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VIEWPOINTSMore columnistsTampa Bay Newspapers is adding columnists to the papers Viewpoints pages. Through a service called Florida Voices, the newspaper will publish columns and other opinion pieces written by editors and other experts on Florida politics and issues. Among the columnists whose work readers will routinely read on our Viewpoints pages are Martin Merzer, formerly a senior writer for the Miami Herald; Lloyd Brown, a former editorial page editor of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, and Cary McMullen, former religion columnist for the Lakeland Ledger. The columnists will complement longtime opinion writers for Tampa Bay Newspapers, such as Bob Driver and Carl Hiaasen. We look forward to providing readers with more variety on our Viewpoints pages, especially pertaining to state and national issues, said TBN Executive Editor Tom Germond. We believe readers will find the columnists articles insightful, well-written and provocative. ... Page 13A. Park impact fees too high, city saysCommission asks staff to prepare ordinance to establish moratorium By TOM GERMONDLARGO City commissioners plan to waive impact fees pertaining to parks temporarily because of concerns that the fees are hindering residential development. Developers have brought such concerns to city officials. The parkland and capital facilities impact fees increase the developers cost basis by $1,800 and $2,600 per multi-family unit, which can substantially impact the feasibility of building a project in the city as opposed to another location where these costs are not present, city officials say. City commissioners March 20 gave staff the go-ahead to prepare an ordinance enacting a 24-month moratorium on the fees. During this time, city officials will include revisions to the fees as part of an update to their codes. As the real estate is recovering, there is significant interest in multi-family development, city Community Development Director Carol Stricklin said. There are several projects that you are aware of. She said city officials are hearing that the financial impact of the $1,800 to $2,600 per unit is really prohibitive for successful performance for multi-family projects, placing the city at a competitive disadvantage. Based on city officials calculations, a 300-unit apartment complex would pay a total of $559,656 or $1,866 per unit in parkland and facilities fees, assuming a 28 percent maximum credit authorized by city codes. The moratorium would apply to residential projects that obtain building permits during that 24-month period and that would obtain certificates of occupancy within 12 months of the end of that period. Mayor Pat Gerard thanked staff for bringing the issue to the commission. See FEES, page 2A By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Nearly two years after British Petroleums Deep Horizon oil spill, Pinellas County says it is still owed almost $3 million in claims against the oil giant. County commissioners unanimously approved on March 13 a recommendation from its attorney to hire the law firm, Colson, Hicks, Eidson, Colson, Matthews, Martinez, Gonzalez, Kalbac & Kane, to evaluate the countys claims and take action to recover lost revenue and expenses. The firm will be paid only if it is successful in recovering the countys money. According to the special counsel agreement, the firm will receive 25 percent plus monies awarded for attorneys cost. If it wins on an appeal, the lawyers will receive an additional 5 percent. Thus far, the county has only received $173,000 to pay some of the response and removal costs incurred after the April 20, 2010 oil spill. Eleven were See CLAIMS, page 4A Features Business . . . . . . . . . .14A Classieds . . . . . . . . .4-7B Community . . . . . . . . .15A County . . . . . . . . . .6-10A Entertainment . . . . . . .1-3,8B Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . .2-3A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . .11A Pets of the week . . . . . . . .15A Police beat . . . . . . . . . .6A Sports . . . . . . . . . . .12A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .13A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising ENTERTAINMENTArt Hop planned for this weekendThe 2012 Greater Largo Library Foundations 5th annual Art Hop and Taste Fest will be held Saturday, March 24. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Largo Public Library and participants may hop to several local shops between 6 and 8 p.m. via free shuttle buses. Each business will feature an artist and offer refreshments. ... Page 2B.INSIDE SPORTSGrand Prix racers ready to rumble Eight years of fast cars and hairpin turns under sparkling blue skies will be celebrated when the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg races along the downtown waterfront, March 23-25. ... Page 12A. Fishing center makes plans for soft opening By TOM GERMONDLARGO The Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing & Interactive Museum will have a soft opening Monday, April 2, but many more features, programs and exhibits will be unveiled in the upcoming months. About 20 up-and-coming artists will display and sell their artwork at the museum as part of the plans for the soft opening, said Jim Simons, museum president. Use of classrooms and an auditorium, where films about marine life will be shown to parents and their children, also will begin during the first week of April. Admission to the museum will be free at the onset. A grand opening for the center is planned for the fall. Until we are happy with the presentation, we are not going to charge admission, Simons said. The center encompasses five buildings and 33,000 square feet of property at 1211 Walsingham Road, the former site of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art. The center and museum is run by a foundation dedicated to teaching children about life through fishing, offering activity for local marine community and commemorating the past, present and future of fishing on Floridas Gulf Coast. The nonprofit foundation, established in May 2011, recently started fishing clubs in 17 high schools. Within a month, more than 1,000 students joined. Simons expects that number to swell as the foundation launches clubs in middle schools. Though much of the space at the center is unoccupied at this time, thats about to change.Photo by TOM GERMONDJim Simons, president of the Gulf Coast Center for Fishing Foundation, and Morgan Vasigh, executive assistant, are shown with Kona Blue, a bronze sculpture by Geoffrey Smith that Simons provided to the center.County hires law firm to recover oil spill claimsFive arrested in racketeering scheme Agencies seek ve other suspects ... Page 6A. Andy McKee takes the stage, Saturday, March 24 ... Page 1B.Talented acoustic guitarist to perform at Cultural Center Volume XXXIV,No. 35 March 22, 2012 www.TBNweekly.comIf you come back in a month, it will be a lot different. The good news is we didnt have to build all these buildings, Simons said. A legacy section will provide background about the families of Tampa Bay that made names for themselves in the fishing industry, such as the Mastrys, the Hubbards and Turners. 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The osprey ate the fish in about 30 minutes then flew away.Everything we do with the kids is focused with the school system because thats where the kids are.Jim Simons Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing & Interactive Museum
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I suspect that as we move along in the process, we will be able to find a way to keep the Nature Center open, Gerard said. She also said the proposal is to close only the nature center and leave the park open. I think we all know how much people love the park and how much enjoyment it brings to the kids. My own daughter loved Nature Camp when she was little. There will be much talk about it over the next few months, Im sure, Gerard said. City officials have received some emails from residents and others pertaining to the park, including a teacher at Southern Oak Elementary, Maria Wyatt. She asked commissioners to find a way to keep the nature center open. Wyatt said she benefited tremendously from Nature in the Classroom program provided through the programs and resources at McGough Park. She said a park volunteer, Pat Edmond, brought examples of Florida wildlife to the school. Many of the children didnt know what a fox or a raccoon or a bobcat looked like or why they are important for the environment, she wrote. Edmonds presentation worked well with the schools curriculum and state standards, she wrote. Our school is not able to take the students on many field trips because of funding and liability issues. Many of our students are low income or Hispanic and many have never had the opportunity to go to a farm or a zoo or to a museum. It is troubling that our children are not getting the real world experiences they need in order to be successful in school and in life, Wyatt wrote. Ellen King voiced similar concerns. We just moved to Largo last month and we were looking for a place to concentrate our volunteer efforts and McGough is perfect. It has many of the activities that we have worked many hours annually in the past, she wrote. The expense of this park with its minimal staff with short hours to the city of Largo must be small in comparison to the variety of residents/visitors it serves and the valuable programs it offers, she wrote. City officials have discussed possibly closing the Nature Center in previous years budget discussions because of a decrease in city revenues They are considering possible cuts of $2.8 million from the budget for the next fiscal year. Commissioners make their final budget decisions at two public hearings in September. The park is located at 11901 146th St. N., just east of the Indian Rocks Bridge. A variety of programs are offered at the Nature Center, which is also home to a barred owl named Matilda that the park adopted in October.Residentsaskcityofficials tokeepnaturecenteropen Photo by TOM GERMONDThe Nature Center at George C. McGough Park offers a variety of programs and exhibits. FEES, from page 1AIm in favor of it for at least two years . she said. It does make us a lot more competitive. City officials have acquired $1.35 million in parkland fees and $659,000 in facilities capital improvements fees. Commissioner Curtis Holmes said he was in favor of the moratorium but asked how long will the $2 million in funds last. Stricklin said the last time the funds were used was for the development of Datsko Park, at 3099 Whitney Road, several years ago. I know the money is available for parks improvements, but it is not a fund that weve drawn on frequently, Stricklin said. City Recreation, Parks and Arts Director Joan Byrne added that whether the fund is enough depends on the location of the property and size so its kind of hard to tell you exactly. If the city were looking for a 20-acre property such as the citys strategic plan calls for east of U.S. 19, the $2 million would probably not be enough money, she said. Im still in favor of (the moratorium), Holmes said. City officials plan to bring the proposed ordinance on the moratorium to the commission during its second meeting in April for first reading.
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The citys in-house design team has acquired the SWFWMD permit and is awaiting final approval of the county right-of-way permit. This project will provide the greatly needed sidewalk and improved drainage facilities along Mehlenbacher Road, from 20th Street to Clearwater-Largo Road as well as drainage improvements on 16th Street NW, the city managers report said. City officials expect to award a bid for construction in May.City seeks input on budgetLARGO The city is seeking input from residents, property owners and business owners on values and priorities for the community. This public input will assist the city in future budgetary decisions. There are two ways to make sure your voice is heard. Attend one of three Community Values Workshops or complete the Community Values online survey. To register for a Community Values Workshop, visit Largo.com/values or call 587-6790. Registration is limited to the first 30 individuals for each session. Anyone who is unable to attend a workshop but would like to share their ideas can take the online survey at Largo.com/values. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and results will be posted May 1 at Largo.com. One lucky participant at each of the three workshops will win a $25 Target gift card and everyone who takes the online survey will be entered to win a $50 Red Lobster gift card. The dates and times for the Community Values Workshops are Tuesday, March 27, 7:45 to 9:15 a.m., Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, breakfast provided;Thursday, March 29, 6-7:30 p.m., Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, lunch and childcare provided; April 10, noon to 1:30 p.m., Largo City Hall, 201 Highland Ave., food, refreshments and childcare provided.City LarGoing Green Expo seeks vendorsLARGO The city of Largo is currently seeking all vendors with Eco friendly products, services and food to participate in the LarGoing Green Expo, held at the Largo Cultural Center on Saturday, April 21, noon to 6 p.m. If you have a green or Eco friendly business, this is an opportunity to expose your merchandise and services to well receptive audiences. The LarGoing Green Expo is part of the Fifth Annual Trashy Show, organized by the citys Recycling Division. The Trashy Fashion Show will follow immediately after the Expo at 6 p.m. Vendor applications are now being accepted through Friday, April 13. Cost to each vendor is $35. For detailed vendor information and application, please contact Tanya Fazekas at tfazekas@ largo.com, call 587-6740, ext. 4063 or visit LargoRe cycles.comLargo hosts Day of Sales Event March 31LARGO The citys annual Day of Sales Event will be held Saturday, March 31, at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., more than 60 garage sale vendors, coin collectors and local crafters will fill the Largo Community Center selling a wide variety of goods to the public. Browse through hundreds of items to find that special treasure or one-of-a-kind gift while you enjoy live entertainment on the outdoor patio by the Clearwater Bluegrass Review. Crafters will be selling handmade jewelry, paintings, glass work, baked goods and much more. Shop for good bargains, great finds, and unique collectibles. The Largo Senior Advisory Board, Largo Community Center and Largo Coin Club proudly sponsor the Largo Community Centers Day of Sales Event. This event is free to the public and all ages are welcome to attend. Hot dogs, refreshments Photo courtesy of the CITY OF LARGOThe Largo Cultural Center held a free rooftop concert and food truck rally on March 13 at Largo Central Park. The Beatles tribute band, Yesterday and Today, re-created The Beatles historic rooftop concert in London back in 1969, from the Cultural Centers roof overlooking Largo Central Park. The event, part of the Cultural Centers 15th anniversary, attracted hundreds of fans, who asked for an encore at the end of the performance. The band will be back to the center on Friday, March 30, 8 p.m. for a full performance. For more information, visit LargoArts.com or call 587-6793.Shout it from the rooftopand freshly popped Kettle Corn will be available for purchase. For a complete schedule of events, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call 518-3131. The Largo Community Center is still accepting vendor applications. Cost is $10 per table for garage sale vendors, and $30 per table for the coin show. Spaces are limited; please contact Craig at 518-3131 for more information.
