marina said. And I would tell him, Point your foot without even realizing it was his prosthetic leg. But I say do as much as you can with your other leg. And usually what we try to do is find where the other thigh is by connecting both thighs, working toward one another instead of trying to find the foot because I think that has a little more connection because if the thighs are close then your feet are close. Mitchell said some techniques are more difficult with the artificial leg, such as compression rotation moves where you have to compress, rotate and move across the floor in smooth dances. Also, pushing off the floor in certain dances like foxtrot or rumba are challenging because he cannot feel the ground beneath his prosthesis. In Latin rumba, youre taking a step, extending the leg out and then the other leg comes over, but its the back step that gives me problems because now I have to move (my prosthetic leg) and push it back and feel the floor before you go onto it, and thats a little more difficult because there Im off balance. So I have to still be straight, pull it straight and move across it again. But with anything, if someone tells Mitchell that he cant do something that makes him determined to do it anyway. Mitchell lost his leg in 1990 in a boating accident. The boat he was on was in Lake Kissimmee and it steered out of control in what is called bow steering, and the boat did a quick 360-degree turn in what felt like a split second, Mitchell said. There was a younger boy in the boat who began to fall out. Mitchell reached to grab him, but he was off balance and both of them ended up falling into the water. I just felt that something very bad was getting ready to happen because when I fell out, I knew the back of the boat was steering over the top of us because it was spinning out to the right, Mitchell said. So I moved down as soon as I hit the water, trying to get below the engine. Of course when youre diving down, the last thing to go down is your feet. So it did catch my right foot and it got caught in the prop, but luckily the motor cut off and I was able to sort of get the prop and turn it back to the left and get my foot out and jump back in the boat, pulling the boy back into the boat as well. Another boat had seen the whole thing happen and came over to help. Mitchell went aboard the boat, and as it was bringing him to the marina, Mitchell took off his shirt, tied it around his leg and used an oar to tighten it into a tourniquet. The paramedics wanted to air lift him to Tampa General, but it was summer and there were too many thunderstorms along the way. So Mitchell was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Winter Haven. The prop had been so sharp, it took a while for him to feel the pain. I didnt even really feel it, Mitchell said. You know when you cut yourself with a razor and its such a sharp split second cut that you dont even feel it and then you see the wound open up and the blood start pouring out? It was like that. I didnt really feel it until 15, 20 minutes later. His leg went into shock so it helped cut off its own blood supply, Mitchell said. They took me to the ER, and if you want to make light of anything, you know how going to the ER and there are always 150 people sitting around? Well I didnt wait that day, Mitchell said. I went straight into the operating room. From that point, he doesnt remember much because he was pretty drugged up, he said, but Mitchell remembers the young surgeon who told him he would have to lose his leg. I asked if there was any way to save it, Mitchell said. I said, If you cant do it, is there anybody on the planet who has the capability and knowledge to do it? Could you ship me to New York or something? And he goes, No, and I said, okay, where do I sign? As soon as he said no, I was like, lets get it done. For Mitchell, that was it. He made his decision because that is what needed to be done and he accepted that. Robert Dixon Jr., Mitchells current licensed prosthetist who works at Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics in Clearwater, said it is crucial to amputate when necessary as soon as possible. If you dont, you could possibly run into gangrenous issues, Dixon said. Gangrene, infections, it could affect him in other areas. Mitchell was in the hospital for two and a half more weeks. His leg had been raw and exposed in a lake, with all the algae, bacteria and other stuff in the water getting into his open wound, so it took a while to make sure it was all cleaned out and there was not going to be any problems with infection. Unlike many people, Mitchell did not have a hard time emotionally dealing with the loss of his leg. I guess I am a people pleaser, so I knew how upsetting it was for my wife and my parents and friends, so I was more concerned about them than myself, Mitchell said. I wanted to reassure them that Im okay. And of course they want to reassure me that Im okay. And then we made fun and joked about it that Im in denial. Steve lost his foot. What foot? What are you talking about? I still have a foot. You just do what you have to do to survive. And you can take self-pity on yourself. You can use it as excuses. But I didnt want to do that. It really depends on how you want to handle that mentally for how you live the rest of your life. Dixon smiled at Mitchell and said he wished he could bottle that attitude and give it to some of his other patients who need an extra boost. Fitting someone with a prosthesis is a very personal task. The professionals ask the client many questions about their lifestyle to find the exact right one for them. For Mitchell, he has a very active lifestyle, playing golf regularly, working out a few times a week, and now