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This is the fifth month in a row that weve set ridership records, said PSTA CEO Brad Miller. It just goes to show that people in Pinellas County really want to use public transit. PSTA leaders say that the increased ridership, along with a big upswing in bus advertising sales, have helped put the agency approximately $670,000 under budget for 2012. A trend they hope to continue.LARGOArmed Forces Day event scheduledThe Armed Forces History Museum will celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Veterans and active military will be admitted free of charge. Everyone who visits the museum on this day will receive one free Virtual Voyager Simulator ride similar to those found at popular theme parks. The event will feature a food truck rally including Old City Grill, Maui Mamas, Papos Lunchbox and Dochos. Featured foods will be BBQ beef, pork and chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, pressed sandwiches, Cubans, deli-style sandwiches, sides and desserts as well as frozen drinks. County approves $600,000 for RNC welcomeWater restrictions imposed Residents now can only water their lawns, landscapes once a week. ... Page 6A. Also in theaters is Battleship, inspired by a classic combat game ... Page 1B.The Dictator, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, opens this weekend Volume XXXIV,No. 43 May 17, 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 12046 Indian Rocks Road, Largo 727-595-1222 www.VONailsAndSpa.comFACIALS SPA THERAPY WAXING NAILS AND MORE Not available with other offers. Expires 6/15/12Full Set or Spa Mani-PediNot available with other offers. 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Rick Scott in March, the budget forecast issued in February had drastically changed, leaving a much bigger shortfall than anticipated. In February, county staff had estimated a shortfall of $11.9 million for fiscal year 2013 and a long-term shortfall of $22 million to $37 million. Now, factoring in the new Medicaid changes, the current years budget will take a $4.8 million hit, the projected shortfall for 2013 grows to $24.1 million and the long-term budget gap increases to $30 million to $40 million. Woodruff said with the additional load on the budget from Medicaid changes, it was not possible to maintain the level of service the county currently provides. The staff recommendation is to increase revenues (raise the millage rate), cut costs or a combination of both. Three of six commissioners agreed it might be time to take staffs recommendation to raise property taxes by 0.25 mills. Two said there had to be another way. One was undecided. Commissioner John Morroni was absent. See MILLAGE RATE, page 4AMillage rate increase on the table for Pinellas County commissioners By TOM GERMONDLARGO City commissioners made it clear May 15 that they are opposed to eliminating funding in next years budget for three vacant police officers positions. Mayor Pat Gerard said she couldnt go along with the proposed reduction. Whether they are unfunded or eliminated, the result is the same, she said. We have three less police officers on the street, and I dont like that. Commissioner Curtis Holmes agreed and said the city already has the lowest ratio of police per thousand in the entire bay area. Commissioner Harriet Crozier also was opposed to the citys cuts, noting that the city already has three positions not funded in the police department, bringing the total in the next fiscal year to six. City officials sought direction from commissioners on $2.79 million in proposed budget cuts for fiscal year 2013, resulting in the loss of the equivalent of 23.5 full-time positions. Other notable reductions city officials said include deleting three vacant firefighter positions, one per shift, for the Belleair Bluffs Fire Station Engine 43. That proposal is to reduce manpower to three persons per shift, which is the same number the city has on all its other fire engines except for the High Point station. Commissioners also were opposed to eliminating five employees jobs by contracting out more ground maintenance work beginning at a savings of $126,000. Representatives of the Communications Workers of America, who represent those employees, asked See FUNDING, page 4ACity commissioners against cutting funding for 3 vacant police slotsWork continues day and night on Ulmerton Roadtween El Centro Boulevard/ Ranchero Boulevard and Automobile Boulevard are expected to be installed as part of the project that is in the design phase. Construction is expected to begin this summer. The cost is $27,000. The DOT also plans to build a new four-lane road, to be designated S.R. 686, from Ulmerton Road to east of 40th Street in the 118th Avenue median. The existing S.R. 686, Roosevelt Boulevard, north of Ulmerton Road will be modified to accommodate the new road. Design and right of way work are under way. Construction, estimated at $93.4 million, is unfunded. The Ulmerton widening work also includes sidewalks, lighting and drainage improvements. There also will be raised grass medians. Responding to questions, Drawhorn said some of the projects provide incentives to contractors to finish their work ahead of schedule. He also said the agency is trying to expedite the projects. I can assure you work is taking place throughout the night and throughout the daytime as well, Drawhorn said. Also speaking at the meeting, Brad Miller, executive director of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, said the agency, which relies on property taxes for funding, has seen its revenue over the last several years decline dramatically. That has led PSTA to reduce See ROAD, page 4APhoto by TOM GERMONDWork is under way on the widening of Ulmerton Road just east of the Pinellas Trail. This segment of the work is slated to be finished in the fall of 2013. By TOM GERMOND LARGO The Florida Department of Transportation recently started construction on two more segments of Ulmerton Road. The $8 million widening of the road from east of Wild Acres Road to El Centro/Ranchero Boulevard from four to six lanes began in January. A similar $9.2 million widening project along Ulmerton from the Seminole Bypass Canal to Wild Acres Road also began in January. Both projects are slated to be finished in the summer of 2015. Providing simultaneous construction, these three projects will enable us to finish the widening of Ulmerton Road west of U.S. 19 sooner, reducing the impact on your communities, and your commute, said Timothy Drawhorn, FDOT project manager, at a Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting May 10. The $16.9 million widening of Ulmerton Road from east of 119th Street to west of the Lake Seminole Bypass Canal began in August and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2013, according to a DOT fact sheet. Design work is under way and right of way work is complete on the section from east of 49th Street to west of 38th Street. The estimated construction cost is $25.5 million. The contract is expected to be let in 2016. A $26.4 million project that will provide long-term capacity improvements on Ulmerton from west of 38th Street to east of the Roosevelt Bridge over Ulmerton is slated to start next spring. The existing Roosevelt Boulevard flyover bridge will be rebuilt along with the ramps at the interchange location. The project also includes resurfacing and safety improvements along Ulmertron Road form east of the Roosevelt Bridge to Interstate 275 and widening improvements along Roosevelt Boulevard south of Ulmerton Road to 28th Street. Ulmerton Road is a critical component of Pinellas County. By accelerating projects, Ulmerton Road is expected to be six laned from Oakhurst Road all the way to I-275, 11.5 miles by the year 2018, Drawhorn said. Symbols and signs for bicycle lanes on Ulmerton Road be-Providing simultaneous construction, these three projects will enable us to finish the widening of Ulmerton Road west of U.S. 19 sooner ... ,Timothy Drawhorn DOT project engineer By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Its much more than a party. It is an opportunity to introduce Tampa Bay to the world through a welcome event for the Republican National Convention at Tropicana Field. Pinellas County Commissioners approved an allocation of $600,000 May 8 from the tourist development tax fund to pay the countys share of the costs. According to a staff report, the RNC, scheduled during the last week in August, is projected to fill a minimum of 75,000 hotel room nights in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Currently, 33,000 room nights are under contract for the event in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, which officials say will result in more than $16 million in direct visitor expenditures. The estimated economic impact for Pinellas is in excess of $32 million. D.T. Minich, director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the RNC was the second largest event after the Olympics. He said hosting the RNC in Tampa Bay would draw many first-time visitors to the county. He said the welcome event would be funded entirely from bed tax money, not taxpayers dollars. Commission Vice Chair Ken Welch said the $600,000 was money well spent. Commissioner Norm Roche questioned the $200,000 previously approved for the RNC. Minich said that money had been for media spending around the convention. However, since the money was approved, a decision had been to cut back on that media buy and concentrate on the welcome event in St. Petersburg. Commissioner Nancy Bostock questioned how the $600,000 would be spent. Minich said the money would pay for specific items that would directly benefit the county. He said it would not be spent on food, beverages, rent for Tropicana Field and like expenses. He also said local talent and local food would be used at the event. She said the documentation showed that 12,000 guests were expected. At $600,000, thats about $50 a guest, she said. Bostock asked if other municipalities were spending as much as the county. Minich said no. Matt Becker with the RNC Host Committee said the welcome event would combine media and delegates together in the best way to promote Tampa Bay. All the major news media will attend to meet with and interview delegates. Minich said the event would take place on three huge stages, with lasers and videos. One stage will highlight Clearwater; another will focus on St. Petersburg and the third on Tampa. This is very, very high along the lines of a Super See WELCOME, page 4A Grammy winner comes to LargoLeon Russell to perform Friday, May 18, at the Largo Cultural Center. See Top five diversions for details. ... Page 1B.ENTERTAINMENT VIEWPOINTSCarl HiaasenGrownup crimes merit grownup charges, columnist says. Page 13A.
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By TOM GERMONDLARGO City officials will look at ways to slash construction and other costs for a new data center, which is $1.1 million over budget. City officials plan to build the 2,971 square feet data center on the southwest corner of the library. The total cost projection is $3.1 million. The data center and IT department is located on the second floor of the building at City Hall. There were additional issues associated with putting additional equipment in the current data center. City officials are concerned about how much additional weight the building can support. We werent in position to do any major modifications to this building or replace it so the alternative that was looked at was relocating the data center, the server room in this building to another location, Assistant City Manager Henry Schubert said. And what was identified was the possibility of building a stand-alone building a survivable building on a site that was high and dry. Kevin Smith, an architect for the project, said a data center has to be hardened and has to survive storms with winds up to 175 mph. To meet the standards, the architects determined that the most effective construction material was concrete block The cost of the shell for the building was estimated at $180,000 to $200,000. After further questioning from commissioners May 8 about the costs, Schubert said, this is one of those interesting things where the building itself is almost a minor part of a project. Its all the electrical, mechanical, generators systems and all the other things that go into a data center that is really what is driving the cost here. The building by itself is not that big a deal, he said. The $3.1 million cost of the data center was estimated without city officials having a lot of discussions with the architect on the ultimate scheme of the project, Schubert said. He said city officials would work to reduce the costs. The construction firm is at a point in the process where it is working with a lot of unknowns. The more unknowns you are working with the more cushions you want to put in your estimates because we want to come down, not go up, Schubert said. Commissioner Robert Murray questioned how city officials arrived at the original $2 million estimate for the project. Schubert said city officials looked at some other data centers costs. Data centers are one of the most expensive building types that we do, said Smith, whose firm is FleischmanGarcia Architects. The firm is working on a much larger data center for Pasco County that costs about $11 million. The design phase for Largos data center is expected to take eight months, the construction phase another eight months. City officials plan to split the financing of the work between budgets for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 and fund it with local option sales tax revenue. 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Rogers and his K9 Fritz tracked and located the fleeing subject and took him to jail and held on a $15,800 bond. The suspect, identified as Michael Sean Hunt, 38, of Riverview, was charged with possession of marijuana, driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, resisting arrest without violence, fleeing and eluding and DUI.Largo man charged with lewd, lascivious batteryLARGO A 21-year-old Largo man posing as a 17-year-old was arrested about 1:40 p.m. Friday, May 11, for lewd and lascivious battery of a female victim under the age of 16. Pinellas County Sheriffs Crimes Against Children detectives began the investigation on Zachary Tarver when the victim disclosed to her schools administration that Tarver had sent her inappropriate images of himself to her cellular phone. The school resource officer spoke with the victim and began the preliminary investigation into the matter. According to the sheriffs report, Tarver and the victim met online, where Tarver portrayed himself as a 17-year-old student. They are alleged to have had three consensual sexual encounters over the past two months. Detectives said after receiving the images on her cellular phone, the victim began to feel uncomfortable with the relationship and eventually reported the matter to her schools administration. Tarver was arrested by detectives at his Probation office. He had been arrested for lewd and lascivious battery of a child in 2010. Detectives believe there may be other victims. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Crimes Against Children Unit at 5826200, or, to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.Man arrested for concealed weaponCLEARWATER A Largo man was arrested at about 6:45 a.m. May 11 for carrying a concealed firearm through the security checkpoint at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, 14700 Terminal Blvd. Pinellas County sheriffs deputies say Charles W.T. Wright, 45, was going through security when he placed his backpack through the X-ray machine, and TSA agents identified a firearm inside. Deputies confirmed that the backpack contained a loaded KelTec .32 caliber handgun. Wright was arrested for carrying a concealed firearm, a felony, and was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident. He was released on a $5,000 security bond about 11:30 a.m. Deputies said Wright was traveling to Lexington, Ky., on Allegiant Air Flight 860 to visit relatives. Wright told deputies that he works as a Marine Mechanic. He stated he was working the night before, keeps the gun for protection and had forgotten to remove it from his backpack. The gun was contained within a blue case inside a blue nylon backpack. Deputies investigate report of shots firedLEALMAN Pinellas County sheriffs deputies say the sound of gunshots heard by Lealman residents in the area of 44th Street and 56th Avenue North Wednesday, May 9, at about 11:30 a.m. may have been fireworks. Deputies said after speaking with witnesses and citizens in the neighborhood, deputies were led to an address on 44th Street North, where law enforcement personnel attempted contact with individuals inside numerous times. Deputies were eventually able to determine that all parties inside the residence were unharmed. Deputies stayed on scene until the safety of the neighboring community was no longer in question, according to the sheriffs report. Nearby schools were placed on lock down as a safety precaution.Clearwater drowning under investigationCLEARWATER Pinellas County sheriffs deputies are investigating an apparent accidental drowning May 9 in a pool at a residence on Manor Court in unincorporated Clearwater. Steven Kwalick, 49, was discovered floating face up by his wife about 7 a.m. According to deputies, when the victims wife woke up, her husband was not in the room. She went to look for him and found him in the pool. She went to a neighbors home and requested their assistance in pulling him from the water. The neighbor came and pulled the victim to the shallow end. Clearwater Fire Rescue responded to the scene and found him to be unresponsive and pronounced him dead on scene at 7:10 a.m. Deputies say the Kwalicks wife had last seen him in the hot tub when she went to bed at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday. She told deputies it was normal for him to jump in the pool afterwards to cool off. The Medical Examiners Office responded to the scene and will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.Two injured in Dunedin home invasionDUNEDIN Pinellas County sheriffs deputies responded to a home invasion about 5 a.m., Monday, May 14, at 548 Chicago Ave. in Dunedin. According to deputies, multiple suspects entered the residence and confronted residents, who were seriously injured. Paula A. Babcock, 63, was pistol-whipped; Robert E. Babcock, 66, was stabbed. They were treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered that the residence has a history of drug-related calls. Deputies said Mondays event does not appear to be random. Detectives are currently investigating leads into the suspects locations. No further information regarding their identity is available at this time. Police beat Police beat