4A Leader, March 22, 2012 CENTER, from page 1AUniversity of South Florida St. Petersburg Florida Studies Program is conducting research for the museum and helping to put exhibits together. Exhibits also will show how fishing has evolved in the Tampa Bay. The history of rod, lure and boat building will be featured in other interactive sections. A marine institute will feature classrooms where students will learn about rod building, cast netting and other fishing skills. The foundation is working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which has become a strategic partner in the center, to establish a fish hatchery on the property. A culinary institute will offer classes taught by local chefs. Students will learn about fish cleaning and cooking skills, through smokers, an open pit and grills. Other areas of focus include a memorial garden, gift shop, T-shirt factory, framing factory and charter fishing association and referral service. Simons has lived in Pinellas County for about 45 years and owns World Billfish Series, which operates fishing tournaments all over the world. The World billfish Series is good, but it doesnt satisfy us like whats here, Simons said. Because he and his wife, Jana, have a strong attachment to children, we have always wanted to help. The couple has five children. About two years ago we started putting this program together that has evolved into First Fish Forever: Help children catch their first fish and they will fish forever, Simons said. Though he coached soccer and other sports as his children were growing up, Simons said, he didnt teach them fishing as well as he wished he had due to the familys hectic schedules. Students are busy with other sports, which are wonderful, he said, but fishing exposes students to a different lifestyle and teaches them to appreciate the outdoors in a very recreational and relaxed environment. Everything we do with the kids is focused with the school system, he said, because thats where the kids are. The center leases the property from the county. Its mid-county, which is perfect for field trip destinations for the kids, Simons said. Currently, the center has a staff of eight that will grow to 15 with 300 to 400 volunteers. Asked what his expectations for the center are five years from now, Simons had high hopes. I see this as being the center for fishing for Tampa Bay, he said. With 51,000 licensed fishermen you only need a license between 16 and 64 so you can easily say there are 100,000 people in Pinellas County alone that are fishing actively. Thats a big group in a county of 800,000 ... I see this serving that group with an active chldrens program throughout the school system. If all goes according to plan, by the fall we will have 10,000 children in fishing clubs. The foundation will hold a Gyotaku fishing rubbing art class Saturday, April 14, at its Marine Institute, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space is limited to 25 registrants. The center needs volunteers and accepts donations. The museum is also offering a five-day summer camp. Call 365-4660 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Simons wife, Jana, and other family members also help out at the center. This is our passion, he said. By HARLAN WEIKLEPALM HARBOR Heads up or rather down, the annual North American Butterfly Count is coming soon to a neighborhood near you and Lois Weber needs a few good men, women and children volunteer counters.Weber, a retired teacher who works harder than ever now that she is the coordinator of the North Pinellas Butterfly Count, says she would be thrilled to get dozens or better yet tens of dozens of back yard counters this year. Counters get to enjoy an hour or so walking around their own back yard, a park or even along a roadway and yes, counting butterflies. Once the counts are recorded Weber and her colleagues compile the results that are weighted and then compared to earlier counts to take a snap shot of the trending butterfly population.Although Weber hasnt selected the exact day for this years count, shell wait to get a more accurate weather prediction as the time approaches. The count is held the first week in June. We want to make sure that our students are in school on the day of the count so they have an opportunity to participate, Weber said. There is a technique for successfully counting. You must walk in the grass or through the garden, Weber explained. This will cause them to fly and with a quick eye you capture the count. Walking on the sidewalk or standing still wont get them in the air. She once walked by the side of the road from Alderman to Highland Lakes, about a mile. I counted a hundred butterflies, she recalled. Its a wonderful experience, said Weber. You get to enjoy the outdoors, get some fresh air and a little exercise and its free. Besides, she adds the butterflies are amazing. She should know, she not only counts butterflies, she raises them adding to the population bit by bit for the past 30 years. Her home, a wild secluded spot on Lake Tarpon, is surrounded by her own Florida native garden and literally is alive with butterflies, egrets, turtles with an alligator or two for good measure. Theyre not aggressive, she said, they just want to sun on the bank. Weber spends part of each day examining her plants, she knows the botanical name of each one but prefers to refer to them by the butterflies they attract. She pulls back a leaf here or a stem there looking for eggs. Now see, she says pointing to a series of impossibly small white dots on the underside of a milkweed leaf, those are Monarch eggs. Butterflies are very finicky eaters; yellow flowers attract yellow butterflies. When Weber locates a cocoon she snips off the leaf to which its attached and takes it into her workroom where aquariums house the current crop of butterflies about to emerge. The cocoons are protected here from hungry predators and when they emerge she gently sets them free. The Monarch in your back yard might be one of Webers recent releases. According to the North American Butterfly Association website, Florida ranked first in the number of counts reported in the United States with 62 last year. That is more than double the number of counts reported from California the second most active of 47 states participating. Additionally, Canada and Mexico are out and counting, completing the North American region of countries participating in the annual count. Webers dedication to butterflies doesnt stop there. She spends hours each year in classrooms across the county giving demonstrations, showing her cocoons to students and teaching youngsters about butterflies, native plants and Floridas backyard wildlife. We have so much nature here, she said. So much to take in. Weber has been on the Board of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs for 16 years and is a master gardener. Another of her responsibilities is certification of butterfly gardens in the county. To date she has given that distinction to 492 gardens. I think they wanted me to have a chair so they invented one, Im the chair of school and backyard gardening and childrens gardens, she said smiling. She and her husband, also a teacher, arrived in Florida in 1965 and taught at the original Plumb School in Clearwater named for its founder Jenny Reynolds Plumb, the first school teacher in Pinellas County. There are counts held in both north and south Pinellas roughly covering two circles each 15 miles in diameter. Anyone may select an area to count and report to Weber if your count was taken in North County or Tim Adams if in South County. Weber can be reached at 938-2947. Adams can be reached at 736-0965. In addition there is an illustrated pamphlet guide to Florida wildflowers and butterflies available from The Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville. Call 352-846-2000 or you may access an online image gallery at www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterfly gallery.Retired teachers passion is coordinating butterfly count Once caterpillars, two recently emerged monarch butterflies must unfurl their wings before they can take to the air.Photos by HARLAN WEIKLELois Weber spends hours tending butterfly cocoons and native plants in her garden on the shore of Lake Tarpon.According to the North American Butterfly Association website, Florida ranked first in the number of butterfly counts reported in the United States with 62 last year. CLAIMS, from page 1Akilled when the oilrig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off the shore of Louisiana. Costs to the environment and the fishing and tourism industries total in the millions. Although no oil ever made it to Pinellas Countys shores, the cost in response and lost revenue totals $2.9 million, the majority of which is lost revenue from tax collections. To date, claims from the property appraisers office of $79,400 for aerial photos have been paid, and the county received another $75,400 of a $138,200 claim for administrative costs, equipment and material used in response to the spill. Keep Pinellas Beautiful, a volunteer organization that sponsored beach cleanup efforts in case oil should mar local beaches, received $18,200, its total claim for expenses. The Tourist Development Council received $1.15 million from the state from BP money set aside for marketing and promotion. The TDC had requested $6.15 million. BP denied the countys claim for $20,100 to pay for soil sampling. Pending claims include $236,300 in lost revenue from tourism taxes and $672,000 in lost revenue from sales and use tax during the period April through June 2010. The county claims it lost $2 million in Penny for Pinellas tax collection during the same threemonth period, and it lost another $1,300 in lost revenue coming for parks and conservation resources. Staff is claiming an additional $50,000 due to cancellations at the Airco Golf Course. Commissioners questioned the percentage the law firm would receive if it were successful in recovering money for the county. Dennis Long, assistant county attorney, said the fee amount is standard for such cases. Commissioners also questioned the selection of the firm. The law firm has offices in New Orleans, the center of the multi-district litigation related to the oil spill, County Attorney Jim Bennett said in a report to the commission. Long said the Colson firm currently is serving as counsel for Pinellas and other counties trying to recover lost revenue from bed taxes due from online travel companies. The agreement between the county and the law firm points out that it could take considerable time before any decision is made on reimbursement of costs related to the oil spill. The law firm can withdraw from the case if it decides the chances of success are not worth pursuing the claims.IRB City Hall facelift comingINDIAN ROCKS BEACH In the not-too-distant future, IRB City Hall will be sporting a new look. At its March 13 meeting, the City Commission approved spending $9,000 to have an architectural firm develop a master plan to upgrade and refurbish the building. Once that is done the job can begin to bring the building up-to-date, inside and out. City Manager Chuck Coward told the commission that there was no need to build a new city hall, despite the fact that some neighboring communities did just that recently. But he did say some remedial work was needed. There are cracks on the west side of the building that need repair, he said. In dealing with that we realized that we needed something sturdier than stucco to protect the building. That in turn led to the idea that we should develop a master plan to deal with the entire building. Ultimately it would be the plan to reface the entire building with a substance other than stucco, relocate the space allotted to the Sheriffs Office, change some of the structure of the library and the structure of some of the administrative offices. Holmes Architects will be given the job of developing the master plan, which would be carried out over the next several years. Thirty thousand dollars has been allocated in this years budget for city hall upgrades. Brian GoffBluffs waits for fire pension priceBELLEAIR BLUFFS The city is apparently resigned to paying its former senior firefighters $1.2 million in cash annuities. After fighting a lengthy battle with its fire pension board over the issue, City Attorney Thomas Trask told the City Commission at its March 12 workshop the firefighters clearly have a right (to the annuities). Responding to an order from the state retirement director to secure the necessary resources to make the pension payments, Trask said, We are where we are, and we have to deal with it. The city is waiting on the pension boards actuary to determine the current price of the annuity payments due. That cost is estimated to be in excess of $1.2 million, an amount that Mayor Chris Arbutine said would represent a whole years city budget. A resident asked Trask about the legal strategy in the citys unsuccessful battle with the pension board and firefighters over the issue. We had in mind saving the city a million dollars, Trask said. The city had offered substitute trusts, which are backed by the city, in place of annuities, which are bought from insurance companies. The trusts cost about half as much as annuities, but the firefighters considered them less safe. Arbutine said that stance had surprised him. I was shocked to find out that four of the firefighters were requesting annuities (instead of trusts), and the whole reason was that after 25 years, they dont trust us anymore. The city, he said, had given its firefighters generous raises and benefits over the years, and had made sure the firefighters did not lose their jobs at the time of the merger with Largo. Arbutine called the state law, which allows the firefighters to select annuities, if they want them, outdated. The law permits a pension board not governed by the city to force taxpayers to pay the bill, he said. We did everything we could to fight it, Arbutine said. Now were waiting for the pension board to tell us what were doing. Wayne AyersCity to extend weekend outdoor music hoursMADEIRA BEACH In a move to create a more business-friendly environment, the City Commission has decided to allow local establishments two extra hours of outdoor amplified and live music on weekend nights. The idea, which was proposed by Commissioner Terry Lister at the commissions March 7 workshop, would extend the cutoff for outside music to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The week night termination would remain at 9 p.m. Lister said the city has a number of new businesses starting up, and the extension would help them out by giving them a little more leeway. This can be part of our revitalization, he said. Lister originally wanted later hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, but Mayor Travis Palladeno said the extension should be limited to weekends. Let (the businesses) be a little more wide open, but not on school nights, he said. City Manager Shane Crawford said he had been working with the businesses on improvements and favored the change. Palladeno asked about allowing the residents to play outdoor music later as well. Commissioner Robin Vander Velde said the city has different rules for businesses and residents. I hold residents to a different standard, she said. They can get a permit to hold a party. While agreeing to extend the hours for outdoor music, the commission also decided not to increase the decibel (noise) level allowed. Two years ago, the city extended bar hours from 2 to 3 a.m., a move initiated by a county ordinance. At that time, the commission decided to leave the outdoor amplified music cutoff at 9 p.m., citing resident complaints about noise from the bars. Wayne AyersTourism promotion contract to be renewedCLEARWATER On July 16, 2010, the city issued a Request for Proposals from firms interested in marketing Clearwater as a vacation destination in a sluggish economy. In the wake of changing market trends in tourism, the economic development and housing department assessed current market trends in order to determine how best the city can utilize its limited resources to capture more visitors and strengthen brand awareness of the citys offerings as a premier destination, a staff memo to the Clearwater City Council said. Imagine Global Consulting was the winning bidder and, in October 2010, it was awarded a twoyear contract with an option to be renewed for a third year with the approval of both parties. Now, halfway through the second year, city officials have decided that Imagine Global has done such a good job that they want to exercise the option for a third year. Formal approval is expected to be given at the March 15 city council meeting. The results of the first contract year were exceptional, with an increase of 6 percent in visitors 7.8 percent increase in direct expenditures and economic impact, and a $1.2 million advertising value and $3 million public relations value representing 161 placements in key magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs and other online media, the memo says. Given the results of the first year, staff recommends exercising the third-year contract option to continue the momentum established over the last 18 months, capitalize on the media relationships developed in that time for Clearwater and provide Imagine the time needed to complete key initiatives (that are) under way. One initiative is to create a new tourism website, www.visitclearwaterflorida.com, to spread the word that with Beach Walk, new beach hotels and restaurants, its not your grandparents Clearwater anymore. A lot of people do not know that that had occurred, said Gerri Campos Lopez, the citys director of economic development and housing whose duties include tourism promotion. They may have heard of the old Clearwater. A second initiative is to team up with light bulb manufacturers to launch a nationwide Let Clearwater Cure Your Seasonal Affective Disorder campaign to be launched in the winter of 2012/2013. A third initiative would implement a full-year public relations plan to promote the Clearwater Jazz Holiday and include follow-up events to promote the next years Jazz Holiday. Another initiative would launch a Clearwater, Florida, mobile app that would have revenue generating potential if it includes local stores, restaurants and other businesses. Realizing the importance of the mass media in tourism promotion, two proposed initiatives would produce video press kits about Clearwater and invite weather correspondents from the major TV networks to do their winter broadcasts from Clearwater. Two large press tours would be conducted annually, and individual press visits would be arranged as needed. Imagine Global will seek input and support for a new Visitors Guide for 2013. It also will plan a wintertime social media giveaway and sweepstakes in partnership with a national airline. The price of the one-year renewal will be $160,000. That will include all advertising, marketing and administration, but there also will be an additional $4,000 available for reimbursable expenses. Lester R. Dailey Around Pinellas Around Pinellas