dancing. He came to Dixon in about 2006 to refit him with a prosthetic leg. He had shrunk out of the socket, so Dixon gave him a more snug fit and they shopped around for a more dynamic foot that would give him more options with his active lifestyle. Someone who is going to demand a lot out of a prosthesis, they need a very intimate fit, Dixon said. If its not snug and tight fitting, you dont control it well. Its a loose appendage. You want this thing to be extremely snug and tight, contoured to his anatomy. And you dont want pressures in areas that are uncomfortable. Bony landmarks. You have to touch them but not apply pressures there. But the bigger issue was what he needed to do with his activities, so the foot was crucial. Hanger makes the sockets but buys the feet. Dixon explained many options of feet to Mitchell to best fit his needs at the time. Now that he has heard Mitchell, Marina and Martin talk about the specific dance needs, Dixon has new ideas for how a foot could give him even more swivel and could help do more dance moves. His current foot is designed to be conducive with his activity level. Its called energy return, so when he steps down on it and loads it with his body weight, the design of the foot coils, and as he rolls over it and gets to a certain part of his stance phase and is walking, it returns that energy, Dixon said. Essentially, the foots mechanics work like the muscles in ones foot and calf and the toe levers. Mitchell takes dance lessons two or three times a week and also attends a Friday night social dance where he dances consistently from 8:30 to 11 p.m. He primarily dances at First Dance Studio in St. Petersburg, and Dancers Co-Op and Dance America Dance Studio, which are both in Clearwater. Marina and Martin are now private, independent instructors, so he goes wherever they are teaching. He dances at the bronze level now, though Marinas goal is to have him learning silver moves soon. Mitchell focuses on the whole ballroom spectrum, which is a total of nine dances. There are nine dances he had to learn five in rhythm, which is American-style Latin, and four in smooth. The students have to learn different postures, positions, poise, frames, and also the biggest responsibility for the guy is to learn how to lead, Marina said. And of course the different dances require a different hold, a different feel. They have different characters. Mitchells favorite dances rotate, but currently he enjoys waltz and the other smooth dances the most, like tango and foxtrot. But a few months ago his favorites were some of the Latin dances, like cha-cha and rumba. But his best dance by far I have to brag about him are swing and hustle, Marina said. Those dances he just knocks out of the Amputee ballroom dancer overcomes obstaclesPhoto courtesy of STEVE MITCHELLSteve Mitchell and Marina Laca show off the trophy they won for their Team Blue team match in November 2011.park. Mitchells family always joke with each other, and that extends to dancing as well. When I started dancing and went to the social dances on Friday nights, my wife would say, Have they asked you to leave the studio yet? Mitchell said. Because I cant feel the bottom of my foot. So I could step on your foot and I wouldnt know it. So when they do a mixer and you get up and dance with one after another after another, she felt the owner of the studio would have to come over to me and say, Steve, were going to have to ask you to leave. But now he is able to dance with everybody, Marina added. There isnt anyone he cant get up with and do his basic figures. And thats a big achievement. Since he began dancing, Mitchell has competed in a team match where studios went up against studios. His team won the trophy in that competition. He also competed in the Tampa Bay Classic where he won the newcomer division for males, and he also recently danced in the Holiday Extravaganza Magic Dance Club Showcase in December. There he danced in front of world-class judges who give all the dancers detailed notes that can help them improve their dancing. Mitchell has always worked out, both before and after the accident, but since dancing, he has shifted from doing primarily weight training to cross training to get more cardio to build up his endurance for dance. Mitchells goals for dance are just to keep improving and reaching higher levels. Marina has even more specific goals for him. Getting him more confidence and believing when he goes on the floor that its his, Marina said. And when there are people around him that he can just pass right through them. She wants to work with him even more on his posture, artistry, arms, presentation, and becoming an even more confident lead. And the silver level is in his near future, she added. But overall, she is very impressed with Mitchell. I have to say, in my 10 years of dance teaching experience, Ive never had anyone like Steve, Marina said. He is just someone who takes his obstacles with grace. He doesnt let anything trip him up. If hes tired, hes just going to keep going. Hes a real great example of showing people theres no limits, no matter what happens to you. If you really want to do something, you will do it. In just a year, he has improved tremendously. Through it all, Mitchell maintains a positive attitude. Everyone is dealt a hand of cards in life, Mitchell said. And it doesnt matter if your hand is a physical disability, a mental disability, somebody in your family going through something. It doesnt matter. Everybody is dealt cards, and you have to take the cards youre dealt with and use them to the best of your ability. Steve lives in Seminole with his wife, Debbie, and daughters, Stephanie, 19, and Courtney, 17.I have to say, in my 10 years of dance teaching experience, Ive never had anyone like Steve (Mitchell). He is just someone who takes his obstacles with grace.Marina Laca