By BRIAN GOFFINDIAN ROCKS BEACH City Commissioner Joanne Cookie Kennedy is entering the state politics arena. Kennedy is running for the Florida House of Representatives District 66 seat, on the November ballot. The new district, created in the redistricting process, encompasses Indian Shores, Indian Rocks Beach, Belleair Beach, Belleair Shore, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair, Largo and a portion of unincorporated Seminole. Republican Larry Ahern of St. Petersburg, who was elected to the District 51 seat in 2010, and Democrat Mary Louise Ambrose, who lives in Belleair Bluffs, also have qualified to run for the new District 66 seat. I have a connection to the district, Kennedy said. I know about the issues of beach renourishment, the Biltmore, education in Seminole and Largo. I understand business. Kennedy, 52, has owned and operated the Cookie Cutter, a hair salon in Indian Rocks Beach, for the past 25 years. This attempt at state politics is not the first for Kennedy; in fact it is somewhat dj vu. Back in 2002, as she was completing her fourth year on the IRB City Commission, Kennedy unsuccessfully ran for the Florida Senate seat held by Dennis Jones. Then in 2008 she was re-elected to the city commission. Now four years later, she is running for state office again. Kennedy said she learned a lot from her loss the last time and from the time she has spent in municipal politics. I know what we need to do better this time, she said. The experience has prepared me for this campaign. Municipal politics has absolutely helped. Everything is local and it makes a difference when you are dealing with people and their concerns. Kennedy says her current term on the IRB commission was a tough one early on. Our city was in a financial debacle, she said. We had to start from the ground up. We had to fire people, we had to bring in new people, and the state came in to oversee it. We had to make some difficult decisions that affected every person in our city. It was difficult and stressful. Now our city is one of the healthiest cities in this country. We have a million dollars in our bank account now. According to state law, Kennedy has to submit a letter of resignation from her commission seat in June. But her resignation will only be effective on the date she is sworn in to her seat in the state House, if she should win. That would happen sometime after the November election. If she loses the state election then her resignation still happens on swearing-in day, but the City Commission could decide to reappoint her. They did not reappoint her after her loss in 2002. Although a Democrat, Kennedy describes herself as somewhat of a centrist and hopes to be able to help smooth the waters between the opposing political camps in Tallahassee. Kennedy is a single mother and has a 16-yearold son, Luke, who attends Clearwater Catholic High School and plays football there. As for the name Cookie, she explained it is a nickname she has had since birth. Both my dad and my older sister have taken credit for calling me Cookie. I really dont know who was responsible, but it is the name Ive gone by my whole life. MILLAGE RATE, from page 1ACommissioners are admittedly frustrated after building a $28.6 million service level stabilization account intended to make up budget shortfalls in fiscal year 2013 and 2014. Now, theyll have to use the entire fund in a single year, leaving a projected budget shortfall of $33.1 million for fiscal year 2014. In a morning meeting May 10, Woodruff laid out two what-if scenarios. The first involves the Florida Retirement System. In 2011, the state Legislature passed a bill requiring government employees to pay 3 percent of their retirement costs. The county saved $13 million. The money was used to balance the current years general fund budget. On March 6, a circuit court judge said the law was unconstitutional. Woodruff said the Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case on Sept. 5. The commissioners have until Sept. 18 to approve next years budget. The 2013 fiscal year begins Oct. 1. Funds collected for FRS will be held in escrow pending the outcome of the case. If the law is found unconstitutional, employees will receive refunds. The county would take a $13 million budget hit, and the projected fiscal year 2013 budget goes into the red by $13 million. Longterm budget shortfalls increase to $47 million to $62 million. The next elephant in the room is property tax values. Foreclosures are increasing, according to Clerk of the Court Ken Burke. Sale of distressed property makes up about 70 percent of real estate sales. Staff says property values arent likely to increase. Recovery of taxable values may take longer than anticipated, meaning a continued decline in collection of ad valorem taxes. Woodruff said a decrease in property tax values would affect all funds that receive property tax revenue, including emergency medical services, fire districts, Palm Harbor and Feather Sound community service districts, county Health Department and the library cooperative. They would all definitely feel a hit, he said. If property values drop an additional 1 percent from budget projections, staff says there still would be enough money in the stabilization fund to balance the bottom line in 2013. The shortfall would increase to $27.4 million in 2014 and the long-term deficit would add up to $35 million to $65 million. In a public budget information session in Safety Harbor the evening of May 10, Woodruff explained that the increased Medicaid costs had been factored into each of the scenarios; however, the scenarios had not been combined, in which case, the budget picture would get very gloomy. Still, Woodruff wasnt done; he had one more area of potential trouble, the November statewide referendums that could affect property tax collections. There are three ballot questions on the matter. One would reduce the cap on the annual change in taxable values for non-homesteaded property from 10 percent to 5 percent. The second would eliminate the recapture rule and prevent the assessed value of a property from increasing when the market declines. The third allows a homestead exemption of 50 percent of market value to homeowners who have not had a homestead exemption in Florida in the previous three years. Any and all of these would result in a negative impact to ad-valorem funds, Woodruff said. Woodruff said the property appraiser would have preliminary estimates of taxable values ready by June 1. Were looking forward to that to know how close our property value assumptions are, Woodruff said. The estimates will be certified by July 1, and the county administrator will present his budget on July 10. Meetings are scheduled to get public feedback, including a July 26 budget recap and discussion prior to the commission approving proposed millage rates to go out with TRIM notices. For more information on the budget, visit www.pinellascounty.org/ budget.Medicaid bill is an unfunded mandateThe Medicaid bill changes how counties are billed and reimbursed for Medicaid funded care of indigent residents. The changes require retroactive payments, according to County Administrator Bob LaSala. The impact on the budget is severe, not only in the year were in and 2013, but as were preparing the 10-year (budget) forecast, LaSala said at the May 8 County Commission meeting. Woodruff said the problem stems from a new methodology to calculate Medicaid bills. He said counties costs now would be deducted from the half-cent sales tax revenue it receives from the state. The new rules also include a provision allowing for an 85 percent discount if counties dont ask to see details of the bill. County Attorney Jim Bennett said 49 counties, including Pinellas, had joined in a lawsuit filed by the Florida Association of Counties against the state due to the unfunded mandate and a provision that allows the state to use bills older than the record retention requirement. He projected that as many as 55 of the states counties would join the lawsuit. LaSala used a story to explain the complexity of the problem. Supposing you were approached by your bank and they said we hate to tell you this, but for the past five to 10 years, we havent been properly billing you for all charges made with your Visa card and were here to collect. Well provide you with an amount we believe you owe us, but with no details. If you accept the number as the amount owed, well discount it 15 percent. If you want to see the details, it is what it is. Buyer beware. And although the law says we dont have to keep records that go all the way back to 2000 and by the way, were going to take the money from your checking account. Were going to take half this year and the rest over time. This is how this works, he said. LaSala said the county was not disputing that it needed to pay its share of Medicaid costs for care of its indigent residents, whether that patient is treated in Pinellas or another county. The problem is asking counties to pay without allowing the ability to verify if the costs are real. LaSala said the change in Medicaid is costing the county an amount of money paramount to twice the budget gap staff started with when trying to prepare the budget for the next fiscal year. Currently $13 million is budgeted for Medicaid, which is an increase from $10 million in past years, Woodruff said. He said more money had been budgeted as the average amount billed had increased. He said there is a backlog in billing of $28 million or $24 million if the county doesnt ask to see the bills. He estimated the historical billing error rate at 20 to 30 percent. Woodruff presented four ways the commission might choose to close the Medicaid gap: raise the millage, use money budgeted for other health and human services programs, defer the problem by spending the balance of the service level stabilization fund or ask the Legislature to reverse the new rules. Woodruff said raising the millage rate by about 0.25 mills in fiscal year 2013 would generate the needed $12.2 million. Woodruff said the impact on a homesteaded property at the average taxable value would be about $25 a year. Raising the millage would provide recurring revenues to continue paying Medicaid costs in the future and it would allow staff to continue on its plan to use stabilization fund money to help balance the budget in fiscal years 2013 and 2014. If commissioners choose to pay the increased costs from Health and Human Services, it would cause a severe problem with providing care to the medically indigent. It is possible that the federal Affordable Care Act could help with HHSs budget in 2014. The biggest problem is that the solution would not address the problem in future years. If commissioners choose to fund the Medicaid gap with funds from the stabilization fund, it negates the purpose for which the money was saved. It also would not solve the problem in the future, leaving a budget deficit of $33 million in fiscal year 2014, which then would require a millage increase of 0.67, Woodruff said. The last option was to petition the legislative delegation to advocate reversal of the law. Woodruff said that scenario was unlikely, as the majority of the delegation had supported the bill. Commission Vice Chair Ken Welch said the issue was beyond frustrating after all the hard work to build the stabilization fund. He said lawmakers just didnt seem to care about the local impact. Welch said he could support raising the millage rate a quarter mill. Commissioner Susan Latvala said that during discussions at strategic planning sessions, commissioners had found there arent many places left to cut services. She said plans had been made carefully for how to use the stabilization funds. Theres no way to do this other than an increase in the millage rate, she said. Commissioner Norm Roche said he has long been against unfunded mandates and suggested that any millage increase go toward what he titled as the Florida legislative action tax. He said a lot of taxpayer-paid-for time, money and resources had gone in the strategic planning, which he said the states action was derailing. He also is hesitant to pay the costs with the stabilization fund. He said he could support a millage increase as long as it was a separate line item for the Florida legislative action tax. Commissioner Karen Seel said she couldnt make a decision without knowing the complete budget picture. She asked if it were possible to use money from the health care trust fund at least for the current year. Gwendolyn Warren, director of HHS, said current projections show a budget gap in the trust fund by the end of the year. Seel asked if local hospitals could send the county bills for days 11 to 45 of care for indigent residents the days for which the county is mandated to pay so the county can check the total against the states bill. Warren said a recommendation could be made to change collection procedures. Commissioners Nancy Bostock and Neil Brickfield said there had to be another solution. There is no way any of us could accept any of these choices except under duress, Bostock said. She said there were a lot of ways to come up with the extra money, but no pleasant ways. This budget picture might not look good, Brickfield said, but the county is financially healthy with $300 million in combined reserve funds. He suggested using the stabilization fund and any money available for one-time funding, as has been used in recent years to increase efficiencies. We have $86 million in general fund reserves for a rainy day, he said. Looks like rain to me. I dont accept just the four ways (presented by staff) in front of us. It is the worst time to raise taxes in this economy. Welch argued that the commission couldnt count on spending reserves and savings accounts to solve long-term problems. He said that before the Medicaid issue came up, staff had pointed out budget shortfalls in EMS, transportation and other funds. The sheriffs talking about needs. The clerk (of the Court) just took a hit from the state and is cutting hours. The states bragging about a balanced budget, but it was done on the back of local government. Welch said he was not willing to use reserves. Latvala backed him, saying it took years to build reserves to the level they are and would likely be impossible to build them back up in the near future. Bostock said the county had managed to deal with budget cuts for the past few years. She objects to raising the millage and balancing the countys budget on the backs of the taxpayers. She said to pay for the unfunded Medicaid mandate, only 2 percent more was needed. We can do this, she said. If we roll up our sleeves, we can do this. I dont want to pass the buck to our citizens. We have to be realistic, Welch said. Its a cumulative effect (of past cuts). We need a reality