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Board backs move against testingPinellas school officials vote 6-1 to support national resolution By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Pinellas County Economic Development has scheduled a public hearing on Thursday, June 21, 5:30 p.m., at the Epicenter at St. Petersburg College, 13805 58th St. N. County commissioners are seeking public comments about designating properties along the Ulmerton Road Opportunity Corridor from Seminole Boulevard to Roosevelt Boulevard as a brownfield area. The designation would include property located within about 4 square miles located in unincorporated Pinellas as well as the city of Largo. According to information about the project at pced.org, the area contains industrial and commercial properties that have a high job creation potential due to zoning, land use, parcel sizes and geographic location. County commissioners are expected to consider a resolution designating the brownfield area at the Aug. 7 meeting. Designating the land as a brownfield area allows the county and city to offer economic incentives to encourage redevelopment of the area. Economic Development Director Mike Miedel said June 5 the area under consideration is a very large area that stretches from the Largo Mall to county property on 49th Street. He said it was primarily industrial property with the majority of mobile home parks and residential areas excluded. Miedel said the brownfield designation would make it easier to get money to remediate property that might have special needs, such as contamination from past uses. He said the land was in the area of the proposed transit corridor and that designating it as a brownfield area would make it easier to redevelop. 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Appraisal fees are $5 per item or $12 for three items. Appraisers will offer verbal general information on antiques, and specialists will be on hand to examine Oriental rugs, Victorian jewelry, rare and vintage books, guns, armor, clocks and pocket watches. They also will appraise pre1950 dolls, furniture, stringed musical instruments, Depression and other collectable glass. The Pinellas County Historical Society sponsors this event and the fairs proceeds go directly to benefit Heritage Village operations. For more information call the Pinellas County Historical Society at 727-5822233, or visit www.pinellascounty.org/ heritage. Videos about Heritage Village may be viewed at www.youtube.com/pcctv1. Heritage is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. It is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and all Pinellas County holidays. Hearing scheduled on Ulmerton area brownfieldQualifying ends for county elections Several candidates unopposed this year ... 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Above, Sonya McCabe, 15, a lifeguard at Southwest Pool, keeps her eyes on activities during the kickoff.Keeping their coolPET CONNECTIONSpeaking of PetsIts the hardest decision a pet owner has to make. Dr. Kim Donovan D.V.M. helps with clues for when it is time. Page 8A. VIEWPOINTSCarl HiaasenFloridians are paying for a new university that we dont need, columnist says. Page 11A. By MELINDA GREENELARGO After almost 15 years since its implementation, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test has come under fire from nervous students, anxious parents and harried teachers and lately from school officials around the country, including the Pinellas County School Board. The board at its June 12 meeting agreed to support a national resolution against what is referred to as high-stakes testing. The proposal calls on the governor, state Legislature, state education boards and administrators to, in essence, create alternative methods that rely less on extensive standardized tests as the sole means of assessing academic achievement and instead measure accountability that reflects the broad range of student learning. The vote carried 6-1 with the lone dissent coming from the newest board member, Glenton Gilzean Jr., who made a failed motion to table the topic until a later date. I would like for us to go back, do some research and really understand the implications that this resolution has, he said. Gilzean said he disliked the language used in the resolution, which says the standardized tests have a negative effect not just on students from all backgrounds but especially those who are low-income students, English-language learners, children of color and those with disabilities. Do we really want to send that to the state, to the federal government that we support something like See TESTING, page 4A By TOM GERMONDLARGO City commissioners plan to sweeten the incentives they will offer businesses to replace pole signs with monument signs before June 2017. Commissioners informally gave staff the go-ahead June 12 to develop a tiered plan for the incentives, which would include 10 $200 grants that will be available to offset building permit fees in addition to a 25 percent sign square footage bonus. The program stems from discussions city officials have had recently on ways to encourage businesses to replace their nonconforming signs before they are required to do so in five years. City officials had proposed that $100 grants be available during the first year of the program, 2012-2013. Staff researched incentives by other cities and found that almost all sign assistance programs are found in redevelopment areas and downtown development zones. The options this evening are distinct from those programs offered by other municipalities. The programs offered in Largo would be citywide and not just offered within a redevelopment district, said city Program Planner Karisa Rojas-Norton. Commissioner Curtis Holmes is opposed to the requirements, saying he doesnt like monument signs. The problem with the monument sign is that it creates an optical barrier, Holmes said. He said because of the size restrictions on the signs business cant put the letters on them large enough for a passing car to see. Holmes argued against requiring businesses to replace their signs with monument signs in five years, saying that the signs are expensive and the $100 initially proposed as an incentive wont even pay the tax. He suggested that the businesses should be brought in compliance gradually. I dont know why we just dont grandfather this thing in , Holmes said. Mayor Pat Gerard said the question of whether the city would phase out pole signs was resolved five years ago when the city enacted a new sign ordinance. See INCENTIVES, page 4A
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City planners say activity centers are important to the overall growth, livability and neighborhood revitalization within the community. The high-density residential designation is appropriate in locations within or near to urban activity centers, city officials said. These areas typically have direct access to arterial roads and thoroughfares and are served by mass transit, providing an alternative to automobile use. The designation is used in other cities in the county and in the unincorporated area. Commissioner Woody Brown asked if there were a specific project that led to designation being proposed. A study conducted in 2008 indicated that the Largo Mall Area Activity Center was an ideal candidate for high-density housing projects, suggesting sites that would be appropriate multi-family developments. We have been approached by a property owner in that area interested in doing a project, said Community Development Director Carol Stricklin. Yes, this would create the opportunity for a project of that type. Staff is expected to draft an ordinance and schedule the first public hearing with the Planning Board July 5. If approved by the City Commission, staff expects to complete the amendment by Nov. 14.City official takes Haines City jobLARGO Assistant to the City Manager Jonathan Evans has accepted the position as Haines City assistant manager. His last day of work for the city of Largo will be July 6. This decision is by far the most difficult decision I have ever had to make. You have been a significant influence on my professional growth and I cannot thank you enough for your contribution to making me the public servant I am today. When I depart from City Hall a part of me will forever remain in Largo, he said in his letter of resignation to city officials. He expressed sincere appreciation to the City Commission for supporting staff and allowing us to grow personally and professionally. Thanks, to past, present and future commissioners for always putting Largo first. As for the business community, thank you for your support and willingness to listen and help us throughout the years. It is our strategic partnerships that have made events like the 4th of July such a success. Ill miss you all dearly and I promise I will make you all proud, Evans said.City rejects bids for field lightsLARGO City commissioners agreed June 5 to reject all proposals to replace all athletic field lighting at the Belcher Soccer Complex. The action stems from a complaint from one of the bidders, M. Gay Constructors Inc. of Jacksonville that because another bidder, Hines Electric of Tampa, did not have a general contractors license and did not have a licensed engineer on staff, Hines did not meet the qualifications to bid on the proposal. M. Gay filed a formal complaint with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation against Hines, alleging that it bid on the project in violation of state law. State officials agreed with M. Gay, and the agency issued an order to Hines to cease bidding the project. Hines bid was $282,425, city officials said. Commissioners upheld the protest of the bid, one of four submitted. Staff intended for the work to be done between June 1 and Aug. 30. Three of the four bidders did not qualify to submit proposals on the project, leaving M. Gay as the only one that met Florida statutes, said city Facilities Manager Glen Harwood. However, M. Gay also did not meet qualifications because its time frame on the proposals was 120 days, which is also outside of the requirements of the request for proposals, Harwood said. Based on the fact that technically nobody was officially qualified to submit a proposal or meet all qualifications of the RFP, and the fact that we are now past the start date, and more than likely we would lose the month of June if we moved forward with the award, we dont feel comfortable this project could be completed in time for the soccer season to begin on Sept. 1, Harwood said. Commissioner Gigi Arntzen said that pushing this off to next year might be a good idea because the other concern is that the work would not be completed in time for the soccer season, and it could be a problem if they were midway in the job of lighting. Harwood agreed, saying if there were holdups, such as in deliveries, the start of the soccer season could be delayed. The project includes replacement of light poles, fixtures, lamps, and rewiring and control panel at the complex, located at 1779 Belcher Road. Commissioners voted unanimously to rebid the project. Staff plans to hope to do so early in the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.City takes steps to market propertiesLARGO City commissioners agreed to award commercial real estate service contracts to two companies to market five downtown sites owned by the citys Community Redevelopment Agency. Prudential Commercial Real Estate FL and Colliers Arnold Inc. will have a three-year contract to provide real estate services to the city. The sites are mostly located on the north side of West Bay Drive. Other sites are Ridge Road and the south side of West Bay Drive near the CSX rail line. Tom Germond Do you know a hidden hero?Did you always think of letting others know about that neighbor who once climbed Mount Everest, or the quiet bagger at the grocery store who saved a childs life? Maybe your hero is exceptional in a quieter way. There are so many amazing people in our midst. Help us share their stories by nominating a Hidden Hero. 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Redington discusses adding beach restroomREDINGTON BEACH Discussions have begun about construction of a public restroom in the towns beach parking lot. During a June 5 workshop, residents and city leaders began to explore the possibilities, which will continue as an agenda item at an upcoming meeting. The town also will discuss a way to get more resident input in the discussion. The size of the proposed restroom would be approximately 8 feet by 10 feet. The cost would be approximately $40,000. Officials are considering a location near the bike rack area, which would not take up any existing parking spaces, said Commissioner David Will. The idea started as a convenience for residents who walk or drive to the beach. Parking would be limited by decal in the lot, Mayor Nick Simons said We have a nice public area that is used by our residents and there is no restroom facility, Commissioner David Will said. Many concerns were expressed about the restroom facility such as initial expense, ongoing maintenance, liability, controlling access to limit nonresident use, after-hours maintenance, and potential opposition forcing increased costs, Simons said. Vice Mayor Fred Steiermann suggested coming up with a smaller and cheaper design and then bringing the plan back for the town to make the decision. Commissioner Mark Deighton expressed liability concerns as well as maintenance issues with harsh, beach conditions. He cited problems the town has had maintaining its existing beach shower, which is currently broken, he said. Commissioner Tom Dorgan said he thought the restroom facility was doable but only with the consensus of residents supporting the project. The beach bathroom discussion will be continued. Residents may be asked to complete a survey to share their views of the project. In other matters, the Town Commission recommended offering Grant Allen the open maintenance position. He has been performing a similar job for Indian Rocks Beach for seven years, commissioners said. Melissa LattmanCommissioner recall effort called offMADEIRA BEACH An attempt to recall city commissioners Nancy Oakley and Robin Vander Velde is being called off. The recall is not going any further, said former Commissioner Steve Kochick, who had been a leader of the effort. Kochick said that going through the recall process, which involves gathering signatures of registered voters as well as obtaining favorable court decisions, would take months to complete. Both Oakley and Vander Velde are up for election next March. Getting a recall vote on the November general election ballot was considered and then rejected, Kochick said. The ballot language would have had to be done by August to make the November ballot, and that was not doable, he said. There is no municipal election between November and March. So a special election on the recall would be required if the process were completed and an election approved. Kochick said, If we did go through the process and were successful, we felt the judge would let it go until the March elections anyway. A decision was made to forego a recall try and wait until the March vote. Then we will see who wants to run for those seats, and go from there, he said. Kochick pointed out that Vander Velde does not currently live in her district (No. 4) and would have to move back at least six months before the election to be qualified to run again. Kochick lives in District 4, and represented that district on the commission for four years. Asked about the relative political calm in the city recently, Kochick predicted that divisive issues such as staff cuts and privatization of public services would resurface once budget discussions get under way. The recall effort, while not going forward, was not a waste, Kochick stressed. We had a lot of support from residents who were dissatisfied with where the city was going, and who agreed with our goals, he said. The biggest advantage, he said, was we now have a legally worded recall template that gives us a tool for voters to say No. We, and other communities, can use that again should the occasion arise. Commenting on the recall halt, Vander Velde said, I didnt have any idea they were still doing