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Good Food Good Sports13847 Walsingham Road, Largo 727-501-946428 HDTVS Full Liquor New Menu Party Room 020212Join Us For The Big Game HALF TIME SPECIALS All-You-Can-Eat Buffet $15 Bud Select Draft 25 Liquor Specials15% OFF CALL AHEAD TO-GO WINGS Ordered by 2/4/12 Prizes & Giveaways Daily Mon.-Thurs., 11:30 to 10 p.m.;Fri., 11:30-11 p.m. Sat., Noon -11 p.m.;Sun., Noon-10 p.m.9015 Park Blvd., Seminole at Park Place Center010512 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL4 TO 6 PM5 Entrees incl. egg roll, soup, fried riceFREE Glass of Wine per Dinner$875CHINESE CUISINERestaurant & Cocktail Lounge Order to Take-Out391-8393Major Credit CardsLuncheon Buffet . . . . . . . .$7.25Saturday & Sunday Buffet 12-3 p.m.$8.75 Full Dinner Menu . . . . . . .7 Days 0202121 per customer. EXP. 2-9-12$799 CLASSIFIEDSwww.TBNweekly.com Place a Number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.Crossword SudokuSudoku answers from last weekCrossword answers from last week Across 1. Handle the party food 6. Auditorium's sound qualities 15. Convex molding 16. Port city in SE France 17. Merry old times 18. Space between margin and line of text 19. Conk out 20. Hutzpah, e.g. 22. Amazon, e.g. 23. Smeltery refuse 25. Freshman, probably 26. "___ bitten, twice shy" 28. Waterproof hip boots 30. Mrs. Bush 32. Black 33. Put up, as a picture 34. Ball field covering 38. "So soon?" 40. "The Canterbury Tales" author 42. Makeup, e.g. 43. ___ line (major axis of an elliptical orbit) 45. Brunch serving 46. Estuary 48. Moors 49. Clip 51. Acclivity 53. Harp's cousin 54. Gloomy 55. Unhurried walkers 58. PC linkup (acronym) 59. Branch that connects with capillaries 61. Cast out 63. One who drools 64. 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As Seen on the Food Network! Certicate of Excellence Award May 2011Outdoor Patio Kid Friendly 011912 727-584-5888776 Missouri Avenue, Largo FREE APPETIZER Buy 1 Get 1 FREE 8oz. Prime Rib 6oz. Sirloin Steak & Stuffed Shrimp Old-Fashioned Meat Loaf Beef Tips over Garlic Mashed BBQ Ribs & ChickenDaily Specials $3 Happy Hour All DayAt Bar Only Wells, House Wine16oz Drafts $2.50 Bud Lite, Miller Lite, Ballas Red OPEN 3:30pm Everyday Waterfront Patio Flounder Francese Fish and Chips Coconut Shrimp Chicken Alfredo Cheese Ravioli Lasagna Classico011912Excluding Holidays Buy 1 dinner get 2nd 1/2 Off w/purchase of 2 beverages. Max value $10. Excludes early birds, holidays or any other offer. Exp. 2-15-12. Coupon required.50%OFFDinnerSun.-Thurs. All Day Fri. & Sat. until 6pm$850FROM RESERVE NOW FOR VALENTINES DAYRESERVE NOW FOR VALENTINES DAY RESERVE NOW FOR VALENTINES DAY RESERVE NOW FOR VALENTINES DAY 1001 Belleair Road, Clearwater 727-581-2640 www.WardsSeafood.com SUPER SPECIALS FOR THE BIG GAME! Order Your Party Platters Now! Offers not good with anyother discounts.smoked sh spread buy 2lbs. get 1lb. freeCaptains Fish & Chipsbuy one get onefree$9.95 value (Kitchen open tues.-sat.)$5 OFFAny purchase $25 or moreExpires 02/09/12 Expires 02/09/12 Expires 02/09/12020212 Since 1955Largest Seafood Market On The West Coast of Florida Open 7 days By LEE CLARK ZUMPEBay area venues, both large and small, will present an array of rock legends, jazz giants, blues and country artists in the coming weeks. The Knology Clearwater SeaBlues Festival sails back into February in 2012. The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. This years festival headliners include Buddy Guy, Janiva Magness and Curtis Salgado. While enjoying great live performances, attendees also have an opportunity to experience Gulf Coast cuisine as vendors dish up jumbo shrimp, crab cakes, oysters and crawfish and gumbo. Saturdays lineup, starting at noon, will include performances by the Michael Williams Band, Curtis Salgado and Buddy Guy. Sundays lineup, beginning at 1 p.m., will feature performances by Beverly McClellan, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Janiva Magness. Coolers, food and drink will not be admitted into the park. One sealed bottle of water per person is allowed. Chairs and blankets also are permitted. There also will be chair rentals at the venue. Pets are not allowed. Assistance animals are permitted. Personal umbrellas are allowed; however, beach umbrellas, sunshades, tents and canopies will not be permitted. Admission is free. There is limited reserved seating available for purchase. Visit www.clearwa terseablues.com.Following is a list of other music scene events in the coming weeks:Capitol Theatre Daedalus String Quartet, Saturday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m. Christine Lavin, Sunday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. Brandi Carlile Acoustic Trio, Friday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Terrance Simien and Zydeco, Thursday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. Andy Grammer, Friday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. Terrance Simien: Creole for Kidz, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m. Jane Monheit, Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre is at 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Call 7917400 or visit www.atthecap.com.The Crowbar Big Gigantic, Friday, Feb. 3, 9 p.m. Toubab Krewe, Thursday, Feb. 9, 9 p.m. Lemonheads, Friday, Feb. 24, 9 p.m. The Crowbar is at 1812 17th St. N., Tampa. Call 813-2418600 or visit www.crowbarlive .com.Dunedin Brewery Tribal Style, Friday, Feb. 3, 9 p.m. The Fritz, Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 p.m. Appleseed Collective, Thursday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m. Uncle