check. The point has come where we cant absorb this cost. Were not passing the buck. Were passing on the costs from Tallahassee. Photo by TOM GERMONDThree widening projects on Ulmerton Road are under way. The work includes widening the highway from four the six lanes. FUNDING, from page 1Acommissioners not to eliminate the positions. The employees attended the meeting. City officials are not recommending any pay increases for most city employees for the third consecutive year. In lieu of a pay increase, city officials suggested that employees be given a $125 gift card as a very small way of thanking them for services they provide for the city, Assistant City Manager Henry Schubert said. Commissioner Robert Murray took issue with the employee gift cards, which would cost a total of $75,000. I just have a concern with the gift cards and the fact that $75,000 is somebodys job. I might be wrong, but I dont think there is an employee that would want a gift card knowing that we could save somebodys job in lieu of just getting $125, Murray said. He said he would prefer that funding for the gift cards be used instead on staffing levels. Among other budget reductions city officials expect to reduce city subsidies for the Largo Golf Course. They also recommend increasing several recreation fees, such as for adult softball, summer camps and swim teams. Also proposed are increases in the Largo Cultural Centers box office handling fees by 50 cents and ticket prices by 50 cents for a savings of $30,000. City officials have laid out different millage rate scenarios based on property tax revenue projections. At this time the range of property taxable value change from the Property Appraisers Office is from a decrease of 1 percent to an increase of 2 percent. The city is entering its sixth consecutive year of operating budget reductions, which, as of this fiscal year, have totaled more than $12 million. Any proposed cuts discussed are preliminary. Commissioners will have a better indication of their revenue stream when the county Property Appraiser issues preliminary values on June 1. Weve thrown you (staff) some different directions, Gerard said. I would be willing to look at the revenue side of that if we can meet in the middle somewhere. ROAD, from page 1Abus services, the number of buses, increase bus fares and reduce employees about 10 percent, he said. We are accountable to all the taxpayers in Pinellas County, and we have had to make those tough decisions, he said. The ridership records the agency has seen lately are incredible, he said, considering there is less service on the streets than there has been. He attributed the ridership numbers to good management and planning A looming challenge is that the governor signed a measure that requires PSTA and the Hillsborough Regional Transit Authority must spend $100,000 studying the possibility of merging the agencies into one transit system, he said. He said that causes uncertainty and might be complicated, noting both organizations were created in different ways by the state. Michele Routh, communications director for the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, said that what comes as a surprise to people about the airport is the diversity of operations, such as UPS and military functions. This is the worlds largest and busiest U.S. Coast Guard Station, she said. We do have an Army Reserve Facility as well. The airport is making a number of improvements to the terminal roadways, signage and parking lots, a $1 million project. Several roadway resurfacing projects are expected to be completed by the end of May. The breakfast meeting was held at Largo Medical Center. Joanne Cookie KennedyIndian Rocks Beach commissioner running for Florida House WELCOME, from page 1ABowl event, Minich said. He said the RNC would pour millions and millions of dollars into the Bay area at a time when its usually quiet around here. Commissioners approved the expenditure 5-1 with Bostock voting no. Commission Chair John Morroni was absent. This is a once in the lifetime event, Commissioner Susan Latvala said. She said there seemed to be some misunderstanding about the event being a welcome party. She said it wasnt designed to have guests come, eat, drink and then go back to their hotels. This is a media event, she said. Major networks will be doing interviews with Pinellas County as their backdrop. Bostock said she didnt doubt the importance of the event; her concern was the amount of money being spent. The direct expenditure expected by visitors is huge, Commissioner Karen Seel said. She said to get the same media exposure the RNC event will bring would cost a lot more. This is money for one party and only one piece of that party, Bostock said. 4A Leader, May 17, 2012
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6A County Leader, May 17, 2012 By SUZETTE PORTERPinellas County residents are under a modified Phase II Severe Water Shortage Order, which took effect May 10. Southwest Florida Water Management Districts executive director declared the emergency order for Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties due to water resource levels and to support Tampa Bay Waters activation of its third level water shortage mitigation plan. This years hotter and drier than normal conditions following last years below-average rainfall have caused critically low river flows and declining groundwater levels throughout the District, said Lois Sorensen, SWFWMD demand management program manager. Generally conditions in the Tampa Bay area and counties north are worse than counties in the southern portion of the District. The emergency order means residents now can only water their lawns and landscapes once a week. The day of the week watering is allowed is based on address and may not be either of the two days residents were allowed to water before the emergency order went into effect. In addition, watering is restricted to the hours before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Hand watering and micro-irrigation of non-lawn areas still are allowed on any day, but only before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Terrie Grace, Pinellas County Water Conservation Compliance supervisor, said her staff would be working with the public to let them know about the changes. She said SWFWMD allows a 14-day period before her staff is required to write citations. The fine for violations is $193 and can increase to $500 for repeat offenders upon the discretion of the courts. Grace said over the next few days, staff would document any observations of residents still using the old watering schedule and contact them to let them know the schedule had changed. A notice also will go out in the next round of Utility bills. Watering rules can change without notice, Grace said. Residents should do whatever they can to keep up (with the latest rules), she said. Graces staff does what it can to educate residents, but she said they have no choice about issuing citations after a water emergency is declared. Its an emergency order, she said. Were required to follow it.Additional restrictionsOther restrictions come into play during emergency Phase II conditions. Fountains and other aesthetic water features can only operate four hours a day. The hours can be selected by the owner, but mustState agencys water restrictions begin immediatelybe posted. Restaurants can only serve water upon request. Pressure washing is allowed one time a year for aesthetic reasons or anytime for necessary purposes. Grace said necessary purposes might include preparing a surface for painting or to clean mold, which is a health and safety concern. She said commercial pressure washers should not be affected since most people hire them for necessary purposes. One of the restrictions residents find most frustrating is the once-a-week limit on car washing. Grace said residents can only wash their vehicles on their scheduled watering day, so people used to doing that chore on the weekends will now have to do so on a week day. Fundraiser and commercial car washes can operate on any day. Wasteful and unnecessary use of water is prohibited, including allowing water to run from an unattended hose, hand watering a lawn on a restricted day or more than once a day, hosing down a driveway or solid surface or structure when a dry method could be used. Residents who allow water to flow from a broken sprinkler head, outdoor faucet, malfunctioning plumbing or irrigation system can be fined after receiving verbal or written notice if the problems arent fixed. New rules also are in place for establishing new lawns and plants, application of chemicals, as well as irrigation testing and repair. Visit www.pinellas county.org/utilities for more complete information or call 464-4000.New watering schedulePinellas County Utilities customers in Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Largo, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Seminole, St. Pete Beach, and Treasure Island should use the following schedule. Irrigation of established lawns and landscaping using county water, wells, lakes or ponds is allowed only one day a week before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m., according to the following schedule. Residents who live in houses with an address ending in 0 or 1 can water on Monday Addresses ending in 2 or 3 can water on Tuesday, Addresses ending in 4 or 5 on Wednesday Addresses ending in 6 or 7 on Thursday Addresses ending in 8, 9 or no address can water only on Friday. Residents who live in Belleair, Clearwater, Dunedin, Gulfport, Oldsmar, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor, South Pasadena, St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs should follow watering schedules set by their respective municipality. Residents who are not sure who provides their water should check their water bill or call Pinellas County Utilities Customer Service at 464-4000. By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Praise is the only reward Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala will receive as the result of his annual review. Pinellas County Commissioners shared the results of the 2012 review during their May 8 meeting. It was a very good review, said Commission Vice Chair Ken Welch. But theres no monetary increase associated. Welch said he was glad LaSala was on the job to help with the challenges going forward. LaSalas overall score was 322.3 out of 400. His high score was for preparation and administering of the budget, 3.64 out of 4. His next highest grades were for integrity, getting 3.5 for his overall integrity and 3.57 for his personal integrity. His low score was 2.71 for both facilitative leadership and facilitating county board effectiveness. LaSala thanked the board for its constructive and positive feedback, saying his good work was the results and outcomes of employee efforts.High prescribers ordinanceCommissioners unanimously approved an amendment to the countys code regulating high prescribers of class II and III narcotics. A moratorium on new pain management clinics has been in effect since May 4, 2010, as well as a requirement for clinics to register. 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She has been in the ExCel program for four years and also in advanced placement classes in world history, language, composition, calculus, literature and environmental science. Coghlan is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Key Club and Rho Kappa. She is the treasurer of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, team captain of the varsity swimming and diving teams and varsity girls soccer team. She participates in the Gulf Coast United U18 Girls Competitive Soccer Team. She works at the Belleair Country Club as an assistant swim coach, lifeguard and at the front desk. She also volunteers at the Palms of Largo.CLEARWATER The stars will be shining as juniors and seniors from public schools across the county compete for more than $60,000 in scholarships during the ninth annual Walkers Rising Stars Scholarship Competition at Ruth Eckerd Hall Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m. Created by neurosurgeon Jeffrey Walker, in conjunction with the Pinellas Education Foundation and Pinellas County Schools and presented by Kanes Furniture, Crown Automotive Group and Bright House Networks, the event will award scholarships in the categories of Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Dance, Visual Arts, Drama and Video Arts. Making it through several months of rigorous auditions, four finalists per category have been chosen to perform at the May 24 finale. Previous winners have gone on to have successful careers in the arts from Broadway to touring with platinum record selling artists. Its astounding to see the talent these young people possess above and beyond their academic acumen, said Pinellas Schools Superintendent John A. Stewart. Having the opportunity to see their immense talent showcased in this high-quality production is something for which we can all be grateful. Fans also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist online by visiting www.pinellaseducation .org. During the actual event, there will be an Audience Favorite where audience members can text to vote for their favorite student courtesy of Verizon Wireless. The Fan Favorite and the Audience Favorite will receive special gifts donated by local businesses. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 for students and seniors and available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater. For more information on the program, call the Pinellas Education Foundation at 588-4816. 2012 Walkers Rising Stars finalistsDance Ashley Caprio, a senior at Palm Harbor University High Marquis Floyd, a junior at Pinellas County Center of the Arts at Gibbs High Lindsey Norton, a junior at East Lake High Kenneth Shelby Jr., a senior at PCCA at Gibbs High Drama Tabitha Perez, a senior at PCCA at Gibbs High Cory Phelps, a senior at Osceola High Jordan Rodnizki, a senior at Countryside High Rebekka Walker, a senior at PCCA at Gibbs High Instrumental music Zachery Burgett, a senior at PCCA at Gibbs High Aaron Lehrian, a junior at Seminole High Kaitlyn Resler, a junior at PCCA at Gibbs High Andrea Tafelski, a junior at PCCA at Gibbs High Video arts Rosalie Bradford, a senior at Clearwater High Savannah Clawson, a senior at East Lake High Martin Coleman, a senior at Palm Harbor University High Kayla Gaffney, a senior at Palm Harbor University High Ben Rophie, a senior at Clearwater High Visual arts Sarah Duncan, a senior at St. Petersburg High Sidney Howard, a senior at St. Petersburg High Dorey Passmore, a senior at St. Petersburg High John Schmittau, a senior at PCCA at Gibbs High Vocal music Kerry Caraballo, a junior at PCCA at Gibbs High Emma Foroutan, a senior at Clearwater High Peter Jackson, a senior at Largo High Eric Vander Weit, a senior at Countryside HighPinellas students compete for scholarship moneyLargo High plans 50th year reunionLARGO Largo High School class of 1962 will hold its 50th year class reunion Sept. 21-23 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. Plans include Friday registration and a mixer. A barbecue bonanza is planned for Sept. 22. Dinner and a dance will be held that evening. A brunch and goodbyes will end the weekend Sept. 23. The class of 1962 had 338 members; 228 have been located, 116 are still missing and, sadly, 46 are known to have passed on, a news release said. If anybody knows classmates who have not been contacted about the event, please urge them to contact Jim Kramer, 727-492-5393 or to visit www.classcreator.com/Largo-FL-1962/index.cfm.Seminole band plans car washSEMINOLE A car wash to benefit the Seminole High School Marching Bands fundraising efforts is set Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Ace Hardware in Oakhurst Plaza, 9137 Oakhurst Road. All persons making a donation will receive 20 percent off coupons good for that day at Ace Hardware. Also, band boosters will be selling two grilled hot dogs, chips and cold drink for $4. All proceeds will go toward the bands trip to the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena., Calif. Other car washes will follow on June 2, June 16 and June 30 during the same hours at the same location. Lauren CoghlanElks names student of the month Notebook Notebook Let freedom ring.In a letter to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson wrote:No government ought to be without censors & where the press is free, no one ever will.Your free community paper works hard each issue to provide you with great value. That value comes to you, our readers, at no cost. To some, freedom of the press means freedom from interference from others. We believe freedom of the press means that connection to our community should not cost the reader. Thats why were free.
