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Photo by TOM GERMONDLargo head coach Rick Rodriguez makes assignments for his team during practice.Packers upbeat about season By TOM GERMONDLARGO Rick Rodriguez, who is starting his 13th season as head coach of the Largo High Packers, is counting on his teams experience to give him a good shot at winning his eighth consecutive district title. We have a real solid group of seniors. Quite a few have started for three or four years, thats important especially at our skilled positions, Rodriguez said. Those include senior Harry Brown, 5-11, 205 pounds, a linebacker and running back; and senior Juwan Brown, 6-1, 180 pounds, quarterback. Juwan Brown has a lot of football savvy and has developed into one of the top players in the state of Florida through his work ethic, Rodriguez said. See PACKERS, page 8A City OKs sign replacement bonuses By TOM GERMONDLARGO Largo commissioners voted 6-1 to approve an ordinance Aug. 21 offering businesses incentives to replace pole signs with monument signs in the next five years. The tiered program will help promote the replacement of nonconforming pole signs throughout the city, city officials said. Businesses are required to replace the signs before June 2017. During the first year, the program would include 10 $200 grants that will be available to offset building permit fees in addition to a 25 percent sign square footage bonus. Among the proponents of the program are the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce. Commissioner Harriet Crozier said the chamber is being proactive toward the incentives. She called chamber officials and was told that they want to put together educational programs for all businesses in Largo, she said. She asked how the city was going to deal with businesses that dont replace their pole signs as required by June 2017. Community Development Director Carol Stricklin said the code enforcement process will give businesses a reasonable time to comply. But its at some point there could be people that would go to our code enforcement board who would be asked to remove their nonconforming signs, she said. Commissioner Curtis Holmes, who voted against the program, said that the little stipend we are throwing out there is minute compared to what the cost of doing this is. Largo resident Geoff Moakley said the city spends perhaps thousands of dollars trying to mandate and replace highly visible pole signs with low visibility monument signs. He said he depends on viewing gas station advertising on pole signs. As he is driving on four-lane and sixlane highways, he wont be able to see monument signs three hundred yards away. Keep pole signs, which are the life blood of business advertising, he said. The final reading ordinance is set for the commissions meeting Sept. 4. Features Business . . . . . . . . . .11A Classieds . . . . . . . . .5-7B County . . . . . . . . . .3,6-7A Entertainment . . . . . . .1-4,8B Health & tness . . . . . . . .10A Largo . . . . . . . . . . . .2A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . .8A Pet connection . . . . . . . .12A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .9A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising LARGOCity mulls over budget proposalsThe economic development division is too important to eliminate, city commissioners said Aug. 17. During a work session on their departments budgets, all commissioners spoke out against deleting the division, which is part of the Community Development Department. ... Page 2A.COUNTYPlans move ahead for new buildingPinellas County is closer to the start of construction on a new public safety facility and centralized communication center. Pinellas County Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to the guaranteed maximum price with Land Lease Construction Inc. of Tampa. The Aug. 7 approval initiates construction of the project, according to a staff report. The price is nearly $68.5 million. Construction is expected to take 24 months. ... Page 7A.BUSINESSChamber honors four area leadersThe Central Pinellas Chamber presented awards to four individuals ... Page 11A.County approves brownfield designation Approval affects Largo area ... Page 7A. The Apparition, a supernatural thriller, stars Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan ... Page 1B.At the box office A horrifying apparition haunts a young couple Volume XXXV,No. 5 August 23, 2012 www.TBNweekly.com 030112BACK AND NECK PAIN TREATMENTAUTO ACCIDENT INJURIESLow Back Pain Neck Pain Disc Problems Headaches Gregory Hollstrom II, D.C. Brian Rebori, D.C. 11444 Seminole Blvd., Largo 727-393-6100 Learn More at: www .DrGregHollstrom.com 12046 Indian Rocks Road, Largo 727-595-1222 www.VONailsAndSpa.comFACIALS SPA THERAPY WAXING NAILS AND MORE Not available with other offers. Expires 9/15/12Full Set or Spa Mani-PediNot available with other offers. Exp. 9/15/12080212 We Offer SHELLAC for Natural Nails20% OFF All Services for New Clients.$500OFF 070512727-725-1052 2547 Countryside Blvd. #5 www.CustomHairTampa.com Look Good All Summer Long!$50 OFF Any New WigCustom Hair & Wigs I love these kids and I love the game and I will do it until I die. If I won the Powerball yesterday, Id still be here. Just in better clothes.Jeremy Frioud Largo defensive coachEditors note: The familys last name is being withheld to maintain some of their privacy. This story is part of the last segement of a three-part series. By ALEXANDRA LUNDAHLLARGO It killed one of her close friends. It caused another one to have a severe seizure. But the addiction was too strong. She kept using. But its only synthetic marijuana. Its legal. Its no big deal. At least those are the arguments she told herself and tried to use on her parents. Jessies addiction to synthetic drugs has wreaked destruction on her family as her parents try all they can to save their little girl. She is only 15. But Missy and Jeff of Largo wont give up on their daughter.The turning pointBefore all their lives changed, Jessie was a dream kid. She was the first girl to be born in the fathers side of the family in more than 80 years. She was sweet, loving, kind and talented. Extremely talented, Missy said. In sports and anything. Anything Jessie did, it was effortless. She was very good at softball, she was really good at school. She always got good grades. She was always the center of attention. Everyone wanted to be like Jessie. She was just always very outgoing, very outspoken, very fun. She was like the life of the family. Its so sad to talk about her like she was, she was, Jeff replied. It sounds like shes dead. I know shes still in there, Missy said. Just hopefully someday it will come back out. Their family has always been close, enjoying activities with both Missys and Jeffs large extended families and also spending time together as their own little unit Missy, Jeff, Jessie, and Jessies 11-year-old brother. Jessie and her family loved doing everything together roller skating, fishing, camping, beach outings, movies and family dinners. Jessie loved special hunting trips with her dad. All of a sudden, around eighth grade when Jessie was about 13, she started hanging out with a different crowd. They were much older than her around 18 to 20. Jessie started to pull away, but at first it just seemed like normal teenage stuff. She was moodier and didnt want to hang out with the family, and at first, Missy and Jeff tried to give her some space and a little bit of freedom since she was growing up. But as Jessie pulled away more and more, her parents began monitoring her Facebook page. When Jessie unfriended her parents, Missy created an account pretending to be a teenage boy. I became friends with her friends so finally she trusted that I could be her friend, Missy said. And you watch her Facebook page and you kind of figure out whats going on. We were wondering what Spice and K-2 were. I mean, you think its just kid language. We knew what pot, marijuana and those kinds of things are. But we had no clue what this was. On Facebook, all of the friends, theyre so stupid, Jeff added. They talk openly that they have the drugs and to come on over. Missy and Jeff began finding packages of the synthetic drugs in Jessies room, purse, and even hidden outside. They did some research, found out what they were. People were calling it legal pot, and Missy thinks that is how Jessie and her friends got the misconception that it was okay and safe. Jessie was never into drugs or smoking or alcohol, Missy said. She was very against smoking. And she had been in a very good crowd of friends. And then one day it seemed like the table kind of turned and she veered off down the wrong path of friends. And she admitted it was peer pressure. They kept pressuring her and pressuring her and making fun of her, saying that she wasnt cool (if she didnt try the synthetic drugs.)But its legalMissy and Jeff had already talked to Jessie about not doing drugs, alcohol or smoking. They explained why they are bad and talked about the consequences. But they werent prepared for this new kind of drug. Neither Missy nor Jeff come from families or backgrounds that involve drug or alcohol abuse, so it was shocking to all of a sudden have to deal withA family lostA Largo couple struggles when their 15-year-old gets addicted to synthetic drugs Photo by ALEXANDRA LUNDAHLMissy shows a favorite picture of her daughter, Jessie, from back in the good old days before Jessie got addicted to synthetic drugs. Blondie to perform in Pinellas ParkThe Whip It to Shreds Tour comes to England Brothers Park on Sunday, Sept. 23. Gates will open at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $14. Visit ticketfly.com. Blondie and Devo will co-headline the show. ... Page 8B.ENTERTAINMENT VIEWPOINTSBill CotterellFloridas electoral votes absolutely essential for Romney, columnist says. Page 9A. their daughters addiction. She and her friends did all kinds of synthetic drugs K-2, Spice, Scooby Snax, Smileys, WTF, Jazz. Jeff hates how the packaging is so colorful with cartoons or cool images on it that are made to attract kids. Both parents are shocked that they are so accessible. It really boggles the mind that anybody could just walk into a gas station and buy something that makes them hallucinate, Missy said. It has See FAMILY, page 4A
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GET GOOD INSURANCE COVERAGE TODAY !We also offer Auto, RV, Boat, Motorcycle, General Liability and Flood Insurance By TOM GERMONDLARGO The economic development division is too important to eliminate, city commissioners said Aug. 17. During a work session on their departments budgets, all commissioners spoke out against deleting the division, which is part of the Community Development Department. The proposed budget reductions would eliminate two-full positions, which are the economic division manager and neighborhood planner, reducing full-time equivalent positions from 62.25 to 60.25. Commissioners noted that the city has undertaken many efforts to stimulate economic development in the city since the managers position was first filled in April 2008. Though they didnt mention her by name, the manager is Teresa Brydon. I think its not a great time to let go of the economic development manager, being that we have done all this work to get ready for when people are going to be able to start developing something again, Mayor Pat Gerard said. The other position that city officials plan to eliminate from the budget is the neighborhood planner. Gerard asked if the economic development manager is retained whether she could pick up some of the neighborhood coordinators duties. I think people are bit traumatized that we are even thinking of cutting that (economic development manager) and the neighborhood person, Gerard said. Commissioner Robert Murray agreed with her on economic development. I think the economic development manager is key at this particular point, especially with the uptick with all the planning and permits that are being pulled now, Murray said. I think its a vital position to have. Commissioner Curtis Holmes said several developers contacted him and said they thought it was a terrible idea that they would consider getting rid of the economic development manager. They had nothing but high praise for the current person in the office, Holmes said. Commissioner Gigi Arntzen said that when the city lists its top priority is promoting economic development, we are doing ourselves a disservice. I think we need to keep the position to maintain what we have, she said. Commissioner Woody Brown said he thought it was a horrible time to consider removing that function, adding that the commission needs to figure out how to find $84,000 to fund it. If the commission agreed to cut the managers position the business ombudsman in that department would be reassigned to administration and continue in the role as the small-business liaison and have some other duties. Community Development Carol Stricklin listed several activities that would be discontinued if the economic development department were eliminated. Those include reduced pro-active business recruitment, outreach and assistance for development site selection; reduced coordination with Pinellas County Economic Development to work with leads generated by the state and reduced support for the economic development incentives program. We would discontinue our coordinated economic development marketing program, she said. The program consists of regular attendance at marketing events. In addition the department regularly communicates with business community through its electronic newsletter, story of the week and social media. The business community views the economic development manager as their advocate, Stricklin said. What would really change is that the city would no longer have that senior economic development professional as the face of economic development for the city of Largo, Stricklin said. Though City Manager Mac Craig said finding money to fund the economic development position is difficult, he suggested that the city expand contracts for groundskeepers and custodial services as city employees vacate those positions to provide savings in the budget. The citys proposed operating budget reflects a reduction about $2.6 million and the equivalent of 23.23 full-time employees. City officials are proposing a 7.3 percent property tax increase, bringing the tax rate to 4.9 mills. At this point, the commission is providing direction for the city officials. The final decisions on the tax rate and the budget for the next fiscal year will be made at a public hearing Sept. 20.Largo: Economic development too critical to cut Photo by JIM LAYFIELDSteven Oyer, 4, of Seminole, gets a few pointers from his dad, Andrew, at the Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfasts Family Fun Fishing Day Aug. 4 at Taylor Park in Largo. Awards were given for the rst catch, most sh, smallest sh and the top three largest sh.Free Genealogy/Family History Classes in September, Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive Description: Free classes this month include: Using Ancestry .com and familysearch.org (LDS site), Using Library of Congress website, Tracing Living Persons and several more. 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. Swing Dance Saturdays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 7 until 11 p.m. Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Description: Come enjoy an evening of dancing and socializing every Saturday night. Enjoy a free lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. and a DJ dance from 8 until 11 p.m. Our resident DJ is Savoy Swing. Dont miss out on our 5,600-square-foot sprung hardwood floor. For more information, visit LargoCommuni tyCenter.com or call 518-3131. The fee is $6 with a recreation card and $7 no recreation card. Train Weekend, Sept. 2 and 3, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive Description: Ride the miniature trains of Largo Central Railroad on the first full weekend 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. Call 587-6740, ext. 5014. The event is free; donations accepted. 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Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at the Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, made the announcement at an Aug. 9 teleconference. We are increasing the likelihood of an above-normal season because storm-conducive wind patterns and warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures are now in place in the Atlantic, Bell said. There conditions are linked to the ongoing high activity era for Atlantic hurricanes that began in 1995. Also, strong-early season activity is generally indicative of a more active season. The new outlook calls for a 50 percent chance of a near-normal season, 35 percent chance of an above-normal season, and 15 percent chance that activity will be below normal. The outlook calls for a total of 12 to 17 named storms to form in 2012, five to eight hurricanes and two to three major hurricanes. As of Aug. 9, six named storms have formed and two strengthened into hurricanes. Laura Furgione, acting director of the National Weather Service, pointed out that two of the named storms formed before June 1, the official start of the season. She said it was only the third time in history that two named storms formed before June 1. The other times were in 1887 and 1908. Four additional named storms formed this year in late June. Then it was a quiet July, she said. Activity picked up again in early August. Mid-August marks the historical peak of the season. An average hurricane season includes 10 tropical storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes with maximum sustained winds exceeding 110 mph, categories 3-5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. However, the vast majority of tropical storm and hurricane activity typically occurs during the August-October peak of the hurricane season, according to NOAAs Climate Prediction Center. The experts say 78 percent of tropical storm days usually occur in the three-month period, as well as 87 percent of minor hurricane days and 96 percent of major hurricane days. Maximum activity is in early to mid-September. Experts with Colorado State Universitys Tropical Meteorology Project released projections for the remainder of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season Aug. 3, saying between now and Nov. 30, activity most likely will be slightly less than average. Dr. Phil Klotzbach, research scientist, and William Gray, professor emeritus of atmospheric science, said in the updated report that the remainder of 2012 will have about 10 named storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricanes, Category 3, 4 or 5. Furgione said the reason outlooks and predictions for hurricane season are made is to help provide information to prepare ahead of the storms. Folks need to be prepared now, she said, referencing the website ready.gov as a resource to help. She talked about the need to become a weather-ready nation with people informed and ready regardless of predictions and seasons. She also pointed out that residents in coastal communities werent the only ones at risk due to the dangers of inland flooding. Inland flooding is the most dangerous aspect of hurricanes, she said. More than half the deaths associated with hurricanes in the United States come from inland flooding. She said 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, the last Category 5 hurricane to hit the United States. Andrew came ashore in south Florida on Aug. 24, 1992 and then made landfall a second time as a Category 3 in Louisiana. It was the third costliest storm after hurricanes Katrina and Ike. Be prepared each and every season, regardless of predictions, she said. We have no control over if a hurricane will form or when or where. Being prepared gives us power. NOAA climatologists announced Aug. 9 that El Nino likely would develop later this month or in September. El Nino is a competing factor, because it strengthens the vertical wind shear over the Atlantic, which suppresses storm development. However, we dont expect El Ninos influence until later in the season, Bell said. Hurricane Ernesto and Tropical Storm Florence formed off the African coast earlier than is typical, which experts say is indicative of an active season. Furgione said officials were concerned about the potential for the public to be apathetic since it had been some years since a major hurricane had affected the United States. She said the publics preparedness often is tied to the experiences they remember. We have a long way to go until the end of the season, and we shouldnt let our guard down, she said. Hurricane season continues through Nov. 30.NOAA ups the odds for a busy hurricane seasonThe new outlook calls for a 50 percent chance of a near-normal season, 35 percent chance of an above-normal season, and 15 percent chance that activity will be below normal. The outlook calls for a total of 12 to 17 named storms to form in 2012, five to eight hurricanes and two to three major hurricanes.