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Detectives assigned to the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office Economic Crimes Unit in partnership with the United States Secret Service, and the Florida Attorney Generals Statewide Prosecutors Office made the arrests in a joint operation, culminating an investigation that began in 2008. The suspects were charged with racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering. According to investigators, the suspects engaged in obtaining lines of credit in the form of credit card accounts and vehicle loans by providing false and/or inflated information to the lending institutions, and subsequently defaulting on those lines of credit. The credit card activities centered on the creation of multiple fraudulent credit card accounts. The suspects would then use the credit cards to make high dollar purchases through collusive or shell corporations before the accounts went into default. While the credit card applicants listed on the merchant account applications were listed in the names of several of the listed suspects, the majority of the depository accounts were linked and funneled to suspect Tihomir Botchev, 32, of Largo. Botchev was one of the five arrested March 15. Also arrested were Ivan Petrov, 31, Georgi Angelov, 28, Martin Jordanov, 27, all of St. Petersburg, and Lubomir Sandov, 47, of Clearwater. Detectives say Botchev arranged for each of the suspects to be affiliated with a Florida or Illinois registered corporation for the purpose of utilizing the corporation as employment verification on the applications submitted to the financial institutions and to establish a merchant account for credit card transactions. On the credit card side, the suspects are responsible for an estimated $1 million loss to the financial institutions. According to detectives, the funds from the fraudulent credit card transactions were then used to finance the vehicle fraud activities. Detectives say after the suspects obtained a vehicle loan, the suspects arranged for the high-end vehicles purchased with the loan to be shipped overseas where the vehicles were sold. The suspects accomplished this by titling and registering the vehicles in the state of Illinois; using the shell corporations, thus enabling the suspects to obtain the clear vehicle titles needed to ship the cars overseas. The luxury vehicles include BMWs, Lexuses, Audis, Infinitis, Mercedes Benz and Acuras. Most have been recovered in the U.S. and Lithuania. Detectives say the scheme included 37 vehicles and 46 transactions. Botchev appears to be the central figure in the organized scheme to obtain the vehicles through fraudulent means and then ship them overseas. Investigators say he was also able to obtain duplicate titles on vehicles he had previously owned and registered in the state of Florida and had other suspects in the organization obtain a second loan on vehicles already shipped out of the country. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who announced the details of the arrests on the morning of March 16, praised the good working relationship between the Sheriffs Office and those agencies who participated in the investigation. The successful investigation and outcome of this case could not have been possible without the team work and partnerships we have established with the U.S. Secret Service, the Florida Attorney General, Office of the Statewide Prosecutor and the Chicago Police Department, Gualtieri said. John Joyce, special agent in charge, Tampa Field Office, U.S. Secret Service, also praised the long-standing partnership with the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office to address all forms of financial criminal activity. Through use of a well-developed financial crimes task force, our agencies have demonstrated the value of force multiplication affording investigative benefit to both agencies. By developing and sharing information and pooling our investigative resources, our agencies have put a significant dent into the illegal workings of Mr. Botchev and other members of his organized criminal group, Joyce said. Thanks to a partnership among national, state and local agencies, we have brought down a multimillion-dollar fraud ring that has targeted local businesses in the Tampa Bay region. I am grateful to the Secret Service and the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office for their dedication to stopping this criminal operation, added Attorney General Pam Bondi. Suspects not arrested thus far will be sought in the days and weeks to come. Those suspects include Kiril G. Dinev, Ivaylo V. Georgiev, Nikolay Angelov, Ivan Staykov and Atanas Todorov Zagorov.Five arrested in $3.1 million racketeering schemeArrest made during surveillance operationLARGO Officers of the Largo Police Departments Problem Oriented Policing Team were conducting surveillance in the area of Jasper Street and Missouri Avenue March 14. They were watching the area due to recent robberies that have occurred. During the surveillance, a subject was observed acting suspiciously in the area of 55 Jasper St. Officers made a consensual encounter with the suspicious person, who was identified as Joseph Radzinski, 21. Police said he was in possession of a large knife and a camouflage ski mask. He admitted that he had set up a drug deal and was intending to rob the drug dealers when they arrived, police said. Radzinski was arrested for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and loitering and prowling. He was taken to jail under a $10,250 bond.Woman gets life sentenceLARGO A 58-year-old woman was sentenced to life in prison for attempted murder and 15 years for aggravated child abuse March 13. The sentences will run concurrently. According to Largo police, on March 28, 2008, Celeste Minardi of Dunedin used a knife and attempted to murder her then 15-year-old son during a court-ordered visit to a doctors office. She pled no contest to the charges on March 8.Man dies after being stunned by TaserDUNEDIN A 37-year-old Tarpon Springs man died at Bayfront Medical Center about 4:51 p.m. Monday, March 19. James Clifton Barnes was transported to Bayfront Medical Center Saturday, March 17, suffering from life-threatening injuries after a Pinellas County Sheriffs deputy shocked him with a Taser. Investigators say Officer Joseph Tactuk, 21, of the Department of Environmental Protection, saw Barnes become physically violent toward his aunt at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Detectives say Barnes had just received some bad news about his relationship and had asked his aunt to help cleanse him. Tactuk, who was on routine patrol on the north end of Honeymoon Island, noticed that Barnes was acting violent and shouting obscenities at his aunt and he approached to assist. When Tactuk was unable to get Barnes to comply with his commands, he attempted to arrest Barnes for battery on his aunt, Paula Yount, 48, of Tarpon Springs. Barnes then became violent and began to struggle with Tactuk. Deputy Kenneth Kubler, 48, from the sheriffs Marine Unit arrived to assist, as did sheriffs office patrol units. Detectives say Tactuk had placed Barnes in handcuffs by the time Kubler arrived. However, the handcuffs were not placed properly, allowing Barnes to continue to struggle with Tactuk. Kubler called for Barnes to calm down and warned him that he would be using his electronic control device (Taser) if he did not stop his actions. Detectives said Barnes continued to struggle violently with Tactuk using his elbows, head and legs. Kubler then shocked Barnes with his Taser. Detectives say Barnes was out of the water. Kubler and Officer Tactuk were not injured. The Medical Examiners Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. Detectives are asking that anyone who may have been on Honeymoon Island on Saturday at the time of the incident and has information that may assist them in this investigation to contact Detective Jeff Capra of the Robbery Homicide Unit at 582-6200.Bookkeeper charged with theft, fraudCLEARWATER Clearwater police arrested Melissa Foley, 32, of Seminole on March 15 for an alleged grand theft and scheme to defraud, according to a Clearwater Police Facebook report. Foley worked for an air conditioning business as a bookkeeper, and from November 2010 to November 2011, she allegedly was paid by direct deposit for her normal work week but then she paid herself again almost weekly, using fraudulently obtained payroll checks. The total amount stolen totaled about $33,000. Foley was charged with grand theft of more than $20,000 but less than $100,000 and also scheme to defraud. She was released from the Pinellas County Jail on a $2,000 bond. Police beat Police beat e-Editionse-edition.tbnweekly.com
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Roche voted against the new rules Feb. 14, saying it was not the commissioners job to police each other. Our bosses are the citizens of this county, he said. Roche did vote for the new rules March 13, after getting an amendment that all commissioners be informed in the event of credit card misuse. Commissioners also agreed to a request from County Administrator Bob LaSala to protest a bill recently passed by the state Legislature that he says would blow a hole in the countys budget, if signed into law by the governor. The bill governs reimbursement of Medicaid costs to counties. Currently, counties pay Medicaid costs for indigent care based on where a person lives. The new bill would make counties responsible based on where care is provided, which creates an undue burden for counties such as Pinellas that have special care facilities. An example is All Childrens Hospital in St. Petersburg. He said the county has no problem with sharing in Medicaid costs for residents of Pinellas that may receive indigent care outside the county. The new bill also requires counties to accept Medicaid bills without being able to examine them to get a discount. LaSala said the states antiquated billing process is part of the problem. He said the bill favors the state at the expense of its counties instead of providing a fair and equitable accounting of expenses. Commissioner Susan Latvala said the states billing system is flawed. She called the latest bill a lawsuit waiting to happen. Well pay our share, she said, adding that the state needs to fix its system. Assistant County Administrator Carl Harness agreed that it seems the state is attempting to shift the burden of costs to the counties. He said in past years, Pinellas has disputed about 20 percent of Medicaid charges from the state. In other business, the commission: Approved an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation for Nursery Road in Clearwater for its Safe Routes to School Sidewalks Improvements Project, Phase 1A, which is from Keene Road to Oakadia Drive West. Approved an agreement retroactive to Oct. 1, 2011 with Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg for Pinellas Hope. Approved the 2012 Weedon Island Preserve management plan. Approved a request to advertise the April 24 public hearing date for a proposed ordinance to amend code dealing with the health facilities authority.County Commission approves new credit card rules By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Pinellas County commissioners had some good news March 13 for residents of Rexdale Heights in unincorporated Seminole. Commissioners unanimously agreed to amend its lighting district policy and procedure to change requirements for advertising. The savings to Rexdale Heights, which has been working on approval to become a street lighting district, is nearly $3,000. Residents came to the commission for help several months ago and as recently as Feb. 7, after staff informed them they would be responsible for advertising costs. They argued that staff had not made them aware they would have to pay until they were near the end of the lengthy approval process. Staff said at the time Rexdale Heights had started work toward becoming a street lighting district, the county had been paying advertising costs. Since that time, the county attorneys office ruled that residents should pay the expenses as part of a new policy. Commissioners were concerned not only that the rules had been changed for residents in mid-process, but also about the cost. They asked staff to research alternatives. Staff suggested a change that would remove the requirement to advertise in a daily newspaper with general circulation to require and allow advertising in a nondaily publication of general circulation. According to a staff memo, it would cost $3,406 to advertise two public hearings once a week for two weeks in the St. Petersburg Times. The same advertisement would cost $459 in the Gulf Coast Business Review a savings of $2,947. The county attorneys office says the change would not affect the countys ability to comply with state regulations for public hearing advertisements. Commissioner Nancy Bostock said the amendment was a huge benefit to our citizens. She asked staff to look for other places costs are placed on citizens to determine if they are due to a county requirement or state law.County amends street light district procedureIt shouldnt be the publics role to show us how cumbersome our policies are, she said.PSTA earns TSA gold standard ratingST. PETERSBURG The U.S. Department of Homeland Securitys Transportation Security Administration has recognized the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority as one of 17 rail and mass transit agencies from across the nation that earned its highest rating of Gold Standard based on their most recent baseline assessment for security enhancement. I commend PSTA for their commitment and hard work that this level of achievement requires, said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. TSA recognizes the continued dedication individual transit agencies demonstrate every day to ensure the safety of travelers nationwide. The TSAs BASE program is a voluntary comprehensive review of transit agency security programs focusing on multiple categories such as an agencys security plans, security-training, drills/exercise programs, public outreach efforts and background check programs. We were thrilled to receive this recognition from the Department of Homeland Security. PSTA has long been dedicated to ensuring the highest level of safety and security for the more than 13 million customers we serve each year, said PSTA CEO Brad Miller. Its a testament not only to the hard work of our safety staff, but to each one of our more than 500 professional operators and maintenance technicians who make safety and security their priority every day. Staff in PSTAs Safety and Security Division work closely with Pinellas County Emergency Management in case of a hurricane or other local emergencies, and they coordinate drills and activities with the Department of Homeland Security, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and other agencies. PSTA is currently working on a project to develop a training program for first responders that will outline proper techniques for handling PSTAs specialized vehicles during an incident response. This effort will also include a public education campaign that will help citizens riders and non-riders alike become more aware of their surroundings and encourage active participation in maintaining a safer community.Bright ideas net big refund for Pinellas CountyCLEARWATER Progress Energy officials awarded Pinellas County an energy efficiency rebate of almost $40,000 March 13 due to the combined efforts of recent projects to reduce energy use in county facilities. Six of the projects cited involved improved functioning of air conditioning systems. Five of the projects replaced older, inefficient lighting with newer, more energy-efficient lamps and ballasts. Three projects replaced standard light switches with occupancy sensors, which shut off lights when a space is unoccupied for a period. Community relations manager Melissa Seixas and senior energy auditor Bob Gelazin of Progress Energy presented the check to Paul Sacco of the countys real estate management department at the Board of County Commissioners meeting. For more information on Pinellas County services and programs, visit www.pinellascounty.org.Commissioners also agreed to a request from County Administrator Bob LaSala to protest a bill recently passed by the state Legislature that he says would blow a hole in the countys budget, if signed into law by the governor. NATIONAL NEWSwww.TBNweekly.com
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DAILEYCLEARWATER When federal highways go through cities, the highway planners are interested in just one thing: Moving as many cars as possible quickly and safely down the road. City officials are left to deal with whatever disruptions have been caused to businesses and neighborhoods along the right-of-way. And that is what is happening in Clearwater after the latest round of upgrades to U.S. 19. What were doing is adopting the land use to a transportation corridor, and its unfortunate that the city couldnt have been involved sooner, City Manager Bill Horne told the Clearwater City Council at its March 12 work session. But Clearwater officials arent doing the planning alone; theyve spent $130,000 to have the HDR consulting firm help them. And theyre anxious to share information with Clearwater residents and get the residents input in return. I dont want us to look at just (U.S.) 19 without looking out beyond the frontage roads to the nearby neighborhoods, said Mayor George Cretekos. To accomplish that, the city and HDR officials have launched a series of meetings with stakeholders from the U.S. 19 corridor. On Tuesday, March 13, it was car dealers in the morning, retailers and office managers in the afternoon, and apartment managers and neighborhood association leaders in the evening. On Wednesday, it was Realtors, developers and architects in the morning and representatives of the lodging and entertainment industries in the afternoon. The consultants identified the entire U.S. 19 corridor as an area with great potential for the community, said Michael Delk, director of the citys Planning and Development Department. But the problem is finding the best way to realize that potential. They themselves are not sure what theyd like to see happen, HDR spokesman Steve Schukraft said of the people who live or work along U.S. 19. Delk said that in the past, it was hard to make plans regarding U.S. 19 because the highway had to constantly be upgraded to accommodate the areas runaway growth. But both Clearwater and Pinellas County are virtually built out and have recently lost a small percentage of their residents, he said, so that shouldnt be a problem in the future. The city and HDR are undertaking a six-month study of the U.S. 19 corridor between Belleair and Curlew roads. They will analyze the conditions, plans and policies that affect land use, development, market economics, mobility, energy efficiency and conservation in the corridor. Stakeholders will be involved in developing visions and goals to advance the livability, sustainability and competitiveness of theCity seeks residents input for U.S. 19 corridor plan corridor. Land use and development strategies will leverage the corridors locational advantages and capitalize on the planned transit and transportation improvements. Design studies for buildings, streetscapes, sites and public spaces will illustrate how new projects can contribute to the attractiveness, accessibility, sustainability and competitiveness of the corridor. Methods will be developed to promote appropriate and energy-efficient development on vacant or underutilized parcels in the corridor. Plans and strategies will be developed to present a compelling vision for the corridors future over the next 20 years, using both private and public investments. The initial phase of the project, identifying ideas and issues, is well underway. Planning frameworks and strategies will be developed over the next few months. Final planning and approval will be accomplished this summer, and the project will be completed in the fall of this year. Citizen input is being sought at every step of the process. 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On March 17, 113 volunteers came from all over Pinellas County and beyond to help pick up the trash. They were at it for four hours and covered the four miles of Indian Rocks Beach. The amount of trash they found was astounding. In all, more than 600 pounds of garbage was picked up. That filled 120 garbage bags, which in turn filled up a large dumpster. IRB Public Works Supervisor Randy Schwab said there was a familiar culprit this time, as every time. Cigarette butts, he said. Cigarette butts were everywhere. Every volunteer told us about finding the butts all over. Phil Wrobel, one of the volunteers who manned the sign-in desk at the county park beach access said the same thing. The amount of cigarette butts is ridiculous, he said. Im glad the city is going to increase the fines for littering. Wrobel was referring to a proposed ordinance that would increase the littering fine to $500. The ordinance was first proposed with cigarette butts in mind. The volunteers who walked the beach were unanimous in their opinions about the need to keep a clean beach. We love the beach, we come here all the time so it is important to keep it clean, said Lisa Corey, a winter visitor from Wisconsin. Donna Evans of Largo was cleaning up with her granddaughter, Amaya Benbon of Indian Rocks Beach. We do this all the time, she said. We kayak; go shell hunting and walk the beach so we have a duty to help keep it clean. Benbon was even more forceful. There is trash on all the beaches all over the state, she said. It pollutes the water and makes the fish and birds sick, so it is important to do this. The effort to clean the beach was important for other reasons as well. Lauren Thiessen came all the way over to the beach from Tampa with her mom, Ginny. For her the cleanup was about satisfying her community hours needed for school. This is my first time here but for sure the beach has to be kept clean, she said. You want to be able to walk the beach without cutting your feet and you dont want people or animals to get sick because of the trash that is around. The beach cleanup has been going on for 20 years, and typically, each year something strange is found during the cleanup. Besides the cigarette butts this year, volunteers found a large concrete block. It was so difficult to remove they wondered why and how it got there in the first place. Also this year an unusual number of beach chairs were found discarded, just left there. Many were in perfectly good shape. In addition to Schwab and Wrobel, Lilian Johnston and Joan Duffy were the main organizers of the IRB event. They signed people in, did some cleaning up of their own, and then cooked the hamburgers and hot dogs that the volunteers enjoyed once they had finished their rounds.Photo by BRIAN GOFFIndian Rocks Beach resident Amaya Benbow and her grandmother, Donna Evans, pick up trash on Indian Rocks Beach.IRB cleanup fills dumpster Photo by JIM LAYFIELDA ladybug searches for food in a flowering orange tree in a Pinellas Park backyard. Ladybugs, a most easily recognized beetle, are a gardeners friend. A single ladybug can consume up to 60 aphids a day and 5,000 in a lifetime. Aside from aphids, ladybugs require a source of pollen for food and are a common sight in orange trees this time of year.A gardeners friendSt. Pete Beach named top U.S. beachST. PETE BEACH The travel website TripAdvisor.com has named St. Pete Beach the nations top beach in 2012. It was one of five Florida beaches to receive the distinction of Top 10 beach destinations. Others named were No. 2 Miami Beach, No. 6 Daytona Beach, No. 7 Fort Lauderdale and No. 10 Key West. Also included in the Top 10 were No. 3 Myrtle Beach, S.C.; No. 4 Virginia Beach, Va.; No. 5 Honolulu, Hawaii; No. 8 Lahaina, Hawaii; and No. 9 San Diego. The websites description of St. Pete Beach focused on the areas sand and dolphins. Sugary-white sand, dolphins frolicking just off shore and eight major barrier islands make St. Pete Beach a postcard-perfect seaside destination, the website stated. Situated on a peninsula off Floridas west coast, it is an ideal place to experience the states wild beauty and the magical golden rays of the Sunshine State. The website compiles the list annually based on information it receives from its 20 million members. TripAdvisor.com rated Myrtle Beach No. 1 a year ago. For more information go to www.tripadvisor.com/Travelers Choice-Beaches.Orchid society to offer clinicLARGO The Florida West Coast Orchid Society will host an orchid repotting clinic Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. to noon, at 12350 Ridge Road. The public is invited to bring their orchids for instruction on how to repot them. Attendees also may have the repotting done for them. Orchid supplies will be available for purchase. The society will divide, if necessary, and repot overgrown orchids for a nominal charge. For information, call 8139180-4546.