Johns Band, Friday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m. Memphis Train Union, Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 p.m. Human Condition, Friday, Feb. 17, 9 p.m. The Funky Seeds, Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 p.m. Burning Tree, Friday, Feb. 24, 9 p.m. Dunedin Brewery is at 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Call 7360606 or visit dunedinbrewery .com.Jannus Live Robert Cray, Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. Southside Johnny, Friday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. Yonder Mountain String Band, Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m. The Saw Doctors, Feb. 25, 9 p.m. Red, Sunday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m. Jannus Live is at 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. Call 5650550 or visit www.jannuslive .com.Jolli Mons Grill Gerry Diamond and BlackJack Blues, Friday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. Scotty Lee and the Treble Hooks, Saturday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. Bone Yard Dogs, Saturday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. Between Bluffs, Saturday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m. Trigger City Trio, Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. Gator Tooth, Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. Jolli Mons Grill is at 941 Huntley Ave., Dunedin. Visit www.jollimonsgrill.com. Largo Cultural Center Chris Brubecks Triple Play, Saturday, Feb. 4, 8 p.m. Carla DelVillaggio presents Simply Streisand, Friday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Kings of Country, Monday, Feb. 27, 2 and 7 p.m. The Largo Cultural Center is at 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts .com.The Local 662 Tomorrow Bad Seeds, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Authority Zero, Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Friday, Feb. 24, 9 p.m. The Local 662 is at 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 2584829.The Mahaffey The Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Saturday, Feb. 4, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Bestloved Symphonies; Thursday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. The Florida Orchestra: A Night in the Tropics with Charles Lazarus, Saturday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m. Gladys Knight, Friday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Rachmaninoffs Piano Concerto No. 2; Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m. Pat Boone, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m. Diana Ross, Friday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. The Mahaffey is at 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com.The Orpheum Mike Doughty, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Mishka, Saturday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m. Saul Williams, Sunday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m. The Orpheum is at 1902 14th St. (Republica de Cuba), Ybor City. Call 813-248-9500.The Palladium at St. Petersburg College Roy Book Binder, Friday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m. Ennis, Thursday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. Jeffrey Siegel, Friday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Noel Paul Stookey, Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m. The Palladium at St. Petersburg College is at 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Call 822-3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org.The Ritz Ybor Sleigh Bells and Diplo, Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 p.m. They Might Be Giants, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. NEEDTOBREATHE, Sunday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m. The Ritz Ybor is at 1503 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa. Call 813247-2518.Ruth Eckerd Hall Sha Na Na, Thursday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m. Willie Nelson, Thursday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m. The Clearwater Chorus with Suzanne and Matt Ruley, Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., in the Murray Studio Theater Keb Mo, Friday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Vivaldis Four Seasons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2 p.m. Mandy Patinkin, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Paul Anka, Friday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Michael Amante, Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Rachmaninoffs Piano Concerto No. 2,Music sceneBuddy Guy headlines Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival Sunday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. Kelly Clarkson, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. Dennis DeYoung: Music of Styx with The Florida Orchestra; Friday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. Debby Boone, Saturday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m. The Doobie Brothers, Sunday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Irish Rovers, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall is at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www. rutheckerdhall.com.Tampa Bay Times Forum Radiohead, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum is at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Call 813-301-2500 or visit www. tampabaytimesforum.com.Skippers Smokehouse Enter the Haggis, Friday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m. James McMurty, See CONCERTS, page 8BPhoto by DANNY CLINCH/EMI MUSICWillie Nelson
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