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The tower sign along Park Boulevard and 58th Street now reads, Tampa knows our prices are low! Shop Pinellas Park. I thought we might as well take advantage of the situation, said Government Relations Administrator Tim Caddell, who came up with the new slogan. Wdka vodka brand has come under fire before for offensive ads that tout the brands supposed selling point: high quality at a low price. The company took down billboards in New York neighborhoods where residents were offended by its comparisons of Christmas with Hanukkah and escorts with hookers. Then the campaign hit locally with ads that claimed, Hyde Park quality. Pinellas Park prices, coupled with a picture of a sheep wearing a sombrero. One of the billboards is at the corner of Spruce Street and Westshore Boulevard, visible to anyone leaving the south entrance to International Plaza. The city could be mad at the campaign, Caddell admitted, but it capitalizes on a concept Pinellas Park is willing to embrace. Right across from International mall, theres a sign saying prices are better in Pinellas Park, he said. We couldnt afford that kind of advertising. Even the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce has chosen to focus on the positives. Any publicity is good for Pinellas Park, said chamber board member Housh Ghovaee. My point of view, its in a great location with a lot of visibility. Anytime were associated with Hyde Park, its positive. Besides, the billboards prove that Pinellas Park has easy name recognition on the other side of the bridge, leaders point out. Weve had a bad perception from a long, long time. But this has really come around, Ghovaee said. Pinellas Park is really pretty competitive with Clearwater and St. Pete and even Tampa. Coincidentally, the billboards coincided with the chambers campaign to encourage residents to shop locally, which began during Country in the Park this March. The whole idea is to show our community that its a viable option to not only shop at but to support the community, said chamber President Jon Farris. Farris admits that Pinellas Park is a little bit different, especially considering its equestrian area. The horse community is not a poor community. Its not a poverty-minded community, but very affluent, Farris said. Additionally, Pinellas Park has proven to be a prolific environment for businesses. Amber Glen Feed Depot, for example, was No. 2 in national sales for feed stores, Farris said. No one would even assume that for Pinellas Park, he said. Our economy is so diverse. Campaigns are now noticing us, and were a viable force to be reckoned with. Caddell said that new businesses do well in Pinellas Park, with many national chains pulling in record sales after opening a location in the city. Values must be good here, because there are a lot of people that come to Pinellas Park to shop. Almost all the businesses that open here tell us that they had their best opening month in their whole chain, Caddell said. Driving through the city, it sure looks like everybodys busy. The businesses in the community complement each other, Farris said, so that medical industries can find everything they need from industries based within city limits. Local banks provide service in-person rather than over the phone, and residents can find fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood that promote a healthier, environmentally-friendly lifestyle. Pinellas Park does give you the biggest bang for your buck, Farris said. He said that while the Internet has expanded shoppers abilities to purchase products from anywhere in the world, the benefits of shopping locally are numerous. The Shop Locally Shop Pinellas Park campaign lists 13 benefits, ranging from protecting local character and prosperity and keeping dollars in the local economy to supporting the communitys well-being by investing in local competition, product diversity and local causes. The explosion of opportunities (online) has hidden treasures in the backyard of every community. These opportunities and benefits are now being rediscovered by people seeking to shop locally, Farris stated. The campaign also encourages businesses to move their business headquarters to Pinellas Park and reap the benefits of an ideal location in the center of a densely-populated county with easy accessibility and transportation, a business-friendly environment, growth potential and a community with high quality of life. As to the negative connotation of the Wdka ad campaign, Farris references a Taylor Swift song. People throw rocks at things that shine. Well, Pinellas Park is shining right now, Farris said. Were a noticeable and recognizable community to the Tampa Bay area.Shop Pinellas ParkCity capitalizes on Tampa billboards advertising Instead of taking offense, the city of Pinellas Park responded with slogans on its tower signs, which now state, Tampa knows our prices are low! Shop Pinellas Park, and Hyde Park quality. Low prices. Shop Pinellas Park, as part of its campaign to encourage residents to shop locally. A billboard at the corner of Westshore Boulevard and Spruce Street near the entrance of International Plaza in Tampa, left, advertises a low-cost vodka brand with the slogan, Hyde Park quality. Pinellas Park pricing.Photos by JULIANA A. TORRES
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Conlin, CFPSenior Vice President, Investments2401 West Bay Drive, Largo FL 33770 T 727-584-8615 T 800-237-0153 Jim.Conlin@raymondjames.com www.RaymondJames.com/Belleair-Largo Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange SIPC Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC 11-BDMKT-0687 SM 10-11LIFEWELLPLANNED.COM 051712 New event venue opens in ClearwaterCLEARWATER The Sage, a new event venue in downtown Clearwater, recently opened its doors at 22 N. Fort Harrison Ave. The Sage is an elegant yet friendly location in which to hold special events such as wedding receptions, corporate parties, holiday celebrations and birthday parties. The Sage can accommodate groups from 10 to 200. Unlike many venues, The Sage welcomes outside caterers. The Sage hosts regular open houses Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Designer boutique opens in LargoLARGO Coutured, a new and resale designer boutique, recently opened for business at 910 West Bay Drive. Owner Debbie Welsh said her goal is to provide a sophisticated and personal shopping experience for the resale shopper. Coming attractions include fashion shows, make-up demonstrations and personal stylist services. The boutique also features a shoe vault, housed in a former bank vault. In addition to a great selection of designer and on-trend womens fashions, Coutured also offers mens clothing and shoes. Consignments of summer clothing are currently being accepted.Womens expo slatedDUNEDIN The fourth annual Women Mean Business Expo will take place Tuesday, May 29, 4 to 8 p.m., at the Conmy Center, 750A San Salvador Drive. The annual event focuses on women-owned and/or operated businesses in the Tampa Bay area. Last years expo featured more than 100 businesses and attracted approximately 700 attendees. Cost to attend is $5. Cost for a vendor space is $75 which includes an 8-foot table and two chairs. Vendors get 10 free tickets. Vendor spaces are available. Call Lil Barcaski at 348-6682 or visit www.Plan Bexpo.com. Fitness challenge benefits charityPINELLAS PARK Julie Wientraubs Hands Across the Bay and Fit Body Boot Camp have partnered for the 1,000-pound Meltdown Challenge. Local boot camp owners, husband-and-wife duo Bryan and Denise Daskam, will open up their Fit Body Boot Camp Pinellas Park and Tampa/Oldsmar locations to offer Tampa Bay residents 30 days of free boot camp classes, as long as they make a tax-deductible donation of only $20 to Hands Across the Bay, a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports programs, organizations and individuals whose mission and effort are dedicated to improving the quality of life in Tampa Bay. Weintraub, also well known as one half of the husband-and-wife duo that own and operate the jewelry store, operates the organization Gold & Diamond Source. We are excited to be able to offer our boot camp classes to the community, while helping a worthy cause such as Hands Across the Bay, said Bryan. The 1,000 pounds represents a minimal goal of five pounds weight loss for each person with 200 registered. Those 200 people will also bring in about $4,000 of charitable funds to Hands Across the Bay. Fit Body Boot Camp offers three to four daily classes at two locations in the Tampa Bay area. Boot camp programs such as this typically cost around $200 a month. Body fat measurements, daily meal tracking and nutritional guidance also are part of the boot camp package. Hands Across the Bay is well known for its Dancing with the Stars, local edition, a fundraising gala modeled after the popular ABC television series. The deadline to register is Friday, May 18. To sign-up for the 30 days free boot camp, call 877850-5237, email Bryan@FloridaFitBodyBootcamp.com or visit www.fitbodybootcamp.com/ 1000poundmeltdown.html.Griswold Home Care celebrates anniversaryST. PETERSBURG Griswold Home Care, one of the longest-standing nonmedical home care companies in the country, recently celebrated 20 years of service in Pinellas County. For 20 years, Griswold Home Care has been referring carefully screened, quality caregivers to provide personal care, companionship and homemaking for clients in their home or in a facility, and has been doing so as a family run business. These clients may need assistance with daily living activities to remain safely at home, an extra hand to help after a hospital stay, or live-in care due to a chronic condition such as Alzheimers disease, Multiple Sclerosis or ALS. To celebrate the anniversary, Griswold Home Care hosted an open house May 15.Tampa Bay BPW elects officersMary Jo Alford-Roberson, a residential real estate agent and owner of Keller Williams South Tampa Realty, recently was elected president of the Tampa Bay Business and Professional Women. Roberson has been involved with Business and Professional Women since the early 1970s while living in Tennessee. She has served on numerous committees since joining the Tamp Bay BPW. Other board members elected include Karen DiLeone, first vice president, membership; Laura Rehbein, second vice president, programs; Heather Brown, treasurer; and Charlene McKee, secretary. Tampa Bay Business and Professional Women meets second Wednesdays for informative presentations and networking. The mission of Tampa Bay BPW is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. For information, visit www.tampabaybpw.org.Networking groups, aka leads groups, meet on a regular basis at various locations in the area. Some groups charge a fee to attend, and most require reservations. Persons considering attending any group for the first time are encouraged to make contact in advance. The upcoming schedule is as follows: Friday, May 18 BNI Referral Masters, 7 a.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call Bill Mantooth at 6396690 or visit www.bnireferralmasters.com. Friday, May 18 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Friday, May 18 Professional Leads Network, Upper Pinellas Chapter, 7:45 a.m., at R & G Caf, 1565 Highland Ave., Clearwater. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Friday, May 18 Professional Leads Network, Bay Area Executives Chapter, 11:45 a.m., at Tum Rub Thai, 32716 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Monday, May 21 Network Professionals Inc., 7:30 a.m., at Perkins Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 3673737. Monday, May 21 Professional Leads Network, St. Petersburg Chapter, 7:45 a.m., at Ricky Ps, 6521 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Monday, May 21 Ready Set Grow Group, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at Hometown Family Restaurant, 10395 Seminole Blvd., Largo. Call Jamie Limbaugh at 831-2450 or email jamieL@ freenetworkinginternational.com. Monday, May 21 Free Networking International, Clearwater Two Cups Connect Group, 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Bay Coast Coffee Market, 2525 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Call Wayne Porter at 642-6173, email waynep@freenetworkinginter national.com or visit twocupsconnect.com. Tuesday, May 22 Professional Leads Network, First Watch Chapter, 7:30 a.m., First Watch, 2569 Village Drive, Clearwater. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Tuesday, May 22 The Board, Network Professionals, 7:30 a.m., at Panera Bread, Bardmoor Shopping Center, corner of Bryan Dairy and Starkey roads, Largo. Call 742-6343. Tuesday, May 22 Business Network International, Winners Circle, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Call Dave Proffitt at 230-9240. Tuesday, May 22 Network Professionals Inc., Seminole Chapter, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, May 22 Yacht Club Breakfast, sponsored by Creative Business Connections, 7:30 a.m., St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call Darrell Baker, area director, at 586-4999 or visit www.cbcnet.biz. Tuesday, May 22 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, May 22 Free Networking International, Bayside Group, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bay Pines Sports Bar, 9685 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. Call Janet Landt at 455-7510, email email@example.com or visit www.freenet workinginternational.com. Tuesday, May 22 Network Professionals Inc., ICOT Lunch Chapter, 11:45 a.m., at Tucsons Southwest Grill, 13563 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Call Eddie Montoya at 813-477-3533. Tuesday, May 22 Tri-City Network Professionals, 11:45 a.m., at Applebees Restaurant, 5110 East Bay Drive, Clearwater. First visit is free. Call 492-7921. Wednesday, May 23 Business Network International, Financial Freedom, 7:15 a.m., at Bardmoor Country Club, 8001 Cumberland Road, Largo. Call Phil at 409-1609 or visit www. BNIFinancialFreedom.com. Wednesday, May 23 Pinellas Executives Association, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., at Cove Cay Country Club, 2612 Cove Cay Drive, Clearwater. Call Donna Perry at 784-6507 or visit www.pea fl.com. Wednesday, May 23 BNI Business Connections Countryside, 7:30 a.m., at Grillsmith, 2539 Countryside Blvd., Suite 6, Clearwater. Cost is $11. Call Renee Jones at 813-749-2780, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bnibusinesscon nections.com. Wednesday, May 23 Network Professionals Inc., East Lake Breakfast Chapter, 7:30 a.m., at Daddys Grill, 3682 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Call Jenny Stone at 776-2829. Wednesday, May 23 Local Business Network Seminole, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call 8046359. Wednesday, May 23 BNI Wealth Builders, 7:30 a.m., Palm Harbor Community Center Parks and Drew Valk Recreation, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Visit www.bni.com. Wednesday, May 23 BNI Power Team, 7:30 a.m., East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Pkwy., Oldsmar. Visit www.bni.com. Biz notes Biz notes
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TEN PLAY $95 Walk $135 Ride Tarpon fishing should be on the upswing this weekAs for the beachside tarpon report, this week is sure to be good as long as the winds stay light. There has been no shortage of fish migrating along the beach lately, many of these fish have been slow moving as they mill their way down the beach. These fish can hang just below the surface and not come up for several minutes, making them difficult to spot. Idle very slowly and look intently for those not so obvious signs. If there is a slight breeze on the water and you spot an area that appears to be slick for no reason, shut off your motor and watch it for a while. Plenty of times these slick spots have turned out to be a school of tarpon hanging just below the surface. Schools of pompano have been prevalent in good current areas typically near the passes. Sand shoals that create an eddy on a good moving tide will often attract the pompano. Fishing a three eighths or half ounce Crazy jig accompanied by a small teaser fly will catch the pompano as well as a host of other fish. Jetty fishing often gets good this time of year. A versatile angler can hope to hook into trout, redfish, snook, pompano, flounder, small grouper, you get the picture. These spots attract fish as well as fishermen. Hitting these spots early will give you the best chance for consistent hook ups. Standard practice would be to start out free-lining live pilchards right against the rocks. Depending on how thats going its always a good idea to have at least one person fishing closer to the bottom and just away from the rocks. Typically this can be achieved by adding a small split-shot to the leader. Keeping a heavier rod out the back with larger bait will give you a shot at hooking a tarpon or some other big predator. 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.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 kicks 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 email@example.com.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 limted. Call 464-4605 or 4533420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or mharrison@pinellascoun ty.org. Weedon plans guided hikesST. PETERSBURG Guided hikes will be offered Saturdays, May 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.weedon islandpreserve.org.Wildlife program set at WeedonST. 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.weedon islandpreserve.org.Wee-Time slatedST. PETERSBURG Wee-Time at Weedon will be presented Thursday, May 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.Photography hike plannedST. PETERSBURG A wildflower photography hike will be offered Saturday, May 26, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The free event will offer participants the perfect opportunity to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, highlighting specific wildlife behaviors, guides will assist participants in capturing the natural beauty in photos. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Book Times slatedTARPON SPRINGS Book Times at Brooker will be offered Thursdays, May 17, 24, 31, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Designed for children ages 3 to 5, this free program connects attendees to the wonders of the natural world. In addition to hearing a great story, children will participate in a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story that is read. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit www.brooker creekpreserve.org.Brooker to host plant hikeTARPON SPRINGS The Native Plants of Brooker Creek Hike will be offered Saturday, May 19, 8 to 10:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Attendees will hike to learn about the diverse native plant life found in the preserve and the natural communities they inhabit. Closed-toe shoes, water and a hat are recommended. The free hike is best ages 6 and older. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit www.brooker creekpreserve.org. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein Todays Paper Delivered FREE To You Courtesy of the Advertisers in Todays Paper Let Them Know You Appreciate it.
