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By SUZETTE PORTERIt could have been worse still the effects of Tropical Storm Debby left a stark reminder of the importance of Pinellas Countys beaches. Dr. Ping Wang with the University of South Floridas Geology Department released his initial field observations June 26 from a June 25 inspection of area beaches. June 25th is the second day of impact by the energetic conditions association with Tropical Storm Debby along Pinellas County Beaches, Wang writes. High waves and elevated water levels of two to three feet above predicted levels are causing severe beach erosion. Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala told commissioners at their June 26 meeting that early reports showed very widespread damage along the beaches. He said he had talked to staff at Congressman Bill Youngs office about the problem. Andy Squires, Pinellas Countys coastal manager, said he had already met with the Army Corps of Engineers. Squires said a full damage report would not be available until the sand is measured at all locations. LaSala said staff was looking for help from federal and state sources for all county beaches from Fort De Soto and St. Pete Beach north to Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island and Fred Howard Park. Officials want to get the current nourishment project in progress on Sand Key Beach completed as designed, despite the regression caused by the tropical storm. Work on the nourishment project at Sand Key Beach was halted June 22 due to high winds. Squires was not sure when it would resume. In his report, Wang said the freshly nourished beach appears to be holding up reasonably well, although serious ponding was noted, especially in areas not yet completed. Wang said most areas with wider pre-storm beaches fared better than those that were narrow. Wang reported dune and beach scarping along most of the beaches he inspected, except those with widths of more than 150 feet. Wang said it wasnt clear why scarps were not developed along the wider beaches. Beach or dune scarp generally describes a very steep (nearly 90-degree) slope, somewhat like a sea cliff, except it is made of loose sand instead of solid rocks, Wang said in an email.Debby wreaks havoc on the areas beaches Big projects proposed for LargoTwo Wal-Marts, several other developments expected to be built By TOM GERMOND LARGO Several large development projects are under way or expected to begin soon in the city, including two Wall-Mart retail stores. Wal-Mart plans to build an 118,000-square-foot retail store at 1000 Missouri Ave., at the site of a Kmart store, city officials said, and a 120,571-square-foot retail store at U.S. 19 and Roosevelt Boulevard. Company officials couldnt be reached for comment on those plans. Plans call for a retail center to be built on the southwest corner of Ulmerton and Starkey roads called Ulmerton Crossing, consisting of a Chase Bank, Wal-Mart grocery store and a Wawa convenience store. A Thorntons convenience store will be built at the northeast corner of the intersection at the current site of Bada Bing, city Economic Development Manager Teresa Brydon said. The city is laying new sewer lines along that section of Ulmerton Road, work that city officials expect will lead to more development. There are a lot of projects. Its interesting because we are backfilling a lot of commercial space. They are doing a lot with renovations and new redevelopment and other locations, Brydon said. The city has passed a two-year moratorium on certain impact fees that apply to park land in an effort to stimulate multi-family developments. We have several multi-family projects that we think are going to pop up in the next couple of months, Brydon said. Pinellas Heights, which includes a 153-unit senior housing complex and a 16,675-square-foot office building, is proposed for 11411 Ulmerton Road. A 342-unit apartment complex is proposed for U.S. 19 and Roosevelt Boulevard. Features County . . . . . . . . . .3,5-6A Classieds . . . . . . . . .4-7B Entertainment . . . . . . .1-3,8B Health & tness . . . . . . . .11A Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . . .2A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . .7A Pet connection . . . . . . . .12A Police beat . . . . . . . . . .3A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .9A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising Pinellas Countys history revisitedIn 1912, the peninsula now known as Pinellas County was part of Hillsborough County. Much controversy emerged in the move that led to Pinellas breaking away from Hillsborough. See the start of our centennial series. Page 8A.CENTENNIAL SERIES LARGOPublic input sought on transportationThe city is developing a multimodal plan to guide enhancements of our transportation network citywide. City officials want public insight regarding ways they can make Largo a more accommodating place to walk, bike and use transit. This public input will better enable us to prioritize future multimodal improvements. Residents have two ways to make sure their voice is heard: Attend the multimodal workshop or complete the multimodal online survey. The workshop will be held Thursday, July 19, 6-7:30 p.m., Largo Public Library, Jenkins Room, 120 Central Park Drive. Refreshments will be provided. To register for the multimodal workshop, visit Largo.com/multimodal or call 587-6749, ext. 7217. Registration is not limited, but only the first 60 individuals that attend will be entered in a raffle for a $50 Target gift card. Anyone who is unable to attend a workshop but would like to share his or her ideas can take the online survey at Largo.com/multimodal from now until Friday, July 27. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Results will be posted Aug. 15 at Largo.com/mutimodal. Everyone who takes the online survey also will be entered to win a $50 Target gift card. To participate or to learn more, visit Largo.com/multimodal or call 587-6749, ext. 7217.COUNTYBelleair eyes CRAPinellas County Commissioners gave unanimous approval June 26 to a resolution that delegates certain redevelopment powers to the town of Belleair for creation of a redevelopment district on the historic Belleview Biltmore Hotel property. ... Page 6A. Hold My PawLabrador retriever overcomes odds and helps people with special challenges By BRIAN GOFFLARGO Largo business owner P.K. Lichtenberger knows first hand how difficult life can be with a physical or mental handicap. She also knows from the experience of her pet that if you want something bad enough you can achieve it. Lichtenberger has just written a childrens book, Hold My Paw. It is the story of her pet, a Labrador retriever named Snapper, and how she overcame all odds and is now a therapy dog helping humans with special challenges in life. Those humans are connected to PARC, the organization that provides residential and day programs for people with mental deficiencies. Those humans have a connection to the therapy dogs that drop by for a visit every week. Some have a special connection to Snapper, whose owners never thought shed live, let alone thrive at helping others. Snapper was born with an internal condition that required two life-saving surgeries at the University of Tennessee Veterinary College in Knoxville. Her odds werent good, only a 40 percent chance of survival after the first year. Lichtenberger remembers the anxiety waiting for the last surgery to be finished and the reaction of Snappers older brother, Flounder, in the waiting room. When we went to Tennessee we brought Flounder with us, she said. We werent sure if wed be bringing Snapper home or even if she would survive. While we were waiting Flounder did an amazing thing. He sensed a lady who was sitting nearby was in distress and he left us and edged toward her. As the Lichtenbergers later discovered, the womans dog was dying. Before we knew it Flounder was sitting up next to her with his head in her lap, comforting her as she patted him, crying, Lichtenberger said. It was then they decided that Flounder would make a good therapy dog. He had a knack for it, she said. And we decided that Snapper would become a therapy dog too, if she survived the surgery. Survive she did, although her condi-Photo by BRIAN GOFFP.K. Lichtenberger and her dog Snapper. Snapper is a therapy dog that visits PARC industries regularly. See PROJECTS, page 2ALargo youth dies playing Russian roulette No other injuries reported ... Page 3A. Also opening in theaters this weekend is Katy Perry: Part of Me. ... Page 1B.Spider-Man returns to big screen for more adventures Volume XXXIV,No. 50 July 5, 2012 www.TBNweekly.comtion means she cant eat any protein. Her owners lovingly call her the Vegetarian Lab. Prior to Snapper getting sick, P.K. and her husband Erich, who have operated Betts Fishing Center on Starkey Road for the past 10 years, had gotten involved with PARC through the charity efforts of the Old Salt Fishing Club. It would turn out to be a perfect fit for their dogs, Flounder and Snapper and their mother Tuna. You can do things with a disability; you just have to keep trying.P.K. 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The scarp height, or the top of the scarp, shows where the beach and dune was before the wave action took the sand away. The notch illustrates the scour of wave actions, which subsequently causes the collapse of the dune and dry beach above the notch, and subsequently forms the scarp (sand cliff), Wang said. This particular process, the continued notching (at the toe) and subsequent collapsing of the beach and dune, is an aggressive form of beach erosion during the storm. The sand that falls off the cliff is typically moved offshore during these storms, pushing the scarp landward. Wang included a number of photos with his report and many depicted continuous scarping over long expanses. Wang reported several places where storm waves were crashing onto the seawall, including Upham Beach, the end of Sand Key Beach where nourishment has not yet taken place, and Belleair Shore. Wangs report identified the top four beach sections with Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY/PING WANGThis area of North Redington Beach shows severe erosion with near continuous dune scarp, some 6 feet high. Note the freshly fallen sand on the lower left of the photo. See DEBBY, page 4AVIEWPOINTSAngel CastilloFood for thought Castros surprise announcement. See Angel Castillos column. ... Page 9A.
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For the past five years, Degina has served as CEO of the University of Miami Hospital where he acquired broad experience in the management of hospital graduate medical education programs. Degina comes to Largo Medical Center with almost three decades of healthcare experience, managing hospitals from 49 to 560 beds, a Largo Medical Center press release said. I look forward to running a hospital where its evident that the quality and safety of our patients are a top priority for employees and physicians, Degina said. With Largo Medical Center having the third largest program of this kind in the Southern United States, Tonys experience should prove invaluable for our statutory teaching hospital, said Peter Marmerstein, president of the HCA West Florida Division. Degina received his bachelor of science degree in health care administration from Providence College in Rhode Island and his masters of hospital administration at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. Through the years, he has served as a board member for a number of community and professional organizations, including the United Way, Florida Hospital Association, Broward County Health Facilities Authority and as a past president of the Florida Epilepsy Foundation of South Florida and South Florida Hospital Association. With Largo Medical Center being one of the largest employers in the community, I look forward to getting out in the community, building upon the relationships we already have as well as working to create new ones, said Degina. Largo Medical Center is a 425-bed statutory teaching hospital serving the community from two campuses, at 201 14th St. SW and 2025 Indian Rocks Road. Anthony DeginaFree Genealogy/Family History Classes Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Description: Free classes this month provided by the Pinellas Genealogy Society include: Getting Started in Genealogy, Using familysearch.org (LDS-Mormon website) and Tracing Female Ancestors. See the complete listing with details of classes and scheduled times at www.flpgs.org/classes.aspx. Email Bob Bryan at BBryan84@gmail.com or call 595-4521 for more information. The event is free. Bay Area Singles Dance, July 8, 15, 22 and 29, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Description: Since 1997, Bay Area Singles Dance has been the best place for area singles and friends to meet. Every Sunday approximately 150 singles of all ages join us. We offer an extensive music library to fit every taste. Dress to Impress! Call 518-3131. The fee is $8 per person. Itty Bitty Splashtime, July 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, and 30, 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., Highland Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. Description: Parents can spend quality time with their preschool aged children in a safe and playful aquatic environment. Moms clubs are welcome. Children not potty-trained must wear a plastic swim diaper under their bathing suit. For more information, call 518-3018 or visit LargoPools.com. The cost is $1.50 per person. Teen Tidalwave Tuesdays July 10, 17, 24 and 31, 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., Highland Family Aquatic Center. Description: Teens can meet up with friends, swim, and catch up on what happened over the weekend. Sponsors will provide snacks and giveaways are planned. For more information, call 518-3018 or visit LargoPools.com. The cost is $3 per teen Flick n Float Family Movie July 13 and 20, 7:30 p.m. until 11 p.m., Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road. Description: Bring your favorite float or chair from home and join us for a Friday night family movie poolside! Enjoy free hot dogs, fun and games! Visit LargoPools.com or call 518-3126 for more information and movie titles. The fee is $4 with recreation card, $5 without recreation card per person. No refunds due to weather. Square Dancing Fridays July 13, 20 and 27, 7:30 p.m. until 9:45 p.m., Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Description: Like country style dancing? Square or round? Spend the evening dancing to professional caller Allen Snell. Join anytime. Call 518-3131. The fee is $6. Train Weekend July 7-8, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Call 587-6740, ext. 5014. Description: Ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad on the first full weekend of every month in Largo Central Park. For a schedule of dates as well as pictures from this event, please go to the Special Events Train Weekend page at LargoEvents.com. The event is free, but donations are accepted. Stories in the Park, July 7, 10:30 a.m., McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N. Description: Come join our park rangers each month for a morning story, a hike through the park and snacks with your kids. Held the first Saturday of each month. Call 518-3047 to preregister today! The fee is $3 per family. Swing Dance Saturdays, July 14, 21 and 28, 7 p.m. until 11 p.m., Largo Community Center. Around Around Largo LargoCity events City events How to contribute All press releases are published on a space available basis. They are subject to editing for grammar, length and general newspaper style. We are not able to predict exactly the issue it will be printed or even guarantee that it will be used. The deadline for all copy is Friday, noon, preceding publication date. The newspapers are published Thursdays. For upcoming events, please send in your announcement two weeks in advance, if possible. All submissions can be dropped off at the office or mailed to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772, emailed to editorial@TBNweekly.com or faxed to 3975900. Questions? Call 397-5563 or send an email. Personal photographs can be picked up at the office after publication; however, their safety is not guaranteed (please dont give us the last picture you have of Ol Uncle Albert.) 