Briefs10A County Leader, March 22, 2012 NOMINATEYOURFAVORITEFROMEACHOFTHECATEGORIESBELOW Readers Choice Best Dining & EntertainmentAppetizer _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Asian _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Barbecue/Ribs _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Breakfast _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Buffet _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Burger _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Coffee _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Cuban _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Deli _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Dessert/Ice Cream _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Fine Dining _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Happy Hour _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Healthy Meal _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Irish Pub _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Italian _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Kid-Friendly _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Greek _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Mexican _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Outdoor Dining _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Pizza _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Seafood _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Sports Bar _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Steak _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Sushi _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Vegetarian Selection _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Wings _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Waterfront _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Local Theater/Venue _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Readers Choice Best Business & ServicesAll entries must be store specic. 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There will be three Drawings (March 23, 30 & April 6)This once-a-year special publication features the Readers Choice Awards for the best food, places, businesses and services in Pinellas County. Just write the name of your favorites next to the category and mail (or drop off) the ballot to: Readers Choice Awards, Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772Must be submitted by March 30. One ballot per person. TBNI Employees and family not eligible in drawing. 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Features include: tile roof, new windows throughout, glistening Terrazzo floors, and vintage refinished original solid wood cabinets.Sandy HartmannRealty Executives Adamo Seminole 3 Bedrooms/2 Baths/2 Car Garage $130,000 SOLD 2 bedroom, 1 bath home on Riviera Bay with fantastic water views & access to Tampa Bay & the Gulf. Covered lanai, separate covered patio, patio deck, carport and lots of fruit trees. Kitchen has newer appliances & solid wood cabinetry, plus a bonus room that is heated and cooled. Located in St. Petersburg with access to everything.Cathy DelorenzoRealty Executives Adamo St. Petersburg 2 Bedrooms/1 Bath $165,000 SOLD As spring arrives, horseshoe crabs converge along sandy beaches throughout the state to mate. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are asking the public for help pinpointing the sites where these horseshoe crabs spawn. Beachgoers are likely to have the best luck spotting mating horseshoe crabs around high tide, just before, during or after a full or new moon. The conditions around the new moon on March 22 and the full moon on April 6 will create ideal opportunities to view the spawning behavior of horseshoe crabs. The FWC asks people to report sightings by visiting MyFWC.com/Contact and clicking on the Submit a Horseshoe Crab Survey link, then Florida Horseshoe Crab Spawning Beach Survey. Findings also can be emailed to horseshoe@MyFWC.com or call 1-866-252-9326. Observers should note the number of horseshoe crabs they see and whether those horseshoe crabs are mating. Mating crabs pair up, with the smaller male on top of the larger female. Other male crabs may be present around the couple. If possible, the observer should specify roughly how many horseshoe crabs are mating adults and how many are juveniles (4 inches wide or smaller). Biologists also want to know the date, time, location, habitat type and environmental conditions such as tides and moon phase when a sighting occurs. Through December 2011, the FWC had received 2,350 reports since the survey program began in April 2002. Horseshoe crabs, often called living fossils, have been around for approximately 450 million years and are an important part of a marine ecosystem. Their eggs are a vital food source for animals and birds, such as the red knot. Horseshoe crabs are important to humans as well. In the biomedical industry, horseshoe crab blood helps save human lives. Pharmaceutical companies use horseshoe crab blood to make sure that intravenous drugs and vaccine injections are bacteria-free. Also, research into horseshoe crab eyes has given scientists a greater knowledge of the functioning of human eyes.Beachgoers can help biologists monitor horseshoe crabs Photo courtesy of FWCMating horseshoe crabs pair up, with the smaller male on top of the larger female.Audubon Society to meetCLEARWATER The Clearwater Audubon Society will meet Monday, April 2, at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane. The event will kick off with a mix-and-mingle at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. Jeanne Dubi from the Sarasota Audubon Society will discuss the amazing diversity of birds found in the Celery Fields of Sarasota County. The meeting also will include a discussion about plans for a nature center to provide expanded environmental programs for kids and adults. Call 462-6024 or visit www. clearwateraudubon.com.Reef exhibit on displayST. PETERSBURG The Discovery Reef exhibit will be on display through March 31, at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. This special traveling exhibit will promote understanding of Floridas coastal and marine environments. The Mote Marine traveling interactive exhibit, Discovery Reef, presents to visitors an opportunity to discover amazing life forms, survival strategies and relationships on coral reefs, and the crucial role of coral reefs in the ocean food web. The exhibit may be viewed Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No registration is required. For information, call 453-6500 or visit www.weedon islandpreserve.org.Field trip to nature park plannedCLEARWATER The Clearwater Audubon Society will host a field trip Saturday, April 7, 8 a.m., to Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane. Participants will assemble in the parking lot. The park offers opportunities to view songbirds, raptors in oak and xeric hammock, and water birds in a lake setting along a three-quartermile shell trail and boardwalk. Call Madeleine Bohrer at 7486885. water and shorebirds along a causeway and shoreline drive. There is a oneto two-mile trail walk on Tampa Bays north shore. Call John Hood at 461-4762.Audubon plans Pasco safariCLEARWATER The Clearwater Audubon Society will host a safari field trip Friday, April 13, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., to Cross Bar Ranch in Pasco County. Participants will assemble at Westfield Countryside Mall, near Sears, by the U.S. 19 frontage road. From there, participants will carpool to the destination. Aboard a safari bus, attendees will learn about water resources and observe songbirds, raptors and burrowing owls and wildlife. Reservations are required by April 6. Call Ken Rowe at 7810745 or email ksr28@verizon .net.Honeymoon Island excursion setCLEARWATER The Clearwater Audubon Society will host a field trip Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m., to Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin. Participants will assemble behind McDonalds at the intersection of Alt. U.S. 19 and Curlew Road in Clearwater. The trip will offer opportunities to view shorebirds along the causeway as well as songbirds and raptors on the osprey and pelican nature trails. The trip will include two to three miles of walking on sand trails. Call Ellen Pfau at 786-3718.Weedon to host guided hikesST. PETERSBURG Guided hikes will be offered Saturdays, March 24 and 31, 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.wee donislandpreserve.org.Trip to Fort De Soto Park slatedCLEARWATER The Clearwater Audubon Society will host a field trip Wednesday, April 11, 7:15 a.m., to Fort De Soto County Park. Participants will assemble in front of Party City at Tri-City Plaza at the intersection of U.S. 19 N. and East Bay Drive in Clearwater. From there, participants will carpool to Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde. The park offers opportunities to view migratory songbirds, raptors, FINANCIAL NEWSwww.TBNweekly.com
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Right on cue a lot of kingfish have made their way into the area, and chances are if you wet a line more than a mile offshore this past week you probably got into a few of them. Hard bottom spots like the area just south of Blinds Pass and out in front of Sand Key are loaded with kingfish of all sizes. Also, the many artificial reefs that range in depth from 30 feet out to 50 feet have schools of kingfish hanging out on them. Whether you choose to slow troll live baits like blue runners, threadfins, pilchards or cigar minnows or anchor and send these same baits under balloons is up to you. You also can take these fish by trolling artificial lures; a silver spoon behind a planer is a go-to setup for many kingfish anglers. Those who specifically want to target the big kingfish will want to slow troll big baits such as mullet, ladyfish, shad, or Spanish mackerel. Spanish mackerel fishing has been good in the same areas where the kingfish are holding. Anchoring and chumming with live pilchards can provide nonstop action when the bite is hot. Typically a long shank hook with a small piece of flexible wire is all you need for tackle. Redfish numbers remain strong throughout the whole region. Schools of fish will come together to form massive pods of fish on the higher tides as we approach next weeks new moon. Gold spoons seem to be working well for getting a reaction bite from the reds, while live pilchards suspended under a float will work excellent when the water is high enough for the fish to make their way up to the mangroves and along the edges of the oyster bars. Until next week get bent.Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hotmail .com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.Kingfish moving through the areaOne fine February day on the river of sea known as the Intracoastal Waterway, a low-angled splash on our dolphin survey route revealed dolphins nearby. Two bottlenose bulls, Hi W Ski and Scrapefin, were swimming with teenaged female Peewee, the heroine of Dolphin Watchs Princess and the P. Peewee weaned seven months ago when her mother (Queen) P gave birth again. Since then, shes been hunting alone in a small part of the study area, behavior thats typical of newlyweaned dolphins of both sexes. Suddenly she had two male companions who attended her closely. In a dolphin trio of two bulls and one babe, one bull gets to swim with the babe. The other bull prances around in their vicinity as the so-called peripheral male. In this context, the peripheral male is entertaining to watch because he often acts livelier than usual. Either hell go about routine dolphin business with unusual flair or perform and here I think the word perform is apt unusually showy behaviors. I refer to this flourishing constellation of behaviors as styling. A likely explanation of styling is that the peripheral male is behaving to attract the females attention. And thus it was this fine February day. Peewee and Hi W Ski formed the courting pair. Scrapefin was the peripheral male. Peewee mostly swam side-byside with Hi W Ski. As the smaller of the two bulls, he may be closer in age to her than is Scrapefin, who is bigger than they are. Coordinating closely, they meandered in the vague direction of an underwater pool we call The Bathtub. If they had a destination in mind, it didnt show. What they appeared to have in mind was each other. Peripheral males do their styling at various distances from the pair but average 20 to 50 feet away. Not Scrapefin. He hovered very close to the courting pair. We might cautiously interpret Scrapefins hovering to mean he had a good chance of replacing Hi W Ski at Peewees side, or thought he did. He showed no obvious aggression, such as ramming between the courting pair to split them apart as happens in larger courting groups. Instead, he swooped and swirled around them or glided past as if to say, Can you see me now? Mostly he trailed closely behind them, sometimes zipping over to us as if redirecting his flirtations onto the boat, which was about as responsive as Peewee, unfortunately. Poor Scrapefin! Peewee had her own version of styling for Hi W Ski. In particular, she did a great many belly presents. Here, present doesnt mean gifts; it means present in the way you present your wrist so the nurse can take your pulse. Belly presents are invitations to interact. Peewee presented to Hi W Ski many times, and he to her, suggesting that Scrapefins chances werent too good! The courting male in the trio, who today was Hi W Ski, focuses his attention on the female rather than on skirmishing to rid himself of the peripheral male. Dolphins can and do chase away unwanted dolphins. The fact that courting males do not chase off the peripheral male raises the question of whether they even want to (a rather surprising conclusion about the game of love). To consider this question, we should know that these trios typically involve bulls in one of two types of male-male relationships. One relationship is bonded bull buddies (formally known as alliance partners). By definition, bonded bulls spend most of their time in each others company. Though male lions come to mind, male bonding is a conspicuous exception among male mammals. The purported function of the bull bond is the competitive edge of the bonded bulls over a single bull. Its probable that bonded bulls have a similar advantage over a lone female. (Whether we can rightly call it kidnapping remains an open question, in my view.) Youd think that the availability of a single female could challenge the integrity of their bond (IF the only thing of importance is the urge to merge). By virtue of their years together, bonded bulls have presumably worked out the details of navigating the opportunities of one female. Indeed, the development of this mutual cooperation may be one of the forces that determine whether or not two bulls end up bonding. The other type of male-male relationship is typically that of bulls who are on friendly terms with each other but not obviously bonded. Bulls who are merely friendly have presumably not worked out the intricacies of sharing a female to the same extent as have bonded bulls. Yet they follow the same rules; maybe roles is the better term. The bottlenose dolphin reputation for promiscuity may imply blind antagonism in the pursuit of self-indulgence. Yet the rather predictable behavior of two bulls with one babe among Johns Pass dolphins is one example of how they follow rules of engagement in the game of love, however thorny a love triangle may appear on the surface. While some courtships are brief as per a promiscuous lifestyle, some last weeks or even months. Many dolphin relationships, bonded bulls included, last a lifetime. Yet the bottlenose dolphin mating system seems to accommodate multiple partners quite well. What kind of psyche would it take to live life as a series of love triangles?Dr. Weaver studies wild dolphins under federal permit 16299, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Send her an email at dazzled @tampabay.rr.com or visit her website www.dolphinsuperstore .com. Read her Dolphin Watch column weekly at www.TBN weekly.com. NOAA advises anyone who sees a stranded dolphin in the Gulf of Mexico to call 877942-5343 or 877-433-8299.Dolphins and lifelong love triangles Photo by ANN WEAVERWhat could be thornier than a love triangle? With all that intrigue and possibility, theres no predicting how it will turn out. There sure arent any rules in the game of love! Or are there? Dolphin WatchAnn Weaver Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein
Briefs12A Sports Leader, March 22, 2012 Providing quality healthcare to the Seminole/Largo communities for over 35 years. A 2nd generation of physicians, Dr.s Todd Clarkson and Donald Collins remain committed to maintaining the standards and traditions of excellence their patients expect and deserve.our physicians and three Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners work out of 2 office locations. Our East Bay Medical Center offers visits during Lunchtime hours to better meet your scheduling needs.F F2 Convenient Locations to Better Serve You. Oakhurst Medical Clinic13020 Park Blvd., Seminole, FL 33776 727-393-3404East Bay Medical Center3800 East Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33771 727-539-0505 www.oakmed.comMedicare, Humana Medicare Advantage Plan, and most other insurance plans accepted. 021612Todd Clarkson, D.O. Donald Collins, D.O. Ronald Mall, D.O. Roger Schwartzberg, D.O.,F.A.A.I.M. Betsy Parker, A.R.N.P Gail Quail MSN, A.R.N.P.C. John Jarboe A.R.N.P. Marianne Fisher CEO FAMILY PRACTICE &INTERNAL MEDICINE 011212 Largo Foot and Ankle Center1680 West Bay Drive, Largo, FL727-586-3668Toenail Fungus?Laser Solution!Request a complimentary consultation!Call 727-586-3668Laser Nail Fungus Treatment kills the fungus that lives in and under the toenail. The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. There is a warming sensation and some patients may feel a pinprick. Just walk in and walk out. The laser nail fungus procedure only takes 15-20 minutes. Shoes and nail polish can be worn immediately after the treatment.Dr. Dale R. MonastPodiatric Physician & Surgeon Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgeons ST. PETERSBURG Eight years of fast cars and hairpin turns under sparkling blue skies will be celebrated when the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg races along the downtown waterfront, March 2325. The thrill ride for all ages features a record 10 races over three days, including Sundays marquee event, which starts the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season; the Bright House Speed Zone with interactive displays from the motorsports world; driver autograph sessions; live music, celebrities, beer gardens and great food. The racing world also will pay tribute Sunday to two-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon, a St. Petersburg resident and winner of the 2005 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, who lost his life in October. For more information, visit www.gpstpete.com. The schedule of events is as follows: Thursday, March 22 5 to 8 p.m. Festival of States Parade Beach Drive Pre-Party Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. N.E. Snag one of the best seats in the house for dinner and the Honda Grand Prix Illuminated Night Parade at the MFA Caf; Egyptian-inspired crafts, DJ. Tour the galleries, including the current exhibit Ancient Egypt Art and Magic for only $10; dinner not included with admission. Visit www.fine-arts.org. 7:30 p.m. The Honda Grand Prix Illuminated Night Parade at Central Avenue at Fifth Street. Floats, IndyCar drivers, the Budweiser Clydesdales and marching bands kick off three days of street-legal thrills ending at North Straub Park for a fireworks extravaganza. Free. Visit www.suncoasters-stpete.com. Friday, March 23 7:15 p.m. the third annual Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K Run, Walk N Wheelathon, presented by Trim Nutrition, Vinoy Park. Proceeds benefit local spinal cord research through the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation and All Childrens Hospital. Visit www.grandprix5k.com. Saturday, March 24 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Autograph Session IndyCar Group 1, inside track gates. 4 to 5 p.m. Autograph Session IndyCar Group 2, inside track gates. Sunday, March 25Noon-12:30 p.m. IZOD IndyCar pre-race ceremonies/Dan Wheldon tribute A tribute to two-time Indy 500 winner, winner of the 2005 inaugural Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg resident Dan Wheldon and official start. 12:30 p.m. Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg/IZOD IndyCar Series Race (100 laps) Tickets Tickets for the Honda Grand Prix are now on sale. Options include one, two and three-day tickets, group discounts for 10 or more, reserved seating or general admission and paddock passes with a wide range of price points, from $20 to $125, for race fans of all ages. Tickets may be purchased online at 877-283-5385 or www.gpstpete.com and include all taxes and service charges. Tickets purchased at the gate, located at Second Street and Fifth Avenue South, will incur additional fees. Visit www.gpstpete.com.Go Mobile For the second year in a row, smart phone users may scan a QR code on display at Ambassador locations, ticket booths and on Ambassador ID badges, to access race schedules, maps, parking options, transportation, emergency information and other downtown events throughout race weekend all in one place www.stpete.org/mobilegp. General race day information also can be found at www.stpete.org/ grandprix. Park and Ride Race fans will find more than 25,000 parking spaces within a mile of the race track, including the two city-owned garages, for personal vehicle parking. Parking at Bay Walk (enter from Second Street between First and Second avenues N.) or South Core (enter from the north side of First Avenue S. between Second and First streets) will cost $5 for all day on Friday and a $10 all-day event rate on Saturday and Sunday.Honda Grand Prix hits streets of St. Petersburg Photo courtesy of HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURGThe Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will roar through the downtown streets March 23-25.Private lots, garages and on-street parking also will be available. Motorists are encouraged to observe all posted parking regulations. Parking is also available at Tropicana Field for $10, where race fans can hop aboard the free Grand Prix shuttle for a ride to the track. Fans may board the shuttle outside the main parking gate at 10th Street and Third Avenue S. for the ride downtown before being dropped off near the Hilton on Fourth Avenue S. between Second and Third streets. There will be a two-block walk to the race entry gate. Find more parking information and printable maps at www. stpete.org/grandprix. Take the Trolley The Looper Downtown Trolley and Central Avenue Trolley will offer rides throughout race weekend for just 50 cents a person. The Looper and Central Avenue Trolley are wheelchair-accessible while the Tropicana shuttle includes dedicated wheelchair-accessible trolleys. For a printable shuttle route map, visit www.StPeteTrolley.com. Disabled Parking Disabled on-street parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge; some have time limits but most are available for all-day parking. An additional section of metered parking spaces on Central Avenue between First and Second streets will be temporarily reserved as free parking for those holding valid Disabled Person Parking Permit placards and are available on a first-come, first-served basis Friday through Sunday. Other locations offering disabled parking at the prevailing rate include city garages, Tropicana Field and the USF garage. Road Closures Motorists, residents and visitors to downtown St. Petersburg will see numerous road closures, detours and traffic pattern changes as construction crews turn downtown streets into the 14-turn, 1.8-mile racecourse. Anyone traveling along the waterfront should note the following changes and plan their route accordingly: Closed First Avenue S. from Beach Drive to Bayshore; Limited access on Second Avenue S. from First to Second Street. Closed Beach Drive from Central Avenue to First Avenue S. and First Avenue S. from First Street to Beach Drive; public access to The Mahaffey and the Dali will detour to Fourth Avenue S. and First Street S.; Closed First Street from First Avenue S. to Sixth Avenue. S.; Limited access southbound on First Street from Central Avenue to First Avenue. Limited access First Street S. from Fifth Avenue S. (Dali Boulevard) to Eighth Avenue S. and Sixth Avenue S. from Second Street to First Street from Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25.aways, finisher medals, kids craft activities, food, music, and a visit by the Easter Bunny. Please register online at www. GulfCoastGiving.org/run. Contact Jessica Shafer with questions at 517-3839, ext. 1205. Gulf Coast Giving is a nonprofit organization whose main cause is to provide underserved schools and nonprofits with computer equipment and training. GCG hosts a scholarship program, supports local and national charities, provides volunteer assistance to nonprofit organizations worldwide and creates inspiring local events that manifest the spirit of giving.Swim team qualifies for nationalsLARGO The Largo Water Works Synchronized Team placed second in the South Zone March 10-11 in Washington, D.C., qualifying for the Senior Nationals in Mesa, Ariz., in April. Coach Susan Comerford was named coach of the year for the South Zone. The team consists of Gabrielle Adolino, Kaelyn Madden, Sarah Cooke, Shea Soulierre, Marissa Foreit and Ciana Miller. Others that placed were: Trio, fourth: Shea Soulierre, Marissa Foreit, Sarah Cooke; duet fifth: Marissa Foriet and Ciana Miller; duet fourth: Shea Soulierre and Sarah Cooke; solo fourth: Ciana Miller. The South Zone covers Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Texas.Registration open for citys Turtle Trot 5KLARGO The city along with The Friends of Largo Nature Parks, a volunteer group supporting Largo Nature Parks, will host the Second Annual Turtle Trot 5K at George C. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N. The Turtle Trot 5K, named after the large number of aquatic turtles that live in the parks pond, will be held on Saturday morning, April 14. The run will begin at 8 a.m. with on-site registrations beginning at 6:45 a.m. The 5K run is a measured 3.1-mile flat course that will take participants through McGough and Bonner parks trails and boardwalks and on quiet neighborhood streets nearby. The race will start and finish at McGough Nature Park. Awards will be given to the overall male and female runners in the 5K. The top three finishers in each age group also will receive awards. Each participant will be given a chance drawing ticket for a shot at winning one of many great prizes, including local restaurant gift certificates, massage therapy gift certificates, and more. Additional prize drawing tickets will be available for purchase. Goody bags and T-shirts are guaranteed to all preregistered runners. Post-race refreshments and water will be available. Both parks are located on the Intracoastal Waterway and have boardwalks and piers for postrace relaxing. Bring the kids and feed the turtles from the observation deck. Turtle food is available at McGough Nature Center. Race fees are $15 preregistered and $20 after April 4. All proceeds from the race will go toward supporting Largo Nature Parks. Registration forms can be found online at LargoNature .com, or picked up at the following locations: Largo City Hall, Southwest Recreation Complex, Highland Recreation Complex, McGough Nature Park, and Bonner Park. For more information, call 518-3047.Guppys Gulfside Gallop registration setINDIAN ROCKS BEACH The 2012 Guppys Gulfside Gallop 5K and 1-mile run walk are set for Saturday, April 7, 8 a.m. at the IRB County Park, 1700 Gulf Blvd. Early registration is now available at www.IRBhome.com. The cost of early registration is $15 and includes a race T-shirt if registered by March 31. Call 517-3131 for other registration locations. Sports news?Tampa Bay Newspapers prints pictures of Little League, baseball, football, soccer and sports teams as a community service. Submissions can either be dropped off at our office or mailed or emailed to us. Please identify all team members, from left to right, and list where they are from, such as Largo, Seminole, etc. If you use email, please send an electronic image of the photo in a JPEG image; dont send the photo embedded in a word or other document. The Leader also prints announcements about upcoming golf tournaments for charities, The Largo Leader is published by Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Email editorial@TBNweekly.com. Knights to hold golf tournamentThe Knights of Columbus first Charity Golf Classic will be held Saturday, March 31, at Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club, 8001 Cumberland Road. The event is benefiting severely wounded military men and women who were injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. The golf event is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 14178 out of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church. The event will be advertised on Bright House Networks starting Friday, March 16. The television ad is available for viewing at www.stjudekofc .org. There will be a major military ceremony prior to the shotgun start. Participants can meet men and women wounded in military service, play golf, have drinks and breakfast and participate in raffles and a silent auction. An onthe-spot foursome photo will be provided and food will be served after the tournament.Please log into www.stjude kofc.org and sponsor, donate or sign up to play in the tournamentRegistration starts for Stampede 5KSEMINOLE The Seminole Chamber of Commerce plans its annual Seminole Stampede 5K distance run Saturday, March 31, 7:30 a.m., at Walsingham Park. Awards will be presented to the top finishers in various age and gender divisions. The entry fee is $20 in advance for the 5K run and $10 for a 1mile fun run. Groups of 10 or more will receive a discount. To register, go to www.active .com. An Easter egg hunt sponsored by Seminole First Baptist Church will follow the runs. For more details, call 3923245.Gulf Coast Giving plans 5K run/walkLARGO Gulf Coast Giving is hosting its inaugural Upgrade 2 Success 5K Run/Walk Saturday, April 7, 8 a.m., at Walsingham Park. The event benefits Pinellas County schools: Sandy Lane Elementary, Azalea Middle, Boca Ciega High and Madeira Beach Fundamental. Proceeds will help purchase much needed computer equipment and provide training for staff and students. Registration includes event T-shirt, give-
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Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563LETTERSConvoluted thinkingEditor: The letter from Nancy Davis in your March 8 publication was accurate regarding wording in the Constitution and the intent of the framers of it as to religious freedom. She should do some further research of the writings of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and others regarding their position on this issue. It is convoluted thinking to draw the conclusion that inclusion of any religions doctrines or dogma would somehow enhance religious freedom. You dont have to look very far from home to watch some of our legislators trying to end run our state constitution and get all of us to pay for private faith based schools. And consider their most recent double talk as to allowing students to voluntarily offer uplifting (see religious) words before athletic and other events. This is simply a variation on a theme played in this and many other states which laws have been consistently overturned by courts at all levels on constitutional grounds. This has cost us taxpayers millions in awards and legal fees! And on the human side, check the news from Rhode Island to see what happens to a young woman who objects to a prayer banner in her school auditorium on constitutional grounds. She succeeded in having it removed but she had to be under police protection before, during and after school due to threats on her life from the local loving Christians. People trying to send flowers to congratulate her were turned away by local florists, some by choice and some bowing to threats of boycott or property damage. And this in Rhode Island, not Mississippi! Things get far more dangerous for protestors there. Nancy Davis completely ignores the rights of the nearly 17 percent of our citizens who openly admit to being non-believers, let alone those in-the-closet who fear reprisal. My comments will probably have no effect on Nancy Davis beliefs but others might benefit, even if it only gets them thinking. Frank Barker SeminoleWho would stay at the Biltmore?Editor: I couldnt agree more with Steve Schells letter titled Save the Biltmore? Why? If by some miracle it was restored to its original grandeur, who would stay there? People now want beachfront, with walking access to stores, restaurants, bars, etc. I believe it would take no longer than six months before it would be shuttered again. Chuck Bayer Redington Shores Empty rhetoricEditor: When the Obama Administrations healthcare financing plan was signed into law, President Obama and Congress promised that funds under the new law would not cover abortions. This has now been proven to be empty rhetoric. Why? Because the Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that under the health care law, private health insurance plans must cover the full range of FDA approved contraception in which category HHS explicitly included the abortion-inducing drug ella. 