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Some improvements predictedFour analysts offer opinions on economic outlook in the 2013 year By JULIANA A. TORRESCLEARWATER BEACH The analysts who spoke at the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerces Economic Forecast Jan. 22 predicted slow, if steady, growth in the 2013 year. Its going to continue to be a slow slog toward economic improvement, said political analyst Frank Torres. The chamber, formerly known as the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, invited four industry leaders to offer some perspective to the local business community during a breakfast held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. The annual event is in its seventh year.The effect of politicsTorres began the morning forecasts with an analysis of how the political environment might affect businesses in the coming year. The Republicans leaders at the helm of state politics are working to make Florida a more business-friendly environment in order to lure growing companies to the region, Torres explained. The goal was to reduce taxes, red tape and startup fees to expedite the profit process for them as fast as possible, he said. The state faced four challenges in reaching that goal. The first was competition to other states including the states biggest rival for a business-friendly environment, Texas. The state also must retain local talent by encouraging recent Florida graduates to find jobs closer to home. Another challenge lay in keeping the tourism industry thriving. Of course, the state also had the challenge of adapting to changing national policies, Torres said. Politicians in Washington, D.C., remain in conflict over an increase to the debt ceiling and how to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases. In addition, the implementation of health care reform remains largely up in the air. The long term effects of those policies are debatable, but when were frightened at the current policies for changes, we freeze, See FORECAST, page 4A Features Business . . . . . . . . . .8-9A Classieds . . . . . . . . .4-7B Community . . . . . . . . .11A County . . . . . . . . . . .5-7A Entertainment . . . . . . .1, 3, 8B Faith & family . . . . . . .12-13A Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Largo . . . . . . . . . . .3-4A Outdoors . . . . . . . . .14-15A Pets of the week . . . . . . . .11A Police beat . . . . . . . . . .5A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .10A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising NAMI director speaks to clubGay Hawk, the executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness Pinellas County, was the featured speaker at the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Kiwanis at their breakfast meeting on Jan. 18 at The Royal Palms of Largo. Also, the Suncoast Association of Chinese Americans and the Chinese-American Association of Tampa Bay will celebrate the Year of the Snake during the 2013 Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 2, ... Page 3A.LARGO Robins feast on the berries of Brazilian pepper trees that grow along the railroad tracks near Starkey Road in Largo on Jan. 20. If the berries have been on the tree too long, they ferment, producing a winelike alcohol that can intoxicate the robins. See page 14A for more information.OUTDOORS POLICE BEATPolice seek Hess station robberLargo police are seeking the publics help to identify a man who robbed the Hess Gas Station, 2930 East Bay Drive, about 10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7. Police say a black male about 5 foot, 11 inches tall was brandishing a dark colored, semi-automatic handgun, when he robbed the store. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, gloves and a mask. ... Page 5A.BUSINESS Unemployment in Pinellas downUnemployment in Pinellas County fell to 7.6 percent during December, according to a Jan. 18 report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. ... Page 8A.BayCare, United reach agreement United patients now have access to BayCare hospitals ... Page 6A. Singer/songwriter Carmen Brandy and Celtic folk duo Juniper among the lineup ... Page 1B.Heritage Village event draws bluegrass, folk musicians Jan. 26 Volume XXXV,No. 27 January 24, 2013 www.TBNweekly.com 011013727-725-1052 2547 Countryside Blvd. #5 www.customhairtampabay.com Look Good All Year Long!$50 OFF Any Full WigCustom Hair & Wigs 010313BACK AND NECK PAIN TREATMENTAUTO ACCIDENT INJURIESLow Back Pain Neck Pain Disc Problems Headaches Gregory Hollstrom II, D.C. 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WILLIAMSLargo Commissioner Michael Smith, left, shakes the hand of Largo High School Principal Brad Finkbiner, who accepted congratulations on behalf of the school during the Jan. 22 commission meeting. Largo High earned an A letter grade for the first time this year.Recognition for Largo HighPhase 3 priority dispatch approvedCommission OKs partnership registry By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER The majority of Pinellas County Commissioners said yes Jan. 15 to staffs request to approve use of phase 3 medical priority dispatch. Commissioners Charlie Justice, Norm Roche and Ken Welch voted against the resolution that changes the rules of operation for the countywide 911 system. Under phase 3, only a Sunstar ambulance will respond to 911 calls classified as non-emergency, including calls from sick persons and certain types of falls. Phase 3 eliminates dual response by fire department first responders and a Sunstar ambulance. In addition, the ambulance would not use lights or sirens when responding to non-emergency 911 calls. The countys Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council and EMS Medical Director Dr. Dave Bowden recommended implementation of phase 3. The EMS Medical Control Board approved it, which Public Safety Director Bruce Moeller said would have been enough to put the change into operation. However, due to objections by Belleair Bluffs, Dunedin, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, South Pasadena, as well as fire districts in East Lake, Lealman, Palm Harbor and the Pinellas Suncoast, staff decided to bring the matter to the commission. Those objecting say they have no problem with the concept of priority dispatch or the first two phases that are currently in use. But theyre not happy with phase 3, which they say would downgrade EMS service provided to their citizens. Pinellas County implemented phase 1 of priority dispatch in April By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Unmarried couples in a committed relationship will be able to take care of their loved ones in times of need, thanks to Pinellas Countys new domestic partnership registry. Commissioners approved an ordinance, 6-1, amending the countys human rights code Jan. 15. The ordinance creates a domestic partnership registry to which two adults, regardless of sex and with certain limitations, can register to invest in each other certain basic rights relating to their health and welfare, according to staff notes. Basic rights include visiting a domestic partner in health care facilities, participating in discussions relating to health care and acting as a health care surrogate. Partners can make funeral and burial decisions, receive notification in the case of an emergency and receive notifications about their partner the same as a family member. They can become a pre-need guardian designate if their partner becomes incapacitated. They also can participate in the education of a partners dependent. Partners must pay $50 to cover the cost of filing and processing the Affidavit of Domestic Partnership, creation of a Certificate of Domestic Partnership and filing for termination. Partners who have already registered with a municipality will receive a credit for payment of those fees. Amendments to the registry cost $25. Copy charges are $1 aBee founder, civic leader dies By TOM GERMONDThe late Myra Chandler-Haas, the founder of the Belleair Bee and other community papers, had a nose for news and wanted to make sure it was printed correctly. She was always involved. She was always out there taking pictures, attending meetings, her daughter, Cindy Curls, said Jan. 19. Chandler-Haas, 93 died Jan. 12 of natural causes. A former owner of seven newspapers in the Detroit area, Chandler-Haas moved to this area in 1969 and started a Wicker World store in Belleair Bluffs. But she hated running the store, she said in an interview with the Belleair Bee in 2005. Her friend, Wilsie Carr, and she talked about starting a newspaper. With moms background and knowledge, Willsie and Bob Carrs backing, thats how it began, Curls said. Chandler-Haas launched the Belleair Bee in May 1976, the Largo Leader in May 1977 and Beach Bee in October 1978. She was involved with other publications that followed. Bob was the business manager. Wilsie was the idea person and I was the writer. And, my kids See REGISTRY, page 6A Myra Chandler-Haas founded the Belleair Bee in 1976 with the help of some friends. See FOUNDER, page 4A See DISPATCH, page 4AVIEWPOINTSSuzette PorterGuns dont create a safer environment, columnist says. Page 10A.
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They also conduct Crisis Intervention Team Training, a 40-hour course to help law enforcement officers in dealing with mentally disturbed people, thus reducing the use of force while enhancing officer safety. For more information, visit www.nami-pinellas.org. To reach the local NAMI helpline, call 7913434. Also during the meeting, Sharon Grant was inducted into Kiwanis membership. Grant is the office manager for Suncoast Voices For Children, which provides financial assistance and community resources in Pinellas and Pasco counties to fulfill the unmet needs of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. The Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas offers volunteer members the opportunity to serve the community, while learning leadership skills to enhance their own lives. For more information about the Kiwanis, contact Bruce Blazej at 5360412. Visit www.largokiwanis.org or www.facebook.com/Kiwanis ClubLargo. Photos courtesy of the KIWANIS CLUB OF LARGOTop, President Bruce Blazej thanks Gay Hawk, the executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness Pinellas County, for speaking during the Largo/MidPinellas Kiwanis breakfast meeting Jan. 18. Above, Sharon Grant is inducted into the Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid Pinellas by Blazej, her sponsor.Groups host first outdoor Chinese New Year event LARGO The Suncoast Association of Chinese Americans and the Chinese-American Association of Tampa Bay will celebrate the Year of the Snake during the 2013 Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Seating for the estimated 1,000 attendees is limited; lawn chairs are recommended. First 200 children will receive the traditional Chinese red envelope as a gift. There will be games, arts, crafts, food and entertainment for all to experience. The event also will feature stage performances including a dragon dance, lion dance, traditional folk dance, kung fu demonstration, and Chinese instruments. Take a ride on the parks mini-trains. Visit www.facebook.com/sacatam pabay, www.sacatampabay.org or www.caat-tampabay.org. Big Brothers Big Sisters launches new campaignLARGO The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County will launch its new Match 100 campaign with a community rollout party on Jan. 30, 6 to 7 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Match 100 is a friends asking friends campaign to raise awareness and encourage involvement in the community with the goals of recruiting 100 volunteers, removing 100 children from the waiting list and raising $100,000. The event is open to the public and will include food, prizes, games and special guest appearances. Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping children and families in Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus counties for more than 45 years. The agency serves a minimum of 1,500 children each year and with the cost of making and supporting one new match at approximately $1,200. For more about the event or campaign, contact Directors of Development Tirrah Switzer at Tirrahs@bbbspc.org or Angie Croft at AngieC@bbbspc.org.Stars Behind Bars event setPINELLAS PARK The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County will host the Stars Behind Bars fundraising event on Feb. 21, 6 to 9 p.m., at Pete and Shortys, 7402 49th St. in Pinellas Park. Local well-loved celebrities will be serving drinks to program supporters, Pinellas Park residents and Pete and Shortys regulars. The event will include a silent auction, drink specials and the chance to mingle amongst your favorite stars, including threetime Olympic gold medalist, Brooke Bennett and two-time MLB World Series champ David Wells. For more information, contact Donna Mainguth at DonnaMa@bbbspc.org or at 518-8860.
