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By SUZETTE PORTERWhat began out of need is now one of the most successful holiday fundraisers in Tampa Bay thanks in part to the generosity of people who call Pinellas home. The 19th annual Ride & Run with the Stars will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at Fort De Soto Park. The brainchild of two former Pinellas County sheriffs employees, the event is a major fundraiser for the Sheriffs Christmas Sharing Project that helps families, children and victims of crime during the holiday season. It was originally started by two members of law enforcement because of the number of families that needed help around the holidays, said Marianne Pasha, public information coordinator at the Sheriffs Office. Deputies see the need every day in homes and at schools. They see families and kids trying hard in tough economic times that just need a break, especially during the holidays. The originators were bicycle enthusiasts and running was very popular at the time, Pasha said, so the idea was to have a bike and sporting event. Ride & Run with the Stars always happens on the first Saturday in December and it always takes place at Fort De Soto rain or shine. Since its humble beginnings in 1993, Ride & Run with the Stars has become one of the largest holiday fundraisers in Tampa Bay organized by law enforcement. The event has raised more than $500,000 and assisted hundreds of families and thousands of children during the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year. Ride & Run with the Stars is a family event with activities for every age group. Sporting bouts include a 25-mile bike ride, 10K family ride, 5K certified race and 1-mile fun walk or skate. Registration for each adult participant is $25. Children get in free if accompanied by a registered adult. Registration includes a longsleeve T-shirt, food and giveaways for participants. Grand prizes are high quality bicycles. Other activities include a silent auction for sports gear, getaways and gift baskets. All-ages can test their skills on the 25-foot Everest Challenge climbing wall. The highlight for most is the visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elf. Photo by ALEXANDRA LUNDAHLBrailee Mantooth, 18 months old, of Largo poses in front of the A Traditional Florida Christmas tree by Affordable Home Help at the Festival of Trees on Nov. 16.Festival of Trees Data Center plans revealed$3 million cost of center, built near Largo library, questioned By JULIANA A. TORRESLARGO City staff hasnt come much closer to lowering the costs of the Largo Data Center, necessary for housing of the city of Largos computer, networking and server equipment a construction project that is a little more than $1 million over budget. Largo commissioners first approved the idea of the data center in May, and even then, the project was projected to cost $1.1 million more than the $2 million set aside from the local option sales tax fund for it. We said wed do our best to try to reduce that overage. We havent been terribly successful at that, Assistant City Manager Henry Schubert told the commission during a work session Nov. 13. We have worked very hard to reduce costs where we can, but also did not want to compromise the integrity of this building. The project is now about $1.026 million over budget, a little less than previously projected, but not by much. The building will be in the southwest portion of the Largo Public Library parking lot, within Largo Central Park. Schubert did say that it was possible for the estimate to go down as specifics of the project are nailed down and the city finalizes the guaranteed maximum price with the construction management firm, Biltmore Construction. And the $3 million price tag includes not only the construction of the building, but also the design and equipment needed to be installed within it. I think we can say with a high degree of confidence that if we proceed, this is By BRIAN GOFFWere bringing our soldiers home, but we have to get them all the way home. Those are words uttered by Bruce Fyfe many times in the course of a day, as he works at promoting the Homeless Emergency Project and tries to encourage other groups to help returning service personnel. Fyfe is the chairman of the board of HEP, and they have just opened a new 32-unit apartment building on Holt Avenue in Clearwater to house homeless or near-homeless veterans. He blames it post traumatic stress syndrome. On Veterans Day, as a prelude to opening the new facility, HEP hosted a luncheon for homeless vets. Many of them were in the throes of getting out from under drug or alcohol addiction, which Fyfe blames on PTSD and a community that has not done enough to help veterans in need. One of those is 56-year-old Lee Friedman. He served overseas from 2001 to 2006. Hes reluctant to say exactly where he was, but he knows that when he got back, he was in need of help. You just cant do it on your own, he said. Everyone has their reasons for why they cant cope. I know I can only live and stay clean for today. I dont even think about tomorrow. Friedman returned home to Sebring and came under the care of the VA there. 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Largo Central ParkThe Largo Central Park is at 101 Park Central Drive. Within the park are Largo Cultural Center, 105 Ce ntral Park Drive, and the Largo Public Library, at 120 Central Park Drive. For information about special events, call 587-6740, ext. 5014 or visit LargoEvents.comHoliday Tree Lighting and StrollLARGO Enjoy a stroll past a million LED lights depicting playful scenes throughout the park and as the city lights the tree for the first time this season on Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. Activities include holiday crafts and activities, a visit from Santa, a toboggan snow slide and more. Enjoy a variety of delicious festival foods and desserts as well as live performances of aerial acrobatics, dancing, singing, and puppets on the mobile stage and other places around the park. The event is free to attend. On-site parking is $5.Rotary presents Death by ChocolateLARGO Death by Chocolate, an upscale fundraiser offering delectable desserts from local restaurants in a festive atmosphere, returns for its 17th year on Friday, Dec. 7, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Indulge in savory sweets, surrounded by the holiday lights in the park during the Rotary Club of Largos premier fundraiser. The night also will feature live entertainment, a silent auction and door prizes. The event has raised more than $20,000 annually and $275,000 over the past 15 years for local youth programs. This year, the Rotary Club hopes to increase the attendance and number of sponsors dramatically. So far, the group has surpassed its goals each and every year. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of event. For more information, to see all event sponsors or to purchase tickets, visit www.largodeathbychocolate.com or call 587-6793.Train WeekendLARGO Ride miniature trains around Largo Central Park on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the first full weekend of the month. The next train weekend is Dec. 1-2. 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Visit LargoCommunityCenter.com or call 518-3131.Very Merry Christmas PartyLARGO Get into the holiday spirit with the 8th annual Very Merry Christmas Party on Dec. 5, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Largo Community Center. Eileen and friends will cook up a delicious meal. After dinner, enjoy a lively holiday show and take a golf cart tour of the lights in Largo Central Park. Also, Santa has plans to make an appearance. Tickets are limited and cost $15.Fall Talent ShowLARGO Show off your talent and compete for a chance to perform live on stage during the Adult and Senior Fall Talent Show on Thursday, Dec. 6, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Largo Community Center. All adults and seniors are welcome to participate. Auditions and rehearsals will be held at the center. Registration forms are available at bit.ly/WMwi1x. A panel of judges will select 15 performers. Call 5183131 to reserve your audition slot. Tickets to the show are $5 in advance and $9 at the door.Weekly events Square dancing: Fridays, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Spend the evening dancing country-style to professional caller Allen Snell. The cost is $6. Open Air Market: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Browse through a variety of vendors in a market featuring local produce, crafters, food, jewelry, artists and entertainment. Swing dancing: Saturdays, 7 to 11 p.m. Enjoy an evening of dancing and socializing on a 5,600-square-foot sprung hardwood floor. Free lessons from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by a dance with music by DJ is Savoy Swing. The cost is $6 with a recreation card and $7 without a recreation card. Bay Area Singles dance : Sundays, 6 to 10 p.m. Dress to impress, and join about 150 singles and friends of all ages to dance to an extensive music library to fit every taste. Cost is $8.Highland Recreation ComplexHighland Recreation Complex is at 400 Highland Ave. Visit HighlandRecreation.com or call 518-3016.Breakfast with SantaLARGO Highland Recreation Complex will host Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 15, 9 a.m. Santas helpers will be serving breakfast, helping with crafts and taking pictures. Preregistration is required by Dec. 12. The cost is $8 per child and $3 per adult.Hot Hula FitnessLARGO Inspired by the dances of the Pacific Islands, Highland Recreation Complex is offering Hot Hula Fitness on Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Hot Hula Fitness is a 60-minute total body workout designed to isolate your larger muscle groups, increasing strength and definition to your core with specific emphasis on the abs, glutes, quads, and arms. All ages and fitness levels are invited to enjoy this exciting dance workout. Hot Hula Fitness is a registered trademark of Anna-Rita Sloss enterprises. The class costs $5 for residents and $6.25 for nonresidents. Southwest Recreation ComplexSouthwest Recreation Complex, which includes an aquatic complex, is at 13120 Vonn Road. Call 518-3125 for recreation or 518-3126 for the pool. Visit PlayLargo.com.Santa Claus is Coming to TownLARGO Santa Claus is coming to Largo on Dec. 8, 9:30 to 11 a.m., visiting the Southwest Recreation Complex. Listen to a classic holiday story and enjoy crafts, games and a holiday snack. There will be time for pictures with Santa, so dont forget your camera. Registration is required no later than Dec. 3. The cost, with a recreational ID card is $5 for Largo residents and $6.25 for nonresidents or $9.25 without a card.Lego BuildingLARGO Lego Building, for ages 5 to 12, meets on first Saturdays, 10 to 11 a.m., at Southwest Recreation Complex. Get hands-on experience while learning construction, programming and teamwork. Upcoming themes include Megatropolis on Dec. 1. Tickets range from $5 to $9.25.McGough Nature ParkThe center at McGough Nature Park, at 11901 146th St. N., is open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Call 518-3047.Winter WonderlandLARGO Winter Wonderland featuring snowballs with real ice shavings, winter crafts, night hikes and roasting smores by the campfire will be held Dec. 7, 6 to 8 p.m., at McGough Nature Park. Come out for a night of fun, memories and a good old snowball toss. Call 518-3047 to preregister. Tickets are $5 per person. Children ages 2 and younger are free.
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FT. SHOWROOM IN LARGO Photo by JULIANA A. TORRESAttendees of the Lifestyles After 50 Extravaganza in Largo Central Park dance to the tunes of an era past on the afternoon of Nov. 14. The eighth annual event featured health screening, exhibitors and giveaways.Dancing in the parkName selected for new owlLARGO Largo Nature Parks announced the name of the new female Great Horned Owl at the George C. McGough Nature Park: Eleanor. The name was one of five the Friends of the Largo Nature Parks selected for the community contest. Many residents logged on the Largo Nature Parks website to vote. Eleanor now shares a cage with Franklin, the other Great Horned Owl at the nature park. Together, they will make a truly fascinating pair. Opportunities are available for visitors to make personalized donations to help support the bird of their choice at the park. Visit Eleanor daily at the McGough Nature Center, 11901 146th St. N. in Largo, 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. For more information, call 518-3047 or visit LargoNature.com. Meet Eleanor the Owl.LARGO The second annual An Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 to 4 p.m., through the historic streets of the Old Northwest neighborhood in Largo. Last year, more than 36 businesses and organizations paraded past a crowd of about 2,000. The parade helped the local nonprofit, Bikers Raising Awareness, benefiting area breast cancer patients and their families. This year, the event will include a drop box for new, unwrapped toys that will be given to Kiwanis Club of Largo to distribute to area underprivileged children. Also, the parade route will be slightly longer. It will start and end at the School Board parking lot. Participation is $50 per organization and includes an insert in the bags passed out during the parade. Visit www.discoverlargo.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade kicks off Dec. 1Giveaway to help increase Largos overall tree cover By JULIANA A. TORRESLARGO A new program from the city of Largo Parks Division is tackling what officials have identified as a problem: there arent enough trees in the city. A recent study found that Largo has about 27 percent canopy tree coverage within city limits, which is low, said Parks Superintendent Greg Brown. Hed like to see the percentage closer to 35 percent. The trees help aesthetically and (provide) oxygen and shade and energy and all wonderful assets, he said. The city owns about one fourth of the land in Largo, and frequently plants new trees, paid from a fund created for that purpose. But that still leaves a large percentage in private hands. The CommuniTree Tree Giveaway is the citys answer to that problem. We cant go plant the tree on private land. But we can give (residents) a tree, and they can plant it, explained Taylor Kahns, Largo Parks urban forest intern. The CommuniTree program has been Kahns signature project for his internship, part of his masters degree in public administration at the University of South Florida. The key difference in this program compared to Largos tree giveaway on Arbor Day is the residency requirement. In order to get a tree, recipients must live in a single-family home within the city of Largo. Its been Kahns task to set up the registration for the program, accessed through the citys website, www.LargoParks.com. The website also will show participants the types of tree they can request: bald cypress, crape myrtle featuring either whiteor lavender-colored flowers, southern live oak, southern magnolia, red maple and winged elm. The tree options are specific, Kahns said. Theyre ones were comfortable with in an urban environment, that can survive in a yard next to a driveway, next to a sidewalk, next to a street and not cause a lot of sidewalk damage and not have to take a great deal of care, he said. All will be purchased from Florida nurseries to ensure they can tolerate Floridas extreme weather. Of the options, all but the crape myrtle is a canopy tree, aligned with the citys objective to increase the canopy. The trees, one per household, will come in 7gallon containers. In the end, they will be 8 feet tall or so, Brown said. People tend to prefer magnolias. When the city gives away trees at Arbor Day, officials usually purchase half magnolias and half everything else. People like the big, deep green magnolia leaf and the big flower thats on the picture, he said. We give every one of those away every year. The new program wont replace the Arbor Day giveaway, which usually features about 300 smaller, less mature trees. The CommuniTree program is a separate budget. Brown said he put aside $10,000 for the program, and hopes to purchase about 360 trees. So far, residents have registered for about half of that number. Registration will stay open until the funds have been allocated, but the exact number depends on what residents decide they want. Some trees are cheaper than others, Brown said. No tax dollars make up the citys tree fund. Developers pay into the fund when they remove trees and dont replace them with trees of similar size. They pay more depending on the size of the tree. The money within the fund can only be used to purchase trees. The trees will be distributed on Friday, Jan. 11, starting at 9 a.m., with a second chance on Saturday for those who registered to claim their trees, as well as those on a possible waiting list. Registered participants will have to show a photo ID, such as a drivers license, to pick up their new tree. Kahns said the program is a win-win situation for both the city and its residents. Its the initial cost of the tree that comes out of the tree fund, and everything else is maintained by the private resident at their own expense, at their own choice, he said. They get a tree. They get to beautify their property. They get to increase their property value, and the city gets the benefit a few years later when that tree really starts to grow. Officials arent sure how the new program will affect the overall canopy percentage of the city. The Parks Division will do a follow-up survey in about a year to see whats survived and become part of Largos tree cover, Brown said. To register for a tree and for more information, visit LargoParks.com or call 5867415.
