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Listofcandidatescontinuestogrow By TOM GERMONDLARGO Members of the union that represents city police officers and sergeants voted 61 to 18 against ratifying the proposed three-year bargaining agreement. Consequently, the current wages and vacation schedules, which were among the issues debated March 7 during a City Commission impasse hearing, will remain in effect. City officials will begin negotiations this summer for a new three-year collective bargaining agreement retroactive to Oct. 1. The agreement presented to members of the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association for the vote included the contract articles tentatively agreed upon during the bargaining process plus articles imposed by the City Commission. Those include an increase in compensation for offduty telephone calls with the state attorney and public defenders offices from the current flat rate of $8 to actual time worked at the overtime rate, with a minimum of one hour paid. In recognition of no pay increases, employees would receive an additional 32 hours personal option time for fiscal year 2012. Other imposed provisions include current language regarding employees at maximum pay receiving a one-time payment based on the annual pay increase granted; the figure would be zero for fiscal year 2012, and restrictions on the purchase of private health insurance coverage that is applicable to all other city employees. See AGREEMENT, page 4A Features Business . . . . . . . . .10-11A Classieds . . . . . . . . .4-7B Community . . . . . . . . .16A County . . . . . . . . . . .5-7A Entertainment . . . . . . .1,3,8B Health & tness . . . . . . . .12A Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . .2-3A Outdoors . . . . . . . . .14-15A Police beat . . . . . . . . . .5A Schools . . . . . . . . . . .8-9A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .13A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising LARGOCity breaks ground on rec complexCity commissioners on April 17 authorized construction to begin on the Highland Recreation Complex building along with other work on the project at a maximum price for the contractor of $13.6 million. ... Page 2A.COUNTYSparks fly at forum for sheriffs raceSix candidates fielded questions during a two-hour forum, which was held April 18 at Dunedin/Palm Harbor VFW Post 2550 at 360 Douglas Ave. ... Page 6A.Police bargaining unit rejects proposed agreementCounty unemployment drops to 8.6 percent Local numbers mirror statewide rates ... Page 10A. See the list of upcoming concerts at area venues. ... Page 1B.Music scene the Gipsy Kings come to Ruth Eckerd Hall Volume XXXIV,No. 40 April 26, 2012 www.TBNweekly.com 010512727-725-1052 2547 Countryside Blvd. #5 www.CustomHairTampa.com Get a new look for the New Year!$50 OFF Any New WigCustom Hair & Wigs 030112BACK AND NECK PAIN TREATMENTAUTO ACCIDENT INJURIESLow Back Pain Neck Pain Disc Problems Headaches Gregory Hollstrom II, D.C. Brian Rebori, D.C. 11444 Seminole Blvd., Largo 727-393-6100 Learn More at: www .DrGregHollstrom.com 12046 Indian Rocks Road, Largo 727-595-1222 www.VONailsAndSpa.comFACIALS SPA THERAPY WAXING NAILS AND MORE Not available with other offers. Expires 5/15/12Full Set or Spa Mani-PediNot available with other offers. Exp. 5/15/12040512 We Offer SHELLAC for Natural Nails20% OFF All Services for New Clients.$500OFF She wears it wellBianca Persechino walks the runway in an outfit designed by Lina Teixeira consisting of 12 slightly damaged biohazard bags, one old black trash bag, two feet of chicken wire and leftover screen wire, six expired test tubes and rubber tube tops, a stretched out tube top, duct tape, and used SOS pads during Largos trashy Fashion Show VIP and Media Viewing April 21. Photo by JIM LAYFIELD Photo by TOM GERMONDGiving it all theyve gotThe Largo Fire Department team placed second in the tug of war competition at the Dunedin Highland Games April 21. From left are Stephen Bailey, Ken Doty and Nick Rees. Others on the team were Josh Larkin, Todd Dory, Bobby Shea, Robert Cook, Rich McCartney, Bob Johnson and the coach, Ted Reamy. By TOM GERMONDLARGO McDonalds has come up with a way to serve fast food faster the double drive-through and has introduced the concept to some area restaurants as part of their makeover plan. The operators of a McDonalds at 1250 West Bay Drive plan to rebuild it to conform to the companys new look for its restaurants, including the double drive-through. Once they receive approval, rebuilding is a very fast process, taking 75 to 80 days, said Kim Binkley-Seyer, a representative of the applicant, at the City Commissions April 17 meeting. The property is located within the West Bay Drive Community Redevelopment District, requiring that the building have two stories unless an exception is granted allowing for a one-story building. Commissioners voted 6-0 to approve the exception. The restaurant has been on West Bay Drive since 1993. A similar makeover was recently undertaken at the McDonalds at the restaurant at 12976 Seminole Blvd., also in Largo. Seminole City Council members agreed to a remodeling project for the restaurant at 7003 Seminole Blvd. that also includes the double drive-through. According to a spokesman for McDonalds, the company will rebuild or open six stores in Pinellas County this year and remodel 32 others. Binkley-Seyer said that McDonalds came up with a new plan in 2010 for rebranding their stores. They rolled out a massive project to change the appearance of the store, she said. Its the largest store-to-store makeover in the chains 56 years of doing business. The look is changed. The red roofs are gone and the neon yellow has been toned down. See McDONALDS, page 4AMcDonalds new look comes to Largo, county By SUZETTE PORTERPlenty of attention is focused on the race for the Republican presidential candidate and the upcoming November elections. But theres also lots of action going on in the political arena for Pinellas County and special district races. The primary election is Aug. 14. The general election is Nov. 6. The list of announced candidates is growing on the Supervisor of Elections website, www.votepinellas.com. Some candidates have opponents and some do not. But, it is not too late for residents interested in running to throw their hats in the ring. Candidates can qualify by petition or by fee. The fee amount and number of required petitions varies with the race. Exact requirements are available from the Elections office. Candidates using the petition method to qualify for federal, statewide, multicounty, county, district offices have until noon May 7 to turn in petitions. Nancy Whitlock, Elections Administrator, urges candidates qualifying by petition to get their petitions in before the deadline so staff can begin the verification process. If we receive petitions before (deadline) and we can tell they dont have enough signatures, they have time to collect more, Whitlock said. If they wait until the deadline and theyre short, theyre out of luck. Pre-qualifying begins May 21 with the qualifying period running from noon June 4 to noon June 8. Candidate packets are available from the Elections office. Call 464-6641.AnnouncementsCandidates have been announcing their intentions to run for office well ahead of the noon May 7 deadline to See CANDIDATES, page 4APre-qualifying for county elections begin May 21 with the qualifying period running from noon June 4 to noon June 8.In theatersA brutal killing spree terrorizes 19thcentury Baltimore and a young detective turns to a notorious author for help getting inside the mind of a serial killer in the stylish, gothic thriller, The Raven, an audacious reimagining of the lurid tales of Edgar Allan Poe. Starring in the film are Alice Eve and John Cusack. ... Page 8B. INSIDE ENTERTAINMENT VIEWPOINTSTom GermondAlas, alas. Encyclopedia Britannica Inc. ceases printing its books. Page 13A.
BriefsCommission gives go-ahead for Highlands Recreation Complex workLARGO The ground breaking for the Highland Recreation Complex will be held Tuesday, May 15, 5 p.m., at 201 Highland Ave. City commissioners on April 17 authorized construction to begin on the Highland Recreation Complex building along with other work on the project at a maximum price for the contractor of $13.6 million. The recreation building will be built during the second phase. Construction will begin on May 2 and is expected to be completed by May 8, 2013. During the third phase, the existing recreation and pool buildings will be demolished, with the amenities located in that portion of the site then constructed. The complex will remain open to the public throughout the project. Substantial completion of the third phase is projected for Aug. 30, 2012. To ensure that the project remained within budget, some modifications have been made to the project design. The most substantive changes are the relocation of the party rooms from the second floor to the first floor, elimination of the second floor deck area overlooking the Aquatics Center, and associated modifications to the roof profile in this portion of the project, city officials said. The total budget for the project is $17.2 million, which includes design and permitting costs, construction costs, the relocation of the skate park, furniture and equipment. The construction manager is Creative Contractors Inc. of Clearwater. Financing is being backed by proceeds from the 1-cent sales tax.City declares moratorium on parks impact feesLARGO Looking to provide an incentive for residential development, city commissioners have declared a 24-month moratorium on parkland impact fees and facility and capital improvement fees. Staff was directed at the City Commissions March 20 meeting to create the temporary moratorium. Developers have indicated to city staff that the parkland and facilities fees represent a barrier to project feasibility. Consequently, residential developers may go to another jurisdiction that either does not charge similar fees or has fees that are lower. 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. During the moratorium, staff will include revisions to the fees as part of an update of the citys Comprehensive Development Code.Firefighter of the year recognizedLARGO A firefighter paramedic who has played an important role in management and labor negotiations is the Largo Fire Departments firefighter of the year. Fire Chief Michael Wallace said in a memo that Nicole Dobbins, who has been employed with the department since March of 2008, demonstrates an ability to maintain a calm and professional demeanor even in difficult situations. Dobbins takes an active role in organizing the managing the annual Tour of Duty event, in which children of firefighters come to a fire station and participate in the daily activities of the station, including a sleepover. The children participate in planned activities throughout the day. At night when a call comes into the station, the children are allowed to listen and watch as the crews leave the station. Dobbins is a participant in the annual MDA Childrens Burn Camp. The event allows children who are scarred from fires to play in an environment with other children with similar injuries. The camp allows children to not feel different from everyone else, share common feelings and learn that they are not alone in their challenges. Dobbins takes a weeks leave to be with the children. The Pinellas County EMS system recognized Dobbins for her actions on the scene of a medical emergency. Typical of Nicole, it was not her calm during a high profile emergency, but rather her quiet compassion in assisting a person who did not have cab fare to get home that earned her this recognition. Nicole used her own funds, with the cab driver and paid for the persons fare, Wallace said. Tom Germond2A Largo Leader, April 26, 2012 Spinners Coin Laundry(Commercial Accounts Welcome)1555 East Bay Dr., Largo 33771(Located in East Bay Country Club Shopping Center)Let Us Do Your LAUNDRY! 727-216-6550Wash, Dry, Fold(same day service) 15% OFFWash, Dry, Fold Service Min. order $13. One discount per order, per customer. Comforters & Bedspreads Excluded (Expires 5/15/12)42612 BANKRUPTCY LAW Free Consultation Save Your Home Eliminate Credit Card Debt Stop Creditor Harassment Obtain a Fresh Start Affordable Attorneys Fee Colin A. 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Hire an attorney who regards your legal concerns the same way.* Free Consultation Personal Attention Attorney Cell Access For Clients Havana Harrys Market13932 Walsingham Rd. Largo 727-596-5141Next to CVS (east of Indian Rocks Rd.)Cuban Sandwiches Mojo Pork/Yellow RiceWorking Cow Ice Cream 30 Flavors042612 Great Cuban Food Indoor/Outdoor Seating Consignments by appointment Tuesdays and Thursdays only268 N. Indian Rocks Rd. Belleair Bluffs584-9222 Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.010512 ne consigner apparel Clothing & Accessories for the Discriminating Woman Picnic in the Park, Thursday, May 3, noon to 2 p.m., Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Description: Enjoy an old fashion picnic with hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, chips, macaroni salad, and all the fixings. Lunch is served on the back patio. There are no refunds. For more information, visit PlayLargo.com or call 518-3131. Tickets are $7 and must be purchased in advance. Square Dancing, Fridays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 7:30 until 10:30 p.m., Largo Community Center. Description: Like country style dancing? Square or round? Spend the evening dancing to professional caller Allen Snell. Join anytime. Call 518-3131 The fee is $5 Train Weekend, Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive Description: Ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad on the first full weekend every month in Largo Central Park. For a schedule of dates as well as pictures from this event, please go to the Special Events Train Weekend page at LargoEvents.com. Call 587-6740, ext. 5014. The event is free, but donations are accepted. Stories in the Park, Saturday, May 5, 10:30 a.m., McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N. Description: Come join our park rangers each month for a morning story, a hike through the park and snacks with your kids. Held the first Saturday of each month. Call 518-3047 to preregister today! The cost is $3 per family. Open Air Market, Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Largo Community Center. Description: Individuals are invited to browse a wide variety of vendors selling fresh and local produce, artisan foods, unique arts and crafts, jewelry, health and beauty items and much more. The market will be open every Saturday until June 9. Largos Open-Air Market is made possible by the City of Largo and the Pinellas County Health Department. For more information or to become a vendor, call 518-3131. Kid Power Operation Lunch Line in 3D, Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Description: Journey deep inside the human body in 3D to learn the value of nutrition and exercise. Come sing along, dance and use your kid power to make health-enhancing choices and feel great. Preview the show at KidPowerPrograms.com. Call 587-6793. The fees are $7.50 adult, $6.50 children, $6 schools, $22 Family 4 Pack. Swing Dance Saturdays, Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19, and 26, 7 until 11 p.m., Largo Community Center. Call 518-3131. Description: Come enjoy an evening of dancing and socializing every Saturday night. Enjoy a free lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. and a DJ dance from 8 until 11 p.m. Our resident DJ is Savoy Swing. Dont miss out on our 5,600-square-foot sprung hardwood floor. For more information visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call 518-3131. The fee is $7. Bay Area Singles Dance, Sundays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27, 7:30 until 9:45 p.m., Largo Community Center. Description: Since 1997, Bay Area Singles Dance has been the best for area singles and friends to meet. Every Sunday approximately 150 singles of all ages join us. We offer an extensive music library to fit every taste. Dress to impress! Call 518-3131. The fee is $8. Library Legos, Wednesday, May 9, 6 until 7 p.m., Largo Public Library, Childrens Program Room, 120 Central Park Drive. Description: Whether youre new to LEGOs, or have been building for years, the Largo Public Library has a program for you. At each program meeting, you will be presented with stories, pictures, and a building challenge. All materials are provided. Ages 5-12 are welcome. Call 587-6715. The event is free. Southwest Pool Customer Appreciation Day, Monday, May 14, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road. Description: Staff will supply free hot dogs, snacks, and bottled water (while supplies last) during this three hour time frame. For more information visit LargoPools.com. Call 518-3126. The event is free. Highland Family Aquatic Center Spring Grand Opening, Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, noon until 4 p.m., Highland Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. Description: Come celebrate the re-opening of the Highland Family Aquatic Center. Bring the family and enjoy our many water features and slides. Enjoy a wet spring afternoon with a hot dog or a chicken sandwich while supplies last. Splashs snack bar will be open and we will have door prizes and giveaways. Call 518-3018. The fees are $12 with Largo Recreation Card and $23 without Recreation Card per group of maximum of five. Photo courtesy of ALL CATS HOSPITALThe well-known All Cats Hospital sign on Indian Rocks Road has a new message, the result of a hit-and-run driver.Hit and run takes out landmark business signLARGO Staff members at All Cats Hospital on Indian Rocks Road who arrived to care for the animals Sunday morning found that their sign had been destroyed overnight. According to the Largo police report, a white vehicle ran off Indian Rocks Road, hit the sign, then backed out and drove away. The loss of most signs would not be news, but this sign has been a landmark in Largo for 26 years. Famous for its cat puns, this sign has been entertaining passersby with sayings such as Police Cats Drive Purr-trol Cars, Mice Cream Cat Treat on a Hot Day, and Vulcan Cats Say Live Long and Pros-purr. Dr. Deborah Edwards, the founder and veterinarian at All Cats Hospital, is sad, but relieved to know that no one was hurt. When I saw how severely the sign was damaged, I assumed someone must be in the hospital, she said. And Id much rather someone took out my sign than hit a person or someones pet. Edwards has offered a reward to anyone with information about the person responsible for the damage a pound of organic catnip. Nicole Dobbins Around Around Largo LargoCity events City events