it. You have to have a cause for it, and I havent broken any laws. Vander Velde confirmed she has moved from District 4 and will not be on the ballot in March. She now resides in District 1, which is represented by Commissioner Terry Lister. Lister was re-elected to a third term earlier this year, which runs to March 2014. Wayne AyersBus riders to be diverted from mallPINELLAS PARK About 90 percent of the bus riders who currently pass through The Shoppes at Park Place will transfer elsewhere, circumventing a need for a public restroom to be built at the stop. Some of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus routes will change this summer, but the majority of the changes wont be fully implemented until Oct. 1, PSTA CEO Brad Miller said recently. The objective is to dramatically reduce riders who travel through The Shoppes transfer station, from an estimated 400 daily riders to 40. There are literally more than a dozen locations that where people will instead transfer, Miller said.Riders will still be able to get to Park Place via bus. But most of the buses will make stops along U.S. 19 or the Park Boulevard access road. Were actually going to have more bus service not behind The Shoppes at Park Place, but more bus service providing more frequent bus service in Pinellas Park than we have before, Miller said. By diverting route transfers elsewhere, PSTA hopes to resolve the health hazard and aesthetics issues at the bus stop, which is along 70th Avenue and near to a side entrance to the Regal Cinemas Park Place Cinema 16. As early as July last year, managers at the cinema began complaining to their landlords about trash and bodily waste seemingly left by bus riders around a Dumpster enclosure near that side entrance. Pinellas Park police confirmed the ongoing problem, and in January, the city stepped in to try to negotiate a solution with PSTA. The city, the transit authority and Boulder Venture, the company that owns the mall, could not agree on which entity should be responsible for the construction, maintenance and security of potential restrooms. Both Pinellas Park and PSTA offered each other capital funds toward the upfront construction costs of restrooms, but neither was willing to commit to long-term responsibility or upkeep. Even quantifying the daily traffic of the bus stop was a point of contention. To that end, PSTA conducted a survey of the riders at the stop March 14 and 15. Within the two days, falling on a Wednesday and Thursday, 825 passengers were surveyed. About 63 percent of the surveyed riders were transferring between a total of 12 different routes, according to the results. From the survey, PSTA devised a proposed action plan, which Miller detailed in a letter to City Manager Michael Gustafson May 11. Many of the bus routes that currently stop at Park Place do so specifically to allow their passengers to transfer, some even leaving a major thoroughfare to reach 70th Avenue. So instead, PSTA customers needing to transfer will do so at one of more than a dozen existing bus stops around central Pinellas, Miller stated in the email. Its not like were just taking all this activity and just moving it somewhere else, he later said. All the transfers happening at the back of the mall, where its not convenient to any restroom or not visible to people watching whats going on, is going to be very, very limited. The transfers that remain will occur during daylight hours, between 6:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. In addition, PSTA will remove several of the shelters built at the stop that will no longer be needed. The company will pay for a gated fence to restrict access to the movie theaters Dumpsters. Gustafson said the plan may work in response to Miller May 17. I still have to wonder if this fixes the overall real problem of having PSTA customers transfer from one bus to another in a location that rest rooms are not readily available, Gustafsons email stated. At a city workshop May 22, Gustafson advised Miller to emphasize better communication of the changes to PSTA riders. Were starting to get calls that theyre really upset, Gustafson said. They dont think they can even get to the mall anymore. Councilwoman Patti Johnson said she had heard from constituents in the Mainlands, many of whom uses PSTA routes frequently. Theyre all seniors, and theyre all worried, she said. Miller said he wanted to make sure, I personally very much value the center part of the county and Pinellas Park because thats where our riders are. I know that. They are riding in droves, he said. He added that PSTA was limited in their response to providing a long-term solution by a lack of funding. The conversation does need to be about how a sales tax, should it be approved by voters, could dramatically change the existing bus system. We would be able to fund and maintain good quality public restrooms at our transfer hubs, unlike we are able to do today, he said. Juliana A. Torres4A Leader, June 14, 2012Forty-seven candidates qualify for county offices By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER The qualifying period to run for a Pinellas County office in the 2012 primary and general elections ended at noon June 8. Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark reported that 47 candidates completed requirements, 11 by petition and 36 by paying a qualifying fee. Several races had no competition. Candidates running unopposed will not appear on the November ballot.Constitutional officesThree of five races for a constitutional office have unopposed candidates. Clerk of the Court Ken Burke will keep his job, as will Property Appraiser Pam Dubov and Tax Collector Diane Nelson. For the office of Supervisor of Elections, Clark, a Republican, will face no-party-affiliation candidate Jack Killingsworth, who challenged Clark in 2008. Clark won that election with 61 percent of the vote. Three candidates qualified to run against Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who will square off against fellow Republican Everett Rice in the primary in August. Democrat Scott Swope also qualified to run in November, as did write-in candidate Greg Pound. Gualtieri and Rice are two of the 11 candidates who qualified by petition. Rice remains the big spender thus far in Pinellas County politics, followed by Gualtieri. According to a report on the Supervisor of Elections website, as of June 8, Rice had spent $69,885 of more than $280,000 in campaign contributions. Gualtieri has reportedly spent $40,309 of his nearly $192,000 in contributions.County commission racesOne of four races for Pinellas County Commissioner was decided June 8. Republican Karen Seel, who has served on the commission since 1999, is running unopposed and will continue representing the citizens of District 5 for another term. Democrat Janet Long qualified to run against Republican and incumbent Neil Brickfield for the at-large District 1 seat on the commission. Brickfield, a former Safety Harbor City Commissioner, was first-elected to the county commission in 2008. Long served two terms in the Florida House of Representatives before being defeated during a re-election bid in 2010. She is a former Seminole City Council member. Democrat Charlie Justice is challenging the incumbent for the atlarge District 3 seat, taking on Republican Nancy Bostock, who has served since 2008. Prior to her service on the county commission, Bostock was elected to the School Board in 1998, 2002 and 2006. Justice served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2001 to 2006. He was elected to the state Senate in 2006. He chose not to run for reelection in 2010. Democrat and long-time Commissioner representing District 7, Ken Welch will face fellow Democrat Maria Scruggs in the August primary. The winner will take on Republican Buck Walz in November. All three candidates qualified by petition.Welch has served on the county commission since 2000. According to their websites, Scruggs and Walz have no prior experience serving as an elected official.School boardNonpartisan school board races will appear on the Aug. 14 primary election ballot. Two names that will not appear are unopposed candidates Robin Wikle, who has served District 4 since 2008, and Carol Cook, who has represented District 5 since 2000. Four candidates are running for the at-large District 1 seat on the Pinellas County School Board. Incumbent Janet Clark, first-elected to the board in 2004, will face Jim Jackson, Shelly Ladd-Gilbert and Elliott Stern. Five candidates are running for the District 7 seat. Glenton Glen Gilzean Jr. currently holds that position. He was appointed by the governor Jan. 30 to fill the spot left vacant after the death of Lew Williams. Gilzean is challenged by Kiesha Bell, Rene Flowers, Corey Givens Jr. and Cassandra Jackson, who qualified by petition.District racesNonpartisan district races with two or more candidates also appear on the Aug. 14 primary election ballot. Two of three races for the East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District wont be on the ballot as they were decided at the end of qualifying June 8. Tom McKone, who qualified by petition, is unopposed for Seat 1. Paul Ferreri is running unopposed for Seat 5. Sharon Hurst is challenging incumbent David J. Root for Seat 3. Two members of the Lealman district are unopposed: Jay D. Alexander, who qualified by petition, for Seat 3 and Vivian Diane Campbell for Seat 5. Incumbent Linda L. Campbell is challenged by Eric A. Blum and John G. Frank for Seat 1. Norman Atherton will keep Seat 1 on the Palm Harbor Special Fire Control & Rescue District board. Atherton and Joseph Petrillo, Seat 5 commissioner, are running unopposed. Incumbent Bob Shatanoff and Debbie Buschman are vying for Seat 3. No names will be on the ballot for Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District. Lawrence Schear is running unopposed for Seat 1, Laura Martin for Seat 2 and James Terry for Seat 5. Martin qualified by petition. J.R. Nick Yagnik is running unopposed for Seat 4 on the Eastlake Oaks Community Development District. Incumbent Joseph Dinelli is challenged by Chad D. Robinson. Candidates must win more than 50 percent of the vote to win a nonpartisan election. If no candidate receives the required number of votes, the two with the most votes will move on to the run-off election on Nov. 6.Election calendarClark set June 18 as the tentative date to begin mailing voter information cards to 600,000 registered voters in Pinellas. New district maps were recently approved, meaning changes for some voters. June 30 is the deadline to mail ballots to overseas and absent military voters for the Aug. 14 primary. Ballots going to domestic voters are scheduled to hit mailboxes starting July 10. Early voting is scheduled from Aug. 4-11. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14. Voters are reminded that Floridas primaries are closed. Only voters registered with a political party can vote in that partys primary. Voters who have moved must update their address before going to the polls, or else vote a provisional ballot. For more information or to request a mail ballot, visit www.votepinel las.com or call 464-VOTE (8683). INCENTIVES, from page 1AWe should be talking about the sign improvement incentive program, she said. Thats what we are here to talk about. City officials said proposals for the sign bonuses and incentives drew support from the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Economic and Small Business Development Committee. The citys Community Development Advisory Board and Planning Board also offered positive comments on the program. The Planning Board expressed that tiered incentive seemed to be most equitable so the incentive gradually tapers off and would not overload the staff, RojasNorton said. They agreed it would be a program that would be very popular with the business community, and the board believed that while $100 was a good starting point. the city should be more generous. Gerard said she thought it would be worth it in the citys community redevelopment zones to have more generous incentives to remove the signs. She suggested that staff come back with a proposal temporarily restricting the incentives to those properties that are outside of redevelopment areas while they figure out what should be offered in the redevelopment areas incentives that would give them a better deal down the road. Under the tiered approach, the 25 percent square footage bonus will be reduced gradually until the program ends. The grants would only be available during the first year of it. TESTING, from page 1Athis? Gilzean asked. He went on to cite several instances in which several low-performing schools posted an overall increase in the recent FCAT scores. Board member, Terry Krassner countered that, saying, You really need to look at where they were and how far they came up and if they are still anywhere close to where we need to be. I believe in accountability. I believe in quality. But whats happening in Florida, more than any other state, I believe, is working against that we have to go beyond the resolution. We need an action plan, said board member Linda Lerner. Board member Peggy OShea said, I think the FCAT is not a measure of the child; its measuring the students, teachers, schools and school districts. This isnt a mandate; its not saying we will end highstakes testing. Its just saying we need to take a strong, hard serious look at it. The proposal also drew support from audience members. While we support an accountability system, what we cannot support is a system that drives students away from the love of learning and a system that is set up to bankrupt public schools, said Kim Black, president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association. Susan Spaulding, a teacher of gifted students, at Ridgecrest Elementary, described incidents in which students vomited as the tests were being passed out, and another student who flew into a rage, stormed out of the room, yelling. All this in one fourclassroom building. Imagine what was happening across the entire district. Since 1998, the FCAT has been administered to Florida public school students once a year to test basic skills in reading, writing and math. In addition, each school receives a letter grade determined by the percent of students who meet certain standards and students who achieve gains. Critics of the FCAT claim that because educators must spend excessive amounts of time teaching the test that this has narrowed the curriculum, reduced the love of learning, pushed students out of school and has driven dedicated teachers out of the profession. The topic will be further discussed at the joint Florida Association of District School Superintendents and Florida School Boards Association on June 14-15 in Tampa. Around Pinellas Around Pinellas Photos courtesy of CHRISTINE BATTISTAOn June 2, Bluffs Animal Hospital hosted the second Annual Sudsy Saturday, a car wash to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County. Doctors and staff from Bluffs Animal Hospital, along with Bigs (mentors) and Littles (children) from Big Brothers Big Sisters worked together to raise nearly $500. Bluffs Animal Hospital staff and volunteers wash a patrons car at Sudsy Saturday.For the kids