4A Leader, August 23, 2012 FAMILY, from page 1Achemicals in it that scientists dont really know what they are yet. And then they go and change the chemicals as soon as they make them illegal, so its legal again because they changed a compound in it. Teens dont tend to think about their mortality or long-term consequences. As teenagers, they think theyre indestructible, Jeff said. And like everyones told them about cigarettes and that they can kill you, but some people smoke cigarettes for 50 years sometimes before anything happens. So they may think this Spice thing will take a long time and they can stop any time they want. But it can cause brain damage. Unfortunately, sometimes it only takes one time to cause permanent damage. Missy has reached out to numerous other parents online whose teens and young adult children have been affected by synthetic drugs. She recently talked to one mom whose son was very smart and was a student in grad school. One weekend, he decided to party and tried synthetic pot for the first time. After just that one time, he got serious brain damage and is hardly the person he used to be. Missy said she feels grateful that they have not lost their daughter completely, but she still is terrified for what could happen. Jeff said that it is harder for the kids to get real marijuana, so they do the synthetic kinds instead. Plus, if they are caught with marijuana, they get arrested. But if they are caught with synthetic drugs, they are immune. Probably in the back of their mind they think, If it hurts us so bad, why make it so available to us? Jeff said. For a good kid like Jessie, the technical legality made it easier for her to justify what she was doing, in the beginning. The biggest fight that we would have, Missy said, is she said, Im not buying real pot. Thats illegal, And that was a lot of it in the beginning. Its legal, its legal, its legal. But we could see that it was destroying her. It took her soul. It took every bit of the sparkle in her eye and it made her dark. She became very hollow and very shallow. And then she would just start staying out because she knew that shed get in trouble. Instead of listening to us as her parents, trying to ground her or scold her, she would just not come home.Wild childEvery time Jessie ran away or just wouldnt come home, Jeff had to go out searching for her. He was on call 24 hours a day. It could be 2 a.m. and he and Missy went to sleep just for a few minutes and Jessie would slip out of the house. Jeff would be out until 4, 5, 6 a.m. trying to catch up with her. He might find her again at 8 a.m. as she came straggling down the street by herself, he said, or maybe they wouldnt find her until 3 p.m. the next day. Missy said their friends would call and tell them that they saw Jessie at the local gas station buying spice and was hanging out with her bad friends, as her parents called them. We became very good detectives, Jeff said. When she wouldnt come home, we had to start calling her friends and wed have to make the call is she just out running around, or did somebody grab her and take her? So better safe than sorry, we had to go find her, so we have to call everyone, waking them up, asking, Have you seen Jessie? Jeff would go around, knocking on doors in the middle of the night, trying to find his daughter. When he would finally find her and bring her home, shed be all mad and protest. She would stick around long enough to shower and get something to eat, but as soon as Jeff and Missy were in bed, she would slip out again. Sometimes Jessie would even leave a note, saying she would be back in 15 minutes. At 8:05 a.m. But then it would be two more days until they found her or she came home on her own. For a while, Missy and Jeff used a GPS tracker on Jessies phone to track her down. Missy would be on the computer, talking to Jeff on the phone as she told him which direction to turn as he drove around trying to find their daughter. But eventually Jessie figured out how they were finding her, so she shut off her phone to stay hidden. Jeff worked as a private contractor, but he lost a lot of clients because whenever Jessie was out of school, he had to watch her. Its babysitting a 15-year-old, Missy said. He would call me at work and all hed done was go to the bathroom and she would run out the door. Well shes gone. What do you mean? Youre there with her. But he goes to the bathroom, shes gone. He goes outside to do something, shes gone. You literally have to follow her around. You cant chain her to a bed. It gets very trying to where some days you just want to throw up your arms and say, Thats it, Im done. Im tired. Im over it. But you know what? You cant do that. You cant give up on your child. Pretty soon they realized that even school was not a safe place. I would drop her off at school at 7 in the morning, and she walks in the door and walks right back out the back door of the school, Jeff said. And then Im there at the end of the day, thinking she went to school all day long. There was a gas station right across the street from the high school where Jessie and her friends bought the synthetic pot and then go hang out all day. When her parents started getting calls from the school, Jessie said that she was late to class, and that is why the school calls. The parents caught on, though, and were horrified to learn that she and her bad friends would spend all day at this nasty old mans house who appeared to like the young girls far too much, Jeff said. His granddaughter used to live with him, so that is why the kids started going over there, but then she moved back to Tampa, yet the kids still kept going over there, Missy said. Any kid that wanted to could come to his door and hang out there, Jeff said. So all these kids who wanted to do drugs or spice or whatever would just walk out of school and over to his house. I talked to him this one time and told him I dont like Jessie being at his house, but I had to write it all down because hes deaf. Missy said they have reported the man to the police several times, but they dont know what came of that. Everything about Jessie changed after she started using synthetic drugs. She was no longer the sweet, kind girl that her parents knew. It was like a Jeckyll and Hyde kind of thing, Jeff said. Shed be nice but then if she wanted to go somewhere or do something (and wasnt allowed to,) shed just get irate and mean. I heard that happened a lot with kids (on these drugs.) It makes them very angry and mean and messes up their brain a bit. Im surprised more crimes havent been committed because of this.InterventionsNumerous times, Jessies family has taken huge measures to try to get her cleaned up. The first was in that first summer Jessie started using synthetic pot. In June 2010, she had run away from home one night, and I think it was the first time we ever called the police on her, and I was frantic, Missy said. Missy called her dad and aunt up in Georgia to talk about the situation. Her aunt offered to take Jessie for the summer. Get her out of the environment. Away from those friends. Let her play with her cousins and maybe she would snap out of it. But that didnt last for long. She wanted to come home. She missed her friends. She put up a fuss. It was all because Jessie didnt have the control that she thought that she had and the freedom that she thought she had, Missy said. But she wasnt home more than a few days before she was smoking the synthetic pot again. At that point, Missy and Jeff researched rehab centers and sent Jessie to Inspirations for Youth in Fort Lauderdale. She remained there from late July until September, missing the first few weeks of high school. She seemed to be doing a lot better, but those same friends were still around, and after a few weeks, Jessie caved to the pressure and old habits. We sent her back (to Inspirations) for a second time, Missy said. But I think that time Jessie kind of knew what to do to manipulate the system to get out quickly. That rehab center was primarily for alcohol and traditional drugs. It didnt know as much about Spice and the synthetic drugs because they were so new, Missy said. But one of the people at Inspirations helped Missy and Jeff find Wellington Retreat Residential Treatment Center in Palm Beach. There is a specialized adolescent program that has an intensive inpatient program for teens 13 to 18. They treat for both the drug and behavior problems and also help the kids continue their schoolwork through the Florida Virtual School. The teens at Wellington live a structured life, and participate in the 12-step programs of both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. They attend group sessions and one-on-one counseling, and they must live healthy, clean lives. As time went by, Jessie began to improve. Her attitude got better and she realized she has a problem. She participated in the steps of NA and apologized to her parents and began being truthful. But then insurance began to call. They didnt want to pay for Jessies rehab anymore, and they wanted to kick her out. Missy was on the phone with their insurance company multiple times a day, begging them to let Jessie stay longer. She couldnt leave. She wasnt ready. Even her doctors and therapists called the insurance company, trying all they could to make them understand the severity of the situation. The doctors told my insurance company, If this child is released, her death will be on your hands, Missy said. Every day we called the insurance company three or four times a day to say dont let her go. We got to 32 days. After those 32 days, Missy and Jeff began paying out-of-pocket. But the program costs between $5,000 and $6,000 a week. The doctors and owner of Wellington, however, didnt want to see Jessie fail, so Missy and Jeff paid what they could, but even that was about $800 a week. After a total of 65 days in the residential program, they downgraded Jessie to the non-residential program. She stayed with her grandparents, who live nearby, and they drove Jessie to and from the center each day for 30 more days. But after that, they just couldnt afford it anymore. Their house was already in foreclosure. Jessie had to come home. She gets in there and when shes there for a few weeks, shes saying I love you, and I miss you, Jeff said. And she believes it. Shes very sincere about it. But then she gets back and someone sticks spice in front of her and it happens all over again. The tools Jessie learned in rehab helped her stay clean for a little while, but she left before she was strong enough to be able to fully turn her back on the peer pressure.When she came back from rehab, she was amazing, Missy said. She was like our beautiful little girl again. You could actually see she was like a 15-yearold again. She started going to school again and was actually doing really good. She was trying to control her anger and trying to control her thoughts. She was laughing and smiling again. Jessie would come sit next to her parents to watch TV with them, and Missy said she didnt even want to breathe. She was so happy that her daughter wanted to spend time with them, that she was afraid to do anything that might scare her off. But Jessie needed more time in rehab to get stronger before she was strong enough to face her old environment again. She eventually gave into peer pressure and was soon using synthetic drugs again. Even watching these drugs destroy the friends around her wasnt enough to make her quit. The addiction was too strong. One of her friends died, and another one overdosed, Missy said. One or two of her friends had a seizure, Jeff added. And the doctor said it was due to Spice. And Im surprised she hasnt had something like that yet. We just havent given up on her, you know? Thats why we keep trying to find her at night and put her in rehab. Im sure if we didnt intervene, shed probably be dead by now. In early July, her parents sent Jessie back to Wellington, where she remains. Missy and Jeff intend to keep her there as long as they possibly can. She needs enough time to get better. The bills keep rolling in, though, and right at the 30-day mark, insurance started calling again. But they are not going to give up.Program for successDavid Carlyle is a therapist and school psychologist who works at Wellington Retreat. While he was not at liberty to discuss Jessies case specifically, he could give insight on how these drugs affect people and how Wellington tries to help. The drugs commonly cause auditory hallucinations, he said, and sometimes visual hallucinations. People lose their motivation and motor skills as well. It affects memory, Carlyle said. It affects cognitive reasoning. It affects your social relationships, in terms of all skills, cognitive and emotional skills to get along with other people. It has a huge impact on school. Teens are particularly at risk for getting involved with these drugs, he said, because they are easily accessible and specifically marketed toward youth. As a teen therapist, what really bothers me is that the packaging is completely designed to get a teenager to buy it, Carlyle said. The colors, the cartoons. Its a juvenile market that these manufacturers are obviously marketing to. Its purposely targeting teens, which is very disturbing because its deadly. There are some very powerful tranquilizers in these things. See FAMILY, page 5A By SUZETTE PORTERTheyre addictive. Their effects are unknown. Yet, theyre available at the local convenience store and the Internet. K2, Spice, Ivory White theyre marketed as a legal high. Lots of people are doing them, so whats the problem? There are many issues with these drugs, according to Dr. Cynthia R. Lewis-Younger, managing and medical director for the Florida Poison Information Center in Tampa. Because people take them for their psychological effects, they all go into the brain, she said. We know that drug use can change the brain. Particularly with the synthetic cathinones, weve been seeing severe outcomes, including psychotic behaviors, which may persist for the long term. We dont know if those are permanent, but I think it will be likely. We have seen seizures and very high temperatures, both of which can be deadly, she said. But what concerns her most, is the violent acts that have been associated with the users of these drugs. Synthetic cathinones are designer stimulants also known as bath salts. This has apparently included suicides, murders and attempted murders. Users may need multiple people to restrain them physically until they can be sedated for behavior control. Marvin Coleman, vice president of Community and Business Relations at Operation Par, agrees that synthetic drugs are becoming pretty much a significant issue. About 30 percent of the agencys clients said in a recent poll they had used synthetic drugs or had experienced some issues with the drugs. Operation Par assists families experiencing problems associated with substance abuse and mental health issues. Coleman also talked about the problem of unknown long-term effects. Its hard to know the effect it will have on people 10 to 20 years in the future, he said. Prescription drugs are developed over time, studied and verified as safe for legitimate use. Known side effects are listed. Yet, they are often taken off the shelf after several years of use. Five to 10 years later, long-term problems come out that outweigh the benefits of some of these drugs, he said. Those drugs were researched and regulated. But, without the regulation, the danger skyrockets. Coleman also is concerned because the drugs are manufactured in secrecy using unknown and ever-changing formulas. Treatment is more difficult for those addicted to synthetic drugs because of the lack of control of the manufacturing process, Coleman said. You dont know whats in it, so you have be careful on the medical side of the treatment, he said. He said the products could contain derivatives of illegal drugs such as heroin, methamphetamines or cocaine, which increases the danger of addiction. Treatment is a very tricky thing, because the drug may be an unknown even after drug testing, he said. Treating synthetic addiction is a very tricky thing. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, withdrawal symptoms from synthetic cannabinoids, includes elevated blood pressure, restlessness, drug craving, nightmares, sweating, nausea, tremor and headache. Coleman defines an addict as someone who is losing control or has the inability to control their habit something in their life that is causing hurt and pain, destroying their family and making them unable to work or go to school. Teens are highly vulnerable due to the marketing toward that age group. He said marijuana users switch to the synthetic version either because theyre trying to quit or because they believe it is safe because it is legal. Synthetics are appealing to other drug users because theyre thought to be legal, and they believe the drugs will produce the same effects of the illegals. Synthetic drugs are not detected by drug tests. The effects of the drugs may vary per person or age group. For example, one of the side effects of bath salts is that once ingested it causes an increase in body temperature as the body tries to eradicate the foreign thing they ingested, Coleman said. Some handle it better, he said. It depends on the person. We dont know how it will affect everybody. John Melton, an investigator for Pinellas County Justice and Consumer Services, said bath salts have been known to cause people to hallucinate and have reactions of feeling as if their skin is on fire. They take off their clothes. There are verifiable reports by authorities of ODs (overdoses) on this stuff, Melton said. According to William Pellan, director of Investigations for the District Six Medical Examiner Office, only one cause of death has been reported in Pinellas County that involved synthetic cannabinoids. That death involved a 19 year old that drowned in Clearwater, he said. There have been other deaths that we investigated that were determined to have synthetic cannabinoids present in their toxicology results, but did not directly cause or contribute to their death.Known side effectsThe Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports a number of side effects associated with synthetic drugs. Mild effects from the use of bath salts include: Increased heart rate Agitation Diminished requirement for sleep Lack of appetite Increased alertness and awareness Anxiety Fits and delusions Nosebleeds More serious side effects associated with bath salts include: Muscle spasms Blood circulation problems Increased blood pressure Kidney failure Seizures Risk of renal failure Hallucinations Aggression Severe paranoia Panic attacks Sharp increase in body temperature Side effects from synthetic marijuana include: Agitation Vomiting Dangerous hallucinations Loss of consciousness Elevated blood pressure Seizures Increased heart rateHelp is availableOperation Par provides help with substance abuse problems. Coleman said parents are welcome to call for help if their child is involved in synthetic drugs. He said treatment varies depending on each unique case. The process begins with taking information about the problem followed by a drug test. Then a treatment plan is developed. Cost depends on the plan; however, Coleman stressed that money should not be a limiting factor as help is available for those on limited incomes. Depending on the type of program, a sliding scale price may be available. Service could even be free for those qualified thanks to state and local funding. Operation Par gave away $4 million in services last year, Coleman said. He said Operation Par had been successful with treatment of individuals addicted to synthetics. He said treatment programs often mirrored those for other drugs. Its not harder to cure, he said. But it can be harder to overcome. One of the reasons is temptation. For example, a recovering alcoholic knows it is easier to stay sober if they stay out of the bars. But all a synthetic drug addict has to do is walk into the neighborhood convenience store and the temptation is right there behind the counter, he said. For more information on Operation Par, call the 24-hour hotline at 1-888-727-6398 or visit www.operationpar.org. Additional resources can be found online at www.pinellas coalition.com, the website for LiveFree! Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Pinellas County.Everyones affectedSynthetic drugs dont just affect the users. Their families suffer as well. Lewis-Younger believes the problem really encompasses everybody. We have a serious problem with drug use of any sort in this country as a whole, she said. While the number of people who use those particular drugs (synthetics) is not so small, when we look at all drugs that can be abused, the number is phenomenal. All of us are impacted because of the impacts on health care system, and the costs to the system to pay for all the jails and the hospital care required.Understanding the various effects of synthetic drugs Photo by ALEXANDRA LUNDAHLDuring her first stay at Wellington Retreat Residential Treatment Center, Jessie did art therapy. She knows her mom loves suns, so she painted suns for Missy. She also told her mom that she wants to learn how to love, and she wants to live. She also wants people to learn how to trust her again.