4A Largo Leader, January 24, 2013 Around townSupport group invites amputees to tour museumLARGO A Step Ahead for Amputees, a support and activity group for amputees and those facing limb-loss, will tour the Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N. in Largo, on Saturday, Jan. 26, beginning at 10 a.m. Amputees, those facing limb-loss and their families are invited to attend the event, which is sponsored by Edward White Hospital. The cost is $5 per person; any additional donations are welcomed. Attendees should bring their own brown-bag lunch. To reserve a spot in the tour, contact Jamie Weil at 564-8456 or email@example.com. A Step Ahead for Amputees a free program that provides emotional and physical support to amputees and those facing limbloss, helping them return to a normal, active life. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/AStepAheadforAmputees.Sorority welcomes new membersLARGO Beta Sigma Phi, a social sorority that meets monthly in the Clearwater and Largo area, is accepting new members. To reinstate your membership or to join and meet new people in the community, contact either Patty Nuytten at 596-2167 or Betty Downey at 584-3075.Train collectors to meet for showLARGO The Train Collectors Association Southern Division will host a model toy train show and swap meet on Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. The show is open to the public. Tickets are $5; children younger than 12 are free. Parking is free. The show will feature train layouts, displays, new and antique trains for sale and door prizes for adults and children. Snacks and refreshments will be available. For more information, call Charlie Anyan at 345-0288. Largo Central ParkThe Largo Central Park is at 101 Central Park Drive. Within the park are Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, and the Largo Pu blic Library, at 120 Ce ntral Park Drive. For information about special events, call 5876740, ext. 5014 or visit LargoEvents.comFriends winter book saleLARGO The Friends of the Largo Library will host its winter book sale on Friday, Jan. 25, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 26, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Jenkins Room of the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. All books are 50 cents each. Buy two and get one free. A preview sale for members will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Members will need to show their membership card or be listed on the Friends membership list. Nonmembers may join for an annual fee of $10 or pay $10 to be admitted. Proceeds will benefit the library. For more information, call the library bookstore at 586-7392.Touch-a-Truck and Florida Clown DayLARGO Bring the whole family to enjoy the fun of Touch-a-Truck and Florida Clown Day on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Largo Central Park. At the 20th annual event, children will get to climb, honk and play around in every vehicle you can imagine, including fire trucks, dump trucks, motorcycles, buses, military vehicles, a Bayflight helicopter, 18wheeler and more. Florida Clown Day, brought to you by the Uptown Clown Alley, will feature more than 100 clowns from all across the state of Florida. These clowns will entertain friends and family with balloon animals, face painting, goofy tricks and lots of laughs. Kids of all ages will enjoy inflatables, train rides, rocket ship car rides and a delicious food court in the middle of the park at this free event. Some of the attractions will require a wristband. Limited on-site parking will be available, or park for free at Largo High School or Largo Middle School. Business ExpoLARGO In conjunction with the Touch-A-Truck event, the city of Largo will host its first annual outdoor community wide business expo on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Largo Central Park. Learn about services, products and programs local businesses and Largo Recreation facility instructors could offer to you and your family. The event is free. For more information, call 587-6740, ext. 5008.Largo Community CenterLargo Community Center is at 400 Alt. Keene Road. Visit Largo CommunityCenter.com or call 518-3131.Wellness fair setLARGO Getting It Together in 2013, a wellness fair, will be presented Thursday, Jan. 31, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road. Presented by the city of Largo Volunteer Corps Advisory Board and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Pinellas County, the event will feature health screenings, wellness information, hands-on activities and healthy living tips as well as informational displays, product demonstrations and benefit information and educational materials. There will be live music and healthy snacks. Attendees will have an opportunity to sign up for volunteer service opportunities in the community. The event also will include door prizes, raffles and giveaways. For information, call 518-3131. Senior driver safety course offeredLARGO The Largo Community Center will host an AARP drivers safety six-hour course over two days on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7-8, 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $12 for AARP cardholders or $14 for those who have no AARP card. 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.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 p ool. Visit PlayLargo.com.My Little ValentineLARGO Celebrate Valentines Day with crafts, snacks and games during My Little Valentine, an event for children, on Sunday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. to noon, at the Southwest Recreation Center. Wear red to help celebrate. The participation of a parent, grandparent or caregiver is required. The cost is $5 in advance or $8 on the day of the event.Kids Only Saturday Night FunLARGO The Southwest Complex will open the game lounge and gymnasium just for children to play games and activities on Saturday, Feb. 16, 5 to 8 p.m. A child registration form is required. This program will be held at the City calendar City calendar FORECAST, from page 1ATorres said. We stop hiring to wait and see what happens to the survival of our business. Torres used a clip from the movie Groundhog Day to answer what he predicted from lawmakers in the coming year. I thought we were going to see similar policies that lean toward smaller batches of jobs created, he said. He reminded local business leaders that politically, 2013 would be about getting ready for the 2014 election cycle.A financial perspectiveRichard Moody, senior vice president and chief economist for Regions Financial Corporation, said a positive upswing in the fourth quarter of last year meant that 2013 was starting with a lot of momentum. Unfortunately, a faster job growth rate in the Tampa Bay region as compared to the national growth rate had not mitigated the fact that the area was hit harder during the recession. The good news is, were on the way back. Were building some momentum, but theres still a way to go yet before we get back to work prior to the Great Recession, Moody said. Recently, the nation has seen a 2 percent increase in real gross domestic product, a growth in the countrys economic output that is slower than most people would like, but an increase nonetheless, Moody explained. Ive been telling people for the last couple of years, were living in a 2 percent world, he said. I think in 2013, well move into a 3 percent world. While that might not be as fast as 4 percent growth, it would be an improvement, he added. A faster recovery was being held back by a number of factors, Moody said, including a slow housing market recovery. Progress has been made in cleaning out a backlog of distressed homes. However, despite the expansion of new multifamily housing, construction of new singlefamily homes hasnt picked up yet. Construction on a single-family home creates six to seven new construction jobs, while multifamily housing only 2.5 new jobs, Moody said. Another factor in the recovering of the construction industry is the depressed rate in household formation, Moody said. Young adults, who are struggling financially and thus remaining under their parents roof, are not helping to create a need for more single-family homes. That will only start to turn around with continued job growth. We have a lot of consolidation in the government sector, particularly now in the federal government sector. To me, thats going to weigh on the economy for the next several years, he said. (In the) private sector, were still not out of the woods. Were making progress. Were not all the way there yet. In Tampa, three types of new jobs make up for 80 percent of the recent growth: business services, education and health services and leisure and hospitality, he said.The role of energyRepresenting Progress Energy Florida, J. Jason Cutliffe, director of asset management, spoke on issues affecting the energy industry. And of course, a change directly affecting the local energy consumer is the recent merger between Progress Energy and Duke Energy. It creates the largest electric utility in the United States, Cutliffe said. The combination of these two companies is a compelling one. 2013 will bring a rate decrease amounting to about 6 percent for residential customers and between 5 and 10 percent for commercial customers, he said. Cutliffe also emphasized the need for Progress Energy to pursue power generated from a diversity of fuels. Since 1980, the company has greatly reduced its dependence on oil, which is now only a small fraction of its power generation. Instead, the company relies heavily on natural gas, a trend that would likely continue in the future, Cutliffe said. Despite the price volatility of natural gas, Florida in general has been relying more and more on the natural gas, in large part because of its low up-front cost in production. Environmentally-friendly alternatives like solar are not yet reliable energy sources, even in the Sunshine State. Still, the company would continue to pursue renewable energy as part of its balanced portfolio, Cutliffe said. Diversity is the key to creating sustainability, he said. The pall of uncertaintySean Snaith, director of University of Central Floridas Institute for Economic Competitiveness, said he had been studying the link between uncertainty within the business community and the countrys economic output. The recovery has not been what many economists were anticipating when the Great Recession came to an end. At the time, a lot of folks 10 8 6 4 2 0 -2 -4 -6 -8 -10 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 forecast Chart courtesy of the REGIONS ECONOMICS DIVISIONThis chart shows annual percentage changes in real gross domestic product since 1998. The blue bars show the predicted percentage increases in the coming years, a slow but steady growth as predicted by Richard Moody, chief economist for Regions Financial Corporation and one of four speakers at the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerces Economic Forecast breakfast Jan. 22.were expecting a very short rebound, Snaith said. In the 3.5 years since the recession, Snaith found himself talking about how uncertainty made the recovery a lot weaker than other factors would indicate. He decided to look into the correlation. He found a study that charted uncertainty by three factors: newspaper coverage of policy-related economic uncertainty, the number of federal tax code provisions set to expire and disagreement among economic forecasters. An increase in those factors caused lower private investment, lower industrial production and much lower employment, he said. Snaith pointed to health care reform, financial regulatory reform and a delay in a conclusion about the fiscal cliff as national issues that created uncertainty. The status of the euro also was a big factor. Snaith said Greece still had a 70 percent chance of leaving the eurozone. Snaith said he did see some good signs in the national and state housing market. Ive talked to builders lately, Ive talked to title insurance attorneys lately theyre as happy as Ive seen these folks in years. So something good must be happening there, he said. gency because a unit was involved in a non-emergency call than for a dispatcher to send the wrong type of response. He said units were unavailable for emergency calls 15 percent of the time, but staff could not separate instances of response to non-emergency calls from other reasons a unit might be unavailable, such as personnel being out for training. Commissioners acknowledged that there was a lot of misinformation about phase 3, which was causing concern among the public, DISPATCH, from page 1A2009. It consolidated 911 functions into one call center for an annual savings of $500,000. Phase 2, which calls for only fire department response to certain non-emergency calls, began December 2010, and reduced ambulance responses by about 5.6 percent a year, resulting in reduced ambulance costs. Phase 3 would eliminate the use of first responders for minor falls and sick person calls. First responders would continue to go out to all life-threatening calls and all other low severity calls. Staff estimates that first responses would be reduced by about 14,000 calls a year for a 10 percent reduction. They say the change also would reduce complaints from the public and elected officials about dual response to every emergency call. Staff amended phase 3 plans to require dispatchers to alert fire departments when calls for non-emergency help come in from their area. Prior plans did not call for notification. Fire departments can choose to respond or not, which some said could cause confusion. Another objection is the difference in time it takes to get help from a fire department first responder versus an ambulance. Dissenters also worry that dispatchers will make a mistake and send only an ambulance when a first responder is needed. Robert Polk, president of the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs Association, talked about a 911 call that came in Jan. 14 about a child who had fallen. First responders were dispatched to respond without sirens. When they arrived on scene, they found out the 2-year-old boy had a broken limb. Moeller said it was not unheard of for dispatchers to upgrade a call. Statistics show upgrades happening in less than 1 percent of calls. He said the upgrades were made prior to units arriving on scene. He said it was more likely for a unit to be unavailable to respond to an emerand they advocated an education program to help people know what to say to get the proper response to a 911 call. Commissioner John Morroni suggested that the commission approve phase 3 but delay implementation until April to give time for an education campaign. County Administrator Bob LaSala advocates beginning phase 3 as soon as possible, so as much information about potential savings would be available to prepare the budget for the next fiscal year. Polk and others against the use of phase 3 asked commissioners to wait until the results came back from a study by Fitch and Associates about changes to the EMS system. Fitch is looking at the benefits of continuing as is with Sunstar providing all ambulance transport, using fire departments to provide ambulance service or some combination of methods. Results of the study are expected to be available by May. Officials are hopeful that the Fitch study will help answer the question of whether a private ambulance company or local fire departments can provide the best and more affordable ambulance service in Pinellas. Welch argued that moving forward with phase 3 with so many objecting could be counterproductive to the main goal of restructuring the entire system. The city of St. Petersburg has threatened to sue if the county implements the change. Youre missing the issue, Welch said. Education is not the issue with those opposed because they feel were violating their rights and responsibilities within their district. Justice, Roche and Welch said it would be best to table phase 3 until after findings from the Fitch study are revealed. Welch said there was no financial benefit to implement phase 3 now. But there is a lot of animosity, he said. In the end, Morroni amended his motion to make phase 3 effective June 1. Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY COMMUNICATIONSBeginning June 1, dispatchers will send only an ambulance to respond to 911 calls for minor falls and sick persons.same time as the tennis socials and is open to all kids between the ages of 5 and 10. The cost is, with a recreation card, $2 for residents and $2.50 for nonresidents or $5.50 without a card.Highland Recreation ComplexHighland Recreation Complex is at 400 Highland Ave. Visit HighlandRecreation.com or call 518-3016. During construction, the complex is accessible from Lake Avenue.Cupids CutiesLARGO The Highland Recreation Complex will host a Valentine-themed event called Cupids Cuties on Friday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m. to noon. Dress to the theme as we have fun making a craft, hear a story and enjoy a snack. The cost is $5 in advance or $8 the day of the event. delivered it. Our offices were upstairs at Wicker World. I had a typewriter, telephone and a note pad. That was about it, she said in the interview. Social news was very important to her. She said it was important to care and be involved in the community. The first photo on the cover of the Bee was about a tree-planting ceremony. Chandler-Haas was actively involved with many arts organizations, including the Fine Arts Society and the National Society of Arts and Letters. In addition to being a supporter of Ruth Eckerd Hall since its inception, she hosted one of the first parties that raised funds for the halls groundbreaking. She was an inspiration to so many people, said Sue Osborne, who worked as a sales manager with Chandler-Haas for 10 years at the Bee and its sister publications. Not only to people who worked for her and with her in the newspaper business, but to so many organizations and charities and so forth that she supported for the whole time she was there and for a long time after she was gone because she taught us well. She taught a lot of people the meaning of community newspaper, Osborne said. Chandler-Haas was passionate about the arts, Osborne said. She was one of the leading ladies at Ruth Eckerd Hall for many years, Osborne said. She was also instrumental in helping to build Largo Central Park. The newspaper promoted the project and was a huge sponsor of it as well as the construction of the Largo Cultural Center, Osborne said. Chandler-Haas ability to make people feel that they were important were among her greatest strengths as a newspaper publisher and community leader. Because no matter who you were, Myra could make you feel like you were the most important person in the room, Osborne said. For her support of Eckerd Hall Youth Scholarship program, Chandler-Haas received the Marcia P. Hoffman Arts Education Award in November 2005. In an interview with Tampa Bay Newspapers at the time, ChandlerHaas said I immediately saw the need for community newspapers in the area so I founded the Belleair Bee 30 years ago and later added the Largo Leader and other newspapers. According to a history of the publication that is part of the Tampa Bay Newspapers, Chandler-Haas told a former publisher that she took pride that the Bee never lost one dime from the day of conception. She published the local papers for 10 years before once again retiring though she was involved in community news for many years after. As a mother Chandler-Haas was someone to be reckoned with, Curls said. She wanted us to be the best we possibly could. She didnt want us to volunteer for anything except what we believed in, she said. She believed in honesty and truth. She really believed in helping people. Chandler-Haas family has four children, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Her most recent husband, Arthur Haas, died in the 1980s. A memorial service for family and friends was held Jan. 16. Donations can be made to Ruth Eckerd Hall or Suncoast Hospice. FOUNDER, from page 1A
