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Photo by JIM LAYFIELDTyde Respondek, 3, of St. Petersburg and his dad Jake check out the electric trains set up at the old train station in Heritage Village in Largo during Pinellas Countys centennial celebration, Sept. 15 to 16.County centennial Final city budget hearing tonightResidents have one more chance to weigh in on tax rate increase By TOM GERMONDLARGO Residents will get one more chance to express their opinions on the proposed millage and budget for the next fiscal year Thursday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m., at City Hall. The proposed tax rate is 4.99 mills. The current rate is 4.55 mills. After revisions, the tentative proposed budget totals $137.9 million. Under state law, the City Commission can set the final millage rate no higher than 4.99 mills, but they can lower it. The rate was used for the notices of proposed property taxes mailed Aug. 20. Here are some questions and answers pertaining to budget from city reports and officials comments at public meetings: Q: Why is the city proposing a millage increase? A: City officials said the rate is being proposed to prevent further budget and service level reductions in future years. Tax revenue continues to decline, triggered by taxable property values decreasing more than 31 percent over the past five years. The city has either lowered or held the line property taxes for the last five years. The revenue that will be generated with the property tax increase will be less than that of 2009 levels. They also said that other revenue sources have been declining or not growing in the last five years. Property tax revenue was $17.65 million in fiscal year 2007 as compared to $15.44 million being proposed for fiscal year 2013 with the tax rate of 4.99 mills. City officials say they have implemented reductions in their operating budgets since 2008, initially responding to state property tax reform and in recent years to the recession and the subsequent By TOM GERMONDCLEARWATER A World War II veteran who has been active in the Largo chamber and community for decades is the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerces Citizen of the Year. Joe Bugeja is a story of the greatest generation, said chamber President Tom Morrissette, at the chambers annual meeting Sept. 13 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. Bugeja was a radio operator on a fleet mine sweeper in the Pacific from 1943 to 1945. A former director of the chamber, Bugeja, 87, remains active in the organization. I often refer to Joe as our chamber historian, Morrissette said. Bugeja came to Pinellas in 1970. Soon after, he became active in many business and community organizations, including the Estate Planning Council, the Tampa Chapter of the International Financial Planning Council, the Pinellas County Committee of One Hundred, and Clearwater Association of Underwriters. He and his wife, Bea, have been a regular fixture at many civic and philanthropic organizations for decades, Morrissette said. He also was president of the Belleair Bluffs Business and Professional Association, through which he was instrumental in advancing the construction of the Bluffs City Hall Community Center. He also has served as a member of the Pinellas County Board of Adjustment. Bugeja is a member of the Largo Rotary Club and was recognized a year ago for his longtime support of the Suncoast Performing Arts Foundation at the Largo Cultural Center. And his donation of NFL sports jackets and specialty guitars to area nonprofit organizations, including the chamber, is legendary, Morrissette said. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Bugeja was raised in an environment of doing for the community, Morrissette said. Bugeja worked in the financial sector all his life, representing firms such as Dean Witter, E.E. Hutton and Raymond James & Associates. Bugeja said when he first came to Largo it was a little town. Features Business . . . . . . . . . .11A Classieds . . . . . . . . .5-7B County . . . . . . . . .4, 7, 9A Entertainment . . . . . . .1-4, 8B Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . .2-3A Outdoors . . . . . . . . . .12A Police beat . . . . . . . . .5-6A Sports . . . . . . . . . . .10A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .8A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising INSIDE LARGOCity plans sewer improvementsCity officials are moving forward with about $10,000 in proposed improvements to the sewage system near the Paradise Island Mobile Home Park that are expected to be completed in the next six months. ... Page 2A.POLICE BEATNo injuries reported in firePinellas County detectives are investigating a Sept. 16 fire on South Lake Avenue in Largo. Deputies responded to the fire about 2:50 a.m. Three people were in the home, including a child. All exited safely. Deputies said they were sleeping when they were awakened by a crashing noise and discovered a fire in the front of the home. ... Page 5A .BUSINESSChamber to host candidate forumThe Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will present a Largo City Commission candidates forum on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at The Palms of Largo Royal Palms Theater, 200 Lake Ave. NE. Also, Debra Jones, chairman-elect of the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, said Sept. 13 growing membership is a top priority for the chamber to promote businesses. ... Page 11A.Ann Romney draws overflow crowd in LargoCounty OKs contract for EMS study Commission directs another study on cost of EMS ... Page 9A. Packers claim a decisive 28-7 win against the Cougars on Sept. 14 ... 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And Mitt was there saying, You know what, Ann, I dont care how tough it gets, we are doing this together and Im by your side and were going to be OK. Speaking about high unemployment and people struggling, Romney said, I know there are 23 million Americans that need his help. Help is on the way, she said, to loud applause and cheers. She discussed deeds her husband has done when the television cameras arent on and no reporters are watching, such as being at the bedside of a friends Bugeja named Citizen of the Year Chamber President Tom Morrissette, left, presents Joe Bugeja with the 2012 Citizen of the Year Award. See CITIZEN, page 4A See ROMNEY, page 4APhotos by TOM GERMONDTop, Ann Romney with a group of Republicans at a campaign rally at the Largo Community Center Sept. 12 said that her husband is going to turn the key to the economic engine and get this country going. Above, crowds of women cheer for Romney. See BUDGET, page 4AVIEWPOINTSTom GermondColumnist is happy for the summer to end. Page 8A. Debra Jones
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City officials launched a study on odors in its sewage system, acting upon complaints from residents at Paradise Island and Fairway Village. Residents of those communities complained to the Largo City Commission about sewage odors at several meetings. A Paradise Island representative said the park has spent thousands of dollars on the issue and contended that the city is responsible for the problem. The study was conducted between August 2011 and January 2012 and included specific points along 142nd and 150th Avenue and areas of concern at Paradise Island. It also included pump stations and mains that potentially contribute to the odors and corrosion in this corridor. The report showed that although the citys current odor control system has greatly improved odor and corrosion conditions in the system in recent years but that there are still significant hydrogen sulfide related odor emissions and the potential for corrosion in the system in certain areas. I think we are getting better off than I expected for $10,000, Mayor Pat Gerard said. Besides the short-term improvements, city officials are recommending long-term upgrades to the sewer system that they plan to conduct over the next three years. Photo by JIM LAYFIELDDylan Cohee, 11, of St. Petersburg opens a soda pop from an antique icebox in front of the general store during Pinellas Countys centennial celebration in Heritage Village.A cold one City calendarOfficials plan improvements of city sewer systemFree 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. 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 5,600square-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. 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 See CALENDAR, page 3A
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Open air market returns Sept. 22LARGO The open air market returns to the Community Center Saturday, Sept. 22 and continues every Saturday through May 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Browse through a variety of fresh local produce and food vendors, crafters, and jewelry artists. There will be entertainment and plenty of family fun. The market is located at 400 Alt. Keene Road. For more information, call 518-3131 or go to our website at LargoCommunityCenter.com.Community Center plans volunteer fairLARGO The Largo Community Center is hosting the Volunteer Fair of 2012 on Thursday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Entertainment, giveaways and light refreshments will be provided. Volunteers Corps Advisory Board, Largo Senior Advisory Board and Freedom Square sponsor this event. The Largo Community Center is located at 400 Alt. Keene Road. For more information, visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call 518-3131.City celebrates National Night outLARGO City neighborhoods are encouraged to join the Largo Police Department in celebrating the 29th Annual National Night Out Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. This years event will take place at The Largo Mall Target, 10500 Ulmerton Road, and Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive. National Night Out is a free event designed to promote awareness, support and participation in anticrime efforts. The program also encourages contact with neighbors and local law enforcement. Join your neighbors for fingerprinting, bike registration, kids safety stations and free document shredding by PROSHRED. View a SWAT display, the mobile command vehicle and a Largo Fire Rescue extrication demo. This years event is sponsored by Largo Recreation, Park & Arts, Progress Energy, McDonalds, PROSHRED, Largo Fire Rescue and National Night Outs national sponsor Target. For more information, call 587-6740, ext. 3154. 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. 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. Daddy Daughter Date Night, Sept. 29, 5 until 9 p.m., Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Description: Join us for the 35th Annual Daddy Daughter Date Night. Sail Away with an evening of daddy and daughter dancing, games, activities, and more. Dinner will be provided by The Olive Garden with dessert to follow! Call 518-3125. The fee is $50 per couple, $15 each additional daughter. Mother-Son Messy Madness, Sept. 29, 6 until 8 p.m., Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. Description: Come prepared to get messy and have fun. Dinner, dessert, messy games and a special gift are all included in this night of messy madness. Moms and sons both partake in high-energy interactive messy games. Deadline to register is Sept. 21. Call 518-3016. The fee is $20 per couple, $8 each additional son. Photo by JIM LAYFIELDDarrell Farley, left, and Bob Young check under the hood of a 1950 Chevrolet pickup truck at Pinellas Countys centennial celebration at Heritage Village in Largo.A part of history CALENDAR, from page 2A
County briefs4A County Leader, September 20, 2012In fact, people didnt know where Largo was, they knew where Key Largo was, he said. When we came here there was no Central Park, there was no big library. Much has changed and the chamber helped bring on the growth and improvements. I think Largo is the best place to live in the whole world, Bugeja said.Other awards Community awards presented by the chamber are: The Silver Hammer Award, established by the chamber in 2005 to recognize bricks and mortar projects that have a positive impact on our regional economy and our quality of life. The award was presented to Largo Medical Center for its Bilgore Conference Center. Largo Medical Center invested more than $2.1 million in the new education and meeting facilities to accommodate the growth of the hospitals graduate medical education program and its capacity for employee and community education. The project includes a conference center, resident resource room on patient care floors, the on-call rooms, a resident dining room and renovation of the current medical staff dining area, the chamber said. The conference center, which seats 200 people, assists in the education of more than 100 resident physicians who are a part of the graduate medical educational programs at Largo Medical Center. The Mac Norcross Small Business Leader of the Year Award. The 18th annual award recognizes an individual who has shown outstanding achievement in both business and community efforts. This years recipient is Melody Hunter, a local Realtor who the chamber said embodies the spirit of this award through her longstanding commitment to her family, business, our chamber and our community. Hunter was elected to the chamber board of directors in 2010 and serves the executive committee as chairman of the membership division. She has served the past two years as the board of directors liaison for the chambers leads network. Her leadership in this capacity has seen this program grow to one of the most successful in the chambers recent history, the chamber said. Hunter is a native of Pinellas County, is married and has two children. She has been featured on the television show House Hunters International. Her community activities include being a sponsor of the leukemia/lymphoma society, and she serves as a deacon at Faith Presbyterian Church. The Business Member of the Year Award was established in 2007 to honor a business or association that has risen above and beyond its support of the organization. This years recipient is the Palms of Largo. The Palms has been a host of the chambers monthly chamber presidents luncheons and contributes to chamber events with gift baskets. Its many amenities, such as its theater at the Royal Palms Complex, are the scene of many chamber breakfast and lunches. A new addition to the Palms complex, called The Plaza, will celebrate its grand opening next month, the chamber said. Organization awards presented by the chamber are: Committee Chairman of the Year Award Sue Osborne, Pinecrest Place Retirement Center. Ambassador of the Year Award Scott Lake, the financial planning firm of R.S. Williams and Associates. Presidents Award Kathy Pabst Robshaw, Spectrum Strategy Resources. CITIZEN, from page 1A Photo by TOM GERMONDFlorida Attorney General Pam Bondi says Ann Romney is going to make one heck of a first lady.son who is dying of leukemia. Romney also said that Mitt got a telephone call on a cold winter day