4A County Leader, November 22, 2012Pinellas unemployment numbers continue to fall By SUZETTE PORTERPinellas County residents have something more to be thankful for this holiday season as unemployment continues its downward swing. State officials reported Nov. 16 that October had the lowest unemployment rate since December 2008. Floridas not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the month was 8.2 percent, compared to 8.6 percent in September and 10.2 percent in October 2011. The U.S. not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in October, 7.6 percent in September and 8.5 percent in October 2011. Pinellas Countys unemployment rate continues to decline, dropping to 7.9 percent in October, compared to 8.4 percent last month and 10.2 percent in October 2011. Octobers labor force of 452,393 was similar to the previous month of 452,280 and slightly above October 2011 at 445,598. The most telling difference is the number of unemployed: 35,840 in October 2012 compared to 45,252 in 2011, and 38,076 in September 2012. Statewide in October of this year, 768,000 people were unemployed and 12,258,000 in the United States. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metro Statistical Area continues to hold the No. 2 spot, behind Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, for most over-the-year job growth of the 23 metro areas. The local MSA was one of 22 in the state with job gains this year. The state reports that October was the 27th consecutive month that the number of jobs in Florida has increased. The industry reporting the most job gains is professional and business services, followed by trade, transportation and utilities; private education and health services; leisure and hospitality; and financial activities. Total government accounted for the most job losses, followed by construction, other services, information and manufacturing. Pinellas County was 39th on the list of 67 counties ranked by percent of unemployment. Hendry County ranked No. 1 with an unemployment rate of 12.6 percent and Monroe ranked last with 4.7 percent. The local MSA at 8.2 percent unemployment tied with Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach MSA for the No. 14 rank. Last month Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater reported an 8.8 percent unemployment rate. Unemployment in October 2011 was 10.5 percent. For statistical purposes, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA includes Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Pinellas County had the lowest unemployment of the four counties. Hernando County was in a tie with Okeechobee County for the No. 7 rank with an unemployment rate of 9.8 percent. Pasco County with 9.1 percent unemployment tied with Taylor and Marion County for the No. 14 rank. Hillsborough ranks at No. 38 with unemployment at 8 percent.Economic growth on the riseFloridians are looking positively toward the future, according to Octobers University of Floridas Consumer Confidence Index report. More people are moving to Florida rather than moving away. Median house prices are up 7.4 percent over the year, and the backlog of existing homes on the market was down by 40 percent from September 2011. The state is exporting more than it imports, resulting in a trade surplus of more than $24 billion. The economy is clearly in recovery, said Chris McCarty, director of the Consumer Confidence Index survey. McCarty tempers the optimism by saying continued recovery depends on what happens in Congress and how it deals with the impending fiscal cliff and extensions of federal tax cuts currently in place. If Congress and the White House cannot agree on a solution, the full impact of the fiscal cliff will almost certainly result in a recession at a time when the country and Florida, are recovering from the biggest recession in history, McCarty said. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the kickoff for the 25-mile bike ride is at 8 a.m. The silent auction is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. The 10K family ride begins at 8:15 a.m. followed by the 5K certified race at 8:30 a.m. Best times for runners in designated groups will be recognized. The 1-mile fun walk or skate starts at 8:30 a.m. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elf are scheduled to arrive in the Sheriffs Office helicopter at 10 a.m. Special drawings and presentations start at 10:15 a.m. Advance registration is available at RideandRunwiththeStars.com, and entry forms are available through the Sheriffs Office, 10750 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Call 582-6200. Its really a fun event, Pasha said. You can register that day. You dont have to run or ride. You can take a walk and spend time with family and friends. The kids really enjoy the visit from Santa. You can do something good to help someone out and still have the afternoon to do something else. Pasha said the Christmas Sharing Project lets the Sheriffs Office be more proactive in its approach. We know who needs help, she said. Anyone on the sheriffs staff can nominate individuals or families that need help. School crossing guards and school resource officers, as well as advocates for victims of crimes are aware of those who need help. They see these families every day. They see their struggle and know theyre trying hard, Pasha said. The parents or caregivers complete a wish list. Typical items are socks, shoes, coloring books and crayons. They dont ask for the big stuff, Pasha said. They ask for things other children have that they dont. The families are screened for need, mostly to make sure they are not relying on the generosity of several different groups, she said. About a week after Ride & Run with the Stars, uniformed deputies and volunteers go shopping. This year theyll be filling wish lists at the Target store on Park Street. Each deputy or volunteer takes a wish list and fills it within the amount budgeted. A money allowance is set for each age group, middle school, elementary and preschool. Shoppers also include wrapping paper and bows that the caregivers will use to wrap presents for the kids. Within a couple of hours, well spend upwards of $28,000, she said. The spending all depends on the success of the fundraiser. The more people who participate at Ride & Run, the more money there is to spend on community needs. The beauty of the Christmas Share Project is that it allows sheriffs employees to tailor what they give to the need of the family, Pasha said. But that takes money. We have families with six kids and all kinds of different situations, Pasha said. We reserve some of the money for fires or other holiday tragedies. We try to get them food, a blanket and as well as a holiday gift to try to give them some relief. Deputies help Santa by delivering some of the gifts with deliveries going out even on Christmas Day. Other family members pick up their packages at the Sheriffs Office or other locations where they feel safe. Thanks to the generosity of Bechtel Financial, in recent years hundreds of new bicycles have been distributed through the Christmas Sharing Project. Raymond James and civic groups adopt families, which allows more families to get help. Theres a wonderful response from the community, Pasha said. Individuals or groups interested in adopting a family can call victim advocate Sandra Garcia-Olivares at 582-6465. Deputies deliver Thanksgiving dinners to families thanks to assistance from Publix and area churches, which also provide turkey and ham dinners on Christmas. Pasha said it was a rewarding experience. Deputies often get thank you notes. Pasha said one of the best things is when one year you help a family and the next year, they let you know they dont need anything. Theyre OK.Photos courtesy of the PINELLAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICEAnd theyre off. Above, a group of cyclist takes off on the 25-mile bike ride at Fort De Soto Park last year. At left, generous sponsors like Bechtel Financial make sure that a Christmas wish for a shiny new bicycle is fulfilled for needy children around Pinellas. RIDE, from page 1A HOMELESS, from page 1A Police beat Police beatDeputies arrest 12 in drug investigationPinellas sheriffs deputies assigned to the Narcotics Division arrested 12 of 44 suspects in the Lealman area Nov. 14 culminating a fourmonth long investigation called Operation Blue Crush. The suspects were arrested on multiple drug charges ranging from sale and possession of illicit drugs such as cocaine, as well as sale, possession and trafficking in several commonly abused prescription drugs such as Oxycodone and Hydromorphone. The Command Post was established in the north parking lot of Lealman Intermediate School located at 4900 28th St. N. As of the evening of Nov. 14, 12 suspects had been arrested on multiple drug related charges. They are Frank Bomba, 28,Deborah Bomba, 56, Nancy Cobb, 53, Craig Coleman, 53, Kathy Dixon, 51, Ashley Duffy, 23, Robert Hanssen, 39,Nancy Manfredonia, 55, Elizabeth Stenov, 31, Peggy Thompson, 57,Christopher Trommater, 24,and Suzanne Vizenor, 36. The suspects not arrested during the round-up will be sought in the days to come.Fund started to help Queens flood victims, fire departmentsBELLEAIR BLUFFS A fund has been established to assist families as well as fire departments affected by floods in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, New York City. Seventy-three percent of the donations will be distributed through $500 checks to homeowners and tenants displaced by the storm. About 25 percent will go to four fire departments that saved many lives during the storm. Two percent will be held back for unforeseen administrative costs. We hope to cut checks in time for the holidays when friends and family need it the most, said Richard Doyle, a licensed real estate broker in Belleair Beach who is from Breezy Point. Checks should be mailed to Ridgewood Savings Bank, 2520 E. 17th St., Brooklyn, NY 11235 and payable to Rockaway Point Fire Dept. BRBR Fund. The fund stands for Breezy Point, Rockaway Beach, Roxbury and Broad Channel, the four fire departments that helped flood victims.Police arrest man in 2009 bank robberyCLEARWATER Clearwater robbery detectives have helped arrest a Largo man in a 2009 bank robbery, according to a police Facebook report. Robbery detectives submitted DNA samples from the scene of the robbery at BB&T Bank on U.S. 19, and they established a profile into the DNA database. Detectives were recently notified of a match to Arris Williams, 31. Clearwater police worked with the Largo Police Department to locate and arrest Williams on Nov. 14. He was residing in Largo. Clearwater police say they have obtained his confession to the crime. Willis is charged with robbery and a Hillsborough County charge of driving with license suspended or restricted with knowledge. He is being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $51,000 bond.Police look for liquor store robberCLEARWATER Clearwater police are searching for a man who robbed a Publix liquor store on N. Belcher Road on Nov. 11, according to a police Facebook report. The man took a liquor bottle to the register, displayed a small silver handgun and demanded the cash from the register, the report said. The suspect fled from the store with an undisclosed amount of cash and a bottle of Southern Comfort. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Clearwater Police Department Tip Line at 562-4422, or to remain anonymous, text TIP411 (847411) or at the Clearwater Facebook page, www.face book.com/clearwaterpolice or visit www.clearwaterpolice.org. abuse issues, he was sent to a residential treatment program at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. After that, he was accepted as a resident with HEP, which has accommodations available other than the new apartment building in Clearwater. He has been with HEP since 2009 and is completing training to become a peer group addiction counselor. Soon he will be moving out on his own, earning a living and becoming productive again. Not all stories end that way. In fact Bruce Fyfe got involved in HEP because of a tragic personal story involving his son, Brendan. The 24-year-old served three tours in Iraq. When he got home in 2008, he couldnt even drive a car, Fyfe said. Every time he saw a box on the side of the road, he would think it was an IED and he couldnt handle it. Eventually, he turned to drugs and alcohol, and in December of 2009, he died of a drug overdose. Fyfe said it was likely that things might have turned out differently for Brendan had there been the help of HEP back then. Fyfe has become a vocal advocate for returning veterans. They sacrifice more than people understand, he said. When they come home with PTSD, they have lost all sense of self. We have to convince them they have real value. We have to provide them with a safe, warm place to recover. The 32-unit apartment building provides that, in addition to a nearby clubhouse where the veterans can meet and interact, play games, watch TV, work out and just relax as they work on their recovery. Fyfe says the first 17 apartments are already spoken for. I expect all 32 will be filled within two months, he said. We also provide five full-time mental health specialists which they can use at any time. In all, HEP provides 354 beds for veterans in need, and they have so far served nearly 1,800 veterans and have served 87,000 meals. It is all part of what Bruce Fyfe says is bringing them home all the way. Photo by BRIAN GOFFA group of homeless veterans enjoy lunch compliments of the Homeless Emergency Project in Clearwater. DATA CENTER, from page 1Athe maximum number that were going to see, Schubert said. Were optimistic that the bottom line number will come down. Mayor Pat Gerard questioned why the building was going to cost 50 percent more than previously estimated. We knew it was going to be a special project with special components, she said. What happened with our estimating? Schubert said the staff did their best to estimate based on comparable projects. This is an extraordinarily expensive project because of the nature of the building, he said. By comparison, the citys ongoing construction of Highland Recreation Center is going to cost $300 per square foot as opposed to $750 per square foot for the data center. The $3 million project will protect, and keep in operation, about $1.3 million worth of equipment. The 3,000-square-foot building is being designed to survive a category 5 hurricane and be built well above the flood zone. Only a few city staff members will be required to run the facility, which will not be open for public access. In fact, the architecture of the building will be designed to be inconspicuous as possible, said Kevin Smith of FleischmanGarcia, the lead architect for the project. We want to make the data center blend into the park, make it look good and make it disappear, so its not a facility thats a target for terrorists or any other problem, he said. The facility will mimic the design of the library building itself. It will include a secured lobby, a video conference room and a data entry room where the fiber, copper and telephone wires will come into the facility and be serviced by technicians without allowing access to the computer room at the heart of the building. An emergency generator is designed to keep the facility operating for seven days on 6,000 gallons of diesel fuel. The system also has built in redundancies: two backup batteries and multiple ways for data to come into the building. A state-of-the-art hot aisle containment system will keep the equipment cool, Smith said. Weve hidden all the gear the equipment, the emergency generators, the fuel tanks all the ugly stuff that no one really wants to look at is behind walls and shielded from view, but that also helps us protect this critical gear from hurricanes and anything that would bring the data center down, Smith said. The end result is a building that is pleasing to look at, but is really just a good-looking bunker, Smith said. This is one of those projects where the actual physical building itself is almost a minor part of the project, he explained. The building envelope itself is hosting a lot of very expensive components. To make up for the difference in costs, the citys budget will be amended to include the extra $1 million, taking more from the local option sales tax, or LOST, fund. Gerard contended that it was no small matter to remove more funds from that account. The project got a little out of hand, she said. Not that we can do a whole lot about it now, but yeah, that bothers me, because it does impact what else were going to be able to do with the LOST fund, she said. Schubert explained the data centers current location on the second floor of city hall was no longer suitable. The floor will not support the additional weight of equipment that we need to move into that data center here in the next couple of years, he said. Additionally, the city had significant issues with air-conditioning in the current server room, Schubert said. The generator backing up city hall is too old to keep up with this type of technology, said facilities manager Glenn Harwood. Despite reluctance from other members, the Largo Commission gave their consent for the project to continue. The project will take about eight more weeks to finalize construction documents, four to six weeks for building permitting and about eight months for the construction itself. Smith said that with this schedule, the building would be ready to be occupied by November 2013.
