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By LEE CLARK ZUMPEWhile most Americans look forward to Memorial Day as a welcome three-day weekend and a kick-off to the summer, the true meaning of the holiday is sometimes overlooked. According to David W. Blight, professor of American history at Yale University, Memorial Day grew from an 1865 event in Charleston, S.C. Former slaves organized a May Day ceremony to honor Union prisoners of war who had been buried in unmarked graves at the Charleston Race Course during the war. The freed men cleaned and landscaped the burial ground. More than 10,000 people gathered to commemorate the dead. Within a few years, there were calls to make such commemoration ceremonies a nationwide event. The name of the holiday gradually changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day, though it was not made official by Federal law until 1967. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, shifting the observances of four holidays, including Memorial Day, from the traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a three-day weekend. Services are planned throughout the United States and Pinellas County. One of the biggest local observances will take place Monday, May 28, 10 a.m., at Bay Pines National Cemetery, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. The Bay Pines National Cemetery is the only National Cemetery in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. More than 3,000 are expected to attend this years event. To mark the occasion, all 31,733 graves will be marked See PINELLAS, page 4A Sheriff worries about response times By SUZETTE PORTERST. PETERSBURG Five years of budget cuts are having a borderline effect on public safety, especially response times, says Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. Gualtieri presented his budget for fiscal year 2013 during a budget information meeting May 15 in St. Petersburg. He also talked about challenges and concerns. At the end of the day, I just want to make sure we stay safe, Gualtieri said. My biggest concern is response time. Its 47 seconds, it cant go up. He said from 2008 to 2011, the Sheriffs Office had eliminated 616 full time positions, including 167 law enforcement deputies, 250 detention and corrections deputies, and 199 support staff. One consequence is the slowdown in response time. In the first quarter of 2010, the average response to an armed emergency was 3 minutes 36 seconds. In the first quarter of 2011, the average response time to an armed emergency was 4 minutes 10 seconds. In the first quarter of 2012, the response time was up to 4 minutes 23 seconds. The Sheriffs Office employs 2,715 people, including its force of part-time school crossing guards. The employees have the primary law enforcement responsibility for nearly half the countys 282 square miles of land and nearly 41 percent of the population. Gualtieri showed a pie chart of operations, which are 48 percent law enforcement, 45 percent detentions and corrections, and 7 percent judicial operations. Personnel make up the biggest portion of his budget, 87 percent. Operating expenses are about 13 percent with only a fraction of a percent for capital outlay. Another consequence of a reduction in personnel is the average hold time for all calls routine non-emergency through armed emergency calls. In the first quarter of 2010, the average hold time was 2 minutes 21 seconds. By the first quarter of 2011, the time had increased to 3 minutes one second. In the first quarter of 2012, hold time was up to 3 minutes five seconds an increase of 44 seconds from 2010. See SHERIFF, page 4A Features Business . . . . . . . . . .10A Classieds . . . . . . . . .4-7B Community . . . . . . . .11-12A County . . . . . . . . . . .6-7A Entertainment . . . . . . .1-3,8B Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . .2-3,5A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . .9A Pets of the week . . . . . . . .12A Police beat . . . . . . . . . .6A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .8A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising LARGOCity commissioner wont run againCity commissioner Gigi Arntzen said May 15 she will not seek re-election to Seat 4. ... Page 2A.COUNTYSafe Harbor spurs debate at meetingOne Pinellas County commissioner isnt happy with the proposed budget for the Sheriffs Office. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri presented his fiscal year 2013 budget May 15 and, the same as most other Pinellas County Constitutional officers, it was slightly less than the target amount assigned by the Office of Budget and Management. After Gualtieris presentation, Commissioner Norm Roche questioned funding for Pinellas Safe Harbor and the validity of the facilitys purpose as a jail diversion program. Roche based his questions off information he heard during the commissioners tour of the Safe Harbor the day before. ... Page 7A.At the box officeOpening this weekend is the Chernobyl Diaries, which follows six young vacationers who go off the beaten path and hire an extreme tour guide. ... Page 3B. Its never the sameLHS principal reflects upon her career By TOM GERMONDLARGO Amid paperwork, sticky notes and folders on Marjorie Sundstroms desk are a pair of garden clippers that she puts to good use. The principal of Largo High School is not afraid to get her hands dirty, and that may mean she and other volunteers will make time for campus grooming Sundstrom is retiring next month after holding several positions in her 36 1/2year career working for Pinellas County schools. She began her first job as a principal at LHS in the fall of 2008, believing that she had such great experiences working with principals at other schools that she was up to the challenge. Prior to coming to LHS, she was an assistant principal at St. Petersburg High School for four years and an assistant principal at Osceola High School for 10 years. Shes been a teacher, trainer, grant writer and a special education teacher at elementary and middle schools. Ive been around; lets put it that way, Sundstrom said. And then, as a principal you are a little bit of a mother, problem solver, option finder, resource locator, mediator, and I love the job because its never the same. Its different every day, and you get to interact with great kids and Ive always enjoyed working with students and working with the staff to try to problem solve and try to improve. She pursued a career in education in part because she was always good with people. She had worked with kids and originally was a psychology major. It was kind of a marriage of learning and the theory of learning and the psychology that I had just fit for me, she said. Dealing with students that basically struggled with learning, she had to find different ways to teach them. I will say that background and thinking has served me well through the years. Because we didnt have a lot of materials back then for those kids. You really had to be creative, innovative, problem solve; work with the kids, analyze what they were doing, all the things that were suppose to be doing. There was no excuse. You had to do it because you were the only person to help that kid, Sundstrom said. Balancing the needs of students with available resources at the school is the most difficult part of the job, she said, because you do have to make choices. You want to make the best choices and you want to be creative and innovative in making sure the students and the staff get what they need. The frustrating part is the state keeps changing the rules so you have to keep learning and relearning what the rules are. And then you think you get it straightened out, and they change the rules again, she said, laughing. Thats been the most frustrating part. If they would just make up their mind, and stay with it, it would be wonderful, she said. Along those lines, she said she is not opposed to the FCAT per se or school officials being held accountable. I think the concept of having a test that the students are held to a standard to meet is fine, and I think we have basically risen to the challenge. In the schools I have been in, most of the stu-Photo by TOM GERMONDLargo High School Principal Marjorie Sundstrom is retiring after working 36 1/2 years for Pinellas County Schools.City holds contest to name owl Scouts build enclosure at McGough Park for injured bird. ... Page 3A. Tickets start at $29. See top five diversions for details ... 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A groundbreakaing ceremony for the new complex was held May 15. The complex is expected to be open in June 2013. See page 5A for details.Pinellas remembers those who served INSIDE VIEWPOINTSPierre TristamLegislature shortchanges school system, columnist says. Page 8A. You dont realize as an instructor how much impact you have on these kids. The things that they will remember.Marjorie Sundstrom LHS principaldents are not graduating because of FCAT. So I really dont have a problem with the graduation requirement that way, she said. I think again the most problem I have is they keep changing the rules. State officials should examine the implications of the tests standards and rules before they impose them on the schools. Too often, state officials backpedal on issues such as the tests, she said. If they would just listen. Its not that we dont want to be accountable But they just need to give us fair warning and stick to it, she said. Conversely, the most satisfying aspect of her job is the feedback from students who tell administrators such as herself that they like how we are doing this or we appreciate you doing this. And then setting some goals and accomplishing them, she said. On numerous occasions she comes across her former students, such as at restaurants and grocery stores. Sometimes, having not seen a former student for 20 years, she may not recognize him or her. And hes saying, I remember you. You did this and this and this. And Im much better now, Sundstrom said. She recalled that one of her students, a St. Petersburg firefighter, went to New York City shortly after 9/11 to provide assistance. His photo was in the then St. Pete Times. Seeing that he had taken on such a challenge and is successful is a source of pride for her. You dont realize as an instructor how much impact you have on these kids, Sundstrom said. The thing that they will remember what you said to them is phenomenal. Those are things that really touch me the most because then I know I was able to personally change someone, and thats what we are all about. Largo High School Assistant Principal Jonathan Marina said Sundstrom has See PRINCIPAL, page 4A
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The signals are only partially working with some components removed, and the city has been unsuccessful at getting the vendor to make the appropriate repairs. Although the pedestrian crossing meet Florida Department of Transportation standards without an active signal system, staff recommends that the signals be replaced due to high traffic volume along the corridor and efforts to create a pedestrian environment. The cost to buy the units is $64,512, and the costs to install them is $60,934. Commissioner Curtis Holmes May 15 questioned the need to replace the signals, saying that the city spent a lot of money on the system, which is only four to six years old. City Public Works Director Brian Usher said the original vendor has not been responsive to the citys requests that it address the problems with the signals, which are no longer under warranty. Commissioners authorized the work.Temporary signage program continuesLARGO A temporary signage program will continue for the third consecutive year. City commissioners May 15 authorized their staff to continue the economic stimulus program until July 2013. More than 152 temporary sign permits have been issued since the creation of the program on July 6, 2010. City officials said the overall response from local businesses has been positive. The program allows businesses an additional sign allowance to help improve their visibility. An average of seven permits have been issued per month. City approves moratorium on feesLARGO In an effort to spur the local economy, stimulate residential development and continue with the citys business-friendly initiative, the Largo City Commission approved a 24-month moratorium on the collection of parkland and facility/capital improvement fees at their May 15 meeting. We are seeing activity in the residential market, said Carol Stricklin, Largo Community Development director, in a press release, and the City of Largo is seeking to remove barriers to project feasibility. The parkland and facility/capital improvement fees collected on residential development cost between $1,800-$2,600 per unit and the money is used to buy and develop parks. The moratorium translates to a lower cost associated with building a new home or housing development within the City of Largo. City commissioner says she wont seek re-electionLARGO City commissioner Gigi Arntzen said May 15 she will not seek re-election to Seat 4. I wanted to advise the commission and residents I have decided I will not seek re-election this year, she said. Hopefully, that will signal to some interested residents who might want to step up and run for office, she said at the commissions meeting. Contacted Wednesday afternoon, Arntzen said shes enjoyed every minute of her service on the City Commission. Im just looking forward to retirement, she said. Its been 6 1/2 wonderful years. Although she plans to travel, she wants to stay involved in the community. Looking back on her tenure as a commissioner, Arntzen said she takes pride in an accumulation of accomplishments rather than any single project. However, she added that the construction of the Highland Recreation Complex, now under way, and completion of a community center were two of the biggest projects that she supported. We have an outstanding staff, she said. Arntzen was elected in 2006 to a three-year term and re-elected in 2009. She retired from county government in 2003 following a 30-year career in secretarial and administrative positions. She has lived in Largo since 1973. Tom Germond Gigi Arntzen How to contribute All press releases are published on a space available basis. 