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Why would mercury fillings be an issue of concern? Silver mercury amalgam fillings leak and corrode in the same way that freezing water expands and breaks rocks. Once a silver filling begins to leak, decay sets up under the restoration and the patient is often unaware of the change until they have a toothache or the tooth cracks. In addition to the fact that silver mercury fillings are so unstable, mercury is the most toxic nonradioactive metal in the environment. It has been clinically proven with the use of an atomic absorption spectrometer that dental amalgams release mercury vapor into the mouth when the surfaces of the filling are stimulated. Chewing, drinking hot beverages or acidic drinks can cause the release of additional mercury vapor from your silver amalgam fillings. The amount of mercury released is dependent upon the number of amalgam fillings you have as well as the size of the restorations. Research done has shown as few as three silver fillings release more mercury vapor than the U.S. EPA sets for unacceptable occupational health risk. Dr. Paul Rodeghero follows the protocol for safe mercury amalgam removal as outlined by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. The procedure involves the use of a specialized mercury filtration device that sucks the toxic aerosol from the room as the old mercury fillings are being removed. Intra-oral devices are used to keep the mercury from entering the patients body through the oral tissues. The patient is made to rinse their mouth before and after the procedure with Oral Detox Pro, a mix that binds with any residual mercury in the patients mouth. Additionally, supplements advised by the patients medical doctor can assist in detoxing the body of any mercury toxins. After carefully removing the old sliver mercury amalgam fillings the dentist will replace them with white resin composites. Besides being safer, the tooth colored fillings bond to the tooth structure and are more natural looking than those big silver fillings you may have now. Give us a call and we will be happy to answer your questions and give you a more natural set of pearly whites.Dr. Paul Rodeghero, a 1983 graduate of Ohio State University Dental School, practices at Clearwater Family Dental, 706 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater.East Bay Rehabilitation offers new technologyLARGO Alter G, the anti-gravity treadmill, is now being used at East Bay Rehabilitation Center for the first time to help orthopedic conditions, stroke patients and amputees excel in therapy. The Alter G treadmill is a unique treadmill offering an impact on those conditions that make walking a difficult task. Patients undergoing rehabilitation for complications of a stroke comprise a significant segment for the orthotic and rehabilitation practice. Approximately 4 million Americans are living with the effects of a stroke, with the majority being moderately or severely impaired. During the primary recovery period, generally defined as the first six months following the stroke, many patients will recover a substantial degree of lost function, thanks in large measure to aggressive therapy and newer technologies, such as the Alter G, that allow integrating a normal gait pattern. Some post-surgical protocols partially restrict weight bearing on a newly repaired hip, knee or ankle and can make it difficult for the patient. Surgeons commonly write orders to only allow 20 percent weight bearing onto the affected limb until the leg is fully recovered. With the precise weight calibration from the Alter G treadmill, a patient can safely ambulate and surgeons are pleased with the early mobility they see in our patients, said Brian Parsons, administrator for East Bay Rehabilitation Center, in a press release. For information regarding Alter G rehabilitation, call 530-7100. Paddle Against Cancer setTREASURE ISLAND Paddle Against Cancer 2012 will take place Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. The second annual Paddle Against Cancer event will benefit vital cancer research, education and patient care at Moffitt Cancer Center. Join Gene Evans, kidney cancer survivor and senior vice president of retail banking at USAmeriBank, for a 3-mile or 7-mile paddle, followed by a poolside celebration, including a silent auction, live music, free paddleboard demonstrations and a cash bar. Evans attributes his successful fight against cancer to his positive attitude and active lifestyle. This event was inspired by his desire to give back to Moffitt and offer hope to other cancer survivors. The paddleboard event is open to the general public. The 3-mile and the 7-mile paddle will begin at 9:30 a.m. The poolside celebration will follow from noon to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the Paddle Against Cancer event will benefit Moffitt Cancer Center. Cost is a minimum donation of $25. Call 895-5030.Barrington to host health fairLARGO A health fair and brown bag pharmacy counseling session will take place Wednesday, May 30, 1:30 to 4 p.m., at Barrington Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care Residence, 333 16th Ave. SE. The event will include free health screenings. Call 588-0020.Rotary continues polio campaignSEMINOLE The Rotary Foundations No. 1 priority is the eradication of polio. Since the Rotary became involved with the Polio Plus program, the number of polio cases has drastically been reduced. In 1985, 350,000 children were stricken in a year. That is almost 1,000 children a day. Due in part to the Rotary International Polio Project, there has only been a total of 48 cases of polio reported this year through April 25 worldwide. This compares to 120 cases reported at the same time last year. To learn more about Rotary International or to get involved in the local Rotary Club, call Mindy Rovillo at 641-6773 or Bill and Sue Slododkin at 593-0747.Nanda performs single-site cholecystectomy ST. PETERSBURG A surgical team at St. Petersburg General Hospital recently performed the hospitals first single-site cholecystectomy. The patients gallbladder was removed through one tiny incision in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scarless. Performed and led by Dr. Manu Nanda, the minimally invasive procedure used robotic assistance to remove the gallbladder through an incision of approximately one inch. Two single-site gall bladder procedures were performed today and the typical hospital stay will be less than 24 hours. The Food and Drug Administration cleared the specialized single-site instruments for use with the robotic surgical system in December 2011. Neither robotic surgery nor single-incision surgery is new, but combining the two to remove the gallbladder requires additional training and special equipment, said Nanda in a press release. To be the first hospital in the Tampa Bay area to offer this technically advanced surgery demonstrates the commitment to provide patients with the most up-to-date minimally invasive surgical options available. Nanda and robotic coordinator Lisa Buchianico P.A., were trained for this specific procedure in March at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. More than 1 million people in the U.S. have their gallbladder removed each year. Most are performed with traditional laparoscopy using several incisions. Robotic surgeries typically require three to five small incisions and now, this new technology allows for a single incision in the belly button. Dental mattersDr. Paul Rodeghero Give bloodOne blood donation can help save the lives of up to three patients. 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Not sure I like the idea of turning my steering wheel over to a robot. Thats the impression I get from reading about driverless cars, which reports say will become available in 2017. Until I see thousands of these babies doing what they are supposed to do on the road, then Im not letting another product of geekdom infringe upon my lifestyle. Google received the first license last week from the state Department of Motor Vehicles in Nevada to test the autonomous vehicles, the Las Vegas Sun reported. Randal OToole, an author and a transportation analyst, touted the value of the driverless vehicles at a forum hosted by South Pinellas 912 in Clearwater April 29. Speaking about a vehicle that was driven for thousands of miles in California, OToole said, The car can detect everything around it. It can stop for pedestrians. It can read traffic signals, read traffic signs. The only accident they had was when somebody rear-ended them at a stop light. Not surprising. Bad drivers? California is miles ahead of Florida. Along those lines, driverless cars are expected to reduce accidents and traffic congestion. For one thing, the reason there is a limit to how much roads can carry is because of slow human reflexes. Once we have driverless cars, we will be able to triple the number of cars on the road. We wont have to build that many more roads because we can just use the roads more efficiently. OToole said. Maybe so. But all it takes is one idiot in a non-driverless vehicle weaving in and out of traffic on the bridges over Tampa Bay and causing a wreck and you are at risk of missing your flight out of TIA unless your driverless vehicle is also a helicopter. From what I understand, the vehicles use GPS maps, cell phones and other technology to get you to your destination. It doesnt matter whether you are 9 years old or 90 years old or blind or whatever. All you need to do is be able to get in the car and say, Take me to grandmas house, take me to school and it will drive you there, OToole said. Hmm. Suppose Im stuck with a full bladder in traffic on one of our famous drawbridges? Once we get moving again, can I ask my driverless vehicle to take me to the nearest bathroom quickly? In such situations, the driver, allegedly, will still be able to take control of the vehicle and head for a bathroom. OToole also discussed another use for the driverless vehicles valet parking. You drive up to your motel, your restaurant. Get out and say, Go park yourself. And it will drive around until it finds a parking place and parks there. And then when you are done with eating, you pull out your smart phone and say, Car come, and it will start up and pick you up, he said. That I like. Look forward to the day I send it through the drive-thru at McDonalds, too. Already, OToole said cars are available that are 99 percent driverless. The car measures the distance between you and the car in front of you and keeps your car at a fixed distance from that car, OToole said. It also has something called lane keep. It detects the stripes on the road and steers for you. Next, they are going to have a car that is able to pass the car in front of you if its going slower than you are wanting to go, he said. What if the car you want to pass speeds up? I have several more questions. With all the gadgetry, what kind of mechanical difficulties can I expect to encounter. What if I asked my car to take me to McDonalds and it takes me to Burger King? What if somebody steals my car? Can I say, Car, come home and alls well? From what Ive read, humans behind the wheels of a driverless car will not be allowed to drink alcoholic beverages at least on this planet. What if a driverless vehicle hits me and the person behind the wheel is drunk? Who do my insurance folks go after? What safeguards will be in place to ensure that hackers and terrorists dont wreak havoc with driverless cars? How will the moguls of marketing convince us that driverless cars are the way to go? To wit: The new age Honda leave the driving to us. Yup. The Jetsons are coming to our town. But Im still a Flintstones kind of guy. Any day now, dealerships will be sending driverless vehicles to our homes, offering us free test rides. You first. Tom Germond Viewpoints 13A Leader, May 17, 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: 727-397-5563Driverless cars the way to go?LETTERSRight wing conservative balonyRe: Hatchet persons actions demean Obama campaign Editor: This is the second week in a row that a conservative Republican has hijacked the Beacon Newspaper for their political purposes. I hope this is not going to be a habit, otherwise the Beacon will go straight from its bag on the porch to the cat litter box without being read. Frankly nobody really gives a crap about Fiorentino. Nobody other than the other lobbying dirt merchants he hangs with have even heard of this guy, but you used an otherwise even-keeled editorial column to spew your right wing conservative baloney and try to sway people into thinking that the Obama campaign is attacking an otherwise innocent man. You obviously are ignoring Republican ads about Obama supporters. The fact is you said it best guilt by association and Fiorentino has earned this guilt. This is a guy who earns his money by being a conduit for the rich, powerful and well heeled to get politicians to do their bidding. He bundles contributions for Republican candidates that are destroying my families ability to earn a decent wage, afford an education, get affordable healthcare, get a fair shake as a consumer and creating policy on Cuba that is aimed at not what is best for Americans, but what the Republican Cuban voting base in Miami wants. The money your Mr. Fiorentino raises is used to create ads that tell outright lies and twist sound bites to fool the public into thinking Republicans give a damn about the average everyday working person. People like you want to keep telling people that there are boundaries in politics and that we need to be civil about our differences. The truth is we are in a civil war. Not one that uses bullets or takes lives directly, but one that destroys lives slowly when conservative, right wing, religious, fanatical, policies are put in place. The minute Fiorentino decided to jump into the dirty world of politics and support candidates that may not be proven to have done anything illegal, but whose policies are morally bankrupt he became fair game. In 2006 I ran for a city commission seat and in 2008 I ran for state representative. The lies that Republicans said about me makes your complaints about Fiorentino seem like a church social. Until we stop making decisions in government based on erroneous interpretations of the Bible, foreign policy based on hypocrisy or considering what effect the law will have on corporations, (which despite the Republican Supreme Court ruling are not citizens) we will not go back to the days when we flourished as a nation and led the world economy. The only thing that politicians should consider when making a decision is how it will affect the average working American and base it not on baseless opinion, but on proven facts. Then lobbyists like Fiorentino could find another line of work and keep his good name. George A. Gonzalez Madeira Beach What in the world are you afraid of?We have nothing to fear but fear itself. Have you heard that one before? Of course you have. President Franklin D. Roosevelt uttered those words back in the 1930s, although I doubt if he invented the saying. Ive long suspected that it was a load of baloney, or at least overrated. It seems to me that if you take away fear from the human race wed be in great trouble. Just think of the last time you took a ride with a fearless car driver. Can you recall how you felt when he fearlessly ran six red lights doing 80 miles an hour? Or what fun it is to be around someone who is completely unafraid of what people think. Such a pearl is known as a free spirit. I knew one, name of Aggie. She would say or do anything that entered her mind. She was fun to be around, for the first five minutes. Then I began to long for polite, reserved companions afraid of acting like obnoxious fools. In its extreme forms, fear can be destructive and paralyzing. I guess thats what FDR was talking about in his famous speech. But used wisely, fear can be a positive motivator and a valuable guide. Example: the stopsmoking people are now running TV ads showing how cigarettes can turn you into an 80-pound cadaver breathing through a hole in your chest. Those ads will frighten the knickers off thousands of smokers, causing them to quit. Of course, thousands of fearless smokers will continue, and will die early. This is called free will. Experts tell us that the two greatest fears of babies are (A) loud noises and (B) falling. To which Woody Allen replied, My greatest fear was loud noises while falling. Speaking of babies: untold numbers of them are conceived each year because their parents lack the fear of pregnancy. Sixty years ago, when teenagers began to date, the fear of an unwanted pregnancy was at the top of the possible-disaster list. Todays unwed youngsters seem less concerned. Just shows you how fears come and go. Following is a list of some common fears. See how many youre subject to. Flying, public speaking, spiders, snakes, heights, the dark, intimacy, loneliness, death, failure, rejection and commitment. Right away, something jumps out at you, i.e., anyone in his right mind should jolly well be scared of flying, snakes and heights. Any of those three can easily kill you. Eons ago as people emerged from caves and began to explore fields and jungles, the fear of snakes soon began to be etched into the human psyche. In other words, fear often makes sense. Fear helps us protect our physical welfare, but just as often it allows us to guard our ego. Example: fear of intimacy. You let someone get close to you, she/he may learn your dark secrets (if you have any). To be afraid of public speaking isnt as ridiculous as it may sound. You get up in front of people and you risk looking like a jackass, even if youre well prepared. No discussion of fear is complete without mentioning phobias. If you look them up on the Web, youll find hundreds of them listed. A phobia is a persistent, unreasonable fear of an object or situation, to the point where a victim is driven to avoid it. Some phobias are temporary others endure for a lifetime. Many seem to be formed in childhood as a result of a single traumatic experience such as being bitten by a dog. Some phobias are contradictory, and maddeningly so. Example: what could be worse than having anuptaphobia (fear of staying single) and aphenphosmphobia (fear of being touched), both at the same time? Im occasionally assaulted by temporary phobias such as acousticophobia (fear of noise). This occurs when Im tempted to visit some of Pinellas Countys more popular restaurants. I arrive at the front door, hear the din within, and then run away as my phobia strikes. There is no scientific name for the bonechilling fear that strikes me when, while watching TV, I run across the sight of a spellbinding clergyperson, whether Christian, Jew or Muslim, whipping his/her rapturous throng into an emotional lather. As the worshippers jump to their feet and raise their hands in an enthusiastic frenzy, Im overtaken by my irrational fear that the preacher, rabbi or imam may suddenly shout, Go into the street, right now, and slay anyone who you believe disagrees with our beliefs! To me, few things are more potentially dangerous than misdirected religious ardor. Unless, of course, its a persons misdirected response to arachibutyrophobia the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of ones mouth.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 A violent homicide isnt hazingEleven of the 13 people who allegedly participated in killing Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion have been charged with a hazing resulting in death, a low-grade felony. The two others are accused of misdemeanors. You cant blame Champions family for being disappointed, and a bit confused. Champion was singled out for an attack, and then beaten until he died. That it occurred during a hazing doesnt mean it should be handled differently from any other violent homicide, yet it is being handled differently. Way differently. Not one of the 13 suspects was booked for murder or even plain old manslaughter, a second-degree felony that can bring up to 15 years in prison. By contrast, causing a death by hazing is only a third-degree felony for which the maximum term is six years. In other words, a gang-style lethal assault in Florida is more leniently appraised when its a moronic college ritual gone awry. Six years behind bars isnt light time, but its much better than the high end of a manslaughter conviction. What do you think would have happened if Champion had been killed by a mob of strangers in a barroom, or on a street corner? For starters, authorities wouldnt have taken more than five months to make an arrest, especially if they had the names of everyone involved. You can also be sure that the defendants in such a case wouldnt be charged with hazing theyd be facing much heavier felonies. Heres how Champion died. The 26-year-old man was made to walk down the aisle of a chartered bus, parked outside an Orlando hotel, while fellow band members (and possibly others) repeatedly kicked and punched him. Evidently this is what passed for dear tradition within the famed A&M Marching 100, now in disciplinary limbo. Eventually, Champion collapsed. Later somebody dialed 911: One of our drum majors is on the bus, and hes not breathing ... Hes in my hands, maam. Hes cold. If Champion was cold to the touch, it was likely hed been down for a while. Lying there, dying among his own band mates after a footballgame performance. In December, less than a month after the incident, the Orange-Osceola Medical Examiners Office ruled Champions death was a homicide, the autopsy showing extensive contusions of his chest, arms, shoulder and back with extensive hemorrhage. Although coroners found no bone fractures or damage to Champions internal organs, there was significant rapid blood loss from the injuries hed received. The cause of death was reported as hemorrhagic shock due to soft tissue hemorrhage, incurred by blunt force trauma sustained during a hazing incident. So it was manifest from the beginning that Champion hadnt fallen down the steps of the bus 20 or 30 times. Hed been battered and not by teenagers gone wild. Most of the suspects are men in their 20s. The state of Florida didnt need a special anti-hazing law in order to prosecute. Long-standing criminal statutes specifically address assaults that end in death. Nowhere in this country is it legal for 13 persons or six, or two, or one to strike another person if he or she isnt a threat. Theoretically, it shouldnt matter to prosecutors whether the assailants are wearing band uniforms, fraternity jerseys or the do-rag of a street gang. Orange-Osceola State Attorney Lawson Lamar said the Champion case is complicated, and investigators didnt find sufficient evidence for a murder charge. Then how about manslaughter, at least? Said Lamar: We do not have a blow or a shot or a knife thrust that killed Mr. Champion. It is an aggregation of things , In fact, Champion suffered repeated blows. Identifying which of the band members delivered the most or the most damaging wont be easy. It seldom is when multiple participants are involved. But Lamar said the killing fits Floridas statute against hazing, a widely banned practice he described as bullying with a tradition a tradition that we cannot bear in America. It would be nice to think that the publicity about the attack on Champion will deter future hazing in high schools, colleges and the military. So far, the prospects arent so good. Two months after the FAMU killing, two male students seeking to join the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity at Youngstown State University in Ohio were initiated by being beaten with fists, a paddle and a wire laundry hangar. The abuse continued over a period of 12 days, after which one of the victims required a ventilator to breathe. Nine men, only one a current YSU student, were indicted. Heres the difference: The Ohio defendants arent being charged with hazing, but rather with felony assault. A grownup charge for a grownup crime, as it should be. And theyd be facing far worse if one of their victims had died the way Robert Champion did.Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald. Readers may write to him at: 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, FL 33132. Please type letters to the editor (or print legibly) and include your name, town of residence, phone number and signature and mail to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Emails should include town of residence and telephone and be sent to tgermond@TBNweekly.com. We will not print the letter writers phone number.What do you think? Carl Hiaasen The state of Florida didnt need a special antihazing law in order to prosecute. Long-standing criminal statutes specifically address assaults that end in death.