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Police say a black male about 5 foot, 11 inches tall was brandishing a dark colored, semi-automatic handgun, when he robbed the store. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, gloves and a mask. He fled on foot. Detectives are asking that anyone with information related to this robbery to contact Detective B. Arlington at 586-7776. Photos of the suspect can be viewed on the Largo Police Departments Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LargoPoliceDepartment.Crossing guard injured in vehicle crashLARGO A Pinellas County school crossing guard was injured when he was hit by a car about 7:30 a.m. Jan. 16 at the intersection of 102nd Avenue and 131st Street in unincorporated Largo. Witnesses at the scene and deputies from the sheriffs major accident investigation team said that the crossing guard, Nelson Guenther, was crossing at 102nd Avenue southbound at 131st Street with the crossing signal. As Guenther crossed, Richard Barbieri, 18, of Largo attempted to turn west on 102nd Avenue from northbound 131st Street. Barbieri failed to yield at the pedestrian crossing, and the drivers side mirror of his 2011 Chevy Malibu struck Guenther in the left forearm. Guenther suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Barbieri was issued a traffic citation for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Deputies say now that school is back in session from the holiday break, motorists should be very careful around school crossings as traffic has increased, and more pedestrians, mostly children, are out earlier in the day.Man run over by PSTA bus diesST. PETERSBURG A man fell as he exited the rear of a Pinellas Suncoast Transit bus about 5:15 p.m. Jan. 14 and was run over as the bus pulled away. The Florida Highway Patrol said Joseph Michael Lukowski, 59, of St. Petersburg exited the doorway as the bus began to pull away from a scheduled bus stop on 49th Street south of 44th Avenue. Lukowski lost his balance and collided with the side of the bus. He fell to the ground and the right rear tire of the bus drove over him before the bus driver could stop. Lukowski was taken to Northside Hospital where he died overnight from injuries suffered in the crash.Man charged for sexting girlCLEARWATER A suspect has been arrested for sending inappropriate pictures to a juvenile. Toby Malloy, 35, of Clearwater was arrested on Jan. 14. He is accused of sending sexually explicit photos to an 11-year-old girl. The victims mother contacted Clearwater police regarding messages that the suspect sent her daughter via Facebook. Crimes Against Children and Families detectives initiated an undercover operation and began communicating with the suspect through the victims Facebook and email accounts. The suspect sent several sexually explicit images to the victim. Malloy was charged with transmission of material harmful to minors and was released from the Pinellas County Jail on a $1,500 bond.Information sought about armed robberyCLEARWATER Clearwater police seek information on an armed robbery that happened the night of Jan. 19. Two male suspects entered the Dodge Store at 1194 NE Cleveland Street just before 8 p.m. and were wearing masks and armed with handguns, according to a Clearwater Police Facebook report. One man was dressed in white and the other in dark blue or black. The suspects robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash and fled. Anyone with information is asked to call the Clearwater Police Tip Line at 562-4422.Deputies seek shooting suspectsPALM HARBOR Pinellas County Sheriffs deputies are asking for help from the public to identify two men wanted in connection with an early morning shooting at an adult nightclub in Palm Harbor. Deputies say that two men entered Silks, 37100 U.S. 19 N., about This masked man is wanted in connection with the Jan. 7 robbery of a Hess Gas Station in Largo. Photo courtesy PCSOPinellas County Sheriffs deputies are looking for this man in connection with the Jan. 12 robbery and shooting at Silks adult nightclub in Palm Harbor.4:10 a.m. Jan. 12, where they robbed and shot Edward Levine, 42, of Safety Harbor, a cleaning crew employee. The men then left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Levine was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspects were black males in their late teens to early 20s. One was wearing a plaid hooded sweatshirt with a knit hat under the hood and dark colored baggy shorts. The other suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants. Anyone with information that may assist detectives in this investigation is asked to contact Detective Jim Beining of the robbery/homicide unit at 582-6200; or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.Turn in unused, unwanted prescription drugsCLEARWATER There is no need to hang onto unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications anymore. People can now drop them off seven days a week at the Clearwater Police Department. The drop box in the lobby at 645 Pierce St. is an expansion to the Operation Medicine Cabinet program. This is a countywide, multi-agency effort to safely collect unwanted prescription medications from Pinellas County citizens at no charge.Police tip service app available for AndroidCLEARWATER The new Clearwater Police Tip411 app is now available for Android phones. Since launching the iPhone app in 2011, the department has received more than 800 anonymous tips that has led to or assisted in 21 arrests. 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The fees should cover the estimated $11,000 to $15,000 cost to implement and administer the registry. Staff expects to be ready to start the registry within 90 days. Roche cast the single no vote, saying the registry does nothing for people outside Pinellas County. He advocates the use of a power of attorney. He also said the state should take action, not individual counties and municipalities. Other commissioners agreed with Roches sentiments. Commissioner Karen Seel pointed out that getting power of attorney is not something affordable by all. She asked if people could be told when they registered that rights provided by the ordinance would not be valid outside Pinellas or other counties that have a registry and that a power of attorney would be their best option. Clerk of the Court Ken Burke said by law his office cannot provide legal advice. He said employees of the Clerks Office could provide those registering with an information brochure if one was available. Paul Valenti, director of the countys Human Rights Office, said a brochure was in the works. Jan Lowe thanked the commission for setting up a countywide registry. Lowe and her wife were the second couple to register in the city of Gulfport, which was the first municipality in Pinellas to establish a domestic partnership registry. Clearwater and St. Petersburg also have registries. We had to leave our beautiful state of Florida to get married in Connecticut, Lowe said. We thank you for taking this step. George Olds, a resident of Canada who lives in Pinellas during the winter, told a story about being denied access to his husband when he was admitREGISTRY, from page 1ABayCare, United reach new agreementTAMPA BayCare Health System and UnitedHealthcare announced Jan. 18 that they have reached a new, five-year agreement. Effective immediately, patients with United Healthcares commercial insurance and Medicare Advantage plans once again have in-network access to BayCares hospitals, facilities, services and physicians. In addition, UnitedHealthcare members who received care at BayCare on or after Nov. 26 will be considered in-network. We heard from our community about how important it is to continue receiving care from BayCare. We worked hard to reach resolution, and we are pleased with the outcome, said Stephen Mason, BayCares president and CEO. The new agreement strikes the right balance between fair reimbursements and keeping health care affordable for Tampa Bay area residents. BayCare is now in-network with the following UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans: AARP MedicareComplete, UnitedHealthcare Dual Complete, UnitedHealthcare group retiree Medicare Advantage plans and UnitedHealthcare Nursing Home Plan. BayCares physician groups also are now in-network with UnitedHealthcare, including: HealthPoint Medical Group, Morton Plant Mease Immediate Care, Morton Plant Mease Primary Care, Morton Plant Mease Specialists, St. Anthonys Primary Care, St. Anthonys specialists and Suncoast Medical Clinic. For a full list of BayCares hospitals, facilities, services and physician groups that are under the new agreement, visit www.baycare.org/healthplans. ted to St. Petersburg Hospital despite showing hospital officials his marriage license. Olds, who married his husband 10 years ago in Canada, said creating the registry was a baby step toward equality. We find it rather weird that people have to pay a fee to be treated as human beings, Olds added. Olds husband, Ian Taylor, commented that it shouldnt be necessary to create a special status or rights for domestic partners. Were often accused of demanding something special, he said. Theres nothing special about us. Joyce Hamilton Henry with the Pinellas County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida also thanked commissioners. It will make a difference in the lives of so many couples, gay as well as straight and seniors, she said. Joe Paige and two others spoke against the registry, saying a legal means existed to guarantee rights for domestic partners. He said there was no need for the ordinance. This is a solution looking for a problem, he said. He called the ordinance another vehicle for men reluctant to commit. Society was built on a loving relationship between a man and woman, he said. We were elected to serve all of our constituents, regardless of if they are same religion or same sex, said Commission Chair Ken Welch. Its an equity issue, said Roche. He said rights to take care of each other should be available whether it is between a gay couple or just good friends. He said the ordinance had no legal merit. The power belongs with the state to form a civil union in the state, he said. Roche said the ordinance was nothing more than a political statement. Its more than a political statement, said Commissioner Charlie Justice. Its real progress being made. Id prefer the Legislature take the lead, but I dont think we want to wait that long. Photo by JIM LAYFIELDA dirt biker leapfrogs a hill during a practice session on Jan. 20 at Sunshine Motorcross in Clearwater.Kickin up dirtYoung gets new district, phone numbersSEMINOLE Congressman Bill Young has been sworn into the new 113th Congress this month as the representative of the newly numbered 13th Congressional District of Florida. Young also has a new phone number for his Pinellas County district office located in Seminole. The phone number is 392-4100. It is a great honor to represent the people of Pinellas County and with the beginning of this new Congress, we face many important issues, Young said. I value the opinions of the people who have elected me to serve them and I hope they will continue to share their thoughts with me through their calls, their letters and their emails. Under the Constitution, state legislatures redraw Congressional district boundaries every 10 years to reflect population changes identified by the census. The number of Florida Congressional districts grew by two to reflect a continuing growth in population over the past 10 years, and resulted in the renumbering of most Congressional districts. Although Youngs phone number for his district office changes this month, the location remains the same at 9210 113th St., on the campus of the St. Petersburg College and co-located with the Seminole Community Library. More information about the 13th Congressional District and contacting Young is available at his website, www.young.house.gov or by emailing him at Bill.Young@mail.house.gov.
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New in 2013 are expanded recycling programs for plastics #1-7, glass and milk and juice cartons at the countys drop-off centers in the unincorporated areas. Many municipal recycling programs have been improved and residents are encouraged to check for the changes in their municipality. Citizens can pick up a free copy at local libraries, Sweetbay stores, Natures Food Patch or Pinellas County drop-off recycling centers. The directory may be viewed online at www.pinellascounty.org/recycle. For more information about recycling, visit www.pinellascounty.org/recycle or call 464-7500. For more information on Pinellas County services and programs, visit www.pinellascounty.org.Mobile hazardous waste collection coming to East LakeCollect hazardous waste items from your home, office or garage, and properly dispose of them at the upcoming mobile collection event Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at East Lake High School, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive. Pinellas County Solid Waste offers this service free to county households. Businesses should arrange for drop-off and payment by calling Creative Recycling at 813-621-2319 for electronics, or contact Pinellas County Solid Waste at 464-7500 for chemical vendor information. Household electronics and chemicals such as televisions, cell phones, computers, paints, motor oil, fertilizers and batteries should never be dumped in the regular trash, drains, storm sewers or on the ground. These products can be harmful to the environment and to the people handling them if they are not disposed of properly. Electronics contain useful materials that can be extracted and recycled, such as aluminum, glass and plastic. As for chemicals, the average household can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of chemicals around the home over time. For more information on mobile collections, what to bring and what not to bring, or the permanent Household Electronics & Chemical Collection Center (HEC3), please call Pinellas County Solid Waste at 464-7500 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/utilities.Teens Behind the Scenes provides look at county governmentCLEARWATER Area teens get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at county government in Teens Behind the Scenes, a free program for local high school students presented by Pinellas Countys Youth Advisory Committee. Presentations take place once a month over the next five months. Students may attend one or more, or all five sessions. Sessions take place Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The first program, Survivor Public Works, was Jan. 23 and allowed teens to check out the private side of public works and explore traffic signal control, road maintenance and more. Upcoming programs include: Feb. 27: Undercover Paws Enjoy a visit to Animal Services and learn about pet care and animal control. March 20: 911; 101 Get a close-up look at the Pinellas County emergency medical services system and participate in a first-responders exercise. April 24: Most Wanted Take a tour of the Pinellas County Jail. May 22: Law and Order Meet representatives from the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office, State Attorneys Office, Public Defenders Office and a county/circuit court judge. Teens also can share some television time with the Pinellas County commissioners at an awards night ceremony in the fifth floor Assembly Room of the Pinellas County Courthouse. Registration deadline for each session is one week before the program date. Class sizes are limited. To register, visit 2013teensbehindthescenes.event brite.com. For more information on Teens Behind the Scenes or the Pinellas County Youth Advisory Committee call 582-2656 or visit www.pinellas county.org/yac. Photo by JIM McAVADDYThe sky northwest of Madeira Beach turns a dark shade of blue early Jan. 17 prior to a line of showers moving through the area. The change in weather brought gusty winds and chilly temperatures for a day.Ominous skiesMOAA to host installation banquetST. PETERSBURG The St. Petersburg branch of the Military Officers Association of America will host an installation banquet Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Hilton Hotel Bayfront, 333 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Social hour will start at 5:45 p.m. followed by dinner and installation of officers. Military officers that are retired, active duty or former officers and their spouses or widows are invited to attend. For reservations, call Bill Bolin at 584-1595. The Military Officers Association usually meets for lunch on third Fridays.
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December 2012 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.2 percent lower than the 9.8 percent reported a year ago and .3 percent less than last months rate of 7.9 percent. Statewide figures show a 1.8 percent drop from December 2011 of 9.7 percent unemployment to December 2012 with 7.9 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, the same as Pinellas, and 0.7 percent less than last year. The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro statistical area continued to lead a group of 12 of the states 22 metro areas with over-the-year job gains. The local MSA gained 21,000 jobs. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA gained 18,000 jobs and Jacksonville gained 5,300 jobs. The state reported an increase of 54,900 jobs. December was the 29th consecutive month with positive annual job growth. The industry reporting the most jobs was leisure and hospitality with 29,900 jobs, a 3.1 percent increase. Trade, transportation and utilities reported an increase of 22,200 jobs, professional and business jobs increased by 18,100, and private education and health service jobs were up 13,200. Manufacturing reported an increase of 1,500 jobs. Government jobs accounted for the most losses at 10,600, followed by construction at 6,800, other services at 4,600, information at 4,000 and financial activities at 4,000. Pinellas Countys labor force declined slightly in December compared to November. In December, the labor force was 448,452 compared to 449,091 in November. The countys labor force was 444,949 in December 2011, when 43,622 people were reported as unemployed. In December 2012, the state reported that 34,058 were unemployed. The local MSA reported a labor force of 1,326,558 in December 2012 and 1,316,051 in the same month of 2011. Of the 1,326,558, 104,245 were unemployed. The states labor force was 9,303,000 with 733,000 unemployed. The U.S. labor force was 154,904,000 with 11,844,000 unemployed. The local MSA includes Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. Hernando County with 9.4 percent unemployment ranks has the seventh highest of the states 67 counties. Pasco County ranks No. 15 with 8.7 percent unemployment. Hillsborough, Pinellas and DeSoto counties tie for the No. 37 rank with 7.6 percent unemployment. Flagler County continues to hold the No. 1 spot with 11.2 percent unemployment, and Monroe County has the lowest rate at 4.5 percent. The local MSA with 7.9 percent unemployment ranks No. 14 out of the 23 metro statistical areas and metropolitan divisions. The Palm Coast MSA has the highest unemployment at 11.2 percent and Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin has the lowest at 5.8 percent. In a press release, Gov. Rick Scott said the states unemployment rate was the lowest rate in four years. Trends show that we are also experiencing growth in many different economic indicators that are key to job creation, he said. Housing starts are on the rise, businesses and families continue to move to Florida and more jobs are being created. The changes we are making to improve our states business climate are helping Florida families pursue the American dream. This chart shows the decline of unemployment in Florida and the United States. The blue line represents Florida and the United States is purple.Florida Realtors report that the backlog of existing homes on the market is down by 41 percent from November 2011. Florida housing starts were up over the year in November (the most recent month available) by 48.8 percent and median home prices were up 11.2 percent over the year. A recent U.S. Census Survey reported that Florida experienced an influx of people moving into the state. The survey showed that 59,288 moved from New York to Florida and 38,658 moved from Georgia to Florida migrations. Florida also led the nation in migrations from Puerto Rico.Realtors release county statisticsThe Pinellas Realtor Organization recently released its Pinellas County real estate statistics for December 2012. According to the report, singlefamily active listings are down 27.19 percent from December of 2011, but the average sales price for single-family active listings is up 15.72 percent. Active condo listings are down 20.02 percent from December 2011, but the average sales price for active condo listings is up 8.7 percent. The slight decrease in total property sales and active listings from November to December may be attributed to the busy holiday season. The report said that the strongest supply of inventory continues to be condos. Currently, there is an 8.3-month supply of condo inventory. Residential properties are at a 4.5-month supply and single-family homes are the weakest link with a 3.8month supply of inventory. According to the report, the lack of inventory, low interest rates and slowly rising prices are set to create the perfect storm. Certainly, there are other factors involved that will either help or hinder the real estate market and one such factor is the unemployment rate, the report states. When consumers begin to feel more confident in the stability of their income they will become more apt to buy. Did you know Tampa Bay Newspapers print publications are online at www.TBNweekly.com. Look for the Visit TBNs FREE e-Edition today link on the top right-hand page or go directly to e-edition. TBNweekly.com. We dont publish every article or photo on our regular webpages. However, you can see everything in the weekly publications plus the advertisements in the e-Edition version.