from a friend who said his daughters heat has just been shut off in Boston. What did Mitt do? Piled the boys in the car, piled a whole bunch of logs in the trunk. Filled the truck up. Went to her home, took food, got her through the night and in the morning he made sure there was money to pay her bills and get the heat turned back on, she said. Mitt isnt the kind of person who talks about such experiences, she said, which have helped her children grow into the most extraordinary young men. [Mitts} going to be there for you; hes going to be there for millions of Americans. He is going to be the one thats going to turn the key to the economic engine and get this country going, Romney said. Also speaking was Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, the chair of Florida for Women for Mitt. Bondi roused the audience when she said she was so sick of hearing about this antiwomen references about the Republican Party. Mitt Romneys lieutenant governor was a woman, his chief of staff was a woman. He put women in high-ranking positions in all of his businesses, and the woman he respects more than anyone in the world is Ann Romney, Bondi said. She called Ann Romney kind and compassionate and yet she is tough, and she is brilliant and she is going to make one heck of a first lady. Attendees at the event, brandishing campaign placards and buttons and American flags, were enthusiastic about Romneys election bid in November. Belinda Jones drove from Dade City to hear Ann Romney speak. I think we have a great chance, she said. Robin Mayo of Clearwater said she has been involved in the Republican Party in wanting to change this country back to a different time. Priority Im a fiscal conservative. Ive worked on the Marco Rubio campaign for a year. I did meet Mitt Romney on the campaign trail during that time. He has been very helpful to a lot of Senate and congressional candidates over the years, since 2008. Im very excited about Ann Romney coming to town. Its thrilling, said Brent Narrog of Pinellas Park. There are a lot of people here. We have an overflow crowd. We have people outside. We are going to win this election. ROMNEY, from page 1Aslow recovery. Q: How would an increase in the property tax rate to 4.99 mills affect my taxes? A: Next years tax rate may affect property owners differently, depending on whether the property has received a homestead exemption and whether the market value for it has gone up or down. Under examples provided by city officials the average homeowner would pay $42 more annually in city property taxes. The scenario is based on the property having a homestead exemption and a taxable value of $60,559. The total city taxes would be $303. Under another example, an actual property on East Bay Drive with new commercial construction, the owner of the property with a taxable value of $4.3 million would pay $21,787 in property taxes next year, an increase of $1,498. Q. What reductions have city officials made to balance the budget? A. City officials have cut $2.5 million in its operating budget. The reductions include the equivalent of 22.23 full-time positions. No funding for raises is included in the budget, at a savings of $615,000. Instead of pay increases, 32 hours of personal options days will be given to employees not represented by a union. Among the positions that are affected are the vacant assistant to the city manager position, which has been eliminated at a cost savings of $82,900; grant administrator position, eliminated at a savings of $63,400; and the vacant neighborhood coordinator position, eliminated at a cost savings of $61,700; and the vacant human resources analyst position, eliminated at a cost of $80,100. Three firefighters positions that serve western Largo, Belleair Bluffs and Belleair will be eliminated at a cost savings of $238,000. Q: What fee increases are expected? A: Several fee increases are projected in the general fund or operatPercent Change in City Property Tax Values Fiscal Year Taxable Value Increase From Prior Year 2013* 3,238,013,473 -2.08% 2012 3,306,805,549 -5.1% 2011 3,486,118,909 -10.6% 2010 3,897,783,107 -10.3% 2009 4,343,624,169 -8.0% 2008 4,722,352,663 7.2% 2007 4,407,113,256 21.6% 2006 3,624,470,190 15.2% 2005 3,146,530,397 10.8% 2004 2,840,161,146 7.6% 2003 2,638,833,646 6.0% *Taxable Value Per July 1 Property Appraiser Estimateswould increase by $35 per team. Monthly swim team fees would increase by $5. Nonresident membership fees would increase by $4 per year. These revenue increases are expected to generate $120,200. A stormwater utility rate increase will generate 15 percent additional revenue. Q: Are there any plans to close the Southwest Pool? A: Though the pool has come up in some discussions, such as staffing levels, no city commissioner has said at any commission meeting that he or she is in favor of closing the pool. The proposed budget includes $343,300 to fund the pool operations. Q: What are city commissioners positions on the budget and tax rate? A: Six of the seven commissioners voted in favor of the proposed budget and tax rate at the Sept. 4 meeting. At previous meetings, some commissioners have spoken in support of the need to increase the millage rate to maintain services. Commissioner Robert Murray said he has heard numerous comments from residents about the benefits of city amenities, such as the Highland Recreation Complex, which is being rebuilt. Mayor Pat Gerard expressed similar comments. As much as its harder to pay a few more bucks in taxes, these are the times when the people need the services we provide. Not just police and fire, but recreation and all the other things we do, Gerard said. Commissioner Curtis Holmes, who voted against the proposed budget and tax rate Sept. 4, said at a previous commission meeting that taxpayers are about to get nickeled and dimed to death because of the cumulative aspect of other local governments raising the millage rates. He also said that its not his goal to remove all the joy from the city of Largo, but to make sure that citizens are adequately protected by public safety services. ing budget. The business license tax would increase by 3 percent. Center Cultural Center fees would increase by 50 cents. Adults softball fees BUDGET, from page 1ACounty Commission discusses watering violations By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Pinellas County Commissioners set aside a portion of public meetings for citizens comments, which can be on a variety of subjects. At two meetings in August, several citizens wanted to talk about their fine for water violations. The main complaint from those one-time violators was lack of notice and the steep price of the fine, $193. They wanted to know why they didnt receive a warning. Staff said it followed rules set by Southwest Florida Management District and had no choice in how violations were given. The answer didnt set well with the citizens or some commissioners. Terrie Grace, Pinellas County Water Conservation Compliance supervisor, detailed the process of enforcing water restrictions rules during the Sept. 6 commission meeting. She provided an overview of events after SWFWMDs executive director issued a water shortage emergency declaration May 9. Water restrictions went into effect immediately. The modified Phase II Severe Water Shortage Order reduced outside watering from two-days a week to only one, and the watering schedule the allowed day to water changed. Watering was restricted to the hours before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m. The fine for violations is $193 and can increase to $500 for repeat offenders upon the discretion of the courts. During emergency orders, county compliance officers have no choice but to write citations without giving a warning, according to Swiftmuds rules. Pinellas County Code aligns with the states code, Grace said. Its not different in any way, she said. She described the three-part process her department uses to track potential violations. Enforcement typically begins with a citizen complaint. Citizens can call a hotline number and leave a voice mail about water violations 24/7 or they can call customer service during regular business hours. Notice of the complaint is sent the Utilities customer and a notification is sent to compliance officers to patrol the area for 60 days. If no violations are observed and if there are no additional complaints, the case is closed. Compliance officers who observe violations make sure there are no exceptions in place for the property, Grace said. For example, mixed addresses, shared irrigation sources, installation of new sod and landscape or chemical applications. Confirmed violations are entered into the computer system. A notice of ordinance violation is printed and left on the door of the residence, left with the customer or mailed to the billing address. Sometimes the violation is observed and ticket issued at 2 oclock in the morning. We dont knock on the door, Grace said. She reported that her department has a 99.5 percent accuracy rate. Were proud of the work we do, she said. Were accurate, cost effective and innovative. She explained that the events of May 9 differed from the normal process by which Swiftmud issues emergency water restriction orders because it was an executive order. When an order is issued by the Swiftmud Board, it usually is an effective date in the future, she said. This one was effective the minute it was signed (May 9), Grace told the commission. Citizens had 14 days to make the required changes before risking a fine for violations. Commissioner Ken Welch asked Grace how the change was communicated to customers. Several citizens who received fines complained about lack of notice. Grace said local newspapers, TV and radio stations and online news sources ran stories about drought conditions and new restrictions. Swiftmud and Utilities put out news releases. Utilities updated its Web page with the new watering schedule on May 10. Swiftmud ran an ad in the Tampa Tribune. Commissioner Norm Roche questioned the requirement to write citations in lieu of giving warnings. He said the language of the emergency order doesnt seem to be a requirement for citations without warnings. Staff said in a report to the Commission that the modified Phase II Severe Emergency Water Shortage Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTYPinellas County Water Conservation Compliance officers investigate citizens complaints of watering violations, including watering on the wrong date or time, as well as reports of water wasting due to broken sprinkler heads.declaration, effective May 9 through July 31, began immediately and required water utilities and other local enforcement agencies to issue a citation, without needing to first issue a warning, in response to a witnessed violation occurring more than 14 days after the declaration. I dont see where it says we cant, Roche said. That just says we dont have to. County Attorney Jim Bennett said the longstanding interpretation of Swiftmuds rules is that the emergency declaration puts a prohibition on warnings. He said he would contact Swiftmud and get clarification. Bostock agreed with Roche saying she didnt think the county was legally bound to issue citations without warnings. The lack of notice concerns me, she said. David Scott, executive director of the Department of Environment and Infrastructure, said staff was looking at every way we can to communication with citizens. With only 14 days and our billing cycle (everyother month), we cant do it (through bills), he said. In an emergency, we have a limited number of opportunities. The commission conceded it would prefer some flexibility in how citations could be issued. Bennett said the county had no intent to break the law. Ill find out the law, he said. Ill start making phone calls in the morning. Meanwhile, Grace will continue to explore alternatives to notifying the public about changes in water restrictions. She said one suggestion was to send out emails to customers who provide one. She said the countys Communications Department advised her that they could usually send out an email within an hour to two days, depending on the situation. And, its free, she said.Hurricane season past halfway pointCLEARWATER Tropical Storm Debby. Tropical Storm Isaac. The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season has certainly been an active one, and Sept. 1 marked the halfway point. Statistically, the majority of the activity for the season is yet to come. Since the hurricane record began in 1855, nearly 55 percent of all tropical storms and hurricanes form during the months of September and October. More information about tropical climatology can be found at www.nhc.noaa.gov/climo, the National Hurricane Centers climatology website. To help residents prepare for the rest of this years hurricane season, Pinellas County is producing its eSeries: Prepare to Survive. These 15-minute programs offer an in-depth look into specific disaster preparedness topics, including insurance, preparing your pet and building codes. The September edition features a discussion with Trenise Lyons of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes addressing window taping and sand bags. The show can be seen on PCC-TV, on YouTube at www.youtube.com/PCCTV1, and online at www.pinellascount y.org/eseries. For more information about how to prepare yourself and your family for hurricanes, visit www.pinellascounty.org/emergency to find your evacuation level, learn about storm dangers and discover how to create your own disaster plan.Youth Advisory Board hosts open houseCLEARWATER Students who serve on the Pinellas County Youth Advisory Committee invite high school students who live in Pinellas County to attend an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 2:30 p.m., in the fifth-floor Commissioners Conference Room in the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St. in downtown Clearwater. The open house will provide teens with information on the YAC and the ways that they can participate in local government. Refreshments will be served. The Youth Advisory Committee, established in 2001, was developed as a vehicle for young people to provide input and assistance to the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. The committee assists the commission by helping to identify the needs of young people locally, to organize youth-based activities that benefit the local community, to suggest services needed by young people within Pinellas County and to become active participants, with their adult counterparts, in county programs. Last year, YAC members joined Pinellas County Commissioner Nancy Bostock and launched Teens Behind the Scenes, a program that gives high school students a behind-the-scenes look at several county facilities to see how county services are provided. This successful program is expected to return in the coming year. Other projects will be planned for this school year. To RSVP for the open house, or for more information on the Youth Advisory Committee, call 582-2656 or visit www.pinellas county.org/yac.