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The formulas are constantly changing, too, so one never knows exactly what they are putting into their body. Wellington treats both addictions and psychiatric disorders, using evidence-based treatments like emotional interviewing and the 12-step programs, he said. The kids have an intense schedule full of individual and group therapy, family sessions, and school. We try to basically retrain a persons brain so they are not reaching for the pills but instead have coping skills, Carlyle said. We equip them with these skills so they are able to function in areas of home and school and with friends without resorting to being chemically happy. The teens also are taught about biology and why they have reacted the way they have to the drugs. They learn about the parts of the brain and how these drugs affect the decision making center of the brain, so they end up making their decisions only based on pleasure and feelings. They are even shown scans of their own brain so they can physically see the damage that has been done. The teens wake up early and have to shower, have good hygiene and eat a healthy breakfast. They must be dressed appropriately as well. Many of the kids have been on the street, and if they do not dress appropriately, they have to wear scrubs until they can earn their regular clothes back, Carlyle said. Everything there is based on a reward system. If they make achievements and behave well, they earn rewards, such as credits that build up so they can buy things from the centers store. The center also works closely with the teens parents, keeping them updated about their childrens progress but also teaching them how to not be enablers or codependents. If the therapists see anything broken that may contribute to the childs problem, then they work with the family to help the situation. Parents also have the chance to talk to each other, so they can help and get help from other parents who have gone through the same things. Teens are in a unique place in life, so therapists work with them on things like peer pressure, selfesteem, and how to fit in better with their family and at school, Carlyle said. They are also growing and have a lot of energy, so they are positive outlets for that energy, such as through the gym, ice-skating or at a park. Missy said that Jessie was given a membership to Lifestyles Gym and was thrilled to work out regularly. Jeff said he is glad for this because if she is focusing on healthy living, maybe she will be less inclined to make unhealthy decisions. Wellington also has its own restaurant where people in its programs can work. That way they feel useful and can learn healthy life skills that can not only help them lead a structured life, but the skills also can help them when they leave Wellington, Carlyle said. For all of these techniques and therapy to have the best chance for success, people should stay in rehab for no less than 60 days, Carlyle said. And even then, they need to have a gradual transition back into real life. People should stay close to their psychologist or therapist and continue to attend NA meetings every day certainly for the first 90 days. Those are the kids who make it. Those are the adults who make it, Carlyle said. You have to work at these things. If you do not work on these things when you get out of rehab, it was all a waste. We can clean you up real good. We can clean up anyone. But you have to use it. You have to face temptation eventually, so we like to let go very gradually. From inpatient to intensive outpatient-to-outpatient and then at home. Stepping down gradually. Eventually, the addict will face temptation again. At that point, its a test to see if they have truly learned their coping skills. The addict also must be able to sever ties from harmful friends and start over. Its a matter of the ability to latch onto and develop relationships with non-using peers, Carlyle said. If they cant do that, then there isnt a lot of hope. Because every teenager wants to be accepted so badly. Even if they at least want two or three friends. And if those friends use, its hard to say no.Hanging onto hopeSo far, Jessie has been able to remain at Wellington. She is showing progress in her therapy and group sessions, Missy said. She has worked with Carlyle on self-respect and respect for her family, learning to get back her self-confidence, Missy said. Now, instead of yelling and screaming on the phone with her parents, she is learning to stop, take a deep breath and speak appropriately. She is opening up in group, and she is working on honesty. Missy is ecstatic that Jessie has brought her grade up from an F to a B in school. Shes really been dedicating herself to school down there, Missy said. And you know, I think shes just really trying. Shes really trying to make herself better. And I can just hear it in her voice the sincerity. It seems that Jessie wants to get better, Missy said, and she is aware that she still has a lot of work to do before that can fully happen. Jessie is very afraid of coming back to Pinellas County, Missy said. She knows drugs are still available here. She knows the stores that will sell them to her. Shes very scared and trying to figure out what her plan will be next. Shes starting to come to terms with her addiction. With her behavior. Trying to be honest with her dad and I. But as soon as she hit the 30day mark, the insurance company started calling again, Missy said. They want to know the exit plan. They dont want to pay for more treatment. You cant discharge a child who still needs so much help, Missy said. Fighting an insurance company is like fighting a brick wall. You just get nowhere. Jessie will stay in the residential treatment center for as long as possible, but after that, Wellington has agreed to make an exception in her case and allow her into the transitional housing program. Usually one has to be at least 16 to be in that program, but if Jessie can maintain impeccable behavior and meet the right criteria, she will be allowed to be in that program. Its a very intensive outpatient program, Missy said. Its very expensive $1,000 a month. Were looking to get a sponsor to help cover the cost because we are fighting one battle trying to get our house out of foreclosure, trying to pay for Jessies rehabilitation. So going into transitional housing, she could be there another month or she could be there six months. It all depends on Jessie and how she progresses. The transitional housing program is a small step down from residential, and it is very structured, Missy said. Jessie will have to get good grades in school, stay clean and sober and abide by every rule. If she does not, then she must go back to residential or go home. But she and Jeff have not given up. It will still take more time to learn what damage has been done, and what damage is permanent to Jessies brain. But they have to believe that they have not lost their little girl for good. As a mom and dad, you just cannot ever give up on your kids. Ever, Missy said. We made a promise the day both our kids were born that we would protect them and guide them through life until the day we die. Missy has formed a Facebook group called Mothers Against Synthetic Pot, which is a resource for parents who can come together to learn about this issue or discuss their shared experiences about their childrens addiction. It has been helpful for Missy to talk to other parents who have gone through the same things she has, so she wanted to create a safe space for other parents to connect and support each other. For more information about Wellington, visit www.wellington retreat.com.
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He moves with ease throughout the building and shifts from one task to the next. If it werent for his volunteer badge, he could be mistaken for a permanent county employee. He spends a few hours a week doing dishes at the lab, said Beattie. It involves cleaning and preparing sample and transport containers to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination in the field. He has been certified to perform water sample collection field equipment preparation. His doing dishes as he says is an important step in water quality analysis, said Natasha Dickrell, Pinellas County Watershed Management section volunteer coordinator. To Beattie, volunteering is about assisting in any way he can. He lets the trained professionals do their job and he is there to help, he said. After lunch, he shifts from the lab to the computer area. Beattie, a retired computer system analyst, enters historical data from field sheets allowing the county to meet the requirements for data documentation. The data he enters is used to support mandatory monitoring and regulatory programs in relation to the Federal Clean Water Act. He commented about sweeping floors or fixing things and when we found out about his computer skills, we knew he would be a great fit, recalled Dickrell. Shortly after his retirement, the St. Petersburg resident began browsing the Internet to volunteer. You can only play so much, he said of his short-lived break. Beattie, a Tampa Bay area resident since 1947, said that his love for water led him to Watershed Management at Pinellas County. Bill has great stories about his memories of structures, beaches and fishing. He believes in what we do and shares many of our passions for protecting and managing surface waters, said Dickrell. He inspires us because he supports what we do and gets excited with us. I feel that I get more out of volunteering at the county than I give them, Beattie said. Spending his Fridays at the county broadens his knowledge. The county is a great place to learn because its so diversified and you can go into any direction. You are never too old to learn and grow. This same philosophy followed Beattie through his entire career. His first job was at the city of St. Petersburg in 1959 as a truck serviceman in the Fleet Maintenance Department. In the mid s, he was one of the few employees who took two computer classes that were offered at the local college and opportunities grew from there. He was transferred to the Computer Services Department in 1968 as an operator and eventually worked his way up to operations manager. He continued his career at Progress Energy as a computer programmer and analyst, where he still does part time contracting work. I have been fortunate enough to have a great career and this is my way of paying back. It hasnt gone unnoticed. When volunteers are described as assets, Bill would be considered indispensible. He is a pleasure to work with and truly aims to help with whatever we need him to do, said Dickrell. In the past two years, Beattie has been nominated for the Partners in Public Service award. Each year, volunteers are nominated by their departments for PIPS awards in four categories: individual, group, youth and retiring. And although he didnt win, Beattie feels like a winner. I am just happy to keep working and learning. Pinellas County volunteers can expect to make a difference in the life of their community, while exploring interests, sharing knowledge, assisting others and making friends. For more information, visit www.pinellascounty.org/volun teer, email volunteers@pinellas county.org or call 464-VIPS (8477).County volunteers desire to learn never goes away Bill Beattie of Seminole volunteers in the lab for the Pinellas County Watershed Management in the mornings and enters data in the afternoon.Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY COMMUNICATIONSIn addition to the early September move, another phase of the move will take place beginning 6 p.m. Sept. 21. Online services will be unavailable during this phase, which the department estimates will take one to two days to complete. In-office services will not be affected. The move is part of the states data center consolidation plan. In 2008, Florida lawmakers passed legislation that mandates all state agency data centers and computing facilities to consolidate into state primary data centers by 2019. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www. flhsmv.gov.FEMA helps with insurance settlementsTALLAHASSEE Even if survivors of Tropical Storm Debby have insurance, temporary disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency may still help. Disaster assistance may be able to fill insurance gaps or help those who have been waiting more than 30 days on a homeowners insurance claim. To receive assistance residents must write a letter to FEMA explaining their situation and provide insurance documentation that proves they filed their claim. Any help awarded is considered an advance and may need to be repaid promptly to FEMA once an insurance settlement is received. Assistance also may be available to those who have exhausted their policys additional living expenses. Survivors need to mail their insurance information and their letter requesting help to: FEMA National Processing Service Center P.O. Box 10055 Hyattsville, MD 20782-70155 Information also may be faxed to 1-800-827-8112. Survivors must repay their disaster assistance if there is a duplication of benefits after they receive their insurance settlement. Those who still have questions may call the FEMA helpline at 1800-621-FEMA (3362). Assistance is available in most languages and lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. They also may call the state Insurance Consumer Advocate helpline at 877-693-5236, toll-free in Florida, and 850-413-3089 from out of state. For more information on Floridas disaster recovery, visit www.fe ma.gov or www.floridadisaster.org.PCHA recognized as best in FloridaLARGO The Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials recently honored Pinellas County Housing Authority as best in the state at its 2012 annual convention and trade show in Orlando. The Housing Authority of the Year award recognized the housing authority that ranked highest for commitment to solving housing and associated community problems, innovation, industry involvement, affiliations with state and federal associations, awards received, and high performer designation from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. This award is a testament to the strategic direction provided by PCHAs Board of Commissioners and the dedication of PCHAs extraordinary staff. This is just the beginning of what our team will accomplish, said executive director Debra Johnson. We have been able to significantly improve the quality of life for residents by creating affordable housing opportunities and by coordinating community resources to help residents overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. FAHRO, which is comprised of more than 200 housing and community development agencies and associates, cited the outstanding affordable housing provided by PCHA. We are happy and honored to receive this award. This recognition is the result of a dedicated hard working staff focused on providing the best possible affordable housing. With the continued leadership of an exceptional executive director, I am excited to be a part of this great housing authority, said Joseph Triolo, chairman of PCHAs Board of Commissioners. In a recommendation letter to FAHRO, Anthony Jones, director of the Housing Finance Authority and the Community Development Department for Pinellas County, wrote, As the lead agency for affordable housing development in Pinellas County I can attest to PCHAs drive, dedication and willingness to work for the people they are in business to serve. The Pinellas County Housing Authority believes that when they help one family become self-sufficient, resources are made available to help another family in need. This philosophy is one that our agency shares and strongly embraces. The PCHA creates housing opportunities for nearly 10,000 county individuals by utilizing public and private funding. Their focus is on providing affordable housing through the development, ownership, and management of properties and administration of rental subsidies. For more information, visit www.pinellashousing.com.DHSMV plans temporary website outageTALLAHASSEE The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles wants customers to be aware of its plans to bring all services offline at 6 p.m. Sept. 7. The Department plans to restore all services by 9 a.m. Sept. 10. The planned outage is an effect of the agencys data center move from headquarters in Tallahassee to one of the states primary data centers, also located in Tallahassee. The move is complex and will require a complete shutdown of all DHSMV enterprise systems throughout the weekend. Customers will not be able to access online services, and employees will not have access to work email accounts during the weekend of the move. The department has been planning the move in detail, and the technical team continues to refine plans and implement steps to minimize risk and potential impact to customers and business partners. While the department plans to have the systems operational by 9 a.m. Sept. 10, it is possible some services will not be restored at that time, which can affect normal business operations. DHSMV is not scheduling appointments in its driver license offices Sept. 10-11. Customers, who know their driver license, identification card or license plate will expire on or before Sept. 7, should visit an office or www.GoRenew.com before 6 p.m. Sept. 7. Be sure to visit www.GatherGoGet.com to prepare for your next visit to a driver license office. Helping Helping hands handsOutstanding volunteers
