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Photos by TOM GERMONDRoger Whittle, above, helps his children and those of some friends play on an oak tree at Eagle Lake Park Feb. 11. In the photo right, Ferenc Moricz helps his daughter, Lia, 2, get a grip on an oak tree. The family, who live in Tarpon Springs, were enjoying an outing with some friends.Out on a limb Tourism rebounding, officials say By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Tourism is up in Pinellas County, and that makes members of the Tourist Development Council very happy. In a series of reports presented Jan. 8, the numbers show reason for optimism that the lull is over and visitors are returning to enjoy the countys many amenities. Walter Klages with Research Data Services out of Tampa said 2011 had been a very, very good year with an economic impact of $7 billion, thanks to the 5.235 million visitors who came to Pinellas last year. The number represents 194,000 more visitors than reported in 2010. Its a fabulous time in our existence as an industry, he said. Klages described a 12.3 percent increase in first-time visitors as remarkable. First-time guests re-nourish our market, he said. He attributed the growth to the TDCs promotional efforts. Satisfaction levels are up with 95.3 percent giving the area a thumbs-up, compared to 93.4 percent in 2010. Klages also reported that 49.2 percent said they would return next year, compared to 46 percent last year. Hotel and motel owners saw a 6.4 percent increase in people staying at their accommodations, although TDC members pointed out that room prices are still lower than past years. Klages said pricing power was starting to come back due to slight changes in occupancy. But, occupancy is still lagging behind the ADR (average daily rate), he said. December, which is usually not tourisms best month, ended on a positive note, Klages reported. Occupancy was up 4.5 percent and the average daily rate climbed from $93.55 in 2010 to $100.85 in 2011 a 7.8 percent increase. The No. 1 feeder market was New York, followed by Chicago and the Greater Orlando Area. Total number of visitors for the month was 18,900, a 4.7 percent increase from 2010. The economic impact was more than $500 million up 6.8 percent from the previous year. See TOURISM, page 4A By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Fluoride in drinking water made the news again in January when the city of Pinellas Park voted to provide the additive to its citizens as soon as it can find funding to pay for the equipment. Pinellas County Commissioner Neil Brickfield made a motion at the Feb. 7 regular meeting to call for a referendum on fluoridation. The county stopped adding fluoride to drinking water supplied to retail and wholesale customers on Jan. 1. Brickfield was one of four commissioners who voted to remove stop adding fluoride. He said there seemed to be enough interest to put it to the public to decide. The motion died for a lack of a second. In new business, commissioners discussed a proposed resolution from County Administrator Bob LaSala for a referendum on pari-mutuel facilities. LaSala said placing the item on the agenda would preserve the commissions future rights to regulate pari-mutuel activities should Senate Bill 382 pass during the current legislative session. The bill would allow qualified pari-mutuel facilities to conduct slot machine gambling, if approved by citizens during a countywide referendum. LaSala said having the matter on the agenda keeps the issue alive and allows the board, if at some point in the future, it wants to allow slot machines in qualified pari-mutuel facilities, LaSala said. Features Business . . . . . . . . . . .7A Classieds . . . . . . . . .4-7B Community . . . . . . . .12-13A County . . . . . . . . . . .5-6A Entertainment . . . . . . .1-3,8B Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . .2-3A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . .10A Pet connection . . . . . . . .14A Police beat . . . . . . . . . .5A Schools . . . . . . . . . . .8A Sports . . . . . . . . . . . .9A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .11A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising At the box officeNicolas Cage reprises his role as Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. ... Page 8B.ENTERTAINMENT LARGOShamrock n Run 5K and Walk setThe 7th annual Shamrock n Run 5K and 1.5 mile walk will be held Friday, March 16, 7 p.m., at Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive. Children 7 and under can also lace up their shoes and participate in the Clover Kids Fun Run starting at 8:15 p.m. Following the races, all participants will enjoy a post-race meal, refreshments, drinks, award ceremony and live entertainment by Druid Roots. The Shamrock n Run is sponsored by Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar and Largos Recreation, Parks and Arts Department. Sign up before March 9 and save some money For race fees and to download a registration form, visit LargoSports.com, or register online at Active.com. For more information, call 587-6740, ext. 5016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Military museum changes focusAt a press conference Feb. 8, the museums founder and president, John Piazza Sr., announced the name change for the military museum and said that the museum will broaden its focus to include the ecological and social as well as military factors that influenced our history. ... Page 3A. County again faces gloomy budget year By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Pinellas County Commissioners have struggled with balancing the budget for the past four years due to a meltdown of the real estate market and a recession that began in December 2007. Previous budget forecasts predicted that the situation might get better by 2013. However, county staff now says it will be at least another year before the situation begins to improve. Budget Director John Woodruff presented the 10-year budget forecast for fiscal year 2012-2013 during a regular commission meeting Feb. 7. The economy is on track for slow but steady recovery, he said. Woodruff started his presentation with a look at the economy at the national level. He told commissioners that the Gross Domestic Product is expected to grow by 2.4 percent to 3.5 percent annually over the next three years. From the state perspective, the Florida Economic Estimating Conference, which met in December and January, says growth is anticipated to be sluggish through mid-2012, moderate through mid-2013, followed by normal growth thereafter. Recovery of the state and local economy will be dependent on population growth, which is expected to be weak, and the unemployment rate, which is expected to remain high, Woodruff said. However, the biggest issue creating gloom and doom for the upcoming budget year is property values. Woodruff said until values stabilize, property tax collections would continue to decrease, which is really bad news, considering that two-thirds of general fund revenue comes from property taxes. Woodruff said property values should bottom out sometime in the next two years. The timing depends on how long the area has high unemployment and See BUDGET, page 4APhoto By TOM GERMONDHighland Lake Park, located at 400 Highland Ave., features a lake, newly planted trees, a walking trail and other amenities.Eight OClock Theatre presents Funny Girl See Looking ahead for details ... Page 3B. Living blues legend Buddy Gay is among the headliners ... Page 1B.Sea-Blues Festival set for this weekend at Coachman Park Volume XXXIV,No. 30 February 16, 2012 www.TBNweekly.comLARGO The public is invited to join in the grand opening ceremony of Largos new Highland Lake Park on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m. The park, located at 400 Highland Ave., features an expanded lake, 140 newly planted trees, and a one-third mile asphalt loop walking trail open to the public. Additional amenities include a variety of park benches, picnic tables and trash/recycling bins. Highland Lake Park is open daily from dawn till dusk. The grand opening ceremony, led by the citys Parks Department and Engineering Division, will feature a special fish release into the lake, made possible by a donation from the Florida Wildlife Commission. A short demonstration of the Fluid Earth model will take place immediately following. Due to construction of the new Highland Recreation Complex, access to the new park is temporarily located off of Wood Street, or from Lake Avenue along the east side of the senior baseball field at the Highland Recreation Complex. Call the Largo Parks Department at 586-7415. We Pay Cash For Gold & Silver! We Pay Cash For Gold & Silver! 6206 54th Ave. N. St. Pete 544-6464 3209 Tampa Rd, Palm Harbor Shoppes at Cloverplace 727-785-6464 010512Visit Our New Location: 12046 Indian Rocks Road, Largo 727-595-1222 www.VONailsAndSpa.comFACIALS SPA THERAPY WAXING NAILS AND MORE Not available with other offers. Expires 3/15/12Full Set or Spa Mani-PediNot available with other offers. 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Construction work needs to take place during periods of low traffic volume, which makes it necessary for crews to operate between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Questions or concerns regarding this construction project should be directed to Steve Toth with Pinellas County Public Works at 464-8880.Trashion designers sought for 5th Annual Trashy Fashion ShowLARGO Applications are now being accepted for the 5th Annual Trashy Fashion Show, held at the Largo Cultural Center on Saturday, April 21, 6 to 9 p.m. Amateur eco-fashion designers can apply to showcase their trashions or fashions created from items that would otherwise have been discarded. The Trashy Fashion Show is an educational event that celebrates Earth Day. Participants of all ages are encouraged to think outside of the blue bin to create their wearable designs of at least 75 percent recycled or discarded items. Interested participants must first complete an online interest application by Sunday, March 25, at LargoRecycles.com or by calling 586-7424. After the interest application is submitted, participants are required to send a digital photo, description of their design and an environmental fact to accompany their design by Sunday, April 1 for consideration in the Trashy Fashion Show. Students, adults, individuals and groups will compete for prizes and the best in Show title of the trashiest designer. Prizes will be awarded to the best designs in four age-categories: junior designer (grade-levels K-5), teen/tween designer (grades 6-8), high-end designer (grades 9-12), adult designer (Ages 18+). 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. Email Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com or call 595-4521 for more information. The classes are free. Largos The HeART of Pinellas Festival, through March 31. Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Description: Starting Feb. 1, enjoy a two month celebration of the arts during Largos The HeART of Pinellas Festival. From dancing to singing, acting to clowning, painting to floral design, this festival has something for everyone to enjoy. 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The proceeds will be used to help underwrite community and educational programs such as the museums duffel bag program in which teachers discussing the two world wars or the conflicts in Korea or Vietnam can borrow a canvas duffle bag filled with authentic artifacts from those wars to use as teaching aids. There will be a public celebration day Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults and youths will receive $5 off admission. There will be complimentary cake and refreshments served. In addition to life-size dioramas of 90 years of military history, the museum houses Piazzas collection of military trucks, tanks, missiles, artillery and even a Soviet MiG jet fighter plane, as well as smaller artifacts. And it is rapidly outgrowing its current quarters. Its not on the back burner; its a priority, Piazza, who made his money as a real estate developer and owner of 20 assisted living facilities, said of his search for larger quarters. Recently, Piazza and Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard had discussions about moving the museum to the defunct, cityowned Harborview Center convention facility in downtown Clearwater. But Piazza said that that property is currently near the bottom of his list because of the horrendous amount of work it would require to renovate the aging structure.John Piazza Sr. announces the new name and mission of the Armed Forces History Museum. By LESTER R. DAILEYLARGO Say goodbye to the Armed Forces Military Museum and hello to the Armed Forces History Museum. At a press conference Feb. 8, the museums founder and president, John Piazza Sr., announced the name change and said that the museum will broaden its focus to include the ecological and social as well as military factors that influenced our history. We believe it is very important to broaden our scope and not just concentrate on the military aspects of our history, said Piazza, who opened the 50,000square-foot museum at 2050 34th Way N. in 2006, after operating it out of a trailer for a decade.He used the example of the museums Inchon Landing exhibit, saying it will now concentrate not only on the Korean War military campaign, but also on the ecology of the Sea of Japan and how the Korean people lived in the early 1950s.This does not have any effect on our 501-C-3 status, said Piazza, a former Marine Corps reservist. Were still a charitable organization, approved by the IRS. Our primary mission is to educate the people who come through (the museum), especially the younger generation. In addition to the permanent Do you know a hidden hero?Did you always think of letting others know about that neighbor who once climbed Mount Everest, or the quiet bagger at the grocery store who saved a childs life? 