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Commission OKs higher millage rate By TOM GERMOND LARGO Largo city commissioners voted 6-1 Sept. 4 to tentatively approve a budget that includes a 7.3 percent property tax increase for the next fiscal year spurred by a continued shortfall in revenue. Action taken by the commission would result in a tax rate of 4.9 mills. The current rate is 4.5 mills. City budget manager Amy Davis said the increase in the millage will generate an additional $1 million revenue and is recommended to prevent further budget reductions as well as service level reductions in future years. It will allow for some growth in property tax revenue because over the last five years there has been a cumulative taxable property value decline of 31 percent, she said. The city has either lowered or held the line of property taxes for the last five years, she said. In that time frame most of the other revenue sources have been declining, Davis said. City officials said the tentative budget for fiscal year 2013 includes $2.5 million in operating budget reductions, the equivalent of 22.23 full-time positions deleted and no funding for employee raises. Among the budget reductions are elimination of a grant administrators position, assistant to the city managers position, See MILLAGE, page 4A Features Business . . . . . . . . . . .9A Classieds . . . . . . . . .5-7B County . . . . . . . . . . .3,5A Entertainment . . . . . . .1-4,8B Health & tness . . . . . . . .10A Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . . .2A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . .6-7A Pet connection . . . . . . . .12A Police beat . . . . . . . . . .3A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .8A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising At the box officeThe Words, starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Widle and Zoe Saldana. ... Page 1B.ENTERTAINMENT CITYDoctors to speak to historical societyThe next meeting of Largo Historical Society this fall will be on Monday, Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m. All meetings are held in the 100 year old Historic Largo Feed Store on Central Park Drive. The guest speakers are Dr. Louis Michaelos, who started practicing medicine in Largo in the late 1950s, and his son, Dr. John Michaelos, the owner of St. Michaels Eye Institute on West Bay Drive. All meetings start with a potluck dinner to share, followed by a guest speaker; the public is welcome to attend.Domestic partnership on city agenda Commission to discuss proposed registry ... Page 2A. Top five diversions also include show at Armed Forces History Museum ... 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I have regular customers who used to come here with their little children; now those children are of drinking age and they are still coming in with their parents. ... Page 9A. Photo by JIM LAYFIELDFriday night heroicsPinellas Parks Pierre Johnson rushes for a portion of his total of 75 yards with Osceolas Blake Warren in pursuit during a high school football game Aug. 31 at Osceola. Johnson also scored on a 42-yard run. Pinellas Park won the game, 19-14. In other action, the Largo High Packers defeated Bradenton Southeast, 15-14. Largo takes on Pinellas Park at home, Friday, Sept. 7. Photo by TERRE PORTERAn anhinga perches in a tree at Walsingham Park. The anhinga is a large bird about 35 inches in length with a wingspan of more than 3 feet. It often swims with only its head and neck above the water, giving it the common name of snakebird. The anhinga is protected in the United States under the Migratory Bird Treaty of 1918.Birds-eye view Events celebrate 100 years of county history By SUZETTE PORTERHe was a familiar face at Pinellas County Commission meetings, always quick to assist the public needing help at the podium. It was a rare occasion that he didnt have ready answers to questions about anything related to public works or transportation in Pinellas County and beyond. Pete Yauch, director of Transportation and Stormwater, is taking a months vacation and then moving on to take a job with a consulting firm in Tampa that specializes in traffic signal operations and safety. His last day as a Pinellas County employee was Aug. 24. Yauch said he has enjoyed his time at the county. It has been a positive experience, he said by email on his last day on the job. The St. Petersburg native began his career as a county employee in 2004 and served as director of transportation until 2007. Then he moved up the ladder to the position of assistant county administrator. He was responsible for supervising public works, planning and building departments, development and review services, St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport and the Economic Development Coordination Team. In the past four years, he served as director of transportation and public works and then director of stormwater and transportation when his title changed as part of a consolidation of departments that resulted in the countys new department of environment and infrastructure. Yauch talked about some See TRAFFIC CHIEF, page 4ACounty traffic chief moves on to new job in private sector By SUZETTE PORTERLARGO Pinellas County turned the big 100 this year, and everyone is invited to a birthday party to celebrate. Pinellas County officially separated from Hillsborough County on Jan. 1, 1912, after residents rebelled against the lack of services being provided to the peninsula. Soloman Smith Coachman, one of the first commissioners, sponsored a street dance in Clearwater to celebrate the momentous occasion. County residents are celebrating again 100 years later at Pinewood Cultural Park, Sept. 1416. The kick-off event is an invitation-only Centennial Ball on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing. Key dignitaries have been invited to dress up in their angler attire to kick off the weekend of celebration. On Saturday, Sept. 15, everyone is invited to come out for the Fish 5K and 1-mile Fun Run at Walsingham Park, 12620 102nd Ave. N., Seminole. The 5K run begins at 7:30 a.m. The fun run begins at 8:30 a.m. Register online by Sept. 13 at www.active.com/ running/seminole-fl/run-4-the-fish-5k-and-1-mi le-fun-run-2012, or register in person and pick up race packets at the Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing and Interactive Museum, 12211 Walsingham Road, inside the Pinewood Cultural Park. Registration fees are $20 before Sept. 9 and $25 thereafter. The event is limited to 400 participants. If space is available, there will be late registration the day of the event. All preregistered participants will receive a T-shirt and get access to a post-race party at 8:45 a.m. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in various age groups. A pancake breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Center for Fishings courtyard. Cost is $5 for all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausages, including water and juice. Gourmet coffee will be available for $1 more. Advance tickets will be available at the Fishing Centers front desk, Sept. 10-14. The formal dedication ceremony is at 11 a.m. and will include speeches by local dignitaries and dedication of a time capsule. Winners of the Tampa Bay Times Essay Contest and the Raymond James Art Contest will be announced and scholarships will be awarded to the winners. A family fish fry will be the highlight on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16, beginning at noon each day. For $10, get all-you-can-eat fish, See HISTORY, page 4ALyle Polyak is the winner of centennial poster contest. His poster is being used to promote centennial events.First Friday event returns Sept. 7First Friday resumes Sept. 7., 6 to 11 p.m., at First Avenue Southwest and the Clearwater-Largo Road in Largo. The theme is The End of the Summer Street Festival. Sponsored by OShys Tap House, the event will feature vendors, street performers, food and drinks and entertainment provided by Noah Broe and Groove Co. and Cage OHanlon.BUSINESS VIEWPOINTSBob DriverColumnist explores why people cry. Page 8A. Pete Yauch
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Since he brought the issue up, Smith said he has been getting a lot of positive responses to the proposal. As of last week, the city has received about 60 identical emails from 60 individuals in support of the measure. One such email said passing a domestic partner registry will provide an enforceable access to a range of essential protections for both gay and straight partners, including hospital visitation, medical decision making and even funeral arrangements. Most of those emails, he said, were from people who lived out of the city, but we did get a good handful of them that were inside Largo and one of them happened to be a pastor. That was kind of a nice feeling, Smith said after the meeting. But like I said from the get-go, this is not a gay or straight issue. Its a human issue, and I bring aspect of a business. Clearwater passed it and we are competitive with them. With the two largest cities having adopted similar ordinances, along with Gulfport, if Largo does likewise the county may be encouraged to adopt such a measure. Smith had spoken to Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos about why the City Council adopted a domestic partnership ordinance and Smith looked at it from the aspect of it being a great opportunity for us to take on for our city. Besides the identical emails, city officials also have received a few other emails from others in support of a domestic partnership ordinance. I urge you to pass this registry without pause and in all due haste, said Matthew Faustini of Largo. While debating and considering your vote I implore you to remember that life is so fragile. That we are all, every single one of us, is vulnerable and that we will all, at some point in our journey on this planet, fall. We will all fall. This is something that we all must carry within us. That what we have here together is special. Pastor Terry McGuire said Largo has made him proud to live here and to be a part of this wonderful community. I trust you will continue to do the right thing for Largos residents by passing the Domestic Partnership Registry ensuring that no one has to be alone, especially at the hand of another. City commissioners heard from an opponent of the registry, Largo resident Jimmy Dean. At the commissions Aug. 7 meeting, Dean said federal law says that marriage should be between one man and one woman. I believe any vote for this issue is invalid, Dean said. Commissioners dont take public input at work sessions, but citizens are each allowed three minutes to discuss city matters during their regular meetings. St. Petersburgs ordinance says that a significant number of city residents establish and maintain important personal, emotional and economic relationships with persons to whom they are not married. The City Council found that a domestic partnership registry is attractive to companies that value diversity and can assist the city in its economic development. Among its provisions, St. Petersburgs ordinance says all health care facilities operating within the city shall honor the registered domestic partnership documentation as evidence of a partnership and shall allow a registered domestic partner visitation as provided under federal law.City plans meeting on domestic partnership issuesLARGO One hundred and fifty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the land grant university system that set the stage for Extension outreach education to local communities. This law directed states to create institutions of higher learning for the study of agricultural science and engineering, providing 30,000 acres of public land to each state for that purpose. Land grant universities support outreach activities through their Extension Services. The University of Florida has 67 county Extension offices throughout the state; Pinellas County Extension is located at 12520 Ulmerton Road next to Heritage Village in Largo. Saturday, Sept. 15, has been set aside for Pinellas County Extension to showcase the Lawn and Garden Help Desk, which has provided county residents with horticulture and commercial lawn care expertise since the 1970s. Residents are invited to enjoy the celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff will be on hand to answer horticultural questions. Spin the wheel and test your knowledge about Extension for a chance to win an LED flashlight. Come early and enjoy an informative tour through the Natural Areas at 9 a.m., registration is at www.eventbrite.com/event/4211 085470. A Rain Harvesting Workshop also is planned from 9 to 10:15 a.m. with rain barrels available for only $10. Advance registration required online at www.eventbrite .com/event/4038870370/eorg. Florida Botanical Gardens joins in the celebration by having their volunteers and Master Gardeners offering 30-minute tours through the gardens formal and Florida-friendly garden areas. On Saturday, Sept. 22, Pinellas County Extension invites residents to enjoy a hike through the natural area of Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs. Certified interpretive guides will lead visitors through ecosystems that transform with the slightest changes in elevation. Along the way, guides will explain the ecological and historical variations they experience. The tour begins at 9 a.m. and registration is available online at www.eventbrite .com/event/3715972574/eorg.Plan to stay after the hike and cool down inside the Environmental Education Center while exploring a variety of interactive and educational exhibits. The following Saturday, Sept. 29, Pinellas County Extension will add to the 150th Land Grant anniversary by recognizing National Public Lands Day and National Estuaries Day at Weedon Island Preserve in St. Petersburg. There will be a guided tour of the coastal mangrove hammocks as well as the opportunity to get down and dirty with the Pinellas Sea Grant on the canoe and kayak coastal cleanup. Both the hike and cleanup begin at 9 a.m. At 2 p.m. the interactive marine learning stations welcomes visitors and guests. Bring a plain T-shirt to make a fish-printing keepsake. Register for events online at www.weedonislandpre serve.eventbrite.com. During the day, take time to explore the Cultural and Natural History Center and view the exhibits about the land and its inhabitants. Pinellas County Extension is a partnership between Pinellas County government and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences as part of a nationwide network of land grant universities. The University of Florida is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. The mission of Pinellas County Extension is to provide researchbased knowledge and education programs enabling people to make practical decisions to improve their quality of life and the world around them. Education focuses on sustainable living, lawn and garden, families and consumers, and 4-H youth development. Pinellas County Extension offers programming at the Extension office, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, 582-2100; at the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 453-6800; and at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 4536500. For information, visit www. pinellascountyextension.org and find Pinellas Extension on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.Pinellas County Extension celebrates 150 yearsFree 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. 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 LargoCommunityCenter.com or call 518-3131. The fee is $6 with a recreation card and $7 no recreation card. Bay Area Singles Dance, Sept. 9, 16, 23, and 30, 6 until 10 p.m., Largo Community Center. Description: Since 1997, Bay Area Singles Dance has been the best place for area singles and friends to meet. Every Sunday approximately 150 singles of all ages join us. We offer an extensive music library to fit every taste. Dress to impress! The fee is $8 Square Dancing Fridays, Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 7:30 p.m. until 9:45 p.m., Largo Community Center. Description: Like country-style dancing? Square or round? Spend the evening dancing to professional caller Allen Snell. Join anytime. Call 518-3131 The fee is $6. Soggy Doggy Splash Party, presented by Pet Supermarket, Sept. 8, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Highland Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. Description: Pet owners are permitted to bring their dogs to enjoy a swim. Owners will not be permitted to enter the water, as directed by the Pinellas County Health Department. However, owners can enjoy our concessions and sponsor displays. Owners will need to provide proof of vaccination for the dog upon admission. Slides will not be open; plenty of activities and contests are planned. For more information visit LargoPools.com. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Dogs shorter than 18 inches 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Dogs taller than 18 inches Call 518-3018 $5 per dog (owners free). Around Around Largo LargoCity events City events
