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By TOM GERMONDLARGO A decorated U.S. Army soldier who recently returned from an 18-month combat tour in Afghanistan said at the citys Memorial Day ceremony that the names of Americans on the war memorials represent our freedom and our future. Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin L. Hill, the keynote speaker at the event May 28, said he is often reminded of the walls of honor that have countless names of our brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Some made the sacrifice for their country. Others made the sacrifice for their brothers and sisters who fought alongside them. Many see those names as a means to pay tribute to ourheroes. Butwhen I look at those names, Im reminded of the liberties, freedoms andfutures ofour sons and daughters that were paid because of those names on those walls, said Hill, who joined the Army in 1978. Hill has been involved in dangerous assignments all over the world. As the DivisionHonoring those who made the ultimate sacrificeVIEWPOINTSBill CotterellPrepare for major mudslinging, columnist says. Page 13A FCAT under fire atboard meetingSchool Board urged to adopt national resolution against testing By TOM GERMONDLARGO Pinellas County School Superintendent John Stewart said May 22 he has grave concerns about high-stakes testing, and the state should investigate how students are evaluated. Stewart said at the School Boards meeting May 22 that the board will discuss a national resolution against testing mandates, notably the FCAT, at a work session. He said he shared the concerns expressed by Pinellas Classroom Teachers President Kim Black, who encouraged the School Board to adopt the resolution at its June 12 meeting. I think that every School Board member will echo that message to you, Stewart said. I just didnt think tonight was the night without having a proper chance to discuss it in the proper forum. So we will do that and we will join you some way, some how, in trying to bring Pinellas Countys attention to this issue. Its time the state investigated how we are doing high-stakes testing and how we are evaluating our students and move forward with that. I hope they do that, and Im all for it, Stewart said. Black said the resolution has been adopted by the Palm Beach and St. Lucie school boards and is being considered for adoption by Indian River and Martin County school boards. The resolution was modeled after a similar resolution from Texas that 460 school boards have signed, she said. Adopting the resolutions would send a message that the board values accountability in multiple measures of student growth and that you recognize that changes must be made to Floridas accountability system from Washington, D.C., to Tallahassee to Largo, she said. Our students, teachers and schools have shouldered the burden of an accountability system that By TOM GERMONDLARGO City officials have been asked to ban pit bulls in the city limits, but the mayor says taking such action would be difficult to enforce. Charlene Lord, a city resident, said in an email to Mayor Pat Gerard that her neighbors have a pit bull that she is concerned about. Not all, but most owners, have vicious tendencies just as the pit bulls do. Many cities throughout the U.S., including Miami, have banned these dogs, she wrote. Our houses are so close together here that having those dogs creates very scary situations for us residents. I am scared on a daily basis that my son or my cat will be mauled. I should not have to live like this, she wrote. Gerard wrote back to Lord that having an ordinance banning a particular breed of animal would be difficult to enforce and would place an enormous strain on the citys police department. As you mentioned, the problem is not so much about the breed of the animal but more the individual treatment of the breed. I will not dispute the fact that pit bulls have been associated with some horrific acts; however, it is the classic case of nature versus nurture. Society has labeled these animals with an unjust stereotype when it is actually the owner of the animal that determines and molds its behavior which sometimes results in violence, Gerard wrote. The Miami-Dade ordinance, the only one of its kind in the state, is being highly contested and will be presented to the voters as a referendum in the fall. You can be assured we will monitor the outcome of that vote, Gerard wrote. She added that Lords concern for her family and pets is understandable. The city, like other jurisdictions, has an ordinance, which addresses vicious animals, those that pose a physical threat to other animals or to humans. Gerard encouraged Lord to contact the citys code enforcement division if she thinks the neighbors dog poses such a threat. Pinellas County Senior Animal Control Officer John Hohenstern said he doesnt know of any municipality in the county that is considering an ordinance that would ban specific breeds. He said the county would need to have about 20 people to enforce such an ordinance. It would be a nightmare, he said. Pinellas Animal Controls website said that pit Features Business . . . . . . . . . .10A Classieds . . . . . . . . .4-7B Community . . . . . . . .14-15A County . . . . . . . . . . .5-8A Entertainment . . . . . . .1-3,8B Health & tness . . . . . . . .12A Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . .2-3A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . .11A Pets of the week . . . . . . . .15A Police beat . . . . . . . . . .5A Schools . . . . . . . . . . .9A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .13A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising New LHS principal to start July 2Osceola High School assistant principal named to succeed Marjorie Sundstrom, who is retiring. See the story written by student journalists. ... Page 9A.SCHOOLS BUSINESSJobless rate dropsPinellas County unemployment continues to fall. Aprils not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent, down from 8.7 percent in March. A year ago, Pinellas had an April unemployment rate of 10 percent. ... Page 10A.COUNTYHistorical Society holds lecture seriesThe Pinellas County Historical Society is sponsoring Pinellas by the Decades: A Centennial Celebration Speaking of History Lecture Series on second Sundays, 2 p.m., at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N. With more than 28 historic structures and features set amidst a natural pine and palmetto landscape, Heritage Village is home to structures dating back to the 19th century, including a school, church, sponge warehouse, railroad depot and store as well as a variety of historic homes. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. A minimum donation of $2 an adult is suggested. On Sunday, June 10, the lecture will be Building Bridges and Aspiring for the Major Leagues: 1982 to 1991. During this decade many new bridges, physical and social, spanned the county and across Tampa Bay. The new Sunshine Skyway and the Bayside bridges promoted regional connections, while the pursuit of a major league baseball franchise sparked lively debates. Pinellas County is celebrating 100 years of independence from Hillsborough County. As part of the centennial activities, the Pinellas County Historical Society is presenting an engaging, ongoing series of multidisciplinary lectures. See TESTING, page 5Largo officials asked by resident to ban pit bulls County OKs money for Friendship Trailbridge Aging structure exceeds design life ... Page 6A. Also at the box office will be For Greater Glory, starring Andy Garcia. ... Page 1B.Snow White and the Huntsman opens in theaters this weekend Volume XXXIV,No. 45 May 31, 2012 www.TBNweekly.com See PIT BULLS, page 4A 010512727-725-1052 2547 Countryside Blvd. #5 www.CustomHairTampa.com Get a new look for the New Year!$50 OFF Any New WigCustom Hair & Wigs 030112BACK AND NECK PAIN TREATMENTAUTO ACCIDENT INJURIESLow Back Pain Neck Pain Disc Problems Headaches Gregory Hollstrom II, D.C. Brian Rebori, D.C. 11444 Seminole Blvd., Largo 727-393-6100 Learn More at: www .DrGregHollstrom.com 12046 Indian Rocks Road, Largo 727-595-1222 www.VONailsAndSpa.comFACIALS SPA THERAPY WAXING NAILS AND MORE Not available with other offers. Expires 7/15/12Full Set or Spa Mani-PediNot available with other offers. Exp. 7/15/12053112 We Offer SHELLAC for Natural Nails20% OFF All Services for New Clients.$500OFF Command sergeant major of the 101st Airborne Division, Hill was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served as Task Force command sergeant major for Multinational Force and Observers in Egypt and as the Task Force Falcon command sergeant major in Kosovo. He also served as the Task Force command sergeant major for the Joint Task ForceKatrina in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Hill said with no hesitation that the men and women who served America in the military make up the finest fighting force in the world and perhaps ever. Since Oct. 7, 2001, when the United States initiated Operation Enduring Freedom, and March 19, 2003, when it began Operation Iraqi Freedom, nearly 6,500 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terror. Another 66,000 service members have been wounded in action, he said. That equates nearly the entire population of Largo, Florida, he said, either being injured or killed. He said that not everybody goes to Memorial Day ceremonies. But he urged people to reach out to veterans and their families. Every day we owe these brave men and women more than a flag-draped coffin, more than a solemn place to rest, more than a building or a training facility to a street named in their honor and much, much more than a moment of silence, Hill said. Hills awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Joint Service Commendation Medal for Valor. The presentation of colors, POW/MIA remembrance service, a wreath presentation, three rifle volleys, musical tribute and other events were part of the evening ceremony at Largo Central Park.Photos by TOM GERMONDU.S. Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill, above, who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and other theaters, addresses the audience at the Largo Memorial Day ceremony May 28. Below, attendees of the ceremony show their patriotic pride. More photos on page 3A.Every day we owe these brave men and women more than a flag-draped coffin ... Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill
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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 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. Train 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 2-3,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 first 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 518-3016 or Southwest Recreation Complex at 518-3125. 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. Children not potty-trained must wear a plastic swim diaper under their bathing suit. For more information, call 518-3018 or visit LargoPools.com. The fee is $1.50 per person Teen Tidalwave Tuesdays June 12, 19 and 26, 7 until 9 p.m.,Highland Family Aquatic Center,400 Highland Ave. Description:Teens can meet up with friends, swim, and catch up on what happened over the weekend. Sponsors will provide snacks and giveaways are planned. For more information, call 518-3018 or visit LargoPools.com. The fee is $3 per teen. Monthly Night Hikes June 16, 6:30 p.m., McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N. Description: Join us every third Saturday of the month for a guided walk through the woods, seeking out nocturnal animals such as raccoons, owls, opossums, bats and more. Flashlights are optional. Donations are kindly accepted. Preregister by calling 518-3047. The even is free. Recognizing Fathers Day June 17, 1:30 until 3:30 p.m.,Highland Family Aquatic Center,400 Highland Ave. Description: In honor of Fathers Day, all dads will be admitted free with one paid child admission. Free hot dogs will be given out (while supplies last) and licensed massage therapist, Dana Crane will be on site providing free chair massages. All fathers in attendance will receive a special gift, courtesy of Missing Links in Largo. Call 518-3018. Child admission is $4 with a recreation card and $7 without a card. Community Luncheon and Show June 21, noon until 2 p.m., Largo Community Center. Description: Enjoy a scrumptious meal, dessert and entertainment. Purchase tickets in the office one month prior to the luncheon. Call 518-3131. The fee is $10. Bi-Monthly Golf Tournament June 23, 10 a.m., Largo Golf Course, 12500 Vonn Road, Description: Compete for prizes and enjoy our skills challenge holes. Includes lunch, prizes and more. Call 518-3024. The fee is $40 per golfer. Silver Screen Classics: A History of the Movies June 28, noon, Largo Community Center. Description: Enjoy an afternoon of viewing a classic movie on our 20 foot screen. Refreshments will be sold and information on the movie will be handed out. Movies are shown in the ballroom. Call for a listing of movies. The event is free. 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. 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4A Leader, May 31, 2012 By SUZETTE PORTERThe 2012 Atlantic basin hurricane season officially begins June 1, and two names are already crossed off the list. Tropical Storm Alberto, which formed May 19 off the coast of South Carolina, is the earliest-forming tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin since Ana in 2003, according to the National Hurricane Center. This year also is the first time that a tropical storm has formed before the official start of the hurricane season in the Atlantic and East Pacific basins. The Atlantic basin hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. It includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. The East Pacific season began May 15. Tropical Storm Beryl arrived just in time for Memorial Day, coming ashore at Jacksonville Beach at near-hurricane strength with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph just after midnight May 28. A minimum Category 1 hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 74 mph. Beryl caused numerous power failures as it downed trees and flooded streets. Vacationers and residents spent much of the holiday dealing with high winds, heavy rains, dangerous surf and rip currents. Locally, Beryls rain bands didnt make it far enough south to provide much rain. The rain gauge at the Pinellas County Emergency Management in Clearwater showed just over a quarter inch of rain for Sunday and no rain for Monday. Rain totals varied with the National Weather Service reporting nearly a half-inch in Pinellas Park over a 24-hour period from 4 p.m. Sunday to 4 p.m. Monday.2012 season predictionsThe research team at Colorado State Universitys Tropical Meteorology Project released its predictions April 4 for the Atlantic Basin. The forecast calls for a below-average chance of major hurricanes making landfall along the U.S. Coastline and the Caribbean this year. A report written by Dr. Phil Klotzbach, research scientist, and William Gray, Professor emeritus of atmospheric science, forecasts 10 named storms forming in 2012, four hurricanes and two major hurricanes. A major hurricane is a Category 3, 4 or 5. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its predictions on May 24, calling for a near-normal season. NOAAs outlook predicts a less active season compared to recent years, said NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. Based on statistical data from 1981 to 2010, average activity has been 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. NOAAs Climate Prediction Center says there is a 70 percent chance that nine to 15 named storms will form in 2012, with four to eight hurricanes and one to three major hurricanes. Gray and Klotzbach will update the season forecast on June 1 and in August. NOAA also will update its forecast before August and the beginning of what is considered the peak of the season.2012 storm namesSince 1953, Atlantic tropical storms had been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. The 2012 list of names include Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie and William.It only takes oneIn the first hurricane e-Alert of the season, Pinellas Countys Emergency Management Director Sally Bishop remembers Hurricane Andrew, which hit south Florida in 1992 another year forecast to have below-average activity. Andrew became the costliest hurricane in American history and maintained that title until Hurricane Katrina surpassed it in 2005. The moral of the story is it doesnt matter how many storms are forecast, nor how busy the season is. It only takes one making landfall where you live to make a quiet season one to remember, Bishop said. For evacuation zones and more hurricane information, visit www.pinellascounty.org/emergency. Lubchenco also talked about Hurricane Andrew. We have a stark reminder this year with the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew. Andrew, the Category 5 hurricane that devastated South Florida on Aug. 24, 1992, was the first storm in a latestarting season that produced only six storms. She cautioned against relying on predictions. Regardless of the outlook, it is vital for anyoneGet ready; hurricane season off to an early startliving or vacationing in hurricane-prone locations to be prepared, she said.Hurricane preparedness weekNOAA has designed May 27-June 2 as Hurricane Preparedness Week. History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster, according to NOAA officials. On the website, www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare, people can learn about hurricane hazards, the role the National Weather Service plays in protecting life and property and other essentials to protecting home and family. Website visitors also can download a PDF of the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense, NOAA says. Satellite image COURTESY OF NOAAA report written by Dr. Phil Klotzbach, research scientist, and William Gray, Professor emeritus of atmospheric science, forecasts 10 named storms forming in 2012, four hurricanes and two major hurricanes.bulls are probably one of the most misunderstood breeds and they have the lowest adoption rate to prove it. The first step in changing this trend is to equip the public with the information and resources necessary to make knowledgeable and educated decisions regarding adoption/ownership of these types of dogs. There are many pet owners who have very well-mannered pit bulls as pets and they never have a moments worry with them. Tragically, others are mistreated by previous owners and raised to fight or be exceptionally aggressive, the website said. Pinellas Animal Control logged 2,146 dog bites in 2011, including 228 attributed to pit bulls. The term pit bull actually encompasses several breeds, such as the American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terriers and others. The website offers advice on proper training for pit bulls. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices/pitbull.htm PIT BULLS, from page 1APlans for bike trail near completionTREASURE ISLAND Design plans for a proposed bicycle and walking trail from the Treasure Island Causeway to Gulf Boulevard is nearing completion. Jerry Dabkowski, a traffic consultant for the Baker Corp., told city commissioners at a May 15 workshop that the work is about 90 percent complete with drainage and signage issues still to be resolved. Commissioners also will need to decide what manner they want traffic to flow in and how much they want to spend before the details are complete. The trail will begin eastbound at the northwest corner of Gulf Boulevard and 104th Avenue. The 10-foot-wide trail will go east on the north side of 104th Avenue, meandering onto Community Park property and through trees toward 106th Avenue. At 106th Avenue, plans call for the route to split one 4-foot lane on the north side of the street and another on the south side of the street due to property dimensions and drainage concerns. When the trail reaches the 104th/107th/108th Avenue intersection, the two split lanes will merge on the southeast side of the intersection next to the St. James Condominium property where the trail will continue eastward toward St. Petersburg. Among the traffic changes is a proposal to put a channeled left turn lane on westbound Treasure Island Causeway at 104th Avenue and a channeled right turn onto the causeway from 104th. A concern is 108th eastbound onto the causeway and possible traffic backups. One option would be to force motorists into a right-hand turn that would ultimately, planners hope, lead motorists to using First Street East southbound to 107th where a 4-way stop would allow them to turn left (eastbound) toward the causeway. Commissioner Butch Ellsworth suggested the possibility of a traffic signal at the 3-way intersection but Dabkowski said it wasnt feasible. That would require a set of lights for 108th, a set for 104th, a turn lane for 104th and the causeway and another set west to the clock tower, he said. Commissioner Phil Collins concurred. The last thing people want to see is another 4-way stop or a light put up, said Collins. I dont think thats going to garner much support. Dabkowski said city leaders could stay away from putting up stop signs initially and evaluate the situation later. The cost for the trail design and resurfacing of 104th Avenue is estimated at $195,000. Depending on the direction city leaders go with the other options, the total cost would be anywhere between $245,000 and $255,000. The city has about $90,000 available for the project now and would get the remainder from about $404,000 available in the budget for street resurfacing. Bob McClureNarrows density, height increase debatedINDIAN ROCKS BEACH Several weeks ago the citys Planning and Zoning Board recommended that the height requirements for buildings in the business triangle area, known as The Narrows, be increased to 75 feet. The City Commission did not go along with that recommendation. At Tuesdays commission meeting, local businessman Bob Munce said in order for his plan to build a hotel on his 1.8-acre property in The Narrows to be profitable, he will need to have 105 hotel rooms and the old density restrictions of 15 rooms an acre, would make that impossible. The height restriction also would have to increase to make it viable. The debate over the issue began with Vice Mayor Terry HamiltonWollin noting that Munce had not filed any sort of application to build a hotel or any plans to support the idea. We have no plans from Mr. Munce, she said. So as far as we are concerned the hotel idea doesnt exist. We have to govern and make laws and rules that we feel our residents want. We have to figure it out on our own. Otherwise were just wasting out time. She addressed Munce directly when she said, It might seem meanspirited Mr. Munce, but it is not. Our job is to represent the city. Come to us with a plan and well work with you. She got an argument from Commissioner Cookie Kennedy. I dont agree with you at all on this, she said. Mr. Munce has a right to come to us with ideas and we can look at them. This is the only piece of property in town big enough for this project. Id like to know what the voters think. Mayor R.B. Johnson cautioned, We have to be aware of what else could go on in the district. Just because there is no other property that size doesnt mean that other businesses couldnt take advantage of whatever we decide here. After more back and forth discussion Hamilton-Wollin said, Im not moving off 50-50. Thats my position. Fifty-fifty being a 50-foot height limit, with 50 units per acre. The other commissioners and the mayor agreed with her and city staff will now begin the process of amending the Comprehensive Plan and changing the Land Use Regulations to reflect the changes for transient (hotel-motel) accommodations in The Narrows. The process, according to City Manager Chuck Coward, will take nine months. Brian GoffProperty rights cloud pond cleanupBELLEAIR BLUFFS Progress has been made in resolving longstanding issues that have delayed the dredging of two ponds in the citys Dolphin Drive neighborhood. But disagreement between the city and affected residents over the permanence of property easements could stymie the cleanup effort. The area is subject to flooding and the lack of maintenance has caused sediments to accumulate in the ponds, putting property at risk. Also, the pond sediment was adversely affecting wildlife and fish habitat. Cleanup of the ponds has been put off for over three years, as city officials and residents have argued over the granting of easements on the properties and other issues. A major obstacle was overcome in April when the Southwest Florida Water Management District decided that permits were not required to move forward with the dredging and cleanup of the ponds. However, the city still wants residents to grant perpetual easements on the affected properties, which allow the maintenance work to be done. One homeowner, who has since moved, has agreed, while the rest are offering 20-year easements. Thats not good enough, city officials told the residents at the May 21 City Commission meeting. Discussion of the pond issue was the major topic on the agenda. Were asking for the perpetual easements, said Public Works Director Robert David. In 20 years all the players could change, he said. Id hate for the city to go through this all over again. Lets do it right the first time. Commissioner Joseph Barkley asked David, without perpetual easements, how would the ponds continue to be maintained? The city could not maintain the ponds after that time without getting another agreement, David said. Id hate to bring this upon another commission 20 years from now, Mayor Chris Arbutine put in. City Attorney Thomas Trask said the perpetual easements are the one big issue yet to be resolved. The residents are only interested in 20 years, he said, adding, I dont think we can overcome this. Aside from the easements, resident spokesperson Jeff Washburn said he believes the city and the residents are on the same page with most of the other issues related to the project. The residents want the ponds dredged deeper than the city is prepared to do. David acknowledged the deeper dredging would allow more water in the ponds and make them more attractive to look at. But keeping the water levels lower lets the ponds accumulate more storm water. In times of heavy rain, the ponds can hold more runoff and prevent flooding of yards and patios. The citys engineer, Bill Reidy, also said deeper dredging could create sloughing, where a lot of loose soil on the sides of the ponds could collapse and cause residents backyards to slide into the ponds. Washburn said the residents are willing to work with the city on the dredging depths. We dont want our banks sloughing off, he said. Go as deep as you can without jeopardizing the banks. Arbutine said the city would check into bank stabilization methods being done on McKay Creek in Largo. Residents want the inlets and pipes leading into the ponds cleaned regularly and cattails removed from one of the ponds. David agreed to a yearly inspection of the pipes and cleaning as needed. The cattails will be taken out, he said. As for the easements, no agreement was reached. Washburn held out little hope for perpetual easements in the foreseeable future. We are on parallel paths with the city on most things, Washburn said. But on the easements, Wed like to see how it goes for a while. If perhaps in 10 years its going smoothly, we could look at a perpetual easement. However, Washburn said later, if things go well with the project, the residents may be willing to relook the easement issue sooner. Arbutine agreed to hold off pushing the easement issue for now, promising the residents, Were going to do this in a way you guys will want to do a perpetual easement. He also warned the residents that, this is going to be a costly project. Thats why we are going for perpetual easements. He concluded, Well talk about it again when you are more comfortable with it. It is unclear at this point whether the city will proceed with the dredging and cleanup of the ponds without an easement agreement. Wayne AyersMammoth home start delayedBELLEAIR SHORE Construction of the 17,500-square-foot home being built for Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has been stalled. John Kostreles, plan examiner for Pinellas County building and development review services, told the commission the house had been permitted, but has run into problems with the engineering. Howard is seeking a second opinion from another engineering firm, who is checking everything pretty thoroughly, Kostreles said. The house will remain in the foundation stage until the matter is resolved, he said. Robertson said the property has been cleared. Major work will need to be done laying water lines and other tasks because of the canals and other exotic things planned for the house, Robertson indicated. Schmidt said the homes addition to the towns tax rolls will be welcome, considering such unexpected expenses as the Sheriffs Office police cost increase. Wayne Ayers undermines educational quality and equity in our schools long enough, Black said. The burden hampers educators efforts to focus on the broad range of learning experiences that promote the innovation, creativity, problem solving and other skills. Pinellas teachers have not shied away from accountability and have embraced high standards and high quality education for all students, she said. We are asking the governor and state board of education to develop a system of multiple forms of assessment that accurately reflects student learning to improve schools instead of punishing them, does not require extensive standardized testing, and a system that supports and uplifts our students and schools, therefore instilling a lifelong love of education, she said. Black asked that the board take action on the resolution at its June 12 meeting. She said she talked with Stewart about the issue the afternoon of May 22, and they agreed that it should be discussed at the boards next workshop and then be placed on the June 12 board meeting. If we dont stand up against these punitive measures for our students and our schools, then who will, she said. Under