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The barred owl didnt seem to mind, though, that Boy Scout Troop 135s Casey Sammel and other troop members were busy building an enclosure for another owl May 19 at the McGough Park Nature Center next to her cage. Sammel said it will take three or four working days to build the cage for its great horned owl, which was brought to Busch Gardens after being struck by a car. The owl suffered a broken wing and was unable to fly. Busch Gardens veterinarian helped to save the birds wing by performing several operations involving inserting a pin into the humerus bone, which was shattered from the accident. For several weeks following the surgeries, the Animal Care Center at Busch Gardens rehabbed the bird and nursed it back to health. Local bird of prey specialist Barb Walker heard about the injured owl and contacted the staff at the McGough Nature Center. She was very familiar with the incident that happened over a year ago, in which the centers great horned owl, J.R., was released from his cage overnight by vandals and was unable to be recaptured. Since then, the Nature Center acquired Matilda, which also had been injured. I was looking for an Eagle Scout project, Sammel said. The (city officials) needed an enclosure so it ended up being perfect timing. So I looked at that enclosure, the one already built here. They found a location for me and it was just a great opportunity to make an enclosure. I love nature. I wanted my Eagle project to be something about nature. The Clearwater Audubon Society has donated the $1,400 needed for construction materials. The new great horned owl is a juvenile and DNA testing has confirmed it to be a male. While the owl gets comfortable with his new environment, McGough is asking the community to help give the bird a name. All names can be submitted online at LargoNature.com through June 22. The list of names will be narrowed down to the top five and then posted on Largos Recreation, Parks and Arts Facebook page (www.facebook.com/playlargo) for fan voting. The name with the most votes will become the new name given to the Great Horned Owl. For photos of the bird and to submit your name(s), visit LargoNature.com. The owl can be viewed daily at McGough Nature Center, 146th Street North during the centers operating hours. For additional information, call 518-3047.Boy Scout troop members buiding owl enclosure Photo by TOM GERMONDCasey Sammel, right, and other members of Boy Scout Troop 135 build an owl enclosure at the McGough Nature Center. The city of Largo is holding a naming contest for McGough Parks new great horned owl. new Largo Community Centers Open Air Market. The market will consist of local produce, crafters, food vendors, jewelry, artists and entertainment. For more information visit LargoCommunityCenter. com. Call 518-3131. The event is free. Stories in the Park June 2, 10:30 a.m., McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N Description: Come join our park rangers each month for a morning story, a hike through the park and snacks with your kids. Held the first Saturday of each month. Call 518-3047 to preregister today! The fee is $3 per family. See AROUND LARGO, page 5A Around Largo Around LargoFree genealogy/family history classes in June at Largo Library provided by Pinellas Genealogy Society. Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Description: Free classes this month include: Ancestry.com how to use this huge site, Getting Started in Genealogy, Using familysearch.org (LDSMormon website) and Internet Genealogy getting started. See the complete listing with details of classes and scheduled times at www.flpgs.org/classes.aspx. Email Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com or call 595-4521 for more information. Call 587-6715. The event is free. Square dancing June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 7:30 until 9:45 p.m., Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Description: Like country style dancing? Square or round? Spend the evening dancing to professional caller Allen Snell. Join anytime. Call 518-3131. The fee is $6. Open air market June 2, 9, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Description: Enjoy your Saturday morning browsing through a variety of vendors at the brand
4A Leader, May 24, 2012Ambrose seeks state House of Representatives District 66 seat By WAYNE AYERSBELLEAIR BLUFFS Local business owner and political activist Mary Lou Ambrose has qualified to run for a seat in the Florida House, representing newly created District 66. The district includes Belleair, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Beach, Belleair Shore, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Seminole, and western parts of Largo and Clearwater. Ambrose is a resident of Belleair Bluffs and co-owns East Bay Insurance and Financial Services LLC with her husband, Belleair Bluffs City Commissioner Joseph Barkley. Ambrose, a Democrat, will face Indian Rocks Beach City Commissioner Joanne Cookie Kennedy in the primary Aug. 14. Republican state Rep. Larry Ahern, whose district (51) is being eliminated, is the only Republican candidate to have qualified for the new district. Ambrose is making her first try for political office, although she has been active and held office in local party organizations. She said she wants to go to Tallahassee because she believes there is too much power in one party, and no room for compromise. If elected, Ambrose said she will focus on issues relating to women and education. I dont like what is happening in Tallahassee (regarding women), she said. There seems to be an effort to take us back to the 1950s and void our accomplishments. Also, the schools are suffering from underfunding, she believes. The public schools are the core of education and need to be funded adequately, she said. She is concerned that subjects such as music, gym, and physics have been completely eliminated in many schools. Ambrose is also critical of the state FCAT tests. Its not effective, she said, because the teachers have to spend so much time teaching to the test. Ambroses educational background includes degrees in marketing and law from Rutgers University in New Jersey, which she earned after the age of 40. She has owned several small businesses, a law practice and, currently, an insurance agency. Ambrose is a mother of four, stepmother of three, and grandmother of eight. She and Joe Barkley have been married for more than 30 years, and have lived in Belleair Bluffs since 2005. PRINCIPAL, from page 1Aimproved the schools reputation and has built stronger bonds with Largo during her tenure. She fights tirelessly for Largo High School and to be treated equally. I think Largo High has come a long way under her leadership, he said. Joshua Wolfenden, also an LHS assistant principal, had similar comments. Margie Sundstrom has been a force of positive change here at Largo High School. Her tireless efforts to improve this school are reflected in the school grade during her years here as well as the overall climate of student discipline and teacher morale, he said. She has dedicated much of her life to Pinellas County Schools and she will be sorely missed upon her retirement. Pinellas County Area 2 Superintendent William Corbett said that Sundstrom has been instrumental in driving Largo High School as principal, putting many programs in place. Marjorie has been a leader in our high schools for a long time, said Corbett. Sundstrom and her husband, Bill, who have two grown children, plan to travel some after Sundstrom retires. Weve built a sailboat together and sold it, she said. Were working on our last boat. So once we get that done, well probably cruise where we normally have cruised before and venture off to the Bahamas and perhaps do the Great Loop. That will take them through Hudson River and numerous other waterways in the eastern United States. Shell have plenty of time to reflect. Largo is a great school. I have been at four high schools. The students here are very accepting, very willing to learn and work with the staff to try to improve themselves and the school, she said. They are willing to give to the community. They work with Seabird Sanctuary. They do Hospice. They feed 50 kids every week at Milldred Helms (Elementary). All those kinds of things that never get in the press. You hear about the few that are doing something wrong, but the vast majority of the kids are wonderful, wonderful kids, she said. Our future we are in good hands. SHERIFF, from page 1AStill, the Sheriffs Office is doing its job, Gualtieri said, pointing to a more than 28 percent increase in arrests for Part 1 crimes since 2010. Part 1 crimes include aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, robbery, arson, burglary, vehicle theft and others involving violence or property. The clearance rate for Part 1 crimes in 2011 was 30.9 percent, 6.7 percent higher than the state average and only slightly lower than the national rate of 33.6 percent. Gualtieri said clearance rate refers to closed or solved cases, whether the charges are dropped, the statute of limitations runs out or there was an arrest. The preferred method is, of course, arrest, he said. The better statistic is the clearance rate for homicides, which was 100 percent in 2010 and 2011. The national average is 65 percent. The Sheriffs Office is responsible for a countywide monitoring and tracking of sexual predators and offenders. As of April 13, PSCO was monitoring 1,606 sexual offenders. Gualtieri said sex related computer crime was increasing. In 2011, the Crimes against Children Unit investigated 419 cases of crimes against children. Of that number, 121 were sex crimes. Other figures the sheriff presented to help commissioners understand the workload his employees face include the 5,589 burglaries or other property crimes investigated by the Burglary and Pawn Division in 2011 and the 933,000 who passed through the magnetometers at the entrances to County court buildings. Gualtieri said court security deputies provided security for 1,432 trials and 340,945 judicial hearings where judges were present and 28,000 hearings for hearing officers. Court security deputies handled 41,323 in-custody inmates and took 2,963 individuals into custody from court. The county jail is a big responsibility and major expense. In 2011, 47,376 bookings took place at the facility in Clearwater. Gualtieri said current jail bed capacity is 3,271. The average daily population is about 3,200, including an average of 200 inmates sleeping on the floor. Direct supervision housing units are designed for one deputy per 62 inmates. The ratio in Pinellas in most direct supervision units is one per 80, Gualtieri said. Direct housing units are one big room with beds, or mats on the floor when needed. The deputy is locked inside with the inmates for 12-hour shifts, Gualtieri said. They live in there with them except for a 30 minute lunch, he said. All told, between the jail and Pinellas Safe Harbor, an alternative facility for homeless individuals arrested for ordinance violations and other nonviolent crimes, Gualtieri said the Sheriffs Office had about 3,600 people a day in our custody. One new program Gualtieri said was making a difference, is the Violent Crime Task Force staffed by PCSO employees and the city of St. Petersburgs Police Department. Weve seized a lot of guns and drugs, Gualtieri said. The task force has worked in St. Petersburg, Highpoint and Clearwater. We need to do more, he said. Its keeping the community safe. By SUZETTE PORTERAs Americans make their Memorial Day holiday plans, others are gearing up to make sure everyone stays safe. Florida Highway Patrol, as with most all major travel holidays, will suspend office duties in an effort to place as many troopers on the road to ensure the safety of all motorists (citizens and visitors alike), according to Sgt. Steve Gaskins, FHP Public Affairs officer. Travelers should plan their trips accordingly allowing for plenty of time there and back, Gaskins said. He also recommended checking the FHP website, www.flhsmv.gov/fhp, for travel issues or the 511 system. He said motorists should call FHP if drivers need assistance or to report aggressive or impaired drivers. Avoid distractions by using hands-free cell phone devices or avoid cell phone use entirely, wear seatbelts and dont drink and drive, he said. FHP will be participating in the annual Click It or Ticket, U.S. Department of Transportations National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations annual Memorial Day campaign to encourage seat belt use. This years event is scheduled from May 21 through June 3. This years campaign focuses on the use of seat belts day and night. According to the NHTSA, in 2010 nationally, 61 percent of the 10,647 people killed in passenger vehicles crashes overnight (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash, compared to 42 percent during the daytime hours. In addition, of the 22,187 killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2010, 51 percent were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes. NHTSA also is targeting its message toward younger motorists and men. In 2010, 62 percent of people ages 18 to 34 killed in a crash were not wearing a seat belt the highest percentage of any group. Isolate the data to men only, and the number goes up to 66 percent, the NHTSA says.Sobriety checkpointPinellas County Sheriffs Office is starting the Memorial Day weekend with a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, May 25, at 41522 U.S. 19 N. in Tarpon Springs. According to Cecilia Barreda, public information specialist, the site is the location of the former Tarpon Lanes Bowling. Deputies will set up in the parking lot on the corner of East Cypress Street from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and will be stopping motorists traveling southbound on U.S. 19. Barreda said checkpoints are all inclusive, meaning motorists are stopped and processed, if necessary, in front of the command post. Transport vans will be available for anyone who needs a ride to jail. Checkpoints are designed to bring a message of the dangers of drinking and driving, Barreda said. Theyre used to educate the public that its not a good thing to do.Boating safetyThe Sheriffs Marine Unit also will be out throughout the holiday weekend. Memorial Day kicks off the beginning of summer, Barreda said. A lot of boaters will be out on the water. Deputies will be stopping boaters and conducting safety checks to make sure all the necessary equipment is on board, including the appropriate number of life vests and floatation devices. Deputies will be watching for boaters operating in an erratic manner and intoxicated vessel operators. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also is urging more focus on boater safety during the Memorial Day weekend. Florida is a great place to enjoy boating yearround, said Col. Jim Brown, director of the FWCs Division of Law Enforcement. That weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer and means even more people will be out on the water. National Safe Boating Week (May 19-25) also presents an opportunity to emphasize the importance of remaining safe while boating. Safety precautions include staying alert, wearing a life jacket and designating a sober boat operator. According to the FWC, inattentiveness of the operator often contributes to boating accidents. Pinellas County ranked No. 4 in the state for boating accidents in 2010. According to a report from the FWC, in 65 percent of accidents operator inattentiveness was to blame. Collision with another vessel and collision with a fixed object were the top two types of accidents recorded. The FWC reported 29 accidents without injury in 2010, 19 without injury and five fatal accidents. Statistics show that more than 64 percent of the 66 boating-related deaths confirmed in 2011 were due to drowning. For more information on boating safety, visit MyFWC.com/Boating.Tow to GoSince 1998, AAA and Budweiser have collaborated to offer a Tow to Go program throughout Florida, Georgia, and the Western two-thirds of Tennessee. The free program available to AAA members and nonmembers provides a tow and free ride home to people who have had too much to drink during holiday seasons. Tow to Go is available this Memorial Day holiday from May 25-28. Since the programs inception, more than 18,000 drunk drivers have called the toll-free number, 1800-AAA-HELP instead of endangering themselves and others on the road.Take precautions to be safe during the holiday weekend St. Jerome Early Childhood Center hosted its Annual Mothers Day Teas on May 11. The preschoolers and their moms enjoyed treats as they shared time together. The children have been working on many projects to show their love and appreciation for mom handmade bonnets, necklaces for moms to wear, pictures of mom drawn and decorated by their child, what they like to do best with mom lists, crafted flowers, placemats, treat boxes and more. Shown are Rhett Turner, 5, and mom Dina TurnerMothers Day tea PINELLAS, from page 1Awith U.S. flags to honor those who gave their lives while serving in the military. Boy Scout Troops will begin placing flags on the graves on Saturday, May 26, 8 a.m. This years ceremony will be hosted by Fox 13 reporter Alcides Sequi and will include musical performances, a firing salute and taps performance. There also will be a special performance and flag ceremony conducted by the Clearwater High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Silent Drill Team. Guest speakers for the event will include Congressman C.W. Bill Young, new Bay Pines VA Medical Center director Suzanne M. Klinker and Bay Pines National Cemetery representative Maurice Roan. Parking is available nearby and shuttles will provide transportation for guests from parking lots to the National Cemetery. The venue is handicapped accessible. A sign language interpreter will be available for the hearing impaired. For information, call 398-9426.Other local observances include the following: The Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance will host a Memorial Day Sunset Parade and Ceremony Sunday, May 27, 7:30 p.m., at Crest Lake Park, 201 Glenwood Ave., Clearwater. The Coast Guard Auxiliary, Computing Technologies Inc., the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce and Curlew Hills Memorial Garden sponsor the event. Following the ceremony, the film Taking Chance will be screened. Attendees may bring blankets and low-sitting chairs. Popcorn and soft drinks will be available. The city of Largo will honor those who have lost their lives while fighting for America in a ceremony Monday, May 28, 7 p.m., in the Military Court of Honor at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. This ceremonial event will include music, a color guard and wreath presentation in remembrance of fallen soldiers. The keynote speaker will be Marvin L. Hill, Command Sergeant Major, United States Army. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit LargoEvents.com. The Veteran Appreciation Memorial Day Expo will take place Thursday, May 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Veterans will have an opportunity to learn about services available to them at this expo. The free event also will include barbecue, entertainment, health screenings, raffles and door prizes. Call 452-1300. A Memorial Day Ceremony will take place Monday, May 28, 2 to 5 p.m., at Heisler-Johnson American Legion Post 119, 130 First Ave. SW, Largo. The free event will honor heroes who answered the call and those who gave all. The public is welcome. A Memorial Day service and picnic will be presented Monday, May 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Memorial Garden at St. Dunstans Episcopal Church, 10888 26th Ave. N., Largo. The free event will honor loved ones interred in the churchs Memorial Garden as well as others who have died in service. Call 586-6968. The annual Memorial Day Family Funfest will take place Monday, May 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Armed Forces Military Museum, 2050 34th Way N., Largo. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youths 4 to 12. This family-friendly special event will include rock wall climbing, a bounce house, power bungee jumping, face painting, military dressup, photo opportunities, karaoke, a DJ and entertainment. Guests may enjoy a ride on a WWII M8 Greyhound Reconnaissance Vehicle at regular cost. Food also will be available for purchase. Moss Feaster Funeral Home and Serenity Gardens Memorial Park will host a Day of Remembrance Monday, May 28, 11 a.m., at 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. The event will include a parade of colors, guest speakers and Egypt Shrine Highlanders Pipe and Drum Band. Tent, seating and refreshments will be available. Call 562-2080 or visit www.mossfeasterlarog.com. A Memorial Day Ceremony will take place Monday, May 28, 11 a.m., at Freedom Lake Park, 9990 46th St. N., Pinellas Park. Attendees will join members of the Korean War Veterans Association Suncoast Chapter 14 in honoring lives and memories of those who have defended America throughout history. Residents, veterans and city officials will come together to recognize the brave men and women who have served and are serving in all branches of the United States Military. Call 541-0895. Amvets Post 698 will host a Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 28, 1 p.m., at 5864 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park. The ceremony will be followed by a spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. Call 548-0698. WellCare Health Plans will host a Memorial Day event Friday, May 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 7870 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park. Mary Lou Ambrose
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There will be an indoor running track for those days that are too darn hot or its raining and you want to get your exercise, Byrne said. The track will circle a double gymnasium; one will have a wood floor for basketball. We are going to have a really neat area called the Extra Play Room. For those who want to forget theyre working out and have fun, but still get a workout, this is the place for you, Byrne said. The complex also will have a more traditional fitness room, party rooms, concession areas, a game room and a preschool. Our goal was to design a building where an entire family can come mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, kids, teens and children and spend a day and get fit and have fun. And I think we have accomplished that, Byrne said. The city borrowed $17 million for the project, located between Lake and Highland avenues. Gould Evans Associates of Tampa is the architectural firm. Creative Contractors of Clearwater is the construction management firm.City officials break ground for recreation complexFrom left, Annaliese Smith, Kathryn Feaster and Sue Porter, members of the citys Recreation, Parks and Arts Advisory Board, look at an artists rendering of a three-story playground that will be part of the new Highlands Recreation Complex. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new complex, between Lake and Highland avenues was held May 15.Photo by TOM GERMOND AROUND LARGO, from page 3ATrain Weekend June 2-3, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Description: Ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad on the first full weekend every month in Largo Central Park. For a schedule of dates as well as pictures from this event, please go to the Special Events Train Weekend page at LargoEvents.com. Call 587-6740, ext. 5014. The event is free but donations accepted. Largo Clay Court Championship June 23,Largo Tennis Center,13120 Vonn Road. Description: Adult combo doubles tournament with rankings of 6.0 9.0. Must be a USTA member. Registration and additional information at Tennislink.com. Call 518-3125. Swing Dance Saturdays June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 7 until 11 p.m., Largo Community Center. Description: Come enjoy an evening of dancing and socializing every Saturday night. Enjoy a free lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. and a DJ dance from 8 until 11 p.m.. Our resident DJ is Savoy Swing. Dont miss out on our 5,600-square-foot sprung hardwood floor. For more information visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call 518-3131. The fee is $7. Southwest Neighborhood Summer Kickoff June 9, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road. Description: Come celebrate summer with friends and family. A hot dog lunch and bottled water will be available as well as floats, inner tubes and diving boards for recreational use. Experience underwater exploration with Discover Scuba, ages 17 and younger require a parent signature. Door prizes will be given away. For more information call 518-3126. The event is free and there is a fee of $10 per entry. The rst day of summer camp June 11. Description: The city of Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department welcomes you to another exciting summer of camp. This years theme is Play! Unplugged. We are dedicated to getting kids active and using creativity in play, without being plugged in. We offer sports, dance, teen, nature, golf, tennis, performing arts, health and wellness, specialty camps and preschool camps. For more information, visit LargoCamps.com or call Highland Recreation Complex at 5183016 or Southwest Recreation Complex at 5183125. Itty Bitty Splashtime June 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 and 29, 9:45 until 10:45 a.m., Highland Family Aquatic Center,400 Highland Ave. Description: Parents can spend quality time with their preschool aged children in a safe and playful aquatic environment. Moms clubs are welcome. 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The search warrant was the culmination of an investigation into narcotics being sold from the residence. As a result of the search warrant two subjects were arrested. Additionally, 11 marijuana plants were seized from the residence. Michael Cain, 45, of Largo was charged with one count of possession of cannabis and one count of possession of Clonazepam. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. Richard Brennan, 41, of Largo was charged with three counts of sale of cannabis, three counts of possession of cannabis and one count of cultivation/manufacture of cannabis. He was booked into the county jail under a $35,000 bond.Palm Harbor teen dies in crashCLEARWATER An 18-year-old Palm Harbor woman died in a motorcycle crash at 9:49 a.m. May 17, at the intersection of South Belcher and Belleair roads. According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, Angelica Lee Hall was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by Shay Daniel Lydon, 20, of Palm Harbor. Lydon was traveling northbound on Belcher Road in the inside travel lane. Charles Manning, 62, of Russellville was traveling westbound on Belleair Road. Lydon ran the red light and hit the left side of Mannings Toyota. Lydon and Hall were thrown from the motorcycle. Lydon suffered critical injuries. Hall died at the scene of the crash. Neither were wearing a helmet. Manning and his passenger, Patricia Muth, 70, of Clearwater suffered serious injuries. The vehicles came to rest in the intersection, resulting in closure of the roadway for about three hours. The crash remains under investigation.Man arrested for concealed handgunCLEARWATER Pinellas County sheriffs deputies arrested a Clearwater man about 1:51 a.m. May 17 after he was found to be carrying a concealed loaded semi-automatic handgun. According to the sheriffs report, deputies Chris Nault and Caro Spearman were on routine patrol in the area of Sunset Point Road and Belcher Road when they observed a man, later identified as 21year-old William Cody Roach, walking westbound on Belcher Road. Roach was carrying a camouflage backpack. The deputies exited their cruiser. Spearman approached the man and asked if he could speak to him. To which he agreed. Spearman further asked if he had any weapons on him. Roach denied having any weapons and consented to a pat down. No weapons were found. Roach then provided his name to the deputy. Before stepping away to run his name for warrants, the deputy asked Roach if he was carrying any weapons in his backpack, to which Roach replied he only had a PS3 game in the backpack. The deputy asked to check his bag. Roach consented to the search, at which point the deputy located a loaded 9mm Cobray semi-automatic handgun and an additional magazine. Roach was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and transported to the Pinellas County Jail where he was later released on $5,000 bond. This is an excellent example of the proactive policing work being done by our deputies on a daily basis to help take guns off the street, said Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. Roach previously was arrested on Nov. 30, 2010 on various drug charges and one charge of carrying a concealed stolen firearm.Sheriff releases Wolf Pack resultsLARGO The Pinellas County Sheriffs Wolf Pack patrolled the roadways Friday night into the wee hours of Saturday morning looking for impaired and aggressive drivers. The monthly operation is intended to help reduce injuries associated with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and educate the public. Mays operation took place countywide from 9 p.m. May 18 through 5 a.m. May 19. The results of the operation are as follows: 5 DUIs 1 driving with a suspended or revoked license 1 attach tag not assigned to vehicle 1 possession of marijuana (misdemeanor) 1 possession of a controlled substance (felony) 1 warrant arrest (warrant for DUI) 13 citations 16 warnings.Alleged armed robber arrestedCLEARWATER Clearwater police arrested a man for an armed robbery that happened on May 13, according to a police Facebook report. Thomas Delgado, 44, of Clearwater allegedly entered the 7-Eleven on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and demanded money from a clerk at gunpoint. The clerk complied and placed an undisclosed amount of money in a store grocery bag. The suspect took the money and fled the store, the report said. Due to several robberies at Clearwater businesses, Clearwater Police robbery detectives conducted several surveillance details, focusing their efforts on potential targets during the weekend, late night and early morning hours. Robbery detectives were in the area and saw the suspect flee in a vehicle after committing the robbery, the report said. The suspect was stopped at Drew Street and Mercury Avenue, where he was taken into custody. The suspect was positively identified and the money was recovered. The suspect was believed to be linked to other recent robberies since January, and in the first day of investigation, he was linked to three more robberies. Delgado is also accused of armed robbery of a 7-Eleven at 1725 Drew Street on Jan. 20 at 11:39 p.m.; the same 7-Eleven on April 15 at 1:58 a.m.; and a Hess at 2185 Drew Street on April 21 at 11:54 p.m. He is currently at the Pinellas County Jail charged with four counts robbery with a deadly weapon or firearm and is being held in lieu of $200,000 bond.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. Anyone with additional information regarding the case is asked to call the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office Robbery/Homicide Unit at 582-6200. Or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800873-TIPS\Teachers aide charged with sex with a studentCLEARWATER A former teachers aide was arrested on May 7 for alleged sexual activity with a student, according to a Clearwater police report. Artia Davis, 30, of Clearwater reportedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old disabled student, the report said. The relationship allegedly took place between November 2011 through May 2012, the report said. The suspect was employed as a teachers aide at Hamilton Disston School in Gulfport, where she met the victim. After a number of rumors surrounding the relationship, Pinellas County Schools and Child Protection Investigations became involved. The suspect resigned in March while under investigation by Pinellas County Schools. Clearwater police recently assisted with the CPI portion of the investigation, and upon arrival at the suspects apartment, they reportedly found the victim lying in her bed. Davis was arrested and taken to the Pinellas County Jail. She was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor and was released on a $10,000 bond. Police beat Police beat