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Anyone with information is asked to contact the Clearwater Police Department Tip Line at 562-4422. To remain anonymous, send information to TIP411 (847411.) Anonymous Web tips also can be submitted through the police departments Facebook page at www.face book.com/clearwaterpolice under the Submit a Tip tab.Teens arrested on multiple chargesPINELLAS PARK Three teens were arrested Aug. 27 in connection with a stolen vehicle case out of Pinellas Park, after fleeing from deputies, following a hit and run incident with damage to property in Redington Beach. According to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office, deputies responded to a report of property damage about 5:21 p.m. at 106 161st Ave. in Redington Beach following reports that a full-sized 2006 Ford pickup truck, travelling swiftly, had struck a mailbox and left the scene. A deputy in the area, spotted a vehicle matching the description of the truck, and attempted a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle failed to stop and fled at a high rate of speed. According to deputies, additional reports were received in reference to other hit and run crashes in the area of Boca Ciega Drive in Madeira Beach, with a similar description to the Ford pickup. The truck was subsequently spotted by other deputies in the area of Boca Ciega Drive and Gulf Boulevard in Madeira Beach. Deputies said that when the suspect vehicle observed the deputies, the driver, later identified as 16-year-old Christopher Nhat Nguyen of Pinellas Park, spun the truck around and went up onto a landscaped area and into the parking lot of a 7-Eleven. The deputy approached the truck with his cruiser in an attempt to pin the door. The suspect vehicle then backed up to get away, but the truck hooked on to the bush guard of the cruiser, dragging it approximately 5 feet. Deputies said at that point Nguyen and two occupants, identified as 16 year-old Osmany Aleman of Pinellas Park and 15-year-old Rithysand Marvin Phoeuk of St. Petersburg, bailed from the car. All three were apprehended shortly thereafter. Deputies said Aleman was located swimming in the canal behind the 7-Eleven. Deputies determined the Ford pickup truck had been reported stolen out of Pinellas Park and that property was also recovered in the vehicle that did not belong to the vehicle owner. They also said that earlier, a deputy had observed Aleman driving the pick-up truck. Nguyen was arrested and charged with auto theft, driving with a suspended or revoked drivers license, hit and run, obstruction and violation of probation. Aleman was charged with auto theft, driving with a suspended or revoked drivers license, obstruction and violation of probation. Phoeuk was charged with obstruction and violation of probation. All three were taken to a local hospital for medical clearance and subsequently transported to the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center. The investigation continues. Police beat Police beat
4A Leader, September 6, 2012 TRAFFIC CHIEF, from page 1Agreat transportation projects that have been implemented in Pinellas over the past decade, including the Belleair Beach Causeway, the extension of Belcher Road up to Klosterman Road and two projects nearing completion, Keystone Road and Bryan Dairy Road. In addition, our Intelligent Transportation System has significantly improved travel along the corridors where it has been implemented and that implementation will continue along additional roads in the future, he said. Yauch is an expert in traffic and traffic management. Before taking a job at the county, he was practice leader for traffic engineering and intelligent transportation system for a company in Tampa. Prior to that, he was regional vice president for a company that held the consulting contract for the countywide traffic signal system head replacement and wide area network project in Pinellas. He served as city traffic engineer and assistant director of public works for the city of Clearwater from 1991 to 1994 and assistant district traffic operations engineer and district signal systems engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation from 1988 to 1991. He was president and principal engineer at Gray-Yauch and Associates in Atlanta, Ga., from 1985 to 1988. He worked for an Atlanta firm as traffic engineer and senior traffic engineer from 1977 to 1985. His earliest experience came as a graduate research assistant at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta from 1976 to 1977. He received his bachelors in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1976 and his masters degree in 1977. Hes a fellow and member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and past president of the Florida Section. He also is a member of the Florida Engineering Society and International Municipal Signal Association.One hundred years of improvementsTampa Bay Newspapers has been publishing a series of articles to mark the countys centennial and asked Yauch to share his knowledge of events before he moved on to a job in the private sector. There have definitely been a lot of transportation changes and improvements over the last 100 years, he said. When the county was formed (in 1912), railroads and waterways were the main transportation modes into St. Petersburg, he said. Yauch highlighted some of the transportation milestones, including the Orange Belt Railroad that ran to St. Petersburg in 1888 and later became the Atlantic Coast Line. The Tampa and Gulf Coast Railroad started operations in St. Petersburg in 1914 and later became the Seaboard Railway. Now, a lot of the tracks have been converted into trails and there are only two freight trains a day that travel through the county, Yauch said. St. Petersburg had streetcars from 1903 to 1949. Now, were looking at building a modern-day equivalent light rail, he said. The first commercial air service in the country started in St. Petersburg in 1914 with regular flights to Tampa. The first Gandy Bridge opened in 1924, and the Courtney Campbell Causeway was opened in 1934. A ferryboat ran from Pinellas Point to Manatee County from 1926 until the first Skyway Bridge opened in 1954. It was the Skyway that really started the growth of Pinellas County, Yauch said.Looking aheadYauch said there is a lot more that needs to be done in Pinellas County. Some of the major projects under way include Florida Department of Transportation projects on U.S. 19, Curlew Road to Park Boulevard; 118th Avenue Freeway, future State Road 690; Roosevelt Boulevard realignment and the Bayway Bridge replacements, as well as county road projects on Keystone Road, U.S. 19 to East Lake; and Bryan Dairy Road, Starkey to 72nd Avenue. Dunedin Causeway will need to be replaced in the next decade, Yauch said. We have a lot of infrastructure that was constructed during the rapid growth of the 1960s and 1970s that is getting old and will need replacement. We continue to have traffic safety concerns with about 15,000 injuries and 100 fatalities every year in the county. And although we have had a recent downturn in traffic volumes due to the economy, we will still need to address recurring congestion problems in the future. Ongoing transit initiatives could help. Time will tell. HISTORY, from page 1Acoleslaw, baked beans, chips and dessert. Soda and bottled water will be available for $1. Advance tickets will be available at the Fishing Centers front desk Sept. 10-14. Other activities are planned hourly throughout the event, according to Jessica Espaillat, Center of Fishing event and marketing coordinator. Activities include an archery booth, interactive fishing games, cast netting games, art activities and movies. The Rays Street Team will be on hand Saturday offering pitching and batting games. Tours of the 30-acre Florida Botanical Gardens and 21acre Heritage Village along with other special activities also will be available. Heritage Village will celebrate the lifestyle of the countys early pioneers with childrens activities, blacksmithing, antique cars, fiber arts demonstrations and house tours. There also will be food vendors and exhibits by area historical societies and book sales and signings by local authors. Activities are planned on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The celebration ends Monday night at Tropicana Field as the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Boston Red Sox, starting at 7:10 p.m. Sponsors for the celebration are Baycare Health Systems, Progress Energy, Raymond James, Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay Rays, TradeWinds Island Resorts and Visit St. Pete Clearwater. Espaillat said the Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing had asked to sponsor the countys centennial celebration. She said budget problems had prevented the county from being able to fund an event, so we asked if we could host it. This is great for us, she said. People can come and see who we are and what we do. The Fishing Center, which moved into the former Gulf Coast Museum of Art building in May, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching children after life through fishing, to providing a center for activity for the local marine community and to commemorating the past, present and future of fishing on Floridas Gulf Coast. The center is part of the countys new history, having opened in January of the centennial year. Fishing has been a huge part of the countys history, Espaillat said. We think it fits (to host the celebration). It makes sense. For more information, visit centerforfishing.org/pinellas-countycentennial-celebration or stop by the Center for Fishing at 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. By BRIAN GOFFCLEARWATER Earlier this summer, an NBA transaction occurred that most people hardly noticed. But to a group in Clearwater, this was both groundbreaking and amazing. The group is the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and the transaction involved one of their own. At 6 feet 3 inches, Tyshawn Taylor was drafted by the Portland Trailblazers and traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Tyshawn was a little brother in Clearwater, and he is the first one to thank Big Brothers Big Sisters for making it possible to fulfill his dream. In 1999, when Taylor, then 9 years old, became a little brother. He was soon linked up with 49-year-old Tom Spencer, who had retired after selling his computer company. Suddenly I realized I could do what I wanted, Spencer said. It provided me with a spiritual awakening, and I realized I had to do something to give back. Spencer, then of Safety Harbor, sought out the Big Brothers Big Sisters, became a Big, and soon met Taylor. I discovered he really needed a role model, Spencer said. He was being raised by a single mother with his two sisters. They lived in the projects and there were some rough kids around. He had told me he liked basketball and in fact told me, when he was 9 years old, that he wanted to play in the NBA. I told him to hold onto the dream, but I knew he faced long odds. For Taylor, contacted at the Nets training facility in Brooklyn, the experience of meeting Spencer was memorable. I think we had a connection right from the very beginning, Taylor said. But it was different, me a little African-American kid with this older white man. Yet it seemed natural, I was comfortable with him. We went out to eat a couple of times. My mom connected with him because he was so open, so she gave me the OK and after that we hit it out of the park. Knowing that Taylor was struggling with his studies and how much he loved basketball allowed Spencer to form a plan. We were able to use basketball as a motivation for him to get good grades, Spencer said. He went from barely passing to the honor role. Getting Taylor enrolled in youth basketball wasnt easy, Spencer recalls. I took him to the Clearwater For Youth Basketball League, but the lady there said it was too late, Spencer said. But I insisted. I said we really have to get this kid into basketball. So they actually formed another team with other kids who were late. They were the worst team in the league. He was the best player on the worst team. I dont think they won a game, but he had a ball. Taylors career took off after that. Other coaches in his youth league noticed him, and after that first year, he had no more trouble hooking up with a team. Eventually Tyshawn played varsity for one year with Countryside High School before moving to New Jersey to live with relatives. Taylor went on to attend the University of Kansas and played basketball as a starter there for four years. He got his bachelors degree in communications. His basketball flourished. In 2010, he won the Big 12 Freshman of the Year Award. When he graduated, guess who just had to attend? Tom Spencer and his wife, JoAnn. My proudest day was May 13 of this year when Tyshawn graduated from the University of Kansas, Spencer said. Taylor, a guard, is listed on the roster of the Brooklyn Nets. Up until this year, they had been the New Jersey Nets. In July, he signed a contract reportedly worth just under $500,000 a year, normal for a rookie. It now gives me a chance to give back to my mom and my family, Taylor said. The giving doesnt stop there. Tom and JoAnn Spencer moved to Murphy, N.C., a few years ago, and Tom has since started a chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters in that community. Already, 31 kids have signed up. Taylor intends on giving back too. At some time I want to be a Big Brother to give back to the younger kids, Taylor said. I suggest everybody be a big part of this. The journey of Tyshawn Taylor, from the projects in Clearwater to the bright lights of New York City and a spot in the NBA was a long one. But it would never have been possible without the connection between a Big Brother and a Little Brother. Im happy with the satisfaction of seeing him grow and ending up with control over his life rather than follow the path of his parents and cousins, Spencer said. Taylor returned the love. It was life changing, Taylor said. My Big Brother was the first one to see my passion. Ill always be grateful to him for taking time out of his life and care for me. He didnt have to do it.Clearwater little brother makes it big Photo courtesy of the BROOKLYN NETSTyshawn Taylor in action during the NBAs summer league this year.Dunedin gives OK for Gateway projectDUNEDIN The Dunedin City Commission on Aug. 23 voted 4-1 to approve the repositioning of the Gateway Redevelopment Project. Commissioner Julie Scales dissented. In the fall of 2006, the commission chose Pizzuti Builders LLC to develop the Gateway area, including property at Main Street and Skinner Boulevard, as a redevelopment project featuring retail, restaurants and medical office space. However, the economy soon turned sour, and over the last few years Pizzuti has tried to move in this direction but has faced major impediments due to the real estate market, economy and uncertainty in the health care field, according to a memo to the commission from City Manager Rob DiSpirito. So far, the owner of Pizzuti has invested $1.3 million in the planned development of the Gateway site. The company has