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According to detectives, Faith Ann Ferry, 20, of Largo and Taylor M. Rafferty, 18, of Pinellas Park were caring for a 4-year-old girl in the home. Deputies say the three were sleeping when they were awakened by a crashing noise and discovered a fire in the front of the home. The cause of the fire was undetermined at the time of the report. The investigation continues.Bank robbery suspect soughtPINELLAS PARK Pinellas Park police are looking for a man who, wearing a white ski mask and armed with a handgun, robbed the Fifth Third Bank at 7770 66th St. N. around noon on Sept. 15. Initial reports indicate that a white man, between 25 and 35 years of age, entered the bank wearing a ski mask and armed with a handgun. The suspect demanded money from a teller and, after receiving it, he left the area, headed south. No shots were fired and no one was injured during the robbery. Officers responded to the location at 12:26 p.m. The suspect was said to be between 5 feet, 5 inches and 5 feet, 7 inches tall with a medium build. He was seen wearing a red and tan baseball hat with red bill and insignia, dark sunglasses, a white balaclava ski mask, an off-white longsleeve shirt with black stripe on front and back, khaki beige shorts and white tennis shoes. He was carrying a black or dark blue backpack. Anyone who may have information related to this case can call the criminal investigation section of the Pinellas Park Police Department at 541-0758. Those wishing to remain anonymous or who would like to be eligible for a cash reward can contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County at 800-873-TIPS or at www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org. Weekend death ruled suicideTREASURE ISLAND Police are treating the death of a 37-year-old man found floating a mile offshore on Sept. 8 as a suicide. At 2:22 p.m., Sept. 8, it was reported that a small bow rider type vessel had washed up onto the beach of the 10600 block of Gulf Boulevard. Treasure Island Police Department Officers responded and investigated. The investigation revealed that the boat was rented from a nearby business and was operated by a single person who insisted on going out into the Gulf of Mexico against the rental companys advice due to the rough sea conditions. Personal belongings found onboard were inventoried and blood evidence was located on the inside gunwales of the vessel. Due to the suspicious circumstances, an investigation continued and the U.S. Coast Guard was called to assist with a search of the water near the scene. A short time later, the Coast Guard located a body of a male floating in the water approximately a mile from the beach where the rented boat washed ashore. The Treasure Island Police Department Marine Unit with Treasure Island Officers responded to the area and recovered the body, which was found to have a fatal gunshot wound. The body matched the description and ID photos of the person who rented the vessel and the belongings found onboard. The initial investigation indicated it was a suicide by gunshot, but the investigation is ongoing until all facts are confirmed. The body was transferred to the Pinellas/Pasco Medical Examiners Office. The victim was identified as John Matthew Wheeler, 37, of Wimauma, a small town in southern Hillsborough County. Six rescued offshore Johns PassMADEIRA BEACH Pinellas County Sheriffs Marine Unit deputies responded to a call of a 24-foot vessel in distress Sept. 6 about 4:36 p.m., about 6 miles west of Johns Pass near the Treasure Island Reef. According to a report from the Sheriffs Office, when deputies arrived on scene all six passengers of the vessel were in the water. All were assisted out of the water and transported safely back to shore in either a Marine Unit boat or a Florida Wildlife Commission vessel. One of the rescued passengers complained of skin irritation due possibly to spilled fuel coming into contact with her skin. Madeira Beach Fire Rescue treated her on scene. No other injuries were reported. Deputies said there were about 3to 4-foot seas, when the vessel started taking in some waves. The boat pump did not work and the vessel started to roll over. The boaters called for help. Marine Unit deputies arrived on scene to find all six persons in the water. Deputies say the boaters had shot out some flares, which helped in locating them. The boaters were assisted out of the water and transported safely to Dons Dock, 215 128th Ave. in Madeira Beach. The U.S. Coast Guard and Eckerd College Search and Rescue also responded to the scene. A friend of one of the boaters, William K. Kadryna, 39, See POLICE BEAT, page 6A
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Now offering Senior Discounts and a 10% Discount to City Employees or large local groups who Present This Article. www.medicineshoppe.com/largo Pinellas County Elections Office preparing to mail ballots By SUZETTE PORTERLARGO Pinellas Countys registered voters might want to get started on their homework. Although the general election is still more than a month away, Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections is preparing to send out approximately 2,700 mail ballots Sept. 21 to military and overseas voters. The tentative date to begin mailing an additional 244,000 to residents living in the United States is Oct. 2. The deadline to register to participate in the Nov. 6 election is Oct. 9. County residents can register at any public library, tax collectors office of elections office or online at votepinellas.com. Mail ballots can also be requested at the votepinellas.com or call 464-VOTE (8683), or email email@example.com. The 2012 ballot is longer than usual, consisting of four pages, so voters will make their choices on two cards. According to the answers to frequently asked questions posted at votepinellas.com, the reason the ballot is so long, it not only contains candidate races, it also contains 11 state Constitutional Amendments and a countywide school board referendum. Candidate races include president and vice president of the United States, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, state senator, state representative, county Sheriff, supervisor of elections, commissioners, justice of the supreme court, district court of appeals judge, school board and special district elections. Municipal elections are set in Belleair Bluffs, Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor and St. Pete Beach. The Elections Office offers some tips to prepare for the general election. One tip is to request a mail ballot. Vote in the comfort of your home and have more time to study the candidates and amendments before marking your ballots, staff advises on the Elections website. Another tip is to attend a candidate forum. A list of forums is available at votepinellas.com. Research the state amendments by searching the Internet for information about pros and cons; get in touch with the political parties, legislative representatives and the candidates to get the information needed. Clark assures voters that despite having two cards, the elections process will be the same, although postage is higher 65 cents for those choosing to send their ballot back through the mail. However, 14 ballot drop-off locations will be available to return ballots free. At the polls, voters will need to insert both ballot cards through the scanner. Votes will be counted the same as a one-card election. For questions about the upcoming election, call 464-VOTE or visit votepinellas.com.New redistricting information video onlineLARGO Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announces a new video is available online to provide an overview of the historic redistricting process in Pinellas County. The video, produced by the Pinellas County Communications Department, provides an overview of the redistricting process and the impact it had on voters and the election process. With the Presidential General Election right around the corner, Clark recommends that voters be Election Ready by reviewing the video and verifying the information on their voter information card is current. For example, voters residential addresses determine voting districts, precinct numbers and polling place information. Voters who need to make name, address or signature updates, or to confirm they are using their most current voter information card mailed by the Elections Office, can call 464-VOTE (8683) or visit www.votepinellas.com for more information. Clark also encourages voters to use the convenience of voting by mail. The general election ballot is four pages long, with 11 constitutional amendments. Request a mail ballot, so you can take your time and vote in the comfort of your home, Clark said. To review The Redistricting Process video online, visit www.vote pinellas.com and select Online Videos in the left blue menu.PSTA continues setting ridership records ST. PETERSBURG Thanks to another record-breaking month in August, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is on track to break its all-time annual ridership record this fiscal year. Last month, the transit agency provided 1,238,666 rides, which is more than any other August in agency history. Thats an impressive 10 percent jump over August 2011, and the ninth monthly mark set by PSTA within the last 10 months. Truly remarkable, said PSTA CEO Brad Miller. When Tropical Storm Isaac came around we were worried that the storm would keep many of the Republican National Convention visitors from venturing out. This record ridership shows that visitors and many locals opted for public transportation. Like all government services, the economic recession has required PSTA to significantly reduce bus service over the past several years. Despite the reductions, ridership is up more than 7 percent this fiscal year and is poised to top the all-time annual record. Officials point to several factors that have led to this ridership increase, including: The installation of new bus shelters, benches and other passenger amenities. A new, high-tech Real Time bus information system at www.RidePSTA.net that allows customers to track bus arrival times from their Smartphones. Our employees have worked very hard to bring these real improvements online and the response by Pinellas County residents and visitors is rewarding, Miller said. PSTA leaders say they can do even better, which is why the agency recently launched a comprehensive study of its network of bus routes, fares, and amenities. The study will reach out to the community to find even more ways to improve transit services. Record ridership is proof that citizens want more public transit, and this planning and community input effort will help PSTA develop responsible, comprehensive plans that improve transit in Pinellas County. The study should be complete within the next year. For more information, visit www.PSTA.net or call the PSTA InfoLine at 540-1900. Partnering with private business to launch innovative trolley services in St. Petersburg and Clearwater to provide additional travel options for a record number of tourists. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is en route to a record-breaking year for ridership numbers.