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 whose pro-life consciences are nonetheless violated. This is an unprecedented attack on the freedom of conscience of millions of Americans, eviscerating their freedom 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. Elizabeth Sullivan Palm HarborAnti-American impulsesEditor: Regarding Bob Drivers piece, Afghan pullout should be immediate, I agree. But its sad that a talented writer (Driver) is always so ready to act on his anti-American impulses. First of all its my understanding that the Koran burnings took place because those books had already been desecrated by persons who wrote in them, which, apparently is a no-no. Second, within the framework of a Judeo-Christian culture, respectful burnings of nonviable religious objects is appropriate. But most significant is that true religion is not primarily about objects. It is about devoting ones self and soul to a deity in prayer and adoration. I have to wonder if Mr. Driver was angry when a crucifix was placed in urine and some no-talent called it art. It surely seems as if Mr. Driver feels that if hatred is directed at America, its fine. The Afghans who shot American officers to death from behind come from a society where violence is glorified. They, and many like them, applaud suicide bombing. We are almost a different species. That is why we should leave Afghanistan and cut off all aid to that nation. Laurence Veras Clearwater Voter apathy rules the dayEditor: Approximately, one in five registered voters in Madeira Beach turned out March 13 to exercise their voting prerogative. I would like to think the majority who failed to vote did so out of a sense of duty, having considered themselves uninformed and therefore morally obligated to refrain from offering their non opinion rather than running the risk of further muddying the already murky political waters in the community. However, history dictates it is apathy more often than not that keeps people away from the polls on Election Day, and I am certain this was the case here. I wonder if those who avoid the polls ever give thought to the millions of Americans who over the years sacrificed their lives to secure the unique privilege of voting for the rest of us, making it in effect a sacred obligation and not merely a right to be taken lightly. If it doesnt matter to them, and I really dont care because in effect their inaction renders my vote more potent by a factor of four, then perhaps they can be shamed into showing up next time. I ask them to consider a woman in her late 70s who explained to a poll worker that since she did not own a car, she had walked to City Hall to vote from the Johns Pass area and was preparing to walk back. It may just be she lost a husband or a son to war and wanted to honor their sacrifice by making sure she voted. Barbara Shaw Madeira Beach Efforts to reform education in Florida faced dogged opposition in the Florida Legislature but recorded some notable success nonetheless. The well-heeled teachers union and other special interests from the education establishment, which reformers refer to as The Blob, managed to narrowly block passage of one important piece of legislation the parent trigger bill. This proposal would give parents a voice in forcing reform upon recalcitrant politicians. It also would provide help for students saddled with under-performing teachers. Four other states already have similar laws. Opponents misrepresented it as a takeover of public schools. It is a sad day for Floridas parents and students when 20 Senate members vote against giving parents the tools they need to improve their childs persistently failing school, said Pat Levesque of the Foundation for Floridas Future. It failed by one vote in the Senate. For a first effort facing powerful opposition, that was pretty impressive. Undoubtedly, it will be back again next year, giving parents and students another chance. One successful bill will expand the Tax Credit Scholarship program, which has helped thousands of children escape from failing schools and have a decent chance at getting an education. More than 35,000 children have been liberated through this program since Tampa businessman John Kirtley founded it. Most are poor and more than two-thirds are black or Hispanic. Thousands more are on the waiting list. The program gives incentives to businesses to grant scholarships to children trapped in failing schools. Surveys show it has a high level of parental satisfaction. In addition to saving children, the program saves Florida taxpayers millions of dollars. It was among the standards and accountability reforms begun by Jeb Bush when he became governor. Those reforms have produced impressive results. As the Economist magazine said recently, Controversial at the time, these reforms now have bipartisan support in Florida, where black and Hispanic pupils in particular have made huge gains. Since Bush succeeded in winning passage of his A+ Plan in 1999, Florida has risen from the depths of the national ranking into the top 10 in education quality, according to Education Week. Opponents have been at a loss to explain the gains, which have come without huge increases in spending that are the standard solution offered by The Blob for any education problem. Another bill will make it possible to implement accelerated learning and performancebased systems, rather than relying merely on seat time as a gauge for student progress. This allows students to move ahead when they are able, instead of being frustrated by repetitive instruction geared toward slower learners. Online learning options also will be expanded. Moving education into the 21st century is not going to be easy, but with champions like Kirtley, Bush and state Sen. John Thrasher, Florida families have reason to hope for a brighter future.Lloyd Brown was in the newspaper business nearly 50 years, beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. Florida Voices.One successful bill will expand the Tax Credit Scholarship program, which has helped thousands of children escape from failing schools and have a decent chance at getting an education. Please type letters to the editor (or print legibly) and include your name, town of residence, phone number and signature and mail to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. E-mails should include town of residence and telephone and be sent to tgermond@TBNweekly.com. We will not print the letter writers phone number. Here are some more guidelines for letters: Letters are printed on a first-come, first-served basis. They may be edited to correct grammar, spelling and factual errors. They also may be edited for clarity. Please keep letters to editor to 500 words. Longer letters may be cut due to space limitations. Letters should address issues or current events. Please refrain from making unsubstantiated allegations. The newspaper will not print letters that contain slanderous or racial statements. Please do not use profanity. We do not publish poetry or songs in letters to the editor. Each writer may submit one letter per month. We cant return letters to the editor.What do you think? Lloyd Brown A couple of weeks ago I described what conservatives are like. Today Ill write about liberals. Let me state again that Im a middle-of-theroad independent. This allows me to take pot shots at extremists in both wings of the political-social-economic spectrum. The middle of the road is also where an observer can get run down and killed by these extremists. Independents are usually calm, objective, analytical and sometimes cowardly. Or just timid. In the mid-1960s I worked for a large Ivy League college. During that time I was surrounded by liberals. Almost everyone on the faculty and staff was to the left of Adlai Stevenson. My associates were decent folks, but smug and self-righteous. In the 1964 presidential campaign they delighted in reciting the anti-Goldwater slogan, In your guts you know hes nuts. I got sick of it. Ive been leery of knee-jerk liberals ever since. Liberals say they favor tolerance and broad-mindedness. This attitude ends when they hear the other guy say, Some of my best friends are gays, but I wouldnt want my sister to marry one. Members of the KKK and liberals are usually racist, but in different ways. The Klan wants to keep all blacks down; liberals want to lift them up. Regardless of individual merit. Liberals favor change, no matter who has to pay for it. Definitions for a liberal are not hard to find. They include (and these are from a variety of sources): A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody elses money. Hes a power worshipper without the power. Hes a socialist with a wife and two children. Hes a man who will give away everything he doesnt own. Hes someone whos too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel. Hes a man who has both feet planted firmly in the air. Hes a conservative who has been arrested. (This last definition is the reverse of one that says a conservative is a liberal whos been mugged.) Liberals and conservatives believe in rules, but the liberal will be inclined to bend them, at least when the bending takes the form of forgiveness or offering a second chance. A county commissioner in Toledo, Ohio, gave me a memorable distinction between Republicans and Democrats. He said, In dealing with the poor, Democrats say feed em. Republicans say forget em. (He used another f word, however.) Liberals are in favor of change almost any kind of change. They are inclined to fix things even when theyre not really broken. Young liberals are easily identified. They usually are tattooed and often have rings or metal balls affixed to their noses, lips or ears. Their hair is longer than that of conservatives. They do not talk about issues; instead, they share. Liberals are just as patriotic as conservatives, but they express their devotion to country in different ways. While a conservative will get teary at the sight of Old Glory streaming by in a holiday parade, liberals get their thrills by working in a soup kitchen. Most liberals dont believe that a fetus is automatically a human being. They believe that a mother has the right to carry the fetus to birth, or to abort it. But once the child is born, liberals want it to receive the best possible medical care, no matter how much it costs or who pays the bill. Contrary to public opinion, conservatives are in their own way very pro-choice. They believe that homosexuals choose their life style and are free to change it at any time. On the other hand, liberals believe that gayness is an inborn, genetic thing and should be accepted, and even applauded, by society. Most liberals see nothing wrong with same-sex marriage. Liberals used to be totally opposed to people owning and carrying guns. This has changed somewhat. In todays troubled times a liberal will be just as likely to have a loaded revolver in his/her bedroom, but hell be quiet about it. Liberals believe in man-made global warming, and approve of whatever may be necessary to control it, even if we end up starving in the dark. Their preferred color is green. One of their favorite organizations is Greenpeace, which is famous for breaking the law in order to save dolphins and whales. British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraelis objection to liberalism was that, in conducting political business, it introduced philosophical ideas instead of political principles. A continuing charge against liberals is that they are wishy-washy. This is summed up in the saying that if God had been a liberal, hed have given us the Ten Suggestions rather than the Ten Commandments.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 Liberals are in favor of change almost any kind of change. They are inclined to fix things even when theyre not really broken. Young liberals are easily identified. They usually are tattooed and often have rings or metal balls affixed to their noses, lips or ears.Facts and fables about liberals Reforms succeeded in 2012 session
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The Office Gurus is a provider of cost-effective bilingual contact center and office solutions, in both the United States and near shore locations. In her new role, Walter ensures that strategic partners of The Office Gurus receive a world class service experience, according to a press release. She also oversees the efforts of the client solutions team located in Seminole. Walter will also be representing The Office Gurus at the National Restaurant Association Show 2012 in May in Chicago. She has more than a decade of call center experience in both operations and account management. She was most recently employed by DialAmerica as director of contact center operations.Chamber to host Learn @ Lunch LARGO The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host a Learn @ Lunch session Thursday, March 22, at The Palms of Largo, 200 Lake Ave. NE. Check-in will be at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will begin at noon. The topic will be identity theft prevention. Identity theft is a growing problem for consumers. Fifth Third Bank will offer tips designed to help protect ones identity and finances. The cost to attend is $15 for members and $25 nonmembers. Those planning to attend must register with the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce. Call Amanda Page at 360-6957 or email RSVP@TampaBayBeaches.com.Hubbell addresses Rotary ClubCLEARWATER Gerald Hubbell from Hubbell Funeral Home in Indian Rocks Beach recently presented information on the positives of pre-planning funeral arrangements to the Clearwater Beach Rotary Club. According to Hubbell, pre-planning allows families to make mutually agreed upon decisions. In addition, the cost of the funeral may be pre-paid at todays prices and set in a trust for the future expenses. Hubbell said that the current average cost of a funeral could run approximately $11,000. Cremation tends to run about half that cost. Approximately 68 percent of all final arrangements currently include cremation. Hubbells Funeral Home is a locally family-owned business that has been assisting loved ones with funeral arrangements for almost 50 years. The Clearwater Beach Rotary Club meets Thursdays, 12:15 p.m., at Shephards Beach Resort on Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach. Rotary is an international organization of business and professional leaders whose main objective is service to the community, the workplace and the world. Call 237-8037 or visit clearwaterbeachrotary.org.Bentley joins AchievaCLEARWATER Achieva Credit Union recently announced the addition of Jeff Bentley as senior vice president and chief lending officer. Bentley comes to Achieva with more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Achieva Credit Union, Bentley served as the conservatorship chief lending officer of Texans Credit Union and conservatorship chief executive officer of Key West Federal Credit Union. With experience in managing credit, sales and P&L, Bentley offers a level of expertise that will certainly contribute to the ongoing success of the credit union. We are very excited by the addition of Jeff as chief lending officer, said Gary Regoli, Achieva Credit Union president and CEO, in a press release. His proficiency in managing lending divisions will strengthen our team of advisers and specialists and we look forward to further developing lending opportunities to meet the needs of our members. Kotsopoulos to host seminar at Natures Food PatchCLEARWATER Peggy Kotsopoulos will present a free seminar Sunday, March 25, 3 p.m., at Natures Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St. Kotsopoulos is principal of beVibrant wellness consulting in Toronto, Canada. She is a registered holistic nutritionist, health educator and culinary consultant focused on teaching real health through lifestyle and dietary choices. Over the years, Kotsopoulos has inspired thousands of individuals to live a healthier and more vibrant life all through dietary changes and her talent for developing decadent healthy recipes. Kotsopoulos will present beEnergized! Foods That Give You Oomph. Attendees will learn which vitamins and minerals add a spark to their step. She also will be signing copies of her book Must Have Been Something I Ate immediately following the seminar. Seating is limited. Preregistration is required. To register, visit peggyinclearwater.eventbrite.com.HealthSouth receives national recognitionLARGO HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Largo has received top recognition from Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation. The hospital ranked in the top 10 percent of qualifying rehabilitation hospitals for 2011, UDSMR is a nonprofit group that evaluates rehabilitation hospitals on their delivery of quality care that is effective, efficient, timely and patient-centered. To determine the rankings, UDSMR uses a system that measures the efficiency and effectiveness of a hospitals rehabilitation programs. The system evaluates and tracks a patients progress through the rehabilitation process to document gains. This is the sixth year that UDSMR has issued the awards. In 2011, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Largo reported: The average length of patient stay was 12.5 days. 72.7 percent of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Largo patients were able to go home at discharge. 89 percent of patients surveyed said they would recommend HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Largo to family and friends. It holds disease-specific certifications from the Joint Commission for its stroke rehabilitation program. Our UDSMR ranking allows us to benchmark our performance against national data and confirms our ability to help our patients achieve excellent outcomes, said Don Evans in a press release. Evans is chief executive officer of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Largo. The rehabilitation programs and services at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Largo help patients reach a higher functional level in a shorter period of time, which helps them to return to normal life more quickly. The data used for this report was based on 12 months of 2011 data, drawn from both Medicare and non-Medicare patients. The results were weighted and combined into a single composite score, and each hospital was assigned a percentile rank from zero to 100 relative to the 791 qualifying subscribers in the UDSMR database. Publix district manager receives diversity awardLAKELAND Publix district manager Jeffrey Stilwell received one of the companys 2011 Presidents Awards at Publixs recent Lakeland Division meeting. Each year, the Presidents Award is given to one district manager from each of Publixs retail divisions and one support manager who has demonstrated success in meeting equal opportunity goals, displayed dedication to the dignity, value and employment security of Publix associates, and maintained a work environment that values diversity and is free from discrimination. Stilwell began his Publix career in 1985 as a front-service clerk in St. Petersburg. He worked his way through various positions before being promoted to store manager in 1996. A district manager since 2008, Stilwell oversees 10 Florida stores located in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Beach, South Pasadena and Treasure Island. Publix president Todd Jones presented the award. Jeffrey delivers the difference in his district with everything he does, said Jones. He believes in working closely with associates because they work closest with our customers. Throughout his district, associates at all levels work with instead of for him. Stilwell joins Atlanta Division district manager John Gehring, Jacksonville Division district manager Dwayne Bryant, Miami Division district manager Modesto Blanco, and senior manager of business analysis and reporting Ken Stanger as this years Presidents Award winners. Publix is privately owned and operated by its 151,000 employees, with 2010 sales of $25.1 billion. Currently Publix has 1,049 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of Fortunes Best Companies to Work For in America for 15 consecutive years. In addition, Publixs dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit www.publix.com. Biz notes Biz notes Summer Camp