reassessed and brought before the commission a revised plan for the site, which features 138 upscale multi-family units on the Gateway and Jernigan tracts, as well as two restaurants and retail on the first floor. The citys own Economic Development Strategy Plan references the need for newer apartment rentals as a measure to attract working professionals, the memo said. Presently, Dunedins multi-family rental stock can be characterized as older, and not as attractive as newer products in surrounding areas such as Tampa, Clearwater, Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg. The project would target households as an urban living experience that would feature shopping, dining, entertainment and PSTA and Jolley Trolley transportation all within walking distance. The market segment Pizzuti is planning to attract is earlyto mid-singles, couples and married people from age 25 to 39 with a household income of $40,000 to $100,000. The apartments could also be used for 55-and-older people who want to downscale their housing, either on a full-time or seasonal basis. I think its wonderful, said Commissioner Julie Ward Bujalski. Interestingly enough, the location of it, our trolley stops right there which would be perfect. And you have a regular bus stop. You do have literally the whole transit system right there. So hopefully we can encourage the residents there to use them. Commissioner Ron Barnette said he feels this project symbolizes the gateway area, captures the pedestrian feel and sets the feel and ambiance going into Dunedin and downtown. He added that this project could also serve as a model for development in other parts of town as well. Bob Ironsmith, economic development director for the city, said the goal is to not build so much that it takes away from downtown, but to add just the right balance and enticement. Mayor Dave Eggers said that he understands that the economy made it difficult to do the original plan and that it is necessary to be flexible and move with the times. If this fits in our city, and I think it does, then I am happy, Eggers said. Commissioner Julie Scales was not as convinced. She said this is a signature project at the entry to downtown, and she said she does not feel compelled to do something immediately just because it is now easiest to get funding for multi-family housing. However, the other four commissioners liked the project and voted to approve it. Ironsmith said that forward movement on the project will now be dictated by various approvals, but other than that, it is ready to go. He said building could commence by early 2013 if not the end of 2012. Alexandra LundahlIRB to pursue claim for oil spillINDIAN ROCKS BEACH Indian Rocks Beach commissioners have decided to see if they might have a claim against the BP oil company because of the oil spill in the Gulf in 2010. The commission gave City Attorney Maura Kiefer the authority to negotiate a contract with the law firm Motley Rice of Charleston, S.C. Kiefer is to have a contract ready for approval at the Commissions meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The issue of choosing a law firm to represent the city arose two weeks ago when Tampa lawyer Christa Collins approached the commission on behalf of Penton law firm of Louisiana and suggested the city might have claims against BP for lost revenue because of the spill. At that time Vice Mayor Terry Hamilton-Wollin suggested the commission hear from local lawyer Rick Kriseman on behalf of the Motley Rice firm as well. At the commission meeting on Aug. 28 commissioners heard the Motley Rice presentation and despite the recommendation by City Attorney Kiefer that they go with the Penton group, commissioners unanimously agreed to engage Motley Rice if a favorable contract could be worked out. Hamilton-Wollin said the difference for her was that attorney Kriseman was local. He has an office just a couple of miles away, she said. And he has staff on the ground to work with. For me this is a no-brainer. Other commissioners agreed with Hamilton-Wollin, but Mayor R.B. Johnson threw in a note of caution. Im concerned with their contract because if we pulled out of an arrangement with them then we would have to pay, he said. Im also concerned about possibly having to pay some expenses. I cant go with this text. In the end a resolution was fashioned to authorize Kiefer to negotiate a new contract. The issue of making a claim against BP came up some time ago but was squelched when City Manager Chuck Coward suggested the city really did not suffer any losses because of the spill. Resident Kelly Cisarik, who said she was against proceeding with any lawsuit, voiced that feeling. I didnt see any oil on our beaches, she said. Damage was minimal and indirect. It is fundamentally wrong to do this. Brian Goff Budget for bridge bait house, bathrooms cut nearly in halfBELLEAIR BLUFFS An initial plan by the county to spend $1.4 million for a bait shop and restrooms on the Belleair Beach Causeway Bridge has since been cut back to $750,000. Belleair Bluffs Public Works Director Robert David announced at the Aug. 20 City Commission meeting that a number of construction compromises will need to be made to meet the new spending figure. Fishermen, boaters and bridge visitors have been asking for a bait house, which would also have light food and snacks available, since the old one was torn down when construction began on the new bridge in 2007. A plan for a mobile bait shop, to serve until funding was available for a permanent structure, was turned down by the city in January of 2011 as not meeting code requirements in a coastal hazard zone. Portable toilets have provided the only bathroom facilities on the bridge. David was reporting on a recent meeting with county officials he and City Clerk Debra Sullivan attended along with Public Works Commissioner Suzy Sofer. He said compromises on the roof, elevator and elimination of a kitchen for the bait house were discussed at the session. There was talk of providing a lift for the handicapped instead of an elevator and temporary bathrooms that would be joined together to look permanent, David said. The restrooms would be attractive-looking stucco, he said, and Sofer described them as a huge step up from the Portalets. The commission agreed to tell the county to move ahead with the bathrooms separately. There are also bathroom facilities planned for inside the bait house. Plans for the scaled-down project will have to be redrawn and approved by the commission, David indicated. More details will be made available at next months commission workshop meeting. Commissioner Jack Nazario urged residents to come to that session and give their opinions on the plans. He mentioned especially those whose condos on the Intracoastal would overlook the bait shop. David was asked if the $1.4 million figure, which was reduced, represented todays construction costs, which would presumably be lower than when the original figure was first announced. The number is todays cost with construction as it is today, he said. Mayor Chris Arbutine said plans for the scaled-back bait house and restrooms should be looked at favorably as it is better to get something rather than nothing. The bathrooms are a necessity to replace those Porta Potties, and the bait house is a necessity for the community, Arbutine said. Wayne Ayers Around Pinellas Around Pinellas MILLAGE, from page 1Aneighborhood coordinators position and three firefighters positions. Commissioners rejected a plan to eliminate the economic development directors position. Commissioner Harriet Crozier asked what was the citys Finance Advisory Boards position on the millage increase. Davis said the board supports it. Commissioner Curtis Holmes, who voted against the proposed tax rate and budget, said he found it interesting that the city is spending more money on the Highland Aquatic Center than the Southwest Pool, even though the Highland center is open from May through September and Southwest is open year-round. City Receation, Parks and Arts Director Joan Byrne said aquatics teams contribute to a lot of the costs at Southwest Pool, such as the West Florida Lightning Aquatics paying for the utility bill that heats and cools the pool year-round. That amount is about $40,000. She also said that Highland Aquatic Center incurs some costs year-round, such as maintaining equipment and chemicals. Commissioners commended staff for their work on the proposed budget for another tough fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. Only a few residents spoke at the public hearings. Geoff Moakley, who is a sharp critic of city spending, complained about increased vacation benefits. How many Largo citizens receive three weeks vacation at five year service? he asked. Private industry cant afford these huge accesses, he said. Kathy Feaster spoke in support of the budget. 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Fly Fishing Intro to Fly Fishing will be offered Wednesdays, Sept. 12 and 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m. The class will focus on teaching students to fly fish. The students will receive training on casting methods and when to use each. The class will introduce the techniques for salt and fresh water fly fishing along with an introduction to fly fishing knots, tackle, and the different types of artificial flies available. Cost is $45 for two classes. Rod Building and Repair Rod Building and Repair will be offered Thursdays, Sept. 13 and 20. The class is designed to teach students all of the proper techniques to build custom rods and how to See CLASSES, page 7ACenter for Fishing offers variety of classes in Sept. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein Redfish numbers on the rise
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Recently, however, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in McNeal v. GMAC Mortg., LLC (In re McNeal) that the same relief is available to homeowners in Chapter 7 straight bankruptcy cases, which typically last less than four months and requires no repayment of debt. In order to strip off a second mortgage, in both Chapter 7 and 13 cases, the homeowner must prove to the Bankruptcy Court that the value of the home is less than the balance owing on the first mortgage. Once the homeowners paperwork is approved by the Court the second mortgage will be eliminated upon the entry of the homeowners bankruptcy discharge and the homeowner keeps the home and pays only the first mortgage! The Law Offices of Jill McDonald represents area homeowners filing for bankruptcy in second mortgage lien strip proceedings. We want to help you navigate through the often confusing and frustrating options available to you. The initial consultation Attorney Jill McDonald will carefully listen to you and ask questions regarding your assets, debts, income and expenses. Filing bankruptcy is an important decision, Jill said. We know that you will have lots of questions and concerns. Jill will explain the different types of bankruptcy, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each. She will make a recommendation as to whether bankruptcy would be appropriate for your circumstances, and if so, which type of bankruptcy would be fitting: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy allows individuals and families who are experiencing financial difficulties to wipe out their debts and start over. Most credit card debt, lines of credit, bank loans, medical bills, and past due accounts are discharged in Chapter 7Bankruptcy. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy provides for reorganization or consolidation of debt through reduced affordable payments budgeted to income and living expenses. A Chapter 13 Bankruptcy can also immediately stop foreclosure proceedings and allow up to 60 months in which to catch up your delinquenthome and auto payments. The goal of our office is to give you the information you need to make an informed decision, Jill said. Costs are always discussed up-front. You will find that our office is an excellent value and always keeps your budget in mind. Removing the burden As soon as you retain our office to file your bankruptcy case, we take the burden of calls from aggressive creditors off of you and your family, Jill said. When a creditor contacts you, you simply give them our office name and number. Once paperwork has been filed with the bankruptcy court, the court will notify all of your creditors. They will be legally prohibited from taking any action to enforce payment of your debts in other words, creditors are not allowed to phone or write you, file a lawsuit, or continue with lawsuits that they have already filed. If creditors need to reach you, they will instead contact our office, Jill said. This gives you time to take care of your family while you get a fresh start.Getting a fresh start Clients can expect personal attention, respect and convenience when visiting the law offices of Jill McDonald. She meets with clients at two Pinellas locations, including a Clearwater office in the Executive Center, 25400 U.S. 19 N., Suite 252, Clearwater; and a St. Petersburg office, at 3851 62nd Ave. N., Suite J, Pinellas Park. Jill has been practicing bankruptcy law exclusively since 2008, focusing on helping those in need of debt relief and keeping up to date on the latest legal developments in the field. Jill is active in several professional bankruptcy organizations, such as the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association Her affiliation with these organizations allows her be on the cutting edge of bankruptcy law changes. In the community, Jill serves as a board member and volunteers for SPOT: Stop Pet Overpopulation Together in Pinellas Park. SPOT volunteers opened a low cost spay/neuter clinic in Pinellas Park in 2009. You do have options; well discuss all of them that are available to you. Contact us today to see if you might qualify for this home-saving strategy! To make an appointment for a free consultation, call 727-231-4300 or book an appointment online at JillMcDonald.com. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Florida Homeowners: Do You Qualify to Eliminate Your Second Mortgage and Keep Your Home? PAIDADVERTISEMENT090612 CLASSES, from page 6Arepair rods. The class places a heavy emphasis on od components and mechanics, and students will work hands on using the techniques learned to build a rod. Cost is $45 for two classes. Cast Netting Cast Netting will be offered Thursdays, Sept. 13 and 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m. The class is designed to introduce basic cast netting techniques including how to throw a cast net, where to cast from, and the best waters to cast in and other tips. The class will also introduce different sizes and types of cast nets along with the pros and cons of each. Cost is $45 for two classes. Call 365-4660, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit centerfor fishing.org/marine-institute. Kids Intro to Fishing Kids Intro to Fishing will be offered Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to noon. The class places heavy emphasis on learning to fish geared toward teaching and engaging kids ages 6 to 12 and will introduce fishing equipment including rod and real, tackle and bait. The class also will focus on knots, catch-and-release tips, safety, preparation, and state regulations. Parents are welcome to attend on an optional basis. Cost is $45. Kids Intro to Kayaking Kids Intro to Kayaking will be offered Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to noon. The class is geared toward teaching and engaging kids ages 6 to 12 and will focus on tips, tricks, and methods of kayaking including paddling strokes, getting in and out of a kayak, equipment needed, safety tips, and preparation. Parents are welcome to attend on an optional basis. Cost is $45. Gyotaku Fish Rubbing Gyotaku Fish Rubbing will be offered Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to noon. Students will watch a step-by-step demonstration of Gyotaku. The class will introduce tips, secrets, and techniques of Gyotaku fish rubbing, a unique Japanese art method originally used by fishermen to accurately record their catches. Cost is $75.