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Michael Bruno, Michael Blickensdorf, Nicholas Cusumano, Jeffrey Losinski and Lance Wagoner were awarded Distinguished Service Medals for their work as members of the Largo Police Departments Problem Oriented Policing Unit, assuming the responsibility of the enforcement and documentation of gang activity within the City of Largo. This assignment resulted in 294 arrests for 509 charges in 2010, and 270 arrests for 329 charges as of Nov. 1. Since early 2010, the city has been greatly impacted by an influx of violent criminal street gangs, including the 104th Street Bloods and the Young Souljas, Police Chief John Carroll said in a memo. Since October of 2010, the POP unit has documented more than 425 active gang members operating in and around the city. The POP unit has also consistently focused on the enforcement of gang related statutes resulting in the arrest of over 70 documented gang members and associates for more than 80 felony and 60 misdemeanor charges. In addition to these arrests, five handguns, 1,233 grams of marijuana, 102 grams of cocaine, and numerous vehicles used in the commission of felonies have been seized. The POP unit has also been instrumental in the solving of multiple gang related shootings and at least one gang related homicide. Members of the POP unit have also assumed the responsibility of educating police officers in the documentation and enforcement of gang activity. POP officers routinely work with other agencies to include the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office, Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Recently, POP officers have been called upon by the gang division of the Pinellas County State Attorneys Office to testify in sentencing hearings and probation revocation hearings. Their testimony significantly enhanced the sentences gang members received for the crimes they had committed, a memo from Police Chief John stated. Also receiving the Distinguished Service Medal was Detective Dianne LaFrance. LaFrance has received many letters, phone calls and compliments from citizens in the community, Carroll said. One of the cases that exemplified LaFrances selfless dedication and tireless efforts involved a subject who was selling fake Babe Ruth autographed baseballs to second-hand dealers, antique shops and sports memorabilia stores in Largo. During her investigation, LaFrance learned that the subject had been selling the fraudulent baseballs throughout Florida. He was buying used baseballs, making them look antiquely and forging Babe Ruths autographs on them. LaFrance enlisted the assistance of a statewide prosecutor and expanded her investigation to cover the entire state. She discovered at least 55 instances in which the subject had sold fraudulent baseballs. In February the suspect was sentenced to four years in prison for organized fraud. Detective LaFrances tenacity and desire to seek justice culminated in the arrest and imprisonment of this subject who otherwise would have continued to exploit the process of spreading his victims out over multiple jurisdictions, Carroll said. Telecommunicator Adam Usher received the lifesaving medal. On Oct. 14, he received a call from a distraught individual who was provided a business card by the police chief and told to contact the Police Department if he was ever in need of police services. After normal business hours, a call was received by Usher and the caller refused to provide any information until he spoke to the police chief, but reported he was currently standingSeven police department employees recognizedUshers patience, compassion, and dedication, he was able to locate the individual and valuable time was gained. This ensured the safety of the suspect and prevented the responding officer from having to engage in a deadly force situation. This was a true team effort that ultimately saved a life, Carroll said. on a bridge and would jump, Carroll said. The individual was not cooperative in providing his location to Usher, although he was able to speak with the individual for nearly 20 minutes. This 20 minutes allowed Telecommunicator David McCann the time necessary to obtain a verified cell phone location, and for Telecommunicator Rebecca Downing to get the information necessary to direct resources to the correct location. As officers approached, the subject told Usher that he would have the officers shoot him. Usher continued to keep a good rapport with the individual preventing an unfortunate incident. The subject ultimately jumped into the Intracoastal Waterway, but was quickly rescued by resources coordinated by McCann and directed by Downing. Due to Telecommunicator Give bloodOne blood donation can help save the lives of up to three patients. 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4A Leader, April 26, 2012 McDONALDS, from page 1ANationally, McDonalds plans to open 1,300 restaurants and remodel 2,400 restaurants in 2012, Binkley-Seyer said. They are very serious about their remodeling process. The double drive-throughs have enhanced the circulation of vehicles through the restaurants. At a previous meeting she said that 73 percent of the business at the McDonalds on West Bay Drive is handled by the drive-through. The new building on West Bay Drive will be taller and have more glass, among other design features, Brinkley-Seyer said. We really do think we have met the intent of what you are looking for with the West Bay vision, she said. The applicant and the city are coordinating with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to improve the bus stop on West Bay Drive in front of the property. The city also plans, if PSTA and Pinellas County approve and funding is available, to purchase a new decorative bus stop, shelter, and put it there on the bus stop slab, said city Program Planner Jesus Nio. Though commissioners had no objections to the project, they must approve a development order for construction to begin. Photo by JIM LAYFiELDLily Connolly models her own design consisting of two paper gift bags, 13 sheets of newspaper, four buttons and one brown paper bag at Largos trashy Fashion Show VIP and Media Viewing April 21. In the news AGREEMENT, from page 1AThe union sought 48 additional hours of personal option time among other benefits. These officers and sergeants gave up pay raises for periods of time to help the city. So we ask you now to try to help these officers in this tough time, said Michael Krohn, executive director of the Sun Coast PBA during the hearing. The union also wanted to continue the one-time bonus payment for the length of the proposed agreement. Krohn also said at the time that if the city does not agree to continue the one-time payment for the length of the contract, officers will be receiving a salary decrease. Regarding comments made that the city has plenty of money in the budget for wage increases, Mayor Pat Gerard said the city would have severe budget woes if the city continued to spend money the way it has been. She said that the city is looking to cut $2.9 million from next years budgets and at least 33 positions. Also during that meeting Commissioner Curtis Homes said the 32 hours was a compromise between the 48 hours proposed by the union and the 24 proposed by the city. The PBA represents 126 Largo police officers and sergeants.McDonalds has introduced double drive-throughs at its restaurants. The company is remodeling or rebuilding numerous stores in the county. CANDIDATES, from page 1Asubmit petitions and the end of the qualifying period at noon June 8. The following have announced as of April 22.Constitutional officersCurrently, no candidates other than the incumbents have announced their intention to run for the office of clerk of the court, property appraiser, supervisor of elections or tax collector. Seven names appear on the list of candidates for sheriff, including one inactive candidate. And, Republican candidate Tim Ingold announced he is leaving the race during a forum on April 18. The remaining names include the incumbent, Bob Gualtieri, a Republican who was appointed to the position after Jim Coats early retirement, Democrat Randy Heine, Constitution Party of Florida candidate Greg Pound, Republican and former county sheriff Everett Rice and Democrat Scott Swope.County commissionerTerms are expiring for several commission seats, including at-large districts 1 and 3, plus singlemember districts 5 and 7. All incumbents, except District 5 Commissioner Karen Seel, have opponents listed as active. Democrat Janet Long is challenging incumbent Neil Brickfield, an at-large commissioner, representing District 1. Brickfield is a Republican. Democrat Charlie Justice, and no-party-affiliation candidate Dale Wade Johnston are challenging Nancy Bostock, a Republican, and the incumbent at-large commissioner for District 3. Long-term commissioner Ken Welch, a Democrat, who represents District 7, has two active opponents, Republican William Buck Walz and Democrat Maria Scruggs.School boardThe school board is a non-partisan election. Voters will cast their ballots for candidates running for the at-large District 1 position, as well as singlemember districts 4, 5 and 7 during the August primary, Whitlock said. Jim Jackson and Elliott Stern have announced their intentions to run against incumbent Janet Clark for the District 1 at-large seat on the board. No challengers have announced for Robin Wikle, who currently represents District 4, or Carol Cook, who represents District 5. Most of the action is in District 7 where four are going through the process to run against incumbent Glenton Glen Gilzean. The opponents are Keisha Ann Bell, Rene Flowers, Corey Givens Jr. and Cassandra Jackson. Gov. Rick Scott appointed Gilzean to the position after the death of Lew Williams.Whitlock said school board candidates must receive more than 50 percent of the vote to win. In races where no candidate receives 50 percent, the run-off takes place during the November general election.Special districtsThus far, candidates for special district races are running unopposed. Candidates announced include Norman Atherton, incumbent, for Palm Harbor Fire Control Commissioner Seat 1, and incumbent Joseph Petrillo for Palm Harbor Fire Control Commissioner Seat 5. Incumbent Tom McKone has announced for East Lake Tarpon Commissioner Seat 1. Incumbent Lawrence Larry Schear is running for Pinellas Suncoast Fire District Commissioner Seat 1. Laura T. Martin has announced for Pinellas Suncoast Fire District Commissioner Seat 2, which currently is held by Franklin Hartzell.Judge of the County CourtThe qualifying period for all judicial, state attorney and public defender candidates ended April 20. Candidates for circuit judge, state attorney and public defender qualify with the state Division of Elections. Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announced that eight candidates for county judge had completed the qualifying requirements. Whitlock said all candidates had qualified by paying a fee, $5,371.20, which is 4 percent of the offices salary. Only the race for County Judge Group 2 had more than one qualifying candidate. Voters will choose between Scott Andringa, and Cathy Ann McKyton during the Aug. 14 primary. Judicial races are nonpartisan, so all Pinellas County registered voters are eligible to vote. The judge candidates without opposition are elected automatically, Clark said, and include Donald E. Horrox, Group 5, Myra Scott McNary, Group 7, Walt Fullerton, Group 9, William H. Overton, Group 11, Lorraine M. Kelly, Group 16, and Susan Bedinghaus, Group 17. For information about state and federal races, visit election.dos.state.fl.us/candidate/Qualifying -info.shtml.Campaign financingCandidates are required to report their campaign contributions and expenditures. Voters can keep track of financial information at votepinellas.com. Looking at the latest information, the big spenders thus far this election season are two of the candidates running for sheriff. Thus far, Gualtieri has reported receipt of $187,692 in monetary contributions and $4,267.96 in in-kind contributions. Whitlock explains that inkind contributions can be such things as printing services or donation of lumber to build campaign signs. Gualtieri reports spending $40,309 from his campaign fund. The man with the most money in any of the local races is Rice with $276,152 in monetary contributions and $4,751 in in-kind contributions. Rice is reporting expenditures and distributions of $69,885 from his fund. The next in line with the most campaign contributions is Heine, another contender for sheriff, with $40,844 in monetary contributions and no in-kind money. Commissioner Brickfield has collected $40,021 with $500 in in-kind contributions. Commissioner Seel has $35,550 with $105 in in-kind donations. Fullerton, who is unopposed for County Judge Group 9 has $35,000 in his fund. Commissioner Bostock reports $30,481 in monetary contributions and $2,266 in in-kind donations. All other candidates report monetary contributions of less than $30,000.Important dates for votersA calendar found on the Elections website includes several key dates for residents who plan to take part in the August and November elections. The last day to register to vote and the deadline to change political parties for the August primary is July 16. Early voting is scheduled from Aug. 4 to 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters can cast their ballots at one of three Elections offices located in the county. Residents have until Oct. 9 to register to vote in the November general election. Early voting is scheduled from Oct. 27 through Nov. 3. Mail ballots, fast becoming a more popular method of voting, can be requested by calling 464VOTE or online at www.votepinellas.com.How to qualifyThe state of Florida sets qualifications requirements and deadlines for candidates who want to run for political office. All candidates must complete a number of forms, including a DS-DE 9 form, appointment of a campaign treasurer and designation of campaign depository, before opening a campaign account. Within 10 days after, they must file form DS-DE 84, statement of candidate. Other required forms are the candidate oath that designates whether theyre running with a party affiliation, no party affiliation or as a write-in candidate, plus Form 6, full and public disclosure of financial interests. Requirements for candidates, qualifying by petition or by fee, vary with the race. For example, major party candidates qualifying by fee for county constitutional officers clerk of the circuit court, property appraiser, sheriff, supervisor of elections and the tax collector must pay a fee of 6 percent of the salary of office as of July 1, 2011. The fee to run for the sheriffs office in 2012 is $9,384, clerk of the court, property appraiser and tax collector, $8,869, and supervisor of elections, $7,707. Major party candidates qualifying by petitions, in lieu of paying a fee, must get signatures from 1 percent (6,050) of registered voters in the county. The number is calculated based on the number registered as of the last general election. Candidates must pay 10 cents per petition, payable when petitions are submitted. The petition form, DS-DE 104, is available at the Elections website, www.votepinellas.com. The rules are the same for minor party candidates and those with no party affiliation, except to qualify by fee, they pay 4 percent of the salary of the office instead of 6 percent. The names will appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates must reside in the district represented by the office. The names do not appear on the ballot. In contrast, the qualifying fee for special district candidates is $25. To qualify by petition, 25 signatures from residents who are registered to vote in the district are required. By BRIAN GOFFBELLEAIR Unlike most Belleair Town Commission meetings dealing with the Belleview Biltmore Hotel, the meeting April 17 was described by one observer as a love-in. When the commission unanimously granted the potential new owners of the property a 1-year extension on the building development plan, the audience, which had packed Town Hall, stood and applauded. The development plan is what developers must submit for all development activities. It includes variances and other items that may fall outside the normal building codes. According to Town Manager Micah Maxwell, to have such a plan approved is a long, expensive process for both the developer and the town. Daniel Ades, one of the current owners of the property had written the commission asking for a 1year extension on the building development plan. That would allow the new owners to avoid having to start all over again. There was little doubt the request would be approved. Richard Heisenbottle, the Miami architect who has been involved with the Biltmore for years, having once developed a restoration plan for former owners Legg Mason, was at the meeting and introduced his two partners, South Florida tour operator Charles Kropke and developer Hector Torres. They received applause from the crowd and were given unlimited time to speak about their plans. Torres paid tribute to the crowd saying, This is a loving room and we thank you for your welcome. We believe in the Biltmore and we are investing heavily in it, but it is the momentum provided by you that has moved the project on. He spoke of Richard Heisenbottle as a man with a passion for the project. I have to tell you it isnt about money with Richard, he said. He put his hand into his pocket to begin the process of making this a world class luxury resort, right here for the elite. It is just what Henry Plant wanted when he built this in the first place. Then Kropke outlined the groups specific plans and how it intends to market the property and make it successful when others couldnt. Were targeting the corporate incentive market, he said. That is a strong powerful industry where large corporations will be looking for a world class facility at which they can reward their most valued employees or clients. Thats how this hotel will make it. We plan to make this one of the most profitable hotels in the state of Florida. Several people from the audience spoke in support of granting the development extension. Linda Brinkman was the most vocal. We need to move forward, she said. We need to make this dream come true for the town of Belleair. We have to take charge and put it in our own hands. Other questions surrounding the potential sale were answered during the evening. When asked, Heisenbottle said his group was buying all three Biltmore properties; the hotel, the golf course and the Cabana Club. It had been said that the current owners, the Ades brothers would continue to run the golf course for a year after any sale. Heisenbottle said that was not true. Once the sale was complete, the Ades brothers would be out. For that he got a round of applause. The Ades brothers made it clear they were not interested in restoring the hotel and if they couldnt sell it they would tear it down and build townhouses on the property. Kropke called the 22-acre site, Twenty-two valuable acres which any developer would want to use for condos. But he said their dream was to restore the property. Commissioner Tom Shelly noted that Pinellas County has economic development resources already in place to help the new Biltmore owners.Biltmore buyers proposal gets accolades from crowd