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They take pride in using only the finest ingredients in everything they prepare. You will find this a friendly place to eat, whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner. Kids Menus are available along with Take Out and Outside Seating. This restaurant offers a variety of Greek and American food. Breakfast comes with a variety of choices at reasonable prices. Lunch and Dinner is exceptional. Visit www.mamaskitchenseminole.com to view the menu which includes great Pancakes, Delicious Omelets, Breakfast Specials, Homemade Soups and Salads, Hot Sandwiches, The Burger Bin, Seafood and Dinner Entrees with Great Desserts. We predict one visit will make you a regular. Ph: 727-319-4040. They accept all major credit cards.If you own a home built from the 1950s to 1970s, chances are its got terrazzo floors. Look under your carpet, there probably is terrazzo underneath. Lucky you! You wont have to install expensive tile or new carpet. Gulf Coast Floor Maintenance will refinish your original terrazzo to look like just installed Italian Marble. It will shine like a diamond with beautiful multi-colored stone chips giving a rainbow of colors. Your new floor will last a lifetime and increase the value of your home. They will take old carpet up, grind nails down and patch all holes to blend in with your finished terrazzo floors. The best news is that all you need to do to keep your new floors looking great is to dry sweep with a soft broom or swiffer. This new process achieves a shine on terrazzo without the use of floor wax as the reflective shine is coming from the terrazzo itself, like polished marble. So Call Gulf Coast Maintenance at 727-545-5095 today!This has been a family owned business for over three generations. Owner Peter Haggar is a third generation window treatment specialist with over 20 years of experience and he is considered an industry expert. The staff has received extensive training on Hunter Douglas window fashions and more. This company sells, installs and services blinds, shutters, shades, draperies, cornices, top treatments and motorization. They have an A BBB rating and as locals they are devoted to providing quality treatment for their customers and neighbors. All Hunter Douglas window treatments are custom-built expressly for your windows and manufactured in the U.S. They want you to visit their new expanded showroom located at 2610 4th St. North in St. Petersburg open, 9-5 M-F and Sat. 10am-4pm. Visit their website www.blindand shuttergallery.com to upload your own photo and view Hunter Douglas treatments in your own home. Call 727-823-2929 for Complimentary Design Consultation. Present This Article for $100 OFF on any order of $1,000.00 or more.Fusion Cabinets is a family run business offering 5 North American cabinetry lines, freestanding vanities and custom closet systems for every price point. Pete is a State Licensed Builder who has focused his 25 years of experience on condominium and single family home kitchen and bath remodels. Michelle has 16 years of experience as a Cabinetry Designer. She will work with you to choose every element of your project from cabinets and countertops to tile and paint to bring your vision to life on time and within budget. Their successful teamwork will make your renovation a success. Mention this article for your free under cabinet LED lighting system with kitchen purchase. See them on Facebook or go to www.fusioncabinets.com for examples of their work and testimonials or call 727-400-4710 for a FREE ESTIMATE You can also visit their Design Studio by appointment at 7842 126th Ave. No. in Largo. BBB Accredited since 2008 with an A+ rating. License # CBC1253256.We choose MAMAS KITCHEN for a great Breakfast and variety of Lunch and Dinner Options.Your terrazzo floors can look like new Italian Marble. (You wont believe how beautiful)!Blind & Shutter Gallery makes the New Year a great time to up-date your home with Hunter Douglas window fashions and $100. Off!Dont move, Improve! Fusion Cabinets makes it easy!012413Terrazzo floors 30 to 40 or more years old can look brand new with this revolutionary method( Lto R) front row: Owner Peter Haggar, Carpenter/Installer, Edgar Rosales, Owner, Office Mgr., Brenna Haggar. Back row: Project Mgr, Dennis Donovan, and Installation Professional, Jerome Jones.40 years + experience ... Their motto is Our goal is to blow your mind NOT your budget. Photo by BOB McCLUREU.S. Rep. Kathy Castor addresses members of the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce Jan. 17 during the groups annual dinner at the TradeWinds Resort in St. Pete Beach. Castor, who represents Floridas 14th Congressional District, said local leaders need to keep pressure on state leaders to pursue more dollars from the BP oil spill. She said terms of the 1972 Clean Water Act would force BP to pay the U.S. Treasury between $5 billion and $20 billion. About 35 percent of that amount would come back to the Gulf states, she said. Castor also suggested tourism officials should market their efforts more heavily toward Latin America and encouraged business leaders to support an upcoming light rail initiative in Pinellas County.Castor addresses chamberMuseum appoints new directorST. PETERSBURG The Museum of Fine Arts recently announced the appointment of Brooke Manetti as director of development. Brooke Manetti brings seasoned professionalism and impressive experience to the Museum of Fine Arts, said Kent Lydecker, museum director, in a press release. She joins associate director for advancement Don Howe and our staff and community in moving the MFA forward. Brooke Manetti will be instrumental in building on the MFAs solid foundation, said Howe. She has a deep commitment to the arts and to the vital role the MFA plays in our city and the entire Tampa Bay area. I am confident she will make many friends in support of our mission. The Museum of Fine Arts is a cultural gem and has a great story to tell, said Manetti. The MFA does so much for the community. The collection is exceptional. The creative educational programs reach people of all ages. And the building is an architectural landmark. I feel especially fortunate to join the museum as we prepare for our 50th anniversary in 2015. Most recently, Manetti was the development and marketing communications manager for Starlight Childrens Foundation Midwest in Chicago. She was especially involved with the Young Professionals Board and annual giving. This global charity serves seriously ill children and their families. For more than eight years, Manetti played a leadership role with the Luna Negra Dance Theater, founded in 1999 in Chicago. She joined Luna Negra, devoted to contemporary Latino dance, in the early days and planned and coordinated its first fundraiser. She then assumed positions of increasing responsibility, finally becoming managing director/development director. Manetti holds her bachelors degree in art history from the University of Notre Dame and held her first position at the Snite Museum of Art, where she was an assistant to the director. The Snite, at her alma mater, is one of the countrys foremost university museums, with a collection of more than 27,000 works. A professional experience in Italy changed Mrs. Manettis life and in a roundabout way, brought her to the Museum of Fine Arts. For nearly three years, she was the assistant to the director and the residence hall assistant director for the St. Marys College Rome Program. During her time abroad, she had the opportunity to explore the great expanse of Italian art. She also met her husband Maurizio, a native of Florence. The Manettis moved to the area with their 3-year-old son Serafino in 2012, when Maurizio became director of security at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Brooke Manetti Business notesGay bar to host grand openingLARGO Quench Lounge, 13284 66th St. N., will hold its grand opening on Thursday, Jan. 31, 6 to 8 p.m. Following the grand opening party, the bar will open for regular business at 8 p.m. and close at 2 a.m. Quench will make its home in the same plaza that once housed Christopher Street, a gay bar that shut its doors last June. Steven Rodriguez, an owner of Quench, said the new bar will fill the void left behind in mid and north Pinellas County by Christopher Streets closing. There are so many [LGBT] people in that area, said Rodriguez, of Seminole. And theres nothing there to meet their needs. Until now. Rodriguez said the bars atmosphere will be trendy, but casual, and it will be welcoming to everybody whether youre gay, lesbian, transgender or straight. Weekly special events include Musical Mondays, featuring music from the s and s; Two-stepping Tuesdays complete with line dancing; male dancers on Friday and Saturday nights; pool tournaments on Sundays; and a monthly drag queen gospel brunch with food provided by the Village Inn. Happy hour drink specials will be available seven days a week, even on weekends, Rodriguez said. For more information, visit www.Quench Lounge.com.Chamber to host Learn @ LunchST. PETE BEACH The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will host a Learn @ Lunch Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Triton Room at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Check-in is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch begins at noon. The cost to attend is $15 for members and $25 for future members. Registration is required. To register, call 360-6957 or email RSVP@TampaBayBeaches.com. Walgreens will sponsor the program. A representative from Walgreens will discuss plans to build relationships with local businesses and the services the company can provide to chamber members and their staff. Additionally, attendees will get an update on Walgreens social responsibility to environmental sustainability and the programs the company provides that give back.Deja-New opensLARGO Deja-New Consigner Boutique recently opened at 1495 Indian Rocks Road S. Deja-New Consigner Boutique is situated in the location formerly occupied by Second Time Stylin. Owner Patty Jannarone updated the store interior and expanded the selection of fine consigner resale items of womens clothing, purses, shoes and accessories. Consignments are accepted by appointment only on Tuesday and Thursday. Foundation to host seminarsLARGO The Community Service Foundation will host a free, two-part household budgeting seminar on Thursdays, Feb. 21 and 28, 6 to 9 p.m., at Pinellas County Housing Authority, 11479 Ulmerton Road, Largo. The seminar is designed for people who want to live better on less or who want to save to buy a home. The foundation also will host a free, two-part firsttime homebuyer seminar on Tuesdays, Feb. 5 and 12, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N., St. Petersburg. The seminar is designed to help first-time homebuyers go through the process of purchasing a home and qualifying for down payment and closing costs assistance. For information or to register for a seminar, call 461-0618, ext. 3, or visit www.csfhome.org. Mease to host heart health fairsCLEARWATER Morton Plant Mease will present two heart health fairs to recognize Heart Health Awareness Month in February. The community is invited to attend the fair to learn more about heart disease and take action to achieve and maintain cardiovascular health. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans, claiming 865,000 lives a year. Morton Plant Mease cardiologists will speak on heart health and various health screenings will be offered on the following dates: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m. to noon, at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, Bekesh Education and Conference Center, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. The fair will include complimentary sleep, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings. Registration is required for glucose and cholesterol screenings only. From 10 to 11 a.m., cardiologist Christos Pitarys, M.D., will speak about hypertension and stroke prevention and how to live heart healthy. Other information for sleep disorders, wellness and the latest treatments in heart and vascular health also will be available. Light refreshments will be served. Wednesday, Feb. 20 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Aging Well Center at The Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater. The fair will include complimentary stroke, blood pressure and sleep screenings. Discounted glucose and cholesterol screenings will be available. A $10 prepayment fee is required for glucose and cholesterol screening and registration is required. From noon to 1 p.m., cardiologist Wayne Cheng, M.D., will discuss causes and prevention of heart disease and fatigue related to heart disease. A free heart healthy lunch will be provided. Space for the health fairs and screenings is limited. For information, or reservations, call 953-6877 or visit www.BayCareEvents.org.Roe proclaimed transaction leaderSEMINOLE Cliff Roe of Cliff Roe Realty led all agents and teams in 2012 with 199 transactions in Pinellas County, according to a press release. Cliff averaged 54 days on the market and obtained 96 percent of asking price. This represented 116 percent growth over 2011 despite the down market. Roe is currently considering agents to join his team. Call 644-7209, email CliffRoe@Gmail.com or visit CliffRoe.com.