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As part of his duties, he patrols the Internet for those persons who choose to victimize children through the use of computers. On June 4, Detective Monaghan, working with the knowledge that the suspect was attempting to use the Internet to solicit children for sex, began a casual online chat with William Casey. The detective began the chat using the persona of an adult mother of a 13-year-old female. During the chat, Casey turned the casual conversation into a sexual conversation. Casey eventually made arrangements and expressed a strong desire to have sexual relations with the Detective Monaghans persona and the personas 13-year-old daughter. On June 5 Casey arranged, via online chat, to meet with the detectives persona at Taylor Park, 1100 Eighth Ave. SW. If they were to like one another, they would go further with their sexual arrangements involving the three parties, police said. The meeting was set for 2 p.m. at Taylor Park. Largo police Detective L. Young posed as the detectives persona. At about 2:05 p.m., Casey, 74, arrived at Taylor Park. He was met by Detective Young and several other detectives from the Largo Police Department. Casey was arrested and charged with enticement of a parent to consent to a sex act with their minor child and traveling to meet a minor for a sexual act. Casey was booked into the Pinellas County Jail under a $40,000 bond. A subsequent interview with Casey revealed admissions to other sex crimes that are decades old. These admissions are currently under investigation.Two arrested in stolen property caseLARGO Two suspects were charged with dealing in stolen property over the weekend. Largo police officers were called to the Publix, 3825 East Bay Drive, June 10. Upon arrival the officers discovered that two subjects had stolen items from Publix and then attempted to return the stolen items for a refund from Publix. Publix employees detained both of the subjects until the officers arrived. As officers attempted to handcuff the two subjects, one of them fled from the store. Officers chased the subject on foot as he ran into a nearby residential neighborhood. Officer J. Rogers and his K9 partner Fritz responded to track and locate the subject. He was located hiding under a vehicle in the neighborhood. Upon being located, the subject again attempted to flee from under the vehicle. K9 Fritz stopped him. Stephen Edward Fecura, 28, of Largo was charged with retail theft and dealing in stolen property. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail under a $11,150 bond. Sheldon Robertson, 22, of Largo, was charged with dealing in stolen property and two counts of resisting arrest without violence. He was booked into the county jail under a $10,300 bond.Bank offers $25,000 reward in robbery caseLARGO PNC Bank at 2650 Roosevelt is offering up to a $25,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who robbed the bank in the early afternoon of June 8. The suspect is described as a white male, about 25 to 35 years old, 5 feet, 8 to 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a thin build and short, medium brown hair. He wore a dark blue/black long sleeve shirt with an aqua colored shirt underneath, long dark blue jeans, and a dark baseball cap with an embroidery symbol on the front left possibly a cross with some type of studs, possibly metal. The suspect was wearing what appeared to be medium colored sneakers, black latex gloves, black sunglasses, a black backpack and a black face covering similar to a sports buff. He displayed a small chrome colored semi-automatic handgun, which he carried in his right hand. He fled the bank on foot heading northbound on Dodge Street. It is believed that this is the same subject that robbed the PNC in Clearwater, Fla., on May 26. That bank is located at 2498 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. The Clearwater PNC bank was robbed at 12:26 p.m. The Largo Police Department is seeking information related to the identity of the suspect. Persons with information are asked to contact Detective Jill Freire at 586-7437. Photos of the suspect can be viewed from the Largo Police Departments Facebook page at www.facebook .com/LargoPoliceDepartment.Largo man arrested for sexual batteryLARGO A Largo man is charged with one count of sexual battery of a victim who was physically helpless to resist. According to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office, Weston Bruni, 20, had a physical relationship with the victim, who is reportedly under the age of 18 and was not identified. The report said Bruni and the victim had decided to end their relationship and just remain friends. On the afternoon of March 31, Bruni and the victim were watching a movie in an undisclosed location in Seminole when the victim fell asleep. As she slept, Bruni allegedly removed her clothing and sexually battered her. When the victim realized what was happening, she pushed Bruni away and left the residence. Bruni was arrested about 11 a.m. June 6 and is being held at the Pinellas County jail on a $100,000 bond. Deputies say during the course of the investigation, Bruni admitted to the allegations against him.Connecticut man faces battery chargesCLEARWATER A Connecticut man is serving time in the Pinellas County Jail after he was extradited back to Florida to face two capital sexual battery charges. According to the Sheriffs report, Marsanti Martinez, 24, is accused of committing sexual battery on two brothers over a four-year period about four years ago. The two victims came forward recently and informed detectives of the acts committed against them. Approximately four years ago, Martinez dated the brothers mother while living in north Pinellas. While she was away at work, Martinez would sexually abuse them. This abuse, according to the brothers, went on for over four years. Both boys were under age 12 during the abuse. After Martinez and the mother split, he moved to Britain, Conn. After being notified of the crimes, Pinellas sheriffs detectives were able to establish an arrest warrant for Martinez. Shortly after, he was apprehended by the Britain Police Department and eventually extradited back to Pinellas County. When interviewed by detectives upon his return, Martinez allegedly admitted to the charges. Detectives believe there may be other victims. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Mark Kolenda in the Crimes Against Children Unit at 5826200. Or, to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.Arrest made in May 14 home invasionDUNEDIN Pinellas County sheriffs detectives arrested a suspect June 1 wanted in connection with the early morning May 14 home invasion of Robert and Paula Babcock of Dunedin. Christopher A. Austin, 24, a transient, was arrested without incident near North Greenwood and Myrtle avenues in Clearwater. He was charged with one count of home invasion robbery. Detectives say more changes may be forthcoming. Detectives learned that Austin at one time had done odd jobs around the Babcocks home. Detectives say there are other possible suspects in this case. Anyone having any information on this case or the other suspects is asked to contact the Sheriffs Robbery/Homicide Unit, at 582-6200, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1800-873-TIPS. Police beat Police beat
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Staff wants $3 million for regional stormwater water quality improvements and $2.3 million for stormwater conveyance system improvements. The changes will be included in the proposed CIP program for fiscal years 2013-2022. Business Development manager and Interim Budget Director Bill Berger told commissioners that many of the projects proposed for the 2010 to 2020 voterapproved Penny for Pinellas program had been changed or eliminated due to cost increases of 75 percent during the years 2002 to 2008 and Penny tax collections of 13.4 percent less than projected. About $12 million was cut from the fiscal year 2012 CIP program to balance the budget. Changes included adding $4.5 million for demolition of the Friendship Trail Bridge and accelerating payments of $8.75 million for Gulf Boulevard improvements. Changes made to the CIP in 2012 include adding $4.5 million for demolition of the Friendship Trail Bridge and accelerating payments of $8.75 million for Gulf Boulevard improvements. Staff says in recent years the CIP has been reorganized to prioritize capital improvement projects to address what they say are the greatest needs: intersection improvements, road resurfacing and countywide road improvements. Before the vote, Berger presented commissioners with information about requests for three new projects, plus requests for two projects to be moved up on the schedule and modifications to two existing projects. The commissioners said no to the city of Clearwater for $2.5 million for improvements to Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex. The money would have been used to construct and renovate four new multipurpose fields and improvements to the press box, restrooms, parking, water fountains and other infrastructure. In exchange, the city agreed to waive all nonresident fees, $150 a person, for unincorporated residents. They also said no to the Ozona Village Improvement Society, which wanted $1.2 million to purchase four parcels of waterfront property for a public park. The Improvement Society had agreed to take on the responsibility of maintenance and operations. Improvement Society member Dave Ennis told commissioners about the high level of community involvement associated with the desire to acquire the property. He said there was a need and an urgency to purchase the land before someone else does. He talked about the benefit of acquiring a parcel of land for the countys portfolio and warned that the land might be available in six months or a year. This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity , he said. Assistant County Administrator Mark Woodard said staff was recommending against purchasing the land because the project just had not come up high enough in the list of priorities. In addition, there was some question of the countys obligation for maintenance, despite OVIS promise to take care of the park if the county would purchase the land. We expect some costs in the future, Woodard said. It has been board policy not to involve future recurring expenditures. I remember the day when we could meet the needs of the public with special projects, said Commissioner Susan Latvala. She said she understood the desire of the people of Ozona to purchase the waterfront property. Weve bought land in the past, she said. And when lands gone, its gone. But thats (land for public parks) a want. Stormwater is mandatory. I hope somebody comes up with the money to buy it before the land sells but (disapproving the request to buy the park land) is the right thing to do under the circumstances.Commissioners approve adjustments to CIP programCommissioners also agreed with staffs recommendation to say no to the Friends of Brooker Creeks request for $1 million to extend the Pinellas Trail to the preserves entrance. Commissioners followed staffs recommendation to move forward $700,000 budgeted in 2014 for restrooms and bait house on the Belleair Causeway Bridge. The city of Belleair Bluffs requested that the money be allocated in fiscal year 2013.Source of $7.3 millionCommissioners agreed with staffs recommendation to approve a request from East Lake Fire District to move $1.5 million of $2.25 million budgeted for spending in fiscal year 2018 to FY 2014. In exchange, the county would keep the $750,000 difference. Pinellas County is awaiting a decision from Hillsborough County on acceptance of a bid for demolition of the Friendship Trail Bridge that would save $4 million off projected costs. Commissioners discussed the wisdom of allocating the money before the bid was accepted. Jorge Quintas, director of operations at the countys Public Works Department, said Hillsborough County deferred the decision on the bid to its June 26 meeting to give a Tampa-based group trying to save the bridge more time to make its case. He said he understood the bid price would be good through the end of June and that the bidder was disappointed this is taking so long. There will come a time when the bid is no longer valid, he said. Commissioner Ken Welch asked if Pinellas Countys cost in the demolition was capped at its share of the bid amount if Hillsborough County doesnt make a decision in time and the bid is canceled. Would our price go up, Welch asked. I think that would be our decision, Latvala said. The final $3.2 million of the $7.3 million in unexpected revenue is reimbursement from Florida Forever program for purchase of the Wilde property. About $600,000 of the $3.2 million was previously approved to go for the Wilde property sport fields project, leaving $2.6 in new money for the 2010-2020 CIP. Commissioner Karen Seel asked if staff had a list of projects that would receive the additional funding. Woodard said there were no set projects the money would go toward. This just means well be able to do more roadway projects than we otherwise would, and the same with stormwater, Woodard said. Approval of a request from the city of Belleair Bluffs means $700,000 in funds budgeted for 2014 will be moved to 2013 to construct restrooms and a bait house at the Belleair Causeway Bridge.
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It was enough to cause them to jump up and run outside, and what they saw gave them cause for concern. It was a boat that had obviously been going at a high speed, said Jim. It hit our dock. It struck a piling. I was worried someone was hurt, or had been thrown overboard. Claire also was concerned that someone was injured. I was afraid somebody was thrown out of the boat, she said. It was low tide and at first I thought they hit the seawall. I was relieved to hear that nobody was hurt. The piling that the boat struck was holding up their lift. The piling broke off and much of the lift collapsed into the water. It happened around 6 p.m. on June 3. By the time Jim and Claire had gotten outside, the driver of the boat had put it back in gear and was leaving. There appeared to be six, seven or eight of them on board, all young men, said Jim. We yelled at them to come back, we didnt know if someone had been thrown in the water. Instead Jim said he heard them arguing among themselves then, at a high speed, left the area. With that Jim and Claire called the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office and the marine unit and thanks to other boaters and witnesses the deputies were able to find the boat and interviewed those who were on board. Such an occurrence bothers Bob Griffin, the president of the IRB Boat Club. He feels many of the Intracoastal Waterway inlets are not properly marked, especially for those places he feels should be designated no-wake zones. Some of our fingers are straight, while others have twists and turns in them, he said. Still others are large circles and when boats go fast in them it is dangerous. It is like going around a blind curve in your car, you never know when a child might run out into the street. Griffin notes that there is a 30-mile-an-hour speed limit on the Intracoastal all the way up to Tarpon Springs, but not everybody adheres to it. There are hardly any speed limit signs posted, he said. I see boats doing 50-60 miles an hour all the time and nobody is stopping them. Griffin urges boaters to be courteous, and even when there are no no-wake signs, to slow down and allow others, both on the water and on shore, to enjoy the waterway. Apparently, that is not what happened on the evening the Englishs dock got hit, and it isnt an evening the family will soon forget. When they felt the impact and ran outside, Gwynne broke into tears when she ran into the commotion. Jim said the boat came within 2 feet of hitting the piling head on. He said had that happened, it would have been catastrophic. I had trouble sleeping that night, he said. I was playing it over and over in my head. Im disappointed that our dock got hit, but I would have been crushed if someone had been hurt or killed. How they managed to escape without getting hurt I dont know. Claire said the whole affair should teach everyone a lesson. It is a reminder that there are unsafe boaters out there and we should all use caution, she said. After an investigation that lasted several days the PCSO has charged 22-year-old Ramzi El-Yousef of Largo with leaving the scene of an accident with damage, and issued him a citation for careless operation of the boat. The boat is owned by Mohammad El-Yousef.Another Largo resident, 26-year-old Eric Edwards, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with damage. Four other people on the boat at the time of the incident were not charged or cited, according to PSCO spokesman Sgt. David Disano. Punishment is not what interests Jim English. My goal is not that these kids get punished or go to jail, I dont care, he said. Im so happy we didnt have to call for a rescue. Hopefully these guys will realize that was too close and say lets not do that again.Close call in IRB raises concerns about boating safety Photo by BRIAN GOFFJim English of Indian Rocks Beach inspects his collapsed dock and boatlift, caused by a boater who fled June 3.