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Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563Advice to Lance: Please shut upMEMORANDUM TO: Lance Armstrong, testicular cancer survivor FROM: Tom OHara, testicular cancer survivor RE: Your annoying behavior Lance, please, please just take your money, go to a tropical island and stop talking. Please stop talking. I see you appeared before the World Cancer Congress on Aug. 29 and said: My name is Lance Armstrong. I am a cancer survivor. Im a father of five. And, yes, I won the Tour de France seven times. Lance, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency stripped you of those titles when you refused to contest charges that you used banned drugs and blood transfusions while winning those races. I dont have any respect for Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens, but they dont annoy me like you do. Its the cancer thing thats been driving me crazy for years. It drives me nuts when people make a career out of being a cancer survivor. I know your cancer had spread before you were diagnosed, but even so, the survival rates for testicular cancer are dramatic between 80 and 99 percent. You were diagnosed in 1996; I was diagnosed in 1984. Even back then, the doctors were matter-of-fact about my prognosis. Endure the surgeries and the chemo, they said, and youll be fine. I know the treatment is nasty. My chemo cocktail was similar to yours and I wouldnt wish those months of treatment on a suicide bomber. But as you said last week about fighting the drug allegations: Enough is enough. Please apply that wisdom to the cancer survivor shtick. Since the testicular cancer, Ive had cancer of the bladder and the prostate. Throw in some skin cancer, too. Its all been annoying and unpleasant, but most cancer is treatable these days. Surviving the disease does not make you special. I have to give you kudos for returning to cycling after the cancer. Youre clearly a gifted and dedicated athlete and Im sure getting back into shape was a struggle. But Im not aware of any research that shows that a testicular cancer survivor sustains any permanent damage to his athletic ability. You have one less testicle and a few scars. You also deserve a salute for your chutzpah and commanding personality. You were able to surround yourself for years with people who were so devoted to you that they helped you cheat. And you have such adoring fans. Its like a cult. For years Ive been mystified by the Lance Armstrong mystique. Its been clear for a long time that you were doping, but you were the Teflon cheater. I suspect part of it is that many cycling fans are zealots. Most of them ride themselves and they are a more intense breed than those of us who golf with a six-pack in the cart. The whole triumph over cancer narrative was just too inspiring. Kudos to your PR people. Theyve done impressive work. And you play the part very well. But the gig is up now. If you want to continue to raise money to fight cancer, I applaud you. But, please, try being a quiet and humble philanthropist from now on.A former managing editor of The Palm Beach Post and Cleveland Plain Dealer, Tom OHara is a national columnist for Florida Voices. Florida VoicesLETTERSHe would ride the train, if:Re: Against Light Rail, Charles Grahams letter. Editor: Charles Graham posed the question that if I were a resident of St. Petersburg, would I take a train from St. Petersburg to Clearwater? and vice versa from Clearwater to St. Petersburg. My answer is yes if one of the following applied to me: If I were of a certain age; if I were physically handicapped; if I were blind; if I were deaf (inability to hear sirens); if I could not afford a vehicle; if I were prohibited from driving by law; if I wanted to avoid the rush hour. I would respond yes if at least one of the following were enacted by the rail company: If the train always left on time because the conductor would be fined for every minute late (as in France); if weekly or monthly passes were issued at a discount rate; if the light rail gave a smooth ride; if the rail had the right of way at all times; if the train stops were coordinated with the current bus system. Arthur Hebert Largo Are we the next Greece?Editor: Who cares that the United States in $16 trillion in debt? Who cares if neither party can put together a plan to get us out of the mess we are in? Who cares if we have 20 more years of the same as the past 20 years? Who cares if China and Saudi Arabia stop buying United States treasuries and the federal government can no longer give out food stamps, send out Social Security checks or unemployment checks? Who cares how much Romney has earned the last 10 years? Who cares if Obama gets elected and adds another $5 trillion to the national debt? If you watch all the excitement displayed at the two conventions, it is apparent that no one has really looked at what is happening. They are just carried away with the moment. Voters need to realize that both parties and the Federal Reserve have gotten us to where we are at. Everyone needs to start understanding what has been happening and that we are at the end of the road, so to speak. Those that think another four years of what we have gone through is not what they are going to get if Obama is re-elected, they need to get serious and understand just how close to the edge we as a nation are. Can Romney turn things around? It may just be too late for a turnaround. It is possible that the only thing that will turn us around is a total collapse. If voters dont start getting serious and develop an understanding of what is going on I would guess we need to think Greece. E.R. Lake Treasure IslandReader criticizes Obama coverageEditor: What are you thinking? Or are you thinking at all? I noticed that there is no email address for Bob McClure or Alexandra Lundahl that I can find, and these are two people that need to be kept safe. Their reporting was so filled with inaccuracies, false statements, and lack of substantiated facts that it is an embarrassment that you would publish such rubbish. If ever there was a need for a factchecker it was in this reporting that you produced. As a journalism major from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, I am not a stranger to the written word. As a person who follows politics and has truly looked at both sides of the issues, I can tell you that Obama is not for the little guy and is heading us down the path to destruction. And that Mitt Romney is all that a president (not a community organizer) should be. God save us from lack of intelligence, distortion of the facts and the destructive influences of the mainstream and naive media such as the Seminole Beacon. Kaye Lovallo Coddington SeminoleEditors note: Tampa Bay Newspapers stands by its coverage of President Obamas visit to Seminole. The editors, Alexandra Lundahl and Bob McClure, accurately reported what Obama, his supporters and others said at the event Sept. 8. Newspapers routinely report statements made by public officials that readers may believe are misleading. If we shy away from printing controversial remarks made in the political arena, weve failed to do our job. The email addr esses for the two editors as well as other editors are listed weekly on the papers Viewpoints page. Are you better off now? Or then?Out of the sound and fury of the past year has come a question that on Election Day may well determine the fate of our country, if not the entire universe: Are you better off today than you were four years ago? The Polled Answers Institute (PAI) of Schellsburg, Pa., recently put that question to 1,355 Americans from all known socio-economic-politico-erotic-psychotic sectors. Here are some of the replies the PAI received. Hector R., Maine. Yep. Four years ago I was living alone in a double-wide without a wife, a girl friend or even a dog to keep me company. Today I have a springer spaniel named Sam who wont shut up five minutes a day. Also a lady friend, Sarah, who cooks and cleans and hates Judge Judys TV program just as much as I do. You cant beat that lifestyle with a stick. Arleen W., Utah. Absolutely not. In 2008 I weighed 115 pounds and gave tango instructions to renegade Mormons in a secret hideaway 35 miles east of Salt Lake City. My husband Joe made a good living hauling marijuana for growers throughout the Northwest. Our house was paid for, and our children were safely in college. Then one day a tornado ripped through our valley and destroyed our house and my husbands truck, plus my tango school. Now Im flipping burgers in a Wendys, and I weigh 160 pounds. And its all Barack Obamas fault! David B., Ohio. What a cruel question! Im 87 years old and cant even remember what I had for breakfast today, let alone how things were four years ago. If you and your clipboard arent off my propitty within sixty seconds, Im gonna get my shotgun and pretend your backsides is a shooting gallery. Susan K., Florida. Better off today? Are you kidding? Four years ago I could buy prescription drugs from a hundred pill mills within 30 miles of where I live. I had buckets full of painkillers on my shelf. But then they elected a new attorney general, some blonde named Bondi, who started a campaign against crooked doctors and druggists. Today Im lucky to keep half a dozen hydrocodone pills in my purse. How are me and my friends supposed to enjoy life? Olive R., Kansas. I have three small children. Four years ago I was worried sick about how to keep my kids from hearing all kinds of dirty words on TV and radio. But the passage of time has solved the problem. With each month, as the language became even more foul, the networks have learned how to beep out all the bad stuff, obliterating it from my childrens ears. Today we can sit through hours of `Law and Order or the Chelsea Handler show without hearing a single cussword or obscenity. All we hear are beeps, and finally we switch to the Disney channel or Lawrence Welk re-runs. Isnt this a grand country? Fred K., Montana. Im much happier now. Im a would-be writer. In 2008 I hadnt sold a thing. No one knew my name. I was lonely. Editors keep rejecting my stuff because my grammer and speling was offul. I was ready to give up all thoughts of literary greatness. Then I discovered blogging, plus Facebook, Linkedin and other places on the web where you can publish your thoughts without some dumb editor looking over your shoulder. Today I spend sixty hours a week at my computer, telling all my friends about my lunch, my cat, a girl I once met and all sorts of other important stuff. I still havent sold a single line to a publisher, but now I dont care. On the web everyone can pretend to be a writer. Thats even better than actually being one. George M., Kentucky. Things have gone downhill. Back in the summer of 2008 me and my fishing buddies bought a cabin up on Wolverton Mountain, right next to a lake owned by a group of religious fanatics who believe in worshipping in the nude. The lake is loaded with all kinds of fish, and me and my buddies asked the owners if we could fish there. They said yes, providing we were nekkid as we fished, and sang at least four well-known hymns per hour as we sat in our boats. We agreed, but then we started forgetting the words to some of the hymns. The religious freaks said we had defaulted on our agreement, and kicked us off the lake. Is this what religious freedom has come to in America?Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send him an email at email@example.com. Drivers SeatBob Driver Sandpile rookie hates the summerIts September. Life is much better now. Im not superstitious. I havent carried a rabbits foot in my pocket since I was 10 years old. But Ive always been leery of the summer months, especially July and August, because they seem to bring tidings of misery into my life. Mother Nature is a prime suspect. Shes always messing with me in the summer. Hurricane Charley, which romped through my neighborhood in Kissimmee in mid-August 2004, made a mess of my property, toppling a 15-foot oak tree and leaving an ever larger one listing badly. Then came Hurricane Frances. Then came Hurricane Jean. By the time those storms had left the area, I was ready to build a temple in my yard to the god Poseidon. No can do. I had to apologize to the great sea deity because the local government wouldnt issue me a permit to build a temple. Fast forward. Its dj vu all over again. As I write this, a huge oak tree limb lies in the courtyard of my condominium complex, compliments of the windbag Isaac. Our condo association has to get a permit to have it removed. Im so tired of looking at the clump of branches smothering the grass and other plantings, Im about to take matters into my own hands. Think Paul Bunyan. You tree killer, you, my friend Jim said, surveying the damage. Im not a tree killer. I happen to like oak trees, even though they give me year-round allergies, drop crud all over the condo property and are home to an assortment of inconsiderate animals that violate the noise ordinance. Any day now the tree will be removed, Im told. OK, Ill be patient. But if the god of the sea sends another storm our way, Im going to be all over that tree like the NCAA on Penn State. It wont be pretty. Remember the The Chainsaw Massacre? Did I tell you I hate summer? Isaac played tricks on us. Concerned about potential flood damage, our association president and myself implemented this ingenious plan to dig small trenches in the ground underneath where water runs off our roofs. At the time of this writing, we still hadnt heard from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on whether we needed a permit. Nearly threw my back out moving sandbags around. By the way, you can always spot the rookies at the sand piles. Besides having stupid looks on their faces, they come empty-handed. That would be me shovel less at the sand pile. Note to self: Buy a shovel. All Isaac did, besides blowing down a tree limb, was leave some puddles. Poseidon, Mother Nature or whoever is in charge, must like a good laugh now and then. About the time Isaac was bearing down on New Orleans, summer continued to haunt me. I came home one evening to find foulsmelling debris in my sink. So I called my plumber and told him that my sink is clogged upon imagination. What are putting down your sink, a opossum? he asked. My plumber performed a colonoscopy on the sinks drain line and gave me a discount because Im a valued member in good standing with the I-need-a-plumber-now program. Did I tell you my dishwasher also broke? The new one cost $400. I dont know if it actually cleans dishes, but it does have one redeeming quality: the noise it makes drowns out the sound of car stereos coming from my street and the DNC and RNC on my TV. OK, I sound like a pathetic whiner. Time to recite the wisdom of one of my favorite writers, the late American novelist, Sinclair Lewis: It has not yet been recorded that any human has gained a very large or permanent contentment from meditation upon the fact that he is better off than others. Touch. Im certainly better off than Sinclair Lewis; Im still above ground. And summer is almost over. What do you think?Please type letters to the editor (or print legibly) and include your name, town of residence, phone number and signature and mail to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Emails should include town of residence and telephone and be sent to tgermond@TBNweekly.com. We will not print the letter writers phone number. Here are some more guidelines for letters: Letters are printed on a first-come, first-served basis. They may be edited to correct grammar, spelling and factual errors. They also may be edited for clarity. Please keep letters to editor to 500 words. Longer letters may be cut due to space limitations. Letters should address issues or current events. Please refrain from making unsubstantiated allegations. Tom Germond Florida VoicesTom OHara