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The suspect, Bryan Lee Lewis, 19, was taken to the Pinellas County Jail under a $10,500 bond. He also had two outstanding warrants out of Pasco County in reference to violating probation on previous burglary charges.Two juveniles arrestedLARGO Two juveniles were arrested stemming from a burglary at an apartment complex. On the evening of April 23, Largo police Officers C. Hughes, A. Veizi and W. Casebr Police stopped and identified three juveniles who were loitering in the area of Brittany Bay Apartments at 1201 Seminole Blvd. The juveniles were identified and released. A short while later, a resident of the apartment complex arrived home and found two suspects inside his residence, committing a burglary. Upon confrontation, the suspects fled from the apartment over a balcony. Investigating officers were able to determine that the early identified juveniles were the burglary suspects. Two of the three juveniles were arrested and taken to jail. The third subject is still being sought. All of the victims property was recovered and returned to him.Two arrested after children endangeredCLEARWATER Pinellas County sheriffs deputies have arrested a suspect who barricaded himself in a Clearwater residence after brandishing a knife, threatening deputies and endangering three minor children. A second suspect was arrested for obstruction. Deputies responded to a private residence located at 1457 S. Missouri Ave. in unincorporated Clearwater about 11:18 a.m. April 20 when Linda Williams, 32, asked that her boyfriend Bryan Williams, 26, be trespassed from the residence due to a domestic dispute, according to the sheriffs report. When deputies arrived on scene, Bryan Williams grabbed a stick and told the deputies not to come any closer. Deputies ordered him to put the stick down. The suspect did not comply and instead went back into the house. As deputies approached the door of the residence, Williams came out with a butcher knife in hand and began to yell and threaten deputies. Linda Williams and the three minor children, ages 15, 4 and 3, were also present in the front of the home. Deputies ordered Williams to drop the knife; once again the suspect did not comply; and instead re-entered the residence and barricaded himself inside. Deputies established communication with Williams through a back window of the home and negotiated with him for about 45 minutes until they were able to convince him to come out of the home through the front door. While outside, Williams continued to be argumentative and refused to obey deputy commands. Deputies then deployed a beanbag projectile at the suspect to subdue him. Deputies arrested Bryan Williams for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, child endangerment and resisting arrest without violence. Williams was also arrested on an unrelated warrant for parole violation. A second suspect, Isreal T. Williams, 25, was arrested for obstruction after he also began yelling profanities at the deputies and telling deputies to get off the property. Clearwater Fire Rescue responded to the scene and treated Bryan Williams for injuries related to the deployment of the beanbag and Israel Williams who was complaining he was feeling ill. Both were treated on scene and subsequently transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.Wolf Pack patrol nets resultsPinellas County deputies conducted a DUI Wolf Pack operation from 9 p.m. April 20 to 5 a.m. April 21, with the following results. Seven DUIs (one felony and six misdemeanors) One refusal to submit breath/blood/urine Three DWLSRs (driving while license suspended or revoked) One no valid drivers license One warrant One possession of marijuana 19 total citationsDeputies investigate shooting at nightclubCLEARWATER Pinellas County sheriffs deputies responded to the 24 Carat Gentlemens Club in Clearwater about 3 a.m. Friday, April 20, to investigate a shooting. According to the sheriffs report, as the nightclub at 16717 U.S. 19 was closing, a group of individuals began physically fighting. During the investigation, deputies learned Donavan Sermons had been transported by friends to a local hospital with gunshot wounds. Anybody with information that may assist detectives is asked to call Detective Jeff Capra of the Robbery/Homicide Unit 5826200. Or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800873-TIPS. 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The former captain was one of six candidates who fielded questions during the two-hour event, which was held April 18 at Dunedin/Palm Harbor VFW Post 2550 at 360 Douglas Ave. The issue for me has been and continues to be name recognition. I worked hard to get the word out, get my message out, invigorate a support base, but I havent been able to do so, he said. Asked earlier in the evening what is the most serious problem facing the Sheriffs Office, Ingold said its an integrity problem. I dont know whats going on but at last count theres something like 19 separate internal investigations ongoing. Thats unprecedented. Thats not right, said Ingold, a Republican. He said during his closing remarks he was going to support Everett Rice. Rice, who was the sheriff from 1988 to 2004 and was with the agency for 18 years, contended that the most serious problem at the office is the loss of morale with the people who work there and the total absence of leadership. He said he would restore the publics trust in the office. Ill restructure the office. But most importantly, I will empower the professionals who are there to do the job that they are there to do, said Rice, a Republican. Swope, an attorney, described himself as a conservative Democrat. He said he became a deputy at the age of 19 and was one of the youngest deputies ever hired by the Sheriffs Office. He spent seven years as a traffic magistrate. He said he hopes that supporters of one candidate or another will keep an open mind. I know most of the folks here have picked a dog in the fight, he said. Swope agreed with Ingold that the biggest problem in the Sheriffs Office is an integrity problem. He questioned the tactics used by the Sheriffs Office during an investigation of Simply Hydroponics, a hydroponic gardening shop on Ulmerton Road. Pinellas investigators identified the stores customers by mounting a camera on a pole across the street to capture images of their vehicles, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Detectives exceeded their authority, Swope said. I dont think the Sheriffs Office should be surveilling legal businesses like Simply Hydroponics, he said. Rice also weighed in on the issue. How is it that Pinellas and Pasco counties became the pill mill capital of the world in the last three or four years? he said. And during that time we are spying on people who are buying hydroponic materials. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri disagreed with his opponents remarks about morale problems within the department, saying that employee surveys are conducted every year or two. We did an employee survey this year and 83 percent of the employees of the Sheriffs Office thought the morale was OK. They didnt have a problem with it; its actually up, he said. He said he has met monthly with representatives of the PBA and Fraternal Police Order for the past two years, listened to their concerns and taken action on them. Regarding the Simply Hydroponics investigation, Gualtieri said that in one case, the suspect had about 70 plants, which would have yielded hundreds of pounds of marijuana. When investigators executed a search warrant, he had 13 firearms strategically placed around a house in a residential area. We are not talking about a baggie of marijuana, he said. We are not talking about a plant on the windowsill. We are talking about people who have sophisticated marijuana grow operations that were involved in significant activity. Gualtieri, who is the former chief deputy underCandidates for sheriff spar; one drops out of raceSheriff Jim Coats and has more than 20 years of experience with the Sheriffs Office, said his office would take effective action against any employee who deviated from laws or policies during the investigation. They deserve and there has to be a fair, an objective and thorough investigation because Im not hanging somebody out to dry. Im not ending their career until Im 100 percent sure as to what happened, he said. Gualtieri and Rice didnt see eye to eye on the budget reductions. Gualtieri said in the last four years the Sheriffs Office has cut $108 million from the operating budget and more than 600 positions. The County Commission has the sole discretion on how much money he spends, Rice said. Then to say the crime rate went down even though we cut all those positions, so what? The crime rates down every year. Gualtieri said the budget challenges is the most difficult problem his department faces, and he has worked with county commissioners and others to make the cuts and find efficiencies in providing public safety services.Its knowing where to draw the line, not to cross the line and not to take things below the water line, Gualtieri said. Regarding the budget constraints, Randy Heine, a business owner and a Democrat, said the department has to work with what it has. The County Commission will tell me how much money I get, and thats how much I work with, Heine said. He said he would do whatever it takes to keep the Sheriffs Office running at a more efficient way. Theres a new way, called electric cars. Theres a company thats ready to build 500 sheriffs electric cars. I want the first 100 of them. I want to reduce the consumption of oil and stop buying Arab oil., Heine said. Heine advocated less laws and more liberty. He said if elected he will lobby 66 other Florida sheriffs to legalize and tax marijuana to obtain more revenue and control it. Its time to come together, he said. Lets not leave a broken country to our children and grand children. Greg Pound, who fights for parental rights and is a member of the Constitutional Party, alleged there was corruption in the Sheriffs Office. He questioned why an 80-year-old woman was in court last month for feeding a stray cat a bowl of milk. We have a law enforcement and court system that has drifted away from our Bill of Rights, he said. He said people are losing their rights because of the traitors who are running for office. The moderator for the forum was Al Ruechel. Questions were selected from those submitted by citizens before the event. The forum was presented by the National Armed Services & Law Enforcement Memorial Museum in Dunedin. From left are sheriffs candidates Scott Swope, Everett Rice, Greg Pound, Tim Ingold, Randy Heine and Robert Gualtieri as they listen to Bay News 9 Senior Anchor Al Ruechel, far right at the table, explain the format for the political forum at the VFW post in Dunedin. Also seated at the table is Harvey Alexander Smith, chairman of the forum.Photo by TOM GERMOND
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Its Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authoritys new Central Avenue Trolley, which travels between downtown St. Petersburg and Pass-A-Grille. The new service, which was implemented in October, will drop fans off right at the Pinellas Trail next to Fergs Sports Bar on Central Avenue. From there its only a short walk to Tropicana Field. Last year it took numerous transfers to get from downtown St. Petersburg or Pass-A-Grille to the Trop; now its one trolley and no transfers, said PSTA Manager of Community Relations Bob Lasher. The Central Avenue Trolley ends at about 11 p.m., so PSTA officials encourage riders to double check the Central Avenue Trolley schedule before riding to ensure that they dont miss the last ride home or back to their cars. Were sure the Rays will be happy to help out their transit riding fans by providing as many quick and easy victories as possible this year, Lasher said. PSTA has recently released a brand new video detailing the Central Avenue Trolley service, which can be found on the agency website or on the RidePSTA YouTube channel. For more information on how to ride PSTA, just visit www.PSTA .net or call the PSTA InfoLine at 727-540-1900.Teens battle invasive species at Fort De SotoTIERRA VERDE The Pinellas County Youth Advisory Committee will join the battle against invasive plant species by digging into a community service project at Fort De Soto Park on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students are invited to join the high school members of the Youth Advisory Committee as they remove invasive plants from the park, a task that is vitally important to keep the area vibrant, healthy and ecologically friendly for native vegetation and wildlife. Participating students will earn community service hours while contributing to the maintenance of the largest park in the Pinellas County parks system. The 1,136-acre park is made up of five interconnected islands, home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and scores of native plants. Each of these species plays a vital role in the preservation and protection of the natural environment. Work clothes, gloves and aST. PETERSBURG The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is asking for public input to help develop several, innovative, new transit routes in northern Pinellas County. The new services, called Regional Connector Routes, will feature 16-person mini-buses operating along regularly scheduled routes. Unlike standard PSTA bus routes, riders will be able to contact PSTA in advance and arrange to have the Regional Connector buses pick them up at their homes (up to three-quarters of a mile from the regular route). The buses will then return to their regular route where they will connect riders to various destinations including other PSTA, HART (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority) and PCPT (Pasco County Public Transit) bus routes. To ensure the success of the new service, PSTA is asking residents in northern Pinellas County to fill out a short questionnaire which is located on the agency website: www.psta.net. (Look for the Connector Outreach Survey box on the right side of the page.)PSTA staff also will be making presentations to as many civic, community, business, educational and religious groups as possible to tell people more about the new services and to give them an opportunity to fill out surveys in person. PSTA planners will then use that information to develop the routing, destinations and operating times that are most suited for the desires of north county residents. Residents have until June 30 to complete the survey. Projected implementation of the new services is late October 2012. To schedule a presentation, call Bob Lasher, manager of Community Relations, at 5401874. Residents who live in northern Pinellas County are asked to complete a Connector Outreach Survey by June 30 online or during presentations by Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority staff members. The survey button is located on the right side of the page at www.psta.net, under the quick links section. Link is circled in red in this photo. The information will be used to develop a plan for improved transit services.PSTA seeks input for servicebagged lunch are recommended for this community service project. To register, go to www.event brite.com/event/3335694151 or call 582-2656. The members of the Pinellas County Youth Advisory Committee are high school students who provide input and assistance to the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. Membership is open to high school students who reside in Pinellas County. For information, visit www.pinellascounty.org/yac.Heritage Village offers Passport Adventures LARGO Heritage Village is offering a Passport Adventures program this summer for children ages 4 to 11. The two-hour sessions are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, June 20 to 29 and July 11 to Aug. 10. The cost of participation is $3 per child and group size is limited to between 20 to 60 children. Reservations and adult supervision are required. Docent teen volunteers ages 12 to 17 will lead the two-hourlong program in a beautiful setting of 28 historical buildings. Children will learn how early homesteaders, fishermen and sailors lived and worked through songs, games, a take-home toymaking project and other handson activities. Maps for a self-guided discovery tour will be provided to participants after the program. Summer camp, recreation, church and other groups are invited to participate in this program. For more information or to register for the program call 5822125. Heritage Village is located at 11909 125th St. N. in Largo.Reduced reclaimed water availabilityCLEARWATER To alleviate the risk of running out of reclaimed water, action is being taken to reduce daily system demands. Pinellas County reclaimed water customers now have reclaimed water available two days per week for irrigation in 24-hour intervals beginning at 12:01 a.m. On Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays the reclaimed water system will be down for maintenance and storage level recovery. This action will affect all reclaimed water customers. Irrigation with Pinellas County supplied reclaimed water is authorized for certain days per week, and only during authorized hours as adopted by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners ordinance. The watering on alternate days should follow the schedule based on house numbers: Addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8), water on Tuesday and Saturday. Addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, 9), water on Wednesday and Sunday. If your property contains a mix of addresses or if an address cannot be determined, such as common areas associated with a residential subdivision, water on Wednesday and Sunday. Watering is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. During recent months, very limited rainfall in the Pinellas County reclaimed water service area and higher than normal temperatures have increased customer demand. Storage levels of reclaimed water have been rapidly declining, to the point of exhausting the water in storage and potentially damaging pump equipment.