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Guests are asked to bring their own dinner plate and silverware. The church will provide everything else. Reservations are required. For more information, call 360-5739 or 3472272.Benefit concert for Toys for TotsThe Second annual Rock and Roll concert to benefit Toys for Tots is Saturday, Nov. 24, 8 p.m., at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg. Deborah Nader of Richard Nader Entertainment has invited the Marines to bring their boxes so audience members can fill them with toys. Performing include Tommy Mara and the Crests Sixteen Candles, The Mystics Hushabye, Johnny Thunder Loop De Loop and special guest, The Impacs In addition to a cash donation to Toys for Tots, Nader has assembled a gift basket valued at more than $500 to thank audience members who bring new unwrapped toys. Tickets are priced at $30, $40, and $100, which includes a private VIP wine reception with the artists, can be ordered by calling 727-822-3590 or online at www.spcollege.edu/palladium. Richard Nader Entertainment will also present a check to Toys for Tots.First Bank collects Toys for TotsEight First Bank branches in Pinellas County will participate in the 2012 Toys for Tots campaign, a U.S. Marines Corp League program that collects and distributes toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. Now through Dec. 10, First Bank customers and others in the community are invited to stop by the following First Bank offices during regular lobby hours and drop off new, unwrapped toys: Pinellas Park, 7600 U.S. 19 N. Pasadena, 6850 Central Ave., St. Petersburg Kenneth City, 5825 54th Ave. N. Seminole, 13700 Park Blvd. Walsingham, 13175 Walsingham Road, Largo For information, call Kathy Carlson at 896-1641, ext. 11201.Salvation Army St. PetersburgSalvation Army in St. Petersburg has a number of volunteer opportunities just in time to help hundreds of families in lower Pinellas County with gifts of love and hope for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last year 7,513 men, women and children received assistance. Help is needed in the following areas: Bell ringing through Dec. 24 A special goal is to increase the number of Volunteer Bell Ringers this year. The annual Red Kettle Christmas fundraising campaign started in 1891 when a Salvation Army Captain in San Francisco set up a crab pot at Oakland Ferry Landing to collect donations to feed the poor at Christmas. The campaign has since become one of the longest-running and most recognizable fundraising efforts in the world. Be an ambassador to the community for The Salvation Army. Your club, group or company employees can ring bells at a community location to help us raise funds and give hope to families in our community. Priority for Volunteer Bell Ringers will be on Fridays and Saturdays at the Publix Stores, Walmart, and Tyrone Mall stations. Minimum shift is two hours. Pinellas County Schools food drive Donated trucks, drivers and loaders needed to pick up and unload food from schools. Pick-ups Nov 26-30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Angel Tree through Dec. 7 Host an Angel Tree in your office, lobby, store or church. Also, volunteers are needed at the Angel Tree Booth located inside Tyrone Square Mall by JCPenney. Thanksgiving Day of Caring, Nov. 22 Come help prepare, set-up, serve and clean-up after the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Christmas Food sorting, Nov. 26-30 Sort food collected from the fall school food drives and prepare bags for needy families. Christmas toy sorting, Dec. 10-14 Assist staff in sorting and packaging toys for needy children in the community. Christmas distribution, Dec. 18-20 Distribution of food, toys and other assistance to 1,000 plus families from the community. Christmas Eve Community Dinner, Dec. 24 Come help prepare, serve and clean up after the Community Christmas Dinner. After Christmas, Jan. 7-31 Check dates and stock food donated to our Social Services Department in their pantry. For more information about volunteer opportunities. Call Gail Stark at 727-550-8080, ext. 332 or email her at Gail_Stark@uss.salvationarmy.org.24th annual Deck the HallsPurchase ornaments for the holiday tree and help Suncoast Hospice Saturday, Dec. 8, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at ArtLofts at Florida Craftsmen, 10 Fifth St. N., St. Petersburg. All artist-made ornaments sell for $5 and proceeds go to Hospice. For more information, call 727-418-8887 or email Vlkrie@aol.com. The holidays are a special time, when even the most stalwart Grinch begins to feel jolly. Unfortunately, for the needy, the holidays can be a time of stress, not joy. No need to despair Pinellas County always comes together to try to make the holidays bright for everyone, old and young, sick and healthy, rich or poor. Tampa Bay Newspapers is compiling its annual Share the Spirit listing of ways people are pitching in to help others during the holidays. To add to the list, send an email to webmaster@TBNweekly.com. The list focuses on help during the holidays, not holiday fundraisers that help with other community needs.Try a new family tradition, starting this ThanksgivingAs I think about Thanksgiving, I, like many of you, think about my life and what I am thankful for. I am so grateful and blessed to have such a wonderful family. Thanksgiving for many of us is a time to be with our families because most people have the day off of work and the kids are out of school. Its a day families can come together and have a day of family time. I think sometimes we get so caught up in everything that is going on around us that we forget to take time for our own family. We are either working, shuffling the kids from their after-school activities or doing whatever else takes time away from enjoying a sit down meal with the family. Thanksgiving is a great day to start a new family tradition of eating together at least a few meals a week. Have you heard that slogan The family that eats together stays together? Research has shown there are benefits to eating together as a family. I know in my own house, we try to eat as a family every night for dinner. Sometimes it is hard because of those after-school activities or work, but we eat most of our meals together at the dinner table. I think it does make a difference. When I was younger, my mom and dad would always try and make sure we ate dinner together. I have two sisters and a brother, so it was difficult with all our schedules, but somehow they managed to have us together at dinner most nights of the week. Funny thing is, my parents still try and get myself, my sisThe other benefit is showing your kids good table manners. Kids need to know what they can and cant do at the dinner table, and parents need to set an example. Also, when we cook at home, the kids can help prepare the food. Kids learn how to cook and when they get older, they can cook for their families. Finally, the food you prepare at home is usually pretty healthy, compared to going out to eat. Not to mention, you can save money cooking at home. Its time to start this Thanksgiving with a new tradition of eating together more times each week as a family. I know the benefits and memories will last a lifetime.Kadi Hendricks Tubbs, mother of two girls ages 6 and 8, lives in Seminole. Visit her blog at Mom2Mom FamilyFun.blogspot.com.ters and brother together with our spouses and kids (18 of us all together now) every couple of months for a meal together. I think that was one thing that made my family very close. One of the big benefits of eating together is communication. You learn what went on that day at school with the kids. The first answer you probably get when you ask your kids, How was school today? is the oneword answer, Fine. Sometimes we have to dig deeper and ask them, What happened in school today? I know my kids love to tell me everything that went on. Its good for them and you to know how their day went. Mom 2 MomKadi Hendricks Tubbs
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Their 1,200 members can choose from over 50 computer and internet classes and seminars each month. They provide the latest technology changes, help in solving problems and getting your questions answered. As you share experiences you will learn the basics as well as online business techniques and increase your ability to use new and existing software products. Classes available throughout the year: Microsoft Windows and Office, Adobe Photoshop, Genealogy, Digital Video, Online Investing, Website Design, Linux, Microsoft Expression Web, Microsoft Visual Basic, Digital Scrapbooking, Computer Embroidery, WordPress and Social Networking. There is a hands-on Lab (with 12 internet connected computer systems) and the Audio Visual Lab allows members to transfer slides and tapes to CDs and DVDs. As one of the largest user groups in the southeastern U.S. they command exciting presentations by speakers from leading hardware and software providers. They repair computers FREE for members. 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Lou Talarico (left) is the Broker/Owner and Nikki Rudd (Right) is the Administrator for EXIT Realty Suncoast.. The physicians at Florida Center for Gastroeneterology are again recognized for their excellent care of patients with complex digestive disorders. BEFORE AFTER Officials break ground on Pinellas HeightsLARGO Officials celebrated the groundbreaking for Pinellas Heights, a 153-unit affordable housing community for senior citizens Nov. 14. The ceremony took place at the Pinellas County Housing Authority site at 11479 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Norstar Development USA, LP and the Pinellas County Housing Authority are co-developers for the project. Today was another step forward for the Pinellas County Housing Authority in providing more affordable housing to the citizens we serve, said housing authority Chairman Joseph Triolo. I am honored to be a part of this great organization. Pinellas Heights is a mixed-finance redevelopment of the former Greenhouse Shoppes commercial strip center, eight acres owned by the city of Largo. The former strip center was largely vacant and in need of significant repair. The new mixed-finance community of 153 apartment homes will provide additional affordable housing for seniors, ages 62 and older, with incomes less than 60 percent of the area median income. The apartment homes are scheduled to be ready for occupancy by summer 2014. It was a delight to work with the Pinellas County Housing Authority on the Pinellas Heights project, said Richard Higgins, Photo courtesy of the PINELLAS COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITYCelebrating the groundbreaking on Pinellas Heights are, from left, Pinellas County Housing Authority Commissioner Cynthia Wilson and Vice-Chair Angela Rouson; Largo Mayor Pat Gerard; Juan Miranda and Jose Cintron, both of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; housing authority Executive Director Debra Johnson; county Commissioner Norm Roche, housing authority Chairman Joseph Triolo; county Housing Finance Authority Vice-Chair Tasker Beal; Shirley Miaoulis, representing Congressman Bill Young; Dave Urban of RBC Capital Markets; housing authority board member Alan Swartz; county Housing Finance Authority Executive Director Anthony Jones; Housing authority board member Charles Samaha; Norstar President Richard Higgins and Sharmi Sorban of JP Morgan Chase.president of Norstar. It was an extremely complicated deal that required the participation of myriad public and private sector organizations. In the end, it was well worth the hard work as we are now under construction on a beautiful building that will house 153 low income seniors who desperately need affordable housing in Pinellas County. Along with the developers, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County, Pinellas County Community Development, city of Largo, RBC Capital Markets and JP Morgan Chase provided funding for the $24 million development. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta also provided a $1 million Affordable Housing Program grant to the project. As an additional benefit to creating more affordable housing for Pinellas County seniors, more than $17 million construction dollars will be infused into the local economy through this project. About 200 jobs will be created during the 18-month construction of Pinellas Heights, and additional jobs will be created for management and maintenance of the development. The total impact is expected to be 395 jobs including direct, indirect, and induced. Business notes Avantaggio grand reopening setLARGO Avantaggio Salon and Spa will celebrate its grand reopening Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m., at 940 Clearwater-Largo Road. Avantaggio has been in business for more than 30 years and recently closed for renovation. During the grand reopening, owners will introduce the new salon and connect with the community. The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the chamber of commerce. Avantaggio will be offering complimentary Aveda rituals, Prosecco and sweet treats. There also will be a prize wheel and drawings for services and gift baskets. Call 581-4107.Beginner lessons in rumba offeredLARGO For the month of November, instructor Joe Taylor is offering beginning lessons in rumba on Mondays, 7 to 8 p.m., at Suncoast Ballroom in the Rosetree Plaza, 7500 Ulmerton Road in Largo The class costs $9 per person. He also offers beginning mambo from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at $9 per person. Practice dances are scheduled on Tuesdays, 7 to 10 p.m., Fridays 8 to 11 p.m., Saturdays 8 to 11 p.m. and Sundays 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $9 and includes a light meal. Call Suncoast Ballroom at 535-1893 or Kate at 698-3311. Salon West stylists sharpen skills Several stylists from Salon West recently sharpened their skills at The Redken Exchange in New York City. Linda Scott, Chelsea Peters, Catherine Maresca and Becca Tuttle upgraded their skills to bring their clients fresh and exciting salon services. They are some of the dedicated salon professionals who attended The Redken Exchange overlooking Fifth Avenue in New York City. Along with other stylists from around the globe, they learned advanced techniques in hair design and hair color from leading experts in the salon industry. From left, Salon Wests Linda Scott, Chris Baron (educator), Chelsea Peters, Catherine Maresca, Sam Villa (educator) and Becca Tuttle join other stylists at The Redken Exchange in New York City to learn advanced techniques in hair design.Walmart associates rally to fight blindnessAs part of the Foundation Fighting Blindness national Save Your Vision Month awareness campaign, during the month of October, dedicated Walmart associates in the Tampa Bay area volunteered their time to walk on behalf of sight-saving research and public education in their community. This health and wellness effort aims to support research and awareness for the 10 million Americans living with retinal degenerative diseases such as macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and related conditions. Through the Walmart Foundations Volunteerism Always Pays program, associates track and submit the hours they volunteer for nonprofits around the country and these volunteer hours help generate grants to the nonprofit where the associates volunteer. More than 900 Walmart stores with Vision Centers from across the nation, and 17 stores in the region, have opted to support Save Your Vision Month by walking and making an effort to promote healthy vision in their communities. Photo courtesy of THE FOUNDATION FIGHTING BLINDNESSClearwater Walmart market health and wellness directors David Shepherd and Kerrie Gafford pose with Mrs. World April Lufriu. BriefsWestCMR welcomes WhitehurstCLEARWATER West Coast Medical Resources Inc. recently announced the addition of Steve Whitehurst as vice president of sales and acquisitions. Steve brings a wealth of industry experience, a successful history of revenue generation and a sales methodology that will propel WestCMRs growth and customer footprint, said Randy Ware, WestCMR CEO, in a press release. Whitehurst comes to WestCMR from Healthport, where he served as regional director of hospital sales. He has held senior sales positions at Siemens, Vignette and Symantec. Bringing Steve on adds to the previous hiring of Scott Bartholmey as vice president of finance and operations earlier this year. Bartholmey joined WestCMR after 31 years of public accounting; 24 of which was spent running his certified public accounting firm. He is currently a licensed CPA in the state of Florida.Chamber to host eventST. PETE BEACH The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce recently announced its endorsement and participation in the third annual Small Business Saturday, on Nov. 24. Small Business Saturday, which falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. American Express created Small Business Saturday in 2010 in response to small business owners most pressing need: more demand for their products and services. The chambers Small Business Saturday event is on Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at chamber headquarters, 6990 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. For information on Small Business Saturday, visit www.shopsmall.com.