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The Pinellas County Commission approved 6-1 a contract Sept. 6 with Fitch and Associates LLC for an operational analysis of emergency medical services and fire deployment and response. Roche voted no. Commissioner Ken Welch started the discussion wanting assurances that the scope of work was broad enough to encompass the commissions directive to study a variety of systems. Commissioner Neil Brickfield echoed Welchs concern. Assistant County Administrator Moe Freaney assured Brickfield that the wording was sufficient. I see single (option), not plural, Brickfield said. County Administrator LaSala said Fitch was charged with looking at what would work within Pinellas County, but would not be looking at an unlimited number of approaches. Pinellas County and local firefighters are at odds over the most affordable way to deliver emergency medical transport. Firefighters rejected a study done by the countys consultant. The county rejected a plan from two local firefighters advocating emergency and non-emergency transport by local fire departments in lieu of a private ambulance company. The Pinellas County Legislative Delegation got involved and gave a strong recommendation to have a third-party accounting firm to do a cost-analysis. The county preferred to have the systems operationalized first to get a better idea of involved costs. Fitch won the bid to provide an operational analysis of the current system, the county consultants study and that provided by local firefighters. The commission also asked the company to look at hybrids consisting of a mix of ambulance and fire-based transport. Theyll look in-depth at these three and any other in their professional judgment might work, LaSala said. I have a whole lot of concerns about this agenda item, Bostock said. Im worried were not going to get the information needed for decision-making. Weve got a great model now that worked great for 30 years, Brickfield said. I dont know if it will work for another 30 years. But I would like to know that in eight months, weve looked at the whole thing. Commissioner Chair John Morroni said he was surprised the vendor had not attended the meeting, adding that he also was concerned about the options. The point is I dont want to see one or two things, he said. I want to see a lot. As quickly as possible, Bostock added. Commissioner Karen Seel asked if the study could be done in less time than eight months. Assistant County Administrator Moe Freaney said although the work probably could be done in six to eight weeks, the contract called for the maximum amount of time. We want them to have proper time to vet out all the stakeholders, Freaney said. Seel asked if time could be gained by putting out the bid for an accounting firm. Freaney said it would be best to wait until the analysis is done. Seel pointed out that the bid process normally takes 60 days. The commission is looking to stop the upward spiral of costs for EMS. A millage rate increase was expected to pass at the final budget hearing on Sept. 18. The EMS millage rate also increased last year. Roche questioned the license agreement for the software to be used in the process. He questioned whether the countys computers could run the software and if staff could provide for the consultants other needs. He also had security concerns. County Administrator Bob LaSala said the process would be coordinated with Business Technology Services. Im not on board with this, Roche said. Thats not a reflection on Fitch. This is incredibly frustrating, said Commissioner Susan Latvala. We did a study. It was a beautiful report on how to save money. Thats what it is all about, making the system more affordable. But it turned into everyone getting what they want. Making everyone happy is not our job. Its insane to say we have many options. Let the experts do their job. And dont pick it apart when it comes back in. This is just crazy. This is the reason I wont support this, Roche said. I dont think we know what were doing. I want a study that will hand this board numbers, not recommendations. Were already in a half million on this. I think were making it more complicated than it is, Welch said. He outlined five options the current system, the county consultants recommendations, the firefighters plan, a hybrid of fire transport for emergencies only and a hybrid that used fire department transport only by those departments that are willing and able. Weve all worked very hard, Seel said. We need to know what the cost is to do the different models. We can get into the political later. Brickfield said the county consultants study was very nice, if we operated in a vacuum. But we work with cities and the state. We all have stakes and a say in it. 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The cyclists are Chris Bates, senior area manager, Arizona, hotel performance support, Southeast InterContinental Hotel Group; Manuel Manny Mendoza, area manager, New Mexico and northeastern Arizona IHG Hotel Performance Support; Kathryn Bannasch, area manager Southeast Region; and Marvin Boyd, senior area manager, IHG Hotel Performance Team. Bates said he started riding his bike to keep healthy a little over a year ago. After a ride that he did for charity in 2011, Boyd and he were talking about how we could help to raise awareness and contributions for Give Kids the World. In 2011, I was also able to volunteer at the village with my HPS teammates earlier in the year and I was touched by the work that they do for some very needy families. Marvin and I decided that we should put together a charity ride. I am 51 years old, and my motivation for keeping fit is my youngest son, as I want to be there when he grows up. My youngest son is only 6 years old and I also wanted to lead by example for fitness. My wife runs, my youngest son is a swimmer and I bike, so I guess well have to do a team triathlon someday, Bates said. Mendoza began running and biking consistently more than three years ago. I challenged myself and have completed various 5K runs, sprint triathlons and bike races. Chris Bates and I often compare notes on our latest bike rides and best practices. One of those thoughts was, How cool would it be to have a bike ride for a charity event sponsored by work? Mendoza said. Bannasch started her hospitality career with an internship at Walt Disney World the year the park turned 10 years old. I continued working two years past my initial internship and returned every summer because I believe and love everything that it stands for. I saw firsthand the magic that the Kingdom held for families and children of all types and how I could help impact that experience everyday in my role at the park. I believe everyone, everyone should go to Disney World, she said. BayStar Hotel Groups Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is providing free guest rooms for a week to the cyclists at 210 Seminole Blvd. How to give: Funds are raised through pledges for miles ridden or straight donations, which can be made at www.firstgiving.com/gktw/ 2012-give-kids-the-world-cycling-to-conference. Photos by JIM LAYFIELDTop left, Largo High Schools Jarvis Stewart (20) protects the football en route to first down yardage against the Countryside Sept. 14 at Countryside. Two of the best teams in Pinellas County for the past decade lined up against each other and most were expecting a close fight, but Largo had other ideas. The Packers defense held Countryside to only 67 total yards. Largo won the game 28-7 and improved to 3-0. Countryside dropped to 2-1. Above, Countrysides AJ Sattinger gets first down yardage before being tackled by Largo's Jonathan Crawford (19) and Reggie Moore (24). At left, Largos Harry Brown (9) sacks Countryside quarterback Robby Hicks.Packers stay undefeatedFoundations golf classic setLARGO The Community Service Foundation is hosting its 17th Annual Golf Classic benefit tournament Sept. 21 at Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club. The four-player team scramble begins with checkin and boxed lunches at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Shotgun Start at 1 p.m. Participants will enjoy an auction and raffle, boxed lunch and awards banquet, contests, and much more. Proceeds benefit our affordable housing, fair housing & housing placement, and homebuyer programs and services. For more information about CSF, visit www.csfho me.org or call 461-0618, ext. 4 or 5.Golf course to host open houseLARGO The public is invited to attend an open house at Largo Golf Course, 12500 Vonn Road, on Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities throughout the day will include golf skills challenges, beat the pro games, corn hole, golf instruction tips and free golf. Hot dogs and drinks also will be provided to all those in attendance. Golf course sponsors, as well as Largo recreation staff, will be on site to provide information on their businesses and programs. Anyone interested in sponsoring a hole during the event may contact Jason Wilson at 518-3024. This is a great opportunity to come see and play Largo Golf Course. Whether you have your own clubs, or are interested in trying the game as a new player, call the pro shop to reserve a tee time for nine holes at either 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. for one of our shotgun starts. Free rental clubs, balls and tees will be made available to those who do not have their own equipment. For more information, call 518-3024. LARGO Looking for a little extra motivation to run this years Tampa Bay Times Annual Turkey Trot 10K? Whether your goal is competitive or you are looking to set a personal record, Train for the Turkey Trot 10K Class is designed to help you reach your individual goal. Registration is under way for the eight-week class, which will be held at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. To prepare for the 10K (6.2-mile) race, individuals will learn proper stretching, participate in group runs and will be provided with training plans to take home and follow for the remainder of each week. The class meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. from Sept. 26 through Nov. 21. The class will conclude with the 10K race held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. Registration is $25 for youth residents and $31.25 for youth nonresidents; $55 for adult residents and $68.75 for adult nonresidents and includes the 10K race registration fee. The class is open to all runners, ages 16 and up. A city of Largo recreation card is required. For more information, call 518-3016.Train for the Turkey Trot 10K class offered Send items about registration, upcoming games and special events to Largo Leader Editor Tom Germond, Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. 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Largo, FL 33774727-596-9156092012Matt Facarazzo, D.V.M.with this ad NEW LOCATION New chamber chairman: Prosper and grow By TOM GERMONDLARGO Debra Jones, chairman-elect of the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, said Sept. 13 growing membership is a top priority for the chamber to promote businesses. Yes, we had a rough year, she said, at the chambers annual banquet at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. Its happening everywhere. Companies are cutting back. Its understandable, but things are moving in the right direction. We are seeing it in the area. The chamber has 391 members. And our goal obviously is to grow that number. Lets take it a day at a time, get above that 400 mark and get back in the game, said Jones of Regions Bank. She told chamber members its our mutual goal to see our chamber prosper and grow. My commitment as your chairman is to working closely with our directors and our executive committee to continue shaping our vision for the region. She said she was excited to have a great group of people coming in because they are very engaged. Along those lines, she gave an explanation. Twenty-nine percent of people are engaged, she said. Are they the people that walk by the gum wrapper that fell on the floor, or are they engaged and theyre the ones who pick up the gum wrapper on the floor, or are they totally disengaged and theyre the ones who probably put the gum wrapper there. She said she would like to reach out to all chamber members and hoped that they would call or email her if they have something to say. She said she feels fortunate to follow a chairman (David Puckett) whos lent his support. Hes done a great job and kept this chamber moving forward. Puckett, GTE Financial, has been actively involved in the chamber since 1992, serving on many committees, Jones said. Discussing the year in review, Puckett said through a partnership with the city of Largo, the chamber identified opportunities Chamber to host city candidates forumLARGO The Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will present a Largo City Commission candidates forum on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at The Palms of Largo Royal Palms Theater, 200 Lake Ave. NE. It will begin with a coffee reception at 7:30 a.m. followed by the program from 8 to 9 a.m. There is only one contested city race for the Nov. 6 election, commission Seat 4, being vacated by longtime Commissioner Gigi Arntzen. The two candidates vying for its control are Robert Hunsicker, 2245 Kent Drive, and political newcomer James Robinson, Regina Drive South. There is no cost to attend the forum, which is being sponsored by The Palms of Largo. However, registration is suggested by calling 584-2321 or email events@CentralChamber.biz. owners who are avoiding the inevitable, Puckett said. They are going to say they didnt know. The chamber is going to be a force in getting out there, and saying this is not going to go away. to make business friendly principles become business friendly for real. Among the issues the chamber is addressing is the citys sign ordinance, which requires business to replace their pole signs with monument signs by June 2017. We still have a lot of property Incoming chamber chairman of the board Debra Jones of Regions Bank thanks outgoing chairman David Puckett of GTE Financial for his service over the past year.Shopping Center Group sells Barclay SquareBeefOBradys, H&R Block and Goodyear