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. Other projects include a 90-bed assisted living facility proposed at 4175 East Bay Drive, and an 80-bed assisted living facility at 1704 Clearwater-Largo Road. A villa and townhouse development is proposed for 11487 Oakhurst Road. A Wild Wings restaurant, a family and sports restaurant, is under construction at the Largo Mall. Among other new developments under construction or expected to begin soon are an OReilly Auto Parts on Ulmerton Road, a medical office on West Bay Drive, a Circle K on Belcher Road and a Dollar General on Seminole Boulevard. Several factors are contributing to the growth. I think its a combination. The cost of construction at this stage of the game is perfect price point for those who are looking to develop. The Wal-Marts of the world are saying now is our time to be doing this kind of development, Brydon said. But not all communities can say they have two McDonalds, several banks, and three Wal-Mart projects in the works over the course of the next year, she said. We are one of the fortunate communities. Because the retailers are still coming in. Our traffic counts that we have on our major corridors and our population numbers and everything we draw from such a large market because we are so central that were continuing to see the growth, Brydon said. PROJECTS, from page 1A
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4A Leader, July 5, 2012 Photo by BRIAN GOFFPARC arts student Debbie snuggles up for a kiss with Snapper, the therapy dog. Snapper is the object of a story about overcoming all odds to make a difference.Flounder was the first to be certified as a therapy dog. Tuna was next. In order to pass the therapy test a dog must show patience and tolerance around people who do not necessarily know the correct way to pet a dog or to behave around dogs. A therapy dog must tolerate such things as loud, unpredictable noises or tail pulling or nose pinching. Snapper was not particularly good at any of those things. Because she was sick she had been sheltered all her life, said Lichtenberger. She had to learn to be social around people. She is doing very well and getting better but shes not the best at anything because thats just what shes like. Eventually Snapper passed the therapy test and although she visits PARC regularly she is more at home at Ronald McDonald House, playing with children who love to run and play and throw Frisbees, exactly what Snapper is good at. Lichtenberger continues to be amazed at what her dogs are able to achieve with the people at PARC. It may seem like small steps to some, she said. But what the dogs do at PARC is very important. She recalled the story of one boy who was so afraid of Snapper the first time he visited that he acted out by throwing chairs around. Now she said he is the first one to greet the dog and pet him and shows pride at his accomplishment. Kelli Caputo, PARCs vice-president of community relations, said the therapy program is working magic. The children are more comfortable around animals and are no longer fearful of them, she said. A connection with another living creature helps them. Caputo pays tribute to Ms. Lichtenberger and her dogs for what they are doing for PARC Providing Accuracy and Recognizing Capability. Not only does she bring the dogs regularly to visit our clients, but she is very generous, a most generous volunteer. All the proceeds of her book are going to help PARC, and the PARC arts and crafts students did all of the drawn illustrations in the book. And PARCs packaging and assembling staff, an operation that employees close to 200 people everyday handle any purchases that require the books to be shipped out. It is the work of PARC and more specifically their clients, the people who have to overcome disabilities that inspired P.K. Lichtenberger to write the book of Snappers challenge. To her the people at PARC and Snapper taught her a valuable life lesson. You can do things with a disability; you just have to keep trying. RETRIEVER, from page 1A By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER On Nov. 5, 1996, Pinellas County voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum calling for term limits for elected officials. After a battle in the courts, the Florida Supreme Court found the term limit amendment unconstitutional, and on Sept. 8, 2003, the Cook decision was issued in a final order, according to a memo from County Attorney Jim Bennett. Bennett said the decision made placing term limits in the countys charter illegal. Term limits were never imposed. County commissioners and constitutional officers can serve as long as they are reelected. On May 10, 2012, the state Supreme Court issued the Telli decision, upholding term limits for county commissioners in Broward and Sarasota counties. In the Telli decision, the court receded from the law it established in Cook, and in lieu thereof established a new rule of law, to be applied by the courts of Florida from that day forward, Bennetts said. The Supreme Courts decisions apply to the charter issues presented to the court in those unique cases (Broward and Sarasota counties), and do not disturb the prior final decision of the Court in Cook as it was applied to Pinellas County. In other words, the new court ruling does not require Pinellas to go back and retroactively apply the results of an election that happened nearly 16 years ago. If it did, four of seven commissioners would be out of a job. Karen Seel, Susan Latvala, John Morroni and Ken Welch would have to go. Bennett said the decision makes no difference to the countys current charter; however, it allows the charter to change to add limits to how long commissioners can serve in the future. The ruling does not affect constitutional officers or the school board. Some residents disagree with the county attorneys interpretation. They say the will of the people as expressed in 1996 should rule and the charter should be changed to impose term limits immediately. Bennett said three paths are available to make term limits a part of the countys charter. The commission can place a referendum on the ballot, the Charter Review Commission can place the question on the ballot or the citizens can undertake a petition initiative. Patrick H. Wheeler reminded the commission of the vote from the 1996 election 253,480 for to 95,334 against. Seven people are voiding the vote over some vague legality, he said. We expect you to uphold the law. He said the matter had to be placed on the ballot. He also scolded the commission for not informing the public about the decision sooner. Instead youve been looking for a way to circumvent it, he said. We ask that you expedite the courts decision. The vote was a landslide. We can operate this county on three commissioners until you get it sorted out. Nine others repeated Wheelers sentiments. They questioned why the 2012 decision didnt affect the historical rulings. Bennett said when the Supreme Court issued its order, the lower court was required to overturn the citizens initiative for term limits. The lower court did not make its ruling until Nov. 8, 2003. Bennett said the 2012 ruling cannot disturb the nine-year-old order from the lower courts. Tony Caso of Palm Harbor insisted that the term limits should have been placed in the charter until the courts ruled, then taken out when found unconstitutional. Bennett explained that when the case was appealed the courts ordered a stay meaning no action could be taken to place term limits in the charter. The Cook decision applied to two legal challenges one from Pinellas County and one from Duval County over the same issue. Bennett said thats why residents found historical references to the case at two different district courts. Pinellas Countys case would have been heard by the Second District Court and the Duval Countys case in the First District Court. Caso said the county should impose the decision made by the district court in 1999, which upheld the referendum. It should have been put in the county charter then, he said. We demand that it be put in the charter and be recognized from the year 2000. Commissioner Norm Roche asked about the circumstances surrounding the legal challenge by county officials. I dont recall. It was 13 years ago, Bennett said. He offered to look it up. Wed all like to know, said Commission Chair John Morroni. I was there. We discussed it, said Commissioner Karen Seel. Part of the concern was the cost (of the lawsuit). Deb Caso of Palm Harbor said she read a story in the St. Petersburg Times, published on May 30, 2000, that said the commissioners decided they wouldnt challenge the referendum. In her opinion, that means, four have to go. Its very heartbreaking to be here in the first place, Regina Brown of Largo told the commissioners. The people in Pinellas County ruled they wanted term limits. What we have here is a disagreement on the interpretation of the law. Youre grasping at the one that best suits you. Look at the interest of the people, not your self-interest. Accept the peoples will in this matter. Barbara Hazelton of St. Petersburg said spending eight years as a commissioner with pension would earn a person $1 million. I understand this is a nice gig, she said, but the gig is up. Its only human nature to want to be builders and be an expert. Being a public official is not something to be an expert in. She said commission meetings were like Red Cross meetings. Who has their hand out for my money? Thats not the role of government. Finally, Commission Chair John Morroni, who was back for his first meeting in months, asked the public to calm down. I dont want to hear anyone yelling at us not today, he said. Morroni has been undergoing cancer treatment since the first of the year. This is a very sensitive issue, said Roche, who is for term limits. He believes it is important to know what happened in the past. What was the boards real purpose in pulling out of the lawsuit, he said. Acceptance? He said former Commissioner Barbara Sheen Todd had resigned because the people had said they wanted term limits. This is a discussion we have to have, Roche said. Welch said he had asked for the matter to be placed on the agenda so the people could have their say at the first opportunity. I have no doubt some would like to see the four of us go, he said. Welch said recent commission decisions about rail, smart growth and transfer of development rights in Palm Harbor were becoming part of the discussion. If you dont like our decisions, speak at the ballot box, he said. Term limits have not worked the best at the state level, Welch said, with newly elected officials bowing to staff and lobbyist. He said many who are ousted by term limits just run for another office. Term limits are an option at every election, Welch said. We the people is everyone in this county. He said some people think there are more pressing matters, such as EMS, that the commission should be addressing not term limits. If there is enough community support, Welch said term limits could be considered, but he suggested making the term 12 years, not eight years as approved by voters in 1996. I will not step down, Welch said. I was elected to serve. He said people could make their decision as to whether he should continue in office at the Aug. 14 primary election. Bostock asked if there was a way to get an opinion on what she called the eight is enough case besides the one given by the county attorney. We can hire another lawyer to give an opinion, Bennett said. But that would just be an opinion, not an authority, she said. She asked if there was a way to take the case back to the courts. Bennett said he had called a meeting of the charter group, which included a roomful of other attorneys. He said the group could not find a way toNovember ballot may include term limits proposal Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY COMMUNICATIONSFour of these seven Pinellas County Commissioners are long-time members. If term limits are placed on the ballot and the people vote to approve the amendment to the countys charter, they would not be eligible to run for election again, starting in 2014. Shown here, from left, seated, are Karen Seel, John Morroni and Ken Welch; standing, are Neil Brickfield, Nancy Bostock, Susan Latvala and Norm Roche.open a judgment on a nine-year-old decision. Bostock said she would like to move forward. The community did support it significantly in the past, but opinions may have changed, she said. Roche continued to insist that knowing the intent of the commission when they pulled out of the lawsuit made a difference. Bennett said the court had ruled on the constitutionality of the referendum vote, so it made no difference whether the commission was in or out at the time the ruling