Leader, March 22, 2012 Obituaries Miles R. SAWYERMiles, age 92, of Seminole, FL, (formerly of Rockland, Maine), passed away on March 4, 2012, in Pinellas Park, FL. Born June 14, 1919 in Rockland, Maine; attended Maine Maritime Academy, class of 1943-2; officer in the Merchant Marine during WW2; joined the Naval Reserves. Miles married Virginia Payson Bowley, April 13, 1946; they had two children; Patti and John. Member of The First Unitarian-Universalist church, St. Petersburg. Managed Beneficial Finance Co. for 26 years, then Camden National Bank, before relocating to Seminole with his wife and son. Belonged to Aurora Masonic Lodge #50 for 65+ years, was a Dual Member of Gulf Beach Lodge #291, Madeira Beach; member of Tampa Scottish Rite, 32nd Deg. and also a Shriner. Survived by his son, John and daughter, Patricia Knapp and husband Wayne, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A Masonic Memorial service took place at Gulf Beach Lodge #291. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gulf Beach Lodge #291, 14020 Marguerite Drive, Madeira Beach, FL 33708, The First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Saint Petersburg, Florida, 719 Arlington Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL. 33701, Caregiver Resources, Inc. PO BOX 7677 Seminole, Fl. 33775. Church And Temple DirectoryL021612 St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church 1955 S. 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She is believed to be between 2 and 3 years of age. She has a lovely, thick coat. Although a bit shy at first, she will come around and be happy as an indoor kitty. She was found wandering around an RV park. Betty White has been vaccinated, spayed and microchipped. Call Save Our Strays Inc. at 481-5262 to meet her. WrinklesWrinkles is a well-behaved 5-year-old bloodhound mix. He's got that laidback, hound-dog style and like all hounds he loves to follow his nose. Wrinkles is very playful, smart, loves cheese and he enjoys spending time relaxing around the house. Adopt him at the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. in Largo. Call 586-3591. Visit www.SPCATampa Bay.org.Looking for a homeRummage sale set for March 31LARGO The Fraternal Order of Eagles will have a charity rummage sale, Saturday, March 31, at 13308 66th St. N. The sale will be held rain or shine. Call 530-7955Chili cook-off benefts MS WalkLARGO The Unstoppables chili cook-off to benefit the MS Walk will be held Saturday, March 24, 2 to 6 p.m., at the Ageing Still, 11561 Walsingham Road. The tasting begins at 4 p.m. Prizes, raffles, give-a-ways and drink specials will be featured. The MS walk will be held Saturday, March 31, at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Check-in begins at 8 a.m.; kick-off is 9 a.m.Dogs audition for national show tour LARGO The America Idogs National Dog Entertainment Team will conduct an audition at Pawfest, April 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in preparation for their national show tour, Bark to the Future. Large or small dogs less than 10 years old that are good with kids are eligible. We need handlers and dog teams with great abilities in agility, Fly ball, canine musical freestyle, rally, disk dog, dog tricks, obedience, etc. Rescues, mutts cute or not and purebreds, show us your stuff! said Dan Ratay, show producer, in a press release. Professional dog trainers are welcome. More than 25 dog owners and up to 45 dogs will be in each indoor show presented. For more information, contact Dan Ratay at 954-829-3274.Rummage sale set for March 31LARGO The Fraternal Order of Eagles will have a charity rummage sale, Saturday, March 31, at 13308 66th St. N. The sale will be held rain or shine. Call 530-7955.Volunteers needed to drive cancer patientsThe American Cancer Society said there is an urgent need for volunteers to drive cancer patients to their cancer treatment appointments throughout the county. Currently the largest need is in the St. Pete area The amount of time that you drive and the geographic area you drive are based on your own personal preferences. Call: 1-800-227-2345Vendors, crafters needed for Bark in the ParkPINELLAS PARK The Pinellas Park Citizens' Police Academy Alumni Association is looking for crafters, vendors and pet rescue groups to participate in the second annual Bark in the Park on April 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Freedom Lake Park, 9990 46th St. N. The pet adoption and expositional event will help raise funds for the Pinellas Park Police Explorers 912, the Pinellas Park K-9 unit and the Retired Police Dog Medical Fund. The Explorers and the city of Pinellas Park Parks and Recreation Division are sponsoring the event. For more information, visit www.pinellasparkcpaaa.org.Vines, Hops and Berries event setTARPON SPRINGS The Vines, Hops and Berries fundraiser is set for Saturday, March 24, 7 to 10 p.m., at the Cypress Run Golf Club, 2669 St. Andrews Blvd. The event is presented by the Tarpon Springs Rotary Club and will include wine tasting, premium beers, assorted food station tastings and desserts. There will be a silent auction, outdoor golf putting contest, a wine pull (bring your favorite bottle of wine and exchange for a chance wine selection), raffles and other games. All proceeds will support Rotary programs. Admission is $25 per person. Contact Ron Haddad at 938-3971 or at email@example.com.March spay-neuter discount offeredLARGO Throughout March, the SPOT Spay and Neuter Clinic and SPCA Tampa Bay are offering a special discount for people on limited income. Qualified cat owners can stop by or call SPOT to schedule appointments for just $25. Owners are asked to present a photo ID along with their food stamp or Medicaid card when they check their felines in for surgery. Owners must have written proof of current rabies vaccination or pay $15 additional. Surgeries must be done in March to qualify for the $25 fee, which is first come, first served until appointments run out. SPOT is located at 4403 62nd Ave. N. in Pinellas Park. Call 3298657. 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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B March 22, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com The Outrageous Adventures of Sheldon and Mrs. Levine, by Sam Bobrick and Julie Stein, presented by Venue Ensemble Theatre, March 22 through April 1, at Venue Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 822-6194, email VenueActorStudio@gmail.com or visit www.VenueActorStudio.org. Enter the outrageous world of an all-consuming love-hate relationship between a son and his mother that succeeds in giving insanity a good name. Share in the lives and the mail of two people whom although thousands of miles apart may still be too close to each other for their own good. Mary Kay Cyrus directs this production. Community Action Stops Abuse will be the designated benefit organization for this production. Venue Ensemble Theatre, a professional non-equity theatre, donates a portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold to the benefit organization. Tony Bennett, Friday, March 23, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Show times are Friday, 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets range from $69 to $129. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Inspired by the likes of Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole, Bennetts easy, natural style has captured the hearts of millions around the globe. Generation gaps are nonexistent when it comes to his music. Bennett has charted hits in the past six decades, including I Wanna Be Around, The Good Life, Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) and his signature song I Left My Heart in San Francisco. The New York Times attributes Tonys longevity above all to his ability to convey a sense of joy, of utter satisfaction, in what he is doing. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., at Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start at $68. Call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmas ter.com. Springsteen is touring in support of his 17th studio album, Wrecking Ball, which was released recently by Columbia Records. We Take Care Of Our Own, the albums first single, is classic Springsteen. Current members of the E Street Bands are Roy Bittan, piano and synthesizer; Nils Lofgren, guitar and vocals; Patti Scialfa, guitar and vocals; Garry Tallent, bass guitar; Stevie Van Zandt, guitar and vocals; and Max Weinberg, drums. Also performing with the band will be Soozie Tyrell, violin, guitar and vocals; and Charlie Giordano, keyboards. Second annual New Seeds Festival, Friday and Saturday, March 23-24 and 30-31, in Bob Smith Black Box Theatre in the Tampa Preparatory complex, 727 W. Cass St., Tampa. Tickets are $15 at the door, $25 for a two-night pass and $7 for students with identification. Call 813-892-7502 or visit newseedsfest.event brite.com. Presented by Silver Glass Productions, the festival will celebrate women in music, dance, comedy and poetry. Produced by award-winning, Off Broadway performer Suzanne Willett the fournight festival will feature nationally acclaimed artists and will highlight groundbreaking womans performance. Willett, most recently known for her highly acclaimed play, Red Pepper, is showcasing artists from across the country and abroad, culminating with a performance by the Australian rock sensation, Martine Locke. Locke has toured with acts such as Ani DiFranco, The Cowboy Junkies, Tommy Emmanuel and Arlo Guthrie. In addition to Locke, the festival will feature the cross-cultural rhythms of the Grenadian-inspired musical group Artist Block and the sacred musical traditions of the world-renowned quartet, Resonance Project. For the second year, the festival will be commissioning new dance works by Tampa Bay Ballet and Jacksonville Dance. Cait Capaldi and Yulia Arakelyan round out the dance program. Performances begin at 7:30 pm with a different lineup nightly. Schedules are available online. Andy McKee, Saturday, March 24, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $27 in advance or $32 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts .com. McKees style of playing and compositions have earned him an international fan base. A recent live performance of his signature song Drifting became a featured video on YouTube and MySpace, achieving over 40 million views and remaining one of its highest rated music clips. Opening for McKee will be Antoine Dufour. Dufour has emerged as a young star of finger-style acoustic guitar, building a worldwide reputation for innovation and creativity with six albums of original material released to critical acclaim, two live DVDs, and more than 30 million cumulative views on YouTube. By LEE CLARK ZUMPELARGO Who is Andy McKee? McKee is one of the worlds finest acoustic guitar soloists, and his recent success offers clear evidence about how times are changing in the music industry. McKee will perform Saturday, March 24, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $27 in advance or $32 the day of the show. Call 5876793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Born in Topeka, Kan., McKee all but abandoned the electric guitar in favor of the acoustic guitar at age 16. At that time, he began studying the music of Michael Hedges, Don Ross, Billy McLaughlin and Preston Reed four artists who have become his primary influences. What makes McKee different is how he has achieved prominence and how he measures success. McKee has harvested a dedicated online community of followers. His YouTube video views are in excess of 78 million. At one point, he held the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 positions for Top Ranked Videos of All Time on YouTube. It is this online media success that has helped bring this artist to the forefront of his genre, impacting both his album and ticket sales. That online success also spurred international tours. Consequently, McKee has performed to sold out shows all over the world. McKee performs anywhere from 100 to 200 shows each year. A self-taught guitar player, McKee first garnered international attention as one of the top finalists at the prestigious National Finger Style Guitar Championships in Windfield, Kan. McKee has released five albums independently selling upwards of 40,000. His discography includes Nocturne (2001), Dreamcatcher (2004), Art of Motion (2005), Gates of Gnomeria (2007) and Joyland (2010). He also released an EP, Common Ground, in 2009. His most recent release, Joyland, from Razor and Tie, includes a documentary film on the DVD portion of the album. The documentary follows McKee as he visits a music store where he once offered guitar lessons and includes a tour of his home recording studio. McKee also had the honor of playing guitar on Josh Grobans Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum Christmas album Noel. On stage, McKees performance showcases his guitar virtuosity as well as his engaging repartee. He is known to appeal to both the every day music fan and hardcore guitar aficionados with his expertise and down to earth wit and humor. According to his biography at Monterey International, it is McKees attention to song structure and melodic content that truly elevates him above the typical acoustic guitarist. It can be observed that Andy likes to try different things with the guitar such as; altered tunings, partial capos, percussive hits, and tapping, the biography states. But in the hands of Andy these are not mere parlor tricks; they are compositional tools used to create some of the finest crafted music for the steel string acoustic guitar. For more information about the McKee, visit the artists website at www.andymckee.com. Opening for McKee will be Antoine Dufour. Dufour has emerged as a young star of finger-style acoustic guitar, building a worldwide reputation for innovation and creativity with six albums of original material released to critical acclaim, two live DVDs, and more than 30 million cumulative views on YouTube.Andy McKeeAcoustic guitar soloist performs at Largo Cultural Center Photo by CHRISTINE PORUBSKYLargo Cultural Center welcomes Andy McKee March 24. RIC only RIC only RIC only *With purchase. Prices above are per hearing aid. Includes all discounts and trad-ins. 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Currently, McClellans work depicts emotions relating to family, personal growth and the spiritual connections between each of us as souls. Other featured artists are Carolann Mancuso, Clearwater, and David Braun, Clearwater. Mancuso is an art instructor and has displayed her art at many local events throughout Florida, she said. Braun is owner of Preferred Custom Printing and is a photographer. He was born and raised in Pinellas County, where he still lives and is a Largo High School graduate. Braun has spent his life admiring and appreciating all of Floridas beauty, the foundation said. The foundations rising star artists are Scott Durfee and George Medeiros both of St. Petersburg and of Spathos, LLC. The event will feature fine art of all different mediums from more than 30 local artists, food samples from local restaurants like Clearsky Beach Caf, RGs Restaurant and Bookmark Caf, Texas Cattle Company, Cottage Cafe, Pinecrest Place Retirement Community, Coffee Gourmet and more, and a Youth Art Exhibit by Largo High School and elementary school students. The event also will feature artist and artwork from the clients of PARC. This year the foundationis adding three theater groups as guides and greeter, The Eight OClock Theater, Francis Wilson Playhouse and the Westcoast Players. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Largo Public Library and participants may hop to several local shops between 6 and 8 p.m. via free shuttle buses. Each business will feature an artist and offer refreshments. The following businesses will be featured on the tour: Oscars Award Glass and Mirror, Focus Graphix, Hammerhead ACE Hardware and the Amish Store. There will be entertainment at the library and participants also can bid on silent auction items, win prizes at chance drawings and door prizes. The event-presenting sponsors are Bright House Networks and Raymond James. Individual tickets are $35 at the door. Those who purchase a VIP ticket ($100 individual; $150 couple) will have their name included in the program and receive an invitation to the foundations Thank You Dinner in April. Tickets may be purchased at any of the stops on the Art Hop, at the library or by calling the Greater Largo Library Foundation at 586-7398. Tickets also are available online at www. greaterlargolibraryfoundation.org.Library foundation plans Art HopClearwater 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. Navah Perlman, Saturday, March 24, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets range from $37 to $45. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. Perlman has established herself as one of the most poetic and admired pianists of her generation. A Juilliard graduate, she has performed worldwide with leading orchestras and is a member of the Perlman/Quint/Bailey Trio, known for its energetic and passionate chamber music performances. She also is active in educational outreach programs. Audience members will have an opportunity to experience the lyrical eloquence of this gifted performer and the magnificence of Scarlatti, Beethoven, Corigliano, Schumann, Brahms and Chopin in the intimacy of the historic Capitol Theatre. Perlman last appeared in Clearwater as a soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. What is Susans Secret, by Michael and Susan Parker, presented by Early Bird Dinner Theatre, through April 22, 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.earlybirddinner theatre.com. An elderly couple, Michael and Susan Edwards, runs the Cider Mill Inn, a rustic and somewhat run down country guesthouse. While they are endearing characters, they are in fact con artists. With a complicated check-in form, they manage to get various tradesmen to sign work contracts for improvements needed at the inn. Radium Girls, by D.W. Gregory, presented by West Coast Players, through March 25, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Call 4372363 or visit www.wcplayers.org. Set in 1926, the play examines a group of women working in a factory painting radium on watches. When the women come down with a mysterious disease, they battle with their employer for justice. The Secret Garden, written by Frances Hodgson Burnett and adapted by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, through March 24, at Clearwater Christian College, 3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., tickets are $12 general admission and See LOOKING AHEAD, page 3B Looking ahead Looking ahead 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 0 1. Breakfast sizzler 0 6. Marienbad, for one 0 9. ___ Peninsula, where Kuala Lumpur is located 14. "Remember the ___!" 