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4A Leader, February 16, 2012 BUDGET, from page 1Aforeclosure rates, which are on the rise again. Woodruff described each of the 10 funds that encompass the countys budget as being in balance or not in balance. Funds classified as not in balance are Transportation, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Districts and the General Fund, which is the largest. Funds for Tourist Development, Capital Projects, Airport, and Utilities Water, Sewer and Solid waste are in balance.Transportation trust fundBy 2019, all the money in the transportation trust fund will be gone unless commissioners do something to plug the drain. Projections show the fund will be out of balance beginning in 2013, primarily due to inflation and flat growth of gas tax collections, Woodruff said. The fund pays for road maintenance and projects that reduce street flooding and other transportation needs. Staff says to fix the problem commissioners could use general fund dollars to supplement revenue. Another potential solution is to create a new revenue source to pay to fix problems caused by stormwater, most likely a tax. Commissioners could choose to increase the local gas tax by up to 5 cents, or they could choose to lower the level of service. County Administrator Bob LaSala said if commissioners did not take action to bring the fund in balance, they risk putting the countys fixed assets, aka roads, in jeopardy of falling into disrepair. He said the root of the problem is the lack of a dedicated pool of money to pay for stormwater needs. The result, stormwater and transportation needs compete for available money. LaSala estimates about a third of the funds money goes to pay for stormwater needs. Be aware of growing pressure to come up with the funds to maintain an aging highway network, LaSala said. Commissioner Karen Seel suggested that staff look at a program recently started in Portland, Ore., that uses its Intelligent Traffic System to track vehicle miles traveled. She said the city plans to charge individuals based on miles traveled. It gets to the people who use roads and the transportation system, she said. She said the program would make up for gas tax revenue lost due to people driving hybrids or electric cars that still cause wear and tear on the roads.Emergency medical servicesDuring work on the budget for the current fiscal year, staff told commissioners that balancing the EMS fund would likely require an increase in the millage rate and reductions in expenditures, as recommended by a consultant hired to evaluate the rising costs. Commissioners approved a millage rate increase from 0.5832 to 0.8506 for the current year; however, plans to reduce expenditures remain on hold. Additional studies are under way to evaluate the consultants plan and an alternative put forth by local firefighters. Now, commissioners face even bigger problems due to the latest revenue projections for the EMS tax. Staff previously projected a 3 percent decrease in revenue for 2013, but now believes the figure will be closer to a 4 percent deficit. For 2014, staff had projected a 4 percent increase, but now projects a 2 percent decrease. Woodruff said commissioners most likely would need to make up a $5.9 million shortfall for fiscal year 2013 and $4 million in 2014. He also said there probably wouldnt be enough money to meet the reserve target of 25 percent. To balance the budget, staff recommends another increase of the EMS millage rate, reducing funding for first responder service, increasing the ambulance user fees or reducing funding for the ambulance service contract. If the budget is not balanced, EMS reserves will be gone by 2015.Fire districtsThe same scenario repeats for the 12 fire districts, which each have a separate millage rate. Woodruff said expenditures are continuing to outpace revenue coming in through property tax collections. He said to balance the fund, districts need to reduce spending and raise the millage rate, which could be a problem for districts that are already near the millage cap. Projections show that Dunedin, Pinellas Park and South Pasadena would experience significant increases, and South Pasadena and Tierra Verde would be within one mill of their caps. The projected millage rate increase for the Dunedin Fire District is 44.9 percent, 38.6 percent in Pinellas Park and 42.6 percent in South Pasadena.General fundThe general fund, which pays for the lions share of the countys operating and personnel costs, as well as expenses for the sheriffs office and other constitutional officers, also is not in balance. The fund receives the majority of its money from property taxes, about 65 percent, and another 11 percent comes from user fees and law enforcement contracts. Eight percent comes from sales taxes, 6 percent from revenue sharing and communications services tax, 6 percent from other (not defined), 4 percent from cost recovery programs, and less than 1 percent from earned interest. From fiscal year 2007 to 2012, general fund revenue dropped 35 percent, for a loss of $151 million. Staff anticipates that available revenue for 2013 will be lower than it was for the year 2002. The forecast calls for a deficit of $11.9 million in 2013 and an additional $10.7 million in 2014, plus a long-term structural shortfall of $22 million to $37 million, Woodruff said. Staff says the current level of service is not sustainable without significant increases in revenue or more reductions in service.Forecast uncertaintyWoodruff talked about factors that lead to considerable uncertainty with the budget forecast, including the timing of an increase in property values, the potential for a double dip recession as is happening now in Europe, compensation issues and the possibility of much larger Medicaid payments going to the state. LaSala said no salary increases are factored in the budget forecast until 2016. Theres pressure building in the marketplace in terms of compensation costs, he said. For the past four to six years, compensation has been flat or has declined. Thats something well have to deal with in the future, he said. Well be lucky if we make it until 2016. The state is proposing that the county pay for more indigent hospital-care days. Currently, counties pay for days 11 to 45 of hospital stays of residents on Medicaid who cant afford to pay their bills. The change would require the county to start paying on day eight. In addition, the county would not be allowed to verify if a patient actually is a resident. If the state says we owe it, we owe it, even if its incorrect, LaSala said. Theyre trying to reduce state taxes at the counties expense. In addition, there are three statewide referendums for proposed property tax exemptions on the November ballot. The first would reduce the cap on the annual change in taxable value for non-homesteaded property from 10 percent to 5 percent. The second would eliminate the recapture rule and prevent assessed property values from increasing when the market declines. The third would make the homestead exemption be 50 percent of market value for homeowners who have not had a homestead exemption in the previous three years. All could have a potential negative impact on the amount of money coming in to pay for county government.Tourist development fund forecastThis fund is forecast to be in balance for the next 10 years. Woodruff said the tourism industry is rebounding nicely. Tax collections are expected to grow by 3 percent each year. Officials also are expecting a boost in August when the National Republican Convention comes to Tampa. The forecast includes a $500,000 commitment to the Dali Museum in years 2015 to 2019. Woodruff also pointed out that the debt on Tropicana Field would be paid in 2015, meaning more money would be available for other allowed spending starting in 2016. This chart from the Feb. 7 staff presentation of the 10-year budget forecast shows the annual rate of change of countywide taxable values from 1988 to projected amounts in 2012. TOURISM, from page 1AHotel and motel managers are reporting positive trending in the number of people making reservations with 40.2 percent reporting an increase compared to only 15.4 percent with more reservations in 2010. The increase in visitors staying in local accommodations pumps up collection of the countys 5 percent tourist development tax. According to a report from the property tax collector, the tourist development tax, aka the bed tax, netted nearly $25 million in 2011. The money is used for a variety of tourism-related needs, including marketing and promotion, beach maintenance, paying the debt for Tropicana Field and more. Noah Lagos, executive director of the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, reported that business was good. He said total passenger traffic finished up 7 percent in December compared to the same month in 2010. Its nice to see that kind of growth when everyone is talking about the economy, Lagos said.He said air service to Canada from PIE was slowing starting to grow again. He said load factor on planes average 90 percent at PIE with passengers enjoying the point-topoint routes provided by the carriers. Allegiant Air commands 90 percent of passenger traffic coming in and out of PIE with 23 destinations. During the hardest time of the year, Allegiant continues to grow, he said. Lagos said the airport contributed almost $1 billion in economic impact to the county last year, making it a vibrant contributing business to the local economy. He talked about the recent airport renovations and ongoing improvements, including new dynamic message signs that would be installed in April and May. He said the airport was geared toward a singular message that PIE provides the most convenient and traveler-friendly experience to those who choose to use our airport. Mary Haven, senior public relations manager at Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater, talked about the big wins her department had scored recently, including having the county featured in a German glamour magazine and the Good Life Magazine in Atlanta, Ga. Kevin Smith gave a report on the latest news from the Sports Commission, reporting, Things are good. Weve had impressive numbers the last few months, he said. He talked about upcoming sports events, new events that have been scheduled and gave a view of events scheduled to continue. TDC members said goodbye and thank you to long-time TDC member Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard, who must leave office due to term limits. Ive enjoyed working with all of you, Hibbard said. Everything is headed in the right direction. He said since the TDC was such a critical group to the county and the city of Clearwater, mayor-elect George Cretekos would be serving in his place. Clearwater hosts a number of annual events that bring in large numbers of visitors, such as the annual Super Boat championship race, which took place Sept. 30Oct. 2 off Clearwater Beach. Klages reported that the 2011 event generated $15.5 million in economic impact and 5,900 bed nights in local accommodations. Hibbard joked about his exit from city government and the many boards on which he serves. Things are starting to sound like a eulogy lately, he said. Im not dying. I just wont be the mayor anymore. Events such as the Super Boat Championship off Clearwater Beach bring in large numbers of visitors each year. In 2011, officials estimate that the event generated $15.5 million in economic impact.Drivers on Florida roadways may want to practice some relaxation techniques before hitting the road this month. The Florida Highway Patrol today announced an education and enforcement campaign to ticket aggressive truck and car drivers. In crashes involving cars and commercial trucks, actions by drivers account for 88 percent of the crashes. Only 12 percent of the crashes are the result of vehicle defects, road conditions or inclement weather. The campaign aims to reduce commercial motor vehicle-related crashes, injuries and fatalities by combining outreach, education and evaluation with targeted enforcement activities to raise awareness among car and truck drivers about safe driving behaviors. The Florida Highway Patrol is committed to keeping our roadways safe for all motorists, and we are pleased to partner with the Florida Trucking Association on this safety campaign, said Col. David Brierton. Whether you are driving a commercial motor vehicle or a passenger car, it is a drivers responsibility to drive with care. On Feb. 27-29, troopers statewide will be on the lookout for violations attributed to aggressive driving such as: following too closely, unsafe lane change and speeding; committed by truck and car drivers as they interact on Florida highways. In addition to targeted enforcement, the campaign will use billboard and radio messaging to increase awareness among car and truck drivers of safe driving behaviors around one another and of the heightened risk of receiving a ticket for a violation. In addition, FHP will collaborate with the Florida Trucking Association to conduct activities at schools and community centers around the state to educate drivers on how to share the road safely with trucks. FTA President and CEO, Mary Lou Rajchel, said, Safety on Floridas roadways is a cooperative effort by cars and trucks alike. As an industry, safety is at the top of our minds it matters above all else. We are pleased with the opportunity to take our No Zone message about safe driving behaviors around big rigs on the road with the Florida Highway Patrol. Pairing the big trucks equal big blind spots message with the opportunity to see what our drivers see through community education is a unique approach that we believe will promote responsible driving for everyone. The Institute of Police Technology and Management will conduct surveys prior to and after the education and enforcement campaign to measure the campaigns effectiveness.Florida Highway Patrol to ticket aggressive drivers Commissioner Norm Roche asked that a new plan for the fund be developed prior to 2015, so commissioners could decide how best to spend the additional money. Commissioner Susan Latvala, who chairs the Tourist Development Council, assured Roche that the commission would be able to give input on future spending prior to 2016.Capital projects fundThe fund of money coming from a 1-cent Pinellas for Pinellas tax is balanced, Woodruff said, mostly due to reductions in projects and an $85 million loan from Solid Waste, which has an interest rate of less than 1 percent. He said staff would continue to monitor the fund and make adjustments to keep the fund in balance.Airport fundWoodruff said as long as staff continued to adjust operating and capital expenditures to match revenues, the airport fund would stay in balance for the next 10 years. He said the forecast includes additional revenue expected to come from development of the site of the former Airco Golf Course, which should begin in 2017.Utilities water, sewer and solid waste fundsUtilities Water and Sewer funds will remain in balance as long as annual rate increases continue as scheduled through fiscal year 2022. Officials predict that the solid waste fund also will remain balanced despite a reduction in revenue from tipping fees and electricity sales. Staff said revenues should remain sufficient to continue building up reserves to pay for future capital replacement needs. Service level stabilization accountFor the past four years, commissioners have set aside money to go into a Service Level Stabilization Account that LaSala says they had planned to use to provide a glide path for a softer landing when the economy came back high enough to support the level of service going forward. Its evident the economy is not coming back fast enough to achieve that goal, LaSala said. The current balance in the SLSA is $28.6 million. Woodruff showed a chart of what would happen if commissioners choose to use some of the money to make up the budget deficit for the next two years. For example, SLSA money could be used to make up the $11.9 million shortfall forecast for 2013 and the remainder of the money could be used to reduce the shortfall in 2014 to $5.9 million. If everyone holds their budget steady, we could use the funds to plug the gaps as much as we can, Woodruff said. However, commissioners still face projected revenue deficits of $23 million to $37 million for years 2015 through 2022. Woodruff said using SLSA funds would allow staff to continue work toward increasing efficiencies in county government and allow his office to make a better guess on the timing for recovery of property tax values.Next stepsThe Office of Management and Budget will officially kick off the 2013 budget season on Feb. 25. The commission has until Sept. 18, the date set for the final public hearing and adoption of the budget and millage rates, to come up with a balanced budget. Tentative millage rates must be approved by Aug. 3 to meet the property appraisers deadline to mail out Truth in Millage statements. The next few months will be spent meeting with the constitutional officers and department managers that report to the county administrator, looking at user fee schedules and reaching out to the public to find the right combination of spending cuts and revenue increases. LaSala proposed looking for additional ways to reach out to the public this year, including continuation of the e-TownHall meetings and taking the message to the public at venues outside the county courthouse in Clearwater. Meetings with the public will probably be scheduled in April. The property appraiser will certify estimates of taxable property values on July 1 giving staff a closer look at anticipated revenues. Projections will be revised as necessary. The fiscal year begins Oct. 1.Challenges aheadLaSala talked to commissioners about a change in attitude after so many years of budget cuts. Its human nature, after you get over the shock of the deep cuts made to gravitate back to something more comfortable, he said. Its behavior on the part of the staff and those who want services. There were concerns that we had cut too far. Now we have to cut more unless there is more revenue. Even our shrunken basket of services is not sustainable. Commissioner Ken Welch agreed that the next few months would be challenging. Recent work sessions have focused on services and budgets of Health and Human Services, Community Development, Code Enforcement and Business Technology Services. We cant go forward assuming were going to cut our way out of this, he said. So far, weve not seen the golden egg. The long-term level of services is not sustainable, LaSala said. We either have to reduce services or increase revenue or a combination of both. And increase efficiency, Commissioner Nancy Bostock said. Thats revenue, LaSala replied.