was made. Its always good to look back at intent, but it doesnt change the legality of eight is enough, Bostock said. Intent is not applicable, just the final judgment of the court, Bennett said. Commissioner Susan Latvala said she didnt support delving back into the past. What they thought at the time doesnt have anything to do about it, she said. She said the real question was does this board want to put this on the ballot in November or convene a charter commission, which is a long drawn out process. I think we should put it on the ballot and get it done in a very timely fashion, Latvala said. Morroni said when he ran for state office in 1992, term limits was a big issue. He said at the time, he would not run after serving eight years. Term limits passed, and I said I would leave and I did, Morroni said. But he also said there had never been any talk about term limits at the county level in all the years he had served on the commission. Morroni has served on the board since 2002. Morroni said he would support the commission placing a referendum on the ballot. Why something passed so greatly would not be held up by the courts, Morroni said he didnt understand. It passed by thousands. I voted for it. If a term limit referendum passed in 2012, it would go into effect in 2014. Jewel White with the county attorneys office said she had talked to the Supervisor of Elections in anticipation of the discussion. She said the deadline to get the ballot language in was Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. She said it had to be in by that time to give the Elections Office time to print the ballots to begin mailing them out to overseas voters by Sept. 22. Staff was asked to put the matter on the July 10 meeting agenda so the commission could formally vote to advertise a meeting to decide whether to instigate a referendum. The final decision could be made at the July 24 meeting. Roche asked if Bennett could model the language after the referendum that passed in 1996. Bennett said he could try, but would have to remove the references to the Constitutional officers.Historical account of the election and lawsuitThe historical account of Pinellas Countys constitutional officers published in 2006 includes some details about the lawsuit. The history was compiled by a number of county employees. It seems that after the referendum passed, former Tax Collector W. Fred Petty hired an attorney using his own money to try to overturn the vote. The other four constitutional officers and the county commission joined his suit. The elected officials lost their appeal in the local circuit court and the Second District Court ruled against them as well. The 2006 historical account says at that time the county commission and three of the constitutional officers decided to withdraw from the appeal. The clerk and sheriff, with the personal support of W. Fred Petty and assistance provided by the county legal department, carried on the appeal to the Supreme Court of Florida, the 2006 account said. The Supreme Court heard the case on Aug. 29, 2001 and ruled on May 23, 2002 that the 1996 citizens petition amendment was invalid because it attempted to unconstitutionally impose an additional disqualification from election to office. The case was sent back to the lower courts, which denied requests for rehearing and clarification. The lower courts subsequently ruled as instructed by the Supreme Court, and the citizens initiative for term limits was overturned. The history of the Constitutional Officers, as written in 2006, can be read at www.pinellas county.org/PDF/HEObook.pdf. the most severe erosion. Long Key (St. Pete Beach) at Pass-A-Grille Beach south of the snack bar Long Key at Upham Beach, erosion to the seawall on northern extreme fronting condominium buildings. Wang reports that Upham public beach received considerable erosion but a wide beach remains in the area. Sunset Beach on Treasure Island from Caddys on 90th Avenue southward. Erosion has cut an additional 10 to 15 feet into the existing sand dune at some locations. Sunshine Beach on Treasure Island. Erosion in the area of 126th and 125th avenues. Other damage noted includes continuous beach or dune scarp at Indian Rocks Beach and sections of North Redington Beach with severe erosion and nearly continuous dune scarp. Wang notes that some of the dune scarps are up to 6 feet in height. Not all the news was bad. A portion of North Redington Beach still has a wide area of sand with only limited beach and dune scarping. The middle section of Long Key, which was quite wide pre-storm, shows no beach or dune scarp. The southern section of Upham Beach and the middle section of Treasure Island Beach still have a wide beach with no scarping. Squires said Wang and his team would be back out on the beaches taking measurements as soon as the effects of Tropical Storm Debby were gone. He expects final reports in a few weeks. Possible interlocal agreementLaSala told commissioners June 26 that he is planning to talk with the Barrier Island Governmental Council about a possible interlocal agreement on beach nourishment. We need to be responsive to each other to ensure our beaches continue to be nourished, he said. Storm protection is one of the primary reasons for beach nourishment projects. Wider the beaches create a bigger buffer between the land and rising seas and wave action that accompany hurricanes and tropical storms. Beach nourishment is paid for with federal, state and local funding. Local funding comes from the third penny of the tourist development (bed) tax. 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We have a policy on non-downtown CRAs. You would have to amend the policy if you decide to accept the plan, LaSala said. If the plan is agreeable, then you could discuss amending the policy, or you could discuss it prior to having a plan. LaSala said a further issue that is under review by staff and the county attorneys office is that the Belleview Biltmore is private property. We have to gauge if a public purpose is being served. If it is an enhancement for our area, he said. I dont think it is fair to wait until after theyve spent all that time when this is a huge diversion from our policy, said Commissioner Susan Latvala. LaSala suggested that the matter be deferred until after a workshop. Belleair Commissioner Tom Shelly encouraged the commission to allow the town to take the first step toward setting up a CRA. He said the state had made the process easier to create CRAs. We need your help, he said. Charles Kropke, a member of Belleview Biltmore Partners, the proposed developers of the Biltmore, said the project would require a lot of complex financing $200 million to $250 million in financing. Were on a very strict timetable, he said. If this decision is delayed, well probably run out of time and the hotel will meet the bulldozer. Kropke said closing had to take place by Sept. 1. Its an aggressive timeline, he said. But a lot of work has already been done on this. Latvala said it was not her intention to slow down the timeline. I just want to make sure we all understand the process, she said. This is a big change for us and I dont want you to get to the last week in August and be waiting on us. LaSala said it would be difficult to get everything done prior to Sept. 1, considering legalities surrounding advertising of public meetings and public hearing requirements. And thats not even considering review time and execution time, he said. I dont see how the county and city could have this accomplished in that time frame. Kropke repeated that the agreement with the property owner calls for a Sept. 1 deadline for closing, or demolition would proceed. Commissioner Norm Roche asked if the property owner would be willing to grant an extension. Kropke said he preferred not to answer that question. Richard Heisenbottle, a Coral Gables architect and member of Belleview Biltmore Partners LLC, told commissioners that restoring the hotel would be a very big deal for Pinellas County. He estimated that in 10 years, the county would begin reaping tax revenues of $75 million from the hotel. He also talked about the outstanding potential for job creation. The deadline or extension is not the issue today, he said. David Ottinger, Belleairs town attorney, clarified the request to the commission, saying that the potential new owners had a very aggressive plan to restore the hotel as well as renovate property on Sand Key. This will be tremendous when it is done, he said. He said the town recognizes that it needs to do whatever it can to make things happen. Due to the states Redevelopment Act, the town is required to ask the county to delegate authority. Were only requesting today to go the next step, just to plan we understand this is a very aggressive schedule and that it is unique. But for the 115-year-old Belleview Biltmore Hotel, it is the last chance. He said the countys planning department had been very helpful in the process. Ottinger said he understood that the countys policy was for downtown CRAs. This (Belleview Biltmore) is Belleairs downtown, he said. Latvala asked if the commissions answer was necessary to move the restoration project forward. Ottinger said it would help the prospective buyer with the need for additional financing. Should we really discuss whether were willing to go down this road? Latvala asked again. Commissioner Nancy Bostock suggested that since time was of the essence, we do both (grant authority to Belleair to plan and hold a workshop meeting), so all concerned parties would know how the county stood on the matter. Commissioner Karen Seel said the countys policy on CRAs did allow for flexibility. She read passages that talked about use in non-downtown areas that were unique and uses that allow preservation of property. We do have policies to support this, she said. I agree there are special circumstances, Welch said. He also said that if an exception could be granted for the Belleview Biltmore, he would like to consider other non-downtown areas that included blighted properties in areas of poverty. Joe Paige of Clearwater, representing six people, was given 10 minutes to voice his opposition to the project. Paige talked about requirements of the states statute for CRAs. One of his main complaints was a clause that calls for a substantial number of properties. He said there are only four properties on the hotels property. Jewel White with the county attorneys office said it was her opinion that the hotels properties would meet the requirement. Belleair Town Manager Micah Maxwell said the town was currently working on a report of the economic impact of creating the CRA. He said the commission had set a date of July 17 to make a decision on whether or not to go forward. Commission Chair John Morroni, who has been absent for several months because he has been undergoing cancer treatments, said he didnt like the commission having its back against the wall with time restraints. Weve been very upfront about the time crunch weve made the town aware that this may be an uphill battle, White said.County delegates powers to Belleair for CRA planning
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Current is usually always present and fish like snook and tarpon will stage up and wait for their meals to come to them, so free-lining your baits with the current makes for a deadly presentation. Redfish also can be found working the bottom part of the water column. A good-sized pinfish or a chunk of crab weighted on the bottom makes for a pretty attractive offering. Trout, Spanish mackerel and a few other species can be targeted over deep patches of grass throughout the Intracoastal Waterway. Find clean moving water in anywhere from 3to 6-feet of water depending on the tide) and you should be in the right location. With the abundance of micro baits schooling in the same areas, active spots will often be given away by dipping turns. You can cast soft plastic jigs in silver or gold glitter all day as well as a top-water plug in the lower light conditions. Shark fishing also can be a good option this time of year, especially when youre taking kids fishing. Small blacktip sharks can be found roaming the bottom in many deep cuts throughout the Intracoastal Waterway. Almost any cut bait will work when targeting these pup sharks, but oily baits like mullet, shad or ladyfish seem to work best. Be sure to take a couple of chum blocks to help attract the sharks. Until next week get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hot mail.com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@tbnweek ly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein Kids play golf for $5LARGO The Largo Golf Course is offering youth ages 17 and younger the opportunity to play golf this summer for $5. Youths 17 and younger can beat the summer boredom blues by walking 18 holes at Largo Golf Course any day of the week after 11 a.m., a city news release said. Children 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult throughout the round. Nonplaying adults can walk with their child for free or choose to rent a cart for a small fee. Largo Golf Course is located at 12500 Vonn Road. Call 518-3024. Monopoly fundraising tournament slatedLARGO The Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department will be hosting its first ever Monopoly Fundraising Tournament Saturday, July 14, at the Highland Recreation Center, 400 Highland Ave. All proceeds from this event will go toward the City of Largo Summer Camp Scholarship Fund, providing financial assistance to youth campers in Largo. The tournament will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will consist of three rounds. Prizes valued at $250, $150, and $75 will be awarded to the top three winners overall. Players must complete all three rounds to be eligible for prizes. Entry cost is $25 per player, $20 for students or military, or $100 for a team of six. Hasbro, Regions Bank, Chickfil-A Largo, Pinch-a-Penny, Largo Cultural Center, and Holiday Inn and Suites Harbourside sponsor Highlands Monopoly Tournament. Food will be available on site for purchase. For more information, call Highland Recreation at 518-3016 or visit HighlandRecreation.com.Garden tours setLARGO Free garden tours will be offered Tuesday, July 10, 9 to 11 a.m., at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Participants will enjoy a stroll through the Florida Botanical Gardens and discover how to incorporate some of Florida native and Florida-friendly plants in home landscapes. Attendees will observe how the same plants can survive under different light and water conditions. Tours, recommended for adults, are limited to groups of four to 10 people. Registration is required. Visit pce-lawnandgarden.event brite.com.County to offer rain harvesting workshop LARGO A rain harvesting workshop will be presented Saturday, July 28, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Attendees will learn how to save rainwater in a recycled plastic barrel. The collected water may be used for plant beds, potted plants and vegetable and herb gardens. With payment of $10 advance registration fee, each attendee will receive the booklet Building and Installing the Rain Barrel, one 60-gallon plastic barrel and a 3/4-inch spigot. Registration is required. Visit pce-lawnandgarden.event brite.com.Garden tours setLARGO Free herb and tropical fruit garden tours will be offered Thursday, July 19, 9 to 11 a.m., at 12520 Ulmerton Road. Attendees will explore the Florida-friendly ground covers, vegetable gardening in raised beds, and the herb and tropical fruit gardens. Tours are recommended for adults and limited to groups of four to 10 people. 