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For further information about this or other activities at Indian Rocks, please go online at www.indianrocks.org or call the church office at 595-3421.Calendar contest under wayThe Humane Society of Pinellas is seeking contestants for its 2013 Celebration of Companionship Calendar. Cost to enter the contest is $10. Each pets photo is guaranteed to appear in the calendar. Cost to vote for favorites is $1 See HERE AND THERE, page 15A Clearwater Police Chief Sid Klein and his wife Kelley recently enjoyed their stay at retired Largo Police Chief Lester Aradis North Georgia Ranch Bed & Breakfast in Blue Ridge, Ga.Paying a visit Here and Here and there there
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The top 13 vote-getters by Sept. 17 will receive a professional photo session by Rebecca Brittain and will be featured for a whole month or on the cover. To enter the contest or vote for favorites, visit mulabula.com/Huma nePinellas. Calendar sponsorships also are available. For sponsorship opportunities, call Tiffany Heier at 797-7722, ext. 229 or email Tiffany@Huma nePinellas.org.SPCA Tampa Bay to host Sniff UniversityLARGO SPCA Tampa Bay will host Sniff University Saturday, May 19, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. Garden of Grace MinistriesCLEARWATER Garden of Grace Ministries will host a free prayer, praise and worship concert Friday, May 25, 7:30 p.m., at 2905 Gulf-toBay Blvd. Several local Christian musicians and vocalists will participate in this event, which will feature both contemporary music and old hymns of the faith. Many local prominent leaders have been invited, and all will have the opportunity to participate in corporate prophetic confessions and declarations. The ministry relocated to the picturesque Bay View section of Clearwater just a few short weeks ago, and continues to receive a wonderful welcome from the local residents, said the Rev. Norma FontainePhilbert, senior pastor of Garden of Grace Ministries, in a press release. This event is just our way of giving something back as well as fostering the spirit of oneness. We are honored to be part of this community. Call 248-0884.St. Jerome Catholic Church plans concert LARGO A concert will be presented Saturday, June 2, 2 p.m., at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 10895 Hamlin Blvd. The concert will feature two very accomplished professional vocalists, Erica DiCeglie and Shelley Jackson, presenting music from many different genres. Call 595-4610.St. Dunstans Anglican Church new to area LARGO New in the neighborhood is St. Dunstans Anglican Church, 2790 Sunny Breeze Ave., Largo. Sunday services are presented at 7:30 and 10:15 a.m. Childcare is provided. Sunday school is offered at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday healing services and Eucharist are at 10 a.m. and weekly Bible study is at 7 p.m. Call 581-1435 or 581-1558 or visit www.stdunstansfl.com.Jewish Genealogical Society to meetCLEARWATER The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay will meet Sunday, June 10, 2 p.m., at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd. The event will feature a presentation by Bill Israel, who serves on the board of the Lithuanian-Jewish Special Interest Group, and who is a past president and a founding member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay. Israels talk will focus on how to make effective use of the LitvakSIGs extensive set of websites and online data resources containing nearly 1.5 million records. The LitvakSIG website is the primary Internet resource for Lithuanian-Jewish genealogy research worldwide. The LitvakSIG is dedicated to discovering and preserving Lithuanian-Jewish heritage. Its mission is to discover, collect, document, disseminate and preserve information about the once vibrant Jewish community of Lithuania. The LitvakSIG.org website is a platform for providing this information, and it is a gateway to searchable databases for the public. Israel will present an overview of all the LitvakSIG databases and will demonstrate how to use them. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bays library and research resources are available to all meeting attendees and can be loaned out to members. Anyone interested in learning how to do Jewish genealogy research is invited to participate. Beginners as well as experienced researchers are welcome. The pre-program social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 p.m., and the featured program follows at 2 p.m. For information about the organization or directions to the meeting, call Sally Israel at 343-1652. DarlineDarline is a wonderful and friendly 5-year-old female gray tabby that is spayed and current on her vaccinations. She would do well with another friendly cat. If interested in adopting Darline, call Pat at Second Chance for Strays at 535-9154. Visit www.secondchancefor strays.petfinder.com. PanderPander is a 4-year-old, female hound mix with a playful personality. She loves to fetch tennis balls and would make a great addition to any household that is willing to give her all the love and playtime she deserves. Adopt Pander at the Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 S.R. 590 in Clearwater. Call 797-7722. Visit www.humanesocietyof pinellas.org.Looking for a home
Calendar of events16A Community Leader, May 17, 2012 051012 021612 Actors Networking Group meets Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., at 1653 Monterey Drive, Clearwater. Reservations required. Call 5811677. AARP 55 Alive Mature Driving Classes, for drivers over 50, are taught by trained volunteers in two four-hour sessions. Graduates may be eligible for auto insurance discounts for the following three years. Cost is $10. Call 888-227-7669. American Legion Post 7 plays bingo on Thursdays at noon. Cef Alteri serves dinner on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m., at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Music for dancing is offered Mondays 7 to 10 p.m. Call 447-9204. American Legion Post 273, 600 American Legion Drive, Madeira Beach, hosts a fish and fry on Fridays. Call 391-3670. American Legion Post 119 hosts dances featuring music from the s second and fourth Wednesdays, at the Post, 130 First Ave. SW., Largo. Call 585-1225. American Legion Post 104 serves dinner Fridays, 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the post, 7550 60th St. N., Pinellas Park. Call 544-5137. Ballroom Dances and Instruction, meets Mondays, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Boulevard at 106th Ave.; and Thursdays, 7:45 to 9:30 p.m., at City Hall Auditorium, 120 108th Ave. Cost is $5 a session. Call John Tebo at 410-0251. Bay Area Macintosh User Group, Clearwater chapter, meets fourth Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., at Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St., Clearwater. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bay Area Macintosh User Group, meets second Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Email email@example.com. Bay Bouquet Garden Club, meets the third Wednesday September to May, 9:30 a.m., at Dunedin Library, 223 Douglas Ave. Call 736-5593. Begin With Me AFG, meets Sundays, 7:30 p.m., followed by a regular meeting at 8 p.m., at the Lutheran Church of the Palms, 2250 Nebraska Ave., Second Floor, Room 10, Palm Harbor. Call 548-6811. British Floridian Club, meets the first Saturday of the month at VFW Post 10174, 10997 72nd Ave., Seminole. All people of British heritage are invited. Call Vera at 394-2767 or Dorinda at 578-5471 for details. Bay Area Button Society, meets the fourth Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Safety Harbor library meeting room, 101 Second St. N. The society meets the fourth Monday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Pinellas Park Library meeting room, 7750 52nd St. Call 581-7068. Central Pinellas Republican Club, meets second Thursdays, 11:30 a.m., at Super Buffet, Seminole Mall (Park Boulevard and 113th Street). Luncheon meeting features speakers and timely political topics. Call Karen Donovan at 687-1318. CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention-Decit/Hyperactivity Disorder, meets first Tuesdays, 7 to 8:45 p.m., at Bay Pines VA Medical Center, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., Building 20, in the medical auditorium. Visit www.chaddonline.org/chapters/chadd601 .html. The Clearwater GFWC Community Womans Club, meets third Tuesdays, September to May, 10 a.m., at Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola St. Call 394-2229. Church of the Isles Golf Group, meets Tuesdays, 9:15 a.m., at the Pinecrest Golf Course, 1200 Eighth Ave. SW. Call 595-1038. Clearwater Civitan Club, meets first and third Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., at the Heritage United Methodist Church, Adult Education Building, Room B-12, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. Call 5840461. Daughters of Italy Lodge #2825, meets last Thursday of each month, 6 p.m., at the Clearwater Community Church, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin. Open to Italian and non-Italian women 18 years and older. Call Vincenza DiLiberti at 447-6890, 455-1521 or visit www.daughtersofitaly.com. Democratic Womens Club of Upper Pinellas, meets fourth Mondays, 11:30 a.m., at Golden Corral Buffet in Largo, 10050 Ulmerton Road. Call Mary Freeman at 581-4630 for more information. Disabled American Veterans Chapter 11, hosts a pancake breakfast first Saturdays, 8 to 11 a.m., at 219 South Betty Lane, Clearwater, for $3 ($1.50 children 8 and younger). Call 631-0185. Dunedin Newcomers Club of Greater Dunedin, meets second Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for lunch, a speaker and cards. For location, call Sylvia at 736-3253. The Dunedin-Palm Harbor VFW Post 2550 hosts a fish/shrimp fry every Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 360 Douglas Ave. The post sponsors bingo Wednesday and Friday. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Bingo starts at noon. Lunch is available. Call 733-6107. The Dunedin Youth Guild meets the third Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m. for dinner, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1620 Pinehurst Road. Call 734-0394. Florida West Coast Woodturners, meets first Thursdays, 7 p.m., in the meeting hall across from St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 1520 Rosery Road E., Largo. Visit www.FWCWT.org. Florida Writers Association, meets second Thursdays, 7 p.m., at the West Community Branch Library, 6700 Eighth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Call 321-6783. Forgotten Korean Vets, meets second Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., at the American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Call 3978801. Genealogy Assistance is available on Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m., at Dunedin Library, Room 4, 223 Douglas Ave. Call Mary at 733-5383. German-American Society, meets for a German dance on Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., at 8098 66th St. N., Pinellas Park. Doors open at 7. Call 596-7581. GFWC Seminole Junior Womans Club meets fourth Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., at Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N. Call 398-0558. Tiffany Nicole Slofkin of Largo, and Shawn Phillip Roemer of Lake Helen, will be married on Saturday, May 19, at the Basilica of Saint Paul, Daytona Beach.Slofkin-Roemer The Rotary Club of Largo continues to support the work of the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation and Academy. A check for $1,000 was presented to Cary Stiff, left, senior vice president of the Foundation by Gigi Arntzen, president of the Rotary Club of Largo. The club is able to provide this support through funds raised by its annual Death by Chocolate A Taste of the Holidays held on the first Friday of December.Rotary donation Pinellas Seminole Womans Club meets fourth Thursdays, 11:30 a.m., in Roskamp Auditorium at Freedom Square, 7800 Liberty Lane. No meetings from June through August. Call Maggie at 3298003. Clearwater Community Womans Club meets third Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., at Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave. Call 394-2229. Greater Pinellas Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, meets Mondays, 6:45 p.m., at The Largo Community Center, 440 Alternate Keene Road, Largo. No previous training necessary. Call Don at 786-1739. Gulfport Casino Swing Night, offers dance lessons on Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., followed by dancing, 8 to 11 p.m., at 5500 Shore Blvd. S. $7 admission includes lesson, dance, prize giveaways and mixers. Smoke-free and open to all ages. Call 893-1070 or visit www.swingtime.info. Hearing Loss Association of America, Clearwater chapter, meets first Tuesdays, 3 p.m., at Morton Plant Hospital Complex, second floor, Room A, Cheek-Powell Pavilion, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater. Live caption and light refreshments are provided. Admission is free. Heart of Pinellas Decorative Painters, meets second Saturdays, 10 a.m. For information go to www.hpdafl.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The club is open to all who have an interest in painting with acrylics, watercolor, oil, and other mediums. It is the local affiliate of the international organization, Society of Decorative Painters. Island Community Theatre, meets second Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at Gators Caf and Saloon, 12754 Kingfish Drive, Treasure Island. The group performs throughout the beach area and welcomes new members and volunteers for all areas of theater production. Call 345-1474. Italian American Club of Greater Clearwater, hosts a pasta dinner on Tuesdays, 5 to 8:30 p.m., at 200 McMullen Booth Road. Cost is $8 members, $10 nonmembers. The club also hosts dinner and dancing every other Saturday, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Cost is $13 members, $16 nonmembers. Call 791-8698. Just Over Youth, for seniors over 50, meets Thursdays, 10 a.m., at the Pinellas Park Wesleyan Church, 4400 70th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Program varies each week from Bible study, pitch-in-dinner, community out-visit and spiritual enrichment. Call Sandra Turner at 526-3674. Kinship Groups, hosted by Kinship Care Family Resources, meets third Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Family Resources Shelter, 1615 Union St., Clearwater; second and fourth Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Family Resources Shelter, 3821 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg; and fourth Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo. The group supports grandparents raising grandchildren. Free. Call 550-4250. Kiwanis Clubs: Countryside Clearwater meets Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m., at Eves Family Restaurant, 3150 State Road 584, Oldsmar. Dunedin meets Thursday, 7:30 a.m., at Meeting Room 1, at Mease-Morton Plant Hospital in Dunedin. Greater Clearwater meets Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at the Golden Coin Restaurant, 1844 N. Highland Ave. Gulf Beaches meets Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., in the training room upstairs at the Madeira Beach Publix, at 662 150th Ave. Holiday meets Tuesdays, 7:15 a.m., at Four Seasons Restaurant, 3350 Grand Blvd., Holiday. Largo/Mid-Pinellas meets the first, third, fourth and fifth Fridays, 7:30 a.m., Royal Palms of Largo, 200 Lake Ave. NE. and noon on the second Fridays. Midtown meets Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m., at St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. Palm Harbor meets first and third Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Dockside Sports Bar & Grille, 37611 U.S. Highway 19. Pinellas Park meets Thursdays, 12:15 p.m., at Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd. Safety Harbor meets the first, third and fifth Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m., at Paradise Restaurant, 443 Main St. Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square Town Hall. Call 394-2582. Seminole Breakfast meets Tuesdays, 7:15 a.m., at Seminole Family Restaurant, 6864 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. Call 319-8343 or email email@example.com. Springtime City meets Thursdays, 6 p.m, Clearwater Country Club, 525 N. Betty Lane. St. Petersburg meets Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m., at The Orange Blossom, 220 Fourth St. N. Sunshine City meets Friday, 12:15 p.m., at Piccadilly, 1900 34th St. N. Key Club meets Fridays, 12:30 p.m., at Largo High School, Room D-23. Korean War Veterans Associations: Sunshine State Chapter meets second Thursdays, 7 p.m., at American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd. Call Peter Palmer at 584-7143. La Leche League International, meets third Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Church of the Good Shepherd Nursery, 639 Edgewater Drive, Dunedin. All breastfeeding mothers welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Largo Founding Group, meets Mondays at 8:30 a.m., at Acropol Family Restaurant, 1170 Starkey Road, Call Nancy Giles at 7769888. Largo Historical Society, meets second Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at the Historic Largo Feed Store, Largo, Central Park Drive. The club has a potluck dinner and speakers discuss historical topics. Anybody interested in the history of Largo and the surrounding area is invited. Guests are asked to bring a main dish, vegetable and dessert to share, plus their own place setting. Call Marilyn at 5810111. Largo Womans Club, meets the first Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m., at Royal Palms, Palms of Largo. Call Gloria Helms at 393-8149. Lions Clubs: Clearwater noon meets the first and third Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m. Call 386-5161. Clearwater evening meets the first and third Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Golden Coin Restaurant, 1844 N. Highland Ave. Call 2163759. Largo meets on the first and third Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., at Thirsty Marlin, 351 West Bay Drive. Call 586-4344. Largo Republican Club, meets third Mondays, 6 p.m., at Alfanos Restaurant, 1702 Clearwater-Largo Road, Belleair. Registration starts at 5:30. The evening includes dinner and an informative meeting with various speakers of interest to the community. Cost is $18 for dinner, tax and tip. To RSVP call 687-1318. Largo-Seminole Community Chorus, meets Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., at Imperial Palms East Clubhouse, Largo. No audition is necessary; the group sings upbeat Broadway tunes, standards, inspirational and seasonal music. Call Melanie McWilliams at 393-4843. Madeira Beach Seniors Club, meets first Mondays, 1 p.m., at the Madeira Beach City Hall Auditorium. Meetings feature a guest entertainer or speaker and refreshments are served. The club also provides opportunities for seniors to travel as a group to various events and places at reduced rates. Seniors aged 50 and over are invited. Announcements are submitted by the public; information is subject to change. To place an item in the ongoing calendar or networking leads, send it at least two weeks in advance to CalendarLeads, Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772, or e-mail editorial@TBNweekly.com. Please include date, time, place and phone number and dont forget to send a notification when the information changes, or the group stops meeting.
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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B May 17, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com The Florida Orchestra: Postcards from Paris, Friday, May 18, 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, May 19, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. A final performance will be presented Sunday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $15. Call 791-7400 or visit www.ruth eckerdhall.com. The concert will celebrate the City of Lights with romantic French melodies, Edith Piaf classics, Josephine Baker hits, Parisian caf music, Django Reinhardts gypsy jazz, highkicking can-cans and soaring film scores by Michel Legrand. Sarah Hicks will conduct. The orchestra will be joined by Kersten Rodau, vocalist; Robb Asklof, tenor; Patrick Harison, accordion; and Gil Gutierrez, guitar. 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. Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream, May 17-20, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Call 813-301-2500 or visit www.tampabaytimesforum.com. Performances are Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets range from $16 to $75. Dare to Dream will bring Disneys newest princess stories and most beloved fairytale to the ice in a live production. This brandnew ice spectacular will feature scenes from Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and Cinderella. To learn more about Disney On Ice, visit www.disneyonice.com. 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 rulebook for alternative music and culture through a combination of genre-defying classic songs and a cinematic live experience. 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. Global + Local: Studio and Contemporary Glass on Floridas West Coast, May 19 through Oct. 14, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. The exhibit will feature 60 works from approximately 10 collections, including the MFAs own. Recent MFA acquisitions of major works by Therman Statom and Michael Glancy are high points, as well as objects by internationally renowned artists Harvey Littleton, Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, Richard Ritter, William Morris, Sonja Blomdahl, Dante Marioni, Toots Zinsky and Yoichi Ohira. Exceptional works by area artists Duncan McClellan, Owen Pach, and Chuck Boux also enhance the exhibition. McClellans new studio/gallery in downtown St. Petersburg is attracting artists from around the globe. The Chihuly Collection and the Hot Shop at The Morean Arts Center and the Zen Glass Studio likewise reflect the citys emergence as a center for the display and creation of glass art. Museum hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $17 for adults, $15 for those 65 and older, and $10 for students 7 and older, including college students with current identification. Children 6 and younger and museum members are admitted free. Call 896-2667 or visit www.fine-arts.org. Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:BattleshipGenre: Action and adventure Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Asano Tadanobu and Liam Neeson Director: Peter Berg Rated: PG-13 Peter Berg directs and produces Battleship, an epic-scale actionadventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Inspired by Hasbros classic naval-combat game, Battleship is produced by Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir of Hasbro, Scott Stuber, Film 44s Sarah Aubrey, along with Duncan Henderson. The action-adventure is written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber.The DictatorGenre: Comedy Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Megan Fox, John C. Reilly and J.B. Smoove Director: Larry Charles Rated: R Sacha Baron Cohen stars in this story of a North African dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.What to Expect When Youre ExpectingGenre: Comedy and romance Cast: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Rodrigo Santoro, Ben Falcone, Joe Manganiello and Thomas Lennon Director: Kirk Jones Rated: PG-13 Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octane celebrity lives dont stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-crazy author and advocate Wendy gets a taste of her own militant mommy advice when pregnancy hormones ravage her body; while Wendys husband, Gary, struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad, whos expecting twins with his much younger trophy wife, Skyler. Photographer Holly is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex isnt so sure, and tries to quiet his panic by attending a dudes support group, where new fathers get to tell it like it really is. And rival food truck chefs Rosie and Marcos surprise hook-up results in an unexpected quandary: what to do when your first child comes before your first date?The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.Beyond the Black RainbowGenre: Mystery and science fiction Cast: Michael Rogers, Eva Allen, Scott Hylands, Marilyn Norry and Rondel Reynoldson Director: Panos Cosmatos Rated: R Set in the strange and oppressive emotional landscape of the year 1983, Beyond the Black Rainbow is a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons. 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Lovely Molly had its World Premiere to critical acclaim at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festivals Midnight Madness and had its U.S. premiere at the 2012 South By Southwest Film Festival.PolisseGenre: Crime and drama Cast: Karin Viard, Joeystarr, Marina Fos, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Karole Rocher, Emmanuelle Bercot, Arnaud Henriet, Naidra Ayadi, Jeremie Elkaim, Laurent Bateau, Louise-do de Lencquesaing and Lou Doillon Director: Mawenn Not rated Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for 13 Csar Awards, this smash hit from France follows the daily lives of a tight-knit team of men and women working in the Child Protection Unit of the Parisian police. Basing her richly textured script on real child investigation cases, writer-director-actor Mawenn has gathered an accomplished ensemble cast of French actors who convey the emotional strain of the units work with gritty realism. They not only deal with the stress of their jobs but the inevitable fall-out in their personal lives breakdowns, divorce and adulterous relations within the force. In between, there are frequent flashes of humor as the team attempts to diffuse daily realities. As the cases, confessions and interrogations pile up, the squad members have only each other as support as they face an uphill battle against both criminals and bureaucracy. The SamaritanGenre: Action and thriller Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Kirby, Ruth Negga and Tom Wilkinson Director: David Weaver Not rated After 25 years in prison, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson) is finished with the grifters life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris (Ruth Negga), the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion: Ethan (Luke Kirby), the son of his former partner, has an ingenious plan and he wants Foley in. The harder Foley tries to escape his past, the tighter he is ensnared in Ethans web of secrets, until it becomes all too clear to Foley that some wrongs can never be made right.Photo courtesy of UNIVERSAL PICTURESHopper (Taylor Kitsch), left, takes orders from Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson) in "Battleship", an epic-scale actionadventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. OPENING, from page 1BFrom the producer of Machotaildrop, Beyond the Black Rainbow is the outlandish feature film debut of writer and director Panos Cosmatos. Featuring a hypnotic analog synthesizer score by Jeremy Schmidt of Sinoia Caves and Black Mountain, it is a film experience for the senses.HysteriaGenre: Comedy and romance Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett, Ashley Jensen, Sheridan Smith, Felicity Jones, Gemma Jones and Anna Chancellor Director: Tanya Wexler Rated: R Hysteria is a romantic comedy with an accomplished cast led by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones and Rupert Everett. It tells an untold tale of discovery the surprising story of the birth of the electro-mechanical vibrator at the very peak of Victorian prudishness. Set in London, 1880, the film follows Mortimer Granville (Dancy), a dedicated and forwardthinking young doctor, as he struggles to establish his career. While Granville preaches sanitation and germ theory, the oldguard doctors cling to leeches and hacksaws, scoff at his upstart ideas, and show him the door. Granvilles fortunes change when he arrives for an interview at the well-appointed private offices of Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Pryce), Londons leading specialist in womens medicine. Dalrymple has a thriving solo practice: His waiting room is overflowing with well-dressed women suffering weeping, nymphomania, frigidity, melancholia and anxiety afflictions of the female nervous system thought to stem from a disorder of the uterus known as hysteria. Fortunately, enlightened medicine has shown that relieving tensions within the womb can treat hysteria, and Dalrymples treatments are so successful that, as he explains to Granville, another pair of hands is his urgent need. Granville is hired on the spot.Lovely MollyGenre: Horror and thriller Cast: Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis and Alexandra Holden Director: Eduardo Sanchez Rated: R Lovely Molly is a gripping horror thriller that begins as newlywed Molly Reynolds moves Place a Number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.Crossword SudokuSudoku answers from last weekCrossword answers from last week Across 0 1. Small northern India hand drum 0 6. Bind 10. 100 lbs. 13. "Snowy" bird 14. Indicates 15. Police, with "the" 16. A loan for a personal item (2 wds) 19. Pretended 20. Ancestry 21. Not yet final, at law 22. Breathed noisily during sleep 24. "Yikes!" (2 wds) 29. Dwarf buffalo 30. Go-___ 31. Bodyguard to British monarch (3 wds) 39. Beehive, e.g. 40. Brawl 41. July 4 (2 wds) 48. One who requires something 49. "Aquarius" musical 50. IV part 51. Curved 55. South African province settled by Boers in 1836 (3 wds) 60. "Sesame Street" watcher 61. Cy Young, e.g. 62. Add up 63. "A Chorus Line" number 64. Contradict 65. Hex Down 0 1. P.I., e.g. 0 2. Eastern pooh-bah 0 3. Bikini parts 0 4. "___ go!" (contraction) 0 5. Adjust 0 6. Anyone (4 wds) 0 7. "Much ___ About Nothing" 0 8. The "p" in m.p.g. 0 9. "C'___ la vie!" 10. Actress Bloom 11. Richard ___, German composer 12. Some suits 14. Grace word 17. Arabic for "commander" 18. Hardly haute cuisine 22. "Buona ___" (Italian greeting) 23. Remaining after all deductions (variant spelling) 24. Bender 25. Charlotte-to-Raleigh dir. 26. Long, long time 27. Congratulations, of a sort 28. Amscrayed 32. Bound 33. "... happily ___ after" 34. Checkers, e.g. 35. "All the Things You ___" 36. Free from, with "of" 37. Bygone bird 38. Chester White's home 41. Altogether (2 wds) 42. Brain cell 43. Formal argument 44. "Our Time in ___" (10,000 Maniacs album) 45. Dog-___ 46. "Good going!" 47. Pastry shells 52. Above 53. "Soap" family name 54. And others, for short 56. "Crikey!" 57. "Concentration" pronoun 58. Buff 59. Add-onHoroscopesMay 17, 2012CapricornDecember 22 January 19 Feeling under the gun, Capricorn? Dont be. Yes, theyre counting on you, but they know its going to take some time for you to make things happen.AquariusJanuary 20 February 18 Sunny skies motivate you to take a break and have some fun. Dont forget about that furry friend who could use some exercise too, Aquarius.PiscesFebruary 19 March 20 Love surrounds you this week, making you feel like the world is your oyster. A blast from the past returns with a proposal larger than life. Go for it, Pisces.AriesMarch 21 April 19 Dont take anything for granted this week, Aries, especially people. Say thank you often and try not to ruffle any feathers. A special date draws near.TaurusApril 20 May 20 Gifts are meant to be used, Taurus. Dont stash something away just because its too pretty or odd. Show your appreciation with implementation.GeminiMay 21 June 21 Some risks are worth taking. Cast aside your reservations and give it a go, Gemini. Double up your efforts at work. Someone is watching and waiting.CancerJune 22 July 22 Mysteries abound. Before you don that detective cap, consider if you really want to know. You cant turn back once the cat is let out of the bag, Cancer.LeoJuly 23 August 22 Fear will control you if you let it, Leo. Face up to the situation and the strength to move forward will come. A little miracle gets the rumors flying at work.VirgoAugust 23 September 22 Lulls in conversation put everyone on edge. Find a way to break the tension, Virgo, and turn the focus where it should be. An heirloom returns.LibraSeptember 23 October 22 Adjustments must be made with an addition, but much good will come of it. A crazy outing inspires many more challenging adventures. Enjoy, Libra.ScorpioOctober 23 November 21 No matter how you spin it, Scorpio, a friend did the unthinkable. Give them some space to sort things out before you start asking questions.SagittariusNovember 22 December 21 No more running, Sagittarius. Time to deal with a health issue once and for all. The treatment will be far easier and quicker than you realize.