Tires. Since Walmart Neighborhood Market first leased the former Kash N Karry space in 2009, consumer traffic to Barclay Square has steadily increased. This property is a solid investment with great value-add opportunity for the new owners, stated Anthony Blanco, director of investment sales for The Shopping Center Group. Walmart is one of the most credit-worthy tenants in the industry. LARGO The Shopping Center Group, a retail-only real estate advisory firm, recently completed the sale of Barclay Square, a 99,000-square-foot grocery-anchored shopping center located in Largo for $10.8 million. The neighborhood center is anchored by a 42,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market, which offers fresh produce, meat and dairy products, bakery and deli items, household supplies, health and beauty aids and a pharmacy. The Shopping Center Group represented the seller, EDENS. The buyer is an affiliate of The Sterling Organization. Built in 1988 and renovated in 2008, Barclay Square is an active neighborhood center located at the intersection of Walsingham and Indian Rocks roads. The property is 82 percent leased with a tenant line-up of strong retailers, service providers and restaurants including the only Walmart Neighborhood Market in the city of Largo, Tuesday Morning, Business notesCassie & Co. to host Think Pink fundraiserBELLEAIR BLUFFS The inaugural Think Pink event will run Oct. 1-3 at Cassi & Co., 100 Indian Rocks Road N., No. 3. Cassie & Co. will be featuring Save The Ta-Tas merchandise, as well as the boutiques usual brands. Cassi & Co is a member of the Donation Matching Member Program of the Save the Ta-Tas Foundation. Since 2004, the Save the Ta-Tas Foundation has raised more than $825,000 for breast cancer research. We are proud to support the work they do and this is a way for me to stay connected to my former career as a medical researcher, said Darby Witkamp, owner of Cassi & Co. Cassi & Co. will donate 5 percent of its three-day proceeds to breast cancer research through the Save the Ta-Tas Foundation and the American Cancer Society. To thank their clients for supporting philanthropy, Cassi & Co., we will be offering a gift with each purchase, an opportunity to win a Cassi & Co. Sand Dollar Gift Certificate, refreshments, and vital information on selfbreast exam and mammogram provided compliments of Diagnostic Clinic. The boutique is open Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Cassi & Co. at 585-2011.Free workshop setSEMINOLE A free workshop on outsmarting investment fraud will be presented Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m., in Room 12 of Oakhurst United Methodist Church, 13400 Park Blvd. Developed by experts in the fields of fraud and persuasion, the Outsmarting Investment Fraud workshop will reveal the factors that influence fraud risk, uncover the psychology of a scam and teach simple strategies to protect individuals and families. Attendees will learn how to spot and avoid investment fraud at this free workshop. For information, call 560-0021.Real estate company names top producersLARGO Keller Williams Gulfside Realty recently announced its top producers for July 2012. Top producers included Maria Kadau, Denise Stonick, Becky Hencoski, Joe Hencoski, Laine Lopez, Jan Jackson, Sandie Cross, Dennis Straight, Andy Burwell and Ryan Straight.Smith & Associates negotiate lease BELLEAIR Patrick Calhoon of Smith & Associates Real Estate Inc. successfully negotiated a lease for 4,750 square feet in the Raymond James Office Center at 2401 West Bay Drive. The new tenant is Architectural Concepts, who relocated from the Largo area. The 50,000square-foot office park is anchored by Raymond James, and sits on a little over 4 acres. The landlord is Saybrook, LLC.Coldwell names top associatesST. PETERSBURG Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estates 66th Street office recently announced its top associates for August. Deodoro Ted Tomas was listings leader. Kevin Gallagher was sales leader. 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Briefs12A Outdoors Leader, September 20, 2012 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. 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Belcher Road ClearwaterParish Administration Ofce 727-531-7721 www.SCOSParish.orgDAILY MASS: Monday Friday 7:00am Monday & Wednesday 11:00 am Saturday 8:00 am CONFESSION SCHEDULE: Monday & Wednesday 10:30 am 10:50 am Saturday 3:00 pm 3:50 pm WEEKEND MASS: Saturday Vigil 4:00 pm Sunday 7:00 am & 9:00 am(Family Mass)11:00 am(Traditional Choir) 6:00 pm(Contemporary Choir)80510 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. 092012 090612 092012 Reseacher discusses the process of tracking dolphins habits Heidemann at the wheel, weve surveyed our dolphin study area nearly 1,000 times now. The data are clear evidence that dolphin behavior is wildly variable. Consider the case of our four most recent surveys, conducted over the Labor Day weekend. The first of these involved an intoxicating 42 dolphins in different groups in different places doing different things. Girls of the Gulf Osiris, Lotus and Payne (15 moms, calves and friends altogether) fed richly in Johns Pass. Several bays away, mom-calf Valiant and Vidalia roamed in one spot, a mysterious teenage dolphin fended off tern thieves in another spot (one fish for the dolphin, two for the terns!), and a sleepy group of bulls and babes snoozed their way across yet another spot. Well to the south, we watched with exhilaration as more and more dolphins showed up out of the blue, including the two newest members of our dolphin community, Leading Dents summer-born calf and Xs tiny shiny hours-old newborn. The second survey produced a single assembly of 20 dolphins, only some of whom were dolphins from the previous holiday survey, that trailed X and her newborn from a diplomatic distance. The new dolphins included mom-calf pair Q and Qball, whom we havent seen in months. Now a subadult, Qball goosed, rolled and petted Leading Dents baby en route until it became as animated as Qball had herself in the same circumstances, as told in Dolphin Watchs Qball runs the table. Like a hard slap, the third survey was a resounding reminder of that wild variability: We saw only three dolphins. Valiant and Vidalia swung by to say hi and then melted away. Club cruised alone without Cracker, revealing several fresh shark bites that said shed fought hard to protect her baby to the end. On the fourth survey, we found a riotous group of 15 dolphins, which included a couple of the dolphins from another holiday survey but mostly new dolphins including big bull Grin, whom we havent seen in months! Just as the statement, Life is routine is a simple statement with two different meanings, life is boring or predictable, and the claim that dolphins are unpredictable also has two different meanings: dizzying or dynamic. I choose dynamic, though the data keeps me dizzy, I mean busy.Dr. Weaver studies wild dolphins under federal permit 16299, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Send her an email at email@example.com or visit her website www.dolphinsuper store.com. Read her award-winning Dolphin Watch column weekly at www.TBNweekly.com. NOAA advi ses anyone who sees a stranded dolphin in the Gulf of Mexico to call 877-942-5343 or 877-433-8299. Photo by ANN WEAVERBottlenose dolphin Stick glances at the world above the water one last time before she slides into its embrace, safeguarding the secrets of unbridled dolphin unpredictability.Life is routine is a simple statement with two different meanings: life is boring or life is predictable. I choose the latter, especially after I realized the importance of routine in human society. It is a predictable daily schedule that produces well-adjusted children. Solid work habits create successful careers. It is certainty of the marrow that grows stable relationships. Even our mother ship has a regular schedule. The earths steady orbit around the sun leads to predictable seasons in a predictable sequence. Its rhythmic spin on its axis reliably produces day and night. Consequently, animals also live by routines. Its fairly easy to class each species as active during the day (diurnal species), during the night (nocturnal species), or during periods of dawn and dusk (crepuscular species). There are exceptions to every generalization, of course, and freeranging bottlenose dolphins are glaring exceptions because they dont fit neatly into a diurnal, nocturnal, or crepuscular classification. But their mostly-mysterious exceptionalism goes deeper than that. About the only thing that experienced people can predict about the dolphins outside your doorstep is that theres nothing routine about their behavior. On the recreational side, two people who have been out there with the dolphins thousands of times, Capt. Jack Steeves and First Mate Lani Grano of Hubbards Sea Adventure, claim without hesitation that, There is no pattern. In other words, dolphin behavior is wildly variable. On the scientific side, I track dolphin behavior to understand the potential association between changes in their behavior and the construction of the gleaming new Johns Pass causeway. With Capt. John Dolphin WatchAnn Weaver companied by detailed information about the orchid species presented. Subrahmanyam will have available for sale at the event hand-signed and numbered limited edition photographic prints of some of the more spectacular native orchids, as well as T-shirts and greeting cards. The presentation will be followed by a question-answer session. Complimentary refreshments will be served. The Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society sponsors this event.Native Plant Landscape Tour setThe sixth annual Native Plant Landscape Tour will take place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tour will provide the public an opportunity to visit private and public gardens that are not only aesthetically appealing, but also conserve water and provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The sixth annual two-day self-guided tour, organized by the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, will showcase eight south county (St. Petersburg) yards on Saturday, Oct. 6; and seven north county (Clearwater, Palm Harbor and Dunedin) yards on Sunday, Oct. 7. The cost of advance registration, until the day before the event, is $5 a person or $8 a person on the day of the tour. Participants can register online at pinellas.fnpschapters.org/nativetour or at the following venues: Wilcox Nursery & Landscape, 12501 Indian Rocks Road, Largo Painted Fish Gallery, 350 Main St., Dunedin Twigs & Leaves Florida Garden Center, 2131 Central Ave., St. Petersburg Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg Day-of-event registration will be available from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the following locations: South county, Oct. 6 Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg North county, Oct. 7 Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, Clearwater At the time of registration, participants will be provided with a tour booklet that includes a map, addresses and description of tour properties. The homes on the tour have eliminated or drastically reduced their lawns and use little or no supplemental irrigation, fertilizer and pesticides. That, coupled with a landscape of native wildflowers, shrubs and trees, creates a habitat appealing to wildlife and humans. The birds and pollinators drawn to food, shelter and nesting areas in these gardens provide homeowners with the immense educational and recreational benefits of watching, in their own yards, the secretive lives of wild creatures. Tour participants can draw ideas and insights on transforming their own yards into native-plant landscapes. At every site on the tour, homeowners and knowledgeable volunteer tour guides will be present to assist participants and answer questions. Expert to discuss Florida orchidsLARGO Orchid expert Prem Subrahmanyam will present a free program on Floridas wild orchids Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m., at the Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Subrahmanyam, an award-winning photographer, has studied Floridas orchids for more than 25 years. Many people are not aware of the beauty growing within just a few miles of where they live, work, and play in our own Land of Flowers, Subrahmanyam said in a press release. Passionate about sharing his knowledge, Subrahmanyam not only presents, through his photographs, Floridas native orchids in all their artistic beauty, but also educates the public by providing insight into the bedazzling flowers their habitats, blooming times, distribution, and threats to their survival. The orchid aficionado makes his living as a software engineer and 3D computer animator. His most widely seen animations can be found in the series Florida, the Outdoor Adventure and Florida Takes to the Trails, both of which have aired on PBS nationally. His photographs have appeared in numerous print and online publications. His website, www.flnativeorchids.com, displays many of his images, ac-
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Bailey, the Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Game Show Host in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for his work on the Discovery Channels Cash Cab, is now an A-List comedy headliner. Imagination Movers, Saturday, Sept. 22, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $25. Call 791-7400 or visit www.ruthekcerd hall.com. The Imagination Movers bring their 2012 Rock-O-Matic Tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall from their Emmy-winning Disney Channel television series. Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty will summon up all that high-octane rock that has made them a favorite with kids and parents alike. The key to the Imagination Movers appeal is they combine danceable power pop songs with extremely catchy choruses and a knack for inspiring audience participation. Throw in a heaping helping of onstage silliness and youve got a recipe for a live musical event that will truly engage the littlest of kids along with their older siblings, parents and grandparents. 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. Thick as a Brick 2 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. 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. Stevie Nicks, Monday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S. Tickets start at $65. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. Nicks, whose new CD In Your Dreams debuted in May at No. 6 on Billboards Pop Charts, will be performing in St. Petersburg as part of the In Your Dreams Tour. Nicks has enjoyed extraordinary success as a solo artist, live performer, and member of the legendary band, Fleetwood Mac. Her new single For What Its Worth has been released by Reprise Records. Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:Dredd 3DGenre: Action, adventure and science fiction Cast: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey Director: Pete Travis Rated: R The future America is an irradiated wasteland. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington, D.C., lies Mega City One a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called Judges who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of Slo-Mo experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed. During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clans inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compounds control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.House at the End of the StreetGenre: Horror and thriller Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot and Gil Bellows Director: Mark Tonderai Rated: PG-13 Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. Opening this weekendDredd 3D stars Urban; horror lives in House at the End of the Street Photo by JOE ALBLASJudge Dredd (Karl Urban) and Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) prepare to mete out harsh justice in Dredd 3D. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), as the sole survivor. Against Sarahs wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan and the closer they get, the deeper theyre all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined. See OPENING, page 3BPhoto courtesy of WARNER BROS. PICTURESAmy Adams stars as Mickey and Clint Eastwood as Gus in Warner Bros. Pictures' drama "Trouble with the Curve, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Ian Anderson Top ve diversions Top ve diversions