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Ridgecrest has been in first place in its division nationally, over two other schools in Florida. The best way the community can help is by donating first-class postage stamps so the school can request more codes. Stamps can be dropped off at the school office or mailed to: Rally for Recess, Ridgecrest Elementary School, 901 119th St. N., Largo, FL 33778. Donations must be received at the school by Dec. 21 when the schools close for winter break, as all requests for codes must be postmarked by Dec. 31. All codes must be entered online by Jan. 31. We will use every single stamp received to request Dannon codes for this years competition, Browett stated. We need community support to win. Ridgecrest Elementary is competing in the Bear League, for schools between 701 and 1,000 students. The winner will be announced on or around Feb. 28. For more information about the contest, visit www.RallyForRecess.com.District named to AP Honor Roll Pinellas County School District has been selected as one of 11 districts in Florida for the prestigious AP Honor Roll. This recognizes districts for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. This is the first time the district has been selected for the recognition. Pinellas County Schools is one of 539 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to receive the honor this year. Another important component of the honor requires large and medium sized districts to ensure that their percentage of minority students taking the exams did not decrease by more than 5 percent. Pinellas has met the criteria for the honor and has specifically increased the number of African-American test takers over the past three years. In 2010, the district had 467 black test takers, which is a 12.8 percent increase over the previous year, according to a district press release. In 2011, the district had 491 black test-takers, which is a 5.1 percent increase over 2010. This year, there were 500, which is a 1.8 percent increase over last year. The AP Honor Roll recognizes the efforts that the district has made in opening doors to rigorous coursework for all students, said Judy Vigue, the districts director of Advanced Studies and Academic Excellence. It puts a special emphasis for us on traditionally underrepresented students, including minorities and economically challenged students. Overall, the district has increased the number of test takers from 5,533 in 2010 to 6,160 in May 2012. Over that same period, the number of exams taken increased from 9,786 to 10,541, with 42 percent of exams earning a score of 3 or higher. This is significant because most U.S. colleges and universities grant college credit for scores of 3 or higher. The College Board is a nonprofit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. The College Boards Advanced Placement Program enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Pinellas County Schools has announced its 2012-2013 Support Employee of the Year semifinalists. These support employees were nominated by faculty, administrators and school community members for their outstanding contributions to student achievement; exceptional skill and dedication to the job; and commitment to personal and professional development. The 21 semifinalists are representatives of the districts more than 6,300 fulland part-time support employees. The nominations were judged by a group of district volunteers, and there are three categories: Direct involvement with students, where an employee spends 7 percent or more of his or her work hours in direct contact with students; indirect involvement with students, where they spend less than 25 percent of work hours with kids; and limited involvement with students, where they spend little or no work hours in direct contact with students. The semifinalists are: Direct involvement: Aymarah Benz, Bauder Elementary, ESE associate Lori Gooding, Dunedin Elementary, ESE associate Gregory Hinton, Lakewood High campus monitor Amy Putnam, Cypress Woods Elementary, high needs associate Sandra Summer, Shore Acres Elementary, ESE associate Irma Vargas, Skycrest Elementary bilingual assistant I Kathy Weller, Blanton Elementary Title I paraprofessional Indirect involvement: Tameaka Brown, Gibbs High office clerk I Mary Heldt, East Lake High senior data technician Anita Herman, Frontier Elementary secretary/bookkeeper Cassandra Holt, James B. Sanderlin PK-8 IB World School secretary/bookkeeper Melodie Moreno, Leila G. Davis Elementary family and community liaison Essie Sneed, Tomlinson Adult Learning Center secretary/bookkeeper Debra Stotts, Largo Middle office clerk Limited involvement: Patrick Curry, Melrose Elementary head plant operator Katherine Dickinson, Curlew Creek Elementary secretary/bookkeeper Jeffrey Frey, Walter Pownall Service Center carpenter journeyman Kristy Hayes, Ponce de Leon Elementary secretary/bookkeeper Hilda Henley, administration building secretary to assistant superintendent Lisa Packard, administration building clerk specialist I Jerry Reynolds, Countryside High head plant operator. The finalists will be named later in November, and the winner of each category and the overall Support Employee of the Year will be named at a recogniST. PETERSBURG USF St. Petersburg psychology professor and a leading expert on autism spectrum disorder, Dr. V. Mark Durand, has been invited to participate in an international conference on autism in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 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8A Viewpoints Leader, November 22, 2012Appointing Burke to council seat a wise moveEditor: Nominating and appointing Chris Burke to fill the empty seat in Seminoles City Council was a wise move on the part of the citys leaders. Employed as a police sergeant, coach of a girls soccer team, decorated U.S. Army veteran, Gulf War veteran, and nominated for a Bronze Star how could Seminole city leaders not accept his nomination? Chris Burkes qualifications are ones that Americans should value highly. If he continues his commitment to serving his country and fellow citizens, we can only hope that Chris Burke will run for a higher office in the future. Halina Davis SeminoleNo longer a country of white menEditor: This is in response to Mike Coddingtons letter in the Seminole Beacon on Nov. 15. I say hurray that the people of the United States have spoken and re-elected our President for another term. Mr. Coddington says its a shame that Mitt Romney was not elected, and now we must survive another four years of Obama. He also asks can we survive the people that voted for him. To Mr. Coddington I say this. This mindset and ideology is exactly why Mitt Romney lost the election. Until the Republican Party wakes up and realizes that the demographics of America have changed and is no longer a country of white men, they will fade off into obscurity. We are a diverse nation and until the Republican Party changes its ideology and embraces minorities and the working class in America, it will be doomed forever. Marilyn Good SeminoleGet rid of the obstructionist wing of the partyRe:Surviving Obama, letter by Mike Coddington, Nov. 15Editor: In response to Coddingtons statement, How do you survive us, the people who worked for and voted for the president of the United States, Barack Obama. The first thing you do is get rid of the obstructionist wing of your party and meet us half way in solving the ills of this nation. If this is beyond your realm of normalcy, then your brand of politics will surely follow the Wing Party into oblivion. You see my friend, the world has passed you by. There is no longer room in our world angry white men, racists, bigots or men who think women are subservient. We treat all men and women as equals. As an example, a Jew and Muslim headed our Obama re-election team. We had four noncitizens, one hearing impaired, one person unable to vote due to a past indiscretion, two newly made citizens, men, women, old, young, black, white, Great Britain, Jamaican, Vietnamese, Nigerian and Hispanic. Although our group was small, it was as diverse as our country itself. It was the hardest working group of people my wife and I ever had the privilege to be a part of. The next time you see one of us, just say hello; it might be the start of something wonderful. It was for us, 40-plus year Republicans. The time for antagonism is over; its time to get to work nation building! John and Roseann Nolan LargoKudos to home health professionalsEditor: During the month of November, the medical profession recognizes National Home Health Month. Girling Health Care, serving Clearwater and the surrounding area, would like to take this opportunity to salute the very special people who work tirelessly in this field to provide medical care and support to our Greatest Generation. These home health professionals serve their patients in the comfort of the patients home often driving long distances to assist them. Home health provides a range of skilled nursing services for home-based patients with the goal of returning the patient to independent living. On behalf of Girling Health Care, a Harden Healthcare company, we would like to say thank you to home health professionals for the important work that they do each and every day. Tammy Hain director of patient care Girling Health Care ClearwaterPass the Equal Rights AmendmentRe: To rebuild, GOP needs the long view, Steven Kurlanders column Nov. 15Editor: The IMF and the UN tell us: Correcting economic [class] inequality is key to fostering national economic growth. We believe the GOP needs to grab that key to rebuild the party. Correcting gender inequality is a key that fits that lock. All nations since WWII have already corrected that (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg). Results are astonishing. Some nations saw their gross domestic product climb by 9 percent. Revenues increase. Cost of court cases, public assistance, health benefits, food stamp equivalents decrease. In America, win-win ERA is one bill that requires no funding. Equal Rights Amendment ratification votes await truculent GOP politicians in the Florida legislature and seven other states and ERA speed-up bills in U.S. Senate and House. For 90 years increasingly angry women and men have waited for ERA hearings and votes! But ERA never passed. More than 88 percent of Americans endorse ERA. But politicians in just three of those eight United States obstruct its passage into the U.S. Constitution. ERA benefits both men and women. ERA is still viable and contemporaneous does not regulate same-sex nor abortion. Anyone can read www.2PassERA.org. ERA would make Americas ruling class careless sex discrimination a violation of the U.S. Constitution depending on the case. Maybe even the Republican legislative War on Women. As GOP licks wounds inflicted by womens wild drive over to the Democrats, it is overdue to put this nation out front again by launching the pile-driving economic engine of American women. Eons overdue, we of National ERA Alliance now urge this nations politicians to pass the equal rights amendment. No more excuses. No more business as usual. Sandy Oestreich Redington Beach I wonder if other countries and cultures love slogans as much as Americans seem to. I suppose they do. Theres no reason why any single nation should have a corner on humor or pithy sayings. They appear on automobile bumper stickers and T-shirts, on graffiti-laden bridge abutments, in house windows and on banners carried by activists as they march for or against a thousand different causes. Recently in my mail came an advertising pamphlet from Northern Sun Merchandising, an outfit I had not before known about. The pamphlet offered a remarkable array of coffee cups, aprons, T-shirts, purses, calendars and bumper stickers, each one carrying a joke or slogan dealing with politics, religion, the environment, animals, libraries, driving habits on and on. As I thumbed through the brochure, I was struck by the liberal bias reflected in many if not most of the slogans. Here are a few samples: Do you keep hearing crazy voices? Turn off FOX NEWS. An alleged quote from John Stuart Mill: Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people It is true that most stupid people are conservative. You say liberal elite. I say Well-educated. Alongside a picture of Abraham Lincoln is this caption: Its my party and Ill cry if I want to. Republicans love the poor. Thats why they want to make so many more of them. I should not have been surprised by the leftwing bent of the pamphlets contents. On the cover was a headline describing the companys sales goods as Products for progressives since 1979. Have you noticed how the term progressive is gradually replacing the adjective liberal in todays political commentary? Im not sure why one term should be preferred to the other, except that Americans are often eager to accept new buzzwords. As I surveyed the many slogans, a logical question arose in my mind: Where are the witty conservative sloganeers? Where are the amusing right-wing columnists and standup comedians? When is the last time you heard, or read, a downright funny examination of modern American culture as viewed by the millions of voters who cast their ballots for Mitt Romney and other conservative candidates on Nov. 6? Goodness knows that the critics of Obama, the Democrats