heavy criticism since it was first administered in 1998, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test is given to Florida students to measure what they know and are able to accomplish in reading, writing, mathematics, and science. The test is part of Floridas plan to improve student achievement. Student achievement data from the FCAT are used to report educational status and annual progress for individual students, schools, districts, and the state. Grades are given to schools based on the percent of students meeting certain standards and the percent of students who make learning gains. School Board member Linda Lerner said she agreed with Stewarts remarks about the high-stakes testing. I fully support this resolution and going beyond the resolution. But we have to do it in the proper way. We will discuss it at our workshop and Im quite sure it will be on our agenda for June 12, she said. I, we also have to look to school grades, she said. If you celebrate them, you say they are valid, and I think its time to say we are going to look at the progress students are making, and the other good things that are happening in schools, and I would like to stop celebration of grades. The resolution says the overemphasis on standardized testing has caused considerable collateral damage in too many schools, including narrowing the curriculum, teaching to the test, reducing love of learning, pushing students out of school, driving excellent teachers out of the profession, and undermining school climate. It calls on the governor, state Legislature and state education boards and administrators to reexamine public school accountability systems in this state, and to develop a system based on multiple forms of assessment which does not require extensive standardized testing, more accurately reflects the broad range of student learning.Superintendent searchIn other board matters, Chairperson Robin Wikle said as of May 22, the board has received 12 applications. The deadline to apply is July 2. Interviews will be conducted in August and board action is expected in September. Stewart, a long-time educator who served as deputy school superintendent for Pinellas County from 2000 to was appointed by the board to serve in an interim capacity in September and subsequently was named school superintendent. He is scheduled to retire at the end of the year. Kim Black Around Pinellas Around Pinellas TESTING, from page 1A
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Additionally, while conducting surveillance of Brown, detectives observed him get into a traffic crash, which led to additional charges. At the culmination of the investigation, Brown was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine sale of cocaine, violation of probation, driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and possession of Alprazolam. Brown was sentenced in Pinellas County Circuit Court on the charges developed during the investigation.22 year old arrested for sexual batteryPALM HARBOR A 22 year old from Palm Harbor was arrested May 24 and charged with three counts of sexual battery on a minor. Pinellas County Sheriffs detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit arrested Andrew Christopher Davis-Burton after he met a 15-year-old girl by a Palm Harbor residential neighborhood pool. The suspect provided alcoholic beverages to the minor and then invited her back to his residence, where he sexually battered her. The crime occurred at a private residence in Palm Harbor about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20. The victim is a 15-year-old female not known to the suspect. Per Florida Statute 119, no further information will be released that would tend to identify the minor victim. According to detectives, the victim agreed to go with the suspect to his home. While there, he provided her with additional alcoholic beverages. He then forcefully removed her swimsuit and sexually battered her three times. Davis-Burton then forced her to clean herself up, before allowing her to leave the residence. The victim reported the crime to her grandmother, who in turn contacted the Sheriffs Office. Crimes Against Children detectives responded and began their investigation. Davis-Burton was located on the afternoon of May 24 in a home in Oldsmar and was arrested for three counts sexual battery and for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was subsequently transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident. Detectives say there may be other victims and are asking anyone with information that may assist them in this case to contact Detective Amy White of the Crimes Against Children Unit at 582-6200.Man charged with procuring femalesPALM HARBOR A Palm Harbor man was arrested May 23 for procuring juvenile females for prostitution, possession of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia. According to the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office, Crimes Against Children Detectives began receiving complaints in early May that James Garrett Perdue, 61, was harboring runaways and providing them with alcohol and drugs. Through their investigation, detectives developed information that Perdue had been assisting juveniles engaged in prostitution since January. Detectives served a search warrant at Perdues apartment on Ninth Street and found evidence linking to the charges. He was subsequently arrested. He was charged with procuring a person under 18 for prostitution, a felony, with a bond of $10,000; possession of methamphetamine, a felony with a bond of $2,000; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, with a bond of $150. Detectives believe there may be other victims. If anyone has further information, they are asked to call the Pinellas County Crimes Against Children Unit at 582-6200. Or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800873-TIPS.Man almost drowns off Madeira BeachMADEIRA BEACH Pinellas County sheriffs deputies responded to a near drowning in Madeira Beach about 4:30 p.m. May 28. According to the sheriffs report, Renato Morales Mendoza, 45, was taken to a nearby hospital where he is in serious but stable condition. Deputies and fire rescue personnel responded to 12960 Gulf Blvd. where Mendoza was found unresponsive in the water just offshore. Bystanders pulled him from the water and gave him CPR until fire rescue arrived on scene.Family cat dies in house fireLEALMAN Pinellas County sheriffs deputies responded to a residential fire at 3560 55th Ave. in Lealman at approximately 8 a.m. May 27. As fire rescue personnel extinguished the fire, deputies ensured the safety and well-being of the neighboring community. One resident in the home, Joseph Phanphilathip, 30, suffered second-degree burns to his body. He was taken to a local hospital and has since been released. The family cat succumbed to injuries suffered from smoke inhalation. It is estimated that the fire caused $50,000 in damage to the residence. Fire officials and detectives believe a citronella candle left burning on the back porch caused the fire.Three arrested after brief pursuitST. PETERSBURG Members of the Violent Crime Task Force arrested three individuals about 11:25 p.m. May 25 after they rammed into a police cruiser and then fled the scene in south St. Petersburg. The Violent Crime Task Force includes Pinellas County sheriffs deputies and St. Petersburg Police officers. According to a release from the Sheriffs Office, Task Force members originally tried to stop the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro being driven by Larry Mosely near 3810 18th Ave. S. in St. Petersburg. The vehicle fled the traffic stop and intentionally struck the police cruiser that task force members were driving. The Camaro was unable to negotiate a turn at 18th Avenue South and 49th Street and crashed into a light pole, then a tree in the grass median on the west side of 49th Street. Mosely, 19, of St. Petersburg fled the crash scene on foot but was apprehended by K-9 deputies a short distance away. The other passengers in the vehicle, Cornelius Flanning, 21, and Marques L. Rowe, 18, both of St. Petersburg were arrested at the crash site, 3810 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Task force members located a stolen Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun, 3.5 grams of crack cocaine and 10 grams of marijuana in the vehicle. Law enforcement personnel in the damaged cruiser were not injured. Mosley was charged with possession of crack cocaine, delinquent in possession of a firearm, resisting an officer without violence, grand theft of a firearm, two charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, hit and run with property damage, aggravated fleeing and eluding of a police officer, possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony and violation of probation warrant for driving with a suspended or revoked license out of Collier County. 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The Friendship Trail was temporarily shut down in November 2008 due to safety concerns. In December 2008, a report from Kisinger, Campo & Associates and SDR Engineering Consultants talked about the potential for the bridge to collapse due to eroding structural integrity. The bridge was then closed permanently. Engineers said the aging structure, which has been in service nearly 60 years, had well exceeded its service design life of 50 years. County staff explains that the bridges location over Tampa Bay has exposed it to an extremely corrosive environment for many years, which has caused extensive chloride intrusion of the steel reinforced concrete members. The result is ongoing degradation of the concrete piles, caps, beams, deck and other concrete elements. In April 2010, the condition of the bridge was reassessed. Engineers estimated repair costs at $48 million. Hillsborough and Pinellas decided to demolish the bridge and have since been working to budget the money to pay for it. Hillsborough County, per the interlocal agreement, has spearheaded efforts to get bids for the demolition. American Bridge Company submitted a bid of nearly $4.2 million to take down about 11,000 linear feet of the bridge, plus $1 million to remove another 3,000 linear feet. Pinellas County has already contributed $2 million to the project. Another $515,000 is needed to provide 50 percent of the cost. Hillsborough County deferred a decision to award the demolition contract on April 4 due to a request by a Tampa-based citizen group that wants to turn the old structure into a linear park. The citizens are expected to present a business plan to Hillsborough County on June 6. Pinellas County staff reviewed the draft plan the citizens presented and provided technical review and feedback. The plan recommends replacing 252 low-level concrete spans with prefabricated aluminum or galvanized steel metal spans and maintaining the remainder of the bridge intact with minor repairs. Cost is estimated at $18.7 million to reopen the bridge and another $33.2 million over the next 30 years. Pinellas County staff identified areas of concern. First on the list was the service life of the piles, which are concrete columns driven below the seabed, and the concrete pile caps, which are the beams that connects the piles. The citizens group estimates a $1 million repair bill. Staff says the work will cost $14 million to get 15 years of life. Overall, the biggest concern was structural integrity and the saltwater environment that constantly erodes the concrete and steel. Staff says, Even with the expenditure of millions of dollars, there is no guarantee that these corrosive forces can be controlled to the point of restoring and/or maintaining the desired structural integrity of the steel in the concrete members. The present lack of structural integrity of this facility has the potential for unanticipated hazards to boat traffic traversing underneath the bridge. Staff recommends supporting Hillsborough Countys plans to demolish the bridge as the most fiscally responsible action plan from an engineering and liability perspective.Friendship Trailbridge historyThe old Gandy Bridge was used by people traveling west across Old Tampa Bay from 1956 to 1995, when a new bridge was opened. At the time, the Florida Department of Transportation declared the old bridge structurally deficient to vehicular traffic. Plans called for demolition of the middle section, leaving the ends as fishing piers. Citizens from Pinellas and Hillsborough counties began a movement to save the 2.6-mile long span. The counties agreed in 1997 to assume joint ownership of what was to become the Friendship Trailbridge, one of the longest pedestrian structures over water in the world. According to the Friendship Trail Corporation, before it was closed, more than 600,000 people were using the pedestrian bridge annually for activities, including walking, jogging, bicycling, skating and fishing. After the trail bridge was closed in 2008, some attempts were made by citizens to save it, but the price tag of $48 million seemed insurmountable.New group steps in to helpNow a new yet-to-be-named group steps up that wants to not only save the old bridge but also turn it into an iconic linear parkCounty OKs money to take down Trailbridge 2-1-1 seeks volunteers2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, a nonprofit organization that provides confidential assistance for people in need of health and human services, offers several opportunities for volunteers. To complete a volunteer registration form, visit www.211tampabay.org. for all of Tampa Bay to enjoy. These citizens believe the old pedestrian bridge can be transformed and a new bridge built that will last until at least 2047. The plan outlined in the draft report, available at friendshiptrailbridge.com, calls for partial demolition of damaged sections, light repair of sound portions of the bridge and replacement of damaged decking sections. The goal is to form a public-private partnership with Pinellas and Hillsborough. A nonprofit organization would be formed that would be responsible to manage day-to-day operations, provide maintenance, raise funds, assist the counties with immediate and long-term operations and maintenance and guide the vision of the bridge, including design, capital improvements and services. A five-year plan sets a reopening date of 2017. Donations, grants and fees would pay for the care of construction, operation and maintenance. The group expects to raise more than $20 million over the 35 years of estimated life for the structure with 55 percent of the money coming from donations and another 45 percent from vendor rentals, parking fees and special events. Pinellas County will wait to see if the citizens group can convince Hillsborough County to give the bridge another chance at life. Kevin Thurman and Ken Cowart, both of Tampa, and members of the group trying to save the bridge attended the May 22 meeting in Clearwater. Welch thanked them for their work. Were moving on bringing the budgeted money forward, Welch said. But there is still time to make a decision. Cowart said the group wants as many opinions as possible on this project. The commissioners wished them good luck.