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Justin Nudell, D.O. 071912 082312Complete Eye Exams Contact Lens Exams Board Certified Opthalmologist & Licensed Optician On-Site Rx Sunglasses Back To School Special Buy 1 Pair Get 2nd Pair 20% OFFUse your Flex Spending Here By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Pinellas County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Aug. 7 designating the Ulmerton Road Opportunity Corridor as a brownfield area. Commissioner Karen Seel was absent. The resolution is the last step in the process between the county and the city of Largo designed to spur redevelopment along the corridor from Seminole Boulevard to Roosevelt Boulevard. According to Mike Meidel, director of economic development, the centrally located area of about 4 square miles contains extensive industrial and commercial properties that have high job creation potential due to zoning, land use, parcel sizes and geographic location. Meidel said the area encompasses about 2,600 parcels of land on about 2,600 acres. He said property owners can opt out of the designation, which 18 have done thus far. At a June 21 public meeting at the St. Petersburg College EpiCenter, Meidel explained that brownfield is kind of a real estate term, according to the meeting transcript. He said it was derived from the original term of greenfield, meaning a site that had never had any kind of structure on it. He said greenfield sites were considered clean and ready for development. A brownfield site is one that has had something on it previously. In addition, to meet the legal definition for the brownfield designation it has to have had an activity that may have had the perception that is could have been contaminated. Examples of activities included dry cleaners, gas stations or printing plants. He said not all properties within a brownfield-designated area may be contaminated. He told people attending the June 21 meeting that the Ulmerton corridor was just a large area that were trying to target for redevelopment. Some of those sites, no doubt, include contamination of some kind because theyve been heavy industrial uses over years. But some of them, no doubt, do not contain contamination, Meidel said. And theres nothing about the designation that says any individual parcel is contaminated or even tainted in any way. He said studies have shown that show future land values usually go up in brownfield areas because the cleanup on the property takes away the uncertainty of possible contamination. Property owners inside a brownfield area can receive incentives to assist with cleanup and redevelopment. According to a staff report, the designation allows county and city staff to offer incentives and encourage investment and redevelopment in the area. Incentives available to properties that opt into the designation include: Regulatory assistance, such as aid for meeting government agency permitting requirements Technical Assistance with acquiring grants and loans Loans from the state brownfield area guarantee loan program Tax credits and exemptions, including sales tax on building materials used on projects Job creation credits Meidel said new and expanding businesses eligible business could receive up to a $2,500 job creation refund bonus for each new full-time job created. Properties also could be eligible for federal grant programs for assessment, cleanup, loan funds and job training. Commissioner Nancy Bostock asked if adjacent property owners could opt in to the designation. Meidel said properties adjacent to the brownfield area could not opt in due to the goal of creating one big cohesive area of property within unincorporated Pinellas and the city of Largo. This gives a lot of opportunity for redevelopment, said Commission Chair John Morroni. This is a tremendous opportunity to clean up the area and incentivize redevelopment, Meidel said. For more information, visit www.pced.org and click on the redevelopment tab.County designates Ulmerton Rd. Opportunity Corridor By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Pinellas County is closer to the start of construction on a new public safety facility and centralized communication center. Pinellas County Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to the guaranteed maximum price with Land Lease Construction Inc. of Tampa. The Aug. 7 approval initiates construction of the project, according to a staff report. The price is nearly $68.5 million. Construction is expected to take 24 months. The new five-building facility will be located on 40 acres at 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Plans call for construction of a three-story, 218,330-squarefoot building hardened to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. The building will be the home of Emergency Management Services, Emergency Operations Center and the Sheriffs Office. In addition, the campus will include three other hurricane-hardened buildings, a 25,432-square-foot vehicle maintenance building, 2,303-square-foot communications building and a 23,047-square-foot central energy plant. Plans also call for a four-story, 221,315-squarefoot parking garage, 300-foot communications tower and extensive site work. Operations at facilities currently on the site, including the Sheriffs Office, will continue during the construction. The old buildings will be demolished and a parking lot built after existing services have moved into the new facility. Paul Sacco, director of real estate management, said an additional $1.1 million would be needed for EMS and the new consolidated 911 operation. Another $1.3 million is needed for work to be done by Business Technology Services. He said the sheriff helped keep project costs down by agreeing to use 90 percent of current equipment, office furniture and more. That saved us millions of dollars, Sacco said. Sally Bishop with Emergency Management Services also helped save project dollars by agreeing to a plan to combine dining and training facilities into one building. The project will be paid for with capital improvement funds provided by the Penny for Pinellas tax. Construction is expected to begin this year. In other business, commissioners: Unanimously approved advertising an Aug. 21 public hearing on a proposed ordinance amending county code for residential solid waste collection. The amendment would provide for license requirements and fees for haulers. Approved, 5-1, a staff recommendation to negotiate a contract for consultant services with Water Company of America of Oviedo for revenue enhancement opportunities for the Department of Environment and Infrastructure. Commissioner Norm Roche voted no, saying the county should have its own experts available to do the job. County administrator Bob LaSala explained that the company would be using a proprietary software application. New revenue generated by the companys findings would be split with for three years after the savings were identified. The split would be 52 percent to the DEI Utilities Enterprise Fund and 48 percent to WCA. Unanimously approved funding recommendations from the Substance Abuse Advisory Board for distribution of $293,518 in Edward Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant funds for fiscal year 2013. The money will be distributed as follows: Sheriffs Office, $82,500 for sexual predator and offender tracking Justice and Consumer Services, $29,352 for planning Suncoast Center, 45,000 for jail diversion expansion Family Resources, $33,000 for community placement intake service Adult Drug Court, $30,000 for a treatment expansion MORE Health, $25,000 for firearm safety and injury prevention ALPHA House of Pinellas County, $14,000 for child abuse education and prevention Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast, $10,000 for Street SMART program Gulfport Police Department, $20,000 for in-car video cameras Pinellas Park Police Department, $4,666 for flashlight replacement and upgrade Unanimously approved change order 1 with Quinn Construction Inc. for Beckett Rolling Lift Bridge Improvements. The change adds $21,440 to increase the project cost to $384,790. Repairs to mechanical, structural and electrical components are being done to increase functionality and extend the life of the bridge located on Riverside Drive in Tarpon Springs.County moves forward on public safety campus
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Another star is senior Derrick Doss, 5-9, 190 pounds, a linebacker and running back. All these kids have been playing football since they were 8 years old, Rodriguez said. MaxPreps, a service that calls itself Americas source for high school sports, says that the Packers strength will be at the skilled positions and kicking game. It says the weaknesses are on the lines. Rodriguez had similar comments. Our biggest issue is the offensive line coming through, making plays, he said. Rodriguez likes his teams attitude toward practice, despite the yearly ritual of working out in the stifling heat before the season starts. These kids love to come to practice and play. They know were going to work, Rodriguez said. I tell them if you pay the price, come Friday night, its easy. Its just like in the classroom. If you work hard Monday through Thursday, you take that test on Friday, you are going to feel good about yourself and not have to worry about it. Same about football.The Packers have a solid schedule, Rodriguez said, with no easy opponents. They start the regular season at home Aug. 31 against Bradenton Southeast, which was 7-3 last year. The school is known for producing top athletes in varsity sports. Harry Brown has high hopes for the Packers this season. He said that many of the Packers have been playing together for a long time. Brown enjoys playing linebacker the most, because of the contact. I feel good about the season. I feel pretty confident. If everybody plays with confidence and intensity, we should dominate Pinellas County, he said. He plans to play college football but hasnt made a commitment yet. A key to the Packers continued success is the coaching staff, which has been together for several years, Rodriguez said. Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Frioud has been with the Packers for 11 years. Eric Wilson and Dave Angelo also are longtime coaches for Rodriguez. A solid foundation, thats where it starts, Rodriguez said. He still has the enthusiasm as he has had since playing football at Northeast High School and now, at the age of 59, he takes it one year at a time. Frioud also loves being on the gridiron. I love these kids and I love the game and I will do it until I die, Frioud said. If I won the Powerball yesterday, Id still be here. Just in better clothes.Largos 2012 scheduleAug. 24 BRADENTON BAY SHORE (Fall Classic) Aug. 31 SOUTHEAST Sept. 7 PINELLAS PARK Sept. 14 at Countryside Sept. 21 at Osceola Sept. 28 at East Lake Oct. 5 DIXIE HOLLINS Oct. 19 BOCA CIEGA Oct. 26 at Lakewood Ranch Nov. 2 at Tarpon Springs Nov. 9 GIBBS The natural progression of summer baitfish stocks seems to be on track. Pilchard fry too small to use for anything other than chumming mangrove snapper a month ago is now the perfect size for fishing under a weighted float. The juvenile pilchards can be cast-netted along bridge shadow lines at night as well as the swash channel up and down the beach when the winds are offshore. Be careful to not overcrowd your live well, which is an easy thing to do with the abundance of bait and water temperatures close to 90 degrees. Its making it tough to keep the small baits alive for very long. Upon exiting the passes each morning the past few days it was easy to see the changes taking place. Flocks of terns and pelicans are working the tide lines just a short distance from shore. The water theyre dipping and diving on is cloudy and churned up, not from rough seas but from the masses of bait fish and the predatory fish gorging themselves on them. These muds have been producing fast fishing for the Spanish mackerel and ladyfish, but be on the lookout for the arrival of schools of bull redfish. These giants, often 20 pounds or better, make their way near shore this month and are a blast to catch on light tackle. Target the fish with live pinfish or grunts as well as fresh cut ladyfish on the bottom. Pompano schools are around right now and some of the fish have been pretty big. Keep your eyes out for pompano skipping out of the water when youre idling around deep grass flats and sand shoals near the passes. Bounce crazy jigs in bright colors off the bottom with a fast retrieve to trigger the strike, a teaser fly above the jig will add some flare, as well as increase your odds for a hook up. Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hotmail .com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.Summer bait problems quickly coming to an end The Packers expect great play from Harry Brown, No. 9, who loves making contact on the defense. Largo Packers take a break from the heat. Sports news?Tampa Bay Newspapers prints pictures of Little League, baseball, football, soccer and sports teams as a community service. Submissions can either be dropped off at our office or mailed or emailed to us. Please identify all team members, from left to right, and list where they are from, such as Largo, Seminole, etc. If you use email, please send an electronic image of the photo in a JPEG image; dont send the photo embedded in a word or other document. The newspapers also print announcements about upcoming golf tournaments for charities, Tampa Bay Newspapers is located at 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Email editorial@TBNweekly.com.Photos by TOM GERMONDDefensive coordinator Jeremy Frioud chats with the defense during a drill. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein
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Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563LETTERSA world stage to stir things upEditor: Freedom of speech offers us the right to agree or disagree. It does not offer us the right to be disobedient, disrespectful or destructive. It is not freedom of attitude. It is not freedom of anger. It is not freedom of anarchy. The saying actions speak louder than words is not constitutional law. Freedom of speech is about civil discourse not civil disobedience. The average citizen would not carry a stick, brick, chains, etc. with intent to cause harm, damage or destruction to another person or property. The average citizen would not throw a projectile knowing and intending for it to cause harm or destruction to another person or property. The average citizen would not push, shove, trip, spit or pull the hair of another person without the intent to cause harm, damage or destruction. With any world stage, such as the Republican National Convention in Tampa, there are going to be actors or posers if you will that are not going to be conducting themselves in a reasonable and responsible citizen manner. Their intentions are to cause immediate mayhem to property that does not belong to them. To others such as our police, firefighters, military and any and all persons in positions of authority or anyone who attempts to rein in their destruction. These actors, these posers are very well paid professional protesters trained and schooled in creating mass mayhem. They market their skills to the highest bidder. I believe that if they could get paid enough they would walk the streets proclaiming the second coming. Rest assured, they do not live in our city. They do not live in our state and quite possibly they do not even live in the United States. Again this RNC event in Tampa will provide them with an enormous world stage. They are not going to miss any opportunity to stir things up. They are out to win the OSCAR of protester acclaim. Getting beaten, bring it on, because cameras are rolling. Getting arrested, all the better, because now their name and fame will up their asking price. Unfortunately for you and me and our city and our taxpayer resources, we are the ones who will pay for their performance. We are the ones who will pay for their staged anger. We are the ones who will pay for their staged anarchy. Our city could quite possibly be left with billions of dollars of damage, while they are on their way out of town to their next big gig. Remember, it is freedom of speech only, not a free-for-all. Laura D. Zahn DunedinGetting somewhere on Gulf BoulevardEditor: I read with some interest an article in the August 9 issue of Tampa Bay Newspapers written by Executive Editor Tom Germond entitled, Lakeland takes safety a step further. In his article, Mr. Germond suggests that he would like for our local governments to embrace Lakelands idea, which in essence is to add additional Ped Xings to our roads, with fines clearly posted for motorists who fail to stop when flagged. His example of a road needing these added security measures is Gulf Boulevard. As someone with a slightly differing opinion and a detail-oriented personality (to put it mildly) I would like to hold sway. A resident