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Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563LETTERSAllow public to have a say on euthanasiaRe: When Im dying, let me kill myself, Tom OHaras column, Aug. 30.Editor: Excellent article on euthanasia. For the people against it for religious reasons maybe we should consider that God helps those who help themselves, I agree with OHaras views and feel like the public should be allowed the choice of voting on euthanasia. If they want it or not state by state. Joan Carlton St. PetersburgRedington Beach did a good thingEditor: I applaud the Redington Beach mayor and commissioners for recognizing at their Aug. 21 town meeting that pedestrian crosswalks have not created the safe haven for pedestrians as intended. I applaud them for acknowledging accidents have gone up, versus down. I applaud them for setting into action to remove isolated crosswalks. It is my hope that adjoining beach communities will focus on how to decrease instead of increase accidents associated or caused by isolated, unwarranted crosswalks. John Messmore North Redington BeachA sound redevelopment strategy for the BiltmoreEditor: My name is Bill Eckenrode and since 2005 my wife and I have been spending six months each year at our condominium located at 6 Belleview Blvd. My business career now spans 55 years, mostly in financial responsibilities. Among other positions, I have been chief financial officer for two industrial corporations, have spent 25 years on the board of a real estate investment company and for the past 12 years have served as an adviser to an investment fund. Because of my background I was asked to review the market and financial analysis compiled by PKF Consulting and to opine on the validity of the redevelopment strategy outlined in the report. Although the real estate investment company I served as board member did acquire three hotels, I do not consider myself to be an expert in hotel investment or management. Therefore, I checked the capabilities of PKF Consulting to see if I could rely on their real estate data, assumptions and recommendations. I determined that they are recognized as a leader in their field, maintaining valuable hotel industry data bases. They are international in scope and have been analyzing the hotel industry for many years. Then I reviewed PKFs assumptions and projections of the economic climate in which the Belleview Biltmore would have to operate. Generally I found these economic assumptions to be reasonable, tending to conservative, tempered by the recent years of slow economic growth. After reviewing the underlying assumptions, I studied in depth Section VII: Estimated Utilization and Financial Analysis. My key impressions are: 1.) The development of the projected Belleview Biltmore Revenues utilized a number of logical calculations, incorporating both economic and Florida hotel data, arriving at understandable numbers. 2.) The estimates of financial performance are based upon the actual 2011 financial performance of five comparably sized and operated fullservice Florida based resorts, which adds credibility to the projections. 3.) The analysis assumes that the Belleview Biltmore will not achieve its stabilized occupancy rate until the third year of operation, which seems realistic. 4.) Recognizing that Belleview Biltmore golf and beach amenities are not adjacent to the hotel, the Analysis lowered its market penetration percentage, thus lowering the occupancy rate used. Because of this and the hotels location, the Analysis used a lower Average Daily Rate, more similar to The Renaissance Vinoy and the Loews Don CeSar room rates, which is more reasonable. In my opinion, the PFK Market and Financial Analysis is a professional and well developed projection of the financial results a restored Belleview Biltmore Hotel can be expected to produce, providing the sound redevelopment strategy set forth in the report is followed. Bill Eckendrode BelleairHave city commissioners forgotten their word?Editor: The Beach Bee headlines this week in bold print announces that IRB to Pursue Claim for oil spill. Surprising isnt it, City Manager Chuck Coward had said previously the city did not really suffer any losses because of the spill. The city also is pursuing this claim with a law firm located outside of this state. What has happened to integrity in this matter? Have the city commissioners forgotten this word, or conveniently pushed it aside, in their headlong rush to acquire new undeserved monetary riches. We talk of loss of values in todays world. My view holds that the appearance of the loss of integrity in this matter, besmirches this commissions reputation. Kelly Cisarik has the right idea when she states she was against proceeding with any lawsuit. I hope the city changes its mind. It is better to lead and be right, than fight for a place at the monetary troth, with little or no right to be there, other than share the greed. Victor Wood Indian Rocks BeachOnly the lawyers profitEditor: The IRB City Commission has fallen for one of the most blatant travesties of the American justice system, the class action suit. If the city was honestly affected, why now, two years later? Its only because the judges have allowed the lawyers to file these claims without any burden of proof just based on being located on the Gulf of Mexico. This is just a money grab and the IRB City Councils participation is both immoral and unconscionable. The only people who profit from these suits are the lawyers. The rest of us will suffer forever from higher prices at the pump as the oil companies just pass their additional costs on the consumers. If you dont believe that, look at the tobacco industry. Shame on every member of the IRB City Council for this decision. John Thayer Indian Rocks BeachAgainst light railEditor: It is true that Jeff Brandes was a strong candidate for Florida state senator, and he ran a strong campaign, but his opponent, Jim, is a career politician and was backed by most of the Republican establishment. Therefore, I feel that Frishes pro-light rail stance was a major factor in his defeat. Brandes, who is against light rail in Pinellas County, which would consist of a rail line from downtown St Petersburg to Clearwater, about 25 miles, and would cost taxpayers an undetermined amount of money. Also, Brandes had the support of our local Tea Party group headed by Barbara Haselden. Our group is strongly opposed to wasting taxpayers money on any project and especially a pie-in-the-sky endeavor like light rail in Pinellas County, with little or no chance of success. For our residents not familiar with the light rail issue in Pinellas County, just ask yourself this question: If you are a resident of St. Petersburg; would I take a train from downtown St. Petersburg to Clearwater?, or, if you are a resident of Clearwater, would I take a train from Clearwater to downtown St. Petersburg? If you answered no, then you certainly would want to vote no on a referendum to add an additional 1 percent sales tax next year in Pinellas County, which will be used to fund a light rail project in Pinellas County. Incidentally, this 1 percent sales tax increase would make Pinellas County the highest in sales tax in the state of Florida and this would certainly not be good for business. Personally, I feel that the residents of Pinellas County will do exactly what the residents of Hillsborough County did, and vote against any referendum to increase our sales tax and approve light rail. For more information on light rail, go to www.cato.org/publications /policy-analysis/defining-success-case-against-rail-transit. Charles Graham Pinellas Park When do we cry, and why?Babies and small children cry. Youve probably noticed. They do this because they dont know what else to do. Crying will usually get them attention, either a comforting hug, a cookie or a command to shut up so we can watch Two and a Half Men. As they grow, children are taught that its okay for girls to weep, but not okay for boys. Boys learn to cuss and say dirty words when theyre upset. They learn this from watching their fathers strike their thumbs with a hammer. As boys grow into manhood, they learn the exceptions to the rule, Thou shalt not cry. One exception is the American flag. When Old Glory waves in the breeze, its okay for a grown man to shed two tears one from each eye. Its especially all right if were watching a Western movie in which John Wayne and his cavalry, with all flags flying, ride in to massacre a band of Apaches who strayed from the reservation. Modern TV news coverage relies on the presence or absence of tears as an indicator of whats going on. If tears are shed at a funeral, then It was an emotional scene. But what if the cameraman can find no tears? The news director simply says, Skip the funeral and show the piece where the teenage kids are told their mother has just been run down by a drunken driver. Give me some sobbing, guys! In his novel Oliver Twist, heres what Charles Dickens said about crying: It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper. So cry away. Lets remember that. Through the ages, women have used tears as a means of achieving their goals. In a disagreement with a man, weeping has always been a womans formidable fallback position. The average man (and most of us fit that description) would rather choose root canal work than face a weeping woman. Even when we know were on the side of justice and the gods, we will finally say, OK, OK, well do it your way. Its all my fault. Just stop crying, please! If were lucky, the woman may then agree to have makeup sex with us. Sure she will. Experts dont have many final answers about why people cry. Obviously, its a means of expressing emotion, whether of grief, sadness, joy or just because the people around you are weeping and you dont want to seem like an odd duck. A major mystery is why some folks cry and others dont. One reason is cultural. If you grow up among weepers, you may become one, the same way you became Republican or Democrat or Lutheran. As a youth, I seldom wept without having a major reason (and today I cant even recall what some of those reasons were.) Now that I am old I tend to shed tears with absolutely no provocation. And I hate it, or much of it. I have long become sniffly at majestic music, such as Beethovens Ninth and Seventh or some of the lyrics of Kris Kristofferson. But now I may choke up when I hear a band playing the Ohio State fight song, or when I think of the final five minutes of the movies Heaven Can Wait or Pretty Woman. I feel like a fool, and try to recover by pretending my face is a block of ice. The sight of an accomplished figure skater, whirling and spinning eight times in the air, has always broken me up, as I think of the years of effort and sacrifice the skater has given. In the 1980s at the Los Angeles Olympics a female marathon runner collapsed while only a few hundred yards from the finish line. Instead of calling it quits, she crawled, dragging her pain-racked body inch by inch to the end of the race. My memory of that scene still can move me to tears. I am a worshipper at the altar of grit and determination, probably because I possess so little of those qualities myself. Today, for me, the most potent automatic producer of salty tears is a TV commercial by an animal-protection group. The ad shows a collection of battered, abused dogs and cats, looking out from their cages, hoping that someone anyone will rescue them from the euthanasia that surely awaits if we, the viewers, dont immediately come to the shelter and sign the adoption papers. Its an effective ad, but I hate it. It triggers my homicidal instincts, making me want to seek out and dismember the wretches who harmed the animals. And Id probably cry like a baby as I performed the executions.