Largo woman killed in single-car crashLARGO A Largo woman died at the scene of a single car accident about 9:18 p.m. Feb. 11. A report from the Florida Highway Patrol said Monica E. Vieu, 62, was traveling westbound on 16th Avenue SE. when for some unknown reason, her 2007 Dodge Nitro traveled onto the grass shoulder on the north side of the road and on into a drainage ditch. The SUV overturned and struck a power pole. FHP is investigating. She was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.Police arrest man on several chargesLARGO Police have arrested a Largo man for a series of crimes that he had committed over the last two weeks. The suspect, Ronald Hefley, had been wandering through apartment complexes and mobile home parks around the area of Belcher and Ulmerton roads, police said. Police said Hefley, 20, committed several burglaries on several different nights. On one occasion, as he was out burglarizing vehicles, he entered the open door of an occupied mobile home and attempted to rob the resident with a firearm. The resident screamed and fled on foot causing Hefley to also flee. Largo police Detectives Brendan Arlington and Jill Freire gathered evidence Feb. 7 indicating Hefley as the suspect in these crimes. Hefley was located, arrested and taken to the Pinellas County Jail. Police said he confessed to the crimes. Bond was set at $20,150. Hefley was charged with two counts of burglary, one count of armed home invasion robbery, one count of auto burglary and one count of retail theft. Largo man charged with burglaryLARGO Police officers Feb. 10 were called in reference to a suspicious perso trying to open car doors in the area of Patlin Circle and Shirley Drive. Several officers were dispatched to set up a perimeter in the area that the subject was last seen. As officers set up a perimeter, Largo K9 Officer Jason Misner came into the area with his canine partner Loki. They began to track the suspect. After about 10 minutes of tracking, the subject was located burglarizing a vehicle on Patlin Circle South. Michael James Small, 18, of Largo, was charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of attempted burglary. Woman arrested on drug chargesLARGO A Palm Harbor woman was arrested Feb. 10 on drug chares. County 5A Leader, February 16, 2012 DAVID P. 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She was taken to the county jail under a $2,150 bond.St. Petersburg man charged with grand theftLARGO Police arrested a St. Petersburg man who was stealing a palm tree, mulch and assorted plants from the Madison of Largo Apartment Complex, 601 Rosery Road NW, as he was delivering newspapers. A citizen called police about the subject, identified as Akil Biglow. This was not the first time that similar items have been stolen. Officers arrived at the apartment complex and began to search the area. They located the suspect with the stolen items inside of the suspects car. Biglow, 31, was charged with grant theft Feb. 9. He was taken to the county jail under a $2,000 bond and was released.Smoking linked to fatal Seminole fireSEMINOLE A Seminole woman died Feb. 8 after her pajamas caught fire when she was lighting a cigarette. Sonja Skemp, 84, died at the scene, according to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office. Her husband, Samuel C. Skemp, 86, was not injured. 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Dawn Pecora, Frederick King and Donald Manley received this years Maybelle Rollins Bradford Award.Freda Turner and her husband, Thomas, started the award for the Pinellas Sheriffs School Crossing Guards 37 years ago in honor of Mrs. Turners mother, Maybelle Rollins Bradford. The Turners began the recognition after observing the care and concern school crossing guards displayed in their contact with children every day. Mrs. Turner continued this tradition following her husbands death in 1980, and when she passed away last year, she left arrangements through a trust to carry on the tradition in her mothers honor. Recipients who receive the honor must meet several criteria, including attendance, care of students at their crossing, hazards at the crossing, length of service and conduct. Each recipient received a $100 check, an engraved plaque and a recognition nameplate on a larger plaque that will be on display at the sheriffs office. Pecora has been a school crossing guard for five years. She became a FDOT certified trainer in 2010. Currently, she works two school crossing locations in the Largo and Seminole area. She has near perfect attendance and works diligently to keep the student pedestrians safe. One of her school crossings had its challenges with parking, traffic and neighborhood concerns. She has always handled herself in a professional manner when dealing with the school, public and community. King has been a member of the Sheriffs Office since 2002. Presently, he is working the very challenging school crossing post on Alt. U.S. 19 at Tampa Road. He provides coverage for two schools. At Ozona Elementary School, he helps more than 50 students cross the street safely in the morning and afternoon. He is also there in the morning and afternoon for 12 students at Palm Harbor Middle School. King knows all his students and parents by name and can even remember the sports the students participate in. Manley has been a member of the school crossing guard program since 2005. He works the challenging school crossing post located on Union Street at Patricia Avenue for Dunedin Middle School. Due to the high number of students utilizing this crossing, the guards must be alert and attentive to all that is going on around them. Don has had to deal with several gang fights, gunfire in the area and a student being shot by a BB gun. The PCSO School Crossing Guard Program presently has 131 crossing guards covering 166 school crossing posts for elementary, middle and one high school in the unincorporated area as well as in the contract cities of Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, Madeira Beach and Seminole. Sheriffs Office honors crossing guardsSchool crossing guard Dawn Pecora receives the Maybelle Rollins Bradford Award Feb. 3 for dedicated service to the children of Pinellas County from Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. Pecora works crossing locations in Largo and Seminole.The PCSO School Crossing Guard Program presently has 131 crossing guards covering 166 school crossing posts.
Networking clubs follow the leadsBusiness 7A Leader, February 16, 2012 The Schuler family, owners of Pet Safari, has 40 years of experience delivering quality services, pets and products to the Pinellas County community. The business, which now involves three generations of Schulers, started as a grooming business at East Bay Drive and Keene Road in 1972. Just two years prior Linda Schuler, mother of three boys, told husband Steve that she wanted to learn to either cut mens hair or groom dogs. He signed me up for a grooming school the next day, she remembered. Linda went to school three nights a week to hone her craft. After the family moved from Detroit to be closer to family, she opened Clearwater grooming business, first called Lin Schulers Grooming and later Shaggy Dog Grooming. At the time, Linda was the first certified masters groomer in the state of Florida. Eighteen years later, the business renamed Pet Safari grew into a full-line pet store, moving to LaBelle Plaza at Highland Avenue and Belleair Road. The store offers a plethora of furry friends in all sizes, colorful freshwater fish, hand-fed birds and all the best quality products youll need to keep your new pet happy and well cared for. And yet, the business has kept to its roots: providing professional-quality grooming with a personal touch. We use the highest quality shampoos and conditioners, and the dogs are groomed to professional breed standards, Linda said. The care of the animal is the most important thing. The store currently employs two groomers, who can care for 15 to 20 dogs a day, sometimes more. When we hire a groomer, it has to be someone who has at least five years of experience, and I work very close with them, Linda said. Our main objective is a professional quality. Dealing with the variety of other animals and associated pet products over the past 22 years is a continual learning experience. The management team only hires knowledgeable, well trained salespeople. Its always good to have employees that you can learn from too. Thats important, Linda said. We always hire people that are very knowledgeable. Pet Safari also offers locally bred puppies, available from the Schulers own client base. Theyre all home-raised puppies. We do not deal with any puppies from out of state whatsoever, Linda said. We know exactly where they came from and who raised them. The Schulers network with the local pet community has led them to author and behaviorist trainer Wendy Kelly, who will be at Pet Safari to promote her recently published book, Buji and Me, the story about how a rescue dog saved her life. All the dog foods the store offers are high quality. Some are holistic options, free of grain and other potential allegerns to dogs. The Schulers offer dental care assistance to dog owners. The store also hand-feeds their selection of birds, including cockatiels, lovebirds and parakeets. The process allows the birds to bond easily with humans. Theyre very good with people that way, Linda said. These days, Steve and Linda Schuler work with their son, David, who is the store manager. His two children Brittany, who recently headed off to boot camp with the Marines, and Joey, a 15-year-old high school student have also helped out in the family business. Whats the family secret to four decades of continual success? We put out quality work and stay very conscious of the dogs and animals, Linda said. People trust us. Thats the important thing. Pet Safari is at 1577 S. Highland Ave. Call 443-0993 or visit www.petsafari.com. Groomer Christine Hicks poses with Stanley before he receives his weekly trim.Pet Safari delivers quality grooming, pet products PAIDADVERTISEMENT021612 Rampart Properties managers earn CAI designationST. PETERSBURG Rampart Properties, an Associa company, recently announced that Eve Pennington, Kimberly Rodgers, Jane Jarlenski and Lynn Wyszynski received their AMS designation by the Community Associations Institute. Additionally, Stephanie Burtwell received her CMCA designation by CAI. We are extremely proud of all of our managers for achieving their goals of receiving their AMS and CMCA designations, said Bill Osburn, CEO of Rampart, in a press release. Their commitment to continuing education and professional development is a great asset to both Rampart and the communities we manage. To earn the AMS designation, a community manager must have at least two years verified experience in financial, administrative and facilities management of at least one association. They must also successfully pass the M-100 course, take at least one M-200 series course and successfully pass the Certified Manager of Community Associations exam administered by NBC-CAM. Pennington, on-site manager for Waters Edge Condominium Association, has gained a general knowledge of real estate, apartment management, development, HOA and condominium management over her 32-year-tenure in the community management profession. She is currently working on completing her PCAM designation. Rodgers is the portfolio manager for the St. Petersburg corporate office. She entered the community management industry in 2010. Rodgers began as a director of condominium customer service for a developer working with condominiums such as Laguna, Parkshore Plaza, 400 Beach and Waters Edge. Rodgers currently oversees a portfolio of condominium and HOAs. Jarlenski, a portfolio manager for the St. Petersburg Corporate office, has worked in the community association management professions for the past 12 years managing both condominium and homeowner associations. She achieved her AMS and CMCA designations while working for Rampart and is striving to attain the PCAM designation by year-end. Wsyzynski is the on-site manager for the homeowners of Palm Hill, Inc, and began her career in 1981 as a condominium manager in Iowa after obtaining an ARM designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management. She has served as portfolio manager overseeing 11 properties as well as a resident manager. She currently is an on-site community association manager. The CMCA designation is a valued accomplishment in the community management industry. Managers must complete Community Association Institutes Professional Management Development Program course the M100, Essentials of Community Association Management. This course covers topics ranging from Facilities Management and Community Government to Risk Management and Financial Management. Burtwell, a portfolio manager at the Sarasota office, graduated from Oakland University with a bachelor of arts in history. She began her career in real estate and made the transition to community association management in 2011.Helmus-OBrien earns promotionCLEARWATER Angela Helmus-OBrien, CFP, of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, recently achieved the officer title from vice president to first vice president. This is a promotion for Angela Helmus-OBrien, and a significant accomplishment, said Chris Lehan, registered client service associate, in a press release. Chamber to host Lunch and LearnOLDSMAR The Upper Tampa Bay Chamber will host its Lunch and Learn Friday, Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the chamber conference room, 101 State St. W. Session 1 of the program Using Social Media Effectively will be presented. Lunch will be served. Attendees will join in a discussion of social media with Andy Chiodo, Charisma PR, and Dave DeVelder, DevCom Marketing. The presenters will explore the benefits and value of using social media to create business and enhance revenue. Topics to be covered include the relationships of the three-legged stool of marketing: advertising, public relations and referrals. Cost is $15. Call 813-855-4233 or visit www.oldsmarchamber .com.TradeWinds partners with Gulf WildST. PETE BEACH Two of the TradeWinds restaurants Palm Court Italian Grill and Bermudas Steak and Seafood are now serving Gulf Wild seafood, so diners know exactly where their fish originated. The change ensures the fish are responsibly caught and that guests are receiving the freshest possible seafood from sustainability-focused fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico. Guests who order specially marked Gulf Wild seafood from the menu are presented a tag number, which is directly tied to the Gulf Wild TransparenSea system. Diners can visit the myGulfWild.com website and type in their unique tag number to see the specific fish type, a photo and biographic information on the captain, harvesting vessels name and background and the documented location where the fish was caught. Gulf Wild fish is randomly tested for heavy metals and other contaminants by higher standards than the federal governments so TradeWinds Island Grand diners will know their seafood selection is the freshest and healthiest available. Quality Hotel wins awardCLEARWATER The Quality Hotel On the Beach of Clearwater Beach was recently announced as a recipient of a prestigious 2012 Gold Hospitality Award from Choice Hotels International Inc. The Quality Hotel On the Beach hotels commitment to excellence and outstanding guest service has earned it this well-deserved recognition as of the best hotels among the Quality brand, said Steve Joyce, president and chief executive officer for Choice Hotels, in a press release. We here at Choice Hotels are very proud to award this distinguished honor to the Quality Hotel On the Beach hotel. As a top performing property among the companys more than 5,000 U.S. franchised hotels, the Quality Hotel On the Beach hotel is among the top percentile of properties within the Quality brand as one of only 12 hotels out of 257 Choice Hotels brand properties within the state of Florida and one of 88 hotels within the 1,037strong Quality brand to receive Gold Award status.Celtic Complexion wins Oscar placementTREASURE ISLAND Treasure Island resident Jennifer Devlin, founder of Celtic Complexion, will present her companys Calming Serum and Complexion Cream to Oscar nominees and fashion media at the 2012 Red Carpet Celebrity Style Lounge at LErmitage Hotel in Beverly Hills on Feb. 22. The invitation-only event benefits the Humane Society of the United States. Im excited that two of my best-selling products will be included in the coveted VIP gift bag for Academy Award nominees and presenters, said Devlin in a press release. Devlin is a master esthetician. She founded Celtic Complexion after healing her own rosacea with the organic, hand-blended recipes that now make up her skin care line. Celtic Complexions Calming Serum is an elixir for sensitive, fragile and irritated skin. Tampa Bay residents looking for star treatment can visit Devlin at Island Massage Therapy in Tierra Verde. Celtic Complexions complete product line, including ingredient lists, reviews and testimonials, are available at www.celticcomplexion.com. Friday, Feb. 17 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Friday, Feb. 17 Professional Leads Network, Upper Pinellas Chapter, 7:45 a.m., at R & G Caf, 1565 Highland Ave., Clearwater. Visit www.proleads.net. Friday, Feb. 17 Professional Leads Network, Bay Area Executives Chapter, 11:45 a.m., at Tum Rub Thai, 32716 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Monday, Feb. 20 Network Professionals Inc., 7:30 a.m., at Perkins Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Monday, Feb. 20 Professional Leads Network, St. Petersburg Chapter, 7:45 a.m., at Ricky Ps, 6521 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. Visit www. pro-leads.net. Monday, Feb. 20 Ready Set Grow Group, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at Hometown Family Restaurant, 10395 Seminole Blvd., Largo. Call Jamie Limbaugh at 831-2450 or email jamieL@ freenetworkinginternational.com. Monday, Feb. 20 Free Networking International, Clearwater Two Cups Connect Group, 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Bay Coast Coffee Market, 2525 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Call Wayne Porter at 642-6173, email waynep@freenetworkinginterna tional.com or visit twocupsconnect.com. Tuesday, Feb. 21 Professional Leads Network, First Watch Chapter, 7:30 a.m., First Watch, 2569 Village Drive, Clearwater. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Tuesday, Feb. 21 The Board, Network Professionals, 7:30 a.m., at Panera Bread, Bardmoor Shopping Center, corner of Bryan Dairy and Starkey roads, Largo. Call 742-6343. Tuesday, Feb. 21 Business Network International, Winners Circle, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Call Dave Proffitt at 230-9240. Tuesday, Feb. 21 Network Professionals Inc., Seminole Chapter, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, Feb. 21 Yacht Club Breakfast, sponsored by Creative Business Connections, 7:30 a.m., St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call Darrell Baker, area director, at 586-4999 or visit www.cbcnet.biz. Tuesday, Feb. 21 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, Feb. 21 Free Networking International, Bayside Group, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bay Pines Sports Bar, 9685 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. Call Janet Landt at 455-7510, email email@example.com or visit www.freenet workinginternational.com. Tuesday, Feb. 21 Network Professionals Inc., ICOT Lunch Chapter, 11:45 a.m., at Tucsons Southwest Grill, 13563 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Call Eddie Montoya at 813-477-3533. Tuesday, Feb. 21 Tri-City Network Professionals, 11:45 a.m., at Applebees Restaurant, 5110 East Bay Drive, Clearwater. First visit is free. Call 492-7921. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Business Network International, Financial Freedom, 7:15 a.m., at Bardmoor Country Club, 8001 Cumberland Road, Largo. Call Phil at 409-1609 or visit www.BNI FinancialFreedom.com. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Pinellas Executives Association, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., at Cove Cay Country Club, 2612 Cove Cay Drive, Clearwater. Call Donna Perry at 784-6507 or visit www.peafl.com. Wednesday, Feb. 22 BNI Business Connections Countryside, 7:30 a.m., at Grillsmith, 2539 Countryside Blvd., Suite 6, Clearwater. Cost is $11. Call Renee Jones at 813-749-2780, email bni firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bnibusinessconnec tions.com. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Network Professionals Inc., East Lake Breakfast Chapter, 7:30 a.m., at Daddys Grill, 3682 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Call Jenny Stone at 776-2829. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Local Business Network Seminole, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call 804-6359. Wednesday, Feb. 22 BNI Wealth Builders, 7:30 a.m., Palm Harbor Community Center Parks and Drew Valk Recreation, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Visit www.bni.com. Wednesday, Feb. 22 BNI Power Team, 7:30 a.m., East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Pkwy., Oldsmar. Visit www. bni.com. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Network Professionals Inc., Downtown Clearwater Breakfast Chapter, 7:30 a.m., at the Residence Inn, 940 Court St., Clearwater. Call Kim Anton at 539-7110. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Free Networking International, Seminole Christian Hope Team, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Palace of the Orient, 10425 Park Blvd., Seminole. Call Dave Harden at 458-6890 or email email@example.com. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Free Networking International, Oldsmar Group, 11:30 a.m., at Twisted Bamboo Bar and Bistro, 3687 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Call Nova Montgomery at 942-0444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Professional Leads Network, 11:45 a.m., at Thirsty Marlin, 351 West Bay Drive, Largo. Call Woody Brown at 518-1967 or visit www.pro-leads.net. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Professional Leads Network, Foxys Chapter, 11:45 a.m., Staceys Buffet 1451 N. Missouri Ave., Largo. Visit www.pro-leads .net. Wednesday, Feb. 22 St. Pete Professional Chapter of Ali Lassens Leads Club, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hilton Hotel, 333 First St. S., St. Petersburg. For reservations, call 813-221-1441 or visit www.LeadsFL.com. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Network Professionals Inc., Pasadena Chapter, 11:45 a.m., GiGis Italian Restaurant, 6852 Gulfport Blvd., South Pasadena. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Network Professionals Inc., Dunedin Lunch Chapter, 11:45, at the Countryside Country Club, 3001 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater. Call Jim Lampanthakis at 736-2000. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Beach Team Connections Group, noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Blue Parrot, 85 Corey Circle, St. Pete Beach. For information, call Leslee Moore at 363-7573. Thursday, Feb. 23 BNI Success Masters Seminole Chapter, 7:25 a.m., at the Barrington, 901 Seminole Blvd., Largo. The meeting includes breakfast. Cost to attend is $8. Call Cindy Durant at 560-9750. Networking groups, aka leads groups, meet on a regular basis at various locations in the area. Some groups charge a fee to attend, and most require reservations. Persons considering attending any group for the first time are encouraged to make contact in advance. The upcoming schedule is as follows: Friday, Feb. 17 BNI Referral Masters, 7 a.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call Bill Mantooth at 639-6690 or visit www.bnireferralmasters.com. Biz notes Biz notes Todays Paper Delivered FREE To You Courtesy of the Advertisers in Todays Paper Let Them Know You Appreciate it.
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Wofford is in Spartanburg, S.C.Students make Deans List at CCCCLEARWATER Local students have earned a place on the Deans List at Clearwater Christian College for the fall semester. To earn this award, students must earn a gradepoint average between 3.5 and 3.9 on a 4.0 scale. Those awarded are as follows: Betsi Beardsley of Clearwater. She is a 2010 graduate of St. Petersburg Collegiate High. She is the daughter of Frank and Tracy Beardsley of Clearwater. She is a junior music BS major at the college. Meredith Ashlee Cook of Clearwater. She is a 2007 graduate of Line Mountain High in Herndon, Pa., and is the daughter of Bob and Stacey Cook of Dornsife, Pa. She is a sophomore undeclared major at the school. Justin Heidman of Clearwater is a 2007 graduate and the son of Victor Heidman of Clearwater and Stephanie Heidman of Dunedin. He is a senior psychology major at CCC. Christina J. Myerly of Clearwater is a 2008 graduate of Frederick Christian Academy in Frederick, Md. She is a senior biology major at the college. Sarah Wild of Palm Harbor is a 2008 graduate of Fulton County Christian Academy in Rochester, Ind. She is a sophomore general studies associate major at CCC. CCC is home to more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a Christian education in a liberal arts environment. New president at Clearwater Christian CLEARWATER Clearwater Christian College has named Dr. John F. (Jack) Klem as the schools fifth president. Klem holds degrees from Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, Pa.; Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, Pa.; and Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Minn. He has served as vice president of academics and dean of graduate school at Northland International University in Dunbar, Wis., and academic dean and executive vice president at the Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Virginia Beach, Va., where he also served on the faculty as professor of biblical theology and exegesis. Klem is currently senior pastor of the Brookdale Baptist Church in Moorhead, Minn. He is originally from Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He and his wife, Cathy, have two adult children. He will follow current president Richard A. Stratton who concludes his 10-year tenure with the institution in the spring.Beeghly earns Faculty HonorsSAFETY HARBOR Caitlin Beeghly of Safety Harbor earned the distinction of Faculty Honors for the fall 2011 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Undergraduate students earning a 4.0 academic average for the semester earn this distinction. The Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, is one of the nations leading research universities, providing a focused, technologically based education to more than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Georgia Tech has many nationally recognized programs, all top ranked by peers and publications alike, and is ranked in the nations Top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has more than 100 interdisciplinary research centers operating through the colleges of architecture, computing, management, engineering, sciences, and the Ivan Allen College of liberal.Boca Ciega hosts reunionST. PETERSBURG Boca Ciega High Schools class of 1965 is celebrating its 65th reunion on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21. The Friday event is 7 to 11 p.m. at Silas Dents Bayside Banquet Hal, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Cost is $30 for the appetizers. The Saturday event is 7 to 11 p.m. at Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, for a loaded dinner buffet and dancing. Cost is $50. Cost for both nights is $75 plus a cash bar. There is also a breakfast buffet on Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Blvd., Seminole. Cost is $16. If people want to play golf or tennis, reserve a time by Monday, April 16 for Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday at Seminole Lake Country Club. Just mention the reunion and golf is $55 a day and tennis is $10 a day. Call 391-6255 for golf or 394-1733 for tennis. For reunion costs, make checks out to BCHS and send them to Becky Greenwald Falzone, P.O. Box 40214, St. Petersburg, FL 33743. Hotel discounts are available at Alden Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach. Room rates are $99 to $159 until March 12. Call 3607081. For questions, call Suzi Anderson Fischer at jfischer43@ tampabay.rr.com or call 8236870.Deal makes Deans ListCLEARWATER Cassandra L. Deal of Clearwater has made the Deans List at Western New England University for the fall semester. Deal is a sophomore English major. Students named to the Deans List earn a gradepoint average of at least a 3.3. The university is in Springfield, Mass. Notebook Notebook
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PETERSBURG The editor of a publication about University of Florida sports said he is willing to give the Florida Gators head football Coach Will Muschamp a mulligan for his performance this past year. Asked his opinion of Muschamp, who had a 7-6 record for the 2011 season, Gator Bait Magazine founder Marty Cohen told Gators fans Feb. 9 at Fergs Sports Bar & Grill in St. Petersburg that being a first year coach at any school, youre usually walking into a difficult situation; theres usually a reason why the previous guy left. He walked into a very tough situation, Cohen said. He did not have a great deal of talent across the board at all spots. He was facing a murderous schedule. His quarterback, (John Brantley) who again was good but not great, got hurt. Muschamp had to play a freshman quarterback against Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Good luck with that, Cohen said. So I think he had a lot of things going against him, Cohen said. There were some things he could have done better. I dont think he did a good job with you guys, he said, adding that there is a growing disconnect between the grassroots fans and the program. Muschamp is cautious and follows many of Alabama head Coach Nick Sabans traits, such as not very media friendly, Cohen said. That style of coaching when you win 13 games a year is wonderful; when you go 7-6 people arent as thrilled with you, Cohen said. However, Muschamp seems to have a pretty good personality when we get to see it, he said. Cohen also thinks Muschamp has put together a good staff. I will say this and its not his fault. I think its awfully difficult to be the head coach of the University of Florida when you have never been a head coach before, Cohen said. He said Florida went through the same situation before and the results were kind of disastrous, he said. The problem is, the next year is huge for him, he said. The Gators play a tough schedule, the team is young. A lot of holes need to be filled on the roster. It will be interesting how much patience the administration and you guys (the fans) have, Cohen said. Cohen, speaking at a post signing day Pinellas County Gator Club tailgate party, said Florida finished fourth or fifth in recruiting in the nation and signed 23 prospects. One of the top offensive players is Matt Jones, who rushed for about 900 yards at Armwood High last season. Jones is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 213 pounds. If he is good as advertised, hes going to get an opportunity, Cohen said. Theyre hoping that Matt Jones is that big tailback for them. He said the Gators came up a little short at wide receiver, but were able to sign Latroy Pittman (6-0, 195) from North Marion High. Hes a very good athlete; he could play on both sides of the ball, Cohen said. Florida signed the top two tight ends in the country, he said, adding that tight ends have become more important in the offense that Muschamp wants to run. Among the signees is Ken Taylor (6-5, 225) from Land OLakes High. On the defense, the Gators signed seven linemen, including one of the best pass rushers in America. Jonathan Bullard (6-3, 263) went to Crest High School in Shelby, N.C. as did former Gator All-American linebacker Brandon Spikes. Keep your fingers crossed. He (Bullard) has some academic concerns, Cohen said. The biggest news for Florida was that outside linebacker Dante Flower (6-3, 263) from Lakewood High School signed with the Gators after committing to Florida State for 14 months, Cohen said. Another local recruit, Jeremi Powell, (6-1, 193) who played outside linebacker at Pinellas Park High, is a terrific athlete, Cohen said. Powell will have to put on some size to play linebacker, Cohen said, but could play safety if he doesnt. To me this was a very, very good class on paper, he said. Not to the level of say Urban Meyers second class or Ron Zooks (former head coaches) second class. Muschamp will have an opportunity to look at the tape and seeNext season huge for Gators head football coach, editor says Photo by TOM GERMONDGator Bait Editor Marty Cohen said the Gators new recruits are a very, very good class on paper.what it is that he wants for the second class, Cohen said. Its that second class where you really have to make something happen, he said.For more information about the Pinellas County Gator Club, visit www.pinellascountygatorclub.com. Email at pinellasgators@yahoo .com