of Redington Beach for quite a few years now, I believe myself qualified to point out a few other facts for consideration. One Gulf Boulevard has no end of crosswalks! The other day, as I was driving from 107th (Treasure Island) to 161st (Redington Beach), I counted the number of zebra stripes between the two locations. They numbered twenty-three. When I searched how many miles were in between, my computer came up with 4.62 miles. That means there are crosswalks every two-tenths of a mile, which equates to one every 1,056 feet. Two: The speed limits on Gulf Boulevard dont need to be messed with. I will offer as proof my ability to actually count the PED Xings while navigating my vehicle up the road. With limits ranging from a heady 30 to 35 MPH and Xings every 1,056 feet, its easy to describe the goings that stand as slow. What will happen to the speeds on the road if the distance between signs shrinks even further might have to put up more warnings Caution, snail crossing. Three: Even when drivers are attentive, PED walkways can be dangerous. Ever in a situation when you were driving north up Gulf Boulevard inches behind but to the right of a large truck or SUV when it came to a dead halt in the middle of the road? Note: the situation is the same if you are travelling south and you are slightly behind to the left. With the larger vehicle blocking your view, you cant see why it stopped, but you hit the brakes as a precaution. All of a sudden a hat or an umbrella pops up in front of you indicating that a pedestrian just got very lucky. What about drivers who are not as cautious, or may have developed an immunity to the amount of signs they see? Ive witnessed quite a few close calls! Rather than adding more signage perhaps we should adopt a European flair. Let the poor guy trying to cross the road dodge speedcrazed motorists who have no regard for vehicular protocol let alone a pedestrian waving a red or yellow flag. Just kidding and dont take offense if youre European. Forget about it. I have a large family in Italy. I love youse guys. If a change needs to be made, post the fines on existing signs but please, for the sake of anyone actually wanting to get somewhere on Gulf Boulevard, dont add any more Xings! Jo Iannotti Redington BeachClean up the beach messEditor: I could not believe my eyes when I saw all the debris and dead algae on a recent Sunday on Clearwater Beach. In all of my 15 years living here I have not seen the beach as dirty and smelly as I found it this past weekend. This is absolutely unacceptable ... and something should be done now to correct this. If the dead algae are coming from the dredging they are doing to replenish Belleair Beach they should be billed for the clean up, but it should have been cleaned up in the first place anyway. Tropical storm Debbie passed this way more than three weeks ago and theres no excuse for the beach being so nasty. I found the same situation at the Seminole street boat ramp when I went to see the 4th of July fireworks. If its a matter of not having the necessary funds to have the beach cleaned up then, we should consider doing away with one of the commissioners positions. This should free up enough funds to clean up the mess. I kept thinking when I was at the beach and I was a tourist visiting that I would never have come back. This is just plain stupid! Michael Maribona ClearwaterConsider history in Biltmore decisionRe: Suggestions for the Biltmore project, by Ken Keating, Aug. 9Editor: As a resident of Belleair, I couldn't agree more with Ken Keatings analysis of the dance moves being handed out to us. what is so hard to understand? it is a win/ win situation. not only will this project put hundreds of people back to work, it will restore this magnificent historical building that will make a very proud statement for years to come. I feel that I speak for all of the believers that we can make this happen. Please consider the history when making your final decision. Joan Friel Belleair A business executive as president?Next January after Mitt Romney is inaugurated as president and the GOP controls both houses of Congress, we may see a movement to pass a new amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It will add another requirement beyond being at least age 35 and having been born in the USA for becoming president. The amendment will make it mandatory that any chief executive will have spent at least five years working in business. From what Im reading recently, Gov. Romney would favor such a change. And so would millions of voters who believe, for various reasons, that government can and should be run as a business. Some wise person once said, The business of America IS business. Case closed. However, a look at presidential history reveals that businessmen presidents (of which there have been only a few) have been disasters, nincompoops or somewhere in between. Beginning in the 1970s and working backwards, we have Jimmy Carter. He did well at growing and selling peanuts, but his administration will be chiefly remembered for his use of the word malaise and for his presiding over Irans holding 52 Americans hostage for 444 days, during which Carter authorized a rescue operation that was royally botched by the U.S. military. Before Carter, the next business type president who comes to mind is Herbert Hoover, our first millionaire president. He was financially successful as a mining engineer and investor, but he failed to anticipate the 1929 stock market crash and Great Depression until it was too late to do anything about them. A few years earlier, Ohio newspaper publisher Warren G. Harding won the presidency by promising a return to normalcy, following the close of World War I. In the three years before he suddenly died, Harding was tarred by the Teapot Dome scandal, brought on by bribes taken by Hardings secretary of the interior. Although Harding was guiltless, his name and administration will always bear the Teapot Dome as their chief memory. If you can think of a business-trained U.S. president who has generally been regarded as great or near-great, please let me know. Im always open to persuasion. On the other side of the ledger, lets look at some outstanding presidents who were abject failures when it came to running a business. George Washington was a planter and distillery-owner, but the demands of conducting a revolutionary war and helping to found the greatest nation on earth only served to screw up his finances to a fare-thee-well. Abraham Lincolns chief talent as an Illinois storekeeper was to get in debt and stay there for much of his life. Harry Truman steered his mens clothing store into bankruptcy, and was paying off his creditors well into his career as a U.S. senator. The aristocratic Franklin D. Roosevelt might be looked on as something of a businessman if we only took notice of his total assets. In truth, except for a short period as a Wall Street lawyer, FDR hardly worked at all until he got swept up in politics. A recent article by Todd Purdum in Vanity Fair magazine asked this question: If a business background does little or nothing to guarantee high achievement in the White House, what sort of preparation does? Is there a common denominator in the lives of our great or near-great presidents that helped them attain and deserve top ranking in our nations Hall of Fame? A possible answer: facing and overcoming great adversity in early life. All the great presidents experienced handicaps or struggles, but somehow got through them. Toughened and disciplined by their ordeals, our outstanding leaders were better able to withstand the constant hell that every Oval Office occupant faces. Has Mitt Romneys personal and business career forced him to undergo suffering and privation? It doesnt seem so. In fact, his undisputed success in the business world may actually hamper him if and when he reaches the White House, just as it has done with other business-background presidents. Thats because contrary to what so many people believe politics and business are such vastly different worlds. If Im a corporate CEO and want something done, I snap my fingers and a loyal subordinate makes it happen. There is no legislature to oppose me, no Supreme Court to overrule me, and in most cases no news media wolves lurking at my door to trumpet my every mistake. But in the political jungle, few proposals move in a straight line to completion. What awaits every U.S. president is opposition, second-guessing, treachery, compromise, public opinion, and the ever-present threat of warlike actions by any of a dozen foreign governments. Such pressures seldom exist in a corporate boardroom. If Mitt wins on Nov. 6, he may soon wish he were back captaining the good ship Bain.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 On Paul Ryan and other VP picksRandom thoughts on Mitt Romneys selection of Paul Ryan for vice president: Have you ever voted for a candidate because of his running mate? Me neither. No president has significantly helped himself with a vice presidential pick since 1960, when Lyndon Johnson delivered much of the South for John F. Kennedy. Far more often, the second banana hurts the ticket. Consider Sarah Palin four years ago and Dan Quayle in 1988. But John McCain was going to lose anyway, and hoped Palin would be a game changer. And the first President Bush was going to beat Michael Dukakis anyway, despite the arrival of Quayle. That said, with his pick, Romney helped himself with the most conservative element of the Republican Party. Because of his record as Massachusetts governor the state health care plan, his support of abortion as a U.S. Senate candidate, advocacy of an assault-weapons ban a large segment of the GOP still considers Romney too moderate, or worse, squishy. They would have liked Sen. Marco Rubio more, but 18 months in statewide office does not imbue veep-level gravitas (see: Palin, Sarah.) Speaking of Florida, our 29 electoral votes are certainly needed by President Obama, but absolutely essential for Romney. Thats why the Democrats might actually stop talking about Romneys taxes and start reminding voters here about Ryans work as budget chairman. Expect the words Medicare vouchers in Obama television spots and mailings, particularly in retirement enclaves. Scaring old people is a time-tested tactic for Florida Democrats, and the Republicans keep giving them ammunition. Even if Romney had put Betty White on his ticket, Democrats would have said that under his economic-recovery plan, your grandma is a shovel-ready project. Ryan does nothing for Romney among women, black and Hispanic voters, three voting segments in which Republicans badly need to show improvement. Condoleeza Rice might have helped Romney with blacks and women and brought the foreign-policy credentials that Romney lacks but it wouldnt have been nearly enough, against Obama.Rubio would have fired up the far-right part of the party, and could have spoken Spanish at campaign events in Arizona and New Mexico. Almost certainly, he would have moved Florida into the red column. But the Republican record on immigration isnt going down well with Hispanics certainly not in contrast to Obamas recent actions regarding children of undocumented immigrants. Any relaxing of the rhetoric would be labeled amnesty by the Reluctant Romney-ites of the Right, causing many to stay home. Besides, any conciliatory message would have to come from the top guy, not his understudy. When introducing him in Norfolk, Romney made a point of mentioning Ryans antiabortion Catholicism and his Midwestern family values. Thats probably as close as the campaign wants to get to the culture wars, which fires up conservative GOP voters but makes independents uneasy. During the Republican primaries, Obama and the Democrats were decrying a supposed war on women. Now, were sure to see reminders from both sides about the coverage of birth control services under Obamas national health-care plan, which appeals particularly to students and young working women. But the laws provision that employer-provided health insurance cover contraceptive services alienates devout Catholics. Then there are style points. Ryan brings 14 years of Washington experience, of which Romney has none, and some strong if controversial credentials on fiscal policy. If any powerful congressional committee chairman can run as an outsider, it will be Ryan, and the contrast to Joe Biden will be obvious. And before Democrats dismiss him as a youthful upstart, they might want to consider that, at 42, hes only a year younger than Kennedy was in 1960 and hes been in Congress five years longer than Obama was when he ran for president. A bit of trivia: Who was the last sitting House member elected vice president? In 1932, Franklin Roosevelt needed a Southerner to balance the ticket and chose House Speaker John Nance Garner of Texas. Cactus Jack is mainly remembered for saying the vice presidency aint worth a pitcher of warm spit, although many historians agree he actually referred to another bodily fluid and the polite press of the era cleaned up the quote.Bill Cotterell is a retired Capitol reporter who worked for United Press International and the Tallahassee Democrat. 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Back to school bashArden Courts to host dementia workshopThe Virtual Dementia Tour Experience will be presented at area Arden Courts over the next several weeks. Presentations include: Arden Courts of Largo Thursday, Aug. 30, 4:30 to 6 p.m. To RSVP, call 559-8411 or email Largo@arden-courts.com. Arden Courts Palm Harbor Wednesday, Sept. 19, 4:30 to 6 p.m. To RSVP, call 771-1600 or email Palmharbor@ardencourts.com. Attendees will have an opportunity to step into the shoes of a person with dementia. This program is free and open to the public. At Arden Courts, attendees will experience first-hand the challenges that loved ones face attempting to do activities of daily living that most take for granted. Getting dressed can become an overwhelming task for an individual with dementia. Arden Courts has been presenting the Virtual Dementia Tour Experience to healthcare professionals and caregivers at home for more than five years. 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FREE In-Home Evaluations 082312727-559-9559166 Clearwater-Largo Road, Suite 8, Largo, FL 33770www.SGDEX.com By TOM GERMONDLARGO Four area leaders received Inspire Awards from the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Aug. 14 for having a positive impact on the lives of others. They are Jill Lawrence, wellness director at the YMCA of the Suncoast Bardmoor Branch; Dr. Larry Feinman, chief medical officer at Largo Medical Center; Phyllis Alderman, president of Shepherd Village; and Largo City Commissioner Gigi Arntzen. Lawrence spends every day working with people to help them live a healthier lifestyle, making a difference in the lives of the YMCA LIVESTRONG participants who are cancer survivors, wrote the YMCAs Sherri Joyer, who nominated Lawrence for the award. Jill knows how important it is to listen to others, and she is a certified facilitator in the Y-USA Listen First Institute, where she teaches students of all ages how to reach out and really listen to friends, family and coworkers, Joyer wrote. Lawrence has been with the YMCA for 15 years, beginning as a group exercise instructor before working up to the wellness director position. She is very proud to be a part of an organization whose mission is to strengthen the community, Joyer said. Sue Osborne of Pinecrest Place Retirement Community nominated Feinman for an Inspire Award. Dr. Feinman has a long history of serving our community through his role as chief of staff at Largo Medical Center, a brilliant surgeon, and as the first CMO of Largo Medical Center, she wrote. He has taken on many daunting tasks in these roles and has shown extraordinary leadership skills, ensuring positive outcomes. Feinman was charged with integrating the Suncoast Hospital staff of physicians into the fold of Largo Medical Center. In addition Fienman was an essential part of the team that integrated the graduate medical education program into the culture of Largo Medical Center. Under his leadership, the medical staff has come up to embrace the students and the concept of more minds advancing medicine in our community, she wrote. Shepherd Villages Susan Shirley nominated Shepherds Village founder Phyllis Alderman for an Inspire Award. I have known Phyllis for 30 years, and she has consistently given of herself for others, Shirley wrote. She has a very compassionate heart for single parent families. Shepherds Village is a goal-based two-year program that assists single-parent families through transition by providing affordable housing and life skill development for each resident. Phyllis brings authentic encouragement and hope to others, Shirley wrote. Her true joy comes from seeing others catch the vision that God really does have a unique and personal plan for each life and delights in leading them along their own Pathway to Purpose. Several chamber members nominated Inspire Award recipient Gigi Arntzen, a Largo city commissioner and president of the Rotary Club of Largo. She spent 30 years in administration for county government and is finishing her sixth year on the City Commission. Gigi Arntzen is an honest and good friend, wrote Largo Commissioner Harriet Crozier. She is a good listener. She is someone who knows what needs to be done and gets the job done beautifully. Arntzen is a great organizer which helps when planning large projects such as the Rotary Clubs largest fundraiser, Death by Chocolate, Crozier wrote. The chambers Women In Business Council presented the luncheon at Greektown Grille. The emcee was Tammy Robiconti, marketing and public relations director for Largo Medical Center.Central Pinellas Chamber presents Inspire Awards Photo by CINDY PAQUIN/CENTRAL PINELLAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCEThe Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Inspire Award Winners from left are Jill Lawrence, wellness director at the YMCA of the Suncoast, Bardmoor Branch; Larry J. Feinman, chief Medical Officer of HCA West Florida Division; Phyllis Alderman of Shepherds Village; and Gigi Arntzen, Largo city commissioner.Kalamazoo Olive Company opensDUNEDIN Kalamazoo Olive Company opened its doors Aug. 9 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1232 C.R.1 in the Winn-Dixie Plaza. Dunedin Mayor Dave Eggers and business owner James Ryan took part in the event along with 60 honored guests. This is the second location for Kalamazoo Olive Company. The grand opening will take place