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Sheriff Bob Gualtieri presented his fiscal year 2013 budget May 15 and, the same as most other Pinellas County Constitutional officers, it was slightly less than the target amount assigned by the Office of Budget and Management. In addition, the proposed budget includes $1.6 million for the operations of Pinellas Safe Harbor, which Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says will save more than $4 million in jail costs. The Sheriffs Office budget takes a big bite from the general fund the countys largest pool of money funded by ad valorem (property) taxes. Gualtieris budget target was $213.66 million. His budget total is $213.65 million which is $6,660 under target. However, the sheriff is only asking the commission for about $182 million. Gualtieri plans to make up the difference using revenue generated by the Sheriffs Office, he said during a budget information session at St. Petersburg City Hall. After Gualtieris presentation, Commissioner Norm Roche questioned funding for Pinellas Safe Harbor and the validity of the facilitys purpose as a jail diversion program. Roche based his questions off information he heard during the commissioners tour of the Safe Harbor the day before. Gualtieri said Safe Harbor is percent a diversion program. He said without it, more jail inmates would be sleeping on the floor, which he says is an unsafe situation for jail employees. Currently, about 200 inmates sleep on the floor, he said, mostly due to a shortage of single cell facilities. Before Safe Harbor opened in January 2011, as many as 400 inmates were sleeping on the floor, Gualtieri said. Safe Harbor was created when Jim Coats was sheriff. The Sheriffs Office, some municipalities and the county shared start-up costs. Grant money was used. Commissioners made it clear at the time, the county contribution would be one-time funding to pay utility costs, something Coats had said would have to be paid whether the facility was open or closed. Gualtieri said since Safe Harbor opened there had been a 5 percent decrease in bookings for misdemeanor charges. He said the facility was helping to deal with issues created by the countys municipalities using jail as a solution to their homeless problem. Jails and courts were being used as a dumping ground for a social problem, Gualtieri said, which was the crux of Roches argument the appropriateness of using public safety funding. Gualtieri explained the situation. Before Safe Harbor, when municipalities arrested homeless individuals for ordinance violations, such as urinating in public, carrying an open container, drinking too close to a bar and other misdemeanor charges, they were taken to jail, which also increased the burden on the courts system. Now those individuals go to Safe Harbor, which Gualtieri says saves the system money because it is less expensive to house people in the non-jail facility. It costs $106 a day to house an inmate in jail and $13 a day at Safe Harbor. Gualtieri said if Safe Harbor were closed, he would have to open two jail areas at a cost of $4.1 million. Roche said while on the Safe Harbor tour, he was told that the homeless could just show up at night and ask to stay, as opposed to being brought to the facility by law enforcement. Finally, we have them coming to us, Gualtieri said. He said if homeless people spend the night at Safe Harbor, theyre not on the streets where they could cause problems. Coats made it clear when he first pitched opening the facility that homeless men and women requesting to stay would not be turned away as long as there was space. Pinellas Safe Harbor is not like other homeless shelters, Gualtieri said. He said most wouldnt take in people who are drunk, have drug problems or severe mental health issues. Safe Harbor doesnt have those rules. Also, counselors are available to screen people and those who are eligible to place in other homeless problems are moved out as soon as possible, Gualtieri said. Still Roche questioned the appropriateness. If you have another solution, Im all for it, Gualtieri said. He said by law, the sheriff cannot turn away anyone brought to the jail by municipal police officers. So we deal with the social problem, he said. Prior to opening Safe Harbor, other alternatives were tried, such as releasing ordinance violators on their own recognizance. But, too often, they failed to appear for their court date, and the judge then sentenced them to jail. Gualtieri said the Sheriffs Office had chosen to take a leadership role and solve a problem. County Commissioner Vice-Chair Ken Welch defended Safe Harbor. Safe Harbor is a solution to a multi-faceted problem, Welch said. The county needs infrastructure to deal with its homeless problem to provide alternatives to people camping out. He said the cities solution of making arrests for ordinance violations had created an exponential cost to the county. I dont see the problem, Welch said. He said the sheriff had fit Safe Harbor into a budget that was less than the target amount set by the budget office. Roche continued to object to any public safety funds being spent on homeless programs, which he said had multiple funding sources going in all different directions. He suggested that what might have started as a diversion program had morphed into a homeless program. We have to have this uncomfortable conversation, he said. Discussion is a good thing, Gualtieri said. But it is all about solutions. This hasnt morphed into anything. Commissioner Nancy Bostock said in her opinion, Gualtieri had done what the Sheriffs Office had promised found a way to fund Safe Harbor from within its own budget through jail savings. From my perspective thats exactly whats happened, she said. Commissioner Susan Latvala commended Gualtieri. You did what you said you were going to do when the others, cities, didnt, she said. Safe Harbor is part of the savings (to sheriffs budget), Gualtieri said. I could have used that $1.6 million for raises or to put more deputies and supervisors on the streets, but I cant have more people sleeping on the floor. Its a balancing act.Jails and courts were being used as a dumping ground for a social problem.Bob Gualtieri Pinellas County sheriff Give bloodOne blood donation can help save the lives of up to three patients. 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Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563Mandates add insult to injuryFor the past five years, local governments have been struggling to balance the budget. As has the state and the feds. Thanks to the recession and a steep decline in real estate values, tax collections are way down. The fight is on for a share of a muchdiminished revenue stream. The result is unfunded mandates and cries from all sides of passing the buck. At the end of the line are taxpayers, governments largest contributors to their pile of dollars and the biggest users of the services provided. Pretty much every government entity has been accused of passing the buck via unfunded mandates. The state says the feds do it. The county says the state and the feds do it. Municipalities say the county, state and feds do it, and so on. Ultimately, taxpayers bear all governments unfunded mandates via higher taxes, which are especially burdensome for the unemployed and those on a fixed income. To add insult to injury, government services also are being reduced. Still, budgets must be balanced and, more than likely, taxpayers will have to contribute more. Statewide, counties are reeling from a change in the way the state handles Medicaid billing. In Pinellas, officials are looking at increased costs of $68.9 million over the next 10 years. A countywide millage rate increase is on the table. Commissioners in favor of considering a tax hike, usually a taboo subject in an election year, say there is not much to do but pass the cost of the states unfunded mandate to local taxpayers. Governments have been cutting budgets and services, and most say there is little left to cut. The county continues to look for a sustainable basket of services it can provide on the reduced revenue it receives. Municipalities are struggling with the same challenges. Taxpayers rail against the very idea of more taxes, especially in such an uncertain economy where so many families are struggling with their own budgets. Many say government is inefficient and spends money unnecessarily. Still, there is an expectation that government take care of the people, which in a Democratic society many would argue is the only purpose of government. Too bad the people arent unified in their thinking as to what taking care of the people entails. What may be a necessity to some is a luxury to others. What might seem like a no-brainer safety priority could be seen as unnecessary regulation. Some governmental services are mandates that may come from the federal or state government. Some are local. Most dont come with funds to pay for their costs, which is why theyre called an unfunded mandate. Chances are that many view unfunded mandates as a necessary evil. Perhaps thats true. But sometimes it seems unfunded mandates are more geared toward changing who charges the taxpayers and who takes the political fallout. One way the state was able to balance its budget was by changing the law so county governments pay a bigger share of Medicaid costs. And, not only do they have to pay more, they are penalized if they want to safeguard how local taxpayers money is spent by having the opportunity to check the bill for mistakes. Instead, the state plans to deduct what it believes a county owes for Medicaid from sales-tax revenue a surefire way to make sure the state gets its money first. In essence, the move allows the state to bulletproof its ability to pay its Medicaid costs, and it distances state politicians from the backlash of potential tax increases. It wont be surprising if next years tax bills are higher. Many local governments have avoided raising taxes since the economy crashed, not only because they know the people cant afford them, but also because elected officials know it could cost them their job. However, it is possible that millage rate increases can no longer be avoided. Question is, will local governments get to choose how local tax dollars are spent? Or will another government be standing at the front of the line? Local governments should be responsible for deciding the best way to spend its taxpayers money. But with unfunded mandates that attach discounts ONLY if a bill from another government is accepted as-is, local officials will find it more difficult to control costs. Times are hard. Taxpayers are more critical of how tax dollars are spent. Medicaid is a necessary expense, and local county leaders say they have no issue with paying a fair share. Most taxpayers probably feel the same. Most of us would not pay a bill without looking at it. Wonder why the state expects the locals to do just that.LETTERS EDITORIALLook whos pointing the fingerRE: Right Wing Conservative Baloney Editor: While condemning the editors alleged spewing of right wing baloney the writer from Madeira Beach does a really good job of spewing his equally baloney filled left wing ramblings. Wow, you really rattled his cage. I have recently returned to reading the Beach Bee after years of left wing progressive cartoons and editorials driving me to heave it into the trash at first sight. I had more respect for my cat than to put it in his litter box. I for one am pleased with the new Bee. And please keep those left wing ramblings coming, they are a source of great amusement. Carl Muller Indian Rocks BeachZimmerman had authorityRe: Zimmerman charge tough to prove by Carl Hiaasen Editor: I find your article on Zimmerman very strange. Certainly Zimmerman was a volunteer to watch for the burglars the area was plagued with. He had authority without pay authority nonetheless. You seem to not know why hoodies. They became used by burglars when folks put cameras in their driveways and a number of them got caught. On an 80-degree evening, why would a young man be wearing a warm hood? So his face could not be seen while he looked around for a place to break into of course. No doubt. You also dont seem to know that Martin was 6-foot, 3-inches and 170 pounds. He was in this area because he could not go to his school in Miami for (I believe) 10 days. He may have gone to the store for a snack, but I believe he had other things on his mind. Zimmerman knew the signs from experience, too. Know what you write! Margaret B. Thurlow LargoThanks letter carriers for collecting foodEditor: This past Saturday, May 12, the United States Postal Service celebrated its 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The National Association of Letter Carriers kindly picked up donated nonperishable food items left by mailboxes and distributed the goods to local food banks. Here in Pinellas County, RCS celebrated 20 years as one of the food bank beneficiaries in the effort to stamp out hunger. Thank you letter carriers for collecting food for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who helped at the post offices and those working the sorting lines at the RCS Food Bank warehouse. Thank you to all of the community members who generously donated food for more than 73,000 meals that RCS will distribute to struggling families right here in Pinellas County. Because of your generosity, RCS Food Bank can continue to provide groceries to more than 5,500 people each month, with the majority of those benefiting being children. This event could not have happened without your combined compassion, commitment and humanity. Caitlin Higgins Joy, RCS President and CEO. Blame it on laundry vent cleanups This will be a fill-in column. I had a proper column all ready to go, but its buried in the jungle of computerdom. It describes oneroom schools my brother and I attended many years ago. I wrote the piece a few days ago while visiting my girlfriend Liz in Gulfport. But I made the mistake of storing the finished piece on a flash card I use while traveling between my home in Massachusetts and my visits in Gulfport. (You got this, so far?). I flew back to Massachusetts two days ago, and last night booted up my one-room school column to give it a finishing touch. I discovered that the text of the column had been converted into garbage a mishmash of letters and symbols. I dont know how or why computers do that, but Ive seen it happen many times. I dont know how to convert the garbage back into English. So now its Thursday, which is when I normally, email my column to my ever-patient editor Tom Germond at the Beacon-LeaderBee office. I have little choice but to write a substitute column, and be quick about it. But heres the complicating factor: today is the day scheduled for lint cleaning technicians to come to my floor of the condo I live in. It has been at least nine years since anyone has arrived with hoses or vacuum tools to suck out all the lint and assorted debris that has gathered in the chimney vents of the laundry dryers each condo unit is equipped with. As I write these words, Im waiting