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Seel said a former county employee had told the city that it had sufficient parking to qualify for nourishment funds and that the state Department of Environmental Protection had agreed. She also said that the county had paid for public parking for other beach towns. In addition, she said Gulf Boulevard is a county road. If we put parking spaces on it, we should pay for it, she said. The idea is to rectify a bad situation and help provide county funding and expertise, she said. LaSala explained that his letter had been written in response to a request from Belleair Beach City Manager Nancy Gonzalez, who is working on a budget proposal. She wanted an estimate of costs, broken down, he said. He said Gonzalez wanted the written estimate so she could include it in the budget she would present it to her city council. Belleair Beach Mayor Kathy Mortensen told commissioners that the City Council had voted 4-2 to rely on the previous judgment by county staff that nourishment would be done with no cost to the city, as has been done since 2009. She said it wasnt possible to put an additional $200,000 in the current years budget. We are a unique beach community, Mortensen said. We have no commercial businesses. She said that if parking spaces were constructed on a county road, the county should pay for them. The county has assisted all the others, she said. Mortensen also said that Belleair Beach has an ordinance that restricts parking on side streets, the Belleair Beach Causeway and Gulf Boulevard. Bottom line, the money is not in the citys budget. Its an unfunded mandate, she said. She said the county was dealing with the cost of the states unfunded mandate for Medicaid costs. Nobody likes a bully. We all want to be treated fairly, she said. In this sense, were not. Commission Vice-chair Ken Welch asked if the city was willing to pay any of the costs. Mortensen said not at the current time, but the matter was on the councils June agenda. Seel said the plan was to show DEP that the required parking spaces were in place by the time the project ended. Andy Squires, coastal manager at Pinellas County Environment and Infrastructure, said the state was flexible and would not expect to be paid until after the project was completed in November, which would mean additional money could be budgeted in the fiscal year 2013 budget. The new budget year begins Oct. 1. If the parking is in place, it should be OK, he said. There is no expectation for the money until the end. Commissioner Neil Brickfield asked if the need for additional parking places was due to a change in DEPs rules, as Indian Shores Mayor Jim Lawrence had implied May 8. LaSala said the rules had not changed. It was an incorrect determination made by a county person, he said.Parking proposalLaSalas letter outlines the costs to construct 29 parking spaces to be located on Gulf Boulevard between 17th Street and Belle Isle Avenue. The total is $204,700, which includes $16,800 for survey costs, $32,000 for design, $6,000 for permitting and $149,000 in construction costs. It is our understanding that the city will reimburse the county for these costs, LaSala writes in his letter. Please confirm this understanding at your earliest convenience so that we may proceed expeditiously with these efforts. Welch said he would be more comfortable if the city brought something to the table. He also said Seel had made good points in terms of what had been done in the past for other beach municipalities. He suggested that the administrator remove from his letter the part asking Belleair Beach to confirm its willingness to pay the costs of building the parking spaces. Im anxious to see what Belleair Beach thinks of this (plan to build parking spaces), Seel said. We need to keep cooperatively working on this. Administrators letter misunderstood, LaSala says By WAYNE AYERSMADEIRA BEACH Prospects for completion of the Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center and Aquarium at Johns Pass Village have brightened considerably, and the citys backing of the project became a lot less risky, as the result of recent negotiations on the facilitys financing. Last month, the marine centers CEO E. Howard Rutherford came before the Madeira Beach City Commission requesting a $2. 5 million bridge loan to make up a current funding shortfall. The loan was needed, Rutherford said, to provide the cash flow needed for the facility to begin construction and meet a pushed back opening date of February 2013. Reaction to the loan request from the commission had been cautious. Its a roll of the dice. Theres no way we could guarantee we would get our money back, City Manager Shane Crawford had told the commissioners, though he said he considered the loan to be a good risk to take. That risk has been reduced to nearly zero by a new financing arrangement announced by Crawford at the May 22 Commission meeting. Crawford said the marine centers stance, We need to borrow $2.5 million to make it a reality, had created some uneasiness among the commission members. You told me, Get us a better deal, Crawford said. After negotiations involving Crawford, Marine Center officials, and the Bank of Tampa, a new deal on the centers financing was reached. This one gives the marine center the money needed to move forward, while taking the citys risk way down, Crawford said. Under terms of the arrangement, the Bank of Tampa will provide the $2.5 million loan needed for 12 months. The marine center will make 12 monthly payments on the interest only of the loan, an amount well within their ability to meet, Crawford indicated. The total amount needed for those monthly payments will be placed in an escrow account at the outset, assuring that the payments will be made. The 12 months will give the marine center time to firm up donors who are expected to finance the remainder of the centers estimated $5 million cost. While some large donations have already been received, other major donors want evidence of the projects viability before making a commitment. The citys role is to put aside $2.5 million, as a guarantee the project will happen, Crawford said.Aquarium gets a boost from Madeira Beach officialsThat money will not be moved from the citys accounts. Also, Crawford said the city has an abundance of cash on hand, so setting aside the funds should not affect any pending projects. The citys participation is almost a zero risk, Crawford said. How can you not do this, knowing the risk is about as minute as you can get, Crawford told the Commission. Crawford said he would have an outside financial consultant validate the marine centers financials. Crawford was praised by commission members for his success in negotiating a financial arrangement that keeps the marine center viable, while bringing the citys risk down to an insignificant level. Vice Mayor Robin Vander Velde described the agreement as a great deal. We all want the aquarium here, and this gives them the money to get the construction started, she said. Shane did a great job in putting this together, said Commissioner Terry Lister.Vehicle charger station coming to South BeachA station for charging electric and hybrid vehicles will be placed at South Beach Park. The facility will be installed and owned for the first year of operation by Progress Energy. Then it will be turned over to the city. 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The report required a reclaimed water inventory for seven locations in the county, including a pond at the Mainlands Golf Course in Pinellas Park. In the past, information about the water quantity at the pond listed was reported as unknown. Upon hearing about Stump and his background, Pellegatti took a chance and called Stump to see if he knew how to calculate the amount of water in the pond. Pellegatti was pleasantly surprised to learn he did. He was quite enthusiastic about helping us out and took care of the whole thing, said Pellegatti. He went to the pond with his kayak and portable sonar unit and reported his findings, approximately 3.5 million gallons of water. Pellegatti said that Stump had such a great attitude and was eager to help, so she asked him to do additional work. That includes doing survey work on the aeration basins at the water reclamation facility to ensure all the effluent gates are level and all the flow is leaving the tanks at a uniform rate. She believes its a win-win situation for both the county and for Stump. Carl is a very important member of our community and hes a very important volunteer for the plant, she said. He has the skill set that we would have to pay a consulting firm for or tie up other county resources in order to bring in a surveyor crew onto the plant site to make sure the plant runs at optimal levels. The South Cross Bayou facility treats more than 33 million gallons of water per day and is the second largest wastewater treatment plant on the west coast of Florida. Stump, who lives in nearby Seminole, can now be found helping out at the facility once or twice a week. He encourages others looking for something to do with their spare time to pursue becoming a VIP.This article was provided by Pinellas County Communications.Retired surveyor puts his skills to work for the county Photo courtesy of PINNELAS COUNTY COMMUNICATIONSCarl Stump has become a valued volunteer at the South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation facility in St. Petersburg.Sheriffs debate location setCLEARWATER A Pinellas County sheriffs candidates debate will be held on Tuesday, July 17, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater Octagon Arts Center located at 2470 Nursery Road, located between U.S. 19 and Belcher Road. All candidates that qualified for the primary election in August are expected to participate. On April 18, candidates outlined their differing positions in sheriffs candidate forum hosted by the National Armed Services & Law Enforcement Memorial Museum in Dunedin, where more than 200 voters heard from all six announced candidates as they answered questions from forum moderator, Al Ruechel. The Bay News 9 senior anchor will again question candidates as the debate moderator on July 17. Debate organizers and sponsors expect a larger audience due to expectations of an increased voter turnout.Tax certificate sale set June 1Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson announced the tax certificate sale for 2011 delinquent real estate taxes is June 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at bidpinellas.com. All 2011 property taxes unpaid as of 5 p.m. on May 31 will be eligible for purchase. The tax certificate sale is an annual online auction where bidders purchase a delinquent taxpayers debt in exchange for an annual interest rate, ensuring the majority of unpaid property taxes are collected and distributed to taxing authorities. Last year, more than 17,000 certificates were sold for a total of $45 million, recovering 99 percent of delinquent taxes. All delinquent real estate accounts are published online at bidpinellas.com and in the Gulf Coast Business Review. To prevent a certificate from being sold, property owners with delinquent taxes must make their payment by May 31 either through the tax collectors website, taxcollect.com, or at any tax collector office. Registration for the sale is open at bidpinellas.com and will continue until the sale ends June 1. The sale is a reverseauction, with interest rates on individual certificates starting at 18 percent. Bidders compete for the lowest rate, and certificates are awarded to those with the lowest bid. All unsold certificates will be issued to Pinellas County at 18 percent annual interest. For more information about the tax certificate sale or other tax collector services, visit taxcollect.com or call 464-7777 to speak to a customer service representative.Commission OKs new precinct mapCLEARWATER The Pinellas County Commissioners approved new county precinct lines submitted by Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark in compliance with Florida Statute 101.001 May 22. This approval brings Pinellas County near the completion of its redistricting process. It is important going into a presidential election to provide our voters with as much continuity as possible, Clark said. After complying with the requirements of new district lines, our number one priority was to minimize the number of polling place changes and to adjust precinct lines so voters are closer to their polling places. 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His uncle was region superintendent, his mother was a teacher at a high school and a community college, and during his high school years, his father was the president of the school board. It only seems fitting that he is appointed the job of principal. He went to a community college in Illinois before going to Eckerd College on a basketball scholarship. After he received his bachelors degree, he went back to school in order to get his secondary education degree from Eastern Illinois University. He earned his masters degree in educational leadership from the University of South Florida, and is currently working on his doctorate at USF Tampa. Finkbiner is scheduled to graduate in December. Finkbiner has been in education in Pinellas County for 27 years. He taught at Osceola High School for eight years. He then became assistant principal at Osceola HS in 1999. His tenure in education has given him many valuable experiences that can be used in the principals position. After spending 20 years at Osceola HS, Finkbiner will take the lead of Largo High School. All of his experience is preceded by growing up around education. He will certainly be welcomed as the new principal. Ashley Ruch and Matt Tyson are editors in chief of the Packer Press at Largo High Sch ool. Brad FinkbinerLocal teen wins state rowing championshipCLEARWATER Clearwater Beach native, Blake Kleinhans recently won the Florida State Scholastic Rowing Championship, representing his Berkeley Prep High School with his varsity Four Boys Lightweight Rowing team at the state finals. The event, Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sweep Championship Regatta was held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. Kleinhans has been rowing on the school varsity team for three years and has spent his entire 17 years growing up on Clearwater Beach waters, participating in all kinds of boating. He and his team are headed to the Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championship Regatta on Memorial Day weekend on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.Clearwater Christian College honors studentsCLEARWATER Clearwater Christian College has announced the recipients of its 2011-2012 academic awards. Students were chosen from each educational division to receive recognition based on their exemplary character, high academic achievements, and scholastic abilities. Outstanding Academic Achievement Award winners for each division received plaques commemorating the honor. Nathan Allen of Clearwater received the 2012 Academic Achievement in accounting and business administration. As an accounting major, Allen is a graduate of North Atlantic Regional High in Lewiston, Maine, and is the son of Tim and Susan Allen of Mt. Vernon. Clearwater Christian College has more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a distinct Christian education in a liberal arts environment. CCC students sign for college sportsCLEARWATER Clearwater Central Catholic High is proud of five of its seniors who have recently signed letters of intent to play college sports. Kyle Curinga of Clearwater signed to play soccer for the Florida Atlantic University Owls. Curinga was a four-year starter for the CCC soccer team and was captain his senior year. In his career as a Marauder, he played in 100 soccer games, scored 72 goals and had 60 assists. During his senior season, he scored 34 goals the most of any player in Pinellas County. He was named Tampa Bay Times Pinellas County Boys Soccer Player of the Year, was a member of the Pinellas County All-Star team and a member of the All-State All-Star team. He has also played on the Florida State Olympic Development Team. He hopes to play professional soccer in the future. Marisol Doglioli of Italy, who is staying with a Clearwater family, signed with Mount St. Marys University in Emmitsburg, Md., to play golf for the Mountaineers. In her senior year playing golf for CCC, Marisol won the district tournament with a score of 72, won the regional tournament with a score of 79, and placed 36th at the state tournament. A native of Italy, she was a member of the National Italian Golf Team. From 2009 to 2011, she played in six international tournaments and won the Scottish International Championship. She plans to study pre-med. Devon Garnett of Dunedin signed with Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., to play football for the Hatters. He has been a two-year starter for the Marauders on the varsity football team as well as the track team. As a senior champion, he recorded 35 tackles, had 11 passes defended, one interception and two fumble recoveries playing as a defensive back. He was a member of the Pinellas All-Star team and was named the Defensive MVP for the All-Star game. As a member of the CCC track team, he qualified for the state championship meet in the 4 by 100 meter relay where he and his teammates placed fifth. Ian Koch of Tarpon Springs signed with Florida International University in Miami to play football for the Golden Panthers. He was a two-year starter for the Marauders on the offensive line and was captain his senior year. He was the 2011 Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year for the Marauders as well as being named to the 2011 Class 3A AllState team, the Pinellas County All-Star team, and the 2011 IMG All-Madden team. He was also a member of the CCC weightlifting team his junior year and a member of the wrestling team his senior year. Blair Vaughan of Clearwater Beach signed with Western Kentucky University in Owensboro, Ky., to play football for the Hilltoppers. He played varsity football for CCC for four years and was a three-year starter. In his senior year playing fullback for the Marauders, he had more than 400 rushing yards, averaging almost five yards per carry, and he scored 10 touchdowns. He was a member of the 2011 Pinellas County All-Star team and received honors from myfoxprep.com for the top play in week two of the season when he hurdled a defender and ran 55 yards for the touchdown. He was also a member of the weightlifting and wrestling teams at CCC. He plans to study accounting. Notepad Notepad Photo courtesy of DON KLEINHANSBlake Kleinhans holds the trophy he and his varsity rowing team received for winning the state rowing championship.