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Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563LETTERSLower speed limitsEditor: Thanks for the fine article on Largos pedestrian safety campaign. The planned measures are excellent, but no mention is made of an inexpensive and highly effective measure: lower speed limits, especially on narrow roads where a limit of 30 mph is too high. Right now a petition is circulating among Largo residents in the area south of Bonner Park, urgently requesting the City Commission to lower speed limits in that area, with many narrow roads, few sidewalks, and a great many pedestrians, to 25 mph. The residents who have signed so far feel very strongly that a limit as high as 30 mph is unsafe and inappropriate, and they hope that the commission will consider the merits of their request. Their request is not addressed by the otherwise excellent speed studies carried out very thoroughly by Largo police, as these studies do not examine the appropriateness of 30 mph limits on specific roads. No engineering studies would be needed as any driver in the area can see the type of roads. Studies have shown that 10 percent of pedestrians hit by cars moving at 20 mph are likely to be fatally injured, but 90 percent of people hit by cars moving at 40 mph suffer fatal injuries. Hopefully, the commission will give the merits of this petition careful consideration. Robert Anderson LargoA dangerous, lawless LargoRe: Watch Your Step, pedestrian safety series, Jan. 3 and Jan. 10.Editor: I just cant believe the excuses as to why its dangerous and whos fault it is. The people writing these articles obviously dont walk the sidewalks and intersections. Why is it so dangerous to cross a street when theres a big white walk signal? Because of the turn-right-onred law. Thats right; people are given the right to cruise through a red light. It was the law to come to a complete stop, look both ways, and only if its clear, turn right with caution, but when they admit that, as long as your doing 12 mph or less and your not putting other people in danger, its OK to run that red light. My wife and I walk mostly on East Bay Drive between U.S. 19 and Missouri Avenue to Rosary Road. We have been spit at, cussed at, threatened, and almost ran down. Not only is it the cars on the street, but its also the bicycles, scooters, oversized wheelchairs, vines, trees, bushes, weeds, grass, garbage cans, fences, dogs, kids, drug addicts, drug dealers, alcoholics, bus stops, and bolts sticking up from the sidewalk that I tripped over last night, etc. Walking in Largo is extremely dangerous. I have emailed the Largo mayor, police chief, commissioners, public works, code enforcement and everyone else concerned. So guess what their answer is, excuses as to why they have a hard time getting up from behind their desk and walk the streets that they use as a platform to get votes, or how theyre undermanned and this problem is not high enough on their priority pole. They begged for the job, but only care about their next paycheck. But, let me get back on the subject of a dangerous, lawless Largo: Bus stops should be built before the intersection not after. Bus stops encourage jaywalking, which is almost never enforced. There should be a lot less stops. There should be a red light camera at every intersection and enforce the law or put up some inexpensive no turn on red signs. People worry that the cameras are just for money, well, collect all the money you want, because these intersections are a lot safer for the pedestrian. Get the cops to enforce the Yield to U turns law. Thats right, before you turn right on that red light you have to wait for people to complete their U turn. This is a dangerous situation for pedestrians. Another dangerous situation is bikes without lights speeding up and down the sidewalks. This is another law thats ignored. This only touches the tip of the iceberg. B. Farran LargoFood for thoughtRe: Keeping Largo pedestrians safe, Largo Leader, Jan. 10Editor: City works to educate residents, improve crosswalks and roads to reduce fatalities. This sounds like a good workable plan. However, people need to be killed or crippled for life before action is taken on serious intersections in Largo. I am a new resident in Largo, coming from several relatives and friends in police work. The intersection mentioned on the front page on Jan. 10 pulled my heartstrings to write this letter. Sometimes the answer is right in front of you but is so simple no one has discussed this with the traffic department. I would suggest, with the problem of right turn on red, the signs be placed next to the red/yellow/green light in the right lane. Keene Road and East Bay Drive was in question and 99 percent of the drivers making a right in front of CVS do not stop or let a walker go by, I know, I have had this experience. Does the Largo police chief have a say in this matter? Traffic department? Commissioners? Food for thought. Now I feel better. Barbara Fisher LargoThe government answers to the peopleEditor: In response to a letter against an American citizen to own a weapon, it must be stated that this was intended to ensure that citizens had weapons to protect themselves against those in and out of our country who want to take away our inalienable rights. This specifically is meant to protect us from a tyrannical federal government! The Congress and the President do not have the right to take our rights away. Any changes in the Constitution comes from the people not the government that answers to the people! Right now this president does not have the support of all the people! Attilio Corbo Indian ShoresA warning about domestic violenceEditor: Super Bowl Sunday is a few days away. It may be a great day for football, but it is the worst day of the year for domestic violence. Congress has failed to renew the Violence Against Women Act. Shame on them. Please be careful. Remember domestic violence is alcohol-fueled. Please be careful. Jeff Shelton Largo Characters we may have knownHow many characters have you encountered in your lifetime? Im not talking about symbols, or letters of the alphabet. Im referring to those men and women who, either by intent or accident, gain the reputation of being a character. Often the full term is real character. That guy Charlie hes a real character! A character is sometimes referred to by other names. Such as a real card. Or a nut case. Or a queer fish. Take your pick, but be ready to define your choice. Tags can be tricky. What makes a character a character? What makes one person a character to some of his acquaintances, and a pain in the neck to everyone else he knows? How many genuine characters should you expect to meet in a lifetime? If you cant immediately answer those questions, dont feel bad. Were talking about a foggy, ill-defined area. Years ago I knew a character Ill call Henry, an intense, talkative, sometimes overwhelming man. He was an artist, sailboat jockey, gun lover and erstwhile recovered alcoholic. He carried a pistol in his sock, just in case. An evening in Henrys presence could leave you exhausted but thoroughly entertained. You didnt have to search for conversational topics Henry took care of that. He was generally well informed, but he carried with him a number of ideas that were so far out in left field you couldnt even see them. He stayed sober for many years, and helped dozens of other alcoholics. Then one day he decided to go back to drinking, which he did, in moderate fashion, until his death. Ive never known another alcoholic who could carry off that trick without quickly crashing, but Henry did it. He was a character, at least by my estimate. I could never be a character. Im too dull. I have a few quirks (we all do) but Im conventional in most respects. Characters always have one or more traits that are out of bounds in the eyes of normal persons. Sooner or later, a true character will go off the reservation, sometimes by breaking the law but usually by just being stubborn, self-willed or passionate about a cause or a personal belief. Is Donald Trump a character? He could be, if he were likeable or amusing. But hes not. The Donald is a pain. Most characters although irritating at times are not really painful to be around. They are usually amusing in some fashion, often without trying. But being funny doesnt automatically qualify a person to be known as a character. Im sitting here thinking of all the professional comedians we know, and Im having trouble identifying any of them as full-fledged characters. One reason for that: a comedian is a performer. He/she is trying to be entertaining, and that immediately disqualifies him. A true character doesnt have to try to be one. Hes that way because he cant help it. Politicians are sometimes characters, or at least come close to being one. Lyndon Johnson might have deserved the title of a real character because of his quirks and habits, if only he hadnt been so mean and vengeful. A character is seldom a frightening person, and LBJ could (and did) scare the wits out of his opponents. Jack Kennedy was a man of memorable traits, but I dont think he could be called a character. Same way with Richard Nixon. Both men were conniving souls who tried to shape their reputations for public consumption. But a true character doesnt much care what the public thinks of him. Teddy Roosevelt lived on the brink of character-dom (if such a word exists). So did Calvin Coolidge. The late Senator Everett Dirksen (R-Illinois) was a character. His florid oratorical style earned him the nickname The Wizard of Ooze. He campaigned hard for the marigold to be adopted as the national flower. The Texan Ross Perot, who sort of ran for president in 1992, was a full-fledged character, and it probably cost him his chance at the White House. Does todays Congress contain any characters? Probably, but the normal goings-on in the House and Senate are so bizarre its hard to tell whos a character and whos not. If you are determined to meet a character, associate with dogs. The canine world is flush with pets whose personalities are funny, unpredictable and borderline crazy. Today Im close to two dogs a mini-schnauzer named Max and a white whippet, Annabelle. Max is a fanatic in the defense of his home, but hes not really a character. But Annabelle is. Her love of life, people and adventure catapult her outside the lines almost every day. I guess thats where all characters are most at home: outside the lines.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send him an email at email@example.com. Drivers SeatBob Driver Arming our schools is not the wayArmed guards patrol the perimeter of a fenced facility. Vehicles are inspected as they travel in and out of a checkpoint with more armed guards and police dogs. The facility is not a prison or military base. Its an elementary school. Its a middle school. Its a high school. Its a college. Students, teachers and staff pass through metal detectors at an entrance manned by more armed guards. Inside even more armed guards roam the halls, making rounds through classrooms, bathrooms, offices and dining rooms. Outside, they patrol playgrounds, school grounds, gymnasiums and sports fields. Will elementary school children and other students really feel safe in such an environment? Or will they be traumatized by the constant reminder that theyre in danger? Who thinks there has to be a better way? The National Rifle Association and others say we can keep our children safe using guntoting guards at our schools. Maybe my imagination is working overtime but I cant help but visualize something closer to a police state.But I dont like guns. They make me nervous. My fathers father was killed in a hunting accident years ago. I never knew him. We didnt have guns in our house. We didnt have guns in our schools. I lived through integration in the early 1970s. I remember too well the tension in the hallways during those first few months as black and whites were forced together. There were threats, fights and rumors of knives, but no guns. The biggest problems were caused by outsiders bused in to hold protests in the park just outside the school grounds. But they didnt bring guns. I remember feeling worried, but never really scared. Most of my teachers did a good job of making a place where everyone felt they belonged. Attitudes made a huge difference. I cant imagine going to school in a place where armed guards were the norm. I fear that arming our schools would create a belief that we cant be safe without protection of guards. I think the lesson we would communicate to our children would cause undue harm. I fear it would lead to more confrontations involving guns as we teach our kids to associate guns with safety and self-protection. We have to address the reasons our youth are turning to violence. We need to better train our teachers and school counselors in mental health issues and ask them to look closer for signs of children and youth who need help. Instead of ignoring those who dont quite fit in, the quiet ones, the belligerent ones, the anti-social kids, they need to stand up for them, protect them and in turn protect everyone around them. Parents have to be more responsible. They have to pay attention to their kids. They have to reach out for help if needed. And help must be available. Parenting isnt taught in schools, although I think it should be. Parents are responsible for their children, but society needs to be responsible for making sure parenting is an important part of our world. Our kids are hurting. Violence and killing are romanticized on TV, in video games and on news broadcasts. Theyre becoming desensitized to blood and death. No one is teaching them the difference between pretend and reality. No one is teaching them that violence is not the answer. While arming schools might indeed prevent future tragedies, it wont do away with the reasons our youth are choosing such drastic actions. Why do they do what they do? Where do the ideas come from? How do they learn to shoot and kill? How do they get access to the weapons? What would make a kid choose to shoot down teachers, fellow classmates or in the more recent case, innocent elementary school children? Until we find those answers, we cant prevent other tragedies. We can arm our schools and meet violence with violence. But is that the means to an end or just a way to perpetuate tragedy? We must come together and find a better way to deal with this problem and keep guns out of our school. Our kids are depending on us. Im not anti-guns. They have their purposes and Americans certainly have the legal rights to own them. But, do guns really create a safer environment? I think not.Our kids are hurting. Violence and killing are romanticized on TV, in video games and on news broadcasts. Theyre becoming desensitized to blood and death. Please type letters to the editor (or print legibly) and include your name, town of residence, phone number and signature and mail to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Emails should include town of residence and telephone and be sent to tgermond@TBNweekly .com. We will not print the letter writers phone number. Here are some more guidelines for letters: Letters are printed on a firstcome, first-served basis. They may be edited to correct grammar, spelling and factual errors. They also may be edited for clarity. Please keep letters to editor to 500 words. Longer letters may be cut due to space limitations. Letters should address issues or current events. Please refrain from making unsubstantiated allegations. The newspaper will not print letters that contain slanderous or racial statements. Please do not use profanity. We do not publish poetry or songs in letters to the editor. Each writer may submit one letter per month. We cant return letters to the editor. Please allow two weeks from the time you submitted your letter for it to be published before inquiring as to its status. We wont print anonymous letters. 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Proceeds will benefit Pet Pal Animal Shelters animal medical fund. Animal Services to close Jan. 30 for staff trainingLARGO Pinellas County Animal Services will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 30, for in-house training. The facility will resume regular business hours on Thursday, Jan. 31. Pinellas County Animal Services is located at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Normal hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the adoption center closing at 4:30 p.m. The adoption center is also open the first and third Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. To reclaim a lost pet, visit the shelter between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The facility is closed all Pinellas County holidays. For information on how to adopt, donate or volunteer, join Pinellas County Animal Services on Facebook. To learn more about the shelter, visit www.pinellascounty .org/animalservices or call 5822600. The lost or found pets hotline is 582-2604. For information, visit www.pet palanimalshelter.com or thesportsbarandgrill.com.Feline foster families neededSave Our Strays, a nonprofit cat rescue in Pinellas County, has a policy that is they will take back returned cats. However, many cats have been returned this winter and the foster homes are full. There is no place to put these sweet cats until new forever homes can be found for them. As a no-kill organization, Save Our Strays is actively seeking new foster families to care for these cats on a temporary or permanent basis. Many are sweet, loving kitties that just want to be a lap cat again. Foster participants must be able to drive and be available for a home visit from a current volunteer prior to volunteering. Dry food and litter are provided if needed. Call 481-5262 for details. Looking for a homePippiLooking for a lovable tabby cat? Pippi, a beautiful brown tabby who is about 8 months old, may just be the cat for you. Super affectionate, she loves to sleep on the bed and on her humans lap. Adventurous and humorous, she even enjoys playing in water. This great kitty has fun with other cats, though she is not sure if she likes dogs. She has been spayed, vetted, microchipped and is current on her vaccinations. To meet and fall in love with Pippi, call Save Our Strays at 545-1116. Visit www.saveourstraysinc.com. SandySandy is a 9-month-old female hound mix. At 41 pounds, she is expected to be a medium to large dog. She loves to romp with other dogs, plays fetch and knows her basic commands. Dont let this demure photo fool you she is a playful pup. Sandy has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. To learn more about Sandy and our other adoptable animals, contact Pet Pal Animal Shelter, 328-7738 or visit 405 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg. Visit www.petpalanimalshelter.com. Community calendarEducators association to meetLARGO The South Pinellas Retired Educators Association will meet Thursday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m., at the Stavros Center, 12090 Starkey Road. Ralph Heath, founder of the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, will discuss the organizations mission to save and promote the beauty of West Coast seabird life. SPCREA meets second Thursdays, 11 a.m., from October through May. Meetings are open to all who have worked in the field of education, including teachers, support personnel and administrators, whether here in Florida or elsewhere. The meeting is not used for business. Meetings usually include a song, a thought for the day and announcements about future meetings, conferences, help needed or recognition of birthdays. At each meeting, group members have an opportunity to help a local charity, carefully chosen by the project cheer committee. The featured agency for February will be the Pinellas Point Nursing and Rehab Center which requests body lotion, body wash, yarns and looms for making potholders. For information, call Joyce Walters at 526-5065 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.Music associates group to meetCLEARWATER The North Suncoast Associates, a support group of the Florida Orchestra, will hold its winter meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m., at the La Quinta Inn, 21338 U.S. 19. The public is invited to enjoy light refreshments before hearing two highlight presentations of the meeting. The presentations are the following: A discussion by John Fleming, performing arts critic for the Tampa Bay Times since 1991. Musical selections and comments by Dee Moses, principal doublebass of the Florida Orchestra since 1975. Fleming has been an editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sunday magazine, a business editor at Georgia Trend Magazine in Atlanta, a staff writer for Metropolis in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Chicago Reader. He has won first place awards twice from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and served on the executive board of the Music Critics Association of North America. Moses serves as adjunct instructor of double-bass at the University of South Florida, maintains a private studio and presents master classes and recitals. He holds bachelors and masters degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since 2005, Moses has been principal bass of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival in Virginia. His performances include Florimezzo, Musica Viva, Cooperstown, Scotia, Eastern, Bowdoin and Taipei festivals. For reservations, call 441-4240 or 781-0546 by Saturday, Feb. 9.Second Time Arounders slate chili cook-offST. PETERSBURG The Original Second Time Arounders Marching Band plans its fifth annual Chili Cook-off Saturday, Feb. 2, at Fergs Sports Bar and Grill, 1320 Central Ave. Admission is $10 to try as many of the recipes as you care to. For details on entering a recipe, visit www.secondtimearounders.org or contact Shelly at email@example.com or call 813-335-5256. The Second Time Arounders marching band was founded in 1983 by Bill Findeison, the conductor, and Herb Melleney, then director of the Festival of States celebration. With more than 500 members ranging in age from 18 to 84 and performing five to seven times per year, the band only requires experience in a high school, college, or military marching band.Rock the Arts benefit setCLEARWATER The public is invited to Rock the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m. to midnight, at Gasoline Alley, 14042 66th St. N., Largo, sponsored by the Clearwater Arts Alliance. The event presents an evening of classic rock to benefit arts programs in the greater Clearwater area. The event will feature local classic and alternative rock band, Cross-Eyed Larry. Bay News 9 entertainment reporter, Virginia Johnson, will emcee the evenings entertainment, which also will include acrobats, dancers, an artsy auction, and 50/50 cash drawings. Light hors doeuvres also will be included with admission, and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased at www.clearwaterartsalliance.org or at the door. Proceeds will be used to support the alliances arts education and advocacy programs. Its 2012 initiatives included a grant awarded to Skycrest Elementary, enabling hundreds of third, fourth and fifth graders to work with a professional artist in designing and constructing a 15-foot sculpture, not on permanent display in front of the school.County to host mobile collection eventTARPON SPRINGS Pinellas County Solid Waste will host a mobile collection event Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at East Lake High School, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive. Residents are encouraged to collect hazardous waste items from their home, office or garage, and properly dispose of them at the event. Pinellas County Solid Waste offers this service free to county households. Businesses should arrange for drop-off and payment by calling Creative Recycling at 813-621-2319 for electronics, or EQ Florida at 813-319-3400 for chemicals. Household electronics and chemicals such as TVs, cell phones, computers, paints, motor oil, fertilizers and batteries should never be dumped in the regular trash, drains, storm sewers or on the ground. These products can be harmful to the environment and to the people handling them if they are not disposed of properly. Electronics (e-waste) contain useful materials that can be extracted and recycled, such as aluminum, glass and plastic. As for chemicals, the average household can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of chemicals around the home over time. For more information on mobile collections, what to bring and what not to bring, or on the permanent Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Center, call 464-7500 or visit www.pinellas county.org/utilities.VFW auxiliary to host Crock for the CureDUNEDIN The Veterans of Foreign War Post 2550 Ladies Auxiliary of Dunedin, located at Douglas Avenue and Beltrees Street, is happy to hold its 2nd Annual Crock for the Cure on Saturday, Jan. 26 to benefit cancer aid and research. Crock-pot recipes will be judged for the most unique, best overall and crowd favorite. Judging begins at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Cost is $7 for dinner. Come see our new updated Non-Smoking Club. For more information, call 799-3343.