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send him your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. Drivers SeatBob Driver What a 14-year-old can teach usWhen Florida students headed back to the classroom this month, 14-year-old Willow Tufano of North Port was not among them. Willow, you see, has more important things to do like collecting rent from the tenants who live in the house she bought recently with earnings from her small business. If you need to re-read that last sentence, go ahead. Because it isnt every day that a 14year-old buys a house. And Willows remarkable story not only should give hope to everyone worried about the future of the American dream, but it also should help us rediscover a time-honored American ideal that can help get our nation out of its current economic mess. Two years ago, Willows mother was helping process a foreclosure along Floridas Gulf Coast. When Willow learned that the man in charge of the property planned to dispose of the household belongings left behind, she asked if she could have them instead. He agreed. Soon Willow began posting notices on Craigs List, selling these and other items she found at yard sales and by dumpster diving. Willow quickly learned the used-goods market. Baby items, bunk beds, video games, and electronics sell well, she says. Appliances like dishwashers and old TVs dont. Willow saved her earnings, amassing $6,000 over 18 months. Then, one day, she overheard her mother talking about a home once valued at $100,000 that was on the short sale market for $16,000. Willow said shed like to buy the home. And buy it she did for $12,000 (half with her savings, half with funds borrowed from her mother.) Once Willow pays back her mom using the $700 in rent she collects every month from tenants nearly twice her age she hopes to buy another house. I calculated that I can make more doing this than I can in a typical teenage job, she says, innocently. In case youre wondering, Willow is not being deprived of a formal education. Shes taking a full slate of advanced courses through the Florida Virtual School (FLVS). And she plans to go to college some day. She says taking classes online gives her the flexibility she needs to run her business. On trash days, being able to go out and get the good stuff that people leave on the street is really important. If it werent for FLVS, Id never be able to do this. That Willow has educational options is a testament to the enduring influence of economist Milton Friedman, Americas original school choice champion, whose centennial birth was commemorated at more than 100 events all over the world last month. Indeed, Willows propensity to see business opportunities where others see none is just what one might expect from a student whos been conditioned to see schooling options beyond the conventional. But Willows story is about more than the benefits of educational freedom. Its also about the benefits of economic freedom and the rediscovery of a time-honored idea that Benjamin Franklin once championed. If Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and Madison crafted the Constitution, then Benjamin Franklin, it might truly be said, invented the American Dream, writes social historian Barbara Dafoe Whitehead. Franklin encouraged Americans to be industrious and frugal to practice thrift, which, interestingly, comes from the same root as thriving. And Franklin did this not just to facilitate upward mobility, but because he knew that economic dependency and chronic debt hinders ones liberty. Sadly, Americas thrift ethic has declined in recent years. Whitehead reports that the term thrift is rarely associated with industriousness anymore. And frugality, which comes from the same root as fruitfulness, remains a foreign word to many in our day, especially government officials in Washington. Thankfully, the John Templeton Foundation is seeking to reverse these trends. In recent years, Templeton-funded projects in Pennsylvania and Florida have successfully revived Thrift Week celebrations tied to Benjamin Franklins Jan. 17 birthday. As part of this effort, a supplemental thrift curriculum, All About the Benjamins, reached more than 135,000 Florida students earlier this year. Had Willow Tufano been in the classroom instead of out buying her first home she might have encountered this curriculum. But judging from this spunky teenagers remarkable story, its safe to say Willow already knows something about the value of hard work and saving for the future. The rest of us should follow this little entrepreneurs example. William Mattox is a resident fellow at the James Madison Institute, the project manager for All About the Benjamins, and a columnist for Florida Voices. A version of this article appeared in USA TODAY. Florida Voices William Mattox
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It will be 29 years in February. Many people remember when Junior was an oyster shucker. After a short stint as a dishwasher, that was his main job, he got pretty good at it. I could do a dozen in a minute, he said. I could shuck a whole box in 15 minutes. He admitted it was an odd job to have. First when I started I was nervous, I was afraid I was going to stab myself, he said. But it got easier as time went on. Fancher stayed in that position for two years before moving onto the floor as a server, then as a bartender where hes been ever since. He admits hes seen just about everything in the years hes been behind that bar. It is like family here, especially when the people start to come back from up north, he said. I have regular customers who used to come here with their little children; now those children are of drinking age and they are still coming in with their parents. Hes also seen something of the cycle of life during his time behind the bar. Ive made many, many close friends, he said. Don and Rose from Minnesota came down every year. They always stayed at a place in Clearwater Beach and they used to invite me to dinner at their place. Two years ago Don passed away and Rose doesnt come down anymore. I speak to her occasionally on the phone. Fancher recalls other lost friends as well. George and Steph Gross were regulars here, they came from New Jersey, he said. They were good customers; they came down twice a year. George recently passed away, but I keep in touch with Steph. Day to day Fancher said his job gets hectic once the season starts and the snowbirds come back. It gets really busy and tough to keep track of the orders. You have to keep everything straight, but I work well with the floor staff so it really isnt too bad. And no wonder, much of the floor staff has been at Crabby Bills as long as he has. Sharon, Holly, Karen, Sandy Fancher lists the names off the top of his head easily. They have all been here for more than 15 years, he said. It is that longevity that gives the Loder family, the owners, a sense of pride. Honestly were blessed with the number of employees who stay around, said Matt Loder. We have 105 employees and the average tenure is 18 years. And that means something positive to the owner of any establishment. They know what to expect and we know what to expect and if they werent good, reliable, conscientious employees they wouldnt be here that long, he said. Loder had special words for Junior. He has an uncanny ability to remember the names of so many people, he said. And he remembers what each and every one of them drinks. Fancher is quick to return the compliment. The Loder family is good to work for, he said. We all wouldnt be around this long if they werent. Although single now, Fancher has raised a family thanks to the living hes made at Crabby Bills. His two adult children live nearby. Heather, 24, lives in St. Petersburg and his son, Michael Elmore, 26,He goes by JuniorBartender has been a fixture at Crabbys for decades Photo by BRIAN GOFFJunior Fancher pours a drink at the bar at Crabby Bills, where hes been a fixture for nearly 30 years. lives in Largo. What Fancher likes best about what he does is the friendliness, caused in part at least by him. The secret to that friendliness and his longevity and popularity is no doubt the result of his personal mantra. I like keeping everyone happy, he said. The best way I know how to do that is to treat them just like Id like to be treated. When asked if he plans to stick around for a while yet, he smiled and said, Oh yeah! Friday, Sept. 7 BNI Referral Masters, 7 a.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call Bill Mantooth at 639-6690 or visit www.bnireferralmasters.com. Friday, Sept. 7 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. 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The course is designed to help participants with general strategies to improve memory, develop techniques to recall numbers, remember names and faces, and learn about factors that affect memory. The interactive training is for those wishing to take a proactive role in their memory health and not intended for people diagnosed with Alzheimers disease or other forms of dementia. The registration cost is $50 for the five-week course. Class dates are Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26; and Nov. 2. To register, call 953-6877.Grand Villa hosts fall prevention seminarLARGO A free fall prevention educational event for seniors will be presented Thursday, Sept. 27, 3 to 7 p.m., at Grand Villa, 750 Starkey Road. Attendees will learn their fall prevention IQ. One third of Americans age 65 and older fall each year. A wide variety of medical experts will be on hand to answer questions about balance, medications, vision, safety risks and more. The program will feature respected speakers, health screenings, interactive exhibits, handson demonstrations, and more than $2,000 in prizes to the public. Call 493-0164.Sock hop set In DunedinDUNEDIN A sock hop promoting breast cancer awareness will take place Saturday, Oct. 6, 6 to 10 p.m., at VFW Post 2550, 360 Douglas Ave. Sponsored by the Ladies and Mens Auxiliary of VFW Post 2550, the event will include dinner, music, contests, auctions and prizes. Cost for dinner is a $7 donation. Call 733-6107.Nonprofit agency unveils new nameCLEARWATER Directions for Mental Health recently changed its name to Directions for Living. In addition to the name change, the organization also altered its brand promise and graphic identity. It is the organizations hope that the name Directions for Living and commitment that life gets better here will capture the true focus of the agency, which still includes but now extends well beyond the previously narrow mission of providing premier behavioral health services, as it enters the next stage of assisting Tampa Bay consumers along an expanding continuum of care. The Directions for Living logo, which was developed in collaboration with local branding and advertising firm PeakBiety, was carefully chosen to represent the dynamic integration of Directions for Livings four main service sets: prevention, wellness and recovery; adult behavioral health; childrens behavioral health; and child safety and family preservation. Together, these core areas make up the comprehensive, integrated health care agency that many have come to know through experience. The transition is well timed, as Directions is celebrating its 30th year of operation, along with several other significant milestones this year. Addressing the whole person by integrating care is one of the best ways to improve the quality of life for our children, adults, and families, said April Lott in a press release. Lott is president and CEO of Directions for Living. In addition to the broad scope of services offered at Directions for Living, which includes primary care, substance abuse treatment, behavioral health care, homeless outreach, and many other services, Directions for Living is also proud to be the provider of dependency case management and diversion services within the child welfare system of Pinellas County through its child safety and family preservation division. Directions for Living is proud of our commitment, contribution, and success in protecting children and preserving families, said Lott. Our new name, logo, and brand promise allow us to share that excitement with our community, funders, and the people we serve. Visit www.DirectionsForLiving.org.Healthy Vision Institute health fairs setHealthy Vision Institute will participate in a free fall prevention health fair Thursday, Sept. 27, 3 to 7 p.m., at Grand Villa, 750 Starkey Road, Largo. Healthy Vision Institute will offer free DNA testing for early detection of macular degeneration. For information, call 738-5900.Mohadjer featured in NewBeautyLARGO Dr. Jasmine Mohadjer, an ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon, was featured in a recent issue of NewBeauty magazine. This edition of the NewBeauty magazine recognizes and highlights Mohadjer as an expert in the field of cosmetic eyelid procedures (blepharoplasty). She is one of nine subspecialists at The Eye Institute of West Florida with locations throughout Pinellas County. As a board certified ophthalmologist, Mohadjer is one of only a handful of surgeons in the world that specialize in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. According to a press release, Mohadjer uses her skills to perform elective cosmetic surgery, as well as minimally invasive and noninvasive procedures, such as Botox, dermal fillers, and laser skin treatments. As an expert, she performs cosmetic and functional lower and upper eyelid surgery, and other reconstructive eyelid and orbital procedures, including skin cancer reconstruction, tear duct surgery, orbital fracture repair. As a beauty expert, Mohadjer is host to many local lectures and special events where she shares the latest beauty secrets. She has published and lectured widely and is well-respected in her field.