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She weighs about 25 pounds, is housebroken, great with other dogs, cats and people. She was found in a neighborhood in the Palm Harbor area, covered in fleas and ticks. After some medical attention and loving care, Annie is now ready to find a permanent home of her own. She would do best in a home where the owner is active or has another dog to entertain her. Call the Suncoast Animal League in Palm Harbor at 786-1330 to schedule a meeting.JerryJerry is a beautiful 8-year-old Maine Coon. He gets along well with other cats. Adopt him in June and take advantage of the SPCAs senior matching special. If youre 55 or older, Jerrys adoption fee is just $20.55. The fee includes a pre-owned carrier, current vaccinations, microchip, 30-days of pet insurance, and neuter surgery. Meet Jerry in the SPCA Tampa Bays cat colony rooms at 9099 130th Ave. N. in Largo. Visit SPCATampaBay.org.MillieMillie is a 5-year-old hound mix. Found as a stray, she has a laid back personality and gets along well with the other pets at the shelter, is a real couch potato and has yet to make a peep while at Pinellas County Animal Services. If you bring this article with you to Animal Services, Millie can be adopted for the low fee of $25. Animal Services is at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Call 582-2600 visit www.pinellas county.org/animalservices.ChanceChance is a sweet, adorable, cuddly male kitty. He is very laid back, highly socialized and gets along with other cats, dogs and children. Chance is in a Save Our Strays Inc. foster home. He has been neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Call 481-5262 or visit www.save ourstaysinc.com.If you have ever had to euthanize a pet, you know how hard it is to come to a final decision. This decision needs to be about what is best for your beloved companion and not about being selfish. This is not easy when you love your pet so dearly that you cant imagine a life without him/her. One of the most horrible experiences one can have is to watch a human family member with a terminal disease suffer until they die on their own. Fortunately, we do not have to do that with our pets. So how do you know when its time? Only you can make that final decision. Your veterinarian can help educate you about the prognosis of your pets condition; however, your veterinarian only interacts with your pet for small amounts of time. He or she may not have the same perspective on your pets quality of life as you do. You observe your pet every day and therefore you can answer some very important questions; questions you can use to judge your pets quality of life. The following questions are not to be asked when your pet is sick and can recover, but when a prognosis is poor to grave: Nutrition: Is your pet eating and drinking on his/her own and holding it down or are you forcefeeding your pet with success? Is your pet able to maintain a normal weight or is he/she rapidly deteriorating? Mobility: Is your pet able to get around on his/her own? Are you willing to provide hospice care or a cart (for paralysis of the hind legs) to assist him/her to where he/she needs to go? (ex: outside to void, to the water and food bowl) Interaction/Behavior: Is your pet still interacting with you and the family or is he/she so sick that he/she is hiding and doesnt even care that you are present? Is your pet still doing things that they have always enjoyed? Pain: Is your pets pain able to be controlled by pain medication? Hospice Care: Can you provide the kind of home care your pet needs to keep him/her humanely comfortable? Normal functions: Can your pet breathe, eat, drink, defecate, and urinate without too much difficulty? Mentality: If you are really in tune with your pet: Is your pet happy, hanging in there, or giving up? Is your pet having more bad days than good days? Euthanasia is not a choice for everyone due to religious or personal beliefs. The decision whether to euthanize or not is your own personal right. It is very easy for someone on the outside to see your pet and judge his or her quality of life, but only you know how well your pet is functioning at home in his/her normal environment. To be a good judge of your pets quality of life, be sure that you are not in denial about what is really going on. This is when you and your veterinarian should work together as a team to help each other during this difficult time. Knowing you can trust your veterinarian to tell you when it is time, especially when you are in denial or having a hard time making a decision is important. Once you have decided that euthanasia is in your pets best interest, be gentle and dont torture yourself with doubt about your decision. This decision is made with love and kindness. Euthanasia is a very kind and peaceful way to let your beloved pet pass to the other side with your blessing.Kim Donovan, D.V.M. is employed at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in Seminole. She has more than 15 years experience. Her special interests include dermatology and feline medicine. Pet photo winner, Liam Asher, actually adopted his owners, Tammy and Tim Green. On a cold January night they got home from a 35-mile trip to find the kitty in the tire well of their truck, cold and scared. They named him Liam because it means strong-willed warrior and Asher means blessing. Liam Asher gets along well with their two chocolate Labs, Cody and Kaci, and follows Tammy around, meowing like crazy when he cant find her or the dogs. The Greens recently adopted a 13-week old kitten, Mason. As our pet photo winner, they will receive a $25 gift certificate to Largo Feed. Send photos to csouthmayd@ TBNweekly.com.Strong-willed warrior Speaking of PetsKim Donovan, D.V.M. Euthanasia: how to know when its timeDig thisCounty to offer Saturday adoptionsLARGO Volunteers from Pinellas County Animal Services will offer pet adoptions and adoption information on the following days and locations: Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. to noon, at Pinellas County Animal Services, 12450 Ulmerton Road. Saturday, June 23, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., PetsMart, Largo Mall, 10500 Ulmerton Road. Call 582-2600. Visit www.pinel lascounty.org/animalservices. Gift-wrapping to benefit SOSST. PETERSBURG Volunteers will offer Fathers Day giftwrapping Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Sears, Tyrone Mall, 2300 Tyrone Blvd. N. Save Our Strays volunteers will provide this service for donations for its animals in need. Save Our Strays is a no-kill, nonprofit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving homeless cats and kittens. The groups creative wrappers will be set up in Sears adjacent to the escalators to assist busy shoppers. For more information, call 8710888.
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Sat., 8am-2pm 050312 By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Pinellas County Commissioners turned down two out of three requests for millage rate increases at its regular June 5 meeting. Commissioners showed no support for the Feather Sound Community Services Associations request for a millage increase from 0.5660 to 0.850 to make improvements. Commissioner Nancy Bostock said Feather Sound had a high level of reserves that the neighborhood group had been asked to spend before asking for more money or an increase in the millage rate. I see no reason for change, she said. Commissioner Neil Brickfield added that the group had enough money in reserves now to fund the sign it wants to build at the entrance and the canoe launch at the park and still have healthy reserves. He would like the voluntary board to come up with a master plan of expenses prior to granting any request for a hike in the millage rate. The Palm Harbor Recreation and Library District requested a millage rate increase from 0.4378 to the capped rate of 0.5 mills. Theyve been asking for this for a long time, said Commissioner Norm Roche. Weve been hearing from the agencies that want to do things, Bostock said. We havent heard from the people who use the services. Commissioner Susan Latvala said there was no doubt that the public has a need for more services, but raising millage rates to pay for a greater level of service should be across the board and bigger discussion for another day. We always say the public has said no new taxes, except the people who say they need more money, she said. Commissioner Ken Welch said there were signs of growing public support in recent years for a higher millage rate in the Palm Harbor area. He said the commission could set the millage rate to the maximum and reduce it later if there is a huge public outcry against it. Latvala said she could support going to the half mill. Commissioners discussed what it would mean for East Lake if they agreed to a request from the Pinellas County Library Cooperative for a rate increase from 0.4437 mills to 0.5 mills. Assistant County Administrator Mark Woodard said it should make it better because the library would receive more money than it does now about $21,000 more. As a contrast, Clearwater would receive about $86,000 of the $600,000 of additional money estimated to come in at the higher millage rate. Bostock said while East Lake would get more money, raising the millage rate would not help with the funding discrepancy, which is a chief complaint of East Lake Library officials. Negotiations are ongoing toward a new library agreement, which officials hope will ease some of the funding issues and allow more money to flow to the libraries in unincorporated Pinellas. Welch said rather than raise the millage, he would rather a more holistic approach be used. The Palm Harbor and East Lake libraries are cutting hours and services in an effort to balance the budget. Reserves are at a bare minimum and officials are worried about capital needs and emergencies. Unincorporated library officials point out that municipal libraries receive funding from their cities as well as the Library Cooperative. Unincorporated libraries receive a percentage of the Municipal Services Taxing Unit revenue and a small allocation from the Library Cooperative. The remaining money coming in to the Cooperative goes to municipalities for providing countywide services.Budget shortfallWoodard said latest projections show a budget shortfall of about $24.1 million for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. Commissioners also discussed the need for one-time funding to pay for the completion of the Criminal Justice computer system and an expansion of the countys Wi-Fi capabilities. Woodard said the budget staff is currently working on assumes that no one-time dollars will be available for projects in the coming year. Roche continued to express his concern about the outcome of a lawsuit on employees retirement contributions. He reminded commissioners that $9 million from savings from employees retirement costs had gone to balance the current years budget. He asked if the possibility of having to add retirement costs into the budget had been considered. Its not baked into the forecast, Woodard said.Requests come in for increased property tax ratesPinellas bed tax collections set April recordCLEARWATER Tax Collector Diane Nelson reported that Aprils tourist development tax collections set another Pinellas County record. Collections from April totaled $3.14 million, an 8 percent increase from 2011 and the highest April amount since the tax collectors office started collecting the tax in 1990. Collections from March also set a record. Coming off a record-breaking March, its great news for Pinellas County that our numbers continue to climb Nelson said. Its certainly a sign that our local tourism industry is having a strong year so far. The tourist development tax is a 5 percent tax known as the bed tax required by Florida law on accommodations rented for six months or less. The TD tax produces close to $25 million each year in Pinellas County, used mainly for tourism marketing by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Tax Collectors Office implemented an online payment system for TD taxpayers in 2010, and now more than 70 percent of TD collections are processed online. For more information about tourist development taxes, visit taxcollect.com or contact the tax collectors office at 464-5007.PSTA sets May ridership recordST. PETERSBURG The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority continues to set all-time ridership records. Early figures for May indicate that 1,187,231 rides were taken last month, which is a jump of more than 46,000 rides over May 2011. Not only is this the highest ridership ever for the month of May, but its also the second highest monthly total ever for PSTA second only to March 2012, said PSTA Spokesperson Bob Lasher. PSTA has reported ridership records for six consecutive months. Agency leaders say transit ridership typically jumps when fuel prices spike and, as in past years, theyre seeing that when prices come down, riders continue using PSTA. Its just a matter of people finally taking that first ride, Lasher said. Once they learn how easy, inexpensive and stress free it is to ride, they stick with us. Folding bikes are now permitted on board all PSTA buses. PSTAs record ridership is also increasing demand for the agencys Bikes on Buses program, where riders use bus mounted bike racks to travel with their bicycles. Because of the increased demand for rack space, PSTA leaders are encouraging passengers to bring folding bicycles on board buses even if the front bike racks are empty. Since folding bikes dont take up much room, officials are asking riders to bring folding bikes on board to save the front bike-rack space for standard bikes. On average, PSTA now carries more than a thousand bikes a day. To learn how to ride with your bike or to plan a trip on PSTA, visit the agency website at www.PSTA.net or call the PSTA InfoLine at 5401900.Certificate sale collects 99 percent of delinquent taxesCLEARWATER Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson reported that the tax certificate sale on June 1 collected 99.7 percent of delinquent real estate taxes from 2011. With 15,343 available tax certificates totaling $36.5 million, bidders purchased 15,041 certificates for a total of $36.4 million. The tax certificate sale is an annual online auction through which bidders purchase a delinquent taxpayers debt in exchange for an annual interest rate, ensuring the majority of unpaid property taxes are collected and distributed. The average interest rate for this years sale was 0.78 percent, down from 2.07 percent last year. The 302 unsold certificates, totaling $108,088, were issued to Pinellas County with an interest rate of 18 percent. Once a tax certificate is issued on a property, the certificate becomes an enforceable first lien. A certificate may be redeemed by paying the delinquent taxes plus accrued interest and fees either through the tax collectors website, taxcollect.com, or at any tax collector office.