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U.S. unemployment fell to 7.7 percent, down from 8.4 percent in March and 8.7 percent a year ago. The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro statistical area continues as one of eight Florida counties with over-the-year job gains. The local MSA ranked No. 2 with 12,600 more jobs, an increase of 1.1 percent. Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall MSA ranked No. 1 with over-the-year job gain of 12,700 jobs, 1.3 percent increase. Aprils unemployment rate for the local MSA was 8.5 percent, down from 8.9 percent in March and 10.5 percent at year ago. The local MSA includes Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Hernando County has the second highest unemployment rate in the state at 10.8 percent. Flagler County has the highest at 11.6 percent. Pasco County ranks No. 10 with 9.7 percent. Pinellas and Hillsborough counties tie for the No. 29 spot with 8.2 percent unemployment. The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA ranks No. 10 among the states 23 areas. Pinellas Countys labor force declined slightly in April down to 437,126, compared to 441,837 in March. It is close to the April 2011 level of 437,012. More than 2,300 less were unemployed, 35,886, compared to 38,240 in March and 43,850 last April. Statewide, 758,000 were unemployed in April and 11.91 million were without jobs nationwide. Business and professional services is the industry with the most job growth, 2.3 percent, followed by private education and health services with 2.2 percent growth and trade, transportation and utilities at 1.2 percent. Construction continues as the industry with the most job losses, 24,500, or 7.3 percent, followed by total government at 1.1 percent and information at 0.5 percent. With 243,594 Florida job openings listed by various help-wanted websites, we are seeing positive trends of job creation by companies and employers throughout our state, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a press release after Aprils report was released. Floridas jobless rate moved to its lowest point in more than three years and is a clear sign we are moving Florida in a direction that gives businesses and job creators the confidence they need to grow and expand.Pinellas Countys unemployment decreases againBlue Dog Po Boys opensPALM HARBOR Blue Dog Po Boys and Catering recently opened at 25708 U.S. 19 N. Diners can experience a taste of New Orleans at the sandwich shop. The owner was born and raised in New Orleans and brings to the area some hometown favorites such as po boys, muffuletta, gumbo and red beans and rice. Blue Dog also caters events, working with any budget and offering a wide selection from Louisiana, Spanish and American cuisine. Hours are Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.Bouchard sponsors Finance ParkCLEARWATER Bouchard Insurance recently signed a 10-year contract with Pinellas Education Foundation to be a corporate sponsor for Finance Park at the Stavros Institute in Largo. Finance Park is a partnership between the Pinellas Education Foundation, Pinellas County Schools, and the Stavros Institute. The program allows eighth-graders to learn about personal finance and budgeting, in line with Floridas state education standards. In todays economy, it is more important than ever that our students learn financial responsibility, said Matt Elsey, CFO at Bouchard Insurance, in a press release. Finance Park provides a unique opportunity for eighth-graders to receive hands-on experience in managing personal finances, and Bouchard is proud to support this initiative and the development of our communitys future leaders. Bouchards role will include, but is not necessarily limited to, designing an innovative booth where students will purchase auto and homeowners insurance for vehicles and homes that fit into their assigned personal monthly budget, and keeping that area of Finance Park updated during the next decade. Bouchards booth will be up and running in time for the 2012-13 school year. Bouchard Insurance, founded in 1948, is the second largest privately owned independent insurance agency in Florida. Bouchard is headquartered in Clearwater.Beaches Chamber to host mixerST. PETERSBURG The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host its June mixer Wednesday, June 13, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge, 540 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. The Hangar will provide an array of complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Drink specials are available daily before 6 p.m. Alligator Attraction of Johns Pass Village will sponsor the event. Cost is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Call Amanda Page at 360-6957 or email RSVP@tampabaybeaches .com.Sweet Tomatoes Express opensCLEARWATER Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation, known for its 124 Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes restaurants, has opened its third quick-serve restaurant in Clearwater. Sweet Tomatoes Express, the first restaurant of this new concept in Florida, opened on May 29 at 2689 Gulf to Bay Drive. Sweet Tomatoes Express features the fresh, quality food diners expect from Sweet Tomatoes in a new, quick and convenient way. Although not a buffet, guests still create their own personalized salad from over 30 different ingredients or enjoy a Sweet Tomatoes signature tossed salad. Guests have the option to pair any salad with one of five made-from-scratch soups or mac and cheese and complimentary garlic focaccia to complete the meal. Guests can add on made-fromscratch muffins, chocolate chip cookies and frozen yogurt, all available a la carte to create a customized meal. The expansion of the Sweet Tomatoes Express concept will allow Garden Fresh to continue growing and increase their presence in the 15 states they currently have full-scale buffet-style restaurants. They also will look to expand their full-scale restaurants in expanding markets.Fletcher Music Center celebrates birthdayLARGO More than 50 Largo residents filled the Fletcher Music Center at 3690 East Bay Drive May 21 to take part in the stores 107th birthday celebration. The celebration included an organ concert by Bobby Speaker. Attending the event were Largo Vice Mayor Harriet Crozier and ComBiz notes Biz notes missioner Curtis Holmes. John Riley the first non Fletcher family member to own Fletcher Music Centers has continued the All Childrens Hospital Music Therapy Charity that takes place at All Childrens and includes taking holiday gifts to the children that are patients at the hospital.Safety Harbor Resort joins Historic HotelsSAFETY HARBOR Safety Harbor Resort and Spa recently joined Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa is one of more than 235 hotels and resorts throughout the country that is recognized by Historic Hotels of America for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture and ambiance.Taking part in Fletcher Music Centers 107th birthday celebration are, front, from left, Barbara Pietro, Harriet Crozer and Bill Steurnagel; and back, Art Bishop, Bobby Speaker, Curtis Holmes and Bob Pietro.
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TEN PLAY $95 Walk $135 Ride Tarpon remain at the top of the list for area anglersThe tarpon migration continues along Pinellas County beaches. So far this has been an excellent first part of the season; favorable winds have made for ideal conditions for spotting incoming pods of fish. The tarpon have been easiest to spot in that first hour of daylight. This is the time when the fish are happy; often they can be seen milling as they slowly drift with the tide. A well-placed cast with a live pinfish, threadfin, scaled sardine or crab will usually draw a strike this time of day. Once the sun is a bit higher the fish dont show as much, but are still there. Anchoring up in the same lanes where you have been spotting fish and keeping fresh baits out is a good option. Keep one rod baited and ready in case fish pop up out of your spread. Light east winds have made short runs offshore for a chance at a few hogfish a good option. Anchoring on the same ledges where you would typically target gag grouper will put you in the right spot. Then have everyone on the boat drop down either live or fresh frozen shrimp. Be sure to use light rods, as the bite can be very subtle, as more and more shrimp go down your odds of hook-ups go up as these fish respond well to chum. Inshore, redfish have been cooperating on the afternoon high tides. Cut-bait fishing along the mangrove shorelines has still been the pattern. With the water temp on the flats getting into the low 80s during the day these fish are going to get into the shade just as soon as the water is high enough to allow it. Until next week get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can bereached at firstname.lastname@example.org. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to bmc clure@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein Monopoly 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.Largo Recreation to host Camp FunshineLARGO Largo Recreation will host more than 60 fulland half-day summer camps. Camp Funshine, a full day camp for grades completed K-5, will feature themed activities, swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, sports and special guests. The camp will be offered Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 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.Gator Club hosts scholarship eventST. PETERSBURG The Pinellas County Gator Clubs 10th Annual Emerson Celebration of Scholarship will be held Tuesday, June 5, 6:30 p.m., at 11 Central Ave. The events mission is to raise money for scholarships awarded to county students who will attend the University of Florida. The evening will include passed hors doeuvres, live entertainment, a silent auction, presentation of scholarships to local students, and a cash bar with signature Gator cocktails. Each year, the Pinellas County Gator Club honors a Gator great who makes a difference in the community. This year the club will recognize David Feaster, president and CEO of Cornerstone Community Bank. Tickets are $30 for UFAA members, $40 nonmembers. Space is limited. Register for this event online at PinellasGators.com. Sponsor tables and VIP tickets are available. Contact Lauren Christ for more information. Call 432-1470 or Gatorlvc@gmail.com.Rays Foundation gives $72,500 to nonprofitsST. PETERSBURG The Rays Baseball Foundation, the official charity of the Tampa Bay Rays, recently awarded $72,500 to 15 local nonprofit organizations through the Community Fund Grant. We were very impressed by the creativity and depth of the grant applications from so many Bay area nonprofits, said Rays President Matt Silverman. The Foundation selected grant opportunities that will help sustain and strengthen not only the youthfocused, nonprofit organizations themselves, but our greater community. The Rays Community Fund Grant Program provides assistance to local nonprofits in the Tampa Bay region. Grants worth up to $5,000 are awarded to help support and enhance current programs offered by community-based nonprofit organizations. Through its first five years, the Community Grant Fund has awarded 102 grants to local charities totaling $497,500. The Rays will award a second round of grants from the 2012 Community Fund Grant in September. Applications for those grants will be available on raysbaseball.com beginning June 1. The Rays Baseball Foundation is committed to supporting youth and education programs throughout the Tampa Bay community. Key contributors to the Foundation include Rays owners, players, sponsors and fans.Since 2008, the Foundation has invested more than $2.2 million in youth and education programs in the region through grant programs and special events. The Rays 2012 Community Fund Grant will support the following 15 organizations and their corresponding programs: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Sports Buddies Program. Boys and Girls Clubs of Plant City Unit, Project Learn Academic Enrichment Program. Brookwood Florida-Central, Inc., independent living training. Children First, childcare scholarships. Devereaux Florida, Sulphur Springs Youth Leadership Council. Forty Carrots Family Center, On Wheels Parenting Program. Front Porch Community Development Association, 4-H Gardening and Art Camp Summer Experience. Junior League of St. Petersburg, Back-to-School Care Fair Program. Junior League of Tampa, Childrens Literacy Project. Manatee Education Foundation, Ca$h for Cla$$room grants program. Mount Zion Human Services, Inc., Computer and Literacy Enhancement Program. Pinellas Opportunity Council, Inc., Youth Development Program. PlaySmart, Inc., Playsmart 2012 Academy. Starting Right, Now, technology and supplies for at-risk youth. The Spring of Tampa Bay, Planting Seeds of Hope and Renewal Program.Briefs
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Patients undergoing rehabilitation for complications of a stroke comprise a significant segment for the orthotic and rehabilitation practice. Approximately 4 million Americans are living with the effects of a stroke, with the majority being moderately or severely impaired. During the primary recovery period, generally defined as the first six months following the stroke, many patients will recover a substantial degree of lost function, thanks in large measure to aggressive therapy and newer technologies, such as the Alter G, that allow integrating a normal gait pattern. Some post-surgical protocols partially restrict weight bearing on a newly repaired hip, knee or ankle and can make it difficult for the patient. Surgeons commonly write orders to only allow 20 percent weight bearing onto the affected limb until the leg is fully recovered. With the precise weight calibration from the Alter G treadmill, a patient can safely ambulate and surgeons are pleased with the early mobility they see in our patients, said Brian Parsons, administrator for East Bay Rehabilitation Center, in a press release. For information regarding Alter G rehabilitation, call 530-7100. Rotary continues polio campaignSEMINOLE The Rotary Foundations No. 1 priority is the eradication of polio. Since the Rotary became involved with the Polio Plus program, the number of polio cases has drastically been reduced. In 1985, 350,000 children were stricken in a year. That is almost 1,000 children a day. Due in part to the Rotary International Polio Project, there has only been a total of 48 cases of polio reported this year through April 25 worldwide. This compares to 120 cases reported at the same time last year. To learn more about Rotary International or to get involved in the local Rotary Club, call Mindy Rovillo at 641-6773 or Bill and Sue Slododkin at 593-0747.St Petersburg General earns ACR accreditationST. PETERSBURG After voluntary rigorous review by the Committee on Ultrasound Accreditation of the Commission on Quality and Safety by the American College of Radiology, St. Petersburg General Hospital has been awarded a three-year term re-accreditation in ultrasound services obstetrical (first, second and third trimesters), gynecological and general. Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury, or other medical problems. In addition, a fourth accreditation was newly awarded for vascular services including abdominal, cerebrovascular, deep abdominal and peripheral. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR practice guidelines and technical standards, following a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement. This accreditation means that St. Petersburg General Hospital personnel are well qualified through education and certification to perform medical imaging and interpret images, that the equipment is appropri-Briefs ate for the test(s) and that the facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines. Nanda performs single-site cholecystectomy ST. PETERSBURG A surgical team at St. Petersburg General Hospital recently performed the hospitals first single-site cholecystectomy. The patients gallbladder was removed through one tiny incision in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scarless. Performed and led by Dr. Manu Nanda, the minimally invasive procedure used robotic assistance to remove the gallbladder through an incision of approximately one inch. Two single-site gall bladder procedures were performed today and the typical hospital stay will be less than 24 hours. The Food and Drug Administration cleared the specialized singlesite instruments for use with the robotic surgical system in December 2011. Nanda and robotic coordinator Lisa Buchianico P.A., were trained for this specific procedure in March at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. More than 1 million people in the U.S. have their gallbladder removed each year. Most are performed with traditional laparoscopy using several incisions. Robotic surgeries typically require three to five small incisions and now, this new technology allows for a single incision in the belly button.HealthSouth to present Aging WellLARGO HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital will present its Aging Well Series Friday, June 8, 2 to 3 p.m., at 901 Clearwater-Largo Road. Seating is limited. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required by June 1. To RSVP, call 588-1865.Hospice to host volunteer eventCLEARWATER Suncoast Hospice will host a volunteer orientation Tuesday, June 5, noon to 5 p.m., at Lakeview Baptist Church, 1430 Belleair Road. The Suncoast Hospice Volunteer Orientation is a four-hour training program for anyone interested in learning more about Suncoast Hospice volunteer opportunities. Registration is required. 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Viewpoints 13A Leader, May 31, 2012 One of the benefits of growing old or older is that you learn not to give a hoot the way you used to. Lets consider a few examples that strike my mind, and perhaps yours as well. I used to be concerned about the steady decline of American English, both written and spoken. I have watched and listened as ordinary conversation among supposedly educated Americans has decayed and crumbled into repetitive, unthinking near-gibberish. Today the average citizen especially those in the baby-boomer generation uses only a dozen or so words and expressions in his/her daily exchanges with other humans. They include like, yknow, awesome, totally, I mean, oh my god, the bottom line, the name of the game and whatever. Take these and a few others away from todays man or woman on the street and they would be struck dumb. As for correct grammar and pronunciation, forget it. Ive been griping for decades about the decomposing of our language, and guess what? No one listens, or at least not enough of them to turn back the tide. Finally Ive begun to relax and admit defeat. The barbarians are not only at the gates, theyve stormed through and have taken control. Still the world keeps on turning, and my morning oatmeal still tastes as good as ever. Aging also can bring with it a personal mellowing about the madness of the political wars. The past several months of the GOP primary contests have been instructive. Seldom in history has so much pointless and deceitful hot air been generated in the name of choosing a presidential candidate. Gradually the truth dawned on me: this is all (or mostly) a load of baloney. The same realization will hold true in the weeks leading up to the November election. Both parties will be guilty of generating a deluge of tripe. And how should we respond to it? The wisest and healthiest course will be to ignore most of it. The main thing to keep in mind is this: no matter who is elected president, fate (i.e., ungovernable circumstance) will largely determine the course of national and world events. That sounds as if it could be frightening, but its not. Its reassuring for millions of worriers, who tend to carry around the mistaken notion that they should all be trying in some way to save the world. As the years pass, I also worry much less about fat. I think it was in the 1990s when I looked around one day and exclaimed, Holy Nellie, were all turning into fat! Everywhere I looked, including in my own bathroom mirror, I saw people who were obese, or at least overweight. I listened to all the dire medical warnings, and foresaw the day when 80 percent of Americans would be suffering from diabetes, heart trouble or one of the other maladies that attend fatness. My fears continued for years. And do you know what happened? Theyve pretty much come true. All my fuss and worry did nothing to stop them. So I changed my attitude and tactics. I stopped wringing my hands, and today I just sit back and calmly watch the avoirdupois levels rise. Im sorry its happening, but except for my own eternal dieting I cant change it. For a time I fretted daily about the number of people who were injured in slips, falls, dog bites, barroom brawls and auto accidents. The indicator of all this misery was, and is, the number of personal injury lawyers that seem to abound in the Tampa Bay area. Newspapers, TV and our local highways are awash in ads for PI attorneys. One day I woke up and reasoned, No one should worry about all these unfortunate accident victims. With all these heroic PI lawyers defending them, theyll be well-compensated. My pity was misplaced. Matter of fact, I now wonder why we dont see more advertising on behalf of corporations, hospitals, and other rich and powerful entities who are always being sued by the supposed accident victims. Dont the high and mighty also deserve a fair shake in our courts? I envision the day when we will switch on our TV sets and hear a chubbycheeked lawyer say, Business leaders and other plutocrats, arent you tired of seeing the little guys walk away with all those excessive jury awards? Why should those crippled workers get all the gravy? Our attorneys will fight for YOU the top dogs and moneyed interests. So remember our name and our motto: Horrigan and Horrigan screw the people!Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor of the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at email@example.com.Letting go of some of the reinsRepublicans fulfill an admonitionEditor: Who was in charge? During the four years before the great depression? During the late 1950s early 1960s recession? When the president resigned, the only one in U.S. history? During the 1973 1975 gas crisis? Prior to the late 1970s early 1980s stagflation? During the U.S. military build up, fulfilling Eisenhowers military-industrial complex warning? Prior to the late 1980s early 1990s recession? As the U.S. court system was stacked with conservatives that resulted in the citizens united decision? When the U.S. government shut down, twice? When the U.S. incurred the greatest debt in its history? As banks scammed the economy that caused the current Great Recession? There is only one answer to all these questions: the Repooplikin party! If you think mega-rich, mega-out-of-touch, Romney, with his car elevator, is going to change the course of this nations government, then our destiny will be worse than Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain combined. Current events prove that truth, underscored by the slash and decimate policies of conservatives in the E.U. Only informed, passionate, citizens affect the change needed to become more civilized, to reach-across-the-aisle to solve the nations problems. Extreme right wing conservatives are incapable of any of those civilized objectives. Their only objective is to rid the White House of a black man. They have said so, too many times to count. To achieve that objective, conservatives and their mouthpieces are fulfilling Joseph Goebbels admonition: If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. Mike MacDonald ClearwaterLeaving the partyEditor: I believe that you will see many Democrats leaving their party and not just because of the gay marriage issue but because of much more important issues. A good example is Evan Gold, publisher of Senior Voice America, who says, Ever been to a party and you try and gauge when is the best time to leave? We always think are we going to miss something exciting, or is the party just not going to get any better? Well, just like a birthday party or wedding reception so goes a political party. I have been a Democrat since I was 18 years old. I come from a Democratic family. Many of my friends are Democrats. I consider myself a conservative Democrat. But all that being said, it is time for a change. I have been watching the direction that the Democratic Party has been moving in, and I no longer feel that it is in the best interest of America. But first, let me tell you that this is not a letter to convince you to leave the Democratic Party, but to give you my views on what is best for our country, children, families and grandchildren. There seems to be some sort of concept where we need to take away the wealth of Americans that they have worked a lifetime to earn. America was once a place where we felt we had the right to work as hard as we wanted and earn as much as our talents were worth. It was a place where you were not ashamed to earn what you earned. Now we have a president and a political party that feels that individuals who work hard should support those who are not willing to put in the same effort. Plain and simple, this is nothing less than socialism. What would Reagan, Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington say to this? There is a group of Americans that feel that they are entitled to take other peoples wealth and redistribute it. This is extremely dangerous and will lead to a complete downfall of America. Let me give you an example. The leadership of the Democratic Party feels that taking 50 percent of someones salary to fund government programs is fair. This is communicated to the public that the more well-to-do (not even the wealthy) need to unjustly and inequitably support the have nots, or have lesss. This is being drilled into our youth. We say to our children that if you study and do well in school you can get into a good college and get a well paying job. But why bother? We are making it abundantly clear to Americas youth that they need not worry since America will take care of them. Now more than ever, we need to make a stand to keep the ideals alive of our forefathers. Let me sum it up by a famous quote from Dr. Adrian Rogers: You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the ides that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend is the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. Dr. Rogers was a pastor, author and president of the Southern Baptist Convention. President Obama is an attorney. Tell me whom you are more likely to trust with our future and the future of our country? Chuck Graham Pinellas ParkFourever Friends a success againEditor: On behalf of the Richardson, MacCollom and Ruzecki families, they would like to thank the Seminole community for another successful round of golf at the third annual Fourever Friends Golf Tournament held on April 14. This tournament was started to give remembrance and hope from a tragedy. After the accident on April 10, 2009, the families of the boys wanted to give back to the community by allowing students to continue to achieve their goals, either through sports or academics. The tournament was the best way to reach out to the community to gain support and keep the boys memories alive. Over 142 golfers were able to enjoy a fun-filled day with good weather and entertainment, while they enjoyed 18 holes of championship golf. The tournament featured both a lunch and dinner along with live music provided by Carlos and Joe. A raffle, silent and live auction kept people in a competitive mood as people bid for competitive prizes such as vacation and golf packages, Rays games and prize packages donated by local restaurants and businesses. Golfers and members of the community were able to view memorable photos and videos of Keith MacCollom, Nate Richardson, Joey Ruzecki, and LeShawn Smith inside the clubhouse. After the auction, the families delivered a heartfelt thank you to more than 300 guests and friends. Along with country club General Manager Norm Haglund, golf pro Bruce Chaleff, they thanked the continuing support of the golf course along with the countless volunteers that helped make the event run smoothly for the afternoon shotgun. The families would like to thank title sponsor Audibel Hearing Aide Centers for its generous support and contributions to this years tournament. They would like to thank gold sponsors Helinger Advertising, Clear Tech Pool Service, Relief at Hand, and Twiss Transport as well as silver sponsor the Kenny Family and bronze sponsors Biff Burger, the Bluett Family and Schooner Prints. We were able to raise money that will benefit high school students and athletes with their college and career plans; along with giving local children the opportunity to follow their dreams to play football, baseball, basketball and soccer. Proceeds from the tournament will go to benefit The Keith MacCollom Hoops and Heritage Memorial Scholarship fund, the Joey Ruzecki Memorial Scholarship Fund, The Nate Richardson Memorial Baseball Scholarship Fund, the YMCA of Largo and Play for Us Memorial Foundation. On May 15, the families presented the awards to the recipients of each winners of the scholarship. Winners for the Keith MacCollom Hoops and Heritage Memorial Scholarship award were Madalyn Sowada, Alicia Tyler, Samuel Weldon, Jonathan Zanga, and Tyler Zulewski. Winners for the Nate Richardson Baseball scholarship award were Kristina Fudge, Katherine Cattrell, and Jordan Doyle. Winners for the Joey Ruzecki Memorial Scholarship were Alicia Tyler, Tyler Zulewski, Danielle Schmidt, and Jonathan Zanga. Senior Barrett Pluskatt was able to win all three awards. He was a member of the 2012 varsity basketball and baseball team as well as having a 4.5 weighted GPA. The families hope to see the continuing support next year when the tournament will be held on April 6 at the Seminole Lake Country Club. For more information about the Fourever Friends Golf Tournament, please visit foureverfriends.org. Brad Richardson Seminole Former Gov. Jeb Bush recently predicted the 2012 presidential campaign will be the nastiest ever. Bushs campaigns for governor were not horribly negative, but he knows nasty. Hes the son of the former president whose supporters made us familiar with Willie Horton, and the brother of the president whose allies added the word swiftboat to Americas political lexicon. The aggressive tactics in both Bush presidential campaigns emanated not from the candidates or the Republican Party, but from the kind of independent campaign committees we saw smearing GOP candidates in the primary this year. Freed by two Supreme Court rulings an old one that said money is a form of speech and a comparatively new one that said corporate interests can spend as much as they please to praise or attack candidates these autonomous advocacy organizations are likely to finance unprecedented sludge-fests for both sides. Of course, its possible they could take the high road with positive ads about issues such as health care, Social Security, jobcreation, taxes and war. Yeah, right. Forget truth. You cant legally stop them from lying in political advertisements. Libel and slander laws dont apply to political speech and, alas, former Georgia Sen. Zell Millers 2004 suggestion that we bring back dueling never quite caught on. Fortunately, there are three things voters can do to inoculate themselves against the hype about to come. First, dont believe any of it. Whether the message is nice or nasty, remember that either the candidates or some wealthy interests supporting them are spending a lot of money to bring that information to you. Somebody really wants you to think of the candidate, or an issue, in a certain way. You know what they say about something that sounds too good to be true? Well, the same goes for anything that sounds too bad. Second, do a little research of your own. Dont get your information from TV ads, Tweets or Facebook postings put out by either side. There are independent, non-partisan, reliable fact-checking Internet sites. Theres also a lot of garbage. Check things out as you would before buying a car or changing jobs. Third, hold the candidates personally responsible for what is said on their behalf. Its too easy for candidates to keep clean hands and let the s or Super PACs sling the mud. We shouldnt let them get away with it. If Obama or Romney benefits from some wild, outrageous smear done by an independent organization, he owns it. Unless he calls a news conference to disassociate himself, the attack belongs to whichever campaign wants you to believe it. We recently saw an encouraging pre-emptive strike in this direction. An outside organization planned to attack Obama with advertisements dredging up the 2008 furor over the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the presidents former pastor in Chicago. Although his campaign was not technically involved in the plan, Romney publicly disassociated himself from it. Maybe the Romney forces engineered the whole thing, to remind everybody of Wrights past statements while making the Republican nominee-to-be look virtuous for repudiating it. But it sets a good precedent for what portends to be an ugly presidential campaign.Bill Cotterell, retired senior writer for the Tallahassee Democrat, has covered Florida government and politics since 1969. 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Marianne Fisher CEO FAMILY PRACTICE &INTERNAL MEDICINEFAMILY PRACTICE &INTERNAL MEDICINE 53112 Tables, booths available for garage sale, wellness expoLARGO The Southwest Recreation Complexs Community Garage Sale and Health and Wellness Expo will be held Saturday, Aug. 18. Garage sale tables will be available for $9 starting Friday, June 1. Vendor booths at the Health and Wellness Expo will be available for $15. Both events will be held at the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, and are free to the public. Space sells out quickly, so call and reserve your table today. For more information, contact Southwest Recreation at 518-3125 or email email@example.