and the liberal philosophy are out there in full force. You can view them on TV, read their publications and listen to them on talk radio. But genuinely funny quips and columns by conservatives are few and far between. Or so it seems to me. Although Im a longtime political independent, I would welcome some refreshing well-crafted punch lines aimed at the foibles and failures of the left. These include the belief that government can fix everything; the notion that all conservatives are cruel, insensitive and dumb; the viciousness that liberals can unleash against fellow liberals who fail to toe the party line; the notion that some kind of virtue automatically attaches to the poor and downtrodden; the idea that any gun owner is probably a neo-fascist survivalist; that a citizens rights are more important than his/her responsibilities; that any illegal alien who goes undetected for more than six months or so should be granted amnesty; and that any reference to God, Jehovah, Christ, or Mohammed within a mile of any government building should be prohibited. Im exaggerating, of course. But isnt that what extreme political discourse depends on for its existence? If every conservative and liberal could sit and quietly talk for six hours with his/her opposite number, much of the sniping and ugliness and stereotyping would disappear. Basic differences would still remain, but so would friendship and congeniality. Those qualities have greatly diminished in the past 20 years or more among persons of opposing political persuasions. Especially, Im afraid, among members of Congress. If were looking for humor in conservatives, we should scan the work of todays political cartoonists. Some of them do first-rate work in needling the liberal wing. One of them is Chip Bok, my friend and former Clearwater Sun colleague. I would guess that at heart hell never be a mouthpiece for any group, but lately his jibes at Obamaworld have been entertaining. One reason for the preponderance of humor on the left is that there are simply more people who identify with liberalism. That, by itself, will tend to produce more funny writers. A second reason is that conservatives are labeled rightly or wrongly as rich and powerful. And its more fun to twist the lions tail than it is to torment a mouse. A request: if you know of any funny conservative writers, please let me know. They may be out there and my reading habits may have been too narrow to find them.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send him an email at email@example.com.Needed: Funny right-wing writersThe bad news is that Florida screwed up another big election. The good news is that it doesnt matter this time. By now, we Floridians have stoically accepted our laughingstock role in the Electoral College. To comedy writers, were the gift that keeps on giving. What would Jon Stewart and David Letterman do without us? We are the Joke State. And, by a stroke of good fortune, its much easier to smile today than it was 12 years ago. Gov. Rick Scott should send a bushel of oranges to every voter in Ohio as thanks for getting Florida off the hook, and sparing the nation from another Bush v. Gore debacle. The 2012 presidential race was basically over Nov. 6 when precincts in Cleveland and other key areas began reporting. President Obamas victory was announced shortly after 11 p.m., while many Miami voters were still waiting in long lines. To their honor, lots of them stayed and voted anyway. On Nov. 7, Floridians awoke to learn that thousands of ballots remained uncounted in Miami-Dade and several other counties. As the sorting process dragged into Thursday, we all began hearing from friends and relatives living in normal places where elections are conducted without scandal or farce. Whether it was a text, email or phone call, the gist of the inquiry was the same: What is wrong with your state? CBS asked me the same question, and all I could say was, Its a freak show. Yes, Floridas ballot was ridiculously long, stacked with dense constitutional amendments. Yes, exceptionally long poll lines were made worse by the Legislatures decision to cut the early-voting period from 14 days to eight days. It was one of several Republican strategies to stifle turnout in the cities, and it backfired. And yes, Gov. Scott could have made the election go smoother if he hadnt refused to extend polling hours for early voting. However, there was scant chance of the governor lifting a finger to help urban Hispanics or African-Americans cast ballots, because they often vote Democrat. Adding to those factors last week were the same demons that helped send the 2000 presidential contest to the Supreme Court random bungling, lack of preparation and free-floating confusion. Chads or no chads, Florida simply isnt equipped to run a major election. Were in way over our heads, and we should admit it. Mixed among all the smart, hard-working people in county election offices are a few witless boobs, some of them in supervisory positions. All it takes is one to gum up the works. While Miami-Dade is no stranger to treachery in its elections, the fiasco is more likely the result of unpreparedness. Poll workers were swamped with last-minute absentee ballots from voters who got weary of standing in line. Once more Florida found itself in the humiliating position of being the only state in the union that couldnt get its act together and add up the votes of its citizens on time. By midnight Nov. 6, every other state on the electoral map was blue or red. We were the only blank one on the board, and stayed that way late into the week. This time, all of America wasnt anxiously waiting. It was chuckling and shaking its head. We cant count on Ohio or any of the swing states to bail us out again in 2016, so what are our options? In case you were wondering, the U.S. Constitution makes no allowance for a state to exempt itself from presidential elections in order to avoid national ridicule. Nor is there any legal mechanism by which Floridas 11 million registered voters might have their ballots shipped somewhere safe to be counted say, Kansas. Maybe we can just hold our heads up high and try again, bracing for the inevitable screw-up and the snarky one-liners to follow. If the next presidential campaign proves as exhausting and dispiriting as this one, the country will sorely need a laugh or two when its over. Perhaps that is Floridas true electoral destiny to be the comic relief, the perpetual punch line. Its way less painful than being the decider.Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald. 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Hargett is the son of Russ Hargett of Largo.Susan Lagano CLEARWATER Army National Guard Spec. Susan Lagano recently graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. Lagano is the daughter of Araceli Iglesias of Clearwater. She earned a masters degree in 2005 from the University of Phoenix, Ariz.Manuel CruzPINELLAS PARK Navy Seaman Apprentice Manuel I. Cruz recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Cruz is a 2012 graduate of Pinellas Park High School.Matthew Stoffel CLEARWATER Matthew Stoffel recently was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Stoffel is the deputy legal counsel to the chairman of the joint chiefs assigned to the Office of the Legal Counsel to the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff at The Pentagon, Va. The new lieutenant colonel has served in the military for 12 years. Stoffel is the son of Dwight and Claudia Stoffel of Paducah, Ky., and grandson of Bruce Reaves of Clearwater. Stoffel graduated in 1992 from Paducah Christian Academy, Paducah, Ky., and received a bachelor of arts in 1996 from Georgetown College, Ky. He also earned a juris doctor in 1999 from the University of Kentucky, College of Law, Lexington, Ky. Faith briefsTemple BNai IsraelCLEARWATER The Clearwater chapter of Hadassah will host its November meeting Wednesday, Nov. 28, 11:30 a.m., at Temple BNai Israel, 1685 S. Belcher Road. A light dairy lunch will be served. The speaker will be the Rev. Abhi Janamanchi. Members, friends and family are encouraged to attend to support efforts on behalf of Hadassah. Call Claire Weinstein at 393-7417Lake Palms Community Church LARGO The congregation will celebrate the completion of repairs on its sanctuary on Sunday, Nov. 25, 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., at Lake Palms Community Church, 380 Fulton Drive SE. Nearly two years ago, members of Lake Palms Community Church were given the news that they would no longer be able to use their sanctuary. They were told that it was not safe to have people in the space. This bad news came as the result of a deeper investigation into a crack in the ceiling that kept getting larger. An engineer examined the roof and the rafters and found that every rafter from front to back was split. Given the nature of the damage, he believed that a very strong wind had lifted the roof enough to put stress on the rafters. The result was serious damage that only worsened over time. Over these past two years, the congregation held its regular worship activities in a fellowship room and saved money to repair the building. In addition, the church sought outside help to underwrite the expenses. The shingles have been replaced on the sanctuary roof, and repairs have been completed to the rafters and ceiling. The church also had new carpet installed and new window treatments added. The walls also have been repainted, and the church updated some of its technology and replaced old pews with new chairs. The community is invited to join the celebration. Send news to Largo Leader Editor Juliana Torres, Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Emailjtorres@ TBNweekly.com or call 397-5563, ext. 324
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He led the AL in ERA and wins (tied with Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), becoming the first in Rays history to lead the league in either category. He also held opponents to a .318 slugging percentage, lowest in the AL, and made 23 starts of seven innings or more, most in the majors. Against AL East opponents last season, Price made a league-high 16 starts and went 10-2 with a 2.51 ERA. He is the first pitcher from the AL East to win the award since Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2003. Price, who was selected No. 1 overall by the Rays in 2007 June draft, becomes the first No. 1 selection ever to win the Cy Young Award. The two-time All-Star (2010, 2012) also was chosen as the AL Outstanding Pitcher in the Players Choice Awards last week. Only eight of the 46 other AL Cy Young Award winners have matched Prices totals in wins, ERA and strikeouts: Justin Verlander (2011), Pedro Martinez (1999), Roger Clemens (1986, 1987), Ron Guidry (1978), Gaylord Perry (1972), Vida Blue (1971) and Denny McLain (1968). In major league history, only six other left-handed pitchers Prices age or younger (27) have matched his combination of wins, strikeouts and ERA at seasons end and only one other in the last 40 years: Clayton Kershaw (2011), Vida Blue (1971), Herb Score (1956), Hal Newhouser (1945-46), Rube Marquard (1911) and Rube Waddell (1902-03). Since joining the Rays rotation on May 29, 2009, Prices 61 wins are fourth most in the majors behind Verlander (73), CC Sabathia (70) and Jered Weaver (63). Among all active pitchers with at least 100 starts, his career .663 winning percentage (61-31) ranks second to only Halladay (.666, 199-100). Earlier this year, Price was named the Rays 2012 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes a player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. In 2008, Price created Project One Four, a foundation to support programs and organizations that provide opportunities for youth to learn life skills in a safe and supportive environment. Project One Four supports programs and charities in the local Tampa Bay area as well as in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn. Fast Pitch Softball registration startsPINELLAS PARK Pinellas Fast Pitch Softball is conducting registration for spring softball at Youth Park. Girls ages 6-16 are eligible. Visit www.sportssignup.com/Pinellas-Fast-Pitch-SoftballIncOnline-Registration.start to register online. The fee is $125. Call Candy at 686-0957 for more information.Water ski show setOLDSMAR Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team presents its final show of the season on Saturday, Nov. 24, 4 p.m., at 130 Burbank Road. The nonprofit water ski show team provides free shows to the community from March until November. They have been the Southern Region Show Ski Champions for 10 consecutive years. Shows are similar to those once performed at Cypress Gardens, with ballet lines, barefooters, jumpers and more. Call 813-855-4678. Briefs David Price Photos by JIM LAYFIELDAbove, Largos Reggie Moore returns a punt 84 yards for a touchdown against Armwood Nov. 16 in the first round of the Class 6A regional playoffs at Largo. Largos offense was unable to sustain a drive due to turnovers three interceptions and four fumbles lost, leading to a 10-6 Armwood win. The Packers ended the season 10-1. Top right, Harry Brown of Largo is consoled by his father after a devastating loss and his last game as a Packer. Bottom right, Largos Francisco Hernandez blocks a field goal attempt by Armwoods Nick Feely.