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The tarpon will be moving both north and south, making it a bit difficult to set up on an actively moving pod of fish. Your best chance for a hook-up will often come by simply anchoring up along the pathway of the migrating fish and running fresh live baits under floats or free-lined with the tide. Offshore fishing should also be excellent this weekend with the now offshore wind flow. Red snapper and red grouper are going to be within most anglers reach. Target depths of 80 feet and deeper for consistent catches of red snapper. Red grouper also will be found in these depths. Use live pinfish and or frozen sardines for bait. Beach fishing remains awesome with our prolonged offshore wind flow. Snook, redfish and trout are hanging around sand shoals and jetties in and around passes. Free-line live pilchards over sandy drop-offs. Small circle hooks will conceal your presentation while commonly hooking the fish in the corner of the mouth, making it a much better option when catch and release snook fishing.Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hotmail .com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.Tarpon, red snapper, snook are all good optionsLargo camps offer kids the chance to build, ride, designLARGO The city is offering a variety of summer camps for children who love construction, mechanics, and building with Legos. A construction camp for ages 6-12 is set June 2529 at the Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. Kids will spend time working together to build robots, cars, and cityscapes, while taking part in construction contests throughout the week. Campers will take a hard-hat field trip to a real construction site and recreate the project back at camp using Legos. The cost is $65 for residents and $81.25 for nonresidents. A Planes, Trains and Automobiles Camp is filled with field trips and activities for children ages 4-8. Campers will visit the Armed Forces Military Museum, tour the citys Public Works Department, meet a mechanic, ride the miniature trains at Largo Central Park and talk with the camps special guest, a former Navy pilot. This camp is held July 16-20 at the Southwest Recreation Complex. Cost is $76 for residents and $95 for nonresidents. For more information on these or Largos many other sport and specialty summer camps, visit LargoCamps.com, or call 518-3125 or 518-3131.Fort De Soto plans guided walksTIERRA VERDE Free, guided nature walks will be offered on the following days 10 to 11 a.m., at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. Saturday, June 23 A guided walk on the campground trail is planned Sunday, June 24 A bird tour is planned. Saturday, June 30 A guided walk on the beach trail is planned. Guests will enjoy the beauty of Fort De Soto Park with a one-hour nature walk great for the entire family. To register and for tour information and meeting locations, call 552-1862. Visit www.pinellascounty .org/park.Philippe to host nature walkSAFETY HARBOR A guided nature walk will be offered Saturday, June 16, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway. The hike is limited to 12 participants. Attendees will learn park history while exploring nature. Participants should meet at the Philippe gravesite at 9 a.m. Closed-toe shoes, water, sunscreen a hat and insect repellant are recommended. Reservations will be accepted through the Friday prior to the hike. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call 669-1947 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Weedon plans Wee-TimeST. PETERSBURG Wee-Time at Weedon will be presented Thursdays, June 14, 28, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. This free program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fourth Thursday of each month, children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. Preregistration is required. To register, call 5822100 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. For information, call 453-6500.Guided hikes slatedST. PETERSBURG Guided hikes will be offered Saturdays, June 16, 23, 30 and July 7, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Attendees will learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while going along on this free guided hike. Participants should bring water and a snack. A hat and closedtoe shoes also are recommended. The hike is best for ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Photography hike setST. PETERSBURG A wildflower photography hike will be offered Saturday, June 23, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The free event will offer participants the perfect opportunity to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, highlighting specific wildlife behaviors, guides will assist participants in capturing the natural beauty in photos. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpre serve.org.Archeology Summer Camp setST. PETERSBURG Archeology Summer Camp will be offered Monday through Friday, June 25-29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The summer camp is designed for children ages 7 to 11 with a strong interest in prehistory and history as well as learning how early people interacted with their environment. Campers will learn about the importance of archaeology and will gain understanding about early natural resources that were necessary for life in the Tampa Bay region. Highlights of the camp include guest experts, a tour of an archaeological site, hands-on archaeology, lab analysis, pottery making, an atlatl adventure and earning the certificate of Tommy the Tortoise, Junior Archaeologist. Cost is $150 per camper. For information, call 813-396-2328 or email email@example.com. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein
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Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563Get on board rail transitAgencies involved in mass transit in Pinellas County are moving cautiously, and correctly, in developing plans for light rail projects. The Project Advisory Committee, which is made up of elected officials representing four agencies, agreed on a proposed rail route alternative Jan. 30. It stems from a study that examined options to implement premium transit service connecting major residential, employment and activity centers in the county. Basically, the proposed light rail route connects Clearwater, Largo, the Greater Gateway area, Pinellas Park, and St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, with a regional connection across Tampa Bay to Hillsborough County. The cost of the proposed project, which includes 24 miles of light rail, 16 stations, the right of way and structures, is $1.5 billion to $1.7 billion. Officials have talked about a 50 percent local funding commitment financed over 30 years. They are looking for federal, state and public private partnerships to pay the remaining balance. Consultants and officials have emphasized that light rail plans are still in their infancy. Many levels of approval will be required at local, state and federal levels before rail projects are launched. If all goes according to plans, final design is expected to occur between 2015 and 2017, followed by three years to construct the project, officials have said. The agencies reached out to the public and local governments to build support for the transit project, known as the locally preferred alternative, and their efforts are making headway. Both St. Petersburg and Largo have endorsed the preferred route alternative. Leaders in these two cities and others recognize the benefits of light rail and other enhanced forms of transit beyond mobility, such as jobs. Officials estimate that 67,000 new jobs will be created over 30 years. As seen in other areas of the country, rail transit is expected to create development and redevelopment opportunities. Indeed, agencies have to continue to be aggressive in promoting their plans because of organized opposition to transit proposals making farfetched statements such as that the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, a stakeholder in the light project, is headed toward insolvency. Granted, because of shrinking revenues, PSTA has had to make changes in its services but it has always presented a balanced budget. Ridership continues to increase, breaking monthly records. That shows how valuable bus service is to the countys transportation system as light rail eventually will be. All local governments should get behind the rail project, with the vision that the county one day will be served by a transit system similar to those that have provided many benefits to urban areas across the country, from Honolulu to Newark. Look to the future.LETTERS EDITORIALCherry picking history to make a pointRe: Republicans fulfill an admonition, Mike McDonalds letter, May 31 Editor: I would like to respond to Mike McDonalds recent letter. For well over 50 years the U.S. Congress was dominated by Democrats, with one exception during the Eisenhower Administration when the Republicans held a majority in the Senate for four years. Mike states that Republicans were responsible for the high gas prices in the s. Not true! Mike, Jimmy Carter was president during the oil embargo in the late s. McDonald also failed to mention the high mortgage interest rates during the Carter years. This was a result of the malaise created by the Carter administration. Let us not forget the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, which forced banks to give mortgages to those who could not afford them, the notorious subprime mortgages that were increased during the Clinton years and, once again with the Democratic Congress under Nancy Pelosis and Barney Frank and Chris Dodds leadership. This led directly to todays housing crisis. McDonald states that the Supreme Court was stacked with conservative judges by the Republicans, completely ignoring the fact that FDR tried to stack the court with liberal judges. A historical fact, Mike, look it up. Mike conveniently ignores the Korean and Vietnam wars! What was the cost to the American people, Mike? The cost of these wars can be measured in lives lost, national treasure and national prestige. These wars were brought to us by Harry S. Truman, Democrat; John F. Kennedy, Democrat; and Lyndon B. Johnson, Democrat; and the Democratic majorities in Congress that all three had. Historical fact, Mike, look it up. In fact from the end of the Spanish-American War, (1899-1900 Republican William McKinley) until (1991 and the first Gulf War Republican G.H. Bush) no Republican had led the United States to war. Including the two world wars, Democratic presidents and Congresses had been responsible for the cost in American lives exceeding 600,000! And at what cost in national treasure. Lets not forget that it was Eisenhower and Nixon that ended those Korean and Vietnam nightmares. Mike wants to cherry pick history to make his point. Of course, Republicans have had their share of blunders, just like the Democrats. Really, Mike, Repooplikins? That might be fine for 12year-olds but I would prefer an adult conversation. Allen Peck LargoBlame the owner, not the dogEditor: This is in response to Mr. Tritschlers letter regarding pit bulls. What he fails to mention either by ignorance or omission is that aggression toward people was bred out of these animals long ago. When a fight was over and the dog was being removed from the shed or pit where the fight occurred, if that dog turned on the handler, it was shot on the spot. Yes, there are people who teach these dogs from a young age to be aggressive toward humans to make up for their own lack of courage, but those are the exceptions and not the rules. As for the lady who wants the breed outlawed in Largo because she is afraid for her cat and child due to a neighbors pit bull, cats are not allowed to roam free in Largo, and children should be taught to not go into other peoples yards without an invitation. In conclusion, any breed can be raised to be aggressive (look at police dogs) but that is the owners fault not the dog. Matt Babac LargoDeputies wasting tax dollars?Editor: Just maybe Sheriff Gualtieri is worried about slow response time of deputies because as shown in the article in the Tampa Bay Times newspaper, his deputies are wasting our tax dollars by goofing off with little oversight. All patrol cars are fully electronically equipped with air conditioning, GPS, computer to view movies, radio, cell phones, radar, cameras all at your tax payer expense to make the deputy job easier. There are no more foot or bike patrols in neighborhoods. That would mean getting to know your patrol area as people, not targets. August is the primary for the sheriff runoff for the November elections. Make the right choice for the man with proven integrity and experience. France Hoelper Largo Tips on navigating a supermarketForrest Gump said, Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what youll get. I say, Life is like the checkout line in a grocery store. Choose the wrong one and you may die there. One of my few talents is selecting the slowest checkout line available in any store I visit. Heres how it goes. After loading my cart, I slowly survey the 10 or 15 checkout slots available. I study each checker for his (or her most checkers are women) mannerisms and apparent speed in grabbing the items and sliding them in front of the bar code gadget. I try to note any signs of an incipient heart attack or epileptic seizure, because such events (in the checker, the bag boy or you, the customer) really stacks the odds against your returning home by midnight. Someone screams Hes turning purple! and soon the store is crawling with burly EMS workers, cops, store managers and other customers, one of whom is sure to recognize the victim and exclaim, My God, thats Leo Fulcrum from our church choir! He owes me eighty bucks. Somebody save him! While Im doing my research, I avoid getting in line behind a woman whose overflowing shopping cart indicates she has a husband, six in-laws and eight ravenous children waiting at home to wolf down the $340 worth of provisions she has just picked off the shelf. However, Ill occasionally violate that principle if the woman in question possesses superlative aesthetic attributes that require me to mentally catalog them for later review after my eyeballs stop spinning. Even with all this advance research, theres no way to be sure Ive chosen the best checkout line. The person in front of me may have only a few items, but then he pulls out the coupons and hands them to the checker, who must decipher them and deduct their value from the previous charge. Or the shopper may be using food stamps. Or she cant seem to find her checkbook. I put it right here in Pocket No. 26 of my 50-pocket purse. Just give me a minute, would you please? And you do, although what you really want to give her is a swift kick in the south end of her Vidalia onion bag. A few years ago I got so tired of always choosing the slowest checkout line I decided to take pity on the poor buggers who lined up behind me. I painted a cardboard sign that read: I am under a curse. If you follow me in this checkout line, you will have to wait at least half an hour to get through. I hung the sign on my back, and hoped it would have its intended effect. Unfortunately, it didnt. One man, obviously a ruffian, snarled, What are you, some kind of wise guy? A woman read the sign and whimpered, You are a servant of the anti-Christ. Lemme out of here! The store manager phoned the cops. Weve got a terrorist here. Send the SWAT team! I was arrested on four separate charges, none of which held up, but I quickly got rid of the warning sign on my back. No kindness goes unpunished, right? Most of the checkers are trained to show politeness by asking each new customer, How are you today? They seldom mean it. Most of them are thinking of their boy friends or Mideast foreign policy. I test them by replying, Im fine, except for the subaceous cyst on my back that keeps emitting radioactive strontium. The checker usually replies, Thats nice and goes on grabbing at my yogurt or kielbasa. When I get depressed about the countrys economic troubles, I simply visit a supermarket and stroll the aisles. After noting that 187 different breakfast foods are for sale (77 of which are varieties of corn flakes), I conclude that were not in such bad shape after all. On the day when the only two cereals for sale are oatmeal and grits, Ill start to worry. Not before. The store I normally frequent has a large number of foreign-born customers, or so I assume from overhearing their conversation. Or fragments of it. They talk so fast I cant begin to use my favorite handbook, Snippets of Overseas Lingo. However, Ive learned a few useful words of Spanish, such as corazon, por que and Don Quixotes cojones. I often utter these words as I shop, and I notice that the Hispanic shoppers tend to avoid me. But this clears the aisle for my cart. Isnt life grand, when you learn a few tips like that one? Most food stores stock Spanish food, and thats fine. But none of them carry any Scottish food items. When is the last time you saw haggis or clootie dumpling for sale? Never. Just another sign of the rabid antiScot feelings that some of us must deal with. Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at email@example.com. Drivers SeatBob Driver Our newest campus: Useless StateAt a time when Floridas 11 state universities are financially gasping, the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott are throwing $50 million away on a whimsical new school that might as well be called Useless State. Its the work of a Lake Wales Republican named J.D. Alexander, who sadly for taxpayers chaired the powerful Senate Budget Committee. Alexander is leaving the Legislature because of term limits, but as a going-away present he demanded that his colleagues fund a new university in his home district. And then he basically stomped his little feet and held his breath and huffily threatened to gut another schools budget if he didnt get his way. And most of his fellow Republicans, including our governor, caved in like the phonies and wimps they are. As a result, Floridians are paying for a new university that we dont need, and is already millions over budget before the first class meets. Its a foolhardy and very expensive mistake, and its name is Florida Polytechnic. If you live in the Lakeland area, you know that there has existed for many years a busy tech campus, a branch of the University of South Florida. Along comes Sen. Alexander and decides that Lakeland urgently needs its own independent state university, that the school should be called Florida Polytechnic and that it should replace USF Polytech, which has been there 20 years. Alexander pushed hard, saying a whole new institution was needed to produce more graduates with the skills to fill jobs in science, engineering and technology. When some lawmakers balked, Alexander said he would hack $79 million from the USF budget a brutal 58 percent reduction for a school serving 47,000 students. The House would never have approved eviscerating USF, but Alexanders empty threat worked on empty-headed legislators and thus was born Useless State. Classes are supposed to begin the fall of 2013, but the instant university is facing a few problems. No board of trustees, for example, which makes it hard to attract a president. No president, which makes it hard to attract faculty. No faculty, which makes it hard to attract students. And then theres the issue of money. Your money. Does $12 million in architectural fees for Florida Polytechnic sound reasonable to parents of students at the University of Florida or Florida State or A&M, who are facing hefty hikes in tuition and housing? According to the Tampa Bay Times, USF chief operating officer John Long says the construction project on the Lakeland campus will cost between $112 million and $115 million. Unfortunately, theres only about $99 million available. The shortfall would be made up by private donors, hopefully in time to install technology labs before a few actual technology students show up. A fuller picture of the Florida Polytechnic fiasco was laid out last month to a committee of the state Board of Governors, which is supposed to oversee the university system. Normally the board would have been deeply involved with the birth of the new school an authority granted by voters in a constitutional amendment. The whole point was to avoid such costly debacles, and to buffer higher education from the influence of grimy politics. But, as we know, constitutionality isnt a burning concern of current legislative leaders, or of the governor, no matter how many of their dumb moves get stomped in court.In this case, one vain and powerful senator wanted a brand new university, and he didnt want to wait for the Board of Governors, which had already approved a stepped plan for developing Florida Polytechnic. At Alexanders prodding, lawmakers barged ahead and created the school, basically evicted USF and started shoveling money toward Lakeland. Even that towns Republican senator, Paula Dockery, was chagrined. Before the troglodytes took control of Tallahassee, nobody went out and started a public university without a set number of students, without infrastructure, without leadership. Or accreditation. You remember accreditation, right? No biggie. Meanwhile J.D. Alexander is out the door, damage done. Only a coldblooded cynic would wonder if Alexander or any of his pals will benefit from the gush of taxpayer funds being used to construct Useless State. A court could stop the bleeding, but in the meantime applications are being taken for the make-believe schools Board of Trustees. Gov. Scott recently sent out an email seeking candidates. He says hes looking for talented and visionary individuals. Of course! Hell also send his personal unicorn to pick you up and fly you through the fairy dust to Lakeland.Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald. Readers may write to him at: 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, FL 33132. Please type letters to the editor (or print legibly) and include your name, town of residence, phone number and signature and mail to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Emails should include town of residence and telephone and be sent to tgermond@TBNweekly.com. We will not print the letter writers phone number.What do you think? Carl Hiaasen
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Proceeds that day will benefit Camp Sunshine. Local locations include the following: 2695 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater 10720 Park Blvd., #B, Seminole 1001 West Bay Drive, Largo 150 Fountain Pkwy. N., St. Petersburg 1201 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg 625 Sixth Ave. S., St. PetersburgSizzlin Summer event setST. PETE BEACH The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host the fourth annual Sizzlin Summer Taste of the Beaches Saturday, July 21, 6 to 10 p.m., at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Sponsored by Tampa Bay Times and Caputo Creative, the event will include live and silent auctions, raffles, samples from more than 25 restaurants, dancing, live music, beer and wine. Cost is $25. Registration is required. To register, call Amanda Page at 360-6957 or email RSVP@TampaBayBeaches.com. Chamber hosts awards banquetCLEARWATER The Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce re100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Dana-Farber. New to this years program, customers also have the opportunity to purchase a reusable shopping bag featuring artwork by a Jimmy Fund Clinic pediatric patient for 99 cents. HomeGoods will contribute 50 cents for each bag purchased to the Jimmy Fund. For more than 10 years, HomeGoods and its dedicated customers have raised more than $3 million for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, said Suzanne Fountain, director of the Jimmy Fund, in a press release. We are so grateful for their continued support in our fight against cancer and helping families facing this disease. We are so pleased to engage HomeGoods associates and customers in our annual campaign to support Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund again this year, said Robyn Arvedon, HomeGoods spokesperson. We are grateful for our customers generosity and confident that our dedicated efforts will go far in helping families around the country who are impacted by this disease. PODS, NAPO form partnershipCLEARWATER PODS Enterprises Inc. recently established a new business partnership with the National Association of Professional Organizers. The partnership allows PODS to work closely with NAPO professional organizers across the country. It makes perfect sense for PODS to team up with NAPO, said George Spowart, PODS chief marketing officer, in a press release. PODS provides our customers with flexible moving and storage options and then NAPO brings more order and efficiency to their lives. PODS, a leader in the moving and storage industry, currently provide service to customers in 48 U.S. States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. The company is nearing its 2 millionth PODSR container delivery milestone. NAPOs mission is to develop, lead, and promote professional organizers and the organizing industry. The organization has 4,200 professional organizers members across the United States.Chamber to host networking workshopLARGO The Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will host Networking with Confidence Friday, June 15, 7:30 to 9 a.m., at the chamber, 151 Third St. NW. The session will help participants establish a clear business purpose, develop a powerful and memorable infomercial and measure networking results. Presenters will be Kathy Pabst Robshaw of Spectrum Strategy Resources and Cal Hargreaves, regional director for Network Professionals Inc. Cost is $10 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. To register, call 584-2321.ISM International announces breakthroughCLEARWATER ISM International Inc. recently announced a breakthrough discovery in its Green Energy device, previously announced in December 2011. This discovery, for which the company is applying for appropriate patents, enhances the performance of the energy device, according to a company press release. The company expects that with the device, consumers will be able to save a significant amount of money on their reoccurring energy bills. We hope to be able to start marketing this new device within the coming quarter, says Mario Quenneville, CEO of ISM International, in the press release. We are striving to allow consumers to be selfsufficient in case of a power or water outage which are real possibilities in certain areas of the United States of America and in the world. With each generation of development, the performance increases, which is extremely beneficial to users. These enhancements have been made possible with the external investment that ISM international recently received, and this multi-million dollar project could change the landscape in Green Energy. cently hosted its annual awards banquet at the Sandpearl Beach Resort. Festivities began with cocktails, progressing to the Hunter Ballroom for dinner and dessert, and the night was topped off with the awards presentations. The following awards were distributed: Shephards Beach Resort, Large Business of the Year; Crabbys Beachwalk Bar & Grill, Small Business of the Year; Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival, Nonprofit Business of the Year; and Professor Philippe Beau from the University of Bordeaux for Volunteer of the Year. The Citizen of the Year Award went to John Doran, Esq. and former Clearwater city councilman. David Yates from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium received the Tourism of the Year Award. Appreciation Awards went to Donna Dennis of the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce and Carol Mears of Cooters Restaurant Bar. The Board Member of the Year Award went to Jason Gibertoni of Florida Free Rides.Patchingtons Freedman earns promotionBELLEAIR BLUFFS Patchington, a womens designer resort wear boutique with three locations in Pinellas County, recently promoted Debbie Freedman to store manager at its Belleair Bluffs store. Freedman and her staff specialize in helping their customers coordinate and accessorize their wardrobe. She is a member of the Florida West Coast Orchid Society and Belleair Garden Club. WorkNet Pinellas to host job fairST. PETERSBURG WorkNet Pinellas plans a Healthcare Job and Education Fair Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Hilton St. Pete Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive, St. Peteresburg. The free event is designed for those currently in healthcare and who are looking for a job or looking to advance their healthcare career with education. The fair also will offer information for those looking to start a career in healthcare. More than 20 companies will be on site. Those attending are encouraged to bring copies of their resume. For information, call 451-5698, ext. 1018.HomeGoods to host fundraiserCLEARWATER Through July 1, Clearwater-area HomeGoods shoppers have the opportunity to support cancer care and research while shopping at the off-price home fashions retailer. More than 200 HomeGoods stores nationwide are participating in the 12th annual HomeGoods Helps Families Fight Cancer campaign benefiting the Jimmy Fund, which supports pediatric and adult cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. HomeGoods customers can participate by making a $1, $5, or $10 contribution at the register to Help Families Fight Cancer withNetworking groups, also known as leads groups, meet on a regular basis at various locations in the area. Some groups charge a fee to attend, and most require reservations. Persons considering attending any group for the first time are encouraged to make contact in advance. The upcoming schedule is as follows: Monday, June 18 Network Professionals Inc., 7:30 a.m., at Perkins Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Monday, June 18 Professional Leads Network, St. Petersburg Chapter, 7:45 a.m., at Ricky Ps, 6521 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Monday, June 18 Ready Set Grow Group, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at Hometown Family Restaurant, 10395 Seminole Blvd., Largo. Call Jamie Limbaugh at 831-2450 or email jamieL@freenetworkinginterna tional.com. Monday, June 18 Free Networking International, Clearwater Two Cups Connect Group, 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Bay Coast Coffee Market, 2525 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Call Wayne Porter at 642-6173, email waynep@freenet workinginternational.com or visit twocupsconnect.com. Tuesday, June 19 Professional Leads Network, First Watch Chapter, 7:30 a.m., First Watch, 2569 Village Drive, Clearwater. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Tuesday, June 19 The Board, Network Professionals, 7:30 a.m., at Panera Bread, Bardmoor Shopping Center, corner of Bryan Dairy and Starkey roads, Largo. Call 742-6343. Tuesday, June 19 Business Network International, Winners Circle, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Call Dave Proffitt at 230-9240. Wednesday, June 20 Business Network International, Financial Freedom, 7:15 a.m., at Bardmoor Country Club, 8001 Cumberland Road, Largo. Call Phil at 409-1609 or visit www.BNIFinancialFreedom.com. Wednesday, June 20, Professional Leads Network, 11:45 a.m., at Sages West Bay Bistro, 883 West Bay Drive, Largo. Call Woody Brown at 518-1967 or visit www.pro-leads.net. Wednesday, June 20 Professional Leads Network, Foxys Chapter, 11:45 a.m., Staceys Buffet 1451 N. Missouri Ave., Largo. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Wednesday, June 20 Local Business Network Seminole, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call 804-6359. 