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By SUZETTE PORTERPinellas County was a very different place 100 years ago. In 1912, there were no paved roads. No bridges across Tampa Bay. Automobiles were few. Electricity was a new convenience, making its way to the local area in 1897. Telephone service began in 1898. Thanks to the arrival of the Orange Belt Railroad in 1887-88, the tiny peninsula located between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay was growing fast. The population in 1912 was 13,193 an increase of 10,621 from the 2,572 reported by the U.S. Census Bureau in 1900. The countys earliest census count in 1890 shows a population of 601. The peninsula named from the Spanish Punta Pial (Point of Pines or Piney Point) was part of Hillsborough County. Formed in 1834, Hillsborough was a huge county, encompassing land that would later be divided into Polk, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, De Soto, Hardee, Highlands and lastly, Pinellas counties. The 280-square-mile area that would become Pinellas was known as Western Hillsborough. The county seat was in Tampa a land trip of at least a couple of days depending on the weather. The easiest way to get there was by boat or ferry. Historical accounts of road conditions are dismal with a consensus that travel was difficult by team or automobile. According to Karl H. Grismer, they had to follow a trail which zigzagged around swamps and swales and through the pine lands. In places, the sand was deep; in other places, wheels sank hub deep in the mud. During the rainy season, the travel was often impossible for months at a time. The historian relates a story about a group of motorists who left Tampa for St. Petersburg in 1907 on a journey that would take three and one-half days. Western Hillsborough citizens were cut off from the seat of government and rarely had representation in how taxpayer money was spent. People became resentful because the money they sent to Tampa stayed in Tampa. Rapid growth on the peninsula required better infrastructure, in particular roads and bridges. The coming of the automobile is credited with paving the way toward Western Hillsboroughs independence. As more automobiles made it to the peninsula, the need for better roads became paramount. When Hillsborough County failed to meet the needs of its western-most citizens, talk of secession began. County leaders tried to show their willingness to provide by building a graded shell road from Tampa to Ozona in 1906, but that move only incited the anger of the bulk of the countys population located further south. Hillsborough also built a bridge across Long Bayou, but according to one historian, the bridge collapsed as soon as it was finished and was never rebuilt, which added more fuel to the secessionists fire. W.L. Straub, editor of the St. Petersburg Times, wrote an editorial on Feb. 23, 1907, which was referred to at the time as the Pinellas Declaration of Independence. Straub urged newspaper readers and state legislators to support a plan to grant Pinellas County its freedom. Four years later, on May 23, 1911, Gov. Albert Gilchrist signed the Pinellas Independence Bill, which allowed Pinellas County to become the states 48th county. Six months after, on Nov. 4, 1911, the peninsulas voters approved the plan, 1,379 to 505, and on Jan. 1, 1912, Pinellas County was a reality.Constitutional officers appointedGilchrist appointed all the constitutional officers as well as the county commissioners. He picked C.W. Wiecking of St. Petersburg to serve as clerk of the court. Marvel Whitehurst of Ozona was appointed the countys first sheriff. Thomas J. Northrup of St. Petersburg became the tax assessor, and Eli B. McMullen of Largo was appointed the tax collector. The countys treasurer was A.C. Turner of Clearwater. Supervisor of elections was Albert S. Meares of Anona.First Pinellas County CommissionThe countys first five-man commission included some of the countys most notable leaders. Soloman Smith Coachman, Jefferson T. Lowe, Oliver T. Railsback, Levin D. Vinson and Frank A. Wood first met in the Citrus Exchange Building on Cleveland Street in Clearwater on Jan. 2, 1912. Near the end of the commissioners two-year appointed term, in September 1914, a grand jury was convened due to accusations of mismanagement of road bonds. There were charges of nepotism and favoritism and awarding of contracts without advertisement. Commissioners were said to have formed individual control over the districts they represented. The grand jury found insufficient evidence and the charges were dropped. However, changes were made to lengthen commissioners terms to four years and the next round of commissioners were elected countywide.The courthouse controversyHistorical accounts show little evidence that there was much spirit of cooperation amongst the appointed leaders of the fledgling county with dissention from the get-go over where the county seat should be located. The legislative bill designated Clearwater as the county seat. Commissioners from St. Petersburg, Wood and Railsback, wanted it located in St. Petersburg. However, the three commissioners representing what was referred to as Upper Pinellas were able to out-vote the two from the lower half. Soon after, the city of Clearwater offered the new county land on which to build its courthouse. But the controversy over the courthouses location continued into March. In April, St. Petersburg residents presented a petition calling for a referendum to decide the matter. The motion was voted down, 3-2, with commissioners from North County again outvoting their southern counterparts. Meanwhile, the St. Petersburg commissioners decided to take their case to the state Supreme Court. In May, a bid for $3,750 was accepted, 3-2, to build the two-story courthouse on the land offered by the city of Clearwater. About a month later, the court-Jan. 1, 1912 A county is born from controversy house was complete. In 1913, the mayor of St. Petersburg, Noel Mitchell, offered land at 45th Street and First Avenue North as a site for the courthouse. He called the area Mitchells Courthouse Subdivision. But his efforts came too late. In February 1916, voters approved a referendum, 485-439, to spend $160,000 for a new courthouse and jail. The matter was put to rest in March 1917, when the state Supreme Court ruled that a city with a courthouse and ample railroads could remain the county seat 20 years after the countys inception. History shows that the fighting didnt end with the courthouse, roads were the next sticking point and Lower Pinellas residents complained that Upper Pinellas was no better than Hillsborough County in meeting their needs. In 1913, the Pinellas County Board of Trade formed and was charged with the job of taking care of county building interests. The boards road committee soon began work on a plan to solve the countys transportation problems. The result was the countys first system of paved roads, when voters approved a $715,000 bond issue for construction of 75 miles of brick roads. The project was finished in 1917. Clearwater voters approved a $10,000 bond issue in 1916 to build a wooden bridge connecting it to Clearwater Beach. That same election gave women the right to vote, making the city the first in the state to do so. The bridge was completed in 1917, giving rise to development activities on the barrier islands. The first bridge to Pass-A-Grille was completed in 1919. It was a toll bridge constructed by W.G. McAdoo, who developed his property into a resort on the northern part of the island about five miles north of Pass-A-Grille. McAdoo called his resort St. Petersburg Beach. The first bridge to span Tampa Bay was the Gandy Causeway in 1924. It shortened the traveling distance between St. Petersburg and Tampa from 43 to 19 miles. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge opened in 1954 providing a link with Manatee County. One other notable transportation accomplishment of the time was the first scheduled airline flight from St. Petersburg to Tampa by aviator Tony Jannus, who made the 23-minute trip in his 26-foot seaplane Jan. 1, 1914. In the first three months, about 1,200 passengers flew on the St. Petersburg Tampa Airport Line. Soon after, business declined and the service was halted.The makeup of the countyAt the time Pinellas became a county, it consisted of several communities, mostly along the railroad line, and huge areas of undeveloped land. Several towns were already incorporated, including Tarpon Springs in 1887, Clearwater in 1891, St. Petersburg in 1892, Dunedin in 1899, Largo in 1905, Gulfport in 1910, Pass-A-Grille in 1911 and Pinellas Park slightly after in 1913 and Safety Harbor in 1917. Unincorporated communities included Oldsmar, Sutherland (Palm Harbor), Ozona, Crystal BeachWall Springs, Seminole-Oakhurst, mainland Indian Rocks, Harbor Bluffs and Anclote.The area continued its rapid growth and expansion with St. Petersburg leading the way via an 804 percent population increase, from 1,575 to 14,237, in 10 years time. Clearwater grew by 608 percent from 343 to 2,427. The county itself gained just over 20,000 residents in the 10-year period from 1910 to 1920, growing in population from 8,057 to 28,265. Got a centennial story?To celebrate the countys centennial, Tampa Bay Newspapers is seeking unique stories from longtime Pinellas residents who have stories about the way things used to be. Currently, stories are being sought from those who lived in a Pinellas community between the years 1910 and 1950. Provide a brief description of your story and mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Alternately, stories may be submitted by email to editorial@TBNweekly.com. If the editors feel your recollections fit the theme of the Centennial Stories series, you will be contacted for further information. County officials pose for a photo in front of the countys first courthouse in 1912. Pictured, from left, are Pinellas County Commissioner Soloman S. Coachman, Mr. Caruthers, County Commissioner Levin D. Vinson, unidentified, Tax Assessor John N. Brown, Tax Collector Eli McMullen, County Commissioner Frank A. Wood, unidentified, Commission Attorney George Rowland, County Commissioner Oliver T. Railsback, Sheriff Marvel Whitehurst, Clerk of Court C.W. Wiecking, Mr. McClung, County Surveyor George Merril, and County School Superintendent Dixie M. Hollins.Photo courtesy of HERITAGE VILLAGE The making of PinellasCentennial stories
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Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563When I was a kid, we had to go deep into the woods to see wildlife. Now, it seems you cant watch the nightly news without witnessing another wild animal encounter in the city. Take the rash of sightings of Florida black bears. In the past few months, theyve ambled down black tar streets in Miami, taken dips in backyard pools in Orlando and climbed trees in Tampa. The good news is that Floridas black bears have made a comeback from about 300 in the 1970s, to about 3,000 today. The bad news is that the state received more than 4,000 calls last year about bears in urban settings. Bears require large, intact tracts to survive. An adult bear can roam more than 100 miles looking for a mate or food saw palmetto berries, acorns and insects. But because of Floridas sprawling growth, many inevitably stumble into urban areas, are killed on roads or seek refuge in neighborhood trees until wildlife officers can shoot them with dart guns and move them. Bears are peaceful. They are omnivores. Florida has not recorded one black bear attack in its history. But when bears roam neighborhoods looking for food, they are considered a nuisance. One of the worst problem areas is around the Ocala National Forest, home to about 1,200 bears. Increasingly, its bears have been showing up in the neighborhoods of Orlando. A study shows about 13 percent have healed fractures, most likely from being struck by cars. Without wildlife corridors for bears to travel, conservationists worry they will become genetically isolated and eventually, extinct. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is working with wildlife groups on a plan to preserve and manage our states bear population. The plan, which is expected to be approved at a meeting June 27-28 in West Palm Beach, calls for establishing wildlife corridors to reconnect isolated bear populations. It also calls for removing the black bear from the threatened species list, though it will remain illegal to kill them. And the plan calls for creating Bear Smart Communities that help governments and neighborhoods better prepare for bear sightings and reduce the number of bears hurt or killed. Who can argue with a plan designed to protect Floridas black bear with habitat and corridors, and properly educate people about one of our most magnificent creatures? It cant come soon enough.Formerly a reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and Orlando Sentinel, Susan Clary is a freelance writer in Orlando. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Florida VoicesLETTERSKudos and no kudos Editor: I have to say that during the Debby storm over this past weekend, some cities responded well and others were found lacking. Madeira Beach went into action by placing barriers at the entrance to roads that were flooded. Well done. Unfortunately the sand bank at Archibald Park was closed. Oh dear, just when we needed sand bags. On the other hand, unfortunately, there must have been nobody home at Redington Beach, as there where no barriers to be found and the roads between Gulf Boulevard and the Intracoastal were totally flooded. This allowed joy riders in jeeps and trucks to drive up and down the roads causing untold damage to the homes that where already flooded by creating wave action into their homes. Have a care guys; if this was your home, would you act this way? Lou Dobon Redington BeachSupports the flag amendmentEditor: Regarding those Americans who consider our flag as nothing more than a piece of cloth, I find it pathetic that they could be so insensitive after watching so many grief-stricken parents waiting for their son to arrive home in a coffin draped with the American flag, and we must not forget those heroes who returned home with just one arm to hug their loved ones with. As for the cynics who warn that the flag amendment tampers with the integrity of the Constitution, I would remind them that we have tampered with the Constitution 27 times (the amendments) to address the inequities and problems unforeseen and unimagined by our founding fathers in 1789. As for the First Amendment it has lost its virginity. It has been pimped and prostituted to the extent that it presently protects pornography on the Internet, obscene Rap lyrics and a crucifix in a jar of urine. So much for free speech! Tony DAndrea LargoWho paid for the signs?Editor: Have you noticed the hundreds of signs to limit electric cart travel that have been installed on most stop signs next to the major roads in Pinellas Park? At first I thought they had been installed by Publix for shopping carts. But now I know they are intended for these electric carts approved for travel by our council. So who did pay for them? Please tell me it was not my taxes! I would expect that no one was told about the cost of these signs before a council vote. OK so who paid and how much? Kenneth Conklin Pinellas Park Measuring the American DreamIm hearing a lot these days about the American Dream. TIME magazine recently had a cover story about it, so I guess the American Dream is vital and should be paid attention to, like other TIME covers such as The Dental Histories of U.S. Presidents and Can Mongolia Be Saved? The first question we might ask is, Exactly what is the American Dream? One answer is, To earn a higher salary than your father or mother did. Fair enough. But right away you realize that this criterion is unfair to the children of people like Mitt Romney, Donald Trump and Angelina Jolie. Theres no way those kids will be richer than their parents. For that reason the American Dream can be accused of being discriminatory. And in America its unfair to discriminate against anybody or anything. So already were in trouble. When I was a child, millions of Americans shared the dream of one day having an indoor toilet. Was that asking too much? I dont think so. Today most U.S. homes have running water, indoor plumbing and other essentials such as motorized toothbrushes. So parts of the American Dream do work, if only we dream and work hard enough. Education is another important plank in the American Dream platform. My parents summarized this dream for their children in this way: If you kids do your homework every night and never get less than a B+ on all your report cards, at the end of the school year well give you five dollars. However, if you fail, well send you to a work camp in Tennessee. So make your choice. A college education has long been part of the Dream. Today our country is filled with college graduates who have pursued that dream right into the poorhouse. On their walls are diplomas, but inside their desks are IOUs for $100,000 or so to student loan agencies that will hound the graduates into the grave, and beyond. An added irony is that many of these college graduates are unable to find a decent job. Does this nullify the American Dream? Of course not. But it does make our hearts beat not quite as fast when Obama or Romney lifts the banner of the American Dream in the hope that everyone will automatically salute it. Owning ones own home has been a bedrock of the Dream. For many years after WWII all an average family needed for home ownership was a small down payment followed by 20 or 30 years of steady employment and monthly checks to the bank. Lending agencies, including our noble federal government, made huge wads of cash available to almost anyone deemed credit-worthy. And for a long time the system worked. Then, thanks to Wall Street crooks and Washingtons financial enforcement laggards, the home-owning house of cards came crashing down. Today many respected financial advisers preach this message: Always rent. Forget about buying. The American Dream stood on its strongest legs in the years following the Second World War. Unlike many other combatants, the USA came out of the war with its economy intact. All we needed to do was to stop making tanks and submarines, and resume turning out cars and refrigerators. We had relatively small competition from the rest of the world. Globalism was barely heard of. America owned not only the gravy train but the tracks it ran on, as well. By the time the 1980s arrived, the scene had changed. Japan, Germany and other nations had emerged as players. Their products were often as good as ours and were manufactured by workers whose dreams such as having enough food to eat were much smaller and more realistic than those of U.S. workers. Today the American Dream is shaped to a large degree not just by our own energies and endeavors but also by what the people of foreign countries are thinking, dreaming and doing. The decisions made next week by bankers and politicians in Greece and Spain may determine whether my grandchildren and yours will achieve a college degree or even a career worth the name. Does any of the above mean that Americans should no longer dream or hope or plan for the future? I dont think so. As we celebrate our 236th birthday this week, by inclination and heritage were still a band of positive thinkers, inextricably wedded to Bloody Marys pronouncement in South Pacific: You got to have a dream if you dont have a dream, how you gonna make a dream come true? Although its debatable that America is the best country in the whole wide world, what is incontestable is that as a nation and as a people, we can always do better. Perhaps that should be the yardstick by which we measure the progress of the American Dream.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 Fidel Castro: Let them eat treesFor those of us in Miami (and in Cuba) who have waited decades for dictator emeritus Fidel Castro to disappear from our lives forever, a most unlikely cause for optimism has been provided by Castro himself. Castro, who hardly is seen in public these days, has revealed that he is senile. Demented. Madder than King George III. And we know that those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad. He suddenly wants Cuba to be filled with two kinds of Asian trees. In Castros words, these two trees will become inexhaustible sources of beef, eggs, and milk. Additionally, he says one of the trees can yield silk strands that can be woven into cloth and provide wellpaid employment in the shade for Cuban workers, regardless of their age or gender. Although he had planned to rule Cuba for life, Castro reluctantly had to yield power to his brother Raul, who is 81, in 2008 after a serious illness that required major surgery six years ago. Now the islands potato crop managed solely by the government is one of the worst in many years. Potatoes are an essential staple in Cubans daily meals. Because of endemic shortages, a pound of potatoes currently sells in the black market, when available, for $1 in a country where the average monthly wage is about $20. The Cuban government also admits that national production of milk and meat is down almost 12 percent, and the island is having to import 80 percent of its food, at a cost of $1.7 billion per year. Faced with such dire circumstances, Castro, almost 86, made a surprise announcement on Fathers Day, in a 51-word column called Reflections of Comrade Fidel mandatorily published in all official Cuban media. He triumphantly disclosed that he has singlehandedly discovered a miracle cure for the food shortages and chronic underemployment of the last five decades. His solution consists of planting two trees that apparently he has just learned about, although they have been of use throughout the world for centuries. Castro wants massive plantings of Moringa Oleifera, known in English variously as moringa, the horseradish tree and the drumstick tree. It is a fast-growing tree native to the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India that is popular in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. It yields various edible parts rich in protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and vitamins A and C that can be consumed by people and animals. Castro also wants the nationwide planting of mulberry, a tree native to parts of tropical Asia whose leaves are the basic food of silkworms. This tree also produces a fruit and leaves that can be eaten by people, and its foliage can be used as feed for cattle, sheep and pigs. Of course, nobody in Cuba would dare tell Castro, although he no longer holds any public office, that his bizarre pronouncements will not be published in the official press, meaning his delusional Reflections are there for all to see. Now, like the fictional General of the Universe in his Colombian friend Gabriel Garcia Marquezs 1975 novel, The Autumn of the Patriarch, Castro is in the final ramblings of his long and complicated life. He has arrived at the ignominious fiction of commanding without power, of being exalted without glory and of being obeyed without authority.Angel Castillo Jr., a former reporter and editor for the New York Times and The Miami Herald, practices employment law in Miami. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Florida Voices Florida VoicesAngel Castillo Jr. Florida VoicesSusan Clary Floridas black bears deserve room to roam Quotable quotes Quotable quotesThe whole process of the sunshine and transparency improves accountability, because there's no place to hide. CFO Jeff Atwater, about a new website he launched that allows anyone to look up the details of state government contracts. I am perfectly happy being attorney general, and I don't want to be governor. I'm tired of that question. Attorney General Pam Bondi, on the bounce she might receive from having challenged Obamacare. I personally want to thank you for a difcult job well done. USF President Judy Genshaft, in a letter to David Touchton, interim chancellor of Lakelands USF Polytechnic campus, who is stepping down after navigating the campus through a tumultuous six months. Does Jeb want to be a leader? Yes. Does Jeb have to be the leader of the United States to do that? 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Call 392-2329. Masonic Lodge 291, Gulf Beaches, meets Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at 14020 Marguerite Drive, Madeira Beach. A breakfast is served to the public first Sundays, 9 to 11 a.m. Call 391-8073, visit www.gulfbeachlodge.org or email Secretary@gulfbeachlodge.org. Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel, meets second Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m., November through April, at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 1900 34th St. N. Joy Katcen Guthrey performs at February meeting. Call Wendy Risk at 572-9854. Minnesota Club, meets the first Wednesday of the month, October through April, at different restaurants. Call Marquetta Origer at 517-0874. The Moms Club of Largo meets monthly at the Largo Library and has weekly play groups. Visit MOMSClubofLargo@yahoo.com or email MOMSClubofLargo@yahoo.com. Mothers and Moreof Largo/Seminole, meets last Mondays, 7 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, Room A, 9200 113th St. N. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Clearwater Chapter 259 meets for refreshments and socializing first Wednesdays (except July and August), 1 p.m., at the Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St. Meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. Blue Cross/Blue Shield Rep will cover FEHBP changes. Call 599-2031. National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Largo-Seminole Chapter 845, meets first Tuesdays, at different venues each month. Speakers begin at 12:15 p.m., followed by a business meeting. Guests may eat lunch before or after the meeting. Call Susan at 397-8232 for locations. Native New Yorkers of Tampa Bay, meets monthly on different Sundays at various locations. Call Arlyne Popick at 585-0992 or email ATP1946@yahoo.com. New Neighbors, meets first Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at Kissin Cuzzins Restaurant, 28910 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. This is a womans group for meeting new friends, social activities and informative programs. Cost is $4.50 and includes dessert, beverage and program. Call 796-2006. Newcomers Club of Greater Dunedin, meets second Thursdays, 11:30 a.m., at the Dunedin Golf Club. For information on the next meeting, call Sylvia Bock at 736-3253. North Pinellas County Democratic Club, meets second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Clearwater Countryside Library. Call Joyce at 5380043. Overeaters Anonymous, meets Mondays, 7 p.m., at Friendship United Methodist Church, 2039 East Druid Road, Clearwater; and Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., at Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. Call 800-544-6353. Palm Harbor Mens Barbershop Chorus, meets Mondays, 6:45 p.m., at the Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St. The 60-man chorus seeks tenors, leads, baritones and basses. Call 773-0049. Palm Harbor Newcomers Alumnae and Friends Club, meets first Thursdays, 11 a.m., at East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 300 East Lake Fairway, Oldsmar. For reservations, call Pat at 786-2110. Parkinsons Support Group, meets third Tuesdays, noon, at Cypress Palms, 400 Lake Ave. NE, Largo. Roni Hellwig, a registered nurse, acts as facilitator. A light lunch is served. To RSVP, call 437-1639. Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, meets third Mondays, every other month, 1 to 3 p.m., at Paneras in Bardmoor Shopping Center at the intersection of Starkey and Bryan Dairy roads. Coffee, tea and lunch will be available for purchase. Call Patricia Albrecht at 578-5526. Peoples Spiritualist ChurchHealing and Peace Meditation, meets Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., at Peoples Spiritualist Church, 1011 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Program includes discussion, healing, peace meditation and chakra balancing. Email email@example.com. Pet loss support group, meets second Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Pinellas Animal Founda-Calendar of events Margie Ratcliff, left, of the Caregivers Support Network accepts a check for $500 from Gigi Arntzen, president of the Rotary Club of Largo. The Rotary Club provides these funds from the proceeds of their annual Death by Chocolate A Taste of the Holidays held at the Largo Cultural Center on the first Friday of December.Rotary donationtion, 10825 Seminole Blvd., Building A, Unit 3, Seminole. Call 347-PETS. PINAWORwriters group, meets Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 N. Highland Ave., Largo. Members read their work and receive helpful critiquing from the other writers. Go to Pinawor.org. Pinellas Genealogy Society family history workshops, meets the third Saturday of each month at 11 a.m., Largo Library, Jenkins Room. All visitors welcome. Phone 586-7410, or go to www.rootsweb.ances try.com/~flpgs/ Pinellas Homeschool LEGO Club, meets second and fourth Fridays, 2:30 p.m., at Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park. Email jknsm@hot mail.com. Pinellas Opera League, meets first Wednesdays, October through June, 11 a.m., at the Dunedin Country Club, 1050 Palm Blvd., Dunedin. Cost for luncheon and performance is $20. For reservations, call Nancy at 738-4007. Pinellas Parent Educators Association, meets first Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at Suncoast Community Church, 12855 110th Ave. N., Largo; and second Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at Glad Tidings Church, 4200 17th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra, rehearses on Mondays, 7:30 p.m., September through March, at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center. Concerts are held first Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Call 415-9650. Pinellas Park Photography Society, meets first Mondays, 7 p.m., at the Train Station, 5851A Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Call Steve Daniels at 391-3134. Pinellas Park Rug Hooking Group, meets Mondays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Clark Senior Center, 7625 59th St. N, Pinellas Park. Email lschulz1@tam pabay.rr.com. Pinellas Weavers Guild, meets third Saturdays from September to May, 10 a.m., at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N, Largo, FL 33542. Polish American Society, meets Sundays from September to May, at 1343 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg 2:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner 3 to 4 p.m. and dancing 4 to 5 p.m. Members pay $5 and guests $7. Call Beverly at 5266835 or Randy at 525-8255. Promenade Squares, meets for square dancing on Thursdays at the Pinellas Park Senior Citizens Center, 7625 59th St. N. Lessons are from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m., pre-rounds are from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. and the dance is from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. Call 7993068. Recovery Inc., a support group for anxiety and depression, meets Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N. Highland Ave., Clearwater. Call 525-1749. Redington Beach Garden Club, meets monthly at various locations. Call Zoe Roseman at 515-6804. Rhode Island Club, meets monthly, October to April, on different dates at different locations. Call Art Hebert at 5956834 or Carol Barney at 596-8284. Rotary Clubs: Belleair meets Thursdays, noon, at the Belleair Country Club, One Country Club Lane. Visit www.belleairrotary.org. Dunein, meets Tuesday, 12:15 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Good Shepherd, 639 Edgewater Drive. Indian Rocks Beach, meets Wednesdays, 7:15 a.m., at Holiday Inn Harborside. Visit www.indian-rocks-rotary.org. Pinellas Feather Sound meets Tuesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Tucsons Grill and Cantina, 13563 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Call 365-6406. Pinellas Park, meets Thursdays, 12:15 p.m., at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. Visit www.rotarypinellaspark.org. Seminole, meets Wednesdays, noon, in the Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Blvd. Visit www.seminolerotary.org. Rutgers Club of Tampa Bay, meets first Thursdays, 11:30 a.m., at King Buffet, 7610 49th St. N, Pinellas Park. Call 3441944. Sabal Palms Nursing Centers Arthritis Support Group meets fourth Tuesdays, noon, at Cypress Palms Auditorium, 400 Lake Ave. NE, Largo. Refreshments are served. To R.S.V.P., call 437-1639.Announcements are submitted by the public; information is subject to change. To place an item in the ongoing calendar or networking leads, send it at least two weeks in advance to Calendar Leads, Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772, or e-mail editorial@TBNweekly.com. Please include date, time, place and phone number and dont forget to send a notification when the information changes, or the group stops meeting.
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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 WorkshopJuly 20, 2012 3pm 5pm Limited SeatingCall Donna to Reserve @ 568-6709071212 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 Whats Sellingin Pinellas County070512 New paint, carpet, and appliances in this spacious home. Located in The Lakes, this home sits at the end of a dead-end and backs up to conservation area. Kitchen and breakfast bar opens to living area and dining room.Tom CatoRealty Executives Adamo Clearwater 2BR/2BA/2CG $102,000 SOLD Seminole Groves. Well maintained. New roof, A/C & kitchen appliances. New hardwood floors in master bedroom. Pool with covered area and screen enclosure.Laura HarrisonRealty Executives Adamo Seminole 3BR/2BA/2CG $205,000 SOLD 3 acre property, 2,533 sq. ft. home has it all. Ideal floor plan is open with split bedroom, huge living room, bonus room, open kitchen, builtin bar, amazing fireplace and gorgeous hardwood floors. Solar heated pool, spa, several garages, 2 car carport. Backs up to Walsingham Park.Sandy HartmannRealty Executives Adamo Largo 3BR/2BA $472,000 SOLD The Morton Plant Mease BayCare Health System will offer a number of programs in July at various locations. For information on upcoming programs, call 953-6877 or visit www.BayCareEvents.org. Participating locations include: Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo Bardmoor Outpatient and Surgery Center, 8787 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor Mease Countryside Hospital Medical Arts Building, 1840 Mease Drive, Safety Harbor Mease Dunedin Hospital, 601 Main St., Dunedin Morton Plant Hospital, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater Morton Plant Mease Outpatient Center, 2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd., Trinity Powell Cancer Center, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant Street, Clearwater Sarah Walker Womens Center, 300 Pinellas Street, ClearwaterFollowing is a list of July support groups and pr esentations:Wellness Cancer Cancer Support Group (Women) Tuesdays, July 10 and 24, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library, fourth floor. Coping With Cancer Diagnosis: Toolkit for Patients, Families and Caregivers Wednesdays, July 11 and 25, 4 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Axelrod Pavilion, first floor Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library. Head and Neck Cancer Support Group Monday, July 23, 7 p.m., Lansky Pavilion at Bardmoor Outpatient Center, Administrative conference room. Look Good, Feel Better Monday, July 9, 10 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Axelrod Pavilion, second floor Oncology Services conference room. LUNA de Pinellas Tuesday, July 10, 6 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Axelrod Pavilion, second floor, Bernard F. Powell conference room. Multiple Myeloma Educational Group Saturday, July 7, 10:30 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 3. Prostate Cancer Discussion Group Tuesday, July 10, 2 p.m.,Morton Plant Mease schedules July programsMease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, fourth floor, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library. Thyroid Cancer Support Group Saturday, July 14, 10:30 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditorium D.Wellness Cardiac/circulation Womens Heart Support Group Thursday, July 5, 1 p.m., CheekPowell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Morton Plant Hospital, Community Room A. Wellness Caregivers Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group Mondays, July 9 and 23, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Room 114. Early Stage Alzheimers Support Group for Patients Monday, July 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Room 114. Wellness Parenting Big Brothers Big Sisters Thursday, July 12, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, fifth floor conference room. Big Brothers Big Sisters Thursday, July 26, 6 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room. Birth Center Tour Sundays, July 8 and 29, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Sarah Walker Womens Center. Birth Center Tour Wednesday, July 11, 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital. Birth Center Tour Wednesday, July 18, 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Sarah Walker Womens Center. Birth Center Tour Sunday, July 22, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital. Boot Camp For New Dads Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditoriums A and B. Breastfeeding, Part 1 Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room: Fee. Breastfeeding, Part 1 Sunday, July 22, 1 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Breastfeeding, Part 1 Wednesday, July 25, 7 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room: Fee. Breastfeeding Mothers Group Wednesdays, July 11 and 25, 10 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, fifth floor classroom. Car Seat Safety Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital. Car Seat Safety Saturday, July 21, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room. Car Seat Safety Saturday, July 28, 1:30 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room. Childbirth Preparation, half day intensive Sunday, July 8, 1 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Childbirth Preparation, half day intensive Sunday, July 22, 1 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room: Fee. Childbirth Preparation, two week series Monday, July 9, 7 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room: Fee. Infant/Child CPR Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditorium A and B: Fee. Newborn Care Wednesday, July 11, 7 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room: Fee. Newborn Care Thursday, July 19, 7 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Newborn Care Monday, July 23, 7 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Pavilion, first floor conference room: Fee. Waterbirth Tuesday, July 10, 7 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Pavilion, first floor conference room: Fee. Baby Boot Camp Every Monday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m., St. Josephs Childrens Specialty Center at Mease Countryside Hospital: Fee. Baby Boot Camp Every Monday and Friday, 9:30 a.m., Dunedin Community Center: Fee.Wellness Other AWAKE: Sleep Disorder Support Group for Apnea Wednesday, July 18, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 3. CPAP / BI-PAP Clinic Mondays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30, 10 a.m. to noon, BayCare Outpatient Center, Sleep Disorders Center, Ste. 103. CPAP / BI-PAP Clinic Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital Medical Arts Building, Sleep Disorders Center, Ste. 120. CPAP / BI-PAP Clinic Wednesdays, July 11, 18 and 25, 9 a.m. to noon, Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Sleep Disorders Center, Ste. 210. specialized equipment for complex orthopedic, spine and other procedures. "We are so glad to have the opportunity for our hospital expand over the last couple of years to better serve our community and offer a facility that focuses on patient-centered care," said Lou Galdieri, chief operating officer at Mease Dunedin Hospital, in a press release. "We are celebrating 75 years of being part of the Dunedin community this year and our expansion is part of our commitment to continue to provide quality health care for years to come." The latest renovations of the hospital's surgical center also include a new pre-operative holding unit, a new operating room control desk and an anesthesia office and conference center. A fourth operating suite, endoscopy suite, new post-anesthesia care unit, an anesthesia room and new staff and physician lounge are scheduled to open by end of November. The new surgical operating suites are part of a $19 million ongoing multi-phase expansion project that began in 2008, renovating 33,000 square feet of the hospital's main building and adding 4,000 square feet of new construction. The architectural firm for the project is TRO Jung/Brannen. The contractor is Wehr Constructors Inc.Morton Plant Mease, Threshers partner for Pitch for Pink eventCLEARWATER Morton Plant Mease and the Clearwater Threshers will team up again for the seventh annual Pitch for Pink event to strike out breast cancer. The event will take place Friday, July 13, at Bright House Field, 601 N. Old Coachman Road. Pitch for Pink will feature a local celebrities charity softball game, a breast cancer survivors lap, silent auction, balloon raffle and a baseball game with the Clearwater Threshers, Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, taking on the Fort Myers Miracle. Gates will open at 4 p.m. The first 1,000 women through the gates will receive a commemorative Pitch for Pink purse. At 4:30 p.m., local celebrities will play a charity softball game. Local television and radio personalities as well as local athletes will participate. Scheduled to take part are ABC Action News meteorologist Denis Phillips, traffic anchor Meredith Censullo, reporter Ashley Glass community affairs director Lissette Campos, 10 News morning anchor Ginger Gadsden, morning anchor Keith Jones, meteorologist Bobby Deskins and weekend anchor Allison Kropff, Bay News 9s meteorologist Juli Marquez, traffic