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In Pinellas County, every square foot of land drains somewhere, and the actions we take affect the health of our waterways and the economic vitality of the area, including the health of our tourism industry and the quality of life we enjoy, said Mary Burrell, operations manager for the countys Communications Department. A panel of experts will talk about watersheds and answer questions on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7 to 8 p.m. during eTownHall: Watershed, where we Live, Work and Play. Citizens can ask questions or make comments by blogging at www.pinellascounty.org/etownhall, calling 464-TOWN (8696) or Tweet to hashtag #pinellaswatershed. The event will be streamed live on the website and residents can watch on PCC-TV, Bright House Channel 622, Knology Channel 18 or Verizon Channel 44. Burrell explained that the eTownHall is just the beginning of a special effort to educate residents, visitors, business people, community leaders and all those who live, work and play in Pinellas County. During Wednesday nights event, Communications will unveil the first of a three-part series of video public service announcements, which will be accompanied by brochures and posters all focusing on the importance of a collective approach to protecting the countys watershed. County staff is working on a watershed management plan that includes investigating solutions to improve overall quality and address drainage problems. Increased public awareness is the key to understanding the role of the community as part of the solution to these countywide problems, Burrell said. Communications recently surveyed participants in its Citizens University and members of the Youth Advisory Council to get an idea of interest in the topic of watersheds. Most said they didnt know what a watershed is, she said. But they did have an interest in the environment and said they would be willing to do things different to protect it. Burrell admitted that the topic was a complicated thing affecting all the land (watershed) on which we live. The rain washes over the land and into the waterways, she said. Photo courtesy PINELLAS COUNTY COMMUNICATIONSA campaign starts with a Nov. 28 eTownHall to educate Pinellas Countys citizens about the importance of watersheds and their role in keeping them healthy.People affect the process in all the little things we do, Burrell said. An example is grass clippings left in the street that are washed by rainwater into storm drains and drainage ditches and then on to creeks, lakes, stormwater ponds and bays before converging on the Gulf of Mexico. Everything drains onto one of the watersheds, and what were doing is affecting it, causing fish kills and algae blooms, Burrell said. Burrell pointed out that its not just a problem for environmentalists. The health of the countys watersheds and waterways is a quality of life issue, she said. The countys education campaign also will show the effect of watersheds on the economy and jobs and the areas tourism industry. Residents can learn more about watersheds by watching a video posted at www.pinellascounty.org/eTownHall. Links to other resources are available. For more information about the event, call 464-4600. The public is welcome to view the eTownHall from the conference room at the Communications Department, 333 Chestnut St., Clearwater. Persons with disabilities who need special accommodations to participate in the eTownHall can call the Office of Human Rights seven days in advance at 464-4062 (V/TDD). For years, the countys watershed management has consisted of addressing its needs piecemeal instead of holistically. Millions have been spent on Lake Seminole and other water bodies with no connect to the health of watersheds as a system. This is the beginning of the communication, Burrell said. A push to help people understand watersheds a little better and know they can make a difference.Manatees begin seasonal migration to warmer watersNow that the weather outside is chilly, Florida manatees are migrating to warmer waters. They swim in search of a warm winter refuge such as freshwater springs or canals adjacent to power plant outflows. Adult manatees may weigh 1,000 pounds or more but are susceptible to cold. Water temperatures dipping to 68 degrees or below can produce cold stress in these aquatic mammals, and even cause death. With many of the seasonal manatee protection zones going into effect on Nov. 15, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission cautions boaters to be vigilant about slowing down and watching out for manatees. November is designated as Manatee Awareness Month because of this seasonal migration. Many manatees in Florida have scars from run-ins with boats. We can do our part to help by complying with slow-speed and no-entry zones that indicate manatees may be in the area, said Kipp Frohlich, who leads the FWCs imperiled species management section. Boaters should slow down where manatees like to congregate, such as seagrass beds and warm-water sites. State officials say boaters and personal watercraft operators should scan the water near or in front of their vessels and look for signs that manatees are close by, including repetitive swirl patterns called a manatee footprint, a mud trail, or a snout or fluke (tail) breaking the waters surface. Here are some other steps boaters and personal watercraft operators can take to help manatees migrate safely: Keep vessels in marked channels Wear polarized sunglasses to improve your vision Obey posted boat speed zones Use poles, paddles or trolling motors when close to manatees Have someone help scan the water when under way. 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All proceeds will go to the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation and are used to purchase new plants and trees for the gardens. Attendees may stroll through the beauty of the specialty gardens of roses, palms, azaleas and tropical plants while finding that special holiday gift for a loved one. The event will include more than 15 plant vendors. More than 50 quality plant and gift dealers from Central Florida will be on hand selling items. Items for sale will include orchids, tropical/subtropical plants, beach wreaths, garden decor, flags, garden tools, bird items, stepping stones, wind chimes, butterfly plants, annuals, ferns, Florida native plants, palms, vines, clothing, pet treats, garden art, herbs, iris, roses, candles, body lotion, artwork, Holiday decorations, hemp and organic cotton bags, bromeliads, cactus, succulents, alpaca clothing and accessories, Lutz Nutz, purses and accessories, clay art, yard art, jewelry, hand woven baskets, scarves and shawls, African violets, pots and plants, frog/gecko pottery and much more. The foundations gift shop, in the Extension Building, also will be open. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about plants Photo by TERRY BERUBEProceeds from the annual plant and gift sale at the Florida Botanical Gardens are used to purchase new plants and trees for the gardens.Botanical foundation to host gift, plant salepurchased or on any other plant in the gardens. The foundation will be raffling off a professional, hand-painted rain barrel and holiday sleigh. A food vendor will be on site. Free parking will be available at 12520 Ulmerton Road or at 12211 Walsingham Road. Conservation celebration setLARGO A Holiday Conservation Celebration will take place Wednesday, Dec. 5, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Sponsored by the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, the free event will feature educational exhibits by local environmental organizations, festive refreshments, a silent auction of nature-themed items and a special presentation titled Todays Preserves Tomorrow on the future of conservation lands in Florida by Kevin Love. Love is the vice chair of the FNPS Land Partners Committee and serves as the FNPS liaison to the Southwest Florida Water Management District. He worked in the land management section of SWFWMD for 35 years, the last 25 as land manager. Love was responsible for the management of more than 350,000 acres of preserves in west central Florida, including prescribed burning, restoration, exotics control, timber management, use and management planning and public use administration. He retired in February 2012 and now serves as director of land management with Wildland Resources Inc. For information, call 244-0312. Visit www.TBNweekly.comVolunteer plants the seed for a sensory garden at Heritage Village By BOB COSTIGANLARGO Anyone visiting Heritage Village in Largo on a Friday more than likely will run into Daniel Peacock. The 20-year-old from Palm Harbor has been working at the village as a volunteer since he was 12 years old. At that time he was a junior docent, which involves giving tours of the village, explaining to visitors about the unique history each of the 28 buildings has to offer. Peacock says hes always had a love of history so it was only natural that he would enjoy spending time at Heritage Village. Eventually he started doing other things at the village, including maintenance, clean up, as well as opening and closing the buildings. Nestled amongst the pines and palmettos at the village, between the House of Seven Gables and the beach cottage, is a gazebo. Originally surrounding the gazebo was what was known as a Garden for the Blind, featuring aromatic plants and herbs. When Peacock noticed the garden was becoming overgrown and in need of repair he asked his supervisor at the village, Paige Noel, if he could work on improving the garden. Noel, a living history interpreter and volunteer site coordinator, readily agreed. Hes one of our favorite volunteers and hes done a number of special projects because he loves Heritage Village so much, said Noel. When he came to us and asked about the refurbishing of the circle of the senses we got behind him very quickly. He organized the volunteers to come together and he inspires people to help. It is his dedication that led the Pinellas County VIP program to name him Youth Volunteer of the Year. The garden has now evolved into what is now known as a sensory garden, which allows people with sight impairments to be able to fully enjoy the garden once more. Aromatic plants, such as rosemary, a perennial herb noted for its fragrant needlelike leaves, fill the garden. There is also the Zamia furfuracea, better known as cardboard plant because it feels just like cardboard. Peacock said they still have a couple of more plants to plant in the fall and another volunteer is working on getting signs written in braille finished and installed, but the garden is pretty much finished. The original brick pavers, which had become uneven and damaged over time, were replaced with flexible paving material that makes the pathway more ADA accessible. Such an undertaking isnt just the work of one or two people though. Peacock was able to enlist fellow classmates at the Richard L. Saunders special education school to go out and spend a day cleaning up and preparing the garden. And of course there were several local Master Gardeners from the Pinellas County Extension and members of the Largo Garden Club who were instrumental in selecting and planting the plants. Navy recruiters also helped clear the land around the garden and Johnson Controls helped with installing the mulch. Volunteering at Heritage Village is just one of many activities that Peacock enjoys doing. He also was instrumental in organizing a group of people to repair a playground in Palm Harbor that had seen better days. Through his efforts they were able to clean and fix up the park and make it enjoyable once more for the local children. In 2006, he began mountain bike racing and the following year he became a tri-athlete, which involves a 10-mile bike ride, a half-mile swim as well as a 4-mile run. I swim, bike and run every day and have also done volleyball in the Special Olympics, Peacock said with a big smile. Other interests include playing the guitar and working with Lego bricks. As for the future, Peacock said he would still like to continue to volunteer at Heritage Village and get a job at a preschool and become an assistant teacher. Friends have asked him about volunteering and through his encouragement have since become volunteers themselves. He believes that people, no matter what their interests are, should volunteer to help somewhere.A video of Daniel Peacock and other volunteers can be found on YouTube at www.youtube.com/pcctv1. Pinellas County Communications provided this article. Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY COMMUNICATIONSDaniel Peacock of Palm Harbor volunteers at Heritage Village in Largo, where he helped to create a sensory garden for visitors.
Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B November 22, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:Life of PiGenre: Drama Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irffan Khan, Gerard Depardieu, Adil Hussain and Rafe Spall Director: Ang Lee Rated: PG Director Ang Lee creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor a fearsome Bengal tiger.Red DawnGenre: Action, drama and war Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise and Jeffrey Dean Morgan Director: Dan Bradley Rated: PG-13 In Red Dawn, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom. Red Dawn is a re-boot of the 1984 box office cult-classic hit film that made stars of Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Grey, C. Thomas Howell, Darren Dalton, Brad Savage and Powers Booth. The timing on the release of that action film couldnt have been better; it was in an era when the Cold War was still kicking and thenPresident Ronald Reagan was calling the Soviet Union the evil empire. Now under the direction of first-time director Dan Bradley, theOpening this weekendRed Dawn re-boot hits theaters; Ang Lee directs Life of Pi Photo courtesy of RHYTHM & HUESPi Patel (Suraj Sharma) and a fierce Bengal tiger named Richard Parker must rely on each other to survive an epic journey in Life of Pi, from Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. 2012 release boasts a cast of Hollywoods new up and coming actors including Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. And now, the timing of this re-boot couldnt be better. The essential themes of the original remain the same fighting for what you believe in and protecting your homeland. Home on leave from the Marines, Jed Eckert (Hemsworth) and his brother Matt (Peck) have the initial instinct to fight back when their small town is attacked by North Korean soldiers a different take from the Soviet Union invasion of the original film. The brothers and their friends form an insurgent group to take their fight to the streets in a valiant attempt to outwit and overcome the intruders, save their homes and their country, and take back their freedom.Photo by RON PHILLIPSFrom left, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson and Chris Hemsworth star in Red Dawn, marketed in part by Open Road Films. See OPENING, page 3B 112212 www.SandyHartmann.comProperties@Sandysofce.comThe Power of Knowledge ... 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2B Just for Fun Leader, November 22, 2012 Serving Our Neighbors for 30 Years! Showroom Open Monday Saturday8710 Seminole Boulevard, Seminole 727-397-8770 Vertical Blinds Buy Direct! We are the manufacturer Plantation Shutters Draperies Valances Shades Ehomefashions.comDealer Service CenterWe repair Hunter Douglas products.100412 Looking ahead Looking aheadLargo It Was a Very Good Year, a musical tribute to Frank Sinatra presented by TS Productions, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $25.50 in advance and $30.50 at the door. Call 587-6793 or visit LargoArts.com. Tony Sands has an uncanny talent of portraying Frank Sinatra. His mannerism and singing voice will take the audience on a musical journey. This show incorporates stunning video graphics that will entice you the moment the lights dim and the music begins. Its as if Sinatra walked off of the screen and on to the stage to perform for the audience. Visit www.itwasaverygoodyearshow.com. Hot Club San Francisco Sunday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $26.50 in advance or $31.50 at the door. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Fire up the holidays with a swinging gypsy wagon trip to the North Pole featuring many favorites and some rarer seasonal gems. This dazzling holiday performance has something for everyone. Make this season bright with flames of gypsy jazz. Swing Dance Saturdays, Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 7 to 11 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. Attendees enjoy an evening of dancing and socializing with free lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. and a DJ dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Savoy Swing is the resident DJ. The center boasts a 5,600-square-foot sprung hardwood floor perfect for dancing. Cost is $7 with a recreation card and $8 with no card. For information, call 518-3131 or visit largocommunitycenter.com. Adult and Senior Talent Show, Thursday, Dec. 6, 1 to 3 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt Keene Road, Largo. Cost is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Attendees will watch adults and seniors strut their stuff in this live performance. Call 518-3131 or visit largocommu nitycenter.com. Death by Chocolate presented by Largo Rotary Club, Friday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $20 a person in advance or $25 the day of the event. Call 587-6793. Continuing a delicious tradition, the Rotary Club of Largo will present mouth-watering delicacies and desserts created by the areas top restaurants. This chocolate heaven will tempt taste buds while music from local artists fill the evening with holiday sounds. This annual fundraiser benefits local youth. Square Dancing Fridays, Fridays, Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. Attendees will spend the evening dancing to professional caller Allen Snell. Cost is $6. For information, call 518-3131 or visit largocommunitycenter.com. Richard Lustig, Friday, Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $16.50. Call 587-6793. Lustig has been featured on The Rachael Ray Show, The Learning Channel, Good Morning America, The Today Show and many other TV networks around the world. He also has been recognized by Ripleys Believe it Or Not. Lustig will share his secrets and educate attendees on how to increase their chances to win the lottery. Tom Rush Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $19.50. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Rushs impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the s and the renaissance of the s and s. His music has left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty and Garth Brooks have cited Rush as major influences. The 5th Dimension featuring Florence LaRue, Saturday, Jan. 12, 4 and 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $34.50. Call 587-6793. The 5th Dimension is known for its soulful sophistication and smooth harmonies with a touch of class. The group has received 14 gold records, six platinum records and six Grammy Awards with multi-million selling hits including Up, Up, and Away, One Less Bell to Answer, Wedding Bell Blues, Stone Soul Picnic and Aquarius. Marty Stuart, Friday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $34.50. Call 5876793. Known for his musical merging of honky tonk, rockabilly, country-rock, traditional country and bluegrass, Grammy-winning music icon Marty Stuart is now accompanied by his band, The Fabulous Superlatives. He has performed with countless music legends such as Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash, and is destined to join their ranks as one of country musics most influential stars. Audiences will have an opportunity to see Stuarts flamboyant showmanship shine with his band in this one-night-only performance in Largo. The Machine, Saturday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $29.50. Call 587-6793. The Machine will perform music from Pink Floyds extensive catalog. Tampa Bay area fans who have longed for a live Pink Floyd experience may wish to check out The Machine, Americas top Pink Floyd show. Known for performing a diverse mix of The Floyds extensive 16album repertoire, fans can expect to see The Machines dramatic lighting and video, and experience their passionate delivery that sets them apart from the rest. The California Guitar Trio and The Montreal Guitar Trio Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $29.50 in advance and $34.50 at the door. Call 5876793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Featuring virtuoso guitarists from Japan, Canada, Belgium and the United States, the trios will explore intricate original compositions as well as new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music. Come see what the buzz is about and share an evening with these fantastic musicians. The Classics IV, Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $29.50. Call 587-6793. One of the most popular and influential groups of the s and s, The Classics IV have 13 consecutive chart singles to their credit. Their gold records include Spooky, Stormy, Traces of Love and Everyday With You Girl. In 1993, The Classics IV were honored for their musical achievements by the state of Georgia and were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Jane Monheit, Thursday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $34.50. Call 587-6793. Monheit has firmly established as one of the post-millennial jazz worlds foremost vocalists. She has been a featured performer in the nationally televised Christmas at the White House and has appeared on numerous television shows including David Lettermen, The View, The Today Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jim Stafford Friday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 587-6793 or visit www.largoarts.com. Famous for his million-selling records, Spiders & Snakes, Cow Patti and the infamous My Girl Bill, Stafford satirizes the obvious with his music and comedy. He has made 26 appearances on The Tonight Show, was a performer and writer for the Smothers Brothers Show and even hosted his own TV show on ABC network. The New Shanghai Circus, Saturday, Feb. 16, 3 and 8 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets start at $24.50. Call 587-6793. Astonishing athletes stretch the limits of human ability in this spellbinding show. Fearless performers with boundless energy defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats while bringing you more than two thousand years of Chinese circus traditions. If its humanly possible, and even if its not, Shanghais acrobats, jugglers and contortionists do it with spectacular flair. These acrobats have earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records by their amazing feats of jar-juggling, plate-spinning, hoop-diving and aerial ballet. The Producers, with book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, and music and lyrics by Mel Brooks; March 1-17, presented by Eight OClock Theatre, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $12.50 for children 19 and younger. Call 587-6793.Clearwater A Bedfull of Foreigners, by Dave Freeman, through Dec. 23, presented by Early Bird Dinner Theatre at the Italian-American Club, 200 S. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Sunday, with seating at 4 p.m. Matinees are Thursdays and Saturdays, with seating at 11 a.m. Admission is $32 plus tax and includes dinner and the show. For reservations, call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com. In the classic farce A Bedfull of Foreigners, when two couples on holiday in France are accidentally assigned to the same hotel room, mistaken identities, hasty cover-ups and hilarious situations ensue in this comedy that has delighted audiences around the world. Fiddler on the Roof, by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein, Nov. 29 through Dec. 16, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Call 446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org. Performances are generally Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets for nonmusicals are $21 for adults, $11 for students. Tickets for musicals are $26 for adults, $13 for students.St. Petersburg Cirque du Soleils big top production Kooza, through Dec. 16, under the white big top at Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Kooza tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world. The show is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mlange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. The Innocents journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster, the Pickpocket, and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog. Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, Kooza explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit cirquedusoleil.com.November 22, 2012CapricornDecember 22 January 19 The sweetest of success is yours, Capricorn, as you accomplish feats large and small. A financial deadline is moved up and you must scramble to make it.AquariusJanuary 20 February 18 You cant go wrong, Aquarius, so stop stalling and let others know your decision. An old friend drops by with the gift of all gifts. Be thankful.PiscesFebruary 19 March 20 Dont underestimate the skills of a coworker. They are more than qualified to assist you with the tasks you need done. Divide and conquer, Pisces.AriesMarch 21 April 19 Your struggles come to an end and peace reigns in your world once again. Take everyone out to celebrate, Aries. A labor of love concludes.TaurusApril 20 May 20 Speak your mind, Taurus. Youve held back long enough. Work you did behind the scene comes to light, and youre rewarded handsomely for your efforts.GeminiMay 21 June 21 Rewards come in many forms this week, Gemini. Count your blessings and pay it forward. Spinning yarns is the highlight of a family gathering, as it should be.CancerJune 22 July 22 Romance mixed with intrigue is the theme of the week. Prepare for things to sizzle, Cancer. Issues persist at work and you must make a bold move to open up the dialogue.LeoJuly 23 August 22 Organizational efforts stall with the refusal to part with the beloved and not-so-beloved. Be understanding, Leo, but dont let the matter be. Forge on.VirgoAugust 23 September 22 Mediating is rarely fun, and lucky for you, Virgo, your days of being a buffer are over. Dont dismiss the severity of a loved ones health issue. They look better than they are.LibraSeptember 23 October 22 Nerves set in, and performance reviews show it. Attack less, relax more, and the jitters will subside. A love story unfolds. Ooh-la-la, Libra.ScorpioOctober 23 November 21 Projects conclude and free time increases. Put it to good use, Scorpio, not with work but with fun. You deserve it. A check of your finances reveals a surplus.SagittariusNovember 22 December 21 Easy, Sagittarius. The source of your irritation cannot be helped. Work through it. A career opportunity beckons. 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Expresses great excitement Down 1. A hollow 2. Stop working 3. "Can you believe it?!" 4. "Am ___ believe ...?" (2 wds) 5. Easy dupes 6. Less cordial 7. Nursemaids 8. 1978 John Travolta musical film 9. Arrogant 10. "___ any drop to drink": Coleridge 11. Attendance counter 12. And so forth 13. Empty (2 wds) 14. Series of rock formations 21. Course 24. Fodder holder 28. "Things ___ be worse." 30. Fell off 33. Upright structure to support the rudder 36. Conspicuous feature 37. Machine that arranges sheets in proper sequence 39. Sundae topper, perhaps 40. Poet 42. It may get into a jamb 43. Symbol of purity 46. From 48. Sinks 49. Adjust 50. Nursery ___ 52. Parkinson's treatment (hyphenated) 54. Lhasa's land 58. Actor Green of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" 61. Big ___ Conference 63. 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Sam (Armand Verdure) is his son, but he hardly knows him. Homeless, penniless and friendless, Ali takes refuge with his sister Anna (Corinne Masiero) in Antibes, in the south of France. There, things improve immediately. She puts them up in her garage, she takes the child under her wing and the weather is glorious. Ali, a man of formidable size and strength, gets a job as a bouncer in a nightclub. He comes to the aid of Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) during a nightclub brawl. Aloof and beautiful, Stephanie seems unattainable, but in his frank manner Ali leaves her his phone number anyway. Stephanie trains orca whales at Marineland. When a performance ends in tragedy, a call in the night again brings them together. When Ali sees her next, Stephanie is confined to a wheelchair: she has lost her legs and quite a few illusions. Alis direct, unpitying physicality becomes Stephanies lifeline, but Ali too is transformed by Stephanies tough resilience. And Stephanie comes alive again. As their stories intersect and diverge, they navigate a world where strength, beauty, youth and blood are commodities but where trust, truth, loyalty and love cannot be bought and sold, and courage comes in many forms.For more movie news including whats playing at local theaters and trailers, visit www.TBNweekly.com. Click on the Movie News & Reviews link on the left-side menu. OPENING, from page 1B Photo courtesy of DREAMWORKS ANIMATIONFrom left, Bunnymund (Hugh Jackman), Sandman, North (Alec Baldwin) and Tooth (Isla Fisher) welcome Jack Frost (Chris Pine) in D reamWorks Animations Rise of the Guardians, to be released by Paramount Pictures. Seasonal events in Pinellas County are filling up the calendarDreaming of a white Christmas in Florida may be pointless, but thats not necessarily a bad thing. There are plenty of ways Floridians can enjoy the winter holidays without worrying about freezing temperatures, blustery blizzards and mounds of snow. Here, beneath daytimes sunny skies and palm trees and nights twilight tapestry illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights, residents and visitors can enjoy seasonal plays and concerts, annual parades led by Santa himself and dazzling light shows happening all around the Tampa Bay area. Following is a summary of this years holiday happenings.Largo Holiday Lights in the Gardens, Nov. 23 through Jan. 1, nightly, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. With more than 500,000 lights adorning the thousands of plants and trees, visitors will once again get in that holiday spirit. Visitors will enjoy a new laser light show as well as lights decorating the new vinery garden and fountains at McKay Creek. A donation of $2 is requested for adults and children 12 years and older. Admission is free for children younger than 12. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For information, visit www.flbg.org. Holiday Traditions at Heritage Village, Nov. 24 through Dec. 30, at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N., Largo. The Pinellas County Historical Society will sponsor its annual Holiday Traditions. Visitors to this 21-acre living history museum will find the enchanting historical houses decorated true to their time period, locality and lifestyle, from an elaborately decorated Victorian home to a simply adorned 1852 log cabin. Heritage Village is open open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. For information, call 582-2123 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/heritage. Santas Holiday Revue Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Santas Holiday Revue is a fastpaced rollicking musical that takes a joyous round the world tour of the dances, songs and stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and many more. Students will sing, clap and tap along as they learn new and old traditions, customs and folklore that instill the magic of the season. This wonderful jubilee creates a memorable and heartwarming experience that celebrates the true spirit of cultural diversity. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $6.50 for children. Call 587-6793 or visit LargoArts.com. Holiday Tree Lighting and Stroll, Saturday, Dec. 1, 5 to 9 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Largo Central Park will host an extravagant light display featuring a million LED lights depicting playful scenes. Activities will include holiday crafts, a visit from Santa and a toboggan snow slide. A variety of delicious festival foods and desserts will be available for purchase. There will be live performances on the mobile stage and other special places around the park. Entertainment will feature aerial acrobatics, dancing, singing and puppets. Visit LargoEvents.com. Admission is free. On-site parking costs $5. Very Merry Christmas Party Wednesday, Dec. 5, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. Attendees will get into the holiday spirit with the eighth annual Very Merry Christmas Party. Eileen and friends will cook up a delicious meal. After dinner, attendees will enjoy a lively holiday show. During the show, organizers will be loading up the golf carts for a tour of the lights in Largo Central Park. Cost is $15. Call 518-3131 or visit largocommunitycenter.com. The Lowe Family Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $22.50. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com. By popular demand, the Lowe Family will be back this year with an all-new Christmas show. The multi-talented Lowe Family weaves the magic of Christmas through show-stopping instrumental, spectacular dance and lush harmonies. Attendees will experience the sights and sounds of the holidays with this phenomenal power-packed show, exquisitely costumed and packaged. Winter Wonderland, Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 to 8 p.m., at McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St. N., Largo. Cost is $5 a person. Children 2 and younger will be admitted for free. Call 518-3047. The Southwest Recreation staff will have a blast throwing snowballs with real ice shavings, making winter crafts, going on night hikes and roasting smores by the campfire. Preregistration is required. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Saturday, Dec. 8, 9:30 to 11 a.m., at Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. Cost is $5 for residents, $6.25 for nonresidents and $9.25 for guests. Registration is required by Dec. 3. Call 518-3125. The sleigh has just pulled into town. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the man in the red suit, listen to a classic holiday story, get creative with crafts, get active with games and enjoy a holiday snack. Attendees should bring a camera, as time will be set-aside for little ones to have their picture taken with Santa. A Big Band Christmas featuring The 10 OClock Swing Band Saturday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m., at The Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $24.50 (add $5 at the door). This show will feature cabaret seating. Call 587-6793. Attendees will experience one of the best 18-piece big bands in the area performing a special holiday show in swinging style. Toes will tap and hands will clap as this band plays swinging holiday music for dancing and listening enjoyment. Visit LargoArts.com. Holiday Show, part of the Sunday Matinee Music Series Dinner and Show, Sunday, Dec. 9, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. Cost is $13 in advance or $15 at the door. Call 518-3131. Attendees will enjoy an afternoon filled with a wonderful show and incredible dinner. Some of the areas best performers will light up the stage for this once-a-month production. The Suncoast Barbershop Harmony Society will perform the holiday show. Cool Yule Holiday Show, presented by The Hot Club of San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $26.50 in advance or $31.50 at the door. The show will feature cabaret seating. Call 587-6793. Attendees will fire up the holidays with a swinging gypsy wagon trip to the North Pole featuring many favorites and some rare seasonal gems. This dazzling holiday offering has something for everyone as the performers make this season bright with the flames of gypsy jazz. Visit LargoArts.com. 21st Annual Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 15, 8 to 11 a.m., at St. Jerome Early Childhood Center, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo. Advanced tickets are $6 each or $30 for a family of five or more. At the door, cost is $7 or $35 for a family of five or more. Cost includes breakfast, face painting, kiddie-crafts and a visit with Santa. Children See SEASONAL, page 4B