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Redfish numbers are increasing in our inshore waters; this is a sure sign of spring. Fish the high tides for a chance at multiple hook-ups, targeting small oyster clumps along mangrove shorelines has been the key. The tide really came up this past week with the full moon tides, and the reds were finally able to work their way up to and under the mangroves to forage on small crabs and baitfish. Cast select shrimp suspended under a float along the edges of the oyster or bounce dark colored soft plastics. The most productive flats have been those in the restricted nomotor zone areas found in St. Josephs Sound as well as those found around Fort De Soto. Speckled trout fishing was solid last week before the front; focusing on the first half of the incoming tide we targeted the spoil islands north of the Dunedin Causeway. We found the fish stayed way off of the islands with the extreme low tides. Once the schools were located we were hooking trout on nearly every cast. Live free-lined select shrimp with a small split shot to help keep it down in the current was the bait of choice; however, fan casting soft-plastic jigs allowed us to locate the schools. Sheepshead fishing continues to improve; pass jetties and bridges were both productive last week. Using pieces of fresh shrimp for bait we were able to get a mixture of sheepshead, black drum and the occasional redfish. Afternoon high tides seem to be the most productive; for the jetties try using a small float to keep your bait up and out of the rocks. For the bridge fenders and pilings keeping your bait on the bottom with as little weight possible is key for detecting the bite. Until next week, get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hotmail .com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@tbnweek ly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.Lawrence Clayton will present the Other Face of the Conquest: Bartolome de las Casas, Protector of the American Indians. The face of the conquest in this part of the world is one of greed and unsavory characters such as Conquistadors Narvaez, de Soto and Ponce de Leon. Clayton will explain how one man, a Dominican friar, stood up for justice and became the universal protector of the Indians during the early 1500s. Advance registration is requested. Call 453-6500 or visit www.wee donislandpreserve.org.Weedon to host photography hikeST. PETERSBURG A photography hike will be offered Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The free event will offer participants the perfect opportunity to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, highlighting specific wildlife behaviors, guides will assist participants in capturing the natural beauty in photos. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Weedon to host guided hikesST. PETERSBURG Guided hikes will be offered Saturdays, Feb. 18, 25, March 10, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Attendees will learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while going along on this free guided hike. Participants should bring water and a snack. A hat and closed-toe shoes also are recommended. The hike is best for ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonis landpreserve.org.Weedon to host Wee-TimeST. PETERSBURG Wee-Time at Weedon will be presented Thursdays, Feb. 23, March 8, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. This free program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fourth Thursday of each month, children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. Preregistration is required. To register, call 582-2100 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. For information, call 453-6500.Weedon to host bird walkST. PETERSBURG A bird walk will be offered Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Many of Floridas colonial water birds can be spotted at Weedon Island Preserve during the winter months. Trained volunteers will assist participants in documenting the variety of wading birds that frequent the coastal shores as well as the many birds of prey and other species. Binoculars will be available. The event is recommended for adults. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Great Weedon Bird Quest setST. PETERSBURG The Great Weedon Bird Quest will be Friday, March 9, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Guests will learn to identify marks and behaviors of the island birds while taking advantage of this free guided hike. Binoculars will be available. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.wee donislandpreserve.org.Brooker to present Book TimeTARPON SPRINGS Book Time at Brooker will be offered Thursdays, Feb. 16, 23, March 1, 8, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Designed for children ages 3 to 5, this free program connects attendees to the wonders of the natural world. In addition to hearing a great story, children will participate in a craft, game or other handson activity related to the story that is read. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Call 582-2100 or visit www.brooker creekpreserve.org.Philippe to host nature walkSAFETY HARBOR A guided nature walk will be offered Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway. The hike is limited to 12 participants. Attendees will learn park history while exploring nature. Participants should meet at the Philippe gravesite at 9 a.m. Closed-toe shoes, water, sunscreen a hat and insect repellant are recommended. Reservations will be accepted through the Friday prior to the hike. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call 669-1947 or e-mail email@example.com.Archaeology lecture setST. PETERSBURG The Archaeology Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 to 8 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein
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Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563Misguided view of texting issueFlorida lawmakers should pass law to ban texting while drivingOn Aug. 5, 2010, on Interstate 44 near Gray Summit, Mo., a series of collisions involving two school buses, a Volvo tractor and extended pickup truck resulted in the deaths of a bus passenger and the pickups driver. Thirty-five passengers from both buses, the two bus drivers and the driver of the tractor received minor to serious injuries. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of initial Gray Summit collision was distraction, likely due to a text messaging conversation conducted by the GMC pickup driver. As a result of the accident, the Safety Board recommended that states by law ban the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices. The timing of that safety recommendation, issued Feb. 8, couldnt have been better for the Floridians. Efforts to ban texting while driving are being thwarted again this legislative session by some stubborn and misguided lawmakers, such as House Speaker Dean Cannon. Cannon and other opponents argue that the texting bans infringe upon peoples personal liberties. Such reasoning ignores the statistics and arguments posed by the advocates of a bill filed to ban texting while driving. A recently released study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute involving trucks found that text messaging made the risk of a crash or nearcrash event 23.2 times as high as non-distracted driving. Sending or receiving a text takes a drivers eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent at 55 mph of driving the length of an entire football field, a U.S. Department of Transportation study said. Some studies and experts suggest that texting while driving is as dangerous as driving while slightly impaired by alcohol. The bill filed this year has strong support from AAA, the Florida Police Chief Association, the Florida Sheriffs Association, and the Florida Bicycle Association. Five states enacted texting while driving laws in 2011, bringing the total to 35. Other states are considering similar legislation. Legislation filed by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, would make texting while driving a secondary offense, meaning that offenders would be subject to a $30 fine for their first violation. Though the fines are small, hopes are that penalty provisions in the bill will be palatable enough to win lawmakers support for the texting ban. Americans enjoy a wealth of personal liberties, such as operating a motor vehicle. But governing bodies have an obligation to exclude life-threatening, reckless behavior from personal liberties that will be condoned. When legislators take up the issue, they should think clearly and let common sense rule the day.LETTERS EDITORIALSupports ChristyEditor: I will be voting for Tom Christy for Seminole City Council in the March 13 election. He has been active in the community and submitted a petition with 125 names calling for a City study, along with the Pinellas County and FDOT, of a pedestrian crosswalk on the corner of 80th Avenue and 113th Street. This would increase safety for those who want to shop at the Publix shopping area. He has called for revitalization of the Seminole Mall with more active public pressure from the city. He has asked for improvement of the property on the southwest corner of the Mall at 113th Street and Park Boulevard Christy favors term limits for local officials and more accountability. He wants a more aggressive annexation policy to make the city boundaries more logical. The City of Seminole looks like an irregular checkerboard and many residents do not know whether they live in the city or not. Tom is a truly non-partisan candidate who wants to serve the community and not use the City Council position as a springboard to higher office. He will focus on the job at hand. Roney Sorensen Seminole Students pitch in for recycle rallyEditor: Some of the local schools are participating in this years national Dream Machine Recycle Rally. Students are collecting and bringing to school plastic beverage containers (excluding milk containers) and juice or soda cans. Seminoles Orange Grove Elementary School and Seminole Middle School are participating. Get your neighbors and your business to help the children to win prizes for their schools. Contact schools to find out where their drop-off locations are. Mary Hampton SeminoleCommon sense lacking in child care lawsI am a guardian ad litem. You would be amazed at the legal obstacles the Department of Children and Families has to go through to remove a child from an abusive home. If a parent does their court-ordered case plan, the child goes back to the family, even if it is against the wishes of the case manager or guardian ad litem. Why? Because its the law. Common sense doesnt always prevail. The truth is we have evolved into a very irresponsible society when it comes to caring for our children. Forty percent of child support goes unpaid every year. Just one example: We have more than 30,000 kids under state supervision. We cant post a guard at every door. By the way, if you have some spare time, we could use some more guardians. Hundreds of kids in the Tampa Bay area dont have one. Jeff Shelton LargoVoice outrage over amendmentEditor: When the Obama administrations health care financing plan was signed into law, President Obama and Congress promised that funds under the new law would not cover abortions. This has proven to be empty rhetoric. Why? Because the Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that under the health care law, private insurance plans must cover the full range of FDA approved contraception in which category HHS explicitly included the abortion-inducing drug ella. Shame on you Sen. Mikulski. This mandate is anti-Christian and especially anti-Catholic. You of all people should know better. This mandate includes a so-called religious employer exemption, yet the exemption is so narrowly defined that most religious schools, colleges, hospitals and charitable organizations serving the public do not qualify. Even an expanded definition of religious employer would fail to protect non-religiously affiliated organizations, individuals and even religiously affiliated health insurers who pro-life consciences are nonetheless violated. This is an unprecedented attack on the freedom of conscience of choice to purchase private insurance that does not violate their ethical, moral or religious objections. I hope all readers will contact their elected representatives in Washington, D.C., and voice outrage over this anti-life mandate. Ed Klein Clearwater The best interviewer around todayScattered out there in the vast wasteland of American television are a few islands of civility, intelligence and good sense, where men and women of significance can be questioned and heard. One of these oases has been the PBS-distributed interview program of Charlie Rose. Seated at a round oak table with one or two spotlights to illuminate him and his guests, Rose distinguishes himself with his probing, pertinent and occasionally too-wordy questioning of politicians, writers, performers, scientists, athletes and often less-known but consequential actors on the stage of current affairs. Charlie marked his 70th birthday a few weeks ago. He shows few signs of slowing down. As if his PBS late-night show wasnt enough to occupy him, Rose agreed to be a co-anchor on CBS This Morning, which last month replaced the longstanding but eventually flagging CBS Early Show. Born to tobacco farmers in Henderson, N.C., Rose enrolled at nearby Duke University, obtained a B.A. in history and then a law degree. Even as a youngster, he was known for his insatiable curiosity, a trait that surely helps to explain his later success in seeking out answers to how and why the world works as it does. While at Duke he met fellow student Mary King. When she was hired by the New York office of the British Broadcasting Co., Rose moved north with her and did freelance reporting for New York TV outlets. He soon met documentarian Bill Moyers, who in 1974 named Rose executive producer of Bill Moyers Journal. During the next 10 years Rose worked for several other networks, and was eventually hired as program manager for a Dallas-Ft. Worth TV station. It was there that Charlie nailed down a late-night time slot that became the first officially titled Charlie Rose Show. In 1984 he again moved north to serve until 1990 as anchor of the CBS News Nightwatch, a late-night news broadcast. After an abortive six-week stint with Fox, Rose joined PBS station WNET in September 1991. He was nationally syndicated in 1993. Rose and his wife Mary divorced in 1980. Since 1993 Rose has been the companion of Amanda Burden, a well-connected socialite who is director of the New York City Department of City Planning. Today Rose has a number of homes they include 575 acres in Oxford, N.C., and apartments in New York, Washington, D.C., and Paris. Rose has been called the best interviewer around today, whose programs are the last refuge of intelligent conversation on TV. Watching Charlie grill his guests, I get the feeling he is either terrifically well-informed about most topics, or that he has a research team that can make him appear that way on very short notice. Generally he gives a guest plenty of time to voice his or her thoughts. But he doesnt hesitate to interrupt a guest, usually in an attempt to clear up a point or steer the conversation down a promising alley. Rose can be too gabby. Im sometimes tempted to do a stop-watch exam on one of his interviews to see how much time Rose speaks vs. the speaking time of a guest. A scan of Roses interviewees reveals a number of things. One, his guests are mostly male. I dont think Rose has ever been accused of being biased against women; I just assume that most of the worlds newsmakers are men. When Charlie reveals a liking for a certain woman, he doesnt hold back. The most recent example was his interview with British actress Tilda Swinton, during which Rose declared her to be pretty much the sexiest, most alluring woman on earth. I would argue that point, although Id agree that Ms. Swinton is a brilliant actress who, under the appropriate circumstances, can come across as boyishly attractive. Roses guest list is also heavily weighted with persons connected to the Middle East. This is to be expected, given Americas tragic, bungled involvement in that area of the world during the past 10 years. Rose does not hesitate to summon guests for repeat appearances. An example is Fouad Ajami, a Stanford University professor with a broad knowledge of Middle Eastern affairs. He has been interviewed by Rose 35 times. Rose is not concerned that most Americans may never have heard of some of his guests. Thats one reason why, although Roses viewer ratings may not be as high as Larry Kings were, Rose commands a level of intellectual respect that King couldnt touch with a 10-foot pole.