Elks Club names student of the monthThe Largo Elks Clubs Student of the Month for March for Largo High School is Kaleigh Moran. Moran is a member of the ExCel magnet program and has completed with honors algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, chemistry, American government and world history. She also completed advanced placement in chemistry, Spanish 1, 2 and 3 and is currently taking Spanish 4 along with advanced placement statistics and college courses. Moran enjoys her cheerleading. She is in the Florida Top Dog All Stars Competitive Cheerleading. She plays flag football. Her clubs include Model United Nations, Junior Council, Senior Council, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She volunteers at Chapel-By-The-Sea, Florida Top Dog All Stars summer coach and special needs program, Relay for Life Cancer Walk and ExCel Magnet Recruitment. 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Schools 9A Leader, April 26, 2012 Lic. #C-9153 Lic. #C-5916727-524-1445 13120 66th St. N., Largo abbeycarpetlargo.hdwfg.com largo.buyabbeycarpet.com040512 040512 041912 042612 ST. PETERSBURG In an effort to help the Pinellas County School District find savings in a challenging budget climate, the Pinellas Education Foundation, in consultation with Pinellas County Schools administration, identified six area of focus for cost-savings research and discussions: Construction, Energy, Health Care, Maintenance, Purchasing and Transportation. Over a 12-month period, 32 volunteer committee members, including Tampa Bay business leaders and Pinellas County and city public administrators, worked together with Pinellas County School District staff to identify the best possible cost-savings options and recommendations for the superintendent and school board to consider. Volunteers participated in more than 40 meetings at schools and district locations, donating hundreds of hours of personal time for this important endeavor. The recommendations offered in the Savings for Classrooms report provide an opportunity to examine major operational expenditures within Pinellas County Schools through the lens of third party experts. Savings for Classrooms offers millions of dollars in savings to the district at a critical time of budget shortfalls, and it provides best practices that will continue these savings in future years. These savings are significant and they can translate to a better classroom experience for students and teachers in Pinellas County Schools. It is gratifying to work with a school board and superintendent who are open to thoughtful critiques and candid assessments from experienced business and community leaders, stated Craig Sher, chairman of the Pinellas Education Foundation. We all share the goal of offering the best possible learning environment for students and teachers in our community. These recommendations, if implemented, will allow the districts limited dollars to be re-allocated to serving those who matter most the students and teachers in our classrooms. As usual, the Pinellas Education Foundation and members of the business community have stepped to the plate to assist the district, said Pinellas Schools Superintendent John Stewart. Members of the six committees, all experts in their fields, listened closely to the information shared by district staff and have returned a treasure trove of suggestions that we will take very seriously. Among the many recommendations the committees made were the following: The Construction Committee recommended among many items that the district should consider the sale of vacant land and facilities to reduce operation budget. The ongoing costs related to these unused sites cost approximately $600,000 per year and could generate millions of dollars in cash for reinvestment. The Energy Committee recommended that the temperature should be set at 76 degrees for A/C (instead of current policy of 73) for all school buildings. Immediate savings from a 3-degree change can be $1.3 million annually. It also was shown that the Administration building has highest energy use in the District. PCS leadership should set an example by lowering energy costs for this building. The Health Insurance Benefits Committee recommended that the district use a self-funded medical plan. The Maintenance Committee recommended revising the job description of the associate superintendent for facilities, Operations and Safety as the person needs to be an experienced senior facilities executive leader trained for high-tech operations. The Purchasing Committee suggested the district explore consortium purchasing opportunities and exploit piggybacking opportunities with counties, municipalities, and school districts across Tampa Bay.School District receives advice on cutting costs Student dramaShown is the flier for Largo High Schools presentation of Beauty and The Beast, Thursday, May 3, and Friday, May 4.
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The March unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, is 8.6 percent for Pinellas County, which is down from the 9.1 percent unemployment reported in February and 10.6 percent for March 2011. Local numbers closely mirror statewide unemployment rates for the same period. The March 2012 not seasonally adjusted rate for the state of Florida is 8.6 percent compared to 9.1 percent in February and 10.5 percent in March 2011. The national unemployment rate for March is 8.4 percent and 8.7 percent in February. March 2011s rate was 9.2 percent. Floridas unemployment rate is declining at a much faster rate than the national unemployment rate, Gov. Rick Scott said Friday afternoon in a press release. Clearly, were doing the right things to get our economy growing in Florida. The news also is good for the local metropolitan statistical area of Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater with a March unemployment rate of 8.9 percent, compared to 9.4 percent last month and 10.9 percent last year. The local MSA includes Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Hernando County had the second highest unemployment rate in the state in March of 11.3 percent despite a decline from 12.1 percent in February and 13.1 percent in March 2011. Pasco County ranked No. 8 in the state with an unemployment rate of 10.1 percent in March the same rate as Madison and Citrus counties. Pascos numbers also show a decline from 10.7 percent in February and 12 percent in March 2011. Hillsborough County is in a tie with Orange and Gulf counties for the No. 34 spot in the state list with an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent for March, compared to 9.1 percent in February and 10.6 last year. Pinellas County ties with Manatee, Baker and Glades counties for a ranking of 30 out of 67 Florida counties. The local MSA ties with Cape-Coral-Fort Myers for No. 10 out of 23 MSAs. According to the DED, 11 metro areas report over-the-year job gains in March. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater came in second for the most jobs with a gain of 20,000. Miami-Miami BeachKendall has the most, 23,400 jobs, and Orlando-KissimmeeSanford came in third with 8,600 jobs. Statewide, March was the 20th consecutive month with reported job growth after a loss of job for three years. It also was the largest decline in the unemployment rate in 20 years. The largest monthly unemployment rate decline in 20 years is a milestone all Floridians can celebrate, Scott said. Pinellas Countys labor force is up to 441,733 in March, compared to 439,976 in February and 438,111 in March 2011. The report shows that 38,122 people were unemployed in March, 39,821 in February and 46,323 were unemployed in March 2011. The labor force also is growing for the local MSA, going from 1,297,118 in March 2011 to 1,306,989 in March 2012. Only 116,481 people were unemployed in March of the current year, compared to 141,484 in March 2011. The industry gaining the mostPinellas Countys unemployment rate falls to 8.6 percent Florida Gov. Rick Scott says this chart is proof that the state is headed in the right direction with positive job growth in the private sector, top line, and a decline in government employment, bottom line.jobs in March was trade, transportation and utilities, followed by professional and business services, private education and health services, leisure and hospitality, financial activities, manufacturing and other services. Construction continues to hold the top position for the industry with the most job losses, followed by total government and information.First Bank is one of the largest privately owned banks in the country with more than $6.92 billion in assets and 149 locations in Florida, Illinois, California and Missouri. Anderson-Rothe named REH associate producer CLEARWATER Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc. recently announced the appointment of Duffy Anderson-Rothe as associate producer of Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Capitol Theatre. We are so pleased to welcome Duffy to Ruth Eckerd Hall, said Zev Buffman, Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc., president and CEO, in a press release. This significant addition to our senior staff is a result of our stepping up shows to be produced by REH in the immediate future. She brings a wealth of knowledge and passion from her experiences producing Tony Award-winning Broadway productions. Im excited to join a team at such a respected venue in the bay area and around the world, Anderson-Rothe said. I look forward to working with Zev, our chief programming officer Bobby Rossi and the entire Ruth Eckerd Hall staff as we develop productions for Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Capitol Theatre. Reporting directly to Buffman, Anderson-Rothe will immediately become the point person for Buffmans national tour of Ruth Eckerd Halls Agatha Christies BBC Murders, scheduled to open later this year for a weeks run at the Capitol Theatre. Produced by Buffman, these four lost-and-found classic mysteries, Three Blind Mice, Yellow Iris, Butter in a Lordly Dish and Personal Call will be presented for the first time in Florida at the Capitol Theatre Nov. 15-18 before heading out on a national tour. The first stop of the tour will be the Broward County Center for the Performing Arts in January 2013. Anderson-Rothe also will be involved in existing and new aspects of production at The Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall including Eckerd Theater Company events and performances for the local and regional stage, such as The Hundred Dresses and A Thousand Cranes. Anderson-Rothe was most recently the vice president of production and presentational development with Shorenstein Hays Nederlander Theatres. In addition to overseeing and managing the New York office, she also served as executive producer of the 2010 Tony award-winner for Best Revival, August Wilsons Fences, starring Denzel Washington. She also was the line producer for A Behanding in Spokane, starring Christopher Walken.Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week setCLEARWATER The third annual Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week will run May 13-19. The annual event started out as a way to keep businesses afloat during the $33 million Beach Walk project and quickly expanded to 1,500-plus attendees and counting. This year, the streets of Clearwater Beach are expected to be jam-packed with foodies and restaurant goers. Due to the growing popularity of the event, the Clearwater Beach Chamber decided to expand the location of the kick-off party. After originally hosting it at the Clearwater Beach Aquarium and on Beach Walk, the kick-off party has been relocated to the streets of Beach Walk at South Gulfview Boulevard between the Hyatt Regency Resort and Crabbys Bar and Grill. The kick-off party will be Friday, May 11, 5 to 9 p.m. We had more than 1,500 people attend the event last year so weve taken the kick-off Party to the street so we can cater to more people and have space for two stages for double-the entertainment, said Darlene Kole, president and CEO of the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce, in a press release. We are expecting a tremendous turnout. See BIZ NOTES, page 11AFirst Bank Largo earns awardLARGO First Banks office in Largo recently received a 2012 Award of Excellence as the Deposit Branch of the Year. Ben Kleyla is vice president and branch manager of First Banks Largo office. He lives in North Redington Beach. 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PETE BEACH The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Associations Pinellas Chapter will host a marketing seminar and luncheon Monday, April 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at TradeWinds Island Resort, 5600 Gulf Blvd. The featured guest speaker will be Peter Yesawich, vice chairman of MMGY Global, one of Americas leading marketing, advertising and public relations agencies. The presentation will begin at noon. Yesawich is regarded as one of the most respected and insightful sources on the habits and preferences of American travelers. He will be presenting for the first time the just released annual study The 2012 Portrait of the American Traveler. Yesawich leads all of MMGYs efforts in consumer insight. Cost to attend is $20 per person and the registration deadline is Friday, April 27. 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These qualities are put to the test when each aesthetic practice campaigns for votes to claim the title, since for the first time in Aesthetic Awards history, the winners are determined by public vote. Red Bamboo Medi Spa was honored at the live awards ceremony, and, as the winner, will garner editorial coverage in THE Aesthetic Guide as well as a segment on the soon to be launched Aesthetic TV. Since this award was determined entirely by public vote, its twice as meaningful, because it means were serving our clients to the best of our ability and they appreciate our work, said Frank Toscano, Red Bamboo Medi Spas physician and owner, in a press release.BBA meetsBELLEAIR BLUFFS Kimberly Bender of Bender Chiropractic Center at 321 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs, hosted the most recent monthly meeting of the Bluffs Business Association. The next meeting will be Thursday, May 10, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Liz Cuskey will host the event at Keller Williams Gulfside Realty, 801 West Bay Drive, Largo. All are welcome.Chamber to host Learn @ LunchINDIAN SHORES The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its next Learn @ Lunch Thursday, April 26, at the Indian Shores Town Hall, 19305 Gulf Blvd. Check-in will be at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will begin at noon. Attendees will learn what happened in Tallahassee during the 2012 Legislative session. Scheduled speakers include Rep. Larry Ahern, Rep. Jeff Brandes, Rep. Rick Kriseman and Rep. Jim Frishe. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Cost includes a lunch catered by Codys Original Roadhouse. Registration is required. Call 360-6957 or email RSVP@Tampa BayBeaches.com.Regional inventors conference slatedTAMPA The United States Patent and Trademark Office will hold its annual Regional Independent Inventors Conference on April 27-28 in Tampa at the Embassy Suites located on the campus of the University of South Florida. Co-sponsored by Invent Now and the National Academy of Inventors, the conference is one of many outreach programs offered by the USPTO to assist independent inventors. Teresa Stanek Rea, deputy under secretary of Commerce for intellectual property and deputy Director of the USPTO, will deliver the featured keynote speech of the conference. The conference will feature practical advice and information for novice and seasoned inventors provided by numerous experts and employees of the USPTO. Topics will include patent and trademark searching, claim drafting, and the ongoing implementation of the America Invents Act. Specialists will conduct workshops and be available for oneon-one conversations. Space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, visit www.uspto .gov/inventors/independent/ aiic_main.jsp. For more information, please contact Matthew Palumbo at 2727517 or Matthew.Palumbo@usp to.gov. Members of the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce celebrate the grand opening of the ConMed Linvatec Center for Orthopaedic Education, 11311 Concept Blvd., Largo.Chamber celebrates ConMed opening