Calendar of events11A Leader, September 6, 2012 Get The NewsALL FORFREE!Sign Up Today! www.TBNweekly.com e-E d itions030812 Obituaries David FRIEDMANDavid Friedman passed away August 18, 2012. He was born in Kiev, Ukraine on October 26, 1918. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1923 and grew up in Philadelphia, Pa. David was a WWII Army Air Core Veteran. He was married to Selma (Eisenstein) Friedman in 1941 until her death in 1983. He was active in Boy Scouts, and received numerous scout leader awards. David retired from Boeing Helicopter and moved to the Clearwater, Florida area in 1983. While there, he met Laure (Swenton) Friedman and they were married in 1990 until her death in 2005. He spent his last nine months residing at Valley Manor Nursing Home in Coopersburg, Pa. He is survived by three sons, Terry Friedman of Red Hill, Pa., Jeffrey Friedman of Aquadilla, Puerto Rico, Barry Friedman of Green Lane, Pa. and three grandchildren, Jessica, Patrick and Morgan. Services are private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to any local Boy Scout Troop in your area. Arrangements are entrusted by the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home, Inc., 111 North Reading Avenue, Boyertown, PA 19512. Online condolences may be made at www.lwottfuneralhome.com. ObituariesRecognizing that some readers wish to share the life and loss of a loved one with the community, Tampa Bay Newspapers publishes paid obituaries in our weekly papers. The deadline for submitting obituary information is 9 a.m. on Monday, for that weeks papers. Obituaries will publish in all six of our papers. Obituary information should include: full name, age, city and date of death. You may also choose to include the names of living and/or predeceased relatives, work history, clubs and/or activities that they participated in. If you wish to include the name of the funeral home handling arrangements keep in mind that we are a weekly publication and the paper may publish after the services have taken place. For further information, including cost, please call Tampa Bay Newspapers at 727-397-5563, or you can submit your information through our Web site, www.TBNweekly.com, or by e-mail at: obits@TBNweekly.com.80510 TELL THE PUBLIC ABOUT YOUR SERVICES, CALL 397-5563 Church And Temple Directory090612L St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church 1955 S. Belcher Road ClearwaterParish Administration Ofce 727-531-7721 www.SCOSParish.orgDAILY MASS: Monday Friday 7:00am Monday & Wednesday 11:00 am Saturday 8:00 am CONFESSION SCHEDULE: Monday & Wednesday 10:30 am 10:50 am Saturday 3:00 pm 3:50 pm WEEKEND MASS: Saturday Vigil 4:00 pm Sunday 7:00 am & 9:00 am(Family Mass)11:00 am(Traditional Choir) 6:00 pm(Contemporary Choir)80510 Oak Ridge Wesleyan ChurchSharing the Son on the Sun CoastClassic Gospel Hour 8:30am Worship Celebration 10:00am11000 110th Ave. N Largo727-393-9182www.oakridgewesleyanchurch.org 083012Senior Pastor Dr. Phillip GrayMeeting Rooms & Fellowship Hall Available for Rent. 062112When you need help.helpforyourelder.com 090612 082312FREE In-Home Evaluations www.SGDEX.com727-559-9559166 Clearwater-Largo Road, Suite 8, Largo, FL 33770 Library plans fall book saleLARGO The Friends of the Largo Library will host its fall book sale Saturday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Jenkins Room of the library. All books will be sold for 50 cents each. Buy two and get one free. Proceeds will benefit the library, located at 120 Central Park Drive. Call the Largo Library bookstore at 586-7392.New Horizons support group meets Sept. 8LARGO The New Horizons Club for Widowed People will hold its first meeting of the fall season on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2 p.m., at the west clubhouse of the Imperial Palms Apartments, located at 101 Imperial Palms Drive. A representative of Freedom Retirement Center will speak to members and guests on its commitment in providing the utmost in resident satisfaction with a personal touch to who would like to live there. The meeting is open to all widows and widowers. Call Betty Baker at 392-5028.Cougars calendar now availableThe publisher of the Cougars of Florida series of charity calendars has announced that a third edition is now in production. The 2013 Classic Beauties of Florida calendar is on sale beginning this month at www.Cougarsofflorida.com as well as at calendar signings in the Tampa area, the schedule of which can be found online. The 2013 theme is Classic Beauties of Florida and a portion of proceeds will benefit Quantum Leap Farm of Odessa, a nonprofit, nationally-recognized equestrian program that serves injured and disabled civilian adults and children, military service members and their families. The Cougars of Florida have now issued two calendars that celebrate women over 40 who look great, feel fantastic and give back to their communities by participation in such endeavors as the charity publications, a news release said. The first edition celebrating that raised $11,000 for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium; a second edition not only raised funds for Big Cat Rescue, a large exotic cat sanctuary, but was also sent to soldiers overseas in support of their service. After Veterans Day the organization shipped more than 300 calendars free of charge. The 2013 edition will have a new look: www.KimiCarrier.com, www.SalonIslandEstates .com, all helping to illustrate this years horsepower theme through visuals that utilize horse and sports car motifs. In selecting the recipient of this years proceeds, publisher and Tampa resident Kathleen Slaven said, Im not only an animal lover but a 25-year owner of horses. I have such a soft spot in my heart for these amazing creatures and their special connection to humans. I really feel that Quantum Leap Farm and their beautiful mission is deserving of assistance from our Florida ladies. The founder of Q.L.F., Edie Dopking, said, I was thrilled at Kathleens proposal as I have often thought of doing a calendar for our organization but lack of staff and time have prevented us from ever pursuing the idea. More information on the farm and the valuable service they provide can be found at www.Quan tumLeapFarm.org.SPOT to offer $50 neuter-a-thonPINELLAS PARK Stop Pet Overpopulation Together plans a $50 male mutt neuter-a-thon for the month of September at its clinic, 4403 62nd Ave. N. SPOT was founded after saving Leo, a chow husky mix. The clinic has performed more than 12,000 surgeries in the last three years and is dedicated to saving thousands of lives by preventing unwanted and accidental litters, so every pet can have a home. To sign up for this special, call 329-8657 or visit www.SPOTusa.org. Pet wedding to benefit HSPSAFETY HARBOR A pet wedding will take place Sunday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N. Bayshore Drive. The event will feature live music, great food and local vendors. The ceremony will be at noon, with a reception to follow, including wedding cake for people, treats for dogs, live music and dancing. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Pinellas. The wedding kicks off a week of Pamper Yourself, Pamper Your Pets donations at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, with 20 percent of the price of spa services being donated to HSP between Sept. 23 and 28. Vendor spaces for the pet wedding are available for a donation to the HSP. Call Denise Burkart at 724-7713 or Twila Cole at 797-7722, ext. 222. Lois and Richard Anderson Lois and Richard Anderson celebrated their 50th golden anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 25. The Andersons were married in Arlington Heights, Ill., and lived in Illinois all their lives until Richard retired from Square D Company in 2000 and moved to Florida. Lois and Richard have three daughters, including Cheryl, Debbie and Kristie; and six grandchildren, including Gil, Veronica, Grant, Stewart, Drew and Lance. The Andersons reside in the Imperial Point subdivision in Largo.50th anniversaryRotary Clubs: Belleair meets Thursdays, noon, at the Belleair Country Club, One Country Club Lane. Visit www.belleairrotary.org. Dunein, meets Tuesday, 12:15 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Good Shepherd, 639 Edgewater Drive. Indian Rocks Beach, meets Wednesdays, 7:15 a.m., at Holiday Inn Harborside. Visit www.indian-rocks-rotary.org. Pinellas Feather Sound meets Tuesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Tucsons Grill and Cantina, 13563 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Call 3656406. Pinellas Park, meets Thursdays, 12:15 p.m., at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. Visit www.rotarypinellaspark.org. Seminole, meets Wednesdays, noon, in the Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Blvd. Visit www.seminolerotary.org. Seminole Lake, meets Fridays, 7:15 a.m., at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. Call Gene Stern at 578-4000, ext. 142. Rutgers Club of Tampa Bay, meets first Thursdays, 11:30 a.m., at King Buffet, 7610 49th St. N, Pinellas Park. Call 344-1944. Sabal Palms Nursing Centers Arthritis Support Group, meets fourth Tuesdays, noon, at Cypress Palms Auditorium, 400 Lake Ave. NE, Largo. Refreshments are served. To R.S.V.P., call 4371639. St. Anthonys Knitters, meets first and third Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, in the cafeteria on the ground floor of St. Anthonys Hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. New and experienced knitters welcome. Email email@example.com. St. Petersburg Accordion Association, meets third Wednesdays, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., at American Legion Post 305, 6999 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Email Bill Carrozza at firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Petersburg China Painters Guild, meets second Thursdays, September through May, 9 a.m., at the Pinellas Park Art Society, 5851A Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Email Laurie Farthing at email@example.com. St. Petersburg Watch, Clock and Collectibles Club, meets second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Disabled American Veterans, 4801 37th St. N. Call 327-1200. St. Petersburg Preservation leads a walking tour of historic downtown St. Petersburg on first Saturdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., November through April, starting at Williams Park, Fourth Street N, at First Avenue. Call 824-7802. St. Petersburg Republican Club, meets second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Piccadilly Restaurant, 1900 34th St. N. Local civic leaders present topics of current interest to all citizens. Call 526-2492. St. Petersburg Writers Club, meets first and third Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., in Room 121 of the West St. Petersburg Community Library, on the corner of Eighth Avenue North and 67th Street North, St. Petersburg. All writers and would-be writers are invited. Call Martha Dupes at 736-3355 or Pat First at 397-8833. Safety Harbor American Legion Post 238, meets second and fourth Tuesdays, 8 p.m. The ladies auxiliary meets first Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at 900 Main St., Safety Harbor. Safety Harbor Bonsai Club, meets third Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at the Rigsby Recreation Center. Safety Harbor Garden Club, meets third Wednesdays, refreshments at 9:30 and meeting at 10 a.m., at the Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N. Call Sandy Huff at 725-1015. Safety Harbor Lions Club, meets second and fourth Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at Sunset Point Family Restaurant, 2328 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater. SCORE Chapter 115 of Pinellas, an all volunteer organization offering free counseling to small businesses, meets third Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., at Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1130 Cleveland St., Clearwater. The chapters focus is helping people develop and grow their business. Call 532-6800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Scottish American Society of Dunedin, meets second Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., at 917 Louden St., Dunedin. The society also hosts Ceileidh dancing Fridays, 7 to 10 p.m., at the hall. Cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Call 586-4188. Seminole Area Business Builders, meets Wednesdays, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Palace of the Orient, 10425 Park Blvd., Seminole. Call 391-3065. Seminole Civitan Club, meets first and third Thursdays, 6 p.m. for fellowship and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the meeting, at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N. The clubs focus is on helping people with mental and developmental difficulties in our community. It is a member club of Civitan International. Call Steve Steenberge at 391-4400 or email email@example.com. Seminole Networking Group, meets Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m., at the Palace of the Orient, 10425 Park Blvd., Call David Doerges at 542-8686. Seminole SPC Toastmasters meets Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole. Call 688-3420.Announcements are submitted by the public; information is subject to change. To place an item in the ongoing calendar or networking leads, send it at least two weeks in advance to CalendarLeads, Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772, or email editori al@TBNweekly.com. Please include date, time, place and phone number and dont forget to send a notification when the information changes, or the groupstops meeting. Here and there Here and there