Saturday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be special offers, complimentary bloody marys from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., free food and appetizers, demonstrations and free food samples. Kalamazoo Olive Company carries a range of ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils, authentic aged balsamic vinegars, specialty oils, imported Italian pastas, sauces, dips, spices, olives, and unique gift ideas.First Bank honors KenistonST. PETERSBURG Deb Keniston was recently honored with a Five Years of Service Award from First Bank. Keniston is a financial services representative at First Banks Pasadena branch. She lives in Largo.Gallery commissions souvenirs for RNCST. PETE BEACH Nancy Markoe Fine American Crafts Gallery recently commissioned several American artisans to create souvenirs for attendees of the Republican National Convention. It is our hope that those attending the convention, will purchase items that are made in America as remembrances of their trip, said Markoe in a press release. Monies spent on American made items puts money into American pockets, which in these economic times is really needed. American made Americans paid! The gallery will feature special works with an elephant theme created for the RNC. New Jersey jeweler Jan Palumbo has created elephant cufflinks in sterling silver; Georgia glass artist Paul Bendzunas, famous for his unique technique in hand blown glass, created elephant themed vases and South Carolina glass artist Kenneth Marine was commissioned to create patriotic red, white and blue elephants.Pizazz to host open houseST. PETERSBURG Pizazz Song and Dance Troupe will host an open house Saturday, Sept. 8, 1:30 p.m., at the Academy of St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S. The troupe is seeking kids ages 7 to 14 who love to sing and dance and enjoy Broadway. Attendees are invited to watch or join in classes of Broadway Show-stoppers, Tap and Show-off Time. Sponsored by St. Petersburg City Theatre, Pizazz Song and Dance Troupe is a year-round traveling troupe of performers who perform song and dance revues throughout Pinellas County, as well as at St. Petersburg City Theatre. Call Gidget Cross at 515-5380.Pancheros Mexican Grill to celebrate anniversaryCLEARWATER Pancheros Mexican Grill will celebrate its 20th anniversary Tuesday, Aug. 28, 4 to 6 p.m., by offering guests burritos for $1 at its Clearwater location. The offer is Pancheros Mexican Grills way of thanking its loyal customers for two successful decades. Visit www.pancheros.com.Networking groups, also known as leads groups, meet on a regular basis at various locations in the area. Some groups charge a fee to attend, and most require reservations. Persons considering attending any group for the first time are encouraged to make contact in advance. The upcoming schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Aug. 28 Professional Leads Network, First Watch Chapter, 7:30 a.m., First Watch, 2569 Village Drive, Clearwater. Visit www.pro-leads .net. Tuesday, Aug. 28 The Board, Network Professionals, 7:30 a.m., at Panera Bread, Bardmoor Shopping Center, corner of Bryan Dairy and Starkey roads, Largo. Call 742-6343. Tuesday, Aug. 28 Business Network International, Winners Circle, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Call Dave Proffitt at 230-9240. Tuesday, Aug. 28 Network Professionals Inc., Seminole Chapter, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, Aug. 28 Yacht Club Breakfast, sponsored by Creative Business Connections, 7:30 a.m., St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call Darrell Baker, area director, at 586-4999 or visit www.cbcnet.biz. Tuesday, Aug. 28 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, Aug. 28 Free Networking International, Bayside Group, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bay Pines Sports Bar, 9685 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. Call Janet Landt at 455-7510, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.freenetworkinginterna tional.com. Tuesday, Aug. 28 Network Professionals Inc., ICOT Lunch Chapter, 11:45 a.m., at Tucsons Southwest Grill, 13563 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Call Eddie Montoya at 813-4773533. Tuesday, Aug. 28 Tri-City Network Professionals, 11:45 a.m., at Applebees Restaurant, 5110 East Bay Drive, Clearwater. First visit is free. Call 4927921. Wednesday, Aug. 29 Business Network International, Financial Freedom, 7:15 a.m., at Bardmoor Country Club, 8001 Cumberland Road, Largo. Call Phil at 409-1609 or visit www. BNIFinancialFreedom.com. Wednesday, Aug. 29 Pinellas Executives Association, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., at Cove Cay Country Club, 2612 Cove Cay Drive, Clearwater. Call Donna Perry at 784-6507 or visit www.peafl .com. Wednesday, Aug. 29 BNI Business Connections Countryside, 7:30 a.m., at Grillsmith, 2539 Countryside Blvd., Suite 6, Clearwater. Cost is $11. Call Renee Jones at 813-749-2780, email email@example.com or visit www.bnibusinessconnections .com. Wednesday, Aug. 29 BNI Power Team, 7:30 a.m., East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Pkwy., Oldsmar. Visit www.bni .com. Wednesday, Aug. 29 Network Professionals Inc., Downtown Clearwater Breakfast Chapter, 7:30 a.m., at the Residence Inn, 940 Court St., Clearwater. Call Kim Anton at 539-7110. Wednesday, Aug. 29 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Wednesday, Aug. 29 Free Networking International, Seminole Christian Hope Team, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Palace of the Orient, 10425 Park Blvd., Seminole. Call Dave Harden at 4586890 or email daveh@freenet workinginternational.com. Wednesday, Aug. 29, Professional Leads Network, 11:45 a.m., at Sages West Bay Bistro, 883 West Bay Drive, Largo. Call Woody Brown at 518-1967 or visit www.pro-leads.net. Wednesday, Aug. 29 Professional Leads Network, Foxys Chapter, 11:45 a.m., Staceys Buffet 1451 N. Missouri Ave., Largo. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Thursday, Aug. 30 Network Professionals Inc. Clearwater-Largo Chapter, 7:30 a.m., RGs Restaurant, 1565 S. Highland Ave., Clearwater. Call Liz at 424-8995. Thursday, Aug. 30 Suncoast Free Networking International, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at Park Station Building, 5851 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. This networking meeting includes brainstorming a business, a gratitude session and networking tips. Call Walt Morey at 647-8242. Thursday, Aug. 30 Free Networking International, 1 p.m., at the Belleair Grill and Wine Bar, 1575 S. Fort Harrison, Belleair. Purchasing lunch is optional. Call Rita Shepard at 415-9496. Biz notes Biz notes
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This concert and variety show will feature the area's most talented performers, vocalists and musicians including singer/songwriter and musician Jayne Kelli, award winning performer Rebecca Zapen, American Idol Experience Dream Ticket winner Vanessa Quillao, actress and singer Becca McCoy and singer/songwriter and musician A.J. Swearingen. There also will be a special performance by Moving Arts of Tampa Bay, and the talented vocalists Jennifer Real, Rossana Spallino, Chantelle Ashby and Reggie Dockens. Damon Fowler, Friday, Aug. 24, 9 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m., at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 the day of the show. Call 822-3590 or visit www.spcollege.edu/pal ladium/. With his hybrid of roots rock, blues and sacred steel, plus songwriting and vocal skills, it's no wonder critics are extolling Fowler's originality and technical guitar expertise which has been compared to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar hints of Duane Allman. He can play fiery guitar runs with the best of them, but it's his lyrical work on lap steel and Dobro that makes him stand out among the legions of guitar heroes. Fowler's sparkling original compositions pair perfectly with well-chosen cover tunes from Billy Joe Shaver, Merle Haggard and the Amazing Rhythm Aces. Because of his versatility, Fowler has been called upon to work with Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Robin Trower, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Vaughn, Junior Brown, Rick Derringer, Little Feat, The Radiators, Chris Duarte and Delbert McClinton. A Tampa Bay musician who's made good, Fowler is one of the most original and seasoned artists on the national circuit. 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2B Just for Fun Leader, August 23, 2012 PINELLAS PARK The city will attract music aficionados from around the Tampa Bay region in September with two concerts at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N., First up will be Sublime with Rome on Saturday, Sept. 1, Gates will open at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $27. Visit ticketfly.com. The original ska-punk outfit Sublime split up following the death of lead singer and guitarist Bradley Nowell in 1996. In 2009, surviving members Eric Wilson, bass guitar, and Bud Gaugh, drums, partnered with Rome Ramirez to form Sublime with Rome. Initially, the new lineup concentrated on performing songs by Sublime. In 2011, Sublime with Rome released Yours Truly, which included the U.S. Alternative hit Panic. When Gaugh left the band in late 2011 to focus on his family, he was replaced by Josh Freese. DJ Rocky Rock also will join the band. The show also will feature performances by Matisyahu, Cypress Hill, Dirty Heads and Pepper. According to his artist bio, since first emerging on the international stage in 2005, Matisyahu has established a reputation for following his muse from the stripped-down roots reggae of the gold-certified Live at Stubbs to the trippy ministrations of Youth to the polished pop eclecticism of Light. In 2010, he returned to the venerable Austin venue that introduced him for Live at Stubbs II, demonstrating that all those travels had somehow only strengthened his connection to his musical bedrock. It was a whirlwind half-decade journey, one that earned Matisyahu a place in pop culture at large. Currently based in Los Angeles, Matisyahu recently released Spark Seeker, a new studio album. The vocalist and songwriter explores uncharted territory on his fourth studio effort, partnering with a number of collaborators along the way. It just felt good to sort of restart everything, Matisyahu says in a press release promoting the new album. The Los Angeles-based trio of rappers B-Real and Sen Dog and producer DJ Muggs provided distinctive insight into the harsh realities of ghetto life, championed marijuana before it became fashionable and made it acceptable for rappers to use Spanish in their rhymes. Given its visionary bent, it makes sense that the group wanted to call its new album and its first under the Snoop Dogg administration at Priority Records Rise Up. The term itself is pretty strong, like a call to action for people to stand up for what they believe in, B-Real says in a press release promoting the album. With this album, we tried to take an aggressive approach on pretty much the whole thing. I wanted to focus on making some raw, aggressive, in your face hip-hop as well as still touch on that alternative base that we have. The Southern California SoCal rock/reggae/hip-hop band The Dirty Heads was called one of Rolling Stone's Best New Bands of 2010. The band features Dustin Bushnell, vocals/guitar; Jared Watson, vocals; Jon Olazabal, percussion; Matt Ochoa, drums; and David Foral, bass. The Dirty Heads new album Cabin by the Sea debuted on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart at No. 18, Independent Albums chart at No. 3, Alternative Albums chart at No. 4, and the Current Digital chart at No. 9. Later in the month, New Wave icons will play the park. The Whip It to Shreds Tour comes to England Brothers Park on Sunday, Sept. 23. Gates will open at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $14. Visit ticketfly.com. Blondie and Devo will co-headline the show. Blondie veterans Debbie Harry, Clem Burke and Chris Stein, along with newer band members Leigh Foxx, Tommy Kessler and Matt Katz-Bohen will be playing the acclaimed songs from their most recent album Panic of Girls as well as the biggest hits from their storied four-decade career. Devo, who released their first studio album in two decades with 2010s highly praised Something for Everybody and have been touring since. Devo will mix up their set with their newer material and the classics. Original members Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald and Bob Casale will take the stage with tour drummer Jeff Friedl rounding out the lineup. He considers the impermanence of the physical form one of the central themes of Spark Seeker. We live in a world where people tend to think in extremes and categorize with ultimate statements, Matisyahu says. While its true that at one point it wouldve been pretty accurate to describe me as Hasidic reggae, for most of my career my music has been a blend, a mixture. Cypress Hill has long represented the will of the people according to the bands management group, Velvet Hammer Music. England Brothers Park set for September shows Photo by BEAU GREALY/PRESS HERE PUBLICITYMatisyahu performs Sept. 1 at Pinellas Parks England Brothers Park.Photo courtesy of DOVE SHORE PHOTOGRAPHY/ABC PUBLIC RELATIONSThe Dirty Heads join the lineup Sept. 1 at England Brothers Park in Pinellas Park. SPO 2012-13 season setST. PETERSBURG St. Petersburg Operas seventh season will feature Sondheim, Puccini and Richard Strauss in a trio of magnificent obsessions. St. Petersburg Opera Company will launch its seventh season of main stage operas with Sweeney Todd, a tale of a barber obsessed with revenge, with performances on Oct. 5, 7 and 9; at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Extremely popular with opera companies, Sweeney Todd won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score. Stephen Sondheim's chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece is the tale of an unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London to seek revenge against the judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The barber's blood lust soon expands to include his unfortunate customers, and the proprietress of the pie shop downstairs soon gives new meaning to her promise to "serve anyone." Sophisticated and uncompromising, Sweeney Todd has a great sense of fun, mixing intense drama with moments of dark humor. The production will be performed in English with the original full orchestration. Next, on Feb. 1, 3, and 5, Tosca will fend off the advances of the lecherous Scarpia. Performances will be Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 3, 2 p.m.; and Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m., at the Palladium Theater. Since its premiere in 1900, Puccini's Tosca has never left the repertoire of the world's opera companies. Tosca is the story of a singer, Floria Tosca, and her lover, the painter Mario Cavaradossi. After helping a friend who is a political fugitive escape from the police, Cavaradossi is arrested and tortured. The corrupt chief of police, Scarpia, offers to save Cavaradossi if Tosca will submit to his sexual desires. She is torn between her love for Cavaradossi and her morality. The drama intensifies with murder, betrayal and passionate declarations of love, all set to Puccini's glorious melodies and lush orchestrations. The production will be performed in Italian with English subtitles. Following last year's sold-out sensation, Seasonal Sparkle will return for another glorious salute to the holidays on Dec. 18 and 19, 7:30 p.m., at the Palladium Theater. The acclaimed St. Petersburg Opera chorus and orchestra will be joined by soloists for a dazzling performance that will put everyone in the mood to celebrate. A treat for the whole family, highlights of the evening will include a portion of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, excerpts from the Nutcracker ballet, some of opera's most beautiful arias and a sneak preview of some of next season's most exciting music. And of course, there are favorite carols and seasonal songs. Maestro Sforzini will conduct and guide the audience through this unique seasonal offering of musical virtuosity. Finally, on May 31, June 2 and 4, St. Petersburg Opera Company will present Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. Performances will be May 31, 7:30 p.m.; June 2, 2 p.m.; and June 4, 7:30 p.m., at the Palladium Theater. The richest man in Vienna plans to entertain his guests with both an opera and an Italian burlesque. The first act shows the competitive spectacle that arises when it is announced the two pieces must be performed at the same time. The composer fights to save his "high art" while viewers witness the scheming of the various theatrical directors and performers. The second act is the performance of "Ariadne auf Naxos," the improvised combined efforts of the opera and burlesque troupes to convey a touching story about love lost and love found. Richard Strauss' entertaining opera features three major roles for women: the Composer (a pants role), the Prima Donna (Ariadne), and Zerbinetta, the leader of the commedia dell'arte players. All three have some of the most virtuosic singing you will ever hear, and along with the whimsical ensembles and soaring instrumental interludes this creates an evening of excitement and energy for performers and audience both. The production will be performed in German with English subtitles. Season tickets are now on sale. Call 823-2040 or visit www.stpe teopera.org. 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Revving up your fitness routine is a good idea.LeoJuly 23 August 22 Make no mistake, Leo. One slip of the tongue could cause the whole thing to come crashing down. Be careful what you say and in how you approach it.VirgoAugust 23 September 22 A principle is challenged. Stand your ground, Virgo. A financial dilemma is resolved with help from a pro. An avenue of opportunity opens up.LibraSeptember 23 October 22 Career goals are easily attained with the right training, but youre looking for it in all the wrong places, Libra. A young friend owes you onepayback time.ScorpioOctober 23 November 21 Sunny days are here again, as old friends and new drop by for a visit. So many adventures await, Scorpio. A shopping trip uncovers quite the find!SagittariusNovember 22 December 21 The to-do list grows out of hand, and you must seek the help of others. Start with those who owe you a favor, Sagittarius, and dont let them weasel out of it.