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Tirado Jr.LARGO Marine Corps Pfc. Jose M. Tirado Jr. recently earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Tirado is the son of Milly Tirado of Tampa, and Jose Tirado of Largo. He is a 2012 graduate of Sickles High School of Tampa. John D. Dwinell PALM HARBOR Air Force Airman John D. Dwinell recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Dwinell is the son of Sherry and David Dwinell of Stag Thicket Lane, Palm Harbor. He is a 2012 graduate of East Lake High School, Tarpon Springs. ravino of Palm Harbor. Ciaravino is a 2001 graduate of Harper Woods High School, Mich. He also received a masters degree in 2012 from Trident University International, Cypress, Calif.Charity H. Kidder CLEARWATER Air Force Airman 1st Class Charity H. Kidder recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Kidder is the daughter of Shelley Kidder of Clearwater, and niece of Laurie Tiesiera of Tulare, Calif. She is a 2005 graduate of Clearwater High School. She earned a bachelors degree in 2010 from Southeastern University, Lakeland. attend and complete their bachelors degree at a four-year college.Jeremy D. Long TARPON SPRINGS Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Jeremy D. Long recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Long is the son of Christopher and Junko Long of Tarpon Springs. He earned distinction as an honor graduate. John D. Dwinell Joseph P. Ciaravino Justin S. Lancaster Josue J. Rivera Charity H. Kidder Joseph P. Ciaravino PALM HARBOR Joseph P. Ciaravino recently was promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force. Ciaravino is a flight commander assigned to the 28th Comptroller Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. The new captain has served in the military for six years. He is the son of Vito and Kim Ciaravino, and grandson of Salvatore and Josephine Ciaravino all of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. He also is the brother of Vito A. Ciaravino of Rockford, Mich., and nephew of John and Cynthia Cia-Justin S. Lancaster ST. PETERSBURG Air Force Airman Justin S. Lancaster recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Lancaster is the brother of John Lancaster of St. Petersburg, and brother of Melissa Lancaster of Pembroke Pines. He is a 2012 graduate of Dixie M. Hollins High School.Josue J. Rivera LARGO Air Force Airman Josue J. Rivera recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Rivera is the son of Monica Vega of Largo. He is a 2012 graduate of Osceola Fundamental High School, Seminole.Robert Luth DUNEDIN Robert Luth recently enrolled in the Army ROTC Early Commissioning Program. Luth is a student at Marion Military Institute, Marion, Ala. He is the son of Ken R. Luth and Michaelne Havas, both of Dunedin. Luth graduated in 2012 from Dunedin High School. The ECP is a two-year accelerated program for those students that meet the criteria to receive associate degrees and be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard. They then mustShane L. Jackson ST. PETERSBURG Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Shane L. Jackson recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Jackson is the son of Annette Hodge and Robert Jackson of St. Petersburg. He is a 2003 graduate of Northeast High School. He earned an associate degree in 2012 from Santa Fe College, Gainesville. Shane L. Jackson Jeremy D. LongMatthew Kennedy SEMINOLE Air Force Airman 1st Class Matthew Kennedy recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Kennedy is the son of Ronald Kennedy of Seminole. He is a 2006 graduate of Seminole High School. He earned a bachelors degree in 2010 from Florida State University, Tallahassee. Matthew KennedyAndres Pareja CLEARWATER Air Force Airman Andres Pareja recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Pareja is the son of Enrique and Catalina Pareja of Clearwater. He is a 2011 graduate of Clearwater High School.Justin Restad ST. PETERSBURG Air Force Reserve Airman Justin Restad recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air See MILITARY, page 13A
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Suite 101 Palm Harbor, FL 34684 MAs LPNsWE ARE GROWINGAND WE ARE HIRINGWE ARE GROWINGAND WE ARE HIRINGInquire about our SIGN-ON BONUS!Log ontowww.dc-fl.comto obtain an application Fax to Human Resources at727-501-7213 Anderson-Kandt Benjamin Kandt proposes to Alana Anderson Dec. 9 at Rollins College.Alana Anderson and Benjamin Kandt will be married on Dec. 21, 2013, in Winter Park. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Allan and Gina Anderson of Seminole. The groom-to-be is the son of Randy Kandt of Macomb, Mich., and Maureen Sisson of Largo. Kandt and Anderson graduated from Seminole High School. Kandt graduated from University of Central Florida, Orlando, in December 2012. Anderson will graduate from University of Central Florida, Orlando, in December 2013. Philip and Elizabeth Libby Lecceardone celebrated their 72nd anniversary on Nov. 25, 2012. The couple resided in Harnell, N.Y., where they raised five children, including Judith Woodbury of Ellenton; Sandy Layton of Wilmington, N.C.; Phyl Marie Smith of Seminole; Lew Lecceardone of Clearwater; and Susie Davis of Seminole. Philip and Elizabeth have 11 grandchildren, 23 greatgrandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. The couple relocated to Florida in 1974 after two years of traveling.Lecceardones celebrate 72nd anniversary Crittenden-Fricke Courtney Crittenden of Orlando and Michael Fricke of Seminole will be married on Friday, May 3, 2013, at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Faith briefsOak Ridge Wesleyan ChurchLARGO Camp meeting services will be offered Sundays, 8:30 a.m., through Feb. 10, at Oak Ridge Wesleyan Church, 11000 110th Ave. N. Phillip Gray, senior pastor, will conduct the services, which will include special music and singing. Following each service, there will be a concert at 10 a.m. The following groups will perform: Forgiven Trio, Jan. 27 The Dubbled Family, Feb. 3 The Webb Family, Feb. 10 Call 393-9182 or visit www.oakridgewesleyanchurch.com.Unity Community ChurchDUNEDIN Soup, salad and supper will be presented Friday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m., at Unity Community Church, 1315 Bayshore Blvd. Following the meal, the movie My Greatest Teacher will be shown at 7 p.m. The movie is based on the true story of Wayne W. Dyer. It is a compelling drama that explores the transformational power of forgiveness. Attendees will be asked to make a donation. Also, the church will welcome guest speaker Bill Brooks, musician, Sunday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. Music has always been a part of Brooks life, beginning in 1967. He shared the stage with many well-known bands and musicians in the 1960s and s and fell into a life of drugs, drinking and rock and roll. When he was at his lowest point, he turned his life over to the care of God and was healed. Brooks is an ordained music minister who travels full time to share his music ministry and give his testimony all over the country. For information, call 734-0635 or visit www.unitydunedin.org.Northside Baptist ChurchST. PETERSBURG Growth in Faith will host a womens retreat Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9, at Northside Baptist Church, 6000 38th Ave. N. Doors will open on Friday at 6 p.m. The retreat will feature speaker Carol Kent bringing a message of hope that will last. Diana Burgess will serve as the worship leader. Mini-session speakers will include Sandi Urie, Kim Mohsen, Karen Davis and Gerry Gardner. Cost is $35, which includes a mug and muffin and box lunch on Saturday. Call 399-7417 or visit www.growthinfaith.com.Erin MyersSEMINOLE Navy Airman Erin Myers and other sailors from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) recently conducted operations in the Asia-Pacific region with sailors from the USS George Washington (CVN 73). Myers is the daughter of Penny Myers of Seminole. She is a 2008 graduate of Central Dauphin High School of Harrisburg, Pa. and joined the Navy in April 2012.Selena Patacco TARPON SPRINGS Air Force Airman Selena Patacco recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Patacco is the daughter of Kristi and Dean Newell of Trinity. She is a 2012 graduate of Tarpon Springs High School.Christopher Owens ST. PETERSBURG Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher Owens recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Owens is the son of Robert Owens of St. Petersburg, and Dana Becoate of Homestead, Pa. He is a 2009 graduate of Langley High School, Pittsburgh. Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Restad is the son of Christiana Shaffer of St. Petersburg, and Raymond Shaffer of Burleson, Texas. He is a 2011 graduate of Burleson High School, Texas. MILITARY, from page 12A Justin Restad Justin NashJohn Homsey CLEARWATER Air Force Airman John Homsey recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Homsey is the son of John Homsey of Clearwater, and Keli Heisey of Land O Lakes. He is a 2012 graduate of Land O Lakes High School.Justin Nash ST. PETERSBURG Air Force Airman Justin A. Nash recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Nash is the son of Guy Nash of St. Petersburg. He is a 2012 graduate of St. Petersburg High School. John Homsey
Race to raise funds for schools14A Outdoors Leader, January 24, 2013 SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE SAVE BRAND NAMES PRINTABLE FREE Start at www.tbnweekly.com 41212 CLICK PRINTSAVE!ITS EASY Find all area homes at ...Call Us for Your FREE Consultationwww.HomeInPinellas.com(727) 289-4810 012413 www.Pinellas-HouseValues.comWhats YOUR House Worth in Todays Market? Find out at Short Sales Residential/Commercial Closings 1031 Exchanges Reverse Mortgages For Sale By Owner Packages Available 8640 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772 Seminole Title Company 392-5906011013 Whats Sellingin Pinellas County This lovely home situated on a cul-de-sac overlooking a private pond is located in a beautiful well kept area. Impressive, open floor plan, high ceilings and Terracotta flooring. The kitchen is completely redone with large center island. Contract within 5 days on the market!Julie FoldenColdwell Banker 5Bedrooms/3Baths Largo Seminole Indian Rocks Beach Madeira Beach $460,000 SOLD Beautifully maintained family home. Split plan with lots of storage, screen enclosed and solar heated pool with covered lanai that wraps around the back of the house. Custom kitchen cabinets, granite counters, hurricane windows,, dimensional shingle roof and much more.Caroleanne VoracRealty Executives Adamo & Associates 4BR/2BA/2CG $223,000 SOLD Outatanding top floor views of the sunsets over the Gulf await the new owners. It comes completely furnished with cozy Florida decor which makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. Sand Castle North is a small complex in the center of Indian Rocks Beach.Ted Anderson and Mary Kay CzengeSmith & Associates 3Bedrooms/2Baths $419,900 SOLD Great waterfront lot with spectacular open water on Madeira Beach. If you are looking to build a new home on boating water, this property is perfect! Features boat slip and brand new seawall. Walking distance to beach & minutes to Johns Pass by boat.Sandy HartmannRealty Executives Adamo & Associates Lot $170,000 SOLD012413 Trout remain anglers top targetA brief cool down last weekend shouldnt have had much effect on our inshore fishing. If anything it might help out a bit. The trout fishing has been good countywide. There are lots of big trout in the northern region around the spoil islands, and there are plenty of gator-sized trout to be caught down south as well, in and among the many potholes of Fort De Soto. Our water temperature was right around 65 degrees before this last front came through. If it were to drop a few degrees it probably would bunch the trout up even better. Whether your fishing up north or down south the tide is crucial when targeting the big trout. In the northern county the spoil islands north of Dunedin Causeway are no secret this time of year, a scene often made obvious by the barrage of boats anchored around every island. Its true that these islands hold good fish and most often the best bite occurs just after the tide starts to come in. Well usually start out bouncing soft-plastic jigs until we locate the fish and then switch to a live free-lined live select shrimp. If fighting the crowds isnt your idea of a good time then move around a bit. All the spoil islands hold trout to some capacity as well as the miles of grass flats that line the eastern shoreline in this part of the region. In the southern part of the region the big trout tend to bunch up around deep potholes. Low tides are the key and wade fishing is often your best approach. These deep holes can actually be located at home on your computer, or on the go, via your smart phone. Satellite imagery websites can clearly show the angler the lay of the land and these deep holes are easy to spot. Again soft-plastic jigs are the lure of choice and a free-lined shrimp is seldom refused. Silver trout remain abundant off area beaches and with an easterly wind this week fishing for them should be good. Unless youve been fishing for them recently and have a rough idea were theyve been holding, plan on spending some time either fan casting as you probe the waters for a school or driving around while looking at your bottom machine. Once you find them its not uncommon to pick up a fish every cast. Good places to start looking would be Indian Shores all the way south past Redington Pier. This stretch seems to attract the silver trout year after year. Until next week get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. To get a sh photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. Photo by JIM LAYFIELDRobins feast on the berries of Brazilian pepper trees that grow along the railroad tracks near Starkey Road in Largo on Jan. 20. Robins are winter visitors to Florida, and the berries are readily available during their stay. If the berries have been on the tree too long, they ferment, producing a wine-like alcohol that can intoxicate the robins. Brazilian pepper trees are an invading exotic species, and robins carry seeds from the berries in their digestive tracts and help spread the invader through their droppings.A scrumptious buffet Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wellerstein Largo to offer fishing class and excursionLARGO Learn fish identification, angler etiquette, knot tying, casting, types of equipment and much more in a four-week class on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 29 through Feb. 19 at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. Once completed, the class will board the Double Eagle for a deep-sea fishing trip. The cost is $56 for residents and $70 for nonresidents and includes the class and outing, poles and bait. Participants also will pay for a $2 parking permit during the excursion. The deep-sea fishing trip will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 8 a.m. to noon, launching from Clearwater Beach. Participants must be 18 or older. For more information, visit PlayLargo.com or call Christina at 587-6740 ex. 5008. The Largo Leader welcomes your news! Email information to Largo Leader Editor Juliana Torres at jtorres@TBNweekly.com. Our deadline is Friday at noon. LARGO Gulf Coast Giving is helping raise money for Pinellas County Schools. Join the fun in an annual 5K/1-mile run/walk