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Participating locations include: Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo Bardmoor Outpatient and Surgery Center, 8787 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor Mease Countryside Hospital Medical Arts Building, 1840 Mease Drive, Safety Harbor Mease Dunedin Hospital, 601 Main St., Dunedin Morton Plant Hospital, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater Morton Plant Mease Outpatient Center, 2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd., Trinity Powell Cancer Center, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant Street, Clearwater Sarah Walker Womens Center, 300 Pinellas Street, ClearwaterFollowing is a list of May support groups and presentations:Wellness Cancer Coping With Cancer Diagnosis: Toolkit for Patients, Families and Caregivers Tuesdays, May 1 and 15, 3 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, Evelyn R. Simmer Oncology Resource Library, fourth floor. Cancer Support Group (Women) Monday, May 7, 6 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Axelrod Pavilion, Bernard F. Powell Conference Room, second floor. Cancer Support Group (Women) Tuesdays, May 8 and 22, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library, fourth floor. Look Good, Feel Better Monday, May 14, 6 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Axelrod Pavilion, Oncology Services Conference Room, second floor. LUNA de Pinellas Tuesday, May 8, 6 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Axelrod Pavilion, second floor, Bernard F. Powell Conference Room. Multiple Myeloma Educational Group Saturday, May 5, 10:30 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 3. Prostate Cancer Discussion Group Tuesday, May 8, 2 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, fourth floor, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library. Thyroid Cancer Support Group Saturday, May 12, 10:30 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditorium D. Wellness Cardiac/circulation Womens Heart Support Group Tuesday, May 1, 1 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Medical Arts Building, Ste. 105. Womens Heart Support Group Thursday, May 3, 1 p.m., Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Morton Plant Hospital, Community Room A. Wellness Caregivers Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group Monday, May 14, 10-11:30 a.m., Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Room 114. Early Stage Alzheimers Support Group for Patients Mondays, May 7 and 21, 1-2:30 p.m., Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Room 114. Wellness Parenting Big Brothers/Big Sisters Thursday, May 17, 6 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room. Birth Center Tour Wednesday, May 16, 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital. Birth Center Tour Wednesday, May 23, 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Sarah Walker Womens Center. Birth Center Tour Sunday, May 20, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital. Birth Center Tour Sunday, May 27, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Sarah Walker Womens Center. Boot Camp For New Dads Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditoriums A and B. Breastfeeding Part 1 Saturday, May 12, 1 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room: Fee. Breastfeeding Part 1 Wednesday, May 16, 7 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor Conference Room: Fee. Breastfeeding Part 1 Sunday, May 20, 1 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Breastfeeding Part 2 Tuesday, May 8, 10 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room: Fee. Breastfeeding Mothers Group Wednesdays, May 9 and 23, 10 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, fifth floor classroom. Car Seat Safety Tuesdays, May 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital. Car Seat Safety Saturday, May 12, 1:30 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room. Car Seat Safety Saturday, May 26, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room. Childbirth Preparation 2 week series Mondays, May 7 and 14, 7 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room: Fee. Childbirth Preparation day intensive Sunday, May 6, 1 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room: Fee. Childbirth Preparation day intensive Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Childbirth Preparation Natural Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room: Fee. Infant/Child CPR Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditoriums A and B: Fee. Newborn Care Wednesday, May 2, 7 p.m., Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room: Fee. Newborn Care Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Newborn Care Monday, May 21, 7 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room: Fee. Newborn Care Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Pelican Club Coffee: For Expectant Parents Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1-5. Pelican Club Coffee: For Expectant Parents Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditorium. Waterbirth Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room: Fee. Baby Boot Camp Every Monday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m., St. Josephs Childrens Specialty Center at Mease Countryside Hospital: Fee. Baby Boot Camp Every Monday and Friday, 9:30 a.m., Dunedin Community Center: Fee.Wellness Other AWAKE: Sleep Disorder Support Group for Apnea Wednesday, May 16, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 3. Bariatric Support Group Tuesday, May 1, 6 p.m., Mease Dunedin Hospital, Meeting Room 2. CPAP / BI-PAP Clinic Mondays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10 a.m. Noon, BayCare Outpatient Center, Sleep Disorders Center, Ste. 103. CPAP / BI-PAP Clinic Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10 a.m. 4 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital Medical Arts Building, Sleep Disorders Center, Ste. 120. CPAP / BI-PAP Clinic Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 9 a.m. Noon, Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Sleep Disorders Center, Ste. 210. Morton Plant May programs Mease Dunedin Hospital celebrates 75th anniversaryDUNEDIN In 1937, following the efforts of the local community and one physician, Dr. Jack Mease, Mease Dunedin opened as a 19-bed hospital with a staff of three physicians and two nurses. Today Mease Dunedin is a 143-bed acute care hospital with more than 600 employees and nearly 800 physicians on the Mease hospitals medical staff, celebrating 75 years of improving the health of the community. Were proud to have served Dunedin with 75 years of health care excellence, said Lou Galdieri in a press release. Galdieri is the chief operating officer of Mease Dunedin and Mease Countryside hospitals. We look forward to growing right along with the local community and continuing our goal of improving the health of all we serve. Mease Dunedin Hospital came about after local citizens in the early 1930s asked Mease to stay in town and build his very own hospital. Moved by the townspeoples request, Mease helped raise the necessary capital and secure financing. At very favorable terms, the Dunedin City Commission agreed to sell him a 10-acre plot of land at Milwaukee Avenue and Virginia Street. Construction began in 1933 and was completed on April 18, 1937. As the community has grown, so has the hospital. As part of an ongoing multi-phase expansion project, a new Critical Care Unit was completed in 2009 and the new ambulatory care unit and sterile processing department in 2010. The next phase of the expansion, scheduled for completion in May, includes creating larger surgical operating rooms to allow for more specialized surgical equipment for complex orthopedic and spine procedures. Other renovations include seven bay post-anesthesia care units and a new physicians lounge to be completed later in 2012.Caregiver health fair setST. PETERSBURG There will be a free caregiver health fair Thursday, April 26, noon to 2:30 p.m., at St. Petersburg College, Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N. Information about community resources for the elderly, health screenings, home health services, mobile blood services and transportation will be available. For information, call Carol Radin at 893-7102.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: 1-800-227-2345.
Viewpoints 13A Leader, April 26, 2012 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772 727-397-5563 Fax: 727-397-5900 www.TBNweekly.comPublisher/President: Dan Autrey email@example.com Accounting Manager: Andrea Marcarelli firstname.lastname@example.org Retail Advertising Manager: Jay Rey email@example.com Classied Advertising Manager: Shelly Fournier firstname.lastname@example.org Executive Editor: Tom Germond email@example.comProduction Manager: David Brown firstname.lastname@example.org Internet Services Manager: Suzette Porter email@example.com Seminole/Beach Beacon: Bob McClure firstname.lastname@example.org Largo Leader/Dunedin Beacon: Tom Germond email@example.com Belleair/Beach Bee: Chary Southmayd firstname.lastname@example.org Clearwater Beacon: Alexandra Lundahl email@example.com Pinellas Park Beacon: Juliana A. Torres firstname.lastname@example.org General Editorial email@example.comCirculation: L. Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563Because you havent asked ...I havent felt this sought after since I was 18 and walked on a college campus in a short skirt for the first time. Democrats want me. Republicans want me. Everybody on cable TV is talking about me, too. The parties and the pundits want to know what I think. Of course, they never ask me directly. That would make them all have to get real. Lets see who I am not. I am not a stay-at-home mom who drives two Cadillacs and feels no bone-hard pressure to work. I am not a size six. I dont reside within the Beltway. I couldnt afford a house there, anyway. I tend to think that a SuperPAC is six of anything thats cheap in the grocery. Odds are, Im not alone. Women are the majority in this country. We hold up more than half of the American sky. Youll find us in back offices, now and then the front offices, in classrooms, on construction sites, in operating rooms. We wear uniforms and get shot at. Youll find us in Wal-Mart and JCPenney. Thrift stores as well. Some of us are biological mothers, some adoptive mothers, some not mothers at all. Virtually none of us has heard of Hilary Rosen, the commentator who said Ann Romney cant understand the economic concerns of women because she hasnt worked a day in her life. Some of us go to church, synagogue or mosque. Those of us who dont, pray anyway that well make it. We are not the 1 percent. We cant imagine being part of the 1 percent. Some of us raise children and hope the $40,000 we gross a year will feed, clothe and shelter them all. Some of us are making minimum wage or not much more and know that anybody who thinks this will enable us to achieve the American dream is just plain nuts, or cruel. Youll find some of us needing food stamps and Medicaid for our children and wondering why people who are not poor are cruel towards us, too. Some of us are straight, some gay. Some of us have husbands, some dont. Some of our husbands, or ex-husbands, help. Some dont. A lot of us dont go to the doctor or put off taking our children to the doctor because we cant afford it. Some of us sometimes go hungry, our children, too. We sweat paying for childcare and wish we could get our kids in schools in better neighborhoods. Some of us believe in abortion, some dont. We all believe in the right to contraception, for crying out loud. Some of us are victims of domestic violence and wish the federal government would help protect us a life-and-death wish that is getting tangled up in politics. Some of us worry about racial profiling because we want our children to live. Some of us long for the passage of the Dream Act because we want our children to stay. Most of us dont get paid as much as men and wish there was more we could do about it no matter what a conservative U.S. Supreme Court or Republican-led Congress thinks. (Now there are a couple of groups almost proud of being out of touch.) Some of us are looking for work, and work, and work, and cant find any. Most of us have no choice but to work. Many of us love it. And were all sick of the debate over whether it is holier to stay at home. Were sick of sanctimony and posing. We want action to improve our lives at the dining table or at the desk. And boy, are we sick of waiting. Mary Jo Melone, former columnist with the Tampa Bay Times, is a writer in Tampa. Florida VoicesLETTERSDont infringe upon their cocoonsRe: Gov. vetoes PTSA bill, by Suzette Porter, April 12Editor: In every major metropolitan area in this country it is taken for granted that quality public transit is a vital piece of the transportation picture. Except here. We horribly underfund our system, then trot out ridiculous circular arguments to justify not improving it. At a bare minimum to have better service means to having more frequent and later service, which requires more buses, drivers, and fuel, which cost thats right more money. But many of those opposed to PSTA finding a better revenue source are disingenuous in the extreme. Theyll deplore relatively low ridership, then turn around and say service should be improved apparently magically without the funding being provided that could do it. And dont even mention rail options, because rail seems to be somehow synonymous with Big Brother. I mean, arent all those riding rail in other cities socialists? Or worse? There will always be people for whom public transit is an illegitimate public expenditure because it does not entirely pay for itself (neither do roads, libraries, schools, parks, etc., but never mind). These advocates of the atomized society will do anything to prevent others from having the option of voting for a tax that will pay for a product which horrors! they may never use (like particular roads, libraries, schools, parks, etc.). Their rhetoric proves over and over again that it is really all about themselves, and woe to anyone who will infringe upon their cocoons. Transit, shmansit: Ive got a car! Im totally independent! Oh, except for the fact that the state demands that I get a license, pay for a tag, provide insurance ... but thats all right. Living in a cocoon will always cost you and the community around you. R.B. Johnson Mayor, Indian Rocks Beach former chair of PSTAColumn misses the point on animal adoptionsEditor: I read with interest Chary Southmayds I Love Lucy column and was surprised that she missed the most salient point entirely. Yes, it is a shame more people dont adopt rescue animals, particularly older ones. Yes, its an even greater shame that people adopt animals, unprepared for the realities of adoption, and returns them. Its perhaps the greatest shame that people adopt, unprepared for the realities, and do not return, choosing instead to abandon or abuse these poor creatures. She cheers the Sun Coast Animal Leagues Mutt March, where every animal was adopted except Lucy. Is it any wonder that animals are returned when potential owners can simply walk up, point and say, Well have that one, thanks. Where is the screening process? Where is the training process? Where is the waiting period to see if they go home, having met and played with the animal, and still want to adopt a few days later? It is very tempting to adopt an animal so excited for attention and affection that it leaps into your arms and smothers you with dogkisses. Get home and question whether the adoption of a pet fits in with your lifestyle and you may wisely reconsider. How many animals would be returned if local adoption organizations took more care in finding homes for them? When my friend adopted a dog, she could not take beautiful Greta home until her references had been checked and a home visit performed. Just filling out the reference form gave her family pause for thought. Who can attest to the fact that we have the time, temperament and financial wherewithal to make a happy and healthy home for Greta? The adoption has been a great success because they were completely prepared for the transition and change to their lives. If animals are returned after a hasty adoption, it is often more the fault of the adoption agencies than the well-meaning, but overeager potential adopters. Lisa Darcy Largo Belong to a community? Says who?Theres a lot of chatter these days about community. The black community, the Jewish community, the Mormon community, and so on. It sounds comforting and heartwarming. It makes me admire and envy people who are safely wrapped up in their own community. Still, questions arise. An example is the Trayvon Martin case and the chatter about the black communitys response to Trayvons death. I dont question the depth and sincerity of the people, black and white, who were outraged by the way the authorities initially responded. What I do question is whether a concentrated, emotional response to any event justifies the news media and politicians rattling on about the community that seems to appear within a few hours after the event occurs. What, indeed, constitutes a community? What must happen before a group of like-minded people actually bond into a community? It may be instructive for each of us to ask ourselves: What communities do I belong to? Obviously, the first answer would probably be, The town I live in. Oddly enough, in most towns especially larger ones the typical resident barely knows the names of three residents on his street. Or the name of the mayor. In such cases, my community begins with my home address and probably ends there as well. If I belong to a church or temple, does that constitute a community? When the weekly religious service finishes and I head home, do I still carry a community spirit with me? Do the fervent fans of the Tampa Bay Rays or Boston Red Sox form a bona fide community? When theyre gathered in the home stadium, Im sure they do. But once the game is over, do these people really