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Having proven itself as a favorite film of children, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory has transcended the family genre becoming a worldwide cult film phenomenon. There's a timeless appeal to Roald Dahl's classic novel, which was playfully preserved in this charming musical, originally released in 1971, from the colorful carnivallike splendor of its production design to the infectious melody of the Oompah-Loompah songs that punctuate the story. Hippiefest, Saturday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets range from $45 to $79. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Hippiefest will present five wellknown players who were initially inspired to pick up their instruments due to their love for rock and blues: Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Leslie West and Kim Simmonds. Audiences will have an opportunity to hear five great musicians all in one incredible tour of rock and blues music. Ruth Eckerd Hall will again feature a Hippiefest marketplace offering beads, tie dyes and other iconic reminders of Woodstock, San Francisco and a generation that brought a whole new outlook to life. Bill Maher, Saturday, Sept. 1, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.ruth eckerdhall.com. Host of the Emmy nominated HBOs Real Time with Bill Maher, the comedian and political commentator will bring his notoriously candid stand-up comedy to Ruth Eckerd Hall. With more than 18 years in television, Maher has earned more than 20 Emmy nominations for his hit TV shows and specials. Mahers first creation, the late night talk show Politically Incorrect, ran from 1993 to 2002 and featured a round-table discussion of current events with four guests coming from pop culture, politics and news. 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Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthe cap.com. Pulp Fiction is widely considered one of the most influential films of the 1990s. Director and co-screenwriter Quentin Tarantino intertwines the lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife and a pair of diner bandits in four tales of violence and redemption. With an all-star cast featuring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and Bruce Willis with cameos by Christopher Walken and Steve Bushemi this Oscar winning film pays homage to the traditions of many genres including film noir, campy B-horror flicks and American gangster and crime thrillers. Aurora Borealis, Sunday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.ruth eckerdhall.com. Presented by the American Alzheimers Association, Aurora Borealis stars Joshua Jackson, Donald Sutherland and Juliette Lewis. 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His original compositions and arrangements of well loved pop tunes are infused with cutting edge techniques resulting in a signature style which crosses over a full range of musical genres. Years of honing his craft led Hopper to the Winfield National Fingerpicking Championship where he won Best Instrumental Song in 2007 for his seminal piece Autumn of Any Year. Later that same year, he won second place in the singer-songwriter competition at Atlantas famed Eddies Attic Shootout Competition without singing a single note being the first and only instrumentalist ever to achieve such recognition. Vertigo, Friday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthe cap.com. Recently named the greatest film of all time by The British Film Institute, Vertigo is directed by Alfred Hitchcock and stars James Stewart and Kim Novak. The film follows a retired police detective suffering from acrophobia who is hired as a private investigator to follow the wife of an acquaintance to uncover the mystery of her peculiar behavior. The film received mixed reviews upon initial release, but has garnered acclaim since and is now often cited as the defining work of Hitchcocks career. Ian Anderson, Sunday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $59.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Anderson, of Jethro Tull fame, will be performing both Thick as a Brick in its entirety for the first time since 1972. The concert also will include Andersons new album, Thick as a Brick 2. This tour will feature a more theatrical production with video and additional musicians, including Andersons band. The band includes bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara, drummer Scott Hammond and guitarist Florian Opahle. All of the members have performed with Anderson on his solo dates over the years as well as having performed at various times as members of Jethro Tull. Thick as a Brick 2 was produced by Anderson and mixed by Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson. The album answers the question 40 years later, whatever happened to Gerald Bostock, the person credited with writing the lyrics for Thick as a Brick, which hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Pop Albums chart. Dunedin Opening reception, Friday, Sept. 7, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. Celebrating the opening of four new space-themed art exhibits, the reception will include refreshments, an artist talk and live music. The new exhibits include Intergalactic, Beam Me Up, My Favorite Martian and Blast Off. Admission is $5 for adults, free for DFAC members. Call 298-3322 or visit www.dfac.org. Intergalactic, Sept. 7 through Dec. 21, at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. One of four exhibits designed to present an array of work gathered to reflect a broad, though singular theme, Intergalactic features an allmedia invitational. Artists from around the world take visitors out of this world. Extraterrestrials, black holes, lunar landscapes, celestial bodies what lies beyond this earthly realm or not? Either way, the skys not the limit for artists David Choi, Denis Gaston, Tsuneaki Hiramatsu, Shane Hoffman, Violet Hopkins, Masumi Kataoka, Andy Kehoe, Scott Listfield, Beili Liu, Sim Luttin, Timothy McMahon, Leah Pecoraro, Rene Rickabaugh, Isabell Schaupp, Sondra Sherman, Christel van der Laan and Marek Wyszomirski. DFAC galleries are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery admission is free. DLM Childrens Art Museum admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for DFAC members and children 2 and younger. Call 298-3322 or visit www.dfac.org. Beam Me Up, Sept. 7 through Oct. 14, at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. One of four exhibits designed to present an array of work gathered to reflect a broad, though singular theme, Houston-based video and photographic team Hillerbrand & Magsamen share contemporary interpretations of parenthood and family. It is life as we do not know it in Beam Me Up. DFAC galleries are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery admission is free. DLM Childrens Art Museum admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for DFAC members and children 2 and younger. Call 298-3322 or visit www.dfac.org. My Favorite Martian, Sept. 7 through Oct. 14, at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. One of four exhibits designed to present an array of work gathered to reflect a broad, though singular theme, My Favorite Martian invites DFAC students, members and friends to reveal their inner aliens. DFAC galleries are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery admission is free. DLM Childrens Art Museum admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for DFAC members and children 2 and younger. Call 298-3322 or visit www.dfac.org. Blast Off, Sept. 7 through Aug. 17, 2013, at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. One of four exhibits designed to present an array of work gathered to reflect a broad, though singular theme, in Blast Off: The Final Frontier, the David L. Mason Childrens Art Museum casts its gaze to the stars with a trip to outer-space for the entire family. An exhibit of work from DFAC Summer Camp artists shares the same name, but occupies its own space in the Kokolakis Family Youth Gallery. DFAC galleries are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery admission is free. 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Gulfports whimsical send-off to summer is a combination of Mardi Gras and a Renaissance festival boasting strolling street characters, stage musicians, performing artists and merchants with all types of weird and wonderful wares. With more than 30,000 attendees and up to 200 artisans, craftsmen and quirky vendors expected at this years free celebration, Gecko Fest encourages audience participation with a walking parade starting at 6 p.m. Roving characters provided by Your Total Entertainment will be roaming the streets and interacting with visitors along with the o-fish-al Gecko Goddess and the Gecko Court. Live musical entertainment will be provided on two main stages from noon to 10 p.m. The confirmed band lineup includes Circle 4 Band, Tropical Disturbance, Casey Allen, The Paul Anthony Band, Bing Futch, The Wrenchers, The Noisemakers and Urban Gypsies. The Kids Zone, provided by Spotlight Amusements will be bigger and better than ever, taking up one full city block. 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Birbiglia wears his incisive wit on his sleeve while portraying a cinematic surrogate. Viewers are thrust into the tale of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore. Based on the successful one-man show, Sleepwalk with Me engages in the kind of passionate and personal storytelling that transfigures intimate anguish into comic art. Produced and co-written by Ira Glass, Sleepwalk with Me features a stellar supporting cast that includes Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane, James Rebhorn, Cristin Milioti and a sampling from the who's who of today's stand-up scene. Bursting with sincerity, Mike Birbiglias foray into the medium marks the invigorating emergence of a strong and poignant American voice, at once hilarious and heartbreaking. For more movie news including whats playing at local theaters, trailers and an opportunity to purchase tickets online, visit www.TBNweek ly.com. Click on the Movie News & Reviews link on the left-side menu. Photo by JEFFREY REED/OPEN ROAD FILMSKristen Bell and Dax Shepard hit the road in the romantic action comedy Hit and Run.ST. PETERSBURG Don Howe has been named the associate director for institutional advancement at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Howe is responsible for major fundraising, increasing membership and attendance, and enhancing awareness of the museum. The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, has a great story to tell, said Kent Lydecker, MFA director, in a press release. Our collection and special exhibitions are world-class. Our educational programs and concerts reach people of all ages. Our membership continues to grow and we are blessed with loyal donors and friends. Don will help build on our strengths and expand our audience and support. Howe has been a highly successful radio and marketing executive. Most recently, he was senior vice president/ market manager for CBS Radio in Tampa and Orlando, where he was responsible for nine stations, more than 200 employees, and more than $50 million in revenue. He was previously market manager for CBS Radio in Denver, directing the operations of three stations. In both positions, Howe developed new stations and transformed others. He established new formats and shows and introduced innovative sales strategies and promotional events. Before joining CBS Radio, he held executive positions with Clear Channel Communications for 17 years in Denver, San Diego, and finally New York City. In Denver, he was named the first general manager of the year in the newly merged Jacor and Clear Channel. In San Diego, he oversaw 100 radio stations in nearly 20 markets in California and Hawaii. Howe was the first president of Clear Channel Advantage, based in New York, where he developed marketing opportunities for companies and products across all media radio, television, the Web, billboards, concert tours and more. His clients included Este Lauder, P&G, and On-Star, among many others. Community service has been a hallmark of Howes career. He is a current member of the Waterfront Parks Foundation in St. Petersburg. He has been president of the boards of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Food Bank of the Rockies, corporate chair of Saturday Night Alive of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and corporate and auction chair of the Heart Ball of the American Heart Association. He organized Concerts for a Cure for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Kathy Duffy Fogarty Foundation. The Museum of Fine Arts is a cultural icon in St. Petersburg and Central Florida, Howe said. It is an honor to work with this dedicated staff, trustees, volunteers, and support groups.MFA appoints new associate director Don Howe Photo by ADAM BECKMAN/IFC FILMSMike Birbiglia stars as Matt Pandamiglio and Lauren Ambrose as Abby in Mike Birbiglias Sleepwalk with Me.Photo courtesy of SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMS/STAGE 6 FILMSFrank Langella stars as Frank and Liv Tyler as Madison in Robot & Frank. LOOKING AHEAD, from page 3BStreet Dance at 8 p.m., featuring The Urban Gypsies. Visit www. Gulfportma.com, www.gecst.com or call 322-5217. USA Dance, Monday, Sept. 24, 7 to 10:15 p.m., at Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. Admission is $7 and includes a dance workshop, professional and amateur exhibitions, dance hosts and snacks. For information, call 397-5754. USA Dance, Monday, Oct. 29, 7 to 10:15 p.m., at Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport. Admission is $7 and includes a dance workshop, professional and amateur exhibitions, dance hosts and snacks. For information, call 397-5754.Largo Moxy Concert Believe in Miracles, Friday, Aug. 24, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $27 in advance and $32 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. This concert and variety show will feature the area's most talented performers, vocalists and musicians including singer/songwriter and musician Jayne Kelli, award winning performer Rebecca Zapen, American Idol Experience Dream Ticket winner Vanessa Quillao, actress and singer Becca McCoy and singer/songwriter and musician A.J. Swearingen. There also will be a special performance by Moving Arts of Tampa Bay, and the talented vocalists Jennifer Real, Rossana Spallino, Chantelle Ashby and Reggie Dockens. Swing Dance, Saturday, Sept. 1, 7 to 11 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. This recurring event features dancing and socializing. Attendees will enjoy a free lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. and a DJ dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Savoy Swing is the resident DJ. The center boasts a 5,600square-foot sprung hardwood floor. Visit LargoCommunityCen ter.com or call 518-3131. Cost is $6 with a recreation card and $7 with no recreation card. Train Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. Attendees may 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 visit Largo Events.com. Admission is free but donations are accepted. Labor Day Poolside Picnic, Monday, Sept. 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Highland Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. Attendees may bring the family and a blanket to enjoy their own picnic basket by the pool during the centers extended four-hour session. The event will include free chair massages in addition to family and friends discount admission. This will be the last public session of the season. Alcohol and glass will not be permitted. The snack bar will be open. Cost for a family (five person minimum) is $12 with a recreation card and $23 without a recreation card. Call 518-3018. Square Dancing, Friday, Sept. 7, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m., at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Attendees will spend the evening dancing to professional caller Allen Snell. Call 518-3131. Cost is $6. Stars & Stripes U.S.A. Spirit of America Show, Friday, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. to midnight, at the Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N., Largo. Tickets are $23. A limited number of VIP tickets are available at $35 which includes a full dinner buffet consisting of short ribs, chicken, potato, vegetable, salad and dessert. See LOOKING AHEAD, page 8B