anchor Chuck Henson, reporter Chris Hopper, FOX 13s morning traffic anchor Jen Epstein, Channel 8s morning traffic anchor Leslee Lacey, Q105 Morning Shows Nikki Cruz, Play 98.7s Miguel Fuller, 97Xs Fisher, Bright House Networks Jennifer Holloway, Tampa Bay Storm players and more. The Breast Cancer Survivors Lap will take place at 6 p.m. followed by the game at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the Pitch for Pink event can be purchased at www.thresh ersbaseball.com or by calling 467-4457. Ticket prices range from $5 to $9.50.Kiwanis to sponsor health fair CLEARWATER The 19th annual Highlight on Health, Childrens Health Fair will be Saturday, July 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road. Free school physicals will be provided to all students. The Kiwanis Club of Springtime City in Clearwater manages the fair. The Highlight on Health, Childrens Health Fair is an opportunity for children ages 6 months to 19 years old to receive routine health screenings free of charge. The screenings include school physicals, vision, hearing, dental and spinal exams. In addition, Morton Plant Mease Health Care will provide free cardiac screenings to high school student athletes. An electrocardiogram or echocardiogram (an ultrasound of the heart) will be used to measure an athletes heart rate and regularity of heartbeats. A parent or guardian must accompany students under the age of 18. Participants also will be treated to a free hot dog lunch and other goodies. Area Kiwanis clubs, Civitan, AMBUCS, Sertoma and Zonta International, sponsors this Service Project. Reservations are not required. Call 211, email friendsofspring firstname.lastname@example.org or visit kiwanis.org/club/springtimecity. Sports medicine experts to share tipsST. PETERSBURG St. Anthonys Hospital sports medicine experts will share tips on how athletes can avoid injury while working out during the free lecture on Wednesday, July 18, 5:30 p.m., at St. Anthonys Carillon Outpatient Center, 900 Carillon Parkway. John Gross, M.D., will present the lecture, Triathletes and Runners: Work Out Smarter, Not Harder. Gross is board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine. He will discuss the correct way to approach training to reach athletic goals and avoid injury. Gross also is the medical director for the St. Anthonys Triathlon. 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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B July 5, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com Selwyn Birchwood Band, Friday, July 6, 8 p.m., at The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Call 822-3590 or visit www.spcollege.edu/palladium/. Having opened for Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, John Lee Hooker Jr., and Joe Louis Walker, among others, the Selwyn Birchwood Band will deliver a hip-shaking, roof-rattling mix of blues that has won over countless fans. Guitarist and vocalist Selwyn Birchwood got his start with Texas blues legend Sonny Rhodes touring throughout the United States and Canada at the age of 19. Joining him will be Curtis Nutall on drums, Huff Wright on bass and Regi Oliver on saxophone. Nutall traveled internationally with many bands including The Blind Boys of Alabama and Joe Louis Walker. Wright and Oliver have found themselves backing several notable blues artists all over the world including Lucky Peterson and Joey Gilmore. Tab Benoit, Friday, July 6, 8 p.m., at Skippers Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. Call 813-971-0666 or visit www.skippersmoke house.com. In a career of more than two decades, the blues guitarist/vocalist has generated an impressive body of work every note of it rooted in the rich and centuries-old musical and cultural traditions of Benoits native Louisiana. While his earliest recordings and performances may have established him as a genuine blues musician, his ever-expanding body of work has become even more resonant in the years since Hurricane Katrina and its devastating aftermath in 2005. Through his environmental advocacy work with Voice of the Wetlands which actually predates Katrina by a few years Benoit has counterbalanced his musical career with a tireless commitment to protecting the precarious landscape of his home state. This fierce commitment to creative and environmental ideals comes to the forefront in Legacy: The Best of Tab Benoit, a recent compilation of recordings from Benoits years on the Telarc label. Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends. The nightly impromptu gigs were enough to inspire Benoit to assemble his own band a stripped down bass-and-drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. He took his show on the road in the early s and hasnt stopped since. Night in the Islands, Saturday, July 7, 6 to 11 pm., at the Sponge Docks on Dodecanese Boulevard between Athens and Roosevelt streets, Tarpon Springs. The city of Tarpon Springs will present Night in the Islands, a free event on the world famous Sponge Docks. Attendees will enjoy Greek music, dancing and dining. The event will feature live music by Ellada, an exciting Greek band composed of three of the most accomplished Greek musicians in the state. Ellada will perform nisiotika, the lively traditional music of the Greek islands, as well as old and new Greek favorites. Ellada includes George Soffos, bouzouki; Dino Theofilos, keyboard; and Elias Poulos, vocals. Call 942-5605 or visit www.tarponarts.org. Al Swearingen and Jayne Kelli, Saturday, July 7, 8 p.m., at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. Call 822-3590 or visit www.spcollege.edu/palladium/. Swearingen and Kelli, fresh to the 2012 music scene, is the blending of these two musicians unique artistry. Known for their rich and silky vocals, this powerful songwriting union crosses genres from acoustic-folk to edgier and darker indie-pop. They melt into each others sound and captivate audiences with emotive harmonies and stellar musicianship. From outlaw to absolute romanticism, the energy of this combination reveals imagination and expansion on the new musical frontier. Michael Raabe and Sara DelBeato: Too Darn Hot!, Sunday, July 8, 7 p.m., at freeFall Theatre Company, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $15. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com. Part of freeFalls Summer Tandem Series, attendees will hear the songs of summer as theyve never heard them before. Crooner/jazz pianist Michael Raabe and chanteuse Sara DelBeato put their retro-tastic spin on everything from The Beach Boys and Cole Porter to Nelly and Sir-Mix-a-Lot. Raabe and DelBeato promise an evening of sizzling entertainment. Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:The Amazing Spider-ManGenre: Action and adventure Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen and Sally Field Director: Marc Webb Rated: PG-13 One of the worlds most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man. The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high school student who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents disappearance leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his fathers former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. Katy Perry: Part of MeGenre: Documentary and music Cast: Katy Perry Director: Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz Rated: PG A 3-D motion picture event movie, Katy Perry: Part of Me is a back-Opening this weekendThe Amazing Spider-Man set to snare audiences Photo by JAIMIE TRUEBLOOD/SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENTAndrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Columbia Pictures The Amazing Spider-Man.stage pass, front row seat and intimate look at the fun, glamorous, heartbreaking, inspiring, crazy, magical, passionate and honest mad diary of Perry.SavagesGenre: Thriller Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir Director: Oliver Stone Rated: R Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Aaron Johnson), a peaceful and charitable marijuana producer, and his closest friend Chon (Taylor Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry raising some of the best weed ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Blake Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town ... until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. When the merciless head of the BC, Elena (Salma Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Benicio Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (John Travolta) wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills. The following will open in limited release. 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2B Just for Fun Leader, July 5, 2012 070512 100611 www.tbnweekly.com032912 Tampa Bay Newspapers Classifieds727-397-5563 62112 022312 Director Nicholas McCarthy sought to breathe new life into the classic haunted house genre with The Pact. While not particularly groundbreaking, for a low-budget horror project the film is surprisingly smart and darkly resonant with a fair share of unexpected shocks. The story begins as Nicole Barlow (Agnes Bruckner) tends to matters following the recent death of her mother. In a phone conversation, she begs her sister Annie (Caity Lotz) to join her at their childhood home to help finalize funeral preparations. Annie refuses, reminding Nicole how their mother used to treat them. A little later, Nicole experiences strange phenomena in the house. By the time Annie arrives, Nicole has been reported missing by their cousin Liz (Kathleen Rose Perkins) who is taking care of Nicoles daughter Eva (Dakota Bright). Initially, Annie dismisses Nicoles disappearance as mere lack of responsibility, suggesting she just took off so she would not have to deal with the funeral. As Annie spends time in the house, she also witnesses inexplicable incidents. She finds she cannot deny the ominous signs. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, she enlists the aid of local police officer Bill Creek (Casper Van Dien) who is skeptical of her version of the story. She also convinces former schoolmate Stevie (Haley Hudson) a clairvoyant to visit the house to see if she can find an explanation for the haunting. The Pact draws from a rich history of haunted house stories. McCarthy gives us shadowy corridors, flickering lights and unexplained noises in the middle of the night. One thing that is unique about this haunted house is its size: Classic haunting films are customarily set in sprawling estates, Victorian mansions with a centurys worth of dark secrets. In The Pact, the haunted house is a diminutive California bungalow a modest, twoto threebedroom family home boasting retro s dcor. McCarthy also cleverly integrates modern technology into the supernatural tapestry. A laptop, a cell phone and a digital camera all play integral parts in setting up the spooky mood. The directors restrained use of these elements is reminiscent of Tobe Hoopers effective use of the creepy television in 1982s Poltergeist. A more pertinent comparison, though, would be to liken The Pact to an extended episode of the television program The XFiles. The film features a convincing plot twist that effectively forces the viewer to rethink everything that has taken place. Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully would fit right in to this paranormal investigation. One thing that sets The Pact apart from other recent horror films is its lack of dependence upon computer-generated effects. We decided early on to make almost all the special effects practical in the film, meaning done the old-fashioned way and not with a computer, McCarthy said in his press notes. Me and my director of photography Bridger Nielson wanted to be able to look through the lens and see as close as we could to what we would see in the finished film. That meant that when people appear on the ceiling in this movie they were actually on the damned ceiling. It was intense for the actors and all of us on the crew to pull off things like that. The intensity shows on screen with Lotz and Hudson turning in solid performances. Playing the compassionate skeptic, Van Dien competently allows Creek to have reservations and misgivings while simultaneously trying to play the hero and save Annie. While McCarthy succeeds in setting an eerie tone and fusing elements of mystery and horror, he falls short on pacing and story-telling. The Pact was developed from an earlier short McCarthy made. The earlier version proved to be more of a character study with an ambiguous ending. The Pact often feels like a series of well-developed nightmarish scenes connected by unfinished bridges. Though nicely portrayed, Van Diens character never feels fully realized Creek is not much more than a two-dimensional gumshoe. Even with its faults, The Pact is one of the most interesting and entertaining horror films to come along in years. McCarthys promising debut may not exhibit any novel ideas, but it does make creative use of existing genre tropes in a distinctive, neo-Gothic style. With a focus on tone and setting over visceral gore and violence, The Pact serves up a few good scares without splattering the audience in blood or relying on computer graphics to evoke cinematic horrors. The Pact opens in limited release Friday, July 6. It is currently available On Demand through Bright House. Reel TimeLee Clark Zumpe 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. Change places 0 8. More drab color 15. Divided into small spaces 16. Core 17. Dishes the dirt 18. Lure with music 19. Atlas enlargement 20. Length x width, for a rectangle 22. "Whatcha ___?" 23. Whispers sweet nothings 24. Backless seat 25. Decide to leave, with "out" 26. "___ we having fun yet?" 27. Risk 28. European language 29. Cut 31. Electric dart shooter 32. "O, gie me the ___ that has acres o' charms": Burns 33. Freudian topics 35. Calculator, at times 38. Speak incoherently when angry 42. Bassoon, e.g. 43. Vocation 45. Biochemistry abbr. 46. Churchill's "so few": Abbr. 47. Abreast (of) 48. Stallion, once 49. ___ cheese 51. Knowledge gained through anecdote 52. Issue 53. One who leads a Spartan lifestyle 55. Feed 57. Instruct again 58. Accord 59. Heavy, filling foods 60. Most rancid Down 0 1. Enchanting 0 2. Magnetite, e.g. (2 wds) 0 3. Plaster of Paris painting surfaces 0 4. Derby prize 0 5. Came down 0 6. Bug 0 7. Lesser quality substitutes 0 8. Falling star 0 9. Presidential assassin 10. "It's no ___!" 