give a hoot about each other? A few may, but most of the fans will disperse into the scattered realms of individuality and self-concern. I have the feeling that a community often springs into existence only in the face of disaster or hardship. Or perceived injustice, as was the case with Trayvon Martin. Now that George Zimmerman has been arrested, will the community in Sanford, on Facebook and Twitter, and as reported by the news media, slowly fade away? We shall see. Im trying to think of like-minded groups that might deserve the title of community. One that jumps into my mind is the U.S. Marine Corps. Ive encountered many Marines over the course of time, and most of them carry with them a pride that Id be most reluctant to question without a mighty good cause. Anyone who survives boot camp at Parris Island or other Marine basic training center must surely be ingrained with a sense of comradeship and community that can last a lifetime. Add shared combat experience and the bonding only increases. The Freemasons used to be one of the strongest communities in America. A century ago if a man wished to become an important player in the life of his town or city, he was well advised to become a Mason. Without much bluster or self-promotion, the Masons ran things. This may still be the case, although I dont seem to hear of Masonic doings the way I used to. The most recent indicator was a TV ad, in which an actor portraying Benjamin Franklin pronounced heavy words of praise about Freemasonry. If you are a U.S. congressman or senator and youd like to see a powerful community spring into action, just stand up and say a few words in favor of gun control. By sundown members of the National Rifle Association will have drowned you in 6,344 reasons why you should resign your office and join a monastery, or at least consider applying for citizenship in New Zealand. The adjective formidable was coined for the sole purpose of describing the NRA and its political influence. Ive never owned a gun, but some of my best friends (including a liberal or two) quietly pack heat. Im not sure where that leaves me. If the NRA became engaged in full combat with the American Association of Retired Persons, who would prevail? I cant imagine why the two communities would ever lock horns, but Im sure it would be a battle royal. A longstanding quip is that if the AARP sneezes, the U.S. Congress catches pneumonia. A few years ago Congress proposed a minor change in Medicare that would have affected only well-off retirees. Within days, the wrath of AARP and its members reduced the proposal to blood-soaked shreds. The past 40 years have seen the influence of gays and lesbians transformed from negligible to astounding. Today anyone who wishes to challenge the gay community had better come equipped with a good reason and an even better attorney. I wish I could say the same thing about the Scottish-American community, whose cause I have championed with no luck for years. Today, anywhere in America, a person can tell a flagrantly anti-Scot joke without the slightest fear of prosecution. It is to weep.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Drivers SeatBob Driver Endless topics at your fingertipsGuests who spend the night in my spare bedroom will find no shortage of reading material. The 24 volumes of a 1964 set of Encyclopedia Britannicas that I inherited from my parents are still in pretty good condition. Sure, some of the information is dated. The photos of all the U.S. presidents end with Lyndon B. Johnson, but that wasnt a major issue for me when I first started flipping through the pages of the Britannicas at the age of 10. Heck, I wouldnt have raised an eyebrow if the encyclopedia said the 36th president was Elmer Fudd; I was more interested in what the books had to say about Johnny Unitas, Mickey Mantle and Davy Crockett. Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. announced March 14 that it would cease publication of its printed edition that day, in keeping with the demands of the electronic age. Jorge Cauz, president of the company, put it this way in a press release: Were digital, were mobile, and were social. Were a very different company from 20 or 30 years ago. Alas, alas. Sorry, Jorge. I like books and the spontaneity of turning pages to satisfy my curiosity rather than having to search for information on a computer. Dad bought the set of maroon Britannicas in early 1964 along with a bright red junior set for $400. That was a lot of money back then, especially for a man trying to feed a family of five on a single income. Im sure Dad hoped we would make good use of them and did we ever. My older brother, Gerry, also recalls just doing some idle browsing through the books. I remember the anatomy pictures, several transparencies each with a body system which could be laid one on top of the other, Gerry said. I liked the anatomy pictures, too, though the overlay showing a guys intestines would gross me out. We both consulted the encyclopedias for school projects. I switched from one edition to the other depending on how big a report I had to write, Gerry said. The dinosaurs article in the main edition blew my 8th-grade mind (details on pelvises), but I recall using it to describe the battle of Antietam and looking up Trojan War heroes, Gerry said. Dinosaurs The Civil War football baseball Hitler Florida Wisconsin Paris ... Ireland insects dolphins. Endless topics all at my fingertips, helping me to develop writing skills and tickling my imagination. Gerry said the Britannicas were a big improvement over the more basic Golden Book Encyclopedias, and we didnt have to give up comics for them either. Mom made us give up our comics before she bought us the Golden Book Encyclopedias. We both craved comics when we were 5 to 10 years old. I suspect Ill keep the books for several more years, at least until my 7-year-old niece, Devyn, is old enough to appreciate Britannicas as have countless people worldwide for the past 244 years. Ive heard stories of people reading the Britannicas from cover to cover, but I cant believe anybody would have the time or inclination to take on such a laborious task. If you do, keep a dictionary at your side. I thought a friend, Bill, had succeeded at the task, but he assured me last week that he never said he did. If I said it, I was probably drinking and trying to impress the literate folk I was hanging out with, Bill said. If you conducted research on a topic in the Britannicas for a term paper, you knew you would have your facts straight. Ill take the encyclopedias any day over most other sources of information. The company has a worldwide network of thousands of expert contributors and a staff of more than 100 editors who edit, review and fact-check Britannica content to make sure its accurate, its website says. The books improved my health, too; they helped elevate my bed over the year on the rare occasions that I suffered from acid reflex. Though faded, none of the pages are ripped, and I managed not to spill any beverage or dessert on the books. For me, thats an incredible feat, considering all the junk food I gorged myself on in my growing years. Explains why I consulted the encyclopedia for information on pimples and other problems with puberty. I hope Devyn will enjoy the Britannicas as much as her uncles have. These days, I really dont have anything else in my house that she might enjoy reading. Didnt save my old comic books. Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. announced March 14 that it would cease publication of its printed edition that day, in keeping with the demands of the electronic age. Tom Germond Florida VoicesMary Jo Melone
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With variations, this is standard polite human behavior and no surprise. Would it surprise you that dolphins act the same way? Last week, Dolphin Watch reported the return of an adult female bottlenose dolphin Club to our local waters, along with marvelous evidence that she appears each spring during an unexpectedly precise window of time. In that article I had also wondered if Club would have a baby this year. Although dolphins are capable of having calves at threeyear intervals, each mother has her own schedule. Club last gave birth in 2004. In a bit of coastal kismet, Club had a baby the same day I submitted that column to the newspaper. Her April birth is early as bottlenose births go. Mother dolphins in our local waters give birth from late May to late August, another relatively narrow window of time, with three exceptions to date. The most notable was Vidalia, the calf we rescued from its body noose of fishing line this past November. The water temperatures hover in the mid70s, which is good for newborns. Clubs new baby looks healthy, as yet too young to be bouncy. Unlike resident dolphins, Club inhabits a tiny part of the study area and we found her there last week. She clearly evaded us, which she does even without a 4day-old calf at her side. She traveled underwater at speed to put extra-ordinary distances between herself and our boat, reflecting her protective feelings about the tiny shiny baby glued to her side as well as the vortex of water created around a dolphins body when it travels at speed, which keeps tiny babies close as they soar in their private jet stream. By and by, a quintet of resident dolphins happened along. Club has but a passing acquaintance with bull Scrapefin and the two mother-calf pairs with him, mom Stick with yearling Savannah and mom Courtney with 2-year-old Cutlass. Consequently, it was enlightening to see that the quintet responded to Clubs wild darting the same way we had: They traveled just enough to remain in her general vicinity without approaching her. With their wondrous powers of echolocation, the dolphins knew exactly where she was in those murky estuarine waters (unlike us). This is probably how they maintained their diplomatic distance. But the question is why they did. Like us, they gave Club the opportunity to approach them. Club hadnt approached us and we never push it with any dolphins, especially new moms. So we watched the unfolding drama from a distance. It took Club some 20 minutes to approach the dolphin quintet. In the next many minutes, she joined and left them three times. She and the baby would periodically appear in the flotilla they created, surface among them once or twice, and then appear several boat lengths away. She was clearly ambivalent and cautious. As Scrapefin et al used dolphin diplomacy with the skitterish new mom Club, another mom-calf pair joined them. Q and Qball would appear in all of the dolphin groups we saw that day, revealing an intensely social mood we might even call it their busy body phase. Their timing couldnt have been better.Just as Club guardedly joined the other seven dolphins for the fourth time, a large gray body rocketed in with a frightening lack of diplomacy. Heading straight for Club and her calf, it flipped upside down (belly skyward) and sliced between them. For a seaside second, the newborn surfaced alone and then vanished into the ensuing fountain of chaos. As the fountain gave way to foam, Club was rushing away with her baby and Q and Qball Photo by ANN WEAVERExcited by the hubbub over the seasons first dolphin baby, Nougat launches high in the sky.Diplomacy, tactlessness among our wild dolphinswere rushing alongside them, forming a barrier between them and the belligerent gray form. It turned out to be a dolphin, not a shark: Rippington is a local Bowery Boy bull wed glimpsed an hour earlier among another group of dolphins. Hes perfectly capable of playing with calves gently. Q and Qball turned around and swam back to Rippington, as if herding him away from the vulnerable new baby and its defensive mother. Q and Qball stayed with him for the rest of the observation and he didnt repeat his chicanery. The other moms, Stick and Courtney, swam nearby with their calves. In fact, they mostly returned to the previous pattern of Club darting around the vicinity of cruising moms. There were, however, a couple of exceptions. One exception, tellingly, was that the other bull Scrapefin vanished when Rippington materialized. They have an embattled history. Two years ago, Rippingtons favorite bull buddy Riptab had switched alliances from Rippington to Scrapefin, which produced an entire summer of battles between Rippington and Scrapefin. Scrapefin evidently decided this was not the time to engage potentially testy Rippington, as we never saw him again that day. The other exception is another parallel between people and dolphins when it comes to new baby dolphins. As we watched, more dolphins appeared to check out Clubs new calf. These included LA Stick with her calf Laska and X with her calf Trix. They reminded me of the boats and jet skis that sometimes gather, with a frightening lack of diplomacy I might add, around dolphins in general and baby dolphins in particular. I can only hope that the humans employ, at the very least, dolphin diplomacy as we enter baby season.Dr. Weaver studies wild dolphins under federal permit 16299, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Send her an email at email@example.com or visit her website www.dolphinsuperstore.com. Read her Dolphin Watch column weekly at www. TBNweekly.com. NOAA advises anyone who sees a stranded dolphin in the Gulf of Mexico to call 877-942-5343 or 877-433-8299.14A Outdoors Dolphin WatchAnn Weaver 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. 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Briefs Summer Camp Outdoors 15A Leader, April 26, 2012 Church And Temple DirectoryL040512 St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church 1955 S. Belcher Road ClearwaterParish Administration Ofce 727-531-7721 www.SCOSParish.orgDAILY MASS: Monday Friday 7:00am Monday & Wednesday 11:00 am Saturday 8:00 am CONFESSION SCHEDULE: Monday & Wednesday 10:30 am 10:50 am Saturday 3:00 pm 3:50 pm WEEKEND MASS: Saturday Vigil 4:00 pm Sunday 7:00 am & 9:00 am(Family Mass)11:00 am(Traditional Choir) 6:00 pm(Contemporary Choir)80510 Tell the Public About Your Services Call397-5563 Tell the Public About Your Services Call 397-5563 8771 Park Blvd. SeminoleCorner of Park Blvd. & Starkey Rd. next to Save-a-LotHeirs of Promise ChurchPastor Jim & April Licensed & Ordained Through Rhema Bible A Non Denominational / Spirit Filled Church397-0806 www.heirsofpromise.com Bible Foundations Class Nursery Contemporary Worship PrayerSunday Service................................................10:30 AM Childrens Church...........................................10:30 AM Thursday Midweek Service...............................7:00 PM121511 4512 042612 With any luck last weekends cold front will be the last one we see for a while. Theres no question that weve had beautiful spring weather, border line summer weather for the last month or so. However, the weekends havent been quite as nice. You cant cross your arms and stomp your feet. Well, take that back, you can but in the end you still cant go fishing. This unfair pattern will pass, hopefully soon, as of right now the upcoming weekends forecast looks great. Kingfish are the hot topic this week as many anglers prepare for the spring King of the Beach tournament held out of Madeira Beach. Its truly hard to say how things are going to play out after this front. The water temperatures are down and with an east wind the bait should push back in, giving near-shore anglers a shot at a big fish. However, the general consensus is that the majority of the fish will be caught offshore. Who knows, but you got to love the new format that imposes a 30-mile boundary. Its anyones game, good luck! Before this last front we were just getting back into those good new moon redfish tides. The same pattern has held true for the last few moons. The reds are holding well under the mangroves along many of the nomotor-zone flats at high tide. So the best way to catch them has been to lightly weight your bait. Cut pilchards, threadfins, pinfish. It really doesnt seem to matter and pitch them as close to if not under the mangroves as you can. Big trout are staging up around passes and near-shore structures. Target bridge pilings and jetties with free-lined or lightly weighted pilchards in order to fool the big trout. Cast netting pilchards has been reliable in the pre-dawn hours around bridge shadow lines. However, if the tide is not moving it can be very slow. Chumming with jack mackerel and tropical fish food over the grass will produce a good mix of pilchards and pinfish. The key to chumming it up is to find clean/moving water. When the wind switches back east and the water cleans up, the pilchards should move back into the swash channel just off the beach. They were showing up good there just before the front came through. 