15. Plants of the genus Equisetum 17. Femme fatale 18. 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Starring John Preece as Tevye, the national touring production of Fiddler on the Roof brings the wit and wisdom of its central character to area audiences in three performances. Tevyes wrestling with the new customs of a younger generation is punctuated by an unforgettable score that weaves the haunting strains of Sunrise, Sunset and the rousing If I Were A Rich Man with the exuberant Matchmaker, Matchmaker and triumphant Tradition. When his daughters choose suitors who defy his idea of a proper match, Tevye comes to realize, through a series of incidents that are at once comic and bittersweet, that his children will begin traditions of their own. At the storys close, the villagers of Anatevka are forced to leave their homes and even the sturdy mores that have guided everyday life begin to crumble. Paradoxically, it is the enforced loss of the rigid traditions and home life that Tevye has tried so tenaciously to preserve that leads the family to reconcile and draw closer still. Major League, Friday, March 30, 10 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $5. Call 7917400 or visit www.rutheckerd hall.com. The film stars Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen and helped launch the careers of Wesley Snipes and Rene Russo. The film follows the new owner of the Cleveland Indians as she puts together a purposely horrible team so theyll lose and she can move the team Miami. But when the plot is uncovered, the team starts winning just to spite her. Suzy Bogguss, Saturday, March 31, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets range from $25 to $35. Call 791-7400 or visit www. atthecap.com. Bogguss knows that folk songs are the scrapbook of the American experience but as music education fades from the public school system, she found herself worrying that these beautiful melodies are in danger of being overlooked. Thats why she resolved to record these timeless songs in an updated but reverent way so that everyone can sing along on songs like Red River Valley. The platinum selling songstress already has a full bookshelf of Grammy and CMA awards. With the release of American Folk Songbook, she can put her own book up there, too. The CD and companion songbook was released last July at all Cracker Barrel Country Stores followed by a wide release to other retail and digital outlets. The release is the natural progression of an artist who has demonstrated skill and passion for all types of music in her career. Songs like Aces, Drive South, Someday Soon, Outbound Plane and Letting Go took her to the top of the country music charts. Along the way she won raves from critics and peers including winning a Grammy in 2005 for Traditional Folk Album, the Country Music Associations Horizon Award in 1992 and album of the Year Award in 1994. When Fools Brush In opening reception, Sunday, April 1, noon to 4 p.m., at Studio 1212 Art Gallery, 1405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Studio 1212 will present a stroke of the contemporary in art, pottery and jewelry. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. The show will run through May 12. The studio is open Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Easter Parade, Tuesday, April 3, 3 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The 1948 musical stars Judy Garland and Fred Astaire and features music by Irving Berlin. The film includes some of Astaire and Garlands bestknown songs, such as Steppin Out With My Baby and Easter Bonnet. It was the most financially successful picture for both actors and earned Irving Berlin an Oscar for Best Original Score.Largo Movies in the Park, Friday, March 23, at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Themed activities for children will be presented at 7 p.m. followed by the feature film beginning at dusk. The film will be Soul Surfer. The event will include a special campfire at the fire pit. Attendees may bring a blanket. Onsite parking and concessions will be available. Call 587-6755 or visit largoevents.com. Andy McKee, Saturday, March 24, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $27 in advance or $32 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. McKees style of playing and compositions have earned him an international fan base. A recent live performance of his signature song Drifting became a featured video on YouTube and MySpace, achieving over 40 million views and remaining one of its highest rated music clips. Opening for McKee will be Antoine Dufour. Dufour has emerged as a young star of finger-style acoustic guitar, building a worldwide reputation for innovation and creativity with six albums of original material released to critical acclaim, two live DVDs, and more than 30 million cumulative views on YouTube. Movies in the Park, Friday, March 30, at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Themed activities for children will be presented at 7 p.m. followed by the feature film beginning at dusk. The film will be Hop. The event will include a special campfire at the fire pit. Attendees may bring a blanket. On-site parking and concessions will be available. Call 587-6755 or visit largo events.com. 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. Cinderellas Family, Sunday, April 1, 3 p.m., at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The Childrens Theatre Workshop will present this production of Cinderellas Family. Tickets are $3. Filled with singing and dancing, this production follows Cinderella, her family and other characters as audience members get to see what really happened in this favorite fairy tale. Call Gidget Cross at 515-5380. 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. Movies in the Park, Friday, April 13, at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Themed activities for children will be presented at 7 p.m. followed by the feature film beginning at dusk. The film will be Dolphin Tale. Attendees may bring a blanket. On-site parking and concessions will be available. Call 587-6755 or visit largoevents .com. Movies in the Park, Friday, April 20, at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Themed activities for children will be presented at 7 p.m. followed by the feature film beginning at dusk. The film will be Happy Feet 2. Attendees may bring a blanket. On-site parking and concessions will be available. Call 587-6755 or visit largoevents .com. Broadways Best, presented by Eight OClock Theatre, May 4-13, 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 show-stoppers from Broadways best. The lineup includes gems from musicals such as Cabaret, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Damn Yankees, Gypsy, Godspell, Guys & Dolls and Mame. Nunsense II, with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, July 13-20, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eighto clocktheatre.com. This sequel takes place six weeks after the Little Sisters of Hobokens first benefit show, and now they are back with a big Thank You show. Theyre a bit slicker, having been bitten by the theater bug. Things get to off to a rousing start, and before long chaos erupts. Two Franciscans come to claim Sister Mary Amnesia (who has won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes). The nuns hear that a talent scout is in the audience.Pinellas Park The Outrageous Adventures of Sheldon and Mrs. Levine, by Sam Bobrick and Julie Stein, presented by Venue Ensemble Theatre, March 22 through April 1, at Venue Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 822-6194, email Venue ActorStudio@gmail.com or visit www.VenueActorStudio.org. Enter the outrageous world of an all-consuming love-hate relationship between a son and his mother that succeeds in giving insanity a good name. Share in the lives and the mail of two people who although thousands of miles apart may still be too close to each other for their own good. This production is directed by Mary Kay Cyrus. Community Action Stops Abuse will be the designated benefit organization for this production. Venue Ensemble Theatre, a professional non-equity theatre, donates a portion of the proceeds from every ticket sold to the benefit organization. LOOKING AHEAD, from page 2B$10 for students, seniors, alumni and military members. Call 7261153, ext. 0. The musical The Secret Garden follows young Mary Lennox who, after an outbreak of cholera takes the lives of her parents, is sent to live with her Uncle Archibald who is grieving the loss of his wife and the ill health of his son, Colin. Life is bleak until Mary discovers a hidden garden neglected since her Aunt Lilys death. With the help of new friends, Mary works to return the garden to its former beautiful state and in the process affects the entire household. Passionate and hauntingly beautiful music brings to life this story of friendship, determination, and rebirth. Glen Campbell, Thursday, March 22, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $75. Call 7917400 or visit www.atthecap.com. Campbell will bring his Goodbye Tour to Capitol Theatres intimate 485-seat setting. With the release of his last studio album Ghosts on the Canvas, Campbell bids goodbye to his fans as he embarks on The Goodbye Tour. Simply put, Ghost on the Canvas is the album of the performers life. With beauty, power, heartfelt emotion and deep spirituality, this set of songs traces the arc of Campbells 75 years from his dirt-poor Arkansas origins to Hollywood triumphs on the pop charts, TV and movies. It is a moving, engaging and masterful musical experience that is the culmination of a career that has spanned over five decades, produced dozens of Top 10 hits and sold over 45 million records. Campbells final album is a glorious, celebratory guitar jam featuring his own still-stellar chops alongside those of such colleagues and acolytes as Billy Corgan, Brian Setzer, Rick Nielsen, Jason Falkner, Marty Rifkin, Steve Hunter, Tim Pierce and Keith Urban. His story is a quintessential American tale and the music hes made forms its soundtrack. For fans, the Goodbye Tours stop at the Capitol Theatre presents a rare opportunity to be closely connected to an artist whose accomplishments and music will stand the test of time in a venue that allows for an intimacy for both fan and performer unlike any other. As special guests, Instant People featuring Campbells sons Cal and Shannon Campbell and daughter Ashley will be joining the bill in support. Tony Bennett, Friday, March 23, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $69 to $129. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Inspired by the likes of Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole, Bennetts easy, natural style has captured the hearts of millions around the globe. Generation gaps are nonexistent when it comes to his music. Bennett has charted hits in the past six decades, including I Wanna Be Around, The Good Life, Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) and his signature song I Left My Heart in San Francisco. The New York Times attributes Tonys longevity above all to his ability to convey a sense of joy, of utter satisfaction, in what he is doing. Navah Perlman, Saturday, March 24, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets range from $37 to $45. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. Perlman has established herself as one of the most poetic and admired pianists of her generation. A Juilliard graduate, she has performed worldwide with leading orchestras and is a member of the Perlman/Quint/Bailey Trio, known for its energetic and passionate chamber music performances. She also is active in educational outreach programs. Audience members will have an opportunity to experience the lyrical eloquence of this gifted performer and the magnificence of Scarlatti, Beethoven, Corigliano, Schumann, Brahms and Chopin in the intimacy of the historic Capitol Theatre. Perlman last appeared in Clearwater as a soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Neil Sedaka, Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $39 to $79. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. For more than 50 years, Sedaka has written, performed, produced and inspired countless songs, such as Stupid Cupid and Where the Boys Are (sung by Connie Francis) as well as his own hits Calendar Girl, Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do and Laughter in the Rain. Sedakas songs are capable of taking fans back to special moments in the past. Bull Durham, Tuesday, March 27, 3 and 7 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.ruth eckerdhall.com. Starring Kevin
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Grill & Sports BarLadies Night Thursday Mar. 22 032212WITHROB& ROB7-11PMNO COVER CHARGE 032212 Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following film opening in wide release:The Hunger GamesGenre: Action, drama and science fiction Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Amandla Stenberg, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland Director: Gary Ross Rating: PG-13 Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its 12 districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which Tributes must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If shes ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.:44 Last Day on EarthGenre: Drama Cast: Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Paz de la Huerta, Natasha Lyonne Director: Abel Ferrara Not rated In a large apartment high above the city lives our couple. Theyre in love. Shes a painter, hes a successful actor. Just a normal afternoon except that this isnt a normal afternoon, for them or anyone else. Because tomorrow, at 4:44 am, give or take a few seconds, the world will come to an end far more rapidly than even the worst doomsayer could have imagined. The final meltdown will come not without warnings, but with no means of escape. There will be no survivors. As always, there are those who, as their last cigarette is being lit and the blindfold tightened, will still hope against hope for some kind of reprieve. For a miracle. Not our two lovers. They like the majority of the Earths population have accepted their fate: The world is going to end.BrakeGenre: Action and thriller Cast: Stephen Dorff, Chyler Leigh and Tom Berenger Director: Gabe Torres Not rated Secret Service Agent Jeremy Reins (Stephen Dorff) is about to have a very bad day. He wakes up trapped in the dark, cramped trunk of a moving car with no recollection of how or why hes there. The only light comes from the blood-red digital numbers ticking away above his head that signify one thing: Hes running out of time. As the captors reveal themselves and their motives while torturing their hostage mentally and physically, Jeremy realizes he is a pawn in their potentially catastrophic plot. He will not be set free until he gives up information about the President hes been trained not to reveal. The Deep Blue SeaGenre: Drama and romance Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale, Ann Mitchell, Harry Hadden-Paton, Sarah Kants and Jolyon Coy Director: Terence Davies Not rated Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her wellbeing and alienates the men in her life. In a deeply vulnerable performance, Rachel Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of an upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated. The film is an adaptation of British playwright Terence Rattigans 1952 play, featuring one of the greatest roles for an actress in modern theater. Through flashbacks, Davies creates memorable cinematic compositions against the backdrop of post-war England. His signature style includes beautiful tracking shots as well as the use of popular music of the day, and here Samuel Barbers majestic Opus for Violin and Orchestra. Besides his two acclaimed semi-autobiographical features Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes, Davies films include The House of Mirth, The Neon Bible and his masterful nonfiction exploration of his native city, Liverpool, Of Time and the City.Musical ChairsGenre: Comedy and romance Cast: Leah Pipes, E.J. Bonilla, Priscilla Lopez, Jaime Tirelli, Laverne Cox, Morgan Spector, Auti Angel, Jerome Preston Bates, Nelson R. Landrieu, Angelic Zambrana Director: Susan Seidelman Not rated Musical Chairs is a romantic tale of two New Yorkers, Armando Ortiz from the Bronx and Mia Franklin from the Upper East Side, who come together through their love of ballroom dancing. Mia and Armando meet at a midtown Manhattan dance studio where Mia is an instructor and Armando is a part-time handyman who exchanges his janitorial duties for dance lessons. Despite their differences, there is clearly a spark between them that is ignited one night when they find themselves alone practicing in the studio. But be-Opening this weekendThe world will be watching as Hunger Games hits the big screen fore their relationship has a chance to grow, a tragic accident changes Mias life forever. True to his nature, Armando dedicates himself to helping Mia overcome the everyday challenges that follow. At the rehab center where Mia is undergoing therapy, she is joined by a group of colorful misfits who are also trying to deal with life in a wheelchair an angry Iraq war veteran, a pre-op transsexual, an antisocial punk with a chip on her shoulder. Despite Mias many rebuffs, Armando refuses to give up, struggling to find a way to win Mia over and get her to dance again. Then one day, Armando hears about a Wheelchair Ballroom Dance Competition a dance phenomenon big in Europe and Asia, but relatively unknown in America soon to be held for the first time in New York City. 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