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at email@example.com. Drivers SeatBob Driver Charlie Rose has been called the best interviewer around today, whose programs are the last refuge of intelligent conversation on TV. Drug war needs new focus, strategyA bit of respect, please, for the drug cartels. For their ingenuity, technological shrewdness, and ability to adapt their products and services to a changing marketplace. Its a perspective missed by both Democrats and Republicans. Politicians of both parties are too busy grandstanding about securing or fixing a border they fail fully to understand. A series of position papers is being released by the nonprofit Immigration Policy Center detailing the failings at the U.S.-Mexico border in stark, necessary language. The author is former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, and his nuanced view is a corrective to the overheated rhetoric we usually hear on the subject. Most Americans think the trouble at our southern border is just about guns, dope and meth. Goddard argues the Mexican drug cartels are more aptly described as transnational criminal organizations. They are branching to new lines of business like production and distribution of pirated music, movies and software, money laundering and hijacking. Rather than being just a line in the desert sand, the southwest border is a complex, multidimensional interrelationship of immigration laws, cyberspace money transfers, and international business connections, Goddard writes. His second in a series of three reports, How to Fix a Broken Border: Disrupting Smuggling at Its Source, was released days ago. In almost every paragraph you can read Goddards exasperation with our wrongheaded border policy. Politicians earn brownie points from voters by pumping up the rhetoric about needing more boots on the ground, but they are unlikely to catch a Zeta that way. If we are serious about stopping the threat on the border, we have to dismantle the criminal organizations that carry the contraband and take away the tools that make them so effective, Goddard writes. Anything less will fail. Clearly, the U.S. is stuck at fail. Goddard points out that success at the border is difficult to define, and he questions whether we should take comfort in statistics that show fewer illegal border crossings. Current enforcement approaches typically focus on chasing the contraband and the humans being smuggled, rather than stopping the enterprises behind the work. Some law enforcement efforts have had the paradoxical effect of increasing demand for the cartels services, such as moving people across the border. A major fault of U.S. policy is failing fully to understand the cartels motivations and methods. Despite their well-deserved reputation for grisly and indiscriminate murder, the cartels are not interested in bringing that mayhem north of the border. That would be bad for business. Consider a typical occurrence: cartel operatives dumping large quantities of drugs in order to avoid a gunfight with U.S. agents. This tactic too often works as a pacifier. Drug enforcement officials pose for the predictable media photo op. Look, what we got! Meanwhile, the smugglers are long gone, on to the next transaction. Such losses are a necessary component of their business model, Goddard points out. Dump the product to ensure the business remains profitable, one step ahead of the law. The cartels are extremely sophisticated in their intel and operations. And their raison detre is not violence but making money. They are as committed to profit seeking as any Fortune 500 business. Indeed, they funnel an estimated $40 billion in revenue from U.S. operations back to Mexico annually, according to Goddard. The key to defeating the cartels will be going after the vital aspects of their businesses. Their communication systems must be cracked, jammed, and shut down, Goddard writes. Their leaders must be identified, arrested and incarcerated. Most important, the illegal flow of funds across the border into cartel pockets must be disrupted, interrupted and stopped. During his time as Arizona attorney general, Goddard won a $94 million settlement with Western Union; he had charged that cartels had used the company extensively in highly complicated money transfers. His instinct as a prosecutor has been to follow the money, and he argues that the U.S. Department of Treasury needs to collaborate with the Department of Homeland Security and the Mexican government in concerted, well-organized efforts as nimble as the cartels own. You dont move $40 billion across a border every year without the help of some major financial intermediaries. The violence in Mexico is horrific, but it also prompts overblown fears here in the U.S., with the result that our border policies are often ineffective and incoherent. If we hope to see the cartels crumble, we have to change the way we understand them. Goddards reports are a step in the right direction.Mary Sanchez is an opinion-page columnist for The Kansas City Star. Readers may write to her at: Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108-1413, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mary Sanchez
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Marianne Fisher CEO FAMILY PRACTICE &INTERNAL MEDICINE U.S. Census remains a premier source for genealogy that we have been anticipating its release with an understandable degree of excitement. It is worthwhile to review some of the unique elements of this census and its release in order to make best use of it when the time comes. First of all, remember the economic and social times in which this census was taken. The depression was impacting the economy with 1932 and 1933 arguably being the worst years. The dust-bowl drought decimated farms about mid-decade. Both of these events plus the growing threat of war in Europe created a time of economic, political, and social upheaval that the government needed information about in order to manage things. So expect to see questions that reflect those conditions. The census contains about 132 million names, the greatest amount, of course, of any census released to date. The previous census reported about 123 million names. Although the effective date of the census was April 1, 1940, four questions, all dealing with residence, were based on the date April 1, 1935. This gives us an idea of the economic-induced migration of our population that was occurring in this decade. This is the first time in any census available to us that questions deviated from the effective date. Another first in this census was the inclusion of a question about annual income, which will give a great sense of the economic health of families. One of the most dramatic changes in policy reflected in this census was the use of statistical sampling. There were 15 questions that were asked of only about 5 percent of the population. Based on their responses, that information was then statistically applied to the general population. Here is how the sample was selected: each side of the census form had lines for 40 individuals; two of those lines on each side were pre-marked (lines 14 and 29 on side one, for instance); it is those people who responded to the 15 additional questions. For those of you straining at the math, two names out of 40 is 5 percent. We would have liked everyone to have answered those additional 15 questions for the benefit of our research, but alas, that was not to be. That disappointment becomes acute when you discover that the extra questions included those dealing with nativity of parents, veteran status, and number of marriages valuable genealogical information. Another uniqueness of this census is the identification of the person providing the information to the census taker. That person will have a circled X following his or her name in the listing. Knowing the information provider will help us evaluate the credibility of the information provided. This is the first time we have been given such insight. There is more to the census than I can cover here, of course, so it would be worth your while to seek some other information sources. Some excellent websites to use for additional information are www.1940census .com and www.archives.gov/re search/census/1940/index.html (the latter being the National Archives). When the census is first released, it will not be indexed by name. That means that we will not be able to easily search it for our ancestors. That will come in fairly short order, however, and then sites like Ancestry.com can be used to do by-name searches as they are for previous censuses. In the meantime, if you want to do some early searching by address, you can use Steve Morses site at stevemorse.org/ census/index.html. Steve has constructed some tools that will help you get from a 1940 address to the correct enumeration district and then into the census forms so you can start browsing. Peter Summers is an amateur genealogist who has been working on his family history since 1972. He is past president of the Pinellas Genealogy Society.On April 2 of this year, just more than one month away, the 1940 U.S. Census will be released to the public. This is a long-anticipated event in the genealogical world. After all, the census in general is one of the premier sources for American genealogy, so any decennial report we can get our hands on is highly valued. The 1940 census is being released in accordance with the -year rule. That is the rule that says individual information on a census will be released to the public only after that amount of time has passed since the information was collected. The rule was proposed by the director of the Census Bureau, Roy Peel, in 1952 and then later codified in Public Law 95-425 in October 1978. Interesting as that bit of historic trivia may be, the bottom line isWomans Club plans fashion show LARGO The Largo Womans Club Inc. will host a fashion show and luncheon fundraiser Tuesday, Feb. 21, at The Royal Palms, 200 Lake Ave. The fashion show will start at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. The cost is $15 per person. Make checks payable to Largo Womans Club Inc.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.Democratic Club meets Feb. 20LARGO The next meeting of the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Democratic Club will feature a program on Pinellas County FAST Faith and Action for Strength Together, Monday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., at Ballas Steak House, 776 Missouri Ave., Lauren Bennett, a representative of this coalition of 38 local interfaith congregations, will discuss the groups involvement with issues affecting Pinellas County, including affordable housing, education, jobs and crime prevention. Members and guests are invited to come earlier to eat and socialize. Contact club president Richard Piper at 588-0891. The public is invited to attend.Golden Singles meetsLARGO The Golden Singles meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Golden Corral, located just east of the Largo Mall on Ulmerton Road. The Singles has no dues. The only cost is for meals. The Singles meets on the second Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N. Guests are asked to bring a dish to share and $2. Entertainment is planned for each gathering. Call Pat at 520-8797 or Flip at 290-6066.Knights hold Roaring Twenties NightLARGO The Knights of Columbus celebrates its second annual Roaring Twenties Night Saturday, Feb. 18, 6 to 11 p.m., at St. Patricks Catholic Church, 2121 16th Ave. SW. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7. Each dinner includes a salad, garlic bread and sausage. The music of the 1920s will be provided. For tickets, call Ron Klemm at 804-4804 or John Scozzafva at 422-3753.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.Girl Scouts sell cookies through March 18The Girls Scouts are introducing a new cookie this year, Savannah Smiles Girl Scouts of West Central Floridas Cookie Program runs through March 18. If you dont know a Girl Scout, visit www.gswcf.org/cookies or download the mobile app ****GSCOOKIES, **472665437 starting Feb. 24 for cookie booth locations near you. Genealogy exposedPeter Summers Here and there Here and there