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.Inaugural Get Fitness Run/Walk set for May 12LARGO Get Fitness will host a 5K Run/Walk Saturday, May 12, 8 a.m., at George C. McGough Park, 11901 146th St. Festivities will begin at 8 a.m. Registration is open now at Get Fitness, 13854 Walsingham Road, as well as online at www.preventarthritis.org. The first 250 registrants will get an inaugural race T-shirt, designed by Braden Rothig. All attendees will enjoy a free postrace health fair at Get Fitness with displays and healthy giveaways. Preregistration is $15 (by check or $15.75 online). Day of race registration is $20. Hundreds will take part in the event to support The Arthritis Research Institute of America Inc., a nonprofit research group studying osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, with a 25-year study of more than 3,700 local participants. A free family health day will take place in the park from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Local wellness providers like The Florida Institute for Hypnotherapy will be there with free screenings and giveaways. Dedicated to the study of the No. 1 crippler of American adults, The Arthritis Research Institute of America provides important long-term research on osteoarthritis, which affects more than 21 million American adults.Extension to host rain harvesting workshopLARGO A free rain harvesting workshop will be offered Saturday, May 19, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Attendees will learn how to save rainwater in a recycled plastic barrel. One or two rain barrels may be purchased at the time of registration. Advance registration is required. Call 582-2100 or www.pinellascountyextension.org.Guided walks planned at Fort De SotoTIERRA VERDE Free, guided nature walks will be offered on the following days: Saturday, April 28, a guided walk on the beach trail is planned. Sunday, April 29, a guided walk on the campground trail is planned. Times are 10 to 11 a.m., at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. Guests will enjoy the beauty of Fort De Soto Park with a one-hour nature walk great for the entire family. To register and for tour information and meeting locations, call 5521862. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/park.Audubon Society plans meetingCLEARWATER The Clearwater Audubon Society will meet Monday, May 7, 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. Dolly Cummings, a representative of the League of Environmental Educators in Florida, will lead an insightful audience participation activity that can assist in asking the right questions about the candidates and issues coming up on the 2012 ballot. Since the focus of LEEF is on awareness, communication, and growth with respect to Floridas natural environment, this program will provide a special voter resource to attendees. Call 462-6024 or visit www.clearwateraudubon.com.Garden tours setLARGO Garden tours will be offered Tuesdays, May 1, 15 and 29, 9 to 11 a.m., at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Attendees will stroll through gardens of Florida native and Floridafriendly plants. Participants also will learn how to incorporate some of these plants in home landscapes and observe how the same plants can survive under different light and water conditions. The free tours, recommended for adults, are limited to groups of four to 10 people. Registration is required. Visit www.pinellascountyextension.org.Gardens to host Diggin the Arts LARGO Diggin the Arts will be presented Sunday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road. The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundations will collaborate with some of the areas leading art institutions, including the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, the Chihuly Museum, the Morean Art Center, Florida Craftsmen, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art and the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, to host this event. Diggin the Arts will bring more art to the gardens. Call 582-2100 or visit www.flbgfoundation.org.Garden tours setLARGO Garden tours will be offered Thursdays, May 10 and 24, 9 to 11 a.m., at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Attendees will explore the gardens herb, tropical fruit and Floridafriendly landscape plants. The free tours, recommended for adults, are limited to groups of four to 10 people. Registration is required. Visit www.pinellascountyextension.org.Butterfly gardening workshop setPALM HARBOR A butterfly gardening workshop will be offered Thursday, May 10, 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. The free workshop will be repeated from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Attendees will learn a few tips and tricks to making yards irresistible to butterflies and inviting them to make their home in Pinellas from UF/IFAS Master Gardener Adrienne Andrews. Registration is required. To register, call 582-2603.Library to host orchid programST. PETERSBURG A program on repotting and caring for orchids will be presented on Wednesday, May 23, 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the St. Petersburg Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. Master Gardener Terry Berube will demonstrate repotting and proper caring of orchids. The free program is recommended for adults. To register, call 5822603.Clearwater Audubon Society to meetCLEARWATER The Clearwater Audubon Society will meet Monday, May 7, 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. Dolly Cummings, a representative of the League of Environmental Educators in Florida, will lead an insightful audience participation activity that can assist in asking the right questions about the candidates and issues coming up on the 2012 ballot. Since the focus of LEEF is on awareness, communication, and growth with respect to Floridas natural environment, this program will provide a special voter resource to attendees. Call 462-6024 or visit www.clearwateraudubon.com.Largo Recreation to host Camp FunshineLARGO Largo Recreation will host more than 60 fulland half-day summer camps. Camp Funshine, a full day camp for grades completed K-5, will feature themed activities, swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, sports and special guests. The camp will be offered Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at at Ponce De Leon Elementary School, 1301 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Clearwater. Camp Funshine will kick off on Monday, June 11 and will continue through Friday, Aug. 10. Campers may sign up by the week or for the entire camp. Cost is $76 a week for residents and $95 for nonresidents. After care is available from 4 to 6 p.m. for an additional cost. For information on Camp Funshine and other Largo summer camps, call 518-3016 or visit LargoCamps.com.Philippe to host nature walksSAFETY HARBOR Guided nature walks will be offered Saturdays, May 19 and June 16, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway. The hike is limited to 12 participants. Attendees will learn park history while exploring nature. Participants should meet at the Philippe gravesite at 9 a.m. Closed-toe shoes, water, sunscreen a hat and insect repellant are recommended. Reservations will be accepted through the Friday prior to the hike. An adult must accompany children. To register, call 669-1947 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Weedon to host Wee-TimeST. PETERSBURG Wee-Time at Weedon will be presented Thursdays, April 26, May 10, 24, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. This free program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fourth Thursday of each month, children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. Preregistration is required. To register, call 582-2100 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. For information, call 453-6500.Weedon to host guided hikesST. PETERSBURG Guided hikes will be offered Saturdays, April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Attendees will learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while going along on this free guided hike. Participants should bring water and a snack. A hat and closed-toe shoes also are recommended. The hike is best for ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonis landpreserve.org.Weedon to present Salty Topics program ST. PETERSBURG Salty Topics: Underwater Soundscapes of Coastal Florida will be presented Thursday, May 3, 6:45 to 8 p.m., at the Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The free program is the fourth in the 2012 Winter/Spring Marine Science Speaker series at the center. David Hastings, a faculty member and chemical oceanographer at Eckerd College will discuss ocean acidification and why it matters to Floridians. Registration is required. Refreshments, donated by Friends of Weedon Island, will be served. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Weedon to host evening eventST. PETERSBURG An Owl and Bat Prowl will be offered Saturday, May 5, 7:45 to 9:30 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. As the sun fades below the horizon, visitors will learn about the night skies noise as the winged wildlife emerge from their roosts. Attendees will learn about creatures of the night on this evening prowl by investigating screech owl coos, bat clicks and other eerie evening sounds. Closed-toe shoes and appropriate clothing highly recommended. Advance registration is required to participate in this free program. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Great Weedon Bird Quest setST. PETERSBURG The Great Weedon Bird Quest will be Friday, May 11, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Guests will learn to identify marks and behaviors of the island birds while taking advantage of this free guided hike. Binoculars will be available. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedon islandpreserve.org.Water resources workshop setST. PETERSBURG Annual Lakes and Ponds Education Day will be commemorated with a three-hour workshop on Saturday, May 19, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The free workshop is intended for volunteers and citizens interested in the health and management of water resources, specifically community lakes and stormwater ponds. The event will be presented in a tradeshow format with featured presentations. Attendees will learn about proper Florida landscaping. Free native plants and other items will be given to participants. Registration is required. Seating is limited. Call 464-4605 or 4533420 or email email@example.com or mharrison@pinellascoun ty.org. Weedon to host wildlife programST. PETERSBURG Discovering Tracks, Scats and Signs, a free wildlife program, will be presented Saturday, May 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. A Sensing Nature volunteer will show how to see wildlife that isnt always evident. Attendees will learn about tracking wildlife and other nature clues that will unveil wildlifes presence. Participants will apply the knowledge gained during an easy hike while becoming acquainted with some of Floridas wildlife and their associated animal tracks, scats and signs. Closed-toe shoes and appropriate clothing highly recommended. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonis landpreserve.org.Weather looks good for King of the Beach tourney this weekend Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein 042612
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It also catered to community organizations by enabling them to strengthen and expand their activities. These included hospitals, schools, and charities. Freedmans Bank, as it is commonly called, was started on March 3, 1865. Thirty-three branches were eventually established between 1865 and 1874 in several major U.S. cities. Some of the cities represented were Washington, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Memphis, Richmond, and Tallahassee among others. During its history, the bank assets had an estimated net worth of more than $3.7 million. The bank closed its doors in 1874, an event which in a major way was precipitated by the panic of 1873. Over the next 10 years an attempt was made to reimburse depositors for a majority of their savings that were lost, but that goal was never fully realized.An important asset today in genealogy research are the Freedman Bank records. The records contain almost 500,000 names, and are arguably the largest single repository of African-American records. The primary value of the records is in finding family information concerning African-American ancestors. However, its value can also extend to ancestors who owned slaves, because often a depositors past master or mistress is named in the banks records. Generally, the information contained in the registers consists of account number, name of depositor, date of entry, place born, place brought up, residence, age, complexion, name of employer or occupation, remarks, and signature. Family information consisting of the names of wife or husband, children, father, mother, brothers and sisters is also often included. Early records sometimes contain the name of the former master or mistress and the name of the plantation where the depositor worked. If the depositor served in the army, his unit is listed, and even copies of death certificatesFriends hold book saleLARGO The Friends of the Largo Library will host a sidewalk book sale Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., near the entrance to the library, which is at 120 Central Park Drive. All books will be fiction. Discards from the library will be 50 cents each. Buy two and get one free. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the library. Call the library bookstore at 586-7392.Knights to hold s Sock HopLARGO The Knights of Columbus will have a s Sock Hop, Saturday, May 5, at St. Patrick Church, 1507 Trotter Road. Admission is $5. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dancing will be available from 6. to 10 p.m. Food will be available, including hamburgers, hot dogs, chili dogs, french fries and more. Call John at 422-3753 or Bob at 290-8777.Train show set for May 5-6LARGO The Suncoast Model Railroad Club Train Show and open house will be held Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Minnreg Hall, 6340 126th Ave. The event features a large model train and railroadiana show with over 90 tables. The cost is $6 per adult, $1 for children ages 12-17, under 12 free. Food is available at modest prices. For more information, call 523-1860 or visit www.suncoastmrrc.com. Pet aromatherapy presentation setPALM HARBOR A free aromatherapy for pets hour will be offered Sunday, April 29, 3 to 4 p.m., at The Witchs Brew, 1219 Florida Ave. This gathering will focus on the use of therapeutic grade essentials oils for pets. Attendees will be able to sample different essentials oils used for natural pet care. In this free presentation, participants will learn how to help support their pets immune system with safe and natural ways to protect against viruses, bacteria and other microbes. Alternative mood-elevating and behavioral modification choices will be presented along with pain relief and parasite control without using harmful toxic chemicals. To register, call 483-9210 or email info@thewitchs brew.com. New Elks officers Genealogy exposedPeter Summers Here and there Here and thereThe installation of new officers for the Largo Elks 2159, fiscal year 2012-2013, beginning on April 1, was held March 31 at the lodge. Ken Yagoda, district deputy grand exalted ruler, presided at the installation of the new officers. Elks officers are, from left, Bob Dye, tiler; Lee Acosta, inner guard; John Sala, loyal knight; Tim Barnes, lecturing knight; Frank Russell, exalted ruler; Debbie Farris, leading knight; Willie Sander, secretary; Alice Wallace, chaplain; Jeanne Reinhart; Joan Messore, treasurer, and Jan Rogers, esquire. The lodge is located at 810 16th Ave. SE.have been pinned to some of the entries. Of course, not all of the information was completed for every record, but even with gaps in the data, you can see where what is provided can be extremely valuable in genealogical terms. Here are a few examples of what you can find. Depositor Albert Smith lists Mary Johnson as his mother and Lawson Monery as his prior master. Depositor Augustus Smith reported Rosella as his wife, and Augustus, Eliza Ellen, and Harriet Ann as his children. He served in the 2nd US Light Artillery Battery. Augustus signed his own name (many of the depositors could not write and so left their mark as a signature), and was listed free born. Depositor Nelson Neal also listed his 11 brothers and sisters as well as his parents. He shows his former master as Augustus Neal. Note the same last name held by master and former slave. There is no guarantee that Nelson took Augustuss surname when he was freed, but that was often the practice. Regardless, the record provides a tantalizing clue that begs to be followed. The Freedman Bank records are held on microfilm at the national archives, but access to them is much easier than that. You can get to the digitized records at the Heritage Quest website which, although a fee site, is available for free if you access it through your public library website. All you need is a library card number. Once youre in the records and you find one of particular interest, dont forget to look at the next image in line. If, as mentioned previously, certificates were appended to the records, they will be microfilmed after the appropriate depositor record. The Freedman Bank records represent a truly unique view of an important period in our history as a nation, and possibly into the history of our families.Peter Summers is an amateur genealogist who has been working on his family history since 1972. He is past president of the Pinellas Genealogy Society.
Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B April 26, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com Beckys New Car, by Steven Deitz, presented by West Coast Players, April 27 through May 13, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org. Dietzs heroine Becky Foster doesnt have a half-bad life; it has just become predictable and mundane. She has a solid yet dull marriage to her roofer hubby Joe. Together they have a son: a goofy college psychology major named Chris. Becky devotes herself to a decent job with a car dealership. However, her day-to-day routine is flipped upside down when Walter Flood, a charmingly quirky millionaire, comes into the dealership late one night. The Florida Orchestra: A Musical Feast; Friday, April 27, 8 p.m., at the Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org. The performance will be repeated Saturday, April 28, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 8925767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. A final performance will be presented Sunday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. James Tocco gives the United States premiere of 19th century composer Eduard Francks Piano Concerto No. 1 that has recently been rediscovered, as part of this musical feast of spirited overtures from Webers Oberon, Mendelssohns Midsummer Nights Dream, Lortzings Der Waffenschmied and Nicolais The Merry Wives of Windsor, along with Wagners Die Meistersinger: Prelude. Tickets range from $15 to $45. Garland: Beyond the Rainbow, April 27-29, at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors age 65 and older. Call 877-275-7050 or visit www.SalernoTheatre.com. Presented by Salerno Entertainment, this new Judy Garland theatrical tribute concert event chronicles the life, career and music of this legendary icon who shot to instant stardom as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and in other classic films Meet Me In St. Louis, Easter Parade and A Star Is Born. Starring Jaime Giangrande-Holcom, Hilary Kraus, and Rebekah Torres, the show was conceived for the stage and is directed by Michael Mathews. Bikini Blues Bash, Saturday, April 28, noon to 10 p.m., on the Treasure Island beach at 104th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard. Lucky Peterson, one of the preeminent blues performers of the last half century, will head an impressive lineup for the inaugural Bikini Blues Bash, presented by the city of Treasure Island Parks and Recreation Department, the Beach Beacon, Suncoast Surf Shop and the Suncoast Blues Society. The 10hour blues bash also will include performances by Little Jake Mitchell and the Soul Searchers, Betty Fox and the Dirty Bastards and Charlie Morris. Gulfports favorite bluesmiths the Paul Anthony Band will open the festival. There also will be a stand-up paddleboard demonstration from the Suncoast Surf Shop, a free high-energy Zumba fitness demonstration as well as tasty seafood, barbeque, island cuisine, and other culinary treats. Festival vendors also include arts and crafts. Beer and wine also will be available. All-day Bikini Blues Bash parking directly on the beach is $10. Parking entrance is at 112th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard. Call 547-4575, ext. 237, or visit www.mytreasureisland.org. Greg Lake, Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.; and Monday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets range from $39 to $69. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Lake will bring his Songs of a Lifetime tour to Clearwater. The performer who cofounded such progressive rock institutions as King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer plans to deliver something more than just a concert featuring his greatest hits. Songs of a Lifetime is designed as an intimate autobiographical musical journey in song and story. Included are many of the best-known songs from his tenure with King Crimson and Emerson Lake and Palmer as well as storyteller style commentary by Lake about his entire life and career. By LEE CLARK ZUMPEThe music calendar in May will include an outdoor food and music festival benefitting All Childrens Hospital; a charity event at Skippers Smokehouse in Tampa; and a cavalcade of headliners including alternative rock icons Janes Addiction, Wilco and Chris Cornell. Food and music will go hand in hand at A Taste of Pinellas, Friday through Sunday, May 4-6, at Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE. Single-day tickets range from $15 to $20 in advance and $20 to $25 the day of the show. A three-day pass costs $45. VIP luxury seating also is available at $150 for a single-day pass or $300 for a three-day pass. For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Children 12 and younger are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult. The annual food and music festival will feature tastes from top local restaurants, live music from national acts and a Kids Zone for children. Entertainment will include performances by headline acts including Big & Rich, Sheryl Crow and The All-American Rejects. The full entertainment schedule is as follows: Friday, May 4 Gates open, 5 p.m. Connor Christian & Southern Gothic, 5:30 p.m. Joe Nichols, 6:45 p.m. Big & Rich, 8:30 p.m. Fireworks, following the concert Saturday, May 5 Gates open, 3 p.m. RPM, 3:30 p.m. Cleveland Jones, 5 p.m. Ziggy Marley, 6:30 p.m. Sheryl Crow, 8:30 p.m. Fireworks, following the concert Fireworks, 10 p.m. Sunday, May 6 Gates open, noon The Kinected, 1 p.m. A Rocket to the Moon, 2:15 p.m. Dashboard Confessional, 3:45 p.m. The All-American Rejects, 5:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the All Childrens Hospital Telethon. Visit www.tasteofpinellas.com. The 17th annual Take Back the Night benefit concert will take place Sunday, May 13, 5 p.m., at Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Cost is a suggested minimum donation of $10. For information, call 813-971-0666 or visit www.skipperssmokehouse.com. The annual concert is centered around domestic violence issues. This year, proceeds will benefit the Family Justice Center of Hillsborough County Inc. The concert will include performances by Wendy Rich, Shawn Brown, Sugar and Spice, The Sofa Kings, The Mighty Good and Strong Band, Betty Lou Fox, Patty Sanphy, Sandy Ross, William Hellum-Brusso, and Trevor Bystrom. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer linebacker Shelton Quarles will also make an appearance at the event.Following is a list of other music scene events in the coming weeks:1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre Lady Antebellum, Friday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. The Amphitheatre is at 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Call 813-7402446 or visit www.livenation.com.Crowbar Geri X with The Deep Dark Woods, Friday, May 4, 8 p.m. Washed Out, Sunday, May 13, 7 p.m. Whole Wheat Bread, Friday, May 18, 9 p.m. The Spam All Stars, Saturday, May 19, 9 p.m. The Crowbar is at 1812 17th St. N., Tampa. 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Separate Beds, by Maryjane Cruise, presented by Early Bird Dinner Theatre, April 26 through June 3, 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.earlybirddinnertheatre.com. Two couples navigate through their relationships on a Caribbean cruise. One seems perfect while the other seems stormy. The truth and lies of each marriage comes to the surface as they celebrate their anniversaries at sea. Ernie and Twink attempt to put the sizzle back into their marriage while Beth and Blake attempt to save theirs. Beckys New Car, by Steven Deitz, presented by West Coast Players, April 27 through May 13, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wc players.org. Dietzs heroine Becky Foster doesnt have a half-bad life; it has just become predictable and mundane. She has a solid yet dull marriage to her roofer hubby Joe. Together they have a son: a goofy college psychology major named Chris. Becky devotes herself to a decent job with a car dealership. However, her day-to-day routine is flipped upside down when Walter Flood, a charmingly quirky millionaire, comes into the dealership late one night. Blast Friday, Friday, April 27, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., on Cleveland Street, between Osceola and Fort Harrison avenues, in Downtown Clearwater. Bright House Networks presents Blast Friday with live musical performances on the St. Petersburg Times Cleveland Street Stage. This free family-friendly event takes place just outside the doors of the Capitol Theatre and will feature a variety of vendors, as well as food, beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages. Downtown restaurants will be open for business with outdoor dining available on Cleveland Street. The street fair begins at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment until 10 p.m. Firefall will perform. Visit www.blastfridayclearwater.com. The Bright House Spring Star Spectacular and Classic Car Show, Saturday, April 28, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Cleveland Street District and at Station Square Park in Downtown Clearwater. The free event will feature four bands, including The Belloise Brothers, The Tempests, The New Tropics and The Impacs. The bands will perform in Station Square Park. The classic car show will showcase 100 cars and will be situated on Cleveland Street between East and Fort Harrison avenues. There will be fun for the kids as well as beer and food and merchandise vendors. Cleveland Street District merchants will participate with discount coupons. Parking will be available in the Garden Avenue and Park Street garages, as well as the Station Square Parking garage with the entrance off of Laura Street. Greg Lake, Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.; and Monday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets range from $39 to $69. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Lake will bring his Songs of a Lifetime tour to Clearwater. The performer who cofounded such progressive rock institutions as King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer plans to deliver something more than just a concert featuring his greatest hits. Songs of a Lifetime is designed as an intimate autobiographical musical journey in song and story. Included are many of the best-known songs from his tenure with King Crimson and Emerson Lake and Palmer as well as storyteller style commentary by Lake about his entire life and career. Second annual Festival of the Chariots and Ratha Yatra Parade, Saturday, April 28, on the beach at The Pier 60 Pavilion, 1 Causeway Blvd. There will be a cultural program at the Pier 60 Pavilion from 1 to 5 p.m. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the Pier 60 Pavilion, and will return there, at which time a free feast will begin. The festival will continue until 4 p.m. This event with colorful traditional costumes and flower decorations is an Indian multi-cultural festival. It will include entertainment for the whole family, live music, singing, classical dance, books, bazaar, and lots of free delicious vegetarian food. The Ratha Yatra Parade is the oldest known parade in the world. Admission is free. The festival is sponsored by ISKCON Alachua, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Visit www.festival ofchariots.org, call 352-316-4560 or email Bhadradas@gmail.com. The Pajama Game, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell; presented by Francis Wilson Playhouse, May 10-27, at the playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13 for students. Call 446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org. Based on the bestselling novel Seven and a Half Cents, The Pajama Game won the 1954 Tony for the best musical. Set in an Iowa pajama factory in the 1950s, this energetic musical is filled memorable tunes such as Hernandos Hideaway, Hey There and Steam Heat. Ferris Buellers Day Off, Friday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The 1986 cult favorite Ferris Buellers Day Off, written and directed by John Hughes, stars Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara and Alan Ruck. 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Seventh Ave., Tampa. Call 813-2472518.Ruth Eckerd Hall Creed, Saturday, May 5, 9 p.m. Gipsy Kings, Tuesday, May 8, 8 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Rhythms of Cuba; Sunday, May 13, 7:30 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Once Upon a Time; Wednesday, May 16, 10 a.m. Janes Addiction, Saturday, May 19, 8:30 p.m. The Florida Orchestra: Postcards from Paris; Sunday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall is at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.Skippers Smokehouse Bogus Pomp, Saturday, May 5, 8 p.m. Simplified, Tuesday, May 8, 7 p.m. Take Back the Night benefit concert featuring Wendy Rich, Shawn Brown, Sugar and Spice, The Sofa Kings and other performers; Sunday, May 13, 5 p.m. Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Sunday, May 20, 5 p.m. Paul Thorne with Amanda Shires, Friday, May 25, 8 p.m. Paul Thorn Band with Beth McKee Band, Saturday, May 26, 8 p.m. Scratch My Back benefit concert featuring Johnny G. Lyon Band, Lint Rollers and Quivering Rhythm Hounds; Sunday, May 27, 5 p.m. Skippers Smokehouse is at 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Call 813971-0666 or visit www.skipperssmokehouse.com.State Theatre Soulfly, Friday, May 4, 7 p.m. Fear Factory with Shadows Fall, The Devastated and The Browning; Saturday, May 5, 7 p.m. Mayer Hawthorne and the County, Monday, May 7, 7 p.m. Enter Shikari, Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m. Tribal Seeds, Thursday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. Lucero, Friday, May 25, 7 p.m. State Theatre is at 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 895-3045 or visit www.statetheatreconcerts.com.The Straz Center for the Performing Arts The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute; Friday, May 4, 8 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall The Beach Boys, Saturday, May 5, 8 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall The Florida Orchestra: Rhythms of Cuba; Friday, May 11, 8 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Saturday, May 12, 8 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall Catie Curtis, Monday, May 14, 7:30 p.m., in Jaeb Theater Wilco, Monday, May 14, 7:30 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall The Florida Orchestra: Postcards from Paris; Friday, May 18, 8 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall Under the Streetlamp, Saturday, May 19, 8 p.m. in Ferguson Hall The Florida Orchestra: Beethovens Eroica; Friday, May 25, 8 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall The David A Straz Jr. Center formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.Tampa Bay Times Forum New Edition, Friday, May 4, 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum is at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Call 813-301-2500 or visit www.tampabaytimesforum.com.Tampa Theatre Chris Cornell, Saturday, May 12, 8 p.m. Tampa Theatre is at 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa. Call 813-2748982 or visit www.tampatheatre.org.For more music and concert information, visit TBNweekly.com. LOOKING AHEAD, from page 2B Janes Addiction, Saturday, May 19, 8:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $42.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Touring in support of their new album The Great Escape Artist, Janes Addiction features frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins, along with Chris Chaney on bass. Janes Addiction has actually written the rule book for alternative music and culture through a combination of genre-defying classic songs and a cinematic live experience. Their songs serve as the Ten Commandments for alt rock, inspiring an entire generation of bands such as Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam and Tool. When the Los Angeles quartet came along, they merged alternative and rock like no one before, becoming the first alternative rock band, creating a new sound and attitude. Janes Addiction has sold more than 7 million records in the United States alone. Their best known albums, Nothing Shocking (1988) and Ritual de lo Habitual (1990) include the tracks Jane Says, Been Caught Stealing, Stop! and Classic Girl. The band also garnered Grammy nominations and spearheaded the movement of modern American festival culture by launching and headlining Lollapalooza.Largo Broadways Best, presented by Eight OClock Theatre, May 413, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eightoclocktheatre.com. The well-known dynamic creative team of Rocco Morabito (director) and Ronnie DeMarco (choreographer) have designed their dream show: a revue combining favorite ballads, laments and showstoppers from Broadways best. The lineup includes gems from musicals such as Cabaret, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Damn Yankees, Gypsy, Godspell, Guys & Dolls and Mame. Kid Power Operation Lunch Line, Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $6.50 for children. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. This live educational performance is a highly interactive musical show designed to teach children the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. Using visual effects in 3-D technology, the audience will join Kid Power on an amazing journey inside the human body of a boy named Max, to learn the value of good nutrition and exercise. Leon Russell, Friday, May 18, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $34 in advance or $39 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. The legendary singer/songwriter is considered one of the most accomplished and versatile musicians in the history of rock and roll. In his distinguished and unique 50-year career, he has played on, arranged, written and produced more than 40 records in popular music. Russell has won two Grammy awards and was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. The 23rd annual Abilities Wine Tasting, Saturday, May 26, at the Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N., Largo. This event features premium wines, auction items and gourmet restaurants. Presented by Raymond James and selected as a three-time, top-five finalist for WEDUs Be More Awards Special Event of the Year, Abilities is Floridas longest-running and most prosperous one-night tasting, netting $3.48 million to date. The tasting will begin with a VIP Officers Club Reception from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the Grand Tasting from 7 to 9 p.m. Among the restaurants and wine purveyors will be Salt Rock Grill, Island Way Grill, Parkshore Grill, 400 Beach Drive, OBistro, Melting Pot, Madfish, Casa Vinicola Zonin, Global Wines Distribution, Premier Beverage Company, Southern Wine & Spirits, Republic National Distributing, Johnson Brothers, Stacole, Spirits of Mexico, Pic Pac, Fine Wine & Spirits Warehouse, and Carrollwood Liquors. The event also will feature valet parking, live entertainment and a silent auction with a Jims Harley-Davidson motorcycle, rare wines, autographed sports collectibles and original artwork. Grand Tasting tickets cost $50 in advance, $75 after May 12 and $85 at the door. Tickets for the VIP Reception include entry to the Grand Tasting and cost $75 in advance, $150 after May 12 and $175 at the door. For tickets, call 538-7370, ext. 234 or visit www.abilitiesfoundation.com. Nunsense II, with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, July 13-20, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eightoclocktheatre.com. This sequel takes place six weeks after the Little Sisters of Hobokens first benefit show, and now they are back with a big Thank You show. Theyre a bit slicker, having been bitten by the theater bug. Things get 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.Palm Harbor Suncoast Symphony Orchestra, Friday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., at Palm Harbor Activities Center, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. The program will include selections from Hector Berlioz, Franz von Suppe, Leonard Bernstein, Modest Mussorgsky and Edward Elgar. Cost is $6 for members and $9 for nonmembers. Visit www.suncoastsymphony .org.Pinellas Park Garland: Beyond the Rainbow, April 27-29, at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors age 65 and older. Call 877-275-7050 or visit www.SalernoTheatre.com. Presented by Salerno Entertainment, this new Judy Garland theatrical tribute concert event chronicles the life, career and music of this legendary icon who shot to instant stardom as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and in other classic films Meet Me In St. Louis, Easter Parade and A Star Is Born. Starring Jaime Giangrande-Holcom, Hilary Kraus, and Rebekah Torres, the show was conceived for the stage and is directed by Michael Mathews. Movies in the Park, Saturday, April 28, dusk, at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park. The featured movie, Jack and Jill, is free. Funds from the concession benefit the Firefighters Benevolent Fund. Funds also are used for holiday toy and dinner giveaways and to assist fire victims in Pinellas Park. Call Nick DelGrosso at 687-4494 or email email@example.com.
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Band of MisfitsGenre: Animated and family Cast: Hugh Grant, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Martin Freeman and Jeremy Piven Director: Peter Lord Rated: PG In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side, and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. Its a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure. 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