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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B September 6, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEOnly one new movie will open in wide release this week, with several others scheduled for limited release in select markets across the country.The WordsGenre: Drama and romance Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde and Zoe Saldana Director: Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal Rated: PG-13 It was everything aspiring author Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) needed to be. It was everything Dora Jansen (Zoe Saldana) knew he could be. Fuller. Truer. More honest. Hearing a succinct validation of the words unfolding his heart-rending tale of love and loss from the woman he loved, trumped the moral conundrum that lay in wait. It could cost him everything, in ways he never anticipated. It would bring him everything, in ways he always anticipated. There was just one problem. The words were not his. Rorys great American novel belonged to the voice of another. Riding acclaim on the stolen work of an Old Man (Jeremy Irons) proved more than an ethical breach. It silenced that mans public claim to his own life and the tragic choice he made as a Young Man (Ben Barnes) that would come to define him. Rory would find himself shadowing the Young Mans fate overwhelming ambition fueled by the love of words more than the love that inspired them. His life would play out on the pages of novelist Clay Hammonds (Dennis Quaid) latest bestseller. But it is in Hammonds secret past that Daniella (Olivia Wilde), a seductive grad student captivated by his work, suspects the line between fiction and nonfiction has been crossed. Bolstered by a stellar cast and told through multiple narratives, the romantic drama The Words explores the devastating consequences when ambition is valued above love.The following will open in limited release. 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Exp. 9-15-12 TBN20% OFF CHECK11926 Seminole Blvd., Largo(Winn-Dixie Shopping Center)727-585-6266Large Dining Rooms for Business Meetings and Private Parties Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm Friday and Saturday 11am-11pmWinn-Dixie Shopping CenterSunday All Day Dinner$11.99 Moon Over Buffalo, Sept. 6 through Oct. 27, at Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 200 S. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Doors open at 4 p.m. for performances Friday through Sunday. Doors open at 11 a.m. for matinees Thursday and Saturday. Tickets are $29.90 for buffet and show. For reservations, call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com. In this screwball comedy set in 1953, traveling actors receive the opportunity of a lifetime when the famous film director Frank Capra wants them to be in his latest film. Hilarity ensues with a whirlwind of mistaken identities and a cast of off-beat but lovable characters. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Aqua Groove, Friday, Sept. 7, 7 to 9 p.m., at Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road, Seminole. As part of the 16th annual Music in the Park series, Aqua Groove will perform. The members of Aqua Groove are influenced by the great horn bands Chicago and Tower of Power. They produce a sound that is rarely heard these days, describing themselves as a rock band with horns. The bands horn section adds depth, soul, and unmatched excitement to every song. Admission is free. Visit www.mysemi nole.com. DFAC events Opening reception, Friday, Sept. 7, 6 to 8 p.m.; and DFACs Kids Art Fest, Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. The opening reception on Friday will celebrate the opening of four new space-themed art exhibits, including Intergalactic, Beam Me Up, My Favorite Martian and Blast Off. The reception will include refreshments, an artist talk and live music. Reception admission is $5 for adults, free for DFAC members. On Saturday, the annual DFAC Kids Art Fest, co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Dunedin, will feature games, food and music. Pinellas Countys own NASA astronaut Nicole Passonno Stott will take part in the event. At 1 p.m., there will be an award ceremony for the young Blast Off artists. Admission is free. For information, call 298-3322 or visit www.dfac.org. 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. Call 539-8371 or visit www.armedforcesmuseum.com. This reenactment of a WWII 1940s event will feature the 19-piece 10 OClock Swing Band Orchestra featuring lead singer Ron Pond. The band is considered Floridas swing-ingest big band. Tribute performances will include Don Juceam as Frank Sinatra and Sir Darrell Cole as Nat King Cole. The event also will feature a red carpet welcome, paparazzi, show hostesses, vintage attire, WWII reenactors 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. 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2B Just for Fun Leader, September 6, 2012 62112 FREE In-Home Evaluations 082312727-559-9559166 Clearwater-Largo Road, Suite 8, Largo, FL 33770www.SGDEX.com FREE In-Home Evaluations 082312www.SGDEX.com727-559-9559166 Clearwater-Largo Road, Suite 8, Largo, FL 33770 DFAC to launch four new space-themed exhibitions By LEE CLARK ZUMPEIn terms of space-time, the scheduling really couldnt be any more advantageous. Just a few weeks after NASAs Mars rover Curiosity landed on the Red Planet, setting down successfully in the Gale Crater on Aeolis Palus, four new spacethemed art exhibitions will debut Friday, Sept. 7, at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. The new exhibits include Intergalactic, Beam Me Up, My Favorite Martian and Blast Off. An opening reception will take place Sept. 7, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, celebrating the opening of the four new exhibits. The reception will include refreshments, an artist talk and live music. Admission is $5 for adults, free for DFAC members. Call 2983322 or visit www.dfac.org. The celestial celebration will continue with the annual DFAC Kids Art Fest Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the center. Co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Dunedin, the event will feature games, food and music. At 1 p.m., there will be an award ceremony for the young Blast Off artists. Admission is free. Call 298-3322 or visit www.dfac.org.Extraterrestrial exhibits Intergalactic running Sept. 7 through Dec. 21. 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. Beam Me Up, running Sept. 7 through Oct. 14. Houstonbased video and photographic team Hillerbrand and Magsamen share contemporary interpretations of parenthood and family. It is life as we do not know it in Beam Me Up. My Favorite Martian, running Sept. 7 through Oct. 14. My Favorite Martian invites DFAC students, members and friends to reveal their inner aliens. Blast Off, running Sept. 7 through Aug. 17, 2013. 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. NASA astronaut lands at DFACPinellas Countys own NASA astronaut Nicole Passonno Stott has been cleared for landing at the DFAC Kids Art Fest on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. Stott will be on hand to present awards for the space-themed Blast Off exhibit in the Kokolakis Family Youth Gallery. She also will be giving a presentation at 11:45 a.m. and then signing autographs from 1 to 2 p.m. According to biographical data provided by NASA, Stott joined NASA in 1988 at the Kennedy Space Center as an operations engineer in the Orbiter Processing Facility. Stott worked in a variety of positions within NASA Shuttle Processing, bearing titles such as Vehicle Operations Engineer, NASA Convoy Commander and Shuttle Flow Director. Eventually, she became a member of the Space Station Hardware Integration Office and relocated to Huntington Beach, Calif. In 1998, she joined the Johnson Space Center team in Houston, Texas, as a member of the NASA Aircraft Operations Division. In 2000, Stott was selected as a mission specialist. Following completion of astronaut candidate training, she was assigned several technical duties and worked as a support astronaut for the Expedition 10 crew. Stott completed her first long duration space flight as a Flight Engineer on the ISS Expeditions 20 and 21 crews in 2009. She traveled to the International Space Station on the Space Shuttle Discovery with the crew of STS-128. While aboard the station, she performed one spacewalk, participated in the first track and capture of the Japanese cargo vehicle HTV, took part in the installation of the new treadmill and conducted a wide variety of science and research activities. She returned on the Space Shuttle Atlantis with the crew of STS-129. Stott also was a crewmember aboard STS-133 in 2011, which was the 39th and final mission for Space Shuttle Discovery. Stotts scheduled appearance at this years DFAC Kids Art Fest has generated excitement for both festival planners and potential attendees. The annual oneday festival is co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Dunedin. Weve worked with Kiwanis for many years with this art festival, said Todd Still, director of youth education at DFAC. This year, with all the buzz about the Mars landing and having Nicole Stott in addition to our tremendous group of presentation partners is going to make for a very festive event. This years Blast Off: The Final Frontier theme led to a natural fit with the Star Wars troopers of the 501st, who will be on-hand to keep the peace. Dance and Circus Acts of Tampa Bay will be making a return appearance at DFAC and putting on and incredible aerial display. Bones South, a bay area trombone group under the direction of Tom Drick, will present two space-inspired medleys, in addition to other spirited musical offerings. We have all the great handson activities that always accompany a new installation in the childrens museum inside DFAC, said George Ann Bissett, DFACs executive director. With DFACs Sterling Society bringing in a real astronaut, who has actually walked in space, it just adds a tremendous amount of otherworldly fun to what is always a tremendously festive event. Stellar synchronicity First we had the timely landing on Mars, said Catherine Bergmann in a press release promoting the new exhibits. Bergmann is DFACs curator and director of adult education. Now we have the visits of not only NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott from Houston, but also the artistic team of Hillerbrand and Magsamen, who hail from the Space City, also. It truly is like the stars are aligning, which is in itself maybe an all too appropriate phrase in this case. In a further stroke of kismet for DFAC, the team of Hillerbrand and Magsamen whose work is showcased in the Beam Me Up exhibition will be featured in an upcoming September story in the New York Times. Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen as well as artists from DFACs Intergalactic exhibition will take part in the Artist Talk on Friday, Sept. 7, during the opening reception. Hillerbrand and Magsamens videos, photographs and installations reinterpret the people, activities and objects of their everyday life and engage the edge between the heroic and tragic, according to the artists website. They navigate perceptions of identity, emotion and family within a uniquely American subjectivity. Hillerbrand and Magsamen live and work in Houston. Magsamen is the curator for the micro-cinema The Aurora Picture Show. Hillerbrand teaches in the University of Houston Digital Media Program. Their work has been featured in film festivals, galleries and museums internationally.Visiting DFACDFAC 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 admissions is free. DLM Childrens Art Museum admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for DFAC members and children age 2 and younger. Call 298-3322 or visit www.dfac.org. Marek Wyszomirskis work is featured in the DFAC exhibit Intergalactic, running Sept. 7 through Dec. 21. September 6, 2012CapricornDecember 22 January 19If you can dream it, Capricorn, you can do it. Research is key, and it begins with a chap you know. The details are revealed at work, and everyone is thrilled.AquariusJanuary 20 February 18A big event is coming to town, and you luck out, Aquarius, when a friend invites you along. Dont say no. 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The production is presented at Ruth Eckerd Hall through cooperation of the city of Clearwater. Other top contenders for awards this year include Tarpon Springs Performing Arts production of Carousal, which received 12 nominations; and St. Petersburg City Theatres production of Hairspray, which earned 10 nominations. Three dramas Bus Stop, Francis Wilson Playhouse; A Streetcar Named Desire, St. Petersburg City Theatre; and Dancing at the Lughnasa, West Coast Players received seven nominations each. Two comedies Brighton Beach Memoirs, Francis Wilson Playhouse; and See How They Run, St. Petersburg City Theatre earned six nominations each. Three theater companies tied for most nominations this year: Francis Wilson Playhouse, St. Petersburg City Theatre and Tarpon Springs Performing Arts each received 26 nominations. Largos Eight OClock Theatre and Clearwaters Francis Wilson Playhouse and West Coast Players are among the contenders vying for awards in several categories this year. Eight OClock Theatres production of Funny Girl received five nominations. Eight OClock Theatre has been entertaining audiences since 1982. Productions are presented at Largo Community Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Francis Wilson Playhouses production of Bus Stop was nominated for seven awards, including nods for Favorite Dramatic Production and Favorite Director. Francis Wilson Playhouse has been in operation since 1930. The theater is at 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Among the West Coast Players productions recognized this year, Dancing at the Lughnasa earned seven nominations. West Coast Players present shows at its theater, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Subscribers of The Theatre Grapevine have cast votes based on the slate of nominees. Voting ended Aug. 30. Cost to attend the award ceremony is $35 a person. Cost includes a social hour with hors doeuvres. There will be a cash bar. Reservations may be made through participating local theaters. A list of this years nominees follows.Favorite Actor Musical Derek Baxter, Hairspray, City Players Inc. Trey Ryan, Funny Girl, Eight OClock Theatre Gary L. Smith, nd Street, Francis Wilson Playhouse Jay Morgan, Hairspray, St. Petersburg City Theatre Joell Ramsdell, Carousel, Tarpon Springs Performing ArtsFavorite Actor Drama Zackhary Myers, Bus Stop, Francis Wilson Playhouse Steve Prevatt, An Inspector Calls, Gulfport Community Players Mike Menszycki, A Streetcar Named Desire, St. Petersburg City Players George Lynch, The Return, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Rand Smith, Dancing at Lughnasa, West Coast PlayersFavorite Actor Comedy Trey Ryan, Mister Roberts, Eight OClock Theatre Austin Hammesfahr, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Francis Wilson Playhouse Carlos Milan, Breaking Legs, Gulfport Community Players Cory Kramer, See How They Run, St. Petersburg City Theatre Mike Briggs, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Bill Harber, Seconds From Broadway, West Coast PlayersFavorite Actress Musical Kristy Carlson, Hairspray, City Players Inc. Sadra Bostick, Funny Girl, Eight OClock Theatre Amy Dobbert, nd Street, Francis Wilson Playhouse Kerry Caraballo, Hairspray, St. Petersburg City Theatre Brianna Filippelli, Carousel, Tarpon Springs Performing ArtsFavorite Actress Drama Leah Hamilton, Bus Stop, Francis Wilson Playhouse Gianna Esposito, The Constant Wife, Gulfport Community Players Tiffany Faykus, A Streetcar Named Desire, St. Petersburg City Players Madison Kosloski, The Return, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Janice Creneti, Small Craft Warnings, West Coast PlayersFavorite Actress Comedy Lorrie Lykins, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Francis Wilson Playhouse Eve ODonnell, Breaking Legs, Gulfport Community Players Elaine Coffin, See How They Run, St. Petersburg City Theatre Trish Chaney, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Colleen Coughenour, Beckys New Car, West Coast PlayersFavorite Supporting Actor Musical Karl Meinecke, Hairspray, City Players Inc. John Timberlake, Camelot, Eight OClock Theatre Kurt Gawlick, The Pajama Game, Francis Wilson Playhouse Bill Myerholtz, Hairspray, St. Petersburg City Theatre Adam Willard, Carousel, Tarpon Springs Performing ArtsFavorite Supporting Actor Drama Chris Carmichael, Bus Stop, Francis Wilson Playhouse Ian Gonzalez-Muentener, An Inspector Calls, Gulfport Community Players Ron Zietz, Catch Me If You Can, St. Petersburg City Theatre Jamie Bierchen, Dracula, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Rob Zietz, Small Craft Warnings, West Coast PlayersFavorite Supporting Actor Comedy Zackhary Myers, Mister Roberts, Eight OClock Theatre Michael Wogaman, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Francis Wilson Playhouse Rudy Gonzalez, Breaking Legs, Gulfport Community Players Morton Hess, See How They Run, St. Petersburg City Players Bruce Miller, The Importance of Being Earnest, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Tom Costello, Beckys New Car, West Coast Players Favorite Supporting Actress Musical Erin McCary, Hairspray, City Players Inc. Ronnie Farley, Funny Girl, Eight OClock Theatre Kristen Rowell, nd Street, Francis Wilson Playhouse Latoya McCormick, Hairspray, St. Petersburg City Theatre Madison Kosloski, Carousel, Tarpon Springs Performing ArtsFavorite Supporting Actress Drama Charlotte Taylor, Bus Stop, Francis Wilson Playhouse Deborah Frethem, The Constant Wife, Gulfport Community Players Amanda Welch, A Streetcar Named Desire, St. Petersburg City Theatre Amanda Welch, Dracula, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Danea Barrett, Dancing at Lughnasa, West Coast PlayersFavorite Supporting Actress Comedy Melissa Labiak, Mister Roberts, Eight OClock Theatre Trish Keating, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Francis Wilson Playhouse Linda Rosenfeld, The Curious Savage, Gulfport Community Players Virginia Vogt, See How They Run, St. Petersburg City Theatre Janice Creneti, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Rosalyn Savel, Seconds From