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The event also will feature a red carpet welcome, paparazzi, show hostesses, vintage attire, WWII re-enactors from the 1st Infantry Division, swing dance lessons, swing dancing and seats for those wishing to simply watch the show itself. Valet parking will be available for $5 per car. Additional parking is available near the museum on 34th Way North in Largo and golf cart shuttles will be available to shuttle guests to and from the parking lot. Swing Dance, Saturday, Sept. 8, 7 to 11 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. This recurring event features dancing and socializing. Attendees will enjoy a free lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. and a DJ dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Savoy Swing is the resident DJ. The center boasts a 5,600-square-foot sprung hardwood floor. Visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call 518-3131. Cost is $6 with a recreation card and $7 with no recreation card. The Full Monty, with book by Terrence McNally and music and lyrics by David Yazbek; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, Sept. 1423, at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees will be Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $12.50 for students. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eightoclocktheatre.com. Seeing how much their wives enjoy watching male strippers during their girls night out, unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, N.Y. come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. They decide to present a strip act at a local club and make their show better than the Chippendales dancers because theyll go the full monty strip all the way. As the guys work through their fears, self-consciousness, feelings of worthlessness and anxieties, they come to discover that not only are they stronger as a group, but that the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to face their demons and overcome them. This production may not be suitable for children 11 and younger. Square Dancing, Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m., at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Attendees will spend the evening dancing to professional caller Allen Snell. Call 518-3131. Cost is $6. Swing Dance, Saturday, Sept. 15, 7 to 11 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. This recurring event features dancing and socializing. Attendees will enjoy a free lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. and a DJ dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Savoy Swing is the resident DJ. The center boasts a 5,600-square-foot sprung hardwood floor. Visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call 518-3131. Cost is $6 with a recreation card and $7 with no recreation card. Square Dancing, Friday, Sept. 21, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m., at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Attendees will spend the evening dancing to professional caller Allen Snell. Call 518-3131. Cost is $6. Swing Dance, Saturday, Sept. 22, 7 to 11 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. This recurring event features dancing and socializing. Attendees will enjoy a free lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. and a DJ dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Savoy Swing is the resident DJ. The center boasts a 5,600-square-foot sprung hardwood floor. Visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call 518-3131. Cost is $6 with a recreation card and $7 with no recreation card. Blackberry Smoke, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. Atlanta-based Blackberry Smoke continues to grow into the premiere Southern Rock band of America. Over the last 24 months they have shared the stage with Zac Brown Band, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, Jamey Johnson, Travis Tritt and countless others. Their video Good One Comin' On was No. 1 on CMT for two weeks and No. 3 for seven weeks straight. Square Dancing, Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m., at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Attendees will spend the evening dancing to professional caller Allen Snell. Call 518-3131. Cost is $6. Swing Dance, Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 to 11 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. This recurring event features dancing and socializing. Attendees will enjoy a free lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. and a DJ dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Savoy Swing is the resident DJ. The center boasts a 5,600-square-foot sprung hardwood floor. Visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call 518-3131. Cost is $6 with a recreation card and $7 with no recreation card. All the Worlds a Stage, Saturday, Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Presented by the Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation, this will be the organizations 16th annual fundraising gala. The SPAF will present an evening of food, entertainment, silent auctions and dancing to benefit the Largo Cultural Center. SPAF is passionate about meeting the need for arts education in the community. Proceeds from this event go directly to that mission. Cost is $100 a person. Keiko Matsui, Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $45.50 in advance and $50.50 the day of the show. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. After selling out her show at the center last year, the contemporary jazz icon returns. Matsui creates music both powerful and introspective, blending Western and Eastern musical influences. Her exquisite style of Japanese jazz spans three decades of international acclaim. Elegant piano melodies, a free spirit and creative genius mark her return to the Largo stage. Hot Club San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $26.50 in advance or $31.50 at the door. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Fire up the holidays with a swinging gypsy wagon trip to the North Pole featuring many favorites and some rarer seasonal gems. This dazzling holiday performance has something for everyone. Make this season bright with flames of gypsy jazz. Tom Rush, Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $19.50. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Rush's impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the s and the renaissance of the s and s. His music has left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and Garth Brooks have cited Rush as major influences. Madeira Beach My Sisters Keeper, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2:30 p.m., at Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. Part of the Summer Film Series, this 2009 drama stars Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Sofia Vassilieva and Alec Baldwin.Oldsmar Pastel Society of Tampa Bays Summer Art Show, through Aug. 31, at Oldsmar City Hall, 100 State St. W., Oldsmar. Original pastel paintings will be on display and for sale throughout the building showing some of the finest work of its over 60 members. Formed in 2006, members represent not only Pinellas but also Pasco and Hillsborough counties. The exhibit may be viewed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call Lorraine Potocki at 466-8791. Celebrate Oldsmar, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive West, Oldsmar. Hours will be Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. Oldsmar's annual extravaganza is the city's way of saying thank you to residents, businesses, visitors and event sponsors for making Oldsmar a great place. This year, the action will start Friday with a carnival of rides and games. The celebration will continue Saturday, with the carnival, inflatables, pony rides, Touch-a-Truck, food concessions and live music. Parking and admission are free. The Black Honkeys will perform on the amphitheater stage. There will be a fireworks display. For more details, call 813-7491260 or visit www.MyOldsmar.com.Pinellas Park Sublime with Rome, Saturday, Sept. 1, at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Gates will open at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $27. Visit ticketfly.com. The show also will feature performances by Matisyahu, Cypress Hill, Dirty Heads and Pepper. Sublime with Rome is a collaboration between Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh of Sublime and Rome Ramirez. Vocalist and guitarist Ramirez had previously performed with Wilson and Gaugh occasionally, including YouTube's Raw Session and an attempted Sublime reunion. It became clear that Ramirez would not be replacing Sublime's lead singer and guitarist, Bradley Nowell, who died in 1996. He would simply be "featured with" former Sublime members. Sublime with Rome performed their first gig together in February 2009 in Nevada, followed by Cypress Hill's Smokeout Festival that October. Once Upon a Time in Central Park, by Gil Perlroth, Sept. 7-23, at Venue Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. For reservations, call 822-6194 or email venueactorstudio @gmail.com. Venue Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of the new musical by Perlroth, who penned the hit musical Aint Retirement Grand!. Once Upon a Time in Central Park, a warm delightful musical about love in the middle years, features Nancy Wright and Bob Hines and is directed by Daniel Harris. The production includes 14 new songs. Movies in the Park, Saturday, Sept. 22, dusk, at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park. The movie is free. Funds from the concession benefit the Firefighters' Benevolent Fund. Funds also are used for holiday toy and dinner giveaways and to assist fire victims in Pinellas Park. Call Nick DelGrosso at 687-4494 or email email@example.com. Whip It to Shreds Tour, Sunday, Sept. 23, at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Gates will open at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $14. Visit ticketfly.com. Blondie and Devo will co-headline the show. Blondie veterans Debbie Harry, Clem Burke and Chris Stein, along with newer band members Leigh Foxx, Tommy Kessler and Matt Katz-Bohen will be playing the acclaimed songs from their most recent album Panic of Girls as well as the biggest hits from their storied four-decade career. Devo, who released their first studio album in two decades with 2010s highly praised Something for Everybody and have been touring since. Devo will mix up their set with their newer material and the classics. Original members Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald and Bob Casale will take the stage with tour drummer Jeff Friedl rounding out the lineup.Safety Harbor Premiere Harbor Cinema, Thursday, Aug. 30, 6:30 p.m., at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor. The Premiere Harbor Cinema film series presents the newest film releases on the big screen in the library. The featured presentation will be The Lucky One, starring Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling. Free popcorn and lemonade will be served. Call 724-1525, ext. 112. St. Pete Beach Fourth Friday Food Truck Festival and Wine Tasting, Friday, Aug. 24, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., on Corey Avenue, just off Gulf Boulevard in downtown St. Pete Beach. In welcoming the RNC to St Pete Beach, Corey Avenue will host one of the largest food truck festivals in the area. More than a dozen trucks will participate. The event also will feature live music by Joel and Dakata, the father/son duo from Tarpon Springs. Participating merchants will be offering wine tastings sponsored by The Florida Orange Groves Winery while supplies last. This months lineup will include Graffeaties, Hot Mess, Gorilla Gurt, Firehouse Grille, Americanwiener, 2 Asians & A Grille, Mobile Munchies, Keepn It Reel, Killer Samich, Just Smokin' BBQ, Tasty Stacy, Kona-Ice and Lettuce eat Healthy. Attendees may bring chairs. Coolers and alcohol are not permitted. Admission and parking are free. Call 4988778 or visit www.coreyave.com. Corey Avenue Car and Truck Show, Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the 300-400 block of Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach. Hosted by the Corey Area Business Association, the judged show is open to all years, makes and model. Entry fee is $15. Registration are being accepted. Registration ends one week before the show. More than 60 awards will be up for grabs. The show will run rain or shine. For registration and show information, call 547-8082 or visit www.premium carshows.com.St. Petersburg Global + Local: Studio and Contemporary Glass on Florida's West Coast, through Oct. 14, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. The exhibit will feature 60 works from approximately 10 collections, including the MFAs own. Recent MFA acquisitions of major works by Therman Statom and Michael Glancy are high points, as well as objects by internationally renowned artists Harvey Littleton, Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, Richard Ritter, William Morris, Sonja Blomdahl, Dante Marioni, Toots Zinsky and Yoichi Ohira. Exceptional works by area artists Duncan McClellan, Owen Pach, and Chuck Boux also enhance the exhibition. McClellans new studio/gallery in downtown St. Petersburg is attracting artists from around the globe. The Chihuly Collection and the Hot Shop at The Morean Arts Center and the Zen Glass Studio likewise reflect the citys emergence as a center for the display and creation of glass art. Museum hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $17 for adults, $15 for those 65 and older, and $10 for students 7 and older, including college students with current identification. Children 6 and younger and museum members are admitted free. For information, call 896-2667 or visit www.fine-arts .org. Congratulations, by Lee Irby, through Aug. 26, at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees will be Sunday, 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Call 8956620 or visit www.studio620.org. In Congratulations, Joe, slacker Joe lands a coveted job at the local prison and his working class parents Dominic and Helene are overjoyed; but pressures start to mount as Joe quickly gets promoted through the bureaucratic system, and he starts to crack. Add to the mix Joe's no nonsense girlfriend, his neurotic aunt, and her get-rich-quick scheming boyfriend, and you have the recipe for A Simple Theatre's hilarious new world premiere comedy. Directed by Gavin Hawk, the play stars Eddie McNally, Bonnie Agan, Sam Arnold, Ricky Wayne, Meg Heimstead and Kendall McGuire. The Art of Music summer jazz series, Friday, Aug. 24, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. The featured artist will be New York Guitar Cats. The series presents some of the best jazz in the area. Admission is $5 for museum members and $10 for nonmembers. Cost includes admission to the entire museum. Call 896-2667. The musicians perform in the glass conservatory. Listeners can mingle on the terrace overlooking the bay. The MFA Caf is open and a cash bar is available. Damon Fowler, Friday, Aug. 24, 9 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m., at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 the day of the show. Call 822-3590 or visit www.spcollege.edu/palladium/. With his hybrid of roots rock, blues and sacred steel, plus songwriting and vocal skills, it's no wonder critics are extolling Fowler's originality and technical guitar expertise which has been compared to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar hints of Duane Allman. He can play fiery guitar runs with the best of them, but it's his lyrical work on lap steel and Dobro that makes him stand out among the legions of guitar heroes. Fowler's sparkling original compositions pair perfectly with well-chosen cover tunes from Billy Joe Shaver, Merle Haggard and the Amazing Rhythm Aces. Because of his versatility, Fowler has been called upon to work with Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Robin Trower, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Vaughn, Junior Brown, Rick Derringer, Little Feat, The Radiators, Chris Duarte and Delbert McClinton. A Tampa Bay musician who's made good, Fowler is one of the most original and seasoned artists on the national circuit. 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