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. All interested individuals who care about protecting the health, safety, welfare and rights of longterm 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.Ahern to speak to Republican womenBELLEAIR State Rep. Larry Ahern will be speaking to the Belleair Womens Republican Club luncheon Friday, June 1, 11:30 a.m., at Belleair Country Club. Ahern will explain Floridas new redistricting rules. Ahern, who is affected by redistricting, currently represents District 51, and is running unopposed in the Aug. 14 Republican primary for the new District 66 seat. For more information, call 595-1791.SPCA Tampa Bay to host cat talk programLARGO A program on the mysteries of cat talk will be presented Saturday, June 2, 2 to 4 p.m., at SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N. SPCA Tampa Bay training director Donna Bainter will host the workshop devoted to felines. She will explore the feline psyche and discusses feline health. The workshop also will include a Tellington Touch demonstration. Cost is $25 a person or $20 a person for SPCA and Pinellas County Animal Services adopters. To register, visit www.spcatampabay.org.Dog training workshop setLARGO A free dog-training workshop will be offered Saturdays, June 2 and July 7, 10 a.m., at Pinellas County Animal Services, 12450 Ulmerton Road. Attendees will learn the basics of dog training in a seminar for all who have adopted dogs from Pinellas County Animal Services or other shelters in the county. Topics will include housetraining, looseleash walking and dealing with challenging dog behaviors. No dogs will be allowed in the class. Call 582-2600 or visit www.pinellascounty .org/animalservices.County to offer Saturday pet adoptionsLARGO Volunteers from Pinellas County Animal Services will offer pet adoptions and adoption information on the following days and locations: Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m. to noon, at Pinellas County Animal Services, 12450 Ulmerton Road. Saturday, June 9, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., PetsMart, Largo Mall, 10500 Ulmerton Road.. Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. to noon, at Pinellas County Animal Services, 12450 Ulmerton Road. Rotary Club of Largo President Gigi Arntzen presents a check for $1,000 to Mark Abdo, aquatics program manager for the city. Largo Rotarians have provided financial assistance to Adaptive Aquatics Competitive Swim Team including the teams participation in Special Olympics competitions for the last four years. These funds are a portion of the proceeds from the clubs Death by Chocolate A Taste of the Holidays held each year on the first Friday of December.Rotary donation Saturday, June 23, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., PetsMart, Largo Mall, 10500 Ulmerton Road. Call 582-2600 or visit www.pinellascounty. org/animalservices. Widows support group plans meetingLARGO The New Horizons Club for widowed people meets Saturday, June 2, 2 p.m., in the west clubhouse of Imperial Palms Apartments, 101 Imperial Palms Drive. After the meeting, in lieu of a speaker, the comedy movie Evening With Charles Prose will be shown. All widowed people are welcome. For information and membership, call Dolores Ruskin at 584-0958.Garden sale to benefit ERAREDINGTON BEACH A garden sale to benefitthe National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance to pass the ERA will be held June 8-9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 305 173rd Ave. N. The sale features low-cost plants that are easy to grow: Red geraniums; ferns; radiant red, salmon, yellow canna; ginger; frangi-panni (Hawaiian lei flower plants) pink, red, yellow, white; red kalanchoe; red/pink salvia; oregano, basil plants; one full white mum; one red poincianna small tree. Some freebies. Nursing texts and journals. Here and there Here and thereBrittany DoveLARGO Marine Corps Pvt. Brittany Dove recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally. Dove is a 2011 graduate of Largo High School.Jeffrey Taylor ST. PETERSBURG Air Force Airman Jeffrey Taylor recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Taylor is the son of David Taylor of St. Petersburg. He is a 2011 graduate of Dixie Hollins High School.Keith Roggenstein PINELLAS PARK Air Force Airman Keith Roggenstein graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Roggenstein is the son of Eric Roggenstein of Pinellas Park, and grandson of Samuel Ward of Muskegon, Mich. He is a 2007 graduate of Enid High School, Okla. He earned an associate degree in 2009 from the University of Maryland University College.Erik Lightle CLEARWATER Army Pvt. Erik Lightle has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Lightle is the son of Richard Lightle of Clearwater. The private is a 2009 graduate of East Lake High School.Carlos-Fabian Gomez ST. PETERSBURG Army Reserve Pvt. Carlos-Fabian Gomez recently graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training and advanced individual training. Gomez is the son of CarlosArturo Gomez and Marissa Alberti-Gomez of St. Petersburg. The private is a 2009 graduate of Canterbury School of Florida.Ivan Estrada ST. PETERSBURG Air Force Airman Ivan Estrada recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Estrada is the son of Elizabeth and Rafael Estrada of St. Petersburg. The airman is a 2011 graduate of Boca Ciega High School.Victoria Perez PINELLAS PARK Navy Fireman Victoria Perez recently deployed. Perez is a 2007 graduate of Pinellas Park High School. Perez along with fellow Sailors and Marines, assigned to the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), departed Norfolk Naval Station for the ships 22nd and final deployment. Enterprise is slated to deploy to the U.S. Navys 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation as part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters around the globe. Ryan Walters ST. PETERSBURG Air Force Airman Ryan Walters recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Walters is the son of Sally Walters of St. Petersburg. He is a 2010 graduate of Northeast High School.Military news
Community 15A Leader, May 31, 2012 Church And Temple DirectoryL051012 St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church 1955 S. Belcher Road ClearwaterParish Administration Ofce 727-531-7721 www.SCOSParish.orgDAILY MASS: Monday Friday 7:00am Monday & Wednesday 11:00 am Saturday 8:00 am CONFESSION SCHEDULE: Monday & Wednesday 10:30 am 10:50 am Saturday 3:00 pm 3:50 pm WEEKEND MASS: Saturday Vigil 4:00 pm Sunday 7:00 am & 9:00 am(Family Mass)11:00 am(Traditional Choir) 6:00 pm(Contemporary Choir)80510 Tell the Public About Your Services Call397-5563 Tell the Public About Your Services Call 397-5563 8771 Park Blvd. SeminoleCorner of Park Blvd. & Starkey Rd. next to Save-a-LotHeirs of Promise ChurchPastor Jim & April Licensed & Ordained Through Rhema Bible A Non Denominational / Spirit Filled Church397-0806 www.heirsofpromise.com Bible Foundations Class Nursery Contemporary Worship PrayerSunday Service................................................10:30 AM Childrens Church...........................................10:30 AM Thursday Midweek Service...............................7:00 PM121511 BANKRUPTCY LAW Free Consultation Save Your Home Eliminate Credit Card Debt Stop Creditor Harassment Obtain a Fresh Start Affordable Attorneys Fee Colin A. Colgan, Esq.firstname.lastname@example.org 8640 Seminole Boulevard Seminole, FL 33772Weekend & Evening Appointments Available.100611397-5571 We are a debt relief agency. We help people le for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code. The Florida sun can be your worst enemy. Take care of the skin youre in.Call us today.IMMEDIATE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE 9170 Oakhurst Road Suite 1 Seminole 727.517.3376 www.ArmstrongDerm.comFrank T. Armstrong, D.O., FAOCD, Board Certified Dermatologist George L. Bondar, D.O., FAOCD Cheri Morales, ARNP 5200 Seminole Blvd. Seminole 727.392.DERM (3376) www.WestFloridaDerm.com 053112 Whats Sellingin Pinellas County053112 Seminole 3BR/2BA/1CG $160,000 Home features circular driveway, brand new roof in January 2012, fresh paint inside, living room with separate dining area, inside utility, nice sized back yard with vinyl fencing and open patio. Great location in Seminole school district, close to beaches & more.Sandy HartmannRealty Executives Adamo Belleair Bluffs 2BR/2BA $255,000 RARE FIND! Sweeping views of Intracoastal seen from all rooms. Extra large patio overlooks boats and sunsets. Updated with taste! Both bathrooms are new and inside laundry room. Low maintenance fees.Valerie JarnbergCentury 21 Real Estate Champions Largo 3BR/2BA/2CG $205,000 Meticulously maintained pool home located in a great neighborhood. Bright and cheerful, huge screened lanai views the gorgeous pool area. Peacefully landscaped yard features many varieties of fruit trees.Forest MurphyRealty Executives Adamo Seminole 4BR/2BA/2CG $175,000 Wonderful 4BR home in Seminole school district. Master bedroom on first floor with updated bath and sitting room. 3BRS on second floor with attached office off one bedroom. Updated kitchen, large backyard w/room for a pool or kids play set.The Vorac GroupRealty Executives Adamo SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SqueakSqueak is a 4-year-old female tabby with white markings on her face. She likes human attention but isnt keen on other cats. Squeak is a nice girl and would love to have her own home. She has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. Call Save 4815262 for information on adopting from Save Our Strays Inc. or visit www.saveourstraysinc.com.Looking for a homeDakotaDakota is a 1-year-old, 82pound female American bulldog. She is a calm, sweet girl who does well with other dogs her size and would fit in best with a family that has older, active children. Call Pet Pal Animal Shelter at 328-7738 or stop by the shelter at 405 22nd St. S. in St. Petersburg. Visit www.petpalanimalshelter .com.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 Moreof 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 599-2031. 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 7730049. 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 7862110. 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 4371639. 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 ChurchHealing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. PINAWORwriters 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/Calendar of events Pinellas Homeschool LEGO Club meets second and fourth Fridays, 2:30 p.m., at Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park. Email email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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..Announcements are submitted by the public; information is subject to change. 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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B May 31, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com Kathy Griffin Friday, June 1, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $52.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Two-time Emmy winner, NY Times bestselling author, four-time Grammy nominee, Broadway darling, 2009s GLAAD Vanguard recipient and 2011 Trevor Project Life Award honoree, Griffin will be making her fourth appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall. She will be discussing 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. Downtown Digital Block Party, 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 event will bring the latest and biggest sounds from across the country to downtown St. Petersburg. 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. Bobby Collins Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $25. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. Star of VH1 and Showtime, Collins an award-winning comedian left a lucrative position as vice president of Calvin Klein to pursue his dream and ended up working alongside such comedy legends as Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno. Collins starred in his own Showtime Special and hosted VH1s Stand Up Spotlight. While other comics have left stand-up behind, Collins has kept going, preferring the intimacy and energy he finds in live clubs, theaters and casinos. Collins heartfelt brand of humor is delivered in clever bits of witticism that will draw you into his own world. 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. Neil Diamond Sunday, June 3, 8 p.m., at Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets start at $52.25. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.tampabaytimes forum.com. Diamond, a rock and pop icon, was a 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree. The showman will is taking his greatest hits on the road on this much-anticipated North American tour. The show will feature many of Diamonds classic favorites. Diamond recently released The Very Best of Neil Diamond The Original Studio Recordings. The album features 23 of the most popular hits and signature tracks from Americas quintessential singer-songwriter. This is the first Diamond collection to draw from the artists complete studio discography and includes tracks such as Forever In Blue Jeans, Cherry, Cherry, Sweet Caroline, Im A Believer, Girl, Youll Be A Woman Soon, You Dont Bring Me Flowers, Red, Red Wine and America. Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:Snow White and the HuntsmanGenre: Action and adventure Cast: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham, Lily Cole, Sam Spruell, Liberty Ross and Noah Huntley Director: Rupert Sanders Rated: PG-13 Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined was that the young woman who has escaped her clutches and now threatens her reign has been training in the art of war with a Huntsman named Eric (Chris Hemsworth) who was dispatched to capture her. Sam Claflin accompanies the films cast of international superstars as William, the young duke long enchanted by Snow Whites defiance and innate purity. He is joined in this quest by dwarves accompanying Snow White and the Huntsman on their fantastical journey. For Greater GloryGenre: Drama Cast: Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Peter OToole, Oscar Isaac, Ruben Blades, Bruce Greenwood, Nestor Carbonell, Bruce McGill, Santiago Cabrera, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Eduardo Verastegui Director: Michael Love Rated: RPhoto by ALEX BAILEYCharlize Theron stars as the Queen in the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, the breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale from the producer of Alice in Wonderland. Opening this weekendSnow White pits Kristen Stewart against Charlie TheronWhat price would you pay for freedom? In the exhilarating action epic For Greater Glory, an impassioned group of men and women each make the decision to risk it all for family, faith and the very future of their country, as the films adventure unfolds against the long-hidden, true story of the 1920s Cristero War the daring peoples revolt that rocked 20th century North America. Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia headlines an acclaimed cast as General Gorostieta, the retired military man who at first thinks he has nothing personal at stake as he and his wife (Eva Longoria) watch Mexico fall into a violent civil war. Yet the man who hesitates in joining the cause will soon become the resistances most inspiring and selfsacrificing leader, as he begins to see the cost of religious persecution on his countrymen and transforms a rag-tag band of rebels into a heroic force to be reckoned with. The general faces impossible odds against a powerful and ruthless government. 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Prepare for double the terror, double the action and double the Ds in this sequel also starring Gary Busey, Katrina Bowden, Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Chris Zylka and David Koechner.The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.A Cat in ParisGenre: Family and animated Cast: Marcia Gay Harden, Anjelica Huston and Matthew Modine Director: Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol Rated: PG From Folimage, the animation studio behind Mia & the Migoo and Raining Cats and Frogs, comes a beautifully hand-drawn caper set in the shadowdrenched alleyways of Paris. Dino is a pet cat that leads a double life. By day he lives with Zoe, a little mute girl whose mother, Jeanne, is a detective in the Parisian police force. 