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BriefsHealth & Fitness 13A Leader, June 14, 2012 Church And Temple DirectoryL060712 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 060712 Aging with Dignity WorkshopJune 21, 2012 3pm 5pm Limited SeatingCall Donna to Reserve @ 568-6709060712 Estate Planning Checkup Power of Attorney Update Medicaid and Veterans Benefits End of Life Decision Making Assistance for Care Givers FREE to Public (727) 397-55718640 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 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 61412 Whats Sellingin Pinellas County061412 Largo 3BR/2BA/1CG $185,000 Remodeled kitchen in 2011, all new appliances and quartz countertops. Master has been updated also. New roof in 2008. A/C compressor replaced within the last 5 years. Close to Bardmoor shopping center and Largo Mall.Mary K KottichCentury 21 Top Sales Seminole 3BR/3BA/1CG $162,000 Light, bright and open floor plan with large rooms, two patio areas, screened porch and large eating space adjacent to kitchen. Wood laminate, ceramic tile floors, updated bath with newer tile, fixtures, lighting and spa tub.Tom CoatesCentury 21 Real Estate Champions Palm Harbor 3BR/2BA/1CG $179,900 Fantastic 2 story pool home on fenced lot. Great room plan with vaulted ceilings. 2 bedrooms and full bath upstairs and all bedrooms have walk-in closet. Dining room with sliders leading to pool and pavered area for Barbecuing.The Vorac GroupRealty Executives Adamo Largo 2BR/2BA $78,500 Fourth floor condo in Waters Edge. Spacious with great views of the lake and pool. Kitchen with pantry, breakfast bar, large living room with dining area. Florida room, master with walk-in closet. Near beach, shopping and more.Sandy Hartmann & AssociatesRealty Executives Adamo SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD ST. JUDE NOVENA A PRAYERMay the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, gloried, loved and preserved throughout the world, now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, helper of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer nine times a day. By the 8th day your prayers will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. Thank you and God bless you, St. Jude.C.A.B. HealthSouth holds open houseLARGO HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital held an open house May 17 to showcase its recent hospital-wide renovations and celebrate being ranked in the Top 10 percent of qualifying rehabilitation hospitals for 2011. Largo city officials and Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce board members attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. With hospital-wide renovations complete, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital is now even more equipped to offer high-quality, cost-effective rehabilitation services with advanced technologies in a beautiful setting, said Don Evans, CEO at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, in a press release. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital is a 70-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout the Pinellas County and surrounding areas, the hospital is located at 901 Clearwater Largo Road N. and on the Web at www.healthsouthlargo.com. Fundraiser to Benefit Caregivers LARGO The Songs of Summer Showcase will be presented Friday, June 15, 6 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Caregivers Support Network. The showcase will feature an evening of music, hors doeuvres and a special pie auction. Music will include live a cappella entertainment provided by the Gulf to Bay Chorus, The Florida Suncoast Chorus, Ladybug Quartet and additional local performers. The Caregivers Support Network is a nonprofit organization located on The Palms of Largo Intergenerational Campus. CSN provides the Graduating Seniors Serving Seniors Scholarship for students volunteering on the Palms of Largo campus as well as the Caregivers Youth Scholarship for students who provide care for a parent, sibling or older relative. Event tickets are $25. Call 437-1639 or visit CaregiversSup portNetwork.org.Largo Medical relocates program LARGO Largo Medical Center recently relocated its cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs to its Indian Rocks Road campus, 2025 Indian Rocks Road. The program is designed for people who have heart disease who are recuperating from heartrelated conditions or surgeries such as a heart attack or openheart surgery, angioplasty and other interventions. Pulmonary rehabilitation is open to individuals recovering from chronic lung conditions or diseases such as COPD, asthma, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis and other pulmonary diseases. Largo Medical Center cardiac and pulmonary rehab patients are lucky to have a team of such specially trained staff who assist the patient in customizing a treatment program based on ones specific needs, said Traci Klauka in a press release. Klauka is the director of cardiopulmonary and neurodiagnostics at Largo Medical Center.Hospice to host seminarCLEARWATER Domestic partnership couples who want to plan for their futures are invited to Suncoast Hospice Foundations first domestic partners planning seminar June 19, 6 to 8 p.m., at Suncoast Hospices comPhoto by BONNIE TREMBULAKHealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony May 17 that was attended by Largo city officials and Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce board members.ployers in both the private and public sectors, Company Care also provides injury prevention education, emergency care and follow-up for injured workers and coordination of care and ongoing progress. Morton Plant earns certificationCLEARWATER The Axelrod Pavilion at Morton Plant Hospital has qualified for a Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification. Built in 2011, the innovative clinical services and treatment center encompasses imaging, diagnostic and comprehensive breast cancer services, cancer treatment, patient and family support services and physician offices. LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Factors considered for certification include sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The Axelrod Pavilion is an outpatient facility that was designed to maximize comfort, convenience and the quality of care for our patients while also minimizing the impact on the environment, said Kris Hoce, chief operating officer, Morton Plant Hospital, in a press release. munity service center, A Gathering Place, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd. A panel of specialists will discuss and answer questions about estate and retirement planning as well as advance care planning, Suncoast Hospice programs and legal rights of domestic partners in Florida. Attendance is free and refreshments will be served. Registration is required by June 15. To register, call Suzanne Pace at 523-3417 or visit www.suncoasthospicefound ation.org/partners.Company Care office relocatesLARGO The Company Care Occupational Health Services office of Largo Medical Center has a new home at 2025 Indian Rocks Road. The new location offers benefits to the community such as ample free parking, bigger examination rooms, hospital based setting, accessibility for differently-abled patients and better facility layout for faster check-in and check-out. At Largo Medical Center, we provide comprehensive occupational health services, said Barb Maxwell in a press release. Maxwell is director of Company Care Occupational Health Services at Largo Medical Center. Whether your business is big or small, we have the staff and the services to accommodate your occupational healthcare needs. Company Care is a comprehensive, integrated health and wellness delivery system offered through a network of local healthcare providers. Offering a full range of occupational health services that include drug-andalcohol testing and workers compensation services to em-
14A Community Leader, June 14, 2012 BE A HERO1-800-873-TIPS (8477)Paid for by the Office of the Attorney General Crime Stoppers Trust Fund052412 CRIME DOESNT PAY. WE DO.Report A Crime Remain Anonymous Receive A Reward OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED WEDNESDAY JULY 4, IN OBSERVANCE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY. WE WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING EARLY DEADLINES: 061412 727-397-5563Retail Advertising Seminole/Beach Beacon Largo Leader Belleair Bee Clearwater Beacon: Thursday, June 28 @ 5 p.m. Pinellas Park Beacon: Friday, June 29 @ 3 p.m.Classied Advertising Display Ads: Thursday, June 28 @ 5 p.m. Line Ads: Friday, June 29 @ Noon Editorial Press Releases Thursday, June 28 @ Noon 021612 Hall-ShumakerKiwanis Club awards scholarshipsThe Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas awarded three $500 scholarships to graduating members of the Largo High School Key Club at the Largo High School Awards Ceremony on May 30. Receiving the scholarships from Kiwanis Club President Bruce Blazej and Key Club Chairman Dr. Regina Bennett were Marcus Morgan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Morgan of Largo; Kimberly Tavares, daughter of Janine Tavares of Clearwater; and Rachael Walsh, daughter of Jennifer Walsh of Clearwater. Each of these students will graduate with a GPA of more than 3.5 and have participated in many service projects while in Key Club. In addition to Key Club, Marcus was a member of Leadership Largo Team, the swim team, and the Senior Council. Kimberly also was a member of National Honor Society, the varsity swim team, and Junior Achievement. Rachael also was on the swim team, varsity soccer, track and field team, and Senior Council. Key Club is a high school club sponsored by a Kiwanis club to provide students with experience in leadership, organizing skills, and community service. The students pay nominal dues, elect officers and directors, hold weekly meetings throughout the school year, and choose their own service projects and raise funds to meet them. Some of their activities this past year included Habitat For Humanity, Spooktacular, Pawfest, Tag Day, Largo Christmas Parade, and mentoring third grade students at Mildred Helms Elementary for the Kiwanis Bringing Up Grades program. The Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas is a service club geared toward serving the needs of children of all ages. The club is actively seeking men and women who want to make a difference in the lives of children in the Largo area. They meet each Friday for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at The Royal Palms, 200 Lake Ave. NE. in Largo They also meet at noon on the second Friday of each month. For more information, contact club president Bruce Blazej at 536-0412, or visit the clubs website at www.largo kiwanis.org 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 longterm 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.SHINE needs volunteersThe Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas Inc. needs Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders SHINE volunteers to help individuals understand Medicare and provide free unbiased information and counseling. SHINE is called SHIP in most of the other 50 states in the United States. Specially trained SHINE volunteer counselors provide free information and assistance. Consumers can speak to a volunteer by phone or meet with a person for an appointment at our community outreach sites. Call the Elder Helpline toll-free at 1-80096-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) and ask to be connected with a SHINE counselor. Do you want a volunteer position that is truly fulfilling and mentally stimulating? Then consider counseling seniors and the disabled with the SHINE (program). SHINE volunteers are both active and retired individuals from diverse career and cultural backgrounds. Volunteers will receive initial training, continuing education and a supportive environment with dedicated colleagues. SHINE is a free service of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, operated locally through the Area Agency on Aging of PascoPinellas Inc. SHINE provides free and unbiased Medicare information and counseling. For more information or to learn how you can volunteer, please call the Elder Helpline or visit the SHINE website at www. FloridaSHINE.org.SPOT to host cat seminarPINELLAS PARK Stop Pet Overpopulation Together will sponsor a free cat seminar Wednesday, July 11, 6 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd St. N. Attendees will learn what they can do to help the stray cats in their neighborhood. Guest speaker Pamela Borres also will reveal some interesting facts about cats and tips to help them live up to six years longer. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, call 329-8658 or visit www. SPOTusa.org. Here and there Here and thereDebbie Hall and Gary Shumaker were married Saturday, May 19, 2012, on Indian Rocks Beach at sunset. The bride is the daughter of the late Fred Sliger and Martha Kliener of South Carolina. She is the mother of Tanya Hostetler. The groom is the son of James Shumaker and Helen Etlicker from New Port Richey. He is the father of Britteny and Hanna Shumaker.Photo by BEN GARDNER/ORLANDOBANDS.COMMr. and Mrs. Gary Shumaker
Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B June 14, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com Opening this weekendThats My Boy pairs Adam Sandler with Andy Samberg Photo by TRACY BENNETTAdam Sandler, left, stars as Donny Berger and Andy Samberg as Todd Peterson in Columbia Pictures' comedy Thats My Boy. www.SandyHartmann.comProperties@Sandysofce.comThe Power of Knowledge ... The Gift of Caring061412 Sandy Hartmann & Associates has been providing exceptional real estate services to their clients for over 31 years and is consistently ranked in the top 1% of Real Estate agents across the United States. So, before you buy or sell ... get your facts from a professional. Location! Location! Location! Charming remodeled home in Redington Shores that features 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, bonus room with separate entrance, breakfast bar & separate dining area. This great location is walking distance to the beach. $160,000 Relax and enjoy this 2 bedroom condo in a waterfront complex with community boardwalk and waterfront sitting area! Condo offers newer kitchen, newer carpet & tile, master bedroom with walk in closet, & covered patio. Located across from Maximo Marina in a residential neighborhood!$55,000 The Coral Cove 5 Plex has a great rental history (all units are currently rented). Located only 1.5 blocks from the beach, 1 block from Beach Blvd and walking distance to shopping, the great Art District, beaches, and fishing pier! There are 2 buildings total.$294,900 (Sandy Hartmann & Associates) did an exceptional job on this real estate transaction. Everything progressed quickly & smoothly and all special requests, etc. were addressed timely, efficiently & effectively which resulted in a closing meeting the buyers & sellers expectations. Thank you all. C.M. Bouchard It's easy to enjoy the gorgeous water views. Take your pick of a spacious 1 bedroom or split 2 bedroom plan. Bay Island is a very well maintained 55+ community that offers a guard gate, on site office, clubhouse, library, exercise room,tennis courts, shuffleboard, & pools. Plus, pets allowed!Starting at $115,000 Great Office space located on 70th Ave between Seminole Blvd and 113th St. The property features large open area for reception, conference area, 3 private offices, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, detached garage, 5 parking spaces & wrap around deck. $129,000 Spacious 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome in a well maintained complex. Floor plan features 2 master bedrooms each with a private bathroom and walk in closet, laundry closet, large living room, dining room, eating area in kitchen & downstairs half bath for guests.