Easter Hop on Saturday, March 16, 8 a.m. in Walsingham Park. A family fun morning will be packed with races and a visit from the Easter bunny. There also will be an Easter egg hunt. Race perks include a T-shirt, music, food, water stations, a silent auction, raffle by bib number, giveaways, finisher medals, and arts and crafts for the kids. Cost is $20 until March 1 or $25 until March 15. Kids under 18 are free with a registered adult. Register at www.gulfcoastgiving.org/run. Proceeds will benefit the schools with IT equipment and provide training for staff and students. ST. PETERSBURG The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation announced that registration is now open for the fourth annual Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K Run, Walk N Wheel-a-thon. This event will take place on Friday, March 22, as part of festivities surrounding the IZOD IndyCar Series season-opener. Start time is 7:15 p.m. at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. To register or for more information, visit www.imathlete.com/events/hond agrandprixrunwalkandwheel. Trim Nutrition, official nutrition partner for the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights and a leader in wellness supplements and sustained energy products, is the presenting sponsor of this event. Working in tandem, SSPF and Trim Nutrition will be responsible for the logistics and operations of the event. Supporting the community is something that is important to us, said Tim Ramsberger, vice president and general manager of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. We are happy to open up our race track for this fundraiser; it is a wonderful part of what will be an exciting weekend. We encourage everyone in St. Petersburg to sign up and show their support. All proceeds will benefit SSPF and the PBA/Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities to raise money for paralysis/spinal cord injury research. Participants will have the opportunity to run, walk or wheel their way around the very course that the stars of the IZOD IndyCar Series will be competing on later that weekend. Were pleased with the success that lets us produce the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 5K Run, Walk N Wheel-athon for the fourth year in a row, said Ida Cahill, president and CEO of SSPF. This event provides the community with the unique opportunity to experience the thrill of the Honda Grand Prix from the perspective of the IndyCar Series drivers while at the same time raising money and awareness for a great cause.About the Sam Schmidt Paralysis FoundationThe SSPF was started in 2000 by IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt shortly after a practice-run crash left him paralyzed from the chest down. SSPF is leading the charge to cure paralysis by funding scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances benefiting those with spinal cord injuries, stroke victims and people diagnosed with ALS, Alzheimers and Parkinsons diseases. About the Honda Grand Prix of St. PetersburgThe Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg takes place March 2224, 2013 and is run on a 1.8mile, 14-turn waterfront circuit that includes a combination of adjacent downtown streets circling Pioneer Park, the Progress Energy Center for the Arts, the Salvador Dali Museum and extending onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport, which overlook the Tampa Bay and picturesque St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina. To learn more about the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, visit www.gpstpete.com.Honda Grand Prix 5K Run set March 22 Youth track beginsLARGO The city of Largo has started a youth track program, for ages 5 to 18, held on Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. The program includes three practices at Largo High School and one track meet per month at an off site location, which will require travel. Youth from Largo will team up to run against friends and rivals from other local cities. The program is $55 for Largo residents and $68.75 for nonresidents. Register at any of Largos recreation centers. Visit www.largosports.com for track meet locations. For more information, call Brian at 365-0044.Shape up for runLARGO Highland Recreation Center is offering a group-training program to help new runners prepare for the Shamrockn Run 5K on March 15. Classes will meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. through March 13, at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. The cost is $40 for residents and $50 for nonresidents. Participants ages 12 to 17 are half price with recreation card. Class fee includes the Shamrockn Run registration cost. McGough to host night hikeLARGO A free and interpretative night hike will be presented Saturday, Feb. 16, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at George C. McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th N. St. Call 518-3047.
McGough Nature Park names new red-shouldered hawkOutdoors 15A Leader, January 24, 2013 Get The NewsALL FORFREE!Sign Up Today! www.TBNweekly.com e-E d itions121312 Heres what you will learn...Learn to Read the Bible EffectivelyTo Register and Get More Information Call (727)528-1197FREE Seminar Schedule Jan. 29 Introduction Feb. 5 Why two Testaments The Age of Prophecy Tips on Reading Overview of the Books of the Bible Part 2 Feb. 12 Terminology Part 1 Feb. 19 Critics of the Bible Background Study Tools The Purpose of God Revealed The Bible interprets Itself Overview of the Books of the Bible Part 3 History Lesson Part 4 Overview of the Books of the Bible Part 1 Terminology Part 2 Study Tools Part 2 Why the Bible is difficult to read Cross References Version of the Bible Feb. 26 Mystery Terminology Part 3 Overview of the Books of the Bible Part 5 The Jews and the Law of Moses Mar. 5 Life and Death in the Bible Overview of the Books of the Bible Part 6 Good vs. Evil Terminology 4 Conclusion011713 Hampton Inn & Suites 100 East Bay Drive, Largo Time: 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Who wrote the Bible where did it come from? 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Obituaries Carroll V. LOVETT75, and former Clearwater resident of 13 years, passed away peacefully in Pittsburgh, Pa. on January 13, 2013. He was a loving husband to Joan, beloved father of Marsha, (husband, Chris) and Leslie, (husband, Jeff), and a proud grandfather of three. Donations may be made to www.kidney.org.Anne Elizabeth CHEETHAM87, of Seminole, Fla., went home to the Lord, Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at St. Vincents Hospital, Birmingham, Ala. Born in Mobile, Ala., she moved to Seminole in 1959 with her family. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Anne worked for a number of years at the Bank of Belleair Bluffs as the head bookkeeper. She served the Seminole community in various capacities as a City of Seminole Councilwoman (1983-1992), Advisory Board member for St. Petersburg Community College, Chaplin for the Seminole Ladies Elks, pastpresident of Bay Ridge Civic Association and volunteered for community activities such as the city Pow Wow Festival, Chamber of Commerce and Library. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Bill Cheetham, and survived by her son Daniel; two daughters, Carol Moyer and Penny Rasmussen; 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. A private service will be held for the family at a later date. Memorials may be made to Seminole Library. TELL THE PUBLIC ABOUT YOUR SERVICES, CALL 397-5563 Church And Temple Directory112912L St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church 1955 S. Belcher Road ClearwaterParish Administration Ofce 727-531-7721 www.SCOSParish.orgDAILY MASS: Monday Friday 7:00am Monday & Wednesday 11:00 am Saturday 8:00 am CONFESSION SCHEDULE: Monday & Wednesday 10:30 am 10:50 am Saturday 3:00 pm 3:50 pm WEEKEND MASS: Saturday Vigil 4:00 pm Sunday 7:00 am & 9:00 am(Family Mass)11:00 am(Traditional Choir) 6:00 pm(Contemporary Choir)112912 Dolphins remind researcher who holds the key to projectWe got a great lesson the other day about who runs our dolphin conservation project, and it isnt me. Its the dolphins. Dolphin Watch has often said that when we get to watch dolphins, it is because the dolphins allow us to watch them. If they dont want a boat hovering in their vicinity, they can and do ditch that boat with great facility. That they so often choose not to ditch our research boat, but instead allow us to hover near them to study their ways and physical well-being as often as they do, is a profound privilege that makes it easy to forget who holds the key to our database Therefore, when every so often the dolphins remind us that our study is possible only because they allow or tolerate our periodic disturbances of their privacy, its a rueful reminder of whos running the show. It puts everything back into perspective. We were heading north when a half dozen dolphins, lined up side by side with no more than a mans outstretched-arms distance between them, appeared just on the other side of a small causeway about half way through the study area we monitor under federal permit. Capt. John Heidemann pulled around in a wide U-turn and, as it appeared that the dolphins were heading under the causeway, slowly passed under the causeway as well, going from sunny to shadowy and back to sunny waters again. We waited for the dolphins to surface on the other side of the causeway but they did not. Instead, they surfaced and milled about in the shadow of the causeway, a very unusual thing for local dolphins to do. As if they finally decided upon their route, they reformed their neat little parade rank, did a U-turn and headed north. Our local dolphins often do these kinds of abrupt U-turns, and it always makes me wonder what hidden stimulus elicited their hasty change of direction. The group was a nursery group comprised of three mother-calf pairs, all good friends. The calves are all different ages. Faces calf Facet was born in May 2012; this is its first experience with the chill of winter waters. Bets calf Ballou was born in July of 2011 and triumphed over a dramatic medical ordeal only to be bit by a shark (Dolphin Watchs Wrestling with Dinosaurs). Valiants calf Vidalia was born in February 2011 the only calf that we know of to be born in winter and has triumphed over a number of medical challenges (starting with his icy nursery). The latter two dolphins are recovering from sickly summers, and I had more than the usual eagerness to collect pictures of them to study in detail back at the lab. As they swam slowly away from the causeway, the wattage of the little nursery group waned even further until they behaved like a school of fish. They were falling asleep. Ah, thats perfect for photography! Sleeping or rather deeply dozing dolphins (for dolphins never sleep unconsciously as other mammals do) are rhythmic and predictable. When they choose to snooze next to the boat, their tranquil cadence fills the biggest camera coffers and sends unwary observers into meditative states. But this group used another tactic of sleepy dolphins, which was to swing back and forth under our boat, appearing first to port, then starboard, port again and so on. Moreover, they needed a lot of space between them and us. We could stay in their general vicinity as long as we stayed 60-80 feet away. Finally, they snoozed underwater, so we only saw them every once in a while. None of this was conducive to getting the detailed photographs I prefer for my dolphin database, but I should have been more appreciative: They would send an even stronger reminder of who holds the key to field research later that day. Data collected, we continued to the northern end of our study route, did our own U-turn and headed south, cruising across the same bays wed covered going north. In the distance, we saw a little group of dolphins. One was an unmistakable bright light gray and missing the top part of her dorsal fin: Ballou. It was the nursery group again. They turned and headed toward us, lifting their heads out of the water to look at us. This gesture also lifted their bright white rounded chins out of the water, and for a moment, we had the impression that a quartet of light bulbs was swimming over. We headed over to them. Then, we spent several minutes looking in all directions. Huh! The dolphins had utterly disappeared. PostscriptNone of this story was meant to teach boaters how to move around dolphins because it is illegal to approach them without a research permit. Just as the dolphins reminded me that it is they who hold the key to our research, I must remind readers about laws for boating around marine mammals: Boaters who do not hold a research permit are bound by law to stay 50 yards away from dolphins and 100 yards away from manatees. Nobody is above the law when it comes to marine mammals, even permit holders.Dr. Weaver studies wild dolphins under federal permit 16299, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Send her an email at dazzled@tampa bay.rr.com or visit her website www.dolphin superstore.com. NOAA advises anyone who sees a stranded dolphin in the Gulf of Mexico to call 877942-5343 or 877-433-8299. Photo by ANN WEAVERLocal bottlenose dolphins often begin to exhale before their blowholes have cleared the water, creating a voluptuous babble of bubbles just as Bet does in this photo. Dolphin WatchAnn Weaver BriefsOpen air market set to open LARGO A monthly Marine and Farmers Open Air Market will be presented starting Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing and Interactive Museum, 12211 Walsingham Road. The market is free to the public and will boast more than 50 vendors. Items for sale at the market will include fishing equipment and marine supplies, household goods, sportswear and clothing, nautical jewelry, plants, fruits and vegetables. Vendor booths are $25. Kicking off the event will be an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Cost is $5. Proceeds will help establish fishing clubs in all Pinellas County schools and will benefit the nonprofit foundation. A Guy Harvey movie will play in the Guy Harvey Outpost Auditorium at 10 a.m. For information, call Jim at 365-4660 or visit www.centerfor fishing.org.Corey Fresh Market continuesST. PETE BEACH The Corey Fresh Market is open Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Corey Avenue just off Gulf Boulevard. The market features more than 40 local vendors selling plants, produce, arts and crafts and specialty foods. There is live music and weekly appearances by Matthews Wildlife Rescue. Vendors include Mr. I Got Em BBQ!, Charlies Seafood, Joys Garlic & Sauces, The Guacamole Guy, The Cheese Lodge, Enchanted Sunshine Eucalyptus Oils, Hula Hoops, Wooks Beef Jerky, How Sweet It Is Rum Cakes, Katos Plants & Orchids and Sophi Anns Jams and Jellies. Corey merchants, restaurants and bars are open during market hours. Parking is free. Visit www.coreyave.com.Urban Farming Conference setLARGO The Urban Farming Small-to-Large Conference will be presented Saturday, Feb. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road. Attendees will learn how to grow food for the table as well as grow an urban farming business. The Pinellas County Extension will conduct a morning session geared to homeowners and commercial farmers covering hydroponic systems, chickens and integrated pest management. The afternoon session will focus on commercial urban farming to include getting a business started, regulations and marketing. Attendance limited to 200 participants. Cost is $7.50 each for morning and afternoon session or $12 for the full day. Call 582-2100, ext. 2 or visit www.eventbrite.com/event/4923 449169.Herb Society to meetCLEARWATER The Florida Herb Society will meet Tuesday, Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m., at Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole St. Rebecca Conroy of Learning to Bee Natural will discuss how to add rich sources of vital nutrients and enzymes to every meal. Attendees will have an opportunity to taste herbal salad dressings and chelation pesto. The goal of the FHS is to educate members and the general public in the growing and preservation of herbs for use in culinary, medicinal and decorative purposes. The event will include refreshments and herbal swaps. Visitors are welcome. The first meeting is free. Annual membership costs $25. For information, call Emily Wenzel at 365-8574 or email email@example.com.Farmers market opensCLEARWATER The Clearwater Gateway Farmers Market celebrated its grand opening Jan. 12. According to organizers, the attendance far exceeded participant goals with more than 40 vendors and approximately 2,200 visitors. The family-friendly event welcomed customers with bikes, dogs, and children. On Saturday, Jan. 19, the market added about 10 new vendors including Champion Cheesesteak, Denebi Design, Good Stuff Bake Shop, NR Spare Time, and Riddle on the Griddle. Among those returning were two produce vendors, Antonio Ts and Cher Her, and Florida Citrus Country. Guests enjoyed a live music performance by local singer, writer, and guitar player Rebekah Pulley. The Clearwater Gateway Farmers Market is a partnership between the city of Clearwater, the Pinellas County Health Departments Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant, the InterCultural Advocacy Center, and Pinellas County Health and Human Services. Current sponsors include Greektown Grille, Law Office of Francisco D. Coll, Pinellas Community Foundation. The Clearwater Gateway Farmers Market is on Cleveland Street east of Missouri Avenue. The LARGO The George C. McGough Nature Park has named its new female red-shouldered hawk Shay. Shay was found with a shattered bone in the tip of her right wing. She was brought to a veterinary office in Tarpon Springs where staff had to amputate a section of her wing. Due to Shays injury, she is no longer suited to live in the wild and has found a permanent home at McGough Nature Center. Shays enclosure and feeding is sponsored by the Clearwater Audubon Society and she receives free medical care from the veterinary staff at Busch Gardens. Visitors can see Shay in the centers new bird show on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. For information, call 518-3047 or visit LargoNature.com. McGough Nature Center is at 11901 146th St. N., Largo. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. daily. market is open to the public Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit myclearwatermarket.com.Weedon to host guided hikesST. PETERSBURG Guided hikes will be offered Saturdays, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Attendees will learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while going along on this free guided hike. Participants should bring water and a snack. A hat and closed-toe shoes also are recommended. The hike is best for ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedon islandpreserve.org.Forestry hike slatedTARPON SPRINGS A free forestry hike will be offered Wednesday, Feb. 20, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Attendees will join a local natural resources agent and hike along 2 miles of boardwalks and natural trails at Brooker Creek Preserve. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, cameras and questions. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org.
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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B January 24, 2013Visit www.TBNweekly.com By LEE CLARK ZUMPELARGO The Pinellas County Historical Society will once again turn back the pages of history as it presents the annual Pinellas Folk Festival on Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N. The event will feature a pleasing potpourri of song and harmony including traditional folk, gospel, crystal-clear country and western tunes and sweet-sounding bluegrass. Guests also will enjoy ethnic dance, a native-style flute circle, folk and bluegrass jams, storytelling, a childrens stage, traditional craft demonstrations, a traditional fiber arts show, the popular Fleece-to-Shawl demonstrations and an antique car show. The model railroad enthusiast group 4 Men and Their Trains will be on hand displaying running trains. The Morse Telegraph Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the knowledge and traditions of telegraphy, will display and demonstrate antique and replica telegraph instruments and equipment. Artists scheduled to perform at the festival include Keystone, Key of Life, St. Pete Shanties, Susan Boyer, Gypsy Wind, Charley Groth, CrackerBilly Band, Pamela Jo Hatley, Carmen Brandy, Leigh Humes, Simple Gifts, Juniper, Maureen Blot, Evergreen, Billy S. Noakes and Hammerhead Dulcimers Society.Folk performersAmong the artists performing this year are the St. Pete Shanties. The troupe sings songs that sailors, fishermen and dockworkers sang throughout the years, placing special emphasis on Florida mariners. According to the groups Facebook page, the St. Pete Shanties began among sailors livformers see it as their mission to bring to light shanties kissed by Florida, sung by sailors reaching Florida ports, by the stevedores who loaded and unloaded ships or by the fishermen who fished the Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico. Born in Clearwater, 14-year-old Carmen Brandy now resides in Safety Harbor. The singer/songwriter/guitar player started taking piano lessons at age 8 and by the age of 10, she started composing her own original music. During the summer of 2011, Carmen got her first guitar and began immediately playing and writing. According to her website, Carmen visited Nashville in 2011 where she performed her first Writers Night event at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. She captured the attention of multiple songwriters. Carmens possesses a melodic and captivating voice as well as a distinctive warm edginess in her vocals. The Crackerbilly Band plays a mix of oldtime, bluegrass, country, Florida folk and Americana, tansforming it into their own blend of upbeat drunken, beer snobbery, moonshine drinkin, biscuit-eating entertainment, according to the bands Facebook page. Current Crackerbillys include Butch Luxenberger, washtub bass, juice harp and percussion; Joe Krivanek, mandolin and fiddle; Don Hambone Hanby, banjo and lead guitar; and David Morgan, guitar. Crackerbilly Band founding members got their start as home-brewers who started playing music. After a long day of sitting around watching 20 gallons of beer boil, and 10-plus pounds of pork loin on the smoker, we would build a fire and sit around and pretend to play some songs, the groups biography explains. Pinellas Folk FestivalHeritage Village event draws bluegrass, folk and gospel musicians Left, singer/songwriter Carmen Brandy, 14, performs Jan. 26 at the Pinellas Folk Festival at Heritage Village in Largo. Right, traditional Celtic/alternative folk duo Juniper, set to perform at the festival, weaves a tight tapestry of haunting melodies and lush harm onies. ing on their boats in the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina. They had fun singing maritime music. They sang on the pier, loudly. As is the lot of sailors, some sailed away and were replaced by singers who, though landlubbers, wanted to sing maritime music. The St. Pete Shanties have made recent appearances at Eckerd College, the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the St. Petersburg Parks, Fish Tales Restaurant and Festival Ruah. The groups repertoire is mostly traditional, though occasionally a handful of more contemporary songs is added into the mix. The per-Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENTThe annual Pinellas Folk Festival is sponsored by the Pinellas County Historical Society. See FOLK FESTIVAL, page 8B www.SandyHartmann.comProperties@Sandysofce.comThe Power of Knowledge ... 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The Budweiser Platinum VIP package includes a general admission ticket in the reserved seating section directly in front of the stage, two free Bud Platinum beers and a free slice of pepperoni or cheese pizza from Tonys Pizza. For VIP tickets, call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com. Candlebox will perform. The American alternative rock band hails from Seattle, Wash. Founded in 1990, the group has released five studio albums, which have achieved multi-platinum and gold certification. The bands best known charting singles include You, Far Behind, Cover Me and Its Alright. The Florida Orchestra: Tchaikovskys Romeo and Juliet; Friday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m., And Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 800-8749020 or 893-7832 or visit www.themahaffey.com. The orchestra will repeat the performance Sunday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $15. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. The orchestra will perform Tchaikovskys sumptuous music inspired by Shakespeares plays: Hamlet: Fantasy-Overture after Shakespeare; The Tempest: Fantasy-Overture; and Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy. In collaboration with American Stage Theatre Company, actors will present a brief scene from each play as a prelude to the music. Andrew Grams will conduct. Me and My Shadow [Box], Friday, Jan. 25, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets include food, fun and one lucky ticket. Call 298-3322 or visit www.dfac.org. Sponsored by the Fine Art Society, the event will return for its second appearance at DFAC. The event promises to deliver some incredible art to some lucky people for very little money. Working with 9-inch-by-9-inch RIBBA shadow boxes, 100 artists will create works of great beauty. Those pieces of art will be going home with new owners: Attendees receive one ticket with admission and may buy additional tickets at six for $10. All pieces will be displayed anonymously. Winners will find out who created it after they have won. St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27, on Corey Avenue and Gulf Boulevard in downtown St. Pete Beach. The juried outdoor craft showcase will feature original crafts handmade in America. Unique and affordable gift items will be available for purchase from 150 crafters from 30 different states. All participating crafters will be on site for the duration of the festival. The festival will feature a variety of media such as folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, paintings, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products. There also will be a green market offering a wide variety of quality plants including exotics as well as dips and gourmet items. The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit www.artfestival.com.Teen Idol auditions and showLARGO Find out if you have the right vocal talent and confidence at this years Teen Idol Competition and Show on Thursday, March 21, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center. Youth between the ages of 13 and 18 are eligible to participate in this vocal performance competition. Auditions will be held Feb. 12 and 13, 6 to 8 p.m., at the cultural center. You must bring two forms of identification for proof of eligibility to the audition. This must-see show will feature the best teen talent from Largo and the surrounding cities. Tickets for the final show are $7 and can be purchased in advance at the Largo Cultural Center Box Office or online at LargoArts.com. For more information, contact Jessica at 587-6740, ext. 5014, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Buff et 12-3pm$875391-8393 Since 1985 Opening this weekendParker stars Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez; Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton battle witches as Hansel & Gretel Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:Hansel & Gretel: Witch HuntersGenre: Action, comedy, horror and thriller Cast: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Derek Mears and Thomas Mann Director: Tommy Wirkola Rated: R After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches ... their past.Movie 43Genre: Comedy Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Common, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Greg Kinnear, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chlo Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Dennis Quaid, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet Director: Steven Brill, Peter Farrelly, Will Graham, Steve Carr, Griffin Dunne, James Duffy, Jonathan Van Tulleken, Elizabeth Banks, Patrik Forsberg, Brett Ratner, Rusty Cundieff and James Gunn Rated: R From the twisted minds of producers Peter Farrelly and Charles Wessler comes Movie 43 the outrageous new ensemble comedy starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Movie 43 is not for the easily-offended and contains jaw-dropping, sometimes shockingly disturbing, but always entertaining intertwined storylines that must be seen to be believed.ParkerGenre: Crime and thriller Cast: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce and Nick Nolte Director: Taylor Hackford Rated: R Parker (Jason Statham) is a professional thief who lives by a personal code of ethics: Dont steal from people who cant afford it and dont hurt people who dont deserve it. But on his latest heist, his crew double crosses him, steals his stash, and leaves him for dead. Determined to make sure they regret it, Parker tracks them to Palm Beach, playground of the rich and famous, where the crew is ... planning their biggest heist ever. Donning the disguise of a rich Texan, Parker takes on an unlikely partner, Leslie (Jennifer Lopez), a savvy insider, whos short on cash, but big on looks, smarts and ambition. Together, they devise a plan to hijack the score, take everyone down and get away clean.The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.John Dies at the EndGenre: Horror and science fiction Cast: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman and Paul Giamatti Director: Don Coscarelli Rated: R In John Dies at the End, its all about the Soy Sauce, a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. Users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is under way, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John (Rob Mayes) and David (Chase Williamson), a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they cant. Adapted from David Wongs audacious trans-genre horror novel, John Dies at the End is written and directed by Don Coscarelli and also stars Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman and Paul Giamatti.For more movie news including whats playing at local theaters and trailers, visit www.TBNweekly.com. Photo by DAVID APPLEBY/PARAMOUNT PICTURES Photo by JACK ENGLISHAbove, Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez star in Parker. At left, Gemma Arterton plays Gretel and Jeremy Renner plays Hansel in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, from Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.
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