Broadway, West Coast PlayersFavorite Director Musical Russ Wendt, Hairspray, City Players Inc. Linda Weir, Funny Girl, Eight OClock Theatre Jason Fortner, nd Street, Francis Wilson Playhouse Keven Renken, Hairspray, St. Petersburg City Theatre Jamie Biechen, Carousel, Tarpon Springs Performing ArtsFavorite Director Drama Nicholas Rinaldi, Bus Stop, Francis Wilson Playhouse Olga Kruse, The Constant Wife, Gulfport Community Players Keven Renken, A Streetcar Named Desire, St. Petersburg City Theatre Victor Carr, The Return, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Kate Gaudet, Dancing at the Lughnasa, West Coast PlayersFavorite Director Comedy Jim Bennett, Mister Roberts, Eight OClock Theatre Nonie White, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Francis Wilson Playhouse Eileen Navarro, Breaking Legs, Gulfport Community Players Jim Russell, See How They Run, St. Petersburg City Theatre Abbott Morgan, The Importance of Being Earnest, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Domenic Bisesti, Seconds From Broadway, West Coast PlayersFavorite Musical Production Hairspray, City Players Inc. Funny Girl, Eight OClock Theatre nd Street, Francis Wilson Playhouse Hairspray, St. Petersburg City Theatre Carousel, Tarpon Springs Performing ArtsFavorite Dramatic Production Bus Stop, Francis Wilson Playhouse An Inspector Calls, Gulfport Community Players A Streetcar Named Desire, St. Petersburg City Theatre Dracula, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Dancing at the Lughnasa, West Coast PlayersFavorite Comedy Production Mister Roberts, Eight OClock Theatre Brighton Beach Memoirs, Francis Wilson Playhouse Breaking Legs, Gulfport Community Players See How They Run, St. Petersburg City Theatre Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Seconds from Broadway, West Coast PlayersFavorite Choral/Orchestra Director Bill Cusick, Hairspray, City Players Inc. Emi Stefanov, Funny Girl, Eight OClock Theatre Amy Phillips, The Pajama Game, Francis Wilson Playhouse Latoya McCormick, Hairspray, St. Petersburg City Theatre Constantine Grame, Carousel, Tarpon Springs Performing ArtsFavorite Choreographer Matt Sears, Hairspray, City Players Inc. Ronnie DeMarco, Broadways Best, Eight OClock Theatre Amy Phillips, nd Street, Francis Wilson Playhouse James Grenelle, Hairspray, St. Petersburg City Theatre Jane Geddings, Carousel, Tarpon Springs Performing ArtsFavorite Set Design Warren Sodt, Hairspray, City Players Inc. Tom Hansen, Camelot, Eight OClock Theatre Nicholas Rinaldi, Bus Stop, Francis Wilson Playhouse Robert Colwell, An Inspector Calls, Gulfport Community Players David Middleton, A Streetcar Named Desire, St. Petersburg City Theatre Rick Hite, Carousel, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Kate Gaudet, Dancing at Lughnasa, West Coast Players Favorite Costume Design Alicyn Weber, Hairspray, City Players Inc. Kathy Sutton, Funny Girl, Eight OClock Theatre Mitzi Mess, nd Street, Francis Wilson Playhouse Jacquie Padgett, An Inspector Calls, Gulfport Community Players Mitzi Mess, Hairspray, St. Petersburg City Theatre Mickey Bronson, Carousel, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Kate Gaudet, Dancing at Lughnasa, West Coast PlayersFavorite Lighting Design Dalton Hamilton, Broadways Best, Eight OClock Theatre Andy Rufo, nd Street, Francis Wilson Playhouse Frank Hale, An Inspector Calls, Gulfport Community Players Spencer Lucas, A Streetcar Named Desire, St. Petersburg City Theatre Mike Raysses, Carousel, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Michael Arnold, Dancing at Lughnasa, West Coast PlayersFavorite Back Stage Person Sandra Magnone, City Players Inc. Dalton Hamilton, Eight OClock Theatre Matthew Barnes, Francis Wilson Playhouse Jacquie Padgett, Gulfport Community Players Eileen Rea, St. Petersburg City Theatre Helene MacNeil, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Jean Pellegrini, West Coast PlayersFavorite Young Actor Grayson Samuels, Hairspray, City Players Inc. Troy Reamsnyder, Camelot, Eight OClock Theatre Michael Sporck, nd Street, Francis Wilson Playhouse Trey Bailey, Miracle on 34th Street, St. Petersburg City Theatre Brendan Snyder, Carousel, Tarpon Springs Performing ArtsFavorite Young Actress Aliana Perez, Hairspray, City Players Inc. Emily Brown, Camelot, Eight OClock Theatre Michelle Chrien, Annie, Francis Wilson Playhouse Hannah Powell, Hairspray, St. Petersburg City Theatre Carli Kosloski, Carousel, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Photo courtesy of PICTURE THIS OF PALMA CEIASadra Bostick stars as Fanny Brice and Trey Ryan as Nick Arnstein in Eight OClock Theatres production of Funny Girl. Both actors earned nominations this year. Austin Hammesfahr stars as Eugene Morris Jerome in the Francis Wilson Playhouse production of Neil Simons Brighton Beach Memoirs. Hammesfahr is nominated for Favorite Actor in a Comedy. Photo by DR. GREG SAVELRosalyn Savel and Leo Salerno star in Seconds from Broadway. Savel is in the running for Favorite Supporting Actress in a Comedy.
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Doors open at 4 p.m. for performances Friday through Sunday. Doors open at 11 a.m. for matinees Thursday and Saturday. Tickets are $29.90 for buffet and show. For reservations, call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com. In this screwball comedy set in 1953, traveling actors receive the opportunity of a lifetime when the famous film director Frank Capra wants them to be in his latest film. Hilarity ensues with a whirlwind of mistaken identities and a cast of off-beat but lovable characters. Pulp Fiction, Friday, Sept. 7, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets are $5. 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 gangsters 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. A Night of Wine, Food and Fun, Friday, Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m., at Showcase Arts Foundation, 2664 Enterprise Rd, Suite B1, Clearwater. Admission is a $25 donation. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Showcase Arts Foundation. This wine tasting dinner show will include a tasting of 10 exclusive PRP wines paired with four courses of gourmet treats from local area chefs. Guests also will be entertainment with live comedy styling skits from the Improv-ables. Seating is limited. Advance purchase is requested. To RSVP, call Carol Prokap at 239-410-8261 or email CallCarol4wine@aol.com; or call Lil Barcaski at 348-6682 or email email@example.com. Visit www.showcaseartsfoundation.org. Make Someone Happy, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2 and 8 p.m., at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Part of the Broadway concert series, the show will celebrate the best of lyric writers Betty Comden and Adolph Green, highlighting shows such as On The Town, Bells Are Ringing, Wonderful Town, Good News, Subways Are For Sleeping, Fade Out Fade In and Will Rogers Follies. The show will be directed by Jason Fortner. Tickets are $15. Call 446-1360 or visit franciswilson playhouse.org. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, Saturday, Sept. 8, 1 to 4:30 p.m., at Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., Clearwater. Designed with families in mind, the free festival will include screenings of classic film shorts of Charlie Chaplin, the Three Stooges, Little Rascals, and Laurel and Hardy. There also will be trivia, games and prizes. Aurora Borealis, Sunday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Presented by the American Alzheimers Association, Aurora Borealis stars Joshua Jackson, Donald Sutherland and Juliette Lewis. The film follows a troubled young man struggling to right himself after the premature death of his father. This moving coming of age story is set against the frigid backdrop of a Minnesota winter where love begins to grow. Shaun Hopper, Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $20. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheck erdhall.com. The acoustic guitar wizard is known for his fingerstyle guitar playing. Hopper is at first glance an unassuming presence, a true southern gentleman whose humility stands in stark contrast to the prodigious talents he unveils on stage. An unparalleled master of the fret-board Hopper merges complex melodies, harmonies and bass lines along with a one of a kind mix of percussive elements captivating everyone within earshot. 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. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.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 OHara, 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 Trees 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. The Price Is Right Live, Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $25. Call 7917400 or visit www.rutheckerd hall.com. Hosted by TVs own Todd Newton, The Price Is Right Live, is the hit interactive stage show that gives contestants pulled right from the audience the chance to come on down to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games from televisions longest running and most popular game show. From Plinko to Cliffhangers to the Big Wheel, and even the fabulous showcase, all the favorite games are played just like the TV show. Fiona Apple, Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $51.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The Clean Slate/Epic Records recording artist is touring in support her first album in seven years, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. Apple made her debut at age 19 with 1996s Tidal, which is certified triple Platinum. Rolling Stone named her Artist of the Year in 1997 and in 1998 she won a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for one of the albums singles, Criminal. When the Pawn followed in 1999. After fans organized a massive Free Fiona letter-writing campaign, insisting that her label release the long-delayed follow-up album, Extraordinary Machine was released in the fall of 2005 and was named the top album of the year by The New York Times. The Goonies, Sunday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Presented by Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine and Magic 94.9, the s classic The Goonies combines talents of two of todays most prominent filmmakers Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner, who created this box office hit that delights the young and the young at heart. When a group of ordinary kids discover a secret treasure map, their sleepy seaport lives are suddenly transformed into a fun-filled, roller-coaster ride filled with heart-pounding adventure and peril. 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, See LOOKING AHEAD, page 8B Matthew McGee stars in Matthew With a Z on Sept. 9 at freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg. 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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. 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. DFACs Kids Art Fest, Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. Co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Dunedin, the event will feature games, food and music. At 1 p.m., there will be an award ceremony for the young Blast Off artists. Admission is free. Call 298-3322 or visit www.dfac.org.Gulfport 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.Largo 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. Call 5398371 or visit www.armedforcesmuseum.com. This reenactment of a WWII 1940s event will feature the 19-piece 10 OClock Swing Band Orchestra featuring lead singer Ron Pond. The band is considered Floridas swing-ingest big band. Tribute performances will include Don Juceam as Frank Sinatra and Sir Darrell Cole as Nat King Cole. 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.eight oclocktheatre.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. 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. Bret Michaels Get Your Rock On Tour 2012, Friday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $59.50. Call 587-6793. Michaels first rose to fame as frontman for the glam rock band Poison which sold over 30 millions records worldwide and charted 10 singles in the Top 40 including the No. 1 single, Every Rose Has Its Thorn. Michaels solo career has been equally successful. His TV shows Rock of Love and Life As I Know It were huge successes on VH1. He also was the 2010 winner of Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. 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. Blackberry Smoke, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $25.50 in advance and $30.50 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. The performance also will feature special guest The Mojo Gurus. The Mojo Gurus deliver their brand of southern fried party rock and energetic stage show. The Gurus have opened for a diverse collection of bands including David Allan Coe, Joe Perry and Johnny Winter. The Orange Belt Railroad, by Richard J. Budin, Oct. 19-28, at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees will be Sunday, 2 p.m. Budins new original play will premiere at the center. In 1885, when land was $25 an acre and Point Pinellas was declared the worlds healthiest place to live, Peter Demens created a railroad worth millions out of nothing, just to get here. Be a part of his heroic struggle at the premiere performance of this authentic, live and entertaining play with music. Tickets are $15. For reservations, call 518-3131. This play is the first to be presented by the new Community Center Black Box Theatre. Visit LargoCommunityCenter.com for more information.Pinellas Park 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 venueactorstu firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Heart and Soul Cinema, Sunday, Sept. 16, 1:30 p.m., at Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor. Part of the librarys free Sunday afternoon film series, the film to be shown is based upon the true story of artist who was born with cerebral palsy and learned to paint and write with his only controllable limb his left foot. There will be an introduction prior to the movie as well as light refreshments. Call 724-1525, ext. 112. Book Talk Bonanza, Saturday, Sept. 22, 1 to 3 p.m., at Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor. Four local writers will discuss their works and have their newest works available for sale and signing. This months featured authors include science fiction writer E. Rose Sabin, inspirational writer Miriam Hill, adventure and crime author Ray Weaver and poet Bill Boden. Call 724-1525, ext. 112. Foot-stomping Folk Music, Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., at Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor. Hosted by Susan and Bill Haley, the program will feature a night of live, rollicking traditional American music reminiscent of Celtic roots and Appalachia. This performance will feature the local couple and their soulful combination of singing and skillful playing of the dulcimer, banjo and mandolin. This event is free and all ages are welcome. Call 724-1525, ext. 112.St. Pete Beach 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 Matthew With a Z, Sunday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m., at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $15. Call 498-5205. Matthew McGee will explain how it really was to grow up in the South with a veterinarian father, a beauty queen mother and Liza on the hifi. Filled with hilarious comedy and song (amply provided by Michael Raabe), this one-man show is a treat for anyone who has ever felt a little different for being absolutely fabulous. Tampa Bay audiences will recognize McGee from his acclaimed performances at freeFall Theatre Company, American Stage Theatre Company, The Show Palace Dinner Theatre, Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project and St. Pete Opera Company. He recently received a Jeff Norton Award for Leading Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Dr. Frank n Furter in The Rocky Horror Show. 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