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This event is open to the entire community. Raffle tickets also will be available. Call 596-9491 or visit stjeromeearlychildhoodcenter.org. The Nutcracker, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, 1 and 6 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $22.50 in advance or $25.50 at the door for adults; and $20.50 for students age 12 and younger. Call 587-6793. Audience members will join Clara on her journey to save her beloved Nutcracker from the giant mice who battle toy soldiers. Then, its on to the palace of the Sugarplum Fairy with dancing candies and waltzing flowers. Visit LargoArts.com. Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m., at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., Largo. Cost is $8 a child and $3 for adults. Call 518-3016. Santa is making his list and checking it twice to see if area children will join him for breakfast. Santas helpers will be serving breakfast, helping with crafts and taking pictures. Preregistration is required by Dec. 12. 12th annual Tutterow Stars of Tomorrow Holiday Spectacular, Saturday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. Tickets are $12. Call 518-3131. The evening will be filled with dancing, singing and much more. The Tutterow Stars of Tomorrow will be accompanied by the Indian Rocks Christian School High School Ensemble, St. Jeromes Bell Ringers and Largos Barbershop Quartet.Belleair Bluffs Plaza 100 Holiday Celebration, Thursday, Nov. 29, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Plaza 100, 100 Indian Rocks Road N., Belleair Bluffs. This complimentary musical holiday celebration will feature the Bayside String Quartet, principal players of the Florida Orchestra, with special guest Scott Behler, pianist, and strolling carolers from Indian Rocks Christian School. AAA Travel Agency will host a member appreciation night and Art at the Plaza will host an art show titled Large Birds of Florida. There will be refreshments and the shops will be open. Some seating will be provided. Guest may bring folding chairs. For information, call 421-4245. The annual Belleair Bluffs Holiday Event Friday, Dec. 14, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Community Center, 2747 Sunset Blvd., Belleair Bluffs. The Salvation Army Band will be providing music. Following a welcome by Mayor Chris Arbutine, the tree will be lit heralding the arrival of Santa. There will be a hayride until 8 p.m. The Bluffs Business Association will donate refreshments. Residents are asked to bring canned goods, boxed food, baby formula, flour, sugar, peanut butter, rice, pasta, or canned juice or fruit to donate to RCS Food Bank. Anyone who brings a food donation will receive the citys annual tree ornament.Clearwater 10th annual Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Nov. 24, 9 to 11:30 a.m., in the Margarete Heye Great Room at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Sponsored by the Leading Ladies of Ruth Eckerd Hall, this child-friendly breakfast buffet will feature a face painting, crafts with Santas elves, a sing-along and an opportunity to win a bike. Every participating child will take home a gift and a keepsake photo with Santa. An adult must accompany children. Parking is free. Cost is $20 a person. Proceeds will benefit the arts education programs at the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Free parking will be available. For information, call Anne Lauder at 595-6180 or email lead firstname.lastname@example.org. Organizers are seeking sponsors, donations and participants. A joyful medieval Christmas celebration Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6-7, 7 p.m., at Clearwater Christian College, 3400 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearglass, metal works and much more. Admission is free. Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Saturday, Nov. 24, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $48. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. This uplifting, high-energy show for the whole family will feature saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz, pianist-composer David Benoit, winner of The Voice Javier Colon, and drummer/percussionist/vocalist Sheila E. Together, the musical friends will jam on fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites. TOP FIVE, from page 1Bwater. Together with the drama department, the college choirs and orchestra will present an evening of medieval music and festivities featuring jugglers and jesters, lords and ladies, and humorous sketches reminiscent of the merry old medieval days. The evening will conclude with a Christmas pageant and a carol sing-a-long. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students, alumni and military. Call 726-1153, ext. 0. Simply Sinatra Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $18 and $25. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Part of the 2012-13 Adults at Leisure Series, Steve Lippia returns to re-create Ol Blue Eyes just in time for Christmas. The show will blend holiday cheer, memories and jazz/swing standards with the energetic flair that only a big band can provide. Free photos with Santa, Friday, Dec. 7, 5 to 8 p.m., at Engel & Volkers Clearwater Realty, 432 Cleveland St., Suite B, Clearwater. Attendees will have an opportunity to have their childs photo take with Santa for free. Bowzers Holiday Rock n Roll Party, Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. For the fourth consecutive year, Jon Bowzer Bauman of Sha Na Na fame returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall. This year his show will feature Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jay Siegel and the Tokens, The Crystals, Joey Dee and Johnny Contardo from the Sha Na Na television show and original lead singer of that group. Tickets start at $35. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. A Christmas Carol, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $25 and $35. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Part of the 201213 Adults at Leisure Series and a cherished tradition, this longest-running production of the beloved Dickens classic is the story about ghosts of Christmases past, present and future who guide Scrooge on a journey of redemption as he discovers the spirit of Christmas and a new life filled with joy and love. St. Pete Beach St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Friday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m., starting from the Blind Pass Bridge. The parade of boats will head south, ending at the Bayway Bridge. Those interested in having their boat in the parade may call the St. Pete Beach Recreation Department at 363-9245. There are cash prizes available and entry is free. St. Pete Beachs Holiday Festival and Boat Parade Viewing Party, Friday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m., in Horan Park and St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. The event will feature the holiday tree lighting, live music, crafts and a visit from Santa. Attendees may view boats from the event as they pass south towards the Bayway Bridge. Call 363-9245 or visit spbrec.com.Pinellas Park 10th annual Holiday In The Park Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Event hours will be Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Come celebrate the holidays as the Pinellas Park Police Explorer Post 912 and the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association present Holiday In the Park. This community-wide family event will feature childrens games, entertainment, photos with Santa, hayrides and childrens train ride. Call 488-6321. Cool Yule at the City, Dec. 7-16, at St. Petersburg City Theatre, 4025 31st St. S., St. Petersburg. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students and children. Call 866-1973 or visit www.spcitytheatre.org. Santas on a skateboard and Frosty is doing the hand jive. The Chipmunks are having a fruitcake throw-down with jazzy holiday tunes and sentimental favorites. It all makes up City Theatres offering of Cool Yule at the City. This two-hour holiday musical treat is the brainchild of David Middleton and Thom Guthrie. The cast of 25 singers includes 9-year-olds to seniors. Many of the soloists have been seen on the City Theatre stage as well as throughout the community. Pinellas Park 40th Annual Holiday Parade Saturday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. The parade will begin on Park Boulevard between 58th Street and 43rd Street. Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to come early and dive into a spot along Park Boulevard to catch this years parade. The theme this year is Christmas. The event will feature bands, floats, soldiers, dancers and equestrian groups. Call 831-3916 or visit www.celebratepinellaspark.com.St. Petersburg Second annual Richard Nader Rock and Roll Concert to benefit Toys for Tots, Saturday, Nov. 24, 8 p.m., at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N. Tickets start at $30. Call 822-3590 or visit www.spcollege.edu/palladium. This years lineup will include Tommy Mara and The Crests, The Mystics, Johnny Thunder and special guest artist The Impacts. The show will feature holiday favorites. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Toys For Tots. Those in attendance at the concert will be entered in the drawing for a holiday gift basket valued at $500. A Toys for Tots volunteer will be available to collect new unwrapped toy donations at the concert. A Christmas Cantata by The Island Singers joined by the Second Winds, Sunday, Dec. 16, 3 and 7 p.m., at The Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Featured at this free concert will be the Island Singers, an offshoot of the renowned Second Time Arounders Marching Band. The group enters its ninth year of bringing together 80-plus singers from across the Tampa Bay area that have sung in choirs in years past and want to do it again. For more information, email Info@TheIslandChapel.org. A Christmas Carol, by Keith Ferguson and Bruce Greer, Dec. 13-30, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com. Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $37 for adults and $34 for students, seniors and military members. There is a $7 surcharge for premium seating. Nate Najars Jazz Holiday, Saturday, Dec. 15, 8 p.m., at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $25. Call 822-3590 or visit www.spcollege.edu/palladium. Leading an all-star band, the consummate guitarist will return with an all-new holiday music show. This years band features national jazz artists such as Ken Peplowski (clarinet and saxophone), Chuck Redd (vibes), the legendary John Lamb (bass) and local favorite Stephen Bucholtz (drums). Najar also will welcome a special guest vocalist. Najar and the band will be doing a portion of Duke Ellingtons Jazz Nutcracker along with holiday favorites. This determined music raconteur with an old soul is singlehandedly reintroducing the finger-style nylon string classical guitar technique to a new generation of music lovers. Channeling the essence of Charlie Byrd, Najars expressive blend of phrasing, groove and rhythmic refrain delivers compositions informed with his passion for all music, from traditional jazz, to blues, gospel and sizzling Brazilian beats. Wynonna Judd presenting Wynonnas Rockin Christmas, Friday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $39. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. Judd a five-time Grammy Award winner combines her smoky vocals and powerful stage presence to bring Wynonnas Rockin Christmas to The Mahaffey. Joined on stage with her longtime band, The Big Noise, the fiery redhead blends a mix of classic Christmas favorites and some of her biggest hits. Wynonnas Rockin Christmas will infuse Judds signature style into traditional holiday classics like White Christmas and Winter Wonderland for a completely different holiday performance for the entire family. Moscow Ballet, presenting the Great Russian Nutcracker, Friday, Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 29, 2 p.m., at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $32.50. Call 893-7832 or visit www.themahaffey.com. The Moscow Ballet will perform a unique 20th Anniversary production of the acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker for a two-day engagement at The Mahaffey. The production will include new Stanislov Vlasov choreography called Dove of Peace, in which two dancers become one soaring bird. Vlasov, a former dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet was the choreographer/ballet master of Moscow Ballets inaugural 1993 Great Russian Nutcracker. SEASONAL, from page 3B
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Artifacts from the collection of Judy and Lester Dailey, including ration books and signs, uniforms, air raid warden equipment and other home front relics, will be on display as will a display of badges, letter openers and other trinkets given to defense plant workers for meeting or exceeding their quota. There also will be a display of pillow shams, pennants, jewelry and other souvenirs that soldiers, Marine sailors, airmen and Merchant Marine officer candidates stationed in this area sent home to their sweethearts and families. WWII Home Front Tampa Bay is included in the museums admission prices of $17.95 for adults, $14.95 for seniors age 65 plus and veterans, $12.95 for youths 4-12 and $15.25 for AAA members. Retired military with 20 plus years of service, as well as active military, are free of charge. Operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays.About the museumThe Armed Forces History Museum is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to preserving our military history and educating our current and future generations as to the sacrifices made by so many to preserve our freedom. John J. Piazza Sr., a local businessman and history buff, founded the museum in 1996. Housed in a 35,000-square-foot building with an additional 15,000-square-foot outdoor display space the Armed Forces History Museum is one of the largest, nongovernment funded, museums in the Southeast. Between 1996 and 2006, the museum and its staff operated a large mobile unit housing 16 displays. With the ever growing amount of memorabilia, vehicles and specialized military pieces, the Board of Directors determined that the development of a permanent site would be beneficial to the general public and enable the museum to fulfill its mission objectives. A nonsalaried Board of Directors governs the organization. The address of the museum general office is 2050 34th Way N., Largo. For more information on the Armed Forces History Museum, visit www.armedforcesmuseum.com. Photo courtesy of ARMED FORCES HISTORY MUSEUMLife on the home front wasnt easy for those left behind as U.S. men and women in the military left to serve in World War II. A new exhibit at the Armed Forces History Museum in Largo tells the tale of everyday life during wartime.