for a lint technician to knock on my door and say, Its your turn, dude. He will then turn on his equipment and raise unshirted hell in my laundry cubicle for an unspecified number of minutes, while I attempt to finish this column. To further muddy the picture, I now possess the keys to three other condo units scheduled for invasion by the lint technicians. The condo unit owners all of them charming ladies and good neighbors have other appointments today. So they have asked me to be on hand to admit the lint technicians to their units. I will be expecting lint-related door knocks much of the day, as I hammer away at the Pulitzer-quality column you are now reading. All three of the ladies own cats. I will admonish the lint technicians not to let the cats out as they (the technicians) go about their work. At the end of the day when the ladies return we will count cats and hope none is missing. To lengthen this gripping account of my day, I will add that a few feet away from me sits a brand new Dell laptop computer I purchased 10 days ago at a store in Tyrone Mall. I flew home with my new toy, looking forward to plugging it in and then jettisoning the desktop computer Ive been abusing for the past five years. But this morning when I turned the Dell on, it refused to connect to the Wi-Fi hookup I thought I had for my condo unit. Which means I cannot use the new laptop to send in the one-room school column on my flash card, which miraculously had been converted from garbage to plain English when I inserted it in the Dell. Please know that I dont expect you to comprehend all the details of this treatise, especially if you dont own a computer. But if you do have one, you will understand how these things happen, with or without the anticipated arrival of technicians charged with cleaning out the lint chimneys of four separate condo unit owners. Thus far today I havent taken the time to find the outcome of last nights game between my two favorite baseball teams the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox. I live 40 miles west of Boston. Most of New England is still in mourning over the catastrophic collapse of the Red Sox last September. Within a few weeks, a monumental organization of top-flight players and management personnel came tumbling to the ground. Red Sox recovery efforts are still barely under way. All of this happened just as the Sox prepared to celebrate the 100th anniversary of their home stadium, Fenway Park. Meanwhile, baseballs wonder team the Rays is off to another strong start. I find it impossible to get discouraged about the state of humanity as long as the proletarian Rays are around, beating up on teams with kingsize payrolls. But I digress, dont I? This column needs winding down. So far today Ive assisted the lint technicians in achieving access to only one condo unit. That means there are three to go, including my own. If the truth be told, when the laundry vent cleanups are all completed we wont really know if a great deal has actually been achieved. Will our socks and bed sheets smell cleaner? Will the risk of spontaneous lint fires be reduced? Ill let you know, if I find out myself.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 His daughter wont be going to UFAs many parents know, April can be the cruelest month, breeding college rejection letters from across the land. My daughter Sadie, whos completed the IB program at Flagler Palm Coast High School, had high hopes. But she was wait-listed at her four top choices, all four out of state. She finally enrolled, to her great disappointment and ours, at the University of Florida. Then last week Grinnell College in Iowa called. Sadie was off the wait list. She was in. Not only that: she was granted a full ride and then some. Just as important: She got her visa out of Florida. We shouldnt have been so relieved that she could turn down the states best public university. But we were. I doubt were the only ones in this spot, which says plenty about the state of public education in Florida. Rather than joining the ranks of competitive, high-tech states with an innovative or sought-after workforce, Florida is becoming a wasteland of tourist ghettoes, sunbathing spreads and Medicare colonies, its golf courses tended more lovingly than its classrooms. Florida does not take its K-12 school system seriously. The Legislature takes pleasure in short-changing it financially. It treats its teachers as if they were robotic data-entry secretaries rather than professional educators. It harasses students with standardized testing that would fail any credibility test. It is privatizing the system by way of charter schools, a cheaper, less accountable way of pretending that our children are getting educated. At least theyre wearing uniforms. The Legislatures assault on public universities has been no less severe, with a $300 million cut this year alone. Bright Futures, the full-ride scholarship once given to the states best students, is a joke of its former self, covering just half an entering freshmans tuition. Forget about room and board. Sadies annual net costs at UF, grants and scholarships would still have been steeper at UF than at Grinnell, where it costs $50,000 a year. Endowments, which underwrite a great faculty and provide students more access through generous financial aid, tell another story. Compare Florida to North Carolina and Virginia, two states that make higher education a priority. The University of Virginias endowment is approaching $5 billion. North Carolinas is at $2.3 billion. The University of Floridas endowment? $1.3 billion. Even Grinnell, a school with one-thirtieth UFs student body, has an endowment $200 million larger. Something is amiss in supporting our brightest futures. Its not just the money or the politicians. Its attitudes. Lets be honest. Floridians dont value education. At least not as a defining priority. Almost universally, the reaction Sadie got when shed say she was going to UF was glee that she was becoming a Gator. Grown men and women, supposed business leaders and politicians, would congratulate her and immediately go into football or basketball fan mode. Thats what UF means to people. Athletics is what seems most important to UF, too. When the Legislature cut its funding this year, the university talked about eliminating its computer science department to save $1.4 million, while increasing its athletic budget, now approaching $100 million, by $2 million. A big outcry led by students and computer scientists, not by Floridians at large forced the university to reverse its decision. And this is how Florida intends to make its way in the 21st century. Tallahassee isnt entirely at fault. Lawmakers merely reflect the dull roots and stony rubbish of their constituents. It may be fine for the rest of us geezers. Our mortgages are spoken for. But to condemn our children to the same fate is a crime. And were guilty of it every time we vote our greed instead of our ideals.Pierre Tristam is editor and publisher of FlaglerLive.com, a nonprofit news service based in Palm Coast, Fla. Florida Voices Florida VoicesPierre Tristam Please type letters to the editor (or print legibly) and include your name, town of residence, phone number and signature and mail to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. E-mails should include town of residence and telephone and be sent to tgermond@TBNweekly.com. We will not print the letter writers phone number. Here are some more guidelines for letters: Letters are printed on a rst-come, rst-served basis. They may be edited to correct grammar, spelling and factual errors. They also may be edited for clarity. Please keep letters to editor to 500 words. Longer letters may be cut due to space limitations.What do you think?
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Best baits have been threadfins and pumpkinseeds, which can both be caught on Sabiki rigs while you await the next pod of fish. Summer shark fishing is upon us and for those wanting to target big black-tips and spinner sharks now is the time. The big predators can be found roaming the beach looking for pods of threadfins and the mackerel and bonita that feed on them. Anglers can chum with frozen chum blocks and fresh cut bait Spanish mackerel numbers are definitely better along the beaches than they were last month. Big schools of threadfins can be seen getting ravished by goodsized mackerel. Slow troll live threadfins or anchor and chum with live pilchards. When using either tactic you may want to consider using 40-pound fluorocarbon versus wire. The water has been very clean in certain locations making it difficult to get bit. Jetties, pass bridges and nearshore rubble piles are good places to target trout and flounder right now, just like last year, when the water started to get up around 80 degrees. We had an insurgence of flounder to our area. Bottom bouncing with an adequately sized sinker rigged on a drop shot with a live pilchard is hard to beat when searching for flounder, not to mention the occasional trout and small grouper youll pick up along the way, 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.Beach fishing a great option with perfect weatherMonopoly fundraising tournament slatedLARGO The Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department will be hosting its first ever Monopoly Fundraising Tournament Saturday, July 14, at the Highland Recreation Center, 400 Highland Ave. All proceeds from this event will go toward the City of Largo Summer Camp Scholarship Fund, providing financial assistance to youth campers in Largo. The tournament will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will consist of three rounds. Prizes valued at $250, $150, and $75 will be awarded to the top three winners overall. Players must complete all three rounds to be eligible for prizes. Entry cost is $25 per player, $20 for students or military, or $100 for a team of six. Hasbro, Regions Bank, Chick-fil-A Largo, Pinch-a-Penny, Largo Cultural Center, and Holiday Inn and Suites Harbourside sponsor Highlands Monopoly Tournament. Food will be available on site for purchase. For more information, call Highland Recreation at 518-3016 or visit HighlandRecreation.com.FBS offers garden toursLARGO Free garden tours will be offered Tuesdays, June 12, 26, and Thursday, June 21, 9 to 11 a.m., at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Visitors will enjoy a stroll through the gardens and discover how to incorporate some of Florida native and Florida-friendly plants in home landscapes. Guests will observe how the same plants can survive under different light and water conditions. Tours, recommended for adults, are limited to groups of four to 10 people. Registration is required. Visit pce-lawnandgarden.eventbrite.com. Largo Recreation to host Camp FunshineLARGO Largo Recreation will host more than 60 fulland halfday 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 Ponce De Leon Elementary School, 1301 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Clearwater. Camp Funshine will kick off on Monday, June 11 and will continue through Friday, Aug. 10. Campers may sign up by the week or for the entire camp. Cost is $76 a week for residents and $95 for nonresidents. After care is available from 4 to 6 p.m. for an additional cost. For information on Camp Funshine and other Largo summer camps, call 518-3016 or visit LargoCamps.com.Largo High fundraiser under wayLARGO Largo High Schools Fourth Annual Spring Sports Fundraiser, a silent auction, continues Thursday, May 24, at Largo High School. All proceeds will benefit the Packer sports programs. If your business would like to help the Packer student-athletes, please donate an item for our silent auction. Hotel stays, dinner certificates and merchandise will be offered.Garden tours setLARGO Free garden tours will be offered Thursday, June 7, 9 to 11 a.m., at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Visitors will explore herbs, tropical fruit and Florida-friendly plants. Tours are recommended for adults and limited in groups of four to 10 people. Registration is required. Visit pce-lawnandgarden.eventbrite.com.Kids fishing tourney plannedMADEIRA BEACH Registration is under way for a Young Anglers Inshore Fishing Tournament Saturday, May 26, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Hubbards Marina in Johns Pass Village. Cost to participate is $15 for kids ages 5 and younger, and $25 for ages 6-15. The event will feature three divisions with four to five categories for prizes. For more information, call Hubbards Marina at 393-1947.Philippe to host nature walkSAFETY HARBOR A guided nature walk will be offered Saturday, 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 email email@example.com.Weedon to host Wee-TimeST. 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.Weedon to host photography hikeST. 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.Weedon to host guided hikeST. PETERSBURG A guided hikes will be offered Saturday, May 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 closedtoe shoes also are recommended. The hike is best for ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonis landpreserve.org.Brooker to present Book TimesTARPON SPRINGS Book Time at Brooker will be offered Thursdays, May 24 and 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 handson 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 guided hikeTARPON SPRINGS A guided hike will be offered Saturday, May 26, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Attendees will take a walk through time on a guided hike. Participants will have an opportunity to look at how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. All ages are welcome, although children 5 and younger may find this hike challenging. Preregistration is required. Visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org or call 453-6800. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein
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Treat the inflammation, the pain, accelerate healing tissue repair, improve nerve function, improve circulation to the injury, reduce scar tissue formation. Neuropathy Carpal Tunnel Tennis/Golf Injuries Soft Tissue Swelling Tendonitis Bursitis Tarsal TunnelEFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR: CALL FOR YOUR EVALUATION TODAY! 727.393.6100Dr. Gregory Hollstrom, Chiropractic Physician 11444 Seminole Blvd. Largo www.DrGregHollstrom.com Payments Plans Available052412 Hip/Knee Pain Fibromyalgia Trigger Points Post Shingles Pain Sports Injuries Whiplash Chronic Joint or Muscle Pain Acute Trauma Sprains and Strains WellCare hosts ribbon cutting PINELLAS PARK WellCare Health Plans will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening Friday, May 25, 10 a.m., at 7870 U.S. 19 N. WellCare is a managed care health plan that has a contract with Medicare to provide government sponsored health care to the unserved and under-served population. WellCare has been in business for more than 27 years and is a Fortune 100 company. WellCare is a community-based organization that works with and gives back to the local community. The corporate headquarters is located in Tampa. WellCare moved its Pinellas County office to Pinellas Park in June of 2011.Hummel Tire adds staffSEMINOLE Hummel Tire and Auto, 8350 Seminole Blvd., recently welcomed new staff member Mike Brammer. Brammer has been in the automotive service industry since 1977 here in the Tampa Bay area. His experience offers decades of knowledge and expertise. Its a true honor to work for Hummel Tire and Auto, Brammer said. The manner in which they conduct their business is like their customers are their friends. Its no wonder they have been voted as the best auto repair facility in Pinellas County for the past four years.StarStruck Dance Studio wins CrystalLARGO The StarStruck Dance Studio duet team of Christian Bottger and Emily Cheshire recently won the highly regarded Crystal Award for the jazz routine Cooler Than Me at the 2012 ShowStopper Regional Dance Competition in Lakeland. The routine, choreographed by Stefanie Valentine, also won First Place Overall in the petite division for duets and trios. In addition to the Crystal Award, the 2011-12 company dancers of StarStruck Dance Studio of Largo received several gold, platinum, double platinum awards. Auditions for the 2012-13 company team will be Monday, June 4. Call 399-2243 or visit online at www.starstruckdancestudio .com.Checkers reopens Clearwater location CLEARWATER Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc., the largest double drive-thru chain in the United States, reopened its location in Clearwater at 1595 S. Missouri Ave. on Tuesday, May 22. Checkers continued growth throughout the country is part of a strategic expansion strategy to build the brands presence in existing markets as well as in new regions across the country. We continue to look into new ways to further develop markets where we have a presence and where our guests are familiar with our brand, said Taylor Warner in a press release. Warner is vice president of real estate, construction and company development for Checkers/Rallys. Kids Toolbox opensCLEARWATER Kids Toolbox, an innovative and modern store that provides a vast array of tools for children and caregivers who face challenges due to autism, ADHD/ADD, developmental delays and sensory processing disorders, recently opened at 1550 McMullen Booth Road, Suite F5. "We want to make our store unique, not just a typical retail store," Mike LeGath, president, said in a press release. "We want this to be a community resource center where all feel welcome and can share ideas and information." The staff is ready to welcome patrons and offer an overview of how the store can assist them. The store features a sensory safe area for kids to enjoy while parents shop.OShys Tap House gets new ownersLARGO OShys Irish Tap House, 80 Clearwater-Largo Road S., is under new ownership. It is a sad and happy day for me, said Jennifer Lantry, former owner of OShys. I came to a point in my life where I had to choose between my business and family. Now is the time to spend as much time with my grandmother and children as much as possible. I have worked very hard to keep my business and community events thriving. Now was the time to pass it on to someone that could take it to a further level, Lantry said. The new owners are Kurt and Karl Hesser, who are big beer enthusiast brothers who are excited to bring more to the plate at OShys, Lantry said. Karl has experience in running huge nonprofit community events in Lake Wales, which I feel will take our First Friday to a larger level with his experience. Kurt and his wife RaeLynn are a wonderful family who are very excited to embark on their new venture, she said. Lantry said she will continue to support First Friday street events, which are held on First Avenue Southwest. I want to thank our community and City Of Largo for supporting us and ask for continued faith and support for the Hesser Family, as they have promised to continue what we have started and to support our community, Lantry said. OShys opened March 5, 2011. By JULIANA A. TORRESPINELLAS PARK Wawa, a food store and gas station based in the mid-Atlantic, broke ground in Pinellas Park May 16, at the site of its first store to be built in the Tampa Bay region. The future store, at 3101 Gandy Blvd., is scheduled to open Feb. 6, 2013 and will be followed by four other stores in Tampa, Port Richey and New Port Richey. Wawa President Chris Gheysens told the group of local dignitaries May 16 that the store planned a long-term commitment in Florida. We scoured the country, really for years to look for the right place for the goose to land, he said, referencing the stores namesake and mascot. Wally has landed right here in Central Florida. We dont take that lightly. The store, which offers fresh food including built-to-order hoagies and coffee and other Wawa brand foods, is based in the states of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, where its headquartered. It started its foray into Florida in the Orlando and Kissimmee area, with the first of five stores in that region to open July 18. Its our first real lead market for us outside of our five-state area, said Carol Jensen, Wawa chief marketing officer. Were just really proud to be sharing this milestone with you. The future Pinellas Park store is a part of the Gateway development district, on the north side of Gandy Boulevard. You got the best location in the entire city, Pinellas Park Councilman Rick Butler said. I really am making a prediction that youre probably going to have the No. 1 store in the state of Florida in this location. He and other local officials alluded to a possible second Wawa location in Pinellas Park but gave no details. Gheysens said the company was currently investigating 60 other sites in the region. Between Tampa and Orlando in the next five years, well have 100 stores, he said. Wawa came to the area in part because of the name recognition. Theres about one in five people know who Wawa is down here in Central Florida because theyve moved from the East Coast or theyre here vacationing, Gheysens said. We see it as a growth market long term. Each local store employs about 35 people at competitive salaries with eligibility for health benefits and employee ownership in the privately owned company, he said. Wawa breaks ground in Pinellas Park Photo by JULIANA A. TORRESCarol Jensen, Wawa chief marketing officer, unveils the new look and store design for the Pinellas Park Wawa, to be built at 3101 Gandy Blvd. The store is scheduled to open in February 2013.Were going to make this our new Wawa land. As part of that, were going to spend some money, Gheysens said. We invest about $6 million per location right into the local economy. Networking groups, also known as 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 25 BNI Referral Masters, 7 a.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call Bill Mantooth at 639-6690 or visit www.bnireferralmasters .com. Friday, May 25 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Friday, May 25 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 25 Professional Leads Network, Bay Area Executives Chapter, 11:45 a.m., at Tum Rub Thai, 32716 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor. Visit www.proleads.net. Monday, May 28 Network Professionals Inc., 7:30 a.m., at Perkins Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Monday, May 28 Professional Leads Network, St. Petersburg Chapter, 7:45 a.m., at Ricky Ps, 6521 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. Visit www.proleads.net. Monday, May 28 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@freenetworkinginternati onal.com. Monday, May 28 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 wayne p@freenetworkinginternational .com or visit twocupsconnect .com. Tuesday, May 29 Professional Leads Network, First Watch Chapter, 7:30 a.m., First Watch, 2569 Village Drive, Clearwater. Visit www.pro-leads .net. Tuesday, May 29 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 29 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 29 Network Professionals Inc., Seminole Chapter, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, May 29 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 29 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, May 29 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.freenetworkinginter national.com. Tuesday, May 29 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 29 Tri-City Network Professionals, 11:45 a.m., at Applebees Restaurant, 5110 East Bay Drive, Clearwater. First visit is free. Call 4927921. Wednesday, May 30 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 30 Pinellas Executives Association, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., at Cove Cay Country Club, 2612 Cove Cay Drive, Clearwater. Call Donna Perry at 784-6507 or visit www.peafl .com. Wednesday, May 30 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 email@example.com or visit www.bnibusinessconnections .com. Wednesday, May 30 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 30 Local Business Network Seminole, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call 804-6359. Wednesday, May 30 Women in Business, 7:30 a.m., Acropol Family Restaurant, 1170 Starkey Road, Largo. Call Mende at 251-3955. Wednesday, May 30 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 30 BNI Power Team, 7:30 a.m., East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Pkwy., Oldsmar. Visit www.bni .com.Networking clubs follow the leads Biz Notes Biz Notes Mike Brammer
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Check out the mortality schedules of the U.S. Census Indian Rocks Baptist to hold theater workshopsLARGO Terry DOnofrios Stages Productions and First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, will present the annual Summer Musical Theatre Workshop for beginning sixth graders through graduating seniors. The workshop dates are July 2-6 and July 9-14, 9 a.m. to 4:30 pm daily in the Fellowship Center. Performances are Saturday, July 14, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Center. Auditions for leading roles will be Tuesday, June 19, 7 to 9 p.m., in the Fellowship Center Chapel. Those who audition are asked to prepare one song and bring their own accompaniment track. Participants are not required to audition to be in the show. Small parts and chorus will be assigned during the workshop. Fiddler on the Roof is one of Broadways greatest masterpieces. Set in the little village of Anatevka in turn of the century Russia, it is the classic tale of Tevye the Dairyman and his struggle to hold on to tradition in the face of a changing world. Fiddler takes place during the Russian Revolutionary Period where social and political unrest is the backdrop for the story. With classic songs such as Matchmaker, If I Were a Rich Man and Sunrise, Sunset, the show has garnered many Tony Awards, rave reviews, and was even made into a major motion picture. The cost for the workshop is $285. For families the first child pays $285; second child in same family pays half. Participants should bring their own snack lunch or lunch money each day. Contact April Mayes, workshop administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up for the workshop/auditions. 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.Raymond James presents the 23rd annual Abilities Wine Tasting LARGO The 23rd annual Abilities Wine Tasting is set for Saturday, May 26, at the Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N., This event features premium wines, auction items, and gourmet restaurants. Presented by Raymond James and Abilities is Floridas longest running and one-night tasting, netting $3.48 million to date. The tasting begins 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. Presented by Raymond James and sponsored by Bright House Networks, Margaret Ewell Dickins Foundation, WDUV, 105.5 The Dove, Jims Harley-Davidson, and ALSCO Linens, Travis Publishing, Signs by Tomorrow, Courtesy Valet, and Ambassador Limousine, the event features valet parking, live entertainment, and a silent auction with a Jims Harley-Davidson motorcycle, rare wines, autographed sports collectibles, original artwork, and more. The event was moved to the museum to accentuate our fundraising mission to serve returning disabled military veterans, said Foundation CEO Frank De Lucia, in a press release. The museum provides a centrally located 50,000-square-foot facility with ample free parking and a phenomenal look at our military from World War I through today. Its fascinating re-creation of the defense of our nation will astound patrons and underscore the importance of supporting the veterans who sacrificed so much to ensure our many freedoms. 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. Buy tickets online at www.abilitiesfoundation .com or call 538-7370, ext. 234. Designated driver tickets cost $40 and can only be purchased by calling that same number.Proceeds benefit the Abilities Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the Warrior Bridge Initiative of Abilities, Inc. of Florida, also known as the ServiceSource Regional Office which has helped thousands of Floridians with disabilities obtain jobs and affordable housing. For information, visit www.abilitiesfoundation.com.Ombudsman program seeks volunteersLARGO Floridas Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The programs local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents concerns. Special training and certification is provided.I am sure that most people by now are using the census in one way or another in their genealogy research. It is, after all, a valuable and unique resource being a national record, intending to account for everyone in the country at 10-year intervals, and beginning way back in 1790. When most of us do our online census research, we use what is called the population schedule. That is the census record that lists in one way or another all of the members of a household (by name since 1850) along with scads of other information depending on the census year. But did you know that there were other schedules created during the census when the population schedule was created? Those are called, logically enough, non-population schedules. One of them that I want to specifically tell you about is called a mortality schedule. That schedule was included in the census for years 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880. There was one done also in 1885 if there was a state census conducted that year. The questions asked in this schedule focused on those who died in the 12 months prior to the census. The effective date of the census for each of those years was June 1. That means for people to be enumerated on the mortality schedule they had to have died between June 1 of the year prior to the census and May 31 of the census year. There are several reasons why mortality schedules are important genealogical resources. First and foremost is the information recorded on the form. Although that information varied over the years, in general it included name, sex, age, color, place of birth, month of death, occupation, cause of death, and number of days ill. Since the information collected changed over time, it is important whenever possible to look at the actual image of the mortality schedule rather than relying simply on information extracted from the record. In addition to the specific information recorded about each individual on the form, theres another very important aspect of the mortality schedule. The decades during which the mortality schedules were created were early enough that often there were as yet no requirements to record vital statistics in most states. The mortality schedules, although incomplete records of deaths because they cover only one year in every 10, can provide information not recorded in any other civil source. Yet another reason the schedules are important is because they sometimes