$93,000 This is a great opportunity to live directly on Seminole Lake Golf Course. Townhome features 2 master suites each with a walk in closet & private bath, 2.5 baths, beautifully updated kitchen with breakfast bar & granite counters, plus a garage.$115,000 This beautifully remodeled home is located just minutes from the beach. The amazing curb appeal starts with the updated exterior, fresh paint, and landscaped walkway. This ideal split floor plan offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 car garage, updated kitchen & stunning wood floors. $245,000 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 61412 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 sold-out 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 selftitled 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 7917400 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. Dreamscape in concert, Saturday, June 30, 7:30 p.m., at CVF Theater, 2650 Enterprise Road, Suite B, Clearwater. Tickets See LOOKING AHEAD, page 8B Looking ahead Looking ahead Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:Thats My BoyGenre: Comedy Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, James Caan, Eva Amurri, Susan Sarandon, Milo Ventimiglia, Will Forte, Colin Quinn, Todd Bridges, Vanilla Ice and Ian Ziering Director: Sean Anders Rated: R While still in his teens, Donny (Adam Sandler) fathered a son, Todd (Andy Samberg), and raised him as a single parent up until Todds 18th birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todds world comes crashing down on the eve of his wedding when an uninvited Donny suddenly shows up. Trying desperately to reconnect with his son, Donny is now forced to deal with the repercussions of his bad parenting skills. Rock of AgesGenre: Musical Cast: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise. Director: Adam Shankman Rated: PG-13 Rock of Ages tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock n roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister and more. Hollywoods famed Sunset Strip, 1987. Rockers wail and heads bang inside the packed and pulsating walls of a rock n roll institution, The Bourbon Room. Heartstrings are plucked and electric guitar sparks fly to the beat of some of the greatest hits of the s ... the Rock of Ages. The Broadway hit now goes from stage to screen under the direction of Adam Shankman, who also executive produces the film. At the core of the film is a boy-meets-girl love story woven into classic, only-in-Hollywood dreams of fame. The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.ExtraterrestrialGenre: Comedy and science fiction Cast: Michelle Jenner, Carlos Areces, Julin Villagrn Director: Nacho Vigalondo Not rated When Julio wakes up in a strange apartment after a night of partying, hes pleasantly surprised to discover it belongs to a beautiful onenight-stand he cant remember Julia. Whats already an awkward situation is made even more so when they discover a giant flying saucer hovering above the city, which is now deserted. Now Julio must contend with a jealous ex-boyfriend, an eccentric neighbor and very possibly the end of the world!The TorturedGenre: Horror Cast: Jesse Metcalfe, Erika Christensen, Bill Lippincott and, Bill Moseley Director: Robert Lieberman See OPENING, page 3B
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For those tired of spending every weekend navigating crowded shopping malls and shelling out hard-earned cash to see Hollywoods latest cinematic duds, this Howard Alan Events presentation is the perfect ticket. 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. Following is a list of Floridabased crafters scheduled to participate in the Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival: Gissell and William Barbour, Sebring Jewelry, ear cuffs Mickey D. and Mike Bradham, Homosassa Plastercraft Melanie Cech, Spring Hill Jewelry, glass sculpture Tony and BJ Falduto, Spring Hill Glass bottles Lori Green, Brooksville Jewelry Karen and Jerry Hull, Cape Coral Glass jewelry Sidney and Lee Klein, Leesburg Coin jewelry Peter Lakiotis, Clearwater Pet products, leashes Debra Larson, Sarasota Jewelry, beads and crystal Larry and Linda Mayes, Venice Jewelry Mary Jane Powell, Groveland Beaded jewelry Kathy and Ken Rosenberger, Palm Harbor Beaded jewelry Denise Smith, Weirsdale Jewelry Barbara Thiem, Dade City Scarves with jewelry Jean Weidinger, Palm Harbor Jewelry Loretta and Price Youngman, Ormond Beach Acrylics According to Gissell and William Barbours website, their company, Ear Art Inc., uses only the finest materials, including Austrian and Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, with .925 sterling silver or 14 karat gold-filled beads and 14 karat gold-filled jewelry wire. We put a great deal of pride in every item that we create, the Barbours say on the website. Our family is the original inventor of wire-crafted earpins and earcuffs and has been making jewelry for the past 25 years. 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, Calif., 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 & 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. Born and raised in Missouri, Larry and Linda Mayes now live in Venice on the southwest coast of Florida. According to Howard Alan Events, the couple now works together to create one-of-a-kind wearable art from bamboo tiles. Each bamboo tile has been individually created by the artists, an entry explains at the official Howard Alan WordPress blog. A miniature image of an original photograph by Linda (an awardwinning and nationally published photographer), painting, vintage print or collage adorns every pendant. Even pet-lovers will find something of interest at the festival. Peter Lakiotis of Clearwater specializes in handcrafted accessories for dogs, according to Howard Alan Events. Some of his products include harnesses, carries, leashes, sunglasses and collars. The 10th annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival will include a Green Market offering a wide variety of plants including exotic orchids, dips and gourmet items. The annual event is free and open to the public and it helps support both the arts community and the local economy. For information, visit www.art festival.com.The 10th annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival will include a Green Market offering a wide variety of plants including exotic orchids, dips and gourmet items. Place a Number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.Crossword SudokuSudoku answers from last weekCrossword answers from last week Across 0 1. Most untidy 0 9. Pronounced "s" as "th" 15. Greek myth maiden who lost footrace 16. "...but I didn't ___" 17. Note to help remember 18. Flat surfaces 19. Gator's cousin 20. Kind of palm 22. Mojave plant 23. Lift to heaven with praise 25. Cheerful 27. Toni Morrison's "___ Baby" 28. Landlord 30. 20-20, e.g. 31. Cobblestone 32. Mortarboard attachment 34. ___ vera 35. Learned 39. Miserly 41. Advance 42. Sampler 44. At sea 45. 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Try not to get too worked up about it. A bigger, better opportunity is in store.GeminiMay 21 June 21 Prepare for your brain to be picked, Gemini, when old friends drop by. Theyre looking for something, which you may or may not be able to provide.CancerJune 22 July 22 Oh, how you long for the good times, and oh, how youre about to get them, Cancer. Everything you touch will be golden this week!LeoJuly 23 August 22 Caution, Leo. Now is not the time to drop the ball. Be diligent, and youll come out on top. A promotion of some sort could be in order.VirgoAugust 23 September 22 All eyes are on you, Virgo, and you rise to the occasion. An adventure on the water brings the gang together for some fun under the sun.LibraSeptember 23 October 22 Of all the offers you receive, none will be as good as the one that comes your way this week, Libra. Dont say no. A habit turns out to be harder to break than thought.ScorpioOctober 23 November 21 Round and round you go, Scorpio. Where you fall no one knowsexcept for that little chap thats been following you. Act fast to get back on track.SagittariusNovember 22 December 21 Hold back, Sagittarius. Enthusiasm can be contagious, but it can also be a turnoff. Restraint is key. Motivate but dont push. An organization beckons. Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival set for June 23-24
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There are allusions aplenty, with creator/creation themes evoking Mary Shelleys Frankenstein (subtitled The Modern Prometheus) and philosophical quandaries reminiscent of the existentialist perspective. There is even a hint of H.P. Lovecrafts cosmicism written between the lines and some viewers may also recognize the call of Lovecraft in one of the films more ambitious tentacled alien monstrosities. For the last six months, teasers and trailers have declared that with Prometheus, director Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define. Speculation has been rife about whether or not the film would serve as a direct prequel to Scotts influential, critically-acclaimed 1979 science fiction horror classic Alien. The answer is clear: yes and no. Sorry, no spoilers, here. Simply put, Prometheus works as a standalone film. The subject matter certainly echoes that of Alien and there are a number of direct visual references, all intentional. 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Theron brings to the character a mix of tedium, exasperation and bitterness. There is an intentional ambiguity in Vickers another character actually voices the question on the mind of each audience member. Theron deliberately plays it close to the chest. Though he has less screen time than most, Idris Elba is very convincing as Janek, the captain of the Prometheus. Because of his pragmatism, Janek actually turns out to be one of the films most believable characters. As for the story at the heart of Prometheus This idea isnt original. Erich von Dniken, author of Chariots of the Gods?, speculated about the influence of ancient astronauts on ancient civilizations in the 1960s, creating a branch of pseudoscience known as alternative or fringe archeology. Eschewed by mainstream archeologists, the movement continues to flourish: The History Channels Ancient Aliens series, now in its fourth season, presents hypotheses about the existence of ancient astronauts. Adopting this unconventional speculation as the foundation for an exploration of humanitys greatest mysteries, Scott tapped Damon Lindelof to revise a draft of Prometheus written by Jon Spaihts. Lindelofs goal was to remove the cues from Alien so that the new film would be about something different, with a different theme. The story works, most of the time. The storyline sometimes stretches beyond the boundaries of plausibility. As with any good science fiction film, Prometheus demands a suspension of disbelief. The filmmakers are tasked with the responsibility of creating a work charged with human interest and at least an appearance of credibility that allows the viewer to disre-Movie reviewScott delivers imperfect yet mesmerizing sci-fi thriller Prometheus Photo by KERRY BROWN/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOXMeredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) and Janek (Idris Elba) survey a distant planet on the bridge of the ship Prometheus.gard the more implausible elements of the narrative. There are several plot points in Prometheus that challenge the viewers ability to maintain a suspension of disbelief. There are moments when the viewer may be unwillingly wrenched from the narrative by pesky questions such as Why would that character do that? or Is that the way a scientist would behave in this situation? Unfortunately, enumerating the specific moments Prometheus slips would reveal too much about the plot. Some may find fault with the fact that Prometheus fails to answer all the ambitious questions it set out to explore. Though it stands solidly on its own merits, the film clearly is designed to be followed by a sequel. Fortunately, the acting and the presentation override the missteps. The film features a barrage of visually mesmerizing sequences, including the opening scenes which serve as a provoking prologue. The eye-candy helps to mask the sometimes-muddled plot. Even with its imperfections, Prometheus is an intelligent, ambitious science fiction thriller with several standout performances. Visually, it is dazzling, from the majestic landscape featured in the spectacular opening sequence to the grim, H.R. Gigerinspired biomechanical nightmare within the alien ship. Scott has succeeded in sowing the seeds for what could be an epic mythology, assuming the franchise continues. OPENING, from page 1BCraig and Elise (Jesse Metcalfe and Erika Christensen) had all the ingredients for an ideal life: a great marriage, a wonderful 5-year-old son, a charming home and a bright future. Then, one sunny day, their perfect world is irrevocably shattered. Leaving their 5-year-old son, Ben, alone for only a moment, Craig is horrified to see him being abducted from their own front yard. Sadly, the desperate police search for the kidnapper proves to be in vain when the child is found dead. Craig is wracked with guilt and Elise cannot forgive him. Their relationship crumbles under the strain and Elise moves out leaving each of them alone in their private hell. Months later, a chance tip leads police to the suspects door, catching him red-handed with another victim. Although Bens murderer (Bill Moseley) is soon brought to trial, the grieving parents are stunned when his sentence is considerably reduced by a plea bargain. Utterly shocked and reunited by their outrage, Craig and Elise agree that they cannot live another day until they rectify this miscarriage of justice. Together they decide to seek their own retribution, hatching a plot to kidnap the man and subject him to the same monstrous acts he perpetrated against their helpless son. The Woman in the FifthGenre: Thriller Cast: Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joanna Kulig, Samir Guesmi Director: Pawel Pawlikowski American writer Tom Ricks comes to Paris desperate to put his life together again and win back the love of his estranged wife and daughter. When things dont go according to plan, he ends up in a shady hotel in the suburbs, having to work as a night guard to make ends meet. Then Margit, a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into his life and things start looking up. Their passionate and intense relationship triggers a string of inexplicable events as if an obscure power was taking control of his life.Your Sisters SisterGenre: Comedy and drama Cast: Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass Director: Lynn Shelton Rated: RThe fourth feature from Sundance award-winning filmmaker Lynn Shelton, Your Sisters Sister is a tale of grief, romance and sibling ri-Photo by DAVID JAMESAlec Baldwin, left, stars as Dennis Dupree and Russell Brand as Lonny in New Line Cinemas rock musical Rock of Ages, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.valry that continues to showcase Sheltons extraordinary ability to portray human stories with remarkable humor, sensitivity and warmth. A year after his brother Toms death, Jack (Duplass) is an emotionally unstable slacker. When he makes a scene at a memorial party, Toms ex-girlfriend Iris (Blunt) offers up her family cabin on an island in the Pacific Northwest so Jack can seek catharsis in solitude. Once there, however, he runs into Iris sister Hannah she is reeling from the abrupt end of a seven-year relationship and finding solace in the affable Toms unexpected presence, the two bond over a long night of drinking. The blurry evening concludes with an awkward sexual incident made worse by Iris sudden presence at the cabin the next morning which sets into motion a twisted tale of ever-complicated relationships. 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