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Membership is free and reservations are not necessary. Call 520-8797. Sons of Norway, Suncoast Lodge 562, has events for everyone. Social meetings with entertainment, Chris Taylor, 510-3195 or rowing the Viking boat, bowling, Mark Berg, 2245371. Visit www.suncoastlodge .com/meetings/ for details. Soroptimist International Holiday Isles, meets second Fridays, 11 a.m., at Groupers Seafood Grill, 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Call 397-3688. Largo Mid-Pinellas, meets first Thursdays, 6 to 6:30 p.m., networking; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., meeting; in the rehab center, Palm Garden of Pinellas, 200 16th Ave. SE, Largo. Call 4329819. Upper Pinellas, meets fourth Tuesdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Ballas Steak House, 776 Missouri Ave., Largo. Call Betsi at 734-3730. Square Dance Mainstream, meets Thursdays, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m., at the Pinellas Senior Citizen Center, 7625 59th St. N, Pinellas Park. Starlight Dances take place Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., at the William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. The program is sponsored by the Mease Manor Retirement Community. Cost is $5 a person. No partner is required. Call 298-3299. Starlight Quilters, meet first and fourth Tuesdays, 7:45 p.m., at the Rigsby Recreation Center, 605 Second St. N, Safety Harbor. Stonewall Jackson Camp 1381 SCV, meets fourth Saturdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Staceys Buffet, 1451 Missouri Ave. N, Largo. Call Adjutant Bailey at 526-1594. Sunshine City Council, meets fourth Mondays, September to May, 7:30 p.m., at Dixie Hollins High School, ROTC Room, 4940 62nd St. N, St. Petersburg. Call Sharon Ingram at 321-2849. Suncoast Accordion Club of St. Petersburg, meets the first Tuesday, 5 p.m., at the Elks Club, 2675 66th St. N, St. Petersburg. Dinner is served. For reservations, call Bill Carrozza, 363-0848. Those attending should bring their accordion and be ready to play. Suncoast Avian Society, meets third Sundays, 2 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Park, 2750 Park Trail, Clearwater. Guest speaker or educational items. Call Tina Carter 669-8961 or Mari Howard 726-6864, or visit www.suncoast aviansociety.org. Suncoast Bonsai Society, meets fourth Mondays, 7 p.m., at Millie Clark Senior Center Annex, 5800 77th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Beginners are welcome. Call Mick at 323-8196, or visit www.inertia.org/bonsai. Suncoast Camera Club, meets first Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at the Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive, for a program; and third Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St., for evaluation. Visit suncoast cameraclub.org. Suncoast Conchologist Shell Club, meets first Tuesdays (no meetings December, June, July, August), at 7:30 p.m., at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater. Call 796-4117. Suncoast Corvette Association, meets first Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Suncoast Chapter Embroiders Guild of America, meets third Fridays, 10 a.m., at Union Street Methodist Church, 1625 Union St., Clearwater. Call 5846632. Suncoast Scandinavian Club, meets first Fridays, noon, from October through May, at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. New members welcome. Call Dotty at 5845471. Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary offers free guided tours of the sanctuary Wednesdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Learn the history of our Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary; tour the aviaries and the educational center. The sanctuary is at 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. Call 3916211. Suncoast Sierra Club, meets third Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. Call 5265065. Suncoast Singers Show Chorus rehearses show tunes and popular music on Tuesdays, August through April, 7 to 9:30 p.m., at Faith Presbyterian Church in the sanctuary, 11501 Walker Ave., Seminole. Interested singers, dancers and support volunteers in all age groups are welcome. The chorus performs three times a year at three venues. Call 399-0599. Sunsation Show Chorus meets August through April, Tuesdays, 6:45 p.m., at Faith United Methodist Church, 403 First Ave. SW, Largo. Good choral singers are welcome to join any time. Call Mary Ann at 393-4471, email sunsation04@ earthlink.net. Talent Night, meets second Fridays, 7:30 p.m., at Bible Fellowship Church, 4670 East Bay Drive, Clearwater. Refreshments provided by the Fun With God Ministry. Call 787-8609.Announcements are submitted by the public; information is subject to change. 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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B February 16, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com All In The Timing, by David Ives, Feb. 16-26, presented by West Coast Players, at 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 each or two for $25. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org. This evening of six one-act plays by Ives features a high-caliber slate of local talent including Janice Crenetti, Jason Freeman, Alan Mohney, Rhiannon Mooney, Jeremy Moranski and Ron Rotondo. Ives has a lot of insightful and thought-provoking questions masked by tremendous comedic delight. The plays explore some interesting philosophical and existential questions such as: Could a construction worker been a famous Russian Czar in a former life? What if you could change the structure of a first date conversation with the simple ringing of a bell? How does famous composer Phillip Glass view simple everyday tasks like buying a loaf of bread? You may even find yourself reciting phrases of Unamunda, a fictitious yet hilarious language created by Ives in The Universal Language. Each Ives episode carries a unique element of style and humor. It all makes for a terrific program of comedy. Brandi Carlile Acoustic Trio, Friday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $36. Call 791-7400 or visit www.attheca.com. Carlile, a Columbia Records recording artist, will return to the intimate setting at the Capitol Theatre in the Cleveland Street District in Downtown Clearwater in support of her latest release Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony. The release of Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony marks the realization of two dreams for the acclaimed singer/songwriter: She got to work with a worldclass symphony and record in the legendary venue in her hometown. It is the follow up to the critically acclaimed album, Give Up The Ghost, produced by Grammy Award winner Rick Rubin. Not only did it showcase her talents in their truest form, it also offered her new experiences including working with the likes of Elton John. In 2007, Carlile released The Story and the title single debut on the Billboard magazine Hot 100 singles chart. Shortly after releasing her self-titled debut album in 2005, she was named one of the 10 Artists to Watch by Rolling Stone Magazine. Her songs, Tragedy, What Can I Say and Throw It All Away have been featured in the hit TV-series Greys Anatomy. Paul Anka, Friday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $52.50 to $98. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. With more than 900 songs to his credit and records on Billboards Top 50 during six consecutive decades, Anka is an extraordinary singersongwriter. He has achieved unprecedented success as a recording artist and on stage, screen and television. Anka shot to fame at the age of 16 with Diana and had five Top 20 hits by the time he was 18. Combined LP and single sales number more than 42 million. The man who penned Put Your Head on My Shoulder, (Youre) Having My Baby, Lonely Boy and My Way also is known as a gifted showman. The Florida Orchestra: Rachmaninoffs Piano Concerto No. 2, part of the Masterworks series, Friday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m., at the Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-2297827 or visit www.strazcenter.org. The performance will be repeated Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. The program also will be presented Sunday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Stefan Sanderling will conduct and Valentina Lisitsa will accompany the orchestra on piano. Hailed as a gigantic talent by The Baltimore Sun, Lisitsa will reveal the rapturous beauty and rhapsodic themes of one of the most popular of all romantic concertos. In addition to Rachmaninoff, the performance will include Nielsens Helios Overture and Sibelius Symphony No. 1. Tickets range from $15 to $45. Knology Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. 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. Admission is free. There is limited reserved seating available for purchase. Visit www.clearwaterseablues.com. By LEE CLARK ZUMPECLEARWATER The Knology Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. The festival sails back into February in 2012. Last year, the event temporarily became part of the citys signature Fun n Sun Festival in May. The annual event, established in 2007, provides the opportunity to satisfy seafood cravings while enjoying some of the best blues music around. The inaugural concert series featured musicians such as Johnny Winter, Coco Montoya and Chris Beard. Since then, the festival has seen performances by Eric Lindell, Bettye LaVette, the Derek Trucks Band, Chris Thomas King, Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials, Jonny Lang, Marcia Ball, Elvin Bishop, Tab Benoit, Robert Cray and Taj Mahal. This years festival headliners include Buddy Guy, Janiva Magness and Curtis Salgado.Buddy GuyBorn in 1936, Buddy Guy is a living blues legend. The guitarist and singer is considered a pioneer of the Chicago blues style. 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All Day Fri. & Sat. until 6pm$890FROM Steaks Seafood Pasta Steaks Seafood PastaSteaks Seafood Pasta Steaks Seafood Pasta Four Steak Dinners$1195EACH AreyouMovingORREMODELINGandNeedSTORAGE? Indoor/OutdoorStorage and Warehouse Space Available24 Hour Access Camera Security On Site Belleair Storage of Florida1115 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Belleair, FL 33756www.BelleairStorage.com727-584-3575 Need A Secure Place to Park Your Prized RV, Boat or Jet Ski?5 Minutes from the Belleair Causeway Boat Ramp 10 Minutes from the Seminole Boat Ramp 020912Full Time Notary Available Photo by JEFF DUNASJaniva Magness performs Feb. 19 at the The Knology Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival in Coachman Park. FESTIVAL, from page 1Bclassic Motown sound. Her early life was marred by chaos and tragedy. Magness lost both parents to suicide. At age 16, she found herself living on the streets, drifting from one foster home to another. At 17, she had a child of her own. She had to give up her baby daughter for adoption. Then came a turning point: an underage Magness got into a club to see blues great Otis Rush. She had found her calling. Listening to blues and soul artists such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Etta James, Magness found inspiration and direction. Her first break came several years later, when she was approached to sing some supporting vocals on a track. This led to regular background singer work. By the early 1980s, Magness found a mentor in Bob Tate, musical director for Sam Cooke. Magness found regional success with her first band Janiva Magness And The Mojomatics. She recorded a string of independent releases before signing with Northern Blues and recorded Bury Him At The Crossroads in 2004 and Do I Move You? in 2006. Both CDs were co-produced by Magness and Canadian roots star Colin Linden. In 2008, Magness signed with Alligator Records and released her label debut, What Love Will Do. She earned the 2009 Blues Music Awards for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year and for Contemary Blues Female Artist Of The Year, an honor she also received in 2006 and 2007. She has received 11 previous Blues Music Award nominations. Her 2010 follow-up, The Devil Is An Angel Too, brought even more acclaim. The album was the No. 1 CD of 2010 on the Living Blues radio chart. Her new album, Stronger For It, will be released in March 13. Produced by Dave Darling, Stronger For It includes three autobiographical songs Magness co-wrote for the album, including the poignant and melodic Whistling In The Dark, the riveting I Wont Cry and the take-no-guff showstopper There It Is. As I move forward, Im more willing to put myself on the line, said Magness in her notes on the new album. Im less willing to burden myself with unnecessary problems, less willing to care what people say about me. As it turns out, the more vulnerable I allow myself to be, the more strength I draw from that. Curtis SalgadoBased in Portland, Oregon, Curtis Salgado has a long history in blues. Salgado was the featured vocalist of the original Robert Cray Band and did a stint as lead vocalist with Roomful of Blues and Santana. On his own, Salgado has released a total of seven solo albums and has built a legion of fans worldwide. Salgado even served as inspiration for John Belushi. The two met in Eugene, Oregon in 1977 when Belushi was filming Animal House. Salgado mentored Belushi in blues in R&B and ultimately adopted part of Salgados show as the foundation of the Blues Brothers act he developed with Dan Akroyd. The debut Blues Brothers album is dedicated to Salgado. In 2006, Salgado faced somber news: He was diagnosed with liver cancer and was told he had eight months to live without a liver transplant. With no health insurance, Salgado benefitted from a little help from famous friends. Fundraising concerts featuring the likes of Steve Miller, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal helped raise $500,000 and enabled Salgado to get a transplant. Having overcome his serious health issues, Salgado recorded Clean Getaway in 2008. Salgado was nominated for four Blues Music Awards including Album of the Year. He won the award for Soul Blues Artist of the Year in 2010. Im playing music with the most incredible people, Salgado says on his website. Ive got everything to be grateful for. To me, Ive won the lottery, Ive won all the Grammys. It makes me humble. So Im just trying to stick to my guns, perfect my craft and make great music.The festival schedule is as follows and is subject to change:Saturday, Feb. 18 Noon Gates open 12:45 p.m. Selwyn Birchwood 2:20 p.m. Michael Williams Band 4:05 p.m. Rich DelGrosso/Del Toro Richardson Band 6 p.m. Curtis Salgado 8:10 p.m. Buddy Guy Sunday, Feb. 19 1 p.m. Gates open 1:30 p.m. Franc Robert 2:45 p.m. Eden Brent 4:30 p.m. Beverly McClellan 6 p.m. Ronnie Baker Brooks 7:30 p.m. Janiva Magness Of course, music is only half of the fun at the Sea-Blues Festival. Attendees will be able to experience some of the best seafood in the area, including jumbo shrimp, crab cakes, oysters, crawfish and gumbo. Pets, grills, open flames, glass containers, coolers, food, drinks, tents, audio video recording equipment, thrown objects, and fireworks are not permitted. Lawn chairs, blankets and one sealed bottle of water per person may be brought into the park. General admission is free. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and noon Sunday. There is limited reserved seating available for purchase at Ticketmaster. For more information, call 562-4811 or visit Clearwater SeaBlues.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. Emergency vehicle 10. Eyeball benders (2 wds) 15. Those with sound judgment 16. Optician's rouge 17. Those who are confined in wartime 18. Lingo 19. Directly 20. "How ___!" 21. W African storytellers 22. Bent 23. Protein particles responsible for degenerative diseases of the nervous system 24. ___ and Hardy 27. Amalgam 28. Buenos ___ 29. Small tart tree fruit 33. "I had no ___!" 34. Be bombastic 35. Hip bones 36. Discuss an issue from a different point of view 38. Considers 39. Daughter of Saturn 40. Take back 41. 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Workbench attachment 46. ___ gum, used as thickening agent in food 47. Bad marks 48. Abbr. after many a general's name 50. Fold, spindle or mutilate 51. A pint, maybeHoroscopesFebruary 16, 2012CapricornDecember 22 January 19Come on, Capricorn. You know you want to, so do it. You will learn more and have more fun than you ever thought possible. A friend honors a request.AquariusJanuary 20 February 18Passion ignites with some sage words of advice. Ooh-la-la, Aquarius. Design choices compound with an addition. Consider all the possibilities and then let the elimination round begin.PiscesFebruary 19 March 20Drat, Pisces. An offer resurfaces. Give it careful consideration this time. There might be more to it than you realize. A relative reaches out.AriesMarch 21 April 19Love is in the air and life takes on a rosy hue. Live it up, Aries. Honesty is always the best policy, so stop hedging with a dear friend and fess up.TaurusApril 20 May 20My, oh my, Taurus. You certainly know how to entertain, and few will not notice your talents this week as you host one event after another. Something lucrative will come of it.GeminiMay 21 June 21Travel plans begin to take shape, and you prepare to whisk that special someone off on a great adventure. Bon voyage, Gemini. Dont forget your camera.CancerJune 22 July 22A colleague is not the loose cannon they appear to be. Cut them some slack, Cancer, and you may just see them for who they really are.LeoJuly 23 August 22Touches of romance make for a sweet week. Enjoy, Leo, and make sure you return the favor. The to-do list grows. Attack it in steps.VirgoAugust 23 September 22Psst, Virgo. Someone is up to something, and its up to you to find out what. Don your detective cap and start snooping. An act of passion gets the home fires burning.LibraSeptember 23 October 22Wake up and smell the coffee, Libra. All is not as it seems. What looks good on paper may not look so good in reality. Get a professional opinion before you make your move.ScorpioOctober 23 November 21Everyone deserves a second chance, even you, Scorpio. Dont give up hope on a relationship. Say your peace and watch what happens next!SagittariusNovember 22 December 21Your efforts to spend less and save more begin to add up. Do something fun to celebrate, Sagittarius. A cheeky retort gets the ball rolling on a much-needed repair.