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High SchoolGenre: Comedy Cast: Adrien Brody, Sean Marquette, Matt Bush, Colin Hanks, Adhir Kalyan, Mykelti Williamson, Yeardley Smith, Curtis Armstrong and Michael Chiklis Director: John Stalberg Jr. Rated: R The day after soon-to-be valedictorian Henry Burke (Matt Bush) takes a hit of the chronic for the first time, his school principal (Michael Chiklis) institutes a zero tolerance drug policy and administers a mandatory drug test for all students. Henry has two options: fail and lose his college scholarship, or team up with his stoner friend Breaux (Sean Marquette) to beat the system. They steal a high-powered ganja from law student-turneddrug-dealer Psycho Ed (Adrien Brody) and spike the schools bake sale brownies, getting the whole school faculty included completely stoned out of their minds. 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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. Kathy Griffin 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, By LEE CLARK ZUMPEST. PETE BEACH Howard Alan Events and American Craft Endeavors, producer of some of the nations finest juried art shows and craft festivals, will present the 19th annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Art and Craft Festival Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Corey Avenue east of Gulf Boulevard in downtown St. Pete Beach. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. This upscale event literally transforms Corey Avenue into an outdoor craft gallery. The open-air show will feature quality affordable crafts handmade in America. A full range of craft art mediums will be exhibited and shoppers will find everything from folk art, pottery and handmade jewelry to paintings, personalized gift items and scented soaps available for purchase. The event also will include a Green Market with exotic and unique plants. Sponsored by the Corey Avenue Merchants Association, this family-friendly craft event has become a summertime tradition. The association sponsors a variety of community programs throughout the year, showcasing local and national artists and crafters. This year, dozens of the nations best contemporary crafters and artists will display their creations amidst Corey Avenues shops and restaurants. Arts and crafts collectors will find treasures priced for as little as $3 to as much as $3,000. Attendees will find that all of the work exhibited and available for purchase at the festival is original and handmade in America. Festival-goers can even mingle with the participating crafters. Among those participating in this years showcase is Lori Kay Olling, a jewelry designer based in Tampa. Ollings work features a mix of clean, simple lines and contemporary designs. A metalsmith, Olling uses all precious metals. She has expanded her repertoire recently, becoming a lapidary and utilizing semi-precious stones in her work. Sidney and Lee Klein create beautiful hand cut jewelry out of coinage from countries around the world. We started creating cut-coin jewelry more than a quarter century ago in Sacramento, Cailf., the couple explains on their website. We started at the local flea market, then to military bases, on to doing CB jamborees, and graduated to art and craft shows in shopping malls, traveling the United States. While they were working the shopping mall circuit, Lee learned to solder, so she can make cufflinks and tie tacks. She also makes buckles, but cufflinks are her favorite to make. We are now exhibiting our beautiful cut coins in outdoor craft shows and festivals, almost always in Florida. Linda Mayes, who specializes in creative art photography, also will take part in the festival. Mayes was born and raised in the Ozarks of Missouri, Mayes says on her website that photography grew from being her favorite pastime into her profession. I have enjoyed recording the special places my husband and I visit in our travels, but continue to take most of my pictures closer to home where I now live in Venice, Florida, she says. When I am taking pictures, I find beauty everywhere, often hidden amidst the visual chaos of our cluttered civilization. Karen Hull of Cape Coral will be showcasing her glass jewelry at the festival. According to her website, Hull specializes in unique dichroic glass pendants and earrings. Dichroic glass is glass containing multiple microlayers of metal oxides, which give it dichroic optical properties. The main characteristic of dichroic glass is that it has a transmitted color and a completely different reflected color, as certain wavelengths of light either pass through or are reflected, Hull explains. This causes an array of color to be displayed. Due to variations in the kiln firing process, individual results can never be predicted, so each piece of our glass jewelry is unique. Howard Alan Events also will be hosting the fol-Corey Avenue becomes an outdoor craft gallery lowing upcoming festivals on Floridas west coast: 11th annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. Armands Circle in Sarasota 20th anniversary Downtown Venice Craft Festival Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Miami Avenue in downtown Venice 10th annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Main Street in Dunedin. For information about the festival, visit www.ar tfestival.com.Photo courtesy of HOWARD ALAN EVENTSShoppers browse a wide variety of handmade crafts at last years St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival on Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach.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., atCapitol 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., atCapitol 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. 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Grill & Sports BarLilBit Country, LilBit Rock nRoll Country Jake & Jelvis Show 053112Louies Catering For WeddingsSaturday, June 2D.J. Monte 8pm-3am Wed. Nights2 kids per adultKids Nite Eat FREEFriday June 1 7-11pm 1212 County Road 1, Dunedin. The free event will include a cook-out. Call 724-4278. The 10th annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Dunedin. This popular two-day craft showcase traditionally attracts artists and crafters from all along Floridas west coast. Shoppers will find a wide variety of unique crafts and affordable gift items. The crafters will be on site for the duration of the festival, allowing attendees an opportunity to learn more about their art. Like other Howard Alan Events, this show will be a juried outdoor craft festival featuring distinctive and reasonably priced crafts handmade in America. Participants are leading local and national crafters working in a wide range of craft mediums. Shoppers will find everything from folk art and pottery to handmade jewelry and paintings. There will be a selection of personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products. All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants by American Craft Endeavors, producers of some of the top outdoor craft festivals in the country. More than 150 local and national crafters, from 30 different states, are expected to take part in this years festival.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.armedforcesmuseum.com. Nunsense II, with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, July 13-20, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 5876793 or visit www.eightoclocktheatre.com. This sequel takes place six weeks after the Little Sisters of Hobokens first benefit show, and now they are back with a big Thank You show. Theyre a bit slicker, having been bitten by the theater bug. Things get off to a rousing start, and before long chaos erupts. Two Franciscans come to claim Sister Mary Amnesia (who has won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes). The nuns hear that a talent scout is in the audience.Madeira Beach Seabiscuit, Wednesday, June 13, 2:30 p.m., at Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. Part of the Summer Film Series, this 2003 film stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks and William H. Macy. The Terminal, Wednesday, June 20, 2:30 p.m., at Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. Part of the Summer Film Series, this 2004 comedy-drama directed by Steven Spielberg stars Tom Hanks and Catherine ZetaJones. Angels and Demons, Wednesday, June 27, 2:30 p.m., at Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. Part of the Summer Film Series, this 2009 thriller stars Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor. The Help, Wednesday, July 11, 2:30 p.m., at Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. Part of the Summer Film Series, this 2011 drama adapts Kathryn Stocketts novel of the same name and stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Bryce Dallas Howard. The Truman Show, Wednesday, July 18, 2:30 p.m., at Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. Part of the Summer Film Series, this 1998 comedy-drama stars Jim Carrey, Laura Linney and Ed Harris. Pearl Harbor, Wednesday, July 25, 2:30 p.m., at Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. Part of the Summer Film Series, this 2001 war drama stars Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Alec Baldwin, Jon Voight and Kate Beckinsale.St. Petersburg Picturing a New Society : Photographs from the Soviet Union 1920s-1980s, through Sunday, Aug. 19, in the second-floor Works on Paper Gallery in the Hazel Hough Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. The exhibit explores how photography was used in the development and propagation of communism. It also raises larger questions surrounding the perception and interpretation of photographs, which are often viewed as strictly representing reality. Artists in the early days of Soviet rule redefined their role in society. No longer creators of paintings, drawings, and sculptures for the elite, many artists embraced photography as an art for the masses. They advanced the cause of the October Revolution of 1917 by experimenting with avant-garde processes and points of view. Photographers represented include Alexander Ustinov, Max Alpert, Emanuel Evzerikhin, and Georgi Zelma, among others. The photographs in this exhibition are selections from recent donations by Howard Schickler and Janice Tuckwood of more than 200 Soviet photographs. These images, the first of their kind to enter the collection, illuminate history and explore the manifold uses of photography. Museum hours are Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $17 for adults, $15 for those 65 and older, and $10 for students 7 and older, including college students with current identification. Children 6 and younger and Museum members are admitted free. For information, call 896-2667 or visit www.fine-arts.org. Reflections an art exhibit, through May 31, at Artlofts Studios, 10 Fifth St. N., St. Petersburg. Artlofts will present a new visual art exhibition by Gulf Coast Artists Alliance studio members. The show will encompass the members varied talents and interests including painting, sculpture, photography and jewelry. Participating members will include Julie Maureen Baker, Kathy Bowen, Richard Canary, Judith Curtis, John Di Sanza, Doris Clanton, Mitzie Flavin, Nancy and John Martis, Suzanne Johnson, Chrissie Renee, Carole Rosefelt, Sally Stewart and Judy Vienneau. Call 738-8010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Global + Local: Studio and Contemporary Glass on Floridas West Coast through Oct. 14, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. The exhibit will feature 60 works from approximately 10 collections, including the MFAs own. Recent MFA acquisitions of major works by Therman Statom and Michael Glancy are high points, as well as objects by internationally renowned artists Harvey Littleton, Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, Richard Ritter, William Morris, Sonja Blomdahl, Dante Marioni, Toots Zinsky and Yoichi Ohira. Exceptional works by area artists Duncan McClellan, Owen Pach, and Chuck Boux also enhance the exhibition. McClellans new studio/gallery in downtown St. Petersburg is attracting artists from around the globe. The Chihuly Collection and the Hot Shop at The Morean Arts Center and the Zen Glass Studio likewise reflect the citys emergence as a center for the display and creation of glass art. Museum hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $17 for adults, $15 for those 65 and older, and $10 for students 7 and older, including college students with current identification. Children 6 and younger and museum members are admitted free. Call 896-2667 or visit www.fine-arts.org. 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. The Happy Together Tour Friday, June 15, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $42.50 to $68. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerd hall.com. The Happy Together Tour will feature The Turtles with Flo and Eddie, The Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz, The Buckinghams, The Grass Roots and Gary Puckett and The Union Gap. Happy Together by The Turtles hit No. 1 on the charts in 1967 and remains a staple on classic rock radio to this day. Although their biggest hit and signature song, its just one of their nine Top 40 hits, which includes such popular songs as Shed Rather Be With Me, Elenore, You Showed Me and It Aint Me Babe. In 1966, hot on the heels of their new NBC television show, The Monkees would release a self-titled debut album that would top the U.S. charts for 13 consecutive weeks and sell an overwhelming 3.2 million copies in just three months. The single Last Train to Clarksville from the album would be their first No. 1 hit. Their second No. 1 hit came quickly with Im a Believer, featured on the bands second album, More of The Monkees. Gary Puckett & The Union Gap was one of the most successful musical groups of the s. Pucketts unmistakable signature voice garnered six consecutive gold records and top ten Billboard hits such as Young Girl and Woman Woman. Kind of a Drag from The Buckinghams would also reach the pinnacle of chart success, yet mark just one of many popular hits from the band including Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, Dont You Care, Susan and Hey Baby (Theyre Playing Our Song). Their success in 1967 would lead them to be named The Most Listened To Band in America by Billboard Magazine. The Grass Roots burst upon the scene in Between 1967 and 1972 thanks to numerous hits such as Midnight Confessions, Lets Live For Today, Sooner or Later, Id Wait A Million Years and Temptation Eyes the band would set a record for being on the Billboard charts for 307 consecutive weeks. Casablanca, Saturday, June 16, 3 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II, an American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. The film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. Boston Friday, June 29, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $49.50 to $125. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The legendary band Boston returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall with Tom Scholz, seasoned Stryper frontman Michael Sweet, Tommy DeCarlo and musical veterans Jeff Neal, Kimberley Dahme, Gary Pihl. This will be Bostons first concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall since their soldout show in August 2008. Many remember where they were when they first heard More Than a Feeling or Hitch a Ride on the radio in 1976. Bostons self-titled first album has sold more than 17 million copies in the United States alone, along with their second album, Dont Look Back, in 1978, which has sold more than 7 million copies in the United States. Amanda from Third Stage in 1986 shot to the top of the charts and held a record-breaking stay at No. 1, in spite of being the only hit single that year not accompanied by a music video. With more than 31 million albums sold worldwide, hits like Peace of Mind, Smokin and Rock & Roll Band are still as ubiquitous on rock and roll radio as they were when they were new. Boston will be performing many of their classic hits, including some fan favorites that have not been on the set lists for many years. Eric Johnson Saturday, June 30, 8 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $35. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Johnson is touring in support of his new album Up Close. Johnson will be covering a lot of territory this summer with band members Chris Maresh on bass guitar and Wayne Salzmann on drums with the initial shows scheduled in Florida prior to a highly anticipated tour of Europe. On his return to the United States he will play the legendary Guitar Town Festival in Colorado and the L.A. Guitar Festival. Johnson has long been considered one of rocks most talented six-string players, as evidenced by his platinum-certified 1990 release, Ah Via Musicom, its hit single Cliffs of Dover as well as a Grammy Award win for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1991. 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. South of the Border art event Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, 1 to 3 p.m., at 7 Arches Art Gallery & Boutique, 1212 County Road 1, Dunedin. The event will include affordable local art, mariachi music and door prizes. Call 724-4278. Fathers Day art event Saturday, June 16, noon to 2 p.m., at 7 Arches Art Gallery & Boutique, LOOKING AHEAD, from page 3B