11. Lentil, e.g. 12. Within a building 13. Overshadow 14. Come in again 21. A way 24. ___ souci 27. Try, as a case 28. "___ of Eden" 30. Coaster 31. ___ de force 33. Androgynous 34. Delight 35. Unpaid overdue debt 36. Fixed (2 wds) 37. Actual 38. Antares, for one 39. White, crystalline, poisonous alkaloid 40. Joins the military 41. Notched wheel and pawl 43. Bad feeling 44. Ages 48. Apple gizmo 50. A fitting reward 52. 1984 Peace Nobelist 54. What "it" plays 56. "Walking on Thin Ice" singerHoroscopesJuly 5, 2012CapricornDecember 22 January 19 Get ready, Capricorn, as some serious challenges are headed your way. Dont worry. You will meet them with ease. A fitness goal is reached.AquariusJanuary 20 February 18 You hit an impasse. Give it some time, Aquarius. You cant expect miracles overnight. The tickle of the ivories gets the party started.PiscesFebruary 19 March 20 A turn of events changes your tune big time, Pisces. You see the situation for what it is, and you must move out of your comfort zone for a solution.AriesMarch 21 April 19 Ready to throw in the towel, Aries? Dont. The answer you seek is right in front of you. A transportation issue is fixed once and for all.TaurusApril 20 May 20 A coworker raises the stakes. Are you willing to commit, Taurus? Dont say yes unless youre certain you have the time and resources. A furry friend brings laughter to your home.GeminiMay 21 June 21 Small lifestyle changes now will have big impact later, Gemini, so dont dismiss the need for them. A request from a young friend must not be denied.CancerJune 22 July 22 Sleep deprivation is not unheard of in your household, especially these days, Cancer. Do what you can to scale back and rest. You will need to be at your best at work.LeoJuly 23 August 22 Getting information from a young one at home feels like pulling teeth, but it will be well worth the effort, Leo. The more you know, the better.VirgoAugust 23 September 22 Great satisfaction comes in knowing you have all of your Ps and Qs in order, and you do, Virgo. Now its time to help another get theirs in order. The project depends upon it.LibraSeptember 23 October 22 Look out, Libra! Things are not as they seem, and you would do well to find out what is really going on. The prize you seek falls into the hands of another.ScorpioOctober 23 November 21 Pipe down, Scorpio. You stated your opinion, and now its time you let someone else speak. There are many views on the matter, and all must be heard before it can be resolved.SagittariusNovember 22 December 21 An impromptu shopping trip uncovers many glorious finds, and youre compelled to change your dcor. Start with that dreary room, Sagittarius. Movie reviewDirector Nicholas McCarthys The Pact relies on tone, setting to frighten viewers
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His recent Broadway play was met with horrible reviews and an early cancellation, and his marriage is being tested as an old flame (Olivia Williams) as reentered his life during a particular moment of weakness. Retreating back to his childhood home to visit his mother (Katherine Helmond), Robert crosses paths with his childhood neighbor, Gus (David Morse). A right-wing, ex-con who still lives at home with his mother, Gus is Roberts polar opposite in every possible way. When Gus holds Robert hostage at gunpoint during a drunken reunion gone terribly wrong, the drama unfolds as social status, celebrity and the imminent threat of violence converge, building up to a climax that will leave both men forever changed.Crazy EyesGenre: Drama Cast: Lukas Haas, Madeline Zima, Jake Busey, Blake Garrett Rosenthal, Ray Wise and Valerie Mahaffey Director: Adam Sherman Not rated One of those glamorous L.A. people with too much money and too much time on his hands, Zach (Lukas Haas) looks like hes living the Hollywood dream. Theres a steady stream of beautiful women coming in and out of his posh home in the hills, and every night he makes his way through the hottest nightspots for a party that never ends. A divorce with a 5-year-old son, Zach has become a master at seducing women without ever getting too close. But all thats about to change hes met a girl he calls Crazy Eyes (Madeline Zima), and shes not like anyone hes ever met before. Flirty but withholding, intelligent but damaged, shes the one woman Zach cant have, so naturally he wants her above all others. While Zachs hard-partying lifestyle aided and abetted by his bartender pal Dan (Jake Busey) threatens to go off the rails, family concerns begin to play a major role in Zachs life. While his ex-wife becomes more financially demanding, Zach grows closer to their son (Blake Garrett Rosenthal), finding stability and maturity in his role as a father thats absent from the rest of his life. And as Zach begins to embrace fatherhood, his own father (Ray Wise) becomes seriously ill which in turn leads to Zachs mother (Valerie Mahaffey) having a mental breakdown. Will the quest for love and the responsibilities of family life help this poor little rich boy become a man?The Magic of Belle IsleGenre: Comedy and drama Cast: Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, Madeline Carroll, Kenan Thompson and Fred Willard Director: Rob Reiner Rated: PG Reuniting with director Rob Reiner from the hit film, The Bucket List, Morgan Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a famous Western novelist whose struggle with alcoholism has sapped his passion for writing. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in picturesque Belle Isle, and befriends the family next door an attractive single mom (Virginia Madsen) and her young daughters who help him find inspiration again. The PactGenre: Horror, mystery and thriller Cast: Caity Lotz, Casper van Dien and Agnes Bruckner Director: Nicholas McCarthy Not rated After her mother passes away, Annie is persuaded to return home and pay final respects. Sleeping in her childhood bedroom, something ominous and unfamiliar in the house rattles the tough-as-nails heroine. Enlisting the aid of a local cop and a clairvoyant to investigate, Annie soon finds these mysterious disturbances only serve as a catalyst to bring forth long-repressed nightmares that reveal a disturbing secret about her familys history. The Pact mixes genre elements to breathe new life into the classic haunted house genre. With an assured hand, director Nicholas McCarthy tactfully cranks up the tension and carefully peels away each twist to build toward a blood-tingling finale.For more movie news including whats playing at local theaters, trailers and an opportunity to purchase tickets online, visit www. TBNweekly.com. Click on the Movie News & Reviews link on the left-side menu.Photo courtesy of MAGNOLIA PICTURESMorgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen star in The Magic of Belle Isle, a Magnolia Pictures release.Clearwater Nobodys Perfect, through July 29, at Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 200 S. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Performances are Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and Friday and Sunday, 4 p.m. Cost is $29.90 for dinner and the show. In this comedy, Leonard Loftus is forced to submit his novel under a female pseudonym. When he wins first prize, he frantically tries to keep up the charade. In high heels and lipstick, the hero is caught in a hilarious dilemma. Call 446-5898 or visit earlybirddinnertheatre.com. Friday the 13th, Friday, July 13, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Part of Capitol Theatres cult film series, this gory shocker from director Sean S. Cunningham is the one that started it all launching the character of Jason Vorhees to cult icon status in American pop culture. Friday the 13th is considered one of the most successful media franchises in America and celebrated by slasher fans the world over. The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue Tuesday, July 24, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheck erdhall.com. The Dukes of September include Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriters Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs. Separately, these performers have sold tens of millions of albums and performed at sold-out concerts for more than four decades. United, they promise to deliver a unique concert for Baby Boomers and lovers of R&B and soul. Fagen returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since performing a sold-out concert with Walter Becker and their band Steely Dan in June 2009. This iconic duo has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and helped define the soundtrack of the s with hits including F.M., Bodhisattva, Reelin in the Years, Rikki Dont Lose That Number, Deacon Blues, Peg, Babylon Sisters and Hey Nineteen. Scaggs returns to the Ruth Eckerd Hall stage for the first time since his sold-out concert with Marc Cohn in 2010. He first gained fame in the 1970s with several Top 20 hits including Lowdown, Lido Shuffle, What Can I Say and Were All Alone from the album Silk Degrees, which reached No. 2 on the U.S. album charts. McDonald returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since his sold-out concert in December of last year. His hit songs What a Fool Believes, Takin It to the Streets and Sweet Freedom have contributed to American pop music for more than three decades. Kenny Vance and the Planotones Friday, July 27, 7:30 p.m., atCapitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets start at $45. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Kenny Vance and The Planotones offer their audience an invitation into their basement rehearsal studio for an intimate evening of song and stories spanning Vances varied and accomplished 50-year career, and the music that has been its unique soundtrack. It is a story only Vance and The Planotones can tell, with a historical perspective framed by a multi-faceted career that began on the Brooklyn street corners, and rose through Jay and The Americans, the Bill Building, Vances stint as musical director on Saturday Night Live, and numerous music-driven film classics like Animal House, Eddie and The Cruisers, Hairspray and the movie in which The Planotones were born, American Hot Wax. After a short intermission, as an added treat, the audience is able to interact with Vance during a warm and informative question-and-answer session followed by a Kenny Vance and The Planotones concert. Midnight in Paris: The Cabaret Saturday, July 28, 8 p.m., in the social hall at Temple Bnai Israel, 1685 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater. This will be a musical performance from the American Songbook Series. Music will be performed by Paul Wilborn and Blue Roses. Attendees will climb aboard a musical taxi headed for the Roaring s. The concert will include songs from the Woody Allen film plus Jazz Age favorites by Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Fats Waller, Irving Berlin and other Broadway and Tin Pan Alley sensations. Attendees may bring their own bottle or enjoy a courtesy glass of table wine with each ticket. Tickets are $18 in advance. Call 531-5829. The Wizard of Oz, Saturday, July 28, 3 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Part of the Capitol Classics Family Movie Series sponsored by Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, the film stars Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr and Frank Morgan. The film follows Dorothy (Garland) and her dog Toto as they are caught in a tornados path and end up in the Land of Oz, where she meets some memorable friends and foes on her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage. The film is an icon of American cinema topping critics lists and touching the hearts of generations of moviegoers worldwide. Yes and Procol Harum Sunday, July 29, 7 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $45. Call 7917400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Original Yes members Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White will be joined by Jon Davison (vocals) and Geoff Downes (keyboards). As a dominant force for more than four decades, Yes has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, stretching the boundaries of progressive art-rock with songs such as Roundabout, Owner of a Lonely Heart and Ive Seen All Good People creating dynamic instrumental contrasts and abstract lyrics. Their symphonic use of sound and innovative musical styles continues to make them one of the most successful and longstanding groups in rock history. Their amazing career continues to defy many of their contemporaries, as they continue to add new, young fans to their following. Joining Yes is UK prog-rock band Procol Harum. Their debut single, a classically-based piece, A Whiter Shade of Pale, captured the imagination in a way that few singles do and spent a month at the top of the UK charts and became a million-seller. Follow-ups Conquistador and Simple Sister are considered classics and among the best of the UK prog-rock movement. Little Feat Wednesday, Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets start at $45. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerd hall.com. Little Feat is very possibly the last-manstanding example of what used to be the norm in American music, a fusion of a broad span of styles and genres into something utterly distinctive. Performing songs from their catalog, which spans more than 40 years, Little Feat will take the stage at the Capitol Theatre in Downtown Clearwater. The bands first album, Little Feat, featured the instant-classic tune Willin, and the follow-up album, Sailin Shoes added Easy to Slip, Trouble, Tripe Face Boogie, Cold Cold Cold and the title track to their repertoire. Their third release, Dixie Chicken, is regarded as the bands landmark album, giving them the signature hits Dixie Chicken and Fat Man in the Bathtub. Special guest Roy Jay Band will open the show. Disneys Beauty and the Beast Aug. 1-5, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 and 7 p.m. A romantic Broadway musical for all generations, Disneys Beauty and the Beast has won the hearts of millions worldwide. This classic love story based on the Academy Award-winning animated film is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including Be Our Guest and the beloved title song. Lindsey Buckingham, Monday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets start at $59. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerd hall .com. The legendary guitarist, singer/songwriter, Grammy winner, producer and Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame member is touring in support of his sixth solo album, Seeds We Sow. The album is Buckinghams first self-release. 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