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Following is a list of this years most anticipated summer family films.Madagascar 3: Europes Most WantedOpens June 8Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. This time, their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent Madagascar style. Directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath and Conrad Vernon, the film calls upon the voice talents of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Frances McDormand, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Chastain and Martin Short. This film is rated PG.BraveOpens June 22Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. From Disney and Pixar, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida confronts tradition and challenges destiny to change her fate. Brave follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin, surly Lord Macintosh and cantankerous Lord Dingwall. Meridas actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers to undo a beastly curse before its too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, the film calls upon the voice talents of Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane and John Ratzenberger. This film is rated PG.Ice Age: Continental DriftOpens July 13Scrats nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which hes been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home. Directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier, the film uses the voice talents of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, QueenSummer family filmsYounger audiences find familiar faces in returning franchises Photo courtesy of DREAMWORKS ANIMATIONFrom left, Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer), Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock) and Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) go undercover in Monaco on a search for the Penguins in DreamWorks Animations Madagascar 3: Europes Most Wanted, to be released by Paramount Pictures.Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Chris Wedge, Keke Palmer and Jennifer Lopez. This film has not yet been rated. Previous films in the franchise have all earned a PG rating.Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog DaysOpens Aug. 3During his summer vacation, Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley, the hero of the phenomenally successful book series, hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club which fails to keep him away from the seasons dog days, including embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong. Directed by David Bowers, the film stars Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Robert Capron, and Steve Zahn.Clearwater PAVA exhibit, through May 31, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. On display is varied media visual art from 12 artists from the Professional Association of Visual Artists. Each artist is showing a small body of their work. A panel of their PAVA peers selected the artists. The artwork, which is available for purchase, is located in the upper East and West Galleries of the hall. The exhibit may be viewed during the halls scheduled performances. PAVA is a not-for-profit, artist run organization. Visit www.pavaartists.org. Separate Beds, by Maryjane Cruise, presented by Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 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 4465898. 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, 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 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, through May 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. 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 rulebook 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. The Florida Orchestra: Postcards from Paris, Sunday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $15. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerd hall.com. The concert will celebrate the City of Lights with romantic French melodies, Edith Piaf classics, Josephine Baker hits, Parisian caf music, Django Reinhardts gypsy jazz, high-kicking can-cans and soaring film scores by Michel Legrand. Sarah Hicks will conduct. The orchestra will be joined by Kersten Rodau, vocalist; Robb Asklof, tenor; Patrick Harison, accordion; and Gil Gutierrez, guitar. Timothy B. Schmit, Thursday, May 24, 7:30 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $37.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. After a successful run of winter shows, this groundbreaking vocalist, songwriter and bass player well known for his work as a member of the Eagles and Poco is hitting the road again with his band for a spring tour. Schmit and his full band will perform songs from his fifth solo album Expando (2009) as well as gems by the Eagles and Poco. For Schmit a threetime Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Expando presents a diverse mix of Americana, folk, country, rock and blues. Written and produced by Schmit, Expando features an eclectic array of iconic artists including The Blind Boys of Alabama, Garth Hudson, Kid Rock, Graham Nash, Van Dyke Parks, Benmont Tench and Dwight Yoakam, among others. Highlights on the varied 11-song disc include Downtime, One More Mile, White Boy From Sacramento, A Good Day, Friday Night and Parachute. Casanovas Blast Friday, Friday, May 25, 5:30 p.m., on Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. The free street fair will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and entertainment will continue until 10 p.m. Edgar Winter will perform on the Tampa Bay Times Cleveland Street Stage in front of the Capitol Theatre. The event also will feature a variety of vendors, as well as food, beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages. A child prodigy who achieved international success early on, Winter has found an audience in every major entertainment medium; music, film and television. A prolific writer, his music encompasses many different genres, including rock, jazz, blues and pop. From his critically acclaimed 1970 debut release, Entrance, he has demonstrated his unique style and ability to cross the genre lines and do the unexpected. Winter followed Entrance with two hit albums, Edgar Winters White Trash and Roadwork, backed by his group White Trash. In late 1972 Winter brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff to form The Edgar Winter Group, the legendary band that created such hits as the No. 1 Frankenstein and the ever-popular Free Ride. Released in 1973, They Only Come Out at Night peaked at the No. 3 position on the Billboard Hot 200 and stayed on the charts for an impressive 80 weeks. Al Stewart, Saturday, May 26, 7:30 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $29. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Best known for his hit album Year of the Cat, Stewart brings his latest tour to the Capitol Theatre. His gifts as a singer and songwriter have matured and ripened over the course of his musical career, stretching from the early s to the present. Stewarts first album, Bedsitter Images, was released in England in 1967 and was followed by 1969s Love Chronicles, which featured Led Zeppelins Jimmy Page and Richard Thompson on lead guitars. After several more albums written in autobiographical mode, Stewart shifted his lyrical gaze outward, into history, literature and current events, an approach debuted on 1973s Past, Present & Future. The follow-up, Modern Times, cracked the U.S. Top 40 album charts in 1975 and drew Stewart and his backing band to America for a fulllength tour. With groundwork laid and touring dues paid, Stewarts next album exploded in America: Year of the Cat, released in 1976, spawned the Top 20 hits Year of the Cat and On the Border. Dreamscape in concert, Saturday, May 26, 7 p.m., at CVF Theater, 2650 Enterprise Road, Suite B, Clearwater. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For tickets, call 733-0233 or visit dreamscapeliveinconcert.eventbrite.com. Dreamscape features James D. Gerogiannis on guitar and Brenda Doddridge on flute. Their music is described as a spectacular combination of original classical, acoustic and electric guitar work coupled with amazing and original flute melodies. For information, visit dreamscapeliveinconcert.com. See LOOKING AHEAD, page 8B Looking ahead Looking ahead
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Markus Lee, 9pm-2amFriday Fish Fry$9.95Friday, May 17Country Jake, 7-11pm Wed. Nights2 kids per adultKids Nite Eat FREE LOOKING AHEAD, from page 3B The Iron Duke, by L. Ron Hubbard, Saturday, May 26, 6 to 9 p.m., at The Fort Harrison, 210 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. Advance tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and younger. Tickets at the door are $50 for adults and $25 for children. This will be a live dramatic reading of The Iron Duke, a story of mistaken identities, romance, intrigue and war. The event will include music and dancing, photos with the cast and dinner. Call 467-6780. Kathy Grifn, Friday, June 1, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $52.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Two-time Emmy winner, NY Times bestselling author, four-time Grammy nominee, Broadway darling, 2009s GLAAD Vanguard recipient and 2011 Trevor Project Life Award honoree, Griffin will be making her fourth appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall. She will be discussion Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders. Like the previous three shows, which sold out in 2009 and 2010, we expect tickets to go quickly. Griffin has performed many successful stand-up specials for Bravo. The first in 2005 was called Kathy Griffin ... Is Not Nicole Kidman and the second in May of 2006 was called Strong Black Woman. These were followed by Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell, (2008) and Kathy Griffin: Shell Cut a Bitch (2009) which were both nominated for an Emmy in the category Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Saturday, June 2, 3 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Part of the Capitol Classics Family Movie Series sponsored by Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, the screening will celebrate the 30th anniversary of this classic film. Co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg the film stars Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas and tells the story of Elliott (Thomas), a lonely boy who befriends an extraterrestrial who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help the extraterrestrial return home while attempting to keep it hidden from their mother and the government. Critics have acclaimed the film as a timeless story of friendship and it consistently tops lists as one of the greatest science fiction film ever made. Styx, Sunday, June 3, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 791-7400 or visit www. rutheckerdhall.com. Styx continues to perform all over the United States in celebration of the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut release and in support of their recently released Regeneration, Vol. I and II, released last fall via Eagle Rock Entertainment. In addition to the reinterpretation of 13 Styx classics and the new song, Difference In The World, the double-disc collection also includes new versions of High Enough and Coming Of Age, originally recorded by Damn Yankees, which featured Tommy Shaw, along with Ted Nugent, Night Rangers Jack Blades and drummer Michael Cartellone. Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early s, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late s and early s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads. 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 5876793 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.Pinellas Park Grease!, presented by Venue Theatres Musical Stars; through May 20, at Venue Theatre and Actors Studio, 9125 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park. Performances will be May 13, 19 and 20, 2:30 p.m.; and May 12, 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for teens and adults and $5 for children age 12 and younger. Call 727-822-6194 for reservations and more information. Directed and adapted by Selena Ambush, the production features choreography by Travis Mesman and vocal direction by Wayne Berman and Jason Miller. Shadows of the Mind Ballet Performance, Saturday, May 19, 6:30 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Attendees will experience a performance that takes them through the constant battles of good and bad, right and wrong, love and hate, within the Shadows of the Mind. The production is copyrighted by Tai White, choreographer. No photography or video will be permitted. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for students. Call 565-9010. Latin Fest, Friday, May 25, 6 p.m., at Calvary Chapel, 8900 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park. A cultural celebration, the inaugural Calvary Chapel Latin Fest will feature a live concert by the band Contagious, Latin cuisine and family activities. Cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For tickets, call 577-7705 or visit calvarystp.org/concert. Safety Harbor Heart and Soul Cinema, Sunday, May 20, 1:30 p.m., at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor. The international film Beyond Silence will be shown. Admission is free. This 1996 German drama stars Sylvie Testud. In the film, a musically talented girl grows up in a house with deaf parents and illustrates the struggles that ensue from that as she matures. The film is in German and German Sign Language with English subtitles. Call 7241525, ext. 112. St. Petersburg Picturing a New Society: Photographs from the Soviet Union 1920s-1980s, through Sunday, Aug. 19, in the second-floor Works on Paper Gallery in the Hazel Hough Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. The exhibit explores how photography was used in the development and propagation of communism. It also raises larger questions surrounding the perception and interpretation of photographs, which are often viewed as strictly representing reality. Artists in the early days of Soviet rule redefined their role in society. No longer creators of paintings, drawings, and sculptures for the elite, many artists embraced photography as an art for the masses. They advanced the cause of the October Revolution of 1917 by experimenting with avant-garde processes and points of view. Photographers represented include Alexander Ustinov, Max Alpert, Emanuel Evzerikhin, and Georgi Zelma, among others. The photographs in this exhibition are selections from recent donations by Howard Schickler and Janice Tuckwood of more than 200 Soviet photographs. These images, the first of their kind to enter the collection, illuminate history and explore the manifold uses of photography. Museum hours are Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $17 for adults, $15 for those 65 and older, and $10 for students 7 and older, including college students with current identification. Children 6 and younger and Museum members are admitted free. For information, call 896-2667 or visit www.fine-arts.org. In the Next Room, by Sarah Ruhl, presented by freeFall Theatre Company, through May 20, at freeFall, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Ticket prices vary according to performance date and time. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com. This charming and irreverent comedy of manners, set against the backdrop of a curious Victorian medical practice used to cure women of hysteria, explores the nature of intimacy in married life. Reections, an art exhibit, through May 31, at Artlofts Studios, 10 Fifth St. N., St. Petersburg. Artlofts will present a new visual art exhibition by Gulf Coast Artists Alliance studio members. The show will encompass the members varied talents and interests including painting, sculpture, photography and jewelry. Participating members will include Julie Maureen Baker, Kathy Bowen, Richard Canary, Judith Curtis, John Di Sanza, Doris Clanton, Mitzie Flavin, Nancy and John Martis, Suzanne Johnson, Chrissie Renee, Carole Rosefelt, Sally Stewart and Judy Vienneau. Call 738-8010 or email email@example.com. The Florida Orchestra: Once Upon a Time, Thursday, May 17, 11 a.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. Tickets start at $24. The concert will feature Ravels Beauty and the Beast from Mother Goose Suite, Tchaikovskys Waltz from Swan Lake, and Williams ET: Adventures on Earth. Stuart Malina will conduct this morning Coffee Concert, with complimentary coffee and doughnuts served before the performance. Taste of Asia Festival, Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, at St. Petersburg Shuffle Board Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N., St. Petersburg. Hours will be Friday, 6 to 11 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. The inaugural event will offer attendees an opportunity to sample a great variety of Asian food specialties and enjoy entertainment in the form of ethnic music and dance. Participating groups will include Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese and South Pacific Islander member groups of SPIFFS. Admission is free. Call 552-1896.