included the names of slaves who had died during the year, as well as the name of the slave owner, thus giving important clues to AfricanAmerican ancestry. Mortality schedules, since they list cause of death, also can be useful in tracing genetic diseases in a family line. Although the schedule information does not provide a complete picture, it can indicate where further research about disease histories may be warranted. And lastly, by noting the names of the deceased, their dates of death, and the location of the census it is possible to pursue specific searches in other sources such as obituaries, cemeteries, probate records, etc. As you can see, mortality schedules have great value both in themselves and as gateways to further research. Non-population schedules, mortality schedules included, are increasingly found online. A handy place to find them is at Ancestry.com, which you can elect to subscribe to personally, or use for free at your local public library. The easiest way to locate them is to search the Ancestry card catalog for the keyword mortality. When you find the mortality schedule database, be sure to read the database description to see if it covers the states and years you are interested in.There are more non-population schedules than just the mortality schedule. They include those for agriculture, manufacturing, disabled, and the insane to name just a few. They are important enough to deserve articles of their own, so keep your eye out for them. The Pinellas genealogy society also teaches a class on NonPopulation schedules. You can check the PGS class list on the society website at www.rootsweb. ancestry.com/~flpgs/ to see if it is scheduled in the near future. Be sure to refer to the list frequently, as it is updated every so often.Peter Summers is an amateur genealogist who has been working on his family history since 1972. He is past president of the Pinellas Genealogy Society.All interested individuals who care about protecting the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents who often have no one else to advocate for them are encouraged to call toll-free 888 831-0404 or visit the programs website at ombudsman.myflorida.com. The local council meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Mary Grizzle Building, 11351 Ulmerton Road, Room 136 to discuss the programs current activities and give the public a chance to provide comments about long-term care facility issues. The open session of these meetings begins at 1 p.m. Concerned citizens and those interested in volunteering are welcome to attend.Coolest Pet Contest winner selectedCLEARWATER Claire, a golden retriever and Clearwater pet resident who enjoys the city parks and loves Clearwater's own Winter the Dolphin, was the grand prize winner in the Clearwaters Coolest Pet Contest, sponsored by the city's seventh annual Pet Festival and Rebecca Brittain Photography. Claire and her people Kelly, Dan and Owen Myer won $248 in pet photography from Largo pet photographer Rebecca Brittain, which included a studio photo session plus a digital image and an 8-by-10-inch print. The contest is now an annual feature of the Pet Festival. Brittain is a pet portrait specialist with a studio in Largo. Along with sponsoring local dog rescue photo fundraisers during the year, she also volunteers her services at the Humane Society of Pinellas, photographing the adoptable dogs for the adoption website. Genealogy exposedPeter Summers Here and there Here and there
Calendar of events12A Community Leader, May 24, 2012 BE A HERO1-800-873-TIPS (8477)Paid for by the Office of the Attorney General Crime Stoppers Trust Fund052412 CRIME DOESNT PAY. WE DO.Report A Crime Remain Anonymous Receive A Reward Minnesota Club, meets the first Wednesday of the month, October through April, at different restaurants. Call Marquetta Origer at 517-0874. The Moms Club of Largo meets monthly at the Largo Library and has weekly play groups. Visit MOMSClubofLargo@yahoo.com or email MOMSClubofLargo@yahoo.com. Mothers and More of Largo/Seminole, meets last Mondays, 7 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, Room A, 9200 113th St. N. Email email@example.com. National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Clearwater Chapter 259, meets for refreshments and socializing first Wednesdays (except July and August), 1 p.m., at the Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St. Meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. Blue Cross/Blue Shield Rep will cover FEHBP changes. Call 5992031. National Association of Retired Federal Employees, LargoSeminole Chapter 845, meets first Tuesdays, at different venues each month. Speakers begin at 12:15 p.m., followed by a business meeting. Guests may eat lunch before or after the meeting. Call Susan at 397-8232 for locations. Native New Yorkers of Tampa Bay, meets monthly on different Sundays at various locations. Call Arlyne Popick at 585-0992 or email ATP1946@yahoo.com. New Neighbors, meets first Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at Kissin Cuzzins Restaurant, 28910 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. This is a womans group for meeting new friends, social activities and informative programs. Cost is $4.50 and includes dessert, beverage and program. Call 796-2006. Newcomers Club of Greater Dunedin, meets second Thursdays, 11:30 a.m., at the Dunedin Golf Club. For information on the next meeting, call Sylvia Bock at 736-3253. North Pinellas County Democratic Club, meets second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Clearwater Countryside Library. Call Joyce at 538-0043. Overeaters Anonymous, meets Mondays, 7 p.m., at Friendship United Methodist Church, 2039 East Druid Road, Clearwater; and Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., at Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. Call 800-544-6353. Palm Harbor Mens Barbershop Chorus, meets Mondays, 6:45 p.m., at the Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St. The 60-man chorus seeks tenors, leads, baritones and basses. Call 773-0049. Palm Harbor Newcomers Alumnae and Friends Club, meets first Thursdays, 11 a.m., at East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 300 East Lake Fairway, Oldsmar. For reservations, call Pat at 786-2110. Parkinsons Support Group, meets third Tuesdays, noon, at Cypress Palms, 400 Lake Ave. NE, Largo. Roni Hellwig, a registered nurse, acts as facilitator. A light lunch is served. To RSVP, call 437-1639. Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, meets third Mondays, every other month, 1 to 3 p.m., at Paneras in Bardmoor Shopping Center at the intersection of Starkey and Bryan Dairy roads. Coffee, tea and lunch will be available for purchase. Call Patricia Albrecht at 578-5526. Peoples Spiritualist Church Healing and Peace Meditation, meets Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., at Peoples Spiritualist Church, 1011 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Program includes discussion, healing, peace meditation and chakra balancing. Email dsg@tampa bay.rr.com. Pet loss support group, meets second Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Pinellas Animal Foundation, 10825 Seminole Blvd., Building A, Unit 3, Seminole. Call 347-PETS. PINAWOR writers group, meets Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 N. Highland Ave., Largo. Members read their work and receive helpful critiquing from the other writers. Go to Pinawor.org. Pinellas Genealogy Society, family history workshops, meets the third Saturday of each month at 11 a.m., Largo Library, Jenkins Room. All visitors welcome. Phone 586-7410, or go to www. rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flpgs/ Pinellas Homeschool LEGO Club, meets second and fourth Fridays, 2:30 p.m., at Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pinellas Opera League, meets first Wednesdays, October through June, 11 a.m., at the Dunedin Country Club, 1050 Palm Blvd., Dunedin. Cost for luncheon and performance is $20. For reservations, call Nancy at 738-4007. Pinellas Parent Educators Association, meets first Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at Suncoast Community Church, 12855 110th Ave. N., Largo; and second Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at Glad Tidings Church, 4200 17th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Email strouseacademy @yahoo.com or email@example.com. Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra, rehearses on Mondays, 7:30 p.m., September through March, at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center. Concerts are held first Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Call 4159650. Pinellas Park Photography Society, meets first Mondays, 7 p.m., at the Train Station, 5851A Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Call Steve Daniels at 391-3134. Pinellas Park Rug Hooking Group, meets Mondays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Clark Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N, Pinellas Park. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pinellas Weavers Guild, meets third Saturdays from September to May, 10 a.m., at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N, Largo, FL 33542. Polish American Society, meets Sundays from September to May, at 1343 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg 2:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner 3 to 4 p.m. and dancing 4 to 5 p.m. Members pay $5 and guests $7. Call Beverly at 526-6835 or Randy at 525-8255. Promenade Squares, meets for square dancing on Thursdays at the Pinellas Park Senior Citizens Center, 7625 59th St. N. Lessons are from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m., pre-rounds are from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. and the dance is from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. Call 799-3068. Recovery Inc., a support group for anxiety and depression, meets Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N. Highland Ave., Clearwater. Call 525-1749. Redington Beach Garden Club, meets monthly at various locations. Call Zoe Roseman at 515-6804. Rhode Island Club, meets monthly, October to April, on different dates at different locations. Call Art Hebert at 595-6834 or Carol Barney at 596-8284. Rotary Clubs: Belleair meets Thursdays, noon, at the Belleair Country Club, One Country Club Lane. Visit www.belleairrotary.org. Dunein, meets Tuesday, 12:15 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Good Shepherd, 639 Edgewater Drive. Indian Rocks Beach, meets Wednesdays, 7:15 a.m., at Holiday Inn Harborside. Visit www.indian-rocks-rotary.org. Pinellas Feather Sound meets Tuesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Tucsons Grill and Cantina, 13563 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Call 365-6406. Pinellas Park, meets Thursdays, 12:15 p.m., at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. Visit www.rotarypinellaspark.org. Seminole, meets Wednesdays, noon, in the Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Blvd. Visit www.seminolerotary.org. Seminole Lake, meets Fridays, 7:15 a.m., at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. Call Gene Stern at 578-4000, ext. 142. Rutgers Club of Tampa Bay, meets first Thursdays, 11:30 a.m., at King Buffet, 7610 49th St. N, Pinellas Park. Call 344-1944. Sabal Palms Nursing Centers Arthritis Support Group, meets fourth Tuesdays, noon, at Cypress Palms Auditorium, 400 Lake Ave. NE, Largo. Refreshments are served. To RSVP, call 437-1639.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. ZennaZenna is a very sweet and gentle 1-year-old female gray tabby. She is very sweet and friendly and will do well with other friendly cats. She is spayed and current on vaccinations. To find out more about Zenna, call Pat at Second Chance For Strays at 535-9154. Visit www.secondchancefor strays.petfinder.com. RyaneRyane is a beautiful 10-monthold female dilute calico. She is a shy girl who takes a while to warm up, but then she becomes a real lover. She is spayed, current on vaccinations and microchipped. Ryane would probably do best as an only pet. To meet her, visit at Pet Pal Animal Shelter at 405 22nd St. S. in St. Petersburg, Call 3287738. Visit www.petpalanimal shelter.com.Looking for a home
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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B May 24, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com 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. The Florida Orchestra: Beethovens Eroica, Friday, May 25, 8 p.m., at the Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org. The concert will be repeated Saturday, May 26, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. Tickets start at $15. Pianist Martina Filjak performs Ravels gloriously coloristic Piano Concerto in G Major with its mix of jazz motifs, meditative melodies and sparkling energy on a program with Chabriers Habanera and Beethovens Symphony No. 3, Eroica. John Prine, Friday, May 25, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets range from $37 to $59. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. Prine, a legendary performer, returns to the Tampa Bay area with his trademark guitar finger-picking and unmistakable songwriting voice. Prine continues to mesmerize diverse audiences with his humble poetry, describing often-overlooked crannies of everyday life. With immeasurable accolades, including two Grammys and the distinction of being one of the few songwriters honored by the Library of Congress and U.S. Poet Laureate, Prine is more than a musician he is an American treasure. More than 40 years since his remarkable debut, Prine has recently released The Singing Mailman Delivers, a two-disc archival set featuring his earliest studio and live recordings dating back to 1970, one year before his premiere album. These tracks reveal a younger Prine as an honest and unassuming songwriter, writing words on his mail route by day and moonlighting as a folk singer in Chicago clubs at night. Al Stewart, Saturday, May 26, 7:30 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $29. Call 7917400 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 full-length 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. Rod Picott and Amanda Shires, Sunday, May 27, at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. The evening will begin with a light buffet from Sofia Forte Catering at 7 p.m. The music will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 895-6620 or visit www.studio620.org. A yankee singer-songwriter and a Texas fiddler might seem an unlikely pairing, but the natural chemistry between Rod Picott and Amanda Shires is undeniable. Shires, a fiddler and singer/songwriter, hails from the sun-driven plains of West Texas. Picott, a singer/songwriter whose music incorporates elements of Americana and folk, comes from the northern mill towns of New England. Both Picott and Shires are currently touring in support of recently released CDs, Welding Burns and Carrying Lightning respectively. By LEE CLARK ZUMPEMusic-lovers will have plenty of opportunities to catch big-name headliners in the coming weeks at venues across the Tampa Bay area. The Downtown Digital Block Party will bring the latest and biggest sounds from across the country to downtown St. Petersburg Saturday, June 2, noon to midnight, at Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. Early bird tickets start at $25. Call 565-0550 or visit www.jannuslive.com. The Downtown Digital Block Party is brand new and original, with one vision: to unite music lovers of all electronic genres for a whole day and night of carefree vibes and massive beats. Downtown Digital will feature Ladytron (DJ Set), Mustard Pimp (live), Boombox, Amtrac, Sonic C, Party Supplies, Defep, Machines Are People Too, Hi-Rez, Blood Eagle, Skyway and Milo & Otis. In addition to straight house and electro raves, the block party will include breakbeat, dubstep and hip-hop. The Happy Together Tour returns to the Tampa Bay area Friday, June 15, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $42.