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Also DOGSBurgersChicken Wings OPEN Mon.-Sat. 11am-7:30pmFamily Owned & OperatedDelsCheeseSteak& moreEmail: email@example.com 1300 East Bay Dr. Unit L, Largo727-400-6996 BUY ONE CHEESE STEAK GET ONE FREEWith the Purchase of 2 Beverages 021612ShrimpFried FishMeatball Subs Back by Popular DemandAdvance Tickets Available Call 727-397-4541 Saturday, March 10Seminole Elks Proudly Presents:The Happy Days Band021612 Seminole Elks #2519 10717 Seminole Blvd. Seminole Show starts at 7pm SHARP 6pm Light Sandwiches Clearwater The Exhibiting Society of Artists exhibit, through Feb. 29, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. TESA will be exhibiting this winter season for three full months at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Artwork by TESAs 50 professional artist members, most of who reside in and around Pinellas County, includes all-media works available for purchase. TESA has been exhibiting at Ruth Eckerd Hall for nearly 10 years, in the East and West Galleries located on the upper level of the main theater area. The galleries are open for viewing by Ruth Eckerd Hall ticket holders during scheduled performances. For information, call Gayle DeCoste at 474-3386. Lie, Cheat and Genuect, by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, presented by Early Bird Dinner Theatre, through Feb. 26, at the Italian-American Club, 200 S. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Seating for performances is Thursday through Sunday, 4 p.m. Seating for matinees is Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Cost is $29.90 a person. For reservations, call 446-5898. Visit www.earlybirddinnerthea tre.com. The Buckle brothers, Billy and Tom, are in big trouble: Toms infallible eye for slow horses has drained away all of Billys savings and he has borrowed from loan shark Pizza Face Petrillo, who now wants his money back or else. Theres plenty of money in grandfather Buckles will, but these two black sheep are pretty sure theyll never see any of that. What else to do but dress Billy up as a nun and have him pose as their cousin who is to inherit the entire fortune? Red Hot Show, through March 24, at Studio 1212 Art Gallery, 1405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. The artists of Studio 1212 will host a Red Hot Show featuring power and passion in contemporary art, jewelry and pottery. Admission is free. The studio is open Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 446-4566 or visit www.studio1212.org.Dunedin 20th annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Main Street in Downtown Dunedin. The event is free and open to the public. This juried outdoor craft showcase will feature original crafts, handmade in America. Attendees will find unique and affordable gift items and a vast array of craft media including folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, paintings, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products. The show will host 100 crafters from 30 different states and all crafters will be on site for the duration of the festival. For information, visit www.artfestival.com. The 21st annual Mardi Gras in Dunedin, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 5 to 11 p.m., in downtown Dunedin between Louden Avenue and Broadway. Presented by the city and the Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association, the free annual event celebrates the Carnival tradition and falls on Fat Tuesday, the last opportunity for revelers to indulge in culinary delights before the fasting of Lenten season. There will be a variety of foods from local restaurants as well as beer, wine and spirits. The event also will showcase art and craft vendors along Main Street and will feature live entertainment. The parade will begin at 7:30 p.m. This years theme will be Big Mamas Jambalaya Jive. Cyril Neville has been selected as the musical headliner for the event and The Vodkanauts will open. Visit www.dunedinmardigras.com. Black Honkeys, Thursday, April 5, following the Dunedin Blue Jays season-opener at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. The Black Honkeys will play a concert on the field immediately following the Blue Jays game against the Clearwater Threshers. The cross-town rivals will open the season with a 6:30 p.m. on April 5. The Black Honkeys have been voted Best of the Bay in Creative Loafing magazine as the Best Local Soul/R&B/Funk Act in the Tampa Bay area, and they consistently sell out venues throughout the area. For information about purchasing Dunedin Blue Jays tickets including season ticket packages that start at just $35 visit www.dunedinbluejays.com.Gulfport Mardi Gras Ball, Saturday, Feb. 18, 7 to 11 p.m., at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport. This flamboyant Mardi Gras charity event will bring Big Easy style fun to Pinellas. The event will feature Louisiana cuisine courtesy of Bayou Catering, door prizes, dancing and live music. Party-goers will enjoy authentic Cajun, Zydeco, blues and jazz music. Colorful masks and elegant costumes are optional. Tickets are $25. For tickets and information, call Carol Reynolds at 647-1014. Proceeds will benefit Kiwanis childrens charities. USA Dance, Monday, Feb. 27, 7 to 10:15 p.m., at Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. Admission is $7 and includes a dance workshop, professional and amateur exhibitions, dance hosts and snacks. For information, call 397-5754. USA Dance, Monday, March 26, 7 to 10:15 p.m., at Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. Admission is $7 and includes a dance workshop, professional and amateur exhibitions, dance hosts and snacks. For information, call 397-5754. USA Dance, Monday, April 30, 7 to 10:15 p.m., at Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. Admission is $7 and includes a dance workshop, professional and amateur exhibitions, dance hosts and snacks. For information, call 397-5754.Indian Rocks Beach Art exhibit opening reception and awards ceremony, Friday, Feb. 17, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. The Beach Art Center Faculty/Student Exhibition will run Feb. 17 through March 23 and will showcase works by the centers instructors and their students. Students who are currently enrolled in a class at the center or have been in the past year are eligible to enter. The reception and exhibit are admission free. The center offers classes in watercolor, watermedia, oil, acrylic, sumi-e and portrait painting; pottery, photography, jewelry making and more. The judge for the show will be Frank Saso, a nationally known, award-winning artist who has travelled the world to paint. His work hangs in many corporations, homes, galleries and in the Pentagon. Ribbons will be presented to the best of exhibiting students. For information, call 5964331 or visit www.beachartcenter.org.Largo Art demonstration, Friday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m., at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The Largo Art Association will host this free art demonstration. Mac Perry will demonstrate his techniques for perspective in painting. Call 518-3131. Funny Girl, with book by Isobel Lannart, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, Feb. 24 through March 11, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eighto clocktheatre.com. Funny Girl is the semi-autobiographical tale of Fanny Brices meteoric rise to fame and her stormy relationship with Nick Arnstein, a wealthy and charming gambler. From her start as a gawky Brooklyn teen fast-talking her way into show business to becoming the toast of New York to the unraveling of her personal life, Funny Girl is a stunning, richly told tour de force about one of Broadways biggest stars. Kings of Country, Monday, Feb. 27, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $22. Call 587-6793. Part of the Largo Lions Spotlight Series, the show will feature some of Americas top artists performing the music of Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. The show will feature great songs the artists made famous, such as She Believes in Me, Lady, Man in Black, Walk the Line, Always on My Mind and On the Road Again. All proceeds from these events go directly to Lions volunteer projects, such as sight conservation, eye operation and glasses. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, March 11, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The featured entertainment will be a tribute to the Irish with the Heedless Horsemen from Ranchero Village. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. Tomaseen Foleys Irish Times, Saturday, March 17, 4 and 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. Call 5876793. Just in time to help celebrate St. Patricks Day, Foleys Irish Times will perform some traditional Irish music, song, dancing, and stories drawn from rural Ireland in 1940s live on stage. Following up on the success of Tomaseen Foleys A Celtic Christmas on national tour every Christmas season for the past decade Tomaseen now introduces his new show, Irish Times. It features some of the finest Celtic artists performing today, including Grammy-Award winning Celtic guitarist William Coulter, World Champion level traditional Irish dancers, and of course native Irish storyteller Tomaseen Foley. Doo Wop with at Twist, Monday, March 19. 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $22. Call 587-6793. Part of the Largo Lions Spotlight Series, attendees will stroll down memory lane with Joey Dee and Tommy Mara. These great rock n roll entertainers will perform some of their great hits, including Peppermint Twist, Shout, Candles and Step by Step. All proceeds from these events go directly to Lions volunteer projects, such as sight conservation, eye operation and glasses. Yesterday and Today, Friday, March 30, 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $27 in advance and $32 the day of the show. Call 587-6793. The national touring sensation, Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience, is unique, standing apart from any other Beatles tribute out there. The band does away with the wigs and the accents and just concentrates on the Beatles music. The audience is encouraged to fill out a request form with their favorite Beatles song and reason why they chose the song. Those requests are organized five minutes before show time. The audiences requests make the set list for the evening and their stories provide the evenings narrative. Tonights the Night Rod Stewart Tribute, Monday, April 2, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $22. Call 587-6793. Part of the Largo Lions Spotlight Series, this show features Bob Stewart, a third cousin to Rod Stewart. Attendees will enjoy a high-energy show with Bob singing favorites such as Maggie Mae, Hot Legs and Do ya! Think Im Sexy. All proceeds from these events go directly to Lions volunteer projects, such as sight conservation, eye operation and glasses. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, April 22, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The featured entertainment will be a New Orleans Special Treat with Cabaret Unlimited. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. Broadways Best, presented by Eight OClock Theatre, May 413, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eightoclocktheatre.com. The well-known dynamic creative team of Rocco Morabito (director) and Ronnie DeMarco (choreographer) have designed their dream show: a revue combining favorite ballads, laments and showstoppers from Broadways best. The lineup includes gems from musicals such as Cabaret, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Damn Yankees, Gypsy, Godspell, Guys & Dolls and Mame. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, May 6, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The featured entertainment will be Mothers Favorite with the Sunsation Show Chorus. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. Looking ahead Looking ahead
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