2B Just for Fun Leader, September 20, 2012 092012 092012 4 FREE Lessons Starting The Week of Oct. 112 Duplicate Games WeeklySt. Petersburg Bridge Club Call 727-363-1136 For DetailsNovice Games Monday, Wednesday, Friday @ 12:30pm FREE BEGINNERBRIDGELESSONS 880049th St. N., Suite 110, Pinellas Park www.stpetebridge.org Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Del McCoury Band to performST. PETERSBURG On a powerhouse co-bill, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Del McCoury Band will perform Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S. Tickets start at $45.50. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. The tour reunites the two outfits, which in 2011 partnered for the joint album American Legacies. With common roots in the rich musical gumbo of the American south in the 19th and early 20th centuries, bluegrass and jazz have sat alongside one another with a myriad of common influences and musical vocabularies that have nevertheless remained largely unexplored until now. American Legacies is a noholds-barred tour of songs and sounds that sum up the simultaneous (and often intersecting) histories of two distinctively American musical forms the jazz that has drawn music lovers from around the world to New Orleans for more than a century, and the hillbilly jazz of bluegrass, created more than 60 years ago by Del McCourys onetime employer, Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys. Known as one of the premier ambassadors of bluegrass, the Del McCoury Band is fronted by veteran Del McCoury. A hero to east coast bluegrass audiences through the 1970s and 1980s, he stepped onto the national stage with a move to Nashville in the early 1990s that started the Del McCoury Band on an unprecedented streak of International Bluegrass Music Association awards and international acclaim. Today, McCoury along with a band that includes his sons Ron and Rob is admired by hardcore bluegrass traditionalists and eclectic music fans and stars alike. The band has made appearances everywhere from the Bonnaroo Music Festival to late night network TV shows to their own popular Delfest. Founded just a few years before McCoury joined Bill Monroes Blue Grass Boys, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been carrying the distinctive sound of New Orleans jazz around the world on behalf of Preservation Hall, a unique venue that embodies the citys musical legacy. With a cast of musicians schooled through first-hand experience and apprenticeship into the musics historic traditions, the PHJB has served as an irreplaceable, vital link to the earliest days of one of Americas most beloved forms of popular music, evoking the spirits of times past in an ever-evolving modern context that has found them traveling around the world. Together in concert, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band create a seamless blend of soul-lifting traditional harmonies as the high and lonesome sound of the Appalachians meets the hot and lively jazz of New Orleans. Fresh off a fruitful recording collaboration, as well as a joint performance at Pete Seegers 90th birthday celebration in Madison Square Garden, these American Musical Legacies are taking their show on the road. Audiences will thrill to this very special opportunity to witness the coming together of two legendary groups of musicians from two distinctly American musical lineages. Photo courtesy of TED KURLAND ASSOCIATESThe Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band co-headline a concert Sept. 26 at St. Petersburgs Mahaffey Theater. The 2011 CD American Legacies, a joint effort by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band, explores connections between jazz and bluegrass.ST. PETERSBURG A community read-in will celebrate the opening of The Bluebird Open Book Exchange Thursday, Sept. 20, 6 to 8 p.m., on the north lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite book, as well as a blanket or lawn chair. Free books also will be available, and visitors may bring their own to donate to the book exchange. There will be a cash bar. The MFA and Bluebird Books want everyone to read and to see art. The Bluebird Open Book Exchange, a little free library, will be installed near the entrance to the museums glass conservatory on Beach Drive. This custom-built kiosk encourages the community to leave or take a book in a free exchange of literature. Books have played a huge role in the life of the MFA. The museum store has a superlative selection of art books for adults and children and will donate to this first book exchange. In addition, the MFA has the most complete art reference library in Pinellas County. Use of the library is currently by appointment. Little Free Libraries were founded by a group of Wisconsin booklovers. Their goal was to encourage book-sharing on a community level. The Bluebird Book Exchange is custom-designed by Tampa Bay area artist and architect Mishou Sanchez. She utilizes a recycled cabinet door and handle, seated on a recycled fence-post, coated with marine-grade varnish for weather resistance, and capped with a corrugated plastic roof to protect against the elements. The Bluebird Books bus provides initial book inventory and upkeep, and as the project grows, volunteer caretakers will be recruited from businesses and neighborhood associations in areas where book-boxes are planted. For information, visit www.thebluebirdbus.com. Those interested in supporting the project, donate books, or host an Open Book Exchange may email Mitzi Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org. The read-in event outside is free, but the museum invites everyone to see the art inside. Admission is $10 from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The collection is world-class and three special exhibitions are on view. Global + Local: Studio and Contemporary Glass on Floridas West Coast spotlights more than 100 works bursting with color and daring. Contemporary Prints by American Women: A Selection from the Gift of Martha and Jim Sweeny, which has just opened, displays approximately 30 works by some of our most important and innovative artists. The MFAs photography collection is one of the most respected in the Southeast. Sitter and Subject in Nineteenth-Century Photography provide a window on history. Portraits of American statesman Daniel Webster, showman P.T. Barnum, tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, poet John Greenleaf Whittier, and Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky are among these fascinating images. Bluebird Open Book Exchange launches ENTERTAINMENT NEWSwww.TBNweekly.com Place a Number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.Crossword SudokuSudoku answers from last weekCrossword answers from last week Across 0 1. Live in squalor (slang, 2 wds) 0 6. Back talk 10. Marienbad, for one 13. Fruit drupes, as on blackberries 14. Our mother 15. Branch 16. Large suitcase with two compartments 18. Oolong, for one 19. One who unfastens 20. Rock similar to granite 22. Deception 23. Pole position? 26. Shipping weights 27. Almond 29. 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Supporting their most recent CD/DVD release Rock-O-Matic, Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty will summon up all that high-octane rock that has made them a favorite with kids and parents alike. Stars of the Emmy-winning Disney Channel television series The Imagination Movers, the band has developed a unique style of indie rock targeted toward kids. The songs are hip enough to appeal to parents, too. On the Rock-O-Matic Tour, the guys will be playing all their favorite songs from their wildly popular television series as well as debuting new material from their brandnew Rock-O-Matic CD/DVD. The new disc features some of the guys most infectious music to date, enhanced by a new collection of live-action and animated videos. The Imagination Movers have become one of the top-rated kids music artists on Ticketmaster .com. The guys scored the highest-rated and most popular live family act of 2011. The key to the Imagination Movers appeal is they combine danceable power pop songs with extremely catchy choruses and a knack for inspiring audience participation. It doesnt hurt that the guys throw in a heaping helping of onstage silliness. Put it all together, and its a surefire recipe for a live musical event that will engage the littlest of kids along with their older siblings, parents and grandparents. To keep the parents involved, the guys cleverly pepper their live shows with musical references to their many inspirations, including U2, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, the Beastie Boys and all sorts of classic and modern rockers. The Imagination Movers have partnered with the National Down Syndrome Societys Buddy Walk program, which features more than 250 annual fundraising walks. While on tour, the band will set up ticket giveaways with local Down Syndrome associations. This will allow families to take the stage at the concerts to promote the Buddy Walk in their town.About the bandThe Imagination Movers lineup features Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche and Scott Smitty Smith. In 2003, the four New Orleans friends started gathering after their kids bedtimes to write songs and brainstorm ideas about a childrens television show. Two years later, they had become the latest sensation of their musical city, attracting parents and children alike with an eclectic pop sensibility and lyrical tunes about healthy snacks and playing catch and conquering childhood fears of bedtime. Lines to the Imagination Movers shows stretched down blocks. When the levees broke after Hurricane Katrina, the far-reaching disaster turned the Imagination Movers world upside down but it didnt put an end to their dream. Even while band members salvaged their belongings from flooded homes and Smith reported to his day job as a firefighter and first responder they never stopped living according to the bands motto: Reach high, think big, work hard, have fun! This motto has served the band well. Over the years, they have sold nearly a half million CDs and DVDs. Their television series has aired in more than 50 countries. Rock-O-Matic, the bands new CD/DVD, was released in February 2012. Rock-O-Matic features the bands most irresistible songs to date, including the anthemic title track reminiscent of Queens We Will Rock You as well as the dancehall party groove Everybody Sing and Dear Old Dad, a ska-inspired ode to fathers everywhere. The DVD features live-action and animated music videos as well as skits that recall old-school Movers comedy heroes like Monty Python and the Monkees as well as the type of high-energy high jinks the Imagination Movers are famous for on their own hit television series. Photo courtesy of ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHY/SHORE FIRE MEDIAThe Imagination Movers bring their Rock-O-Matic Tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall for two shows Sept. 22. OPENING, from page 1BTrouble with the CurveGenre: Drama Cast: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard, Scott Eastwood and Joe Massingill Director: Robert Lorenz Rated: PG-13 Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat refuses to be benched for what could be the final innings of his career. He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the countrys hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Mickey has never been close to her father, who was illequipped to be a single parent after the death of his wife. Even now, in the rare moments they share, he is too easily distracted by what Mickey assumes is his first love: the game. Against her better judgment, and over Guss objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each makes new discoveries revealing long-held truths about their past and present that could change their future. Timberlake is Johnny Flanagan, a rival scout who has his sights on a career in the announcers booth ... and has eyes for Mickey. The main cast also includes John Goodman as Guss old friend and boss, Pete Klein, and Matthew Lillard as Phillip Sanderson, the Braves associate director of scouting.The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.End of WatchGenre: Drama Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, Frank Gillo and America Ferrera Director: David Ayer Rated: R From the writer of Training Day, End of Watch is a riveting action thriller that puts audiences at the center of the chase like never before. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pea star as young LA police officers who discover a secret that makes them the target of the countrys most dangerous drug cartel.About CherryGenre: Drama Cast: Ashley Hinshaw, James Franco, Heather Graham, Dev Patel, Lily Taylor and Jonny Weston Director: Stephen Elliott Unrated Angelina (Ashley Hinshaw) is an 18-year-old on the verge of finishing high school, rushing to escape her broken family life. After reluctantly taking nude photos at her boyfriends (Jonny Weston) behest, she takes the cash to skip town with her best friend (Dev Patel). Angelina gets a job cocktailing in a San Francisco strip club where she meets Frances (James Franco), an affluent lawyer who introduces her to a high-class world beyond her wildest dreams. At the same time, Angelina begins exploring San Franciscos porn industry, using the moniker Cherry, under the wing of a former performer turned adult film director (Heather Graham). But Angelinas newfound ideal lifestyle soon comes apart at the seams. About Cherry challenges assumptions about sexuality and pornography, while addressing the common struggle of finding ones role in life. How to Survive a PlagueGenre: Documentary Director: David France Unrated How to Survive a Plague is the story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence. This improbable group of activists bucked oppression and, with no scientific training, infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, helping to identify promising new medication and treatments and move them through trials and into drugstores in record time. In the process, they saved their own lives and ended the darkest days of a veritable plague, while virtually emptying AIDS wards in American hospitals in the process. The powerful story of their fight is a classic tale of empowerment and activism that has since inspired movements for change in everything from breast cancer research to Occupy Wall Street. Their story stands as a powerful inspiration to future generations, a road map, and a call to arms. This is how to change the world. The Perks of Being a WallflowerGenre: Drama Cast: Emma Watson, Logan Ler man, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, Nina Dobrev, Johnny Simmons and Dylan McDermott Director: Stephen Chbosky Rated: PG-13 A sensitive teenager learns to navigate the soaring highs and perilous lows of adolescence in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a powerful and affecting coming-of-age story based on the wildly popular young adult novel by Stephen Chbosky. The film captures the complexities of growing up with uncommon grace, humor and compassion. Its 1991 and academically precocious, socially awkward Charlie (Logan Lerman) is a wallflower, always watching from the sidelines, until a pair of charismatic seniors take him under their wing. Beautiful, free-spirited Sam (Emma Watson) and her fearless stepbrother, Patrick (Ezra Miller), shepherd Charlie through new friendships, first love, burgeoning sexuality, bacchanalian parties, midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the quest for the perfect song. At the same time, his English teacher, Mr. Anderson (Paul Rudd) introduces him to the world of literature, sparking his dreams of becoming a writer. But even as Charlie thrives in his new, more grown-up world, the pain of his past which includes his best friend Michaels recent suicide and the accidental death of a beloved aunt lurks just below the surface. As his older friends plan to leave home for college, Charlies precarious equilibrium begins to crumble, and at the root of his sadness is a shocking revelation.War of the ButtonsGenre: Drama Cast: Jean Texier, Ilona Bachelier, Laetitia Casta, Guillaume Canet and Kad Merad Director: Christophe Barratier Rated: Set in occupied WW II France, War of the Buttons tells the tale of pre-teen rebel Lebrac (newcomer Jean Texier) and the war he leads between two rival kid gangs from neighboring villages. Once Lebrac falls for Violette (Ilona Bachelier), a young Jewish girl who is new in town and in danger of being exposed by the Nazis, the children are faced with putting their own conflicts aside to protect her and confront the very real war happening around them. Photo by ALBERT CAMICIOLIJennifer Lawrence, left, and Elisabeth Shue star in Relativity Medias thriller House at the End of the Street.Photo by SCOTT GARFIELD/OPEN ROAD FILMSJake Gyllenhaal stars as a police officer in End of Watch, a powerful story of family, friendship, love, honor and courage.Photo by JOHN BRAMLEY/SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT LLC.Logan Lerman and Emma Watson star in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
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Not valid with any other offer Exp. 10-31-12 125 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach727-595-1320 www .jdsrestaurant.com Till CloseHappy Hour & Early Birds16Dinners $925and under TUESDAY JDs Specialty Burger $1 ALL DAY WEDNESDAY $5 Day5oz. Sirloinw/mashed PotatoesOne Dozen Raw Oysters $5 Martinis THURSDAY HALF OFF CHICKEN WINGS SUNDAYIncludes soup or salad and choice of side. With purchase of drink. Dine in only. With purchase of drink. Dine in only.Home of the ALL U-Can Eat Fish Fry 082312 Clearwater Crazy For You, with book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and music by George Gershwin; Sept. 20 through Oct. 7, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13 for students with identification. Call 446-1360 or visit www.francis wilsonplayhouse.org. The show features all the Gershwin classics including I Got Rhythm, Someone To Watch Over Me, Embraceable You and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Moon Over Buffalo, 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.earlybirddinner theatre.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 offbeat but lovable characters. Vertigo, Friday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets are $5. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheck erdhall.com. 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. Imagination Movers, Saturday, Sept. 22, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $25. Call 7917400 or visit www.ruthekcerd hall.com. The Imagination Movers bring their 2012 Rock-O-Matic Tour to Ruth Eckerd from their Emmy-winning Disney Channel television series. Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty will summon up all that high-octane rock that has made them a favorite with kids and parents alike. The Imagination Movers were the highestrated and most popular live family act of 2011. The key to the Imagination Movers appeal is they combine danceable power pop songs with extremely catchy choruses and a knack for inspiring audience participation. Throw in a heaping helping of onstage silliness and youve got a recipe for a live musical event that will truly engage the littlest of kids along with their older siblings, parents and grandparents. It doesnt hurt that the guys pepper their live shows with musical references to their many inspirations, including U2, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, the Beastie Boys and all sorts of classic and modern rockers. 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. God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza, Sept. 28 through Oct. 14, at West Coast Players, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Tickets are $16. Call 437-2363. This comedy of manners without the manners begins with a playground altercation between 11year-old boys. The event brings together two sets ether two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. Directed by Alan Mohney Jr., the production stars Janice Creneti, Alan Mohney Jr., Mark Myers and Karen Zendels-Hagen. Blast Friday featuring the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Friday, Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m., on the Tampa Bay Times Cleveland Street Stage directly in front of the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater. Blast Friday is downtown Clearwaters free monthly street festival. Presented by Bright House Networks, the new season will kick off a performance by the Atlanta Rhythm Section. The festival will feature a variety of vendors, as well as food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. The street fair will begin at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment outside until 10 p.m. Blast Friday is produced by Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road Presents. For more than 30 years, members of the Atlanta Rhythm Section have entertained audiences all over the world with their hits. Members originally came together as a session band at Studio One, an Atlanta area studio recording artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Al Kooper, Dickey Betts and .38 Special. The band put out 15 albums of excellent original material, and consistently put on entertaining live shows establishing a broad and loyal fan base. ARS was paired with contemporaries Lynyrd Skynyrd as the successors to the Allman Brothers, carrying the mantle of Southern Rock in the late s, but performing songs that were more musically diverse and having hits that had a softer, pop flavor. 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. Joe Cocker with Dave Mason, Thursday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $49.50. Call 7917400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall .com. For more than 40 years, Cocker has been a major player in the music business, releasing more than 20 studio and four live albums. His unmistakable bluesy soul voice is a musical trademark in its own right. Hes sold millions of records and had massive hit singles such as Im So Glad Im Standing Here, Up Where We Belong (a duet with Jennifer Warnes that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and earned him a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo and an Academy Award for Best Original Song), Unchain My Heart and You Are So Beautiful. Joining Cocker is special guest Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason, co-founder and original member of the band Traffic. Mason will be bringing his guitar and performing hits from Traffic along with those from his impressive solo career. Rock of Ages, Saturday, Oct. 6, 5 and 9 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city dreamer and in L.A.s most legendary rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 1980s Rock of Ages, is a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more. This fivetime Tony nominated musical is all about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on. Renaissance, Saturday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets start at $45. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Performing both Turn the Cards and Scheherazade and Other Stories in their entirety, UK progressive rock band Renaissance brings this two-part show to the Capitol Theatre. English symphonic rock band Renaissance rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock group The Yardbirds with vocalist Annie Haslam and principal songwriter and guitarist Michael Dunford joining at the dawn of the 1970s to define their work with folk rock and classical fusions. Including quotations from and allusions to, such composers as Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff, the band had their first Top Ten UK hit with Northern Lights in 1978 as well as creating progressive rock classics Mother Russia and Ashes Are Burning. Over the bands lengthy career, they have recorded 15 albums and played on the worlds most distinguished stages, from Carnegie Hall in New York City with The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, to the Royal Albert Hall in London with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Despite explorations into solo careers and changes in the line-up, Haslam and Dunford remain the creative core of Renaissance. In 2009 they embarked on a special 40th Anniversary Concert Tour to re-introduce to new generations the lush, orchestral favorites that made them a staple of 1970s progressive rock radio. The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Friday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $49. Call 7917400 or visit www.rutheckerd hall.com. The Australian Pink Floyd Show is set to return to REH with a newly augmented concert. Rightfully hailed as the Gold Standard of live Pink Floyd tributes, The Australian Pink Floyd Show is a live touring sensation, which has sold more than three million tickets worldwide. The band has created an incredible show for the Exposed In The Light 2012 tour. Following the sold out dates earlier this year in Europe, and taking its title from the lyrics of the Floyd classic Shine On You Crazy Diamond, the 2012 Exposed In The Light tour will be a true Pink Floyd immersion. New for this year is a state-of-the-art surround sound system controlled by Floyds own front of house engineer Colin Norfield. This incredible audio output will be bolstered by new lasers, new lights and even more jaw-dropping video effects. The 2012 tour is going to be a truly multi-media sensory experience. TAPFS is known for pushing the boundaries and taking the concert experience to a new level but the 2012 show sets the bar even higher. Pink Floyd veteran Lorelei McBroom also will be appearing on this tour. McBroom toured with Pink Floyd on the Momentary Lapse of Reason and Delicate Sound of Thunder tours, appeared in the videos for The Dogs of War, On The Turning Away and the Pink Floyd Live In Venice TV broadcast. She also performed The Great Gig In The Sky with Pink Floyd. John Legend, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $62. Call 791-7400 or visit www. rutheckerdhall.com. The ninetime Grammy Award winner will kick off his North American Tour at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The fall tour will sweep through the United States, stopping in more than 20 cities including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago. Legend will be joined by two breakout performers on his tour: HomeSchool recording artist Stacy Barthe on the first leg, and Lianne La Havas on the second. This will be Legends first appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall since his sold-out concert in 2009. This summer, Legend released one of the hottest singles of his career, the chart-topping hit Tonight (Best Youve Ever Had) featuring Ludacris, which has been No. 1 for six weeks at Urban AC radio. Legends debut album, Get Lifted, received eight Grammy Award nominations. It won Best New Artist, Best R&B album and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for Ordinary People while selling more than three million copies worldwide. His follow-up album, Once Again, achieved RIAA platinum sales certification and a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for Heaven. In 2008, John released Evolver, his third Top 10 album, which included the hit single Green Light featuring Andre 3000. Recently, Legend teamed up with The Roots to release the socially conscious album, Wake Up! The album was nominated for five Grammy Awards and won Best R&B Album, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B song for Shine, an original composition. The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St. Tickets start at $45. Call 791-7400 or visit www.ruth eckerdhall.com. After more than 20 years of intense gigging and recording, Robinson brings his latest project The Chris Robinson Brotherhood to the Capitol Theatre. What began as an experiment without expectations turned into a 118-show journey for Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam MacDougall (keys, vocals), George Sluppick (drums) and Mark Dutton (bass, vocals) that surprised these seasoned pros as music of unshakeable solidity and exuberant reach poured out of them. This New Cosmic California sound finds its fruition on the CRBs studio debut Big Moon Ritual which was released in June. For a full year, the CRB road tested their ideas, and in the See LOOKING AHEAD, page 8B Looking ahead Looking ahead
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