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall. com. This years lineup includes returning headliners The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie whose hit singles Shed Rather Be With Me, Elenore and Happy Together still resonate with old and new fans. Joining The Turtles will be The Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz, The Buckinghams, The Grass Roots and newest addition Gary Puckett & The Union Gap.Following is a list of other music scene events in the coming weeks:1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre Fiesta Maxima featuring Tito El Bambino and Prince Royce, Saturday, June 16, 5 p.m. One Direction, Friday, June 29, 7:30 p.m. The Amphitheatre is at 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Call 813-7402446 or visit www.livenation.com.Capitol Theatre John Waite, Friday, June 8, 7:30 p.m. Eric Johnson, Saturday, June 30, 8 p.m. Capitol Theatre is at 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.Crowbar Yacht, Friday, June 1, 9 p.m. Man Man, Tuesday, June 12, 8 p.m. Lingo, Thursday, June 14, 9 p.m. The Malah, Friday, June 15, 9 p.m. Lost in the Trees, Saturday, June 16, 8 p.m. Alexander and the Grapes, Saturday, June 23, 8 p.m. Six Feet Under, Friday, June 29, 7 p.m. The Crowbar is at 1812 17th St. N., Tampa. Call 813-241-8600 or visit www.crowbarlive.com.Dunedin Brewery Geoff Abraham and the Stone City, Friday, June 1, 9 p.m. Saltwater Grass, Saturday, June 2, 7 p.m. Dunedin Brewery is at 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Call 736-0606 or visit dunedinbrewery.com.Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall Afrojack, Friday, June 15, 7 p.m. Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall is at 4800 U.S. Highway 301 N., Tampa. Call 813-621-7821.Jannus Live Downtown Digital, Saturday, June 2, noon to midnight The Supervillains, Friday, June 8, 8 p.m. The Bodeans, Thursday, June 14, 7 p.m. Jannus Live is at 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. Call 565-0550 or visit www.jannuslive.com.Photo by SARAH LEE/EMI MUSICColdplay 1-888-HEAR-CLEAR TOLL FREE 1-888-432-7253 511 66th Street North St. Petersburg2340 S.R. 580 Clearwater8125 S.R. 52 Hudson 2200 U.S. 19 Holiday ST. PETERSBURG CLEARWATER HUDSON HOLIDAY Walk-Ins WelcomeDrive a little! Save a lot! 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Call 258-4829.The Ritz Ybor City and Colour, Tuesday, June 5, 8 p.m. Two Door Cinema Club, Wednesday, June 6, 8 p.m. Curren$y and the Jets, Tuesday, June 12, 8 p.m. Jon Olivas Pain, Saturday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. Explosions in the Sky, Tuesday, June 19, 7 p.m. The Ritz Ybor is at 1503 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa. Call 813-2472518.Raymond James Stadium Brothers of the Sun Tour featuring Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, Saturday, June 2, 4:30 p.m. Raymond James Stadium is at 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Call 813-879-2827. See MUSIC SCENE, page 8B
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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. Project: Shattered Silence Stained, Thursday through Friday, May 31 through June 2, 7:30 p.m., in Murray Studio Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $12. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Written by Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute resident teaching artist Jared ORoark and area high school students, Project: Shattered Silence examines subjects that are usually ignored by adults. These very complex topics include teen suicide, being baker acted, eating disorders and lighter issues such as humor, achieving dreams and living up to the expectations that kids set for themselves. 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. 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. 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. 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Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. After a brief exploration of the abandoned city, however, the group soon find themselves stranded, only to discover that they are not alone.Men in Black 3Genre: Action, comedy and science fiction Cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson, Nicole Scherzinger, Alice Eve and Michael Stuhlbarg Director: Barry Sonnenfeld Rated: PG-13 In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back ... in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when Ks life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind. The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.Cowgirls N AngelsGenre: Family Cast: James Cromwell, Bailee Madison, Jackson Rathbone and Alicia Witt Director: Timothy Armstrong Rated: PG Ida, a feisty and rebellious young girl, dreams of one day finding her father, a rodeo rider, whose identity her mom has kept from her. While searching for her dad at a local rodeo, Ida meets the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, a team of young female trick riders run by cowboy legend Terence Parker. Terence discovers that Ida is the granddaughter of a friend who passed away years before, so he decides to help her. Ida joins the Sweethearts and embarks with them on a tour of rodeos throughout the west. Ida hopes to find her father, but she discovers much more, including a love for horses that redefines her life. The IntouchablesGenre: Comedy, drama and romance Cast: Franois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet, Alba Gaa Bellugi, Cyril Mendy and Christian Ameri Director: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano Not rated An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, The Intouchables has broken box office records in its native France and across Europe. Based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy), The Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. Directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the film was nominated for a total of nine 2012 Csar Awards, Frances equivalent to the Oscars, including Best Picture, and won Best Actor for breakout star Omar Sy. Mighty FineGenre: Comedy and drama Cast: Chazz Palminteri, Andie MacDowell, Jodelle Ferland, Rainey Qualley, Paul Ben-Victor, Arthur J. Nascarella, Richard Kohnke and Kent Jude Bernard Director: Debbie Goodstein Rated: R Set in the 1970s, Mighty Fine is the story of Joe Fine (Chazz Palminteri) a charismatic, high-spirited man, who relocates his family wife Stella (Andie MacDowell), daughters Natalie (Jodelle Ferland) and Maddie (Rainey Qualley) from Brooklyn to New Orleans, in search of a better life. Joes devotion to his family knows no bounds, and he seeks to provide them with the ultimate in the good life, from a palatial home to a steady string of extravagant gifts. Unfortunately, Joes spending spree is wildly out of touch with reality, as his apparel business is teetering on the brink of collapse, a fact he refuses to accept. On the surface, Joe is a charmer with a king-sized personality, but underneath he is possessed by a deep-rooted anger, which he frequently turns on the family he loves. An emotional powder keg ready to explode at any instant, Joe holds his wife and daughters captive to his unpredictable mood swings. The largest part of his fury is directed at Maddie, who is 16 and beginning to show signs of both an emerging sexuality and a willingness to challenge his authority. Stella, a holocaust survivor and no stranger to victimization, and younger sister Natalie, an aspiring poet, appear to be more forgiving of his fits, but they feel the impact of Joes emotional abuse as much as Maddie does: Stella is paralyzed by the conflict between supporting her husband and safeguarding herOpening this weekendMen in Black 3 stars Smith, Jones and Brolin; nuclear horrors haunt Chernobyl Diaries Photo courtesy of WARNER BROS. PICTURESFrom left, Devin Kelley stars as Amanda, Jonathan Sadowski as Paul and Nathan Phillips as Michael in Alcon Entertainment, Film Nation Entertainment and Oren Peli/Brian Witten Pictures Chernobyl Diaries, a Warner Bros. 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Must present coupon. Excludes Happy Hour and any other specials.Exp. 6-30-12 MUSIC SCENE, from page 1BRuth Eckerd Hall Styx, Sunday, June 3, 7:30 p.m. Happy Together Tour 2012 with The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz, The Buckinghams, The Grass Roots and newest addition Gary Puckett & The Union Gap; Friday, June 15, 7:30 p.m. Boston, Friday, June 29, 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall is at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.ruth eckerdhall.com.Skippers Smokehouse Barely Pink, Friday, June 1, 8 p.m. Suncoast Blues Society Anniversary Party featuring Billy Seward & Soulphonic and Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones; Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m. April Verch Band, Sunday, June 3, 5 p.m. Rocket 88, Friday, June 8, 8 p.m. The Hip Abduction, Saturday, June 9, 8 p.m. Skippers Smokehouse is at 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Call 813-971-0666 or visit www.skippers smokehouse.com.State Theatre Jackyl, Thursday, June 14, 7 p.m. The Bouncing Souls, Friday, June 15, 7 p.m. The Rocket Summer, Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m. Resinated, Saturday, June 23, 7 p.m. State Theatre is at 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 895-3045 or visit www.statetheatrecon certs.com.The Straz Center for the Performing Arts The Malone Brothers, Thursday, June 7, 7:30 p.m., in Jaeb Theater Bon Iver, Thursday, June 7, 8 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall Puscifer, Monday, June 11, 7:30 p.m., in Ferguson Hall Il Divo, Friday, June 15, 8 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall The Queen Extravaganza, Friday, June 15, 7:30 p.m., in Ferguson Hall Il Divo, Saturday, June 16, 8 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall The David A Straz Jr. Center formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.Tampa Bay Times Forum Neil Diamond, Sunday, June 3, 8 p.m. Avicii, Thursday, June 7, 8 p.m. Coldplay, Thursday, June 28, 7 p.m. Def Leppard, Saturday, June 30, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay Times Forum is at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Call 813-301-2500 or visit www.tam pabaytimesforum.com. For more music and concert information, visit TBNweekly.com. LOOKING AHEAD, from page 2Blength 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. 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 7917400 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. Art Trysts First Friday Open Studio, Friday, June 1, 4 to 8 p.m., at 1190 Kapp Drive, Clearwater. Attendees will enjoy a free art demonstration by guest artist Susan Hess, enjoy refreshments and meet studio artists Donna Frost, Lorraine Ulen, Lee Canalizo and Kathy Fessenbecker. Admission is free. Visit www.arttrysts.com. 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. The African Queen, Thursday, June 7, 7 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. In Africa during WW1, a gin-swilling riverboat owner/captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. The film stars Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and Robert Morley. John Waite, Friday, June 8, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets start at $35. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Waite, whose career spans more than three decades and who has had numerous hit singles, is touring in support of his latest solo release Rough and Tumble. The singer/songwriter collaborated with Matchbox 20 lead guitarist/songwriter Kyle Cook to forge an eclectic collection of brand new material. It is Waites first solo release since 2007s Downtown: Journey of a Heart. Inspired by British blues bands like Free, Small Faces and Humble Pie, Waite got his start as the lead singer of The Babys who, within a short time, had Top 40 hits with Isnt It Time? and Every Time I Think of You. After five albums with The Babys, John Waite moved to New York to go solo during the early 1980s. His first solo album, Ignition, boasted the MTV/rock radio staple Change, which was soon followed with a No. 1 and what is undeniably one of the all-time greatest pop/rock ballads, Missing You. The song topped the international charts and today remains a radio staple around the globe. Waite returned to the top of the charts during a two-album tenure as front man for the pop/rock supergroup Bad English, whose No. 1 single When I See You Smile sparked sold-out concert tours and a succession of Billboard Hot 100 Hits. Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel, presented by West Coast Players, June 8-24, 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. Set in Ireland in 1938, this is a memory play about the lives, loves and losses of five unmarried sisters. The son of one of the sisters recounts his memories of living with his aunts one summer, when he was 7 years old, during the festival Lughnasa, and how his life was changed by these women and the events of that summer.Dunedin East Meets West, through May 31, at Stirling Art Studios and Gallery, 730 Broadway, second floor, Dunedin. This Asian-inspired exhibit will feature Sumi-E, Chinese brush painting, pottery, Ikebana floral arrangements, acrylic and pastel painting. Participating artists include Yuki Toyota, Suzanne Johnson, Noriko Kuehn and Mari Ho. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. Call Steve Spathelf at 433-4683.Largo Titanic A Voyage in Art, through July 15, at the Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N., Largo. Sun Time/LinksWalker is showcasing the largest collection of original paintings commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic by maritime artist and historian Michael V. Ralph at the Armed Forces History Museum. Titanic A Voyage in Art is an assemblage of 27 original acrylic paintings. It is historically significant in its graphic depictions of the timeline of the Titanics all too short life. From the ships birth on May 31, 1911 as the largest, most luxurious and safest ocean liner of the day, to 2:19 a.m. on April 15, 1912 as the vessel sits poised for the final plunge, descending at a speed of 35 miles an hour and burrowing into 45 feet of mud and sand. Sixteen wooden lifeboats containing a mere 712 survivors out of a combined 2,227 passengers, officers and crew remained following the sinking. The exhibit also showcases dinnerware, silverware, stationary, postcards, signage, articles and deck plans associated with the Titanic. Clocks above the prints highlight the actual timing of events as the Titanic began its demise to the end. Museum admission is $17.95 for adults, $14.95 for seniors and veterans and $12.95 for youths 4 to 12. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Visit www.armedforces museum.com.
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